Ebola drugs show ‘90% survival rate’ in breakthrough trial

Ebola may soon be a “preventable and treatable” disease after a trial of two drugs showed significantly improved survival rates, scientists have said.

Four drugs were trialled on patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where there is a major outbreak of the virus.

More than 90% of infected people can survive if treated early with the most effective drugs, the research showed.

The drugs will now be used to treat all patients with the disease in DR Congo, according to health officials.

On Tuesday, two people cured of Ebola using the experimental drugs were released from a treatment centre in Goma, eastern DR Congo, and reunited with their families.

The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which co-sponsored the trial, said the results are “very good news” for the fight against Ebola.

The drug, named REGN-EB3 and mAb114, work by attacking the Ebola virus with antibodies, neutralising its impact on human cells.

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Broken heart syndrome linked with cancer

One in six people with broken heart syndrome had cancer and they were less likely to survive for five years after it occurred, according to new international research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Broken heart syndrome, also called takotsubosyndrome, occurs when the heart’s main pumping chamber temporarily enlarges and doesn’t pump well. Although the syndrome may feel like a , with and shortness of breath, there is no heart muscle damage and no blockage in the coronary arteries feeding the heart. Broken heart syndrome can be triggered by emotional or , but this international study of patients from 26 centers provides the strongest association yet between the syndrome and cancer

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Vast 9,000-year-old ‘metropolis’ discovered buried near Jerusalem

Israeli archaeologists claim to have found Middle East’s largest ever Neolithic excavation

An enormous Neolithic settlement described by archaeologists as an ancient “metropolis” has been discovered only three miles outside of Jerusalem.

The 9,000-year-old site was located next to the modern day town of Motza by scientists with the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) – who claimed it represented a “Big Bang” moment in the field of prehistorical research.

“It’s a game changer, a site that will drastically shift what we know about the Neolithic era,” Jacob Vardi, co-director of the excavations at the site.

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Altos níveis de arsênio na água engarrafada são dectados em teste

 

Testes independentes encomendados pelo Centro de Saúde Ambiental (CEH), na Califórnia (EUA), encontraram altos níveis de arsênico tóxico nas marcas de água engarrafada Starkey, de propriedade da Whole Foods, e Peñafiel, da empresa Keurig Dr Pepper. A quantidade detectada estava acima do nível aceito e fabricantes e varejistas foram notificados.

“Os consumidores estão sendo desnecessariamente expostos sem conhecimento ou consentimento”, disse Michael Green, diretor executivo da CEH. “Os clientes normalmente compram água engarrafada a custos exorbitantemente altos, com a suposição de que é mais seguro e saudável beber do que a água da torneira, sem saber que estão ingerindo um metal extremamente tóxico ligado a defeitos congênitos e câncer.”

Em entrevista ao HuffPost, Green afirmou que os níveis exatos de arsênio não poderiam ser divulgados porque a organização está processando a Whole Foods e a Keurig Dr Pepper. Enquanto isso, a Keurig Dr Pepper anunciou a retirada de sua Peñafiel. O recall inclui todos os produtos de água mineral da marca, desde garrafinhas até os galões.

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How listening to music ‘significantly impairs’ creativity


Summary: The popular view that music enhances creativity has been challenged by researchers who say it has the opposite effect. Psychologists investigated the impact of background music on performance by presenting people with verbal insight problems that are believed to tap creativity. They found that background music ‘significantly impaired’ people’s ability to complete tasks testing verbal creativity — but there was no effect for background library noise.

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Three Pillars of Heavy Metal Detoxification

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • The best mercury test analyzes blood, hair, and urine to identify the type of mercury you have in your body, allowing you to determine the best course for detoxification
  • Glutathione is the dominant agent that binds to and helps move mercury and other heavy metals out of your tissues. Part of effective detox involves upregulating chemistry that then mobilizes and eliminates the metals
  • Three pillars of heavy metal detox are: cleanse and clear your GI tract of metals and toxins, optimize glutathione, and upregulate detox genes. Kidney- and liver-supporting herbs and supplements are valuable adjuncts

 

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