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Amputee Makes History with APL's Modular Prosthetic Limb - About Health Degrees

Amputee Makes History with APL's Modular Prosthetic Limb - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

A Colorado man made history at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) this summer when he became the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and simultaneously control two of the Laboratory’s Modular Prosthetic Limbs. Most importantly, Les Baugh, who lost both arms in an electrical accident 40 years ago, was able to operate the system by simply thinking about moving his limbs, performing a variety of tasks during a short training period.

 


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On the frontline of Ebola - Dr Stacey Mearns - About Health Degrees

On the frontline of Ebola - Dr Stacey Mearns - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

British medic, Stacey Mearns, tells her story of fighting the disease in Sierra Leone.

Dr Mearns is part of the King’s Health Partners team at Connaught Hospital in Freetown – supported by UK aid. She knows the job could cost her life, but she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

 



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Kids who eat the same food as their parents are healthier : TreeHugger - About Health Degrees

Kids who eat the same food as their parents are healthier : TreeHugger - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

A new study called “The Family Meal Panacea,” from the University of Edinburgh and led by Dr. Valeria Skafida, found that children who eat the same meals as their parents have healthier diets than those who eat special meals designed to cater to their kid palates. Interestingly, the prevalence of family meals shared around the table in the presence of parents was not as much of an indicator of health as was the elimination of children-centric foods and snacks.

 



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Brain Tumor Gene Found, Linking Familial Glioma Between Family Members - About Health Degrees

Brain Tumor Gene Found, Linking Familial Glioma Between Family Members - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Researchers studied 435 families with glioma from various parts of the world, including the United States, Sweden, Denmark, the UK, and Israel. They closely analyzed each person’s entire genome, which possesses tens of thousands of genes at any given time, looking for links. The team identified mutations in a gene called POT1 in two of the families. One family had six members with the POT1 mutation, with three of them having glioma brain tumors. It was the same case for the second family, except two developed glioma. The gene is thought to disrupt the telomeres, which function as protective caps for the genetic information chromosomes carry.

 


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Tech companies join battle in the War on Cancer - CBS News - About Health Degrees

Tech companies join battle in the War on Cancer - CBS News - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a scientist, surgeon and billionaire businessman, has thrown himself head-first into some of the most promising research to help beat cancer. Dr. Sanjay Gupta spoke with Dr Pat for “60 Minutes”.

Soon-Shiong is pouring much of his wealth into a number of areas of cancer research, and one of the most promising is cancer genomics. In genomics, doctors map the genome of an individual patient’s tumors to find the biomarkers, or genetic misspellings, that are driving their disease, regardless of where the cancer is located in the body. It’s personalized medicine at its best. But to pull it off, Soon-Shiong needed to harness the speed and power of technology to access and transmit information with a tap of a finger.

 


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Gerontology Programs - About Health Degrees

Gerontology Programs - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Gerontology is the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging in relation to both the individuals concerned, and their effects on society. Thus, gerontologists include researchers and practitioners from a wide range of fields, including: biology, nursing, medicine, dentistry, social work, physical and occupational therapy, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, economics, pharmacy, and public health.

This page has general advice on gerontology programs, links to schools where they can be taken, details of future prospects, and more …

 


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I Asked 20,000 Doctors About Fitbit And Apple's HealthKit, And Here's The Answer - About Health Degrees

I Asked 20,000 Doctors About Fitbit And Apple's HealthKit, And Here's The Answer - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Wearable health trackers and health apps can produce a wealth of data about our physical condition at any one time or over a set period. But is this data being used by health practitioners?

Zina Moukheiber, Forbes:

I asked a sample of 20,000 doctors: Have your patients asked you about incorporating their health data from either their wearable fitness trackers (like Fitbit or Jawbone UP) or from their health apps (like Apple’s HealthKit) into their health records? 353 doctors, mostly primary care physicians, responded:

 



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Vine shifts from comedy clips to a valid journalistic tool - About Health Degrees

Vine shifts from comedy clips to a valid journalistic tool - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Thomson’s Vines from Sierra Leone caused a stir on Twitter. People weren’t used to seeing six-second snatches of video, usually reserved for comedy, being used to document such serious subject matter. But his use of Vines to record snapshots of the situation seemed to work – “Your coverage of the Ebola outbreak has been fantastic. I understand the situation much better because of it”, one Twitter user tweeted to Thomson.

