Catalyst @ Health 2.0 & AFBH Launch Call For COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling
By ELIZABETH BROWN Attention digital health innovators! Do you have a health tech solution that can aid community-based care coordinators in COVID-19 vaccine screening and appointment scheduling for their underserved and vulnerable patients? Apply to the second Alliance for Better Health Rapid Response Open Call, hosted by Catalyst @ Health 2.0 & sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation! As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the importance of ensuring health equity and access is vital. This RROC is looking for solutions to help community care coordinators and providers schedule a...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Catalyst @ Health 2.0 COVID-19 Health Tech Alliance for Better Health COVID-19 vaccine Jacob Reider Source Type: blogs

Stomach Cancer Stage 4 Treatment
Stomach cancer stage 4 is a complex diagnosis. It is the stage of cancer that requires specific treatment options. Is surgery an option for patients with stomach cancer stage 4? Stage 4 stomach cancer is characterized by rapid tumor growth, metastasizing to regional lymph nodes and distant organs (liver, bones, pancreas, less often lungs). With the development of metastases in other organs, characteristic symptoms occur such as jaundice and liver failure with liver damage, ascites with metastases in the peritoneum, bowel obstruction with metastases in the small intestine, etc. Therefore, at the advanced stages, ga...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Booking Health Tags: health and fitness self-improvement cancer stomach cancer treatment Source Type: blogs

What If Healthcare Was Like Wikipedia?
By KIM BELLARD Last week I wrote about, well, how awful social media has become, so this week it’s nice to write about pretty much the opposite: Wikipedia turned twenty last Friday (January 15).  In person years that’s not even old enough to buy alcohol, but in Internet years that makes it one of the grand old masters, like Google or Amazon.  Wikipedia is one of the most visited Internet destinations, with its 55+ million articles, in 300+ languages, getting some 10b+ views per month.  It is something that, by all rights, shouldn’t exist, much less be successful.  A non-pr...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Wikipedia Source Type: blogs

Need surgery? Should you avoid your surgeon ’s birthday?
If you need surgery, it should reassure you to know that researchers have been studying factors that predict surgical success or failure for years. Some of the most important findings have been ones you might expect. For example, studies have found that hospitals and medical centers that perform a lot of hip and knee replacements tend to have lower complication rates than those performing fewer operations. As a result, there is a trend for people needing these surgeries to have them performed at high-volume centers. Similarly, surgeons who frequently perform hip or knee replacement surgery tend to have better results than ...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Health Surgery Source Type: blogs

Hims & Hers CEO on IPO, Push into Primary Care, Target & More
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH On the eve of the finalization of their SPAC IPO and New York Stock Exchange debut as $HIMS, Hims & Hers CEO, Andrew Dudum, sat down with Jess DaMassa to talk about his wellness company’s transition into full-on healthcare provider. With new primary care, mental health care, and covid19 testing services launched as a result of the pandemic, Hims & Hers has expanded beyond their initial dermatology and sexual health core to provide telehealth-plus-pharmacy services for a growing range of chronic conditions, mental health issues, and everyday health concerns commonly tackled by...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health $HIMS Hers Hims & Hers IIPO Source Type: blogs

How not to lose money because of Alzheimer ’s disease
Researchers from Maryland and Michigan recently published an article showing that six years prior to their diagnosis, individuals developing Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder were more likely to miss paying a bill compared to older adults without such a diagnosis (7.7% versus 7.3%), and they were also more likely to develop subprime credit scores (7.9% versus 6.9%). As the authors concede, there were a number of problems with the study, including unequal matching of the average age of the groups (79.4 versus 74.0 years), which could mean that the results were actually due to age, rather than Alzheimer’s...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew E. Budson, MD Tags: Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Healthy Aging Memory Source Type: blogs

70 Inspiring Inner Peace Quotes (to Calm and Relax You)
Today I want to share the best quotes on inner peace that I’ve found in the past decade. Because the daily life can be so busy, stressful and sometimes even overwhelming. But there are things you can do. To center yourself. To find – and over time step by step increase – your inner calm and peace. These 70 timeless and thought provoking quotes will help you with that. And if you want more motivation and inspiration then check out this post with many quotes on change in life and this one that that's filled with quotes on confidence. Inner Peace Quotes to Help You to Calm Your Mind and Center Yourself &ldq...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Personal Development Source Type: blogs

