Think you know your ticks? How about Haemaphysalis longicornis—a native of Asia now living in the U.S? Discover now a tick whose bite could ruin your summer.
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Here’s the latest news on whether buying commercially available permethrin treated clothing for blacklegged tick protection actually works, and if it is safe.
As a prelude to a series of articles on composting and what it does for plant growth, here’s a recent study that suggests turning human bodies into compost is environmentally friendly and thereby merits further investigation.
A new study warns that improper home landscape management can increase the risk of you and your family falling victim to Lyme disease and a multitude of other tick-borne diseases this spring.
Cannabis or marijuana is one of the most abused of frequently used substances like alcohol and tobacco. Now it is even being made available in a liquid form. But neither form is without its precautions that must be addressed considering the push to make it a legal substance. THC the most common chemical from this substance and has been with every bit smoked 421 some odd chemicals and inhaled as well.
In 2019, optimum cancer care requires state-of-the-art molecular diagnosis a solid knowledge base to interpret and apply results and a nearly constant awareness of changes on the horizon; the field is moving that quickly. Drug approvals are no longer based solely on large phase three trials. Instead, they use umbrella or basket trials in order to assure the right drug is given to the right patients quicker. Precision medicine is now part of standard practice. In addition, that comes with many new challenges. this raised important questions. How to deal with tumors diversity?
Benefits of creating a culture of kindness are massive and each work environment must create a culture of kindness to benefit its employees, patients or customers. But how does one create a culture of kindness at work?
Have you ever wondered how your stomach can give you butterflies? What about feeling physically sick, emotionally, spiritually and sometimes with dis-ease?
HIV-1 infected individuals are treated with lifelong antiretroviral drugs to control the infection. A means to strengthen the antiviral T cell response might allow them to control viral loads without antiretroviral drugs. The results support the development of this approach as a therapeutic vaccine that might allow HIV-1 infected individuals.
Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) has many lung disorders that fall under that term. One of them Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), is the most common of these disorders. Asbestosis is diffuse pulmonary fibrosis resulting in a slowly progressing disease that can take from 15 to 40 years after exposure to be encountered physical symptoms. And while in most developing countries it has been banned, the exposure-related diagnoses are still being cared for.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is an inherited neuromuscular disorder primarily occurring in boys and caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene. New treatments other than the classic glucocorticoids have started phase 2 testing. This brings hope to patients and families currently dealing with Duchennes.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common form of muscular dystrophy. It is a sex-linked disorder residing on the X chromosome. It affects primarily boys and men and is always lethal. There are few treatments to this disorder that affects 1 in every 3500 to 5000 boys born. There are no cures and few treatments for this disorder.
ACA has had little effect on the financial burden of households with chronic health conditions. The rise in treatment costs and associated cost sharing for individuals and families are causing medical debt that often has caused these families to deplete their savings. It often also causes these families to forgo necessities like food, heat or rent in order to pay their medical bills. In these cases, the families are forced to file for bankruptcy in order to have a roof over their heads.
Despite numerous national programs intended to ensure patients receive the best quality care, it is limited by how best to define quality. It is also dependent on your insurance. Those with government-sponsored programs such as Medicaid or Medicare are often given the barest minimum of care while those with private insurance are provided every option possible.
Electronic cigarettes are an increasingly popular device that produces an aerosol by heating a liquid containing solvents, flavorings, and nicotine. The effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a way to stop smoking or reducing the number smoked is uncertain. The chance of this device becoming attractive to the youth of our country is very high. The limited scientific data about the safety of e-cigarettes is a trend that must be remedied and soon.
A large group of researchers have uncovered a novel mechanism of neurotransmitters is released in the brain during schizophrenia. This elevated protein was noted not only schizophrenia but also other mental illnesses. the study was the first to study the relationship between mental illness and the level of protein. This is important as schizophrenia affects nearly one in 100 American adults and remains poorly understood.
Autophagy is a dynamic cellular pathway involved in the turn over of proteins, protein complexes, and organelles through lysosomal degradation. Defects in autophagy affect the intercellular communication and subsequently contributing to neurodegeneration. The presence of abnormal autophagy activity is frequently observed in selective neuronal populations in neurodegeneration seen in diseases like ALS, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's disease.
Data on HPV in women have prompted researchers to elicit more options and better outcomes. And while there is a vaccine available for HPV few people take advantage of it for various reasons. HPV has been linked to cervical cancer-seems pretty straightforward. Take the vaccination to decrease the chance of cervical cancer.
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)
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).
When does drinking begin to increase the risk of liver disease? The answer surprised some researchers who followed thousands of men from late adolescence to middle age.
Four years ago, Dr. Dustyn Williams began posting FREE online videos of himself teaching medicine the way he thought it should have been taught in medical school at Tulane. (He believed med school “sucked” and spent hours creating the videos while working full-time as a practicing physician.) With viewer numbers growing steadily, his friend epidemiologist Jamie Fitch saw an opportunity to do even more. The result was OnlineMedEd, now grossing $5 million annually in its third year and expanding into other verticals.
An information campaign describing the correct use of electronic devices is being launched as WHO prepares to consider "video game disorder" as a new disease.
Epstein Barr Virus is seen by medical science as a common herpetic virus with no cure. Most varieties of Epstein Barr Virus go under the radar of the immune system until they strengthen and are ready to strike. In some cases, when certain varieties of Epstein Barr Virus do strike and attack as Aplastic Anemia -- it can be fatal.
Jennifer Jones looks incredulously around her. She does understand what is going on; she seems to be in a trance. Lying on a bed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, surrounded by machines that keep her balanced and with wires going in and out of her body, she will experience something new. And she is nervous. For the first time, she can breathe on her own after a lung transplant surgery.
If your smoke detector is not installed correctly in your home, then what's the point? That's a question we should ask ourselves with this reminder to change your smoke detector's battery, check its operation, and ensure it is placed in the correct location for a safer home.
A new drug has been developed to treat alcoholism that counters brain deficits that are caused by alcohol. This research from the University of Queensland could revolutionize the treatment of alcohol addiction.
Our tongue is one of the strongest muscles in our body, and it can provide many important clues about the state of our health according to traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Our tongues are linked intimately to the systems, organs, and ailments within our body so say ahhhh!
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