Doxepin, a Little Known Super Drug in My Personal Black Bag of Tricks
By HANS DUVEFELT A while back I was able to completely stop my mastocytosis patient’s chronic hives, which the allergist had been unable to control. I did it with a drug that has been on the market since 1969 and is taken once a day at a cost of 40 cents per capsule at Walmart pharmacies. Hives are usually treated with antihistamines like diphenhydramine (Benadryl). My super drug has a 24 hour duration of effect and is about 800 times more potent than diphenhydramine, which has to be taken every fours hours around the clock. Histamine is involved in allergic reactions, but it also plays a r...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

Sleep, stress, or hormones? Brain fog during perimenopause
Often when people think of perimenopause, irregular periods and hot flashes come to mind. But some women may notice another symptom: brain fog. You’re reading a letter and suddenly realize your thoughts have drifted off and you need to start again. Or you draw a blank when you’re trying to remember someone’s name, or find yourself standing in a room, wondering what you came there to get. The good news is that these small cognitive blips are probably not anything you need to worry about long-term. Sleep disturbances and stress may be part of brain fog Those times when you are less focused and a bit forgetf...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - April 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kelly Bilodeau Tags: Brain and cognitive health Memory Stress Women's Health Source Type: blogs

Black peer support: A role in mental health recovery
It’s been a troubling year for millions of Americans, marked by public reckonings over inequities in justice, health care, and most certainly mental health care. None of these inequities are new. Estimates suggest that only 22% of Black Americans — fewer than one in four — who need mental health care actually receive treatment. In addition to financial and insurance barriers to mental health treatment, a long history of discrimination in medicine makes it difficult for some people of color to form trusting relationships with medical providers. And that’s one reason why peer support has been gaining ...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - April 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Valeria Chambers, EdM, CAS, CPS Tags: Anxiety and Depression Health Health care disparities Mental Health Relationships Source Type: blogs

Jean Drouin, Clarify Health, on the new data stack.
By MATTHEW HOLT Clarify Health has linked (but anonymized) data on about 300m Americans, including their claims, lab, (some) EMR data and their SDOH data. They then use it to help providers, plans and pharma figure out what is going on with their patients, and how their doctors et al are behaving. CEO Jean Drouin, a French-Canadian who incidentally at one point ran strategy for the NHS in London, explained to me what Clarify does, how it’s going to help improve health care, where these data products are going next–and why they needed to raise $116m in March to build it out. Jean thinks about creating a singl...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Data Health Tech Clarify Health Health Data Jean Drouin Matthew Holt Source Type: blogs

Health Tech Deals, on Clubhouse tomorrow (Thursday 8th) at 1 PT/4 ET
Tomorrow we are taking a break from #THCBGang. Don’t worry it’ll be back with a vengeance next week. Instead, Jess DaMassa & I will host a new show “Health Tech Deals” on Clubhouse So please join Jess and me in The Health Care Blog’s room for “Gossip, analysis & Sh!talking about digital health funding”. Tomorrow, Apr 8 at 1:00 PM PDT – 4pm ET on @joinClubhouse. Join us! (And if you need an invite to Clubhouse, let me know) And it’ll be on our podcast channel (Apple/Spotify) from Friday — Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Start-Ups THCB Gang Health Tech Deals Matthew Holt Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 197 | BrightInsight, SteadyMD, CirrusMD, and Cleo
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, I’m getting my shots soon! On Episode 197, General Catalyst is throwing more money around – $101 million goes to BrightInsight for its digital health insights management platform. SteadyMD raises $25 million bringing its total to $31 million, and CirrusMD raises $20 million in a Series C bringing its total to $47 million. Is there room for more telehealth companies? Finally, fertility benefits company Cleo gets $40 million, bringing its total up to $80 million – this was a hot space last year, what’s going on now? —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt BrightInsight CirrusMD cleo Source Type: blogs

Firefly Health ’s CEO & Exec Chairman on $40M Raise & Becoming a “ Bloat-less Kaiser ”
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Virtual-first primary care company Firefly Health is becoming a health plan! Backed by a $40M Series B, CEO Fay Rotenberg and Executive Chairman Jonathan Bush stop by to explain how they’re providing “half-price healthcare that’s twice as good.” (Or, as only Jonathan can put it: “we’re a bloat-less Kaiser.”) All kidding aside, some big-name health innovation investors are not only behind this raise (Andreessen Horowitz led, F-Prime Capital and Oak HC/FT dipped back in), but also this idea to wrap a benefit around Firefly’s digitally-driven co...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Value-Based Care Fay Rotenberg Firefly Health Jonathan Bush Source Type: blogs

