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Digital application health will be a key area of focus in 2021 Special

The extreme reliance on all things digital as a result of COVID-19 is set to make the application digital health technology, one of the key areas of focus during 2021, according to industry trends.

Op-Ed: Why an ethical code is needed for fecal microbiome therapy

An increasing number of medical reports show the success of fecal microbiota transplants in addressing metabolic diseases. Any new therapy faces a juncture, in terms of regulation and commercialization, and it is here that an ethical framework is needed.

Doubling down on user experience in healthcare

Just as the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted healthcare, so has healthcare responded in kind. This is through an expansion in telehealth services, although there is further innovation to come.

How to avoid being scammed during the health crisis Special

A new report reveals U.S. citizens have heightened concerns when it comes to healthcare. This comes as the HHS reported a near-50 percent increase in cyberattacks across most of 2020, compared to the same time frame last year.

Millions of medical images are exposed online Special

More than 45 million medical images – including X-rays, MRI and CT scans, as well as accompanying data that could identify the people in those images - are exposed on open servers, according to new research.

Medical arm of China's surges 34% on Hong Kong debut

Fpo - The medical arm of Chinese e-commerce giant soared 34 percent on its debut on the Hong Kong stock market Tuesday after raising HK$27 billion ($3.5 billion) in the biggest initial public offering in the financial hub this year.

Healthcare beware: 2021 will see more cyberattacks Special

Enterprises face a range of new challenges in 2021, including the expectation that cyberattacks will increase and, at the same time from the remediation front, a lack of available skills among the IT workforce.

What can industries learn from recent healthcare cyberattacks? Special

The latter part of 2020 has seen an increase in cyberattacks, with many of the more sophisticated measures being targeted at healthcare institutions. The rest of the businesses world should take note.

Essential Science: Obesity, coronavirus and overall health

A raft of new reports have been issued about obesity and ill-health effects. Included within these reports are on-going concerns about obese people and a greater chance of developing more severe COVID-19 symptoms.

Six apps designed to help to keep men healthy Special

During coronavirus, it is important to maintain a level of fitness. Generally men are less receptive to this activity. A leading expert provides an overview of some of the best available apps designed to improve fitness levels.

Essential Science: Vitamin D and aspirin for COVID-19 treatment

Scientists are continuing to explore why some people becoming sicker than others when infected with the coronavirus responsible for the 2020 pandemic. This includes looking at vitamin D and aspirin.

New guidance to ensure medicine label claims are genuine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently released new guidance concerning drug labeling. This is an important area to crack down on, as misleading claims can lead to patient harm.

2020’s best and worst U.S. cities for people with disabilities

The U.S. is a country marked by extremes of inequality and with social support. One example of this is with the treatment of people with disabilities. New data compares and contrasts different U.S. cities.

Applying virtual reality to pharmaceutical development

The technology and approach of virtual reality aims to create a virtual world parallel to reality that is both immersive and interactive. How can this aid pharmaceuticals?

Op-Ed: Big data analytics in healthcare is all about ethics

While big data analytics are used in areas like finance and to assess global events, ethical codes covering the use of big data need to be adapted to meet the specific patient sensitivities of health-related activities.

Essential Science: Is it possible to predict stroke risk?

A new study, from the University of Virginia Health System, suggests that the use of an online calculator can predict an individual's stroke risk. This, and other studies relating to stroke risk, are examined as part of this Essential Science column.

'A total lie': False ads, bad advice puts China's mums off breastfeeding

Beijing - Unregulated, aggressive promotion of formula milk, poor medical advice, short maternity leave and workplaces hostile to nursing mothers mean China has among the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world and is falling well short of its own targets, exper...

Use of telehealth expands during COVID-19 lockdown

Telehealth has experienced large growth due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, medical providers have expanded access to care for patients by offering virtual appointments and other online services to meet demand.

Virus exposes cracks in Brazil's public health system

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's public health care system, considered among the world's most advanced when it was launched, is being pushed to the brink by the coronavirus pandemic, which has exposed the impact of years of under-funding and mismanagement.

Trump Administration needs to change course on COVID-19

How can the U.S. address the continually rising number of cases of coronavirus? It is clear that new and more sophisticated measures are required. A new report sets out a road-map.

Pharmaceutical firms are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks

The pharmaceutical sector has become one of the top targets for rogue actors in terms of seeking to exploit digital vulnerabilities. This means that continually assessing the cybersecurity policy and having a back-up plan is of great importance.

Downsides of telehealth could limit further growth

The use of telehealth has risen during the COVID-19 crisis and this adds to the provision of services and those who champion this form of healthcare (such as boosting schedule adherence). However, there remain issues that need to be addressed.

Telehealth booms amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Telehealth and related digital health solutions have seen a large uptake during the coronavirus pandemic. In turn, this has seen an upscale of investment in digital health startups.

How augmented reality is improving medical outcomes

The pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors are making effective use of digital technology, such as augmented reality. Digital Journal presents three examples of the application, in each case helping to improve patient outcomes.

Essential Science: Round-up of COVID-19 drug developments

For this week's Essential science column, we delve into the latest research on the quest to develop drugs to help combat COVID-19 symptoms or to eliminate the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus itself.

Nathan Adrian pays tribute to healthcare workers during pandemic

Olympic gold medalist swimmer Nathan Adrian paid tribute to the healthcare workers and people on the frontline during this pandemic.

Big variation across U.S. states over coronavirus response

While the U.S. has responded at a federal level to the coronavirus pandemic (albeit slower than many other countries), at state level the response has varied considerably, as new data indicates.

Where are the best and worst U.S. states for medical provision?

A new survey, from WalletHub, reveals the extent of medical provision in the U.S. The survey draws out some stark contrasts between different states in relation to healthcare resources.

Op-Ed: Myth-busting: The worst of the coronavirus falsehoods

The global preoccupation with the coronavirus pandemic is, unfortunately, leading to a plethora of fake news stories geared around attempts at self-protection and cures. Some are due to ignorance, others more malicious. We look at a few of these.

Q&A: Healthcare is using machine learning to improve clarity Special

To make health information more accessible, healthcare organizations are turning to algorithms tailored specifically for medical terminology, removing jargon from text, and making the wording far easier for the general population to understand.
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