Medical Breakthroughs


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Researchers Wage Communication Warfare On Bacteria
When a strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria begins an assault on the human body, doctors usually have few tools to fall back on, save more antibiotics and crossed fingers. But a group of researchers is developing a new weapon in the fight against potentially threatening bacteria, taking a page from DARPA's playbook. Rather than attacking the bacteria directly, researchers are disrupting their communications, causing coordinated attacks to fall apart before they've begun. In the case of infection, bacteria often rely on a chemical language known as "quorum sensing" that helps individual bacteria determine the number of brethren it has in the immediate vicinity. Each bacterium secretes a particular molecule into the environment that other bacteria can sense, providing a sort of bacterial sound-off. Often, this is a battle cry; if enough allies are present the attack is given the green light and infection begins. Like a filibustering senator, researchers are trying to stop bacteria from reaching that quorum, disrupting their communications before the signal to act can be given.
Posted 9/11/09

20 Foods That Make You Smarter
Simply put, your brain likes to eat. And it likes powerful fuel: quality fats, antioxidants, and small, steady amounts of the best carbs. On a deadline? Need to rally? Avoid the soda, vending machine snacks and tempting Starbucks and go for these powerful brain boosters instead. The path to a bigger, better brain is loaded with Omega-3 fats, antioxidants, and fiber. Give your brain a kick start: eat the following foods on a daily or weekly basis for results you will notice. 20 foods that will supercharge your brain: 1. Avocado -- Start each day with a mix of high-quality protein and beneficial fats to build the foundation for an energized day. Avocado with scrambled eggs provides both, and the monounsaturated fat helps blood circulate better, which is essential for optimal brain function. Worst alternative: a trans-fat-filled, sugar-laden cream cheese Danish...
Posted 8/25/09

Antiviral Drugs may Help Treat Shingles
Posted 5/11/06

Avoiding Holiday Heartburn
Rich holiday foods may taste good, but they can make you feel miserable. Fatty meals and sugary treats can lead to painful acid reflux, but there are ways to enjoy the holiday feast and avoid heartburn.
Posted 11/23/06 

Be Careful With Antibiotics
Overuse and inappropriate use of antibiotics is causing bacteria to grow resistant to medications, which makes the danger of patients developing treatment-resistant infections more likely.
Posted 2/15/07

Beware Illegal Use of Wrinkle Reducer
Before you try BOTOX or another botulinum toxin formulation to smooth those signs of aging, be sure you are receiving an FDA-approved formulation at the correct dose.
Posted 11/23/06 

Computerized Body Parts
Speaking of celebrating, imagine how patients with facial abnormalities must feel when they’re able to get back into the public thanks to facial prosthetics that look like the real thing.
Posted 7/5/07

Cosmetic Injection Turns Back Time
Young skin is springy, stretchy and smooth. Those are the attributes hundreds of thousands of people hope to recapture when they visit the dermatologist for cosmetic procedures. And now at least one product on the market can actually bring back a vital component of young skin.
Posted 2/22/07

Drops Best for Swimmer's Ear
With swimming pools opening up all over the country, many people will once again experience the often painful condition known as swimmer's ear.
Posted 6/1/06

Emergency Medicaid 
How much do undocumented immigrants really cost the U.S. health care system? A new study from researchers in North Carolina takes a look at the figures.
Posted 3/19/07

Exercise for Serious Illnesses
"One of the things that they told me was to not exercise because it would overheat you," Pooser says. But new research shows exercise may actually strengthen patients with illnesses like these.
Posted 6/27/06

Fighting a Killer Infection: MRSA
MRSA, a type of staph infection resistant to most antibiotics, is affecting more and more healthy people as a new strain emerges in the general community. The infections are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics as a new, more potent strain emerges outside the hospital -- especially among athletes who come in close contact. Typically, MRSA doesn't get worse than a skin boil, but it can lead to severe problems and sometimes death.
Posted 3/21/07

The Gift of Speech
But all that changed when Roger created MarVision, an alternative mode of communication that consists of a book full of pictures and a battery-powered laser. When Roger attached the laser to his mother's glasses, he found she was able to spotlight her needs by moving her head toward the corresponding picture.
Posted 3/6/07

