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Researchers from the University of Warwick have developed a machine learning model capable of predicting the interactions between proteins and drug molecules with 99 percent accuracy. Findings have been published in Science Advances.

Belgian researchers have identified a protein formulation that mimics the structure and rigidity of the natural lining in a women’s ovaries, a breakthrough for women with infertility or cancer patients who had radiation or chemotherapy treatments. Findings are published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota used 3D printing to build lifelike artificial organ models that mimic the look, structure, mechanical properties and feel of human organs. Findings were published in Advanced Materials Technologies.

Elderly patients who played 3D-platform games such as Nintendo's Super Mario 64 saw improvements in short-term memory and an increase in gray matter in the brain, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.

A video game that promotes balance by instructing users to hold poses could help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.


Recent Headlines

Brainstorming for Better Healthcare: AMDIS Style

You Have 10 Minutes Two dozen CMIOs, several challenges, lots of big ideas. GO! Participants in the brainstorming breakout session at the AMDIS Physician-Computer Connection Symposium answered questions about clinical documentation, medication reconciliation and using healthcare IT more effectively.

Report: Hospitals improve care for heart attack, surgery and more Accredited hospitals in the U.S. are providing higher quality evidence-based care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgical care and childrens asthma care, according to Improving Americas Hospitals: The Joint Commissions Report on Quality and Safety 2010. The report presents scientific evidence of improvement and how it relates to these common medical conditions and procedures.
The AMDIS Connection | Always Connected vs. Overwhelmed: Where Do We Draw the Line?

The debate over whether a smartphone is a medical device is something of a moot point. Granted, theres a lot of excitement and chatter about how docs are adopting smartphones, iPads, and the like, but in this discussion, one issue that has been largely overlooked is the information-overloaded environment that we work in now.

DR Systems eMix adds new preview feature Medical imaging developer DR Systems has added a new capability to its cloud-based technology platform, Electronic Medical Information Exchange (eMix), the eMix Preview.
Mr. Patient, May I See Your ID?

Patients must be clearly identified in all stages of care. The identity stakes have never been higher: The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has reported that medication errors including administering the wrong medicine to the wrong patient harm at least 1.5 million people each year and the extra medical costs of treating drug-related injuries occurring in hospitals alone amount to $3.5 billion a year. This figure doesn't include lost wages, productivity or additional healthcare costs.

CPOE: Gaining Physician Buy-in

Like the old adage goes: no pain, no gain. CPOE is one of those areas where the pain of implementation and physician training is certainly worth the gain of better patient care.

The AMDIS Connection: Getting Away from Just-in-time Care

New federal interest and stimulus money will help to spur telemedicine in the U.S., but this field also is enjoying a convergence of four factors that are organically driving it forward.

Study: EMRs may accelerate genome-driven diagnoses, treatments One potential benefit of the rapidly accumulating databases of healthcare information is the ability to make unprecedented links between genomic data and clinical medicine, according to a study published by Cell Press in the April issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics.
Nurses as Power Users: The Role of Nursing Informatics in Health IT is Growing

When it comes to clinical informatics, nurses bring a lot to the conversation. In the course of their daily work, they're immersion users of technology, collectors of crucial data and firsthand observers of health ITs effect on patients. They provide much of the information necessary to improve patient care, show regulatory compliance and propel research.

Maximizing Revenue Cycle Management

With profit margins of 3 percent or less and costs rising, hospitals are looking for ways to collect what they're owed as quickly as possible. Numerous forward-thinking facilities are combining strategic finance and technology initiatives to streamline the business end of the caregiving process.