5 Tips to Get Past the Blame Game

When you get angry or you blame somebody, you feel a heavy load on your head. You feel uncomfortable inside, and you spread unpleasant feelings all around you too. Blaming does not give you anything positive in return. Instead, owning responsibility for all your experiences in life makes you powerful and will put an end to grumbling, planning counter attacks, explanations, and all those host of negative tendencies. Owning full responsibility, you become free.

Here are 5 tips to walk yourself out of the tendency to blame and move towards higher levels of awareness and a more positive way of life.

#1 Blaming is not going to give you anything positive in return

What is the use of blame? See, you blame someone and if that person is really a culprit, for the first time it will provoke him or her, but if you keep blaming, he becomes numb to it; he doesn’t care. Suppose someone is a real thief, and you keep telling him, ‘You are a thief’, you are wasting your time blaming him, because every time you say it, it doesn’t matter to him. It doesn’t touch him at all.
So, a true culprit doesn’t get affected by your blaming him or her. Instead of blaming them, take this opportunity as an exercise for you to maintain your equanimity and your inner balance.
If everything is okay, if everybody is praising you and you say that I am a very balanced person, it doesn’t mean much.

#2 Before blaming someone, analyze your purpose of blaming

You want to correct the person, is that why you are blaming them? Or are you blaming because you want to vent out your emotions? What is your attitude? Why do you want to do it?
If you are just venting out your emotions then that is reflect on your own immaturity and lack of control over your own mind, that all. So, analyze your purpose of blaming someone before putting the blame on them.

#3 Blame reflects lack of communication

If your intention is to correct a person, you cannot correct them by blaming them. You can only correct them with love, compassion and communication. Blame means no communication.

If someone is a real culprit and you want to correct them, you can only do it through communication. And if he or she is not a real culprit, then your whole exercise is futile.

#4 Switch from blame to constructive criticism

Blaming is out of anger, jealousy, hatred and does not work. It does not yield any result. Instead give constructive criticism with compassion. A criticism should go with compassion and care, then it works.

#5 Above all, be patient

If you have patience then you can turn any situation, event or place into heaven. If you lack patience you will make heaven into hell. It’s impatience that destroys situations and the environment. Learn to accept other people’s point of view, and above all, be patient, as no endeavor will be successful without patience.


Physicists Discover A Second Layer Of Information Hidden In Our DNA 

  DNA is fascinating, and we stand to learn so much about who we are, where we came from, and what we are capable of (biologically speaking) from its study. Our capabilities in particular have yet to be studied in-depth by the mainstream scientific community. Yet the study of phenomena like the placebo effect, distant healing, telepathy, and the physical impacts of human intention, not to mention the Mind-Body connection, has yielded statistically significant results which have been available in ‘reputable peer reviewed journals’ for decades.
How does this relate to DNA? Well, there are many codes in our DNA that scientists have yet to crack. Parts of our DNA, for example have no known biological function, or at least we have yet to discover them. Maybe they have spiritual applications, or are connected to the non-physical realm in some way. These seemingly useless DNA are referred to as ‘Junk DNA,’ or ‘non-coding DNA.’ But we are learning more about them each day, as Scientific American reports, so the label isn’t entirely accurate.

We may think we know a lot, but the things we think we know and hold to be true are always changing. Science was no less valid to us 50 years ago than it is today, but theories have changed because we have learned more. And our knowledge of DNA has just changed again, as physicists have confirmed that there is a second layer of information hidden in our DNA, meaning that there is more than one way that DNA mutations can affect us.

The way DNA folds plays a role in controlling which genes are expressed inside of our bodies. When it comes to biology, we’re taught that DNA ‘makes us who we are’ through a sequence of letters. These codes would then determine which proteins to make in order to produce the necessary result. For example, there is a code for a protein that will make your skin brown, or your eyes dark, etc. All of this is determined by the way DNA is folded. Since the DNA in our body is extremely long, spanning a length of up to two metres, it has to be wrapped and folded in a certain way to fit inside of our bodies.

