MSU research: Patients value extended medical interventions – like EEG tests – beyond their clinical us

Electroencephalograms, or EEGs, are tests used to visualize brain activity and diagnose seizures in patients with epilepsy. Research from Michigan State University shows that while practitioners value EEGs for the information they provide, patients value EEGs in ways that far outweigh the test’s clinical utility to practitioners.

Yale New Haven Hospital nationally ranked in 11 specialties by U.S. News & World Report

In addition to earning the sixth spot nationally in Psychiatry, Yale New Haven Hospital ranked well in Obstetrics and Gynecology (#19), Otolaryngology (Ear Nose and Throat) (#27), Geriatrics (#28), Diabetes and Endocrinology (#29) Pulmonology and Lung Surgery (#31), Urology (#31), Heart and Heart Surgery (#43) Cancer (#45), Neurology and Neurosurgery (#48) and Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (#50).

WVU widens service area to assist pregnant women, parenting families

A West Virginia University-led effort is extending its reach to 11 Mountain State counties, providing more low-income pregnant women and families with children access to health care and life skills through the West Virginia Healthy Start/Helping Appalachian Parents and Infants — HAPI — project.

MSU study reveals rapid growth, persistent challenges in telemedicine adoption among US hospitals

A new study led by Michigan State University researchers shows a significant increase in telemedicine services offered by U.S. hospitals from 2017 to 2022, while also highlighting persistent barriers to its full implementation.

2024 US Supreme Court case rulings: MSU experts can comment

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to deliver rulings on a slate of key cases on topics including social media regulation, government agency authority, environmental regulation, homelessness rights, drug company influence and abortion access. Many of the cases this term could affect both government institutions and how people live their private lives.

FAU Researchers Receive $1M in FDOH Grants to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

With this funding, FAU researchers will shed light on the biological functions of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by taking advantage of synthetic chemistry strategies; provide an innovative online screening tool for older drivers with cognitive decline; and gain a deeper understanding of the role of brain cholesterol in AD.

Texas Tech Health El Paso Celebrates Commencement Ceremonies for Hunt School of Nursing and Francis Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

The Hunt School of Nursing commencement ceremony celebrated the achievements of 76 graduates who are completing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree now or in the Summer. Seventy-three graduates are from the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and three are from the RN to BSN program.

ADLM releases guidance to help healthcare professionals navigate respiratory virus testing in a post-COVID world

The Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (ADLM, formerly AACC) has issued a new guidance document that provides expert recommendations on fundamental areas of clinical testing for respiratory viral infections. As respiratory virus testing continues to evolve rapidly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, this guidance aims to ensure that patients benefit fully from emerging technologies in this field.

Study Unveils Balance of AI and Preserving Humanity in Health Care

The survey of more than 1,100 nursing professionals and students shows that more than half express reservations toward the integration of artificial intelligence and 38% question its potential benefits for the nursing field. In addition, despite the potential of telehealth services, 74% of nurses have never utilized them, citing doubts about their efficacy in delivering comprehensive patient care. The new report recommends four strategies for health care organizations to empower nurses in adopting AI.

For Immigrants to Canada, Risk of MS Increases with Proportion of Life Spent There

Immigrants to Canada who have spent a greater proportion of their lives in Canada have a greater risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) than people who have spent a smaller proportion of their lives there, according to a study published in the April 24, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study does not prove that an increased proportion of life in Canada causes MS; it only shows an association.

Educating non-specialists in Mexico: New university course offers hybrid experience

The involvement of primary healthcare providers in epilepsy care can translate to early intervention, education about the condition, and coordination of care. However, many primary healthcare providers do not have sufficient training to care for people with epilepsy, leading to gaps in diagnosis and treatment.

Educando a no especialistas en México: Nuevo curso universitario ofrece experiencia híbrida

Un nuevo curso acreditado sobre epilepsia está educando a una variedad de profesionales de la salud a través de un modelo híbrido. Impartido en español, el curso está atrayendo a médicos de atención primaria, neurólogos, neuropsicólogos y antropólogos.

Thinking outside the doctor’s office: Poll looks at older adults’ use of urgent care, retail clinics and more

Most older adults have embraced non-traditional sites for getting medical care that didn’t exist when they were younger, a new poll suggests. In the past two years, 60% of people age 50 to 80 have visited an urgent care clinic, or a clinic based in a retail store, workplace or vehicle.

In the Resuscitation Discussion, Do Words Matter Between Doctors and Patients?

Adults 65 and older, who were hospitalized for a variety of medical conditions, had highly satisfying conversations about whether they wanted CPR, regardless of whether doctors used the terms “allow a natural death” or “do not resuscitate” for indicating no CPR, according to a pilot study by Rutgers Health researchers.

