Scientists sound alarm as PLAGUE mutation could become resistant to all known conventional medicine

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Although it might sound like a disease of yesteryear to many Americans, plague is not uncommon in Madagascar. However, this year’s outbreak, which has already killed nearly 170 people there, is markedly different from the strain that usually emerges in the country, and it has some experts seriously concerned about what’s in store.

This year, two-thirds of the plague cases reported in the country have been pneumonic, the deadliest type, and it is being called the worst outbreak in half a century. The country, which normally sees an average of 400 cases of plague per year, has already had 2,000 cases of the illness and the plague season is just getting started.

The illness is easily spread via sneezing, spitting, coughing, or otherwise coming into contact with bodily fluids of infected people. It’s related to the famous Black Death that killed 200 million people across Asia and Europe in the 1300s.

University of East Anglia health protection lecturer Professor Paul Hunter believes the disease could reach Europe and even North America, much like what happened with Ebola following the outbreak in West Africa three years ago. He said that the possibility of it mutating and becoming untreatable is a real one.

The World Health Organization’s Dr. Charlotte Ndiaye said: “WHO is concerned that plague could spread further because it is already present in several cities and this is the start of the epidemic season, which usually runs from September to April.”

Pneumonic plague is nearly always fatal if left untreated, but antibiotics can treat it if it is detected early. In the current outbreak, fatalities jumped by 15 percent in just three days, prompting concerns it is reaching crisis levels.

Ten countries are now on high alert because of the outbreak, with South Africa, Malawi, Seychelles, Reunion, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Comoros and Mauritius joining Madagascar. Experts say that if it spreads from the island to mainland Africa, it could be difficult to control.

Making matters worse is the fact that unlike in previous years when the disease has largely been confined to remote areas, this year’s outbreak is mostly concentrated in the country’s two biggest cities, Toamasina and Antananarivo.

Plague season just beginning

A WHO spokesperson said that it is impossible to rule out the possibility of more cases as the plague season isn’t slated to end until April, and they’re encouraging people to remain vigilant. They say the risk of further spread at the national level in Madagascar remains high.

There are frequent flights and ferries going between the island and the African mainland, prompting concerns about travelers introducing it to other areas, but the short incubation period of the pneumonic variety means many sufferers would become too ill too quickly to travel far and spread it. In addition, exit screening measures have been implemented in Madagascar, and nearby countries are also taking precautions.

Schools and universities have been closed to try to contain the illness as it tends to spread faster among children. The buildings are also being sprayed to eliminate any fleas that could be carrying the plague.

Many locals are hesitant to seek treatment because they are scared of hospitals, and they often have to walk for more than a day to receive treatment. This means there could be many more cases going unreported as patients fail to get a proper diagnosis.

Health officials aren’t sure exactly how this year’s outbreak started, but it is believed that forest fires could have driven the rats that carry the Yersinia pestis bacteria toward rural communities. These rats and their fleas bite people and infect them, and when left untreated, the bubonic strain spreads to the lungs and becomes the pneumonic form that can kill people within 24 hours.

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Climate scientists continue to sound the alarm: Global warming fueled record temperatures in 2016

The evidence behind global climate change continues to mount, and scientists keep speaking out. Now they hope the world will listen.

The latest international climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirms that 2016 was the third consecutive year of record global heat.

On Thursday afternoon the American Meteorological Society published the 27th annual “State of the Climate” report, which verifies last year surpassed 2015 as the hottest since record keeping began in 1880.

Based on preliminary data, NASA and NOOA had made the same assessment back in January, but this week’s report is considered definitive.

“We’re scientists, and we’re providing objective information,” Jessica Blunden, a climate scientist at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., told Yahoo News. “We don’t go into policy, but we provide the information for people who want to go further with that.”

According to the report, the effect of long-term global warming and a powerful El Niño early on pushed 2016 into record-setting warmth. The global average sea level reached a new record high last year as well, to 3.25 inches above the average level in 1993, which marks the beginning of the satellite altimeter record.

Scientists also said that the average Arctic land surface temperature continued to warm and global ice and snow cover continued to decline. Sea ice extents in the Antarctic hit record daily and monthly lows in August and November.

The “State of the Climate” report is based on contributions from nearly 500 scientists from more than 60 countries, using tens of thousands of measurements from several independent data sets. This summary of the global climate confirms data released on Jan. 18 based on analyses from scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.

Blunden said the use of additional independent data sets distinguishes this report from what came before.

