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Looking into the future: A stem cell development to cure blindness, plus a playlist of visionary talks

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thinkstock_99343172_586x357Scientists in London have achieved a significant breakthrough on the road to curing blindness this week.

Certain kinds of blindness are caused when photoreceptors — the cells in the retina that react with light and send an electrical signal to the brain — die off. Researchers at Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College London have, for the first time, created a technique to transform stem cells into photoreceptors and inject them into the eyes of mice. The BBC reports that studies of this technique in humans are not terribly far off. Says lead researcher Robin Ali, “Five years is a now a realistic aim for starting a clinical trial.”

Stem cell research is a hot topic in science and TED has had many speakers on the topic. At TEDGlobal 2012, the founder of the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF), Susan Solomon, spoke on the incredible promise of research…

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Tackling sickness at its source: An interview with TED Book author Rishi Manchanda

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We all think we understand the formula for keeping healthy — eat right, exercise, don’t smoke, skip dessert. But that picture is vastly incomplete, perhaps fatally so. In the eye-opening new TED book, The Upstream Doctors: Medical Innovators Track Sickness to Its Source, physician Rishi Manchanda says that while our individual health is highly dependent on our daily behaviors, it may be even more strongly influenced by the social and environmental conditions in which we live. Manchanda argues that the future of our health, and our healthcare system, depends on growing and supporting a new generation of healthcare practitioners who look upriver at the source of our health problems, rather than simply opting for quick-hit symptomatic relief.

These “Upstreamists,” as he calls them, are practitioners on the frontlines of health who see that health (like sickness) is more than a chemical equation that can be balanced with pills and procedures…

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Diagnosis Presentation

My  responsibility as a physician is informing patients of serious medical problems.   What makes it harder is the  verbally incomprehensible  Latin diagnosis’s.     Speak2See allows me to present a visual of the diagnosis on the iPhone which is always at hand.   Good care is good communication.   Myasthenia Gravis is Latin for grave muscle weakness.                                                                                                                                                                                                 IMG_2410

Testing Patient Cognition: Orientation

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Testing patient orientation is an important part of Speech Therapy. Questions such as “What day is it?” or, “Where are we?” gauge a patient’s cognitive function in relation to their verbal capabilities. Speak2See enables therapists to easily flash these routine questions in a readable large text format, as well as the ability to save and create custom lists that can be used repeatedly.

Create Stability Through Routine: Nursing Shift Change

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Nursing shift changes are a daily occurrence; however, for elderly patients who are suffering from dementia or are hard of hearing, a change in nursing staff may cause anxiety and uncertainty. Where is Nurse Jane going? Will the new nurse know that I usually go for a walk in the afternoon, or that I don’t like the taste of milk? While many hospitals have shift change protocol (such as writing names on a white board) some patient’s may require an extra kind word or attention: a picture of the next nurse to jog the memory and help with recognition or a simple phrase indicating that the next nurse is aware of the patient’s preferences. Routinely practiced, small communication details such as these help create stability in change, comforting patients and improving their care.