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13 Simple Ways To Shake Yourself Out Of A Motivational Rut If you've got time, take a hike or read a book. If not, think back to the work that you enjoy most in your day-to-day. Flu shots tied to lower risk of premature death with heart failure (Reuters Health) - - People with heart failure who get flu shots may be less likely to die prematurely than their counterparts who don't get vaccinated, a Danish study suggests.

Seth Klarman Gains Stake In Akebia Therapeutics Klarman's Kleryx holding transitions into stake in fully integrated kidney care company with investor's approva E-cigarettes less toxic to users than cigarettes, study says A lot of important questions surround the safety and health effects of e-cigarettes, a relatively new technology, but a new study says e-cigarettes are less toxic than traditional ones.

Quit Smoking On New Year's New Year’s has become a time when many smokers make a resolution to quit for good, but what happens after that? Quitting smoking is tough, and even with the strongest resolve, many smokers need a few quit attempts in order to stay quit. Studies from the FDA’s Every Try Counts campaign and the Unit... Sex tips ... from a Buddhist monk? Could advice from a former Buddhist monk help improve your sex life? That's the implication of "The Passion Book: A Tibetan Guide to Love and Sex," originally written in 1938 by Tibetan Buddhist monk Gendun Chopel.

Viewpoints: Voters Weighed In With ‘Hands-Off’ Message About Medicare, Medicaid; Small Tweaks Won’t Help Health Care System Editorial writers weigh in on these health care topics and others. Holidays Hike Heart Attack Risk Title: Holidays Hike Heart Attack RiskCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM

Crackdown on sexist ads outlaws' bad female driver' and 'inept dad' commercials Depictions of girls as less academic than boys or men being belittled for "unmanly" behavior will be soon be a thing of the past in British commercials. NACDS grant partners increase adult vaccination awareness NACDS' grant partners have published articles in the journal Vaccine, outlining the results of projects designed to increase adult vaccination. Read More

This map shows states with extended deadlines to buy Affordable Care Act health insurance Most people who do not sign up for Obamacare insurance by Saturday's open enrollment deadline will not be able to obtain coverage until next fall, unless they have a qualifying life event such as getting married or having a child. Bright.md's SmartExam™ Now Helps Patients Get Treatment For Back Pain Bright.md has added a module to its SmartExam telehealth solution that will help patients get comprehensive treatment for low back pain. Approximately 80% of adults will have low back pain in their lifetimes, and 26% of adults reported having back pain in the past three months. "Low back pain is on...

Q&A: Keck Medicine's Jackiewicz talks expansion, embracing bundled payments Keck Medicine of USC CEO Thomas Jackiewicz is positioning the organization to take on bundled payments, as well as to acquire new hospitals. Guinea Worm Disease (Dracunculiasis) Guinea Worm Disease (Dracunculiasis)

Now Is The Time For Women Entrepreneurs To Soar Even Higher “It’s a good time to be a female entrepreneur,” says Tomkins, “there is finally a conversation around underserved female markets, and that people who can innovate and create companies for those underserved markets are often women.” European forum offers tips for blockchain GDPR compliance European Union Blockchain Observatory & Forum says that, while there are tensions and some uncertainty about how to protect data and use blockchain under GDPR, there are still ways to accomplish it.

China's digital healthcare challenges and opportunities CDC: U.S. Flu Activity Low Right Now, but Rising Flu activity is still fairly low, but, as expected, has slowly increased over the last few weeks, CDC officials say.

Clothes For Kids That Can't Stop And Won't Stop Reboundwear announces the launch of their children's line available exclusively through Zappos Adaptive. Reboundwear Kids is cool looking, functional, and fashionable, adaptive clothing. The athletic wear styles are made with a unique configuration of zippers and panels that make dressing quick and ... Stop & Shop celebrates new store opening Located in Newton Highlands, Mass., Stop & Shop's new store will be the first in the state to feature its new logo and updated design. Read More

Obesity to Blame for Almost 1 in 25 Cancers Worldwide Title: Obesity to Blame for Almost 1 in 25 Cancers WorldwideCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM Pediatricians prescribe simple toys for tots, even empty boxes Forget high-tech or flashy games. Pediatricians suggest thinking inside the box for gifts for your youngster. As in just give little Oliver or Emma an empty box. They say it inspires creativity.

Week Ahead: CHI-Dignity set to become one As the year comes to a close, CHI-Dignity are poised to create a mega health system. Meanwhile, in D.C., budget drama unfolds like a reality T.V. show. A Step Toward Unraveling The Notoriously Tricky Mystery Of The Genetic Roots Of Psychiatric Diseases In a sweeping set of studies, scientists looked at about 2,000 human brains from both healthy people and individuals with psychiatric diseases, including autism, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, hunting for insights on how those conditions develop.

Some E-Cig Liquids Contain Erectile Dysfunction Drugs: FDA Title: Some E-Cig Liquids Contain Erectile Dysfunction Drugs: FDACategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM California Farm Linked to E. Coli in Romaine So far, 59 people across 15 states have come down with the often severe gastrointestinal illness.

