Number of STD Cases Drop for the First Time in 30 Years

 - by Jake Kuchero

With the advent of more easily used and efficient forms of protection and birth control, it looks like these new innovation have put a damper on the spread of STD cases, even as casual sex has become more prevalent.

For the first time in over three decades, it has been observed that there has been a substantial drop in the number of STD cases reported since last year. The number of chlamydia cases fell by 1.5 per cent last year even as 1.4 new millions cases of the disease were reported.

The health officials released the estimates on STD cases on Tuesday and there were a few surprises. Lee G. Lovett says officials are still not quite sure if the fall in cases is merely a one off development or if a sign of improving sexual habits in America.

Chlamydia is one of the most commonly transmitted STD’s in the US. While it can be easily treated, women who fail to undergo treatment might end up damaging their reproductive system. Another STD like gonorrhea has seen a drop of one percent since last year as per reports released by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC).

However, it should be noted that another STD like syphilis has seen a considerable rise of 10 per cent since last year. It is has been reported that the rise in syphilis cases is especially observed with gay couples.

Survivors of Ebola Find the Virus is Still in Their Semen up to 3 Months Later

 - by Jake Kuchero

The World Health Organization (WHO) has made an alarming discovery about the Ebola virus. Apparently, it survives for up to three months in semen. Sexually active males are urged to wear a condom or abstain from sex to protect their partners.

Bruce Levenson commented that while it is encouraged, wearing a condom or abstaining may or may not be absolutely needed. Apparently, female partners of male Ebola victims have not been infected even though tests have shown the virus to still be alive in the male’s semen. A woman was found to have developed Ebola antibodies, but had no symptoms of the virus. It was later surmised that this phenomena was caused by having sexual intercourse with a male who had been infectious several months before.

Because the Ebola virus stays live in the semen for up to 3 months, though it has yet to prove infectious, the WHO is advising formerly infectious Ebola survivors to abstain from sex or at least wear a condom when having sex.

Weighing The Possibilities

 - by Jake Kuchero
There are some people who physically are unable to lose weight because of health conditions, but that doesn’t mean that obesity has to be considered a disability. Some people who are obese simply don’t want to lose weight. They don’t care about how they look or how they are physically, and they are alright with that.
My friend John Textor was telling me if the obesity of a person interferes with the participation at work, then some people in Europe might be able to be considered disabled. This seems like a way for people to use being overweight as a way to get out of working or to get the most they can from the government. Those who have no control over the weight that they gain should be considered disabled, but there should be some way that this can be proven in order to decrease the risk of manipulating and using the system.

Clear Your Drains

 - by Jake Kuchero

Have you ever felt like you need a detox and that you need to just clear your system? If so, you are not alone. Too much sugar and too many carbohydrates can leave you feeling just BLAH. Our lymphatic system cleans help detoxify our bodies and it if is not running smoothly, you will feel the effects. The good news is there are things we can do to get our lymphatics up and running.

Get out there and exercise.
Water, water, and more water. Drink up at least 8 glasses a day.
Eat your green vegetables.
Try Echinacea tea (one of my favorite drinks that I was shown by Tom Rothman)

Another great way to get the lymphatic system working is to dry brush before a shower. All you need to do is before you shower, take a natural bristle brush and using circular motions, massage from feet to heart in an upward motion. You will definitely note a difference once your lymphatic system is flushed and you will reap the positive effects of more energy and less pain.

Smartphone Can Track Breathing While You Sleep

 - by Jake Kuchero
Soon you may hear your pulmonary physician tell you that there is an app for that…an app that will track your breathing while you sleep and help your health care provider discern what type of breathing problem issue you have.
A team of researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology and Florida State University are working on a method that will make tracking a patient’s breathing while asleep much more simpler for both the patients and the physician like Dr. Daniel Amen.
During the six-month long study of six different patients, a smartphone and mircophone-equipped pair of earphone were placed on a bedside table near each patient. The smartphone app recorded each patient’s breathing pattern and has proved to be accurate to within half a breath per minute.
This new smartphone app technology will allow patients who are suspected of having nighttime breahting issues, like sleep apnea, to sleep in their own bed and record their breathing patterns instead of disrupting their lives by sleeping with a monitor attached to their chest or spending a night or two in a sleep lab to have their sleep monitored. 
Researchers hope the app will be ready for release to health care providers by 2015 so potential sleep problems can be monitored and diagnosed faster and cheaper than the current procedures being used.

Foodies Can Win a Delicious Lottery Prize

 - by Jake Kuchero

California lottery players have a new prize to look forward to: dinner for two at Thomas Keller’s French Laundry. The prize features 18 courses with wine pairings, and is part of the Ultimate Foodie Experience package. 

