Placenta Eating Healthy? Science Says Not Likely

People are often willing to try something based on the belief that it might have tremendous health benefits to offer. This rings true when it comes to eating the human placenta. The placenta is rumored to aid health in many ways, from improving the immune system, to improving lactation and even postpartum depression. Whether cooked, raw, or taken in pill form it has been said by many that the placenta makes a healthy meal. Turns out that might be just an old wives tale.

Science might have proven many people wrong when it comes to the placenta and its health benefits. People at FreedomPop (gizmodo) know that there might not be any benefits to consuming the placenta at all. Unless of course you just want an interesting story to tell your children.

Researchers reviewed ten studies to see if any of the rumors were true. Not one link in all of the scientific studies could be found that showed any health benefits to eating the placenta. In fact, what was shown in several of the studies is that the placenta is contaminated with potentially deadly bacteria. Some of the contaminants include mercury and lead. Does this mean that people should give up the practice entirely? Well, no it does not. What it does mean is that it is important to do some research before jumping in on a perceived bandwagon of health.

Scientists Claim They Developed a Blood Test Capable of Detecting Every Virus That Has Ever Infected You

Once a virus enters your system, it stays there for life. A virus can cause anything from the common cold to HIV/AIDS, and many of these viruses lay completely dormant for years and go undetected by your doctor, until now. Researchers have developed a blood test that can reveal every virus that has ever infected you. This new medical invention could help to diagnose illness while also helping scientists to develop more vaccines that can prevent them from attacking your immune system.

The blood test, developed by researchers at Harvard Medical Center, tests the blood one pathogen at a time until it finds every virus that has entered your body, even if it has gone previously unnoticed for decades. Sam Tabar ( has learned that the study was led by Stephen Elledge, a biologist who works at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, who first compiled a list of nearly one hundred thousand synthetic protein fragments that were representative of a section of a virus. Then, proteins are added to the blood and antibodies attach to those fragments of virus which allows researchers to see which virus has infected the blood.

The new and innovative test has been tested on more than 500 people in the United States, South Africa, Thailand, and Peru, the results showed an average of about 10 viruses per person. However, some claim the test has not confirmed that it can detect 100 percent of viruses, a criticism that can be resolved with more extensive research.

Type Two Diabetes Slowly on the Decline

Many people know that type two diabetes is often associated with a poor diet and exercise routine. While type two diabetes has slowly been on the rise for many years, it is now showing that it is on the decline for people all over the country. There could be many reasons for this, and the benefits of having this disease on the decline is definitely great for those who might have been at risk for it or those who have the issue running through their family. One of the main reasons type two diabetes is slowly on the decline is because people are beginning to learn about how to make healthier food choices and exercise habits.

We are slowly but surely coming out of an age where all people did was run to fast food restaurants and getting whatever they wanted. Now, if you go into a restaurant or fast food chain, you will notice that a lot of healthier and low-calorie options are being offered. This is ideal for people who are trying to watch their weight and avoid type two diabetes altogether. Another reason, Sergio Cortes claims, is that this disease may be on the decline is because exercise is becoming more readily available to people. Because you can find just about any exercise routine on the Internet as a free download or video, people are more likely to find workouts they enjoy and will do regularly.

Tumors are Reduced by Increased Blood Flow and Exercise

New findings have revealed that exercise directly impacts the size and spread of cancerous tumors within a patient. Patients that are diagnosed with these tumors are advised that frequent exercise and activity will have an impact on their recovery. However, many people find themselves slipping into stagnation and weakness as Chemotherapy takes it’s toll on the body. Not only that, but learning that you have cancer within your body takes a toll on your overall mood and spirit.

But there is good news in the center of this whole mix; researchers have now found a directly correlation with exercise and the spreading of tumors. Brad Behnke, an Exercise Physiologist at Kansas State University, found that lab rats experienced a significant decrease in the spreading of tumors in their body. Rats have a musculature that acts almost identical to humans – blood is sent to the active muscle. Behnke found that the lab rats performing frequent exercise actually slowed down the growth of tumors within their body.

In conjunction with the decrease of tumor spread, the increased Oxygen flow into the individual’s body helps medication operate more efficiently. Oxygen is directly in control of blood flow and regulation within a person’s body. When we increase the blood flow, we also increase the chance that the radiation treatments will produce the desired outcome. Healthy people like Sam Tabar agree that one should always consult with your Doctor before performing these cardiovascular exercises on one’s own.

