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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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Spinal stimulation helps paralyzed man stand, make step-like movements

The pairing of electrical stimulation of the spinal cord and extensive physical therapy has given a man with paralyzed legs the ability to stand and make step-like movements.

Embryo screening technology remains outdated, while continued research faces controversy

Individuals interested in vitro fertilization (IVF) often depend on pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) to ensure an embryo is able to grow into a healthy child. But a study recently published in EMBO Reports found these screenings are often unreliable in identifying between unhealthy and healthy embryos.

Is Tetris the key to reducing depression, PTSD after traumatic events?

Playing Tetris and Candy Crush may be more useful than for just passing the time. A study, published in Molecular Psychiatry, found playing these games after a traumatic event could block the intrusive memories of the event and possibly reduce the rates of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Machine learning diagnoses depression with 75% accuracy

A cognitive neuroscientist has developed a supercomputer, trained with machine learning, to diagnose depression with 75 percent accuracy.

Blood-sucking flies help predict outbreaks of infectious disease

A study published in eLife examined the effectiveness in testing blood collected by flies for traces of unknown pathogens, which is improving current predictive methods in global outbreaks. 

Researchers develop readmission rate calculator to ID high-risk patients

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a web-based calculator identifying patients at high risk for readmission to administer preventive treatment and avoid eventual readmission.

Q&A: Wireless patient monitoring has mothers dancing for joy

Patient monitoring is starting even before the patient arrives, with Novii, mothers can sit, walk and even dance their way through labor while fetal heart rate is monitored wirelessly.

Improved pathogen detection with lab-on-a-chip

Lab-on-a-chip technology is advancing pathogen detection in individual samples, without the need for complex bulky equipment. Developed by Natalia Sandetskaya and colleagues at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy & Immunology in Leipzig, Germany, the prototype lab-on-a-chip automates the detection process within a single device. 

3D printer produces implantable cartilage

Researchers from two Swedish universities have successfully used 3D printing to produce human cartilage cells capable of living and growing in mice. This development, published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open, may be able to provide patients with body parts through 3D printing.

Eccovia Solutions brings care coordination to Los Angeles health services

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services has selected Eccovia Solutions, a provider of healthcare coordination platforms, to develop a care coordination platform for the county’s 1115 Waiver Whole-Person Care (WPC) pilot program.

 

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