Archive for the ‘common illnesses’ Category

How To Get Well

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Don’t know what’s wrong and not sure where to turn for expert medical advice and treatment?

If you have a serious chronic condition, it may help you to know that it will take time to reverse a process that has developed over many years. There is no quick fix or magic bullet available for most chronic degenerative disorders. It takes a physician like Dr. Singer to apply good, scientific medical knowledge to help the healing process begin.

Maybe it’s time to visit Dr. Jonathan Singer, one of the pioneers in combining traditional medical care and natural treatments at his health care clinic in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Jonathan Singer Understands When You Just Don’t Feel Well:
Visit Dr. Jonathan Singer’s Website

Nanomotors In Living Cells

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Researchers at Penn State University have made amazing advances with nanomotors:

For the first time anywhere, a team of chemists and engineers at Penn State has placed tiny synthetic motors inside live human cells, propelled them with ultrasonic waves and steered them magnetically. It’s not exactly “Fantastic Voyage,” but it’s close. The nanomotors, which are rocket-shaped metal particles, move around inside the cells, spinning and battering against the cell membrane.

“As these nanomotors move around and bump into structures inside the cells, the live cells show internal mechanical responses that no one has seen before,” said Tom Mallouk, Evan Pugh Professor of Materials Chemistry and Physics. “This research is a vivid demonstration that it may be possible to use synthetic nanomotors to study cell biology in new ways. We might be able to use nanomotors to treat cancer and other diseases by mechanically manipulating cells from the inside. Nanomotors could perform intracellular surgery and deliver drugs noninvasively to living tissues.”

SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy)

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

by Eric Miller


This is Carolina, my wife. Today marks what would have been our four year anniversary. Carolina passed away tragically at the age of 25 as a result of SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy). In Carolina’s honor and in honor of all those living with and lost to epilepsy, on this day, I ask you to take a moment…

Take a moment and do more than simply liking this post…

Take a moment and work to change the way the world sees and understands epilepsy; a spectrum of neurological disorders that affects 65 million people worldwide.

Take a moment and teach someone about epilepsy in hopes that someday, someone’s life will not be cut short as a result of seizures.

Take a moment and teach ONE person today about proper seizure recognition and first aid. Or learn for yourself. You may contribute to saving a life, perhaps your own.

Take a moment of silence for Carolina and the far too many gone too soon at the hands of epilepsy; about 50,000 a year.

Take a moment today to value those who are important to you because you never know if you have tomorrow.

Copper Connected to Alzheimer’s Disease

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America has conducted a study linking the consumption of copper to Alzheimer’s:

The causes of the sporadic form of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are unknown. In this study we show that copper (Cu) critically regulates low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1–mediated Aβ clearance across the blood–brain barrier (BBB) in normal mice. Faulty Aβ clearance across the BBB due to increased Cu levels in the aging brain vessels may lead to accumulation of neurotoxic Aβ in brains. In a mouse model of AD low levels of Cu also influences Aβ production and neuroinflammation. Our study suggests that Cu may also increase the severity of AD.

Whereas amyloid-β (Aβ) accumulates in the brain of normal animals dosed with low levels of copper (Cu), the mechanism is not completely known. Cu could contribute to Aβ accumulation by altering its clearance and/or its production. Because Cu homeostasis is altered in transgenic mice overexpressing Aβ precursor protein (APP), the objective of this study was to elucidate the mechanism of Cu-induced Aβ accumulation in brains of normal mice and then to explore Cu’s effects in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. In aging mice, accumulation of Cu in brain capillaries was associated with its reduction in low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1), an Aβ transporter, and higher brain Aβ levels. These effects were reproduced by chronic dosing with low levels of Cu via drinking water without changes in Aβ synthesis or degradation. In human brain endothelial cells, Cu, at its normal labile levels, caused LRP1-specific down-regulation by inducing its nitrotyrosination and subsequent proteosomal-dependent degradation due in part to Cu/cellular prion protein/LRP1 interaction. In APPsw/0 mice, Cu not only down-regulated LRP1 in brain capillaries but also increased Aβ production and neuroinflammation because Cu accumulated in brain capillaries and, unlike in control mice, in the parenchyma. Thus, we have demonstrated that Cu’s effect on brain Aβ homeostasis depends on whether it is accumulated in the capillaries or in the parenchyma. These findings should provide unique insights into preventative and/or therapeutic approaches to control neurotoxic Aβ levels in the aging brain.

In a separate study, playing a musical instrument was found to and years to the life of the brain.

Infections: Don’t Pass It On

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

The campaign develops and distributes education and communication materials for the VA community that promote:
* Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
* Annual seasonal influenza vaccination
* Correct and appropriate use of personal protective equipment
* Pandemic influenza preparedness and response
* Basic public health measures to prevent transmission of infection

What you can do to reduce the spread of infection:

* Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
* Stay home when you are sick and limit contact with others.
* Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
* Get your seasonal flu shot.