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Health Archive            Date Archived:  December 25th 2005
 
 

The Economic Implications of Buying Drugs Online - Canadian and US Internet Pharmacies For Generic and Name Brands

The Economic Implications of Buying Drugs Online - Canadian and US Internet Pharmacies For Generic and Name Brands

100 mg Viagra

Although the Internet is fairly new (at least to the mainstream) online shopping has grown by leaps and bounds. Now you can buy almost anything you need, from food to fishing equipment, right through your computer. Of course, this has meant that commerce has been forced to adapt to the changing consumer landscape and some industries have been scrambling to catch up with the crowd.

It is no different for the pharmaceutical industry as online pharmacies appear to be popping up everywhere you turn. The prevalence of online pharmacies is a hot topic, especially when it comes to foreign-based companies selling prescription and non-prescription drugs to Americans for lower, more affordable prices. But in addition to foreign-based online pharmacies are a growing number of U.S. based companies offering medication to Americans ­ making it easier and more convenient to receive much needed prescription drugs.  The Economic Implications of Buying Drugs Online - Canadian and US Internet Pharmacies For Generic and Name Brands


Sleep Sensing Technology could help diagnose Sleep Apnea and Keep Drivers Awake

Sleep Sensing Technology could help diagnose Sleep Apnea and Keep Drivers Awake

Staying awake while driving

Sleep Apnea patients have to go into a lab to conduct a sleep study.  They have to get wires hooked up to them and it is a difficult sometimes to fall asleep and get an accurate diagnosis of sleep apnea.  It is also an expensive test because it is in a lab and can take 1-2 sessions to get a diagnosis.  This new technology is using sensors in the mattress, pillow, and clothing to make it more comfortable to be diagnosed with apnea.  The researchers have it connected to a wireless network so that the patient would be able to sleep in their own bed and transfer the sleep data with minimal discomfort.  Sleep Sensing Technology could help diagnose Sleep Apnea and Keep Drivers Awake


Some Birth Control Pills Less Likely to Cause Headaches – Study Links Oral Contraceptives to Migraine and non-Migraine Headaches

Some Birth Control Pills Less Likely to Cause Headaches – Study Links Oral Contraceptives to Migraine and non-Migraine Headaches

Mircette Contraceptives

An article in the journal Neurology indicates that there may be a link between birth control pills and headaches. Women on birth control pills are 40 percent more likely to suffer from migraines, and 20 percent more likely to suffer from non-migraine headaches.   

According to a recent report on ABC News, birth control pills can boost estrogen levels up to four times their normal levels. The estrogen levels drop fast near menstruation. 

The report said that physicians could prescribe women an estrogen patch to be used two or three days before their period so that levels don’t drop so steeply.  This may help explain why women are more susceptible to migraines than men, although the researchers could not find a link between the amount of hormones contained in the pills and headache risk.  Some Birth Control Pills Less Likely to Cause Headaches – Study Links Oral Contraceptives to Migraine and non-Migraine Headaches


Multiple Sclerosis Drug Tysabri Showed Promise - MS Sufferers Ask the Food and Drug Administration to Bring it Back to Market

Multiple Sclerosis Drug Tysabri Showed Promise - MS Sufferers Ask the Food and Drug Administration to Bring it Back to Market

Tysabri

Stanford researchers have found that the new drug natalizumab (Tysabri) can have fatal consequences.  The drug went through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fast-track approval process in 2004 following promising results seen early in two clinical trials.  The drug has been used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS).

Two patients have contracted a rare brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) last month, and two died of the disease.  This spurred the marketer, Biogen Idec and Elan Pharmaceuticals, to pull the drug off the market until the risks can be investigated. 

Multiple sclerosis is an immune disorder that affects 400,000 Americans, mostly young adults.   MS is a debilitating disease that begins with numbness and muscle weakness, often getting worse with time.  The disease will cause nervous system damage.  Multiple Sclerosis Drug Tysabri Showed Promise - MS Sufferers Ask the Food and Drug Administration to Bring it Back to Market


Pfizer Disputes New Zealand Celebrex Heart Attack Link Study - Merck & Co Wins Second Vioxx Lawsuit

Pfizer Disputes New Zealand Celebrex Heart Attack Link Study - Merck & Co Wins Second Vioxx Lawsuit

Celebrex

A New Zealand study found that People taking Celebrex were twice as likely to suffer a heart attack as those using other pain relief treatments.  A similar drug, Merck & Company’s Vioxx, had been removed from the market in September 2004 because of safety concerns. 

The research, conducted by the New Zealand Medical Research Institute, entailed reviewing six studies of 12,780 patients.  The researchers wanted to determine if the problems associated with Vioxx were also associated with Celebrex. 

Both Vioxx and Celebrex are cox-2 inhibitors, commonly prescribed for treating arthritis pain.  The study found that there was a 1.88-fold increased risk of heart attack with Celebrex, compared with the other arthritis treatments.  Pfizer Disputes New Zealand Celebrex Heart Attack Link Study - Merck & Co Wins Second Vioxx Lawsuit


Fake or Sham Acupuncture Treatment For Migraines Work as Well as the Real Therapy or Drugs – Research from Germany

Fake or Sham Acupuncture Treatment For Migraines Work as Well as the Real Therapy or Drugs – Research from Germany

Acupuncture Therapy

Researchers from Germany say that acupuncture works as well as standard drugs for migraines.  Apparently placement of the acupuncture needles is not important either.  The researchers compared fake acupuncture treatments with drugs and real traditional acupuncture. 

The fake or so called “sham” acupuncture involved placing the fine needles in places that were not traditionally used by therapists.  Reuters reported that Dr. Hans-Christoph Diener said “This tells us that Chinese acupuncture is not a very specific treatment”, since the sham acupuncture worked just as well.