What ’s new in the updated asthma guidelines?
In 2007, The Sopranos was a hit TV show, patterned jeggings were a fashion trend, and the National Institutes of Health–sponsored National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) published the second edition of the Asthma Management Guidelines. A lot has changed since 2007, including in the area of asthma. The NAEPP recently published the third edition of the Asthma Management Guidelines to address these changes. This update reflects recent advances in our understanding of the disease mechanisms causing asthma, and the current best practices to manage asthma symptoms. As such, the updated guidelines are an im...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kathleen Haley, MD Tags: Asthma Drugs and Supplements Source Type: blogs

The Art of the Chart: Documenting the Timeline
By HANS DUVEFELT The timeline of a patient’s symptoms is often crucial in making a correct diagnosis. Similarly, the timeline of our own clinical decisions is necessary to document and review when following a patient through their treatment. In the old paper charts, particularly when they were handwritten, office notes, phone calls, refills and many other things were displayed in the order they happened (usually reverse chronological order). This made following the treatment of a case effortless, for example: 3/1 OFFICE VISIT: ?UTI (where ciprofloxacin was prescribed and culture sent off) 3/3 Clinical not...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care EHR Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

Dr. Osterholm Warns of New Covid-19 Surge in U.S.
Dr. Michael Osterholm is warning of a new surge in Covid-19 cases. These cases are being driven by the new Covid-19 variants.Read more on sciencespacerobots.com (Source: HealthNewsBlog.com)
Source: HealthNewsBlog.com - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: covid-19 vaccines Source Type: blogs

Meaningful Careers: Get Paid and Help the World
Conclusion The list of jobs that help humanity is endless. Some require advanced education, some require a high school diploma, and some only require an altruistic soul. Continue being a nice person, loving humanity, and getting all the additional training you can get, and soon enough, an opportunity to make money out of your good heart will fall in your lap. Elisa is an expert in education coaching who focuses on helping students entering undergraduate programs. She is an enthusiastic contributor eager to promote personal growth through sharing their expertise with others. Elisa has extensive expertise in advisi...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - April 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elisa Tags: career featured happiness philosophy productivity tips success inspiration motivation pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Women, alcohol, and COVID-19
Excessive alcohol use is a common response to coping with stress. Alcohol use increased following the September 11th terrorist attacks and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The COVID-19 pandemic is following this same path. However, this pandemic is different in its scope and duration. COVID-19 is associated with both negative health and economic impacts, as well as grief, loss, and prolonged stress and uncertainty. The emotional impact of COVID-19 on women According to the U.S. National Pandemic Emotional Impact Report, compared to men, women reported higher rates of pandemic-related changes in productivity, sleep, mood, healt...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - April 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dawn Sugarman, PhD Tags: Addiction Alcohol Coronavirus and COVID-19 Women's Health Source Type: blogs

Some Discord Could Be Good for Health Care
By KIM BELLARD By the time you read this, Microsoft may have already struck a deal with the messaging service Discord.  VentureBeat reported two weeks ago that Discord was in an “exclusive acquisition discussion” with an interested party, for a deal that could reach at least $10b.  Bloomberg and  The Wall Street Journal each quickly revealed that the interested party was Microsoft (and also confirmed the likely price).  Me, I’m wishing that a healthcare company – hey, TelaDoc and UnitedHealth Group, I’m looking at you! – was in the mix.  Let’s back...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Discord Kim Bellard Technology Source Type: blogs

44 Lost Love Quotes and Sayings
Lost love and heartbreak is a tough thing. It can drag you down. Take time to move on from. And hold you back from a brighter future for far too long. So in this post I’d like to share the most helpful quotes on lost love and on how to move on from it and into a new chapter in your life. And if you need more motivation then you may find these quotes on regret and this post with compassion quotes helpful. Quotes About Lost Love “'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Alfred Lord Tennyson “Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify t...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - April 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Personal Development Source Type: blogs

