Medical alarms may be inaudible to hospital staff

Thousands of alarms are generated each day in any given hospital, but there are many reasons why humans may fail to respond to medical alarms, including trouble hearing the alarm. New research from the University of Illinois at Chicago looked at one common issue that affects alarm perceivability—simultaneous masking. “We know that our sensory system works as a filter and […]

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The medical miracle that could cure the blind

How will graphene benefit our health and wellbeing? One million times thinner than a human hair, medical miracle that could cure the blind Graphene promises to transform way doctors treat and prevent major illnesses Aims of fixing broken hearts, healing severed spines and treating worn-out joints Substance made in lab, by processing graphite until it’s thickness of single atom Take […]

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Could sound waves bring us smarter medical implants?

Pinned to a wall in Tommaso Melodia’s office, next to a stack of wireless technology guidebooks, is a child’s illustration: a smiling heart symbol alongside the word “Papa.” His office is covered with drawings like these, drawings suggesting that this Northeastern engineering professor and father of four has touched the hearts of his children. And someday—through next-generation pacemakers that emit […]

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Shoppers Drug Mart to use blockchain technology to track medical cannabis quality

The vice-president of business development at Shoppers Drug Mart says blockchain technology can provide a comfort level for doctors and pharmacists about the quality of medical cannabis. Ken Weisbrod says his company has signed a deal with TruTrace Technologies for a pilot program to provide the software to track medical cannabis from seed to final product. He says the source […]

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For busy medical students, two-hour meditation study may be as beneficial as longer course

For time-crunched medical students, taking a two-hour introductory class on mindfulness may be just as beneficial for reducing stress and depression as taking an eight-week meditation course, a Rutgers study finds. The study, conducted by researchers at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is published in the journal Medical Science Educator. The researchers say many medical students would like to […]

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Medtronic Mazor X robotic surgery system enters medical mainstream

Following years of work, Medtronic is launching the newest Mazor X spinal surgery system with robotic navigation in the United States, with two systems already sold in Minnesota. Spine surgeon Dr. Eiman Shafa demonstrated at Abbott Northwestern Hospital on Tuesday how the new system uses robotics and in-room navigation to precisely position traditional surgical tools, making routine spine cases more […]

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Evers wants to decriminalize marijuana, legalize medical use

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday that his budget will include proposals to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use and legalize medical marijuana. The new Democrat governor said it was time for Wisconsin join more than 30 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing medical marijuana. The governor, who previously advocated for decriminalizing marijuana, […]

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Medical bills financially burden almost half of cardiovascular disease patients

Over 45 percent of adult atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) patients suffer financial hardship related to their medical bills, including many who cannot pay their medical bills at all, according to a cardiovascular medicine and society paper published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. ASCVD is the leading cause of death in the United States and the disease […]

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Medical dogs could sniff out a TEASPOON of sugar in two swimming pools

Medical alert dogs can detect odours as dilute as a TEASPOON of sugar in two Olympic-sized swimming pools The charity Medical Detection Dogs claims the animals are better than sensors It says they are our ‘best defence’ in early diagnosis of serious illnesses Dogs are believed to be able to smell cancer, Parkinson’s, diabetes and malaria They do it by […]

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