Tuesday September 13
Youth soccer injuries double
Although soccer is becoming more popular, emergency rooms and finding surges of young players (below age 17) presenting with concussions.
Teen hunger increases risky behavior
7 million teens suffer from “food insecurity” and may be driven to dangerous behaviors including selling drugs and sex.
Gentle light waves may replace defibrillators
A new technique using gentle pulses of light could eventually replace the electrical-shocking defibrillator. Researchers found by implanting genetically engineered cells that respond to light they could “shock” them with light waves.
Lunes, Monday September 12
globulo or celula de sangre – blood cell
Junk food damages blood cells
Scientists found those with a high burger and bun diet had more than double the red blood cells with cancer-linked mutations. Diets rich in antioxidants appear to help our red blood cells.
A vaccine for thrush is in the works
The NDV-3 vaccine has shown good results in human trials and appears safe. This would be indicated for those with chronic thrush.
4th person carrying a worrysome superbug is a child
In this case she was infected with another pathogen that caused her to have travelers diarrhea but upon culture she was found to also carry the E. Coli with the mcr-1 gene (allowing the bacteria to be drug resistant to the strongest of antibiotics). How these patients are picking up and becoming colonized by the drug resistant bacteria is being investigated.
Viernes, Friday September 9th
Jueves, Thursday September 8th
latido del corazon irregular – irregular heartbeat
Atrial Fibrillation can affect other body parts, including the kidneys
This makes sense. A Fib can affect multiple parts of the body and in this study they found a 5 fold increase in heart failure and patients were 1.6 times more likely to have kidney disease (though that could be due to underlying blood pressure issues )
Alcohol dependence could be reversed by treating brain cells
un monton de noticias de hoy – a lot of news today
Martes, Tuesday September 6th
sistema inmunológico – immune system
Doing Crossfit two days in a row could be hazardous to your health
A day of recovery in between workouts may be recommended to prevent suppression of immune function
Montelukast, Singular asthma medications for children may induce psychotic episodes
Of the many side effects reported, depression and suicidal thoughts were among them.
One in three heart attacks are misdiagnosed initially
This study found 1/3 of people with STEMI (ST elevation Myocardial Infarction) or NSTEMI (Non-ST elevation Myocardial Infarction) to be misdiagnosed initially, moreso if they were female, older in age, or suffering from heart failure.
Viernes, Friday September 2
reducir el dolor – to reduce the pain (can also use desminuir el dolor)
Yoga and acupuncture proven to reduce pain
And spinal manipulation, tai chi, and massage. They studied what we already knew 🙂
As Zika cases rise so appears cases of Guillain-Barre
Heart attacks impair sex life for at least a year
Jueves, Thursday September 1
un vaso de vino – a glass of wine (not vase!)
A large glass of wine a night could decrease fertility
Don’t throw out the birth control yet. This study looked at wine and beer and its affects on fertility, decreasing it by 18% if 2 beers or a large glass wine was drunk per day. They believe its interfering with hormones and some are hinting at damage to the baby egg.
Tranquilizers and opioids – a deadly mix
Sedatives/anti-anxiety medications such as the benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium) could be deadly when mixed with a narcotic/opioid, a common occurrence in overdoses.
New “game-changing” drug may stop Alzheimer’s progression
Aducanumab antibody injections were found to break up and induce removal of amyloid-beta proteins that deposit in the brain.
1 in 6 younger Americans want to die before age 80
Study authors think its because many have negative views about old age. Ya think? I’ve got plans……Sitting on the couch reading my Robbins.
Miercoles, Wednesday August 31, 2016
Ebola virus found to hide out in semen for over 16 months
Martes, Tuesday August 30, 2016
seguro para el corazon – safe for the heart
E-cigs NOT safer for the heart than regular cigarettes
In this small study, researchers measured aortic stiffness after vaping vs tobacco and found vaping for 30 minutes resulted in the same cardiovascular changes as 5 minutes of cigarette smoking.
