News on Health & Science

Medical magic: Scientists try to regrow fingers

Researchers are trying to find ways to regrow fingers and someday, even limbs with tricks that sound like magic spells from a Harry Potter novel.

There is the guy who sliced off a fingertip but grew it back, after he treated the wound with an extract of pig bladder. And the scientists who grow extra arms on salamanders. And the laboratory mice with the eerie ability to heal themselves.


This summer, scientists are planning to see whether the powdered pig extract can help injured soldiers regrow parts of their fingers. And a large federally funded project is trying to unlock the secrets of how some ani-mals regrow body parts so well, with hopes of applying the lessons to humans.

The implications for regrowing fingers go beyond the cosmetic. People who are missing all or most of their fingers, as from an explosion or a fire, often can’t pick things up, brush their teeth or button a button. If they could grow even a small stub, it could make a huge difference in their lives.

And the lessons learnt from studying regrowth of fingers and limbs could aid the larger field of regenerative medicine, perhaps someday helping people replace damaged parts of their hearts and spinal cords, and heal wounds and burns with new skin instead of scar tissue.

But that’s in the future. For now, consider the situation of Lee Spievack, a hobby-store salesman in Cincinnati, as he regarded his severed right middle finger one evening in August 2005.

He had been helping a customer with an engine on a model airplane behind the shop when the propellor sliced off the tip of his finger. The missing piece, about one centimetre long, was never found.

An emergency room doctor wrapped up the rest of his finger and sent him to a hand surgeon, who recommended a skin graft. What was gone, it appeared, was gone forever.

Spievack did have a major advantage a brother, Alan, a former Harvard surgeon who’d founded a company called ACell Inc, that makes an extract of pig bladder for promoting healing and tissue regeneration.

It helps horses regrow ligaments, for example, and the federal government has given clearance to market it for use in people. Similar formulations have been used in many people to do things like treat ulcers and other wounds and help make cartilage.

Lee Spievack took his brother’s advice to forget about a skin graft and try the pig powder. Soon a shipment of the stuff arrived and Lee Spievack started applying it every two days. Within four weeks his finger had regained its original length, he says, and in four months “it looked like my normal finger.”

Source:The Times Of India

Ailmemts & Remedies

Supplement Recommendations For Epilepsy

[amazon_link asins=’B00HKYSXBC,B07DX6WWSD,B00KCCQUBE,B0002CGUP0,0444825096,B0756FCTZ3,B01N572PVN,B07BYZPYT7,B07BSB363P’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’finmeacur-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’9494f9ac-7a30-11e8-b2b0-47a68518428a’]

Throughout history, people prone to seizures were thought to be possessed by demons, to have special powers, or to be mentally ill. Today, we know none of this is true: Epilepsy is a condition that diminishes neither intellectual capacity, creativity, nor productivity.

Epileptic seizures

Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder which causes seizures.

An epileptic seizure is caused by over-activity of the brain cells, which produces a surge of electricity.

This may be due to a variety of factors, such as brain damage from birth injuries, head injury, stroke, brain tumours and alcoholism.

There is some evidence to suggest the condition sometimes has a genetic basis – although it is rare for it to run in families.

In many instances, the cause of the condition is a mystery.

Epilepsy is caused by surges of electrical activity

Short periods of blackouts, confusion, or altered memory.
Repetitive blinking, chewing, or lip smacking, with or without a lack of awareness.
Lack of attention: a blank stare, no response when spoken to.
Loss of consciousness, sometimes with a loud cry, jerking muscles, or loss of bladder or bowel control; often followed by extreme fatigue.

When to Call Your Doctor
If you experience any of the above symptoms.
If you have a seizure for the first time. However, for later seizures, only falls causing an injury or one episode followed closely by another need a doctor’s immediate attention.
Reminder: If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor before taking supplements.

What It Is
Technically not a disease, epilepsy is a disorder that results from excessive electrical activity in the brain and nervous system. Normally, brain cells transmit electrical impulses in a highly regulated manner. People with epilepsy, however, experience periods when many brain cells fire all at once. This uncontrolled discharge produces symptoms that can range from a blank stare to a loss of consciousness with convulsions. These episodes are called seizures (epilepsy is also known as seizure disorder). Having a single seizure is not necessarily a sign of epilepsy, which is actually defined as having recurrent seizures. In fact, only 27% of people who have a seizure will have another within three years.

What Causes It
In more than half of epilepsy cases, the cause of the disorder is unknown. In the remaining cases, seizures can sometimes be traced to a previous head injury, stroke, brain tumor, or brain infection. Experts think that anyone is susceptible to seizures, but for some reason, certain individuals are particularly vulnerable. Heredity seems to play some role.

How Supplements Can Help
Under no circumstances should individuals using anticonvulsant drugs for epilepsy stop taking them or reduce the dosage on their own. The supplements in the chart are not a substitute for prescription drugs. Instead, they may help correct nutritional deficiencies that can contribute to seizures or aid in controlling seizures in people who continue to have them despite medication. Supplements may eventually allow a physician to reduce the dosage of anticonvulsant drugs, which often have unpleasant side effects.