Scientists have known for a long time that the way it is wrapped and folded determines what proteins are expressed. Right now, biologists are currently working on isolating mechanical cues that determine how DNA is folded, which is influenced by a number of environmental factors, and other concepts like epigenetics. Even the way we think and perceive the environment, how feel, and what we believe can shape our DNA.

Some of these mechanical cues have been identified by a group of scientists at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Led by Helmut Schiessel, they were, as Science Alert explains, “able to show that these cues affected how the DNA was folded and which proteins are expressed – further evidence that the mechanics of DNA are written into our DNA, and they’re just as important in our evolution as the code itself.”

 The discovery suggests that one day, we may be able to manipulate the mechanisms that determine the way DNA is folded in order to hide certain genes that produce deadly disease.

Is The Genetic ‘Tweaking’ Of Humans  On Its Way/Already Here?

Genetic manipulation is already occurring, and in fact we recently published an article about the first human being to have their DNA manipulated to make their white blood cells 20 years younger (you can read more about that here). And all my research into black budget programs suggests that human genetic engineering is already happening to further militaristic agendas. The evidence for the existence of multiple super soldier programs and other, equally frightening projects is compelling, but that’s a discussion for another article, as is the black budget topic that’s linked above.

Today, it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s not, and it’s unfortunate that it takes a mainstream media outlet to acknowledge something before the masses consider it to be real. That’s a tremendous amount of power to hold, and we know the media has been corrupted by financial, corporate and other elitist agendas. (This is a much broader topic than I wish to address in this article, however; you can learn more about it in this article we published on the it.)

It really is fascinating to imagine what we may be capable of. Perhaps one day we will eradicate all disease by learning how to manipulate our genetics, turning certain genes on and others off, even discovering new ones. What if there is already an intelligent extraterrestrial civilization out there somewhere in the universe which has learned to tweak their DNA so they can live for hundreds of years?

The future of genetic manipulation holds endless possibilities, and while many people worry about the consequences of us playing God, I argue that perhaps these types of discoveries were just waiting there for us to stumble upon, and our natural progression toward these discoveries was all part of ‘the plan,’ if there is one. Perhaps we create it ourselves.

One thing is for certain though — as with any new discovery, it does not matter what we find or what technology we develop, it’s the consciousness and intention behind how we use this knowledge that matters. Our history of innovation has been consistently marred by violence and the misuse of power, so I can only hope we are approaching a more peaceful era at this stage of our development.


Introverts Don’t Hate People, They Hate Shallow Socializing

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I like to make jokes about how much I hate people. As an introvert, it’s easy to do. The stereotype of the misanthropic introvert is backed by countless Facebook memes and pop culture references: Think of the animated character Daria with her oversized glasses and a book in her hand or that catchy quote from Charles Bukowski, “I don’t hate people, I just feel better when they aren’t around.”

These memes and quotes exist for a reason. They are funny and relatable, but they can also serve as a coping mechanism for those who need an excuse to hide behind. It’s the whole “I’m too school for cool” persona. It’s easy for me to say I spent the majority of the party playing with the host’s cat because the people there weren’t half as interesting as the books I have at home. It’s harder to admit that getting past the barrier of small talk ranges from somewhat daunting to downright terrifying. So I oversimplify and say I don’t like people, when what I actually dislike are the surface-level interactions of most social gatherings.

We’ve all been to those parties where the sole purpose of the event is for everyone to break into small groups where they talk about sports, the weather, or where the host’s second cousin got her hair done. It’s moments like these where it suddenly becomes very important to find out if there’s a pet you can play with, or when all else fails, perhaps a large potted plant to hide behind. If there’s a drink to be fetched or a bowl of chips to be refilled, this task will instantly become the sole purpose of my existence, because literally anything is better than small talk.

However, despite appearances, I don’t hate people. I just hate shallow socializing.

And therein lies the problem that has kept thousands of introverts awake until all hours of the night. Because being an introvert doesn’t mean that you want to be alone all the time. But unfortunately, in order to meet people to share your inner world with, it’s necessary to go out and socialize. In order to get to those coveted discussions about life goals, creative passions, and the existence of the universe, you sometimes have to start with some small talk, no matter how painful it might be.

