Hurt/comfort fan fiction was a bigger deal years ago but it’s still around - and my heart just melts whenever I see poor Andy on his crutches.  I’ll be posting more of these, from the Hamburg, Germany convention back in 1997 from which I posted the video yesterday.  (I received these photos later - I wasn’t there.)  I have no idea if medical technology in the 24th century would have meant Garak would ever have had to limp around using these, but oh man, I find him both adorable on them and in serious need of serious comfort!

Quick DNA Tests Crack Medical Mysteries Otherwise Missed

Researchers are developing a radical way to diagnose infectious diseases. Instead of guessing what a patient might have, and ordering one test after another, this new technology starts with no assumptions.

The technology starts with a sample of blood or spinal fluid from an infected person and searches through all the DNA in it, looking for sequences that came from a virus, a bacterium, a fungus or even a parasite.

Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco are reporting this week their first results from the technique, which relies on a technology calledNext Generation Sequencing.

One of their early patients is Andrea Struve, a 21-year-old San Franciscan who returned from 40 days in the Australian Outback last year with a nasty set of symptoms.

“I was in classes, sweating profusely with a fever and joint pain, and it just wasn’t fun, so that’s when I went to the doctor,” she says.

Her doctor made a bunch of educated guesses about the underlying cause, but all the tests came back negative. So physicians enrolled Struve in a study at UC San Francisco to try out a different approach.

“As opposed to the way we normally diagnose infectious disease — meaning we target a single infectious agent at a time — this test works by detecting all the DNA present in clinical samples,” says Dr. Charles Chiu, who is running the study.

Chiu extracted DNA from Struve’s blood and ran it through a superfast sequencing machine. He compared the DNA he found with a huge library of DNA sequences from all sorts of infectious agents. It turns out that she was infected with a virus related to chicken pox — one that normally causes a roseola rash in young children.

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Photo: Doctors used a rapid DNA test to identify a Wisconsin teen’s unusual infection with Leptospira bacteria (yellow), which are common in the tropics. (CDC/Rob Weyant)



EVERYONE W/ A CAMERA: RECord yourself on camera answering these three specific questions RE: Future Technology: 

  1. How would you feel about the self-driving car? Would you feel out of control? Do you think it seems dangerous? Do you think it would reduce the death rate of car accidents? 

  2. How do you feel about the idea of brain chips? Does it sound fun or scary to you? 

  3. How do you feel about medical technology evolving to the point of making immortality a reality? Is the point of life that it’s finite?

Please Help!!!

As some of you know, my father left his job as a pediatrician so that he could create an application that makes it easier for doctors and patients to communicate and share information. It has been a really hectic year with trying to launch a business and my dad has spent nearly all his waking hours putting his heart into this project. unfortunately, doctors are reluctant to try it out- even for free. He’s nearly defeated and it breaks my heart…

Currently there is a huge medical conference/contest that could be the last big chance to turn the app around. The top 4 medical ideas are selected for a paid conference at Harvard! The catch is- to vote you must be a doctor or med student… if any of you ARE either, or know either, or would consider signal boosting this, I will be forever grateful!!

Please share this with any med students and doctors, even if they don’t vote maybe they will like the idea and want to be involved!!

Thank you so much and best wishes- this means more to me than I can explain. I know it’s a really long shot to gain awareness through my art and plant blog, but the internet is surprising. 

Previously, the doctors had to wait until they cut into the dog to form the titanium plate. But with UC Davis’ new 3-D printing facility, they can now print an exact replica of the dog’s skull ahead of time, allowing doctors to plan and cut down on anesthesia time in the operating room.<br/>

The future is here.

Cranquis Mail: Are "migraine apps" a headache for doctors?

