High Blood Pressure Reduces Alzheimer’s Risk

Who would have thought that anything good could come from having high blood pressure? No one, until a recent study discovered that there is a silver lining behind the high blood pressure cloud.
Brigham University researchers discovered that people with high blood pressure have a significantly reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s as they age. It’s not the blood pressure itself that reduces the risk factor, but the medication taken to lower high blood pressure that helps stave off the brain disorder.
Folks at Boraie Development know that Professor John Kauwe led the study and suggests that drugs which have already been approved by the Federal Drug Administration for use to treat high blood pressure should be looked at from a different perspective. Approved hypertension drugs may have a secondary use as treatment to prevent Alzheimer’s.
As the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s effects over five million people in the United States, and an estimated 700, 000 of those people will die this year because of the brain disorder. The discovery linking high blood pressure medication and Alzheimer’s prevention, a new treatment may soon be on the horizon to help reduce the number of people who develop this disease.

The Problem With Ears

The medical field rejoiced at the discovery of the hearing aid. Many Americans who had never heard a simple sound in their lives were able to hear with the help of the hearing aid depending on how severe their hearing loss is. Dr. Darius Kohan is the lead neurologist and otologist and the Lenox Hill Hospital and is also employed with the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital in New York City. According to Viadeo,  Dr. Kohan rejoiced at last week’s Supreme Court ruling that kept the Affordable Care Act intact. Even though more than 6 million Americans will keep their health care coverage it still putshearing aid recipients in a tough spot. While hearing aids are incredibly useful only one in three adults who suffer with hearing loss could benefit from consistently using the hearing aids. That number shrinks when you look at statistics for adults between the ages of 20 and 69. Many of these problems persist because the federal health insurance program will not cover the costs that come with routine hearing exams, fitting appointments for hearing aids, or the general costs that come with hearing aids. Standard hearing aids can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,500 per ear and people routinely suffer hearing loss in both years. $7,000 for the ability to hear is a steep out of pocket price. Researchers plan on using this information to persuade Congress to allow health care insurances to cover the cost of much needed hearing aids.

A Life Cut Short Too Soon

Last month a six-year-old contracted a rare disease that had not been seen in Spain for almost 30 years. Doctors did their best to save the boy’s life but only so much could be done at the state that he was in. Unfortunately this week the six-year-old boy took a turn for the worse and died because of Spain’s first case of diphtheria since 1987. The 6 year old’s parents did not get him vaccinated against the highly preventable disease and he had been engaged in a long fight with a bacterial infection for more than a month. The hospital confirmed the six-year-old’s death via Twitter and sent condolences to his family and those who loved him. The infection stays mainly in the throat and nose area. Once contracted by an individual that disease is highly contagious. Deere warns that not much fear has been centered around the disease because it is incredibly rare in Western Europe. The high rates of vaccinations have made sure that diphtheria is not a problem that many Western Europeans have to face. The disease is so rare that it took doctors days to find the right antitoxin and get it to boy in time. Fortunately they found one in Russia but it turned out to be too late. One other adult and 9 other young children got in contact with the bacteria but did not catch and keep the disease. All of them have been vaccinated since then and caused no threat to public health. The passing of this young boy he has pushed for industrialized governments to make it illegal for parents to keep their child unvaccinated.

Longest Surviving Heart Transplant Recipient Still Going Strong

On June 21, 1985, Glen Frank Spurlin underwent the third heart transplant surgery ever to be attempted in Florida – and he survived. At the age of 35, Spurlin contracted bone cancer. At the time, the treatment was to remove the cancerous leg and administer a drug called Adriamycin, which can cause heart failure. Seven years later, that possibility was realized and Spurlin suffered full cardiac arrest. According to his wife Marie, Spurlin only had about 3 hours left to live when the transplant took place.

At the time, the first two heart transplant patients had survived only a short time. Folks at Boraie Development (manta) have learned that the first died just 14 days after the operation due to complications from rejection. The second, whose surgery was only a few months before Spurlin’s operation, was still alive with an uncertain prognosis. Dr. Vijayanagar, Spurlin’s surgeon, attributes his long life to the relative youth and health of his organ donor, a 20-year-old in excellent health who was pronounced brain dead shortly after a motorcycle accident. According to Vijayanagar, the heart could have probably given its original owner a good 40 or 50 years more of health.

Today, Spurlin has had the opportunity to experience weddings, graduations, and births of his children and grandchildren. He cautions today’s generation to take good care of our hearts, because not everyone can be as lucky as he was. Every day is a gift, and we have a responsibility to honor that gift.

New Blood Test May Detect Pancreatic Cancer Early

Scientists have announced a new finding that may change the way that pancreatic cancer is treated. Pancreatic cancer affects the pancreas and is many times not diagnosed until the cancer has already progressed because symptoms generally do not show up until the disease has seriously impacted the quality of life. However, a new blood test may help diagnose the cancer much more efficiently.

The blood test looks for protein proteoglycan glypican-1 which is elevated in those that suffer from pancreatic cancer. The presence of the protein at a certain level in the blood has been determined to be a very good indicator that pancreatic cancer exists in a person. In trials, the team at Beneful noted that where the blood test has been run on patients it has had a 100% accuracy rate.

The research study was conducted at the University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center and within an article about the trail scientists wrote that by detecting this one molecule it is possible that pancreatic cancer be discovered with just a single drop of blood.

Detection of the pancreatic cancer may be beneficial as a new drug has been found to reduce the growth of pancreatic tumors in mice by 80%. Although it has not been tested on humans yet the results are promising.

