Tag Archives: Medicine

Post-Op Pain Differs by Gender


Post-Op Pain Differs by Gender

Pain is a complex issue. There are physiological as well as psychological and cultural issues at play in the perception, tolerance, and admission of pain. This makes it a very difficult matter to study, but this does not deter researchers from attempting it, and what they have recently found is that men and women report different levels of pain after surgical procedures. Women tend to report greater pain after minor procedures, whereas men report more pain after major surgeries. More… Discuss

ARTICLE: FORENSICS


Forensics

Forensics is the science and practice of examining physical evidence in order to resolve legal issues, particularly those related to crimes. It comprises a range of scientific disciplines, like forensic toxicology, which focuses on the effects of drugs and toxins on the body, and forensic pathology, which aims to establish cause of death through examination of the corpse. Popular TV shows glamorizing forensics have given viewers unrealistic expectations of the field, a phenomenon dubbed what? More…Discuss

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NEWS: US GAINING GROUND IN FIGHT AGAINST HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED INFECTIONS


US Gaining Ground in Fight against Hospital-Acquired Infections

The risk of contracting a hospital-acquired infection is dropping in the US, and that is good news, but the statistics are still far from comforting. According to theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every 25 patients in the US will pick up an infection at a hospital or similar medical facility. This means that over the course of a year, about 600,000 patients come down with a nosocomial, or hospital-acquired, infection. Of them, about 74,000 end up battling more than one. Still, this is significantly down from the 1970s, when an estimated 2.1 million patients a year would develop a hospital-acquired infection, and even from the 1990s, when this number was about 1.7 million. More… Discuss

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NEWS: HALF OF AMERICANS SUBSCRIBE TO MEDICAL CONSPIRACY THEORIES


Half of Americans Subscribe to Medical Conspiracy Theories

Do you believe that government regulators conspire with the pharmaceutical industry to block access to natural medical cures or that the government knows that cell phones cause cancer but is not taking action because of corporate pressure? It turns out that Americans widely subscribe to these and many other medical conspiracy theories. Nearly half of the respondents in a recent US survey agreed with at least one of six common medical conspiracy theories. In addition to the two conspiracy theories noted in the above question, the survey asked about conspiracies involving genetically modified foods, vaccines, water fluoridation, and HIV. More… Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Homer (900 BC-800 BC)


There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC) Discuss

 

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NEWS: FORECASTING FROM ONE’S BONES


Forecasting from One’s Bones

Anecdotal evidence points to a link between weather conditions and body aches; however, the medical community has yet to reach a consensus on the issue since studies have yielded mixed results. Data from one recent study suggest that increased humidity andbarometric pressure exacerbate joint pain and stiffness. For every 10% increase in humidity, osteoarthritissufferers experienced a 1-point increase in pain on the Western Ontario and McMasters University Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC). Similarly, for every 10-hectopascal increase in barometric pressure, WOMAC function scores worsened by a point. These effects are considered only moderate and not clinically significant. More… Discuss

 

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: JAN SWAMMERDAM (1637)


Jan Swammerdam (1637)

Dutch naturalist Jan Swammerdam was a pioneer in the use of the microscope and made valuable contributions to the understanding of human anatomy and the future of anatomical study. He was the first person to observe and describe red blood cells, and he improved techniques for examining, preserving, and dissecting cadavers. However, his primary focus was the study of insects, many of which he described and drew in great detail. What led him to eventually abandon his scientific pursuits? More… Discuss

 

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: ELIZABETH BLACKWELL (1821)


Elizabeth Blackwell (1821)

Blackwell chose to pursue a medical education at a time when doctors were almost exclusively male. Consequently, she was rejected by many medical schools before one in New York accepted her. In 1849, she became the first woman in the US to receive a medical degree, but her struggle did not end there. Barred from practice in most hospitals, she, her sister, and another female doctor founded their own practice and later a women’s medical college. How did a joke gone wrong give Blackwell her start?More… Discuss

