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Living by the Clock: How DNA Methylation Affects Lifespan

Have you ever wondered why skin cells and liver cells that contain the exact same DNA are so different? The answer is in gene expression. Although skin and liver cells do have the same DNA, different parts of the DNA are expressed in each type of cell. This cell type-specific expression results from different genes being “read” or transcribed by …

The ADHD Pandemic: Prevalence, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is a common mental disorder beginning during childhood and may continue into adolescence and adulthood. The progression of ADHD hinders the performance of children in school as they have trouble focusing or paying attention. There are three major types of ADHD: predominantly inattentive type, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type, and combination type, each with different symptoms. ADHD …

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Electronic Health Record Progress: Looking to the Future of Patient Medical Data

Ever since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) was enacted, the handling of medical records has been revamped. Instead of relying on written records to access patient data, a new system has been more commonly utilized. Motivated by the incentives offered by HITECH, hospitals have started to embrace electronic health records (EHR). EHR is a …

The Implications of Population Health Management

It has long been recognized that a small percentage of patients with complex needs tend to use a disproportionately high percentage of health care resources. These individuals are referred to by a variety of terms including “super-utilizers”, “high-risk patients” and “beneficiaries with complex needs.” These patients tend to over use acute care services and often have a combination of physical …