Eating Chili Peppers reduced all cause Mortality rates by 23%

Eating Chili Peppers reduced all cause Mortality rates by 23%

Eating Chili Peppers reduced all cause Mortality rates by 23%

Now Italian research shows that people who consume Chili Peppers on a regular basis have a mortality risk for every cause reduced by 23% compared to those who do not like it. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

#chilipepper #health #mortality

Marialaura Bonaccio et al, Chili Pepper Consumption and Mortality in Italian Adults, Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2019). DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2019.09.068

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0735109719382063?via%3Dihub

High omega-6 levels protect greatly against premature death

High omega-6 levels protect greatly against premature death

Researchers discovered that the risk of premature death was 43% lower in the group with the highest level of Omega-6, when compared to the group with the lowest level.

Serum n–6 polyunsaturated fatty acids and risk of death: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 107, Issue 3, 1 March 2018, Pages 427–435, DOI:10.1093/ajcn/nqx063

Post-medieval Polish buried as potential ‘vampires’ were likely local

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Potential vampires in the 17th-18th century buried with rocks, sickles to ward off evil

Caption: Individual 49/2012 (30-39 year old female) is shown with a sickle placed across the neck.

 

Potential ‘vampires’ buried in northwestern Poland with sickles and rocks across their bodies were likely local and not immigrants to the region, according to a study published November 26, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Lesley Gregoricka from University of South Alabama and colleagues.

In northwestern Poland, apotropaic funerary rites–a traditional practice intended to prevent evil–occurred throughout the 17th-18th c. AD. Those of the dead considered at risk for becoming vampires for a variety of reasons were given specific treatment, and investigating these burial practices may provide insight into community cultural and social practices, as well as the social identities of people living in the area at the time. Excavations at a cemetery in northwestern Poland have revealed six unusual graves, with sickles across the bodies or large rocks under the chins of select individuals, amidst hundreds of normal burials. To better understand whether the bodies selected for apotropaic burial rites were local or non-local immigrants, the authors of this study tested permanent molars from 60 individuals, including 6 “special” or deviant burials, using radiogenic strontium isotope ratios from archaeological dental enamel. They then compared the results to strontium isotopes of local animals. Continue reading “Post-medieval Polish buried as potential ‘vampires’ were likely local”

Dozens of children die in Syria after tainted vaccines

Despite rumors of sabotage, health experts believe that it was a bad batch of vaccines.
By Aileen Graef | Sept. 17, 2014 at 9:48 AM

ALEPPO, Syria, Sept. 17 (UPI) — At least 36 children are dead after receiving tainted measles vaccines at U.N. clinics Monday night in the rebel-held region of Syria.The children were injected with the vaccines before quickly falling ill and dying in what was described as an “excruciating” manner. The program has been shut down since rumors of sabotage spread throughout the country to prevent the worsening of the civil war’s death toll from the outbreak of measles.

“It’s very bad. The figures of dead we are getting go into the 30s. Children are dying very quickly,” Daher Zidan, the coordinator of the medical charity Uossm, told The Telegraph. “We think it will get worse.”

Health experts say it was likely a contaminated batch of vaccines and a major setback to an effort praised by the World Health Organization (WHO) to vaccinate 1.6 million children.

Local governments are investigating the incident to find out how the two batches were tainted.

Continue reading “Dozens of children die in Syria after tainted vaccines”

Annual screening does not cut breast cancer deaths, suggests Canadian study

Highlights:
– Annual screening in women aged 40-59 does not reduce mortality from breast cancer beyond that of physical examination
– .Canada decided to compare breast cancer incidence and mortality up to 25 years in over 89,000 women aged 40-59 who did or did not undergo mammography screening
– During the 25 year study period, 3,250 women in the mammography arm and 3,133 in the control arm were diagnosed with breast cancer and 500 and 505, respectively, died of breast cancer
– Furthermore, the study shows that 22% of screen detected breast cancers were over-diagnosed
* 25-year study from Canada published on bmj.com today. FEB 2014 Continue reading “Annual screening does not cut breast cancer deaths, suggests Canadian study”