Researchers identify the first US bacteria strain with “superbug genes”
These are mobile genes that allow it to become resistant to multiple antibiotics including “last resort” antibiotics such as colistin and carbapenem .
Zika update: Mosquitoes can infect their offspring with Zika
Mommy Aedes Agyptii mosquitoes can infect the baby eggs with Zika, hence exterminating just the mosquitos flying around may not do the trick.
Lunes, Monday August 29, 2016
apnea del sueno, or apnea del dormir – sleep apnea
This was shocking in that the stress hypoxia invokes on the heart has been proven in the past to increase heart and stroke risk. However they think that maybe in this study the test subjects didn’t wear the CPAP long enough or maybe heart disease is usually so far advanced that CPAP, once sleep apnea is diagnosed, may be too little too late. CPAP is still vital in sleep apnea treatment and more studies may need to consider earlier intervention.
FDA Recommends all blood donations get screened for Zika
Viernes, Friday August 26
pastilla – pill
Insulin in pill form may be coming soon
Researchers think they found a way to help the insulin withstand the harsh stomach acid by using a trademarked lipid vesicle to encapsulate the pill.
Cancer set to surpass heart disease as leading cause of death
Many people are still affected with heart disease, but because we health care providers are so damn good at intervention and prevention (with cholesterol and diabetes treatments) less percentage are dying from it than once did.
Zika was found to hid out in the vagina and also live in baby’s bloodstream for longer than originally thought. Originally researchers thought Zika would die within a week of infection. Now they are finding it to persist longer (in semen possibly 6 months) and wonder if babies could become infected during birth.
Jueves, Thursday August 25
Corazon – heart
Those diagnosed with asthma later in life have increased risk of heart disease
In this study early onset asthma was not linked to heart disease. They believe it could be linked to air pollution and declining lung function.
Staying slim prevents 8 types of cancer
These include liver, gall bladder, meningioma, multiple myeloma, pancreas, stomach, ovary and thyroid.
The older we get, the happier we get
Miercoles, Wednesday August 24
Gemelos – twins
Twins found to have a longer lifespan
Many of us don’t like our siblings. but we may want to get along with them. In this study, one’s close relationship with their twin helps them live longer. And identical twins were found to live longer than fraternal twins who lived longer than the rest of us.
MRI’s show Zika damages fetal brains far beyond microcephaly.
Martes, Tuesday August 23
Azucar – sugar
AHA recommends children consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day
The American Heart Assoication also recommends children under 2 receive NO added sugar, and teens drink no more than ONE 8 oz sugary drink per WEEK
Hating one’s job in their 20’s may mean poor health in their 40’s
In this study as job satisfaction increased, so did the effects on health.
Having dense breasts may warrant annual mammograms
This study suggest tailor screening for women a better opton as those with higher breast density and higher risk of breast cancer may benefit from screening more often than what’s recommended by the US Task Force.
Yellow Fever epidemic has killed 400 in Africa
Sleeping in contact lenses can cause blindness
Viernes, Friday August 19
Calculos biliares or piedras de visicula – gallstones
Having gallstones linked to higher risk of heart disease
In this study, researchers looked at 250,000 US adults and found that those with gallstones had a 17% increase risk of heart disease. Risk factors for both are shared, such as obesity, type II diabetes and high cholesterol, so not too big a surprise.
Zika may affect adult brains as well
Fatty fish may lower the risk of diabetic retinopathy
Jueves, Thursday August 18
Tranfusion de sangre – blood transfusion
First cases of Zika transmission by blood transfusion reported in Brazil
Calcium supplements linked to higher risk of dementia in some women
Being anemic at time of stroke increases risk of death
MIercoles, Wednesday August 17
edad – age
Latinos age “slower” than other ethnicities
This UCLA study found that despite the increase risk of diabetes, Latinos have a “30% lower risk of death” and a longer life expectancy than other racial groups. Felicidades!
