The Slippery Slope: If Facebook bans content that questions vaccine dogma, will it soon ban articles about toxic chemotherapy, fluoride and pesticides, too?

Image: The Slippery Slope: If Facebook bans content that questions vaccine dogma, will it soon ban articles about toxic chemotherapy, fluoride and pesticides, too?

In accordance with the company’s ongoing efforts to censor all truth while promoting only establishment fake news on its platform, social media giant Facebook has decided to launch full-scale war against online free speech about vaccines.

Pandering to the demands by California Democrat Adam Schiff, Mark Zuckerberg and his team recently announced that they are now “exploring additional measures to best combat the problem” of Facebook users discussing and sharing information about how vaccines are harming and killing children via social media.

According to an official statement released by Facebook, the Bay Area-based corporation is planning to implement some changes to the platform in the very near future that may include “reducing or removing this type of content from recommendations, including Groups You Should Join, and demoting it in search results, while also ensuring that higher quality and more authoritative information is available.”

In other words, the only acceptable form of online speech pertaining to vaccines that will be allowed on Facebook is speech that conforms to whatever the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says is “accurate” and “scientific.” Anything else, even if it comes from scientific authorities with a differing viewpoint, will be classified as false by Facebook, and consequently demoted or removed.

Facebook’s censorship tactics are becoming more nefarious by the day. To keep up with the latest news, be sure to check out

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Facebook is quickly becoming the American government’s ministry of propaganda

Facebook’s rationale, of course, is that it’s simply looking out for the best interests of users who might be “misled” by information shared in Facebook groups suggesting that the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella, as one example, isn’t nearly as safe as government health authorities claim.

And that’s just it: There are many things that the government is wrong about, but that have been officially sanctioned as “truth” by government propagandists. If Facebook bows down to these government hacks with regards to vaccines, there’s no telling what the company will try to ban from its platform in the future.

As we saw in the case of Cassandra C. from Connecticut, the government actually forced this young girl to undergo chemotherapy against her will, claiming that the “treatment” was absolutely necessary to “cure” her of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Not only did the government deny young Cassandra the right to make her own medical decisions, but it also overrode the will of her parents, who also opposed taking the chemotherapy route. In essence, the government forced Cassandra to undergo chemotherapy at gunpoint, and now it’s trying to do the exact same thing with Facebook.

If little Adam Schiff is successful at forcing Facebook to only allow information on its platform that conforms with the official government position on vaccines, the next step will be to outlaw the sharing of information on the platform about the dangers of chemotherapy, as well as the dangers of fluoride, pesticides, and other deadly chemicals that the government has deemed as “safe and effective.”

Soon there won’t be any free speech at all on Facebook, assuming the social media giant actually obeys this latest prompting by the government to steamroll people’s First Amendment rights online. And where will it end?

“The real national emergency is the fact that Democrats have power over our lives,” warns Mike Adams, the Health Ranger.

“These radical Leftists are domestic terrorists and suicidal cultists … they are the Stasi, the SS, the KGB and the Maoists rolled all into one. They absolutely will not stop until America as founded is completely ripped to shreds and replaced with an authoritarian communist-leaning regime run by the very same tyrants who tried to carry out an illegal political coup against President Trump.”

Top 10 facts about the vaccine industry that the dishonest, child-murdering media refuses to report

Image: Top 10 facts about the vaccine industry that the dishonest, child-murdering media refuses to report

The mainstream media is largely funded by drug companies and vaccine manufacturers and demonstrates extreme conflicts of interest in reporting on vaccines. Perhaps that’s why dishonest media outlets refuse to report the following ten stunning facts about the vaccine industry that are all provably true.

FACT #1) Mercury is still used in vaccines, and the CDC openly admits it. There is NO safe level of mercury for injecting into a human child. Not even “trace” levels. There is NO evidence of safety for mercury at any dose whatsoever. Any doctor who says the level of mercury in a vaccine is “safe” to inject into a child is only demonstrating their outrageous ignorance of scientific facts.

Mercury is arguably the most neurotoxic element on the entire Table of Elements. It is used in vaccines for the convenience of the vaccine manufacturer at the expense of the safety of the child. Any doctor who injects mercury into a child — at any dose! — should be immediately stripped of their medical license.

See the list of studies on the neurotoxicity of mercury at, now the largest relational research resource for chemicals, health, nutrients and drugs.

Those study titles include:

Lactational exposure to inorganic mercury: evidence of Neurotoxic effects.

Neurotoxic action of inorganic Mercury injected in the intraventricular space of mouse cerebrum.

