December 2011

Medicine Report: Could Diet Affect Alzheimer's?

 

Alzheimer's is a condition that slowly and often painfully decreases the ability of a person to live a normal life. Generally, the progression of this condition takes time and the family suffers alongside the individual. A new medical report indicates that the diet patterns of some people may in fact help to stop the brain from shrinking, a common problem in those who suffer from this condition.

As reported by ScienceDaily, the diet of some people may play a role in the effects that Alzheimer's has on them. Those who have a diet that is high in specific vitamins or in omega 3 fatty acids could help to reduce the risk of brain shrinkage that happens in people with this condition. Those people who had a diet rich in omega 3's and other vitamins were less likely to suffer this symptom than those that did not have this. The study, published by the American Academy of Neurology is an important one.

Zicam is Amazing, If Taken Correctly

My husband and I have been ill all week, and my mother suggested we take Zicam in order to feel better. She swore that my father and sister, both also sick—likely from shared germs during Christmas!—were both getting much better after taking Zicam rapid melts. The medicine is more expensive than the Dayquil I usually buy—around $10 or $11—so I was naturally skeptical. And when I heard that it was homeopathic, I was even more wary—not because I don’t trust natural remedies; I truly do. It’s just that my sinus structure is different from most people’s, and both conventional and homeopathic remedies usually don’t work well on me for these types of things.

How to Safely Store Medicine

Rather than storing your medications in the bathroom, choose a cool and dry place to house your drugs.

Many people store their medicines in the medicine cabinet in their bathroom. But in reality, this popular medicine storage spot is not the best place to keep your medicine. The bathroom is typically a warm and humid location, which is an environment that can speed up the breakdown process of some drugs. This breakdown can occur whether the medication is in tablet form or capsule.

What can happen is that the exposure to moisture and heat can cause the medication to loss some of its potency even before the drug's expiration date.

Rather than storing your medications in the bathroom, choose a cool and dry place to house your drugs. Don't opt for the kitchen either, where they again will be exposed to heat and possibly moisture.

The Brand Names of Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen has many brand names, some well-known and others, not so.Therefore, depending on what country you are living in, you will know acetaminophen by a different brand name. Its main brand name within the United States is Tylenol. However, if you were in the United Kingdom, the brand name for acetaminophen would be Paracetamol. 
 
Anyone living within the Arab countries of Kuwait or Bahrain would know this drug by its brand name, “Adol”. The major brand name for an acetaminophen based drug in Venezuela is called “Atamel”. However you would refer to it as “Cemol” in Thailand. 

An Overview Of the Colon

Functions and Structure

One of the important organs within the body is called the colon. It is part of the gastrointestinal system. The common word for the colon is the “intestine.” However, it is necessary to distinguish between the features of both the small intestine, or “bowel”, and the large intestine, or “colon.” By doing so, it will be easier to understand where the disorders of the colon are located, and which structure is affected.

The colon has numerous functions and responsibilities within the body. Its main function is to transport waste generated from the food we ingest and release it from the body. Even though this is its main function, the colon is also responsible for other functions such as the absorption of water.

The History of Acetaminophen

The history of acetaminophen is quite detailed. this drug was first made using coal tar also found in cigarettes. It belongs to the class of medication known as the analgesics. It is further placed in the subgroup called the aniline analgesics. Acetaminophen was created after metabolizing another drug called phenacetin. However, phenacetin is no longer in use as it was found to cause a slew of problems such as cancer.

Acetaminophen received its name from the actual chemistry of the drug. Its chemical name is para-acetylaminophenol, and this is where the name acet-amino-phen comes from. When scientists or medical professionals refer to acetaminophen, they use the shortened form of its name: APAP.

The Glycemic Index

One phrase that has gained in popularity over the last couple of years is the “Glycemic Index”. More and more people are becoming concerned about their diet and their level of exercise, and how the type of food they eat will have an affect on their health. Now some dietitians are educating the general public on how to consider the glycemic index of different foods when planning their meals.

In simple terms ,the glycemic index indicates the level of carbohydrates within a type of food. These foods are then given a GI value that states how the food will affect amount of glucose in the blood.

New Treatments for Deadly Brain Tumors

It used to be common that the diagnosis of a brain tumor would be fatal. Often inoperable, these conditions are tragic at best. However, the Cleveland Clinic is working on new strategies that could help improve the health of individuals. The research being conducted focuses on providing improvement for some patients facing the most devastating forms of this illness.

What Doctors Are Doing

Glioblastoma multiforme is one of the worst with a 20 percent, five-year survival rate, which occurs in those under the age of 19. For those who are diagnosed later in life, the survival rate behind five years is below six percent. However, the research being conducted now focuses on offering these patients help. To do so, they are turning to experimental treatment options.

