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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Severe Flu Cases on the Rise in U.S.

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English: >1500 cases 1001–1500 cases 501–1001 cases 101–500 cases 51–100 cases 11–50 cases 1–10 cases 0 cases Influenza A (H1N1) numbers for confirmed and probable cases by state as reported to the CDC(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This year’s influenza season started earlier than expected and is sending more patients to the hospital, raising concerns this could be a more severe outbreak than in recent years.
Thirty-six states are now experiencing high levels of flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, as this year’s flu vaccine may not fully protect against a strain known as influenza A H3N2 that is currently circulating and tends to be more severe.
Fifteen children age 18 and under have died from the flu as of Dec. 20, compared with four such deaths around the same time last year, according to the CDC. A number of hospitals are outpacing previous years, with some restricting visitors to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Our medical director said that in his eight years at the hospital, he had never seen double digits” in the number of patients hospitalized, said Jill Chadwick, a spokeswoman at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. It had a record 25 flu cases admitted as of Monday and two deaths.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Antiviral Flu Drugs are Dangerous and Don't Work

Tamiflu
Tamiflu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that the flu vaccine isn't a good match for this year's strain. So, even more people than ever can expect the fever, chills, aches, nausea, and other symptoms associated with influenaza. What can you do? The CDC recommends taking an antiviral such as Tamiflu or Relenza to reduce the flu's duration.
 
Not so fast, says holistic physician Dr. David Brownstein. "Forget it," he tells Newsmax Health. "It doesn't work, it's expensive, and it has side effects.
 
"Tamiflu is the most commonly prescribed antiviral medication for treating the symptoms of the flu," he says. 
 
"You would think that Tamiflu must work well since it's widely prescribed by conventional doctors.  However,  a Cochrane report stated, 'Treating previously healthy patients with Tamiflu reduces the duration of influenza symptoms by approximately 21 hours.'
 
"Less than a day?" he asks in amazement. "And that's only when it's given within 48 hours of contracting the flu. Honestly, I can't make this stuff up."
 
"Tamiflu costs approximately $120 for a full course of treatment," says Dr. Brownstein. "It's a waste of your hard-earned money.
 
"Not only does Tamiflu fail to treat the flu, it is also associated with a host of adverse effects including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and abdominal pain.
 
"Wait a minute," he says. "I thought those were the symptoms of the flu!  Tamiflu has also been associated with more severe side effects such as hepatitis, anaphylaxis, cardiac arrhythmias, seizures, and dangerous neuropsychiatric side effects such as hallucinations and suicide. 
 
"Honestly, do you think all those side effects are worth it to reduce the severity of the flu by 21 hours?"
 
Dr. Brownstein also sees little benefit of taking....................


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Ibuprofen adds 12 years to life!

Coated 200 mg ibuprofen tablets, CareOne brand...
Coated 200 mg ibuprofen tablets, CareOne brand, distributed by American Sales Company of Lancaster, New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Regular doses of ibuprofen could allow people to live up to 12 years longer.
In tests, the drug appears to hold back the ageing process as well as helping fight disease.
Ibuprofen, which is used every day at home by people to treat inflammation, pain and fever, may be the key to developing a long sought after anti-ageing drug.
Dr Brian Kennedy, president and chief executive of the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing in California, said: “There is a lot to be excited about.
"The research shows that ibuprofen impacts a process not yet implicated in ageing, giving us a new way to study and understand the ageing process.
“Ibuprofen is a relatively safe drug, found in most people’s medicine cabinets.
"There is every reason to believe there are other existing treatments that can impact healthspan and we need to be studying them.”
Lead researcher Professor Michael Polymenis of Texas A&M University agreed.
He said: “It should be possible to find other drugs like ibuprofen with even better ability to extend lifespan, with the aim of adding healthy years of life in people.”
In laboratory tests, ibuprofen was found to extend the lives of worms and flies by the equivalent of about 12 years in human terms.   MORE

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Scientists invent 'feel full' chemical


The new chemical could make it easier for people to reduce how much they eat. Image Credit: sxc.hu

The new additive could help people lose weight by making them feel fuller more quickly at meal times.

Developed by researchers in the UK, the new chemical, which uses proprionate to make someone feel fuller, must be eaten on a regular basis in order to have the desired effect.

While little more than a foul-tasting powder on its own, scientists have been experimenting with ways to incorporate the chemical in to other foods such as bread loaves and fruit smoothies in order to make it more palatable for consumers.

The most difficult part of the research was to find a way to deliver the proprionate to the colon, a problem that they solved by binding it to a natural carbohydrate called inulin.

Experiments have shown that volunteers eating food containing the new chemical ate 14% less on average than those who dined on foods that didn't contain it.

"We know that adults gain between 0.3kg and 0.8kg a year on average, and there's a real need for new strategies that can prevent this," said study leader Prof Gary Frost. 

