Can Systems Analysis Approaches Provide Insight into the Mechanisms of Aging?
Given enough data from enough old people, to what degree could modern approaches to information processing be used to derive useful information about the underlying mechanisms of aging? Such as which of the varied collection of causes and consequences involved in the biochemistry of aging are more important, how they are connected to one another, and so forth. On the one hand it seems plausible that something can be learned here, but on the other hand it seems unlikely to be as effective an approach as selectively interfering in specific mechanisms in order to observe the outcome in animal studies. So far near all o...
Source: Fight Aging! - November 19, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, November 19th 2018
Fight Aging! provides a weekly digest of news and commentary for thousands of subscribers interested in the latest longevity science: progress towards the medical control of aging in order to prevent age-related frailty, suffering, and disease, as well as improvements in the present understanding of what works and what doesn't work when it comes to extending healthy life. Expect to see summaries of recent advances in medical research, news from the scientific community, advocacy and fundraising initiatives to help speed work on the repair and reversal of aging, links to online resources, and much more. This content is...
Source: Fight Aging! - November 18, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

AI Doesn ’ t Ask Why — But Physicians And Drug Developers Want To Know
We describe phenomena using science, which gives us a sense of understanding and structure – yet we often lack actual understanding about what we’re observing, or why our treatments work. We have scientific explanations that may appear solid at first glance, but are flimsy upon closer inspection. More commonly, I imagine, we rely on scientific explanations as heuristics to enable us to get through our days, as a scaffold upon which to organize our information. I suspect AI is viscerally uncomfortable, and challenging to apply to clinical care or drug discovery (see part 2), because of the psychological importan...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Artificial Intelligence Pharmaceuticals Physicians AI David Shaywitz Health Tech Source Type: blogs

Initial Evidence for the Antibiotics Azithromycin and Roxithromycin to be Senolytic
Researchers here report on two new senolytic compounds identified in the existing library of approved drugs, based on screening work in cell cultures. It is worth bearing in mind that drug candidates that demonstrate good results in cell culture quite often fail to show promise when tested in animals, so it is wise to be patient as new senolytics work their way through the research and development pipeline. There will be a lot more of this sort of thing in the years ahead, as ever greater amounts of funding pour into finding new ways to selectively destroy senescent cells. Any senolytic approach that removes a significant ...
Source: Fight Aging! - November 16, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Combining Sound and Light Could Help with Early Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a diagnostic method involving photoacoustic imaging, a technique that combines ultrasound and laser light. The development may allow clinicians to diagnose ovarian cancer earlier, helping to save lives. “When ovarian cancer is detected at an early, localized stage – stage 1 or 2 – the five-year survival rate after surgery and chemotherapy is 70 to 90 percent, compared with 20 percent or less when it is diagnosed at later stages, 3 or 4,” said Quing Zhu, a researcher involved in the study. “Clearly, early detection is critical, ye...
Source: Medgadget - November 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Diagnostics Ob/Gyn Radiology Source Type: blogs

Obama, Prince Harry, Angelina: Celebrities As Health Influencers
Beloved Hollywood celebrities, famous politicians or members of the British royal family: no better advertisement for fitness tracker producers and health tech companies. As models, actors and actresses are highly influential people, their early adoption of digital solutions could also push the masses towards living more healthily with technologies. On the other hand, celebrities are inclined to follow questionable health trends, too, which go against decades of medical evidence. Those examples, everyone should rather reject. Wearables conquered Hollywood, the White House, and the British royal family Celebrities are all a...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Social media in Healthcare celebrities digital health digital technologies digital technology famous fitness future health influencer health influencers Hollywood trackers trends wearables wellness Source Type: blogs

When will the stigma of mental health end in medicine?
Imagine being a cancer patient afraid of seeing an oncologist because they would likely need to discuss chemotherapy and all the lifestyle changes that it entails. Imagine being a patient with heart failure afraid of seeing the cardiologist because they may be prescribed a diuretic to remove excess fluid from their body and may need […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 15, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/anonymous" rel="tag" > Anonymous < /a > Tags: Physician Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

