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Store-A-Tooth – Helping In The Future Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes?

smile-n-teeth-1623902A recent article on Fox News chronicles the story of Juno Wozniak, who diagnosed with Diabetes when just 11 months old

Her mother Billie Sue had feared her daughter was an risk of a significantly shorter life span, however she soon learned about encapsulation therapy, in which an encapsulated device containing insulin-producing islet cells derived from stem cells is implanted under the skin. She then discovered Store-A-Tooth, and subsequently Juno had 4 teeth extracted and stored so her stem cells could be cryopreserved and potentially used for future encapsulation therapy.

Billie is aware that this approach is“a risk”  and she “doesn’t know for sure if it will work out,” however there is an increasing body of medical evidence to suggest that stem cell therapy has huge potential for future treatments of multiple illness, with type 1 diabetes being high on the list of possibilities.

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Electronic Medical Records System Salama To Be Launched in Dubai This Year

equipo-medico-1-1421300As recently reported by Arabian Business, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has announced that Salama, its electronic medical record system, will officially be launched this year  in three phases and aims to give patients access to their medical record through a patient portal, ensuring that the electronic patient medical record is available across the DHA health facilities.

So far 1.4 million DHA patient medical records and 112 million transactions have been transferred to the Salama system and 11,000 DHA staff will be trained on how to use the system in 2017, it added.

Humaid Al Qatami, chairman and director general of the DHA said that Salama will not only benefit patients by providing them with online access to their medical records but it will help improve patient outcomes by ensuring that the electronic patient file follows the patient across the DHA network of health facilities.

Grace Century CEO Scott Wolf commented, “Once again, Dubai is on the cutting edge of healthcare. Our project electronic medical records project, Quantum, also sees the patient portal as crucial.”

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MediXall Group, Inc. Announces Formation of an Advisory Board and Its First Appointment

intro-imageYahoo! News has reported that MediXall Group, a technology and innovation-driven organization structured to bring effective change to the U.S. healthcare industry, has announced that it will an Advisory Board that will be comprised of healthcare industry professionals, vendors/suppliers, and consumers. The group have also announced the appointment of the first Advisory Board member, Mr. Scott Herman.

Mr. Herman has held both appointed and elected governmental positions, as well as the U.S. Small Business Advisory Council under House Speaker, Newt Gingrich. As a former member of the U.S. Armed Forces where he served in combat and non-combat roles, Mr. Herman earned numerous awards, including an Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and a Southwest Asia Service Medal. Now living as a combat-disabled veteran, he is uniquely qualified to advise on issues related to veterans and individuals living with disabilities.

Mr Herman commented “I welcome the opportunity to be a part of the MediXall Group, Advisory Board. I am looking forward to providing my expertise and knowledge to a company that is dedicated to creating technological solutions that will empower patients and the healthcare industry to offer better services and equipment, at reduced costs, with greater transparency. This makes the industry stronger for everyone.”

“We are assembling a team of Advisors that will guide MediXall to provide powerful solutions to the challenges experienced by practitioners, suppliers, and consumers in the Healthcare Industry,” stated Noel Guillama, Chairman of MediXall Group, Inc. “We are very pleased to welcome Scott Herman to our Advisory Board, as he brings decades of experience as both a government and business administrator, plus expertise in the field of veterans’ health and the needs of those living with disabilities.”

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A Biometric Password That is Always with You

heart-cardiogramWhat could be a better way of securing data rather than a heartbeat? A scientific research team from the Binghamton University believe that heart’s electrical pattern may be used as an encryption key for electronic records.

Currently the complexity and cost of present encryption tools do not allow the full implementation of such data into telemedicine field and mobile healthcare systems.

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Canadian Blood Services Urgently Requests General Public to Donate Stem Cells

donating-blood-1310224Following the death of Seven-year-old Joshua Weeks, who fell victim to leukaemia after the failure to find a suitable bone marrow donor, The Canadian Blood Services stem cell donation program is urging more people to sign up. This is according to a recent article on  CKNW.

Currently there are about 800 Canadians looking for an unrelated donor, according to Dena Mercer, who is an Associate Director at OneMatch. Dena added “Our chances of finding a match for each patient certainly are greatly dependent on their ancestry and their DNA typing. So when someone is of mixed ancestry, it makes their ability to find a match even more difficult.”

One Match’s existing database is 70% Caucasian and that only a quarter of people searching for donors can find one in their family, which also highlights the need for greater genetic diversity in the database.

At present, there are about 150 successful stem cell transplants each year from donors who aren’t related to patients in Canada.

Scott Wolf, CEO Of Grace century, comments “this is again the EXACT reason to bank your own stem cells and at a point where they are at the most powerful…when young and healthy. I don’t want to have to hope there is a match out there that someone donated in case I need cells.”

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New Direction of Stem Cell Research is About to Revolutionize Modern Dentistry

5a9bdcb0915c2aac2087cf39e9a4a746The stem cells that may be extracted from our teeth can be used to fill in chips, cracks, and cavities, scientists say, and the findings could one day possibly make dental cement obsolete.

The new methodology has been tested only in mice so far, but the research itself, published Monday in the journal Scientific Reports, describes a way to motivate stem cells to repair tooth defects at a scale they normally can’t, with a drug that already has some safety testing behind it. It also highlights the potential of a type of stem cell therapy in which the cells are stimulated in place, rather than taken out, manipulated, and put back in.

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Stem Cells are Now Being Used to Cure Sickle Cell Disease

hospitals-large_transwc_q6o_wkvh9zlqtpecugf4wkyugpvyxktmlosimqgqA diagnosis that can cause debilitating fatigue, pains and even death is now being cured with use of the stem cells. Doctors in Chicago say they found a way to help patients with a sickle cell disease.

The inherited illness affects approximately one out of 500 African Americans.

Felita Sims, a teacher from Waukegan, inherited sickle cell from her father.

“I actually had a father that passed away from sickle cell, so,” she said.

She worried the disease might kill her too.

“Oxygen is being sucked out of you so it stops you from moving, from breathing, sometimes it feels that way,” Sims said.

The disease causes red blood cells to become crescent-shaped, like a sickle. This cell shape prevents sufficient delivery of the oxygen to the body and the internal organs. As a result – patient may experience excruciating pain attacks, organ failure and death.

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Technology advancements trigger cautions in global healthcare industry

image006Technology promises to herald astonishing advances in healthcare, but delegates to the Knowledge Summit 2016 were told that the rapid pace of change posed ethical and legislative challenges.

Organised by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) – member of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives – the third-annual summit in Dubai from December 5-7 at the Grand Hyatt.

Moderated by Dr. Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi, Director of Social Development Sector, Office of the Executive Committee, Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, the panel session, titled Knowledge and the Future of Health explored sweeping changes we can expect from scientific advances.

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Stem Cells could be used to cure deafness from birth

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Scientists believe they are on the brink of a cure for congenital deafness after producing stem cells to correct a hereditary defect.

Researchers have found a way of growing human cochlear cells which can be used to replace faulty ones in people deaf from birth due to a genetic error.

They hope a treatment could be available to patients within five to 10 years.Professor Kazusaku Kamiya, a specialist in ear diseases who is leading the research,

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Commentary on the U.S. election, by an American

image006The election is finally over and Donald Trump will be moving into the White House in January 2017, but what potential impact will his win have on markets and the economy?

Many experts anticipated a Clinton win and viewed this as a market positive.

Had that been the outcome, it was expected that markets would rally, as a Clinton presidency would have been widely viewed as a continuation of the status quo.

While both candidates had advocated a renewed look at protectionism, Trump’s proposals have been widely viewed as “violently” more extreme.

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