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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.

“Earlier prediction of physiological deterioration of patients by using ‘smart’ monitoring software and machine learning algorithms will save lives and enable better informed resuscitation of the critically ill and injured,” said Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Prof. Victor F. Garcia, founding director of the hospital’s trauma services and a professor of surgery and pediatrics.

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.


The collaborative study indicated relative toxicity of six artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium-k) and 10 sport supplements containing these artificial sweeteners. The bacteria in the digestive system became toxic when exposed to concentrations of only one milligram per milliliter of these substances.

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.

She didn’t have any background in biology or medicine but the phenomenon intrigued her and she started to study scientific literature about how smell affects appetite and weight.

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.

In 1991 Dr. Joacques Perissat at the University of Bordeau, in France, removed a gallbladder by laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. This innovation provided a huge advantage for patients from a technical standpoint. But is it foolproof?

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.

Myth: Only in the Amazon jungle do you have to worry about mosquito-transmitted diseases.

Fact: That’s not so. In the jungle, mosquitoes spread disease to humans by biting infected monkeys. In a cafe in Paris, Rome or Istanbul, mosquitoes infect you after biting infected humans.

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.

Wanting to manage their nutrition scientifically, the Mor sisters came across a metric called respiratory quotient (RQ), the ratio of carbon dioxide (CO2) to oxygen (O2) in the breath. Measuring RQ after sleeping, eating or working out reveals whether the body is producing energy from fat or carbohydrates.

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. Until now, the mRNA firm Moderna Therapeutics has been secretive about its technology, but now the company is opening up about its progress and challenges, reports an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.

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

A pill for delivering biomedical micromotors

A pill for delivering biomedical micromotors
Using tiny micromotors to diagnose and treat disease in the human body could soon be a reality. But keeping these devices intact as they travel through the body remains a hurdle. Now in a study appearing in ACS Nano, scientists report that they have found a way to encapsulate micromotors into pills. The pill’s coating protects the devices as they traverse the digestive system prior to releasing their drug cargo.

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

What a Horrible Way to Start the Day!

research has proven alcohol makes platelets more slippery, less likely to clot, resulting in a fatal heart attack. It also dilates arteries, increases the good cholesterol and decreases fibrinogen to decrease the risk of a coronary death
The first thing I do every morning is read the newspaper. This AM I should have stayed in bed. The headline read, “No amount of alcohol is safe.” The report claimed to be one of the largest studies of alcohol consumption that’s ever been done. To make my day worse, the litany of alcohol problems was reported in one of the worlds most respected medical journals, The Lancet. So, should I be hung up by my thumbs, pour chardonnay down the drain, nail my bar doors shut, then repent my sins of writing for years that moderate drinking is medically beneficial?

But, in a world loaded with alarmist headlines and falsehoods, is this study “The Holy Grail” of Alcohol? First, it’s a large study and studies of this magnitude require a huge amount of statistics. And, as one of the most brilliant professors at The Harvard Medical School once remarked, “If anything has to be proven by statistics, it’s usually wrong.” I say amen to that and hope he’s right.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, September 10, 2018 - Full Story

Tune-Up Your Heart in 30 Days

The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up
Have I been missing a vital remedy to maintain a healthy heart? I wondered if that was the case when I read an article in LifeExtension titled, “The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up.” The author, Dr. Steven Masley, is a Fellow of both The American Heart Association and The American Academy of Nutrition. He has   devoted his career to heart disease and aging. So how does his treatment differ from that of other cardiologists?

Masley reports that most doctors rely on lowering blood cholesterol and blood pressure to prevent heart disease. He says this is a boon for Big Pharma, but not necessarily for patients. He admits that, although statin drugs are needed in some instances, they increase the risk of diabetes.  Unfortunately, statins also result in weight gain and, by lowering testosterone, reduce sexual pleasure.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - Full Story

Constipation: There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute

Constipation: There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute
Why must humans be so foolish and reach for laxatives when there’s a natural, safe, and inexpensive way to treat constipation and stop grunting? Barnum and Bailey, the circus promoters, were right when they said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” In this case it’s the suckers who fall easy prey to T.V ads that preach health benefits of laxatives.

I realize that at a dinner party one is more inclined to talk about cholesterol numbers than frequency of bowel movements. But chronic grunting with BMs is not just an annoyance. It’s also associated with increased risk of hemorrhoids, and may be related to diverticulosis, small hernias of the large bowel which lead to inflammation. It’s also a sign of faulty dietary habits that result in obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart attack.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - Full Story

How drug expiration dates work (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON — We’ve all seen the expiration dates on prescription and over-the-counter medications. What’s less obvious to us as consumers is how these dates are determined and to what extent medicines actually go bad. In this video,



By American Chemical Society - Thursday, August 23, 2018 - Full Story

Advanced eye drops may allow you to chuck your glasses

Advanced eye drops may allow you to chuck your glasses
Would you rather wear glasses or contact lenses, have laser surgery, or put drops in your eyes to see well? Consumers are starting to demand the third option, as new scientific advances have made corrective eye drops possible.

This is big business: A couple of years ago, pharma giant Novartis acquired a company developing a topical treatment for age-related farsightedness (presbyopia), while others are experimenting with eye drops to dissolve cataracts.

By ISRAEL21c - Thursday, August 23, 2018 - Full Story

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