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HealthNews RoundUp - 4th Week of November 2020



The Best Filters For Your Masks



With COVID on the rise, you’ll want the best filter in your mask.  Virginia Tech engineers show that vacuum cleaner cloth material works best to filter out the smallest particles preventing you from breathing virus into your lungs or blowing it out into others.


Whether using the bag cloth in a cloth mask or a respirator mask, the vacuum bags bested microfiber, a surgical mask, a coffee filter, a MERV 12 HEPA filter, a bandana, and an acrylic face shield.  This was true for overall filtration as well as incoming and outgoing protection.


For your own protection and for the protection of us all, use the best filtration material in your mask.


#mask #covid #filtration #vacuumbag

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Repeat CoVid Positive Patients Don’t Spread Virus



The few unlucky persons who test COVID positive after recovering from the virus appear not to be spreaders. This conclusion comes from a Wuhan, China study that reviewed the records of 20,280 COVID patients from December through August.  The researchers also surveyed their close contacts numbering 4,079.


The data show that 12% of the group were CoVid+ repeaters.  These patients were representative of the group initially infected except that they tended to require 3 day longer hospitalizations and a greater proportion of females were repeaters.


None of their close contacts developed positive CoVid PCR tests.  The investigators suggest that these “echo” positives may occur due to residual circulating non=infectious viral remnants.


#covid #repeatpositive

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MMR Vaccine Thwarts CoVid 



Antibodies against the mumps virus appear to have CoVid protective effects.  A study just published by mBio looked at a group of 80 COVID patients, 50 of whom had been vaccinated with MMR II vaccine vs an unvaccinated group.


Those with antibodies against the mumps virus, an RNA virus like CoVid, suffered less severe disease than those without mumps antibodies or low concentrations or titers of them.  The severity of disease was proportional to mumps antibody titer: the asymptomatic had titers of 134-300; mild symptoms below 134; moderate symptoms below 75, and severe symptoms below 32.


Vaccination with MMR and other vaccines may be keeping nearly half of CoVid test positive persons apparently healthy.


#covid #mmr

covid, mmr



Ibuprofen Increases Bleeding After Tonsillectomy



If your child has a tonsillectomy, don’t use ibuprofen, Motrin or Advil, to control post-operative pain.  A study from Harvard’s Boston Children’s Hospital shows that these drugs increase the risk of bleeding following tonsillectomy by 36%.


The study analyzed more than one-half million children under 18 years who underwent tonsil removal between 2004 and 2015.  Another NSAID, ketoralac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug often used in the recovery room, increased the bleeding risk by nearly 40%.


How do you then help your kid get through recovery.  Use acetaminophen, Tylenol, every 4 hours and give them plenty of sugar.  I put my tonsillectomy patients on the Twinkie diet since sugar does damp pain.


#bleeding #tonsillectomy #ibuprofen #nsaids

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Women’s and Men’s Different Health Challenges



Cornell neuroscientist Dr. Lisa Mosconi has identified brain and body differences between the two genders.  Parade magazine encapsulated her findings this past weekend.



  • See doctors more often

  • Benefit more from plant-based diets

  • Have greater risks of dementia

  • Experience more anxiety and depression

  • Suffer more headaches and migraines 

  • Have more autoimmune diseases



  • Develop illness at younger ages

  • Experience more lifetime illness

  • Die younger

  • Have higher healthcare costs

  • Have more gout

  • Have more inguinal hernias

  • Suffer more aortic aneurysms

  • Develop more kidney stones

  • Have more alcoholism

  • Develop more duodenal ulcers

  • Suffer more emphysema


Know your risks and improve your chances.


#health #men #women

health, men, women




A Possible Cancer Vaccine



One hallmark of successful cancer immunotherapy is the deployment of checkpoint inhibitors, antibodies against the PD-1 receptors on lymphocytes that prevent them from killing cancer cells.  These must be repeatedly infused intravenously to trigger the army of killer white cells.


A just published study from Ohio State shows that even more powerful checkpoint antibodies may be synthesized using an immunogenic peptide PD1-Vaxx.  The vaccine prompts production of multiple antibodies to multiple sites on the PD-1 receptor.


This vaccine shows significant anti-cancer activity in a mouse human colon cancer model.  It remains to future studies to test it on humans.  This vaccine could also induce anti-cancer surveillance preventing emergence of tumors.


#cancer #vaccine #checkpoint #pd1

cancer, vaccine, checkpoint, pd1




Why CoVid Victims Have Silent Hypoxia



One COVID feature is blood oxygen levels dropping without patients realizing they are sick.  This silent oxygen deprivation does lasting damage to multiple organs.


Biomedical engineers at Boston University and the University of Vermont, using patient data and computer modeling, show that the oxygen drop is due to 3 mechanisms.  Lung regions damaged by CoVid do not block blood flow and divert it to healthier regions, they have abnormally high blood clotting, and, finally,  CoVid  produces a mismatch of air flow to blood flow in the lungs.


Low blood oxygen levels can be an early sign of CoVid.  Consider buying and using an inexpensive pulse oximeter and using it on a daily basis.


