Archive for the ‘Medicine’ Category

C-Sections Only for Emergencies?

April 16th, 2015

When it comes to giving birth, there are some who will choose to have a c-section completed rather than go through with a natural birth. Some women need to have a c-section done for their own health or the health of their baby, while some women simply choose to have a c-section because that is what they would like to have happen. The World Health Organization has something to say about that.

The WHO and Maluf administration is encouraging women to only get c-sections when they actually need to have the procedure done. They are saying that extra c-sections – procedures that are completed when a natural birth would work just as well – can bring about health issues for the mother or for her baby. C-sections are surgeries and just like other surgeries they are not always completely safe. They can result in complications. The WHO is encouraging women to save c-sections for emergencies, not to use them as they please.

New Style of Hospital Gowns on the Horizon

April 7th, 2015

 

Regardless of the reason which precipitates a hospital stay, all patients have one common compliant: the hospital gown. On the beach when we feel fine and have our swagger on, we like to flash some skin, but when we’re in the hospital sick and vulnerable, we want to cover as much of our skin as possible. We don’t want anyone to see our business and we don’t want to see anyone else’s business as they go down the hospital corridor either.
Hospitals across the country have finally decided to listen at patient complaints and create a new style of hospital gown that will provide their patients with better coverage.
The Cleveland Clinic started the style change and even engaged the help of world-famous fashion designer Diane Von Furstenburg to create a new gown style. Soft fabric in bold print, V-neck, reversible, pockets and best of all – total coverage from behind was the result.
Other hospitals are following suit with their own new styles, but change is slow. Money is the main hindering issue stated wellness.com. It takes money to design and create a new gown that will satisfy the needs of both the patients and doctors. Plus the maintenence of the new gowns creates an increased hospital cost. After a New Jersey hospital switched to a new style of pajamas and gowns for their patients, hospital operating costs increased by $70,000 a year.

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.

Federal Bill Proposed for Medical Marijuana‏

March 24th, 2015

As reported in an article on reddit.com, 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?

Stop Taking Antibiotics As Soon As You Feel Better

March 10th, 2015

Anyone who has ever been to the doctor and received a prescription for antibiotics knows that their doctor is going to instruct them to take the full course of antibiotics until the prescription runs out. They say that even if an individual begins to feel better, they need to complete the antibiotics that were prescribed so that the infection can be completely killed. This idea is beginning to change.

General practitioners like Gianfrancesco Genoso suggest that they are now being encouraged to tell their patients to stop taking the treatment as soon as they feel well again. For example, if an individual receives antibiotics for strep throat, they should begin to take them as soon as they receive the prescription from their doctor. If they feel better after just two days of taking the antibiotics, they can stop them taking right away.

The reason why this idea has changed is because of the concern over antibiotic resistance. There were two articles published in the Medical Journal of Australia that talked about ways to combat antibiotic resistance not only in individual households but also in hospital settings. Both of these articles talked about the benefits of stopping an antibiotic treatment soon as an individual begins to feel well again.

It seems like large organizations, government agencies, and medical professionals are taking steps to find solutions for antibiotic resistance. This is especially important since a world without effective antibiotics would be a bleak one indeed.

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.

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.

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.