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Posted on July 29, 2018

MDMA (Ecstacy) Used To Treat PTSD: It Might Work?

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Phase 3 Trials: FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation for MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD, Agrees on Special Protocol Assessment Our highest priority project is funding clinical trials of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) as a tool to assist psychotherapy for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Preliminary studies have shown that MDMA in conjunction with psychotherapy can help […] Read More

Posted on July 27, 2018

Lay Health Workers Helping Cancer Patients Proves Important:

Effect of a Lay Health Worker (LHW) Intervention on Goals-of-Care Documentation and on Health Care Use, Costs, and Satisfaction Among Patients With CancerA Randomized Clinical Trial Manali I. Patel, MD, MPH, MS1,2,3,4; Vandana Sundaram, MPH5; Manisha Desai, PhD5; et alVyjeyanthi S. Periyakoil, MD6,7; James S. Kahn, MD2,6; Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD4,8; Steven M. Asch, MD, MPH2,6,9; Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH3,6; M. Kate Bundorf, PhD4,8 Author Affiliations JAMA Oncol. Published online July 26, 2018. […] Read More

Posted on July 17, 2018

Editing The Genes Of White Blood Cells With Crispr : Gina Kolata New York Times July 12 2018

Researchers have a found a way to use electrical fields, not viruses, to deliver both gene-editing tools and new genetic material into the cell. By speeding the process, in theory a treatment could be available to patients with almost any type of cancer. “What takes months or even a year may now take a couple […] Read More

Posted on July 14, 2018

Genetic Basis For Mental Health Disorders: Source- Science

Nine researchers from U of T’s Faculty of Medicine contributed to a major international study, published in the journal Science, showing the underlying genetic similarities between mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The team, led by Harvard University’s Broad Institute, determined that psychiatric disorders share many genetic variants, while neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s or […] Read More

Posted on July 11, 2018

The Reality of Mental Health In The Workplace: Raymond Rupert MD, MBA.

The Reality of Mental Health In The Workplace:  Raymond Rupert MD, MBA. Mental health and addiction concerns have a significant impact on the workplace and the enterprise. In response, insurers and plan sponsors have improved benefits by increasing the funding for psycho-social care.  However, the employee’s essential need for ongoing expert guidance and support for […] Read More

Posted on July 10, 2018

Reviving Very Sick Organs With Mitochondrial Transplants: Source- New York Times July 10 2018

When Georgia Bowen was born by emergency cesarean on May 18, she took a breath, threw her arms in the air, cried twice, and went into cardiac arrest. The baby had had a heart attack, most likely while she was still in the womb. Her heart was profoundly damaged; a large portion of the muscle was […] Read More

Posted on July 5, 2018

Combining Antibiotics To Counter Bacterial Resistance: Nature 2018

Species-specific activity of antibacterial drug combinations Ana Rita Brochado, Anja Telzerow, Jacob Bobonis, Manuel Banzhaf, André Mateus, Joel Selkrig, Emily Huth, Stefan Bassler, Jordi Zamarreño Beas, Matylda Zietek, Natalie Ng, Sunniva Foerster, Benjamin Ezraty, Béatrice Py, Frédéric Barras, Mikhail M. Savitski, Peer Bork, Stephan Göttig & Athanasios Typas The spread of antimicrobial resistance has become a […] Read More

Posted on July 5, 2018

Low Quality Healthcare Is Costly: World Bank 2018

Low-quality care is pushing up health costs: Low-quality health care is exacerbating disease and driving up health costs worldwide, according to a new report released this morning by the WHO and the World Bank. Some of the most common problems: medication errors, unnecessary treatment, and inaccurate diagnosis. The report found 10 percent of hospitalized patients in low-and middle-income […] Read More

Posted on June 28, 2018

Research on Artificial Intelligence: Zahraa Al-Dulaimi

Artificial Intelligence and Facial Analysis in Medicine: the next big thing? Zahraa Al-Dulaimi Artificial intelligence and deep learning   The term Artificial Intelligence was first coined in a proposal letter for a scientific meeting at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in 1956. The meeting was an invite to a leading group of scientists to discuss […] Read More

Posted on June 25, 2018

Biomarkers (ACPA) in Aggressive Rheumatoid Arthritis:

