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Health officials: No reason to skip Thanksgiving dinner because of a salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey
Posted: November 18, 2018, 11:03 pm
Bosses ask the PM to honour a pledge to give it the same status as physical health in the workplace.
Posted: November 18, 2018, 1:15 pm
A campaign group says more than 100 schools did not take up free awareness sessions.
Posted: November 18, 2018, 1:15 pm
Rebecca Shorrocks nearly lost her life to cardiomyopathy - a heart condition she never knew she had.
Posted: November 18, 2018, 1:15 pm
Aged three, Romeo Hadley suffered purpura fulminans, which led to both his legs being amputated.
Posted: November 18, 2018, 1:15 pm
Why You Don't See Ads on GreenMedInfo Did you know that GreenMedInfo.com is 100% member supported? It is through your membership that we are able to add research content daily, provide thoughtful articles on groundbreaking health & wellness topics, and continue to educate and empower people on the science supporting natural healing. Our website has always offered open access to our carefully curated research (and always will) but we recently made the decision to become completely advertisement free. In order for us to continue, we need your support more than ever. Our memberships start at only $8.00 per month and provide you with enhanced content & features. We appreciate you supporting our mission and sharing our passion! For more information on becoming a member of GreenMedInfo.com, click here.PMID:  Mar Pollut Bull. 2017 Oct 15 ;123(1-2):219-226. Epub 2017 Oct 12. PMID: 28893402Abstract Title:  A large-scale investigation of microplastic contamination: Abundance and characteristics of microplastics in European beach sediment.Abstract:  Here we present the large-scale distribution of microplastic contamination in beach sediment across Europe. Sediment samples were collected from 23 locations across 13 countries by citizen scientists, and analysed using a standard operating procedure. We found significant variability in the concentrations of microplastics, ranging from 72±24 to 1512±187 microplastics per kg of dry sediment, with high variability within sampling locations. Three hotspots of microplastic accumulation (>700 microplastics per kg of dry sediment) were found. There was limited variability in the physico-chemical characteristics of the plastics across sampling locations. The majority of the microplastics were fibrous,

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Posted: November 18, 2018, 11:03 am
Why You Don't See Ads on GreenMedInfo Did you know that GreenMedInfo.com is 100% member supported? It is through your membership that we are able to add research content daily, provide thoughtful articles on groundbreaking health & wellness topics, and continue to educate and empower people on the science supporting natural healing. Our website has always offered open access to our carefully curated research (and always will) but we recently made the decision to become completely advertisement free. In order for us to continue, we need your support more than ever. Our memberships start at only $8.00 per month and provide you with enhanced content & features. We appreciate you supporting our mission and sharing our passion! For more information on becoming a member of GreenMedInfo.com, click here.PMID:  Mar Pollut Bull. 2015 Dec 15 ;101(1):119-126. Epub 2015 Nov 19. PMID: 26608506Abstract Title:  Ingestion of microplastics by commercial fish off the Portuguese coast.Abstract:  The digestive tract contents of 263 individuals from 26 species of commercial fish were examined for microplastics. These were found in 17 species, corresponding to 19.8% of the fish of which 32.7% had ingested more than one microplastic. Of all the fish that ingested microplastics, 63.5% was benthic and 36.5% pelagic species. A total of 73 microplastics were recorded, 48 (65.8%) being fibres and 25 (34.2%) being fragments. Polymers were polypropylene, polyethylene, alkyd resin, rayon, polyester, nylon and acrylic. The mean of ingested microplastics was 0.27± 0.63 per fish, (n=263). Pelagic fish ingested more particles and benthic fish ingested more fibres, but no significant differences were found. Fish with the highest number of microplastics were from the mouth of the Tagus river. Scomber japonicus registered the highest mean of ingested microplastics, suggesting its potential as indicator species to monitor and investigate trends in ingested litter, in the MSFD marine regions.

