Rich's and Poet's new collaboration is a grungy, upbeat version of ''no man is an island'' (except Barry)
Dr. Ginzburg named
by Maria Rurikova
September 20th, 8:20pm
Vitamins that inhibit aging were named by dietitian
Mikhail Ginzburg in his blog on the Yandex.Zen
platform. According to him, these are
According to the doctor, with age, the body accumulates
homocysteine - a toxic substance that affects blood
vessels. Vitamins B6, B9 and B12 promote the
conversion of homocysteine to the useful
amino acid methionine.
They are found in large quantities -- in cereals, berries,
cabbage, salads and fish. By consuming these foods
in sufficient quantities, you can extend your life for
several years, in old age, Ginzburg noted.
A lot of methionine is also found in animal protein -- but its
excessive synthesis in the body is harmful to the elderly.
As an alternative, the doctor advised eating soy and
legume products, as well as taking vitamin and
Nutritionist -told about the
dangers ...of oil and butter
September 14th, 12 midnight
Our body needs variety, so each product carries some benefit.
If we are talking about vegetable oils --- their benefits in the
form of vitamins and antioxidant properties are preserved - only when they are cold-pressed, nutritionist Larisa Gabdulkhakova, told Izvestia.
"When refined, the oil loses all its useful properties, only
omega-6 fatty acids remain in it, which are harmful to
the body - in large quantities," she said.
However, the expert still does not recommend frying on
cold-pressed oils: when heated, harmful substances
are formed, which leads to inflammation in
"Vegetable oils retain all their useful properties if they are
not subjected to serious heat treatment. Therefore, cold-
pressed oils are recommended to be added to salads,
porridge, ready-made soups, smoothies, protein
shakes, coffee, tea or in a natural cocoa
drink," Gabdulkhakova explained.
As for butter and ghee, they also contain a lot of useful
trace elements, just like vegetable oils, but they also
contain animal cholesterol, which stimulates brain
function and improves bile flow.
However, the doctor drew attention to the fact, that
there are many low-quality products on the market.
"If butter is of high quality, then it has all the useful
substances, but there are a lot of fakes on the
market when good butter is mixed with trans
fats. Trans Fats do not spoil, do not oxidize
— manufacturers are increasingly using
them to significantly extend the shelf
life of the product and reduce the
cost of the product," Larisa
"Natural milk fat is expensive. Unscrupulous market
participants replace it with vegetable or beef and
do not write about it in the composition, which is
already called a fake. As a result, the production
cost is lower, the shelf life is longer, and the
addition of beef fat to vegetable oils also
complicates the analytical control
process. There is no benefit in
such a product and the buyer
is also deceived," the
According to him, olive oil is also actively faked - they sell
hot pressed oil under the guise of the first cold one, and
sometimes... they simply mix olive oil with ordinary
At the same time, he noted that the amount of counterfeit
goods on the butter market is gradually decreasing due
to the introduced "Honest Sign"labeling system.
He also drew attention to the fact that vegetable oils are not
subject to labeling, so only vigilance in the store, as well as
the work of public organizations & supervisory authorities,
can protect the buyer from purchasing counterfeit goods.
To detect fake olive oil, the expert recommends dropping
a drop on the skin and rubbing it in: good olive oil is quickly absorbed and does not leave any trace.
Psychologist: up to
how many years...
men need women
There was no need for a woman at his age. I think this
phrase has been heard by many at least once, when
it was addressed in the direction of one or another
representative of the stronger sex. So we decided
to ask the opinion of a psychologist, up to what
age women are still needed by men, in reality.
Such thoughts.. were prompted by another story. Just recently,
a neighbour started complaining about his elderly father. Tom
is almost eighty, his wife has been dead for five years, and
the children are adults, as are their grandchildren. Oh, my
great-grandchildren. And so they put him in the hospital.
There, he met a middle-aged nurse and blossomed.
He began to take care of himself, shaved, cut his
The last straw for the children was the statement of the
father, who was thinking of getting married. Moreover,
she is almost three decades younger. And he
resisted --- the taste of life, they say,
returned, and he felt a man again.
Naturally, all the relatives are hostile. She is accused of
self-interest, she is in a state of confusion. They say -
why does he need that woman in his old age?
And here it is necessary to understand consistently. For
women to men. Spiritual love, physical love, family love,
procreation love, is all there, of course. That's just
not the end of it.
A representative of the stronger sex wants to see a muse
next to him, a source of inspiration that will make him
feel the value and taste of life, makes him set goals
and go for them.
Remember that every successful man's personal story is
inextricably linked to a smart and correct woman who
inspired and supported him. And if such a muse was
met by an elderly father --- who inspired him with
strength, forced him to return to life. Is this any
worse than a suffering and lonely old man who
has already forgotten that it is necessary to
strive for something?
Everyone, regardless of age, wants to see such a muse next
to them. It is such women, and just special women, that
give a sense of the fullness of life.
And if this woman really has sincere feelings, and not a desire
to profit and self-interest, then why not. Before you accuse
the ladies of calculating, you should think about her real
intentions. And not always, are they associated only
with the thirst for profit.
Zakharova reminded - about
danger of depleted uranium
for the human body
September 6th, 9:30pm
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry,
Maria Zakharova, recalled the toxicity and danger of
depleted uranium for the human body.
Thus, the diplomat commented on the statement of the official
representative of the White House, John Kirby, that the shells
with depleted uranium transferred to the Ukrainian army... do not pose a radioactive threat.
"What is it: lies or stupidity? About the toxicity of depleted
uranium, its special danger to the human body ...they
wrote repeatedly," the message reads.
Zakharova noted that in places where such ammunition
is used, a serious increase in oncological diseases
She stressed that the victims of the consequences
of the use of depleted uranium - are both military
personnel and civilians.
On September 6, the United States announced the
supply of depleted uranium shells for Abrams
tanks to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Image: Marijuana consumers have high levels of metals in their bloodstream September 2nd, 10:13am (Prensa Latina) A study by the Columbia University School of Public Health in the United States, detected significant levels of metals in the blood and urin
Marijuana consumers have
high levels --- of metals in their bloodstream
September 2nd, 10:13am
A study by the Columbia University School of Public Health
in the United States, detected significant levels of metals
in the blood and urine of marijuana consumers, the
journal Environmental Health Perspectives
The authors concluded that marijuana may be an important
and under-recognized source of lead and cadmium
exposure --- by comparing these parameters
between marijuana users and non-users.
This is one of the first studies to report biomarker levels of
metals in marijuana addicts and most likely the largest
investigation to date, linking self-reported use with
internal measures of metal exposure.
Because the cannabis plant is a known metal eliminator,
it was hypothesized that smokers will have higher
standards of metal biomarkers compared to
other non-users, as explained by Katelyn
McGraw, a researcher in Columbia
Public Health’s Department of
In the future, research on cannabis use and its contaminants,
particularly metals, should be conducted to address public
health concerns related to the growing number of
consumers, stressed Tiffany R. Sanchez,
assistant professor of environmental
health sciences at Columbia Public
Health, and lead author.
Marijuana is the third most widely used drug
in the world, behind tobacco and alcohol.
Maduro recalls 18th anniversary
of the Sandino Commitment
August 21st, 3:37pm
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recalled today
the 18th anniversary of the historic Sandino
Commitment, promoted by Cuba and
Venezuela, which since then has
made it possible... to assist
visually impaired people
in Latin America.
In a message posted on his account on the social network X
(formerly Twitter), accompanied by a video of that date, the
president recalled Commander Hugo Chavez (1954-2013)
and the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel
Castro (1926-2016), leading figures of that health
agreement, undertaken by both nations.
‘It is 18 years - since the historic Sandino
Commitment was made. Venezuela and
Cuba, healing the sight of millions of
people in our continent. A brother-
hood that remains firm with the
examples of Chavez and Fidel.
Building paths of union - and
true solidarity in the world’,
wrote the President.
With the signing of the Sandino Commitment, signed in 2005,
the two countries ratified their solidarity with the rest of the
peoples of the continent, together with the will to promote
an integral development based on the complementary
support between Latin American and
The program takes its name from the town of Sandino,
in the western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio, where
on August 21st, 2005, a special transmission of the
program, Alo Presidente, conducted by Chavez,
along with Fidel.
Since then, thanks to this initiative, more than six million
patients in Latin America and the Caribbean --- have
received ophthalmologic assistance through
the Milagro Mission.