While treatments for rheumatoid arthritis have traditionally focused on targeting the disease’s inflammatory pathways, increasingly, research is pointing to a need to account for the role of autoantibodies in disease progression. One example: some people have a more highly active form of the disease that can lead to worse outcomes if left untreated or under-treated. […] Read More

Posted on June 19, 2018

Protecting The Brain From Inflammation:

From CU Boulder: Immunization with beneficial bacteria (probiotics) can have long-lasting anti-inflammatory effects on the brain, making it more resilient to the physical and behavioral effects of stress, according to new researchby University of Colorado Boulder scientists. The findings, if replicated in clinical trials could ultimately lead to new probiotic-based immunizations to protect against posttraumatic stress […] Read More

Posted on June 17, 2018

Deep Learning And Artificial Intelligence At Work Disrupting Healthcare:

Deep Learning And Artificial Intelligence Are At Work Disrupting Healthcare: Artificial intelligence is the use of computerized systems that can learn. The systems have algorithms that help it to learn. Once the computer has been introduced to a training set of data, then it can use deep learning in order to predict new outcomes. The […] Read More

Posted on June 10, 2018

The Healthcare Disruptors Are Coming! Mimi Grant ABL Organization June 2018

A ton has been written of late about ” The Disrupters ” coming into healthcare from other industries. Notably, Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos, and Jamie Dimon are “going for something bigger than shaving a few percentage points off health-care costs” for their million-plus employees. The fact is, the combined purchasing power – and will – of Berkshire […] Read More

Posted on June 9, 2018

Hot Metal Seeds Target Brain Tumour Cells:

Sarah Knapton, Science Editor, The Telegraph  June 8 2018 Deadly brain tumours can be treated in just ten minutes with a groundbreaking new treatment which uses MRI scanners to heat up cancer cells until they die. The new therapy, developed by University College London, involves injecting a tiny magnetic metal ‘seed’ into the bloodstream and […] Read More

Posted on June 7, 2018

Collective Intelligence At MIT: From Superminds – Thomas Malone.

The MIT Center for Collective Intelligence brings together faculty from across MIT to conduct research on how new communications technologies are changing the way people work together. This first-of-its-kind research effort draws on the strengths of many diverse organizations across the Institute including; the MIT Media Lab, the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Department of […] Read More

Posted on June 4, 2018

New analysis shows that HTA organizations may frequently restrict access to cancer treatments

Randy Burkholder   |     June 1, 2018   |     In health care, who should decide value? In many industrialized countries with single-payer health systems, the answer is “the government.” A new analysis by Avalere illustrates the negative impact this answer has on patient access to care. After medicines have been approved for marketing (for example, by the European Medicines Agency), […] Read More

Posted on June 3, 2018

Palliative Care Is Majorly Misunderstood:

Palliative care is misunderstood by many. This is a missed opportunity for those patients who are suffering. The role of palliative care is to prevent and reduce suffering. The suffering can arise from any personal domain including: emotional distress, physical pain, social isolation and financial concerns. Palliative care is, ideally, delivered within the context of […] Read More

Posted on May 29, 2018

Fetal Therapy Advances:

By Denise Grady  New York Times  May 29 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — In the three months before she was even born, Elianna Constantino received five blood transfusions and a bone-marrow transplant. All were given with a needle passed through her mother’s abdomen and uterus, into the vein in her umbilical cord. Elianna, born Feb. 1 with […] Read More

Posted on May 24, 2018

Virtualization Of Healthcare Services: Mr William Falk and Dr Sacha Bhatia C.D. Howe Institute

Virtual care is a natural next step in technological innovation for healthcare, says a report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In ‘Modernizing Canada’s Healthcare System through the Virtualization of Services,’ authors Dr. R. Sacha Bhatia and William Falk argue that virtual models of care have the potential to improve both quality of life for patients […] Read More

Posted on May 19, 2018

The Cause And Future Of Physician Burnout: Abraham Verghese

The biggest price for “digital medicine” is being paid by physicians like the sad case seated before me, who is already considering jumping to venture capital or a start-up, not because that is where the heart is but because it’s a place to bail out to. By some estimates, more than 50 percent of physicians […] Read More

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