Stark claim comes ahead of WHOs emergency meeting, with notional vaccine-testing on pregnant women a practical and ethical nightmare
The Zika virus outbreak in Latin America could be a bigger threat to global health than the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in Africa.
That is the stark claim of several senior health experts ahead of situations of emergency meeting of the World Health Organisation on Monday which will decide whether the Zika threat which is linked to an alarming rise in cases of foetal deformation called microcephaly should be rated a global health crisis.
In many styles the Zika outbreak is worse than the Ebola epidemic of 2014-15, said Jeremy Farrar, head of the Wellcome Trust. Most virus carriers are symptomless. It is a silent infection in a group of highly vulnerable people pregnant women that is associated with a horrible outcome for their babies.
There is no prospect of a inoculation for Zika at present, in contrast to Ebola, for which several are now under trial. The real problem is that trying to develop a inoculation that would have to be tested on pregnant women is a practical and ethical nightmare, added Mike Turner, head of infection and immuno-biology at the Wellcome Trust.
As well as artworks and intimate photographs, auction items include a week in Leonardo DiCaprios Palm Springs villa and a poker game with Edward Norton and Jonah Hill
Intimate photographs of Madonnas wedding to her first husband Sean Penn are among the lots up for auction at the pop singers star-studded benefit show in Miami on Friday night.
The three photo taken by Herb Ritts in Malibu in 1985 will be sold, along with publishes from Madonnas infamous 1992 book Sexuality and artwork by Tracey Emin from the hotshots private collect, to create funds for her Raising Malawi organisation.
Comedian James Corden will be master of ceremonies at the event, billed as an evening of music, arts and mischief, in which Madonna will resurrect her bawdy cabaret indicate, Tears of a Clown, first performed in Australia earlier this year. The vocalist shared a photo of herself dressed in a pink clown suit on Instagram earlier this week to pester her performance at the Faena Forum in Miami Beach.
Other lots up for auction include a private game of poker with performers Edward Norton and Jonah Hill, a week in Leonardo DiCaprios Palm Springs home, a private dinner performance by the magician David Blaine, and artworks by Ai Weiwei, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Julian Schnabel, Marilyn Minter and Damien Hirst.
But the chance to mingle with celebrity guests, including Sean Penn, comedian Chris Rock and singer Ariana Grande, comes at a high price, with tickets starting at $5,000 for seating at the event and rising to $150,000 for a philanthropist package that includes a premium table for 10, access for four people to a VIP cocktail reception and a photograph with Madonna.
Lapo Elkann, the 39 -year-old grandson of Giovanni Agnelli, the late billionaire industrial magnate who was chief executive and controlling owner of Fiat, has donated a customised Fiat 500 described in the auction catalogue as a auto inspired by Madonna that invokes the Miami of over-the-top style, baroque publishes, glitz and glamor.
( CNN) Thousands of Filipino moms assembled Saturday to breast-feed their newborns together on the sidelines of the 50 th Association of Southeast Asian NationsForeign Ministers’ Meeting in Manila.
More than 2,000 moms took part in the event, which marked the culmination of the ASEAN regional breast-feeding forum, CNN Philippines reported.
The event was dubbed Hakab Na! — a including references to a newborn latching onto a mother’s breast — and was touted as thelargest assemble of breast-feeding families in the Philippines, according to organizer and advocacy group Breastfeeding Pinay.
Though there is currently no medication available that they are able remedy or reverse the onset of schizophrenia, new research shows that the human brain are competent to remodel itself as part of its own attempt to overcome the condition. This discovery provides new hope that it may one day allowed to harness the brains natural elasticity in order to develop new therapies for a range of cognitive disorders.
It has long been known that schizophrenia is accompanied by structural changes in the brain, as certain key brain regions decrease in volume. Recent research has shown that this is at least partially caused by a process known as synaptic pruning, whereby the immune cells of the central nervous system attack the connections between neurons.
However, the new study which appears in the journal Psychological Medicine indicates that when this passes, the brain attempts to compensate for this shrinkage by increasing the volume of gray matter in other regions.
After conducting a number of imaging exams on schizophrenic and healthy volunteers, use techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging( fMRI) and covariance analysis, such studies authors made a number of key observations. Most significantly, they found that the brains of people who had been suffering from schizophrenia for less than two years were easy to tell apart from those of non-sufferers, as there were obvious decreases in grey matter. However, beyond this two-year threshold, the schizophrenic brain apparently begins to rebuild itself, inducing it much harder to distinguish from healthy brains as the volume of grey matter increases.
Schizophrenia has a range of symptoms, including hallucinations and paranoia. Stokkete/ Shutterstock
In response to this pretty incredible discovery, the researchers say they hope to one day be allowed to make use of the brains inherent they are able to stimulate compensatory changes to its own structure in order to overcome schizophrenia.
Such an outcome is still some way off, however, as the brains capacity for self-reinvention is not currently efficient enough to reversal the condition, and will therefore need some channeling in order to become effective.
Indeed, the increase in gray matter complied with in long-term schizophrenics does not actually bring about a reduction in symptoms, as these increases are typically concentrated in the wrong regions. For instance, schizophrenia is often accompanied by a reduction in the volume of the parahippocampal region, leading to an enhanced danger of psychosis. Yet the researchers found that 11 different brain areasnone of which are located in this area increased in volume.
As such, the brain is not able to cure itself of schizophrenia, though the important receiving here is that it is able to remodel and regroup itself, thereby providing researchers with a potential new mode of action for the development of new treatments.
Last year there were cures for Ebola and Aids. Now, state media has claimed that a special ginseng alcohol can be drunk without fear. NK News reports
A North Koreanginseng liquor can be drunk without anxiety of hangover, according to an article in the DPRKs Pyongyang Times.
The article claims the Taedonggang Foodstuff Factory has been improving the drink for years, replacing sugar with scorched, glutinous rice which apparently helps remove both bitterness and hangovers.
Koryo Liquor, which is made of six-year-old Kaesong Koryo insam [ ginseng ], known as being highest in medicinal effect, and the scorched rice, is highly appreciated by experts and fans as it is suave and causes no hangover, the piece reads.
In August, the Korean Central News Agency published an article claiming North Koreas Koryo Songgyungwan University was working on improving the quality of Kaesong Koryo Insam Liquor.
An article from 1999 also claimed the insam liquor is the elixir of life.
Andray Abrahamian, director of research from Choson Exchange who regularly visits the DPRK, said he hadnt tried the brand in question, but wasnt keen on drinking the alcohol as a tasty treat.
There are some high quality liquors made in North Korea, though in my experience there is no such thing as hangover-free liquor anywhere in the world, he said.
Should the claims about hangovers demonstrate accurate, the drink would no doubt also prove popular in the South. According to a 2012 World Health Organisation report, South Koreans drink 12.1 litres of alcohol a year, more than any other country in Asia.
But curing hangovers is one of the milder curative properties North Korean media has attributed to ginseng.
Last year DPRK media claimed medical products containing extracts from the plant could cure Mers, Sars and even Aids.