Technology Comes For The Humble Stethoscope.
Two hundred years ago, a Frenchman invented a tube with which he could listen to heart and lung sounds. This was the first stethoscope. Heart disease is one of the major causes of death throughout the world. Often the abnormalities … Read More
Warning: Your Surgeon May Be “All Thumbs”
It is human nature to criticize the younger generation. What’s the matter with them? They don’t do things the way we did when we were young, etc. In the world of surgery, there may be valid reasons to be concerned … Read More
“The Computer Will See You Now.”
Artificial intelligence is reshaping the world and medicine is one of the areas in which it is changing things rapidly with much more to come. Dr. Eric Topol wears many hats. He is a cardiologist, a professor of genomics, director … Read More
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Black Box Medicine: It’s A Thing.
We have all heard about the self-driving cars that are coming to a highway near you in the not-too-distant future. They are powered by artificial intelligence (“AI”). We had a fatal accident here in Arizona last year when a self-driving … Read More
Secret Conflicts of Interest
By now I am sure it is common knowledge that doctors are often paid by drug companies and by the manufacturers of medical devices. There is a strong correlation between the amount of a company’s drugs a doctor prescribes and … Read More
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Good News for Type 1 Diabetics!
Last week I wrote about one of the problems facing Type 1 diabetics: the ever increasing cost of the insulin they need to stay alive. Today, I am writing about some good news that may reduce the need for insulin. … Read More
Genomic Testing in Prostate Cancer
There were approximately 165,000 new prostate cancers diagnosed last year in the United States. During the same time period, there were 29,000 deaths from prostate cancer. The deaths were almost entirely due to highly aggressive forms of the disease. Most … Read More
Superbugs Are Still Hiding in Hospitals
Superbugs is a name given to drug-resistant bacteria. While no illness is a good one, an infection with superbugs is really bad because regular antibiotics are ineffective. Drug resistance develops through the process of natural selection. Normal bugs are exposed … Read More
End The Drug Price Disgrace
Happy New Year. As I have mentioned before, my grandson was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was only 3. He is now 7 and doing well. I am hoping that the new year brings more advances in the … Read More
What is Holding Up Virtual Medicine?
Last month I wrote about what many health care professionals believe to be the biggest problem in medicine: lack of patient compliance. This has been offered as the reason the many new technical advances in medicine are failing to produce … Read More
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