Sometimes You Have to Go Out to Appreciate Staying In

I view socializing much like I view other aspects of my life that I know are good for me in the long run, but really aren’t very enjoyable in the moment. Do I really want to go to the gym when I could just go home and watch Netflix? No. Do I really want a salad for lunch when I could have a hamburger? No. Do I really want to go to a party when I could curl up in bed with a book and a cup of tea? It’s a no-brainer. However, to reap the rewards, you sometimes have to put in the work.

It’s all about balance. Just like I might treat myself to a piece of chocolate cake as a reward for all those days I spent at the gym last week, I’ll spend a quiet Saturday night at home because I know I already put in a night of socializing and interacting with people outside of my comfort zone on Friday.

The reward of staying in is so much sweeter when it’s saved as its own unique event to look forward to. Whereas, staying home with a book feels a whole lot less special when you are doing it for the tenth night in a row. Sometimes you have to go out to fully appreciate staying in, and vice versa.

I never would’ve met some of my closest friends if I chose to stay home and read all the time. Those relationships I have now were worth the anxiety and apprehension I felt upon venturing out of my comfort zone to establish them. Unfortunately, creating those kinds of relationships is rare, because socializing doesn’t always have tangible rewards. Sometimes I leave an event feeling drained and wishing that I had never left the house. Other times, I might feel that it went okay, but I know the surface-level conversations I held all evening probably won’t lead to any life-altering friendships. But that’s okay, because not every conversation or every evening out has to be life-altering.

For Introverts, Socializing Isn’t Just a Way to Pass the Time

As an introvert, it’s my natural tendency to always want every interaction to be about establishing a deep connection, but that can put too much pressure on the average casual conversation. Sometimes it’s just about staying in practice with my (albeit limited) people skills until the day when someone suddenly wants to talk about their dreams and goals and all the things that makes them tick. It’s impossible to know where a conversation will lead unless you try.

I’m aware of just how ridiculous my socializing philosophy will sound to extroverts. To them, socializing itself is the end goal. My extroverted friends are always looking for something to do on the weekend, during the holidays, and even on work nights. They pursue socializing for the in-the-moment excitement that it brings. For me, attempting to socialize is a long-term goal, one that I carefully craft and balance so I don’t get mentally or emotionally overwhelmed.

“Going out” is rarely exciting for me in the moment. But I always have hope when attending a party or trying a new networking event that I will make a friend who is also dying for a quiet cup of coffee while chatting about life, or who wants to take a trip to the beach just so we can lay side by side and read in complete silence.

When I socialize, I’m not looking for a way to just pass the time. I already have a full list of hobbies and interests and not enough hours in the day to enjoy them all. But I am always looking for a new person with whom I can share my passions and my world. Sometimes meeting that one new person can be worth the agony of socializing. I like to think I’m the kind of person worth socializing for, and I know I’m not the only one of my kind.

So, my fellow introverts, please occasionally put down your books, go out, and search for the people who make socializing worth it — because I’m out there looking for you.

107 studies published in a cancer journal have just been retracted 

In a massive cleanup, 107 articles have just been retracted from the open-access cancer research journal Tumor Biology.

“After a thorough investigation we have strong reason to believe that the peer review process was compromised,” writes editor-in-chief Torgny Stigbrand in the retraction notice.

Peer review is one of the golden standards that help sort the wheat from pseudoscientific babbling, making the process an integral part of academic publishing.

But there is massive publishing pressure in the scientific community, and with about 2.5 million papers published each year, some of those inevitably end up cutting corners. In this case, the transgression was what’s known as ‘fake peer review’.

Scientists are often asked to provide recommendations for potential reviewers of their work. While that sounds like an obvious invitation to cheat, it actually makes sense when the work is really specific and few others do similar research.

But it’s easy to game the system by providing a fake reviewer email address, impersonating an actual researcher and sending the journal a super-positive review in their name.

