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Solving a medical mystery: Cause of rare type of dwarfism discovered

For children born with Saul-Wilson syndrome, and their parents, much of their lives are spent searching for answers. First defined in 1990, only 14 cases are known worldwide. And the cause of the syndrome—characterized by short stature, microcephaly (small head), hearing loss and early developmental delays—remained unknown. Today, these individuals have answers. “This is the […]

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Tips Provided for Budgeting in Medical Residency

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 — Medical residents should start budgeting and save for the future, according to an article published in the American Medical Association AMA Wire. Noting that medical residents are expected to manage complicated finances, the author of the article provides several pieces of essential financial advice. Medical residents must understand their income; […]

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Physician Assistants Match Medical Residents in ICU Skills

FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 — Physician assistants (PAs) exhibit equal performance on clinical skills as medical residents (MRs) with six to 24 months of experience in the intensive care unit (ICU), according to a study recently published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. Anneke J.A.H. van Vught, Ph.D., from the HAN University of […]

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It’s 2018. Do you know where your medical records are?

Can you imagine a future where the question “Did you bring a copy of your test results?” becomes entirely unnecessary? That could happen, but the methods that most health care providers use to exchange health care information are little different than they were 5,000 years ago, when physicians caring for the same patient exchanged scrolls […]

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Wearable devices: Useful medical insights or just more data?

Wearable devices are increasingly bought to track and measure health and sports performance: from the number of steps walked each day to a person’s metabolic efficiency, from the quality of brain function to the quantity of oxygen inhaled while asleep. But the truth is we know very little about how well these sensors and machines […]

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SPIE journal announces public access to largest multi-lesion medical imaging dataset

A paper published today in the Journal of Medical Imaging – “DeepLesion: Automated mining of large-scale lesion annotations and universal lesion detection with deep learning,—announced the open availability of the largest CT lesion-image database accessible to the public. Such data are the foundations for the training sets of machine-learning algorithms; until now, large-scale annotated radiological […]

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Patient Experience Officers Can Play Key Role in Medical Offices

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 — A patient experience officer is an increasingly important new role in physician practices, according to an article recently published in Physicians Practice. This new role involves a designated employee responsible for making sure the entire experience is in line with patients’ expectations, including the experience they have from scheduling the […]

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Why vaccine opponents think they know more than medical experts

One of the most contentious areas of health policy over the past two decades has been the safety of vaccination. Vaccines prevent the outbreak of diseases that used to be widespread, like polio, and scientific consensus strongly supports their safety. Yet many Americans refuse or delay the vaccination of their children out of fear that […]