Respect for Science
I vaguely remember discussing some of this before, but anyway . . . Throughout most of the 19th Century, despite the dramatic advances of science in many areas, nobody gained any useful understanding of human health and disease, and effective therapies were largely lacking. In fact, physicians -- medical school graduates -- advocated bloodletting and violent purging with mercury based emetics and laxatives. For obvious reasons, most  people preferred other healing methods, which didn't work either but at least didn't kill you. Hospitals were just places where poor people went to die. So what happened to make...
Source: Stayin' Alive - July 5, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Rapid Diagnosis of Infectious Disease at Point of Care: Interview with Shawn Marcel, CEO of Torus Biosystems
Torus Biosystems, a medtech startup that spun out of Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, has developed the Synestia system, a point of care diagnostic tool for infectious disease. The system aims to provide rapid, point-of-care identification of pathogens, and incorporates microarray and qPCR technology.    The company reports that the system allows a clinician to run multiple tests on one device to detect all the pathogens associated with a specific disease. The run-time is rapid, with the device providing results in as little as 30 minutes, and for each sample over 1000 targ...
Source: Medgadget - June 24, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Diagnostics Exclusive Medicine Public Health torusbiosystems Source Type: blogs

Rapid Diagnosis of Infectious Disease at Point of Care: Interview with Shawn Marcell, CEO of Torus Biosystems
Torus Biosystems, a medtech startup that spun out of Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, has developed the Synestia system, a point of care diagnostic tool for infectious disease. The system aims to provide rapid, point-of-care identification of pathogens, and incorporates microarray and qPCR technology.    The company reports that the system allows a clinician to run multiple tests on one device to detect all the pathogens associated with a specific disease. The run-time is rapid, with the device providing results in as little as 30 minutes, and for each sample over 1000 targ...
Source: Medgadget - June 24, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Diagnostics Exclusive Medicine Public Health torusbiosystems Source Type: blogs

AI-Powered App Interprets HIV Test Results
This study is a really strong partnership with AHRI that demonstrates the power of using deep learning to successfully classify ‘real-world’ field-acquired rapid test images, and reduce the number of errors that may happen when reading test results by eye,” said Rachel McKendry, a researcher involved in the study, in a UCL announcement. “This research shows the positive impact the mobile health tools can have in low- and middle-income countries, and paves the way for a larger study in the future.” Study in Nature Medicine: Deep learning of HIV field-based rapid tests Via: UCL (Source: Medgadget)
Source: Medgadget - June 22, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Diagnostics Informatics Medicine Public Health Source Type: blogs

A health librarian watching television: tuberculosis
I watched some of an interview with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, who wrote Hancock's Half Hour, a 1960s comedy radio and television show which my Dad was a fan of, and Steptoe and Son, a 1970s television show which he definitely was not!Both writers had been in a sanatorium, with TB, at the age of 18 or so, so I am guessing in the 1940s or 1950s - that was how they had met.There were no antibiotics, so no treatment except bed rest.   The sanatorium where they were had a radio station, and its own newsletter.  The patients undertook work for outside organisations.I've looked in PubMed to see what literat...
Source: Browsing - May 3, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: tuberculosis Source Type: blogs

Takayasu arteritis
Takayasu arteritis is an inflammatory disorder affecting aorta and its major branches. It is also known as aortoarteritis and pulseless disease [1]. Arteritis leads to thickening of vessel wall, fibrosis, stenosis and thrombus formation. Severe inflammation may weaken the arterial media and lead to aneurysm formation [2]. Takayasu was an ophthalmologist, who noted characteristic fundal arteriovenous anastomoses in a young female in 1905 and published it in Acta of the Opthalmic Society of Japan in 1908 (12:554–5). Onishi and Kagosha described similar cases associated with absent radial pulses in the same year [1].&...
Source: Cardiophile MD - April 7, 2021 Category: Cardiology Authors: Prof. Dr. Johnson Francis Tags: Cardiology Source Type: blogs

