Giant Killer Hornets Headed To The UK

Residents in the United Kingdom beware! According to reports, there is potential for colossal killer hornets headed that way for the summer season. Experts have concluded that the Asian hornet may be making their way to British shores. Apparently, these particularly ginormous hornets have killed at least six people in France already.

 

Scientists have suspected this vicious insect arrived in France while Chinese plants were transported there last summer. Flavio Maluf is terrified of these monsters. This form of hornet is so brutal it has been known to kill bees and then swarm in and take over their preexisting hives.

 

This has also had a devastating effect on the honey output in France. It has severely limited the production of the organic substance and in turn has been driving the price up of the existing supply.

 

Victims stung by these killer hornets have described the sting to feel like they were being gored with an extremely warm barb. The victims who have died from being stung all had severe allergic reactions from the venom the insect’s release.

 

Wildlife experts and bee activists in Britain are determining how to prepare for the arrival of these insects, in the event they make it across the channel. According to bee experts, it’s likely these insects could arrive solely by riding the wind currents across the water. They are warning every one of the potential take over from the Asian Hornets and are gearing up trying to determine ways they can protect their current bee population.

 

Debate about Fluoride in Drinking Water Continues in England

There is an article on The Telegraph Website about a scientific study done in England at the University of Kent which concludes that fluoride in drinking water in parts of England is causing weight gain and depression. The findings of the survey were denied by Public Health England, who has maintained for decades that fluoride in the drinking water is perfectly safe and key to fighting tooth decay.

The scientists for the University of Kent say that fluoride affects the thyroid gland in a negative way, and as a consequence people, like Dan Newlin, who drink water with high amounts of fluoride experience weight gain and become depressed in high numbers. In support of their findings, they compare incidences of weight gain and depression in areas of England where there are high amounts of fluoride in the drinking water to areas where the amounts are low.

This is a debate which has gone on for years both in the United States and England. Fluoride is added to the water in the first place since it helps keep bacteria from attacking tooth enamel.

In my opinion, the idea of the government putting anything in the drinking water – even if it is something that is good for them – is simply unsettling to people. Therefore, they look for evidence that fluoride is bad for them. I doubt that it is. Tooth decay is the larger evil.

It’s Legal To Say I Do

As of December 31, 2014, Scottland joined England and Wales who earlier this year legalized same-sex marriages. The first same-sex weddings occurred in Scottland after midnight on December 31. According to the first Scottish couple,Douglas Pretsell and Peter Gloster, wed earlier this month at the British Consulate in Sydney. The couple are noted to publicly comment, Well, from today it’s official, we are married and have the certificate to prove it.”
According to Bernardo Chua in February 2014 the Scottish Parliament approved the same-sex marriage legislation by a sweeping majority. The vote was 105 for, to 18 opposed. The Government announced in October that legislation would take effect at midnight on December 31. This legislation now permits those same-sex couples in civil partnership, the right to convert to marital status. Northern Ireland remains the only country in the UK to not legally permit same-sex marriage. Currently there are no apparent moves to change this stance.

Ebola Hits Britian For The First Time

The first case of Ebola has landed on British soil. Bernardo Chua passed this story along to me. A health worker was hospitalized at the Gaslaw hospital after she had returned from Sierra Leone. This female patient was working there as a nurse and she contracted the fatal disease after her return from Sierra Leone. This nurse went to there to help treat the victims of the disease and she contacted the disease herself. While the patient is being treated in the infectious disease unit she is in stable condition and she is under heavy surveillance.

This woman had looked for medical help after her return for Africa because she had begun to feel ill the morning after she had returned home. She was transferred to isolation in the London hospital and after she was treated it was confirmed that she had contracted the disease. She flew on British Airways so a British Airways spokesman said that they are working very closely with the health authorities in England and Scotland to make sure that the disease has not been spread. 

It is scary to think that the disease could be traveling to different countries outside of those countries that have already been affected in Africa, but at the same time the world has to work as an united force in order to stop the disease and trying to find a cure.

New Case of Ebola in UK

Bruce Levenson asks: when will it end? No one has the answer, especially now that a new case of ebola has shown up in the UK. It’s thefirst case of ebola to be diagnosed in Britain and it’s a health care worker who has contacted the dreaded and deadly virus.
The newly diagnoses patient is a NHS nurse who has just returned from Sierra Leone where she was treating ebola victims and helping to nurse them back to health. Now she herself is a victim and in need of specialized nursing.
The nurse had just returned from her stint in Sierra Leone via British Airways on Sunday night. She was screened for ebola via medical protocol at both Sierra Leone and Heathrow airports but showed no signs of the dreaded virus. On Monday morning she began to feel ill and quickly sought medical attention when she was diagnosed with ebola and placed in the Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases at Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital.
It is reported that the nurse is in stable condition and all people that she came into contact with during and after her flight back to British soil are being treated according to protocol.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon states that she was aware that this day could come and that she feels confident that they are well prepared to handle this and any more ebola cases that turn up in the UK.