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Find the latest health news reported by eMaxHealth reporters and keep up with the latest studies and findings about healthcare. Everyday eMaxHealth reporters scan the latest health findings on cancer treatments, diets, mental health, diabetes, autism, health insurance, spiritual health, men's and women's health and report them so our readers may know about the latest treatments and findings on different diseases and conditions. Some of them are breaking health stories and eMaxHealth strives to provide trustworthy health news where all the sources of studies are revealed and linked and various views and voices are provided and heard. Find personal wellness tips as well as the latest news on healthcare advancements and research by reading eMaxHealth's Current Health News section.

Wasp and Bee venom to fight antibiotic resistant organisms

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Venomous animals are widely spread all over the globe. Several terrestrial vertebrates (reptiles, birds, insects, and mammals) are also venomous. Major arthropods (scorpions, bees, and wasps) have multicellular glands attached to the stinging apparatus. Bee venom obtained from stepwise fractionation has been reported to contain peptides (Prasasty et al, 2018). It has been known for many years that venom of insects like wasps and bees have compounds that can fight bacteria. Along with that, however, for many humans, these same insect venoms cause toxic reactions so without some kind of refinement was needed. researchers at MIT took the toxin from a South American wasp and created variants of the peptide that are potents against bacterial while nontoxic to human cells. As part of their immune defenses, many organisms produce peptides that can kill bacteria. To help fight the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, many scientists have been trying to adapt these peptides as potential drugs. The study found that the peptide from the venom is believed to kill microbes by disrupting the cell membranes on bacteria (Torres et al, 2018)

My Type 2 Diabetes Fuels My 70 Lbs Weight Loss Struggle, But I Am Hanging in There

Darryl Buck's 70 lbs weight loss

I have been on this rocky road since August to lose weight. I cut out all the junk. I did intermittent fasting, juicing and jogging. My cortisol levels are through the roof because of stress. I am struggling to maintain my weight loss, but hanging in there. The bitter harsh reality of being Type 2 diabetic keeps me going. I want to live longer. I want to be disease-free.

Connection between Vitamin D deficiency and neurological conditions

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Dementia is a syndrome usually progressive and chronic in nature. Global incidences of dementia is increasing at a rate of one new case every three seconds with associated medical social and health care costs far exceeding the capacity of most countries. Because of the degenerative nature of the disease sufferers lose their ability to perform routine tasks, experience poor quality of life and loss of autonomy. The role of vitamin D in the etiology of cognitive impairment and dementia is plausible and has been supported substantial mechanistic and epidemiological data. As people age, they tend to spend less and less time outdoors in the sun. It is of great importance as vitamin D deficiency is a worldwide pandemic and is seen most commonly in older adults residing in northerly latitudes, particularly during winter months. Further research needs to be done to see if increasing vitamin D level will improve cognitive health (Aspell, Lawlor, O'Sullivan, 2018).

Parkinson’s disease: What it is and possible treatment

Parkinson's disease is a prevalent disorder that affects approximately 40-1000 people per 100,000 with increased occurrence in older individuals. It is characterized by progressive neurodegeneration that can manifest in early stages as mild cognitive impairment and moderate motor dysfunction, rigidity and tremor. As the disease progresses, the severity escalates as well. This then includes falls, difficulty swallowing and neuropsychiatric complications including psychosis. this psychosis can occur in up to 75% of cases of this disease (Kitten et al, 2018).

How to Avoid Diabetes and Minimize Your Risk With the Good Idea® Drink and Dr. Elin Ostman's Expert Tips

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Health professionals across the country including Dr. Elin Ostman are working tirelessly to raise awareness about diabetes and inform the general public about the health consequences of diabetes. Today Dr. Elin Ostman joins us to raise awareness about diabetes and educate us with expert prevention tips about how to avoid diabetes and minimize the risk of developing diabetes. She also will share the fascinating details about the new Good Idea® drink!

Sickle Cell Anemia: Effects of the disease and potential treatment

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This study found that a daily hydroxyurea pill may finally bring some relief for young children living with sickle cell anemia. This could be a big game changer for resource-challenged sub-Saharan Africa where the disease is prevalent and health care is suboptimal (Ware et al, 2018). Few studies had been done where the burden is greatest. The study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found treatment was feasible and safe in children living in the area of Africa most affected. It proved to reduce vaso-occlusive events, infections, malaria, transfusions, and death. These results illustrate a need for more access to treatments. In the US and Europe early identification of children with sickle cell by means of neonatal screening. This allows these children to be given simple effective, and lifesaving interventions (Tshilolo et al, 2018).