Image: ideal way to use chicory
Dr. Pavlova explained the
ideal way to use chicory
August 19th, 3:42pm
An endocrinologist, Candidate of Medical Sciences,
Zukhra Pavlova, named the ideal way to use
chicory in her Telegram channel.
The specialist recommended drinking
this, without adding sugar and milk.
The medic clarified that for the preparation of weak chicory,
you will need one or two teaspoons of this powder per 200
millilitres of water. At the same time, you can use it
in this form even at night, because this product
is not invigorating.
The expert also noted that chicory is rich in vitamins and
minerals, including magnesium, which is useful for
maintaining the nervous system.
Also in this product there is inulin, which is responsible
for the stable functioning of the intestines. In addition,
chicory can reduce cravings for sweets,
Earlier, endocrinologist Pavlova warned
about the non-obvious danger, of sugar.
The nutritionist told about
the products accelerating
metabolism after 40 years
August 16th, 2:30am
Endocrinologist & nutritionist Anton Polyakov, said
that a person after the age of 40, has a decrease
in their metabolism, which makes it difficult to keep the body slim.
In an interview with Vechernyaya Moskva --- on Tuesday,
August 15, the doctor pointed out that an acceleration
of the metabolism, depends, not only on the products
consumed ---- since this is a related work of the whole body.
Food and drink can only have an impact on the
mechanisms that support metabolism, but
not directly accelerate it.
According to the nutritionist, cocoa stimulates mitochondria,
which provide the body's cells with energy. If they are not
enough --- the nutrients are not converted into useful
energy. For this reason, a person consumes more
calories ...and experiences constant fatigue.
The growth of mitochondria... is also affected by pomegranates. As noted by the endocrinologist, it also delivers energy to the cells. In addition, fish is able to improve the cell membranes ---
so that they better perceive signals from the outside world.
The omega-2 found in fish, converts calories into heat, and speeds up your metabolism.
According to the 360 TV channel, bitter chocolate, ginger, garlic, cinnamon and green tea --- can also speed up your metabolism.
In January, a nutritionist, a doctor of preventive integrative
medicine, PhD Rimma Moisenko, said that the use of fresh
pomegranate juice, will help replenish the energy supply,
increase immunity - and improve internal processes in
the body. The surge of energy that occurs.... after a
glass of pomegranate juice, according to the
expert, is due to a rise in the level of
hemoglobin in the blood.
Doctor shares little-known
facts ------ about vitamin D
August 9th, 2:49pm
Vitamin D plays a very important role in maintaining human
health and is responsible for many processes in the body.
Various myths revolve around it, and some interesting
facts remain little known, Lyubov Stankevich, Director
of laboratory Medicine at the LabQuest Laboratory,
Candidate of Medical Sciences, told Izvestia, on
In particular, she drew attention to the fact that many people
believe that to produce enough vitamin D, you need to be in
"The skin is really capable of synthesizing vitamin D. But to
do this, you need to tan the entire surface of your skin
every day in a bikini or without clothes at all, up to a
slight erythema. Literally every day to slightly burn.
Then there is hope to synthesize it through the
skin," said Stankevich.
At the same time, the doctor noted that, firstly, it is harmful
to the skin, and secondly, it is unlikely that you can find so
much time for tanning. In addition, the angle at which
sunlight falls on the skin is also important. Based on
this, according to her, the generally accepted
opinion that with the help of tanning you can
accumulate vitamin D is nothing more than
Speaking about little-known facts about vitamin D, the doctor
noted that in the last decade it was found out that it is rather
a hormone, since it has hormonal activity and is responsible
for 600 biochemical reactions in the body. The receptors
that are susceptible to it are found in all organs and
systems throughout the body.
"This is a very powerful immunomodulator. The immune
system... is made up of different cells. Some cells are
activated by vitamin D - and then antiviral protection
is activated and, very importantly, antitumour
protection, that is, protection against cancer.
And other cells of the immune system are inhibited, their
activity is suppressed. And this has a therapeutic effect
for patients with pathologically excessive activity of
the immune system, " Stankevich said.
According to her, it is from vitamin D, and not from vitamin C,
that protection against viral infections depends. In addition,
it is a predictor of cardiovascular diseases, reducing the
risk of their development.
In addition, as the doctor said, it determines the work of the
brain. According to her, the relationship between mental
activity and vitamin D levels occurs even during the
intrauterine development of the child during
pregnancy of the mother. It was found that
pregnant women who were in the process
of carrying a child in a state of vitamin D
deficiency, children in adulthood have
an increased risk of developing
"Vitamin D, is linked to the reproductive system, not only
of women, but also of men, since the male reproductive
potential also depends on the right amount of it," the
She also said that contrary to advertising, vitamin D should
not be taken together with calcium, but with vitamin K2,
which is actively involved in the absorption of calcium.
According to her, entering the circulatory system, calcium
should end up in bone tissue, but without vitamin K2, this
does not happen, and the risk of calcium deposits in
blood vessels, internal organs and soft tissues,
Your doctor will help you determine
the exact dosage.
In June, Mariyat Mukhina, a dietitian and cosmetologist,
pointed out the danger of an overabundance of vitamin
D in the body. According to her, this can lead to
chronic pyelonephritis, cardiosclerosis and
increase the risk of fractures.
Image: vape- related lung damage
Ulankina's doctor called
shortness of breathone
of the signs --- of vape-
related lung damage
August 6th, 3:30am
Olga Ulankina, an expert doctor at the Hemotest
Laboratory --- told RT how vaping can affect a
"When vapes were first invented, they were advertised as a
safe alternative to cigarettes. However, in fact, it turned out --- that they are not so harmless, because they contain a lot of toxic substances. For example, phenols.... irritate the mucous membranes of the mouth and nose, formaldehyde can lead
to cancer, glycerin negatively affects the nervous and cardiovascular systems, and acrolein belongs to the list of extremely toxic substances and generally has a detrimental effect on health," the
She added that lung damage associated with smoking
e-cigarettes and vapes is called EVALI-e-cigarette
and vaping use-associated lung injury.
"This disease --- is associated with the inhalation of
substances.. that are traditionally added to liquids
for smoking. It is believed that the lungs perceive them as a foreign object, and give an immune response. It leads to - inflammation, allergic reactions and a dangerous accumulation of fluid in the respiratory system,"
Usually, the disease is manifested by shortness of breath,
which increasingly occurs even with the usual physical
exertion, the interlocutor of RT said.
"In addition, there may be other symptoms -- cough, chest
pain, fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. The most
dangerous thing in this disease is the development of
severe complications up to acute respiratory failure
----- which can lead to death," the doctor warned.
In addition, according to her, vaping increases blood
pressure, damages blood vessels and increases the
risk of developing a myocardial infarction, or stroke.
"So.. when comparing the vessels of smokers and vapers,
the same pathological processes are noted. If you inhale
toxic fumes, you can also develop "popcorn disease", or
obliterating bronchitis. This is an inflammation of the
lungs, which is quite difficult to treat — with the use
of hormonal drugs, up to a lung transplant," the
Other side effects, including constant smoking of
vape with nicotine-free liquids - are considered to
be weakened immunity and cognitive impairment.
"It is impossible to predict what kind of damage a
particular person will have. But the fact that
inhaling toxic fumes is unsafe can be said
--- with confidence," the expert noted.
Earlier, Anastasia Marienko, head of the
oncology department of the Euroonko
clinic in St. Petersburg, told RT that
the main factor in the occurrence
of lung cancer --- is smoking,
which provokes almost 90%
of cases of the disease.
to prevent aging,
you need to eat fish every day
July 27th, 7:17pm
Daily consumption of fish slows down the aging process
of the body. This was announced on Thursday, July 27,
by nutritionist Mikhail Ginzburg, in an interview with Vechernyaya Moskva.
According to the doctor, to get nutrients to support the brain,
which over the years loses its former activity, you need to give preference to oily sea fish.
"Such fish are a source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for the formation of cell membranes. They are also a source of iodine and vitamin D. These components ------ support the central nervous system," explained Ginzburg.
In addition, the expert attributed cereals, dairy
products, vegetables, berries, fruits, as well
as nuts and seasonings, to foods that slow
down the aging process. The latter, in
particular - ginger, turmeric, pepper,
garlic and onion, can also improve
Earlier, on July 27th, experts in the field of nutrition,
listed foods that affect human cognitive functions,
which, in turn, depend on the daily diet.
These include dark leafy greens, avocado, olive
oil, nuts, rosemary, mint, saffron, and seafood.
fruit and porridge
are great options
July 27th, 3am
Breakfast is a very important meal that you should definitely
not miss. However, in order for it to benefit, it is important to
choose the right products. On July 27, Elena Tikhomirova, a
general practitioner and dietitian at SM-Klinik, told Izvestia
what the right breakfast should be.