'Easy Way Out'? Stigma May Keep Many From Weight Loss Surgery Title: 'Easy Way Out'? Stigma May Keep Many From Weight Loss SurgeryCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Children Who Were Held In Psychiatric Hospitals After They’d Been Cleared By Doctors For Release “The effects of holding children (beyond medical necessity) are heartbreaking at an individual level and staggering when multiplied among all the children who have been subjected to the practice,” the lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services claims. Other news on mental health care comes out of Maryland, New York, Iowa and New Hampshire.

Johnson & Johnson sell-off is 'excessive' in light of asbestos report, says Wells Fargo The plunge in Johnson & Johnson's stock price following a report suggesting the company knew about asbestos in its baby powder is overdone and "excessive," Wells Fargo said Friday. Youngest survivor of Ebola outbreak brings hope to Congo caregivers The youngest survivor of the Ebola outbreak received her discharge certificate from the Beni Ebola Treatment Center on Wednesday, according to the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ministry of Health.

Judge strikes down ACA as unconstitutional A federal judge in Texas on Friday struck down the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional, ruling that the law's individual mandate could not be severed from the rest of President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law. Lakeview Farms acquires Tribe Mediterranean Foods Lakeview Farms has added Tribe Mediterranean Foods' line of prepared hummus products to its portfolio of brands. Read More

Local Artist With Autism Launches Greeting Card Line For Holidays And Beyond Local artist Brian Watkins (Brian Watkins Gallery) is pleased to announce the release of his line of holiday stationery, including greeting cards, thank you notes and complementing gift wrap, providing work opportunities for Brian and others on the autism spectrum. The newest seasonal designs accom... Worth the sting: Cuba's scorpion pain remedy Once a month for the last decade, Pepe Casanas, a 78-year-old Cuban farmer, has hunted down a scorpion to sting himself with, vowing that the venom wards off his rheumatism pains.

How To Resolve Eight Common Conflicts Between Tech And Sales Teams It's all about keeping everyone in the loop — and that includes explaining competing priorities. Judge's Ruling Against Obamacare Rallies ACA's Doctor, Patient Supporters A Texas federal judge’s ruling striking down the entire Affordable Care Act rallied doctors, hospitals, insurers and patient advocates in the law's defense, saying the the court is "taking a step backward."

Research Roundup: ACOs; Diabetes; Food Allergies; And Medicaid Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. Health Tip: How Diet and Exercise Affect Cancer Risk Title: Health Tip: How Diet and Exercise Affect Cancer RiskCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM

First U.S. BONEBRIDGE Hearing Implant System Successfully Implanted MED-EL USA announced today that the country’s first BONEBRIDGE™ Hearing Implant System surgery was completed at Texas Children’s Hospital. Otolaryngologist Yi-Chun Carol Liu, MD, performed the surgery on an 18-year old, and the device was successfully activated on November 13, 2018. Cleared by the... Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease)

Data Points: More healthcare workers born (outside) the USA The healthcare sector continues to lead the way in hiring. A new study found more than 16% of healthcare professionals surveyed in 2016 were born outside the U.S. Study: New technologies leading to less traditional store checkouts According to a study by Zebra Technologies, 80% of retail decision makers believe staffed checkout areas are becoming less necessary due to new technologies automating checkouts. Read More

54 digital health mergers and acquisitions in 2018 From Amazon's acquisition of PillPack to Best Buy's purchase of GreatCall, over $7.5 billion were spent on digital health acquisitions this year. Insurers want to lead if CMS pilots payments for housing, social determinants of health Insurance industry officials want the CMS to give them a leading role in any pilot progams allowing the feds to pay for housing and similar social needs of patients.

Crohn's, Colitis May Be Tied to Prostate Cancer In a recent study, men with inflammatory bowel disease had higher PSA levels and were four to five times more likely to develop prostate cancer than those in the control group, the investigators found. Dec. 17-21: Report Highlights Savings of Existing Medicare ACOs Dec. 13—As the Trump administration considers a controversial overhaul of Medicare’s accountable care organization (ACO) program, a new report says the existing model has provided much more savings than previously found.

'Historic moment' as abortion bill passes Irish Parliament Ireland's Prime Minister has hailed a "historic moment" for women in the country, after a bill to legalize abortion passed through the final stages of parliament. Reuters stands by J&J report, says it was based 'entirely' on Johnson & Johnson documents Reuters reporter Lisa Girion stands by her report that Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos was in its baby powder.

Intimacy: The Elusive Fountain of Youth? Title: Intimacy: The Elusive Fountain of Youth?Category: Health NewsCreated: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention Elects New National Board Members The nation's largest suicide prevention organization, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention announces the appointment of two new board members to its National Board of Directors: Nina Gussack and Lisa Riley, and three new members to its Scientific Council: Yogesh Dwivedi, Matthew Nock and B...

