What's killing us this week?

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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by sparks » Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:12 pm

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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Pyrrho » Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:11 pm

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world ... 71546.html
An Indian health minister has sparked outrage after claiming cancer is caused by sins in a past life.

Himanta Biswa Sarma, who holds office in the Assam state government, said people could also develop the disease through “divine justice” if their parents had sinned.

...

“Sometimes we come across young men getting inflicted with cancer or young men meeting with accidents.

“If you observe the background you will come to know that it's divine justice. Nothing else. We have to suffer that divine justice.

"In this lifetime or in our previous life, or perhaps my father or mother, perhaps that young man did not do but his father has done something wrong.”
They should have asked him how far back to go...
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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Doctor X » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:04 pm

I fucking hate people like that.

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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Pyrrho » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:47 pm

Asshat relatives? Pre-existing condition. Coverage denied.
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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by shemp » Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:25 am

Yeah, the insurance companies would love to use that.

Fucking stupid idiot asshat.
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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by sparks » Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:11 am

Hey! Even if you can't remember what a dickwad you were in a past life does not excuse you from it!!11Eleventy Gawd loves you, but not that much.

Take that!! Sceptics!
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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Witness » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:26 am

LA Times wrote:In California, an unexplained increase in valley fever this year

This year is shaping up to be the worst on record in California for people infected with valley fever, a lung infection caused by a fungus found in soil.

State health officials announced earlier that 2016 broke the record for the most valley fever cases reported since the state started keeping count in 1995. Now, 2017 is on pace to have even more infections.

From January through October, 5,121 cases were reported to the state health department, compared with 3,827 cases during the same period in 2016.

People contract valley fever by breathing in dust that contains a fungus called Coccidioides, which is common in semiarid regions of the country. So although anyone can get valley fever, people who work in fields or construction sites where soil gets kicked up are particularly at risk.

Health officials said Tuesday that they didn’t know why cases were increasing. Experts have said the rise in valley fever — which has increased nationwide in recent years — could be linked to climate change or droughts because hotter and drier weather leads to more dust in the air.
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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Bruce » Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:57 am

Snorkeling.

Snorkeling is killing us on our Hawaiian vacations.

Experts: Why Do So Many Hawaii Visitors Die Snorkeling?
Dr. Philip Foti, an Oahu physician who specializes in pulmonary and internal medicine, is developing a “gadget” that will be able to test different types of snorkel tubes to see which ones create the most resistance while breathing through them.
This is a countermeasure against the deadly doodads.
He told an audience of lifeguards, government officials and others at a drowning-prevention conference Friday in Honolulu that snorkel companies have added new “doodads” to the tubes over the years — mostly aimed at keeping water out — but they may have unintended consequences.
Foti was also concerned about the full-face snorkel masks that are now “all the rage.” He called them a “recipe for disaster,” noting the need to scrutinize this equipment as well.

“I am trying really hard to get a device that will allow us to be the filters of which snorkels to use and which snorkels not to use,” he said. “We need to find out how to test them and then what to do about protecting people from using them.”
It's not that hard, really. The deeper you go and the more volume you have to pull at that depth, the harder your lungs have to work. Turns out that when you put too much strain on your lungs, awful things can happen, like this:
Foti said he determined she had negative pressure pulmonary edema, which is caused by an upper airway obstruction generating enough pressure to pull fluid from the arteries that take blood to the lungs.
I, for one, don't want to spend my vacation drowning in my own blood. I'll stay home and watch the Travel Channel, thanks.
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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Doctor X » Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:51 am

I prefer to watch people drowning in the lagoon.

As I swirl my glass.

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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Witness » Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:45 am

BBC wrote:A surgeon who marked his initials on the livers of two transplant patients has admitted assault by beating.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42344180

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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Bruce » Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:41 pm

Apathy.

Apathy is killing us this week.

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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by shemp » Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:02 pm

Bruce and Abdul have something in common.
"It is not I who is mad! It is I who is crazy!" -- Ren Hoek

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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Witness » Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:47 am

The Sun (yep!) wrote:Snapping regular selfies could be a sign of loneliness and mental health issues

Brits now snap more than 1.2 billion self-portraits annually on their smartphones. But many who shared them on social media did so to ease loneliness, a study found in Thailand.

And selfie fans are more likely to be dangerously self-obsessed, narcissistic and attention-seeking, the report said.

Lead researcher Dr Peerayuth Charoensukmongkol warned of “unhealthy behaviours” associated with the craze.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/1926754 ... th-issues/

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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Witness » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:15 pm

Booze. Booze is killing us in new ways:
Cancer Research UK wrote:New research shows how alcohol damages DNA and increases cancer risk

Scientists have shown how alcohol damages DNA in stem cells, helping to explain why drinking increases your risk of cancer, according to research part-funded by Cancer Research UK and published in Nature today.

Much previous research looking at the precise ways in which alcohol causes cancer has been done in cell cultures. But in this study, researchers have used mice to show how alcohol exposure leads to permanent genetic damage.

Scientists at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, gave diluted alcohol, chemically known as ethanol, to mice. They then used chromosome analysis and DNA sequencing to examine the genetic damage caused by acetaldehyde, a harmful chemical produced when the body processes alcohol.

They found that acetaldehyde can break and damage DNA within blood stem cells leading to rearranged chromosomes and permanently altering the DNA sequences within these cells.

It is important to understand how the DNA blueprint within stem cells is damaged because when healthy stem cells become faulty, they can give rise to cancer.

These new findings therefore help us to understand how drinking alcohol increases the risk of developing 7 types of cancer including common types like breast and bowel.
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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Grammatron » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:34 am

shemp wrote:Bruce and Abdul have something in common.
Abdul doesn't have a sense of humor where is Bruce just has crippling depression. That means Bruce can get better.

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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Bruce » Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:22 am

Grammatron wrote:
shemp wrote:Bruce and Abdul have something in common.
Abdul doesn't have a sense of humor where is Bruce just has crippling depression. That means Bruce can get better.
I've been on depression meds since I was 18.

All this time I've been on western meds, when I should have been doing shrooms:

Magic mushroom compound might treat depression by reviving emotional responsiveness in the brain
Psilocybin is the primary mind-altering substance in psychedelic “magic” mushrooms. The drug can profoundly alter the way a person experiences the world by producing changes in mood, sensory perception, time perception, and sense of self.
Imagine me popping hippy candy and writing stories. That would be a hoot.
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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Witness » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:56 am

↑ I'm sorry for you, Bruce. :(

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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Rob Lister » Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:01 pm

Love the data, hate the graph.

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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Bruce » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:04 am

I'm reading that LSD is safer than caffeine. Good too know. I've never done the stuff, or anything else on the graph other than alcohol, but it's good to know that LSD is so safe. :roll:
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