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Excess Intake of Fast Food May Make Your Kids Overweight – NDTV

Read article – Quotes Jennifer Emond, assistant professor of biomedical data science and of pediatrics, in a feature story about a study she led that found that the overconsumption of fast food independently contributes to excess weight gain among children. “We now know from our studies and others, that kids who start on the path of extra weight gain during this really important time frame tend to carry it forward into adolescence and adulthood, and this sets them up for major health consequences as they get older,” says Emond. (Picked up by Pioneer News, The Hans India, The Siasat Daily, and We For News. Similar coverage in Medical Dialogues.)

Sunday Seniors: Researchers Turn to Technology to Detect Dementia – Valley News

Read article – Continued coverage of comments by John Batsis, associate professor of medicine and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, who is a member of a team of researchers from Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the University of Massachusetts Boston who have received a grant from the National Institute on Aging to develop a system that would use machine and deep learning techniques to detect changes in speech patterns to determine if someone is at risk of developing dementia.

ACOs Lack Data on Patient Social Needs, Community Partners – Health Data Management

Read article – Quotes Genevra Murray, research scientist at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, who collaborated with colleagues from the University of California Berkeley and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on research that found that accountable care organizations have major challenges integrating social services with medical care, including a lack of data on their patients’ social needs and the capabilities of community partners. “Policies that could facilitate the integration of social determinants include providing sustainable funding, implementing local and regional networking initiatives to facilitate partnership development, and developing standardized data on community-based organizations’ services and quality to aid providers that seek partners,” says Murray.