 

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A comment, (poetic thought by George-B)


A comment, (poetic thought by George-B)

Pain unscaleable,
unquantifiable on a scale from 1-10
with faces drawn 
more or less happy,
and some sad,

pain that hides in its own shadow,
become its shadow,

cut the branch we’ve landed on, to rest for a while…
While… all you can do
is imagine being painless for a quantum of an eternal moment:  
a note may be, or an entire song,
a rhyme, or even an entire poem,
While… letting go and sharing pain free,
glamourless, natural,
denuded of inhumanity,
hoping that you may be understood, taken seriously,
at face value,
as an immortal soul – in the making,
a mortal – body in the making,
as a star  - in the making,
a universe – in the making,
as a molecule – in the making,
a Rigs Boson – in the making ,
God in the making,
as an…!
(Exhale 1-2-3-4 [Held Breath 1-2] Inhale 1-2-3-4 [Hold Breath] REPEAT…n times)

US BLOOD BANKS CHANGING HOW THEY DO BUSINESS


US Blood Banks Changing How They Do Business

In recent years, as economic woes have led people to hold off on elective surgeries and new surgical technologies and techniques have cut down on blood loss in the operating room, the need for blood products in the US has declined. Blood shortages, while not entirely a thing of the past, are becoming fewer and farther between. As such, blood banks are shifting away from their long-standing “collect-as-much-as-you-can” approach in favor of one that is more targeted to specific needs. They are holding fewer drives than in the past and are instead placing greater emphasis on appealing to donors with high-demand blood typesMore…Discuss

 

Word: UNCORROBORATED


uncorroborated 

Definition: (adjective) Unsupported by other evidence.
Synonyms: unsubstantiated
Usage: Reports of a tornado are uncorroborated at this time, but residents have begun seeking shelter anyway. Discuss.

 

TEXAS MAN’S DRUNKENNESS TRACED TO BREWERY IN HIS GUT


Texas Man’s Drunkenness Traced to Brewery in His Gut

A recent case described in a medical paper lends a whole new meaning to the term “beer gut.” For five years, a Texas man seemed to be constantly drunk. Even on days that not a drop of alcohol touched his lips, breathalyzers and blood alcohol tests showed high levels of alcohol in his system. Doctors assumed he was simply a closet drinker, but they turned out to be wrong. Unbeknownst to anyone—doctors and patient included—the man’s body was converting carbohydrates into ethanol during digestion. Gastroenterologists who finally gave him a thorough examination in 2010 diagnosed him with a rare condition known as gut fermentation syndrome or auto-brewery syndrome. More… Discuss

 

Just a thought: “Give wars a chance….Do not resuscitate!”


Just a thought:  “Give wars a chance….Do not resuscitate!”

Just a Thought: “The unblinking eye is a dead eye…the unthinking mind is a dead mind!”


Just a Thought: “The unblinking eye is a dead eye…the unthinking mind is a vegetative mind!”

 

FEAR IS NOTHING TO LOSE SLEEP OVER


Fear Is Nothing to Lose Sleep Over

Researchers say we can combat our fears in our sleep. When an image was linked to an unpleasant stimulus—a mild electric shock—as well as a certain smell and study participants were exposed to that smell while they slept, they exhibited less fear when shown the related image later. Many phobias can be treated by exposure therapy, a form of behavior therapy in which an individual is gradually encouraged to approach a feared object and to successively spend longer periods of time in proximity to it. These findings suggest that this sort of approach could also be applied during sleep. More…

 


Eat Your Veggies!

