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Just say don't: Doctors question routine tests and treatments

Just say don't: Doctors question routine tests and treatments | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Now there are 135.

That's how many medical tests, treatments and other procedures - many used for decades - physicians have now identified as almost always unnecessary and often harmful, and which doctors and patients should therefore avoid or at least seriously question.

The lists of procedures, released on Thursday by the professional societies of 17 medical specialties ranging from neurology and ophthalmology to thoracic surgery, are part of a campaign called Choosing Wisely. Organized by the American Board of Internal Medicine's foundation, it aims to get doctors to stop performing useless procedures and spread the word to patients that some don't help and might hurt.

 

 

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Glove Tricorder gives a hands-on diagnosis

Glove Tricorder gives a hands-on diagnosis | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Med Sensation's Glove Tricorder is outfitted with numerous sensors to detect breast cancer and other internal medical problems when placed on different areas of the body.

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An App for Supplement Tracking

An App for Supplement Tracking | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Finally, there’s an app for that. MyDS is a complete dietary supplement tracking app that allows consumers to keep track of the products they take, as well as doses and other ingredients. It allows multiple profiles, so you can also track your child, spouse or parent.

 

Always on hand, now you can complete the list at the doctor’s office or remember which calcium your mother asked you to pick up.

 

It’s free and it works on iOS, Android, Blackberry, Kindle and laptops.

App link (Chrome or Safari only): http://myds.nih.gov/  

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Monitoring Your Health With Mobile Devices

Monitoring Your Health With Mobile Devices | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Catch 22: Sometimes, it may seem like healthcare practitioners want to move patients along quickly and only scratch the surface of their personal needs.

(Have you ever felt that way about your doctor?)

 

Patients must be their own advocates and keep notes on their care, conditions and testing to ensure they get what they need. Throw dietary supplements into the mix and forget it—most traditional practitioners won’t even discuss them.

 

But when the patients take matters into their own hands-or smartphones- many doctors are skeptical.

 

So… does the doctor want the full responsibility or not?

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How Does Your Hospital Stack Up?

How Does Your Hospital Stack Up? | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Recently had or soon planning a procedure? Are you wondering how well the local hospitals have handled previous patients? Just need to find a convenient hospital for treatment?

 

This tool helps you find hospitals near you.

 

More importanly, it allows you to compare selected hospitals on factors such as:

--patient satisfaction

--accuracy of care

--readmission rates 

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Who are the doctors most trusted by doctors? Big data can tell you

Who are the doctors most trusted by doctors? Big data can tell you | Longevity science | Scoop.it

ZocDoc, Healthgrades, Vitals, Yelp and other sites can tell you what patients think of their doctors. But finding out in any aggregate way what doctors think of their peers has been much harder, if not near impossible, for patients — up until now. By accessing information in government databases through FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests, healthcare innovators are now able to share connections between doctors that are based on millions of physician referrals — a valuable indicator of who doctors hold in esteem.

 

Last month, Fred Trotter, a self-identified “hacktivist,” revealed that he had obtained a dataset of Medicare physician referrals through a FOIA request and was making the initial data available to those who supported a Medstartr crowdfunding campaign meant to build out his “DocGraph” and make it freely available. This week, he announced that he not only blew past his $15,000 funding goal, but was launching a second campaign to integrate his current data with an additional dataset.

 

The new tool, which reflects 25 million doctor referral connections, enables patients to see how many doctors are linked to a particular doctor, as well as their locations. As patients search for new physicians and specialists, being able to see who their current doctors are linked with could help them decide who to visit. It also gives doctors an opportunity to build online networks that reflect their offline networks, Gutman said. In a post about his “DocGraph” project, Trotter said that his data wasn’t strictly a “referral” data set because, in some cases, doctors might be linked through a patient they both happened to see at the same time, not through an active referral. But Gutman emphasized that HealthTap’s DOConnect considered more than Medicare referrals in mapping connections between doctors.


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Meet ROBOT-Rx, The Robot Pharmacist Doling Out 350 Million Doses Per Year | Singularity Hub

Meet ROBOT-Rx, The Robot Pharmacist Doling Out 350 Million Doses Per Year | Singularity Hub | Longevity science | Scoop.it

You probably didn't know it, but robots already work in pharmacies. Many hospitals have been using ROBOT-Rx to dispense medication doses.

 

With near-perfect accuracy, this robo-pharmacist stores, counts, dispenses, and keeps records. All the humans have to do is prescribe the medication.

 

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Prevention a low priority in heart docs' training

Prevention a low priority in heart docs' training | Longevity science | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new survey of training programs for future cardiologists suggests that only a fraction are getting the minimum level of education in heart disease prevention that professional...
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Top 4 Health Worries of Men….and what to do about them!

Top 4 Health Worries of Men….and what to do about them! | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Men have higher rates of heart disease, cancer, stroke and other major diseases. But women are 33% more likely to visit a doctor.

 

Still, most men aren't worried as much about heart disease as some of the smaller issues. What worries them more are these four health concerns...

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Doctors' life-support skills fade after training

Doctors' life-support skills fade after training | Longevity science | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Doctors and nurses are trained in how to save a cardiac arrest victim's life, but those skills can fade quickly if they're not used, a new study shows.In a review of 11 international...
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