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Medicare Part D Plan is confusing until the PlanFinder Data becomes Available

Medicare Part D Plan is confusing until the PlanFinder Data becomes Available

Medicare Website

Drug prices have skyrocketed and Medicare Part D is an attempt to help Medicare recipients obtain their medicine.  Part D has become very confusing and a major component of it is missing at the Medicare website.  

The missing component at the Medicare website is the PlanFinder.  Recipients need to know which insurers will pay for their particular medicines.  Not every plan is the same and picking the wrong plan could cost you a bundle. 

Check the Medicare website periodically for the drug lists.  Until then make a list yourself of the drugs you are taking.  Also make a note of the dosages of each medication.  Medicare Part D Plan is confusing until the PlanFinder Data becomes Available


Pargluva Drug for Diabetes found to be Dangerous

Pargluva Drug for Diabetes found to be Dangerous

Cost of Diabetes

A new treatment for type-2 diabetes may double the risk of death according to researchers at the Cleveland Clinic.  If the analysis is correct Pargluva (muraglitazar is the generic name), a drug developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck & Company, could cause a “public health catastrophe”. 

The research was published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Muraglitazar is a new drug used to treat both high glucose levels and improve blood lipids.  The drug was approved on October 18th by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

The Journal reports that “in a review of data from Phase 2 and 3 trials conducted by the drug manufacturer and provided to the FDA, Nissen and colleagues found that muraglitazar was associated with an excess incidence of the composite endpoint of death, major adverse cardiovascular events, and congestive heart failure.” Pargluva Drug for Diabetes found to be Dangerous


Extra Help Program may Benefit Low Income Medicare Part D Participants

Extra Help Program may Benefit Low Income Medicare Part D Participants

Extra Help For Part D

There may be benefits to the Medicare Part D drug coverage program.  Because of the out-of-pocket costs with the new Medicare prescription program Part D, Medicare has already sent letters to people who might be eligible for financial assistance.  

The extra assistance program is called “Extra Help”.  If your resources are less than $11,500 (single) or $23,000 (married) you may qualify for extra help paying for Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage. You can fill out an online application for Extra Help.

The financial assistance available through Extra Help is for low and moderate income individuals.  Medicaid eligible individuals on Medicare can receive the benefits if they apply for “Extra Help”.  Extra Help Program may Benefit Low Income Medicare Part D Participants


Drug Herceptin appears to Cure HER-2 Breast Cancer According to Journal

Drug Herceptin appears to Cure HER-2 Breast Cancer According to Journal

Cancer Cell

There appears to be a cure for women with HER II positive breast cancer, which accounts for 20 to 25 percent of breast cancer cases.  Women treated with Heceptin had a 46% reduction in reoccurring breast cancer. It is proving to be highly effective against an aggressive form of breast cancer that tends to strike younger women.

The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the drug Herceptin, which was licensed only for advanced breast cancer, has effectively targeted a specific protein that halted the spread of the disease.    

This my usher in a new era in cancer research where drugs are tailored made to target specific receptors identified for specific diseases.  The old method of research was based on trial and error where researchers screen thousand of compounds to find one that works.  Also, this particular drug targets only diseased cells.  Drug Herceptin appears to Cure HER-2 Breast Cancer According to Journal


Cures for interfering RNAi may be around the Corner

Cures for interfering RNAi may be around the Corner

RNA Interference

It is becoming more evident each day that your DNA has a lot to with the diseases you get, including cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's.  Scientists have always wondered if there was a way to change your genes to prevent these illnesses. 

One of the more exciting avenues in this study is RNA interference (or RNAi).  During the 1990's, scientists realized the power of the RNAi technique to determine gene function by blocking the expression of a specific mRNAs. 

The silencing (or interference) occurs when an organism (like a human) is injected with an RNA sequence that is complementary to the mRNA transcribed from the target gene.  The interference will block the production of an encoded protein.  This may be a process to correct many genetic defects. Cures for interfering RNAi may be around the Corner


H5N1 strain Avian Bird Flu found in Romania and Turkey

H5N1 strain Avian Bird Flu found in Romania and Turkey

Danube Delta Region

The deadly bird virus H5N1 now has been found in Romania; just two days after Turkey discovered the virus.                                        

Britain’s chief medical officer has warned that preventing a flu pandemic was not avoidable.  Countries that are in that surrounding area of the Danube delta region, which has the largest bird preserve on the European continent, are trying to prevent the spread of the virus.  H5N1 strain Avian Bird Flu found in Romania and Turkey


Dental Procedures and Teeth Whitening

Dental Procedures and Teeth Whitening

Dental Procedures

You see your boss and he compliments your efforts on the success of last week's presentation with a promotion. Your response? A half-smile. You see your crush down the corridors. She's smiling that come-hither smile. Your response? A sheepish grin.

