APOE it turns out, the Alzheimer's gene, ALSO predicts your risk for liver cancer ...... because this is the gene that the virus binds to while assembling into the particle. Hepatitis virus infections are strongly associated with heart disease!
It's almost as if Herpes viruses transport around the body the same way ;)
(Bar plots in this paper are LOG!)
The results indicate that aerobic exercise is more effective than any currently approved medication in fore-stalling Alzheimer's disease.
Also , keep your weight down.
A new study found a culprit for the increasing rates of liver cancer: obesity. The study published in the journal, Cancer Research, found that high body mass index (BMI) and a large waist circumference were associated with an increased risk for liver cancer. In addition, having type 2 diabetes, another result of obesity, also increases the risk.
In addition, you may find it helpful to talk to a genetic counselor about your results; your GP/PCP should be able to get that sorted, although 23andme provides additional resources.
A family member has herpes and recently started showing signs of dementia. I’m going to have them try that regimen. I’m also going to reach out to that doctor.
- More contagious than HCV or HIV, apparently can even be spread via saliva. Potential infections can happen from uncleaned tattoo guns, razors used for shaves, unchanged soaking water/bowls and cuticle scissors at nail salons, unwashed hotel sheets/towels/robes, etc
- 5-10% of immunized people don't develop enough antibodies to protect against infection
- Remains contagious from 7 days to a month outside the body
- Can be killed by boiling, but 1:9 bleach solution requires up to 20 minutes soaking (hydrogen peroxide is quicker)
While possible, is extremely unlikely. For it to be spread by saliva a) the saliva of the infected person would have to contain blood (e.g. bleeding gums) b) come into contact with an open wound in the other person (also has a cut or cold sore etc)
In theory, you could drink from a glass and leave the virus in saliva on the rim. If nobody cleans the glass, and five days later someone with bleeding gums drinks out of it, it's still infectious.
I wasn't diagnosed with Hep C until my mid-20s even though I was likely born with it - it was just sheer luck I found it before living a few more decades until surprise liver failure. I hate to think of the many who might be in a similar circumstance.
The good news with Hep B is a) there is a very effective vaccine against it b) if you pick it up as an adult you have a good chance of getting rid of it. The bad news is there is no cure for chronic infections and the risk of liver disease is greatly increased. As the article mentioned, in recent years there have been breakthroughs in treatment of Hep C leading to a cure so I'm hopeful there will be a cure for Hep B in my lifetime.
Is this one of those things where the Indigenous population has a real problem that is skewing the numbers for the entire country or did the government not believe in the vaccine for some reason?
I live in Canada. We see these 'Hepatitis vaccine' posters at every doctors office/clinc. They are all related to "going on vacation somewhere warm".
So the implication is "Caribbean vacation = hepatitis".
There were even TV commercials that tried to show "unexpected places you could get hepatitis from",
from the ice-cube, from the sand on the beach (showing a cut foot), from a nail salon, etc. Just to try and raise awareness.
Free health care? Sure!
Drinkable water? Fuck no!
The only good thing you can say about Canadas treatment of it's First Nations is that we haven't recently given them small-pox filled blankets.*
*that has been caught on film and verified by 300 independent labs.
There is a plethora of medication for hepatitis B treatment and cure. There is a cure for Hepatitis C as well.
But there is no cure for Hepatitis Delta yet. Even Pegylated Interferon works on about 20% of the patients and that's with dual therapy alongside Telbivudine. Of course after treatment you relapse.
I was checking this the other day: http://replicor.com/
Based in Canada BTW.
I agree that it's a low risk disease but disagree that funds would be better spent elsewhere as it is a cheap vaccine. Most people here probably were already vaccinated as a baby or had it as a child without obvious symptoms. If you get it as an adult it can make you quite sick and put you out of commission for a few days but rarely kills people, unless you have chronic liver disease already for another reason. It's the cirrhotics who suddenly get exposed for the first time as an adult who wind up with fulminant liver failure and die.
So much of the anti-vaxx mindset is supported by herd immunity. But when a scenario finally happens where herd immunity is compromised.. It'll be interesting to see how the vaccination discussion plays out.
edit: The downvotes must indicate that this is too off-topic, so sorry for the post :). I just had the thought and wanted to see your opinions on it. Appreciated.
Have you seen anything similar for urgent-care clinics?
But what would you think of a doctor who declines to treat an alcoholic because the alcoholic persists in his drinking? Does a doctor have a duty to care for people regardless of their actions?
I've have a few friends who range between full on anti-vax vs being skeptical of one or two, and I’ve heard a few stories.
