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10/19/2020

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.

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10/19/2020

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.

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ITBusiness (Canada)
10/19/2020

Medicare is encouraging rapid turnaround of COVID-19 tests by cutting reimbursement for labs that take more than two days to process results, as of Jan. 1. The idea is to encourage "faster high throughput testing, which will allow patients and physicians to act quickly and decisively with respect to treatment decisions, physical isolation, and contact tracing," CMS Administrator Seema Verma said.

10/19/2020

It may be difficult to avoid political discussions as the election nears, and certain techniques can keep debates civil when people have opposing views. Licensed clinical social worker Andrew Roffman advises adopting a mindset of listening and understanding, but in some cases it may be best to end the conversation to preserve mental health.

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Healthline
10/19/2020

Altranais Home Care, based in Lowell, Mass., and owners Constant Ogutt and Shakira Lubega agreed to pay $3.1 million to resolve allegations that they submitted false claims to the state's Medicaid program. Authorities said Altranais deliberately billed MassHealth and the program's managed care entities for home health services that were not authorized by a physician.

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Home Health Care News
10/19/2020

Adrian Morris, a psychiatrist from Clifton Park, N.Y., entered a guilty plea to distributing controlled substances outside the course of professional practice. As part of the plea, Morris, who specializes in addiction recovery, admitted to prescribing Xanax and Adderall to patients who didn't need them, as well as engaging in personal relationships with female patients seeking treatment for addiction to controlled substances.

10/19/2020

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.

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10/19/2020

Children and adolescents newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes who had a single episode of moderate or severe diabetic ketoacidosis experienced subtle memory declines, according to a study in Diabetes Care. The findings, based on data from 758 participants, also revealed that repeated DKA episodes among children with known type 1 diabetes were tied to sizable declines in intelligence quotient, indicating that DKA effects may be heightened in children with chronic exposure to hyperglycemia.

10/19/2020

A study in Diabetes Care found that adults with prediabetes who took a daily vitamin D supplement and maintained blood levels of vitamin D higher than normally recommended for bone health had a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, compared with those who maintained lower levels of vitamin D. However, lead researcher Dr. Anastassios Pittas noted that "intermittent, high doses of vitamin D supplementation may not achieve the same protection."

10/19/2020

A study of EHR data from 688,878 adults found that those who were formally diagnosed with obesity on the same date as having their initial weight recorded had a greater likelihood of losing at least 5% of their weight 9 to 15 months later, independent of other factors. The results from the study, which was published in Obesity, could indicate that medical professionals discussed the effects of excess weight with their patients following a formal diagnosis, the researchers said.