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Medical News February 2014

Urine color can now be tested with a new app that has been recently launched on the market. The app can test the presence of up to 10 markers, which are related to 25 diseases. You will simply use the camera of your smartphone to take pictures of the chemical strips, after dipping them in samples of your urine.

The app compares it with a map and in several seconds it offers information on the levels of glucose, protein, bilirubin, ketones, leukocytes and five more parameters. The results are offered in an easy to understand format, so anyone can understand them.

The Indian company that has created the application states that their product is going to be a great help for people suffering from diabetes, kidney problems, bladder and liver. The app will also offer precious info related to a possible urinary infection.

The application is tested right now in several hospitals from Mumbai, and if everything goes well, it is soon going to be available for iPhones.

A new research has proved, without doubt, that animals help kids with autism interact a lot better with other people. The main conclusion is that kids are more involved socially when an animal is present in the room.

The study has been conducted at the University of Queensland, Australia, and the kids that participated were between 5 and 13 years old. Their interaction with adults was analyzed while two guinea pigs were present in the room, and then when the small pigs were replaced with simple toys.

The conclusion was very clear: when animals were present, kids talked more and looked at the other persons’ faces. At the same time, they frown less, whine less and cry less while the animals were present. Specialists hope that due to the presence of an animal, kids with autism could interact better with teachers, therapists and adults.

The flu virus is shown to be less infectious when humidity, in a room, is above 40%. According to Louis Kraml, CEO at Bingham Memorial Hospital, when the air is more humid, the influenza virus gets weaker. The research has demonstrated that one hour after they have been released in a room with 23% humidity, about 75% of the viruses kept their infectious capacity. When the experiment was repeated in a room where humidity was around 40%, only 14% of the viruses kept their infectious capacity. As a conclusion, in rooms where humidity is higher than 40%, viruses lose their strength. More information can be found on the Louis Kraml Youtube Channel.

The venom from the vipers contains several anticoagulants and coagulants, and this could be a valuable resource in treating human diseases. The vipers that are responsible for the majority of the attacks on humans can be recognized after the specific sound they make when they feel threatened.

The venom can cause blood clotting, hemorrhage, renal problems and even strokes. Iranian specialists have discovered that despite the fact that snakes are very dangerous, their venom can be used to treat several medical conditions.

People all over the world are more and more interested in buying organic food. Despite all of this, say the specialists, even if you buy organic food, it can get contaminated with phthalates and bisphenol A. These are synthetic endocrine disrupting chemicals, and studies have shown the link between the exposure to them and abnormalities in the male reproductive system.

The kids that were exposed to these substances had hyperactivity, depression and anxiety. Specialists say that a kid aged between 3 and 6 is exposed to about 2,000 milligrams of phthalates and bisphenol A each day.

Louis Kraml discusses Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Good news from Louis Kraml: medicines for high blood pressure have been found to have the ability to control the development of dementia and Alzheimer diseases.  In particular, the so-called beta blockers, a type of high blood medicines, may have the ability to protect their users from dementia.

This is the finding of the study presented at the 65th annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.  According to mayoclinic.com, examples of beta blockers are propanolol, nebivolol, nadolol, metoprolol, bisoprolol, atenolol and acebutolol.

mature woman outsideThe study found that blood pressure medicines are beneficial and cause few changes in the brain, with beta blockers producing the least number of changes that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers noted that the patients, no matter what type of blood pressure medicines they are taking, benefit from taking their medication on a regular basis.

The benefits include low levels of micro infarcts, which are the conditions that arise from the inability of blood to reach the remote areas of the brain.  Beta blocker users were also found to have brains with lesser brain-size shrinkage, according to Dr. Lon White, author of the report.

White added that brain shrinking is a symptom of Alzheimer’s, a symptom that gets worse as the disease gets worse.  He said that these findings are exciting because beta blocker medicines are usually prescribed for high blood pressure patients.

According to Louis Kraml, the results of the study are also very important when we take into account the constantly increasing population worldwide. With the projected increase in population, the number of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease will commensurately increase in the future, White said.

Louis Kraml News

1. During a recent press conference, Louis Kraml, CEO at Bingham Memorial Hospital, announced that the medical institution that he has been leading since 2007 was chosen to be the recipient of the Medicare Rural Flexibility Grant. This is another proof which shows clearly that the hospital has expanded its reach and the medical services provided to the local area residents are of the highest quality. Mr. Kraml has stated in an interview that he and his staff are very proud to have been awarded this grant.

Louis Kraml

Louis Kraml

“The money”, said Louis Kraml, “will be used to build a medical system that can serve as a model for other hospitals, thus helping improve patient outcomes throughout the entire U.S. Bingham Memorial, which is also a Critical Access Hospital, will use the $19,818 grant to make significant changes that really matter.” According to Louis Kraml, “we want to use the money to build a powerful, efficient, and yet easy to follow model for all the other rural hospitals around the country, for the benefit of all the Americans”.

2. Mr. Kraml has stated many times that having highly trained medical personnel can make Bingham Memorial Hospital even better. This is one of the main reasons why Louis Kraml is now looking for professionals that are willing to come and help the people of Blackfoot, Idaho.

The recruiting campaign is directed at the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic. The name of the recruiting program is “Play Where You Work”; it has the goal of attracting highly trained doctors that appreciate not only the opportunity of working with modern medical equipment in a great hospital, but also the wonderful natural environment around their offices. Due to its low cost of living and the culture of physician independence, Idaho was recently ranked as the best place to be a doctor in the U.S.A.

3. In a recent interview, Louis Kraml has said that he is very proud of the fact that Bingham Memorial Hospital has been chosen by Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences to be their single Idaho Medical School. “The reasons for this choice”, said Mr. Kraml, “were not only the high hospital standards, but also by its proven dedication to serving the residents of Idaho.”

Pacific Northwest University is a private medical school located in Washington. The school is dedicated to training doctors that will serve the rural population. Mr. Louis Kraml considers this to be a great honor for Bingham Memorial and for the medical team that he is leading.

4. Louis Kraml is announcing the launch of a new array of qualified medical services for people that suffer from spine problems. The Spine Center at Bingham Memorial Hospital is now offering all these services: acupuncture, massage, ultrasound stimulators, superficial injections, epidural steroid injections and selective Nerve Root Blocks. Surgery is considered only when everything else has showed to be useless.

5. Among the many initiatives of the highly trained team of doctors at Bingham Memorial Hospital, there is a new one that aims to serve the children in the community. Louis Kraml is dedicated to offering the best medical services possible to every child in the region.

Bingham Memorial now offers free screenings for all infants and toddlers in Eastern Idaho twice a year. According to Mr. Kraml, this initiative will help many residents benefit from medical services that they would not be able to benefit from under normal conditions. The free screenings are made possible due to a partnership with Shriner’s Screening Clinic, helping parents find out if their children have any medical issues that need to be addressed before they get serious.

6. People that suffer from foot pain have received qualified help during the educational seminars that were organized at Bingham Memorial Hospital at the initiative of Louis Kraml, CEO of the hospital. It is well known that foot pain can severely impact one’s daily activities, even the simple things like walking, for example.