A Patient Complained about the Cost of Her Medical Care. Here ’s How Her Doctor Responded.
The oncologist had prescribed Xgeva hoping it would strengthen her bones while also delaying the progression of Angela Kahn’s breast cancer. But Kahn (a pseudonym) couldn’t get over the price of the drug. Before the oncologist had a chance to … Continue reading → The post A Patient Complained about the Cost of Her Medical Care. Here’s How Her Doctor Responded. appeared first on PeterUbel.com. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - November 15, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: PeterUbel.com Tags: Health Care cancer healthcare costs Peter Ubel pharmaceutical industry syndicated Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Questions Raised about the American Cancer Society's Corporate Partners
The EVP and CMO of the American Cancer Society has resigned, reportedly over the organization's corporate relationships (see:Cancer Society Executive Resigns Amid Upset Over Corporate Partnerships). In 2009, I posted a note stating that theAmerican Academy of Family Physicians had received a six-figure grant from Coca-Cola and also that theAmerican Academy of Pediatric Dentists took a $1 million payment from Coca-Cola In 2003 (see: American Academy of Family Physicians Cozies Up to Coke). Below is an excerpt from the article about the ACS:A top official of the American Cancer Society has resigned in...
Source: Lab Soft News - November 15, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Bruce Friedman Tags: Healthcare Business Healthcare Delivery Medical Consumerism Medical Ethics Public Health Source Type: blogs

Growing Enthusiasm for the Development of Geroprotectors
A geroprotector is a drug or supplement that either slows the underlying causes of aging or produces a greater resistance to the damage of aging. In either case health is prolonged and mortality decreased. Calorie restriction mimetics are the best example of the type, but the category is expansive enough to include well known drugs such as aspirin. As you might imagine of a class of treatments that includes aspirin, the size of effect when it comes to additional years of life is fairly small, even in those cases in which the benefits are reliable. Geroprotectors largely work through upregulation of stress responses, someth...
Source: Fight Aging! - November 15, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Senolytic Therapeutics Uses Nanotube-Carried Toxins to Destroy Senescent Cells
Today, I'll point out an analysis from the SENS Research Foundation that covers the approach to selective destruction of senescent cells taken by one of the newly formed biotech startups in the space, Senolytic Therapeutics. This field is hot because it is now well proven that senescent cells are the enemy. They are one of the root causes of aging, accumulating with age to degrade tissue function via the secretion of inflammatory signal molecules. Senescent cells actively maintain an aged, inflamed state of metabolism, resulting in the development of age-related disease and increased mortality. Senescent cells do se...
Source: Fight Aging! - November 14, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

MAID in New Jersey – New Video Features 2 Nurses Disabled by Life-Shortening Diseases Urging Lawmakers to Act
Compassion & Choices today released its second video in a digital video ad campaign featuring passionate advocates of New Jersey’s Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Act (A1504, S1072) urging the state Assembly and Senate to pass the bill before the end of year. Dec. 17 is the last scheduled voting day for the legislature. The ads will continue until lawmakers enact the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act into law. The new video features two sisters who are nurses disabled by life-shortening diseases. They urge New Jerseyans to write their lawmakers in support of the legislation and to bring it to the floor for ...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - November 14, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

FDA to Announce Ban on Sale of Most Cigarettes in Convenience Stores Due to Addiction of Hundreds of Thousands of Youth to Cigarettes
Tomorrow, the FDA is expected to announce the strictest regulation of cigarettes sales in decades. Spurred by the data showing that nearly 8% of high school students are current cigarette smokers, the FDA will announce that from now on, with just a few exceptions, cigarettes may not be sold in any convenience store or gas station. Online sales of cigarettes will still be allowed, but it will be subject to advanced age verification procedures. The only stores that will be allowed to sell cigarettes without restriction will be those which are only open to adults (or which establish an area that is only open to adults).The FD...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - November 13, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Point-of-Care BRCA1 Mutation Testing in 20 Minutes
BReast CAncer gene one (BRCA1) is one of the best-known genes linked to breast cancer risk. Unfortunately, the technology to spot the gene requires a lab and expertise at interpretation. Researchers at Louisiana State University have now developed a smartphone-based system called FLuoroZen that can test for the cancer-related BRCA1 mutation at the point-of-care within twenty minutes. The FLuoroZen analyzes DNA within saliva or blood when the sample is placed on nitrocellulose paper, itself placed on a glass slide. The device then detects the fluorescent oligonucleotide spots on the nitrocellulose paper thanks to two f...
Source: Medgadget - November 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Genetics Ob/Gyn Pathology Surgery Source Type: blogs

