4 Examples Of Merging Gaming & Digital Health
Pausing to check his map, Sam confirms that he is on the right track for his next delivery, only 2 kilometres left. He takes the opportunity to quench his thirst and check if his delivery load is securely attached to his back; some contain fragile vials of medicines and digital pills susceptible to damage if handled inappropriately. After making sure of the integrity of those packages, Sam takes a final look at his surroundings. “It’s quite peaceful with nobody around,” he thinks to himself and resumes his path.  Upon arrival at his destination, his gear is disinfected before he has access to the ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 4, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Augmented Reality Digital Health Research Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Telemedicine & Smartphones Virtual Reality fda gamification Fitbit covid19 Apple Watch WHO gaming roche MySugr Foldit A Source Type: blogs

Patents, Pharma, and the Pandemic
Sapna Kumar (University of Houston), Patents, Pharma, and the Pandemic, SSRN: Highly-developed countries have generally supported strong patent rights and opposed utilizing compulsory licensing to obtain patented drugs without the patent holder ’s permission. But the COVID-19 pandemic has caused governments... (Source: HealthLawProf Blog)
Source: HealthLawProf Blog - August 2, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: Katharine Van Tassel Source Type: blogs

PBM Startup Capital Rx Starts Prescription Drug Pricing Shake-Up with Walmart Partnership
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH A startup PBM? Partnered up with Walmart to bring “everyday low prices” to prescription drug pricing? Is this too good to be true? A.J. Loiacono, founder & CEO at Capital Rx, gives us a quick primer on “Pharmacy Benefit Managers” (PBMs) and why they’ve become known for the element of mystery they bring to prescription drug pricing. With three big PBMs (CVS’s Caremark, Express Scripts, and UnitedHealth’s OptumRx) controlling three quarters of the total market, it’s no surprise that VC-backed challenger companies in this space are rare. So,...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Capital Rx PBM Pharma pharmacy benefit managers Walmart Source Type: blogs

2020: Jumanji Or Dystopia
“There’s No Going Back to ‘Normal’”, crudely proclaims the headline of a June piece from The Atlantic. “The Terrible Consequences of Australia’s Uber-Bushfires” reads a recent Wired article. One of our own April articles was titled “Will Medical Workers Deal With PTSD After COVID-19?”. If it wasn’t clear, an article published earlier this year in The Conversation rightly asks: “Are we living in a dystopia?”.  Indeed, what was once relegated to the fertile minds of fiction novelists has become daily occurrences. Many are drawing similariti...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 28, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Science Fiction Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones Virtual Reality black mirror dystopia coronavirus covid19 jumanji Death Stranding video games bushfires Source Type: blogs

What Would Make Every Doctor Use Digital Health?
Here on The Medical Futurist site we often show snippets of the future we imagine for healthcare. In this vision that we often dub as a utopia, we envision healthcare to be invisible, seamless and preventive. COVID-19 brought us much closer to what we had foreseen (from telemed solutions and robots to A.I.), and these changes also made doctors feel the need to change. But, of course, it’s not as easy as that. Digital health is really quite simple: it’s healthcare through technology to both patients and medical professionals. Simplified as it can so be, it actually covers a growing field of science from weara...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 23, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Artificial Intelligence Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Medical Education Telemedicine & Smartphones Virtual Reality survey telehe Source Type: blogs

(Almost) No Bad Drugs: Near-Total Products Liability Immunity for Pharmaceuticals Explained
Anita Bernstein (Brooklyn Law School), (Almost) No Bad Drugs: Near-Total Products Liability Immunity for Pharmaceuticals Explained, 77 Wash. Law Rev. 3 (2020): This Article explores four beliefs about supposed pharma-benevolence that appear to be shared by more than the industry,... (Source: HealthLawProf Blog)
Source: HealthLawProf Blog - July 22, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: Katharine Van Tassel Source Type: blogs

