The National Institute on Aging issued a $17.8 million grant for a multi-institution study using artificial intelligence to analyze genetic, imaging and clinical data from more than 60,000 Alzheimer's disease patients to identify early biomarkers and potential treatment targets. Machine learning will help researchers find patterns and interactions in combined datasets, says informatics professor Li Shen, one of the principal investigators on the 5-year study.
Three medical centers in Canada have rolled out Apple Health Records to their patients for viewing, storing and sharing their medical records on an iPhone, and Apple says more hospitals will be offering the app soon. The app uses encryption and a direct connection to protect patient privacy and data security, and St. Joseph's Healthcare Chief Medical Information Officer Dan Perri says the platform aids shared decision-making by enabling patients to collate their health data from different sources.
The US logged more than 69,100 new COVID-19 cases Friday, the highest single-day spike since July 29, with more than 30 states reporting a higher number of cases in the past seven days compared with the previous week. As of Monday, more than 40 million people worldwide have been infected and 1.1 million have died, with South, North and Central America accounting for almost half the cases.
The UK-based Organization for the Review of Care and Health Apps is working with the American Telemedicine Association to develop criteria for health and wellness apps' usability, safety and quality for the US market. Apps that meet quality thresholds will be listed in an ATA library that will "give both patients and providers greater confidence in selecting safe and effective apps," said ATA CEO Ann Mond Johnson.
A Piedmont Cancer Institute employee email account was compromised from April 5 to May 8, potentially exposing 5,226 patients' personal and protected health data. The cancer center in Atlanta now requires multifactor authentication on all email accounts and has trained employees on email security.
Researchers at Yale University are running studies on whether a smart bathroom scale that monitors cardiac health, a diet and weight-loss app, or an artificial intelligence-based health assistant can improve quality of life and health outcomes in people with heart failure. Each intervention will be tested separately, in addition to standard care, and compared with standard care alone.
The combination of cold weather and pandemic fatigue threaten to drive COVID-19 cases even higher in the US, says Brian Dixon, director of public health informatics at Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis, and infectious disease specialist Jorge Salinas says community leaders should make every effort to bring case counts down before winter sets in. "We would appreciate the help from our public health leaders in controlling the epidemic," Salinas said.
Product marketing is focused on older consumers this holiday season, as they're seen as getting comfortable with online shopping and social media and less likely to be as loyal to brands. Global Mosaic President AnneMarie Evans said older shoppers are paying attention to trends formerly linked to younger generations, such as environmentalism and conservation, and "picking something from the shelf and looking at it with new eyes -- how does it affect my health, how does it affect the wellness of employees, of the planet?"
A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found 53% of adults ages 65 and older reported using cannabis regularly, 78% said they used it only for medical purposes, and 73% used it for pain and arthritis. New cannabinoid use was linked with higher rates of adverse outcomes for older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, researchers reported in the journal Thorax.
Organizations are looking at advanced technology tools such as artificial intelligence and data analytics that have the potential to improve care for older adults. Cathy Bodine, executive director of the Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering at the University of Colorado, said it's important that technology developers don't make assumptions about older adults and focus on the end user in determining how these tools work.
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