Posted on 16 April 2013.
Breast Cancer Drugs Can Reduce Risk
The risk of developing various cancers has been difficult to understand for many people. There is seemingly no connection between any health conditions and the development of cancers. Fortunately an independent task force released a study this week that has some promising news about breast cancer development.
According to the research panel, patients that are given small doses of two leading breast cancer treatments are significantly less likely to develop the cancer in the future. The study specifically targeted women that were considered high risk and much to the surprise of the medical experts the drugs did in fact have a very significant impact. This is absolutely great news because many doctors are hopeful that with some more research they will be able to effectively create a vaccine of sorts. Any sort of advancement in the field is great news because this is the next step towards eliminating the risk for breast cancer.
Many doctors and cancer research organizations are very hopeful that this will turn into a viable vaccine system. There is also some evidence that suggests this type of pre-treatment may work for risk reduction in a number of other cancers as well. Multiple follow up studies are being conducted right now to determine how effective this could be.
Posted in Health
Posted on 06 April 2013.
Walking is Just as Good as Running!
Running and other high intensity exercise has generally been considered to be the best way to stay in shape and keep yourself healthy. While it is true that running is more effective at losing weight and keeping in top shape, a number of doctors and medical researchers released a report this week that indicates that frequent walking might be all that is actually needed to promote heart health. This is absolutely great news because walking is significantly easier to do, much easier to get started in, and will still offer the healthy benefits of more strenuous workouts.
Doctors are quick to point out that simply walking slowly won’t do a lot of good, but a quick pace will do wonders to promote a healthy heart and healthy lifestyle. Doctors are continuing to recommend that patients get as much exercise as the can by this study is definitely helping motivate people to at least get out there and walk. Walking is still great exercise that can improve quality of life and lead to a longer more fulfilling life so go out side and take a walk; it might keep you strong and healthy for years to come.
Posted in Health
Posted on 27 March 2013.
Bill Gates Wants to Build a Better Condom
Condoms are not a new technology, they are already available pretty much everywhere in the world and according to many experts they’ve helped millions of people in a number of ways. Obviously condoms are important in the worldwide fight against STDs but now Bill Gates and his foundation are hoping to improve on them once again. Bill Gates apparently started this program because he feels it could have a significant impact worldwide, currently there are millions of people dying from STDs because they do not use condoms for one reason or another.
The overall goal of Gates’ challenge is to create a condom that is not only effective but will also be used. In order to achieve this he insists that the condoms must be very cheap and should also be as minimal as possible in order to get past the current stigma many condoms have. Gates is hopeful that someone will step up to his challenge and if someone is successful he had pledged to provide significant funding to make it a reality.
This is great news because it could save millions of lives and put an end to the unnecessary spread of various diseases. Third world countries in particular are Gates’ target but he also hopes that the improved condoms will help in America and other developed countries as well.
Posted in Health
Posted on 28 February 2013.
Lung Cancer Screening Could Save Lives
This week a new and innovative study on lung cancer screening came out and revealed some interesting information about the deadly ailment. Doing lung cancer screenings has never been very common but recently researchers have begun doing it more and more often, what they have found is that a few simple screening procedures can quickly and easily detect cancer in the early stages and help reduce deaths.
According to doctors a few simple CT scans could likely save thousands of lives or more due to lung cancer detection and they are hopeful that some day soon it will become significantly more common for the screening to take place. Researchers say that lung cancer screening is really only necessary in high risk patients such as smokers, but running them through a simple CT scan would be about 90% effective at detecting the cancer in even the earliest onset in most patients. This is absolutely great news for everyone, even non smokers, because the procedure is simple and already widespread so it should not be difficult to make it a common practice.
Doctors are expecting to begin more lung cancer screenings as soon as possible in many cases. This new push for lung cancer screening really could save thousands of lives per year.
Posted in Health
Posted on 22 January 2013.
Brain Implant May Help Alzheimer's Patients
Alzheimer’s is one of the many ailments that are relatively unknown to the medical world; despite millions of dollars being spent on research there haven’t been any truly major breakthroughs in a long time, at least until now. This week a medical report released shows that there might be a very promising new treatment available for Alzheimer’s patients in the near future, and it comes in the form of an implant.
The new Alzheimer’s implant is still in development and testing but preliminary reports are looking very promising. The implant was designed around a heart pacemaker and doctors say that it functions very similarly as well. Basically the implant will continue to stimulate the patient’s brain in a number of locations with various inputs that are apparently able to significantly reduce the affects of Alzheimer’s disease on the brain.
This is great news because it might be the biggest treatment breakthrough ever for Alzheimer’s patients. Doctors are working rapidly to begin more in dept testing so that hopefully soon they will be able to release this treatment and control system to the public. For the millions of people that suffer from Alzheimer’s this could be the greatest medical advancement of all time.
Posted in Health
Posted on 12 November 2012.