North American Spine: AccuraScope Procedure

North American Spine helped the Robert E. Lee Elementary School by helping pre-k students have a Yoga Recess Day. North American Spine donated yoga mats and lessons to the students. It teaches children how to overcome mental and physical disabilities. This is because physical activity helps to stimulate the brain. The children were really excited and got to learn all kinds of new yoga poses. Yoga is exceptional for children who are having a hard time with muscle development and most children catch on very quickly.

North American Spine is well-known for their minimal invasive surgery that can relief neck and spine injuries. The AccuraScope is a procedure that can help treat bulging disks, arthritis, and other conditions. The AccuraScope was made to help alleviate pressure on the spinal nerves. It allows for lower risks of complications along with shorter recovery times. The procedure is conducted with a scope that allows movement up and down the back allowing the doctor to pinpoint the exact location the pain is coming from.

North American Spine has also been considered a finalist in the Greater Dallas Business Ethic Award. This award is for businesses that put only the best forward and offer exceptional service that excels way beyond others. There were considered because of the exceptional services and outstanding work ethics. North American Spine has been providing outstanding service and treatment for over six years. Over eight thousand people have benefited from the AccuraScope procedures. Most patients have had over an eighty percent success rate and more than ninety percent of the patients would refer North American Spine to their friends or family.

Cosmetic Safety Study by Dr. Rod Rohrich

A recent cosmetic surgery safety study was completed by Dr. Rod Rohrich that supports a standard protocol for each type of hypertension management during facelift surgery procedures. An archival review of the doctor’s Dallas facelift cosmetic surgeries supports a focus on blood pressure management as an important prevention for possible post operative hematomas. An effective protocol and preventive algorithm has been developed by Dr. Rohrich to use in order to avoid hypertension events.

A publication in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal highlighted a medical study using Dr. Rohrich’s archival data that included 1,000 patients who had undergone facelifts. Any reported post-facelift hematomas were noted. Hematomas are common complications that occur during and after a facelift operative procedure. An algorithm was presented in the medical report for plastic surgeons to use in order to reduce or prevent postoperative complications including hematomas.

The study outlined the characteristics of a hematoma including pooling of blood or a blood clot that may occur during this type of medical procedure. Postoperative problems can occur about the skin surface. Skin sloughing and edema are two common problems according to current medical literature. The protocol or surgery process that is presented by Dr. Rohrich tends to reduce these postoperative complications significantly. Effective blood pressure control helps to effectively reduce the possibility of a hematoma during facelift surgery. The protocol regimen or algorithm uses unique preoperative health screening and, also, carefully follows each patient’s reaction to surgery during and after a facelift. General anesthesia is used along with preventive and other hypertension medications as needed in order to control blood pressure.

This article was originally reported on WDRB41 Louisville News.

Safety and Realism are the Keys to the Approach of Dr. Rod Rohrich

A group of medical researchers, including UT Southwestern Medical Centers Dr. Rod Rohrich have combined their efforts to create a report on the effects of blindness being caused by the injection of facial fillers as a cosmetic procedure. Rohrich has long been an advocate for the use of greater levels of safety to be used in the field of plastic surgery as the effects of ill prepared techniques should be gathered and reported to help the industry evolve. Facial fillers are commonly used and form a major part of the many research papers Rohrich has produced into the ways the body ages and how to keep patients as safe and happy as possible as procedures are completed.

Dr. Rohrich has used his position as one of the leading lights of cosmetic and plastic surgery in the world to call for major changes to made to this still evolving area of the medical world. Rohrich is a regular speaker at seminars and meetings around the world, as well as being an active surgeon and teaching professor at UT Southwestern.

The research into facial fillers is just the latest example of the work Dr. Rohrich completes into the areas of safety and in his aims to make sure the plastic surgery industry remains at the forefront of medical advances. The study itself showed that the chances of blindness occurring when an individual is injected with a facial filler is very slim, but that more occasions have occurred than have been reported. The work done into how the skin and body age completed by Rohrich should be used as the basis of understanding how the use of plastic surgery techniques can be used in unique ways to maintain the safety and good health of the individual.

