Resveratrol Could Be Used To Fight COVID; Now Being Studied

While the world shelters in place to see if a vaccine might end the COVID-19 pandemic, a body of researchers are suggesting that if the scientific community only took studies on certain plant compounds a little farther, widespread effective treatments could be developed that ward off this coronavirus and future ones.

These include resveratrol and flavonoids collectively known as polyphenols, containing impressive flu-fighting elements such as quercetin, luteolin, fisetin, curcumin.

Gaining a lot of popularity as an anti-aging supplement, resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant that also helps suppress pro-inflammatory compounds like IL-6 and TNF-alpha that are associated with disease, the latter of which involved in every disease known to man.

Currently, resveratrol, a compound present in most plants which is expressed when they experience stress, is being looked at as a potential ameliorator of viral infections including seasonal influenza and COVID-19.

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Common Plant Could Stop Growth of Breast Cancer Cells

A plant which had previously been dismissed as not being medically useful could prove to be a hero in disguise, after scientists discovered that it stops the growth of breast cancer cells.

The ground-breaking research, which could lead to future chemotherapy cancer advances, starred Arabidopsis thaliana – also known as thale cress.

The leaves were treated with the plant hormone jasmonate, a substance discovered in jasmine that boosts plant responses to stress. Then they incubated the treated leaves with breast cancer cells.

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Rome Health & Rehab Patients and Staff Have Recovered from COVID 19

Rome Health & Rehabilitation has issued the following statement regarding patients and staff testing positive for COVID-19.

“Thanks in part to the hard work and dedication of the doctors, nurses and other frontline staff at Rome Health & Rehabilitation Center, we can report that 19 residents and 36 staff have recovered from COVID-19. We’d like to thank the community and our local and state officials for their support during this time, and to share our sympathy with the families who have lost loved ones to this terrible virus. While the pandemic that is impacting the vulnerable population we serve is far from over, it’s important during these tough times to celebrate these small victories and recognize our healthcare heroes

UPDATE : April 10 2020

Rome Heath and Rehabilitation on Redmond Circle confirmed that two of its residents has succumbed to COVID-19.

According to Rome Health and Rehab spokesperson Annaliese Impink, there are still currently 17 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Twelve of them are currently in isolation in the center. Three of them are receiving treatment in local hospitals.

That death on Wednesday brings the number of Floyd County residents who have died from the disease to four.

“We continue to follow CDC guidance related to infection prevention and control.  The staff continues to screen all staff for respiratory illness prior to the start of their shift.  They are also screening all outside essential healthcare providers prior to each visit to assure that they are not experiencing respiratory symptoms.  We thank the staff at Rome Health and Rehabilitation Center for all of their tireless efforts, ” said Annaliese Impink for Rome Health and Rehabilitation Center.

As of Friday at noon, five Floyd County residents have died from COVID-19.

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More Than 100,000 People Have Recovered Worldwide from Virus

More Than 100,000 People Have Already Recovered From the Virus Worldwide

According to research from Johns Hopkins University, more than 100,000 COVID-19 patients have already made full recoveries from the infection—and that number may very well climb ever higher as more and more potential treatments are tested around the world.

If that’s not enough, patients as old as 90 have managed to recover from the virus as well.

As Chinese cities gradually reopen to the public now that they have gotten the virus under control with less than 10 new infections reported each day, other countries are expected to experience similar recoveries during the coming months.

According to a recently-published interview with the Los Angeles Times, Nobel laureate and Stanford biophysicist Michael Levitt has been “remarkably accurate” in predicting China’s recovery from the virus since he began researching the infection rates back in January.

Levitt, who won the 2013 prize for developing complex chemical models of calculation, says that as long as countries continue to practice safe self-isolation measures, the numbers show that they are already beginning to experience slow signs of improvement.

“What we need is to control the panic,” he told the news outlet. “We’re going to be fine.”

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Digital Dating Abuse

  • New research suggests digital dating abuse is on the rise, and boys may be most at risk.
  • Experts say the research may be flawed in how it defines digital dating abuse, but that it still exists.
  • It’s important to talk to teenagers about the different types of abuse and what they should look out for from an early age.
  • If you suspect your teen may be a victim or perpetrator of any type of abuse, seek help from a mental health crisis center or local law enforcement.

recent study out of Florida is the first of its kind to take a deep look at digital dating violence as it applies to teenagers. The findings were surprising.