The researchers believe that acupuncture is a viable treatment for migraines.  Dr. Diener went on to say “The main finding is that Chinese acupuncture is as effective as drug treatment for the prophylaxis of migraine.”  Fake or Sham Acupuncture Treatment For Migraines Work as Well as the Real Therapy or Drugs – Research from Germany 


UCLA Study Associates Estrogen with Breast Cancer - Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Risk Increased Across Races

UCLA Study Associates Estrogen with Breast Cancer - Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Risk Increased Across Races

Breast Cancer Cell

A new study says that there is an increased risk of breast cancer across ethnic groups in postmenopausal women treated with estrogen or estrogen-progestin therapy.  An earlier study suggested that estrogen-progestin therapy increased the risk of breast cancer.  The new study indicates the increased risk covers other ethnic groups as well.

The data was extrapolated from the Multiethnic Cohort Study of more than 55,000 women used to investigate the relationship between menopausal hormone therapy use and breast cancer risk.  This research shows a significant 29 percent increased risk of breast cancer over a 5 year period with current use of estrogen-progestin.  Previously it was believed the increased risk was only 10 percent.

Although the researchers found the increased risk of breast cancer among all ethnic groups with estrogen-progestin use, they did not find an increased risk among African American women using estrogen only.  UCLA Study Associates Estrogen with Breast Cancer - Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Risk Increased Across Races


Breast Cancer – Possible increased risk by using Antiperspirant Deodorant

Breast Cancer – Possible increased risk by using Antiperspirant Deodorant

Aluminum free deodorant

Deodorants that contain aluminum salts may increase a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer.  Dr. Philippa Darbre from the University of Reading believes that more research should be conducted to further determine that it actually causes cancer.

The reason why scientists believe that the aluminum salts found in deodorants is harmful is because of the ability to mimic the oestrogen hormone in the body. If the deodorant can break through the skin it could become possible for the aluminum salts to enter the body.  A recent article published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology believes that research would be important to determine if the deodorant indeed increases the risk of breast cancer.  Breast Cancer – Possible increased risk by using Antiperspirant Deodorant


Medigap Insurance To Play A Major Role In Helping Seniors Survive

Medigap Insurance To Play A Major Role In Helping Seniors Survive

Escalating costs

Medigap Needed To Supplement Inevitable Health Care Cost Increase Over Next Decade.  Health care expenses will increase by about 72% over the next decade say Analysts who anticipate a 7.2% per annum increase in health care costs.

Another trend within the new government projections is an ever-growing reliance on the government to foot the bill for health care. By the end of the next decade, the government will pay for about half of the nation's medical costs. The other half may need Medigap Insurance to supplement out-of-pocket escalating costs not covered by Medicare.

Especially seniors need to be aware of the predicted increases in the two main health sectors that apply to them. The country's aging population is expected to drive increases in two key areas of health care spending: nursing homes and home health. Spending on nursing homes will grow from $121.7 billion in 2005 to $216.8 billion in 2015. Home health will grow from about $49 billion last year to $103.7 billion in 2015. It represents the nation's fastest-growing sector in health care. 
Medigap Insurance To Play A Major Role In Helping Seniors Survive


UCLA Paralysis Study Found No Difference in Therapies - Partially Paralyzed Patients Saw No Extra Benefit in Weight-Supported Treadmill Compared to Conventional Methods

UCLA Paralysis Study Found No Difference in Therapies - Partially Paralyzed Patients Saw No Extra Benefit in Weight-Supported Treadmill Compared to Conventional Methods

Robomedica Treadmill

UCLA researchers have found that both body weight-supported treadmill training was just as effective as traditional rehabilitation for restoring movement in patients that are partially paralyzed.  The study also found that high numbers from both treatment groups achieved functional walking speeds within six months.

The researchers expected the body weight-supported treadmill treatment to be superior.  But the study author, Dr. Bruce H. Dobkin, said “we found no significant difference” in the treatments.  Dr. Dobkin is professor of neurology and medical director of the Neurologic Rehabilitation and Research Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

The researchers analyzed 117 individuals who had a partial spinal cord injury within the previous 8 weeks.  They randomly selected 58 patients to receive body weight-supported treadmill training, while the other 59 patients received “conventional” over-ground mobility therapy.   UCLA Paralysis Study Found No Difference in Therapies - Partially Paralyzed Patients Saw No Extra Benefit in Weight-Supported Treadmill Compared to Conventional Methods


Diabetic Monkey cured with Pig Cells – Possible cure for Diabetes type 1

Diabetic Monkey’s cured with Pig Cells – Possible cure for Diabetes type 1

Insulin Injection

Researchers from the University of Minnesota’s Diabetes Institute for Immunology and Transplantation were successful at curing diabetes in monkeys using islet cells from pigs.  First reported online in the February 19th issue of Nature Medicine the researchers hope to begin human trials in the next three years.

There has been success previously in reversing type 1 diabetes in humans; however there would not be enough islet cells available for transplantation to treat the number of people that need the treatment.  The hope is that islet cells from pigs would work.  Diabetic Monkey’s cured with Pig Cells – Possible cure for Diabetes type 1


Cancer Risk increases with Obesity – More Young Children and Adults Overweight

Cancer Risk increases with Obesity – More Young Children and Adults Overweight

Obese Rat and Normal Rat

"Obesity increases the risk of contracting cancer," said Dr. Javier Salvador, Director of the Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition at the University Hospital of the University of Navarra.

Dr. Javier said that more people are overweight than ever before.  It is found in both industrialized countries and in developing countries as well.  He points out that in Spain 15% of the population suffers from obesity and 54% are overweight.  He believes that the cause for obesity is by people eating more calories and having a sedentary lifestyle.

