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BOBBIEZINE-O-MINE : Abdominal pain, swine flu, West Nile ...and more.

                                   BREAKING NEWS !! HOT OFF THE PRESS !!

           Norovirus, which spread across campus in December 2006, is back according to an email from the CUA Office of Public Affairs.

Today, D.C.’s Department of Health told Catholic University’s Student Health Services that initial tests confirmed the illnesses were caused by the virus. The first student was treated on the evening of Jan. 21, and 23 students have reported symptoms including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The University has focused additional cleaning efforts on buildings frequented by students, and Dining Services has implemented a series of precautionary measures, according to the e-mail
                                                     
                                                1/29/2009

                 Information courtesy of D C Department of Health and Google Alerts.

          There are a wide variety of disorders and diseases that can result in abdominal pain.Most times the cause is be benign. But, serious conditions can result in pain and may need medical attention. Abdominal pain is a very common problem often referred to as a Belly ache, cramps, or stomach pain.
          How do we describe abdominal pain ? The pain may be chronic or acute. It may be a dull pain or a sharp pain. It may be localized to a quadrant of the abdomen such as the upper right quadrant, etc;.  Since there are many organs and organ systems in the abdomen, care must be taken to pinpoint the cause of the pain since it may be a simple Belly ache or a more serious problem.
          There are many types of abdominal pain. Some pain is due to inflammation. Some pain is due to obstruction of a hallow viscus. Still, vascular disturbances can cause severe pain in the back or genitals.

                                      What are the causes of abdominal pain ?

                               Here are some possible causes of abdominal pain.

                                                     Renal inflammation
                                                     Gastrointestinal problems
                                                     (including hernia,obstructions
                                                         or arterial syndromes
                                                     Constipation
                                                     Liver problems
                                                     Bile system problems
                                                     Blood vessel aneurysms
                                                     Immune system problems
                                      
                                       This is not a complete list of problems.

                                                 How is the cause diagnosed ?

                                                     Urinalaysis
                                                     Blood tests
                                                     X rays
                                                     Ultrasound
                                                     Endoscopy
                                                     Colonoscopy

          Chronic abdominal pain has no medical explanation. It is similar to IBS, but unlike IBS there is no noticeable change in bowel movements. CFAP ( chronic functional abdominal pain ) may be caused by a nervous system disorder. It is also hypothesized that a single cell protozoan interacts with the nervous system to cause pain. Antibiotics are used in the treatment of CFAP. Peppermint oil is  used to relax the gut and relieve pain.
                                 
                                                     References :
                
                                   cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/gastro/norovirus.htm
                                                           or
                                   doh.dc.gov/doh/cwp/view.a.1370.q.602626.asp
                                       

                            
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                                       PEANUT SCARE           

                                                         
                  BREAKING NEWS !! HOT OFF THE PRESS !!
  
          The recall of food items containing peanuts and peanut paste gets more complicated. The reason is because the products produced by
                               The Peanut Corp. of America
are used in the production of food items sold by 200 companies in the
                                       USA and abroad.

                                                3/02/2009

         Information courtesy of  Indiana University, Health and Wellness and Google Alerts.

          Salmonella Typhimurium is a rod shaped bacteria that causes food poisoning.
     The bacteria attacks the stomach and intestine. In severe case, the bacteria enters the
     lymph tracts. Symptoms of food poisoning can be very similiar to other ailments includ-
                 ing such diseases as coeliac disease or irritable bowel syndrome.

                           Among the more notable companies involved in the recalls,
                                   the following list can serve as a starting point.


                                            CANDY RECALLS
                              Walgreens

                           
  BROWNIES
                          Boston Cookies

                     
   CAKES AND PIES
                              Wegmans

                             ICE CREAM 
                               Hershey's 
                            Welsh Farms

                            Peanut Butter
                            Whole Foods
          For more information concerning recalls, you can contact the FDA at
 
 
                       1-888-INFO-FDA

                                                          Resource:

                                                  www.RightHealth.com

                                                          Reference:

                             www.netdoctor.uk/health_advise/facts/salmonella.htm
 
          
           If you have any questions, contact BOKOB resources.

