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3/12/2018 4:25:28 PM
Dentists keep dying of this lung disease. The CDC can’t figure out why.



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Seven of the patients were dead, and two more were dying of a rare chronic, progressive lung disease that can be treated but not cured.

It’s estimated that about 200,000 people in the United States have Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) at any one time.

But the common denominator of a small group of patients at a Virginia clinic over a 15-year period is worrying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Eight were dentists; a ninth was a dental technician.

The dental professionals were 23 times more likely to have IPF than the rest of the population, the CDC said in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, released Friday. Something in their workplace environment may have been poisoning them, investigators said, although they don’t know what.

IPF causes scarring of the lungs, according to the report. It can be slowed, but nothing can remove the scar tissue. Over time, the lungs have difficulty getting oxygen to vital organs like the heart and brain.

In April 2016, a Virginia dentist who had just been diagnosed with IPF and was undergoing treatment at a specialty clinic called the CDC with a warning: Several other dental professionals had sought treatment at the same facility.

Investigators dug deeper, poring over nearly 900 records of IPF patients at that clinic over a 21-year period and found the nine patients with the common work history.

The median survival age of IPF after diagnosis is three to five years. But first, patients experience shortness of breath, a dry, chronic cough, weight loss, joint and muscle pain and clubbed fingers or toes.

Dentists and people who work in their offices are exposed to a specific set of hazards, particularly silica, polyvinyl siloxane, alginate and other toxic substances that can be inhaled when they’re polishing dental appliances or preparing amalgams.

Older dentists usually fare worse, both because of increased opportunities for exposure and because they may have practiced at a time when safety standards weren’t as stringent.

“We do work with materials and with human bioproducts that are potentially damaging to our bodies if we inhale them,” Paul Casamassimo, chief policy officer of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center, told CNN.

A 2016 clinical trial tested a device designed to recondition lungs outside of the body to increase the numbers of donor organs available for transplants.

For example, the dentist who alerted the CDC never smoked “but reported not wearing a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-certified respirator during dental activities throughout his 40-year dental practice,” the CDC said. During the past 20 years, he started wearing a surgical mask, which still may have been inadequate.

“More work has to be done before we can make any conclusions about the risk dentists or other dental personnel have,” Randall J. Nett, lead author of the study and medical officer with the U.S. Public Health Service, told CNN.

Even though CDC investigators have not figured out what, specifically, caused IPF in the patients, the study’s release may still do some good.

Before, workers exposed to dust from wood and metal have been warned to take precautions to prevent IPF, but this is the first time the CDC has warned that dentists and the people who work in their offices are vulnerable.

And IPF may not have a cure, but there are protective measures: namely proper ventilation and wearing a respirator during certain procedures.


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3/12/2018 5:24:50 PM

Russia Launches Hypersonic Missile Vladimir Putin Says Can Overcome U.S. Defense Systems

Jessica Kwong

Russia Launches Hypersonic Missile Vladimir Putin Says Can Overcome U.S. Defense Systems

Russia has reportedly launched a hypersonic missile that travels at 10 times the speed of sound and has immunity to air defense systems.

The so-called “Kinzhal” missile was set off in the southwestern part of the country using a MiG-31 aircraft, Russia’s defense ministry said, according to an
Agence France-Presse report on Sunday.

“The launch went according to plan: the hypersonic missile hit its target,” the ministry stated.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the southern military district has had possession of the missile since the beginning of December.

Footage Russia released shows two pilots gearing up to take off and then flying toward a jet holding a massive missile. The missile detaches from the jet and flies on its own, with patriotic music playing in the background.

just gave us a closer look at "Kinzhal", their recently revealed hypersonic air-to-surface missile system





Putin unveiled the Kinzhal missile earlier in March as one in a new line of nuclear weaponry that could overcome U.S. defense systems. His state of the nation address was seen as possibly signaling another arms race with the west.


“I would like to tell those who have been trying to escalate the arms race for the past 15 years, to gain unilateral advantages over Russia, and to impose restrictions and sanctions … The attempt at curbing Russia has failed,”
Putin said.


But U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the hypersonic missile and other weapons Putin claimed are in the pipeline do not change Moscow’s position.

“I saw no change to the Russian military capability and each of these systems that he’s talking about that are still years away, I do not see them changing the military balance,” Mattis said. “It doesn’t change anything other than how much money do they want to spend on something that does not change at all the strategic balance.”

Putin in his address said Russia is developing missiles and underwater drones, among other weapons, because the U.S. pulled out of the 1972 anti-ballistic missile treaty it had signed with the Soviet Union.

This article was first written by Newsweek


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3/12/2018 6:00:41 PM



It’s Time to Worry About the President Pondering the Death Penalty for Drug Dealers

March 12, 2018 at 8:11 am

(TMU Op-ed) Although it appeared to perhaps be a flippant if wholly disturbing suggestion from President Trump this week, executing drug dealers as national policy and solution to the United States’ opioid addiction epidemic has not only gained momentum within the administration — which is reportedly actively evaluating the option — but may have legal grounds within the bounds of the Constitution.

“Some countries have a very tough penalty, the ultimate penalty,” the president asserted during a recent opioid summit at the White House, “and they have much less of a drug problem than we do.”

