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Being active in a fun way is what Mud running races are all about. I have had a chance to participate in wacky world mud running event and believe me its the most enthralling and funny race that I have ever participated.

Running and playing in the mud might pick interest of some fitness runners but it also fascinates fun and challenge loving people like me who are drawn in for the physical and mental challenges that the mud racing offers especially the obstacles that comes during the race.

I have participated in a 5k long course racing with a few of my friends. we scaled walls, crawled through the narrow tubes and went under wires and it was so much fun agile way to keep yourself fit that you can realize only when you participate in the race.

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The second part of the race was also great which was basically an after-race party event. Here’s once advice for the first time participants, pls do carry one pair of additional cloths unless you don’t mind attending the party doused in mud. Delicious Food, beverages, rides, live bands and unlimited pint of beers with friends, there was all the things that kicked off one of a kind celebration.

 

Legal highs or Legal intoxicants are intoxicating drugs which are not prohibited by the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and which people who are seeking intoxication use. This is merely the definition of these killer stimulants which are legal available across the world spreading like wild fire over the internet.

Until now they were used read “misused or abused” by thousands of stimulant seekers and high snorters, ignorant people who are looking for herbal / legal supplements to get the artificial highs, weight reduction and other feelings of pseudo hallucination. Its a irony that despite of stringent drug control measures in almost all countries, these drugs are rampantly available to people at drug stores, head shops,shops selling smoking paraphernalia and alternative stuffs.

I don’t simply understand why government allows such vendors to establish and sell these herbal /legal highs over the counter, I guess the law enforcements agencies are also on a “high” forgetting their primary focus of eradicating such wreck stuff from the society. Here is the latest story I read in daily mail UK:

The bride killed by bath salts – the new ‘legal high’ Ivory Wave drug that’s sweeping Britain

Barely a year ago, Sarah Forsyth walked down the aisle in an ivory wedding dress.

‘She was beautiful and so happy then,’ says her mother Margaret Moyle, slowly turning the pages of the wedding album. ‘She will be wearing that dress for her funeral.’

Sarah, 35, died a week ago today, after falling into a coma. Her parents are in no doubt as to what killed her.

Since October last year, she had been regularly buying and using a legal substance called Ivory Wave. And although the coroner is yet to record his verdict, the Moyles lay the blame for her death firmly at the drug’s door.

They insist the powerful powder-form legal drug, sold in £15, 500mg bags on the internet and over the counter in specialist herbal shops, destroyed Sarah’s mental and physical health with terrifying speed.

They are convinced it caused severe swelling and irreparable damage to her brain and raised her heart rate to such a level that when she was taken off life-support it gave up under the strain.

Sarah first bought the drug ten months ago after she read on an online forum that it could help with weight loss.

Just two weeks ago, the drug – also known as Ivory Coast, Purple Wave or Vanilla Sky – was linked to the death of a young man in the Isle of Wight and in recent months has hospitalised dozens more.

Ivory Wave is marketed as bath salts or plant food and is labelled ‘not for human consumption’ to circumvent strict laws governing the supply of pharmaceuticals in Britain.

But the substance’s true purpose is not a secret online, where news and reviews of readily available legal highs spread quickly on dedicated internet forums.

Drug experts and doctors are hugely concerned – they now believe the substance, which is either ingested orally or snorted, is potentially more dangerous than Meow Meow, the previously legal high which was banned in April after officials identified 26 cases where it may have been a contributing cause of death.

There is little or no information available about exactly how many people are taking Ivory Wave, how the drug is made or what it contains. The manufacturers do not publish a list of ingredients.

‘I honestly don’t think Sarah had a clue what she was getting herself into when she bought it,’ says Margaret, 60. ‘To my knowledge, she had never been a drug user.

'Legal high': Ivory Wave is sold in £15, 500mg bags on the internet‘Legal high’: Ivory Wave is sold in £15, 500mg bags on the internet

‘As far as I knew, she just wanted something to help her lose a few pounds and, stupidly perhaps, she got this stuff she’d seen on the internet.

