Advances in Medical Technolgy

After 30 Years of Effort, Synthesis of Compound Brings Hope for Further Breakthroughs in Medicine Development

In what has been termed within the scientific community as a landmark discovery, a fundamental breakthrough, and an unprecedented achievement, scientists at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, have synthesized a powerful anticancer compound. Scientists have been trying to synthesize this compound for more than 30 years. The compound in question is a naturally occurring component…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and “Brain Fog”

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is known for causing painful joints, but this autoimmune disease is also associated with memory and concentration problems, as well as with general problems in thinking. These cognitive symptoms, known colloquially as “brain fog,” are also found with other inflammatory conditions. Although the associations are there, it has been difficult to track…

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Proton Beam Therapy Offers Same Benefits with Fewer Risks

Although cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death in the United States, death from cancer does not lag far behind. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 1,800,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2019. They also estimate that more than 600,000 deaths will occur in 2019 as a result of…

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Artificial Intelligence Tackles Lung Cancer Diagnosis

For those of us who are fascinated by the possibilities that artificial intelligence (AI) is creating, it is impossible to forget the famous 1997 tournament between the reigning world chess champion Garry Kasparov and IBM’s Deep Blue chess supercomputer. It was the first time that a machine defeated a reigning chess world champion in a…

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Study Reveals the Genetics of High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is known as “the silent killer” because it has no symptoms and is the leading cardiovascular cause of death worldwide. The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that nearly one-half of all adults in the US suffers from hypertension, meaning approximately 100 million Americans have it. What’s worse: many…

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Diagnosing Skin Cancer is about to Become Much Easier

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Skin cancer generally falls into two categories: melanoma and non-melanoma. Non-melanoma often leads to some sort of disfigurement, while melanoma often leads to death. According to the American Cancer Society, rates of melanoma have…

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Early Cancer Detection Method Developed

Many types of cancer are asymptomatic at their early stages, with lung cancer, ovarian cancer and colon cancer being well-known examples. Consequently, these cancers are usually detected when they are too far advanced for effective treatment. Recently, scientists at the University of Kansas in Lawrence and the KU Cancer Center in Kansas City developed a…

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Vitamin C, Epinephrine, and Cancer

It is well-known that chronic stress can have a negative impact on health. Numerous studies have linked chronic stress to higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, an imbalance of the gut microbiome, cognitive decline, and many other illnesses, including cancer. Recently, researchers from the Dalian Medical University in China, along with colleagues from around the…

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Leopard Tortoise Behavior Guides Development of an Insulin Pill

People with type 1 diabetes face the unpleasant task of injecting themselves with insulin daily, usually more than once a day. This requirement is means that not all diabetics will follow medical instructions, given most people’s aversion to injections. Recently Dr. Robert Langer of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute…

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The Hidden Connection between Zinc and Hypertension

According to the American Heart Association, high blood pressure (hypertension), affects more than 100 million people in the United States. This represents a massive proportion of all adults in the US, and, more alarmingly, this percentage is continuing to grow. Hypertension is known as “the silent killer” since it is the number one cause of…

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