Monday, November 22, 2010

Biological Attack? Hepatitis C Hemopurifier may be countermeasure against viral threats

Are We Ready for a Biological Attack?

There has been much discussion by national security experts inside and outside of government as to how Congress and the president should ensure that the United States is safe from a terrorist attack.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which oversees all U.S. health agencies, has decreed that broad-spectrum therapies able to combat multiple pathogen threats will be the focal point of biodefense initiatives going forward. Additionally, HHS has disclosed that it will discontinue policies that previously precluded support of dual-use therapies that may have commercial applications against disease conditions such as hepatitis-C virus (HCV) or cancer. Homeland Security Newswire reports the FY2011 budget calls for $6.48 billion in biodefense spending, which reconfirms the growing concern of bioterrorism and reinforces the opportunity for organizations with novel treatment strategies that augment or overcome the limitations of single-target drug and vaccine strategies.

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Nutmeg Intoxication: Youth's Dangerous New Trend
Updated: Monday, 22 Nov 2010, 4:28 PM MSTPublished : Monday, 22 Nov 2010, 4:26 PM MST
Nutmeg contains an organic compound called myristicin, which when consumed or inhaled in high doses, can cause mild hallucinations and a marijuana-like high -- but it can take 4 to 5 hours for the effects to kick in, according to Not My Kid.
The long-term effects of ingesting the spice are not known, but experiments have been done on mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, and cats. Those effects range from cancer of the liver, brain and liver lesions, and liver damage in lab animals.

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