Surely, you don't want to give those two VIP's a wrong impression, right? But what is really bothering you that you can't smile that widest smile you should be flashing them? It's those far-from immaculate white teeth your mouth is "stuck" with.

Have you ever thought about teeth whitening? No? white teeth is not only for celebrities. Everybody deserves to smile that bright smile propped with white teeth. So, read on for more info on this long dream of yours - achieving a sunnier smile by teeth whitening.
Dental Procedures and Teeth Whitening


Gene Discovery may Lead to Obesity Treatment

Gene Discovery may Lead to Obesity Treatment

Gene Discovery

Research out of the Duke Medical Center may shed light on why it is so hard to keep weight off after dieting.  It was found that skeletal muscle tissue and cells from obese people were programmed to store fat even when removed from the body and forced to grow in the laboratory.

Dr Deborah Duoio found that an accumulation of intramuscular lipids called SCD1 (Stearoyl-CoA Desaturase-1) becomes over-expressed in obese women.  The increase of the gene SCD1 starts a cascade of cellular events culminating in increased fat storage in muscle tissue.  This may be the key reason why dieting fails.  Gene Discovery may Lead to Obesity Treatment


Omega 3 in Fish Diet may slow Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Omega 3 in Fish Diet may slow Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

A dish of fish is healthy

There appears to be a new reason to eat fish.  By eating fish just once a week a person can slow his or her memory loss associated with aging by 10%.  By eating fish even more frequently memory loss can be slowed by 13%. 

The study was posted in the Archives of Neurology, a JAMA journal.  It will appear in the December print edition.  Martha Clare Morris, ScD, of Rush University Medical Center, and colleagues analyzed six years of data from an ongoing study of 3,718 Chicago residents, 65 years and older between the years 1993 and 1997 and then followed up with an interview every three years.  Omega 3 in Fish Diet may slow Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease


SEPS1 Gene Discovered Regulates Inflammation in Humans

SEPS1 Gene Discovered Regulates Inflammation in Humans

Cell Inflammation

Researchers in the U.S. and Australia have discovered a gene that regulates inflammation.  They accessed the role of genetic variations in the selenoprotein S (SEPS1, also called SELS or SELENOS), a gene involved in stress response in the endoplasmic reticulum and inflammation control.

This could have far-reaching implications because inflammation has been shown to have an underlying role in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and Alzheimer’s diseases.  It has been reported that the research could lead to a therapy in two to four years.  RNA interference could play a role in therapy.  SEPS1 Gene Discovered Regulates Inflammation in Humans


H5N1 strain Avian Bird Flu infects 4 year old Boy

H5N1 strain Avian Bird Flu infects 4 year old Boy

H5N1 strain

Officials at the national Department of Health’s report that preliminary test show that a 4 year old Indonesian boy is infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of the avian bird flu.

They will send the blood samples for confirmation to Hong Kong and results will be known early this week.  The young boy is from Lampung which is a province on Sumatra.  Four people from Indonesia that were sick with the H5N1 strain have died since July.H5N1 strain Avian Bird Flu infects 4 year old Boy


Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 was Caused by Bird to Human Transmission

Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 was Caused by Bird to Human Transmission

Avian Flu Pandemic

Scientists have discovered that the devastating Spanish Flu influenza pandemic (also known as the H1N1) of 1918 that killed between 10 and 20 million people was caused by a virus that jumped from birds to humans.  The virus was significantly different from a normal flu virus and this may explain why it was so devastating. 

Scientists from the US Centers for Disease Control used lung tissue from two soldiers and an Alaskan woman who died in the 1918 pandemic in their reconstruction.  They used genetic sequencing to synthesize the virus.  Then they injected the virus into mice and human lung tissue at a secure laboratory at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.  Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 was Caused by Bird to Human Transmission


New Medicare Part D Drug Plan Insurance Choices and Benefits for Seniors

New Medicare Part D Drug Plan Insurance Choices and Benefits for Seniors

Medicare Part D Coverage

This weekend solicitations will begin for the new Medicare drug prescription plans to be implemented next year.  The new program, known as Medicare Part D, will begin on January 1, 2006.  There will be over 40 options available to beneficiaries in almost every state.  According to the Bush administration most plans will differ slightly from the standard minimum benefit mandated by Congress.