What Else You Can Do
Get plenty of sleep. Fatigue can predispose you to seizures.
Avoid alcohol. It can interfere with anticonvulsant medications and possibly contribute to seizures.
Don’t try to restrain a person having a seizure or insert a gag or anything else into his mouth to prevent him from biting his tongue. This could cause serious injury to the person or to you if he bites your fingers. Instead, cushion the person’s fall and clear away any sharp or hard objects. When the seizure is over, turn him on his side to prevent possible choking.
Preliminary research suggests that vitamin E can help people with epilepsy. One theory on seizures suggests they’re triggered by damage to the fatty membranes that surround nerve cells. With its antioxidant properties, vitamin E can inhibit the chemical changes in the body that lead to this damage. Although more study is needed, people with epilepsy can safely take 400 IU of vitamin E a day, either in a multivitamin or as a separate supplement.

Supplement Recommendations
Vitamin B Complex

Vitamin B Complex
Dosage: 1 pill each morning with food.
Comments: Look for a B-50 complex with 50 mcg vitamin B12 and biotin; 400 mcg folic acid; and 50 mg all other B vitamins.

[amazon_link asins=’B0014D2GEK,B07414752B,B008PQDCG0,B00E97HDKK,B000FGZFYA,B0098U0SQO,B000RZQNV8,B00JQRFOTA,B001TDL3Z8′ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’finmeacur-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’f4ce3851-dfcb-11e7-91f1-4d33cf6172e0′]

Dosage: 250 mg each twice a day with food.
Comments: Sometimes sold in a single supplement.

[amazon_link asins=’B0011G09XU,B000OD1F7U,B003I4P3JS,B00028LZ9A,B00117ZTOS,B000NG5K9W,B005N7JFS8,B06X9YYMKT,B003B3OOQ4′ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’finmeacur-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1bb72846-dfcc-11e7-8760-93a3f8897605′]


Dosage: 500 mg twice a day.
Comments: Often combined with inositol; has tranquilizing effect.

[amazon_link asins=’B001DB6LPS,B0013OVZAG,B0078W47PM,B003PQVU9Q,B00GVFHX12,B00IXXMAGI,B000GFSV5A,B000GFHPAM,B00E7TWV5M’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’finmeacur-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’40361d01-dfcc-11e7-acdf-2d04f1d4958a’]

Dosage: 250 mg twice a day.
Comments: Standardized to contain at least 30% kavalactones.

[amazon_link asins=’B00F94FM1Y,B000ELVHI4,B0009F3QKW,B00A80163M,B00BH42CS6,B01N7BXDWM,B00A7ANUKU,B0016BA1B0,B074LB2JB2′ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’finmeacur-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6286c027-dfcc-11e7-a922-89e73421a7a7′]


Dosage: 20 mg a day.
Comments: Take with meals.

[amazon_link asins=’B000H6UM2S,B019G9P2OY,B00HS11YPO,B00X03ABRG,B00020I0QO,B001VM8ZUS,B00020ICBW,B00020I6QS’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’finmeacur-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b72e59cc-dfcc-11e7-86ff-81760b6cd6d1′]


Dosage: 500 mg L-taurine 3 times a day on an empty stomach.
Comments: If using longer than 1 month, add mixed amino acids.

[amazon_link asins=’B00663G4ZK,B01CUYHCX6,B0001VKIK0,B0019LRYD0,B000FH13PY,B00U3TBZOI,B000BQSQ68,B00ENSLW7A,B0016CZZII’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’finmeacur-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8b33f56c-dfcc-11e7-a441-937171329d0a’]

Click to see also:->Epilepsy published in BBC NEWS

Many ‘believe myths’ on epilepsy

Epilepsy took away my childhood

Epilepsy genes ‘may cut seizures

Within days she seemed calmer

Source:Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs (Reader’s Digest)

Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advise or help. It is always best to consult with a Physician about serious health concerns. This information is in no way intended to diagnose or prescribe remedies.

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
News on Health & Science

Heart stem cells identified

[amazon_link asins=’B00F51R55W,B071GRNQPX,1504920015,B06XCGV5MX,B07FMJXNXC,B07FMC7JQX,B07FLWVWLL,B07FM2PRG8,B07FM65PRS’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’finmeacur-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’09d158da-8dbd-11e8-bb3c-a3198458d2d6′]

A master heart stem cell gives rise to the different tissues in the mammalian heart, a discovery that could be great news for future heart repair……..CLICK & SEE

In Wednesday’s issue of the journal Cell, three teams of researchers in the US identified the embryonic stem cells in mice and say the cells could be cloned for use in developing new drug therapies. Embryonic stem cells have the ability to develop into any type of cell.

One team led by Kenneth Chien of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and another led by Gordon Keller of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, said the cells gave rise to three types of cells in the mammalian heart.

The three types are: cardiac muscle cells, smooth muscle lining the aorta, and endothelial cells that form coronary blood vessels.

Source:The Times Of India