Find the Quick Way to the Best Travel Insurance in Australia

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The best travel insurance can come in handy if you are planning a trip! Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that a total of 10.5 million Australians returned from traveling overseas in 2017, a 6.9% increase from statistics the previous year. The best travel insurance can offer you coverage for accidental injuries, illness, or other specific mishaps that you may encounter while traveling overseas. iSelect is an Australian insurance comparison site that will help you to find the quick way to the best travel insurance in Australia!

Is it possible for enterovirus to be the next acute flaccid myelitis?

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Enterovirus D68 has historically been a rare sporadic disease-causing occasional small outbreaks and a generally mild infection. Mostly these were respiratory in nature like a runny nose, cough and muscle aches. Recently the illness and caused more severe disease and has been focusing more in children. The first large-scale outbreak of EVD68 was reported in the US and Canada. From August 2014 to January 2015 a total of 1153 cases in 49 states with 10.4% cases of acute flaccid myelitis in the US and five cases of EVD68 in Canada. Several clusters of acute flaccid myelitis have been noted in recent years associated with EVD68 and EVA71. further investigation into the relationship is important because of the severity of acute flaccid myelitis and because there currently is no treatment for acute flaccid myelitis related to EVD68 or vaccines to prevent it (Dyda et al, 2018).

Succeed at Diabetes Prevention and Type 2 Diabetes Treatment with Lysulin® Nutritional Supplement

Diabetes Prevention

On November 12th, 2018 Lysulin® Inc. officially announced the launch of an all-natural, nutritional supplement specifically formulated for patients with Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. With Lysulin®, you can succeed at diabetes prevention and type 2 diabetes treatment! This breakthrough formula was developed by Dexcom Founder and CEO, Dr. John F. Burd, Ph.D. Dr. Burd is a foremost authority and expert in the medical and biotechnology field with over 30 years of personal experience in glucose monitoring technology.

Influenza: Are We Ready or Does The Shot Do Any Good?

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Influenza activity in the US began to increase in early November 2017 and rose sharply from December through February 3, 2018. From October 2017 to January 1, 2018, the weekly percentage of deaths from pneumonia and flu ranged from 5.8% to 10.1% and has exceeded the epidemic threshold for five consecutive weeks. During seasons with increased severity of influenza, antiviral medications are an important adjunct to vaccinations. Additional study is needed to see if this year's virus will mutate and develop resistance to the four antiviral medications available. In addition to seeing just how effective the current influenza vaccination will be in controlling influenza transmission (Budd et al, 2018).

Find the Quick Way to the Best Pet Insurance in Australia

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Statistics from the Animal Health Alliance report that over 60% of Australians live with a pet. The best pet insurance can offer you coverage for specific accidental injuries or illnesses that your pet may encounter as your daily companion. iSelect is an Australian insurance comparison site that will help you to find the quick way to the best pet insurance in Australia!

How to Lose Weight Fast and Safe with Medically Supported Weight Loss App: LeanMD

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You can lose weight fast and achieve your weight loss goals safely and effectively with the medically supported, scientifically tested, and technology-based weight loss program: LeanMD. With LeanMD, you can lose weight up to 4x faster than typical weight management programs with proven, and that is only the beginning of your lean, healthy lifestyle because LeanMD offers support so that you can maintain your hard-earned weight loss!

COPD: Treatments, Non-Compliance, and Outcomes

COPD Treatment

Optimal pharmacological treatment for COPD patients reduces symptoms, reduces the frequency and severity of exacerbations, improve health status and increases exercise tolerance. Unfortunately, despite frequent changes in COPD classification systems and the emergence of new inhaled therapies recommended from evidence-based guidelines, poor adherence to treatment due to the cost of medication and lack of availability of medications create a gap in real-life prescribing patterns (Cases et al, 2018).

Top 10 Health Benefits of Fulvic Acid: Learn the Healing Secrets of Nature’s Miracle Molecule

Fulvic Acid benefits

Fulvic Acid is a humic acid that has been called Nature’s Miracle Molecule and for good reason, because it is one of the most powerful chemical compounds found in nature! In this article, we are going to explore the top 10 health benefits of Fulvic Acid, and why you don’t want your body to miss out these healing secrets and the host of Fulvic Acid benefits!

