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Million adults now suffering from diabetes in the U.S.


Date: August 10th, 2018

Diabetes Cases Rapidly Rise in the US

The number of adults struggling with diabetes has risen to over 23 million individuals throughout the country, marking a drastic percentage of the overall population.

Defected vaccine not responsible for the return of whooping cough


Date: August 7th, 2018

Tainted Vaccine not behind Whooping Cough Return


Whooping cough has been seen to make a comeback within the American population in the last few years, and a section of people have blamed this resurgence on the vaccine used to prevent this infection. However, the latest study conducted regarding this matter has proven this theory to be wrong, and the shortcoming of this particular counteractant is not the main cause of the recent spread experienced. The results of the study were published on the Science Translational Medicine website and claims the change from the whole cell to combined cellular properties did not lead to increased risk of infection.

What is behind this new Spread? 

The study conducted revealed that the recent anti-vaccination movement spreading across the country has led to fewer children getting vaccinated resulting in increased cases of infection. The population’s natural turnover has also played a role in this conundrum as newer members of society might not have been subjected to this particular remedy. The level of protection offered by the vaccine has also decreased in the past few years serving to enhance the problem.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis has experienced a level of growth over the years, with a remarkable jump experienced in 2003 when the infection rates surpassed 10, 000 people, for the first time in 40 years. Five shots are recommended for children before the age of seven, with a booster shot added at around 11 years old. Aaron King, Ph.D. noted that a small number of people have shown signs of being liable to infection after the vaccine, but this number is so small that it cannot be said to hold any significant value towards the results of their research.

What is the Answer to this problem? 

Three main segments were studied regarding the emergence of higher infection rates within the population, namely, primary failure of the vaccine, failure of the vaccine over time as a result of its waning effect, and a reduction in the degree of protection offered by this solution. It was discovered that one of the main reasons behind this recent spread was due to the waning effectiveness of a less than perfect vaccination that was characterized by reduced immunity levels over time. It also noted that those who had acquired a natural immunity to the infection had decreased in number, leading to high risks experienced by the remaining public.

Schoolchildren represented a core transmission group in this sector, and thus it has been suggested that the most effective way of battling this new spread is through targeting this particular division with the vaccine. The remedy offers an immunity that can last for over a decade in 90% of its users, and an entire lifetime for over half of the people who take it.

It has also been suggested that efforts to curtail the spread of this problem will be more successful if the younger generations are targeted as the main beneficiaries of this vaccine, rather than the adult population at hand. This is due to the fact that future generations represent a longer lasting effect concerning whooping cough immunity.

Inactivity connected to bladder problems affecting middle aged men


Date: August 3rd, 2018

Bladder Problems Related to Inactivity in Middle-Aged Males

A Korean study has suggested that men who do not lead an active lifestyle for the most part of the day are more prone to the development of urinary tract and bladder complications as compared to their more mobile counterparts.

Wildfires heighten risk of heart complications due to smoke


Date: July 31st, 2018

Smoke from Wildfires Increases of Heart Disease


The wildfire season experienced by California in 2015 led to an increase in the number of visits to the emergency department related to heart complications. Research has indicated that this development took place as a result of exposure to smoke experienced by people living in this region during that period. The study consisted of a review of over one million cases that reached the emergency department and was conducted by Ana G, Rappold, Ph.D., and her colleagues from the Environmental Protection Agency. The study discovered that emergency rooms experienced a 42% rise in heart attack cases and a 22% increment of visits related to ischemic heart disease during days experiencing particularly dense smoke. These reactions were mostly exhibited by individuals aged 65 years and older.

Wildfire Smoke and Heart Disease

Exposure to smoke from wildfires has been established as a leading cause of enhanced risk factors related to respiratory conditions such as asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. However, a connection between this element and cardiovascular complications has yet to be clearly identified, and further research is required to illuminate such risk. Some of the heart problems that can be related to wildfire smoke include ischemic strokes, myocardial infarction, and heart failure. These diseases can develop as a result of breathing in the pollutant particles present in the air during these events.

Speaking about the difficulties of conducting such a research, Zachary S. Wettstein, one of the co-authors of the study stated that while cases of respiratory problems during the event of a wildfire are commonplace in most hospitals, cases of heart complications such as strokes and the like are less documented in connection with this development. This makes it a harder subject to study, as it requires the collection of data from numerous emergency rooms in order to accumulate an efficient amount of information. An increase in such cardiovascular cases was more pronounced in the elderly population as compared to their younger counterparts.

Heart Disease and Related Populations

Studies also revealed that people suffering from potential cardiovascular and respiratory diseases experienced higher risk when subjected to the exposure of wildfire smoke, as a result of the declining quality of air that can be enjoyed during such periods. Wayne Cascio, MD, another co-author of the study and a director at the EPA suggested that such candidates should take measures to temporarily relocate away from the affected region, or take up actions that will improve their current conditions where possible. The main aim of any endeavor that is undertaken should be to lessen the levels of exposure being suffered in connection to the wildfire smoke.

The director also pointed out the importance of raising awareness amongst the public regarding this particular risk, with such objectives requiring the involvement of qualified professionals and the government health department. Such educative measures could help save lives as they could potentially reduce the number of cases categorized under this particular risk, as well as help form preventative measures for such scenarios in order to lessen the negative impact wildfire smoke has on the nearby residents.


Unmonitored weight reduction could enhance risk factors concerning cancer


Date: July 27th, 2018

Unplanned Weight Loss Viewed as the Second Leading Risk Factor for Cancer

A recent analysis has revealed that sudden drops in an individual’s weight could serve as a major predictor of some types of cancer. Researchers based at the universities of Exeter and Oxford joined forces for the analysis of the findings posted on 25 different studies.

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