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For pregnant women, predictive medicine may provide guidance in identifying their risks of developing postpartum depression. Published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, a recent study tested the effectiveness of clinical interviews in pinpointing those at elevated risk of depression after birth.

Having a sick child is stressful for any parent—with many of them seeking medical advice as soon as possible. The annual C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll examined the approaches parents take to get medical advice quickly and safely for their children. 

Researchers from Umea University in Sweden have developed datasets capable of mapping the 3D transfer and volume of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. The development of such technology could improve visual and quantitative information to be used as reference content for future diabetes research.

McKesson Technology Solutions has merged with Change Healthcare, retaining the latter’s name for a new IT company aimed at helping payers, providers and customers “as they strive to achieve the best healthcare outcomes as efficiently as possible in this new environment.” 

Connected health using technologies has improved care delivery across the healthcare continuum. In a presentation at HIMSS 2017 in Orlando, Jeroen Tas, chief innovation and strategy officer at Royal Philips, examined the role of technology and barriers organizations may face in implementing connected health technology.

 

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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.

 

Clinical interviews predict postpartum depression

For pregnant women, predictive medicine may provide guidance in identifying their risks of developing postpartum depression. Published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, a recent study tested the effectiveness of clinical interviews in pinpointing those at elevated risk of depression after birth.

Prototype of portable retina camera simplifies eye exams

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and Massachusetts Eye and Ear at Harvard Medical School have developed a portable retina camera to be used in eye exams without the need for pupil-dilating eye drops.

Poll: Parents take different paths to expert care for sick children

Having a sick child is stressful for any parent—with many of them seeking medical advice as soon as possible. The annual C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll examined the approaches parents take to get medical advice quickly and safely for their children. 

Google develops 'digital pathologist' to improve cancer detection

Diagnosing cancer involves physicians reviewing large amounts of data. Still, variability among pathologists can complicate the process and result in misdiagnoses. Google is hoping to use deep learning to develop an algorithm capable of detecting cancer.

Say what? Translator aims at medical terminology

Thanks to the expansion of electronic medical records and patient portals, individuals have more access to health-related data than ever. But complex medical language can often keep people from understanding much of it. To improve patients' comprehension, researchers have developed a translator of medical terminology.

Datasets may allow for 3D visualizations of pancreas to improve diabetes research

Researchers from Umea University in Sweden have developed datasets capable of mapping the 3D transfer and volume of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. The development of such technology could improve visual and quantitative information to be used as reference content for future diabetes research.

Skin tests, decision-making aids improve antibiotic use

Antibiotics such as penicillin and cephalosporin are vitally important to effective healthcare, but allergic patients miss out on the benefits. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) conducted a study using penicillin allergy skin tests and computerized decision support tools to examine individuals who were previously labeled as allergic to penicillin.

Longer hospital stays mean more time at home

Lowering rates of readmission, especially in older patients, allows patients to recover fully while minimizing provider spending. A recent study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) examined factors attributing to the rise of readmission rates after leaving post-acute care facilities.

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