Fight Aging! Newsletter, June 25th 2018
In this study, we investigate mitochondrial energetics and mtDNA methylation in senescent cells, and evaluate the potential of humanin and MOTS-c as novel senolytics or SASP modulators that can alleviate symptoms of frailty and extend health span by targeting mitochondrial bioenergetics. Exercise versus the Hallmarks of Aging https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2018/06/exercise-versus-the-hallmarks-of-aging/ The paper I'll point out today walks through the ways in which exercise is known to beneficially affect the Hallmarks of Aging. The Hallmarks are a list of the significant causes of aging that I dis...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 24, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

India ’s Health Insurance Experiment. Who will be the winners?
By SAURABH JHA Though the exact cost of Modicare, the government’s extension of health insurance for poor people, estimated at one lakh crore (a trillion U.S. dollars), is open for debate, what is not disputable is that the cost of insuring India’s poor won’t fall with time. A sure way of accelerating healthcare inflation, that is speeding the rate of increase of healthcare costs, is by subsidizing or paying for health insurance. Insurance is like Newton’s Second Law of Motion – the velocity keeps increasing as long as the force is applied. Healthcare is a peculiar industry. Cars get cheaper b...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: at RogueRad Tags: OP-ED Source Type: blogs

Canada Releases Third Interim Report on Medical Assistance in Dying
In late June 2018, the Government of Canada released the Third Interim Report on Medical Assistance in Dying. Between July 1 and December 31, 2017, there were 1,525 medically assisted deaths in Canada, representing a 29.3% increase over the last six-month reporting period. Medically assisted deaths accounted for approximately 1.07% of all deaths in Canada during this time period which is consistent with other international assisted dying regimes. Of these deaths, cancer was the most frequently cited underlying medical condition, present in approximately 65% of all medically assisted deaths. Other highlights include: 1. The...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - June 23, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

A Tribute to Professor H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., PhD., MD (1941-2018)
by Ana S. Iltis, PhD and Mark J. Cherry, PhD Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., PhD, MD, one of the intellectual founders of the fields of bioethics and the philosophy of medicine, whose seminal work continues to frame debates about healthcare policy and medical practice, fell asleep in the Lord on June 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. He was Professor of History and Philosophy of Medicine at Rice University and Professor Emeritus at Baylor College of Medicine. He died of complications due to cancer.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - June 22, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Blog Editor Tags: Featured Posts In Memoriam Tristram Englehardt Source Type: blogs

CD36 as a Potentially Important Marker and Mechanism in Cellular Senescence
In this study, we conducted comparative RNAseq experiments to detect genes associated with replicative senescence in two different human fibroblast cell lines and at different time points. We identified 841 and 900 genes (core senescence-associated genes) that are significantly up- and downregulated in senescent cells, respectively, in both cell lines. Our functional enrichment analysis showed that downregulated core genes are primarily involved in cell cycle processes while upregulated core gene enrichment indicated various lipid-related processes. We further demonstrated that downregulated genes are significantly ...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 22, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

The unique probiotic effects of L. reuteri
We’ve lately been discussing (some would say obsessing) about the unique benefits of consuming the microorganism Lactobacillus reuteri, specifically the ATCC PTA 6475  and DSM 17938 strains (available from Swedish company, BioGaia, as the Gastrus product). Benefits such as increased skin thickness, dramatically increased dermal collagen, accelerated healing, reduced inflammation, preservation or increased bone density, turning off appetite, increased empathy, facilitation of fasting, increased libido, etc. are all mediated via L. reuteri’s unusual capacity to stimulate oxytocin release from the hypothalamu...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 22, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: News & Updates acid reflux Inflammation lactobacillus oxytocin probiotic reuteri Source Type: blogs