Eating cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or cabbage might slow the progression of—or even prevent—osteoarthritis. In mice, sulforaphane, a compound created in these vegetables when they are eaten, blocked a key cartilage-damaging enzyme. Researchers are now investigating whether sulforaphane will do the same for humans. For two weeks before knee surgery, 20 arthritis sufferers will eat a specially bredbroccoli variety that contains high levels of glucoraphanin, the compound that becomes sulforaphane. The tissue that is removed will then be examined for signs of sulforaphane’s benefits. More… Discuss

 

DEPRESSION LARGELY UNTREATED IN HEAD AND NECK CANCER SURVIVORS


Depression Largely Untreated in Head and Neck Cancer Survivors

Cancer’s emotional toll does not always end when the disease is eradicated. Survivors of head and neck cancer in particular are at elevated risk for depression. This is not surprising, considering that treatments for these cancers often have physical side effects that lead to trouble swallowing and speaking and increase social isolation. Still, few actually seek treatment for their depression, and their risk of suicide is four times that of the general population. More… Discuss

 

GONE ARE THE DAYS OF A QUARTER A TOOTH


Gone Are the Days of a Quarter a Tooth

The tooth fairy seems to have lost her head in recent years, spending wildly to expand her collection of baby teeth. A study by financial services company Visa finds that the going rate for a tooth in the US these days is $3.70 on average, well above the quarter many of us remember finding under our pillows. Some kids get even more. Six percent of tooth fairy representatives—otherwise known as parents—shell out $20 per tooth, while two percent leave an outrageous $50 or more. Has the tooth fairy gone too far, or is this just the cost ofinflationMore… Discuss

 

“Christe, Qui Lux Est et Dies” by Byrd, translated with lyrics



Here’s another piece from 16th century English composer William Byrd, titled “Christe, Qui Lux Es et Dies” or “Christ, Who Art the Light and the Day,” with lyrics, performed by Stile Antico in 2007, and loosely translated by me. This video is from my blog, When Suffering Doesn’t Stop: Life with Chronic Pain at http://life-incessant.blogspot.com/.

 

THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON DRUGS


This Is Your Brain on Drugs

Using cocaine just once may change a person’s brain structure, making him or her more likely to seek out or crave the drug again. Within hours of being exposed to cocaine, the brain cells of mice displayed increased development of protrusions called dendritic spines, believed to be involved in memory formation. Those mice whose brains were most changed by the cocaine exposure seemed to develop the greatest preference for the drug, suggesting that this is part of the process of learning addictionMore… Discuss

 

SWALLOWABLE SENSOR TO TRACK PILL USE


Swallowable Sensor to Track Pill Use

People make mistakes, even when it comes to the most critical aspects of their lives. About half of all people fail to take medicines correctly, endangering their lives and costing health care systems millions of dollars. There are countless companies developing advanced technologies to help patients stick to their prescribed drug regimens, including one that is working on an ingestiblesensor that is embedded in a pill and activated when it comes in contact with stomach acid. The sensor then sends a signal to a patch, which passes it on to an application, identifying what medication was taken, when it was taken, and even what effect it is having. More… Discuss

SURGEON ALLEGEDLY STOLE DRUGS FROM PATIENTS’ STOMACH


Surgeon Allegedly Stole Drugs from Patients’ Stomach

surgeon who operated on a drug mule to remove packets of heroin from his stomach may well have saved the man’s life, but instead of being hailed a hero, he is facing up to 15 years in prison. His crime? Stealing some of the drugs he was charged with extracting. The doctor came under suspicion after one of the heroin packets turned up missing. It turns out he had been investigated for illegal drug possession in the past, and when he was detained this time, he was found not only to have five grams of heroin on his person but also to be in a state of narcotic intoxication. More… Discuss

MALARIA VACCINE APPEARS PROMISING


Malaria Vaccine Appears Promising

Malaria kills one child in Africa every minute, but promising results from early-stage clinical trials of a new vaccine are raising hopes that an effective malaria prevention method is on the horizon. When given in high doses, the injection of live, radiation-weakened, malaria-causing parasites was able to prevent infection in 12 out of 15 patients. Further studies are needed to see if even higher doses are more effective and to determine how long the vaccine’s protective effects last. Researchers also face the challenge of developing a more practical delivery method, as the vaccine must currently be given intravenously. Most vaccines are given orally or by intramuscular or subcutaneous injection. More… Discuss

