Telemedicine Offered in Family Court Day Care

Joanne Roberts’ 10-month-old son had a fever, a runny nose and he was rubbing near his ear.

But the Rochester mother of four was due in family court for her custody case, so off the family went to Rochester’s Hall of Justice, where the courts provide drop-off day care for up to 12 children at a time. Continue reading

Despite Rise in Patients, Emergency Rooms are Closing

More Americans are seeking care in hospital emergency rooms. Yet, almost a third of urban and suburban emergency departments have closed over the past two decades.

The number of ERs in non-rural areas in the U.S. fell 27 percent between 1990 and 2009, according to a study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That’s an average of 89 closures per year.

Illinois has lost 23 non-psychiatric hospitals — and their emergency rooms — since 1990, with the most recent closure being that of Michael Reese Hospital in 2009, according to the Illinois Hospital Association.

Illinois hospitals are not allowed  Continue reading

Turning Human Skin Cells into Functioning Nerve Cells

Scientists at Stanford report that they can turn human skin cells directly into functioning nerve cells in the lab dish. The process does not involve an intermediate step of forming a stem cell, but directly converts skin cells into neurons.

Last year this group showed that they could accomplish this direct conversion with mouse cells. The new results, reported in the journal Nature, accomplish this conversion for the first time with human cells by adding four genes to the skin cells. Other researchers have obtained similar direct conversion results in the formation of blood, heart, and insulin-secreting cells.

The direct conversion technique is similar  Continue reading

Biotech Treatments for “Non-Curable” Diseases

Going beyond remedies that reduce the symptoms of common cold or heal common ailments, there are now treatments that target those diseases that still haven’t found a medical solution. It is here that biotechnology offers little known but no less effective alternative.

These are drugs that have as their primary mission support to attack serious symptoms and complications of these diseases and improve the quality of life of the patients. Synvisc One, for example, is a medical treatment to treat osteoarthritis or the wear of the knee cartilage, which most commonly occurs in older adults and young athletes or patients with significant degrees of obesity.

It was recently launched in Chile at a seminar  Continue reading

Have A Nice Day/Week/Month/Year/Life!

Have you ever been so depressed that you could not concentrate at work, were short and irritable with people close to you, had no energy or just couldn’t care about anything?  Then your depression is taking too large a toll and there are things you can do and skills you can develop.

True depression is a clinical state and may need serious, even medical, attention.  The interesting truth is that when most people say, “I’m depressed,” what they are really saying is “I’m disappointed.”  It’s easy to point at a situation or person as the culprit; but most often, we are actually disappointed with decisions we have made, in what we’ve done, what we haven’t done, what we’ve said or haven’t said, or with whom we’ve chosen to align ourselves.  We are disappointed by choices we have made.

People who have a Positive Mental Attitude rarely get “down.”  Continue reading