First of all, she noted that eggs are an ideal product
for breakfast, as they contain protein and fat in the
necessary balance. Eating them in the morning
helps the body get the necessary nutrients. In
addition the protein contained in eggs is one
of the most useful and easily digestible
sources of protein for the body.
"To make breakfast even healthier, you need to add
carbohydrates to the eggs, such as vegetables or
a small piece of bread. Scrambled eggs.... made
from two or three eggs, with fresh vegetables,
or a small piece of bread are an ideal source
of protein, fat, and the so-called complex
carbohydrates ----- as well as vitamins
and fibre necessary for maintaining
health and energy throughout the
day," said Tikhomirova.
Another good breakfast option, the
nutritionist called cottage cheese
"Cottage cheese is rich in full-fledged milk protein
and proper milk fat, which are necessary for the
proper functioning of our body. And fresh fruits
enrich this breakfast with vitamins & minerals.
''This combination also provides the body with
the necessary and balanced amount of
protein, fat and carbohydrates," the
Also, according to her, a useful breakfast option
is porridge, which can provide the body with
energy for a long period of time.
"Cereals are sources of carbohydrates, so if you lead
an active lifestyle, do sports, especially in the
evening, the day before or during the day,
then they will suit you best.''
''Ideal combinations are buckwheat porridge with milk
and oatmeal porridge with milk or water. Also --- you
can add nuts (not dried fruits) to the porridge --- as
they contain useful fats, proteins and vitamins,"
Image: A berry that improves cognitive abilities is named July 23rd, 11:45pm (Izvestia.ru) Researchers at King's College London have found that eating blueberries has a positive effect on the brain and blood vessels of older people. The results were publis
A berry that improves
July 23rd, 11:45pm
Researchers at King's College London have found that eating
blueberries has a positive effect on the brain and blood
vessels of older people. The results were published in
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN).
It is noted that with age, susceptibility to cardiovascular and
neurodegenerative diseases increases, while cognitive
functions in people over 60 years of age, on the
contrary, decrease faster.
Scientists in the study looked for ways to slow down or
prevent these age-related changes. Observations were
made on 61 people aged 65 to 80 years. The study
participants were divided into two groups, one of
which took a placebo, and the second —
26 g of blueberry powder.
The study found that older adults who consumed blueberry
powder daily for 12 weeks had healthier blood vessels and performed better on cognitive tasks compared to the group that received a placebo.
According to scientists, polyphenols, one of the types of
which — anthocyanins, are found in blueberries, can
prevent the deterioration of health. It is at its
expense that the berry has a blue colour.
Anthocyanins are strong antioxidants, neutralize the action
of free radicals, prevent the growth of tumors, and have a
beneficial effect on the human body. Therefore,
vegetables and fruits of bright colours are
considered useful for the body.
Earlier, on June 27, experts listed foods in the diet that affect
a person's cognitive functions. These include avocados and
berries, especially grapes and blueberries, as they protect
the brain... from the harmful effects of oxidative stress,
prevent premature cell aging and the development
India develops project --- on
by Javier Arana Villasusa
July 23rd, 11:50am
India is developing its first research project on the use of
cannabis in the medical sector, which Minister Jitendra
Singh considered today of great potential to use this
drug for the good of humanity.
In a public-private partnership with a Canadian company,
the initiative is being carried out by the Indian Institute
of Integrated Medicine, in the territory of Jammu, and will contribute to the production of quality
medicines for export to patients suffering
from neuropathies, cancer, diabetes and
epilepsy, the Minister of Science and
Technology said during a tour of
Singh described the agreement that gave life to the project
as historic not only for the region of Jammu and Kashmir,
but for the whole of India for the scientific contribution,
and highlighted the role of biotechnology in this effort.
He also commended the work of the scientists in charge
of the research, mainly those from the Indian Institute
of Integrated Medicine.
Singh obtained first-hand information on the cultivation
practices in the protected area and the research work
being carried out on the plant.
He also visited the greenhouses with climate control
facilities to improve the varieties according to the
desired cannabinoid content.
According to the Indian minister, there are already
medicines in other countries derived from the
cannabis plant for the treatment of nausea
and vomiting, neuropathic pain and
epilepsy, among others.
Report Warns ‘Sickness Explosion’
in UK -----Costing Billions Per Year
July 19th, 2:25pm (FNA)
The UK is being gripped by a “sickness explosion”
which is costing the economy £15 billion a year,
The nation has “among the worst population health in
Europe” --- due to high levels of obesity, excessive
drinking, & large health inequalities, according to a new report by health experts and peers, The Independent reported.
Poor health in the population, a rising number of elderly
people and “ballooning demand” for care, are leading
to a “health emergency”, experts said.
As a result there is a high level of “premature often
avoidable ill health” which is damaging the
economy and the NHS, they said.
The new report, titled A Covenant for Health, states
that millions are becoming prematurely ill, which
is forcing many to drop out of work.
It has been estimated.. that this cost the economy
£15 billion in 2022/23 due to higher welfare costs
and lower tax revenues.
The authors wrote, “It is urgent to act – the UK has among
the worst population health in Europe, the highest levels
of obesity, the worst excess drinking levels, very large
health inequalities, and very many people become ill
much earlier than they should."
“Our high level of premature, often avoidable, ill health,
One of the most common unusual harbingers of problems
with the cardiovascular system, Davis called numbness
of the extremities. Because of the narrowing of blood
vessels, it is more difficult to circulate blood, so the
hands and feet begin to get cold and numb, even
when the person is generally warm. In
particularly severe cases, the limbs
may turn bluish or purple, the
As the next non-obvious symptom of developing cardiovascular
pathology, Davis identified problems with the digestive system,
in particular, poor appetite, frequent abdominal pain, diarrhea
and upset stomach.
Also, according to Davis, due to circulatory disorders, the hair
follicles on the legs no longer have enough nutrients, which
is why they die, and, as a result, the hair falls out.
In addition, ulcers on the legs are a sign of poor blood
circulation, the surgeon noted. Usually, such wounds
appear on the back of the lower leg, do not heal for
a long time and can cause discomfort.
In conclusion, Davis urged to be wary of sudden memory
problems and frequent dizziness, as such problems
occur due to chronic hypoxia of the brain --- due
to poor blood circulation.
Taking care of yourself
April 12th, 1:34am
The doctor named harmless snacks before going to bed.
Nutritionist Razarenova called nuts, avocado and
eggs... the most harmless snack for the night.
Dietitian, nutritionist Alexandra Razarenova said that at night
the human body does not need additional food intake, as it is
in a state of rest. The correct diet involves avoiding late
dinners -- but if a person can not cope with the feeling
of hunger before going to bed, then they can choose
a few harmless snacks, the expert named them, in an interview with Sputnik radio.
"Bone broth, a few pieces of beef, veal, lamb tongue, nuts:
pecans, walnuts, almonds, Brazil, macadamia, pine nuts.
You can take pumpkin or hemp seeds, chicken or quail
eggs, or avocado," Razarenova said.
If a person can not cope with the evening feeling of hunger,
then it is necessary to "choose products containing the
"right" fats and protein components."
Pfizer vaccine released
with side effects due to
collusion — Russian
April 7th, 2:16pm (TASS)
The collusion between US officials and the Pfizer COVID vaccine producer --- made it possible to produce pharmaceuticals with serious side effects, Chief of Russia’s Radiation, Chemical and Biological Protection Force,
Igor Kirillov, said on Friday.
"According to information we have, the collusion between
officials and the Pfizer COVID vaccine producer made it
possible --- to release pharmaceuticals with serious
side effects. Meanwhile, Pfizer had real evidence
at the time of vaccine approval, supporting the
higher risk of serious cardiovascular system
pathologies after vaccination," Kirillov said.
This is how officials from US federal agencies,
"later..held key positions in pharmaceutical
companies,"the Ministry of Defense said.
Image: Why pregnant women need to listen to classical music
Why pregnant women need
to listen to classical music
April 4th, 1:56pm
The baby in the mother's stomach... hears almost all sounds,
so it's important for pregnant women to listen to good music.
Classical music therapy, is especially useful.
Opera singer Irina Gold told the "Let's Watch" media platform
why classical music is popular among pregnant women, and
whether it is useful for the early development of the baby.
According to the expert, the healing properties of music that
affect the spiritual and physiological state of a person have
been known for a long time.
How does it affect you?
