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New PDF release: A Planet of Viruses

By Carl Zimmer

ISBN-10: 0226983358

ISBN-13: 9780226983356

Viruses are the smallest dwelling issues identified to technology, and but they carry the full planet of their sway. We’re so much acquainted with the viruses that supply us colds or the flu, yet viruses additionally reason an unlimited diversity of alternative illnesses, together with one disease that makes humans sprout branch-like growths as though they have been bushes. Viruses were part of our lives for thus lengthy, in reality, that we are literally half virus: the human genome comprises extra DNA from viruses than our personal genes. in the meantime, scientists are gaining knowledge of viruses in every single place they appear: within the soil, within the ocean, even in deep caves miles underground.

This attention-grabbing publication explores the hidden international of viruses—a global that every people inhabit. right here Carl Zimmer, well known technology author and writer of Discover magazine’s award-winning web publication The Loom, offers the most recent study on how viruses carry sway over our lives and our biosphere, how viruses helped provide upward thrust to the 1st life-forms, how viruses are generating new illnesses, how we will be able to harness viruses for our personal ends, and the way viruses will proceed to manage our destiny for years yet to come. during this eye-opening journey throughout the frontiers of biology, the place scientists are increasing our knowing of lifestyles as we all know it, we study that a few remedies for the typical chilly do extra damage to us than strong; that the world’s oceans are domestic to an astounding 1,000,000,000,000,­000,000,000,000,000,000 viruses; and that the evolution of HIV is now in overdrive, spawning extra mutated traces than we care to visualize.

The ny occasions ebook Review calls Carl Zimmer “as fantastic a technological know-how essayist as we have.” A Planet of Viruses is certain to thrill his many lovers and additional improve his recognition as one in every of America’s most beneficial and popular technology journalists.

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In 1975 in England and Wales deaths from IHD: 154371 total deaths: 583000 24 ISCHAEMIC HEART DISEASE • only 20% (30000) of IHD deaths take place in hospital, others (80%) at home and elsewhere (street, work etc) • IHD mortality increases with age, but one quarter of all IHD deaths are in persons under 65 • IHD is a major cause of premature death in males more than females. In males aged 45-60, 40% of all deaths are from IHD mortality trends • since 1968 IHD mortality rates have been falling in USA and Australia, but have remained static in Scotland, England and Wales, Netherlands, Swedenand]apan (Rose 1981).

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Age-sex incidence • as a group strokes are diseases of ageing • equal incidence in males and females • however, there are differences in ageincidence cerebral infarction - marked increase with age cerebral haemorrhage - not infrequent in young and middle-aged cerebral embolism - only modest rise with age 75% of all strokes occur in those aged 65 and over 52 STROKES Age % Strokes 85+ 75-84 65-74 14 33 28 75 55-64 45-54 below 45 16 7 2 25 frequency • annual incidence 2-3 per 1000 • point prevalence 5-6 per 1000 general practice annual cases of strokes in population of 2500 5 Newstrokes (death in acute stroke (resulting severe/moderate disability 2) 2) Old strokes alive 13 in practice (with severe/moderate disability district general hospital 7) • approximately 125 000 persons are treated for strokes in NHS hospitals • 70 000 deaths in UK from strokes (in 1983) • a DOH will admit about 400 strokes per year and of these up to 200 will die DOH serving 250 000: Annual admlssions (Deaths (Severely disabled (Minor/not disabled Old strokes in DGHarea (Severely disabled STROKES 400 200) 100) 100) 1250 650) 53 WHAT HAPPENS?

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