Mayo Clinic: Privately insured patients to get priority over Medicaid, Medicare patients

Citing tighter profit margins, the chief executive of the Mayo Clinic recently told his employees that the prestigious health system will prioritize the care of privately insured patients over those on Medicare and Medicaid. That bold pronouncement by Dr. John Noseworthy – made in a speech to employees late last year – reflects the growing unease…

Flea-borne bacterial disease spreading wider in Texas

A sometimes fatal bacterial disease carried by fleas and lice appears to be spreading more often, and over a larger swath of territory in Texas than it did a decade ago, a new study suggests. The authors aren’t sure how to explain the increase in murine typhus cases, though one suggested the “rampant” population of opossums…

This robot is perfectly designed to drill tiny tunnels in your skull

The world’s first robot-assisted cochlear implantation Imagine rolling into an operating room to find that your surgical team included a robot. While full-fledged robotic surgeons aren’t quite ready for the spotlight, automatons have already found a foothold in the surgical theater. Some systems allow doctors to control robotic instruments—ones able to slice and dice with inhuman…

Let’s focus on the real environmental factors linked to autism

The publication of Andrew Wakefield’s notorious and now discredited research on autism and vaccines in 1998 triggered a surge of worry about vaccine safety. Since then, questions about a purported connection between autism and vaccines have been asked and definitively answered: There is no link. But there are other factors linked to the development of autism…

Trump budget calls for slashing biomedical and science research funding

President Trump’s proposed budget chops $6 billion, about a fifth of the total budget, from the National Institutes of Health, a move that could decimate biomedical research in a number of areas and stagger academic institutions around the country that depend on NIH grant money to keep their scientific research programs afloat. Research funding at the…

Let’s use humanoid robots to grow transplant organs

Bio-hybrid robots could make better lab-grown tissues Kevan/Flickr CC By 2.0 Humanoid robots like Eccerobot, shown here, closely mimic human anatomy. Similar robotics could be used to grow better tissues and organs in the lab. Scientists are already growing muscles, bones, and mini-organs in the lab. But these tissues are generally small, simple, and kinda wimpy.…

Children with asthma more likely to become obese: study

Originally posted 2017-02-09 06:46:51.

WASHINGTON – Children with asthma may be at higher obesity risk later in childhood or in adolescence, according to new research published online this week. Researchers from the University of Southern California found that young children with asthma were 51 percent more likely to become obese over the next 10 years than children who did not…

Oldest Man Turns 146, Records Show

Originally posted 2017-01-02 23:33:06.

When counseling families about healthy diet and why we need to do everything we can to stay healthy, I have used 100 years or more as how long we ought to expect these young ones to live thus their bodies need to be maintained so that they remain in reasonable shape for the long haul. However, after the video below, I am now wondering how long would the young ones today live to be before they die? 150 years may not be a bad reference point.

An Indonesia man believed to be the oldest person alive celebrated his 146th birthday Saturday, despite having claimed he no longer wants to be alive. Mbah Gotho, whose “official name” is Sodimejo, lives with his grandson in a town called Sragen within Indonesia’s Central Java province. Gotho made international headlines in September after speaking to local…

Mom Donates 2 Organs to Save Her Son: “This year is going to be your year”.

Originally posted 2017-01-02 20:21:05.

This adoring mother is wasting no time waiting on two different organs for her son – she’s simply going to donate both of them herself. Joe Lamont was born with a rare condition known as autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease. Since he had to have both of his kidneys removed, he has had to go in…

This Device Can Diagnose 17 Diseases Just By Smelling Your Breath

Originally posted 2016-12-31 12:28:06.

Imagine finding out what’s making you feel sick just by breathing. That idea is the goal of a new technology that researchers are saying can detect 17 different diseases just by “smelling” a patient’s breath. The Na-Nose device has been compared to a breathalyzer, and according to a study published in the journal ACS Nano, it…