Measles may compromise immune systems for three years | Vaccine News Daily

“We already knew that measles attacks immune memory, and that it was immunosuppressive for a short amount of time. But this paper suggests that immune suppression lasts much longer than previously suspected,” C. Jessica Metcalf, co-author and assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and public affairs at Princeton, said. “In other words, if you get measles, three years down the road, you could die from something that you would not die from had you not been infected with measles.”

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Baja California, Mexico: At Least 70 Injured After Clash Between Farmworkers and Police in San Quintín

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Baja California, Mexico: At Least 70 Injured After Clash Between Farmworkers and Police in San Quintín

Aristegui Noticias (With information from La Jornada)

Marcha_Jornaleros_San_Quintin-2-600x274About 70 people were injured, seven of them seriously, after the police entered the neighbourhood New San Juan Copala in the borough of Vicente Guerrero, in the municipality of Ensenada, Baja California, reported La Jornada. The neighbourhood of Nuevo San Juan Copala is located some 180 kilometres from the city of Ensenada.

Justino Herrera, leader of the Triqui indigenous community in San Quintín, told La Jornada Baja California that there are no deaths, but several day labourers were seriously injured.

The version given by the labourers is that it all started this morning when, at the gates of Rancho Seco, one of the largest producers of tomatoes in the region, a group of labourers from their Alliance appeared to ask their colleagues not to…

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 19 ( May 4 – 10) and


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A Hosni Mubarak supporter performs a traditional Sufi folk dance during his birthday- via Al-Monitor

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Aruba and the hitchhiking snakes of the Caribbean

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For a long time no-one could understand how Aruba’s boa constrictors spread across the island so quickly. Then they realized – the snakes could easily travel miles by hiding under car bonnets and hitching a lift.

This might be the Caribbean of tourist dreams, but from where I’m standing, there’s not a rum punch or sun lounger in sight. Cacti, dense, sable brown scrub, immense boulders and the odd skittish goat surround me, in this arid landscape that looks like something more akin to Australia’s Northern Territory.

The fact that snakes – boa constrictors to be precise – are, according to my guide Robert, absolutely everywhere here in the Arikok National Park in Aruba, only compounds the sense that this is no relaxing beach break in paradise. In fact I’m on a wild island, with an invasive species far more deadly than the slew of cruise ship passengers meandering around…

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The power of stupid ideas: ‘three generations that have never worked’

Working-Class Perspectives

This month I ran a workshop with a group of first year undergraduate sociology students at Teesside University (in the North East of England). Our students tend to be from working-class or lower-middle class backgrounds and often the first in their families to go to university. I’d been invited to give an insight into a ‘real life’ research project, and I began by asking for responses and thoughts about some quotations:

‘Behind the statistics lie households where three generations have never had a job’ (ex-British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, 1997).

‘…on some deprived estates…often three generations of the same family have never worked’ (Iain Duncan Smith, 2009; now British government Minister for Work and Pensions).

‘To reintroduce the culture of work in households where it may have been absent for generations’ (Universal Credit, Department of Work and Pensions, 2010; this is a document that introduces a very major…

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