We are not talking about a new Christmas sweet treat imported from other countries. The dreaded dyspepsia, more commonly known as indigestion, is one of the greatest threats to our health at this time of year, when we usually eat and drink excessively.
We know how hard it is to resist traditional Christmas meals, in which we usually find a vast display of cold meats, seafood, foods that are very salty or have a high fat content, high grade alcoholic beverages and sweets.
Sometimes this unhealthy food and drink "cocktail" may lead us to experience sluggish digestion. But other times it may be too heavy a concoction for our body, leading to severe indigestion.
The undesirable symptoms of indigestion
Dyspepsia is characterised by discomfort in the upper abdominal area during meals or in the hours that follow. The symptoms of dyspepsia might include:
Bloating and accumulated gas.
Pain and heartburn in the area between the lower part of our sternum and the navel.
Unpleasant feeling of fullness, which we may begin to experience even before the end of the meal.
The occurrence of nausea is also possible, though less Read more
At Best Doctors, we believe numerous research projects on tissue creation which have begun to yield relevant results in recent months are worth mentioning. However, as researchers have already pointed out, we should be aware that some of these projects are still in their early stages and that difficulties may arise when applying such scientific advances to the treatment of human patients.
Such is the case of a recent study published in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine and conducted by a team at the University of Granada, led by Antonio Campos, who have managed to grow artificial skin from specific cells, known as Wharton’s jelly cells, found in our umbilical cord.
The main advantage of the future application of this artificial skin is its time-saving quality when it comes to major-burn victims. It currently takes weeks for skin to be grown from a patient’s healthy skin tissue in order to treat the entire affected body surface.
Another significant advantage derived from this study is that in a few years’ time it might be possible to store artificial skin in tissue banks for the purpose of treating patients immediately after an accident, thus greatly improving the chances of treatment being successful.
Generating epithelial cells as a first step to creating skin
One of the most Read more
Fortunately, scientific advances in human stem cell research continue to pay off. In today’s Best Doctors Blog post we would like to discuss a recent research project that, for the first time, has managed to generate three-dimensional “mini kidneys”.
This is long-awaited and promising news for all patients who suffer from kidney diseases, given that their chances of improvement and the creation of treatments to target their conditions may increase in the not so distant future.
Diseases whose impact has risen in recent years
Kidney diseases are one of the biggest challenges faced by the medical community worldwide. Their effect on millions of people imply that research in this field is both urgent and essential, since it is the only way to find effective and real treatment alternatives for the coming decades.
In the U.S., for instance, the number of patients suffering from kidney failure requiring dialysis or kidney transplants has doubled in just over fifteen years.
Comparing progress in kidney research with that already achieved with other organs
Even though other research teams from different countries had previously Read more