A Popular Science View of Checkpoint Inhibitor Cancer Immunotherapies
Checkpoint inhibitor therapies are a demonstrably successful approach to cancer immunotherapy. They suppress a mechanism that normally restrains immune cells from attacking other cells. This mechanism is abused by cancers, alongside a variety of other ways in which the immune system can be subverted or quieted. Any advanced tumor tends to have evolved into a state in which it is ignored or even helped by the immune system. Checkpoint inhibitor therapies are an improvement on chemotherapy when it comes to the trade-off between harming the cancer and harming the patient, as well as in the odds of success, but still present r...
Source: Fight Aging! - November 13, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Future Trends Help You Choose The Most Fitting Medical Specialty
“I’m a medical student. Which specialty should I choose and what skills will a future doctor need?” “I’m in radiology. Looking at the recent advancements in medical technology, was it a wise choice or should I train myself in something different, too?” These are the questions I most frequently receive after my keynote speeches. While all should be aware of their own physical and intellectual capabilities, here are a few pieces of advice which skills to concentrate on based on the current and future trends in healthcare. The most significant trends in healthcare Artificial intelligence, w...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Medical Education Medical Professionals capabilities crowdsourcing digital digital health digital literacy gamification Healthcare Innovation medical specialties medical specialty patient design skills tech Source Type: blogs

Against A Highly Regressive “Meat Tax”
Some economists want to make it more expensive for the less well-off to enjoy aclear revealed pleasure: eating red and processed meat.The  average household in the poorest fifth of the income distribution dedicates 1.3 percent of spending towards it. That’s over double average household spending in the richest quintile. Yet meat is now a new “public health” target. Once, lifestyle controls stopped at smoking and drinking. They recently expanded to soda and even caffeine. Now, even the hallowe d steak is not sacred.Last week,  a report by University of Oxford academics calculated suppos...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 12, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Ryan Bourne Source Type: blogs

University of Missouri Research Reactor Now Supplying Iodine-131 for Thyroid Treatment
Medical radioisotopes are widely used in cancer treatment, but their production has been hampered to the point that obtaining them has become a challenge. The lack of Technetium-99m is probably the most widely known, but there’s also a shortage of Iodine-131 (I-131), a radioisotope commonly used for diagnosing and treating thyroid conditions because the thyroid absorbs iodine naturally. Things are now looking up as the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR), a 10 megawatt reactor, has just produced the first commercial batch of I-131.  International Isotopes, Inc. is the buyer and dis...
Source: Medgadget - November 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Nuclear Medicine Oncology Public Health Radiation Oncology Radiology Source Type: blogs

Extracellular NAD+ Declines with Age
Current enthusiasm for the development of means to boost levels of NAD+ in older people is driven in part by research such as the open access paper noted here, in which the authors show a clear decline with age in NAD+ outside cells. Inside cells, NAD+ is an important component in the machinery that allows mitochondria to generate chemical energy store molecules to power all cellular functions. Importantly, there is evidence that comparatively straightforward approaches to increase NAD+ levels can produce beneficial effects, such as improved mitochondrial function leading to lowered blood pressure via reduced dysfunction o...
Source: Fight Aging! - November 12, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Why Positive Thinking Doesn ’t Work – And What Does
You're reading Why Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work – And What Does, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. You might be anxiously wondering where this article is going to go, so just in case you're about to judge me as some negative Nancy that's going to bash positive thinking, I'd like to clear that up because that's not what I'm about to do. I'm going to use a deep dive into The Three Principles understanding of Mind, Consciousness, and Thought to awaken you to the fact that we don't need to try to ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - November 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: robkish Tags: featured psychology self improvement happiness pickthebrain positive thinking success Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, November 12th 2018
This study's researchers approached all people turning 85 in 2006 in two cities in the UK for participation. At the beginning of the study in 2006-2007, there were 722 participants, 60 percent of whom were women. The participants provided researchers with information about what they ate every day, their body weight and height measurements, their overall health assessment (including any level of disability), and their medical records. The researchers learned that more than one-quarter (28 percent) of very old adults had protein intakes below the recommended dietary allowance. The researchers noted that older adults w...
Source: Fight Aging! - November 11, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

