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Human Dx Changes the Process for Medical Diagnoses

How is your experience at your doctor’s office likely to change? The Human Diagnosis Project (also referred to as “Human Dx”) could be a big factor. Human Dx is a worldwide effort led by the global medical community to build an online system that maps the best steps to help any patient. By combining collective intelligence […]

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Cyborg Practicality and You

How close are we to cyborgs being a practical reality? Some say that Dr. Kevin Warwick became the first cyborg back in 1998. While at the University of Reading in the U.K., he decided to implant a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip in his shoulder. He wanted to see how well sensors within his office building […]

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Medicine via Nanotechnology

In the last decade, noteworthy advancements in medical applications of nanotechnology have become more prevalent. As SingularityHub points out, researchers are developing nanoscale patterns on medical implants that can stimulate bone cell growth and positive gene expression. Others are working to make guided nanoparticles that detect (and even destroy) cancer cells. Multiple groups, like the […]

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Stem Cells, Jaw Bones, Salamanders and Medicine?

What do stem cells, jaw bones, and salamanders have in common? They all have played a part in the recent advancements in regenerative medicine. As the Mayo Clinic points out, regenerative medicine itself isn’t new — forms of regenerative medicine such as the first bone marrow and solid-organ transplants were done decades ago. But advances […]

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J&J and St. Jude Medical Device Cybersecurity

Medical device cybersecurity continues to be a major concern for companies given the impact breaches can have on the health of patients. Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and St. Jude Medical are prime examples. Johnson & Johnson’s Animas unit recently disclosed cybersecurity flaws in its wirelessly controlled insulin pump that hackers could exploit and potentially deliver […]

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Inform Doctors to Reduce Opioid Abuse

The United States is currently experiencing an epidemic of opioid abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the amount of prescription opioids sold in the U.S. nearly quadrupled since 1999. Opioids include codeine, fentanyl, morphine and forms of oxycodone (e.g., Oxycontin and Percocet) as well as hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin). They are typically […]

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Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning Aid Cancer and Stroke Diagnostics

Where are artificial intelligence and deep learning going to be applied next? Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School believe it is breast cancer pathology. According to FierceBiotech, researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School have worked together to create an analysis of breast cancer pathology that incorporates artificial […]

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Disposable, Stretchable Sunburn Sensors

Whether it is kicking off the summer or squeezing in a vacation as it ends. Along with it comes backyard barbecues, sunbathing, and a variety of other activities that involve extended sun exposure. Although many people seek this time in the sun and don’t mind the occasional sunburn that can come with it, they sometimes forget that […]

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Drone Delivery of Organ Transplants

If you thought that drones could be used as a new way to deliver organ transplants, then you are thinking along the same lines as Lung Biotechnology. This month Lung Biotechnology has agreed to partner with aerial technology company EHang Holdings Limited to develop and purchase up to 1,000 units of the world’s first autonomous […]

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Increase Patient Engagement with Shared Decision Making

In the last few decades, shared decision making in healthcare has been a popular topic. According to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), a consensus has emerged that decisions involving the choice among more than one reasonable treatment option should involve the patient (i.e., clinicians provide patients with information about all the options and help […]

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