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Modified Medical Maggots

Modified Medical Maggots
May 13, 2016

And now for things that make you go “Blugh!”

Maggots inspire a gut-churning reaction. Seeing them out in nature causes us to wrinkle our noses, and bad slasher flicks use them as a visual cue for fear and disgust.

But for some people with wounds that just will not heal on their own, maggots genetically modified by NC State University entomologist Max Scott could hold the key to the healing they need.

Medicines With Class

It’s a pretty common routine.

You visit the doctor’s office for a medical issue and, after a brief examination, you walk out of the office with a prescription. At some point later, you stop by the pharmacy and leave with the medicine in hand.

You may not pay much more attention to the medication. After all the pill, liquid, nasal spray or injection is just something to help you feel better. But it turns out, there are huge differences in medicines. Here are the basics.

Pharma For a Fee

Have you visited your local pharmacy lately?

I hope you haven’t because that might mean you are dealing with a medical issue. But the next time you do need to visit, stop for a few seconds and look around.

We are blessed to be living at a time of amazing medical breakthroughs that help us deal with everything from the common cold to back pains and muscle aches to more serious medical issues.

However all of that medicine comes at a cost—and it is a big cost.

Ultrasound for Muscles

Ultrasound for Muscles
May 19, 2015 
 
Muscles need lots of supplies to keep them moving. They need high-energy molecules, calcium, salts and most importantly sugars. 
 
Our long stringy muscle fibers keep a plentiful store of sugar in the form of glycogen to keep them fueled through long exercise. And as marathon runners and long distance cyclists can tell you, when the glycogen runs out, it’s not pretty.
 

Prescription for Aging

Okay, the time has come to admit it: I am getting older.

I’ve seen the signs for a while. The date on my driver’s license is a sign. So is the arrival of an AARP card in the mail a few years ago.

But it was my recent visit to the doctor’s office for my annual physical that really clinched it.

My doctor prescribed a medication for me. When I asked how long I would be taking it, he replied with a smile, “Most likely, for the rest of your life. After all, you are getting older!”

At least he smiled when he said it.

Medicated Nation

There’s a good chance you have memorized the warning listed on the prescription medication label. That’s because you’ve either heard it on television or radio during commercials for prescription medicines, or you have read it on the label on the medicine bottle. The warning reads something like this:

“Take only as directed. Finish all of the medicine in the prescription. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or experience any side effects.”

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