Showing posts with label health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label health. Show all posts

Friday, October 17, 2014

This is the Chainsaw Massacre Prank, it really scary and funny.  So, if you have a weak heart do not dare to watch this prank, you would probably jump from your seat.
The video shows a guy being chop-off to pieces by a chainsaw by another guy that looks similar from the one you saw from the popular films.  So, what do you think you would do if it happens that you have encountered these crazy guys on your parking lot.  Watch it!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

large snake anaconda
This is an amazing video of a huge snake a size of an Anaconda, this snake got something on its stomach that is why it did not attempt to attack the fishermen.  But, hey it is really a huge snake those two fishermen could be its next target once starve.  Go watch it!



Thursday, August 28, 2014

This is a real funny scene that I found on facebook and Youtube, I would say that this is one of the funniest local games being held in the Philippines and in some other countries.  I am not sure how these kids ended up doing the Face licking contest, but as what you see everybody is having fun and for sure the kids also had a good time. 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Watch the popular singers that made us loved the song Wrecking Ball! Mommy D nailed the song that sent us to a  laughing spree when she sang the song at Vice Ganda's show.  Lyca who became famous when she won awards on the The Voice Kids Philippines made a good job when she performed the song, Wrecking Ball in Mommy D's version and now you are about to see the two singers doing the same song again.  Enjoy! :)


This is a very cool video that shows Lola performs a local song, "Sa langit wala ang Beer".  You gonna enjoy watching her strumming the guitar and singing the song which she also changed the lyrics and that made her performance enjoyable. Enjoy Watching!!
Amazing!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bag-o palang gibalita nga may naghikog sa Cebu ug kaning balitaa ni landing sa daghan karadyohan ug TV sa visayas, ang balita gilambigit sa usa ka lalaki nga ni ambak sa IT2 building ug maoy hinungdan sa iyang kamatayon, sa pag susi sa hinungnan tungod kini sa Gugma.  Ang pangutana angay jud ba diay pakamatyan ang imong uyab kun gipulihan ka ug mas pa nimo? Ang tubag niana ? depende sa resulta sa Tanduay...eheheh joke.  Kun ang usa ka tao maka feel ug depression naa sya sa situasyon nga namahala na kun unsay dangatan niya, ug hadlok kana nga situasyon, kun may third eye palang ka murag naa nay lungon nagsunod sunod anang taohana.  Usa ka sakit nga dilikado ang depression suma pila na ang nangamatay tungod sa hikog.   Ang sakit sa gugma kun kamao lang pod ang tao mo dala makaya man ug sulbad, pinaagi ug diversion --- yeaah!!! E divert nimo imo attention sa alin mga butang nga makahatag nimo ug laing lingaw ug pag gana nga move on.  Ofcourse ayaw pod ng drugs, or subra nga tagay -- k matiwasan ka ana .

  Kun tinuoray jud ang gugma nga imo na feel dili jud na kalikayan ng super sakit na cya, pero alkansi pod ka kaau kun ang imong kalipay gisalig ra nimo sa gugma tanan.   Kun may gimahal ang tao tinood kana nga cya ang naghatag nimo ug kalipay, pero dapat maghuna huna pod ka nga pangitaa pod ang lain purpose nimo gawas sa gugma, example: Kun may talent ka sa pagkanta, sayaw, sports, DOTA, ug uban pa kanang mga butanga usa pod na nagahatag nimo ug purpose aron malipay pod ka sa imong pagpuyo aning kalibutana. Gitagaan ta sa atong Ginoo ug saktong pangisip aron pahimuslan ang atong talento ug e share sa ubang mga wala niini. Sa pagbuhat ana maka divert na sa imong attention anang blima nimo sa gugma, ang maanindot kun imo tagaan ug saktong pagtagad ang mga hiyas nimo pwede ka maka meet ug mas labaw pa sa imong ex.  Dili jud sakto nga maghikog ka para ipakita nimo sa imong ex nga gihigugma nimo cya kaau, kabalo ka ngano? K kibir rana nya, kun naa gani panag bulag sa relasyon tungod kana kay may gusto mo nga dili mo parehas, mao nga mobiya jud ang imong  paris, ug angay ka mo sabot ana ug himoon nimo na nga challenge dili nga magpadala hinoon ka, the more ka magpadala the more ka ma alkansi.  Ug kun balikan man lang ka sa imong uyab tungod sa kalooy lisod kaau na dili mo malipayon anang duha kun mag romansa mo ana, ikaw raw nag piyong piyong nya ang imong uyab gi basahan lang ka ug newspaper.  Respeta-e nalang ug dapat maningkamot ka nga maka paa asenso ka sa imong kaugalingon para mapa kita nimo nya nga you can be somebody without her or him. 

