February 8, 2017

The Link Between Alcohol Consumption and Irregular Heartbeat

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Having an irregular heartbeat can usually be categorized as atrial fibrillation. This is a condition in which the upper and lower chambers of the heart (the atria and ventricles), do not pump blood in coordination with each other. This usually results in a rapid heartbeat that is categorized as atrial fibrillation. In some cases, patients realize that they may have a heart condition, but in many cases people may have a complication and are not aware of it. Often, this complication is only revealed when an examination of the heart is conducted.

In a recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) it was reported that “moderate habitual drinking” may cause an irregular heartbeat [1]. The study acknowledged that, in small amounts, alcohol consumption it is known to have some positive effects on health; however, it is well-known that consuming large amount of alcohol has many negative health effects. Using this as a standard, the researchers conducted a new analysis which concluded that moderate, habitual drinking does not have the same protective effects when it comes to the heart.

Furthermore, the study concluded that with the increase of one drink consumed each day on average, “the risk of atrial fibrillation increase[es] by 8 percent” [1]. Possible justifications for this phenomenon include:

  • Cell damage caused by the consumption of alcohol could have an effect on the fibrous tissue that is contained within the heart
  • If the patients have been treated for heart complications before, the consumption of alcohol poses a greater risk of creating an irregular heartbeat
  • Consumption of alcohol changes the rhythm in which the heart beats. Therefore, an increase in daily consumption of alcohol causes irregular heart rhythms
  • Alcohol consumption can have effects on the autonomic nervous system. This part of the nervous system controls the body’s heart rate, digestion, temperature and reflex responses. Furthermore, the stimulation of this system could lead to an irregular heartbeat.

Sources:

[1] Moderate Drinking May Cause Irregular Heartbeat. Sandoiu, Ana. Medical News Today. Retrieved from: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/314539.php

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February 2, 2017

5 Things That Your Pharmacist Wants You to Know

When filling prescriptions, a pharmacist has a responsibility to you to ensure a safe experience. For instance, it is the pharmacist’s duty to ensure that a patient is receiving the correct prescription medication and double check with the doctor if the dosage is unclear. As a patient, it is prudent to be aware of your safety. Here are five things pharmacists want their patients to know:

  1. Pharmacists are under a lot of pressure

Due to pharmacies filling numerous prescriptions at the same time, pharmacists are required to do their work very quickly and efficiently. At any given time, a pharmacist may have over 10 prescriptions in process. It is always a wise idea to check your label to ensure that your prescription is the correct one and that you are getting the right dosage.

  1. Be patient when your prescription is being filled

We all have limited time in our day and sometimes patients cannot wait for long periods when stopping at a pharmacy. Pharmacists need to be very thorough at their job and it is vital that they get them done correctly, so a waiting period should be met with some tolerance.

  1. Mornings are the best time to get prescriptions filled

Mornings tend to be less hectic than lunchtime and after-work times. In the mornings, pharmacists usually have more time to assist you in understanding the proper use of your prescription.

  1. Inform yourself about all your medication options

Many patients face the choice of either purchasing a brand name or generic medication. Brand name and generic drugs share the same active ingredients, meaning that they have the same effect on your body. Regardless of its availability at your local pharmacy, it is best to inquire about the specific comparisons between the brand name and generic drug options.

  1. Do not wait until you completely run out of medication for a refill

It is important to remember that refilling prescriptions is not instant and you should allow at least 48 hour notice when you leave a prescription for fill-up.

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January 17, 2017

Why Screening Tests for Ovarian Cancer Are Not Reliable

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Ovarian cancer commonly begins as a cyst made up of cancerous cells. As the cancer progresses, the dangerous effects spread to other parts of the body with the cancerous cells. Medical professionals have many detection techniques in place to determine if a female has ovarian cancer, but many of these methods are unreliable. Doctors warn that “there are currently no screening tests for ovarian cancer that are sensitive enough to reliably screen for ovarian cancer without a high number of inaccurate results” [1]

A commonly used test is known as the CA-125 test, an advanced blood test that measures the levels of the CA-125 protein. This test is not a reliable screening test because CA-125 can be elevated from other common conditions; however it is a helpful “diagnostic tool in postmenopausal women” [2]. In numerous cases, even though ovarian cancer was present, it was seen that the CA-125 blood test was not elevated enough. This is why the FDA recently issued a warning that stated that “women should not rely on ovarian cancer screening [tests] to make health or treatment decisions” [1].

