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Health and Fitness information for long distance backpackers. Physical and psychological effects of hiking and nature.

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Antibiotic Resistance Can Spread Through The Air

HEALTH & FITNESS

Flying Bacterial Resistance Squads

Antibiotic Resistance Can Spread Through The Air, Scientists Warn, And Yes You Should Be Terrified,
Science Alert, July 26, 2018.

"...antibiotic resistance genes are spreading through the air."

"...because once they die they release their entire insides into their environment – leaving little DNA packages around for other bacteria that happen to pass by."

“The bad news: they're everywhere.”

“Between 2016 and 2017, the team surveyed 30 different types of airborne antibiotic resistance genes across 19 cities around the world, including San Francisco, Paris and Melbourne.”

“...San Francisco had the highest level overall.”

 

Recent Antibiotic Resistance Research

Health News: Plasmid Sharing Party, Spreading Bacterial Resistance Defeating Antibiotics

 

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2018 Tick Alert, FYI: Tick Infections Rising

HEALTH & SAFETY

Tick Alert, FYI: Tick Infections Rising

Public Health & Mountain Safety Information

Tickborne diseases are likely to increase, say NIAID officials,
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, July 25, 2018.

Note
We don't get many ticks up along the Sierra Crest & its high flanks, though I have rarely encountered ticks at elevation, likely shed by migrating deer. Temperate zones down the Western Flank of the Sierra, and the temperate Doug Fir Forests along Coastal Range, are full of ticks.

MAIN POINTS

What

"The incidence of tickborne infections in the United States has risen significantly within the past decade."

Why

"...are likely many factors contributing to increased Lyme disease incidence in the U.S., greater tick densities and their expanding geographical range have played a key role."

#1

"...Lyme disease representing the majority (82 percent) of reported cases."

"...10 to 20 percent of patients report lingering symptoms after effective antimicrobial therapy."

Northeast

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Teflon in Everything: Dangerous PFAS Systamatically and Intentionally Ignored

 

 

Health & Fittness

Teflon in Everything

Dangerous PFAS Systamatically and Intentionally Ignored

How the EPA and the Pentagon Downplayed a Growing Toxic Threat,
ProPublica, July 9, 2018.

 

Scope & Scale
This article tracks the status and movement of major contamination sites centered on military facilities. For information about how, "it is present worldwide at very low levels in just about everyone’s blood," about how everyone became contaminated with PFAS through the ubiquitious use of teflon cookware, see "More Info" below.

 

PFAS

The Real Deal
Unknown Contamination Downplayed

"...long been known that, in certain concentrations, the compounds could be dangerous if they got into water or if people breathed dust or ate food that contained them. Tests showed they accumulated in the blood of chemical factory workers and residents living nearby, and studies linked some of the chemicals to cancers and birth defects."

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July, 2018: A New Member of Bacterial Family Causing Lyme Disease

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

A New Member of Bacterial Family Causing Lyme Disease

Borrelia Mayonii

A new bacterium that causes Lyme Disease,
AGU, July 4, 2018.

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Female Running Shoe Test: Maximal Running Shoes Vs. Neutral Shoes

 

HEALTH & FITNESS, FEMALE

Female Running Shoe Test

Maximal Running Shoes Vs. Neutral Shoes

Maximal running shoes may increase injury risk to some runners,
Oregon State University, June 25, 2018.

 

THE TEST

"...compared the biomechanics associated with "maximal" and "neutral" running shoes in tests with 15 female runners."

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HEALTH & FITNESS NEWS: BPA Affects Communications for Generations

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

BPA Affects "Communications" for Generations

BPA can induce multigenerational effects on ability to communicate,
University of Missouri-Columbia, June 18, 2018.

"...how long-term effects of BPA exposure in grandmothers and grandfathers might affect offspring communication ability."

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HEALTH & FITTNESS, Medicinal Nutrition, Foods that Fight Disease

 

HEALTH & FITTNESS

Foods that Fight Disease

Scientists identify foods that fight disease,
Nutrition 2018, June 10, 2018.

 

The Foods

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Two Works of Research: Bacteria Moving Effectively to Counter Human Antibiotics

 

HEALTH & FITNESS NEWS

Microscopic Bacterial Magic

Bacteria Moving Effectively to Counter Human Antibiotics

DNA HUNTERS: Spearing and Plasmid Sharing

 

Spearing

Scientists watch bacteria 'harpoon' DNA to speed their evolution,
Indiana University, June 11, 2018.

