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3 Medical Peripherals for the iPad or iPhone

Feb 02, 2012

by Katie Matlack The iPhone and iPad are changing the world of medical devices as we know it. Thanks to their familiar interface, Web connectivity, and powerful processing capabilities, with the r...

First iPad App for Children With Autism

Jan 30, 2012

App developers and education and informatics researchers from the University of Edinburgh have collaborated on a new iPad game  called FindMe — the first-ever attempt to fuse autism research with i...

Biochip Measures Glucose in Saliva

Jan 26, 2012

Needle pricks may be a glucose test of the past as people with diabetes may soon be able to use their saliva to test their glucose, according to a new paper published in Nano Letters.  This is a majo...

New Autism Definition May Exclude Many

Jan 20, 2012

Proposed changes to the definition of autism, currently under review by an expert panel appointed by the American Psychiatric Association, are expected to significantly reduce the soaring rate of auti...

Internists Cite Wasteful Medical Screenings

Jan 18, 2012

The overuse of some screening and diagnostic tests that fail to provide high-value, cost-conscious care plays an important role in the rising healthcare costs in the United States. Now more than ever,...

U.S. Docs Lag Behind Foreign Colleagues in Embracing Healthcare IT

Jan 16, 2012

U.S. physicians are not nearly as sold on the benefits of healthcare IT as are their international counterparts, according to an Accenture survey of more than 3,700 doctors across eight countries. ...

Older Surgeons Are Better—BUT, Not Too Old

Jan 13, 2012

While inexperience is an obvious disadvantage in surgery, being in the profession for decades is also one — apparently.  A small study on the influence of performance of surgeons published in BMJ ...

Smartphone App Diagnoses Malaria

Jan 06, 2012

Lifelens has created an innovative point-of-care smartphone application that diagnoses malaria from a snapshot of a drop of blood. While there are several apps that use cell phones to take pictures an...

Surrogate Use in Diabetes: Compromising Care?

Jan 05, 2012

A recent analysis published in BMJ finds that the widespread use of surrogate endpoints in diabetes care puts the patient’s concerns on the back burner. The authors argue that easier-to-measure surr...

Medical Devices to Watch in 2012

Dec 20, 2011

Excerpted from "Outlook for the healthcare industry in 2012" by Steven Greer, MD, The Healthcare Channel. The year 2012 might see the much-hyped therapies of stem cells and gene therapy become...

Nursing Shortage? Mmm, Maybe Not

Dec 09, 2011

While the retiring baby-boomer nurses have warned of a dangerous nursing shortage, the number of full-time registered nurses aged 23 to 26 increased by 62% between 2002 and 2009, according to this mo...

4 Genes May Guide ADHD Treatment

Dec 08, 2011

Researchers found four gene variants that may be involved in vital brain signaling pathways in a subset of kids with ADHD. This discovery may aid in the development of drugs that target those pathways...

Report Predicts Top 4 EHR Vendors

Dec 06, 2011

A new report released by IDC Health Insights names four EHR vendors as likely market leaders in the future. The market is expected to move from less than 25% adoption in 2009 to more than 80% adoption...

Eye Movement Training Improves Surgeon Skills

Dec 02, 2011

A new study published in Surgical Endoscopy has found that surgeons can learn their skills quicker and handle stress better if they are taught eye movement control. Researchers identified the differen...

More Vaccines Target Common Cancers, Not Deadliest

Nov 30, 2011

Vaccine development efforts currently focus on cancers with a higher incidence rather than those with a higher mortality rate, according to a recent University of Michigan study. As a result, cancer v...

Kids with High IQ More Likely to Use Drugs

Nov 21, 2011

Children with high IQ scores at age 5 may be significantly more likely to use illegal drugs in adolescence and adulthood, according to a recent study published online in Journal of Epidemiology & ...

Medicare Will Cover Heart Disease Counseling

Nov 18, 2011

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will now cover the cost of one office visit per year for Medicare patients in an effort to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD). CV...

Will No Co-Pay Improve Medication Adherence?

Nov 16, 2011

Will full health plan coverage of prescription medications improve patient adherence to post-discharge treatment regimens, resulting in better outcomes and reduced costs? That has been the big theory ...

Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2012

Nov 15, 2011

Thomson Reuters has released its 13th annual report identifying the nation’s best providers of cardiovascular service. Selected from more than 1,000 hospitals, those chosen have better risk-adjusted...

Diabetics 'Tearing Up' Over New Test

Nov 11, 2011

There may be new hope for patients with diabetes who dread the frequent blood draws and finger pricks required to monitor their blood glucose levels. A new electrochemical sensor device may be able to...

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