Archive for January, 2009

A Coming Stem Cell Treatment Revolution?

[ 0 ] January 31, 2009 |
A Coming Stem Cell Treatment Revolution?

The announcement of the successful use of stem cells in treatment of early stage Multiple Sclerosis suggests that more treatments for other autoimmune diseases may be on the horizon.

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Drugs In The Water – Can’t Afford the Meds? Just Drink the Water…

[ 0 ] January 28, 2009 |
Drugs In The Water – Can’t Afford the Meds? Just Drink the Water…

The recent announcements of medications detected in Canada’s St. Lawrence River near Montreal and across the planet near Hyderabad, India are not good signs for general human health. These aren’t the only places with drugs in the water; a study published by the Associated Press from about a year ago found that the water supplies […]

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Stemming the Last Stroke

[ 0 ] January 22, 2009 |
Stemming the Last Stroke

A stroke is a potentially devastating condition with effects ranging from memory loss to paralysis to personality changes or to death in the worst cases. In so many situations a stroke is seriously disabling for those who suffer it so the recent announcement of a clinical trial for a new stroke treatment is very promising […]

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24-Month Medicare Rule Hurts Medicare

[ 0 ] January 17, 2009 |
24-Month Medicare Rule Hurts Medicare

US Medicare does a disservice to those disabled and forced to leave work by not pushing them toward poverty at a point where they are most vulnerable. The 24 month delay before most can be paid benefits increases the risk of financial insolvency for those who depend on it.

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Surgical To-do Lists are New, Really?

[ 0 ] January 15, 2009 |
Surgical To-do Lists are New, Really?

Doctor: Clamp Nurse: Clamp Doctor: Scalpel Nurse: Scalpel Doctor: Sponge Nurse: Sponge Based on the cliched television depictions of surgical operations, you might think that a surgical procedure in a hospital would be conducted with the same rigor as a strategic military offensive, but apparently, you would be wrong. In somewhat troubling but potentially positive […]

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A Beating Heart and the Little Blue Pill

[ 0 ] January 9, 2009 |
A Beating Heart and the Little Blue Pill

It seems that that very highly marketed, little blue pill that we have all heard of has a number of tricks up its sleeve. While the pill is most famous for improving bedroom exploits, Viagra and similar drugs are showing their vigor in ongoing heart research. In 2003, Virginia Commonwealth University found that the drug […]

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Insomnia Costs a Wakeup Call

[ 0 ] January 3, 2009 |
Insomnia Costs a Wakeup Call

If a recent study published in the journal Sleep is accurate in identifying the per capita costs of insomnia to the Canadian Province of Quebec, then insomnia is very costly to us all. Assuming the $6.5 billion is representative, then simple math would show that our combined inability to sleep is costing the Canadian economy […]

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