Showing posts with label medicine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label medicine. Show all posts

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Hantavirus is not new, it already attacked many Asian countries for the past years. The virus attacked various animals without showing symptoms and that is one big problem because once it attack humans the symptoms would slowly appearing which sooner would kill the host by its fatal blow.   Most cases of Hantavirus in Europe and America were carried by rats and it is not a question that once it spread in South East Asia it would be a serious problem,  different rats roamed around the streets and the crowded shanties in poverty-stricken countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam,Thailand,etc. Hantavirus would definitely spread very fast.

South East Asia has talented and skillful medical professionals so there is no point of panicking once this virus attack the residents, what it takes is simply a little understanding of the virus and a monitoring to its possible source of existence in that way doctors and nurses may know how to stop the progress and the spread of this silent killer.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Many of the participants of this amazing charity activity are mothers and most of them are having sons or daughters suffering form autism.  In order for them to support the the condition of their kids they have decided to make a calendar with them naked.  It's amazing charity that they are making, and I am sure you will love their calendar photos.  Check the Video!








This is one of the most interesting news that's happening on the online world.  We thought that only common things can be bought online, but now we have sperms for sale online. Wow! Would you consider this sort of business as legal? If this some sort of business hits the online market, then every man can be a businessman with no capital needed only good sleep and good food to have healthy sperms for them to put on the cart of every woman who wants a  child.  Check the video for the interesting discussion on this matter.



What can you say about it? 



A couple had sex while skydiving and recorded their love making caught the attention of the L.A. authorities. 

The cops in Taft, California were investigating the stunt, reportedly conducted to get the attention of radio shock-jock Howard Stern, and the FAA was aware of it. According to the authorities the couple are on right age to do the crazy stunt, but for the FAA it should not be something to be done.
Check the Video to know more about it.





The Federal Aviation Administration says it will look into a videotaped skydiving sex stunt to determine if the pilot might have been distracted during the incident over Kern County.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says any activity that could distract the pilot while he's flying could be a violation of federal regulations.

Skydive Taft owner David Chrouch says he fired part-time skydiving instructor and porn star Alex Torres and hasn't decided whether to fire the company's receptionist, Hope Howell, who he said was Torres' partner in the video.






source: http://theweek.com/article/index/219701/the-scary-rise-in-health-insurance-costs-5-theories


1. Blame "ObamaCare"We warned you, says Katie Mahoney at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. President Obama's 2010 health reforms "do nothing to control costs and instead drive premiums higher," as insurers are forced to cover things like letting uninsured 26-year-olds stay on their parents' health plans and making preventative screenings free. Making 25-year-old factory workers "subsidize the health insurance of Harvard MBA candidates" is just one way "ObamaCare already has forced insurers to increase prices," says Don Surber in the Charleston, W.V., Daily Mail. They also had to jack up premiums now because starting next year, Obama will make them justify any double-digit rate increase.
2. The big driver is rising medical costsThe Affordable Care Act (ACA) did contribute 1 to 2 percentage points to the 9 percent rate hike, says Jonathan Cohn in The New Republic. But that's a small, "one-time bump." The largest single cause is the steady "ongoing rise in health care costs," which the ACA will actually stem, if politicians have the will to use its tools. Even 42 percent of doctors think their patients are getting too much care, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The reasons include fear of malpractice lawsuits and misplaced incentives. "Physicians believe they are paid to do more and exposed to legal punishment if they do less," say Brenda Sirovich, M.D., and her colleagues.
3. Insurers guessed wrongHealth insurers set this year's sharp premium hikes last year, on the "expectation that the use of health services would go up because of an economic recovery that was starting and then it didn't happen," says Kaiser Family Foundation president Drew Altman. In fact, employers are reporting that their workers are using less medical care, says Beth Umland, a health care consultant with Mercer, quoted in The New York Times. "It always takes a while for underwriting to catch up with reality."
4. Free markets are inefficient for health careThe "incredible 9 percent" spike in prices as demand wanes is further proof that the "childish, simplistic belief that a 'free market' functions well in health care and health insurance... has no basis is reality," says Jon Walker at Firedoglake. For years, insurers and economists have promised that if consumers only had more "skin in the game," insurance rates would drop. Well, employees have been paying more and more out of pocket for years, and this is the result?
5. The workforce is older, and more expensive to insureThe recession and resulting "high unemployment has resulted in employers hiring fewer younger workers," says Karen Ignagni, head of trade group America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Older workers, meanwhile, are retiring later, leaving employers with a grayer workforce and insurers with "an older and sicker risk pool." They had no choice but to raise premiums.

