Home > Author Archives: Penny Swift

Author Archives: Penny Swift

Penny Swift is an experienced journalist who has worked on daily and Sunday newspapers in several parts of the world. Her specialties include news, investigative, consumer, health and medical spheres.

WPA Backs Muslim Athletes Objection to Lotto Logo

Lotto logo on new licence

Cape Town February 20, 2017 By PENNY SWIFT Western Province Athletics (WPA) has announced that it will not take action against Muslim athletes who refuse to display the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) Lotto logo printed on Athletic South Africa (ASA) licences. Following complaints from a number of clubs, WPA has also labelled the issue involving licences and sponsors a “debacle”. ... Read More »

Ingredients in Antiseptic Wash Products Banned by FDA

Antiseptic wash products

By PENNY SWIFT September 6, 2016 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that many of the antiseptic wash products used by consumers are neither safe nor effective. As a result, a large number of antiseptic wash drugs commonly used in the manufacture of consumer antiseptic washes have effectively been banned, though only from 2017. A total of ... Read More »

Award-Winning Nigerian Floating School Wrecked

floating school

By PENNY SWIFT A controversial but much celebrated, award winning three-story floating school built on the Lagos Lagoon in 2013 has collapsed following torrential rain. Constructed as a prototype to show how floating buildings could improve the lives of the impoverished Makoko community, it was designed by Kunlé Adeyemi, a Nigerian architect, as a school. Called the Makoko Floating School, it ... Read More »

Explosive Surge in Malvertising and Ransomware During 2015

By PENNY SWIFT The world is at war not only on the ground, with ISIS and other terrorist groups causing chaos worldwide, but also in cyber space. And in some ways this is even more terrifying because none of us can see what’s happening. Flash exploits tripled and ransomeware doubled… and more than a quarter of Alexa 1000 web sites served ... Read More »

Wearable Alcohol Biosensors Search Nears End

Wearable Alcohol Biosensors

By PENNY SWIFT The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will announce its selected wearable alcohol biosensor solutions mid-February. Designs of wearable alcohol biosensors will have the ability to monitor blood alcohol levels in real time and will be low profile and inconspicuous, and will appeal to wearers. While there is no hint yet as to exactly what these wearable devices ... Read More »

Students to March to White House in Support of ME Patients

ME patients

ME sufferers and students carrying photographs of bed-bound ME patients will march to the White House tomorrow (April 28) in a bid to raise awareness of the disease and urge the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take urgent action. The march dubbed Boots on the Ground in DC  has been organized by MEAdvocacy.org, a small voluntary grassroots ... Read More »

Anyone Can Publish Fake Medical Research for $500

fake medical research

Harvard University surgeon, Dr Mark G. Shrime, MD MPH FACS, has proved that anybody can publish fake medical research for a fee of about $500. While they won’t get it used in respectable medicals journals accredited by PubMed, there are many legitimate looking publications online that will publish anything supposedly scientific, as long as the author pays them to do ... Read More »

Obama Downplays Terrorism While UN Says It’s a Major Threat to International Peace [Video]

terrorism

By PENNY SWIFT President Barack Obama has been labeled “a President in denial” after stating in a recorded interview (watch below) that the media overstates terror threats. In addition, an Israeli Government Minister has accused the President of ignoring the reality of Islamist terrorism. In stark contrast, the United Nations (UN) Office on Drugs and Crime Prevention continues to warn that ... Read More »

IOM Wants ME/CFM Name Changed to Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID)

Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease

The US Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) committee on the Diagnostic Criteria for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) has recommended that the name ME/CFS be changed to Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID). It has also recommended that the disease be assigned a new code in the current WHO International Classification of Diseases, tenth edition (ICD-10). In addition, five main symptoms have been ... Read More »