Know All About Deadly Infection

A 37-year-old man in Hong Kong tested positive for the rare human B virus after being attacked by a wild monkey. The virus can lead to severe brain damage or death and can be transmitted through bites, scratches, or contact with saliva, feces, urine, or tissue from infected monkeys. Symptoms of infection include flu-like symptoms,…

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EConsent Workflows Must Evolve to Support Interoperability and Health Equity

A webinar on April 16 at 1pm ET will discuss how healthcare organizations and health tech companies can collaborate to improve interoperability through eConsent, moderated by Aneesh Chopra. The panel, including representatives from DocuSign and Velatura, will focus on streamlining patient consent for sharing protected health information (PHI), complying with regulations, and improving care coordination….

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Government approves further expansion of role of pharmacists 

The Cabinet has approved new legislative amendments to expand pharmacists’ responsibilities, including the ability to prescribe. The Expert Taskforce on Pharmacy in Ireland has been reviewing the role of pharmacists in primary care and has made recommendations for changes. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has secured approval for an amendment to the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill…

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Standards of Care encourages more people with diabetes to use CGM

The 2024 ADA Standards of Care recommend continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) for all people with type 1 diabetes. CGM, along with certain insulins, can help people recognize, prevent, and treat hypoglycemia. Joanne Rinker, a board-certified advanced diabetes manager, highlighted these changes at a conference. Providers are encouraged to offer CGM to all adults on insulin,…

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Intra-Cellular reports positive results in depression study

Intra-Cellular Therapies announced positive results from a Phase 3 clinical trial for its antipsychotic medicine Caplyta in treating major depressive disorder. The study showed a significant reduction in depressive symptoms compared to a placebo on the MADRS scale. The drug also demonstrated benefits on a patient-reported measure of depression severity. Common side effects included dry…

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NHS England does U turn on staff mental health service after outcry by doctors

NHS England has initially decided to stop accepting new sign-ups to the NHS Practitioner Health program, which provides mental health and addiction services to healthcare professionals. This decision sparked dismay and disbelief among doctors, prompting NHS England to reverse the decision. The organization stated that they are reviewing staff support options for mental health across…

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New guidelines reflect growing use of AI in health care research

New guidelines called TRIPOD+AI have been introduced to update the reporting standards for clinical prediction models, reflecting the increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) in medical decision-making tools. These guidelines aim to improve transparency and accuracy in studies developing and evaluating AI prediction models, emphasizing trustworthiness, fairness, and the importance of reporting. Led by researchers…

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