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Genetics: “We try to simplify diagnosis for rare diseases“

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[10/11/2014] Sometimes your TV is actually right and diagnosing an illness is really a puzzle. This is the case with rare diseases for example, which only affect a small portion of the population. Physicians are then confronted with the problem of not having enough experience with a specific illness and its symptoms to be able to make a diagnosis.Genetics: “We try to simplify diagnosis for rare diseases“ - Read more

Pioneering online treatment for people with Bipolar Disorder

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Photo: Person using a laptop outside [13/08/2014] The first effective web-based treatment for Bipolar Disorder based on the latest research evidence has been developed by psychologists.Pioneering online treatment for people with Bipolar Disorder - Read more

Computer simulation forecasts favorable trends in eradicating hepatitis C

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Graphic: Depiction of hepatits C virus [05/08/2014] Effective new drugs and screening would make hepatitis C a rare disease by 2036, according to a computer simulation conducted by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Computer simulation forecasts favorable trends in eradicating hepatitis C - Read more

Researchers invent nanotech microchip to diagnose type-1 diabetes

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Graphic: Woman who syringes insulin [15/07/2014] An inexpensive, portable, microchip-based test for diagnosing type-1 diabetes could improve patient care worldwide and help researchers better understand the disease, according to the device's inventors at the Stanford University School of Medicine.Researchers invent nanotech microchip to diagnose type-1 diabetes - Read more

Electronic health records make clinical trials less expensive

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Graphic: A medical team using electronic health records [14/07/2014] Using electronic health records to understand the best available treatment for patients, from a range of possible options, is more efficient and less costly for taxpayers than the existing clinical trial process, a new study shows.Electronic health records make clinical trials less expensive - Read more

Finding real value in big data for public health

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Graphic: An asian woman holding Big Data in her hands [08/07/2014] Media reports of public health breakthroughs made possible by big data have been largely oversold, according to a new study.Finding real value in big data for public health - Read more

eHealth may help prevent HIV

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Photo: Smartphone in the hands of a man [26/06/2014] While many HIV prevention interventions have traditionally been delivered face-to-face, a study from Columbia University School of Nursing suggests that digital outreach efforts delivered via text messages, interactive games, chat rooms, and social networks may be an effective way to reach at-risk younger men.eHealth may help prevent HIV - Read more

New hybrid circuit for future electronics

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Photo: Hybrid CNT/IGZO circuits [24/06/2014] A new flexible and energy-efficient hybrid circuit using carbon nanotubes has big implications for the future of electronics.New hybrid circuit for future electronics - Read more

Automating laboratory-on-a-chip to cut health-care costs

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Graphic: Digital Microfluidic BioChip [23/06/2014] Computer programming language automates "laboratory-on-a-chip" technologies and has potential to improve and reduce cost of healthcare.Automating laboratory-on-a-chip to cut health-care costs - Read more

A paralyzed person to kick off the World Cup

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Photo: Gordon Cheng with CellulARSkin [12/06/2014] According to researchers in the Walk Again Project, all systems are go for a bold demonstration of neuroscience and cognitive technology in action: On June 12, during the opening of the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a paralyzed person wearing a brain-controlled robotic exoskeleton is expected to make the first kick of the football championship.A paralyzed person to kick off the World Cup - Read more

Appeal of well-being applications often short-lived

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Photo: Smartphone and three small meals [10/06/2014] According to a doctoral thesis by Kirsikka Kaipainen from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, online and mobile applications for stress management and healthy eating reach a large number of users but their appeal tends to be short-lived.Appeal of well-being applications often short-lived - Read more

Football: "We want to globally determine deaths for the first time"

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[02/06/2014] Sudden deaths of football players make headlines time after time: competitive athletes who are the idols of many people die just when they are on the playing field and in the limelight. Congenital heart defects often cause their death. Sports physicians and FIFA now plan to ascertain data that can help improve preventive examinations in competitive football.Football: "We want to globally determine deaths for the first time" - Read more

Identifying counterfeit medicines on the internet

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Photo: White pills on top of green dollar bills [28/05/2014] Researchers at the University of Montreal have developed an improved chemical analysis method that is more efficient and faster in detecting counterfeit medicines, which have skyrocketed in recent years.Identifying counterfeit medicines on the internet - Read more

Measuring fine dust concentration via smartphone

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Photo: Hand holding smartphone, cars in the background [27/05/2014] Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are developing a sensor that can be connected easily to smartphones. In the future, users are to take part in drawing up a pollution map via participatory sensing. The precision of the map will be the higher, the more people will take part.Measuring fine dust concentration via smartphone - Read more

Neurostimulation in the media and academic literature

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Photo: A skull with electrical plugs [26/05/2014] A new report by Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal (IRCM) ethics experts raises important questions and concerns about transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Over the past several decades, neurostimulation techniques such as tDCS have gradually gained favor in the public eye.Neurostimulation in the media and academic literature - Read more