“The big difference in this report is we don’t just look at NOAA data. There are about four different independent data sets we looked at to come to this conclusion,” Blunden told Yahoo News. “It’s not just NOAA who is agreeing with it. NASA, the U.K. Met Office and the Japan Meteorological Agency are agreeing.”

Since the previous data was released mere days before President Trump’s inauguration, this peer-reviewed report is the most thorough assessment of climate change officially released during the Trump era.

Deke Arndt, chief of the climate-monitoring branch at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, described the report as diagnostic when asked if anyone from the White House had weighed in on it or questioned its findings.

“This report is a diagnostic report. It basically diagnoses what is happening in the climate system,” Arndt said on a conference call. “It’s intended to provide intelligence to those sort of decision makers that you’re talking about.”

Concentrations of major greenhouse gases in the atmosphere also reached to new highs in 2016. For instance, the global average concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary driver of anthropogenic climate change, in the atmosphere reached 402.9 parts per million (ppm). This was the first time on record that CO2 concentration exceeded 400 ppm. The consensus of climate scientists is that the maximum safe level is 350.

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CDC sounds alarm over exploding diabetes epidemic impacting 100 million Americans … while food companies keep fattening Americans with processed food

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The figures in the latest National Diabetes Statistics Report, released bi-annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are alarming, to say the least: By 2015, 100 million people in the United States were battling either prediabetes or full-blown type 2 diabetes. That’s one in three Americans suffering with a life-threatening, but totally preventable lifestyle disease!

Over 84.1 million people have now been diagnosed with prediabetes, the precursor to diabetes, which, if not reversed, will inevitably result in diabetes within five years. A further 30.3 million Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a 50 percent increase in a single decade. Diabetes is a serious, life-threatening condition.

The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation explains it this way:

“When you eat, your body turns food into sugars, or glucose. At that point, your pancreas is supposed to release insulin. Insulin serves as a ‘key’ to open your cells, to allow the glucose to enter — and allow you to use the glucose for energy. But with diabetes, this system does not work. Several major things can go wrong – causing the onset of diabetes.” [Related: Learn more about the prevention and treatment of diabetes at DiabetesScienceNews.com.]

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more lives than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Its complications also make it the leading cause of stroke, heart failure, blindness, amputations and kidney failure. One American dies from this disease every three minutes.

The shocking fact, however, is that type 2 diabetes is a preventable, lifestyle-induced disease. It is often referred to as “adult-onset diabetes” because it rarely occurs in children (except those who are obese), and is directly linked to a sedentary lifestyle, poor food choices and being overweight.

Of course, the overweight couch potatoes who are diagnosed with diabetes must carry their share of responsibility for their diagnoses; however, they are certainly not the only ones to blame.

Doctors certainly bear a weighty responsibility when it comes to the explosive boom in diabetes cases in our country. For one thing, they very often fail to explain to their patients exactly how diabetes works, what causes it, and how simple diet and lifestyle changes can reverse it. Instead, they are quick to hand out prescriptions for pharmaceutical drugs like metformin which give their patients – who are actually ticking time bombs – a false sense of security by masking symptoms while doing nothing to get to their root causes.

Even when they do try to advise their patients about changes in nutrition, they base their information on outdated principles like increasing consumption of pasta and bread, when in fact these foods are like diabetic fuel. [Related: 62-year-old man reverses type 2 diabetes by cutting out pasta and bread.]

And then there is the greatest culprit of all: Big Food with its junk food and lies about what is and isn’t truly healthy.

A study by researchers from Washington University, published in the journal Cell Reports, found that eating fast food every day during pregnancy dramatically increases the diabetes risk of the next three generations in that family – irrespective of how healthy their diets may be. Yet, there is no warning issued to pregnant women to avoid toxic junk food.

A perfect example of the lies spread by the food industry is the diet drink debacle. Many health-conscious Americans obediently made the switch from regular soda to diet drinks after propaganda campaigns convinced them that this was a healthier alternative. Nothing could be further from the truth – and the soda companies know it!

A 2016 study by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that consuming just two artificially sweetened beverages each day doubles the risk of developing diabetes.

The good news is that prediabetes, and in certain cases even fully fledged type 2 diabetes, can be reversed with simple lifestyle changes, including losing weight, incorporating daily moderate exercise, cutting out processed carbohydrates like bread and pasta, and increasing consumption of non-GMO, organic fruit and veggies.

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