When did it become acceptable to attack the medical community for simply doing their jobs?
Maybe I haven’t been paying close attention. Forgive me, I’ve been a bit busier than usual. When did it become acceptable or seemingly the norm to attack the medical community for simply doing our jobs? I understand that corporations, notably big pharma, and all politicians have inherent biases as profits, constituents, and election campaigns influence […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 18, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/robert-e-tuchler" rel="tag" > Robert E. Tuchler, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician COVID-19 coronavirus Infectious Disease Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Psych Central Turns 25 This Year
It’s Psych Central’s 25th anniversary! In today’s show, we celebrate the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health site with founder Dr. John Grohol. Just a few years after the World Wide Web became public domain, Dr. Grohol was inspired to create an online resource for everyone — a site where patients, clinicians and caregivers could come together to access and share valuable mental health and psychology information. Join us as Gabe and Dr. Grohol talk about the past, present and future of Psych Central. SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW   Guest information for ‘John Grohol...
Source: World of Psychology - July 9, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Podcast Tags: General Interview Podcast The Psych Central Show Source Type: blogs

Milestones Of Digital Health: Infographic About Its Timeline
“If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going.” Maya Angelou is totally right. And exactly that is why we have created this timeline of digital health milestones. It contains the most important events from its history, coming to where we are at this very moment, and it aims to set ground for the next level of innovation. Technological development, especially on the IT-side, has also launched a consumerist movement in healthcare in the late 20th century. Then, as tech became more user-friendly, it fell into the hands of the average patient. It is now amaz...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 9, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Artificial Intelligence E-Patients Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Medical Education fda infographics AMA Tom Ferguson PatientsIncluded Lucien Engelen BMJ Patient Panel Source Type: blogs

Copay Accumulators. Soon to be banned in Boston?
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission examined copay accumulators and the use and impact of prescription drug coupons in Massachusetts. Of note, the study finds that, “Continued growth in high deductible plan enrollment, coupled with increasing drug prices, suggests that patient affordability challenges will only increase. Eliminating the availability of coupons at this time – without substantial protections for patient affordability – would likely create s erious challenges for many patients in the Commonwealth.” (Source: drugwonks.com Blog)
Source: drugwonks.com Blog - July 8, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: blogs

Digital Health Ventures That Flew Too Close To The Sun
1.5 billion: that’s the number, in dollars, Forbes put for Proteus’ valuation last year. Dubbed as a healthcare unicorn, the startup even raised over $500 million in venture capital. It made headlines for developing the first-ever FDA-approved digital pill, one equipped with an ingestible and trackable sensor to monitor treatment compliance.  Researchers even proved the technology’s worth. In 2019, an independent study investigated the Proteus’ digital pill. They found it to be accurate, and even improved adherence of tuberculosis patients using oral pills equipped with Proteus’ s...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 7, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Genomics AI cancer IBM google deepmind theranos Watson fail digital pill proteus deus ex machina tech giants finances otsuka Nightingale Source Type: blogs

Technologies Shaping The Future Of Pharma e-Book
Digital health is poised to bring its disruptive force across the healthcare landscape, and the pharmaceutical industry isn’t immune to the upcoming changes. Turning the point-of-care towards patients and empowering them with their health data, this cultural transformation brings about a radical shift in the traditional functioning of the drug industry. In our latest e-book, the Medical Futurist team analysed 11 of the major digital health technologies and practices with the greatest impact in this sector. From including patients in decision-making through personalised care to automating pharmaceutical processes, ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 2, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Pharma 3d printing AI digital health ebook drug development digital technology patient empowerment automation pharmaceutics pharmacogenomics robots ebooks digital pill chronic care proteus Source Type: blogs

10 Questions You Asked Us In The Q & A
It was a great honor to receive hundreds of questions before the live Q&A we recently had. There were in fact so many that I’ve decided I would share some of them here. These questions represent an ample mix of interests, covering a wide range of issues from A.I. to the future of medical education. And worry not if you haven’t gotten your question answered just yet: in the coming weeks we’ll also be writing articles that are based on some of the most intriguing questions. Re-watch the event on YouTube: #1 On The Relationship Of Doctors And Patients What sort of strategies can we...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 30, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: 3D Printing Artificial Intelligence Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Robotics Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones AI Hospital Medical education technology wearab Source Type: blogs

Analytics Can Make Behavioral Health Work
In medicine, value-based pricing has gained a lot of adherents who want to put some risk on the pharma companies and tamp down on irresponsible marketing or prescribing. But behavioral health is usually licensed by health plans on a flat monthly basis, not linked either to the number of members treated or how well they […] (Source: EMR and HIPAA)
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 26, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: AI/Machine Learning Analytics/Big Data Clinical Health IT Company Healthcare IT Telemedicine and Remote Monitoring AbleTo Behavioral Health IT Behavioral Health Telehealth CBT Peter Shalek Risk Value Based Care Source Type: blogs

