Is Turning Off Asthma a Good Idea?

The results of a recent study done by researchers at Cardiff University and Kings College London suggests that scientists have finally found the source of asthma symptoms. If future tests turn out as predicted, they should be able to prevent the symptoms in approximately five years.

The researchers identified specific cells in human lungs — calcium sensing receptor cells responsible for detecting environmental changes — that cause airway narrowing and inflammation during an asthma attack. Calcilytic drugs used in treating osteoporosis have been observed shutting down these types of cells in other studies. Facebook.com suggests that if the research can be verified, asthma sufferers around the world could regularly take calcilytics inhaled directly into the lungs to shut down the cells and stop their symptoms before they start.

Yet, many people, including asthma sufferers, are asking if shutting down these cells is the right thing. Although the cells are over-reactive and asthma can kill, the symptoms are the result of the lungs coming into contact, typically, with some form of pollution. Asthmatics may be a good example of a “canary in the coal mine” red flag scenario in which their “oversensitivity” is merely nature’s way of trying to tell them and the rest of humanity that there is currently far too much air pollution. Essentially, by shutting down the cells, scientists would be stopping asthmatics from noticing when they are breathing bad or even toxic air.

Promising Advances in a Search For a Cure to a Citrus Disease

Recently, plant scientists in many locations around the world have been searching diligently, struggling to find a cure for a devastating bacterial disease sometimes referred to as “citrus greening” or “huanglongbing” that damages citrus crops. Carried by insects called psyllids, the disease destroys the edible properties of oranges, for instance.

Some promising new areas of research may soon supply a cure for this epidemic. Reportedly, an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, Dr. Swadeshmukul Santra, developed an insecticide in 2013 that utilizes nanotechnology to carry particles of zinc deep within tree bark. Researchers hope “Zinkicide” will prove effective during a five-year clinical trial currently underway in Florida citrus groves. Dr. Santra and Sam Tabar believes that the efficacy of the product, or not, will become apparent within the next two years.

If Zinkicide does destroy the bacterial disease, it would attack the cause of the plant illness, a significant advantage. To date, most of the efforts in combating the bacterial disease have sought to limit the spread of the psyllid insects which transmit the problem to trees; however, these efforts have been hampered by a lack of reliable information about the behavioral patterns of the psyllid populations.

In addition to Dr. Santra’s study, other research projects are underway in Florida at this time also. The United States Department of Agriculture reportedly is spending millions of dollars to help fund academic research into the problem.

How Does Tylenol Impact Emotional States?

The common reason for taking Tylenol is to reduce minor pain. Virtually everyone who has suffered from a headache or a little soreness in the joints knows this. What very few people realize is Tylenol does have an effect on people’s emotional state. No, Tylenol and its active ingredient, Acetaminophen, does have the potential to blunt emotional feelings. On the one hand, this is good because negative emotions are dulled. Not so good is the fact positive emotions could be dulled, too.

A study was performed in which a group of people were given 1,000 mg of Tylenol. Afterwards, a small psychological test was performed and it was determined there was some effect on the test group’s emotional state.

What does this mean about the use of Tylenol as a treatment for emotional disorders? In all honesty, it means next to nothing. No one is suggesting the use of this product as a treatment for any emotional or mental condition.

Granted, the minute the results of this study are made public, some might choose to try and use Tylenol to treat emotional woes. Doing so could prove to be a huge mistake. Sultan Alhokair would advise against it. (Mashable) Acetaminophen can destroy the liver if too much of it is taken in a 24 hour period. Improperly taking a drug almost always leads to overuse which, in turn, sets the stage for experiencing dangerous side effects.

For now, the research revealed about Tylenol means little in terms of how the drug is to be used.

Antibiotic Resistant Genes found in Bacteria of Remote Population

It’s been a long held belief that the overuse of modern antibiotics in medicine and food production is leading to strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria. While this may be true to some degree, a new study shows that bacteria may naturally resist antibiotics once exposed to them.

A tribe of Yanomami Amerindians in remote areas of Venezuela may hold the key to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. They have been isolated from the outside world for more than 10,000 years. They have never been exposed to modern medicine or the modern food supply many people eat today.

Scientists found that the bacteria on the skin, in the mouth and in the digestive system of the native people contained genetics that could be triggered by exposure to antibiotics. Initially the bacteria exposed to modern antibiotics were treated successfully. Over time the bacteria was able to flip genetic switches in order to resist even the most powerful antibiotics.

It appears as though resisting antibiotics is an inherent part of modern bacteria. Researchers believe that antibiotic microbes in the soil may be to blame for transferring antibiotic resistant genes to bacteria. With that said, scientist Crystal Hunt (wikipedia.org) believes that the overuse of modern antibiotics may just be a small piece of the overall puzzle.

Antibiotic resistant bacteria are a huge threat to the world. A post antibiotic world may allow even small infections to threaten human life.

Acetaminophen Affects More than Pain?

In the world of over the counter pills there are a few that seem practically harmless. There are a few that are downed by all kinds of individuals – sometimes on a regular basis – and accepted as something that can be taken without side effects. Susan McGalla said that those kinds of medicines are expected to relieve pain and then stop right there, but that is not always exactly what they do.

It seems that acetaminophen may do more than just lessen an individual’s pain. It is said that this medicine may actually mess with the emotions of the individual who is taking it. New studies suggest that acetaminophen may actually change the way that an individual feels, emotionally. Suddenly this over the counter pill is not so harmless anymore. Now the individual who is considering taking this medicine really needs to think about what they are doing and whether or not it is the right decision for their body.