What Can We Do About the Coronavirus?
With the coronavirus and runoff reactions making their way into so many aspects of our lives, I thought I would take the opportunity to highlight actions that we can all take on from a personal skills perspective to minimize impact. The critical interface between this disease (and many others) and our personal and communal wellbeing is specifically our immune system. Besides basic cautionary behavior in avoiding ways and places in which we can contract the disease – some of which are not entirely in our control – our primary line of proactive defense is augmenting our immune system as best we can. ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - April 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: darrellcalkinspublications Tags: depression featured happiness health and fitness psychology self education self-improvement coronavirus covid_19 how to cope Source Type: blogs

Do vitamin D, zinc, and other supplements help prevent COVID-19 or hasten healing?
In this study, people whose symptoms did not require hospital admission were randomly assigned to receive only vitamin C, 8,000 mg/day (the recommended daily amount is 75 mg/day for women and 90 mg/day for men) only zinc, 50 mg/day (the recommended daily amount is 8 mg/day for women, 11 mg/day for men) both supplements at the doses above neither supplement. The researchers found that people receiving the supplements, whether individually or combined, had no improvement in symptoms or a faster recovery when compared with otherwise similar patients receiving neither supplement. Proponents of melatonin for COVID-19 have enc...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - April 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Health Vitamins and supplements Source Type: blogs

Time to Reboot “Medicare-For-All”
By MIKE MAGEE In the fog of the Covid pandemic, many are wondering what ever happened to prior vocal support for universal coverage and Medicare-for-All. Expect those issues to regain prominence in the coming months. A bit of recent history helps explain why. The January 6th insurrection, followed by the past weeks two mass shootings, have served to remind our citizens that we must address a range of issues while continuing to confront the pandemic threat. Modern civilized societies rely on a double-armed approach to maintain order, peace and security. The first arm is laws. But laws are of little value without ev...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Medicare Politics Public Health Medicare For All Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

An emerging treatment option for men with recurring prostate cancer after radiation therapy
Prostate cancer is often a multifocal disease, meaning that several tumors can be present in different parts of gland at the same time. Not all of these tumors are equally problematic, however. And it’s increasingly thought that the tumor with the most aggressive features — called the index lesion — dictates how a man’s cancer is likely to behave overall. That concept has given rise to a new treatment option. Called partial gland ablation (PGA), and also focal therapy, it entails treating only the index lesion and its surrounding tissues, instead of removing the prostate surgically or treating the w...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - April 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charlie Schmidt Tags: Health Living With Prostate Cancer Prostate Knowledge Treatments HPK Source Type: blogs

7 Tips To Help With Insomnia Naturally And Quickly
A healthy lifestyle revolves around the daily habits and dietary aid you include in your life. It is one of the significant factors behind long-term wellness and disease-free life. If you wish to enhance your lifestyle, you must be willing to make the essential changes. From the excessive intake of sugar-laden snacks to your meals’ timing, everything affects your health in the long run. Also, it contributes to lack of sleep and constant sleep disturbances now and then. But, you can get rid of the signs of insomnia with minimal lifestyle changes and natural aids. Here are the top ways in which you can achieve a ref...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - April 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca R Tags: depression featured health and fitness self-improvement health benefits of sleep insomnia pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Want to improve your memory? Get a good night ’s sleep!
There are few things that are as beneficial for your memory as having a good night’s sleep. Let’s understand why. If you’re tired, it’s hard to pay attention, and memory requires attention To remember information, you need to pay attention to it. If you’re tired, you simply cannot pay attention as effectively as you would if you were well rested. That statement seems straightforward, but it brings up another question: why do you get tired? You may feel tired and have trouble paying attention either because you’ve been awake too many hours and sleep pressure is building up, or — eve...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - April 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew E. Budson, MD Tags: Health Healthy Aging Sleep Source Type: blogs

Why Journaling as a Practice is the Best Gift You Can Give Yourself
Fill your paper, with the breathings of your heart'- William Wordsworth. I had made a new pal over the last few years. She's resilient against stress, cheap, accommodating, trusting, and takes my nasties all the time. She's ready to be my punching bag, therapist, friend, and priest all rolled in one. She has no judgment or opinion and accepts me as I am, the good, bad, and ugly- and that, friends, is my Penzu app. The first time I heard about it, I knew I reached kingdom come. It is an online diary journal with dates and is free for the most part. In Penzu, I write my deepest darkest thoughts an...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lana Tags: creativity featured happiness self-improvement writing tips Source Type: blogs