“Game of Thrones” Heroin hits the streets
Officials believe this potentially lethal drug, that has caused overdoses in the Northeast, is heroin laced with fentanyl. Tyrion Lannister would be intrigued…….
Having Malaria may help Ebola victims survive
Researchers found in this study those with malaria when infected with Ebola has a 20% less chance of dying. One theory is the parasite that causes malaria may help boost the immune system.
Fuerza – strength
Today’s men are not as strong as their dads
This study found millennial’s grip and pinch strength to be 20 pounds of force less than men of the 1980s. MacGyver was so rad…..
Taking acetaminophen during pregnancy could increase child’s risk of ADHD.
The main ingredient in Tylenol has been the go-to medication for pregnant women for pain due to its safety profile. Now a study links acetaminophen to increase risk of emotional and behavioral issues in the children if taken during pregnancy.
Viruses are more infectious in the morning
This study found viruses to be 10X more successful if they infected their host in the am implying our body clock can affect our susceptibility to pathogens.
Lunes, Monday August 15
Botella de agua – bottle of water
Refillable water bottles could be dirtier than our “toilet seat” or dog’s mouth “toy”
In this study they found the average CFU/sq cm (colony forming units per square cm) of bacteria to be over 300K lurking in a reusable water bottle with slide tops topping 900 K. They harbored gram positive cocci, and stainless steel is recommended over plastic.
9/11 Ground Zero linked cancer cases triple in less than 3 years
The WTC program has been monitoring and treating more than 48,000 people who survived or responded to the 9/11 attacks and an additional 16,000 are apart of a program with the NY fire department. As of the end of June 2016, 5440 people have been diagnosed with over 6300 cases of cancer, some more than one type.
Babies born addicted to opioids has risen 300% in 15 years
The babies are born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and experience seizures, respiratory difficulties, vomiting, diarrhea, irritability and feeding difficulties.
Viernes, Friday August 12
parapléjico – paraplegic
paralisis – paralysis
Robotic “exoskeleton” helps paraplegics gain mobility
Through virtual reality training – researchers were able to help 8 paralyzed individuals regain some sensation and movement, although they couldn’t support their own legs.
Zika found to live in semen for at least 6 months
Two men infected with Zika were found to still have it present in their semen 181-188 days after initial infection. So if the CDC recommendations are to abstain or use condoms for 6 months (under the assumption it could last for 90 days) someone needs to update the memo.
WHO recommends 12 1/2 hours of moderate exercise a week
The 150 minutes a week previously recommended may be way to little. They recommend to combat heart disease, stroke amd cancer (breast, colon) and diabetes, we should be exercising moderately 12-18 hours a week or 6-8 hours of vigours exercise a week.
Jueves, Thursday August 11
Los dientes – the teeth
Brushing our teeth may help reduce risk of colon cancer
This study finds the fusobacterium that colonize the mouth and worsen gum disease, may travel to the colon and worsen tumors or polyps and accelerate the growth.
Increased risk of suicide in those who suffered a “serious” infection
Those hospitalized for hepatitis or HIV infection appeared to be at highest risk. Reminds us to ensure not only medical servcies available upon discharge but also mental health servcies.
Apathy seems to a huge obstacle to fighting Zika
MIercoles, Wednesday August 10
Pierna – leg
Brazo – arm
Zika infection during pregnancy linked to limb deformities of the baby
Drunkorexia: skipping meals to save calories for binge drinking
Morning stiffness figured out: Body suppresses inflammation when we sleep
Martes, Tuesday August 9th
Fuma Ud? – Do you smoke?
Ciagarillos – cigarettes
Marijuana – marijuana and other slang terms
Video games may boost academic performance
Lunes, Monday August 8th
Pulmones – lungs
Heavy drinking increases LUNG problems
In this study they found heavy drinkers had less nitric oxide in their exhalations. Nitric oxide protects the lungs against harmful bacteria.
1 in 4 people share sexts
One would think its common sense that anything texted/posted/sexted could be made public, but this article highlights that 25% of sexts can be shared and males are more likely to share than females.
