Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Results of Tobacco Use in Teens!

While cancer is probably the best known health threat related to smoking, there are many other physical consequences facing teens and other smokers. In this Children's Channel video podcast, Nneka Holder, MD, an adolescent medicine specialist at Akron Children's Hospital, also discusses yellow teeth, wrinkled skin and other ways tobacco ages the appearance.
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Monday, May 28, 2012

Elton John Cancels Vegas Dates Due to Infection!

Singer Elton John was treated in hospital in Los Angeles for a serious respiratory infection that forced him to cancel performances this weekend of his "The Million Dollar Piano" show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In a statement posted on his website on Thursday, the British entertainer, whose hits include "Rocket Man," "Your Song" and "Bennie and The Jets," apologized for the decision and told fans he hoped to be performing soon.The singer said he developed a serious respiratory illness while performing on Sunday. After the condition worsened he was hospitalized and had tests at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he remained throughout the day on Wednesday. He was given antibiotics and told not to perform for a week.

Get the facts on URTIs with this 100%-accurate animated video. Part of Focus Apps' Understanding Disease: Infectious Diseases & Oncology series, the URTIs app demonstrates infections and inflammation of the sinuses, nasal passages, pharynx, and larynx. URTIs include a range of conditions such as the common cold, rhinitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis, tracheitis, and epiglottitis, a life-threatening condition. Explore the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and management of URTIs. Thank you for visiting Medicine Men. Link freely but please credit original content.

Managing High Blood Pressure With Lifestyle Changes!

This video—presented by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health—shows how Kendra, the mother of a teenaged daughter, has learned to manage her high blood pressure. Before being diagnosed with high blood pressure, Kendra suffered from chronic headaches and tiredness. At a health fair sponsored by her company, Kendra learned that her blood pressure was high, which prompted her to see her doctor. After being diagnosed with high blood pressure, Kendra made a commitment to living a healthier lifestyle. By following a healthy diet and being physically active, she lost almost 60 pounds. With the support of her girlfriend and daughter, Kendra has maintained her weight loss and continues to make lifestyle changes that allow her to live an active, happy life.
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Rock Against Cancer Concert in All Cannings!

"Rock Against Cancer" Is a relatively new angle at rasing funds, thought up by John "Grubby" Callis (sound monitor engineer) Andy Scott (The Sweet) and Richard Baulu of The Kings Arms, All Cannings. Their aim is to raise awareness and much needed funds for Cancer Research UK and Above & Beyond Bristol (Oncology Centre). They plan to donate the proceeds from this event which will be somewhere in region of £50,000+ to Cancer Research UK and also make a large donation to Above & Beyond in Bristol. This show is the first of what they hope will become an annual event of raising much needed funds for cancer research and hope that in the future to have many different events running throughout the UK. Link Thank you for visiting Medicine Men. Link freely but please credit original content.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

New Sperm Gene Discovery Could Lead to Male Birth Control!

Women have many options when it comes to birth control, while men don't have any. But all that could change. Researchers have discovered a gene that is essential to the production of sperm. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh found that the gene, called Katnal1, causes temporary infertility in male mice when blocked.

The team gave mice a chemical called ENU that triggers genetic mutations. They then bred the mice to see if any of them became infertile, isolated the impotent mice, and backtracked through their genetic code to identify which gene was disrupted by ENU. The team identified that Katnal1 is used to regulate a structure known as microtubules, which are the parts of sperm needed for nutrients and support. According to the study, this gene could be key in developing birth control for men, and better understanding male infertility. With this key bit of information, scientists say a non-hormonal contraceptive for men may be just five to 10 years away. Thank you for visiting Medicine Men. Link freely but please credit original content.

Mad Cow Disease Found In California!

The first case of Mad Cow disease in the U.S. since 2006 was detected in a dairy cow at a transfer station in Hanford, California.

A non-descript building in the heart of California's dairy country has become the focus of intense scrutiny now that mad cow disease has been discovered in a dead dairy cow. The finding, announced Tuesday, is the first new case of the disease in the U.S. since 2006 — and the fact that the discovery was made at all was a stroke of luck. Tests are performed on only a small portion of dead animals brought to the transfer facility near Hanford. The cow had died at one of the region's hundreds of dairies, but hadn't exhibited outward symptoms of the disease: unsteadiness, incoordination, a drastic change in behavior or low milk production, officials said. But when the animal arrived at the facility with a truckload of other dead cows on April 18, its 30-month-plus age and fresh corpse made her eligible for USDA testing. This animation depicts a current theory on prion proteins and how Mad Cow Disease affects the neurons in a cow's brain. Thank you for visiting Medicine Men. Link freely but please credit original content.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Dr Ryan Hatch talks about whiplash neck treatments!

