A Study Suggests GlaxoSmithKline’s Flu Vaccine Linked to Narcolepsy

July 3rd, 2015

Across the globe, health care providers encourage people at greatest risk for the flu to get the vaccine prior to peak season. Flu season varies from region to region, but it’s generally the time period in which is peak for outbreaks, the winter months. The results of an International study revealed that in calendar year 2009, the swine flu vaccine was linked to higher rates of the chronic sleep disorder, narcolepsy. There is no known cure for narcolepsy.

Perhaps a relief to Americans, the vaccine in the study, Pandemrix, was never used in the states reports Lime Crime. Yesterday, the team of International Researchers presented scientific evidence that the vaccine triggered an abnormal immune system response. Pandemrix contained a protein, which caused the vaccine to respond as if it encountered a sick person with an infection. Then it latched onto the narcolepsy receptors in the brain and structurally damaged the cells, permanently interrupting the sleep cycle of the patients.

In the study, which was published in the journal, Science Translational Medicine, people who received other European flu vaccines were not affected. Only the group of people, who were given the GlaxoSmithKline’s Pandemrix vaccine, has been diagnosed with this incurable sleep disorder.

Genetic predisposition was ruled out and “Dr. Lawrence Steinman of Stanford University and colleagues found that the H1N1 virus contains a protein that is structurally similar to part of a brain cell receptor for that wakefulness chemical.”

Strides Made In Type I Diabetes Treatments

July 2nd, 2015

 

More than a million people in America suffer from Type I diabetes. The majority of those are children under the age of 18. Type I diabetes necessitates constant insulin injections. Scientists are presently working on a model that would make these injections a thing of the past. This would make getting the insulin diabetes sufferers have to take every day, sometimes multiple times, a thing of the past.

The device, would monitor the insulin levels in the patient’s blood says Ivan Ong. When the levels drop and insulin is needed, it would automatically deliver it. Presently the device is designed to replicate a pancreas. Although, the technology would allow for this delivery system to be installed in any artificial organ for transplant.

In studies with this device, it has shown to be effective in 80% of the trials. There is hope that soon it will be ready for testing with animals. The hope is that with the advance of this type of treatment that children who suffer from diabetes will be alleviated of the pain associated with getting their needed treatments.

Soon diabetes will be something that can be automatically cared for and hopefully rectified. This may point science and medicine down the trail of dealing with other diseases in the same fashion. While sickness cannot be prevented, maybe its treatment can now be made painless and automatic.

Strides Made In Type I Diabetes Treatments

July 2nd, 2015

 

More than a million people in America suffer from Type I diabetes. The majority of those are children under the age of 18. Type I diabetes necessitates constant insulin injections. Scientists are presently working on a model that would make these injections a thing of the past. This would make getting the insulin diabetes sufferers have to take every day, sometimes multiple times, a thing of the past says Ivan Ong.

The device, would monitor the insulin levels in the patient’s blood. When the levels drop and insulin is needed, it would automatically deliver it. Presently the device is designed to replicate a pancreas. Although, the technology would allow for this delivery system to be installed in any artificial organ for transplant.

In studies with this device, it has shown to be effective in 80% of the trials. There is hope that soon it will be ready for testing with animals. The hope is that with the advance of this type of treatment that children who suffer from diabetes will be alleviated of the pain associated with getting their needed treatments.

Soon diabetes will be something that can be automatically cared for and hopefully rectified. This may point science and medicine down the trail of dealing with other diseases in the same fashion. While sickness cannot be prevented, maybe its treatment can now be made painless and automatic.

Possible Treatment for MERS Announced

July 1st, 2015

MERS is the deadly disease that strikes the Middle East region over and over again, spreading a little more with each season. Up until now there have been no known treatments to prevent or cure the virus, but that is about to change. Recently, scientists have announced that they have isolated two potential treatments that can prevent the contraction of the deadly disease.

So far the treatments have only been tested on animals, but in those experiments the animals have been able to recover from their contraction of the disease. The drug is still in the early stages, but these results are very promising in being a possible treatment for MERS, according to scientists.

Now that the drug has been identified it will need to go through clinical trials in order to test its effectiveness. Blog.NJ.com implied that the antibodies work by neutralizing the virus enough that those infected with the disease are able to make a complete recovery and regain their health.

MERS is unique because it was only discovered in humans in 2012, after humans contracted the disease from infected camels, via infected bats. This disease shows how it is possible for an unknown virus in one isolated population can make its way through several species. Both MERS and SARS are related and both are respiratory based diseases that can lead to death. Now that we know more about the disease and how it affects humans we can develop stronger drugs and treatments to fight it.

Is Surgery for Knee Pain the Best Option?

June 30th, 2015

Knee surgery has gained a lot of controversy and ridicule in the past few years because of those who have had these procedures done and are still experiencing pain years down the road. Knee surgery is not something to take lightly, since it involves trying to relieve the pain of joints in the area using modern technological advances. According to Lime Crime, if the surgery is done incorrectly or if you do not respond well to the procedure, it can be easy to continue living with the pain or even to experience more of it after the surgery is done. This is why many people are beginning to wonder if knee surgery is truly the best option.

