Vitamin D and cancer

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Vitamin D is significant when it comes to the development of our organs. This vitamin is the regulator of calcium and phosphorous which is essential for the development of our bones. Vitamin D is also been said to be able to play a role in preventing diabetes and coronary diseases. The most recent findings on the benefits of vitamin D, though not yet extensively identified, is its ability to prevent the development of cancerous cells.

Calcitriol, a hormone of vitamin D is said to cause the death of cancerous cells. Several studies show that regular intake of vitamin D can deter the development of colon, breast, ovarian cancer and even prostate cancer. The link between vitamin D and colon cancer has produced the most interest among scientists and those in the medical field because it has shown a great potential.

Cloned Heart

med2.jpgTechnology has revolved so much and because of this, everything seems to be  possible.  Researchers and scientist made up a revolution in revitalizing a deteriorating  heart though test has not been scheduled yet for humans. Organ decellurization is been tested to dead rat heart. They remove the cells from the heart, leaving behind only the nonliving fibers that give the heart its shape. Once the cells grew and functions like a new tissue, they inject cells from neonatal and newborn rats’ hearts into the left ventricle and propel oxygen and nutrients through the structure of blood vessels to support cell growth. After a couple of days, the heart is already pumping.

Breakthrough Topical Cream to Make Life Easier for Epidermolysis Bullosa Sufferers

For most of us, lotions and topical creams are used for minor skin problems such as dryness and other cosmetic issues. For patients suffering from Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a breakthrough topical cream called SD-101 can actually help treat the wounds and lesions that result from their condition. While SD-101 is not a cure for the genetic condition itself, the cream will at least help ease the undesirable dermatological effects of Epidermolysis Bullosa.

According to Scioderm, makers of the SD-101, “Epidermolysis Bullosa is a rare genetic connective tissue condition that, in all of its forms, share the prominent manifestation of extremely fragile skin that blisters or tears with the slightest friction or trauma…Daily wound care, pain management and preventative bandaging are the only options available for caregivers, who are usually the parents or other family members.” Now, thanks to SD-101, faster healing of skin lesions and it its decreased spreading may be in sight for EB sufferers.

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Surgery

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In medicine, surgery (from the Greek χειρουργική, or chirurgical, and latin chirurgiae meaning “hand work”) is a medical specialty that uses operative manual and instrumental techniques on a patient to investigate and/or treat a pathological condition such as disease or injury, to help improve bodily function or appearance, or sometimes for some other reason. An act of performing surgery may be called a surgical procedure, operation, or simply surgery. In this context, the verb operating means performing surgery. The adjective surgical means pertaining to surgery; e.g. surgical instruments or surgical nurse. The patient or subject that the surgery is being performed on can be a person or an animal. A surgeon is a person who performs operations on patients. Persons described as surgeons are commonly medical practitioners, but the term is also applied to podiatrists, dentists and veterinarians. Surgery can last from minutes to hours, but is typically not an ongoing or periodic type of treatment. -Source

Modern Surgery Overview

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Although it is sometimes difficult to determine when a medical procedure is considered surgery, a medical treatment that involves a cutting of a patient’s live tissue (e.g., hair and nails are dead tissue) is usually considered surgery of some sort. A medical procedure involving a drilling of live tissue in a body would often be considered surgery, but mere piercing of a body is not necessarily surgery since piercing is often done for taking samples or draining fluids from or injecting materials into the body, or setting up intravenous drip, and usually does not require suturing to close the pierced opening. Even if a medical procedure or treatment does not include cutting or drilling of live tissue in a body, it may be considered surgery, if it involves common surgical procedure or a setting, such as use of an operating room or table in a hospital, anesthesia, antiseptic conditions, typical surgical instruments, and suturing or stapling. Surgery is considered an invasive procedure. Examples of surgery without cutting the body may include debridement or closing (suturing or stapling) an open wound or applying skin grafts if done under typical surgical conditions. Many types of more complicated or involved surgery are obviously considered surgery, since they involve common surgical procedure or setting as mentioned above. A medical procedure may be surgery even if not all of the typical surgical conditions or procedures mentioned above are used. -Source

Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopy, or minimally invasive surgery, is not a new procedure. However, it wasn’t until the 1990s after a significant advance in the technology for laparoscopic clip appliers that the use of this surgical technique became widespread.