Healing Painful Wounds
The ultrasonic scalpel uses ultrasound waves to clear skin of bacteria and remove infected tissue -- all without touching the wound! It lets more antibiotics reach the problem spot, so there's quicker healing.
Posted 10/17/06

Healing Touch Therapy

Experts say healing touch therapy is a lot like acupuncture, but without the needles. A recent study found this type of therapy can reduce pain by 50 percent, and it can also relieve anxiety and nausea.
Posted 4/24/07

High-Sugar, Low-Caffeine Drinks Worsen Sleepiness
That sugar rush might give you a quick burst of energy, but it may later make you more tired than you already were.
Posted 7/24/06

How Much Grief is Too Much?
Losing a loved one can be a painful experience, but how much grief is too much?
Posted 2/22/07

Jerusalem gay parade may lead to another war
Haredit rabbinic court: We did not succeed in Lebanon due to promiscuity in Holy Land
Posted 10/20/06 

Medicine's Next Big Thing: Custom-Built Organs (Part 3 of 3)
More than 94,000 Americans are on the transplant waiting list. Every 13 minutes, a new person joins that list. Every 90 minutes, someone on that list dies waiting for an organ. Now, scientists are on the verge of changing those grim statistics.
Posted 2/6/07

More is Better: Cochlear Implants
Two cochlear implants, devices that transmit sound signals to the brain, can make an even bigger difference than one.
Posted 2/15/07

Mystery Disease Makes Peoples' Skin Crawl
Called Morgellons Disease, patients who report having it describe sensations of creepy-crawlers beneath the skin and fibrous filaments oozing out of open wounds.
Posted 5/30/06

No More Dental Pain
For dental patients, a pain-free way to anesthetize the roof of the mouth, thanks to a discovery by Joseph Kravitz, D.D.S. With 40 percent of people not going to the dentist at all, this is a must-read, as he says this process works 99-percent of the time!
Posted 3/21/07

On/Off Switch for Pain Discovered
Those who suffer from chronic pain have a choice: let your life be disrupted by constant pain or take pain medications that can also disrupt your life. Now new research reveals there is a new way to turn off the pain.
Posted 7/25/06

One, Two Punch for Shingles
Bozeman has shingles, a virus that causes blisters on the skin. It's actually a remnant of childhood chicken pox.
Posted 1/24/07

Predicting Deadly Meningitis
Doctors now have a set of guidelines to help them quickly decide whether children have viral meningitis or bacterial meningitis.
Posted 1/15/07

Researchers Find New Use for Anti-Malarial Drug
A study reveals taking hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) -- an anti-malarial drug -- may reduce the risk of developing diabetes in rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Posted 7/13/07

Save Your Voice
Radiesse is injected into the paralyzed vocal cord and significantly helps more than 80 percent of patients, and doctors say it is a lifelong fix.
Posted 11/29/06

Smart Medicine
A rare eye disease left him blind, depressed and scared. Routine chores like taking his medications each day became difficult and even dangerous, but thanks to a microchip embedded in this prescription label, Dentel can now take the right dosages of his six medications safely. ScripTalk is a new device that lets him to scan his medicine bottle ... And its voice synthesizer reads aloud what the drug is, what it's for and what the dosage is.
Posted 3/13/07

Warning Against Antibiotics for Runny Noses
New research shows antibiotics should not be given to patients with a common symptom of a cold -- acute purulent rhinitis (runny nose with colored discharge).
Posted 7/24/06

What's Causing Sleepless Nights?
Yasso suffers from hypopnea, or decreased airflow, which can cause awakenings during the night. She wears a mask called a C-pap to help her breathe. Yasso also has periodic limb movement disorder, where her arms and legs flinch. Studies have shown women are twice as likely as men to battle insomnia due to hormonal changes from pregnancy and menopause.
Posted 02/20/07

Zapping Varicose Veins
From Philadelphia, news about a laser treatment for varicose veins, which Dr. Andrew Kwak says are not just a cosmetic problem, but also a sign of poor blood flow, which can lead to ulcers and blood clots.
Posted 4/3/07