Scaling Up One Drop: From Walmart & Apple Stores to Employers & Bayer | Jeff Dachis, One Drop
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH On the heels of a $40M Series B funding round led by Bayer, One Drop CEO Jeff Dachis stops by to hit the highlights about how the digital health platform is touching the lives of 1.6 million users in nearly 200 countries. Focused on chronic conditions like diabetes, pre-diabetes, hypertension, etc. One Drop is unique in the BIG direct-to-consumer business they’ve built through partnerships with Walmart and Apple stores. While Jeff says their growth capital will go toward expanding their heath plan and employer business, there’s also room for growth with Bayer, which could help ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health chronic disease Diabetes Frontiers Health Hypertension Jeff Dachis One Drop pre-diabetes Source Type: blogs

Good news for those with type 2 diabetes: Healthy lifestyle matters
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a metabolic disorder of insulin resistance — a reduced sensitivity to the action of insulin — which leads to high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia. Approximately 12% of American adults have T2D, and more than one-third of Americans have prediabetes, a precursor to T2D. This is a major public health concern, as T2D dramatically increases risk for heart disease, including heart attacks, atrial fibrillation, and heart failure. The development and progression of T2D is affected by many factors. Some, such as a person’s race/ethnicity, age, and gender cannot be modified. Others, including...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - February 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alyson Kelley-Hedgepeth, MD Tags: Diabetes Exercise and Fitness Healthy Eating Heart Health Source Type: blogs

The FDA Needs to Set Standards for Using Artificial Intelligence in Drug Development
By CHARLES K. FISHER, PhD Artificial intelligence has become a crucial part of our technological infrastructure and the brain underlying many consumer devices. In less than a decade, machine learning algorithms based on deep neural networks evolved from recognizing cats in videos to enabling your smartphone to perform real-time translation between 27 different languages. This progress has sparked the use of AI in drug discovery and development. Artificial intelligence can improve efficiency and outcomes in drug development across therapeutic areas. For example, companies are developing AI tec...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology AI Charles Fisher FDA Regulation Source Type: blogs

140 Funny Quotes to Lighten Your Mood and Reduce Stress
Today I'd like to share a collection of funny quotes. Why? Because of the simple power of taking a laugh break. A laugh break is just 5-15 minutes when you watch, read or listen to something that makes you laugh. Like: One or a couple of Youtube-videos. Half an episode that one sit-com that makes you laugh the most. A comic strip on paper on online. An episode of a podcast or your favorite radio show. Or simply hanging out for a while with your funniest co-worker, friend or family member. But why take a laugh break? Because it’s – in my experience – one of the most reliable and quick-acting ways to rel...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - February 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Personal Development Source Type: blogs

11 Soothing Habits to Chill Out Your Kids
You're reading 11 Soothing Habits to Chill Out Your Kids, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Kids are whirlwinds of energy, but even little ones need downtime. Plus, children aren't immune to anxiety disorders. Today's driven lifestyles with schedules chock-full of structured activities can leave tiny minds frazzled.  How can you help your child to relax? It's critical to teach them to self-soothe so that they develop healthy coping mechanisms as adults. As a parent, failing to teach your kids health...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Landis Tags: family featured happiness self improvement calm kids meditation pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 109 | Flywire & Simplee, Headspace, and Iora Health
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with many new funding deals! On Episode 109, Jess and I discuss Flywire, a payment startup that received not only $120 million from Goldman Sachs, reaching unicorn status, but also acquired the healthcare payments company Simplee which aids the hospital-patient billing process. Headspace raises $93 million, around half of which will be used to build a new ‘Health’ category and the other half to teach meditation. Outset medical raises $125 million for a portable dialysis machine and Iora Health raises $126 million for Series F funding. ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: arham1023 Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Start-Ups Flywire Goldman Sachs Headspace Iora Health Outset Medical Seekster Simply Takata Source Type: blogs

Mindful Daily Practice Offers an Antidote to Healthcare Burnout
By GREG HAMMER, MD Burnout among healthcare professionals is at an all-time high. Its drivers include longer work hours, the push to see more patients, more scrutiny by administrators, and loss of control over our practice. We seem to spend more time with the electronic medical record and less time face-to-face with our patients. I have faced burnout personally. My son passed away at the age of 29, which was beyond painful. At the same time, I felt burdened by the growing number and complexity of metrics by which I was judged at work. Days in the operating room and intensive care unit seemed more and more exhausting,...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Burnout GAIN GAIN without Pain: The Happiness Handbook for Health Care Professionals Greg Hammer physician burnout physician wellness Source Type: blogs

From Ophthalmology Clinic to At-Home Device: Disrupting OTC Testing | Helge Sudkamp, Visotec
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Optical coherence tomography, otherwise known as OCT testing, gives eye doctors a glimpse of the retina to help detect eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinopathy, and more. So, what’s wrong with current methods of testing? Helge Sudkamp, CEO & co-founder of Visotec, explains how traditional OCT machines are huge, bulky and expensive — limiting scanning to infrequent visits at the doctor’s office. His company has a new take on OCT tech that puts the scanning into patients’ hands with a small, portable device that can be used daily AT HOME. What...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Bayer G4A Bayer G4A Signing Day eye disease Helge Sudkamp OCT opthalmology optical coherence tomography Visotech Source Type: blogs

The Step 1 Score Reporting Change – A Step in the Right Direction for IMGs?
By TALAL HILAL, MD The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1, a test co-sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), has been the exam that people love to hate. For many years, blogs, Twitter feeds, and opinion pieces have been accumulating urging the presidents of the FSMB/NBME to stop reporting a 3-digit score and instead report a pass/fail score. This animosity towards the Step 1 exam originates from the reality that medical schools have increasingly focused their curriculum on teaching what the Step 1 wants you to learn – me...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Education Medical Practice Physicians FSMB IMGs international medical graduates Match NBME Residency Step 1 Step 1 Madness Talal Hilal USMLE USMLE Step 1 Source Type: blogs

What ’s the best way to manage agitation related to dementia?
You notice your loved one becoming more forgetful. She cannot recall her visit with her granddaughters yesterday. She claims she took her medications this morning, yet you find them untouched in her pill case. You wonder how this mild-mannered woman has become so angry, so quickly. She is often frightened now, disoriented, and unpredictable. Yet she still remembers every detail of your wedding day, the names of your four children, and how to play her favorite piano pieces. When you sing together, time temporarily stands still. Your loved one received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Nights are the hardest time for...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Stephanie Collier, MD, MPH Tags: Caregiving Healthy Aging Memory Source Type: blogs

#USMLEPassFail: A Brave New Day
This article originally appeared on The Sheriff of Sodium here. The post #USMLEPassFail: A Brave New Day appeared first on The Health Care Blog. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Education Medical Practice Physicians Bryan Carmody Match Residency Step 1 USMLE Source Type: blogs

African American and white men who receive comparable treatments for prostate cancer have similar survival
Last year, we reported on two studies showing that African American men respond at least as well as white men to prostate cancer treatments given in clinical trials. Nationally, African Americans with prostate cancer are more than twice as likely to die of the disease as their white counterparts, and that has fueled speculation that genetic or biological factors put them at greater risk. But according to this new research, the survival difference disappears when men of either race get the same cutting-edge treatments. Now scientists are reporting that African American and white men with prostate cancer live equally as long...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charlie Schmidt Tags: Health Living With Prostate Cancer Prostate Knowledge Treatments HPK Source Type: blogs

Taking Healthcare Innovation Beyond the “ Peloton Crowd ” | Andy Slavitt, Town Hall Ventures
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and founder and partner at Town Hall Ventures, talks about how venture capitalists and health tech startups can help make healthcare more affordable and accessible for the 130 million Americans beyond the “Peloton crowd.” We ask Andy if he thinks “social determinants of health” is more than just an industry buzzword, get his advice for startups motivated to make a difference, and hear his predictions for what will change healthcare in this new decade. Filmed at J.P. Morgan...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Andy Slavitt health innovation JP Morgan 2020 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference JPM 2020 Peloton crowd SDoH Town Hall Ventures Source Type: blogs

Good for your teeth, bad for your bones?
Regular brushing and flossing are the cornerstones of good oral health. But what if you learned that your toothpaste was good for your teeth, but bad for your bones? That possibility has been raised by a recent study. The cause of this unprecedented finding may be triclosan, an antibacterial agent added to toothpaste to reduce gum infections and improve oral health. However, it may actually be causing more harm than good. Rethinking a popular germ killer Triclosan is an antibacterial agent that’s been around for decades. Not only has it been used in soaps, hand sanitizers, and deodorants, but it’s found its way...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Dental Health Osteoporosis Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Has a Moral Injury
By KIM BELLARD The term “moral injury” is a term originally applied to soldiers as a way to help explain PTSD and, more recently, to physicians as a way to help explain physician burnout.  The concept is that moral injury is what can happen to people when “perpetrating, failing to prevent, or bearing witness to acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations.”   I think healthcare generally has a bad case of moral injury.   How else can we explain physicians practicing surprise billing, hospitals suing patients, hea...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Hospitals Medical Practice Patients Physicians Burnout Healthcare system hospital gowns Kim Bellard moral injury US Healthcare system Source Type: blogs

Health Catalyst ’ s New Data-Driven Life Sciences Business | Sadiqa Mahmood, Health Catalyst
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH As if an IPO weren’t enough big news for Health Catalyst in 2019, the company also launched a brand-new life sciences business, basically setting forth a new solution for a completely new set of healthcare clients. Sadiqa Mahmood, Senior VP for Medical Affairs, explains how Health Catalyst is building off their deep expertise analyzing clinical care data and adding to it the molecular data typically collected by pharma companies, biotechs, med device manufacturers, and even digital health companies in order to open up a new era of precision medicine. The idea is to enable these innov...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health digital health Health Catalyst IPO Sadiqa Mahmood Source Type: blogs

4 Boxes to Check Before Starting Your Solopreneur Journey
You're reading 4 Boxes to Check Before Starting Your Solopreneur Journey, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. The following is adapted from The Aspiring Solopreneur: Your Business Startup Bible. Once you’ve created a fully-built, kickass business plan and you’re ready to begin your solopreneur journey, there are four final boxes you need to check before you embark. The solopreneur’s life isn’t for everyone, so by taking the time now to run through this final checklist, you’re ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kris Kluver Tags: career confidence featured money and finance motivation productivity tips self education business solopreneur strategy success Source Type: blogs

When is a heavy period too heavy?
It’s common for girls and their parents to wonder if the bleeding with their periods is too often or too much. Especially in the first few years of having a period, any bleeding can feel like too much. Usually, it’s not — but sometimes it is, and it’s important for parents to know what to watch for, and when to call the doctor. In the first couple of years after periods begin, it’s really normal for periods to be irregular — and for some of them to be heavy. At the beginning, periods aren’t associated with ovulation, and the hormones and hormonal patterns that help regulate periods...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Claire McCarthy, MD Tags: Adolescent health Children's Health Parenting Source Type: blogs

Burned out on Burnout?
Conclusion Learning how to pay attention to our attention (meta-attention) can be transformative. Using principles from cognitive science, we can create a comprehensive approach (attention capital theory in medicine) to reclaim the meaning and joy that has been depleted from our profession. Increasing the difficulty of our work to match our skill level, delegating low-level tasks to help us focus on critical steps in our physician zone, creating rules to eliminate distractions, and noticing both the wonder and suffering around us may be more important than resilience training or wellness modules. Although well-intention...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Burnout physician burnout physician wellness Sanj Katyal Source Type: blogs

How to be Self-Aware in a Troubled World
You're reading How to be Self-Aware in a Troubled World, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Right now, it’s a challenging thing to stay connected, listening, and loving. To have a tender heart and an alive intelligence. From global to personal, so many issues press in from all sides. Admitting to yourself that sometimes no matter what you do, it all feels impotent. This can leave you feeling powerless and somewhat devastated. But we can remember that we have a deeper, real power at our disposal. Thi...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kiran Trace Tags: featured happiness philosophy psychology self improvement awareness mental health pickthebrain self-aware Source Type: blogs

The Digital Therapeutics Startup Following Pharma ’ s Formulary Model | David Klein, Click Therapeutics
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Click Therapeutics is a digital therapeutics company that develops and commercializes “software as medical treatments” — basically building digital formularies of prescribable software tools the same way a traditional pharma company would create a formulary of prescription drugs. CEO David Benshoof Klein stops by to talk about Click’s array of solutions and the support they’ve received from those traditional pharma companies, including investment from Sanofi-Genzyme BioVentures (which led their last funding round of $27.4M in October 2018) and a new partnershi...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: arham1023 Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Click Therapeutics David Klein digital therapeutics Frontiers Health Pharma Source Type: blogs

Mind-body therapies can reduce pain and opioid use
Our ability to feel pain and react to it is both a boon and a curse, simultaneously. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.” This means that pain is highly subjective, and it is informed by a mix of past experiences, our current emotional state, and future expectations. Since pain is an emotional and sensory experience it affects our quality of life immensely, and treatment is complex. Chronic pain management with opioids is not ideal Opioids...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Subramaniam Balachundhar, MD, MPH, FASA Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Mind body medicine Pain Management Source Type: blogs

The Primary Cares Initiative: How Value-Based Payment Models Aim to Strengthen Primary Care
Conclusion The Primary Cares Initiative represents not just a single push to improve the health care system as a whole through primary care, but an overarching drive to do so via many initiatives and programs. Bringing more practices on board with initiatives such as the PCMH, CPC+, innovation within Medicare Advantage, and the Primary Cares Initiative will undoubtedly solidify the success of these and future programs, as stakeholders and policymakers come to a greater understanding of how to incentivize and create a path toward improved health care outcomes. Chris Jaeger is the Advisor for ACO and Health System Stra...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Primary Care AristaMD Chris Jaeger CMS primary cares initiative Source Type: blogs

Healthcare in the National Privacy Law Debate
Conclusion Despite the importance of the healthcare industry, the HIPAA Rules, and health information to the overall debate about individual privacy, healthcare has not been a leading factor in the current national privacy legislative debate. This is unfortunate and can lead to problems for both the healthcare industry and a variety of other stakeholders interested in healthcare data and the privacy of this data.  The HIPAA rules — because of their detail and our broad experience with them since their implementation  — can provide some useful experience in evaluating the national debate, particular...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Data Health Policy The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? HIPAA Kirk Nahra Source Type: blogs

Skin care shouldn ’t be colorblind
In medicine, we are trained to be colorblind and treat all patients equally, to the best of our ability. The irony is that in dermatology we have to take skin color into account, because the color of the skin affects the presentation of skin conditions. This is important to consider in order to make an accurate diagnosis and weigh the best treatment options. Appearance of skin conditions may vary based on skin color Skin conditions may look different on darker skin than on lighter skin. For example, many rashes, including allergic reactions to medication, appear pink or red on lighter skin. On a person with darker skin, an...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - February 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Lin, MD Tags: Cosmetic surgery Health Skin and Hair Care Source Type: blogs

This Valentine ’s Day, Discover the Science Behind Love and the Brain
You're reading This Valentine’s Day, Discover the Science Behind Love and the Brain, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Neuroscience Expert Explains Connection Between Brainwaves and Your Emotional Health; and How to Embrace the Power of Your Most Vital Mental Instrument for a Better Love Life By Dr. Patrick K. Porter, Ph.D. There’s no denying that love makes most of us feel everything from happy, distracted and passionate to crazy, tired and pretty much everything else under the sun. ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Patrick Porter Tags: featured psychology relationships love science valentine's day Source Type: blogs

When should I be concerned about ringing in my ears?
What is tinnitus? Tinnitus is a generic term used to describe a ringing or noise in the ears that occurs in the absence of external sound. This is a very common condition that is thought to occur in up to 15% of people. It can occur in one or both ears, and often people will describe the sound as “coming from their head.” There are a variety of descriptions that people use for their tinnitus such as whooshing, ringing, pulsing, and/or buzzing, and the quality of the sound varies by individual. Symptoms of tinnitus can cause great distress While tinnitus can be caused by conditions that require medical attention...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - February 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: James Naples, MD Tags: Ear, nose, and throat Hearing Loss Tests and procedures Source Type: blogs

Leading Mental Health Platform on DTx Reimbursement, Scaling | Ken Cahill, SilverCloud Health
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Digital mental health platform SilverCloud Health is the digital-therapeutic-of-choice for mental health services in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and serves nearly 250 healthcare organizations around the world, racking up 1.5 million therapy hours and 5 million clinical interactions. CEO Ken Cahill stops by to catch us up on SilverCloud Health’s impressive clinical outcomes and how he’s tackling challenges around reimbursement that are common for many digital therapeutics startups. His unique approach (spoiler alert: he partners with providers to approach payers...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Grishma Reddy Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Berlin digital therapeutics dtx Frontiers Health Ken Cahill Mental Health SilverCloud Health UK Source Type: blogs

For Your Eyeballs Only
By KIM BELLARD There’s so much going on.  There’s the coronavirus: It’s now a pandemic!  China can build an entire hospital to treat coronavirus patients in under two weeks!  Or there’s primary care: One Medical’s IPO boomed!  Amazon, Humana and Walmart are testing their versions!  People are flocking away from primary care!  Or, on a completely unrelated note, Tesla wants to disrupt auto insurance too.  As interesting as all those are, it’s augmented reality (AR) that I want to talk about.&nb...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology AR Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

CDC Ships Coronavirus Test Kits to Local U.S. Laboratories
The CDC has shipped coronavirus test kits to local U.S. laboratories to speed diagnosis of the new disease.Read more on sciencespacerobots.com (Source: HealthNewsBlog.com)
Source: HealthNewsBlog.com - February 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: coronavirus cdc Source Type: blogs

What ’s in a number? Looking at life expectancy in the US
If you were to sum up the overall health of a nation in one single number, what would that be? At the top of the list, you would likely find average life expectancy — the total number of years, on average, that a person in a country can expect to live. Wars, famine, and economic crises are expected to lower life expectancy. Breakthroughs in science, strong economies, and behaviors like eating a healthy diet, exercising, and avoiding tobacco typically raise average life expectancy. An amazing rise, a surprising fall Between 1959 and 2014, the United States experienced an unprecedented increase in life expectancy, whic...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - February 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott Weiner, MD Tags: Addiction Health Health care disparities Men's Health Women's Health Source Type: blogs

10 Ways to Be Healthier in 2020
You're reading 10 Ways to Be Healthier in 2020, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. 2020 is the year to have 20/20 vision on your health. Past the New Year’s resolutions, getting serious about being healthy is a lifetime goal. As there are no shortcuts for creating a new routine for yourself, it’s time to buckle down and see what you can do day-in and day-out to have a healthier lifestyle. And if you’re wondering about where to begin, then luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Falconer Tags: featured health and fitness self-improvement motivation pickthebrain resolutions Source Type: blogs

