Archive for January, 2015

Precision Medicine: Beginning of the End of Orphan Drugs

January 30th, 2015

In case all ailments are rare ailments, then they are none that are rare.

It is the unsaid problem as US as well as the rest of the world makes development in the long-sought after progress of precision drugs.

The Orphan Drug Company exists like it does presently on the basis of traditional science: a number of ailments seem to happen extremely infrequently. All other diseases are, according to the description, “common”. For the “common” ailments, individuals are supposed to only be in a position to take one therapy created by a single lab to get rid of it, or at least cover the signs. The “blockbuster drugs” of old.

Science has advanced. And at this moment that President Obama has clarified that he thinks of at least starting the talks about precision (custom-made) medication, industry is not going to have any choice other than start preparing to shift as well.

2014 seemed to be a good year for unusual diseases, and pharmaceuticals, like record amounts of latest medicines were accredited and a big quantity of them were for orphan descriptions. From what Fersen Lambranho understands, it does not appear as if this will disappear anytime in a little while, either, in case economic forecasts are going to be trusted. Those unusual ailments are currently easy cash for the drug companies-frequently; the patients have excessive interest to part with the hefty cost so that they can improve their lifestyle.

Spam Medical Journal Emails Aren’t Really the Problem

January 28th, 2015

A Harvard medical researcher recently decided to see how easy it would be to publish a fake medical article in fake medical journals whose publishers invited him to write for them if he paid a $500 fee.

Yes. It’s as ridiculous a study as it sounds.

Obviously, the researcher missed the glaring fact that this isn’t really news to anyone anywhere except medical practitioners and researchers who apparently have never taken the time to learn which journals and publications are legitimate, or learn to tell the difference between a real invitation to write for a legitimate publication and spam. Even a five-year-old could tell an adult these days that an invitation to publish sent by email and with a $500 price tag sounds hinky.

Many critics argue that the study, and news reports about it, fail to address far greater concerns:

A lot of fake doctors or former practitioners who have lost their licenses hang copies of articles they’ve published in fake medical journals in their offices to trick patients into believing that they’re legitimate and experts in their fields. People like Marc Sparks have read News reports about the study fail to mention that many legitimate medical practitioners and researchers are horrible writers and listeners. Find more on Spars at Medical and research records are often poorly written and filled with a high number of errors that often result in future patient injury and death.

Perhaps Harvard and some publishers should rethink their focus.

The Antique Wine Company–Showcasing Only the World’s Finest Wines

January 27th, 2015


“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”

― Ernest Hemingway


Hemingway strings words together so beautifully, and in turn, the Antique Wine Company allows luxury and sophistication to roll smoothly off the tongue. The world-famous, London-based merchants are experts in fine and rare wines, proud of their 20,000-plus clients who grace just about every corner of the globe.


The secret to the success of the Antique Wine Company not only lies in an exquisite bottle of their superb product but in the knowledge and expertise of the company under the leadership of AWC founder Stephen Williams. The firm represents the cream of the crop when it comes to incredible wines and spirits. In fact, an amazing, Guinness World record took place in July 2011, when an 1811 bottle of d’Yquem, was sold for a staggering $125,000 (£75,000) to wine connoisseur Christian Vanneque – eclipsing the 1787 bottle as the world’s most expensive white wine!


AWC was founded by Williams more than 25 years ago. He was once named the “Sherlock Holmes of Fine Wines,” for his incredible ability to journey across the globe hunting down the most-sought after vintages. When it comes to developing exceptional wine cellars, Williams is no stranger to showcasing the finest collections for 4-star hotels, romantic chateaus, palace royals, wineries, private individuals, etc. The firm owns a stellar reputation across six continents. Not bad for a self-taught wine connoisseur.


AWC successfully launched a wine academy three years ago in the tony, London district of Marylebone. The endeavor has been incredibly well-received as people from all walks of life really do enjoy drinking wine and learning all about it. The school features wine specialists with highly-respected pedigrees in the business in a relaxing, informative atmosphere.


“The aim of the AWC Wine Academy is to become a central resource for the wine industry, not only teaching those with little or no prior knowledge of wine, but those also working in the industry, who wish to progress and extend their knowledge of the subject,” Williams added.


