Zach Sobiech, creator of the "Clouds" song that became a viral YouTube hit, died of cancer on Monday. He was 18.
Sobiech had been fighting osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, for the past four years after his diagnosis at age 14. Last May, after treatment options ran out, doctors told the Minnesotan teen that he had up to a year left to live.
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Fertility specialists have developed a radical technique that can boost the chances of IVF couples having a healthy baby.
Doctors in Nottingham who devised the procedure say it could raise live birthrates at their clinic to 78%, around three times the national average for IVF treatment in the UK. Simon Fishel, director of the Care Fertility Group in Nottingham, said the £750 procedure was "probably the most exciting breakthrough we've had in 30 years".
A team of researchers is raising funds through Indiegogo for a placebo app -- no pills, just pictures.
Here's how it works: You begin the experience by choosing which lifestyle aspect you'd like to change — say, quitting smoking or decreasing stress — before scheduling an alarm-like reminder to "take it" each day. Then, you can personalize it further by choosing exactly what you'll be taking (it doesn't need to be a picture of a pill).
The thermometer is a timeless medical device, but you often need to be familiar with common symptoms and what to do if you have them for it really come in handy. The Kinsa Smart Thermometer offers a new way of taking the effort out of diagnosing and dealing with everyday illness.
Having a good idea isn't enough to make a difference in the world. You also have to be able to sell that idea to everyone else.
On Friday, the four finalists for the Challenge's Technology Venture Competition presented their pitches: a bio-inspired catheter, a diabetes management app, a device that can diagnose head trauma by tracking users' eye movements and an app to help researchers organize their data. They had to prove that their projects were more than useful: They had to be profitable, too.
If you're looking to learn more about your genes, and are interested in having your DNA tested, there are several options you can pursue, that will ship direct-to-consumer. In addition to learning about your health, personal genetics services will often reveal things you didn't know about your ancestry. We've rounded up some online resources, so you can get your search started online. Keep in mind, direct-to-consumer genetic testing is illegal in New York and Maryland, meaning your results cannot be shipped to those states. Whether you chose to pursue testing or not, we recommend you consult a doctor or gentic counselor before making any medical decisions.
Anna Brones: If you're still reeling from the horsemeat scandal, hold on to your hats – there may well be arsenic in your beer and rat hair in your chocolate
Since the horsemeat scandal, more of us than ever before are holding a microscope up to what we eat. But no matter how many labels you read, you could still be consuming things you'd rather put on your "do not eat" list. From human hair in our bread to fish bladder in our beer, there are a lot of additives and food processing techniques that employ ingredients and chemicals few would classify as "appetising". It's a reminder, frankly, that non-processed foods are your best bet.
It’s great to see efforts toward better health care data interoperability in the private sector, especially by the recently formed CommonWell Health Alliance, a non-profit organization represented by athenahealth, Allscripts, Cerner, Greenway, McKesson and RelayHealth. These health IT vendors are working to create industry-wide access to patient health information by the use of existing unique identifiers, such as a patient’s cell phone number, e-mail address or driver’s license. This effort by six of the nation’s more prominent health IT providers will certainly go a long way toward fostering EHR interoperability and leveraging the value of digital patient data.
Tiny, glowing robots could soon be injected into the eye to alert doctors of low oxygen levels that can lead to blindness.
Led by Bradley Nelson, a professor of robotics and intelligent systems at ETH-Zurich, researchers created devices 1 millimeter in length and one third of a millimeter in width that, once injected, can be steered through the eye’s vitreous fluid via external magnetic fields.
An ergonomic case for tablets and e-readers aims to help users avoid the perils of Carpal tunnel syndrome and other hand-related ailments.
Called Wingo, the case has "wings" on either side, under which users place their hands to hold the device. According to its Kickstarter page, it aims to address problems that revolve around reading for long periods of time by reducing grip tension, filling the contours of users' fingers with grooves and allowing users to place their hands, wrists and forearms in a more "natural" reading position.
Cornell researchers followed 68 shoppers as they clicked through an online grocery site that offered a mix of healthy choices -- including fruits, vegetables and lean meats -- and unhealthy, high calorie snack foods like candy, chips and soda.
The shoppers who didn't eat for four to five hours before filling their virtual food baskets bought the same number of items as the shoppers who snacked on crackers before clicking away. But the hungry shoppers selected more processed junk foods, 23 percent more on average. A follow up field test where researchers secretly followed shoppers who hadn't eaten for several hours found much the same.
"You don't buy more, but you do buy more of the wrong type of calories," noted Brian Wansink, one of the study's lead investigators and author of the new book, Slim By Design. "You buy things like cereal, snacks, chips, candy and other convenience foods that require no preparation and that you can eat right away."
