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Counteracting Aging in Patients: Fact or Fiction?
Dive into the potential of senolytics in combating age-related diseases, revealing how these compounds might unlock a healthier, longer life. Although senescent cells play crucial roles in early life, their persistence in later years can link to numerous age-related diseases. The potential of senolytics, such as dasatinib and quercetin (D&Q), is being explored in clearing out these harmful cells and combating age-related diseases like cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis. To illustrate, researchers applied D&Q as senolytics in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and diabetic kidney disease. Findings revealed that patients showed improvements in physical function, with benefits including enhanced gait speed and increased walking distance. Similarly, the treatment significantly reduced cellular senescence in another study involving patients with diabetic kidney disease. However, caution is advised. Experts insist on the need for additional long-term studies and human clinical trials to confirm the safety of these senolytics. The majority of global morbidity, mortality, and health costs stem from chronic illnesses. Age, as indicated by JAMA, is a significant predictive factor for most of these diseases. Therefore, research aiming to “turn back the clock” and mitigate the effects of aging is well underway. Among the promising strategies is the removal of senescent cells, […]
All Specialties May 23rd 2023
Pristiq vs. Effexor: Differences, Similarities, and Which is Better for You
Pristiq and Effexor are both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that are used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD). They are both effective in treating MDD, but they have different side effect profiles. Pristiq is generally better tolerated than Effexor, and it is less likely to cause sexual side effects. However, Pristiq is also more expensive than Effexor. If your patients are considering taking an SSRI for MDD, it is important to talk to them about about the risks and benefits of both Pristiq and Effexor. Here is a more detailed presentation of the information: Pristiq Effexor
Psychiatry May 17th 2023
Updates to Mammography Regulations: What Your Patients Need to Know
Recent draft guidelines from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) propose a change in routine screening mammography recommendations. The new guidelines suggest that women should begin undergoing regular mammograms 10 years earlier than previously advised, starting at the age of 40. This recommendation applies to all individuals assigned female at birth. Simultaneously, FDA has made updates to federal mammography regulations, with a particular focus on reporting requirements related to breast density. These regulatory changes are motivated by studies indicating that approximately half of women over the age of 40 have dense breast tissue in concordance with the high prevalence of breast cancer in the population.
Obstetrics & Gynecology May 16th 2023
Why Do I Have Tight Jaw Muscles? Causes and Relief
Jaw tightness and pain, also known as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) tightness, can be caused by various factors. Stress or anxiety can lead to muscle tension in the jaw, resulting in tightness and discomfort. TMJ disorders, teeth grinding (bruxism), tetanus infection, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and osteoarthritis (OA) are other potential causes. To relieve a tight jaw, patients can try jaw joint stretches, opt for a soft food diet, and use mouthguards to prevent teeth grinding. Treatment options may include shortwave diathermy, hot and cold compresses, medication, or even acupuncture. It’s important for patients to consult a doctor or dentist if symptoms worsen or interfere with daily activities. By addressing the underlying cause and providing appropriate remedies, dental professionals can help patients find relief from jaw tightness and pain.
Dentistry May 15th 2023
What Vitamins Should Not Be Taken Together?
A number of popular vitamins and supplements should not be taken at the same time. And others work better when taken together. Check out this handy collection of the do’s and don’ts of vitamin and supplement combinations.
All Specialties May 9th 2023
Skip the Espresso Martini: The Dangers of Mixing Caffeine and Alcohol
Combining alcohol and caffeine is more likely to cause drinkers to underestimate their level of intoxication. The practice among young people leads to more reports of unprotected or unwanted sex, DUI, riding with intoxicated drives, and alcohol-related injury. The combination can also increase blood pressure, raising the risk of stroke and heart attack in at-risk populations.
All Specialties May 9th 2023