Medical marijuana may ease some MS; Little evidence for other complementary or alternative therapies

A new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology suggests that there is little evidence that most complementary or alternative medicine therapies (CAM) treat the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). However, the guideline states the CAM therapies oral cannabis, or medical marijuana pills, and oral medical marijuana spray may ease patients’ reported symptoms of spasticity, pain related to spasticity and frequent urination in multiple sclerosis (MS). The guideline, which is published in the March 25, 2014, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, states that there is not enough evidence to show whether smoking marijuana is helpful in treating MS symptoms.The guideline looked at CAM therapies, which are nonconventional therapies used in addition to or instead of doctor-recommended therapies. Examples include oral cannabis, or medical marijuana pills and oral medical marijuana spray, ginkgo biloba, magnetic therapy, bee sting therapy, omega-3 fatty acids and reflexology.”Using different CAM therapies is common in 33 to 80 percent of people with MS, particularly those who are female, have higher education levels and report poorer health,” said guideline lead author Vijayshree Yadav, MD, MCR, with Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. “People with MS should let their doctors know what types of these therapies they are taking, or thinking about taking.”For most CAM therapies, safety is unknown. There is not enough information to show if CAM therapies interact with prescription MS drugs. Most CAM therapies are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dronabinol and nabilone are synthetic forms of key ingredients in marijuana. The FDA approved both drugs as treatments for nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy that do not respond to standard treatments. Dronabinol also is approved for loss of appetite associated with weight loss in patients with AIDS.The guideline found that certain forms of medical marijuana, in pill or oral spray form only, may help reduce patients’ reported spasticity symptoms, pain due to spasticity, and frequent urination but not loss of bladder control. …

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Did you hear the one about the doctor? Using Facebook to eavesdrop on the collective conversation of current societal issues

In a study that demonstrates the potential of using social networking sites for research on health and medicine, Dartmouth researchers studied jokes made about doctors posted on Facebook.”Social networking sites, such as Facebook, have become immensely popular in recent years and present a unique opportunity for researchers to eavesdrop on the collective conversation of current societal issues,” said Matthew Davis of The Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy & Clinical Practice.In one of the first studies of social networking site conversations pertaining to health and medicine, Davis and colleagues examined the prevalence and success of doctor jokes posted on Facebook. The study is published in the February edition of the Journal of Medical Internet Research.The researchers studied more than 33,000 Facebook users, who gave permission to have everything on their Facebook wall monitored, and identified 263 (0.79%) Facebook users who posted a joke that referenced doctors during a six-month observation period.Davis and colleagues studied the characteristics of 156 unique doctor jokes that were associated with getting an “electronic laugh (e.g., a LOL, ROTFL) from the social network and the number of Facebook “likes” jokes received. Jokes in which the doctor (or the healthcare system) was the butt of the joke tended to be more successful, although the association was not statistically significant. Ironically, the joke in the study that received the greatest number of Facebook likes was a “doctor, lawyer, priest joke” in which the lawyer was the butt of the joke.In recent years, the researchers said, there is a growing interest in social networking sites to employ health interventions and to identify certain health behaviors. To date, there have been few empirical studies in the biomedical literature that examined conversations on social networking sites in non-patient population groups. “While our study took a lighthearted look at the world of doctor-related humor, our work does demonstrate the potential of using social networking sites for research on health and medicine,” Davis said.Story Source:The above story is based on materials provided by The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

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Well-child visits linked to more than 700,000 subsequent flu-like illnesses

