First Chlamydia vaccine tested in mice shows potential

Canada – Researchers have designed a prototype Chlamydia vaccine, tested in mice, with the first results suggesting that the virus could be terminated in the next few years.

The research was published in the journal Vaccine, where it shows hat mice given then vaccine are more likely to battle Chlamydia than the ones’ who haven’t received any particular form of treatment.

It is worth adding that no vaccine is approved for human use against Chlamydia, which is the second most common sexually transmitted disease after AIDS.

CDC’s report on Chlamydia states that approximately 2.86 million cases of infections are being reported within U.S. borders every year.

The research took place at McMaster University in Ontario, where researchers gave mice two doses of the prototype vaccine, delivered through the nose.

When the mice were later exposed to Chlamydia, the ones who received the vaccine showed fewer copies of the bacteria replicating in their system, while they also had fewer signs of damage to their reproductive organs.

Dr. David Bulir, a member of the researching team, told local media about the study’s results.

Vaccination would be the best way to way to prevent a chlamydia infection, and this study has identified important new antigens which could be used as part of a vaccine to prevent or eliminate the damaging reproductive consequences of untreated infections.

Professor James Mahony also added, “We will trial the vaccine on other animal models before moving on to human trials. The results are very promising.

Moreover, researchers hope that their vaccine will be effective against Chlamydia infections of the eye, which is a common cause of blindness in developing countries in Africa and Asia.

At the moment, the sole way for one to protect himself from contracting the disease is to use a condom while having sexual coitus.

On a less relevant note, Public Health England in their report urged any individual aged under 25 who is sexually active to be tested for Chlamydia every year and when they shift partners.

Chlamydia is amongst the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the U.K. as well, with 200,000 diagnoses reported in 2015, 129,000 of which had occurred among individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 years.

Via: Medical News Today

Zika Virus infects 13th Dallas resident that traveled to Latin America

Dallas, TX – Reports coming in from local authorities state that yet another resident of the county has been infected by the Zika virus.

More specifically, that is the thirteenth resident of the area to be tested positive for Zika virus infection. The anonymous 49-year old individual used to be a Mexican resident, which is where it is believed he contracted the virus.

The city of Carrollton warned in a written statement that the patient resides close to Keller Springs Road and Marsh Lane in the 75006 ZIP code.

In response to the alarmingly increasing Zika virus breakout, localized ground spraying will be conducted on Tuesday afternoon and will end when local authorities determine that the threat is under control.

Furthermore, Carrollton has been positively tested for West Nile virus as well, and therefore the entire area will undergo special spraying on Wednesday and Thursday late evenings.

As of now, Dallas County Health and Human Services has been able to confirm that the virus’s spread primarily stems from DeSoto, Irving and Dallas residents, that have recently returned from Latin America and the Caribbean.

At the moment, there is no fear of the virus being transmitted from local mosquitos.

When it comes to Zika’s means of being transmitted, in the majority of the cases it is being carried by the Aedes genus of mosquitoes, while local health centers also strongly advise residents to refrain from engaging in a sexual fashion with a patient.

The virus’s symptoms’ lifespan usually varies in between a few days and an entire week, with the most common ones being fever, rash, conjunctivitis and joint pain.

CDC’s latest local report, which was released on June 29th, says that since the beginning of the year, forty-nine cases of travel-related Zika infections have been recorded in Texas.

Building on that report, Dallas County officials added that ten pregnant women could have been infected by Zika, though the scenario of them just going through dengue fever or chikungunya is still quite possible.

Both dengue fever and chikungunya display similar symptoms with the notorious virus, hence they are often confused with the Zika infection.

Furthermore, CDC’s report also highlights that seven infants that were born to Zika-infected mothers in the U.S. are suffering from birth defects, while five mothers had a miscarriage as of June 23.