The Medicaid Plan of the Future: Sean Lane on Building Circulo on Top of Olive ’s AI Platform
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH What’s better than being the CEO of one blazing-hot disruptive health tech company that’s raised $450M to build “the internet of healthcare”? How about becoming the CEO of a second company – a new managed Medicaid health plan company – that’s to be built on top of your first company’s machine learning platform, which is chock-full of hospital data and learning how to automate healthcare admin expertise? So is the fate of Sean Lane, CEO of Olive and now, also CEO of Circulo. What does a built-from-scratch, tech-first Medicaid plan look like...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Circulo Olive Sean Lane Source Type: blogs

Can fitness counter fatness?
In a recent study, researchers attempted to answer the very question posed in the title of this post. Before delving into the findings of this study and how it fits with what we already know about this topic, let’s define some key terms. What do we mean by fitness and fatness? Fitness, also referred to as cardiovascular fitness or cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), is a measure of the performance of the heart, lungs, and muscles of the body. Muscle performance includes measures of both strength and endurance. Because of the connections between the mind and body, fitness also has an effect on mental alertness and emotio...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chika Anekwe, MD, MPH Tags: Diet and Weight Loss Exercise and Fitness Source Type: blogs

Playing Poker With the Devil: “Prior Authorizations” are Paralyzing Patients and Burning out Providers
By HANS DUVEFELT The faxes keep coming in, sometimes several at a time. “Your (Medicare) patient has received a temporary supply, but the drug you prescribed is not on our formulary or the dose is exceeding our limits.” Well, which is it? Nine times out of ten, the fax doesn’t say. They don’t explain what their dosage limits are. And if it isn’t a covered drug, the covered alternatives are usually not listed. So the insurance company is hoping for one of a few possible reactions to their fax: The patient gives up, the doctor tries but fails in getting approval, or the doctor does...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Prior Authorization Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 49, Thursday April 1, 1pm PT /4pm ET
The April Fools joining me on THCB Gang today will be policy expert consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1), futurist Jeff Goldsmith, policy & tech expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis),  and patient safety expert & all around wit Michael Millenson (@MLMillenson). There’s vaccines, a 4th wave, Texas reopening, Florida never having closed, and a whole mess of health policy. It’ll be fun — so come join us You can see the video below live and the audio will be on our podcast channel (Apple/Spotify) from Friday (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Jeff Goldsmith Matthew Holt Michael Millenson rosemarie day Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

Summer camp: What parents need to know this year
It’s time to make summer plans, and for many families, those plans include summer camp. After the year we’ve had, the idea of getting out of the house, being active, and seeing other children sounds very appealing. While there is reason to hope that this summer will be better than 2020, the reality is that COVID-19 will still be with us. The vaccines will make a difference, but they aren’t available yet for campers under the age of 16 — and the youth and young adults who make up most of the staff will likely not all have been vaccinated either. So as families make plans, they need to think about COV...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - March 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Claire McCarthy, MD Tags: Adolescent health Children's Health Exercise and Fitness Parenting Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 196 | Rightway, AKASA, Viz.ai, AppliedVR, & Harmonize
We’ve only got one $100 million deal today on Health in 2 Point 00 — has the bubble burst? On Episode 196, Jess and I talk about care navigator Rightway raising $100 million – there’s a lot going on with this space, does it make sense to do this right now with Transcarent? AKASA, formerly known as Alpha, raises $60 million bringing its total to $85 million for revenue cycle management. Viz.ai gets $71 million, bringing its total to $150 million, for its stroke diagnostic AI software, AppliedVR raises $29 million bringing its total to $35, and Harmonize Health raises $10 million working on remote pat...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt AKASA AppliedVR Harmonize Rightway Viz.ai Source Type: blogs

We Are the Ever Given
By KIM BELLARD The Ever Given is free!  Admit it: you’ve been following the story about the huge container ship stuck in the Suez Canal.  It’s about the size of the Empire State building laid flat, and somehow ended up blocking one of the busiest waterways in the world.  As serious as this was for global shipping and all of us who depend on it, much hilarity ensued.  Memes exploded, using this as a metaphor for almost everything, healthcare included.  Once there started to be hope for getting the Ever Given free, people started new memes that it should be “put back.&rdquo...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy COVID-19 Ever Given Kim Bellard Suez Canal Source Type: blogs