“The articles were submitted with reviewer suggestions, which had real researcher names but fabricated email addresses,” Springer representative Peter Butler told Yan Jie at Sixth Tone.

It’s a pretty massive lot of retractions all at once, but a few of the big academic publishers have been sweeping their portfolios for potential breaches, including fake peer review, plagiarism, data fabrication and more.

This time, the 107 papers were published between 2012 and 2016, and most were authored by Chinese researchers, although that doesn’t automatically reflect poorly on their scientific work.

Chinese scientists are known to rely on third-party agencies that provide language editing services, which give the papers a polish, increasing the chance of getting accepted. But it’s possible those companies have also done the authors a massive disservice.

“There is some evidence that so-called third-party language-editing services play a role in manipulating the reviewing process,” an unnamed Springer spokesperson told Cathleen O’Grady at Ars Technica.

While we don’t have details on whether any of the authors had a hand in contributing fake reviews, experts are willing to chalk at least some of the breaches up to those third-party companies, some of which are known to operate unethically.

“If the authors didn’t realise that this is what the editing company was doing, then I feel the authors should have a fair chance,” Elizabeth Wager, editor of the journal Research Integrity & Peer Review, told Ars Technica.

“There’s probably nothing wrong with the research; it just hasn’t been peer reviewed.”

China is one of the biggest scientific contributors in the world, producing more than 300,000 papers every year. With strides in nuclear fusion and revolutionary CRISPR experiments, Chinese researchers are major players in the international research scene.

But any large industry gets its share of scandals. For example, just last year news broke that 80 percent of data in Chinese clinical trials had been fabricated.

As for Tumor Biology, the journal actually moved from Springer to SAGE late last year, and the new publisher was made aware of the investigation into potential peer review fraud. The journal is run by the International Society of Oncology and BioMarkers.

“The society were open about the past instances of peer review fraud, and as part of the relaunch they wanted to address the underlying reasons,” a SAGE spokesperson told Alison McCook at Retraction Watch.

“As part of their transition to a new publisher, the Tumor Biology editorial team have already introduced new robust peer review practices expected from all SAGE journals.”

Scientists Confirmed Why A Himalayan Salt Block Is One Of The Greatest Things You Could Own

Himalayan pink salt is the purest salt known to mankind, layered far away from insudtrial pollution

 The salt beds are set deep in the Himalayan Mountains. Some refer to it as “pink gold.” It’s been praised since forever, and people have always used in their diet.

When exposed to high temperatures, the Himalayan salt block develops a patina, same as cast-iron skilled does.

Himalayan pink salt is rich in calcium, iron, and 84 trace minerals

The pink salt is rich in 84 elements that are naturally found in the human body, which means that by consuming it regularly, you’ll give your body all the minerals it needs.

 Himalayan pink salt also contains calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. It’s low in sodium, which makes it a great substitute for table salt. The minerals are incorporated in tiny particles of colloidal size, and the body can absorb and metabolize them easily.

The pink salt makes your food tasty

Prepare your food using Himalayan salt block, and the taste will amaze you. You can never possibly over- or under-season your food. It’s all about the taste.

Antimicrobial power

Himalayan salt blocks are the safest cooking utensils you’ll ever get. The pink salt acts as an antimicrobial agent, and its main purpose was to destroy microbes and preserve food.

Temperature resistance

These blocks can ‘survive’ high temperatures. You can practically chill it in your fridge, and use it to serve cold cuts and food. Set it on the grill or your gas stove and cook your food on it. Amazing!

Experts have confirmed that Himalayan salt blocks work well in temperatures between 0°F and 900°F (-17°C to 482°C).

But, keep in mind that sudden temperature changes may damage your block. It should rest for 24 days between each use.

Cook on your Himalayan salt block

Placing the salt block on your grill or gas stove is the best way to use it. You should never put it in the oven.

If you decide to go for the gas stove. Turn the heat on low, then increase it gradually. Your salt block will reach 300°F (149°C) after half an hour.

Heat the block for 40 minutes before every use, and let it cool completely before you clean it.

