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There is a hope to cure Sickle Cell Disease

There Is A Hope To Cure Sickle Cell Disease

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  • Posted On : 14-Jan-2020
Millions of people globally, a vast majority of them Africans, suffer from sickle cell disease. The disease also affects people with southern European, Middle Eastern or Asian backgrounds, or those who are Hispanic. "Researchers have worked for decades on improving treatment and finding a cure, but experts say the effort has been hindered by chronic underfunding, in part because most of the estimated 100,000 people in the United States who have the disease are African-American, often poor or of modest means". The trial, run by Dr. David A. Williams, an expert in the biology of blood-forming stem cells at Boston Children’s, and Dr. Esrick has a straightforward goal: “We’re going to re-educate the blood cells and make them think they are still in the fetus,” Dr. Williams said. the first 3 adult patients to go under the trial were cure from Sickle Cell Disease so the F.D.A said Boston Children's Hospital could move to teenagers. A 16 years old girl was given the gene therapy infusion at Boston Children’s, and her symptoms disappeared after a couple of months. She has her six-month checkup on Dec. 16 and the doctors gave the exciting news that She had no signs of sickle cell disease and her total hemoglobin level was so high it was nearly normal. To read more of the story click the link below: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/11/health/sickle-cell-disease-cure.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

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Your favorite Restaurant Menu Cards are 100 times dirtier than toilet covers

Your Favorite Restaurant Menu Cards Are 100 Times Dirtier Than Toilet Covers

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  • Posted On : 06-Nov-2019
Most of us eat in restaurants either regularly or occasionally in celebrating family time, party or get together in our favorite restaurants and some time we get stomach infection and abdominal pain etc.. Which is simply due to the breeding ground of germs, bacteria and viruses in Menu card. Most of the Menu Cards are 100 times dirty than a toilet seat cover! Few separate studies done in restaurants in America, Spain and India, they found the menu cards carried most germs and bacteria such as Escherichia coli and staphylococcus aureus. The reason is Menu card pass through many hundreds hands throughout the day, leaves behinds some of the germs present on their hands. If the menu cards are not cleaned regularly with disinfect solution etc. the menu cards could become reservoir of bacteria which happens usually in most of our restaurants. Some of us will go to toilet in restaurants, touch the toilet door handle and then touch the menu card. Most contaminated part of menu card is bottom corner left and right side. Could you imagine how many times our children’s pick from us and touch the menu cards to select their dishes. Most of menu cards are made either of paper or plastic laminated.both S.aureus and E.coli can survice up to 90 days in plastic laminated surface than the paper. It survive around 7 days in paper. This unclean beautiful/colorful looking menu cards leads to stomach infection, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting/nausea,head ache, Flu and Hepatitis A & E. The people who suffer more are children’s under 5 years and people over 65 years. Take Home message 1. Wash your hands properly after touching menu cards and before touching food. 2. Inform your restaurants about this and make sure disinfection of menu cards regularly. 3. Order first and then wash your hands. 4. Cook and Eat at home is the best way to stay Healthy. References 1. https://www.longdom.org/open-access/pathogen-persistence-in-restaurant-menus-comparison-between-materials-jfmsh-1000104.pdf 2. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1623&context=all_theses

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Commonly used painkiller linked with increase in Heart attack and stroke

Commonly Used Painkiller Linked With Increase In Heart Attack And Stroke

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  • Posted On : 01-Nov-2019
All (NSAIDs) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs except aspirin which we use commonly like diclofenac and Ibuprofen for ease body pain,joint pain, head ache, fever and treat inflammation with prescription or without prescription over the counter has high risk of heart attacks and strokes. Although aspirin is one among NSAID, but it’s not associated with risk of heart attack and stroke, Aspirin helps to prevent a heart attack. The reason behind NSAIDs Still we do not understand clear reason behind this, but what we understood so far is NSAIDs makes some changes in blood that make clots more likely than usual, a blood clot can cause heart attack and other process is NSAIDs react on your body which hold extra fluids and salt that causes blood pressure to raise ,which leads to rise of stroke. The people who are taking regularly aspirin prescribed by cardiologist for prevention of heart attack, when they intake other NASIDs for pain or for any reason which may interact with aspirin and even affect the prevention of heart attack. If a patient with cardiovascular disease has high chance of heart attack or stroke when you take NSAIDs compared with people who doesn’t have cardio vascular disease. The recommendation for pain starts with ice or heating packs or physiotherapy, still does not work than a low doses of painkiller after consulting your physicians. For example, acetoaminphen (Paracetamol) for general pain and fever is an alternative to NSAIDs. Advised by our Cardiology Team **Keep in mind, lowest dose for shorter periods**

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