April 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.