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The scientist, the twins and the experiment that geneticists say went too far Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 December 2018 15:53
Helen Regan, Rebecca Wright and Alexandra Field report for CNN on Dec. 1, 2018:  
Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced to the world that he successfully used the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to modify the DNA of two embryos before birth, essentially creating the world's first genetically modified humans...Editing the DNA of human embryos that go on to deliver has never been done before. And with good reason, scientists say. The technology is still in its infancy and could lead to a multitude of unknown genetic complications later in life. Scientists have reached an understanding that implanting such an embryo is a boundary that shouldn't be crossed until the risks are reduced or eliminated.
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Last Updated on Friday, 18 January 2019 18:03
FIU’s Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences Launches First Doctor of Athletic Training Program in the Southeast U.S. Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 00:00
Dr. Shawn Felton appointed as new chair of the Department of Athletic Training

Miami based Florida International University’s (FIU) Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences has introduced the first Doctor of Athletic Training (DAT) program in the southeast U.S. Clinical Associate Professor Shawn Dale Felton, EdD, ATC, LAT, was appointed as the new chair of the Department of Athletic Training to oversee the launch of the DAT program, which is one of only six in the country.

The DAT program is the academic progression of the Athletic Training profession toward higher levels of clinical, evidence-based practice, research and leadership. The goals of the program are to develop athletic trainers who actively contribute to expanding their skills, knowledge and clinical abilities through applied research. Students will apply advanced clinical skills to improve patient outcomes, and proactively develop and implement injury and illness prevention strategies to become health care innovators.

Dr. Felton succeeds founding FIU Athletic Training chair Jennifer Doherty-Restrepo, PhD, ATC, LAT, who spearheaded the establishment of the DAT. He joins FIU having most recently been a faculty member in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he served on the Board of Trustees and as president of the faculty senate.

Dr. Felton’s professional academic and clinical career began as a graduate assistant at the University of Louisville in 2001, serving as an assistant football athletic trainer directing the comprehensive medical care of more than 110 student athletes. He was also the athletic training coordinator for Naples Community Hospitals (2004-2005) supervising a staff of nine individuals to provide athletic training to Collier County Public Schools.

“Dr. Felton’s administrative leadership experience, clinical expertise and body of research will build on the foundation Dr. Doherty-Restrepo set to drive FIU Athletic Training to national prominence and provide our students with the highest-level of education and research opportunities to excel in their careers,” said Ora L Strickland, PhD, DSc (Hon.), RN, FAAN, Dean of the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The FIU Athletic Training department will continue to offer the Master of Science in Athletic Training along with the DAT. For more information on the DAT program, visit

Last Updated on Friday, 30 November 2018 12:01
CDC Reports Record Low Smoking Rates in the U.S. Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 November 2018 14:18 reports on Nov. 8, 2018:

Cigarette smoking has reached the lowest level ever recorded among U.S. adults, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute (NCI). Still, about 47 million (1 in 5) U.S. adults used a tobacco product in 2017, and they used a variety of smoked, smokeless, and electronic tobacco products. An estimated 14 percent of U.S. adults (34 million) were current ("every day" or "some day") cigarette smokers in 2017-down from 15.5 in 2016-a 67 percent decline since 1965. A particularly notable decline occurred among young adults between 2016 and 2017: about 10 percent of young adults aged 18 to 24 years smoked cigarettes in 2017, down from 13 percent in 2016.
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Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2018 14:22
Hospitals Struggle with Daylight Savings Time Print E-mail
Written by Sydney Lupkin | KHN   
Monday, 05 November 2018 00:00
Modern technology has helped medical professionals do robot-assisted surgeries and sequence whole genomes, but hospital software still can't handle daylight saving time. For example, one of the most popular electronic health records software systems used by hospitals, Epic Systems, can delete records or require cumbersome workarounds when clocks are set back for an hour, prompting many hospitals to opt for paper records for part of the night shift. And it happens every year.
"It's mind-boggling," said Dr. Mark Friedberg, a senior physician policy researcher at the Rand Corp., adding that in 2018 "we expect electronics to handle something as simple as a time change. "Nobody is surprised by daylight savings time. They have years to prep. Only, surprise, it hasn't been fixed."
Dr. Steven Stack, a past president of the American Medical Association, called the glitches "perplexing" and "unacceptable," considering that hospitals spend millions of dollars on these systems, and Apple and Google seem to have dealt with seasonal time changes long ago.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 November 2018 10:06
Cleveland Clinic Unveils Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2019 Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 18:07
Cleveland Clinic recently announced the Top 10 Medical Innovations of 2019 at a multimedia presentation that capped off the 2018 Medical Innovation Summit. Now in its 16th year, the annual Medical Innovation Summit is organized by Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the development and commercialization arm of Cleveland Clinic. Alternative therapies for pain. The use of artificial intelligence in healthcare. An expanded window to treat stroke patients. These are some of the innovations that will enhance healing and change healthcare in the coming year, according to a distinguished panel of doctors and researchers.

The list of up-and-coming technologies was selected by a panel of Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists, led by Chief Wellness Officer Michael Roizen, MD. "Healthcare is ever-changing and we anticipate that innovations such as cancer immunotherapy and pharmacogenomics will significantly transform the medical field and improve care for patients at Cleveland Clinic and throughout the world," Dr. Roizen says.

Here, in order of anticipated importance, are the Top 10 Medical Innovations of 2019...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 18:14
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