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Posted: November 18, 2018, 11:03 am
Why You Don't See Ads on GreenMedInfo Did you know that GreenMedInfo.com is 100% member supported? It is through your membership that we are able to add research content daily, provide thoughtful articles on groundbreaking health & wellness topics, and continue to educate and empower people on the science supporting natural healing. Our website has always offered open access to our carefully curated research (and always will) but we recently made the decision to become completely advertisement free. In order for us to continue, we need your support more than ever. Our memberships start at only $8.00 per month and provide you with enhanced content & features. We appreciate you supporting our mission and sharing our passion! For more information on becoming a member of GreenMedInfo.com, click here.PMID:  Arch Environ Contam Toxicol. 2015 Oct ;69(3):265-8. Epub 2015 Sep 2. PMID: 26329498Abstract Title:  Microplastics in the Ocean.Abstract:  Since their ubiquity in the ocean and marine organisms was first revealed, global concern about microplastics has grown considerably. The North Pacific Ocean and the adjacent marginal seas have high levels of microplastic contamination compared with the global average. This special issue on microplastics was organized by the North Pacific Marine Science Organization to share information on microplastic pollution in the North Pacific region. The special issue highlights high levels of contamination in the North Pacific both on shorelines and at the sea surface. Particularly high levels of contamination were reported on the western and southern coasts of Korea. Sources, including sewage discharge, aquaculture, and shipyards, were implicated. With the direction and energy of surface winds and currents have an important influence on shoreline patterns of distribution. The special issue also demonstrates potential for ingestion of microplastic by small planktonic organisms at the base of the food chain. A wide range of chemicals are associated with plastic debris and concerns are expressed about the potential for these chemicals to transfer to biota upon ingestion. As an introduction to the topic, this paper provides a brief background on microplastic contamination, highlights some key research gaps, and summarizes findings from the articles published in this issue.

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Posted: November 18, 2018, 11:03 am
Why You Don't See Ads on GreenMedInfo Did you know that GreenMedInfo.com is 100% member supported? It is through your membership that we are able to add research content daily, provide thoughtful articles on groundbreaking health & wellness topics, and continue to educate and empower people on the science supporting natural healing. Our website has always offered open access to our carefully curated research (and always will) but we recently made the decision to become completely advertisement free. In order for us to continue, we need your support more than ever. Our memberships start at only $8.00 per month and provide you with enhanced content & features. We appreciate you supporting our mission and sharing our passion! For more information on becoming a member of GreenMedInfo.com, click here.PMID:  Environ Pollut. 2017 Oct ;229:10-18. Epub 2017 May 30. PMID: 28575711Abstract Title:  Microplastics in the sediments of a UK urban lake.Abstract:  While studies on microplastics in the marine environment show their wide-distribution, persistence and contamination of biota, the freshwater environment remains comparatively neglected. Where studies on freshwaters have been undertaken these have been on riverine systems or very large lakes. We present data on the distribution of microplastic particles in the sediments of Edgbaston Pool, a shallow eutrophic lake in central Birmingham, UK. These data provide, to our knowledge, the first assessment of microplastic concentrations in the sediments of either a small or an urban lake and the first for any lake in the UK. Maximum concentrations reached 25-30 particles per 100 g dried sediment (equivalent to low hundreds kg) and hence are comparable with reported river sediment studies. Fibres and films were the most common types of microplastic observed. Spatial distributions appear to be due to similar factors to other lake studies (i.e. location of inflow; prevailing wind directions; propensity for biofouling; distribution of macroplastic debris) and add to the growing burden of evidence for microplastic ubiquity in all environments.

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Posted: November 18, 2018, 11:03 am
Why You Don't See Ads on GreenMedInfo Did you know that GreenMedInfo.com is 100% member supported? It is through your membership that we are able to add research content daily, provide thoughtful articles on groundbreaking health & wellness topics, and continue to educate and empower people on the science supporting natural healing. Our website has always offered open access to our carefully curated research (and always will) but we recently made the decision to become completely advertisement free. In order for us to continue, we need your support more than ever. Our memberships start at only $8.00 per month and provide you with enhanced content & features. We appreciate you supporting our mission and sharing our passion! For more information on becoming a member of GreenMedInfo.com, click here.PMID:  Mar Pollut Bull. 2017 Aug 15 ;121(1-2):154-159. Epub 2017 Jun 5. PMID: 28595982Abstract Title:  Trophic transference of microplastics under a low exposure scenario: Insights on the likelihood of particle cascading along marine food-webs.Abstract:  Microplastics are emergent pollutants in marine environments, whose risks along food-web still need to be understood. Within this knowledge gap, MPs transference and persistence along trophic levels are key processes. We assessed the potential occurrence of these processes considering a less extreme scenario of exposure than used previously, with microplastics present only in the hemolymph of prey (the mussel Perna perna) and absent in the gut cavity. Predators were the crab Callinectes ornatus and the puffer fish Spheoeroides greeleyi. Transference of microplastics occurred from prey to predators but without evidences of particle persistence in their tissues after 10days of exposure. This suggests a reduced likelihood of trophic cascading of particles and, consequently, a reduced risk of direct impacts of microplastics on higher trophic levels. However, the contact with microplastics along food-webs is still concerning, modulated by the concentration of particles in prey and predators' depuration capacity and rate.