Dr. Javier’s concerns for Western society is a rise in infant obesity. When these obese babies grow up they will become obese adults.  There are more obese children that are developing type II diabetes at young ages.  Cancer Risk increases with Obesity – More Young Children and Adults Overweight


Chocolate May Lower Risk of Death by Heart Disease - Dutch Study Suggests Cocoa can Lower Blood Pressure and Lead to Better Health

Chocolate May Lower Risk of Death by Heart Disease - Dutch Study Suggests Cocoa can Lower Blood Pressure and Lead to Better Health

Unsweetened Dark Chocolate Best

Researchers from the Netherlands say that chocolate consumers were half as likely to die from cardiovascular problems as those who did not partake in the sweet products.  The data was extrapolated from Zutphen Elderly Study conducted between 1985 and 2000. 

Brian Bujisse of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in Bilthoven, measured the cocoa intake of 470 men between the ages of 65 and 84. 

The researchers measured how many grams of cocoa each man consumed and divided the men into three groups according to their intake.  ABC News reported that the men who ate the most cocoa products had half the “risk of death”.  The experts have identified 24 cocoa-containing foods that the elderly men ate.  None of the men were taking blood pressure medicine, according to a report in Scientific American.   Chocolate May Lower Risk of Death by Heart Disease - Dutch Study Suggests Cocoa can Lower Blood Pressure and Lead to Better Health 


Premature Birth and Gum Disease Link - Periodontal Ailments Linked to Heart Illness, Early Births and Type 2 Diabetes

Premature Birth and Gum Disease Link - Periodontal Ailments Linked to Heart Illness, Early Births and Type 2 Diabetes

Periodontal Disease

New research reinforces the belief that there is a connection between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, as well as premature births.  Now it appears that one way to reduce the risk of heart disease may be to manage other risk factors for the disease as well, including dental hygiene.  Dr. Moise Desyarieux, MD said "It appears a relationship exists, but we don't know exactly what it is and if it is a causal relationship.  Therefore, we can't make recommendations for people with periodontal disease in respect to cardiovascular disease." 

Dr. Desvarieux is an infectious disease epidemiologist in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.  His team coordinated the (INVEST) study to investigate the oral health-cardiovascular disease relationship.

The main risk factors for cardiovascular disease should also be addressed.  Dr. Desvarieux said "To reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease, patients must manage all their risk factors, including smoking, diabetes, and weight."  Premature Birth and Gum Disease Link - Periodontal Ailments Linked to Heart Illness, Early Births and Type 2 Diabetes  


Epworth Sleep Scale May Help Determine Sleep Disorder - Treatments for Sleep Apnea May Save Your Life

Epworth Sleep Scale May Help Determine Sleep Disorder - Treatments for Sleep Apnea May Save Your Life

Drowsy Eyes

There is more to sleep than just getting to bed early.  There are certain conditions that cause sleepiness during the day besides not getting enough sleep.  Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition where the airway narrows as the throat relaxes during sleep. The sleeper is usually unaware of the obstruction because he is asleep, even though he may momentarily awaken to catch his or her breath. 

The NBC show Today asked the question “Do you easily doze off while watching TV?”  Answers to some simple questions that can help determine if you have sleep apnea or other sleep disorder. The Epworth Sleepiness Scale can help you decide whether to visit a sleep doctor. 

These sleep doctors typically are cardio-pulmonary specialists that offer sleep studies.  Ask your doctor for a referral or for a recommendation to a specialist.  Sleep apnea has been associated with heart disease, stroke and early morning spikes in blood pressure.  Epworth Sleep Scale May Help Determine Sleep Disorder - Treatments for Sleep Apnea May Save Your Life


Diabetes Eye Health improved with a Marijuana compound that Helps Stops Diabetic Retinopathy and Blindness

Diabetes Eye Health improved with a Marijuana compound that Helps Stops Diabetic Retinopathy and Blindness

Eye that is damaged by diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic patients are often threatened with damage to eyes and blindness. Researchers believe that cannabidiol, a compound that comes from Marijuana plants may help to stop the damaging retinopathy by slowing the growth of leaky blood vessels.  The cannabidiol compound does not get a person intoxicated but in the future may be able to help over 16 million Americans that have Diabetic retinopathy from becoming blind.

Dr. Gregory I. Liou who is a molecular biologist at the Medical College of Georgia and fellow researchers has received a $300,000 grant from the American Diabetes Association hope to help treat diabetic retinopathy.  "We are studying the role of cannabinoid receptors in our body and trying to modulate them so we can defend against diabetic retinopathy," Dr. Liou said. Diabetes Eye Health improved with a Marijuana compound that Helps Stops Diabetic Retinopathy and Blindness


Rheumatoid Arthritis Inflammation Associated with Lymphoma Cancer - Drug Treatments Did Not Increase Risk of Epstein Bar Virus Positive Lymphoma

Rheumatoid Arthritis Inflammation Associated with Lymphoma Cancer - Drug Treatments Did Not Increase Risk of Epstein Bar Virus Positive Lymphoma

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Scientists have known about a link between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and a higher risk of lymphoma for sometime.  They were unsure whether it was due to the drugs or the condition.  Now it appears the culprit is the condition.  A study associates chronic, severe inflammation with the increased risk of cancer.

Swedish researchers have conducted the largest investigation concerning the link between RA and lymphoma.  The statistical analysis revealed risk ratios for lymphoma for three different levels of overall disease activity.  They assessed RA according to the duration and how swollen and tender joint were.  Rheumatoid Arthritis Inflammation Associated with Lymphoma Cancer - Drug Treatments Did Not Increase Risk of Epstein Bar Virus Positive Lymphoma


Early Treatment of Prostrate Cancer had better Survival Rate

Early Treatment of Prostrate Cancer had better Survival Rate

PSA blood Test

This study shows that early treatment of prostrate cancer with radiation therapy or surgery may prolong survival rates compared to patients that are just observed to see if it gets worse before treating.  The study looked at the data of 48,000 men between the ages of 65 and 80 that had survived for at least one year after being diagnosed with localized prostate cancer from 1991 through 1999.  Yu-Ning Wong, M.D., an oncologist from the Fox Chase Cancer Center, presented the results of this study at the 2006 Prostate Cancer Symposium February 25th, in San Francisco.

