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Do Bike Helmet Laws Reduce Injuries In Children?

Lauren McNamara

Accidents while riding a bicycle result in over 500,000 emergency room visits every year, and are one of the leading causes of accident-related death in children. Children who suffer an accident while biking are more likely than adults to sustain head injuries - around half of children hospitalized for such accidents have an injury to their brain.

For Depression, Effective Talk Therapy Often Ignored

Lauren McNamara

Many patients suffering from depression find that antidepressant drugs alone are not enough to manage their symptoms. For some, these drugs do nothing at all. There is a highly effective complement to medication: cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, a kind of talk therapy focused on changing the patient’s negative patterns of thinking. Unfortunately, fewer psychiatrists now offer this proven adjunct to antidepressants.

Patients Turn to Private Medical Research Teams to Find Cures

Thiel-Backed Start-Up’s On Demand Medical Research Gaining Traction

Michael Vassar

New York, NY. Patients, frustrated by the risks and inefficiencies of the current health system, have begun retaining private teams of doctors and medical researchers to deliver solutions. Experts estimate there are nearly 100,000 preventable deaths annually in the U.S. alone, and the time it takes for new discoveries to actually reach patients can be up to thirty years, if at all.

Tiny Capsule Effectively Kills Cancer Cells

A nanoscale degradable shell has been developed by researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. It’s designed to carry proteins to cancer cells and stunt the growth of tumors without damaging healthy cells.

Shells about 100 nanometers in length, roughly half the size of the smallest bacterium, are composed of a water-soluble polymer that safely delivers a protein complex to the nucleus of cancer cells to induce their death. The shells degrade harmlessly in non-cancerous cells.

Artificial Retina Receives FDA Approval

The FDA granted market approval to an artificial retina technology today, the first bionic eye to be approved for patients in the United States.

The device transmits images from a small, eye-glass-mounted camera wirelessly to a microelectrode array implanted on a patient's damaged retina. The array sends electrical signals via the optic nerve, and the brain interprets a visual image.

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