Diagnoses: Software to Design a Lab in Your Pocket

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Photo: Blood glucose testing [12/05/2014] To make diagnosis, physicians may take a sample of blood, send it to the lab and wait for results. In the near future, however, doctors may be able to run those tests almost instantly on a piece of plastic about the size of credit card.Diagnoses: Software to Design a Lab in Your Pocket - Read more

“The most important aspect in a service is always information”

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[08/05/2014] Medicine is no occult science anymore – books and magazines, documentaries and the internet help everyone to understand the human body and its diseases. Quality is paramount in this respect, since misinformation can mislead patients. The Health Media Award offers guidance also for lay people: it honors useful and effective information services.“The most important aspect in a service is always information” - Read more

Medical Apps: Functionality and Safety is Key

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[02/05/2014] Successful communication is most important in medicine. The most modern channels have been utilized in this area for quite some time now. Medical apps need to meet several requirements at once. For their use to pay off, they need to be beneficial for prevention or therapy. And to ensure a safe application, they also need to be both technically and medically flawless.Medical Apps: Functionality and Safety is Key - Read more

mHealth Alliance: “Mobile health has the potential to improve healthcare for millions”

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[02/05/2014] Whether in remote areas or in a large city – people everywhere need good healthcare. Thanks to mobile health, more and more people can get medical help, even in poor regions of the world.mHealth Alliance: “Mobile health has the potential to improve healthcare for millions” - Read more

RESCUER: “Crowds should take an active part in ensuring their own safety during major events”

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[01/04/2014] Thousands of people push through a tight tunnel: 21 people died while several hundred people were injured this way during the Love Parade 2010 disaster in Duisburg, Germany. Today we know that such disasters could be prevented, if communication between event participants and rescue workers would be better.RESCUER: “Crowds should take an active part in ensuring their own safety during major events” - Read more

KOHALA: Digital Student for Cancer Treatment

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[03/02/2014] Shortening a time-consuming procedure from four hours to five minutes and automate it at the same time sounds like a dream come true for employees in all fields and industry sectors. This dream could soon become a reality for radiologists. Software could take away the tedious processing of CT images, which is required before cancer radiation therapy.KOHALA: Digital Student for Cancer Treatment - Read more

New Patent Mapping System: Finding Innovation Pathways

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Photo: Map [16/01/2014] What's likely to be the "next big thing?" What might be the most fertile areas for innovation? Where should countries and companies invest their limited research funds? What technology areas are a company's competitors pursuing? To help answer those questions, researchers, policy-makers and R&D directors study patent maps.New Patent Mapping System: Finding Innovation Pathways - Read more

Technical Devices: The Cyborgs Era Has Started

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Photo: Human hand touches robot hand [15/01/2014] Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns.Technical Devices: The Cyborgs Era Has Started - Read more

New Online Platform: The Oracle of the T Cell

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Photo:Virtual T-Cell [06/12/2013] A new online platform predicts how the human immune system reacts to foreign substances.New Online Platform: The Oracle of the T Cell - Read more

Simulated Medicine: From Virtual Patient to Virtual Body

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[02/12/2013] Medical training becomes digital. eLearning, electronically supported learning methods, is well-established in medicine. It aids learning from plastic models, real patients or corpses. Today, students are also able to learn from virtual patients in the internet and to take exams about them. Virtual bodies, on the other hand, open space and time as new dimensions for anatomical demonstration.Simulated Medicine: From Virtual Patient to Virtual Body - Read more

HIV: Computer Models Predict Patients’ Response to Drug

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Photo: Analysis [26/11/2013] New computer models predict how patients whose HIV therapy is failing will respond to any new combination of drugs, without the need for an HIV genotype.HIV: Computer Models Predict Patients’ Response to Drug - Read more

Games: Positive Effects On Young People’s Lives

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Photo: Playing Computer Games [15/11/2013] Researchers from Birmingham City University and Birmingham Children’s Hospital are exploring how computer games and game based learning can be applied in the healthcare sector in a bid to boost young people’s understandings of medical conditions that they may be living with and how to best to care for themselves.Games: Positive Effects On Young People’s Lives - Read more

Telemedicine: A Second Opinion from Germany

Photo: Animation Telemedicine Sometimes patients and physicians are faced with a diagnosis that makes a drastic treatment necessary. In order to avoid hasty severe interventions, the opinion of a second physician should be obtained in such cases.Telemedicine: A Second Opinion from Germany - Read more

eHealth Tools: A Way to Decrease In-Person Physician Visits

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Photo: Smartphone Use [11/11/2013] Will the growing use of health information technology (IT) and electronic-health (e-health) applications impact the future demand for physicians? Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health think so.eHealth Tools: A Way to Decrease In-Person Physician Visits - Read more

“Setting up a new operating room needs to be well-planned”

