Digitizing patient care, a revolution with a slow download speed

By Kimberly Lord Stewart The digital age of medicine is upon us. Sophisticated digital technology tools like a Google contact lens can measure blood sugar from tears (see the story here), and biosensors can continuously monitor blood pressure opposed to the few minutes the patient is in the exam room. Read …

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New research suggests kava may prevent lung tumors in smokers

A new study on a special preparation for kava root from the University of Minnesota and Texas Tech University may help explain low rates of lung cancer despite tobacco smoking. Rates of cancer in the South Pacific Islands of Vanuatu, Fiji and Western Samoa are dramatically lower than those inRead …

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Organic dairy gets a healthy nod, more work ahead

By now you may have heard about a study from Washington State University that reports organic milk contains significantly higher concentrations of essential-fatty acids, compared to milk from cows on conventionally managed dairy farms. While this is not news to some, it is the first large-scale study of its type.Read …

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Hostility Toward and No Incentives For Personalized Medicine

OP/ED by Kimberly Lord Stewart. I received a press release on a social media survey of 2,000 doctor’s opinions on Mehmet Oz, MD, from a social media polling company called SERMO. Even for social media, I was struck by the level hostility from Oz’s highly educated peers. Quack and aRead …

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New Dog Breed is Oncologist’s New Best Friend

By Kimberly Lord Stewart A new breed of dog, which is loyal and highly trainable with a keen sense of smell, may be the next tool for early cancer detection. The Russian airline Aeroflot and an R&D group have patented the Sulimov dog breed for airport security purposes but realizeRead …

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Income and Education Linked to Non Use of CAM Therapies

Education and income are tied to reduced awareness and use of alternative medical options, say researchers from San Francisco State University. According to the research led by Adam Burke, professor of Health Education, practices like yoga, acupuncture, natural products and chiropractic medicine are less likely to be pursued among people

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