February 21, 2011

When Treating Kids’ Skin Wounds

1 Proper Cleaning Better Than Antibiotics for MRSA

Proper wound cleaning may be more effective than antibiotics at curing skin infected with MRSA says a Johns Hopkins Children’s Center study. Researchers compared the efficacy of cephalexin, an antibiotic used to treat staph infection but not MRSA and clindamycin, which is commonly used against resistant strains of the infection. Ninety-five percent of children recovered completely within a week, leading researchers to conclude that proper wound care may be the key to healing. "... good low-tech wound care, cleaning, draining and keeping the infected area clean, is what truly makes the difference between rapid healing and persistent infection,” says lead investigator Dr. Aaron Chen who calls for additional studies to measure the benefit of drug therapy vs proper wound cleaning.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Air Passengers Fear Disease from TSA Gloves

Tags: Antibiotics, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, MRSA, Staph Infection, Dr. Aaron Chen, Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Infection, Clindamycin, Cephalexin

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Correlation with Blood Vessels

2 Many in Middle Age Have Hearing Loss

One in nine people aged 45 to 54 show signs of hearing loss, finds a new survey involving more than 2,800 adults between the ages 21 and 84. The rate of hearing loss for the entire range of people aged 21 to 84 was one in seven, reports MSNBC. The survey also reveals that 90 percent of people older than 80 have some hearing impairment. The study, which was conducted by University of Wisconsin researchers, produced some evidence that hearing loss may be linked with risks for heart disease and stroke. Researchers found a correlation between hearing loss and the health of blood vessels of the retina, which are considered to be an indication of overall blood vessel health.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Stem Cells from Nose May Treat Hearing Loss

Tags: When Hearing Loss Strikes, Rates of Hearing Loss in Middle Age, Rates of Hearing Loss in Elderly, University of Wisconsin Researchers, Risks for Heart Disease and Stroke, Hearing Loss Connected to Heart Disease

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Changing the Optional Status

3 More Employers Offering Transgender Surgery Help

Companies like Wells Fargo, Coca-Cola, Campbell Soup and Walt Disney offer insurance coverage to help transgender workers with their medical expenses related to making the sex change. Eighty-five other companies, including AT&T, Sears, Yahoo!, American Express, Kraft Foods, Eastman Kodak, State Farm and General Motors, cover the expenses of at least one surgery involved with sex reassignment. According to an article published at the Miami Herald, the trend of coverage follows the efforts of transgender rights advocates to convince insurers and employers to view sex change as medically indicated instead of optional. The American Medical Association agrees that sex reassignment is medically indicated.

More at Miama Herald | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Coca-Cola, Transgender Surgery, Assistance with Transgender Operation, Insurance Covering Transgender Operation, Gina Duncan, Wells Fargo, Campbell Soup, Walt Disney

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Spit and Blood Test Tells Future

4 Simple Medical Test Might Detect Burnout

The level of cortisol in your spit and other information gleaned from your blood could reveal whether you're about to experience burnout, suggest researchers from Montreal. According to the International Labor Organization, at least 10 percent of North Americans and Europeans are affected by burnout, clinical depression or anxiety related to the workplace. "One potential signature of burnout appears to be fatigued production of the stress hormone cortisol and dysregulations of the physiological systems that interact with this stress hormone," says Lupien. Dr. Sonia Lupien and Robert-Paul Juster hope that their research can help pave the way for personalized medicine in the area of burnout. Findings are published in Psychoneuroendocrinology.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Psychoneuroendocrinology, Sonia Lupien, Stress Test, Burnout Test, Predicting Burnout at Work, Avoiding Burnout at Work, Treating Burnout, Stress at Work, Entre for Studies on Human Stress, International Labor Organization, Personalized Medicine

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High BP Also Tied with Memory

5 High Cholesterol Tied to Early Memory Problems

Elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure have been linked with an increased risk of developing early memory and cognitive problems. Researchers presenting at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting, believe that, compared with people with the lowest cardiovascular risk, those with higher risk are likely to have lower cognitive function and a faster rate of overall cognitive decline. The average age of research participants was 55. For both men and women, having a higher cardiovascular risk was associated with a 10-year faster rate of cognitive decline compared with those with lower risk.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: High Cholesterol Linked to Cancer Risk

Tags: American Academy of Neurology's Meeting, Faster Rate of Cognitive Decline, Cardiovascular Risk, Elevated Cholesterol, Early Memory Problems

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Cells Divide Forever

6 Overexpression of Gene Linked to Breast Cancer

Scientists in the United Kingdom have discovered a gene that appears to be involved in the development of one in 12 breast cancers. The gene is called ZNF703 and is known as an oncogene which has the normal function of causing cells to divide but in cancer these genes are overactivated, allowing basically instructs damaged cells to continuously divide. Scientists looked at the genetic profile of 1,172 tumor samples and cultured breast cancer cells. They eliminated genes until they were left with ZNF703 which resides on Chromosome 8 and was overexpressed in all the samples. Researchers hope their discoveries will allow for testing to determine the best treatment based on a tumor’s profile and the development of newer targeted drugs.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: More Genes Linked to Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Tags: Breast Cancer, Chromosome 8, Genetics of Breast Cancer, ZNF703, Oncogene

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