“Hope”: Happy Thought For Today

OMG.  It itches so very bad.  These patches of dryness on my stomach are driving me crazy.  I just can’t seem to get rid of the itching.

I “HOPE” (aha word of the day) that a new medical research center is about to make some breakthroughs on this widespread irritation.

Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: “expect with confidence” and “to cherish a desire with anticipation.” Source Wikipedia.

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, researchers are getting closer to finding answers for desperate patients.  It’s the first center for the study of chronic itch.

Fifteen percent of Americans suffer from unexplained chronic itch in the United States, for which there’s currently no FDA-approved treatment.

Meet Don Hodges, he’s 81-years-old, who suffers from a chronic unexplained itch throughout his body for years.

“I went through so many dermatologists that we knew each other by first names and family members,” Hodges told CBS News. “And they’d just give up. They couldn’t do anything.”

“A lot of people didn’t believe that – not only that it was a real problem, that it was a problem we could solve at the scientific level,” explains Dr. Brian Kim, a researcher who focuses on the issue at Washington University School of Medicine’s Center for the Study of Itch.

After discovering an itch molecule, scientists expanded their work from testing treatments on itchy lab mice to finding relief for desperate patients.

As for Hodges found relief from a rheumatoid arthritis medication.

“Within a week, probably from the day I took it,” he said, “and it went away and hasn’t come back. You don’t get to be 81 years old by giving up.”

So there’s hope applied to people’s lives (who are itching chronically).


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