How clean is the air in your home?  Noxious chemicals build up very quickly in one’s house.  These include:

 

Carbon monoxide (from heaters, fireplaces).

 

Radon (from soil, drains, pipes).

 

Formaldehyde (from tobacco smoke, new wood furniture, flooring and cabinets, and glue, cosmetics and detergents).

 

Volatile Organic Compounds/benzene/trichloroethylene, (from plastics, rubber, detergents, degreasers).

 

Ammonia (from detergents, cleaners).

 

Xylene (from cigarettes, paint and car exhaust).

 

These chemicals have been linked to a variety of illnesses from “sick building syndrome” which includes fatigue, myalgias, asthma, headache, palpitations and possible nosebleeds to cancer and possibly death.

Household plants can help eliminate these from the air that you and your family breathe.

 

The following 12 household plants may come in handy:

 

Aloe Vera -- helps reduce benzene and formaldehyde.

 

Spider Plant -- reduces carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.

 

Boston Fern -- removes formaldehyde.

 

Snake Plant -- removes benzene and formaldehyde.

 

Areca Palm -- removes most of the above mentioned chemicals and has been rated, “Most efficient air purifying plant” by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America. (Pictured above).

 

Lady Palm -- removes formaldehyde and ammonia.

 

Bamboo Palm -- removes benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.

 

Peace Lily -- removes benzene, ammonia and formaldehyde.

 

Golden Pothos -- removes most of the above chemicals.

 

Dragon Tree -- removes xylene.

 

English Ivy -- removes formaldehyde and mold.

 

Chinese Evergreen -- multi-talented as well eliminating much of the above chemicals.

 

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On Thursday, by a slim margin, the vote of 217-213 was one over the 216 votes needed to pass the bill.

 

The AHCA includes an amendment that includes $8 billion in spending over 5 years to subsidize high risk pools that could be affected by the “waivers” offered to states who wished to opt out of requirements that insurance companies cover preexisting conditions.

 

Freedom Caucus members who opposed the first draft of the bill, supported this new bill, crucial to allowing President Trump to make good on his promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.  Representatives Fred Upton and Billy Long switched their vote from “no” to “yes” bolstering GOP support for the bill that could not lose more than 22 votes.

 

The American Health Care Act has had to appeal, not to Democrats, but to GOP members who were split on whether the AHCA repealed too many popular components of Obamacare.

 

The original AHCA including the following:

  1. Eliminate the tax penalties, “individual mandate” and “employer mandate” imposed on those who don’t purchase health insurance for themselves or employees.

  2. Tax credits will be based on age rather than income ranging from $2000/year for those younger than 30 to $4,000 a year to those who are older than 60. A family would receive up to $14,000 in tax credits a year. These tax credits would start phasing out when income becomes  $75K individually or $150K as a family. For every $1,000 in earnings above those thresholds, the value of the credit phases down by $100.

  3. Allow insurance companies to charge a 30% surcharge to those who have gaps in insurance longer than 63 days.

  4. Maintain coverage, preventing denial, to those with pre-existing conditions

  5. Maintain coverage for children under age 26 who wish to stay on their parent’s plans.

  6. Maintaining the bans on caps on annual or lifetime coverage

  7. By 2020, ACA promised federal funds for Medicaid expansion will stop.  Funds will continue for current Medicaid recipients

  8. Create a Patient and State Stability Fund, which provides states $100 billion to use as they wish for their underserved populations, hospitals, providers or programs that would provide direct care.

  9. States will receive money for Medicaid in a lump sum per person rather than an open-ended promise of funds.

  10. Taxes on medical device industry will expire as will those on pharmaceutical companies and indoor tanning services.

  11. Planned Parenthood is “defunded” as AHCA funds cannot be used to pay for services at their clinics.

  12. HRA increase – starting in 2018 individuals could contribute pretax dollars to their Health Savings Account up to $6550 individually and families up to $13,100.

The bill is being analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and will need to be approved by the Senate to move forward.

 

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HIV Found to Live in SECOND Cell Type

Over the past 3 decades, researchers have made phenomenal gains in the fight against HIV.  The deadly virus attacks the T-lymphocyte cell, specifically CD4, then causes the immune fighting cell to churn out more HIV virus’. CD4 T cells send signals to the body’s immune system when something foreign is in its path, recruiting more immune cells to the scene. When HIV has used the CD4 T lymphocyte cell to replicate itself, the latter dies. As CD4 cells drop, so do immune defenses. HIV could lead to AIDS, Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome, giving rise to infections that healthy immune systems could normally withstand, but an immuno-compromised patient could not.

 

Anti-HIV drugs have targeted how the virus attacks the T-cells, and specifically how its DNA enters the T cells to cause its parasitic replication; however, millions of HIV individuals have yet to be “cured”, even if their viral load remains low or undetectable. Many cases have been reported of an individual with undetectable HIV coming OUT of remission, with reactivation of the virus.  If T-lymphocytes have short life spans, how does HIV persist? The assumption exists that HIV hides out in a reservoir. But where?

 

Researchers from the University of North Carolina discovered that the HIV virus can live in macrophages. Macrophages are derived from monocytes, a type of white blood cell that finds, engulfs, and destroys pathogens as well as debris and dead cells in the body.  I picture them to be Pac-Men that can gobble up unwanted microscopic particles, including bacteria, and will “digest” the substances they engulf with enzymes. Moreover macrophages alert the immune system of their work and that something foreign is in the body, just as CD4 T cells do.  However, one major difference is that the macrophage can live for months, even years. This could make a cozy home for an HIV virus that hasn’t been destroyed by the macrophage’s enzymes.

 

According to Dr.  Jenna Honeycutt, lead author and postdoctoral research associate in the UNC Division of Infectious Diseases, “The fact that HIV-infected macrophages can persist means that any possible therapeutic intervention to eradicate HIV might have to target two very different types of cells.”  Their findings were published this week in Nature Medicine.

 

In January, Professor Ravindra Gupta, from the University of College London, and colleagues also found HIV to infect macrophages.   HIV replication appears to be active in the brain, where the virus targets macrophages.


With these new developments, researchers want to now investigate where infected macrophages hide and hopefully find new therapeutic interventions that would limit HIV’s entry into this ubiquitous immune cell.

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