Ask any surgical oncologist, and you’ll hear the same thing: tumors are insidious. Removing them completely can be very difficult. Sometimes tumors are in hard-to-reach areas, and, in many cases, tumor tissue looks so much like normal tissue that surgeons cannot tell exactly what to excise and what to leave alone.
For better monitoring of tumor molecular changes, liquid biopsy is emerging as a more convenient and potentially lower-cost alternative to tissue biopsy. Liquid biopsy detects genetic aberrations in circulating tumor cells and deoxyribonucleic acid from apoptotic and necrotic tumor cells.
Like the caduceus, a medical symbol of entwined serpents, bioengineering and cybernetics have interwoven together ideas and concepts for over 50 years.
The success story that’s straining health care.
New dyes latch only onto tumor cells, fluoresce, and show surgeons the entire tumor, including any of its elusive and meandering finger-like projections that may otherwise escape resection.
Why a tree kangaroo might have a better electronic medical record than you do.
The electronic health records market is booming as hospitals, doctors, and governments use data to deliver better, more efficient care. The United Kingdom, however, is only just starting to catch up.
One fall day in Boston, Ridhi Tariyal sat on an examination table in her primary care doctor’s office. Her doctor sat across from her, hurriedly transcribing notes as Tariyal responded to the doctor’s questions. It was the end of Tariyal’s physical, and the waiting room
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The United States is hailed as providing the most advanced health care the world has to offer.