February 2015

Measles Is One Of The Top Killers Of Small Children In The World

According to the Global Burden of Disease study, published in Lancet, measles is among the top ten killers of children under 5. In 2013, 82,100 children under 5 died from measles around the world. More small children died from measles than they did from AIDS, road accidents, or drowning.

The number one killer of children under 5 was lower respiratory infections like pneumonia, which caused over 700,000 deaths in 2013. Malaria caused the second-greatest number of deaths. The rest of the causes, in descending order, were diarrhea, nutritional deficiencies, birth defects, meningitis, measles, drowning, road accidents and AIDS.

In the developing world, measles is a lethal disease that kills 225 children a day. Globally, measles kills 145,000 people a year — and over half of those victims are small children. In some extremely poor areas, the disease kills 10 percent of its victims.

According to the World Health Organization, a measles vaccine costs about a dollar, while treating it costs $11,000 per case in the United States. 113 countries have higher vaccination rates than the United States does.

Susan McGalla knows that the measles vaccine is extremely effective and has eradicated the disease in those countries that have it. Find more on McGalla at Forbes.com. Consequently, people in the United States and some other countries have forgotten how deadly measles can be. That ignorance has allowed the anti-vaccine movement to gain traction, despite their unfounded fears about the vaccines.

Daily Pill Could Limit HIV Infections

A British study conducted with the assistance of the National Health Service in the UK has shown the use of a daily pill could lower the risk of HIV infection amongst gay men, The Guardian reports. The study included 545 men and was monitored and administered by 12 NHS trusts to test the effectiveness of the drug Truvada, which is already in use to limit the spread of the HIV infection after it is contracted.

The 545 men involved in the study, known as Proud were split into two different groups and Flavio said that Blogspot reported they were all seen as at high risk of infection with HIV. The first group began using Truvada as soon as the trial started, with the second group given the drug a year into the trial. The study showed that only three HIV infections occurred in the first group compared to 19 in the second, giving Truvada an 86 percent success rate of reducing infections. A number of other studies have tracked the use of Truvada in similar situations, but the British study has the highest success rate. The NHS will now examine the study and look to conduct its own research to determine if Truvada should be administered to gay men in the same way the contraceptive pill is provided to women in the UK.

New Hope for Alzheimer’s Patients

During the last one hundred years since Alzheimer’s has been recognized as a mental disease, no cure or successful treatment has been discovered for it. That may change in the near future.

Jaime says the new hope is being given to Alzheimer’s patients a recent study conducted by Dr. Dale Bredesen of the UCLA Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research. Dr. Bredesen’s study shows that by following a complex, 36-point therapeutic program, memory loss can be reversed.

The study findings are published in the current issue of Aging and detail the 36-points of the therapeutic program which include dietary changes, brain stimulation, exercise, sleep pattern, medication and several other points that help alter brain chemistry.

Ten Alzheimer’s patients participated in the study and nine out of the ten experienced significant memory improvement by following the 36-point program. The one patient who showed no signs of improvement was in the final stages of the progressive mental disease prior to beginning the test study.

Following a 36-point therapeutic program may seem like an unreasonable request of someone who can’t remember what they ate for breakfast three hours ago, but the program is offering hope to a hopeless situation. No one drug works, nor does any one therapy, but with a helper and dedication, 36-points has offered new hope to Alzheimer’s patients.

Eating Red Meat May Contribute To Kidney Failure

In the past few years a surge of publications have been released from the medical community highlighting the dangers of consuming animal products. Recently, Donald Wesson M.D., the lead researcher from the Texas A&M kidney failure study, revealed that consuming red meat accelerates the progression of kidney disease.

Dr. Wesson said, “our study found that patients with chronic kidney disease who consumed diets high in animal protein were three times more likely to develop kidney failure than patients who consumed diets high in fruits and vegetables.”