                           Do you enjoy beer ? "liquid bread"


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                                          ANEURYSMS

                 
BREAKING NEWS !! HOT OFF THE PRESS !!

                                           
     4/15/09

             Medtronics has just been approved by the Japanese
       Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for their new product. 
     

                   THE TALENT THORACIC STENT GRAFT

           
  A stent graft is a fabric tube reinforced with metal springs. The stent is 
           threaded through the femoral artery and positioned at the spot of the aneurysm.

          In case you are not familiar, an aneurysm is a weakness 
      or bulge in a main blood vessel leading away from the heart.

                                            TEVAR
                      ( thoracic endovascular aortic repair )
               is performed as  a minimally invasive procedure
                     for the treatment of descending thoracic 
                                      aortic aneurysms.

              This procedure is considered less dangerous than
                                    open surgical repair.

          Once the stent is in place, it relieves pressure on the weak bulge,

                        and creates a new blood flow pattern.
                                
                                   MEDTRONIC , INC. is 
                            headquartered in Minneapolis. 
                            It is the world leader in medical 
                            technology. Their products has
                              restored the lives of millions 
                                   of peolpe worldwide. 

                          Just a bit more about aneurysms. A true aneurysm is 
                          one in which the inner layers of the blood vessel bulge
   
                            outside of the outer layers. 

            This is particularly dangerous bcause the dilation
             (a balloon -like bulge) becomes filled with blood. 

         As the size increases, so does the risk of
 
            a sudden rupture resulting in internal
                  hemorrhaging and death. 

            Aneurysms are always localized.
 
        Brain aneurysms are as common as aortic aneurysms.
              
 
                                               Reference:

                                           earthtimes.org

                                             Resource:                 
 
                                     en.wikipedia/wiki/Aneurysm

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                                          SWINE FLU
       
                BREAKING NEWS !! HOT OFF THE PRESS !!

                                              
 5/24/09

               The outbreak of wine flu in 2009 began in April. 
     As of May 24, 2009 , there have been 12,000 case reported
       worldwide in 43 countries. There have been 86 deaths.
     It is unusual that swine flu, also  known as pig flu or hog flu,
    spreads from infected pigs to humans. It is also unusual that
    the virus can spread from human to human. But, it has been  
           established that this influenza virus is a mutation.

      The World Health Organization fears that the likelihood of

                                 further mutation
                           is possible.
                               Reference:

                                                www.nhs.uk/news


                Then swine flu is a respiratory infection caused by the

                   INFLUENZA A VIRUS

                      which causes illness in pigs.

             The swine influenza virus (SIV) can be spread from human
         to human by coughing or sneezing. Also, touching any surface
        which may have the virus and putting your hands in your mouth or
               eyes increases the risk of contracting this disease.





                     Remember.........this virus (H1N1),

                                         
            is a 

                   MUTATION.

    Apparently, this mutation makes to easier to be transmitted from human to human. Covering your mouth while coughing and sneezing into a tissue.can help to reduce spreading the virus. If you don't have a tissue, sneeze into your arm pit. Don't put
                     yourself or others at

                     RISK !!
     This is a pandemic... a worldwide epidemic of 

          AN INFLUENZA VIRUS.

                                            References:

                               en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_swine_flu_outbreak

                                         www.clorox.com

                       Clorox products can kill the influenza virus.


                                                       Resource:

                        www.cdc.gov/swineflu     


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ARTHRITIS MEDS

            BREAKING NEWS !! HOT OFF THE PRESS !!

                                            6/24/09

           Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder.
         Associate with pain, impaired mobility, reduction of
         strength and joint function, its' origin is not known.

            However, a marker for risk has been identified.