Patients Rising Podcast on Safer and Cheaper Drugs With Janet Woodcock
(Source: drugwonks.com Blog)
Source: drugwonks.com Blog - June 23, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: blogs

The QALY is Discriminatory
(Source: drugwonks.com Blog)
Source: drugwonks.com Blog - June 23, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: blogs

The Young and the COVID Restless
Conclusion – Smart opening must be matched with enhanced personal responsibility. What messages are most useful and impactful for un-masked youth? (Source: drugwonks.com Blog)
Source: drugwonks.com Blog - June 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: blogs

Going Diabetes Old-School During the Pandemic
During the recent pandemic (between March and June 2020, although we are still not completely out of quarantine, we are now in Phase II of reopening), I decided to go old-school on diabetes supplies.Specifically, I went back to one of the many old blood glucose meters I'd saved over the years. All of them still worked, although I discarded a few for which test strips are no longer sold or had leaked battery acid in the battery compartment.I made a notable exception for one particular meter model...Specifically, I had saved a few of theOneTouch Ultra (1) meters I had in my possession. I also had a few OneTouch Ultra 2 meter...
Source: Scott's Web Log - June 21, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2020 Diabetes J & Johnson and Johnson old-school OneTouch testing supplies Source Type: blogs

FDA clears first videogame to be prescribed to kids with ADHD: EndeavorRx by Akili Interactive Labs
Screenshot of EndeavorRx In a landmark decision, FDA greenlights a video game for kids with ADHD (STAT): The Food and Drug Administration on Monday for the first time gave a green light to a game-based therapeutic: a video game meant to be prescribed to kids with ADHD. The game, known as EndeavorRx and developed by Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs, can now be marketed as a way to improve attention function in kids with ADHD as measured by computerized testing. Physicians can prescribe it to children between the ages of 8 and 12 who have an ADHD diagnosis and have demonstrated an issue with attention. The FDA’s mov...
Source: SharpBrains - June 18, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development Technology 510(k) Adam Gazzaley adhd Akili Interactive Labs computerized testing De Novo digital therapeutics EndeavorRx FDA game-based therapeutic TOVA videog Source Type: blogs

The Impact of COVID-19 on The Medical Device Industry
As of early May 2020, over 4.7 million people have been confirmed to be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus[1], and governments are scrambling to contain its spread. The high R0 value (a measure of contagiousness- estimated to be between 2.0 and 3.02) of SARS-CoV-2 means that those infected copiously spread the virus and develop complications suddenly. As a result, health care systems are overwhelmed, and the effective delivery of medical care to all patients has become a challenge worldwide. Insufficient attention to early warning signs, inadequate stockpiling, lack of access to testing kits and personal protective e...
Source: Medgadget - June 15, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Kolabtree Tags: Public Health Society Sponsored Content Source Type: blogs

Silencing Science
(Source: drugwonks.com Blog)
Source: drugwonks.com Blog - June 11, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: blogs

Learn Forecasting: How Can You Get Your Own Crystal Ball?
This article will help you better understand how futurists come up with forecasts; the challenges that come with crafting those; and resources that you can use right now to become a futurist yourself and get your very own “crystal ball”! On a more serious note, by understanding or even using the same methods that futurists do, anyone can distinguish hype from the actual trends that deserve attention because it might soon become a necessary skill. More science, less crystal ball Even though futurists often describe abstract concepts such as “computer-telecommunications hook-ups” (an early forec...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 9, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Digital Health Research Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Science Fiction keynote scientific validation analysis forecasting futurists Institute For Future gattaca Star Trek Good Judg Source Type: blogs

Study: Antidepressant vortioxetine combined with cognitive training may help delay cognitive decline
Conclusions: Vortioxetine may be beneficial for age-related cognitive decline when combined with cognitive training. These findings provide new treatment directions for combating cognitive decline in older adults. The Study in Context: Study finds combined pharma + non-pharma treatment most beneficial to help youth with ADHD address long-term academic difficulties Solving the Brain Fitness Puzzle Is the Key to Self-Empowered Aging Ten neurotechnologies about to transform brain enhancement & health Can brain training work? Yes, if it meets these 5 conditions What are cognitive abilities and how to boost them? ? How...
Source: SharpBrains - June 2, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology antidepressant brain-volume cognition cognitive decline cognitive-interventions Cognitive-Training Combination Strategies neuroplasticity pharmacolog Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, May 25th 2020
In conclusion, our results suggest a previously unknown mechanism whereby the canonical NF-κB cascade and a mitochondrial fission pathway interdependently regulate endothelial inflammation. Lin28 as a Target for Nerve Regeneration https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2020/05/lin28-as-a-target-for-nerve-regeneration/ Researchers here show that the gene Lin28 regulates axon regrowth. In mice, raised levels of Lin28 produce greater regeneration of nerve injuries. Past research has investigated Lin28 from the standpoint of producing a more general improvement in regenerative capacity. It improves mitoch...
Source: Fight Aging! - May 24, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

The Moonshot Venture Fellowship at Apollo Ventures
One of the more productive strategies undertaken by advocates and venture firms in the longevity industry is to put effort into the creation of companies, rather than waiting for companies to arise. This is still a small, young industry, without the sizable ecosystem that attends more mature areas of biotechnology, and thus many, many lines of research that might be productively developed into therapies targeting the mechanisms of aging remain stuck in academia. For investors and advocates to change this state of affairs requires building connections in the research community, introducing researchers and entrepreneurs, and...
Source: Fight Aging! - May 19, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Looking Back At COVID-19 From 2030
We have already analysed how COVID-19 would have taken place in a digital health utopia, if all the digital tools had already been in place when this pandemic hit us. (Spoiler: it would’ve been much, much better). When weighing the possible outcomes of COVID-19, we drew three scenarios on how life will, can, and should change after the pandemic. This time we put on our VR headsets, fast forward to 2030 and have a look at what we have gained and what we lost to the virus. There are certain points in our history we all remember. Whoever lived, knew exactly what he was doing the moment JFK got shot. When the twin tow...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 13, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Artificial Intelligence Digital Health Research Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Policy Science Fiction Telemedicine & Smartphones Virtual Reality digital technology Source Type: blogs

The Unlikely Rise Of Science And Digital Health During COVID-19
Over the past weeks, we have covered many aspects of coronavirus. From symptoms and digital health technologies, artificial intelligence, the rise of telemedicine and investigating why some countries have managed to keep the pandemic under control, through issues of privacy and mental challenges of healthcare professionals. We analyzed the possible outcomes of what will, what can and what should change in our lives after COVID-19 and even created a Handbook on the fight against the pandemic. But one of the most important aspects in all this is how different leaders around the world have responded to this pandemic. Were ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 5, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Artificial Intelligence Digital Health Research Future of Medicine science covid19 leadership coron Thunberg Fauci Trump Topol Barabasi Brilliant Harari Queen Source Type: blogs

Study finds mixed results of Adderall as cognitive enhancer (seems to boost emotion more than cognition)
__ Over the past 15 years there has been growing awareness that many college students without an ADHD diagnosis use ADHD drugs. On some campuses, rates of self-reported non-medical use have exceeded 30% of students. The primary reason students report taking ADHD drugs is to enhance their academic performance. And, the strong majority of students — over 80% in a study I conducted — believe it is helpful for this purpose. Furthermore, students who report problems with attention are more likely to report non-medical use than other students; this suggests that some self-medicate to address their perceived attention...
Source: SharpBrains - April 15, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness academic-performance. Adderall ADHD-drugs cognition cognitive-functioning college college students emotion mental health neurocognitive Source Type: blogs

COVID-19: Hidden Coinfections and Chain Reactions Parasitic Infectious Relationships within Us
By SIMON YU, MD, LT COL, USA (Ret) Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opened up a new front in the Coronavirus War by saying we don’t just need to treat the acute disease, we need to treat the underlying conditions that make people more susceptible to serious disease progression. He focused on heart disease, and managing mitigating risk factors such as CVD, diabetes, hypertension and smoking in order to increase people’s odds for recovery. The initial focus has been pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), with risk factors including ast...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 CDC chronic disease holistic care Pandemic SDoH Source Type: blogs

FDA and Media Spreads Fear About Fake Vape-COVID Connection
(Source: drugwonks.com Blog)
Source: drugwonks.com Blog - April 6, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: blogs

POTUS gets a Warning Letter
If a pharmaceutical company actively promotes one of its products for conditions other than those approved by the Food and Drug Administration, it ’s considered “violative behavior” and often results in what’s known in the regulatory world as a “warning letter” -- official correspondence from the FDA ordering the firm to cease and desist from such communications. But can the FDA send a warning letter to the President of the United States? (Source: drugwonks.com Blog)
Source: drugwonks.com Blog - April 6, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: blogs

Bruce Greenstein to Health Tech: “ This is The Make-or-Break Time ” | WTF Health on Covid-19
By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH “Health tech providers — this is the make-or-break time. If you can’t prove your value in the next, say, eleven weeks, then you should NOT be in the health care game. It’s time to get serious.” Bruce Greenstein, former CTO at HHS and current Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at LHC Group, one of the country’s largest home health care providers, stops by to share what he’s learned about the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bruce represented the home health industry during last Friday’s (3/13/20) White H...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Bruce Greenstein coronavirus Source Type: blogs

Part D Rebates: Nothing but Net
A new Schaeffer Center white paper finds almost half of individuals with Medicare Part D coverage would see a reduction in out-of-pocket spending if patient cost-sharing were based on the price negotiated after the rebate (or net price), rather than the pre-rebate list price. (Source: drugwonks.com Blog)
Source: drugwonks.com Blog - March 18, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, March 16th 2020
We report a new class of natural-product-inspired covalent inhibitors of telomerase that target the catalytic active site. Age-Related Epigenetic Changes that Suppress Mitochondrial Function https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2020/03/age-related-epigenetic-changes-that-suppress-mitochondrial-function/ Today's open access research reports on two specific epigenetic changes observed in old individuals that act to reduce mitochondrial function. This joins an existing list of genes for which expression changes are known to impact mitochondrial function with age. A herd of hundreds of mitochondria are found ...
Source: Fight Aging! - March 15, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Views on Investment in the Longevity Industry
Today I'll point out a couple of short interviews on the topic of investment in the longevity industry. This industry is young and still quite small, taking its present shape over the last five years or so. There are a little more than a hundred companies in the industry, a dozen venture funds that make significant numbers of investments, and - as of yet - no approved drugs emerged from phase III trials. Most programs are still at a preclinical stage of development. From the archly conservative perspective of Big Pharma and the largest established biotech venture funds, this whole endeavor remains an experiment in its earl...
Source: Fight Aging! - March 12, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Investment Source Type: blogs

Occam's Co-Pay
(Source: drugwonks.com Blog)
Source: drugwonks.com Blog - March 12, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: blogs

A Full-Scale Assault on Medical Debt, Part 2
By BOB HERTZ The first section of this article stated that many forms of medical debt can be reduced or cancelled by stronger enforcement of consumer protection laws. These debts are not inevitable and are not due to poverty. It would not require trillions of federal dollars to cancel them, either – just the willingness to go against lobbyists. Therefore I advocate the following attacks on medical debt: Phase One We must cancel balance bills and surprise bills if there was no prior disclosure. In most cases, providers will not have the right to collect anything more than what the  insurers pay th...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Economics The Business of Health Care balance bills Bob Hertz health economics medical debt surprise billing Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Is Creativity Enhanced By Mental Illness?
  Are people with mental illness more creative? Jackie believes there may be a link between the two, while Gabe thinks it’s just a bunch of hoopla. Get ready — they’ve both done their research and are ready to back their claims. Tune in to hear a lively (and friendly) debate on whether the science is valid, the difference between inspiration and creativity, as well as their own opinions and experiences on mental illness and creativity. What’s your take? Join us on this Not Crazy podcast to see whose side you’re on, or if you’re somewhere in the middle. (Transcript Available Belo...
Source: World of Psychology - March 9, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Not Crazy Podcast Tags: Bipolar Creativity Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness Not Crazy Podcast Schizophrenia Source Type: blogs

