Imagine a world where you can inject yourself once with a medicine that detects and automatically releases treatment into your blood stream – for days at a time. The medical world no longer needs to just imagine it.
While human trials have not yet begun, this is wonderful news for the estimated 25.8 million U.S. children and adults that live with high blood sugar levels. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Americans with diagnosed Diabetes has more than tripled from 5.6 million in 1980 to 20.9 million in 2011.
Researchers and physicians in the United Kingdom -- where heart failure affects more than 750,000 people -- have enrolled heart failure patients in a trial to see if a manufactured virus can be the key to healing struggling hearts. The research trial, aptly named Mending Broken Hearts, will include two hundred patients with weakened and damaged hearts. By injecting genetic material into the heart muscle, researchers are hoping to reverse the organ’s decline.
According to the ECRI Institute, industry experts forecast that by 2018, 75% of cardiovascular surgeons will be utilizing a Hybrid Operating Room. With that prediction only five years away, many hospitals are researching what exactly it means to upgrade to the hi-tech alternative from traditional operating rooms. Upgrading to a Hybrid OR means incorporating lead-lined walls to protect against radiation, having 15’ to 16’ ceilings, supportive enough equipment booms, and finding room for an expanded surgical team as well as 100+ different medical systems and devices.
While the thought of an intestine-infecting parasitic worm makes most people queasy, scientists and researchers from the Boston area were inspired by one to create a revolutionary adhesive bandage. The worm that started it all? The Pomphorhynchus laevis. The inventing team modeled the microneedles on the prototype bandage after the spine-covered proboscis found on top of the worm’s head.
The findings, published this week in a study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), have scientists excited.
Over the past year, we’ve taken a special interest in the advancement of medical training, education and simulation. This past Sunday, CBS dedicated their Cover Story to the topic in their piece "How Dummies and Drills Aid in Medical Training."
The engaging report focuses on the training and education efforts by University of Oklahoma’s Clinical Skills Education & Testing Center and the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) at the University of South Florida.
According to a new study commissioned by the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes cost the U.S. $245 billion in 2012 – dramatically up from the 2007 estimates of $174 billion related to the direct and indirect costs of diabetes care. The full study, published in the April issue of Diabetes Care, shows how the cost of diabetes rose 41% over the past five years, including work-related costs.
How are you feeling lately? Still haven’t kicked the habit of smoking? Does just the thought of walking several blocks make you winded? Answering those questions may help you figure out if you will be around in 2023. This week, San Francisco researchers introduced a new "mortality index" that helps people older than 50 estimate their chances of dying within the next 10 years.
The test consists of 12 items that are assigned points. The fewer the points, the longer you may live. Sound morbid? Want to take the test?
We’ll get to that, but first…where did this index/test come from?
Losing a night’s sleep used to just mean that you’d probably be irritable and sleepy the next day. Now it may mean your future health may permanently suffer. British researchers announced this week that losing sleep for more than a week could possibly slow down hundreds of genes, potentially putting you at risk of developing diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
Look around this month and you will see more people in red than ever before. And it’s not just for Valentine’s Day. February is American Heart Health Month and the industry focus is stronger than ever to bring awareness to women’s number one killer – heart disease.
For years, industry experts have been stressing the importance of surgical checklists but had limited data (if any) to back up the recommendations.
Earlier this month, The New England Journal of Medicine released a report that seems to confirm a concept once considered impossible to prove – the use of surgical checklists in operating room emergencies positively impacts patient care.