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Researchers with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) have used facial recognition software to diagnose rare genetic diseases in African, Asian and Latin American populations with 96.6 percent accuracy.

A review of 21 studies including more than 20,000 women found a 25 percent improved rate of patient outcomes in women participating in obstetrics and gynecology clinical trial when compared to those not participating.

A study, published in The Journal of Aging and Health, examines the impact digital health and coaching have on engagement of patients at risk of developing diabetes.

Chronic wounds cost the United States' healthcare system $20 billion a year. A team of researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have developed a new skin-graft harvesting system to cut costs and improve patient outcomes.

Do today’s hospitals need humanoid robots greeting visitors, escorting them around the hospital and sensing whether they’re feeling joy, anger or fear? Should nurses try more low-tech, back-to-basics steps to reduce infusion pump errors? Do staff need better systems for deciding which cleaning solution to use on each piece of medical equipment?


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Facial recognition diagnoses rare disease with 96.6% accuracy

Researchers with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) have used facial recognition software to diagnose rare genetic diseases in African, Asian and Latin American populations with 96.6 percent accuracy.

Flexible glass aims to decrease size of sample required for testing

Flexibility isn't a characteristic commonly associated with glass, but researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU) are putting the two together to improve the efficiency of microscopic medical devices.

Precision radiotherapy may halve treatment time

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, made up of international participants, found that shortening radiation treatments from eight weeks to four weeks produces similar results and patient outcomes. 

Cedars-Sinai awarded $2 million to study communication techniques in opioid pain relief

A team of Cedars-Sinai researchers, led by Michelle S. Keller, MPH, have received $2 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study effective methods for physicians to discuss opioid use in chronic pain patients.

Additional IV fluids reduce rates of C-section, time in labor

Whether the optimal guide to hydration is eight glasses of water a day or not, new evidence suggests proper fluid levels are especially important for women in labor. A study, published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, found those who receiving intravenous (IV) fluid had lower rates of C-sections and shortened overall labor times.

NASA, ASU improve 3D tissue model in body’s fight against salmonella

Understanding how the human body reacts to infectious disease is a key step in developing new treatments. To battle the growing number antimicrobe-resistant infections and minimize costs on new drugs, researchers from Arizona State University and NASA's Johnson Space used 3D tissue models to study and develop realistic models of intestinal tissues fighting salmonella. 

Researchers improve monitoring, measurements of 'organs-on-chips'

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have improved monitoring capabilities of "organs-on-chips," minature structures that use living cells to mimic the function of organs. The new platform includes a biochemical sensor for continuous and accurate monitoring of substances released from the organ chip.

Predicting suicide attempts two years in advance

A Florida State University researcher has used advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to predict suicide attempts up to two years before they occur. The study, titled “Predicting Risk of Suicide Attempts over Time through Machine Learning," will be published in Clinical Psychological Science.

Thomas Starzl, the ‘father of transplantation,’ dies at age 90

Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, widely known as the “father of transplantation," has died at the age of 90 in his Pittsburg home. Starzl is credited with advancing the science of transplantations from risky ventures into feasible surgeries for some of the most at-need patients.  

MediBeacon completes trial of transdermal glomerular filtration rate monitor

MediBeacon, a company within the Pansend Life Sciences platform of HC2 Holdings, has released the results of a clinical trial testing the effectiveness of its Transdermal Glomerular Filtration Rate ("GFR") Monitor on patients with ranging kidney function.