Ganoderma Lucidum is the scientific name for a species of Red Mushrooms. Ganoderma Lucidum grows on logs or tree stumps. It has a shiny, hard, asymmetrical cap that ranges in color from yellow to black. The cap, spores, and mycelium are all used medicinally. Ganoderma Lucidum (also known as Lingzhi in China; Reishi in Japan and Youngchi in Korea) is listed as a Superior Herb in Sheng Nong’s Pharmacopeia, an ancient Chinese Herbal Text dating back over thousands years.
Ganoderma is used in Japan and China to treat cancer and to stimulate the immune system after radiation or chemotherapy. It is also used to treat myasthenia gravis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), both autoimmune diseases.
Extracts of the fruiting body were active both orally and topically. The active compound was isolated and identified and found to be equivalent in anti-inflammatory activity to hydrocortisone without the typical side effects of steroids nor the gastropathy that is the major side effect of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin.
Ganoderma is a genus of hundreds described species (Mycobank, Fungorum, NCBI Taxonomy). They are found on wood, and the family includes important wood-rotting fungi. This family of fungi contains some of the hard, woody fungi often sean as large shelf like structures on dead and some times living trees, also it produces spores with a complex wall structure; the spore wall is 2-layered, with ornamentations on the inner layer penetrating a colourless outer layer, and fruit bodies are annual or perennial, bracket-like, and corky or woody in texture.
MBT, Masai Barefoot Technology, was invented by Swiss engineer Karl Müller. During a visit to Korea he made the startling discovery that walking barefoot over paddy fields alleviated his back pain. Back in Switzerland, Müller began to develop a footwear technology that would make the natural instability of soft ground such as Korean paddy fields or the East African savannah accessible also to those, who have to walk on hard surfaces. In 1996, after years spent on research and development, Masai Barefoot Technology was mature enough to be launched on the market. MBTs are now available in over twenty countries, and approximately one million pairs of this revolutionary footwear technology are sold every year.
MBT would like to help people all over the world lead a healthier, more active and happier life. MBT is convinced that human fitness and health are significantly influenced by the way we walk – this conviction has already been substantiated objectively by many scientific studies. MBT therefore attempts to awaken and strengthen the awareness of physiologically correct walking among people world-wide by disseminating the idea and concept of MBT physiological footwear. The benefits of physiologically correct walking can thus be made available to as many people as possible all over the world, in a straightforward and uncomplicated way.
The technology of the MBT is in the sole, and that remains the same in every style. The uppers vary to accommodate different style needs and preferences, allowing MBTs to be worn morning, noon, and night.
MBT Home: MBT: the anti-shoe, Country selection
THE MBT ANTI-SHOE CHALLENGE
by Frank Gruber
Having comfortable shoes is important so I was intrigued recently to find out about MBT, a Swiss company that has made some changes to your typical shoe paradigm by creating the “Anti-shoe.” I recently got my hands on a pair and put them to the test to see what they were all about. I have heard they help cure back pain and also contribute to burning more calories so I wanted to try the MBT anti-shoes for myself. I snagged a pair of MBT Loafers and I shared my experiences as part of my latest SOMEWHAT FRANK adventure in a personal technology lifestyle episode 56 if you are counting at home.
In a loving family a child is one of the most important values, and if the child is diagnosed with a serious illness, the family’s life changes. Pleasures previously believed to be natural disappear from everyday life. Anxiety, fear and pain become the centre of life. This state of life hinders the physical and spiritual development of the child, whose relationship with its peers is hindered, and whose friends find it hard to understand him. Accepting and overcoming the illness is much easier once there is a cheerful and accepting, loving environment around, which attentively listen to and resolves anxiety that rose from the illness.
Even the smallest donations can add up, allowing more than 500 children with chronic illnesses to rediscover the joys of childhood and restore hope through opportunities offered at Bátor Tábor.
You may think that your contribution will not be enough to help, however, at Bator Tabor, even the seemingly smallest donations have sense and purpose!
