Mon May 22 2017

Category: Technology


Modern Communication Technology Can Improve Patient Prognosis

Posted in Heart Health, Hospital / Doctor Care, Technology

Modern communication technologies can help patients improve their prognosis.  A review of studies finds that heart patients who can communicate with their health providers over the telephone or the internet reduced their risk for heart disease and further heart problems after a heart attack.  Often, a nurse was available to answer questions or guide patients [&hellip

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Limiting Children’s Media Time

Posted in Brain / Memory, Lifestyle, Pediatrics, Technology, Teen Health

Limiting children's access to the computer and television many improve their health.  This is the latest report from experts reporting in the Journal of the American Medical Association.   The key word here is limit, not eliminating.  Of course, the media has changed a great deal in the last 15 years and it includes TV, the [&hellip

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CT Scans for Autopsies

Posted in Screenings / Tests, Technology

We've been using CT scans in many areas of medicine for years and they have been extremely valuable resources for treating patients.  What you may not know is that CT is being used in other areas as well.  For instance, in the case of autopsies.  Autopsies, or postmortem exams, are not routinely performed unless a [&hellip

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Nanotechnology Used to Fight Cancer

Posted in Cancer, Research, Technology

British researchers have gained a great deal of attention by using a technique called nanotechnology to fight cancer.  We've talked about nanotechnology before and here's what the researchers did.  They packaged anticancer genes in very small particles that are only taken up by cancer cells.  This left healthy cells unharmed.  Once the genes were taken [&hellip

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Depression and Magnetic Stimulation

Posted in Anxiety / Depression / Stress, Brain / Memory, Technology

It’s certainly not going to replace tried and true methods, but according to reports out of the Medical University of South Carolina, Magnetic Brain Stimulation can help put depression in to remission.  Researchers took a look at over 200 patients and they treated them on a daily basis for three weeks with either a magnetic [&hellip

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Health Advertisements Can Be Deceiving

Posted in Technology

There are numerous dangerous advertisements out there.  One of the problems with advertising is they literally can be deceiving and they can cause problems.  Some advertising, if done responsibly, can actually be educational.  I love advertising that explains a health problem and talks about ways to deal with it.  Many of the pharmaceutical products have [&hellip

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Robotic Surgery

Posted in Technology

Using a robot to remove a man’s prostate may sound appealing.’ The surgery is typically done through a very small incision rather than the larger ones required for open surgery, and takes a shorter time.’ But a recent study reveals some of the downsides of robotic surgery.’ Arthur Burnett, a prostate cancer expert at Johns [&hellip

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Colon Cancer Screening Technology

Posted in Cancer, Screenings / Tests, Technology

Which technology is best for colon cancer screening, colonoscopy or CT-based assessment?’ A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that the techniques are fairly comparable, but Patrick Okolo, a colon cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, says there are some differences

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CT Scan vs. Colonoscopy

Posted in Cancer, Screenings / Tests, Technology

CT scans of the colon are able to detect 90% of those found at traditional colonoscopy, a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine found, lending credence to the argument that CT is less invasive, less risky, and less onerous for the patient and should be used preferentially for colon cancer screening.’ Patrick [&hellip

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Computer-Based Tools in Healthcare

Posted in Technology

Interfacing computers with healthcare has sometimes resulted in better care, and sometimes not.’ A new computer-based tool developed by Christoph Lehmann and colleagues at Johns Hopkins has been shown to improve many aspects of antibiotic use in hospitalized children

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