Pills made from poop save lives


first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet HealthLifestyle Pills made from poop save lives by: – October 12, 2013 35 Views   no discussionscenter_img Swallowing capsules containing healthy people’s poop can cure serious gut infections and provides an alternative to faecal transplants and enemasCALGARY, Canada – If the idea of consuming someone else’s poop makes you sick, you may be a little flushed about a new treatment involving the ingestion of the brown stuff, even though the process can cure a serious illness said to claim some 14,000 lives annually in the United States alone. Scientists have found a way to put healthy people’s poop into pills that can cure dangerous gut infections – a less invasive way to do existing “faecal transplants.” Canadian researchers tested this new treatment on 27 patients and cured them all after strong antibiotics failed to help.Half a million Americans get Clostridium difficile, or C-diff, infections each year and about 14,000 die. The germ causes nausea, cramping and diarrhoea so bad it is often disabling.A very potent and expensive antibiotic can kill C-diff, but also destroys good bacteria that live in the gut, leaving it more susceptible to future infections.Studies have shown that faecal transplants – giving infected people stool from a healthy donor – can restore that balance. But they’re given through expensive, invasive procedures like colonoscopies or throat tubes. Doctors have also tried giving the stool through enemas, but the treatment doesn’t always work.Dr Thomas Louie, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Calgary, devised a better way – a one-time treatment custom-made for each patient.Donor stool, usually from a relative, is processed in the lab to take out food and extract the bacteria and clean it. It is packed into triple-coated gel capsules so they won’t dissolve until they reach the intestines.“There’s no stool left – just stool bugs. These people are not eating poop and there are no smelly burps because the contents aren’t released until they’re well past the stomach,” Dr Louie said.Days before starting the treatment, patients are given an antibiotic to kill the C-diff. On the morning of the treatment, they have an enema so “the new bacteria coming in have a clean slate,” Louie said.It takes 24 to 34 capsules to fit the bacteria needed for a treatment, and patients down them in one sitting. The pills make their way to the colon and seed it with the normal variety of bacteria.Louie described 27 patients treated this way at ID Week, an infectious diseases conference in San Francisco. All had suffered at least four C-diff infections and relapses, but none had a recurrence after taking the poop pills.Dr Curtis Donskey of the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Centre, who has done faecal transplants through colonoscopies, praised the work.“The approach that Dr Louie has is completely novel – no one else has done this,” he said. “I am optimistic that this type of preparation will make these procedures much easier for patients and for physicians.”At present, the treatment must be made fresh for each patient so the pills don’t start to dissolve at room temperature, because their water content would break down the gel coating.Doctors in Minnesota are testing freezing stool, which doesn’t kill the bacteria, so it could be stored and shipped anywhere a patient needed it.“You could have a universal donor in Minnesota provide a transplant for someone in Florida. That’s where we’re heading,” Donskey said. Associated PressRead more: http://www.caribbean360.com/index.php/news/1032232.html#ixzz2hWVw5JaS Share Sharelast_img read more

Gallagher eager to impress Koeman


first_img Last season surpassed all expectations for the teenage striker as he became a regular under Mauricio Pochettino, making 20 first-team appearances as back-up to Rickie Lambert. Things have gone awry this season, though, with injury stunting the 19-year-old’s progress. Gallagher has not even been named in the matchday squad since the arrival of Koeman, although he gave the Saints boss a nudge in some style on Tuesday evening. The England Under-20s international’s wonderful strike secured the 10 men of Southampton a 2-1 extra-time win over Blackburn in the Under-21 Premier League Cup final at St Mary’s, where the first-team manager was amongst the 12,356 crowd. “It was unbelievable, that’s all I can really think to say,” Gallagher said, smiling. “I was always thinking throughout the game it would be nice to get one and to get in the way I did was quite special to me. “I’ve had a long injury which has put me back quite a bit this season. It sort of feels like it has just started, but it’s almost coming to an end. “I have always had my focus on the under-21s when I got back fit and I am just looking forward. “We’ve got the league to come now, so hopefully we can do well in that and crack on.” Gallagher is hoping to help Saints end the Barclays Under-21 Premier League strongly, although his performance in front of the on-watching Koeman only strengthens his case for a first-team place. Sam Gallagher put an injury-hit season behind him by inspiring Southampton to Under-21 Premier League Cup glory, netting an exceptional goal which he hopes caught Ronald Koeman’s eye. “Well I know they sort of watch all the under-21 games,” Gallagher said. “You always know you’ve got to impress and do what you can to get in the first team. “Hopefully he (Koeman) enjoyed that one.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Braun: Hughes’ ‘D’ making Flowers forgettable


