I have around 20 drafts… but none are finished. Thanks for being patient! I have been really busy with applications and such.. I will update everyone soon.
Motorola introduced this strange invention a few months ago.. the Edible Password Pill. Swallowed once daily, the pill consists of a tiny chip that uses the acid in your stomach to power it on. Once activated, it emits a specific 18-bit EKG-like signal that can be detected by your phone or computer, essentially turning your body into a password.
This has real implications for future medical care… and tech. Imagine the kind of data that a human body can start storing, all the different ways we can deliver medicine. We are starting to approach a slightly dystopian future, but I can’t wait.
Frederick Sanger, the British biochemist who twice won the Nobel Prize, has died at the age of 95.
Fellow researchers have described him as “one of the greatest scientists of any generation” and as “a real hero” of British science.
He is considered the “father of genomics” after pioneering methods to work out the exact sequence of the building blocks of DNA.
Dr Sanger also developed techniques to determine the structure of proteins.
He was born in 1918 in Gloucestershire and initially planned to follow his father into medicine.
However, he followed a career in biochemistry at the University of Cambridge.
He is the only Briton to win two Nobel Prizes and the only scientist to have been awarded the prize for Chemistry twice.
The first came in 1958 for developing techniques to work out the precise chemical structure of proteins.
Proteins are made up of amino-acids. Dr Sanger was able to determine which amino-acids and in what order were used to build the hormone insulin.
He then turned to DNA and its building blocks, bases.
Dr Sanger’s group produced the first whole genome sequence, made up of more than 5,000 pairs of bases, in a virus.
He was awarded his second Nobel Prize in 1980 for developing “Sanger sequencing” - a technique which is still used today.
At the time he attributed his success to fellow researchers and his wife: “I was married to Margaret Joan Howe in 1940. Although not a scientist herself she has contributed more to my work than anyone else by providing a peaceful and happy home.”
He was awarded one of Britain’s highest honours - the Order of Merit - in 1986. However, he declined a knighthood as he did not want to be called a “Sir”.
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridgeshire, which specialises in the understanding of the genome, is named after him.
When the founding director of the institute, John Sulston, asked Dr Sanger if he was comfortable with the site being named after him, the response was: “It had better be good”.
He worked until the age of 65 when he retired to spend more time gardening and “messing about in boats”.
Dr. Vivek Murthy (Surgeon General Nominee)
Dr. Murthy was nominated by President Obama this week to be the 19th Surgeon General of the United States.
With his background in medicine, education, work in social change, and leadership he will have all the tools necessary to create change in our healthcare system as Surgeon General.
The thing that excited me so much about his nomination is that he will be the youngest surgeon general ever. This means he will be the first s.g. that grew up in this age of technological innovations. He has already founded Doctors for America, a group of 15,000 physicians and medical students supporting Obama in advocating for policy that would provide Americans with more affordable, accessible healthcare.
I can’t wait to see the changes he has in plan as he takes his office in the near future.
Theres a lot of reasons for a hospital to be abandoned, but patients should never be left behind… but often this is not the case. Today I will explore two cases that stood out to me. They occurred in two complete different regions but showed so many similarities that should have not happened.
2010, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
When the earthquake hit, patients watched as doctors and nurses walked away from the medical field hospital. Due to security concerns, the Canadian and Belgian teams were ordered to leave, and left only Sanjay Gupta — assisted by other CNN staffers, security personnel and at least one Haitian nurse who refused to leave — to assess the needs of the 25 patients, but there was little they could do without supplies.
We think that things like this can only happen in parts of the undeveloped world, but we see things like this happening in our own backyard.
2013, Castro Valley, California
Detectives were called in to investigate an assisted living facility that closed Thursday and left behind 14 sick and elderly patients.Paramedics called to the Valley Manor Residential Care center in Castro Valley found a notice on the door from the state Department of Social Services ordering the site to be closed.The San Francisco Chronicle and other media outlets report that paramedics also found bedridden patients attended by a handful of staff members who stayed to help them, despite not being paid.
It’s so scary to see things like this happen, and all of this is happening across the world regardless of location. When tragedy hits, people panic and we see mayhem and abandonment.. but with just a little bit of thought and compassion we can turn all this around.
ICU Command Center
Innovative ways to streamline medicine is happening everywhere today. One of the wonderful byproducts that evolved throughout the years is this ICU command center.
An ICU is equipped with cameras and the patient data is synced to a network off-campus. This allows a third-party physician sitting in a “Command Center” to be able to keep an eye on multiple patients at a time.
This allows for 24/7 monitoring of patients, which is often hard for physicians that are actually on campus because of the physical barrier of the rooms being separated in space. In addition it makes getting a second opinion easier, with the physician that you are discussing the case with having full understanding of the patient beforehand.
This opens up so many different possibilities for what the physical space of a hospital can mean, and what a physician patient interaction will be like in the future. Although there are still bugs and a lack of trust of the system from many, it looks promising to be something great.
3-D Printed Titan Arm
A battery-powered robotic arm designed to give humans a power boost was declared winner of the 2013 James Dyson Award. The Titan Arm, devised by mechanical engineer students from the University of Pennsylvania, can help people lift an extra 40 pounds – or help those with back injuries rebuild and get moving.
The exoskeleton arm was 3D-printed using recyclable plastic, making it waterproof and ergonomic. According to the team, the Titan Arm costs $2,000 to produce compared to similar exoskeletons that are currently upwards of $100,000.