Archive for March, 2015

Effective Remedy Found in 1,000 Year Old Book Teaches Us Important Lesson

March 31st, 2015

Folk medicine and herbal cures typically get only a sneering glance from the medical establishment if they get any notice at all. We are surprised, for some reason, whenever we are reminded that the people who came centuries before us may have actually known a thing or two about the world around them and how to treat certain conditions and illnesses. In an Anglo-Saxon book of remedies, a formulation of onion, garlic and bovine salts has actually been tested in a lab and found to be astonishingly effective at killing the bacteria staphylococcus aureus. This bacterium is behind several antibiotic resistant infections that afflict people around the world. Scientists believe this concoction may actually be a key player in the fight against antibiotic resistant organisms in general.

That a book of remedies over 1,000 years old may hold the key to fighting off a bleak future in which resistant bacteria could claim untold lives must be extremely humbling to modern medicine. MZWeb says that of course, our opinion of ancient medicine is not helped by the fact that the book this remedy was found in was called “Bald’s Leechbook.” Leeches were definitely one of the many misses in the hit or miss world that was ancient medicine. This finding, however, does show us that we can not be too dismissive of ancient remedies, and that scholars and scientists around the world had better start dusting off other old texts and readying experiments to see if there may be some more medical gems that we only need to rediscover.

Sound and a Happy Dance

March 27th, 2015

Little Kennedy Steele was born without auditory nerves. She has lived her three years without hearing the sounds we all take for granted. Most importantly to her, she had not heard her mothers voice. Until recently that is.
Kennedy is one of a few children taking part in testing an auditory brain implant. This implant bypasses what should enable hearing in the inner ear. Older adults are already hearing due to this implant and the FDA recently approved testing on children. Kennedy had her surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. There are hospitals in three other states in the United States that perform this surgery – Massachusetts, California, and North Carolina.
Brian Torchin has learned that when Kennedy heard her mother’s voice for the first time, she could not contain her excitement. She began to dance. Her mother was as thrilled as she was and said she would never forget this moment.
Dr. J. Thomas Roland, Jr. states that early result of the implant are encouraging. Everyone hopes that the brain will respond to sound and recipients will eventually be able to process the sound and develop oral language and speech.
Kennedy’s mother and the rest of her family are looking forward to the possibility of being able to communicate better with her. Doctors will follow Kennedy’s progress over the next 5 years, watching closely to see how her speech patterns develop.

Eye Disease is New Health Crisis in Ethiopia

March 25th, 2015


The impoverished nation has been fighting battle after battle with various health crisis’ as long as anyone can remember. Ethipoia is now facing a new health crisis that threatens to blind the majority of their women.
Trachoma is not a new eye disease, but the number of cases of the blinding eye disease has reached an all-time high.Trachoma causes the eyelids to turn under, which in turn causes the eyelashes to brush against the cornea with every blink. Each blink scratches the cornea and does a little more harm to the delicate eye surface. As the eye disease progresess and the eyelids turn even farther under themselves, the cornea becomes scratched beyond repair and blindness results stated Dr Jennifer Walden.
Trachoma happens to many more women than men, and is caused by an infection which began in the unsanitary conditions of the nation and is spread via contact. The infection is typically carried by young children and is then passed to their mothers and the other women in the household who hold and care for the young children.
Trachoma is easily cured when caught in time. Antibiotics and/or a surgical procedure can cure the eye infection and prevent blindness.

End of Life Care: It’s Okay to Stop Taking Statin Drugs

March 24th, 2015

It’s a catch 22 medical situation that has no right or wrong answer. If a person is going to die with a terminal illness within a few months, should they stop taking statin drugs? Statin drugs are formulated to reduce the level of ‘bad’ cholesterol in the blood stream and thereby reduce the risk of heart attack. If the patient is dying with terminal cancer, will taking a daily statin drug benefit them or is it okay for them to stop taking the drug?

Dan Newlin says the catch comes because many patients who have been prescribed statins were told that they would have to take them for the rest of their lives. Telling them they can now stop taking the drugs makes their impending death even more of a reality.

Some patients are happy to be able to eliminate one daily drug from their routine, others fear a heart attack will claim their lives quicker than the cancer if they quit taking their cholesterol medicine. Patients who feel comfortable enough to quit taking statins also save a few hundred dollars on medicine costs over the course of several months. Some people say they even feel a little better physically when they quit taking the statin drugs.

Federal Bill Proposed for Medical Marijuana‏

March 24th, 2015

As reported in an article on, a bill was proposed at the Federal level for approval for medical marijuana. This was a bi-partisan effort, focused to remove the Federal war and raids on the cannabis industry. Imaging Advantage has learned that, if approved at a Federal level, the states that chose to also legalize medical marijuana would be more in compliance with the Federal Government, end the bans and raids, and stop the interference with medical programs.

The bi-partisan group is intelligent enough to focus on allowing research to better understand the use and benefits of this drug, and re-classify it. The Senators we joined by a group of patients exhibiting different symptoms and uses for the drug. If there are realized benefits and relief from the symptoms of a variety of medical conditions, people deserve the right to seek this treatment. But, with so much previous stigma, we need to have a greater understanding of the effects and benefits, and how it can be used for medical treatment.

Is it so wrong to want to feel better? Should a parent not do everything they could to seek treatment for their aging parents or children? I think it is easy to judge until you are faced with such decisions yourself. And how better to understand than to learn all we can about what this plant can offer us?

New York Begins New e-Prescription

March 23rd, 2015

Walking into a pharmacy with that little piece of paper from your doctor will be a thing of the past according to what Ray Lane said on

Under a change in New York State law, providers will have to file prescriptions electronically, directly to the pharmacy. The e-prescription program will put an end to filing phony prescriptions, which has fueled rampant drug abuse for years throughout New York.

