The price of dental care is exorbitant and, for many, simply more than they can afford. The Washington Post reported on a new dental clinic attempting to bring care to poor children in Prince George's County, Maryland.
Springwise reports today on a Seattle-based medical services provider that provides 24/7 house calls via webcam, Skype, or phone.
Carena is an alternative to emergency room services. An analysis of more than 35,000 house calls delivered that way, however, inspired the creation of a system that supports virtual house calls as well. Carena, meanwhile, can extend the geographic reach of its services while reducing costs for clients and patients.
The Institute for the Future released a new report today focusing on the possible changes for the future of the health care industry instead of the mostly dire and grim realities today. The HC2020 Perspectives forecasts the key areas that are going to shape the future of health care in the next 10 years.
The most fascinating potential identified in the report was about neurointerventions:
As people age, the hippocampus, the brain's memory center, loses 1% to 2% of its volume annually, affecting memory and possibly increasing the risk for dementia. A growing body of evidence has pointed to aerobic exercise as a low-cost hedge against neurocognitive decline.
A new study out in Science Translational Medicine shows that the benefits of painkillers can be boosted or wiped out simply by manipulating some very simple factors. The BBC reported on how a patient's attitude can affects on the results of studies and in the use of new drugs.
Heat was applied to the legs of 22 patients, who were asked to report the level of pain on a scale of one to 100. They were also attached to an intravenous drip so drugs could be administered secretly. The initial average pain rating was 66. Patients were then given a potent painkiller, remifentanil, without their knowledge and the pain score went down to 55. They were then told they were being given a painkiller and the score went down to 39. Then, without changing the dose, the patients were then told the painkiller had been withdrawn and to expect pain, and the score went up to 64.