One of the most important things about knee surgery is the rehabilitation that comes along with it after everything is said and done. The main issue with people is that they find it difficult to go through rehab after knee surgery, and this can be more than problematic when you’re trying to recondition your joints in this area. If you are going to be going for knee surgery, it is vital that you are able to rehabilitate yourself afterward and have the motivation that is needed to get this done. When you have it done, you will find that you are better off and feel more relieved from the pain than ever before and can go about living your life in peace.

Social Butterflies

June 29th, 2015

Who doesn’t like hanging out with friends? The problem is that with such busy lifestyles and hectic schedules, it can be difficult to find the time to do much else except sleep and eat. It is common knowledge that eating right and exercising are vital to staying healthy. Recent studies have shown that people who are more social and engage in activities they enjoy with others, live longer and better. Though staying home in bed eating a pint of chocolate chip sounds tempting when you are depressed, it is far better to surround yourself with friends and interact with others. Folks at Amen Clinic know that this has been proven to lessen symptoms of depression and disability. Someone who lives alone, spends most of their time alone or feels lonely more often than not, has a 30% higher risk of dying within seven years than their counterparts. With this said, maybe it is time to get active and see the world with new eyes!

“Stop The Epidemic”

June 25th, 2015

 

There is an obesity epidemic that is flooding the United States. Younger and younger children are being obese at a faster rate. A new study just revealed a few things parents could do to help stop this epidemic. These strategies may not be easy at first, but they all work.

The first strategy to fight obesity would be to cut children down on screen time. Studies show that children no longer sit and watch television. They have to be eating or drinking something while enjoying a movie or program.

The second thing would be to keep children away for a lot of sweets said Paul Mathieson. This has to do with both drinks and food. Drinks and snacks with too much sugar will put the weight on a child fast. Going further, children usually eat or drink something without reading the label. A good way to execute this strategy would be to point out the label to the children. This will make the children realize what they are putting into their bodies.

The last strategy would be to encourage children to engage in physical activities every single day. When children go out with their friends, parents usually think they are engaging in physical activities. However, most children just hangout at the park all day. This is not engaging in activities. Parents should make sure children join a sport or an after school program where they will engage in real physical activities.

Pickles Found To Reduce Anxiety

June 24th, 2015

A recent study has been done in the food department that could help you feel much better overall. According to an article found on reddit and written by Grub Street, it was found that eating pickles made people much less anxious than people who avoided them. Basically there was some kind of link between eating pickled food items and reducing the amount of stress and social anxiety levels in someone. Oddly enough they found that students at a university who participated in test were far less anxious if they really liked kimchi or sauerkraut or pickles.

Folks at Skout think that this is surely an interesting concept, and now they know they may turn to the fridge when it comes to a stressful time. I think that whatever the reason is for the soothing effects it is still a pretty neat thing to have found out. Because after all who doesn’t eat pickles? I think that there are times when you are just hungry but don’t know what to eat, so turning to a pickle would easily make that craving and restlessness disappear.

It won’t be long before this is tested out again, and hopefully whoever decides to participate in in again will have the same findings. It is just nice to know about something that is guaranteed to calm you down in major times of stress.

Anti-Vaccinators and Jews; A Similarity In Treatment?

June 23rd, 2015

A popular doctor, Dr. Robert W. Sears, recently suggested on his facebook page that parents who choose not to vaccinate their children are frequently being treated similarly to how Jews were treated in Nazi Germany so many years ago. This seems like a very drastic comparison and some people are up in arms over the whole situation. Parents who fall into the category of being against vaccinations though, feel like the statement might not actually be that far from the truth.

It was not too many months ago that the measles outbreak in Florida reignited a spark regarding the great vaccination debate. Basically, those parents who choose not to vaccinate,
selectively vaccinate
or put off vaccinating do not often get public approval for their choices. These parents feel it is their right to protect their children from these harsh vaccinations that contain harmful chemicals and that can overload the immune system and body.

Dr. Sears and his father have written many pediatric and parenting books that are highly regarding in the community. Brian Reifler says both doctors have always stood by the point that parents can choose what is right for their child and they also offer alternative vaccination schedules that parents can follow to obtain the shots their child needs but in a safer manner. They also offer parenting advice when it comes to child sleep issues, dietary concerns, behavioral issues, sibling rivalry and much more.

Lupus And Pregnancy

June 23rd, 2015

For women who currently have their health well maintained and their lupus is in remission, pregnancy is something that can be accomplished with little to no issues or complications. This information comes as part of a study that was completed by the Hospital For Special Surgery. A number of biomarkers were studied in women who had lupus, which is an autoimmune disease that affects healthy tissue. Brad Reifler knows that, in addition to affecting otherwise healthy tissue in the body, lupus can also affect the brain, the kidneys, joints and skin. Up until now, women were often told to avoid pregnancy if at all possible if lupus was diagnosed. Now, with proper medical attention and prenatal care, lupus patients are going on to start families and have healthy babies.

This study, which was called the PROMISSE study, followed 385 different pregnant women who also had 
lupus.
 Of those women, eighty-one percent of them went on to have non-complicated pregnancies. Five percent of the women’s pregnancies ended in fetal or neonatal death. Some of the babies were smaller than normal and some of the women went into preterm labor, but overall there were no specific complications that indicated pregnancy should be avoided at all costs. The women who did have complications typically had other health issues present or were in the middle of a pretty substantial flare up of lupus. Hypertension, low platelets and other factors were present.