Probiotics: Are They as Good as is Claimed

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In childhood, recurrent abdominal pain in children is a common complaint. The reason behind it is what needs further investigation as it affects approximately 10% of children. It is a descriptive umbrella term and accounts for many visits to primary, secondary, and emergency care facilities. It is now referred to as one of four functional abdominal pain disorders; dyspepsia, abdominal migraine, irritable, bowel syndrome and functional abdominal pain. One thing most parents need to keep in mind is when was the last time the child had a bowel movement. This author pointed out that there are many conditions of abdominal pain that require no intervention. Routine use of pharmacotherapy for functional abdominal pain is not well supported or suggested. In fact, in some cases, medications can mask the signs and symptoms needed to monitor for a more serious condition. It is felt some doctors will prescribe probiotics just so the parents will feel something is being done in a condition that needs no treatment at the time and will be sell limiting (Edwards, 2018).

Top Digital Literacy Facts About Graduation, the Digital Literacy Gap, and Workforce Digitalization

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Students across America are well into the school year, and the newness has certainly worn off as they look forward to their Christmas holiday break. However, will these students actually finish the school year with success so that they can graduate on time? Fortunately, the most recent school year statistics available from 2016 show signs of promise including amongst all minority groups. According to these statistics, the national high school graduation rate reached 84.1%. In this article, we are going to explore top digital literacy facts and the impact it makes on students regarding graduation, the digital literacy gap, and workforce digitalization.

Diabetes Epidemic 2018 Interview About FDA Approved Glucose Monitoring System Without Finger Sticks

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The diabetes epidemic is one of the fastest growing epidemics worldwide, affecting over 400 million people. According to statistics, approximately 1 out of every 2 people suffering from diabetes remains undiagnosed and untreated. This is cause for grave concern because diabetes can result in severe health consequences if left untreated. November is National Diabetes Month, and in honor of National Diabetes Day on November 14th, we conducted this expert interview with diabetes educator, Amy Folker, regarding the recently FDA approved revolutionary glucose monitoring system and how it improves treatment for diabetics amidst the diabetes epidemic.

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Issues Impairing Employment

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Autistic Spectrum Disorders are a complex pervasive neurodevelopmental condition associated with lifelong difficulties. these difficulties cross social, emotional and behavioral domains. The lastest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) finally put all aspects of autism under one umbrella of autistic spectrum disorder. Since this happened questions have been raised if this has helped by moving toward a broader categorization of the disorder is clinically useful (Montgomery et al, 2016).

Strides Made in Renal Cell Cancer

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Metastatic renal cell carcinomas still are the most lethal in the US. In 2015 alone there were 14,080 deaths attributed to it. Removal of the involved kidney continues to be the mainstay treatment for localized disease. Even with all our advancements in treatment, it continues to have a poor prognosis. Chemotherapy is considered a standard therapy for patients with some renal cell variants. The role in treating clear cell renal cell carcinoma is poorly defined. What exactly causes this resistance is currently undefined. Ideally, doctors should be able to characterize tumors according to DNA. In reality, this method has been largely limited by varying gene expression signatures. For years development of treatment has been largely unsuccessful. Better understanding disease biology and treatment resistance patterns have led to emerging therapies with a better understanding in pathogensis and mechanisms of treatment resistance there are hope treatments will continue to expand (Tsao et al, 2017).

Significant Steps Made In Determining Susceptibility to Ovarian Cancer

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Ovarian cancer is the most lethal of all gynecological malignancies. This is in part because of the symptomology of the disease until it is at a late stage. Because of the five-year survival rate is only 45% while the actual cause of epithelial cancer of the ovary or fallopian tube is not known, studies have found about 15% are shown to be connected with the inherited genetic factors such as BRCA 1&2 mutations. The standard line of defense is surgery and treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy. Unfortunately, recurrence is high with the recurring disease resistant to further chemotherapy. Recently olaparib has shown some promise in treating BRCA 1&2 mutations that have led to ovarian cancer. It is thought this occurs along the DNA repair pathways that make the cancer cells sensitive to olaparib. The validity of the study's data was confirmed by repeated tests across different fields (Fleury et al. 2017).