                  The vascular cell adhesion molecule

                    1(VCAM-1)

    There are over 100 medications prescribed for arthritis.

                          THE TOP TEN LIST

                begins with Methotrexate and Folic acid

                              and ends with Lyrica.

                   CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN FOR

                          TREATMENT OPTIONS.

                                        Reference:

                       www.medicalnewstoday.com


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                              WEST NILE VIRUS

         BREAKING NEWS !! HOT OFF THE PRESS !! 

                                  Summer 2009 

                             July thru September

          The summer time is a welcomed season in the 

                                Northesast USA. 

        However, the summer brings swarms of insects.

                         MOSQUITOS

       Mosquito borne viruses are spread by mosquitos.

              There are two mosquito borne viruses:

                                West Nile Virus

                 and   Eastern Equine Encephalitis.


     The high risk months are 
           July through fall.

      These viruses cause encephalitis.

      This is how is happens. 

                    Mosquitos bite infected birds.
                       Then they bite humans.

       There is no evidence that handling an infected

           BIRD or ANIMAL
                   
                         can spread the diseae.


            However, use caution in handling dead
                              birds or animals.
       Use gloves and double bagging for discarding.


                    MOST PEOPLE HAVE
                  NO SYMPTOMS.

        If you are over 50 years of age...

                         .......you are at HIGH RISK.

  Symptoms include:   high fever
                                  muscle weakness
                                   headache
                                   disorientation
                                   neck stiffness
                                   tremors, coma
                                   and ....even death !!

                 NO VACCINE
                IS AVAILABLE.

    USE CAUTION.

            Here are a few tips:

                 a) avoid bites
                 b) remove stagnant water
                 c) use a repellent
                 d) avoid wetlands and swamps
                 e) cut grass low

     Have an enjoyable and healthy
                     SUMMER.

                             Reference:

                                                www.brooklinema.gov

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                   HEALTH CARE REFORM
            
          BREAKING NEWS !!  HOT OFF THE PRESS !!

                                            10/20/09

           Is it time for health care reform ?

                 Consider some facts. 
       Health care premiums have doubled
                in the last eight years. 
     This is 3.7 times faster than increases in wages.
       Also, there has been an increase in co-pays and 
    deductibles. Some insurance companies even limit
      doctor visits and days in the hospital. One half of
             all bankrupcies are due to medical bills. 

         100,000 people die from 

           hospital errors each year.
   One quarter of all medical spending goes to antiquated 
                 administrative and overhead costs.

     Over 45 million Americans lack health

                         COVERAGE !!
                        80 % are working families.

           Skyrocketing costs have made it difficult for
    employers to provide affordable coverage. Americans
      go without insurance and preventive screening
                                        for

             CANCER SCREENING

                        and

                immunization. 

     
      PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS
            A NEW PLAN. 

   If you like your present insurance, you can keep it.
You can expect to see as much as a $2,500  reduction
                                   in costs.

     If you have no insurance.....there are options.

  How can costs be lowered ?

                  - increase insurance competition
                  - eliminate waste
                  - new administrative bookeeping
                  - import drugs
                  - increase use of generic drugs
                  - reimburse employers for
                    catastrophic illness costs

       EVERY WESTERN COUNTRY
   HAS SOME FORM OF SOCIALIZED 
          MEDICINE EXCEPT THE.......

                                USA.

              There is currently a debate over 
         socialized medicine, our current system
                    and the proposed plan.

                   But, can any system avoid

                
CORRUPTION ?
                   Reference:

                              www.barackobama.com/pdf/issues/HealthCareFullPlan.pdf
     
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                                                INSOMNIA

                    BREAKING NEWS !! HOT OFF THE PRESS !!

                                                   11/12/09

            The winter season is almost here. And, for those of us who live in
      variable climates, this means long, cold nights. Wrapping yourself in warm
                        blankets, seems like a great idea for a restful night.


                                                      BUT .....................

                                            not if you suffer from insomnia.