Medicare recipients must pay a $250 deductible and will then be responsible for 25 percent of annual drug costs ranging from $251 to $2,250, according to the New York Times.  Recipients will be responsible for the next $2,850 in expenses and after that Medicare will pay about 95% of the expenses over $5,100.  New Medicare Part D Drug Plan Insurance Choices and Benefits for Seniors


Comparison: How to choose the Correct CPAP APAP Nasal or Full Face Mask

Comparison: How to choose the Correct CPAP APAP Nasal or Full Face Mask

Resmed Activa Nasal Mask

There are basically three types of CPAP masks.  The most popular is the nasal mask that fits exclusively around the nose.  The Full face mask fits around the nose and the mouth, and the new technology incorporates a nasal pillow that actually fits into the nostrils.  Each mask has their benefits and problems.

Many users of the nasal pillow love the seal.  The pillows provide a great seal and the sleeper does not lose that seal when moving from side to side.  For people that sleep on their side, this is great. 

When a mask loses its seal it blows air out the side, waking the sleeper up.  The problem with the nasal pillows is they can irritate the nose.  Many users have resorted to ointments to solve this problem.Comparison: How to choose the Correct CPAP Nasal or Full Face Mask


Beware the Prophets of ADHD Doom

Beware the Prophets of ADHD Doom

Authors Book

September 13, 2005 (Washington, D.C.) – A day does not pass without families affected by Attention Deficit Disorder reading about the dire consequences and catastrophic results of ADHD.

Scan the headlines each day and you’d swear Attention Deficit Disorder were a deadly disease.

The prophets will speak in legion this week as we observe “National ADD Awareness Day.” As Executive Director of Celebrate!ADHD®, I urge children and adults with the symptoms of AD/HD to be diagnosed so that they can understand their unique wiring and develop a positive, proactive life plan to achieve success.  Beware the Prophets of ADHD Doom


Biophiltre uses Nano-Technology to make Portable Kidney Dialysis

Biophiltre uses Nano-Technology to make Portable Kidney Dialysis

Kidney

Kidney failure may have a new treatment soon with newly emerging nano-technology.  A nano-technology startup company called Biophiltre is developing a filter that will copy the functions of the kidney. 

The artificial device would be made up of 2 membranes; one call the G would copy the function of the glomerulus, the other is called the T, which will mimic the renal tubule.  The glomerulus is the part of the kidney that filters the blood leaving water as a byproduct.  The Renal tubule function is to a recycling center to reclaim compounds that need to be reused.  Biophiltre uses Nano-Technology to make Portable Kidney Dialysis


The Health Benefits of Drinking  Green or Black Tea

The Health Benefits of Drinking  Green or Black Tea

Tea Leaves

A green and lush oasis in the middle of a scorching dessert. A cool breeze on a hot summer night. A bright light in the end of a cold and dark tunnel. Green tea and cholesterol.

For the millions and millions of people suffering from high cholesterol green tea may be that light. You can browse and search the Internet for topics on green tea and cholesterol and would come up with hundred of hits. 
The Health Benefits of Drinking Green or Black Tea


Important Vitamins A D E K B C and What They Do

Important Vitamins and What They Do A B C D E K Vitamin

Vitamin Researcher

What are these wonder micronutrients that your body cannot produce all by itself but needs them badly in trace quantities? They are called vitamins. Vitamins are not synthesized or produced by the body so they need to be obtained by humans through the food they eat. Humans need 13 vitamins to maintain good health.

It is important to know that there are two kinds of vitamins for safety purposes for one of them might cause toxicity when taken in large dosages. Here are the two types of vitamins, the vitamins included on each type, their function and sources. 
Important Vitamins A D E K B C and What They Do


New Compound may Stop the Spread of Lung Cancer

New Compound may Stop the Spread of Lung Cancer

Texas Researchers

Researchers at the University of Texas (UT) Southwest Medical Center have found a compound that shows promise in treating the spread of Lung Cancer.  The team used a compound called GRN163L blocks an enzyme that is known to keep cells immortal.  This enzyme has been implicated in almost all types of cancer.

"We showed for the first time that this drug can work in animals," said Dr. Jerry Shay, professor of cell biology at UT Southwestern and senior author of the study, which appears in the September issue of the journal Cancer Research.  They have determined that GRN163L works rapidly and in doses that would make for a reasonable therapy.

GRN163L specifically matches a stretch of DNA at the end of a chromosome segment called telomere.  Normally as cells divide and age telomeres become shorter and shorter.  After the telomeres reach a certain length the cell quits dividing. New Compound may Stop the Spread of Lung Cancer


What If There Really Isn’t Anything Wrong with ADHD Children?

