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Initial post: Jan 12, 2011 11:03:49 AM PST
Sometimes, the best medical treatment starts with a good idea. I'm starting this discussion with a link to an article about just such a good idea, and ask that others join in.

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20110112/NEWS01/101120362/1003/New-program-uses-coaches-to-cut-hospital-readmissions

This is an innovative - and ultimately cost-saving - program being tried in New York. When cardiac , diabetic or other patients with high readmission rates, are discharged from the hospital, they are assigned a "coach" who makes three home visits over a month, to make sure the patient is correctly managing their care and meds.

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 12:01:40 PM PST
This is a good idea and in practice in many places already since non-compliance and non-follow up are big reasons for relapsing conditions.

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 10:37:57 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 13, 2011 10:41:34 AM PST
Thanks for your input, DAW.

INTERNET SYMPTOM CHECKERS

The internet has multiple Medical Symptom Checkers. Here's the one I use:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/symptom-checker/DS00671

Teens, who are already internet-savvy, are quick to do an internet search to explain their malady, and most of their self-diagnoses are backed up later by their physicians:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2013834699_webdiag04.html
TEENS DIAGNOSING OWN MALADIES FROM INTERNET

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 8:01:51 AM PST
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2014041884_knee27.html

KNEE REPLACEMENTS GO FROM BIONIC TO BIOLOGICAL
Knee-replacement surgeries on animals (as research for eventual human knee-replacements) are moving away from the ole' metal-and-plastic knee joints, that too often fail or cause unending pain. Using living tissue to substantially "repair" a bad knee, instead of replacing the joint, will hopefully be perfected before I need a knee joint "fixed"!

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 10:24:20 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 7, 2011 10:26:56 AM PST
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2014134247_btinterface07.html
(CORRECTED URL)

SEATTLE START-UP AIMING TO DELIVER LOW COST MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC DEVICES TO SMALL CLINICS AND DOCTOR'S OFFICES

Still in R&D, this company wants to let the doctor's office or clinic do more in-house diagnostics, rather than sending everything "out to the Lab".

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 11:43:02 AM PST
TS Elliott says:
This is a new product to help people who are going through Chemotherapy: MuGard shields the tender membranes of the mouth and tongue, and provides instant numbing and protection against oral mucositis, a painful and common side effect of cancer therapy. http://www.mugard.com/

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2011 5:20:44 PM PST
OldAmazonian says:
Marilyn, here's another symptom checker site with an unforgettable name. It is harder to navigate than Mayo but can be more comprehensive.

http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 1:35:04 AM PST
BookLover says:
For the past 15 years, I have tried every weight loss method know to man. It wasnt until I tried zara neville's follow your hunger to the body of your dreams that I actually lost those last 20 pounds and have kept them off. It's not a diet, it's about tuning into the signals your body is sending you to help you return to the shape you are meant to be. It's an amazing book, and for only $2.99 at Amazon, it's worth a try.

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 10:47:44 AM PST
OldAmazonian:
Thanks for your post. I've consulted that "wrong diagnosis" website in the past. They have some very good information for people being treated for a problem, and they aren't getting better, or even getting worse.

BookLover:
Everyone's always looking for the "magical diet" that drops the pounds with no hunger. Personally, I follow the consume-half-portions-of-your-usual-meals diet.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 7:24:07 AM PST
http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/02/15/2066349/overdiagnosis-too-much-of-a-good.html#

OVERDIAGNOSIS: TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING?
A new book written by doctors argues that physicians jump at tests and procedures to "cure" possible conditions that may never manifest. The result, they claim, is an unnecessarily sick instead of healthy population.

Your thoughts?

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 7:21:36 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 22, 2011 7:24:52 AM PST
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2014279863_btinterface21.html

NEW COMPANY DELIVERS DOCTORS' ADVICE THRU WEB CAM OR BY PHONE

Having physicians interface with patients by computer is an idea that has been investigated for several years. Now there is a company (Carena) that has specialized in getting the physicians to the patients (instead of vice versa). Now they've added patient-doctor interface thru webcams. They already have contracts with Microsoft and Costco, among others.

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 6:27:20 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 28, 2011 6:28:48 AM PST
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2014256815_scans22.html
(CORRECTED URL)
NEW PHONE APP LETS DOCTORS USE CELLPHONES TO EXAMINE IMAGING SCANS

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2014243977_tricks21.html
MAGICIAN CONJURES UP THERAPEUTIC TRICKS FOR DISABLED KIDS

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2014308849_medical25.html
Several interesting results of recent research: Nutritional Value of Breast Milk if Mother Goes Full Term; Respiratory Risks of Premies; and The Influence of What Dads Eat On the Metabolism of their Children Years Later

Posted on Mar 6, 2011 3:06:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 6, 2011 3:08:40 PM PST
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_17525727?source=rsshomemiss

RATS MOBILITY RESTORED WITH SPINAL CORD STUDY ("We were able to show that we could bring near-complete restoration of normal movement ... What's really exciting is the robustness of the effect.")