Early diagnosis of prostate cancer can be diagnosed with a PSA (prostate-specific-antigen) blood test.  This blood test can detect very early stages of prostate cancer that are usually watched and not necessarily treated.  It is possible that the early prostate cancer may not be life threatening and may grow slowly.  Early Treatment of Prostrate Cancer had better Survival Rate


Embryonic Stem Cell Treatments Show Promise for Degenerative Diseases and Paralysis - Alzheimer's Parkinson's Cancer Heart Disease and More

Embryonic Stem Cell Treatments Show Promise for Degenerative Diseases and Paralysis - Alzheimer's Parkinson's Cancer Heart Disease and More

Embryonic Stem Cells

Stem cell research and treatment may yield extraordinary results for ailments including heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, cancer and diabetes.  Embryonic stem cells also show promise for people that are paralyzed. 

The CBS News program 60 minutes ran a segment on the subject Sunday night.  Ed Bradley’s report included an interview with Dr. Hans Keirstead, a 38-year-old biologist, who said he is ready to try a stem cell procedure on people paralyzed by spinal cord injuries.  The doctor’s earlier trial showed success in treating a laboratory rat whose hind legs were completely paralyzed. 

Amazingly, after injecting the rat with human embryonic stem cells, the paralyzed rat was able to move its hind legs.  Dr. Keirstead told Mr. Bradley that “If it does the same thing in humans, I think we’ve hit something here that’s gonna be truly remarkable."  He hopes to begin clinical trials on patients that have recently been paralyzed first.  Embryonic Stem Cell Treatments Show Promise for Degenerative Diseases and Paralysis - Alzheimer's Parkinson's Cancer Heart Disease and More


Parkinson's Disease Clinical Trials will Include Co-Enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) Creatine Minocycline and GPI-1485 Treatment Options

Parkinson's Disease Clinical Trials will Include Co-Enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) Creatine Minocycline and GPI-1485 Treatment Options

Coenzyme Q-10

The Government is looking at substances that may offer hope in slowing the progression of Parkinson’s disease, as opposed to just treating the symptoms.  Various compounds will be tested including Co-Enzyme Q-10 (CoQ10), creatine, minocycline and GPI-1485. 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is finalizing plans to enroll hundreds of early-stage Parkinson’s patients in this study.  An earlier study funded by the NIH found that creatine and minocycline may warrant further consideration.  Dr. Karl Kieburtz of the University of Rochester told the World Parkinson Congress last week that while the news is encouraging, the results do not demonstrate that these agents are effective in Parkinson’s disease.  His results will be published the March 14 issue of Neurology. 

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have organized a nationwide multi-center effort called NET-PD (Neuroprotection Exploratory Trials in Parkinson's Disease).   Parkinson's Disease Clinical Trials will Include Co-Enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) Creatine Minocycline and GPI-1485 Treatment Options


Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease Treatment May Involve Gene Therapy - UCLA Researchers Found KCNC3 Gene Mutation

Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease Treatment May Involve Gene Therapy - UCLA Researchers Found KCNC3 Gene Mutation

Areas of the Brain Affected By Parkinson's Disease

Researchers in Los Angeles believe they have linked a gene mutation that regulates how potassium enters cells to a neurodegenerative disease and to another disorder that causes mental retardation and coordination problems.  This discovery may lead to treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. 

The movement disorder called spinocerebellar ataxia, usually appears in adulthood and causes loss of neurons in the brain's cerebellum, resulting in progressive loss of coordination (ataxia).  According to Dr Stefan Pulst "This type of gene has never before been linked to nerve cell death."  Dr. Pulst, of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, led the new study. 

Dr. Pulst and his colleagues looked for the gene that caused the neurodegenerative movement disorder spinocerebellar ataxia in a Filipino family.  They believe the gene called KCNC3 may have something to do with ataxia.  Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease Treatment May Involve Gene Therapy - UCLA Researchers Found KCNC3 Gene Mutation


Rheumatoid Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases new Understanding Why Gold works for Treatment

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases new Understanding Why Gold works for Treatment

CPAP machine

Researchers from the Harvard Medical School found out why special forms of gold, platinum and other types of medicinal metals help treat autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. They found that these metal help to strip away bacteria and virus particles from a key immune system protein.  The findings are reported in the February 27th issue of Nature Chemical Biology.

Gold has been used to treat autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis for the past 75 years.  Gold was first used in 1890 by a German doctor named Robert Koch who found that it was able to kill the bacteria that caused tuberculosis.  In the 1930’s there was belief that rheumatoid arthritis and tuberculosis were related and a French doctor, Jacques Forestier, began treating his rheumatoid arthritis patients with gold.  The gold worked and was used for many years, but is being phased out in the last few years because of serious side effects.  Rheumatoid Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases new Understanding Why Gold works for Treatment


50 Top Secrets of the Fittest! - Diet & Exercise Tips To Lose Weight and Feel Better

50 Top Secrets of the Fittest! - Diet & Exercise Tips To Lose Weight and Feel Better

Julia Havey

Secrets of the Fittest...can you keep a secret. Better yet, can you use these secrets to change your life and your body for the better?! If you did nothing else than incorporate these secrets into your daily life, over a years time, they would amount to substantial change.