Of the 2,218 middle and high school students that participated in the research, more than a quarter (28.1 percent) of those who had been linked romantically in the past year said they’d also been subjected to digital dating violence.

Boys reported experiencing more of this abuse than girls, with 32.3 percent saying they’d been victims compared to 23.6 percent of their female counterparts.

The study defined digital dating violence as a romantic partner doing any of the following:

  • keeping them from using their devices
  • sending threats via text
  • posting content online to publicly make fun of, threaten, or embarrass them
  • posting a picture without permission
  • Laurie A. Couture is a licensed mental health counselor and trauma specialist for children and adolescents.

    She explained that digital dating violence often extends beyond what was mentioned in the study.

    “It could entail sending unwanted sexts or making unwanted and harassing sexual comments via text or social media. It could also entail more serious abuse such as stalking or catfishing,” she said.

    Couture, who’s the author of the book “Nurturing and Empowering Our Sons,” went on to say that “Unfortunately, digital dating violence is becoming increasingly common among adolescents and young adults. The more young people are moving their lives online, the more vulnerable they are to these dynamics.”

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6 Vaping Products Disguised As Everyday Items

  • There’s a range of vaping products companies are selling online that are designed to look like everyday items. Teens are using these to hide their vaping from parents and teachers.
  • More than 1,200 vaping-associated lung injury cases have been reported in the United States. Fifteen percent of those cases involved children under 18 years of age.
  • There have been 26 confirmed deaths due to these injuries.

Teens are currently using a wide range of devices that allow them to vape undetected, right under the noses of parents and teachers.

Often, these vaping products are disguised to look like common household objects such as watches, writing pens, and even clothes.

Here are some of the more common stealth vaping devices currently being used:

Hooded sweatshirts are a staple in most teen wardrobes so it probably won’t arouse suspicion when your teen shows up at breakfast one morning wearing a new one, but it should.

Vape hoodies are a popular way to hide vape pens, allowing teens to vape anywhere, even in class, without being detected.

To use it, all they have to do is insert a vape pen in the end of one of the hoodie’s specially designed tubed drawstrings. Then pen is then slid into a discreet chest pocket, and users inhale through a mouthpiece on the other end of the drawstring. This allows the plume of vapor emitted from the pen to be concealed inside the drawstring’s tube.

These days backpacks are more than just a way to carry books and laptops to and from school. They can also conceal teen vaping.

Vaping backpacks generally contain a pouch to hold the vaping device with concealed tubing and a mouthpiece in the shoulder strap allowing it to be pulled out for use as desired and then tucked discreetly away.

With smartphones being found in the hands of most teens these days, you may not even think twice about them getting a new phone case, but be aware that their latest accessory could also disguise a vaping habit.

Vaping phone cases fit over a smartphone just like a normal case, but with a big difference: You can attach an atomizer to it and vape e-liquids.

While many vape pens are called “pens” simply because their size and shape closely resemble a pen, there are also vape pens that are purposely designed to look like pens in order to hide their true function.

In fact, there are even vape pens on the market that have been cleverly designed to actually function as a writing implement. All the user has to do is unscrew the top of the pen, insert a cartridge and then vape through the top of the pen.

While they may look like a smart watch at first glance, and even tell you the time and date, a press of a button allows the user to remove a pod from the watchband which can be used as a vape.

Devices like the Juul brand of e-cigarette, which closely resembles a USB drive, have become a very popular option for teens to hide their vaping.

All they need to do is toss it in their backpack, and unsuspecting parents are none the wiser that the device isn’t a USB drive with data needed for homework.

More Information on Vaping and Health

  • One vaping session can result in changes in blood flow.
  • Researchers worry vaping can lead to hardening of arteries over time.
  • Vaping remains most popular with young people under 30.

Vaping is on the rise with teens — roughly 1 in 3 high school students say they vaped in 2018. The habit is putting them at risk for health consequences, and now, new research shows that nicotine might not be the only thing to blame.

A report published today in the journal Radiology has found that non-nicotine vaping can harm your lungs even after just one use of an e-cigarette.

In the study, published on Aug. 20, 31 nonsmoking participants between the ages of 18 and 35 vaped the equivalent to one conventional cigarette. The solution in the e-cigarette liquid contained propylene glycol, glycerol, and flavoring, but no nicotine.

Researchers conducted MRI exams before and after the vaping experiment to see how it affected the participants’ vascular systems. The MRIs showed that participants experienced a reduction in blood flow in the femoral artery (a large artery in the thigh) after just one vaping session.