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[08/11/2013] The setup of a new operating room at a hospital is an organizational accomplishment. New equipment, technical processes and operational procedures as well as staff need to be included in the planning process. Only when all hospital departments communicate with each other, is the project able to run smoothly.“Setting up a new operating room needs to be well-planned” - Read more

Mobile Devices: Preventing Adverse Drug Events

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Photo: Smartphone [18/10/2013] Nearly nine out of 10 nursing home physicians said that using their mobile devices to look up prescription drug information prevented at least one adverse drug event in the previous month, according to a current study.Mobile Devices: Preventing Adverse Drug Events - Read more

Online Health Tools: Well-child Visits More Likely

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Photo: Mother, child and doctor [14/10/2013] Young children whose parents used an integrated personal health record were more likely to attend six or more of the nationally recommended well-child care visits by 15 months of age, according to a Kaiser Permanente study.Online Health Tools: Well-child Visits More Likely - Read more

Hospital IT: Efficiency and Safety through Networking and Automation

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[01/10/2013] Modern information and communication technology can effectively support hospital operations. It increases safety in patient care and alleviates the organization of time-consuming operations. This saves money and relieves the staff so that investing in modern IT pays off.Hospital IT: Efficiency and Safety through Networking and Automation - Read more

Networking: ”The heart of the app is patient management“

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[01/10/2013] Patient care creates large amounts of data that pertains to the state of health, course of treatment and the different medications. Organizing this data is very time-consuming for the nursing staff. A new app for tablet PCs can help.Networking: ”The heart of the app is patient management“ - Read more

Online Exhibition with MedicalExpo

Companies in the medical sector cannot do without being present at major trade shows such as MEDICA, nor can they have an effective web marketing strategy without a comprehensive multi-channel approach.Online Exhibition with MedicalExpo - Read more

semanticVOICE: Intelligent Speech Recognition Software Helps Physicians

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[01/10/2013] Technical progress also holds innovative ideas for the health care sector. Technology and medicine are not just collaborating for risky surgical interventions, but are also able to improve and make a physician’s daily operations easier.semanticVOICE: Intelligent Speech Recognition Software Helps Physicians - Read more

Brain: Researchers Gain New Insights

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Foto: Microscopic view of the entorhinal cortex [24/09/2013] The entorhinal cortex is a link between the brain's memory centre, the hippocampus, and the other areas of the brain. It is, however, more than an interface that only transfers nervous impulses. Brain: Researchers Gain New Insights - Read more

Men's Health: "To promote the health of a target group, we have to address their interests and resources"

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[23/09/2013] Medicine considers the difference in treating men and women with gender medicine. Health promotion and prevention also carefully factor in target group specific characteristics. The Men’s Health Portal of the German Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) is a point of contact for specific health questions and information about men on the internet.Men's Health: "To promote the health of a target group, we have to address their interests and resources" - Read more

Ophthalmology: Catching the Silent Thief of Sight

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Photo: Retina [13/09/2013] A team of researchers led by Jun Cheng of the A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore, has developed a novel automated technology that screens for glaucoma more accurately and quickly than existing methods. Ophthalmology: Catching the Silent Thief of Sight - Read more

Tablet PC in the Operating Room: “With the tablet PC, we have the tools right at the operating table”

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[09/09/2013] The liver is an organ interwoven with numerous blood vessels. Approximately one and a half liters of blood flow through it every minute. This is why it creates a big challenge for surgeons – especially if a tumor needs to be removed.Tablet PC in the Operating Room: “With the tablet PC, we have the tools right at the operating table” - Read more

Children: 'Virtual Heart' Guides Defibrillator Placement

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Photo: Heart monitor [23/08/2013] John Hopkins researchers combined MRI images with sophisticated computer analysis to take the guesswork out of a difficult, lifesaving surgery: the placement of a defibrillator for children born with heart defects.Children: 'Virtual Heart' Guides Defibrillator Placement - Read more

Nutrition: Fighting Obesity with Apps and Websites

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Photo: Doughnut [21/08/2013] A new Duke University study suggests that restaurants could expand and improve calorie listings on their websites and mobile apps to help prevent obesity. Customers could come better prepared to order a healthier menu item.Nutrition: Fighting Obesity with Apps and Websites - Read more

Treatments: Testimonials May Cause Poor Consumer Choices

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Photo: Testimonial [19/08/2013] Medical testimonials present powerful personal stories and useful information, but they can also be dangerous to your health if distracting, irrelevant information leads to inappropriate treatment decisions.Treatments: Testimonials May Cause Poor Consumer Choices - Read more

Public Health: Electronic Records Support Immunization

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Photo: Folder [22/07/2013] The structured, timely sharing of records enables more accurate care and more cohesive data for informing public health policy.Public Health: Electronic Records Support Immunization - Read more

Algorithm: Accurate Prognosis for Epilepsy Patients

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Photo: Algorithm [18/07/2013] Researchers at Bonn University Hospital and at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) Cologne predict chances of success of a surgical procedure to help epilepsy patients.Algorithm: Accurate Prognosis for Epilepsy Patients - Read more