What If There Really Isn’t Anything Wrong with ADHD Children?

Authors Book

August 31, 2005 (Washington, D.C.) – Robbie Raffino used to rise every day like most eight-year-olds. He’d wipe the sleepiness from his eyes, throw on shorts and shirt that don’t match and eat cereal while watching cartoons.

But the innocence ended there. He’d swallow his Ritalin, hop on the school bus and enter a world where teachers, therapists and psychiatrists would try to “fix what is wrong” with him.

Children like Robbie—who have tremendous energy, don’t respond to classroom lectures, prefer independent work and are natural leaders—are often diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Unfortunately, most “experts” begin with the premise that these children suffer from a disorder, meaning an “abnormal” functioning of the brain. This flawed premise leads to a natural conclusion—that society must change these children to make them learn and behave like everyone else.
What If There Really Isn’t Anything Wrong with ADHD Children?


Vertebroplasty Osteoporosis Treatment for Back Pain and Broken Vertebra

Vertebroplasty Osteoporosis Treatment for back pain and Broken vertebra

Spinal Treatment

Approximately 700,000 spinal bone fractures occur each year.  They usually occur in women over the age of 60.  Usually the treatment has required the patient to wear a back brace.  The patients were also given powerful narcotics to dull the pain. 

Loss of movement has also accompanied spinal bone fractures.   These vertebrae fractures have been more difficult to manage than broken bones in the hip or elsewhere.  When a bone is broken in the hip and elsewhere surgery and non-surgical treatments have been available. Vertebroplasty Osteoporosis Treatment for Back Pain and Broken Vertebra


Hormone Klotho could extend life expectancy and Slow Aging

Hormone Klotho could extend life expectancy and Slow Aging

Dr. Kuro-o

Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center led by Dr. Makoto Kuro-o (M.D., Ph.D.) found that a naturally occurring hormone called Klotho extended the lifespan of mice up to 30%.  They also found that it increases the susceptibility to diabetes and decreases fertility.  The study was reported in the online journal Science Thursday. 

The hormone is produced in the kidney and brain but can leak into the bloodstream. It is the leakage that helped the mice live longer, so it appears. Researchers will be looking into whether people that live longer have an surplus of this hormone in the blood.  Hormone Klotho could extend life expectancy and Slow Aging


Studies show Violent Television Weakens the Immune System

Studies show violent television weakens immune system

television

In two separate studies there were measurable effects of a weakened immune system by watching violence on television. 

One study conducted by Duke University reflected that there was an increase in heart rates and blood pressure along with higher stress hormone levels. Originally published in the Medical Tribune in April 2005 issue, the researchers of this study believes that large amount of violence could be cause for major health problems. 

Another study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University found that good stress such as work related was good for the immune system. Violent TV weakens Immune System


AD/HD and Hypersensitivities: The Princess and the Pea Syndrome

AD/HD and Hypersensitivities The Princess and the Pea Syndrome

Hypersensitivity

It's 12:30 a.m and you force yourself off the computer and head for bed. Your alarm will go off in exactly 6 hours so you know you've got to get some good solid rest.

As you trudge into the bathroom to wash up, you begin to get more awake rather than sleepy. The tang of the toothpaste in your mouth and the roughness of the bristles jar your oral senses. As you search for your softest, most comfy pajamas, you realize you've left them in the washing machine and have nothing remotely as pleasant to sleep in. So you grab your 2nd favorite pair of PJs. But they just don't feel right. The tag on the collar starts to make your skin itch and ache at the same time. You begin to scratch. And scratch. AD/HD and Hypersensitivities


New Computer-Based Technology to Treat Attention Deficit Disorders

Attention deficit Computer based technology to treat attention deficit disorders

Authors Program

It is estimated that over 5% of all children in North America are experiencing at least one form of attention deficit disorder. Both ADD and ADHD are characterized by one or more of the following:  inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Learning disabilities are characterized by one or more difficulties associated with attention, reading, writing, oral language, reasoning, memorizing, and problem solving. Further difficulties may include compromised organizational skills and social interaction.  Computer-Based Technology to Treat ADD


ADHD Not Just For Kids Anymore: Adult ADHD

Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder treatments

Terry Matlen

Up until the mid 1980's, it was widely believed by physicians and psychologists that ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) was outgrown by the time a child hit adolescence.  Surprise!