Are these the most terrifying trousers ever? The 17th century NECROPANTS made from corpse legs – and are supposed to be lucky

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  • The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery &  Witchcraft in Holmavik houses the only known intact pair of necropants 
  • In order to make the necropants, or  nábrók, an individual had to get permission from a living man to use his skin  after his death
  • According to legend, the trousers brought  their wearer wealth and luck, but had to be passed on to a future generation  before his own death

By  Sarah Griffiths

PUBLISHED: 07:33 EST, 25  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 10:18 EST, 25 October 2013

Many people will be planning scary costumes  for Halloween, but nothing is likely to compare to this pair of macabre  trousers.

In 17th century Iceland, sorcerers wore  ‘trousers’ made of a dead friend’s skin that were said to bring them  wealth.

According to legend, a morbid deal was struck  between two friends to arrange who became the trousers or ‘necropants,’ which  were used for purposes of traditional magic at the time.

Scroll down for video and an audio  explanation of the trousers…

The only surviving pair of Necropants (pictured)The only surviving pair of Necropants (pictured). They  were made by skinning a dead man and according to legend, were worn by a friend  to bring him wealth and luck. The coin and piece of paper with a magical symbol  drawn upon it is shown to the right of the ‘trousers’

The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft in Holmavik,  Iceland, houses the only known intact pair of necropants, that were meant to be  worn day and night by their owner.

In order to make the necropants (called  nábrók in the naive tongue) an individual  had to get permission from a living man to use his skin after his  death.

The surviving member of the pact had to dig  up his dead friend’s body and peel off the skin of the corpse from the waist  down in one piece without any holes or scratches, to make the magical  trousers.

nábrókarstafur

The wearer of the pants had to steal a coin from a widow  and place it in the scrotum of the trousers, along with the magical sign called  nábrókarstafur, (pictured) drawn on a piece of paper

As soon as they stepped into the pants, the  skin of the corpse stuck to theirs own, according to the museum, which documents  17th century occult practices.

A spokeman for the museum told MailOnline:  ‘They would immediately be stuck with your own flesh and be part of your  body.’

To make the grim garment, the wearer of the  pants had to steal a coin from a poor widow at Christmas, Easter or Whitson and  place it in the scrotum of the trousers, along with the magical sign called  nábrókarstafur, which is drawn on a piece  of paper.

The coin is a ‘tool to gather wealth by  supernatural means,’ according to the spokesman.

It drew money into the scrotum from living  people so ‘it will never be empty’ as long as the original coin is not removed,  according to folklore.

The spokesman told MailOnline the wearing of  the necropants was ‘unusual behaviour’ and reports are ‘pure folklore’ but the  stories say that people could wear them for as long as they lived – but had to  pass them on to a willing recipient before they died.

If the sorcerer wearer of the pants did not  pass them on before his own death, it was said that his body would be infected  with lice as soon as he passed away, but if the trousers were passed on, they  could bring wealth to future wearers.

To ensure the transmission of fortune, the  future wearer of the pants had to put his leg into the right leg of the  necropants before the original owner stepped out of the left one.

According to the legend, the necropants  would keep the money-gathering nature for generations and produce an  endless  flow of coins.

HOW NECROPANTS WERE MADE

  • An individual was granted permission from a  living man to use his skin after his death
  • The surviving individual dug up his dead  friend’s body and peeled off the skin of the corpse from  the waist down in one  piece
  • He stepped into the necropants, which stuck  to his own skin and then stole a coin from a poor widow to keep in the scrotal  area of the trousers, along with a piece of paper bearing a magical  sign
  • It was thought the ‘trousers’ brought their  owner luck and prosperity

The spokesman said: ‘People would be  able to use them as long as they lived, but they would have to get rid of them  before they die. If they would find someone to take them over the could last  forever.’

17th century Iceland was a tough place as it  suffered harsh trade restrictions from Denmark as well as natural disasters  including a huge volcanic eruption that killed half of the country’s livestock  in years that followed and led to widespread famine.

