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  • Sting like a bee: alternative therapy in Gaza - News - 104.5 & 96.1 The Point Sheboygan's Hit Music
    hives and venom I am treating serious and chronic diseases which have no cure in regular medicine I have achieved excellent results said Samour an Egyptian educated specialist in entomology and bees in the Gaza Strip a Palestinian enclave We speak about chondritis in the neck and spine migraine loss of hair alopecia areata skin diseases cerebral palsy autism and cancer he said inside an apartment packed with patients on the edge of a beach refugee camp in Gaza City The 58 year old Palestinian said he makes bees sting patients at certain points in their bodies that he has carefully studied A bee dies after being made to sting I have been subjected to doubts but bee sting therapy has proven itself as an excellent alternative medicine he told Reuters Some doctors who value the apitherapy for certain illnesses are among my patients For a Reuters photo essay please click on http reut rs 1S3fD28 The Islamist ruled Gaza is under blockade by neighboring Egypt and Israel which restricts the movement of goods and people in and out of the territory So Gaza lacks sophisticated medical equipment and has patchy access to medicines Seriously ill patients must travel to Israel Egypt or beyond for specialist medical treatment Inside Samour s home men and women wait their turn in separate rooms Alya Al Ghafari 10 has been suffering from facial palsy for over two years Mainstream medicine was both expensive and less efficient than apitherapy according to her father Treatment by bee stings has been more effective than treatment by regular medicine but you need to be patient said Saeed Al Ghafari a government employee His daughter has been receiving treatment from Samour for nearly nine months At the beginning my daughter felt pain but as time passed Alya felt

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  • Dole under U.S. probe after deadly Listeria outbreak - News - 104.5 & 96.1 The Point Sheboygan's Hit Music
    will be cooperating with the DOJ to answer questions and address any concerns Listeria a common bacterium that can be either harmless or pathogenic can enter a processing facility via raw produce or other materials and form colonies Thirty three people in the United States and Canada fell ill in the outbreak from May 2015 to February 2016 All were hospitalized and four died Dole said on Jan 22 it had temporarily suspended operations at the Springfield plant It also issued recalls on all salad products packaged at the facility The plant reopened on April 21 Plant officials found evidence of Listeria contamination there as early as July 2014 Food Safety News FSN reported on Friday A Food and Drug Administration FDA inspection report obtained by FSN and reviewed by Reuters on Friday showed that Dole s tests of surfaces at the plant came back positive for Listeria on nine separate occasions in 2014 and 2015 Dole said in its statement that the report dealt with issues that had already been corrected The report dated Feb 5 said the plant s third party laboratory had notified Dole about positive Listeria test results from internal samples taken on Jan 5 and 7 But it did not say whether testing was done to determine whether the bacteria posed a threat If you have ongoing persistent contamination that can indicate that you have a sanitation problem Craig Hedberg a professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Minnesota s School of Public Health said in a phone interview on Friday The FDA inspected the plant five times in January and February 2016 Product samples collected at various stages of salad processing on Jan 16 tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes a strain that can cause severe illness the report said On Jan 26

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  • U.S. approves first drug for psychosis linked to Parkinson's - News - 104.5 & 96.1 The Point Sheboygan's Hit Music
    the country The U S Food and Drug Administration however asked Acadia to include a black box warning its strictest warning on the drug s label for an increased risk of death associated with its use in older people http 1 usa gov 1SPKUID An estimated 50 000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson s disease each year and about 1 million Americans have the condition the FDA said in a statement citing data from the National Institutes of Health The drug Nuplazid is expected to be priced at 13 500 per patient for a year and reach more that 1 billion in sales in 2021 according to Leerink analyst Paul Matteis Analysts have said the black box warning will have limited impact on the sales of Nuplazid as antipsychotics often come with such warnings So far the condition was treated with off label antipsyhotic drugs including quetiapine clozapine risperidone and olanzapine The drugs which target the overproduction of a chemical called dopamine are less effective and come with side effects including depression agitation and anxiety Nuplazid is considered safer according to analysts as the drug does not affect dopamine production instead targeting the 5HT2A receptor which is linked with neuropsychiatric disturbances Nearly 40 percent of all Parkinson s disease patients experience psychosis characterized by hallucinations and delusions Matteis also said he was optimistic that the drug would soon be covered by private and government insurers Although Nuplazid could be one of the most expensive antipsychotics on the market insurers are less likely to ask patients to try cheaper off label alternatives given their safety risks he said ahead of the approval In March an advisory panel to the FDA had backed Nuplazid but had said the drug s efficacy was not as robust as it would have liked Acadia s