Restorative Justice: Don ’t Presume “We’re Better Than This ”
By MIKE MAGEE “We’re better than this” is the common refrain heard from many political leaders following the deadly assault on our democracy on January 6th. We hear empty appeals for blind appeasement from the likes of Kevin McCarthy in the interest of “bringing our country together.” But for those of us who study medical history, pursuing this course takes our nation in exactly the wrong direction. Rather, the model we must follow is the model of Germany in 1945, or South Africa in 1995. In both cases, strict legal and public accountability (retributive justice) were married with fu...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Public Health Mike Magee restorative justicee Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Live Episode 39
Episode 39 of “The THCB Gang” will live-streamed on Thursday, Jan 21 at 1pm PT – 4pm ET. You can see it below! Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be joined by regulars: futurists Ian Morrison (@seccurve) & Jeff Goldsmith, surgeon and now digital health entrepreneur Raj Aggarwal (@docaggarwal), radiologist Saurabh Jha, physician coach Maggi Cary (@margaretcaryMD), employer expert Jen Benz (@jenbenz) and patient advocate Robin Farmanfarmaian (@Robinff3). The nation seems to be breathing a collective sigh of relief. But as Biden comes in, and the Dems take over the Senate, there is a lot to be done....
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Ian Morrison Jeff Goldsmith jen benz maggi cary Matthew Holt Robin Farmanfarmaian Saurabh Jha Source Type: blogs

Why Is it Important to Know Your Blood Type?
Every person has a specific blood type. To determine your type, the makeup of your red blood cells is analyzed to search for specific proteins, called antigens, in your bloodstream. Not all blood types are compatible, however. This information is critical, especially involving certain medical conditions. Let's look at the different blood types and the concerns that they present. How Is Blood Type Determined? In order to find out what kind of blood you have, you need to have a blood type test. Testing has become so easy these days that you can order the test online and go to a nearby walk-in lab to have the test ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Falconer Tags: featured health and fitness blood testing blood type pickthebrain self-care Source Type: blogs

Do hair dyes increase cancer risk?
This study also had several limitations. First, participants were female nurses of mostly European descent, meaning the findings are not necessarily generalizable to men or to other racial or ethnic groups. Next, the study could not account for every single cancer risk factor (for example, exposure to pesticides and other environmental chemicals). Data were not collected on other hair grooming products beyond hair dyes, and subjects may have mistakenly reported use of permanent hair dyes when they were in fact using semi-permanent or natural dyes. Without data on actual color of hair dyes used, the authors assumed that hai...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shinjita Das, MD Tags: Cancer Skin and Hair Care Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 179 | Inauguration Day Edition
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we’ve made it to Inauguration Day! On Episode 179, we have over $300 million in deals and a SPAC IPO. Jess asks for my take on Hims & Hers going public, primary care chatbot company K Health raising $132 million, digital pathology company Paige raising $100 million, and ACO management company Aledade getting another $100 million. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Aledade heath in 2 point 00 IPO SPAC IPO Source Type: blogs

Hinge Health ’ s CEO on $3B Valuation, Stretch Toward 2022 IPO
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Hinge Health kicked off 2021 with a massive $300M Series D, driving the digital health musculoskeletal care company to a $3B valuation that, normally, would have sent health tech pundits into full-on IPO rumor mode…except that Hinge Health’s co-founder & CEO Daniel Perez beat them to it! We get into the details behind those comments (from what shall now be known as “the chatty Reuters interview”) where he not only revealed the company’s IPO plans, but also talked about how Hinge is well on it’s way to hit $200M in revenue. If 2021 is a year that Dan...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Daniel Perez Hinge Health musculoskeletal care Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 178 | Talkspace IPO, Accolade buys 2ndMD & more
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess admires my new COVID-safe ski gear, designed to provide the right amount of coverage to the right part of your face at the right time. On Episode 178, Jess asks me about Talkspace finally getting its SPAC IPO together with a $1.4 billion valuation – this was a long time coming. Accolade acquires 2nd.MD for $460 million, Dina Health raises $7 million in a Series A, and Komodo Health raises $44 million and acquires the consulting business from Mavens. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt 2nd.MD Accolade Dina Health Komodo Health Talkspace Source Type: blogs

