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Month: October 2017

Drone

Drone Delivery and the Uberization of Healthcare

October 27, 2017

Although computers transmit huge volumes of health data, certain information can’t travel in ones and zeroes. For example, when your primary care doctor wants a blood panel, your filled vial has to physically get to a lab. That can be a big challenge if you live in a remote location. That’s why researchers are looking […]

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virus

Scientists Target Stable Core of Shapeshifting Flu Virus

October 19, 2017

Flu season is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, a serious concern for the elderly and otherwise vulnerable. Seasonal epidemics claim 250,000 to 500,000 lives per year, according to the World Health Organization. Lost productivity, hospital bills, and misery among those affected add to the toll. Unfortunately, current vaccines are only effective in 30-40% of […]

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Brain

Biomarker Discovery Kindles Hope for CTE Diagnosis in the Living

October 9, 2017

One of the most frustrating things about CTE, a degenerative brain disease associated with concussed football players, is that doctors can’t treat it – because it can’t be diagnosed without an autopsy. That’s in the process of changing. Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine and the VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS) have identified a potential biomarker […]

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