In a move which underlines Google’s focus on the healthcare sector, it has been announced that the tech giant has chosen David Feinberg, CEO of Geisinger Health, to lead its strategy into this marketplace, as recently reported by CNBC. Feinburg, who in addition to his work at Geisinger Health had a 20+ year tenure at UCLA … Continue reading Google hires David Feinberg to head up healthcare strategy
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In the past couple of days, two editorial pieces from unrelated sources have reported on a topic that is increasingly looking likely to be the mainstay of healthcare in the future. The first article, in menafm.com reports that consumer digital devices such as smartphones and watches could be used to forecast sickness in their users, and in … Continue reading Independent sources point to digital technology as the future of healthcare
Stem cells, harvested from children’s baby teeth, could be used to treat immature permanent tooth damage in the same children, according to a new study in the Science Translation Medicine and as reported on PR Newswire. Almost 50% of children suffer a tooth injury or tooth trauma, which can result in a “dead” tooth with … Continue reading Dental stem cells successfully used to treat immature permanent tooth damage
The potential of stem cells for multiple future therapeutic uses is almost unlimited, according to Natesh Parashurama, MD, PhD, and Assistant Professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University at Buffalo, as reported in the Buffalo University News Center. Professor Parashurama’s research concentrates on using stem cell technology to produce functional organs, such as … Continue reading Stem cells potential is infinite, according to esteemed University of Buffalo Professor
The treatment and repair of cleft palate in infants took a step in the right direction recently – and stem cells are once again at the centre of the story, as recently reported in Science Daily The article focuses on a new technique, first reported in the The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, which details a new procedure … Continue reading Stem cell-based technique developed for treatment of cleft palate
An article recently published in the UK-based newspaper The Daily Mail has highlighted recent breakthroughs in stem cell research which could radically increase their therapeutic possibilities in the treatment of multiple illnesses. Featuring such healthcare luminaries and Professor Lord Robert Winston and Professor Brendon Noble, who is the chief scientific officer at the UK Stem Cell … Continue reading New research hugely widens the possibilities for stem cells
A new article has just appeared in Science Daily, reporting on a clinical trial which demonstrates that stem cells from baby teeth could be used to treat the damage caused to immature permanent teeth in children. A “dead” tooth is one which grows with insufficient blood supply and root development as a result of an injury … Continue reading Dental injuries treated…..by dental stem cells
Stem cell therapy could offer new hope for those that have suffered sight loss as a result of chemical burns to the eye, according to a new study from the Institute of Ophthalmology Conde de Valenciana in Mexico City, which was recently reported in Timesunion.com. Blindness as a result of injury or trauma affects mainly young … Continue reading Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) and restoring eyesight
A portfolio of patents, based on the use of stem cell treatments for neurological disorders and cancer, has been acquired by the SanBio group, as reported in Businesswire.com The technology underpinning the patent portfolio is based on enhancing anti-inflammatory and pro-inflammatory functions of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC’s) and was discovered by Tulane University researcher Dr. … Continue reading Patent portfolio acquired by SanBio to further research possible stem cell-based neurological and cancer treatments
Since its formation in 1972, The United Arab Emirates has been one the fastest developing countries in the world, with Dubai in particular now a major global hub for multiple business sectors. Healthcare is just one of several sectors which has enjoyed strong growth in recent years, however the next ten years is likely to … Continue reading Bright future ahead for the healthcare sector in UAE
Following the rush in 2016 and 2017 for individuals to jump on the cryptocurrency investment bandwagon, the fallout is starting to emerge in the form people who invested heavily during the supposed boom period of Bitcoin – only to experience catastrophic loses. A recent articles in the New York Times charts the pattern of risk-takers … Continue reading Boom to bust – Bitcoin losses start to mount with individual investors
Research from the British Heart Foundation has indicated that patients who are treated with stem cells have a reduced chance of developing future heart failure, according to an article in the UK publication The Daily Mail. Following the findings, which originate from the results of a trial being carried out at their Research Excellence centre … Continue reading UK trials indicate that stem cells could prevent future heart failure
