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Low Health Literacy Costs U.S. Employers $5 Billion A Year

September 12, 2018

Via: Forbes

The inability of U.S. consumers to navigate the healthcare system costs $4.8 billion annually in administrative expenses for employers and insurers picking up the tab for patient medical costs. New data from Accenture has found that half of U.S. consumers […]


Innovation, Med Tech

Tiny sensors can measure dopamine levels in the brain for more than a year

September 12, 2018

Via: The Medical News

Dopamine, a signaling molecule used throughout the brain, plays a major role in regulating our mood, as well as controlling movement. Many disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, depression, and schizophrenia, are linked to dopamine deficiencies. MIT neuroscientists have now devised a […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

ADHD patients have increased risk of developing Parkinson’s and other similar diseases

September 12, 2018

Via: The Medical News

While about 11 percent of children (4-17 years old) nationwide have been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the long-term health effects of having ADHD and of common ADHD medications remains understudied. Researchers at University of Utah Health found that […]


Wellness

Your Diet Might Be the Cause of Your Back Pain

September 11, 2018

Via: Z Living

Waking up with a backache might seem normal until it doesn’t go away. Even after trying all the balms and medicines to reduce the pain, you may find there is something else that can relieve your back pain — your […]


Opinions

Unwitting patients, copycat comments play hidden role in federal rule-making

September 11, 2018

Via: The Medical News

A proposal to sharply cut a drug discount program that many hospitals rely on drew some 1,400 comments when the Trump administration announced its plan last year. Hundreds appeared to come from patients across the country — pleas from average […]


Innovation, Med Tech, Regulatory

AHA voices support for $100M FCC telehealth pilot program

September 11, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

A national hospital organization has voiced its support for a new $100 million Federal Communications Commission pilot program meant to boost the use of telehealth for low-income and rural Americans. The American Hospital Association on Monday sent a comment letter […]


Innovation, Medical Devices

US researchers devise iPhone app to monitor blood pressure

September 11, 2018

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

The app, which eliminates the need for special equipment to check blood pressure, leverages the optical and force sensors that are available in smartphones to enable ‘selfies’. Furthermore, the app utilises the ‘peek and pop’ feature of the iPhone to […]


Innovation, Medical Devices

Researchers develop new testing device to better diagnose dizziness

September 10, 2018

Via: The Medical News

Half of over-65s suffer from dizziness and problems with balance. But some tests to identify the causes of such problems are painful and can risk hearing damage. Now, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed a new testing […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

New cancer vaccine is 100 percent successful in mouse model

September 10, 2018

Via: Medical News Today

Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, CA, recently worked with experts from other institutions to develop a vaccine that would be effective against melanoma (a type of skin cancer) when administered in conjunction with other therapies. According […]


Data Analytics, Information Management

AI algorithm predicts aneurysm risk from EHR, genetic data

September 10, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Stanford researchers are able to predict the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm by using an artificial intelligence algorithm that combines genome-sequence information and electronic health record data. A new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine, published September 6 […]


Biomarker, Innovation

Blood biomarkers offer hope for autism diagnosis in children

September 10, 2018

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

A panel of blood biomarkers discovered by researchers at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) MIND Institute and NeuroPointDX could create a new test to detect autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in certain children. As part of the Children’s Autism […]


Opinions

Daytime sleepiness found to be a potential risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease

September 7, 2018

Via: The Medical News

Beta-amyloid is a protein which is characteristically seen Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The findings are important because they suggest that helping people to get a good night’s sleep could prevent AD. Previous research has already shown that AD risk could be […]


Opinions

Insulin’s high cost leads to deadly rationing

September 7, 2018

Via: The Medical News

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a terrible way to die. It’s what happens when you don’t have enough insulin. Your blood sugar gets so high that your blood becomes highly acidic, your cells dehydrate, and your body stops functioning. Nicole Smith-Holt lost […]


Innovation, Med Tech

General Electric and DARPA partner for diabetes research project

September 7, 2018

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

General Electric (GE) has collaborated with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on a $2.9m research project to develop non-drug treatments for diabetes. During the three-year research programme, GE Bioelectronic scientists who specialise in bioelectronic medicine will explore new […]


Data Analytics, Information Management

New research compares social media ratings offered to hospitals by patients

September 6, 2018

Via: The Medical News

Consumers can go to Google, Yelp and Facebook for crowdsourced insight about the experiences they’ll have at a hospital, but they shouldn’t expect foolproof guidance on the quality of care they will receive, according to new Indiana University research. Researchers […]