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Is Obesity Pandemic Or Epidemic
Human tech pollution: I don't believe it is an epidemic. An epidemic to me means that there could be a contagious component. While obesity is at extreme levels and on the rise;it's the result of new technologies:overabundance of food, ease of consuming food and lack of physical activity due to advances of sedentary occupations. All of these monumental changes in our environment happened too quickly for mankind to adapt. ...Read more
It is stabilizing: While the incidence of obesity has been on the rise for the last few decades, recent data indicates that it appears to be leveling off. The exact reasons are unclear, but increased awareness of the problem and the deleterious effects of fast food are felt to be factors. ...Read more
Wake up, this is bad: EATING TOO MUCH CHEAP, READYMADE PROCESSED AND JUNK FOOD AND ANIMAL FOODS is the main cause. STOP DAIRY, MEAT AND FISH. Become a vegan and enjoy meat and dairy once a month or never. Stop all SODA and drink WATER which is God's drink. Stop all chemical makeup and plastic use. Stop taking vitamin supplements. Use magnesium oil daily on both legs and feet_ bedtime.sleep sharp at 10 pm, stop blue light by 7pm ...Read more
Please let me know if there is a link between the obesity epidemic and phlalates (xenoestrogenic compounds)?
Yes: There is strong evidence linking these two. BPA is not far behind either. ...Read more
Consequences: The consequences of being obese include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, heart disease, heartburn, bone and joint disease, hormone imbalances, and having a shorter lifespan. Obesity is the #2 preventable cause of death in the us (smoking is #1). The avg life span has been going up steadily over the past 100yrs, but has stopped and may go down because of obesity. ...Read more
Do doctors think it's fair to claim obesity is an epidemic, when people are still dying of malnutrition?
Epidemic/ Pandemic: An epidemic occurs when there are new cases of an infectious disease in a population over a period of time with greater incident rate than expected. An epidemic can grow into a pandemic when that infectious diseases affects an even larger area/population over a certain period of time (such as multiple continents or worldwide). There is currently an Ebola Zaire epidemic in West Africa. ...Read more
Either is correct: Either definition is likely correct. An epidemic occurs when the incidence rate (i.e. New cases in a given human population, during a given period) of a certain disease substantially exceeds what is "expected, " based on recent experience. A pandemic is an epidemic of an infectious disease that spreads through human populations across a large region, like a continent. Thus, both are likely correct. ...Read more
New sub-subtype: Generally, a new subtype of virus appears that people have little or no immunity or protection against. Because so many people are vulnerable, the virus spreads easily through sneezing or coughing if an airborne disease, or through intimate contact if a blood-borne disease. A disease that has been absent from a population for some time may also cause an outbreak. ...Read more
Beyond the community: An outbreak is often referred to an infectious agent spreading within a community/small area, but when spread beyond this small community to other areas/cities/states is called and epidemic. When the spread is crossing beyond the country to other continent (s) is called a pandemic as what happened with the h1n1 swine flu in 2009. Have fun learning. Knowledge is power. ...Read more
Epidemic Typhus: Rickettsia prowazekii only replicate within host cells. ...Read more
A big killer.: It has been said that epidemic typhus (rickettsia prowazekii) has killed more humans than all the wars in history. It is transmitted classical by infected clothing (body) lice and in the last century has dwindled substantially worldwide but pops up occasionally in this of strife, famine or war. A substantial outbreak occurred in burundi about 20 years ago. ...Read more
Epidemic: Plague, which has been pandemic, is in many ways different from Ebola, which is currently epidemic in West Africa. Yersinia pestis is part of a cycle involving bacteria infected rodents who infect fleas, who infect people. Ebola is theorized to be spread by fruit bats that drop contaminated fruit, which is then eaten by Diuker antelopes, monkeys, apes or other mammals. ...Read more
Billions: From wwi backwards, probably more soldiers died of epidemic typhus than from combat in each war. It is the classical pale horseman of the apocalypse. ...Read more
Reproduction: Rickettsia prowazekii only replicate within host cells. ...Read more
Unknown: Although it unquestionably is true that autism and related disorders are much more commonly diagnosed now thany they were 20 years ago, why remains controversial. A well-established partial explanation is, we broadened the definition markedly, so many more are "eligible" for this diagnosis than used to be the case. Some believe there is a "real" increase; others do not. Causes remain unknown. ...Read more
How likely is it that a virus will spread across the globe and create a worldwide epidemic within your litfetime?
Global viruses: Yes. Because of huge increases in the world populations, and the ease of travel among countries, a new virus or a mutated virus can infect huge numbers of people and be rapidly dispersed around the world and cause an epidemic before it is controlled and vaccines can be made up to give immunity. ...Read more
Hello I am mahmoud libya suffering from epidemic hepatitis "b" and I can send you the test results. Can you help me.
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How sure are you that ebola isn't airborne? Do you think we will find a cure for ebola before it becomes an epidemic in the United States?
Not Airborne: Ebola is not an airborne virus btwn humans per the World Health Organization: “ What we know about transmission of the Ebola virus among humans”. However, WHO indicated it might be transmitted “when virus-laden heavy droplets are directly propelled, by coughing or sneezing (which does not mean airborne transmission) onto the mucus membranes or skin with cuts or abrasions of another person.” See: ...Read more
1st Ebola patient in Dallas. How concerned are you about possible epidemic in the US? It seems they have no control over Ebola. Will it become airborn
Somewhat concerned: In Sept. 2014, Texas doctors diagnosed Ebola in a man traveling from Africa. It's out there, but America is a huge country, so not to worry. Ebola is not very contagious unless there is close contact with a sick person. If there is an outbreak, but people stay apart from one another, the outbreak stops. Even though Ebola arrived here via plane flights from Africa, we don't call that "airborne". ...Read more
Infection: Viral infections kill the cells they invade. During epidemics there are large numbers of people susceptible to severe infection as a result of age, underlying immune function, comorbidities, etc. Influenza also predisposes to severe secondary infections, usually pneumonia and this can also kill. Stay immunized. Yearly vaccine. ...Read more
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