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Wearable Device Cleared for Use During Opioid Detoxification

Wearable Device Cleared for Use During Opioid Detoxification

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Electrical pulses are sent through small needles that are inserted in the ear to combat the early stages of detoxification, leading to stabilization.

Facial Morphing Program May Deter Young Adults From Tanning

Facial Morphing Program May Deter Young Adults From Tanning

A facial morphing intervention may reduce skin cancer risk behaviors among young adults, according to a study published in the June issue of Body Image.

Digital Detoxing Linked to Improved Physical and Mental Well-Being

Digital Detoxing Linked to Improved Physical and Mental Well-Being

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One suggestion for digital detoxing is to remove any distractions that don't involve work, family, friends, or health, which means muting any extra notifications or alerts.

Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed

Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed

Allied health providers had higher median overall satisfaction scores vs physicians who practiced within a specialty.

Telehealth-Delivered Behavioral Therapy, Supportive Care Beneficial for Low Back Pain

Telehealth-Delivered Behavioral Therapy, Supportive Care Beneficial for Low Back Pain

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Cognitive behavioral therapy and supportive care psychotherapy, both delivered by nurses over the telephone, may offer comparable benefits for the management of chronic back pain.

Marketing of Genetic Testing for BRCA Mutation Proves Both Promising and Problematic

Marketing of Genetic Testing for BRCA Mutation Proves Both Promising and Problematic

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23andMe referred to the FDA decision as a "milestone in consumer health empowerment."

Older Adults Often Reluctant to Set Up Secure Patient Portal

Older Adults Often Reluctant to Set Up Secure Patient Portal

Some adults who had not set up a patient portal expressed concerns about doing so, including 27 percent who were very concerned about the chance of error relative to talking to someone by phone or in person.

The Role of AI Computer Vision in Patient Care

The Role of AI Computer Vision in Patient Care

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Computer vision — the system currently used in Google's self-driving cars — can be applied to the health care industry.

FDA Approves AI Algorithm That Helps Detect Wrist Fractures

FDA Approves AI Algorithm That Helps Detect Wrist Fractures

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OsteoDetect is a computer-aided detection and diagnostic software that uses an algorithm to analyze 2-D wrist radiographs for signs of distal radius fracture.

Promotion Trumps Education in Direct-to-Consumer Drug Advertisements

Promotion Trumps Education in Direct-to-Consumer Drug Advertisements

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Few advertisements discussed the conditions' biologic nature, risk factors or causes, or prevalence in the population.

Teledermatology Could Expedite Care for Suspected Skin Cancer

Teledermatology Could Expedite Care for Suspected Skin Cancer

Teledermatology is slightly more expensive but can expedite time to clinical resolution.

Social Media Negatively Affects Body Satisfaction in Women

Social Media Negatively Affects Body Satisfaction in Women

Time spent on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest correlated with higher scores on thin-ideal internalization.

Social Hygiene: Screening for Social Media Addiction in Adolescent Patients

Social Hygiene: Screening for Social Media Addiction in Adolescent Patients

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Adolescents love their phones. But what is the downside of this addictive technology?

Ethically Using a Personal "Brand" in Plastic Surgery Advertisements

Ethically Using a Personal "Brand" in Plastic Surgery Advertisements

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Although social media advertising is an innovative and useful tool, there are risks to patients who are exposed to a physician's "brand" through social media.

Best Practices Developed for Use of EHR to Enhance Patient Care

Best Practices Developed for Use of EHR to Enhance Patient Care

HUMAN LEVEL is a useful mnemonic device that can be used to remember the best practices for using EHRs during patient encounters.

Crowdfunding Campaigns Downplay Risks Associated With Stem-Cell Based Treatments

Crowdfunding Campaigns Downplay Risks Associated With Stem-Cell Based Treatments

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Online crowdfunding platforms have become popular avenues for patients to raise funds for treatments not covered by insurance.

Pokémon Go Gameplay Increases Player Well-Being

Pokémon Go Gameplay Increases Player Well-Being

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The Pokémon Go smartphone app offers technology that may act as a behavioral activation and exposure tool.

Regulatory Requirements Drive Dissatisfaction With EHRs

Regulatory Requirements Drive Dissatisfaction With EHRs

Physicians outside of the United States are more likely to report satisfaction with electronic health record systems, citing it as a tool that improved efficiency.

Challenges in Defining Normality in Precision Medicine and Big Data

Challenges in Defining Normality in Precision Medicine and Big Data

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The definition of "normal" is being debated as precision medicine becomes more common.

Many Organizations Not Meeting Trial Reporting Requirements

Many Organizations Not Meeting Trial Reporting Requirements

Final Rule compliance date for organizations was April 18, 2017.

Communication Breakdown: Using Social Media in Medicine

Communication Breakdown: Using Social Media in Medicine

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Social media has proven to be an important tool across all professional fields, including medicine.

PCP eConsult Specialty Referral System Improves Care Access but Increases Workload

PCP eConsult Specialty Referral System Improves Care Access but Increases Workload

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Although the eConsult system expedites patient access to specialty services, it can lead to increased workload — and subsequent burnout — among physicians.

Net Neutrality Repeal Stands to Disrupt Medical Education, Clinical Training

Net Neutrality Repeal Stands to Disrupt Medical Education, Clinical Training

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Following the repeal of net neutrality regulations, public focus has been on consumer internet use, but medical education may also suffer.

Phone App Linked to Improved Psoriasis Treatment Adherence

Phone App Linked to Improved Psoriasis Treatment Adherence

Use of a smartphone app may improve short-term adherence to a cutaneous foam psoriasis treatment.

Medication Adherence, Blood Pressure Reduction Assessed With Smartphone App Use

Medication Adherence, Blood Pressure Reduction Assessed With Smartphone App Use

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While smartphone app use led to increased medication adherence, corresponding drops in systolic blood pressure were not seen.

Improved Care Efficiency Requires a More Manageable System

Improved Care Efficiency Requires a More Manageable System

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As technologic tools in clinical practice becomes more standard, it is easy for physicians to become burdened.

Suggestions Offered to Reduce Physician Frustration With EHRs

Suggestions Offered to Reduce Physician Frustration With EHRs

Changes can be implemented to help reduce physician frustration with electronic health records.

Online Physician Reviews Don't Reflect Patient Satisfaction Surveys

Online Physician Reviews Don't Reflect Patient Satisfaction Surveys

An improved mechanism for online ratings should be implemented to better inform patients about a physician's reputation.

Risks and Benefits of FDA "Pre-Cert" Program for Medical Software Devices Examined

Risks and Benefits of FDA "Pre-Cert" Program for Medical Software Devices Examined

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The FDA Digital Health Software Precertification Program represents a feasible solution to regulate software classified as a medical device.

Department of Health and Human Services Resource Improves Patient Health Information Access

Department of Health and Human Services Resource Improves Patient Health Information Access

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The new HSS Resource encourages patients to request — and use — their health record information.

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