Here is what a fit person does:

1. Always has a water bottle and drinks from it often...water is the drink of choice, not soft drinks.

2. Looks at exercise as a pleasure and privilege not a burden or chore.

3. Thinks twice before deciding what to eat and why...making sure that it is healthy and will give their body good nutrition.  50 Top Secrets of the Fittest! - Diet & Exercise Tips To Lose Weight and Feel Better  


Viagra May Possible Treatment for Crohn’s – Weak Immune System To Blame for Disease

Viagra May Possible Treatment for Crohn’s – Weak Immune System To Blame for Disease

Crohn's Affected Areas

New research has found a possible cause for Crohn’s Disease which may lead to a treatment. The researchers found that when patients with Crohn's were injected with harmless bacteria, their body showed a reduced blood flow. Normally blood flow would increase in response to the bacteria. 

Anthony Segal, from the University College London in the United Kingdom, believes “Viagra may be successful in correcting the low blood flow and may be helpful in the treatment of the disease.”  The Scientists believe that the reduced blood flow along with low levels of white blood cells could lead to “the persistence of bacteria and other debris in the tissue.”  Viagra May Possible Treatment for Crohn’s – Weak Immune System To Blame for Disease


Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer – Radiation Surgery or Hormone Therapy

Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer – Radiation Surgery or Hormone Therapy

Prostate Diagram

There are 232,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the US every year, and each man needs to make decision as to their treatment options.  There are some factors to consider before making a decision.

There are different types and prostate cancer.  According to Dr. Tim Johnson, a correspondent for ABC News Tonight, “In some cases — especially if a man has a slow-growing form of cancer or other more severe health conditions — "watchful waiting" may be all that is necessary. It involves regular exams and blood tests to make sure the cancer isn't spreading faster than predicted.”

In the Special Feature called “Second Option: Prostate Cancer,” Dr. Johnson interviewed Dr. Durado Brooks.  Brooks told the reporter that "The man should know, for instance, what is found at biopsy.  The biopsy gives information to the man and his treating physician in order to make a decision."  Brooks is Cancer Society director of prostate cancer.  Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer – Radiation Surgery or Hormone Therapy


Prostate Cancer May Be Linked to Virus - RNASEL Gene Defends against Viruses

Prostate Cancer May Be Linked to Virus - RNASEL Gene Defends against Viruses

Comon Flu Viruses

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic and the University of California San Francisco have identified a new virus in human prostate tumors.  They are not sure whether this virus is linked to prostate cancer yet. 

The virus was found more often in human prostate tumors with two copies of the RNASEL gene mutation than in tumors with at least one normal copy of the gene, Forbes reported.  Dr. Eric Klein said "This is a virus that has never been seen in humans before. This is consistent with previous epidemiologic and genetic research that has suggested that prostate cancer may result from chronic inflammation, perhaps as a response to infection."  Dr. Klein is head of urologic oncology at the Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urologic Institute.  Prostate Cancer May Be Linked to Virus - RNASEL Gene Defends against Viruses


Natural Pain Remedies won't kill you with side effects - Alternative Medicines

Natural Pain Remedies won't kill you with side effects - Alternative Medicines

Dr. Jutkowitz Endorcement

A health Journalist and author recently announced that there are no safe over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers. Virtually every home medicine cabinet in America has a bottle of pain-relieving pills that can cause serious problems, even when properly used. Millions of Americans live with chronic pain and rely upon over-the-counter pain relievers to alleviate discomfort mostly caused by joint, nerve or headache pain.

To the shock of most Americans, they have been relying on unsafe pain remedies and paying a steep price from the side effects associated with these drugs. Many Americans are turning to natural pain remedies and may never return to aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen or COX-2 inhibitors that hospitalize hundreds of thousands and cause thousands of needless deaths annually. Natural Pain Remedies won't kill you with side effects - Alternative Medicines


Osteoporosis Patients may Benefit From New Drug - Two Injections of Denosumab per Year will Increase Bone Mass in Postmenopausal Women

Osteoporosis Patients may Benefit From New Drug - Two Injections of Denosumab per Year will Increase Bone Mass in Postmenopausal Women

Osteoclasts

New research has found that an investigational therapy for bone loss, denosumab, demonstrated significant increases in bone mineral density (BMD) in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.  A person’s BMD can be an indicator for fracture risk, according to a study published in the Feb. 23, 2006 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

Denosumab is a RANK Ligand inhibitor under development by Amgen.  Ligand is a protein that is the primary “mediator” of osteoclast formation, function and survival.  These osteoclasts are responsible for bone removal. Osteoporosis Patients may Benefit From New Drug - Two Injections of Denosumab per Year will Increase Bone Mass in Postmenopausal Women


Glucosamine Chondroitin Sulfate Supplements Don't Relieve Pain in People with Minor Knee Joint Osteoarthritis Pain

Glucosamine Chondroitin Sulfate Supplements Don't Relieve Pain in People with Minor Knee Joint Osteoarthritis Pain

Popular Brand

Not all participants in a recent study benefited from the popular dietary supplement combination of glucosamine plus chondroitin sulfate.  Although, in an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, patients with moderate-to-severe pain showed significant relief with the supplement. 

The data was extrapolated from the Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT).  Elias Zerhouni, M.D. said “GAIT is another example of NIH's commitment to exploring the potential of complementary and alternative medicine to prevent and treat disease in a manner that is fair, unbiased, and scientifically rigorous.”  Elias is the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The study was conducted at 16 sites across the country over a 4 year period. Glucosamine Chondroitin Sulfate Supplements Don't Relieve Pain in People with Minor Knee Joint Osteoarthritis Pain


Trasylol used during Heart Surgery has Serious Side Effects- Lawyers may have Lawsuit

Trasylol used during Heart Surgery has Serious Side Effects- Lawyers may have Lawsuit

legal scales

Researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine found that Bayer’s Trasylol (generic is Aprotinin) which is used during heart surgery to prevent excessive blood loss has serious side effects.  Trasylol has double the risk for kidney failure and stroke and increases the risk of heart failure or heart attack by 55 percent. 

