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Zika Virus Update

2016-01-27 12:48

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has now confirmed new cases of Zika virus in several states across the U.S. and has expanded its travel alert to include the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic. The previous travel alert for pregnant women or women considering getting pregnant included the following destination: in Latin America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela. In the Caribbean: Barbados, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, St. Martin and Puerto Rico. Cape Verde, off the coast of western Africa; and Samoa in the South Pacific are also destinations to which the CDC warns travel should be postponed.

January 26, 2016, the Arkansas Health Department confirmed one recent case of Zika virus but their spokesperson, Meg Miravel, said there is no cause for alarm since the person had contracted the vi

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Zika Virus - CDC's Travel Warnings and What You Should Know to Prevent Infection

2016-01-25 15:56

The CDC has recently issued travel warnings (level two out of three), especially for pregnant women going to Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, due to the outbreak of Zika virus in these regions. [5] The Zika Virus, a type of mosquito-borne flavivirus similar to Dengue fever is associated with birth defects. The alert includes women who are pregnant in any trimester and women who are considering becoming pregnant. [3]

According to the CDC, only 1 in 5 people infected with the disease become symptomatic, with rare hospitalizations and no known deaths.

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Vascular Dementia is Not Alzheimer's Disease

2016-01-04 12:26
vascular dementia is not Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, and there’s so much discussion about it that it’s easy to overlook the second most common one—vascular dementia. A recent report in Diabetes Care brought to light the importance of understanding vascular dementia, as it’s been shown that women with type 2 diabetes are at higher risk of developing this form of dementia—rather than Alzheimer’s—than are men.

First of all, dementia is not a disease—it is a group of symptoms that have a negative impact on cognitive functions

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If you suffer from IBS, this approach can help treat symptoms

2015-12-28 18:44
Psychotherapies for IBS

People suffering from IBS or irritable bowel syndrome often have difficulty controlling symptoms. Now researchers have found therapies that do not include taking medication can have a long-lasting effect. An added perk is that the treatments can save patients money.

What scientists found is that psychotherapies can help reduce symptoms of IBS. The disorder affects seven to 16 percent of the U.S population.

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Herbal Remedy Sailuotong May Help Vascular Dementia

2015-12-10 10:56
sailuotong for vascular dementia

Scientists are moving ahead on positive findings from previous research indicating that the traditional Chinese herbal remedy sailuotong may help vascular dementia. Among older adults, vascular dementia is the second most prevalent type of dementia, while Alzheimer’s disease is the first.

The latest study of sailuotong is a phase III clinical trial being launched by Australia’s National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) following the success of previous studies which showed

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New type of immunotherapy could be game changer for type 1 diabetes

2015-11-29 12:52
Treg therapy could stop type 1 diabetes

University of California San Francisco scientists and physicians have conducted a promising first study that could be a game changer for treating type 1 diabetes. The disease affects approximately 1.26 American children and adults according to the American Diabetes Association. The therapy acts by suppressing the body's immune system that attacks insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas.

The very good news is that the treatment is different than other immune suppressing therapies that can have serious consequences including increased risk of cancer and infections.

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How to Heal Your Leaky Gut without Medication

2015-11-12 19:44
Gut Health

Leaky gut syndrome (LGS) has been in the news - a lot - probably because it’s one of the major problems in the world today, affecting millions of people, especially those who eat highly processed foods, sugar, flour, and animal products.

There are other non-food causes of LGS including medications and radiation.

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Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome and tips to Heal Your Gut

2015-11-12 16:27
Leaky Gut Syndrome

Do you have gas, bloating and frequent infections? you may have leaky gut syndrome. Here are the symptoms and how to heal your gut and feel better.

Leaky gut syndrome (LGS) has become a huge problem globally, and affects millions of people who may not even know they have a problem.

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Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Gains Awareness

2015-11-12 12:07
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Gains Awareness

The story about Kerri Evensen of Wisconsin, who discovered she had a life-threatening aneurysm while undergoing routine testing for her liver donation for her four-year-old son Auden who has alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, has done several things, not least of which is increased awareness of this rare disease. In fact, the state of Ohio had already officially designated November as “Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Awareness Month” earlier this year.

What is this disease that has captured the attention of the media? Here are some things you should know about alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.

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Superbugs - When Antibiotics are Worse Than Diseases Like MRSA

2015-11-12 09:58
Antibiotics

Everyone has heard the term “superbug” which refers to bacteria, viruses such as HIV and Ebola, parasites, fungi and an ever-increasing list which threaten global health. Superbugs are those that are resistant to treatment. There are many drug resistant bacteria - Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE), Multi-drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB), Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and Acinetobacter baumannii (CRA), resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae and Strep A, as well as multi-drug resistant Escherichia coli - all of which can be deadly. Even gonorrhea has become multidrug- and cephalosporin-resistant, but, perhaps the most common and well known is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Staphylococcus aureus is so prevalent that about one third of the population is carriers and about 2% of the population is colonized with the resistant form.

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