Telehealth Soapbox: Securing IP–Source Code Rights and Escrow (US)

This is the first of an occasional series on US law and intellectual property (IP) as it affects software and systems used in health technology. This article discusses the software developer’s rights Continue reading

Topol: Hospitals, Office Visits of Little Use in the Future

Hello. I’m Dr. Eric Topol, Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and Editor-in-Chief of Medscape Genomic Medicine and theheart.org. In this series, The Creative Destruction of Medicine, named for the book I wrote, I am trying to zoom in on critical aspects of how the digital world can create better healthcare.

Why do we need hospitals in the future? Continue reading

Mercury Pollution and Prenatal Exposure

Story at-a-glance

  • Up to 2 million children in the European Union (EU) are born with methylmercury exposures that exceed the EU’s safe limit.
  • Of them, 200,000 have levels above the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended maximum for mercury exposures.
  • Exposure to mercury while the brain is still developing has been linked to lower IQ, and therefore a lower lifetime learning potential; Continue reading

Muscle Preservation

Andreas was a world-class bodybuilder who, by all appearances, was in the best shape of his life. His body was teeming with muscles and there was hardly an ounce of fat on him — he made the Incredible Hulk look like a beanpole.

And at 31 years of age, he did something that no 31-year-old should ever do — he died suddenly.

Years of bodybuilding supplements meant to enhance his performance and appearance had laid waste to his body. Continue reading