In recent years, there has been controversy about the use of medications like Ritalin and amphetamines by people without a medical diagnosis to warrant their use to boost performance in school and on tests. Some feel that this is cheating, … Continue reading Should we be trying to make ourselves smarter though cognitive enhancement?
Over the next few decades, we are likely to see major advances in our understanding of medicine and the technology of diagnosing and treating illness. We are learning more and more about the human genome and testing is becoming more … Continue reading Thank you for not smoking
“We upset the entire Darwinian framework of evolution by our introduction of drugs, or transplants, life-saving machines. We were perpetuating a planet of mental and physical degenerates, with each generation less prepared to live than the last. I know you … Continue reading Why I love science fiction
Nanotechnology makes use of materials (natural and man-made) smaller than 100nanometers (nm). For scale, that includes materials and devices the size of individual atoms and molecules, and as small as the structural elements in cells. A human red blood cell … Continue reading Nanomedicine – a precautionary approach
Recently a patient with advanced lung disease asked me my opinion on stem cell treatment for lung disease. They had attended a seminar about the benefits of stem cell transplant for a variety of medical conditions, including COPD. According to … Continue reading Stem Cell Therapy – Buyer Beware
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think all prenatal testing is bad. I do believe we need to be careful and take the time to educate our patients and families to the best of our abilities. Parents Sue Doctors Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’ Brandy Zadrozny, The Daily Beast 1/29/2015 More than two-thirds of pregnant women in the U.S. go through prenatal genetic screening for abnormalities such as Down syndrome, or Trisomy 21. Studies estimate that between 80 and 90 percent of parents who receive a diagnosis of Trisomy 21 choose to terminate their pregnancies. A smaller share, but still a majority … Continue reading In the news – an example of the pitfalls of prenatal testing
Suppose you are expecting a baby and the obstetrician or genetic counselor tells you that they detected your future child possesses a gene which is associated with the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This neuromuscular disease with its severe … Continue reading We have the results of the prenatal genetic screening back…