[1] Preidt, Robert. FDA Warns Ovarian Cancer Tests Not Reliable. WebMD. Retrieved From: http://www.webmd.com/ovarian-cancer/news/20160909/fda-warns-ovarian-cancer-tests-not-reliable

[2] Detection. Ovarian Cancer Canada. Retrieved From: http://www.ovariancanada.org/about-ovarian-cancer/detection

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January 3, 2017

EpiPen’s CEO’s Salary Grows over 6 times in the Last 8 Years!

EpiPen is known to be vitally important to people who have extreme allergies6871649561_d5861b9811_z and those at risk of anaphylaxis. The EpiPen was taken over by the pharmaceutical company, Mylan, in 2007 and has been increasing their prices drastically over the last eight years. The $100 for a pair of EpiPens in 2007, is now being sold for a little over $600!

There have been many executives who have benefited from this ordeal but Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Heather Bresch, has seen her compensation increase over 600% over the past eight years. While numerous patients and families have struggled to afford the drastically increasing expense of EpiPens, CEO Heather Bresch has enjoyed a “total compensation of $18,931,068” [1]. Although there has been no open investigation of Mylan’s pricing structures, it has received public scrutiny from numerous politicians.

When the company first acquired the rights to the EpiPen, it was considered a failing enterprise. Having developed the product to a satisfactory level the company subsequently began increasing its price. This was seen as a fair business move, but hiking up the prices to such an outrageous number is unfair to numerous families who struggle to afford a crucial medication to treat a common and easily controlled condition.

Furthermore, Mylan has also purchased a drug company in the Netherlands for the sole purpose of paying lower taxes. Mylan was further criticized  for its profit-seeking actions in an article by Michael Hiltzik. Hiltzik pointed out that Mylan is unpatriotic and an “inversion”, which is defined as a “U.S. company cuts its tax bill by acquiring a foreign firm and moving its tax domicile to the acquired company’s homeland” [2]

The EpiPen is not merely an allergy medication that avoids minor symptoms, yet it is an auto-injector which is used in life or death situations. This is why numerous patients find the price increases outrageous, because such a crucial piece of equipment should not be made so unaffordable.

[1] CEO of EpiPen Maker Mylan Sees 671% Compensation Increase in 8 Years. Willingham, Emily. Forbes. Retrieved From: http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2016/08/23/ceo-of-mylan-pharmaceuticals-sees-671-salary-increase-in-8-years/#e1eb0b44b236

[2] Another reason to hate Mylan, which jacked up the price of life-saving EpiPens: It’s a tax dodger. Hiltzik, Michael. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved From: http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-mylan-inversion-20160823-snap-story.html

 

 

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December 20, 2016

How Calcium Causes a Shift To Chronic Pneumonia

Portrait of a man coughing over black background

Pneumonia is an infection which is often characterized as an inflammation in the alveoli. The alveoli are tiny sacs in the lungs that are responsible for gas exchange that is a vital part of breathing. These sacs become infected when pneumonia-causing ger

ms are breathed in and begin accumulating in the lungs. This infection can be caused by various types of fungi, parasites, bacteria or viruses.

Some of these pathogens are found in hospitals. About ten percent of all hospital infections, including pneumonia, are caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa [1]. This infection is extremely difficult to treat because it is very resistant to antibiotics. Many cases of pneumonia caused by pseudomonas aeruginosa shift from an acute case to a chronic case due to a specific interaction with calcium. The environment around the pathogen determines if the condition will switch from an acute stage with high growth rate, or a chronic state with increased tolerance and persistence. It has recently been discovered that calcium concentration in the environment transmits a signal into the cell that triggers the switch.

Generally, hospital infections which lead to pneumonia can be quite severe and many of these infections are a result of patients surviving with the aid of ventilators. In a study conducted by Fagon et al., assessing the exposure of risk in patients with pneumonia caused by hospital infections. The study concluded that the mortality rate was considerably higher due to hospital infections and it “prolonged the stay [of the patient] in the intensive care unit” [2].

Sources:

[1] “Calcium induces chronic lung infections.” Science Daily. 24 October 2016. Retrieved from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161024131112.htm

[2] Fagon, Jean-Yves, et al. “Nosocomial pneumonia in ventilated patients: a cohort study evaluating attributable mortality and hospital stay.” The American journal of medicine 94.3: 281-288. Accessed 25th October, 2016

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December 7, 2016

Things You Need To Know About Multiple Myeloma

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220px-Blausen_0656_MultipleMyelomaPlasma cells are located in bone marrow, which is the soft spongy material found inside bones where different types of blood cells are created. Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that begins in the plasma cells and limits their ability to develop different antibodies which are required to fight infection.

Multiple myeloma is classified as a developmental disease because the cancerous cells will continue to divide, causing the abundance of abnormal cells to be much higher than the abundance of normally functioning cells.

Also, myeloma cells (abnormal plasma cells) can create tumors in bones, further advancing the symptoms of the cancer. Due to the reduced number of blood cells in the body, some significant side effects, such as fatigue and anemia become prevalent.

In summary, multiple myeloma causes a buildup of normal blood cells in the bone marrow, weakened or damaged bones, bone pain and infections. Although some of the results of this disease may be the same, it can be classified into two different types.

The first type is smoldering (indolent) multiple myeloma, a condition where the symptoms are not prevalent. This type is characterized by having 10% or more of the blood being made of plasma. This type must be diagnosed using specialized tests. The second type, active multiple myeloma, shows symptoms such as blood in urine, lesions and kidney problems. It is important that this condition is diagnosed as early as possible and the potential risk factors of this disease are consulted with a medical professional.

Sources:

“What is multiple myeloma?” Canadian Cancer Society. Retrieved from: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/multiple-myeloma/multiple-myeloma/?region=qc

“Diseases and Conditions: Multiple Myeloma” Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/multiple-myeloma/basics/definition/con-20026607

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November 23, 2016

Learn About Statins and the Way It Controls Cholesterol

High cholesterol level

Statins are a class of drugs that help in lowering cholesterol levels in the human body. These drugs function by blocking the action of a liver enzyme that produces cholesterol. By lowering its levels, statin drugs reduce the risk of heart attacks because the amount of plaque in the arteries is reduced [1].  According to a 2014 report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 25% of Americans over the age of 40 consume a statin [2]. Studies show that this drug is commonly prescribed because of its effectiveness and its ability to reabsorb cholesterol from the arteries.

Furthermore, these drugs are directly linked with reducing the risk for heart attack and stroke [3]. This is because statins prevent the development of atherosclerosis, which is a condition that causes cholesterol-containing plaques to form within the human body. These plaques occur due to high levels of cholesterol and if they continue to develop, blockages in the arteries can cause reduced blood flow to the heart. Introducing a statin not only inhibits this action, it also provides continued facilitation for patients with risks of other heart diseases.

It is important that there be guidelines for cholesterol reduction because many of the small details of statin drug function still remain undiscovered [2]. This is main reason for hesitation from doctors when prescribing statins, as they consider numerous other factors that can contribute to lowering cholesterol without medication. One example includes altering lifestyle choices, such as maintaining a special diet and workout routines in order to maximize cholesterol reduction. Although statin drugs may do all of the grunt work in reducing cholesterol, these additional factors should be considered in order to receive the best results.

 

[1] Cholesterol & Triglycerides Health Center: Side Effects of Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs. WebMD. Retrieved from: http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/side-effects-of-statin-drugs

[2] Statins Often Interact With Other Heart Drugs. Norton, Amy. WebMD. Retrieved from: http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20161017/statins-often-interact-with-other-heart-drugs#1

[3] Cholesterol Medications. American Heart Association. Retrieved from: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/PreventionTreatmentofHighCholesterol/Cholesterol-Medications_UCM_305632_Article.jsp#.WBjOaWf4OHs

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November 1, 2016

Pregnancy and Obesity are a Deadly Combination

Pregnant Obesity Gestational diabetesGestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is an overwhelming complication some women may face during a pregnancy where the body does not produce enough insulin to deal with a high blood sugar level. GDM is one of the most common conditions affecting pregnant women, affecting approximately 1 in 10 expectant women [1]. Since rates of GDM is higher in overweight women, this condition has been on the rise alongside obesity. However, if this condition is diagnosed and treated early, a healthy pregnancy can be ensured.

To understand diabetes in general is to understand the function of the hormone insulin. Insulin regulates the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates and helps transform sugar into energy. Diabetes usually occurs when there is insufficient insulin produced which causes high levels of glucose in the bloodstream. For people with GDM, insulin is usually blocked by hormones found in the placenta.

Research has shown women over the age of 35, who have a family history, or are overweight are more prone to exhibit GDM [1]. Being overweight is a main factor because the extra mass prohibits insulin’s ability to function in keeping blood sugar levels up to par.

[1] Gestational Diabetes during Pregnancy. What to Expect. Retrieved from: http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/gestational-diabetes/

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October 18, 2016

Why You Need to be Serious About Eye Inflammation

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Red bloodshot eyes inflammation irritation uveitis

Inflammation in the eyes is a common condition that is treated as a minor annoyance. But in some severe cases, it ends up becoming a condition known as Uveitis, which affects 2.3 million people in the United States. The root of the word “uveitis” is uvea, the pigmented layer in the eye that is affected by inflammation.

Common symptoms of this disease include redness in the eyes, severe inflammation that feels like burning, and blurry vision.  It is important that this condition is taken seriously and that people seek treatment because it can lead to vision loss. Symptoms for this condition tend to worsen very quickly and it is best to seek medical advice if you suspect that you may have uveitis.

It is vitally important that a patient is aware of the preliminary steps when addressing this condition. First and foremost, it is important to seek the advice of a medical professional. Many may suggest that in the early stages an “anti-inflammatory medication, such as a corticosteroid” [1] is a good option. If the condition does not get better stronger forms of medication or surgery may be suggested.

[1] Uveitis. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved From: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/uveitis/basics/treatment/con-20026602

 

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October 3, 2016

What is the Effect of Vitamin D on Your Body?

cbi-0216-079_057_111011-compressorVitamin D can be consumed in the form of food or supplements and exposure to sunlight activates the production of Vitamin D in the skin. This is why people commonly associate getting enough Vitamin D with getting enough sunlight.

“Worldwide, an estimated 1 billion people have inadequate levels of vitamin D in their blood, and deficiencies can be found in all ethnicities and age groups” [1].  Vitamin D deficiency is especially prevalent in any location with a prolonged winter. Given that these problems are commonplace, recognizing the symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency can let a person know when to consult a medical professional.

For instance, bone pain and muscle weakness are common indicators of Vitamin D deficiency. Since Vitamin D plays an important role in bone and cell growth, Vitamin D deficiency could result in deformed bones, especially in children, pregnant women, and the elderly. Also, a lack of this vitamin can cause unexplained fatigue and difficulty in thinking clearly.

When a person starts experiencing these noticeable symptoms, it usually means that their Vitamin D levels have been depleted for an extended time. It is important that a person consult with a medical professional when they begin experiencing these symptoms because Vitamin D is a vital supplement for the human body.

Sources:

[1] Vitamin D and Health. Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. Retrieved from https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/vitamin-d/#vitamin-d-references

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