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Vaccine May Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

Vaccine May Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

It seems that healthcare experts may have created a solution for the problem, however, thanks to a new series of studies which have uncovered a potential vaccine to combat the condition.

Specialists at the University of Michigan believe they have created the first vaccine to prevent urinary tract infections, as long as the immunity achieved in mice can be reproduced in humans.

In order to do so, a team led by Dr Harry Mobley used a systematic approach combining bioinformatics, genomics and proteomics to look for key parts of E coli that could be used in a vaccine to elicit an effective immune response.

The scientists at the facility then screened 5,379 possible bacterial proteins and identified three strong candidates to use in a vaccine to prime the body to fight E coli, which is the cause of most uncomplicated urinary tract infections.

Dr Mobley told medical health insurance customers that the vaccine prevented infection and produced key types of immunity when tested in mice.

As urinary tract infections are responsible for millions of lost work hours a year in the UK, as well as causing sufferers intense discomfort, the team had been attempting to formulate a vaccine for over two years.

Now they believe they are at a stage where initial findings can be transferred to human subjects. “This latest potential vaccine has features that may better its chances of success. It alerts the immune system to iron receptors on the surface of bacteria that perform a critical function … Read more ...

Introduction to VATS Lobectomy Lung Surgery

Introduction to VATS Lobectomy Lung Surgery

There are over 200,000 diagnosed cases of lung cancer (LC) each year in the United States. While the incidence rate has declined since 1991, the disease remains the leading cause of cancer-related death. When the condition is detected in stage 1 (i.e. localized within the lung), it can be treated successfully. By the time cancerous cells have metastasized and spread to distant lymph nodes, it becomes more difficult to contain.

In the past, the disease was treated through thoracotomy (also known as open chest surgery). The patient’s thoracic cavity was accessed by the surgeon after a long incision was made into the chest. The breastbone was cut and the ribs were spread to provide working space. Because the ribs have limited flexibility, the procedure occasionally resulted in fractures. To resolve this issue, thoracic surgeons began to remove portions of the patient’s ribcage.

Today, minimally invasive techniques are often used to treat lung cancer. Once of these techniques is a VATS lobectomy. This article will provide an overview of the procedure and describe what to expect during recovery.

How is The Operation Performed?

A lobectomy is the surgical removal of a lobe (i.e. section of a lung). It is one of the most common procedures done today to treat early-stage LC. With a VATS lobectomy, four incisions are made into the sides of the patient’s chest. Three of the four cuts are usually less than one inch in size. The fourth incision can reach several inches. No need to cut the … Read more ...

How Do We Know When We Are Not Buying Health Insurance?

How Do We Know When We Are Not Buying Health Insurance?

Among many categories of personal health coverage sold today, you can encounter products that look and sound like healthcare insurance, but they are not, in reality they do not provide medical insurance protection at all. Be cautious these products are not a replacement for medical coverage.

Let’s take a look at some of the other products that do not provide substitution for health insurance coverage

Dread Disease policies.

Dread disease policies have a tendency to have poor value and they only cover treatments for specific disease like diabetes. They are so poor in value that some states have banned them all together and they have cautioned consumers about these policies.

Accident-only policies.

Accident-only coverage pays for care you want on account of an accident that’s not due to sickness. Since a good thorough policy will cover costs associated with accidents as well as sickness, accident only policies often aren’t a good value. Supplemental policies Supplemental policies ( infrequently called hospice indemnity policies ) pay cash advantages for every day you are in the surgery. Often nonetheless, the money benefit will be far away from the price of hospital care. Still, these policies can be well liked because they are very inexpensive and can be easy to purchase.

Supplemental policies.

Supplemental policies could be a choice if you would like to cover extras that may come up when you get ill. But they sometimes are not a good purchase and they should not be confused with full coverage health insurance. The … Read more ...

Online Health Information - Should You Trust It?

Online Health Information – Should You Trust It?

You or a loved one is newly diagnosed with a serious health condition. Or maybe your doctor has prescribed a new medication and you’re concerned about side effects. Or you need surgery and want to know what to expect. Where do you turn? According to the Pew Research Center, if you’re like 80% of the Internet users out there, you’ve looked for health-related information online. But type “cancer” into a search engine and you’ll get over 306,000,000 (yes, million!) results. Where do you begin? And can you trust what you find? Here are some guidelines to help you.

Things to Look for in a Legitimate Health Site

First of all, what does the URL or website address end in? If it’s a.gov (government site),.org (organization’s site),  (educational site), the information there is most likely to be trustworthy. If it’s a.com, you’ll have to look closer. The site may be legitimate, but it may also be trying to sell you something, or contain inaccurate information.

Is there an author or organization associated with the website? If an author is listed, what are his or her credentials?

Is there “contact” information available — an address, phone number or email? Is there an “about us page?

When was the site last updated? Is the information current? (You may find this information near the bottom of the page).

Look to see if there is an HONcode or similar indication of accreditation. These sites must go through an approval process and follow certain ethical guidelines.… Read more ...

Senior Health Tips To Stay Healthier

Senior Health Tips To Stay Healthier

Our body experiences a total change with age. The body loses its endurance making the organs weak. As a result, the body is easily affected by a number of serious illnesses and also requires a lot of time to recover from diseases that make the body weaker. To avoid such problems in the later years of our lives, early prevention with special health tips seems to be the best choice.

A major component of senior health involves involving educating the elderly about general health issues that can affect our health naturally as we get older. Certain things must be considered as follows

Things to consider for a Healthy Life for seniors

  1. Lifestyle
  2. Diet
  3. Physical activity
  4. Past and present health conditions
  5. Hereditary health problems

There are a number of senior health programs organized by a number of health organizations that provide services related to routine medical examinations and assist in understanding early warning signs of general health problems that may occur due to aging. It also provides the right treatment at the right time through the right diagnosis. It also improves health conditions and can make a significant difference in quality of life.

It is important to refer to special care based on personal health issues and age considerations. Appropriate consultation for health guidelines is very important at this stage because seniors often undergo various medications that increase the risk of drug conflicts with some side effects. To get the right treatment such complications must be considered.

Some Heath Maintenance Tips

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