Researchers at the University of Zurich have determined the three-dimensional structure of the receptor that causes nausea and vomiting as a result of cancer chemotherapy. The study explains for the first time why some drugs work particularly well in ameliorating these side effects. The results also provide important insights into how to develop compounds to […]Continue Reading ...
[protected-iframe id=”70317e80538508fe9b1a074ac8046c98-7618883-121704370″ info=”https://www.npr.org/player/embed/676039371/681851613″ width=”100%” height=”290″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”] A recent study out of Oregon suggests emergency medical responders — EMTs and paramedics — may be treating minority patients differently from the way they treat white patients. Specifically, the scientists found that black patients in their study were 40 percent less likely to get pain medication than […]Continue Reading ...
When she arrived at San Francisco State to study cell molecular biology as an undergrad, Krissie Tellez was convinced the Bay Area topped her native Southern California. Now, in her fifth year as a developmental biology graduate student, she’s leaning a bit more toward Los Angeles. “I miss being able to go to the beach whenever I […]Continue Reading ...
High doses of chronic stimulant therapy did not result in damage to the hearts of rhesus monkeys With more than 1.8 million children in the U.S. being treated annually with drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the possibility that such drugs could damage their hearts has been a significant cause of concern for parents […]Continue Reading ...
What stories published about medical science or health care this year made big impressions on you? Stanford Medicine Dean Lloyd Minor, MD, recently listed the books that most inspired him this year. I asked my fellow Stanford Medicine communicators for their picks and here’s what they said: “Bad blood: Secrets and lies in a Silicon Valley […]Continue Reading ...
In 2015, then President Barack Obama launched a precision medicine initiative, saying that its promise was “delivering the right treatments, at the right time, every time to the right person.” A biomedical engineer at Washington University in St. Louis has answered the call by making a significant step toward precision medicine for patients with a […]Continue Reading ...
As a high school and a college student, I was single-mindedly focused on becoming a physician. I would be the first person in my family to finish college, and I planned on becoming a doctor so that I could support my parents, who worked hard hours. Their work ethic pushed me to work hard, and […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers have found that surgical instruments used for neurosurgery could get contaminated by the altered brain proteins that are seen in Alzheimer’s disease. These instruments are capable of spreading the condition if not treated or decontaminated properly before reuse. The study results were published in the latest issue of the journal Nature. Prof John Collinge, […]Continue Reading ...
A recent study out of Oregon suggests emergency medical responders — EMTs and paramedics — may be treating minority patients differently from the way they treat white patients. Specifically, the scientists found that black patients in their study were 40 percent less likely to get pain medication than their white peers. Jamie Kennel, head of […]Continue Reading ...
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I’m glad that I already knew what happened after neuroscientist Ben Barres, MD, PhD, revealed he was transgender. Even with the knowledge that at the end of his life he was beloved by trainees and colleagues and widely acclaimed for his work on formerly overlooked brain cells known as glia, I was still tense as […]Continue Reading ...
Bottom Line: The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) was created under the Affordable Care Act and hospitals face financial penalties for higher-than-expected 30-day readmission rates for patients with heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia. Lower hospital readmission rates for those conditions have been associated with the program but it was unclear if the program was […]Continue Reading ...
Kristina Cunningham was in stable condition on an evening in June, when EMTs lifted her gurney into a medical flight, bound for Boston. The 34-year-old couldn’t use her right arm or speak clearly after a stroke six days earlier, and still had two blood clots at the base of her brain. Cunningham’s dad, Jim Royer, […]Continue Reading ...
A female baby was diagnosed with the deadly Ebola when she was only six days old. According to the health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), she seemed to have miraculously recovered from the viral infection. Ebola virus seen under a microscope. Image Credit: Studio_3321 / Shutterstock The baby named Benedicte was […]Continue Reading ...
Note: Certain details in this entry have been omitted or changed to protect the identity of those involved. She was 4 months old, beautiful, crying — and she had a gunshot wound to her head. It was around midnight when a police officer drove over the curb at our ambulance bay, ran into the emergency […]Continue Reading ...
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