Source: Dallas County official website

Alzheimer’s disease could be detected from a routine eye test

United States – University of Minnesota Center for Drug Design’s latest study suggests that it could be possible to detect Alzheimer’s disease by conducting a routine eye examination.

For those who are not familiar, Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder causing sudden memory loss which gradually deteriorates to severe levels, rendering patients unable to even recall essential information, such as their names or which year we are in.

The study, which was published in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, in June, suggests that by conducting an ordinary eye test, it is possible for doctors to detect early stages of the notorious disease.

More specifically, the said test is fundamentally based on examining the retinas, which is the light-sensitive tissue that coats the back of our eyes, through a high-tech camera.

Since the retina bears a striking resemblance with the brain’s reaction to Alzheimer, doctors believe they can make use of it thus determining whether an individual has been affected by the disease or not.

Furthermore, accessing the brain to determine the existence of the disease is a very delicate and risky procedure, whereas examining one’s eyes from the distance appears to be a less complicated solution.

As of now, a definitive diagnosis for Alzheimer does not exist, and it can only be detected through symptoms that the patient displays.

Furthermore, Alzheimer is detectable after it has been formed within the patient’s organism, therefore being able to identify the disease in its early stages will certainly help doctors to terminate it before becoming too severe to be addressed.

The aforementioned test had been conducted in mice’s retinas, though, thanks to the promising results, doctors will test the new method in patients with and without Alzheimer, hoping it is equally effective for our own species as well.

Doctors concluded the study by mentioning that,

Timely diagnosis of AD is paramount for proper treatment and evaluation of the latter’s efficacy. We expect this technology to prove suitable for translation into a human diagnostic tool. Such developmental efforts are underway.

On a less relevant note, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America latest data reports that approximately 5.1 million U.S. citizens could be suffering from the disease in 2016.

Via: The New York Observer

Concussion Rates Among America’s Youth have Doubled in the last five years

U.S. – According to a research conducted by nonprofit organization FAIR Health, concussions amongst children and young adults in America have been alarmingly increasing over the last five years.

More specifically, the rate in which concussions occur has been increased to 500 percent from 2010 to 2014.

For those who are not familiar with the matter, concussions constitute a type of traumatic brain injury that causes the head and brain to move back and forth at an unnatural pace, consequently leading to potential chemical changes and cell damage.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, an estimated 175,000 children have to go through emergency room treatment every year due to accidents from sports and outdoor activities.

FAIR Health’s infographic claims that for individuals aged under 22, the September-October period is the one with the highest incidence of concussions, which could be attributed to the fact that football season commences during these two months.

Furthermore, the research also found out that concussions occur to male individuals more often than the female ones, with the biggest gap taking place between ages of 5 and 10 —males at 68 percent, females at 32 percent.

Though, tables switch sides at older ages, as the study shows that female individuals aged between 19 and 22 had more concussions than their male counterparts — females at 56 percent, males 44 percent.

The results also pointed out that concussion rates are significantly higher among high school students than middle school or college students.

It is worth noting that concussions should be addressed in a very delicate manner, in order to achieve a proper recovery.

Studies have proven that when kids return injured from school, they can experience dizziness, headaches, audible and visual vulnerabilities, memory and concentration disorders, as well as unnatural sleeping patterns.

Sports and exercise are definitely beneficial for kids. We want them to be active,” Dr. Alan Zhang, of the University of California, San Francisco, who has been studying concussions amongst children for the past few years, told Philly.com.

Source: PR Newswire

Pasta is Good for your Health, new study claims

A new study has emerged, suggesting that moderate consumption of pasta is good for people’s health, as it is associated with lower chances of obesity, according to data coming from thousands of Italians that participated.

Pasta is part of the substantially studied Mediterranean diet, which is a way of eating, primarily based on fruits, vegetables, peas and olive oil, accompanied by poultry and fish, indisputably proven to be healthy for the heart.

Despite the Mediterranean diet’s popularity, pasta’s impact on human health was relatively unknown, until George Pounis, author of the paper, and his colleagues at IRCCS Neuromed in Pozzilli made some remarkable findings regarding the world’s favorite food.

