Cell phone chimes, sticky notes, even the proverbial string around a finger—these timehonored external cues help guard against our inevitable memory lapses. But some internal help to the brain itself may be on the way in the form of what’s being called memory prosthetics.
Elite-level athletes and professional sports teams are continually searching for opportunities to improve athletic performance and gain a competitive advantage on the field. Advances in technology have provided new avenues to maximize player health and safety.
Taken as a whole, rare diseases are not very rare. Even though a rare disease by definition is one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans or fewer than one in 2,000 Europeans at any time, when rare diseases are considered together, they affect some 350 million people worldwide.
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.