Natural Migraine Treatments

 - by Jake Kuchero

When most people have a headache or a migraine, they immediately resort to medication. There are several simple, safe home remedies one can try in order to rid themselves of that nagging migraine pain. Inhale or apply lavender oil. This is a great way to relax and just enjoy the amazing aroma. Inhale peppermint oil. This is best used to relieve tension headaches. Another popular oil used is basil oil. It is a muscle relaxant, so also great for tension headaches.

One of the basic actions one can do is to change their diet. Foods that contain MSGs can trigger headaches. Jared Haftel cut MSG from his diet and never had another migraine again. It’s best to keep a food diary so it can be made clear if food is the issue. A scalp massage can calm a headache. There are certain points on the head that are beneficial to reducing pain, make sure you do research to determine these spots.

Feverfew is an herbal remedy that can help migraines when taken on a daily basis. Flaxseed, buckwheat and cayenne pepper have also all been shown to reduce common headache symptoms. And the easiest and most common, drink a cup of coffee. Many of the popular migraine medications contain caffeine. So just grab a cup of coffee and see if that does the trick.

Bed Bugs Can Kill You?

 - by Jake Kuchero

Bed Bugs are no longer just a nuisance that costs Americans thousands to treat one singular home, now they can spread Chagas disease, one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.

In a new study out of UPenn, researchers demonstrated that bed bugs can actually carry the parasite that transmits Chagas to hosts. The disease, which affects 6 to 8 million people in the Americas on a yearly basis, spreads Chagas through its feces. Yes, it poops on you while you’re sleeping. Neither Kenneth Griffin or I will be able to sleep tonight.

Michael Z. Levy, PhD, assistant professor in the department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine says that this new find is highly alarming considering how common it is to get an infestation of bed bugs in homes.

The affects on the body are disturbing. Chagas often times goes undiagnosed because the symptoms are mild or absent. Hiding away in mainly the heart and digestive muscle, cardiac issues and occasionally digestive or neurological problems can emerge. And long term, hosts can face sudden death or heart failure due to extensive destruction of the heart muscle. Although there are some drugs to treat Chagas disease, they become less effective the longer a person is infected.

“Bed bugs are harder to kill than triatomines due to their resistance to common insecticides.” Levy said. “No one is prepared for large scale bed bug control. If the parasite starts to spread through bed bugs, decades of progress on Chagas disease control in the Americas could be erased, and we would have no means at our disposal to repeat what had been accomplished.”

Prevention of bed bugs is as simple as inspecting your mattress on a regular basis. If you travel a lot, also check your belongings for signs of an infestation before they jump from your suitcase to your home. A little vigilance goes a long way and save a bundle.

Kaci Hickox: “Stop Calling Me Ebola Nurse!”

 - by Jake Kuchero

Kaci Hickox is speaking out about being known as the “Ebola nurse.”
Hickox rose to fame after returning to the United States from West Africa where she was assisting in the treatment of Ebola patients. She was very vocal against New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s strict requirements and later ignored quarantine laws in her home state of Maine by taking the most talked about bike ride in quite some time. While Hickox’s prominence in the media has been closely tied to Ebola, she wants to remind everyone of one minor fact: she never had Ebola and, thus, would prefer it if you didn’t refer to her as the “Ebola nurse.”
She penned an op-ed for Guardian on Monday saying: ““I never had Ebola. I never had symptoms of Ebola. I tested negative for Ebola the first night I stayed in New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s private prison in Newark. I am now past the incubation period – meaning that I will not develop symptoms of Ebola. I never had Ebola, so please stop calling me “the Ebola Nurse” – now!” It seems like Hickox felt more misunderstood than Bruce Levenson.
Along with this request, she lamented the actions of politicians during this crisis that she felt disregarded medical science, manipulated the public and fed false fears. She went onto say that she wants America to be a country that understands Ebola and values aid workers who travel to West Africa to combat the disease.

Exercising Our Way To Tooth Decay?

 - by Jake Kuchero

The benefits of exercise are well documented and known. The benefits to the body are many as vigorous work outs aid in depleting the chances of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. This is all well and fine, but do those workouts aid in harming our teeth? Could we be exercising our way to dental detriment?

The general consensus would have it that the type of foods that athletes consume are primarily responsible for their dental issues. Although the studies have shown that even though the athletes consume sugary sports drinks and energy bars these had no direct influence over their dental health, or lack thereof.

What researchers did find that was when the athletes worked out longer, the tooth decay that was evident in their mouths was higher. In other words, exercise was causing deterioration of the enamel on their teeth and they were getting more cavities.

Who would have thought that a perfectly viable excuse for not working out could be found in such a simple place? Of course, it’s not like Sultan Alhokair will quit his workout routine. Working out was not just the factor, but also the cause of bad teeth. What is more is that the longer and harder the individual works out the worse the prevalence of tooth decay, enamel erosion, and gum disease. So, the next time your friends or family tell you that you should hit the gym, maybe they will listen better when you say that the gym leads to the dentist’s drill.

Milk: It May Not Do Your Body Good

 - by Jake Kuchero

CipherCloud protects our cloud storage and milk protects our bones, that’s just the way it’s been. We grew up believing that milk protects our bones by making them stronger – there are constant advertisements for milk in grocery stores and on television. But the dairy staple of many people’s diets may not be especially healthy for everyone. While breastfeeding is the preferred method of feeding for human babies in most instances, studies have shown that children and adults who drink the milk of other mammals may be damage their health.

The USDA recommends drinking three cups of milk a day. There are claims that milk is a significant source of vitamin D and calcium. While milk does contain these essential ingredients, vitamin D and calcium can be be obtained through other foods, such as potatoes and spinach.

