Authors note: This is an article from my archives. A lot of the information is still relevant although, some is out of date. I found that enough of the information is still relevant to warrant posting it here. Have fun and as always, Here is the basic information, You decide the outcome!
The last decade has seen some marvelous things in the field of health, safety, and medicine. Here are my personal top ten lists of things that have happened over the last ten years.
It was tough to decide what to include in my Top Ten List. Finally, I decided to include only things that had a broad spread impact on the public and public safety in general.
The number one on my Top Ten List is safety issues that came out of China.
1). Food safety issues that came out of China in 2008. More than 53,000 infants were sickened, and four even died from toxic chemical melamine that was in baby formula.
Melamine is a common thing found in plastics, fertilizer and fire retardant material but, investigators found that Chinese dairy companies were using the chemical to water down their milk products in an attempt to fool quality checks and sell more for less.
The FDA then began blocking all imports of milk products from China.
2). The scare over Chinese products was not limited to 2008 but before that in 2007 lead paint on toys caused a severe health risk. Companies like Mattel, Fisher-Price, Guide craft Inc. of Englewood, N.J., RC2 Corp, and many more were all among the recall lists handed out over months of 2007.
3). Number three on my list goes to a significant and happy note in the fight against cancer; in 2006 the HPV vaccine was created. Helping to vaccinate women against two strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), these two strains were only around 70% of the virus, so regular check by the doctor is still needed but, hopefully through more research and testing the vaccine can be made even better to help further in the fight against cancer.
4). Next on my list is the big bad flu bug. In the Days of 2005, all eyes were once again pointed at China as Bird Flu H5N1 ravaged it but, It was not just in China. Instead, the bug was quickly spreading through all of Asia. The only silver light was that vaccines were in development to better combat H5n1; also the bird flu was not communicable person to person.
5). Number five on my list goes back to 2006 as well. When new studies on the sunshine vitamin came to prove that it helps with the fight against cancer, large amounts of vitamin D lowered the risks of certain types of cancers.
6).SARS makes number six on my list, one simple virus almost bringing the world to its knees as the first epidemic of the 21st century. Between November 2002 and July 2003 the SARS virus killed almost 8098 including 29 cases from the United States.
7). 2002 saw some great leaps in oncology. Molecular targeted therapies were vital in this role. Doctor’s used a Tyrosine kinase inhibitor in patients with certain types of leukemia. Similar success has been in other studies with other types of cancer.
8). Number eight might not be the significant medical breakthrough that I have mentioned in most of the other top ten’s but, in the fields of biomedical research mice are still the most studied animal. So, in 2002 the mice genome was sequenced. This comparative work will help correlate the research on the human genome through the individual segments that mice and humans have in common.
9). Dolly the sheep on February 14th, 2003 came back into the limelight as she died very young. Dear readers might remember dolly better as the first cloned mammal from an adult cell. Her death fueled the debate over a cloned animal’s life expectancy because most sheep can live twice as long as the late dolly did.
10). The final thing I want to add to my top ten list is debatable as a top ten in the public health field but, at any rate, I consider it a massive attack to the public health field. Number ten on my list is the attacks of September 11th, 2001 on the World Trade Center’s twin towers and the Pentagon. The attacks proved that no one in the world was immune from the violence of terrorists.
These items on my Top Ten List of health and safety concerns for the last decade are my own opinion derived from these sources: