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Predicting Firearm Suicide-Small Steps Forward With Big Data.
Betz Marian E et al. JAMA network open 2022 7 (7) e2223758

Machine Learning Analysis of Handgun Transactions to Predict Firearm Suicide Risk.
Laqueur Hannah S et al. JAMA network open 2022 7 (7) e2221041

Can handgun purchasing records, coupled with machine learning techniques, be used to forecast firearm suicide risk? In this prognostic study of nearly 2 million individuals with handgun transaction records, among transactions classified in the riskiest 5%, close to 40% were associated with a purchaser who died by firearm suicide within 1 year. Among the small number of transactions with a random forest score of 0.95 and above, more than two-thirds were affiliated with a purchaser who died by firearm suicide within 1 year (24 of 35).

A digital pathway for genetic testing in UK NHS patients with cancer: BRCA-DIRECT randomised study internal pilot.
Torr Bethany et al. Journal of medical genetics 2022 7

We designed a rapid, digital pathway, supported by a genetics specialist hotline, for delivery of germline testing of BRCA1/BRCA2/PALB2 (BRCA-testing), integrated into routine UK NHS breast cancer care. We piloted the pathway, as part of the larger BRCA-DIRECT study, in 130 unselected patients with breast cancer and gathered preliminary data from a randomized comparison of delivery of pretest information digitally (fully digital pathway) or via telephone consultation with a genetics professional (partially digital pathway). Uptake of genetic testing was 98.4%, with good satisfaction reported for both the fully and partially digital pathways. Similar outcomes were observed in both arms regarding patient knowledge score and anxiety.

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