Coastal settlements were also raided by  pirates, locals sold into slavery in the Arab world, while a giant smallpox  epidemic in the 18th century wiped out a third of the struggling  population.

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Turkish ministry report suggests psychic assassins using telepathy could be responsible for ‘mysterious’ deaths of four young engineers

Neuropsychology expert asks government not to rule out possibility of telepathy being responsible for suicide of engineer

Rob Williams

Thursday, 8 August 2013

The deaths of four young Turkish engineers, all within the space of 14 months during 2006 and 2007, could be connected to telepathy, according to a report from the Inspection Board of the Turkish Prime Ministry.

Four engineers working for Turkish defence giant ASELSAN died in alleged mysterious circumstances and all four deaths were recorded as suicide.

Sceptical families have, however, continued to question the cases despite reports that the men had been undergoing psychological treatment before they died.

According to ‘Today’s Zaman’ the investigation into the deaths of the men, Hüseyin Başbilen, Halim Ünsem Ünal, Evrim Yançeken and Burhaneddin Volkan, suggests that the victims could have been directed toward the suicides by way of telekinesis, citing the work done by neuropsychology expert Nevzat Tarhan.

Nevzat Tarhan asks prosecutors not to disregard the possibility of telepathy being responsible for the headaches and severe distress that may have caused the men to take their own lives.

One of the men, Hüseyin Başbilen, was found dead in his car in August 2006, Halim Ünal died from a gunshot in January 2007, Evrim Yançeken fell from the balcony of his sixth-floor apartment nine days later and two years later another engineer at the company, Burhanettin Volkan, allegedly also killed himself.

At least two of the men were said to be working on a friend-or-foe recognition system for Turkish warplanes at the time of their suicides, a project that was brought back to debate during the Ergenekon coup trials which saw significant numbers jailed for an alleged plot to overthrow the government.

Hurriyet Daily News quotes Nevzat Tarhan saying that the headaches and distress in the men could have been sent using brainwaves from 1.5km (just under a mile) away.

The report, which has been submitted to the Ankara Chief Prosecutor’s Office for further investigation, doesn’t come to any conclusion over whether or not the deaths were murder or suicide.

Recently the news anchor and editor-in-chief of private Turkish broadcaster 24, Yiğit Bulut, claimed that ‘certain powers’ were attempting to kill controversial Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan using telekinesis. Mr Bulut, although widely ridiculed for the comments, has since been named a chief consultant for Erdoğan.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/turkish-ministry-report-suggests-psychic-assassins-using-telepathy-could-be-responsible-for-mysterious-deaths-of-four-young-engineers-8752302.html#

 

India school lunch deaths: pesticide found in cooking oil

July 20, 2013 14:36

The children died after eating a free school lunch of lentils, potatoes and rice in the Bihar region on Tuesday.

pesticide india lunches

School lunch that killed 23 children in India was found to have contained agricultural pesticide. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

A powerful insecticide killed 23 young Indian students last week, a forensic report has found.

The children died after eating a free school lunch of lentils, potatoes and rice in the Bihar region on Tuesday.

The industrial-strength insecticide was found in the cooking oil used to make the meal. It was said to be five times stronger than commercial chemical insecticides.

“The report has found organophospharus in oil samples collected from the school where the mid-day meal was prepared and consumed by the children,” said Ravinder Kumar, a senior police officer in Bihar state capital Patna, according to AFP.

“It was observed by the scientists of the Forensic Science Laboratory that the poisonous substance in the (food) oil samples was more than five times the commercial preparation available in the market.”

More from GlobalPost: Poverty, not poison, killed Indian school lunch kids

The victims, aged four to 12, were buried in the playfield near the primary school that served the lunch.

Another two dozen children are still being treated in hospital.

The deaths sparked protests in the region.

Authorities are still investigating how the chemical got into the cooking oil. No arrests have been made.

The lunch was part of India’s Mid-Day Meal Scheme, which feeds 120 million children – often their only meal of the day.