New asthma pill shows promise
This one targets eosinophilic airway inflammation to prevent airway restriction.
Viernes, Friday August 5
Obesidad – obesity
Peso – weight
Obesity ages the brain by 10 years
Yesterday we were told being underweight could be linked to Alzheimers. Today we’re told the brains of overweight people demonstrate white matter similar to individuals 10 years older. Since the font is smaller in this second study, I’ll go with this one.
Vitamin D found to drop when birth control stopped
Two babies born in California with Zika-related microcephaly
Jueves, Thursday August 4
MIercoles, Wednesday August 3
Impotencia – impotence, or one can use Problemas con ereccion (Problems with erection)
Study finds no link between erectile dysfunction drugs and prostate cancer
Although a study last year found the phosphodiesterase inhibitors type 5 (PDE-5) to increase recurrence risk of prostate cancer, this study found no link to inducing it.
Douching nearly doubles the risk of ovarian cancer
And the risk seemed stronger in women without breast cancer in the family. Researchers are unsure if it has to do with the chemicals disrupting the natural balance or an overgrowth of harmful bacteria
Women who have had both an appendectomy and their tonsils removed appear to be more fertile
I’m going to take stab at this one…..maybe its because chronically inflamed tonsils decrease the ability to become pregnant? Ovaries like anesthesia? I’m stumped….
Martes, Tuesday August 2
Carne – meat
We’re getting close to creating a blood test for “cancer”
Lunes, Monday August 1
Viernes Friday July 29
Bienvenidos a los nuevos estudiantes!!!! Welcome new students!
Second-hand marijuana could be worse for your heart and blood vessels than second- hand tobacco smoke
Researchers found blood vessels in rats recuperated 3X slower when second hand marijuana was inhaled than tobacco smoke. Our blood vessel function is similar to rats.
“Margarita burn” highlights phototoxic reactions
Jueves Thursday July 26th
E-cigs release chemicals that are “possibly carcinogenic”
Last year we learned that the heating coil chemically changes the vapor to release formaldehyde. In this article the researchers site propylene glycol and glycerin known to be “possibly carcinogenic” among 29 other chemicals that are inhaled with the electronic cigarette vapor.
FDA changes fluoroquinolone warnings due to side effects
Martes Tuesday July 24th
Binge-watching television could increase risk of death
This study suggests an increase risk of pulmonary embolism after hours of watching internet streaming sites. So for those of us who need to catch up on Game of Thrones, take it one show at a time and move around.
Pediatric accidental ingestion of marijuana on the rise
The average child studied was 2 1/2 years old and symptoms reported included dizziness, agitation, lethargy, vomiting and seizures. This has prompted legislation to child proof edible packaging.
Lunes Monday July 23
Whistle/buzz – Silbido/zumbido
1 in 10 of us suffer from tinnitus
Viernes Friday July 22
How much do you drink? – Cuanto bebe? or you can ask Bebe Alcohol? Cuanto?
Even one glass of alcohol a day will increase risk of cancerThis study found alcohol increased risk of 7 types of cancer including (stomach, esophagus, colon, breast, liver, larynx, and oropharynx), with growing evidence surrounding prostate, skin and pancreatic cancer.Sorry for the buzzkill this weekend 🙂Light smokers are 3X more at risk for hemorrhagic stroke.And heavy smokers were found to be 8X more at risk of subarachnoid hemorrhage.
Jueves Thursday July 21
Stitches (sutures) – puntos (or you can use suturas)
Smart sutures could give providers medical information from healing wound
If our wounds could talkl!!! Tufts University researchers develop biocompatible threads that can measure pH, temperature, strain, stress of a healing wound as well as other markers such as glucose. The applications of this could be infinite.
