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Catholic Medical Association Speaks Out Against Fellow Medical Organization’s Decision to Take a “Ne

Medical Organization's Decision to Take a Neutral Stance on Physician-Assisted Suicide
PHILADELPHIA, PA—The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) today expressed deep disappointment and concern over the American Academy of Family Physicians’ (AAFP) decision to officially take a “neutral stance” on physician-assisted suicide. The move marks a shift in the American medical communities overall long and deeply held opposition to PAS.

By Catholic Medical Association - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - Full Story

Taking steps toward a wearable artificial kidney

Taking steps toward a wearable artificial kidney
There just aren’t enough kidney transplants available for the millions of people with renal failure. Aside from a transplant, the only alternative for patients is to undergo regular dialysis sessions to clear harmful cellular waste from their bodies. Now, scientists report in ACS Nano a new urea sorbent that could accelerate progress toward the development of a lightweight, wearable artificial kidney with the potential to make dialysis more convenient, comfortable and effective.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - Full Story

A Healthy Lifestyle Adds 12 to 14 Years of Life

A Healthy Lifestyle Adds 12 to 14 Years of Life
What results in good health and longevity? I’ve said for years that it’s good genes, good lifestyle and good luck. But since we can’t choose our parents, or know what fate holds in store for us, we must treat lifestyle with tender, loving care.  Now, a report in the publication, Circulation, proves that a sound lifestyle adds 12 to 14 more years to life.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, October 15, 2018 - Full Story

Color-changing contact lens could enhance monitoring of eye disease treatments

Color-changing contact lens could enhance monitoring of eye disease treatments
For all the good they do, eye drops and ointments have one major drawback: It’s hard to tell how much of the medication is actually getting to the eye. Now in a study appearing in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, scientists report that they have developed a contact lens that changes color as drugs are released. This visual indicator could help eye doctors and patients readily determine whether these medications are where they should be.

By American Chemical Society - Friday, October 12, 2018 - Full Story

Natural Remedies and Illogical Attacks

Natural Remedies and Illogical Attacks
Break a law and you end up in jail. “Ignorance of the law is no excuse” it’s said. So should ignorance of medical facts excuse anyone? Time and time again so-called medical experts publish illogical reports without repercussion. Recently, a physician stated publicly, “There is no case for vitamin supplementation in normal, healthy, non-pregnant adults who are receiving the recommended daily intake of nutrients”. But is this medical fact or fiction?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Thursday, October 11, 2018 - Full Story

Novel bacterial gel formulated to treat fungal infections

Novel bacterial gel formulated to treat fungal infections
The incidence of fungal infections is rising due to factors such as the aging population, widespread use of antibiotics and possibly even global warming.

By ISRAEL21c - Sunday, October 7, 2018 - Full Story

A better system for monitoring unstable blood pressure

A better system for monitoring unstable blood pressure
VitalMiner, a new software system to measure hemodynamic instability – unstable blood pressure – in intensive-care patients is hailed as a potential lifesaver by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where it is being piloted.

By ISRAEL21c - Sunday, October 7, 2018 - Full Story

Artificial sweeteners are poisoning your gut

Artificial sweeteners are poisoning your gut
FDA-approved artificial sweeteners and sport supplements are toxic to digestive gut microbes, according to a new paper published in the journal Molecules by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

By ISRAEL21c - Sunday, October 7, 2018 - Full Story

Contact lenses for the nose that may help you lose weight

Contact lenses for the nose that may help you lose weight
Some years ago, Adva Beck experienced an “aha” moment when she bit into her favorite fruit, a peach, and quickly discarded it because her stuffy nose prevented her from tasting it properly.

By ISRAEL21c - Sunday, October 7, 2018 - Full Story

Gallstones: For Surgery or the Crematorium?

Gallstones: For Surgery or the Crematorium?
What should you do if you are diagnosed with gallstones? Today, 10 percent of North Americans share this medical problem. For some patients surgery is the prudent choice. But now, a report from the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), shows that, in some cases, leaving gallstones to the crematorium can prevent serious complications and even death.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, October 1, 2018 - Full Story

Protecting probiotics from the stomach


The small intestine is a hotbed of microbial activity and a target of probiotic treatments for diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome, among other conditions. To make it to the intestine, though, probiotics must first pass through the stomach, a hostile acidic environment that can kill these beneficial bacteria. Now, scientists report in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering the development of a protective gel sphere that may offer probiotics a safer route.

