Short-term exposures to fine particulate air pollution and ozone—even at levels well below current national safety standards—were linked to higher risk of premature death among the elderly in the U.S. according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Gene expression in specific cells and in specific regions can provide a more precise, neuroprotective approach than traditional treatments for neurological diseases. For multiple sclerosis, specifically, increasing cholesterol synthesis gene expression in astrocytes of the spinal cord can be a pathway to repair nerves that affect walking.
Video game addicts of the world: Your compulsion may be considered an official mental disorder. The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to include it its new global medical coding guidelines.
Innovative data processing technologies allow for new form of medicine, called Personalized or Precision Medicine (PerMed), which is using information about a person’s genes, proteins, and environment to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases. Each type of cancer has its own genetic makeup, giving each tumor cell and tissue a unique character with specific tendencies and vulnerabilities.
With some three-quarters of the nation’s health systems now having an mHealth communications strategy, CIOs are now setting their sights on integrating those platforms with clinical decision support tools, including the EHR.
Computers and workstations on wheels (WoWs) were designed to help clinicians spend less time working from nursing-station desktops and more time at the point of care. The reality, however, is that the ideal has yet to be fully realized. All too often care team workflows remain fragmented because of the need to access patient data and clinical information from multiple disparate systems.
Heart disease kills more than 360,000 people a year, in the US alone. During a heart attack, a person loses blood flow to the heart muscle, causing cells to die. The heart muscle cells can't be replaced, so the body forms scar tissue, which puts the person at risk for compromised heart function and future heart failure.
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