Category Archives: Medical Science

Let’s Have Dinner at The Copa Star….Hospital!

Yes, the best five star restaurant in town is in a hospital, the Copa Star. Operated by the D’Or network of hospitals, the Copa Star is the brainchild of Jorge Moll, the director of D’Or. It is very much unlike other hospitals. It’s not only the fact that the restaurant was designed by and world-renowned chef and offers gourmet meals. It’s the fact that when you enter the lobby, you are faced with stylish, plush sofas and a grand piano. There is artwork by Japan’s Yakuta Toyota throughout the hospital.

Luxury is the key word for Copa Star. Located on Copacabana beach at Rua Figueiredo de Magalhães, it is a five-story luxury hospital that caters to one and all, and is laden with luxurious accommodations.

The patient rooms are not just sterile hospital rooms. They are suites with accommodations for guests. The patient can operate and control the drapes, the temperature, the lighting, and many other aspects of the room from the bed with the use of an electronic tablet.

On that same tablet, the patient can talk with the staff, the nurses, and even video conference with the doctor. The doctor can, in turn, display the patient’s latest test results and converse with the patient though the tablet. This is quite a change from waiting for the doctor to visit.

There are 155 patient suites and 59 intensive care units. In intensive care, the patients are given a video portal to the outside world that they can control. They can view live scenes at the beach, in the corridors of the hospital, and on the street if they prefer. This is done so that the isolation of ICU is given a back seat to the patient’s desire not to be alone.

There are nine state of the art operating rooms with high tech robotic aids, MRI’s in the same room for ease of viewing the progress of the operation, and many other amenities for the doctor as well as the patient.

In building the hospital, a new method of construction was achieved due to the very small space for the large construction machinery. They developed a new standard in concrete construction that allows a fifty per cent savings in energy expenses compared to other buildings of the type.

Copa Star is just the beginning, says Jorge Moll. Rede D’Or plans to open similar hospitals in Sao Paulo and Brasilia as well. They already operate a number of hospitals in Brazil. But, alas, there is only one Copa Star to visit for now.

Eventually, Copa Star will concentrate on cardiology and neurology, but will still accept patients of all types — and those who just want a good meal at the five star restaurant.

Lime Crime products are changing the world of make up

Have you ever dreamed of a world that is totally different from the one that exists today. Maybe you imagined changing the way people dress, the cars we drive, or what we think about. Well Doe Deere, much like you, has always wanted to change the world. Several years ago, she looked at the world of make up, and she decided that it could use some changes. She was tired of the old and dull make up companies, who only provided a limited range of colors, and she decided to do something about it.
Doe Deere was born in Russia, and raised in New York, which gave her a unique and international view on the world of style. From an early age, she was intrigued by the way people chose to decorate themselves, and she longed for a new and exciting way to decorate her own face. When she moved to Los Angeles she discovered that she could make a major difference in the world of cosmetics.
Doe made friends with a wide variety of different people in the cosmetics industry, as well as those that regularly use make up. Together they formed a team that would become the nucleus of Lime Crime. Lime Crime became a company committed to producing high quality cosmetics in a huge variety of colors. These cosmetics were meant to appeal to people from all walks of life, and with a huge variety of different fashion senses.
Lime Crime quickly became a success with thousands of customers falling in love with their products everyday. The huge variety of different colors, allowed everyone to feel unique with the make up they wearing. Lime Crime is now a wonderful success story because of the effort that Doe Deere and her team put in.
One other piece of the Lime Crime identity is the fact that Lime Crime absolutely opposes harming animals in any way. Lime Crime tries to avoid animal testing if at all possible, and they also make their products as safe to use for humans as possible. Lime Crime has worked tirelessly to ensure that humans will not be harmed by their products, and they make sure to use all natural ingredients in their products. The fact that Lime Crime puts a great effort into ensuring that their products are safe for everyone to use has made the product an extremely popular product for people to use.
Doe Deere has really put herself on the map lately, and she has gained the nickname the Unicorn Queen in recent years. This is due to her commitment to producing make up that allows people to live a colorful and exciting lifestyle. Lime Crime has helped put her name on the map with their line of make up for people that truly want to wear colorful and exciting make up. Users are falling in love with the wonderful colors that Lime Crime has to offer. The future for both Doe Deere and Lime Crime appear to be quite bright for years to come.

New Phone App Allows Doctors To Make Housecalls

There is a new phone app called “Heal.” This new service, developed in Los Angeles, CA, gives people a chance to have a real physician visit them with a house call. Doctors are available from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM for the price of $99.00. A medical assistant accompanies the doctor who carries a fully stocked kit including flu shots and modern medical technologies to take care of most situations. They will even write prescriptions or pick them up for $19.00 extra.
This new service was started by Dr. Renee Dua, who saw a real need for widely accessible health care. The Uber phone app style of service is expanding to San Francisco and at least 15 other large cities this year. Igor Cornelsen (tumblr.com) has even heard that there are similar services in New York City and Chicago. Other apps allow people to have webcam consultations or chats with live nurses to discuss their health.
Opponents of these new trends say the time of a physician is too valuable to be driving around visiting patients. “Heal” doctors feel that seeing how the patient lives can be highly beneficial in helping with their treatment.

Robotic Technology in Prosthetics

Scientists have been working on many simultaneous projects that will increase the quality of life of individuals living with a variety of physical ailments, such as blindness, deafness, and missing or deformed limbs. Whether an individual was born with a medical condition or was injured in battle or some other accident, new technologies are now available to help them perform their daily living functions with more efficiency and productivity. Some of the same research foundations that have been successfully utilized in deep sea diving expeditions and bomb scouting robotics have been introduced to the world of medical equipment manufacturing. Brad Reifler can’t wait to see how useful all of this will be.