A Hospital Chief Pharmacy Officer on Innovation Needs | Jennifer Tryon, Wake Forest Baptist Health
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Health system pharmacists are just as fed up as physicians with the lack of time they spend connecting with patients. Why? Jennifer Tryon, Chief Pharmacy Officer for Wake Forest Baptist Health breaks it down for us by talking specifics about the outdated processes and old-school tech that are underpinning many health systems’ medication management programs — and holding back their pharmacists as a result. When she’s sourcing innovative new solutions for her pharmacy at Wake Forest Baptist Health, what are the pressing priorities that are getting her attention (and her bud...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Grishma Reddy Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health American Society of Health-System Pharmacist ASHP 2019 Hospitals Jennifer Tryon pharma innovation Pharmacy Wake Forest Baptist Health Source Type: blogs

With a little planning, vegan diets can be a healthful choice
Recently there has been much discussion and many questions about vegan diets. Are vegan diets — which exclude meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, and dairy — healthful? Do they provide complete nutrition? Should I try one? Will it help me lose weight? Many people around the world eat plant-based diets for a variety of reasons, some because meat is not readily available or affordable, others because of religious convictions or concerns about animal welfare. Health has become another reason people are moving to plant-based diets. And research supports the idea that plant-based diets, including vegan diets, provide heal...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - February 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine D. McManus, MS, RD, LDN Tags: Healthy Eating Source Type: blogs

How to Stop Being a People Pleaser: 7 Powerful Habits
“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” Eleanor Roosevelt “When you say “yes” to others, make sure you aren’t saying “no” to yourself.” Paulo Coehlo When you get stuck in the habit of being a people pleaser then that can have a sneaky and negative effect. Not only on you but also on the people around you. Because as you try to please the other people in your life: You put on a mask and try to guess what to do while getting anxious and stressed. You sometimes feel taken advantage off by others who use your pe...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - February 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Happiness Health People Skills Personal Development Relaxation Success Source Type: blogs

Patient Worries as a Central Feature of their Health Care Experiences
By JOHN JAMES, ROBERT R. SCULLY, CASEY QUINLAN, BILL ADAMS, HELEN HASKELL, and POPPY ARFORD Political forces trying to shape and reshape American healthcare without hearing the voice of patients provided the rationale for this work. Our experiences as patients, caregivers, and users of media sources cause us to worry. The Patient Council of the Right Care Alliance developed 6 questions to form a national survey of Americans to guide policy makers. The questions and our rationale were as follows: 1) Finding a doctor I can trust. Trust in our doctors is not as high as it once was. There are stories of serious patient a...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Patients Research Patient Council of the Right Care Alliance Patient Experience Source Type: blogs

The EU-Backed Community of Health Innovators Transforming Health | Katharina Ladewing, EIT Health
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Financially backed by the EU, EIT Health is a pan-European network of health innovators and 150+ corporate and academic partners across the continent who pool their assets to support widespread health innovation across Europe. We caught up with Katharina Ladewing, Managing Director for EIT Health Germany, about the group’s priorities, how they enable early and late stage startups to find funding and business partners, and how digital health has been evolving (rapidly) in the EU over the past few years. Wondering what the differences are between the health tech startup ecosystems in E...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health EIT Health EIT Health Germany Europe Frontiers Health Frontiers Health 2019 health innovation Katharina Ladewing Source Type: blogs