Source: livingtraditionally.com

Worms Can Invade Your Brain From Eating This Common Food ·

Worms are able to invade your brain by eating this common food. Once they enter your body, worms can move throughout your body, your eyes,your tissues, and your brain. This parasite is pretty dangerous and it can get into your head.

Dr. Effrossyni Gkrania-Klotsas said that in 2013, they examined the head of a British man and they found a tapeworm. Until then they had never seen this tapeworm in the United Kingdom.

About four years before that, the team of doctors at Addenbrookes Hospital at Cambridge, had a patient, a man, with first experienced symptoms, such as headaches. But, the patient returned soon after that. This patient was a Chinese descent who had recently been to China. China, Japan, Thailand and South Korea had most of the regular occurrences of the parasite known as Spirometra erinaceieuropaei.

Gkrania – Klotsas said “When the patient returned, he had all new symptoms”. The worm was now moving through a new part of the man’s brain. This is what made his legs weak and he had seizures. In fact, he was diagnosed with Sparganosis.  That is a dangerous infection. Upon such diagnosis, doctors had to be quick to remove the worm through a surgery, because there is no drug to effectively treat the infection.

In the period between 1953 and 2013, 300 infections of the Spirometra tapeworm were recorded. Infections are more common in people that do not know about worms, in some parts of Asia.

Dr Hayley Bennett, a geneticist from the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, whose team has recently sequenced the genome of the rare worm, said:  “These worms are some of the most mysterious worms we have researched”. They knew that this life cycle is more complicated.

Adult forms of Spirometra tapeworm only occurs in the intestines of dogs and cats, but worm’s eggs are excreted through their feces, and the eggs can enter, and contaminate the water. The juvenile form of tapeworm, the larvae, may stay in the water for a long time or it can easily end up in snakes and frogs.

Through direct contact with infected animals or ingestion, these larvae can invade humans. As per Gkrania – Klotsas, they received a patient in Cambridge who had accidentally drunk water while swimming in an infected lake.

Bennett explained “The larvae can encyst in the brain or any other place in the human body”. These cysts are able to cause blindness, paralysis, tissue damage or even death. Bennett believed to understand these sequencing from the worm’s genes and their way of functioning in order to aid future treatment and diagnosis.

Creating a drug for this worm is not cheap, because it is a very rare infection.  But, through a comparison with other similar kinds, the researchers can see which other drugs might apply.

They took small samples of the worm from the infected patient, which could function as a future drug target, and can help recognize resistance to drugs. They can identify an exceptionally large genes and genome from such small samples. Bennett added: “You could also develop a diagnostic test”.

Pork tapeworms

The tapeworm may be found in different types of forms, but 3 of them can readily infect the brain. Helena Helmby from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “It’s mainly the pork tapeworm that’s the main brain”.

People can be infected by the pork species, Taenia Solium in two forms:

The first form of infection, is through consuming undercooked pork from infected pigs. This results in taeniasis – an adult worm residing in the intestine.

The second form of infections is actually the larval form. The infection can occur through contact with the feces of an infected human or pig. If the larval form reaches the nervous system, especially the brain, it may cause a condition called neurocycticercosis. This kind of infection can often cause epilepsy once inside the brain. The World Health Organization said that almost a 1/3 of epilepsy cases in countries where the disease is native are people who were previously infected by neurocysticercosis.

The infection keeps spreading due to poor hygiene. Helmby said;  “In fact, you can actually infect yourself,” as poor hygiene, such as failing to wash your hands, could result in you consume the eggs of an adult worm living in your intestine. “Self-infection is common.”

According to the World Health Organization the global spreading of pork tapeworms is widespread, because of the increased number of cases in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Gkrania – Klotsas has 3 patients in her care in Cambridge who have previously experienced neurocysticercosis.

Cause for concern?

The treatment for Spirometra has been surgically until now, but, Bennett’s team in Cambridge, succeeded to find drugs, like praziqantil, that may be effective. These drugs are used against schistosomiasis (snail fever).  Other drugs utilized against cancer were identified as potential treatments. The treatments with anthelmintic drugs are targeting the worm, although infections with pork tapeworms are common.

