May 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.