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The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long that some of the pills predated the 1969 moon landing. Most were 30 to 40 years past their expiration dates — possibly toxic, probably worthless. But to Lee Cantrell, who helps run the California Poison Control […]

New Drugs Are Coming to Fight Nasty Flu Seasons

Flu has been on a vicious march this winter, evading vaccines, overwhelming hospitals and prompting school closures from California to Hong Kong in its wake. But relief in the form of new drugs is on the way. Almost two decades after Roche Holding AG’s Tamiflu first reached pharmacy shelves, researchers around the world are pushing ahead with a raft of […]

How do Drugs and Biologics Differ?

A biologic is manufactured in a living system such as a microorganism, or plant or animal cells. Most biologics are very large, complex molecules or mixtures of molecules. Many biologics are produced using recombinant DNA technology. A drug is typically manufactured through chemical synthesis, which means that it is made by combining specific chemical ingredients […]

Can good hospital design improve your health?

While the healthcare system in America is in a state of crisis, the hospitals, care centers and research facilities that make up the industry — in the States and abroad — have never looked better. Gone are the days of sterile spaces, shared rooms and buildings that could be confused for corporate offices. Instead, we’ve […]

The digital hospital of the future

Five use cases for the digital hospital of the future The future of health care delivery may look quite different than the hospital of today. Rapidly evolving technologies, along with demographic and economic changes, are expected to alter hospitals worldwide. A growing number of inpatient health care services are already being pushed to home and outpatient […]

Smart spaces, smart hospitals

Great healthcare starts with smart spaces: integrated, modern work spaces that bridge the physical and digital world with intelligence designed to maximize resources while boosting team productivity. If the average healthcare facility were a human body, its doctor would be very concerned for its health. Healthcare facilities have access to a wealth of resources that […]

The Next Doctor You Consult Could Be a Robot

Startup company doc.ai has been working with university researchers to create a platform on the blockchain where patients can discuss their medical data with an advanced artificial intelligence “doctor.” On August 24, doc.ai announced that their advanced natural language processing technology platform, based on the blockchain, would timestamp datasets and decentralize artificial intelligence. The startup stated that the platform […]

We Need More Doctors With Disabilities

When Dr. Bliss Temple was in training, she remembers being in an elevator wearing her white coat and her stethoscope when a patient who was using a wheelchair got in. Temple is paraplegic; she also uses a wheelchair. “We checked out each other’s chairs, and then he looked at me and said, ‘Oh! You’ve joined […]

Doctor’s Bag – Contents

The doctor’s bag is very important and the contents of it vary according to the individual doctor and their pattern of work. GPs working in remote parts of the Highlands of Scotland will obviously have very different requirements from those working in the inner city. Many GPs will no longer work out of hours but […]