‘ This Is How I Save My Life ’ Excerpt From Amy B. Scher

Amy B. Scher’s “This Is How I Save My Life” is the true story of a fiery young woman diagnosed with late-stage, chronic Lyme disease whose journey takes her from near-death in California to a trip around the world in search of her ultimate salvation. This excerpt coincides with the book’s release in paperback from Gallery Books, an imprint CBS sister company Simon &Schuster. I am twenty-eight years old when I arrive in magnificent India. I am here with my parents, an updated vaccine record, and a visa, searching for something I cannot find at home: a cure. In a tiny hospital on the outskirts of Delhi, a female Indian doctor is offering experimental embryonic stem cell therapy to patients from all over the world. That is what I have come for. For the past seven years, my body has been falling apart, sometimes via a slow decline and sometimes like an avalanche. It has been my full-time job to try, mostly unsuccessfully, to put it back together. My medical diagnoses seem too many to fit in my petite, five-foot frame: inflammation of the heart, autoimmune disease, brain lesions, encephalopathy, arthritis, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, fibromyalgia, connective tissue disease, leukopenia and neutropenia, endometriosis, and, finally, the reason for them all: late-stage Lyme disease. But the formal names assigned to my suffering do not begin to convey the actual experience of it. Over the years, there have been hundreds of symptoms, ea...
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Publication date: Available online 18 March 2019Source: Stem Cell ResearchAuthor(s): Aditya S. Pawar, Alfonso Eirin, James D. Krier, John R. Woollard, Xiang-Yang Zhu, Amir Lerman, Andre J. van Wijnen, Lilach O. LermanAbstractIntroductionMesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) possess endogenous reparative properties and may serve as an exogenous therapeutic intervention in patients with chronic kidney disease. Cardiovascular risk factors clustering in the metabolic syndrome (MetS) might adversely affect cellular properties. To test the hypothesis that Mets interferes with MSC characteristics, we performed comprehensive comparison of...
Source: Stem Cell Research - Category: Stem Cells Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 18 March 2019Source: Research in Veterinary ScienceAuthor(s): Danyang Wang, Hui Cao, Jinyao Li, Bin Zhao, Yan Wang, Ailian Zhang, Jiong HuangAbstractSeveral methods have been developed to improve the efficacy of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) vaccine. The study aims to determine whether aqueous extracts of Artemisia rupestris L. (AEAR) as an immunoactivator in combination with inactivated FMDV vaccine can promote immune responses in mice. Intramuscular co-immunization in ICR mice with different doses of AEAR plus FMDV vaccine could substantially improve the FMDV-specific antibody pro...
Source: Research in Veterinary Science - Category: Veterinary Research Source Type: research
We present evidence from previous works on the important phenotypic changes of various neuronal types in these neurological diseases. We also summarize efforts on conducting low- and high-throughput screening experiments with hiPSCs toward developing potential therapeutics for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Lastly, we discuss the limitations of hiPSCs culture system in studying neurodegenerative diseases and alternative strategies to overcome these drawbacks.
Source: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) Molecular Basis of Disease - Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: research
Today ’s Wall Street Journal reports that, just as overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers are showing signs of leveling off, officials worry that the surge in methamphetamine-related deaths is joining the surge in fentanyl-related deaths to fuel the total drug overdose rate. There were  1887 meth-related deaths reported in 2011. By 2017 more than 10,000 deaths were reported related to meth and other chemically-similar psychostimulants.The Drug Enforcement Administration has seen a 118 percent increase in meth seizures by law enforcement between 2010 and 2017. The met...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - Category: American Health Authors: Source Type: blogs
Suffering is a shared human experience that can be viewed integral part of life. Our suffering can range from mild to severe and can take the form of physical or mental and emotional pain. Whatever the form of our discomfort, we can agree that “suffering of the mind” is one of the biggest concerns of our time. The severity of mental health issues is on the rise, particularly the number of individuals experiencing depression. According to the World Health Organization (2017) over 300 million people are estimated to suffer from depression, equivalent to 4.4% of the world’s population. The Causes...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Depression Habits Mindfulness Self-Help Source Type: news
[Govt of SA] On 07 January this year the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries confirmed and reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the high surveillance area of the foot and mouth disease free zone in Limpopo, adjacent to the protection zone. Subsequently, South Africa lost its World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) recognised foot and mouth disease free zone without vaccination status.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
Authors: Zhang S, Zhang W, Zhou G Abstract Stroke causes disability and high mortality, while it can be prevented by increasing public awareness of risk factors. The common known risk factors are hypertension, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, smoking, alcohol consumption, low physical activity, overweight and hypercholesterolemia. However, the deep understanding of risk factors is limited. Moreover, more risk factor emerges in recent years. To further increase the awareness of risk factors for stroke prevention, this review indicates the reasonable application of antihypertensive agents according to the age-depe...
Source: Journal of the National Medical Association - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Natl Med Assoc Source Type: research
The United States uses a third of the world's opioids but a fifth of Americans still say they suffer from chronic pain. The only demonstrable effect of two decades of widespread prescription of opioids has been catastrophic harm. With more than 47,000 Americans dying of opioid overdoses in 2017 and hundreds of thousandsmore addicted to them, it was recently reported that, for the first time, Americans were more likely to die of opioids than of car accidents.This has forced many to take a step back and ponder the very nature of pain, to understand how best to alleviate it.The ancient Greeks considered pain a passion &md...
Source: Psychology of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: blogs
After an endometriosis diagnosis, Ash launched a program that matches individuals struggling with infertility with mentors who already had been through the process.
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - Category: Biotechnology Authors: Source Type: news
ConclusionsThe results obtained with the ML instrument were similar to those obtained by CL, but with the advantages of less postoperative pain and better cosmetic results.ResumenIntroducciónEn los últimos años la urología se ha orientado a formas menos invasivas de laparoscopia con un menor impacto en la pared abdominal. Entre ellas ha surgido de una forma prometedora la minilaparoscopia (ML). Nuestro objetivo es comparar los resultados de una serie de pacientes intervenidos de nefrectomía minilaparoscópica y otra mediante laparoscopia convencional (LC).Material y métodosSe...
Source: Actas Urologicas Espanolas - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
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