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Posted: November 18, 2018, 11:03 am
Why You Don't See Ads on GreenMedInfo Did you know that GreenMedInfo.com is 100% member supported? It is through your membership that we are able to add research content daily, provide thoughtful articles on groundbreaking health & wellness topics, and continue to educate and empower people on the science supporting natural healing. Our website has always offered open access to our carefully curated research (and always will) but we recently made the decision to become completely advertisement free. In order for us to continue, we need your support more than ever. Our memberships start at only $8.00 per month and provide you with enhanced content & features. We appreciate you supporting our mission and sharing our passion! For more information on becoming a member of GreenMedInfo.com, click here.PMID:  Environ Sci Technol. 2016 Mar 15 ;50(6):3239-46. Epub 2016 Feb 23. PMID: 26905979Abstract Title:  Microplastics Alter the Properties and Sinking Rates of Zooplankton Faecal Pellets.Abstract:  Plastic debris is a widespread contaminant, prevalent in aquatic ecosystems across the globe. Zooplankton readily ingest microscopic plastic (microplastic,

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Posted: November 18, 2018, 11:03 am
Why You Don't See Ads on GreenMedInfo Did you know that GreenMedInfo.com is 100% member supported? It is through your membership that we are able to add research content daily, provide thoughtful articles on groundbreaking health & wellness topics, and continue to educate and empower people on the science supporting natural healing. Our website has always offered open access to our carefully curated research (and always will) but we recently made the decision to become completely advertisement free. In order for us to continue, we need your support more than ever. Our memberships start at only $8.00 per month and provide you with enhanced content & features. We appreciate you supporting our mission and sharing our passion! For more information on becoming a member of GreenMedInfo.com, click here.PMID:  Environ Pollut. 2017 Feb ;221:141-149. Epub 2016 Dec 7. PMID: 27939629Abstract Title:  Microplastics and mesoplastics in fish from coastal and fresh waters of China.Abstract:  Plastic pollution is a growing global concern. In the present study, we investigated plastic pollution in 21 species of sea fish and 6 species of freshwater fish from China. All of the species were found to ingest micro- or mesoplastics. The average abundance of microplastics varied from 1.1 to 7.2 items by individual and 0.2-17.2 items by gram. The average abundance of mesoplastics varied from 0.2 to 3.0 items by individual and 0.1-3.9 items by gram. Microplastics were abundant in 26 species, accounting for 55.9-92.3% of the total number of plastics items in each species. Thamnaconus septentrionalis contained the highest abundance of microplastics (7.2 items/individual). The average abundance of plastics in sea benthopelagic fishes was significantly higher than in freshwater benthopelagic fishes by items/individual. The plastics were dominanted by fiber in shape, transparent in color and cellophane in composition. The proportion of plastics in the stomach to the intestines showed great variation in different species, ranging from 0.5 to 1.9 by items/individual. The stomach of Harpodon nehereus and intestines of Pampus cinereus contained the highest number of plastics, (3.3) and (2.7), respectively, by items/individual. Our results suggested that plastic pollution was widespread in the investigated fish species and showed higher abundance in comparison with worldwide studies. The ingestion of plastics in fish was closely related to the habitat and gastrointestinal tract structure. We highly recommend that the entire gastrointestinal tract and digestion process be used in future investigations of plastic pollution in fish.