Though many clinicians still hold on to this belief, it is now accepted by many in the medical community that childhood ADHD does indeed continue into adulthood. As a matter of fact, the DSM-IV, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, describes just that.
Adult ADHD / ADD

The Latest in the Treatment of Women with AD/HD
How AD/HD Symptoms Compare in Adults and Children
Parents with ADHD
What To Do When You Think Your Child Might Have AD/HD


ADD / ADHD may have Underlying Health Problems

ADD / ADHD Ritalin side effects and cause of ADHD

Ritalin

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is estimated to affect 3 – 7 percent of children in the US according to the American Psychiatric Association.  Some other studies think that rates for ADHD are much higher.  ADHD affects boys three times more often than girls.   

Other potential health conditions could be causing the ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) / ADHD and should be addressed first.  Vision or hearing problems, Hyperthyroid or Hypothyroid, Food Intolerances or Allergies, Calcium and/or Magnesium deficiencies, High Copper and low Sulfur - with or without elevated Aluminum, Iron deficiency, lower levels of Tyrosine amino acid, Recreational Activities such as violent movies and video games and lack of parental discipline are all potential contributors to the ADD / ADHD disorder.  ADD / ADHD may have Underlying Health Problems


The HMO plan; a history of the Insurance Industry

HMO Act plan a  history of insurance industry

Nixon approves HMO act 1973

After calling our new doctor to make an appointment for our child, one of the first questions asked to us is do you have insurance?   I think it is amazing to ask, and I wonder what maze of billing that a doctor’s office must go through to get paid.   After hearing about the grocery store clerks last year going on strike for 139 days in Southern California for lost benefits due to rises in cost for health insurance, it is not an uncommon trend to pass more financial responsibility to the employee than ever before.

It is an interesting history how the insurance company has become the standard that it is today.  Insurance industry was given power by government laws and now they have become so powerful that they not only have a strong presence in creating new laws they also are making doctors and hospitals comply with their standards. HMO Plan; a History


Methods of Dealing with Pain

Pain relief through diet by Harvey Diamond Article Lymph System

Harvey Diamond

The number one reason for doctor visits in the U.S. is pain and nothing else even comes close.  The number of people is staggering:  200 million who suffer pain on some regular basis, at least once a month, and 92 million people in unrelenting, chronic pain every day without letup. 

A very significant number of these people are being told by the medical community that there is no known cause for why they are in pain.  There is speculation to be sure, as to the cause, but essentially, medical professionals are baffled and mystified, declaring that the cause is unknown.  Diet May aid in Pain Relief


Loss of Brain Stem Cells may cause Central Sleep Apnea

Loss of Brain Stem Cells may cause Central Sleep Apnea Study UCLA CPAP machine

CPAP machine

Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) reported Monday that they believe that people who die in their sleep may stop breathing because they have lost too many brain cells.  They tested Rats and determined that the loss of key brain stem cells may halt autonomic functions such as breathing.

As we age we naturally lose these brain stem cells.  According to Jack Feldman, the principle investigator and distinguished professor of neurobiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA "We wanted to reveal the mechanism behind central sleep apnea, which most commonly affects people after age 65."  UCLA Sleep Apnea Research


Personal Scooters are Godsend for the Elderly

Personal Scooters are Godsend for the Elderly Helps in disabilities

Personal Scooter

Personal scooters are a highly valuable mobility tool for those who, for health reasons, are unable to move around in public or in their own homes. They can ease the burden of having to carry things like heavy groceries or other personal effects. In this sense they can also help people who have back problems and strains. Progresses in technology have made scooters more energy efficient, faster, lighter and more reliable, which means that there are plenty of attractive options available to you should you ever need to purchase one.

For those with a disability, scooters are an essential transportation device. One of the best things is that, if you are eligible, Medicare can cover some or all of the cost for a personal scooter. Personal Scooters for the Elderly


Prolacta plans to market Pasteurized Breast Milk

Prolacta plans to sell breast milk

Natural Breast Milk

Prolacta Bioscience of Monrovia California has begun marketing human breast milk.  The milk will primarily be used to for sick children, giving them a combination of minerals, digestive enzymes and antibodies.  This is believed to be the first time that breast milk has been marketed in such a way.

"Human milk has 100 000 different components and we only really know what a few thousand of them are and what they do," according to Elena Medo, CEO of Prolacta Bioscience.  "It is an enormous area of discovery. I am sure there is a reason for every one of those components, and I'd like to know half of that in my lifetime,"  Pasteurized Breast Milk


Heart Surgery markedly improve symptoms and afford normal longevity

Surgery for thickening of heart increases life expectancy

Right Image shows HCM

A new study indicates that surgery for a thickened heart muscle not only gives relief of the symptoms, but will also lead to a normal life.  Thickening of the heart muscle affects more than 500,000 Americans and is a leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young people. 