Here ’s What Yoga Can Do For You
You're reading Here’s What Yoga Can Do For You, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. It`s International Yoga Day people. I was thinking about doing yoga over the past three months, and because of my analytical nature, I decided to do some quick research on its benefits. And since we're celebrating International Yoga Day this month, I decided to show you the six key benefits practicing yoga will give you. Here they are: Yoga will make you calmer Yoga is so great at regulating stress that researchers ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marwan Jamal Tags: featured happiness health and fitness anxiety benefits of yoga international yoga day mental health pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Understanding the Repercussions of False Positive Breast Cancer Biopsies
A new  studyhas found that false positive breast cancer biopsies are costing healthcare facilities over $2.1 billion annually. This high false positive rate and the consequential expenses highlight the need for improved breast cancer diagnostic protocols and technology.Researchers from IBM Watson Health and Seno Medical looked at health care claims filed between 2011 and 2015 from 875,000 women to understand the rate of follow-up procedures after mammography and breast exams. They found that between 2012 and 2015, 8,732,909 patients received diagnostic mammograms, 6,987,399 underwent breast ultrasounds, and 1,585,856 ...
Source: radRounds - June 21, 2018 Category: Radiology Authors: Julie Morse Source Type: blogs

A Failure of the Imagination when it comes to Human Longevity
Researchers recently published a study on attitudes to longevity that is reminiscent of the 2013 Pew survey. When asked, people want to live a little longer than their neighbors, at the high end of the normal life span for old individuals today. When asked how long they want to live given the guarantee of perfect health, people pick a number close to the maximum recorded human life span. This sounds like a collusion between the instinctive desires for first conformity and secondly hierarchy, deeply entwined with the human condition, present in all of our primate cousins, a self-sabotaging gift from our evolutionary heritag...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 21, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Activism, Advocacy and Education Source Type: blogs

MD Anderson Fined $4.3 Million For HIPAA Violations
An administrative law judge has ruled that MD Anderson Cancer Center must pay $4.3 million to the HHS Office of Civil Rights due to multiple HIPAA violations. This is the fourth largest penalty ever awarded to OCR. OCR kicked off an investigation of MD Anderson in the wake of three separate data breach reports in 2012 and 2013. One of the breaches sprung from the theft of an unencrypted laptop from the home of an MD Anderson employee. The other two involved the loss of unencrypted USB thumb drives which held protected health information on over 33,500 patients. Maybe — just maybe — MD Anderson could’ve go...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Health Care Healthcare Devices HealthCare IT HIPAA HIPAA Breaches HIPAA News EPHI Health Data Breach Health Data Encryption HHS HIPAA violations MD Anderson OCR O Source Type: blogs

Nano Scale Matrix Promotes Neural Stem Cell Growth Without Risk of Cancer
Growing neural stem cells is a complicated process that has the potential to result in the unintended production of cancer cells. In large part this is due to the addition of growth factors to the culture mix, which can result in indiscriminate cellular multiplication. Now researchers from the Hong Kong Baptist University have developed a way of growing neural stem cells without the use of growth factors, relying instead on nano-scale materials to stimulate the process. “Traditional methods for proliferation and differentiation of NSCs require a large number of additional growth factors in a culture medium, which ar...
Source: Medgadget - June 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Genetics Materials Nanomedicine Source Type: blogs

Sun protection: Appropriate sunscreen use
Summer holidays are here and the sunny, warm weather is in full swing. Now is not the time to get lazy about sun protection! Sun: The good and the not-so-good Sunlight is essential for many important bodily functions, including producing vitamin D and maintaining your circadian rhythm and mood. Yet too much sun exposure can also be harmful. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation may result in short-term and long-term skin damage, including sunburn, signs of aging, and even skin cancer. Approximately one out of five people in the United States may develop skin cancer in their lifetimes. Approximately 95% of the UV radiation reaching ou...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dominic Wu, MD Tags: Health Prevention Skin and Hair Care Source Type: blogs

Uncovering Genes that Might be Sabotaged to Block Metastasis
Cancer research will accelerate meaningfully towards the goal of control of all cancer only when a majority of researchers are working on mechanisms common to large number of different cancer types. There are too many subtypes of cancer and too few scientists to make real progress when tackling cancers one by one. Shutting down metastasis is one grail of cancer research, as the majority of cancer deaths are caused when cancer spreads throughout the body, not by the initial tumor. Thus a search for common mechanisms of metastasis is one of the few presently viable approaches to the production of broader cancer therapies. Re...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 21, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