Many of our articles focus on the positive therapeutic benefits of stem cells, and we often report examples of how stem cell therapy can be used to treat certain diseases and be of benefit to certain types of patients. However there is now one new group of potential beneficiaries – pets. As reported recently on … Continue reading Stem cell therapy now available for man’s best friend
11-year old Braden Heckendorn, who in late 2013 suffered an accidental injury from a pellet gun which ultimately resulted in his heart stopping for 22 minutes, is being hailed as a modern medical miracle after making remarkable progress in his recovery – he is now active, mobile and can even carry out certain task-based functions, … Continue reading Progress of 11-year old boy after stem cell treatment cited “a miracle”
Scientists have successfully treated two patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), having their vision restored using a revolutionary stem cell treatment, according to a recent article in Russia Today. As one of the leading causes of blindness in people aged 50 and above, AMD gradually reduces sight in sufferers, who experience blurred vision or … Continue reading Can stem cells provide a cure for blindness?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease (MND), and Lou Gehrig’s disease, can now be counted in the range of illnesses where stem cells have a potential therapeutic use, according to a recent video report on CBS Minnesota. The article features 41 year-old David Neufeglise, an engineer who started noticing an increasing amount of involuntary twitching in his … Continue reading Stem cells offer hope to ALS sufferers
Millennials treat the research and purchasing of healthcare services similar to how they research and purchase consumer goods, and are much more likely to make “consumer-driven” choices for healthcare services than older generations, according to the recent digital health briefing on Dotemirates. The briefing states that millennials – those born between 1977 and 2000 – … Continue reading Commercialisation of healthcare services being driven by millennials
Americans with health insurance can sometimes pay more for prescription drugs compared to what they would pay if they had no insurance, according to a recent article on ABC7.com. A review of data from The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 2013, carried out by the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, … Continue reading Can MediXall help with price transparency for drugs?
Stem cell transplants could be a “game changer” for multiple sclerosis sufferers, according to a recent article featured on the BBC. Doctors have said that the results of a trial involving a cohort group of over 100 patients, from a diverse array of locations including Chicago, Sheffield, Uppsala in Sweden and Sao Paulo, have demonstrated periods … Continue reading New stem cell treatment offers hope to multiple sclerosis patients
In a recent article, Forbes covered the Digital Health Forum Mexico (DHFM) in Mexico City, which served to highlight Mexico’s embracement of disruptive technologies via private sector partnerships, to institute improved healthcare systems. The central theme of DHFM was the identification of best-practice strategies to utilise new technology to deliver better quality healthcare to more … Continue reading Mexico opens the door to digital healthcare
The US government has launched an initiative to ease the use of electronic medical records for patients, as recently reported in Wavy.com Under the direction of President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, the MyHealthEData initiative will assist in helping nearly 60 million beneficiaries to securely access claims data, which can then be shared with their doctors. The … Continue reading US government initiative to promote easier use of electronic medical records
There is a growing groundswell of support for the complete access of their electronic health records to patients, according to a recent in article on NBC12 news. The Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH), who are composed of public and private sector purchasers of health care, has publicly stated that it is in favour of … Continue reading Support grows for patient access to electronic health records
Stems cell can now offer hope to patients recovering from rotator cuff surgery, according to a recent video report on CBS New York. Rotator cuff surgery is generally successful, however the post-surgical recovery period can last up to a year, is painful and traditionally involves medication for inflammation, cortisone injections, and months of physical therapy. … Continue reading Stem cells used to speed up rotator cuff surgery recovery time
Biotech start-up Cellularity has announced that is has raised $250 million in venture capital funds, principally earmarked for harvesting the human placenta for stem cells in support of multiple new therapeutic uses, including potential cures for cancer. In a recent interview on CNBC.com, Celularity co-founder and vice chairman Peter Diamandis speaks about the future of cellular medicine, … Continue reading $250 million raised to develop stem cell therapies