‘It got hold of her so quickly. She was in its grip.’

Within months of taking her first hit, their happy, healthy, newlywed daughter had become a paranoid, aggressive agoraphobic, insomniac. She dropped from a size 16 to a size six.

Soon, it was too late for their daughter – and Margaret and her husband Robin, a 65-year-old retired school caretaker, had no idea of the havoc that Ivory Wave was causing elsewhere in the country.

‘When Sarah first fell into a coma even her doctors had never heard of the stuff,’ says Margaret.

But that has changed now. Exactly a week before Sarah’s death – as her parents and her husband Jim kept a hopeful vigil by her hospital bedside – the body of 24-year- old chef and regular Ivory Wave-user, Michael Bishton, was hauled out of the sea by fishermen off the coast of the Isle of Wight.

He is thought to have jumped or fallen from a clifftop on the east side of the island while high on Ivory Wave. He died from his injuries, rather than from the effects of the drug. But his was the first death to be linked to its use.

His mother and girlfriend both say he had become deeply disturbed since first taking the drug, suffering severe paranoia and hallucinations.

Meanwhile, A&E departments from Scotland to Dorset have reported a sudden surge of admissions suffering from the effects of Ivory Wave.

There were 20 recent A&E admissions in lothian, Scotland, and 12 in Cumbria, where several patients were suffering such acute and long-lasting paranoid psychosis after taking it that they had to be completely sedated before they could be treated.

The drug is also known to raise the heart rate and blood pressure to dangerous levels and cause kidney failure, seizures, muscle damage and loss of bowel control.

Every A&E department in England has now been sent an alert about it and the chief medical officers in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have issued similar warnings.

At home in Braintree, Essex, Margaret and Robin want some good to come from their terrible loss.

‘This stuff comes with no warning, no ingredients list, no dosage advice,’ says Margaret, who works as a school cleaner and exam invigilator.

‘It’s legal and it’s advertised as all sorts of things, from plant food, to bath salts. The truth is, it’s a dangerous drug. It destroyed our beautiful daughter.’

Looking at Sarah’s wedding photographs is especially painful, because they know it was seeing these pictures that made her so determined to lose weight in the first place.

‘Sarah had suffered from depression for a while and then, about three years ago, she was diagnosed with diabetes,’ explains Margaret.

‘The combination of anti-depressants and insulin made her put on weight and she felt very self-conscious.’

She describes Sarah as ‘vulnerable’ and says that as a teenager she had been anorexic for a time.

‘Not being in control of her weight really troubled her. When she saw her wedding pictures she kept saying: “oh god, I look so fat.” I said she looked beautiful in those pictures. She really did. But she wouldn’t hear it.’

In October, Sarah told her parents and her husband Jim, a 46-year-old transport worker, that she was taking a diet aid that she’d bought online.

‘She didn’t think there was anything dodgy about it, so she was quite open with us about taking it at first. We thought it was legitimate and I think she did too.

‘She went from a size 16 to a size six in about four months and, of course, she thought this was fabulous. She thought of it as her magic potion.

‘I don’t know if it suppressed her appetite or increased her metabolism – perhaps a bit of both. But the weight just fell off her.

‘I was shocked at the sight of her when she was at her thinnest. I said: “Darling, you’re too thin now. You’re taking it too far. Stop.” Then we realised that she’d become dependent on this stuff.’

At around the same time, Margaret realised that Sarah was not ingesting her ‘slimming aid’ but snorting it like cocaine.

‘I was horrified and said: “It can’t be natural if that’s the way you’re taking it. It sounds like drugs.” She said: “No Mum, it’s just the quickest way to get it into your system.”

‘We begged her to stop – her brother even said she was going to kill herself if she wasn’t careful – but we couldn’t watch her all the time. She was a grown woman and whenever we weren’t there she bought the stuff with her credit card and took it.

‘I asked her several times if she knew what was in it. She didn’t seem too sure, but she said it was all totally legal and above board.
Read more: http://www. dailymail.co.uk /news/article-1306877/Legal-high-bath-salts-Ivory-Wave-kill-bride.html

For All animal lovers, Animal love can be dangerous- especially if you are in love with Swine!

