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October 18, 2017

High altitude playgrounds can be enticing and irresistible! Regardless of fitness, extreme changes in your environment can be vitally threatening. Complaints of headache, loss of appetite or nausea, dizziness,  fatigue or lassitude, and insomnia are common symptoms of common illnesses, but in higher elevations can overwhelm quickly in a fight for life. Awareness is critical and fast action imperative. Know before you go. Click here to learn more.

October 03, 2017

Exertion in the heat presents special circumstances for hydration management and avoidance of injury. The study shows that drinking an ice slurry requires less intake for adequate hydration control rather than needing to consume much larger volumes of cool or room temperature water. This has an important advantage where people are exercising or working in extreme environments and transporting an adequate water supply is imperative but difficult. Click here to learn more.

September 21, 2017

Short breaks from a restrictive diet regime could be the golden ticket to long-term weight loss and control. Researchers challenged the theory of continuous dieting with an intermittent dieting program of 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off periodically trading the weight-loss diet for a weight-maintenance diet. Findings show the intermittent dieters lost more weight and were able to maintain the loss by avoiding the reactive starvation metabolic changes instigated by the continuous deprivation. Click here to learn more.

September 15, 2017

Promotion of beneficial gut microbes is proving to be a rich means of helping high-risk newborns thrive in India. Administering prebiotics and probiotics for 1 week not only reduced the risk of deadly infections but also increased healthy growth long term. A simple, cost-effective, promising intervention. Click here to learn more.

September 12, 2017

Earthquake. Tornado. Fire. Flood. Hurricane. Disaster! It CAN happen to you and YOU can help. Minimizing risk for damages and injuries depends on being prepared by being informed and having plans in place. Click here to learn more.

September 01, 2017

A good foundation is priceless for future health and well-being. What we do now and in our youth matters….a lot!! To prevent the destructive effects of osteoporosis as we age, it is best to have an early active lifestyle including weight-bearing exercises and activities. Click here to learn more.

August 29, 2017

The # 1 biomarker for Alzheimer’s is amyloid plaques in the brain. Research has found that retinal amyloid plaques directly correlate to the plaques in the brain, and they present far, far earlier than dementia symptoms. Studying retinal changes signals early AD detection and early therapies. Click here to learn more. 

August 25, 2017

At long last, Sickle Cell Disease has a new treatment. It has proven to reduce the debilitating effects of the disorder and to decrease the need for hospitalizations. Click here to learn more.

August 18, 2017

By combining 2 chemotherapy drugs into 1 treatment improves results for high-risk AML patients. The effects are synergistic. The partnership has shown significantly improved results than either drug working alone. Click here to learn more.

August 18, 2017

The newly developed MRI device allows fragile neonates to remain in the NICU for head imaging. Urgent access to the infant is maintained at all times. Because the unit is full enclosed, the safety of others in the environment is ensured. Click here to learn more.

August 03, 2017

Recent research suggests that thrombocytosis could be an early sign of cancer and relevant to primary care as a red flag for further investigation.  With no other cancer symptoms, thrombocytosis can prompt early diagnosis and could be the key to survival and better recovery. Click here to learn more.

June 29, 2017

Recent research has shown a direct relationship between the consumption of carbohydrates and age-related Macular Degeneration. Switching to a low-glycemic diet stopped or even reversed signs of AMD. Click here to learn more

June 09, 2017

You may have “Got Milk!” but which kind of milk may make a difference in children’s growth. Some non-cow’s milk alternatives do not contain the amount of protein, calcium or vitamin D that children require for optimum development. Click here to learn more.

June 07, 2017

Take flight! Here is a list of many captivating must-reads in the fields of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences for both non-fiction and fiction. Click here to learn more.

 

May 31, 2017

For the adventurous, the curious and those who wander enjoying the myriad wonders of our globe, be amazed and also be vigilant.  We cohabit with a remarkable variation of species each extraordinary and each intent on self-preservation. Being forearmed with knowledge of the Dangerous Species is essential to a successful adventure. Avoid these kill-joys. Click here to learn more.

May 10, 2017

Body art, statement of endearment or make-up, tattooing and body piercing has become pervasively poplar. They also come with unique health risks and complications for medical treatments such as MRIs and epidurals. Click here to learn more. More information and resources

May 03, 2017

An innovative application of laser imaging can yield information about the chemical composition of the body. This offers the possibility to eliminate the need for blood draws and specimen collection for analyses as well as allowing for a non-invasive detection of biomarkers for early diagnosis of diseases. Click here to learn more.

April 28, 2017

Recent research findings show an increased risk in the exposure to arsenic and mercury with the increase in popularity of gluten-free diets which are being adopted regardless of gluten sensitivity. Rice has become the predominant replacement grain of choice which is known to bioaccumulate these toxins from the environment. Click here to learn more.

April 19, 2017

We are what we eat and making knowledgeable decisions about our food sources is tantamount to good health. Breeding better plants is a prime motivator of much of our current agriculture industry.  Today’s technology includes genetically altering plants in order to achieve improvements. Click here to learn more.

April 17, 2017

In a 6-year observational study, regular use of ibuprofen and acetaminophen were found to be linked to hearing loss. These medications are widely used which makes the findings more significant for the long term consequences. The prevention of hearing loss emphasizes the need for responsible use and attention to safeguards. Click here to learn more.

April 14, 2017

Beat stress through headphone music that is engineered to reprogram brainwaves. It alters the physiologic experience by inducing neurotransmitters that mitigate and soothe. The calming effects can have many applications for medical, dental and mental healthcare, personal development and quality of life.  Click here to learn more.

April 07, 2017

Fighting severe bacterial pneumonia is seriously complicated by increasing antibiotic resistance. Recent lab research has revealed that the hormone hepcidin, produced in the liver, is critical for keeping the pneumonia bacteria from spreading through the body. It literally starves the bacteria by hiding the iron in the blood that the bacteria thrives on. Medication already exists that replicate hepcidin but it is used for chronic iron overload. It is hopeful that it can be put to new use in patients who may be deficient in the hormone and are more susceptible to infection. Click here to learn more.

April 05, 2017

Regardless of training, the intensity of running a 26-mile Marathon has been shown to have unseen detrimental effects on the body, particularly on the kidneys. 82% of the sample of participants experienced Stage I acute kidney injury (AKI) after the event. Click here to learn more. Click here for test results.

