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Is ‘patient activation measure’ relevant for adults on dialysis?

The Patient Activation Measure (PAM) is a standardized instrument that assesses an individual’s knowledge, ability, skills, and confidence in self-managing chronic medical conditions. A study published in JASN examined whether

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Machine learning tool detects the risk of genetic syndromes in children with diverse backgrounds

With an average accuracy of 88%, a deep learning technology offers rapid genetic screening that could accelerate the diagnosis of genetic syndromes, recommending further investigation or referral to a specialist

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Insufficient evidence that AI breast cancer screening is accurate enough to replace human scrutiny

Humans still seem to be better than technology when it comes to the accuracy of spotting possible cases of breast cancer during screening, suggests a review published online in The

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Misinformation on Twitter adversely affects adults’ health decisions

UK and US adult smokers who were considering using e-cigarettes were deterred when exposed to tweets falsely implying the devices are more harmful than conventional cigarettes, finds new research. The

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Connection discovered between brain’s opioid system and eating behavior

Brain regulation of feeding behavior traits has remained incompletely understood. In their latest study, researchers at the Turku PET Centre, Finland, discovered a connection between the function of the opioid

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Diet and weight loss to achieve type 2 diabetes remission should be goal for GPs

Achieving “remission” for people with type 2 diabetes through dietary approaches and weight loss should be the primary treatment goal of GPs and healthcare practitioners, concludes a large-scale review of

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World failing people with dementia: WHO

Dementia, which robs people of their “memories, independence and dignity”, is on the rise worldwide but few countries are equipped to fight it, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Thursday.

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