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Update: Further Progress to Helping Patients with Interstitial Lung Disease

Breathing asbestos and dangers

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.

New Hope for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients and Their Families

hospice care

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: Need for Treatment and Cure

Duchenne muscular dystrophy

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.

Medical Problems Leading to Bankruptcy: Little Has Changed with ACA

ACA, medical problems and bankruptcy

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.

Quality of care: Related to reimbursement?

Quality elder care

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.

E-cigarettes: Are they a safe alternative to smoking?

e-cigarette safety

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.

Attempts to Find New Treatments and Better Understanding of Schizophrenia

Human brain

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: Potential target for treating neurodegenerative disorders

Neurodegenerative disorders targeting

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.

Wasp and Bee venom to fight antibiotic resistant organisms

Bee

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)

Sickle Cell Anemia: Effects of the disease and potential treatment

human blood cells

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).

Doctor's Med School Blues Turns Into Booming Biz

Dr. Dustin Williams Youtuber

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.

Fatal Aplastic Anemia Caused by Epstein-Barr Virus

Anemia Epstein Barr Virus

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.

This is how a woman reacted after breathing for the 1st time after her lung transplant

Woman breathing herself for the first time after lung transplant

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.

5 Reasons Why Stress is A Silent Killer According to Research

Stressed out

Stress has been called a silent killer for good reason. Stress is a faceless, deadly nemesis that crouches in the shadows ready to spring at the first sign of weakness. Stress is a predator that stalks vulnerable victims, and chronic stress can kill for many reasons. Perhaps the most frightening aspect of stress is that this predator preys on your lifespan.

Why the Health Benefits of Music Have the Scientifically Proven Power to Change Your Life

Violinist

Music has been called the universal language. Music has been called color in sound. Music has been called the expression of what cannot be said; in essence, the voice of the soul. Music is all of these things, but modern day science is revealing that music is so much more than expression. Music has so many health benefits that have the scientifically proven ability to change your life forever. No, music isn’t magic, but it is more powerful than you know.

Why Fear Can Be Fatal Especially After a Cancer Diagnosis According to Study

Conquer Fear Everyday

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s famous quote: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” is proving to be true beyond the Great Depression to the modern world today. The New England Journal of Medicine released a study in April of 2012 called “Suicide and Cardiovascular Death After a Cancer Diagnosis”. The study’s results were a saddening testimony to the fact that fear can be fatal.

Benefits of Health Information Exchanges for Doctors and Patients

Doctors' benefits from health information exchanges

GRAChIE, Georgia's Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange joined Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) as a member. Not everyone understands health information exchanges (HIEs) and we at eMaxHealth want to share with our readers what they are and what benefits they have for the patients and providers.

Seven inappropriate and stupid questions people with disability are asked

Stupid things people with disabilities get asked

Anyone with a disability has likely suffered through questions that are - so to speak - truly insufferable. Some people are upfront about their disability and willing to share; while others may not have any visible signs. One should never assume. Here is a list of seven stupid and inappropriate things that people with disabilities have been asked.

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