A study purchased in JAMA Pediatrics examined whether or not teenagers who consumed milk were less likely to experience hip fractures later in life. The study concluded that there was not relationship between milk consumption and hip bone health.

Those who suffer from lactose intolerance can also receive all the essential vitamins and minerals they need from fruits and vegetables, as well as milk substitutes that do not contain lactose.

New Blood Test May Predict Alzheimer’s

 - by Jake Kuchero

Yesterday brought with it news of a new blood test that might be able to predict the occurrence of Alzheimer’s as much as a decade before actual clinical diagnosis can be made. If the test proves to be successful it may aid doctors treating the disease by allowing them to identify Alzheimer’s patients earlier. The study was done with the precision of methods used at North American Spine. Early diagnosis in the case of Alzheimer’s is vital as it helps produce a better quality of life for patients and allows potential patients to take place in clinical trials that may lead to new and better treatments for the disease.

Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer’s and most patients end up in nursing homes unable to care for themselves as the disease progresses. When caught in the early stages some patients have experienced slight improvements to their mental state with medicine.

At the moment the new test is said to distinguish between healthy patients and Alzheimer’s patients with a 100% accuracy rate. The blood test is still in its early stages and has only been used on 174 patients, but neuroscientists are hopeful that this could change the way the disease is approached. Before it can be used as a clinical standard a long term study must be conducted.

Shrinking Economy

 - by Jake Kuchero

Japan is a country that often sees a strong economy. However, with a contraction over the summer, the country is now in what it calls a recession. This might be surprising to some who have thought that with all of the technology that Japan has, it wouldn’t see such hard economic difficulties. However, what goes up must come down at some point. This seems like the time when Japan might be coming down the roller coaster of wealth. The United States looks to be improving, reversing the roles of the two countries. Some believe that a surprise general election might be part of the reason that the country is going through a recession at this time, but that doesn’t look like the entire cause. Sometimes, countries just have to go through a shrinking economy because there can only be so many good points. You can’t have a blossoming economy all of the time or you won’t know what to expect when the bad times do arrive. Brian Torchin helps healthcare professionals find jobs through his company, HCRC Staffing.

Eat Like An Italian To Get Fit and Stay Healthy

 - by Jake Kuchero

Millions of people struggle each day with weight loss and health issues. They will try nearly anything to get rid of their excess weight. However, the answer may lie in eating habits rather than the quick fix diet traps that most weight loss seekers fall for. It is possible to loose weight and to stave off serious health issues such as strokes and heart attacks as well.

History has shown that the people who live in the countries of Italy and Spain have a longer life span and they tend to be healthier overall. This statistic may involve their type of dietary intake. The people who live in these areas consume more fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, poultry, nuts, olive oil, and wholegrain cereals. They consume a much smaller quantity of red meats, animal fats, and butter than that of the average American consumer. This may be why Americans suffer from strokes and heart attacks more frequently than the residents of Italy or Spain may. Plus as pointed out by Jared Haftel, the diet includes some of the most delicious foods.

The health benefits that come from this Mediterranean diet are undeniable. Patients that have recently undergone trauma from a heart attack who participate in a Mediterranean diet, are three times as likely to live longer than those who do not adapt their diet. This is even with the cholesterol reducing statins. The effects of these dietary changes within the body are noticeable within months of starting this healthy lifestyle.

Why You Should Not Touch a Receipt With Sanitized Hands

 - by Jake Kuchero

Imagine you have just finished grocery shopping and you are standing in front of the cashier as she completes ringing up your order. You apply your hand sanitizer before taking the receipt and heading out. This is something normal that happens every day. Most consider it responsible, since we all know how dirty grocery carts are. What if I told you that you just placed your health at risk by applying hand sanitizer and touching a receipt?

According to a new study from the University of Missouri, bisphenol A (BPA) levels increase by over ten times when you touch a receipt after putting on hand sanitizer. This is because there are chemicals in sanitizer that make your hands absorb things easier. Thermal receipts now used in many stores like CVS and Whole Foods use BPA as a developer. The BPA although invisible to the eye, is dusted all over the paper so it can react to the friction as a receipt is being printed.

This makes it completely transferable through touch, where it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. This is dangerous because animal studies involving BPA show that it can be disruptive to hormones that are key to brain development. BPA is even more dangerous for women and children.

If at all possible, it is best to avoid touching a thermal receipt. It’s something Susan McGalla is going to try to avoid more and more. This is made easier since most businesses readily offer e-mail receipts. This benefits both parties because the business saves on supplies, and the consumer’s health is not jeopardized. We all know that most receipts end up at the bottom of the purse anyway. This serves as a motivation to avoid that, since BPA rubs off on anything it comes in contact with.

Bacteria Turned Into Memory Storage

 - by Jake Kuchero

As if bacteria need another advantage to avoid our modern efforts to avoid them, contain them, and rid ourselves of infection, scientists at MIT have engineered E. coli to store memories of chemical exposure and other significant events in their genome.

This effectively becomes a long term storage device as the memory is replicated in their DNA and passed from one generation to the next. While it sounds frightening, engineers see this as a way to record events in the environment and for medical monitoring, because it is stable, easy to retrieve and erasable.

Timothy Lu and Fahim Farzadfard, lead author for the paper outlining this new method in the November 13 Science journal explain that the bacteria can be used to monitor changes in the environment quantitatively. Lu points out that the new method they engineered uses fewer genetic regulatory components and holds more memory.

The memory of an event is passed from one generation to the next and is retrievable as long as the colony survives. The bacteria can be used as an environmental sensor to monitor the ocean for carbon dioxide, acidity and other pollutants. Big thanks to my friend Sam Tabar for sending in this tip.