Health Care Needs Better Marketing, Too
John Halamka, M.D., president, Mayo Clinic Platform, and Paul Cerrato, senior research analyst and communications specialist, Mayo Clinic Platform, wrote this article.Inspiration comes in all sizes and shapes. Neil deGrasse Tyson, a world-renowned astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, continues to inspire us with words like, “The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it. ” Amidst all the confusion and debate in the popular press about health science, this form of uncommon sense needs more media attention. It’s a truism that may have prom...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - March 30, 2021 Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, March 29th 2021
Discussion of Systemic Inflammation and its Contribution to Dementia Fisetin Reduces D-Galactose Induced Cognitive Loss in Mice Reprogramming Cancer Cells into Normal Somatic Cells Considering Longevity Medicine and the Education of Physicians Researchers Generate Thyroid Organoids Capable of Restoring Function in Mice In Search of Transcriptional Signatures of Aging A Pace of Aging Biomarker Correlates with Manifestations of Aging Targeting Tissues with Extracellular Vesicles Calorie Restriction Slows Aging of the Gut Microbiome in Mice Mitochondrial DNA Heteroplasmy in the Aging Heart Evidence for Hea...
Source: Fight Aging! - March 28, 2021 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

What the Exponential Rise in Mortality with Age Tells Us About the Nature of Aging
When charting rising mortality against increasing chronological age, the result is a smooth exponential curve - the Gompertz-Makeham law of mortality. We might well ask how the exceptionally complicated process of degenerative aging, consisting of many distinct mechanisms butting heads and breaking things in a stochastic manner, can produce this outcome. This is one of the questions posed by epidemiologists in today's open access paper. It is a good example that shows how a scientist can hypothesize about the operation of mechanisms given only data on the outcomes of those mechanisms. For context, the authors of the...
Source: Fight Aging! - March 22, 2021 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

Tuberculosis, Human Rights, and Law Reform: Addressing the Lack of Progress in the Global Tuberculosis Response
Matthew Kavanagh (Georgetown University), Lawrence O. Gostin (Georgetown University), John Stephens (Georgetown University), Tuberculosis, Human Rights, and Law Reform: Addressing the Lack of Progress in the Global Tuberculosis Response; 17 PLoS Med. 10 (2020): In 2018, the United Nations General... (Source: HealthLawProf Blog)
Source: HealthLawProf Blog - February 21, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: Katharine Van Tassel Source Type: blogs

Understanding Leprosy on World Leprosy Day
Leprosy is a chronic and progressive disease that primarily affects the skin and peripheral nervous system. Leprosy has been with us for thousands of years. There is evidence of the disease as far back as 4000 BC, in ancient Egypt.[1] In 1873, Norwegian physician Dr. Gerhard Armauer Hansen discovered that leprosy was caused by a bacterium. [2] Today, we call this bacterium Mycobacterium leprae, and we often refer to leprosy as Hansen’s Disease, in honor of Dr. Hansen. While leprosy caused significant morbidity and mortality in the past, cases today are rare and are curable with proper treatment. How Is Leprosy Transm...
Source: GIDEON blog - January 28, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Uri Blackman Tags: News Leprosy Source Type: blogs

Where To Track COVID-19 Vaccinations
In 2020 – or the year that drew so many parallels to the dystopian sci-fi show Black Mirror that its creators decided to write a comedy instead – we were all in a race. A race to curb the novel coronavirus’ spread and “flatten the curve”; with dismal results. In 2021, we are yet in another race. A race to vaccinate the world. It was the news (or more likely, the miracle) we were eagerly waiting for: to have a functional vaccine against COVID-19 as soon as possible. And in less than a year since the WHO declared the state of pandemic, we have more than one such vaccine. Records were br...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 12, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Covid-19 Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Biotechnology Digital Health Research Future of Medicine Healthcare Design tracking vaccination 2020 WHO vaccine Oxford 2021 pfizer BioNTech resources Sputnik-V Moderna Astra Source Type: blogs