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic evaluated records from 289 patients with severe “obstructions” who had undergone myectomy; an operation relieve symptoms of obstructive Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), or thickening of the heart muscle.  They compared the patients with 820 Patients with HCM, but did not have a blood flow obstruction.  Myectomy Surgery improves Longevity


New Study shows possible cure for Hereditary Deafness

New Study shows possible cure for Hereditary Deafness

Ear

Scientists from the University of Iowa and researchers from Okayama University in Japan have shown a potential method to cure a type of hereditary deafness by stopping the gene that causes the hearing loss.

Richard Smith, M.D. research Professor in Otolaryngology at University of Iowa said, "We gave a genetically-deafened mouse interfering RNA that specifically prevents a gene from being expressed that would otherwise cause deafness. By preventing its expression, we prevented the deafness. Even though this is in the early stages, it is really exciting because it points to other options for people who have hearing loss other than hearing aids or cochlear implants."
Complete Article


Statin Drugs may Reduce Chance of Subsequent Strokes

Statin Drugs may Reduce Chance of Subsequent Strokes according to British and American Researchers

Statins May help Stroke Victims

Researchers have evidence that patients who have had strokes caused by a burst blood vessel can reduce their chance of another stroke by taking cholesterol lowering Statin Drugs.  The research is published in the August journal of Stroke and is titled Effects of Acute Treatment With Pravastatin on Cerebral Vasospasm, Autoregulation, and Delayed Ischemic Deficits After Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.  The research was conducted by neurologists at the University of Cambridge and at Duke University..

The British study took 80 stroke patients and gave half the group pravastatin (Pravachol) for 14 days.  Doctors began administering the pravastatin within 72 hours after the first stroke.  They found that patients who got the statin were 32 percent less likely to develop vasospasm than those who got the placebo.   Statin Drugs may Reduce Chance of Subsequent Strokes


Lancet Study Reports Some Right Sided Strokes may go Undiagnosed

Lancet Study Reports Right Sided strokes may go undiagnosed

Know the warning signs of a Stroke

It may be harder to detect a stroke in the right side of the brain than the left because speech is not affected.   German researchers, in the July 30th Lancet, report that patients may not be admitted to the hospital promptly because of the difficulty detecting the symptoms.  Prompt treatment improves the survival rate during the acute phase of a stroke. This means people that need thrombolytic or other therapies won't get it quickly. 

Both left and right strokes will affect day-to-day living.  A right sided stroke will affect perception skills and spatial skills.  The person suffering the stroke may have problems making sense of what they see, hear and touch.  They may also have trouble judging depth, size and distance.  Stroke symptoms may be difficult to diagnose


Acupuncture is Effective Treatment for Headaches

Acupuncture treatment for tension headaches Study in germany

Acupuncture

Acupuncture can relieve suffering from tension headaches, according to researchers in Germany.  The British Medical Journal reports that by applying fine needles to specific body locations cut the rate of headaches in half with 270 test subjects. 

Patients receiving acupuncture had fewer “headache days”.  Dr. Wolfgang Weidenhammer of the Center for Complementary Medicine Research at Technische University in Munich compared the difference between those with tension headaches under the treatment with those that received no treatment.  Acupuncture is Effective Treatment for Headaches


Benefits of a Fish Diet

The health benefits of a diet rich in fish

Fish and Your Health

Most red and white meats are very fatty and are not a healthy way to eat. Seafood on the other hand offers you a great tasting alternative. When cooked correctly you couldn’t ask for a better tasting meal.

Seafood can be purchased either fresh or frozen. By freezing the seafood fresh it can be shipped all over the world so everyone can have the opportunity to enjoy fresh seafood that they may not otherwise be able to enjoy.  Benefits of Fish Diet


Machine may speed up Approval for Spinal Implants

July 28th 2005

Testing devices for spinal implants due to back injuries and arthritis

The Human Spine

The Mechanical Engineering Department at Purdue University is developing specialized hydraulic machines and software to test orthopedic devices for the spine.  The team is using machines to test spinal implants for the lower or lumbar regions of the spine, and cervical, or neck region of the spine. 

Ben Hillberry, professor of mechanical Engineering is leading the research and is working with Purpue’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.  Ben and his colleagues are attaching implants made by various manufacturers to cadavers and then the spines are tested using a hydraulic machine.

