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Data Analytics, Information Management

New algorithm uses brain scans to tell how smart you are

July 3, 2018

Via: Medical News Today

Forget about controversial, old-fashioned IQ tests as a measure of intelligence. A new machine-learning algorithm, which was developed by scientists at Caltech, can predict a person’s intellectual ability with unprecedented accuracy. Scientists led by Ralph Adolphs — a professor of […]


Data Security, Information Management

Humana web sites hit by sophisticated data attack

July 3, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Health insurer Humana has notified an undisclosed number of members about a data breach after it uncovered a sophisticated cyber spoofing attack on the Humana.com web site and its Go365.com wellness site. The attack, discovered on June 3, apparently came […]


Innovation, Patient Experience

You can have a VIP emergency room doctor on call, for a price

July 2, 2018

Via: CNBC

The promise of concierge medical practices is to provide round-the-clock access to doctors when patients need it. For New York start-up Priority Private Care, that means going to where their members are this summer — the Hamptons. “We have an […]


Biomarker, Innovation

Researchers find new marker for better prognosis in gastric and esophageal cancer

July 2, 2018

Via: The Medical News

In Austria, adenocarcinoma of the gastroesophageal transition is diagnosed in about 500 people every year. At the same time, this is the type of tumor with by far the highest increase. Sebastian Schoppmann, Department of Surgery (Head M. Gnant) of […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

Aging, obesity may prime the brain for Alzheimer’s

July 2, 2018

Via: Medical News Today

According to a new study, the effects of natural aging processes, combined with those of obesity and a poor diet, affect certain brain mechanisms, thereby boosting the risk of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition that is characterized primarily […]


Opinions

Patient balances after care continue steady rise

July 2, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The amounts that patients pay for healthcare services, after insurers settle with providers, continues to march upward, in part leading healthcare organizations to improve capabilities to handle new pressures on revenue cycle management. A recent study of patient balances after […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

Three Things Caffeine Does In Your Brain

June 29, 2018

Via: Forbes

Whether we’re sipping it to get going in the morning or pounding it to stay awake later at night, our favorite psychoative drug is, as always, in high demand. Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day according to […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

Study reports lack of concern about future health among childhood cancer survivors

June 29, 2018

Via: The Medical News

In the largest study to date that examined concerns of adult survivors of childhood cancer, a substantial proportion of survivors reported lack of concern about their future health. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer […]


Opinions

How Amazon’s entry into healthcare could impact the industry

June 29, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Amazon’s plan to buy PillPack, an online pharmacy startup, will disrupt the status quo for traditional consumer-facing approaches for selling prescription drugs and medical supplies. PillPack’s pharmacy services and IT expertise, melded with Amazon’s retailing reach and domination, will inject […]


Featured

Is Healthcare the Most Important Problem Facing US Today?

June 29, 2018

Via: Kelly Redmond

Americans say the most important problem facing US today is healthcare, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. The survey analyzed data from January 2018 to June 2018 and showed an increase in public concern regarding the issue. High costs of health […]


Opinions

The Biopharmaceutical Industry Provides 75% Of The FDA’s Drug Review Budget — Is This A Problem?

June 28, 2018

Via: Forbes

Caroline Chen of ProPublica has written a provocative article challenging the objectivity of the FDA in its approval of new drugs. Entitled: “FDA Repays Industry by Rushing Risky Drugs to Market”, Chen contends that the agency is beholden to the […]


Opinions

Amazon to acquire online pharmacy PillPack in a deal that could disrupt the US drugstore business

June 28, 2018

Via: CNBC

Amazon is acquiring online pharmacy PillPack in a deal that could shake up the drugstore industry. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The companies expect the deal to close during the second half of the year. The deal is […]


Innovation, Med Tech

A.I. startup says it can diagnose patients better than humans can, doctors say that’s ‘dubious’

June 28, 2018

Via: CNBC

Health care start-up Babylon Health has said that its artificial intelligence (AI) is able to diagnose medical conditions as accurately as a doctor, but physicians have called the claims “dubious.” Babylon has created a chatbot that lets you talk with […]


Regulatory

Medical cannabis for epilepsy approved in FDA first

June 28, 2018

Via: Medical News Today

In the context of an ever-louder international debate on whether patients with severe forms of epilepsy should be allowed to use medical cannabis to manage their condition, the Food and Drug Administration have just officially approved one such drug. Recently, […]


Opinions

The problem with high drug prices isn’t ‘foreign freeloading,’ it’s the patent system

June 27, 2018

Via: CNBC

Americans continue to suffer the highest prescription drug costs of anyone in the world. One in four are unable to fill prescriptions due to high prices, according to a recent poll. And even though drug prices tripled over the last […]