‘Curved’ Walking and a Depth Camera: New Tool Detects Early Cognitive Decline

Gait impairments often are prevalent in the early stages of cognitive decline. Researchers quantitatively compared straight walking and curved walking – a more natural yet complex activity – in healthy older adults and adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). A depth camera detected and tracked 25 joints of body movement and signals were processed to extract 50 gait markers. Intriguingly, curved walking illuminated notable disparities between the study groups.

Experts available to discuss potential harm to patients from AI-based software in doctor’s offices

In a new commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty warn against the use of AI-driven software tools and other large language models to summarize patient medical data without…

American Joint Replacement Registry Releases 10th Annual Report

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the cornerstone of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Registry Program, published its 2023 Annual Report on hip and knee arthroplasty procedural trends and patient outcomes today.

Recovery Checkups in Primary Care Settings Linked to Increased Substance Use Treatment and Reduced Alcohol and Cannabis Use in Patients with Complex Needs

Highly vulnerable patients with alcohol use disorder (AUD) or substance use disorder (SUD) who received regular assessments after their initial intervention had substantially better outcomes a year later than those who did not receive the same follow-up, according to a new study. Fewer than one in ten people with SUD receive any form of treatment in a given year; among those who do, relapse and treatment reentry are common. A Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) protocol is intended to facilitate treatment referrals, especially among patients with more severe SUDs, but research has shown it to be relatively ineffective in that regard. Adding a Recovery Management Checkup (RMC) intervention can improve treatment rates; RMC conceptualizes AUD and SUD as chronic conditions requiring longer-term monitoring via regular check-ins, early re-intervention in cases of relapse, and treatment retention strategies. For the study in Alcohol: Clinical & Experimental Resear

Mount Sinai Announces Partnership With the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan Focusing on Artificial Intelligence to Transform Cardiovascular Research

Agreement aims to help make clinical trials more efficient and lead to faster advances in patient care

Foundation for Women’s Cancer Commemorates Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month with Vital Educational Outreach and Resourceful Toolkit

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC) recognizes September as Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month annually, and this year is sharing an array of impactful resources aimed at raising awareness about gynecologic cancers and promoting education. FWC provides free educational materials and informative trainings and webinars year-round, and this month will be featuring new and existing resources for those at risk to develop gyn cancer, as well as gyn cancer patients, caregivers, survivors, and health care professionals.

Nevada Governor Signs Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant Licensure Bill

Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo signed into law Assembly Bill 270, which authorizes licensure of certified anesthesiologist assistants (CAAs) to provide anesthesia care in the state. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the Nevada State Society of Anesthesiologists (NSSA) applaud this action, which will make the services of CAAs available to Nevada patients.

Music beats beeps: Researchers find redesigned medical alarms can better alert staff and improve patient experience

Changing the tune of hospital medical devices could improve public health, according to researchers at McMaster University and Vanderbilt University.
“By simply changing the sounds in medical devices, we can improve the quality of healthcare delivery and even save lives,” said Michael Schutz, co-author and professor of music cognition and percussion at McMaster.

Expert: 5 Simple Techniques to Keep Holiday Stress in Check

For many, the holidays are affectionately considered the most wonderful time of the year. But for some, the stress of the season can simply be too much to bear. Let’s face it: no matter what camp you’re in, the holidays can be heavy. From holiday shopping and travel to countless gatherings with friends and co-workers, family dinners, or thoughts of loved ones not with us this year, these months can make even the most jolly among us feel a little frazzled.

American Society of Anesthesiologists Welcomes GE Healthcare as Industry Supporter

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced GE Healthcare, a global medical technology and digital solutions company, as a new ASA Industry Supporter, bolstering the work of the Society in improving patient safety and the delivery of high-quality care before, during, and after surgery.

AAOS Comments on Proposed Medicare Payment Policy Changes for 2023

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) issued formal comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the agency’s proposed payment policy changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2023. In both letters, AAOS urged the agency to address growing health care costs, expand access to care and ease physician burden as they continue to navigate patient care, amidst financial and practice management challenges exacerbated by the pandemic.

Nurses Remain Passionate Despite Historical Issues in Need of Reform, According to Annual Industry Survey

A national survey of 2,000 employed and student nurses showed that nurses remain passionate about patient care despite ongoing industry challenges. Areas of dissatisfaction include pay rates/ compensation (86 percent), staff shortages (53 percent), stress (39 percent) and burnout (35 percent). Results also showed that 28 percent of nurses indicated their desire to leave the profession had increased dramatically since the pandemic, while those who said their desire to stay had increased since the pandemic dropped from 24 percent last year to 4 percent this year.

UC San Diego Health Ranks #1 Regionally by U.S. News & World Report

UC San Diego Health top ranked in 10 medical and surgical specialties, among the nation’s best.

FAU Announces Formation of FAU Health Network

Three South Florida counties that collectively are home to the largest metropolitan population in the state will soon be served by an academic health network that is a true collaboration of the region’s leading public and private academic and medical leaders.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Research Explores Quality and Access to Patient Care

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation announced research results from four studies examining access to care and outcomes for patients living with pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease.

Rutgers Names Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Innovation and Data Analytics

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences’ Office of Clinical and Health Affairs has appointed Andrew M. Evens, professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, associate director of clinical services for Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and medical director of the oncology service line at RWJBarnabas Health as associate vice chancellor for Clinical Innovation and Data Analytics, a new initiative harnessing evidence-based practices and artificial intelligence to identify patient needs, enhance clinical innovation and improve health outcomes.

Mobile apps can help those suffering from hypertension, improve communication between patients and providers

The use of physician-monitored mobile apps for tracking blood pressure can help curb the effects of chronic hypertension and improve communication between patients and providers, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Memorial Cancer Institute Together with FAU Research Partnership Earn ‘Cancer Center of Excellence’ Designation

A research partnership formed just last year by Memorial Healthcare System and Florida Atlantic University is already being recognized for quality care, results, and advances in research, and that’s great news for patients fighting cancer in South Florida. The alliance between Memorial’s Cancer Institute and FAU (MCIFAU) has been recognized by the state’s Department of Health as a “Florida Cancer Center of Excellence.” It becomes just the fifth in the state, out of more than 80 competitors, to earn the designation.

FAU Launches New Telehealth Certification Course

A new, 20-hour telehealth certification course provides the essential knowledge to deliver skilled telehealth services. The fully online course addresses telehealth platforms and models for practice; evidence-based telehealth technology; quality improvement measures; regulation, policy and reimbursement; telehealth inter-professional practice and specialized populations; and telehealth and the future.

Perfect Match: FAU and Memorial Healthcare System Establish Research Partnership

South Florida giants in higher education and healthcare have joined forces to form an alliance that will advance clinical research and clinical trials in the region. Florida Atlantic University and Memorial Healthcare System in Broward County have formed a “Research Partnership to Advance Clinical Trials” (Research PACT), which combines their expertise and resources in clinical research, clinical trials, basic research and translational biomedical research.