Medical Forefront

By Dr. Jean Layton | curated finds from the medical forefront

Your smartphone could soon be a powerful tool for detecting skin cancer

They’ll be some of the weirder selfies you’ve ever taken, but a study using artificial intelligence to analyze images of skin lesions suggests that smartphones may soon help humans detect skin cancer.<p>Published today in Nature, the study began with an unremarkable image-recognition network provided …

Machine Learning

Same-sex twins are taller and heavier than opposite-sex twins (but only if breastfed): Possible evidence for sex bias in human breast milk

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In search of the stroke detector

Up to 50% of stroke diagnoses are inaccurate. What if a small biosensor could do the job precisely? Robert McCrum, who survived a ‘brain attack’ 22 years ago, traces one team’s long journey to a breakthrough<p>Stroke, or “brain attack”, is the third biggest killer in the western world, after cancer …

Life Sciences

Controversial IVF technique produces a baby girl -- and for some, that's a problem

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was a first for the entire world: Using a controversial in vitro fertilization technique, doctors in Kiev, Ukraine, helped a previously infertile couple conceive and deliver a baby girl. Some critics say, for genetic reasons, the use of this IVF method should have been restricted to …

Genetics

NMAH | Polio: Two Vaccines

<b>Sabin and Salk</b><br>While the large-scale clinical trial with Salk vaccine went ahead in 1954, Albert Sabin continued developing his live-virus vaccine. …

How to fight back when an insurer denies your healthcare claim

Insurance companies are playing the odds, patient advocates say. They’re counting on people not having the stamina to challenge every denied claim, even when there’s a valid medical reason for a drug or treatment being covered.<p>“It’s intimidating,” said Betsy Imholz, special projects director for …

Health Care

Healthcare without Planned Parenthood: Wisconsin and Texas point to dark future

As Republicans prepare to defund Planned Parenthood nationally, those left to provide contraception and other services in states which have already done so say women of color and from low-income groups will surely be hit the hardest<p>In the remote western plains of Texas, the Midland-Odessa region is …

Health Care

The hidden reason Republicans are so eager to repeal Obamacare

There is one fact that is both central to the debate over repealing the Affordable Care Act yet strangely absent from explicit discussion about it. One of the main ways the ACA makes health insurance affordable is by providing families earning less than 400 percent of the poverty line (i.e., less …

Health

Rate Review the 80/20 Rule

The health care law provides 2 ways to hold insurance companies accountable and help keep your costs down: Rate Review and the 80/20 rule.<p>Rate Review …

Op-Ed: Why Big Pharma should be afraid. Very afraid

Bernie Sanders is upset. But after a fascinating vote in the U.S. Senate Wednesday night, it's Big Pharma that should be upset. In fact Big Pharma …

Bernie Sanders

Pa. painkiller prescriptions drop after creation of monitoring program

Within months of launching a registry to prevent patients from receiving opioids and other potentially addictive prescription drugs from more than one doctor, Pennsylvania saw a substantial drop in the number of prescriptions for painkillers such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet.<p>Authorized by the …

Addiction

Stressed-out people have more heart attacks. Here's why.

A new study using brain scans shows how stress might cause heart attacks: people whose fear centers are more active also have a higher risk of heart attack or stroke.<p>The findings point to the amygdala — often called the fear center in the brain. But the amygdala, which are a nut-sized pair of …

Senate Takes First Step To Repeal Obamacare — So What's Next?

At about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Republicans moved one step closer to repealing a law they have railed against since the moment it was passed nearly seven years ago.<p>By a final vote of 51-48, the Senate approved a budget resolution that sets the stage for broad swaths of the Affordable Care Act to be …

FDA confirms that St. Jude's cardiac devices can be hacked

<b>San Francisco (CNN) —</b> It's official: Hearts can be hacked.<p>The FDA confirmed that St. Jude Medical's implantable cardiac devices have vulnerabilities that could allow a hacker to access a device. Once in, they could deplete the battery or administer incorrect pacing or shocks, the FDA said on Monday.<p>…

Cybersecurity

Over the Counter NSAIDS Associated with Hearing Loss - Today's Practitioner

in Hearing Loss, Home, Home Slider, Pain Management<p>One of every three people age 65 reports some level of hearing loss. Evidence is growing that over …

Iron Deficiency Anemia and Hearing Loss - Today's Practitioner

in Anemia, Hearing Loss, Home, Home Slider, Pregnancy<p>An easy to correct form of hearing loss may be connected to iron deficiency anemia (IDA), per a …

Does Living by a Busy Road Boost Dementia Risk? (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Exposure to heavy traffic tied to cognitive decline

Fully repealing Obamacare will cost $350 billion

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans love to say how unaffordable Obamacare is. But completely repealing the health reform law would be pretty costly to the federal budget.<p>A full repeal of Obamacare would cost $350 billion over the next decade, according to a …

Health Care

Online Screening Test - VCS APTitude Test | Suviving Mold

Online VCS Screening Test - Now Available<p><b>Take the Visual Contrast Sensitivity APTitude Test Today!</b><p>The online screening test is a measure of one of …

The Children of Agent Orange

Dustin Franz for ProPublicaFor decades, Vietnam veterans have suspected that the defoliant harmed their children. But the VA hasn’t studied its own …

Veterans

Direct-to-Consumer Lab Tests, No Doctor Visit Required

Two years ago, Kristi Wood was tired and achy and could not think clearly, and she had no idea why.<p>“I was in a fog and feeling awful,” said Ms. Wood, 49, who lives in Seattle and is an owner of a hiking supply company.<p>Ms. Wood had her blood tested by a consumer service called InsideTracker, which …

Health

You Mean I Don’t Have to Show Up? The Promise of Telemedicine

Aside from whatever a visit to the doctor costs you in money, it also costs you in time. A lot of it.<p>End to end, the travel and waiting time for a doctor’s appointment can take several hours — often disrupting work or school. Only 17 percent of it — 20 minutes, on average — is spent actually seeing …

Health Care

The U.S. Is Failing in Infant Mortality, Starting at One Month Old

Many more babies die in the United States than you might think. In 2014, more than 23,000 infants died in their first year of life, or about six for every 1,000 born. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 other industrialized nations do better than the United States at …

Public Health

Programs in Your State

The POLST Paradigm is known by different names in different states, including:<p>MOLST (Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment)<br>• MOST (Medical …

How to Report Product Problems and Complaints to the FDA

If you have a problem with an FDA-regulated product, you can report the problem online, via phone, or via mail.<p><b>On this page:</b><p>The U.S Food and Drug …