As video games have become mainstream and emerged from the dimly lit arcade rooms of years past, gaming technology has found increasing application in medical training, pain management, rehab and digital therapeutics.
A study in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine showed that babies whose mothers took opioids during pregnancy had greater skin conductance scores during and after a heel-stick test. Facial distress was higher before the procedure, suggesting greater behavioral distress and increased self-soothing difficulties, among opioid-exposed infants.
Researchers found that between 2004 and 2014, the number of colon cancer cases among adults younger than 50 rose by 1% per year in the UK and by 3% annually in Australia, Canada, Denmark and New Zealand, with the sharpest increase among those ages 20 to 29. However, the findings in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology also showed that during the same period, the number of colon cancer cases among those older than 50 dropped annually by 1% in the UK, 2% in Australia and Canada and 3% in New Zealand.
The use of artificial intelligence applications in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging to improve patient care requires more scientific validation, according to a commentary in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. However, researcher Dr. Gerold Porenta wrote that he'd be willing to admit the value of AI imaging technology if it defeats one or more human experts in SNMMI's annual imaging challenge.
Researchers found Revlimid, or lenalidomide, to be effective in reducing the risk of progression to organ damage or symptomatic disease in patients with smoldering multiple myeloma, according to data disclosed at a press briefing before the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting. The late-stage trial involved patients who were randomized to either receive lenalidomide plus 325 mg of aspirin every day or observation, and roughly half the treatment group achieved objective response to the therapy.
Scientists from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Moffitt Cancer Center studied how BCL2 inhibitor resistance evolves in B-cell lymphomas in response to venetoclax, or ABT-199, specifically in double-hit lymphoma and mantle cell lymphoma. The findings were reported in the journal Cancer Cell.
The Medscape Physician Wealth and Debt Report 2019 found that 49% of US radiologists have a net worth of at least $2 million, the highest along with plastic surgeons and orthopedic specialists among 29 medical specialties. The poll also showed that 39% of radiologists had mortgages exceeding $500,000, and 19% were still in the process of completing school loan payments.
Social worker Amanda Reineck wants to use National Foster Care Month to encourage families to consider fostering children. "The ability to talk to someone openly is lifesaving for kids in foster care," says Reineck, explaining her approach.
Premier Health and the Dayton Fire Department in Ohio have partnered to create a program where three-person teams of paramedics, emergency medical technicians and social workers will identify patients in need and make home visits throughout the summer. The program seeks to help the city's most vulnerable before issues grow severe.
The CDC said sporadic flu activity was reported in 28 states for the week ending May 11, and this could continue for several more weeks. The share of outpatient visits for flu-like illness dropped to 1.5%, but the overall flu-related hospitalization rate increased slightly to 65.7 per 100,000 people, and three additional pediatric deaths were reported.