Tuesday November 12, 2019

Researchers Create an App That can Predict Hernia Risk After Abdominal Surgery

The analysis also identified risk factors that made a patient more likely to develop an incisional hernia

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Researchers have created an app that may predict the likelihood of developing an incisional hernia following an abdominal surgery, using Big Data analytics to potentially help address a problem effects one out of every eight of these surgical patients.

The team developed the app utilising electronic health records (EHR) to identify the most common risk factors for patients, as well as which surgeries most commonly result in incisional hernias across multiple specialties.

“Our tool presents the risk for each case at the point of care, giving surgeons and patients the chance to consider this outcome ahead of time and incorporate data into the decision-making process,” said co-author John P. Fischer from the University of Pennsylvania.

Incisional hernias occur after abdominal surgery at the site of the surgical wound when the contents of the abdomen can push through the muscle.

For the study, presented at the 139th American Surgical Association Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas, the team analysed the EHRs of 29,739 patients undergoing intra-abdominal, urologic, or gynecological surgery at Penn between January 2005 and June 2016.

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They found more than 1,100 of these patients (3.8 per cent) ended up requiring a second surgery following the primary operation to repair the incisional hernias.

Colorectal surgeries were the most common specialty associated with incision hernias (7.7 per cent of cases), followed by vascular (5.2 per cent), bariatric (4.8 per cent), and transplant (4.5 per cent).

The analysis also identified risk factors that made a patient more likely to develop an incisional hernia.

The most common was a history of abdominal surgery, which increased the likelihood in 87.5 per cent of cases. That was followed by a history of smoking and a recent infection (75 per cent for both). Obesity was also a significant risk, though it was weighted less than other factors. (IANS)

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OnePlus Smartphone Batteries Get Easily Drained Because of WhatsApp: Tech Report

OnePlus users are reporting on Reddit, OnePlus forums, and even through the Play Store (Google Play Store) that WhatsApp is drastically draining their batteries by 40 per cent or more

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It doesn't appear to be every one that uses WhatsApp on their OnePlus phones, but it does seem to be a reasonably high number of folks -- even some Xiaomi users are reporting this issue as well. Pixabay

 OnePlus smartphones running Android 9 and 10 operating system (OS) have reported high battery drain, which has been likely because of WhatsApp, the media has reported.

The battery depletion appears to be caused by the messaging app’s version 2.19.308 and has been affected users even with limited usage of WhatsApp.

OnePlus users are reporting on Reddit, OnePlus forums, and even through the Play Store (Google Play Store) that WhatsApp is drastically draining their batteries by 40 per cent or more, Android Central reported on Saturday.

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OnePlus smartphones running Android 9 and 10 operating system (OS) have reported high battery drain, which has been likely because of WhatsApp. Pixabay

It is pertinent to note that the issue is affecting OnePlus’ users whose devices are running either Android 9 or 10 — which means a large swath of OnePlus smartphones.

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It doesn’t appear to be every one that uses WhatsApp on their OnePlus phones, but it does seem to be a reasonably high number of folks — even some Xiaomi users are reporting this issue as well, the report added. (IANS)