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Archive for November, 2016

Teens with Western origin more prone to CD

Nov
30

Date: November 30th, 2016

The study was done on over 2 million teens who were subjected to medical examination for more than two decades. It found out that celiac has become a common diagnostic disease now more than in the past.

What is Celiac Disease?

Abbreviated as CD, celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that leads to damages of the small intestines and thus interfering with the absorption of food nutrients. Individuals suffering from CD have to keep off from gluten, rye and barley. If the correct diet is not followed, CD can turn out to be complicated causing malnutrition, infertility, low bone density and lactose intolerance.

Heart Failure Risks

Nov
28

Date: November 28th, 2016

These kinds of medicines are categorized under a group of painkillers referred to as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These medicines have the potential of increasing someone’s relative risk of encountering a heart failure. The risk is about 20 percent as per the analysis of medical records containing data of about 10 million patients.

As an individual takes more NSAIDs, this risk is also increased. That is according to Andrea Arfe, the study author and Ph.D. student at University of Milano-Bicocca, in Italy. He said that there are some NSAIDS that doubles ones risk of being hospitalized if they are consumed in large quantities. These include etoricoxib (Arcoxia), piroxicam (Feldene), indomethacin (Indocin) and diclofenac (Cataflam or Voltaren).

Whistleblower says CDC is using wrong Zika test

Nov
26

Date: November 26th, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some of the top experts fighting against Zika virus. The CDC lab develops tests to diagnose viral diseases like Zika that are transmitted via fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. This fraction is headed by a chief, Robert Lanciotti.

Whistleblower fired and reinstated

Lanciotti was fired in May this year after he raised concerns regarding the efficiency of the Zika test. He voiced out his arguments both internal and external in the spring of recommendations for a new test for Zika. He said that the said test is less effective compared to another established test and that it fails to capture about 40 percent of Zika infections. He also pointed out the possibility of the agency hiding information regarding testing differences in local public and states health laboratories.

Esophageal risk by race and gender

Nov
24

Date: November 24th, 2016

A recent study estimates that the incidences of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) are more pronounced in the black men population. This is compared to other diseases like esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) among the white non-Hispanic. The researchers thus arrived at the conclusion that screening may be a necessity.

Anoop Prabhu, MD said that after generalizing the study, the finding is that high-risk population – for that matter the African-American – had a deeper history when it comes to tobacco and alcohol. He is from the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the division of gastroenterology at University of Michigan Medical School.

Opioid Misuse a rising concern for the U.S. population

Nov
22

Date: November 22nd, 2016

The research warns that such a huge number of unused prescribed narcotic painkillers may lead to an opioid epidemic in the United States. Dr. Brandon Maughan said that translating this to the U.S. population means that over 100 million opioid pills are not used by patients as intended. This opens ways for the possibility of patients misusing or abusing the pills.

Past studies have indicated that most painkillers abusers source them from friends and families who did not finish their dose. Maughan and his colleagues noted this during news release at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine.

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