Telestroke cost-saving for society; hacking the immune system to prevent damage after a heart attack;

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> Researchers have found that using telemedicine to deliver stroke care, also known as telestroke, appears to be cost-effective for society. The research was recently published in the American Journal of Managed Care. "This study shows that a hub-and-spoke telestroke network is not only cost-effective from the societal perspective, but it's cost-saving," says neurologist Bart Demaerschalk, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Telestroke Program, and the lead investigator of the telestroke cost effectiveness study, said in an announcement from Mayo Clinic. "We can assess medical services, like telemedicine, in terms of the net costs to society for each year of life gained."  Article

> Hacking the immune system to prevent damage after a heart attack? It's possible, according to an article in MIT Technology Review. "Using tiny biodegradable particles to disrupt the body's normal immune response after a heart attack could help save patients from tissue damage and certain long-term health problems that often follow," the article states. "Researchers have shown that injecting such particles into mice within 24 hours of a heart attack not only significantly reduces tissue damage, but also results in those mice having stronger cardiac function 30 days later." According to the article, the inventors of the new technology now plan to pursue human trials. Article

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> The United Kingdom's largest private hospital healthcare provider plans to roll out its own version of the National Health Service's (NHS) national nursing strategy, the "6 Cs," which encourage nurses to emphasize compassion in all aspects of care, Nursing Times reports. Article

> Uninsured patients and women are much less likely to undergo interhospital transfer, a contributing factor in healthcare disparities, according to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Article

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> Google has unveiled contact lenses designed to monitor and measure glucose levels in tears, potentially replacing the self-administered blood tests from finger pricks that diabetics must endure on a daily basis, reports an article in the San Jose Mercury News. Article

And Finally... A FLOTUS photobomb is always a slam dunk. Article

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