EL CANCER SE CURA CON LA GUANABANA ( graviola)



La Guanábana o la fruta del árbol de Graviola es un producto milagroso para matar las células cancerosas.
Es 10,000 veces más potente que la quimioterapia. Destruye las células malignas en 12 tipos de cáncer, incluyendo el de colon, de pecho, de próstata, del pulmón y del páncreas…

Los compuestos de este árbol demostraron actuar 10,000 veces mejor retardando el crecimiento de las células de cáncer que el producto Adriamycin, una droga quimioterapéutica, normalmente usada en el mundo. 

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Y lo que es todavía más asombroso: este tipo de terapia, con el extracto de Graviola, o Guanábana, destruye tan sólo las malignas células del cáncer y no afecta las células sanas.

Instant World publishes this article translated by Colombian journalist  Orlando Lopez Garcia , warning that its contents are the sole responsibility of the Institute of Health Sciences, whose website and address encentran the end of writing.

The Fruit Soursop or Graviola tree is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells.

Is 10,000 times more potent than chemotherapy.

Why are not aware of it? Because there are organizations interested in finding a synthetic version, enabling them to make fabulous profits.

So from now on you can help a friend in need by letting him know that you should drink soursop juice to prevent disease.

Its taste is pleasant. And of course it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy. And it has the potential to do so, plant a guava tree in your backyard. All parts are useful. 

The next time you want to drink a juice, ask soursop.

How many people die while this has been a closely guarded secret so as not to profit billions risks of large corporations?

As you well know the soursop tree is low. Not much space, is known by the name of graviola in Brazil, guanabana in Spanish, and “Soursop” in English.

The fruit is large and sweet, white pulp is eaten directly or it is normally used to make drinks, sherbet, sweets etc.

The interest of this plant is due to its strong anti-cancer effects. And although he attributed many more properties, the most interesting is the effect it produces on tumors .. This plant is a proven cancer remedy for cancers of all types. Some argue that it is useful in all variants of cancer.

It is considered also as an anti-microbial agent wide spectrum against bacterial and fungal infections, is effective against internal parasites and worms, regulates high blood pressure and antidepressant, combat stress and nervous disorders.

The truth is simple: Deep within the Amazon Rainforest grows a tree that could revolutionize what you, your doctor, and the rest of the world thinks about cancer treatment and survival chances offered, never before had presented a so promising outlook ..

Research samples, with extracts from this miraculous tree, are encouraging. Here are some findings:

* It is a natural therapy that does not cause extreme nausea, weight loss or no hair.

* Protect your immune system and avoid deadly infections

* The person feels stronger and healthier throughout the treatment

* That renewed energy improves your outlook on life

The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, who says that after more than 20 laboratory tests conducted since 1970, the extracts revealed that:

To destroy malignant cells in 12 types of cancer , including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas …

The compounds of this tree act showed 10,000 times better slowing the growth of cancer cells the product Adriamycin, a chemotherapeutic drug, normally used in the world. 

And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy, Graviola extract, or Soursop, only destroys malignant cancer cells and does not affect healthy cells . 

 

CANCER-SNIFFING SURGICAL KNIFE COULD IMPROVE OUTCOMES


Cancer-Sniffing Surgical Knife Could Improve Outcomes

A new electrosurgical knife that uses heat to cut through tissue and then almost instantly analyzes the smoke given off for signs of cancer could revolutionize the practice of oncological surgeryRemoving cancerous growths is a difficult task, and cancer patients frequently end up needing a second operation to remove bits of tumor missed during the first. The knife’s developers believe it will cut down on the length of cancer surgeries, improve accuracy in the operating room, and improve outcomes overall. More… Discuss

 

STAY IN THE WORKFORCE TO STAVE OFF DEMENTIA (so…with no retirement there would be no dementia?)


