Transfusion Alternatives – The Experts Explain Their Claims

Blood transfusion, being a traditional medical practice that saved countless lives in history records, is being thought by some experts to be “outdated” already – there is a new concept that has higher success rates – bloodless medicine using transfusion alternatives. CBS News reported that according to 2012 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, those who refuse blood transfusions after cardiac surgery are at no greater risk than those who accepted a blood transfusion. In fact, that same study showed that those who underwent bloodless surgeries spent less time in the intensive care unit, and less time in the hospital than those who was administered with blood transfusion. Those who prefer bloodless medicine have survival rates of 95 percent – a much better chance than those who chose blood transfusion with only 89 percent survival rate.Like us on Facebook Bloodless Medicine: How A Religion Changed Traditional Medical Practice But why is this the case? Where in fact, blood transfusion is a “traditional” health care practice for centuries already? That is because, though transfusions “may” save lives – it also comes with a number of possible complications. Risks includes allergic reactions and blood-borne infections. That is why patients have longer hospital stays since their bodies needed to also fight against the complications of the transfusion. That is aside from the dangers of transmitting viruses like hepatitis or HIV. Clinical Director of the Institute for Patient Blood Management and Bloodless Surgery and Medicine at Englewood Hospital, Dr. Sherri Ozawa said on an interview: “There are all of these things we can do to make patients healthier, again to reduce the amount of blood they lost, to make surgery safer, and these patients actually did better.” The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery says that Blood Management programs were able to reduce unnecessary “wasting” of blood during surgeries – making it unnecessary to do a transfusion. Englewood Hospital suggests that bloodless surgeries should be considered for any type of operation which traditionally administer blood transfusions, like breast surgeries, joint replacements, spinal surgeries, brain surgeries and heart surgeries. Photo: Wikimedia, YouTube

Silent Partner: Anti-Snore Patch Cancels Unwanted Noise

Snoring is definitely a problem – problem for your partner or those around you. Therefore, a solution – named Silent Partner can cancel out snore noise to much delight. LiveScience offers us a sneak peek to this new medical breakthrough. Silent Partner is a patch that addresses the sound rather than the cause of snore. It has a two-thumbprint-sized parts that sit on both sides of the nose connected by a bridge. It can detect snore sounds, and was able to emit sound waves to neutralize the noise. According to American Academy of Otolaryngology, there is about 45 percent of healthy adults who snores occasionally, while 25 percent does regularly.Like us on Facebook How To Stop Snoring? Simple Steps and Remedies There are different reasons as to why a person snores – from muscle problems to throat obstructions. Yet in the end, there are different strategies as to treating snores depending on the case. But as it shows, there is already a possible general solution to snoring – technology gives as a way out of it. Instead of focusing entirely on each cause, the noise cancellation technology of Silent Partner can eliminate the problem whatever the reason behind is. It is uses a noise cancellation technology. It relies on concept of physics with regards to sound waves. Each sound has its own signatures of pressure waves. When the Silent Partner identifies the snore sound, it will release its own sound wave that will nullify the noise as much as possible. So far, the nose patch is effective from distances as close as 8 inches. The good thing is, the device can be worn in any sleeping position – sideways or flat – it can work. But experts still warn that if the snoring cause must still be attended by a medical professional. The patch only cancels the noise – not the disorder. Especially if snoring is related to sleep apnea cases – it must undergo proper medical care. Photo: PRWeb, YouTube

Bloodless Medicine: Can This Alternative Prove More Useful?

As a religion who stands strong against blood use for medical procedures, Jehovah’s Witnesses posed a challenge against medical practitioners when it comes to their health care needs. With this, a new concept called “Bloodless Medicine” was given birth. Aside from Jehovah’s Witnesses who significantly stand out when it comes to battling against blood transfusion, there are also other groups of people or individuals who believes that blood use is already an overused medical practice. In fact, there was a time when medical practitioners have cautioned against blood use since it became a major means of transmitting hepatitis and HIV – though it did not totally stopped the wide use of the practice. In all fairness, blood transfusion “did” save a number of lives, but the complications it “may” give the recipients irreversible effects. And that same concept is what medical science is trying to win against.Like us on Facebook Blood Transfusion Alternatives: Solution for Bloodless Medicine Well, standing out, the Witnesses does not simply avoid transfusion because of its possible complications – it is just one of the “minor” reasons. They avoid so in obedience to their Christian belief based in the Bible where it points to: “Abstain from…. blood.” – Acts 15:20 For them, blood – whether taken by means of ingestion or intravenously – is a sin. Therefore, presenting this belief to a number of doctors and surgeons posed a big problem, resulting to denial of medical care and at times, court ruling. But for a few ones – it was taken as a medical challenge, therefore, Bloodless Medicine became a not so popular practice. Englewood Hospital in New Jersey is one of the few establishments who cater Bloodless Medicine. On one occasion, CBS News relates a successful “Bloodless” operation on a very young child of a Witness. Madison Mason, a young girl with Down Syndrome and a heart condition needed to undergo an Open Heart Surgery – something that requires blood transfusion. Instead, doctors at Englewood provided her first of natural hormones and iron infusions to boost her own red blood cells. Dr. Sherri Ozawa expressed: “There are all of these things we can do to make patients healthier, again to reduce the amount of blood they lost, to make surgery safer. And these patients actually did better.” This practice is called Blood Management – minimizing blood loss and maximizing blood production. As for Madison, she made full recovery in just four days. Photo: Vimeo, Wikimedia