Scientists have long established the relationship between the
frequency of sound vibrations and specific physiological
processes, said the opera singer.
"Sound is a powerful information carrier that acts on the human
brain. And it doesn't matter what we are talking about: noise
on the street or a concert of symphony music," Gold said.
According to the singer, classical music has a positive effect on
the child even in the period of intrauterine development. When
the expectant mother listens to classical music, the
physiological and emotional development of
the fetus, is stimulated.
"These children have significantly better physical
and intellectual performance," she added.
So, it is very useful for a pregnant
woman to listen to Mozart's work.
"You may have heard of the Mozart Effect. It consists in the
fact that listening to Mozart's works has a positive effect
on the development of a child's intelligence," Irina
In general, Mozart's music works wonders. Scientists in the
course of experiments proved that fans of the composer
have a higher IQ coefficient. And Israeli scientists in
2009, said that only 30 minutes of Mozart a day, is
enough for a child in the mother's belly, to
grow well, recover and gain strength.
It is also useful to listen to Brahms, Debussy, Schubert,
Beethoven, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Chopin,
Paganini, Glinka --- and other composers.
Numerous studies have confirmed that classical music
not only creates a sense of psychological comfort, but
also develops the attention, intelligence and creativity
of the child, and helps to reveal the inner potential.
In conclusion, Gold said that pregnant women need to focus
primarily on their personal preferences. A woman should
only listen to the music that she likes. Only then will
music therapy benefit both mother and baby.
[R.R: This last piece of advice..... excludes,
surely, those who ''like'' aggressive music.]
Taking care of yourself
March 30th, 8:49pm
Nutritionist warned about the dangers
of out-of-season fruits and vegetables.
Nutritionist Nikulina: out-of-season fruits
and vegetables contain large amounts
Irina Nikulina, a general practitioner, nutritionist, head of
the Department of Integrative Health Technologies at
the Academy of Social Technologies, in an interview
with the Prime news agency --- warned about the
dangers of unseasonal fruits and vegetables.
According to her, their use can do more harm than good.
She said that unseasonal fruits contain a large amount
of pesticides and nitrates, which are used to increase
the shelf life.
The expert noted that these substances, when used
excessively, adversely affect the human body. So,
they can cause allergic reactions, as well as
problems with the respiratory, nervous and
endocrine systems. In addition, according
to the doctor, pesticides and nitrates are
associated with the development
Nikulina recommended using extra caution to introduce
out-of-season fruits and vegetables into the diet of
children, as their detoxification process is not as
Just 10% of Britons think ministers have the right policies
on the NHS --- though public support for the service’s
founding principles remains strong, according
to new polling.
The proportion of voters across the UK who believe that
ministers are tackling the NHS’s many problems in the
right way is lowest in England, at 8% – a record low,
The Guardian reported.
It is higher in both Scotland (28%) and Wales (19%). However,
across the UK as a whole just one in 10 people thinks the
government is taking the right approach to the NHS.
The notable lack of public confidence in ministers’ handling of
the health service emerged in a survey that pollsters Ipsos
undertook for the Health Foundation thinktank.
“That public confidence in the government’s handling of the
NHS has reached a new low should ring alarm bells in
No 10,” said Tim Gardner, a senior policy fellow at
the Health Foundation.
In a series of gloomy conclusions that reveal dwindling
confidence in and growing public concern about the
NHS, Ipsos also found that:
Only 33% think the NHS is providing a good service, a lot
fewer than the 43% who said it was when the survey
was last done in May 2022.
62% fear that the standard of NHS care will get worse over
the next year – a big jump from the 39% who said that last
year. 74% expect the already serious pressure placed
on NHS staff --- will intensify.
However, the research also shows that 90% think the NHS
should remain free at the point of delivery, 89% back it
being a comprehensive service, that is available to
everyone and 84% believe it should be mainly
funded through taxation.
Some right-of-centre thinktanks and commentators, as well as
the former Health Secretary Sajid Javid, have recently called
for a rethink of how the NHS is funded and organised.
However, Ipsos found that 82% of voters think the NHS needs
more money in order to function better. That view is shared
across all age groups, the four home nations and among
both Labour (94%) and Conservative (63%) voters.
“There is no evidence voters want a radical change to the
NHS model; they just want the current one to work better,”said Gardner.
NHS bosses and experts are worried that satisfaction with the
NHS is falling, especially as a result of long waiting times to
see a GP, get an ambulance, receive A&E care, or mental
health treatment, or undergo an operation.
Research published last year by the King’s Fund and Nuffield
Trust thinktanks found that public satisfaction with the
health service had fallen to its lowest level since 1997.
Their finding of significant dissatisfaction with the time taken
to get an appointment with a GP is borne out by Ipsos’s new
research, which found that 44% think it takes to long to see
a family doctor and 43% believe that it is too hard to book
“This polling shows the NHS is being let down by government
inaction, which is contributing to reduced public confidence,
while support for the founding principles of the NHS remains
strong,” said Matthew Taylor, the chief executive of the NHS
Confederation, which represents care providers in England,
Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Department of Health and Social Care said, “We are
committed to ensuring that the NHS is here for people
to give them the healthcare they need.... when they
need it. That is why we are building a sustainable
NHS, with patients at its centre – backed by up
to £14.1bln for health and social care over the
next two years, on top of record funding."
“Our urgent and emergency care recovery plan, seeks to
deliver the prime minister (Rishi Sunak)’s priority, to cut
waiting lists, whilst reducing pressure on hospitals, by
scaling up community teams, expanding virtual wards,
and getting 800 new ambulances on the road – on top
of £750mln to speed up hospital discharge and free
up beds this winter,” it added.
Unprecedented UK Nursing Union
and Ambulance crews ---- strike
February 7th, 8:59am
Tens of thousands of nurses from the Royal College of Nursing
Union and ambulance crews have gone on an unprecedented
strike, calling on the NHS for increased pay as well as better
They had warned during the previous strike that the next one would be their biggest yet --- and they have kept their promise.
Tens of thousands of nurses from the Royal College of
Nursing union and ambulance crews are on strike,
this time, together.
The chanting on the picket lines is not just about inflation
busting pay rises but about the depressing state of the
National Health Service as well.
An ICU nurse, who has worked for the NHS for 10 years,
explains why she thinks the system is in crisis:
''The Total underfunding, a lack of foresight, I think,
politically, and nurses really just being taken for
granted --- for too long.''
--- Striking ICU Nurse, 10 years with NHS
NHS healthcare staff in UK quit at record 400 a week
New research reveals that a record number of over
400 healthcare staff in the UK have left the NHS to
restore their work-life balance, over the past year.
And that has meant tens of thousands of trained nurses
either leaving the profession or working for the private
sector in recent years.
The strikers are calling for the National Health Service to be
kept alive, a system which is now on life support, and many
in the medical profession believe that the deeper the crisis
gets, the stronger the likelihood that privatization will be
foisted upon them.
From hero to zero, and claps don’t pay the bills: some of the
chants by nurses across the country, on strike again in a
dispute with the government over pay and patient safety.
In the UK, the wave of industrial action across the country
is only gaining momentum in the wake of the government’s
controversial new anti-union legislation.
That's because while the NHS is at breaking point, private
healthcare is flourishing, creating worries about a two tier
system, one for the rich, who can pay their way, and
another one, a subpar NHS, for everyone else.
''I hope that it isn't the case that we're moving towards a
privatized system. I think it would be disastrous for all
of us, if that was the case.''
''I think hopefully with these strikes, the public support that
we've gained, the government will listen and see that that
is an option. People don't want to lose the NHS.''
--- NHS Striker
Though public support for the strikers is evidently very
strong, however, it remains to be seen which side the
British government will take.
Survey: European Countries
Face Continued Medicine
January 31st 1:57pm (FNA)
European countries are still experiencing a high incidence
of medicine shortages, with a deteriorating burdensome
impact on patients, according to a recent survey.
The Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU)
conducted a survey with pharmacies in 29 countries,
including EU members, Turkey, Norway, and North
Macedonia, Anadolu news agency reported.
The survey results showed that the medicine shortages
in most European countries worsened substantially
compared to last year.
More than 600 drugs are scarce... in a quarter of these
countries, while 20% reported 200-300 drug shortages,
Three-quarters of the countries reported that the
shortages were worse this winter, compared to
a year ago.
The survey also showed... that the most difficult drugs to
be obtained in pharmacies across Europe are especially,
amoxicillin group antibiotics used in the treatment of respiratory tract infections, cough syrups used in treating pediatric diseases, paracetamol in syrup form, and some blood pressure drugs.
