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Today’s Health Headlines

“Smart bandages” will soon tell us if wound is infected

This is so cool.  The bandage has capsules that release a fluorescent dye when bacteria “toxins” make contact and permeate the capsules.  This will help providers recognize wound infection must sooner. I remember the prototype came out last year, but it looks like they are undergoing preliminary trials soon.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/smart-bandages-could-provide-early-infection-warning-35250806.html

Texas reports first local transmission case of Zika

Texas is now the second state to have local transmission of Zika (first is Florida). Its a women who is not pregnant and lives along the Gulf Coast.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/28/health/zika-case-texas.html?_r=0

HIV vaccine being tested in Africa

The vaccine’s predecessor, back in 2009, was only 31% effective in protecting against HIV infection. This one has been tweaked and researchers hope this will work better.

 

Thunderstorm asthma – the perfect storm for asthmatics

6 people died in Australia from asthma after a recent thunderstorm.  They believe pollen swelled and exploded causing many more particles to be inhaled by vulnerable individuals during the windy storm.

 

Study links aspartame with weight gain and diabetes

For some time now, studies have pointed to diet drinks causing weight gain and diabetes, this study looked at mice, whose gut enzyme, intestinal alkaline phosphatase, was blocked by the artificial sweetener aspartame, and when fed a high fat diet, the aspartame fed mice fared worse with blood sugar and weight.

Chronic gum disease linked to erectile dysfunction
Periodontitis has been linked to heart disease and stroke, so its logical that those suffering from gum disease would have issues with most major vessels, including those instrumental in regulating erections.

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

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Nationally Syndicated Radio Host, Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, Assistant Professor Touro University Nevada

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