Wine students learn from the pros about grape varieties, countries and regions, classic wine tasting, blind tasting, serving tips and techniques, and so forth, in a 4-week evenings seminar.


Acquiring a superb, rare and valuable wine is more than just a liquid asset. As Williams once said, “It’s not just wine, it’s history and nostalgia in a bottle.


“Pour deep the rosy wine and drink a toast with me; Here’s to three: Thee, wine and camaraderie!”

– Unknown


A Different Opinion on the True Cause of Heart Disease

January 27th, 2015

A former heart surgeon is telling as many people as will listen that the medical approach we have been taking against heart disease in western society is not working. Doctors have been telling people to eat a low fat diet and reduce their cholesterol intake for decades now. According to Flavio Maluf’s Facebook, Dr. Dwight Lundell, this approach is not working. More people are getting and dying from heart disease every year. Dr. Lundell says that inflammation in the artery walls is the real culprit and that without this inflammation cholesterol would just pass harmlessly through our arteries. He has stated that eating highly processed foods is what promotes this inflammation, and getting these foods out of our diet is what we should all be doing to increase our chances of not getting heart disease.

Of course, nutritionists have been saying things similar to this for decades now. They have attributed a variety of diseases to the poor diets that are predominantly eaten in western societies. In fact, some have even attributed rising heart disease rates in other parts of the world to the spread of fast food chains that got their start in the west. The western diet seems to be slowly becoming a world diet and heart disease is spreading with it. Of course, fast foods are also high in the fats and cholesterol that most doctors advise against as well as the processed foods that Dr. Lundell specifically attacks. His advice of only eating foods that our grandmothers ate when growing up may be a sound starting point for health as they grew up in an age that preceded the flood of both highly processed and fatty foods that we eat so much of today.

Improve Your Posture With North American Spine’s Infograph

January 23rd, 2015

PR Newswire reports that North American Spine has put together an infograph, that was released with the intent to inform many people about poor posture. Many people do not realize that poor posture, may be the cause of some of the pain they feel in their everyday lives. Insomnia, certain headaches, neck pain, as well as back pain, can be caused by having poor posture. Many do not think about their posture, unless it’s mentioned to them. Knowing that posture may be causing you pain, may make you think twice about it. The infograph released, teaches how to improve posture.

Not only can one improve their posture, by using the infograph release by North American Spine, they can also learn the signs of having poor posture, and learn if pains they have, are caused by poor posture. The information in the infograph is invaluable, especially to those who are already suffering from pain on a regular basis. North American Spine is based in Dallas, Texas, but they have several facilities in other areas. Their facilities cater to those who have neck and back pain, especially if they need a surgical procedure to minimize the pain.

Over 8000 patients have gone to North American Spine for treatment, and the success rate is extremely high. The treatment of neck and back pain at North American Spine, consists of using the AccuraScope procedure. The procedure is 45 minutes, and the patient may see immediate pain relief. The healing process after the procedure, is very short, and the person may end up with permanent pain relief. North American Spine is currently celebrating its sixth year in helping patients to be pain free. Use of the AccuraScope procedure on patients at North American Spine, has proved to be extremely successful for both the patients and the surgeons.

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Hopeful News for Multiple Sclerosis Sufferers

January 22nd, 2015

Multiple Sclerosis is a degenerative disease of the nerves and muscles. Once diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, it is a continuing degenerative disease. While medication can slow the progression of MS, there is currently no cure.

While this new scientific discovery of modern medicine isn’t technically a cure, it would add to the patient’s quality of life. In fact, it could possibly reverse some of the effects of MS.

With a continuing debilitating disease, a high quality of life is good news. What exactly is this hopeful news for Multiple Sclerosis Sufferers? Doctors have found a way to produce immune system boosting stem cells from the patients themselves. It is essentially a “rebooting” of the immune system.

It is a process of removing and storing stem cells from the patient’s blood. Then doctors lower the patient’s immune system with low doses of chemotherapy, and then reintroduce the stem cells back into the patient’s blood.

The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study was small and researchers stress still that the earlier the treatment, the better. As Sergio Lins Andrade knows MS is usually diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40 years. Stem cell therapy is still only available in clinical trials but this new break through could prove beneficial for the hundreds of thousands of current MS sufferers.

Measles Outbreak In Disneyland.

