Tagged: World Health Organization

5 Things You Need To Know About Cotton Or You’ll Die Twice

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It’s the cash crop enslaved Africans in America were forced to pick, as close as family and probably what you’re wearing right now. Yet much like our food there’s so much most of us don’t know about the fabric of our lives. Here’s 5 things need to know about cotton. Continue reading

Can Genetically Modified Corn Stop The Spread Of HIV In Africa?

A recent article at reuters.com has me puzzled. Essentially we have a stack of data from a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and researchers with a lot of speculations that could have disastrous effects. Continue reading

5 Things You Need To Know About The Swine Flu

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Why is it called “the swine flu”?
“Novel H1N1 (referred to as “swine flu” ) is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. This virus is spreading from person-to-person worldwide, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread. On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) signaled that a pandemic of novel H1N1 flu was underway.” ~answers.flu.gov

Who is swine flu affecting?
“The illness, unlike other flu strains, has been particularly tough on children and young adults and appears to have a disproportionately high fatality rate in pregnant women.” ~nytimes.com

What about the vaccine?
The H1N1 vaccine is controversial. Some consider it more dangerous than the flu itself. “The federal vaccination program for H1N1 flu is VOLUNTARY, just like the seasonal flu vaccination Continue reading