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Dr. Stephen Schepergerdes who belongs to the Oregon Medical Group is being sued by a couple from Eugene, Oregon for a botched vasectomy. They are suing him because the operation didn't work and the couple ended up having a child. What makes this case a little strange is the doctor is being sued for the cost of the child's upbringing. The $650,000 law suit is supposed to help cover the cost of the delivery of the child, it's upbringing and it's college education.
Why didn't the vasectomy work can be blamed on the doctor to an extent though. When Dr. Schepergerdes performed the vasectomy in 2007 he failed to tell Scott Bassinger has tubes that were thin and difficult to dissect.
My Thoughts: This seems like a bad situation for many people including the doctor being sued and of course for the soon-to-be parents. It's also a really bad situation if the child were to find out when he's older (which I'm sure he will). I could imagine that psychologically it would be pretty hard to deal with that when you were born your parents sued someone because you were coming into their world.
German scientists have been on a roll with progressing towards a cure for HIV. Yesterday’s announcement from VIRO Pharmaceuticals, based in Hannover, Germany stated that a new experimental HIV drug is in development. The results of the study were published in the Science Translational Medicine journal yesterday.
The drug known as VIR-576 worked incredibly well as it showed a 95% reduction of HIV infection in the blood in an early trial of 18 patients. The drug prevents the virus from attaching (fusing) to healthy human immune cells. It does this by settling in the virus’ fusion peptide which is how the virus attaches itself to the cell; this way the peptide is blocked and the cell is safe. There are other “fusion drugs” on the market such as Fuzeon, but VIR-576 is more effective because it can block fusion in earlier stages.
It's 2 days before Christmas. Hopefully all of your gifts are purchased and wrapped and hopefully you have all of the food, wine and beer bought too! One thing that you also shouldn't forget about is your workout routine. Something as simple as going for a run on Christmas Eve Morning or even for a quick run on Christmas Day after you and the kids open up your presents can greatly improve your health and decrease your holiday gut.
You know that you are going to be eating more than you normally would over Christmas so why not burn some calories and get your metabolism sped up before you indulge? Many families celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so that means extra calories. Don't forget about going out with the office, or going out with friends for Christmas dinner in the weeks before or after.
Today marks the first day of winter, and as the cold sets in, many people still want to preserve their summer tan. The answer? Indoor tanning beds of course! A new report shows that many more people partake in indoor tanning than was previously believed. This suggests that these people either aren’t aware of the risks, or just choose to ignore them. The study led by Dr. Kelvin Choi from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis found that out of 2,869 people surveyed, about 18% of women and over 6% of men had gone indoor tanning, at least once in the last year.
Even more alarming was the fact that indoor tanning was extremely popular among young women ages 18-24; more than 1 in 3 said that they go tanning indoors. The number was also pretty high for women in their later 20s – 1 in 4 aged 25-34 reported to go to indoor tanning salons. Even more surprisingly, however, is that indoor tanning has seen a surge in popularity among older women as well; between 14-17% of women ages 35-54 reported going to tanning salons. Even scarier than these statistics, however, is that most people don’t recognize the risks and dangers of indoor tanning. When Dr. Choi asked the survey participants what they could do to reduce their risk of skin cancer, only 13% of women and even less men said that they could forego indoor tanning.
These findings are quite alarming because many people believe that indoor tanning booths are not as harmful as the sun’s rays, when in fact they are equally as dangerous. The tanning salon industry is currently a $5 billion business that caters to 30 million customers, so of course it wants people to believe that tanning beds are safer than they really are. In fact business is booming- a San Diego State University study found that in 2006, many of largest U.S. cities had more tanning salons than McDonald’s or Starbucks! The mean number for 116 largest cities was 41.8 tanning salons, and the mean density was 11.8 facilities per 100,000 people. This is in comparison to a mean number of 19 and 29.6 facilities for Starbucks and McDonald’s, respectively. (Source: http://tiny.cc/ni5nm)
The U.S. Senate has had an incredibly busy week. Among other notable decisions, the Senate has passed a historical bill that repeals the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, passed the new food safety bill, and also hopes to pass a revised 9/11 bill.
