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'Lab on a Chip' Provides Unprecedented Early Diagnosis of Disease

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Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   8/19/2014 4:05:16 AM
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Good idea, Cabe. Maybe there is a story in this? Will be interested to see what you find out.

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Cabe Atwell   8/15/2014 4:43:47 AM
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I am going to look into this... See if I can start a trend of medical crowd funding.

 

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Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   8/14/2014 10:22:05 AM
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Yes, you make a good point, ABrantley. It's difficult even with a number of tools at doctors' disposal to make 100 percent correct diagnoses in every case. Doctors are human, after all, working with the knowledge they have in front of them and the technology at their disposal. Having another tool like this surely can only help them do their jobs better if used in the appropriate way.

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Elizabeth M   8/14/2014 10:18:02 AM
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That's a great idea, Cabe. I wonder why there aren't more of these projects on IndieGoGo or Kickstarter. I wonder if there is any kind of regulation against it? Surely not...your point about potato salad is well taken!

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Cabe Atwell   8/14/2014 12:58:02 AM
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Medical research should crowd fund their work. I bet the people would give an "unprecedented" amount of money to the cause.

If people gave $50,000 for potato salad, what would they do for cancer research?

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ABrantley   8/13/2014 12:41:02 PM
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The leading cause of death is the disease process. All of us are fallible, and sometimes the disease process, time constraints, circumstances, events, diagnostic resources, or state of knowledge preclude a correct diagnosis.

The only doctor who makes 100% correct diagnoses is the autopsy pathologist, who has more detailed information, no time pressure, and, of course, no effect on the outcome of the patient.

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Elizabeth M   8/13/2014 5:00:40 AM
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You illustrate how this technology can be used by non medical professionals, AandY, without running the risk of misdiagnosis. Just because someone has access to it doesn't mean they are always going to try to play doctor themselves.

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Elizabeth M   8/13/2014 4:46:49 AM
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That's also a good point, NadineJ. I think you're right--we sometimes forget that doctors are human and thus limited by natural human capabilities. Even the smartest ones can only do the best they can with the information and knowledge they have in front of them or stored in their brains. I am reminded of this every time I go to the doctor and get some fuzzy or apathetic diagnosis for something when I'm looking for a much clearer answer.

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Elizabeth M   8/13/2014 4:34:45 AM
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That's a good point to make, Trenth. That's why technology like this should be handled with care, especially in the early stages of adoption and testing.

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NadineJ   8/12/2014 6:27:13 PM
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Elizabeth-Even the "professionals" don't fully understand what they're looking at.  Remember Junk DNA?  Scientists didn't understand what they were looking at and deemed it useless.

Today, the information is surpassing our knowledge and ability to understand it. 

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