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What The Most Futuristic Hospitals Have That Others Don’t

Technology has certainly made great advancements in medicine, and our friends at GapMedics provide a glimpse into the most futuristic hospitals in the world. Featured on the list are: University of Missouri Health System: University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri; Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey; Wooridul Spine Hospital in Seoul, South Korea; Vale Hospital in Hensol, South Wales, United Kingdom; and Asklepios Klinik Barmbek in Hamberg, Germany. Many leading hospitals are already making profound changes and improvements that could not even have been imagined a decade ago. Science and technology working together are bringing hope and progress to patients and medical staff alike. In this infographic, we take a look at some of the most futuristic hospitals in the world, where state of the art equipment and high tech medical care is advancing healthcare across the world. What does the future of hospitals look? Some are incredibly optimistic, with hospitals developing more specialized technologies and groups to optimize their systems and to tread as many patients as possible. Even in 2015, we saw developments in prosthetics. Futurism reported that by 2030, hospitals may be a thing of the past: Predictions from the co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Future Council, Melanie Walker, say we’ll soon enter a post-hospital world due to advances in personalized medicine, health monitoring, and nanotechnology. New and evolving technologies in medical science convince Walker we’ll live...

QUIZ: Brush Up Your Skills and Knowledge on First Aid!

Test your knowledge on how well you know first aid! You could save a life! First aid is one of the most important skills you can have. Just by performing some basic procedures or following best advice, you can save someone’s life. You may have learned some first aid at school, but is your knowledge up to date? Would you know what to do in an emergency? Yes, it can be very scary when a medical emergency happens in front of you, but if you know how to handle the situation and keep a person alive and calm until an ambulance arrives, then you could save a life or prevent more serious injuries from occurring. So many deaths and injuries can be prevented, so isn’t it worth brushing up those skills? Source:...

QUIZ: Medical Practices of the Past

How well do you know history’s important medical practices? Test your knowledge of how medical practices have evolved over time! Medical practices we use now have been reached by a wealth of knowledge gained over many years, tests and experiments and the study of data. Medicine in the 21st Century is based on scientific knowledge. So, when you realize what practices were used as little as 50 or 60 years ago, it seems amazing that we’ve come so far ever since! It also makes you thank God you weren’t alive in those times, for the treatment may have been worse than the illness. Try our quiz and see if you can guess which practices are fact and which are fiction. Source:...

Is Money Addictive Like Cocaine?

How addictive is money? It turns out there is neuroscience and biochemistry behind every dollar. Ian H. Robertson discusses how receiving money can activate parts of our brain like the ventral striatum, closely mirroring the physiologic responses associated with cocaine or alcohol consumption. Read more about The Winner Effect and...

Can Aging Be Cured?

Aubrey de Grey, MA, PhD, believes the coming decades will bring us anti-aging medicine that is at the same level of medical control as any other infectious disease. How similar is aging to other health problems, and can medical science really “fix” it? Watch as Aubrey de Grey offers a definition of aging that refocuses the question of whether or not it can be delayed or even reversed. Filmed at FutureMed, in February, 2012, at Singularity University. Featured image from Flickr |...

Can Spinach Leaves Replace Damaged Cardiac Tissue?

Featured From The Doctor’s Channel     Perfusion decellularization has recently been used to remove genetic material in pig organs, allowing them to be seeded with human stem cells in the hopes of securing a renewable source of organs for transplantation. In a similar (but non-mammalian) vein, researchers from the Myocardial Regeneration Lab at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have performed decellularization processes on spinach leaves and infused them with human heart muscle cells to determine if the remaining cellulose scaffold could support the demanding job of replacing dense heart tissue. The spinach-heart combinations were able to beat for up to three weeks in some of the experiments.   Next steps in this research include more in-depth testing of the compatibility of cellulose with human heart tissue, as well as “stacking” the plant-derived material to determine if layering the decellularized spinach leaves will yield “tissue” strong enough to maintain efficacy over long periods of time. The team, led by Glenn Gaudette, PhD, and Joshua Gershlak, MSc, have already begun testing other abundant plant species for viable veinous networks.   Click here to read an article about this research in the Washington Post.   Click here for the paper published in the journal Biomaterials via ScienceDirect.   Featured Image:...

Quiz! Do You Know Your Diseases?

As a medical practitioner, you need to be able to look at symptoms to help you diagnose a patient. It can be difficult without a full examination but some indicators can help you guess the most likely disease. Do you think you could diagnose correctly? Are you the next Dr House? The next medical Sherlock Holmes? Let’s find out! Featured From Gap Medics Blog Featured Image:...