Now you can ask and tell
The Senate has finally repealed the 17 year old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military only if they hid their orientation. With eight Republicans and Joe Lieberman (an independent) joining the Democrats, the bill passed with 65-31 votes. The House also passed the bill with 250 to 175 in favor of the bill. President Obama will sign the bill into law later this week. This is a huge victory for Obama who promised to end the hugely discriminatory policy, although it had to happen soon since in January the Republicans, many of whom don’t support the new bill, will have control of the House.
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Alcoholism Differences Between Men and Women: Health Issues
Women's bodies react differently to the effects of alcohol. For example, women's livers are more sensitive to alcohol, and they suffer from higher rates of liver diseases and can contract such diseases faster than men who indulge in the same quantities of alcohol. Women also, on average, have smaller bodies than men, so amounts of alcohol that don't affect men can have severe repercussions for those with lower body weight. Women also absorb alcohol at different rates, so while men may be able to process alcohol in a relative short period of time, women may retain the same amount of alcohol in their bodies for a longer period
Alcoholism Differences Between Men and women: Alcoholic Liver Disease
The use of drugs along with alcohol is known to be harmful, but oddly enough, this association is still extremely common.The association of alcohol with drugs can lead to serious side effects, including the risk of death. Alcohol can both increase the effects of a drug as to neutralize it. You can also activate enzymes that metabolize the drug into toxic to the body.
1) Alcohol potentiating the effect of a drug
When the enzymes that metabolize the drug are the same as alcohol, they are "busy" processing the ethanol, causing the drug to stay in longer and in greater concentration in the bloodstream. In some cases this may be the difference between the intoxication or not.
2) Alcohol inhibits the action of a drug
This process occurs in chronic drinkers. The constant stimulus alcoholic liver causes there an increase in liver enzymes. When a drug reaches the liver there is an excess of these to metabolize it, inactivating the drug much faster than usual. This excess enzyme may remain for weeks after they stop drinking alcohol.
The constant stimulation of ethanol and its metabolites can produce enzymes that convert non-toxic substances into toxic metabolites.
3) Alcohol acting on the same site of medicines
Another way of potentiation of these drugs is when, like ethanol, also act on the central nervous system, such as narcotics and sedatives. Cause dangerous sedation.
4) Remedies by increasing the influence of alcohol
Some drugs inhibit the enzymes that metabolize alcohol, increasing its effects and your length of stay in the body. Potentiate the lesions of alcohol in the body.
Examples of alcohol-drug interaction:
ANESTHETICS: Alcohol use complicates the action of anesthetics, requiring larger doses to induce anesthesia in surgical acts. It also enhances the toxic effects of these drugs to the liver.
Anxiolytics (benzodiazepines): Increase the sedative effect, the risk of coma and respiratory failure.
Antabuse (disulfiram) : Antabuse Antabuse or is the main trade name for a drug called Disulfiram, which inhibits the enzyme acetaldehyde dehydrogenase, preventing the processing of the toxic metabolite acetaldehyde into acetic acid. The accumulation of this toxic substance causes effects such as vomiting, palpitations, headache, hypotension, respiratory distress and even death.
It is a substance used in the treatment of alcoholism, because even small doses of alcohol produce effects very uncomfortable. The patient takes the first cup and begins to feel sick, just stopping drinking. This is because blocking the metabolism of acetaldehyde, which is a very toxic substance, its concentration in the blood gets to be 10x greater than what normally happens. Thus, small doses of alcohol lead to higher levels of acetaldehyde found in many "binges." In 15 minutes the patient was already beginning to feel the effects. Even small amounts of alcohol as in jams and sauces can cause symptoms.
High doses of alcohol on who makes use of antabuse can be fatal.
ANTIBIOTICS: There is a concept that mixing antibiotics and alcohol is dangerous and can inactivate the first. This is a partial truth.
Indeed the association of alcohol with some antibiotics may lead to severe effects of antabuse type described above.
Metronidazole (Flagyl ®)
Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim ®)
Tinidazole (Tindamax ®)
Griseofulvin (Grisactin ®)
Other antibiotics such as ketoconazole, nitrofurantoin, erythromycin, rifampin and isoniazid also should not be taken with alcohol the dangers of inhibition effect and potentiation of liver toxicity.
