Can a Common Stomach Bacteria Be Connected with Curing Multiple Sclerosis?

labWhen it comes down to it, we all think of bacteria as a bad thing, right? Well what if you were told that an icky bacteria that causes so many people discomfort, can potentially treat a major disease. Researchers are looking into the possibility that a simple stomach bacteria can help ward off Multiple Sclerosis. This is a major find! Continue reading

Is Your Chimney Leaking Carbon Monoxide Into Your Home?

chimneyWith all the snow storms and blizzards the Northern States are currently enduring, our fireplaces and heating systems are working on overtime. Yes, it is important to stay warm throughout the winter months but we must be careful not to accidentally gas poison our families. Something people don’t realize is all that work our chimneys put into keeping us warm, produces a byproduct gas called carbon monoxide. The sad truth is that without regular maintenance and care, your chimney could cause you a lot of harm. Research shows that approximately 200 people in the U.S. die every year from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by problems in their ventilation systems. In addition to that more than 10,000 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning go undiagnosed because the symptoms mimic the common winter fatigue. Continue reading

Is the New Anti-HIV Vaginal Ring Working?

hiv ring 2Are you aware of the huge advances scientists have made in preventing the spread of HIV? Somewhere in past the two decades since Magic Johnson bravely stepped forward to announce he had HIV in 1991 to the present day, scientists have developed miraculous advances in anti-HIV drugs. One such advance is the development of a vaginal ring containing dapivirine.

The non-profit International Partnership for Microbicides in 2012 developed a silicone ring similar to the contraceptive birth control rings already on the market for women in the United States. While this ring does not prevent pregnancy it does contain dapivirine, a known effective anti-HIV drug. The ring is designed to slowly deposit the dapivirine into the woman’s vaginal tissue. Dapivirine are non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs) that prevent the HIV disease from duplicating itself and growing inside the body. Continue reading

India’s Superbug Killing Thousands of Newborn Babies

baabyIn the last year, 58,000 newborn babies died of bacterial infections in India. Infants that acquire bacterial infections like pneumonia and tuberculosis are treated with antibiotics in India, but these antibiotics are no longer working. Indian pediatricians are scrambling to find ways to keep their neonatal patients alive. Why are the antibiotics no longer working?

For years the health sector has warned India of the implications their unsanitary conditions would have on their citizens. For these reasons bacterial infections spread rapidly throughout the country. Continue reading

Why Do Fleas Multiply So Quickly?

2lb_dustmite_largeWhy is it that fleas can suddenly spread everywhere within the house? It seems from the time span we spot our first flea to the house swarming with these terrible parasites, is only a matter of a couple hours. How do these parasites breed so quickly? And how to get rid of fleas in your home?

Flea infestations are the worst. They will develop allergic reactions as well as itchiness and redness on the skin. The moment these parasites invade our home, all chaos breaks loose. The kids, the dog and the cat are itching like crazy. The floors, carpets and bedding and other comfy surfaces are contaminated and need to be washed and poor you is left single handed to combat this assault on your home. To treat the fleas, it is important to understand first how this enemy works.

Here are some fun facts about these multiplying parasites. Continue reading

Why Haven’t Pharmaceutical Companies Kept Up With Antibiotic Research and Development?

antibioticsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report at least two million United States citizens are infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotic treatment each year. Out of these two million people, 23,000 end up dying. With so many deaths reported, why have the pharmaceutic companies declined or in some cases completely stopped their development of antibiotics? There is obviously a need and demand for stronger antibiotics. Why then have only a handful of antibiotics been released to the public in the last four years? Continue reading

Is Vancomycin Our Only Chance to Fight Against MRSA?

pillsThe overuse of antibiotics in our society has caused a huge problem for us. Germs are figuring out a way to mutate and build up resistance to our antibiotics. Children with simple minor scrapes and cuts are no longer able to heal their bodies naturally against staph infections. Doctors are seeing more and more cases of perfectly healthy children and adults alike being rushed into the hospitals from life threatening methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. Penicillin antibiotics once prescribed by doctors to cure staph infections are increasingly not working on their patients. The only drug to seem to work against MRSA is Vancomycin, the medical world’s last resort solution.

What will happen when the germs figure a way out to resistant Vancomycin? Will we be in danger? Continue reading

More Than 1,000 Children Infected with Human Enterovirus 68

girl sleepingWithin the last month a mysterious respiratory illness targeting children has sprouted up within 10 states and is expected to spread across the United States. Doctors believe the mysterious virus is the Human Enterovirus 68 (HEV68) a rare respiratory virus that is similar to the human rhinovirus. Children are experiencing cold like symptoms of coughing, sneezing, and runny noses that quickly worsen within a 24-hour period. This respiratory virus is more potent than the average cold, causing non-asthma children to suddenly start wheezing and those with asthma to require hospitalization. Continue reading

The Origins of Ebola

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The Ebola virus continues to plague West Africa with the death toll climbing to over 4,000. The countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are desperately trying to contain the virus as more people are falling sick than they have room for in their hospitals. This is the worst virus outbreak thus far and is now a global concern. The world wants to know, what is Ebola? How is this virus spreading and where did this virus originate? Continue reading

Lyme Disease Existed Over 15 Million Years Ago

amberAre you aware Lyme Disease has been around for over 15 million years?  Lyme Disease may have received its’ name in the 1970’s but was around much longer than a mere 40 years.  Scientists recently uncovered a piece of amber which contained a 15 million year old tick trapped inside.  The perfectly preserved tick examined by researcher George Poinar, Jr. from the Oregon State University, found the bacteria Borrelia burgdorfer inside the tick.  This is the same present day bacteria that causes Lyme Disease.  If the bacteria was present in a tick from over 15 million years ago, does that mean ticks have been infecting humans since the beginning of our existence? Were cavemen also infected with Lyme Disease?

Well, there is evidence that suggests Lyme Disease has plagued humans for thousands of years.  In 1991, hikers unearthed a partially frozen mummified neolithic man nicknamed by the press as Otzi.  Otzi is thought to have lived over 5,300 year ago and guess what?  Scientists discovered our friend Otzi had Lyme Disease. Continue reading