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Ten years after Juneau ditched water fluoridation, kids racked up an average of $300/each in extra dental bills

It's been ten years since the people of Juneau, Alaska succumbed to conspiracy theories and voted to ruin their kids' teeth by removing fluoride from the drinking water, and it shows.

A BMC Oral Health study by Jennifer Meyer (U Alaska), Vasileios Margaritis (Walden U) and Aaron Mendelsohn (Walden U) found that, on average, the ...

Bill Gates wants us to fear mosquitoes, not sharks

Bill Gates has a long, complicated and showy relationship with malaria eradication, and in a new letter, he makes a case that mosquitoes are Earth's deadliest animals, outkilling even the murderous h. sap..

Gates's jeremiad comes as the eradication of disease-transmitting mosquitoes is seemingly within our grasp.

There are more than 2,500 ...

San Francisco spends $3.1m/year on homeless toilets and $65m/year cleaning up ****

San Francisco's housing crisis is also (of course) a homelessness crisis, and homelessness crises beget public defecation crises -- and San Francisco has a serious public defecation crisis.

The city spends $65 million/year cleaning up the streets, a figure that is so high because of the quantities of feces, *****, and ***** needles that find ...

A CRISPR-based hack could eradicate malaria-carrying mosquitoes

A research team from Imperial College London have published promising results of an experiment in which Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes -- responsible for the spread of malaria -- were genetically modified with a stable, gene-drive-based CRISPR modification that caused them to go extinct in the lab.

Importantly, the experiment showed that the modified snip of the ...

AMA study: shooters armed with semiautomatic rifles **** twice as many people

The record on "active shooter" fatalities is fragmented; as a result, the AMA researchers who published Lethality of Civilian Active Shooter Incidents With and Without Semiautomatic Rifles in the United States in JAMA (Sci-Hub Mirror) had to piece ... ...

Airport “security” trays are filthy reservoirs of infectious agents

In Deposition of respiratory virus pathogens on frequently touched surfaces at airports, published in BMC Infectious Diseases, a University of Nottingham team reveal that the airport security trays they swabbed in the Helsinki airport contained more ... ...

Kencko wants to help you eat more fruit and vegetables

People don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables, that’s despite an embarrassment of options today that include fast grocery delivery and takeout services with a focus on health. A study from the U.S-based Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released last November found that just one in ten adults in America “meet the federal fruit ...

Home Grown Latex: Allergy Free!

11.03.2009 · Posted in Health Articles

[I:1:J]Did you know that processed sap from rubber trees is our second largest raw material import? Second only to petroleum in import size, we use this product in everything from building supplies to latex gloves. Natural rubber is present in so many of our everyday objects that we don't give its source a second thought. ...

Bacterial Balance: Latex Gloves And Other Stuff

10.21.2009 · Posted in Health Articles

[I:0:J]Latex or nitrile gloves are mainstays in our fight against the spread of infection and in our promotion of wellness throughout medicine. Their use ranges from the simplest procedures in a wellness checkup to the complexities of the operating room. We have come to rely on the reassuring sound of a glove snapping into place ...

Latex Gloves Demonstrate Basic Health Principle

10.19.2009 · Posted in Reference and Education Articles

[I:8:J]It is surprising what a powerful messenger a latex glove can be. An Ethiopian public health instructor, Mathios, uses a homemade doll to communicate benefits of proper toilet practices to a roomful of villagers who are taking some time out from their daily tasks and trade to sit and listen to a story. His doll ...