Neurotoxic effects in workers of the clinical thermometer manufacture plant.

Neurotoxic risk caused by stable and variable exposure to methylmercury from seafood.

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Additional FACT: There is no “safe” form of mercury as is often ridiculously claimed by vaccine pushers. Both ethyl and methyl mercury are extremely toxic to the human nervous system. Neither should, under ANY circumstances, be deliberately injected into a human child at any dose whatsoever.

FACT #2) Injecting any substance into the human body makes it orders of magnitude more potentially toxic because it bypasses the protections of the digestive tract or the respiratory system. Injecting mercury into a human being — at any dose — should be globally condemned as a criminal act. That it is currently considered an acceptable act in the field of medicine only condemns the true destructive nature of modern medicine. Under the vaccine doctrine, “First do no harm” has become “Poison children for profit.”

FACT #3) For decades, polio vaccines injected into tens of millions of people actually contained hidden cancer viruses (SV40 and others). This was openly admitted by a top Merck vaccine scientist named Hilleman. The CDC recently scrubbed its website of this information in a “revisionist history” purge. Up to 98 million Americans were exposed to hidden cancer viruses in polio vaccines. This is an historical fact. Read more at

FACT #4) Top virologists working for Merck have blown the whistle and gone public with shocking revelations that claim the company routinely fabricated lab results to claim a 95% efficacy rate of its mumps vaccine in order to continue receiving government contracts on a vaccine that didn’t work.

See the False Claims document these scientists filed with the U.S. government here:…

FACT #5) In nearly every outbreak you hear about these days, the majority of the children affected by the outbreak have already been vaccinated against the virus! For example, outbreaks of whooping cough routinely involve children who have already been vaccinated against whooping cough. This is yet more proof that vaccines do not confer real-world functional immunity.

FACT #6) The claimed history of vaccine “successes” against polio and other diseases is a pure fabrication. This is discussed and exposed in great detail in the powerful book, “Dissolving Illusions” by Dr. Suzanne Humphries. Click here to see the book at, or click here to visit the website (and view the charts).

As these charts show, measles was almost completely eradicated before the arrival of the measles vaccine. Why the decline? Mostly due to improvements in public hygiene and sanitation. It’s no exaggeration to say that good plumbing saves more lives than vaccines ever did.

FACT #7) The vaccine industry refuses to conduct scientific tests on the health outcomes of vaccinated children vs. unvaccinated children. Why? Because these test would no doubt show unvaccinated children to be healthier, smarter and far better off than vaccinated children in terms of behavioral disorders, allergies and even autoimmune disorders. Check the people you know: Don’t you routinely find that the most heavily-vaccinated kids are the ones who get sick all the time? Meanwhile, groups like the Amish who largely refuse to vaccinate their children have near-zero rates of autism.

FACT #8) The U.S. Supreme Court has already declared that the secret “vaccine court” is a higher power than the Supreme Court. The so-called “vaccine court” is granted extraordinary powers to operate utterly outside the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and completely outside the rules of due process and law.

The vaccine court itself — which isn’t even a court of law — is a violation of law and a violation of basic human rights. It must be abolished like Apartheid.

FACT #9) The mainstream media receives a significant portion of its revenues from the very same drug companies selling vaccines. This financial influence results in the media refusing to cover stories about vaccine-damaged children for fear of losing advertising revenues.

This is why the mainstream media frequently features guests and authors who ridiculously claim that all the vaccine damaged children across America do not exist or are “mere delusions” of their parents. These despicable vaccine apologists are intellectual bullies who, like Hitler’s minions, relish in aiding and abetting a real-life holocaust that’s harming millions of children around the globe.

FACT #10) The CDC openly admits that vaccines contain additives which are known to be potent neurotoxic chemicals. Those additives include:

• Mercury (still used as a preservative)
• Aluminum (used as an inflammatory adjuvant)
• Formaldehyde (used to “deactivate” live viruses)
• MSG / Monosodium Glutamate (used to caused immune system inflammation)

All of these substances are toxic to human biology when injected. All of them are still listed on the CDC website as vaccine additives. There is no rational doctor or scientist in the world who can say they believe injecting infants and children with mercury, formaldehyde, MSG and aluminum is somehow “safe,” yet doctors inject children with these substances every single day in the form of vaccines.

Doctors who inject children with vaccines are delusional. They are practicing a medical holocaust against humanity while fraudulently calling it “immunization.” For the record, vaccination does not equal immunization. Click here to see the book of the same title.