Gkrania – Klotsas said: “I’m confident there will be more of this in the future”, who has already seen patients infected without even going abroad. The infection follows the people, wherever they are.

They say that people who are planning to travel, should be more aware when visiting regions where infections are commonplace. Helmby said: “The challenge at the moment is to be able to treat these infections.”  This is the challenge where genetics researchers have the chance to prove invaluable, as their sequencing continues to unveil the secrets of these mysterious parasites.

An artificial womb successfully grew baby sheep — and humans could be next.

Inside what look like oversized ziplock bags strewn with tubes of blood and fluid, eight fetal lambs continued to develop — much like they would have inside their mothers. Over four weeks, their lungs and brains grew, they sprouted wool, opened their eyes, wriggled around, and learned to swallow, according to a new study that takes the first step toward an artificial womb. One day, this device could help to bring premature human babies to term outside the uterus — but right now, it has only been tested on sheep.

It’s appealing to imagine a world where artificial wombs grow babies, eliminating the health risk of pregnancy. But it’s important not to get ahead of the data, says Alan Flake, fetal surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and lead author of today’s study. “It’s complete science fiction to think that you can take an embryo and get it through the early developmental process and put it on our machine without the mother being the critical element there,” he says.

Instead, the point of developing an external womb — which his team calls the Biobag — is to give infants born months too early a more natural, uterus-like environment to continue developing in, Flake says.

The Biobag may not look much like a womb, but it contains the same key parts: a clear plastic bag that encloses the fetal lamb and protects it from the outside world, like the uterus would; an electrolyte solution that bathes the lamb similarly to the amniotic fluid in the uterus; and a way for the fetus to circulate its blood and exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen. Flake and his colleagues published their results today in the journal Nature Communications.

 Flake hopes the Biobag will improve the care options for extremely premature infants, who have “well documented, dismal outcomes,” he says. Prematurity is the leading cause of death for newborns. In the US, about 10 percent of babies are born prematurely — which means they were born before they reach 37 weeks of pregnancy. About 6 percent, or 30,000 of those births, are considered extremely premature, which means that they were born at or before the 28th week of pregnancy.

These infants require intensive support as they continue to develop outside their mothers’ bodies. The babies who survive delivery require mechanical ventilation, medications, and IVs that provide nutrition and fluids. If they make it out of the intensive care unit, many of these infants (between 20 to 50 percent of them) still suffer from a host of health conditions that arise from the stunted development of their organ systems.

“So parents have to make critical decisions about whether to use aggressive measures to keep these babies alive, or whether to allow for less painful, comfort care,” says neonatologist Elizabeth Rogers, co-director for the Intensive Care Nursery Follow-Up Program of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, who was not involved in the study. “One of the unspoken things in extreme preterm birth is that there are families who say, ‘If I had known the outcome for my baby could be this bad, I wouldn’t have chosen to put her through everything.’”

 That’s why for decades scientists have been trying to develop an artificial womb that would re-create a more natural environment for a premature baby to continue to develop in. One of the main challenges was re-creating the intricate circulatory system that connects mom to fetus: the mom’s blood flows to the baby and back, exchanging oxygen for carbon dioxide. The blood needs to flow with just enough pressure, but an external pump can damage the baby’s heart.

To solve this problem, Flake and his colleagues created a pumpless circulatory system. They connected the fetus’s umbilical blood vessels to a new kind of oxygenator, and the blood moved smoothly through the system. Smoothly enough, in fact, that the baby’s heartbeat was sufficient to power blood flow without another pump.

The next problem to solve was the risk for infections, which premature infants in open incubators face in the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU. That’s where the bag and the artificial amniotic fluid comes in. The fluid flows in and out of the bag just like it would in a uterus, removing waste, shielding the infant from infectious germs in the hospital, and keeping the fetus’s developing lungs filled with fluid.

Flake and his colleagues tested the setup for up to four weeks on eight fetal lambs that were 105 to 120 days into pregnancy — about equivalent to human infants at 22 to 24 weeks of gestation. After the four weeks were up, they were switched onto a regular ventilator like a premature baby in a NICU.