Coronavirus: What parents should know and do
As a parent, you can’t help but worry about the safety of your children. So it’s natural that as stories about the novel coronavirus that started in China flood the news, parents worry about whether their children could be at risk. We are still learning about this new virus; there is much we do not know yet about how it spreads, how serious it can be, or how to treat it. The fact that so much is unknown is a big part of what makes it frightening. But there are things we do know — about this virus and other similar viruses — that can help us keep our children safe and well. All of the advice below as...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Claire McCarthy, MD Tags: Adolescent health Children's Health Infectious diseases Parenting Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 108 | OneMedical IPO, Hinge Health, & Humana
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we’re starting out with a riddle: what’s the similarity between the 49ers Super Bowl performance and digital health? Find out on Episode 108, where Jess and I discuss other news in health tech starting off with another IPO, OneMedical. Now worth more than Livongo at $2.7 billion, this went better than anyone could’ve expected. Hinge Health raises $90 million in a Series C round, offering physical therapy at home and tapping into the loads of waste that goes towards back surgeries. Finally, Humana partners with a private equity company to expand primary care centers, what is ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Start-Ups digital health Hinge Health Humana IPO One medical primary care Source Type: blogs

To Improve Patient Care, Think Both “Zebras” and Golf
By MICHAEL MILLENSON Super Bowl Week ended with the San Francisco 49ers and 161 U.S. hospitals having something in common. Both were publicly penalized, both lost money as a result and both passionately believed the process was unfair. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to decide whether their objections were sensible or sour grapes and, in the case of hospitals, the real-life consequences are not a game. The penalty that pained the 49ers occurred shortly before halftime of Super Bowl LIV, when offensive pass interference was called on tight end George Kittle. The call negated a big gain that might have ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Medicare CMS hospital acquired conditions (HACs) Michael Millenson Risk adjustment Source Type: blogs

11 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Self-Care
You're reading 11 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Self-Care, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. For how much social media has impacted mental health, it’s time for a correction. Over the past couple of years, a lot of people have stood up to the plate and started to talk about self-care, as well as its relationship with our lives that are getting busier by the day. Taking to the platform that often is credited with leading us to feel anxious or stressed out, there are now a ton of great Instagram a...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Falconer Tags: creativity featured health and fitness psychology self education Source Type: blogs

The Digital-First Health Insurance Startup Changing Healthcare in Nigeria | Femi Kuti, RelianceHMO
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH RelianceHMO is a Nigerian-based health insurance startup that aims to turn the traditional health insurance world upside-down. CEO Femi Kuti delves into how his company is using mobile phones, telemedicine, data science, and even underwriting (!) to make health insurance cheaper — and more accessible. With more than 1800 hospital partners across Nigeria, RelianceHMO is making a name for itself, but how does it plan to scale throughout Africa? And, what can payers around the world learn from their approach as they seek to make health insurance easy and affordable for Nigeria’s 1...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Grishma Reddy Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Femi Kuti Health insurance health insurance companies Nigeria Reliance HMO Source Type: blogs

Infertility the second time around
Most anyone who has struggled with secondary infertility knows that it is an incredibly lonely experience. You may be blessed with one or two children — possibly more — but struggling to expand or complete your family. Surrounded by families with young children, you find yourself alone and in pain. If you are a veteran of primary infertility, you may remember strategies you developed for shielding yourself from the pregnancies of others. Not so this second time around: pregnant women and moms with babies and toddlers surround you at preschool. If you had your first child with ease and are new to infertility, yo...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW Tags: Health Infertility Men's Health Parenting Relationships Women's Health Source Type: blogs

The Social Context and Vulnerabilities that Challenge Health Care in the San Joaquin Valley of California
By ALYA AHMAD, MD Call it what you want, white privilege and health disparity appear to be two sides of the same coin. We used to consider ethnic or genetic variants as risk factors, prognostic to health conditions. However, the social determinants of health (SDOH) have increasingly become more relevant as causes of disease prevalence and complexity in health care. As a pediatric hospitalist in the San Joaquin Valley region, I encounter these social determinants daily. They were particularly evident as I treated a 12-year old Hispanic boy who was admitted with a ruptured appendix and developed a complicated abscess,...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health disparities Medical Practice Patients Alya Ahmad California health disparity health equity San Joaquin Valley SDoH Social Determinants of Health Source Type: blogs