The FDA announced on February 8th that there is a public health advisory for Trasylol due to the recent study.  The FDA recognizes that there are two recent scientific publications that found a link for kidney problems, heart attacks and strokes for patients that used Trasylol during artery bypass graft surgery.  The FDA is sending the warning out to surgeons that perform these operations.  Trasylol used during Heart Surgery has Serious Side Effects- Lawyers may have Lawsuit


Heart and Brain Health Linked - Alzheimer's Disease Risk can be Lowered by Exercise and Mental Stimulation

Heart and Brain Health Linked - Alzheimer's Disease Risk can be Lowered by Exercise and Mental Stimulation

Lower Risk by Exercise

Heart health and brain health are associated with each other, according to a multi-Institute collaboration of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published online today in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association.  It may be possible to maintain brain health as we age by making good lifestyle choices, such as exercise, learning new things and staying socially connected.  Heart and Brain Health Linked - Alzheimer's Disease Risk can be Lowered by Exercise and Mental Stimulation


The Jerusalem Diet – 24 Hour Dieting

The Jerusalem Diet – 24 Hour Dieting

digital body fat scale

The Jerusalem Diet was created by Ted Haggard, a pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs.  The reason that the diet is called “The Jerusalem Diet” was that in 1998 he traveled to Jerusalem and had gained too much weight.  He thought he would eat only fruits, veggies and nuts for one day.  After a day of this he felt better and the clothes fit better.  His diet encourages you to weigh yourself every day so that you don’t get off your goal weight.

If he gains a pound or two he restricts his diet and exercises for an hour.  This usually turns into a weight correction within 24 hours.  He doesn’t promote fast weight loss, but makes it more manageable.  The diet also addresses addictions to food, cigarettes, and caffeine.  It sounds like exercise should be on a regular basis, more than just once a week.  He recommends 14 super foods to eat on the diet which are healthy foods choices.  The Jerusalem Diet – 24 Hour Dieting


Rotavirus Vaccine to be Added to Childhood Vaccination Immunization Schedule - CDC Recommend and FDA Approved RotaTeq

Rotavirus Vaccine to be Added to Childhood Vaccination Immunization Schedule - CDC Recommend and FDA Approved RotaTeq

Re-hydration of sufferer

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced earlier this month the licensing of a new vaccine against the Rotavirus.  This disease is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths around the world each year. 

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said the Merck and Company oral vaccine ROTATEQ should be added to the schedule of vaccines given to U.S. infants.  The newer vaccine does not cause the same problems as an earlier vaccine withdrawn from the market in 1999.

The vaccine will be administered at 2 months, 4 months and again at 6 months of age. Approval is needed by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), which usually follows the panel's recommendations.  Rotavirus Vaccine to be Added to Childhood Vaccination Immunization Schedule - CDC Recommend and FDA Approved RotaTeq


Robotic Surgery in Treatment for Prostate Cancer - Antioxidants May not Prevent Prostate Cancer

Robotic Surgery in Treatment for Prostate Cancer - Antioxidants May not Prevent Prostate Cancer

Robotic Experiments

More than 230,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year.  A new study found that intake of dietary or supplemental antioxidants were not associated with a decreased risk of prostate cancer among men in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian (PLCO). 

The researchers found that vitamin E and beta-carotene supplementation may be associated with reduced prostate cancer risk in certain population subgroups.  Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A. 

Vitamin E, C and carotenoids may play a role in preventing cancer development because of their ability to combat free radicals.  Free radicals are compounds that can cause damage to cellular DNA, lipid membranes, and proteins.  Robotic Surgery in Treatment for Prostate Cancer - Antioxidants May not Prevent Prostate Cancer


Heart Attack or Stroke Risk for Dying Increased by a Low-Salt Diet

Heart Attack or Stroke Risk for Dying Increased by a Low-Salt Diet

Salt Shaker

A long term study showed that people who said they limited their salt intake were 37% more likely to die from coronary heart disease or a stroke when compared with those who ate more than the US recommended daily allowance of 2,300 milligrams a day (approximately a teaspoon of salt.)  The researcher’s report was first published online in today’s issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine studied data of interviews of people’s dietary habits from 1976 through 1980.  The survey data was based purely on what a person remembered eating in their diet.  Each person may be affected differently by the consumption of salt.  It still may be good to restrict salt in a diet for some people.  Further research would need to pinpoint if salt intake needs to be more or less and if some people are not able to handle salt in their diet as well.  Heart Attack or Stroke Risk for Dying Increased by a Low-Salt Diet


The Rising Cost of Prescription Drugs

The Rising Cost of Prescription Drugs

Drug Costs on the Rise

If you’re like many Americans, the rising cost of prescription drugs may be costing you your health. In particular, seniors living on a fixed income with no insurance are finding it difficult to pay for necessary prescriptions out-of-pocket, and as a result, may be failing to receive the treatment they need to stay healthy. Often, the struggle can put a big strain on seniors’ finances.

But why are prescription drug prices so high, especially when most people who require medication are usually not in a financial position that allows them to afford the full price tag? The real reasons are more complicated than what you might suspect, but one thing’s for certain ­ drug prices have been skyrocketing.  The Rising Cost of Prescription Drugs


Arterial Tonometer - Painless Quick Test for Heart Disease

Arterial Tonometer is Noninvasive way to Test for Heart Disease

artery plaque

A group of researchers from the Mayo Clinic used an arterial tonometer to help diagnose patients for hardened arteries and coronary artery calcium who have no outward symptoms of heart disease.  The results were first reported in the current issue of Hypertension, published by the American Heart Association.