first_imgGoing into the 2008-09 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball season, few thought scoring would be a problem for UW’s starting guards.A pair of juniors — Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon — were each coming off breakout years.Bohannon gave the Badgers everything he could coming off the bench, and he was rightfully awarded the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year trophy in 2008. Although Hughes wasn’t formally recognized for his play at the point, he was a major scoring threat for Wisconsin, averaging 11.2 points per game last year.But what most thought the Badgers would miss so much — Michael Flowers’ defensive play — seems to have become a mere memory, with good reason.While Bohannon has continued stroking three pointers — 36.5 percent from beyond the arc — it has been Hughes’ defense that has kept the Badgers’ opponents in check.That is not to say he hasn’t been challenged; several of the teams Wisconsin has faced can boast about their stellar guard play.In UW’s game against Purdue, Hughes was assigned standout guard E’Twaun Moore. Normally averaging 14.3 points per game, Hughes held him to four points on 1-for-12 shooting.Against Penn State, Hughes took on Talor Battle, the Big Ten’s top scorer. Although the Badgers barely eked out that 65-61 win, Hughes held Battle to a mere six points on 2-for-11 shooting.Still don’t believe me?After losing to Texas, the Badgers faced Michigan, where they would be challenged with yet another strong guard in Manny Harris. Among the leaders in scoring in the Big Ten at 18.3 points per game, Hughes once again won the battle on the defensive side of the court. Harris was held to only nine points, shooting 3-for-13.So, what does this mean for Hughes, or even more importantly, for the Badgers?Well, if those recent games show us anything, it is that Badger fans aren’t missing Michael Flowers nearly as much as they thought they would.Say what you will about Hughes’ overall play, but those accusations are poorly backed at best. He has improved in nearly every aspect of his game, and his defensive effort has been the most important attribute brought to the team this season.Hughes has struggled late in games, however. Aside from a game-winning shot against Virginia Tech in the ACC Big Ten Challenge, he folded against Marquette and Texas in those two eventual losses. Instead of looking for an open shooter, he tried to carry the team on his back by forcing shots.Nevertheless, Hughes’ vast improvements outlast his few blunders. Even on the offensive end, he has become a much better ball handler and is not afraid to take control of the game.Last year, in his first season as a starter, Hughes struggled to control the ball, averaging over two turnovers a game. This season, he dropped that turnover average by nearly a full point and increased his assist total, proving he is worthy of leading the team.His field goal percentage has risen from 39.4 to 44 percent, and his 3-point shooting has similarly improved.At the moment, he might not be the player the Badgers should give the ball to in key situations, but at least the Badgers can rely on him to stop his man and get the ball in the hoop.So, say what you will about Trevon Hughes, but keep in mind that he has another season-and-a-half to improve. Remember that, as much as you might miss Michael Flowers, he was never the scorer Hughes is.Who knows? With another full year to improve under head coach Bo Ryan, maybe Hughes will surpass Flowers in all aspects of the game — yes, even defense.After guarding Texas standout guard A.J. Abrams, Hughes declared himself the team police officer on defense, showing he’s ready to be a leader on that side of the court.“I tried my best on [Abrams],” he said. “He was just in and out. It was like [he was] speeding through traffic in the 65 lane, and I’m telling you to slow down before I get my ticket.”So, for those facing off against Hughes, make sure you’re not speeding, because he’ll slow you down.Jonah is a sophomore majoring in journalism and Hebrew. How much are the Badgers missing Michael Flowers? Have different opinions about Trevon Hughes’ play? Jonah can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

Akufo-Addo graces squash clinic for children in Kumasi


first_imgOver fifty boys and girls from selected schools in Kumasi were, on Tuesday, introduced to the game of squash at a clinic organized by the 4 Garrison Officers Mess Club.The excited youngsters, aged between 4 and 15 assembled on the court very early, in anticipation of playing squash game for the first time.It turned out to be a memorable occasion for the children as they had opportunity to meet President Akufo Addo and his vice, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.The President and his Vice advised the kids on the importance of healthy life through sporting activities.President Akufo Addo who was once a member of the 4 Garrison Officers Mess Squash Club , appreciated executives for introducing children to the game at such early age.Captain for the Club, Lawyer Francis Cofie wants more support from government to make the game more popular.“The future of squash is bright given the enthusiasm shown by the kids. Even though there are activities marked on national calendar of sports for squash, yet there is nothing being done on the ground to show,” he said.Executives of 4 Garrison Officers Mess Squash Club are encouraging the young ones to develop interest in the game, usually referred to as one of the lesser known sporting disciplines in Ghana.The one day event was sponsored by Geodrill.Chief Operating Officer, Richard Cofie says the company plans to help promote some lesser known sports in the country.“We have taken it upon ourselves to build interest in kids, let them know that there are other sports there and then get people to represent Ghana in International Squash Competition,” he said.last_img read more