By American Chemical Society - Saturday, September 29, 2018 - Full Story

‘Paintable’ chemotherapy shrinks skin tumors in mice

'Paintable' chemotherapy shrinks skin tumors in mice
Skin acts as the first line of defense against pathogens and other harmful material from outside the body. Yet this barrier also excludes some beneficial drugs that could treat skin diseases. Now, researchers have taken the first steps in developing a chemotherapy for melanoma that can be “painted” directly on the skin, rather than injected or taken orally. They report their results in ACS Nano.

By American Chemical Society - Saturday, September 29, 2018 - Full Story

Compound improves social interaction in autism mouse model

Compound improves social interaction in autism mouse model
Children with autism often find social interactions awkward, leaving them isolated. Now in a study appearing in ACS’ Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, scientists report that they have discovered a first-of-its-kind compound that promotes social interaction among laboratory mice that display autistic traits. The finding could lead to the development of drugs capable of improving social behaviors in those who have autism.

By American Chemical Society - Saturday, September 29, 2018 - Full Story

Harmful bacteria thrived in post-Hurricane Harvey floodwaters

Harmful bacteria thrived in post-Hurricane Harvey floodwaters
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on August 25, 2017, bringing more than 50 inches of rain and extreme flooding to the city of Houston. In addition to wreaking havoc on buildings and infrastructure, urban floodwaters harbor hidden menaces in the form of bacteria that can cause disease. Now, researchers have surveyed the microbes that lurked in Houston floodwaters, both inside and outside of homes. They report their results in Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

By American Chemical Society - Saturday, September 29, 2018 - Full Story

Green tea compound helps siRNA slip inside cells

Green tea compound helps siRNA slip inside cells

Drinking green tea has been linked to health benefits ranging from cardiovascular disease prevention to weight loss. Although many of these claims still need to be verified in the clinic, an antioxidant in green tea called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) appears to have beneficial effects in cells and animals. Now, researchers have found a surprising use for EGCG: sneaking therapeutic RNAs into cells. They report their results in ACS Central Science.

By American Chemical Society - Saturday, September 29, 2018 - Full Story

Travelling Anywhere? If So, Don’t Believe These Myths

Travelling Anywhere? If So, Don’t Believe These Myths
What’s the worst of times when travelling? It’s when you’re sitting on a bus tour 100 miles from the next stop and you begin to suffer the bowel spasms of traveller’s diarrhea. If the worst scenario happens, it’s a moment you will never forget. But this common risk, and the chance of acquiring other infections, can be decreased by ridding yourself of several travellers’ myths.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, September 24, 2018 - Full Story

Sen. Rick Santorum: American Healthcare Through the Eyes of a Dad with a Special Child

Sen. Rick Santorum: American Healthcare Through the Eyes of a Dad with a Special Child
DALLAS, TX—The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) welcomes Senator Rick Santorum as this year’s conference keynote speaker. The staunch pro-life leader will candidly share his family’s personal story regarding his 7th and youngest child Bella’s life-threatening condition. Now 10, Bella was born with Trisomy 18, a rare chromosomal abnormality. Only half of those born with it survive a week; fewer than 1 in 10 make it to their first birthday.

By Catholic Medical Association - Saturday, September 22, 2018 - Full Story

“Inflammaging”: The Dr. Jekyll Reaction

Inflammaging: The Dr. Jekyll Reaction
This week I’ve learned a new word, “inflammaging”. Researchers at the University of California use it in a report that claims chronic inflammation has a profound effect on how we age, and what diseases we develop.

No one can go through life without experiencing the red, warm sensation of an injury or infection. But none see the immune cells rushing to the site to release a variety of chemicals to combat it. Without this immune response we would die.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, September 17, 2018 - Full Story

Monitor your metabolism on the phone with a single breath

Identical twins Michal and Merav Mor have more than looks in common: both earned PhDs in physiology at Ben-Gurion University, both compete in triathlons, both are health researchers and mothers.

By ISRAEL21c - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - Full Story

Moving forward with mRNA medicines

Moving forward with mRNA medicines
In cells, ribosomes translate messenger RNA (mRNA) into proteins. And in the nascent field of mRNA therapeutics, researchers and investors are hoping to translate mRNA drugs from the lab to the medicine cabinet.

By American Chemical Society - Monday, September 10, 2018 - Full Story