UTHealth-led study shows much work remains to ensure e-health record safety

Four years after their publication by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), voluntary guidelines designed to increase the safety of e-health records have yet to be implemented fully, according to a survey led by a researcher at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Findings appeared recently in the Journal of the ...

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Gas sensing gut pill beats breath test diagnosis

New trials of a breakthrough swallowable sensor have revealed the device is 3,000 times more accurate than current technology used to diagnose many gut disorders. The findings show the revolutionary gas-sensing capsule developed by researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, could surpass breath testing as the benchmark for diagnosing gut disorders, paving the way to solving previously undiagnosed conditions. ...

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Patients with right-sided colon cancer have poorer survival rates than those with left-sided disease

Patients with colorectal cancer tumors on the right side may have poorer five-year survival rates than those whose tumors are located on the left side. However, a new large-scale retrospective study is the first to demonstrate a potential improvement of these outcomes. Study results show that nearly doubling the benchmark number of lymph nodes removed during operations for right-sided colon ...

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Diet matters less than evolutionary relationships in shaping gut microbiome

Gut microbes provide many services for their hosts, including digesting their food. Researchers have long known that mammals with specialized diets, such as carnivores and anteaters, have special types of gut microbes that allow them to eat that diet. Is the same true in primates? In the largest published comparative dataset of non-human primate gut microbiomes to date, a new ...

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Insights from metabolites get us closer to a test for chronic fatigue syndrome

A study led by researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health has identified a constellation of metabolites related to myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Combining this data with data from an earlier microbiome study, the researchers now report they can predict whether or not someone has the disorder with a ...

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