WTF Health | Self-Reported Patient Monitoring Startup from Finland, Kaiku Health
By JESSICA DAMASSA WTF Health – ‘What’s the Future’ Health? is a new interview series about the future of the health industry and how we love to hate WTF is wrong with it right now. Can’t get enough? Check out more interviews at www.wtf.health.  Central to the ‘WTF Health’ ethos is the idea that around the world, there is a shared passion for creating a new future for healthcare — and that the less-positive ‘WTF moment’ is a shared experience, regardless of which country’s health system one is standing in. So, I’m going around the world this year ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew Holt Tags: Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Finland Jaakko Laukkanen Kaiku Health Nordics Oncology Patient Monitoring patient portal Startup Upgraded Life Festival Source Type: blogs

Health misinformation in the news: Where does it start?
A new study confirms something we here at HealthNewsReview.org have been emphasizing for many years: Health news stories often overstate the evidence from a new study, inaccurately claiming that one thing causes another — as in drinking alcohol might help you live longer, facial exercises may keep your cheeks perky, and that diet soda might be a direct line to dementia. The researchers looked at the 50 “most-shared academic articles and media articles covering them” in 2015, according to data from the NewsWhip database. Seven of the 50 studies were randomi...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 20, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/joy-victory" rel="tag" > Joy Victory < /a > Tags: Conditions Cardiology Mainstream media Public Health & Policy Source Type: blogs

Photoacoustic Computed Tomography May Replace Mammographies for Breast Cancer Screening
Though mammography helps to provide early detection of breast cancer, it is a modality that suffers from limitations, particularly in dense breasts. A new technology, developed at Caltech, may have the potential to eclipse mammographies for spotting cancerous lesions. The photoacoustic system sends near-infrared laser light into breast tissue and detectors are used to spot ultrasonic waves that return. Because the light is absorbed disproportionately by hemoglobin molecules, their signal is stronger, and they end up more visible to the detector. Since most of the hemoglobin is present within blood vessels, the scan effecti...
Source: Medgadget - June 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Diagnostics Ob/Gyn Radiology Surgery Source Type: blogs

Dietary rut? 5 ways to snap out of it
Why is it that despite so many interesting foods in the world, we sometimes fall into dietary rut? For busy working families, lapsing into a boring menu routine may be due to a lack of time, planning, or know-how. Years ago, when I anchored the local TV news at dinnertime, my husband Jay made noodles with takeout meatballs so often that our three kids (even the baby) would tease him about it. “I didn’t know how to cook and I didn’t give much thought to dinner until everybody was hungry,” remembers Jay, my prince who would work all day, pick up the kids, and feed them before I got home. “We&rsq...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Heidi Godman Tags: Health Source Type: blogs

Exercise versus the Hallmarks of Aging
The paper I'll point out today walks through the ways in which exercise is known to beneficially affect the Hallmarks of Aging. The Hallmarks are a list of the significant causes of aging that I disagree with about half of. The SENS catalog of root causes of aging, first published earnestly in the literature back in 2002, isn't cited anywhere near as much as the much later Hallmarks of Aging - which owes a great deal to its predecessor while failing to mention it in any way. There is some overlap between the two, but many of the Hallmarks are not causes of aging, but rather manifestations of aging, meaning secondary and la...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 19, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

Special Nanoparticles Cloaked in Tumor Cells Deliver Protein to Kill Cancer
Many cancers tumors are actually quite easy to kill, if not for our extremely skeptical immune systems. There are proteins, for example, that are quite toxic to some cancers, but they get broken down rapidly as soon as they are injected into the body. Researchers at Penn State University have now created a way of encapsulating a protein called gelonin, derived from a plant, within a nano-package that stays below the radar of the immune system. This so-called biomimetic nanosystem consists of self-assembled metal-organic framework nanoparticles that hold the cargo, but which are wrapped in a layer made from cells deriv...
Source: Medgadget - June 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Materials Nanomedicine Source Type: blogs

Hairy Frosted Glass Slides Capture Circulating Tumor Cells for Screening and Early Diagnosis
Biopsies are typically the way prostate cancer is identified, but prostate cancers also release circulating tumor cells (CTCs) that are telltale signs of the presence of the disease. Because they’re so rare and difficult to separate from whole blood, CTCs remain rarely used for establishing diagnoses. Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Scientists have now developed a cheap and easy way to capture CTCs using silica nanowires grown on frosted glass slides and antibodies that make the connection to the cancer cells. The silica nanowires were grown directly on the glass slides, following which a special adhesion mol...
Source: Medgadget - June 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Genetics Oncology Pathology Source Type: blogs

