Leeches are sucking their way back into the medical field

Leeches suck blood from a young patient's during a therapy session in India.
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Medical bills are often littered with bizarre line items. If you’re in Russia, those little charges might include half a dozen slimy, slithering leeches.

About 10 million of the blood-sucking invertebrates are prescribed in Russia every year, offering many people an affordable alternative for blood-thinning medicines, the New York Times reported this weekend.

As Russia’s economy tanks due to a mix of low oil prices, sanctions, and military spending the country’s state-run medical system has also suffered. Medicinal leeches cost less than one U.S. dollar per icky blob, and doctors say leeches’ venom is a low-cost preventative treatment for stroke and heart disease.

“When you do it the first time, you think, ‘My God, leeches!'” Elena Kalinicheva, a patient at a walk-in medical center in Moscow, told NYT. She was there for her weekly leech treatment, which she seeks to treat her lower back pain.

“But after you go through it, you understand there is nothing to worry about,” she told the newspaper.

A typical treatment in Russia involves applying three to seven of the ravenous worms, which ooze their blood-thinning venom during 30- to 40-minute sessions. Once leeches are peeled away, the resulting wounds leak blood for another six hours, until the anticoagulant chemicals wear off.

Leech therapy was standard medical practice until the mid-1800s, and historical records show the treatment was common in Ancient Egyptian, Indian, Greek, and Arab cultures. But leeches fell out of favor with many doctors as claims about their healing effects proved to be hollow. Plus applying leeches is gross and uncomfortable.

But a slew of scientific studies in recent years have shown that leeches do offer medical benefits in limited applications. For people who can’t afford or access expensive prescription drugs, they remain a practical solution, even if some its power lies in the placebo effect.

Russia isn’t the only place experiencing something of a leech revival. The blood-suckers are creeping back into clinics and hospitals around the world, including in the U.S.

Jar o’ leeches.

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About 6,000 leeches are used each year in the U.S., according to BioTherapeutics Education and Research Foundation, though not for treating heart-related issues as in Russia.

Instead, leeches are used to help heal skin grafts, by draining pooled blood from under the graft and restoring blood circulation in blocked veins. They also remove excess blood from severed body parts that have been reattached.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved leeches for such uses in 2004, when it gave French company Ricarimpex SAS clearance to market the aquatic animals as medical devices.

In Europe, meanwhile, patients can get the therapeutic benefits of leeches without slapping any of the slimy creatures on their arms, heads, and legs. Large pharmaceutical companies now market medicines based on the blood-thinning chemicals in leech venom.

Medical experts in Malaysia have said that it’s of “paramount importance” to use leech therapy more frequently in plastic and reconstructive surgery, given how easy leeches are to apply and the reduced side-effects, compared to more invasive methods.

Leeches naturally thrive in a variety of environments, including rivers, ponds, estuaries, and saltwater, which is great for leeches less so for unsuspecting swimmers. But many of Russia’s medical leeches are raised in farms by experts in white lab coats.

Self-prescribers can also buy them at farms’ stores. Nadezhda Loba, who took home 100 leeches in a plastic jug, told the NYT she applies the worms on her temples to treat conjunctivitis.

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/04/30/leeches-comeback-modern-medicine-russia/

A step closer to Dr. McCoy’s tricorder

Two hundred years from now, medical tricorders like the ones depicted in Star Trek will be as common as tongue depressors. Theyll be unremarkable, mobile tools on our SpaceX starships shuttling us back and forth to Mars. Diagnosing cancer will only take a single wave over our bodies with a palm-sized sensor.

Thats the dream.

The reality, best embodied in two XPRIZE Tricorder competition finalists, is that the devices are somewhat ungainly and they feature distinctly 21st century diagnostic equipment. They work with mobile phones, but dont try hanging either one of them around your neck.

They are tricorders in only the most limited sense, and should not be confused with the so-called Tricorder phone, from SCiO. That one includes a molecular scanner for identifying everything from the medicine in pills to the freshness of tomatoes. That device is more akin to the Tricorder Star Treks chief science officer Mr. Spock carried.

What the XPRIZEs tricorder-like devices can do, however, is help average consumers diagnose themselves for a variety of conditions.

Final Frontier and its co-finalist Dynamical Biomarkers emerged out of a field of approximately 40 other contenders. All were competing to develop the first commercial medical tricorders, and all are at least inspired by Star Trek medical officer Dr. McCoys favorite tool.

Competition sponsor Qualcomm Foundation first whittled that list down to 10 companies that would develop prototypes and test them at University of California, San Diego. That work has been going on for about a year.

