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Telemedicine Catches Blinding Disease in Premature Babies

Telemedicine is an effective strategy to screen for the potentially blinding disease known as retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), according to a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI). The investigators say that the approach, if adopted broadly, could help ease the strain on hospitals with limited access to ophthalmologists and lead to better care for infants in underserved areas of the country. NEI is a part of the National Institutes of Health. Read more...

Health IT Space for Health IT Professionals

Health IT Space

DAVID eHealth & Pharma UG, a research and development SME, has launched the beta version of the first business social networking platform for health IT professionals, named Health IT Space (Europe). Read more...

Video Games, Social Networks, Chat Rooms, May Help Prevent HIV

While many HIV prevention interventions have traditionally been delivered face-to-face, a study from Columbia University School of Nursing suggests that digital outreach efforts delivered via text messages, interactive games, chat rooms, and social networks may be an effective way to reach at-risk younger men. The research review, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, found that eHealth interventions are associated with reductions in risky sexual behaviors and increases in HIV testing among men who have sex with men. Read more...

Imaging Scientists Develop a Better Tool for Tracking MS

Imaging scientists at Western University's Robarts Research Institute (London, Canada) have developed a better way to track the progression of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) from its earliest stages. Led by Ravi Menon, PhD, the researchers used what's called "Quantitative Susceptibility (QS) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)," to measure damage in specific areas of the brain which the study showed to be common to all patients. Read more...

CathMaps+ Recognized for Its Mapping/Location Based Technology

CathMaps+ has been named a Finalist in the 2014 Appy Awards, which is sponsored annually by MediaPost. The 'Appys' are dedicated to acknowledging creativity and excellence in app design. CathMaps+ was selected as a finalist in the category of mapping and location-based technology for its ability to locate the nearest cardiac catheterization lab (cath lab) anywhere in the world in case of a cardiac emergency. Read more...

A Lab in Your Pocket

When you get sick, your physician may take a sample of your blood, send it to the lab and wait for results. In the near future, however, doctors may be able to run those tests almost instantly on a piece of plastic about the size of credit card. Read more...

GaitTrack App Makes Cellphone a Medical Monitor

By simply carrying around their cellphones, patients who suffer from chronic disease could soon have an accurate health monitor that warns their doctors when their symptoms worsen. GaitTrack, an app developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the U. of I. at Chicago, turns a smartphone into a sophisticated medical device. Read more...

MRI-Guided Biopsy for Brain Cancer Improves Diagnosis, California First

Neurosurgeons at UC San Diego Heath System have, for the first time, combined real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology with novel non-invasive cellular mapping techniques to develop a new biopsy approach that increases the accuracy of diagnosis for patients with brain cancer. Read more...

The Personal Connected Health Alliance Launches with Goal to Improve Health and Wellness through Connected Technologies

The Personal Connected Health Alliance, an international non-profit organization established by Continua Health Alliance, mHealth Summit and HIMSS to represent the consumer voice in personal connected health, formally launched. PCHA will build upon the global reach, leadership and resources of its founding organizations, to ensure that personal connected health technologies, such as smartphones, mobile apps, sensors and personal health tracking devices, are user-friendly, secure and can easily collect, display and relay personal health data. Read more...

3-D Printing Cancer Cells to Mimic Tumors

A group of researchers in China and the US have successfully created a 3D model of a cancerous tumour using a 3D printer. The model, which consists of a scaffold of fibrous proteins coated in cervical cancer cells, has provided a realistic 3D representation of a tumour's environment and could help in the discovery of new drugs and cast new light on how tumours develop, grow and spread throughout the body. Read more...