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Superbugs - When Antibiotics are Worse Than Diseases Like MRSA

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).

New Stem Cell Research Changes What We thought We Knew about Human Blood Cell Formation

Blood cell formation dick canana

Scientists can be an arrogant lot of people, so it takes proof to humble and change views, yet Dr. John Dick, Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center, University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, Canada has done just that. Dr. Dick has worked for over 25 years in stem cell research and molecular genetics. Recently, he and his team discovered that the body’s mechanism by which all blood cells develop, hematopoiesis, does not function the way previously thought. The discovery means that what every person who has studied even basic biology and has learned about blood cell formation since the 1960’s, is incorrect.

Benefits of Mango and Why Mangos Are a Superfood

Mango

Mangos while said to be the most eaten fruit on the planet may be one of the most underappreciated. Growing up in the southern U.S. mangos weren’t exactly part of our diet. I was in my 50’s before I came to appreciate this amazing fruit. Mangos belong to the drupe family meaning the fruit has a pit like peaches and apricots, as well as olives and dates. Mangos are a superfood that is high in fiber, vitamins, anti-oxidants, enzymes, and flavonoids. [1][8]

Papaya - Superfood and Natural Remedy

Papaya home remedies and benefits

Papayas are a large sweet seeded fruit that grow in tropical climates but are usually available year round in most developed countries. Papayas are native to Central America and have been long revered by the Latin American Indians. On their journeys, Spanish and Portuguese explorers brought papayas to many other subtropical lands. Christopher Columbus called papaya, “the fruit of the angels”. Papaya was introduced to the United States in the 20th century, and they have been cultivated in Hawaii, the major U.S. producer since the 1920s. Today, the largest commercial producers of papayas include the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico. [2]

Carbon Monoxide Silent Killer - How to Save a Life With Home Protection

Carbon Monoxide Alarm

It’s that time of year again. Temperatures are dropping and we’re turning up the heat. One danger is carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning which has been called the “silent killer” for good reason. But, did you know there are many other sources of CO that can kill you - including tobacco smoke?

Designer T-Cells Aid in Treatment of Leukemia

Treatment of Leukemia

The only thing worse than hearing the word cancer is in reference to a child. A mere 3 months after delivering a seemingly healthy baby girl that they named, Layla, Lisa and Ashleigh Richards got the worst imaginable news. They were told their infant daughter was suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell (WBC) involved in moderating the immune system. ALL is the most common type of cancer in children and in aggressive forms has about a 1 in 4 survival rate.

Running 101 For Newbies - What You Need to Know

Running 101

Running was the one thing I had always wanted to do and never thought I had the talent. I remember running a race at school when I was about 10 and finding myself so out of breath I couldn’t cross the finish line. That was perhaps one of the most embarrassing moments of my life. Then when I was 13, I had a coach who really encouraged running and I bought my first pair of running shoes. I ran cross country, but, still didn’t believe in myself enough to give running a real shot.

The Health Benefits of Lion's Mane and Other Mushrooms

Lion's Mane Mushroom

Mushrooms may be the easiest plant in the world to grow because they take very little care. There are over 10,000 varieties of mushrooms in North America, but not all are edible. In fact the largest part of them can make you sick. However there are a few varieties that are not only gourmet but also have medicinal properties and can be grown in your home.

What Illnesses Can Checking Your Temperature and pH Help Identify Before They Become Problems

Thermometer

As a parent I dread putting lips or hand to a feverish forehead and wondering what the next few days will bring. But, as a nurse and mother of two children with auto-immune diseases I learned that a sub-normal temperature (less than 98.6) is much worse because it means the innate system our bodies use to fight infection – be it viral, bacterial, fungal, or even parasitic is not intact.

7 Reason for Iodine Deficiency and 37 Symptoms

iodine

Iodine deficiency remains one of the most important public health issues globally, and an estimated 2.2 billion people live in iodine-deficient areas. [1] Iodine is a mineral that is absolutely essential for every cell in the body to function, especially the thyroid. It is crucial for immune function, fetal development [2], neurocognitive function and prevents the formation of cancer cells.

Want Healthier Kids? Take a Lesson from The Japanese

Healthy Children

It’s well known that people from Japan live longer with fewer health issues. Okinawan people have long been studied to understand why they have longer life expectancies. Japan is considered a blue zone and like people in other areas of the world who live longer and without the diseases that plague Americans, they have certain health practices that ensure better health. According to a recent study, the Japanese people have the longest life expectancy on the planet while Americans aren’t even in the top 10. [1]

Why You Should Eat Like a Bear: Benefits of Ellagic Acid

Ellagic Acid fruits diet plan

Have you ever heard of ellagic acid or followed an ellagic acid weight loss diet plan? Probably not, unless you are a botanist, a chemist, or a health nut. Truth is most people just don’t care what’s in their food, even if they’re smarter than the average bear. They just want something healthy that tastes good. But knowing what foods contain ellagic acid and including them in our daily diet can be very beneficial to health.

