Archive for February, 2015

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.

Alzheimer’s Disease Finally Sees Hopeful Treatment

February 23rd, 2015

 

Over a billion dollars have been spent to date in the pursuit of a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, the results of which have been disappointing at best. Recently, findings from a small study completed by Buck Institute for Research on Aging jointly with UCLA’s Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research may have turned the tide at long last. Alzheimer’s disease is best known to result in memory loss for the sufferer which continues to deteriorate over the remainder of the individual’s life says March Sparks. Family members and caregivers suffer immeasurably, while the patient slips away into an abyss until they have no recollection of virtually anyone noted Twitter.

The small study enrolled 10 subjects 9 of whom experienced real reversal of cognitive impairment. It is worth noting that the one subject that did not have success suffered late stage Alzheimer’s. The other 9 subjects were in much earlier stages of cognitive decline. The difference between this study and most others is this study used a “systems” approach. The study details and results were published in the Journal of Aging

By systems approach is meant a systematic method was applied to each individual in the study by using a combination of therapies instead of one single directive, which has so far proven ineffective. Specifically, a 36 point program that touched on things from diet and supplements to exercise, brain stimulation and much more, was employed. Each study subject had a personalized program designed for them although certain factors were consistently applied across all subjects.

Simple carbohydrates were eliminated from the diet. Exercise was required most days. Hormone replacement therapy was employed. Meditation was used daily, as a tool to control stress and several other novel lifestyle and health oriented therapies were used. The results were surprising but anecdotal. A larger clinical trial is required under controlled circumstances. The bottom line is that memory loss can be reversed and rather than a singular pharmacological approach a multifaceted approach may be more appropriate.

Scientist Recommend Bot Girls and Boys be Vaccinated Against HPV

February 23rd, 2015

 

 

New research indicates that the HPV vaccine is actually effective against nine different strains of the virus. HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a common cause of a number of types of cancer. The vaccine for the cancer can help prevent someone from contracting the virus, however, it turns out not many children are vaccinated.

According to a recent survey, only 33.4 percent of girls in the united states are vaccinated against the virus, a dramatically low number given that 60 percent of UK girls are vaccinated and 71.2 of Australian women. The numbers are even lower when it comes to boys.

Typically targeted at women, Alexei Beltyukov suggests that both men and women are vaccinated against HPV at an early age. One in three sexually active people have the virus at any given time, even though many do not actually experience any symptoms of the disease. Just because no symptoms are present, however, doesn’t mean that a person is unable to pass the virus along to another partner.

New Ebola Vaccine Trials

February 19th, 2015

 

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and officials from several nations and health care systems are working now with the Sierra Leone government to begin a test trial for one of several Ebola vaccines that are currently in the research and development stages in the United States and Canada.

According to wordpress, the vaccine will be first distributed to 6,000 healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses and ambulance drivers, in the country. Beyond these workers like Jaime Garcia Dias, several other trials will be underway in healthcare worker test batches throughout the West African countries worst hit by the virus. Additionally, government and healthcare officials, along with several prescription drug research and development companies, will be testing treatment options designed to help make surviving the virus once a patient is infected easier. Mortality rates for Ebola are still much higher at this time than many other viruses worldwide.

Of course, there is no mention of when the vaccines and other treatments will be distributed for testing and then use among the peoples of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and anywhere else people are infected by Ebola. At this point, officials involved in the trials are primarily looking to safeguard healthcare workers. Thousands of healthcare workers have died since the outbreak began last year. The concerns are two-fold: 1. Healthcare workers are primarily volunteers who are risking their lives. 2. Their positions can lead to faster spread of the virus.

Female Viagra?

February 18th, 2015

Viagra and its derivatives have cornered the market on men’s sexual pleasure and performance, but what’s out there for women?

As it turns out, nothing says forbes.com. The sole female excitatory drug, flibanserin, was rejected by the Food and Drug Administration twice. In fact, says Cindy Pearson of the National Women’s Health Network, “It doesn’t seem to work very well, if at all.”

However, Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women,
sees a subtle cultural reason for the lack of interest in providing a
medication for women’s waning sexual desires. She suggests that perhaps the bias of trivializing women’s sexuality has crept into the FDA’s decision to turn down the
marketing of flibanserin.

Are women really experiencing the same anxiety as men about sexual performance?
Women often experience waning sexual desire with midlife menopause,
due to fluctuating or diminishing hormonal activity. This has been
routinely described by physicians as ‘normal’ and nothing to worry
about. Adriane Fugh-Berman at Georgetown University considers that
administering a medication for normal human experience could possibly create a
problem instead of a solution. Many men and women see a waning libido
at midlife as a natural process, and not a subject for worry.

Even so, strong concerns remain. Menopause and its
symptoms can create serious hormonal changes for women. The resulting
drop in libido can be disastrous for sexual relationships and every
bit as diminishing for a woman as for a man. In light of that, the first drug to enhance a woman’s libido, flibanserin, will be re-submitted to the FDA for further consideration.

The Life and Death Risk of Seeing a Doctor

February 17th, 2015

 

 

Most people know that doctors offices, hospitals and medical facilities are Petrie dishes filled with bacteria, viruses and other contagious microorganisms.

A lot of patients assume that the worst thing that can happen to them is catching a cold.

The truth? Well, here’s what BMG has to say

Many people in the United States take a life and death risk every time they enter a healthcare diagnosis and treatment setting. Worse yet, even the patients who think they might catch a cold fail to follow simple precautions that could protect them from many contagious microorganisms, such as wearing face masks and gloves or, at least, washing their hands whenever they touch surfaces in these places. Worse yet, patients also do not push to get any sort of guarantee that diagnostic and surgery equipment have been appropriately tested for various bacteria before a procedure.

Yesterday, February 18, representatives of UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center revealed that they have lost two patients to a superbug known as carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae or CRE that was transmitted during endoscopies performed from October 2014 to January 2015.

Five more definite cases of infection have been confirmed. The hospital’s administrative staff and doctors are now reaching out to an additional 179 people who might be infected with the CRE bacteria.

Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae kills more people than the superbug methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus every year. Like MRSA, CRE is extremely resistant to modern antibiotics making it almost impossible to treat.