Our data show that enjoying pasta according to individuals’ needs contributes to a healthy body mass index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio,” Pounis mentioned in a statement.

He further added, “We have seen that consumption of pasta, contrary to what many think, is not associated with an increase in body weight, rather the opposite,

The final results were based on two larger studies, where more than 23,000 Italians had taken place. The Moli-sani Project involved residents of the Molise region, south Italy, while the second one, dubbed Italian Nutrition and Health Survey, covered the entire country’s eating habits.

Moreover, the study does not specify the portion of pasta that one should not exceed on a daily basis, though inconsiderate consumption can result in additional weight.

The obese population was older and at lower socioeconomic status, had higher waist and hip circumferences and waist-to-hip ratio, and consumed more pasta [grams per day] than normal or overweight participants,” stated lead author Licia Iacoviello and colleagues, according to CNN’s respective report.

Iacoviello, who is head of the molecular and nutritional epidemiology laboratory at Neuromed Institute, claimed that individuals in the process of losing weight should not rule out pasta as an option for their daily diet.

She concluded by suggesting that the Meditteranean diet, in conjunction with moderate consumption of pasta, “is good for your health.

Via: News18

FDA mandates over 200,000 restaurants to display calorie details on food

Whether they like it or not, all movie theaters and amusement parks and convenience stores as well as restaurants with over 20 branch chains in the US will now be mandated to list out full details of calorie counts in the food they serve to customers during their normal business hours.

As part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now request that all businesses that serve food and drinks to its customers display the calorie constituents of the food on its label – so long the business has up to 20 network branches or locations.

Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the commissioner for FDA states that “While no single action can fix the obesity problem, a step we’re taking today is an important one for public health.”

Some affected businesses protest their inclusion in the labeling requirement, stating that food service was only incidental to their main businesses, but Hamburg replies that “We tried to be flexible and realistic,” most especially as it relates to the inclusion of some businesses and not others.

For instance, food trucks, ice-cream trucks, and airlines that serve food on flights would not be required to display the calorie levels of their foods on labels; but takeout pizza, popcorn sold at a movie theater, hot dogs from a convenience store, and food items from salad bars will have their calorie counts displayed on their labels.

To support their plea that they should be excluded from the rule, grocery stores through the Food Marketing Institute stated that it would cost them about $1 billion to satisfy this calorie labeling injunction within the first year while they would have to be spending millions of dollars every year to do this – simply because their prepared food change very often and it is not possible to test all food items and create specialized labels.

Robert Rosado, the trade group’s director of government affairs states that “This is going to take away from anything that’s freshly made in the store because the costs involved will be so high. You’re going to lose fresh choices.”

The FDA defended its position by saying that consumers have a right to know the nutritional components of what they eat, and since one-third of Americans eat out, they must be helped to make informed choices over what they eat when they eat out.

Psychosocial counseling found effective for preventing suicide attempts

Apart from the fact that medical science believes that individuals who always attempt suicide are suffering from depression or schizophrenia, it is difficult to analyze why some people would persist at attempts to take their own lives. Statistics in the US provides that while suicide is one of the 10 major causes of death, about one million people commit suicide in the US every year.

And given the fact that underlying causes for suicides are unknown, medical experts treat depressions and schizophrenia with medications in individuals with a high propensity for suicide – and this class of persons still ends up taking their own lives after some time.

But a team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, conducted a study that indicates that psychosocial counseling significantly reduces the rates of suicide attempts in high-risk individuals. High risk individuals here mean individuals that have made several attempts in the past to take their own lives.