It seems that a parent asking for their child to not receive one or two of the 20-50 vaccines the pediatrician gives by default has about a 50% chance of being kicked out of the practice. As you said, asking for no vaccines is about a 99% chance.
However, pediatricians have a racket where they will not accept a new child (unless they moved to the area) unless they saw the child within a week of its birth. Thus, when you get kicked out, you are out. You can't see a pediatrician anymore unless you drive 80 miles to sketchy 90's new-age pediatrician in a dingy strip mall, and you can't get any more vaccines unless you go on the correct afternoon of the second week of the month to a government clinic in the part of town with litter and shootings.
This has pushed several people I know into not getting further vaccinations when they were getting 95%.
Maybe it's just our area, and the whole US isn't doesn’t have pediatric practices like this...
> (unless they moved to the area)
Why not just lie and say you just moved to this part of the city/town/state? The only downside is that they'll ask about previous records which could get you caught.
And further, what would be a potential reason for refusing to take care of a patient if you didn't follow them from week 1? I honestly can't think of one besides continuity of care.
Some people care about being truthful. ;)
"What would be a potential reason for refusing to take care of a patient if you didn't follow them from week 1"
It's something like the Apple/Google/Adobe/Intel agreement to not hire each other's engineers. It gives one group more power by making the other party in the relationship have worse options if they leave.
If you leaving your current pediatrician means having no pediatrician at all, then the all of the pediatricians in the town benefit. Each can use it as a threat for compliance, force appointments, or have more room to act in ways that parents/patients don't like.
Edit: I guess my reasoning for this question is based on new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatricians regarding refusal of care to those who refuse childhood immunization. I can't say I agree with that sentiment, and I would also argue that the majority of pediatricians in the US do not refuse care to families who refuse immunization. Why? Because it makes far more sense for a physician to continue to follow up with patients to continue recommending they get immunized. I assure you that most doctors, including pediatricians, don't want kids to die, so most don't refuse care just cause of a family not wanting to vaccinate their kid. It's unfair to a kid that likely doesn't have the competence or capacity to make decisions for themselves. I can't speak towards any pediatrician refusing care, or their reasoning, because I literally have not met one that does.
Edit 2: here is some explanation from the AAP as to when they would recommend dismissal of a family. Note that they specifically note that dismissal should be "a very last resort".
At least one pediatrician in our area will also dismiss your child as a patient if you do not schedule something approximating their recommended appointments schedule with them.
I agree 100% with you that refusing to care because of vaccination choices should not be done, and that it does harm the cause of vaccinations. (That's the point I was trying to get across in my original post.)
Yes... the compromise our Herd Immunity, but don't they also serve as a "Canary in The Coal Mine", risking their own health so that the human genome can keep battling with and evolving natural defenses against disease?
risking their own health so that the human genome can keep
battling with and evolving natural defenses against disease?
Additionally... what's the point? Any disease that has a voluntarily unvaccinated population also necessarily has an effective vaccine. The development of a effective vaccine equally necessarily indicates that developing vaccines is easier, faster, and better than attempting to evolve defenses. Why try to go back to evolution at all? The existing vaccine works. If it stops working, make a new one. No need for these ad-hoc primitivist schemes.
You can still get infected even if you were vaccinated recently. Many vaccinations lose effectiveness after a decade or two at most. Most adults (who are less affluent/wealthy or who don't travel) don't get re-vaccinated for most things because they're at lower risk. The highest risk is in places like preschool, daycare, grade school and college with lots of people in close proximity, and some poor hygiene mixed in.
And hospitals and doctors offices.
Anti-vaxx parents put everyone else at disproportional risk, because children are a prime infection distribution hub for all kinds of contagious diseases.
Edit: The reason people are mad at anti-vaxxers: their foolishness directly impacts the welfare of some already unfortunate folks.
If humanity has not evolved a natural defense to these diseases after thousands of years it is not going to happen by some anti-vaxer volunteering to be an evolutionary petri dish. Actually, now that I think of it, humanity has already evolved a defense against these diseases -- by evolving a big brain it figured out how to develop vaccines...
You bet I get angry: anti-vaxx people are trying to kill my mom and there is nothing I can do about it.
Do you call CPS on parents that refuse that one?
Anecdotally, when we were vaccinating our kids, rotavirus was presented as optional or not crucial. I don’t remember the precise wording the doctor used, but I recall it was the one we skipped. A big factor in that was our kids were not in any kind of daycare.
Failure to vaccinate is a big issue, but I'd rather have anti-vaxxers than government taking kids away from parents because the parents refused a medical intervention.
Frankly the government steps in on a lot of things, like when a parent is caught driving drunk with their kids in the back of the car.
We don’t let people drive drunk for good reason, vacations are far more critical.