The reason for the drug problem is a decline
in supply --- despite a surging demand.
Seasonal infections, especially influenza and respiratory
syncytial virus (RSV), started early and progressed
stronger than normal, in European countries
Experts say weaker immune systems are related to
COVID-19 lockdowns as people were not exposed
to some viruses during this period.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers are also unprepared for the
high demand in the face of increasing infections, with the energy crisis in Europe and the rising raw material prices, affecting production.
The doctor explained... the most useful snack
for elderly people
January 21st, 11:30pm
Dietitian Mikhail Ginzburg said on January 20th,
that a fermented milk drink, with muesli and
apple, or a vegetable salad combined with
grain bread, is the best snack for
"The most healthy snack for the elderly, is one that
contains sour-milk drinks and cereals, such as
muesli. Also, in this snack, it is very good to
eat an apple. There may be vegetables,
some kind of vegetable salad, or
vegetable slicing. Coarse bread,
grain bread, bread with bran,"
the doctor said, in an
According to the nutritionist, this meal contains everything that the body needs ---- dietary fibre, probiotics, vitamins & complex carbohydrates.
As Ginzburg noted, nutrition enriched with all the necessary elements protects the body from the deterioration of age-
Earlier, on January 13th, dietitian Elena Solomatina said that
turkey is the most useful product for the nervous system of
the elderly. According to her, the meat of this bird is rich in
B vitamins, the lack of which often affects older people,
which can cause them to have an unsteady gait,
Fentanyl deaths of children
under 14 surging – Report
by Pavel López Lazo
January 19th, 4:08pm
The United States has reported an accelerated increase
in deaths of children under 14 --- due To fentanyl
poisoning, according to a new report from
Families Against Fentanyl (FAF), a
nonprofit spreading awareness
about the deadly opioid.
Between 2019 and 2021, synthetic opioid fatalities led by
fentanyl poisonings among U.S. children under 14 years
old increased faster than among any other U.S. age
group, according to an FAF analysis of Centres
for Disease Control and Prevention data.
Infant fentanyl deaths increased twice as fast between 2019
and 2021. Fentanyl deaths among toddlers between the
ages of 1 and 4 more than tripled, and deaths among
children between the ages of 5 and 14 nearly
quadrupled, according to FAF.
In many cases, the drug is ingested without the person’s
knowledge. People are taking pills — such as at parties
— not knowing the pills are counterfeit and heavily
laced with fentanyl.
Two milligrams of fentanyl, which is the size of a mosquito,
is enough to kill an adult. The CDC said more than 100,000
people died of a drug overdose in 2021, and more than
65,000 of those deaths, were linked to fentanyl.
Americans 25 to 44 accounted for 53.2% of the total
number of fentanyl deaths in the U.S. in 2021.
Fentanyl spread across the United States in recent years
and is the latest wave of a drug crisis started with
addictive painkillers and followed by heroin.
The Drug Enforcement Administration warned that Fentanyl
is the deadliest narcotic nationwide and according to
federal agents 379 million potentially deadly doses
were intercepted in 2022.
Image: the importance of sleep for health
The clinical psychologist --- spoke on the importance of sleep --- for health
January 18th, 8:20pm
Olesya Tolstukhina, a clinical psychologist at the Doctor Next
Medical technology company, said in a conversation with
Izvestia on January 18th, that regular full — fledged
sleep is an extremely important element of mental
and physical health.
"During sleep, many processes in the nervous system
are stabilized, as well as physical stabilization and
regeneration in internal organs. When the sleep
regime fails, the psyche suffers first of all, a
prolonged lack of normal sleep can
indicate the beginning of
According to Tolstukhina, the longer a person is without
sleep, the more severe the consequences: the body's
key life support systems fail.
"Severe changes in brain tissue critically reduce
immunity, the body is depleted to the point of
death," the expert warned.
She noted that with complaints of disturbed sleep, you
should contact a neurologist or psychiatrist to find out
the causes of sleep problems, as they may be
psychological or organic.
Earlier in the day in Moscow, a 16-year-old teenager died
from a rare form of insomnia, which refers to incurable
Candidate of Medical Sciences, neurologist-somnologist
Elena Tsareva told Izvestia on January 18th about how
to recognize the symptoms of the rarest form of
insomnia — fatal family insomnia, which
caused the death of a teenager.
According to her, the key signs that insomnia has a deadly
form are the complete inability of a person to fall asleep
and the lack of response to sleeping pills due to the
fact that the disease changes the structure of
Residents of Europe advised
to prepare for ''bad news''
January 7th, 1:36am
Residents of Europe should prepare for bad news, due
to the threat of spreading the omicron subvariant -
the kraken strain. This advice was given by
Politico columnist, Carlo Martuscelli.
According to him, the XBB strain.1.5 is spreading
rapidly, most likely because it has certain great
advantages over the currently dominant
The journalist referred to an article by the European
Centre for Disease Prevention and Control --- which
notes that this sub-variant was first discovered on
October 22nd, 2022, in the US. At the same time,
XBB.1.5 became the "most transmissive
"Data coming in from the US, suggests that the XBB
virus is spreading aggressively, with the number of
cases doubling every nine days," Martouchelli
Earlier, New York Times columnist Apurva Mandavilli
announced the possibility - of spreading coronavirus
even after the death of the carrier of the infection.
According to the author, COVID-19 persists in the
corpses of infected people and spreads further,
"like in horror films about zombies."
[Rhondda Records suggests that the ''bad news'', is that the US is trying
to scare us all out of our minds!]
US Guards Use Pepper Spray, Stun Guns --- to Subdue Prisoners
in Mental Health Crisis
January 3rd, 1:49pm (FNA)
Prison guards in the US state of Pennsylvania use
aggressive and distressing tactics to subdue
prisoners with mental health illness, who
may not be able to comply with orders,
an investigation found.
According to a joint probe by WITF and NPR that
looked at 456 incidents from 25 county jails in
Pennsylvania, nearly 1 in 3 "use of force"
incidents.. involved a person who was
having a mental health crisis or who
had a known mental illness during
the last quarter of 2021.
In many cases, guards used weapons like stun guns
and pepper spray... to control and subdue such
prisoners despite the fact that their severe
psychiatric conditions meant they may
have been unable to follow orders —
or even understand what was
Most uses of force in prisons don't lead to death, but
the practices employed by prison guards every day
in county jails can put prisoners and staff at risk
“There are always going to be use-of-force incidents
at the prison," Dauphin County Spokesman Brett
Hambright told NPR.
And Craig Haney, a psychology professor, says some
of those mentally ill inmates are being traumatized.
“Some mentally ill prisoners are so traumatized by the
abuse that they never recover, some are driven to
suicide, and others are deterred from bringing
attention to their mental health problems
because reporting these issues often
results in harsher treatment,"
Correctional authorities, however, claim the use of
physical force is an important option to prevent
violence between inmates, or violence
against guards themselves.
Records kept by correctional officers at the 25
Pennsylvania county jails, however, show that
just 10% of "use of force" incidents were in
response to a prisoner assaulting
Records also show one in five uses of force —
88 incidents — involved a prisoner who was
either attempting suicide, hurting them
selves or threatening self-harm.
Pamela Rollings-Mazza, who provides medical and
behavioural services at about 35 county jails in
Pennsylvania, says her team frequently sees
people come to jail -- who are "not reality-
based" due to psychiatric illness, and
can't understand or comply with
In one of such “use of force” incidents in a jail in
Harrisburg county in Pennsylvania, a prisoner
with mental health proble...., Ishmail
Thompson, was killed after a guard
covered his head with a hood and
put him in a restraint chair,
strapping down his arms
Some 20 minutes later, an officer noticed something
wrong with Thompson's breathing. He was rushed
to the hospital, but 5 days later, Thompson died.
The district attorney.. declined to
bring charges against the officer.
According to experts, prison is not an appropriate
setting for treating serious mental illness.
Currently there are thousands of local jails across
the US, and they depend on the local and state
governments... that set correctional policies,
and that fund — or fail to fund — the mental
health services that could keep vulnerable
people out of jail in the first place.
UK Chancellor Admits NHS
Is on Brink of Collapse
After 12 Years of
November 13th, 4:44pm (FNA)
UK Chancellor Jeremy Hunt on Sunday admitted
the NHS is on the brink of collapse, after
12 years of Tory rule.
The Chancellor warned... “we’re all going to be paying
a bit more tax”, as he unveils his Autumn Statement
Budget on Thursday, The Daily Mirror reported.
