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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.

Connection between Vitamin D deficiency and neurological conditions

Vitamin D

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).

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).

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).

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).

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)

Ovarian Cancer: The Forgotten Killer

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In high-income countries, cancer remains the commonest cause of disease-related death in adolescent and young adults despite survival improvements. With more than one million new diagnoses of cancer in adolescents and young adults annually worldwide, and their number of life-years affected by cancer being greatest of all ages, the global burden of cancer in adolescents and young adults exceeds all other ages. In low- and middle-income countries, where the great majority of the worlds adolescents and young adults reside the needs of those with cancer have been identified and demand attention. Unique to this age group, the psychosocial challenges they face are the utmost across life's spectrum (Brunet et al, 2018)

Insurance Denial for Emergency Room Care: Fallout from Anthem, Inc Policy

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Financial concerns are often cited by doctors as a barrier to administering routinely recommended vaccines to adults. Survey respondents answered questions on payment and profit for various public and private payer types. Over half of respondents reported losing money vaccinating adult Medicaid beneficiaries. Few respondents reported negotiation with manufacturers or insurance plans on vaccine purchase prices or payments for vaccinations. Claim denial is a major reason many adults don't inquire about vaccinations or seek them out with their doctors (Lindley et al, 2018; Potter et al, 2018).

What Are the Benefits of Medical Billing and How Does It Work?

Medical billing benefits

The medical billing industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.5% by 2023 according to market research analysis predictions. Medical billing and coding specialists offer a wealth of medical billing benefits to both the medical professional and the patient. In this article, we will examine many medical billing benefits.

Causes of Constipation During the Winter and Delicious Chewable Tablets

Constipation

Our body is at its best when we stick to a certain schedule. However, sometimes if we break away from our usual habits, the body can become confused, and this can lead to problems with the intestine. Here are some of the most common causes of having constipation in the winter and chewable tablets that help.

Biodegradable Bandage That Prevents Scarring and Doesn't Need To Be Removed or Changed

Biodegradable bandage

A team of young scientists in Russia introduced a new therapeutic material based on nanofibers made of polycaprolactone, modified with a thin film with antibacterial composition and components of human blood plasma. Biodegradable dressings from such fibers increase the growth of tissue cells, which contributes to the normal regeneration of damaged tissues and also prevents the formation of scars in severe burns.

Why Grapes May Play a Role in Defeating Depression

Grapes

New research has just revealed that compounds derived from grapes called polyphenols may play a role in defeating depression. Scientists are hopeful that the findings of this study may shine a bright ray of light into the dark world of depression that approximately 16 million Americans find themselves living in at one or more points during the year.

This Is How Smartphone Addiction Ruins Your Life

Smartphone Addiction

We already know that smartphone addiction can people to stumble off sidewalks and walk into walls. I've been on my smartphone and done it myself. Thankfully, I haven't walked into traffic, like some do. And thankfully, I've never caused any real physical damage to myself.... except for perhaps to my brain - a very scary though indeed. So how does smartphone addiction affect our brains?

Scientific discoveries confirm what God said, that the life of the flesh is in the blood

Scientific discoveries confirm what God said, that the life of the flesh is in the blood

Our DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), as we all know, comes from our blood, more specifically our white blood cells. It is a self-replicating material, which is present in nearly all-living organisms as the main constituent of chromosomes, and It is the carrier of genetic information. Bellow is what scientific endeavors have unveiled so far, that brings out the different layers of depth within the statement: the life of the flesh is in the blood.

Are Transgenders Happy After Surgery? A Look Into Sex Change Regret

transgender regret

My first experience in talking with someone who desired a sex change was back in the early 1990's. "Mark", who was my coworker, began the transition to become a woman and remained on this path for a few years. However, in the end, he decided not to go through with the surgery, and went back to living as a man. Since, then, I've often wondered if transgenders are happy after surgery, or if they experience sex change regret, once it's too late.

5 HTP for Depression and Anxiety: And A Few Proven Ways To Try To Reduce Depression and Feel Better

htp for depression and anxiety

Two of my friends recently stated that they took 5 HTP for depression, while both used the exact same words testifying to its effectiveness. "It changed my life", is what each said. I took note. I am not a fan of pharmaceuticals, however, both friends, touted 5 HTP as a natural supplement. How could I not take note, when two people, whose opinion I value, who don't even know each other, both made the claim "It changed my life"?

How to Be Happy: Ten Strategies That Actually Work

We are living in tough times. It seems, in this world of the 24/7 news cycle, and constant streams of information, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Anti-depressant use is at an all-time high. According to the US Government Statisticians who published the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a whopping one in every 10 Americans are taking some type of antidepressant, and a full 23% of American women in their 40’s and 50’s rely on them daily. There are those who say this is a good thing, because depression has been under-diagnosed and under-treated in the past, but other critics say that aggressive pharmaceutical marketing may be, in part, responsible for the 400% rise in antidepressant prescription use in recent years, and antidepressant usage certainly does not come without significant risk and side effects. What if there is some middle ground? What are the secrets used by people who seem “happy”? Keep reading for 10 strategies that actually work to help you to feel better, and take control of your mental health.

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