· 2 Euro – you provide someone with an arrow that will surely hit the target…
· 4 Euro – you create the opportunity for a child to ride a horse, probably for the first time in his or her life…
· 10 Euro – you provide someone with an oar for the rowing programmes …
· 20 Euro – you cover the material costs of arts and crafts programmes …
· 40 Euro – you cover the accommodation costs for ten children for one night…
· 100 Euro – you cover the costs of meals of a camper for 8 days (throughout a camp session)…
· 320 Euro – you make the training and the ten-day-long support of a committed volunteer possible…
· 1,600 Euro – you cover the boarding costs of one camper for eight days, and in this way you open up a totally new world for a child living with a serious illness.
Support us and join the network of Bátor Tábor Friends! You can donate by bank transfer:
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SWIFT: BACX HUHB
IBAN: HU32 10918001-00000015-88740016
No wonder people say that Bátor Tábor is a hidden wonder world: it is surrounded by meadows and forests from all sides. Located 60kms north of Budapest, in town called Hatvan, a former pioneer camp was renovated in 2007. Throughout the construction, close attention was paid to design, in order that it met the standards necessary to serve children with serious medical conditions.
A great number of supporters joined hands so that the investment of more than 2,250,000 Euro could be successfully implemented.
In the heart of the camp there are 7 cottages shaping a circle. Each cottage welcomes 14 guests with two, five-bedrooms, a four-bedroom and a lounge. Each bedroom has a separate bathroom.
Central Building and Restaurant
In the central building at Bátor Tábor, there is a restaurant that seats160 people and also includes training halls, offices and storage rooms.. The restaurant is enclosed by glass walls on three sides, so the marvellous view is open to the lake and other areas of the camp.In the restaurant there is a kitchen, which prepares food that suits the special diet needs of the children. Our kitchen can fulfil any needs.
In the friendly, fairy tale-like mini-hospital, which is surrounded by colourful flowers, every medicine and equipment is available. The medical building includes two exam rooms, four rest rooms, a medicine room, a store-room and a barrier-free bathroom.
On the landscaped campsite, every programme has its own venue such as the horseback riding area and horse pen, a rowing lake with a small island and a pier, an archery field, high and low ropes courses, turf football pitch, indoor sports hall, “Hideout” forest pathway, a music chamber, an arts and crafts store-room and a drama chamber.
At Bátor Tábor every moment is about joy, possibilities and togetherness. Throughout the camp sessions our trained cimboras and programme leaders work to provide our campers with the best experiences.
Every day there are four programmes you can take part in, where you can unfold your individual skills and receive joyful community experiences. Each program lasts for 70-90 minutes with teams of 9-11 members, Cimboras are happy to get involved in the games, since they also escort you to the programmes.
After the fourth daytime programme, the activities are not over at Bátor Tábor. After dinner there comes the giant evening cavalcade and every camper is allowed to take part in the programmes. The legendary Bátor Tábor Casino and the Lakeshore Party are events we simply cannot leave out from the programme. There are new surprise programs every year. Come and see what’s new this year!
CIMBORAS AT BÁTOR TÁBOR
Every year, Bátor Tábor Foundation organizes its therapeutic recreation programs for children with cancer, diabetes, JRA and haemophilia with the help of 420 volunteers. In order to become a part of this huge adventure again and again, half of the volunteers return year after year, which proves how extraordinary this experience is to all those who participate.
If you would like join our camp family, learn more about our organization, give and receive amazing experiences; if you want to become a volunteer, you are over the age of 20 and speak Hungarian, we are looking forward to receiving your application!
As far as the details are concerned, go to the Hungarian language website www. batortabor.hu, which gives you additional information. Surf the page and see what being a volunteer means at Bátor Tábor, what “Cimboras” (“friends” – volunteers in the camp), Chaperones and Interpreters do during the camp sessions, how we train our volunteers (like you, if you apply and become a member of the team), and what experiences you might receive while at camp session.
A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery (a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body) or a blood vessel (a tube through which the blood moves through the body) breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these things happen, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs.