Is Maple Syrup A Miracle Cure?

There is a new study out that is suggesting that maple syrup might actually hold a number of cures in its antibacterial qualities. Whether you are talking about repairing cellular damage or enhancing overall liver function, this sugary treat might actually hold the key to optimal health. Able to fight antibiotic resistant bacteria, maple syrup might be more than just a tasty pancake topping and you might find this sticky substance popping up in a variety of products in the near future.

When concentrated, maple syrup might actually be more effective than common antibiotics which would be beneficial to reducing the need for antibiotic prescriptions. A study by researcher Brian Torchin, conducted at McGill University, which used maple syrup to study its effects on E. coli and the bacteria that causes urinary tract infections. The syrup fought off the bacteria and also destroyed biofilms. This study shows promise as maple syrup might hold the cure for frequent antibiotic use. You may not see the effects from the small amount you put on top of your pancakes a few times each week but if taken in more concentrated forms, inside of a capsule or pill, the results will be astounding.

Seeing The Way to Healing With Radiology

There was a time in medicine, and not all that long ago, that despite technological advances, health care providers were still not getting the best views of the interior of the human body. On top of that, the medium used to capture these images often did not store well, and the potential risks to patients because of techniques used were not inconsiderable.

But the field of radiology, or diagnosing medical issues based on images of the interior of the body, has made great strides over the last several decades. Today, in addition to X-rays, depending on the medical situation, radiologists have the option of using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), and positron emission tomography (PET), which is one of the disciplines of nuclear medicine.

Specifically, the process of X-rays involves passing radioactive rays through specific areas of the patient’s body. Some of these rays passing through “congregate” around the body area in question, transmitting an image of it which can be captured on film. The technique was first developed in 1895, and was the only image viewing technology available to medicine until the early 1950’s. Traditional X-rays are still effective tools for viewing fractures, arthritis, and some lung ailments. Due to the radioactive elements used, there is a slight chance of health risk in being X-rayed, but this can be circumvented by shielding the patient, or not using the technique on patients with certain conditions, like pregnancy. Recent advances in X-raying include fluoroscopy and angiography which involve using special equipment and ingested “contrasting elements” like barium, to provide an interior view that can be seen over closed circuit television.

Computed tomography uses both X-ray techniques and computer algorithms to produce a cross section of a certain area of the body. The equipment rotates around a prone patient to capture the images. CTs are especially effective in pinpointing kidney stones, and the first one was used in 1972.

Ultrasound involves passing high frequency sound waves through the patient’s body, which bounce off “obstructions” encountered. The safety of this procedure makes it popular for examining pregnant woman, but this technology is more limited than others described here. First used in the 1970’s, it first provided what were essentially 2-D photographs. Modern advances in this technology however, allow medical practitioners to view images in real time and in 3-D.

And magnetic resonance imaging uses strong magnetic waves to disrupt and realign the body’s natural radioactive activity, and captures radio signals that this process transmits. Recent advances have allowed for less scanning time and clearer images, and this technique is especially useful in neurology. Nuclear medicine involves introducing “nuclear tracers” into the patient’s body.

While doctors often consult with patients about the results of these tests, radiology technicians are the specialists who operate the technologies used, and interpret the findings. And a company that has been invaluable in helpings them with both is Imaging Advantage, a company that not only provides medical facilities with the latest in imaging technology, but providers trained operators of such technology, and skilled interpreters of resulting images. The company also offers other services, such as setting up medical billing programs, and is not only committed to providing facilities with the best in imaging technology, but customer care.

Gum disease linked to prostate inflammation by new study

A new study has revealed the link between gum disease and an inflamed prostate gland has been confirmed and that treating gum disease can reduce the symptoms and effects of prostatitis. Science Daily reports the inflammation of the semen producing gland can have a major impact on the life of individuals who suffer with the condition and see problems with urination. A link between gum disease and prostatitis has long been suspected, but the latest study offers the chance to see how treating gum disease can have a major effect on the symptoms of prostatitis.

Sam Tabar has learned that a group of 27 men who had been diagnosed with prostatitis aged 21 years and older were studied for the effects the treatment of their gum diseased had on their prostatitis condition. The symptoms were tested against the International-Prostate Symptom Score test used by medical groups around the world to see how the treatment of gum disease reduced the symptoms of prostatitis.