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An inexplicable sleeping sickness is affecting one in ten residents of a village in Kazakhstan in Russia.

Villagers in Kalachi have been affected by the mysterious disease for the past two years, but to date, no cause for the illness has been determined and, despite teams of virologists, radiologists, toxicologists and doctors collaborating to solve the mystery, they have been unable to find a cure.

Current medical guidelines label 9 out of 10 people over age50 as sick, since their blood pressure and cholesterol aretoo high. How can this be? Physicians are also concernedthat so-called ideal weights are too low?that it’s notactually healthy for people to be that thin. One way to tellif you need to diet is to take a fasting hemoglobin bloodtest, which will accurately measure your blood glucoselevel. If your glucose level is high enough to cause Type IIdiabetes, then you need to lose weight.

Two of our major health epidemics are AIDS and smoking (which leads to heart and respiratory illnesses, as well as cancer). Now a U.K. company has developed a vaccine that helps people quit smoking. And genetically-modified bacteria are being developed that can form a “living condom” to fight off the HIV virus.

Xenova invented the vaccine to help cocaine addicts, and found it also stops nicotine from entering the brain. If smokers don’t get their “hit” from cigarettes, they’re more likely to quit, although social situations also compel people to smoke.