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You can now buy the 1st robot 'with emotions'
Business Insider
SoftBank has announced that its humanoid robot, Pepper, the first robot to react to emotions and even have emotions of its own, will go on sale in Japan starting June 20. But how can a robot have emotions? It turns out that Pepper's emotional functions were modeled after how humans release hormones in response to stimuli.
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Excedrin using Oculus Rift DK1 for migraine simulator
Those familiar with early virtual reality technology will be well aware of the issues with simulator sickness. Though much less of a problem with current head-mounted displays, the first version of the Oculus Rift development kit, DK1, was known to cause issues for many thanks to latency between head-tracking and screen movement among other factors. Now Excedrin is using VR to deliberately simulate another common human condition: migraines.
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The patient safety threats no one talks about
Threats to patient safety such as hospital-acquired infections, patient falls and medical errors make nationwide headlines, but lesser-known safety threats such as dietary errors and hazardous antiseptic products may slip under the radar. Between January 2009 and June 2014, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority identified 285 dietary errors in healthcare facilities, eight of which resulted in serious patient harm.
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Audio simulation system helps patients tune their own hearing aids
Hearing aids can be notoriously difficult to tune for the unique needs of every patient. Audiologists have to assume a great deal about a person's day-to-day environment in order to set the parameters appropriately. At SINTEF, a large research institution based in Trondheim, Norway, researchers developed an interactive platform that patients can use to intuitively program their own hearing aids.
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How to manage people who know more than you: 5 tips
Becker's Hospital Review
If you hold a leadership role, chances are you're an expert in what you do. It may be hard to imagine someone without your experience doing your job. However, as careers advance, people are often promoted to new roles that include responsibilities outside of their expertise. This is especially true in healthcare, where executives want to lead extremely bright minds and individuals who are extremely knowledageble and passionate about their work.
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Iowa's advanced driving simulator to help assess newly developed artificial lens for cataract patients
University of Iowa via Medical Xpress
A miniature version of the University of Iowa's advanced driving simulator will participate in a clinical trial later this year to assess a patient's driving ability after cataract surgery. The trial will help determine if a newly developed artificial lens will be approved for sale in the United States. The lens replaces the patient's natural, cataract-ravaged lens during surgery, and the trial will determine if it sufficiently reduces visual distractions caused by headlights when driving at night.
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A better way to find patient zero
Pacific Standard
When George Soper, then a little-known sanitation engineer, was finally able to track down Mary Mallon, he was pretty sure he'd found the woman responsible for a series of typhoid outbreaks in early-20th century New York. Discovering patient zero—Typhoid Mary, in Soper's case—takes tireless effort even today, and while the concept has been criticized, identifying an outbreaks' origins can help scientists understand and prevent the next one.
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  Teach Clinical Breast Exam Standards

Clinical Breast Exam skills are now learned with computer-guided technology. The MammaCare CBE Simulator-Trainer teaches the palpation skills required to detect small breast lesions and to reduce false positives. Universities and colleges use the MammaCare CBE Simulator-Trainer to validate breast exam competencies. Call MammaCare for a demonstration unit: 352.375.0607 MORE

New mobile X-Ray unit gives COD radiography students state-of-the-art training
Chicago Tribune
A new mobile X-ray unit is bringing state-of-the-art wireless technology into radiography labs at College of DuPage. Jeff Papp, professor of Diagnostic Medical Imaging, said the wireless technology allows a radiographer to generate a high-quality image in a matter of seconds. "In the past, we couldn't teach mobile or surgical X-ray in the classroom because we didn't have the mobile equipment. Now we can take the new unit anywhere, from the Hospital Simulation lab to the mock OR lab, and maximize its effectiveness as at teaching and learning tool," Papp said.
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Simulation used to detect colorectal cancer incidence
The JAMA Network Journals via Medical Xpress
An analysis that included information from more than 57,000 screening colonoscopies suggests that higher adenoma detection rates may be associated with up to 50 to 60 percent lower lifetime colorectal cancer incidence and death without higher overall costs, despite a higher number of colonoscopies and potential complications, according to a study in the June 16 issue of JAMA.
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Study: Digital health solutions may save US health system $100 billion
Scott E. Rupp
Accenture, in a new report, estimates that FDA-approved digital health solutions — an Internet-connected device or software created for detection or treatment of a medical indication — may have saved up to $6 billion in cost savings last year, primarily driven by medication adherence, behavior modifications and fewer emergency room visits.
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Surgical residents gain competency in colonoscopy with structured curriculum, simulation
General Surgery News
Junior surgery residents can be taught to perform screening colonoscopy safely and effectively, at least within a structured learning environment, new research has shown. To address concerns of U.S. gastroenterology societies over the ability of surgical trainees to perform endoscopy competently, the American Board of Surgery instituted a requirement that residents complete a curriculum in flexible endoscopy.
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