Transfusion Alternatives – The Experts Explain Their Claims

Blood transfusion, being a traditional medical practice that saved countless lives in history records, is being thought by some experts to be “outdated” already – there is a new concept that has higher success rates – bloodless medicine using transfusion alternatives. CBS News reported that according to 2012 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, those who refuse blood transfusions after cardiac surgery are at no greater risk than those who accepted a blood transfusion. In fact, that same study showed that those who underwent bloodless surgeries spent less time in the intensive care unit, and less time in the hospital than those who was administered with blood transfusion. Those who prefer bloodless medicine have survival rates of 95 percent – a much better chance than those who chose blood transfusion with only 89 percent survival rate.Like us on Facebook Bloodless Medicine: How A Religion Changed Traditional Medical Practice But why is this the case? Where in fact, blood transfusion is a “traditional” health care practice for centuries already? That is because, though transfusions “may” save lives – it also comes with a number of possible complications. Risks includes allergic reactions and blood-borne infections. That is why patients have longer hospital stays since their bodies needed to also fight against the complications of the transfusion. That is aside from the dangers of transmitting viruses like hepatitis or HIV. Clinical Director of the Institute for Patient Blood Management and Bloodless Surgery and Medicine at Englewood Hospital, Dr. Sherri Ozawa said on an interview: “There are all of these things we can do to make patients healthier, again to reduce the amount of blood they lost, to make surgery safer, and these patients actually did better.” The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery says that Blood Management programs were able to reduce unnecessary “wasting” of blood during surgeries – making it unnecessary to do a transfusion. Englewood Hospital suggests that bloodless surgeries should be considered for any type of operation which traditionally administer blood transfusions, like breast surgeries, joint replacements, spinal surgeries, brain surgeries and heart surgeries. Photo: Wikimedia, YouTube

Silent Partner: Anti-Snore Patch Cancels Unwanted Noise

Snoring is definitely a problem – problem for your partner or those around you. Therefore, a solution – named Silent Partner can cancel out snore noise to much delight. LiveScience offers us a sneak peek to this new medical breakthrough. Silent Partner is a patch that addresses the sound rather than the cause of snore. It has a two-thumbprint-sized parts that sit on both sides of the nose connected by a bridge. It can detect snore sounds, and was able to emit sound waves to neutralize the noise. According to American Academy of Otolaryngology, there is about 45 percent of healthy adults who snores occasionally, while 25 percent does regularly.Like us on Facebook How To Stop Snoring? Simple Steps and Remedies There are different reasons as to why a person snores – from muscle problems to throat obstructions. Yet in the end, there are different strategies as to treating snores depending on the case. But as it shows, there is already a possible general solution to snoring – technology gives as a way out of it. Instead of focusing entirely on each cause, the noise cancellation technology of Silent Partner can eliminate the problem whatever the reason behind is. It is uses a noise cancellation technology. It relies on concept of physics with regards to sound waves. Each sound has its own signatures of pressure waves. When the Silent Partner identifies the snore sound, it will release its own sound wave that will nullify the noise as much as possible. So far, the nose patch is effective from distances as close as 8 inches. The good thing is, the device can be worn in any sleeping position – sideways or flat – it can work. But experts still warn that if the snoring cause must still be attended by a medical professional. The patch only cancels the noise – not the disorder. Especially if snoring is related to sleep apnea cases – it must undergo proper medical care. Photo: PRWeb, YouTube

Are Bloodless Surgeries More Beneficial?