Barry Bonds’ final home run ball is about to net its owner a small fortune


first_imgYou have a choice. Make an all-cash offer for a 917 square-foot condo in Sunnyvale, or scoop up the final home run ball of Barry Bonds’ career.Either way, the freight is about the same: In the neighborhood of $750,000 scoots.TMZ is reporting that the home run ball — career No. 762 for Bonds — will be up for auction Monday at Goldin Auctions. If the auction house realizes its greatest hopes, the ball will have doubled in value since its first sale in 2008.But before you go raiding your kid’s …last_img

Government Estimates on Renewables Are Way Off


first_imgThe U.S. government agency responsible for forecasting trends in energy supplies and consumption has “consistently and significantly” underestimated the growth of renewable energy and developed a track record of providing flawed reports to policymakers and planners, a report from the Advanced Energy Economy Institute says.The AEEI, a nonprofit that promotes alternatives to fossil fuels, released a report this week skewering the U.S. Energy Information Administration for its history of faulty energy predictions.“Official U.S. government energy forecasts are widely used by policymakers and other stakeholders for analyzing energy supply and demand for long-term planning and policy development purposes,” the report says. “But the [renewable energy] projections bear little resemblance to market realities.”For example, the EIA predicted that installed solar capacity would double between 2014 and 2026 while a market analysis that takes actual projects in the pipeline into account shows that capacity will actually double by next year, 10 years before the EIA said it would, the report says.“Similarly, U.S. wind installations have averaged about 6.5 GW [gigawatts] per year from 2007 to 2014,” the report adds, “but the 2015 AEO [Annual Energy Outlook] projects a total of 6.5 GW of new wind capacity will be added between 2017 and 2030, less than one-tenth the average rate in recent years.”The Institute argues that the inaccurate forecasts have raised questions of whether renewable energy and increased energy efficiency can provide “substantial emission reductions at reasonable cost” under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan when in fact they could. Underestimating renewables isn’t newThe pattern goes back at least to 2010, the Institute says, when the AEO projected that the solar market would grow from about 2.5 GW to about 13 GW in 2030. The solar market actually hit the 13 GW mark in 2014, just four years later.Ditto for wind. The AEO said in 2010 that the wind market would grow from about 40 GW to 69 GW by 2030. In reality, with between 8 and 10 GW of new wind capacity coming online in 2015, total capacity will reach about 75 GW by the end of this year, a decade and a half before the government thought it would.“As these examples show, AEO forecasts are consistently off by a wide margin, always underestimating — and never overestimating — future deployment of renewables. Such persistent inaccuracy is indicative of a more fundamental problem in understanding the dynamics of growth for these technologies, as well as constraints on how the EIA is required to conduct its modeling.”The report notes that comparing actual market conditions to predictions for energy efficiency is harder because forecasters must measure something that’s missing — the energy that would have been used were the efficiency measures not introduced.But the EIA has been off here, too.“The trend in overall electric demand growth has been consistently downward in recent years, in parallel with the rise in EE [energy efficiency] spending, which more than tripled from 2005 to 2013,” the report says.Retail sales of electricity have been flat to slightly declining since 2010 even as the economy gained strength. The EIA, however, is predicting future demand growing at a little less than 1% all the way through 2040, “apparently discounting the potential, or likelihood, that EE improvement — through investment and innovation — would continue to reduce demand growth in the coming years.”Although the EIA would have it otherwise, the report notes that the levelized cost of wind and solar energy declined 58% and 78% respectively between 2009 and 2014 so that renewables are “increasingly competitive with other power sources.” Utility purchases of renewable energy, once based on the requirements of renewable portfolio standards adopted by state governments, are now based on economics alone. Why are the forecasts so wrong? Writing at Politico, Michael Grunwald posits that the consistently inaccurate reports are caused in part by “technical constraints” in how EIA makes its calculations. The agency assumes that legislative influences on renewable policies won’t change, when in fact they do.“But part of the problem is also that the EIA is a prisoner of its own models, which are in turn prisoners of the past,” Grunwald writes. “Wind power was much more expensive than fossil energy in 2009, so the EIA expected it to continue growing slowly. Instead, costs dropped sharply and installations tripled.“Solar power was cost-prohibitive and virtually nonexistent in America at the time, so the EIA had no reason to expect installations to increase much,” he continues. “Instead, they’ve increased more than 20-fold in just six years, as prices have plunged more than 80 percent.”In a tweet, he explained it this way: “We’ve had five straight weekdays so according to EIA projections tomorrow will be a weekday too.”The problem is not just a failure to predict the growth of renewable energy, he adds, but that projections are used to set national policy.“Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency leaned heavily on those scenarios when devising its Clean Power Plan, which helps explain why the plan’s targets for coal retirements and renewable deployment are so unambitious,” he says.last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle winger Matt Ritchie: Press never give us break