Study: A brief sleep intervention can bring measurable and sustained benefits to children with ADHD
__ Sleep problems are common in children with ADHD, are more persistent than in the general population, and often exacerbate difficulties associated with ADHD. For example, poor sleep can enhance difficulties with attention and concentration that most youth with ADHD experience. Research has shown that brief sleep interventions can improve sleep in youth without ADHD who experience sleep difficulties. However, until recently, there have been no randomized controlled trials on the impact of brief sleep interventions in youth with both ADHD and sleep difficulties. A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2015, and...
Source: SharpBrains - March 4, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness concentration poor sleep randomized controlled trials sleep intervention sleep problems Source Type: blogs

10 Ways Technology Is Changing Healthcare
The future of healthcare is shaping up in front of our very eyes with advances in digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence, VR/AR, 3D-printing, robotics or nanotechnology. We have to familiarize with the latest developments in order to be able to control technology and not the other way around. The future of healthcare lies in working hand-in-hand with technology and healthcare workers have to embrace emerging technologies in order to stay relevant in the coming years. Be bold, curious and informed! Are you afraid that robots will take over the jobs of nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals? Are y...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 3, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Future of Medicine 3d printing AI artificial intelligence augmented reality genetics Health Healthcare nanotechnology Personalized medicine pharma pharmacology robotics virtual reality wearables GC1 Source Type: blogs

Wheat is not sexy
Here’s another excerpt from my new Revised & Expanded Edition of Wheat Belly, taken from chapter 16, Mr. and Mrs. Wheat Belly: LOOK DOWN AND YOU SHOULD immediately get an idea of where your sexual preferences lay. Well, at least a rough idea. The unnatural situation created when humans try to consume the seeds of grasses, packed with disrupters of human hormones, undo some of those anatomical, pre-programmed tendencies. Once again, eating things that should never have made it onto the human dietary menu defies the script written into our genetic codes, expressed as painful menstrual cycles, excessive body hair, i...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - March 1, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Open Source Type: blogs

As if the damn headache wasn ’ t bad enough …
This study was particularly compelling because of the methods used to document the physical consequences of a migraine episode. The University of Rochester scientist Maiken Nedergard and her colleagues used a 2-photon microscope to actually visualize the synapses on cortical pyramidal cells, through the time course of the “headache”. She must have been stunned by first witnessing the large-scale chaos generated by the migraine sequelae, because the spines (synapses) of cortical neurons swelled and then disintegrated right before her eyes IN VERY LARGE NUMBERS. Some cortical neurons lost the MAJORITY of their sy...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - March 1, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Alzheimer’s Brain Fitness Brain Fitness Program BrainHQ InSight Language Development Posit Science Source Type: blogs

How Hospital Systems Invest in Digital Health | Brent Stackhouse, Mount Sinai Ventures
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Savvy health tech startups can learn how the differing investment priorities of venture capital funds and strategic investors (those tied to large healthcare organizations like health plans, pharma companies, and health systems) can impact everything from their capital raise to their ability to gain new clients. Brent Stackhouse, Managing Director at Mount Sinai Ventures, talks about the nuances of investing as a strategic, trying to balance a health system’s inherent aversion to risk with the gusto it takes to place good bets on the future of health. Where does a hospital system fin...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Brent Stackhouse Frontiers Health Frontiers Health Conference 2019 Mount Sinai Ventures Startups ventrue capital Source Type: blogs

Latest brain research, tools and teasers to think outside the mental health status quo box
__ Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter, featuring a range of  research findings, resources, brain teasers and riddles to help translate emerging neuroscience into real-world applications and improve our collective brain & mental health. New thinking: Neuroscience tips about gratitude, aging, pain and the brain: An interview with Dr. Daniel Levitin What’s normal? When it comes to the brain, it’s hard to say, and that’s why we need to study global neurodiversity Will self-driving vehicles lead to a surge of brain training? How to remember what you read: Eight tips to improv...
Source: SharpBrains - February 26, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology adhd aging Akili brain health brain signatures brain training brain-research cognitive-ability digital therapeutic europe Headspa Source Type: blogs