April 03, 2017

Following tube placement in children, 2 customarily prescribed eardrops are associated with the increased risk of permanent damage to the eardrum. Quinolones and neomycin, and quinolones with steroids, may contribute to the weakening of the soft tissues and inhibit repair. Click here to learn more.

March 31, 2017

In the field of drugs designed for MS treatment, none have addressed primary progressive MS (PPMS), a relentless form of the disease. Today the FDA has approved the first drug treatment targeting PPMS as well as other relapsing forms.  Click here to learn more

March 29, 2017

Recent lab research has broadened and significantly altered our understanding of the functions of the lungs which are found to be exquisitely more complex than expected.  They harbor a trove of blood stem cells and progenitors which they circulate with the bone marrow. Click here to learn more.  

March 27, 2017

A 10-year study of women over 75 has revealed that statin use is linked to a 33% higher risk of developing diabetes. Additionally, the risk increased with the dose of statin up to 51% for the highest dose. Click here to learn more

March 24, 2017

Whole-body vibrations (WBV)  may be the jump-start to recovery for obese and diabetic patients who cannot break the cycle of inactivity. Life-style changes and exercise has long been the gold standard for bringing about changes in metabolism needed for good health and minimizing debilitating associated risks. In the lab, WBV has been found to induce the same effects as exercise. Click here to learn more. WBVT (Whole-body vibration therapy)

March 22, 2017

The new approach to taming the prevalence and halting the march of the antibiotic-resistant Superbugs currently threatening global health is restoring their antibiotic-susceptibility. New “helper” drugs have been developed to increase the potency and boost the effectiveness of current antibiotics. These are also showing great promise in protecting against treatment failures with non-resistant bacteria. Click here to learn more.

March 16, 2017

Establishing healthy diets early is proving to have a great impact on the long-term health of young women. Common food choices directed by age, lifestyle and convenience are inflammation rich. It is this chronic inflammation created during development that may contribute to an increased risk of premenopausal breast cancer. Click here to learn more.

March 10, 2017

Tuberculosis is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide occurring mostly in low-and middle resource countries. Treatment is imperative yet the disease is becoming more and more resistant to current regimes. Recent studies are targeting a new treatment with a compound produced by soil bacteria. This compound stops other bacteria from growing and, in the lab, was effective against the TB bacterium. Click here to learn more. Abstract.

March 08, 2017

Optimizing our health by being mindful and conscientious of what we consume is definitely a good thing. But compliance can turn compulsive and healthy eating can ironically become detrimental. It is not a game. Fixating on the quality of food and extreme adherence to self-impose rules for eating can affect everyday life and relationships resulting in isolation and malnutrition. Click here to learn more. Keep Reading.

March 06, 2017

Our skin can “red flag” our internal health. Dermatologic changes can be the first sign of more serious issues including cancer and systemic diseases. These changes may precede, occur with or follow the detection of a condition. They could also be a sign of an undiagnosed problem prompting a more in-depth investigation. Click to learn more. Keep Reading.

March 03, 2017

Taking the underwater plunge may not be the ethereal experience you were expecting if precautions are not taken regarding your oral health. The added pressure experienced in the depths, as well as the regulator mouthpiece, can exacerbate existing issues and create discomfort in the gums and jaw and tooth-ache like pain called barodontalgia. Click her to learn more.

February 28, 2017

A new accelerated screening protocol for high-risk women with dense breast tissue has promising results for early detection of breast cancer. It is faster, safer, more accurate and less obtrusive than the current mammography, tomosynthesis and ultra-sound techniques. Interpretation of the images is more readily mastered and is reliable which lowers the false-positive rate. The benefits of the time saved and the early detection makes it cost-effective. The lives saved, priceless. Click here to learn more.  Read more.

 

February 22, 2017

The earlier the diagnosis of cancer the better the outcome. A simple non-invasive Breath Test has been developed for stomach and esophageal cancer which has been shown to have an 85% accuracy overall in identifying who has cancer and, importantly, who does not. Click here to learn more.

February 14, 2017

Studies are supporting what we may have assumed to be obvious and perhaps we should take it more to heart! Rewarding contact with others matters! A lot! Social isolation and difficult relationships can sabotage our health and quality of life. Click here to learn more.

February 06, 2017

2 billion people on this earth live without roads, an adequate water source or electricity. Health care in these remote, low-resource settings emphasizes the need for portable on-site technology. Recent bio-tech innovations are inspired designs modeled after a simple children’s toy and origami. They are proving themselves to be ingenious, inexpensive and indispensable. Click here to learn more.

January 31, 2017

The change in seasons can have a profound effect on people and some more severely than others. Winter is tough! Stark, dark and cold. The shorter days and lack of sunlight can be very disruptive and many experience mood swings, depression, loss of energy, withdrawal or even have suicidal thoughts.  These symptoms can happen in the summer too with people becoming extremely anxious and sleepless. There is help. Click here to learn more.

January 25, 2017

Acid suppression medications, such as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), are commonly considered relatively free from side effects.  A recent study has shown a link for an increased risk for gastrointestinal infections raising concerns for their ubiquitous use. Click here to learn more. Abstract.

January 19, 2017

A study reveals that 1 in 3 people diagnosed with asthma do not have it. Diagnosing from symptoms only can be costly in terms of unneeded medication and delayed diagnosis of significant underlying causes like heart disease and chronic lung disease. Careful and specific testing is required before the determination of asthma can be made. Subsequent re-evaluations are recommended as protocol. Click here to learn more. Abstract.

January 18, 2017

This severe form of pre-menstrual syndrome is characterized by mood fluctuations, irritability and pain that are both abnormal and intense. The effects are highly debilitating for the sufferer who is most often unable to maintain normal daily activities or normal emotional control. Recent research has revealed a probable biological cause for these manifestations showing intrinsic differences in the cellular processing of estrogen and progesterone. Click here to learn more

January 12, 2017

A new biological treatment for cavities has been developed that may revolutionize dental treatments. A research team at King’s College London, has proven a way to stimulate the stem cells contained in the pulp of the tooth to restore protective surfaces and generate new dentine using an Alzheimer’s drug. Simple and effective, this can potentially reduce the need for fillings or cements. Click here to learn more.