The civilian casualties of being a doctor
As an ER doctor, I often meet people on the worst day of their lives. I ’m the guy who gets to tell you your mom is dead. I’m the one who works the futile code on your four-year-old, while your screams cut right through everyone in the room. I find your cancer. I tell you […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 11, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/side-hustle-scrubs" rel="tag" > Side Hustle Scrubs, MD < /a > Tags: Finance Practice Management Source Type: blogs

National Cancer Institute Designates BrainHQ as a Research-Tested Intervention Program
----National Cancer Institute Designates BrainHQ as a Research-Tested Intervention Program //Posit Science | Brain Fitness& Brain TrainingMonday, November 5, 2018 (SAN FRANCISCO) — The National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the US National Institutes of Health has designated BrainHQ online brain exercises, made by Posit Science, as a part of its " Research-Tested Intervention Programs " (RTIPs). BrainHQ is now included in the NCI database of evidence-based cancer interventions and program materials for program planners and public health practitioners.The RTIPs program was set up by NCI to more rapidly move ...
Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner) - November 9, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Source Type: blogs

BMC ‘Research in progress’ photo competition – one week to go!
Source: Cultura Creative (RF) / Alamy Stock Photo We’ve received some fantastic entries so far but it’s not too late if you’re yet to enter your photos. Anyone interested in research and photography can enter from anywhere in the world. Your image should be related to research and can be focused on any area of your work and from any discipline including physical sciences, mathematics and engineering. The overall winner will receive a cash prize of €550 (~£490/$645), while the runner-up will receive €350 (~£310/$410). Inspiration Sarah Boyle’s winning photograph from last year&r...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - November 9, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Davy Falkner Tags: Uncategorized Research in progress photo competition Source Type: blogs

The Starting Five: Vitamins for Improved Health
You're reading The Starting Five: Vitamins for Improved Health, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. “By the proper intakes of vitamins and other nutrients…you can, I believe, extend your life and years of well-being by twenty-five or even thirty-five years,” said Nobel Prize winning scientist Linus Pauling. Modern research has confirmed Pauling’s belief as it has identified five vitamins that may improve overall health. Vitamin D Vitamin D provides many important health benefits. It ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - November 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: IndySummers Tags: featured health and fitness pickthebrain self improvement vitamins what vitamins should i take Source Type: blogs

PSA-based screening for prostate cancer: Interpreting the changing guidelines
Comparing the 2018  U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation statement on prostate cancer screening in the October 15th issue of American Family Physician with its previous recommendation, the first question family physicians ought to ask is: What new evidence compelled the USPSTF to move from recommending against PSA screening in all men to determining that there was a small net […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 8, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/kenneth-lin" rel="tag" > Kenneth Lin, MD < /a > Tags: Conditions Oncology/Hematology Primary Care Source Type: blogs

Conference on Drug Pricing Injects New Statistics Into Debate, Few New Insights (Part 1 of 2)
The price of medications has become a leading social issue, distorting economies around the world and providing easy talking points to politicians of all parties (not that they know how to solve the problem). Last week I attended a conference on the topic at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. On one level, the increasing role that drugs play in health care is salutary. Wouldn’t you rather swallow a pill than go in for surgery, with the attendant risks of anesthesia, postoperative pain opiates, and exposure to the increasingly scary bacteria that lurk in h...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Healthcare Reform Medical Economics Personalized Medicine Precision Medicine Drug Pricing Healthcare Costs Medication Pricing Source Type: blogs

