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The link between amyloid proteins and Alzheimer's disease is well established. Unfortunately, these structures are often only detectable once the disease has progressed to a relatively late stage. But researchers are developing a new diagnostic tool that may be capable detecting Alzheimer's in its earliest stages. 

It’s been said the nose knows—but new research details just how much our sniffers can tell us. Two studies presented July 26 at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference examined changes in odor identification as a precursor for cognitive decline or transition to dementia.

The researchers, focusing on dogs between 88 and 132 lbs. who were diagnosed with bone cancer, showed that nanoparticles were capable of delivering drugs to specific tissues in the body.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first test for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The method uses cervical cells collected with SurePath Preservative Fluid.

As technology evolves and telemedicine is able to expand, more and more people are able to use these new innovations in ways that haven’t been seen before. Imagine a day at work when you’re feeling a bit sick and all you have to do is go into the lobby to consult with your doctor, well now you can as more and more offices are implementing telemedicine kiosks, reports Kaiser Health News. 

A study analyzing the transmission of healthcare-associated infections has found that the failure to change or remove contaminated gloves leads to the spread of diseases, especially in the case of Acinetobacter baumannii, reports Healio.  

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and IBM’s Watson Health announced a partnership to develop digital tools for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diabetes.

Rockyview General Hospital is using biometric devices from biotricty Inc. to determine the effectiveness of monitoring heart rate variability to predict the onset of illness.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has caved to pressure from Congress and the healthcare industry, delaying the release of its new hospital quality rating measure a day before its planned launch.

Physicians who use EHRs and are in accountable care organizations or patient-centered medical homes are more likely to use care coordination, quality measurement, patient engagement and population health management strategies, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. 

Most Americans don’t believe that the price of healthcare services ties to the quality of the care they receive, according to research published in Health Affairs.

The fourth annual Health IT Industry Outlook Survey conducted by Stoltenberg Consulting shows that for the second year in a row, data analytics and business intelligence are the hottest topics of the year.