Alphabet's DeepMind and the European Bioinformatics Institute released the AlphaFold Protein Structure Database, a collection of hundreds of thousands of protein sequences whose probable structures are predicted by artificial intelligence. The database is free for researchers to use and may bring about innovation in disease research, personalized medicine, agriculture and pollution remediation.
Children with type 1 diabetes who had access to telemedicine saw a health care professional twice as frequently and had their blood glucose levels recorded more often last year than children lacking telemedicine access, according to a study in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics. "Our study showed that children who have a chronic disease such as type 1 diabetes, which requires regular and continuous monitoring by health professionals, are more easily accessed through telemedicine," said principal investigator Valeria Hirschler.
The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative distributed remaining assets to six organizations and closed shop after supporting health IT innovation since 2005. Public charities that received final MaEHC grants include the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, which will design and validate a prototype for EHR-integrated prior authorization.
New Jersey-based CarePoint Health opened a new Healthcare Innovation Center on the Bayonne Medical Center campus to bring together inventors, vendors, investors and startups improving patient care with novel applications, approaches and technology.
The FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health needs more staff and funding to fulfill the center's public health mission, Director Jeffrey Shuren said. The CDRH's budget has remained relatively stagnant for years, pay has not kept up with private sector salaries and more resources are needed if some of the innovative approaches adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic are to continue, Shuren says.
Merck will use Evidation Health's research platform in a study of whether data from smartphones and wearable devices can be used as endpoints for Alzheimer's disease drug trials. Merck will recruit older people with and without diagnosed cognitive decline and compare data collected from smartphones and wearables to find differences that point to Alzheimer's disease.
Google Cloud says its new Healthcare Data Engine harmonizes data from medical records and claims, clinical trials, and research for query and analysis in a secure, compliant environment. Google says the platform can map 90% of Health Level 7 version 2 messages to Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standards in EHRs.
Florence "SeeSee" Rigney, 96, who was said to be the oldest working nurse in the US, recently retired from MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital in Washington state after a seven-decade career. "Don't ever think that you know it all," Rigney offered as advice for new nurses.
"Solo agers" can benefit from increasing their social connections in a number of ways. Washington University in St. Louis researcher Dr. Eric Lenze said older adults may experience better physical, emotional, and brain health if they reconnect with friendships paused by the pandemic, return to doing shopping and other activities in person if possible, and focus on social activities they want to return to post-pandemic.
Researchers have found that many younger workers who say they're against sexism and racism still hold prejudiced views against older employees. A 348-person study outlined in an American Psychological Association article found that the younger workers were, the more likely they were to harbor ageist ideas about older employees.
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