When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost. These abilities include speech, movement and memory. How a stroke patient is affected depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged.
For example, someone who has a small stroke may experience only minor problems such as weakness of an arm or leg. People who have larger strokes may be paralyzed on one side or lose their ability to speak. Some people recover completely from strokes, but more than 2/3 of survivors will have some type of disability.
What are the symptoms of stroke?
To help people recognise the symptoms of stroke quickly, The Stroke Association has funded research into FAST – the Face Arm Speech Test – which is used by paramedics to diagnose stroke prior to a person being admitted to hospital. By diagnosing the possibility of stroke before reaching hospital, it is possible for appropriate referral to a stroke unit to be made as quickly as possible.
National Stroke Association : Stroke
FAST requires an assessment of three specific symptoms of stroke.
Facial weakness – can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
Arm weakness – can the person raise both arms?
Speech problems – can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
Time to call 999
If the person has failed any one of these tests, you must call 999. Stroke is a medical emergency and by calling 999 you can help someone reach hospital quickly and receive the early treatment they need.
Prompt action can prevent further damage to the brain and help someone make a full recovery. Delay can result in death or major long-term disabilities, such as paralysis, severe memory loss and communication problems (aphasia).
We have produced a poster and leaflet to increase awareness of FAST. The leaflet includes a wallet-sized card that can be detached and kept as a reminder of stroke symtoms …
The Stroke Association : Suspect a stroke? Act FAST
Remembering three simple tests could be a lifesaver!
Is it a stroke?
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say any bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
Ask the individual to smile.
Ask him or her to raise both arms.
Ask the person to speak a simple sentence.
If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
The best approach: Learn to recognize all of the signs of stroke
“Act F.A.S.T.” is easy to remember, but it still leaves out some important symptoms that could help you identify a stroke. The Providence Stroke Center advocates learning all of the official warning signs of stroke, as identified by the National Stroke Association. These signs include:
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
This list may be harder to memorize, but it could help you recognize a stroke in time for you or a loved one to receive life-saving treatment.
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have any reason to believe that someone is having a stroke — even if only one of these symptoms is present. If you have any doubts, the 9-1-1 dispatcher can help determine the nature of the emergency and send help as needed.
Providence Health & Services: Ask an Expert
Colostrum (also known as beestings or first milk or “immune milk”) is a form of milk produced by the mammary glands of mammals in late pregnancy. Most species will generate colostrum within one day of giving birth.
Effects in infants
Newborns have very small digestive systems, and colostrum delivers its nutrients in a very concentrated low-volume form. It has a mild laxative effect, encouraging the passing of the baby’s first stool, which is called meconium …
Few scientific studies suggest that adult human consumption of bovine colostrum is beneficial to general health …
Hyper Immunized Colostrum (Colostrum of Cows Immunized Against Specific Antigens)
Some biotechnology companies have tested whether injecting cows with vaccines protecting against human diseases will cause them to produce the corresponding antibodies, and to secrete large quantities of these antibodies in their colostrum …
A hidden chain of destruction stretches from the factory farms in Europe to the forests of South America – where huge soy plantations, grown to feed chickens, cows and pigs in Europe, are wiping out wildlife and making climate change worse.
To make way for soy plantations, thousands of people are being forced from their land. Indigenous people are being evicted and forests are being cleared.
This ground breaking film investigates the impacts of growing soy in South America and shows how small scale farming that is good for people and the environment is losing out to big business of pesticides – poisoning rural communities, water sources and nature.
Meanwhile in Europe small scale farming that is good for people and the environment is losing out to big business.
This ground breaking film investigates the impacts of growing soy in South America to feed factory farms in Europe. Our campaign gives people unwittingly caught up in this damaging chain hope that they can break out of it.
This documentary was produced as part of the project “Feeding and Fuelling Europe” (raising awareness of the impacts of animal feed and agrofuels for Europe) with financial support from the European Commission, among other donors. The content of this documentary is the exclusive responsibility of the producers and does not reflect the position of the European Commission.
