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New Costly Cancer Treatments Face Hurdles Getting to Patients

New Costly Cancer Treatments Face Hurdles Getting to Patients | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it
Cancer treatments that genetically modify patients’ blood cells to target the disease have shown amazing results in trials. Now drug companies and biotechs must overcome big hurdles to get them into hospitals, including their potential cost.
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Are you connected Hospital: Future of Healthcare

Are you connected Hospital: Future of Healthcare | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it
The Future of Healthcare: The Connected Hospital  
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Anatomy of a Virus

Anatomy of a Virus | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it

A cross-section of an influenza virion, showing the locations and relative abundance of viral proteins (brightly colored) and host membrane and proteins (brown).

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Next Generation: Blood-Cleansing Device | The Scientist Magazine®

Next Generation: Blood-Cleansing Device | The Scientist Magazine® | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it
An external device that mimics the structure of a spleen can cleanse the blood of rats with acute sepsis, ridding the fluid of pathogens and toxins.

 

A microfluidic device filled with magnetic nanometer-sized beads that bind a plethora of pathogens and toxins was able to clear these invaders from the blood of rats with sepsis, improving their outcomes, according to a paper published today (September 14) in Nature Medicine. The design of the extracorporeal device was inspired by the small vessels and sinusoids within the spleen, through which blood “trickles slowly, almost like in a wetlands, efficiently capturing pathogens” said lead study authorDonald Ingber, a professor at Harvard Medical School and founding director of the Wyss Institute in Boston.

The device has two interconnected channels, one for the flowing blood and another containing a saline solution that traps and removes the pathogens. Magnetic nanobeads coated with a genetically engineered version of the mannose binding lectin (MBL) protein—which has a natural proclivity for foreign toxins and bugs, and normally functions as part of the mammalian innate immune system—are injected into the flowing blood before it enters the device.

“It’s really an impressive demonstration of sophisticated bioengineering. The combination of the bio-artificial spleen and the engineered MBL protein is really elegant,” said Mitchell Fink, a surgeon and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who is working to develop new approaches to treat sepsis but was not involved in the present study.

The significance: Extracorporeal blood cleansing is not a novel concept for treating sepsis, said Fink. An antibiotic-coated column called Toraymyxin that is approved in Japan and Europe—currently in a Phase 3 clinical trial in the U.S.—can remove endotoxins from the blood and has been shown to improve outcomes for sepsis patients.

Other dialysis-like devices have been developed to mitigate the symptoms of sepsis, and these have included hemofiltration of the inflammatory molecules that are the root of the so-called cytokine storm that spurs organ damage in sepsis patients. But previous approaches did not target the cause of the storm—pathogens.

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Global spending on healthcare by continent and country

Global spending on healthcare by continent and country | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it
Emergo Group has compiled government data create this easy-to-understand chart showing how much is spent on healthcare worldwide by continent.
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Rx Disruption: Technology Trends in Medicine and Health Care

Rx Disruption: Technology Trends in Medicine and Health Care | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it
The Guide to the Future of Medicine Infographic

The basic idea of this visual representation was to add three perspectives to one infographic featuring the main trends that shape the future of medicine:

1. Which stage of the delivery of health care and the practice of medicine is affected by that (Prepare and Prevent, Data Input and Diagnostics, Therapy and Follow-Up, and Outcomes and Consequences).

2. Whether the trend affects patients or health-care professionals.

3. The practicability of the trend (already available, green boxes; in progress, orange boxes; and still needs time, red boxes).

The infographic represents the way I see the development of key trends and innovations in the process of delivering health care. Some elements could certainly be added to other parts, as well, although I chose the points with the most potential.

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Stanford engineer invents safe way to transfer energy to medical chips in the body

Electrical engineer Ada Poon has invented a way to wirelessly transfer power deep inside the body. The technology could provide a path toward new medical dev...
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What consumers want for their medical care?

What consumers want for their medical care? | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it
What consumers want for their medical care @PwC_LLP new report and survey--well done! #indivmed pic.twitter.com/1G9Cy2wgK5
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Living On The Edge

Living On The Edge | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it

After digging into the data from cancer trials registered on ClinicalTrials.gov, we found less than a 1 percent chance of a patient receiving a placebo alone on a cancer study. The majority of placebo-based trials adminster the placebo along with standard of care treatments. 


We received some great constructive feedback on the graphic from the patient advocacy and clinical research communities through our blog and Twitter. We appreciate those who asked clarifying questions and gave us suggestions for future infographics. Armed with their input, we went to work on our second infographic.