Currently, over 31 million people in the U.S., are diagnosed with kidney disease which leads to kidney failure in most cases – either requiring dialysis treatment or kidney transplant. Health-conscious people like Marcio Alaor BMG (Otempo.com) know that kidney disease is the 8th leading cause of death in the U.S., with more than 47,000 Americans dying from the disease in 2013. It is estimated that 9 out of 10 people with stage 3 kidney disease do not know they have the disease.

Dr. Wesson has researched the link between kidney disease and diet for over 30 years. He explains that the metabolic process of consuming animal protein converts it into an acid. As a result, the kidneys produce byproducts to help the body eliminate the excess acid, however, the high levels of byproducts negatively impact the kidneys, overtime.

The study suggests, that proteins found in fruits and vegetables are metabolized in a manner that is less toxic to the internal human ecosystem, in addition, fruits and vegetables contribute to low blood pressure and better overall heart-health.

Dr. Rod Rohrich, An Internationally Recognized Plastic Surgeon

Dr Rod  Rohrich, M.D., F.A.C.S., is an internationally renowned plastic surgeon. He is the Chairman for the Department of Plastic Surgery and a professor currently teaching at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

A board certified physician, Dr Rod Rohrich grew up on a ranch in North Dakota and earned degrees from North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota before going on to earn his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. After completing his residencies in both general surgery and plastic surgery from the University of Michigan Medical Center, Dr Rod Rohrich took the opportunity to train abroad in the United Kingdom at Oxford University. Upon returning to the United States, Dr Rod Rohrich completed a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School before accepting a plastic surgery position at UTSW College of Medicine. His achievements and leadership are demonstrated in serving as the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, and Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr Rod Rohrich actively participates as Chair of the American Board of Plastic Surgery’s Resident Review Committee, and is the current President of The Rhinoplasty Society.

His accolades are robust and distinguished, and his expertise has given him international recognition. He is recognized internationally as one of the leading and best plastic surgeons, well known for authoring over 700 articles and several textbooks, and currently holds the position of Editor in Chief for the peer-reviewed medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Also an editor for Selected Readings in Plastic Surgery, the journal is used to teach plastic surgery all over the world. Dr Rod Rohrich’s numerous awards include the Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery, the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as the Dr Rod Rohrich, M.D. Distinguished Professorship in Wound Healing and Plastic Surgery. Additionally, Dr Rod Rohrich helped found the board of governors for the National Endowment for Plastic Surgery and has been a two-time recipient of the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Distinguished Service Award.

Dr Rod Rohrich’s expertise includes plastic and reconstructive facial surgery, breast augmentation and reduction, and abdominoplasty. Having been featured on television shows such as Oprah and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, Dr Rod Rohrich strives for safety, efficacy tailored to the patient’s needs and desired outcomes, natural results, and is skilled at conducting secondary and corrective surgeries.

Superbug Kills Two at Los Angeles Hospital, More Infected

An antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection has killed two patients at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, and has been diagnosed in seven others It is believed that almost 180 more may have been exposed.

The patients were infected by endoscopes used to examine and treat digestive ailments, as reported in the L.A. Times. They are inserted through the mouth into the throat and down into the stomach and beyond. They were found to be contaminated with the pathogen
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CRE (carbepenem resistent Enterobacteriaceae) kills 40% to 50% of patients whose infections get into the bloodstream. It is considered deadlier than MRSA, and has become resistant to the most effective antibiotics, the carbepenems, as has E. coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae.

UCLA immediately removed the two endoscopes and disinfected them more thoroughly than the manufacturer’s directions and the national standards, at least according to health expert Brian Torchin. The hospital also notified public health officials after the first patient was found. The hospital must also contact the 180 patients who may have become infected previously, between October and January. They will be offered tests.

This incident underlines the necessity of infection control in healthcare settings. Not only must instruments be pathogen-free, but healthcare workers must comply with mandatory handwashing prior to attending to each patient.