The study, which found 83 percent wished to be resuscitated, is the first to report on the resuscitation preferences for general inpatients older than age 65.

JMIR Dermatology Invites Submissions on Diversity in Dermatology

JMIR Publications is pleased to announce a new theme issue titled “Diversity in Dermatology” in JMIR Dermatology. The premier, peer-reviewed journal is indexed in Sherpa Romeo, Scopus, DOAJ, CABI, and PubMed Central/PubMed and is the official journal of the International Society of Digital Health in Dermatology (ISDHD).

DNA Aptamer Drug Sensors Instantly Detect Cocaine, Heroin and Fentanyl – Even When Combined With Other Drugs

Researchers have developed a new generation of high-performance DNA aptamers and highly accurate drug sensors for cocaine and other opioids. The sensors are drug specific and can detect trace amounts of fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine – even when these drugs are mixed with other drugs or with cutting agents and adulterants such as caffeine, sugar, or procaine.

New AI Technique Significantly Boosts Medicare Fraud Detection

In Medicare insurance fraud detection, handling imbalanced big data and high dimensionality remains a significant challenge. Systematically testing two imbalanced big Medicare datasets, researchers demonstrate that intelligent data reduction techniques improve the classification of high imbalanced big Medicare data.

Women stroke survivors believe they will receive worse care in the emergency room

Women who have survived a stroke believe they are less likely to receive adequate emergency care – based on gender and race or ethnicity, a study shows. Researchers say future studies must focus on whether the beliefs these women hold about emergency care are leading to delays in stroke care.

GW Experts Available: More than 75,000 union health care workers are set to strike Wednesday

More than 75,000 Kaiser Permanente health care workers are poised to walk off the job in five states and the District of Columbia after labor talks failed to advance over the weekend. A coalition of unions representing Kaiser workers had…

Ochsner Health to integrate generative AI into patient messaging

A small group of Ochsner clinicians will participate in testing a new Epic feature that drafts responses to routine patient requests, which will then be reviewed and edited by the clinicians. The feature is meant to speed up app response time to patients and allows doctors to spend more time with patients.

FAU Receives $750,000 Philanthropic Grant for Alzheimer’s Disease

A $750,000 philanthropic grant from the Carl Angus DeSantis Foundation will help FAU develop partnerships and programs that will establish best practice for coordinated care and research for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

New Online Tool Available to Help Health Care Providers Identify a Hard to Diagnose Breast Cancer

A new diagnostic scoring system, developed by renowned breast cancer experts, is now available as an easy-to-use online tool through Susan G. Komen®, the world’s leading breast cancer organization. This tool will help health care providers recognize and effectively diagnose a rare and aggressive breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer.

Study: health equity an important aspect of improving quality of care provided to children in emergency departments

A new multi-site study led by Indiana University School of Medicine found increasing pediatric readiness in emergency departments reduces, but does not eliminate, racial and ethnic disparities in children and adolescents with acute medical emergencies.

U.S. Infant Mortality Declined, But Low Birth Weight, Preterm Births Increased

Researchers examined time trends and racial inequities in infant mortality, low birth weight and preterm births from 2007 to 2019. Results showed that from 2014 to 2019 infant mortality fell, while low birth weight and preterm births rose. For all three indicators, researchers reported significant inequities between white and Black infants. When compared with white infants, Black infants experienced a significant twofold greater infant mortality and low birth weight and one-and-a-half times greater preterm birth rate.

Service-Obligated Program Providers Help Address Health Worker Shortages in New York State

The Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) at the University at Albany’s School of Public Health released a new report— Service-Obligated Providers in New York State —that shows how service-obligated programs are helping fill critical health care gaps in underserved regions across New York State.
The report maps where health care professionals who received incentives, such as loan repayment, are fulfilling their service obligations, and includes regional breakdowns by provider type and programs utilized.

Can Recruiting International Nurses Address the U.S. Nursing Shortage?

The United States is facing a nursing staffing crisis, with high turnover rates exacerbated by poor management practices. To address this issue, some healthcare organizations and policymakers have turned to recruiting internationally educated nurses, but this alone is not a sustainable solution.

Moving epilepsy care closer to home: Dr. Gagandeep Singh and Dr. Meenakshi Sharma

Can bringing epilepsy care to people’s homes improve outcomes? ILAE spoke with two researchers who conducted a randomized trial of home-based care versus clinic-based care in northern India. Those receiving the home-based care, delivered by community health workers, had better outcomes.