New research shows that well-child doctor appointments for annual exams and vaccinations are associated with an increased risk of flu-like illnesses in children and family members within two weeks of the visit. This risk translates to more than 700,000 potentially avoidable illnesses each year, costing more than $490 million annually. The study was published in the March issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.”Well child visits are critically important. However, our results demonstrate that healthcare professionals should devote more attention to reducing the risk of spreading infections in waiting rooms and clinics. Infection control guidelines currently exist. To increase patient safety in outpatient settings, more attention should be paid to these guidelines by healthcare professionals, patients, and their families,” said Phil Polgreen, MD, MPH, lead author of the study.Researchers from the University of Iowa used data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to examine the healthcare trends of 84,595 families collected from 1996-2008. Included in the analysis were demographic, office-based, emergency room, and outpatient cases records. After controlling for factors, such as the presence of other children, insurance, and demographics, the authors found that well-child visits for children younger than six years old increased the probability of a flu-like illness in these children or their families during the subsequent two weeks by 3.2 percentage points.This incremental risk could amount to more than 700,000 avoidable cases of flu-like illness each year and $492 million in direct and indirect costs, based on established estimates for outpatient influenza.In a commentary accompanying the study, Lisa Saiman, MD, notes, “The true cost of flu-like illnesses are much higher since only a fraction result in ambulatory visits and many more cases are likely to result in missed work or school days. Furthermore, these flu-like illness visits are associated with inappropriate antimicrobial use.”The authors stress the importance of infection prevention and control in ambulatory settings, suggesting pediatric clinics follow recommended guidelines that include improving environmental cleaning, cough etiquette, and hand hygiene compliance.”Even with interventions, such as the restricted use of communal toys or separate sick and well-child waiting areas, if hand-hygiene compliance is poor, and potentially infectious patients are not wearing masks, preventable infections will continue to occur,” said Polgreen.Story Source:The above story is based on materials provided by Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

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Christian Olsen and Michael Bradley – 2 young guys battling mesothelioma

Both Christian and Michael are brave mesothelioma warriors who both live in the USA. Michael is 29 years of age and Christian has just celebrated his 34th birthday with his wife Lisa and their 2 small children.Michael is at home after a few days in hospital to get his pain under control. He is doing it tough at the moment – however he know has his own wheelchair and is getting out during the day to his favourite places with family and friends – there is no tying Michael to his bed!(This link below is for Michael’s facebook page)https://www.facebook.com/groups/315461631836891/?fref=tsChristian is due to start chemotherapy tomorrow morning cisplatin/alimta. I have been speaking with him today and he has been asking relevant questions that I …

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Clearer labels needed on drugs containing animal products

Dr Kinesh Patel and Dr Kate Tatham say most medications prescribed in primary care contain animal derived products and it is unclear whether they are suitable for vegetarians.They call for improved labeling, similar to those on food, to help inform doctors, pharmacists and patients about the content of medicines. And they stress that concerned patients should not stop taking their medication without consulting their doctor first.Specific dietary preferences regarding animal products in food are common in the general population. Influences such as religion, culture, economic status, environmental concern, food intolerances, and personal preferences all play a part in the foods that people choose to consume.Yet many patients and doctors are unaware that commonly prescribed drugs contain animal products — and simply reading the list of ingredients will not make it clear whether the product meets the patient’s dietary preferences.Problem ingredients include lactose (often extracted using bovine rennet), gelatine (sourced from cows, pigs and occasionally fish) and magnesium stearate (traditionally sourced from cows, pigs and sheep) although some manufacturers now use vegetarian alternatives.Last year a campaign to vaccinate children in Scotland against influenza was halted because of concern in the Muslim community about pork gelatine within the vaccine.Even though the absolute levels of animal products in many medications are likely to be minimal, the authors say doctors need to consider this when prescribing “to avoid non-adherence, which is a major healthcare concern.”To ascertain the scale of the problem, they identified the 100 most commonly prescribed drugs in UK primary care in January 2013. Of these, 73 contained one or more of lactose, gelatine, or magnesium stearate. But they found that information on the origins of the contents was difficult to obtain, unclear, inconsistently reported, and sometimes incorrect.”Our data suggest that it is likely that patients are unwittingly ingesting medications containing animal products with neither prescriber nor dispenser aware,” they write.They call for improved drug labeling, mirroring those standards advised for food. However, they acknowledge it is unlikely that any labeling standard could address all dietary requirements, “and the ultimate solution would be to eliminate animal derived products where possible from medications.”They point out that lactose is already produced by some manufacturers without using rennet, magnesium stearate can be made chemically without animal ingredients and vegetarian capsules to replace gelatine are already available.”Although vegetarian friendly ingredients may be more expensive than those produced by traditional processes, the costs would diminish as production expanded and they would limit the exposure of patients to products they find unacceptable,” they conclude.Story Source:The above story is based on materials provided by BMJ-British Medical Journal. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

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Finnish agriculture increasingly steered by market forces

