Category Archives: Medicine

New Applications for Pluripotent Stem Cells

Pharmaceutical development is beginning to employ tissues derived from pluripotent stem cells. This affords a more rapid and safer approach to determining potential deleterious effects resulting form the administration of the new therapies. Continue reading

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Bone metabolism and Energy metabolism- linked? Data says yes, but how tightly?

Over the past 15 years of so, Gerard Karsenty has been investigating the interactions between osteocalcin (bone metabolism regulator) and energy metabolism (specifically related to diabetes-affected mice). The mechanism is clear (for mice), but operates on a longer-time basis than the normal insulin-glucose-energy metabolism cycles. Continue reading

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Alternative Medicine Demonstrates Physiological Changes

A truly scientific study was performed to determine if there are physiological effects from undergoing a massage. The results indicated that hormonal levels were changed, as well as immune responses. Continue reading

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Mobile, Simple, FAST eye test developed (no training needed, either)

Very creative adaptation from the MIT Media Lab group lets one adapt a smartphone for eye tests. This affords a fully mobile, rapid test- perfect for developing countries. The add-on device costs about $ 2.One looks through the eye piece and arranges red and green circles together. Continue reading

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Another early detection test for Alzheimer’s and a potential treatment

In addition to a new spinal test analysis, there may be a blood test to detect Alzheimer’s before the plaques begin to decay brain function. And, a diabetes drug may preclude or delay the formation of these plaques. Both studies are found in the Archives of Neurology. Continue reading

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Home hemodialysis may resurge…

Before Medicare began underwriting dialysis care, home dialysis treatment was a significant modality. New criteria also arose that led to shortened (4 h) treatment that was considered superior. Current research indicates that noctural, more frequent dialysis (at home) is actually superior. Continue reading

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The Dialysis Bundle May Provide Clues for the Future Health Care Policy

For the first time in 40 years, dialysis will be reimbursed using a bundled approach. Moreover, quality measurements will be employed that must be met- or penalties (lower payments) will ensue. This may provide clues as to how HHS may regulate payments under the recently passed health care legislation. Continue reading

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Streptococci in the mouth cause tooth decay and heart disease

Streptococcus forms biofilms from sucrose and produces lactic acid from other sugars; this combination is a driving force for tooth decay and gum disease. Gum disease (as well as tooth brushing) afford these microbes an opportunity to invade the blood stream, where they serve as “nucleation sites” for blood platelet agglomerations. These clumps cause heart attacks and circulatory diseases. Continue reading

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First steps to non-invasive blood glucose monitoring

One of the most important developments in disease monitoring and diagnosis has been the rapid and accurate assessment of clinical conditions. A new light device (near infra-red) is being developed to determine blood glucose levels non-invasively. The same concept could be used to monitor blood alcohol levels or cholesterol. Continue reading

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New avenues for MRSA treatment? Cockroaches and locusts lead the way?

Lysates from the nervous systems of cockroaches and locusts have been found fairly effective against MRSA- with no concomitant damage to human cells. The lysates had some nine active components; results presented 7 September at the Society for General Microbiology meeting. Continue reading

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