Overall, the results showed that e-cigarettes may pose a risk to vascular functions and the lining of blood vessels in young, healthy nonsmokers, even if the liquid they vape doesn’t contain nicotine.

Vapor from e-cigarettes is often thought of as a less harmful alternative to cigarette smoke, especially among young people. A 2018 survey of around 44,500 adolescents found that teens think of e-cigarettes as one of the lowest risk drugs.

The liquid solution in e-cigarettes typically contains a mix of solvents, flavorings, and additives. When these chemicals are heated and inhaled, it may cause damage to the respiratory tract and blood vessels, noted Alessandra Caporale, PhD, one of the researchers, in a press release.

The latest findings echo previous research that has shown a connection between nicotine-free vaping and health consequences. A 2018 in vitro study found that exposure to e-juice flavoring compounds may trigger an inflammatory response in white blood cells.

Another study from 2018 found that the urine of 16-year-olds who used e-cigarettes contained higher levels of carcinogenic compounds than that of participants who didn’t smoke or vape.

More research is needed before conclusions on the long-term effects of vaping can be drawn, but early findings have experts concerned about the use of e-cigarettes.

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Warning About Teens Smoking ECigs/Vaping

Health officials are warning about possible dangers to teenagers from electronic cigarettes.  A rash of young people was recently rushed to the hospital after suffering from breathing problems, seizures, and severe lung damage after using the products.

E-Cigs burst onto the scene about ten years ago and quickly became so popular among young people, the US Surgeon General calls teen vaping an epidemic.

The user sucks on a mouthpiece, which heats flavored liquid nicotine that becomes vaporized and inhaled. Initially, manufacturers claimed E-Cigs were designed to help adults quit smoking. However, what ended up happening is teenagers, many who never smoke regular cigarettes were enticed by the sweet flavors like watermelon and bubble-gum as well as the cartoonish packaging resembling candy wrappers, not to mention the addictive nicotine.

Dr. Mike Gutzeit, chief medical officer at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin said: “Vaping in teenagers is something that’s harming our kids and we want that to be loud and clear.”

Since E-Cigs are so new, little is known about their long-term impact, particularly on young people. But health officials are sounding alarms about breathing problems, even severe lung damage, after a spike in teens sent to the hospital after vaping.

That includes four cases in Minnesota, up to twelve in Wisconsin, six in Illinois, and at least one in Florida.

Eighteen-year-old Chance Ammirata was rushed to the hospital with a collapsed lung.

“It felt like I was having a heart attack! It was insanely scary,” he said.

Dr. Mike Gutzeit, chief medical officer at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin said: “Vaping in teenagers is something that’s harming our kids and we want that to be loud and clear.”

Since E-Cigs are so new, little is known about their long-term impact, particularly on young people. But health officials are sounding alarms about breathing problems, even severe lung damage, after a spike in teens sent to the hospital after vaping.

That includes four cases in Minnesota, up to twelve in Wisconsin, six in Illinois, and at least one in Florida.

Eighteen-year-old Chance Ammirata was rushed to the hospital with a collapsed lung.

“It felt like I was having a heart attack! It was insanely scary,” he said.

Dr. Mike Gutzeit, chief medical officer at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin said: “Vaping in teenagers is something that’s harming our kids and we want that to be loud and clear.”

Since E-Cigs are so new, little is known about their long-term impact, particularly on young people. But health officials are sounding alarms about breathing problems, even severe lung damage, after a spike in teens sent to the hospital after vaping.

Chance says his doctors told him he had a condition made worse by vaping. Now on Instagram he declares, “Nicotine is rotting our brains and destroying our bodies,” adding, “How many more kids are going to have to get hospitalized for us to stop!?”

Another teen, Dylan Nelson, was placed in a medically-induced coma after vaping, according to his brother.

“Trauma he caused to his lungs is significant,” he said.

Doctors say these acute, aggressive lung injuries appear to be caused by E-Cigs, although it’s not yet confirmed.

“We recognize that it is not a result of infection like viruses or bacteria,” said Dr. Emily Chapman, Children’s Minnesota chief medical officer. “It looks more similar to injury from inhalation of some kind of a caustic substance. The body is actually reacting to something that’s been exposed to or deposited along the lining of the lung.”

Research shows teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to start smoking regular cigarettes. And the continued use of nicotine can make other drugs such as cocaine more pleasurable.
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