Stay in the Workforce to Stave off Dementia

Many people nowadays are delaying retirement for economic reasons, but new research suggests this could actually be doing wonders for their cognitive health. Medical records from nearly half a million people in France indicate that remaining in the workforce can reduce the risk of developing dementia by 3.2 percent per year. The findings add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that lifestyle factors such as physical activity, social engagement, and mental stimulation—all of which employment tends to provide—have a protective effect on the brain. More…

CHORISTERS HAVE A CHANGE OF HEART


Choristers Have a Change of Heart

When choir singers perform together, their heart rates tend to synchronize. The more structured the piece, the greater the synchrony. Researchers attribute this to the controlled breathing techniques that singers use, which effectively coordinate their breathing. This is also likely why choral singing has the overall effect of slowing the heart rate. Thus, like yoga breathing and guided breathing, which have been shown to lower blood pressure, choir singing could improve cardiovascular healthMore… Discuss

FLATTOPS OUT, FLAT SPOTS IN


Flattops Out, Flat Spots In

Education programs aimed at encouraging parents to put babies to sleep on their backs have helped lower the mortality rate from sudden infant death syndrome, but they have also contributed to the growing incidence of flat spots on the backs of babies’ heads. Nearly half of Canadian two-month olds now have an observable head deformation. Though this is more of a cosmetic issue than a health risk, researchers say parents should still do their best to prevent flat spots from developing. Steps they can take include holding babies whenever possible, only putting them in car seats when traveling, and giving them supervised “tummy time” when they are awake.More… Discuss

 

RUDIMENTARY HUMAN LIVERS GROWN FROM STEM CELLS


Rudimentary Human Livers Grown from Stem Cells

Researchers in Japan have created tiny functional humanlivers from stem cells. The team’s success may be due to its novel approach, which involved bringing together several different types of stem cells in an attempt to mimic the processes that occur during human embryonic development. When mixed together, the cells spontaneously began to organize themselves into “liver buds,” collections of liver cells with the potential to develop into a full organ. The researchers then implanted the buds into mice and found that they began to perform many of the functions of mature human liver cells. More… Discuss

 

FEAST YOUR EYES ON THIS


Feast Your Eyes on This

Food tastes different depending on the utensils used to serve and eat it. Previous research has shown that crockery can influence our perceptions of foods, and new evidence suggests that cutlery plays a role as well. Cutlery’s size, weight, shape, and color were all found to affect flavor perceptions. Food was rated as sweeter when it was eaten with a small spoon traditionally reserved for desserts, and cheese was perceived as saltier when served on a knife as opposed to a spoon, fork, or toothpick. In addition, the mere weight of a spoon was enough to influence the perceived density and sweetness of yogurt, as was the color contrast between the yogurt and the utensil. More… Discuss

 

SEVEN AFRICAN COUNTRIES DRAMATICALLY CUT CHILDHOOD HIV INFECTIONS


Seven African Countries Dramatically Cut Childhood HIV Infections

Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia have all made great strides in reducing new HIV infections in children. Since 2009, these seven countries have cut the number in half. Much of this success is the result of programs to getantiretroviral medications to HIV-positive pregnant women, thereby preventing the virus’ transmission to their offspring. Still, across most high-priority countries inAfrica, including those named above, access to AIDS drugs for pediatric patients remains “unacceptably low,” with only 30 percent of HIV-positive children getting the treatment they need. More… Discuss

OVERWEIGHT WOMEN PREDISPOSED TO PRETERM BIRTH


Overweight Women Predisposed to Preterm Birth

There appears to be a correlation between the body mass index (BMI) of a pregnant woman at her first prenatal visit and her risk of preterm birth. A review of Swedish medical records found that the more overweight a woman was early in her pregnancy, the more likely she was to have a premature baby. Among both overweight and obese women, weight-related maternal complications increased the risk of medically indicated preterm delivery—meaning artificially induced labor or cesarean section. Additionally, obese women were at greater risk of spontaneous extremely preterm delivery, defined for the purposes of the study as between 22 and 27 weeks gestation. More… Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: ELIZABETH GARRETT ANDERSON (1836)


Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836)

Anderson was the first licensed female physician, as well as the first female mayor, in England. Denied admission by many medical schools, she studied privately with physicians before finally earning a license from the Scottish Society of Apothecaries. Largely as a result of her efforts, British examining boards later opened their examinations to women. Anderson championed the idea of medical care by female doctors for female patients. What was her New Hospital for Women later renamed?More… Discuss

 

SAFER, MORE ACCURATE PRENATAL DOWN SYNDROME TEST


Safer, More Accurate Prenatal Down Syndrome Test

Currently, definitive tests for Down syndrome in fetuseschorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis—are invasive and somewhat risky, carrying a one in 100 risk of miscarriage. Existing non-invasive preliminary tests are somewhat imprecise and call for further testing in 3 to 5 percent of pregnancies. By contrast, a simple new blood test that analyzes fetal DNA in maternal blood can detect whether a fetus has Down syndrome with a high degree of certainty and could reduce the need for these invasive procedures. More… Discuss

“SPIDER DAN” SCALES 110-STORY SEARS TOWER (1981)


“Spider Dan” Scales 110-Story Sears Tower (1981)

After witnessing a deadly high-rise hotel fire, Dan Goodwin resolved to call attention to the need for better skyscraper firefighting and rescue techniques. Six months after the blaze, he donned a homemade Spider-Man suit and, using suction cups and climbing gear, began an ascent of Chicago’s Sears Tower—then the world’s tallest building. He reached the top seven hours later and was promptly arrested. What structure—formerly the world’s tallest—did he climb with no equipment, twice in one day? More… Discuss

National Geographic – Phenomena_Only Human_Gut Reactions


National Geographic - Phenomena_Only Human_Gut Reactions

National Geographic – Phenomena_Only Human_Gut Reactions                        (Click to Access Story)

 

Gut Reactions

by Virginia Hughes

The body of evidence tying gut bacteria to obesity is growing fatter.

A couple of weeks ago, researchers reported that overweight people show adistinct chemical profile in their breath — too much hydrogen and methane — that could be due to a particular species of bug in their gut. Then another group found that in mice, gastric bypass surgery changes the microbial make-up of the gut, and this shift might explain the animals’ subsequent weight loss.

Both of these studies, like many others published in the last few years, suggest that there’s some kind of connection between gut microbes and weight. The latest report, out today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, digs a bit deeper, analyzing how bacteria and fatty foods interact in the mouse gut.>>>>>>>>>>more Here

STUDY LINKS COLIC WITH LATER MIGRAINES (so….there you have it: there is a study done for everything!)


Study Links Colic with Later Migraines

Some people may be genetically predisposed tomigraines, and colic may be an indicator of this. Research shows that many children with migraines were colicky babies and that mothers who suffer from migraines themselves are more likely to have babies with colic. Further investigation is needed before it can be conclusively said that these two conditions are linked, but if this is proved to be the case, it could mean that their underlying causes and triggers are related and that strategies for preventing or treating migraines could be helpful in treating colic. More…Discuss

My take on this: “I think that there is more realistic evidence that migraines are a result of politico-economico-social stress, than colics as an infant!

I think that waking up to a nightmarish future, can definitely gives many migraines and I don’t need any study to know that to be true!”

How Many Calories Can You Burn in 30 Minutes?



Let’s work it out, people.

Song Credit: http://soundcloud.com/tonez-pro/used-…

Research for the calorie-burn counts came from MyFitnessPal. These are all approximate, based on a male weighing 190 pounds. Workout-calorie counts change from person to person. 

