Category Archives: Technology

Can Social Networks Change Our Brain?

Scientists funded by the Wellcome Trust have found a direct link between the number of ‘Facebook friends’ a person has and the size of particular brain regions. In a study published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, … Continue reading

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Different Brain Rhythms In Healthy And Ill

Virtual brains modeling epilepsy and schizophrenia display less complexity among functional connections, and other differences compared to healthy brain models, researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine report. The researchers worked backward from brain rhythms – the oscillating … Continue reading

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Mood Swings Tracked By Twitter

Researchers from Cornell University using Twitter to monitor the attitudes of 2.4 million people in 84 countries, found that people all over the world awaken in a good mood – but globally that cheer soon deteriorates once the workday progresses. … Continue reading

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IBM’s Watson Computer Lands A Healthcare Job

Last February, IBM’s Watson computer thrilled “Jeopardy” audiences in February by defeating two human champs in a three-day match. Watson now has a new job. IBM is partnering with WellPoint, a large health insurance plan provider with around 34 million … Continue reading

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First “Virtual” Clinical Trial Allowing Patients to Participate Regardless Of Geography

Pfizer Inc. announced that it is conducting the first-ever randomized clinical trial under an investigational new drug (IND) application that manages study participation entirely using electronic tools and allows patients to participate in the clinical trial regardless of their proximity … Continue reading

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Cell Phone Photos Can Improve Adherence

Journal of Addiction study showed that using a cell phone to take a photo and then send photos of each dose of medication right before taking it may improve treatment adherence in patients with methamphetamine addiction. This simple, cost-effective method … Continue reading

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FDA Proposes Mobile Medical Apps Guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) describes that the use of mobile medical apps on smartphones and tablets is revolutionizing healthcare delivery and cited a projection that by 2015, 500 million smartphone users worldwide will be using a healthcare … Continue reading

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National Library of Medicine launches MedlinePlus Connect

The National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has formally launched MedlinePlus Connect. This free service allows health organizations and health information technology (HIT) providers to link patient … Continue reading

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National Academies Press Offers Free Book Downloads

As of June 2011, all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press (NAP) will be downloadable free of charge to anyone. This includes their current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports published by NAP. … Continue reading

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HHS Proposed Changes to HIPPA Privacy Rule

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is proposing changes to the privacy rule which would allow individuals to know who has accessed their health information. The proposed rule would give people the … Continue reading

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