A new state law now enables patients to use their own cells as medicine, as recently reported in Ksat.com. House Bill 810 was passed in September 2017 and is the first law of its kind in the USA, and allows physicians to remove fats cells from a patient and then extract the stem cells, which … Continue reading New law now permits use of patients’ own stem cells
In a further development for the growing field of regenerative medicine, fully functioning human kidney tissue that can produce urine has been grown under laboratory conditions for the first time, according to a recent article in NewAtlas.com A team of researchers from the University of Manchester, England, led the pioneering work which resulted in implanted … Continue reading More progress in regenerative medicine with the successful growth of functional kidney cells
Stem Cell Therapy is now available in emirate of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. As reported from Zawya.com, The Arab Health Exhibition, which takes place from Jan 29th – Feb 1st in Dubai, was the forum for the announcement of a centre for the treatment of of arthritis and other joint related … Continue reading Stem cell therapy arrives in Ras Al Khaimah
The estimated $3 trillion that consumers spend annually on healthcare in the USA is becoming a major target of technology giants such as Apple, Google and Microsoft, according to a recent article on CNBC.com Healthcare is a market sector that has – perhaps surprisingly – been less affected by the sweeping revolution in technology that has … Continue reading Healthcare is becoming a major target of the technology giants
A recent article in the Jamaica Observer highlighted a gap in the regulatory framework supporting the stem cell industry in the Caribbean. The increasing awareness of the potential of stem cells as a treatment for many different types of illnesses has triggered the opening of stem cell projects in several parts of the the world – … Continue reading Why Provia had the insight to associate with The Bahamas
South Carolina-based Coastal Orthopaedics has become the latest healthcare provider to move it’s legacy healthcare records to cloud-based electronic healthcare records (EHR), according to a recent article in Healthcare IT News. This move mirrors those of other healthcare providers such as the University of California San Diego and UC Irvine Health to name a few, … Continue reading Another healthcare provider migrates to “Cloud-Based” EHR
A major wealth fund in the UAE has confirmed their interest in diversifying their investment portfolio to include digital innovations based around fields such as artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR), according to a recent article on CNBC. The Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Fund is seeking option to diversify away from il and towards new … Continue reading UAE wealth fund set to further diversify into technology
A report last week in The Denver Post reported how a 7-year old boy in Germany is being treated successfully for a disease known as junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB) with modified stem cells. JEB is a rare condition that that makes skin so fragile that minor friction such as rubbing causes the skin to blister … Continue reading Stem cells used to save 7-year old boy’s life
A new study from the University of Illinois (UI) has concluded that meneschymal stem cells (MSC) can stimulate the growth of new blood vessels, according to an article in Global Times. The study found that injecting MSC from muscle cells into mice promoted the growth of new blood vessels, which in turn had a positive … Continue reading New study demonstrates that stem cells can be used to treat complications of diabetes
The healthcare sector – unlike other major market sectors such as retail, finance and marketing – has largely been slow and even resistant to incorporating technology innovations and disruptive market entrants into the everyday fabric of the sector and the workings of service deliverers and practitioners. However, according to an article in the Harvard Business … Continue reading Harvard Business Review highlights a “new” approach to healthcare innovation….which Quantum and MediXall have already adopted!
Many of you will have heard of the “Internet of Things”(IOT), however less are aware of what the likely IOT applications of the future are, or even what the IOT is. A recent article in businessinsider.com looks at how IOT will integrated into “Smart Homes” of the future and how functions like lighting, heating, energy consumption, … Continue reading How IOT (Internet of Things), smart houses and healthcare work together.
Epic Systems CEO Judy Faulkner recently told Healthcare IT news that she wants to drop the E from electronic health records and replace it with a C, changing the acronym from electronic health records to comprehensive health records. “‘E’ has to go away now. It’s all electronic,” Faulkner said at the company’s user group meeting … Continue reading Being Comprehensive is not new….at least to Quantum
News is not always news (or new)! A recent article and video on the One Page News website hailed a University of Nevada project and its discovery of method to extract viable stem cells from wisdom teeth, as a breakthrough in in this field of science. However – as regular visitors to our website will … Continue reading University researchers finally discover what Provia Laboratories has known for years.
