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Kidney failure big new killer on the horizon

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  • April 22, 2009September 3, 2010

Kidney failure has emerged as a new killer on the horizon in Australia, resulting in more deaths than cardiovascular disease.

Data from 2007 released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show kidney and urinary tract diseases have jumped to 10th on the leading cause of death list with 3,230 deaths being attributed as the single underlying cause. “Most of this increase appears to be due to an increase in chronic kidney failure deaths that have risen 148 percent in the last decade with a striking 133 percent rise over the last three years,” said Tim Mathew, medical director of Kidney Health Australia (KHA). This is at a time when cardiovascular deaths have decreased 125 percent in the last decade.

The rise in mortality has occurred in both sexes with female deaths accounting for 55 percent of all deaths from diseases of the kidney and urinary tract. An age breakdown of these deaths is not yet available, said a KHA release.
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‘Beauty’ injections can turn ugly: NY health officials

beautyinjectionsPeople looking for a quick beauty fix risk death from unlicensed practitioners offering oil injections to enhance prized body parts, health authorities warned.

The city health department said silicone, petroleum jelly, castor oil, mineral oil or cod liver oil were among substances injected by unscrupulous practitioners.

“People who undergo these unsafe procedures hope to enhance their appearance, but the reality can be lifelong deformity and even death,” said Doctor Nathan Graber, director of the city’s environmental and occupational disease program.Read More »‘Beauty’ injections can turn ugly: NY health officials

Stem cells ‘can treat diabetes’

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  • April 20, 2009September 3, 2010

An experimental stem cell treatment has enabled patients with type 1 diabetes to go for as long as four years without insulin injections, researchers say.

A US-Brazilian project with 23 patients found most were able to produce their own insulin after a transplant of stem cells from their own bone marrow. Even those who relapsed needed less insulin than before.

But writing in the journal JAMA, the team warned the treatment may only work in those very recently diagnosed. The treatment is designed to stop the immune systems of those with type 1 diabetes, a condition which usually develops in childhood, from mistakenly destroying the cells which create insulin. Read More »Stem cells ‘can treat diabetes’

Needle can save stroke patient

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  • April 20, 2009August 2, 2014

Keep a syringe or a needle in your home to do this. It’s an amazing and unconventional method of recovering from a stroke.

When stroke strikes, the capillaries in the brain will gradually burst. So stay calm. No matter where the victim is, do not move him/her. The reason being if the patient is moved in this state, the capillaries will burst.

Help the victim to sit up to prevent him/her from falling over again and then the bloodletting can begin. Bloodletting is the withdrawal of often-considerable quantities of blood from a patient in the belief that this would cure or prevent a great many illnesses and diseases.

If you have in your home an injection syringe that would be the best. Otherwise, a sewing needle or a straight pin will do. Follow the directions below in cases such as this:Read More »Needle can save stroke patient

Soothing songs please the heart

soothingsongIf you have heart problems, you might want to plug in that iPod or pop in a CD of mellow songs. Hospital patients with coronary heart disease reduced their heart rates, breathing rate and blood pressure just by listening to music, a Temple University review of 23 previous studies found.

The report, published in the latest issue of ‘The Cochrane Library,’ found that the soothing effects were greatest when these patients chose their own tunes. For example, patients’ pulse rates fell by more beats per minute when they made the selections compared with those who listened to music selected by researchers.
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Diabetes also attacks mind

Blindness, renal failure, stroke and heart disease are potential outcome of type 2 diabetes, which currently afflicts more than 15 million Americans. Now research from Tel Aviv University (TAU) has found something more worrisome: it can also accelerate mental decline and dementia.

Tali Cukierman-Yaffe, physician and researcher from TAU’s Sackler School of Medicine, found that people with diabetes were 1.5 more likely to experience cognitive (mental) decline, and 1.6 times more likely to suffer from dementia than people without diabetes.

Her recent study suggests that higher-than-average levels of blood sugar may have a role in this relationship.
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Brain power: a cup of hot chocolate

It is supposed to be the perfect bedtime drink to send you off to sleep. But in fact, a cup of hot chocolate could be just the thing to peep you up, scientists say.

Research shows that flavanols — plant chemicals abundant in dark chocolate — stave off fatigue and boost mental sharpness.

It is thought that they widen blood vessels, boosting blood flow to the brain. Psychologists asked 30 people to carry out a battery of mental arithmetic tests before and after having a flavanol-rich chocolate drink or a dummy beverage.
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What you drink may add more to weight than what you eat

What you drink may contribute more to weight gain than what you merely eat, according to a study.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, examined the link between beverage consumption among adults and weight change.

They conducted a prospective study of 810 adults, aged between 25-79 years old participating in the PREMIER trial, an 18-month randomised and controlled study.

They found that weight loss was positively associated with a reduction in liquid calorie consumption. Conversely, this kind of intake had a stronger impact on weight than solid calorie intake.
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New antibiotic clears hurdle in TB treatment

A new antibiotic has passed a key phase in a test of drugs aimed at shortening the time to cure tuberculosis, offering a potential boon in the fight against TB, according to a study reported in The Lancet.

The standard treatment for TB is a course of drugs that takes up to six months – a time that is so long that many patients, believing they are cured because they no longer feel symptoms of the disease, abandon the therapy.Read More »New antibiotic clears hurdle in TB treatment

How scratching brings relief

* Scratching temporarily blocks itch signals
* Findings may lead to drugs for chronic itching

itchScratching an itchy spot turns off an itch ‘switch’ in the spinal cord, US researchers said in a finding they think could lead to better treatments for itching disorders.

Tests on monkeys showed that scratching short-circuits itch signals to the brain.

Understanding how this works may lead to new treatments for people with diseases such as AIDS or Hodgkin’s disease that cause itching not easily relieved by antihistamines or steroid creams. Read More »How scratching brings relief