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Think twice before you kiss any swine – it might cause swine flue!!

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Swine flu spreads in the same way as ordinary colds and flu.

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Swine influenza does not normally infect humans, although this occasionally does occur – usually in people who have had close contact with pigs.

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Swine flu regularly causes outbreaks in pigs.

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Pity the poor pig. The otherwise estimable mammal has never had a very good rep — something about the mud, the snout, the oink. Now add the flu.

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When bird flu viruses replicate in pigs, they pick up the viral machinery that gives more selective flu strains the power to spread to other mammals, like us. That’s what makes pigs such potent mixing bowls for flu.

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Avian flu that is passed through the pig’s mammalian system, however, can be passed readily among humans.

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Pigs that carry influenza tend not to die en masse the way flocks of birds do, eliminating the immediate tip-off that a serious pathogen is at large.

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Cops say boxing legend Mike Tyson’s 4-year-old daughter is in extremely critical condition right now at an Arizona hospital, after a freak accident involving a treadmill cord almost took her life.

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Paramedics were called to Tyson’s Phoenix home at around 10:30 this morning when his 7-year-old son found the young girl hanging from a treadmill by its power cable. The boy alerted the girl’s mother in another room. Her mother called 911 and tried to revive her, according to the AP. Mike Tyson was said to be in Las Vegas at the time of the accident, but has returned home.

The girl’s mother took her off the cable and immediately started CPR.

Paramedics eventually arrived and took the girl to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, where cops say she remains on life support in “extremely critical condition.” Tyson has since arrived to the hospital.

As of now, cops believe the incident was a “tragic accident.” Her case is like it would cause her to stop breathing without a respirator so doctors are taking every step and due precautions for her to be saved.

The air that most Americans breathe may not be as clean as they think — depending on where they live, at least.
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City Rankings from American Lung Association

Most Polluted U.S. Cities by Ozone

#1 Los Angeles
#2 Bakersfield
#3 Visalia
#4 Fresno
#5 Houston
#6 Sacramento
#7 Dallas-Fort Worth
#8 Charlotte
#9 Phoenix
#10 El Centro
#11 Hanford
#12 Las Vegas
#13 San Diego
#14 D.C./Baltimore
#15 Cincinnati
#16 Philadelphia
#17 St. Louis
#18 New York City
#19 Knoxville
#20 Birmingham
#21 Baton Rouge
#22 Kansas City
#23 Atlanta
#24 Merced
#25 Memphis

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Roughly 60 percent of Americans live in areas where air pollution has reached unhealthy levels that can make people sick, suggests the 2009 State of the Air report released today by the American Lung Association.

Most Polluted U.S. Cities By Year Round Particle Pollution

#1 Bakersfield
#2 Pittsburgh
#3 Los Angeles
#4 Visalia
#5 Birmingham
#6 Hanford
#7 Fresno
#8 Cincinnati
#9 Detroit
#10 Cleveland
#11 Charleston
#11 Huntington
#11 Louisville
#14 Macon
#14 St. Louis
#16 Weirton
#17 Atlanta
#18 Indianapolis
#18 Rome
#20 Canton
#20 York
#22 Lancaster
#22 New York City
#24 Hagerstown
#24 Houston

Most Polluted U.S. Cities by Short Term Particle Pollution

#1 Pittsburgh
#2 Fresno
#3 Bakersfield
#4 Los Angeles
#5 Birmingham
#6 Salt Lake City
#7 Sacramento
#8 Logan
#9 Detroit
#9 Chicago
#11 Indianapolis
#12 Visalia
#13 Eugene
#14 D.C. / Baltimore
#15 Hanford
#16 New York City
#17 Modesto
#18 Merced
#19 Louisville
#20 Philadelphia
#20 San Jose
#22 Provo
#23 San Diego
#24 Harrisburg
#25 St. Louis

The 2009 report was based on data collected at some 900 monitoring sites across the country during a three-year period from 2005 through 2007. Researchers measured the air quality of different areas using three criteria — long-term particle pollution, short-term particle pollution and ozone concentration. All three forms of pollution have been shown to have negative health effects.