According to Annette Erlangsen of the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins, “Now we have evidence that psychosocial treatment – which provides support, not medication – is able to prevent suicide in a group at high risk of dying by suicide. Our findings provide a solid basis for recommending that this type of therapy be considered for populations at risk for suicide.” While medications have always been prescribed to depressed and schizophrenics to address their mental disorders which are basis for suicidal thoughts, Erlangsen admits that “We know that people who have attempted suicide are a high-risk population and that we need to help them. However, we did not know what would be effective in terms of treatment.”

To better prove that short-term psychosocial counseling works to reduce the rates of suicides among high risk persons, the researchers analyzed the tendencies of 5,678 people with high suicide tendencies over a 20-year period after they had undergone 6-10 session counseling and found that there was 27% lesser attempts to repeat suicides, and they had a 38% chance of not dying from any preventable deaths than those that did not attend any counseling sessions. This translated to 229 suicide rates per 100,000 people that attended the therapy session, and 314 per 100,000 for those who did not attend.

Two new Ebola cases suspected in Mali, with 310 monitored as five die

Two new cases of Ebola have been reported in the West African country of Mali, even as the country is currently monitory some 310 people after recording the deaths of five. The latest Ebola confirmation raises fear at the vicious spread of the disease in the newly afflicted country, and it is setting the eyes of international governments toward helping out the poor country.

The Malian government has not given the name of the latest Ebola patient, but it said the victim has been isolated; and details of two other suspected patients are not supplied even as the authorities continue conducting tests on the individuals.

Although a little girl had died of Ebola in Mali after contracting it in Guinea, Mali actually recorded its first Ebola diagnosis with the infection of a hospital nurse who had treated a sick Islamic cleric from Guinea. The Imam later died after being wrongly diagnosed of kidney problems, but the nurse was already infected and later died of haemorrhagic fever. Her friend contracted the disease as well, and this has led to the possibility of onward spread of the disease within the country.

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon has expressed worries over the mode and current chain of transmission for the epidemic, saying it is “a cause of deep concern.” The United States government has devised ways to protect its health workers from getting infected with the disease while treating Ebola patients, and it is high time African countries adopted the same measures to protect its healthcare workers who are in direct risks of contracting the disease.

The World Health Organization reports that about 5,400 deaths have been recorded in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and other countries since the outbreak of the disease earlier this year.

Cancer research center announces former Harvard don as new director

Gary Gilliland, a former Harvard don who hated the idea of always publishing academic papers rather than treating patients has been announced as the new director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Gilliland worked at Harvard for 20 years before leaving to join Merck cancer research, from where he left to work for Hutchinson – and his announcement as the new director peaks his dream of being of quality service to all cancer patients all over the state.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is reputed for exploring immunotherapeutic approaches to treat cancer patients, and this system harnesses the patient’s own immune system to fight against cancers. Gilliland loves the idea that the immune system of individuals could be engineered to provide protection against cancerous cells, and he admits that “The Hutch has been at the leading edge of that for the entirety of my career.”

Obviously glad of his new position and roles, Gilliland believes he will now be able to create a perfect balance between immunotherapeutic treatments and gene-target medicines, and he expresses his delight at the prospect of this research treatment. According to him, “these immunotherapeutic treatments, they raise the hackles on the back of my neck. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Gilliland is also lucky to be working with the first man to perform bone marrow transplant for treating a leukemia patient, E. Donnall Thomas, also a Hutch researcher. Both of them among other scientists believe that soon, they will be able to find cure for all diseases out there by exploring immunotherapeutic treatment procedures in combination with gene-targeting medications.

McKinsey Report says the cost of obesity equals combined impact of violence, war and terrorism

This might appear to many as an overstatement, but the McKinsey Global Institute maintains that the cost of obesity is now $2 trillion every year, and this estimated figure equals the cost of smoking, or the combined impact of armed violence, war, and terrorism.

The report says global economies spend as much as $2 annually to combat the effects of obesity, and they spend as much to contain the evils of smoking or execute war campaigns.

