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Human Health

Curated by Thomas Billingsly
Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living being. In humans, it is the general condition of a person's mind, body and spirit, usually meaning to be free from illness, injury or pain. The World Health Organization defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

This learning group focuses on: 1) the maintenance and promotion of health and 2) the symbiosis between the environment and health.
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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Bruce Connolly, March 22, 2012

Asthma, allergies to surge with climate change -

In a new position paper, a 13-member committee from the American Thoracic Society, which represents respiratory physicians, claims that rising global temperatures, spreading desertification and other climate-related problems will bring boosts around the world in the incidence of a range of illnesses, including infectious diseases.

The paper, written by doctors from Europe, Asia, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, traces the ongoing expansion and intensification of diseases around the world and looks at what they may imply as climate impacts strengthen.

“There are certain diseases caused by certain types of parasites or organisms whose range has expanded and that has been associated with increases in temperature,” said Dr. Kent Pinkerton, a co-author of the paper, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California-Davis School of Medicine, and director of the university’s Center for Health and the Environment.
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/asthma-allergies-to-surge-with-climate-change-doctors
Related vid below…

http://youtube.com/watch?v=XESHdKytjow
Bruce Connolly
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Discussions Discussion Nutrition and Medicine
Sami Rourke, March 20, 2012

Coke and Pepsi change recipe to avoid cancer warning

The Centre for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group, in February filed a petition with the US Food and Drug Administration to ban the use of ammonia-sulfite caramel colouring.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=7gQy2fBpmsI
Sami Rourke
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Discussions Discussion Autism and Early Intervention
Thomas Billingsly, March 20, 2012

Understanding Why Autistic People May Reject Social Touch:

A new study offers insight into why some people shrug off physical touches and how families affected by autism may learn to share hugs without overwhelming an autistic child’s senses.

http://healthland.time.com/2012/03/19/understanding-why-autistic-people-may-reject-social-touch/
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Discussions Discussion Nutrition and Medicine
Rafi Chandio, March 13, 2012

NUTRITION: Red meat linked to higher risk of premature death:

A new study indicates that eating unprocessed red meat (hamburger, pork, roast beef, lamb) and processed meats (bacon, hot dogs, bologna, sausage) may increase a person’s risk of premature death and raise their risk of death from heart disease and cancer.

Conversely, substituting other foods such as fish, poultry, nuts and beans for red meat may lower their risk of premature death, the analysis suggests.

Dr. An Pan, of the Harvard School of Public Health, analyzed the diet, health and death data on 37,698 men and 83,644 women.

http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20120312/NEWS01/120312026

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ezY4u8frNps
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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Elsa Maestra, March 11, 2012

Carbon footprint … meet the handprint.

http://www.handprinter.org/
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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Beth Bernstein, March 8, 2012

Health Professionals Organize to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Worldwide:

A group of over 30 prominent and respected Deans of Schools of Medicine and Public Health have signed an open letter calling for nuclear weapons abolition. A related scholarly piece titled “A Prescription for Survival: Prevention of Nuclear War,” has been accepted for publication in the March 2012 issue of the prestigious American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

A major study on global impacts of limited nuclear war on agriculture, food supplies, and human nutrition or “Nuclear Famine” will be released within a few months indicating that potentially a billion people would be at risk of starvation from even a limited nuclear exchange in South Asia.

http://www.thelundreport.org/resource/health_professionals_organize_to_abolish_nuclear_weapons_worldwide

Related video of the health consesquences of the Fukushima meltdown on the Japanese people.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=nsrik7HEvh8
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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Beth Bernstein, Feb. 24, 2012

Environmental pollutant linked with overweight:

Levels of the environmental pollutant perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) that mothers had in their blood during pregnancy increased the risk of obesity in their daughters at 20 years of age. The findings come from a recent study of Danish women in which the Norwegian Institute of Public Health participated. The study indicates that factors such as environmental pollutants, in addition to diet and physical activity, play a role in the obesity epidemic seen today.

http://www.sciencecodex.com/environmental_pollutant_linked_with_overweight-86476

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Discussions Discussion Nutrition and Medicine
Bob Butterworth, Feb. 24, 2012

Study questions safety of genetically modified corn as France seeks EU ban:

Insecticides present in one of Europe’s most controversial genetically modified crops, MON810 maize, may be harmful to humans, French and German researchers say in a new study that could pour fuel over calls asking to limit such plants in the EU.

The study comes as France’s environment and agricultural ministers this week urged the European Commission to seek an EU-wide ban on the cultivation of MON810. The maize is outlawed in Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary and Luxembourg, while France is threatening to re-impose its own ban that was struck down in court if the EU does not act.

http://www.euractiv.com/cap/study-questions-safety-gm-corn-france-seeks-eu-ban-news-511102

http://youtube.com/watch?v=vR1cgQhLjQ8
Bob Butterworth
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Discussions Discussion Nutrition and Medicine
Bob Butterworth, Feb. 20, 2012

Foods you should eat everyday

You can eliminate several health problems by simply knowing the power of nutrition. In order to look and feel your best, start incorporating some of these “super” foods into your diet.
These are simple tips that are easy to live by!

http://www.hometown-pages.com/main.asp?SectionID=14&SubSectionID=59&ArticleID=41915

http://youtube.com/watch?v=_o6eKL-IdIY
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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Trish Brenan, Feb. 18, 2012

Ladies - The Air May Impact Your Mind:

Older women exposed to high levels of “particulate matter” [air pollution] over the long term experienced a greater decline in their cognitive functioning, which is how your brain process information. The reduction in cognitive functioning occurred over a four-year period, reported researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

http://www.dailyrx.com/news-article/pollution-hastens-older-womens-brain-functioning-17591.html
Trish Brenan
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