If you have ever seen the Disney film Big Hero Six, you’ve met Baymax – “your personal healthcare companion.” This cartoon example of artificial intelligence and the possibilities offered by using such a machine for analysis and diagnosis of patients are one of the best ways to express the potential of artificial intelligence and the future of healthcare. While our own personal Baymax may still be a long way off, there are so many developments in the artificial intelligence field that will change and save many lives. Here are just a few of the many uses of artificial intelligence that have taken root in the past several years. Continue reading “Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare”
When patients are diagnosed with a condition that requires extensive or long-term treatment, going the “take two of these and call me in the morning” route might seem the simplest way to go, but it can be detrimental to their personal outcome. Patient education is a very important part of the diagnostic and treatment process that should not be overlooked or glazed over. In fact, some hospitals and practices employ patient educators whose specific job it is to work with patients to improve their understanding. Those who have a better understanding of their condition, how it can affect them, things they can do to improve their own outcome, and the why and how of their diagnosis and prognosis are better patients and will have a better outcome and outlook as they go through treatment. Continue reading “Educating Patients is as Important as Medicine”
Staying on top of the latest news and trends in the industry is a crucial task for those in the medical profession. However, with long hours and little downtime, it can be difficult to stay abreast of what’s happening in the world of medicine. Podcasts are a great way to stay informed about the latest developments in your field, hear the advice and experiences of other physicians, and sometimes just get some relatable entertainment. Just pop in your ear buds during your lunch break or turn up the volume on your phone during your commute. It’s never been easier to keep current on all of the most recent news and developments. Continue reading “10 Informative Podcasts for Medical Professionals”
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: Continue reading “Are There Too Many Specialists?”
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…
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.” Continue reading “Medical Technology that Used to be Science-Fiction”
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: Continue reading “5 Pieces of Health Research You Can Thank the Olympics For”