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New Health findings in 2011

Our yearly healthy round up ...


Alzheimer’s Disease Detection
This is a progressive neurological disorder that is incurable and characterized by plaques and tangles in the brain. So far, these plaques and tangles could be seen only during an autopsy, but through a recent imaging technique, a new radioactive molecular imaging compound called AV-45 is injected to the patient and this compound binds to the plaques in the brain. Afterwards, a PET (positron emission tomography) scan will show these dyed plaques. This may be very helpful for the doctors in the early detection of the disease as early as 10 years before the symptoms develop and thus prevent the patients and their families from the devastating effects of AD.

Bio-printing would replace skin grafting, the painful procedure. How is it done? The Bio-Printer device contains a laser that scans the patient’s wound to measure its dimensions. Then a computer controls the release of skin cells, which are sprayed directly onto the wound. This has been tested on mice with faster healing results. The printer needs skin cell refills and one’s own skin cells can be grown and multiplied in the lab itself.

Brain Cancer Vaccine
Experimental vaccine is being developed by scientists for brain cancer (glioblastoma). Normally, the surgeons can excise 99% of this brain tumor, but the left over few cancer cells can multiply and become resistant to treatment. This vaccine is developed from the same cells of the removed tumor, but placed with protein to fight tumor cells.

Cure for Hepatitis C
Oral antiviral drugs and injectable interferon for 6 months to 1 year was the only treatment for Hep C so far. Liver transplant alone cured the disease completely until now. Two new drugs for Hepatitis-C have been discovered: Telaprevir and Boceprevir. (protease inhibitors), which work by hindering an enzyme that helps the Hepatitis C virus replicate itself and multiply. Clinical trials show the cure rates with these drugs are higher than those with standard therapy. Telaprevir and Boceprevir now await FDA approval. They may revolutionize the Hep C treatment.

Endoscopic weight loss procedure
Transoral Gastroplasty (TOGA), the newest procedure is an incision-less option for bariatric surgery, TOGA uses two flexible endoscopes to pass instruments through the mouth, reducing the size of the stomach to a small pouch.

First cancer vaccine approved by the FDA
An outcome of 15 years of research is Provenge (Sipuleucel-T). This prostate cancer vaccine does not cure metastatic prostate cancer, but it can prolong the lives of patients as it induces immune response. Though costly treatment, it might be beneficial to patient if administered early in the treatment process.

Heart disease in healthy individuals too
The research called JUPITER (Justification for the Use of Statins in Primary Prevention: an Intervention Trial Evaluating Rosuvastatin) showed that heart disease can develop in people with low-to-normal levels of bad cholesterol or LDL and if they have a high level of C-reactive protein levels, a biomarker of inflammation, suggestion is to give anti-cholesterol drug or statin to these individuals. The study says, this finding helps in preventing heart diseases in people who are otherwise unaware of their risks considering that about 400,000 Americans who had their first heart attacks had cholesterol levels within normal range.

Magic Mirror
Our vital signs like pulse, respiration and blood pressure are measured either manually or by attaching sensors to our body, but for burn victims or newborns, this may become impossible. Now there is a solution. A graduate student Ming-Zher Poh from Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program has found a software whereby putting a person in front of a low-cost camera such as a laptop computer’s built-in webcam, these indicators can be measured, The system can be built in a mirror and people can easily track their health everyday looking at the mirror. Now, the most crucial blood pressure part is being worked upon.

Multi-drug resistant bacterial infections
No worries hereafter. Researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK have found that the brains of cockroaches and locusts have powerful antibiotic properties and are able to kill more than 90 percent of bacteria that are often deadly to humans, including methicillin-resistant Staphlococcus aureus (MRSA) and pathogenic Escherichia coli without harming human cells.

Type 2 diabetes is reversible
The study made by experts at Newcastle University claims that by sticking to a very low-calorie diet (liquid and non-starchy food) for 8 weeks, the body can be made to produce its own insulin and within the first one week itself people had their blood sugar level returned to normal.. The study thus suggests that a dramatic drop in calorie intake will reduce the fat in the pancreas and liver, which is the reason behind lack of insulin secretion that is vital for blood sugar control.

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Brain transplant ...

"A man went in for a brain transplant operation and was offered a choice of two brains by the surgeon.
He could choose either a teacher’s brain which would cost him $10,000 or a politician’s which would cost $100,000.
“Does that mean that the politician’s brain is much better than the teachers’?” asked the clearly puzzled man.
“No, not exactly.” replied the surgeon, “The politician’s has never been used so it’s almost like new.”

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