The plan seeks to alleviate malnutrition and boost school attendance rates.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/130720/india-school-lunch-deaths-pesticide-found-cooking-oi

Population expected to post largest drop in 2012

Kyodo

Japan’s population is expected to have shrunk by a record 212,000 people in 2012, the health ministry said Monday.

 

According to estimates by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, the number of newborns in 2012 was expected to fall by 18,000 to a record low 1,033,000 from 2011.

Thus the natural population decline, which is calculated by deducting deaths from births, is estimated at 212,000, which is higher than the drop in 2011, which surpassed 200,000 for the first time.

With the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research predicting that Japan’s population will drop to 86,740,000 in 2060, a ministry official said that the pace will only get faster as the size of the younger generation declines.

The population has been shrinking since 2005. Although it expanded slightly in 2006, deaths again surpassed births in 2007 and didn’t look back.

The ministry estimated deaths in 2012 would total 1,245,000, completing 10 consecutive years above the 1 million mark, the survey said.

Based on comparable data from 1947, the estimate for deaths is the second-biggest since 2011, when east Japan was hit by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. The 2011 figure was 1,253,066.

The top four leading causes of death in the country were cancer, heart disease, pneumonia and cerebrovascular disease. The four accounted for 60 percent of the overall death rate.

The fertility rate — defined as the average number of children a woman will have over her lifetime — was estimated to be the same as in 2011 at 1.39, the survey said.

On average, a person is born every 31 seconds and a person dies every 25 seconds.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20130101b3.html

 

Low muscle strength in adolescence linked to increased risk of early death

Contact: Stephanie Burns
sburns@bmjgroup.com
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BMJ-British Medical Journal

Effect similar to classic risk factors such as weight and blood pressure

Research: Muscular strength in male adolescents and premature death: cohort study of one million participants

Low muscle strength in adolescence is strongly associated with a greater risk of early death from several major causes, suggests a large study published on bmj.com today.

The effect is similar to well established risk factors for early death like being overweight or having high blood pressure, leading the authors to call for young people, particularly those with very low strength, to engage in regular physical activity to boost their muscular fitness.

High body mass index (BMI) and high blood pressure at a young age are known risk factors for premature death, but whether muscular strength in childhood or adolescence can predict mortality is unclear.

So a team of researchers, led by Professor Finn Rasmussen at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, tracked more than one million Swedish male adolescents aged 16 to 19 years over a period of 24 years.

Participants underwent three reliable muscular strength tests at the start of the study (knee extension strength, handgrip strength and elbow flexion strength). BMI and blood pressure were also measured. Premature death was defined as death before age 55 years.

During the follow-up period, 26,145 participants (2.3% of the group) died. Suicide was the most common cause of death (22.3%) compared with cardiovascular diseases (7.8%) or cancer (14.9%).

High muscular strength was associated with a 20-35% lower risk of early death from any cause and also from cardiovascular diseases, independently of BMI or blood pressure. No association was seen with cancer deaths.

Stronger adolescents also had a 20-30% lower risk of early death from suicide and were up to 65% less likely to have any psychiatric diagnosis, such as schizophrenia and mood disorders. These results suggest that physically weaker individuals might be more mentally vulnerable, say the authors.

In contrast, male adolescents with the lowest level of muscular strength showed the greatest all-cause mortality and also the greatest mortality in cardiovascular disease and suicide before age 55 years.

Death rates from any cause (per 100,000 person years) ranged between 122.3 and 86.9 for weakest and strongest adolescents respectively. Rates for cardiovascular diseases were 9.5 and 5.6 and for suicide were 24.6 and 16.9.

The authors say that low muscular strength in adolescents “is an emerging risk factor for major causes of death in young adulthood, such as suicide and cardiovascular diseases.” The effect sizes of these associations “are similar to classic risk factors such as body mass index and blood pressure,” they add.

They suggest that muscular strength tests, in particular handgrip strength, could be assessed with good reliability in almost any place, including clinical settings, schools and workplaces.

They also support the need for regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence, saying: “People at increased risk of long term mortality, because of lower muscular strength, should be encouraged to engage in exercise programmes and other forms of physical activity.”