The lambs’ health on the ventilator appeared nearly as good as a lamb the same age that had just been delivered by cesarean section. Then, the lambs were removed from the ventilator and all but one, which was developed enough to breathe on its own, were euthanized so the researchers could examine their organs. Their lungs and brains — the organ systems that are most vulnerable to damage in premature infants — looked uninjured and as developed as they should be in a lamb that grew in a mother.

Of course, lambs aren’t humans — and their brains develop at a somewhat different pace. The authors acknowledge that it’s going to take more research into the science and safety of this device before it can be used on human babies. They’ve already started testing it on human-sized lambs that were put in the Biobags earlier in pregnancy. And they are monitoring the few lambs that survived after being taken off the ventilator to look for long-term problems. So far, the lambs seem pretty healthy. “I think it’s realistic to think about three years for first-in-human trials,” Flake says.

“It’s so interesting, and it’s really innovative,” Rogers says. “To be able to continue to develop in an artificial environment can reduce the many problems caused by simply being born too early.” Rogers adds that not every facility has the resources or expertise to offer cutting-edge care to expecting mothers — a problem that the Biobag won’t be able to solve. “We know there are already disparities after preterm birth. If you have access to high-level regionalized care your outcomes are often better than if you don’t,” she says.

And Rogers worries about how hype surrounding the Biobag could impact parents coping with preterm infants. “I think many people have been affected by preterm birth and they think this is going to be some magic bullet. And I think that prematurity is just really complicated.” Preventing it in the first place should be a top priority, she says, but the Biobag could help drive that research forward.

For Flake, the research continues. “I’m still blown away, whenever I’m down looking at our lambs,” he says. “I think it’s just an amazing thing to sit there and watch the fetus on this support acting like it normally acts in the womb… It’s a really awe-inspiring endeavor to be able to continue normal gestation outside of the mom.”


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To Keep Epipen Sales Up Mylan Threatened States Sued Making Bogus Claims

Few names in the pharmaceutical business are more infamous than Mylan. They made headlines in 2016 for aggressively inflating the price of their EpiPen products and gouged consumers of this lifesaving intervention with 400 percent price increases. The EpiPen contains epinephrine, a synthetic form of the hormone adrenaline that counteracts anaphylaxis. It helps to constrict your blood vessels, increases your blood pressure and also reduces the ability of smooth muscles in your lungs to improve breathing.

As reported by Arstechnica.com, Mylan has operated with impunity for years and has a long tradition of strong-arming potential buyers. In 2015, Mylan sued the state of West Virginia in order to make sure their EpiPen product remained on the state’s “preferred” drug list. Drugs on a state’s “preferred” list are paid for by Medicaid. In the case of the EpiPen, the state was paying a grossly inflated price for a product that they had previously purchased for far less.

This is just one of the many legal battles that have raged around the EpiPen and its extortionate pricing structure. Minnesota was also threatened with legal action by Mylan for removing EpiPen from its own Medicaid preferred list. Neither West Virginia nor Minnesota has backed down. Several other states have followed suit and have removed EpiPen from their Medicaid “preferred” lists.

Most of the EpiPen cost increases took place in the last three years, and it was suggested that Mylan may be hiking prices before the introduction of a generic, which was expected out last year. The generic was rejected by the FDA. This left Mylan free to operate in a field bereft of competition. Mylan has tried to downplay the drug’s outrageous cost by saying that most patients have insurance coverage and they offer coupons to help reduce co-payments.

A monopoly is not synonymous with quality. The FDA announced an EpiPen recall on March 31, 2017. This is a troubling turn of events due to the time-contingent nature of this medical intervention. An emergency anti-allergy device that doesn’t work poses an immediate and life threatening danger to consumers.

To lower your own drug costs, consider generic equivalents or purchasing your drugs from a reputable Canadian pharmacy whenever possible. Even more important, however, is to take control of your health — the first and best step to reducing your reliance on drugs now and in the future.