Beyond glowing admiration for the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte’s stiff and brutish approach to drugs and dealers, Trump and top officials have praised Singapore’s duly decisive approach to the issue — both nations liberally impose capital punishment for substances — and, according to the Washington Post citing an unnamed and unverified ‘senior official,’ the latter’s “is more in line with the administration’s goals for drug policy than some other countries.”

Further, the Post’s Friday report continues, “Singaporean representatives have briefed senior White House officials on their country’s drug policies, which include treatment and education, but also the death penalty, and they provided a PowerPoint presentation on that country’s laws.”

Lest death for drug dealing seem far beyond a feasible approach in the U.S., George Washington University School of Law Professor Peter H. Meyers — who emphasized he does not personally agree with the idea — told the Post of the administration’s nascent policy plans,

“It very likely would be constitutional if they want to do it.”

Despite insistence from Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway the president intends to reserve such harsh punitive measures for major traffickers and movers of tainted drugs, an exclusive report from Axios less than one month ago indicates the potential for expansion of capital punishment far beyond the worst offenders.

Trump, according to a source close to the president who spoke to Axios on condition of anonymity, “often jokes about killing drug dealers… He’ll say, ‘You know the Chinese and Filipinos don’t have a drug problem. They just kill them.’”

“But,” Jonathan Swan continues for Axios, “the president doesn’t just joke about it. According to five sources who’ve spoken with Trump about the subject, he often leaps into a passionate speech about how drug dealers are as bad as serial killers and should all get the death penalty.”

Further, he “tells confidants a softer approach to drug reform — the kind where you show sympathy to the offenders and give them more lenient sentences — will never work.”

Speaking to Swan, Conway attempted to soften the rigidity, contending, “The president makes a distinction between those that are languishing in prison for low-level drug offenses and the kingpins hauling thousands of lethal doses of fentanyl into communities, that are responsible for many casualties in a single weekend.”

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid painkiller — both dramatically cheaper and categorically stronger than other opioids, including heroin — kills tens of thousands through overdose each year in the U.S. Cheap to produce, the synthetic’s several-microgram-lethal potency — or even its presence — isn’t always known by those who ingest it.

Conway’s assurances fentanyl and its unscrupulous disseminators comprise the true impetus for severely ramping up penalties for drug dealers offer little comfort to advocates for sane drug policy that low-level dealers, users, and more obvious targets won’t somehow be swept up in renewed, revamped anti-drug fervor.

Daniel Ciccarone, professor of family and community medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, explained,

“The closer you get to the ground, the closer you get to people who are easy to capture and the more unknown the fentanyl issue is. I don’t believe that expanding the drug penalty further for other trafficking offenses is going to solve the opioid epidemic.”

Drug policy experts criticized the proposal as likely to discourage addicts from seeking help, calling emergency services in an overdose situation, or generally forcing dealers and users into the shadows out of fear of the death penalty being misapplied or unjustly considered — not to mention the glaring omission of the pharmaceutical-industrial complex’s role in the pernicious epidemic.

Currently, U.S. federal law allows capital punishment to be imparted for just four drug-related offenses — only one of which does not involve murder: the trafficking of drugs in large quantities.

But that may indeed soon change.

[TMU editor’s note: Sources cited by the Washington Post and Axios have not been named or otherwise identified by position or office, thusly cannot be independently verified for accuracy; however, their statements and observations — if indeed true — align tightly with the Trump administration’s public and repeated displays of animosity toward drugs, users, dealers, and traffickers.]


Op-ed by Claire S Bernish / Republished with permission / The Mind Unleashed





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3/13/2018 11:18:15 AM

SYRIA PICTURES: NO ROOM LEFT FOR FAMILIES TRYING TO SHELTER FROM CONSTANT BOMBING IN DOUMA

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Syrian families have taken to living in crowded, dark basements to escape the constant bombing in Douma, the biggest town in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta enclave. As many as 300 people may be packed into a shelter, with no bathroom and just one toilet. However, more and more families are having to sleep in the open on the streets, because there is no more room in any of Douma's cellars.

President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies have said the onslaught on eastern Ghouta is needed to end the rule of Islamist insurgents over civilians there and to stop mortar fire on nearby Damascus. But the intensity of the offensive, which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says has killed 1,160 people in three weeks, has provoked condemnation from Western countries and pleas from United Nations agencies for a humanitarian halt.

Government forces have now captured more than half the rebel enclave, entirely besieging Douma and the large town of Harasta, cutting them off from each other and neighboring areas. As the Syrian army pushes deeper into eastern Ghouta, thousands of families have fled from the front lines to Douma, hoping to escape bombing. The opposition-controlled town council said the situation had become "catastrophic," with no more room below ground for civilians to hide. At least 70 people had been buried in a town park because air strikes made it unsafe to reach the cemetery on the outskirts, it said.

Warplanes, helicopters and artillery rain down a near-constant stream of missiles, bombs, rockets and shells on the enclave, which is home to an estimated 400,000 civilians who face dire shortages of food and medicine, leading to severe malnutrition and ravaging illness.


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3/13/2018 4:36:32 PM

Amazon Smart Device Owners Can Now Become Spies For UK Police

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