Vaccines in the short-term may accelerate the transition from subclinical MS to overt autoimmunity in patients with existing disease

Vaccines and the Risk of Multiple Sclerosis and Other Central Nervous System Demyelinating Diseases

JAMA Neurol. Published online October 20, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2014.2633

Importance  Because vaccinations are common, even a small increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) or other acquired central nervous system demyelinating syndromes (CNS ADS) could have a significant effect on public health.

Objective  To determine whether vaccines, particularly those for hepatitis B (HepB) and human papillomavirus (HPV), increase the risk of MS or other CNS ADS.

Design, Setting, and Participants  A nested case-control study was conducted using data obtained from the complete electronic health records of Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) members. Cases were identified through the KPSC CNS ADS cohort between 2008 and 2011, which included extensive review of medical records by an MS specialist. Five controls per case were matched on age, sex, and zip code.

Exposures  Vaccination of any type (particularly HepB and HPV) identified through the electronic vaccination records system.

Main Outcomes and Measures  All forms of CNS ADS were analyzed using conditional logistic regression adjusted for race/ethnicity, health care utilization, comorbid diseases, and infectious illnesses before symptom onset.

Results  We identified 780 incident cases of CNS ADS and 3885 controls; 92 cases and 459 controls were females aged 9 to 26 years, which is the indicated age range for HPV vaccination. There were no associations between HepB vaccination (odds ratio [OR], 1.12; 95% CI, 0.72-1.73), HPV vaccination (OR, 1.05; 95% CI, 0.62-1.78), or any vaccination (OR, 1.03; 95% CI, 0.86-1.22) and the risk of CNS ADS up to 3 years later. Vaccination of any type was associated with an increased risk of CNS ADS onset within the first 30 days after vaccination only in younger (<50 years) individuals (OR, 2.32; 95% CI, 1.18-4.57).

Conclusions and Relevance  We found no longer-term association of vaccines with MS or any other CNS ADS, which argues against a causal association. The short-term increase in risk suggests that vaccines may accelerate the transition from subclinical to overt autoimmunity in patients with existing disease. Our findings support clinical anecdotes of CNS ADS symptom onset shortly after vaccination but do not suggest a need for a change in vaccine policy.

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SoCal Woman Screwed Nuns Out of $285,000

 

 

SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) – A jury Tuesday convicted a Southern California woman of defrauding an order of nuns of $285,000: promising to buy a house for elderly and ill nuns with it, but spending it on lingerie, manicures, a sports car and her failing business.

Linda Rose Gagnon aka Linda Gualtieri-Gagnon, 59, formerly of Orange, was convicted of three counts of wire fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

She defrauded the U.S. Province of the Religious of Jesus and Mary of $285,000 by claiming she was an expert in short sales and foreclosures, and promising to use the money the nuns had set aside to buy a home for retired and ailing sisters.

But it took Gagnon only 64 days to blow all the nuns’ money on herself, the U.S. attorney said in a statement. She used some of it “to fund the unprofitable operations of her real estate finance company, Rose Enterprise, Inc.” The rest she spent on “personal expenses, including travel, lingerie, groceries, manicures, hair dressing, restaurants, lease payments for an Audi TT sports car, and valet pet-sitting services for her dog.”

After stringing along the nuns for months, Gagnon asked for another $285,000, claiming she needed it to buy the house because the nuns’ first $285,000 “was tied up in a ‘triple escrow,'” prosecutors said in the statement.

Gagnon will be sentenced on Feb. 24, 2014. She faces up to 20 years in federal prison on each count.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/11/13/62846.htm

 

Taco Bell expands testing on waffle taco after becoming a hit in California… as the 460 calorie snack prepares to go national

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  • Waffle Taco contains 30g of fat and 460  calories
  • It was the top seller during breakfast  hours at the 5 Californian testing branches

By  Associated Press

PUBLISHED: 14:45 EST, 6  August 2013 |  UPDATED: 14:45 EST, 6 August 2013

Taco Bell says it’s expanding its small test  of waffle tacos, as it prepares to take its breakfast menu national sometime  next year.

The fast-food chain says the waffle taco,  which includes scrambled eggs, sausage and a side of syrup, was the top seller  during breakfast hours at the five Southern California restaurants where they  were tested earlier this year.

The shape of the taco, which has 460 calories  and 30 grams of fat, was changed to make it easier to hold the  stuffing.

The waffle taco contains 460 calories and 30g of fat per serving but is a hit with breakfast fast food fans 

The waffle taco contains 460 calories and 30g of fat per  serving but is a hit with breakfast fast food fans

 

Now the company wants to see how it would  fare on a bigger scale; the waffle tacos and a full breakfast menu will be  expanded to about 100 restaurants in Fresno, California; Omaha, Nebraska; and  Chattanooga, Tennessee, starting Thursday.

Brian Niccol, president of Taco Bell, said  the idea is partly to get a better sense of how well restaurants will be able to  handle the added operational pressure from the waffle tacos.

‘You only get one shot when you go with big  items,’ he said.

Taco Bell already offers breakfast at about  850 locations in 10 Western states and has been tinkering with new items such as  the waffle taco before rolling it out to its 6,000 U.S. locations.

Also being tested in the additional locations  starting Thursday are a yogurt parfait and oatmeal.

Taco Bell isn’t alone in trying to serve food  in different parts of the day.

Taco Bell already offers breakfast at about 850 locations in 10 Western states  

Taco Bell already offers breakfast at about 850  locations in 10 Western states

 

Since restaurant chains are already paying  for fixed costs of such as rent and electricity, the thinking is that they want  to ring up as many sales as possible throughout the day, not just during the  busy lunch and dinner hours. In industry jargon, executives often refer to this  concept as ‘expanding day parts’.

McDonald’s, for example, has been testing an  ‘After Midnight’ menu that mixes breakfast and lunch items.

Taco Bell has also been promoting a ‘Happier  Hour’, which features snacks and drinks intended to attract customers in the  late afternoon, when business tends to be slower.

Yum Brands Inc., the parent company of Taco  Bell, clearly sees breakfast as its next big opportunity.

In a conference call with analysts last  month, Yum President Richard Carucci said that breakfast has accounted for about  4 percent of sales in restaurants where it’s been available.

‘But this is before we’ve now dialed it up,’  he noted.

Since they were introduced in March, the  waffle tacos have undergone some tweaks, including the frying time and  temperature, Niccol said.

If it does as well in the expanded test as it  did at the five locations, Niccol said he doesn’t see why it wouldn’t be on the  national menu.

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Toxic pesticides burn up in California wildfire

Published time: May 03, 2013 16:30                           

US Forestry fire fighters preapre to take on an out of control wildfire on May 2, 2013 in Camarillo, California. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Kevork Djansezian)

US Forestry fire fighters preapre to take on an out of control wildfire on May 2, 2013 in Camarillo, California. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Kevork Djansezian)

Hazmat teams are trying to contain a massive California wildfire that is threatening 2,000 homes. Locals are being warned not to inhale the smoke – especially since highly toxic pesticides have caught fire and are releasing dangerous chemical fumes.

The wildfire erupted in Southern California at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, forcing residents near Camarillo to evacuate their homes. The raging fire has already burnt more than 12 ½ sq. miles, and 15 homes have already sustained damage. A group of recreational vehicles in a mobile home park have been completely destroyed. About 2,000 other homes are at risk of destruction as the flames lick the edges of communities 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles. A small, local university canceled classes for the week as the fire threatened its campus, AP reports.

And while smoke inhalation is never healthy, the fumes of this wildfire are particularly dangerous: fire officials on Thursday warned that a store of highly toxic pesticides caught fire at an agricultural property in Laguna Farms, near the university campus. Fire officials have sent out health warnings, urging residents to avoid inhaling smoke – even if no flames are nearby.

A fire fighting helicopter comes in to make a water drop behind some home threatened by a wildfire on May 2, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Kevork Djansezian)

A fire fighting helicopter comes in to make a water drop behind some home threatened by a wildfire on May 2, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Kevork Djansezian)

 

Inhaling pesticides can burn internal organs and harm the respiratory system, making it difficult to breathe. Doing so may also cause the pesticides to become absorbed in the bloodstream and disperse throughout the body. Severe cases of pesticide poisoning can lead to loss of reflexes, inability to breathe, unconsciousness or death. External exposure to pesticides can also burn through skin and eyes, in some cases causing blindness.

