Health Front (Nursing Trends, Weight Loss Drug Warning)

By Dr. DeCapua, Two Rivers Tribune Contributing Writer

There is good news from a recent study that finds that more young people are joining the nursing profession. Although recent trends since 2002 have been predicting a registered nurse shortage, enrollment in nursing programs appears to be accelerating. The Rand Corp. study found that the number of young RN’s increased from 102,000 in 2002 to 165,000 in 2009, a 62 percent increase. This is the largest percentage growth in registered nurses since the 1970s. A decade ago, researchers predicted that the U.S. could have 400,000 too few RNs by 2020 because fewer young people were entering the profession. The study authors suggested that interest in nursing has risen for several reasons, including efforts to promote the profession, expanded enrollment in nurse training programs, accelerated nursing training, and the fact that nursing offers good job opportunities in tough economic times.

People make decisions out of desperation when trying to lose weight. They’ll experiment with many different types of diets and weight-loss products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers to steer clear of “homeopathic” human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) weight loss products.

HCG is a hormone that is produced by the placenta during pregnancy. Products that claim to contain HCG are marketed in connection with a very low calorie diet, usually one that limits calories to 500 per day. The FDA’s Health Fraud Branch is enforcing action against any company or persons who are making claims that HCG use with dangerous dieting can assist you in losing weight.

Some endurance athletes, like marathoners, may suffer damage to the heart’s right ventricle chamber. The right ventricle is one of four chambers of the heart involved in pumping blood.  A study just published in the European Heart Journal included 40 elite athletes in Australia who competed in four types of endurance events; marathons, triathlons, alpine cycling and ultra-triathlons. All athletes were very well trained and had no heart problems.

Immediately after the events, the athletes’ hearts had increased in volume and the function of the right ventricle had decreased. A week later, the damage was reversed in most athletes, but a small percentage of them showed evidence of permanent heart muscle fibrosis. The permanent scar tissue appeared in the right ventricle only. Extreme endurance exercise has also been known to promote heart arrhythmias in some athletes.

More than half of teens and young adults treated at an inner-city emergency room said that they had experienced dating violence, either as a victim or perpetrator. The abuse includes both physical and sexual violence. Both girls and boys reported high rates of partner violence, while girls were most seriously injured. Researchers are alarmed that most victims did not perceive themselves as having problems that need help, and had some degree of normalization while in dangerous relationships. The inner-city dating violence victims and perpetuators may have little insights about how normal relationship should appear.

Skin cancer has risen 300 percent since 1992. The incidence of skin cancer cases each year is higher than all cancers combined. The International Journal of Clinical Medicine published a study this year of men with skin cancer who were treated with a formula of an eggplant-extract cream twice a day. After 14 weeks the aggressive skin cancers seem to disappear.  The cream formulations main ingredient contains high concentrations (10%) of solasodine glycodides (BEC) from eggplant.  Apparently, the use of BEC from eggplant to topically treat skin cancer goes back to 1825. A recent study by researchers is reporting that a preparation consisting of BEC (.005%) is effective in the treatment of keratosis, basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. The BEC preparation has helped many of those skin cancers to regress.


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December 1st, 2011


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