Pablo Retana

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Pablo Retana is an alumnus of the University of Costa Rica, a journeyman writer and future reclusive author. A self-styled skeptic, this worldview serves him well when writing professionally on medical and scientific subjects as he currently does. A reader, scrivener, editor, translator and critic in the vein of Hunter S. Thompson, a line of creativity that is more obvious in his private, stream-of-consciousness prose and literary and film critiques, items which will probably encounter the same fate as most of J.D. Salinger’s oeuvre
 

Life begins at 40; colorectal cancer screening begins at 50

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 09:12

When Meryl Streep tells you to go get screened for colorectal cancer if you’re 50 years old or older, I’m afraid you don’t have a (Sophie’s) choice. Sure, you may have to have a tube Stuck On You – or rather in you – but as Mrs. Streep says – and she says more than One True Thing in this video – “for me, screening was simple and quick. It was no big deal, except for the huge sense of relief you feel afterwards.” Approximately 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with cancer of the colon or rectum every year. And while it is a preventable disease, it can trigger A Series of Unfortunate Events if left untreated. In fact, 50,000 people die from it a year, making it the second leading cancer killer in the United States. Mamma Mia!

FDA issues Zika recommendations for cell and tissue donation

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 09:32

The FDA released new guidelines on March 1st to decrease the potential transmission of the Zika virus through the donation of human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products (HCT/Ps). The non-binding recommendations apply to living and deceased donors of umbilical cord blood, placenta, and other gestational tissues. “Though there is more to be learned about the transmission of Zika virus, given what we know about the virus at this point, which also is informed by our understanding of similar viruses, we must address the potential risk of Zika virus transmission by human cells and tissues,” director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Peter Marks said in a press release. “Providing HCT/P establishments with donor eligibility recommendations will help reduce that potential risk.”

Early symptoms of autism spectrum disorder

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 09:09

The early symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can occur in early infancy, but they can also appear months or years after a child has been developing normally – only to become withdrawn, aggressive, and lose previously acquired skills. The symptoms can be divided in two categories; social communication/interaction and behavioral patterns.

Preparing for tick season with Discount Medical Supplies

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 09:09

Time is TICKing out – and not just to take advantage of Discount Medical Supplies special offers. In a few short weeks, during the warmer months of April through September, ticks will come out of the woodworks – and not the good kind, either, like Ben Edlund’s absurdist superhero, but more like the Ticks that terrorized Alfonso Ribeiro and Seth Green back in 1993. Overall, it pays off to take preventative steps against these bloodsucking ectoparasites all year long. Why? Because of tickborne (not to be confused with the Tichborne claimant) diseases.

Early symptoms of Lyme disease

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 11:08

The early symptoms of Lyme disease usually occur 3-30 days after having been bitten by an infected tick carrying the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium.

What are the developmental milestones a child should achieve?

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 10:59

When we think of caregiving we usually associate it with adult children taking care of their aging parent with some type of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). And we associated AD with losing the ability of doing simple things that come easily and naturally for the rest of us – the sort of things that we all instinctively learn to do during our developmental years. But there may be a reversal of this process; parents – who are the original caregivers – providing extra care for children who never learned to do those things in the first place. Children who, like David Bowie, never wave ‘by bye,’ or accomplish other developmental milestones that signal a cognitively, behaviorally-sound child and that get so often taken for granted. Parents should pay attention to these milestones – or their absence – so that they can act early and help their child lead a full life.

Caring for a loved one who is undergoing chemotherapy

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 10:44

When caring for someone who is undergoing chemotherapy, the caregiver needs to take into account all of the potential side effects of this form of cancer treatment, such as:

Order medical supplies online to manage caregiver back pain

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 11:16

Did you know that you can order medical supplies online to prevent and treat caregiver back pain? According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, low back pain “is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work day,” and it affects approximately 80% of adults. Caregivers are especially at risk for back pain – even more so if the care receiver is immobilized and/or bariatric. Informal caregivers may be required to turn over bedridden patients (to avoid bedsores), as well as transfer them from bed to wheelchair to shower or bath, and all the way back again. Not knowing how to properly perform these tasks can result in injury to the caregiver. Fortunately, we know where to get inexpensive medical supplies that can help caregivers protect themselves – and their loved ones.

Lost my mind, lost my money, lost my life to caregiving?

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 10:38

The more a family caregiver becomes involved with helping a loved one, the more he or she to suffer mentally, financially, and physically. A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine establishes a difference between caregivers who provide substantial help – assisting with care coordinating care and managing medication – as opposed to caregivers who only provide some or no help with healthcare. Furthermore, the authors determined that the former not only provide almost twice as much hours of assistance a week but were also 79% more likely to experience emotional difficulties, and more than twice as likely to experience physical and financial difficulties – as well as being more than 5 times less likely to participate in important activities outside of caregiving, and more than 3 times as likely to experience productivity loss at work.

54 million ‘obese’ Americans wrongly labeled as unhealthy

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 10:33

Remember how Jack used to call Will fat even though he really wasn’t? The same might be said of more than 54 million Americans categorized as obese and unhealthy based on their body mass index (BMI). A new UCLA study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that 47.4% of Americans (34.4 million) who are deemed overweight according to the BMIs are actually healthy – and the same applies to 19.8 million who are considered obese. “Many people see obesity as a death sentence,” assistant professor of psychology in the UCLA College, director of UCLA’s Dieting, Stress and Health laboratory, and lead author A. Janet Tomiyama said in a UCLA News Room release. “But the data show there are tens of millions of people who are overweight and obese and are perfectly healthy.”

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