8 really good things that are happening in the world right now

8 really good things that are happening in the world right now

There is so much negative news doing the rounds that it’s easy to lose sight of the many really good things happening in the world right now.

This is why we wanted to share you some of the good news amongst the madness.

Here we share a few of the great developments in medical science. Allow it to lift your spirits!

1. Doctors have reversed a 2-year-old girl’s brain damage after she drowned.

Researchers in the US have reported what they believe is a first-of-its-kind reversal of brain damage on a two-year-old girl who drowned in a pool and was resuscitated after two hours of her heart not beating on its own. Thanks to a course of oxygen treatments were able to significantly reverse the toddler’s brain damage.

2. Smallpox has been eradicated and two more diseases that have plagued mankind for centuries are going the same way.

Scientists are on the verge of wiping out the Guinea Worm parasite, mostly thanks to an ingenious and cheap drinking straw filter that stops people from being contaminated via water. As of May this year, there were only five recorded cases. So far in 2017 there have only been eight confirmed cases of polio.

3. A drug that can treat autism symptoms is close.

A small, but promising clinical trial in the US showed this year that a 100-year-old drug called suramin can measurably improve the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children. There’s a lot more work to be done, but it’s the first time we’ve been so close to having a drug that can potentially treat ASD symptoms.

4. A UK-based team of researchers has created a graphene-based sieve capable of removing salt from seawater.

More work needs to be done to produce graphene oxide membranes inexpensively at industrial scales, but the development could eventually save millions of people without ready access to clean drinking water.

5. Scientists think they might be able to reverse Alzheimer’s memory loss.

An enzyme that interferes with key memory-forming processes in people with Alzheimer’s can now be specifically targeted so it can’t cause a genetic blockade, according to new research out of MIT.

6. A simple vitamin supplement could have the potential to prevent miscarriages and birth defects, according to a 12-year study by scientists in Australia.

In what scientists are calling “the most important discovery for pregnant women since folate”, a 12-year study has revealed that women could avoid miscarriages and birth defects by simply taking vitamin B3 during pregnancy.

7. Researchers are finally beginning to understand how to repair spinal cord injuries.

It is extremely complicated, but new research has shed light on how one of the most cutting edge techniques and how it works at a cellular level. By finally understanding how spinal cord injuries can heal, researchers will eventually be able to develop even more effective treatments that could potentially go as far as reversing paralysis and other nervous system damage.

8. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria already kill around 700,000 people each year.

Antibiotic resistance is regarded as a global epidemic, but scientists have found a way to reverse antibiotic resistance. At the start of this year, scientists announced the development of a molecule that reverses antibiotic resistance in multiple strains of bacteria at once, making it one of the most promising advances we’ve had to date in the fight against superbugs.

H/t: ScienceAlert.com.

A month before a heart attack, your body will warn you with these 7 signs

A month before a heart attack, your body will warn you with these 7 signs

If you live in America, you probably know someone who has suffered from a heart attack. According to statistics, it’s the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. Each year, about 735,000 Americans suffer a heart attack.

Most deaths from heart attacks occur because of ventricular fibrillation of the heart that occurs before the victim can reach an emergency room.

The good news is, those who reach the emergency room have an excellent prognosis. Survival from a heart attack exceeds 90%.

According to cardiologist Zi-Jian Xu, M.D, some people can notice subtle heart attack symptoms months before an actual event occurs.

So, here are 7 crucial symptoms that could occur months (or earlier) before a heart attack.

1) Extreme fatigue

Heavy fatigue that lasts for days, weeks or even months can signal heart trouble. This isn’t simply feeling “tired” but extreme fatigue that you’d usually associate with having a flu.

More than 70 percent of women in a National Institute of Health study reported extreme fatigue weeks or months before a heart attack.

Watch out for fatigue that occurs suddenly that can’t be linked to any other factors such as lack of sleep or illness.

2) Insomnia and anxiety

Heart disease may cause a decrease in oxygen levels which may trigger agitation and anxiety.

Two studies found a strong association between self-reported symptoms of extreme anxiety and a risk of heart disease.

Watch out for sleep problems or anxiety if you’ve never experience this problem before.

3) Shortness of breathe

When you can’t breathe deeply, you probably think the problem is your lungs. However, it can also occur from little oxygen in your blood from your heart. You might also feel light-headed and dizzy.

A study published in Circulation found that 40% of heart attack victims report shortness of breath 6 months prior to having a heart attack.

4) Excessive sweating

While sweating in hot weather or during physical activity is healthy, a study suggests that when individuals excessively perspire and begin experiencing discomfort in chest, arm, neck or jaw with no exertion, it could be a sign of heart failure.

Watch out for flu-like symptoms that can last longer than a week, or that come and go over a period of time.

5) Chest pain, heaviness or discomfort

Accorfing to Dr. Xu, this can occur months before a heart attack occurs. This is a somewhat typical symptom and can come and go at different times.

6) Feeling faint

Imperial College London researchers say that feeling faint or fainting can also occur up to a month before a heart attack in some patients. You also might feel dizzy at times.

Keep a watch out for this if the faintness can’t be linked to anything else, such as lack of water.

7) Irregular heart beat

This can usually last for 1-2 minutes and it might cause dizziness and fatigue. It often appears unexpectedly and can be either be an irregular heartbeat or increased heart rate.

Dr. Xu reminds us that it’s important not to ignore symptoms and wait until they become severe. If you have a concern, talk to your doctor. If heart disease is caught early, there are many lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk.

Public is asked to look out for these warning signs after the plague is found in the United States

Public is asked to look out for these warning signs after the plague is found in the United States

Navajo County in Arizona have issued a disturbing public health warning after fleas tested positive for the plague. The county made the warning in order to let residents know about the symptoms of bubonic plague, including buboes, fever and muscle pain.

Fleas collected in Coconino County, Arizona, also tested positive for Yersinia pestis, which causes the plague in humans. Navajo County asked people to take extra measures of precaution of they are in an area where the plague has been identified.

“Navajo County Health Department is urging the public to take precautions to reduce their risk of exposure to this serious disease,” they wrote on Facebook. “The disease can be transmitted to humans and other animals by the bite of an infected flea or by direct contact with an infected animal.”

They also issued advice for people who suspect they have already contracted it. Another indication of the plague could be incidents of sudden die-offs of rodents, rabbits or prairie dogs.

The plague is rare in America in recent times, and cases tend to be reported in the west of the country. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you have any of the following symptoms of the plague, you should contact your physician immediately:

  • fever
  • chills
  • headache
  • weakness
  • muscle pains
  • swollen lymph glands (called “buboes”) in the groin, armpits, or limbs.

Authorities from Navajo County have warned that the disease can spread throughout the bloodstream and infect the lungs if left untreated. However, it can be cured with antibiotics of treated early enough

The plague is rare in the United States, so if you contract it you should be okay if you treat it quickly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12 people died from the disease between 2000 and 2015 (out of 96 cases of the disease).

Navajo County officials suggested extra precautions if you live in or visit the area, such as not handling dead animals and keeping your pets from roaming loose.

They also suggested using insect repellent if you visit areas that have been known to have the plague. Also avoid exposure to rodents wherever possible.

White supremacists taking genetic tests are disturbed by the results

White supremacists taking genetic tests are disturbed by the results

It wasn’t long ago that white nationalism was a fringe political movement, Now, it’s gained new relevance.

With Twitter feeds on fire, tempers flaring and tiki torches being lit, we’re living in a time of “identity politics”. We’re also living in a time when it’s never been easier to get hold of a genetic ancestry test (GAT).

Aaron Panofsky and Joan Donovan are two sociologists from the University of California, Los Angeles. They have investigated the rise of white nationalists and their increasing use of these GATs with the aim of affirming their assumed ancestry and identity.

Unfortunately for them, white nationalists are often disappointed with their results.