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Source: BBC News 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Wireless Implant Eliminates Bacteria, Then Dissolves

Researchers at Tufts University and University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana successfully delivered an antibiotic treatment to mice with a bacterial infection with what’s considered to be the first resorbable wireless electronic implant.
The wireless implant, made of silk and magnesium, delivered heat to infected tissue in the mice by a remote wireless signal. After the wireless treatment, the device harmlessly dissolved in the mice. This breakthrough research was recently published online the week ofNovember 24-28, 2014 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The implantable medical device market is expected to increase 8% annually to $73.9 billion by 2018 according to a new report byTransparency Market Research.
Typically, implantable medical devices have used non-degradablematerials that have a limited lifespan which leads to frequent removal or replacement. But a new range of wireless therapy devices made from silk protein and other dissolvable substances are strong enough to survive mechanical handling during surgery as well as harmlessly dissolve within minutes or weeks.

You Can Be Overweight and Perfectly Healthy: Researchers

What scientists call "Overweight" ch...
What scientists call "Overweight" changes with our knowledge of human health (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Being fat is not the same as being unhealthy.
 
While the conventional thinking has been that obesity is a medical problem unto itself, two studies indicate that it’s possible to be overweight and be perfectly healthy.
 
Instead of the more common measure of obesity, body mass index (BMI) – a ratio of weight relative to height – the studies used the Edmonton Obesity Staging System (EOSS), which considers an array of physical and psychological factors in determining a person’s health.
 
Researchers found that a person’s fitness level, waist circumference, genetic predisposition to chronic diseases, and other factors are a greater predictor of future health and risk of death than weight.
 
“Using the EOSS criteria, we see that there are many obese individuals who are healthy other than (having) an excess body weight,” says Jennifer Kuk, assistant professor at
York University’s School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences in Toronto and lead author of one of the studies published in the scientific journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.


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Sunday, November 30, 2014

'Off switch' for pain discovered

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Cross-section through the spinal cord at the mid-thoracic level. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The scientific efforts led by Salvemini, who is professor of pharmacological and physiological sciences at SLU, demonstrated that turning on a receptor in the brain and spinal cord counteracts chronic nerve pain in male and female rodents. Activating the A3 receptor -- either by its native chemical stimulator, the small molecule adenosine, or by powerful synthetic small molecule drugs invented at the NIH -- prevents or reverses pain that develops slowly from nerve damage without causing analgesic tolerance or intrinsic reward (unlike opioids).
An Unmet Medical Need 
Pain is an enormous problem. As an unmet medical need, pain causes suffering and comes with a multi-billion dollar societal cost. Current treatments are problematic because they cause intolerable side effects, diminish quality of life and do not sufficiently quell pain.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Dunking your bread in olive oil could cut your heart attack risk in just six WEEKS

Dunking your bread in olive oil could cut your heart attack risk in just six weeks, say scientists.

Sophisticated new tests found regular consumption of olive oil dramatically improved chemical signals in the body linked to coronary artery disease.

A study led by Glasgow University confirms the health benefits of a cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet, especially for those who don’t normally eat olive oil.

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Sophisticated new tests found regular consumption of olive oil dramatically improved chemical signals in the body linked to coronary artery disease
Sophisticated new tests found regular consumption of olive oil dramatically improved chemical signals in the body linked to coronary artery disease


The study added just 20mls a day – about four teaspoons - to the diet of healthy adults, which is the amount used in a salad dressing or mopped up by bread during a meal. But a range of signals for heart disease measured in the urine improved in only six weeks, says a report published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2843469/Dunking-bread-olive-oil-cut-heart-attack-risk-six-weeks.html#ixzz3JjbtCdB7 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Brazil nuts can boost a woman's fertility:

Natural antioxidant found in nuts, red meat and seafood improves chances of conceiving
An element found in nuts, red meat and seafood could increase a woman's chance of conceiving.

Scientists found that selenium, a natural antioxidant, plays a crucial role in the early stages of conception - and of all foods, Brazil nuts have the highest level. 

Selenium is crucial in the development of healthy ovarian follicles, which are responsible for the production of eggs in women.
Further research could be carried out to better understand how selenium levels could be optimized to improve women's chances of conceiving, researchers said
Selenium - found in nuts, red meat and seafood - could be crucial in the development of healthy ovarian follicles, which are responsible for the production of eggs in women, research found


Melanie Ceko, from the University of Adelaide, who carried out the research, said: 'Selenium is an essential trace element found in protein-rich foods like red meat, seafood and nuts.'

'It is important for many biological functions, such as immune response, thyroid hormone production, and acts as an antioxidant, helping to detoxify damaging chemicals in the body.

'We've known for some time that selenium is important to men's fertility, but until now no one has researched how this element could be involved in healthy reproduction in women.'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2839367/How-Brazil-nuts-boost-woman-s-fertility-Natural-antioxidant-nuts-red-meat-seafood-improves-chances-conceiving.html#ixzz3JToxADAB 


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Vision problems. Joint pain. Dementia... Is there anything fish oils can't beat?

