Patricia Salber MD, MBA is a physician executive and serial entrepreneur. Her company, The Doctor Weighs In, is a multimedia company with the mission of helping healthcare innovators tell their stories to the world. She uses video, radio, social media, and her very popular blog, The Doctor Weighs In, to reach a global audience of hundreds of thousands of people with her stories.

In the past, Dr. Salber has worked in almost every aspect of healthcare starting as a double-boarded Emergency Physician at Kaiser Permanente, years as a Physician Executive for Kaiser's corporate headquarters, and various leadership roles with employers, such as GM, and health plans, such as Blue Shield of California.

She serves as an advisor to a number of early stage companies and not-for-profit organizations.  She was the founder and served as President of Physicians for a Violence-free Society for more than a decade. Her book, The Physicians Guide to Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse was the first book for physicians on the topic.

She has published widely in both peer-reviewed journals, trade press, and popular press. She has appeared on CNN, NewsMax, Huffington Post, and Fox Business News and participated in numerous radio shows as an expert healthcare commentator. She has a regular health policy podcast sponsored by the American Journal of Managed Care as well as The Doctor Weighs In Podcast on the Blog Talk Radio Platform.  She is a co-author together with Richard Krohn and David Metcalf of her latest book, Connected Health: Improving Care, Safety, and Efficiency with Wearables and IOT Solution.

For fun, she likes to hike and travel the world with her family. Her most recent trip was to the Peruvian Amazon to birdwatch and swim with pink dolphins.

Tags: womens health | diagnoses | blood

Can Menstrual Blood Aid Diagnosis?

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Thursday, 25 January 2018 03:36 PM Current | Bio | Archive

When facing an illness that is hard to diagnose, entrepreneur Anna Villarreal wondered if there could be a better way. One that was more tailored to the unique biology of women, who are often understudied in healthcare clinical trials, to diagnose certain illnesses.

Eventually, that led to her founding LifeStory Health, a Boston-based biotech startup that is developing technology to use menstrual blood to look for novel biomarkers of women’s health in the blood proteome (the set of proteins expressed by a certain type of cell).

The benefits of this approach are that menstrual blood is unique to women of childbearing ages, and it is readily available without having to send someone to a lab.

The sad fact is that for eons, this potentially valuable source of biological information has been flushed down the toilet or tossed into the trash.

Though still a young company, LifeStory Health already has patents pending on a novel biological mechanism that is based on modified proteins found in menstrual blood. These appear to arise from the unique hormonal cascade that is associated with women’s menstrual cycles.

This discovery offers a window on early-stage disease and treatment. The recurring cycle of generation of a unique diagnostic fluid allows for the recording of an individual specific wellness profile as well as a detailed comparison between individuals.

In order to determine if the collection technology they adapted was acceptable to women, the company tested it on more than 450 volunteers. Feedback was incorporated into the final product in which blood is applied to a disk-shaped device. The blood quickly dries so that it can be placed in a mailer and sent to the lab.

There, the blood is reconstituted and analyzed.

“We are absolutely committed to letting the data lead, which is counter-intuitive to the way the scientific investment community thinks,” said Villarreal. 

However, this approach has led the company to uncover many scientific breakthroughs. They are on schedule with their patent-filing plan that will add dozens of opportunities to their preclinical portfolio.

This unique approach to medical diagnostics may one day be the go-to technology to diagnose and treat conditions that affect women.

Here’s a link to learn more about this innovative approach to women’s health.

For more information about Dr. Salber, please visit her at https://thedoctorweighsin.com/

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