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 1:07:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 21, 2011 1:12:29 PM PDT
http://www.staradvertiser.com/business/20110321_Online_medicine_catching_at_kaiser.html

Hawaiian hospitals have turned to an innovative internet program to connect patients to doctors. Quick questions, appointment scheduling and prescription refills can be streamlined thru an email process that patients and physicians both love.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 10:19:51 AM PDT
http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/20110223204109data_trunc_sys.shtml

NOVEL DRUGS AIM AT GUT BACTERIA (New drugs are being developed to target the brain-bacteria "cross-talk", which may play an important role in development of intestinal disorders, psychiatric disorders and even obesity.)

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 8:02:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 27, 2011 8:04:29 AM PDT
http://nextbigfuture.com/2011/03/penn-researchers-uncover-novel-immune.html

PENN RESEARCHERS UNCOVER NOVEL WAY TO TREAT PANCREATIC CANCER. It involves activating the immune system to destroy the cancer scaffolding. It could also lead to quicker, less expensive cancer drug development, by cutting out years of clinical trials by starting with sophisticated mouse models.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 7:35:01 AM PDT
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Posted on Mar 28, 2011 7:39:12 AM PDT
http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/20110220220614data_trunc_sys.shtml

POTENT ANTI-AGING MECHANISM IDENTIFIED. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have identified an "elite" repair mechanism that is rarely used, but which can greatly enhance the body's natural preservation of genetic information.

Posted on Apr 2, 2011 9:04:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 2, 2011 9:07:35 AM PDT
http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-03/competition-will-pay-3-million-best-predictive-health-care-algorithm
A health company has started a Competition, where the winner will receive $3 million. They want the best "predictive" health care algorithm, of what individuals' health will be in 15 years.

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-02/fingerprint-sized-paper-lab-chip-costs-just-penny/
From 2010, a tiny paper chip that can diagnose diseases, and costs just a penny apiece.

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-02/nine-technologies-save-money-our-health-care-system
From 2010, this article discusses nine innovative technologies that can reduce the cost of health care.

Posted on Apr 2, 2011 10:54:46 AM PDT
Weight-loss intervention (like gastric bypass) has been almost a miracle cure for most diabetics. But the complications from surgery many times cancel out the anticipated benefits.

So here is a new idea: a several-foot, non-surgical "bariatric sleeve" that can be inserted thru the mouth. It lines the upper part of the intestine just below the stomach. Already approved for use in Europe and parts of S. America, it has been reported to improve the metabolic function of diabetic patients equal to gastric banding, and slightly below gastric bypass.

http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-diabetes-bariatric-sleeve-20110401,0,7195167.story?track=rss

Posted on Apr 4, 2011 10:07:44 AM PDT
http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2011/04/04/for_some_doctors_the_ipad_is_claiming_a_key_spot_next_to_the_stethoscope/
IPADS CLAIMING A SPOT NEXT TO THE STETHOSCOPE FOR DOCTORS ("iPads are a great fit for doctors... It weighs a pound, lasts 10 hours, and can be disinfected... Combines mobility with interactive touchscreens to share pictures and data with patients.")

http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2011/04/04/website_offers_job_seekers_a_way_to_validate_their_skills
A NEW WEBSITE, "SMARTERER", WILL OFFER SHORT TESTS IN A WIDE VARIETY OF FIELDS, FOR JOB SEEKERS TO VALIDATE THEIR SKILLS (This is a good way for job seekers to figure out if their skills are superior - or mediocre - against everyone else who is or wants to work in that field.)

Posted on Apr 10, 2011 12:25:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 10, 2011 12:26:46 PM PDT
http://nextbigfuture.com/2011/04/universal-virus-free-method-to-turn.html
TURNING BLOOD CELLS INTO BEATING HEART CELLS. Johns Hopkins scientists have developed a simplified, non-virus, cheaper, all-purpose method to turn blood cells into heart cells, primarily to eventually repair hearts after attacks.

http://www.diagnose-me.com/
This is the NEXT GENERATION OF SYMPTOM-CHECKERS. "The Analyst" is available to both patients, doctors and the curious wondering if they have a medical problem worth pursuing with their physician.

Posted on Apr 16, 2011 12:02:32 PM PDT
Do you have a mega-carnivore in the family with infections that never seem to get better, with one round after another of antibiotics? My husband is like this, and this may be the explanation:

http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-meat-bacteria-20110415,0,7997782.story

MEAT CONTAMINATED WITH RESISTANT BACTERIA
("... concerns that bacterial resistance bred in stockyards makes antibiotics less effective in humans.")

Posted on Apr 17, 2011 11:52:41 AM PDT
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2014783983_apusmedtaintedmeat.html

HALF SUPERMARKET MEAT MAY HAVE STAPH BUG ("... half the samples contained Staphylococcus aureus ... (and) worse, half of those contaminated samples had a form of staph that's resistant to at least 3 kinds of antibiotics.")

This is a follow-up related to my last post. All I can think of, is to start buying meat from an organic source, like Whole Foods Market or localharvest.org.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 11:38:39 AM PDT
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/military/article/Growing-new-skin-from-burned-layers-1340574.php

A Scientist at Fort Sam Houston's Regenerative Medicine Program (San Antonio, Texas) is developing a new way to help burned soldiers grow back their own skin, instead of the long and painful ordeal of transferring healthy skin in grafts.

The Scientist keeps the soldiers dead/burned skin from surgery, and grows new skin from the fat cells. This would both speed up the grafting by not using healthy tissue, and accelerate recovery.
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