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Zika Virus Outbreak in India 2018

India is facing its largest Zika virus outbreak with over 100 cases in Rajasthan, India, including several pregnant women with its first confirmed case in September 20181.  Zika virus is a mosquito-borne disease primarily prevalent in tropical areas around the world such as Brazil, Mexico, and India.  People infected with this virus experience mild or no symptoms at all. Symptoms ... Read More »

New California law AB 1726 will disaggregate data for Asian Americans

New Calif law AB 1726 will disaggregate data for Asian Americans.  The new categories include Bangladeshi, Hmong, Indonesian, Malaysian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, Thai, Fijian, and Tongan Americans. Roughly 15 percent of California’s population is Asian and 0.5 percent Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.  This was signed into law in September 2016. Advancing Justice’s analysis of Census data found that ... Read More »

Aspartame can lead to blindness

1987 Aspartame contains methanol and excessive consumption can lead to retrobulbar neuritis. See article: Read More »

long flights to Asia and UV exposure to pilots

Exposure to uv radiation increases approximately 5% for every 1000 feet of altitude. Both infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (uv) radiation are present in our environment, depending on the time of day, year, latitude, altitude and weather conditions and reflectivity of the surrounding surfaces, the pilot will receive more or less radiation. uv-a (400 – 315 nm), uv-B (315 – 280 ... Read More »

photoreceptor ganglion cells and vision

New research shows that in our retina, we have “photoreceptor ganglion cell” which responds to light at 480 nanometer wavelength. This wavelength causes abnormal sleep cycle. But this same cell allows previous blind people to SEE!   In the latest research, they took people born with abnormal eyes and thought to be blind and found they could see when exposed ... Read More »

sunlight and myopia in children

Dr Seang -Mei Saw of the Singapore Eye Research Institute has been quoted that myopia in children may be influenced by sunlight.   Myopia affects almost 50% of third graders in Singapore, prevalence of 28% in 7 year olds in Singapore.  Thus Professor Saw and colleagues looked at several epidemiologic studies and found that:1) possible link between outdoor activities and ... Read More »

Dr Masayo Takahashi and retinal cell transplant into 70 year old patient

In September 2014, Dr. Masayo Takahashi and her colleagues at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology used iPS cells (induced pluripotent stem cells) to treat age related macular degeneration. They used skin cells from the patient and “reprogrammed” that cell line into becoming adult retinal cells. These were transplanted into the patient’s eye in a two hour procedure. Her vision ... Read More »

Using Search Engine data for Healthcare

Every year more than one million adverse events relating to different drug reactions are reported to the FDA, resulting in the common criticism of slow detection of safety problems. However, the FDA has now approached the possibility of mining search engine data to detect potential adverse drug reactions. By analyzing people’s Google searches, in which one in 20 Google searches ... Read More »

Google and health care

Google has 40,000 searches per second which equals 3.5 billion searches per day. In US, 85% of the searches for healthcare are performed by women.  Of the total google searches, 5% are about healthcare, which is 2000 queries per second.  Thus go to google trends to find out about the popularity of medications or treatments or hospitals. Read More »

Is Abdominal fat associated with CVD risk factors

According to CardioSource World News, November 2016 issue, jane J. Lee, PHD and colleagues evaluated the data from the Framingham Heart Study and found that increases in fat volume was associated with increased cardiovascular risk profiles.   This study relates to the role of fat density and its association with the metabolic consequences of obesity.  Lee JJ, Pedley A, Hoffman U ... Read More »