Catalyst @ Health 2.0 & AFBH Launch Call For COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Tracking
By ELIZABETH BROWN Attention digital health innovators! Do you have a tracking tool that can assist public health care providers in managing the two-phased COVID-19 vaccination administration? Apply to the Alliance For Better Health Rapid Response Open Call for Vaccination Administration Tracking!  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the importance of ensuring health equity in #COVID19 vaccination administration for vulnerable and underserved populations is increasingly critical. Catalyst @ Health 2.0 is proud to host a Rapid Response Open Call (RROC) in collaboration with Alliance For Better Health. A selec...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Catalyst @ Health 2.0 COVID-19 Health Tech Alliance for Better Health COVID-19 vaccine Jacob Reider Source Type: blogs

More intensive treatment of DCIS reduces the risk of invasive breast cancer
This study showed that increased cancer risk persisted for more than 15 years after a diagnosis of DCIS, and that more intensive therapy than lumpectomy alone — whether with mastectomy, radiation therapy, or endocrine therapy — reduced the risk of invasive breast cancer among women with DCIS. The lowest risk of invasive breast cancer was in women who chose mastectomy. The risk of invasive breast cancer was seen regardless of severity of DCIS. Women who had low- or moderate-grade DCIS, as well as high-grade DCIS, had long-term increased risk. Women who are recently diagnosed with DCIS should work with their trea...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - January 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kathryn Rexrode, MD, MPH Tags: Breast Cancer Women's Health Source Type: blogs

Time To Change Course!
By MERLE BUSHKIN With all due respect to the good intentions of Congress, HHS, CMS, ONC and their dedicated advisors, they are pursuing — and for years have pursued — the wrong approach to achieve medical record interoperability. Endless studies, reports and anecdotal evidence conclude that trying to standardize the way medical records are formatted and kept, and linking provider silos via health information exchanges, doesn’t work! It is far too rigid, complex and constraining, and far too costly. Most importantly, it doesn’t meet care providers’ needs for “total interoperability&rdq...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech EHR health records Merle Bushkin Source Type: blogs

This is Not Health Care
By HANS DUVEFELT We use the word health rather loosely in America today. Especially the expression health care, whether you spell that as one word or two, is almost an oxymoron. Health is not simply the absence of disease, even less the pharmaceutical management of disease. The healthcare “industry” is not the major portion of our GNP that it is because there is a lot of health out there, but the opposite. What consumes so much money and generates so much profit is, of course, sick care. The sicker people are, the more money is spent and earned in this market segment. It is a spiral, and a vicious one...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Physicians functional medicine Hans Duvefelt integrative health Source Type: blogs

Tech Tips to Help Boost Your Productivity While Working From Home
The global pandemic has turned our lives upside down. Amidst rising cases and death rates, our day to day routines are different from what we have ever experienced before.  Regardless of vulnerability, many of us are reducing our time spent outside. From January 2021, the UK is in a national lockdown and restrictions are gradually increasing across different parts of the United States. For some of us, heading to work or to a bar with friends isn’t an option right now. But we can’t just drop everything. Whether we’re self-employed or working for a business, we need to continue working at full capac...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Rumens Tags: confidence featured internet culture productivity tips self-improvement success apps covid_19 pickthebrain tech tips Source Type: blogs

The Benefits of Regular Exercise during a Pandemic
We all have become a little lazy and are inactive in terms of activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Covid-19 pandemic has disturbed several aspects of our lives. Working from home, online training, and government limitation on gyms has led to a situation where we don’t know where and when to exercise to stay healthy. One more point we like to mention over here is that it is tempting for each one of us to stay away from the healthy routine. But as per medical science and fitness enthusiast, it is always crucial, in normal and abnormal circumstances, to follow a healthy routine for physical and mental well-being....
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Falconer Tags: featured health and fitness motivation productivity tips psychology self-improvement covid_19 exercise pandemic self improvement Source Type: blogs

Is there a Julie Yoo fallacy?
By MATTHEW HOLT Andreesen Horowitz’s digital heath investor Julie Yoo has been building quite the theory of the present and future of health tech. I am going to try to write up a longer response to her but first, please view her presentation on the New Tech Stack for Virtual-First Care — a compelling 8 minute watch. And then have a quick read about how I am (trying to) put her in context. Her first argument is that the digital services that you need to run health care (things like accounting/revenue management, network management, credentialing, pharmacy, etc, etc.) are getting really good. That mea...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Matthew Holt Flipping the Stack Indu Subaiya Source Type: blogs

