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Bubonic Plague the 411 Part 2
How is Bubonic Plage contracted?  Bubonic plague is an infection of the lymphatic system, usually resulting from the bite of an infected flea, Xenopsylla cheopis (the rat flea). In very rare circumstances, as in the septicemic plague, the disease can be transmitted by direct contact with infected tissue or exposure to the cough of another human. The fleas are often found on rodents such as rats and mice, and seek out other prey when their rodent hosts die. The bacteria...

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Bubonic Plague the 411 Part 1
Bubonic plague Bubonic plague is a zoonotic disease, circulating mainly in fleas on small rodents, and is one of three types of bacterial infections caused by Yersinia pestis (formerly known as Pasteurella pestis), that belongs to the family Enterobacteriaceae. Without treatment, the bubonic plague kills about two thirds of infected humans within four days. The term bubonic plague is derived from the Greek word βουβών, meaning "groin". Swollen lymph nodes (buboes) especially occur in the armpit and groin in persons suffering...

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Bubonic Plague oubreak in Northern China
Parts of a northern Chinese city have been quarantined after state media said a man there died of bubonic plague.  China's official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday that 151 people were under observation in the city of Yumen in Gansu province after authorities determined they had come in contact with a man who died of the plague July 16.  Investigators believe the man contracted the bacterial infection after contact with a marmot, Xinhua said. The report said all the people...

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Men have Hot Flashes too….Who knew?
Men have hot flashes as they age.  Who knew?  There are many reasons a man can have hot flashes.  I have listed the five top reasons: Andropause In the past, people thought menopause was a woman's problem. Annually, more than 25 million men in the United States and more than 408 million men worldwide report having symptoms of male menopause or andropause. One of the most common symptoms of andropause is experiencing hot flashes. Men who are between 40 and 55...

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Can Fish Oil Boost Brain Power and Curb Alzheimers?
Fish oil is touted as a magical potion that boosts fertility, heart health, weight loss, and a clear complexion, while lessening the effects of depression, ulcers, diabetes and many more conditions. But there’s another benefit to these glossy little capsules: They may prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. A new study of 819 people published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia found that taking fish oil supplements on a daily basis is associated with significant decrease in cognitive decline (as measured by the...

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The ‘Science’ of Friendship
My friends are like my family.  In some cases, they are BETTER than my family....  Believe it or not, new studies find that friends share more genes than strangers do, though not enough to make them like brothers and sisters, but enough to make them like cousins to the fourth level.  Yep, fourth cousins. "Birds of a feather flock together" we are told from childhood.  It seems this is more true than not, as scientist James Fowler, a professor of medical...

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Colorado the State to Watch for Future States Passing Legalized Recreational Marajuana
With Alaska and Oregon gearing up to vote on legalizing marijuana in a few months and many other states considering it further down the road, one state is on everyone’s mind — Colorado. Activists on both sides of the pot debate are pointing to the Colorado experiment — what they see as its great successes or its horror stories — to make their case around the country. Their claims about crime, job creation, quality of life, and tax revenues are so...

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Hoarder Dies After Floor Collapses Into Basement
Police in Connecticut say an apparent hoarder died after the cluttered first floor of her home collapsed into the basement.  Authorites say 66 year old Beverly Mitchell was found in her Cheshire home Saturday, two days after a postal carrier called police because mail was piling up. At first police could not find anybody because the floor was piled waist-high with clutter and they did not realize that the floor had collapsed.  Official found Mitchell's body after a backhoe broke...

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Control procedures for long-term Arizona boaters include decontamination protocols
Remove any clinging materials such as plants, animals and mud from anchor, boat, motor, equipment and trailer (CLEAN) Remove the plug (if applicable) and drain all water from the bilge, live-well, and any other compartments that could hold water.  Drain water from engine and engine cooling systems (DRAIN) Physically remove all visible attached mussels from boat surfaces, motors, impellers outdrives, rudders, anchors and through-hull fittings (CLEAN again) Flush engine and cooling system and any other through-hull fittings, with hot water that is exiting...

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Arizona Boaters: Don’t Move a Mussel!
Arizona's "Don't Move a Mussel" law, enacted in 2009 oversees protection of natural waters from predatory mussels thought to have arrived in the United States on European shipping vessels.  It is quite simple: Single Day Boaters a required by law to follow four steps when leaving the lake or waterway designated as having quagga and/or zebra mussels. Clean-any plants or organic materials (mud) from your anchor, boat, motor and trailer Drain- Remove the plug and drain all water from the bilge,...

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