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The De-Sciencing of American Medicine and What It Means to You

With all the talk about “evidence-based medicine,” you might think that doctors were becoming much more focused on rigorous science. But like the names attached to bills in Congress—such as the Affordable Care Act, which outlaws affordable insurance, the language used in the movement to fundamentally transform America and American medicine usually means the opposite of what it suggests. Are older doctors uneducated in science, and do they base their treatments on opinion, intuition, or outdated dogma, while younger doctors use objective observations and analysis? Consider the kind of medical student our prestigious medical schools are now seeking. In former years, premeds were notorious nerds, usually science majors, constantly studying to make grades in hard subjects. High scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) required ability for quantitative thinking and a foundation of factual scientific knowledge. Since 2015, the new MCAT includes “situational judgment tests.” The president of the entity that makes the test, Darrell Kirch of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), intends to redefine what makes a good doctor. “I believe it is critical to our future to transform health care. I am not talking about tweaking it. I am talking about true transformation.” Ezekiel Emanuel asks in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA, Feb 20, 2018), “Does Medicine Overemphasize IQ?” A high IQ is no guarantee that a physician can “lead a multidisciplinary health team...

Why 3D Printing Could Be the Wave of the Future

We often think of 3D printing as a new technology with futuristic implications, but we rarely stop to consider how far it’s come or where it could be in another few years. 3D printing was invented by Charles Hull in 1984, and in the ensuing 34 years we have developed ways to scan and 3D print objects in real time and have even begun one of the most science-fiction endeavors yet–3D printing human organs. Still, 3D printing has yet to reach its full potential, and that’s a good thing. With everything we’ve achieved and all the breakthroughs still being made, it’s only a matter of time before niche achievements carried out under perfect laboratory conditions become repeatable (and affordable) options for 3D printing hubs across the globe. 3D printers offer us a look at how computer and software technology can create meaningful changes in hardware by revolutionizing the design and physical creation processes. Here’s a look at where 3D printing is in 2018 and where it’s headed in the future. Printing Organs, Saving Lives For a while, the talk of 3D printed body parts was nothing more than theoretical science fiction. Sure, some researchers had figured out how to use a semi-organic material in a 3D printer and had even activated some living cells that replicated on the formed compound to create something like a real liver in a...

How is Work Stress Affecting Sleep in the US?

It’s no secret that in our increasingly fast-paced economy, people’s sleep is suffering at the expense of earning a decent living. Studies have shown that workers in the UK and US are getting less than the recommended amount of sleep – both clocking up an average of 6.8 hours to be exact – which can negatively impact everything from people’s performance at work to physical and mental health. Having studied how work stress affects nightly rest in both countries, here are the key findings: The annual cost of a lack of sleep to the UK economy is £40bn ($53.2bn) while this figure reaches £310bn ($411bn) in the US. This is due to a huge loss in working days – 200,000 in the UK and 1.2m in the US – plus the lowered productivity of those who do make it in. London ranks 3rd in the UK for work-related sleep loss Adding 1 extra hour of sleep per night could boost your wages by 5%. UK workers put in an average of 42 hours per week (8.5 per day) while those in the US work for 44 hours (9 per day). Almost 75% of Brits sleep less than 7 hours per night (Royal Society for Public Health) while 65% of Americans get 7 hours or less (Gallup poll). Work-related stress is keeping the UK & US up at night Any form of stress has severely negative consequences on your sleep patterns. Unsurprisingly, work-related anxiety is one of the leading causes of the national...

