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Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have found digital pills could monitor opioid use after surgery, according to a study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first digital pill with an ingestion tracking system to tell physicians whether patients have taken their medication.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania believe reviewing the social media of patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could lead to the formation of improved treatments. Findings were published in the Journal of Attention Disorders.

Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have developed a mathematical model capable of predicting how cancer patients will react to certain immunotherapies. Findings are explained in a study published in Nature.

As the number of individuals with type 2 diabetes increases, researchers search for a way to prevent or slow the progression of diabetes in at-risk patients. According to a study published in JMIR Diabetes, an artificial intelligence (AI) coaching platform could improve habits to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.


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Patients prefer face-to-face interactions with physicians to a digital meeting

According to a study to be presented at the 2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium, patients prefer physicians communicate with them face-to-face with a notepad rather than being on the computer.

Two studies address alarm fatigue in ICU

Alarm fatigue within the intensive care unit (ICU) can negatively impact patient safety and lead to life-threatening events. Researchers from Harlem Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center, both in New York, aimed to identify solutions fight such fatigue.

Robot-assisted nephrectomy could increase costs, procedure time

Robot-assisted surgery may be worthwhile for certain procedures, but the helping hand could extend operating times and increase costs of traditional procedures, according to a study published in JAMA.

YouTube videos fall short in educating patients about influenza

Watching videos is a fun and easy way to learn about something new—and healthcare professionals are taking advantage of platforms like YouTube to educate patients. In a study published in Chest, researchers evaluated the educational quality of seasonal influenza videos on YouTube.

Personalized human-robot interactions could improve patient engagement

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel have identified patient preferences in the development of human-robot interactions. According to the study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, patient preferences could improve robotic utilization in rehabilitation.

AMA joins leading companies, organizations to develop data model

The American Medical Association (AMA) has partnered with IBM, Cerner, Intermountain Healthcare, the American Heart Association and the American Medical Informatics Association to develop the Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI).

Solera Health, ADA partner to prevent type 2 diabetes

Solera Health, a preventive care benefits manager, has partnered with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to provide at-risk type 2 diabetes patients with access to the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and Solera4Me, an online platform for diabetes management.

High-tech prosthetic knees could reduce medical cost of a fall

Mayo Clinic researchers found the type of prosthetic knee used in patients has dramatically different effects on medical costs associated with falls, according to a study published in Prosthetics and Orthotics International.

Surgeons complete first 3D-printed titanium and polymer sternum implant

American surgeons have completed the replacement of a patient’s sternum and partial ribcage using a custom 3D-printed titanium and polymer implant. The technology has only been used once before to print a composition sternum and ribcage.

Wellpepper wins $125K, first prize in Amazon Alexa Diabetes Challenge

The Alexa Diabetes Challenge, a competition searching for innovators to develop a type 2 diabetes care platform utilizing the Amazon voice-enabled device, has awarded a grand prize of $125,000 to Wellpepper and its Sugarpod concept. The Challenge was sponsored by Merck & Co., supported by Amazon Web Services and run by Luminary Labs.