No so weird but true – the older we get the more delicate our physiology becomes.
Our cardiovascular system is no exception…Seniors with cardiovascular disease, especially octogenarians and older, cannot tolerate the rigorous therapies that their younger counterparts do.
Case in point, think about stents. Classical cardiac and peripheral bare metal stents (BMS) and DES (drug-eluting stents) can cause extensive bleeding and other complications in older seniors left untreated. No organization has reported on this issue more than the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC).
Healio, Cardiology Today’s Interventional publication (ACC), present reports from two well-known pivotal studies – the SAPPHIRE and CREST clinical trials. These studies of stents used to revascularize carotid arteries collectively lead an expert in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, to make the following conjectures:
- “Mark J. Alberts, MD, wrote that ‘it is unlikely that the symptom status of the vessel, or the skills of the interventionalist, can alone explain the high mortality because most of the deaths occurred well after the periprocedural period…'”
- Further, “…the most likely explanation is ‘a combination of advanced age and poorly controlled CVD risk factors … [but] we should be open to other possibilities…'”
To learn more, view this article, “Carotid artery stenting may be risky for older adults,” from this highly regarded blog publication – Healio.
Thank you to the authors of this article at Healio and Dr. Alberts for your insights.
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Okay – If you are a staunch Smartphone user you have got to love Google Cardboard. It is fun to play in its 3D world of virtual reality…and get scared by that really weird ghost from the haunted house app. That image still makes us jump!
But who would have thought it could reverse that word “inoperable” to “operable” to save a 4 year old’s life.
Thanks to you, Google, and the “in the box” thinkers on Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (MN) CV surgical team! Read more at Android Headlines…
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Not so weird but very cool…in more ways than one.
Chemotherapy patients for decades have suffered the indignity of hair loss. Clinical studies circa 2011 report on the use of scalp cooling to save hair loss propagated by chemotherapy – see the MedScape abstract from the Expert Review of Dermatology, “Presentation, Impact and Prevention of Chemotherapy-induced Hair Loss.” [2011;6(1):109-125.]
Now an innovative company with an in-hospital device called the Penguin Cold Cap Therapy System is saving both men as well as women their locks, helping them keep their cancer condition private. These helmet-like caps are only used immediately pre and post each chemotherapy procedure. Just go to Pengiun cold caps to learn more.
If someone you know is struggling with cancer – let him/her know about this to share it with his/her oncologist. Read about its clinical trials and see how it works…
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Few of us may know about a fascinating medical museum located in Philadelphia. It’s the Mutter Museum – and is trained on the anatomically grotesque, just blocks from some of our country’s top medical centers. But its proximity should not be a surprise, and may teach us about the curiosity physicians have for anatomy…as well as compassion for others.
A fascinating event to be held at the museum is the design and build of The Monster Frankenstein scheduled for the evening of January 27, 2016. (The museum’s website image is a bit too graphic for this posting so a stock image of The Monster Frankenstein is substituted above – to see the site’s event image click here. For information about the event click here.)
Visiting the Mutter Museum’s website may also satisfy your curiosity…read more if you dare.
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The history of medicine can be the scariest of all!
Checkout the talk Nov. 4 in Cleveland – the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Case Western Reserve University are teaming to deliver an exciting talk on the 18th and 19th centuries’ lack of cadavers for medical investigation.
You guessed it. The talk turns ghoulish quickly. But Brandy Schillace, from the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum at the university, adds a new twist – inviting audience participation on the subject.
Do you dare to read more…or even…get tickets?
Thank you to Cleveland.com writers.
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I was spellbound…
Can you imagine?
…a 4 year old who insists he was called by his lilting mother voice…which she denies
…ghostly apparitions that sit at the foot of the paralyzed couple’s bed in the dark of the night
…flying beings screeching and howling throughout the rooms of the stately mansion
This week on National Public Radio’s “This American Life” Ira Glass and Albert Donnay stretched the imagination…what could be the explanation?
It will surprise you…think back to the days of Orson Wells when you listen to the podcast.
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Weirder than you can imagine…WebMD tells all about Halloween’s scariest.
Would you like to know more about the medical and psychological oddities who are the “Top 5” characters of Halloween? And who are those monsters?
…why they include witches, zombies, ghouls, vampires and werewolves…guess Frankenstein and the Creature from the Black Lagoon are a distant #6 and #7.