 


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Ebola spreading intensely in Sierra Leone, global toll rises: WHO - About Health Degrees

Ebola spreading intensely in Sierra Leone, global toll rises: WHO - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

The death toll from the Ebola epidemic has risen to 6,070 out of 17,145 cases as of Nov. 30, and the virus continues to spread intensely across Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

Sierra Leone recorded 537 new Ebola cases in the week to Nov. 30, against 385 the previous week, the WHO said in its latest update.



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Medical Management Degree Programs - About Health Degrees

Medical Management Degree Programs - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Because there are rapid changes taking place in the structure and financing of health care in the USA, managers must be prepared to confront a complicated regulatory system with an increasing focus on preventative care. Other changes include work restructuring, the implementation of technological systems, and health care delivery innovations. In a large institution, the chief administrator usually has several assistants to help him or her to make daily decisions.  For these reasons, it is essential to provide training in medical management programs.


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A medical management degree enables you to work in a supervisory capacity in the health care industry. This page has further details of programs and schools where they can be taken, what’s included in them, what the career prospects are, and more …

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Melanoma detection App | Check your moles or lesion | Skin Vision - About Health Degrees

Melanoma detection App | Check your moles or lesion | Skin Vision - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

SkinVision is a mobile app that allows you to understand your risk factors for melanoma skin cancer and keep track of your moles. The mobile applications allow you to understand UV index along with your skin type. In addition you can easily check skin lesions (moles) by taking a photo and receiving an instant analysis. You can also find an appropriate dermatologist in your vicinity.

 


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IBM Watson Group Invests in Pathway Genomics to Help Personalize Consumer Health - About Health Degrees

IBM Watson Group Invests in Pathway Genomics to Help Personalize Consumer Health - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Cognitive apps are in market today and continue to change the way professionals and consumers make decisions. To help accelerate this transformation, the IBM Watson Group (NYSE: IBM) announced an investment in Pathway Genomics Corporation, a clinical laboratory that offers genetic testing services globally, to help deliver the first-ever cognitive consumer-facing app based on genetics from a user’s personal makeup.

Pathway Genomics is aiming to revolutionize the health and wellness industry by leveraging the natural language processing and cognitive capabilities of Watson. For the first time consumers will be able to ask the Pathway Panorama app questions to gain insights and options powered by the cognitive intellect of Watson, based on their own wellness-related genes, wearable data, and other related wellness information, like emotional, physical and social well being.

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Human Nutrition - Introduction to Micronutrients - About Health Degrees

Human Nutrition - Introduction to Micronutrients - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Human Nutrition – Introduction to Micronutrients is a free Alison online course providing an in-depth look into micronutrients. Micronutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium help prevent and delay various types of cell damage that may occur in the body so foods containing them are beneficial for our health. 

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Determine If You Need Psychology, Sociology Classes for MCAT Prep - US News

Determine If You Need Psychology, Sociology Classes for MCAT Prep - US News | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

The 2015 MCAT includes two new subject areas: psychology and sociology. This new 95-minute "Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior" section is another strain on many a weary premedical student's already full schedule.

Many of my students ask if it is necessary to take a formal course in either subject to prepare for the new test. The short answer is not really, but it does depend largely on your current academic position.

For freshmen and sophomores, one semester each of introductory psychology and sociology should be sufficient for the MCAT and will provide students with a focused academic schedule. Learning these sciences in a more formal setting will also instill the necessary rigor and mental stamina a premed student needs to succeed on the MCAT.

  
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New smartphone add-ons could let patient do many labs at home - About Health Degrees

New smartphone add-ons could let patient do many labs at home - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

According to Dirk Schapeler, director of digital health at Bayer HealthCare LLC, who spoke at a recent conference, the latest smartphone technologies also include hardware and apps letting a person sample and test their own blood, DNA and urine.

Schafer told attendees at the IDTechEx conference that a number of companies are already developing portable phone attachments that can perform several key tests and monitoring functions, including measuring insulin levels, checking heart rates and testing oxygen saturation levels



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Smarter Artificial Skin for Prosthetic Hands

Smarter Artificial Skin for Prosthetic Hands | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Some high-tech prosthetic limbs can be controlled by their owners, using nerves, muscles, or even the brain. However, there’s no way for the wearer to tell if an object is scalding hot, or about to slip out of the appendage’s grasp.