Last Month in Oncology with Dr. Bishal Gyawali
By BISHAL GYAWALI MD Me-too deja vu I read the report of a phase 3 RCT of a “new” breast cancer drug but I had the feeling that I had already read this before. Later I realized that this was indeed a new trial of a new drug, but that I had read a very similar report of a very similar drug with very similar results and conclusions. This new drug is a PARP inhibitor called talazoparib and the deja vu was related to another PARP inhibitor drug called olaparib tested in the same patient population of advanced breast cancer patients with a BRCA mutation. The control arms were the same: physician ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Drug Discovery Pharmaceuticals Bishal Gyawali Cancer immunotherapy Oncology Source Type: blogs

A CT scan for kidney cancer? It may depend on where you live.
About one in fifty people reading this essay will be diagnosed with kidney cancer at some time in their life. In fact, one out of one people  writing this essay has already been diagnosed with kidney cancer. (I had a small tumor removed from my left kidney not long after I turned 50.) But how many people […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 8, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/peter-ubel" rel="tag" > Peter Ubel, MD < /a > Tags: Conditions Nephrology Oncology/Hematology Source Type: blogs

Podcast: How Can You Stop Emotional Overeating?
  Emotional overeating is an extremely common problem for many people, particularly among those who live with depression. Many of us have a tendency to “eat our feelings,” resorting to food to make us feel better and as an escape from the things that bother us. As one would expect, this kind of behavior leads to weight gain, which only adds to the negative feelings that we’re trying to escape from. In this episode, we’ll learn about emotional overeating, including what it is and isn’t, its relation to hunger, and how to deal with the ever-present food during holidays, work functions, a...
Source: World of Psychology - November 8, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Show Tags: Binge Eating Eating Disorders General The Psych Central Show Emotional Overeating Gabe Howard Vincent M. Wales Source Type: blogs

3 Easy Tips to a Good Night Sleep
You're reading 3 Easy Tips to a Good Night Sleep, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Good night sleep. The best thing in the world (Second to a nice Cheeseburger on a rainy morning). According to a 2010 survey, 30 percent of Australians reported experiencing a severe sleeping disorder. Whereas in America, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that one of every four Americans reports not getting enough night sleep. This corresponds with another survey saying that around 60 million Americans...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marwan Jamal Tags: featured health and fitness self improvement health benefits of sleep how to get a good sleep pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

myLAB Box STI at-home Test Kits. Interview with Lora Ivanova, Co-Founder and CEO at myLAB Box
myLAB Box, a healthcare company based in California, has developed and pioneered an at-home sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing service. With the number of STDs rising, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 20 million new STDs occur annually in the US, and half of these are in people aged 15 to 24. STDs are often symptomless, but can have significant consequences. For instance, an estimated 24,000 women become infertile every year because of undiagnosed STDs. An estimated 80% of sexually active people will have a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection at some point in their lives, and HP...
Source: Medgadget - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Exclusive Medicine Public Health Reproductive Medicine Source Type: blogs

Molecular Electronic Devices to Detect E. Coli
Detecting the presence of E. coli and other pathogenic bacteria is time consuming and expensive, requiring biological cell cultures or DNA amplification. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, University of Washington, and TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Turkey have used a single-molecule break junction, a molecular electronic device, to detect RNA from different pathogenic strains of E. coli.  “The reliable, efficient and inexpensive detection and identification of specific strains of microorganisms such as E. coli is a grand challenge in biology and the...
Source: Medgadget - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Pathology Source Type: blogs

I Heart Research: We speak to the winner of last year ’s ‘Research in progress’ photo competition
“I Heart Research”Sarah Boyle, Centre for Cancer Biology, Adelaide, South Australia. Tell us about your winning image from last year’s BMC ‘Research in progress’ photo competition Sarah Boyle, winner of the ‘Research in progress’ photo competition 2017. Breast cancer is the most widely diagnosed cancer in women world-wide, and despite advances in treatment, still remains a major cause of cancer-related death. My winning image, “I Heart Research”, was of a fluorescent mouse mammary tumor, captured during my studies into breast cancer progression. This mouse was genetical...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - November 7, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Davy Falkner Tags: Uncategorized Research in progress photo competition Source Type: blogs