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Thanks to this advancement in modern surgery, patients now enjoy much faster recovery times due to the advantages that the small incisions bring such as less pain, decreased bleeding, and reduced risk for infections. And while surgery using laparoscopic techniques means a longer time under the knife, it’s a pretty good swap considering that you can leave the hospital the day after the surgery. Besides, you’ll be asleep the whole time the surgery is being done anyway.

As for the issue on scarring, laparoscopy also wins over traditional open wound surgery since smaller cuts meaning smaller scars. This might seem trivial beside the other perks but is still important since it can affect a person’s perception of their own beauty.

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Highend Drugs Being Abused in the U.S.

Drug trade and abuse remain to be a major issue being faced by the U.S. government. This drug crisis that besets the country affects both adults and teens.

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A new survey has found a rise in prescription drug abuse among teenagers. Data from the study showed that 24 percent of high school students or equivalent to more than five million have abused certain medications. This figure is up by 33 percent from 2008.

Among the teens who claimed having abused prescription drugs, 20 percent said their first experience was even before they reached the age of 14. In addition, 27 percent said they mistakenly believed that frequently using prescription drugs was safer than using cocaine or ecstasy or the so-called street drugs. [Read more...]

Preventive HIV Oral Medicine

HIV is one of the scariest virus out there at the moment since it can lead to AIDS, which is as of the moment incurable. HIV is a sexually transmitted disease which is found in the blood, semen, vaginal fluid and even the breast milk of patients. In most cases HIV can be prevented with the use of contraceptives such as the condom which blocks direct contact between the male and female reproductive organs. The problem with condoms is that one not all couples use these since it is perceived to decrease the pleasure of intercourse, and second it is not applicable to all types of sexual interactions that may also lead to HIV. Truvada is an oral medicine which has shown to prevent HIV among two healthy partners. In a study with an uninfected and an HIV positive couple, it was found that the medicine reduced the risk of acquiring HIV by 42-75%. This oral drug may be a better alternative to standard preventive HIV methods.

Healthy Lifestyle

In this day and age we see the rapid increase of the number of fitness gyms located in our areas. This is to promote the so called healthy lifestyle that many yearn for, but is exercise all there is to healthy living? Make no mistake, exercise is indeed an integral part of living healthy, but people tend to forget or in some cases just ignore that there is more to it that sweating in the gym. The food we eat is also a major factor to our health, exercise all you want but if fast food is the only thing you’re having for your nutritional needs then you may want to think again on your current eating habits. If you truly are bent on becoming a healthy person, then choosing the right food and accompanying it with exercise is one great way to start. Another factor that people these days tend to ignore is a proper sleeping habit. A night out every now and then won’t hurt anyone but constant late nights will worsen your general health. Lack of sleep is known to be related to issues such as heart attacks, diabetes and depression. Now if you truly want that healthy lifestyle remember to sleep, eat and exercise right and you may just be feeling the effects of a healthy lifestyle pretty soon.

Hope for the Paralyzed

When we think of those unlucky enough to be paralyzed, we think of how sorry we are that they can’t live as normal people do and how they live in the hope of being one. Technology is ever improving with breakthroughs in all fields of science but what hope is there for the paralyzed? Cathy Hutchinson a woman paralyzed for 15 years was finally able to sip a drink without the help of another person, to be exact Cathy was able to do this with the help of a robotic arm. BrainGate was able to implant a sensor in her brain which enabled the electrical signals in the brain to be interpreted and translated into movement. Imagine what the future holds for the unlucky who are paralyzed, though this technology is still in the early stage of development there is room for further improvement. The scientists are hopeful that the device used will not only enable a person to control foreign objects such as robotic arms but muscles themselves which if done will make their disabilities only a nightmare to be forgotten.