HUFFPOST PERSONAL 05/29/2018 09:13 am ET Tracy TuftGuest Writer If you had once told me that someday I would not only agree to have someone else’s poop put inside my body, but would enthusiastically welcome it, I never would have believed you. I, like most people, would have been repulsed by the very idea. But when you’re fighting for your life, the ick factor just doesn’t matter. My unexpected encounter with a fecal transplant began in May 2011, when I developed a tooth infection that required an antibiotic. I was on an immunosuppressant drug for my multiple sclerosis, which made me more susceptible to infections. I’d never heard of Clostridium difficile, a potentially life-threatening bacterium more commonly known as C. diff, and so I didn’t know I was even more vulnerable to developing it while taking a strong antibiotic. In my mind, I felt safe from infections because of the antibiotic. Little did I know what was awaiting me. A couple … [Read more...] about I Had A Fecal Transplant And It Saved My Life
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by The Healing Edge ByDenise Grady May 25, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — In the three months before she was even born, Elianna Constantino received five blood transfusions and a bone-marrow transplant. All were given with a needle passed through her mother’s abdomen and uterus, into the vein in her umbilical cord. Elianna, born Feb. 1 with a robust cry and a cap of gleaming black hair, has a genetic disease that usually kills a fetus before birth. The condition, alpha thalassemia major, leaves red blood cells unable to carry oxygen around the body, causing severe anemia, heart failure and brain damage. The transfusions in the womb kept her alive, but only treated her illness. The bone-marrow transplant has the potential to cure it. Whether it will succeed is still too soon to tell. Elianna and her mother, Nichelle … [Read more...] about Five Blood Transfusions, One Bone Marrow Transplant — All Before Birth
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What is involved in a hair transplant, and how long does it last? How does this differ from hair plugs? I'm only 34 but have lost a lot of hair already and have tried hair-growth shampoo without much luck.ANSWER: A hair transplant is a form of skin graft that rearranges the hair you have by taking hair and skin from one area of your head and moving it to another. It's an effective, permanent treatment for hair loss. A hair transplant involves significant cost and recovery time. In most cases, it requires multiple procedures over time to get the best results. Therefore, hair transplants generally are used only when other hair-loss treatments have not worked.The concept of transplanting hair dates back to the 1950s, when it was discovered that sections of hair and skin could be moved from the back or sides of the scalp -- areas typically unaffected by age-related hair loss -- to bald sections of the scalp. The hair in the transplanted areas would continue to grow as it … [Read more...] about Mayo Clinic Q&A: Hair transplant an effective treatment for hair loss but involves significant time, recovery
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Live Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Doctors ByMikkael A. Sekeres, M.D. May 3, 2018 At the age of 28, my patient was already a war-weary veteran of leukemia. When his cancer was diagnosed, we treated him with a multi-drug cocktail of chemotherapy over months, first with more intensive regimens that sidelined him from being able to work, and then with milder medicines. His leukemia came raging back, though, so we treated him again, this time with one of the new, expensive immunotherapies that has been approved recently by the Food and Drug Administration. These are not curative, but in his case eliminated enough of the leukemia to enable him to receive a bone-marrow transplant, which did have the potential of curing him. But when he called my office six months after his transplant complaining of excruciating back pain, we feared the worst. The vertebrae are the … [Read more...] about The Best Medicine? What’s Meaningful to Our Patients
0 Comments So what exactly is causing your hair to start falling out? BelfastTelegraph.co.uk We wash it, condition it, mousse, wax and style it - so it's safe to say we get pretty attached to our hair. It's no surprise, then, that clogging your shower's plughole in the morning can be more than just an inconvenience - it's also pretty worrying to see yourself shedding your luscious locks. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/health/so-what-exactly-is-causing-your-hair-to-start-falling-out-36859062.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article36861064.ece/39ebe/AUTOCROP/h342/iStock-669685434.jpg Email We wash it, condition it, mousse, wax and style it - so it's safe to say we get pretty attached to our hair. It's no surprise, then, that clogging your shower's plughole in the morning can be more than just an inconvenience - it's also pretty worrying to see yourself shedding your luscious locks. We lose hair all the time - around 100 strands on a daily basis - but … [Read more...] about So what exactly is causing your hair to start falling out?