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Posted on Aug 13, 2012 7:29:57 AM PDT
LATEST STROKE TREATMENTS:

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THE ATHLETIC APPROACH

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NEW DRUG TO LIMIT BRAIN DAMAGE

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NEW DEVICE TO MECHANICALLY REMOVE BLOOD CLOTS FROM BRAIN'S BLOCKED VESSELS

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 7:36:12 AM PDT
NEW RESEARCH ON THE HEART:

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UW RESEARCHERS SEE WORK AS STEP TOWARD REGENERATING THE HUMAN HEART

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HEART DISEASE TREATMENT AND CARE

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HERBAL REMEDIES TO STRENGTHEN YOUR HEART

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 3:23:32 AM PDT
There's a flip side to this discussion too though.

A lot of doctors insist that something must have been "proven" via rigorous trials before they even think about letting you try it. And most medical professionals consider "proven" to mean something supported by multiple randomized controlled trials.

The problem is that cutting-edge ideas are new and haven't had the chance to be sufficiently trialled (or, in some cases, don't lend themselves to such randomized designs for ethical and/or practical reasons).

Should all the new ideas be ignored until they are considered "proven"?

Some good advice is:

Do educate yourself about the various options and ideas that might help someone like you

Do ask your doctor about them - and take copies of any research papers you can find

Do insist your doctor explains their rationale for not trying them - or for tweaking them before trying them

If, after you listen to the rationale, it still seems to you that your doctor is being overly conservative in not trying something that seems to make sense to you, do seek out a second opinion

When you've only got a few shots at something so life-changingly important (e.g. curing a serious medical problem, or conceiving a child), you owe it to yourself to make sure you don't get to the end of the struggle with regrets and what-ifs. Leave no stone unturned!

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Posted on Aug 23, 2012 8:12:32 AM PDT
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018972192_trials23m.html

SEATTLE INSTITUTE'S QUICK SELF-VACCINE DEVICE NEARING TEST
Seattle's Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) just got FDA approval to start clinical trials for a flu vaccine you receive thru the mail, and self-inject.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012 8:20:51 AM PDT
Don't post this in any of the vaccination threads, Marilyn!

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 8:40:18 AM PDT
Michael -

The vaccination threads are about childhood vaccines, and the lingering suspicion that the mercury in them might cause autism.

This story is about yearly flu vaccines. Instead of standing in long lines, or paying for an office visit, you may someday be able to get your flu vaccine thru the mail to self-inject, similar to diabetics and their daily insulin.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012 9:24:55 AM PDT
Oh no!

They encompass ALL vaccines, even the optional ones like flu and HPV. I know because I have been participating for years.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 9:49:44 AM PDT
You've been "participating" in mail-order vaccines for years? Do tell ...

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012 9:52:03 AM PDT
I think he means the forum encompasses them, not the mail-order.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012 10:00:27 AM PDT
I was refering to the vaccination forums.

And Webster can verify that anti-vaccers hate all vaccines.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 7:02:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 28, 2012 7:07:00 AM PDT
http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/08/smart-sutures-can-detect-infections-and.html

SMART SUTURES CAN DETECT INFECTIONS AND SPEED HEALING
"Plastic or silk threads covered with temperature sensors and micro-heaters could keep tabs on infections and provide therapy."

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 8:21:55 AM PDT
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/05/health/research/doctors-may-be-ending-cpr-efforts-too-soon-study-says.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120905

PROLONGED CPR "DOES" HAVE BENEFITS
When a patient flat-lines, a new study shows that doctors and other hospital personnel may be giving up too soon.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 9:38:30 AM PDT
http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/09/virus-kills-cancer-tumors-in-animals.html

VIRUS KILLS CANCER TUMORS IN ANIMALS
Adenovirus serotype5 is more effective than drugs at killing cancer tumors in animals.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 12:02:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 6, 2012 12:05:21 PM PDT
Andrew King says:
"The problem is that cutting-edge ideas are new and haven't had the chance to be sufficiently trialled (or, in some cases, don't lend themselves to such randomized designs for ethical and/or practical reasons)."

"Should all the new ideas be ignored until they are considered "proven"?"

This question is too general to have a good answer.

If there is a "new idea" for treating a serious ailment which has shown real promise in preliminary testing and is for a condition which mainstream medicine cannot adequately handle, it might make sense to pour resources into fast-tracking its approval and getting patients enrolled in clinical trials (there have been cases where a new therapy proved so superior that those in the trial getting the "old" treatment were switched over to the new, without waiting for trial results to be published). Or a new drug could be prescribed off-label for a disease it has not been formally approved to treat, if the rationale is sufficient.