Separating children and parents at the border causes lifelong damage
There is an important scientific fact that we need to be aware of as the political drama at the border unfolds: when children are separated from their parents, they can be damaged for the rest of their lives. Research shows that when children face strong, frequent, or prolonged adversity without adequate support from adults, it causes a stress response that can have terrible consequences. This “toxic stress” affects both the mind and the body. It disrupts normal brain development, leading to not just emotional problems, but problems with thinking and learning. Children who are exposed to toxic stress have a hig...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Claire McCarthy, MD Tags: Children's Health Source Type: blogs

Who should NOT do the L. reuteri yogurt?
Because consumption of the L. reuteri yogurt made with the ATCC PTA 6475 and DSM 17938 strains work by raising levels of oxytocin (in addition to local probiotic benefits on reducing H. pylori and acid reflux, for example, unusual for its upper, not just lower, gastrointestinal benefits), there are people who probably should not consume the yogurt.. Oxytocin is a multi-faceted hormone whose levels decline as we age, much as does growth hormone and other hormones. But, among its many varied effects is the potential for causing uterine contraction. That is why oxytocin is administered to provoke delivery of a term infan...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Undoctored Wheat Belly Lifestyle anti-aging healing oxytocin probiotic reuteri skin wrinkles Source Type: blogs

Misdiagnosis: Obamacare Tried to Fix the Wrong Things and Prescribed the Wrong Treatments
By CHARLES SILVER and DAVID A.HYMAN Today THCB is happy to publish a piece reflecting the learnings from Charles Silver and David Hyman’s forthcoming book Overcharged: Why Americans Pay Too Much For Health Care, shortly to be published by the libertarian leaning Cato Institute. In subsequent weeks we’ll feature commentary from the right (Michael Cannon) and from the left (Andy Slavitt) about the book and its proposals. For now please give your views in the comments–Matthew Holt There are many reasons why the United States is “the most expensive place in the world to get sick.” In Par...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Economics OP-ED Cato Institute Charles Silver David A. Hyman Obamacare Overcharged Source Type: blogs

Newfound Enthusiasm in Mining Senescent Cells for Mechanisms Relevant to Therapy
In this study, we investigate mitochondrial energetics and mtDNA methylation in senescent cells, and evaluate the potential of humanin and MOTS-c as novel senolytics or SASP modulators that can alleviate symptoms of frailty and extend health span by targeting mitochondrial bioenergetics. (Source: Fight Aging!)
Source: Fight Aging! - June 18, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

DocPanel Announces Partnership with the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Largest online marketplace of radiologists gives consumers access toworld class medical experts NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 2, 2018 – Today,DocPanel announced a partnership with theUniversity of Southern California (USC) Keck School of MedicineDepartment of Radiology that will give consumers access to Keck ’s 60 world class radiology sub-specialists. DocPanel is an industry solution. It enables imaging centers to use USC experts who are focused on specific areas of the body, therefore, providing unique perspective and accurate insights.Already, imaging centers are benefiting from DocPanel’s access...
Source: radRounds - June 18, 2018 Category: Radiology Authors: Philip Templeton Source Type: blogs

Pureed Food Recipes: Swallowing Impairment Needn't Signal the End of Great Eating
Dysphagia is a swallowing impairment that can occur after someone has a stroke or any type of brain injury. Dysphagia is also a concern with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), oral cancer, and many other injuries and diseases. However, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), dysphagia is also a growing concern in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). The NIH says that dysphagia “frequently leads to aspiration pneumonia, a common cause of death in this population, particularly in the later stage of AD.” Read full article on HealthCentral and get free downloads, and free re...
Source: Minding Our Elders - June 18, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Rebuilding my body: breast reconstruction in England
This report compiles evidence from Freedom of Information (FOI) requests conducted by the Breast Cancer Now in 2017. It shows that 47 out of 208 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England (22.6 per cent) have established policies to restrict reconstruction services for non-clinical reasons. With a further nine CCGs (4.3 per cent) having draft policies or informal restrictions in place. The emerging policies – which have been described by the charity as'totally unacceptable' and'not in the best interest of patients' – include limiting the number of surgeries women are allowed, enforcing a ti...
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - June 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Patient involvement, experience and feedback Source Type: blogs

