NHS Must Cut Chaplaincy Costs

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Feb 282011

NSS executive director, Keith Porteous Wood, said: “If churches really support the Big Society, they will stop siphoning off NHS cash to fund chaplains.”

The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England said: “It is widely accepted healthcare means caring for a whole person, not just the body.”


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Fatty Liver May Lead To Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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Feb 282011

The study has shown that fatty liver may be more than an indicator of obesity but may actually have an independent role in the development of Type 2 diabetes.

“Many patients and practitioners view fat in the liver as just ‘fat in the liver,’ but we believe that a diagnosis of fatty liver should raise an alarm for impending type 2 diabetes,” said senior author Sun Kim of Stanford University in California.

“Our study shows that fatty liver, as diagnosed by ultrasound, strongly predicts the development of type 2 diabetes regardless of insulin concentration,” said Kim.

For the study, researchers examined 11,091 Koreans who had a medical evaluation including fasting insulin concentration and abdominal ultrasound at baseline and had a follow-up after five years.

Regardless of baseline insulin concentration, individuals with fatty liver had significantly more metabolic abnormalities including higher glucose and triglyceride concentration and lower high-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentration.

Individuals with fatty liver also had a significantly increased risk for type 2 diabetes compare to those without fatty liver.

“Our study shows in a large population of relatively healthy individuals that identifying fatty liver by ultrasound predicts the development of type 2 diabetes in five years.

“In addition, our findings reveal a complex relationship between baseline fatty liver and fasting insulin concentration,” added Kim.

The study will be published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.


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Botox Useful in Treating Vaginismus

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Feb 282011

Dr. Pacik used Botulinum Toxin A, the active ingredient in drugs like Botox
or Dysport, in a similar manner as it is used on the face. He injected a small
amount of the drug at the entrance of the vagina. The medicine interrupts the
nerve impulses and allows the muscles to relax. Post injection, several women
felt relaxed and have been successful in having sex with their partners.

Dr. Pacik is conducting a FDA-approved clinical trial for testing Botox in
severe cases of vaginismus. So far the doctor has successfully treated
78patients within a single session.


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Blood Pressure in Third Trimester of Pregnancy Increased by Short and Long Sleep

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Feb 282011

Results show that the mean systolic blood pressure in the third trimester was 114 mm Hg in women with a normal self-reported nightly sleep duration of nine hours in early pregnancy, 118.05 mm Hg in women who reported sleeping six hours or less per night, and 118.90 mm Hg in women with a nightly sleep duration of 10 hours or more in early pregnancy.

After adjustments for potential confounders such as age, race and pre-pregnancy body mass index, mean systolic blood pressure was 3.72 mm Hg higher in short sleepers and 4.21 mm Hg higher in long sleepers. Similar results also were found for diastolic blood pressure.

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, systolic blood pressure – the top number in a blood pressure reading – is the force of blood in the arteries as the heart beats. A systolic blood pressure reading is considered to be “high” if it is 140 or more millimeters of mercury.

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Why Back Ache Plagues the Young

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Feb 282011

Teenagers are seen to be suffering creaking knees and hunch backs, which are thought to be the ailments of the elderly. Nearly 63% of teenagers complain of pain in their knees Vis a Vis 3% of 55-year olds who complained of such a problem in their youth. One third of youngsters suffering back problems resorted to pain killers for relief.

This unhealthy development among the youngsters of today is attributed to wearing high heeled footwear, long hours in front of the computer or play station, improper posture compounded by a sedentary lifestyle.

Women under 25 experienced a greater risk of back ache, as one out of 10 wore high heels at least 3 times a week. They also walked with hunched shoulders on concrete pavements, adding to the back problem, the survey revealed.

General practitioners tended to prescribe painkillers to about two thirds of the people who approached them with back problems, according to a survey of 2000 adults. Only 3% were asked to exercise as a way to ward off back problems, the survey showed.

Nearly 5 million working days are lost due to back problems which is a drain on the economy.


