Anthocyanins in Purple, Blue and Red Foods Fight Colon Cancer

Anthocyanins in blue grapesA new study by researchers at Ohio State University proposes that the molecular structure of substances which give fruits and vegetables their rich colors may help find more powerful cancer fighting agents.

Experiments on rats and on human colon cancer cells suggest that anthocyanins, the compounds that give color to most red, purple and blue fruits and vegetables significantly slow the growth of colon cancer cells.

Professor Monica Giusti, lead author of the study and assistant professor of food science at Ohio State University says, “These foods contain many compounds, and we’re just starting to figure out what they are and which ones provide the best health benefits.”

Wide Variety of Produce Tested

Nueroprosthesis for Epileptic Seizures

Epilepsy researcher Irazoqui testing circuits in minature transcutaneous implantResearchers at Purdue University’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering have developed a miniature implanted device to detect epileptic seizures before they happen and prevent them.

The work involves a minuscule transmitter which is just three times the width of a human hair. The transmitter is designed to be implanted below the scalp in order to detect the signs of an epileptic seizure before it occurs.

The system records neural electrical signals relayed by electrodes in various points in the brain, said Pedro Irazoqui, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, shown in the photo.

    “When epileptics have a seizure, a particular part of the brain starts firing in a way that is abnormal,” Irazoqui said. “Being able to record signals from several parts of the brain at the same time enables you to predict when a seizure is about to start, and then you can take steps to prevent it.”

Miniature Blood Pump Implanted in First Patient

circulite Miniature Blood Pump In a European feasibility trial, CircuLite announced with the successful implantation of the first patient of it’s Synergy Pocket Circulatory Assist Device. A video demo of the device is available at the company’s website.

Pumping up to 3 liters of blood per minute, this is a miniature implantable blood pump, the size of an AA battery. It is implanted superficially in a pocket, like a pacemaker. The device is intended to provide long-term, partial circulatory support in patients with chronic heart failure. The aim of the trial is to assess the safety of the device in patients with chronic heart failure who are waiting to receive heart transplants.

This isn’t something you’d want to use on a longterm basis, though. The device is powered by a six pound battery pack worn on an external belt. It also needs to be recharged every 8-12 hours, so users need to keep a close eye on battery levels.

Varicose Veins Laser Treatment

A lot of us grew up with either Popular Science or the Jetsons in our childhoods. Both the magazine and the cartoon show were giving us glimpses into a hoped-for future, where we’d zap about in air-cars and mechanical maids would oversee the running of the household.

Most science-fiction movies from back in those days would feature at least a brief appearance by a laser-pistol or rifle, or, on a more ambitious scale, a laser cannon so huge it could possibly knock down the Battlestar Gallactica.

Well. I think we’ve been more than patient about this lamentable situation wherein nobody is selling us air cars yet. I’ll be content with my Roomba instead of a robot-maid since commercial technology tells me it’s doing the best it can.

But lasers! Zap and shazam, these sounds made the ping-ping of the common projectile based guns obsolete. Do you remember the sound that filled your ears the first time you saw a light saber switched on?

What Is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a procedure that has been preformed since the 1930s. You can walk in, walk out, and drive yourself home, with no downtime required.

There are no incisions or scarring, and within a few days or weeks you can watch your varicose vein fade away! The body breaks down the old vein and reabsorbs it; much like it does with a bruise.

The first step on finding out if sclerotherapy is right for you is an initial consultation with the vascular medical specialist (usually an MD, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or RN) to have a look at your varicose veins, go over your medical history and medications you regularly take, and to answer any questions. Factors ruling out sclerotherapy are pregnancy, breast feeding, less than three months after childbirth, or bedridden.

Before the Procedure

Varicose Veins Treatment

When you seek medical attention for your suspected varicose vein you will have a physical examination, answer questions regarding your symptoms and most likely will have x-rays or ultrasound images taken in order to determine the cause and level of severity of your vein issue.

You may be referred to a specialist (dermatologist, surgeon, or specialist in vein diseases or phlebology).

Common Treatments:

Mild cases: low salt high fiber diet, exercise, and rest for your legs.

Sclerotherapy:

Can be used for mild varicose and also spider veins, which are smaller varicose veins. This treatment involves an injection of a solution that will cause the vein to swell, and then stick together which will cause the flow of blood to cease and the vein to turn into scar tissue. Later the vein should fade.

Multiple treatments may be necessary, as the vein will sometimes reoccur. Usually the treatment has a 50% to 90% success rate. There is no need for anesthesia and usually this is done in the office.

Varicose Veins and Pregnancy

Along with your happiness and excitement and little hormonal changes, you’ve probably started to think of all you don’t know about pregnancy and maybe you’re feeling a bit timid…you’ve heard moms talking about their own pregnancies, and sometimes it can sound a little scary!

You’ve probably heard all the Family stories about pregnancies and births and sometimes that can sound a little…well, scary as well. You’ve heard your mom and aunts and sisters and cousins talk about all kinds of things that sound kind of…well, you’d like to know something about Varicose Veins.

That’s a biggie in the Family Women’s collection of stories, you remember them saying that everyone in the Family Gets Them, They’re Inherited, well, yes, and that’s somewhat true. Varicose veins are a genetic predisposition, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t prevent or reduce their severity if you start now to take care of yourself.

Natural Treatments for Varicose Veins

Amidst all the research papers about laser probes that zap varicose veins, or the use of ultrasound on clusters of veins, let’s not ignore the tried-and-true natural treatments that have been around for years and years.
First, what are we dealing with? Well, we know that veins are actually very thin-walled vessels that carry the spent or impure blood back to the heart to be replenished. Within the veins are tiny valves that help to regulate the flow of the blood. When these veins become enlarged, swollen, thickened, or dilated we say that they have become varicose veins.

Where are They?

While varicose veins can appear just about anywhere on the body, we find them most common on the backs of legs. Leg veins are the largest in the body and they work against gravity to move blood from the lower legs back up to the heart. When the tiny valves within the veins begin to lose their ability to seal properly, we see evidence of varicose veins.