Author: Darren Pullen, University of Tasmania, Australia
Abstract The past century has seen spectacular gains in the breadth and depth of medical knowledge, but the potential of these gains has been hampered by a slow system of disseminating knowledge. Over the course of medical education numerous technologies and methods have been used to deliver continuing medical education (CME) to health care professionals (HCPs). These methods have included postal correspondence, two-way radio conferencing, video conferencing and in the last decade the Internet. The emergence of the World Wide Web (WWW) in the early 1990s, coupled with increasing computer processing power, reduced computing costs and more creative content management systems have led to more CME materials and resources going 'online' which has greatly sped up the dissemination of medical knowledge. This study assessed the pedagogical and instructional design (e-pedagogy) effectiveness of online CME courses offered by one large Australasian continuing education provider.
eHealth Initiative's 2nd Annual National Forum on Data and Analytics in Healthcare will occur August 1-2, 2013 at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center in the Washington, DC area and will bring together providers, payors, researchers, clinicians, and industry leaders focused on the use of analytics to improve clinical, financial and administrative decisions at critical points in the healthcare system. This two-day event will feature a series of brief case studies and interactive multi-stakeholder panels on integrating different systems and transforming data into actionable healthcare intelligence. This conference will provide detailed and practical instruction on how to effectively manage and use data across healthcare, research, and surveillance.
Concerns that firms' rights to hold patents on genes linked to breast cancer is pushing up cost of testing for disease.
Beore the end of next month the US supreme court will issue a landmark decision in a case brought against the biotech firm Myriad Genetics, which is based in Utah, by the Association for Molecular Pathology.
The firm owns a patent on the BRCA1 gene, which Jolie carries and which is believed to carry a high risk of causing breast cancer. It also owns a patent on the similar BRCA2 gene.
It means that Myriad has the exclusive right to develop diagnostic tests for those genes – a fact that has implications for other firms, who thus might be prevented from developing innovations in the field.
If you want to work in the health care field but not in direct patient care, or if you are already working in the health care field (e.g., as a nurse or other health practitioner) and want to move into the managerial/administrative side of health care, then a health care administration masters degree will give you the required knowledge and skills.
This page gives you information about the masters degree in health care administration, where you can study it, the prospects after completion, and more ...
A newer class of medications used to control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics may also improve cardiovascular health, researchers from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center reported in a new meta-analysis presented yesterday at the American Society of Hypertension's Annual Scientific Meeting and Exposition.
A health unit brings many facets of health care work together to provide a one-stop shop for patients. This takes a lot of organization, which is why more and more people are studying for certification as a health unit coordinator.
This page gives you information about obtaining health unit coordinator certification, where you can study it online, the job and salary prospects, and more ...
The Re-Timer wearable light device can help you catch some z's by working to regulate your body's internal clock. The device emits a soft green light, which is supposed to mimic natural sunlight.
“Photoreceptors in our eyes detect sunlight, signal our brain to be awake, and set our rhythms accordingly,” Leon Lack, chief inventor and psychology professor at Flinders University in South Australia, said in a news release.
Most of the work done by graduates of health education focuses on planning, organizing, and directing educational programs for communities, labor unions, civic organizations, and other groups. They work alongside other healthcare professionals to establish needs, develop goals, and assess the availability of healthcare services.
Find out more about health education degree programs, where you can study it online, the career and salary prospects after completion, and more ...
Healthfundr is an equity-based crowdfunding platform for health startups. The site provides accredited investors with opportunities to invest in a selection of curated companies working on digital health, health IT, and diagnostic and medical devices.
The JOBS Act and the Affordable Care Act are dramatically changing regulations surrounding crowdfunding and healthcare. Crowdfunding has changed the venture capital landscape and startups in all sectors are using this method to raise funding. The landscape for health investment is also changing. Funding soared for health IT and digital health companies in 2012, while money continued to lag for life sciences and medical device companies.
"There’s a lot of buzz around the action of “storytelling.” It’s a trendy term.
Some marketers hijack storytelling as the art nouveau of their work. I suppose that’s fine, but it still rings generic.
Nurses, we live storytelling. Our work is storytelling. The intimacy in the care we provide is like a Bob Dylan song because storytelling doesn’t have to be the feel-good, inspire-the-world marketing scheme. It’s a lived life. Storytelling—good storytelling—encompasses the grit and the grime. It is the real, and yes, sometimes it is happy, but sometimes it’s about suffering and pain and a mixture of all those things."
With the rapid changes and increase in knowledge, continuing education (CE) is necessary for every profession. Taking nursing continuing education online is a useful way for nurses to stay up-to-date in their profession whilst continuing with their employment.
Find out more about online nursing continuing education, what's involved in the programs, where you can take them, the improved career prospects, and more ...
Take a swab of saliva from your mouth and within minutes your DNA could be ready for analysis and genome sequencing with the help of a new device.
University of Washington engineers and NanoFacture, a Bellevue, Wash., company, have created a device that can extract human DNA from fluid samples in a simpler, more efficient and environmentally friendly way than conventional methods.
The device will give hospitals and research labs a much easier way to separate DNA from human fluid samples, which will help with genome sequencing, disease diagnosis and forensic investigations.