The machine is designed to mimic everyday activities to determine how the implants “stand up”.  "Creating implants for the spine presents interesting challenges, different from those encountered in implants for other parts of the body, such as the hips and knees," said Eric Nauman, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Machine may speed up Approval for Spinal Implants


Nanotechnology used to Kill Cancer Cells
Stem Cells may Cure Heart Damage
Blood Pressure Study

Hormone Injections may help the Obese
Mystery Illness in China
Kennedy Jr. speaks out about Vaccinations causing Autism


Women with Benign Biopsies may still be at Risk for Cancer

Study shows women with benign biopsy may still have risk of breast cancer

Mammogram

Not all benign breast lumps are the same.  Most women that undergo a breast biopsy will be told their lump is benign.  Researcher in the New England Journal of Medicine compared different types of benign tissue in women.  Some benign biopsies resulted in higher risks than others.

The researchers identified 9087 women who received a benign breast disease diagnosis from the Mayo Clinic between the years 1967 and 1991.  Of the 9087 woman diagnosed with benign cells, 707 developed cancer within the next 15 years.   They compared the incidence of breast cancer with the expected incidence.  From this data the risks were estimated.  Complete Article


Fat may cause Inflammation

Dark Chocolate lowers Blood Pressure

New Study finds Teenage Girls are at Risk for Obesity

Quitting smoking helps heal Gum Disease

Allergy - Cancer DNA Link

Music Imagery and Touch aid in Surgery Recovery

President Tours to Promote his Medicare Drug Program

Video Games may Benefit Health


Study gives hope for Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease Mice Tau study

The Human Brain

New research brings hope for early stage Alzheimer’s sufferers.  A new mutant protein called tau may be poisoning brain cells in those affected with the disease.  It is hoped that future research will create a treatment that blocks tau. 

Previous research has focused on another protein called beta-amyloid.  After this new study published in the journal of Science Thursday, expect research to begin on treatments for blocking tau also. 


Sunflower Oil Lowers Cholesterol Complete Article


Birth Control Pills may not be safe for all women  Complete Article


Study: Estrogen Therapy May Delay Menopause Complete Article


Low Carb Dieting for the Vegetarian  Complete Article


Dialysis and aging  Complete Article


Viagra label warning of blindness Complete Article


Encephalitis Conference in Philadelphia Pennsylvania Complete Article


Curcumin may be used to treat Melanoma Cancer and what to look for Complete Article


Blood Pressure Enzyme may be used to treat SARS. Complete Article


DASH diet may help lower blood pressure  Complete Article


A survivors Story

Asian Tiger Mosquito
Source: US Dept Agriculture

On a sunny April morning back in 1999, I sat down at my desk for the last time in the local Engineering Department.  I had been trying to shake a minor headache all morning.  Finally, I told my co-workers that I’d have to go home.  That’s the last thing I remember for the next four weeks.  I don’t recall driving home.  I don’t recall being miserable to my family for the following two days.  And I don’t recall my own husband taking me to our local hospital’s emergency room, and telling them, “something isn’t right about Wendy.”   I was diagnosed with encephalitis… inflammation of the brain.  I was whisked into treatment, and my life was saved. 

Once I came home, my parents were babysitting me daily, as my husband went to work and our children went to school.  On that first morning home, I was seeking a spoon to stir my coffee.  I went searching through a pile of newspapers, asked the dog, and then looked in the freezer.  No spoon.  As I was heading outdoors in the rain to search the backyard for a spoon, my mother had to show me where the spoons were kept… in my own kitchen drawer.  Complete Article


How to protect the hip from fractures – new research

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Targeted exercise may help prevent hip fractures in the elderly, according to new research in the July 9th edition of Lancet Medical Journal.  Researchers found that the thin cortical zone of the upper femoral neck became substantially thinner with age.  Walking does not substantially improve the load bearing capacity of the hip.  Other exercises are recommended, including bicycling, sculling, gymnastics and weights.

The new research by Dr. Paul M. Mayhew and his colleagues at Cambridge University is based on CT scans of 77 femurs of deceased people between 20 and 95 years of age.  The researchers found that as people age the upper femur becomes thinner.  Substantial thinning of the cortical layer in the neck of the bone that connects the hip ball to the rest of the thighbone was seen. Complete Article


HIF-1 Study may benefit patients with AIDS and Flesh Eating Virus

Graphic depicting HIF-1 control of white blood cells’ bacterial killing efficiency
Credit: Victor Nizet, UCSD

Increasing the level of a protein known as hypoxia inducible transcription factor-1 ( HIF-1) in the body.  According to the research team white blood cells respond directly to Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Salmonella, and other bacteria that cause disease in humans, by increasing their levels. The HIF-1 protein, in turn, stimulates white blood cells to release antimicrobial compounds that kill bacteria.

