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IBM's new computer is the closest thing to a human brain invented yet
Business Insider
Modern computing is built around, at its very core, adding and subtracting numbers. Simple calculations running billions of times per second keep track of all the important values, from what operating system you're running to your stage in Candy Crush. With the unveiling of the new TrueNorth chip, IBM is fundamentally challenging that method with a chip based off the human brain.
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Surgeons may get remote assistance with new 'telementoring' system
Purdue University
Researchers at Purdue University and the Indiana University School of Medicine are developing an "augmented reality telementoring" system to provide effective support to surgeons on the battlefield from specialists located thousands of miles away. In telementoring, a surgeon performing an operation receives guidance remotely from an expert using telecommunications. However, current systems require the surgeon to shift focus to a nearby apparatus called a "telestrator," diverting attention from the operating table, said Juan Wachs, an associate professor of industrial engineering at Purdue.
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Duke School of Nursing on cutting edge of simulation and distance education
WNCN-TV
Duke University School of Nursing is on the cutting edge of simulation and distance education. From mannequins with realistic movements to rolling robots carrying iPads with student's watching on the other end, the School of Nursing has gone completely high tech. "When I went to nursing school, we train giving an injection into an orange," said Margie Malloy, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE director for the Center for Nursing Discovery. Malloy has been out in front of the simulation education revolution but she's not afraid to get behind the scenes either.
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Do physicians really hate their EHRs?
By Scott Rupp
Physicians hate their EHRs. Research shows there's no love lost between doctors and the technology. According to a recent study, just 34 percent of physicians said they were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their EHR system in 2014, down from 62 percent in 2010. Diving a little deeper, the percentage of physicians unhappy with their system stood at 54 percent in 2014. If there were an election to determine whether to employ the use of EHRs, the majority would say no to this candidate.
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Scientists built vomit machine to study how stomach bug makes people sick
Business Insider
People have done a lot of strange things in the name of science, but this one takes the cake (and spits it out). In a recent study, a team of scientists wanted to study how norovirus, a nasty stomach bug that commonly causes food poisoning, could be spread by vomiting. So they built a vomit machine. More than 20 million Americans catch norovirus every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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This is what schizophrenia feels like
St. Louis Public Radio
About 80 people, clustered around tables, bent their heads and waited for the voices to start. "Don't answer," a woman's voice warned as a phone rang. "They'll know who you are." The crowd was listening to a soundscape, a 6-minute audio compilation called "Mindstorm," created by a pharmaceutical company as a way to replicate the auditory hallucinations sometimes experienced by people with schizophrenia.
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Traditional physical therapy gets upgrade through gamified virtual reality environments
SingularityHub
Virtual reality is a buzzword again, capturing the imagination of a new generation of early adopters, technologists and gamers. With its early roots in the 1950s simulation community, there have been decades of research, dedicated journals and conferences that have built a substantial VR knowledge base. You can imagine how the current VR hype cycle must appear like a true déjà vu event for many VR veterans. But what's different this time is that the technology is now within reach of the consumer ... and almost out of reach of motion sickness.
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Getting the WHO to take the reins in global pandemics
Health Affairs
The World Health Organization has a credibility problem, according to the recently released "Report of the Ebola Interim Assessment Panel." The panel of outside independent experts describes an under-resourced organization that is ill prepared for a global public health emergency and occasionally puts politics ahead of public health. The panel, which convened in March, calls for immediate and comprehensive reform and offers a wealth of recommendations to strengthen the WHO's preparedness and response capacity during a public health emergency of international concern, such as the ongoing Ebola pandemic.
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Researchers use phone data to track spread of infectious disease
UPI
Researchers may have found an accurate way to track the seasonal spread of diseases by studying people's travel patterns using cellphone data, according to a new study. The method was tested by researchers who tracked rubella in Kenya by using the anonymous locations of daily cellphone use and comparing that data to historical paths of rubella spreading through the country.
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Doctors reveal worst behavior in the operating room
San Francisco Chronicle
After a Virginia man accidentally recorded his doctor mocking him while he was undergoing a colonoscopy, many patients wondered if the same thing could have happened to them while under sedation. Hopefully such incidences are rare, but an anonymous essay published in the Annals of Internal Medicine breaks the silence on bad behavior — really bad behavior — in the operating room.
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Waves of change: Helping staff navigate the turbulent tides of healthcare
Christina Thielst
With an emphasis on reducing costs while improving quality and access, the transformation of the U.S. healthcare delivery system is creating additional pressure at the point of care — the encounters between clinicians and their patients. While change is due, it also requires balance and support for those who are caught at the crux as new models of care are being rolled out and payment models are still being developed and implemented.
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Robotic simulator named Victoria gives birth at Michigan hospital
MLive.com
Her name is Victoria, and she's helping train professionals at McLaren Flint. Victoria isn't human, however. She's a high-tech birth simulator that is the newest addition to the Women's Health education and training program at McLaren Flint. The birth simulation was demonstrated for media Aug. 18 in the Medical Simulation Lab at McLaren Flint in Michigan. Victoria's teaching methods are unique.
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