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  • Mindfulness therapy works for recurrent depression - News - 104.5 & 96.1 The Point Sheboygan's Hit Music
    and accepting them without reacting to them Combining mindfulness techniques with cognitive therapy should be an option for patients according to study leader Willem Kuyken of the University of Oxford in the UK It is about choice for patients and adding another choice for people at high risk of depressive relapse to stay well in the long term Kuyken told Reuters Health in an email When mindfulness is combined with cognitive therapy one of the things we see is people being trained to regard their thoughts as just thoughts and not to get ensnared by them said Richard Davidson who wrote an editorial accompanying the study The research team analyzed data on 1 258 participants from nine randomized controlled trials that compared mindfulness based cognitive therapy MBCT to other treatments for recurring depression among people who were fully or partially in remission Overall people receiving MBCT were about 31 percent less likely to have depression again after 60 weeks compared to people who received other treatments including self help After excluding self help the researchers found that people who received MBCT were still 21 percent less likely to have depression again after 60 weeks compared to people on other treatments MBCT worked equally well regardless of age sex education relationship status age at onset of depression and previous episodes However in people with more severe depressive symptoms MBCT worked especially well compared to other treatments Depression is a recurrent illness said Davidson of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin Madison Relapse is a very significant problem with depression and mindfulness based cognitive therapy may be particularly valuable in reducing the risk of relapse The researchers write in JAMA Psychiatry April 27 that MBCT teaches skills that help people with recurrent depression to stay well Davidson said

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  • No need to fast before cholesterol check - News - 104.5 & 96.1 The Point Sheboygan's Hit Music
    Nordestgaard of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark Today the key players for keeping the fasting procedure are the laboratories drawing the blood They simply could change the procedure tomorrow and then nobody would fast anymore That is what we did in Denmark and patients clinicians and laboratories were all happy with the change Nordestgaard told Reuters Health in an email that doctors essentially just always had patients fast before a cholesterol test So people got used to it without questioning the fasting procedure he said Typically blood is drawn for a cholesterol test known as a lipid panel after a person has fasted for at least eight hours the researchers write in the European Heart Journal In 2009 Denmark began using non fasting cholesterol tests One advantage the researchers say is that forgoing fasting simplifies the process for patients doctors and laboratories Also patients are more likely to get the test For the new analysis the international team of researchers met twice in person to look at data from a number of large studies such as the Nurses Health Study the Copenhagen General Population Study and the Heart Protection Study The researchers found that not fasting compared to fasting didn t significantly change the levels of substances typically measured during a cholesterol test including triglycerides total cholesterol LDL or bad cholesterol and HDL or good cholesterol To improve patient compliance with lipid testing we therefore recommend the routine use of non fasting lipid profiles the researchers write These recommendations represent a joint consensus statement from the European Atherosclerosis Society and European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine involving 21 World medical experts from Europe Australia and the US said Nordestgaard The research team cautions that fasting cholesterol tests may be needed if a person has high triglycerides or

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  • Science News - 104.5 & 96.1 The Point Sheboygan's Hit Music
    by test driving the exploratio Repairs to keep ULA rocket grounded until summer company says Friday April 29 By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla Reuters United Launch Alliance s workhorse Atlas 5 rocket will remain grounded until this summer China aims for manned moon landing by 2036 Friday April 29 BEIJING Reuters China wants to put astronauts on the moon by 2036 a senior space official said the latest goal in China s ambitious Slumber party reptiles like us have REM sleep and may dream Thursday April 28 By Will Dunham WASHINGTON Reuters Research in a German laboratory involving five lizards called Australian bearded dragons indicates SpaceX undercut ULA rocket launch pricing by 40 percent U S Air Force Thursday April 28 By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla Reuters The U S Air Force will save 40 percent by buying a GPS satellite launch from Elon Musk s In risks to bees study finds not all neonicotinoids are equal Thursday April 28 By Kate Kelland LONDON Reuters A group of chemical insecticides known as neonicotinoids that have been banned in Europe due to fears SpaceX breaks Boeing Lockheed monopoly on military space launches Wednesday April 27 By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla Reuters The U S Air Force on Wednesday awarded billionaire Elon Musk s SpaceX an 83 million con SpaceX targets 2018 for first Mars mission Wednesday April 27 By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla Reuters SpaceX plans to send an unmanned Dragon spacecraft to Mars as early as 2018 the company Russia launches first rocket from new spaceport at second attempt Wednesday April 27 By Dmitry Solovyov MOSCOW Reuters Russia launched its first rocket from a new cosmodrome on Thursday a day after a technical glitch Glitch postpones first space flight from Russia s new launch pad Tuesday

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  • Africa's giant eye in the sky proving worth its SALT - News - 104.5 & 96.1 The Point Sheboygan's Hit Music
    during a media visit SALT is now living up to expectations producing high quality science data that probe the far reaches of the universe said Ted Williams a director at the South African Astronomical Observatory managing the site Scientists know of neutron stars large objects about the size of the Sun that have compacted down at the end of their lives to something about 10 km six miles across the last stop before a black hole Williams said these incredibly dense objects have been known for decades to produce pulsars which emit regular pulses of radio waves and other electromagnetic radiation at rates of up to one thousand pulses per second But there is another class of compact objects called white dwarfs bigger the size of the earth So rather than 10 kilometers in size we are looking at 6 000 kilometers and we ve just discovered the very first white dwarf pulsar he said of the previously unknown celestial phenomena Situated atop a hill in the desolate Northern Cape around 350 km north of Cape Town the 43 million SALT telescope used its powerful spectroscopy light measurement tool to prove the existence of the white dwarf pulsar Shared by a consortium of partners from South Africa India America and Europe SALT s queuing system allows it to interrupt routine observations and within minutes focus its 10 metre optical telescope on new discoveries said Williams In February SALT was the first major telescope to take a spectrum of a supernova in the nearby Centaurus A galaxy hours after its discovery It also helped reveal one of the biggest explosions ever recorded in the universe 200 times more powerful than a typical supernova and believed to have shone at 570 billion times the brightness of the Sun It is what we

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  • Astronomers find a tailless comet, first of its kind - News - 104.5 & 96.1 The Point Sheboygan's Hit Music
    Advances The so called Manx comet named after a breed of cats without tails was made of rocky materials that are normally found near Earth Most comets are made of ice and other frozen compounds and were formed in solar system s frigid far reaches Researchers believe the newly found comet was formed in the same region as Earth then booted to the solar system s backyard like a gravitational slingshot as planets jostled for position Scientists involved in the discovery now seek to learn how many more Manx comets exist which could help to resolve debate over exactly how and when the solar system settled into its current configuration Depending how many we find we will know whether the giant planets danced across the solar system when they were young or if they grew up quietly without moving much paper co author Olivier Hainaut an astronomer with the European Southern Observatory in Germany said in a statement The new comet known as C 2014 S3 was discovered in 2014 by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System or Pan STARRS This network of telescopes scours the night time skies for fast moving comets asteroids and other celestial bodies Typically comets coming in from the same region as the Manx grow bright tails as they approach the sun the result of ice vaporizing off their bodies and gleaming in reflected sunlight But C 2014 S3 was dark and virtually tailless when it was spotted about twice as far away from the sun as Earth Later analysis showed that instead of ices typically found on comets the Manx comet contained materials similar to the rocky asteroids located in a belt between Mars and Jupiter And C 2014 S3 appeared pristine an indication that it had been in the solar system

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