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Sunday, May 20, 2007

This Week in Health, Fitness and Science

Good Week For:
  • STD's: Current research claims that having Herpes, a viral infection, may help prevent against Bubonic Plague and other bacterial infections. Bubonic Plague is a bacterial infection caused by Yersinia Pestis and causes chills, fever, vomiting, diarrhea and skin lesions or Buboes. Pneumonic plague occurs when the bacteria is inhaled and frequently causes death within a few days. Bubonic Plague is still seen in the western US and 4 Corners area. Plague is transmitted from rodents to humans via fleas or inhalation of rodent droppings. Herpes is proposed to increase human infection fighting Interferon Gamma to fight off future infection. Plague Article
  • Mind Erasers: Scientists are working on a drug to induce selective amnesia. By re-activating a memory and administering the drug researchers believe that they can eliminate the specific memory. It could be very useful for anyone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Currently the drug has shown some success on lab animals. Amnesia Medicine Article

Bad Week For:
  • Prostates: A new study shows that potent, high dose megavitamins may increase prostate cancer risks. Prostate/Vitamin Article

1 comment:

Luke said...

Hooray for Herpes!