Based on initial performance, only two teams made it to final consumer testing phase, said Grant Campany, prize lead for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE.

Competition organizers identified 13 illnesses and conditions, including amemia, HIV, cancer, COPD, urinary tract infection and leukocytosis, that the winning systems would have to accurately identify.

We looked at a large range of diseases, chronic and acute that affect the majority of people in the world, said Campany. In the end, they chose based on the frequency of the disease and availability of subjects based, at least in part, on proximity to UC San Diego.

For the tests, XPRIZE recruited people whom they knew had these maladies and then let them spend anywhere from 90 minutes to a full day with the two remaining competitor devices. Could these tricorder wannabes accurately diagnose maladies these subjects already knew they had?

Test time

Both the Final Frontier and Dynamical Biomarkers devices are designed for consumers, not doctors. They use mobile interfaces and customized diagnostic equipment, like blood pressure cuffs, a pulse oximeter (those things that clip onto your fingertips) and hand-held thermometers. The devices ask a series of questions, through mobile apps, collect vital signs and then choose which tests to run to identify whats wrong.

Its a lot like what happens to you in the first 10 minutes of your visit to urgent care, but without a nurse or doctor present.

Test subject trying out Dynamical Biomarker’s tricorder-like device.

Image: xprize

The Dynamical Biomarkers tricorder entrant, which doesnt have a name, was developed by Chung-Kang Peng, director of the Center for Dynamical Biomarkers at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. Trained as a medical doctor, but with a background in science and engineering, Peng and his team built a system that has modules for each of the 13 maladies.

The device, which was built in cooperation with HTC, is a small printer-sized box with a smartphone sticking up out of the center. If someone uses the Bluetooth camera to take a picture of their inner ear, the phone will show them their diagnosis.

While neither of the tricorders is intended for medical offices, they could end up near them or with people who have some medical training.

In our scenario, we want to deploy this kind of system in rural village with no healthcare resource, said Peng, who noted that Chinas 1 million “barefoot doctors,” who have helped spread medical care across the country through the use of trained townspeople, might be some of the best caretakers for this technology.

They could use the tricorder to diagnose, send the information to the cloud where medical professionals are waiting, confirm the diagnosis and get treatment delivered to them on the ground.

Peng says Chinas barefoot doctors is a good program, but now it needs to be upgraded to high-tech barefoot doctor.

The Dynamical Biomarker tricorder may eventually sell for $500.

Test subject trying out Final Frontier’s Dexter.

Image: xprize

Basil Harris, who works as an ER doctor in Philadelphia, hopes to get his Final Frontier Dexter tricorder, which features wearable sensors and the hand-held forehead temperature reader, into more urban environments. He explained that such a device could break down the barriers that currently prevent 30 percent to 40 percent of his patients from getting the medical care they need.

While Dexter is designed to be used by consumers, Harris said early deployment could be in urgent care and emergency rooms.

Dexter may sell for $200 (not counting the cost of a paired smartphone), but in the long run, Harris envisions different levels of tricorder devices. There might be the $200 take-home device and larger kiosk-based ones that end up in your local Walgreens, where customers can walk in and do a quick self-diagnosis.

Winning the future

On Wednesday, XPRIZE announces how the judges are divvying up the remaining $9 million in prize money. Campany wouldnt share which system did the best job on diagnosis. However, hes excited about the results and potential impact 23rd-century-inspired diagnostic equipment could have on our 21st-century healthcare problems.

The XPRIZE competition is designed, at least in part, to address current market failure in healthcare. Grant pointed to the escalating healthcare costs around the world and asked the fundamental question, How do you care for millions of people outside the system?

Image: xprize

With doctors being one of the scarcest resources in healthcare, these tricorders could have a profound potential impact.

Its difficult to resolve the grand dreams of Campany, Peng, and Harris with the reality of these devices that sit on a table top and require the user to blow into tubes, cuff their arms and measure their pulse and blood oxygenation through their fingertips. It just doesnt feel like the future.

Theyre not like a magical wand device that you can wave over somebody. The way I view it, these are the first-generation tricorders, said Harris. Were just scratching the surface of whats possible.

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/04/13/tricorder-competition-is-complete/

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The penis comprises of two cylindrical structures made of a sort of spongy tissue. When a man is aroused sexually, the brain sends a nerve impulse to cause blood to flow into these spongy muscles which expands them, many times its size. This influx of blood into the penis is what causes the penis to stiffen during an erection.

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