Flu: Prior Exposure Dictates Future Immunity

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Photo: Researcher [16/07/2013] A team of scientists, led by researchers at The Wistar Institute, has determined that it might be possible to stimulate the immune system against multiple strains of influenza virus.Flu: Prior Exposure Dictates Future Immunity - Read more

Genomics: Rapidly Identifying Specific Strains of Illness

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Photo: Genomics [12/07/2013] Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and George Washington University (GWU) have developed a method to rapidly identify pathogenic species and strains causing illnesses, such as pneumonia.Genomics: Rapidly Identifying Specific Strains of Illness - Read more

Social Media: Infectious Disease Research Gets a Boost

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Photo: Coronavirus [02/07/2013] While public health officials around the world are on alert about the pandemic potential of new disease threats, a team from Penn State University is developing innovative new systems and techniques to track the spread of infectious diseases, with the help of news websites, blogs, and social media.Social Media: Infectious Disease Research Gets a Boost - Read more

Imaging: Tracking Molecules

Classic means of imaging like X-rays or ultrasound show the structure of organs and make tissue damages visible to physicians. Molecular imaging proceeds further: It also reveals the functions of organs.Imaging: Tracking Molecules - Read more

Facebook: Boost In Organ Donor Registration

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Photo: Like-Button [19/06/2013] A social media push boosted the number of people who registered themselves as organ donors 21-fold in a single day, Johns Hopkins researchers found, suggesting social media might be an effective tool to address the stubborn organ shortage in the United States.Facebook: Boost In Organ Donor Registration - Read more

Medication: Virtual "Pillbox" Increases Safety

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Photo: Tablet [13/06/2013] Researchers at the Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH) in Elche have designed an application for mobile devices that helps elderly people with multiple illnesses improve medication management.Medication: Virtual "Pillbox" Increases Safety - Read more

Cardiology: New Consumer Healthcare App

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Photo: Smartphone [12/06/2013] A scientist working at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a user-friendly smart phone application that allows consumers to take an electrocardiogram (ECG) in the comfort of their own homes.Cardiology: New Consumer Healthcare App - Read more

IT & Security: “The use of mobile devices in hospitals is grossly negligent”

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[10/06/2013] By now, mobile devices are constant companions for many people. However, we often do not consider that cell phones or tablets send signals that may impact other technical devices in their operation. This can have fatal consequences for patients in a hospital.IT & Security: “The use of mobile devices in hospitals is grossly negligent” - Read more

A View into the Heart: “A highly precise system with low radiation exposure”

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[03/06/2013] Heart interventions require high precision. This is why physicians examine the vital organ before and during surgery with the help of imaging procedures. The more precise the view into the heart, the more effective the intervention results are. However, for patients these interventions oftentimes mean exposure to high levels of radiation.A View into the Heart: “A highly precise system with low radiation exposure” - Read more

Telemedicine: “The portal is meant to facilitate an overview of telemedicine projects in Germany”

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[03/06/2013] Telemedical applications enable doctors to diagnose and treat health problems via telecommunication. That way, telemedicine can for example alleviate the looming doctors shortage in Germany by connecting specialists with patients in rural areas. But still only few telemedicine services are currently introduced into the regular health care coverage provided by the health insurance companies.Telemedicine: “The portal is meant to facilitate an overview of telemedicine projects in Germany” - Read more

Physics: Supercomputer Shows HIV Capsid

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Photo: HIV capsid [31/05/2013] Researchers report that they have determined the precise chemical structure of the HIV capsid, a protein shell that protects the virus's genetic material and is a key to its virulence.Physics: Supercomputer Shows HIV Capsid - Read more

Smart Phones: App to Help Weight Loss Developed

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Photo: Smart phone and breakfast [14/05/2013] Researchers at the University of Liverpool have developed a smart phone app that helps users lose weight by carefully recording their food consumption.Smart Phones: App to Help Weight Loss Developed - Read more

OMRON: “Our challenge is to present body metrics in a way that is simple and relevant”

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[02/05/2013] OMRON provides advanced technology in sensing and control – both as an independent manufacturer and to industry partners. MEDICA.de talked to Matthieu Valk, Marketing Communications Manager for the EMEA region at OMRON Healthcare Europe, about OEM partnerships and OMRON’s expectations of their own products.OMRON: “Our challenge is to present body metrics in a way that is simple and relevant” - Read more

Usability Engineering: Patient-Centered Product Development

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[02/05/2013] Developers of medical devices have to ensure a good usability of their devices, because mistakes in handling can endanger a human life. This is especially true for equipment used by patients or family members autonomously. This is where usability engineering that involves users and their needs into the development process comes in: From the early concept right up to product testing.Usability Engineering: Patient-Centered Product Development - Read more

