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Infographic – Nations with Most Organ Donors

Organ donation chart

Data from surveys conducted by the international polling company Ipsos show percentages of respondents willing to donate their organs upon their death. . . . → Read More: Infographic – Nations with Most Organ Donors

Infographic – 72,000 Opioid Overdose Deaths in 2017

Drug overdose deaths

A preliminary report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than 72,000 deaths from opioid overdose were reported for 2017. . . . → Read More: Infographic – 72,000 Opioid Overdose Deaths in 2017

Despite Crisis, U.S. Prescription Opioid Use Remains High

Pills and capsules

A review of insurance claims over a 10-year period shows prescription opioid use in the U.S. remains at a high level with few signs of declining, despite repeated and vocal public concerns about these drugs. . . . → Read More: Despite Crisis, U.S. Prescription Opioid Use Remains High

Technique Assessed for Comparing Effectiveness Between Drugs

Analytics

An academic-industry research team validated a statistical technique to evaluate the effectiveness of different drugs treating the same disease, without conducting separate head-to-head clinical trials. . . . → Read More: Technique Assessed for Comparing Effectiveness Between Drugs

Lyme Disease Reported Increasing, Spreading in U.S.

Adult deer tick

A medical diagnostics company released a report today showing the number of cases of Lyme disease is increasing over the past 8 years, and spreading to more parts of the U.S. . . . → Read More: Lyme Disease Reported Increasing, Spreading in U.S.

Wearables, Game App Help Boost Exercise Levels

Woman walking and reading

A study assessing FitBit devices and a game-style mobile app shows a combination of the technologies results in more exercise by office workers, at least at the outset, than just the FitBit alone. . . . → Read More: Wearables, Game App Help Boost Exercise Levels

New Models Improve Suicide Risk Predictions

Woman at window

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

SBIRT tablet app

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

Crowdfunding graphic

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

Influenza virus

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