New Cancer Testing Method Discovered
This week, through a series of interesting and strange coincidences a new test for testicular cancer has been discovered. The entire ordeal started when a man reportedly posted pictures of a pregnancy test that he himself used, when the results came back positive he was a little confused. Fortunately the kind folks are Reddit suggested that it could be a very bad sign, and further research was conducted.
After a number of interesting theories came up, the general consensus was that the pregnancy test was likely detecting a testicular tumor that produces the same hormones as pregnant women. The man took the advice and went to a doctor, where it was confirmed that he did in fact have testicular cancer. The truly good news is that, while this test method has apparently been known about for a while, this story has managed to spread the knowledge to millions of people.
Of course doctors are not recommending that pregnancy tests be used as the only form of testing, but they are now beginning to test just how effective the test is. Researchers say that they are very hopeful that a simple pregnancy test might be the trick to early detection of testicular cancer, which would absolutely be great news for men all around the globe.
Posted in Health
Posted on 08 November 2012.
10 Minutes Can Boost Life Expectancy
Obesity and a lack of exercise is a major problem for millions of people around the world and unfortunately things are not improving in most areas. The good news is that this week a medical study released shows that just a few simple steps can actually make a huge difference in terms of life expectancy for even the most overweight people. The study was focused on people that exercise just over 10 minutes per day and it showed that there can be a significant life expectancy increase.
Just 10 minutes of exercise per day was linked to a life expectancy increase of nearly 2 years, which is a very noticeable change. Of course the study also showed that 20 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour each added progressively more time onto a person’s life which once again shows the importance of exercise. The good news is that no matter how bad of shape a person is in, a simple and short workout really can make a difference.
As always doctors are recommending exercise and healthy eating to everyone and this just goes to show that even the slightest change can make a big difference. A quick 10 minute workout per day might not be enough according to most doctors, but it will at least get you started in the right direction.
Posted in Society & Entertainment
Posted on 26 October 2012.
Yet Another Cancer Breakthrough
Cancer research is at the front of the line when it comes to medical spending and as such it is not that surprising that some significant breakthroughs have been reached. Yet another major breakthrough happened this week as a group of medical researchers discovered what may be the trick to testing and diagnosing pancreatic cancer.
The research, conducted by a number of medical experts, effectively determined the various genetic make up of a number of different pancreatic cancer samples. Like many cancers, pancreatic cancer comes in hundreds of genetic varieties, but because this research managed to completely break them down to the DNA level researchers will now be able to create a relatively effective testing routine from the information.
This is huge news not only for pancreatic cancer, but all cancers, because it will lead the field with new ways to research testing and diagnosis. The genetic sequencing and identification of pancreatic cancer and other cancers will undoubtedly lead to better treatment and medications in the future. This is a major medical breakthrough in a number of ways and nearly everyone in the medical field is incredibly happy to see this happening. Follow up studies are being planned now to determine the best way to use this information, and the same testing routines will likely be translated to other cancers as well, so it is only a matter of time before more big news comes out.
Posted in Health
Posted on 24 October 2012.
FDA Approves Epilepsy Medication
Epilepsy affects a significant number of people around the globe, many of which are young children. Unfortunately for years now there has been no approved medication for children under the age of 12, but today that has all changed thanks to the FDA’s approval of Fycompa.
Fycompa has been in testing for years and now that it has received FDA approval it will finally be on the market for doctors to prescribe. The medication showed a very significant reduction in symptoms and seizures for children under 12 years old, which is precisely what lead to the eventual approval of the drug. Doctors and researchers have been pushing for Fycompa’s approval for quite some time now and now that it has finally been approved it will likely be available in the very near future.
This is absolutely great news for parents of children with epilepsy as it might finally be the medication they’ve been waiting for. It is not often that a major drug breakthrough comes around and this might be a very big deal for millions of people. In the coming months doctors are expected to continue reporting on the effectiveness and success of the drug with real world patients. Doctors are incredibly happy with the FDA’s approval and are hopeful that it will perform as well in the real world as it has in testing.
Posted in Health
Posted on 19 September 2012.
Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Looks Promising
A medical study released this week shows that some time in the near future suffers of the debilitating disease, multiple sclerosis, may have a promising treatment. Currently around half a million people in the USA alone are affected by MS and millions more worldwide suffer, which is precisely why this treatment is such good news. The new drug, Myelin, is an oral pill rather than injection which is what makes it so unique.
Currently there are no oral treatments for MS that are effective, making Myelin the best option if it gets approved. The important thing is that Myelin was incredibly effective at treating MS and reducing symptoms during the medical trials so if it becomes publicly available it could improve the lives of millions of people.
The FDA is going to be hearing the case for Myelin sometime soon and most analysts predict it will likely be approved for use. If that is the case then it will hopefully be available on shelves sometime before the end of the year, but at this point it is absolutely impossible to say for sure. Regardless, doctors are incredibly happy with how well Myelin has performed in all medical trials and will continue to fight until it has been approved or improved enough o finally be approved for use as it is the best option on the market right now.
Posted in Health