When compared to the other antibiotics no reports of interaction. However, it must be remembered that alcohol inhibits the immune system and hinders the fight against infectious agents. So it's not smart to drink while you have an infection.
ANTICOAGULANT: Alcohol increases the anticoagulant effect of Warfarin (Coumadin ®, Varfine ®, Coumadin ®) may cause bleeding.
Anticonvulsants: Increase the side effects and the risk of intoxication while less effective against the seizures.
Antidepressants: Increase adverse reactions, sedative effect and decrease the effectiveness of antidepressants. It can also cause hypertensive crises.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY: Increase the risk of gastric ulcers and bleeding. Aspirin (ASA) increases the effects of alcohol.
Antihypertensive agents: Reduce efficiency, cause dizziness and cardiac arrhythmias
ANTIHISTAMINES (ALLERGY): Increases the sedative effect and causes dizziness and imbalance.
Hypoglycemic (antidiabetic): It may also cause antabuse effect. Acute use of ethanol as prolongs the effects that chronic use inhibits antidiabetics.
PARACETAMOL: Increases the risk of hepatitis drug.
Gastroprotective: Increases the effect of alcohol and medication side effects.
Given the recent news regarding a potential Long Island serial killer after 4 dead bodies were found on the roadside near Cedar Beach, I thought it would be interesting to delve more into the psychology of a serial killer- the circumstances that push them into killing and what drives them. Jack the Ripper, Manson, Dahmer, Bundy – we’ve all heard of these and other famous serial killers, yet there is so much more information that many of us don’t know or think we know from Hollywood movies or other unsubstantiated sources.
There are many sources online that discuss serial killers; however, the best seems to be the conclusions reached at the Serial Murder Symposium in connection with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit-2 at the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. While many of the serial killings we hear about have a sexual component to them, according to the FBI, that is just one of the myths surrounding serial killers. Other myths include that most of them are white males that they are all loners who don’t socialize and that serial killers can’t stop killing and want to get caught. In fact many of them are just normal people who lead average lives. Many actually have families and not surprisingly, serial killers actually reflect the racial diversity of the U.S. Because of the varying definitions of serial murders, the attendees of the symposium agreed on one definition. The agency defines serial murders to mean “the unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events.” A cooling period is important in differentiating serial killings from a mass killing; the latter is the killing of many (4 or more) people at ONE time (such as a shooting or bombing).
It’s weird, but I thought that there would be more buzz and excitement about this development, although that might have to do with the claim, and that it was kind of an unusual case which probably couldn’t be replicated on a larger scale. Nevertheless, German doctors have claimed to have cured a man from HIV, although that many not have been the original plan.
Dr. Gero Hütter treated U.S. citizen Timothy Ray Brown for acute myeloid leukemia back in 2007. His team performed a stem cell transplant with bone marrow that was already resistant to HIV. Less that 1% of Northern Europeans have this particular mutation, called CCR5 delta 32 homozygosity; due to this, their bone marrow doesn’t have the CCR5 co-receptor on CD4 cells, with which HIV usually binds. Thus by replacing Brown’s infected cells with healthy ones, the virus has essentially been wiped out. Follow up tests of Brown’s colon, liver spinal and brain fluid all confirmed to be free of the virus for close to 2 years now. This is incredible news, although doctors say that this was an unusual case and that the combination of chemotherapy and the bone marrow transplant may essentially be responsible for this unusual occurrence.
This is a quick list of 10 easy ways I found that help you lose weight without having to starve yourself in the process. Simple things like eating a bigger breakfast or lifting weights can greatly improve your results each day. Why not start now instead of waiting until January to make some simple changes?
10 Weight Loss Without Hunger Tips!
1. Eat a Bigger Healthy Breakfast
Eating a breakfast that's just cereal and coffee doesn't fill you up for long. Have something with more protein and fat like eggs and low fat sausage. Your body craves protein after a night of sleep, give it back right away with a good breakfast.
2. Eat More Often
Having three good snacks and three health meals spaced out throughout the day can help maintain a good metabolism. A great snack that I enjoy is a handful of almonds or a greek yogurt. I prefer the Greek yogurt brand Chobani, it packs 14 grams of protein and has only about 140 calories.