With a projected shortage of 45,000-90,000 primary care doctors by the year 2020, it’s no wonder we’re worried these days about whether there are (or will be) enough MDs for primary care.
So are there too many specialists in the U.S.? Here’s a look at both sides of the coin: [click to continue…]
A few weeks before Star Trek: Into Darkness hit theatres, we looked at “23rd Century health technologies that already exist.”
At the time, it was amazing to see how many futuristic devices we see in the movies (and not just that saga, but in the Marvel universe, Star Wars, and others) that are quickly becoming reality.
For medical professionals and aspiring super-heroes, here’s a look at some more medical sci-fi that’s here today…
3D printing of prosthetics and bone/joint replacements (The Fifth Element)
Ever see that beautifully-crafted sci-fi action movie in which Bruce Willis has to find-and-assemble people/stuff from different planets to save the Earth?
…Let’s try this again: Ever see that pre-Resident-Evil movie where Milla Jovovich jumps off a futuristic 900-floor building wearing nothing but a bandage designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier? (OK, awesome.)
Before that scene in The Fifth Element, said actress’ character is “resurrected” from a tiny bit of ancient DNA that gets re-built in seconds in a robotic chamber that can build anything, including people. Sound far-fetched?
Not only can 3D printing technology already create objects that stand-in for missing body parts (like prosthetics) but it can even “print” objects that could be used inside humans, such as replacement bones, joints, and other pieces of us, and perhaps soon, even living replacements using human stem cells as the “ink.” [click to continue…]
From physiologists simulating new methods of different mountaintop breathing conditions for training skiers to sport psychologists helping prime the brains of elite athletes to be more like those of figure skaters to win, the Olympic Games are often prime-time for health science researchers to generate funding for studies that would otherwise be difficult to fund.
While there are thousands of scientists and medical professionals around the world working on Olympic-related research because in-anticipation of Sochi 2014, we found five studies from current and past Olympic Games that have forever changed health research: [click to continue…]
According to a recent poll…Actually who knows what the polls or voters will say in the coming months?
Come November 6, things in Washington could stay largely unchanged or shift radically, depending on the outcome of the upcoming presidential election.
What Could Change? [click to continue…]
Perhaps you’re looking to start out right your first year on the conference circuit.
Perhaps you’ve got a yearly budget or allowance for professional development and want to make the most of it.
Or maybe you’re looking for a snapshot of what conferences are happening this year in a particular month or specialty.
Either way, we’ve got you covered below, with our picks for the top conferences in each of several specialties for 2012: [click to continue…]
The desire to heal the body is not enough to become a doctor. An aspiring physician must put forth exceptional effort to achieve this lofty goal. In fact, a doctor never stops improving her craft. Think you have what it takes to become a doctor? The following details reveal what is required to accomplish this feat.
Preparation Should Start in High School
Monetary Investment: Free if you attend public schools.
Time Investment: 4 years
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