Alcohol harms the brain in teen years –– before and after that, too
If we only paid attention to ads, it might seem as though alcohol — a beer or glass of wine, a shot of fiery liquor or sophisticated cocktail — merely served as a way to bring people together and make them happy. Drink responsibly, the ads wink, without ever explaining the toll that frequent or excessive alcohol use exacts, particularly at certain stages in life. Because alcohol doesn’t just get us drunk, impair our judgment, and hurt our liver: it can have many other bad effects on our bodies — including effects on the brain. In a recent editorial in The BMJ, a trio of scientists pointed out that t...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Claire McCarthy, MD Tags: Addiction Adolescent health Brain and cognitive health Parenting Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Live Episode 38
Episode 38 of “The THCB Gang” was live-streamed on Thursday, Jan 14. You can see it below! Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) was joined by regulars: medical historian Mike Magee @drmikemagee, policy & tech expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis), Consumer advocate & CTO of Carium Health, Lygeia Ricciardi (@Lygeia), Suntra Modern Recovery CEO JL Neptune (@JeanLucNeptune) WTF Health host Jessica DaMassa (@jessdamassa) &  fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey). We did indeed touch on that mob riot in the Capitol. We discussed the impeachment, the inauguration, and virtual JPMorg...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Casey Quinlan Lygeia Riccardi Mike Magee Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

Exercise matters to health and well-being, regardless of your size
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc in our daily lives. Regardless of who you are, your life has been impacted in some way. Stress is mounting, and you may need to find a way to decompress while social distancing. Enter stage left my favorite pastime: exercise! All right, I know what you are thinking: She’s one of those exercise fanatics who is going to tell me that I need to exercise several hours every day. Well, no. What I am going to tell you is that you can make exercise work for you. It is imperative to find your “soulmate workout” or simple activities you can do. You might...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - January 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FTOS  Tags: Bones and joints Exercise and Fitness Heart Health Hypertension and Stroke Mental Health Source Type: blogs

The Cost of Free Speech
By KIM BELLARD Well, you’d have to say that the past week has been interesting.  It’s not every week that Joe Biden “officially” won the 2021 election, again, as Congress certified the election results.  It’s not every century when the U.S. Capitol is overrun by hostile forces.  And it’d never been true before that Twitter and Facebook banned President Trump’s accounts, or that various tech companies belatedly acted on the threat that Parler poses.  Oh, and we hit new daily records for COVID-19 deaths (over 4,000) and hospitalizations (over 132,000) in case y...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Politics Trump Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

Can I take something to prevent colorectal cancer?
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. There is compelling evidence that screening to detect CRC early to find and remove precancerous polyps can reduce CRC mortality. However, screening has associated harms, including procedural complications, and inherent limitations. For example, colonoscopy, the most common screening tool in the US, is less effective in preventing cancers of the right, or ascending side, of the colon compared with cancers of the left, or descending, side of the colon. Moreover, only 60% of US adults recommended for screening actually follow through. Ev...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew Chan, MD, MPH Tags: Cancer Prevention Screening Source Type: blogs

Two Life Lessons I Learned From Reading This Kind of War
I recently read This Kind of War by T.R. Fehrenbach. It’s a history book about the Korean War. It had sat in my Kindle library for a while and one day I decided to read just a bit of it. But then I couldn’t stop reading it! The book is a page-turner for me. It’s a history book but reads like a thriller. I found myself spending a long stretch of time on it. At this point, I haven’t finished the book yet (it’s 600+ pages long), but I’ve learned a lot from it. There are lessons on strategy from the book, but here I’d like to focus on the life lessons. The lessons are simple, but they ...
Source: Life Optimizer - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald Latumahina Tags: Attitude Source Type: blogs

A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words: How Photography Can Help Your Mental Health
When you look at a photograph, what do you see? Pictures have the unique ability to say the words left unspoken, and taking them can be beneficial for your mental health. Even parents on a busy schedule can benefit from snapping a few photos each day to relax. Hobbies offer the opportunity to enhance your life in ways you’ve never imagined. Keep reading to discover six ways photography can help your mental health. 1. Express Yourself Humans tend to bottle up their emotions and lock them deep within. Unfortunately, burying your feelings does not make them disappear. Over time, these feelings influence your...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - January 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Landis Tags: career creativity featured happiness psychology self-improvement mental health photography pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

