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Study: Anti-Depressant Drugs in the Water Making Fish Cowardly and Nervous

Stress response similar to when faced by a predator.

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An increasing amount of anti-depressant drug residue in the water is making fish cowardly and nervous, according to a new study.

Lund University’s Jerker Vinterstare studied how the behavior of crucian carp fish when exposed to such pharmaceuticals was similar in nature to their natural stress response to being threatened by a predator.

In his paper, Vinterstare analyzes how the neurotransmitter serotonin, an ingredient of SSRI drugs, affects the fish.

“The results show that individuals who ingest a relatively high dose become nervous and cowardly in a completely different way than those who do not ingest anything,” reports FriaTider.

Vinterstare found that the impact on fish was similar to that on humans who, in the early stages of taking anti-depressant drugs, can become more depressed, suffer episodes of mania and have suicidal tendencies.

As we highlighted last month, the build up of plastic pollution in the ocean is also shrinking penises and making men infertile, meaning most of them won’t be able to produce sperm by 2045.

Such pollution has been substantially increased by the added waste of disposable face masks, with 1.5 billion having been dumped in the sea in a single year.

The masks will contribute an estimated 7,000 tons of plastic to the oceans and take 450 years to break down.

Another report suggested that phthalates plastics used in face masks is linked with “genital shrinkage, decreased fertility rates, and less masculine behavior in young boys.”

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Man’s Nose Rots Due to Monkeypox

A cautionary tale.

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They’re calling it one of the most shocking cases of monkeypox so far.

A 40-year-old German man’s nose is literally rotting.

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Study Claims More Kids Are Fat And Unhealthy Because Of GLOBAL WARMING

Not because they are fed crap and encouraged to vegetate in front of iPads and TVs?

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A study published in the journal Temperature has claimed that there is a correlation between rising temperatures and children becoming fatter and more unhealthy.

The study claims that climate change is causing more children to stay inside, eat more, and be generally less active.

CBS Mornings covered the “findings” this past weekend, noting that almost a third of kids are less fit than they were a generation ago.

It also notes that fewer children are engaging in physical activity for 60 minutes a day.

The core argument of the study concerns “heat stress assessment” and claims that it is more ‘dangerous’ and less fun for children to be active if it’s warmer outside.

Critics have noted that the study uses stats recorded during the COVID lockdowns, and as such it may be skewed.

It notes “Climate change will not only exert direct effects like higher ambient temperatures in many regions but it will also be responsible for indirect effects that can independently affect child physical activity habits, for example as observed during the Covid-19 global pandemic.”

Perhaps the fact that children are becoming obese and unhealthy is more to do with the fact that their parents increasingly feed them unhealthy (more affordable) food, coupled with the fact that society encourages, protects and even celebrates unhealthy lifestyles.

This point was recently amplified by Bill Maher, who noted that “It’s Orwellian how often positivity is used to describe what’s not healthy!”

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    Americans Spend Much More On Pharmaceuticals

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    When it comes to the expenditure on pharmaceuticals across OECD countries, the United States spends much more than other industrialized nations that are part of the organization.

    Infographic: Americans Spend Much More on Pharmaceuticals | Statista

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    In 2019, the average American racks up costs of $1,376 for medications after adjusting for purchasing power parity, almost 2.5 times the OECD average of $571 and still 47 percent more than the next biggest spender, Germany. Canada and Japan followed in third and fourth place, both with spending that was around 40 percent higher than average, at $811 and $803, respectively. The OECD members with the least spending on pharmaceuticals and were Mexico and Costa Rica, while spending was also below average in many Eastern European and Scandinavia nations.

    Prescription drugs made up the bulk of pharmaceutical spending in most countries. English-speaking nations on the list, including the United States, Canada, Australia and the UK, shared the characteristic of above-average spending on over-the-counter meds despite their overall expenditure levels diverging quite a bit.

    Government and government-mandated insurance covered 55 percent of total pharmaceutical spending across OECD nations, with the share as high as 80 percent in Germany and France. That number was 70 percent in the United States. Across Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, out-of-pocket spending often hovered around 50 percent, hitting as much as 97 percent in Costa Rica.

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