Hm…and it appears that witches are the most savvy of all – Interesting.
Nicely done WebMD – we’re now forewarned for All Hallows Eve!
Check out these characters’ case files…
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Halloween – the time for all those weird oddities to come out of the dark, dank woods stirring our imaginations…
If it were not for Dr. Patrick Nesbitt, a family physician in Vancouver, B.C., this weird oddity may have never posted to this blog again. Dr. Nesbitt delves into the disease, porphyria…the need for blood.
Porphyria is fascinating with multifacited variants that include a werewolf variant, menstrual and chemically-induced variants, and even biological variants. Vincent Van Gogh and King George III, were afflicted as were many others. One in 400 are afflicted. Hm…could someone you know be a porphyriate?
Read more if you dare on Dr. Nesbitt’s special Halloween-edition website.
Thank you, Dr. Nesbitt!
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Menopause is weird – not just for hot flashes anymore!
Okay so this find is from OWN…but there is medical proof to this…women who are peri-menopausal can experience more than just the common symptoms of intense heat, sweating and uneasiness that fluctuating hormone levels cause.
Researcher from institutions across the U.S. have seen symptoms such as:
- sore joints
- “burning tongue,”
- heart palpitations
- “buzzing sensations” in the head
A few years ago – in October 2010 – scientists from the University of Exeter and the Institute of Cancer Research in England also documented genetic variants that can indicate a woman’s predisposition to early-onset menopause.
Read more… , more… and even more…
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Weird…have your french fries and eat them, too?
Science Daily reported on medical findings that fly in the face of common nutritional wisdom. Fast food was found not to be the culprit contributing to obesity in young children…
…so what is the culprit?
fast food french fries
You’ll be surprised – Read more at “Fast Food Not the Major Cause of Rising Childhood Obesity Rates, Study Finds“
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Happy New Year!
It is clear that 3-D printing still has its challenges from the bioproduction marvels of the human body…
Our #10 pick of the Top 10 **WBMFMA is the patient whose autologous tissue was used to grow her own prosthetic ear. See the amazing CNN news video broadcast from Atlanta below.
Ear Grown on Cancer Patient’s Arm
Marvelous is the human body!
Next week…#9 of the “Top 10 WBMFMAs!
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Did you ever wonder at what stage a fetuses develops finger prints?
…or Did you know that a person’s the tongue has a unique pattern just like finger prints?
…or How much saliva do we produce every day?
sporting two green tongues
If your answers are “yes,” “no” and “it never occurred to me” then “fascinating” is more likely the operative term for your curiosity, not “weird.”
Checkout the sites Health24.com (“30 fascinating body facts“), MedIndia and other fascinating facts at Discovery Fitness & Health HowStuffWorks.com – 16 amazing facts.
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Sitting up late at night to do a blog post can make you reach for a little more jolt to your brain. But a little bit, as most of us know (especially after lunch and certainly after dinner), can do more harm than good to your sleep patterns.
But do you know why you reach for coffee, caffenated sodas, even chocolate?
It’s all in your mind. The “feel-good” affects it creates by stimulating the brain to inhibit adenosine, and release adrenaline and dopamine are the culprits.
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It’s really hot this summer for the most of us in the northern hemisphere.
So let’s think of something COOL!…
–> Cold extremities can be a real problem in the winter months.
But did you know that more than just woolen socks, gloves and even caps can be a good remedy for Raynaud’s disease, and other culprits? –
Look into what you eat!
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If you were a kid what would you like to know?
How about this? A few third graders tested their hypotheses as to which bandages stay on the longest…Read on…
Are you listening J&J Band-Aid or Curad or Nexcare?
These are your graduating scientists and biomedical engineers of the 2030’s and beyond!
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The good news was it was not cancer…the bad news was they had to operate anyway.
What was that greenish blue mass? Read on…
Japanese patient’s ‘tumour’ turns out to be 25-year-old towel
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If you can get past the Walgreens commercial, this video of Dr. Loon and Nurse Nice is worth your time…Big Apple Circus…
Dr. Loon and Nurse Nice save the week!
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But back to do what?
While listening to a Steve Martin interview this morning on NPR where he was talking about how he gets his best material, the question hit me > “What do we now have too much of – Greed? Corruption? Empty bank accounts? Systematic consolidation of wealth and fleecing of the global working public?”
