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Online ratings of physicians do not accurately represent quality or value of care, according ot a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Over-treating patients means wasted resources and increased exposure to harm for individuals. In a study published in PLOS ONE, researchers surveyed physicians on causes, prevalence and consequences of over-treatment.

Treating opioid addiction by combining primary care and addiction treatment leads to higher rates of drug abstinence, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Accessing medical information over the internet can be helpful to quickly gain tips in keeping healthy—but it's unknown how often these searches lead to one purchasing online prescriptions. A study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing examined rates of pregnant women who search online for medication advice and purchase prescriptions.

Reducing the amount of avoidable emergency department (ED) visits could save healthcare organizations money while also improving patient health. A study in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care examined the types of avoidable ED visits to provide policymakers with data to help limit unnecessary ED visits.

 

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Paper test strip allows heart failure patients to monitor disease at home

The nearly six million people living with heart failure face a life of monitoring the disease in the event it worsens. This often involves traveling to a physician on a routine basis, but scientists have opened an avenue to in-home monitoring with a simple paper test strip.

Leaf Healthcare introduces monitoring devices tailored to hospital patients

Monitoring hospital patients requires more than what conventional fitness trackers can offer. Leaf Healthcare unveiled a comprehensive mobility monitoring system at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses' National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in Houston.

Top 5 concerns inflammatory bowel disease patients post on social media

Researchers from Cedars-Sinai have been able to extract primary concerns patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have about their biologic medications through social media posts. Findings were published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, the official journal of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation.

Email provides new tool to help smokers quit

Smoking cessation can be a daunting task for many smokers—but help could be found in your email inbox. An American Cancer Society study, published in Tobacco Control, found personalized and frequent emails were as effective in helping patients quit smoking as many leading medications. 

Safety testing could prevent adverse drug reactions, reduce costs

Testing new medications can be risky, especially without an effective monitoring program. A study, published in Medical Care, evaluated the impact drug safety monitoring could have on detecting unsafe medications, improving patient care and controlling medical costs.

AI 94% accurate in detecting diabetic retinopathy

Some 45 percent of those with diabetes experience retinopathy, which can cause blindness if not detected early. Researchers from the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University have published a study in Ophthalmology detailing how artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning helped create an algorithm to detect diabetic retinopathy (DR).

Weight a minute: Bathroom scales detect arteriosclerosis, cardiac arrhythmia

Stepping on the scale could one day revel more than just weight. Researchers at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) Institute of Biomedical Engineering in Lithuania have developed a multifunctional scale that could detect conditions such as arteriosclerosis or cardiac arrhythmia.

Physician burnout linked to environment, stress, taking work home

Increasing rates of physician burnout are negative affecting providers as well as patients. Researchers in JAMA Internal Medicine explored exactly why physicians feel burned out—with leading causes including excessive workloads, stressful environments and a lacking work-life balance.

Top 6 things patients want in their hospital room

With 35 million Americans admitted to the hospital every year, it’s important they feel comfortable in their surroundings. In a recent study, published in the Journal of Health Environments Research and Design, patients discussed what could be improved upon in hospital rooms.

Individualized music program improves outcomes for dementia patients

Listening to individualized music programs could benefit the behavioral and psychological symptoms in patient with dementia. In a study published by The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, researchers tested the efficiency of the MUSIC & MEMORY (M&M) music program in addressing symptoms associated with dementia.

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