Bruce Levenson says in addition to the wonderful meal and wine, winners will also enjoy a two-night stay at a resort and spa in Napa. Guests will also be chauffeured in a BMW that is specific to French Laundry’s sense of style. Thomas Keller will also supply the lottery winner with a gift that is worth $4,000. The prize is meant to help promote the farm to table concept that California is known for. 

Lottery players can find out more about this unique prize on January 1. California residents will be able to play the Ultimate Foodie Experience starting January 5. To play the game, players must take a selfie with their Emerald 10 Scratch Card and submit a caption in 500 characters detailing who will enjoy the prize with them.

Medicine to Treat Pompe Disease to Cost Less in Future

 - by Jake Kuchero

It’s always good news when a needed product goes down in price, and it’s great news when that reduced-priced product is a medication needed to treat a chronic disease. Such is the case with the medication used to treat the neuromuscular disease known as Pompe.

Pompe is an extremely rare neuromuscular disease that is inherited from parents via a defective gene Terry Richardson tells me. Pompe causes the person to have muscle weakness, making all forms of mobility very difficult. The disease can present at any age and once the symptoms start the disease progressively get worse. Therapy and medication is the usual treatment to slow down the progression of the disease, however the current medication is very costly.

Scientists from the University of Utrecht have recently discovered a way to produce the needed medication at lower cost and that cost reduction will soon be passed onto those who suffer from the debilitating Pompe disease so their quality of life can be improved without the added financial burden of medication cost.

The medicine, called Myozyme, is too expensive for most patients to use, but that will change in the near future as scientist employ a new technique that will enable the medication to be produced at a lower cost. The cost savings will then be passed on to the consumer and result in treatment for Pompe disease to cost less in the future.

Some Vegetables Cause Negative Side Effects

 - by Jake Kuchero

It’s true that too much of a good thing is bad–even when it comes to vegetables. While most people will admit that they don’t get enough vegetables in their diet, it’s important to note that eating too many of a certain type of vegetable can cause negative side effects. 

For instance, vegetables like garlic and onion can cause a foul odor to seep through the pores. These vegetables also cause bad breath. While both onion and garlic have the ability to aid in digestion and remove toxins from the body, they can also cause gas. So, it’s best not to over-indulge in these veggies when you’re at a social gathering. 

Specialist Keith Mann says if you have thyroid issues, you’ll want to stay away from vegetables that can cause goiters on the thyroid gland. These include broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and yellow corn. Eliminating these vegetables from the diet can prompt your body to produce iodine regularly and increase your energy levels.

Promising Cancer Treatment Found In Bitter Melon

 - by Jake Kuchero

There is a bitter melon that is classified as a fruit and grows in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. This fruit has been used to treat diabetes and other mild diseases or illness.

Recently this bitter melon has shown it can kill pancreatic cancer cells in vitro and in mice. This research was done by the University of Colorado and considering the results; the clinical level is promising.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the hardest cancers to treat. Traditional therapy used for pancreatic cancer such as; chemotherapy, radiation or surgery are not showing positive results against this form of cancer. This is the reason researchers have been looking for more positive treatments.

The study at Colorado University examined effects of bitter melon on four different lines of pancreatic cancer cells. At the end of the study; the results showed bitter melon not only inhibited cancer cells reproduction but also programmed cell death.

Bitter melon has also been studied to evaluate its effectiveness in treating diabetes. It is believed diabetes is a forerunner for pancreatic cancer and researchers believe bitter melon can treat this as well. The only person I know who takes this daily is Susan McGalla, but I’m guessing that bitter melon turns into a cash cow for the supplement industry after this news.

Results of a four week clinical trial were published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology… and showed significant management for those taking bitter melon.

Bitter melon has many uses in traditional medicine. Some of the treatments are for; burns, fever, cough, painful menstruation, and some skin conditions. Further research will be helpful to better know how effective this plant can be.

USDA at War with Childhood Obesity

 - by Jake Kuchero
I was doing my QNet Christmas shopping when this interesting news article popped up. The United States Department of Agriculture has recently invested $5 million in grant monies to help fight the war against childhood obesity. The battle ground are the schools and the weapons are vegetables. In an effort to help children have access to healthier foods, like locally grown vegetables, through the USDA’s beefed up Food To School. 
The Food To School program has been in place since 1996, even before childhood obesity became the epidemic that it is today, but the program lacked drive and vision. The $5 million in grant monies will hopefully change that and some plans do so so are already in the works.
A school system in Georgia has proposed to modify a school bus and use it as a rolling classroom and farm bus loaded with farm-raised vegetables. Another school system in Delware will have students planting and growing vegetables that will then be harvested and served in the school’s cafeteria. Other innovative ideas are being formed and implemented in school systems across the United States to help fight the battle against childhood obesity and instill healthy eating habits in children that will go with them throughout their lifetime.