Tuesday, February 10, 2015

One semester of college tuition or a year of Topical Toenail Treatment?

The makers of Jublia wagered about 4.5 million dollars on a super bowl ad pitching a topical cure for nail fungus. The cure rate is about 17% The only problem with the drug is that a 48 week course costs about $8500, That equates to a semester of college tuition at an in state school for trying to take care of toenail fungus. Treatment requires a more comprehensive plan than simply applying a topical . You have to keep the environment in your shoes dry as well as your feet.by our shoes need a disinfection agent as well. Lysol is not considered acceptable because of the toxicity to the skin.You also ideally need a catalyst to make it possible for a topical to do the job. Laser treatments and oral medications are two strategies to help a topical do the job. Over the counter medications may not be as effective but they are a fraction of the cost of the 17% cure rate that Jublia boasts.

Monday, February 2, 2015

How Regenerative Medicine May Prevent Bigger Injuries

Part of the cycle of injury is getting back too early. Just look at RGIII and his ACL. Beckam tore his achilles before the World Cup in 2010 but it was probably not due to one play. Repetitive injury sets up bigger injuries. on smaller scale I have had a micro tear in my own achilles that I recently injected with amnion cells that contain growth factors to speed up healing. This is especially important for aging athletes. After the injection I worked on strengthening the area around the achilles with balance exercise in you practice and kept up my cardio with a boxing class. i had a full speed game last weekend and my achilles held up fine. i am now going to be more careful about playing two games in a row hard. I don't think the injection was a magic bullet but I do believe it set up the healing cascade.