The McKinsey report states that 2.1 billion out of the 7 billion people on earth suffer from obesity, and this figure actually represents 30% of the global population. These are people who are either obese or overweight, and they run the risks of associated diseases like cardiovascular infections, diabetes, hypertension, strokes, and so on.

According to the report, about half of the world’s adult population will become overweight or obese by the year 2030 unless of course they check the trend, and this calls for quick action on the part of individuals and governments so as to cut down on associated deaths and cost of medical care.

McKinsey notes that there is no simple solution or single way to deal with the global problem of obesity or being overweight, but then a general consensus on what to do might help solve the problem. The institute affirms that the report should galvanize action in this regard, and it should be the starting point for all governments and individuals on how to deal with obesity and the associated impacts on individual lives, government medical facilities, and national or global economies.

Ebola Survivor with infected semen isolated in India

A 26-year old Indian national has been quarantined at the Delhi Airport. Health Organization after routine tests proved there are viral Ebola traces in his semen. The young man just arrived India from Liberia, where he had just been released from the hospital after a two-month Ebola treatment in the West African country.

The infected man was given a clean bill of health following his release on September 30 from a Liberian hospital, and he was issued travel documents that declared him free of any Ebola clinical symptoms. He arrived New Delhi on November 10 without showing any symptoms, but routine test by Indian health authorities on his body fluids confirmed that his semen contained the Ebola trace virus.

A statement from the Indian authorities cites, “currently, this person is not having any symptoms of the disease. However, he would be kept under isolation in the special health facility of (the) Delhi Airport Health Organization, till such time his body fluids test negative and he is found medically fit to be discharged.”

The patient happens to be the first Ebola case to be diagnosed in India, and the health minister, J.P. Nadda has called for improved surveillance at the country’s airports and seaports; and he has also held crucial talks with various government departments, urging officials to report back to him on the state of the country’s preparedness to handle any Ebola outbreak.

The ministry of health in India has urged the public to remain calm because “the situation is under control, and there is no need for any alarm. However, all precautions are being taken in this regard.”

Hemant Thacker, a consultant physician and cardio-metabolic specialist at Mumbai’s Bhatia Hospital, states that “this is like a dress-rehearsal for India, and while we are already in the mode of preparation, this case will help us galvanize into action. I believe we are theoretically prepared because we have learned the lessons from the West. That, however, doesn’t mean that our medical authorities become complacent.”

Government health officials have however warned that Ebola has no specific cure treatment at the moment, but the government is ready to provide supportive care to battle the disease. They therefore warn that although Ebola virus might have been flushed out of a patient’s blood, making blood samples test negative to the infection, a patient might still infect his partner through sexual intercourse because it takes time for the body to shed the virus through semen and urine.

Norovirus infections is not limited to cruise ships alone

Following the breaking news that 172 passengers out of the 4,100 aboard the Crown Princess cruise ship are presently sick with norovirus, the officials of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have cautioned that the norovirus disease is not limited to cruise ships alone.

This caution became crucial when Crown Princess cruise ship’s passengers developed norovirus infection, even in the light of the fact that passengers of the same cruise ship had once developed the infectious disease several months ago. The cruise ship just left San Pedro harbor in California on a one-month cruise to Hawaii and Tahiti, but some passengers started showing signs of the disease, and then quarantined for treatment aboard the ship.

According to CDC, norovirus is a highly infectious disease, and it causes inflammations of the stomach and large intestines – causing gastroenteritis. Its symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, low fever, chills, chronic headaches, muscle aches, and general fatigues.

Although symptoms disappear within three days to one week once properly treated, it can be contracted by touching sick patients, contact with bodily fluids and feces and vomit of infected persons, touching the surfaces or utensils used by infected persons. It is highly contagious and an infected person is often dehydrated – making him look so bad.

The CDC warns that it is not a virus of cruise ships, and can occur anywhere even on lands. Incidences of norovirus have however occurred more on cruise ships whilst on tourist trips, forcing most cruise ships to change itinerary or cut down trip destinations. Most ships treat their infected passengers in their cabins before docking at the nearest port for disinfection or deep cleaning service requirements.