 Kun naa ka sa higayon nga nag inusara, keep in touch sa imong mga barkada, e open nila ang imong blima ayaw tago-tagoa ang blima nimo sa imong uyab let them know k mo advise mana sila.  E duwa na ug mga games, e zipline, e kaon sa mga pagkaon nga wala pa ka katilaw, e tour sa mga lugar nga wala nimo na laag, buhata ang mga things nga mga cool nga dugay nimo nang giplano suwayan, the more you involve sa daghan klasi klasing mga lingaw mo tubo ang imong gana mobuhat ug laing mga butang nga magpa develop nimo sa imong skills, career, social life ug uban pa, after few months ma realize nimo nga you change, you become cool and different and you become wiser in looking for a new partner.  Ang reason nga daghan maghikog mabuwagan tungod kana kay nitoo sila nga wala nay lain source sa ilang kalipay kay nawala na ilang partner, ug nagtoo sila nga wala nay purpose ang ilang life tungod sa pagkawala, pero kun daghan ka ug gsugdan sa imong kinabuhi nga maka hatag nimo ug lain source of happiness? Walay blima nga magdugay sa imong dughan ug kun may sakit ka gusto kaau ka mabuhi pa ug dugay.  Rock in roll!!!!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Good day mga higala kani nga article para ni sa mga bati ug nawong nga nangandoy pod tawn nga maka uyab nga gwapa.  Actually, kana nga pangandoy makaya man pero kun ato jud ng tagaan ug dakong pagtagad lisod na nga ambition, ngano? Kay kanang baye nga imong gi pangandoy nga ma uyab nga may dagway nangandoy pod tawn na ug gwapo. Naa koy mga nakita nga mga studyante sa kalainlaing mga universidad sa Bohol, Cebu, Dumaguete ug sa Bacolod nga kun maka kita kalang sa ilang mga partner nga mga laki maka ingon jud ka nga asa kaha naka palit kadtong inatay ug lumay.  
Oh yeah!  Pero kadtong tawhana naka pabor lang nga aduna siya nagunitan nga alas nga maoy naga hatag ug pag-kagana sa iyang uyab, nga pisting malasa man jud ug dagway tawhana, gwapo pa ang chihuahua nga cockroach, pero unsaon kanang alas nga nga naa niya mao nay naghatag niya ug pabor, ug  kaya nimo na maab-ot k dili ni kalabutan ug kwarta ug pagka dato. Pero kun dili nimo na maasawa kanang bayhana sa sulod sa 2 or 3 ka tuig, mapulihan ka ug gwapo daun kay kahibalo naka ngano.

Friendzone is the new word right now that sound's cool in the ears, but once you get involve in a friendzone situation, well  it's kinda difficult to understand.  The word was first started in youtube video popularized by some cool celebrities in Manila, and friendzone story came to knock the minds of every young kids who eventually had experienced of that friendzone situation.  Now, many wanted to make a video of their own experiences.  Sound's corny, but it's the trendee now....Friendzone...ahahahaha.

So, what to do?  Let's start, I was able to interview Mr. Scanhead from the Artworks of Scanhead, What the fuck is Scanhead anyways? Anyways, he had shared some good stuff about how to prepare for Friendzone production that does not require you to spend thousands of pesos from your parents pockets, just to make that corny short film. 


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Philippines is a country with so many cases of death caused by health problems and what is worst the country spent billions of pesos to cater the needs of every citizen.  Health is wealth in the Philippines, and though every Filipino is aware of the importance of health their lifestyle is a problem. Filipinos love spicy,salty foods and what is worst Filipinos love to eat almost every time.  Based on many cases of health issues in the country a healthy Filipino would start experience heart,kidney,liver,etc. problems when they are at the range of 26 - 35 or lower than that in some provinces.   Many blame their lifestyles and though they are correct with their reasons, its a bit too late to start over for a healthy lifestyle.  A person who is a hard-smoker for 5 to 15 years would not instantly stop the addiction, just because he was told to do so by his doctor, eventually he would follow the doctor's advice for  a couple of days and after that it would be his will again. Middle aged Filipino patients are very difficult to handle, they don't listen to their doctors most of the time and  they don't easily  abandon their cravings for smoking,spicy foods,drinking etc. and that is why their are many recorded deaths in the Philippines caused by different sickness contributed by their vices.

