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

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Female Trail: Pioneering Females of Sky & Field, Blum & Petronia

 

Female Trail News
Pioneers in the Sky and Field

The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Field Life

A WOMAN’S PLACE IS ON TOP

Dr. Arlene Blum talks big mountain ascents, tragedy, and toxic molecules in Mammoth Lakes, & we meet a female Marine Infantry Combat Officer,
The Sheet, January 20, 2018, PDF, P. 12.

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Mosquito News, Skeeter strategies: Positive and Negative Memories

 

Mosquito News
Skeeter strategies: Positive and Negative Memories

Scent, Experience, Memory, and Behavior

Mosquitoes remember human smells, but also swats, researchers find,
Virginia Tech, January 25, 2018.

"...mosquitoes can rapidly learn and remember the smells of hosts..."

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Bacteria Wars: Behavior, Strategy, Resistance, and Prospects

 

Bacteria News
Bacteria War

Organized Chemical Warfare, "allowing them to respond as a collective"

The bacterial 'Game of Thrones,'
University of Oxford, January 25, 2018.

Bacteria Battles 
Different types of Individual Aggressive Behaviors

"...some being hyper-aggressive and others much more passive."

Bacteria Armies

"...what appear to be simple organisms can function in a very sophisticated manner. Their behaviour is more complex than we have previously given them credit for. Much like social insects, such as honey bees and wasps and social animals like birds and mammals who use alarm calls, when under predation, they are capable of generating a coordinated attack."

 

Like the behavior of flocks of Starlings?

 

More Bacteria News

Bacteria shares plasmid resistance
Newly Emerged Superbug

Threat from Within
How every new antibiotic is rapidly defeated

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Health & Fitness, BPA: Baby Product Fireproofing Chemicals Cause Baby Development Dysfunctions

 

Health & Fitness
Baby Product Fireproofing Chemicals

Cause Baby Development Dysfunctions

Placental accumulation of flame retardant chemical alters serotonin production in rats
,
North Carolina State University, January 22, 2018.

A common flame retardant used in foam-based baby products and furniture is an endrocrine disruptor. Endrocrine disruptors are particulairly dangerous to fetus and children as they can disrupt all aspects of childood development.

"The interuniversity research team recently demonstrated that FM 550 is an endocrine disruptor, with developmental exposure affecting anxiety- and hyperactivity-related behaviors in rats in sex-specific ways. They also showed that three of the FM 550 components dose-dependently accumulate in placenta, with levels higher in male-associated placentas."

"We found that exposure to FM 550 can impact multiple placental pathways critical for early brain development, which is particularly concerning given that it is commonly found in baby products and furniture,"

 

Last on BPA

BPA "Ubiquitious"

Why? It's in Every Reciept

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Health & Fitness News: BPA Ubiquitious, Why? It's in Every Reciept

 

Health & Fitness News
BPA Ubiquitious

Why? It's in Every Reciept

A step toward ridding register receipts of BPA,
American Chemical Society, January 17, 2018.

"No, I don't want a reciept with that"

It is interesting to learn that BPA is in virtually every reciept we handle.

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2018 High Sierra Mountain Safety: Backpacker Alert Index

WINTER OF 2018
BACKPACKER ALERTS

So far this year we've achieved

FULL WINTER STATUS & CAUTIONS

on

November 28, 2017:

FULL WINTER
-GEAR-SKILLS-FITNESS-
REQUIRED
From
Now thru the Remainder of the Winter Season

HAZARD STATUS
Two Issues

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HEALTH & FITNESS, West Nile Disease: Memory Loss Preventable? News and Information

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

West Nile Disease

Memory Loss Preventable?

Memory loss from West Nile virus may be preventable,
Washington University School of Medicine, January 16, 2018.

"More than 10,000 people in the United States are living with memory loss and other persistent neurological problems that occur after West Nile virus infects the brain."

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Health & Fitness News, Another Benefit of Natural Engagement: More Attentive Students


Health & Fitness News
Another Benefit of Natural Engagement

More Attentive Students

Students more engaged and attentive following outdoor lesson in nature,
Frontiers, January 11, 2018.

On the other side of the coin, "Mountain Madness."