Don’t know nothing about birthin’ babies OR those thangs.
Nope the answer is “serious.” We have too much serious in our industry. In the past “WeirdMedical” has become “SeriousMedical”…and that’s no fun.
Of course you might say it’s important to be serious so people take you seriously…but that’s no fun either.
In the past we erred on the serious, amazing, strange and even ookey side of weird, steering away from gruesome, gory, evil medical oddities. We’ll probably continue to do so…and that’s our choice…but it’s time to throw in silly, funny, goofy and even ridiculous medical.
But come on, it’s time to laugh…or at least smirk a little…stay tuned.
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Now motorcycle enthusiasts have a better chance for survival…
Therapeutics hypothermia just took a huge leap from the hospital bed onto the streets. Checkout the new ThermaHelm(R) brain bucket that neatly coddles your brain like a new born babe. The manufacturer’s video says it all –>
Cryo Brain Bucket
Now EMS teams can expect more live motorcyclists due to this new cooling therapy.
Excellent intel, ThermaHelm!
Now can you make one for bicyclists?
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Amazing, an actual website produced by the federal government that exposes those federally funded agencies’ programs that are at the extremes of the spectrum…either strong performers or huge disappointments.
The agency that ranks these programs is the U.S. OMB (Office of Management and Budget).
Net findings by the OMB? –> “20% of Federal programs are Not Performing.” see ExpectMore.gov
Our solution –> let’s shut down these programs immediately and create accountable programs that effectively fund education, infrastructure development, healthcare efficiency programs and comparative effectiveness research.
A few of our favorite poor performers:
1) Health Information Technology Research (AHRQ) -> Read more…
2) Office on Women’s Health -> Read more…
3) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology -> Read more…
…and these are just three out of 30 major poor performing programs managed by the Dept of Health & Human Service.
No wonder our U.S. healthcare system is bloated and ineffective. Where is the accountability?
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We’re sad to see your missions end…
America will miss your amazing adventures
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…not spontaneous combustion as previously thought.
Seriously…Researchers at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Northwestern University’s medical school have found that women experiencing hot flashes during the earlier years of menopause tend to have a lower risk of heart attack and death than their older counterparts who experience hot flashes and night sweats near the end of menopause.
The possible mechanism? The “blood vessels dilating in response to the normal hormone fluctuations of menopause” allows more fluid blood flow and, therefore, more efficient heat transfer from more dilated capillaries located at the surface of the skin. This apparently is healthy cardiovascular reaction for a younger woman, but for an older woman in her 60’s can signal blood vessel abnormalities that could affect the heart.
Thus NO spontaneous combustion!
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Did you ever imagine as a kid, losing the ability to walk and getting a pair of robotic pants that your clumsily staggered around the house in?
Or…did you ever pretend you lost your eyesight and got a pair of ooky biomechanical “popping” eyes to peer at your friends?
Well, here they are 12 recent advances in robotics that even most kids did not imagine…
Advances In Medical Robotics
So goes the $6M Bionic Man…read on…
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- NASA…no need to say more.
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Some of the most weird and heart-warming stories of 2010…
Mother’s touch revives premature twin pronounced dead…
- “Kangaroo Cuddle”
Afghani teen receives nose transplant in California…
- Afghani Teen Harmed by Family
All 33 Chilean Miners Survive Ordeal…
All Chilean Minors Survive
…and seven more…
Thank you, AOL, TIME, LWA, AP, Getty Images & Youtube.com!
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Hypothesis: If ones’ stomach lining can absorb alcohol leading to the symptoms of intoxication, then the dermal layers of ones’ feet should do the same — ol’ Danish myth.
Method: Place feet in washtub of alcohol for 3 hours.
Tune for Foot Tapping
- Feet (preferably two)
- 80 Proof vodka…lots!
- Watch..second hand not necessary
Results: …read more at…“Washtub Play” or “Scientists dip feet, debunk Danish alcohol myth”
Happy Holidays from your WeirdMedical team at MedIntelliBase!
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This is tough to believe given the AHA/ACC guidelines and thousands of healthcare services ranking the leading nutritionally balanced weight loss programs…
Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds
But Professor Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University is proof positive. There’s a dichotomy here – you can loose weight and be healthy but not eat healthy.
The net-net is if you eat too many calories – no matter how healthy their sources – and do not exercise enough to burn the excess – you get chubby!
