Telemedicine: How Tech Can Bring You Medical Visits Online

Technology is making all aspects of our lives easier and more convenient – and that includes doctor and healthcare provider visits. Telemedicine is the electronic exchange of health information from one site to another. “Telemedicine can now be used to diagnose medical conditions that may have previously required an office visit,” says internal medicine specialist … Read More

Your Heart: 3 Amazing Medical Innovations (Video)

Every year, Cleveland Clinic presents the top 10 medical innovations — the most influential and potentially beneficial breakthroughs in medicine for the year. This year, three of the 10 innovations related to the human heart. They are: 1. The development of a small leadless pacemaker — We’ve found a way to create a tiny pacemaker, so … Read More

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New Pill Can Take the Place of Allergy Shot

Sometime soon, people with severe hay fever will be able to take a prescription pill — rather than receive allergy shots — to control their symptoms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week approved the drug Oralair to treat hay fever that certain grass pollens cause in people ages 10 through 65 years. Oralair is a … Read More

Straight Talk About Diabetes: More Tools Needed

This post is part of ongoing coverage of Cleveland Clinic’s 2013 Medical Innovation Summit: Finding Balance through Innovation. Obesity, Diabetes & the Metabolic Crisis. During a panel discussion with other doctors and drug industry executives, William Herman, MD, made a statement that seemed pretty innocuous.  “I think the key to controlling diabetes is prevention.” Preventative … Read More

Obesity: A Risk Factor for Alzheimer’s

This post is part of ongoing coverage of Cleveland Clinic’s 2013 Medical Innovation Summit: Finding Balance through Innovation. Obesity, Diabetes & the Metabolic Crisis. Much of the current research of Alzheimer’s disease is conducted in patients who are already in cognitive decline. Also, too little research is being conducted on the long-term impact that chronic … Read More

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New Weight-Loss Drugs, More Rigorous Standards

This post is part of ongoing coverage of Cleveland Clinic’s 2013 Medical Innovation Summit: Finding Balance through Innovation. Obesity, Diabetes & the Metabolic Crisis. Two newly approved pharmaceuticals – and others in development – may be elemental in a broader treatment strategy to reverse the worldwide obesity problem, a panel of pharmaceutical company executives says. But … Read More

Bariatric Surgery Offers Hope for Diabetics

This post is part of ongoing coverage of Cleveland Clinic’s 2013 Medical Innovation Summit: Finding Balance through Innovation. Obesity, Diabetes & the Metabolic Crisis. Bariatric surgery has been a hot topic, offering a spectrum of benefits, especially for patients with diabetes. In addition to hearing about weight loss surgeries, Medical Innovation Summit attendees watched a … Read More