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Vol. 10 No. 8, April 10, 2013


Antivaccination Views More Contagious on Twitter than Positive Views
On Twitter, negative views about vaccination not only spread more easily than positive ones, but people exposed to too many positive messages reacted against them. That’s according to Penn State University researchers who tracked about 350,000 tweets from more than 100,000 people during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Their study was published in the journal EPJ Data Science.
The researchers found that people exposed to more anti-vaccination opinions on Twitter expressed more negative views on the subject, while those who received more pro-vaccination tweets were not as quick to adopt a positive view on the subject. The study also found that intense exposure to pro-vaccination opinions on Twitter increased the likelihood that users expressed anti-vaccination views.


TAP Device Makes Painless Blood Sampling a Reality
Touch Activated Phlebotomy (TAP) blood collection platform is designed to optimize the blood collection process by eliminating the pain associated with a conventional needle stick, increasing safety and providing a faster pathway to diagnostic results. The TAP platform draws blood from the capillaries without having to access a vein. The device penetrates the top layers of the skin using an array of micro-needles through which micro-fluidic channels collect capillary blood. The TAP 20 device is less than 50mm in diameter and can draw up to 20 microliters of blood, while its bigger brother, the TAP 100, will provide a sample of 100 microlitres.
Notre Dame Imaging Specialists Create 3-D Images to Aid Surgeons
University of Notre Dame (Indiana) researchers have successfully created three-dimensional anatomical models from CT scans using 3-D printing technology, a process that holds promise for medical professionals and their patients. Researchers at Notre Dame are currently printing skeletons of small animals using 3D imaging taken from CT scans, a technique that is easily transferable to human anatomy.
Half a Million Patients Benefit from 'Life Saving' Bristol Record Sharing Project
Accidents and Emergency (A&E) doctors are now able to provide safer emergency care round the clock to some 500,000 patients across the Bristol (UK) area - thanks to a secure electronic record sharing agreement with 50 local GP practices. The Patient Record Network enables A&E doctors to view patient records within minutes via EMIS' EPR Viewer, which makes key information from the patient's GP record available to other clinicians.
Germany: KV Nordrhein Presents Electronic Admissions-Discharges Pilot Project
In order to improve the flow of information between the various sectors of healthcare, the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung - KV) of North Rhine together with a number of sponsoring agencies and the German Hospitals Association, are planning the development of an electronically supported transfer procedure. The pilot project, which was presented at the Health Congress of the West in Bonn, will also be supported by the Ministry of Health of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Estonia: Memorandum of Cooperation Signed by Health Insurance Fund and eHealth Foundation
The Estonian Health Insurance Fund and the Estonian e-Health Foundation signed a memorandum of cooperation for the development of eServices and data standards in the health sector. The memorandum of cooperation aims to improve information systems and solutions for a smoother operation.
CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System Earns Top Rating in MD Buyline Report
The CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System earned the top rating in MD Buyline's First Quarter 2013 User Satisfaction Report for portable radiographic systems. Users gave the DRX-Revolution the highest rating in all six categories in the report, which included three other suppliers.
iPads Used to Link Mothers, Newborns across Hospital
New mothers are often separated from their children after birth for a number of reasons such as complications, a premature birth, or a need for post surgical recovery. To help bring the two a little closer, at least virtually, Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles is now using iPads in the neonatal intensive care unit for video teleconferencing between mothers and children. The new program, called BabyTime, also offers a new mother the ability to speak with the clinicians taking care of her baby, certainly a welcome feature especially when things are not going as great as would be hoped.
The Personal Assistant App for People with Rheumatic Disease
The Italian Association for People with Rheumatic Diseases has announced the successful launch of App for people with rheumatoid arthritis, named the Rheumatoid Arthritis App.

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