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Deadly Whooping Cough Bacteria hits Australia again, vaccines useless

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The bacterium that causes whooping cough has mutated in Australia, most likely in response to the vaccine used to prevent the disease, with a possible reduced effectiveness of the vaccine as a result, a new study shows. A team of researchers analyzed strains of the virus from across Australia and found that many strains no longer produce a key surface protein... 

France bans all GMO corn, including Monsanto

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France’s lower house of parliament passed a law Tuesday prohibiting genetically modified (GM) maize from being grown, citing environmental concerns. The law can be applied to any GM strain that is adopted at EU level. The law follows a decree last month, which halted the planting of Monsanto’s insect-resistant maize MON810, which will be allowed for cultivation... 

Bird flu infection sounds alarm in Japan

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Japan has ordered the slaughter of over 110,000 chickens following the confirmation of bird flu infection at a poultry farm in the south of the country. The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture announced in a Sunday statement that DNA tests confirmed the H5 strain of the virus at a chicken farm in Kumamoto Prefecture after its owner on Saturday reported many sudden... 

WHO speaks out on Ebola deadly disease outbreak

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West Africa is seeing the “most challenging” outbreak of Ebola virus since the disease was discovered 40 years ago. It comes as the death toll reaches over 100, the World Health Organization reported. “This is one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks we have ever faced,” Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general of the World Health Organization... 

​US corn exports to China drop 85 percent after ban on GMO strains

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China’s rejection of shipments of US corn containing traces of unapproved genetically modified maize has caused a significant drop in exports. According to a new report, US traders have lost $427 million in sales. Overall, China has barred nearly 1.45 million tons of corn shipments since last year, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), an American... 

US Congress considers blocking GMO food labeling

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A new bill introduced in Congress looks to ban states from implementing their own labeling laws when it comes to food containing genetically engineered ingredients. According to Reuters, US Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced the legislation on Wednesday, which is intended to head off bills in about 24 states that would require companies to inform customers... 

Death toll from Ebola virus tops 83 in Guinea

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says the death toll from the Ebola virus epidemic in Guinea has risen to at least 83. On Wednesday, the UN agency said the fatality rate in the country so far stands at 65 percent with the virus mainly hitting those aged from 15 to 59. The organization added that five new cases of the deadly disease have been recorded in... 

​Brazil looks to ban Monsanto’s Roundup, other toxicity risks

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Brazil’s public prosecutor wants to suspend use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s pervasive herbicide Roundup. A recent study suggested glyphosate may be linked to a fatal kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions worldwide. The Prosecutor General’s office is also pursuing bans on the herbicide 2,4-D and seven other active... 

4,200 NY hospital patients face possible hepatitis, HIV exposure

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A New York hospital warned 4,247 people of potential exposure to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV after authorities discovered a risk of potential blood contamination. In the letter dated February 22, South Nassau Communities Hospital said the patients may have received insulin from an insulin pen reservoir – not the pen’s single-use disposable needle... 

Drones to chemtrail cloud seed for rain in U.S. by year-end

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Meteorologist Jeff Tilly recently did an interview with CBS News explaining how his cloud seeding rain generator would be equipped on drones by the end of 2014 Tilly maintains his invention will eliminate some of the current drought issues farmers have been experiencing in recent months. According to Tilly, the drones will be able to deploy tiny particulates... 

Mystery viral paralysis hits California

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A mystery virus has provoked reports in California, in what appears to be a cluster of cases of viral paralysis, caused possibly by Enterovirus, which appears to have effects similar to poliomyelitis, or Polio, namely paralysis, in some cases in all four limbs. The Polio virus, or Paralytic Poliomyelitis virus, is one of several Enteroviruses, and these attack... 

​Los Angeles becomes largest US city to prohibit fracking

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The Los Angeles, California City Council has passed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, making it the largest US city to prohibit the highly controversial oil and gas drilling procedure. In a 10 to 0 vote in favor of a moratorium on Friday, the Los Angeles City Council curbed “all activity associated with well stimulation, including, but not limited to,... 

​Monsanto’s Roundup may be linked to fatal kidney disease, new study suggests

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A heretofore inexplicable fatal, chronic kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions around the globe may be linked to the use of biochemical giant Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide in areas with hard water, a new study has found. The new study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Researchers suggest... 

Cancer takes the form of global threat

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According to a WHO report, in the next 20 years, the world will see an increase in the number of oncological patients. Over the period between 2014 and 2034 the number of cases each year will increase by 22 million people. Mortality will also increase up to 13 million people a year. Among other things, it is expected that the cost of treatment will increase... 

​Malaria returns to Greece as austerity wreaks havoc on healthcare

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Tough austerity measures imposed by the Greek government have inflicted major damage to the health of the Greek population, leaving nearly one million of the country’s most vulnerable people without access to healthcare. As a result of a six percent cap on health spending imposed by the so-called Troika as part of austerity measures forced on the country,... 
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