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Christmas Lights Equal Happy People

Are you one of those people who scoff at putting up your Christmas tree well before Thanksgiving, demanding to wait until after the holiday to erect your tree? Me, too. I like to wait so I don't get sick of the decorations after they've been up for more than a month. A month, for me, is a good limit to all decorations, Halloween, Christmas or whatever.

Surgery Students Are Losing Dexterity

The effects of living in the age of information continue to roll in, and while many of them are good, some are downright disturbing. The lack of fine and gross motor development due to younger generations spending more time on screens and less time physically active is taking its toll in many forms, and one of those is in the medical field itself.

A cure For Ebola?

Scientists in Winnipeg have discovered a cure that is 100 percent effective on monkeys if given within 24 hours of infection

A Cure For Ebola?

Like many people, in the 1990s I was terrified of Ebola. Richard Preston’s all-too-vivid novels saw to that, along with a plethora of other books, television shows and movies like “Contagion.” The virus kills about 90 percent of the people that it infects, and the victims die terribly: choking on their own fluids, with blood seeping from places that blood does not ordinarily seep.

As the millennium ticked over and the years went by, it eventually became clear that, barring some kind of surprising mutation, Ebola was not really the stuff of apocalyptic nightmares after all. The good news, if one can morbidly use the phrase in this context, was that ebola was SO deadly and SO swift that it rarely spread far. If it had a slower progression, if it became airborne, if it left more survivors who could carry the disease into major population centers… if if if.

OTC HIV Test - FDA Considering Approval

In-Home HIV test (OraQuick)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing the first ever test consumers could purchase over-the-counter to enable concerned individuals to test on their own -- at home and without having to see a doctor -- whether they have the HIV virus. Word is, the FDA is considering approving the test for consumers to purchase at a drug store or online.


The test is called the OraQuick In-Home HIV test, which reviewers think may help slow the spread of the HIV virus. This review comes just one day following an FDA panel approving the HIV pill called Truvada for HIV preventative use.

The concern over the approval with the at home HIV test lies in the concern over privacy. If the OraQuick In-Home HIV test is approved for OTC use, consumers would simply swab their mouth. The test would return a result in 20 minutes.

National Take-Back Day for prescription drugs

It is important to safely dispose of old prescription drugs.

 

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) arm of the United States government along with its community partners is holding another national day for the public to safely dispose of old drugs. This year's event will be held on April 28, 2012.

One of the main purposes of the program is to give the public another way to prevent pill theft and abuse by elimination potentially dangerous unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs from homes. In addition, unused drugs that are discarded can inadvertently end up in the nation's water supply, which is another reason for this DEA event.

Promising New Drug for Ulcerative Colitis

It's called MDX-1100.

Ulcerative Colitis is a particularly painful, and for some, embarrassing digestive system disease. It occurs when the intestines became inflamed. They can become so inflamed that the sufferer is in pain, has fevers, has bleeding, and can lose weight. Diarrhea is often present, requiring frequent trips to the bathroom.

The disease often starts in the rectal area, but it can grow slowly to infect the entire large intestine. While the exact cause is not known, it is believed that a weaker immune systems, certain foods, and stress can trigger attacks.


In severe cases, surgery is an option, but that involves removing the colon, which requires the patient to wear an ileostomy bag to collect waste. There's also steroids -- while this helps some, others cannot tolerate the side effects which may include cramping and weight gain. Some drugs also suppress the immune system, which makes the patient more prone to infection and other diseases, like cancer.

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