        Sleep is controlled by a hormone produced in the pineal gland of the brain.

                                                 The hormone is called 

                                           MELATONIN.

             Melatonin levels are low during the day and high at night. But, if you 

         burn the candle at both ends, your melatonin levels might be a bit out of

                                                    normal  fluctuation.

              You ask why I have highlighted the word, MELATONIN , in red ?

                                              NOT BY COINCIDENCE.

                    It has long been known that cherries contain melatonin.


      Cherries contain antioxidants. They also have anti-inflammatory properties.

 As such, they are good for asthma, autoimmune diseases and even heart disease.

                           Studies indicate that eating cherries helps in:


                                                      muscle repair

                                                        healthy skin

                                                  lowering cholesterol

                                                            and.......


                                                  fighting CANCER.

                         Melatonin, in cherries, is natures' sleep regulating


                                                 HORMONE.

            Cherries are great in season. But, thankfully, they can be found
         year round in the frozen section of your supermarket. Cherry juice is 
                                  also a great source for melatonin.

                  Supplements , containing melatonin, are also available.

     The only problem is that the amounts of melatonin in these supplements
                                   can vary from product to product.

                         Too much melatonin can be as bad as too little.

           Recently, I stumbled across an article about cherries and melatonin.

                            CheriPharm was recommended ,in the article,
                                     as a good source of melatonin.

                         So, have some cherries , or cherry juice, today.

                  You'll sleep cherry soundly !!


                                                           Resource:

                                                   www.sheknows.com


                                                          Reference:

                                                 www.CherryPharm.com


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   ASTHMA

                                                WINTER TRiGGER

                        
  BREAKING NEWS !! HOT OFF THE PRESS !!

                                                   
       01/04/10

                 Winter can be a beautiful time of year. Glistening white snow
  covering evergreens and children building snowmen make the winter season
                                            a delightful time for all.

                   But........ the winter cold can be a trigger for asthma.

                             Asthma is a disease. There is no cure.

               There are available medications to treat the symptoms,

                                   but they only help acute attacks.

                       Asthma causes inlammation and constriction
                               of the air passages. You can feel the
                               constriction but not the inflammation.

                              There are many triggers for asthma.

                                                       beer
                                                       wine
                                                      shrimp
                                                   dried fruit
                                          processed potatoes
                                              pollen and mold
                                                     smoke
                                                   perfumes
                                                       paint
                                                   hair spray
                                                    powders

                              even.......cockroaches and mites   

 But, the cold weather can be the worst of all.



       Air conditioning the home can help remove triggers like dust.


   Many asthmatics suffer depression. Too many visits to the doctor
                       lead to anxiety about an incurable disease. 

              20 million Americans suffer from  

                                 ASTHMA .  


                                        So, what can you do ?  

                             Avoid triggers as much as possible 

                                                  and use  


                                  HERBS.   


                                               Herbs like:  

                                                 GARLIC

                                            MULLEIN OIL

                                          PRIMROSE OIL

                                                KYOLIC

                                               LOBELIA

          Search the web for more interesting herbal solutions.

                                               Reference:

                                www.healthprofessor.com

                                        www.advair.com
                                                               

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                                                2/15/10


              BREAKING NEWS !! HOT OFF THE PRESS !!


....................................................................HEART MONTH.

        February is heart month. Cardiovascular disease and stroke are the

 number one killers in the USA.  Since 1963, Congress required the President

to declare February as "American Heart Month. Volunteers visit homes and

raiser funds and pass out information. Cardiovascular disease includes:


                                          high blood pressure

                                               heart attack and angina

                                                     congestive heart failure

                                                              stroke

                                                                   and.......congenital heart defects.

           More than 70 million Americans

                suffer from heart disease.

                     65 million have strokes.

            

          There is a new test available to determine the risk of heart attack.

           Cardio c-reactive protein test

            This test measures the level of C-reactive protein in the blood.

