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Old 2013-02-25, 21:31   Link #101
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No blood issues that I know of. Darkness is more comfortable but that's probably just because there is less to have to focus on.
Weirdly enough, I went to my university's clinic and had among other things my temperature and blood pressure checked, and everything was "normal".

The thing with the headache is that if I just stay put in a warm area, it becomes better after awhile. If I go outside where it's cold, the pain immediately returns. I suspect that my headache today was especially bad because I only slept about five hours last night.

I guess I'll be fine in a couple days. Most likely I just didn't recognize I was sick when I should have and decided to push myself too hard due to midterms being around now.
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Old 2013-02-25, 22:39   Link #102
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You could always stuff a dakumakura cover with a hot water bottle, then hang it around your chest like a bandolier.

Your bedtime girlfriend should provide you with the extra warmth.
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Old 2013-02-25, 23:21   Link #103
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Insight: Cancer drugs proving worth earlier in testing:

"It typically has taken a decade and $1 billion to bring a new treatment to market.
But in the last two years a handful of cancer drugs - including Onyx Pharmaceutical
Inc's Kyprolis for multiple myeloma, Roche's Zelboraf for melanoma, and Pfizer's
Xalkori - were approved in about half that time because of improved genetic
screening, more definitive Phase I trials and the dire need for new, effective
treatments."

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http://news.yahoo.com/insight-cancer...--finance.html
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Old 2013-02-26, 06:49   Link #104
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No blood issues that I know of. Darkness is more comfortable but that's probably just because there is less to have to focus on.
Weirdly enough, I went to my university's clinic and had among other things my temperature and blood pressure checked, and everything was "normal".

The thing with the headache is that if I just stay put in a warm area, it becomes better after awhile. If I go outside where it's cold, the pain immediately returns. I suspect that my headache today was especially bad because I only slept about five hours last night.

I guess I'll be fine in a couple days. Most likely I just didn't recognize I was sick when I should have and decided to push myself too hard due to midterms being around now.
The frontal headache with runny nos is telling me it's probably sinusitis. But assuming that's a progressively worsening photophobia or sensitivity to light, and possible eye pain, points to either a retinal problem or optic neuritis.
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Old 2013-02-26, 14:11   Link #105
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You could always stuff a dakumakura cover with a hot water bottle, then hang it around your chest like a bandolier.

Your bedtime girlfriend should provide you with the extra warmth.
Not what I need right now, loli scum!

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The frontal headache with runny nos is telling me it's probably sinusitis. But assuming that's a progressively worsening photophobia or sensitivity to light, and possible eye pain, points to either a retinal problem or optic neuritis.
Actually, the headache was (or felt like it was) more in the middle of my head rather than the forehead.

But anyway I just got done sleeping for about fourteen hours. There are some traces of yesterday's migraine and I still feel weak and out of shape, but my nose is no longer clogged and my appetite seems to have returned.
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Old 2013-03-07, 23:17   Link #106
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I'm surprised no one mentioned about it in this thread:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/...baby-cure.html

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A baby, born with the AIDS virus, appears to have been cured scientists announce
Sunday, March 3, 2013. (Johns Hopkins Medicine/Associated Press)

A baby born with HIV appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who's now 2 and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.

There's no guarantee the child will remain healthy, although sophisticated testing uncovered just traces of the virus' genetic material still lingering. If so, it would mark only the world's second reported cure.

Specialists say Sunday's announcement, at a major AIDS meeting in Atlanta, offers promising clues for efforts to eliminate HIV infection in children, especially in AIDS-plagued African countries where too many babies are born with the virus.

"You could call this about as close to a cure, if not a cure, that we've seen," Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, who is familiar with the findings, told The Associated Press.

The baby 'deserved our best shot,' says doctor

A doctor gave this baby faster and stronger treatment than is usual, starting a three-drug infusion within 30 hours of birth. That was before tests confirmed the infant was infected and not just at risk from a mother whose HIV wasn't diagnosed until she was in labour.

"I just felt like this baby was at higher-than-normal risk, and deserved our best shot," Dr. Hannah Gay, a pediatric HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi, said in an interview.

That fast action apparently knocked out HIV in the baby's blood before it could form hideouts in the body. Those so-called reservoirs of dormant cells usually rapidly reinfect anyone who stops medication, said Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins Children's Center. She led the investigation that deemed the child "functionally cured," meaning in long-term remission even if all traces of the virus haven't been completely eradicated.

Next, Persaud's team is planning a study to try to prove that, with more aggressive treatment of other high-risk babies. "Maybe we'll be able to block this reservoir seeding," Persaud said.

No one should stop anti-AIDS drugs as a result of this case, Fauci cautioned.

But "it opens up a lot of doors" to research if other children can be helped, he said. "It makes perfect sense what happened."
That would be great news if further research get more results in that direction. And when such treatment will be fully operational, I just hope the people who made it possible will do exactly what Dr. Jonas Salk did with his own vaccine by selflessly refusing to patent the treatment with the greater good in mind.
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Old 2013-03-08, 02:23   Link #107
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This is actually really big news in the fight against HIV. If large scale RCTs manage to prove the high efficacy of high dose anti retroviral therapy in neonates infected by HIV maternally, it will give us a a way to put one giant roadblock in preventing the spread of HIV.