Friday, September 14, 2012



By: Ocee
Wow! Nice! Those are the expressions you would be receiving when you let everybody see your huge tattoo in the butt. But be reminded that not all would be amazed of that body art of yours, especially those who are health conscious people; you see sometimes artworks could give a great deal of attraction and fascination but in exchange of health issues.  But anyway, every being has the right to do what they think would give them the joy to enjoy life and art and that goes to butt tattoo.  Tattoo is one of possible choice on how to express and utilize your own body for self-satisfaction.
Usually tattoos are commonly place in the arms, wrest, legs, at the back, chest but not common in the butt. Because tattoos are the sum of all of what you believe-in and what you’ve felt that satisfies your ego.  If tattoo is some sort of expressing one self then why it has to be in the butt where it is usually hidden to the public, well that answer is - everything that is hidden is always enticing and surprising, and having a tattoo placed on your butt is cool. 


Monday, July 16, 2012


People are looking for jobs that can give them good benefits and of course good money.  Yes indeed there are so many jobs out there with lucrative salary ranges, but you are working like a caveman.  If you are contented with this kind of  lifestyle then go for it, no one would dare to stop you, but always remember that you are a human being not a horse. Man! Get out from your cave  and  enjoy the fruits of your hard work, time to change the game, it should be something that could make your social life a bit fun and healthier.  Work work work can only give you money, but zero life  --- Life is not just being physically alive, but its also psychologically,emotionally,spiritually and socially alive.  Balance, is what you need! Work alone would drag you to certain depression and soon health problems.  So here are some good jobs with great income but life can be lonely. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Nurses Talk - There are many couples in these world preffered to have sex anytime and anywhere and forgetting the sanctity of sex. Making sex as part of their daily leisures. And all these happened because of Contraceptives, believing that AIDS can be avoided or controlled if all people who are making love or making lust can have it safely with contraceptives. Condom is one of the well-known conctraceptives, is it safe? Let's find out!
Experts tend to avoid the term 'safe sex' to refer to sex using the condom, because they acknowledge that it does not give 100per cent protection against the various sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
'Safer sex' is now the preferred term.
A Cochrane Review on health care concluded that, with consistent use, condoms are about 80 per cent effective in reducing the risk of HIV infection.
The June 2004 Bulletin of the World Health Organisation noted that with consistent use of the condom, the risk of contracting gonorrhoea was reduced by about 62per cent, and that for chlamydia infection, by only about 26per cent.
Such limited extent of risk reduction is far from being acceptable.
The effectiveness of the condom can be further compromised by the fact that condom breakage and slippage are not uncommon.
A study published in the May 2006 issue of the British Medical Journal revealed that condom slippage was experienced by up to 33per cent of the teens who had used these; and condom breakage, by up to 25 per cent.
Studies have also shown that teenagers are relatively poor users of contraceptives.
There are many reasons why some teens engage in risky sexual behaviour. These include factors such as peer pressure, negative influence of some mass media, poor self-esteem, and poor parent-child relationships.
These should be considered in the design of any sexuality programme that is aimed at our young. It is our duty to provide them with the correct information, so that they can make the right decisions for themselves.-Dr John Hui Keem Peng
"For people who are sexually active, condoms remain our best solution to reducing risks of acquiring sexually transmitted infections (if uninfected) or transmitting these infections (if infected). Despite some inconsistencies in the evidence, studies show that condoms are an effective physical barrier against passage of even the smallest sexually transmitted pathogens," wrote Markus Steiner and Willard Cates of Family Health International.
A recent meta-analysis revealed that condoms really decrease the risk of gonorrhea and chlamydia in both men and women, but also of the genital herpes and human papillomavirus infection, if correctly employed.Many are concerned that the condom use boosts unsafe sexual behavior, but a recent review has not confirmed this."Like any prevention tool (such as seat belts or airbags) condoms are not 100% effective," wrote the authors.Still, people should know that the condom fulfills its mission integrated in the ABC strategy: abstinence, being faithful to one partner, and condom use.Still, "a more comprehensive approach is needed. Condoms cannot be the definitive answer to sexually transmitted infection, because they provide insufficient protection against many common diseases. Intercourse generally involves skin to skin contact in the external genital area not covered by a condom. The main problem with condoms is that average people, particularly teenagers and young adults, do not use them consistently, regardless of knowledge or education," said Stephen Genuis from the University of Alberta. "Numerous large studies where concerted efforts to promote use of condoms has consistently failed to control rates of sexually transmitted infection -- even in countries with advanced sex education programs like Canada, Sweden, and Switzerland."Recent researches proved that changes in sexual behavior (less partners and casual sex, and less appeal to sex workers), rather than condom use, dropped the rate of STDs in countries like Thailand and Cambodia. About 70 % of the STDs around the world occur in teenagers and young adults. "Yet innumerable adolescents saturated with condom focused sex education end up contracting sexually transmitted infections. Although factual information should be included in any discussion of sexually transmitted infections, narrow condom focused initiatives should be replaced with comprehensive evidence-based programs," said Genuis.
So there you have it, best information to answer your question about the condoms. I suggest that you keep you virginity and have your sex when you have your honeymoon. Its very wonderful to have sex to a person you really love and truly respected.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Nurses Talk- The secret to stay beautiful and young looking is not solely from what you put at night to your skin but rather what you do every day. Many women and men indulge in habits which are very destructive to the skin and what is bad they don't even realize the negative result it could cause to their skin. So here are tips on how to handle your skin to keep you always beautiful and young looking.