 

Mini Big Game Hunters

"...researchers recorded the first images of bacterial appendages -- over 10,000 times thinner than human hair -- as they stretched out to catch DNA. These DNA fragments can then be incorporated into bacteria's own genome through a process called DNA uptake or 'horizontal gene transfer.' "

"The bacterial structures used to catch DNA in the environment are extremely thin, hair-like appendages called pili."

 

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Forty Years of Stonewalling and Political Bribes: Styrene is Probably Carcinogenic

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, & CORRUPTION

Forty Years of Stonewalling and Political Bribes...

Styrene is probably carcinogenic

After 40 years in limbo: Styrene is probably carcinogenic,
Aarhus University, May 30, 2018.

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Health & Fitness: Metaphysical Mind Body Linkage Runs Deep, Legs to Brain

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, MIND, & BODY
&
CRAZY LEGS

Metaphysical Mind Body Linkage Runs Deep

Leg exercise is critical to brain and nervous system health,
Frontiers, May 23, 2018.

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HEALTH, FITNESS, & KIDS: A Long, Steady, Decline

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, & KIDS

A Long, Steady, Decline

Study finds boys' fitness has declined over past 20 years,
European Association for the Study of Obesity, May 22, 2018.

 

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Tick Tragedy: Young Lady Killed by Unidentified Lyme Disease

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

Tick Tragedy

Her illness was a mystery; it was a tick bite that killed her. Now mom wants awareness
,
Sierra Star, May 15, 2018.

"Alex Hudson died of a complication as a result of Lyme disease on March 24. She was 22."

"Alex likely had Lyme disease for a decade or longer."

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Global Mosquito Movement, Asian tiger mosquito on the move

 

Global Mosquito Movement

Zika, Dengue, West Nile, & Chikungunya Move with Them

Asian tiger mosquito on the move,
Goethe University Frankfurt, May 18, 2018.

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HEALTH & FITNESS, Cells Share Complex Resources: Nature Creates Tunneling Nanotubes

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

How Cells Share Complex Resources

WOW, Nature Creates Tunneling nanotubes to Amazing...

Cells Talk and Help One Another via Tiny Tube Networks,
Quanta, April 23, 2018.

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Mind, Body, Breathing as an Integral Aspect of Field Fitness

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Mental and Physical Acuity

Mind, Body, Breathing as Part of Field Fitness

The Yogi masters were right -- meditation and breathing exercises can sharpen your mind,
Trinity College Dublin, May 10, 2018.

"A new study by researchers at Trinity College Dublin explains for the first time the neurophysiological link between breathing and attention."

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Health & Fitness News: Children are as fit as endurance athletes

 

HEALTH & FITNESS
Excellent Observation, Analysis, and Advice for Training Kids

Don't Train Your Kids to be FAT-ASSES

Children are as fit as endurance athletes,
Frontiers, April 24, 2018.

 

"Children not only have fatigue-resistant muscles, but recover very quickly from high-intensity exercise -- even faster than well-trained adult endurance athletes."

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HEALTH & FITNESS, Hot & Healthy: Saunas reduce risk of Stroke & Death

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Hot & Healthy

Frequent sauna bathing reduces risk of stroke,
University of Eastern Finland, May 3, 2018.

"In a 15-year follow-up study, people taking a sauna 4-7 times a week were 61% less likely to suffer a stroke than those taking a sauna once a week."

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SKEETER BEHAVIOR: Mosquitoes bite when thirsty, too

 

SKEETER BEHAVIOR

Mosquitoes bite when thirsty, too,
University of Cincinnati, May 1, 2018.

WHY
"...female mosquitoes bite not only to get the protein they need to lay eggs but also to quench their thirst during a drought."

"...research found that dry conditions provide little protection from the biting pests."

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GOOD HEALTH NEWS: UNWRAPPING the MYSTERIES of GARLIC

 

GOOD HEALTH NEWS

UNWRAPPING the MYSTERIES of GARLIC

It's in the Sulfur Compounds

The complicated biology of garlic,
Cell Press, April 27, 2018.

"...garlic, used for thousands of years to treat human disease, can reduce the risk of developing certain kinds of cancers, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes."

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