The News Review:
- Medical bankruptcies rise
- n Pins and Needles
- Naturopathic Medical Conference Set to Kick ff in Montreal
- Penn study demonstrates new way to boost immune memory
- TV may hamper baby talk
- Nature’s medicine offers relief
- Diabetes drug immune boost ‘may improve anti-cancer vaccines’
Medical bankruptcies rise
ut-of-pocket medical costs averaged almost $18000 for medically bankrupt families ranging from about $6500 for those with military or veterans coverage to about $26000 for uninsured patients. Hospital bills accounted for the biggest expenses followed by prescription drugs doctors’ bills and insurance. The study’s results which appear online in. Their own five-state survey in 2001 tied illness or medical bills to just under half of all bankruptcies. Because the latest survey ended before the current recession began last fall the authors expect the climb to continue.
n Pins and Needles
Gay and Lesbian Times
Chinese medicine includes different modalities such as Tui-Na medical massage cupping Gua-sha scraping technique and the prescribing of custom and classic blends of herbal formula. Today’s column is an introduction to acupuncture. Future columns will cover how acupuncture can help you with particular ailments such as insomnia pain or digestive problems. What is acupuncture?Acupuncture is a 3000-year-old Asian system of healing that gently inserts fine hair-like needles into the body to stimulate its natural energy flow and engage its ability to heal itself.
Naturopathic Medical Conference Set to Kick ff in Montreal
Market Wire (press release)
Professionals from across North America will be speaking and participating in various discussions including: The Rational Basis of Nature Cure Good to Gold – the story of Lori-Ann Muenzer’s road back to health and a gold medal the latest scientific research on naturopathic treatments Identifying the Root Cause of Disease and the Role of Naturopathic Medicine in Infectious Diseases and Host Defenses. Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are primary health care professionals and experts in natural medicine with a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education including four years of full time study at an an accredited naturopathic medical school. With regulation in five provinces the CAND membership consists of over 1500 Naturopathic Doctors and naturopathic medical students. That number will continue to grow with two naturopathic medical schools in Canada graduating approximately 150 naturopathic doctors each year. For more information on naturopathic medicine please visit.
Penn study demonstrates new way to boost immune memory
EurekAlert (press release)
Immunological memory has long been the subject of intense study but the underlying cellular mechanisms regulating the generation and persistence of long-lived memory T cells remain largely undefined. Now University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine researchers have found that a common anti-diabetic drug might enhance the effectiveness of vaccines. The findings are described this week in an advanced online publication of Nature. In this study an experimental preventive vaccine was made more efficacious by boosting numbers of cancer fighting T cells with the anti-diabetic drug metformin. This resulted in a larger population of memory immune cells that were able to fight off a tumor at a later time. “We serendipitously discovered that the metabolizing or burning of fatty acids by T cells following the peak of infection is critical to establishing memory in those T cells” says senior author Yongwon Choi PhD Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
TV may hamper baby talk
Globe and Mail
“In every way the richness of the child’s language environment is deceased by the presence of an audible TV” he said. “Television displaces talk – children talk less and are spoken to less. ”Peroxide’s healing powers If you peer into the medicine cabinet of almost any North American home there’s a good chance you’ll find a bottle of hydrogen peroxide. It’s been used for generations to kill germs and in some cases to bleach hair. Now new research shows that Mother Nature also uses hydrogen peroxide to heal wounds in previously unknown ways. In a study involving zebrafish Harvard Medical School researchers found that injured tissue will release a tiny amount of hydrogen peroxide which in turn helps summon infection-fighting white blood cells to the scene. “We found the first evidence that hydrogen peroxide may enable cells within a body to communicate with each other” said the lead researcher Philipp Niethammer whose study was published in the journal Nature.
Nature’s medicine offers relief
Moreover cow or bovine colostrum offers a potent remedy to millions afflicted with diseases and cancers. Mammals evolved to breastfeed their young. Breastfeeding for humans is natural and critical to ensure essential nutrients antibodies and immune system enhancers necessary for a healthy life. Children who are breast-fed have higher IQs and less neurological dysfunctions compared to children who are not breastfed. Infants who are breastfed are one-fifth to one-third less likely to die of sudden infant death syndrome. Mothers who breastfeed have significantly lower rates of developing breast- ovarian- and endometrial-cancers and osteoporosis.
Diabetes drug immune boost ‘may improve anti-cancer vaccines’
Cancer Research UK – News & Resources
Several laboratories around the world are developing them but none are yet in routine clinical use. Dr Erika Pearce from the University of Pennsylvania revealed: “We used metformin which is known to operate on fatty acid metabolism to enhance this process and have shown experimentally in mice that metformin increases T-cell memory as well as the ensuing protective immunity of an experimental anti-cancer vaccine. “Co-author Dr Yongwon Choi professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine added: “ur findings were unanticipated but are potentially extremely important. “Dr Kat Arney Cancer Research UK’s senior science information officer commented: “This is a fascinating piece of research. At the moment this research has only been done in mice and there is a long way to go before it can be applied to cancer patients but it certainly holds promise for the future.
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