1. Broad-spectrum sunscreen jump
The most effective way to stay your skin from getting wrinkled, saggy and speckled are sunscreen, SPF 30 and the minimum. formula with broad spectrum (ie they shield against UVA and UVB) with Helioplex or Mexoryl offers the most durable protection. Apply a teaspoon full on your face, and writing a quick drink in your body. For ordinary days, a new application as soon as your return trip.




2. smoking
If you continue smoking, you not only damage your strength, but you will deploy more and deeper wrinkles and skin tone blotchier. In fact, each decade of results from smoking is considered an additional 2.5 years, according to a study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

3. Overindulge drinking
Drinking more than one drink per day to your skin suffers. Alcohol increases the level of inflammatory agents into the bloodstream, which can accelerate sagging skin over time, "says Fredric Brandt, a dermatologist in New York and Coral Gables, Florida.
4. Using dirty make-up Brushes
unwashed brushes can clog pores and can cause bacterial infection. Once every three weeks, foam brushes with a mild shampoo like Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo, rinse and let dry overnight.

5. Constant chatting on cell phones
Cheek resting on your chin or against a phone eruptions can direct whether or not the phone is clean and free of bacteria. "Just pressing his face against it can cause friction, occlusion, and heat, which can get you started," says Katie Rodan dermatologist Bay Area.

6. Less Sleep
Lack of sleep causes stress, which can aggravate skin conditions, including acne, eczema and psoriasis. Sleep is also when your body repair damage caused by the sun, and to stop that progress is slow cell turnover.

7.
Not washing your face at the night
Unwashed face with make-up can lead to clogged pores and pimples, especially if you're prone to acne. "The temperature of your lower body increases when you sleep, which can improve the absorption of the whole area," says Rodan

8. Excessive eating of junk foods
Foods high glycemic index cause your blood sugar to rise, causing a rise in insulin. The oil stimulates androgen hormones called insulin, leaving you with buttons, "says Baumann. Cut out the trash, and you can see an improvement in acne in about six weeks. Instead, the scope of snacks such as peanut butter, nuts, avocado and healthy fats provide nutrients for hair, skin, nails, and basal metabolism.

9. Skipping exercise
Exercise increases blood flow to the skin, causing a burst of healthy appearance. Immediately and over time, has been shown to reduce tension, which can lead to better skin. "When you are stressed, cortisol levels rise, and lead to the aggravation of acne and other skin," says Rodan. "Lower your cortisol peaks, and your skin will become smoother and clearer."

10. over tanning
Any modification of the pigment UVA or UVB rays can cause premature aging and increase the likelihood of skin cancer. Tanning beds can be even worse because they emit concentrated light rays, which penetrate more deeply than the mixture of UVA and UVB in sunlight, "said the mayor. Make sure you protect yourself by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 every day.


Monday, January 30, 2012

Nurses Talk - So many scientist and doctors in the world are working 24 hours finding the cause of a certain epedimic when it happens and once they know the Where it started, their attention will then focus on how it started.  In getting the roots of a certain virus there are many things to consider and sometimes before they could come up a discovery so many experiments are have to be made.  Recently, the scientist at Michigan State University have conducted an experiment and have explained well on how a new virus evolve to become deadly.  The researchers open doors to many debates pertaining to viral mutations and evolution. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

So many people in the world right now suffers serious heart problems due to not exercising and by not giving attention to healthy foods that they should be eating.  But according to statistics it is very difficult to adjust your eating habits especially you are craving to these well-cooked and delicious foods on the street corners to the ones prepared by your wife or by neighbors.  My advice have time to read this article.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A wonderful topic for parents having teens in their families.  Well, lets start over with a question, thus sex education important in the family? And should parents act as educators in educating their teens about sex rather than the school?
Sex education is one of the hot issues in many countries, especially in some Religious countries, and if you try do some research these countries succeed in controlling the possible increase of HIV victims.  How? Abstinence and the teaching the moral way about sex to their people.
Parents are the first teachers the children experienced in their lives and guessed what parents influence a lot in the growth of a child. So when a parent starts educating their children about whats the best in life whether good or bad, for the children its always the best path to follow.  And thats is why, if the parents are start talking about sex topics to their children it surely produce learning to their teens.
Why Parents should Educate about Sex to their children when our is school conducting sex education to your kids?
Well, the answer is, Sex Education in many schools now a days are influenced or should I say sponsored by different health agencies and International health organizations. Majority of these Health organizations are not considering the importance of morality but instead desperately making solutions on how to solve the country's population.  Their way of educating your children is more on scientific-based teaching.  They would show pictures of penises and vaginas, the feelings, conditions, impacts etc..   These for sure would contribute curiosity to the children.  Then telling them about condoms, pills, and everything.  Making it short... Its like "Go have sex, its natural! Don't worry use Condom and your safe!"

Parents alone have the right to be the primary educators of their children, 
particularly in matters related to sexuality. This right is bestowed on them 
by God, Who also assigns to parents a duty to teach Christian morality to 
their sons and daughters. Parents are the best teachers of their children. 
 
God has ordained parents with an inalienable right to educate their 
children, particularly regarding sexual development. 
 
God, the Author of life, invites parents to join in the creative process of 
generating new human life. The role of parents continues as guardians and 
caretakers of the gift of a child which has been bestowed on them. 
 
The God-given right and responsibility of parents to control the education 
of their children is revealed in Holy Scripture: 
 
He [the Lord] set it up as a decree in Jacob, and established it as a law in 
Israel, / That what He commanded our fathers they should make known to 
their sons . . .     Psalm 78:5 
 
Train a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart 
from it.             Proverbs 22 
 
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the 
discipline of the Lord.   Ephesians 6:4 
 
. . . and in the Tradition of the Catholic Church: 
 
The right and duty of parents to educate their children is primary and 
inalienable.1 
You don't have to be a Religious person to educate your children about sex, just tell them simple questions like: "Are you ready to get Pregnant?", Are you willing to give-up your virginity at that age?, "Does your Boyfriend responsible enough to take care of you, if you get pregnant?"
These questions are very easy to say to your children.  You don't have to tell them about how things are happening in the body.  The point their giving an Idea on how to do abstinence while their still young and still in school.  Teens are full of imaginations and curiosity to experience.  Don't let your children a victim of it.  Tell them the consequences of Sex and they will understand.  Rather than letting learn it from themselves.  Most boys are eager to experience Sex your daughter could be a victim if you would not teach them about sex.
Parents are in the best position to know the developmental level and 
individual informational needs of their children. Moreover, only in private 
discussions can these needs be addressed-personally and with the delicacy 
the subject requires. It is particularly important not to violate a child's 
natural latency period (roughly from age eight to puberty, when sexual 
interests are dormant), which could result in the destruction of their 
innocence. 
 
