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On fMRI, Scientific Insights, and Reliability

Posted by Mark Kohoot on

Why all scientific study results — not just fMRI — should be subject to critical thought and examination. To say that there has been much debate around whether or not functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) can be used to “prove” something — or anything — scientifically would be putting it lightly. The Great fMRI Scandal of 2016 alone was cause for many to completely reject the technology as useful for legitimate researchers. After all, if one small software bug was, according to the paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), enough to invalidate 15 years of research, and 40,000 research papers, then how...

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Mapping the Journey of a Cancer Patient

Posted by Mark Kohoot on

How an external challenge gave Aeroscena® a new perspective on cancer patient experience. Several years ago, we were introduced to Havas Health, an innovative health and wellness marketing agency in NYC, via our friend Dr. Michael Roizen, the Chief Wellness Officer of the Cleveland Clinic. Havas was managing an “open innovation” challenge for Pfizer, who sought to provide care solutions for cancer patients. Havas became intrigued by our ability to provide individualized aromatherapy protocols for patients with our personal inhalers, and they suggested we enter a competition they were managing for a Pfizer. The focus of the competition was on finding innovative, digital...

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Birth Centers are Turning to Aromatherapy for Maternal Comfort Care

Posted by Shannon Eggleton on

Women’s choices around their birthing experiences have expanded widely over the last decade as the medical establishment becomes more accepting of these other options. More women are choosing to give birth at home, on their own terms, with trained homebirth midwives. Others feel safer and more cared for in a traditional hospital setting, with ready access to monitors and epidurals, while some mothers-to-be opt for a birth experience somewhere in-between, preferring the assistance of a midwife in a hospital setting. Although every woman has their own version of an ideal birthing process or environment in mind, the one thing most...

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Yes, the Use of Essential Oils in Hospital Settings Can Be Dangerous

Posted by Mark Kohoot on

But not all essential oil treatment protocols were created equal.   The Aeroscena® marketing team recently came across an article in Contagion Live written by Saskia V. Popescu (MPH, MA, CIC, and hospital epidemiologist) detailing the potential risks of utilizing essential oils in clinical settings. Since our core business is the appropriate use of essential oils as a legitimate modality of treatment in clinical settings, we had to dig in and understand the concerns of the author. An infectious disease — drug-resistant XDR-PA — spread throughout the 1600-bed University Hospital of Innsbruck, and the investigation that followed pointed to the use of a contaminated bottle...

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Lavender Essential Oil + Mechanisms of Action

Posted by Mark Kohoot on

(Or, how and why does lavender essential oil work?) Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) is one of the most commonly used essential oils. In fact, it may be the most popular essential oil on the market, due to both its efficacy and its pleasing scent. Although the use of lavender oil is ubiquitous, to most, its mechanisms of action — the hows and whys of the way it works — still remain a mystery. Does lavender essential oil actually work? The short answer is, “yes.” How well it works, however, depends on multiple variables, in particular the specific use case and the quality of the essential...

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