In a collaborative effort between the laboratories of Randall Johnson, UCSD professor of biology and Victor Nizet, associate professor of pediatrics at the UCSD School of Medicine, research has found that treating white blood cells with chemicals to increase HIF-1 levels could enhance the cells’ capacity to kill bacteria.  Complete Article


The more TV kids watch the lower their test scores

Kids and the TV

Do you remember the old saying “You are what you eat”?  Now it appears you are what you watch also.  According to a report out this month in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, watching too much TV may lower test scores. 

Three studies will be published this month will examine in the effects of Television.  In the first study, Dina L.G. Borzekowski, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said “We looked at the household media environment in relation to academic achievement on mathematics, reading and language arts tests… We found that the household media environment has a very close association with performance on the different test scores”.  Complete Article


Concerning Recent Stanford Study and Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery

In response to the Stanford Gastric Bypass Surgery Study and Heart Disease Risk Article, I’d like to remind your audience that surgery should always be the last resort for any injury, condition, or disease.

Obesity is no exception. It’s a mistake for anyone to abandon, or worse, sidestep the proven behavioral solutions of exercise and a balanced diet.
The risks of invasive bariatric surgeries (such as gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding, duodenal switch, etc.) are substantial.

And their benefits can be achieved with less cost, no risk, and less aggravation, using natural means.

Mortality rates for bariatric surgical procedures can be as high as 1 in 100, according to estimates by Virginia Commonwealth University. That means that 1,500 of the projected 150,000 Americans that will undergo the procedure this year will die as a result.  Complete Article


Stanford Study of Antidepressants and Heart Risk

Zoloft

PINON HILLS, CA - It may benefit patients with depression who have suffered a heart attack to take antidepressant medication.  This is according to a study at the Stanford University Medical Center.  The use of antidepressants may reduce the threat of another heart attack.

The study is being published in the July issue of Archives of General Psychiatry.  The lead author C. Barr Taylor, MD said  “Our study provides much stronger evidence than we’ve ever had before that antidepressants are safe and may benefit these patients.”  Dr. Taylor is professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford.  The study was conducted by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.  Complete Study


West Nile Virus Symptoms

Use Insect Repelant

PINON HILLS, CA -  New cases of the West Nile Virus (WNV) are popping up throughout the country.  This is a relatively new phenomenon.  The Virus has emerged in recent years in temperate regions of Europe and North America (since 1999).  The LA Times has reported that there have been two confirmed human cases in California this year.

The first know case ever was isolated from a febrile adult woman in the West Nile District of Uganda in 1937. It became apparent that the virus was responsible for cases of severe meningitis and encephalitis in elderly patients in Israel in 1957.  West Nile virus has been described in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, west and central Asia, Oceania (subtype Kunjin), and most recently, North America.  Complete Article


GDNF may provide hope for Parkinson's disease

The Human Brain

PINON HILLS, CA -  The experimental drug glial cell-line derived neurotrophic factor (or GDNF) may give hope to those suffering from Parkinson’s disease.  Parkinson’s is a degenerative brain disease. 

It appears the drug is able to re-grow brain tissue when pumped into the damaged part of the brain.  Dramatic improved mobility has been reported by patients after treatment.  Complete Article


Stanford Gastric Bypass Surgery Study

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Researchers at the Stanford University of Medicine (lead author Brandon Williams, MD) measured cardiovascular risk factors in 371 patients before gastric bypass surgery, and then again 12 months after.  The researchers added three new tests to the standard panel of cholesterol and triglycerides.  The researchers also looked at the C-reactive protein, lipoprotein A and homocysteine levels. "All of the values improved to where they were no longer in the abnormal range. In other words, they normalized," Morton said.   Complete Article


CPAP may help prevent heart failure

CPAP machine

A CPAP machine may lower the risk of death due to heart disease / failure.  The CPAP (Constant Positive Air Pressure) machine has been used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and now a new study indicates it may help reduce the sympathetic nervous system activity in the morning.  There are various manufacturers including , Respironics, GoodKnight and others.

The study was carried out by physicians and researchers in Toronto Canada..  Complete Article.


Pink Eye

Pinkeye is an infection or allergy of the conjunctivae (kun-junk-te-VI-tis). The conjunctiva (or thin membrane covering the white of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelid ) is the outer lining of the white part of the eye. The inflamed conjunctiva will usually make the eye appear red or pink because the tiny blood vessels that are normally within the conjunctiva are now irritated and enlarged.

Conjunctivitis is highly contagious -– and tends to be prevalent in daycare centers and schools -– spreading by direct person-to-person contact, in airborne droplets that are coughed or sneezed, or from sharing makeup, towels and washcloths.

 

   

 

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