Corporate-controlled “science” isn’t real science at all

The real truth is that science never has a monopoly on facts, and science makes enormous mistakes (such as condoning smoking cigarettes) on a regular basis. Science is also for sale and easy corrupted by corporate interests.

Peer-reviewed science journals, too, are often little more than a collection of corporate-funded make-believe science tabloids. “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines,” writes the former editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, Marcia Angell.

“I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine,” she says in Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption.

With that in mind, take a look at the similarities between Big Tobacco science lies and vaccine industry science lies:

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Update of Treatment Recommendations for Latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection

An update from the CDC recommends broadening the population that can use once-weekly isoniazid plus rifapentine for LMTI.

Sponsoring Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in consultation with members of the Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis (ACET)

Target Audience: Healthcare workers who treat latent tuberculosis in adults and children, including immune-deficient patients

Background and Objective

Treatment of latent tuberculosis is critical in preventing reactivation of infection. Several regimens have been used in the past. The CDC has reassessed treatment options periodically to minimize the number of drugs used and treatment duration. In 2011, the CDC recommended a 12-week course of once-weekly isoniazid and rifapentine (3HP). This update reexamines and extends that recommendation. Data are derived from a meta-analysis of 19 articles covering 15 different studies.

Key Points

  • The 3HP regimen remains the CDC recommendation for treatment of latent tuberculosis in adults.
  • The 3HP regimen is now also recommended for adults living with HIV infection, including those with AIDS, and those on antiretroviral regimens that do not interact adversely with rifapentine. Healthcare workers should be well versed in caring for patients with both diseases.
  • This regimen is now recommended for treatment of children aged 2 to 17 years as well as adults.
  • Use of the 3HP regimen administered by directly observed therapy (DOT; previously the only recommended method) or self-administered therapy (SAT) in patients ≥2 years of age is acceptable. Although DOT may be more reliable, this is offset by the lower expense and high completion rate of SAT. Use of SAT should be based on assessment of environmental and patient-related factors.
  • As with all drug regimens, patients should be monitored for drug-related adverse events and for activation of tuberculosis.

What’s Changed

The population in which this regimen can be used is greatly expanded (to those with HIV infection not treated with incompatible drugs, to children as young as 2 years, and with broader use of SAT), while maintaining safety.


These new recommendations reinforce the previously observed efficacy of a very short course of a two-drug regimen in treating latent tuberculosis. One can hope that widespread use will markedly decrease the worldwide burden of a disease that causes substantial morbidity and mortality.

Lou Ferrigno “Incredible Hulk” Hospitalized After Vaccination Goes Horribly Wrong


A famous Hollywood celebrity is in the hospital after he reportedly experienced a series of horrific adverse effects following a pneumonia vaccination.

Lou Ferrigno, the 67-year-old who played the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk, tweeted a picture of himself lying in a hospital bed with IVs attached to his arm, along with a caption of strange details explaining what happened.

“Went in for a pneumonia shot and landed up here with fluid in my bicep,” Ferrigno stated. “I’ll be ok but it’s important that you keep an eye on who’s giving the shot and make sure they not only swab the spot correctly but that you watch the needle come out of the package.”

CDC-approved pneumonia vaccines come with serious side effects

What Ferrigno meant by his swab and package comments remains largely unclear. It appears as though Ferrigno may have received the wrong vaccine, seeing as how there are two types of vaccine for pneumonia currently approved for use by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There’s PCV13 and PPSV23, both of which are recommended for adults like Ferrigno who are 65 years of age or older. The vaccines are marketed as helping patients avoid infections from various pneumococcal diseases, including meningitis, bloodstream infections, pneumonia, and ear infections.

Both shots are known to carry side effects, though PCV13 is said to cause additional problems in terms of swelling, according to the CDC.

Other reports suggest that Ferrigno may have received the correct vaccine, but that it somehow became contaminated once leaving the package and entering his arm.

Pneumonia vaccines do not reduce risk of death from pneumonia, study reveals

The other problem with pneumonia vaccines is that they don’t exactly work. Research out of Australia found that adults who get vaccinated for pneumonia have the same risk of pneumonia-related death as adults who don’t get vaccinated.

And then there are the many risks associated with pneumonia shots, including infections, respiratory infections, and, yes: pneumonia itself.

If Lou Ferrigno had researched pneumonia vaccines beforehand, he might not have gotten one

It’s safe to say that Lou Ferrigno likely didn’t do his homework on the pneumonia vaccine before agreeing to have its contents unloaded into his bicep. Because if he had, he might have thought twice before agreeing to get jabbed.

