How Happify Health Became Twill: Inside the New Biz Model & What ’s Next
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Mental health digital therapeutics startup Happify Health has spent the past 5 years quietly ‘self-actualizing’ into a brand-new, tech platform company that just launched this week: Twill. This is a big pivot – not just a brand change – and we’ve got co-founder & President Ofer Leidner and newly-hired Chief Operating Officer Megan Callahan (who formerly ran Lyft Health) here to tell us how it all went down AND what will happen to the old Happify app. Wellness-app-no-more, Twill has emerged as a health tech infrastructure company. Its core product (called Sequences) is the...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 14, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Happify Health Jess DaMassa Megan Callahan Ofer Leidner Twill Source Type: blogs

Want your skin to look better? Then consider your mental health. [PODCAST]
“Stigma surrounding mental illness often prevents patients from seeking the mental health care they need, delaying care and prolonging suffering. Fear, embarrassment, and impaired quality of life are a reality for many patients suffering from skin disorders like severe cases of psoriasis, hair loss, or acne. In these cases, assistance from a dermatologist who bridgesRead more …Want your skin to look better? Then consider your mental health. [PODCAST] originally appeared (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 25, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="" rel="tag" data-wpel-link="internal" > The Podcast by KevinMD < /a > < /span > Tags: Podcast Dermatology Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

9 Tips to Manage Stress for Better Health
Increasingly, stress is considered a risk factor for dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s. Stress is also a risk factor for stroke and heart attack as well as a trigger for many diseases from arthritis to psoriasis. Obviously, limiting stress in our lives is a good idea. But how? Simply living what we call modern life seems to make stress the norm. View this slideshow on HealthCentral for more about stress and health risks in including dementia: Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories. “I hold onto your book as a life preserver and am reading it slowly on purpose...I don't want it to end.” ......
Source: Minding Our Elders - December 27, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

The Perfect Gift!
This holiday season, we are all in search of the perfect gift. What is the one thing you truly desire for yourself and your family? Don’t you think we all want it? What if you were handed a beautifully wrapped box containing a miraculous tool that caused dramatic weight loss and good health without limiting calories or requiring exercise? What if this gift reduced appetite, shrunk belly fat, and dropped your dress size? What if that same gift freed you from acid reflux, heartburn, bowel urgency, and diarrhea, but also improved mood, increased energy, deepened sleep, and reduced or eliminated joint pain? And all of this m...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - November 26, 2021 Category: Cardiology Authors: April Duval Tags: Open Source Type: blogs

The Diet That Helps Treat Psoriasis
A simple modification in this diet improves psoriasis skin and reduces joint inflammation. (Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog)
Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog - October 30, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Mina Dean Tags: Nutrition Source Type: blogs

Questions about pharma pricing and marketing
In 2017, Allergan CEO Brent Saunders promised to reign in drug price hikes, and other Pharma companies followed suit. In 2021, it looks like all bets are off. In August, Amgen raised the price of its psoriasis med Otezla by 2.4 percent after raising the price of its oncology biologic Mvasi and chronic kidney diseaseRead more …Questions about pharma pricing and marketing originally appeared (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - September 20, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="" rel="tag" > Martha Rosenberg < /a > < /span > Tags: Meds Medications Source Type: blogs

Future Treatment For Autoimmune Diseases
New digital health tech targeted to fight autoimmune diseases or their symptoms are diverse and creative. These often completely different illnesses, like type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis, indicate an immune system dysfunction. Immune cells and mechanisms target the body’s own cells and structures, deconstructing it bit by bit and inducing inflammation. An estimated 24-50 million people in the US alone are living with autoimmune conditions. It affects their day-to-day life, but scientists suggest people living with chronic conditions could also be more suscepti...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 29, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: szandra Tags: Biotechnology Future of Medicine Portable Medical Diagnostics Telemedicine & Smartphones chatbot diabetes digital health sleep optimization chronic pain chronic illness skin coronavirus autoimmune disease Source Type: blogs