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(WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN). WHO acts as a coordinating authority on international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948, and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the agency inherited the mandate and resources of its predecessor, the Health Organization.
WHO sponsors programs to prevent and treat diseases, coordinats international efforts to monitor outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as AIDS, malaria, and SARS, also supports the development and distribution of safe and effective vaccines, pharmaceutical diagnostics, and drugs. WHO declared in 1980 that the disease had been eradicated – the first disease in history to be eliminated by human effort.
The WHO aims to eradicate polio within the next few years. The organization has already endorsed the world’s first official HIV/AIDS Toolkit for Zimbabwe, making it an international standard.
The WHO also carries out various health-related campaigns — for example, to boost the consumption of fruits and vegetables worldwide and to discourage tobacco use.
Experts met at the WHO headquarters in Geneva in February, 2007, and reported that their work on pandemic influenza vaccine development had achieved encouraging progress. More than 40 clinical trials have been completed or are ongoing. Most have focused on healthy adults. Some companies, after completing safety analyses in adults, have initiated clinical trials in the elderly and in children.
The WHO also conducts research, on, for instance, whether the electromagnetic field surrounding cell phones has a negative influence on health. Some of this work can be controversial, as illustrated by the April, 2003, joint WHO/FAO report, which recommended that sugar should form no more than 10% of a healthy diet. This report led to lobbying by the sugar industry against the recommendation, to which the WHO/FAO responded by including in the report the statement “The Consultation recognized that a population goal for free sugars of less than 10% of total energy is controversial”, but also stood by its recommendation based upon its own analysis of scientific studies.
WHO provides support to countries in developing and implementing progressive mental health laws that promote and protect the rights of people with mental disorders. Through direct technical assistance to countries, regional and national training workshops, and distance learning programmes.
WHO provides technical information and training on international human rights standards related to the rights of people with mental disorders, as well as practical guidance on steps required to assess, develop and implement progressive mental health law. A number of materials and tools have been developed to provide a clear framework for technical assistance and training in this area, including the WHO Resource Book on Mental Health, Human Rights and Legislation and the WHO Checklist on Mental Health Legislation.
Mental Health and Human Rights: Fact Sheet
WHO Resource book on mental health, human rights and legislation
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
African Commission on Human and People’s Rights
European Court of Human Rights
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Wikipedia: Mental health
Answers: Mental health
Mental Health Specialist Library: Defining Mental Health
Discovery, by Grace Tsai, Ph.D.: What Is Mental Health?
The Free Dictionary: Mental health
Babylon Dictionary: Mental health
Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary: Mental health
Dictionary.com: Mental health
Canadian Mental Health Association: Meaning of Mental Health
PubMed Central, by D. K. Tucker and W. Harding le Riche: Mental Health: The Search for a Definition
Residents of the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, who are entitled to health
care of the national health service or mandatory health insurance scheme of their respective countries of
residence, can receive in Hungary the health care
- which becomes necessary
- on medical grounds
- during temporary stay in Hungary
- taking into account the nature of the benefits required and the expected length of stay.
The treatment, which becomes medically necessary during the patient’s temporary stay in Hungary is free of
In case of doubt the health care provider decides whether the needed treatment is medically necessary
during the expected duration of the stay in Hungary. However, by virtue of decisions of the European
Commission (n° 2004/481/EC and 2004/482/EC), all treatments are deemed necessary in case of
- oxygen therapy and
- pregnancy and childbirth.
Welcome to this little bio-garden.
Opening its door will not make you an instant expert, as this is not the aim of these pages. Moreover once you’ve decided to create one yourself, you’ll soon discover that practice will be your best teacher – as often in real life.
Of course you’ll be able to benefit from some interesting links on the matter, and if you’re on the same part of the globe, you might go straight to Nature et Progrès (french) or VELT (dutch) to receive some light.
The first aim of these pages however is to inspire you to start your own experiment and perhaps also to create a smile on your face.
