Latest medical advances tell us that no stone is being unturned in the way of advances in prevention and treatment. The following medical breakthroughs and continuing scientific studies are noteworthy, many of which should not be taken lightly.
The following are outlines of medical breakthroughs that convey a resounding message of hope that should interest readers:
Cholesterol: Ezetimbe (Zetia), approved by the FDA, blocks the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines without any side effects. According to Michael Davidson, M.D., Director of Preventive Cardiology at Rush Presbyterian-St.ukes Medical Center in Chicago, Zetia will generally be used to provide further cholesterol reduction when statins alone are not enough. For those people who cannot tolerate statins, the drug can be used with no side effects whatsoever.
On the Horizon: Artherosclerosis is a prelude to heart attacks and strokes. Researchers around the world are studying new methods of prevention before their onset. Also, an experimental vaccine that disables a protein that causes cholesterol in the bloodstream is being researched. It helps boost levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and lowers bad cholesterol (LDL), thereby preventing plaque in artery walls.
The adverse effect of hostility: Studies showed that if you continue to have an angry outlook, you should consider it to be your heart’s worst enemy. Those that are characteristically hostile in their mannerism get easily agitated by day-to-day stress. Their stress hormone levels get elevated, accelerating the risk of clogged arteries and blood clots. Counseling is recommended.
New relief for rheumatoid arthritis: Rituxan, a cancer drug, may be a soother of rheumatoid arthritis. Experiments revealed that pain and fatigue were appreciably reduced and joint tenderness cut in half.
Rapid HIV Check: A fast HIV blood test delivers results in 20 minutes instead of the present 2 to 14 days wait.
Alcohol, estrogen and breast cancer. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy, not only put their babies at risk for birth defects but may be candidates for breast cancer.
Bionic Retina: A microchip that can help those with macular degeneration, implanted directly beneath the eye retina is predictable in about 5 years.
Alcoholic drinks can accelerate age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Smoking can also be similarly adverse, both of which can lead to blindness.
The above information, gleaned from medical studies, are worthy of note, and may serve as a warning to those that seem to be indifferent to maintaining normal health.