Daily Archives: July 10, 2018

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Can a Common Cancer Screening Be Used to Detect Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Positron Emission Tomographic Imaging, commonly referred to as a PET scan, might not just be only for situations when a doctor is checking for or monitoring cancer. New research out of South Korea has come up with a new methodology for using PET scans to check for rheumatoid arthritis. The new technique utilizes an imaging agent the South Korean research team has developed that will allow doctors to see protein activity in the human body that is characteristic of arthritic joints.

An imaging agent is a contrast medium that can be injected into the human body, and provides a way for scans like PET Imaging to differentiate between different kinds of activity or cells within the body. The new technique takes advantage of the way white blood cells respond to the inflammation that occurs when arthritis is present. In fact, the new technique promises to make other kinds of arthritis more visible on a PET scan, and give doctors a powerful new diagnostic tool in monitoring and even treating the disease.

The discovery is important because many arthritis patients have to describe their symptoms to doctors, which can introduce a barrier between the medicine and the treatment. With the new scan technique, trained medical professionals would be able to actively observe the patient’s arthritic condition and proceed accordingly.

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Stressed Out Middle-Aged Workers Have Higher Risk of Mental Health Issues

It is more likely for middle aged adults to develop mental health problems down the road if they are constantly over stressed from work.

There has been a  scientific study done in the UK where they collected responses from over 6000 workers. Based on the results, about one third expressed that they could not control the tasks they do at work and another quarter percent of the workers expressed that they work a very demanding job. The study also reported that for those who are over the age of 50 working jobs with high levels of stress, they are about twice as likely to develop some sort of mental health disorder compared to those with low stress jobs.

Many other studies have also found a relevant correlation between stress in the workplace and the effect that it has on its employee’s mental health. However, it is still difficult to pinpoint whether or not these mental health problems developed first or whether it started from the difficult work situations.

A controlled study was then done to back up this claim where none of the workers showed any psychological issues at the beginning of the study which indicates that difficulties at work most likely had to have developed first. Currently, the factors or specific reasons from job strain that would cause mental illness still remains to be solved but it is very clear that these are all significant factors which can lead to many complex problems in addition to common psychological and mental illness. Other health issues relating to the heart or diabetes can also develop as well.

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