What Does 2000 Calories Looks Like?
http://youtu.be/rgaqwFPU7cc

F*%$ Yeah Googly Eyes!!!
http://youtu.be/JldIbKp1JTg

Office Stress Hacks
http://youtu.be/BYnmnmxPZVg

 

WEIGHT BIAS GOES BOTH WAYS


Weight Bias Goes Both Ways

Despite their extensive medical trainingdoctorsare not immune to the stereotypes and stigma related to obesity. Previous research has shown that medical professionals routinely stereotype overweight patients, and a new survey shows that patients judge doctors by their physiques as well. Respondents in a recent survey said that they are less likely totrust or follow the advice of a physician who is overweight or obese. Considering that about half of the doctors in the US fall into these categories, this sort of weight bias could have significant and widespread consequences. More… Discuss

 

CHOLESTEROL – LOWERING DROPS COULD BE KEY TO SAVING SIGHT


Cholesterol-Lowering Drops Could Be Key to Saving Sight

Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in people over 60, but it may not be for much longer. Preliminary research suggests that cholesterol-lowering eye drops could prevent the disease’s progression and save the sight of those afflicted. In older adults, it appears that macrophages, immune cells that protect the body by ingesting foreign particles and infectious microorganisms, fail to effectively expel cholesterol. In the eye, this can lead to the creation of new blood vessels, causing rapid and pronounced vision loss. Preventing the buildup of lipids in the first place could potentially halt this process.More… Discuss

PARENTS TOO HASTY IN INTRODUCING SOLID FOODS


Parents Too Hasty in Introducing Solid Foods

Nearly half of new parents in the US begin feeding their babiessolid food too early, says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Leading physician groups currently recommend that parents refrain from giving infants younger than six months solid foods. Yet a survey conducted between 2005 and 2007—when the recommended cutoff for introducing solids was just four months—found that forty percent of new parents were starting their babies on solid foods before then. Some were even giving their children solid food when they were just weeks old. More…Discuss

 

PROTEIN DEFICIENCY LINKED TO COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT IN DOWN’S SYNDROME


Protein Deficiency Linked to Cognitive Impairment in Down’s Syndrome

Researchers believe they have identified one of the causes of developmental and cognitive impairment in people with Down’s syndrome: a lack of the protein SNX27 in their brains. When a deficiency of this brain protein was produced in mice, the animals exhibited learning andmemory impairments. By reintroducing this protein, researchers were able to restore normal brain function in the lab mice. It is possible that increasing SNX27 production or function in the brains of people with Down’s syndrome could lead to similar improvements. More… Discuss

 

Today”s Birthday: Thomas Sydenham (1624)


Thomas Sydenham (1624)

Known as “the English Hippocrates,” Sydenham was a physician who advocated direct observation instead of theorizing to determine the nature of disease. His conceptions of the causes and treatments of epidemics and his classic descriptions of gout, smallpox, malaria, and other maladies established him as a founder of modern clinical medicine and epidemiology. He introduced laudanum as a medication, helped popularize the use of quinine in treating malaria, and described what “dancing” disease? More… Discuss

Slideshow _ Anatomy of a Sore Throat_WebMD


Slideshow _ Anatomy of a Sore Throat

Slideshow _ Anatomy of a Sore Throat (Click on picture to access the Slideshow at WebMD)

Today’s Birthday:


Philippe Pinel (1745)

After moving to Paris in 1778, Pinel, a French physician, was appointed director of the Bicêtre and Salpêtrière hospitals. His experiences there prompted him to advocate for the humane treatment of mentally ill persons—then called the insane—and for the empirical study of mental disease. He further contributed to the development of psychiatry by establishing the practice of thoroughly documenting psychiatric case histories for research. What initially inspired Pinel’s interest in mental illness? More… Discuss

Alzheimer’s Disease and Inorganic Mercury Body Burdon: A Definitive Connection


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20847438

Quod Erat Demonstrandum: NOW WHAT ?