Reports suggest he will cut the £150,000 threshold for
45p tax to £125,000 to generate £1.3billion a year,
and cut energy bills support from £60bln in the
current six months, to just £20bln... in the
six months afterwards.
But health leaders have demanded extra funds
for the NHS --- amid record waiting times.
He was told by Sky News presenter Sophy Ridge that
“Frankly this doesn't look like a health service that
can find efficiency savings - this looks like a
health service that is on the brink
The top Tory, a former Health Secretary and ex-
chairman of the Commons Health Select
Committee, replied, “There are massive
pressures in the NHS."
"Obviously --- it’s something I know very well, from
previous jobs I’ve done, and I think that doctors,
nurses, on the frontline, are, frankly, under
unbearable pressure --- so I do recognise
the picture you say" he said --- adding,
"It’s also true there is a lot of money
going into the NHS.”
NHS England figures showed a record 43,792 people
waited longer than 12 hours in October, from a decision to admit, to actually being
admitted on to a ward.
These ‘trolley waits’ were up a staggering 34%
from 32,776 in September - the highest since
records began in 2010.
Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves said, “Public
services are already on their knees - seven
million people are waiting for an NHS
operation or support.”
It came as Hunt admitted he will be a “Scrooge”
in his Autumn Statement on Thursday with
no "rabbits out of the hat”.
He refused to deny it would mark a “return
to austerity”, replying --- there will be
“difficult decisions” and “we will
be asking everyone for
He warned he won’t be offering “motherhood and
apple pie” or "cakeism" - an accusation he laid
at Boris Johnson’s door.
The Chancellor... is eyeing up £33bln a year of
spending cuts and £21bln a year of tax rises
by 2027 in a bid to balance the books.
Echoing George Osborne’s austerity rhetoric, he
tried to claim the nation’s finances were like a
family budget - despite the £2.4trillion
“We are going to see everyone paying more tax,
we are going to see spending cuts”, he told
Speaking to Sky he added, “Families have to make
sure that in the end, they can pay their bills. They
don't just max out on their credit card without
having any way of repaying those debts. It's
just the same for countries - and we have
to do that."
“Because if we want to put more money into the NHS,
if we want to help people who are going to find it
very, very difficult this winter,..then we need to
have the resources to do that and that means
we have to take difficult decisions even at
moments like this,” he added.
The Chancellor will slash back the Energy Price
Guarantee - which limits average annual bills
to £2,500 - from April ---- after warning it is
costing the same as “an entire
On Sunday, more details emerged of what that
will cost Brits, as it is limited to only the very
The scheme is costing about £60bln between
October and March, but the Sunday reports
it may cost only £20bln in the six months
Treasury officials have discussed the average
bill going up from £2,500 to between £2,850
That could mean a £600 rise on current bills,
and a rise of nearly £2,000 a year since 2021.
Hunt said, “We don't want anyone, not to be able
to afford to heat their home over this winter or
indeed future winters."
"But in the long run, what you need is a plan that
means we don't need to have to give very, very
expensive support as taxpayers,” he added.
He added, “We need to recognise there's only so
much you can ask from people on the very
lowest incomes so that will be reflected
in the decisions that I take.”
But he rejected striking nurses' demands for a 17%
pay rise, which his Health Secretary blasted as
"neither reasonable nor affordable".
Hunt said, “I think we have to recognise a difficult
truth that if we gave everyone inflation-proof pay
rises, inflation would stay, we wouldn't bring
Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves said “it’s a badge
of shame”.. that nurses are staging their first ever
nationwide strike in England, but also refused
to commit to a 17% pay rise.
She said "I’m not going to pluck numbers out of the
air" and "it’s up to the pay review bodies to work
with the unions", despite the fact the pay review
bodies have already reported back and it's up
to the government.
Reeves said, “I don't believe that austerity 2.0 after
the austerity that we've gone through for the last
12 years... is the right approach.”
She said she would close tax loopholes on “big
global multinationals” to bring in £7billion a year.
She also repeated Labour’s pledge to levy 45%
capital gains tax on private equity fund
managers, instead of the current 28%.
Italy eliminates sanctions
by Ana Luisa Brown
October 28th, 3:38pm
The Italian Health Ministry announced today
that sanctions against doctors, nurses and
other health personnel, imposed for their
refusal to be vaccinated against
Covid-19 --- will no longer be in effect.
The new Italian Health Minister, Orazio Schillaci, made
the announcement on Friday and added that, data on
those infected and deceased as a result of the
disease will no longer be published on a daily
basis, as has been the case up to now.
According to the communiqué, the health authorities
consider it necessary to initiate a gradual return to
normality, although they call for responsible
behaviour, in compliance with the rules
still in force.
The suspension of employment for non-compliance with
the vaccination obligation is revoked ‘in view of the
expiration of the provisions in force on December
31st and the worrying shortage of medical
personnel’, the document states.
Schillaci also announced the creation of a
commission of inquiry ‘to clarify what
happened from the administrative
point of view’ --- regarding the
expenses incurred... by the
to face Covid-19.
And in Wales?
Image: Hearing Discovery Reveals Ear Architecture That Turns Vibration into Sound
Hearing Discovery -- Reveals
Ear Architecture That Turns
Vibration into Sound
October 17th, 1:31pm (FNA)
In what’s described as a breakthrough decades in the
making, scientists at Oregon State Health & Science
University (OHSU) have revealed the inner ear
architecture that converts vibrations into
sound, in near-atomic detail.
The ability of the ear to turn vibrations into the
sensation of sound... is facilitated by an inner
structure, called the mechanosensory trans-
duction complex. Despite its critical role in
human hearing, the composition of this
structure & mechanisms that underly
its function... have remained poorly
“This is the last sensory system in which that
fundamental molecular machinery has
remained unknown,” said senior
author of the new study Eric
“The molecular machinery that carries out this
absolutely amazing process has been
unresolved for decades.”
The team’s work involved the roundworm
Caenorhabditis elegans, a popular model
for scientists as the creature shares a
similar genome and many cellular
pathways with humans.
The scientists spent five years ---- studying more than
60 million worms through cryo-electron microscopy,
an emerging technique used to create 3D
reconstructions of proteins.
This enabled the scientists to piece together the
protein complex that turns vibrations into the
electrical impulses our brain recognizes as
sound. The highly detailed portrait of this
intricate biological architecture.. was a long time coming, according to fellow
OHSU hearing scientist, Peter
Barr-Gillespie, who wasn’t
directly involved in
“The auditory neuroscience field.. has been waiting for
these results, for decades, and now that they are right
here - we are ecstatic,” he said. “The results from this
paper immediately suggest new avenues of research,
and so will invigorate the field for years to come.”
Because hearing loss can came about through genetic
mutations that change the proteins making up the
mechanosensory transduction complex... an
ability to now visualize the protein complex
may present new ways to counter
“It immediately suggests mechanisms by which one
might be able to compensate for those deficits,”
said senior author Eric Gouaux. “If a mutation
gives rise to a defect in the transduction
channel that causes hearing loss, it’s
possible to design a molecule that
fits into that space and rescues
the defect. Or it may mean we
can strengthen interactions,
that have been weakened.”
Image: Are Smartwatch Health Apps to Detect Atrial Fibrillation Smart Enough? October 13th, 2:25pm (FNA) Extended cardiac monitoring in patients and the use of implantable cardiovascular electronic devices can increase detection of atrial fibrillation (
Are Smartwatch Health Apps
to Detect Atrial Fibrillation
October 13th, 2:25pm (FNA)
Extended cardiac monitoring in patients and the use
of implantable cardiovascular electronic devices can
increase detection of atrial fibrillation (AF), but the
devices have limitations including short battery
life and lack of immediate feedback.
Can new smartphone tools that can record an
electrocardiogram (ECG) strip and make an
automated diagnosis overcome these
limitations and facilitate timely
The largest study to date, in the Canadian Journal of
Cardiology, published by Elsevier, finds that the use
of these devices is challenging in patients with
abnormal ECGs. Better algorithms and
machine learning may help these tools
provide more accurate diagnoses,
"Earlier studies have validated the accuracy of the
Apple Watch for the diagnosis of AF in a limited
number of patients with similar clinical profiles,"
explained lead investigator Marc Strik, MD, PhD,
LIRYC institute, Bordeaux University Hospital,
Bordeaux, France. "We tested the accuracy
of the Apple Watch ECG app to detect AF
in patients with a variety of coexisting
The study included 734 consecutive hospitalized
patients. Each patient underwent a 12-lead ECG,
immediately followed by a 30-second Apple
Watch recording. The smartwatch's
automated single-lead ECG AF
detections were classified as
"no signs of atrial fibrillation,"
"atrial fibrillation," or
Smartwatch recordings were given to an
electrophysiologist who conducted a
blinded interpretation, assigning each
tracing a diagnosis of "AF," "absence
of AF," or "diagnosis unclear."
