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Social Media Is Changing Patient Care

Social media in healthcare has exploded. It is transforming patient care as it spreads through many facets of healthcare delivery. A paper by JMIR said that nearly 90 percent of older adults have used social media to seek and share health information. Most hospitals, physicians and even insurance companies now …

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Traits Every Great Physician Has

Physicians have a highly respected career and it takes a huge commitment and hard work to achieve a future in medicine. Besides IQ, what qualities are needed to be a great Doctor? Compassion Doctors need heart, they aren’t robots. Patients respond better to Physicians who are empathetic and engaged. Compassion …

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Diverse Physicians Needed To Improve Health Outcomes

There have been efforts to try and increase the number of minority ethnic groups in science and medicine but, the amount of African American men pursuing and obtaining degrees in such fields has reached a historic low. According to NBC news, in 1986 57 percent of black medical school graduates …

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Small Cars Making A Big Difference For Young Patients

Hospitals are raising spirits and decreasing anxiety in their younger patients by having them drive their own mini car to surgery. Some of the mini cars are equipped with a stereo, which has a variety of preloaded music and an MP3 player, as well as functioning headlights, taillights and dashboard …

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Diversity In The Medical Field Isn’t Growing Fast Enough

Amid growing racial and ethnic diversity in the United States, the medical profession isn’t growing with it.  Between 1978 and 2008, 88 percent of graduates of U.S. medical schools were white or Asian. Blacks, American Indians and Hispanics together made up the remaining 12 percent. According to the Washington Post, On average, black men in America …

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Gene Therapy Aims At Stopping Blindness

Advances in gene therapy are finally yielding new options that are revolutionizing the treatment of inherited retinal degenerations.Kellogg Eye Center has begun treating patients with a new gene therapy for children and adults with inherited forms of vision loss. The therapy is called Luxturna, and was approved by the U.S. Food and …

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Global Search For Donors Of Rarest Blood

Zainab Mughal is two years old and battling cancer. She has some of the rarest blood and needs transfusions from seven to 10 donors. Only four have been found. According to OneBlood, only people of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent who have the same type of blood as Zainab, whose …

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Lewis Katz School of Medicine Event: An Evening with Black Males in Medicine

An Evening with Black Males in Medicine event was intended to provide outreach, networking and mentorship. According to an article by Medium.com, 12 black male Physicians , all either graduates of Temple or in practice there ,  shared their wisdom with 21 aspiring Physicians at the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate levels whose questions ranged from …

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Experimental Peanut Allergy Drug Ready For FDA Review

An experimental peanut allergy treatment is ready for U.S. Food and Drug Administration review. According to research published in The New England Journal of Medicine, A phase three trial included 551 people, most ages 4 to 17 with a history of life-threatening reactions after eating peanuts. Participants were given the experimental drug derived from …

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Deadly Viral Outbreak In New Jersey

According to a Reuters article, A total of 25 young patients with compromised immune systems have been confirmed with adenovirus infections at a New Jersey rehabilitation center, state health officials said. Over the weekend a ninth child was confirmed dead from the virus at Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. “These children were all largely …

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C-Section Deliveries Have Nearly Doubled

According to a study by The Lancet, the number of births by cesarean section is on the rise, climbing from about 16 million (12.1% of all births) in 2000 to 29.7 million (21.1% of all births) in 2015. The study’s first author, Dr. Ties Boerma, told CNN, “We knew that globally, C-section rates …

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First Spray-On Skin Treatment Approved By The FDA

ReCell, a regenerative skin-cell solution, is the first treatment of its kind approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for growing back skin. “You just spray it on the patient, on the burned area,” said Chris Houchens of the federal government’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, which helped …

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U.S. Facing Physician Shortage by 2030

According to new data published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the United States could see a shortage of up to 120,000 Physicians by 2030. The report aggregates the shortages in four broad categories: primary care, medical specialties, surgical specialties, and other specialties. By 2030, the study estimates a shortfall …

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Albany Med

Albany Med is the Capital region’s only academic health sciences center and is one of the largest private employers in the area. Albany Med incorporates the 734-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany Medical College and the region’s largest physicians practice with more than 450 doctors. Albany Med is also affiliated …

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