What infectious diseases are due to be eradicated next?
  Although Medical Science aims to eradicate Infectious Diseases in order to protect life and reduce the healthcare burden, it has only been able to achieve that goal against two diseases to date. While this remains a difficult task, there is a genuine possibility that additional diseases will be eliminated in the near future! Let’s explore the diseases that have been consigned to history…and those that are set to join them soon. Smallpox: declared eradicated in 1980 Following a concentrated global effort spanning more than 20 years, Smallpox became the first infectious disease to be eradicated by mankind...
Source: GIDEON blog - December 23, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Epidemiology News Source Type: blogs

8 Digital Health Technologies Transforming The Future Of Nurses
Being a nurse is a highly demanding but genuinely fulfilling job with the chance to touch many people’s lives. This hasn’t been highlighted better than during the COVID-19 pandemic. When the whole world is stricken by fear and uncertainty, with many under lockdown 2.0, nurses are actively in the front line assisting patients and physicians. As the nursing profession requires the core of what makes us human – paying attention, being empathetic and caring -, it will never be replaced by technology.  However, technological innovations can relieve nurses of the burden of many monotonous and repetitive ta...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 15, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Future of Medicine Robotics 3d printing AI artificial intelligence digital health Health 2.0 nurse Personalized medicine technology digital technology nurses Source Type: blogs

Inside Schizophrenia: Evolution of Schizophrenia Treatments
Schizophrenia has been around since the dawn of time but actually treating it has only been around the past 100 years. In this episode host and schizophrenic Rachel Star Withers takes you through the dark and disturbing evolution of schizophrenia treatments. From systematic euthanasia to hydrotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy to the infamous lobotomy. Were these doctors “mad scientists” torturing the mentally ill or were they the only ones trying to help a population of people seen as a burden? About our Guest Miriam Posner is an assistant professor at the UCLA School of Information. She holds a Ph.D. in Film ...
Source: World of Psychology - December 9, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Rachel Star Withers Tags: Brain and Behavior General History of Psychology Inside Schizophrenia Mental Health and Wellness Psychiatry Psychotherapy Brain Disorders ECT Electric shock Electroconvulsive Therapy Frontal Lobotomies History Of Mental Illness H Source Type: blogs

Resisting Public Health Measures, Then and Now
One of the most surprising aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic for those of us who teach the history of public health is how unwilling many Americans have been to adopt health measures to protect others. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, tens of millions of Americans traveled, despite the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged them to stay home and the overall death rate from the coronavirus is approaching 300,000. Should recent events make us revisit aspects of the history of public health? And how can these stories inform future public health efforts during pandemics? The post Resisting Public Health Me...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 2, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care Public Health COVID-19 Hastings Bioethics Forum history of medicine Pandemic Planning syndicated tuberculosis Source Type: blogs

Nasal Endoscopy for Urgent and Complex ED Cases
​Fiberoptics and endoscopy have changed the way we treat patients in the emergency department. Endoscopes are relatively easy to use, and can aid your diagnosis and treatment plan. Endoscopy may be useful in urgent cases, such as epistaxis, nasal foreign bodies, and ear debridement. It may also be helpful when dealing with more complicated presentations and critically ill patients, such as those with Ludwig's angina, epiglottis, tracheostomies, or those who need intubation.Fiberoptic tools are not just for surgeons and consultants. The endoscope has many uses in the emergency department, and we have a few tips and tricks...
Source: The Procedural Pause - October 28, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs

Rabies – a dumb disease
Dog vaccination programs are the most effective way to prevent Rabies   Rabies is endemic to over 150 countries, and according to the World Health Organization, 99% of all transmissions to humans are from dogs, potentially bringing into question the animal’s status as the ‘man’s best friend’.  In Europe, southern Africa, and parts of North America, most cases are acquired from wild carnivores; mongooses, and vampire bats in Latin America and the Caribbean. In more recent years, humans have acquired rabies from inhalation of aerosols in bat caves, ingestion of dogs and cats for food, ticks...
Source: GIDEON blog - September 28, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Epidemiology News Source Type: blogs

Streptomyces – the smell of life
The Mall in Central Park, New York City in late autumn on a rainy day   Did you know that humans can detect the smell of wet soil 200,000 times better than sharks sense blood? [1] It appears our olfactory abilities are not that bad after all, at least when it comes to finding potential sources of food. Petrichor, the term to describe the scent was coined in 1964, by scientists I. Bear and R.G. Thomas, meaning “petros” – stone and “ichor” – the blood of the gods [2] in Greek. Divine or not, Streptomyces is a genus of over 800 bacterial species and subspecies responsible for the eart...
Source: GIDEON blog - September 15, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Epidemiology Microbiology News Source Type: blogs

The Top 100 Digital Health Companies: An Infographic
According to some estimates, the global digital health market is expected to exceed $504.4 billion by 2025; that’s a nearly six-fold increase from its $86.4 billion 2018 valuation. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated both the adoption of and the innovation in digital health and will propel this growth in the coming years. The current situation led to the widespread adoption of telemedicine; people are using digital health apps to stay physically and mentally healthy while indoors; governments are promoting contact tracing apps to limit the virus’ spread. This increased adoption of digital health solutions ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 10, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: 3D Printing Artificial Intelligence Augmented Reality Biotechnology Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Genomics Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design Nanotechnology Personalized Medicine Source Type: blogs

New Cato Book: Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know: And Many Others You Will Find Interesting
In conclusion, I hope that you will buy this book and share it with your family and friends. It is meant to be a conversation piece. Instead of gathering dust on a bookshelf, it is designed to lie on a living room table (like so many architecture and interior design books), for visitors to see and discuss over a martini or glass of wine. I hope that it will alleviate some depression and anxiety, spark a fact ‐​filled discussion around the dining room table, and maybe even change some minds. Strangers things have happened. Cheers! (Source: Cato-at-liberty)
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 31, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Marian L. Tupy Source Type: blogs

Sacral Tuberculosis
Here is a case of 35 year Indian origin male with backache with MRI revealed marrow edema in the sacral vertebral bodies along with presacral abscess noted on sagittal fat suppressed images. Interestingly before the MRI Xray didnot show much changes. In patients with osteomyelitis, MRI will pick up the changes earlier than plain xray.MRI SHOWING SARCAL EDEMA& PRESACRAL ABSCESS                              XRAY LS SPINE LATERAL VIEW Famous Radiology Blog http://www.sumerdo...
Source: Sumer's Radiology Site - August 2, 2020 Category: Radiology Authors: Sumer Sethi Source Type: blogs

The Present And Future Of Digital Pills
Flicking your wrist as your smartwatch nudges you, you find a notification alerting that it’s time to take your digital pill. You grab one from your smart medicine pack, alert your GP, and ingest it with a glass of water. Thereafter, the pill broadcasts a real-time video stream as it goes down your oesophagus and into your stomach. Your GP is simultaneously monitoring the visuals, assessing the progression of your ulcer.  Afterwards, you have a video call with your GP who reassures you of the ulcer’s healing. She also notes that the digital pill contains your personalised medicine 3D-printed onto it and...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 21, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: 3D Printing Health Sensors & Trackers Personalized Medicine schizophrenia digital pill otsuka abilify pillcam patch etectRx infarmate hipaa Source Type: blogs

