Alzheimer’s Therapy Allows Patient Anything They Want, Even Chocolate

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Comforting food improves patients’ behavior and mood because it “sends messages they can still understand.

Margaret Nance was, to put it mildly, a difficult case. Agitated, combative, often reluctant to eat, she would hit staff members and fellow residents at nursing homes, several of which kicked her out. But when Beatitudes nursing home agreed to an urgent plea to accept her, all that changed.

 

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Colorado Struggles to Create First Pot Regulations

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Samples of marijuana are tested in an oven at Full Spectrum Laboratories in Denver.

What’s in that joint, and how can you be sure it’s safe?

Colorado is working toward becoming the first state to regulate production of medical marijuana. Regulators say pot consumers deserve to know what they’re smoking, and producers should have safety regulations such as pesticide limits for plants destined for human consumption.

 

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Online Doctors Bring New Meaning to “House Calls”

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Online doctors diagnosing and treating common conditions over the internet.

Internet entrepreneurs have brought new meaning to the phrase “house calls.”  Oline companies with names such as “MDLiveCare” and “RingADoc” are diagnosing and treating common conditions such as allergies and the flu over the Internet or on the phone, forcing state regulators to revisit decade-old rules about what constitutes a doctor/patient relationship.

 

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Cancer Patients to Get Blood Transfusions Made From Their Own Skin

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Medical breakthrough for cancer patients

Patients could soon be transfused with blood made from their own skin in a breakthrough that could revolutionise cancer treatments and solve the blood donor shortage. Scientists have shown that ordinary skin cells can effectively be converted into adult blood cells in the laboratory.

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Non-Religious Doctors are Twice as Likely to Hasten the Death of Terminally Ill Patients

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Nonreligious doctors were nearly twice as likely to report having made decisions like providing continuous deep sedation.

Doctors who are atheist or agnostic are twice as likely to make decisions that could end the lives of their terminally ill patients, compared to doctors who are very religious, according to a new study in Britain. Dr. Clive Seale, a professor at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, conducted a random mail survey of more than 3,700 doctors across Britain, of whom 2,923 reported on how they took care of their last terminal patient.

 

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Soon No One Will Be Classed as Normal According to Mental Health Experts

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Even a child’s tantrum will be considered a disorder in the updated mental health bible.

An updated edition of a mental health bible for doctors may include diagnoses for “disorders” such as toddler tantrums and binge eating, experts say, and could mean that soon no-one will be classed as normal.

 

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Total Artificial Heart Allows Man to Go Home


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Called the Freedom Driver, the device is a miniaturized version of the large, bulky cabinet seen in the video above that Okeke had to wheel around with him wherever he wanted to go. It worked fine, but the unwieldy device confined Okeke to the hospital for the better part of the past two years.

 

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Your Health in 2020 – Patients Will Become Empowered Participants

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Bosch’s Health Buddy telemedicine system

Put aside the politics and the heated rhetoric. On this point we can all agree: Health care in the U.S. is fragmented at best. Inefficiencies abound. Stakeholders rarely communicate. Tasks better suited to computers are completed by hand. Providers have little time and incentive to adopt new technologies, many of which significantly change established workflows and often lead to fewer reimbursable visits.

 

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28 States May Expand Authority of Nurse Practitioners

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A family nurse practitioner (FNP) is a nurse who performs many duties commonly performed by a physician

A nurse may soon be your doctor. With a looming shortage of primary care doctors, 28 states are considering expanding the authority of nurse practitioners. These nurses with advanced degrees want the right to practice without a doctor’s watchful eye and to prescribe narcotics. And if they hold a doctorate, they want to be called “Doctor.” For years, nurse practitioners have been playing a bigger role in the nation’s health care, especially in regions with few doctors. With 32 million more Americans gaining health insurance within a few years, the health care overhaul is putting more money into nurse-managed clinics.

 

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Dream Doctors Program Will Graduate World’s First Medical Clowns

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Patch Adams may have years of experience entertaining kids in various hospitals, but he’s not a certified medical clown. He does, though, probably deserve an honorary degree from Haifa University in Israel which just announced a new three year academic program in medical clowning.  Developed with the Magi Foundation, the so-called Dream Doctors program will graduate the world’s first formally taught and qualified entertainers specifically for clinical situations. 

 

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