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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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Brain implant delivers ultrasonic waves to brain treating cancer, Alzheimer’s

A recent study published in Advanced Healthcare Materials outlines a new ceramic skull implant capable of delivering ultrasound treatments.

Reducing brain injury, sensory damage following cardiac arrest

Those who have experienced cardiac arrest face long-term health effects related to brain activity. Recent research examined the impact of such events, including the deprivation of oxygen to the brain, and subsequent resuscitation efforts.

Non-invasive technology predicts onset of asthma attacks

Predicting the onset of an asthma attack by identifying symptoms early could improve outcomes in children with high risk asthma. Researchers have evaluated a new non-invasive technological approach to analyze lung sounds in young patients to hopefully predict the onset of an attack. Findings are published in Respirology.

Philips wearable blue light device relieves psoriasis symptoms in 84% of users

Royal Philips has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its wearable therapy device, BlueControl, to treat people with mild psoriasis. Philips aims to assist people in easily treating their psoriasis with a wearable device that can be used at home.

Pulse rate monitoring before C-section can reduce need for medication

Expectant mothers undergoing a Caesarean section are often prescribed preventative medications to maintain blood pressure. But these medications come with side effects for both the mother and newborn. In a study, published in Annals of Biomedical Engineering, researchers evaluated pulse rate monitoring in identifying mothers who would not need medication and reduce side effects.

Comprehensive discharge protocol improves patient satisfaction

Minimizing readmissions is a hefty charge—one that involves myriad variables before, during and after patient discharge. New research examines a standardized, in-hospital discharge program, known as Project ReEngineered Discharge (RED), developed by Brian Jack, MD, chief of family medicine at the Boston University Medical Center.

Special shades may help concussed athletes with light sensitivity

Concussions have been a hot topic in relation to contact sports—whether professional football or youth soccer. New research examines how symptoms related to mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be improved with specially designed tinted sunglasses.

Self-administered flu vaccine patch passes first clinical trial

Having a fear of needles may not prevent patients from receiving their flu shot much longer. Developed by researchers at Georgia Tech and Emory Universities, a new patch embedded with microneedles provides patients the option to manually administer the flu shot at home.

Fitness trackers close, but not close enough, to be utilized properly in exercise research

Fitness wearables might be good for tracking daily activity but they lack complex functions needed to properly contribute to research. In a new report, published in Progress in Preventive Medicine, researchers suggested how fitness trackers can improve to contribute to research on the benefits of exercise.

In-ear device filters out medical alarms for ICU patients

Medical alarms may be necessary for hospital staff, but they also keep patients awake. Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have developed a wearable capable of silencing audible medical alarms to improve outcomes of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU).

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