A Conversation with John Ioannidis
By SAURABH JHA, MD The COVID-19 pandemic has been a testing time for the already testy academic discourse. Decisions have had to be made with partial information. Information has come in drizzles, showers and downpours. The velocity with which new information has arrived has outstripped our ability to make sense of it. On top of that, the science has been politicized in a polarized country with a polarizing president at its helm. As the country awoke to an unprecedented economic lockdown in the middle of March, John Ioannidis, professor of epidemiology at Stanford University and one of the most cited physician sc...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Public Health John Ioannidis Saurabh Jha Source Type: blogs

Digital Health Ventures That Flew Too Close To The Sun
1.5 billion: that’s the number, in dollars, Forbes put for Proteus’ valuation last year. Dubbed as a healthcare unicorn, the startup even raised over $500 million in venture capital. It made headlines for developing the first-ever FDA-approved digital pill, one equipped with an ingestible and trackable sensor to monitor treatment compliance.  Researchers even proved the technology’s worth. In 2019, an independent study investigated the Proteus’ digital pill. They found it to be accurate, and even improved adherence of tuberculosis patients using oral pills equipped with Proteus’ s...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 7, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Genomics AI cancer IBM google deepmind theranos Watson fail digital pill proteus deus ex machina tech giants finances otsuka Nightingale Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, July 6th 2020
Fight Aging! publishes news and commentary relevant to the goal of ending all age-related disease, to be achieved by bringing the mechanisms of aging under the control of modern medicine. This weekly newsletter is sent to thousands of interested subscribers. To subscribe or unsubscribe from the newsletter, please visit: https://www.fightaging.org/newsletter/ Longevity Industry Consulting Services Reason, the founder of Fight Aging! and Repair Biotechnologies, offers strategic consulting services to investors, entrepreneurs, and others interested in the longevity industry and its complexities. To find out m...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 5, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Far Too Little Consideration is Given to the Failure of the Immune System in the Old
There is no situation so terrible that it will not be silently accepted as set in stone, only given that it has lasted for long enough to become routine. So it is with aging, and all of the pain, suffering, and death that accompanies it. The present furor surrounding COVID-19 is unusual for casting at least a little light upon the point that infectious disease largely kills older people, and in very large numbers, year in and year out. In the normal course of affairs, no-one cares until it is their turn to be old, frail, and vulnerable. The immune system decays with age, becoming simultaneously overactive (inflammag...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 3, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

Contact Tracing: 10 Unique Challenges of COVID-19
Conclusion The story of COVID-19 contact tracing is still in progress, and it’s not clear whether the ending will be success or failure. We hope that this essay has added depth to the opening words “Contact tracing for COVID-19 will be the most complex health investigation ever”. Vince Kuraitis, JD/MBA (@VinceKuraitis) is an independent healthcare strategy consultant with over 30 years’ experience across 150+ healthcare organizations. He blogs at e-CareManagement.com. Eric D. Perakslis, PhD (@eperakslis) is a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University. Deven McGraw , JD, MPH, LLM (@h...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? Deven McGraw Eric Perakslis Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

Here ’ s How You Can Define ‘ Being Nice ’ on Your Own Terms
“Don’t trade your authenticity for approval.” ~ Unknown As a nice person, I am often conflicted because sometimes I don’t enjoy being nice. Sometimes I act nice out of moral obligation or because I’m trying to be consistent with my perceived identity. Do you view yourself as “nice”? Do others describe you as “nice”? Do you always enjoy being “nice”? If you are unsure how you are perceived by others, ask friends and family to describe you. I’ve been told how nice I am all my life, by family, friends, coworkers, and even bosses. It was a huge part of my...
Source: World of Psychology - June 6, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Psych Central Guest Author Tags: Personal Personality Publishers Self-Help Tiny Buddha Authenticity Being nice people pleaser personal identity Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 3rd June 2020
Some things you may need to know.  Nothing last week as I was " on holiday " , so two weeks'worth this time.COVID-19A systematic scoping review of COVID-19 during pregnancy and childbirth (International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology)ResearchProgression to type 2 diabetes in women with a known history of gestational diabetes: systematic review and meta-analysis (BMJ)**Leicester authors**Comparative impact of pharmacological treatments for gestational diabetes on neonatal anthropometry independent of maternal glycaemic control: A systematic review and meta-analysis (PLoS Medicine)Maternal cardiovas...
Source: Browsing - June 3, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

The new words from the coronavirus pandemic
With any new illness comes metaphor. It is humanity ’s attempt to incorporate the mystery of disease into our own stories. We like to personify illness, give it human characteristics as a way of visualizing it. We name its actions to help lessen its unpredictability. Tuberculosis consumed. Syphilis punished. AIDS invaded. Cancer grows. COVID-19 qua rantines separate […]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 - May 28, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/susan-maclellan-tobert" rel="tag" > Susan MacLellan-Tobert, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Conditions COVID-19 coronavirus Infectious Disease Source Type: blogs

Why Some Countries Have Fared Better in Fighting COVID-19
There are more than 1.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States right now with nearly 80,000 related deaths on record. This number is greater than a quarter of the total deaths suffered worldwide.  What has America gotten wrong in its response to the deadly virus, and what have other countries done right?   New Zealand, South Africa, and Vietnam—even sharing a border with China where the virus originated —all have experienced relatively few cases and minimal deaths from COVID-19.  Our co-founder and infectious disease expert, Dr. Stephen Berger shared his thoughts ...
Source: GIDEON blog - May 12, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: News Press Source Type: blogs

Tree in Bud Appearance: CT
This is 13 year old child with mother who is sputum positive for TB. CT scan shows Tree in Bud lesions showing an appearance of multiple areas of centrilobular nodules with a linear branching pattern. This finding is considered classical for endobronchial TB as in this case. However, has been described in other conditions as well.Tree in Bud appearance Endobronchial infections like pulmonary tuberculosis, bronchiolitis, bronchiectasis with mucus plugging in cystic fibrosis are other classical causes.Famous Radiology Blog http://www.sumerdoc.blogspot.com TeleRad Providers at www.teleradproviders.com Mail us ...
Source: Sumer's Radiology Site - May 11, 2020 Category: Radiology Authors: Sumer Sethi Source Type: blogs

Can AI and radiographs help in resource-poor areas for the fight against COVID-19?
Conclusion  With new evidence emerging every day and with COVID-19 guidance and protocols adapting responsively, the national responses vary widely across the globe. However, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea have shown that aggressive and proactive testing plays a crucial role in containing the spread of the disease.  We believe AI has great potential for helping doctors quantify and monitor COVID progression from a patient’s chest X-rays – this will help determine treatment pathways faster and thus slow any surges in emergency cases. AI will also play a critical role in expanding screening for...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Tech bhargava reddy manoj tld pooja rao preetham srinivas qure.ai tarun raj Source Type: blogs

Harvard Health AdWatch: An arthritis ad in 4 parts
Perhaps you’ve grown as weary as I have of repeated arthritis ads. They appear in frequent rotation on television, online, and in magazines, promoting Enbrel, Humira, Otezla, Xeljanz, and others. If you’ve actually read or listened to these ads, you might have felt perplexed at certain points. Here’s a quick rundown on what they’re saying — and not saying — in one of those ads. “The clock is ticking” Part 1: A teakettle whistles on the stove and a disembodied voice speaks as this ad for Humira opens. “This is your wakeup call. If you have moderate to severe rheumatoid a...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - April 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Arthritis Bones and joints Health Inflammation Source Type: blogs

Harvard Health Ad Watch: An arthritis ad in 4 parts
Perhaps you’ve grown as weary as I have of repeated arthritis ads. They appear in frequent rotation on television, online, and in magazines, promoting Enbrel, Humira, Otezla, Xeljanz, and others. If you’ve actually read or listened to these ads, you might have felt perplexed at certain points. Here’s a quick rundown on what they’re saying — and not saying — in one of those ads. “The clock is ticking” Part 1: A teakettle whistles on the stove and a disembodied voice speaks as this ad for Humira opens. “This is your wakeup call. If you have moderate to severe rheumatoid a...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - April 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Arthritis Bones and joints Health Inflammation Source Type: blogs

