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Making medical visits easier via scheduling app: Interview Special

The payments company First Data / Clover has announced a partnering with CareCloud to release Breeze, the first app to make medical visits less painful by reducing administration. To find out more we spoke with Clover Cofounder Mark Schulze.

Digital healthcare requires new workforce skills and strategy

Digital healthcare represents a fast-moving field. However, as a new survey indicates, job skills are creating unevenness within the field — and problems for the industry overall.

Digital health technology needs to be patient-centric

The next wave of digital health technology needs to focus on the patient experience, either in the way patients interact with technology or the way the use it. This is a key finding from a new report into the state of pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

3D printing could lead to reduced vaccination rates

Boston - The number of required individual vaccinations could fall dramatically thanks to a new scientific breakthrough, potentially leading to an increase in the vaccination rate. A new process uses drug-carrying "microparticles" to slowly release medications.

Crowdsourcing innovations to tackle Alzheimer’s

A group of scientists and advocates have come together to crowdsource a new approach progress leapfrog scientific understanding and to side-step the obstacles for researching Alzheimer’s disease.

Australian researchers say they can stop melanoma spreading

Sydney - Researchers say a combination of new treatments can stop the world's deadliest form of skin cancer -- melanoma -- in its tracks and halt its spread to other organs.

New artificial intelligence based system to read medical images

Shanghai - An artificial intelligence based system called VoxelCloud can read medical images and provide insights to doctors for an accurate diagnosis. Systems have been developed for diagnosing lung cancer, retinal diseases, and coronary heart disease.

Artificial intelligence is aiding pathologists

Several artificial intelligence systems are appearing within the laboratory marketplace aimed at aiding the pathologist in making faster and more accurate decisions in relation to disease diagnosis.

Lasers used to detect heart attacks

Patients at risk from heart problems can have these risks detected earlier due to the application of laser technology. Through the use of near-infrared light medics can identify high-risk arterial plaques.

Softer robotic arm for endoscopic surgery

Endoscopy is not the most pleasant of procedures. To make the process faster and less discomforting for the patient, medical technologists have devised a smaller, smarter, softer robotic arm.

Innovation for safe transport and storage of medication

Paris - A new health innovation has been launched. Called LifeinaBox, it is the world’s smallest fridge, for the safe transport and storage of medication.

New wearable predicts if you’re getting flu

Boston - A new type of wearable thermometer allows researchers to gather data to make predictions of seasonal influenza outbreaks. The device sends data to the Thermia online health educational tool.

Diagnostic tool printed for portable disease testing

Scientists from Duke University have used an inkjet printed tool for conducting diagnostic testing for use in point-of-care settings. The aim is to screen patients for markers of specific diseases.

Healthcare providers are looking to digital prescribing

Douglas - Obtaining prescriptions for medications can be a long, drawn-out experience. This process can be made faster, especially for repeat prescriptions, using digital prescribing.

Poor sleep is as damaging as binge drinking

New research from Canada, which has used digital research techniques, has concluded that sleep deprivation, long term, can be as damaging as alcohol abuse over an equally long period.

Is there a biological explanation for schizophrenia?

Unusual research suggests there may be a biological basis to certain forms of schizophrenia. Here researchers injected cells from schizophrenia patients into mice to observe the results.

Applying artificial intelligence to identify schizophrenia

Identifying the neuroimaging-based patterns which may offer clues for schizophrenia is complex. This task could be made easier thanks to developments with artificial intelligence.

S. Korean rapper T.O.P gets suspended sentence for drug use

Seoul - South Korean pop star T.O.P received Thursday a 10-month suspended jail sentence for smoking marijuana multiple times last year, weeks after being hospitalised for a drugs overdose.

Cases of superbug Clostridium difficile increase

The most troubling cases of C. difficile infection, termed multiple recurring C. difficile infections (mrCDI), are becoming more common, according to a new university research study.

Growth in online medical information platforms

Toronto - The Internet has expanded the different ways through which patients can access health information and many people, especially the younger generation, are turning to Internet-based doctors.

New open software allows diagnosis of genetic diseases

Genetic diseases are difficult to diagnose and the accuracy (or otherwise) of the diagnosis impact upon patient health. To help with this a new open-source software tool called Mendel, MD has been launched.

Alzheimer's disease: Brain health linked to physical activity

Those considered at risk from Alzheimer's disease, and perform moderate-intensity physical activity, appear more likely to have a glucose metabolism in their brain. Such a pattern is associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer's development.

Drinking ground coffee improves nose and throat surgery

Barcelona - Researchers have produced a so-termed 'granular jamming cap', which is filled with coffee grounds. This contraption can improve the accuracy of the tracking systems used by surgeons for nose and throat surgery.

Big step towards an HIV cure

How can the quest for a cure for HIV be achieved if there is no sure test to show that the virus has been eliminated from the body? This could be set to change. Scientists have announced a test sensitive enough to detect 'hidden' HIV.

Palm-sized medical gamma-ray camera launched

Scientists have invented a Compton camera weighing just 580 grams. The camera visualizes gamma rays of different energies. in tests the camera has produced high-resolution, multicolor 3D molecular images of a live mouse.

Best and worst U.S. states for nurses revealed

If you're living in or planning to visit the U.S., where are the best places to receive nursing care? Wisconsin is one of them. How about the worst? Best to avoid the District of Columbia.

Signal-sending smart bandage in development

Swansea - A 'smart' bandage that can detect how a wound is healing and send electronic messages back to doctors is in development. The bandage could be in hospitals within a year.

Playing Tetris can help the recovery of trauma victims

Oxford - Can playing Tetris ease the minds after a traumatic event? New research suggests this is the case provided that the game is played within six hours of a traumatic incident happening.

Solar-powered skin developed for prosthetic limbs

Glasgow - Prosthetic limbs and bionics continue to advance, restoring mobility to patients who have suffered injuries. One new innovation is powering artificial limbs with energy derived from solar power.

Blood test can forecast heart attacks

Boston - A new blood test has the potential to predict some types of heart attack. It has been developed at by Prevencio Inc. and evaluated at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
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