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HealthNews RoundUp - 2nd Week of May 2021



Medicine of The Future 2nd Week May 2021



Today’s medical discoveries that point to future therapy.

New developments for:  

4D Printing Spinal Scaffolds

Ultrasound Neuromodulation

Needle-Free Blood Glucose Testing s

Electrical Glue For Blood Vessels

Micro Ultrasound

Speedy Wound Healing


All this on  Medicine of the Future.


Spinal fusion is a common procedure, but when a bone autograft is unavailable or fails, an artificial scaffold is needed.  Enter 4D printing using collagen-hydroxyapatite ink that permits natural bony ingrowth and vascularization.  A South Korean team is perfecting this process that not may not only work with bone but also with other tubular structures including muscle, tendons, and nerve.  By the way, what’s the 4th dimension after width, length, and height.  It’s TIME as the 3D printed prosthesis evolves with the entry of living cells.


A key to treatment of neurologic disorders including Parkinson’s is neuromodulation, the precise delivery of a stimulus to affected nerves using electricity, magnetism, and pharmaceuticals.  Researchers at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie-Mellon University now add focused ultrasound to these other modalities.  This non-invasive technique targets and selectively but reversibly transforms cell subpopulations more effectively than the other methods.  It may also have broad applications for treatment of many neuropsychiatric disorders.


Determining blood glucose without needles is closer to reality with the report from UC-San Diego announcing development of a skin sensor capable of measuring the sugar content of sweat.  An individualized calculation then accurately determines a person’s blood sugar level with 95% accuracy. A large-scale study is still ahead, but this technique could provide continuous glucose monitoring with only monthly pinpricks for recalibration.


Patching blood vessels without surgery may now be possible with an electrically-activated bioadhesive or glue developed in Singapore by nanobiologists and perfected with the help of MIT and Harvard scientists.  The aptly-named Voltaglue patch is delivered to the damaged blood vessel zone via a balloon catheter and then activated in minutes by a micro-current.  Voltaglue would also work to patch other tissue tears without open surgery.


A hair-thin ultrasound probe can be introduced via catheters into blood vessels and body cavities to examine and study human disease at the cellular level.  Developed at the UK’s University of Nottingham, this phonon probe technique permits clinicians to study living cells at a magnification level conventionally only possible under a microscope with fixed cells on a slide.


Wound healing is often slow.  Now Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a platelet-derived purified exosomal product, PEP for short, that turbocharges the healing process of wounds that develop due to an insufficient blood supply.  This compound promises to revolutionize healing in diabetics, heart attack victims, those with peripheral arterial disease, trauma victims, and those undergoing radiation therapy.  The best news: PEP triggers development of normal rather than scar tissue.


These and other cutting edge solutions are coming to your doctor’s office and our hospitals…….some day soon!


#4dprinting #bone #spinalfusion #ultrasound #neurology #psychiatry #glucose #diabetes #sweat #voltaglue #vesseltears #bioadhesives #pathology #biopsy #histology #pep #healing #diabetes #atherosclerosis #radiation #trauma


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Medicine of The Future 2nd Week May 2021:  #4dprinting #ultrasound #glucose #sweat #voltaglue #healing   Part 4 of 4




Women’s Chest Pain Taken Less Seriously Than Men’s



Women with heart attack symptoms are significantly less likely than men to receive timely therapy.  This the conclusion of an NYU study just presented at the American College of Cardiology’s spring scientific sessions.


Though women with chest pain arrived at the ED as quickly as men, they were less likely to be triaged as first priority emergencies, they waited for attention 11 minutes longe.  Women were less likely to undergo a timely EKG, less likely to begin cardiac monitoring, and less likely to have a timely cardiology consult.


FYI: potential heart attack victims should be seen and evaluated with an EKG within 10 minutes.  Don’t be put off ladies!


#women #heartattack #ekg #delay #emergency

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Moderna Vaccine Booster Tests Effective



Moderna issues a preliminary report that their variant booster protects against both the South African and Brazilian variants.  Side-effects of this booster vaccine were mild.


In this small phase 1/2 trial, 60 participants received the mRNA-1273.351 booster.  Two weeks after the boost, all but one participant enjoyed an increase in protective titers against both variants and an antibody bump agains the original Wuhan strain.  The levels of both local and systemic side effects to the booster were on the order of those seen after the second Moderna shot.


