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New Dashboard Gives Data on Latest Trends in Drug Overdoses

Article Excerpt: The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has launched an interactive data dashboard to highlight the latest trends in drug overdoses among Michigan residents. The dashboard also monitors the use of overdose prevention and substance use disorder treatment services. The new dashboard shows the most up-to-date data available on both fatal and nonfatal overdoses in Michigan through a range of data visualizations, including graphs, charts, and maps. The dashboard was funded through a Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Overdose Data to Action grant.

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Article Source: WILX


Wearable Electronic Skin Could Monitor Your Health

Article Excerpt: Doctors may be just a few years away from tracking your vital signs via electronic skin worn on the body. Researchers in Japan say they have developed an ultra-thin, lightweight e-skin that is stuck to the chest area using water spray and can be worn for a week at a time… Designed for older people or those with who have difficulty using a smartphone, it will show heartbeat data transmitted by the e-skin in the form of large and easily understood graphics. It can also display simple emojis — including a heart and a rainbow — sent by friends and relatives from a smartphone, to help older people feel connected to their loved ones.

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Article Source: CNN


Machine Learning May Bolster Opioid Stewardship Efforts

Article Excerpt: Opioid stewardship is most often a multidisciplinary effort, but at Lifespan health system in Rhode Island, an unusual team “member”—artificial intelligence—is being recognized for its contribution.

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Article Source: Pharmacy Practice News


SAS Analytics Platform Used to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Article Excerpt: While SAS and a host of other analytics software vendors have developed tools to help in the fight against COVID-19, SAS has also developed tools to aid those battling the opioid epidemic…In response to the epidemic, SAS, founded in 1976 when it was part of North Carolina State University and now based in Cary, N.C., has developed interactive dashboards that, according to Kearney, are being used by both healthcare and law enforcement agencies at all levels to track and predict the spread of the opioid epidemic and make data-driven decisions to combat the epidemic.

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Article Source: TechTarget


Google’s New Addiction Recovery Website Is More Useful Than A Google Search

Article Excerpt: Google is launching a new website it’s calling “Recover Together” that collates resources for addiction recovery in the United States. The site includes Google Maps-based search for resources like recovery support meetings and pharmacies that offer Naloxone without a prescription — it’s a drug that can be used to counteract opioid overdoses. The new site will be linked under the search bar on Google’s most valuable real estate: its home page.

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Article Source: The Verge


Military Scientists Harness AI To Fight Synthetic Opioids

Article Excerpt: A Defense Intelligence Agency team is using artificial intelligence to map the shadowy production-and-distribution networks of synthetic opioids that kill more than 47,000 Americans a year — and in the process showing how military and law enforcement will put AI to work.

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Article Source: Defense One


Raising the Standard for Psychology Research

Article Excerpt: In recent years, efforts to understand the workings of the mind have taken on new-found urgency. Not only are psychological and neurological disorders — from Alzheimer’s disease and strokes to autism and anxiety — becoming more widespread, new tools and methods have emerged that allow scientists to explore the structure of, and activity within, the brain with greater granularity…But this wealth of research comes with challenges, according to Russell Poldrack, a psychology professor with a computing bent at Stanford University. Psychology and neuroscience struggle to build on the knowledge of its disparate researchers.

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Article Source: Texas Advanced Computing Center.  Also posted in Technology Networks.


10 Virtual Reality Applications for Mental Health

Article Excerpt: …VR (virtual reality) may now be at a tipping point where it stands to transform many industries including mental health. While neuroscientists begin to explore how VR affects the brain, it’s already being used to effectively treat various mental health conditions.

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Article Source: Nanalyze

Nurses Use FDNY Geospatial Mapping of Opioid Overdoses to Inform Clinical Practice in Real Time

Article Excerpt: Nurse practitioners and nursing students can use local, real-time maps of opioid overdoses to inform their clinical work with adolescents in community health settings, finds new research from NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing.

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Article Source: Science Daily