Happy 8th birthday to the Health Business Blog!

The Health Business Blog turns eight years old today. Continuing a tradition I established with birthdays one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven I have picked out a favorite post from each month. Thanks for continuing to read the blog! March 2012: Should medical debt count against your credit rating? As far as I’m concerned, a lot of medical debt isn’t real debt. Real debt is borrowing money from a bank to buy a car or using a credit card to finance a vacation or taking out a student loan to pay for college. Borrowers know ahead of time that they are incurring a financial obligation for a known amount of money for specific goods or services. Hospitalized patients receive bills that are often indecipherable, incorrect, and owed by an insurance company. Even when technically correct the amounts can be non-sensical and vary widely from provider to provider. So it’s seems wrong to me that even medical bills that are paid off –sometimes just to end the nuisance– can have a long-term, negative effect on one’s credit rating. April 2012: I don’t really want my $127 medical loss ratio rebate Under the Affordable Care Act, health plans have to issue rebates to policyholders if they don’t spend at least 80 or 85 percent of premiums on medical costs. Now that the law is in effect, about $1.3 billion is to be paid out.  I support the ACA but I don’t like the notion that any dollar spent...
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The objective of this literature review was to explore lutein stability and bioavailability by modifications and variations associated with food technological procedures.Graphical abstract
Source: Journal of Functional Foods - Category: Nutrition Source Type: research
Abstract Lipocalins are a family of secreted adipokines which play important roles in various biological processes. Lipocalin-2 (LCN-2) has been shown to be involved in acute and chronic inflammation. This particular protein is critical in the pathogenesis of several diseases including cancer, diabetes, obesity, and multiple sclerosis. Herein, we discuss the general molecular basis for the involvement of LCN-2 in acute infections and chronic disease progression and also ascertain the probable role of LCN-2 in ocular diseases, particularly in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). We elaborate on the signaling cas...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - Category: Cytology Authors: Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research
In this study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory effects and potential mechanisms of verteporfin. The classic lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammation cell model was used. RAW 264.7 cells were pre-treated with verteporfin or vehicle control, followed by LPS stimulation. Verteporfin inhibited IL-6 and TNF-α at mRNA and protein expression levels. This effect was mediated through inhibition of the NF-κB and JAK/STAT pathways. Finally, verteporfin exhibited an anti-inflammation effect by crosslinking of protein such as NF-κB p65, JAK1, JAK2, STAT1, or STAT3 leading to inflammation. Taken together, th...
Source: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology - Category: Toxicology Authors: Tags: Toxicol Appl Pharmacol Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 26 November 2019Source: Life SciencesAuthor(s): Ejaz Aziz, Riffat Batool, Wasim Akhtar, Shazia Rehman, Tasmeena Shahzad, Ayesha Malik, Mohammad Ali Shariati, Alexey Laishevtcev, Sergey Plygun, Mojtaba Heydari, Abdur Rauf, Shaheer Ahmed ArifAbstractXanthophylls constitute a major part of carotenoids in nature. They are an oxidized version of carotenoid. Xanthophyll has widely drawn scientists' attentions in terms of its functionality, bioavailability and diversity. An assortment of xanthophyll varieties includes lutein, zeaxanthin, β-cryptoxanthin, capsanthin, astaxanthin, and fucoxan...
Source: Life Sciences - Category: Biology Source Type: research
X-linked retinoschisis (XLRS) is an inherited ocular disease caused by mutations in the RS1 gene which results in the abnormal splitting of the retinal layers. It is the leading cause of macular degeneration in males, and approximately 1:15,000 individuals in the US are affected by this condition.   XLRS causes progressive vision loss, and affected individuals are unable to perform simple daily activities such as reading, writing and driving. This condition can lead to vitreous hemorrhage and retinal detachment in up to 40% of patients – resulting in total blindness.A current treatment option includes a tissue-s...
Source: NIH OTT Licensing Opportunities - Category: Research Authors: Source Type: research
In this study, AT1-AAs were detected in the sera of patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and the positive rate was 44.44% vs. 17.46% in non-PAD volunteers. In addition, analysis showed that AT1-AAs level was positively correlated with PAD. To reveal the causal relationship between AT1-AAs and vascular aging, an AT1-AAs-positive rat model was established by active immunization. The carotid pulse wave velocity was higher, and the aortic endothelium-dependent vasodilatation was attenuated significantly in the immunized rats. Morphological staining showed thickening of the aortic wall. Histological examination showe...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
FromConsumer Reports:GlaucomaMore than 2 million Americans have glaucoma, but 50% know it. Glaucoma often goes undiagnosed because it causes no symptoms until vision declines, at which point treatment no longer helps.People aged 40-60 should be examined by an optometrist every 3-5 years; those older than 60 need an eye exam every 1-2 years.Many eye doctors screen for glaucoma with tonometry (measures eye pressure) but that ’s not enough. Relying only on intraocular pressure (IOP) when screening for glaucoma could miss up to 50% of all cases. Theexam should also include an ophthalmoscopy, which involves examining your...
Source: Clinical Cases and Images - Blog - Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Ophthalmology Source Type: blogs
Publication date: 1 October 2019Source: Cell Reports, Volume 29, Issue 1Author(s): Paulina M. Wojnarowicz, Raquel Lima e Silva, Masayuki Ohnaka, Sang Bae Lee, Yvette Chin, Anita Kulukian, Sung-Hee Chang, Bina Desai, Marta Garcia Escolano, Riddhi Shah, Marta Garcia-Cao, Sijia Xu, Rashmi Kadam, Yehuda Goldgur, Meredith A. Miller, Ouathek Ouerfelli, Guangli Yang, Tsutomu Arakawa, Steven K. Albanese, William A. GarlandSummaryId helix-loop-helix (HLH) proteins (Id1–4) bind E protein bHLH transcription factors, preventing them from forming active transcription complexes that drive changes in cell states. Id proteins are pr...
Source: Cell Reports - Category: Cytology Source Type: research
We examined human lung tissue from COPD patients and normal control subjects, and found a substantial increase in p16-expressing alveolar cells in COPD patients. Using a transgenic mouse deficient for p16, we demonstrated that lungs of mice lacking p16 were structurally and functionally resistant to CS-induced emphysema due to activation of IGF1/Akt regenerative and protective signaling. Fat Tissue Surrounds Skeletal Muscle to Accelerate Atrophy in Aging and Obesity https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2019/09/fat-tissue-surrounds-skeletal-muscle-to-accelerate-atrophy-in-aging-and-obesity/ Researchers her...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
This popular science piece on the development of senolytic therapies capable of clearing harmful senescent cells from aging tissues is a cut above the average. It is important to see more publicity for this line of work. Not because it will aid the industry, but because the more attention that is given to the field, the faster that existing senolytic treatments such as the dasatinib and quercetin combination will become available through off-label prescription and physician networks. Tens of millions of patients with inflammatory age-related diseases caused in part by senescent cells, and the many cancer survivors with hig...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs
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