Chemistry: Scientists Map Drug-like Compounds

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Photo: Molecules [23/04/2013] Drug developers may have a new tool to search for more effective medications and new materials. It is a computer algorithm that can model and catalogue the entire set of lightweight, carbon-containing molecules that chemists could feasibly create in a lab.Chemistry: Scientists Map Drug-like Compounds - Read more

Lung Cancer: Models Predict Treatment Outcome

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Photo: Doctor viewing X-ray [22/04/2013] Mathematical prediction models are better than doctors at predicting the outcomes and responses of lung cancer patients to treatment. This applies even after the doctor has seen the patient and knows what treatment plan and radiation dose will be.Lung Cancer: Models Predict Treatment Outcome - Read more

Social Media: Support for Health of Older People

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Photo: Smartphone [16/04/2013] The use of social media by older people can offer valuable additional support in cases of sickness and diseases, new research from the University of Luxembourg has shown. Social Media: Support for Health of Older People - Read more

Hospital Hygiene: Large Sterilization Plant Against the Tiniest Danger

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[02/04/2013] Sterilization is among the most important aspects of hospital hygiene. This is why facilities have Central Sterilization Supply Departments (CSSD) and face the invisible dangers posed by viruses, spores and bacteria. Since October 2012, the Marienstift Hospital in Braunschweig fights the tiny culprits on a grand scale with its new CSSD (ZSVA in German).Hospital Hygiene: Large Sterilization Plant Against the Tiniest Danger - Read more

Medical Textiles: “Most germs are spread through hand contact, not through textiles”

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[02/04/2013] Whether it’s implants, medical drape sheets or surgeons’ attire – medicine relies on textiles every day. Their main task is to protect patients and physicians from infection. Even though most germs are not transmitted through textiles, they have to meet hygiene requirements.Medical Textiles: “Most germs are spread through hand contact, not through textiles” - Read more

Medical Information Scientists: Wanted in Medical Technology

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[01/02/2013] Data processing is essential for medical devices. For the development process, experts have to know data processing, but also need to have knowledge about medicine, biology, processes and management. They acquire these skills in medical informatics.Medical Information Scientists: Wanted in Medical Technology - Read more

HIV: Fast Mobile Testing via Cloud

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Photo: Finger-pricked whole blood [29/01/2013] An innovative lab-on-a-chip checks a patient's HIV status anywhere in the world with just a finger prick. It also synchronizes the results automatically and instantaneously with central health-care records.HIV: Fast Mobile Testing via Cloud - Read more

Health Care: Digital Diagnostic Tools Lead to Patient Dissatisfaction

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Photo: Doctor and patient [28/01/2013] A University of Missouri researcher says the increased use of computerized clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) leads to greater patient dissatisfaction and could increase noncompliance with preventative care and treatment recommendations.Health Care: Digital Diagnostic Tools Lead to Patient Dissatisfaction - Read more

Vaccination: Why Americans Rather Risk Flu Infection

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Photo: Flu risk [15/01/2013] With 41 states having reported widespread and severe outbreaks of flu this season, timely new research sheds light on why less than half of the American population has gotten a flu shot.Vaccination: Why Americans Rather Risk Flu Infection - Read more

Surgery: Using Gestures to Control a Computer

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Photo: Sample hand gestures [11/01/2013] Doctors may soon be using a system in the operating room that recognizes hand gestures as commands to tell a computer to browse and display medical images of the patient during a surgery.Surgery: Using Gestures to Control a Computer - Read more

Teleradiologists: Ties to Fewer Hospitals Work Better

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Photo: Radiologist [09/01/2013] Experience working for a particular hospital matters when it comes to the performance of radiologists who work for outsourcing teleradiology companies. This finding could have important implications, given the growing use of telemedicine.Teleradiologists: Ties to Fewer Hospitals Work Better - Read more

Telestroke Networks: Cost-effective for Hospitals, Good for Patients

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Photo: Patient in hospital [18/12/2012] Telestroke networks that enable the remote and rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke can improve the bottom line of patients and hospitals, researchers report.Telestroke Networks: Cost-effective for Hospitals, Good for Patients - Read more

Physicians: One in Four Uses Social Media Daily

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Photo: Physician on computer [11/12/2012] A new survey shows that about one in four physicians uses social media daily or multiple times a day to scan or explore medical information, and 14 percent use social media each day to contribute new information, according to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.Physicians: One in Four Uses Social Media Daily - Read more

Children: Unique Treatment for Neurological Disorder

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Photo: The treatment device and laptop [26/11/2012] An Indiana University study proposes an innovative treatment for developmental coordination disorder (DCD), a potentially debilitating neurological disorder in which the development of a child's fine or gross motor skills is impaired.Children: Unique Treatment for Neurological Disorder - Read more

Social Media: Physicians Fail to Disclose Conflicts of Interest

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Photo: Doctor on computer [12/11/2012] As the use of Twitter and other social media by physicians and patients rises, more and more physicians seem to forget to do what many consider crucial for building doctor-patient trust: disclose potential conflicts of interest.Social Media: Physicians Fail to Disclose Conflicts of Interest - Read more