Further, parents, regardless of their professional credentials, are best 
suited to be the primary educators of their children. Their loving 
relationship with their offspring is singular and irreplaceable and 
therefore cannot be delegated to others or usurped by others.7 
 
In addition, parents are in a unique position to lead by example in teaching 
their children the gift of self in relation to love. The love between a 
husband and wife teaches their children what love is; for, by welcoming and 
nurturing the children who are the fruit of that love, they give their 
children the best possible education in sexuality and in responsible use of 
their sexuality.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Many of the participants of this amazing charity activity are mothers and most of them are having sons or daughters suffering form autism.  In order for them to support the the condition of their kids they have decided to make a calendar with them naked.  It's amazing charity that they are making, and I am sure you will love their calendar photos.  Check the Video!








source: http://theweek.com/article/index/219701/the-scary-rise-in-health-insurance-costs-5-theories


1. Blame "ObamaCare"We warned you, says Katie Mahoney at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. President Obama's 2010 health reforms "do nothing to control costs and instead drive premiums higher," as insurers are forced to cover things like letting uninsured 26-year-olds stay on their parents' health plans and making preventative screenings free. Making 25-year-old factory workers "subsidize the health insurance of Harvard MBA candidates" is just one way "ObamaCare already has forced insurers to increase prices," says Don Surber in the Charleston, W.V., Daily Mail. They also had to jack up premiums now because starting next year, Obama will make them justify any double-digit rate increase.
2. The big driver is rising medical costsThe Affordable Care Act (ACA) did contribute 1 to 2 percentage points to the 9 percent rate hike, says Jonathan Cohn in The New Republic. But that's a small, "one-time bump." The largest single cause is the steady "ongoing rise in health care costs," which the ACA will actually stem, if politicians have the will to use its tools. Even 42 percent of doctors think their patients are getting too much care, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The reasons include fear of malpractice lawsuits and misplaced incentives. "Physicians believe they are paid to do more and exposed to legal punishment if they do less," say Brenda Sirovich, M.D., and her colleagues.
3. Insurers guessed wrongHealth insurers set this year's sharp premium hikes last year, on the "expectation that the use of health services would go up because of an economic recovery that was starting and then it didn't happen," says Kaiser Family Foundation president Drew Altman. In fact, employers are reporting that their workers are using less medical care, says Beth Umland, a health care consultant with Mercer, quoted in The New York Times. "It always takes a while for underwriting to catch up with reality."
4. Free markets are inefficient for health careThe "incredible 9 percent" spike in prices as demand wanes is further proof that the "childish, simplistic belief that a 'free market' functions well in health care and health insurance... has no basis is reality," says Jon Walker at Firedoglake. For years, insurers and economists have promised that if consumers only had more "skin in the game," insurance rates would drop. Well, employees have been paying more and more out of pocket for years, and this is the result?
5. The workforce is older, and more expensive to insureThe recession and resulting "high unemployment has resulted in employers hiring fewer younger workers," says Karen Ignagni, head of trade group America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Older workers, meanwhile, are retiring later, leaving employers with a grayer workforce and insurers with "an older and sicker risk pool." They had no choice but to raise premiums.

 

Scientists have cracked the genetic code of the Black Death, one of history's worst plagues, and found that its modern day bacterial descendants haven't changed much over 600 years.
Luckily, we have.
The evolution of society and medicine — and our own bodies — has far outpaced the evolution of that deadly bacterium, scientists said.
The 14th century bug Yersinia pestis is nearly identical to the modern day version of the same germ. There are only a few dozen changes among the more than 4 million building blocks of DNA, according to a study published online Wednesday in the journal Nature.
What that shows is that the Black Death, or plague, was deadly for reasons beyond its DNA, study authors said. It had to do with the circumstances of the world back then.
In its day, the disease killed between 30 million and 50 million people — about 1 of every 3 Europeans. It came at the worst possible time — when the climate was suddenly getting colder, the world was in the midst of a long war and horrible famine, and people were moving into closer quarters where the disease could infect them and spread easily, scientists say. And it was likely the first time this particular disease had struck humans, attacking people without any innate protection.
"It was literally like the four horseman of the apocalypse that rained on Europe," said study lead author Johannes Krause of the University of Tubingen in Germany. "People literally thought it was the end of the world."
In devastating the population, it changed the human immune system, basically wiping out people who couldn't deal with the disease and leaving the stronger to survive, said study co-author Hendrik Poinar of McMaster University in Ontario.
But simple antibiotics today, such as tetracycline, can beat the plague bacteria, which doesn't seem to have properties that enable other germs to become drug resistant, Poinar said. Plus, changes in medical treatment of the sick, coupled with improved sanitation and economics, put humanity in a far better position. And there's an immune system protection we mostly have now, Poinar said.
"I think we're in a good state," Poinar said. "The reason we do so well is that conditions are so different."
People still get the disease, usually from fleas from rodents or other animals, but not that often. There are around 2,000 cases a year in the world, mostly in rural areas, with a handful of them popping up in remote parts of the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earlier this year, two people in New Mexico were diagnosed with plague. In 1992, a Colorado veterinarian died from a more recent strain, one that scientists used heavily in their study.
To get the original Black Death DNA, scientists played dentist to dozens of skeletons.
During the epidemic in the 14th century, about 2,500 London area victims of the disease were buried in a special cemetery near the Tower of London. It was excavated in the mid-1980s with 600 individual skeletons moved to the Museum of London, said study co-author Kirsten Bos, also of McMaster University. She then removed 40 of those teeth, drilled into the pulp inside the teeth and got "this dark black powdery type material" which likely was dried blood that included DNA from the bacteria.
And when she was done, Bos returned the teeth, minus a little DNA, to the skeletons at the museum.
When the same scientists first tried mapping the bacteria's genetic makeup, it appeared to be a distinctly different germ than what is around currently. But part of that was a reflection of working with 660-year-old DNA and newer, more refined techniques revealed less difference between the early day and modern Y. pestis bacteria than between a mother and daughter, Krause said.
That's a surprising result, but the work was well done and makes sense, said Julian Parkhill, a disease genome expert at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Britain. Parkhill was not involved in the research but has studied the bacteria.
"Getting an effectively complete genome sequence of a bacterium that lived nearly 700 years ago is incredibly exciting," Parkhill said.