Agriculture in Finland is becoming more market driven in the next few years. EU and national support systems will continue to protect production, but the risks due to fluctuating prices will increase. MTT Agrifood Research Finland anticipates that the major structural changes in agriculture will continue, and the number of livestock farms in particular will decrease steadily.Last year, an agreement was reached on the common EU agricultural policy until 2020. The recent report by MTT Agrifood Research Finland describes the outlook of Finnish agriculture in the following five years.The market will take up the reinsThe agricultural production volumes in Finland on average will remain at the current level until 2020. Even though subsidies in nominal terms will remain in place to maintain production volumes, their real value will decrease. In order to maintain the income level, a larger part of the agricultural revenue than before must be gained from the products sold in the market.”The markets will increasingly influence what happens to the production, income and profitability in the agricultural sector. Prices will fluctuate wildly, which means that the market risks of agricultural enterprises increase both in the sale of products and the acquisition of production inputs,” says Professor Jyrki Niemi, MTT Agrifood Research Finland.For Finland, there will be no significant changes in the overall level of EU support to agriculture by 2020. “Since Finland’s northern circumstances were taken into account in the level of production-based support, the definition of less-favoured areas and the greening practices, the reform will not cause any dramatic changes in the Finnish agricultural market or production,” Niemi says.Precautions must be taken against production risksThe role of the state in the compensation of crop damages will change. After a transition period, crop damages will no longer be compensated directly from state funds. Instead, the state will participate in covering crop damages by creating prerequisites for commercial crop damage insurance.”The most important prerequisite for the creation of commercial insurance and insurance market is closing down the current system, which is completely funded by the state. …

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Boat Pose

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Mesothelioma Blood Test-Mesomark Test

The reason for high death rates among mesothelioma patients is the aggressive nature of the disease and the inability to diagnose it until it is well advanced. Because mesothelioma symptoms do not show up until about 40-50 years after exposure to asbestos, most cases at the time of diagnosis have already reached Stage III or IV. As a result, mesothelioma treatment options are often more palliative than curative.However, the ability to diagnose the disease at an earlier time would certainly result in a better prognosis for mesothelioma patients. That ability is now present in the form of a mesothelioma blood test known as Mesomark. Developed by Fujirebio Diagnostics Inc. of Malvern, Pennsylvania, a leader in the field of oncology testing, the test measures the amount of a …

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Eye contact builds bedside trust

Oct. 16, 2013 — Doctors who make a lot of eye contact are viewed as more likable and empathetic by patients, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.Patients also gave doctors higher empathy scores when their total visit length was longer and when doctors engaged in a few “social touches” such as a handshake or pat on the back. However, more than three social touches in one visit decreased empathy scores. The researchers said it’s possible that too many social touches from a doctor may seem forced and not genuine to a patient.The study, published in the Journal of Participatory Medicine, analyzed videotaped doctors’ visits and reinforces the notion that nonverbal social communication is an important part of doctor/patient relationships that should be thoughtfully managed, especially as more technology and “screen time” is introduced into doctors’ offices.”The goal is to one day engineer systems and technologies that encourage the right amount of physician eye contact and other non-verbal social communication,” said Enid Montague, first author of the study. “As we collect more data we can build models that tell us exactly how much eye contact is needed to help patients trust and connect with a doctor, and design tools and technology that help doctors stay connected to patients.”Montague is an assistant professor in medicine, general internal medicine and geriatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and an assistant professor in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.The researchers collected data from 110 first-time encounters between patients with common cold symptoms and primary care doctors. All of the doctors used paper charts and spent an average of 3 minutes and 38 seconds with each patient. After each visit, patient participants completed questionnaires to measure their perception of their doctor’s empathy, connectedness with the doctor and how much they liked their doctor.The visits were videotaped and researchers analyzed the recordings second-by-second, documenting what each person was doing, paying special attention to non-verbal communication. The researchers purposely chose to study doctors who used paper charts so they could develop a baseline for nonverbal communication activities without the presence of computerized systems.”Previous studies have found that nonverbal communication is important based on patient feedback, but this is one of the few that have looked at these things more broadly quantitatively,” Montague said. “We rigorously looked at what was happening at every point in time, so we validated a lot of the qualitative studies.”They concluded that while social touch and length of visit can play a role in a patient’s perception of doctor empathy, the amount of eye contact the doctor made was the most important factor for patients.”Simple things such as eye contact can have a big impact on our healthcare system as a whole,” Montague said. “If patients feel like their doctors aren’t being empathetic, then we are more likely to see patients who aren’t returning to care, who aren’t adhering to medical advice, who aren’t seeking care, who aren’t staying with the same providers. …

