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Stem cell discovery hailed as milestone - USATODAY.com

Stem cell discovery hailed as milestone - USATODAY.com | Medical Innovations | Scoop.it
Scientists have made ordinary human skin cells take on the chameleon-like powers of embryonic stem cells, a startling breakthrough that might someday deliver the medical payoffs of embryo cloning without the controversy.
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Who discovered HIV: Gallo, Montagnier or both?

Who discovered HIV: Gallo, Montagnier or both? | Medical Innovations | Scoop.it
By Lisa RaineyIn the search for the cause of AIDS, two labs and the titanic egos of the men that ran them took center stage Many people will remember the heated contest over who discovered the virus that causes AIDS, and the patenting of the consequen...
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Joseph E. Murray, Transplant Surgeon and Nobel Winner, Dies at 93

Joseph E. Murray, Transplant Surgeon and Nobel Winner, Dies at 93 | Medical Innovations | Scoop.it
Dr. Murray died in the hospital where he performed the first successful human organ transplant in 1954, when he gave a 23-year-old’s kidney to his identical twin.
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Robert S. Ledley, physicist who invented first full-body CT scanner, dies at 86

Robert S. Ledley, physicist who invented first full-body CT scanner, dies at 86 | Medical Innovations | Scoop.it
Robert S. Ledley, a Georgetown University physicist who was credited with inventing the first full-body CT scanner, a machine that revolutionized medical diagnostics by allowing doctors to gaze inside their patients’ tissues without ever touching a scalpel, died July 24.
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A Hormonal Happy Birthday | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

A Hormonal Happy Birthday | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | Medical Innovations | Scoop.it
The word “hormone” made its scientific debut 108 years ago today. Photo by Alija/Getty Images The word hormone has long been a familiar part of the English vernacular. It can refer to a wide variety of things from the life-saving … Continue reading →
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Survey: Smartphone systems for nurses poised for big growth | mobihealthnews

Survey: Smartphone systems for nurses poised for big growth | mobihealthnews | Medical Innovations | Scoop.it
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A Curious Inspiration for the First Stethoscope | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

A Curious Inspiration for the First Stethoscope | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | Medical Innovations | Scoop.it
In a monthly column for PBS NewsHour, Dr. Howard Markel revisits moments that changed the course of modern medicine, like the invention of the stethoscope. Photo By BSIP/UIG via Getty Images. Long before Hippocrates (ca. 460-380 B.C.) taught his disciples … Continue reading →
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The painful story behind modern anesthesia | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

The painful story behind modern anesthesia | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | Medical Innovations | Scoop.it
In a monthly column for PBS NewsHour, Dr. Howard Markel revisits moments that changed the course of modern medicine on their anniversaries, like the groundbreaking use of anesthesia on a surgical patient on Oct. 16, 1846. Photo by Image Source. … Continue reading →
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Greatest Innovations in Medical History


Anesthesia

 

For centuries patients had to endure terrible pain and agony during surgical operations. 

 

Everything changed in 1846 when a dentist named Dr. William Morton put on a demonstration at Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

He removed a tumor from the jaw of a patient.  Prior to the operation however, he used a sponge soaked with ether to render his patient unconscious.

 

Afterward, the patient claimed that he had no memory of the operation or any pain.

 

Today anesthesia continues to evolve and become safer, enabling doctors to perform necessary and life-saving operations.

 

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Dolly the Sheep

Dolly the Sheep | Medical Innovations | Scoop.it
Dolly (July 5, 1996 - February 14, 2003), a ewe, was the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell. She was cloned at the Roslin Institute in Midlothian, Scotland, and lived there until her death when she was six years old. Her birth was announced on February 22, 1997. The sheep was originally code-named "6LL3". The name "Dolly" came from a suggestion by the stockmen who helped with her birth, in honor of Dolly Parton, because it was a mammary cell that was cloned. The technique that was made famous by her birth is somatic cell nuclear transfer, in which a cell is placed in a de-nucleated ovum, the two cells fuse and then develop into an embryo. When Dolly was cloned in 1996 from a cell taken from a six-year-old ewe, she became the center of much controversy that still exists today.
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Google Doodle Honors Dr. Percy Julian, Pioneering Medicinal Chemist

Google Doodle Honors Dr. Percy Julian, Pioneering Medicinal Chemist | Medical Innovations | Scoop.it
I tell you a longer story about the chemist but the Google Doodle artist says it more concisely in their backstory: "Visually, I was presented with a familiar challenge: to create something fun and engaging for us non-science types...As I read more about his work, I became fascinated with his process in the specific field of organic chemistry, and how he discovered ways to rare and exotic components and synthesize them or discover alternate organic substances in place of more cost-prohibitive resources...But I did want to maintain a lighter graphical treatment, hopefully appealing to young future scientists."
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Invention of the Cardiac Pacemaker - Artificial Hearts - Electrocardiography

Invention of the Cardiac Pacemaker - Artificial Hearts - Electrocardiography | Medical Innovations | Scoop.it
Wilson Greatbatch invented an implantable cardiac pacemaker and a corrosion-free lithium battery to power the pacemake - Milestones in cardiology - starting in 1628 when William Harvey first describes blood circulation. Willem Einthoven was the inventor of the ECG.
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German scientist discovers X-rays — History.com This Day in History — 11/8/1895

German scientist discovers X-rays — History.com This Day in History — 11/8/1895 | Medical Innovations | Scoop.it
Discover what happened today in history. Read about major past events that happened today including special entries on crime, entertainment, and more.
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The Day Doctors Began to Conquer Smallpox | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

The Day Doctors Began to Conquer Smallpox | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | Medical Innovations | Scoop.it
Sixteenth century Aztec drawing of smallpox victims. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. One of the most celebrated medical anniversaries concerns a country doctor named Edward Jenner (1749-1823) who lived in the tiny village of Berkeley in Gloucestershire, Great Britain. Like every … Continue reading →
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How 'Going Under the Knife' Became Much Less Deadly | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

How 'Going Under the Knife' Became Much Less Deadly | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | Medical Innovations | Scoop.it
Dr. Howard Markel revisits moments that changed the course of modern medicine, like the advent of antiseptic surgery, in a monthly column on the PBS NewsHour. Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images. Today, every patient reasonably expects that before going “under … Continue reading →
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How to save a dying heart | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

How to save a dying heart | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | Medical Innovations | Scoop.it
In a monthly column for PBS NewsHour, Dr. Howard Markel revisits moments that changed the course of modern health and medicine on their anniversaries, like the world’s first human heart transplant on Dec. 3, 1967. In the photo above, Amy … Continue reading →
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History of Antibiotics - The Discovery by Alexander Fleming

History of Antibiotics - The Discovery by Alexander Fleming | Medical Innovations | Scoop.it
History of antibiotics can be described in two segments early history and modern history. Most important is the discovery of pencillin by Alexander Fleming.
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8076th MASH History

8076th MASH History | Medical Innovations | Scoop.it
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Greatest Innovations in Medical History

 

M.A.S.H. Units

 

In 1945 Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH units) were developed in order to treat wounded soldiers.

 

These units would revolutionize medical care and treatment during wartime.

 

By placing experienced medical personnel close to the front lines, soldiers who reached a mash unit would have a 97% chance of survival.

 

In addition to the life saving medical care provided, MASH units developed innovative procedures that would later become common place in domestic hospitals.

 

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