Saturday, April 22, 2017

Modern Technology for Stroke Survivors

Modern Technology for Stroke Survivors. This Incredible device will change the lives of so many stroke patients. Toyota launched a robotic leg brace, which is specifically designed to help with partial paralysis. It's called... (the video is self explanatory)

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

5 Worst Cooking Oils for Your Thyroid

Today I want to talk about a very important but confusing topic that has a much bigger impact on your thyroid than you realize. There is a lot of confusing and false information that continues to circulate across the globe regarding what fats and oils are truly healthy. Unfortunately, you and millions of other people have been led to believe that all of these so called “heart healthy” oils in your diet are preventing future health problems while the reality is that they are not only heart UN-healthy but are linked directly to hypothyroidism.

One of my favorite quotes that I find applicable to many situations in life, including this one, is…
“Insanity is repeating the same behavior and expecting different results”
–       Albert Einstein
The entire “heart healthy” marketing movement was driven by the fact that polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) could lower cholesterol. Even though it’s still going strong today, the entire cholesterol myth has been debunked by science long ago. Click here for more information on getting some help with hypothyroidism.
If all of these polyunsaturated fats were so “heart healthy” then why has heart disease continued to rise in spite of our drastic increase in the use of these oils?
According to statistics from the FDA, our use of “heart healthy” polyunsaturated oils has increased by more than 330% since 1970 with the average person today consuming 51.9 lbs. per year as opposed to only 15.4 lbs. per year in 1970.
If over the course of 40 years these “heart healthy” oils have not made any bit of impact in heart health then why do we continue to push them as if another 40 years might provide some different results?
That’s not wishful thinking… That’s pure insanity.
That also doesn’t paint a good picture for polyunsaturated fats but believe it or not, polyunsaturated fats can paint a good picture, so to speak...
Written by Tom Brimeyer

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

Philadelphia Residents Plan To Rent Out Homes During Pope Francis' Visit

Pope Francis, on anniversary, says he believes he will have short pontificate
March 14, 2015 9:46am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis said in an interview published on Friday he believes his pontificate will be short and that he would be ready to resign like his predecessor rather than ruling for life.

In the long interview with Mexican broadcaster Televisa, released on the second anniversary of his surprise election, Francis also said he "did not mind" being pope but would like to be able to go out in Rome unrecognized for a pizza.

"I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief—four or five years, even two or three. Two have already passed. It's a somewhat strange sensation," he said, according to a Vatican translation from Spanish.

"I feel that the Lord has placed me here for a short time," the Argentine-born pontiff said.

Francis, apparently in good health at 78, said "I share the idea of what Benedict did." In 2013, former Pope Benedict became the first head of the Roman Catholic Church in 600 years to resign instead of ruling until he died.

"In general, I think what Benedict so courageously did was to open the door to the popes emeritus. Benedict should not be considered an exception, but an institution," Francis said.

However, he said he did not like the idea of an automatic retirement age for popes, such as at age 80.

In the 17-page interview, Francis also said the fact he is the first pope from Latin America compelled him to speak out on behalf of migrants and the poor because his ancestors had to move from Italy to Argentina to find work.

"People are being discarded and forced to seek employment elsewhere," said Francis, whose first trip after his election was to the Italian island of Lampedusa to pay tribute to thousands of migrants who have died trying to reach Europe.

Francis, who in the past has called for more regulation of markets, denounced "the injustice of wealth," saying it was a mortal sin to give someone an unjust salary or for the rich to take advantage of the poor.

On the lighter side, Francis said "I do not mind," when asked if he liked being pope.

"The only thing I would like is to go out one day, without being recognized, and go to a pizzeria for a pizza," he said, adding that he missed his days as a bishop in Buenos Aires, when he could move about the city freely.

"In Buenos Aires, I was a rover," he said.  Reuters

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Would You Trust a Scent-trained Dog to Detect Thyroid Cancer?

UAMS researchers use scent-trained dogs to detect thyroid cancer


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  – Researchers from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) presented findings at the Endocrine Society's ENDO 2015 conference March 6 in San Diego showing nearly 90 percent accuracy using scent-trained dogs to detect thyroid cancer.
"Detecting and diagnosing thyroid cancer can be difficult, because it's often looking for a very small number of occurrences in a very large background of benign nodules. It is also difficult to say with certainty that a patient is cancer-free after surgery," said Donald Bodenner, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of geriatrics at UAMS and director of the Thyroid Center and chief of endocrine oncology.
"Having a technique with which to do these things with a higher degree of certainty would be a tremendous advance in thyroid cancer," he said.
The study, led by Arny Ferrando, Ph.D., a professor and researcher in the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, and Andrew Hinson, M.D., a postdoctoral fellow at UAMS, took dogs already trained for scent detection and imprinted them with fresh tissue taken from patients diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma, the most common type of thyroid cancer. Fellow researcher Brendan Stack Jr., M.D., a head and neck surgeon in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, assisted with the study.
The dogs were then presented with urine samples from patients — some with thyroid cancer and some with benign nodules — and asked to indicate whether each sample had thyroid cancer or not. Their results were compared to a surgical pathology diagnosis and matched in 30 of 34 cases, or 88.2 percent accuracy.
"What we have done, no one has attempted to do," said Ferrando, who noted past studies showing trained dogs can reliably tell the difference between various cancerous and non-cancerous tissues. "We have taken the next step by asking the dog to tell us whether or not cancer exists before the medical diagnostic system does. We wanted to see, can the doctor utilize the dog to help diagnose cancer?"
The results so far lead the researchers to believe the answer is "yes."
"We've all looked at it from a skeptical, scientific standpoint, but the data just keeps leading us to the fact that this has remarkable clinical potential," said Ferrando.
The implications could be tremendous, the researchers said, both in terms of cost savings in diagnoses and especially the prevention of unnecessary surgeries. Additionally, the method could be transported to under-served areas where traditional detection methods of biopsy and ultrasound are unavailable. Finally, the researchers believe the training could potentially be used in diagnosis of other cancers such as ovarian, breast, kidney, bladder and prostate.
"Thyroid cancer is our template," said Ferrando. "It's one of the fastest growing cancers in terms of occurrences in the world. It's not one of the highest mortality cancers, but one of the fastest growing in terms of newly diagnosed cases."
So far the team has used what are termed "general source" dogs, or strays that have been trained in scent detection methods. Their plan is to now work with researchers at Auburn University's Canine Performance Sciences program in the College of Veterinary Medicine to teach and imprint "specific purpose" dogs, or those specifically bred for detection. Comparable results achieved at Auburn will further validate their approach and the likelihood of use as an additional diagnostic tool in the clinic.
"If we do 300 samples with a diagnostic accuracy of 90 percent, that's pretty hard to ignore, especially if it comes from Auburn, which has been doing canine training for 25 years," said Bodenner.