 

Scientists have cracked the genetic code of the Black Death, one of history's worst plagues, and found that its modern day bacterial descendants haven't changed much over 600 years.
Luckily, we have.
The evolution of society and medicine — and our own bodies — has far outpaced the evolution of that deadly bacterium, scientists said.
The 14th century bug Yersinia pestis is nearly identical to the modern day version of the same germ. There are only a few dozen changes among the more than 4 million building blocks of DNA, according to a study published online Wednesday in the journal Nature.
What that shows is that the Black Death, or plague, was deadly for reasons beyond its DNA, study authors said. It had to do with the circumstances of the world back then.
In its day, the disease killed between 30 million and 50 million people — about 1 of every 3 Europeans. It came at the worst possible time — when the climate was suddenly getting colder, the world was in the midst of a long war and horrible famine, and people were moving into closer quarters where the disease could infect them and spread easily, scientists say. And it was likely the first time this particular disease had struck humans, attacking people without any innate protection.
"It was literally like the four horseman of the apocalypse that rained on Europe," said study lead author Johannes Krause of the University of Tubingen in Germany. "People literally thought it was the end of the world."
In devastating the population, it changed the human immune system, basically wiping out people who couldn't deal with the disease and leaving the stronger to survive, said study co-author Hendrik Poinar of McMaster University in Ontario.
But simple antibiotics today, such as tetracycline, can beat the plague bacteria, which doesn't seem to have properties that enable other germs to become drug resistant, Poinar said. Plus, changes in medical treatment of the sick, coupled with improved sanitation and economics, put humanity in a far better position. And there's an immune system protection we mostly have now, Poinar said.
"I think we're in a good state," Poinar said. "The reason we do so well is that conditions are so different."
People still get the disease, usually from fleas from rodents or other animals, but not that often. There are around 2,000 cases a year in the world, mostly in rural areas, with a handful of them popping up in remote parts of the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earlier this year, two people in New Mexico were diagnosed with plague. In 1992, a Colorado veterinarian died from a more recent strain, one that scientists used heavily in their study.
To get the original Black Death DNA, scientists played dentist to dozens of skeletons.
During the epidemic in the 14th century, about 2,500 London area victims of the disease were buried in a special cemetery near the Tower of London. It was excavated in the mid-1980s with 600 individual skeletons moved to the Museum of London, said study co-author Kirsten Bos, also of McMaster University. She then removed 40 of those teeth, drilled into the pulp inside the teeth and got "this dark black powdery type material" which likely was dried blood that included DNA from the bacteria.
And when she was done, Bos returned the teeth, minus a little DNA, to the skeletons at the museum.
When the same scientists first tried mapping the bacteria's genetic makeup, it appeared to be a distinctly different germ than what is around currently. But part of that was a reflection of working with 660-year-old DNA and newer, more refined techniques revealed less difference between the early day and modern Y. pestis bacteria than between a mother and daughter, Krause said.
That's a surprising result, but the work was well done and makes sense, said Julian Parkhill, a disease genome expert at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Britain. Parkhill was not involved in the research but has studied the bacteria.
"Getting an effectively complete genome sequence of a bacterium that lived nearly 700 years ago is incredibly exciting," Parkhill said.

By Lucy Danziger and the staff at SELF

1. Vegetables With Creamy Onion Dip

In a glass bowl, microwave 1 diced scallion in ½ tsp olive oil until fragrant, 1 minute. Whisk in 3 tbsp nonfat plain Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp light sour cream, 1 tsp mayonnaise, ¼ tsp each salt and onion powder and a pinch each of black pepper and gar-lic powder. Serve with 1 cup chopped broccoli and cauliflower.
How it fights cancer: Cruciferous veggies, a class that includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, appear to prevent breast, lung and colon cancer. “Different types of estrogens have been associated with both increased and decreased cancer risk. Cruciferous vegetables help your body process estrogen in a way that might lower risk,” says Gregory A. Plotnik-off, M.D., senior consultant for health care innovation at Allina Hospitals and Clinics in Minnesota.

2. Super Savory Popcorn

Pop one 100-calorie bag microwave popcorn. Toss with ½ tsp sweet smoked paprika and a pinch of garlic powder.
How it fights cancer: Whole grains have cancer-fighting antioxidants, according to research from the University of Scran-ton in Pennsylvania. Popcorn has the most antioxidants in the snack group; pastas made with whole wheat tops the grain list.

3. Edamame With Iced Green Tea

Cook 2/3 cup edamame as directed on package. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Serve with 8 to 12 oz iced green tea mixed with ½ tsp honey.
How it fights cancer: To pump up the disease-fighting potential of green tea’s catechins, add a squeeze of citrus: Lemon juice protects the chemicals so more of them are available to your body, a study from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, reveals.

4. Tomato Bruschetta

Spread 1 tbsp part-skim ricotta and 2 tbsp store-bought tomato bruschetta topping on each of 3 slices melba toast or toasted whole-grain baguette.
How it fights cancer: Scientists suspect that the lycopene in tomato works as an antioxidant that protects the body’s cells against certain cancers. Bonus: It also helps reduce your risk for heart disease.

5. Cheese Plate

Serve 1 oz reduced-fat cheddar with 3/4 cup red grapes and 2 whole-grain crackers.
How it fights cancer: Like vino, the skin of fresh red grapes contains the protective chemical resveratrol, which may reduce your risk for both cancer and heart disease and also sharpen your brain. “And there’s no alcohol, which has been linked to certain cancers,” says Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., spokeswoman in Sarasota, Florida, for the American Dietetic Association.

