Monday, February 24, 2014

Stunning Medical Advances

One personality trait that new readers might not know about me, is the fact that I'm absolutely fascinated and completely enthralled with the human body. I love to study and learn about our bodies via medical books, medical/science websites, and discussions with others. I love wondering (some might call it daydreaming) about my theories and hypotheses of ways to help improve people's health. I simply want people to feel utterly happy and physically blessed for as long as possible! :)

No, I never finished college/university or went to medical school because I wanted to be a stay-at-home-mother more than anything I've ever wanted in my entire life! Well, other than marrying my amazing husband, Greg! It's because of him that I'm living my motherhood dream—he's such a great guy! However, I fully plan to pursue higher education and get a degree (or two, or three!) as soon as my babies have flown the nest.

That said, I have always greatly enjoyed my hobby of medical research. There are literally not enough hours in the day for my insatiable medical-questions appetite. I'm totally addicted to learning and love it more than you can imagine...so much that it's hard for me to turn off my brain's questions! Oh, and lest anyone get the wrong impression, I must clarify that most of my time is spent doing family and church things.

Anyway, today I stumbled upon two stunning medical advances. Thus, I just have to share the great news!

First, for all of you loud-volume-listening iPod users, or owners of window-blasting car sound systems, Harvard Medical School has published an article titled, "Hearing Restored after Noise Damage," by Mary Leach. It's remarkably good news for anyone with hearing loss caused by noise trauma, so be sure to read the full article!

Here is the link to the original scholarly paper on Science Direct titled, "Notch Inhibition Induces Cochlear Hair Cell Regeneration and Recovery of Hearing after Acoustic Trauma." I highly recommend watching the video under the summary, as it makes their long paper make much more sense to us non-genius types. ;)

Secondly, this article is for all of those lovely, adorable, sweet, wonderful human beings with Down Syndrome and their endlessly vigilant, selfless, and diligently caring family members. Researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institutes of Health have discovered a possible new drug treatment to help those with Down Syndrome improve their learning and memory! The Johns Hopkins Medicine article is titled, "Experimental Compound Reverses Down Syndrome-Like Learning Deficits in Mice." Again, please do yourself the favor and read the entire article. :)

Here is the link to the summary of the original research article on Science Translational Medicine [American Association for the Advancement of Science]: "DOWN SYNDROME   Hedgehog Agonist Therapy Corrects Structural and Cognitive Deficits in a Down Syndrome Mouse Model."

I hope you enjoy reading about these wonderful medical advances as much as I have. I'm truly so grateful for intelligent people who choose to bless our world by sharing their talents, thereby increasing them!

Matthew 25:20-21:
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

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