Two Mistakes That Caused My Weight Gain After Pregnancy and My Biggest Obstacle To Lose Weight

Danielle Smiddy Weight Loss Success

Danielle Smiddy says her biggest obstacle to losing weight was her mind. She is from Jacksonville, Fl and was interviewed by eMaxHealth sharing her amazing weight loss success and how she did. She says you have to change your mind to change your body. I agree with her. This is true for fighting not against the passion of obesity, but against any passion that plagues human life.

Here is why celebrity weight loss stories do not inspire overweight people

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Do "celebrity" weight loss stories inspire you? They do not inspire me. Your stories inspire me more. What about you? By the way, I wrote the word celebrity in quotation marks because for me there is nothing to celebrate about most people who attempt to influence our lives through the screen.

Skepticism of Flu and Other Vaccinations

Flu shots and other vaccines

Families and societies have faced cycles of deadly diseases, including pandemics, for centuries with profound effects on the perceptions and realities of unseen threats. Since the 16th century, influenza pandemics have occurred at intervals ranging from 10 to 50 years. In the 20th and 21st centuries, three outbreaks of pandemic flu happened. In 1918 it was Spanish Flu with 20% to 40% of worldwide population ill and estimated 50 million people died. In 1957 an influenza virus originated in East Asia that killed between one and two million. Then in 1968, a similar flu virus originated in Hong Kong that resulted in between one and four million deaths. More recently, in the spring of 2009, spreading fast in Mexico and US, the world was rocked with another health crisis; H1N1 (Swine Flu). This study proved that there is limited benefit from flu vaccination given each year but it is better than no help at all (Aylesworth-Spink, 2017).

How I Went from Antidepressants To 75 lbs Weight Loss Changing My Life

Charlotte Moran 75 lbs weight loss

I was always a healthy weight growing up and into my young 20s. Then, suddenly I suffered from mental health problems and decided to go onto antidepressants. While on antidepressants I gained a whopping extra 75 lbs and became very large and unhealthy. This made me even more depressed. After about a year of having all this extra weight, I decided enough was enough and wanted to try to lose the weight so I came of the medication and got serious about diet and exercise. Within one year and I was able to lose 69 lbs, but I am now at a loss of 74 lbs. Not only have I lost most of the weight, but I am much fitter than I ever was before. It has been very difficult to lose the weight, but it was the best choice I could have done as much I am happier than I have been in a few years.

Pancreatic Cancer: The Silent Killer

Big City Environment Related To Pancreatic Cancer

It is estimated that there are over 338,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer worldwide. in 2012, 331,000 people died from pancreatic cancer. Because the therapies for other cancers have been showing more advancement the researchers feel that pancreatic cancer is liable to become the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Patients with advanced pancreatic cancer, to survive more than a year is only slightly improved due to use of systemic chemotherapy and the combining use of other chemotherapies already available. This trial that adjuvant therapy using gemcitabine is the standard of care based on similar survival to and less toxicity than paired with 5-fluorouracil/folinic acid in patients with resected pancreatic cancer (meaning they have had all or part of the tumor removed surgically). In addition, other trials have shown better survival and tumor response with gemcitabine and capecitabine as opposed to gemcitabine used alone in advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer. The outcome of the study found promise with the use of gemcitabine and capecitabine resulting in an increase in survival times to between two and five years without relapse (Neoptolemos et al, 2017)

Retired Pro Ice Hockey Player Bryan Bickell Shares Tips About Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis

Overcoming multiple sclerosis

Relapsing multiple sclerosis is a disease that forever changes someone’s life. It robs them of independence, mobility, and dignity, but Bryan Bickell, a retired pro ice hockey player, is serving as an inspiration to many as an advocate with a relapsing multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Fortunately, he has found ways to thrive in his life in spite of his diagnosis, and his inspirational positivity and fighting spirit shine brightly as he shares how you can overcome your multiple sclerosis diagnosis too.

Top 10 Myths About the Opioid Epidemic, Drug Addiction, and Relapse Debunked

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The opioid epidemic still rages across our nation in a tragic wildfire of destruction and death. We are talking about an overwhelmingly tragic number of American lives that are being ravaged and families whose hearts are being shattered…somebody’s parent, spouse, or child. There are many common misconceptions and myths about the opioid epidemic, addiction, and relapse in our society, and today we are going to debunk 10 of them including drug addiction myths.

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