Category Archives: Something Special

Medical Schools Hold Memorials for Medical Cadavers

More medical universities are adopting this practice

Whole body donation plays an important role in a medical student’s education. And today, more medical schools are honoring those who donated their bodies to science and medical study. Memorials for medical cadavers have become a common practice at the … Continue reading

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Prescription Drug Expiration Dates Are Not What They Seem

The idea of medicines "going bad" is misleading

The U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world. One of the main reasons that this is the case is because we are extremely wasteful when it comes to prescription drugs. Numerous studies have shown that expiration … Continue reading

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Opt-out Organ Donation Saves Lives

Studies show that changing consent to an opt-out policy increases organ supply

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Put that adage in the context of organ donation, and the saying suddenly takes on new, life-saving meaning. Statistics show one donor can save up to eight lives with precious organs … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Diagnosing Mitochondrial Disease

And why a computer hacker faces 15 years in prison for intervening in a troubling case

As one young woman discovered, diagnosing mitochondrial disease isn’t as easy as diagnosing other medical conditions, like cancer or diabetes. There is no definitive test for the disease, especially in its early stages. Doctors just have to trust that the patient … Continue reading

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Figure 1 Allows Medical Professionals To Share Photos of Undiagnosed Cases

The app is a social media community of medical students and professionals

Figure 1 is a social media platform that caters to the medical community. Healthcare professionals can upload photos and information about their patients’ conditions to a large social network for educational purposes. The app is especially useful for doctors who … Continue reading

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FDA Approves New Drug for Sickle Cell Disease

Endari is the first new FDA-approved treatment in 20 years for this debilitating disease

A new drug, Endari, has just received FDA approval for the treatment of sickle cell disease. The medication is the first new sickle cell therapy to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration in over 20 years. Endari is … Continue reading

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