Materials that detect heat, pressure, and moisture could help change this by adding sensory capabilities to prosthetics. A group of Korean and U.S. researchers have now developed a polymer designed to mimic the elastic and high-resolution sensory capabilities of real skin.

The polymer is infused with dense networks of sensors made of ultrathin gold and silicon. The normally brittle silicon is configured in serpentine shapes that can elongate to allow for stretchability. Details of the work are published today in the journal Nature Communications.

 



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Virtual assistants or doctor?

Virtual assistants or doctor? | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
80% of US physicians believe virtual assistants will change how they interact with an electronic health record (EHR) - See the Infographic
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Current drug-patent system is bad medicine - About Health Degrees

Current drug-patent system is bad medicine - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

It would be possible to go on at some length documenting the inefficiency and corruption associated with patent-financed drug research, but the reality of American politics is that this doesn’t matter. The drug companies have enough money that, thanks to their lobbying and campaign donations, they will prevent any major changes to this system as long as they are making tens of billions of dollars a year.


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New Jersey hospital launches storefront modeled on Apple Genius Bar

New Jersey hospital launches storefront modeled on Apple Genius Bar | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

A hospital in New Jersey is opening a storefront in its lobby, modeled on the Apple Genius Bar, in an effort to help patients better utilize health apps and other emerging digital health technologies to manage their personal care.

Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, has dubbed the storefront “HealtheConnect.” It will be staffed by full-time experts who will assist patients with questions on smart phones, tablets and laptops.

 
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Mosquito-borne chikungunya now spreading rapidly through South Pacific

Mosquito-borne chikungunya now spreading rapidly through South Pacific | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

According to regional health authorities, Chikungunya, a debilitating mosquito-borne viral disease, has taken hold in French Polynesia, spreading rapidly and threatening neighboring Pacific nations.



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Robotic Exoskeletons Are Here, And They’re Changing Lives

Robotic Exoskeletons Are Here, And They’re Changing Lives | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

When you think of bionic exoskeleton suits, images of futuristic high-tech super soldiers often come to mind. Think Tom Cruise in this summer’s sci-fi flick Edge Of Tomorrow, or Ripley taking on the queen xenomorph in Aliens. While militaries across the world are certainly interested in designing weaponized exo-suits for their armies of the future, powered exoskeletons are actually finding a much more benevolent niche right now: patient rehabilitation.


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Powerful Portraits Of Ebola Survivors Back Home And Still Fighting To Live - Masters and PhDs

Powerful Portraits Of Ebola Survivors Back Home And Still Fighting To Live - Masters and PhDs | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

They survived Ebola, but their ordeal is far from over.

French photographer Livia Saavedra travelled to the Guinean capital Conakry in October to document Ebola survivors who have returned to their communities. Some have lost family to the disease, others no longer have jobs or face rejection from their community. “The stigma they face is terrible,” Saavedra wrote in an email to WorldPost.



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Data Shows Student Gym Use Boosts GPA - About Health Degrees

Data Shows Student Gym Use Boosts GPA - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

We know that working out at the gym is good for your physical health, but it seems that it is also good for your brain health - at least as it is measured.

After Purdue University spent $98 million on a new 470,000-foot rec center they saw usage surge. University officials also noticed through ID card scanning data that students who exercised more performed better academically. In fall 2013, students who never visited the rec center had an average GPA of 3.07, and students who made 64 visits or more had an average GPA of 3.2.

 



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Collaboration yields new methods to treat tumors with antennas

Collaboration yields new methods to treat tumors with antennas | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Current microwave ablation systems essentially “cook” cancerous tumors. Surgeons insert an antenna into tissue to deliver electromagnetic energy, which heats up and kills the malignant cells. However, these antennas must be relatively large in size in order to produce the low-frequency radiation believed to be necessary for effective ablation treatments.

 Now, with a $390,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), technology accelerator funding from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and licensing support, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are designing smaller ablation antennas that can reach tumor sites through less invasive methods.

 


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Big genomic data on Google Cloud Platform [Video]

Big genomic data on Google Cloud Platform [Video] | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

As the cost of DNA sequencing has dropped, the volume of data produced has risen into the petabytes. Google is working with the genomics community to define a standard API for working with big genomic data sets in the cloud. Building on Google Cloud Platform, we show how to store, process, explore and share genomic data using technologies like BigQuery, AppEngine MapReduce, R and more.


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