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Instant Metabolism-Boosting Workout

Home>>Diet & Fitness>>Cardio Workouts>> Instant Metabolism-Boosting WorkoutFast WorkoutsInstant Metabolism-Boosting WorkoutThese intense, calorie-torching moves will help you burn fat all day.6 Power-Walking Must-Haves 3 Ways to a Flat Belly The 8 Best Fat-Blasters Advertisement How-to Fitness How to Get Strong Hips, Buttocks, and Thighs How-to Fitness Upward Dog How-to Fitness Tricep Dips How-to Fitness Boat Pose How-to Fitness Windshield Wiper How-to Fitness Pigeon How-to Fitness Pilates Boxing How-to Fitness Straight Line Side Lifts How-to Fitness Leap Frog How-to Fitness Bent Over Row How-to Fitness Superman How-to Fitness Legs Up a Wall How-to Fitness X Jack Jump How-to Fitness V Lunge Switch How-to Fitness Stretching …

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Mesothelioma Treatment – How Does the Stage of Tumor Affect the Mode of Treatment For Mesothelioma?

The stage (extent) of a mesothelioma is an important factor in determining treatment options. Treatment option used is also based on the patients state of general health and individual preferences. The stage of the tumor most importantly helps to determine whether the tumor is resectable {operable} or not.Mesotheliomas are very resistant to treatment irrespective of their stage and it is always very important for the patient to know the goal of his or her own treatment before it is commenced, the patient should know whether the aim of the treatment plan is curative or whether it is palliative. The patient must also be informed about the likely side effects and benefits of the treatment. All these will help the patient to make up his/her mind …

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Upward Dog

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Fast No-Bulk Arm Exercises

Home>>Diet & Fitness>>Cardio Workouts>> Fast No-Bulk Arm ExercisesFast WorkoutsFast No-Bulk Arm ExercisesGet sleek arms and stronger shoulders with these upper body toners.Mix and Match Total-Body Workout Bike Your Way to a Better Body Walk Off 350 Calories in 45 Minutes Advertisement How-to Fitness How to Get Strong Hips, Buttocks, and Thighs How-to Fitness Upward Dog How-to Fitness Tricep Dips How-to Fitness Boat Pose How-to Fitness Windshield Wiper How-to Fitness Pigeon How-to Fitness Pilates Boxing How-to Fitness Straight Line Side Lifts How-to Fitness Leap Frog How-to Fitness Bent Over Row How-to Fitness Superman How-to Fitness Legs Up a Wall How-to Fitness X Jack Jump How-to Fitness V …

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Mesothelioma Treatments-What Are Your Options?

There are several options available for the treatment of mesothelioma. The most recommended forms of treatment are: a} Surgery b} Chemotherapy c} Radiotherapy. There are however other less popular, less commonly used forms of treatments, these include gene therapy, immunotherapy, photodynamic therapy and others. Some of these other forms of treatment are still in the stage of experimental and clinical trials usage.The cancer is usually treated by the use of combination therapies involving the use of more than one type of therapy. Most times, surgery is used to remove as much of the tumor as possible and this is followed with chemotherapy and or radiotherapy to kill the remaining cancer cells. This particular combination of surgery and chemotherapy with radiotherapy is one of the commonest forms …

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77 Year-Old Retired Ironworker, One Year Meso Free. Santa Barbara, CA

Jerry Buck is a handsome and charming man who looks at least 10 years younger than his age of 77. Jerry and his wife Joyce of 56 years moved with their two children from Winnipeg in 1964 and have called Santa Barbara home ever since.Before Jerry was diagnosed with mesothelioma, he was enjoying his retirement with Joyce, often taking road trips in their RV and exploring the beach and mountains surrounding their home.When he was just 15, Jerry began working for his father who was a blacksmith, welder and ironworker. He grew up to learn his father’s trade, and worked as an ironworker for 41 years until he retired at the age of 56.When Jerry first began experiencing respiratory issues in the fall of 2010 he paid a visit to his doctor. …