January 22nd, 2015

California health officials have stated that if your child, especially an infant, is not vaccinated for measles then you should stay out of Disneyland, where an outbreak of the disease is continuing to spread. 59 cases in California, 3 in Utah and a few other states have been confirmed and there is no sign of this disease slowing down. It is possible that much more people who visit the park could get sick.

“For the time being, if you are not vaccinated, or have an infant too young for vaccination, avoid Disneyland,” said one official, “people are not aware how deadly this disease can actually be to children.”

A quarter of the children who have caught the disease have been hospitalized. So infants, pregnant woman and anyone else with compromised immune systems should not go. It has deadly consequences, so if you were planning on going you should delay your vacation. Companies like Slow Ventures have learned that the disease spread to many visitors and 5 Disneyland employees. People who were already contagious with the virus had gone to Disneyland. If your child has measles it is advised that you do not enter the park at this time or risk unnecessary death to other children at the Disneyland park.

Measles Outbreak Spreads to Other States

January 22nd, 2015

A measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in December is still spreading. Health officials reported that, as of Wednesday, there were 59 confirmed cases of measles in California and eight cases spread through Colorado, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Mexico. Among the infected are five Disneyland workers; 42 of the 59 California are linked to Disneyland.

Measles vaccines became common in 1963. Before then, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three to four million Americans would contract measles every year, and 400 to 500 would die. The measles vaccine proved so effective that by 2000, the disease was believed to have been eradicated in the United States.

I had no idea until my friend Dan Newlin told me but apparently, a movement against childhood vaccinations arose due to beliefs that vaccines cause autism. Those beliefs were caused by a now-discredited study. Many doctors blame the current outbreak on the anti-vaccine movement. A majority of the infected are “underimmunized,” which means they either didn’t get vaccinated at all, or they got just one of the two required shots.

According to health officials, at least 95 percent of the people in a given population have to be immunized in order to prevent outbreaks. 7.1 percent of the kindergarten children in Oregon were not immunized during the 2013-2014 school year, which is the highest rate of exemption in the country. California has an overall exemption rate of 3.1 percent — but there are communities in which the exemption rate is much higher. Some neighborhoods in Los Angeles and Orange County have exemption rate in the double digits.

State legislatures have responded by tightening the rules regarding personal exemptions, making it harder for parent to opt out of having their children vaccinated. Similarly, Orange County health officials barred unvaccinated children from school.

Measles Outbreak Worse Than Thought In California

January 21st, 2015

Health officials stated Saturday that the measles outbreak that started at Disneyland over the Christmas season is now reaching much further than the gates of the theme park as patients are now spreading the disease in their hometowns after returning home.

According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, 51 confirmed cases of the measles have been reported in various locations in California and three other states. In addition a few cases have been reported in Mexico. The large jump in measles cases causes and Marc Sparks to believe that the outbreak is going to continue to quickly spread.

Originally, health officials were hopeful that they could contain the outbreak among those who visited the theme park between December 17th and 20th, but now six cases of measles have been reported among people that never visited the park. Orange County public health officer Dr. Eric Handler stated that it is now clearly spread throughout the county and they need to make sure that everyone is immunized to protect the population.

Most of the people that have contracted the measles never received the immunization or are too young to have completed the full immunization against measles.

Finding Happiness through Expressive Writing

January 21st, 2015

Every single person around the world is interested in finding happiness. People go out of their way to seek it. When things are going well in a person’s life, they will try to maintain things in such a way that they will continue to feel happy. When things are not going so well, they seek new ways to feel happy.

Expressive writing is one way in which individuals are finding happiness. It can lead to improved happiness and behavioral changes which affect the way people feel. Recent studies have shown that expressive writing, which is writing about yourself and your personal experiences, can help with a variety of things, including reducing symptoms when going through cancer treatments, improving mood disorders, improving heart health, boosting memory, and reducing the times a person visits the doctor.

One study that was done involved a group of students in their freshman year of college. Many of them were worried about their grades and feeling like they were simply not cut out to do the job. The students who used expressive writing while going through their first year of school did much better than the students who did not write. The students in that the study wrote about their feelings and compared these with the feelings of other students who had previously written about the same concerns but who went on to graduate. To Fersen Lambranho’s delight, there was only a 1 percent dropout rate with these students. In comparison, there was a 20 percent dropout rate with students who had not done expressive writing.