Patients coping with chronic pain have a new way to control the life-altering ouch. The FDA recently approved the Medtronic Personal Therapy Manager, or PTM, to work in conjunction with the synchromed drug pump. The PTM works like a remote control for the patient to deliver a small dose of pain medication released through the implanted drug pump. While patients can receive relief on demand, there are also controls in place. The doctor sets a safe level of medication, and also sets the time interval before another dose can be triggered.
Does this germy time of year give you the heebie jeebies? You're not alone; a lot of people are grossed out by door knobs and sneezes. Now, a new book might help you get through the season of sniffles. The Germ Freak's Guide To Outwitting Colds and Flu is the essential handbook to understand the world of bacteria and viruses. You'll also find tips to do battle against ill-willed germs with common sense tips like washing your ands and cooking foods thoroughly.
Instead of an apple a day, a daily walk might be the way to keep the doctor away. Researchers at the University of Florida prescribed a daily half-hour walk to patients in a study. Over one-fifth of the people who walked at least five days a week increased their cardio-respiratory fitness by at least 10%. In comparison, only fourteen-percent of the doctors say that even a modest boost in lung and heart fitness from a daily, brisk walk can reduce mortality by 15%.