Philips and Augusta University Partner to Improve Patient Care: Interview with Philips CMO
A few months ago, we heard about how Philips and Augusta University Health are working together in a long-term partnership for the co-development of clinical solutions such as a hybrid operating room. To learn more about the partnership as well as the unique, hybrid operating room into which multiple technologies and procedures have been combined, Medgadget heard from Dr. Joe Frassica, Philips’ CMO and Head of Research for the Americas.   Michael Batista, Medgadget: Thank you for taking the time to speak with us about the recent news regarding Philips’ partnership with Augusta University Hea...
Source: Medgadget - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Michael Batista Tags: Exclusive Medicine Public Health Surgery Source Type: blogs

A patient ’s experience of chemotherapy and radiation
I had my first mammogram at age 35, and for the next 35 years I had mammograms regularly. On my way, I’d pass the entrance to the Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital, outside of Richmond, VA, never thinking that I’d one day cross that threshold myself. When I heard the“C” word, I didn’t know what […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 7, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/lynn-lazos" rel="tag" > Lynn Lazos < /a > Tags: Patient Oncology/Hematology Source Type: blogs

This is what the face of resilience looks like
At the age of 17, my younger sister Elisabeth noticed a change in her body — enlargement of the front of her neck. “I just thought I was building muscle from working out,” she innocently rationalized. A series of laboratory tests and imaging followed and led to a much more grave discovery — cancer. There […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 6, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/rebekah-fenton" rel="tag" > Rebekah Fenton, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Oncology/Hematology Pediatrics Source Type: blogs

Notes on the 2018 Longevity Forum in London
The Longevity Forum, hosted by investor Jim Mellon and company yesterday in London, was a reminder that we still have a way to go when it comes to guiding the conversation on longevity and rejuvenation in a useful direction. On the one hand, most people give medicine and aging little serious thought until it is too late, and if we want large-scale funding for the goal of human rejuvenation through realization of the SENS research agenda, then the public at large really has to be on board in the same way that they are reflexively in favor of doing something about cancer and Alzheimer's disease. On the other hand, the first ...
Source: Fight Aging! - November 6, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Activism, Advocacy and Education Source Type: blogs

Another Recent Study Assesses the Financial Burden of Excess Fat Tissue
The personal cost of being overweight or obese is sizable, even when considering only financial matters, the greater expenditure on medical needs and the opportunity costs that accompany sickness and loss of capacity. Additional weight in the form of visceral fat tissue both shortens life expectancy and increases lifetime medical expense, this much is well established in the scientific literature. Summing those costs over the entire population produces some staggeringly large numbers. Those numbers can vary widely depending on the assumptions and what is included; those here are on the high end. Yet the cost of excess weig...
Source: Fight Aging! - November 6, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

An interview with Sunil Krishnan, new co-EiC of Cancer Nanotechnology
As you can read about here, we are delighted to welcome Sunil Krishnan of MD Anderson, Tyler, Texas, as a new co-Editor-in-Chief of Cancer Nanotechnology. Sunil will join existing Editors-in-Chief Fred Currell, Dalton Cumbrian Facility, University of Manchester, UK, and Steve Curley, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances, Texas, in helping to make Cancer Nanotechnology a premiere venue for research of its kind. We caught up with Sunil to find out a bit more about him, his research and how he feels about his new role on the journal. Sunil Krishnan; image courtesy of MD Anderson Sunil, congratulations on becoming an EiC...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - November 6, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Matthew Smyllie Tags: Health Medicine Open Access Publishing cancer nanotechnology interview Source Type: blogs

An interview with Sunil Krishnan, new co-EiC of Cancer Nanotechnology
As you can read about here, we are delighted to welcome Sunil Krishnan of MD Anderson, Houston, Texas, as a new co-Editor-in-Chief of Cancer Nanotechnology. Sunil will join existing Editors-in-Chief Fred Currell, Dalton Cumbrian Facility, University of Manchester, UK, and Steve Curley, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances, Texas, in helping to make Cancer Nanotechnology a premiere venue for research of its kind. We caught up with Sunil to find out a bit more about him, his research and how he feels about his new role on the journal. Sunil Krishnan; image courtesy of MD Anderson Sunil, congratulations on becoming an E...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - November 6, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Matthew Smyllie Tags: Health Medicine Open Access Publishing cancer nanotechnology interview Source Type: blogs