As we previously reported, people in the United Kingdom who received the Prevnar vaccine for pneumonia were developing a worse form of pneumonia than the wild-type variety – a type known as Serotype 1 that’s seriously life-threatening.

Another paper published in the journal Pediatrics found that people who get pneumonia vaccines have a higher risk of chest infections. Researchers from the University of California, Davis found that rates of empyema-associated hospitalization have been steadily increasing over the years as a result of the vaccine.

None of this bodes well concerning the safety and effectiveness of pneumonia vaccines. Parents who take the time to research this information will likely come to the conclusion that it’s probably best to just forego the jab entirely – something that, again, might have happened in Lou Ferrigno’s case, had he taken the time to see what was being injected into his body.

We can only hope that this unfortunate scare will cause Ferrigno to take a closer look at the science behind vaccines, and make better healthcare decisions in the future.


1 in 7 babies exposed to Zika in the womb have health problems, CDC reports

As the Zika outbreak that erupted in 2016 ebbed, health authorities warned that birth defects seen then might just be the tip of all the problems the virus caused when it infected fetuses.

Now, as children exposed to the virus during pregnancy start to get older, researchers have started to tease out how common these secondary neurodevelopmental problems may be — and how they can occur even if babies appeared fine at birth.

In a study published Tuesday, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and colleagues reported that 9 percent of 1,450 children examined had at least one neurodevelopmental abnormality possibly tied to Zika, including seizures, hearing problems, difficulties swallowing, and cerebral-palsy-like movement issues. They also found that 6 percent had a Zika-related birth defect and 1 percent had both defects and neurodevelopmental problems.

Taken together, the study reports that 14 percent of babies exposed to the virus in utero — about 1 in 7 — appear to have been harmed in some way.

“By continuing to follow these babies as they age and grow, we will learn more about Zika and remain alert to the problems that develop over time,” CDC Director Robert Redfield said on a call with reporters.

The study focused on cases in the U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico, and looked at children likely exposed to the Zika virus during pregnancy who were at least 1 year old. It’s possible that additional neurodevelopmental problems could emerge as the children grow up.

In an interview, Peggy Honein, director of the CDC’s Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders, said that officials don’t have baseline rates of these neurodevelopmental abnormalities for babies at 1 year old, so it is difficult to know whether Zika is causing all of the problems seen in the children in the sample. But many of the health problems are consistent with what’s known about the Zika virus — that it zeroes in on brain cells and can destroy the tissue. Other viruses that can pass from mother to fetus also lead to neurodevelopmental problems that crop up after birth. And scientists previously reported that Zika-affected babies in other countries have been missing developmental milestones.

The study’s birth defect rate of 6 percent fits with past studies that have found between 5 and 10 percent of affected fetuses are born with defects.

Birth defects caused by Zika include brain damage, eye problems, and, most notoriously, microcephaly — when the brain doesn’t develop fully and the head doesn’t grow properly. But microcephaly can also arise as children age, and about 1 percent of babies in the new report showed signs of so-called postnatal-onset microcephaly.

“Many of these looked healthy at birth,” Honein told STAT. “Their head didn’t grow the way it was supposed to, which is an indication that their brain is not developing properly.”

In January 2016, the CDC issued recommendations for how to evaluate infants possibly exposed to Zika during pregnancy, even if they appear healthy at birth. But the new report showed that not all of these children are getting the advised tests: 60 percent had brain imaging, about half had hearing screens, and just over a third had an ophthalmologic evaluation.

The study included only babies that had some follow-up care reported to the U.S. Zika registry, and there were almost 700 other Zika-exposed babies in U.S. territories who had turned 1 but had not had their care reported.

It’s possible that some babies’ exams weren’t reported, but, Honein said, “We still think there are opportunities for improvement here.”

Identifying neurodevelopmental problems is important because early intervention can improve cognitive and behavioral function, experts say.

Zika is primarily spread by mosquitoes, but it can also be transmitted through sex. And on Tuesday in a separate report, the CDC revised its recommendations for how long men who might have contracted Zika should wait to have unprotected sex to avoid spreading the virus. It is now three months from either symptom onset or the last possible exposure to the virus, which is down from six months and is the result of additional research that painted a clearer picture of how long the virus can linger in a person.

The second report also noted that studies conducted in mice and monkeys indicate that sexual transmission of Zika might be more damaging to fetuses than mosquito-borne transmission, a finding officials flagged to highlight the importance of preventing sexual passage of the virus.

