Unplanned Side Effects

March 4th, 2015


A rather significant statistical citation by the US Office of Drug Control indicates on the street, an 80 milligram OxyContin pill can sell for between $80 and $100, whereas a heroin dose may average $9. A new study from the National Center on Health Statistics, NCHS, indicates heroin use has nearly tripled since 2010 for the targeted chronic pain population. According to the raw data indicates opioid analgesic overdose to surpass the same for heroin overdose. In 2013, over 16,000 overdose incidence were attributed to chronic pain killers, compared to 8,257 incidence from heroin. The leading pain killers appear to be OxyContin and oxycodone.
Statistically, in 2010 an estimated 25 million people were using pain killers recreationally. Holly Hedegaard, Chief Epidemiologist with the NCHS sees this reported trend as “a big change.” She is the lead author of this current study. The shift in drug use may well be attributed to: law enforcement disengaging known pill mills, the opioid analgesic OxyContin was reclassified and reformulated effecting both prescription and altered usage, and the cited difference in street value between heroin and analgesics. According to the west orlando news,  the problem has few socio-economic bounds, so too, the solution is seen to be multifaceted between pharmaceutical manufacturers, physicians, and law enforcement.

Protein That Causes Alzheimer’s Found In People As Young As 20

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.

There’s No Denying, Smoking Kills!

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.

We Need to Fund Efforts against Antibiotic Resistance to Stave off an Uncertain Medical Future

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.

BRL Trust Manages Personal Investments

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.

This Gadget Might End Obesity

February 27th, 2015


A doctor in Michigan has created a device that he thinks could potentially end obesity. Called Full Sense, the device gives wearers the feelings of having a full stomach. That feeling should lead to them eating less, and ultimately loosing weight.

The device was created as a solution to a different problem said a youtube report. According to Ricardo Guimarães BMG one patient who had undergone bariatric surgery was having trouble keeping solid foods down. Doctor Randy Baker found that the issue was an area that was too small in her digestive tract for food to go through. He created a stint for her that opened that area back up again.

In the process it also put a bit of pressure on the top of her stomach, pressure that made her feel full even when she wasn’t.

When the surgery becomes an option for other patients it will be available at a much lower price tag. The stint and its insertion should typically only cost patients roughly $5,000 a fraction of the $20k-$30k cost of bariatric surgery. Researchers have found that patients who get the stint lose roughly 75% of their excess body weight after just 6 months.

Childhood Obesity- Still on the Rise

February 25th, 2015



Childhood obesity is a major problem worldwide, but more so in America. Millions of children are overweight, and at risk for developing juvenile diabetes. A new in-depth study shows that no one country is able to control the rising obesity rate of their young. The troubling fact that keeps experts guessing is the fact that the increase of childhood obesity has risen dramatically around the world in less than one generation.

The numbers are scary, and yet very upsetting. The chart shows that overweight children reside in at least nine countries worldwide, and the number is steadily rising said a survey on AnastasiaDate.com. The United States is the one country where the numbers are off the chart. Despite the bad news, there is some good news for Americans.

Compared to the number of obese children in the United States in the mid-2000s, children in the U.S. today are less likely to be obese. However, American children are still leading in numbers when it comes to obesity as a whole. Much of the damage children face today with their diet, didn’t recently begin. In fact, this problem with weight gain has been in the making for the past 30 years.

The weight of the average American child has increased by more than 11 pounds, according to researchers. This rate is high even for adults. Now that the United States is addressing this problem of obesity, the next step is to find a solution.

Teacher Donates Her Kidney To Six-Year Old Student

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.

New Technique Offers Hope for Alzheimer’s Patients

February 24th, 2015


Alzheimer’s was first officially categorized around a hundred years ago. According to Gianfrancesco Genoso, the disease has proven to be one of the most difficult medical conditions to treat. The human brain is one of the single most complex things on the planet. When things go wrong with the brain, it’s usually on such a small level that it’s difficult to both study and treat. However, new research suggests that there might be a way to help restore some of the faulty memory which defines the condition.

The new study was conducted quite differently than those which have come before. Most studies of Alzheimer’s disease have focused on one or two treatment options. The methodology is ideal for discovering whether a specific treatment has any effect. However, it’s focused far more on determining the effectiveness of treatment than it is on providing the optimal level of relief for patients.

The new study essentially combined the vast majority of effective treatments within a single study. The intent was to study what can be accomplished if treatment uses every effective method. While many doctors have done this, it’s the first time that a study has fully studies the effects. It removes the treatment from anecdote and into solid research.

The study combined 36 different forms of treatment into a single protocol. The effects of the treatment showed great promise for the future. All but a single patient showed tremendous improvement with their condition. Even more impressive, they were able to both remember things which had been considered lost. This offers hope even for patients whose personality has suffered tremendously under the strain of Alzheimer’s.

The FDA Issues a Warning About Endoscopes

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.