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Conceptualization and designing of a beef quality determination framework based on beef supply chain in Tanzania

A framework for determining the quality of beef was developed based on the assessment of Beef Supply Chain (BSC) between the slaughter and retail points. In this respect, slaughtering, distribution, retailing and consumer preferences models were developed for assessing the beef processing designed features (BPDFs) across the BSC specifically in Slaughtering Facilities (SFs), Beef Distributing Facilities (BDFs), and Beef Retailing Premises (BRPs) in Dar es Salaam and Mbeya cities. The organized ideas, rules and beliefs to a set known as a framework for determining the quality of beef was one of the outcomes of this study. This study suggests that the...
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TOUCHED BY LYME: Why what’s on a death certificate matters so much

Carl Hamrin was born in Sweden, emigrated to the United States, and became a US citizen. His family settled in Maine, where he worked in the field of computer sciences. He had years of good health, as he and his wife Jeannie led an active outdoor life. However, nine years ago, things changed for Carl. That’s when he started experiencing troublesome symptoms, including partial paralysis. He couldn’t move his arms to feed himself, shave, or push himself up out of a chair. So, Jeannie started taking him to doctors. “Since 2011, Carl was in five different hospitals, three rehabs, saw over...
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Strengthen Yourself Against Tick-borne Diseases, Covid19, and MSIDS

Strengthen Yourself Against Tick-borne Diseases, Covid19, and MSIDS
Richard Horowitz, MD, Bay Area Lyme Advisory Board Member and Director of the Hudson Valley Healing Arts CenterBay Area Lyme Foundation Advisory Board Member, Richard Horowitz, MD and author of “Why Can’t I Get Better?” speaks about his experience and novel research on Tick-borne Diseases, Fire/Smoke Exposure, Covid19, and Multiple Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome (MSIDS). Original linkOriginal author: Bay Area Lyme Foundation

TOUCHED BY LYME: Launching a “moonshot” to cure Lyme by 2030

The Center for Lyme Action (CLA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing federal funding for Lyme disease research, today outlined a strategy to eliminate Lyme disease by 2030. Dubbed the “Lyme Moonshot,” the initiative calls for establishing a TICK office in the White House to coordinate efforts. TICK stands for Tick-borne Innovation, Collaboration, and Knowledge. (The moonshot label evokes President Kennedy’s 1961 call for America to put a man on the moon within 10 years. It took a lot of co-ordinated effort, but we got there.) Lyme disease affects more than 300,000 people per year in the United States, with 1.5...
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TOUCHED BY LYME: My conversation with “Lyme Time Podcast with Ali”

Alicia White suffered from bizarre, often painful physical symptoms for years. Consulting numerous doctors, the Southern California resident received many conflicting test results and (mis)diagnoses, but no real answers. Finally, one of her medical practitioners put the puzzle pieces together and recognized that Lyme disease was an important part of what was going on with her. (Along with other problematic stuff. Isn’t that usually the case?) As Alicia continues on her healing path, she has started a podcast to help other people who may be searching for answers like she was for so many years. It’s called “Lyme Time Podcast with...
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“Gaslighting” by some doctors can undermine the chronically ill

By Carolyn Degnan One of the biggest problems that chronically ill patients face is “gaslighting” from their physicians/practitioners. I’ve been familiar with that term when talking about a personal relationship. However, I had never heard it applied to a doctor/patient relationship until I heard it used during the LymeMind 2020 conference. I was struck by how appropriate the term is to describe an abusive practitioner relationship. What is gaslighting? Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse that causes someone to question their memory, perception, and sanity. (The expression originated from a play–then movie–called “Gaslight.” The word is now commonly used in...
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TOUCHED BY LYME: Legislative update and a Lyme “moonshot”

Bonnie Crater, co-founder of the Center for Lyme Action–a lobbying group seeking more federal funding for Lyme disease–gave a legislative update at the recent LymeMIND 2020 conference. (Click here to watch the replay of the event on Facebook.) Among the developments she cited was the passage of the Kay Hagan Tick Act, which asks for funding to combat vector-borne diseases. However, although the Tick Act was signed into law at the end of 2019, funding for the measure still needed to be passed by both houses in 2020. In July, the House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill that increased Lyme...
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Analyzing “rash selfies” helps early detection of Lyme disease