More Effective Treatment: Cancer Data in The "Cloud"

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Photo: Cancer graphic [07/11/2012] Storing music and photos on distant computers via "cloud" technology is nothing new. But Johns Hopkins researchers are now using this tactic to collect detailed information from thousands of cancer cell samples.More Effective Treatment: Cancer Data in The "Cloud" - Read more

Crowdsourcing: Locating Defibrillators via Smartphone

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Photo: Automated External Defibrillator [05/11/2012] Participants in a "crowdsourcing" challenge in Philadelphia used a smart phone application to locate, photograph and map more than 1,400 automated external defibrillators in public places, according to research.Crowdsourcing: Locating Defibrillators via Smartphone - Read more

Capsa Solutions: The Evolution of Healthcare Through Mobile Computing

The delivery of superior healthcare relies on modern product solutions that continually evolve with advances in clinical processes and technology. This fact is evident today in the worldwide adoption of fully-integrated technologies that merge organization, mobility, and computing hardware to enable the use of advanced electronic health records. Capsa Solutions: The Evolution of Healthcare Through Mobile Computing - Read more

T-Systems: Making mobile medical rounds with Smartphones and tablets

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[01/10/2012] More and more hospital employees appreciate the potential of mobile working with Smartphones and tablets. Quick access to clinical data in day-to-day work life streamlines information search processes, can relieve physicians and supports the quality of medical care of patients. Deutsche (German)Telekom presents new solutions for healthcare. T-Systems: Making mobile medical rounds with Smartphones and tablets - Read more

Smartphone: App Lets You Monitor Lung Health

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[19/09/2012] A new tool from researchers at the University of Washington, UW Medicine and Seattle Children's hospital lets people monitor their lung function at home or on the go simply by blowing into their smartphones.Smartphone: App Lets You Monitor Lung Health - Read more

UK: Inconsistent Consultant Websites Could Try Patients’ Patience

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[27/08/2012] There is a lack of consistency in the amount of information available to patients to help them make informed choices about their healthcare, say researchers at Northumbria University.UK: Inconsistent Consultant Websites Could Try Patients’ Patience - Read more

Web-based Tools: Cancer Drugs with Gene Targets

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[17/07/2012] A new study of NIH/National Cancer Institute details how a suite of web-based tools provides the research community with greatly improved capacity to compare data derived from large collections of genomic information against thousands of drugs.Web-based Tools: Cancer Drugs with Gene Targets - Read more

German Biobank Registry: “An overview for science and the public”

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[09/07/2012] Every day, patients and test persons give blood or tissue samples. Every day this increases the material quantities and data volumes in biobanks. The German Biobank Registry (Das Deutsche Biobanken-Register) now gives scientists and the interested public an overall view of the national inventories.German Biobank Registry: “An overview for science and the public” - Read more

Hospital Communication 2.0 still in its Infancy

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[01/06/2012] Facebook, Twitter, YouTube – by now, Social Media has become an integral part of daily life for many of us. That is why more and more companies call attention to themselves and their products via social networks. The health care sector is also a part of this. Yet it is primarily hospital facilities that still lag behind.Hospital Communication 2.0 still in its Infancy - Read more

Mobile Technology: Improving Diet and Physical Activity Behaviour

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[29/05/2012] A new study, supported in part by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health, suggests that a combination of mobile technology and remote coaching holds promise in encouraging healthier eating and physical activity behaviour in adults. The study focused on the best way to change multiple health behaviours.Mobile Technology: Improving Diet and Physical Activity Behaviour - Read more

Image Share Project: Anywhere Access to Medical Images

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[02/05/2012] Patients can successfully pull their medical images from the "cloud" making it faster for them to distribute them to their physicians regardless of where those physicians might be, according to a preliminary report of an image share project that involves five different academic institutions. Image Share Project: Anywhere Access to Medical Images - Read more

Sweden: Web-Based Support Helps Women with Breast Cancer

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[06/03/2012] Every day 18 Swedish women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Although there is a real need for support and information, many women struggle and get lost in the deluge of information. In a study of 227 women, researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have developed a web-based programme to guide patients all the way from diagnosis to rehabilitation.Sweden: Web-Based Support Helps Women with Breast Cancer - Read more

Cancer: New Software Key for Personalised Medicine

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[14/02/2012] DNA Sequencing technologies provide massive amounts of data that are not easily processed and translated by scientists. That is why Georgia Tech has created a new data analysis algorithm that quickly transforms complex RNA sequence data into usable content for biologists and clinicians.Cancer: New Software Key for Personalised Medicine - Read more

Eyes: Sound Rather than Sight Can Activate ‘Seeing’ for the Blind

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[08/02/2012] Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have tapped onto the visual cortex of the congenitally blind by using sensory substitution devices (SSDs), enabling the blind in effect to “see” and even describe objects.Eyes: Sound Rather than Sight Can Activate ‘Seeing’ for the Blind - Read more

