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Ebola Hits the US

There has been a lot of talk about the spread of Ebola in West Africa, but most of this seems to have been restricted to Africa.  That is, until now.  The first case of Ebola has just been diagnosed by a person in the US, who had traveled between Liberia and Dallas, TX.  Although this patient didn’t display any symptoms upon leaving West Africa, symptoms revealed themselves 4 days after landing in Texas.  On September 26, two days after falling ill, the patient visited Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.  Because of the patient’s recent trip to Liberia and symptoms, the...
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Brains Respond to Ads

For quite some time now, media and marketing experts have long sought a reliable method of getting responses from the general population to future products and messages.  According to a recent study done by the City College of New York, (CCNY) in partnership with Georgia Tech, it looks like the brain responses of just a few individuals are a remarkably strong predictor.  By analyzing the brainwaves of 16 individuals as they watched mainstream TV content, researchers were able to accurately guess the preferences of large TV audiences, up to 90 percent in the case of Super...
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The Dangers of Junk Food

People have been talking about the dangers of smoking for a long time.  However, according to a recent article, unhealthy diets actually pose an even greater risk to global health, and governments should move to tax harmful food products.  In a statement issued on the opening of the annual summit of the World Health Organization (WHO), Belgian professor Olivier de Schutter called for efforts to launch negotiations on a global pact to tackle the obesity epidemic.  Just as the world worked together to tackle the spread of tobacco, he has called for a need to come together...
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Cancer-Sniffing Dogs?

Dogs have long been hailed for their noses, being used to sniff out bombs, drugs and everything in-between.  While humans have about 5 million different olfactory cells in our noses that detect different odors, dogs have approximately 200 million.  However, is it possible that dogs can sniff out prostate cancer as well?  According to a recent study published by Italian researchers, presented at the 109th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association in Orlando, specially trained dogs were able to detect prostate cancer from urine samples with an...
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Henicraniectomy

According to researchers, amongst stroke patients older than 60 with life-threatening brain edema, henicraniectomy cut the mortality rate by more than half compared with conservative treatment.  The 6-month survival rate without severe disability was 38% in the surgery group, compared to 18% among controls in a 112-patient randomized trial called DESTINY II, according to Werner Hacke, of the University of Heidelberg in Germany.  Overall 6-month survival was 70% with hemicreniectomy patients, as opposed to 33% of those treated conservatively, according to research in the...
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The Benefits of Chocolate

There are many people out there whose weakness is chocolate.  However, according to a recent study presented at an American Chemical Society meeting, it turns out that bacteria in the stomach eat chocolate, which produces anti-inflammatory compounds that are beneficial to the heart.  The naturally occurring antioxidants flavanols are found in cocoa products, but until now, scientists didn’t really know what happens to them in the lower gastrointestinal tract.  There have been many different health benefits linked to chocolate, but the exact reason for this has been...
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U.S. Launch of the CONFORM SHEET

Earlier this week, DePuy Synthes Spine, collaborating with DePuy Synthes Biomaterials, announced the U.S. launch of the CONFORM SHEET, a hydrated, pliable and totally demineralized cancellous bone matrix that fills up during posterolateral spinal fusion surgery and provides a natural scaffold for new bone formation. The new allograft implant has both osteoinductive and osteoconductive properties.  Using a unique demineralization process, bone morphogenic proteins are exposed, providing CONFORM SHEET osteoinductive properties, while the scaffold’s cancellous structure...
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Dr. Michael Schlitt addresses Burien abo...

January 5, 2014– Burien, WA I had the pleasure of being keynote speaker today at Walk & Bike Burien’s “Walk With A Doc” Program. Walk & Bike Burien, or WABi,  advocates walking and biking for health and well-being. I was invited to speak about the benefits of a graduated walking program, which I established to help my patients with surgical recovery, allowing them to get back to work and on the path to wellness. (See blog entry at drmichaelschlitt.org for details about the walking program) A crowd of 65 gathered at the Burien Community...