During the 1660s, Richard Lower, an English physician made a medical feat – the first ever blood transfusion. It was so successful that the idea is being practiced until today saving countless lives. But with the birth of a new concept – Bloodless Surgeries –would it prove better than the traditional medical practice? Lower did the first transfusion between two dogs – and the idea became a widespread medical technique used on humans until today. But modern science are trying to make adjustments about the concept of blood transfusion. Though not significant in numbers, few medical groups are trying to stop the use of blood for medicine, and are trying out alternatives that can be safer and more effective than a blood transfusion. Originally, the concept of bloodless medicine was made to entertain a religious group on their requests for bloodless medicine since it is totally contradictory against their basic beliefs. But today, the medical community is exploring the procedure if it could benefit other non-religiously motivated patients as well.Like us on Facebook Bloodless Medicine: How A Religion Changed Traditional Medical Practice Truthfully, blood transfusions already saved countless lives throughout history – but it also comes with a number of risks – risks that any medical practitioner would certainly want to eliminate if it is within his knowledge and skill to do so. Risks includes potential allergic reactions and blood-borne infections like hepatitis and HIV. Therefore, more doctors are taking note that it is highly possible to avoid blood transfusion. CBS News related a case about young Madison Mason, who needed an open heart surgery. This is a very sensitive case, since basically, open heart surgeries requires blood transfusion – and Madison is too young for the process. Normally, doctors would prefer to use a “common” practice of transfusion on her, but Madison’s parents would reject the idea. So doctors did an alternative – Blood Management. They simply maximized Madison’s natural blood production by means of hormone and iron infusions. And managed to “waste” as little blood possible – giving her a full recovery within four days after the surgery. According to Archives of Internal Medicine, patients without blood transfusion have 95 percent survival rate – a much higher figure than 89 percent for those other groups. There is so much more into Bloodless Medicine than just being a result of a religious stand against blood transfusion. Photo: YouTube, Wikimedia

Bloodless Medicine: Can This Alternative Prove More Useful?

As a religion who stands strong against blood use for medical procedures, Jehovah’s Witnesses posed a challenge against medical practitioners when it comes to their health care needs. With this, a new concept called “Bloodless Medicine” was given birth. Aside from Jehovah’s Witnesses who significantly stand out when it comes to battling against blood transfusion, there are also other groups of people or individuals who believes that blood use is already an overused medical practice. In fact, there was a time when medical practitioners have cautioned against blood use since it became a major means of transmitting hepatitis and HIV – though it did not totally stopped the wide use of the practice. In all fairness, blood transfusion “did” save a number of lives, but the complications it “may” give the recipients irreversible effects. And that same concept is what medical science is trying to win against.Like us on Facebook Blood Transfusion Alternatives: Solution for Bloodless Medicine Well, standing out, the Witnesses does not simply avoid transfusion because of its possible complications – it is just one of the “minor” reasons. They avoid so in obedience to their Christian belief based in the Bible where it points to: “Abstain from…. blood.” – Acts 15:20 For them, blood – whether taken by means of ingestion or intravenously – is a sin. Therefore, presenting this belief to a number of doctors and surgeons posed a big problem, resulting to denial of medical care and at times, court ruling. But for a few ones – it was taken as a medical challenge, therefore, Bloodless Medicine became a not so popular practice. Englewood Hospital in New Jersey is one of the few establishments who cater Bloodless Medicine. On one occasion, CBS News relates a successful “Bloodless” operation on a very young child of a Witness. Madison Mason, a young girl with Down Syndrome and a heart condition needed to undergo an Open Heart Surgery – something that requires blood transfusion. Instead, doctors at Englewood provided her first of natural hormones and iron infusions to boost her own red blood cells. Dr. Sherri Ozawa expressed: “There are all of these things we can do to make patients healthier, again to reduce the amount of blood they lost, to make surgery safer. And these patients actually did better.” This practice is called Blood Management – minimizing blood loss and maximizing blood production. As for Madison, she made full recovery in just four days. Photo: Vimeo, Wikimedia