More testing with various dosages of this booster vaccine are underway, but these initial results are promising indeed.


#moderna #booster #safrican #brazilian #variant #CoVid

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Sleep Apnea Common In Severe CoVid Survivors



More than 63% of CoVid patients surviving an ICU stay were diagnosed with sleep apnea.  Pulmonologists at the All India Institute of Medical Science report their analysis of 103 CoVid patients.


Of that number, 67 underwent a formal sleep study.  Of those studied, 65 or 97% met the criteria for clinically-significant sleep apnea.  Even more worrisome: 49/67 or 73% had moderate to severe sleep apnea.


Those discharged from the ICU after a CoVid bout require long-term followup to assess any multi-organ damage including that to their lungs.  Included in their assessment should be screening for possible sleep apnea.


#CoVid #apnea #icu

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Mediterranean Diet Prevents Alzheimer’s



Better adherence to the Mediterranean diet consisting of fish, monounsaturated fats including olive oil, beans, fruits, and vegetables is associated with a reduced risk of dementia.  German neurologists draw this conclusion from their study of 512 subjects looking at clinical, radiologic and biochemical indicators of brain health as a function of their dietary choices.


The 343 subjects at higher risk for Alzheimer’s had reduced cognitive function, more brain atrophy by MRI scanning, and elevated biomarkers for amyloid and tau degenerative proteins. Their diets reflected a greater and consistent deviation from the Mediterranean compared with the 169 healthy controls.


Avoiding  red meats, saturated fats, and abundant sugar keeps your brain healthy.


#dementia #alzheimers #Mediterranean #meat #fish #oliveoil

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Most Of Us Clueless About Food Expiration Labels



Fifty-four percent of us have no idea what the label “BEST if used by” means and a whopping 76% don’t know the specific safety impact of the “USE by” label.  George Washington University and Johns Hopkins researchers studied the responses of 2,607 subjects confronted with common food labels.


“Best if used by” lists a date after which the taste, look, and smell of a given food will be less than satisfying.  The more important “Use by” date is used for a smaller number of foods including deli meats, soft cheeses, and prepared foods and is the date after which contaminating bacteria such as listeria and molds might be present.


#foodlabelling #expiration #date #contamination #flavor

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Sugary Drinks Trigger Bowel Cancer In Women



Young women consuming more than two servings a day of sugar-sweetened drinks more than double their risk (2.2) of bowel cancer.  Public health researchers at St. Louis’ Washington University issue this warning after comparing the dietary records of 95,464 women participating in the Nurses’ Health Study.


The cancer risk escalates 16% for every extra sugary drink serving/day.  That risk doubles to 32% for those consuming an extra beverage during their teen years.   Conversely, eliminating that sugary drink in favor of coffee, milk, or diet drinks reduces the colon cancer risk from 17-36%.


Your bowels may not tolerate sugar well, but colon cancer feeds off it.


#cancer #sugar #softdrinks #colon

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Nanoparticle Vaccine Immunizes Against All Variants



A new nanoparticle-based vaccine stimulates protective antibodies to the British, South African, and Brazilian variants in addition to the original Chinese CoVid.  Immunologists from San Diego’s Scripps Research Institute and Philadelphia’s Temple University now describe it on the pre-publication server


Their vaccine is a highly immunogenic version of mutated CoVid spike protein attached to nanoparticles.   Testing in mice shows it induces high titers of protective antibody because the nanoparticles assure the continued persistence of CoVid antigen in the lymph node factories that manufacture protective antibodies.


This technology can lead the way to more powerful vaccines that finally squelch CoVid and prevent its mutation to ever more dangerous variants.



#CoVid #vaccine #nanoparticle #variants

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Recall On Backyard Discovery Big Brutus, Little Brutus and Mini Brutus Metal Swing Sets



The CPSC and Leisure Time Products now recall Backyard Discovery Big Brutus, Little Brutus and Mini Brutus Metal Swing Sets. The swing hanger attachment ism defective and the swing may disconnect from the top tube leading to a child falling and sustaining an injury.  About 9,000 of these swings were sold in the US and 270 were sold in Canada online at,,,, among others.  Stop using these swings and contact Leisure Time Products at 1-800-856-4445 or online at to receive a free repair kit.


