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Internet User Waiting For Tumor Surgery Gets Advice From Alternative Medicine Advocate, But Someone Shuts It Down

Much better to trust health professionals, who have undergone rigorous education and training to give you the best and most up-to-date knowledge that medical science has so far uncovered. This poster certainly thinks so, after being shocked by someone suggesting that apple cider vinegar, lemon and olive oil will ‘get rid’ of a tumor growing inside of a gallbladder. Recognizing the danger of such a statement, Redditor PastyDeath decided enough was enough, and decided to set the record straight. The response to the dangerous and outrageous claim has since gone…

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How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession

By the end of this year, its estimated that 300 physicians will suicidal occupationthe level of miserable and humiliating undertaking. Indeed, many doctors feel that America has declared war on physiciansand both physicians and patients are the losers. Not surprisingly, many doctors want out. Medical students opt for high-paying specialties so they can retire flourishing. The website known as the 9 out of 10 doctors would discourage anyone from entering the profession. MEMBERS ONLY Beast Inside members get exclusive newsletters and content, early access to stories, and more.

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Telemedicine Could Help Fill the Gaps in America’s Abortion Care

Imagine a woman in Lubbock, Texas, who just found out that she's pregnant. She wants an abortion, but Lubbock is one of 27 abortion deserts in the US: The nearest clinic is 308 miles away in Fort Worth, forcing her to take time off from work, pay for travel, and likely arrange childcare to get there. She’s less than 10 weeks along, so she’s a candidate for medication abortion—which could, theoretically, be completed in the privacy of her home. But Texas requires that the FDA protocol for medication abortion be…

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Trust me, I’m a fake doctor: how medical imposters thrive in the real world

Versions of Jodie Whittakers bogus TV medic do exist. But fantasists and charlatans tend to operate outside the hospital, where victims have been assaulted, misdiagnosed or offered false hope Within the first half-hour of the BBCs psychological thriller Levon Mkhitarian who encountered 3,363 patients in two years, working across seven NHS trusts on oncology, cardiology, transplant and surgical wards as well as in A&E. Mkhitarian, originally from Georgia, had graduated from medical school in the Caribbean island of Grenada and received provisional registration from the General Medical Council (GMC) to…

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Future Family wants to give women a more affordable option in fertility treatments

In 2016, the scales tipped toward more moms having kids in their 30s than in their 20s for the first time. However, those closer to 40 than 30 face higher risks than their younger counterparts. Add to that one in every eight couplesin the U.S., regardless of age, have some type of fertility issue. More couples are now looking at their options with IVF and other fertility treatments. The problem is those treatments can come with a hefty price tag. The typical costs range from $12,000 to $20,000 for IVF,…

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The e-Mosquito bites you to monitor glucose levels

Researchers at the University of Calgary have released the latest version of their Wearable Microsystem for Minimally Invasive, Pseudo-Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring, a watch-like wearable that bites you every few hours to draw blood and test your glucose levels. The system uses a shape memory alloy actuator which contracts when heated and then snaps back into its original form. When equipped with a small needle, the SMA-based actuators produced much greater penetration force into the skin than the bioelectric actuators and allowed the team to significantly miniaturize the device, writes…

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For some, access to healthcare could start with at-home lab testing

Most at-home lab testing devices like Scanadu and Cor are still waiting for FDA approval, but simple lab testing can still be done in the confines of your own home and then shipped to a lab and thats led to a handful of new startups offering services like STD or food allergy tests. Everlywell, an Austin-based at-home lab testing startup (and a Disrupt Battlefield company), aims to make the testing it offers affordable and easily accessible to the masses. The company debuted two years ago and has grown quite a…

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Sean Parkers cancer institute may have found a blood test to see if patients will respond to treatment

Scientists in collaboration with tech billionaire Sean Parkers Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy may have found a way to predict whether melanoma patients will respond to treatments that target the PD-1 (programmed cell death protein) pathway in tumors through a simple blood test, according to a paper in the scientific journal Nature. The former Facebook president launched the institute with his moniker and persuaded hundreds of top scientists within various research universities across the U.S. to form an alliance to solve cancer using cutting-edge immunotherapy, floating $250 million of his own…

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