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Researches from the University of Birmingham and University of Edinburgh have cut the number of liver biopsies performed on patients with fatty liver in half by using a non-invasive digital image scan. Findings were published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

Measurements taken from projected 3D holographic models were able to match “gold standard” measurements in accuracy, according to a study set to be presented at the ARRS 2018 Annual Meeting.

Smart glasses could be a feasible tool in detecting concussions and improving critical decision making, according to a study published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth.

A genetic ancestry test was more accurate than conventional self-reports of race, cultural identity or ethnicity at identifying patients at risk for bleeding stoke. Findings were presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2018.
 

An emergency department (ED)-based transitional care nurse (TCN) program, focusing on geriatric care, was able to reduce the number of unnecessary hospitalizations by 33 percent. Findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

 

Recent Headlines

Scribes improve physician satisfaction, chart accuracy

Medical scribes are tasked with clinical documentation, but what impact to these individuals have on physician and patient satisfaction or charting efficiency? A study published in the Annals of Family Medicine evaluated scribes in their abilities to ease clinical workflow.

Online ratings do not correlate to physician performance

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.

85% of physicians: Fear of malpractice leads to over-treatment

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.

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.

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