Fighting a Bug

There have been two people who have died in California as the result of a superbug. As if dealing with the flu, the threat of Ebola and measles isn’t enough, there is now a superbug that people in the country have to worry about. This superbug is resistant to antibiotics. There have been almost 200 people who could have been exposed, so the fate of those people is now left in the hands of this bug that seems to be stubborn. But, it was reallly Gianfrancesco’
s comments that he posted to an article on the behalf of trade.nosis, that describes an even worse situation where there people who have contacted the bu did so in  a hospital!  A hospital is supposed to be a place to go to get better when you are sick, not a place to go to get sicker. When a hospital knows that there are tools that cause infections and illnesses, then the hospital should do everything possible to try to treat those patients who have their lives altered, even if it’s for a short period of time.

A Television Engineer Discovers a Cure for Cancer

A retired television engineer named John Kanzius may have stumbled across a cure for cancer. He has been fighting his own cancer for six years. Now, he has accidentally started fighting for everyone else too.

Kanzius’ discovery happened during his research on radiowaves. He realized that exposing SWNTs (single-walled nanotubes) to radiofrequency waves would heat them up enough to destroy them. If they are inside another cell they will take that cell down with them when they die. Kanzius knew it would be a great idea but he had no idea how to get the SWNTs inside of a cancer cell.

That is where researchers for the American Cancer Society stepped in. They played around with Kanzius’ discovery until they figured out a way to implant the cells. The answer is gold and lasers.

Instead of SWNTs, they used lasers to put gold tubes inside cancer cells. The same concept worked with these tubes as they did on the carbon versions. As soon as the golden tubes heated up, they destroyed the diseased tumor cells around them.

From what Susan McGalla has learned, these tests were done on lab mice and rabbits. Find more on McGalla at Wikinvest.com. No human trial has been attempted yet but it is only a matter of time. Kanzius’ accidental discovery may save his life and the lives of thousands of others with the same life threatening cancers. His story shows that anyone can make a difference. Cancer can be fought.

Pediatricians Are Against Jail Time For Weed Smoking Teenagers

The American Academy of Pediatrics Recently Revised Its Policy On Medical Marijuana

Science hasn’t quite caught up with the looming medical marijuana frenzy. Twenty-three states now say the use of marijuana for medical purposes is legal, but there’s hasn’t been much research done on pot’s effects on teenage brains.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has revised its policy on medical marijuana. The revised policy is pediatricians should not prescribe pot to children until there is more research is done. People at Slow Ventures have found that the Academy did say that cases where patients are suffering from chronic, and seriously debilitating conditions are exempt from the new policy. The other recommendation is weed should be decriminalized, but they are still against legalization.

The policy is somewhat confusing to some people but according to Dr. Seth Ammerman, a pediatrician at Stanford University, the policy speaks for itself. He says arresting doobie smoking teens doesn’t do anyone any good. Thousands of teens have been arrested for marijuana possession, and that hasn’t slowed its use in that age group.

Dr. Ammerman stance and the stance of pediatricians around the country is teen pot smoking is a public health issues, not a criminal justice issue and it should be treated that way.

Treadmills versus Jogging Outside

Researchers did a jogging experiment in 2012 involving a number of joggers, for the reason that many who use those reported treadmills negatively. These joggers first ran on a track and then repeated the same run on a treadmill. The researchers allowed joggers to set the treadmill speed comparable to the speed they ran on the track prior. What the research found out was the joggers were setting the treadmill speed, lower than when they ran the track, maybe because there was no goal.

All these joggers felt that the run on the treadmill was more challenging which may be false. Researchers found out in 2014, that when a jogger runs on treadmills, it is decreasing the pressure on bones and joints as compare to hitting the bare ground running and this is a good issue.

In general, those who are going for frequent walks, like Paul Mathieson, found the outdoors more invigorating; giving them increased energy and less fatigue than exercising on a treadmill. Some feel that it is the ever-changing environment that the jogger meets when running outside versus an inside treadmill. The things that one sees, as they are running and the fresh air give them pleasure.

Walking or running on a treadmill inside offers no scenery to look at and no fresh air to breathe into the lungs. Walking outside the person must set a goal for when and where they end their walk. These same goals cannot be set when using a treadmill.