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IT Management

Instant Haemoglobin Count With Smartphone

2020 25 May

By pulling down one’s eyelid and assessing its redness, a doctor can identify if the person has anaemia, but to give a precise diagnosis a blood test is needed. New software, however, allows for medical staff to instantly get a near-accurate count of haemoglobin from a picture taken with a smartphone.   You may also like: DeepMining... Read more

IMAGING Management

Blood Test Unmasks Concussions Absent on CT Scans

2019 28 Aug

It has been highlighted that patients suffering from a concussion can have CT scans which show no irregularities and patients can go on to be discharged with no further treatment. A new, cost-effective blood test may be able to identify these patients for subsequent evaluation.   The study, from UC San Francisco, analysed 450 patients who had obtained... Read more

Cardiology Management

New marker helps identify heart attack patients most at risk

2018 14 Feb

New research published in the European Heart Journal suggests a new blood test could help detect patients who are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease after suffering a heart attack. The findings may guide scientists in identifying new targets for reducing the risk, which could lead to more effective treatments. "We have made huge strides over... Read more

ICU Management

Blood Test May Allow More Precise Antibiotic Use

2016 20 Jan

More precise use of antibiotics may result from a blood test, according to an observational study from scientists at Duke Health, published in Science Translational Medicine . The infectious disease and genomics experts developed ‘gene signatures’, which are patterns that reflect which of a patient’s genes are turned on or off, to indicate whether... Read more

Cardiology Management

Heart Attack Test Cuts Hospital Admission

2015 12 Oct

According to findings of trials on 6304 people, it was found that a blood test could halve the number of people admitted to hospital with a suspected heart attack. The findings are published in the Lancet.   The rapid test evaluates chemical in the blood and could help reduce stress for patients as well as money and it could also ease pressure on... Read more

ICU Management

Using Information Theory to Detect Redundancy in Lab Tests

2015 18 Aug

A new study in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making describes how information theory can be used to quantify the amounts of redundant information associated with common ICU laboratory tests. Researchers say that information theory can help identify and discourage unnecessary testing and bloodwork, and can be a useful data analytic tool especially... Read more

IMAGING Management

Blood Test for Brain Injury Could Cut Need for Scans

2015 21 May

A simple blood test to measure brain-specific proteins released after a person suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been shown to predict both evidence of TBI on radiographic imaging and injury severity. A multicentre study, published in Journal of Neurotrauma , describes the potential benefit of adding detection of glial fibrillary acidic protein... Read more

ICU Management

Nursing Data Help Predict Cirrhosis Patient's Survival

2015 11 Apr

Standard assessments that nurses already use to care for patients can provide data that significantly improve the ability to predict survival following a liver transplant and may help improve patient outcomes. This finding is based on a study from Liver Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and published in the journal Hepatology .... Read more

Cardiology Management

Blood Test Can Help Predict Stroke After Heart Surgery

2015 24 Mar

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (NC, USA) have found that the results of a blood test done immediately after heart surgery could be a meaningful indicator of postoperative stroke risk. The finding is published online in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery . An acutely elevated level of blood urea nitrogen (BUN) — a measure of kidney... Read more

ICU Management

Excessive Blood Tests in Heart Surgery Patients Lead to Anaemia, Transfusions

2015 02 Mar

According to an article published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, laboratory testing among patients undergoing cardiac surgery can lead to excessive bloodletting and can increase the risk of developing hospital-acquired anaemia and the need for blood transfusion. Previous research already shows that patients who receive blood transfusions... Read more