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Researches from the University of Birmingham and University of Edinburgh have cut the number of liver biopsies performed on patients with fatty liver in half by using a non-invasive digital image scan. Findings were published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

Measurements taken from projected 3D holographic models were able to match “gold standard” measurements in accuracy, according to a study set to be presented at the ARRS 2018 Annual Meeting.

Smart glasses could be a feasible tool in detecting concussions and improving critical decision making, according to a study published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth.

A genetic ancestry test was more accurate than conventional self-reports of race, cultural identity or ethnicity at identifying patients at risk for bleeding stoke. Findings were presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2018.
 

An emergency department (ED)-based transitional care nurse (TCN) program, focusing on geriatric care, was able to reduce the number of unnecessary hospitalizations by 33 percent. Findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

 

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Social media research data often lacks ethical guidelines, need recommendations

Researchers often collect social media data without the user's consent, which may stray outside ethical guidelines, according to a study published in Research Ethics.

VA could save $1.6B by balancing patient-provider ratio

According to a new study from Lightning Bolt, providers of automated physician scheduling, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could save $1.6 billion annually if the organization could balance patient and physician volumes.

Machine learning IDs tweets marketing, selling opioids

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego have developed a machine learning tool to sort through Twitter to identify tweets illegally selling prescription opioids online, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Patients prefer face-to-face interactions with physicians to a digital meeting

According to a study to be presented at the 2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium, patients prefer physicians communicate with them face-to-face with a notepad rather than being on the computer.

Two studies address alarm fatigue in ICU

Alarm fatigue within the intensive care unit (ICU) can negatively impact patient safety and lead to life-threatening events. Researchers from Harlem Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center, both in New York, aimed to identify solutions fight such fatigue.

Robot-assisted nephrectomy could increase costs, procedure time

Robot-assisted surgery may be worthwhile for certain procedures, but the helping hand could extend operating times and increase costs of traditional procedures, according to a study published in JAMA.

YouTube videos fall short in educating patients about influenza

Watching videos is a fun and easy way to learn about something new—and healthcare professionals are taking advantage of platforms like YouTube to educate patients. In a study published in Chest, researchers evaluated the educational quality of seasonal influenza videos on YouTube.

Personalized human-robot interactions could improve patient engagement

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel have identified patient preferences in the development of human-robot interactions. According to the study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, patient preferences could improve robotic utilization in rehabilitation.

AMA joins leading companies, organizations to develop data model

The American Medical Association (AMA) has partnered with IBM, Cerner, Intermountain Healthcare, the American Heart Association and the American Medical Informatics Association to develop the Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI).

Solera Health, ADA partner to prevent type 2 diabetes

Solera Health, a preventive care benefits manager, has partnered with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to provide at-risk type 2 diabetes patients with access to the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and Solera4Me, an online platform for diabetes management.

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