Experts Pick the Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2018

By November 03, 2017

The panel - made up of nearly 100 physicians and scientists - debated and whittled down over 150 nominations to decide upon the final 10.

Do Posaconazole Tablets Carry Hypertension, Hypokalemia Risks?

October 11, 2017

Rebecca Wittenberg, PharmD, spoke to MPR at IDWEEK 2017 about the research paper she co-authored on posaconazole and hypertension, hypokalemia risks.

Breath Sensor, App Combo Provide Novel Approach to Smoking Cessation

By October 06, 2017

The Carbon Monoxide Breath Sensor System (COBSS) informs the user how breath carbon monoxide levels are affected by their smoking behavior.

Sauna Bathing May Have Blood Pressure Benefits

By September 29, 2017

Compared to those who reported taking 1 sauna per week - using Cox regression analysis that adjusted for age, smoking, body mass index, and systolic blood pressure - the hazard ratio for incident hypertension in those reporting 2-3 and 4-7 sauna sessions was 0.76 (95% CI; 0.57 - 1.02) and 0.54 (95% CI; 0.32-0.91), respectively.

Investigational Skin Patch Delivers Fat-Burning Drug to Targeted Areas

By September 15, 2017

The patches mechanism of action turns white adipose tissue into brown adipose tissue, white tissue is known to store fat while brown tissue is known to burn fat to produce heat.

Insurer Breaches Client Privacy via Clear Envelope

By August 25, 2017

According to a statement from the Legal Action Center the letter was sent to individuals in Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

Officials Concerned About Cocktails Served in Copper Mugs

By August 08, 2017

The advisory cites the Food and Drug Administration's Food Code which forbids copper to come in contact with foods that have a pH below 6.0. The Moscow Mule includes vodka, ginger beer and lime making it fall, as the bulletin says, "well below 6.0."

Drug-Free Cluster Headache Therapy Now Available

By July 18, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved gammaCore in April after efficacy was demonstrated in two clinical trials involving over 200 patients with episodic cluster headaches (ACT1 and ACT2).

Research Paper Reviews JFK's Chronic Health Issues

By July 14, 2017

A new review published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine details the health issues that troubled JFK the most, specifically his back. His low-back pain was instigated by a football injury sustained while he was at Harvard in 1937. An orthopedic spine specialist diagnosed him in 1940 with a "very unstable lumbosacral joint".

Researchers Develop Silicone Heart that Beats Almost Like Human Heart

By July 13, 2017

Although the heart worked in a similar fashion to a real human heart, the material could only withstand the strain of pumped circulation for roughly 3,000 beats, or for a period of 30 to 45 minutes.

FDA Commissioner Announces New Steps for Combating the Opioid Epidemic

July 12, 2017

The new FDA Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, presented a list of new initiatives the Agency will undertake in order to tackle the opioid epidemic.

Rise in Syphilis Cases Prompts New CDC Video for Clinicians

By July 12, 2017

The CDC's efforts are focused on talking, testing and treating.

CDC: One in Four Youth-Rated Movies Depict Tobacco Use

By July 07, 2017

Results showed that although incidents of tobacco use declined in youth-rated movies (from 31% in 2010 to 26% in 2016), in PG-13 movies alone, there was a significant jump of 43% from 2010 to 2016 (from 564 tobacco incidents to 809).

What Happens When Descriptive Labeling Is Used for Vegetables?

By June 14, 2017

Stanford University researchers changed the labeling on the serving bowls of a different vegetable each day for the 2016 autumn academic quarter.

A View to a Headache: Health Implications of Modern Urban Design

June 09, 2017

People who get migraines are particularly susceptible to the discomfort from repetitive patterns.

FDA Clears Portable Cardiac Monitoring Device for Use by Clinicians and Patients

By June 08, 2017

Clinicians can use the device as a screening tool to quickly spot arrhythmias, heart murmurs, and valvular heart disease, while patients prescribed DUO can monitor heart health at home.

Researchers Look to Restore Fertility with 3-D Printed Ovaries

May 17, 2017

"This is the first study that demonstrates that scaffold architecture makes a difference in follicle survival," said one of the lead researchers Dr. Ramille Shah.

Hackers Increasingly Targeting Hospitals with Ransomware

May 15, 2017

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles was the target of a ransomware attack in February 2016.

The Intoxicating Effects of Energy Drinks

By May 12, 2017

Results showed that the vodka and Red Bull label was associated with a 51% increase in perceived intoxication compared to the other two labels.

Gene Editing Technology Shows Promise in Eliminating HIV-1

By May 08, 2017

The scientists demonstrated genetic inactivation of HIV-1 in transgenic mice with gene editing CRISPR/Cas9, reducing RNA expression of viral genes by approximately 60 to 90%

AHCA Passes House But Likely Faces Senate Resistance

By May 04, 2017

The bill passed the House with one vote to spare, at 217-to-213.

Helistroke: Physician-to-Patient Model That May Change Stroke Treatment

By May 03, 2017

A Johns Hopkins Medicine research team conducted a proof-of-concept study of a 'helistroke service', transporting a physician by helicopter to perform a standard intervention for stroke.

Diagnosing Goya: Unraveling Medical Mysteries of the Past

By April 28, 2017

A doctor has looked back at famous Spainish painter Francisco Goya and the mysterious illness that left him deaf and narrowed her diagnosis down to two possibilities

Virtual Human Simulation Teaches Future Docs Communication Skills

By April 27, 2017

'MPathic-VR', developed by Medical Cyberworlds, facilitates a real time conversation with emotive and reactive virtual humans. The technology is able to examine body language, facial expression and communication strategies.

Report Sheds Light on Physician Compensation by Location, Gender

By April 26, 2017

Which cities report the highest physician compensation?

Artificial 'Womb' Could Potentially Up Survival of Extremely Premature Infants

By April 26, 2017

Five lamb fetuses of 105 to 108 days of gestation were run for 25-28 days, and three fetuses of 115 to 120 days of gestation were run for 20-28 days.

First Syringe Vending Machine Launches in U.S.

By April 14, 2017

To use the machines, users will need to register with Trac-B Exchange at which point they will be given a card and a unique code.

Implantable Artificial Retina in the Works

By March 29, 2017

The finished product is still some way off being consumer-ready, but when complete it could restore sight to millions of people with degenerative eye diseases.

Smartphone App Can Measure Male Fertility with 98% Accuracy

By March 23, 2017

All current home use fertility devices measure sperm concentration only but not motility

Sleep Duration Analyzed by Occupation

By March 17, 2017

The CDC analysis was based on data from adults surveyed for the 2013 and 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in 29 states.