Digital Therapeutics, Megan & Me!
Anyone who follows me knows that I’ve been questioning whether digital therapeutics are real and more importantly whether the people building and trying to sell them are simply trying to replicate the American drug pricing model–patent, protect, prescribe & price gouge. So who better to have this conversation with than the person in charge of explaining and selling the notion of digital therapeutics to the world? Megan Coder is Executive Director of the Digital Therapeutics Alliance. She graciously and bravely agreed to talk to me. Who won the argument? You’ll have to watch to decide, but I found our ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Matthew Holt digital therapeutics dtx Megan Coder Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 195 | Cityblock, Crossover, Redesign Health & Vesta
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, I’ve been banned from talking about the Suez Canal by Jess. On Episode 195, we cover Cityblock raising $192 million in a C extension, adding to their $160 million Series C in from December. Crossover Health raises $168 million in a proper D round, Redesign Health raises $100 million adding to their capital of $250 million for their digital health studio, and Vesta, formerly called Hometeam, raises $20 million which has flopped from working to get caregivers into the home to helping care agencies do telehealth at home. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Cityblock Crossover Health Redesign Health Vesta Healthcare Source Type: blogs

Meet Rightway: The Little-Know $1.1B Care Navigator PBM Startup That Just Scored $100M
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Despite nearly 900 employer clients (including big brands like Burger King, Kroger, and DoorDash), a net promoter score of 84, and a new pharmacy benefits management (PBM) program launched mid-pandemic, healthcare navigator startup, Rightway, seems to have come out of left field with its $100M Series C fundraise and $1.1B valuation. CEO Jordan Feldman introduces us to the company he’s built and its pretty impressive ability to achieve double-digit decreases in the cost of healthcare for mid- and large self-insured employers. We walk through the business model, talk about the well...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health PBM Rightway Source Type: blogs

Meet Rightway: The Little-Known $1.1B Care Navigator PBM Startup That Just Scored $100M
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Despite nearly 900 employer clients (including big brands like Burger King, Kroger, and DoorDash), a net promoter score of 84, and a new pharmacy benefits management (PBM) program launched mid-pandemic, healthcare navigator startup, Rightway, seems to have come out of left field with its $100M Series C fundraise and $1.1B valuation. CEO Jordan Feldman introduces us to the company he’s built and its pretty impressive ability to achieve double-digit decreases in the cost of healthcare for mid- and large self-insured employers. We walk through the business model, talk about the well...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health PBM Rightway Source Type: blogs

Harvard Health Ad Watch: Mitochondria do a lot for you — what can you do for them?
Ever see an ad for a product that sounds awesome and wondered if it was really that good? That happened to me recently. “How are you taking care of your mitochondria?” an announcer asked. Well, there’s a question I’m not asked every day. And it’s one for which I had no answer. Your cells are aging: Can supplements keep them young? This ad and an accompanying website describe their products this way: “a breakthrough range of nutritional solutions” supplements that “work in harmony with your body’s natural processes to rewrite the rules of cell aging” “helps ...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - March 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Health Healthy Aging Nutrition Vitamins and supplements Source Type: blogs

67 Bren é Brown Quotes to Empower You to Live Your Best Life
Brené Brown is a lecturer and professor at The University of Houston but she's more well known for her 5 New York Times best-seller books and her Ted Talk “The Power of Vulnerability” that has over 54 million views so far. And this week I’d like to share my favorite quotes from her. Insightful, thought-provoking and practically helpful thoughts on happiness, shame, vulnerability, courage and more. I hope you’ll find them as helpful as I have. And if you want more insights and advice about living your life fully then check out this post with empathy quotes and also this one with quotes on inne...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - March 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Personal Development Source Type: blogs

How I Support My Local Communities & Why It ’s Good for My Health
I have been involved in my local community for many years. Even before the pandemic started, I found great joy in supporting those in my community. Although this time is hard right now, and people have to social distance, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t continue to pour in time and love to the people and businesses around us! Our communities need us now more than ever. If you can provide any kind of support to your local community, I highly encourage you to do so. Once the days of COVID-19 are behind us, continue to bring your community together. The Importance of Community Involvement Being involved in...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - March 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kara Reynolds Tags: featured happiness health and fitness motivation philosophy self-improvement community mental health volunteering Source Type: blogs

Simple, low-cost, low-tech brain training
We’re all looking for ways to boost our brain power. And fortunately, there are plenty of simple, low-cost, low-tech ways to help sharpen cognition. “Low-tech, mentally stimulating activities, especially ones that are challenging, help our brains create new connections. The more connections we have, the more paths our brain has to get information to where it needs to go. This can help with improving cognition overall or in specific areas, depending on the activity,” says Dr. Joel Salinas, a behavioral neurologist and faculty member of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Low-tech bra...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - March 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Heidi Godman Tags: Brain and cognitive health Healthy Aging Memory Source Type: blogs