They've already been shown to ease arthritic joints and be beneficial to the developing brains of children. 

Now research has shown that fish oils can also help smokers kick the habit. Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids. 

Current medical advice is to eat two portions of fish a week, including one portion of oily fish such as tuna or mackerel. Omega-3s are also found in leafy vegetables, wholewheat bread and walnuts. So what can they do for you – and is a supplement sometimes better? EVE McGOWAN spoke to the experts to find out… 

Current medical advice is to eat two portions of fish a week, including one portion of oily fish such as tuna or mackerel
Current medical advice is to eat two portions of fish a week, including one portion of oily fish such as tuna or mackerel
A boost for brain power

THE CLAIM
Omega-3 supplements for children – the modern-day alternative to cod liver oil – help their developing brains.

THE PROOF
Numerous trials have shown that they can improve the behaviour and learning of children with ADHD and learning disabilities. More recently, Dr Alex Richardson, at Oxford’s Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, studied underperforming children aged seven to nine. After taking daily supplements for 16 weeks, their behaviour and reading improved.

SUPPLEMENT OR DIET?
Dr Richardson says: ‘Almost all the children failed to eat enough fish so supplements are a reasonable option.’
Preventing a heart attack
THE CLAIM


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2835873/Vision-problems-Joint-pain-Dementia-fish-oils-t-beat.html#ixzz3JFKl0bQ8 


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The rise of the 'Botox boob job': New treatment promises to boost your bust by a cup size...but it will cost you

Bust-boosting surgery has never been more popular, with more than 11,000 boob job operations taking place in the UK alone each year.

But not everyone wants to go under the knife, including some of the A-list clients who visit Harley Street medic Dr Neetu Nirdosh.

Instead of scalpels and implants, they are opting for a new treatment which has been dubbed 'the Botox boob job' and uses injectables to plump up the cleavage.

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New look: The 'Botox boob job' is said to boost the breasts by up to a cup size but only lasts for six months
New look: The 'Botox boob job' is said to boost the breasts by up to a cup size but only lasts for six months
'The Breastox- Botox is fast becoming the must have pre-red carpet procedure for my celebrity clients,' explains Dr Nirdosh. 


'It is a knifeless instantaneous breast lift. This form of breast augmentation works best for those who are between a cup size A and C and is safer and quicker than regular surgery.'

The £1,000 treatment involves injecting Botox into the pectoral muscles which temporarily relaxes them, leaving the shoulder and surrounding chest muscles to take the strain.

As a result, breasts are lifted and look higher and firmer, although given Botox wears off, the effect lasts for a maximum of six months.

'There's no downtime, no reported side effects, no scars and it is virtually painless,' adds Dr Nirdosh. 

'It takes less than 30 minutes and is the ideal treatment for women suffering from post-pregnancy droopy boobs, ageing, sagging breasts or a wrinkly bust line as a result of sun damage. 
Popular: Botox is the most popular injectable in use in the UK and accounts for 45,464 treatments a year
Popular: Botox is the most popular injectable in use in the UK and accounts for 45,464 treatments a year
Risky: Breast enhancement isn't without its risks as the recent PIP implant scandal demonstrated
Risky: Breast enhancement isn't without its risks as the recent PIP implant scandal demonstrated



'It is also good if you want a bit of extra support so you can go braless as many of my red carpet clients do.'
Traditional breast enhancement involves having a cut made either beneath the breasts or in the armpits and inserting a silicone implant between the breast tissue and the chest muscle.

Operations cost between £3,500 and £5,000 and, according to the NHS, complications can include infection, scarring and loss of sensation in the nipple.
  


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

24-HOUR BREAST IMPLANTS USE SALINE INJECTIONS TO TEMPORARILY BOOST YOUR BUST

For the girl who has too much $$$ to spend, and too few brains

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Poor diet 'causes lifetime damage': Foods full of fat, sugar and salt change the way genes work, say scientists

The damage caused by unhealthy eating can last a lifetime – even after going on a diet, according to research.

Scientists suggest that foods full of fat, sugar and salt change the way genes work and even swapping them for fish, fruit and vegetables cannot turn back the clock.

Tests on mice found that those fed a junk food diet were still more prone to hardening of the arteries even after treatment because the function of genes, including those vital to the immune system, had been altered in a process known as ‘epigenetics’. 

Bad diet: Foods full of fat, sugar and salt change the way genes work, scientists say
Bad diet: Foods full of fat, sugar and salt change the way genes work, scientists say

Researcher Erik van Kampen, of Leiden University, Holland, said: 'I hope this study demonstrates the importance of diet induced changes in the epigenome and encourages further research into the interaction between dietary patterns, DNA methylation and disease.'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2821279/Poor-diet-causes-lifetime-damage-Foods-fat-sugar-salt-change-way-genes-work-say-scientists.html#ixzz3ICBHa45G
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