#swing #defectiveattachment #falls #recall

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Ski-Doo Snowmobiles 2021-2022 Model Year Recalled



The CPSC and Bombardier Recreational Products are recalling Ski-Doo Snowmobiles 2021-2022 Model Year.  The mufflers on these units may overheat leading to melting of the right-side vent grill, dripping molten plastic, and a fire hazard.  About 2400 snowmobiles were sold in the US and 3,000 were sold in Canada.  Stop using this vehicle immediately and contact a Ski-Doo dealer for a free repair.  More information from Bombadier US toll-free at 1-888-272-9222.


#snowmobile #muffler #burn #fire #recall #skidoo

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Recall On The Lye Guy Sodium Hydroxide and Potassium Hydroxide



The CPSC and The Lye Guy announce the recall of The Lye Guy Sodium Hydroxide and Potassium Hydroxide.  These products contain caustic poisons and must be sold in child-proof containers and their 32 oz. containers are not.  The label on the products omits the word POISON.  These liquids can burn on contact and if swallowed by a child will cause devastating damage to the mouth, throat, esophagus, and gastrointestinal tract.  About 32,000 bottles of these products were sold online at  Immediately store these produces in a safe place away from children.  Contact The Lye Guy at 1-315-436-6560 or via email at for a free child-resistant replacement bottle and new labelling.


#thelyeguy #naoh #koh #childproof #poisoning #recall

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Polaris RZR Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Recall

Vidcast:  .be/PgxhDYI2H04


The CPSC and Polaris are recalling the Polaris RZR PRO PEDIATRICIAN and RZR PRO XP4 Model Year 2021 Recreational Vehicles.  These vehicles are missing the copper seal washers on their turbocharger oil supply lines resulting in oil leaks, fire hazards, and burns.  About 32 of these vehicles were sold.  If you bought one of these vehicles, stop using it and contact your Polaris dealer to schedule a free inspection and repair.  If you need more information, call Polaris at 1-800-765-2747 or check online at


#polaris #offroadvehicle #oilleak #fire #burn #recall

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Alliance Chemical Sodium Hydroxide Is Recalled 



The CPSC and Alliance Chemical announce the recall of Alliance Chemical Sodium Hydroxide.  This product contains a caustic poisons and must be sold in child-proof container.  The label on the products omits the word POISON. The caustic soda flakes in this container can burn on contact and if swallowed by a child will cause devastating damage to the mouth, throat, esophagus, and gastrointestinal tract.  About 960 containers of this product were sold online at, and  Immediately store these products in a safe place away from children.  Contact Alliance Chemical at 1-512-365-6838 or online at for a free child-resistant replacement bottle and new labelling.


#alliancechemical #naoh #childproof #poisoning #recall

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Wild Republic Slap Watches Recalled



The CPSC and Wild Republic now recall Wild Republic Slap Watches.  The coin-type battery within the watches may come out creating possibilities for battery ingestion, electric burns within the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts and a choking hazard.  About 463,000 of these watches were sold in the US and about 75,000 were sold in Canada through Kole Imports, Roer’s Zoofari, Seaquest Interactive Aquarium, other zoos, museums and aquariums and online at, and Peluches  Do not permit children to use these watches, and contact Wild Republic at 1-800-800-9678 or online at to arrange a refund.


#toywatch #slapband #wildrepublic #coinbattery #burn #choking #recall

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Recall On YTL, Longli and TIYA Log Splitters with Briggs & Stratton® 250cc engines



The CPSC and Bring and Stratton are recalling YTL, Longli and TIYA Log Splitters with Briggs & Stratton® 250cc engines.  The engine ignition coil and flywheels are defective creating difficulty starting the engines with kick back and a possible operator injury.  About 19,630 log splitters were sold in the US and 362 were sold in Canada at retailers and online sites under the Black Diamond, Crimson, Lumberjack, Performance Built, Brute, Country Pr, Boss and Oregon brands.  If you bought one of these log splitters, discontinue its use and contact Briggs and Stratton at 1-800-999-9444 for online at to arrange an inspection and repair.