It ’s time to create the safety net by normalizing psychiatric care
I’ve thought a great deal about what to say, if anything, about the two suicides recently of two people who were not merely celebrities in the TMZ sense, but people who represented creativity — perhaps in a way that seemed tangible to the rest of us — and seem to have become celebrities almost by happenstance. Suicide is not an unfamiliar or difficult topic for me. After all, I am someone who has spent the better part of the last nine years addressing someone’s struggle with suicide, day in and day out. As a physician, I’ve been exposed many times to untimely death — whether intentional ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 17, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/torie-sepah" rel="tag" > Torie Sepah, MD < /a > Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, June 18th 2018
Fight Aging! provides a weekly digest of news and commentary for thousands of subscribers interested in the latest longevity science: progress towards the medical control of aging in order to prevent age-related frailty, suffering, and disease, as well as improvements in the present understanding of what works and what doesn't work when it comes to extending healthy life. Expect to see summaries of recent advances in medical research, news from the scientific community, advocacy and fundraising initiatives to help speed work on the repair and reversal of aging, links to online resources, and much more. This content is...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 17, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Call suicide by what it is: the cause of death
As is often the case when flying I was rewarded for offering a greeting to my row mate on the plane with a bit of insight and knowledge I’d have missed had I not simply reached out a hand and said, “Hi, I’m Darrell.” My momentary companion (we each moved to more spacious seats) had been a schoolmate of the recently deceased Kate Spade. He confirmed her years-long struggle with a depression that defied logic and was thus a depression that was as pathological as diabetes or heart disease or cancer. Opening my Sunday papers brings stories from the friends of Anthony Bourdain, also deceased, and his dec...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 17, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/darrell-white" rel="tag" > Darrell White, MD < /a > Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Chest Pain and Inferior ST Elevation.
Conclusion:In hemodynamically stable patients with chest pain, sinus tachycardia aids in the identification of patients unlikely to have type I MI, especially in those with HR> 120 bpm. (Source: Dr. Smith's ECG Blog)
Source: Dr. Smith's ECG Blog - June 17, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Steve Smith Source Type: blogs

NIH Disbands Alcohol Clinical Trial Because of Scientific and Ethical Breaches
In a decision that I applaud, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins announced yesterday that based on the recommendation of his Advisory Committee after an extensive investigation, he is discontinuing the MACH15 (Moderate Alcohol and Cardiovascular Health) clinical trial of moderate alcohol consumption (see original news reportshere andhere).In itsreport, the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director concluded as follows:" To understand the context that led NIAAA to embark on the MACH trial, the ACD WG considered the nature and extent of interactions among NIAAA staff, select extramural investigators, and industry representat...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - June 16, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

The story of a physician who fought back against MOC
Today one of my favorite families came for a visit.  The kids were behind on their check-ups, but this wasn’t too surprising. Their young mom was recently diagnosed with stage 3 cancer and was working her way through surgeries and chemo.  The length of time since our last visit made me worry that mom’s health kept the kids from their routine visits,  but upon entering the room she looked well. We chatted for a bit and caught up on her health before moving to talk about the kids. “Sorry, we’re behind. Our insurance company sent a letter saying you were no longer a provider, so we had t...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 16, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/meg-edison" rel="tag" > Meg Edison, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Practice Management Source Type: blogs

Researchers test curcumin in new bone-building study
After enhancing the bioavailability of curcumin using polymers, a group of Washington State University researchers proved that curcumin can increase bone growth by between 30% and 45%  in a matter of weeks: “The presence of curcumin in TCP results in enhanced bone formation after 6 weeks.” (Quoted from the abstract.) The researchers are currently testing other natural extracts as well, namely “aloe vera, saffron, Vitamin D, garlic, oregano and ginger [… ] that might help with bone disorders, including those that encourage bone growth or that have anti-inflammatory, infection control, or a...
Source: Margaret's Corner - June 16, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll bone building bone formation curcumin myeloma Source Type: blogs

Clearance of Senescent Cells as a Therapy for Age-Related Muscle Loss and Frailty
Today's open access review looks over the evidence for senescent cells to contribute to the age-related loss of muscle mass and strength, leading to sarcopenia and frailty. Regular readers will know that the research community has found many mechanisms that are arguably important contribution to the characteristic weakness of old age. This part of the field is rife with competing evidence for processes ranging from the comparatively mundane, such as an inadequate dietary intake of protein in older people, to the highly complex, such as the biochemical disarray that causes loss of neuromuscular junctions, and the interactio...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 14, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

