The News Review:
- Post-transplant Combo Can Replace Toxic Immune-suppressing Drugs …
- Common allergy medicine to fight diabetes and obesity?
- Post-Recession Incomes Will Be Hit Hard by Health Care Spending …
- Treating Patients as Partners by Way of Informed Consent
- Asthma drugs can treat obesity diabetes
- Flower Essences and Sleep
- Why HIV Progresses Faster In Women Than In Men With Same Viral Load
Post-transplant Combo Can Replace Toxic Immune-suppressing Drugs …
Science Daily (press release)
The non-human primate research was conducted at the National Institutes of Health and Yerkes National Primate Research Center Emory University. The results are published in the July issue of Nature Medicine. The finding opens the door to less-toxic post-transplant treatment that could be administered once a week rather than a dizzying mound of pills every day says senior author Allan Kirk MD PhD scientific director of the Emory Transplant Center and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. "Both of the drugs used in this regimen are already used separately in humans thus a clinical trial could be developed quickly" Kirk notes. ne key ingredient in the combination is an experimental therapy called a costimulation blocker designed to interfere with the T cells that cause graft rejection without affecting other organs. Costimulation refers to one of two signals T cells need from other cells (antigen presenting cells) to become fully activated.
Common allergy medicine to fight diabetes and obesity?
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation an estimated 50 million Americans also suffer from some sort of allergy. Could common over the counter allergy medication be the next treatment for metabolic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and obesity? Researchers from Harvard Medical School think so. A group of papers appearing in. Although chronic inflammation in the body has already been linked to heart disease cancer and Alzheimer’s disease this latest research gives us a better understanding of the relationship between inflammation and metabolic disorders.
Post-Recession Incomes Will Be Hit Hard by Health Care Spending …
PR Newswire (press release)
Progressive taxation could simultaneously address the regressive nature of health care cost growth and provide financing for health care reform. ” PENN Medicine is a $3. 6 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education biomedical research and excellence in patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Penn’s School of Medicine is currently ranked #3 in the nation in U. News & World Report’s survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and according to the National Institutes of Health received over $366 million in NIH grants (excluding contracts) in the 2008 fiscal year.
Treating Patients as Partners by Way of Informed Consent
New York Times
But every so often despite what I believe are my best efforts I feel myself falling back on old familiar patterns habits I picked up not because someone taught me but because I never learned anything else. Like most doctors I bumbled through each consent on my own picking up certain phrases and dropping others through a sometimes painful and often awkward process of trial and error. This week I thought about those experiences and my conversation with Pete after reading.
Asthma drugs can treat obesity diabetes
While previous studies had linked obesity and type-2 diabetes to the dysfunction of the immune system a new study showed that certain allergy drugs can also treat these two conditions. According to four studies published in Nature Medicine two common antihistamines known as Zaditor (ketotifen fumarate) and cromolyn can treat obesity and type 2 diabetes in mice. Abundant amounts of mast cells — the immune cells responsible for producing the symptoms of allergy and asthma — are found in the abdominal fat tissues of normal-weight humans and mice. bese and diabetic humans and mice have large amounts of immune cells called macrophages in their abdominal fat. “It’s possible that the inflammation caused by macrophages results in insulin resistance” said lead researcher Steven Shoelson adding that the condition could lead to type 2 diabetes. Zaditor and cromolyn treat allergy symptoms through stabilizing mast cells.
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Flower Essences and Sleep
In terms of why people today are having difficulty with their sleeping patterns both Pao and Hess believe that it goes back to our elemental connection with the earth which has been disrupted ?because we have lost connection with the basics of life? says Pao. ?Each day people are facing their deepest fears which are connected with the root chakra fears around safety. Flowers remove us from unhealthy clinging and attachment and they help us blossom and grow?they give us medicine that uses the energies of the earth and also addresses the underlying emotional discord that prevents us from resting fully. ? The metaphor of a blossoming changing flower is particularly apt given the multifaceted nature of a flower?s healing qualities. Because flowers are so adaptable to their environment the information and healing qualities they are capable of conferring also change. ?Flowers are the antennae of the Earth. n Earth as different challenges diseases and hardships arise flowers are constantly refining and adjusting their qualities? appreciates Hess.
Why HIV Progresses Faster In Women Than In Men With Same Viral Load
Science Daily (press release)
"This study may help to account for reported gender differences in HIV-1 disease progression by demonstrating that women and men differ in the way their immune systems respond to the virus" says Marcus Altfeld MD PhD of the Ragon Institute and the MGH Division of Infectious Disease the study’s senior author. "Focusing on immune activation separately from viral replication might give us new therapeutic approaches to limiting HIV-1-induced pathology. "It has become apparent in recent years that HIV-1-infected patients with a high level of immune activation progress to AIDS more rapidly. Why this happens is an area of intense investigation.