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I read an interesting article about bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and how scientists are working to address this issue in order to help protect society. This can be worrisome, but some of the best advice I have read about this topic in previous articles, is to not take antibiotics unless they are absolutely required (ie, not for a virus), finish all of the antibiotics prescribed, and to remember that good old fashioned hand washing is our best protection against germs. For more, please read the article below.
This past two weeks, I had very bad pain in my stomach area- bloating, feeling too full, and it hurt to bend over and tie my shoes. This came out of nowhere, so it concerned me. On Sunday I went to an urgent care and was given an order for an upper GI X-ray. I questioned it “lightly” and asked about an ultrasound instead. The doctor did not share my concern for an X-ray, and told me the X-ray was no big deal.
Like most people I trust medical professionals; believing they will always choose the test that is least invasive, or that puts me in the least amount of danger. Read the rest of this entry »
Can you imagine a time where there is a breakthrough so significant, that there are cures for things like heart disease, Alzheimer’s and even the aging process? According to this article, research has been done that shows the blood from young mice reverses aging in old mice, rejuvenating their muscles and brains. If this happens in mice, could this also happen in humans? Perhaps; but a caution was noted: to wake up old stem cells in older adults may mean they multiply uncontrollably; leading to cancer. I’ll leave it to scientist to keep pushing onward. I look forward to an update on this in the years to come.
This article discusses something quite fascinating- using robots or robot type devices in the care of elderly. Some of these devices were recently seen at an exhibit in Tokyo, Japan. One of the most interesting was a device that CNAs or certified nursing assistants wear to help them lift a patient. CNAs must help immobile seniors move in and out of beds (and special tubs) throughout the day. Most CNAs are women. It is often difficult to keep a nursing home staffed with CNAs because of the physically taxing job (also with little pay). This device would obviously be helpful; yet incredibly expensive. For now, CNAs can only dream of robots being part of the every day work place.
A British team of scientists have found a way to halt the death of brain cells in mice. This could represent a breakthrough in the treatment of neurological diseases.
The team induced (created) a neurodegenerative disease in the mice. A drug-like compound was injected into the stomach of a group of mice. According to the study, “the mice who were treated remained free of symptoms like memory loss, impaired reflexes, and limb dragging five weeks later. The treated mice also lived longer than the untreated mice.” *These mice did have side effects, such as weight loss and increased sugar levels.
It is good to know that while we play and sleep, there are others working diligently to find better treatments for Alzheimer’s and other diseases like Parkinson’s.
An Ethopian farmer claims he is 160 years old. When interviewed, he could still recall clearly parts of history when Italy invaded his country. When he grew up, it was an oral society; thus no birth certificate. Tests will be done to determine his actual age. Currently, the oldest living person is 115 and he would beat that record. I was curious though, what “test” could be run to determine his age? I wish the article would have elaborated about this.