Johns Hopkins Medicine and Johns Hopkins Applied Research Laboratory (APL) researchers have shown that cell phone images of rashes taken by patients can be  evaluated using artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning (DL) technologies to more accurately detect and identify the erythema migrans (EM) skin redness associated with acute Lyme disease. This can enable more reliable screening, more accurate diagnosis and earlier treatment, helping avoid the serious potential neurologic, rheumatologic and cardiac complications of advanced Lyme disease. A report on the findings was published in the October 2020 issue of the journal Computers in Biology and Medicine. APL scientists developed and...
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Watch Facebook replay of Oct. 10 LymeMIND conference

If you missed LymeMIND 2020, an online conference featuring many top speakers, you’re in luck. The organization has made the four-hour video available for reviewing via Facebook. (You don’t have to be a member of Facebook to access it. Just click on the link below.) It was an impressive line up of speakers. Co-authors Dr. Steven Phillips and Dana Parish delivered a keynote address, discussing their upcoming book Chronic: The Hidden Cause of the Autoimmune Pandemic and How to Get Healthy Again. A panel with Richard Horowitz, MD, John Aucott, MD, Andrew Petersen, DO and Tania Dempsey, MD, discussed “Novel treatments–Making...
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NOT JUST LYME DISEASE: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT NEW TICK SPECIES AND THE DISEASES THEY CARRY

Naturopathic Medicine Blog Carly Sage 128 Views Viruses, bacteria, bugs, oh my…. pathogens that wreak havoc on our lives seems to be the topic on everyone’s mind these days. While we’re so busy dealing with COVID, it’s easy to forget about a major silent pandemic – tick-borne illnesses – that are having an increasing impact on our health. Lyme disease, the most recognized and common tick-related infection caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, is acknowledged in the mainstream health conversation as a pervasive threat with nearly 30,000 reported cases annually and an incidence higher than breast cancer (5). Unfortunately, new findings...
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HHS and Cohen Foundation launch $25 million “LymeX” prize challenge

Press release from the US Department of Health and Human Services: Today, at the virtual LymeMIND conference, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation announced a new $25 million-dollar, public-private partnership — the LymeX Innovation Accelerator (LymeX). This is the largest Lyme disease public-private partnership in history. This partnership will be a force multiplier to expedite progress and catalyze change faster than government or other sectors can do on their own. Our LymeX mission is to strategically advance Lyme and tick-borne disease solutions in direct collaboration with Lyme patients, patient advocates, and...
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Working Group to meet Oct. 27; nominations open for next panel

The next meeting of the federal Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) will be held on October 27,  from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., ET. This is an online meeting and is open to the public. During this meeting, the TBDWG will review chapters and the template for the 2020 report to the HHS Secretary and Congress. The agenda will be available on the website prior to the meeting.     Providing Verbal or Written Public Comment Written comments and requests to make verbal comments must be received by midnight, ET Friday, October 16.For instructions on how to submit a comment, please go to the Tick-Borne...
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Know someone with a recent tick bite, or a new case of Lyme disease?

As part of our mission to accelerate research in Lyme disease, we are providing you with this information from Adaptive Biotechnologies about its clinical study to advance diagnostics for Lyme disease. Learn more and enroll by visiting www.ImmuneSenseStudy.com. Adaptive Biotechnologies Corp. has announced the launch of ImmuneSense Lyme™, a research study to inform the development of an improved test to detect Lyme disease in the early stages of an infection, when the disease is most treatable but often missed or misdiagnosed. The study calls for approximately 1,000 participants in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and upper Midwest, where 96% of Lyme cases occur....
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Dr. Aieta's Daily 5 Supplements

Dr. Aieta's Daily 5 Supplements
    Here are a couple of testimonials from actual patients in my practice: Hello Dr. Aieta, I just wanted to send you a quick note on how I have been doing on your Super Phyto-Cannabinoid 1800, CBD supplement.  As you recall when I came to see you I was having a very difficult time dealing with chronic anxiety as well as frequent insomnia.    In the past I was put on several different anti-anxiety medications and sleeping pills but found that the side effects from these meds were not worth it.    After our first few meetings and per your...
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In vitro antibacterial activity of Psidium guajava (Guava) leaves extract on carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae causing multi-drug resistant systemic infections