first_imgNewcastle winger Matt Ritchie: Press never give us breakby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has hit out at the negativity of the media.The Scot admits he grows tired over the comparisons with past teams.Ritchie told the Evening Chronicle: “People talk about Newcastle’s history in the Premier League and it’s in a negative aspect.”The Press the other week said we hadn’t won on a Monday for such a long time, then we won at Burnley and the next week it was we hadn’t won a midweek game!”I was like: ‘Give us a break’.”The players don’t look into that, we focus on the next game being the biggest game.”We recover and prepare for Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month ago​La Liga Sports TV hits 300,000 subscribers


first_img​La Liga Sports TV hits 300,000 subscribersby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga Sports TV, the multi-sports OTT platform launched by Spanish football’s LaLiga, has reached 300,000 registered users, according to LaLiga president Javier Tebas who was speaking at the World Football Summit in Madrid, reports SportBusiness.LaLiga Sports TV offers free live coverage of various sports, including matches of the ASOBAL Handball league and Spain’s second-tier basketball division Liga LEB Oro, plus sports such as badminton, petanque and weightlifting.It went live in March of this year as a multi-sport proposition but also streams live games from Spanish football’s second-tier Segunda División, but behind a paywall. Short highlights from Spain’s top two leagues are also offered on the platform.LaLiga Sports TV was launched in March with the intention of boosting the exposure of Spanish sports, becoming the first European league to launch its own OTT service in doing so. Viewers can access it on mobile devices – both mobile phones and tablets – and smart TVs. TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Representative García backs Wounded Warrior families


first_img29Sep Representative García backs Wounded Warrior families Photo Information: State Representative Daniela R. García signed the Wounded Warriors Family Support’s High Five Tour car on Thursday.  This summer marks the eighth annual High Five Tour supporting our nation’s military families for the sacrifices they make.  Donations were raised onsite to help build the Corporal Jason Dunham Traumatic Brain Injury Facility for combat-wounded veterans. Categories: Garcia News,Garcia Photos,Newslast_img