Mountain Madness is Real

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Health & Fitness: It's Not Too Late, It's Time to get Hiking

 

 

 

Health & Fitness News
It's Not Too Late

It's Time to get Hiking

Middle-aged couch potatoes may reverse heart effects of a sedentary life with exercise training,
American Heart Association, January 8, 2018.

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Female Infant News: Infant Females survive Stress better than Male Infants

 

 

Female Infant News
Infant Females survive Stress better than Male Infants

Women survive crises better than men,
Duke University, January 9, 2018.

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Health & Fitness News: Secrets of the Sauna

 

Health & Fitness News
Nordic Health Practices

Secrets of the Sauna

Scientists uncover why sauna bathing is good for your health,
University of Eastern Finland, January 5, 2018.

 I've always been an advocate and practicioner of deep heating and deep cooling, of getting yourself well heated followed by a very cold plunge.

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Go Frack Yourself: Where do Corporations put Liquid Toxics? They Inject them into The Ground

 

 

Health & Fitness News
Where do Corporations put Liquid Toxics?

They Inject them into The Ground

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Health & Fitness News: Assessing Risks of Antibiotic Resistance, Survery of Global Researchers

 

 

Health & Fitness News
Assessing Risks of Antibiotic Resistance

Survery of Global Expert-Researchers

The hazards of antibiotic resistances remain high,
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), December 15, 2017.

A Survey of Antibiotic Resistance Researchers

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Corporations Tell America Go Frack Yourself, & we Will Frack Your Kids, Too: Fracking Degrades Infant Health

 

 

Health & Fitness News

Corporations Tell Americans:
Go Frack Yourself,

& we Will Frack Your Kids, Too: Fracking Degrades Infant Health

Impacts of local exposure to fracking sites on Pennsylvania infants,
American Association for the Advancement of Science, December 13, 2017.

Research

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Mountain Madness is Real: Are You Crazy?

 

 

 

High Altitude psychosis
Life in Crazy Town

Mountain Madness is Real

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Health and Fitness News: Grim News for Lyme's Disease, It Survives in Organs after Antibiotic Regime

 

 

Health & Fitness News

Grim News for Lyme's Disease

Survives in Organs after Antibiotic Regime

Study: Lyme bacteria survive 28-day course of antibiotics months after infection,
Tulane University, December 13, 2017.

 

Tick Defense Strategies

How to Prevent Disease

The Tick-Borne Disease Problem

There’s been a lot of mysterious “post” lyme disease trouble in the lyme disease patient population. Science and medicine had no answers, up to now. It turns out the spiroketes can hide all over the place from the antibiotics, leaving patients better than before, but not rid of the disease.

Prevention is the Only Cure
My solution to all tick borne illness is preventative, to locate the tick before it can sink itself into us, or find and remove it before, A> it has had time to bury its head deeply, and, B> remove it before its pathogen has time to be activated by the heat & nutrition contained in my blood, and infects me.

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Health & Fitness: Better Body, Better Brain? Better than That!

 

 

Health & Fitness

Better Body, Better Brain?

Better than That!

Working memory positively associated with higher physical endurance and better cognitive function,
THE MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL / MOUNT SINAI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, December 5, 2017.

Better than That!

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Ancient Humans: Bronze Age Iron is Always Meteoric

 

 

Ancient Humans
Bronze Age Iron is Always Meteoric

Bronze Age artifacts used meteoric iron,
CNRS, December 4, 2017.

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Health & Fitness Perspectives: Women more "fit" than Men

 

 

Health & Fitness Perspectives

Women more "fit" than Men

Women are naturally more fit than men,
UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO, December 4, 2017.

 

Women initially operate at O2 uptake more effectively than men, is what this research says. I'd say the different finish times of men's & women's pro marathon runners says men finish, if not start, more efficiently.

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Mosquito News: Dengue Effectiveness rises with Heat, & Information on Dengue in the USA

 

 

Mosquito News
Dengue Effectiveness Changes with Heat

A Tour-de-Force of Mosquito-Dengue in USA Information

Mosquitoes more likely to transmit dengue virus in hot weather,
FRONTIERS, December 1, 2017.

 

SKEETER NEWS & STATUS

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