6. Honey-Ginger Blueberries With Mascarpone

In a pan, heat 1 cup blueberries with 1 tbsp honey and ¼ tsp ground ginger until berries become jammy, 5 minutes. Top berries with 1 tbsp mascarpone and ½ sheet graham cracker broken into bits.
How it fights cancer: Anthocyanins, the pigments behind blueberries’ hue, may fight cancer while also helping brain cells fire faster, so you stay sharp. And the berries’ vitamin C may block the effects of cancer-causing free radicals, help prevent cancer from spreading and enhance immunity.
Craving more cancer-preventing foods? Surf to Self.com for a week-long meal plan of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and treats featuring anticancer superfoods.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

source: http://www.newsmax.com

Leukemia drug treatment depends on various factors. It is generally determined by the physician or the doctor depending upon the patient’s age, health, and type and spread of leukemia.
 
The usual therapies for the treatment of leukemia are:
 
1. Chemotherapy: It is the major therapy followed for the treatment of leukemia. The therapy uses various drugs to kill the cancerous cells. Unfortunately, this therapy is that its side effects are enormous. It may even provoke other syndromes in the body of the patient.
 
2. Leukemia Drug Therapy: It may include a single drug or even a combination of drugs depending on the dosage regime to be followed. The route for the administration of the drug in the body may also vary from one patient to another. While some may receive pills others may have to face drug injections. All this is determined by the factors of the disease and the patient’s condition. Generally prescribed leukemia drugs include prednisone, vincristine, daunorubicin, L-asparaginase, pegaspargase, methotrexate, and cyclophosphamide. Other occasionally used drugs include Imatinib and Nelarabine. Dasatinib is a new leukemia drug and is used for infections where other drugs have proven ineffective. The leukemia drug therapy list also contains daunorubicin, idarubicin, cytosine arabinoside, mitoxantrone, and Gemtuzumab.

3.  Biological Therapy: Patients may even wish to undergo a biological therapy where the immune system of the patient’s body is improved in order to fight the leukemia cells within the body.
 
4. Radiation Therapy: It is helpful in treating leukemia patients as it uses  high energy rays or laser beams to destroy the cancerous cells in the body. The patient lies down on a table and the machine focuses on the specific body part and emits radiation to kill the cells.
 
5. Stem Cell Transplant Therapy: Another hope for leukemia patients is stem cell transplant therapy. In this method the patient is supplied with a high dose of drugs or radiation to kill the cancerous cells. After this, the patient is transplanted with the bone marrow fluid of their own body, preserved previously, or from a close relative’s body.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

An experimental drug being developed by Roche Holding AG removed amyloid plaques from the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients in a small early-stage study, according to data published in the Archives of Neurology, the Swiss drugmaker said on Monday.
Many researchers suspect the build-up of such plaques may be a cause of the memory robbing disease, although that theory has yet to be definitively proved.
The next step will be to investigate whether removal of brain amyloid translates into clinical benefit for patients at doses of the experimental drug, gantenerumab, that are well tolerated and safe, Roche said.
Gantenerumab, a biotech drug designed to bind to amyloid plaques in the brain and remove them, is being targeted at the early stages of Alzheimer's with the hope it can slow progression of the disease while patients are still able to function.
The Phase I study of 16 Alzheimer's patients tested gantenerumab at two doses against a placebo over six months of treatment.
The Roche drug led to a dose-dependent reduction of brain amyloid, while amyloid load increased in patients receiving a placebo, the company said.
Much larger trials and further study will be needed to fully understand just how gantenerumab works and whether it can stave off Alzheimer's disease.
"These results and especially the rapidity of the effects observed on amyloid removal are very encouraging and pave the way for the development of a novel treatment for Alzheimer's disease," Luca Santarelli, head of Roche's global neuroscience disease division, said in a statement.
Most companies working to develop Alzheimer's treatments are focused on the disease in its later, more debilitating stages. Roche is approaching the disease far earlier.
"We know amyloid accumulates for 15 years before dementia, so why should you wait to remove it," Santarelli told Reuters in an interview earlier this year.
Early, or prodromal, Alzheimer's disease is a condition in which a person's memory loss is worse than can be expected by the normal aging process, while their ability to engage in daily activities is not affected to the extent that dementia would be diagnosed.
Alzheimer's disease is estimated to affect 25 million people around the world, with the number of diagnosed cases expected to rise dramatically with the aging of the enormous baby boom generation.
It is expected that the illness, which robs memory and ability to function, will affect about 63 million people by 2030, and 114 million by 2050 worldwide, according to forecasts cited by Roche.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Marisa Cohen, SELF magazine

Aside from staying svelte, see how your wallet and the planet will benefit.


1. To Stay Slim
Eat less meat, gain less weight—that's the upshot of one American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study. In it, folks who ate the most red and processed meat and poultry gained the most weight (almost 5 pounds) over five years. The cause isn't yet clear, but if cutting back on meat doesn't hurt and it helps keep us svelte, does the reason really matter?


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