Jessica Hamm

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Infections From Contaminated Injections Can Lurk Undetected

People who think they didn't get sick from a nationwide meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid injections used to treat back pain may want to think again.<p>Doctors at hospitals in Michigan did MRI scans of people who had been given tainted injections but didn't report symptoms of …

Scientists Regrow Severed Spinal Cords In Rats

Neuroscientists surgically and chemically reconnect rats' severed spinal cords, recovering the rats' bladder control.<p>Scientists have found a way to reconnect severed spinal cords in rats, allowing them to regain bladder control--a major accomplishment that could one day help humans with similar …

The Price To Pay For Eating Highly Processed Carbohydrates

The next time you are in a restaurant scanning choices—french fries, a slice of pizza, cheesecake or a milkshake– and feel that you are “addicted” to these types of foods—there is now more evidence to validate these types of cravings, but further supported by biochemical evidence and specific …

New Shapeshifting Biogel Could Help Heal Aging Spines

Along with cell therapy, the biomaterial could help stop or reverse the loss of material between vertebrae.<p>As we get older, the cushy material that absorbs shock between our spinal vertebrae breaks down, creating back pain and inhibiting our mobility. Injections of more nucleus pulposus (NP) …

Intestinal Stem Cells: The Key To Making Cancer Treatment Less Deadly?

If new research tested in mice pans out for humans, there may soon be a way to keep radiation and chemotherapy from killing a cancer patient before they can kill the tumor -- and the key lies in the gut.<p>Researchers from the University of Michigan found a way to boost stem cells in the intestines by …

When Nurse Practitioners Step in for Doctors

JoNel Aleccia has a good piece at the NBC News website about nurse practitioners providing medical care where there are few or no licensed …

Hearst Magazines

5 Body Parts Scientists Can 3-D Print

3 Ways To Save Psychotherapy

People have been turning away from psychotherapy in favor of medication for years, despite the evidence that therapy works. Here are a few tips for improving the industry's image.<p>The subtle art of lying on a therapist's couch is in rapid decline. Psychotherapy, the traditional one-on-one weekly …

Now There’s A Hospital-Based Treatment Facility for Internet Addicts

Digital addiction is no joke, and one hospital in Bradford, Pennsylvania, is treating it very seriously with therapy, workshops, and in some cases medication.<p>How many hours do you spend on the Internet a day? Do you stay online longer than you originally meant to? Do you feel anxious or irritable …

Mental Health

Doctors Vacuum A 2-Foot-Long Clot Out Of Man's Leg

The human body is so weird.<p>So we don't know how 62-year-old Todd Dunlap is feeling right now. We just can't imagine. Last month, doctors vacuumed a two-foot-long clot out of his leg veins—a first for the state of California, according to UCLA, where Dunlap was treated.<p>Dunlap's doctors used a …

A mixing and matching game of life and death

Dan Davis's The Compatibility Gene tells the story of the discovery of a central component of the immune system, one that affects not only our ability to fight off disease, but also the success of transplant operations, pregnancies and, rather unexpectedly, brain development and possibly even mate …

British firm brings 'God particle' technology to cancer patients

Technology from the quest to find the 'God particle' will soon be used to treat cancer patients after a British company acquired the first spin-off firm from the Large Hadron Collider.<p>The collaboration has slashed the cost of proton beam therapy, a type of cancer treatment that fires high-precision …

Drug Cures Mice Of Down Syndrome With A Single Dose

But it's not a cure for humans yet.<p>Cure Down syndrome with a single injection? Well, maybe--if you're a mouse. A team of scientists from John Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health have cured newborn mice of Down syndrome by injecting them with a drug that stimulates what's called …

Stem Cell Therapy for Parkinson's Proves Safe in Primates - D-brief

By Becky Lang | September 26, 2013 12:50 pm<p>In a step that brings stem cells closer to the clinic, researchers in Japan have found that transplanting …

A Mobile Device That Uses Your Blood Or Spit To Quickly Detect Disease

All of the finalists in the competition consisted of so-called “lab-on-a-chip” technologies–tiny devices that measure everything from heart rate to …

Medical Technology

Politically Incorrect Healthcare Ideas that Will Change the World

<b>(…and will be happening sooner than you think)</b><p>A brainstorming technique that I often suggest is “assume there are no obstacles so that you can push ideas to their extremes.” For example, if you knew money was no object, and you knew you couldn’t get fired, what new product or service would you …

Scientists closer to Alzheimer's cure

Scientists said they may have developed a drug that could work against Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other brain disorders that share a similar mechanism.<p>Still at a very early and experimental stage, the drug blocks disruption of the brain's defence system, something that boosts neurodegenerative …

Teeny Tiny Pacemaker Fits Inside the Heart

A tiny pacemaker that doesn't need wires to stimulate the heart has been approved for sale in the European Union. It's the world's first wireless …

First child 'functionally cured' of HIV remains in remission, scientists announce

In March, a team of medical researchers revealed that a two-year-old patient had been "functionally cured" of HIV after undergoing unusually early treatment with antiretroviral drugs. The instance marked the second documented case of HIV remission, and was the first such case involving a …

Single Gene Contributes to Childhood Obesity, Boosting Appetite and Slowing Metabolism - D-brief

By Breanna Draxler | October 24, 2013 1:01 pm<p>Childhood obesity has been rising fast, but new genetic findings may aid progress toward a treatment. …

The End Of Antibiotics

Perhaps we should start paying attention again to the scientists and their science-y science stuff.<p>"We're in the post-antibiotic era," he continued. "There are patients for whom we have no therapy, and we are literally in a position of having a patient in a bed who has an infection, something that …

Sleep Learning May Be Possible: Study

Sleep is already known to boost our brains' ability to learn and remember -- and now, a new study actually <i>demonstrates</i> this ability.<p>Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science played a number of tones to study participants as they slept during the night. After playing each tone, the …

Light at the end of the tunnel for chronic pain

A German professor is developing light therapy to regulate sleep and treat chronic pain<p>Doctors in Germany may be about to shed a little light on treating chronic pain. Prof Thomas Tolle, a pain specialist in Munich, is beginning a trial using specially designed overhead lighting that imitates a …

‘Bubble kid’ success puts gene therapy back on track

MOST parents dream of a 5-week-old baby who sleeps through the night, but Aga Warnell knew something was wrong. Her baby, Nina, just wasn’t hungry in …

Gut Bacteria May Be Implicated in Rheumatoid Arthritis

The bacteria that live in your intestines are a mixed blessing. Scientists have known for decades that this so-called microbiota helps us digest our …

Health Freaks – incompatible with the duties of a doctor?

It’s a strange, contradictory world we live in. The same month that included an entirely justified sense of outrage at the sale of "Mental Patient" Halloween costumes, also saw the launch of the new Channel 4 series, Health Freaks – with not a whisper of concern that describing patients as "freaks" …

Can a shot of humanities make doctors more humane? | Charlotte Blease

A course of 'medical humanities' is supposed to unlock the empathy so often missing in care, but evidence is lacking<p>A couple of years ago posters of a corpse started appearing on campus. The sight of a (seemingly) dead man with a tag on his toes certainly grabbed my attention.<p>Closer scrutiny …

Did Allergies Evolve To Save Your Life? - Science Sushi

By Christie Wilcox | October 24, 2013 11:00 am<p>Introduced bee on a native ʻōhiʻa flower.<br>Photo by Flickr user Zesuri<p>As most of my friends on the …

Scientists take "4D printing" a step further

Using a 3D printer, people can already determine the length, width and depth of an object that they create. Thanks to research being conducted at the …

3D Printing