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Saving lives by monitoring chronic heart failure at home
 By Guest Column  Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chronic congestive heart failure (CHF) is the primary cause of hospitalization in people over the age of 65, affecting about 26 million people globally. The related cost in the United States alone is estimated at up to $40 billion. About half that amount stems from hospital readmissions — 25 percent of heart-failure patients are readmitted within a month, and half within six months.

Why Surgeons Need Cockpit Training
 By Dr. Gifford Jones  Monday, March 23, 2015

Would you buy an airplane ticket if the pilot refused to check his instrument panel before taking off? You’d probably would run for the woods, choose another airline or decide it’s safer to go by train. But a recent study shows that some surgeons are not following proven surgical guidelines for a potentially fatal operation. What’s needed? A big dose of pilot discipline.

Don’t touch that syringe!
 By Guest Column  Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Every time a drug is dispensed there is a risk of human error, and with that comes the risk of injury to the patient. In the case of radiopharmaceuticals for nuclear diagnostics and treatments, the technician dispensing the substance is also at risk.

How green tea could help improve MRIs
 By American Chemical Society  Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Green tea’s popularity has grown quickly in recent years. Its fans can drink it, enjoy its flavor in their ice cream and slather it on their skin with lotions infused with it. Now, the tea could have a new, unexpected role — to improve the image quality of MRIs. Scientists report in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces that they successfully used compounds from green tea to help image cancer tumors in mice.





Understanding proteins involved in fertility could help boost IVF success
 By American Chemical Society  Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Women who have difficulty getting pregnant often turn to in-vitro fertilization (IVF), but it doesn’t always work. Now scientists are taking a new approach to improve the technique by studying the proteins that could help ready a uterus for an embryo to implant in its wall. Their report could help researchers develop a new treatment that could potentially increase the success rate of IVF. The study appears in ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research.

How to Escape Dinner Invitations
 By Dr. Gifford Jones  Monday, March 16, 2015

“Where do most hernias occur?” Ask this question and nearly everyone will reply that a hernia is a mass that occurs in the lower abdomen. But most are unaware there’s another location for the common hernia. It develops in the large intestine and can, at times, be a major problem requiring surgery. And one New Zealand doctor has a novel way to prevent this problem, known as diverticulosis. That is, if you have no desire to be invited to the next dinner party!

Stem-cell therapy for ALS, diabetes
 By Guest Column  Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A new stem-cell technology with the potential to treat neurodegenerative diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is now in development by the Israel Prize laureate responsible for the blockbuster multiple sclerosis (MS) drug Rebif.

Uncovering the effects of cooking, digestion on gluten and wheat allergens in pasta
 By American Chemical Society  Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Researchers trying to understand wheat-related health problems have found new clues to how the grain’s proteins, including gluten, change when cooked and digested. They report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that boiling pasta releases some of its potential allergens, while other proteins persist throughout cooking and digestion. Their findings lend new insights that could ultimately help celiac patients and people allergic to wheat.





Antibiotics Overuse And Its Implications
 By Jack Dini  Monday, March 9, 2015

Clinical journals and the media these days are full of reports describing bacterial strains that are resistant to our most powerful antibiotics. Most of this information has focused on the problem of bacterial resistance, but it is only part of the story. Physician Martin J. Blaser, who directs the Human Microbiome Program at New York University, takes a distinctly different approach. For years, his lab has been studying the effects of antibiotic treatment on mice. This work hints at another, less obvious but potentially just as serious consequence of the unfettered application of antibiotics which is covered in his recent book, Missing Microbes. (1)

Waiter, Make Sure My Steak Moos only Once!
 By Dr. Gifford Jones  Monday, March 9, 2015

I’ve been told it many times, “One of these days you’re going to push your luck too far”. It’s because I stress to waiters I want my steak “blue”. The worst that can happen is it arrives rare. But what is the risk of a blue steak? And can well done steak be bad for the heart?

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