Archive for the ‘Illness’ Category
As spring comes along many kids, and a number of adults, are eager to get back into the pool for a warm season of water sports. Nothing puts a stop to these plans quite as effectively as swimmer’s ear; an infection of the ear canal that can be very painful.
The Source of the Problem
A human’s ear is composed of three main parts; the outer, middle and inner ear. An infection in the outer ear is known as Otitis externa (or swimmer’s ear) and directly affects the ear canal. According to the NHS, Otitis externa is one of the most common conditions to affect competitive swimmers.
Gluten free diets have become the new wellness fad. The idea has become so popular that the NPD Group found that just under one third of the 1,000 Americans they polled want to cut wheat out completely. The question remains though; are you actually gluten intolerant?
For most people the answer is no; as the majority can digest it without problems. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, rye and barley which can cause allergic or autoimmune reactions in certain people. They could also be intolerant of the protein leading to digestive complications.
One remarkable man is planning to walk the entire length of the Thames River in aid of cancer research. Stuart Gray (42) from Woodley is himself a cancer patient who is living with a rare form of the disease that affects the head and neck. The cancer fundraiser will benefit a charity that supports sufferers of this type of cancer, although the awareness that he will raise will benefit cancer patients from all around the UK, and hopefully encourage similar cancer fundraiser events and efforts.
With October having come and gone, a new breakthrough in Triple Negative Beast Cancer treatment will no doubt add impetus to the awareness that the month encourages. Dr. Sam Aparicio of the British Columbia Cancer Agency recently led a study into the genetic makeup of the hard-to-treat form of breast cancer. Triple negative breast cancer is the deadliest form of breast cancers and the prognosis is generally bad news. Although it accounts for 16 percent of breast cancer types, it is the cause of a quarter of all breast cancer deaths.
More than 100 of such triple negative cancer tumours went through genetic sequencing and decoding, the result of which uncovered that there were an incredible number of variations and type and number of abnormalities. A strict set of regulatory affairs would naturally be considered.
Many people won’t be aware of the fact that the 2nd of April was World Autism Awareness Day, which naturally falls within world autism awareness month. The disorder affects one in one hundred people but there are few people aware of exactly what it is all about.
Autism can be a very isolating condition and it is only through awareness that people are able to empathise and treat those with the disorder more pleasantly. It is currently the fasted growing disorder on earth. Autism awareness is particularly important as it is the disorder is incurable. This means that autistic kids as well as adults will at times experience despair and a sense of hopelessness. If people do not understand this it can often exacerbate the problem. Regulatory affairs are needed in the treatment of autism but positive social treatment is also one of the most comforting approaches.
In the aid of research into pancreatic cancer, a fortieth birthday party has been held on a boat on the River Thames in an effort to further pump more money into this very needy cause. From Teddington, a woman known as Becky Davis organized a fund raiser on an evening cruise and made well over £1600 from various sponsorship deals, as well as the raffle which was held onboard. The PCRF – the pancreatic research fund was her chosen fund which she was raising money for as her father, Jack Legget died from this terrible disease in 2000 – Becky is ardent about raising money for cancer research as she even managed to raise £2000 last year when she ran the London Marathon.
Every year an estimated 9000 women in the UK are diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. Unfortunately the majority of these women do not respond to traditional breast cancer treatment, which is used to target other types of the disease. Triple-negative is also a particularly aggressive form of the disease which, when coupled with low response rate to the treatment, often results in early death.
Europe is battling a selection of imported Spanish vegetables that are infected with potentially fatal bacteria and has caused the death of 14 people. Several countries have banned the diseased Spanish fruits and vegetables, which has led to arguments between diplomats. While officials haven’t determined the source of the outbreak, imported Spanish cucumbers were found containing traces of the bacterium.