                                         No fasting is required.

             C-reactive protein is produced in the liver in response to:

                                                   infections

                                                     arthritis

                                                     cancer

              Cholesterol testing measures lipid or fat metabolism.

                    In healthy patients, the C-reactive protein test

                       indicates a risk for cardiovascular disease

                                     because it  measures an

     INFLAMMATORY STATE.

                                                 Reference:

          www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?indentifier=4441

                                                                                                            Resource:

                                                                                                  www.americanheart.org

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                                                              3/25/10


                            BREAKING NEWS !! HOT OFF THE PRESS !!


                                                HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC

                        The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues with 56.300 new

                  infections in the USA and 33 million worldwide, each year.

            The complex nature of the infection

           makes it a tough infection to combat.

           An understanding of the relationship

           between the HIV/AIDS virus and the

                   human immune system is

              crucial to controlling the disease.

   The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious

                              Diseases

            is exploring how the virus infects

           cells, in order to help enhance the

                        immune response.

                  Historically, vaccines  have been the major 

                         weapon against infectious diseases.

  The goal is to develop a vaccine to combat HIV/AIDS.

                   At the same time, vaccines are being 

               developed to alter the course of the

                            disease.

                The human body cannot

          mount an attack against  the virus.

                 A new strategy known as

                           PrEP

       

                  or..........pre-exposure prophylaxis,

                   involves daily doses of

            antiretrovial medicines.

                                                                           Be informed. Learn more.

                                                                             Reference:

                                                 http://www3.niad.nih.gov/topics/HIVAIDS/

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                                Volcanic Ash

             BREAKING NEWS !! HOT OFF THE PRESS !!

                                   4/22/10

       With the eruption of the Iceland volcano,

    concerns have risen in Europe, Everyone is

            fearful of respiratory diseases.

         Experts say the volcanic ash poses a minor health risk.

                         You are more likely to have:

                          runny nose

                              scratchy throat

                                    itchy eyes

              and.... heavy particles can scratch the

                                                   cornea of the eye.

       Volcanic ash is composed of small tephra which is pulverized

                        ROCK and GLASS.

     Volcanic ash can cause machinery to fail and

                           global cooling.

     Airline flights to and from Europe have been

                              canceled.

             Significant accumulation of ash

             can lead to ecosystem failures.

                       Ash fall from the

              EYJAFJALLAJAKULL

                   VOLCANO

               is particularly bad in the UK.

      Ash fall has been spotted as far south as

                          SWINDON,


                                         BRIZE NORTON


                                                           and .....KENT.

             Asthma patients and elderly

                  should be concerned.

                         Those with

                       BRONCHITIS

                or    EMPHYSEMA

                   should wear masks

                 and take precautions.

        NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT 

                                            .......INHALERS

                                                            and  MEDS.

                PROTECT YOUR

                            RESPIRATORY HEALTH. 

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                             Gulf Oil Spill

               BREAKING NEWS !! HOT OFF THE PRESS !!

                                                             6/20/10

           The recent Gulf oil spill has covered

                                          61.854 sq. miles.  

                 It is estimated that between 20 - 43 million gallons of oil

                                   have splilled into the Gulf of Mexico.

                               The Gulf area is closed to fishing

                                              as of 6/01/10.

    The seafood industry of Louisiana and the Gulf

               is worth $23.4 billion dollars.....

                                     ..........all at jeopardy.

          Many of the workers in the Gulf are complaining about:

                                                                     nausea

                               dizziness

           and.....        headaches.

         Many residents of the area are also ill.

            There has been much research on health disorders and petroleum based products.

                                                            These chemicals effect the 

                                                                       nervous system

                                                      and....      immune system

                                                               after prolonged exposure.

                               Illnesses include:

                                                                       cancer

                          autoimmune disorders

                                     asthma

                                    allergies

                                 miscarriages                           

                                     infertility.