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Can we really be moving into a new era where what the patient experiences – feels, touches and even smells – really matters?
Can our medical device industry be moving in the direction of consumer marketing where patient-based consumer-type-products are becoming reality?
“There’s something called value-based purchasing in [health-care reform] that actually measures patient satisfaction,” according to Bob Schwartz, general manager of global design for GE Healthcare, “— and hospitals are reimbursed, in part at least, on what those patient satisfaction scores say.”
Bob Schwartz, general manager of global design for GE Healthcare
It actually appears that the patient’s feedback and opinions are starting to matter as much as those of our medical professionals. Especially now that U.S. healthcare reform driven by the balance of better procedural outcomes, patient satisfaction through provider rating systems, and cost containment is creating a perfect storm.
Read more about this “Proctor & Gamble” marketing approach…it’s not the science of technology but the science of consumer behavior!
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Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce…but DON’T HOLD THE STATINS!
Whether its McDonald’s or Burger King a key chaser will help our cardiovascular systems survive our bad eating habits.
McDonald's Quarter Pounder(R)
A new trend from the UK…Researchers from Imperial College London, suggest from a meta-analysis of statins used for primary prevention of heart problems that statins be served with burgers and other meals at fast food restaurants.
According to Valentin Fuster, director of Mt. Sinai Heart and past president of the World Heart Federation, in a posting on the Health Blog:
“It’s becoming very paradoxical that we accept [the presence of] all these trans fats and fast foods and aren’t able to counteract those with simple methods.” He supports the sale of over-the-counter statins.
Magnus Ohman, professor of medicine and director of the program for advanced coronary disease at Duke University Medical Center, thinks otherwise about proper use of statins…Read more about the big debate…
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Summer is over tonight and no better proof then fall arriving on the rays of a Super Harvest Moon!
WeirdMedical is back at work…but let’s not think too hard. The article below well help us start out slowly.
Here’s another finding about alcohol – upon first blush it appears that anecdotal evidence is enough, but read on…
According to Paul Taylor at The Globe and Mail:
“The study published this week [week of July 29, 2010] in the journal Rheumatology, marks the first time that the frequency of alcohol consumption has been linked to the severity of this disease.”
Alcohol tames Arthritis
Taylor’s article goes onto comment about the benefit moderate alcohol consumption provides to the relief of arthritic inflammation in the joints (not as one would think with the neurological numbing of the senses)…
“In particular, X-rays showed there was less damage to joints, blood tests showed lower levels of inflammation and there was less joint pain, swelling and disability.”
Okay, so the research finding isn’t so obvious. Read on and enjoy…
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These headlines go to show you that humans and their inventions are adequate but rarely perfect…
FDA clot device advisory tells of patients’ risks (re: Inferior Vena Cava Filters)
Left-sided Cancer: Blame your bed and TV?
A Newly Candid FDA on the Future Of Medical Device Regulation (re: example – external infusion pumps, pp. 3 & 4)
Mobile toilet tissue role
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A marriage of science, art and remarkable skill…
Dr. Larry Over, DMD, MSD, a maxillofacial prosthodontist in Eugene, OR, rebuilds a mother’s face.
Building a new face
See the American Medical Association’s site at amednews.com for the amazing reconstruction…read on…
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Who of us in the medical industry would have the guts to give a neurosurgeon permission to have our infant’s brain glued?
According to the authors – “It was just a few months before the parents noticed Joley’s head was growing rapidly and was unusually larger than [her twin’s] Jared’s . Her mother could see the tiny veins in Joley’s head bulging out from her scalp.”
…But crazy glue worked!
Image of glue in Ella-Grace Honeymans brain
Got to love N-butyl-cyanoacrylate…read more at HealthMad.com…
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From the blog InnocentEnglish.com, these “Funny Doctor Chart Bloopers” from actual medical record entries are precious…
Discharge status: alive but without permission.
The patient refused an autopsy.
Exam of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized. (…sometimes even spell check won’t help!)
Rectal exam revealed…read more…
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“But honey, the < fill in here > made me do it!”
A meta-analysis of healthcare insurance claims has shown that middle aged men (40’s or older) who take impotence drugs have triple the rate of sexually transmitted diseases compared to their drug-free brethren.
The scientific theory, however, is not that the drugs make them more promiscuous but that perhaps the predisposition of the male mindset leads them to seek the path to more fun through pharmaceuticals.