There ’ s a Psychiatrist Crisis in America That Few Are Talking About
There’s a psychiatrist crisis in America and virtually nobody is having a serious conversation about how to fix it. It’s not clear how we, as a nation, can brag about our amazing healthcare system when finding a psychiatrist who takes your insurance and is open to new patients is virtually impossible in most places in the U.S. Even worse is that the crisis is still growing and little is being done to avert it. Over at Popula, Jameson Rich details his ordeal in trying to find a new psychiatrist that takes his insurance: My therapist would make a dosage recommendation in consultation with some other doctors, she...
Source: World of Psychology - November 5, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Policy and Advocacy Professional Psychiatry Treatment american psychiatrist lack of psychiatrists psychiatrist crisis Source Type: blogs

Greater Cancer Risk for Taller People is Near Entirely Due to Having More Cells
There has been some debate in the research community as to whether the observed relationship between cancer risk and height in our species is due to (a) taller people having more cells, and thus more chances to suffer a cancerous mutation, or (b) some more indirect factor, such as, for example, the role of growth hormone in cellular metabolism. The author of this study marshals data to argue convincingly for the former hypothesis, for most forms of cancer. The multistage model of carcinogenesis predicts cancer risk will increase with tissue size, since more cells provide more targets for oncogenic somatic mutation...
Source: Fight Aging! - November 5, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

A new EiC and new identity for Cancer Nanotechnology
There have been some exciting developments recently for Cancer Nanotechnology. In August, the journal joined the BMC family of journals, and in doing so, became a part of a brand that has been a true innovator in open access publishing since its founding in the late nineties. Itself a pioneer as a research venue at the intersection of cancer research and nanotechnology, Cancer Nanotechnology is naturally at home with BMC, and those of us working the journal are delighted to be a member of this prestigious family. We look forward to this new chapter in the journal’s life, and we invite you to learn more about our new ...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - November 5, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Matthew Smyllie Tags: Health Medicine Open Access Publishing cancer nanotechnology materials science Source Type: blogs

Questioning Your Doctor is Ok
I received a good question(s) from a reader: In your “Changing the culture” posting there is the comment: “Patients seeking medical treatment should not assume a prescribed therapy is beneficial just because a doctor says it is.”… How then does a patient evaluate a proposed treatment in a way that they aren’t thwarting a doctor from performing what may be a needed course of treatment? … Other writing I’ve seen describes doctors being too accommodative to patients reluctance at a treatment. A bad feedback loop if there was one. Patients sho...
Source: Dr John M - November 5, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr John Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, November 5th 2018
In conclusion, weight cycling significantly increased life-span relative to remaining with obesity and had a similar benefit to sustained modest weight loss. Support for Oxidized Cholesterol as a Primary Cause of Atherosclerosis https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2018/11/support-for-oxidized-cholesterol-as-a-primary-cause-of-atherosclerosis/ In the paper I'll point out today, the authors provide evidence in support of the concept that it is specifically oxidized cholesterol that is the primary cause of atherosclerosis rather than the condition resulting from too much cholesterol in general. In atheroscl...
Source: Fight Aging! - November 4, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Nurses, Nursing, and the Nature of Suffering
In the course of many nurses'healthcare careers, witnessing the illness, suffering, and death of others is commonplace. From dialysis and med-surg to home health and the ICU, nurses create therapeutic relationships with patients and their families, providing spiritual and emotional comfort, compassion, and expert skilled care based on many decades of nursing science and evidence-based interventions.Aside from witnessing the challenges faced by others, nurses are themselves human beings with their own life experiences, victories, and suffering. How a nurse navigates their own personal suffering plays a role in determining h...
Source: Digital Doorway - November 4, 2018 Category: Nursing Tags: healthcare nurse nurses nursing Source Type: blogs