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Online ratings of physicians do not accurately represent quality or value of care, according ot a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Over-treating patients means wasted resources and increased exposure to harm for individuals. In a study published in PLOS ONE, researchers surveyed physicians on causes, prevalence and consequences of over-treatment.

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.

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.

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.

 

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Top 6 things patients want in their hospital room

With 35 million Americans admitted to the hospital every year, it’s important they feel comfortable in their surroundings. In a recent study, published in the Journal of Health Environments Research and Design, patients discussed what could be improved upon in hospital rooms.

Individualized music program improves outcomes for dementia patients

Listening to individualized music programs could benefit the behavioral and psychological symptoms in patient with dementia. In a study published by The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, researchers tested the efficiency of the MUSIC & MEMORY (M&M) music program in addressing symptoms associated with dementia.

Can 3D-printed medical implants boost strength, reduce costs?

3D printing has expanded into the field of implantable medical devices by making them more personalized, stronger and at a reduced cost. Researchers from the University of Florida published recent findings on a new 3D process in Science Advances.

IBM uses big data to detect Ebola's spread in animals

IBM researchers have announced new strategies in detecting and treating Ebola. They are using big data analytics to identify infected animal carriers, previously unstudied as a spread of the disease, to understand how the disease spreads.

TV more comforting than anesthesia for kids undergoing radiotherapy

Tuning into SpongeBob could be one method to reduce the number of anesthesia doses to children with cancer. A study, presented at the ESTRO 36 conference in Vienna, found projecting videos on the inside of a radiotherapy machine during treatment could be a less traumatic, more cost-efficient method of managing pain for these patients.

Monitoring diabetes with the blink of an eye

Diabetic patients may one day monitor blood-sugar levels in the blink of an eye. A study, presented in Nature Communications, tested the ability of smart sensors in contact lenses to monitor biomarkers for intraocular pressure (IOP), diabetes mellitus and other health conditions.

Patient online research diminishes trust in physician diagnoses

Searching symptoms online could impact how much patients trust professional diagnoses. A study, set to be presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco, analyzes how patients receiving health information online can lead to more skepticism when it comes to a physician's diagnosis. 

Tracking devices for autistic children reduce parental stress, improve quality of life

For parents of children with autism, the potential for a little one to wander off is a daily occurrence with dangerous consequences. Even with the necessary safety precautions, these parents can experience increased stress over the protection of their children. A study, set to be presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco, analyzes how tracking devices could improve the quality of life for parents of autistic children.

Top 20 findings from Spok’s mobility strategy survey

Spok, a healthcare communications organization, has released a pair of annual surveys on mobility strategies in healthcare. The surveys include responses from more than 300 U.S. healthcare professionals covering mobile strategy development, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, communications infrastructure and improving mobile communications.

MIT picture-on-the-wall device wirelessly measures walking speed, gait

Consumer-focused wearable technology offers ways for individuals to track sleep patterns, steps and other baseline health indicators. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a device to accurately monitor a person’s walking speed and form. 

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