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Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have developed a web-based program that uses team communication and engagement to improve patient experience and outcomes.

Medication adherence is vital for patients with an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), yet adherence remains low. A study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, examined if wireless technology and incentives could increase adherence and improve patient outcomes.

Advising patients on decision making with input based on evidence should be the minimum for primary care physicians. But according to a new BMJ study, only 18 percent of clinical recommendations are based on high-quality evidence.

Being woken in the middle of the night is an unpleasant experience for anyone, but especially patients in the hospital undergoing their nightly vital sign check. Researchers from Ohio State University conducted a study, published in Patient Experience Journal, on reported quality of sleep and patient’s satisfaction during as hospital stay where overnight vital signs were collected compared to when vitals were not taken.

Leaving the hospital against the advice of physicians is a rising trend with negative consequences. In an effort to understand why patients chose to leave hospital care early, researchers have published findings in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society to assist in further research and provide answers on how healthcare providers can stop this trend.

 

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TV more comforting than anesthesia for kids undergoing radiotherapy

Tuning into SpongeBob could be one method to reduce the number of anesthesia doses to children with cancer. A study, presented at the ESTRO 36 conference in Vienna, found projecting videos on the inside of a radiotherapy machine during treatment could be a less traumatic, more cost-efficient method of managing pain for these patients.

Monitoring diabetes with the blink of an eye

Diabetic patients may one day monitor blood-sugar levels in the blink of an eye. A study, presented in Nature Communications, tested the ability of smart sensors in contact lenses to monitor biomarkers for intraocular pressure (IOP), diabetes mellitus and other health conditions.

Patient online research diminishes trust in physician diagnoses

Searching symptoms online could impact how much patients trust professional diagnoses. A study, set to be presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco, analyzes how patients receiving health information online can lead to more skepticism when it comes to a physician's diagnosis. 

Tracking devices for autistic children reduce parental stress, improve quality of life

For parents of children with autism, the potential for a little one to wander off is a daily occurrence with dangerous consequences. Even with the necessary safety precautions, these parents can experience increased stress over the protection of their children. A study, set to be presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco, analyzes how tracking devices could improve the quality of life for parents of autistic children.

Top 20 findings from Spok’s mobility strategy survey

Spok, a healthcare communications organization, has released a pair of annual surveys on mobility strategies in healthcare. The surveys include responses from more than 300 U.S. healthcare professionals covering mobile strategy development, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, communications infrastructure and improving mobile communications.

MIT picture-on-the-wall device wirelessly measures walking speed, gait

Consumer-focused wearable technology offers ways for individuals to track sleep patterns, steps and other baseline health indicators. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a device to accurately monitor a person’s walking speed and form. 

Predictive tool helps physicians address recurrence of parathyroid cancer

Predicting a cancer recurrence, especially rare forms such as parathyroid cancer, is a patient's best bet for early treatment and improved outcomes. A recent study, published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, tested a prognosis tool's ability to predict the recurrence of parathyroid cancer.

Virtual patients teach physicians empathy

Delivering bad news is a stressful, sensitive task for physicians. Researchers from Medical Cyberworlds and the University of Michigan have developed a virtual patient system to educate physicians on improving empathetic skills, with findings published in Patient Education and Counseling.

Artificial intelligence 96% accurate in detecting tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the top global causes of death due to a lack of screening in remote areas with limited access to radiologists. A recent study published in Radiology discussed how researchers have utilized artificial intelligence (AI) to identify TB on chest x-rays.

Combining 3D printing, special effects helps make surgical practice perfect

Practicing complex surgical procedures on cadavers can be expensive. In an article in Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, researchers outlined an improved method of practice for surgeons by combining 3D printing with special effects.

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