Controllable engineered bacteria for cancer immunotherapy

Back to all posts Why is this technology remarkable? Cancer therapies are rapidly emerging. Among them, immunotherapies have excelled in the treatment of malignancies. However, their use in solid tumors has been hampered by their reduced ability to penetrate and function in the tumor’s immunosuppressive environment. Investigators from Caltech demonstrated in their new article in […]

3 Emerging Technologies in the Treatment of PTSD

Back to all posts Virtual Reality Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder common in discharged soldiers, and is typically linked to high rates of suicide and substance abuse. While there’s a number of common therapy options, the traditional course of treatment is usually based on a combination of personal psychotherapy and medication. Unfortunately, […]

Clinical Trials: What, When, and for Whom?

Back to all posts What is a Clinical Trial? New tests and treatments aren’t offered to the public as soon as they are made. They need to be studied. Clinical trials are scientific studies performed in people that are aimed at evaluating a medical, surgical, or behavioral intervention. They are the primary way that researchers […]

Harnessing Technology to Improve Medical Research

Looking for a book in a library is easy. It’s simply sitting there on the shelf, organized and indexed, waiting for you to pick it up.
Looking for the same book in a haphazardly arranged stack of books is not so difficult either. Sure, you’ll have to wade through the entire stack until you find it, but eventually you will.

How to Conduct Your Own Medical Research

Back to all posts According to Pew Internet & American Life Project, about 80% of all Internet users are using the Internet to search for a diverse range of health-related topics and the numbers continue to grow. This new study demonstrates that looking for health or medical information is one of the most popular activities […]

Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor

To the average person, the medical profession can be considered a mystery. Whether it’s the wonder of the human body or complicated medical jargon, it’s still true that regular people are far from understanding medicine.

Getting Lost (and Found) in the Maze of Health Data

Back to all posts A few weeks ago, amid the hectic rush of dinner, preparing the little ones for bed and helping the older children figure out their evening, I got a phone call that made me wave off everyone, and retreat outside, to the back porch, to give my attention to the caller. I […]

Practical Tips for Finding the Best Doctor for You

Back to all posts In a recent blog we’ve discussed the merits of a good doctor. We’ve concluded that while there are many good doctors, finding the best doctor for you is ‘easier said than done’. This time we want to get into more practical tips about locating the best doctor for you. Most patients […]

Finding the Best Doctor for You

Back to all posts Margaret Mead, the renowned anthropologist, once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” That is definitely a quote to live by. A month ago, we were sitting in our office and thinking of ways to […]

Beating the Statistics

Back to all posts Statistics. So much around us revolves around statistics. The economy, the chances of having an earthquake, the safety of our flights, the likelihood of our children being accepted into their chosen university, our pension funds, and most importantly – our health. Quite a few times we’ve heard from patients, “the chances […]