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From xkcd today, a sobering and accurate comic on surviving cancer (cover the kiddies' eyes, it's got one f-bomb in it): And that is why actually curing cancer is so hard.  How to pick out those few bad cells from … Continue reading

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Risk, Heart Attacks, and Firefighter Fatalities

What kills most firefighters on the job?  Not structural collapses.  Not smoke inhalation.  Heart attacks, says a study of firefighter fatalities done at the University of Georgia.  This was a bit surprising to me but makes sense in a lot of ways: … Continue reading

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The Cocaine “Vaccine”

The Cocaine “Vaccine” What if you could actually make antibodies against an illegal substance you were addicted to, like cocaine?  What if you made enough of them to prevent the drug from getting into your brain and getting you high? … Continue reading

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Just Add Blood: Lab-on-a-chip gives diagnostics in 10 minutes

Yet more proof that we are, indeed, in the future.  A new biochip would be able to do five separate diagnostic tests on one chip, without needing any other reagents, tubing, or electricity.  Add blood, let sit, read.  Easy. “This is … Continue reading

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The Way to The Physician’s Prescription Pad

So, why DID that doctor prescribe Drug A to you over Drug B?  The answer might not be “because it’s the best drug for you”, but rather “Company A has better drug reps than Company B”.  This article by a … Continue reading

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Intensive Care For The Neediest

Where are the sweet spots in preventative medicine?  When does preventative care really save us money rather than wasting it?  When is it cheaper to pay for the uninsured so that hospitals don’t pass on their costs to the health … Continue reading

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Brain Surgery and the Importance of Admitting Mistakes

From Emily Anthes’ piece on an article about Henry Cushing, an early-1900s neurosurgeon who “openly acknowledged and described significant instances of human error, mistakes in judgment and technique, and equipment and supply oversights, regardless of whether these events affected patient outcome. Mistakes were analyzed … Continue reading

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