Medical Practitioner

Healthy Lives With Lifeline Screening

Lifeline screening is a public health based organization. It has a great history of providing viable services in cases where ultrasound and other screenings are required. The organization has a team of trained technologist as well as state-of-the-art machinery. The technicians can come up with accurate results from the necessary tests they perform. Health is one of the most important aspects of human life. It is categorized as an essential need. The key to efficient productivity is good health. Lifeline screening is aimed at ensuring that all individuals have access to good health. The organization offers three major types of preventive health screening. These includes Ultrasound screening, finger stick blood screening, and limited electrocardiograph.

To begin with, Ultrasound screening which is better known as sonography is one of the most common screening procedures. It is a technology under which sound waves are conveyed to the area that the scan needs to be done. The results are obtained by recording the different echoes of the sound waves. Ultrasound procedure was industrialized during the Second World War with the aim of tracing plunged objects. The health departments have today embraced the technology of ultrasound in a major way. The technology helps in discovering sanitary conditions without any operation. The procedure is advantageous in the sense that it is painless and leaves no wounds. In Lifeline screening the technology is performed widely, and accurate results are always obtained.

The finger-stick blood screening is another technology that the life line screening organizations use in their health fault finding processes. The technology is used to identify any heart diseases as well as diabetes. The procedure includes pricking a soft tissue of a single finger to obtain a blood sample. The lab technicians then perform screening to the blood sample and then they propagate the results. In Limited electrocardiograph, life line screening can identify palpitation which is a heart condition. Palpitation is a condition where the heart beats are irregular, and this increases the risk stroke. Lifeline screening provides a perfect way of testing the problem, identifying the actual course and dealing with it before it’s too late.


Stem Cell Transplants May be a Game Changer for MS Treatment

Individuals diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) have a grim future in most cases. The progressive and incurable disease wages war on the human body’s central nervous system. It relentlessly attacks the brain and spinal cord leading to disability. Doctors do not yet know the exact cause of MS, thus making it very hard to develop a cure. There are treatments available to patients that’ll delay the overall progress of the disease. The problem with current popular treatments is that none of them cause long term remission.


Stem cell transplants may be the solution to the problem. Recent research into the potential of stem cell transplants as a treatment shows that the transplantation of a person’s own blood-forming stem cells can induce sustained remission when coupled with high-dose immunosuppressive therapy.


Nearly 70 percent of participants in the clinical trial reported that they’d experienced no MS progression or increase in symptom activity for five years after receiving high-dose immunosuppressive therapy and autologous hematopoietic cell transplant (HDIT/HCT). The participants also went cold turkey from using MS medication. Most current MS medications haven’t come close to duplicating the positive results HDIT/HCT treatment. These findings strongly suggest that a single series of HDIT/HCT treatment is more effective than years of taking the most popular MS medication on the market.


Although further research is needed to work out the pros and cons of HDIT/HCT, stem cell transplants have definitely taken a small victory in the grand scheme of things.


About Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta


Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta is a New Jersey-based neurologist with ties to the Kennedy University Hospital. He is one of the relatively few neurologists that are affiliated with the hospital. He has been a practicing MD for over four decades.


Dr. Shiva received his medical degree from Government Medical College Nagpur in 1979 and finished his residency at Boston City Hospital.