Battle With A Deadly Instestinal Disease

Catherine Duff underwent fecal transplants to fight a deadly intestinal disease

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year in the U.S., Clostridium difficile bacteria or C. diff causes 250,000 infections requiring hospitalization, and 14,000 deaths. Catherine Duff, a 58 year old woman who’s suffering from C. diff was in renal failure after the antibiotics that had been given to her to fight the infection and life-threatening diarrhea weren’t working. Antibiotics are frequently fail to treat the infection, it even allows more C. diff bacteria to take hold. The doctors decided to remove her colon, even they weren’t sure if she could survive after the surgery. Duff said that she felt 95 percent better after the surgery.  A fecal transplant uses the healthy bacteria from a normal stool sample. It will reseed a weakened intestine so it ca fight off infections naturally. Transplants have been given via a colonoscopy, which requires daylong prep, anesthesia and an outpatient clinic, but researchers are now working for a newer methods that are less costly, easier and can be done in an office of a physician. An associate professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Harvard Medical School, Elizabeth Hohmann, M.D., has been testing frozen stool sample given through a tube in the nose or during colonoscopy, as well as capsules containing frozen material that are swallowed with water. Both of which have resulted in 90 and 91 percent success rate. she said that the procedure worked on children as young as 2 and adults as old as 90. Some patients are too repulsed to try it and saying that they’d rather die but for Duff, who had C. diff eight times between 2005 and 2012 and underwent two fecal transplants, the experience was transformative.

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A Device for Blood Filtration

Aehtlon Medical’s Hemopurifier

It is nice to know that there are technologies already in existence that may be able to treat infected patients like the device from Aethlon Medical, the Hemopurifier. It is capable of filtering blood of impurities like viruses and exosomes that are related to tumor growth. Hemopurifier is also being used to filter the blood of a Ugandan doctor who contracted Ebola while on a WHO mission in Sierra Leone. It can be used with standard dialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) machines without requiring any special hardware upgrades. According to Aethlon Medical, Hemopurifier is a first-in-class device with broad-spectrum capabilities against viral pathogens, including the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and numerous bioterror and pandemic threats. Studies shows that this device is safe and it provides average viral load reductions of greater than 50% during for-hour treatment periods in both HCV and HIV infected individuals without the administration of antiviral drugs. Studies have also documented that the Hemopurifier captures exosomes underlying cancer, including colorectal, lymphoma, melanoma, ovarian, and breast cancer. Studies were conducted at the Apollo Hospital, Fortis Hospital, Sigma New Life Hospital, and the Medanta Medicity Institute, all located in India and in result, Hemopurifier therapy has been successfully administered in approximately one hundred treatment experiences in health compromised HIV and HCV infected individuals. These In vitro validation studies that demonstrated the ability of the Hemopurifier to capture Zaire and other strains of ebola virus were conducted by researchers at the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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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

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...]

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.

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.

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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HIV Functionally Cured in 14 Adults and 1 Toddler

Recent news of an HIV cure has given hope to in the fight against AIDS. However, amidst much celebration, it should be noted that the cure does not really eradicate HIV. Instead, those cured are categorized as “functionally cured” with the effects of HIV under control, much like cancer in remission. Still, this is much cause to celebrate as it gives infected patients a chance to live a more abundant life free of endless medications and treatments. Obviously, it also frees up their finances with money that would have gone to medical bills free to be channeled to savings, mortgages, or even trivial things like phones, cosmetic procedures and beauty products.

As of this year, the total number of those functionally cured of HIV is 14 adults and 1 toddler. It may be a small percentage of the total number of HIV infected people, but this number expected to grow as more advances and breakthroughs come out of research and medical trials.

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Research victories for a diabetes cure

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A Harvard Medical School study indicate that it may be possible to stop type 1 diabetes and renew the insulin-producing beta cells that are destroyed by the disease. The scientists used a mix of three drugs designed to tame the out-of-control immune response attacking the pancreas, and an enzyme called alpha 1 anti-trypsin, which is normally produced by the body to ease inflammation.. This has only been tested on mice so far but trials with human patients will be run soon.

At the same time, progress is also being done towards a cure for type 1 diabetes in Sydney, Australia. Scientists from Westmead Hospital transplanted islet cells from a donor’s pancreas into patients’ livers, where the new cells began to produce insulin. This procedure was successfully done on eight patients and the results were very promising: the patients’ need for insulin shots dropped dramatically, to zero in some cases.