Rubella Is Gone From the Americas

Recent outbreaks of measles in the United States have opened a depressing chapter for a disease that had been all but eliminated in this country until some idiotic anti-vaccination movement took root and began to spread like its own communicable disease. Some states, including California, are working on passing mandatory vaccination laws to enable us to get rid of measles once again. In the midst of this re-emergence of measles, there is actually some good news on the infectious disease front in the U.S. and beyond. Rubella has been declared eliminated in the Americas by the World Health Organization. Educator Kevin Seawright applauded the announcement.

This is a major public health win for the Western Hemisphere. Rubella, or German measles, was a major health concern in the U.S. as recently as the 1960’s. It was a particularly bad threat to pregnant women as it could cause birth defects and miscarriages. This disease is the “R” in the MMR vaccine that has been so effective at combating measles, mumps and rubella. This disease is still spreading in some other parts of the world, so the fight against it is not over. However, the Americas can serve as a beacon to the rest of the world that they too can overcome this dread disease through a conscientious immunization program. Most of us are not old enough to remember when these diseases ran rampant in our society, and if we are not careful, ignorance about the efficacy and safety of vaccines may bring them all back.

Secrecy Remains for Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos

As a Stanford sophomore, Elizabeth Holmes was quick to establish her Theranos company and dropout of the prestigious university soon after the company was created in 2003, Business Insider reports. Holmes has become a media phenomenon as she embarks on a round of funding for her medical testing business that is reported to have reached around $9 billion and made her the youngest billionaire in the US. The revolutionary medical testing process Holmes has created remains a tightly guarded secret amongst her employees and partners, which include the US pharmacy Walgreen’s who have begun placing Theranos labs in their stores across North America.

Holmes claims that her innovation can allow 30 lab tests to be completed on a single drop of blood. Fersen Lambranho finds this interesting. ( They refuse to provide details of the practice in a bid to halt others from gaining access to her intellectual property. Many believe the company has become the first to offer lab testing on a chip, which could be used to identify medical conditions in a faster and cheaper way than is currently offered.

Alternative Forms of Exercise

You’re unique and innovative. You realize that you need to improve your overall fitness level, but you can’t stand the thought of being just another number at a gym. Lucky for gym-resistant individuals, there are a number of alternative forms of exercise that’ll keep you on your toes.

Surely you’ve seen the amazing stunts of free-running on a number of video sites. This exercise, also called Parkour can easily be learned and involves climbing, jumping, and running to complete otherwise impossible obstacles. This creative workout lets your surroundings challenge you in new and interesting ways.

Not so good at improvisation? Are you a gamer by chance? If so, consider an entertaining and calorie-burning solution. Playstation and Xbox consoles offer a variety of fitness games like Just Dance and Dance Central. Bernardo Chua says you simply move to the beat and execute the dance moves in time for higher scores. These simulations also provide fitness modes for the calorie-conscious individual.

With summer approaching, what better way to improve your physical fitness than with swimming? You love laying by the pool on those hot summer days, and in fact swimming can burn anywhere from 500-900 calories an hour! There is a multitude of swimming exercises at varying levels to keep even the most adept swimmer challenged.

Whether you choose Parkour, gaming, swimming, or any other alternative form of exercise, be confident in the fact that you’re making a healthy switch that is both rewarding and challenging.

Satisfactory Sleep May Increase Productivity and Better Health

Satisfactory Sleep May Increase Productivity and Better Health

There are numerous studies that have tried to crack the code or understand the necessity of sleep. Nevertheless, the determination of why human beings need sleep isn’t fully understood. It’s vital to balance the hours needed for sleep every night.