Although it has faded from the headlines, Zika is still circulating at low levels in places around the world, and the CDC continues to emphasize that its travel recommendations for pregnant women, their partners, and others remain in place.

“It’s still a risk to pregnant women and their babies,” Honein said. “The Zika story is not over, particularly for the children who have been affected by congenital infection.”

Prevent Rotavirus

Rotavirus causes diarrhea and spreads easily among infants and young children. Some children may get severe diarrhea, become dehydrated and need to be hospitalized. Protect your child with rotavirus vaccine.

Rotavirus disease is common among infants and young children. Rotavirus can cause severe watery diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. Some children with rotavirus disease lose a lot of fluids and become very dehydrated. As a result, they may need to be hospitalized and can even die.

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Rotavirus spreads easily among children. A child can get rotavirus by accidently getting (stool) poop into their mouth from another child who has rotavirus. This can happen if a child puts their unwashed hands or a contaminated object, food, or liquids into their mouth. In the United States, children are more likely to get rotavirus from December to June.

Rotavirus Can Cause Dehydration

Symptoms of Dehydration

  • Decrease in urination
  • Dry mouth and throat
  • Feeling dizzy when standing up

A dehydrated child may cry with few or no tears and be unusually sleepy or fussy.

Prevent Dehydration

You can help prevent your child from getting dehydrated by having them drink plenty of liquids. Oral rehydration solutions (ORS) are helpful to prevent and treat dehydration. These are commonly available in food and drug stores. If you are unsure about how to use ORS, call your doctor.

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Children are most likely to get rotavirus disease in the winter and spring (December through June).

Protect Your Child with Rotavirus Vaccine

The best way to protect your child from rotavirus is with rotavirus vaccine. Almost all children who get rotavirus vaccine (85 to 98 percent) will be protected from severe rotavirus disease. Most vaccinated children will not get sick from rotavirus at all.

There are two different rotavirus vaccines. Both are given by putting vaccine drops in an infant’s mouth.

  • Rotateq® – Infants should receive three doses of this vaccine—at 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months of age.
  • Rotarix® – Infants should receive two doses of this vaccine—at 2 months and 4 months of age.
  • Children should receive the first dose of either vaccine before they are 15 weeks old and all doses they turn 8 months old.

Millions of Infants Have Been Vaccinated

Millions of infants in the United States have gotten rotavirus vaccine safely. However, some studies have shown a small increase in cases of intussusception from rotavirus vaccination. Intussusception is a bowel blockage that is treated in a hospital and may require surgery. It is estimated that risk of intussusception is 1 in every 20,000 infants to 1 in every 100,000 infants after vaccination. Intussusception is most likely to happen within the first week after the first or second dose of rotavirus vaccine.​

CDC continues to recommend that infants receive rotavirus vaccine. The benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the small risk of intussusception. Thanks to the rotavirus vaccine, there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of children who are hospitalized or visit the emergency room because of rotavirus illness in the United States.

Paying for Rotavirus Vaccines

Most health insurance plans cover the cost of vaccines. However, you may want to check with your insurance provider before going to the doctor. If you don’t have health insurance or if your insurance does not cover vaccines for your child, the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program may be able to help. This program helps families of eligible children who might not otherwise have access to vaccines. To find out if your child is eligible, visit the VFC website or ask your child’s doctor. You can also contact your state VFC coordinator.

Did You Know?

Fewer children get rotavirus vaccine compared with other childhood vaccines. . Rotavirus vaccine is very effective, especially against severe disease. By vaccinating their infants, parents can protect their children against rotavirus, which is very contagious and causes outbreaks.

Learn about past outbreaks of rotavirus that affected unvaccinated and vaccinated children, and caused severe disease and the death of a child. Learn more about rotavirus outbreaks.

Uterine Cancer Incidence and Deaths on the Rise in US

The incidence of uterine cancer and deaths from the disease are on the increase, with black women disproportionately affected, warn researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They call for greater awareness of the symptoms to allow early detection and treatment.

Uterine cancer “is one of the few cancers with increasing incidence and mortality in the United States,” the CDC notes. This reflects, in part, increases in the prevalence of overweight and obesity since the 1980s.

It is the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in US women and is the seventh most common cause of death.

The findings were published online December 7 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

S. Jane Henley, MSPH, from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC, and colleagues studied the official incidence and mortality rates for uterine cancer from 1999 to 2015/6.

They found that rates of the disease have been increasing by approximately 0.7% per year, with uterine cancer deaths rising by an average of slightly more than 1.0% per year.

