Medicine

IEEE Spectrum
How’s My Sleep?
A survey of the latest technology designed to help track sleep.
Advances in Management Technology for Diabetes
From personal reminders to digital doctors, the technology for managing diabetes is taking off.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Understanding Pathways of Calorie Restriction: A Way to Prevent Cancer?

National Institute for Children’s Healthcare Quality
Q&A with Dr. Dan Coury, Faculty Chair of NICHQ’s Collaborative to Improve Autism Care
Dr. Dan Coury discusses how working closely with families can improve systems that deliver care for children with autism.
Experts Weigh In on Boosting Breastfeeding Support
NICHQ gathered nationally known experts in maternity care to recommend strategies for improving hospital practices to support breastfeeding.
Treating Pain More Quickly for Children with Sickle Cell Disease at Boston Medical Center
Hospital uses quality improvement techniques to cut the wait to pain medications in half.
Technology Improves Sickle Cell Disease Care Beyond the Clinic
From text reminders to self-monitoring pill bottles, healthcare providers across the country are incorporating technology into efforts to improve care for patients with sickle cell disease (SCD).
Electronic Medical Records Quicken Services, Reduce Errors and Inform Patients
A child has suffered a mild concussion. In one situation, a primary care physician verbally tells the parents what they need to do over the next few weeks…
Confronting Cultural Barriers to Breastfeeding
How to use quality improvement methods to help hospitals make systematic changes to support breastfeeding.
Overcoming Confusion and Misinformation About a Life-Saving Drug
For the past seven years, Patricia Kavanagh, MD, who specializes in pediatric care at Boston Medical Center, participated in a camp that catered to children with sickle cell disease and other serious diseases…
When the ER Can’t Hear You
Andrea Williams had no idea that she and her husband were both carriers for sickle cell trait until their fourth child, Jonathan, was born.

Artificial Protein Mimics Blood
A man-made protein that carries oxygen could lead to artificial blood.
Stretched Nerve ‘Bridges’ Trigger Repair
The tissue creates a scaffold for nerve tissue regeneration.

TR10: Paper Diagnostics
George Whitesides has created a cheap, easy-to-use diagnostic test out of paper. [print]
Detecting Brain Chemicals
A new device could help with deep brain stimulation.
Diagnosing Disease with Paper and Tape
By adding tape, researchers can make more-complex tests that are portable and cheap.
Wireless Detectors for Dementia
Researchers hope that radio transmitters can warn of cognitive decline earlier.
Lab-on-a-Chip Made of Paper
Paper-based microfluidic devices could yield cheap, disposable diagnostic tests.
Breath Analyzer Monitors Drug Compliance
A new device could lead to better clinical trials.
A Faster Way to Detect Heart Attacks
A diagnostic chip tests saliva to determine if someone is having a heart attack.
Striped Camouflage
Researchers find stealthy way to enter cells. [print]
Clothes That Monitor Health
A new patch tracks electrolyte levels in sweat.

Blogs

Testing for Malaria On-the-Go
A small, rugged device is reliable even in harsh conditions.

Alzheimer Research Forum
Gene Mutations Place TDP-43 on Front Burner of ALS Research
Two teams have independently found a mutation in the protein TDP-43 that is strongly linked to ALS.
Study Looks to Lithium for Treating ALS—Patients Follow Suit
Lithium has commonly been used for bipolar disorders, but new evidence shows it may help protect neurons in neurodegenerative disorders, particularly ALS.

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