“I Don’t Do Windows” Says the Maid. “I Don’t Do Machines” Says this Doctor – “But I Do Nudge Therapy”
By HANS DUVEFELT The hackneyed windows phrase, about what a domestic employee will and will not do for an employer, represents a concept that applies to the life of a doctor, too. Personally, I have to do Windows, the default computer system of corporate America, even though I despise it. But in my personal life I use iOS on my iPad and iPhone and very rarely use even my slick looking MacBook Pro. I use “tech” and machines as little as possible and I prefer that they work invisibly and intuitively. In medicine, even in what used to be called “general practice”, you can’t very reasonab...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 48, Friday March 26
This week (for one week only) #THCB Gang was on Friday. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) was joined by regulars medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee), Fard Johnmar (@fardj), from digital health consultancy Enspektos, THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), and employer health expert Jennifer Benz (@jenbenz). Sadly Casey Quinlan was ill and couldn’t join last minute. It was an extraordinary week, especially in terms of digital health investment. We talked a bit about that and a lot more about high deductible health plans, whether the filibuster will be busted, and what that might mean for Medicare for al...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang #THCBGang Casey Quinlan jen benz Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

Life-Changing Advice for Veterans & Their Families
            In today’s society and culture veterans and their families are finding it very difficult to cope and adjust to life outside the military. Some of the issues that arise for veterans range from mental health, physical and adapting/integrating fully into the civilian world.             Mental health is a massive concern amongst all veterans and current service members. The military while on active duty has placed a stigma on seeking mental health for any reason while on active duty. This stigma re...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - March 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eric Power Tags: depression family featured happiness health and fitness psychology self-improvement mental health pickthebrain veterans Source Type: blogs

The Drive To Standardize Records: Progress or Chaos?
By MERLE BUSHKIN I recently asked my Primary Care Physician’s Medical Records Department for copies of my records covering the last eight months during which I had four office visits, five blood draws, and nine brief email exchanges. I should add that my PCP uses one of the two most popular EMR systems. To my astonishment, I received 274 pages of digital records (PDFs).  I’ve heard of “record bloat” but this was an explosion! When I analyzed their contents, I found that 59 pages were legitimate documents containing “original” information and data.  22 Pages w...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech EHR EMR health records Merle Bushkin Source Type: blogs

School reopening? What parents need to know and can do
It’s amazing how something as ordinary as going to school can become frightening and overwhelming during a pandemic. While some children have been attending school throughout the pandemic, most have been learning remotely, or in a hybrid model of some remote and some in person. As we pass the one-year mark, it has become increasingly clear that children need to get back into their pre-pandemic school routines. It’s not just education that has suffered; being isolated at home is bad for the mental and physical health of children too. The problem is, the pandemic isn’t over yet. While vaccines are giving us...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - March 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Claire McCarthy, MD Tags: Adolescent health Children's Health Coronavirus and COVID-19 Parenting Source Type: blogs

Fully vaccinated against COVID-19? So, what can you safely do?
Congrats on getting your COVID-19 vaccine! You qualify as fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, or two weeks after your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Maybe you’re wondering what you can safely do now that you’re fully vaccinated. As an infectious disease specialist, I’ve provided answers to some common questions. Please keep in mind that information about COVID-19 and vaccines is evolving, and recommendations may change as we learn more. Can I gather with people ...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - March 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy C. Sherman, MD Tags: Coronavirus and COVID-19 Health Parenting Relationships Vaccines Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 194 | Ro, Appriss, Everlywell & Ginger
We’re swimming in a pool of money, health tech! Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we have over $1 billion and 3 acquisitions in this episode alone. First up is Ro, which just raised $500 million – they’re building quite the big healthcare company; their valuation is roughly double what Hims is trading and their revenue is a little bit more. Next, Appriss Health acquires PatientPing for $500 million and Everlywell acquires both PWNHealth and Home Access Health Corporation. Finally, our friends over at Ginger close another $100 million round. Be sure to tune into Jess’s interview with the CEO Russ Glass ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Appriss Health EverlyWell Ginger Home Access Health PatientPing PWNHealth Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 48, Friday March 26, 1pm PT – 4pm ET
This week (for one week only) #THCB Gang will be on Friday March 26. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be joined by regulars medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee),  fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey), Fard Johnmar (@fardj), from digital health consultancy Enspektos, THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), and employer health expert Jennifer Benz (@jenbenz). It’s been an extraordinary week, especially in terms of digital health investment. We’ll be looking at that and discussing how the country is dealing in the “we can see the post-vaccine finish line” presen...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang #THCBGang Casey Quinlan jen benz Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

