Category Archives: Health / Environment

Genetics: Essays reveal Stephen Hawking predicted race of ‘superhumans’

The Guardian UK – By Sarah Marsh

Physicist said genetic editing may create species that could destroy rest of humanity

The late physicist and author Prof Stephen Hawking has caused controversy by suggesting a new race of superhumans could develop from wealthy people choosing to edit their and their children’s DNA.

Hawking, the author of A Brief History of Time, who died in March, made the predictions in a collection of articles and essays.

The scientist presented the possibility that genetic engineering could create a new species of superhuman that could destroy the rest of humanity. The essays, published in the Sunday Times, were written in preparation for a book published on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

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Medical Research: Averting Black Fate—-Setting  the Record straight – By Yvonne Sam

Averting Black Fate—-Setting  the Record straight.

By Yvonne Sam

Long history of U. S Blacks being at the receiving end of medical abuse disguised as research.

Currently in modern day America there exists within the Black community an increasing trepidation and wariness with any type of health care provider and especially when they are taking something from the black population. Notably the Tuskegee experiment and other reported abuses against African American have contributed to Black people steering clear of medical research projects http://time.com/3208886/whistleblower-claims-cdc-covered-up-data-showing-vaccine-autism-link.

Now in an attempt to overcome this deepening incertitude the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, is if only to reach its goal of gathering a diverse group of participants in South Florida engaged in a massive medical research study called “All of Us.” The latter-mentioned is the service mark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is a more vendible and trafficable name for what is known in the medical industry as precision medicine initiative http://med.miami.edu/news/miller-school-and-collaborators-in-nih-all-of-us-research-program-awarded-4.       Continue reading

UG – University of Guyana – Events Scheduled from October to December 2018

Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence at PAHO Headquarters  –  by Francis Quamina Farrier

Ministers of Health from the Americas, met at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Headquarters in Washington, DC, USA, from September 23 to 27, for the 56th. Directing Council, where they discussed plans to reduce the shortage in health personnel, lower the burden of cervical cancer, and improve the health of women and adolescents, among other health issues .
 
Among the participating Health Ministers, was Guyana’s Minister of Public Health, Hon. Volda Lawrence, MP. who was gracious in affording me an interview even though her schedule while at the PAHO/WHO Headquarters was extremely busy. “This year’s focus, is generally on Primary Health Care, with all the other aspects of illnesses and diseases, which Primary Health Care focuses on”, she said, adding that, “Guyana did make a presentation on the floor, highlighted our issues, with cancer as a whole.”        

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One in five vanilla ice-creams has no vanilla, cream or fresh milk – UK Survey reports

One in five vanilla ice-creams has no vanilla, cream or fresh milk

Survey reveals how new rules mean cheaper ingredients are usurping traditional elements

Britain’s longest heatwave since 1976 has seen ice-cream sales soar, but a survey has revealed that some brands are sold without vanilla, cream or fresh milk.

Vanilla has traditionally been Britain’s favourite flavour but a Which? investigation of supermarket and branded vanilla ice-creams found a number of them were lacking some key ingredients.

One in five of the ice-creams examined by the consumer watchdog had none of the three ingredients shoppers might reasonably expect to find in vanilla ice-cream. Only half of the 24 surveyed contained all three traditional ingredients.

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Third Annual National Anti-Violence Candlelight Vigil – September 9. 2018

Vigil Letter: Third Annual National Anti-Violence Candlelight Vigil – Sunday September 9. 2018

MEDICAL: Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder Found to Cause Ovarian Cancer

Barbados Underground

Submitted by DAVID  COMISSIONG, Citizen of Barbados

Johnson and Johnson, the American company that manufactures Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder — a product that is sold in Barbados and used extensively by Barbadian women and children — has been hit with a US $4.69 Billion judgment in a law suit in which 22 women (and their families) claimed that asbestos in the company’s talcum powder products caused them to develop ovarian cancer.

According to the New York Times newspaper, the judgment — comprising US $4.14 Billion in punitive damages and US $550 Million in compensatory damages — was handed down by a Jury in the Missouri Circuit Court on Thursday 12th July 2018.

The 22 female Plaintiffs had specifically accused the company of failing to warn them about cancer risks associated with its baby and body powders.

The New York Times article also revealed that the company is facing some…

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The 6,000-Year History of Medical Cannabis – Infographic

The 6,000-Year History of Medical Cannabis

View the high resolution version of today’s graphic by clicking here.

Since the early 20th century, the use of cannabis for any purpose fell out of favor by both regulators and Western culture at large.

In the United States, a wave of regulations made access to cannabis more difficult starting from the late 1900s, ultimately culminating in the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, which effectively made cannabis use a federal offense. Meanwhile, prohibition in Canada lasted for 85 years until being lifted by recent developments.

Interestingly, however, this recent period of 20th century opposition is actually just a small speck in the wider 6,000-year timeline of cannabis. After all, the plant has been widely regarded for its therapeutic potential for many millennia by different cultures around the world.
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Government of Canada – Improving Black Wealth via Mental Health – By Yvonne Sam

Government of Canada – Improving Black Wealth via Mental Health

By Yvonne Sam

The issue of mental health is not only taboo among Blacks, but also well hidden. Mental illness is looked upon as “White person’s disease;” Now the government of Canada is poised within range to bring about a cultural change.

I was recently invited to be part of one of several discussions—– the initial steps in the planning phase surrounding commitments made in the 2018 Government of Canada Budget on the health and well-being of Black Canadians. The Budget proposed the investment of $19 million over a 5year period, aimed at enhancing local community supports for youth at risk and to develop research in support of more culturally focused mental health programs in Black Canadian communities ($10 million administered by the Public Health Agency of Canada, and $9 million administered by Canadian Heritage).  Continue reading

Fathers Day? Every day – The Power of the Black Father – By Yvonne Sam

Fathers Day? Every day – The Power of the Black Father

By Yvonne Sam

A father’s responsiveness to his children and his emotional availability are key characteristics of fathers that facilitate children’s development.

Some fathers come home every day wearing a suit and a tie. Some arrive home wearing coveralls speckled with paint or dirt. Others arrive home wearing a blue collar uniform. Yet there are others who come home clad in civvies after a long day of just looking for work.

Irregardless of the circumstances, if they arrive in the spirit of love, they bring a power to the home that cannot be substituted. Regrettably our culture just does not honor fathers as was formerly done. The focus now is on other groups. Yes, feminists groups did more than just secure equal rights for women, they have succeeded in pushing men out of the way as our society becomes more and more feminized, the role of man and father becomes less. No longer is the father a dominant or important figure as he once was in the traditional family structure.    Continue reading

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