Neti Pot Use Kills Two

Amoebas in tap water caused the deaths of two Louisiana residents
With flu and general illness season upon us, there's little that's more irritating than walking around with your sinuses filled to the brim. I loathe congestion with the fury of a thousand suns. I evolved to breathe through my nose-holes and I believe I have the right to take advantage of that ability whenever I please, thanks. But as annoying as congestion may be, it seems some of the methods developed to help deal with it actually result in even more nefarious side effects. Like, say, death.
 

The Uses and Drug Interactions of Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen has various uses as a medication. It is mainly used in the treatment of pain. It does not have the anti-inflammatory properties of aspirin, so it can be used to treat the pain of arthritis, but not the inflammation that goes with it. Acetaminophen is also given for the treatment of fever. Before giving it to a child, consult the child’s doctor.

In adults, this medication should not be taken for a session longer than 10 days. One of the most notable treatment characteristics a doctor must be aware of is any current medications. Like other medicine, acetaminophen can react to other medications to either increase or decrease in effectiveness and concentration.

5 Minute Clinical Consult: Medical Information at Your Fingertips

What Is It?

There is a great software tool called the 5 minute Clinical Consult available on PDA. It is a software application that contains over 900 medical cases. They provide information on the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up. It is the electronic version of a medical textbook with the same name published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. The medical professionals using it will be given access to the basics of any medical condition.

Why Use the 5 Minute Clinical Consult Clinically?

In an emergency room or medical ward, sometimes a medical professional has only five minutes. The 5 minute clinical consult on a PDA will place the information that a nurse or a medical professional needs only the touch of a button away. It works as a quick reference for all known diagnosis and treatment options of a disease. This is handy for situations when the patient has unusual symptoms or an uncommon medical condition. In instances where it might be life-threatening, there is no time to review a textbook. Instead turning on a PDA and the Five Minute Clinical Consult can give access to critical information.

3 Prescription Assistance Programs

Save money on prescriptions drugs through prescription assistance programs -- if you qualify.

As the cost of health care rises, including the price tag of prescription medications, patients need to find ways to save money on medications. Some people qualify for free or low cost prescription medicines through prescription assistance programs. Patient Assistant Programs are commonly called PAPs, and are services typically offered by pharmaceutical companies to help those who cannot afford their medications.

There are a number of these programs out there. Today, we'll showcase three of them.

Damage To the Liver By Acetaminophen

"If the person has taken too much acetaminophen or too many medication containing this drug, the hospital can administer an antidote"

When taken by a healthy individual in a dosage that your doctor recommends, acetaminophen does not have a large health risk compared to other medication. However, someone with a health problem or someone who exceeds the dosage for this medication can develop liver problems.

Acetaminophen is the generic name for a chemical found in painkillers such as Tylenol, Percoset and Vicodin. Drugs such as Percoset and Vicodin require a prescription, whereas Tylenol can be purchased over the counter. Some people who take too much acetaminophen might develop liver damage.
 
Liver damage is also possible when the person also drinks alcohol (at least 3 glasses) after taking acetaminophen. This can lead to their liver failing. This might seem like something that might not occur often in the general population, but at least half a million people went to the emergency room last year because of damage to their liver caused by this medication.

Administering The Allergen Skin Test

Identifying False Negatives
A common way to test for allergies is the allergen skin test. This test is quite simple and is based on placing the suspected allergy to be tested on the person’s skin, and pricking the skin. The skin is then observed for a few minutes for a reaction. If redness and inflammation occurs where the allergen has been placed, then the person is positive for having an allergy to that substance.
 
Other than pricking the skin, another method of completing an allergy test would be to place the suspected substance in a syringe and have this injected into the arm in a layer right under the skin. By doing this, the skin is observed for a reaction. This type of allergen testing is completed on more serious allergens such as penicillin.

Growing New Bones with 3D Printers

"Researchers at Washington State University have hacked a commercially available 3D printer for bone-making purposes."

Don't you hate when you run out of bone? It's sort of a necessary component to staying alive, yet if you bash it up wrong or don't take care of it in the long run you might find yourself without enough of it. Doctors have been able to supplement skeletons with metal in the past, but it's not really a substitute for the real thing. Now that we've got a bone printer in the world, though, osteoporosis and other bone disorders don't seem quite so daunting anymore.

New Experimental Drug Helped Monkeys Lose Weight

On average, monkeys who took the experimental drug, Adipotide, lost eleven percent of their total body weight.

Obesity is a growing epidemic in this country, and the researchers, scientists, and the medical community have been working hard to combat the disease. Now, a recent study has revealed that a new drug may help in this fight.

Researchers out of Texas are reporting the results of a remarkable study with potentially groundbreaking and significant implications against the battle against obesity. An experimental drug, called Adipotide, has been manufactured and designed to destroy fat cells, and it appears to be helping a test group of monkeys lose weight.