The Spine Research Institute of San Diego is committed to providing research and education in the area of spinal health and injury prevention. They are especially concerned with cervical spine injuries that result from whiplash trauma. In addition to their own research, they constantly monitor and synthesize world literature and are considered the authority on whiplash injuries.

Much of the research now being conducted indicates that even low speed accidents (below 5 mph) can cause serious and immediate damage that can result in long lasting con-sequences. Considerable effort in evaluating each patience's unique situation allows Dr. Hatch to skill-fully determine a professional course of treatment to address the pain and discomfort caused by whiplash. Thank you for visiting Medicine Men. Link freely but please credit original content.

News: Syrian hospital staff torture wounded patients!

Exclusive Channel 4 News footage shows medical staff torturing patients in their beds at the military hospital in Homs.

Hospital medical staff torture wounded patients in accordance with orders of the dictator Bashar Al-Assad in Homs city in Syria 05.02.2012.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Revolutionary Doctors: An Interview With Steve Brouwer!

NACLA interviewed Steve Brouwer, author of the 2011 book "Revolutionary Doctors: How Venezuela and Cuba Are Changing the World's Conception of Health Care."

According to the publisher Monthly Review Press, "Revolutionary Doctors gives readers a first-hand account of Venezuela's innovative and inspiring program of community health care, designed to serve—and largely carried out by—the poor themselves. Drawing on long-term participant observations as well as in-depth research, Brouwer tells the story of Venezuela's Integral Community Medicine program, in which doctor-teachers move into the countryside and poor urban areas to recruit and train doctors from among peasants and workers. Such programs were first developed in Cuba, and Cuban medical personnel play a key role in Venezuela today as advisors and organizers. This internationalist model has been a great success—Cuba is a world leader in medicine and medical training—and Brouwer shows how the Venezuelans are now, with the aid of their Cuban counterparts, following suit."
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How synthetic vocal cords might someday heal damaged voices!

Synthetic vocal cords may someday heal the voices of singers like Julie Andrews -- whose legendary voice was permanently damaged in a 1997 operation. Filmed in the lab of 2012 ACS Priestley Medalist and MIT Institute Professor Robert Langer, our latest video explains how artificial polymer vocal cords may help repair damaged vocal tissue.

Singers like The Who's Roger Daltrey and Andrews are not the only ones that stand to benefit from this research. Nearly six percent of the U.S. population has a vocal disorder, often caused by vocal cords that have stiffened due to scarring. In collaboration with Steven Zeitels, professor of laryngeal surgery at Harvard Medical School, Langer and Harvard Instructor of Surgery Sandeep Karajanagi developed a polymer that mimics the vibration of human vocal cords.
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Monday, May 21, 2012

New Approaches to Breast Cancer Treatment!

Medical oncologist Larry Norton, Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Breast Cancer Programs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, says that new information about how breast cancer cells behave is transforming our approach to treating the disease. Scientists have revealed that one of the dangers of breast cancer cells is their ability to recruit other cells that promote tumor growth and damage healthy tissue. This information has paved the way for research to develop new therapies that target and interfere with these cellular processes. Better understanding of the disease has also influenced the surgical management of breast cancer, resulting in less extensive operations.
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Fast food and fat profits: Obesity in America!

Obesity in America has reached a crisis point. Two out of every three Americans are overweight, one out of every three is obese. One in three are expected to have diabetes by 2050. Minorities have been even more profoundly affected. African-Americans have a 50 per cent higher prevalence of obesity and Hispanics 25 per cent higher when compared with whites.

How did the situation get so out of hand? On this week's episode of Fault Lines, Josh Rushing explores the world of cheap food for Americans living at the margins. What opportunities do people have to eat healthy? Who is responsible for food deserts and processed food in American schools? Fault Lines finds food revolutions taking place and speaks with the people that are fighting back. Thank you for visiting Medicine Men. Link freely but please credit original content.

New discoveries in Neurosciences!

Join Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Dr. Jim Jirjis as he discusses the latest in discoveries in neuroscience research with Dr. Reid Thomson, chair of neurosurgery at Vanderbilt, and Jeff Conn, Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt Center for Neurosciences Drug Discovery. The panel discuss and take viewer questions about brain tumors, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, depression, schizophrenia and other brain disorders.
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Vanderbilt Researchers: Is Zithromax causing heart problems?