(name withheld) asked:

Ok, you’re at your clinic and your new pt says, “I’ve had migraines for years, I’m so tired of them and OTC medicine that works half the time, I started a diary in my headache phone app to see just how frequently I actually get them in a month. Here, look.” Do you think, “She’s one ‘of those’,” or do you prefer the headache pt keeping track? I don’t add what I ate that day or my activity because my diet doesn’t vary much, I get them at home or work, my eyes are checked regularly and I get them wearing contacts, not wearing contacts, with glasses or without. And by “years” I mean I’m 30 now and I remember getting migraines as young as 10 years old - light sensitivity, nausea/vomiting, the whole bit. Every time I go to a clinic for something (colds/sore throats , yearly physicals) I add frequent headaches on my history sheet but it’s never brought up (I feel too terrible with the illness or it’s not appropriate for my obgyn to address). I plan on being seen just solely for the migraines/headaches and I want to show frequency. I don’t want to show a Dr my phone app diary if it just makes them think, “Oh, lord, here we go (internal eye rolls)”. Just looking for a Dr’s honest opinion on the best way to evaluate a new pt’s chief complaint. I don’t have a PCP.

Hi there, Headodynia (your Cranquis-Nym for future communiques re: this topic)

I personally would have NO problem if a patient brought in a symptom diary for their headaches or menstrual issues or GI symptoms or blood pressure or whatever! (Sure, I’m an Urgent Care doctor, so technically if your medical problem has been around long enough to require journaling, it’s probably something that should be managed by a primary doctor or a specialist – but, the concept of a patient actually collecting and organizing their relevant data before coming to talk to me about their long-standing medical problem? ME LIKEY!)

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One of the most fascinating aspects of emerging medical technology is how close we’re coming to being able to map and understand an entire human organism in real time. The gifs above come from GE’s new Revolution CT Scanner, a technology that exists today. Imagine what will exist tomorrow. In coming years, we may be able to push past the mapping of blood flow to begin mapping interactions between neural synapses, the reactions that make up our consciousness, that determine the most fundamental aspects of who we are. And once we can map our consciousness in real time, what’s to prevent us from replicating it?

Researchers study impact of power prosthetic failures on amputees

Powered lower limb prosthetics hold promise for improving the mobility
of amputees, but errors in the technology may also cause some users to
stumble or fall. New research examines exactly what happens when these
technologies fail, with the goal of developing a new generation of more
robust powered prostheses. 

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Most important, Theranos tests cost less. Its prices are often a half to a quarter of what independent labs charge, and a quarter to a 10th of what hospital labs bill, with still greater savings for expensive procedures. Such pricing represents a potential godsend for the uninsured, the insured with high deductibles, insurers, and taxpayers. The company’s prices are set to never exceed half the Medicare reimbursement rate for each procedure, a fact that, with widespread adoption, could save the nation billions. The company also posts its prices online, a seemingly obvious service to consumers, but one that is revolutionary in the notoriously opaque, arbitrary, and disingenuous world of contemporary health care pricing.


Using A 3-D Version Of Rodin’s Hands To Understand Anatomy

Auguste Rodin is known for his realistic, unflinching depiction of the human form. Some of the French sculptor’s work even shows the ravages of disease and disfigurement. A Stanford University professor and surgeon who noticed these realistic details was inspired to incorporate Rodin into his teaching using a curriculum that combines Rodin’s sculpture with medical science and computer technology.

Dr. James Chang first noticed certain details of Rodin’s sculptures when he was a medical resident at Stanford studying hand surgery. He used to relax on the grass at the sculpture garden of the school's Cantor Arts Center. “The more I looked at the Rodin sculptures … and I focused on the hands, and if you look at each hand … they’re exactly like the actual medical conditions I was treating.”

The works include some of Rodin’s most famous pieces, like the Burghers of Calais, a group of defeated noblemen. Chang noticed that one of the Burghers had fused fingers. “We have children with Apert syndrome that have a similar fusion of the fingers and an open thumb, and we release the fingers to put [them] into a more natural condition,” he says.

When he finished his residency in 1998, Chang joined the Stanford faculty in plastic surgery, and he decided to consult an expert on Rodin. He went to Bernard Barryte, the curator of European art at the Cantor. Barryte says what made Rodin a revolutionary artist is that he broke from the classical traditions of idealizing the human form.

“He wants to render it warts and all,” Barryte says. “So if a hand is the result of an accident, that sort of enhances and enriches its meaning for him, and he uses that to render figures much more expressive and much more powerful.”

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