Today's Medical Fact
Eating breakfast helps to burn calories throughout the day.
When a sore on Catrina Hurlburt's leg would not heal with traditional oral antibiotics, her doctor suggested they try using topical honey. The patient, a borderline diabetic, had been suffering from cellulitis and staph infections for over eight months from injuries sustained in a car accident. With honey treatment, the sore healed completely within a few months.
The doctor, Dr. Jennifer Eddy at the University of Wisconsin, has successfully saved many diabetic patients from having an amputation using honey therapy.
Diabetics face a high risk of amputation of the feet and legs because the disease often causes poor circulation and a decreased ability to fight infection that makes it difficult for wounds to heal. It is estimated that every 30 seconds an amputation is performed on someone somewhere in the world due to a diabetic foot ulcer.
The ancient Egyptians were aware of the antibiotic benefits of honey and commonly used it as a medicine to treat wounds and prevent infection.
Today, doctors and researchers are finding that honey does indeed kill bacteria and fight infection. It has even been effective at treating antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria and "flesh-eating" bacteria. When applied to burns and wounds, honey heals without leaving any scars.
Researchers studying the effects of chocolate on the heart were surprised by the powerful effects it had on the mind. The tests measured heart and brain activity at three separate times; once without any stimulation, once as the dark chocolate melted on the tongue, and once when the romantically involved partners kissed.
Since dark chocolate contains some highly stimulating substances, researchers expected the chocolate to increase the heart rates; however, they did not expect the boost in the brain, which was more intense and longer lasting that the excitement measured from kissing.
The results showed that both sexes experienced a similar "buzz" from the chocolate, although women are usually considered the bigger chocolate fans.
The overall conclusion of the study was that the "buzz" of chocolate was greater than that of the most passionate kiss. The chocolate used in the study was a new chocolate from Cadbury called Deeply Dark. The chocolate recipe contains 60 per cent cocoa and is similar to the exclusive recipe made for the British Royal Family.
Milton Hershey invented the chocolate Kiss 100 years before the recent study was released.
A new study has linked migraines to brain damage. The severity of damage depends on the type of migraine.
28 million Americans, or approximately 1 in 10 Americans, suffer from migraines-- most of those being between the ages of 20 to 40. Women are the primary sufferers of migraines.
The study was done on mice, but people with migraines may also be suffering from some brain damage as brain cells swell and become starved of oxygen. Their findings could help explain why migraine sufferers have a higher risk of stroke.
Doctors said their research suggests that migraine sufferers should not simply get pain relief but should take drugs that prevent the migraine, which is often preceded by an "aura" -- a sensation that can include flashes of lights or a current of warm or cold air.
Usual pain medication often has little effect on migraines, however a class of drugs called triptans and ergotamine drugs, have been successful in preventing the worst effects if they are taken at the first sign of migraine symptoms. The newly released study also suggests that giving oxygen may help reduce the damage.
Researchers at the Wolong Panda Reserve have produced a "Panda Porn" tape to inspire viewing Panda couples to make a love connection.
Pandas' only have a three day window for mating and zoo officials have been experimenting with different methods to increase their breeding results. Zoo workers had previously tried administering Viagra, but that resulted in arousal that lasted far too long.
In the wild, pandas tend to live in isolation and do not witness other pandas mating. Officials at Wolong decided to try producing a tape showing other pandas mating.
The Zoo reports that their panda sex tape, which includes sound, has been a big success. The almost 100% success rate has led to a baby explosion.
China earlier this year announced the results of a first comprehensive survey of its wild panda population. The survey showed there were an estimated 1,600 of the pandas left in the wild, and 161 were reported to be living in captivity.
Produced only in the intestines of male Sperm whales, ambergris is a rare substance that has been used in pharmaceuticals and perfume for thousands of years. Middle Easterners historically powdered and ingested it to increase strength and virility, combat heart and brain ailments. Perfumes such as Chanel No. 5 use it to enrich olfactory notes.
