Major Challenge Of Drug Delivery Addressed By Researchers’ Innovation

Main Category: Cancer / Oncology
Also Included In: Arthritis / Rheumatology;  Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses
Article Date: 31 Jan 2012 – 0:00 PST

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A new physical form of proteins developed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin could drastically improve treatments for cancer and other diseases, as well as overcome some of the largest challenges in therapeutics: delivering drugs to patients safely, easily and more effectively.

HPV Vaccine Not Linked To Autoimmune Disorders, Study

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Main Category: Cervical Cancer / HPV Vaccine
Also Included In: Immune System / Vaccines;  Sexual Health / STDs;  Arthritis / Rheumatology
Article Date: 28 Jan 2012 – 16:00 PST

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A two-year study of nearly 190,000 girls and women, finds that Gardasil, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine made by
Merck Co, does not trigger autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes and multiple
sclerosis. The results are published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

In Rheumatoid Arthritis, Steroids Prevent Protein Changes Seen In The Joints

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Immune System / Vaccines
Article Date: 28 Jan 2012 – 0:00 PST

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Andre the Giant Hero: A Lesson for the World from One Incredible Sea Turtle

 

Ground-breaking technology saves the life of an endangered sea turtle, an inspiring story with an important message for the world.

Photo credit: Loggerhead Marinelife Center

In June 2010, an endangered green sea turtle—soon to be known to the world as “Andre”—washed ashore near death. He was just one of Florida’s hundreds of sea turtles hit by boats each year. A team of dedicated people came to his rescue, giving him a chance that many turtles in his situation don’t have. Though filled with much grief and sorrow, Andre’s story is also extremely inspirational and is filled with passion, creativity, and hope.

Sedentary Lifestyle A Problem For 2 In 5 Adults With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Pain / Anesthetics;  Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness
Article Date: 27 Jan 2012 – 1:00 PST

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A new study, funded by a grant from the National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), found that two in five adults (42%) with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were inactive. Taking measures to motivate RA patients to increase their physical activity will improve public health according to the findings now available in Arthritis Care Research, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

Restoration and Repair of Damaged Medical Equipment: Fiberglass, Plastics, Metals, Composites…. (http://www.integritymed.com)

A very challenging restoration on a fluoro handle from a Toshiba CT Scanner for an insurance company. The cost for replacing this part would have been over $12,000. We did the job for 1/10 of the OEM cost.

Over the years, having a full medical equipment paint and body shop in-house we’ve gotten pretty good at doing cosmetic “face-lifts” on the equipment we sell.  As a matter of fact, 90% of the equipment that leaves our refurbishing facility– whether headed to Azerbaijan or the Mayo Clinic– gets either a partial, or total “head-to-toe” cosmetic refurbishing.  This usually includes sanding down to the original surface, fiber-glass fill and repairs, bondo for smoothing pitted and dented metal panels, primer, and finally a fully matched factory repaint, along with new decals.  Yes, we do this all here in-house.

Going To Physician Visits With Older Loved Ones Could Improve Care

Main Category: Primary Care / General Practice
Also Included In: Seniors / Aging;  Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 25 Jan 2012 – 1:00 PST

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Family companions who routinely accompany older adults to physician office visits could be helpful to health care quality improvement efforts, according to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The authors found that three-quarters of older adults who attend physician visits with a family companion are consistently accompanied over time, nearly always by the same companion. The results are featured in the January 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Psoriatic Arthritis

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Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Dermatology;  Eczema / Psoriasis
Article Date: 23 Jan 2012 – 10:00 PST

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Around 7.5 million Americans, which is about 2.2% of the population, suffer from psoriaris, an autoimmune disease causing red, flaky skin. A new review in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (JAAOS) reveals that patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), a type of arthritis that affects nearly 48% of patients with the skin disease psoriasis, gain substantial benefits from medications or biologic agents that target T-cells, white blood cells involved in the body’s immune system.

Early, Aggressive Treatment May Help Reduce Symptoms And Improve Joint Function In Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Eczema / Psoriasis
Article Date: 20 Jan 2012 – 1:00 PST

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Medications or biologic agents that target T-cells, white blood cells involved in the body’s immune system, appear to offer significant benefit to patients suffering from psoriatic arthritis (PsA), a type of arthritis that affects up to 48 percent of patients with the skin disease psoriasis, according to a new review article in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS). About 7.5 million Americans – roughly 2.2 percent of the population – have psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that causes red, flaky skin.

Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain With Muscle Relaxants And Neuromodulators

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Pain / Anesthetics
Article Date: 19 Jan 2012 – 0:00 PST

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Pain management is a high priority for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, so three researchers in Australia analysed existing study data to see whether two different classes of drugs can help. When looking at muscle relaxants, they discovered that neither the benzodiazepine agents, diazepam and triazolam, nor the non- benzodiazepine agent, zopiclone, reduce pain when taken for one to 14 days. However, even this short use was associated for both agents with drowsiness and dizziness.