In addition, the hours necessary for sleep fluctuated from person to person according to several studies conducted by the scientific community. With all of this in mind, you may be speculating about your own sleep patterns. Are you slumbering your best every night? Most business men and women, like Ricardo Guimarães BMG, have far too much to do and far too much on their mind to get the adequate sleep they are needing (

Slumbering Rhythms

Have you ever listened to your favorite song and clapped your hands with its rhythm? Likewise, sleeping patterns also have a set rhythm, it can vary from person to person. It’s vital notice the way your body responds to different sleep patterns to stay healthy. It is important to know that your internal sleeping rhythm can change over your lifetime. This can be illustrated by noticing how much a newborn baby sleeps compared to a 40 year old adult.

The amount of sleep that’s needed to repair the body for the next day is critical towards increased productivity. Other areas of life that can impact your health due to the lack of sleep encompasses of, psychological well-being. Notwithstanding the fact of sleep not being completely understood by scientist, the evidence is very clear. Without, adequate sleep the body slowly begins to rebel against it and can create ill health over time.

How Safe are E-Cigarettes?

As the anti-smoking campaign rages, more new products will be developed to ‘help’ smokers kick the habit, such as the most recently developed e-cigarettes. Patches, hypnosis, gum and pills are touted as anti-smoking aids. Many people manage to kick the smoking habit using gum, but then become addicted to the gum which contains nicotine. The pills carry with them a long list of possible dangerous side-effects which make smokers shy away from using them. E-cigarettes have become widely used and accepted, but hose devices can and do become as addictive as the cigarettes smokers are trying to give up are. Many consumers are using them not as a means of kicking the smoking habit, but rather taking up using them as a smoking habit and becoming addicted to ‘vaping’ as it’s called.

The addiction aspect is not the bone of contention with e-cigarettes, but rather the safety of the devices. A look into what goes into them sheds light on the safety aspect, as Ricardo Guimarães BMG will point out.

The ‘E’ stands for electronic and the e-cigarettes operate by battery power. The vapor (smoke) comes from a cartridges of liquid which is placed inside the device. The vapor is inhaled into the lungs and blown out through the nose and mouth to create the sensation of smoking a real cigarette. The ingredients in the liquid cartridges is what may or not be safe. Propylene glycol, nicotine and flavoring are the ingredients and their safety, or lack thereof, remain to be proven.

Heart Attack Prognosis Reversed with Stem Cell Therapy

Owen Palmer had a very grim prognosis after suffering a heart attack. He was a shell of his former self, barely able to ascend a flight of stairs. He sat quietly watching TV as his life was passing him by.

Fortunately, Palmer was invited to take part in a revolutionary study that was to determine whether stem cells could repair his damaged heart. What happened next was astonishing. Since receiving treatment in 2012 Palmer has regained his vigor and has a new lease on life.

The process for repairing damage to his heart was actually quite simple when Paul Mathieson read about it. White blood cells were extracted from his own hip that provided the life giving stem cells. The stem cells were carefully injected into damaged areas of his heart by doctors. The stem cells were able to help regenerate muscle tissue in his heart to rejuvenate his vitality.

Palmer was lucky enough to be part of a trial run for a much larger program. The positive results he achieved will help move research forward. Thousands of patients will be involved in the next round of studies from all over Europe.

Professor Anthony Mathur is spearheading the campaign. He hopes that continued positive results moving forward will help secure approval for the treatment through the NHS to make it available to the public in years to come.

All About Radiology

A medical specialty that is centered around creating images of the interior of the human body, radiology has become a very popular and lucrative career option. In order to do this job, radiologists use a number of different energy sources which include x-rays, ultrasound technology and a magnetic resonance. Without having to open the body to make a discovery or diagnosis, radiology is non-invasive; providing black and white images to medical staff for review. This can be a very beneficial way to diagnose a problem without having to inflict any kind of harm or pain on a patient.

Before radiology was created a patient could really only have their organs examined during a surgical procedure or after death. Radiology has come a long way since its inception and is now used all across the world for a number of uses, mainly to solve questions regarding how a body is functioning. Radiology can also allow for a better diagnosis or treatment option. Radiology scans can be shared amongst medical professionals for second and third opinions. These pictures create a very accurate and permanent vision that can be referred back to many times over again. It can also be a starting point. More scans can be done as time goes on to mark changes that may be occurring, either good or bad.