Systemic bacterial infections affect almost all part of the human body systems leading to infections such as urinary tract infections, septicemia, meningitis, pneumonia, peritonitis and gastritis. Carbapenems have been used as drug of choice in the treatment of systemic infections. Studies have indicated that Enterobacteriaceae are producing enzymes such as carbapenemases, which inactivate carbapenems.  There  is  limited  treatment  option  for  systemic  infections  caused  by  carbapenem- resistant Enterobacteriaceae. Systemic infections keep increasing; hence, the determination of the effective treatment options of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae is important for quality healthcare delivery. In this laboratory studies, agar well diffusion and well microplate dilution of the...
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Ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants commonly used in snakebites in North Western Nigeria

The incidence of snake bite in rural West Africa is reportedly high with an 11–17% mortality rate. Nigeria has one third of the cases for snake bite cases in this region.Thus, most tribes in North-western part of Nigeria depend on medicinal plants for snakebites. However, it appears that a gap exists on documentation of these plants especially tropical flora used in the management of snake bite. This led to increase depletion of medicinal plant resources and knowledge of their traditional use. Consequently, this survey provided knowledge and data on medicinal plants use in management of snake bite which will help retard...
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Antibacterial, total phenols, antioxidant, and fatty acids of the lyophilized body fat of Podocnemis expansa (Schweigger, 1812) from farm in Acre State, Brazil

Podocnemis expansa (Podocnemididae) is a chelonian of suborder Pleurodira and is popularly known as Amazon turtle. The animal’s body fat was removed from the farm in Xapuri city in Acre State, Brazil. The fat was lyophilized and the oil was extracted by the Soxhlet method using hexane, as a solvent. The fatty acids majority, identified and quantified by gas chromatography-flame ionization detector, were: Arachidonic (25.2%), oleic (ω9, 17.6%), palmitic (ω7, 13.5%), stearic (11.9%) and linoleic (ω6, 9.5%). These, are essential for human health and can be helpful in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, psoriasis, improving symptoms of depression, Alzheimer's disease,...
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Screening open source traditional Chinese medicine extracts for growth-inhibiting properties towards Acinetobacter baumannii

Infections caused by Acinetobacter baumannii and other pathogenic bacteria are a worldwide concern due to their increasingly prevalent multidrug resistance. World leaders and health organizations across the globe have voiced their concerns over antibiotic resistance and the critical need for the development of novel antibiotics. Although the number of new antibiotic drugs entering the marketplace in recent years has been limited, it is encouraging to note that there are many initiatives in academia, industry, and government focused on this issue. This study outlines the investigation of a publicly available library of Traditional Chinese Medicine extracts to discover new compounds that could...
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Protective effect of piperine from Piper chaba fruits on LPS-induced inflammation in human intestinal cell line

Piper chaba is a flowering vine in the family of piperaceae. It is a spicy plant widely used as food and herbal medicine in the South and Southeast Asian countries. The study evaluated anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory activities of a major alkaloid extract, piperine, from P. chaba fruits on human colonic epithelial cells. The effects of piperine extract on cell viability, pro-inflammatory cytokine inhibition, and immunomodulation on inflammatory genes were evaluated in vitro using lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammatory model in Caco-2 cells. T-test and ANOVA were used for statistical analysis. Piperine, in the doses of non-cytotoxicity (1, 10, 50 µg/ml), reversed effect of...
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Larvicidal activity of Juniperus procera extract against anopheles mosquito in in vitro, North Western Ethiopia

Mosquitoes are the major health threat as they transmit plasmodium parasites that cause malaria. Since mosquitoes developed resistances towards insecticides, investigators are searching for alternative control measures. Bioactive plant chemicals have been identified to serve as a defense mechanism against insects’ larvae. Therefore, the aim of the study was to evaluate larvicidal activities of Juniperus procera extracts in in vitro against 3rd to 4th instars larvae of Anopheles arabiensis. The leaves of the plant were collected from Fogera District and brought to Bahir Dar University where it was extracted with chloroform, petroleum ether, ethanol and acetone. The phytochemical screening was performed....
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