Quantum Computing and Healthcare Technology

Friday, May 11, 2012 5 comments
Imagine conducting an MRI, on a single cell instead of the whole body - taking a picture of the molecule or just a group of molecules within the cell, identifying and examining the problem areas within DNA, and coming up with a more precise diagnosis and patient therapy. This is possible today through the precision of Quantum Computing and Nanotechnology built into an MRI equipment.
In a recent news release IBM declared that they are very close to make a breakthrough in the realms of Quantum computing. As a result of some experimental successes they are closer to build the first Quantum Computer, that can take advantage of the oddities of quantum physics and could solve certain problems in seconds, that would otherwise take present-day computers billions of years to solve.
Quantum computing is a computing system based on qubits as opposed to bits; where qubits (Quantum Bits) are basic units of information in a quantum computer. While a bit can represent just one of two possibilities such as 0 or 1, or yes or not, Qubits can represent many more options: 0 or 1, 1 and 0, the occurrence of multiple combinations of Qubits, and that too simultaneously. So, Qubit represents an array of possibilities and all can be calculated simultaneously taking probabilities in account.
The Qubit concept deals with very small particles (subatomic particles). It has been proven that a subatomic particle can have different states simultaneously because the particles are never static. This is evident because they move very fast, close to the speed of light. So, a particle state of the particle (Qubit) looks different to different observers and the particle has several states simultaneously. That is why one subatomic particle can have different states and probabilities, at the same time. We can use it to replace bits and get better performance: Much better performance! And then, when you combine Qubits, that combination holds an exponentially larger amount of information than bits. Subatomic logic is much more powerful than binary logic used in normal computing.
As a result, you can process complicated information faster. Its main applications are encryption, decryption, modeling, databases, voice recognition, structure recognition, simulation and artificial intelligence, plus many others yet non-existent applications.
Imagine its utilization and effect in the realm of Healthcare, specifically e-Health. Volumes of electronically available Patient data, structured, modeled, simulated, and processed in fractions of seconds - artificial intelligence for diagnosis and condition predictability with almost 100% accuracy, will multiply millions of fold, surpassing unthought-of limits.
Quantum Computing has also proved that two entangled particles share its existence. That is when one modifies its state, the other also modifies its own state simultaneously, no matter how far they are in the universe. That means we can "transport" information from one place to another without physical movement, just by modifying one entangled particle state.
In e-Health, this could mean automatic remote and reliable diagnosis, with electronic patient information, through immediate communication with entangled subatomic particles. And, with nano-scale precision applications, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Are Herbal Medicines Safe and Effective for Health?

Today, many people believe that herbal medicines are safe and effective for health. In addition, many of them also believe in several impractical myths relating to herbs. However, you need to know that herbal products are not necessarily safe and effective just because they are natural. Accordingly, in this article, I want to discuss why people still have misconceptions, and why use of herbal medicines could be harmful to you.
What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal medicine can be described as the medical knowledge practice that uses herb or herb extracts for therapeutic purposes. This medical practice is also known as "traditional medicine", "botanical medicine", "phytomedicine" and "natural medicine". In addition, this medical practice is the oldest but most widely used in all cultures and societies.
Why People Still Have Misconceptions About Herbal Medicines?
One of the main reasons is that still there are many believers in herb myths, and most of these people have a common misconception that herbs are natural ingredients, not drugs.

Pharmacy Jobs - A Top Career in the Healthcare Industry

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 1 comments
Pharmacy professionals play an important role in the care of patients and in other areas of the healthcare industry. Pharmacists in the community and hospital setting ensure that patients receive the right medications. They also advise patients regarding medicines, including how to take them, what reactions could happen, and about drug interactions. They are a major resource for medical information in hospitals, clinics, community pharmacies, and many other settings.
One major advantage of having a doctor of pharmacy degree (PharmD) is the variety of opportunities that are available. When most people think of the pharmacy profession they think about the community, hospital, or clinic pharmacist.

Diet Supplements

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 0 comments
Diet supplements are things that you eat or drink. They can be vitamins, minerals, herbs or other plants, amino acids or parts of these substances. They can be in pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid form. They supplement (add to) the diet and should not be considered a substitute for food. People commonly take them for health-related reasons. Common dietary supplements include vitamins and minerals (such as vitamin C or a multivitamin), botanicals (herbs and plant products) and substances that come from a natural source (such as omega-3 fatty acids). People have used the active ingredients in dietary supplements for thousands of years to help health and to treat illnesses. Those supplements are the basis for some of today's common medicines.
What are diet supplements used for?
People use diet supplements for many health conditions
People often use vitamins and minerals to supplement diet and treat disease. For example, Echinacea may keep you away from getting a cold and may help you get better faster. High doses of vitamin C may also help you get better faster.
Historically, people have used herbal medicines to prevent illness, cure infection, reduce fever, and heal wounds. Herbal medicines can also treat constipation, ease pain, or act as relaxants or stimulants. Research on some herbs and plant products has shown that they may have some of the same effects that conventional medicines do, while others may have no effect or may be harmful.