March 4th, 2015
Dr. Changiz Geula of the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine published a report in the science journal Brain. In it, Geula reported finding the protein amyloid in the brains of people in their 20s.
Amyloid is a protein that causes Alzheimer’s Disease. It gradually accumulates within the brain and forms sticky plaques. Under normal conditions, amyloid is a good protein to have. The brain produces it, and it serves as an anti-oxidant. It also forms new connections and maintains old connections within the brain and helps it stay adaptable.
In some people, particularly older people, amyloid accumulates within the brain and forms sticky clumps. Those clumps stop the nerves from working properly. They also kill neurons by depriving them of nutrients and preventing them from communicating with other cells.
Geula compared autopsy brains taken from normal people 20 – 66 years old, people 70 – 99 years old who didn’t have dementia, and Alzheimer’s patients 60 – 95 years old. Everybody had amyloid in a region of the brain associated with attention and memory. That means that the process for developing Alzheimer’s can begin as early as in the 20s. It also indicates that a specific region of the brain is particularly vulnerable to an accumulation of amyloid.
Gianfrancesco Genoso has read that experts currently believe that Alzheimer’s is caused by an imbalance between amyloid production and processes that clear it out of the brain. In other words, as the brain ages, it makes more amyloid than it can safely dispose of.
To prevent people from developing Alzheimer’s, doctors need a way to remove the excess amyloid before it can clump together and damage the brain. So far, there is no such way, but some treatments are being researched.
March 3rd, 2015
There’s no denying it, it’s a fact, smoking kills. The assertion of the harm smoking does to an individual came to the forefront in the mid-1950′s, when the British Doctors Study concluded that more over 50 percent of those individuals that lit up a cigarette would endure respiratory diseases, lung cancer, heart disease and cardiovascular conditions. A recent study, about Australian smokers, published by BMC Medicine, suggests that the death rate, resulting from cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions, may be two out of every three smokers.
Conducted by the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University, the study monitored nearly 205,000 participants from both sexes, over the age of 45. It classified the individuals into three categories; current smokers, smokers that quit and those that never smoked.
Dr. Jennifer Walden knows that an assessment and analysis of the data from the study revealed that there was a correlation between the number of cigarettes that an individual smoked per day and mortality risk. Those that puffed up to 14 cigarettes daily, have a two-fold mortality escalation, and those individuals that puffed in excess of 25 cigarettes a day, saw a four-fold, accelerated rate of mortality.
The data from this study mirrors prior smoking studies conducted in the United States and United Kingdom and confirms that smoking kills regardless of sex, ethnicity, culture or lifestyle. Words for the wise, it’s never too late to quit smoking.
March 2nd, 2015
Doctors, scientists and health officials have been warning us for a while now that the overuse of antibiotics is causing the rise of resistant strains of various disease causing organisms. A new report indicates we need to step up funding for the search for new antibiotics if we wish to stay ahead of disease strains adapting to our current preventive measures.
For years we have had a nightmarish vision presented to us of what it will be like to live in a post-antibiotic world. People will be dying from resistant offshoots of infections that we treat easily today. Imaging advantage suggests if doctors do not stop over-prescribing these types of medicines, then coming up with new ones to stay on top of the problem may be our only hope of avoiding that awful future. In a world of tightening financial belts and government debt and deficits, public officials may not want to spend the research dollars, but our lives may literally depend on it. Earlier this year, President Obama said he wants to double the amount of money the U.S. Federal government spends on fighting the problem of resistance to antibiotics. In a government that does spend too much overall, this may be one area where we should make the investment for our future. It may be us laying in that hospital bed 10 or 20 years from now wishing that we’d spent the money today and over the next few years to stay ahead of this problem.
March 1st, 2015
Your personal investments are something that you need to take a very close look at so that you can make the most money possible in the future on those investments. Most people are going to want to do some of the trading on their own, but the process gets far too complicated if you are not a licensed broker. The broker who is handling your money knows exactly what to do, and they are going to manage your investments in good faith.
You can tell your broker what you want from your investments, or you can ask them what they think should be done with your money. There are many ways for you to make money on your investments, but you need to make sure that you are working with someone who knows what they are doing
Your money could go anywhere in the world, and that is something that you need to make sure you reconcile before you get started. Your broker is going to set up investments that will include South American markets, but they will also use the markets around the world. These markets might include gold and silver investments that are very stable. You could get into commodities in America, or you could go right to the American stock markets.
The broker is going to send you a report every month that shows what has been going on with your money. You can read the report and ask questions if you have them, and you will be able to use these reports to make plans for the future. You can ask your broker to give you a chance to make money for a certain goal, or you can set a retirement date that you are happy with. You simply need to get BRL Trust to help you with these simple investment items.
February 24th, 2015
Teachers are known to give children in their classrooms the gift of a good education, and one Texas elementary school teacher is giving one of her students something more: a life.
Six year old Matthew Parker was born with bad kidneys and they have been failing on him since he was just an infant. Even though he had on transplant operation already,it had failed and now the little boy is on dialysis three times a week. In fact, he can only go to school with his brothers for two days a week. Matthew and his brothers are triplets, and their mother has been just besides herself as doctors said there was only a 1% chance he would get a match for another kidney.
That is, until his teacher Lindsey Painter decided to get tested to help her student, and was discovered to be a just the right match. According to an article found on reddit and written by KVUE.com, she is extremely happy that she will have a change to make this kind of impact on a boy who lights up her classroom. Painter was shocked to find out that she was compatible with little Matthew and did not hesitate to offer up one of her kidneys to him.
Haidar Barbouti (Culturemaphouston) has read that the two of them will go under transplant surgery in the middle of March, and Matthew is expected to make a full recovery within 8 weeks and should be able to go to school five days a week.
February 23rd, 2015
Today, the United States Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”) issued a warning, alerting health care providers that ERCP endoscopes, including duodenoscopes, may possess design features that “impede effective reprocessing.” Recently, several cases have been reported around the nation in which duodenoscopes may be implicated in the transmission of bacterial infections that are highly resistant to medications.
Endoscopy procedures are widely performed in medical settings. An estimated 500,000 occur every year, so the instances of disease transmission resulting from this procedure occur very rarely. The FDA indicated in its warning that it would continue to monitor the situation, rather than issue a product recall.
Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae were implicated recently following the deaths of two patients at a medical center in Los Angeles. Both had undergone duodenoscopy before falling ill. The cleaning and safety procedures at the medical facility were scrutinized carefully, and the review indicated that the hospital had followed all of the required disinfection protocols. Marcio Alaor BMG understands that this situation has created concern that possibly the bacteria were able to collect even in thoroughly cleaned equipment, perhaps due to design aspects of the tiny flaps located at the front of the endoscope.
The company that manufactures the endoscopy equipment indicated that it was in the process of preparing additional video training materials to demonstrate proper cleaning measures for health care providers to follow. Endoscopes contribute to numerous medical procedures conducted in hospital and clinic settings.