A second blinded electrophysiologist interpreted
100 randomly selected traces to determine the
extent to which the observers agreed.
In approximately one in every five patients --- the
smartwatch ECG failed to produce an automatic
diagnosis. The risk of having a false positive
automated AF detection was higher for
patients with premature atrial and
ventricular contractions (PACs/
PVCs), sinus node dysfunction,
and second- or third-degree
For patients in AF, the risk of having a false negative
tracing (missed AF) was higher for patients with
ventricular conduction abnormalities (inter-
ventricular conduction delay) or rhythms
controlled by an implanted pacemaker.
The cardiac electrophysiologists... had a high level of
agreement for differentiation between AF and non-AF.
The smartphone app correctly identified 78% of the
patients who were in AF and 81% who were not in
AF. The electrophysiologists identified 97% of the
patients who were in AF and 89% who were not.
Patients with PVCs were three times more likely to have
false positive AF diagnoses from the smartwatch ECG,
and the identification of patients with atrial
tachycardia (AT) and atrial flutter (AFL)
was very poor.
"These observations are not surprising, as smartwatch
automated detection algorithms are based solely on
cycle variability," Dr. Strik noted, explaining that
PVCs cause short and long cycles, which
increase cycle variability.
"Ideally, an algorithm would better discriminate
between PVCs and AF. Any algorithm limited to
the analysis of cycle variability will have poor
accuracy in detecting AT/AFL. Machine
learning approaches may increase
the smartwatch AF detection
accuracy in these patients."
In an accompanying editorial, Andrés F. Miranda-
Arboleda, MD, and Adrian Baranchuk, MD,
Division of Cardiology at Kingston Health
Science Centre, Kingston, ON, Canada,
observed that this is the first "real-
world" study focusing on the use
of the Apple Watch as a
diagnostic tool for AF.
"It is of remarkable importance because it allowed us
to learn the performance of the Apple Watch in the
diagnosis of AF is significantly affected by the
presence of underlying ECG abnormalities.
In a certain manner, the smartwatch
algorithms for the detection of AF in
patients with cardiovascular
conditions are not yet smart
enough. But they may soon
be," Dr. Miranda-Arboleda
and Dr. Baranchuk said.
"With the growing use of smartwatches in medicine,
it is important to know which medical conditions
and ECG abnormalities could impact and alter
the detection of AF by the smartwatch... in
order to optimize the care of our patients,"
Dr Strik said. "Smartwatch detection of
AF has great potential, but it is more
challenging.... in patients with
pre-existing cardiac disease."
Image: bRITISH WOMEN MORE DEPRESSED OVER COST OF LIVING CRISIS
British women ‘more depressed
October 7th, 2:30pm
Women in the UK are more worried than men about
paying bills and household expenses and are more
depressed than men when faced with financial
crises, according to the findings of a survey.
The survey was conducted by YouGov, a charity and
representative of British psychologists in the UK
between September 6 and 7.
The results of the survey showed that 61% of women
compared to 47% of men are more worried about
paying their bills compared to last year.
Also, 3 out of 10 women said that financial worries
make them feel depressed. This rate is 26% in men.
The results of the research show that women are more
worried about meeting household expenses in the
coming year, including paying energy bills (77%
of women and 65% of men).
Julia Faulconbridge, official psychologist and a member
of the clinical psychology department of the British
Psychological Society (BPS) said: “We know
women often shoulder more of the childcare
and home responsibilities and are more
likely to be in low-paid and insecure
work, increasing their chances of
being hit by rising prices, and
greater anxiety, stress
“There is a clear causal link between living in poverty
and mental health difficulties,” she said. “We know
that the stress of raising a family in poverty can
have a huge impact on parents’ mental health
and that poverty is one of the major risk
factors for the development of mental
and physical health problems
“This is magnified in a single-parent household, which
is why we urgently need the Government to confirm
they will support those who need it most by
uprating benefits in line with inflation.”
The BPS is joining a range of organizations and
politicians calling on the government to
increase benefits in line with inflation.
The UK government has not ruled out actual
reductions in benefits, as reports suggest
payments could increase in line with
average income increases.
The decision is expected to be made in
November .....and implemented in April.
about the 'dangers' of
heavily roasted coffee
September 30th, 4:21pm,
Doctor Philip Glubokov: strongly roasted
coffee depresses digestion.
Heavily roasted coffee can depress digestion, warned
the physiotherapist Philip Glubokov in an interview
with the"Fifth Channel".
Glubokov referred to the opinion of scientists, about the
different effects of roasting coffee on digestion. "There
is evidence that coffee of different degrees of roasting
has different effects on digestion. For example,
strongly roasted coffee, can slightly depress
digestion, make it slower, while coffee with
a lighter roast will, on the contrary, speed
up digestion," the physiotherapist said
about the harm of the drink.
Therefore, Glubokov continued, it is not necessary to
combine strong coffee with full meals — it is better
to use it in between meals.
Earlier, the doctor Monica Wassermann warned
about the dangers of coffee. According to her,
drinking coffee can increase the risk of
Endocrinologist named lard
and pumpkin products --- to
support the immune system
September 21st, 2022, 11:03pm
Lard, pumpkin, sunflower seeds and kefir will help
strengthen the immune system, said Elena
Evdokimova, an endocrinologist and a
member of the Russian Association
of Endocrinologists and the
European Association for
the Study of Diabetes.
Writes " Gazeta.Ru",
According to the doctor, fat, thanks to a large amount
of arachidonic acid, helps prevent viral diseases and
strengthens the immune system. Kefir fungi, which
are contained in kefir, help to normalize the
microflora, and vitamin D, which is also
contained in it, is a source of protein
that is easily absorbed in the body.
"Another product with non-obvious benefits is pumpkin.
It contains a huge amount of carotenoids and trace
elements, which greatly strengthen the immune
system. Many dishes made from pumpkin are
useful: juice, mashed potatoes, cream soup,
as well as baked pumpkin,"
Also, peeled sunflower seeds have a beneficial effect
on the immune system. Seeds contain a lot of fat-
soluble vitamins A, D and E, as well as a large
number of minerals ---- that have
On the same day, hepatologist Alexandra Yakovleva
also spoke about the benefits of using fat.
According to the doctor, the fats present in fat
contribute to the formation of a protective
film on the surface of the lungs.
China creates mask with sensors
--- capable of detecting viruses
by Aleynes Palacios Hurtado
September 21st, 11:07am
Chinese scientists have developed a face mask that
has sensors, uses a rechargeable lithium battery
and can detect different types of viruses,
including SARS-CoV-2, which causes
Covid-19, CGTN reported
The face mask was developed by professionals at
Shanghai’s Tongji University --- and the built-in
system allows the wearer know if he or she
is exposed to pathogens ...such as the
common flu, H5N1 & H1N1 influenza.
The device sends alert signals wirelessly to cell
phones and works best in enclosed spaces
with poor ventilation, such as elevators.
To test its effectiveness, its creators sprayed virus-
laden liquid on it, simulating scenarios with
people talking and coughing.
As part of its strategy to fight Covid-19, China
maintains the mandatory use of face masks, to access any public place and most people
keep it on, even if they walk in the street in the open air.
Since October 10th, 2021 and until the end of October,
2022, the government put into effect new adjustments
to the sanitary mechanism, also coinciding with the
week of holidays for its National Day and the
celebration of the 20th Communist
The changes imply that all provinces require the population to present negative results of a RT-PCR test taken 48 hours before
boarding any means of public
transportation, that is, a bus, train, plane or ferry.
Pfizer Isn’t Sharing....COVID
Vaccines with Researchers
for Next-Gen Studies
September 8th, 12:37pm (FNA)
Researchers studying next-generation vaccines to fight
an evolving Covid-19 threat, are running into problems
getting existing vaccines to use in their research.
Because Pfizer and Moderna hold the patents for the
current vaccines, researchers would likely have to
get the companies’ permission to use them for
research into products like nasal or pan-
Right now, Pfizer isn’t sharing its vaccines for research
purposes, a spokesperson confirmed to STAT.
Moderna, didn’t comment when we asked.