The CDC however warns that people can prevent norovirus by not touching elevator railings or stair handrails, washing the hands constantly with antiseptic soaps and hand sanitizers, separating from infected partners, and not shaking infected persons to greet. Open surfaces might also not be touched and common cutleries and utensils for sick patients separated.

Joan Rivers’ Death Resulted Due to Several Errors in Medical Procedure

According to the reports of the state health investigators presented on Monday, Joan Rivers’ death was actually due to several errors in the medical procedure and the New York City clinic where she was being treated is mainly responsible for it.

The sole reason for the fatal complication in Rivers’ state and then getting unconscious has been stated as brain damage due to lack of oxygen. The clinic where she was treated not only failed in maintaining proper medical records of the comedian, but also it is found that the actor’s snaps were taken using a cell phone while she was unconscious.

The state Department of Health elaborated that the endoscopy record of the late 81 years old actor has revealed numerous deficiencies in her treatment. At the time of her death, the reason for her death was stated as a therapeutic complication. The Yorkville Endoscopy, later on, was asked to correct the deficiencies by the federal Department of Health and Human Services in order to retain its (the clinic’s) Medicare accreditation. It was also being provided with a date line until Jan. 7. In reply, Yorkville said that it is planning to correct the deficiencies and address the state and federal accreditation agencies, but also mentions that the physicians mentioned in the report are not working for the clinic anymore.

The errors done by the Manhattan clinic include conflicting amount of the sedation drug Propofol that she was administered, allowing a surgeon to perform two nose and throat scoping procedures who was not even a member of the medical staff, taking pictures of the actor using a cell phone by one of the staffs and a surgeon and some more.

Growth of Colon Cancer Raising New Concerns

One of the deadly and dangerous cancers, the Colon cancer is rising among people and this is certainly creating a lot of concern in medical science. It is hoped that the disease will get doubled among people ageing under 34 in the coming 15 years and this is definitely a serious matter.

According to the researchers announcing on Wednesday, the reason for the disease attacking more of the young people is basically due to their changing lifestyle. The daily habits and changed lifestyle has invited the disease more to this age group in contrary to the decline of its reach amongst the age group of over 50. As stated by the researchers, this decline among the elder generation is due to tougher screening and regular colonoscopies.

Speaking about the unhealthy lifestyle of the younger generation, it is mostly the unhealthy eating and other lifestyle factors that are to be blamed. The findings of this research have been stated in the American Medical Association Surgery by the researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

As expected by the researchers, the spread of the colon cancer will be more than one in 10 colon cancers and nearly one in four rectal cancers in patients younger than 50 by the year 2030. The bad lifestyle factors like obesity, western diet, absence of and disinterest in physical activity have increased this risk.

The principal investigator George Chang said, “We’re observing the potential real impact of colorectal cancer among young people if no changes are made in public education and prevention efforts.”

The disease being the third most common cancer among men and women, has seen to attack more than 393,000 patients between 1975 and 2010.

Milk causes early death and doesn’t avoid bone fractures: Study

Milk is known to have healing properties and calcium that builds bones or even keeps them healthy. However, a study may indeed tarnish this belief. Sweden’s Uppsala University Researchers issued in the British Health publication that drinking more milk is not a sure-shot way to save people from bone fractures and may indeed even result in increased death percentage.

The report writers penned down, “Our result may perhaps question the validity of suggestions to consume higher amounts of milk to avoid fragility fractures”.

The research group that was headed by Profession Karl Michaelsson examined about 61,433 women and 45, 339 men for a period of about 20 years. They found out that drinking three milk glasses in routine did not change the odds for confronting bone fractures. In fact, girls who consumed 3 glasses of milk on daily basis had an increased danger of death that those who took 1 or less. The same is the case with men.