                        It is believed that the problem is caused by impaird DNA expression,  

                weakening DNA repair, degeneration of liver and kidneys, and weakening of 

                    BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER.

                          Aside from higher seafood prices, levels of PAH can be found in

                                                    the tissues of fish and shellfish.

                  POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC

             HYDROCARBONS

         These chemicals give seafood a "taint" smell.

          Scientists need to take a "risk assessment" of 

                         PAH 

                         levels in seafood. 

                                          Reference:

                                      www.thefiscaltimes.com                                                                         

       

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                      Bed bug Epidemic

          BREAKING NEWS !! HOT OFF THE PRESS !!

                                   7/29/10

     In the 1940's and 1950's, bed bugs were eradicated

  by DDT. When the EPA banned DDT in 1972, bed bugs

     began their resurgence. By mid 2000, complaints of

               bed bug infestation in NYC and London

                                      became more numerous.

                                  Bed bugs weer found in

                                  theatres

                                posh hotels

                     and...affluent neighborhoods.

                              Bed bug saliva contains

     agents that keep blood from clotting

    and anesthetics that numb the pain

          These chemicals keep blood 

           flowing, allowing the insect

                to continue sucking.

  The arthropods saliva may be valuable

         in developing anti-coagulants,

       vasodilators, and pain inhibitors.

     You can prevent bed bug bites by:

                    using thyme,

                      boric acid

                  rubbing alcohol

               to repel the insects.

 Insect repellent used at night before bed,          

              will discourage biting.

 Boiling hot chillies and spraying the bed

        and immediate area, will help

             to ward off the pests.

      Of course...............................

                 ......  a professional exterminator

   may be your last  attempt to rid yourself of 

                                 BED BUGS.


                                   www.bedbugepidemic.com


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                 Major Hurricanes.......

                              .....and Survival.

              BREAKING NEWS !! HOT OFF THE PRESS !!!

                                 9/18/10    

      Surviving a major hurricane takes more

      than just having food and water. Paying

      attention to evacuation orders may save

                            your life.

     Understanding the dangers, and having

      stock provisions is critical. The following

              provisions are necessary:             

                 3 day supply of water

                       canned tuna

                       peanut butter

                          crackers

                       canned fruits

                       canned juice

                    Hazards include:

                    dangerous winds

                          flooding

                         sewerage

                       fecal matter

                            E coli

                          hepatitis

  Those most prepared for a hurricane seem

    to be between the ages of 30 and 45,

        white Americans earning 80K or

                     more per year.

                    ATTENTION.

          DANGER .

                   Don't be foolish.                        HURRICANES CAN KILL.             

       Either be prepared or evacuate.

           You can't fight the wrath of.....

                      Mother Nature.

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             Health hazards of Coal Mining

              BREAKING NEWS !! HOT OFF THE PRESS !!!

                                               11/25/2010

                   Happy Thanksgiving to everyone,

                                      and may GOD bless.

    All of us have heard about the miraculous

    rescue of the coal miners in Chili. After all,

    the job has its' hazards in more ways than

    one. Residents of coal mining communities

    often have impaired health, without going

                     down into the earth.

       There is a increased risk of developing

                   chronic heart disease

                        lung problems

                    and kidney disease.

           Coal processing chemicals, equipment powered by diesel fuel,

         explosives, toxic impurities in the coal, and coal dust can cause health

                            problems in residents.

        Also, residents are 30%more likely

          to develop high blood pressure.

       Here are some more alarming facts:

             :313 more deaths each year

               compared to normal data

             :COPD increases by 1 % for

                 each 1,462 tons of coal

                           produced.

             : hypertension increases by 1%

              for each 1, 873 tons of coal

                           produced.

           You don't have to be a miner to

         experience the effects of long time

                         exposure to

                          COAL.

                               Reference:

                 www.sciencedaily.com


            

           






                                                                                    

                                                                            

 

 



 


                   




 


    
 

                                     

 









 

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