There is something the "Star Trek" franchise predicted: the future of medicine. "I was able to put a scope in and biopsy the pancreas which was unheard of 50 years ago," said NYU Langone's Dr. Mark Pochapin. That's unless you were watching "Star Trek," as Pochapin did when he was a boy. Star Trek: Discovery - how to watch the new series "Star Trek predicted the way you would scan someone is through a non-invasive way without really touching them," Pochapin said. "Star Trek'"s tricorder? Today we have CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds. What else has come true? "Where Captain Kirk would talk to someone on the flat screen TV, I can talk to a patient now, see their image, see their scans remotely," Pochapin said. Dr. McCoy's hypospray helped inspire needle-free injectors. The visor that let Geordi see? We now have glasses that beam light to a chip implanted in the retina -- so the blind can see. What about sick bay? "They'd get on their bed and all the monitors … [Read more...] about How well did “Star Trek” do in predicting the future of medicine?
Ant armies employ a system of battlefield evacuation and emergency medicine similar to that used by humans, researchers have discovered. Groundbreaking new observations of mass raids on termite colonies revealed the open wounds of injured ants are swiftly tended to by comrades in a bid to save them for future attacks. Described in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the behaviour is the first such example discovered anywhere in the animal kingdom. Entomologists studied more than 200 raids carried out by 16 Matabele ant colonies in Cote d’Ivoire as well as in laboratories. They witnessed savage battles as 600-strong ant armies carried out coordinated raids on termite settlements in order to drag the insects away for food. Many were injured in the encounters, with limbs ripped off, yet once carried home the open wounds were intensively treated by other ants with saliva that may have antimicrobial properties. Scientists at Wurzburg University calculate it reduced … [Read more...] about Ants armies use human-style battlefield medicine and treat each others’ open wounds – new study
THE cost of NHS prescriptions in England is going up by 2.3 per cent from April 1 - pushing the price of a single prescription up by 20p from £8.60 to £8.80. But the cost of prescription payment certificates (PPC) have been frozen to “ensure those with the greatest need are protected”, the Government said. The three-month PPC will remain at £29.10 and the cost of an annual PPC will stay at £104. But there are a few ways you can cut costs, and our guide will explain what you can do to ensure you're not paying too much for medicine.Check if you qualify for free prescriptions First of all, check to see if you qualify for free prescriptions. If you are under 16 or over 60, aged 16-18 and in full-time education, pregnant (if you hold a Maternity Exemption certificate), or on income support you can get free prescriptions. Prescribed contraceptives are also dispensed free of charge. You'll need to pay for the upfront costs of the prescription and … [Read more...] about How to cut the cost of NHS prescriptions and get cheap or free medicines
Here’s one to make you smile.This year’s art exhibition at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is titled “Laughter is the Best Medicine,” and will serve as a memorial tribute to Dr. Julien Meyer Jr.A news release from the medical school said, “Throughout the career as an obstetrics and gynecology physician, Dr. Meyer was well known for his appreciation of humor and adroit ability to incorporate it into his work as a physician.”Meyer, who practiced at Physicians to Women, was a member of the school’s faculty. He delivered babies for nearly 50 years until his death last year at the age of 74.The school’s Creativity in Health Education selected the humor theme for the spring art show to illustrate how having a good laugh can relieve stress, boost your immune system and improve your mood.Artists interested in participating can find more information and an application form here. Applications must be emailed to Carrie Knopf, … [Read more...] about Med Beat: VTC spring art show prescribes humor as best medicine
E. Beaumont Hodge Jr. knew when he was in high school he wanted to be a doctor. He has seen a lot of changes in health care over the past 53 years, but he has never doubted his calling.Hodge graduated from the Medical College of Virginia, now Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, in 1958. He began practicing medicine in 1964 at Continuous Practice in Internal Medicine in Norfolk. It was two years before the start of Medicare.“There was none of the other subspecialties of internal medicine before 1966,” Hodge said. “Internal medicine did it all. When Medicare started, everything exploded in medicine and all the subspecialties began. I’m very pleased to have been able to practice at that time. It was the golden age in medicine.”In 1975, Hodge and 13 other internists bought land on Kempsville Road in Norfolk and formed the Norfolk Diagnostic Clinic. Over the next 10 years, it grew to 40 doctors and brought in all the internal subspecialties. … [Read more...] about Dr. E. Beaumont Hodge Jr., internal medicine