A smile because of being connected with mother earth. A smile of contentment when obtaining the fruit of one’s efforts or a smile of joy when consuming one’s own creation. A smile because of the beauty and magic of nature or a smile after recognizing universal truths. Or just a simple smile having realized the smile of bio-gardening …
My site is full of information I’ve learned through 25 years of gardening successes and failures. I’d like to share my experiences and love of gardening with you and offer some practical, easy-to-use tips to help you increase your gardening success.
Please visit my site throughout the year for regularly updated gardening tips, podcasts, videos and more. I’d also love to hear from you. Please share your gardening stories, photos and questions with me. I’m looking forward to helping you grow your garden!
The great thing about gardening is that you get a chance every year to start with a clean slate. Your next gardening year will be different. You’ll hoe the weeds earlier so they don’t smother your scallions. You’ll finally get around to buying that net to keep the birds from your fruit bushes and this time, you’ll try a different variety of the vegetable that never seems to do well no matter where in the garden you plant it.
Gardening Tips : Growing & Selling Cut Flowers
Gardening Tips : Flowers To Grow In The Sun
Gardening Tips : How To Plant Grass
Tips For Digging A Hole In Perennial Planting
Gardening Tips : Order Flowers Online
Hibiscus Time Lapse
How To Plant A Tree
One of the great pleasures of summer is the abundance of fresh herbs and their fragrance as you pick them. For many of us, summer is just about over. But there is one herb that truly loves the chill of fall, rosemary.
Rosemary isn’t hardy outdoors in cold climates. It can take a slight frost, but not a chilly, snowy winter. You’ll need to move it indoors at some point, unless you live in Zones 8 or higher. But for now, let your rosemary luxuriate in the fall air …
The INTERREG IIIA project “Nature in the garden” homepage and network for exchanging knowhow across frontiers Austria – Hungary.
In Hungary as well as in Lower Austria gardening is an essential part of leisure time activities. Natural gardens – no matter if for recreation, or as kitchen garden for self-supply – enhance the quality of life, promote health and motivate gardeners to act sensibly and take a lasting look over the rim of a teacup.
“Nature in the garden” is a project introduced in Lower Austria in 1999 aiming at stimulation of naturally arranged gardens and a respective control to conscious abandonment of chemical-synthetic plant protection products, easily soluble mineral fertilizers and peaty soil.
To reach these aims, informations concerning natural gardening are prepared by “die umweltberatung” in cooperation with the Hungarian partner organisation “Bio-cultivation association West-Transdanube” (Nyugat Dunántúli Biokultúra Egyesület) and published on the new bilingual homepage. The forum and exchange market offer the possibility to exchange garden-knowhow and plants, crop overhangs, seeds etc.
This action is to prepare a long-term basis for a close cooperation with other countries in the European Community, too – everybody may benefit from all the experiences and jointly create new information packages for gardeners.
Special aims we aspire with our project:
Installation of an attractive and user-friendly homepage for hobby-gardeners.
Developement of a network with partner organizations for using synergies.
Transnational support of natural gardening in respect of environmental protection.
Creation and intensification of transnational contacts between hobby-gardeners, experts and local authorities.
Reduction of the quantities of pesticides, mineral fertilizers and peat in gardens.
Construction of a transnational culture of exhibition gardens and thus promoting tourism
General aims of the project:
Intensifying the cross-border cooperation between Austria and Hungary.
Awareness raising on the basis of contents and aims of the action “Nature in the garden” (promotion and protection of human health, ecology and environmental protection, protection of resources, support of ecological awareness).
Awareness raising for the acceptance of a non polluting cultivation and an esthetic design of the garden with a great diversity.
Promoting a market for ecologic products for the cultivation of garden crops.
Transnational transfer of knowhow and exchange of experiences – to learn from differences and similarities.
Awareness raising for the value of healthy fruit and vegetable from the own garden.
The project covers the south-eastern region of Lower Austria and the Western Pannonian region of Hungary, especially the komitat Vás. For public relations we also use supra-regional media.
In the middle of the 90’s some environmentalist organizations in Hungary started to realize that something is wrong in our country as far as “garbage” goes. Having no better idea, they founded the Waste Reduction Alliance (Hulladék Munkaszövetség, HuMuSz), for trying to explore the more and more apparent problems of waste management and, if possible, turn market processes, people’s consumption habits and legislation in a different direction. HuMuSz celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2005, and these years have not been passed in idleness.
Our Group has now got 17 member associations from all the region of the country, which makes us a fairly significant non-governmental green organization on a national scale. Ever since 1995 we have worked according to the guidelines laid down at the beginning: we organize social campaigns, give lectures, publish newspapers and brochures, file consumer protection actions, organize street demonstrations, give experts’ opinions, build exhibitions for children, organize waste-paper collection in offices. We point out how advertisements boost consumption and how it in turn generates waste. We explain what prevention, reuse, recycling and disposal really mean, and that this is the only order in which responsible waste thinking has any point.
In the last two years HuMuSz has been becoming completely different than before. We have always welcomed enquirers, but due to the lack of space we usually could not offer them a seat. But now… on the edge of a housing estate in Budapest, surrounding by concrete apartment buildings there sits a little house in a garden just like in a fairy tale. This is the new home of HuMuSz, which was built by our own hands and effort!
In spring 2003 we reported the great event in Kukabúvár as follows: „Believe it or not, we have moved at long last! Yes, to the new educational centre. To the one where we had been digging, barrowing, loading containers, knocking down plaster, building walls, making concrete, changing roofs, doing electric works, hauling bricks since last autumn. Now it looks fine. White walls, more spacious office rooms, classroom, public counselling section, etc. We will even set up a library! Though most likely from autumn only. What’s more, we have a kitchen, too! But no kitchen furniture yet. Cleaning up the garden is still to come, but sooner or later it will be done, too. Planting flowers is going to be an easier and more pleasant task. So now we are contented. We are furnishing. Unpacking. And slapping on each other’s back. At times we were really close to – very close to – a nervous breakdown, but we have made it. By the summertime probably we will be well rested. (…) We hereby would like to thank those enthusiastic activists who came and helped us, grabbed the shovel and the hammer together with us, and worked on this environmental educational centre so that it can be opened at last. Thank you!”
Since then our classroom exhibition and educational trail has been completed, too. We show over school groups, explaining to them what is wrong with garbage, how adverts influence them and what they could do, if they agree that this situation is intolerable.
Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.
A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.
Slow Food stands at the crossroads of ecology and gastronomy, ethics and pleasure. It opposes the standardization of taste and culture, and the unrestrained power of the food industry multinationals and industrial agriculture. We believe that everyone has a fundamental right to the pleasure of good food and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of food, tradition and culture that make this pleasure possible. Our association believes in the concept of neo-gastronomy – recognition of the strong connections between plate, planet, people and culture.
WHO director-general Margaret Chan once again rebutted criticism that the United Nations agency had hyped the first pandemic in more than 40 years, whose mildness left some Western governments holding huge stockpiles of unused vaccines.
The Hong Kong public health expert said the world had been lucky the H1N1 virus had not mutated into a more deadly form and that a safe vaccine developed in record time remained effective against it …
The WHO has also rejected allegations that it acted under the influence of drug companies in declaring a pandemic.
Chan said that three viruses were now circulating as part of a “mixed virus pattern” in many countries, typically seen during seasonal epidemics. These were H1N1 and H3N2 — both type ‘A’ influenza — as well as type ‘B’ …
Dr. Chan says the world is no longer in phase six of the influenza pandemic alert. She says the past year has been long and full of hard work …
The World Health Organization reports the current number of laboratory confirmed deaths from H1N1 stands at about 18,500 since the outbreak began in 2009. It says the true number of deaths is probably much higher, but will not be known for several years …
The Sofia Echo: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared an end to the H1N1 swine flu pandemic. In making the announcement, WHO Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan said the new H1N1 virus has largely run its course and the world is now moving into the post-pandemic period
A leading health expert said the swine flu scare was a “false pandemic” led by drug companies that stood to make billions from vaccines, The Sun reported Monday.