Sundowning symptoms and how they are experienced

Sundowning and symptoms

Sundowning is a phenomenon that is associated with increased confusion resulting in a variety of behaviors that you may not see other times of the day. It can happen with any form of dementia. Up to about 50% of persons diagnosed with some form of dementia may experience sundowning. I have my own personal theories about why it happens when it does. Keep in mind that for each person, sundowning may occur at different times of the day - it's called sundowning because it happens later in the day for a lot of people.

Is Your Neighbor’s Volkswagen Slowly Killing You and the Bees?

Volkswagen and breathing health

Recent allegations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claim Volkswagen Group of America violated the Clean Air Act by evading emissions standards in almost half a million vehicles. Devices that would render computerized emissions tests essentially worthless and allow the cars to emit up to 40 times more nitrogen oxides than are allowed were installed on vehicles from 2009-2015 with 2.0 diesel engines. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard analyzed the potential health effects for drivers of these vehicles with regard to early death and potential illness in humans. [1]

Can Brown Seaweed Help Reduce Fatty Liver?

brown seaweed

If you are overweight or if you have been on a diet trying to lose weight or if you have had weight loss surgery and have had rapid weight loss, chances are you have a fatty liver or steatosis. It’s estimated that as many as 1 in 5 people has fatty liver disease which is usually caused by an underlying condition such as diabetes, insulin resistance (IR), high triglycerides, malnutrition, and is associated with alcohol consumption (ASH). When not associated with alcohol it is referred to as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH.

Metabolic Syndrome - Small Lifestyle Changes, Big Results

Metabolic Syndrome

It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to put two and two together, and we all know when we’re not doing the right things to stay healthy. It’s not always easy but making small changes can make a big difference in health. If not you may eventually have one or more of the signs of metabolic syndrome and experience the associated complications including diabetes, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease and an increased risk not only for stroke but cancer.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol, Excedrin) #8 on the Top 10 Most Dangerous Drugs List

Acetaminophen, Tylenol, Panadol, Excedrin

Acetaminophen is marketed as an effective painkiller that is safer than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen, which are associated with more complaints of stomach discomfort or bleeding. However, because acetaminophen and products containing that drug are available over-the-counter, a common misconception is that they are not dangerous. For some people, even going slightly over the recommended amount can cause acute liver failure or kidney failure - conditions that can have deadly consequences.

Anticholinergics, Such as Excedrin PM and Tylenol PM, #7 on the List of Top 10 Most Dangerous Drugs

Anticholinergics

Plants of the Solanaceae family contain various anticholinergic tropane alkaloids such as scopolamine, atropine, and hyoscyamine that have been used in both prescription and over the counter drugs. Anticholinergic drugs block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter that is involved in memory and learning. Older adults commonly use over-the-counter drugs with anticholinergic effects as sleep aids and to relieve bladder leakage. This class of drugs is frequently prescribed for many chronic diseases including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

FDA Shoots Down AstraZeneca Diabetes Compound Drug on the Heels of Cancer Combo

AstraZeneca Diabetes Drug Declined by FDA

When the Food and Drug Administration says “NO” to a drug maker, there has to be a very good reason. On October 9, London based AstraZeneca announced it would halt two clinical trials on a combination cancer drug used to treat lung cancer due to evidence of increased lung disease.

Managing Dementia Behaviors Is Easier Than You Think

Alzheimer's disease patient

Medical students are often taught, “When you hear hoofs, think horses, not zebras”. Zebra is a metaphor for symptoms, a condition, illness or disease that may be obscure, rare, scary or difficult to manage. The way to identify the sound of the hoof beats is to rule out the zebra. Maybe managing a dementia patient’s behavior is as easy as riding a horse as oppose to a riding a wild zebra.

Low workplace air quality and your health: Why ventilation matters

Workplace air quality

As more people are spending more time indoors, the impact of air quality on their health is growing. In the workplace, low air quality can have a negative impact on both health and productivity. Whether you work in a factory setting or an office building, poor air quality can be an issue. Prolonged exposure to poor quality air can lead to both acute illnesses and chronic health conditions, and this is why it is important to learn about your rights regarding the air you breathe at work.

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