3 simple steps to jump-start your heart health this year
In 2020, the terrible toll of the COVID-19 pandemic largely overshadowed the affliction that remains the leading cause of death in this country: heart disease. In the United States last year, at least twice as many people died from cardiovascular causes as those who died from complications from SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus. While the challenges from the virus are new, experts have been studying heart disease for decades — and everyone can benefit from that knowledge. “The lifestyle habits that keep your heart healthy may also leave you less vulnerable to serious complications from infections such as COVID-...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - January 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Julie Corliss Tags: Exercise and Fitness Health Healthy Eating Heart Health Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 177 | The biggest funding year for health tech ( & more deals!)
We should be celebrating the biggest fundraising year ever for healthcare tech and instead where are we? Not at JP Morgan. Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we chat about the mind-blowingly big numbers for health tech funding this year—Startup Health reported $21.5 billion for the year, Rock Health $14.1 billion. On Episode 177, Jess asks me about Aspen RxHealth raising $23 million in a Series B for their online pharmacy network, Monument getting $10 million for alcohol treatment, Carrum Health raising $40 million for their centers of excellence play, and yet another mental health startup Valera Health raising $4.7 mill...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Carrum Valera Health Source Type: blogs

What are the Leadership Qualities that Make a Great Leader?
Conclusion Anyone can be a leader, regardless of position or title by being aware and practicing these leadership principles and developing these characteristics. Leadership is not about having a higher role in the organization, or having people reporting to you. It is about how you earn respect and lead by example. If you work to develop these leadership qualities or traits, when you assume the leadership role or position, you come across as a natural leader and are able to lead effortlessly. Shuba is a blogger at Bazaar Expert who blogs about business, software products, personal finance and marketing. She is inter...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: shuba Tags: featured motivation self-improvement Uncategorized leadership pickthebrain productivity success Source Type: blogs

CBD and other medications: Proceed with caution
Products containing cannabidiol (CBD) seem to be all the rage these days, promising relief from a wide range of maladies, from insomnia and hot flashes to chronic pain and seizures. Some of these claims have merit to them, while some of them are just hype. But it won’t hurt to try, right? Well, not so fast. CBD is a biologically active compound, and as such, it may also have unintended consequences. These include known side effects of CBD, but also unintended interactions with supplements, herbal products, and over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications. Doubling up on side effects While generally considered ...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katsiaryna Bykov, PharmD, ScD Tags: Drugs and Supplements Marijuana Medical Research Safety Source Type: blogs

The General Public is Meant to be Deceived: The American Food Conspiracy
By HANS DUVEFELT Everybody knows how to operate smartphones and understands complex modern phenomena, but many Americans are frighteningly ignorant about basic human nutrition. I am convinced this is the result of a powerful conspiracy, fueled by the (junk) food industry. Here are just a few examples: Milk has been advertised as a healthy beverage. It is not. No other species consumes milk beyond infancy. Milk based products like ice cream and yogurt are on top of that often sweetened beyond their natural properties. Fruit juices make it possible to consume the calories of half a dozen pieces of fruit...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Primary Care Source Type: blogs

Why You Should Read Less Books in 2021
I had forgotten how to read despite completing four books a month. After a few weeks of hitting my reading goal, I hardly remembered the books’ names.  The pressure of reading 50, 60 books a year had gotten to me. I had fallen into the ultimate trap of equating my intellect with how well-read I am. This resulted from a culture where examples are thrown around about how Bill Gates reads 50 books a year coupled with the constant crowd of book titles winning newer literature prizes every day. There is a cultural prestige that comes with the maximalist philosophy of hoarding many books.  The assumption is...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rochizalani Tags: creativity featured productivity tips reading self-improvement books pickthebrain self improvement Source Type: blogs

Digital Health: Avoiding a Second TechLash!
By JEFF GOLDSMITH As John Glaser argued a recent piece in Harvard Business Review, many health care executives seem have been blinded by the shiny object that is digital health. Forgive us for a powerful feeling of déjà vu.   Since the last major digital innovation in health, the electronic health record, fell far short of expectations and probably generated a negative return on investment for many care systems, it is worth thinking about to avoid the same fate with this new wave of digital tools.  As COVID raised concerns about the safety of in-person visits to clinics and physicians&rsq...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Source Type: blogs

Can gout be prevented?
To many people, gout seems like a disease of the past. Cartoons from 200 years ago depicted it as a condition afflicting the wealthy (“the disease of kings”), whose gluttonous consumption of food and drink was thought to bring on the attacks of debilitating arthritis. All these years later, much about gout is still misunderstood. Shame, derision, and the belief that the gout sufferer deserves the condition linger. And rather than being a disease of the past, gout is quite common — and rates are rising. Estimates suggest gout affects nearly 4% of the adult population in the US, an increase from prior decad...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Arthritis Bones and joints Health Men's Health Source Type: blogs