Donovan and Panofsky shared their findings at the annual American Sociological Association in Montréal last week, which was fortunate timing given the events in Charlottesville the weekend before. Their paper was titled “When Genetics Challenges a Racist’s Identity: Genetic Ancestry Testing Among White Nationalists.”

For years they have been gathering data from Stormfront, a white nationalist and neo-Nazi online forum set up by a former KKK member. On this forum they observed over 600 people react to their GAT results.

Some people were pleasantly surprised with their results. For example, one posted:

“I was surprised there wasn’t more German. Evidently, the Y DNA said ‘Nordic’ and traces back to the Cimbri tribe, which settled in Denmark.”

Others weren’t so positive:

“See, THIS is why I don’t recommend these tests to people. Did they bother to tell you that there were Whites in what is now Senegal all that time ago? No? So they led you to believe that you’re mixed even though in all probability, you are simply related to some White fool who left some of his DNA with the locals in what is now Senegal.”

At times forum users hit out at each other when finding out their members were of “non-white ancestry”. After finding out that someone was 61 percent European, one poster responded:

“I’ve prepared you a drink. It’s 61 percent pure water. The rest is potassium cyanide… Cyanide isn’t water, and YOU are not White.”

Another common response was rejecting the legitimacy of the tests, suggesting they are a misleading Jewish multi-cultural conspiracy.

The researchers note that this response by white nationalists should not be blankly dismissed as sheer ignorance, even though their theories more often prove groundless, that they reflect more than a simple misunderstanding of the science, but a purposeful misuse of it.

“Most population geneticists would be appalled at the use of their variation-based research to build typological theories of human classification. But these scientists have produced tools open to such interpretations,” Panofsky says at the end of article.

“GAT rests on an infrastructure presumed to be good and evil in conventional ways: that is, good for citizens to learn about themselves, bad because of privacy threats and undisclosed, open-ended data mining. But what GAT also does is set up a whole new infrastructure for racists to endow their groundless theories with a high-tech scientific imprimatur and to convince each other of the myths that mobilize them as a social group in the first place.”

[H/T Stat]

Tesla tiny house goes on tour in a brilliant new marketing campaign

Tesla tiny house goes on tour in a brilliant new marketing campaign

How do you make a sexy story out of clean energy? You humanize your solar energy brand by incorporating it into a home and taking that home on a road trip.

Brilliant. After all, we can all relate to a home. Even if it is tiny.

Tesla, Elon Musk’s clean energy company, has built the Tesla Tiny House, and is taking it on a road trip through Australia – an interesting choice for the marketing campaign, seeing that Australia still largely depends on coal for its energy needs.

The Tesla Tiny House incorporates all that Tesla can offer homeowners to be able to turn their homes into a renewable ecosystem including a mobile design studio to help homeowners calculate how their homes can generate clean energy, using Tesla’s solar panels, and storing it in the Tesla Power wall. All this is monitored and controlled by the Tesla app. And the whole ecosystem on wheels gets towed through Australia with a Tesla Model X.

A comprehensive marketing ploy, don’t you think?

No, one more thing.

To complete the sustainable message, the Tesla Tiny House was built using sustainable timber that was not treated with chemicals.

According to the press release, the tiny house is 6m x 2.2m x 4m and powered by 100% renewable energy via a 2 kW solar system that uses 6 solar panels and 1 Tesla Powerwall for storage.

The aim of the road show is to educate the Australian public on how to generate, store and use renewable energy for their homes.

The tour started off in Melbourne and will stop off at all major cities with invitations to Australians to request a stop in their town.

Tesla is using electricity and solar energy to show the world that it is possible to chuck our dependence on fossil fuels and instead thrive on clean energy. And the company is doing it by providing a complete solution: solar panels and power solar roof tiles to collect energy, Powerwall battery to store the collected energy and Tesla electric cars that creates zero emissions.

And then Tesla puts it all in a neat package and takes it on tour to potential customers.

I still say, there’s a mastermind behind all this.