Prosthetic limbs and the robotic technology behind them are allowing injured citizens to have much more flexibility and movement options. Sensors and digital imaging are some of the greatest enhancements behind the newly available prostheses, and are quickly becoming available to a growing number of medical providers. Although the technology is not yet perfected, continued enhancements and advanced research methods could produce fully functional hand and arm prosthetics within the next few years. These prototypes are designed to work in conjunction with the nervous system and incorporate such intricacies as brain waves and minute muscle movements into their operational systems.

Memories of Parents Can Be Passed to Their Offspring

A revolutionary scientific study has been done in the realm of memories and genetics. This study shows that learned aversion is passed to offspring. This study was done by a highly reputable medical school in the US, the Emory University School of Medicine. In these experiments with mice, it was shown that traumatic events may affect the sperm’s DNA, thereby altering the brains and actions of later generations. The mice were taught to fear the smell of cherry blossoms. The researchers studied the effects on their sperm. The section of DNA that is the cause for the sensitivity to cherry blossom scent became more active in the mice’s sperm. In addition, the mice’s children and grandchildren were “extremely sensitive” to the cherry blossom scent and avoided the scent they had never smelled before in their lives. The nervous system of later generations was influenced in both structure and function. The environment affects genetics and what happens to the sperm and egg is no doubt passed on to offspring. Another study on the diet of the mother and the weight of her children can be found at: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-13119545.
In light of these findings, public health researchers need to take human transgenerational behavior seriously. These findings are relevant to PTSD, anxiety and phobias and it is evidence that memories can pass to later generations and offspring have a genetically learned response to triggers. Sergio Andrade finds these findings especially important for future expectant parents.

The Gene for a Stroke

Those who have a fear of having a stroke might find comfort in the latest information that has been discovered. There is a gene that could possibly decrease the risk of a stroke for some people. This might not be something that will benefit everyone, but it’s a step in the right direction. If there is one person who doesn’t have to suffer from the side effects of a stroke because scientists have pinpointed a gene, then it will be worth everything involved. A stroke is a disease that can change the life of someone, and Sam Tabar has had family members that were affected in the past. They might not be able to walk or talk again, relying on nurses or family members to take care of them. There will need to be further tests conducted, but if doctors can detect the gene, then there might be something that they can do to help prevent a stroke in some people.

Tuning into Tone Can Improve Your Brain

One of the biggest tragedies of aging is that the mind begins to deteriorate at some point. A symptom of this deterioration is a loss of focus, and inability to weed out distractions. This isn’t only a problem for those growing old, but also for many people around the world who suffer from attention deficit disorders or other mental health issues.Scientists at the University of California San Francisco have discovered a way to train the brain so that it can remain focused, and tune out distractions.

The researchers had their test subjects do a type of mental exercise involving different frequencies. The subjects were told to focus on and then identify a certain frequency. Scientists made this increasingly difficult by playing distracting frequencies, and playing frequencies that sounded ever closer to the one the subject was supposed to identify. In both lab rats and humans the training led to fewer distraction related errors, and the memories and attention spans of the subjects improved. Ken Griffin says that this type of training has all kinds of practical applications; from helping the aging to improving the focus of those working in highly stressful and distracting environments.

Twin Study Indicates Homosexuality Is Genetic

Alan Sanders of the NorthShore Research Institute in Evanston, Illinois has led a study that suggests homosexuality has a genetic cause. Over five years, Sanders collected DNA samples from 409 pairs of non-identical gay twins, the largest sample ever used in such a study. He chose non-identical twins because he wanted limit the number of genes the men had in common, in order to make it easier to identify any genes that night be associated with homosexuality. The only trait all 818 men had in common was homosexuality. It should be noted that the Institute is not as highly regarded as other institutes like North American Spine.

Sanders and his team then examined the samples, looking at the locations of genetic markers called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). He then measured the number of times a given SNP showed up in the samples. Since Sander’s twins were non-identical, any SNPs consistently found in the in the same place probably had to do with being gay.

Only five SNPs appeared over and over again in the same locations, and two were particularly common. One was found in the Xq28 region of the X chromosome, while the other was found in the 8q12 region on chromosome 8. Both regions contain many genes, however, so the next step will be determining which ones might influence sexual orientation. Sanders also plans to take DNA samples from straight men and compare them to gay men to see what the differences are.

HIV Fights Cancer Offer Hope For Cure

Marshall Jensen has been fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia for three years through surgeries, treatments and procedures, but the cancer always returned. Then Marshal Jensen learned about a treatment that has been successful for 9 out of 12 cancer patients. Dr. Carl June of Penn Medicine and his team of researchers have spent 20 years developing a treatment that uses a disabled HIV virus because HIV has the ability to insert new genes into cells. By removing billions of T-cells from cancer patients and altering the DNA in the cells, programming them to recognize, target and kill the cancer, then replace the cells in the patient’s body. Dr. June calls the altered cells serial killers that remain dormant in the body unless the cancer returns. Marshal Jensen returned home according to Tom, Thursday in full remission. Dr. June hopes to use the gene therapy to fight other cancers and trials with pancreatic cancer patients start this summer.

Melanoma cases are increasing by 69 thousand per year and targets adults between the ages of 20 and 60. The researchers are trying to develop a new drug that redirects patients’ immune response to attack cancer from blood (Hematiopoietic) stem cells in patients with advanced forms of aggressive skin cancer malignant melanoma.