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March 4th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP March 4, 2012 @ 5:45 am

Malaria in UK: Up 27% in last 2 years

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2108159/Malaria-cases-hit-year-high-UK-travellers-venture-exotic-countries.html

Daily Mail, 2/29/12

Number of malaria cases hits ten-year high as UK travellers venture to more exotic countries

 

By Travelmail Reporter

“The number of people needing NHS care for the deadly mosquito-borne illness malaria has hit a ten-year high with hospital doctors having to deal with more than seven cases a day.

The illness…..is brought into the country by travellers returning from exotic destinations where the disease is prevalent.

Figures from the NHS show that last year there were 2,590 occasions where a patient needed treatment for malaria, up 27 per cent in the last two years. ….”

 



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March 4th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 5:37 am

“I’ve lost everything. Everything that I’ve worked hard for I’ve lost.”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/04/us/deadly-tornadoes-pound-the-south-and-the-midwest.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23

March 3, 2012
 
Towns Search for Survivors After Widespread Storms
By STEVEN YACCINO, NY Times

MARYSVILLE, Ind. — “Here in this small farmland community, a single water tower emblazoned with the town’s name — the most commanding structure in the town — appeared to be the only thing not battered by the storms that cut a swath through southeastern Indiana.

Of the two dozen or so houses that once stood here, only a handful remained upright. Some were reduced to debris — piles of wood and possessions. Others were virtually erased.

On Saturday, the drone of chainsaws and diesel trucks filled the afternoon air, replacing the whistling of the tornado and the clamor of warning sirens that preceded it just the day before.

“There used to be a house there, and another one there,”……..”



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March 4th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 5:31 am

Poland: Train on wrong tracks — 15 dead and 54 injured so far…..

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http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012-03-04/poland-trains-crash/53350542/1

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – “Polish prosecutors have opened an
investigation into how a train ended up on the wrong tracks after two engines
collided head on late Saturday, killing 15 people and leaving 54 in
hospitals.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk called the accident the most
tragic train catastrophe in Poland in recent years…..”



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March 4th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 5:26 am

Friday’s storms: Like the super outbreak of April 1974

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http://www.wndu.com/localnews/headlines/Michiana_meteorologist_captures_devastating_tornadoes_on_camera__141330163.html

“……[S]ome scientists are already comparing Friday’s storms to the super outbreak of April 1974, when tornadoes killed more than 300 people and injured more than 5,000 over a period of two days. …”



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March 4th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 5:22 am

“A toddler was found alive and alone in a field near her Indiana home. Her four immediate family members were among at least 38 people killed by tornadoes…”

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/survival-stories-emerge-from-the-south-midwest-after-deadly-tornadoes-scar-hundreds-of-miles/2012/03/04/gIQArKg7pR_story.html

“…..The spate of storms was the second in little more than 48 hours, after an earlier round killed 13 people in the Midwest and South. They were the latest in a string of severe-weather episodes that have ravaged the heartland in the past year.

Friday’s violent storms touched down in at least a dozen states, killing 19 people in Kentucky, 14 in Indiana, three in Ohio, and one each in Alabama and Georgia.

The National Weather Service said the four twisters to hit Kentucky were the worst in the region in 24 years. In Indiana, an EF-4 tornado — the second-highest on the Fujita scale that measures tornadic force — packing 175 mph winds hit the town of Henryville, and stayed on the ground for more than 50 miles. Three tornadoes in Kentucky had wind speeds up to 160 mph……..”



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March 4th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 5:15 am

Neurodegenerative perils of shark fin soup

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Mondo K et al: Cyanobacterial Neurotoxin Beta-N-Methylamino-L-alanine
(BMAA) in Shark Fins. Mar. Drugs 2012; 10(2): 509-20;
doi:10.3390/md10020509; available at
<http://www.mdpi.com/1660-3397/10/2/509/.

“…….. Sharks are known to bioaccumulate toxins that may pose health risks to consumers of shark products. The feeding habits of sharks are varied……. The cyanobacterial neurotoxin β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) has been detected in species of free-living marine cyanobacteria and may bioaccumulate in the marine food web. In this study, we sampled fin clips from seven different species of sharks in South Florida to survey the occurrence of BMAA…….. BMAA was detected in the fins of all species examined with concentrations ranging from 144 to 1836 ng/mg wet weight. Since BMAA has been linked to neurodegenerative diseases, these results may have important relevance to human health. We suggest that consumption of shark fins may increase the risk for human exposure to the cyanobacterial neurotoxin BMAA.”



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