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Posted: November 18, 2018, 11:03 am
Why You Don't See Ads on GreenMedInfo Did you know that GreenMedInfo.com is 100% member supported? It is through your membership that we are able to add research content daily, provide thoughtful articles on groundbreaking health & wellness topics, and continue to educate and empower people on the science supporting natural healing. Our website has always offered open access to our carefully curated research (and always will) but we recently made the decision to become completely advertisement free. In order for us to continue, we need your support more than ever. Our memberships start at only $8.00 per month and provide you with enhanced content & features. We appreciate you supporting our mission and sharing our passion! For more information on becoming a member of GreenMedInfo.com, click here.PMID:  Aquat Toxicol. 2016 Nov ;180:173-185. Epub 2016 Sep 24. PMID: 27721112Abstract Title:  Temperature rise and microplastics interact with the toxicity of the antibiotic cefalexin to juveniles of the common goby (Pomatoschistus microps): Post-exposure predatory behaviour, acetylcholinesterase activity and lipid peroxidation.Abstract:  The goal of this study was to investigate the toxicity of cefalexin to Pomatoschistus microps juveniles in relation to the presence of microplastics in the water and temperature rise. After acclimatization, groups of wild juveniles were exposed for 96h to artificial salt water (control), microplastics alone (0.184mg/l), cefalexin alone (1.3-10mg/l) and in mixture with microplastics (cefalexin: 1.3-10mg/l; microplastics: 0.184mg/l) at 20 and 25°C. Effect criteria were mortality, post-exposure predatory performance (PEPP), acetylcholinesterase activity (AChE) and lipid peroxidation levels (LPO). At 20°C, concentrations of cefalexin alone≥5mg/l significantly reduced PEPP (up to 56%; 96h-EC=8.4mg/l), indicating toxicity of the antibiotic to juveniles after short-term exposure to water concentrations in the low ppm range. At 20°C, fish exposed to microplastics alone did not have significant differences in any of the parameters tested relative to the control group but tended to have an inhibition of the PEPP (23%) and AChE (21%); at 25°C, microplastics alone caused mortality (33%) and PEPP inhibition (28%). Thus, microplastics are toxic to P. microps juveniles. At 20°C, under simultaneous exposure to cefalexin and microplastics, the PEPP was significantly reduced (at cefalexin concentrations≥1.25mg/l). Moreover, at 25°C, the toxicity curves of cefalexin (PEPP based), alone and in mixture with microplastics, were significantly different (p

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Posted: November 18, 2018, 11:03 am
Why You Don't See Ads on GreenMedInfo Did you know that GreenMedInfo.com is 100% member supported? It is through your membership that we are able to add research content daily, provide thoughtful articles on groundbreaking health & wellness topics, and continue to educate and empower people on the science supporting natural healing. Our website has always offered open access to our carefully curated research (and always will) but we recently made the decision to become completely advertisement free. In order for us to continue, we need your support more than ever. Our memberships start at only $8.00 per month and provide you with enhanced content & features. We appreciate you supporting our mission and sharing our passion! For more information on becoming a member of GreenMedInfo.com, click here.PMID:  Sci Total Environ. 2017 Nov 15 ;598:1116-1129. Epub 2017 May 2. PMID: 28482459Abstract Title:  Synthetic fibers as microplastics in the marine environment: A review from textile perspective with a focus on domestic washings.Abstract:  The ubiquity of plastic materials in the environment has been, for long, a matter of discussion. Smaller particles, named microplastics (

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Posted: November 18, 2018, 11:03 am
Why You Don't See Ads on GreenMedInfo Did you know that GreenMedInfo.com is 100% member supported? It is through your membership that we are able to add research content daily, provide thoughtful articles on groundbreaking health & wellness topics, and continue to educate and empower people on the science supporting natural healing. Our website has always offered open access to our carefully curated research (and always will) but we recently made the decision to become completely advertisement free. In order for us to continue, we need your support more than ever. Our memberships start at only $8.00 per month and provide you with enhanced content & features. We appreciate you supporting our mission and sharing our passion! For more information on becoming a member of GreenMedInfo.com, click here.PMID:  Mar Pollut Bull. 2017 Jan 30 ;114(2):724-732. Epub 2016 Oct 31. PMID: 27810093Abstract Title:  Microplastics in Baltic bottom sediments: Quantification procedures and first results.Abstract:  Microplastics in the marine environment are known as a global ecological problem but there are still no standardized analysis procedures for their quantification. The first breakthrough in this direction was the NOAA Laboratory Methods for quantifying synthetic particles in water and sediments, but fibers numbers have been found to be underestimated with this approach. We propose modifications for these methods that will allow us to analyze microplastics in bottom sediments, including small fibers. Addition of an internal standard to sediment samples and occasional empty runs are advised for analysis quality control. The microplastics extraction efficiency using the proposed modifications is 92±7%. Distribution of microplastics in bottom sediments of the Russian part of the Baltic Sea is presented. Microplastic particles were found in all of the samples with an average concentration of 34±10 items/kg DW and have the same order of magnitude as neighbor studies reported.