Swine Flu / Swine Influenza – An Epidemic

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The bloody swine influenza A (H1N1) virus that has infected humans in the U.S. and Mexico is a novel influenza A virus that has not previously been identified in North America. This swine flu virus is resistant to the antiviral medications amantadine (Symmetrel) and rimantadine (Flumadine), but is sensitive to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). Investigations of these cases suggest that on-going human-to-human swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is occurring.

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Symptoms of Swine Flu?

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Although uncomplicated influenza-like illness (fever, cough or sore throat) has been reported in many cases, mild respiratory illness (nasal congestion,  rhinorrhea) without fever and occasional severe disease also has been reported.

Other symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, myalgia, headache, chills, fatigue, and dyspnea.

Conjunctivitis is rare, but has been reported. Severe disease (pneumonia, respiratory failure) and fatal outcomes have been reported with swine influenza A virus infection.

The potential for exacerbation of underlying chronic medical conditions or invasive bacterial infection with swine influenza A virus infection should be considered.

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Infectious Period

Persons with swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection should be considered potentially contagious for up to 7 days following illness onset. Persons who continue to be ill longer than 7 days after illness onset should be considered potentially contagious until symptoms have resolved. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods. The duration of infectiousness might vary by swine influenza A (H1N1) virus strain. Non-hospitalized ill persons who are a confirmed or suspected case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection are recommended to stay at home (voluntary isolation) for at least the first 7 days after illness onset except to seek medical care.
Interm Recommendations

For clinical care or collection of respiratory specimens from a symptomatic individual (acute respiratory symptoms with or without fever) who is a confirmed case, or a suspected case (ill close contact of a confirmed case) of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection:

Infectious Period

Persons with swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection should be considered potentially contagious for up to 7 days following illness onset. Persons who continue to be ill longer than 7 days after illness onset should be considered potentially contagious until symptoms have resolved. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods. The duration of infectiousness might vary by swine influenza A (H1N1) virus strain. Non-hospitalized ill persons who are a confirmed or suspected case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection are recommended to stay at home (voluntary isolation) for at least the first 7 days after illness onset except to seek medical care.

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Case definitions

A confirmed case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection is defined as a person with an acute respiratory illness with laboratory confirmed swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection at CDC by one or more of the following tests:

* real-time RT-PCR

* viral culture

* four-fold rise in swine influenza A (H1N1) virus-specific neutralizing antibodies

A suspected case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection is defined as a person with acute febrile respiratory illness with onset within 7 days of close contact with a person who is a confirmed case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection.

Close contact is defined as: within about 6 feet of an ill person who is a confirmed or suspected case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection.

* Close contact is defined as: within about 6 feet of an ill person who is a confirmed case of swine influenza A virus infection

Acute respiratory illness is defined as recent onset of at least two of the following: rhinorrhea or nasal congestion, sore throat, cough (with or without fever or feverishness)

Treatment

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Antiviral treatment of a confirmed case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection, either oseltamivir (Tamiflu) orzanamivir (Relenza) may be administered. Recommended duration of treatment is five days. These same antivirals should be considered for treatment of cases that test positive for influenza A but test negative for seasonal influenza viruses H3 and H1 by PCR.

How serious is swine flu infection?
Like seasonal flu, swine flu in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe. Between 2005 until January 2009, 12 human cases of swine flu were detected in the U.S. with no deaths occurring. However, swine flu infection can be serious. In September 1988, a previously healthy 32-year-old pregnant woman in Wisconsin was hospitalized for pneumonia after being infected with swine flu and died 8 days later. A swine flu outbreak in Fort Dix, New Jersey occurred in 1976 that caused more than 200 cases with serious illness in several people and one death.

Can I get swine influenza from eating or preparing pork?
No. Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.

What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?

If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?
If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with soap and water. or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner. we recommend that when you wash your hands — with soap and warm water — that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn’t need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.


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