Study: Wikipedia Reporting on Flu Outbreaks Better than CDC

In the United States, between 3,000 and 50,000 people die from influenza every year. In order to distribute vaccines, staff, and other resources appropriately, it is crucial to have up-to-date data about the prevalence of influenza. According to a study published on Thursday, monitoring the rate of Wikipedia article views provides better real-time influenza surveillance compared to traditional influenza-like illness (ILI) reporting by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Researchers Find an Innovative Way to Reduce Surgical Site Infections

Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin have found that an innovative protocol called the Electronic Patient Alert System (EAS) significantly improves patient compliance with a preadmission showering protocol. The pre-surgery antiseptic shower is known to reduce the risk of surgical site infections (SSIs).

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[Infographic] How Android is Transforming the Healthcare Industry

Android technology is transforming the medical industry via three key trends:

  • Tablet and smartphone apps that aid patient entertainment, education, fitness, and learning
  • Applications that communicate information about a patient to a medical professional
  • Medical devices that use an android operating system

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FDA Approves Lipiodol® (Ethiodized Oil) Injection for Imaging of Tumors in Adults with Known Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC)

Guerbet announced today that the FDA approved Lipiodol (Ethiodized Oil) injections for the purpose of imaging tumors in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). HCC is the most common primary liver tumor. It is the third-leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. An estimated 35,000 patients are affected in the United States each year.

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