January 06, 2017

Our health depends on knowledge and the informed choices we make. Recent research reports that 9 out of 10 people are unaware of the link between alcohol and cancer. Current trends of alcohol use indicate a rise in expected onsets, hospitalizations and deaths from many cancer types including esophageal, bowel, mouth and throat, breast, and liver. Mitigating the impact of “drinking” on our wellbeing will require concerted public education and clear information about the health risks. Click here to learn more. 

December 29, 2016

Preparing patients for surgery rather than simply helping them to heal afterwards is showing great benefits in better and faster recoveries. Like preparing an athlete for a challenging event, patients can prepare mentally and physically through tailored exercise and fitness programs. It is a pro-active means of becoming more fit, energized and ready to address the demands ahead and making the recovery less strenuous. Click here to learn more.

December 20, 2016

Visual stimulation using flickering LED lights has shown promise for treating Alzheimer’s disease by inducing gamma oscillations in the brain. These brain waves are thought to be essential for normal memory, perception and attention processes. In the lab, this method has reduced the characteristic beta-amyloid plaques and tau proteins and improves the brain’s immune response necessary for good neuronal health. Click here to learn more.

December 15, 2016

Recent research results expose nuts as powerhouses for providing protective health benefits eating less than an ounce a day. It is encouraging that so little can mean so much toward reducing risk of all-cause mortality as well as coronary heart disease, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, neurodegenerative disease, respiratory disease, infectious disease and stroke. Nuts are shown to improve insulin resistance and decrease inflammation. Their high-fat content is offset by the fact that the benefits are not improved by eating more. Click here to learn more. Journal

December 09, 2016

Recent statistics show that there has been an 11% increase in colorectal cancers in people under the age of 50 between 2004 and 2014 and are predicted to rise significantly among people ages 20-34. When early detection is critical, this is unsettling because this group is rarely screened for them and symptoms may be ignored as improbable. The causes of this unexpected turn are unclear and prompt close attention to symptoms in this population. Click here to learn more.

December 07, 2016

Artificially produced blood components designed solely to deliver oxygen have shown exciting results. The development promises to enhance the life-saving capabilities of emergency and trauma care by extending the critical time needed to transport the injured for treatment.  It is a dry-storage, freeze-dried product reconstituted and administered on site and used for any blood type. Click here to learn more.

December 06, 2016

Repurposing an existing anti-inflammatory drug used for Rheumatoid arthritis, Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra) has shown promising results for stroke patients. It is proving effective at limiting the initial damage as well as promoting brain repair.  Outcomes after stroke are greatly improved with the hope of restoring function to the brain and regaining motor skills. Click here to learn more

November 21, 2016

The nourishing benefits of eating fruit are many and recent research shows the earlier the better! The study revealed that prenatal consumption of fruit by expectant mothers boosts cognitive development of their babies. With other developmental factors controlled, the children whose mother's ate the daily recommended portions of fruit  or fruit juice consistently showed higher developmental testing at one year. Click here to learn more. Journal.

November 17, 2016

Recent studies pitting digital gaming over the traditional eye patches for the treatment of children with lazy eye have not substantiated that either treatment is superior, or that either treatment is inferior. Dr. John Sloper, a strabismus and pediatric service consultant at Moorfield Eye Hospital in England, offers that computer games are a reasonable alternative to wearing a patch. It has been noted that results are better achieved if compliance is better achieved and gaming may be a great motivator for children. Click here to learn more.

November 16, 2016

A pivotal new brain implant allows people who are completely paralyzed and can no longer speak to communicate using nothing but their thoughts. A brain signal initiated for voluntary muscle movement is captured by a computer and translated as clicks to spell words on a screen. The mobile device is adapted for home and outdoor use and will not require assistance. For people who are otherwise 'locked-in", it provides a much needed way to communicate and a powerful tool for engagement. Click here to learn more

November 15, 2016

It is called “revolutionary” in the realm of DNA modification and refers to a genetic component crucial to the immune systems of microorganisms. The implications are far-reaching and include treatment of genetic and infectious diseases. Click here to learn more.

November 14, 2016

An overview of recent research publications shows that low-grade inflammation and changes in the microbiota have become increasingly associated with colorectal cancer. Furthermore, the research findings indicate some common emulsifier food additives change the microbiota in a way that is pro-inflammatory. The emulsifiers seem to diminish the protective role of the mucus membranes allowing alterations in the colon epithelial cells leading to development of tumors. Click here to learn more

November 09, 2016

The NIH annual report includes substances and biological entities that pose significant hazards to humans for causing cancer. The new list includes 5 viruses and 2 elements. The actual risk for developing cancer is dependent upon many factors that include an individual’s susceptibility or resistance. However, the strongest strategy for prevention of developing cancer is identifying the hazards and being proactive and avoiding exposure. Click here to learn more.

November 03, 2016

Exposure to radiation can have severe if not debilitating consequences. Prolonged sun exposure, radiation-therapy and radiation accidents can result in serious skin burns and possible life-threatening infections. A topical therapy has been developed which is promising to prevent this damage. Such results are also promising for reducing the changes associated with skin cancer as well as normal skin aging. Click here to learn more. 

November 02, 2016

Preventing infection and controlling oral bacteria is essential to dental health and protecting the supporting soft tissues and bone. Research has validated the use of lasers to kill bacteria and contribute to better periodontal treatment outcomes. Lasers can treat target tissue without affecting surrounding tissues leading to faster healing. The utilization of lasers is not only well-suited to dental clinical applications but also to use by physicians and surgeons as well. Click here to learn more.  

October 28, 2016

How we behave or feel is influenced by many factors including our hormones. Oxytocin is a hormone that is associated with social behavior and it also helps with regulating stress and anxiety. Current research has shown males and females respond differently to the Oxytocin present creating less anxiety in males but not in females. The study findings offer possible new gender-specific therapies for treating anxiety disorders. Click here to learn more. 

October 27, 2016

Current antiretroviral therapies have transformed the concept of HIV from a fatal disease to a manageable chronic condition. However, the global burden continues to grow including young children for whom HIV medicines are not adequately available. Management includes daily oral administration of medications in high doses leading to high costs and high non-compliance. Resent research in nanotechnology promises changes in oral medications that will surmount these challenges through improved drug absorption significantly improving administration and reducing the dose and the cost. This would enable consistent treatment for more patients and better formulas for children. Click here to learn more. Read more.

October 21, 2016

Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood and has serious consequences as it can lead to problems with eating, speaking and learning. School-based dental sealant programs (SBSP) are shown to be highly effective in preventing tooth decay especially for children in low-income families who do not have access to regular dental care. Increasing sealant prevalence has benefits that exceed the cost of the care by reducing the associated problems and health costs and improving the quality of life. Click here to learn more.

