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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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76% of pregnant women use the internet for medication info

Accessing medical information over the internet can be helpful to quickly gain tips in keeping healthy—but it's unknown how often these searches lead to one purchasing online prescriptions. A study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing examined rates of pregnant women who search online for medication advice and purchase prescriptions.

Combining addiction treatment, primary care improves access for opioid addiction

Treating opioid addiction by combining primary care and addiction treatment leads to higher rates of drug abstinence, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Toothache, back pain top list of 'avoidable' reasons to visit ED

Reducing the amount of avoidable emergency department (ED) visits could save healthcare organizations money while also improving patient health. A study in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care examined the types of avoidable ED visits to provide policymakers with data to help limit unnecessary ED visits.

Patients with low health literacy 2.3 times more likely to visit ED

Preventative medicine has been proven to improve overall health of patients while also reducing the cost of care, but many factors avert the possibilities of prevention. In a study published in Academic Emergency Medicine, researchers evaluated the correlation between health literacy and preventable emergency department (ED) visits that resulted in admission.

Predictive model IDs patients at risk of opioid dependence

The opioid epidemic continues to impact millions of Americans, but researchers have developed a new method to genetically identify patients more at risk of developing an opioid addiction. Findings are published in Annals of Clinical & Laboratory Science.

ivWatch receives innovative technology contract from Vizient

ivWatch, providers of continuous monitoring devices, has been awarded the Innovative Technology contract from the healthcare performance improvement provider Vizient.

Algorithm predicts cartilage degeneration leading to osteoarthritis

Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland have developed a cartilage degenerative algorithm capable of predicting the progression of osteoarthritis in patients. The findings were published in Scientific Reports.

VR games reduce stress, anxiety in pediatric patients

Virtual reality (VR) technology has replaced anesthesia for pediatric patients at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, who have implemented distraction medicine to reduce pain and anxiety.

AI detects melanoma in earliest stages

Researchers from the University of Waterloo and the Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto have developed machine learning software capable of detecting melanoma skin cancer. This early detection method aims to provide tools necessary to catch and treat skin cancer in its early and most treatable stages.

What attendees want from vendors at AHIMA 17

An expanded vendor hall is one of the draws for repeat attendees at this year’s American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference, being held in Los Angeles from Oct. 7-11. Attendees are expecting to find “anything that makes their job easier,” according to group’s vice president of health information management (HIM) practice excellence, Lou Ann Wiedemann, MS.

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