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Important Nutritional Tips For Mesothelioma Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy is one of the main treatments that cancer patients can to treat the disease. It involves the use of anticancer drugs to kill the cancer cells, however normal cells are also destroyed in the process.This destruction of cancer cells leaves the body in a weak state. In addition, chemotherapy has a number of side effects, such as nausea. If cancer patients do not eat properly, they can become malnourished and pass away not from cancer, but from an infection or other illness in their weakened state. These are some tips to improve the nutrition of patients undergoing chemotherapy:1-. Chemotherapy can cause anorexia{poor appetite} so choose foods that really pack a nutritional punch, so when you do eat, even if it is just a small amount, …

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History, Hazards and Dietary Advice

History, Hazards and Dietary AdviceHistory of asbestosThere are four main types of asbestos; Amosite (brown fibers), Anthophyllite (gray fibers), white Christie, and blue Crocidolite. Chrysotile has curly fibers while the other three have rod like fibers. These fibers fragment into dust quite readily and waft into the air. They can adhere to skin or clothing and are easily swallowed or inhaled.Half a century ago, asbestos was hailed by many as a miracle product. They said nearly anything could be made from this mineral. It as used as an additive to reinforce mortar and plastics. Asbestos fibers can also be separated into fine threads that do not conduct electricity and are unaffected by heat or chemicals.Use of asbestos drastically increased during World War II. Shipbuilding incorporated …

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Not enough milk: one mother’s story

A blog reader, Michelle, sent me her breastfeeding stories. She has four children and was never able to nurse exclusively, despite trying everything. I’m so glad she was willing to share her experiences. Some women cannot produce enough milk for their babies. For those who want to nurse but cannot, the regret and frustration can be overwhelming.Michelle commented to me: “I am very grateful that I was able to nurse my girls for however long I could. I wish I were still nursing my fourth! I am glad to that I finally decided to pursue all solutions because I needed to realize that nothing I did would help. That knowledge helped alleviate a lot of guilt. If I ever have another child, I won’t beat myself …

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Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Mesothelioma Lawsuits4 Tips to Help You Win Your CaseThe main reason why victims of asbestos related diseases file lawsuits is to help victims of asbestos related illnesses as well as family members of asbestos victims, get their deserved compensation for their losses. This money can help victims pay for such things as medical bills, lost wages, and the emotional agony caused by these diseases.Exposure to asbestos can cause a variety of different illnesses, namely asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma cancer. If you’ve been diagnosed with the mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related illness you should file a claim to receive an asbestos settlement.There been many asbestos settlements in the United States over the years resulting in billions of dollars awarded to the victims of asbestos …

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Broadwalk Dental Practice forced to compensate patient

Home » No Win No Fee » Latest Personal Injury News » 2013 » 10 » Broadwalk Dental Practice forced to compensate patientBroadwalk Dental Practice forced to compensate patientA former resident of Buxton has been awarded £22,000 in compensation from Broadwalk Dental Practice, which offered her extremely substandard care over a number of years.Dr Allan Clark’s negligence meant 40-year-old Sarah Taylor has to undergo extensive corrective treatment, including bridges, crowns, dentures and root canal treatments.She told the Derbyshire Times Dr Clark’s poor dentistry also led to her losing eight teeth and suffering a number of painful bouts of dental infection.The local woman first visited the practice in 1993, when she had bad toothache on the left side of her mouth. While this should have been a simple procedure, it turned out to be only the start of Ms Taylor’s dental problems.Having been given two fillings by the dentist, she was forced to return just days later suffering from a toothache even more severe than her previous one.”Dr Clark removed one of the teeth he had just filled, which was absolutely mortifying. We had not discussed a tooth extraction at any point and he had gone ahead without my prior knowledge or consent. It was all downhill from there,” she told the newspaper.Ms Taylor visited the practice a staggering 39 times over the next 16 years, receiving her final treatment in December 2009.After relocating to Peterborough, she signed up with a new dentist, who immediately told her about the poor condition of her teeth and suggested she undertake corrective measures to amend them.Five of them were beyond repair and had to be removed, while Ms Taylor also needs to wear a permanent bridge because of the difficulties brought about by Dr Clark’s sub-par dentistry.”I trusted Dr Clark implicitly and he has ruined my teeth. The whole experience has been unbelievably stressful. What he did was not right,” said the patient.Neither the doctor or the practice commented on the case – Dr Clark did not admit liability and has since retired from the profession.Or call us on 0800 884 0321SHARE THIS

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