Category Archives: Medicine

ESRD Needs Different Blood Pressure Management (from normal patients)

It turns out that the relationship between blood pressure management and mortality is very different for ESRD patients than for the population as a whole. First, systolic blood pressure has a more significant correlation (than diastole) with mortality. And, the relationship is U-shaped (higher mortality at low systolic pressures for older patients and higher mortality for high systole for younger patients; 140/90 seems acceptable for all age cohorts). Continue reading

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Still not walking? Your brain wants you to cover 6 miles every week!

Not only does walking, as an exercise, provide resistance against Parkinson’s disease, autoimmune disorders, and cancers, this new study shows it can preclude the loss of gray matter- and, more importantly, the loss of cognitive impairment. Continue reading

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Hypobaric Treatments Proposed for Cardiac Patients (patent pending)

Dr. Simon Maybaum is leading a trial to determine if hypobaric conditions (simulated high altitude) can improve the lives of cardiac patients. It is hoped that this will mimic the same results obtained by athletes who train using these conditions- improved red cell mass, better oxygenation, and larger tidal volumes. Continue reading

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Augmented Peripheral Vision in the Deaf Uses the Auditory Complex

It has long been thought that the loss of one sense leads to augmentation by another. Using deaf cats, it was shown that the auditory complex is used to provide extended peripheral vision for the deaf. Continue reading

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Aging and Depression

As we age, we tend to manifest depression differently. This becomes even more important, because if we were fun-loving and outgoing when younger, our families and friends tend to miss the onset of depression. Continue reading

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Let’s Get Moving- Exercise is critical for health AND disease therapy

We know that exercise provides both physical and emotional improvement. We can reduce our girth and aggression; but it can help treat and improve the lives of breast cancer survivors, Parkinson’s Disease sufferers, dialysis patients, and those with autoimmune diseases. Continue reading

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Laser Probes Being Developed for Early Detection of Cancer, Osteoporosis, and Dental Caries

Raman spectroscopy is especially useful when monitoring composition of hydroxyapatite in certain tissues. Researchers presented results for osteoporosis monitoring and treatment; breast, stomach, and cervical cancer detection, and dental caries detection and treatment at the annual ICORS conference. Continue reading

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New Method to Produce Pluripotent Stem Cells- quicker and more efficiently.

Researchers from Children’s Hospital, Harvard, MIT, and Boston University have developed a new method to convert somatic cells (in this case, skin cells) into pluripotent stem cells. These cells seem to be identical in action and capabilities to embryonic stem cells. Continue reading

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We are not crazy- overheard cell phone conversations are VERY distracting

Whether in a shop, on the train (or subway), or on the street, overheard cell phone conversations seem to grate upon us. It turns out that these “halfalogues” are, indeed, much more distracting that overhearing the entire conversation. Continue reading

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame…

It’s October. Time for the Baseball Playoffs and World Series. Time for slight injuries that occurred over the season to be magnified into the disabling ofpitchers and batters. Enter a new system to accurately monitor and, thereby, preclude these problems. Continue reading

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