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 VA Medical Center Directors Challenge Each Other for Football Bragging Rights

Last week, Milwaukee VAMC Director Dr. Daniel S. Zomchek and Atlanta VAMC Director  Annette Walker  challenged each other to see whose team -  the Atlanta  Falcons or  the Green Bay Packers – would win  the National Football Conference Championship game this past Sunday.   Dr. Zomchek agreed to wear the red and black colors of the Falcons. Ms. Walker agreed to wear the green and gold of the Packers.  Guess who won?

VA Announces New Medical Center Director
Annette P. Walker, M.S.H.A., B.S.N.

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Healing IBD With Common Kitchen Ingredient, Ginger
Ginger ale has long been considered a non-medicinal option for soothing upset stomachs. Didier Merlin, MD, and colleagues from the Atlanta VA medical Center and Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, have taken this concept a step further, exploring the use of edible ginger-derived nanoparticles (GDNPs) to treat inflammatory bowel disease.
After conducting experiments with cells and mice, Didier believed the nanoparticles (approximately 230 nanometers in diameter) would be a favorable medicine for Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), and potentially even fight cancer associated with colitis.
Merlin and team visited local farmers markets to acquire fresh ginger root that they later turned into GDNPS at the lab. They started with basic kitchen blenders, but the process eventually involved high-speed centrifuging and ultrasonic dispersion of the ginger juice that was broken into single pellets.
According to the findings published in Biomaterials, the particles were seemingly nontoxic and beneficial:
·      They were absorbed in the intestinal lining specially where IBD inflammation occurs, thereby efficiently targeting the colon.
·      They reduced acute colitis and prevented chronic colitis and colitis-associated cancer.
·      They enhanced intestinal repair by boosting cell survival and also lowered protein production that promotes inflammation.
The team also discovered the therapeutic effect largely was attributed to the high levels of lipids within the particles – a result of the natural lipids from the ginger plant.
Furthermore, the particles retained two active natural constituents, 6-gingerol and 6-shogaol, which research has shown to help against oxidation, inflammation, and cancer – otherwise known as the key ingredients that make ginger effectively treat nausea and other digestive problems. But Merlin found administering the compounds in a nanoparticle would more effectively target the colon than providing the herb as a food or supplement.
This research could hold real promise, since this method could help deliver low doses of drugs, enabling a more targeted therapy.


Atlanta VA Medical Center expands and improves out-patient services


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