Researchers examined differences in antibiotic prescribing activity in retail clinics, emergency departments and ambulatory care settings, with results published online July 16 in a research letter in JAMA: Internal Medicine. They found higher prescription rates in urgent care settings, both in all visits and antibiotic-inappropriate respiratory diagnoses.
July 16, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Digital Surgery, a London-based health tech startup, unveiled a dynamic artificial intelligence (AI) system designed specifically for the operating room. The reference tool, called a “Google Maps for surgery,” by one of its developers, helps surgeons during complex procedures.
July 16, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Researchers in Australia have developed a pinpointed method of delivering medicine to cancerous cells with nanobubbles that are activated by x-rays. The team published its study online July 13 in Nature Communications.
July 16, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Colorectal cancer is among the most treatable and preventable diseases, provided it is discovered early on—but screening rates continue to lag, especially among high-risk populations. A team found mailing full screening kits to individuals may improve rates when compared to the usual practice of mailing simple reminders.
July 12, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Gene editing can sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a new technique may allow scientists to remove harmful genes from white blood cells and replace them with more beneficial material. The development carries the potential to open new avenues to treat conditions from HIV and lupus to cancer.
July 10, 2018 | Clinical Practice
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are partnering to extend veterans’ access to clinical trials of novel cancer treatments, according to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) news release.
July 05, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Higher occupancy rates in hospitals don’t necessarily mean more infections. Rather, a facility can have the highest risk for Clostridium difficile infections when capacity was in a Goldilocks zone—not too full, not too empty—between 25 and 75 percent, according to new research from the University of Michigan and RAND Corporation.
July 05, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Researchers have developed a method to separate circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from blood samples, enabling “liquid biopsies” that can help diagnosis, prognosis and suggestions for treatment. The technique can separate CTCs from a 7.5-mL vial of blood with at least 86 percent efficiency in less than an hour.
July 03, 2018 | Clinical Practice
For many experiencing heart attack, heart failure is an inevitability. But scientists are hoping to rewrite that story—by using stem cells to help restore heart function after myocardial infarction.
June 27, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Osso VR, a virtual reality surgical training platform, has partnered with American medical residency programs to offer student a new way to train for surgery.
June 26, 2018 | Clinical Practice
After a year of soul searching and strategic review, GE announced its move today to spin off GE Healthcare into a standalone company over the next 12 to 18 months. The goal, the company said, is a leaner corporate structure with substantial reductions in debt.
June 22, 2018 | Clinical Practice
A wireless device was comparable to cardiac MRI in accuracy when detecting heart dysfunction in childhood cancer survivors who were treated with anthracycline chemotherapy, according to a study published in Clinical Cancer Research.
June 15, 2018 | Mobile & Telehealth
Intensive care unit (ICU) telehealth was associated with fewer transfers of patients with moderate, moderate-to-high and high illness severity. Findings were published June 15 in Chest.
June 15, 2018 | Analytics & Quality
Over half of infection preventionists (IPs) reported a lack of technology as the main barrier in preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAI), according to a survey commissioned by 3M.
June 13, 2018 | Analytics & Quality
A web-based self-management program for people with type 2 diabetes was more cost effective than usual care, according to a survey published June 8 in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
Jun 13, 2018 | Analytics & Quality
Internet-based interventions designed to support family caregivers of patients with dementia improved stress and anxiety, according to a study published June 12 in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
Analytics & Quality, Clinical Practice
Nearly three-fourths of life science professionals believe their sector is behind others in the development of artificial intelligence (AI), according to a survey conducted by the Pistoia Alliance.
Artificial Intelligence, Clinical Practice
Jun 11, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have developed “surgery in a pill” to treat type 2 diabetes by lowering blood glucose levels after a meal. The newly developed approach was outlined in a study published June 11 in Nature Materials.
Clinical Practice
Jun 07, 2018 | Clinical Practice
It stands to reason oversight from an experienced colleague could help reduce mistakes from greener individuals. But increased supervision of medical residents by attending physicians during patient rounds did not significantly reduce the number of medical errors, according to a study published June 4 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Clinical Practice, Analytics & Quality
Jun 07, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Nearly three quarters of infection preventionists (IP) had single-site responsibilities and dedicated more than 75 percent of their time to prevention and control, according to a study published May 31 in the American Journal of Infection Control.
Clinical Practice, Analytics & Quality
May 21, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Researchers have developed a tool that utilizes laboratory tests to identify which patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at a high risk of hospitalization.
Clinical Practice, Analytics & Quality