It is a medication doctors often prescribe, but it could pose a risk for deadly heart problems. Vanderbilt Medical Center researchers have been studying the antibiotic azithromycin. You may know it as a Z-pack. Researchers say patients with heart issues may want to stay away.Azithromycin can be a life-saver for a person suffering from bronchitis, but new research suggests the widely used antibiotic may increase the risk of death."In this case it was a pretty marked finding," says Vanderbilt researcher Dr. Wayne Ray.A new article in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine was authored by Vanderbilt researchers. The team studied 14 years of health records and found that Tennessee Medicaid patients taking azithromycin, instead of other antibiotics, were at a greater risk for sudden heart failure. "And if you don't have immediate medical attention, you die," says Dr. Ray.The study found that patients taking azithromycin had a two and a half time greater risk of death than those taking another antibiotic, like amoxicillin.

Can You Eat Healthy At McDonald's?

McDonald's french fries still look perfect after 11 months. McDonald's has propylene glycol in their Big Mac Sauce. Automobile radiator fluid and aircraft deicing fluid are made from propylene glycol. Are there any good food choices at McDonald's? Does McDonald's use quality ingredients in their food? Is McDonald's food and better for you or any worse for you that Subway, Wendy's, Burger King, Chik-fil-A or Taco Bell? In this series Bryan has visited all of those fast food stores to determine what are the best choices at each. Bryan looks at the ingredients of the food items and makes his recommendations with the understanding that fast food is not quality food.

Pathogenesis Mechanism of Proteinuria in Diabetic Nephropathy!

In modern society, Diabetic Nephropathy has become the main primary cause of end-stage kidney failure in western countries. Proteinuria is among the significant symptoms of diabetic nephropathy. For Type 1 Diabetes, incidence rate of micro albumin in urine is 6% when diabetes history is one to three years, but will increase up to 50% among those with diabetes over 20 years. For type 2 diabetes, incidence rate of micoralbuminuria is 20% to 25%.
Here is one of 6 Diabetes animations done for an Interactive Learning Module during the summer of 2008 which highlights the pathophysiology of Diabetic Nephropathy. Created in Cinema 4d and After Effects FX Inc. 3D Life Science Animation and Visual Eects.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

How is the internet affecting our brains?

With the internet now an integral part of everyday life for many people, what does the latest research reveal about the impact on our well-being? At the forefront of the digital revolution are children and young people, and there have been many alarming stories in the media about the effects of the internet on their development. Is there a meaningful link between playing violent online computer games and becoming violent? Can 'brain training' games work? Does extended use of the internet really contribute to obesity? Are social network sites infantilising our brains?

Leading expert in neuroscience and education Dr Paul Howard-Jones delivers the Annual Nominet Trust Lecture at the RSA, assessing the extent to which the scientific findings support popular fears and anxieties about what technology is doing to us. Audio available here.

Study: Electric Shocks to Brain Improve Memory!

A new study at UCLA may raise hopes for those suffering from the effects of Alzheimer's and other brain-diminishing diseases. In a small sampling, seven patients with epilepsy—including some with memory impairment—had wires inserted into their brains, delivering electrical current to clusters of neurons that no longer function properly and cause seizures. In the process, researchers noted that all seven patients also exhibited improved memory, allowing them to navigate a virtual taxi cab through a computer-generated town created for the study.

Although very preliminary, the experiment saw improvement even in those patients not suffering from memory impairment, indicating that this stimulating technique might also benefit those with perfect cognitive functioning.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Aimee Copeland's family asks for help!

Aimee Copeland's family, sister Paige, Father Andy, and Mother Donna talk about Aimee's condition Wednesday afternoon, May 16, 2012, during a press conference at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga. Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old woman in Doctors Hospital fighting "necrotizing fasciitis", is now recovering after more amputations. According to Doctors Hospital, surgeons had to remove Aimee's remaining foot and her two hands because of the flesh eating disease.

Living with Lyme Disease!

What would you say to a person who is seeing many doctors for symptoms consistent with Lyme Disease only to be told nothing is wrong or they can't find anything wrong?

Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of a tick, and the disease is prevalent across the United States and throughout the world. Ticks know no borders and respect no boundaries. A patient's county of residence does not accurately reflect his or her Lyme disease risk because people travel, pets travel, and ticks travel. This creates a dynamic situation with many opportunities for exposure to Lyme disease for each individual.

Those suffering from Lyme Disease will find some comfort and interest in the following interviews.
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World Renowned Mayo Clinic Fires Muslim Doctor Promoting Female Genital Mutilation!

