I've been on Twitter for almost a couple of years now and when I talk to people about it, I still get a healthy dose of skepticism. So I've put together a top ten list of why as a physician and medical educator, I use Twitter.
The concept of a symptom checker is familiar — we've been self-diagnosing on WebMD for more than a decade, and the plethora of Q&A sites and blogs puts more health information at our fingertips than we could ever need. Meanwhile, the medical industry is characterized as being slow to innovate.
That's changing with startup accelerators focused on health that include Rock Health, Healthbox and Blueprint Health.
On Monday, AskMD launched on iOS7 to bridge the gap between self-directed health management and the in-person care we get from a doctor's visit. The app comes from Sharecare, a health Q&A site.
Research firm Frost & Sullivan listed mHealth among the top three hot topics in healthcare in 2013, garnered from a global surveyof 1,835 executives, about 260 of whom worked in the healthcare industry.
Fifty-one percent of respondents nominated mobility in healthcare, or mHealth, as a top trend for the year. The runners up were cloud computing, at 45 percent, and regulatory environments, at 44 percent. They beat out topics like remote monitoring (38 percent), patient engagement (32 percent), and electronic health records (31 percent).
“mHealth expansion has been fueled by the unprecedented spread of mobile technologies, as well as advancements in their innovative application to address health priorities,” the company wrote in a press release. “It is largely supported by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and other wireless devices.”
A novel malaria vaccine developed at Oxford University has shown promising results in the first clinical trial to test whether it can protect people against the mosquito-borne disease. The trial was carried out in Oxford by researchers led by Professor Adrian Hill of the Jenner Institute at Oxford University, along with colleagues from the biotechnology company Okairos. Some of the adult volunteers were completely protected against malaria in this initial study of the vaccine’s efficacy.
Maggie Baumann is one of a growing number of women who were extremely obsessed with weight during pregnancy and battled what has become known as 'pregorexia.'
While there are no known statistics on just how many pregnant women experience pregorexia, it is estimated that about 30% of American women don't gain enough weight during pregnancy, according to Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, the chief medical officer at the Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado.
America's hospitals are woven into the very fabric of our communities. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, they care for us in our times of need.
Now, America's hospitals are headed for trouble. Deep, federal budget cuts have been proposed that could threaten hospitals' ability to meet the needs of their patients.
The number of ER visits has gone up 46.3% in the last 20 years, while the number of ERs has gone down 12.6%. With an aging population, and millions of Americans about to gain access to health insurance, that trend is unlikely to change.
Learn how doctors will be able to develop targeted cancer therapy based on you and your cancer’s genetics.
How to personalize cancer treatment
Once a doctor sequences your full genome as well as your cancer’s DNA, mapping that information to the right treatment is difficult. Today, these types of DNA-based plans, where available, can take weeks or even months. Cognitive systems will decrease these times, while increasing the availability by providing doctors with information they can use to quickly build a focused treatment plan in just days or even minutes – all via the cloud.
Within five years, deep insights based on DNA sequencing will be accessible to more doctors and patients to help tackle cancer. By using cognitive systems that continuously learn about cancer and the patients who have cancer, the level of care will only improve. No more assumptions about cancer location or type, or any disease with a DNA link, like heart disease and stroke.
Pacemaker surgery typically requires a doctor to make an incision above a patient’s heart, dig a cavity into which they can implant the heartbeat-regulating device, and then connect the pulse generator to wires delivered through a vein near the collarbone. Such surgery could soon be completely unnecessary. Instead, doctors could employ miniaturized wireless pacemakers that can be delivered into the heart through a major vein in the thigh.
Although trips to the emergency room linked to energy drinks almost doubled between 2007 and 2011, little was known about how the highly caffeinated beverages affected the heart.
Now, researchers say that healthy adults who downed the drinks, which are also high in the amino acid taurine, had increased heart contraction rates an hour later, according to a study presented Monday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
“We don’t know exactly how or if this greater contractility of the heart impacts daily activities or athletic performance,” said researcher and radiology resident Jonas Dörner, M.D., of the University of Bonn, Germany, in a news release. There are concerns about the products’ potential adverse side effects on heart function, especially in adolescents and young adults, but there is little or no regulation of energy drink sales.”
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The rise of 3D printing has introduced one of the most ground-breaking technological feats happening right now. The most exciting part, though, doesn't have anything to do with printing electronics or fancy furniture, but in producing human tissues, otherwise known as bioprinting. While it is still in its infancy, the future of bioprinting looks very bright and will eventually result in some major advances for society, whilst also saving billions for the economy this is spent on research and development.
Earlier this month the Personal Genome Project UK (PGP-UK) was launched in an effort to find 100,000 volunteers willing to allow their DNA information to be added to a new publicly accessible database. Volunteers are being asked to waive their privacy rights in return for what the programme operators say would be their "valuable and lasting contribution to science".
The PGP-UK initiative was one example of the attempt to improve the accessibility of health information to scientific researchers and added that growing the amount of data available and improving the tools for analysing the information would have health benefits.
One of the great mysteries of cancer is how it spreads, or metastasizes, throughout the body. But researchers have made an important discovery that may help to solve that puzzle: Cancer cells may fuse with white blood cells in order to spread.
Researchers at Yale University have discovered a metastasis in the brain of a cancer patient that likely grew from the hybrid of a cancer cell and a white blood cell.