Portland Dermatologist, Dr. Bernard Gasch, Reminds Patients That August is Psoriasis Awareness Month

 Dr. Bernard Gasch, an expert and experienced dermatologist at the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery in Portland, Oregon, reports that Psoriasis Awareness Month is fast-approaching. With August on its way, Dr. Gasch takes a moment to discuss this widespread and sometimes debilitating skin condition.

“Psoriasis is one of the most common autoimmune diseases in the U.S.,” Dr. Gasch reports. “It affects over 7 million Americans, and there is no permanent cure. Patients can get their skin under control with the correct treatment, but they first need to overcome their embarrassment and actively consult a dermatologist.” Continue reading

Dr. Mariana Conant, Dental Implant Dentist in Fairfield, CT Introduces New Procedure to Give Patients Permanent, Healthy Smile

Dr. Mariana Conant, a cosmetic dentist at Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of Fairfield recently introduced dental implants as an effective alternative to give patients permanent, healthy smiles.

Those who suffer from decayed, worn, or missing teeth no longer have to rely on the many hassles associated with removable devices such as dentures. Dr. Conant is pleased to provide her patients this new permanent procedure that is just as strong, secure, and durable as real teeth. Continue reading

A single dose of ADHD drug reduces the risk of falling in older adults

The researchers discovered that a single dose of methylphenidate (MPH), used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, helps to ameliorate balance control during walking, and hence helps in reducing the risk of falls among elderly adults.

Falls in older adults are the leading cause of hip fractures and other injury-related visits to emergency rooms and of accidental death. Age-related deterioration in balance and gait is a major contributor to falls in older adults. Continue reading

Prostate cancer hormone treatment can cause kidney failure

 According to a new study hormone therapy for prostate cancer may dramatically increase a man’s risk of kidney failure. Use of androgen deprivation therapy was tied to a 250 percent increase in a man’s chances of suffering acute kidney injury. Androgen deprivation therapy uses medication or surgery to reduce the amount of male hormones in a man’s body, which then causes prostate cancer cells to grow or shrink more slowly. It is a therapy normally reticent for advanced cases of prostate cancer.

These new findings that tie hormone therapy to acute kidney injury and a rapid loss of kidney function with a 50 percent mortality rate should prompt doctors to think twice before using this therapy to treat prostate cancer patients at little risk of dying from the disease. Continue reading

Disability may hasten as you age due to Vitamin D deficiency

 A new study shows that older people with vitamin D deficiency may struggle with daily physical activities such as climbing stairs or dressing. It’s estimated that as many as 90 percent of older people are vitamin D-deficient. The vitamin, usually absorbed through diet or sunlight, plays a key role in bone and muscle health, and a deficiency can lead to muscle weakness, reduced bone density, broken bones and osteoporosis.

The study included more than 1,300 people, aged 55 to 88 who were followed for six years. Their vitamin D levels were checked and they were asked about their ability to do regular or everyday tasks, such as sitting down and standing up from a chair or walking outside for five minutes without resting. Continue reading

Austin Plastic Surgeon Now Offers Multifaceted Laser Treatment

Celebrity plastic surgeon Jennifer L. Walden’s office now offers Sciton Broadband Light (BBL) laser treatment. A laser treatment cleared by the FDA for, but not limited to the treatment of benign pigmented lesions, cutaneous lesions, spider veins, hair reduction and treating inflammatory acne vulgaris. Sciton BBL can be used for a number of aesthetic and anti-aging treatments as well.

“It is an amazing laser that can do everything: pigment, redness, resurfacing, wrinkles, photofacials laser hair removal, acne, brown spots, melasma and more!” says Dr. Walden of the treatment. Continue reading

Diabetes drug metaformin stops lung cancer cells from growing

(http://www.royalpharmacyrx.com/) : According to a study the diabetes drug metformin slows the growth of lung cancer cells and makes them more likely to be killed by radiotherapy. It acted on the defence mechanisms that non-small cell lung cancers — the most common form of the disease — use to resist radiotherapy.

Lung cancer cells normally adapt to radiotherapy by switching on survival mechanisms that make them resistant to the treatment and even helps them to grow faster. The drug reverses this effect, and once again makes them sensitive to radiotherapy. Continue reading

Vitamin D in high dosage helps to recover tuberculosis

Researchers suggested that high doses of the “sunshine” vitamin D can help people with tuberculosis recover more quickly. For several decades, heliotherapy – encouraging (tuberculosis) patients to soak up the sun’s rays – has been used. Vitamin D3 is synthesized by the skin when it is exposed to sunlight, particularly ultraviolet light of UVB type at wavelengths between 270 and 300 nm.

In this study, the researchers gave tuberculosis patients high vitamin D doses alongside their normal antibiotic treatment and they found that the patients recovered much more quickly. This study focuses on the effects vitamin D might have on the immune responses of patients receiving therapy for an infectious disease. The body’s inflammatory response to infection is dampened down when high doses of vitamin D are administered to TB patients, which results in faster recovery and less damage to the lungs. Continue reading

Faster cognitive decline linked to Atrial fibrillation even without stroke

 Even among those who have not experienced a stroke people with atrial fibrillation tend to have faster cognitive decline. It is an irregular heart rhythm caused by chaotic electrical signals, which are generated in the atria (chambers) of the heart. It raises the risk of blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other cardiovascular complications.

Researchers already knew that dementia risk is much higher in people with stroke and AF, but few of them set out to determine whether AF patients who had not experienced a stroke might suffer from faster cognitive impairment. This means that people with AF may, on average, reach a state of significant cognitive impairment or dementia at earlier ages than people without atrial it.
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