An emotional day as a doctor
My first patient of the day has metastatic pancreatic cancer. She’s had it, in fact, for two years. Getting chemo for two years. Her hair has fallen out, her pain is becoming uncontrollable and she’s been in and out of the hospital. Her daughters came to the clinic with her. She is tearful. Her daughters pull me aside. “Tell her to focus on the positive,” they request. I wonder if there is ever a positive twist on having metastatic pancreatic cancer, but I keep my thoughts to myself. This is not about me. It’s about this patient who is living with it. Every question I ask her gets answered by ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 14, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/uzma-khan" rel="tag" > Uzma Khan, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Hospital-Based Medicine Oncology/Hematology Source Type: blogs

Particles Made of Silk Protect Immune System Boosting Drugs to Fight Cancer
Peptides, or strings of amino acids, are being investigated as a way to help activate the immune system to fight cancer and other diseases. Delivering them into the interior of immune system’s cells is difficult because they’re easily broken apart by the body. Now a team of researchers from Switzerland and Germany have developed a way of creating hybrid silk-based particles and using them to encapsulate peptides for safe transport to disease sites. “To develop immunotherapeutic drugs effective against cancer, it is essential to generate a significant response of T lymphocytes,» says Professor Carole...
Source: Medgadget - June 14, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Genetics Materials Source Type: blogs

Over-Screening, Rigid Protocols, and Changing Guidelines: A Personal Journey Through the Looking-Glass
by Craig Klugman A new JAMAarticle reports on a US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation against routine ECG in patients without symptoms of heart disease: “For asymptomatic adults at low risk of CVD events (individuals with a 10-year CVD event risk less than 10%), it is very unlikelythat the information from resting or exercise ECG (beyond that obtained with conventional CVD risk factors) will result in a change in the patient’s risk category….”The report states that over-screening can lead to harms such as “invasive procedures, overtreatment, and labeling.”Such advice follows ...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - June 13, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Craig Klugman Tags: Clinical Ethics Featured Posts ECG JAMA protocols Source Type: blogs

Exercise as part of cancer treatment
In a first, a national cancer organization has issued formal guidelines recommending exercise as part of cancer treatment, for all cancer patients. The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) is very clear on the directive. Its recommendations are: Exercise should be embedded as part of standard practice in cancer care and viewed as an adjunct therapy that helps counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment. All members of the multi-disciplinary cancer team should promote physical activity and help their patients adhere to exercise guidelines. Best practice cancer care should include referral to an accr...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - June 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Monique Tello, MD, MPH Tags: Cancer Exercise and Fitness Health Source Type: blogs

A Reminder that Excess Visceral Fat is Harmful
This popular science article takes a high level look at the vast array of research data showing that excess visceral fat causes great harm to long term health. One of the more important mediating mechanisms is an increase in chronic inflammation, a state of dysfunction in the operation of the immune system that disrupts organ function and tissue maintenance, and accelerates the development of all of the common age-related diseases. There are numerous other connections between the pace of aging and the activities of visceral fat tissue, however. Becoming overweight is the path to a shorter life expectancy, greater incidence...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 13, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Dander Still Up. Drowning in Great Dismal Swamp. Film at Eleven.
Maybe this is the last in my series of dander-raising essays, as recent national and world events have most definitely left so many of us with a raging case of TDS. (Trump Derangement Syndrome, look it up it's a thing).So many damned browser tabs open. So little time.Or maybe not. Who knows. Where are all these suicides coming from?My editor keeps telling me, " don't let it make you paralytic. " Hey, I'm trying.Just sensing a kind of coalescence in all the corruption our bloggers keep writing about. How do we even differentiate these activities across so many sectors of society. We were going to see our swamp dra...
Source: Health Care Renewal - June 12, 2018 Category: Health Management Source Type: blogs