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Screening for STD's to be Covered by Insurance Plans

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Feb 282011

This move comes after a study that Americans have a
longer life expectancy and remain sexually active for longer periods. This revelation
could mean that there is high probability of the disease being spread in
populations which is generally not targeted by preventive groups.

According to representatives of the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, STD testing is one of the most
effective ways to stop the spread of STD’s.


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11-year Old Girl Diagnosed With Parry-Romberg Syndrome (PRS)

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Feb 272011

Even in Christine’s case the symptoms began to appear when she was 5-years
old. A grey patch appeared on her forehead. Her mother thought that she must
have banged her head somewhere. Following that, her mother noticed a dark
blotch on Christine’s neck. Pediatricians dismissed these marks as bruising and
prescribed some lotions and advised her to avoid sunlight. The mark worsened in
the coming months. This mark further became a crease and so Christine’s mother
took her to a new pediatrician who gave the same diagnosis like the first one. Since
the Honeycutt family was not satisfied with diagnosis they sought expert advice
and were told that their daughter was suffering with the rare Parry-Romberg
syndrome (PRS).

There is no cure for the syndrome, but in Christine’s case surgery has
worked wonders.


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New Test for Detecting Lung Cancer in Non-smokers

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Feb 272011

About 8-12%
people who have never smoked a single cigarette suffer from lung adeno
carcinoma. A protein called ‘anaplastic lymphoma kinase’ (ALK) is present in
the tumor which grows in such patients. Such a tumor is most likely to be detected
among younger people and is more aggressive than the other types of tumors. The
disease progression is more than double the progression rate of ALK-negative
lung cancer tumor.

Immunohistochemistry (IHC) can be used to detect lung cancer by testing
antigens or proteins in the tumor. Study leader, Dr. Ping Yang said, “This discovery could
make it easier for doctors to select the best courses of treatment for individual
patients. Because it is already performed in most pathology labs, (IHC) testing
can be done on-site versus sending a sample to another diagnostic testing


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Brit Scientists Uncover the Mechanism Behind High Blood Pressure

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Feb 272011

And now they can target the mechanism to stop it from malfunctioning and thus prevent the condition, known as hypertension, which is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke.

The researchers at Cambridge University and Nottingham University discovered the mechanism while studying pre-eclampsia, a potentially deadly form of high blood pressure which occurs in women during pregnancy.

Blood pressure is controlled by hormones called angiotensins which in too high a dose forces blood vessels to contrict, increasing blood pressure.

The scientists, who have spent 20 years researching the hormones, have discovered the very first stage in their development.

They now believe they could develop a way of inhibiting the “switch” that allows the hormones to overproduce and prevent the onset of high blood pressure.

Article source: http://www.medindia.net/news/Brit-Scientists-Uncover-the-Mechanism-Behind-High-Blood-Pressure-75097-1.htm

Vitamin D may Offer Relief in Chronic Back Pain

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Feb 272011

According to Stewart B. Leavitt, MA, PhD, editor of Pain Treatment Topics and author of the report, “our examination of the research, which included 22 clinical investigations of patients with pain, found that those with chronic back pain almost always had inadequate levels of vitamin D. When sufficient vitamin D supplementation was provided, their pain either vanished or was at least helped to a significant extent.”

Vitamin D is an important component for calcium absorption and bone health.

Inadequate vitamin D intake can result in a softening of bone surfaces, or osteomalacia, that causes pain. The lower back seems to be particularly vulnerable to this effect.

In a study of 360 patients with back pain, the researchers found that all the patients had inadequate levels of vitamin D.

However, after taking vitamin D supplements for 3 months, 95 pct patients showed improvement in back pain symptoms.

The currently recommended adequate intake of vitamin D – up to 600 IU per day – is outdated and too low. According to the research, most children and adults need at least 1000 IU per day, and persons with chronic back pain would benefit from 2000 IU or more per day of supplemental vitamin D3.

Vitamin D supplements interact with very few drugs or other agents, and are usually not harmful unless extremely high doses are taken. An extra dose of the vitamin D may provide relief from pain.

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