Lightning Fast Genome Analysis: “Our findings are especially interesting for cancer research”

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[02/01/2012] Today, genome analyses can take up to 30 days. A new database technology is meant to help in analyzing and evaluating vast amounts of medical data in real-time. Doctor Matthieu-P. Schapranow from the Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Engineering (HPI) explains how in-memory technology works and how it benefits personalized medicine.Lightning Fast Genome Analysis: “Our findings are especially interesting for cancer research” - Read more

Germany’s Electronic Health Insurance Card: “Data protection for the insured person is unquestionably guaranteed”

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[08/12/2011] Since October 2011, Germany’s electronic health insurance card (“elektronische Gesundheitskarte” eGK) has been adopted into the everyday lives of patients and physicians for good. After a long and tedious process, it finally meets the required regulations to ensure data protection for the insured.Germany’s Electronic Health Insurance Card: “Data protection for the insured person is unquestionably guaranteed” - Read more

Intelligent Machines: Scientists Develop Sensitive Skin for Robots

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[05/07/2011] Robots will soon be able to feel heat or gentle touching on their surfaces. Researchers of the Excellence Cluster CoTeSys at the Technical University Munich are now producing small hexagonal plates which when joined together form a sensitive skin for “machines with brains.” This will enable robot self-perception for the first time. Intelligent Machines: Scientists Develop Sensitive Skin for Robots - Read more

Emergency Center: “The time until the doctor sees the patient is used efficiently”

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Photo: Signature of the emergency center on building wall [10/01/2011] After an accident or in case of an acute illness fast help is needed. Ambulance vehicles, the flying ambulance and the walking patients – they all seek help at the accident and emergency department of a hospital. But how can you achieve to care for a number of critical patients simultaneously in an optimal way? Emergency Center: “The time until the doctor sees the patient is used efficiently” - Read more

Eating Disorder: Virtual Food Causes Stress

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[05/07/2010] Advanced imaging technologies have helped shift biopsy techniques away from more invasive approaches toward imaging-guided percutaneous techniques, according to a new study. Eating Disorder: Virtual Food Causes Stress - Read more

Rating Physicians: Click Me – Fair Grades for Doctors

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[01/07/2010] With its suggestion to grade doctors on the Internet, the German National Health provider AOK caused a big stir one year ago. Supporters expected more transparency and quality health care from this. Critics feared that physicians are being put on a digital chopping block. Now the first step was made. Whether hopes are being fulfilled or fears prove to be true: MEDICA.de has taken a closer look.Rating Physicians: Click Me – Fair Grades for Doctors - Read more

Hospitals in Competition: “Quality Requires Transparency“

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[01/07/2010] The introduction of quality standards in hospitals is in vogue. This does not just apply to legally required records, but also for “self-imposed“ quality management. For some hospitals the competition has just started: They publish and analyze data and face direct comparison. It still is disputed how quality can be measured best. Hospitals in Competition: “Quality Requires Transparency“ - Read more

Diabetes: Computers Can Detect Eye Problems

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[20/05/2010] Cost-effective computerized systems to detect early eye problems related to diabetes can help meet the screening need, an analysis shows.Diabetes: Computers Can Detect Eye Problems - Read more

Microscopy: A "Fat Forward" Research Tool

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[12/05/2010] Researchers in tissue engineering have developed a "fat finder", a microscope-based cell scanner, that can help scientists accelerate their research into new fat-melting drugs.Microscopy: A "Fat Forward" Research Tool - Read more

Stem Cells: In Search of a Master Controller

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[10/05/2010] New research suggests that a closely connected trio of regulatory proteins are the “master regulators” in hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), the self-renewing cells the body uses to make new blood cells.Stem Cells: In Search of a Master Controller - Read more

Smart Labels: Big Brother Is Integrated

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Big Brother Is Integrated [01/03/2010] In former times, folded cartons were sufficient: pills were packed in boxes and given to the patient. This has not complied with modern standards for a long time. Medicine packaging is advancing and Smart Labels are all the rage: they are able to assure product quality as well as to protect against drug fakers. Smart Labels: Big Brother Is Integrated - Read more

Decision-Analysis: How to Treat a Pancreatic Cyst

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[01/03/2010] A research team has developed a new evaluation tool to help guide pancreatic cyst treatment.Decision-Analysis: How to Treat a Pancreatic Cyst - Read more

IT: Regulating Anaesthesia via Computer

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[23/02/2010] Researchers have developed a technique for automatically controlling anaesthesia during surgical operations. The new system detects the hypnotic state of the patient at all times and supplies the appropriate dose of anaesthetic.IT: Regulating Anaesthesia via Computer - Read more

HIV/Aids: Tracing Mutations that Lead to Drug Resistance

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[09/02/2010] Chemists and statisticians have developed a new way to trace mutations in HIV that lead to drug resistance.HIV/Aids: Tracing Mutations that Lead to Drug Resistance - Read more