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We know that exercise is good for us and why, right?
Wrong. None of us do. No one knows the granular biochemistry. But here’s a S.W.A.G. (click to first term)…
Translucent Woman Running Illustration by Bryan Cristie
A new study suggests it offers both acute and long term benefits:
“These findings suggest that exercise has both “acute and cumulative” effects on your body’s ability to use and burn fat,” says Gregory Lewis, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and an author of the study. After only 10 minutes of exercise, even the least fit showed evidence that their bodies were burning fat; the more fit, the more metabolic evidence of fat burning.”
Read on McDuff!
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Number ten in the Top 10 new tech advances of 2010 goes to an ancient material…
Implanted under the skin, an array of light-emitting diodes could signal the concentration in the blood of biomarkers such as insulin. Over time, the array will dissolve away, eliminating the need for surgery to remove the implant. Flexible silicon electronics (inset) are held in place with a silk film. Incorporating antibodies or enzymes into the film will allow devices to detect biomarkers. Credit: Bryan Christie Design. Source: MIT's Technology Review
According to MIT’s Technology Review, such “dissolvable devices make better medical implants.”
And what is that mysterious yet familiar bioabsorbable material for advanced implantable electronics?
Silk! It can be engineered to transmit images via light waves along its fibers, deliver drugs, measure vital signs or test blood, and can be resorbed over hours or as long as two years depending upon how long it is needed. And all from the belly of a worm? Amazing. For more amazing apps…read on.
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Welcome home to our Atlantis Space Shuttle and and the STS-132 mission crew!
Just over 10 hours ago Atlantis touched down at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL, concluding its 32nd and last voyage as a space workhorse. According to NASA it went as “smooth as silk.”
Upon the routine arrival inspection, the shuttle is reported by NASA engineers to be in fine repair, after 25 years reported to have the capacity to easily double the miles it has already logged – 120 million miles. [Seattle PI.]
Space Shuttle Atlantis The Space Shuttle Atlantis is towed back to the Orbiter Processing Facility after landing on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Click picture.
This fact makes it all the more difficult to fathom. It is beyond weird that our space shuttle era is coming to a close, retiring Atlantis first, then Discovery and finally Endeavour at the end of this year.
These spacecraft, their mission teams and crews have allowed us to dream we are astronauts, exploring one of our last frontiers, or engineers, enabling that exploration.
Let our medical industry salute NASA’s vast team of astronauts, engineers, aerospace professionals and its supporting industry suppliers as the STS program winds down.
…and let’s give one more pitch to President Obama – to rethink retiring this program to wait until the mid-2030’s for the Mars program, else the loss of yet anther critical national treasure further tarnishes our nation’s hope for the future.
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Do you have patients or family members who struggle daily with Attention Deficit [Hyperactive] Disorder (ADD/ADHD)?
You know the symptoms – difficulty concentrating, constant fidgeting, poor memory, disorganized, sensitive or even argumentative.
“Although ADD carries some basic handicaps, you can’t place all ADD adults in the same box. Here are a few suggestions, keeping in mind both the strengths, as well as the weaknesses of ADD,” says Venice Kichura in hear article entitled, “Good Jobs for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder“:
- Jobs that require a lot of moving
- Jobs related to sales
- Jobs requiring creativity
- Jobs requiring a curious mind
- and more
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Any of us could have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit [Hyperactive] Disorder (ADD/ADHD) at one time or another in our lives…
But in the last few years, new anecdotal evidence implies that ADD is often too quickly presented as the explanation for a child’s inattentiveness or hyperactivity…with drugs, behavioral therapies, and support group participation growing double digits…who does this benefit?
“ADD is the most commonly diagnosed disorder in children (Grossman). Its origins are unknown, but according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it is speculated that ADD is due to these factors: genetics, prenatal complications, and neurotransmitter deficits,” according to Health & Wellness online magazine’s Claudette Ellyse. Further, “It is said that 5 million children have ADD (Alexander-Roberts 1). 50% of those children will not have it when they become adults (Armstrong 13). It is doubtful that all of those children become “cured.” There is no cure for ADD. It is more likely that most of these children never had ADD at all.”
