The Most Exciting Health Stories Of 2014

While 2014 will forever be known as the year of the world's biggest Ebola outbreak -- and the first cases of Ebola contracted in the United States -- the virus is just one of several impactful changes in our medical and personal health landscape. From cancer research breakthroughs to innovative food policies to strides in the search for an HIV vaccine, we're quite a bit further in our understanding of medicine than we were last year. Thanks to research in 2014... Your Fitness Tracker Data Could Lead To The Next Big Medical Discovery Your FitBit, Jawbone and other personal tracking devices and apps are logging every step you take, every bite you eat and every hour you sleep. All of that data is a potential treasure trove for health researchers, which is why University of California, San Francisco and the American Heart Association are inviting people from all over the world to plug their apps and devices into the Health eHeart platform. The hope is that people who track their health data can provide scientists with powerful, real-world and real-time insights that they can then use to make observations and associations between things like exercise, diet and heart disease. Dr. Elliott Antman, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and president of the American Heart Association, called the big data push unprecedented and said it could pave the way for how big clinical research projects are conducted in the future. "This dwarfs even the largest studies t...
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Fifty years ago, in a golden moment of television comedy shows, Rowan &Martin’s Laugh-In program regularly featured “The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate” award.  Wikipedia says it “recognized actual dubious achievements by public individuals or institutions.” Do a Google search.  You’ll quickly see how popular this award became. Yes, I’m dating myself by going back 50 years.  But mine is the generation that often becomes obsessed with being given “the finger” by doctors for digital rectal exams (DRE) looking for prostate cancer. And it is in that context...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Conditions Mainstream media Oncology/Hematology Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSION: Combined treatment at extremely low concentration of two agents from natural products, As2O3 and resveratrol, has high potential as a cocktail of anticancer drugs for neuroblastoma. PMID: 30343279 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Genomics Proteomics ... - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Tags: Cancer Genomics Proteomics Source Type: research
In this study, the ethanolic extracts prepared from fresh and dried leaves, bark, and seed skin of Pra (Elateriospermum tapos Blume.) were tested for their antioxidant activity using a ferric reducing ability of plasma (FRAP) assay. The antiproliferative activi...
Source: Journal of Medicinal Plants Research - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
While becoming pregnant is generally possible for younger breast cancer patients, researchers believe many women change their minds after treatment.
Source: CancerNetwork - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: news
Researchers tested whether 2 years of maintenance therapy with olaparib would improve outcomes in advanced ovarian cancer patients.
Source: CancerNetwork - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: news
Researchers tested whether immunotherapy could be safely used in HIV-positive patients with cancer.
Source: CancerNetwork - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: news
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Source: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: SPECIAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
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Source: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: EDITORIAL Source Type: research
β-Adrenergic blockade is an important mechanism for reducing morbidity and mortality in patients with hypertension and heart failure. Esmolol has been used widely for its chronotropic and antihypertensive effects. However, there has been recent inquiry regarding perioperative esmolol use and nociceptive modulation. Conventional postoperative analgesic treatment has relied primarily on opioids, which present their own adverse effects and pharmacoepidemiologic repercussions. Esmolol, to date, has not shown any direct analgesic or anesthetic properties; however, recent studies suggest that esmolol may have antinociceptiv...
Source: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: REGIONAL ANESTHESIA AND ACUTE PAIN: DARING DISCOURSE Source Type: research
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