On the other hand, if the "new" therapy does not make sense on a scientific/medical basis, has no record of helping patients apart from isolated anecdotes, has potentially severe side effects, and is for a serious condition that mainstream medicine _can_ treat effectively, it probably should be avoided until there is clinical trial evidence showing it's effective and reasonably safe.

Often though, the supposedly "new" and "radical" ideas have been circulating for many years among alternative practitioners, have had abundant chances to prove themselves but never demonstrated they could help people.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 8:10:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 7, 2012 8:11:54 AM PDT
I only post "innovative medical ideas" that come out of reputable research studies. There are plenty of websites for "alternative medicine", some of which may have some merit - but only if a reputable hospital or university picks up the idea/substance for more controlled and rigorous testing.

Another aspect of posting "in research ideas/substances", is that if the original and promising research has to be curtailed (usually due to lack of grants or other funding), another equally reputable medical research firm may pick up the research and continue the study.

The "medical idea" field is booming right now. Open Source/Science Medical journals and websites are slowly replacing the staid and outrageously expensive medical journals that bottle-necked innovative research for too long.

And more and more universities (like MIT) are forming their own manufacturing/marketing companies, to rush their more promising discoveries to market. Even the University of Rochester is offering access to their 400 patents to other researchers and businesses.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 8:08:56 AM PDT
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/10/health/research/for-a-lung-cancer-drug-treatment-may-be-within-reach.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120910

CANCER STUDY POINTS TO TIGHTER PARING OF DRUGS AND PATIENTS
A study on the genetics of common lung cancer has found that more than half of lung cancer tumors has found that more than half the tumors that have mutated might be treated by new drugs that are already in the pipeline, or that could be easily developed.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 10:02:55 AM PDT
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/science/vets-and-physicians-find-parallels-in-medical-research.html
VETS AND PHYSICIANS FIND RESEARCH PARALLELS
"... the road connecting veterinary colleges and human medical institutions has become a busy thoroughfare over the last five years or so ... One reason is the growing frustration with the inefficiency of using the rodent model in lab research, which often fails to translate to human subjects. So researchers are turning their attention to the naturally occurring diseases in dogs, horses, sheep and pigs, whose physiology and anatomy more closely resemble those of humans."

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 5:53:24 AM PDT
OldAmazonian says:
I'll drink to that!

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 8:37:36 AM PDT
OldAmazonian -
Cheers!

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BODY ORGANS TAILOR-MADE WITH BODY'S OWN CELLS
Iceland's Karolinska Institute has finally succeeded in another "first" for regenerative medicine - implanting a "bioartificial" organ made of plastic and the patient's own cells.

Posted on Sep 30, 2012 10:53:56 AM PDT
http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/09/electronics-that-fight-infection-and.html
ELECTRONICS THAT FIGHT INFECTION AND DISSOLVE AWAY

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HOPKINS RESEARCHERS SHOW THAT MYOSTATIN INHIBITION CAN INCREASE MUSCLE MASS OF AGING POPULATION

http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/09/old-muscles-made-young.html
OLD MUSCLES MADE YOUNG
"Identifying an age-dependent change in the stem cell niche that directly influences stem cell quiescence and function."

Posted on Sep 30, 2012 2:22:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 30, 2012 2:23:57 PM PDT
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RESEARCHERS FIND A PROTEIN (SIRT6) THAT HELPS DNA REPAIR IN AGING CELLS

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OVERLOOKED DRUGS MAY BE TARGET FOR CANCER

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2012 5:03:32 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 15, 2012 9:22:24 AM PDT
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RETHINKING ANTIBIOTICS TO KILL BACTERIA
"Rather than indiscriminately killing all bacteria, a growing number of researchers say we should be taking an ecological approach - by supporting good bacteria, either in addition to, or instead of destroying the bad bacteria."

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 2:58:10 PM PST
http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=4842

UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS DISCOVER WHY MOLE RATS ARE CANCER-RESISTANT
Abnormally growing cells in blind mole rats secrete the interferon beta protein, which causes those cells to rapidly die. Several species of mole rats are the only mammals never known to develop cancer.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 3:24:41 PM PST
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RED WINE'S RESVERATROL WITH RADIATION KILLS MORE TUMORS
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