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Benefits Touted: "AI" Screening for Skin Cancer

Here’s another example of future innovations in healthcare: Artifical intelligence (AI) could increase the number of people screened for skin cancer and better prioritize limited resources to those who really need them most, according to Roger Ho, MD, et al, in their published column from the Department of Dermatology at New York University School of Medicine. The study was published online August 22, 2018, in JAMA Dermatology. How well are our medical practices, hospitals and schools preparing to harness AI technology?

Posted on Monday, September 3, 2018 at 2:56PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

What is all the buzz about the ARRIVE study?

Purposely inducing healthy pregnant women befoer 40 weeks seems to be counter-intuitive to other recent efforts to move away from medical intervention for low risk births. A clinical trial called ARRIVE indicated that induction of labor at 39 weeks in low-risk nulliparous women did not result in a significantly lower frequency of a composite adverse perinatal outcome, and resulted in a significantly lower cesarean rate. The study funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and published in NEJM. is creating lots of discussion. Too soon to report a variety of responses, but stay tuned.

Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 8:38PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

Why are US women not having babies?

Historical PEW research has shown a direct correlation between low unemployment/good economy and birth rates. Why is that not holding for the current generation of childbearing age women? A research study by Morning Consult for The New York Times found out that women are not having babies because raising children is too expensive, they want more leisure time and more personal freedom, and prefer a partner before becoming a parent, among other reasons. Cost concerns and the lack of decent family leave do not provide confidence to have children.

Posted on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 1:25PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

Research - Linking oil and coal plant pollution to pre-term births

California closed eight oil and coal-fueled electric plants and reduced pollution. After the closing, research showed a sizeable decrease in pre-term births among women living in the area. Those closest to the plants had the greatest drop (3 miles or less) from 7% to 5.1% decline. Researchers compared pre-term birth rates around eight power plants that had not closed and found no differences for the same 10 year period. Scientists have long know that oil and coal emit tiny pollution particles that penetrate lungs and bloodstream, and this study adds to a larger body of research showing the implications.

Posted on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 11:32AM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

US Experiences Lowest Birth Rate in 30 Years

The US hit the lowest number of births since 1987, according to a federal report that was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal. The number of babies dropped 2% from 2016 to 2017. Many women seemed to start delaying childbirth when the economy tanked in 2007-2009, but delays have not reversed as the economy has been improving during the past decade.

Fewer teen births is a good thing, but not declining births, along with declining young immigrants. This situation has serious repercussions given that an aging population needs to be supported by younger generations.

 

Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 2:13PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference
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