Worryingly, in comparision with other groups, black women were more likely to be diagnosed with harder-to-treat forms of the disease and with later-stage disease, in particular in comparision with white women.

“Multifactorial efforts at individual, community, clinical, and systems levels to help women achieve and maintain a healthy weight and obtain sufficient physical activity might reduce the risk for developing uterine cancer,” the authors write.

“Promoting awareness among women and health care providers of the need for timely evaluation of abnormal vaginal bleeding can increase the chance that uterine cancer is detected early and treated appropriately,” they add.

Study Details

The team gathered incidence data from the CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program.

In addition, they obtained mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System, which covered 98% of the overall US population for the period 1999 to 2015/2016.

Uterine cancers were classified by histologic site and stage at diagnosis. Individuals were classified as white, black, non-Hispanic American, Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN), non-Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islander (API), or Hispanic.

The researchers found that in 2015, there were 53,911 new, confirmed cases of uterine cancer, which occurred at a rate of 27 cases per 100,000 women. The rates were highest among white and black women (27 per 100,000 each).

The most commonly reported form the disease was endometrioid carcinoma, which occurred in 68% of women. The proportion was much lower in black women, at 47%. Black women who were more likely to have other carcinomas, carcinosarcomas, and sarcomas.

In non-black women, uterine cancers were diagnosed at the localized stage in 66% to 69% of cases. In black women, that rate was 55%.

Black women are also more likely to be diagnosed with disease of distant stage than other groups, at 16% vs 8% to 10%. This was particularly the case for sarcoma.

Sarcomas were more likely to be diagnosed at the distant stage (36%) than carcinosarcomas (22%), other carcinomas (18%), and endometrioid carcinomas (3%).

The incidence rate of uterine cancers increased between 1999 and 2015 by 12%, or an average of 0.7% per year.

The increase was far higher among AI/AN (53%), black (46%), API (38%), and Hispanic (32%) women than among white women (9%).

In 2016, there were 10,733 deaths due to uterine cancer, at five deaths per 100,000 women. The rate was highest among black women, at nine per 100,000 women.

The rate of uterine cancer deaths increased between 1999 and 2016 by 21%, or 1.1% per year on average.

The increases were higher in API (52%), Hispanic (33%) and black (29%) women than white women (18%). Rates of uterine cancer deaths remained stable in AI/AN women.

Obesity a Contributing Factor

The researchers say that one contributing factor in the increase in incidence could be “excess body weight,” inasmuch as overweight or obese women are two to four times more likely to develop endometrial cancer than women of healthy weight.

“During 2013-2016, approximately 40% of women in the United States had obesity, including 56% of black women and 49% of Hispanic women,” they add.

The team points out that, “as with other cancers, the odds of surviving uterine cancer are much higher when it is detected at an early stage, when treatment is more effective.” The rate of survival is 90% for patients with localized cancers, vs <30% for patients with distant cancers.

“This report found that black women were more likely to receive a diagnosis at distant stage and with more aggressive histologic types than were other women, which might in part account for the higher death rate among black women,” the investigators write.

More Clinicians Should Get Flu Vaccination, CDC Says

Yearly influenza vaccination is a standard recommendation for all healthcare professionals (HCPs) to protect themselves and their patients, but new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that rates of flu vaccination among HCPs have stalled at about 74% since 2014.

The vaccination rate was particularly low among those working in long-term care settings (67.4%) and settings where vaccination was not required, not promoted, or not offered on-site (47.6%), report Carla L. Black, PhD, and colleagues in today’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The researchers note that vaccination rates are highest in workplaces with vaccination requirements (94.8%) and that rates can be improved by offering worksite vaccination at low or no cost for 1 day (70.4%) or by actively promoting vaccination (75.1%).

“Influenza vaccination coverage among healthcare personnel working in long-term care settings, the majority of whom work as assistants and aides, continues to be consistently lower than that among healthcare personnel working in all other healthcare settings. Influenza vaccination among healthcare personnel in long-term care settings is especially important because influenza vaccine efficacy is generally lowest among the elderly, who are at increased risk for severe disease,” the authors write.

“In contrast to healthcare personnel working in hospitals, a much lower proportion of survey respondents working in long-term care settings reported having a requirement for vaccination, and 23.5% reported that their employer did not require, make available on-site at no cost, or promote vaccination in any way.”

The analysis was based on an opt-in Internet panel survey of 2265 US HCPs conducted between March 27, 2018 and April 17, 2018.

