A new acquaintance, who showed up at my book signing for my first book, asked if there was anything in my book about toe nail fungus, ringworm and/or athlete’s foot. That information did not belong in my first book which is on Amazon by the title of, How to Stop Cold Sore Outbreaks, and HSV-1, While Getting Youthful Skin.
The title represents just a portion of the information in the book, however, it does not cover topics about his inquiry. I said I would put more health information in my next book; including the topic of ringworm and fungus and to include the source or reference materials; as I am not a know-it-all but rather a learn-it-all who passes on information to others who may not have the time, or inclination, to do the research...
Why topical nail fungus (onychomycosis) treatment needs a device
For the medication to penetrate and reach the infection through nail keratin (which absorbs water and repels water insoluble drugs) the treatment must be at least partially water soluble. The most effective way is to immerse the infected nails in an antimicrobial that is dissolved in water to give nails absorption time...
There’s a caregiver crisis out there that almost no one is talking about.
According to the California Master Plan for Aging, recently released by the California Dept. of Aging, nearly five million Californians are unpaid family caregivers, helping their parents, spouses, and friends who need assistance with everyday tasks to live well in their homes and communities. Of these, almost 1.7 million are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia.
Those caregiver numbers will only increase alongside the growing number of aging Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. By 2030, 10.8 million Californians will be an older adult (60+), making up one-quarter of the state’s population – and many of those individuals will need caregiving help.
Our breath holds a multitude of biomarkers, including potentially those indicating the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. Those infected with the virus are prone to exhale proteases, enzymes that speed up the breakdown of proteins, related to the new virus. This has led researchers at University of California, San Diego to work on developing a wearable sensor that can be attached to masks to detect the presence of these proteases and therefore the COVID-19 virus.
“In many ways, masks are the perfect ‘wearable’ sensor for our current world,” said Jesse Jokerst, professor of nanoengineering at UC San Diego, who is the lead researcher of this project, in a press release...
Though immune cells have the capabilities to kill cancer cells, they’re often thwarted by cancer’s ability to evade detection. Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have now developed engineered natural killer cells that have a much better ability to find and kill cancerous cells.
“We explored a novel method to engineer natural killer cells,” said Yong Wang, professor of biomedical engineering and one of the developers of the new approach, in the announcement. “This technique significantly improved the recognition and killing of target cancer cells.”
Wang and team developed molecular add-ons for white blood cells called polyvalent antibody mimics (PAMs). These PAMs are structured from DNA to produce a scaffold that features multiple branches...
A team of researchers, including those at the University of California, San Francisco and University of California, San Diego, has tested the potential of a smart ring, that can collect health data, including temperature and heart rate, to detect fever associated with COVID-19. In a proof-of-concept study, the researchers showed that the ring, developed by a Finnish startup called Oura, could detect fevers before patients began to experience symptoms, suggesting that the technology could function as an early warning system for COVID-19.
Identifying COVID-19 infections early and implementing quarantine immediately could help to limit the spread of the virus and allow patients to receive care early...
In the recently released science-fiction novel Ready Player Two, protagonist Wade Watts spends the majority of the book inside a virtual reality universe called the “OASIS”. Though the OASIS is merely a simulation consisting of computer-generated imagery, immersive sound, and gesture-based interaction, it has a profound impact on reality. It’s a place where one loses the sense of time, both physical and emotional pain is identified and eased, and users can confront and overcome their deepest longings and fears.
This month, we’re partnering with AARP California to present HomeFit, a new AARP program to increase the safety of older adults at home. The free program will be presented online in two identical sessions on December 3 and 17. Details and registration information here.
By 2030, nearly 30 percent of all Americans will be 65 and older—and most of those individuals will want to continue living at home for as long as possible. However, many of today’s homes are not adequately built nor equipped to properly handle the needs of aging individuals.
We all like to think of our homes as our safe havens, but the truth is that more than half of all accidents, including fatal ones, happen there...
The concept of poverty is a multi-faceted one. It’s not strictly tied to a lack of resources or material possessions — it can also be a deeply ingrained mentality among individuals who are exposed to a lower quality of life, a lack of access to essential amenities, or the result of income inequality in a community. Research on the society’s poor also suggest that poverty has a direct correlation with alcohol abuse and can often lead to more severe consequences on the already impoverished.
Susceptibility of the Impoverished
According to researchers, US states that tend to rank highly in crime, poverty, and lack of education are more susceptible to the problems of addiction or substance use disorders that affect a person’s mental and psychological well-being.
The recent spike in coronavirus cases means that many of us will feel extra lonely and isolated on Thanksgiving this year. After all, Thanksgiving is a gathering oriented holiday centered on good food and good company, but many Americans are looking at the possibility of a very scaled back celebration this year. There are activities we can do both for ourselves and for others, including older family members and friends not able to join us, in order to retain the joy this holiday brings.
Bring a meal to a senior. Many older adults, including those who are high-risk for contracting Covid-19, will be spending Thanksgiving alone...