Sunday, November 12, 2017

Enabling Medical Device Innovation through Simulation

In this video you’ll see ground-breaking solutions from ANSYS contributing to medical research, patient safety, and the advancement of the medical devices industry. ANSYS 3D Physics simulations predict device performance and solve biomedical-engineering challenges compressing design cycles. The video shows how ANSYS has helped medical companies script many success stories.

What to Expect at Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2018 - The Medical Technology Event

Med-Tech Innovation Expo is the UK and Ireland's leading showcase for medical design and manufacturing technology - the only event serving the whole of the £27bn UK and Irish medical technology sector. Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2018 will bring together the medical engineering and manufacturing community; more than 200 companies from all areas of the medical device supply chain engaging with 2,500+ visitors across 2 action-packed days. On the show floor, you’ll see the entire spectrum of advanced technology, materials and solutions alongside the centrepiece Med-Tech Innovation Conference and a host of engaging show features. Med-Tech Innovation Expo is your industry platform. Join us! Register free now at www.med-techexpo.com

Saturday, November 11, 2017

What is vasculitis?

Vasculitis is a group of medical conditions which cause damage to the blood vessels through inflammation. Depending on which blood vessels are affected, vasculitis can be classified as large vessel, medium vessel, or small vessel vasculitis. Learn about the signs and symptoms of vasculitis such as purpura, bloody stool and urine, and bruits. Vasculitis can cause vessel walls to thicken and narrow, cutting off vital blood supply to tissues and organs. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, weight loss, and muscle and joint pain. Some forms of vasculitis improve on their own. Others require medications.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Scientists Developing Microscopic Drones to Prevent Heart Attacks!

In what could be termed as a major medical breakthrough, scientists have been carrying out tests utilising microscopic stealth drones, made from plastic-like material and about 1,000 times smaller than the tip of a human hair.

These drones or nanoparticles are capable of latching on to hard plaques in the arteries containing fat cholestrol and calcium and would release a drug derived from natural protein thus repairing the inflammation damage in the body. Successful tests have been carried on lab mice where the atherosclerosis or clogged arteries were repaired after 5 weeks of treatment. The plaques were stabilised, making it less likely for fragments to break off and clog blood vessels. Although they had clogged arteries the lab mice didn't suffer from heart attacks. Researchers have therefore concluded that more tests were needed before the drones are tested on humans. For the human trials a fine tune of particles, which would enable optimised drug delivery is being planned. The drugs would be powerful and anti-inflammatory. This could be a major step in the treatment of heart diseases.

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What is Measles?

Public health officials said on Wednesday that six more cases of measles had been confirmed in
California, bringing to 119 the total number of people infected by a strain of the virus that has also been linked to a large outbreak in the Philippines. More than 150 people across the United States have been diagnosed with measles, many of them linked to the wave of illness that authorities believe began when an infected person from out of the country visited Disneyland in late December. California Department of Public Health researchers, in a report to federal officials released on Friday, said that specimens from 30 of the state's measles patients had been genotyped and that all were of the same strain that has caused an outbreak in the Philippines. That same genotype has been detected in at least 14 countries and six other U.S. states in the last six months, the researchers said, and the source of the illness that sickened visitors at the Disney theme park has not been identified. Source

Dr. Samuel Katz of Duke University, the most senior and respected pro-vaccine scientist, talks about what measles is, it's history and proper treatment.
Winner of British Animation Award 2008, public choice: commercial catagory - We made this film for Amnesty International - Brian Cox is the voice of Measles.. an attempt to lure people back to old fashioned, diseased dying instead of the more modern war and killing style demises! 'It's just not natural!  

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Should you get Vaccinated?

Should you get vaccinated? Find out how vaccines work to protect the population and what can happen when celebrities get in the way of Science.

Written and Illustrated by Dwayne Godwin and Jorge Cham
Animated by Jorge Cham and Meg Rosenburg
Narration by Meg Rosenburg
Comic originally published in Scientific American Mind

References:

Richard A. Stein. (2011) Vaccination: A Public Health Intervention That Changed History & Is Changing with History. The American Biology Teacher 73:9, 513-519 http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1525... (abstract)

Poland and Jacobson, "The Age Old Struggle against the Antivaccinationists", http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/...

G. A. Poland. (2011) MMR Vaccine and Autism: Vaccine Nihilism and Postmodern Science. Mayo Clinic Proceedings 86:9, 869-871 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic...

Dobson, R (2003). Media misled the public over the MMR vaccine. BMJ. 326(7399): 1107. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic...

Uno Y, Uchiyama T, Kurosawa M, Aleksic B, Ozaki N. (2012) The combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines and the total number of vaccines are not associated with development of autism spectrum disorder: the first case-control study in Asia. Vaccine. 30(28):4292-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22...

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Ahearn,WH (2010).What Every Behavior Analyst Should Know About the "MMR Causes Autism" Hypothesis. Behav Anal Pract. Spring; 3(1): 46--50. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic...

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Deer, B. Exposed: Andrew Wakefield
and the MMR-autism fraud. http://briandeer.com/mmr/lancet-summa...

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Obamacare - Cost Impacts and Reaction in the Marketplace!

Winthrop-University Hospital's MiniMed Adult Education Series

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Obamacare

Cost Impacts and the Reaction in the Marketplace: Panelists Aimee DiBartolomeo-Cody and Brian Malone, BS, MS, RPh cover the basics of the law and the impacts it will have on individuals, employers and healthcare providers. Aimee DiBartolomeo-Cody
President, Premiere Benefit Plans, Inc. Brian Malone, BS, MS, RPh is the Director of Pharmaceutical Services at Winthrop-University Hospital.

Discussion points:
- Administrative Requirements
- Cost Impacts
- How is the Marketplace Reacting - Employers, Doctors and General Public

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