Hatem Elhagaly (AKA "Hatem Al Haj"), a medical doctor and fellow at the American Elhagely Academy of Pediatrics, ignores FGM's detrimental effects on women's health, and instead argues that it is 'an honor' for women. He justifies this position by referring repeatedly to the words of classical Islamic scholars from the four schools of mainstream Sunni Islamic thought, all of which attest to FGM's legitimacy under Islam. He also refers to the words of the Prophet Muhammad himself, who reportedly counselled people in his day on how to perform FGM in a way that would be "more beautiful to behold and better for [the woman's] husband."

Tha Mayo Clinic removed Dr. Elhagaly. They sent this email:

From: Public Affairs Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 2:16 PM Subject: RE: Dr. Hatem Elhagaly Dr. Elhagaly is no longer employed or caring for patients at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. We are working with his patients to transition their care to another physician. Because this is a personnel issue, we cannot comment further on Dr. Elhagaly's employment status. Female circumcision in children, referred to as female genital mutilation in U.S. legal statutes, is a felony-level child abuse crime. Mayo Clinic strongly opposes the procedure and it has never been performed at any Mayo Clinic facility. Thank you for visiting Medicine Men. Link freely but please credit original content.

Diabetic Patient AMARJIT at Diabetic Foot Care Centre, Satyam Hospital Dr kk arora, Ludhiana, Punjab!

Diabetes is very dangerous disease with multiple organs involvement and if it is not treated properly it leads to multiple complications. As the time passes, the rate and incidence of complications also goes on increasing. The first and foremost effect of long standing diabetes is on foot. Feet are first to get affected with diabetes. The complication of diabetes at the lower limb still represents the most prevalent cause of lower extremity amputation and this problem is bound to increase because of sharp increase of the incidence of diabetes an its complications. Amputations of the foot are usually performed in a cookbook fashion depending on the necrosis. As a result salvageable foot length is unnecessary sacrificed and the plantar surface area is decreased. The subsequent increase in the weight per cm square and the lack of attention to the altered biomechanics of the amputated foot renders it more susceptible to breakdown which can be as high as 80% with in 2 years.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Diabetes & Associated Complications!

Here is one of 6 Diabetes animations done for an Interactive Learning Module during the summer of 2008 which highlights the pathophysiology of Diabetic Nephropathy. Created in Cinema 4d and After Effects by 3FX Inc. 3D Life Science Animation and Visual Effects.
This short animation explains how the body works when unaffected by diabetes, with Type 1 diabetes and with Type 2 diabetes.

Necrotizing Fasciitis - Aimee Copeland update!

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Aimee Copeland continues to fight necrotizing fasciitis in an exceedingly Ga. Hospital. Her family says.Aimee Copeland, 24, battles flesh-eating necrotizing fasciitis following zip-lining accidentAimee Copeland, 24-year-old with necrotizing fasciitis, remains in important conditionOver the weekend, the 24-year-old psychology graduate student's friends and family updated a blog on the University of West Georgia psychology department's student web site.

The family previously had been involved Aimee would lose her hands and different foot as a result of the blood vessels had died. On Saturday evening, the blog said that Aimee can suffer the loss of her fingers, however doctors at JMS Burn Center in Augusta Ga. are hopeful of bringing life back to the palms of her hands, which might enable her the muscle management to eventually use prosthetic devices. "

They are awaiting a secure time before embarking on surgery for this," the blog browse. In a link to a separate post, Copeland's father Andy updated the general public on his daughter's condition in his own words. A post from Saturday morning reads: "The miracle continues. The words I hear from the medical professionals to explain Aimee's continued recovery are 'astonishing,' 'incredible,' 'confounding,' 'mind boggling' and 'unbelievable.'

All those are fitting words."Andy writes that Aimee's lungs had been stressed and broken, to the purpose where she required one hundred pc pure oxygen fed to her through a respirator. The doctors are gradually reducing that oxygen over the past week and towards the tip of Saturday, she was all the way down to thirty three % oxygen. Aimee Copeland's parents on flesh-eating bacteria:

Lasik Eye Surgery explained!

This is the Science Friday (National Public Radio) video about LASIK eye surgery. The funny thing about this video is that the narrator, who is probably also the producer, is a lot more nervous about LASIK laser vision correction than the patient himself. He is cool as a cucumber, I had LASIK myself, didn't think it was a big deal and now I see fantastic. The video features Steven Vale, M.D., medical director of Acuity Laser Eye & Vision Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Dr. Vale is one of the most well-respected and experienced Lasik surgeons in the world. Dr. Vale has performed over 21,000 laser vision correction surgeries. Dr. Vale's ability and experience really comes out in this otherwise realistic and detailed glimpse at the world of laser vision correction surgery.
The following video explains exactly how LASIK corrects vision problems. Brought to you by San Diego's Clearview Eye Laser and Medical Center.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Autistic Girl Expresses Unimaginable Intelligence!