During the Black Death in Europe, people believed that carrying a ball of ambergris could help prevent them from getting the plague as the fragrance covered the smell of the air which was believed to be the cause of plague.
Ambergris is found in lumps of various shapes and sizes, weighing from ½ oz to 100 or more pounds. It can be found floating upon the sea, or in the sand near the coast. Some, but not all, scent qualities of ambergris have been synthesized, so the original remains valuable - commanding prices of $5,000 per pound (even much higher for high-quality samples). A ten-year-old vacationing in Wales recently stumbled across a lump of ambergris worth nearly $6,000.
A new weight loss drug that can also curb compulsive behaviors and addictions is the result of marijuana research done in the 1990's.
Scientists studying marijuana found that the body naturally produces substances similar to cannabinoids (known as endocannabinoids) and knowing that smoking marijuana makes people hungry, scientists researched the effects of cutting down the activity of endocannabinoids. Their results showed that it helped diminish the body cravings for food.
Developed by Sanofi-Aventis, Acomplia (rimonabant) is already sold in a number of European countries, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. The FDA is scheduled to review the drug for the U.S. market on June 13th. If approved, it will be marketed in the U.S. under the name Zimulti.
Acomplia works on the brain’s pleasure center, disrupting the cycle of craving and satisfaction that is connected with compulsive behaviors and addictions. The drugs ability to curb compulsive behaviors is also why the drug helps people stop smoking without the associated weight gain. The drug reportedly reduces your appetite, enabling you to eat in small portions, and thereby lose weight in an effectual way.
Lactating nannies are making a comeback in the United States and are in demand by the Hollywood elite.
Wet nursing, the practice of using a woman to breast feed a baby that is not her own, dates back to ancient times and is still practiced in many cultures. In the past, royalty and members of higher classes would have their children wet-nursed so a woman could become pregnant again sooner, to ensure an heir. Practice in the U.S. declined with the introduction of formula milk in the early 1900s.
The rise in breast implants is adding to the wet nurse demand. The cosmetic surgery procedure can interfere with breast tissue and milk ducts, and thus impair the ability to produce milk.
With a standard fee of $1,000 a week, more and more women are finding employment as wet nurses, often moving from one infant to the next. The legendary wet nurse Judith Waterford was reportedly still producing breast milk on her 81st birthday in 1831.
Two rare genetic disorders leave those affected with no fingerprints. Scientists now believe they have discovered the cause behind the inherited condition.
Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia report that defects in the protein keratin 14 could be responsible for Naegeli syndrome and dermatopathia pigmentosa reticularis (DPR).
Those afflicted often experience employment problems. Military, law enforcement, airlines, and other security sensitive sectors require fingerprints for standard background checks as a condition of employment.
A Canadian woman has frozen her eggs to they can be used by her seven-year-old daughter, who is sterile due to Turner's syndrome, a genetic condition that occurs in one out of 2500 female births.
Melanie Boivin, a 36-year old from Montreal, is using a freezing method called vitrification, which has a pregnancy rate similar to that of fresh eggs. The process preserves the eggs for a period of 20 to 25 years.
If the daughter decides to use her mother’s eggs, she will be giving birth to her biological half-sister, while Boivin will become a mother and a grandmother.
Adding vodka to your strawberry and blackberry drink boosts the antioxidant nutrients according to Dr. Korakot Chanjirakul from the Kasetsart University in Thailand and scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
While researching methods to help keep the berries fresh during storage, it was discovered that the addition of ethanol (the type of alcohol found in rum, vodka, tequila and other spirits) increased the antioxidant capacity and free radical activity. Antioxidants are believed to help cancel out the cell-damaging effects of free radicals.
According to their report in the Science of Food and Agriculture, adding a splash of alcohol to any colored fruit might make it even more healthful.
No word on whether or not they are looking for participants to do further research.