Medical Examiner keeps thousands of brains for ‘tests’ families call needless

  • By SUSAN EDELMAN
  • Last Updated:  12:56 PM, October 28, 2012
  • Posted: 10:30 PM, October 27, 2012

EXCLUSIVE

It’s the great brain robbery.

The city Medical Examiner’s Office has kept the brains of more than 9,200 deceased New Yorkers — from the elderly to newborns — in the past eight years, records obtained by The Post show.

The stunning revelation comes as three families publicly question whether the city is yanking brains so rookie pathologists can “practice,” for scientists’ experiments, or for no good reason at all.

“Vasean’s organs were removed for ‘testing’ without any investigative or medical necessity,” charges a suit by the family of Vasean Alleyne, an 11-year-old Queens boy killed by a drunken driver. Months after his burial, his mom was shocked to read in the autopsy report that her son’s brain and spinal cord had been taken.

Brooklyn mom Cindy Bradshaw was stunned to learn she had buried her stillborn son, Gianni, without his brain. The ME kept it — though an autopsy found his death was caused by an abnormality in her umbilical cord and placenta.

“Do they really want to know what happened to the person, or are they just experimenting?” Bradshaw asked.

“The death had nothing to do with the brain,” said her lawyer, Daniel Flanzig. “It’s unconscionable — and unlawful — for the Medical Examiner not to return it to the family for a complete burial.”

Others suspect organs are used as a training tool.

“I think they collect brains to allow a new neuropathologist to practice on various body parts,” said Anthony Galante, a lawyer for the family of Jesse Shipley, 17, who was killed in a car crash in 2005. Friends gawked at his brain in a labeled jar on a class trip to the Staten Island morgue — two months after his funeral.

“When it comes to investigating deaths, the law gives the Medical Examiner’s Office broad authority, including the retention of tissue at autopsy for further testing,” said a city Law Department spokeswoman, declining further comment. The ME also declined to comment.

In November 2010, a judge ruled the city must notify families of seized organs. The ME began giving kin a form with three options: wait to claim the body pending “further testing” of organs; collect the organs later; or just let the city dispose of the organs.

The disposal method is not mentioned. But an internal ME document spells it out: “Medical waste is incinerated. Please do not tell NOK (next-of-kin) that unclaimed organs are ‘cremated. . .’ ”

Under The Post’s Freedom of Information Law request, the ME gave a list of 9,200 brains and 45 spinal cords removed between Nov. 1, 2004, and July 1, 2012. Some 7,700 brains were taken before the notifications began.

The ages of the decedents range from 99 to fetuses.

Brains harden in formaldehyde several weeks before they can be “cut” by scientists.

In Staten Island, ME staff delayed tests for “months” until a half-dozen brains were ready — to make a pathologist’s trip from Manhattan “worth his while,” according to testimony in the Shipley case.

But Jesse’s death was no mystery: “He was killed in an auto accident. His skull had multiple fractures,” lawyer Galante said.

Two days after Bradshaw’s son was stillborn, April 28, an ME pathologist told her, “The autopsy was complete and I could pick him up any time,” she said. The cause of death was a pregnancy complication, the autopsy confirmed. “He was a healthy baby.”

But the ME called back hours after the May 4 funeral.

“I forgot to tell you, the brain is still here,” the pathologist said.

The only explanation given Bradshaw, she said: “It’s routine.”

susan.edelman@nypost.com

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/city_sitting_on_brains_cTMsOuGmPkRRDxBQm0IvNJ

Suicide, Not Car Crashes, #1 Cause of Injury Death

By
WebMD Health News

Sept. 20, 2012 — Suicide has overtaken car crashes as the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the U.S.

While public health efforts have curbed the number of car fatalities by 25% over the last decade, a new study shows suicide deaths rose by 15% during the same period.

In addition, deaths from unintentional poisoning and falls have also increased dramatically in recent years.

Researchers found deaths caused by accidental poisoning and falls increased by 128% and 71%, respectively.