October 18, 2016

Increasing L-arginine has been shown to boost our immune response and promises improved T cell therapies against cancer. Since L-arginine is an inherent, semi-essential amino acid produced in our bodies and consumed through diet, this process presents an alternative therapy that is nontoxic, biologically compatible and effective. Click here to learn more. Read more.

October 13, 2016

In the primary care setting, rapid decision-making for acutely ill children is challenging. Many of the symptoms of serious infections, like pneumonia, meningitis and osteomyelitis, initially resemble common viral infections, however, prompt recognition is essential to avoid life-threatening complications. Receiving confirmation through testing delays treatment so many children are hospitalized as a precautionary tactic. Recent studies conclude that for high-risk children, a finger prick CRP can facilitate the decision-making process within minutes in the clinic. Click here to learn more. Read more.

October 06, 2016

When you are running on empty, your stomach may be more in control of your choices than you know! Recent research shows that the hunger hormone, Ghrelin, increases impulsive behavior which is characterized by a “lack of control“ or “inability to resist.” Beyond basic nourishment, Ghrelin and impulsivity are associated with many psychiatric and behavioral disorders such as ADHD, OCD, eating disorders and substance abuse. Managing the release of Ghrelin may help in the future management of these conditions. Click here to learn moreRead more.

October 05, 2016

The renewal and degradation necessary for the continuity of life is dependent upon the process of cellular autophagy. It is the perpetual maintenance mechanism driving our longevity, well-being and quality of life. It heals and sustains us. It is integral to our physiology, our immune response, embryo development and cell differentiation. Disrupted, autophagy has been linked to Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and other disorders of aging as well as cancer and genetic abnormalities. Dr. Ohsumi’s contribution has given new understanding to these processes and ensures hope for future treatments. Click here to learn more. 

October 04, 2016

New technology for UTI testing promises rapid identification of pathogens and resistance profiling without culture. Faster diagnosis reduces the delay of initiating appropriate treatment and minimizes the interim use of wide-spectrum antibiotics which contributes to the increasing challenge of antibiotic resistance. Click here to learn more. Click here to read more. 

October 03, 2016

Not to take a backseat to the current epidemic spread of the Zika virus, there are other mosquito-borne viruses that are potential threats to the U.S. Dengue Fever is the most common febrile illness in travelers from the Caribbean, South America and Southeast Asia. Chikungunya is epidemic in the Caribbean. Both can have either severe or long-lasting consequences.  But, it is complicated: Carrier symptoms can be minimal, viral rashes can be mistaken for sunburns and the differential diagnoses extensive. A Los Angeles, California, Emergency doctor offers specific clues to assist diagnosis and expedited care. Click here to learn more.

September 29, 2016

Recent studies show that the Zika virus can be detected in the fluid inside the eyelid and the eye’s outer-most layer. Conjunctivitis, or Pink eye, has been a common symptom of a Zika infection. There are still questions regarding how long the virus may persist in the eye fluid and tissues but concerns are raised regarding the transmission of the disease via eye fluids and corneal transplants. Click here to learn more. 

September 28, 2016

Antibiotic-resistance is quickly becoming a global peril but new research outcomes may change the face of this fight and the face of medicine. A PhD student has delivered a potential solution to combating these “superbugs” using a non-antibiotic polymer shown to attack and destroy the bacteria. Unlike antibiotics, the polymer does not affect healthy cells. Click here to learn more.

September 27, 2016

Ending the agony has begun! The dietary supplement, HCA or hydroxycitrate, has been  shown to not only inhibit crystal formation but to dissolve crystals as well. Furthermore, HCA is a more well-tolerated substance compared to the usual treatment with potassium citrate. Click here to learn more.

 

September 22, 2016

Years of study and recent research indicate that there may be a powerful link between our gut bacteria and our brains and a link between diet and our state of mind. Anxiety, depression and several pediatric disorders, including autism and hyperactivity, have been associated with gastrointestinal abnormalities. Nurturing the microbiome via prebiotics and probiotics may be the future in mental health therapy. Click here to learn more.

September 20, 2016

An internal sense of the relative positions of our body and limbs is essential for normal movement and stability independent of visual cues. When our proprioception is altered, our capacity for motor control decreases. Recent studies have revealed a causal relationship between an imperfect bite and postural control as balance improved when alignment of the teeth was corrected. This has significant importance for reducing the risk for falls and injury as well as for improving performance for athletes. Click here to learn more.

September 19, 2016

When bitten, mosquito saliva triggers a welt of inflammation. It is this inflammation response that has been found to actually propel virus replication and increase the spread of infection to other parts of the body. The infection is not spread quickly because components in the saliva suppress a host immune response but rather by engaging the defending cells to spread the disease further. More research is needed to detect whether suppressing the initial inflammation with topical anti-inflammatory creams would inhibit the spread of infection. Click here to learn more. Click here for more reading.

September 16, 2016

Persistent and recurring middle-ear infections in toddlers are a nightmare for children and parents and the #1 reason antibiotics are prescribed for children. Though oral antibiotics are an effective treatment, administration and side-effects pose additional challenges. The team at Boston Children’s Hospital has developed a penetrating gel that is used directly in the ear canal as a one-time antibiotic treatment. Still in development, testing shows remarkable results. Click here to learn more. 

September 01, 2016

Citing case studies of people recovering from overwhelming injuries, an article published in the Journal of American College of Nutrition credits treatment with an aggressive intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Research suggests that this treatment is beneficial to TBI, concussion and post-concussion syndrome patients. Click here to learn more.

August 24, 2016

Otulipenia is a rare and sometimes fatal inflammatory disease that causes fever, skin rashes, diarrhea and joint pain in young children. The NIH research team discovered that it is caused by a genetic defect that interrupts the processing of an important immune system protein, ubiquitin, resulting in the inflammation. It was determined that helpful medications for this condition are TNF inhibitors which are used to treat other chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. The malfunction of this protein had not previously been linked to immune disorders and the discovery opens new therapy options for other inflammatory diseases. Click here to learn more.