Iftikhar Kullo, M.D., of Mayo Clinic, the lead author of the study said, "About 40 percent of the American public is considered to be at moderate risk for heart disease.  Nearly half the heart attacks come without warning, which means we need to do a better job of screening people. This test has that potential."   Arterial Tonometer - Painless Quick Test for Heart Disease


Pregnant women affected by High levels of Stress more likely to Miscarriage during early Pregnancy

Pregnant women affected by High levels of Stress more likely to Miscarriage during early Pregnancy

Pregnancy

Pregnant women are three times more likely to have a miscarriage in the first three weeks of pregnancy if they are showing signs of stress.

A research group led by Pablo Nepomnaschy from the University of Michigan measured stress levels in 61 women from a small Guatemalan community.  They took urine samples three times a week and measured cortisol levels.  Cortisol is hormone that is made when under stress.  Pregnant women affected by High levels of Stress more likely to Miscarriage during early Pregnancy


Allergy sufferers find relief with over-the-counter medication

Allergy sufferers find relief with over-the-counter medication

Afrin

In the February issue of Archives of Otolaryngology, a small study showed that allergy sufferers were just as satisfied with the over-the-counter medication just as much as they were with a prescription drug.

The decongestant that you can purchase at your local drug store is called pseudoephedrine hydrochloride, and the prescription medication is called montelukast sodium.  Some of the over-the-counter brand names that contain pseudoephedrine are Afrin, Cenafed, Decofed, Dorcol, Efidac/24, Pediacare, Sinutab, and Sudafed.  The brand name prescription drug containing montelukast is Singulair.  Allergy sufferers find relief with over-the-counter medication


I Hate Diets - New Approach to Weight Loss!

I Hate Diets Approach to Weight Loss!

Cyndi Hates Diets

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES 1999-2002 survey) determined that approximately 65% of the U.S. adult population was either obese or overweight. This survey also indicated that an estimated 16% of children between the ages of 6 and 19 years are overweight. And, there is no doubt that obesity is on the rise in our country!

Why the upwards trend in obesity? As most of us are aware, Americans have fallen prey to high-fat, high-sugar, high-calorie diets (common in fast food restaurants). We’re typically eating way-y-y more calories each day than we need for our lifestyles! (But, oh! Those ‘comfort’ foods sure taste good and temporarily soothe our psyches, don’t they?!) Let’s face it, though! If we constantly consume more calories than we burn, most likely we’ll eventually put on some extra weight!

Ironically, Americans often go through spurts of trying one fad diet after another or starting an exercise regimen, only to get bored with it and quit after only a few weeks or so. We refer to a ‘fitness craze.’ Do we call it a ‘craze’ because we get so hyped up about it one minute, pour all our efforts into losing weight and getting into shape…yet, soon, throw our hands up in the air in defeat? I Hate Diets - New Approach to Weight Loss!


Stroke Patients with Aphasia can be helped with Speech Generating Device

Stroke Patients with Aphasia can be helped with Speech Generating Device

Lingraphicare's Lingraphica has Touch Screen capabilities

According to a research report by Lingraphicare America, there are an estimated 80,000 to 90,000 Americans that suffer a stroke that cause them to lose their ability to understand or express themselves with speech.  The term called aphasia is a just one of the frustrating disabilities that a stroke patient can endure.  It is estimated there are currently 1 million Americans that have aphasia.

A research project from Lingraphicare America, a manufacturer of the Lingraphica speech generating device for aphasia found that extended use of their product over a 20 week period helped aphasia patients improve their condition.  The Lingraphica speech generating device is a computer laptop that has specially designed software that has easy to select pictures that will speak the words or phrases for the corresponding picture.  Stroke Patients with Aphasia can be helped with Speech Generating Device


McDonalds Faces Three Lawsuits - Celiac Disease Sufferers Claim the Company Misled Consumers About their French Fries

McDonalds Faces Three Lawsuits - Celiac Disease Sufferers Claim the Company Misled Consumers About their French Fries

French Fries

McDonald’s is facing at least three lawsuits by people with celiac disease. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the lawsuits claim that the company “misled” the public about the ingredients in their French fries. 

Last week McDonalds revealed that their fries contained both wheat and dairy products.  They may taste great, but the wheat products can cause gastrointestinal symptoms in people that suffer from celiac disease.  In fact gluten, a protein found in wheat, can cause damage to the intestines in people with celiac disease. 

The Associated press reported that Debra Moffatt of Lombard, Ill., seeks unspecified damages in a suit filed Friday in the Cook County Circuit Court.  She is accusing the company of misleading the public. McDonalds Faces Three Lawsuits - Celiac Disease Sufferers Claim the Company Misled Consumers About their French Fries


Begin a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program For a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Begin a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program For a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Authors Book

Two months after my open-heart surgery, through my cardiologist’s referral, I was cleared to begin a physician-sponsored cardiac rehabilitation program ­ a program of exercise and risk-factor education for individuals recovering from serious heart procedures and heart disease.

Some patients are healed enough to begin sooner, some later. The gym facility where I live in Santa Fe, NM, called the Center for Living Well, is spaciously housed in the basement of our one hospital. In the last thirty years, thousands of cardiac rehabilitation programs have sprung up far and wide in the U.S. alone, all featuring similar characteristics.

In my book, The Open Heart Companion: Preparation and Guidance for Open-Heart Surgery Recovery (Open Heart Publishing, 2006) I advise, "systematically increase your walking every day, to the point where you can visualize and look forward to the strength retraining and aerobic stamina offered in a good cardiac rehabilitation program.   Begin a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program For a Heart Healthy Lifestyle


FDA defines term “Whole Grain” for Food Manufacturers

FDA defines term “Whole Grain” for Food Manufacturers

Wheat Berries

The Food and Drug Administration has helped to further define the term “whole grain” for food manufacturers.  This better definition of whole grain will improve the decisions that people make when purchasing ready made food from manufacturers.