A primary care doctor can best spend his or her time taking care of a patient and helping them manage their health or health conditions. A radiologist is a separate professional that takes on the task of diagnostic testing, consulting with the doctor when needed but for the most part, taking on the testing side of things on their own. Most general practitioners, specialists and internists all have an ongoing business relationship with a radiology clinic where patients can go and have their imaging done. The results are then passed between the radiologist and the internal doctor.

While at one time radiologists were simple kept around to read final scans, now they are very much involved in the process, administering dyes by IV, catheters, balloons into arteries and so on. Competent image taking is just one of the many steps of being a radiologist.

Imaging Advantage is a leader in the radiology field of medicine. Professional staff is available both night and day to give a final reading of results and there is a separate billing department that works closely with hospitals and doctor’s offices to provide proper patient assistance. Our company focuses on enhancing the existing radiology services that are offered in the area and we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and care that we provide. We have one of the finest staffs of radiologists on hand.

Importance of Exercise

It’s not a surprise to hear that exercise is key to living a long and healthy life? The question is, how much exercise do you need? And, can exercise prolong your life? Any amount of exercise is better than no exercise at all. Exercise improves your overall health and cuts down your risk for many different diseases. Generally, the guidelines for exercise recommend that you get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. Recent studies, published in the JAMA Internal Medicine, have found that people that do not exercise have a high risk or premature death.

Susan McGalla says that people who exercise some, but not quite the recommended amount, lowered their risk of an early death by 20 percent. The people that exercised at least 150 minutes every week brought down their risk or premature death by 31 percent. The study also found that those who exercised much more, around 450 minutes each week, are 39 percent less likely to die at a younger age. Exercising beyond that amount weekly did not significantly change the risk of premature death. The moral of the story? Get up and get moving, so you can live a long, healthy, and productive life.

Utah Teenager Allergic to Water

Alexandra Allen, a teenager from Utah, suffers a rare allergy to water, known in the medical field as Aquagenic Urticaria.

The teen will also have to give up her dream of becoming a marine biologist because aquagenic urticaria is degenerative and probably could worsen over time.

The teenager experienced her first allergic episode some years ago, after swimming in a pool. Her mother thought she had an allergic reaction to chlorine and an anti-histaminic resolved her discomfort.

Shortly thereafter Alexandra experienced new painful outbreaks after swimming in a nearby lake.

After searching the net, the teen found a medical website that talked about Aquagenic urticaria. She mentioned it to her dermatologist who agreed with the diagnosis.

She underwent a series of tests, one of which was being immersed in a bath, which she acknowledged was like “torture.”

People at AnastaisaDate ( heard that this allergy is so rare that it is believed that there are only about 50 cases worldwide.

Allen, meanwhile, is worried because it is degenerative, meaning it gets worse over time and repeated exposure to water definitely poses concern.

Dementia is Finally One Disease That Overweight People Are Less Likely to Get

We all knew that being overweight was bad for us. We are bombarded by that fact every day with news of how obesity contributes to this or that health condition or disease and telling us to change our diets to lose weight. That is why it may be difficult for us to comprehend the results of a study that says those in middle age who are underweight have a greater chance of developing a disease like Alzheimer’s. In fact, obese people are actually significantly less likely to get dementia than a healthy ‘normal’ weight person.

The researchers say that they have to study the issue further to uncover why there is a correlation between weight and risk of diseases such as Alzheimer’s that are generally categorized as dementia. Fat does do some beneficial things in the body, and we do clearly need some it. For one example, it coats the nerves to help protect our central nervous system, which is interesting for Crystal Hunt to learn.

We all die from something eventually. If one had any control over choosing how they go, I would certainly prefer to go from a relatively quick heart attack. This would be vastly preferable to gradually losing your cognitive function until you don’t know who loved ones are anymore and eventually don’t know who you are. If being a little overweight helps stave off that horrible end to my life, then pass the hamburgers.