Carly Fleischmann
At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child. Although she made some progress after years of intensive behavioral and communication therapy, Carly remained largely unreachable. Then, at the age of ten, she had a breakthrough. Source

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Surgery: Cranial osteolytic expansive lesion!

Here is a patient presented with headache and a bump on the skull at the time of diagnosis. The patient's disease is metastatic lung cancer. The patient is still alive and being treated with chemotherapy. This video is not for those weak in the stomach.

Brain Tumor Symptons!

Dr. Len Cerullo, CINN Medical Director and Neurosurgeon, discusses the most common signs and symptoms of brain tumors. These symptoms are as variable as the parts of the brain where tumors may present. Symptoms of brain tumors may include dizziness, weakness, seizures, behavior changes, headaches in rare cases and other neurologic deficits. Dr. Cerullos experience spans over twenty-five years of treating patients with brain tumors at one of the largest and most comprehensive neurosurgical practices in the country.
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Nodding Disease!

The devastating Nodding disease epidemic has reportedly spread to South Sudan, documents of the Centre for Disease Control CDC released by Kitgum district woman Member of Parliament Beatrice Atim Anywar apparently reveal. According to the documents, which Anywar says she downloaded from the CDC website medics in the war torn country have carried out preliminary findings that attribute the possible causes of the disease to gun powder residue, harmful war chemicals and population displacement. It's from here that the renowned iron lady, commonly known as mama mabira has given the parliament a one-day ultimatum to declare the districts of Kitgum, Lamwo and Pader as humanitarian disaster areas, lest she incites the masses.

Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures 2012!

5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Learn the numbers and spread awareness.

Why Is Yawning Contagious?

The brain operates best within a narrow range of temperatures, and like a car engine, it sometimes needs a way to cool down. To lower the brain’s thermostat, researchers say, the body takes in cooler air from its surroundings — prompting deep inhalation. Source

Humans, the primates with the most complex social networks, rely on the ability to share others' emotions to engage in successful social interactions. This phenomenon, known as empathy, relies on a perception-action mechanism. The involuntary re-enactment of an observed behavior may arise in the observer by recruiting neural mechanisms that, during the perception of an action or of a facial expression, activate shared representations. Contagious yawning, evoked by the yawn produced by a conspecific and widely demonstrated in human and non-human primates, also involves a similar action-perception mechanism. Source

Monday, May 14, 2012

3D Medical Animation - Congestive Heart Failure!

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which the heart's function as a pump is inadequate to deliver oxygen rich blood to the body. Eventually, untreated, worsening congestive heart failure will affect virtually every organ in the body. This is a 3D medical animation that describes and shows the causes of congestive heart failure.

Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer's Disease!

This 4-minute captioned video shows the intricate mechanisms involved in the progression of Alzheimer's disease in the brain. Credit:

The human brain is a remarkable organ. Complex chemical and electrical processes take place within our brains that let us speak, move, see, remember, feel emotions and make decisions. Inside a normal healthy brain, billions of cells called neurons constantly communicate with one another.They receive messages from each other as electrical charges travel down the axon to the end of the neuron. The electrical charges release chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. The transmitters move across microscopic gaps, or synapses, between neurons. They bind to receptor sites on the dendrites of the next neuron.This cellular circuitry enables communication within the brain. Healthy neurotransmission is important for the brain to function well. Alzheimer's disease disrupts this intricate interplay. By compromising the ability of neurons to communicate with one another, the disease over time destroys memory and thinking skills. Scientific research has revealed some of the brain changes that take place in Alzheimer's disease.

Necrotizing Fasciitis (flesh eating bacteria): Dr. Nabil Ebraheim

Necrotizing Fasciitis , flesh eating bacteria animation Educational video describing the condition and treatment known as necrotizing fasciitis. Early diagnosis and treatment is important to save the patient LIFE OR LIMB.

There are several strains of strepoccocus that can cause NF. Beginning stages of NF involve fibrotic inflammation of the fascia. At that point, you must go to the doctor and get treatment, otherwise, the NF will cause necrosis (cell death) to the area affected. At that point, damage is permanent, and you have to face an amputation of a limb before NF leads to a terminal stage, which can lead to death. Thank you for visiting Medicine Men. Link freely but please credit original content.

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