John Garland Graves was taken aback when he walked


first_imgJohn Garland Graves was taken aback when he walked into his McKinleyville, Calif., gym in October and learned that his SilverSneakers membership was being canceled.Since 2014, Graves, 69, has enjoyed free access to the gym through SilverSneakers, the nation’s best-known fitness program for seniors. He was disturbed by the news, as are many other people who have recently learned they’re losing this benefit.A controversial business decision by UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurance carrier, is causing the disruption. As of Jan. 1, the company is dropping SilverSneakers — an optional benefit — for 1.2 million customers with Medicare Advantage plans in 11 states (California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina and Utah) as well as 1.3 million customers with Medicare supplemental (Medigap) insurance in nine states (Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin).Graves, who works out four to five days a week and has a UnitedHealthcare Medigap policy, decided to seek coverage elsewhere after the company raised his policy’s rates and eliminated SilverSneakers in California. He has signed up for a new policy with Blue Shield of California.Starting next year, UnitedHealthcare will offer members a package of fitness and wellness benefits instead of paying to use SilverSneakers — a move that will give the company more control over its benefits and may save it money.Seniors with UnitedHealthcare Medicare supplemental policies will get 50 percent off memberships at thousands of gyms across the country, telephone access to wellness coaches and access to various online communities and health-related resources.Those with Medicare Advantage policies can join Renew Active, UnitedHealthcare’s fitness program, with a network of more than 7,000 sites, at no cost, and qualify for an evaluation from a personal trainer and an online brain-training program, among other services.Steve Warner, who leads UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage product team, explained the company’s move by noting that over 90 percent of policyholders who are eligible for SilverSneakers “never step foot in a gym” or use this benefit.UnitedHealthcare wants to reach “a broader portion of our membership” with a “wider variety of fitness resources,” he said, noting that the company’s shift away from SilverSneakers began last year and has accelerated this year.Altogether, more than 5 million customers have been affected. But the company is making market-by-market decisions, and nearly 675,000 UnitedHealthcare Medigap policyholders and 1.9 million UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan members will retain access to SilverSneakers in 2019.”I think it’s a smart move,” said Connie Holt, an independent broker with Goldsum Insurance Solutions of Pleasant Hill, Calif.But many of the company’s customers aren’t happy that SilverSneakers, which offers group classes tailored to seniors in addition to gym access at 15,000 sites, is disappearing. And confusion about alternatives is widespread.It’s one of the “top topics” that seniors have been raising over the past few months when they call Ohio’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program, said Chris Reeg, the OSHIIP program director.Michael Chanak Jr., 69, of Wadsworth, Ohio, had problems getting through to UnitedHealthcare’s customer relations department several times when he called with questions — a common complaint. “The way this is being implemented is a train wreck,” said Chanak, who has a UnitedHealthcare Medicare supplemental policy and spends an hour every day exercising at his gym.People are “extremely upset,” wrote Margaret Lee of Arroyo Grande, Calif., in an email. “That’s about the only topic of conversation at my water exercise class!”AARP has also become a target of anger because it endorses UnitedHealthcare’s Medigap and Medicare Advantage insurance policies — an arrangement that yields substantial royalties for the organization.In an email, Mark Bagley, a spokesman for the organization, said “[UnitedHealthcare], not AARP, operates these plans and determines the benefits.””I will be dropping my AARP membership when it is time to renew,” wrote Shelley Holbrook, 67, of Yorba Linda, Calif., a UnitedHealthcare Medigap policyholder, in an email exchange about the loss of SilverSneakers. “I am a Parkinson’s patient who has been prescribed this type of exercise program,” she explained. “This program is under the guidance of certified instructors that make sure the exercise routines are performed correctly. … An ordinary gym membership provides no instruction on how to use the equipment safely for seniors.””A health coach is not what I need,” Holbrook continued. “I have used the health coaches before, and have found them to be totally worthless.”For policyholders like Holbrook, the situation is complicated by another factor: Federal laws don’t ensure that seniors can switch Medicare supplemental insurance plans without undergoing new medical evaluations after an initial “guarantee issue” period. (This period occurs six months following a person’s enrollment in Medicare. Changes are allowed under a few specific circumstances and by laws in a few states.)If seniors can meet medical standards, they’ll find SilverSneakers available from other insurance operators. In 2019, Tivity Health is offering the program through more than 65 health plans covering more than 15 million older adults and introducing a new digital platform that emphasizes its social benefits: SilverSneakers Connect.”There are people we’ve learned who are alone but don’t want to go to the gym,” and the new platform can help them connect with each other as well as activities in their communities, said Donato Tramuto, Tivity Health’s CEO. Recent research suggests that SilverSneakers may help reduce isolation and loneliness in seniors who go to classes and form new relationships, he noted.Whether UnitedHealthcare’s health plans will be less appealing because of the shift away from SilverSneakers is yet to be determined. Several years ago, Humana, another giant insurer, also began reducing the number of plans that offered SilverSneakers, but it faced a backlash from members and sales representatives. “The membership perceives [SilverSneakers] as a valuable benefit despite the fact that not everyone uses it,” said George Renaudin, Humana’s senior vice president of Medicare.Humana subsequently reversed course and is now making SilverSneakers broadly available to about 3.5 million Medicare Advantage and Medigap policyholders.Ray Liss, who retired seven years ago, just changed over from UnitedHealthcare to a Humana Medicare supplemental policy with his wife. The loss of SilverSneakers precipitated the switch, which has an unexpected benefit: The couple will save almost $60 a month next year on their new policy.In an email, Liss, who declined to say where he lives, was philosophical about the value of exploring his options, writing, “I was pretty mad at the time, but it worked out for the best.”Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit news service covering health issues. It is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.KHN’s coverage related to aging and improving care of older adults is supported in part by The John A. Hartford Foundation. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more