Posted tagged ‘Medical’

Successful Surgery Complete…

August 11, 2010

After nearly 5 hours, my brother’s final surgery at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital is finally complete.

As we waited this morning....

The hip now has 2 large plates and 12 screws but he is resting comfortably in the recovery room.

We’ll be on our way to his room to see him shortly. They had some minor complications during the surgery but it appears to be a success 🙂

Another Update…

August 10, 2010

Sitting at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, awaiting my brother’s surgery tonight. He’ll go in about 7:45 p.m. (PT) and it should be over by 11 p.m.

They’re going to do the hip and pelvis tonight and hopefully remove a bone fragment for the cyatic (spelling?) nerve.

That’s the update for now 🙂

Food Allergies on the Rise

August 3, 2010

Food allergies are definitely on the rise. My kids have them bad!

My daughter luckily is only allergic to dairy products but my son, on the other hand, seems like he can’t eat much of anything. He has terrible allergies to dairy, soy, rice and corn. I know that if I had those allergies, there wouldn’t be anything I’d eat 🙂

CNN has a great look at the rise of food allergies today and discusses why it is that they are getting worse these days.

From the article:

It seems like more and more children in the U.S. are developing food allergies, and there’s data to back that up. The number of kids with food allergies went up 18 percent from 1997 to 2007, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 3 million children younger than 18 had a food or digestive allergy in 2007, the CDC said.

Scientists are still trying to figure out why food allergies seem to be on the rise, especially in industrialized countries such as the United States. Are children not getting exposed to enough bacteria? Should they eat common allergens such as nuts and shellfish at an earlier age?

A recent study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that visits to the emergency room at Children’s Hospital Boston for allergic reactions more than doubled from 2001 to 2006. Although this is just one hospital, the findings reflect a rise in food allergies seen in national reports, said Dr. Susan Rudders, lead author and pediatric allergist-immunologist in Providence, Rhode Island.

Beau Biden Suffers Stroke

May 12, 2010

According to reports, Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, has suffered a mild stroke.

From CNN:

Biden “was admitted this morning to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware after having what we believe to be a mild stroke, according to a written statement from Dr. Timothy Gardner, medical director of the Center for Heart and Vascular Surgery at Christiana Care Health System in Delaware.

“He is in good spirits and talking with his family at the hospital. He is fully alert, in stable condition and has full motor and speech skills. We expect him to make a complete recovery.”

Alzheimer’s Cases Could Double Every 20 Years

September 21, 2009

According to a new report, the number of people with dementia globally is estimated to nearly double every 20 years.

From CNN:

Much of the growth will be fueled by longer life spans and population growth, especially in developing nations.

“Over the next 20 years, the numbers of people with dementia are anticipated to increase by 40 percent in Europe, 63 percent in North America, 77 percent in the southern Latin America … and 89 percent in the developed Asia Pacific countries,” the report said.

“In comparison, the percentage increase is expected to be 117 percent in East Asia, 107 percent in South Asia, 134-146 percent in the rest of Latin America, and 125 percent in North Africa and the Middle East.”

By 2010, an estimated 35.6 million people around the world will be living with dementia. The number is expected to hit 65.7 million in 2030 and 115.4 million in 2050.

One in seven Americans age 71 and older, or about 3.4 million, have dementia, according to the National Institutes of Health. In this age group, 2.4 million people have Alzheimer’s disease, NIH research has shown. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Where I’ve Been Lately…

September 11, 2009

UPDATE: MRI results show some fluid build up which led to pressure causing the headaches. Some medication will solve the problem in 3-5 days! 🙂

Hi Everyone,

You may have noticed that my posts have not been as in-depth or as recently. It’s not because I don’t love you all and reading the great dialogue that you are always having 🙂

I’ve been suffering from a bout of headaches for the past 3 1/2 weeks that have been constant 24/7 (mild, not severe) and a state of being tired all the time. I finally went into the doctor last week and they ordered an MRI. When the results came back, they found an anomaly in the Sella region of the brain, specifically the pituitary gland.

I went in this morning for a 2nd MRI to determine the issue. I’m currently awaiting the results. As you can imagine, the thought of an “anomaly” is pretty scary so I’m just waiting to find out what the MRI shows and will move forward from there. It could be as simple as a hormone imbalance or some swelling, but of course could be worse. They mentioned the possibility of a tumor/cancer but they don’t seem too concerned that this is what it is. I’m leaning toward the good side since I’m always optimistic and, frankly, I don’t think it’s anything too serious.

With this being the case, I just haven’t felt much like reading and writing as much as I usually do, but I’ll keep trying to post some stories that I find interesting, when I can 🙂 Thanks again for everyone who stops by every day to participate in the ongoing discussion on all the articles that I post. I know I enjoy reading what you all have to say and I hope you feel the same way!

If you ever want to reach me, try either my email or you can also find me here on Facebook.

Talk to you all soon!


Study Finds HIV Began Near 1900

October 2, 2008

An analysis of a biopsy sample recently discovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has led researchers to conclude that the virus that causes AIDS has existed in human populations for more than a century.

From the Los Angeles Times:

The study, led by evolutionary biologist Michael Worobey of the University of Arizona in Tucson, puts the date of origin at around 1900, which is 30 years earlier than previous analyses.

HIV-1, the most common form of the virus, is known to have originated in chimpanzees because of close genetic similarities to a simian virus. It now infects an estimated 33 million people worldwide.

But figuring out when the virus jumped species and became established in humans has been difficult. The first cases in the U.S. were recognized in 1981, and the oldest evidence of the virus is a 1959 blood sample taken from a man who lived in what was then the Belgian Congo.

To find the point of origin, the scientists relied on a well-recognized genetic technique to determine the mutation rates of different sub-types of the virus. With a known rate of mutation, researchers could then, in essence, run the clock backward to find the point where the different sub-types were the same. That common ancestor would represent the first appearance of the virus in humans before it mutated.

“The HIV virus evolves incredibly quickly,” said geneticist Bette Korber of Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, who did an analysis in 2000. “Those mutations get passed on to the next individual. So we have that evolutionary pace to enable a look backward.”

Korber’s analysis compared the 1959 blood sample and modern samples. She traced their common ancestor to roughly 1931.

The new analysis, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, added lymph node tissue from a woman who died in 1960 in the Belgian Congo. The tissue specimen was one of more than 800 preserved in ice-cube-size blocks of paraffin at the University of Kinshasa.

The researchers compared that sample with modern strains to determine its mutation rate. Then they matched that rate with the 1959 sample, tracing their common ancestor to between 1884 and 1924.