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Accessing an online cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT) program could improve the quality of life of patients with mood and anxiety disorders, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Researchers from Harvard have developed a predictive model, called MELD-Plus, capable of identifying patients at high-risk for developing negative outcomes following a hospital admission for cirrhosis. Findings were published in PLOS One.

Analyzing brain patterns with machine learning could predict people at risk of suicide, according to a study published in Nature Human Behavior.

Scientists at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland have demonstrated that phantom body pain in paraplegic patients could be reduced by creating a bodily illusion using virtual reality (VR), according to a study published Neurology.

Researchers have developed an endoscopic system, powered by artificial intelligence (AI), capable of identifying colorectal adenomas during a colonoscopy. Findings are set to be presented at the 25th UEG Week in Barcelona.


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Washington pilots PHR bank with Microsoft, Google
The Washington State Health Care Authority has launched three consumer-managed Health Record Bank pilot projects in three regions of the state, in conjunction with Microsoft HealthVault and Google Health personal health record (PHR) systems.
Commentary: MRI accident reports increase 270% over 4 years

According to the FDA, 2008 saw a 30 percent increase in the number of reported MRI accidents. In the four years following 2004, the FDA's MAUDE database catalogues a 270 percent increase in MRI accidents. But what may be even more troubling than the dramatic increase in reported accidents are the numbers that aren't included in the FDA's data.

MGH ranks among highest in Massachusetts for PCI death rates
The death rate associated with PCI in heart attack patients at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston was more than twice the state average, according to an analysis released by the Harvard Medical School Department of Health Care Policy. However, the hospital fared much better in its CABG rates, according to a separate analysis by same organization
Gene expression changes predict future response for cervical cancer patients
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Proton therapy lowers chance of later cancers BOSTON– Patients receiving proton therapy are at a decreased risk of developing a secondary cancer by two-fold, compared to being treated with standard photon radiation treatment, according to a first-of-its-kind study presented today at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's (ASTRO) 50th annual meeting.
SafeMed joins Google Health, Cleveland Clinic PHR program SafeMed, a provider of analytical software for clinical decision support, has formed a collaboration with Google Health, a new product that is currently being pilot-tested with the Cleveland Clinic.