Medicare Part D Plan is confusing until the PlanFinder Data becomes Available
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Gene Discovery may Lead to Obesity Treatment
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Biophiltre uses Nano-Technology to make Portable Kidney Dialysis
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
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.
Important Vitamins A D E K B C and What They Do
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.
New Compound may Stop the Spread of Lung Cancer
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?
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.
Vertebroplasty Osteoporosis Treatment for Back Pain and Broken Vertebra
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
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
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
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
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
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.
ADD / ADHD may have Underlying Health Problems
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
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
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
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 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
Prolacta plans to market Pasteurized 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.
Heart Surgery markedly improve symptoms and afford normal longevity
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
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
Statin Drugs may Reduce Chance of Subsequent Strokes
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
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 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
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.
Machine may speed up Approval for Spinal Implants
July 28th 2005
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
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
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
Blood Pressure Enzyme may be used to treat SARS. Complete Article
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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