“Comprehensive and sustained traffic safety measures have apparently substantially diminished the motor vehicle traffic mortality rate, and similar attention and resources are needed to reduce the burden of other injury,” researcher Ian Rockett, PhD, MPH of West Virginia University and colleagues write in the American Journal of Public Health.

Causes of Death Evolving

In the study, researchers looked at cause of death data from the National Center for Health Statistics from 2000 to 2009.

“Contrasting with disease mortality, the injury mortality rate trended upward during most of that decade,” write the researchers.

The top five leading causes of injury-related deaths were:

  1. Suicide
  2. Motor vehicle crashes
  3. Poisoning
  4. Falls
  5. Homicide

Researchers say the findings demonstrate that suicide is now a global public health issue.

“Our finding that suicide now accounts for more deaths than do traffic crashes echoes similar findings for the European Union, Canada, and China,” they write.

Researchers say deaths from unintentional poisoning rose, in part, because of a sharp rise in prescription drug overdoses.

For example, drug overdoses accounted for 75% of unintentional poisoning deaths in 2008, with prescription drugs accounting for 74% of those overdoses.

The study also showed that women had a lower injury-related death rate than men. Blacks and Hispanics had a lower rate of car fatalities and suicides, and a higher rate of homicides than whites.

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20120920/suicide-top-cause-of-injury-death

Excess pneumonia deaths linked to engine exhaust

Repost File 2008

Contact: Rachael Davies
rdavies@bma.org.uk
44-020-738-36529
BMJ-British Medical Journal

Atmospheric pollutants and mortalities in English local authority areas

Engine exhaust fumes are linked to excess deaths from pneumonia across England, suggests research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

The annual death toll is comparable to that caused by the London smog in 1952, suggests the author.

Data on atmospheric emissions, published causes of death, and expected causes of death for 352 local authority jurisdictions in England were combined to calculate the impact of pollution on death rates between 1996 and 2004.

Levels of air pollution varied substantially among the local authorities.

Calculations revealed that pneumonia, peptic ulcer, coronary and rheumatic heart diseases, lung and stomach cancers, and other diseases, were all associated with a range of emissions, as well as deprivation, smoking, binge drinking and a northern location.

Further analysis, allowing for the effects of the social factors, showed that pneumonia deaths were strongly and independently linked to emissions, with the exception of sulphur dioxide from coal burning.

The primary culprits were emissions associated with oil combustion, including vehicle exhaust fumes.

During the eight years of the study there were almost 390.000 deaths from pneumonia.

And 35 local authorities accounted for almost 54,000 of these deaths, or around15,,000 more than would be expected.

“Total annual losses as a result of air pollution probably approach those of the 1952 London smog,” writes the author.

Because the links were so strong across all categories of exposure and deaths were so much higher than would be expected, this suggests that these pollutants directly damage lung tissue, he says.

Excess deaths from the progressive lung disease COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and rheumatic heart disease, both of which are characterised by failing lung function, could also be precipitated by engine exhaust, he adds.

FDA ties pneumonia deaths to infant vaccine

Repost from 2008

 

WASHINGTON – GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s rotavirus vaccine is associated with increased pneumonia-related deaths and other adverse reactions, U.S. regulatory staff said in documents posted on Friday.

The review comes ahead of a Food and Drug Administration advisory meeting next Wednesday to consider approval of the oral vaccine to prevent the most common cause of severe diarrhea and dehydration among infants and young children in the world.

FDA staff said its analysis of 11 studies revealed that in the largest trial, there was a statistically significant increase in deaths related to pneumonia compared with placebo, documents posted on the FDA’s Web site said.

That study, which enrolled about 63,000 children, also found an increase in convulsions in children given the drug, named Rotarix. Another study found an increased rate of bronchitis, compared with placebo.

 

In a conclusion section, the FDA documents noted the pneumonia-related deaths and convulsions, but did not appear to make a recommendation to the advisory panel.

That expert panel will weigh the staff review, but makes its own recommendation, which is typically followed by the FDA