Are Textbooks Too Expensive? Survey Says Yes

The second-biggest financial stressor for college students, right after paying for tuition, is buying the source materials they need for their classes, according to a Morning Consult survey which was done at the request of Cengage. Cengage is a company that offers course materials like study guides, homework sheets, and textbooks to millions of students throughout the country. The survey was comprised of information from 1,651 former and current college students, ages 18 to 30. In the survey, 85 percent of students said paying for course materials, including the textbooks for their classes, is stressful financially. Only 73 percent of students said that paying for student housing was stressful. That figure was even lower for healthcare at 69 percent and meals and food at 63 percent. While all the categories mentioned can be expensive, a large number of students, at 87 percent, felt textbooks and course materials were overpriced and not worth the money. A similar number of students, at 86 percent, believed their college tuition was overpriced. The students reported they had to make sacrifices to help pay for their course materials. Four in 10 students said they missed meals to save extra money to chip at the cost of the materials. Two in 10 students said they even changed the major they pursued just to cut down on the cost of what they needed. Meanwhile, three in 10 students said...

Fix Your Curriculum Vitae with These Easy Tips

When you’re writing your Curriculum Vitae, or better said, your life course, you must focus an all your academic and professional achievements and skills. A medical CV is expected to be a bit more detailed concerning your education, certifications, teaching experience, publications, and the honors you received. Therefore, we will present you some insightful writing tips and the perfect guide with samples for writing an outstanding medical CV. Writing Tips Before you start writing the CV, there are several things you should take into consideration concerning the way you present it. First, you should choose the template: chronological, functional, or hybrid. Most people choose the chronological template as the best way to present your experience is in a reverse chronological order. Secondly, in order to have aneligible CV, you must format the page and choose the right font: Arial, Calibri, Cambria, Helvetica, Georgia, Verdana, making sure that the font size is between 10.5 and 12. In addition to that, while writing your CV, you should keep in mind that the information you present must be tailored. But what does it mean to tailor your resume? Well,it is a crucial step which basically requires you to introduce some ofthe keywords the company used in the job post description, usually the required skills. Why’s this crucial? Because most recruiters use a special software to scan your resume before they actually read...

“You Could Be Brushing Your Teeth with Feces” And Other Hidden Germs Around The House

Did you know? 64% of people wait a month or more to wash their hand towels, meaning that they might as well be washing their hands in the toilet. People that don’t clean their phone are twice as likely to suffer from outbreaks of spots than those who do once a week. Only 17% of women wash their makeup brushes although it’s recommended to do so once a week. You could be brushing your teeth with feces. Black spots on your shower curtain contain literally billions of mold spores. An infestation of one female bed bug can rise to 5000 in 6 months It’s that time of year again. Spring cleaning season is officially underway and many items around the home need more than a dust or a quick wipe. Germs are so small they can be hiding in plain sight and while most bacteria we come across every day is relatively harmless, there are some nasty ones to watch out as they can affect our health. These include E. coli, staph, and mold. Cleaning thoroughly and often is the only way to ensure these bacteria are kept at bay. You might be surprised at the germs that lurk in some of your most often used household items. You could be brushing your teeth with feces If you flush the toilet with the lid open, particles of water, urine and feces...

University of Virginia Research Reveals What Determines Autism Risk

A mother’s microbiome, the collection of microscopic organisms that live inside us, determines the risk of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders in her offspring, new research from the UVA School of Medicine shows. The microbiome can be manipulated by changing what we eat, by consuming beneficial bacteria known as probiotics or even by transplanting fecal material from one person to another. This suggests simple ways we might prevent the development of autism. The UVA researchers prevented the development of autism-like disorders in mice by blocking an inflammatory molecule produced by the immune system – a molecule already implicated in multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. The discovery could also offer a way to detect autism early in pregnancy. CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., July 18, 2018 – The risk of developing autism-spectrum disorders is determined by the mother’s microbiome – the collection of microorganisms that naturally live inside us – during pregnancy, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests. The work raises the possibility that preventing forms of autism could be as simple as an expectant mom modifying her diet or taking custom probiotics. Further, the UVA scientists were able to use their discovery to prevent the development of autism-like neurodevelopmental disorders in lab mice. They found they could halt the development of such disorders by blocking a particular inflammatory molecule produced by the immune system. Targeting this molecule, interleukin-17a, offers another potential avenue...

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