Wondering about COVID-19 vaccines if you ’re pregnant or breastfeeding?
Now that COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out, pregnant and breastfeeding people have many questions around risks and benefits. At first, many of those receiving vaccines in US will be healthcare workers, although the circles for vaccine eligibility are widening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine agree that the new mRNA COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to pregnant and breastfeeding individuals who are eligible for vaccination. Here are answers to some basic questions you may have about getting a COVID-1...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ilona T. Goldfarb, MD, MPH Tags: Coronavirus and COVID-19 Health Parenting Pregnancy Prevention Vaccines Source Type: blogs

6 Ways to Make Your Diet More Sustainable in 2021
We’ve just had the warmest decade on record, with 2020 being one of the warmest years ever. Unfortunately, there is no indication that climate change will slow down in the next decade.  We are all in the same boat here, and it’s in our hands to stop it from sinking. And it all starts with food, production of which accounts for one-quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.  The good news is that it's not only up to governments and large producers to help reduce global warming. Each of us can do something to support the environment - and human health along with it.  The World ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ieva Sipola Tags: diet featured health and fitness self-improvement goals pickthebrain resolutions sustainable living Source Type: blogs

RWJF Emergency Response Innovation Challenges: The Winners ’ Interviews
By ELIZABETH BROWN On November 19th, six teams competed in two virtual pitch events for the finals of two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Innovation Challenges, one for Emergency Response for the General Public and the other for Emergency Response for the Health Care System. The teams – binformed | covidata, CovidSMS, and Fresh EBT by Propel for the General Public Challenge and Path Check, Qventus, and Tiatros, Inc., for the Health Care System Challenge – presented in front of expert judging panels, who evaluated the entries on impact, UX/UI, innovation/creativity, scalability and strength of presentation...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: COVID-19 Qventus Source Type: blogs

Hormonal therapies for advanced prostate cancer linked to a higher risk of falls and fractures
Falls rank among the top causes of death and injuries among the elderly, and the risk increases significantly in older people being treated for cancer. Now, investigators are reporting that a newer class of drugs for advanced prostate cancer is associated with a significant increase in fall risk. Called androgen receptor inhibitors, or ARIs, these drugs target testosterone, a hormone that accelerates the growth of prostate tumors. Unlike traditional hormonal treatments that interfere with the body’s ability to make testosterone (known as androgen deprivation therapy, or ADT), ARIs work by preventing testosterone from...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charlie Schmidt Tags: Health Living With Prostate Cancer Prostate Knowledge Treatments HPK Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 176 | Optum acquires Change & deals for Hinge, Liva, and Metronom
Insurgents have stormed the Capitol and we’re still here to talk about health tech deals. On Episode 176, Jess and I discuss Optum acquiring Change Healthcare in a $13.5 billion deal, bringing it back to Jess’s interview with CEO Neil Crescenzo bout what Change Healthcare does with the connective tissue of big healthcare. Hinge gets $300 million in a Series D – this is valued now at $3 billion. Finally Liva Healthcare, which is like European Livongo, raises €24.5 million and Metronom Health gets $22.2 million for yet another CGM. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Liva Healthcare Metronome Health Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang, Episode 37, Jan 7 – LIVE 1pm PT- 4pm ET
Episode 37 of “The THCB Gang” will be live-streamed here 1pm PT / 4pm ET on Thursday, Jan 7. You can see it below! Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be joined by regulars: data & privacy expert Deven McGraw, (@Healthprivacy), Patient entrepreneur extraordinaire Robin Farmanfarmaian (@RobinFF3) & consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1). Balancing them out will be the Y chromosome owners futurists Ian Morrison (@seccurve), Jeff Goldsmith & THCB regular Kim Bellard (@Kimbbellard) Other than than mob riot in the Capitol, the Georgia senate race, most of the world on COVID lockdown, the...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang, Episode 37, Jan 7
Episode 37 of “The THCB Gang” was live-streamed on Thursday, Jan 7. You can see it below! Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) was joined by regulars: data & privacy expert Deven McGraw, (@Healthprivacy), Patient entrepreneur extraordinaire Robin Farmanfarmaian (@RobinFF3) & consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1). Balancing them out will be the Y chromosome owners futurists Ian Morrison (@seccurve), Jeff Goldsmith & THCB regular Kim Bellard (@Kimbbellard) Other than than the Duck Dynasty insurrection & mob riot in the Capitol, the Georgia senate race, most of the world on COVID lockdown, ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Source Type: blogs