#Dan for all your Legal Needs

Dan Newlin has launched a new #Dan campaign to make it easy for those in need of legal assistance to contact the Law Office of Dan Newlin. He came up with this idea because he felt that it was much easier to remember #Dan rather than an normal ten digit phone number. Dan Newlin also realized that the hashtag has taken over social media and with his offices being spread out, he could greatly assist with his clients communication and legal needs regardless of where he may be based.

Mr. Newlin has been well known throughout the greater Chicago area as well as his branch offices in Florida, for his strong background in law enforcement which led him to have an even greater amount of strength in bringing justice to injury and accident victims. For the next 18 months, Mr. Newlin along with major phone companies will be testing his use of the hashtag for communication.
This is a rather significant technological theory that likely will catch on as people rarely commit phone numbers to memory in today’s society. According to recent studies, the average person has the ability to commit to memory approximately seven things at a time for roughly 10-15 seconds. After that short amount of time, it is unlikely that a phone number will be committed to memory. #Dan is much shorter, and easier to remember than committing a ten digit number to memory. Mr. Newlin theorizes that this form of communication may be the next wave of the future for big and small businesses alike.
Dan Newlin continues his commitment to public service and justice for those in need, while at the same time growing his company. It is a technological advancement that is clear and consise, yet easy to remember…#Dan, for all your legal needs.

Fat and Sugar Impair Cognitive Skills

It has long been known that eating too much fatty foods and sugary desserts is not good for our waistline or health. New research conducted by the Oregon State University has recently discovered that a diet high in fat and sugar is also not good for brain function.

A high fat, high sugar diet changes the natural bacteria found in the gut. When the gut bacteria is changed, it impacts brain function and causes impaired cognitive skills.SteamBoatToday said that the specific brain function that is impacted is called cognitive flexibility, which is the brain’s ability to change and adapt to a changing situation. Decision making and reasoning is slower in a person who has impaired cognitive skills.
As fat and sugar are consumed, each changes the compounds that are released by the bacteria found normally within each person’s gut. As those released compounds reach the brain, brain function is changed. The study conducted on lab mice indicate that the cognitive flexibility is changed both in the short term and for the long term by a high fat, high sugar diet.

Within one month of study, the lab mice began to show a decline in performance on various physical and mental tests compared to what they did when being fed a normal and balanced diet.

Young Plague Victim Dies in Colorado

The death of Taylor Gaes, a 16-year-old teen in Colorado, sheds light on a monster most mistakenly believe is long since gone – the plague. True, the last case of anyone contracting the disease in Larimer County occurred in 1999, but the reality is the plague remains a threat even in this day and age of medical enlightenment. In fact, approximately seven cases of plague victims a year are reported across the United States. While certainly not a reason to panic, those statistics are enough cause for people to educate themselves and engage in a little preventative medicine.

The Bubonic plague is the culprit the majority of people (approximately 80% of all cases) contract, most usually from an infected feline, rodent or flea. Fortunately, the disease is easily treated – when diagnosed early enough. The problem is the symptoms are similar to the flu, including swollen lymph nodes, severe headache and a sudden fever. Pneumonic plague, caused when one inhales the bacteria, and Septicemic plague, caused when the disease spreads throughout the body via the bloodstream, are far less common. A bit of good news considering neither forms are easily diagnosed and both are more difficult to treat according to MSN.

In the end, prevention is the safest route where any form of the plague is concerned says Paul Mathieson. Fortunately, a little bit of knowledge goes a long way and the CDC website is ready to arm everybody.

Insulting Chatter Leads to a $500,000 Malpractice Suit

Talk about an embarrassing situation. No one likes to be caught in the difficult scenario of saying something negative about someone and the person ends up overhearing it. Such an event is pretty awkward in social settings. During a surgical procedure, staff at Amen Clinic know such talk is unprofessional and, possibly, a form of malpractice.

Recently, a patient in Virginia discovered the doctors and anesthesiologist performing routine surgery on him had mocked him extensively during the procedure. The patient accidentally left his phone recorder on and got the shock of his life when he heard some less-than-flattering comments directed towards him. No one was more shocked that the doctors, though. The medical malpractice suit levied against them and the hospital yielded a $500,000 judgment to the plaintiff.

Not everyone sees how talking negatively is malpractice. For one, the conversion could indicate the providers were not paying strict attention to the person on the operating table. Bantering negatively could indicate a lack of attentiveness to the direct needs of the patient during the procedure. Worse yet, the commentary also included statements about avoiding discussions with the patient after the surgery.

Jurors did not find any of this amusing and delivered a half-a-million dollar reward as a result. From now on, healthcare professionals in Virginia and, surely, elsewhere, are going to be strictly professional in the operating room.

Junk Science on Male Sperm Count Mirrors That of Vaccinations

Scientific studies seem to come out on an assembly line, and it can seem like one week we are told something is good for you and the next week it is bad. Peer review is extremely important in science, and people should not be too quick to cling to results of an individual study until it has been backed up with further results from other researchers. One classic example of this was that extremely flawed study from the 1990’s that claimed a link between vaccines and autism. This is the only study that claimed this, and it has been debunked beyond belief since then, but its ghost continues to live on in the form of the anti-vaccination movement stated Brian Torchin. 

Another area in which we may be needlessly scaring ourselves over nothing is a study that claimed male sperm count is going down due to synthetic chemicals in plastics and pesticides. There seems to be a bias that if something is synthetic, it must be bad for us. One 2012 study on this subject claimed that out of 5,000 Danish men studied only 25 percent had good sperm quality. This is completely contradicted, however, by a meta-analysis of over 30 other studies, which actually indicates that sperm count is either unchanged or slightly increased. The media and the crowd who think the products in our modern world are conspiring to kill us ran with the story before waiting for proper validation and unsurprisingly got it wrong.