“Not only should this measure prevent fraud, this will help with the diversion of drugs, which is the original intent of it, but also it will increase the accuracy when filling prescriptions,” says Dr. Andrew Kleinman, president of the Medical Society of the State of New York.

This new state law was suppose to take effect next Friday, however, Governor Cuomo delayed it.

“We needed to ensure the system, as well as vendors had a smooth transition.” I want it to work and I want to make sure that it’s good for the patients,” Kleinman says.

Doctors, hospitals and nursing homes had two years to prepare, but their software vendors needed more time to build better programs and get cleared by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

The providers’ electronic systems need to be reviewed and approved by the DEA before they can begin filing prescriptions for controlled substances, Kleinman says.

Of course, there are a few kinks in the system that still need to be resolved.

The new law now goes into effect March 27, 2016.

The 3 Health Screenings Women Need

March 19th, 2015


Health screenings can save lives, yet millions of Americans delay or even skip key health screenings like mammograms, endoscopy, and colonoscopies because of fear.

Overcoming the dread can really save your life the list below is provided by

Here are 3 screenings you need;

1. Mammogram
By taking x-rays of a flattened breast, mammography can detect up to 80% of breast cancers. Regular mammograms can cut the death rate of women in their 40s by up to 29%. Most mammograms take only about 10 seconds of compression, per side.

2. Colonoscopy
This procedure is the most effective way for a doctor to look for polyps and other precancerous growths in the colon. If any are found, the doctor can usually remove them painlessly on the spot. The procedure only last for about 30 minutes to an hour.

3. Endoscopy
An upper endoscopy exam is similar to colonoscopys, except that the scope is inserted down your esophagus while you’re sedated. Endoscopy is used to investigate certain symptoms, like reflux, swallowing difficulty, and abdominal pain. It’s important to look at patientss over age sixty because as we age, the esophagus is less sensitive.

Ease the stress of any of these test with a few relaxation techniques. Deep breathing, stretching, and exercises can help you overcome fear and anxiety.

Your Healthy Brain and Breathing / Meditation

March 17th, 2015

“Your brain is involved in everything you do. When it works right, you work right,” said Dr. Daniel Amen and a recent Yahoo article.

One thing we can do for our brain health came from his study of Kirtan Kriya, a type of meditation. A session involves chanting and a pattern of breathing, for about 12 minutes. This practice was shown to improve brain function, resulting in greater alertness, clearer thinking and better problem solving.

You can get these significant benefits without chanting. The doctor has simplified it to a breathing exercise. He calls it five times two. Simply sit upright and breathe in slowly, for five seconds. Pause for about two seconds, and take about five seconds to smoothly exhale. Pause again for about two seconds, and begin another cycle by, inhaling slowly. 10 repetitions complete the session.

While Doctor Amen asserts that doing this every day would be a helpful discipline, he especially recommends it for times we are anxious, tense, nervous, or feeling out of control.

In studying meditation’s effect on the brain, he and his colleagues were surprised at what they found. It has long been assumed that meditation calms activity in the brain. Apparently, the peaceful affect we feel comes from optimized activity
in the prefrontal cortex. Dr. Daniel Amen calls this area the most human part of the brain. By firing this area up, meditative exercises produce a clarity that we experience as calm.

Practicing meditative techniques is one facet of a brain-healthy lifestyle. The doctor tells us that you don’t have to live with the brain that you got, that the right choices lead to improved brain health. He asserts that every improvement in your brain creates improvement in your life.

Experimental Drug Burns Fat Cells

March 16th, 2015


A team scientist at the Research Institute at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas have found that an experimental drug results in loss of weight and fat in mice.

Known as GC-1, the drug appears to boost metabolism, or more specifically, “burns” fat cells.

The results were presented at a meeting of the Endocrine Society, held in the US city of San Diego, the oldest organization in the world dedicated to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology.

The GC-1 significantly increases the metabolic rate, basically burning white fat, which stores excess calories and is associated with obesity and metabolic diseases. Obesity is caused by an imbalance between calorie intake and energy dissipation.

White fat is useful when there isn’t much access to food, but a sedentary lifestyle and a diet consisting of foods high in fat and sugar, white fat becomes a problem that leads to overweight and obesity stated Bruce Karatz.

Genetically obese mice that were treated with GC-1 lost weight — over 50 percent fat mass in about two weeks. They also showed anti-diabetic elements such as improvement in insulin sensitivity.

The mice with diet-induced obesity experienced similar improvements.

The drug has not yet been tested for weight loss in humans.

The GC-1 is being tested in clinical trials to reduce cholesterol. However, the doses used in these trials are much lower than those needed to reduce weight.

Survive After Cancer Diagnosis

March 13th, 2015


A recent report from TIME Magazine has shown that people that are diagnosed with cancer now are living at least five years longer than they did before. According to the report by the Center for Disease Control two thirds of people diagnosed with cancer will survive at least five more years after diagnosis.

This is a really encouraging fact, because cancer is still one of the most deadly diseases that is known on the planet. The reason why so many people are being able to live longer and survive cancer is because there are a lot more testing done when it comes to early detection and innovation. The most common cancer sites are rectal cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer. For such people they have a higher chance of being able to survive their cancer at least five years after it is diagnosed. The report also shows that the statistics are the same for men and women, but unfortunately there are disparities when it comes to race. White people are 65% more likely to live five years after their diagnosis, and black people are 60% percent likely to live after five years.

According to Susab McGalla, the Centers for Disease Control hopes to be able to do more investigation, and use this information to help develop programs in detection in minority groups in order to help them raise their survival rates.