A medical research group from the University of Andes in Chile has conducted a clinical trial, the results of which indicate that heart damage can be repaired with stem cells, according to a report in UK and Ireland national newspaper The Sun. The trial, which was conducted on 30 patients aged between 18 and 75 … Continue reading Stem Cells Successfully Used to Treat Heart Failure Patients
More and more people are hearing the term “regenerative medicine,” but don’t know what it means in terms of their healthcare. Media is constantly popping up for stem cell therapy, but there are still misconceptions about it and how it works. Below are some key points about the regenerative medicine and the stem cell therapy … Continue reading The ABC’s of Regenerative medicine
A recent video shared on Facebook via ScienceNaturePage demonstrates the work taking place in the Mayo Clinic of Hiroshima University, Japan, where stem cells – harvested from the patient – are being tested to treat arthritic knees and other forms of knee damage. The procedure involved taking stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow and … Continue reading MSC cells from Dental pulp is from your younger healthier self
A recent clinical trial at the University of Southern California, during which patients who had suffered paralysis were treated with experimental doses of stem cells, has resulted in at least 5 of the participants regaining some degree of movement, according to a report on The Power of Ideas website. Kristopher Boesen, who was paralysed from … Continue reading Paralysis victims treated with stem cells regain movement
A radical new way of treating wounds to the skin that would traditionally be addressed by skin grafting is now available to medical professionals, according to an article on TecheBlog.com. The RenovaCare’s “SkinGun” has been featured in various news stories in recent years, but only now is it available to the medical market. The device … Continue reading New technology “SkinGun” for skin grafting and burns treatment now available to medical professionals.
CNBC recently ran an article entitled “As tech entrepreneurs move into health, they feel optimism at first…then fall into a ‘pit of despair” – the article highlights the dynamic of those seeing viable opportunities for new business start-ups within the healthcare market, only to lose heart once they begin to wade through the mire of complicated barriers … Continue reading Health entrepreneurs feel “optimism then despair” according to recent article
A recent report from Hexa Research is predicting a strong future for the electronic medical records (EMR) industry, with the value of the market forecasted to exceed $30 billion by the end of 2022, based on a forecast period covering 2015 – 2022. The forecast highlights the growing trend of digital automation within the healthcare industry, … Continue reading Recent report predicts that Electronic Medical Records market to exceed $30 billion by 2022
Grace Century portfolio project Quantum, who specialise in using cloud-based technology in their electronic health records technology PWeR, have shared their views on the recent reports regarding interest from Apple in becoming a central bank for healthcare-related information technology. CNBC reported on this subject back in June (read the article here) and Quantum, having been at … Continue reading Latest Blog from our portfolio project Quantum, and their view of Apple and Healthcare
For pain doctor Mark Wallace, arthritis meant his hobby of competitive swimming was becoming too painful. “Every stroke was like an ice pick in my shoulder,” said Wallace, chief of the division of pain medicine at UC San Diego. Cortisone shots relieved the pain for about a month, and then it would return. For philanthropist Denny … Continue reading Baby Boomers turn to stem cells for help with painful joints
Health companies within the digital technology sector experienced significant funding support during Q2 of 2017. According to an article on Fierce Healthcare, data from StartUp Health has indicated that investors sunk a total of $3.8 billion into digital projects within the healthcare and medical industries during Q2. This level of investor funding has not been seen since … Continue reading Digital healthcare investment sees significant growth in 2017
Stem cell therapy is often a “last resort” treatment for patients with end-stage heart diseases. A recent study, however, finds that the treatment could be more harmful than helpful if cardiac stem cells are involved. Researchers found that using patients’ own cardiac stem cells to repair damaged heart tissue may not only be ineffective but … Continue reading Why bank? More Evidence to Bank Young Healthy Stem Cells.
The legal battle to get patients access to stem cell therapy in Texas is closer to reality, according to TWCNews.com latest news article. Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed such legislation into law this week, and it means some patients will be heading into uncharted medical territory. After Sept. 1, patients with terminal illnesses or severe chronic … Continue reading New Law Opens Door for Stem Cell Therapy in Texas
Stem cell therapy is one step closer to becoming law in Texas, the latest state to push for passage of a patients’ “Right to Try” legislation. House Bill (HB) 810 is one of three proactive stem cell bills being considered in the Texas Legislature that would make it easier for those suffering with incurable illnesses to … Continue reading Stem Cell Therapy is One Step Closer to Becoming Law in Texas