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Analysis Shows Better Integration Needed Between ClinicalTrials.gov and Drugs@FDA

Analysis Shows Better Integration Needed Between ClinicalTrials.gov and Drugs@FDA

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Although Drugs@FDA may be useful for validating trial primary outcomes found on ClinicalTrials.gov, Drugs@FDA lacked information on secondary outcomes and adverse events, including deaths, according to an analysis of data from 100 trials available on both websites.

Novel Device Captures Excess Chemotherapy, Avoiding Systemic Exposure to the Drugs

Novel Device Captures Excess Chemotherapy, Avoiding Systemic Exposure to the Drugs

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A new material was developed to soak up chemotherapy drugs after the tumor is treated and before they can circulate throughout the body, potentially limiting the side effects of chemotherapy.

Patient Navigation Significantly Improves Cancer Screening Rates

Patient Navigation Significantly Improves Cancer Screening Rates

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The addition of a patient navigation component to a population-based IT system boosted screening rates for breast cancer, cervical cancer, and colorectal cancer in patients at high risk for nonadherence.

ASCO: Smartphone App May Help Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer

ASCO: Smartphone App May Help Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer

Researchers found tracking symptoms and alerting doctors to problems early led to longer survival for patients with lung cancer.

Targeting Drugs to Pancreatic Cancer Through Implantable Device

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New research indicates a far greater efficacy in pancreatic cancer drug therapy delivered via implantable device than via IV.

Social Media Has Unrealized Potential for Clinical Trial Communication and Recruitment

Social Media Has Unrealized Potential for Clinical Trial Communication and Recruitment

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The social media platform Twitter could develop into a useful tool for communicating with the public about cancer clinical trials and for recruiting participants.

Study Raises Privacy Concerns for Health Care App Use

Study Raises Privacy Concerns for Health Care App Use

Many health care programs have no policies, and may share data with third parties, researchers say.

Families of Patients With Cancer Seek Information More Than Support on Internet

Families of Patients With Cancer Seek Information More Than Support on Internet

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Families of patients with cancer are more likely to seek information online than support.

Stethoscope Remains Important Despite Technological Advances

Stethoscope Remains Important Despite Technological Advances

Despite increase in point-of-care ultrasound training, stethoscopes remain an important tool for clinicians.

Telemedicine of Benefit to Intensive Care Nurses

Telemedicine of Benefit to Intensive Care Nurses

Use of telemedicine allows nurses to accomplish tasks more quickly, increases both collaboration and communication.

Noninvasive Scan May Offer Alternative to Biopsy in Skin Cancer

Noninvasive Scan May Offer Alternative to Biopsy in Skin Cancer

A noninvasive technique designed to identify melanin pigment naturally found in melanoma tumor cells shows promise for detecting the spread of skin cancer.

AAFP Recommends Clinician Use of Social Media

AAFP Recommends Clinician Use of Social Media

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has provided guidelines for physicians wishing to become more active via social media.

Treatment Navigator Mobile App for Patients With Breast Cancer

Treatment Navigator Mobile App for Patients With Breast Cancer

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A new first-of-its-kind mobile app called Breast Cancer Ally serves as a treatment navigator for patients with breast cancer receiving care.

New Electronic Health Record Regulations Issued

New Electronic Health Record Regulations Issued

The new EHR regulations modify Stage 2 of meaningful use program and finalize requirements for Stage 3.

Computerized Tool Improves Cognitive Deficits in Cancer Survivors

Computerized Tool Improves Cognitive Deficits in Cancer Survivors

Findings based on small study of childhood cancer survivors with treatment-related deficits shows benefits of computerized cognitive intervention.

Windows 10: Microsoft's Apology to PC Users

Windows 10: Microsoft's Apology to PC Users

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The software giant's latest software package offers a mea culpa to users left on the wayside of its previous major system upgrade. This article offers an overview of the program's returning favorites and new features for nurses.

Apple HealthKit app aids patient-clinician dialog

Apple HealthKit app aids patient-clinician dialog

Available mobile apps allow doctors to use HealthKit data and keep patient records up to date.

mHealth app assesses breast cancer risk and aids prevention

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An evaluation of this mobile health app found easy to use for diverse, low-income women.

Mobile support system keeps up with a younger generation of breast cancer survivors

Mobile support system keeps up with a younger generation of breast cancer survivors

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A new digital program using a Web site and social media aims to meet the unique support needs of women younger than 40 years with breast cancer.

Tips offered for clinicians to for online reputation management

Tips offered for clinicians to for online reputation management

Tips for reputation management include searching for yourself, updating information, and including a professional headshot.

Prosocial Internet support group not proving beneficial for breast cancer survivors

Prosocial Internet support group not proving beneficial for breast cancer survivors

Participants in prosocial versus standard group have higher level of depression, anxiety after intervention.

Video-based tool informs patients about prostate health

Video-based tool informs patients about prostate health

A video-based educational tool increased comprehension of prostate health terms in patients with a mean literacy level of 7th grade or higher.

Risks groups for early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) stratified by computed tomography (CT) images through novel software

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Novel software tool that automatically quantitates adenocarcinoma pulmonary nodule characteristics from noninvasive HRCT images in order to stratify patients with non-small cell lung cancer into risk groups with different disease-free survival outcomes.

Oncologists Use of Digital (Infographic)

Oncologists Use of Digital (Infographic)

A summary of site, platform, and social media use by oncologists in 2014.

Five Twitter Feeds Every Oncology Nurse Should Follow

Five Twitter Feeds Every Oncology Nurse Should Follow

Twitter is a great way for oncology professionals to interact with their peers and patients, and ONA has recommendations for some feeds you should be following.

Many clinicians feel mobile apps can improve patient outcomes

Many clinicians feel mobile apps can improve patient outcomes

Many physicians believe digital communication technologies, including mobile apps, can be of benefit to their patients.

Supercomputers allow examination of cancer chain in cell membrane

Supercomputers allow examination of cancer chain in cell membrane

Supercomputer simulations reveal clusters of a protein linked to cancer warp cell membranes — findings that could help design new anticancer drugs.

Acuity tool accurately assesses staffing needs at an ambulatory infusion clinic

Acuity tool accurately assesses staffing needs at an ambulatory infusion clinic

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A pilot program demonstrated that an acuity tool that accounts for more complex ambulatory infusion treatments allows nurses to increase their productivity.

Specialized apps extend the reach of community

Specialized apps extend the reach of community

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In Alabama, smartphone technology brings regional resources to patients with cancer; in New Jersey, it motivates adolescent survivors to exercise.

Tablet-based system of care aids autonomy for patients on their journey to survivorship

Tablet-based system of care aids autonomy for patients on their journey to survivorship

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Novel program provides patients with a computer tablet preloaded with app and links to information, data, and providers specific to their care.

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