Overcoming Atelophobia, the Fear of Being Imperfect
You're reading Overcoming Atelophobia, the Fear of Being Imperfect, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. What is your biggest irrational fear? For many, it’s the fear of snakes, spiders, heights, or closed spaces. But for others, their greatest fear is not being perfect. If you are constantly stressed by the pursuit of perfection or find your perfectionism to be paralyzing, you may have atelophobia. Learn how this extreme form of perfectionism can diminish your life and health, and what you c...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lesley J. Vos Tags: featured health and fitness psychology antelophobia mental health self improvement Source Type: blogs

Autonomous Pharmacy: An Industry Movement to Free Hospital Pharmacists | Randy Lipps, CEO, Omnicell
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH From the point at which a medication arrives at a hospital’s receiving dock to the time it’s given to a patient, Omnicell systems are relied on to “store it, package it, barcode it, order it, issue it, and charge it.” Now, CEO Randy Lipps wants to automate ALL OF IT — getting medications from dockside to bedside, without the help of human hands. The Autonomous Pharmacy is not only Omnicell’s bold vision for the future of medication management for hospitals that brings in robotics and software to improve the safety and accuracy of every aspect of the drug...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Start-Ups American Society of Health-System Pharmacist ASHP 2019 autonomous pharmacy drug delivery Hospitals medication management Omnicell Pharmacists Randy Lipps WTF Health Source Type: blogs

Medical Records in Primary Care: Keeping the Story of Phone Calls and Medication Changes with Less than Perfect Tools
By HANS DUVEFELT, MD I need the right information at the right time (and in a place that makes sense to me) to make safe medical decisions. Here’s another Metamedicine story: In learning my third EMR, I am again a little disappointed. I am again, still, finding it hard to document and retrieve the thread of my patient’s life and disease story. I think many EMRs were created for episodic, rather than continued medical care. One thing that can make working with an EMR difficult is finding the chronology in office visits (seen for sore throat and started on an antibiotic), ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Hospitals Medical Practice Patients Physicians Primary Care EHR EMR Hans Duvefelt Medical Records medication list medication reconciliation Source Type: blogs

Newer skin cancer treatments improve prognosis for those with cutaneous melanoma
Cutaneous melanoma, also called malignant melanoma, is the type of skin cancer that is most likely to spread to other parts of the body. Though melanoma accounts for only about 1% of skin cancers, it is responsible for more than 90% of skin cancer-related deaths. But thanks to developments in skin cancer treatment (mostly in the last decade), patients with melanoma have much better chances of living longer. What is a melanoma? Melanoma involves the uncontrolled growth of a type of cell known as a melanocyte. One of the most important functions of a normal melanocyte is to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ult...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - February 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dominic Wu, MD Tags: Cancer Skin and Hair Care Source Type: blogs

How Your Gut Health is Affecting Your Mental Health
You're reading How Your Gut Health is Affecting Your Mental Health, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Do you doubt the power of the gut? Having often been overlooked, the gut is quickly becoming recognised as an organ of equal importance to the brain and the heart.  Just as we once believed that the earth was flat, we were also unaware - up until recently - of the impact that our gut has on our overall health.  A healthy (or unhealthy) gut contributes to the operation of a huge variety of...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Falconer Tags: featured health and fitness self improvement diet gut health mental health microbiome Source Type: blogs

The ‘How To Get Sh*t Done’ Weekend Seminar!
You're reading The ‘How To Get Sh*t Done’ Weekend Seminar!, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. I am so thrilled to invite you to my first How To Get Sh*T Done: A Modern Look at Feminine Productivity Seminar at the prestigious 1440 Multiversity! (Past hosts include Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed!) This is a weekend program Feb 21-Feb23, 2020 in the stunning Santa Cruz County. Program Description There is a fundamental (unexamined) assumption that productivity means getting more stu...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Falconer Tags: confidence Erin's Things featured motivation psychology self confidence self improvement success erin falconer how to get shit done retreat seminar Source Type: blogs