• Weird Medical Issues for Seniors with CV Disease

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    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.

    Seniors-Exercise-Class

    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).

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    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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  • Wonderfully Weird – Cranium Cooling and Chemotherapy Patients

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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.

    Pnguim Cold Caps

    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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  • Caffiene…Your Weird Friend or Foe?

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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.

    Read more…and…

    ENJOY!

     

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  • Weird Medical Robotics

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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…

    Bionic Man

    Advances In Medical Robotics

    So goes the $6M Bionic Man…read on…

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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 Permission to Misbehave?

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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.

    Men on Viagra, Cialis Show Triple Rate of Sex Diseases in Study

    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.

    Read on…

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  • Weird – Good MedTech News…in THIS Economy?

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    February 24, 2010 /  Our Weird Medical Industry, Weird Trends

    Apparently…even in this economy…medtech use is still way up!

    According to Cole Petrochko, Staff Writer at MedPage Today, and a report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) – the definition of medical technology – more succinctly “medtech” – is broadly interpreted beyond just medtech but clearly its usage trend is up…way up.

    Mr. Petrochko and the NCHS go on to say, “Increases among those technologies from 1996 to 2007 included the following:

    • Total knee and hip replacements for patients 45 and older increased by 70% and 60% respectively, as measured by hospital discharges. Although joint replacements were more common in those 65 and older, they increased at a faster rate among younger patients.
    • The number of kidney transplants increased 31% (43.7 per million in 1997 versus 57.2 per million in 2006); liver transplants were up 42% in the same time span (15.6 million in 1997 versus 22.2 per million in 2006).
    • Heart transplants declined 20% from 1997 to 2004, but rose slightly from 2004 to 2006. The 2,147 heart transplants in 2006 accounted for 8% of solid organ transplants, the third most common solid organ transplant, behind kidney at 16,646, and liver at 6,136.
    • Outpatient colonoscopy rates tripled in adults over age 19 but increased in all age groups. The biggest gains were posted among those 45 to 64, although the procedure is most common in those 65 to 74. Similar gains were noted for upper endoscopy procedures.

    Image of Health, United States, 2009 book cover

    Clearly medtech, as well as biotech and pharmaceutical drugs, usage is way up – so let’s challenge ourselves, to ask:

    “Why aren’t the U.S. medical industry service providers thriving and why are industry jobs becoming scarce?”

    We’d like to hear your thoughts.

    Increases among those technologies from 1996 to 2007 included the following:

    • Total knee and hip replacements for patients 45 and older increased by 70% and 60% respectively, as measured by hospital discharges. Although joint replacements were more common in those 65 and older, they increased at a faster rate among younger patients.
    • The number of kidney transplants increased 31% (43.7 per million in 1997 versus 57.2 per million in 2006); liver transplants were up 42% in the same time span (15.6 million in 1997 versus 22.2 per million in 2006).
    • Heart transplants declined 20% from 1997 to 2004, but rose slightly from 2004 to 2006. The 2,147 heart transplants in 2006 accounted for 8% of solid organ transplants, the third most common solid organ transplant, behind kidney at 16,646, and liver at 6,136.
    • Outpatient colonoscopy rates tripled in adults over age 19 but increased in all age groups. The biggest gains were posted among those 45 to 64, although the procedure is most common in those 65 to 74. Similar gains were noted for upper endoscopy procedures.

    The change in stenting practices

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  • Weird Wrapping Promotes Modesty

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    February 11, 2010 /  Critical Design Improvements

    Tired of that drafty ol’ back door?

    You’ll soon bee in luck!…perhaps the next time you visit your doctor’s office.

    British patients scheduled for their next physical or ob/gyn examination may soon be treated with dignity. US-born top fashion designer, Ben de Lisi has said “enough!” to the traditional tie-in-the-back gown. He has designed a wraparound gown that is being tested in the city of Bristol, England. As of Tuesday, local hospital officials’ report that patient feedback has been positive.

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    (The Times Online)

    The new gowns may not be quite what Kate Winslet or Demi Moore would wear floating down the red carpet at the Oscars. However, these utilitarian wraparounds will be unveiled next month, and the British government hopes to have them in hospitals next year.

    And since most of us don’t have cute enough bumms, this design has arrived none too soon!

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  • Go Red for us Ladies…Nothing Weird about It

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    February 3, 2010 /  Weird Holidays

    It’s  that time of year again for women to think about taking care of their “heart health”…

    Friday, February 5 is Go Red for Women Day and has become a huge movement in the U.S. Originating in the 1990’s with the American Heart Association (AHA) many organizations have taken upon themselves to help expand the core message of heart health to all women across America and around the world. But sadly cardiovascular disease is still the #1 killer of women.

    YOU can do something about it!

    You can:

    1) Download the Complete Guide to Women’s Health from the AHA, and…

    2) Join a corporate, family or friends group – the AHA is now encouraging us all to raise awareness and funds for critical women’s heart disease research.

    Click here –> to start a group, join a group or  download essential materials to present and encourage others to participate.

    3) …or Get heart healthy yourself by going to AHA Heart Makeover.

    Do something for women around the world – get the word out!

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  • Not Weird, not Medical but Necessary…Beware the Ides of April!

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    April 15, 2009 /  UNwelcome Messages

    It’s that time of year again…no, not pretty daffodils and tulips blooming…no, not the end to the (seemingly) never-ending and unpredictable snowfalls thanks to global warming…no, not bikini laden spring break…but…

    Tax time – April 15th!

    Nothing more predictable than the need to pay taxes and die…most often in that order. Unless, you are an appointed federal official. Despite what our fearless leaders chose to do with their capital gains, stock dividends and comfortable salaries, let’s do our fiscal and civic duty. Let’s file that income tax return today and pay our taxes…or get our refund…so we can bail ourselves out of the federal debt!

    Here’s to us – the not-so-common, hard-working healthcare industry professionals!

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