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Posted: November 18, 2018, 11:03 am
Tom and his father, Chris Gowers, have three generations of cancer in their family, and they are calling on men to get themselves checked during Movember
Posted: November 18, 2018, 10:55 am
EXCLUSIVE: An NHS campaign, Help Us, Help You, is encouraging us to manage our health better as temperatures drop
Posted: November 18, 2018, 10:55 am
Most children moving to the U.S. from Central America come without adults, hoping to join parents or family already living in the U.S. To succeed, psychologists say, these families need support.
Posted: November 18, 2018, 10:00 am
When photographer Simone Francescangeli took pictures of the miners, he was struck by the dangerous environment — and the number of children he saw working in the mines.
Posted: November 18, 2018, 10:00 am
Ten times a day, on average, Facebook's AI-driven self-harm detection system alerts authorities to people who may be about to hurt themselves.
Posted: November 18, 2018, 10:00 am
For every person still unaccounted for, there are family members and friends desperately trying to find them.
Posted: November 18, 2018, 10:00 am
Here are some ways to stay healthy amid the smoke and smog from California’s wildfires.
Posted: November 18, 2018, 9:44 am
An illustrated look at the face masks that are now everywhere on the streets of San Francisco and other smoke-ridden cities.
Posted: November 18, 2018, 9:44 am

It’s that time of year again – the trip to the chemist, the little room, the little jab. Eva Wiseman reveals why avoiding actual flu is not the only reason she loves having the shot

The most magical time of the year – flu jab day, my chosen Christmas. I love it. I love the efficiency of popping into the chemist at lunchtime, as if for a meal deal or tampon, and leaving with the knowledge that I’m safe from four strains of flu, as well as a meal deal and a tampon. I love the wait on the hard chairs, the cheery conversation with a stranger whose neck has completely gone and who’s had it up to here with her boss. Last year I had a good chat with a man waiting for his methadone – he said it tasted horrid.

I love to sit among those boxes of potential cures for whatever ails, whether head or feet or the hazy no-man’s land in between. I hear the lowered voices of people asking the chemist for bum cream, and prevent myself from shouting, in all my flu jab love: “We are all people my friend! Underneath our jacket, cardigan, T-shirt and pants, we are all people, and we all have a bum! Don’t be shy, you are home amongst your own kind.” At this time of year it is a constant struggle not to become one of the people that shouts affectionately at strangers.

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Posted: November 18, 2018, 9:44 am

You are making it easy for your older sister to dominate you, Mariella Frostrup tells a woman in her 20s that she no longer needs to play by the old rules

The dilemma My older sister and I are both in our mid-20s but have never been close. From a young age she would show her strength, picking fights and, as we got older, these became more verbal. We have not been in each other’s lives much over the past 10 years, but what was normal teenage behaviour has transformed into a negative adult relationship. She seems to have a genuine dislike for me that I don’t want to put down to jealousy. That is so petty and I’m not sure what she would be jealous of. She makes me feel incredibly insecure. When I see her I have terrible anxiety and the things she’s called me (lazy and tight with money) are unfounded and mean. I get highly emotional and she doesn’t seem to care, switching from anger to cracking a joke minutes later. I recently spoke to my mother about this and she said she could see that my sister acts unfairly towards me, but she doesn’t want to get involved. I should also say that our father is currently undergoing cancer treatment which has put even more strain on our relationship, but I am trying to hold it together for our parents’ sake.

Mariella replies As you should. I’m sorry to hear about your dad and hope he makes a swift recovery. Sibling rivalry is as old as humanity itself, so your dilemma, while compelling, isn’t surprising or easily solved. It is, however, timely as the festivities approach and, along with the joy of reunions and gift giving, comes the less heart-warming prospect of immersion in family dynamics that haven’t changed since childhood.

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Posted: November 18, 2018, 9:44 am
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