Some university researchers argue the posture slows
global progress toward more effective vaccines in
the future, especially since the United States has
already wasted tens of millions of doses of the
Yale University virologist and immunologist Akiko
Iwasaki has designed a study of nasal vaccines
against Covid-19, which - she argues - could
provide better protection against infection
and transmission than shots alone.
The ideal study would be conducted on subjects that
have already had a primary vaccine series, to
simulate real-world scenarios. She inquired
with Pfizer about obtaining some vaccine
to use in her study of nasal vaccines,
but has not received any.
“In order for us to develop a better vaccine -- we need
a comparator. For that reason, everyone who’s doing
research in this area is in the same boat, we don’t
have access to do a comparison,” Iwasaki said.
California Institute of Technology professor Pamela
Bjorkman said her lab has had similar troubles
obtaining existing Covid-19 vaccines, that
would otherwise be discarded, in order
to research a vaccine candidate that
could provide protection against a
variety of Covid-19 variants.
“Whatever policy prevents using such vials, does a
great disservice to global efforts to develop new
and improved vaccines,” Bjorkman said.
When asked whether Pfizer has provided any vaccines
for research purposes, spokesperson Sharon Castillo
said, “We are not accepting or reviewing
applications for possible clinical
research that studies the
Image: COVID godfather prepares to start a new career chapter
COVID godfather prepares to
start a new career chapter
September 1st, 3:08pm
Coronavirus fine-tuning takes place
in US biolaboratories --- in Ukraine.
President Biden’s top medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci,
dubbed Dr Evil, has announced he is stepping down
next December to “continue the next chapter” of
his career: “I am announcing today, that I am
stepping down.. as director of the National
Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
(NIAID) and head of the NIAID immuno-
regulation laboratory and as chief
medical adviser to President Joe Biden.''
The departure of Fauci, one of the protagonists of the recent world-wide “pandemic”
is no small event.
One of America’s most prominent political
commentators, Tucker Carlson, told Fox
News that “for the last two years, Fauci
recommended treatments & preventive
measures against COVID that did
''He admitted to the New York Times, that he lied about
collective immunity in order to sell more vaccines…
which really weren’t even vaccines and have
hurt tens of thousands of people.''
The report of the placebo vaccines turned out to be just
one of the information bombs. Global Research says:
“It’s been almost a year since the FDA (U.S. Food and
Drug Administration) gave full approval to Pfizer’s
COVID mRNA injection… Many will be surprised
to learn that this particular vaccine in FDA-
approved form never actually existed and
never will. The widely touted --- ''FDA''
approval by the Biden administration
was just a sleight of hand. It was a
The U.S. government ran a drug campaign, deceiving
citizens into giving them vaccinations --- that the
authorities assured them were FDA-approved.
In fact, everyone in America has been
administered and continues to be
administered, another version of
the vaccine with what is known
as an “Emergency Use
The FDA-approved Comirnaty vaccine has
never been available to Americans.
Fauci lied not only about vaccines, but also about
quarantine, about self-isolation, about masks:
“You have to wear masks when you cycle,
you get too much life-enhancing oxygen.
What you really need, is more carbon
dioxide.” This Dr Evil spelled it out
publicly. And, privately, he was
saying that:- “the usual mask
you buy at the drugstore is
actually ineffective in
When Fauci testified under oath before
Congress, he concealed that he had
helped create the coronavirus:
Senator RAND PAUL: ''Dr. Fauci, knowing that it is a
crime to lie to Congress, do you want to withdraw
your May 11 statement where you claimed that
the NIH [National Institutes of Health], never
funded the Wuhan enhancement research?''
FAUCHI: ''Senator Paul, I have never lied to Congress and
I am not retracting that statement. That document
you referred to is qualified by staff at all levels
RAND PAUL: ''You take an animal virus and enhance its
ability to be transmitted to humans. Are you saying
that’s not enhancing the function?''
The Intercept... spoke to virologist, Vincent Racaniello,
professor of microbiology & immunology at Columbia
University. “There is no doubt,” said Ricaniello, “that
the weight loss in the mice in the study is a gain of
function. Tony Fauci is wrong to say it is not.”
Fauci was yowling and wiggling his way
through the conversation to interpret
the term “gain of function,” and
The Intercept reports:
''Scientists working under an NIH grant, to the
Environmental Health Alliance to study bat
corona viruses (2014) --- combined
genetic material from the parent
coronavirus -- known as WIV1,
with other viruses.''
They produced more potent viruses
--- and Fauci supervised the work.
This kind of work was banned in the US, so the
experiments were conducted abroad. And not
just in Wuhan, but in us biolaboratories in Ukraine. Tucker Carlson writes that:
''At some point, someone… will ask the question,
why are all these bio-laboratories of ours, in
Ukraine, located everywhere? Ukraine
does not seem to be a hotbed of
In a letter to the House Oversight Committee, NIH
spokesman Lawrence Tabak wrote that a “limited
experiment” was conducted in Wuhan to test
whether -- “spike proteins from natural bat
coronaviruses circulating in China could
bind to the human ACE2 receptor, in a
mouse model”. The finalisation of the
virus took place --- in Ukrainian
In early 2020, Christian Andersen, a virologist at the
Scripps Institute in La Jolla, California, wrote to
Fauci about the COVID-19 virus as follows:
“Some functions (potentially) look
engineered.” And Nobel laureate
in medicine, biochemist and
virologist David Baltimore
said he had found:
evidence of the
of the virus”.
It can be considered established, that the coronavirus
has been artificially bred. Why is a separate question.
As for a vaccine against the American-created virus,
in 2020 Fauci proclaimed that the solution to COVID
would be remdesivir, a drug produced by the
pharmaceutical giant. Gilead.
“The time has come” --- declared Dr Evil.
He only did not say what the time is for.
The Biden administration, government health agencies
and Pfizer have launched a massive PR campaign to
overcome “indecision on vaccines”. The media
joined in this campaign. Fake FDA-approved
status was used to put pressure on private
companies to get their employees
vaccinated. And millions of
Americans were forced to
vaccinate because they
could not afford to be
And after a while it was discovered that the mRNA
drug didn’t work, that it was dangerous for young
men and wasn’t a vaccine, in its classic
definition, at all.
So the Biden administration first sanctioned the
creation of the virus -- and then, together with
Big Tech and Pfizer, tricked Americans into
taking “FDA approved” vaccines against
COVID --- that did not exist.
by Agniya Krengel, FSC
Image: Pictured - UK air pollution The toxicologist told about millions of deaths annually because of polluted air August 21st, 7:30pm (Lenta.ru) Professor, Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Corresponding Member of the Russian Ac
Pictured - UK air pollution
The toxicologist ---told about
millions of deaths annually
because of polluted air
August 21st, 7:30pm
Professor, Academician of the Russian Academy
of Natural Sciences, Corresponding Member of
the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences,
toxicologist Mikhail Kutushov, in an
interview with Ura.ru --- said that
every year -- about seven million
people die, due to polluted air.
He explained that death occurs
due to the diseases caused by
the environmental situation.
"Many people suffer from health problems....
especially if they live near large industrial
facilities, or near busy highways.
Approximately seven million
people a year, die from
''It is believed that a third of strokes, and
other heart diseases -- and lung cancer,
are caused by a polluted environment.
Diseases begin with asthma, and
bronchitis," the specialist said.
He noted that, since human lungs work together
with the heart, diseases begin to worsen in the
event of air pollution. According to him, the
main disease that can occur in humans is
cancer. In addition, cases of asthma or
chronic bronchitis are common, the
Kutushov stressed that the greatest danger for
residents --- is represented by enterprises
located within the city limits, that work
with toxic substances.
He said that it is necessary to move such enterprises
out of the city, green the city, and people should
drink more water, as well as eat more
vegetables and fruits.
Formerly, Shanghai, Moscow and Tehran, have
been named as the cities with the highest
level of nitrogen dioxide air pollution in
the world. This is the conclusion
reached, by the US non-profit
organization, Health Effects
Institute - and the research
institute for Health Metrics
86% of UK Towns and Cities
Fail Air Pollution Tests -Gibbons Group
Image: Possible control of type 2 diabetes by rhodiola root say scientists by Elsy Fors Garzon August 17th, 00:11am (Prensa Latina) The extract from the roots of the Rhodiola rosea plant, known as rhodiola, could be effective in helping to control type 2
Possible control of type 2
diabetesby rhodiola root
by Elsy Fors Garzon
August 17th, 00:11am
The extract from the roots of the Rhodiola rosea plant,
known as rhodiola, could be effective in helping to
control type 2 diabetes, a scientific source
Experts from the University of California at Irvine,