Posts tagged ‘Conditions and Diseases’

May 6, 2011

“Top O the mawning toya!” – oral surgery gives USA woman Irish accent

[Joss Kliener, Health and Medicine Contributor]

Huffpost Health: Karen Butler is Newport, Oregon‘s biggest Irish celebrity although she is 100% American.  The reason for that is after having oral surgery around a year ago, she went home with an Irish accent which has since been the talk of town and a cause of amusement and delight for herself, family and friends.

Doctors say that the cause of her Irish accent may be due to a very rare affliction called Foreign Accent Syndrome, which is set off by brain trauma, or a stroke. According to Dr. Ted Lowenkopf, of the Providence Stroke Center in Oregon: “It’s so rare — less than 100 cases ever reported — that the average neurologist, even a stroke neurologist, would not see a case in their lifetime.”

To listen to her new and old voices, click on the photo above.

April 2, 2011

Weed cure for skin cancer

According to a recent BBC News report, the common weedpetty spurge‘ found in most gardens can cure skin cancer. A study involving 36 patients with skin cancer who had to apply the weed on their skins once a day showed that within a month almost 85% of the cancer had disappeared! It seems that was due to a substance called ingenol mebutate which is in the sap of the weed which not only kills the cancer cells but also encourages the activity of the white blood cells in our body that destroy residual cancer cells that could allow tumours to re-emerge.

However, folks don’t rush out to try the herb out without your medic’s approval as its sap ‘results in extreme inflammation and can lead to hospitalisation’, say doctors.

[Health & Medicine Contributor]

April 2, 2011

Rogue genes allow cancers to spread

A  Telegraph report finds that medics are now saying that we are all born with a special gene in our bodies whose purpose is a mystery, but which multiplies in the body at the time when a cancerous tumour starts spreading in our bodies.

This is what eventually kills cancer patients. If a tumour stayed in the same place it would just be a simple case of removing it with surgery every time. If we can restrict this gene before it has started working then it will provide a window of opportunity to stop the cancer from spreading,” says Dr. Andrew Chantry, who is excited that his research findings could catapult into being a new generation of drugs in the next 10 years that will stop the aggressive spread of most of our cancers…

[Health & Medicine Contributor]

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March 13, 2011

US justice system declares war on HIV

The Root reports that a man in Texas was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment for spitting at a police officer and another man, a 19-year-old student from Washington, was jailed for having unprotected sex with his own girlfriend.  The common feature in both of these relatively harsh sentences is that the men were  HIV positive.

More than 34 US states now have criminalized any actions that might possibly result in infecting a person with HIV.  No matter how small the chances are to catch the disease as a result of the offence (like spitting on somebody) and whether, or not the virus was actually  transmitted, harsh sentences for the HIV-infected seem to be the order of the day in the USA.

Depending on which state it is, actions that might infect someone are likely to be punished just as severely as a failure to act (e.g. to inform your partner of your condition) in order to prevent others from getting  infected. States are now taking to registering HIV-positive ‘criminals‘ in the National Sex Offenders’ Registry with no regard to the nature of the crime committed, which means that the whereabouts of the offenders are likely to get carefully monitored.

With more than one million people in the USA are officially HIV, or AIDS-ridden and with 40,000 HIV infections happening each year, these protective measures seem to be the start of a two-tier criminal justice regime – one for the non HIV-infected, one for the infected. The next step, bells for the HIV-infected? Who knows, as the US criminal justice system struggles to cope with this unprecedented problem.

[Medical Law Contributor]

March 9, 2011

On Facebook, ‘breast is not best’ it seems

According to BBC News, Facebook blocked a woman’s page after she published a photo of her re-made breasts after they were traumatized from her operation for breast cancer. Melissa Tullett had a double mastectomy and said that she had published the photo to give comfort to fellow breast cancer sufferers.

Facebook said that she had broken their rules on nudity and had deleted her account and the photo.  Since then, her account has been re-instated, but she has been requested not to repost the photo.

[Facebook Contributor]

February 17, 2011

Weak erections = heart problems for men

[Sex & Relationships Contributor – primary news source: Huffington Post]

It seems that your weak erection is not due, in most cases, to stress, or tiredness.  It could be simply down to emerging serious heart problems. Erectile dysfunction (ED), contrary to popular belief, doesn’t go together with age as men can continue with a very active sex life well into their nineties.  However, serious heart problems can trigger off sexual dysfunction as a warning that all is not well up there.

In fact, the first sign of a serious heart problem is a gradual lessening of the hardness of the erection and this can happen over a period of four to five years before an initial heart attack.  But, its not all doom and gloom for men as ED can be rectified and in most cases reversed.

Poor erections are caused by a  lack of blood to the penis which is related to the condition of the thin lining of blood vessels around the heart which forms an interface between your blood and body. The cells there release matter to articulate important chemical reactions, keep blood on the move, control blood pressure, regulate vascular tone, control the inflammatory process, and so on. Therefore a problem with this thin lining of blood vessels around the heart will affect blood circulation and penile hardness when aroused.

Cholesterol and tobacco tar and toxins also clogs up the arteries in the body generally and as well as negatively affecting your heart, also affects penile hardness  during sex.

Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra may assist but have dangerous side effects for those who use them continuously.  A 2010 study from the Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery showed that men over the age of 40 who took such drugs regularly had a double risk of hearing loss.

So if you are worried that your penile hardness is not what it used to be and feel concerned about your underlying health, do visit your doctor asap for that heart check. In the meantime and even if you get heart medication, here are some things you can do naturally to help yourself out:-

1) The penis is a muscle. Use it, or lose it.  If you do pelvic floor ‘PC’ exercises or kegals by holding your urination in mid-stream several times during urination (this can be done many times a day), this will strenthen your pelvic floor muscles and improve your sex life dramatically.  Urologist Dr. Frank Sommer led a study that demonstrated that men doing PC exercises had 80 percent stronger, harder erections — performing better than those taking erectile dysfunction medications. Dr. Grace Dorey found that 40 percent of men who did Kegels were completely cured of ED and another 35 percent had significant improvement.

2) Make sure you sleep well and get tested for OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) which could interfere with your erection strength;

3) Eat dark chocolate. It has fewer calories and more antioxidants than milk chocolate. According to Dr. Eric Braverman and his new book, Younger Sexier You, these sweets also contain phenylethylamine (PEA), a nutrient that gives you a natural feeling of well-being and excitement. The darker the chocolate, the more PEA. It also contains epicatechins, the plant flavonoids that benefit your blood vessels. But don’t indulge too often: slimmer men definitely have a sexual advantage (especially if you’re single).

4) Talk to your doctor about natural medicine that to treat andropause (low testostorone) as low testosterone  has been found to be related to a higher degree of  atherosclerotic obstruction, greater heart disease risk, and ED.
The above notes are a summary of the commentary of Dr. Jeffry Life, M.D., Ph.D. who has a popular age management medicine practice in Las Vegas, Nevada. His first book, THE LIFE PLAN, is due to be published by Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, in May 2011. His website is:

February 14, 2011

Teen plans her own funeral

British teenager, Donna Shaw, 17, was told she had a rare form of bone cancer last February. After undergoing intensive surgery and chemotherapy, doctors have told her that nothing more can be done as the cancer is now untreatable. So she had now decided to organize what she will do during her last last days with her loved ones and to plan every detail of her own funeral.

Her mother, Nikki Parker, 45, has left her job in a restaurant in order to look after Donna and said that her daughter: ‘was an ‘inspiration’ to everyone around her’.

Donna, International Times of Dominica salutes you and wishes you a Happy Valentine’s Day!