Wolfgang Wodarg, head of health at the Council of Europe, claimed major firms organized a “campaign of panic” to put pressure on the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a pandemic.
He believes it is “one of the greatest medicine scandals of the century,” and he has called for an inquiry.
An emergency debate on the issue will be held by the Council of Europe later this month …
“This was not necessary. It has also led to a considerable mismanagement of public money.
“The time has come at last for us to make demands on governments. The purpose of the inquiry is to prevent more false alarms of this type in the future.”
“We must make sure people can rely on the analysis and the expertise of national and international public institutions. The latter are now discredited, because millions of people have been vaccinated with products with inherent possible health risks.”
www.foxnews.com: Health Expert Claims
This map and the data behind it were compiled by Dr. Henry Niman, a biomedical researcher in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, using technology provided by Rhiza Labs and Google. The map is compiled using data from official sources, news reports and user-contributions and updated multiple times per day.
Rhiza’s web-based mapping product, Insight, is helping Dr. Niman get official and unofficial data into the tracking system faster while giving researchers and the public many options for viewing the data in a useful and understandable way.
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HONG KONG, July 25 (Xinhua) — More A/H1N1 flu cases were reported in Asia Pacific region Saturday.
Malaysia reported 43 new A/H1N1 flu cases, a local daily reported here on Saturday.
The Star quoted Malaysian Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai as saying that the newly reported cases were all local transmissions.
Macao reported five newly confirmed cases of Influenza A/H1N1 on Saturday, bringing the cumulative number of such cases to 154 so far. Some 13 patients who tested positive for the virus were still receiving medical treatments at local hospitals to date, and their health conditions remained stable.
One more A/H1N1 flu case was detected in Bangladesh Friday, raising the total number of A/H1N1 flu affected cases to 28, but doctors said there is nothing to be worried about the current situation …
WHO is coordinating the global response to human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) and monitoring the corresponding threat of an influenza pandemic. Information on this page tracks the evolving situation and provides access to both technical guidelines and information useful for the general public.
Up-to-date numbers of cases are included in the most recent disease outbreak.
WHO: WHO Swine influenza
TOn June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) signaled that a global pandemic of novel influenza A (H1N1) was underway by raising the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6. This action was a reflection of the spread of the new H1N1 virus, not the severity of illness caused by the virus. At the time, more than 70 countries had reported cases of novel influenza A (H1N1) infection and there were ongoing community level outbreaks of novel H1N1 in multiple parts of the world.
Since the WHO declaration of a pandemic, the new H1N1 virus has continued to spread, with the number of countries reporting cases of novel H1N1 nearly doubling. The Southern Hemisphere’s regular influenza season has begun and countries there are reporting that the new H1N1 virus is spreading and causing illness along with regular seasonal influenza viruses. In the United States, significant novel H1N1 illness has continued into the summer, with localized and in some cases intense outbreaks occurring. The United States continues to report the largest number of novel H1N1 cases of any country worldwide, however, most people who have become ill have recovered without requiring medical treatment …
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: H1N1 Flu
The human swine flu outbreak continues to grow in the United States and internationally. Today, CDC reports additional cases of confirmed swine influenza and a number of hospitalizations of swine flu patients. Internationally, the situation is more serious too, with additional countries reporting confirmed cases of swine flu. In response to the intensifying outbreak, the World Health Organization raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 4. A Phase 4 alert is characterized by confirmed person-to-person spread of a new influenza virus able to cause “community-level” outbreaks.” The increase in the pandemic alert phase indicates that the likelihood of a pandemic has increased …
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC: Swine Influenza (Flu)
Swine influenza is similar in most respects to human flu. In the pig there are at least four different serotypes each stimulating immunity to itself but not to the other serotypes. It is thus possible for the pigs to be infected by one virus and develop disease and then some two to three months later be infected by a different serotype and develop disease yet again. In large herds of over 300 sows the virus may circulate in young growing pigs, disease becoming more active in the winter time associated with reduced ventilation rates. In the growing and finishing pig disease is not seen until maternal antibody has disappeared at sometime between 7 and 12 weeks of age. SI viruses can interchange between man, pig and birds and the carrier state can exist in the pig for some two to four weeks. They are also spread by birds, particularly ducks. It is also thought that the viruses may spread on wind up to 3km (2miles) on wind but this has never been demonstrated. Thus it is virtually impossible to guarantee or maintain a population of pigs that is free of this disease …
Clinical signs, Diagnosis, Treatment, Management control and prevention …
The Pig Site: Swine Influenza (SI)
Swine influenza is a respiratory disease normally found in pigs but human cases can and do happen.