Wearable Tech: Sensors Translate Sign Language To English

The deaf community had struggles in communicating with other people because most doesn’t get sign language. But a new wearable tech can translate sign language gestures into English text. As Live Science reports, engineers at Texas A&M University are developing a wearable tech that uses sensors to perceive muscle movements and gestures on a person’s arms. It uses two sensors – one for the wrists, and other one for the arms. Combining these two major areas of sign language movements can possibly identify the meaning of each gesture. Using a wirelessly connected receiver, signs can be translated into English – word by word. Thus, it implies that the engineers still need to work on proper grammar sequencing of translation for sign language sentences.Like us on Facebook Roozbeh Jafari, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Texas A&M states: “Most of the technology was based on vision or camera-based solutions. I thought maybe we should look into combining motion sensors and muscle activation. And the idea here was to build a wearable device.” Fitness Technology – A New Trend in Fitness and Workout But there is a specific drawback on the new tech – it needs to be “trained”. Training the device for one single sign-language word requires about 30 minutes of repeated signing – a drawback which has so much time wasted. At the same time, only one wearer can make the device “memorize” the signs, since body sizes and arm lengths differs from person to person. But despite this, their team is positive that with ample time, there may be much less time in training the device – or no training required at all. They envision the device to be able to translate sign language “automatically”. If this wearable tech ever becomes a reality, it can definitely change the way deaf individuals communicate with other people. It can also help them get past the stigma impressed on them because of their disability. After all, tech has so many ways to compensate for people’s shortcomings. Photo: InsightSuccess, BlogSpot

Sports Injuries: 3D Printing Can Give Answers

Sports injuries often leaves damage on players for a season – sometimes their entire lives. A new application of 3D Printing gives answers on how to solve this usual problem. Since 3D printing has revolutionized the tech industry already, it was also able to influence even the medical field. We may have heard developments in 3D printed organs, body parts, and even tools that maximizes the potential of medicine. And here is the latest – 3D printed cartilages produced by using a bioink. The technology would like to address sports injuries like nose and knee injuries. Cartilages are soft bone tissues that is hard to replace with any other artificial material. Medical Daily features this wonderful development in the field of medical science.Like us on Facebook Paul Gatenholm, lead author of the study said: “Three-dimensional bioprinting is a disruptive technology, and is expected to revolutionize tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Our team’s interest is in working with plastic surgeons to create cartilage to repair damage from injuries or cancer.” When 3D Printers Can Be Used For Surgeries “We work with the ear and the nose, which are parts of the body that surgeons today have a hard time repairing. But hopefully, they’ll one day be able to fix them with 3D printer and a bioink made out of patient’s own cells,” he added. The bioink are made out of living human cells. IT can be molded for a nose or ear – which can retain its shape afterwards. Before, the bioinks produced lose structure as time goes by, but this new development shows better medical promise. The bioink mentioned is called CELLINK. It can be used to print soft tissues with cells. The initial tests were successful on mice, and hopefully it can be used to treat sports injuries in knees, nose, ears, and other body parts. In the future, researchers are looking into possibilities if they can implement this new medical breakthrough for facial reconstructive surgeries as they collaborate with renowned plastic surgeons. Photo: Acuenergie, YouTube

Self-Healing Gadgets? Nanoparticles To The Rescue

Self-healing gadgets? This may sound too far-fetched, but the latest development in nanotechnology can make this possible. Recently, nanoparticles are being used to make electric circuits heal themselves. Scratches in the electrical circuits can disrupt electric flow which often leads to technical complications. Soldering these damaged parts is a common remedy, but it would greatly help if it ever became possible to make those circuits “heal” themselves. With the use of tiny, self-propelled nanoparticles, it is possible for devices to detect and repair damage themselves automatically. This feat was recently developed by engineers from University of California, San Diego and University of Pittsburgh. Like us on Facebook Nanoterminators: Tiny Metals That Kill Cancer Cells The nanomotors were able to autonomously detect and move toward scratches, as they align themselves into the cracks to fill in the gaps, thus making electric current pass through efficiently. Currently, the material used for these nanoparticles are expensive – gold and platinum. These conducting agents can bridge the gap. Nanomotors are applied in a liquid solution which contains hydrogen peroxide. This idea came about from the natural design of our human bodies. We all have the natural ability to heal ourselves when we get wounds – and the mechanism lies on the blood’s platelets. As these platelets detect wounds, it clumps itself to the area as it clots “bridging the gap” between the open skin as to avoid further infection and blood loss. Therefore, the researchers tried to develop something that can do the same – just in this case it is for healing electronic devices. The hydrophobic nature of the circuits is the reason why the nanoparticle solution must also be hydrophobic. Learning this principle, the nanoparticles clump together closing the gap. The same approach is also projected to be applied for medical development. If nanoparticles can be used to “heal” electronic devices, why not use the same principle to “heal” a chronic illness. If only nanoparticles can deliver drug directly to target areas – medicine can be more effective and good results can be maximized. To learn the complete structure of this technology, you may check on LiveScience.com. Photo: MediMoon, YouTube