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Patients of physicians who use computerized alerts are less likely to suffer complications. The systems can also lower readmission rates, lengths of stay and costs, according to a study in the American Journal of Managed Care.
A portion of a woman's face transplant was created through the use of 3D printing. 
A protein molecule in the blood could indicate whether a person will develop kidney cancer, according to a study published in Clinical Cancer Research.
Researchers at the University of Utah Health have developed high-tech tools to uncover the genetic cause of early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (EIEE), according to a press release.
The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) announced the issuance of Prior Authorization (PA) Resource Kits designed specifically for cardiologists who work with underserved minority patients.
People with long-term spinal cord injuries could have a chance of regaining some functions thanks to a 3D-printed guide created by a team at the University of Minnesota.
Scientists have discovered a new type of cell—one that could radically change how researchers see cystic fibrosis. As part of a cellular mapping project, scientists identified a rare cell type that could affect rehydration and pH balance, which are integral to those with cystic fibrosis.
Virginia launched a technology solution using its health information exchange, ConnectVirginia, to connect all the state's emergency departments to facilitate communication and collaboration among providers, healthcare plans and clinical and care management personnel.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the 2.3 percent medical device tax that was implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act. The House voted 283 to 132, with 57 Democrats joining Republicans.
While popular health tracking applications and smart watches can screen serious and sometimes deadly problems including atrial fibrillation and sleep apnea, diagnosis and subsequent treatment can only be provided by a physician. The only caveat? Patients do not like going to the doctor.
An inpatient suicide intervention program, coupled with a personalized app that offers recovery strategies for distressed patients, reduced the rate of attempted suicides by almost half, according to a new study in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
A new healthcare application tailored specifically for National Health Service (NHS) patients in the United Kingdom will provide safe, secure access to general practice (GP) records. The free application will be available to everyone in the U.K. in December.
New research from the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) suggests internal medicine residents who visited patient in their homes after hospital visits can better assess needs. The visits also helped them understand the role community services and agencies play in avoiding readmissions.
Researchers examined differences in antibiotic prescribing activity in retail clinics, emergency departments and ambulatory care settings, with results published online July 16 in a research letter in JAMA: Internal Medicine. They found higher prescription rates in urgent care settings, both in all visits and antibiotic-inappropriate respiratory diagnoses.
Digital Surgery, a London-based health tech startup, unveiled a dynamic artificial intelligence (AI) system designed specifically for the operating room. The reference tool, called a “Google Maps for surgery,” by one of its developers, helps surgeons during complex procedures.
Jul 16, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Researchers in Australia have developed a pinpointed method of delivering medicine to cancerous cells with nanobubbles that are activated by x-rays. The team published its study online July 13 in Nature Communications.
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Jul 16, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Colorectal cancer is among the most treatable and preventable diseases, provided it is discovered early on—but screening rates continue to lag, especially among high-risk populations. A team found mailing full screening kits to individuals may improve rates when compared to the usual practice of mailing simple reminders.
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Jul 12, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Gene editing can sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a new technique may allow scientists to remove harmful genes from white blood cells and replace them with more beneficial material. The development carries the potential to open new avenues to treat conditions from HIV and lupus to cancer.
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Jul 10, 2018 | Clinical Practice
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are partnering to extend veterans’ access to clinical trials of novel cancer treatments, according to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) news release.
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Jul 05, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Higher occupancy rates in hospitals don’t necessarily mean more infections. Rather, a facility can have the highest risk for Clostridium difficile infections when capacity was in a Goldilocks zone—not too full, not too empty—between 25 and 75 percent, according to new research from the University of Michigan and RAND Corporation.
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Jul 05, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Researchers have developed a method to separate circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from blood samples, enabling “liquid biopsies” that can help diagnosis, prognosis and suggestions for treatment. The technique can separate CTCs from a 7.5-mL vial of blood with at least 86 percent efficiency in less than an hour.
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