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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.

Q&A: Meet the crockpot of cannabis extraction Special

High recreational cannabis taxes and hazardous black market concentrates are leading consumers to make homemade concentrates. It is now safe to make homemade concentrates by using Source Turbo by ExtractCraft. Troy Ivan explains.

Skincare company to boost research using next-generation AI

Beiersdorf is one of the most advanced skincare companies in the world. The company has been using artificial intelligence, in partnership with Insilico Medicine, to improve its range of skincare products.

Healing powers of Manuka honey explored in new study

A new investigation finds that Manuka honey could help with the recovery of patients from certain post-operative infections. This is due to the antimicrobial properties of the chemicals within the honey, confirming some earlier studies.

Microsoft creates first-ever medical school of innovation

The University of South Florida medical school and Microsoft have created the first-ever Medical School of Innovation. Classes begin Jan 13th, 2020, and students will learn from the most recent cutting edge technology

Walgreens’ shares tumble by 5% on earnings posting

Walgreens just released its earnings and fell short by 5 percent.m The healthcare giant is one of many companies in the sector being forced to compete with the likes of Amazon, and the share price drop reflects market uncertainty.

Amazon given access to all 'healthcare information' of NHS Special

Concerns have been expressed by the public and the medical establishment over news that Amazon has been given access to all “healthcare information” of the NHS in England except patients’ records.

Air Doctor launches new telemedicine service

Air Doctor has announced it will make available telemedicine services to all travelers, aimed at improving insurer care, and reducing costs by up to 75 percent.

Q&A: Transforming healthcare through eLearning Special

E-learning is being applied to healthcare in various ways, from helping with trainee nurses to providing support learning to medical staff in mental health issues. Recognized expert Elaine Teale explains more.

Amazon is diving ever deeper into healthcare Special

Amazon is showing an increased interest in healthcare and health-related technology. The latest news is with Amazon announcing it has launched a speech recognition tool for doctors.

Why scientists are using fungi to make medicinal drugs

A new review of reviews finds that an array of products drawn from in excess of 10,000 fungi could be the key to the development of new medicines. Included among the compounds was a product that led to the cholesterol lowering drug lovastatin.

Interview: How to identify lung disease linked to vaping Special

The U.S. CDC has confirmed that EVALI, the name given by the CDC to identify lung disease linked to vaping is caused by illicit THC, not legal vapes. We looks at a new test called Cann-ID will be able to screen for vitamin E acetate.

Q&A: When hackers have your healthcare IT department outgunned Special

Keeping on top of regulations is a burdensome task for any healthcare IT department, including HIPAA compliance, especially when cash-strapped or low in headcount. So what can they do? Max Pruger of Kaseya has some answers.

Telemedicine Report: Patients are keen to use remote services

A new survey finds that 53 percent of the respondents have indicated that a major benefit of Telemedicine Service is to get consultation without leaving the comfort of home. Despite these advantages, the provision and take-up of telemedicine remains slow.
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