Vaccination coverage varied by work setting and profession. Vaccination rates were 91.9% for those working in hospitals, 75.1% for those working in ambulatory care, 74.9% for those working in other clinical settings, and 67.4% for those working in long-term care.

The overall vaccination rate of 74.8% among HCPs was 15-points higher than during the 2010-2011 season but was not significantly different from the past 4 years, the authors write.

Physicians had the highest influenza vaccination coverage (96.1%), followed by pharmacists (92.2%), nurses (90.5%), nurse practitioners/physician assistants (87.8%), other clinical personnel (80.9%), assistants and aides (71.1%), and nonclinical HCPs (72.8%).

The authors note that the majority of HCPs in long-term care settings are assistants and aides. They suggest that implementing workplace vaccination programs that have been successful in increasing coverage in hospital settings, such as vaccination requirements. They also suggest that use of the CDC’s They also suggest that use of the CDC’s digital campaign and long-term care employers toolkits could increase influenza vaccine coverage among HCPs.

The authors emphasize that the CDC, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee recommend that all healthcare workers get the annual flu vaccine.

Why Vaping is an “Epidemic” and Why It Will Be Tough for the FDA to Stop It

E-cigarettes, vaping

Vaping has become so prevalent that it’s easy to forget that electronic cigarettes were only introduced in the United States in 2006. Twelve years later, the Food and Drug Administration appears to regret the its relaxed stance on the devices.

This week, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced that, despite their potential to help adult smokers transition from combustible tobacco products, the current acceleration of e-cigarette use by teenagers is cause for alarm.

Essentially, teens aren’t vaping to quit cigarettes; instead they’ve “invented a new kind of bad habit,” according to a memorable recent assessment in The New Yorker.

Vaping: “An Epidemic”

The commissioner says that use of e-cigarettes by teenagers has now reached “nothing short of an epidemic proportion of growth.” In a briefing with reporters Gottlieb said that in 2017 more than two million middle and high school students were regular users of e-cigarettes.

In his statement, Gottlieb emphasized that calling the teenage use of e-cigarettes an epidemic was nothing something to be taken lightly, explaining:

I use the word epidemic with great care. E-cigs have become an almost ubiquitous — and dangerous — trend among teens. The disturbing and accelerating trajectory of use we’re seeing in youth, and the resulting path to addiction, must end. It’s simply not tolerable. I’ll be clear. The FDA won’t tolerate a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine as a tradeoff for enabling adults to have unfettered access to these same products.

Vaping in California.
Vaping in California.

What’s the Definition of an “Epidemic”?

The CDC and the FDA define an epidemic as “the occurrence of more or more cases of disease than expected in a given area or among a specific group of people over a particular period of time.” An outbreak, meanwhile, would be an epidemic limited to localized increase in the incidence of the disease.

While the word “disease” is used here, the FDA has previously used the phrase ‘epidemic’ to describe situations where a massive amount of people are at risk because of a substance. The opioid epidemic and the tobacco epidemic are two instances in which the phrase was considered appropriate.

When Vaping Became So Popular

And the occurrence of e-cigarette smoking among teens has massively expanded in a short period of time: According to a 2016 Surgeon General report e-cigarette use grew by 900 percent among high school students from 2011 to 2015.

The CDC also states that in 2017 approximately 3.3 percent of middle school students reported they used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, an increase from just 0.6 percent in 2011. Meanwhile, among high school students in 2016, nearly 12 out of every 100 students did the same — an increase from 1.5 percent of high school students in 2011.

That’s a problem when the use of e-cigarettes is far from healthy. While they are less risky than regular cigarettes, almost all include nicotine, an addictive substance that can negatively affect adolescent brains. Scientists are also concerned that e-cigarette use can contribute to DNA damage associated with oral cancers.

How Does One Stop a Teen From Vaping?

(Good luck.)

How to combat teen access, and interest in, e-cigarettes is something that the FDA is currently attempting to figure out. The fact of the matter is that vaping is seen as cool; schools across the country have reported an increase of teens sneaking e-cigarettes onto campus with some schools even installing sensors to catch them in the act.

Vaping has a huge presence on Instagram; teens show off smoke tricks and Juuls are presented as status symbols.

The FDA says that device makers have 60 days to prove they can keep teens from buying their products and if they fail they’re at risk of being removed from the market entirely. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, seven out of ten teens are exposed to e-cig ads.

Juul — the preferred brand of teens — spokeswoman Victoria Davis tells The New York Times that the company is having problems getting Instagram, Facebook, and Amazon to take down ads geared towards youths. Epidemic or not, e-cigarettes still sell.