This physician vows not to rush
My last patient of the day was an elderly woman with metastatic lung cancer, a non-smoker who had been battling this terrible disease for more than a year. I was running thirty minutes behind. I had a packed afternoon with difficult cases and patients who required more of my time and care. I peeked into her room, said hello and apologized for running late. Ms. B.  greeted me with her kind, gentle smile as she always did and said, “I am not in a rush; take your time Dr. T.” “Take your time.” Her words rang through my mind as I completed the visit with the patient before her and stayed with me th...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 12, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/kristine-tatosyan-jones" rel="tag" > Kristine Tatosyan-Jones, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Primary Care Source Type: blogs

BMC Biomedical Engineering: the BMC series expands into engineering!
I am delighted to announce that BMC Biomedical Engineering, a new open access, peer-reviewed journal is now open for submissions and with it the BMC series enters for the first time a new subject area: engineering. This is the first of two newly launched journals in the BMC series. Editor Harriet Manning discusses the launch of BMC Chemical Engineering in her blog post. 2018 has been declared as the “Year of Engineering” by the UK government, an initiative that has seen wide support by hundreds of national and international organisations. We see no better time to expand our offering to this diverse and crucial ...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - June 12, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Alexandros Houssein Tags: Medicine BMC Biomedical Engineering BMC Series Source Type: blogs

7 Easy Sleeping Tips to Prevent Sleep Problem
You're reading 7 Easy Sleeping Tips to Prevent Sleep Problem, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. We all know how important the sleep is! Sleep is one of the principals for having a better life. Proper sleep helps us a lot to keep our body healthy and the mind calm. But you know what, about one-third of the total world’s population has sleep problems. There are a lot of reasons behind sleep problem. As the sleep has a deep relation to our lifestyle, it’s really important to have at least 5-8 hours ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Harris Tags: health and fitness balanced diet good mattress sleep problem Source Type: blogs

AMA Rejects Recommendation to Reaffirm Opposition to Medical Aid in Dying
The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates today voted 53 to 47 percent to reject a report by its Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) that recommended the AMA maintain its Code of Medical Ethics’ opposition to medical aid in dying. Instead, the House of Delegates referred the report back to CEJA for further work. The AMA Code of Medical Ethics Opinion 5.7 adopted 25 years ago in 1993 before medical aid in dying was authorized anywhere in the United States says: “...permitting physicians to engage in assisted suicide would ultimately cause more harm than good. Physician-assisted suic...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - June 11, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Sugar Nanoparticles Reprogram Immune Cells to Help Destroy Tumors
This report is in line with a number of recent papers from the Weissleder Lab and labs around the world to reprogram the immune system to fight cancer. Cancer immunotherapy was ranked the biggest breakthrough in 2012 by the magazine Science, and teams around the world are working on unlocking its potential to cure more patients of cancer. Tumor associated macrophages have been implicated in preventing T cells from doing their cancer-killing jobs, so these macrophage-targeting nanoparticles are poised solve the next hurdle in the immunotherapy story. The cyclodextrin nanoparticles are formed by FDA-approved individual compo...
Source: Medgadget - June 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Ben Ouyang Tags: Nanomedicine Oncology Source Type: blogs

Ming Lei to Direct Research Capacity Building Division
I’m pleased to announce that Ming Lei will join NIGMS later this month as the new director of our Division for Research Capacity Building. Ming is a molecular geneticist with extensive experience overseeing fellowship, career development, and training and education grant programs. Ming is currently deputy director of the Center for Cancer Training and chief of the Cancer Training Branch at the National Cancer Institute, which he joined in 2008 as a program director. His experience before that includes leading the Genes and Genome Cluster in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences at the National Science Fo...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - June 11, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Jon Lorsch Tags: Director’s Messages Job Announcements News NIGMS Staff News Source Type: blogs

Colon cancer screening at age 45: Here ’s what a gastroenterologist thinks
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently released new guidelines regarding colorectal cancer screening for the average-risk individual. The big news is that they now recommend that screening for colorectal cancer begin at age 45 rather than age 50. This reduction in the starting age was in reaction to recent data showing that colon cancer is increasing in younger Americans for unclear reasons. By screening people at a younger age, the hope is that we can detect and prevent colon cancer in more people. The ACS states that 20 percent of new cases of colorectal cancer occur in the younger-than-55 crowd. Furthermor...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 11, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/frederick-gandolfo" rel="tag" > Frederick Gandolfo, MD < /a > Tags: Conditions Gastroenterology Oncology/Hematology Source Type: blogs