Many of you may know that I have a passion for technology in addition to health. That is one of the reasons this newsletter has been so successful, as I have been able to merge these two passions. In addition to reviewing the health literature, I…more info
A new device called MelaFind, just approved by the U.S. FDA, makes detailed, digital images of skin growths and uses a computer to analyze them for signs of cancer. The hope is that the device will allow dermatologists to find more melanomas soon…more info
In 1998, a panel of radiation safety experts gathered to evaluate a new airport security device called the Secure 1000, which was designed to beam X-rays at people to see underneath their clothing. One after another, the experts pointed out that …more info
New research shows that women who only have a screening mammogram every other year are substantially less likely to experience false-positive results and unnecessary biopsies than those who opt for annual screenings.
The study estimated that over the …
Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns have touted early detection through x-ray mammography for a quarter of a century. But almost no progress has been made in making the public aware about the crucial differences between non-malignant lesions or tumor…more info
Studies show that thermography, a form of infrared imaging, identifies precancerous or cancerous cells earlier than mammography, and produces unambiguous results that cut down on additional testing. Heat indicates that inflammation exists; inflam…more info
The American Academy of Pediatrics is warning parents of infants and toddlers that they should limit the time their children spend in front of televisions, computers, and “educational” video games. The group stated that video screen time provides n…more info
A newly developed tooth-regenerating paste could reverse bacterial-induced tooth decay. The amino acid toothpaste that contains a compound that assembles into fibers. When applied to a decayed tooth, it forms a gelatinous scaffold that attracts calcium…more info
A new kind of temporary tattoo might be able to collect and transmit information about your heart rate, temperature, muscle contractions or brain waves. It’s a flexible electronic circuit that moves with your skin and stays in place without any…more info
Senomyx is a high tech research and development business which is “dedicated to finding new flavors to reduce sugars and reduce salt.” But their focus is not on whole, organic fruits and vegetables, or grass-pastured meats, dairy and eggs. &n…more info
Free smartphone apps from Epocrates are used by nearly half of the U.S. doctors to look up information on drug dosing, interactions and insurance coverage. But calling them “free” may be a bit misleading — to use the apps, doctors must…more info
Nine scientists from the FDA became concerned that drugs and medical procedures are released to the public without proper testing for safety or efficacy. They sent a letter to president Obama stating there has been “gross mishandling” by FDA mana…more info
When Juliet Jacobs developed lung cancer, she decided to enter a promising research study. Doctors would look for gene patterns in her tumor cells that would determine the best drugs to use on her particular cancer.
But the tests turned out to b…
Dave Evans is Cisco’s chief futurist, and the chief technologist for the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group. He outlined what he believed to be 10 technological trends that will change the world in 10 years. Here are some of them: