Placenta health and research is a new priority for doctors

Vital to reproduction, poorly understood, and on the menu since the 1970s — these are all ways to describe the mighty human placenta. The pancake-shaped organ forms during pregnancy to connect a fetus to the uterus around it. It then works with the umbilical cord to bring nutrients, hormones, and oxygen to the growing baby … Read more

Over 70% of US Doctors Could Still Opt For Unnecessary Antibiotics, New Study Reveals

For many years now, health authorities around the world have been trying to reduce the overuse of antibiotics in cases where they’re not strictly needed, but a new study shows the message is still not getting through – even within the medical community. The problem is a serious one. In addition to the risk of … Read more

AI Diagnostic Tool Helps Doctors Visualize Post-COVID Lung Damage

A new artificial intelligence diagnostic tool developed by KAUST scientists allows doctors to visualize lung damage caused by COVID-19 in more detail. Credit: © 2022 KAUST; Ivan Gromicho New tool reveals hidden features on chest scan images. A new computer-aided diagnostic tool developed by King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) scientists could help … Read more

Exhibition Explores the Art and Science of Cancer—and the Hope of a Future Without It | Smart News

Visitors looking at sculpture by Skellon Studio in “Cancer Revolution” at the Science Museum. Science Museum Group Cancer impacts many lives — in 2020, it accounted for almost one in six deaths worldwide. In the United States alone, the American Cancer Society estimates, there will be around 1.9 million people diagnosed with cancer this year. … Read more

Combining behavioral & data sciences to optimize chronic disease management

Digital tools have become an essential part of our lives. Online calendars guide our daily routine; Waze and Google Maps plan our routes – warning us of traffic or an accident ahead; websites and apps recommend restaurants nearby; and this is just to name a few. These technologies direct and redirect us, offering optimal guidance … Read more

Hologram doctors beamed to space station to visit astronauts

NASA flight surgeon Dr. Josef Schmid “holoported” to the ISS in October, 2021 to visit the astronauts on board. (Image credit: ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet) It’s not science fiction: Hologram doctors beamed to space to visit astronauts. In 2021, a team of hologram doctors was “holoported” to space to visit astronauts living … Read more

Young Man Has ‘Excessive’ Skin Wrinkling From Water in Incredibly Rare Medical Case

A man in his 20s developed “excessive wrinkling”; bright, white bumps; and patches of thick skin on his hands whenever he immersed them in water. Doctors initially thought the condition might be a symptom of chronic eczema, but they later determined that the wrinkling was caused by a rare skin disease, according to a new … Read more

Two doctors explain the mystery of long COVID

Credit: Duke University. Thousands of COVID-19 survivors continue to grapple with symptoms many months after they were first infected. Brain fog, fatigue, even sexual dysfunction are among the symptoms people endure weeks and months after their acute COVID symptoms fade. On some occasions, the virus reveals a pre-existing disease or causes another to inflict the … Read more

Baby Receives Heart Transplant With a Life-Changing Twist to Counter Organ Rejection

A baby in North Carolina has received a first-of-its-kind heart transplant that may prevent his body from rejecting the organ without the need for lifelong drugs to suppress the immune system. The child, Easton Sinnamon, is the first person to receive a heart transplant along with implantation of thymus tissue from the same donor, according … Read more

City of Hope researcher advises doctors against overreliance on a popular liquid biopsy used to screen for colorectal cancer recurrence

LOS ANGELES – Researchers at City of Hope, one of the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the United States, have data pointing to the limitations of Signatera, a popular liquid biopsy or blood draw test that is used to detect the recurrence of colorectal cancer in patients who have had their disease surgically … Read more