Archive | September 2020


“Unfortunately, there are currently no treatments for prion diseases, brain-wasting diseases that are invariably fatal. The most common human prion disease is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), better known as mad cow disease.  This disease is rare in humans.  Worldwide, there is an estimated one case of CJD diagnosed per million people each year, most often in older adults. There are 250 people who are inflicted with this in the U.S.”

The Center for Food Safety ( )


“The word BSE is short but it stands for a disease with a long name, bovine spongiform encephalopathy. “Bovine” means that the disease affects cows, “spongiform” refers to the way the brain from a sick cow looks spongy under a microscope, and “encephalopathy” indicates that it is a disease of the brain. BSE is commonly called “mad cow disease.”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (


“Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S. Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S. Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year. The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O (the universal donor).”

American Red Cross (


When diabetes is not controlled, too much sugar remains in the blood. Over time, this can damage organs, including the brain. Scientists are finding more evidence that could link Type 2 diabetes with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia and the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.”

Alzheimer’s Association (


“Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with the disease—those with the late-onset type—symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Early-onset Alzheimer’s occurs between a person’s 30s and mid-60s and is very rare. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults.”

National Institute on Aging    (


“There is no clear cause for ovarian cancer, but certain factors can definitely increase your risk. These factors from age (older more likely to develop the disease), genetics (presence of a specific gene mutation), family history of ovarian or breast cancer, and previous medical conditions in the reproductive system. Additionally, the use of fertility treatments, estrogen hormone replacement therapy, and lack of pregnancy.  Ovarian cancer is often called a silent killer and for that reason that awareness and education about ovarian cancer needs to be a major priority.”

National Women’s Health Network ( 


“Pros High success rate, relieving pain, improving mobility and hip function, 80% to 86% of hip replacements are still working after 20 years since the it was inserted.

Cons An artificial hip isn’t as good as a natural hip. It has some limitations.      It can occur on some occasions that after total hip replacement one leg may feel longer or shorter than the other.”

Raleigh Orthopaedic  (


“Pain is not just a message from injured tissues to be accepted at face value, but a complex experience that is thoroughly tuned by your brain. The results are often strange and counter-intuitive, like quantum physics, but the science is clear: every painful sensation is 100% Brain Made, and there is no pain without brain.”


“There are multiple factors that play a role in how we experience pain. This includes genetics, social status, exercise and information processing in the brain. And for women, hormones, puberty, reproductive status and menstrual cycle also affect pain threshold and perception.”.

Richard W. Rosenquist, MD –  Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Pain Management.


“No one is certain how many people are affected by Pulmonary Foundation (PF). One recent study estimated that idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (or IPF, Idiopathic means unknown cause.  IPF which is just one of more than 200 types of PF) affects 1 out of 200 adults over the age of 60 in the United States—that translates to more than 200,000 people living with PF today. Approximately 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and as many as 40,000 Americans die from IPF each year.”.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation