The WHO held a "side event" on Thursday at the U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen to highlight climate change's effect on public health, CNN reports. "We're reminding people that climate change is not just an environmental issue or an economic issue - it's a health issue that's actually about people's survival, " Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, a scientist in the WHO's Public Health and Environment department, said of the event. According to Maria Neira, the WHO's director of Public Health and Environment, "The major killers at the moment are all climate-sensitive." She added, "Malnutrition kills 3.5 million people a year, diarrheal diseases kill two million people a year, and malaria kills almost one million people each year.
A group of microscopic fungi causes candidiasis -- an infection particularly known to grow in the warm and moist areas of the skin like the underarms and the mouth. It's commonality in people increases with age. This contamination is commonly referred to as yeast infection. Our mouth and digestive systems are commonly housed by tiny amounts of candida fungus. Oral yeast infections emerge when the population of the said fungus grows rapidly and uncontrollably. This imbalance can be caused by stress, illnesses and medications such as birth control pills, corticosteroids and antibiotics. Its symptoms include a feeling of jammed food in the mid-chest area, swallowing difficulties and fevers once it expands in the esophagus area.
Fresh evidence that fatty food is bad for our health has come to light: mice fed a lard-based diet over a long period got worse at fighting bacteria in the blood, reveals a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy. The mice fed the lard-based diet derived 60 per cent of their total calories from fat. They were compared with mice fed a low-fat diet, where no more than ten per cent of their calories came from fat. As expected, the mice on the high-fat diet got fatter. A more surprising result was that their immune system was less active. The white blood cells got worse at dealing with bacteria in the blood, which could have contributed to many dying of sepsis.
Thrush yeast infections are formed due to the formation of big populations of any species of candida in the body. Commonly, it is found in the gastric tract, but it could also appear in any part of the digestive system. It also appears in the genitals and the skin. This infection is known as Candidiasis, candida syndrome, systematic candidiasis, and to the common man, a yeast infection. Its symptoms vary according to where in the body this actually occurs. Oral thrush would mean having sensitive white lesions in your mouth area, which could bleed with brushing and scraping. Genital thrushes would include excreting white-cheese like lesions and could also be accompanied with itchiness, soreness and burning sensations.
Believe it or not fungi grow naturally in our body. There are several microscopic organisms that exist in various parts of our body and their existence help keep the balance in our system. Among these fungi is the Candida albicans. Commonly called yeast, and beneficial when kept in low numbers, its overgrowth in the body can be irritating and to a certain extent very harmful. The overgrowth of Candida in our body is the culprit for what is commonly known as vaginal yeast infection. The excessive growth of yeast or Candida fungi can lead to a milky white discharge that can be very itchy. It can also cause pain during urination and sexual intercourse.
Aggressive Infection Control Program Protects Cancer Patients From Acquiring Clinic-Based H1N1 Influenza
Despite a 100-fold increase in H1N1 influenza cases in the Seattle area during spring 2009, an aggressive infection control program to protect immunocompromised cancer patients and thorough screening measures resulted in no corresponding increase in H1N1 cases among the total patient population at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, according to a new study by researchers and physicians at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the SCCA. The findings appear in this week's online version of the journal Blood. In the paper, authors Corey Casper, M.D., Janet Englund, M.D. and Michael Boeckh, M.D., detail how patients with blood cancers are screened, diagnosed and treated for H1N1 infections and then how the SCCA's infection control program led to successful suppression of a potentially serious pandemic among clinic patients and staff.