Additionally, men and women who took a lot more milk than other people showed increased levels of oxidative stress, which has been associated with cancer and heart diseases.

Even so, the same arrangement did not come out for other dairy products, which are deprived of a sugar found specifically in milk called as D-galactose.

Michaelsson said in a statement to Washington Post, “With fermented cheese the level of galactose is really low”. He also added, “Yogurt also has the probiotic impact of bacteria.”

However, it may not seem appropriate to give up drinking milk just yet. The research writers alert their outcomes need to “be interpreted cautiously given the observational style of our study.”
In a report issued a few days back, Mary Schooling, a City University of New York School Professor, mirrored these cautions, but stressed the value of analyzing the health advantages of taking milk.
She recorded. “As milk consumption may possibly rise globally with economic development and rising consumption of animal source foods, the function of milk and mortality requirements to be established definitively now”.

Milk prices in the states beat the previous year’s record, with the USDA anticipating a boost in drinking as decently. However, retail sales of dairy products coming from almonds, coconut milk, and rice are worth about $1.4 billion, expected to reach $1.7 billion in the year 2016.

Ebola Affected US Nurse Free From Virus Ultimately

The US nurse which got caught by the Ebola virus during her duty of caring for another Ebola attacked Dallas patient, finally won the battle with the deadly virus and have come out free from the virus.

Nina Pham, the nurse, was attacked by the Ebola disease when she had assigned to take care of a Dallas patient who eventually died of the disease. On and after being recovered from the virus of the disease and declared totally free from the Ebola grip, Nina gets a hug from the US President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House. However, there were other people too who welcomed her to a new life and the open world with warm and open hugs outside the hospital including the nation’s infectious disease chief. The chief was entitled to supervise the progress of the nurse’s treatment sand her recovery from the disease.

Mentioning the meeting of the nurse and the US President, White House spokesman Josh Earnest says, it was “an opportunity for the president to thank her for her service.”

Pham, the nurse, speaking about her recovery said that she is “fortunate and blessed to be standing here today. Although I no longer have Ebola, I know it may be a while before I have my strength back.” She was being treated in the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland since Oct. 16.

However, while being happy and meeting everybody outside the hospital after being discharged from it, Pham did not miss a chance to thank the health care teams in Dallas and at the NIH (National Institutes of Health).

US President Thinking of Opting For an “Ebola Czar”

Realizing the emergency and the need to pay proper attention to the affects Ebola can create in the US, the President Barack Obama has announced certain important decision and steps to be taken by him after a meeting with the top aides in the Oval Office.

As being stated to the reporters later, Obama says that he is thinking about appointing an “Ebola czar” who will be entitled to pay individual attention and monitor the disease, its affects and threat to the public health. His intention behind appointing a specific person for the disease is to make sure that the issue gets the required attention with adequate solution before its late.

Mr. Obama said, “It may make sense for us to have one person” focused solely on Ebola, “in part, just so that after this initial surge of activity, we can have a more regular process just to make sure that we’re crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s going forward.”

The meeting in the Oval Office was attended by advisers like Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Thomas Frieden, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and top counterterrorism aide Lisa Monaco. Further praising the efforts and the attempts of his advisors for preventing and curing Ebola, the President says, they’ve been doing “an outstanding job in dealing with what is a very complicated and fluid situation.”

Other than appointing the “Ebola Czar”, Obama also expressed his concern whether his government should follow a temporary ban on travel into the US from the West African countries like Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia in order to stop any Ebola patient enter the country.

However, while thinking something like that, Obama has also said, “If we institute a travel ban instead of the protocols that we’ve put in place now, history shows that there is a likelihood of increased avoidance. People do not readily disclose their information. As a result, we may end up getting less information about who has the disease. They’re less likely to get treated properly, screened properly, quarantined properly. And as a consequence, we could end up having more cases rather than less.”

New Study Reveals Loss of Smelling Sense as Signal of Death

This has been stated in a study that if a person has lost his sense of smelling, then probably his death is nearby! The finding of the study is shocking and surprising, but is worth a heed as well.

