• Weird…Now McStatins?

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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.

    quarter pound cheeseburger

    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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  • Weird Finding about Alcohol and Arthirtis?

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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.”

    Glasses of Alcohol

    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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  • Weird Cures for Cancer?

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    A new application for an old drug…

    Renewed interest in the 2007 discussion of Dichloroacetic acid (DCA) for cancer treatment, long-used for metabolic disorders, has surfaced based on its few side effects when compared to current cancer treatments. The main proponent of studying DCA for the treatment of cancer is Dr. Evangelos Michelakis of the University of Alberta. He claims that his research has been hindered because the pharmaceutical industry does not want to fund research into a non-patentable compound.

    While some may rush to judge Big Parma, Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the national office of the American Cancer Society offers a more tempered view. Stating “Right now, we simply do not know what is going to occur as DCA moves through the research pipeline…It is way too soon to know whether this is a cancer treatment breakthrough or an urban legend or something in between” in his 2007 blog post < http://www.cancer.org/aspx/blog/Comments.aspx?id=130 > is perhaps the best statement to date on this drug.

    In September 2007 Dr. Michelakis generated enough funding for a small phase II trial in about 50 patients < http://www.cancer.org/aspx/blog/Comments.aspx?id=130 >. For those following this story, results can be expected within the next year (expected by Q4 2010 to as late as Q2 2011), upon completion of the 18 month follow-up.
    (Article Source: http://www.cancer.org/aspx/blog/Comments.aspx?id=130, Image Source: http://www.depmed.ualberta.ca/dca/)

    (Article Source: http://www.cancer.org/aspx/blog/Comments.aspx?id=130, Image Source: http://www.depmed.ualberta.ca/dca/)

    Stay tuned later for more news on this potentially more cost effective treatment.


  • Unique Library Finds New Uses for the Old…

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    Weird library connections?

    Clofazimine, a drug used more than a 100 years ago to treat leprosy, is now showing effectiveness against autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis and psoriasis to toenail fungus. Clofazimine apparently also fights tumors.

    Just one case how The Johns Hopkins University Drug Library with more than 3,000 of the approximately 10,000 known drugs is giving life to old remedies .

    More weird connections may be found but with this find archived drug resurrection may be the booster shot the pharma industry needs…read more…

    Drug Library (Source: The New York Times, With Aid of Drug Library, New Remedies From Old)
    Drug Library (Source: The New York Times, “With Aid of Drug Library, New Remedies From Old”)