Can You Avoid Foodborne Illness?

About 48 million people become sick from a foodborne illness every year in the U.S., or about 1 of every 6 Americans, the CDC says.

Many cases are mild, causing simple discomfort up to misery from nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps for 24 to 48 hours. But 128,000 of the people affected need to go to the hospital, and 3,000 die.

Any food can be infected with more than 250 foodborne diseases. Bacteria, parasites, viruses, chemicals, and toxins can contaminate food.

Pregnant women, young children, older adults, and people with a weakened immune system (such as people with diabetes, liver or kidney disease, or HIV or getting cancer treatments) are especially vulnerable.

“People think of foodborne illness as short term, as something that may sicken them for 24 or 48 hours,” says Barbara Kowalcyk, PhD, assistant professor of food science and technology at Ohio State University, Columbus, and co-founder of the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention. While that may be the extent of it for many, ”there may be long-term health outcomes like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and reactive arthritis that have been associated with foodborne illness.”

While it’s unlikely you can avoid foodborne illnesses entirely, you can greatly reduce your chances by:

  • Knowing which foods are most likely to be affected.
  • Knowing where the most risk lies.
  • Learning safe food-handling techniques.

On the ”Most Likely” List

Foodborne illnesses are linked to certain foods more than others. On the CDC’s most likely list:

  • Chicken, beef, pork, turkey
  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Raw milk, cheese, other dairy products
  • Raw eggs
  • Seafood and raw shellfish
  • Sprouts
  • Raw flour
Food can become contaminated in the fields, during processing, or at other places  in the food production chain. Animal feces may contaminate produce. Poor conditions in a manufacturing plant may allow bacteria to grow. Restaurant workers who don’t wash their hands properly can spread disease. A field irrigated with contaminated water can affect fruits and vegetables before harvest.

Cross-contamination can lead to foodborne illness, too. For instance, if you prepare raw chicken on a countertop, then use the unwashed surface to prepare vegetables, bacteria or other toxins from the raw chicken may contaminate the produce.

Among the common germs leading to foodborne illness are norovirus, salmonella, campylobacter, Clostridium perfringens, and Staphylococcus aureus.

Probably the biggest surprise for most people is that  produce is on the “most likely” list, says Dana Hunnes, PhD, MPH, senior dietitian at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. “Raw produce is the most common [cause], in my experience, followed by animal protein not cooked to the proper temperature.”

Eating In vs. Eating Out: What’s Riskier?

According to the CDC, foodborne illness outbreaks are more likely to begin at restaurants than at home.

But Hunnes says some foodborne illnesses occurring at home may be mild and passed off as something minor.

To dine out smarter, check a restaurant’s inspection score, which many are now required to post, Kowalcyk says. If you order a dish with eggs, meat, fish or poultry, be sure it’s thoroughly cooked, she says. ”When in doubt, send it back.” And if you send it back, be sure to ask the server also to give you a new, fresh plate with the fully cooked dish, she says.

If an outbreak involves a food from a certain region, ask your server where the ingredients in the dish you want come from. If they can’t tell you, reconsider your order, she says.

Larger chain restaurants tend to be more aware of outbreaks and recalls, Kowalcyk says. “They have food safety staff that are often monitoring.” However, she says, it doesn’t necessary mean they always follow through.

Staying Safe at Home

Staying aware of outbreak and recall news is vital, Kowalcyk says. Once you hear of one, “check the pantry and refrigerator to be sure you don’t have recalled products in your home.”

Kitchen habits count.

  • When preparing meat, poultry, and eggs, always use a food thermometer, Kowalcyk says. She prefers a digital model, which she says is more sensitive. To know the temperature needed to cook different foods thoroughly, refer to this chart.
  • “If you are handling raw eggs, make sure you wash your hands and clean the surface,” Kowalcyk says.
  • If you use a sponge to clean up, ”throw it in the dishwasher daily to sanitize it.” Sponges are an excellent breeding ground for germs, she says.
  • Between handling different foods, wash your hands with soap and water.  “Using a paper towel is best,” Kowalcyk says. “Bacteria that isn’t sticky will come off during the washing, but others will come off with the friction of the paper towel.”
  • “Keep cold foods cold” and vice versa, Hunnes says. “Don’t freeze, thaw, and freeze. Once a food is thawed, use it.”
  • Produce should be washed with soapy water and rinsed well.
  • “Wash all utensils extremely well.”
  • Refrigerate food that is perishable within 2 hours, the CDC says, or 1 hour if the outside temperature is 90 degrees or more.

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