#briggsandstratton #logsplitter #kickback #recall

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Recall On Medically Minded Hand Sanitizer



The FDA and Global Sanitizers are recalling Medically Minded Hand Sanitizer.  This sanitizer is contaminated with the poison methanol, and substantial exposure to it may cause blindness, seizures, coma, permanent neurologic damage, and death.  It is particularly dangerous if accidentally ingested by children.  Stop using this product, and return it to the place of purchase.  Questions to Global Sanitizers by calling 1-702-323-4402 or via email at


#sanitizer #medicallyminded #methanol #poisoning #recall

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Goose Creek and COCO TKO Hand Sanitizers On Recall



The FDA and Scentsational Soaps & Candles, Inc. are recalling Goose Creek and COCO TKO Hand Sanitizers.  These sanitizers contain the poisons methanol, benzene, and acetaldehyde.  Exposure to these poisons may cause blindness, seizures, coma, permanent neurologic damage, cancers including leukemia, and death.  They are particularly dangerous if accidentally ingested by children.  Stop using these products, and return them to the place of purchase.  Questions to Scentsational by calling 1-855-554-8050.


#sanitizer #goosecreek #cocotko #methanol #benzene #acetaldehyde #poisoning #recall

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Recall On Jolly Time Kettle Corn



The FDA and Jolly Time Popcorn Co. are recalling Jolly Time Kettle Corn.  This product contains undeclared milk.  Those with a milk allergy may develop a serious and life-threatening allergic reaction after eating this popcorn.  The popcorn was sold by various retailers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.  If you or family members have a milk allergy, do not consume this popcorn.  Instead return it to the place of purchase for a refund.  For additional information, contact Jolly Time at 1-712-239-1232 or via email at


#jollytime #popcorn #milk #recall

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SaraLee Pecan Pies Are Recalled



The FDA and the Sara Lee Frozen Bakery are recalling Sara Lee, Chef Pierre and Devonshire Pecan Pies.  These pies contain undisclosed peanuts.  Those with peanut allergies mPy develop severe or life-threatening allergic reactions.  If you bought one of these pies, contact Sara Lee at 1-800-323-7117 to determine if your product is involved in this recall.  If so, return it to the place of purchase for a refund.  Additional information may be obtained by emailing


#pecanpie #saralee #peanuts #allergy #recall

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Recall On Lipodrene w/25mg Ephedra Extract Dietary Supplement



The FDA and Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals. Inc now recall Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals. Inc. Lipodrene w/25mg Ephedra Extract Dietary Supplement.  This dietary supplement is contaminated with 1,4 dimethylamylamine or DMAA.  This chemical induce blood vessel contraction leading to high blood pressure, arrhythmias, and heart attacks.  Involved is Lot # 001211197, Exp. 12/25.  If you purchased this supplement, stop using it and return it to the place of purchase or contact Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals at 1-888-855-7919 or via email at to arrange a replacement or refund.


#ephedra #hitech #dmaa #hypertension #recall

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DiBar and ProtectoRx Hand Sanitizers Recall



The FDA and Dibar Nutricional are recalling DiBar and ProtectoRx Hand Sanitizers.  This sanitizer is contaminated with methanol, and substantial exposure to it may cause blindness, seizures, coma, permanent neurologic damage, and death.  It is particularly dangerous if accidentally ingested by children.  This product was sold in the US and in Puerto Rico.  Stop using this product, and return it to the place of purchase.  Questions to Dibar via email at


#sanitizer #dibar #protectoRx #methanol #poisoning #recall

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Recall On Poseidon Platinum 3500 Male Enhancement Dietary Supplement



The FDA and Yamtun7 announce the recall of  Poseidon Platinum 3500 Male Enhancement Dietary Supplement.  This supplement has  undeclared tadalafil and sildenafil.  These phosphodiesterase inhibitors are used for treatment of ED and are a health risk for those taking nitrates including nitroglycerin as they dangerously lower blood pressure causing stroke.  If you have this supplement, stop using it.  For questions call Yamtun7 at 1-561-674-3203.


#poseidon #malesupplement #tadalafil #sildenafil #recall

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Recalled Imperia Elita Vitaccino Coffee Weight Loss and Anxiety Dietary Supplement



The FDA and Dash Xclusive now recall Imperia Elita Vitaccino Coffee Weight Loss and Anxiety Dietary Supplement.  This product contains the undisclosed prescription drugs sibutramine and fluoxetine.  Silbutramine, an appetite suppressant, was withdrawn from the market due to safety issues including induction of heart attack and stroke.  Fluoxetine, branded as Prozac, can trigger psychosis and suicide and must be used under supervision.  If you bought this product, stop using it and return it to the point of purchase.  Questions to Dash Xclusive by email


#vitaccino #diet #anxiety #sibutramine #fluoxetine #recall

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