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Global In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Market (Instruments, Reagents and Media, Technology, Geography)

Global In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Market (Instruments, Reagents and Media, Technology, Geography) | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it
The major limiting factor of this market is the cost involved in the treatment. The patient may not conceive in the first cycle of IVF procedure.
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In a fever for Big Data - InformationWeek

In a fever for Big Data - InformationWeek | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it
Healthcare orgs are relentlessly to accumulate data, and a growing array of tools are becoming available.
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Could arthritis drug combat Alzheimer's?

Could arthritis drug combat Alzheimer's? | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it
It affects 35 million people and billions have been spent on research – to little avail. But an unconventional approach might provide a way forward. Dara Mohammadi reports
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3D bioprinting of heterogeneous aortic valve conduits with alginate/gelatin hydrogels.

3D bioprinting of heterogeneous aortic valve conduits with alginate/gelatin hydrogels. | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it

Heart valve disease is a serious and growing public health problem for which prosthetic replacement is most commonly indicated. Current prosthetic devices are inadequate for younger adults and growing children. Tissue engineered living aortic valve conduits have potential for remodeling, regeneration, and growth, but fabricating natural anatomical complexity with cellular heterogeneity remain challenging. 

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A batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on self-winding wristwatch

A batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on self-winding wristwatch | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it
The energy harvesting device is sutured directly onto the myocardium (credit: European Society of Cardiology) A new batteryless cardiac pacemaker controlled
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Are You Ready for Some Sensors... in Healthcare?

Are You Ready for Some Sensors... in Healthcare? | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it
They’re Everywhere! They’re Everywhere! Sensors that is, and it seems they sense everything too. Here’s a tiny subset: Temperature (e.g. thermostat) Light (photocell) Sound & Vibration (microph...
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Ebola outbreak “out of all proportion” and severity cannot be predicted

Ebola outbreak “out of all proportion” and severity cannot be predicted | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it
A mathematical model that replicates Ebola outbreaks can no longer be used to ascertain the eventual scale of the current epidemic, finds research conducted by the University of Warwick.
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Going Viral: How a Virus diversifies the gene pool

Going Viral: How a Virus diversifies the gene pool | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it
Bacteriophages shuttle genes between diverse ecosystems.
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Comparative Healthcare costs in top 7 overseas havens

Comparative Healthcare costs in top 7 overseas havens | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it

Affordable health insurance is a major reason for living abroad. This infographic compares the health care costs in seven international locations.

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How the Deadly MERS Virus Has Spread Around the World (Infographic)

How the Deadly MERS Virus Has Spread Around the World (Infographic) | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it
Of 536 cases reported since 2012, 145 have died.
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Infographic: How Android is Transforming the Medical Devices Market

Infographic: How Android is Transforming the Medical Devices Market | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it

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Infographic - The Road to HIPAA Compliance

Infographic - The Road to HIPAA Compliance | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it
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Advances in surgeries with robots reduce risks and trim recovery times

Advances in surgeries with robots reduce risks and trim recovery times | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it
What if you could have a major surgery with only a short hospital stay, very little pain, low risk of infection, little blood loss, minimal scarring, and a fast recovery and return to normal daily activities? "Robotics is an extension of laparoscopic surgery," said Dr. Surena Matin, an associate professor in the department of urology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Surgeons at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital recently began using the da Vinci Si Surgical System robot to perform procedures in urogynecology, gynecology, oncology and general surgery. St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital has added the same system to its suite of robotics technology to perform urological and gynecological procedures, and perhaps procedures for ear nose, throat and abdominal specialties in the future. The surgeon, sitting at the console, is able to continuously view the scene of surgery and perform highly precise surgical movements without nearly as much fatigue as in traditional surgical procedures, including "straight-stick" laparoscopy. Surgeons at the Methodist Hospital recently became the first to use the Magellan Robotic System to treat patients with peripheral vascular disease.
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Infographic: Statistics related to preemie babies and neonatal care

Infographic: Statistics related to preemie babies and neonatal care | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it

The Times presents a graphic look at the causes of early labor and the odds of survival for premature and micro preemie babies.

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Identifying patients with high heart attack risk using new technology

Support our life-saving cardiovascular research and donate online today at http://www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved/donate.aspx Meet Dr. Marc Dweck, BHF funded res...
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In Five Years, Shipments of Wearable Technology Will Jump 8-Fold (infographic)

In Five Years, Shipments of Wearable Technology Will Jump 8-Fold (infographic) | Medicine in Pictures | Scoop.it
Wearable sensors, trackers and other such technolohgy are reshaping the healthcare industry as there is growing potential to change unhealthy behaviors through more information gleaned from these products.
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