Cancer survivors in high-deductible health plans more likely to have delayed care

A new study from American Cancer Society investigators finds cancer survivors in high-deductible health plans were more likely to report delaying or foregoing care. The study appears in the Journal of Oncology Practice. The lead author of the study is Zhiyuan “Jason” Zheng, Ph.D., principal scientist, health services research at the American Cancer Society. The researchers explored how high-deductible health […]

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Depression is the single largest predictor of substance use during pregnancy

It is well known that tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis use during pregnancy are associated with poor birth outcomes, yet many women continue to use these substances during pregnancy. Researchers at Western University and its affiliate Brescia University College have now shown that depression is the single largest driver of substance use during pregnancy, highlighting the need for greater supports for […]

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Researchers aim to create AI companion for lonely seniors

Computing scientists at the University of Alberta are taking the first steps toward chatbots that can express and respond to emotion during a conversation—including artificially intelligent companions that could help relieve loneliness for seniors. “Chatbots like Siri or Alexa are primarily used to look up information or do a task for you—answering questions in the shortest time possible,” said computing […]

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3-D miniature livers lead the way to patient-specific drug discovery

The human liver is a vital organ involved in multiple functions. Because susceptibility to liver diseases is highly variable among patients, researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) have engineered a model liver system that can be personalized for disease modeling and drug discovery. In a study that will be published in […]

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DR Congo tests 12 more patients for Ebola

Twelve people were ordered to undergo testing for possible Ebola infection in Goma in DR Congo on Saturday, only days after three patients in the densely populated city tested positive for the disease, the country’s presidency said. “A total of 12 people from various centres on the outskirts (of Goma) are undergoing testing after the response team triggered the alert […]

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Resuscitation mat simplifies cardiac massage

Every year, some 10,000 people in Germany die from cardiac arrest, even though they could have been saved. In fact, only 15 percent of Germans say they would trust themselves to administer cardiac massage in an emergency situation. Now, an innovative new resuscitation mat is set to help inexperienced first responders resuscitate victims in cases of circulatory arrest. Equipped with […]

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Successful first trial for dizziness monitoring device

A groundbreaking device to help patients with dizziness problems has moved a step forward following a successful research study. Researchers from UEA and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) have published the results of the biggest collection of continuous eye movement data after testing the effectiveness of a wearable diagnostic headset. The Continuous Ambulatory Vestibular Assessment (CAVA) aims to […]

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