Leadership During a Healthcare Crisis: Kaiser Permanente ’s Response to COVID-19
A Conversation with Dr. Richard Isaacs, CEO of The Permanente Medical Group and the Mid Atlantic Permanente Medical Group By AJAY KOHLI, MD Organizations aren’t built in crises. Their mettle, their history and their leadership define how organizations adapt and succeed, particularly in difficult times. Of the three, the most important quality is leadership. In this regard, Kaiser Permanente is leading the way in healthcare delivery. I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Richard Isaacs, CEO of The Permanente Medical Group and The MidAtlantic Permanente Medical Group, to discuss the strategic vision an...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Hospitals Medical Practice Ajay Kohli Kaiser Permanente Mid Atlantic Permanente Medical Group Pandemic Richard Isaacs Source Type: blogs

Health Care Scope of Practice Laws Reveal Another Weakness in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
Jeffrey A. SingerOn March 24 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issuedanexecutive order allowing CRNA ’s (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) to practice independently of physicians or surgeons, thus adding needed personnel to the health care work force during this public health emergency. Guidelines issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services state that nurse anesthetists should be “supervised” by a physician, thus preventing these well ‐​trained specialized nurses from providing anesthesia independently while freeing up physician anesthesiologists so more patients can receive ca...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - March 26, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Jeffrey A. Singer Source Type: blogs

SI Joint TB - Teaching Video
Presenting a brief teaching video on SI joint Tuberculosis and its Radiological findings.Famous Radiology Blog http://www.sumerdoc.blogspot.com TeleRad Providers at www.teleradproviders.com Mail us at sales@teleradproviders.com (Source: Sumer's Radiology Site)
Source: Sumer's Radiology Site - March 24, 2020 Category: Radiology Authors: Sumer Sethi Source Type: blogs

Time to redefine normal body temperature?
In this study, researchers analyzed temperature recordings from three periods of time over 157 years: 1860–1940: A mix of armpit and oral temperatures of nearly 24,000 veterans of the Civil War were measured. 1971–1975: Oral temperatures of more than 15,000 people from a large population study (the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) were analyzed. 2007–2017: Oral temperatures of more than 150,000 people in another large research project (the Stanford Translational Research Integrated Database Environment) were reviewed. During the nearly 160 years covered by the analysis, the average oral...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - March 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Children's Health Cold and Flu Men's Health Women's Health Source Type: blogs

Pandemic Fears: What the AIDS Battle Should Teach Us About COVID-19
By ANISH KOKA, MD As the globe faces a novel, highly transmissible, lethal virus, I am most struck by a medicine cabinet that is embarrassingly empty for doctors in this battle.  This means much of the debate centers on mitigation of spread of the virus.  Tempers flare over discussions on travel bans, social distancing, and self quarantines, yet the inescapable fact remains that the medical community can do little more than support the varying fractions of patients who progress from mild to severe and life threatening disease.  This isn’t meant to minimize the massive efforts brought to bear to keep...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: CORVID-19 Health Policy Patients Physicians AIDS Anish Koka AZT coronavirus COVID-19 FDA novel coronavirus Pandemic Source Type: blogs

Using Ultrasound for Paracentesis
​Paracentesis can be a quick and simple procedure with the right equipment and a well-rehearsed approach. It's important to practice this skill in the procedure lab and to familiarize yourself with the kit in your department a few times a year. This month, we focus on paracentesis set-up and basics, and next month we will review the nuts and bolts of completing the procedure.Important equipment for paracentesis: Five or six collection bottles, antiseptic prep, and a paracentesis kit. Consider longer needles for abdominal walls thicker than 2.5 cm.Grab the ultrasound and a pen. Position your patient at a 45-degree angle, ...
Source: The Procedural Pause - February 3, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs

Artificial Intelligence vs. Tuberculosis – Part 2
By SAURABH JHA, MD Clever Hans Preetham Srinivas, the head of the chest radiograph project in Qure.ai, summoned Bhargava Reddy, Manoj Tadepalli, and Tarun Raj to the meeting room. “Get ready for an all-nighter, boys,” said Preetham. Qure’s scientists began investigating the algorithm’s mysteriously high performance on chest radiographs from a new hospital. To recap, the algorithm had an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) of 1 – that’s 100 % on multiple-choice question test. “Someone leaked the paper to AI,” laughed Manoj. “I...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Artificial Intelligence Health Tech Health Technology @roguerad AI Saurabh Jha TB tuberculosis Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, January 20th 2020
This study provides strong evidence that following a healthy lifestyle can substantially extend the years a person lives disease-free." Commentary on Recent Evidence for Cognitive Decline to Precede Amyloid Aggregation in Alzheimer's Disease https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2020/01/commentary-on-recent-evidence-for-cognitive-decline-to-precede-amyloid-aggregation-in-alzheimers-disease/ I can't say that I think the data presented in the research noted here merits quite the degree of the attention that it has been given in the popular science press. It is interesting, but not compelling if its role...
Source: Fight Aging! - January 19, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Theorizing on Historical Trends in Body Temperature, Burden of Inflammation, and Life Expectancy
In this study, we analyzed 677,423 human body temperature measurements from three different cohort populations spanning 157 years of measurement and 197 birth years. We found that men born in the early 19th century had temperatures 0.59°C higher than men today, with a monotonic decrease of -0.03°C per birth decade. Temperature has also decreased in women by -0.32°C since the 1890s with a similar rate of decline (-0.029°C per birth decade). Although one might posit that the differences among cohorts reflect systematic measurement bias due to the varied thermometers and methods used to obtain temperatures, we...
Source: Fight Aging! - January 17, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

Ride the Fluid Wave Before Performing a Paracentesis
​Before you break out the bottles for a paracentesis, you may want to consider doing a test for ascites. Many procedures require executing an old-school test before even looking at a result or grabbing an ultrasound machine. Knowing what to look for on a physical exam may guide your practice and intervention dramatically. Using noninvasive tools first could help your patient avoid other tedious or unnecessary testing, which may also result in lost time. Incorporating ultrasound into your practice may also help you nail a diagnosis or allow you to perform a procedure better than you expected.A markedly distended abdomen d...
Source: The Procedural Pause - January 2, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs

A Look Back at 2019
I've always been an optimist.  I believe humans are basically good and that the nice guy will win eventually.After traveling 400,000 miles to 40 countries in 2019, helping government, academia, and industry, my view of the world has not changed.Despite our focus on the negative 24x7 news cycle, 2019 has been thebest year for humanity in history.My best memories, looking back at 2019:*Serving the Gates Foundation in South Africa and Northern India.  Experiencing the rollout of technology enabled platforms that reduced HIV disease burden and improved diagnosis/treatment of tuberculosis.*Working with mayors and...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - December 31, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs

Artificial Intelligence vs. Tuberculosis, Part 1
By SAURABH JHA, MD Slumdog TB No one knows who gave Rahul Roy tuberculosis. Roy’s charmed life as a successful trader involved traveling in his Mercedes C class between his apartment on the plush Nepean Sea Road in South Mumbai and offices in Bombay Stock Exchange. He cared little for Mumbai’s weather. He seldom rolled down his car windows – his ambient atmosphere, optimized for his comfort, rarely changed. Historically TB, or “consumption” as it was known, was a Bohemian malady; the chronic suffering produced a rhapsody which produced fine art. TB was fashionable in Victorian Britain...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Artificial Intelligence Health Tech Saurabh Jha TB tuberculosis Source Type: blogs