ucsdhealthsciences:

Another virus, another worry
Non-polio enteroviruses sound scary and they are quite common. They cause roughly 10 to 15 million infections in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Infants, children and teens are most likely to be affected, primarily because their immune systems haven’t previously been exposed to the pathogen.
Fortunately, enteroviruses typically don’t result in serious illness – think common cold – but there are exceptions. Some people can get very sick. Their hearts or brains may become infected. Despite the “non-polio” in the name, paralysis is a possibility, albeit remote.
One especially rare strain of enterovirus – enterovirus-D68  – is causing concern. In at least 16 states, more than 140 cases of enterovirus-D68 infection have been confirmed, mostly among children. Most patients recover without any treatment, but the virus (which tends to appear in the fall) may worsen breathing problems for some children.
“Children less than 5 years old and children with underlying asthma appear to be at greatest risk of having medical complications from EV-D68, Oklahoma epidemiologist Kristy Bradley, MD, told CNN. “If a child develops a cold or a cough, parents and caregivers should just watch the child a little more closely … if wheezing or asthma-like symptoms develop, medical care should be accessed immediately.”
There is no specific treatment for people with EV-D68, but there are standard precautions you can use to protect against infection. They are useful against similar viruses too.
Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

ucsdhealthsciences:

Another virus, another worry

Non-polio enteroviruses sound scary and they are quite common. They cause roughly 10 to 15 million infections in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Infants, children and teens are most likely to be affected, primarily because their immune systems haven’t previously been exposed to the pathogen.

Fortunately, enteroviruses typically don’t result in serious illness – think common cold – but there are exceptions. Some people can get very sick. Their hearts or brains may become infected. Despite the “non-polio” in the name, paralysis is a possibility, albeit remote.

One especially rare strain of enterovirus – enterovirus-D68  – is causing concern. In at least 16 states, more than 140 cases of enterovirus-D68 infection have been confirmed, mostly among children. Most patients recover without any treatment, but the virus (which tends to appear in the fall) may worsen breathing problems for some children.

“Children less than 5 years old and children with underlying asthma appear to be at greatest risk of having medical complications from EV-D68, Oklahoma epidemiologist Kristy Bradley, MD, told CNN. “If a child develops a cold or a cough, parents and caregivers should just watch the child a little more closely … if wheezing or asthma-like symptoms develop, medical care should be accessed immediately.”

There is no specific treatment for people with EV-D68, but there are standard precautions you can use to protect against infection. They are useful against similar viruses too.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

(via mindblowingscience)

For all your anti-vacc needs, a handy round up

cranquis:

medmonkey:

I really wanted to have a bunch of pretty graphics illustrating all this, but I’m too tired to look it all up. So, links is all you get!

PS: This post compiled by a person who would rather be punched in the face than get a shot/have blood drawn/be in the same room as a syringe. Yet I get all my darned shots anyways. 

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storyofagayboy:

***URGENT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT***
Grindr, a popular app for gay men, now carries an urgent warning for users in Egypt. According to many sources, Egyptian authorities are posing as LGBT people on various social media sites to identify and arrest homosexual people. The app is urging users in the region to proceed with extreme caution, especially when identifying themselves or arranging meetings/hookups. While so far the focus seems to be on gay men, all LGBT people in the area should be cautious. Reports show that Egyptian police have carried out violent raids on private homes which lead to the arrests of several gay men. These men were then subjected to disturbing medical “exams.” Police also raided an LGBT party last year, violently arresting many and sentencing them to up to 12 years hard labour. While homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt, athorities are using sexual deviance, debauchery and insulting public morals as terms for the crackdown. Many claim this fresh attack on the LGBT community is lead by President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi who wishes for his country to be more Islamic.
For all of my LGBT friends here on tumblr, please be extremely careful as this situation develops. Remember to clear your search history, use private browsing if possible, and be extremely cautious with who you talk to online.

storyofagayboy:

***URGENT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT***

Grindr, a popular app for gay men, now carries an urgent warning for users in Egypt. According to many sources, Egyptian authorities are posing as LGBT people on various social media sites to identify and arrest homosexual people. The app is urging users in the region to proceed with extreme caution, especially when identifying themselves or arranging meetings/hookups. While so far the focus seems to be on gay men, all LGBT people in the area should be cautious. Reports show that Egyptian police have carried out violent raids on private homes which lead to the arrests of several gay men. These men were then subjected to disturbing medical “exams.” Police also raided an LGBT party last year, violently arresting many and sentencing them to up to 12 years hard labour. While homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt, athorities are using sexual deviance, debauchery and insulting public morals as terms for the crackdown. Many claim this fresh attack on the LGBT community is lead by President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi who wishes for his country to be more Islamic.

For all of my LGBT friends here on tumblr, please be extremely careful as this situation develops. Remember to clear your search history, use private browsing if possible, and be extremely cautious with who you talk to online.

(via spookierthanjesus)

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thepeoplesrecord:

socialjusticekoolaid:

Last Night in Ferguson (9.28-9.29): Last night’s protest was one of the in Ferguson this month, proving once again that the residents of Ferguson/STL County are some of the most resilient and inspiring in all the land. The police were literally holding peaceful protesters hostage late into the night (folks who were complying with all police requests) so they could negotiate with the remaining folks to leave, but the protesters didn’t back down. Eventually all arrestees were released, and many plan to be back out there tonight.

Injustice in Ferguson continues, but despite it, community now thrives too. This is still happening. Are you still paying attention? #staywoke #farfromover

You cannot jail the resistance!

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