Sexual health and gender-affirming care
LGBTQ+ people are often considered a cohesive group, but sexual orientation and gender identity are different. Sexual orientation describes who a person prefers to be sexually intimate with. Gender identity, on the other hand, describes their sense of themselves as male, female, or another gender. Transgender and other gender diverse (TGD) people, whose gender identity is not aligned with their recorded sex at birth, can have any sexual orientation. (The same is true, of course, with cisgender people, whose gender identity aligns with their recorded sex at birth.) What is sexual health? Sexual health is a concept that goes...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elizabeth Boskey, PhD Tags: Health Health care disparities LGBTQ Mental Health Sex Source Type: blogs

RWJF Emergency Response Challenges: The Demos!
By ELIZABETH BROWN In mid-June, Catalyst launched the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Emergency Response Innovation Challenges. These Challenges, one for the General Public and one for the Health Care System, asked innovators to develop a health technology tool to support the needs of individuals as well as health care systems affected by a large-scale health crisis, such as a pandemic or natural disaster.  The Challenges saw a record number of applications— nearly 125 applications were submitted to the General Public Challenge and over 130 applications were submitted to the Health Care System Challenge...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: COVID-19 Pathcheck Qventus Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 175 | Haven, Color, RapidSOS & more
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I chat about Haven finally closing its doors. On Episode 175, we cover Color raising $167 million growing fast as the major COVID tester in the Bay Area and 23andMe scoring $82.5 million. RapidSOS quietly raised another $51.2 million on New Year’s Eve, Fruit Street Health raises $22 million for chronic condition management, and finally Centene acquires Magellan for $2.2 billion. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Source Type: blogs

No Safe Haven to be Found!
By MIKE MAGEE Can you wrestle a collusive, private, profiteering Medical-Industrial Complex to the ground by throwing more private entrepreneurs at it? Apparently not. The very public collapse of Haven – the widely heralded health joint venture of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan Chase – is a case in point. After three years, it is unclear whether they were a public-spirited triad trying to bathe efficiency into our bizarre employer-based health insurance scheme, or becoming predatory investors in one of the most profitable segments of our national economy. When launched nameless in January, 2...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Haven Health Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

COVID-19 and the heart: What have we learned?
Early in the pandemic, epidemiologists made a striking observation. Compared to the general population, people with cardiovascular disease (CVD) were more than twice as likely to contract severe forms of COVID-19. In the last six months, death rates from COVID-19 have dropped significantly, but CVD remains a major predictor of poor outcome. What have we learned about heart disease and COVID-19 in that time? Pre-existing heart conditions and poor metabolic health increase risk of severe COVID-19 As I described in a blog post back in April, some health conditions, like diabetes, increase risk of severe COVID-19 by suppressin...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - January 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dara K. Lee Lewis, MD Tags: Coronavirus and COVID-19 Heart Health Source Type: blogs

How to Deal with Post-Holiday Anxiety and Stress
Conclusion Holidays are meant for joy and bliss. Don’t let them get to you, such that you dread them. Take steps to handle the situation in a better way. Recognize the need to seek professional help if you’ve tried everything else and failed. Nothing is more important than your mental health. Holidays will come and go, but maintaining your peace of mind is crucial.  There’s no denying that holidays can be hard. They bring nostalgia, buried memories, and repressed feelings. But they won’t go away unless you address and deal with them. -- Adela Belin is a content marketer and blogg...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Adela Belin Tags: featured happiness meditation self-improvement anxiety holidays pickthebrain self improvement stress Source Type: blogs

Health Care: Don ’t Be Evil
By KIM BELLARD Google’s corporate motto – written in its original Code of Conduct — was once “Don’t be evil.”  That softened over time; Alphabet changed it to “Do the right thing” in 2015, although Google itself retained the slogan until early 2018.  Some Alphabet employees think Google/Alphabet has drifted too far away from its original aims: they’ve formed a union in order to try to steer the company back to its more idealistic roots. Parul Koul and Chewy Shaw, two Alphabet software engineers, announced the Alphabet Workers Union in a New York Time...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs