Monday, February 24, 2014
Just like the burn ointment used by Katniss Everdeen to heal her wound quickly, LiveScience reported that researchers in Switzerland have invented a glue substance that is designed and can help heal wounds faster. It can heal burns, minor cuts, bruises, and broken bones.
This medicine can be very helpful specially for people whose natural healing process is slow. The healing glue which is called the "engineered growth factor", works by remaining near the damaged tissue longer than it normally would.
Growth factors are proteins produced naturally by animals. It naturally aids in the body’s healing proces. When the body is injured, growth factors signal certain cells to surround the wound and promotes healing.
Mikaël Martino who is the lead researcher at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland concentrates on these growth factors.
The team have found a way for these growth factor to remain attached to the extracellular matrix using a set of chemical hooks, that enable it to be more effective and could help heal wounds faster than before.
However, more study, research, and work is needed before these growth factors will be able to be used clinically.
Source: Martino M, Briquez P, Guc E, et al. Growth Factors Engineered for Super-Affinity to the Extracellular Matrix Enhance Tissue Healing. Science. 2014.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
FDA wants to keep the quality imported drugs from country like India in check, they will establish an Office of Pharmaceutical Quality that will enhance their inspection of brand-name, generic and over-the-counter drugs.
This was announced by FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research director Janet Woodcock at the Bloomberg Health care summit on Friday.
India is one of the major players in drugs, their drugs export to the US market is one of the largest. Many local pharmaceutical plants in India have been inspected by the FDA to make sure that they are following the guidelines and quality of the drugs they export.
FDA has been calling the attention of manufacturing plants in India regarding good manufacturing practices not being followed that includes Ranbaxy Laboratories and Wockhardt.
Japanese pharmaceutical Daiichi Sankyo took over Ranbaxy Laboratories but the quality and condition has not improved FDA has ban three facilities over the few years, and added another one this year.
One facility of Wockhardt Limited was banned by the FDA from selling their products in the US.
However, drug regulators in India do not see any reason to ban these companies they say that they are following good manufacturing practices. The do not agree with the FDAs reason.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
The woman version of Viagra has hit a hurdle after the US drug-maker Sprout Pharmaceuticals which is developing a pill to boost sexual appetite in women was asked to conduct more testing on the experimental drug.
The company disclose that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked for more data about the experimental drug called flibanserin, how it interacts with other medications and how it affects driving ability. It was reported that one out of 10 women felt sleepiness after taking the daily pill.
In December, the FDA rejected the flibanserin which is its second rejection letter for the drug.
I didn't know they were making drugs for this, I thought the book "Fifty Shades of Grey" can cure woman's low sexual appetite.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
This news has been trending for days and Hollywood has been dead silent about it, no one wants to pick a side since Woody Allen is a powerful guy in Hollywood. His celebrity colleagues don't want to mess with him.
However, Barbara Walters like an attack dog vociferous defended Woody Allen whom she said was his friend and describe Woody as a loving, caring father from her point of view.
She also described the relationship of Allen with his two daughters and his wife Soon-Yi Previn:
"I have rarely seen a father as sensitive, as loving and as caring as Woody is and Soon-Yi to these two girls. I don't know about Dylan. I can only tell you what I have seen now."
However, her co-host Sherri Shepherd said that most of the time the people who were accused of doing horrible things were seen as loving and caring.
"We've heard so many cases of people going, 'He was the most wonderful person in the world. I would have never thought he would've…,'" Shepherd said.
Walters quickly interrupted her, but Shepherd continued by adding "many things that go on behind closed doors."
Shepherd also bring up Allen's track record of being attracted to young women (girls).
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Have you planned your Super Bowl Sunday pizza yet? If you haven't you should plan now. In preparation the Super Bowl Sunday celebrations on February 2, Domino's Pizza is getting ready to deliver more than 11 million pizza slices and about 3 million chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday. Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest day of the year for the pizza joint, they experience an 80% increase in sales as compared to a normal Sunday. They are also expecting a 30% increase in online orders over a normal Sunday.
However, don't limit your choice to Domino's Pizza there are other good pizza company that will deliver your Super Bowl snacks like Pizza Hut, Little Caesars, and Papa John’s.
Make sure to order your favorite Pizza, that has a balance of softness and crispiness in the crust, a sweet and savory tomato sauce with pepperoni, melted mozzarella cheese and other delicious stuff.
Also since Pizza restaurants would be competing for business on this day, look for special discounts and coupon codes.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Reports on the Royal Caribbean Blog said that a number of passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas got sick during a four-night cruise from Miami. It was confirmed by the Royal Caribbean that there are 66 passengers and 2 crew members that is reported to have symptoms of Norovirus according to the blog entry.
Norovirus is a very contagious bug that can be spread by infected persons, in contaminated food or water, or through contact with contaminated surfaces (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention USA). According to CDC, it affects nearly 20 million people in the U.S. each year, and results in between 570 to 800 deaths.
Officials of the ship said that those who are affected by the illness responded positive when they were given over-the-counter medication on board the ship.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
U.S. News has named DASH Diet as the top diet for 2014 among 32 diet plans. The categories for ranking are; easy to follow, nutritious, safe and effective for weight loss and against diabetes and heart disease.
Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) is endorsed by the government and its purpose is to reduce people with high blood pressure. It was also recommended to prevent and control diabetes and my help protect people from osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
TLC Diet took the 2nd spot it was created by the National Institutes of Health, while Mayo Clinic Diet is 3rd.
Please before following a Diet Plan always remember you should first consult your healthcare provider.
DASH Diet Overview:
Your AIM: prevent and lower high blood pressure (hypertension).
Following a healthy eating habit is key to lowering high blood pressure and in the process it will also reduce your waistline.
Nutrients like potassium, calcium, protein, and fiber are very important in fighting high blood pressure. You don’t need to track each one. Just take the foods you’ve always been told to eat like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy, while passing up on those food that we ussually like, foods with high calorie and fat, sweets and red meat. You also need to cut your salt intake.
If you are ready to be healthy you can use this FREE DASH Diet guide from The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) here:
PDF DASH Diet guide 64 pages
PDF Brief DASH Diet 6 pages
*Eat Lean poultry and Fish moderately it's low in fat and has good cholesterol to protect your heart.
*Use herbs, spices or lemon zest to season your food instead of salt.
*Eat more vegetables and whole grain foods they are rich in fiber, calcium, protein and potassium that are important to help lower high blood pressure.
*If you want sweets, skip desserts and take fruits instead.