The current human cases were first reported in Southern California and Texas. Cases of swine influenza have now been confirmed in several countries including Mexico, US, Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom.
This strain of swine influenza contains a combination of genetic material typical to avian, swine and human flu viruses. Transmission of this new swine influenza virus is thought to occur in the same way as seasonal flu. Antiviral drugs are available which can effectively prevent and treat the infection, most reported cases of this infection outside of Mexico have recovered fully without the need for medical attention or antivirals …
Health Protection Agency: Swine Influenza
As news of the swine flu outbreak spreads world-wide via the Web, The Lede is tracking the response online. We started with some notes on the history of the 1918 global flu pandemic. During the day we’ve watched a briefing from the C.D.C. and President Obama’s address to the National Academy of Sciences, heard about a curious reaction from Israel’s health ministry, read an article by a friend who embarked on a Mexican vacation on Friday and stumbled across Public Service Announcements about Swine Flu from the Ford Administration …
The New York Times News Blog: Updates on the Swine Flu Outbreak
The Department of Health (DOH) today expressed gratitude to the World Health Organization (WHO) over the commendation it gave to the government agency for its swift and tireless efforts in dealing with the novel virus A (H1N1).
The WHO letter dated June 30, 2009 and signed by WHO Regional Director Dr. Shin Young-soo put on record “my personal appreciation of the exceptional collaboration established between the Government of the Philippines and the World Health Organization in the fight against Pandemic H1N1 2009. I commend your leadership and tireless efforts in responding to this emerging threat to the health of the people of the Philippines”.
“We are very grateful that our efforts were recognized and didn’t go to waste. We appreciate that the WHO finds our response efficient and that it is confident on the quality of our laboratory diagnoses,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said.
The WHO letter further said that “Contact tracing has also been thorough, allowing the DOH to detect further cases and slow down the spread of the virus. The efficiency of the response indicated to me that the Philippines has the fundamental capacity to detect and respond to the new influenza virus. I should add that WHO is also confident about the quality of the laboratory diagnoses carried out by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and about the epidemiological activities conducted by the National Epidemiology Center (NEC)”.
This story was nothing to sneeze at…
I’m happy to say that I’ve survived a few days in Mexico City and have none of the symptoms of swine flu. One thing however does feel different; how unconsciously alert I am to my own body and all sorts of warning signs/hazardous behaviors around me. Perhaps it is just a case of biological adaptation to increase your chances of survival in more dangerous environments (if anyone has research on that – please do send my way) or it is a layer of your subconscious that just heightens your peripheral awareness under changing circumstances, but it is oddly cool.
When our producer on the ground welcomed my outstretched hand at the airport with a warning that hand shakes should be avoided, that is when the story started to sink in. Saturday evening when I sneezed at a restaurant and people three tables over turned to look, it sunk in a little deeper …
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Regarding study of the first outbreak, have you received any feedback from the WHO team sent to Mexico to investigate the outbreak?
Is there any confirmation of transmission between pigs and humans at this point?
Is there any information on the economic impact of the outbreak so far?
Why are we so worried about this pandemic possibility when thousands die every year from seasonal epidemics?