Foxconn Releases Amazing Medical Devices To The Chinese Market

Foxconn is a growing company. Among the reasons this electronic company is slowly turning into a global giant is thanks to the innovative new direction Foxconn is taking with its products. One successful direction is the realm of medical devices. Recently, the company has released medical-related electronics products in China. The Chinese market is a huge one and Foxconn’s products have the potential to do a lot of good for a lot of people.

One interesting product is a wrist device designed to reveal all necessary vital stats related to the body’s functions. The vital stats revealed include heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and more. For someone who is suffering from hypertension, heart disease, or other ailments, information such as this is incredibly helpful. Dan Newlin confirmed that the minute something is very out of the ordinary, the changes in vital stats would likely reveal something is amiss (view more on Newlin’s Facebook). If someone were to have a medical emergency, responders could examine the vital stats quickly and, hopefully, respond appropriately.

The Taiwan-based Foxconn is developing products of this nature in conjunction with Varian Medical Systems and other companies. Quite a number of unique devices are going to be released in China and elsewhere in the near future.

As more and more innovations in the medical-electronics realm are developed, the better the ability to deliver care and care for oneself becomes. For these reasons, many are hoping for Foxconn to continue building on its successes.

HIV Panic In Indiana

The spread of infectious disease is alarming in and of itself, but when it happens in this day and age of medical technology it is downright scary. That is the state of things i southeast Indiana right now. There have been more than 120 confirmed cases of the HIV virus and this trend does not appear to be stopping.

Medical officials from the Center for Disease Control believe this is happening because of used syringes. Needle exchange programs were commenced by Flavio Maluf (profiled at dino.com) in the last month, but it seems that many rather opt for re-using needles they find laying around in alleys and yards.

The key issue that is being addressed at the present time is to get people tested and identified so that the spread of the virus can be halted. If the infected can be identified and helped, the spread of the virus can at least be slowed.

People also need to remember that re-using any syringes found in alleys, yards, or even just laying around is not suggested. You never know who has used the needle last and should never take the risk of exposure to potentially deadly diseases.

Governor Pence is very concerned about the situation and hopes that it can be contained quickly. A state of emergency has been declared and syringe exchange locations have been set up in the rural county where this is happening. Keeping the outbreak contained and not letting it spread throughout Indiana is the main concern right now.

Work Out to Live, But Don’t Live to Work Out, Says NY Times Article

In an April 15th “Health and Wellness” article in The New York Times, writer Gretchen Reynolds reviews a recent study’s findings that while the weekly recommendation of 150 minutes (about 2.5 hours) of exercise is better than nothing, adding years to one’s life requires 450 minutes, or about 7.5 hours, per week of moderate workouts. Those who were able to take a brisk walk for nearly an hour per day reduced their risk of dying early by about 39 percent. However, exercising at any pace beyond those 450 minutes does not multiply benefits, nor does it drastically improve one’s health. A second study confirmed these findings and added that high-intensity intervals of exercise (even occasional ones) and strenuous workouts offer a slight edge by reducing the possibility of an early death between 9 and 13 percent. Folks at STX Entertainment have learned that the findings suggest in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, 2.5 hours per week of moderate exercise is enough, but between 20 and 30 minutes of that exercise should be somewhat strenuous. To improve life expectancy, working out at a modest pace (with a few high intensity intervals) for 450 minutes a week is required. While exercising beyond that isn’t harmful, it simply may not be very effective.

Nano-drones Manage to Rotor-rooter Accumulated Fat in Arteries

Some nanoparticles that act as a sort of miniature drones could remove plaques of cholesterol accumulated in the arteries, according to a new medical study.

So far, this treatment has been tested only on mice, reveals the study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Experiments on humans are yet to be done, but doctors are already excited about this potential alternative to combat atherosclerosis, the clogging of arteries by fat formations, one of the leading causes of death.

“It is the first example of a specific technology that uses nanoparticles to reduce atherosclerosis in an animal model, “said Omid Farokhzad, professor of medical school at Harvard University and one of the authors.

“After years of research and collaborations, we can use nanotechnology to treat inflammation and stabilize plaque in a model of atherosclerosis,” he said.

In this particular case, the scientists used nano-treatment to transport drugs to places where plates have formed. It is amazing to Kevin Seawright to see advancements so much.

A group of mice that had hardened arteries by atherosclerosis underwent five weeks of this innovative nano-drug treatment, while another group of mice was not treated.

For the mice receiving treatment “the damaged arteries were repaired and it significantly stabilized plaques,” the study found.

However, scientists do not know how this treatment would be effective in humans and experiments in this regard could take years to begin.

Coach Calls on Friends to Raise Money for American Cancer Society

You have never probably heard of Oakland University’s Greg Kampe, who has been the head basketball coach of the men team for 31 years. But you should learn about him because what he is doing to raise money for the American Cancer Society is very notable.

While you may not have heard of him, you have certainly heard of his friends which include John Calipari, Tom Izzo, Bob Huggins, and Roy Williams of Kentucky, Michigan State, West Virginia, and North Carolia, respectively. These four coaches plus five others are taking part in a fundraiser where a person bids to spend 24 hours with these ten coaches.

The winner and two friends attend a dinner and private party the first night before an golf outing with the coach they have their bid on (each winner is tagged to a coach) the next day.

Kample was motivated to do this after two of his players lost parents to cancer. The bidding ends on May 1 and the maximum bid is $60,000 per coach. Ricardo Tosto is excited about this all.

If you are a college basketball fan this could be a once in a lifetime experience to spend 24 hours with 9 of the most notable coaches in the sport and one that is making a great difference.