August 23, 2016

Vigilance is warranted concerning estrogens found in our foods as they could affect blood levels and increase the risk for some cancers. However, recent studies indicate that the naturally occurring estrogens in cow’s milk are in far too low concentrations to exert any biological effect on adult consumers and do not pose a risk to reproductive health. Click here to learn more

August 22, 2016

Advances in technology accelerates the human potential in many and exciting ways. We view these changes as “progress” and have allowed our gadgets and devices to integrate into necessary components of our daily lives. However, these changes are alarming because of the commensurate devastation they have caused to our health. Whether at work or at home, commuting or socializing, we are sitting more and more and more. The American Heart Association is warning that this sedentary lifestyle can have a direct impact on our cardiovascular health as well as other related health issues. The concern is especially daunting because studies are revealing that routine exercise does not alleviate the damage. Click here to learn more.

August 19, 2016

Dust-sized wireless and batteryless sensors have been engineered for implantation by a University of California, Berkley team.  Powered by ultrasound, these sensors are able to monitor electrical signals from muscles and nerves deep within the body. The hope is to convert this technology to therapeutic applications where muscle and nerve stimulation can also be applied. These devices could then replace electrodes in providing therapies for central nervous system disorders like epilepsy and may eventually be engineered to monitor hormones and oxygen levels as well. The procedure is minimally invasive and the technology lends itself to multiple implants for simultaneous applications. Click here to learn more.

July 25, 2016

The presence of a human herpesvirus has been found in women with unexplained infertility. It is the immune system response to the virus that may make the uterus less likely to except a fertilized egg. This discovery is especially important as it may potentially lead to antiviral treatments that improve the outcome for many infertile women. Click here to learn more.  Abstract.

July 19, 2016

Regular moderate-intensity exercise may very well be the most effective way to improve memory and attention and delay age-related cognitive decline. A NIH-supported study has identified proteins that are secreted into the blood by skeletal muscle that have a regenerative effect on the brain. Click here to learn more.

July 18, 2016

After years of strenuous research on Gaucher Disease, a molecular discovery gives hope to both Gaucher and Parkinson’s Disease. Testing will continue to see if it can be developed into a drug treatment with protocol for both diseases. This demonstrates how insights from a rare disorder can have direct relevance to the treatment of common disorders. Click here to learn more.

July 14, 2016

The Mayo Clinic suggests that the use of walking poles while walking or hiking can enhance your daily walk to a full-body workout!  It is easy on the joints and the effort used in swinging and planting the poles has added benefits in increased upper body strength and improved balance. The use of poles has been shown to significantly increase oxygen use for an aerobic workout  increasing the number of calories burned. Click here to learn more.

July 13, 2016

Vision loss from optic neuropathies is usually permanent. However, recent NEI research induced axon regrowth with repeated high-contrast visual stimulation. This was especially effective if combined with chemical neural stimulation. These impressive results hold wonderful promise for therapies for degenerative diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration. Click here to learn more.

July 11, 2016

Researchers from the University of Stuttgart have developed a tiny 3D-printed medical camera, no larger than a grain of salt, that could change the future of health imaging and endoscopic technology. It can fit inside a syringe and attaches onto the end of an optical fiber no larger than the width of 2 hairs. This raises the possibility of exploring inside the human body, including organs and even the brain. Click here to learn more.

July 08, 2016

An early introduction to healthy eating may be the perfect template for establishing lifelong tastes. The challenge is to engage kids while young in what they are eating and in making their own healthy choices. Recent research shows remarkable results in using some simple incentives. Creative suggestions are offered for parental guidance that is fun for everyone. Click here to learn more.

June 20, 2016

A Duke University trial is showing positive results in the application of an injectable fluorescent agent that improves the visualization of tumors and tumor margins during surgery. Current techniques include protracted delays in confirming margins with the possibility of further surgeries and the need for radiation therapy. Removing all of the tumor in the initial surgery would reduce the potential for recurrence and the need for further surgeries and assure prompt attention to post-surgical needs. Click here to learn moreClick for Abstract. 

June 15, 2016

Sponsored by the NIH, The Kidney Project is a collaborative effort making great progress toward a bioartificial implantable kidney device to treat end stage renal disease. It is designed to be a permanent solution to dialysis and bridges the need for transplant at a time when the supply of donor organs does not meet demand. Using microchip fabrication and the patient’s own heart and blood pressure to filter the blood, it requires no other power source and is unlikely to be rejected. Trials may start by the end of 2017. Click here to learn more.

June 14, 2016

It has been known for some time that UV light can kill bacteria and viruses. However, practical applications have been limited because of the significant safety concerns for both patient and medical staff. Researchers at Columbia University investigated the use of a much narrower ban of UV light that has proven to be effective against the pathogens but that does not damage the skin and eyes. This offers potential for a safer, and economical, approach to reducing SSIs (Surgical Site Infections) and for further investigation for fighting airborne pathogens as well. Click here to read more. Click here for Abstract.

June 10, 2016

Substantial differences were quickly evident in a trial comparing noninvasive ventilation techniques for patients with ARDS. Relative to the use of face masks, helmeted ventilation proved to be the most effective in increasing the number of ventilator-free days, in reducing the need for intubation as well as reducing the number of days spent in the ICU and in lowering the mortality rate. Click here to learn more
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June 09, 2016
A Colorado University-Boulder study reveals that opioid painkillers can actually make pain worse and last longer even if taken for just a short time. The pain treatment is found to be contributing to the problem. However, the researchers have also identified a novel mechanism in drug development to avert this effect which would allow for some pain relief while potentially preventing the chronic pain. Click here to learn more.

 

June 03, 2016

Too much of a good thing can be hazardous. A patient can have a long list of medications especially if they have multiple providers. In addition to prescribed medications a list may include many over-the-counter medications, supplements and herbal remedies as well. This heightens the risk of interactions and errors in administration which can have detrimental effects. Informed guidance is crucial. Actively promoting good communication with the patient, encouraging them to provide complete information and providing thorough education are needed to ensure responsible care and safety of the patient. Click here to learn more.

June 02, 2016

Fasting-mimicking diet (FMD) is showing great results in research trials for MS. The low-calorie, low-protein diet initiates killing of autoimmune cells and leads to the production of new and healthy myelin-producing cells. The diet is safe under supervision and is a promising alternative for those without other treatment options. Click here to learn more.

June 01, 2016

Individuals experiencing pain or difficulty swallowing after eating food from the grill may need to be evaluated by a physician or in the Emergency Department. Having eaten food from the grill is pertinent clinical information. Loose bristles can fall off the grill brush during cleaning and end up in the food. If consumed, injuries to the mouth, throat, tonsils and internal organs can occur. Click here to learn more.

