The MRSA Superbug

A January 27, 2007 article on about a super bug that kills healthy young adults in 24 hours caught manypeople’s attention. The superbug was identified as the bacteria called PVL-producing MRSA. This is a highly virulent strain of the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria commonly known as the Staph infection. The Staph infection is resistant to antibiotics and decimates white blood cells and can also cause boils to appear.

When this bacteria gets into an open would it can start the process for necrotizing pneumonia. This type of pneumonia destroys lung tissue. The survival rate for necrotizing pneumonia is only 25%. There have been fatalities from the PVL-MRSA strain in England, Wales, United States, United Kingdom, Australia and in Europe.

What’s a Superbug

Particulate Air Pollution, Heart Attacks, and Blood Hyperclotting

 Interleukin 6 (interferon, beta 2)A study from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine has shown that microscopic air pollution – smaller than one-tenth of the diameter of a human hair — causes hyperclotting of the blood. The study found that lungs inflamed by particulate pollution produce an inflammatory cytokine, interleukin-6, that causes an increased tendency for blood to coagulate or clot. (3) This in turn raises the risk of a fatal heart attack or stroke in people with cardiovascular disease such as coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure or a history of stroke.

Missing Puzzle Piece

Diaphragm Breathing

Singers, cyclists, yoga practitioners, scuba divers and marathon runners know that breathing properly is a baseline to good health, fitness and performance. It’s no coincidence that they all use diaphragmatic breathing. Diaphragm Breathing is breathing deep into the lungs by contracting your diaphragm muscles instead of breathing shallowly by flexing your rib cage.

When you breathe, your diaphragm naturally moves down because your lungs are expanding and so take up more space. You can see this more clearly when you read with a book resting on your belly. When you do diaphragm Breathing you deliberately push your belly as far out as you can to make more space for your diaphragm to move down, expanding the lungs even more. It permits deeper breaths and improved oxygenation.

Blood Vessel Gene Linked to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Neurones and DendritesAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Motor Neurone Disease, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or Maladie de Charcot affects from one to five out of every 100,000 people. It is a fatal, progressive neurodegenerative disease caused by the degeneration of motor neurons in the central nervous system which control voluntary muscle movement.

Researchers at the University of Bath have found a causal link between the gene which produces angiogenin – a protein involved in blood vessel formation- and the development of some forms of ALS.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Medications

Since benign prostatic hyperplasia is a condition that can cause or be caused by infections of the urinary tract, doctors usually begin BPH treatment with a regimen of antibiotics to take care of any possible infection that could interfere with or complicate treatment of BPH itself.

Most cases of benign prostatic hyperplasia are mild enough to be treated with prescription medication and do not require surgery. Finasteride, (Proscar) and dutasteride, (Avodart) are two such drugs that are used to prevent further prostate growth and in some cases actually shrink the prostate gland back to a less obstructive size.


Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Treatment

Men with symptoms of BPH will normally need treatment at some point in their life. There are researchers who question early treatment and believe if the prostate is only slightly enlarged you should take a “watch and see” attitude. They believe some symptoms of BPH may clear up without treatment. If you are taking a “watch and see” attitude, be sure you have regular checkups to watch for any serious problems. Treatment can be started if the disease becomes uncomfortable or causing inconveniences in his life and career.

BPH can also cause urinary tract infections but these can be treated with an antibiotic. Most doctors will recommend treatment if the enlarged prostate causes health concerns for the patient.

Non-Surgical Treatments

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Diagnosis

Some of the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia are such that those afflicted with the condition may notice them on their own. Others are more difficult to recognize, and require a doctor’s expertise to discern. Once BPH is suspected or confirmed, the patient is usually sent to a urologist for further examination. There are many tests that urologists use to diagnose conditions, ranging from simple physical examination to complicated laboratory blood or urine testing.

Digital rectal examinations are the easiest to administer, and are the starting point for most doctors. The doctor dons surgical gloves and places one finger inside the rectum, feeling the prostate on the other side of the rectal wall for abnormalities.

PSA Testing

What Is BPH

Men over the age of 50 should be concerned about symptoms of enlarged prostate or BPH. BPH stands for benign prostatic hyperplasia. It is not understood what causes BPH and there are no real risk factors that you can change to reduce your risk of prostate cancer.

Prostate problems have been around for centuries and it was found that men who had their testicles removed before puberty did not develop prostate problems and cancer. Doctors believe that aging is the biggest cause of prostate problems. Rarely will a man under 40 be diagnosed with prostate problems.

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