Share decision making leads to better health outcomes for patients and lower costs

Shared decision making helps patients be better informed about their treatment choices and make better decisions.

Quality-improving and cost-cutting innovations don’t sit around for years while people keep muddling through with old technology in most industries. When an innovation is ready for widespread use, it disrupts the market, whether the market wants it or not. In the process, some entrepreneur usually makes a killing.

 

 

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Scientists edit genetic code in a breakthrough that could lead to new treatments in hereditary diseases

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‘Genetic editing’ works by using enzymes to unlock the DNA.

Scientists have edited the genetic code in a breakthrough that could lead to new treatments for some hereditary diseases. The scientists managed to persuade cells in mice to repair a faulty gene but, instead of recreating the flawed piece, the cells generated a healthy one.

Science Of Motion Sickness

YOU MAKE ME SICK!!!

The cause of motion sickness is being investigated by a researcher with a new idea: that the cause is movement, not perceptual differences. A series of motion-sickness-inducing tests shows that those people who get sick start to move oddly, similar to a drunken staggering walk.

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Acupuncture Does Work By Stimulating a Natural Painkiller in the Body

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Acupuncture is effective at relieving pain.

Acupuncture works by stimulating a natural painkiller in the body that swells arteries and allows more blood to flow through, scientists have discovered.  The identification of the chemical adenosine as a central player could also make the ancient Chinese therapy even more effective at relieving pain.

A Step Closer to Personalized Genetic Medicine

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Stephen Quake brought the holy grail of personalised medicine a step closer after having all his DNA screened for diseases and susceptibility to treatments. 

A scientist has brought the holy grail of personalized medicine a step closer after having all his DNA screened for diseases and susceptibility to treatments.  Professor Stephen Quake, at Stanford University, spent $50,000 having his genetic make up mapped and then analysed for different diseases and sensitivity to medication.

 

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New Method Of Analyzing Brain Signals Could Help Stroke Patients

New Method Of Analyzing Brain Signals Could Help Stroke Patients 

This image shows brain activity in a stroke patient before (left) and after (right) two weeks of rehabilitative therapy.

New ways to analyze the brain’s electrical activity might soon help physicians diagnose brain disorders and assess the benefits of treatment. ElMindA, a startup based in Israel, is developing one such system, which it hopes will help doctors diagnose attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) more objectively and speed up treatment decisions for stroke patients. The company is partnering with pharmaceutical and medical-device companies and expects to have a product ready for clinical use in 18 months.

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Discovery of ‘Happy Hour’ Gene Could Lead to New Treatments for Alcoholism

Discovery of ‘Happy Hour' Gene Could Lead to New Treatments for Alcoholism

Discovery of ‘happy hour’ gene could lead to better treatments for alcoholism

Some people can hold their drink better than others because they have a “happy hour” gene, claim scientists, who believe the discovery could lead to treatments for alcoholism.  Researchers found that those who had the genetic make up were able to become hardened to the affects of alcohol and therefore able to drink more.

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