Large study finds positive yet mixed results from Akili ’s digital therapeutic for kids with ADHD
This study aimed to assess whether AKL-T01 improved attentional performance in paediatric patients with ADHD. Findings: Between July 15, 2016, and Nov 30, 2017, 857 patients were evaluated and 348 were randomly assigned to receive AKL-T01 or control. Among patients who received AKL-T01 (n=180 [52%]; mean [SD] age, 9·7 [1·3] years) or control (n=168 [48%]; mean [SD] age, 9·6 [1·3] years), the non-parametric estimate of the population median change from baseline TOVA API was 0·88 (95% CI 0·24–1·49; p=0·0060). The mean (SD) change from baseline on the TOVA API was ...
Source: SharpBrains - February 25, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology ADHD-medication Akili Akili Interactive Akili Interactive Labs AKL-T01 behavioral digital health digital therapeutics pediatric ADHD Project EVO TOVA AP Source Type: blogs

5 Things That Will Dominate The 2020s For Pharma Companies
What’s worth some 1,204.8 billion USD? Well, it’s the worldwide pharmaceutical market, of course! With such a capital at stake and with the pace of technological disruption, the pharma industry is quick to adapt to the changing times. In fact, leading drug companies are re-investing as much as 20.8% of drug sales into new drug development.  We’ve analyzed the trends shaping the future of pharma before, but how can we expect to see the landscape evolve in this new decade? With leaps in A.I., patient empowerment and 3D printed drugs, here are the 5 aspects that will be the focus of pharmaceutical co...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 25, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Pharma digital health future of medicine pharmaceutics digital health companies Source Type: blogs

Out of Network? Cigna, RICO and where ’ s the line?
By MATTHEW HOLT Sometimes you wonder where the line is in health care. And perhaps more importantly, whether anyone in the system cares. The last few months have been dominated by the issue of costs in health care, particularly the costs paid by consumers who thought they had coverage. It turns out that “surprise billing” isn’t that much of a surprise. Over the past few years several large medical groups, notably Team Health owned by Blackstone, have been aggressively opting out of insurers networks. They’ve figured out, probably by reading Elizabeth Rosenthal’s great story about the 20...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Economics Finance Health Policy Matthew Holt Medicare Business of Health Care Cigna Health Care Costs out of network RICO surprise billing US Healthcare system Source Type: blogs

States Aren't Waiting for DC to Regulate Insulin Prices, They're Doing Themselves
Back in March 2018, I co-authored (along with Scott King, the former editor ofDiabetes Health magazine) an article (catch the article athttps://www.diabeteshealth.com/good-bad-diabetes-advocacy-world/ for reference) about some patient advocacy wins and challenges ahead. One of the challenges ahead was about runaway insulin prices.We started to see action on runaway insulin prices in state capitals happen a few years ago.Nevada got an early start in 2017, introducing a transparency bill that requires drugmakers who made insulin specifically to report pricing, costs, and rebates. It was signed into law by the state's Republi...
Source: Scott's Web Log - February 18, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2020 insulin insulin prices legislation state laws Source Type: blogs

States Aren't Waiting for DC to Regulate Insulin Prices, They're Doing It Themselves
Back in March 2018, I co-authored (along with Scott King, the former editor ofDiabetes Health magazine) an article (catch the article athttps://www.diabeteshealth.com/good-bad-diabetes-advocacy-world/ for reference) about some patient advocacy wins and challenges ahead. One of the challenges ahead was about runaway insulin prices.We started to see action on runaway insulin prices in state capitals happen a few years ago.Nevada got an early start in 2017, introducing a transparency bill that requires drugmakers who made insulin specifically to report pricing, costs, and rebates. It was signed into law by the state's Republi...
Source: Scott's Web Log - February 18, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Tags: 2020 insulin insulin prices legislation state laws Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, February 17th 2020
Discussion of the Evolutionary Genetics of Aging Thymic Involution Contributes to Immunosenescence and Inflammaging The Potential for Exosome Therapies to Treat Sarcopenia Correlations of Mitochondrial DNA Copy Number and Epigenetic Age Measures Evidence for PASK Deficiency to Reduce the Impact of Aging in Mice The Aging Retina, a Mirror of the Aging Brain Evidence for Loss of Capillary Density to be Important in Heart Disease Aspects of Immune System Aging Proceed More Rapidly in Men Deacetylation of the NLRP3 Inflammasome as a Way to Control Chronic Inflammation Transplantation of Senescent Cells is an ...
Source: Fight Aging! - February 16, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs