December 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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