Firefighters in hazmat suits are currently dealing with the hazardous materials, and the Ventury County Fire Department is assessing the damage throughout the day on Friday, fire spokesman Bill Nash told AP. Wind gusts contributed to the spread of the fire, and unusually dry conditions have caused it to spread quickly. Friday “may be the hottest day of the week, and the humidity we do expect to plummet,” Nash told NBC.

“We’re faced with a situation right now where the vegetation on the hillsides, the moisture level is what we typically see in August.”

The Springs Fire rages along the Pacific Ocean north of the Ventura County Line May 2, 2013. (Reuters / Jonathan Alcorn)

The Springs Fire rages along the Pacific Ocean north of the Ventura County Line May 2, 2013. (Reuters / Jonathan Alcorn)

 

Ventura Country Fire Department spokesman Tom Kruschke warned the public that the fire is still growing rapidly, and that residents should keep away from it.

“We have conditions that are very dramatic, very dangerous for firefighters. This fire is growing,” he said. “We are asking members of the public to be very aware: This is very dangerous. This is still a moving fire. If you were asked to evacuate, it will be a while before you are allowed in. And if at one point you are uncomfortable, please leave the area. It’s not safe to stay.”

As of 2 a.m. Pacific time, the fire was within “seven or eight miles” of Malibu, Nash told NBC. But he reassured his team’s commitment to containing the flames. As of early Friday, the fire had reached about 10,000 acres and was 10 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention.

“We’ve got hot, dirty, unglamorous firefighting work going on right now, guys with shovels trying to scratch out lines on the ground,” he said. “We’ve got those guys on these steep hillside in the dark with nothing but the light of the fire and a flashlight.”

A firefighter battles to protect a CalTrans Maintenance Station and Fuel Depot from the Springs Fire near Pacific Coast Highway and the Los Angeles County Line at Malibu, California, May 2, 2013. (Reuters / Patrick Fallon)

A firefighter battles to protect a CalTrans Maintenance Station and Fuel Depot from the Springs Fire near Pacific Coast Highway and the Los Angeles County Line at Malibu, California, May 2, 2013. (Reuters / Patrick Fallon)

 

Meanwhile, residents who left their homes near Camarillo were waiting at evacuation centers. Mark Brewer, a 52-year-old man, told AP that the risk of wildfires is one that he always expected.

“This is a part of being in Southern California, just like earthquakes,” he said.

But it is rare that large stockpiles of pesticide go up in flames and threaten the health of surrounding communities. The last major pesticide fire occurred in June 1985 in Anaheim, California, after a warehouse storing organophosphates and carbamates went up in flames. The fire caused the evacuation of about 11,500 people and the closing of a freeway as the Coast Guard toxic waste team was called in to extinguish it.

Fire officials are still investigating the cause behind this week’s fire in Southern California.

 

http://rt.com/usa/toxic-pesticide-california-fire-779/

1 Million dollar hacked in 60 Seconds from Citibank

FBI have arrested 14 people over the theft of  $1 million from Citibank using cash advance kiosks at casinos located in  Southern California and Nevada.
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Authorities say the suspects would open  accounts at Citibank, then go to casinos in California and Nevada and withdraw  the money from cash-advance kiosks as many times as they could in a 60-second  span. Someone had figured out that a glitch prevented Citibank from recording  the extra withdrawals.
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FBI agents assisted by the Glendale Police  Department and the Los Angeles Police Department arrested 13 of the defendants  in the Los Angeles area Wednesday and Thursday.

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The suspects used the money to gamble and were  given comped hotel rooms because of the amount they were spending, according to  the FBI. Withdrawals were kept under $10,000 to avoid federal transaction  reporting requirements, the FBI release read.
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FBI Special Agent in Charge Daphne Hearn  commented, “While advancements in technology have created a world of  accessibility to users and a convenience for consumers, they have also left room  for criminals to exploit even the smallest of loopholes. For over 100 years the  FBI has kept pace with technological and communication changes in the business  world where these types of electronic transactions are the standard and we will  continue to do so in order to help protect commercial enterprise and our  nation’s economy.
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Prosecutors said the suspects allegedly  withdrew about $1 million during an eight-month period. FBI agents said the  loophole in the Citibank system has now been closed.
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