By Lucy Danziger and the staff at SELF

1. Vegetables With Creamy Onion Dip

In a glass bowl, microwave 1 diced scallion in ½ tsp olive oil until fragrant, 1 minute. Whisk in 3 tbsp nonfat plain Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp light sour cream, 1 tsp mayonnaise, ¼ tsp each salt and onion powder and a pinch each of black pepper and gar-lic powder. Serve with 1 cup chopped broccoli and cauliflower.
How it fights cancer: Cruciferous veggies, a class that includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, appear to prevent breast, lung and colon cancer. “Different types of estrogens have been associated with both increased and decreased cancer risk. Cruciferous vegetables help your body process estrogen in a way that might lower risk,” says Gregory A. Plotnik-off, M.D., senior consultant for health care innovation at Allina Hospitals and Clinics in Minnesota.

2. Super Savory Popcorn

Pop one 100-calorie bag microwave popcorn. Toss with ½ tsp sweet smoked paprika and a pinch of garlic powder.
How it fights cancer: Whole grains have cancer-fighting antioxidants, according to research from the University of Scran-ton in Pennsylvania. Popcorn has the most antioxidants in the snack group; pastas made with whole wheat tops the grain list.

3. Edamame With Iced Green Tea

Cook 2/3 cup edamame as directed on package. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Serve with 8 to 12 oz iced green tea mixed with ½ tsp honey.
How it fights cancer: To pump up the disease-fighting potential of green tea’s catechins, add a squeeze of citrus: Lemon juice protects the chemicals so more of them are available to your body, a study from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, reveals.

4. Tomato Bruschetta

Spread 1 tbsp part-skim ricotta and 2 tbsp store-bought tomato bruschetta topping on each of 3 slices melba toast or toasted whole-grain baguette.
How it fights cancer: Scientists suspect that the lycopene in tomato works as an antioxidant that protects the body’s cells against certain cancers. Bonus: It also helps reduce your risk for heart disease.

5. Cheese Plate

Serve 1 oz reduced-fat cheddar with 3/4 cup red grapes and 2 whole-grain crackers.
How it fights cancer: Like vino, the skin of fresh red grapes contains the protective chemical resveratrol, which may reduce your risk for both cancer and heart disease and also sharpen your brain. “And there’s no alcohol, which has been linked to certain cancers,” says Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., spokeswoman in Sarasota, Florida, for the American Dietetic Association.

6. Honey-Ginger Blueberries With Mascarpone

In a pan, heat 1 cup blueberries with 1 tbsp honey and ¼ tsp ground ginger until berries become jammy, 5 minutes. Top berries with 1 tbsp mascarpone and ½ sheet graham cracker broken into bits.
How it fights cancer: Anthocyanins, the pigments behind blueberries’ hue, may fight cancer while also helping brain cells fire faster, so you stay sharp. And the berries’ vitamin C may block the effects of cancer-causing free radicals, help prevent cancer from spreading and enhance immunity.
Craving more cancer-preventing foods? Surf to Self.com for a week-long meal plan of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and treats featuring anticancer superfoods.


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