How Big Pharma Bought Big Media for  $6 Billion: The Unintended Consequences of Direct-to-Consumer Drug Advertising
Media, whether broadcast, streamed, or print, is a lifeline of information for most Americans. Updates on the pandemic, results of an election, knowing whether you are in the path of an oncoming hurricane or snowstorm—we are alerted by news reports and thereby dependent on the factual information they provide. Media informs, shapes opinions, keeps us out of harm’s way. Despite the public pummeling media has received over the past few years, media remains the means through which Americans view much of their world. What the media reports—or does not report—is therefore crucial to shaping opinion and behavior.  There...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 18, 2021 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Open undoctored wheat belly Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, April 26th 2021
Fight Aging! publishes news and commentary relevant to the goal of ending all age-related disease, to be achieved by bringing the mechanisms of aging under the control of modern medicine. This weekly newsletter is sent to thousands of interested subscribers. To subscribe or unsubscribe from the newsletter, please visit: Longevity Industry Consulting Services Reason, the founder of Fight Aging! and Repair Biotechnologies, offers strategic consulting services to investors, entrepreneurs, and others interested in the longevity industry and its complexities. To find out m...
Source: Fight Aging! - April 25, 2021 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

A Nanomaterial Incorporating TNF Epitopes Reduces Inflammation
The inflammatory cytokine TNF is the target of many efforts to find ways to reduce inflammation in conditions characterized by excessive inflammatory activity of the immune system, such as autoimmune diseases. It is a blunt approach, as it reduces not only inappropriate activity, but also the needed activity of the immune system, such as defense against pathogens and destruction of potentially cancerous and senescent cells. The methods of targeting TNF are becoming ever more sophisticated, as this example demonstrates. It is nonetheless the case that better and different classes of treatment will be needed in order to avoi...
Source: Fight Aging! - April 22, 2021 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Stress may be getting to your skin, but it ’s not a one-way street
Are you stressed out? Your skin can show it. Studies show that both acute and chronic stress can exert negative effects on overall skin wellness, as well as exacerbate a number of skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema, acne, and hair loss. But it’s not just a one-way street. Research has also shown that skin and hair follicles contain complex mechanisms to produce their own stress-inducing signals, which can travel to the brain and perpetuate the stress response. Stress and the two-way street between your brain and skin You may already have experienced the connection between the brain and skin. Have you ever gotte...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - April 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Neera Nathan, MD, MSHS Tags: Skin and Hair Care Stress Source Type: blogs

Wouldn ’ t you love to see this ad run during TV morning news?
  Watch TV morning news and nearly half the commercials are direct-to-consumer (DTC) drug ads. Watch evening news and you will likewise be inundated by drug commercials. They all follow the same script: People living their lives, having fun, happy, while the potential side-effects of these drugs are recited. The happy visuals serve to make the side-effects mentioned seem remote. So I thought we should parody a DTC drug ad. This is not for any drug; it’s for how to avoid being exploited by the healthcare system and by doctors. Sure, we need them when there is injury, infection, or a genetic condition. For the vas...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - March 29, 2021 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Open undoctored wheat belly Source Type: blogs

Happify Health raises $73M to deepen partnerships with pharmaceutical companies and insurance payers
Happify Health raises $73M to expand its digital therapeutic care delivery capabilities (MobiHealth News): Founded in 2012, Happify is best known for digital programs that provided automated self-guided support across various areas of mental health and wellness, such as stress management for employees or health plan members. Should the user need additional support, the platform can also facilitate a referral to third-party coaching, therapy, telemedicine or other available resources. In more recent years the platform has expanded to address more than a dozen other chronic conditions, such as heart health and psoriasis, tha...
Source: SharpBrains - March 17, 2021 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health Technology & Innovation artificial intelligence digital therapeutic solutions digital therapeutics Happify Happify Health mental-wellness pharmaceutical stress-management Source Type: blogs

Innovation in treatment for people with rarer or less well-recognised long-term conditions
The King's Fund - This paper, commissioned by UCB, investigates how five leading specialist hospital services in the UK are innovating in care for people with severe psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), axial spondyloarthritis, osteoporosis and combinations of inflammatory conditions.ReportMore detail (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - February 1, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Quality of care and clinical outcomes Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, September 28th 2020
In conclusion, it remains unclear if brain-specific regional and temporal changes occur in the expression of the different APP variants during AD progression. Since APP is also found in blood cells, assessing the changes in APP mRNA expression in peripheral blood cells from AD patients has been considering an alternative. However, again the quantification of APP mRNA in peripheral blood cells has generated controversial results. Brain APP protein has been analyzed in only a few studies, probably as it is difficult to interpret the complex pattern of APP variants and fragments. We previously characterized the soluabl...
Source: Fight Aging! - September 27, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs