Medical Forefront

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

The Future of Therapy: Becoming Someone Else in VR

In a Barcelona lab, two researchers are using virtual simulations to build empathy and understanding, from body-swapping to sessions with Freud<p>I am standing alone in a sparsely furnished living room when a man I’ve never seen before walks in. He takes several strides in my direction, his footsteps …

Living Rooms

"Nanodrops" That Repair Corneas May Ultimately Replace Glasses

New eye drops developed by researchers from the Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University in Israel can improve both nearsightedness and …

Got Mold? 5 Simple Steps To Protect From Mold - Hurricane Edition

Got Mold? Could You Be Getting Sick From It? Find Out Now!

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Supporting Personalized Medicine & Scientific Integrity in Vaccination Policies

For decades, public health agencies have been focusing on demonstrating the reduction in vaccine-preventable disease incidence following the …

PupilScreen aims to allow parents, coaches, medics to detect concussion, brain injuries with a smartphone

PupilScreen aims to allow anyone with a smartphone to objectively screen for concussion and other brain injuries on the spot — whether on the …

Machine Learning

The Papers

<i>The “Poison Papers” represent a vast trove of rediscovered chemical industry and regulatory agency documents and correspondence stretching back to</i> …

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

<b>Exclusive:</b> Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted<p>Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the …

Pollution

Fentanyl Overtakes Heroin as Leading Cause of U.S. Drug Deaths

The first governmental account of nationwide drug deaths in 2016 shows overdose deaths growing even faster than previously thought.

App detects pancreatic cancer from the whites of your eyes

Pancreatic cancer has a very low survival rate, with just nine percent of patients surviving past five years. A major contributor to this rate is the fact that once those with pancreatic cancer start to show symptoms, the disease is usually already quite advanced. But researchers at the University …

While America Ignores A Disease Bigger Than Zika, Its Victims Remain Invisible

Some 300,000 in the U.S. have it. Many are afraid to come forward.<p><i>This article is part of HuffPost’s</i> <i>Project Zero</i> <i>campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them.</i><p>LOS ANGELES ― Pancha sits in her cramped living room and scoops her two little dogs into her lap. They …

Public Health

Doctors are burning out because electronic medical records are broken

Are electronic medical records largely to blame for the growing crisis of physician burnout?<p>One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is meeting new medical students every year. I invariably find myself not only impressed by their talent and intelligence, but also struck by their optimism and …

Digital Health

About The Network

The Network’s current research projects focus on understanding the most effective conditions for students to develop learning mindsets.<p>The Network …

For Cosmetics, Let the Buyer Beware

When you wash your hair, clean or moisturize your skin, polish your nails, or put on makeup, deodorant or sunscreen, do you ever think about whether the product you’re using may do more harm than good?<p>Maybe you should. Thanks to a lack of federal regulations, the watchword for consumers of …

Vitamin D receptor-mediated stromal reprogramming suppresses pancreatitis and enhances pancreatic cancer therapy.

2014 Sep 25;159(1):80-93. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.08.007.<p>1Gene Expression Laboratory, Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA.2Cold Spring Harbor …

La Jolla

Is the U.S. Ready for a Single-Payer Health Care System?

Ironically, as congressional Republicans have been trying to replace the Affordable Care Act, the ACA’s popularity is at an all-time high, and the majority of Americans now believe that it is the federal government’s responsibility to provide health care for all Americans. This shift in sentiment …

Hair product use and breast cancer risk among African American and White women | Carcinogenesis

Exposures to carcinogens in hair products have been explored as breast cancer risk factors, yielding equivocal findings. We examined hair product use …

What Cookies and Meth Have in Common

As a psychiatrist, I have yet to meet a patient who enjoys being addicted to drugs or compulsively overeating.<p>Why would anyone continue to use recreational drugs despite the medical consequences and social condemnation? What makes someone eat more and more in the face of poor health?<p>One answer is …

Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop

Nir Barzilai has a plan. It’s a really big plan that might one day change medicine and health care as we know it. Its promise: extending our years of …

Metformin

Cuts to Medicaid May Limit Access to Nursing Homes

ORANGE, Va. — Alice Jacobs, 90, once owned a factory and horses. She has raised four children and buried two husbands.<p>But years in an assisted living center drained her savings, and now she relies on Medicaid to pay for her care at Dogwood Village, a nonprofit, county-owned nursing home here.<p>“You …

The Right Question

<i>Wrong Question. Wrong questions get wrong answers.</i><br>-- <b>Master Gregory</b>, Seventh Son, 2014<br>Is healthcare a right?You know, a right?With all the many ideas …

In Washington state, a healthcare repeal lesson learned the hard way

Republicans in the state of Washington didn't wait long in the spring of 1995 to fulfill their pledge to roll back a sweeping law expanding health coverage in the state.<p>Coming off historic electoral gains, the GOP legislators scrapped much of the law while pledging to make health insurance …

Health Care

FDA Clears First Cancer Drug Based on Genetics of Disease, Not Tumor Location

By Natalie Grover and Bill Berkrot<p>Merck & Co's immunotherapy Keytruda chalked up another approval on Tuesday as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration …

Trump, Shouting ‘Death Spiral,’ Has Nudged Affordable Care Act Downward

WASHINGTON — When Aetna, the health insurance giant, announced this month that it was pulling out of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchange in Virginia in 2018, President Trump responded on Twitter: “Death spiral!”<p>When Humana announced plans to leave all the health law’s marketplaces next …

The Best Replacement for Obamacare Is Medicaid

In defending their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republican leaders in Congress argue that the insurance marketplaces created by the law are failing. They aren’t completely wrong.<p>Trouble began with faulty websites during the rollout in 2013. Since then, enrollment continues to be below …

What happened when Alzheimer’s patients were treated for the diseases we actually have cures for

Last summer, a research group from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) quietly published the results of a new approach in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. What they found was striking. Although the size of the study was small, every participant demonstrated such marked improvement …

Dementia

Trump: GOP health care bill 'guarantees' coverage for pre-existing conditions

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump says the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act "guarantees" coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions -- a claim that could undercut the legislation the White House is currently pushing on Capitol Hill.<p>"Pre-existing …

Health Care

Dying at home might sound preferable. But I’ve seen the reality | Ranjana Srivastava

Just 1% of terminally ill patients want to die in hospital, and yet more than a third do so – with good reason<p>“He is terminally ill, came in septic and they decided to resuscitate because there were no other directions,” says my intern.<p>Related: Thousands of cancer patients denied wish to die at home<p>…