First Zika case in Florida that might have come from infected mosquito
Most of the cases reported in the US are people infected from Zika after travel or by sexual contact. Neither might have occurred in this Florida patient, hence suggesting Zika carrying mosquitos may be in Florida.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/florida-zika-case-signal-infected-mosquitos-u-s-article-1.2718770Asthma could be prevented and /or “cured” with new gene discoveryResearchers explain ADAM33 is a gene that makes an enzyme that can “go rogue” and trigger airway inflammation. Switching this gene off could potentially prevent asthma attacks.
Miercoles Wednesday, July 20
Xrays – radiografias
Radiologists now have no increased risk of radiation-related death
Whew! As opposed to pre-1940 when many radiologists were at increased risk of melanoma, leukemia and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, safety guidelines protect our providers to the point that compared to psychiatrists, there was no increased risk.
Nasal vaccine for Chlamydia may be in the works.
Yes, nasal. But BD584 with its success in rodents, may offer an easy way to vaccinate against one of the most common STI’s.
1 out 5 teens are diabetic or pre=diabetic
This alarming report highlights the urgency to screen kids for diabetes and instill good eating and exercise habits.
Martes Tuesday July 19
Period/Menses – “Regla” or can use “ciclo menstrual”Components of the female athlete “triad” could be health risks in and of themselvesThis triad includes eating disorders (or low energy availablity), amenorrhea (or menstrual problems) and bone loss. The American Academy of Pediatrics is warning us to look for it sooner as any one of these can cause long term health issues.High-fat diet found to REDUCE risk of breast and colon cancer, heart attack, diabetes but…..This study is alluding to the fats in a Mediterranean diet (nuts, fish, avocados) and not saturated trans fats found in butter.http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/fatty-foods-reduce-risk-breast-cancer-diabetes-heart-attack-article-1.2716017Fracking may trigger asthma flare-upsThis 8 year study from Pennsylvania found that people who lived near fracking sites were requiring asthma treatments 4 times more than those not living near drilling sites.
Lunes Monday July 18
Stroke – Derrame or embolico
9 out of 10 Strokes are preventable
Many risk factors for stroke appear to be in our control. These include controlling high blood pressure, decreasing smoking, controlling diabetes, waist to hip ratio (well this one is a toughy) and decreasing alcohol among many others.Gonorrhea may soon be “untreatable”The combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone is showing less efficacy over time as previous studies have shown and the CDC has reported that the bacteria that causes Gonorrhea (N. Gonorrhoeae) is showing increasing resistance and may eventually be untreatable.
Zinc lozenges may not “cure” the common cold but decreases its length by 3 days
Previous studies looked at “low dose” zinc (under 75mg) but dosages over 80 mg were found to decrease cold length by three days and appeared to work better in lozenge form as opposed to pill form.http://www.businessinsider.com/r-zinc-lozenges-may-shorten-common-colds-by-three-full-days-2016-7
Viernes Friday July 15
¿Me has echado de menos? Did you miss me?? (also you can say …..Me extranaste)
I was going to wait till the next school year but so many of you have been in complete despair without the updates, so here we go.
Remember, these are quick 3 second listings to keep you up to date on the latest in case your patients ask you for more information. It is encouraged that you on your own read up on the subjects, but never mandatory. This is here to help and I’m glad many of you find it useful.
New York reports first Zika case of female – male transmission.
A female had traveled to a country in which she was exposed to Zika. Prior to her being symptomatic, she returns to New York and has unprotected sex. She eventually becomes symptomatic with fever, rash body aches, and days later the gentlemen, who had no other sexual activity, becomes symptomatic as well.
Red meat consumption linked to kidney failure
Steak, burger, pork, etc, it all counts. The more red meat one eats, the higher the risk of kidney failure. Researchers encourage swapping your portion of red meat for poultry or fish. Fish? If it doesn’t Moo, it’s not meat…but they have a point…..
Pokemon Go causing accidents
It’s true. I’ve tripped over my cats twice. The biggest craze this week is the game Pokemon Go where you interact with your phone and environment to find the yellow thing. I’m only on level 2 but one player farther ahead than I am, crashed his car into a tree while playing.