The primary symptoms of ADD, “The Big Four”:
Secondary symptoms can occur when the primary systems go unnoticed and the ADD are not treated. They include low self-esteem, depression, boredom and frustration with school, impaired peer relations, violent behavior due to mounting frustrations, and sometimes alcohol, promiscuity and drug abuse.
Concerned? read on… What do you think?
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“Experts have discovered that an extract from the white flower commonly known as Baby’s Breath can boost the efficiency of anti-cancer drugs by a staggering million times,” stated on the British MailOnline website by its Healthcare Section editors.
Apparently this staggeringly significant discovery was made by scientists working for the charity, Leukaemia Busters, based in Southampton, Hampshire. The scientists extracted the molecular substance called saponins from the Gypsophila Paniculata plant. Saponins appears to break down the membrane of cancer cells leaving them vulnerable to antibody-based drugs, known as immunotoxins. Immunotoxins can then more easily attack and kill the cancerous cells.
Leukaemia Busters name and its logo were both devised by Simon Flavell the son of the researchers, Dr David Flavell and his wife Dr Bee Flavell. Drs. Flavell run the charity that was set up in memory Simon who died from the disease aged 10. Simon was a great fan of Ghost Busters.
To learn more about this dedicated research team and their findings read on…
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May 4, 2010 /
Awesome Medical Feats, Beyond Weird, Biological Wonders, Foolishly Weird Treatments, Historically Weird, Legislate This, Manic Devices, More Weird than Fun, Resurrected Remedies, Revolutionary Therapies, Unbelievably Weird
Now this is a good use of our federal tax dollars…
In the northwestern reaches of Washington (D.C. that is) sits a museum that is a “must see” if you like the slightly off-taste, arcane, twisted and in some cases, down-right gross medical oddities. Visit the bricks and mortar “Roadside America of American medicine,” the National Museum of Health and Medicine, America’s oldest taxpayer-funded Cabinet of Curiosities near Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
A row of little skeletons.
At the National Museum of Health and Medicine you can see precariously displayed and disturbingly barely described:
- hanging display of a complete brain and spine, suspended in liquid in an eerily lit glass cylinder
- girl’s head preserved in arsenic
- well-preserved hairball from the stomach of a 12-year old girl who compulsively ate her own hair
- skull with a huge civil war bullet buried in its frontal lobe
- and the list goes on…
To visit…virtually go to the RoadsideAmerica.com Team Field Reporters or National Museum of Health and Medicine, or in real life visit:
6900 Georgia Avenue, Washington, DC
Hours: M-F 10 am – 5:30 pm, Sa, Su, Hol call ahead
No kidding. This is for real – so when you go to the NMHM in D.C., tell them you want your tax dollars’ worth!
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If your answer to yesterday’s post was soda, you were correct.
These popular drinks that drive caffeine through our bodies on a daily basis not only threaten sperm longevity (see WeirdMedical.com April 2 post) but are now believed to contribute to accelerated aging.
Studies performed by researchers at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Department of Medicine, Infection and Immunity, discovered that phosphate as a salt of phosphoric acid added to sodas to increase its fizz or “pop” also increase the “pop” (or old age) factor in mice.
According to head of research, M. Shawkat Razzaque, M.D., Ph.D. , “Humans need a healthy diet and keeping the balance of phosphate in the diet may be important for a healthy life and longevity. Avoid phosphate toxicity and enjoy a healthy life,” [ScienceDaily (Apr. 28, 2010) – supporting research from The FASEB Journal]
So to avoid looking like Pop we may need to limit the pop!
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Question –> What do you think could age you as fast as carousing all night, boozing and smoking old stogies?
(A hint – we published a post about this agent on April 2.)
Answer will appear in our April 29 posting.
wrinkly faced old man
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Welcome home Discovery and the STS-131 mission crew…we’ll miss you and the shuttle program:
Space Shuttle Landing –> Video: Discovery reaches Earth after delay
Images from NASA Discovery page
Space shuttle Discovery is seen from the International Space Station shortly after undocking Saturday, April 17, 2010. (NASA TV)
How exciting for all us techies!
Here’s to Mars?
Tags: Is this amazing...or what?
Let’s talk space…outer space that is…
On Monday, April 5, a new water filter system flew to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery. It’s mission? To enable emergency intravenous (IV) operations to help sick astronauts in space.
