Advances in Medical Technolgy

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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New Diabetes Guidelines Create Controversy

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has just released new guidelines for the treatment of diabetes, especially when treating older people. The standard recommendation, agreed upon by a number of medical associations, including the American Diabetes Association (ADA), recommends keeping A1c levels below 7% in anyone with diabetes. However, after reviewing a variety of guidelines,…

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Diabetes Management: the A1c Test

Historically, tests for diabetes measure the amount of sugar in the blood. But these tests offer only a snapshot of blood glucose levels at the moment the bood is drawn, not broader information about longer-term blood sugar control. Today, a new test is becoming the standard for blood sugar measurement and control: the A1c test.…

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Creative Brains: Programming Cells To Write Their Own History

Creative brains want to understand how a single cell divides and differentiates to form a complex, multicellular organism. It is one of the most fascinating challenges in biology. Scientists can learn a lot about this process by tracking time-lapse images through a microscope. But gazing through a lens has its limitations, especially in the brain…

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Lung Pacemaker Successfully Treats First Sleep Apnea Patient

A new lung pacemaker has successfully treated its’ first sleep apnea patient. Respicardia, a Minnetonka, Minnesota firm, received FDA approval to introduce its remedē System as a treatment option for severe central sleep apnea. The remedē system is essentially a pacemaker for the lungs, taking over the responsibility of stimulating the diaphragm while the patient is sleeping. Its…

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Super Small Needle Can Now Deliver Drugs To Specific Brain Areas

A miniaturized cannula that uses a super small needle as thin as a human hair, can now directly deliver drugs to very specific brain regions. Developed by MIT researchers, this direct dosing approach allows doctors to send drugs to specific brain areas and reduce harmful side effects.   Super Small Needle: Positive Brain Drug Treatments Today,…

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Medical Transcription Technology Improved By Google Researchers

Medical Transcription, also referred to as “Healthcare Documentation” is one of the fastest growing medical industries.  Transcription involves the transfer of audios recorded by doctors and skilled nursing staff, pertaining to the patient’s visit.  While medical transcription is often considered a mundane task, nevertheless, the physician’s observations, orders, and conversations with patients must be accurately transcribed.    …

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