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New Models Improve Suicide Risk Predictions

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Statistical models derived from data in electronic health records and standard questionnaires for depression are shown to better predict a person’s risk of suicide following a doctor’s office or mental health clinic visit. . . . → Read More: New Models Improve Suicide Risk Predictions

Mobile App Helps Screen for Substance Abuse

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A mobile app written for computer tablets was designed by a New York medical center to help clinicians screen patients for signs of addiction or substance abuse, and refer individuals for treatment. . . . → Read More: Mobile App Helps Screen for Substance Abuse

Crowdfunding Found Supporting Dubious Stem Cell Clinics

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More people now use crowdfunding campaigns to raise money to cover families’ medical costs, but the technique is also used to support treatments from stem cell clinics that exaggerate their outcomes and minimize their risks. . . . → Read More: Crowdfunding Found Supporting Dubious Stem Cell Clinics

Trial Underway Testing Universal Flu Vaccine

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A clinical trial is recruiting participants to test a vaccine to protect against a variety of influenza strains, instead of today’s vaccines designed to prevent infections from specific strains expected in a given year. . . . → Read More: Trial Underway Testing Universal Flu Vaccine

Global Health R&D Cuts Threaten U.S. Economy, Jobs

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An analysis of the impact of proposed cuts in funds for research and development on technologies to address global health needs shows the U.S. economy benefits directly from this spending, including support of many jobs in nearly all states. . . . → Read More: Global Health R&D Cuts Threaten U.S. Economy, Jobs

Kaiser Permanente to Spend $2M on Gun Injury Research

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The health care provider Kaiser Permanente plans to spend $2 million on research into preventing injuries and death from firearms, as well as begin an internal task force on firearm injury prevention. . . . → Read More: Kaiser Permanente to Spend $2M on Gun Injury Research

Complications Can Result from Plastic Surgery Tourism

Surgeons at a Boston hospital report a continuing flow of cases where people go overseas for plastic surgery, only to encounter complications needing repair, including drug-resistant bacterial infections, after they return. . . . → Read More: Complications Can Result from Plastic Surgery Tourism

Drug Shown Able to Kill Malaria-Carrier Mosquitoes

A clinical trial in Kenya shows blood from people who take a current anti-parasite drug can kill mosquitoes carrying malaria, offering a potential new strategy for controlling this disease. . . . → Read More: Drug Shown Able to Kill Malaria-Carrier Mosquitoes

Infographic – Fastest Job Growth Seen in Health, Tech

We report on business developments in areas affected by science that includes many aspects of health care and information technology, and which according to a chart released this week by Statista account for the jobs with the fastest growth in the U.S. during the past 10 years. . . . → Read More: Infographic – Fastest Job Growth Seen in Health, Tech

Hospital Costs Lead to Fewer Bankruptcies Than Thought

An analysis of medical records and financial data show bankruptcies from costs of hospitalization occur less often than anticipated, but health care expenses overall have other long-term negative effects on personal finances. . . . → Read More: Hospital Costs Lead to Fewer Bankruptcies Than Thought