The new IVGEN (IntraVenous Fluid Generation) filtering technology was developed under the code name, “Project Clearwater,” at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio in cooperation with the team under the guidance of Philip Scarpa, medical operations manager at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
IntraVenous Fluid Generation (IVGEN) water filter
“Currently, NASA’s medical experts have identified at least 115 different scenarios in which a sick or injured astronaut could need an IV while living on the space station, mostly for rehydration of medicine delivery,” according to Remy Melina, SPACE.com Staff Writer. This not weird but neat website, Space.com, explores inventions going into outerspace for evaluation and testing including those for use in human health.
This is one of the last four of the NASA shuttle flights before the shuttle technology is retired:
Images – Life on the Space Station (courtesy of Space.com)
Twitter Discovery STS-131 mission realtime log (courtesy of SpaceFlightNow.com)
Lucky is the next medtech design engineer to follow his/her device into space!
Tags: How'd they do that?, What does that thing do?
Be it a defibrillator or a MRI scanner, patients become increasingly more vulnerable to hackers each day…
According to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) April 1, 2010 article, “Improving the Security and Privacy of Implantable Medical Devices,”
“…medical devices vary widely with regard to security features, because no specific security guidance or requirements have ” been promulgated by the FDA. In the past, the agency has not viewed itself as a key contributor to the security of medical devices, noting that “the software engineering community, not the FDA, will dictate the solutions.” According to a 2009 report from the Government Accountability Office, the FDA has yet to develop a policy framework for the privacy and security of personal health information.”
Clearly as wireless connectivity becomes more widespread access to device controllers and software becomes even easier. Quoting the MD&DI’s “DeviceTalk” site summary of the NEJM article:
“Hackers could manipulate the technology to:
- Extract data
- Reprogram the devices
- Flood the devices with information to block incoming communication
- Drain a device’s batteries”
As U.S. federal law stands now, medical device manufacturers hold the sole legal responsibility for remaining alert to, aware of, and ready to act on security breeches. This responsibility is dictated by HIPPA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) although no guidelines for device controller or systems software are in place.
The authors of the above NEJM article, Drs. W. H. Maisel and T. Kohno, are urging the FDA to change its position on regulating devices systems software and for manufacturing companies’ software engineers to include security features during the design phase.
Read more…NEJM Article Authors: William H. Maisel, M.D., M.P.H. – Medical Device Safety Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston; and Tadayoshi Kohno, Ph.D. – Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle.“
Tags: Weird sickness?, What were they thinking?, You think you know weird?
Research methods in medical innovation continue to innovate…
Dozens of prescription drugs coming off patent in the next few years are encouraging researchers throughout the pharmaceutical and biotech industries to think “outside the traditional box.”
According to Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development Director Kenneth I Kaitin, “This is spurring companies across the industry to experiment with a growing range of new tools and approaches to weed out unpromising drug candidates earlier, speed development, and reduce development costs.”
Tufts CSDD has found that researchers are trying many new methodologies for developing news drugs that are expected to be faster and more efficient such those noted below.
Even though the Tufts CSDD article is a come-on for an upcoming series of conferences, it cites a critical issue. 15 years is too long from compound discovery through development and commercialization to sustain continued profitable innovation in an economy that is in a slow grinding recovery.
Consider shaving off months or even a year or more with these techniques:
- Drug development simulator software
- Blurring the lines between phases, especially Phases I & II
- Conducting FIM studies earlier similar in timing for those medical device development trials
- Partnering with other companies with knowledge in the same indication
- Conducting exploratory IND studies
- read on…
We’re in the 21st century, the age of mobile connectivity and cloud computing, we can do better than a 15 year development cycle.
Tags: At what price healthcare?, How'd they do that?, It works how?
In addition to loss of calcium in aging bones due to more than moderate consumption, and its caffeine protecting women’s memory, now colas are reported to affect men’s virility…but not in a good way…
Cola and unhealthy lifestyle...
A Danish study of 2,554 young men showed there is a correlation between unhealthy life style, drinking more than ~15 [U.S. 16 oz.] cans of cola drinks per week and sperm count.
The culprit is not necessarily caffeine. The 30% drop in count experienced with moderate cola consumption was not seen in the coffee drinker consuming the same caffeine level. Researchers believe there could be a strong correlation between drink choice, its other ingredients, and/or life-style choice…read more.
Time to eat more fruits and veggies for more prolific and spunkier sperm!
Tags: This is healthy for me?, Would you really eat that?