In findings presented to the American Society of Hematology, Mayo Clinic researchers found that using emojis instead of traditional emotional scales were helpful in assessing patients’ physical, emotional and overall quality of life. Researchers found that using iPhones and Apple Watches were favored by patients, and the technology helped collect study data accurately and efficiently. The study, created using Apple’s ResearchKit framework, showed that Apple Watch provides objective, continuous activity data that correlates with established cancer patient-reported outcomes.

The investigational Zika purified inactivated virus (ZPIV) vaccine was well-tolerated and induced an immune response in participants, according to initial results from three Phase 1 clinical trials. Scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), part of the U.S. Department of Defense, are developing the vaccine as well as leading one of the trials. WRAIR also is co-funding the trials together with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Pump the Chest. See the lights. Save a life. That is the premise for the latest American Red Cross training device, a CPR manikin called BigRed. The BigRed manikin is equipped with three interrelated sets of lights that provide immediate feedback on how an individual is performing CPR.

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act approved by the Senate:

December 1 is World AIDS Day  - a day to bring awareness to HIV, and a renewed hope to end transmission and the isolation of living with HIV and AIDS.

Both molecular breast imaging and a 3-D mammogram, also called tomosynthesis, can help doctors see inside the breast more clearly than they can with standard mammography. But the two tests are different in the way they image the breasts.