Advances in Medical Technolgy

Breakthrough in Treatment of Severe Wounds

Injuries and wounds to the skin often take 4 to 6 weeks to heal, depending on the severity and size of the wound. If a wound does not heal within this timeframe, doctors refer to it is a chronic wound. There are a variety of factors that can cause an individual to suffer from chronic…

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Breakthrough in the Fight Against Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

It’s hard to imagine a time without antibiotics, which first came into use during World War II. If there were no antibiotics, even minor infections, such as ear infections, could once again become deadly. And a large proportion of medical procedures and treatments, from joint replacements and bowel surgery to chemotherapy, could become too dangerous…

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Coenyme NAD+ Linked to Vitality and Longevity

Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, better known as NAD+, has become the subject of numerous research studies in recent years. This coenzyme is a naturally occurring molecule which decreases with age. Since research has shown that restoring levels of this molecule can extend our years of good health, it is often referred to as the “antiaging molecule”.…

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Study Offers Hope for a Universal Blood Test for Cancer

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, 18 million cases of cancer were diagnosed around the world in 2018. And the number of new cancer cases is expected to reach more than 23 million by the year 2030. The average person has a nearly 40% chance of being diagnosed with cancer at some point…

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Breakthrough in Treatment of Osteoarthritis

Breakthrough in Treatment of Osteoarthritis

More than 30 million people in the United States currently suffer from osteoarthritis. Although osteoarthritis is usually found in the joints and cartilage of the hands, knees, and hips, it can affect many other areas as well, including the spine. It is a progressive, degenerative condition, and the most common form of arthritis. Since there…

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Slowing Down Aging — at the Cellular Level

Slowing Down Aging at the Cellular Level

A fundamental process of aging is cellular senescence, when an aging cell loses its ability to divide, effectively dying. Once this happens, the cell releases an inflammatory signal which tells the immune system to destroy it. Generally speaking, the younger a person is, the more efficiently their immune system can remove senescent cells. As we…

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A Vaccine for Alzheimer’s?

A Vaccine for Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) was first described by Dr. Alois Alzheimer in 1906. Examining the brain of a woman with a strange combination of memory loss, unpredictable behavior, and difficulties with language, he found two distinct sets of abnormalities. The first were unusual clumps of tissue; the second were tangles of fibers. Today, we know the…

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Machine Learning Sheds Light on Dementia Risk Factors

Machine learning, a hot field in computer programming, uses artificial intelligence to “teach” computers how to analyze data on its own — without additional human programming. It is currently being used in every field, from cybersecurity to the development of self-driving cars. So it should come as no surprise that machine learning is also being…

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ASCOT Study Shows “Remarkable” Treatments for Heart Disease

The ascot is important. No, not the silk necktie, and not even the famous British horserace that is best known for its fancy ladies in gaudy hats. It’s ASCOT, The Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial study, which has been running since 1988. Its mission is to find the best long-term interventions for cardiovascular disease. Its newest…

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Screening for Alzheimer’s — with an Eye Exam?!

The eyes have long been known as windows to the soul; new research shows they may be windows to the brain, particularly the Alzheimer’s brain, as well. Today, testing for Alzheimer’s relies on a clinical exam of mental ability; only postmortem examination can conclusively diagnose the presence of Alzheimer’s Disease. Moreover, clinical exams of mental…

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