A lot of people talk about the problems of biased medical research. However, even when medical research isn't biased, it is not necessarily usable by the average doctor or clinician. In fact, a lot of research is very difficult for doctors to use properly; making the research easier to understand is part of what MetaMed does.
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.
In the United States in 2009, health care spending reached a record high of $2.5 trillion, approximately 17.6% of US GDP and far more than any other country spends on health care. Why is health care so expensive?
When you're facing a life-threatening illness such as cancer, you expect that your doctors and specialists know the precise nature of your disease, so that they can give you the most effective treatment. But what if, shockingly, they were wrong?
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.
Thiel-Backed Start-Up’s On Demand Medical Research Gaining Traction
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.
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.
Radiologists, who examine images a lot in their work, are experts when it comes to locating subtle things. Trafton Drew, an attention researcher at Harvard Medical School, came up with an interesting study for these ‘professional searchers.’
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.