That is to say, it will become the major step in preventing HIV vertical spread to succeeding generations which is one one of the biggest methods of the virus spread. This will allow us to focus on the person to person blood and needles spread that is still the major route of infection.

Just to clarify, the reason this neonate, and possibly neonates in general, can be cured by the anti retroviral therapy due to lack of reservoir viral carriers is because their immature immune system as fewer B-cells to infect and act as viral reservoirs. This does not hold true for older people with mature immune systems. Thus, it shows that early treatment for HIV before immune system maturity becomes paramount to achieving cure.
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Old 2013-03-08, 04:21   Link #108
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Just to clarify, the reason this neonate, and possibly neonates in general, can be cured by the anti retroviral therapy due to lack of reservoir viral carriers is because their immature immune system as fewer B-cells to infect and act as viral reservoirs. This does not hold true for older people with immune systems. Thus, it shows that early treatment for HIV before immune system maturity becomes paramount to achieving cure.
True. Unless they could actually treat AIDS in mature patients... well, I'm only happy for the infant... Lucky he/she got treated immediately...
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Old 2013-03-08, 05:20   Link #109
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Isn't there a huge problem in southern African countries where lots of the population is born with AIDS? Even if this cure only works on kids it would still be a huge bonus.
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Old 2013-03-08, 15:17   Link #110
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Isn't there a huge problem in southern African countries where lots of the population is born with AIDS? Even if this cure only works on kids it would still be a huge bonus.
I was exactly thinking about that after all the sad stories about how many children are born every year in Africa with AIDS. Treating older patients may still remain problematic, but helping the much younger generation to live without AIDS would be quite an accomplishment itself.
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Old 2013-03-10, 07:35   Link #111
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Speaking of HIV, so far a research/study shows that a bee's venom can kill the HIV virus while leaving normal cells unharmed.

http://health.yahoo.net/articles/hea...kill-hiv-virus

Hopefully this can turn into something big in the near future.
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Old 2013-03-12, 04:33   Link #112
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Speaking of HIV, so far a research/study shows that a bee's venom can kill the HIV virus while leaving normal cells unharmed.

http://health.yahoo.net/articles/hea...kill-hiv-virus

Hopefully this can turn into something big in the near future.
Hope those who, unfortunately, with allergic reaction to bee stings will also benefit....
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Old 2013-06-19, 04:55   Link #113
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Medical Question

Are Para and Diphen standard pre BT meds and Furo as post BT meds?

I notice some doctors order them but others don't I remember hearing that they are standard that doesn't need an order from a physician.
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Old 2013-06-20, 06:03   Link #114
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Diphen usually given to prevent BT reactions like itching etc. Paracetamol because sometimes BT can cause transfusion fever. Furo is to prevent some cases of IV fluid overload.
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Old 2013-06-21, 02:36   Link #115
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Diphen usually given to prevent BT reactions like itching etc. Paracetamol because sometimes BT can cause transfusion fever. Furo is to prevent some cases of IV fluid overload.
My concern is that if they're SOP medications that doesn't need a doctor's order.
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Old 2013-06-21, 02:38   Link #116
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Eh in my experience it's not SOP.
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Old 2013-06-21, 02:41   Link #117
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I had experience that some nurses request diphen and para even if it's not ordered.... they say.. "It's because it's BT"... It's like "Start Nicardipine drip"... We don't need to ask if it needs to be 90 cc D5W via drip chamber titrate at 5 mics..
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Old 2013-06-21, 11:43   Link #118
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I've been fighting this bronchitis for about two months now, which I first noticed when I got to the top of the stairs at my home and was very out of breath. That scared me because I thought it might have been another Myasthenia Gravis crisis in the making. However, my strength is still good, so it didn't turn out to be a crisis.

Some days I get better to the point where I almost feel normal with no coughing at all, other days (like today) I feel absolutely terrible with lots of coughing and phlegm (yuk!). I'm almost to the point where I want to call it day and go home even though I've only been at work for a couple of hours.

I've been to the doctor a few times already. He's prescribed me Amoxicillin, and doxycycline, neither of which worked, and now he's recommending I see a pulmonologist. I really don't want to do that as I've already spent way over my budget just on the medications. I've taken Mucinex, which seemed to help the most of all, but after a week I've already run out of it. Hot lemon tea with honey seems to help too.

I'm pretty sure it's lasted this long thanks to my Myasthenia Gravis condition (lowered immune system). One thing is for sure, I've eaten a lot healthier lately. Anyhow, I'm sticking with my personal motto "Keep going".

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Old 2013-06-21, 16:06   Link #119
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Myasthenia Gravis is descending paralysis right.??????

That's what I heard in my review back in my younger days.. Lols... Symptoms starts from head downward Paralysis of the chest or rather inability to breath as the cause of most deaths....
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Old 2013-06-22, 00:31   Link #120
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Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune condition where antibodies recognize Acetylcholine receptors as antigens and destroys them, causing a net effect of easy muscle fatigability and weakness. Most symptoms start cephalocaudal, meaning head and face first the downwards., which accounts for the classic sign of facial weakness and drooping eyelids.

The rest of the body comes later, but the most feared complication is respiratory weakness in un/poorly treated cases.

What are your MG meds? Physiostigmine I suppose? Symptomatically it could be a sign of MG crisis or inadequate MG medication, except cough and phlegm usually don't accompany it.
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