5 Ways You Can Find More Time To Read (Even If You Have A Jam-Packed Calendar)
The biggest complaint of the modern world is not having enough time to read. As you already know, there are tremendous benefits to reading. But even people who are avid readers struggle to make the time to read, especially because advancement in technology has made reading compete with tempting screen-relaxation activities.  Like everyone else, I hoped to get a ton of reading done in 2021. But I found that I often leaving many novels midway because I was so far behind that I had forgotten the plot of the story.  I decided to take reading seriously and set up some strategies that allowed me more time to read...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - March 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rochizalani Tags: career featured motivation productivity tips reading self-improvement self improvement time management Source Type: blogs

Inside Ginger ’ s $100M Funding & Plans to Scale Value-Based Digital Mental Health Care
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Digital mental health startup Ginger just closed a $100M funding round on the heels of its biggest growth year yet: tripling revenue in 2020, bringing its employer-client count to 500, and expanding to offer its services to more than 30 integrated health systems and health plans. CEO Russ Glass updates us on what’s next for the company now that it, too, has joined the $1-Billion-Plus club of digital mental health startups. In a space where competitors are well-capitalized and poised to scale (Don’t forget: Talkspace awaits it’s SPAC IPO, Lyra Health has raised a whopp...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Ginger Source Type: blogs

Omega-3 fatty acids and the heart: New evidence, more questions
This study enrolled over 8,000 patients with elevated cardiovascular risk and high blood triglyceride levels. They assigned half of the study participants to receive 2 grams of Vascepa twice a day, and assigned the other participants a placebo (a pill filled with mineral oil). The results showed a significant benefit of Vascepa over the placebo. Vascepa reduced blood triglyceride levels, but more importantly, it reduced the number of heart attacks and strokes, the need for a heart stenting procedure to open clogged arteries, and death. A subsequent meta-analysis, which included data from over 10 studies, found fish oil ome...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - March 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alyson Kelley-Hedgepeth, MD Tags: Drugs and Supplements Heart Health Vitamins and supplements Source Type: blogs

Maximizing the Long Term Value of Virtual Care
By JON BLOOM The rate of adoption for virtual care and remote monitoring solutions has skyrocketed over the last year as access to in-person appointments has been limited, but despite the uptick, we’re still drastically underutilizing their potential. These solutions often focus on treating a singular episode or chronic condition, when in fact they can open the door to more wide-ranging proactive monitoring and care that can have huge benefits in the long term.  By simply offering a touchpoint for patients to interact with the health care system through solutions like remote monitoring, providers can detec...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jon Bloom podimetrics virtual care Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 193 | Evidation, Komodo Health, Bigfoot Biomedical & Glooko
On Episode 193 of Health in 2 Point 00, we have another huge day! We catch up on Amazon’s telehealth news before covering more massive deals. Evidation gets $153 million, bringing their total to a whopping $259 million and Komodo Health gets $220 million, bringing their total to $319 million. Bigfoot Biomedical raises $53 million for Type 1 diabetes care, and Glooko raises $30 million for their management system primarily working with diabetes clinics. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Bigfoot Biomedical Evidation Glooko Komodo Health Source Type: blogs

Beyond CBD: Here come the other cannabinoids, but where ’s the evidence?
In the span of a few years, the component of cannabis called CBD (cannabidiol) went from being a relatively obscure molecule to a healthcare fad that has swept the world, spawning billions in sales, millions of users, CBD workout clothing, pillowcases, hamburgers, ice cream — you name it. The concerns of such a rapid adoption are that enthusiasm might be soaring high above the actual science, and that there are safety issues, such as drug interactions, that are given short shrift in the enthusiasm to treat chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, and many of the other conditions that CBD is believed to help alleviate. Cannab...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - March 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Peter Grinspoon, MD Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Drugs and Supplements Fatigue Marijuana Pain Management Source Type: blogs