May 31, 2016

Now at our doorstep, antibiotic resistant microbes could lead the world toward a “post-antibiotic era” where common infections that have been treatable for decades could rampage once again. Tackling the problem calls for greater stewardship in antibiotic use, more refined methods of prescribing for target microbes and global collaboration. The stakes are high. Click here to learn more. Click here for more information.

May 27, 2016

Getting  through the initial sepsis event does not mean recovery. Studies have shown that residual effects in the body from the insult of the infection continue to exist even though the infection has resolved. The after-math of the infection can lead to death months or years later. Learning the mechanism can bring it under control. Click here to learn more.

May 26, 2016

A large worldwide study has found that, contrary to popular thought, low-salt diets may not be beneficial and may actually increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death compared to average salt consumption. The study suggests that the only people who need to worry about reducing sodium in their diet are those with hypertension (high blood pressure) and have high salt consumption. Click here to learn more.

May 25, 2016

Being sanitation conscious is essential to our health and wellbeing. However, too much of a good thing can be detrimental. Reducing our exposure to bacteria and other microbes may prohibit our immune systems from developing properly such that we are less resistant to pathogens and more prone to allergies and asthma. Click here to learn more.

May 23, 2016

As dangerous as it is accessible, Imodium in massive doses creates euphoria and eases withdrawal symptoms of addicts getting off opioid painkillers. Imodium abuse is a growing problem in the US and overdoses can be fatal.  As with all of our common “household”, easily attainable, over-the-counter drugs, Imodium is therapeutic in the proper doses, but it can have tragic consequences if “not taken as directed.” Click here to learn more. 

May 20, 2016

Identifying medical problems is tricky even with the best technology and expertise. Diagnosing disease prior to symptoms is simply defying. It is a remarkable world when we can look for signals from our pets and other animals and creatures whose keen instincts can pick up on variations in human scents and behavior that identify problems. Click here to learn more.  

May 18, 2016

Umbilical cord blood is normally discarded and yet it is one of the richest sources of stem cells which can be used to treat blood, autoimmune and metabolic disorders and several types of cancer. Banking cord blood can be heroically life-saving and, for some, having this option avoids the difficult and painful task of bone-marrow transplants. Clinical trials are in progress for many more difficult to treat conditions. Click here to learn more. Click here for more information.

May 17, 2016

Patented eSight glasses are wearable, hands-free assistive devices helping people with vision loss regain their vision. eSight works for people from the very young to the elderly who have low vision or who are legally blind due to many different eye conditions. Use of the glasses enhances people’s abilities giving them the advantage to function at a higher level. This is allowing them to regain quality of life and independence in daily activities and to work with confidence and greater performance. Click here to learn more. For additional information on this subject click here.

May 16, 2016

Correct treatment is having the correct diagnosis. In some children, secretions from undiagnosed tumors stimulate the central nervous system which may lead to a diagnosis of ADHD. The initial treatment for ADHD can exacerbate their symptoms and threaten their health. These tumors are rare but the finding is that hypertension in children with ADHD signals further investigation. Removing the tumor can eliminate the problems. Click here to learn more.

May 11, 2016

Exercising is standard recommendation for our brains as well as our bodies to keep in shape and ward off decline.  Mental and thinking problems can worsen with time and engaging in mentally stimulating activities such as computer games, crossword puzzles and memory games, has been shown to protect cognitive function. However, recent research indicates that yoga and meditation may offer even greater improvements for verbal and spatial memory as well as greater improvements for mental well-being. Click here to learn more. 

May 10, 2016

The root of education is to become our best selves. To become our best selves, emotions matter. How we feel affects all of us every moment of every day and directs our learning, our decisions, how we treat others and our personal well-being. Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence has designed an innovative program for school curriculums to help children and adults gain skills needed to lead productive, healthy and fulfilling lives through emotional awareness, self-control and effective communication. These programs have been shown to raise academic achievement and to contribute to more supportive, productive and compassionate classrooms. Click her to learn more.  For additional information on this subject click here.

May 09, 2016

Taking charge of your own health is a part of taking charge of your life. It starts with being perfectly honest with yourself and proactive about goals. What you do in your 20’s and 30’s can affect your health for the rest of your life. Dutiful “Well-Woman” visits with your provider are worth it to keep things low-maintenance as opposed to larger problems later. Communicating and being conscientious and thorough with your provider is essential for good care. Here are some points to keeping upfront and honest. Click here to learn more. http://www.womenshealth.gov/blog/take-charge-your-health.html

April 28, 2016

The Zika virus profile of complications and concerns continues to grow beyond microcephaly and pregnancy issues. The Zika infection can cause serious neurological illness with long-term effects and high morbidity rates. The stakes are high and neurological treatment and care are seriously scarce especially for children and impoverished communities. Click here to learn more.

April 26, 2016

All of our physiological processes work at different levels at different times of day. Research has shown that our immune system fluctuates as well. Altering the time of day a patient receives a vaccination could then impact the immunization response. Being able to boost results would give greater protection for those at greatest risk which would save lives. Click here to learn more.

April 25, 2016

Fructose is pervasive in our Western diet and commercial and processed foods as high-fructose corn syrup. It has been shown to diminish the brain’s ability to learn and remember and affects regions in the brain that control metabolism and brain function. Fructose can damage hundreds of genes in our brain linked to many diseases and disorders such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, depression and bipolar disorder. The study also revealed the mechanism of changes in the brain which provides insight into new treatments and that DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, may reverse the damage. Click here to learn more.

April 22, 2016

Current replacement is by open-heart surgery only which excludes many seriously-ill and fragile patients in advanced heart failure who cannot endure surgery. The success of the transcatheter valve implantation is life-saving and offers dramatic improvement in the quality of life for this population. This procedure is delicate but minimally-invasive so the hospital stays and recovery time are short. Study is being made how to apply the procedure to a wider selection of patients.  Click here to learn more.

April 21, 2016

A recent study concludes that even limited waterpipe use has broad consequences on lung biology and health and may actually be more dangerous than cigarettes. With the recent widespread popularity and  public availability, the general attitude that it is a safer method of smoking may be cavalier. Smoking a bowl has the equivalent level of toxins of smoking a pack of cigarettes. Unregulated now, warnings may be in order.  Click here to learn more.

April 20, 2016

An implantable flexible film device has been created that has the potential to localize pancreatic tumor drug treatment to the tumor site and is 12 times more effective than the traditional injected chemotherapy.  Its features surpass previous methods in that it can be implanted with minimally invasive procedures, it can prevent toxic side effects in healthy tissue and it can reduce metastasis. Click here to learn more.

April 19, 2016

More Americans are hungry than you might think. Inadequate nutrition can significantly affect chronic health conditions. Study finds that more than 50% of high admit patients do not have regular access to healthy food or are at risk for not having enough food at home. These patients are often frail or have difficulty walking and are dependent on others, family or community, for acquiring and preparing their meals.  If eating well can keep people healthier, and out of the hospital, medical care needs to include assurances of the patient’s access to food and health-related social services. Click here to learn more.

April 18, 2016

Surrounded by lots of trees and vegetation may lower the death risk for women than those in areas with less greenery as well as providing other health benefits.  The greener the environment the lower the death rate from kidney and respiratory disease and cancer.  Added benefits are better mental health, more opportunities for socializing, more physical activity and less exposure to air pollution! Click here to read more.

April 14, 2016

Available in the UK, a new toothpaste ingredient remineralizes tooth enamel while you sleep to protect against decay and treat sensitivity. Dental decay is the most prevalent disease worldwide in adults and children alike so this technology is sure to bring relief to millions globally. It can also be incorporated into other dental products such as cleaning and polishing pastes, varnishes and filling materials. A fluoride-free version of the BioMin toothpaste is also being developed. Click here to read more.

April 12, 2016

“Thirdhand Smoke” consists of the toxins that linger on surfaces and in dust after tobacco has been smoked in homes and public places. These toxins become increasingly toxic with age and are re-emitted into the air or react with other chemicals to produce new pollutants which are possibly carcinogenic. Animal studies have shown that exposure to THS induces oxidative stress leading to hyperglycemia and insulin resistance. The findings have direct implications for human exposure and health risks with the concentrations found in puplic places and and our immediate environments. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to these toxins due to high exposure to contaminants on household fixtures and carpet and weakened immune systems. Click here to read more.

April 07, 2016

“Granny Pods” are hitting the market and are creative, hi tech solutions to housing and caring for our seniors. These portable medical cottages are an affordable alternative to nursing homes and can be used for rehabilitation or long-term care. They contain sleeping, bathing, cooking and living areas, and state-of-the art safety features including monitors for vitals, sensors for falls and automated reminders for medications. The cottages allow us to keep our loved ones close by, and, by offering 24/7 supervision, the seniors can maintain their independence while providing the caregivers peace of mind. Click here to read more.

April 07, 2016

The ever growing popularity of energy drinks is cause for concern as they may trigger serious side effects including heart rhythm problems, increased blood pressure and cardiac arrest.  Emergency room visits have driven up dramatically due the consumption of these drinks and caffeine overload.  The drinks are currently an unregulated product that are not required to issue some warnings and are used by people of all ages. Especially susceptible are people with existing medical conditions, children, young adults, and athletes with undiagnosed heart defects. Click here to read more.

April 05, 2016

Burn victims face serious complications, or death, from infections and enormous precautions are needed during treatment. The bandages used to treat burns actually can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. To combat these bacteria, researchers have developed a bandage that can halt bacterial growth and put a stop to infections as well as accelerate the healing process. Click here to read more.

April 01, 2016

The 2 leading causes of women’s death in the U.S. are heart disease and breast cancer. Digital mammography gives us an important diagnostic opportunity to address heart disease in women.  Women who have calcifications in the breast arteries are likely to have calcifications in the coronary arteries as well. This could be life-saving information especially for asymptomatic and young women. Early detection allows at-risk women to focus on prevention or to receive early treatment. We need to be united in adjusting our practices to incorporate all of the information provided by a mammogram in providing optimum patient care. Click here to read more.

March 31, 2016

The Sterile Box is a complete drop-in sterilization system designed to be transported anywhere in the world. This could offer critical advantage to medical care in low-resource and post-disaster settings and for developing countries where surgical-site infections are 9 times higher than developing countries.  Click here to read more.

March 24, 2016

New techniques allow the stem cells already in the patients’ eyes to regrow lenses. The procedures are safer with more predictable outcomes and faster healing time. The success of this approach has great implications for other regenerative therapies which use stem cells and the power of our own bodies to repair and heal. Click here to read more.

March 23, 2016

Recent research has advanced the understanding of the biological relationship between 2 major public health problems: Type 2 Diabetes and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) appears to improve glycemic control in patients with Sleep Apnea and Type 2 diabetes and offers cardiac benefits as well. Click here to read more. https://www.thoracic.org/about/newsroom/press-releases/journal/cpap-may-improve-glycemic-control-in-sleep-apnea-patients.php

March 16, 2016

Thinkers and innovators open the gates to scientific and medical advancement. Medical News Today offers an appreciation of the contributions made through history and of those showing great promise for the future. They contacted many remarkable people who are the innovators today, and part of this dynamic process, to answer what medical innovation, past, present or future, fascinates them the most and why they rate it so highly. Click here to read more. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/307192.php

March 15, 2016

Recent findings by the University of Florida Health researchers could lead to the development of a supplement that patients could take orally to prevent cavities.  A new strain of bacteria in the mouth has been identified that may keep cavity-forming bacteria in check and ultimately lead to preventing cavities by taking probiotics. Click here to read more.

March 08, 2016

Being overweight and obese is a major cause of preventable illnesses and death. Healthy choices are being undermined by the marketing for junk foods and sweet drinks that are high in fat and sugar, cheap and all too accessible. To have the best chance for a healthier life and avert health crises for ourselves and our children, governments may need to step in to form comprehensive strategies to reduce the amount of fat and sugar consumed. Click here to read more. 

March 05, 2016

Concerns are growing. Mosquitoes and local transmissions continue to spread globally. The World Health Organization confirms that, in the last 2 months, the Zika virus has appeared in an additional 21 countries via local transmission as opposed to infections of travelers returning home.  The vector mosquito now resides in and affects 52 countries. Click here to read more

March 03, 2016

Awareness saves lives! Breast cancer is NOT for “Women Only.” The biggest risk is ignorance and detection is tantamount to beating it. Though rare, more men die of the disease than women with breast cancer. Dedicated to male breast cancer education and advocacy, please visit the John W. Nick Foundation website, malebreastcancer.org. Click here to read more

March 02, 2016

Medical treatment options are not One-Size-Fits All!  Fundamental gender and sex differences are risk factors crucial to providing more effective healthcare and critical for optimum health. Click here to read more.

March 01, 2016

It is shocking, and scary, to experience or watch a loved one go from an independent, vibrant individual to being dependent due to Alzheimer’s disease. No one wants to lose one’s mind, but ignoring the symptoms delays treatment, delays hope and delays the fight for a cure. Click here to read more.

February 29, 2016

Current strategies in reconstruction of facial elements and the skull have severe limitations and are highly challenging at best. For the first time, stem cells unique to the bones of the face and head have been isolated offering great promise in using stem cells for craniofacial restoration. Click here to read more.

February 26, 2016

From the Office of Women’s Health, a 51 year old healthcare professional shares her pivotal personal experience with a surprising, life-threatening diagnosis. Seemingly in perfect health and doing all the “right things”, she looked for a reason for some unusual but not debilitating symptoms. Life-style, habits and labs all seemed to point to her symptoms being benign. Click here to read more.

February 24, 2016

Copper can make a significant difference worldwide in protecting us from the spread of resistant MRSA infections. MRSA is notoriously resilient and is easily transmitted via droplets or germs on surfaces that have been contaminated by touching. We are all likely to come in contact with these surfaces in the public places we frequent.  MRSA has been demonstrated to be so rapidly destroyed when in contact with copper, it has no chance of breeding or mutating. Click here to read more. 

February 19, 2016

Functional ear, bone and muscle have been created using the advanced 3D-bioprinting technology called the Integrated Tissue and Organ Printing system, or ITOP, developed by the research team at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This is great news after years of disappointing results from the promising sector of tissue and organ replication and replacement. The new technology creates an environment that sustains the cells, supports cell growth and successfully promotes tissue, vessel and nerve formation. This opens doors to personalized tissue generation in the future.  Click here to read more.

February 18, 2016

The sugar, SQ, found in green leafy vegetables, may prove to be a multi-faceted boon! Made by photosynthesis, we consume SQ every time we eat our greens such as kale and spinach. This sugar is promising to be an important factor in maintaining healthy gut bacteria and good digestive health while preventing the growth of bad bacteria. SQ is unusual as it is the only sugar containing sulfur, an essential component for life, and allows the good bacteria to thrive. This is possible through the use of an enzyme, YihQ, produced by the good E. coli which a key bacterial colonizer needed by our gut. The discovery of this enzyme is leading to the possibility of developing new antibiotics to fight the bad bugs such as Salmonella and the harmful E. coli. Click here to read more.

February 10, 2016

So famously quoted, "The eyes are the windows to the soul", so too, "Your teeth are the windows to your health." Our mouths are the reflection of our bodies.  Dentists are on the front line when it comes to treating patients' overall wellbeing.  Information about a patient's health can be seen just by looking into his or her mouth. Assessing one's oral health may require identifying and diagnosing an underlying health issue that is creating problems in the mouth. Not only can the oral problem be treated and avoid recurrence, but the patient can be directed to get the proper care for serious conditions possibly existing elsewhere in the body. Click here to read more.

February 09, 2016

The Taser stun gun has become the popular less-lethal weapon of choice by police departments across the U.S.  Over 2 million citizens have been Tased by police in the past decade.  However, new research exposes the detrimental effects of the 50,000 volt Taser on the ability of the suspect to remember and process information.  This shock may severely limit the suspect's ability to comprehend their situation, remember events and to understand their rights at the point of arrest. With the Taser's potential impact on decision-making faculties, serious questions are raised regarding the timing of interrogations by police and protecting an individual's "due process rights." Click here to read more.

February 08, 2016

Studies are suggesting that moderate consumption of chocolate during pregnancy may benefit fetal growth and development and may lower the risks of preeclampsia. Enjoy 30g a day and be rewarded with all the perks chocolate has to offer!  Its flavanols have been linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular problems and lower cholesterol.  Click here to read more.

February 05, 2016

It might be the lure of the glimmering lights and sounds coming from the casinos that actually entice you to keep you playing. Research confirms that the flashing lights and noise associated with casinos are enormous cues for encouraging risky behavior and problem gambling. They have illustrated the strong effects of the environmental sensory input has on holding attention and choosing disadvantageous risky options.  Click here for more information.

February 05, 2016

Zika virus is a mild disease if contracted but has serious concerns.  It is spreading globally very rapidly. There is a possible link to birth defects and the neurological disorder Guillian-Barre Syndrome.  It may be sexually transmitted as well as by vector.  There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.  It thrives in populated environments, breeds in minute amounts of standing water and has become resistent to insecticides. Click here to read more

February 03, 2016

The WHO declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus a global health threat based on the possible link to an increase in microcephaly in newborns in Brazil last year where the incidents of Zika virus has also risen dramatically.  In the last few months, Zika virus has spread rapidly through the Americas and has been identified in 20 countries and territories.  Pregnant woman and those thinking of becoming pregnant are advised to avoid traveling to areas of active infection.  These areas include:  Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Barbados, Costa Rica, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guadelupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Nicaragua, Panama and St. Martin. Click here for more information. 

January 28, 2016

U.S. survey reveals that more than 1 in 20 children are affected by dizziness and balance problems.  The symptoms may include vertigo, poor balance, clumsiness and poor coordination, falls and fainting.  Problems are more prevelant in non-hispanic whites, slightly more in girls than boys, and have gender-related risk factors such as anemia and stuttering.  Once diagnosed, most are due to treatable causes.  Reported causes include neurologic problems; ear infections; head or neck injuries; developmental motor skills disorders, metabolic problems; medications; severe headaches and migraines; malformation of the ear; and, vision problems.Click here for more information.

June 10, 2015

In the journal Current Biology, researchers at the University of Montreal in Canada reported that Parkinson's disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement, may be result of “brain cell burnout” in a few specific areas of the brain. Some brain cells that regulate movement, emotional responses and other functions demand high levels of energy because they are complex neurons with lots of branches. The study found that complex structures demand high levels of energy and deterioration sometimes results which the study compared to burning out a motor. Effective treatment of Parkinson's disease may be found in developing drugs that reduce energy consumption in the brain or facilitate the more efficient use of energy in the brain. Click here for more information.