What is “whole grain”?  FDA stated the following in a news release: “to include cereal grains that consist of the intact, ground, cracked or flaked fruit of the grains whose principal components -- the starchy endosperm, germ and bran -- are present in the same relative proportions as they exist in the intact grain. Such grains may include barley, buckwheat, bulgur, corn, millet, rice, rye, oats, sorghum, wheat and wild rice.”  FDA defines term “Whole Grain” for Food Manufacturers


Acupressure more effective than Physical Therapy for treating Lower Back Pain

Acupressure more effective than Physical Therapy for treating Lower Back Pain

Acupressure Book

A randomized controlled trial first published on the online in the British Medical Journal, found that Acupressure of the thumbs and fingertips seemed to be more beneficial at reducing lower back pain compared to physical therapy.

Acupressure is a technique that many chiropractors use along with acupuncture.  Acupressure is applying pressure to certain parts of the body; in this case it was the fingertips and thumbs used for pain reduction in the lower back.  Acupuncture is similar except needles are used to stimulate the nervous system.  In this study the researchers focused on Acupressure compared to physical therapy.  Acupressure more effective than Physical Therapy for treating Lower Back Pain

 

 

 


Sick Spouse Increases Risk of Death for Partners - Mortality Rate Depends on Illness

Sick Spouse Increases Risk of Death for Partners - Mortality Rate Depends on Illness

Nicholas Christakis

A new report suggests that hospitalization of a spouse for a serious illness also increases their partner’s risk of death.  They even found that some diagnoses raise the risk even more, including dementia, stroke, and hip fracture. 

The study, funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), found that the spouse’s risk of death remains elevated for an extended period of time.  One of the investigators, Nicholas A. Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., of Harvard Medical School, said “When a spouse is hospitalized, the partner’s risk of death increases significantly, and remains elevated for up to two years.”

Researchers have known for some time that our social network is important to health.  Even family pets have been known to boost ones health. Richard M. Suzman, Ph.D., Associate Director of the NIA for Behavioral and Social Research, said “This highly innovative study — in an enormous sample of older people — demonstrates yet another important connection between social networks and health.”  Sick Spouse Increases Risk of Death for Partners - Mortality Rate Depends on Illness


Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements Very Beneficial For Many Women over the Age of 60 - Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Bone Fractures

Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements Very Beneficial For Many Women over the Age of 60 - Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Bone Fractures

Rebecca Jackson

Calcium and vitamin-D supplements play an important role in preventing bone fractures in older women, according to study published in the February 16th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.  Researchers say, in older women, “consistent use of calcium and vitamin-D supplements will play a role in reducing her risk for osteoporosis”.

Up until now the results have been conflicting.  Based on the data provided by the Women’s Health Initiative, lead author Rebecca Jackson, associate professor of internal medicine and physical medicine at Ohio State University Medical Center, said “The value of a study this large is that it does show, even if only on a small scale, that the intervention can be effective to lower the risk of osteoporosis within two to three years…. A physician isn't needed to prescribe these supplements. All this means any supplementation of this kind is potentially beneficial, particularly in women over 60 years old. That's a huge finding."  Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements Very Beneficial For Many Women over the Age of 60 - Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Bone Fractures


Lung Cancer – Tumor size determines likelihood of Cancer Spreading

Lung Cancer – Tumor size determines likelihood of Cancer Spreading

CT scanning equipment

In the February 13th issue of the Archives of Internal medicine a study reported that the smaller the tumors in lung cancer the less likely the cancer will spread.  The researchers believe that the earlier the detection, the better chance for successfully treating lung cancer.

The lead researcher, Claudia I. Henschke, M.D., Ph.D., New York Presbyterian Hospital–Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, along with colleagues from the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program screened 28,689 men and women for lung cancer.  This took place at over 38 different medical institutions worldwide from 1993 through 2004.  The screenings were performed with a computed tomography (CT) scan.  Lung Cancer – Tumor size determines likelihood of Cancer Spreading


Botox could be used to help Shrink Cancer Tumors

Botox could be used to help Shrink Cancer Tumors

Botox

Botox may be used as part of the treatment of Cancer in the near future.  A research study from the Université de Louvain in Brussels, Belgium, led by Bernard Gallez, Ph.D., have been one of the first to explore how Botox could be used to treat cancer patients. 

First reported in the February 15th issue of Clinical Cancer Research, the results were hopeful.  When the Botox (Botulinum neurotoxin type A) was injected into two different kinds of tumors in mice, it caused the tumors’ cellular vasculature to open.  This improved circulation of the tumor made it more effective at killing off the cancer cells when using traditional chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

These are preliminary studies in mice and more research will need to be conducted.  The researchers hope that it will be used together with chemotherapy to make the treatment more effective and killing of the cancer.  Botox could be used to help Shrink Cancer Tumors


New Test Helps Determine the Risk of Death in the Next Four Years

New Test Helps Determine the Risk of Death in the Next Four Years - Risk of dying found for those over the age of 50 in 4 years

Dr. Sei Lee

A new test is available that may give those over the age of 50 odds of dying within the next 4 years.  The test considers 12 risk factors to determine the participant’s risk. 

The lower the test scores, the lower the odds of dying.  A score of 5 points means your risk of dying in four years is 4%.  A score of 14 points will make the risk rise to 64%.  Just being a man will give you 2 points.  You will get another 2 points for being diabetic or being a smoker.  If you are unable to walk two blocks without getting tired, you will get another 2 points.

The older you are the more points you will get.  Over the age of 60, points will begin to accrue just because of your age.  The researchers warn, don’t try this test at home.  They say a doctor can help you put things into perspective.  New Test Helps Determine the Risk of Death in the Next Four Years - Risk of dying within 4 years found for those over the age of 50 

 
 
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