The study, being precise, has also mentioned it that within a term of the next five years the person suffering from loss of smelling will die. As published in the Mail Online, people who fail the five scent test are considered to be smell sense deprived and such people may die within five years. The five tests conducted for examining the smelling sense of a person include sensing the smell of fish, rose, leather, orange, and peppermint.

There are chances of a person suffer from any deadly disease like that of cancer. This is more like an “early warning that something has gone badly wrong” in case of a person with a poor sense of smell, as stated by the US researchers.

Quoting researcher Jayant Pinto of University of Chicago, the Mail Online reports, “Of all the human senses, smell is the most undervalued and under appreciated – until it’s gone.”

As a huge number of patients covering more than 3,000 men and women aged between 57 and 85 were studied under this research, the researchers could come to this conclusion that the rate or the probability of an early death is more in case of the ones with poor smell sense. At a time, when the sense of smell does not get enough of importance which it actually deserves, its absence will surely bother people now after the findings of this research.

Stop Relying on Painkillers for Healing Your Child’s Ailments

The habit of giving painkillers to children for immediate recovery from their pains like pain during an ear infection or fracture of hand or leg while playing, etc., is bad for the health of the child only. Physicians or parents who think painkillers only are the apt solution to relieve the child from the pain of his respective ailment is taking a wrong step indeed.

It has been published online on Monday by JAMA Pediatrics led by L. Charles Bailey at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that the pain killers are one of the strong factors leading to child obesity. During this study, records of about 65,000 children from 2001 to 2013 were being speculated and it showed that almost 70 percent of those children have received antibiotics at an age before two. The ones who have received only a few courses of the antibiotics or painkillers did not posses a higher risk of obesity and in fact, this risk is nil in case of those children who have taken no painkillers.

The children who have had courses of four or more painkillers during at zero to five months of age have 11 percent more chances to become obese. And those particular children who have taken more powerful antibiotics are prone to 16 percent more obese.

The researchers have, therefore, recommended that pediatricians and also the parents of the children should be selective while giving painkillers to their tots and the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics should be narrowed down.

Efforts of reducing the use of painkillers in the matters of child ailments have also been taken up by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Talk Therapy: Better Alternative to Medication

As found in a new study, it has been said that people suffering from social anxiety and depression, or any mental health disorders can be treated and cured very easily through talk therapy without the need to opt for medication.

Psychotherapy has lots to deal with cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and hence, talk therapy can help in bringing a normal state of mind to those who are uncomfortable while communicating with the society or suffers from depression more often. In CBT, the negative thought patters are being pointed to the patient to make him identify and avoid these and bring more positive thinking in place of these. CBT has proven results of bringing positive changes in the psychological patients and is more often regarded as more important and better than the effect of medication. As medication also has chances of side-effects, CBT thus, is an apt option.

The author of the study Evan Mayo-Wilson stated, “Social anxiety is more than just shyness. People with this disorder can experience severe impairment, from shunning friendships to turning down promotions at work that would require increased social interaction. The good news from our study is that social anxiety is treatable. Now that we know what works best, we need to improve access to psychotherapy for those who are suffering. We need to improve infrastructure to treat mental health problems as the evidence shows they should be treated. We need more programs to train clinicians, more experienced supervisors who can work with new practitioners, more offices, and more support staff.”

There are a number of symptoms of this mental disorder called social anxiety or phobia. These include discomfort when there are people around; self-consciousness or embarrassment while talking with others, avoiding social gatherings or functions, blushing, trembling, sweating in front of new or multiple people, a continuous feeling, fear that others are judging them, etc. Such kinds of disorders occur to a person when he/she is mentally weak and need support and confidence to deal with such issues. Hence, medication is not the right solution to deal with such disorders and rather it is through a proper and friendly talk with them that they can be injected with some positive thinking.