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Apple Watch may be useful in diagnosis of AFib, study finds

Apple Watch may be useful in diagnosis of AFib, study finds

Health
Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Smartwatches may be the latest tech craze, but they could also be useful in monitoring heart health, according to a new study analyzing user data collected by the devices with significant accuracy. Stanford University researchers report in the study, published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, that more third of Apple Watch users were identified as having atrial fibrillation, or AFib, based on data collected by the device. The researchers assessed the ability of a watch-based irregular pulse notification app to identify possible atrial fibrillation in more than 400,000 users. Although just 2,100 of participants received notifications of irregular pulse, 34 percent of them were found to have AFib, as confirmed by subsequent electrocardiogram tests. Overall...
NHS toolkit to speed up diagnosis of MS and Parkinson’s

NHS toolkit to speed up diagnosis of MS and Parkinson’s

Technology
A new NHS initiative aims to produce faster diagnosis for people with brain and nerve conditions. It is also hoped it will reduce thousands of emergency hospital admissions a year. A toolkit has been produced by the NHS and seven charities to help local services improve care for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and Parkinson's.It is hoped it will avoid up to 2,500 emergency admissions to hospital each year, saving as much as £10m that can be reinvested into the NHS.Rolling out fast-tracked blood tests and consultant appointments over Skype will be recommended by the toolkit. Advertisement Dawn Chamberlain, programme director in clinical improvement at NHS England and NHS Impr
Smoking after cancer diagnosis raises healthcare costs, study says

Smoking after cancer diagnosis raises healthcare costs, study says

Health
April 5 (UPI) -- Smoking after a cancer diagnosis can lead to soaring healthcare costs, a new study says. On average, smoking after a cancer diagnosis can lift costs by an additional $ 11,000 per patient, according to research published Friday in JAMA Open Network. "These data estimate that smoking could result in $ 3.4 billion in additional cancer treatment costs national if patients continue to smoke after being diagnosed with cancer," Graham Warren, vice chairman at the radiation oncology center at the University of South Carolina and study lead author, said in a news release. "We know that continued smoking can lead to bad treatment outcomes for patients with cancer. The 2014 Surgeon General's Report concluded that continued smoking after a cancer diagnosis increases the risk of dyin...
Newborn hip checks ‘have failed to prevent late diagnosis’

Newborn hip checks ‘have failed to prevent late diagnosis’

Health
The current system of checking newborns for hip problems is failing, resulting in too many late diagnoses and corrective surgery, a study suggests.All newborns in England have their hips examined but only those at risk or with problems receive a scan.Surgeons from Southampton Children's Hospital said the rate of late diagnoses had not improved since screening started, over 30 years ago.But Public Health England said scanning all newborns could cause more problems. Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), if picked up early in babies, can be treated using a removable splint worn for two to three months.But if there is a delay in diagnosis of up to a year or more, untreated hip dysplasia can lead to a shortened leg, surgery and the risk of continuing hip p...
New imaging method could speed up breast cancer diagnosis

New imaging method could speed up breast cancer diagnosis

Health
Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a new technology to track tumor development within human breast tissue, a study says. The new system has the potential to speed up a normally lengthy process. A traditional cancer diagnosis takes a few days and requires tissue to be removed, dyed with chemicals and examined by a pathologist. This research, published Wednesday in Science Advances, detailed how the portable optical imaging system simultaneously captured images from surgically-removed breast tissue with light pulses in four modalities. The researchers tested their new tool during breast cancer surgeries at Carle Foundation Hospital. They took cancer breast tissue removed from patients and located particular molecular features linked t...