Monday Morning Round-Up #5


Welcome to Monday Morning Round-Up, featuring what’s new in health and medicine from around the web!

Don’t write us off: People with dementia press for more rights — and respect via Stat News

Peter Mittler, an 86-year-old British psychologist and a prominent voice in Dementia Alliance International, was diagnosed with mild Alzheimer’s in 2006, and has since championed against the many indignities that people with dementia undergo.  “Everybody thinks that we are just a medical problem,” Mittler says; “people underestimate us.”

Researchers build 4mm patch that monitors glucose from sweat, delivers drugs via Mobi Health News 

A paper out yesterday in Science Advances details the prototype for a 4 millimeter wearable patch that could not only noninvasively detect glucose levels from sweat, but also deliver the diabetes medication Metformin through microneedles in response to the sensor’s readings.

Are Virtual Doctor Visits Really Cost-Effective? Not So Much, Study Says via Kaiser Health News

Consultations with doctors by phone or video conference appear to be catching on, with well over a million virtual visits reported in 2015. The convenience of “telehealth” appeals to patients, and the notion that it costs less than an in-office visit would make it attractive to employers and health plans. But a new study suggests that while telehealth services may boost access to a physician, they don’t necessarily reduce health care spending, contrary to assertions by telehealth companies.

Years of Ethics Charges, but Star Cancer Researcher Gets a Pass via The New York Times

Dr. Carlo Croce is among the most prolific scientists in an emerging area of cancer research involving what is sometimes called the “dark matter” of the human genome. A department chairman at Ohio State University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Croce has parlayed his decades-long pursuit of cancer remedies into a research empire: He has received more than $86 million in federal grants as a principal investigator and, by his own count, more than 60 awards. However, over the last several years, Dr. Croce has been fending off a tide of allegations of data falsification and other scientific misconduct, according to federal and state records, whistle-blower complaints and correspondence with scientific journals obtained by The New York Times.

Scientists get closer to lab-made genome via Stat News

The march toward “writing” a complex genome from scratch has taken another step forward, scientists announced on Thursday, with the synthesis of five more of the 16 chromosomes that make up the genome of ordinary brewer’s yeast.

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