#covid #lung #hypoxia #shunting #clotting

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CoVid Pandemic Complicates Measles Preparedness



Fear of CoVid has kept millions of children from receiving scheduled measles vaccinations this year.  That shortfall only adds to the missed vaccinations that precipitated this year’s measles outbreaks.  A worldwide CoVid vaccination campaign will only add to the problem.


The WHO working group on measles and rubella issues this warning with the sobering data that measles caused 207,000 deaths in 2019, 50% more than in 2016.  These tragedies were all preventable.


As the US ramps up for CoVid vaccinations, don’t forget about the MMR and flu vaccines.  Remember too that there is evidence that these latter two vaccines may also give you some umbrella protection against CoVid while you wait for its vaccine.


#measles #vaccine #covid #flu #mmr

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Nutrient Supplements Recalled



The FDA and Fusion Health and Vitality LLC are recalling two products: CORE Essential Nutrients; and Immune Boost Sublingual Vitamin D3.  The CORE product contains an unapproved food additive hordenine HCl and is therefore considered adulterated.  Hordenine is unsafe if ingested and may elevate the heart rate and blood pressure.  The Immune Boost product has labeling that renders it an unapproved new drug.  If you have either of these products, stop using them and return them to the point of purchase for a refund.  If you have additional questions, contact Fusion at 1-888-964-5327.


#supplements #hordenine #fda

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Hy-Vee Short Cuts On Recall



Hy-Vee, Inc. and the FDA have recalled Hy-Vee Short Cuts vegetable mix products.  There is contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  The products involved include Pot Roast Mix and Grill/Oven Ready Veggie Mix, were sold in IL, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, and WI.  Listeria causes severe illness in the very young, the elderly, and the immune compromised as well as miscarriages and stillbirths.  Discard these items or return them to the store for a full refund.  For more information, call Hy-Vee at 1-800-772-4098.


#hyvee #shortcuts #listeria

hyvee, shortcuts, listeria



Recall On Organic Basil



Shenandoah Growers Inc and the FDA are recalling packages of organic basil sold under The Fresh Market and  the Good and Gather labels.  These products are contaminated with Cyclospora.  This parasite causes an intestinal infection accompanied by severe abdominal pains, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, body aches, and fatigue.  If you have these products, discard them immediately and contact the Shenandoah Growers Consumer Response Center at 1-844-896-6939 to arrange a refund.


#basil #cyclospora 

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Date-Nut Bar Recalled



Riverside Natural Foods and the FDA have recalled Good & Gather Banana Chocolate Chip Date and Nut Bar.  This product is improperly labeled as containing tree nuts but instead contains almonds.  Those with an almond allergy may develop a serious or life-threatening reaction.  If you have this product, don’t consume it but return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  If you have additional questions, contact Riverside Natural Foods at 1-416-360-8200 x 226.


#datenutbar #almonds

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Recall On Santa Cruz Bicycles



Santa Cruz Bicycles and the CPSC are recalling aluminum Santa Cruz and Juliana branded bicycles.  The aluminum frame pieces have experienced thermal damage during a painting operation and could bend or buckle, posing a fall hazard.  If you own one of these bicycles, stop using it.  Contact Santa Cruz Bicycles to arrange for a free inspection, replacement, or refund.  Call the company at 1-833-944-8335.


#bicycle #santacruz #framedefect

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Towsleys Chargers on Recall



Towsleys and the CPSC are recalling Towsleys 3-in-1 wireless chargers, 6700 mAh power banks, and travel chargers.  These products may overheat posing a fire hazard.  If you have one of these, stop using it immediately and contact the company at 1-888-510-0488 to obtain instructions regarding obtaining a free replacement charger and disposal of the recalled units.


#charger #wireless #battery #fire

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RH 5-Arm Wine Barrel Chandelier Recalled



The RH Company, formerly Restoration Hardware, and the CPSC have recalled the RH 5-Arm Wine Barrel Chandeliers.  Hardware parts used to hang the chandeliers may fracture causing the chandelier to fall from the ceiling and create an injury hazard.   If you have one of these chandeliers, do not allow your family or friends to pass directly beneath it.  Contact RH to arrange a free in-home repair or replacement.  Contact the company by calling 1-833-786-0028.


#chandelier #rh #structuraldefect

chandelier, rh, structuraldefect



Recall on Lidl Powerfix Steel Shelving Units



Lidl US and the CPSC announce the recall of Lidl Powerfix Steel Shelving Units.  These units may be missing wall mounting hardware used to attach the shelving unit to the wall posing tip-over and entrapment hazards.  Stop using these units if the anti-tipping hardware is not properly attached.  Contact Lidl at 1-844-747-5435 to arrange for a refund or replacement.


#shelvingunits #lidl #tipping

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Crock-Pot Multi-Cookers Recalled



Sunbeam Products and the CPSC are recalling Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers.  This unit is able to pressurize even if the lid is not completely locked permitting the lid to suddenly detach and allowing the hot contents to spew out and burn the user.  Stop using this product in pressure cooker mode.   You may continue to use it for slow cooking.  Contact the Crock-Pot company by calling 1-800-323-9519 to obtain a free replacement lid.


#crockpot #burns #pressurecooker

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