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MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for August 10, 2017

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. How WiFi could monitor sleep disorders Monitoring sleep disorders could be as easy as measuring the radio waves around a patient through WiFi, according to new research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital. Traditionally, physicians measure sleep disorders through electrodes or other sensors attached to a patient. The new method, however, is a device that uses an advanced artificial intelligence algorithm that analyzes radio signals surrounding a patient and translates those signals into the light, deep and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep stages. Read more 4. AdvaMed goes social with anti-medtech tax ad The Advanced Medical Technology Assn. is unleashing the latest ad in a social media campaign aimed at winning more legislative support for a repeal of the medical device tax, hoping to sway Congress members during the August recess. The apparent demise last month of Republican plans to repeal Obamacare and replace it with their own version of healthcare reform, which would have done away with the medtech tax, has the industry casting ...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

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Two extremely upsetting statistics came out not too long ago. Reports have found that not only is there a link between absenteeism in school and mental illness, but there is also a correlation between suspensions from schools and children who have mental or neurological health concerns. These include personality disorders, depression, ADHD, autism and spectrum disorders, and other mental health issues, both treated and untreated. This is a major concern. Rather than recognizing symptoms and reaching out to provide support to the students who need it most, those children are being thrown out of the very environment that wou...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: ADHD and ADD Caregivers Children and Teens Parenting Personal Personality Research Stigma Stress Student Therapist Students Success & Achievement Suicide Coping Skills defiant oppositional Discipline Emotional Disabilities Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSION: The CMFS provides reliable and valid information on mental fatigue for future research and clinical practice involving patients with traumatic brain injury. PMID: 29461861 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Brain Injury - Category: Neurology Tags: Brain Inj Source Type: research
Just this week, I have seen three patients with depression requiring treatment. Treatment options include medications, therapy, and self-care. Self-care includes things like sleep, physical activity, and diet, and is just as important as meds and therapy — sometimes more… In counseling my patients about self-care, I always feel like we don’t have enough time to get into diet. I am passionate about diet and lifestyle measures for good health, because there is overwhelming evidence supporting the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle for, oh, just about everything: preventing cardiovascular disease, can...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Anxiety and Depression Behavioral Health Healthy Eating Mental Health Source Type: blogs
Alzheimer ’s is the number one mental disorder diagnosed in the elderly with over 5.4 million people afflicted in 2016. According to Maplewood's records 43% of patients have dementia, 45% have depression and 21% have both. These two diagnoses have symptoms of sleep disturbances, agitated behavior and sadnes s which can increase the risk for falls. Often medications given to treat depression can lead to somnolence, decreased appetite, constipation, confusion or possible arrhythmia. Circadian rhythms are controlled in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) located in the hypothalamus by a monosynaptic pathway with the retin...
Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association - Category: Health Management Authors: Tags: Quality Improvement Source Type: research
Depression is a common, dysthymic, and psychiatric disorder, resulting in enormous social and economic burden. Dammarane sapogenins (DS), an active fraction from oriental ginseng, has shown antidepressant‐like effects in chronic restraint rats and sleep interruption‐induced mice, and the present study aimed to further confirm the antidepressant effects of DS in a model of chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) and to explore the underlying mechanism. Oral administration of DS (20, 40, and 80 mg/kg) markedly improved depressant‐like behaviors, increasing the sucrose intake in the sucrose preference test and red...
Source: Phytotherapy Research - Category: Biochemistry Authors: Tags: RESEARCH ARTICLE Source Type: research
Follow me on Twitter @RobShmerling Ever wonder what other people are wondering about? I know I do. So, here are the top 10 health searches in Google for 2017. And just so you don’t have to look each one up, I’ve provided a brief answer. You’re welcome. 1.  What causes hiccups? I was surprised this one made it to the top 10 list of health searches. Maybe this search is common because hiccups are as mysterious as they are universal. I’ve written about hiccups before, but let’s just say the cause in any individual person is rarely known or knowable. Then again, the reason hiccups stop is als...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health Source Type: blogs
Background: Although there is significant evidence that the family caregivers (FCs) of cancer patients can experience significant caregiver burden and symptoms, less is known about the relationships between FCs and patient characteristics that influence caregiver burden. Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of cancer patients’ and FCs’ symptoms and demographic characteristics on caregiver burden at initiation of the patients’ radiation treatment. Methods: Two hundred eighty-one dyads of FCs and cancer patients who received a diagnosis of breast, prostate, melanoma, lympho...
Source: Cancer Nursing - Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research
Chronic geriatric pain is a complex condition to assess and treat. Older age is associated with several highly prevalent comorbid pain conditions including both musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions.1 The impact of pain in older persons goes far beyond physiologic risks to include impaired cognitive function, depression, sleep disturbance, diminished socialization, increased healthcare use and costs, and impaired functional abilities.2 Despite the prevalence and potential impact, stoic attitudes of older adults in pain, myths about pain being a natural element of aging, and fears about potential addiction, can lead to ...
Source: Geriatric Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Source Type: research
Authors: Lerousseau L Abstract Excessive daytime sleepiness is a major symptom in cases of the obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome. Most often, it is vastly improved by treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). The most effective way to confirm its disappearance is through wakefulness maintenance testing. If residual sleepiness remains, despite CPAP, further diagnostic investigation must be carried out. Firstly, it must be assessed whether the treatment is fully effective (apnea hypopnea index6h/night). If this is the case, the possibility of other situations responsible for excessive daytime...
Source: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Rev Mal Respir Source Type: research
Around six years ago, I quit being a speech-language pathologist. It was only my fourth year in the profession, but I was exhausted and stressed, and eventually lost my passion for the work. Every night I felt a sense of dread because I knew the next day would arrive too soon and with too much to do. Some days, I simply panicked. I didn’t realize I was actually going through something called “burnout.” Burnout involves more than just feeling a bit tired and stressed. This condition can affect all aspects of daily life. The World Health Organization officially recognizes burnout as “exhaustion o...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tags: Audiology Speech-Language Pathology Health Care meditation Practice Management Professional Development Schools Source Type: blogs
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