"Twitter" in the Operating Theatre: "Relatives Are Left Alone In Front Of Their Computer Screens"

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[08/02/2010] What used to be a secret journal is today a public Blog. One can find more and more private and personal information on the internet that is accessible to everyone. In the USA, there are even hospitals that give live accounts of every incision made in an operation, on the internet. "Twitter" in the Operating Theatre: "Relatives Are Left Alone In Front Of Their Computer Screens" - Read more

Technology: Safety Net for Fall-Prone Elderly

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[12/01/2010] Falls are the main cause of injuries among elderly people, but until now doctors have had few ways of monitoring and counteracting mobility problems among patients. New research aims to change that.Technology: Safety Net for Fall-Prone Elderly - Read more

Robotic Hand: Surgery on Beating Heart

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[15/12/2009] A French team has developed a computerised 3D model that allows surgeons to use robotics to operate on a beating heart.Robotic Hand: Surgery on Beating Heart - Read more

Communication: Brain Waves Can “Write”

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[09/12/2009] Neuroscientists have demonstrated how brain waves can be used to type alphanumerical characters on a computer screen. By focusing on the “q” in a matrix of letters, for example, that “q” appears on the monitor. Communication: Brain Waves Can “Write” - Read more

Security: Intelligent Blood Bags

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[07/12/2009] Have the blood supplies got too warm? Do they match the patient’s blood group? In the future, these kinds of questions will be answered by intelligent radio nodes attached to blood bags. Security: Intelligent Blood Bags - Read more

Computerized Systems: Solution to Managing Imaging Utilization

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[01/12/2009] Providing physicians with a computerised support system that provides feedback regarding imaging appropriateness may be an effective solution to managing imaging utilization, according to a new article.Computerized Systems: Solution to Managing Imaging Utilization - Read more

Simulation: Design Tool for Materials with a Memory

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[25/08/2009] Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM have found a quicker and cheaper way to produce shape memory alloys.Simulation: Design Tool for Materials with a Memory - Read more

Brain Mechanism: Responsible for Processing of Speech

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[20/08/2009] Researchers have succeeded for the first time in devising a model that describes and identifies a basic cellular mechanism that enables networks of neurons to efficiently decode speech in changing conditions.Brain Mechanism: Responsible for Processing of Speech - Read more

Rating Physicians: „As if a Pedestrian Should Judge a Car Driving Past“

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[22/07/2009] Teachers and lecturers, but also hotels and restaurants – a lot of persons and objects can be rated via internet. As from 2010, physicians may be next in line since the German health insurance company AOK wants to install a rating portal. Critics fear that doctors could be in the digital pillory that way. Rating Physicians: „As if a Pedestrian Should Judge a Car Driving Past“ - Read more

Swine Flu: Health Departments Get Mixed Marks

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[20/07/2009] State and local health departments get mixed marks for efforts to convey information about the H1N1 virus to the public using their Web sites immediately after U.S. officials declared a public health emergency in April. Swine Flu: Health Departments Get Mixed Marks - Read more

Rating Physicians: „We Need to Prevent Conditions like those on American Idol”

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[08/07/2009] Teachers and lecturers, but also hotels and restaurants – a lot of persons and things can be rated via internet. As from 2010 physicians may be next in line since the German health insurance company AOK wants to install a rating portal. Supporters see many advantages for patients in such a website. Rating Physicians: „We Need to Prevent Conditions like those on American Idol” - Read more

Information Technology: Bits and Bytes in Doctors's Robes (Part 1)

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[15/01/2009] by Wiebke Heiss / MEDICA.de The revolution began slowly: At the beginning, computer weighing tons filled whole rooms – with time they turned into tiny microprocessors. Then, the Internet and wireless communication conquered the world. Information technology changed our lives. Also that of doctors – today and tomorrow. Information Technology: Bits and Bytes in Doctors's Robes (Part 1) - Read more

RFID: „The Patient Must Remain in Charge of Its Data“

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[08/10/2008] A chip - hanging down from the wrist or being inserted in the arm – contains data related to the person or its medical history. This sounds like a futuristic vision but some hospitals in the USA have made it come true. The intention: a better treatment for the patients and more efficient localisation of doctors. In Europe, RFID and health care are connected only in research projects so far. RFID: „The Patient Must Remain in Charge of Its Data“ - Read more

Obesity: Linked to Internet, Alcohol and Sleep

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[11/07/2008] Internet, alcohol and too little sleep are factors that may contribute to weight gain in adolescent girls, according to a recent study.Obesity: Linked to Internet, Alcohol and Sleep - Read more

Psychology: How Internet Addiction is Affecting Lives

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[10/05/2006] The Internet – millions of people rely on it for everyday tasks. But when is the line crossed between average use and addiction? An article in Perspectives in Psychiatric Care may give answers.Psychology: How Internet Addiction is Affecting Lives - Read more

 
 

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