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A study published Aug. 27 in Nature Human Behaviour showed that scientists are skilled in detected questionable and/or unreliable results.

Patients staying in semi-private hospital rooms have a greater chance of contracting a central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) when compared to those in private rooms, according to a study published in PLOS One.

Several assistive surgical devices took home top prizes during this year’s Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge, arranged by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell.

A team of Australian researchers found those who consulted online resources had better interactions, because it led to more informed discussions while not undermining trust in diagnoses and treatment plans. Still, while the activity was generally considered positive, searches could increase patient anxiety.

Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefits management company in the United States with annual revenue of $100 billion, looks like it’s trying to diversify its business offerings. In an interview with Reuters, Steve Miller, chief medical officer of Express Scripts, confirmed the organization is in negotiations with biotechnology companies to exclusively distribute hemophilia therapies.

Researchers at TU Wien—a university in Vienna, Austria—have created an artificial placenta by using a 3D-printing process, according to a recent study.

Garmin wearable devices are now compatible with the Cardiogram heart health app. 

Some scientists are showing concern after an experiment used a gene-editing tool to fix a potentially fatal heart condition in a human embryo, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

The use of animations and graphics—instead of the traditional self-reporting and numerical scales—is a faster, more effective method for pain assessments in patients.

New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests a physician's intuition—or, in other words, gut feeling—about a patient’s condition significantly influences the amount of diagnostic imaging, which is well above the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI).

Advanced imaging techniques have shown great potential in improving diagnosis and treatment of various conditions. But a recent study of patients undergoing breast augmentation surgery showed 3D image simulation did not improve satisfaction post-procedure, though most patients preferred the use of the imaging technique.

As the saying goes, You can’t always believe what you hear. But when it comes to patients self-reporting health care utilization, just how accurate can people be? A study, published July 30 in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, examined patients’ abilities to recall complications in the 90 days after orthopedic procedures through an automated online patient engagement survey.