J&J shares sink 10% after Reuters report on asbestos in Johnson & Johnson baby powder Reuters says a review of documents and testimony showed that Johnson & Johnson executives, mine managers, doctors and lawyers were aware the company's raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos. More Sleep in Seattle: Later Start to School Brings Kids Better Grades Title: More Sleep in Seattle: Later Start to School Brings Kids Better GradesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM

Blockchain use case: Electronic health records Could distributed ledger technology offer the promise of real-time EHR updates, seamless interoperability and protection from from ransomware? State Highlights: 60% Of California Wildfire Victims Reported To Be Elderly, Many Found In Or Near Their Homes; Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Linked To One California Farm So Far Media outlets report on news from California, Washington, Tennessee, Missouri, Ohio, Connecticut, North Carolina, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Delaware and Massachusetts.

Extreme Dieting in Teens Often Intensifies in Adulthood Title: Extreme Dieting in Teens Often Intensifies in AdulthoodCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM Defects More Common Than Expected in Kids After Zika Exposure About 1 in 7 babies aged 12 to 18 months who were exposed to Zika virus before birth have significant neurodevelopmental problems, a study published online December 13 in the New England Journal of Medicine shows.

Researchers Investigate Treating Post-Stroke Depression With Magnetic Fields Obstetricians and midwives often warn new mothers about postpartum depression. They might mention what symptoms women should look out for—such as crying spells or extreme irritability—and where they can turn for help. But people who have strokes may not learn that they, too, are at risk for depressi... Are You The Family Caregiver? If you are the family caregiver you have a very difficult job. This article will give you some advice to help you deal with the issues you will face and make your life more manageable.

Eczema Can Drive People to Thoughts of Suicide: Study Title: Eczema Can Drive People to Thoughts of Suicide: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM J&J shares nosedive on report it knew of asbestos in Baby Powder Shares of Johnson & Johnson fell 10 percent on Friday and were on track to post their biggest percentage drop in more than 16 years, after Reuters reported that the pharma major knew for decades that cancer-causing asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder.

The Relationship Between Delirium And Dementia Dr. Sharon K. Inouye, a Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging Longevity Innovator, talks about delirium and dementia and the aging brain. Doctors struggle to help older gun owners (Reuters Health) - Doctors who work with seniors are grappling with ways to prevent gun-related suicides and accidents, often among gun-owning older patients with dementia or depression, according to a recent review article.

Researchers Identify Pathway That Drives Sustained Pain Following Injury A toddler puts her hand on a hot stove and swiftly withdraws it. Alas, it’s too late—the child’s finger has sustained a minor burn. To soothe the pain, she puts the burned finger in her mouth. Withdrawing one’s hand to avoid injury and soothing the pain of that injury are two distinct evolutionary ... Anti-Opioid Vaccine Shows Promise in Mice Title: Anti-Opioid Vaccine Shows Promise in MiceCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM

Affordable Care Act ruled unconstitutional by federal judge, may set up a new Supreme Court battle A federal judge in Texas ruled Friday that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional, potentially threatening coverage for millions of Americans and setting up a new legal showdown over former President Barack Obama's signature policy initiative. Anthrax Anthrax

Vapers inhale lower levels of toxins than smokers (Reuters Health) - Vapers inhale significantly lower levels of toxic chemicals than smokers of traditional cigarettes, a new study suggests. Judge Strikes Down ACA Putting Law In Legal Peril — Again The case is not expected to have an immediate effect on coverage for people who buy plans on the federal health law marketplaces because the case is likely to go to the Supreme Court – the third time that the justices will decide the fate of the landmark health law.

Special Report: J&J knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder Darlene Coker knew she was dying. She just wanted to know why. Chatbots Supporting Mental Well-Being: Are We Playing A Dangerous Game? Mental health is a complex multi-layered issue. Is the use of chatbots as mental health coaches ethical and moral?

Rape survivors are fighting back against victim-blaming in Lebanon "I've been raped," Manal Issa shouts as she staggers down a street in Beirut. Does Diabetes Damage Brain Health? Researchers have found that people with diabetes had lower scores on verbal memory and verbal fluency tests.

Pfizer's cut-price version of Avastin wins EU panel greenlight A panel of European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday recommended approval for Pfizer Inc's Zirabev, a cheaper version to Roche Holding AG's leading cancer drug Avastin. Judge Strikes Down Federal Health Law U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, ruling on a suit brought by opponents of the Affordable Care Act, says that the law was invalidated when Congress dropped the tax penalty for not having coverage. Advocates for the law say they will appeal the decision.

Surmounting That Fitness Plateau Title: Surmounting That Fitness PlateauCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM Just How Clean Is That Stethoscope? Title: Just How Clean Is That Stethoscope?Category: Health NewsCreated: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM

Researchers Uncover Molecular Mechanisms Linked To Autism, Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder Since the completion of the groundbreaking Human Genome Project in 2003, researchers have discovered changes to hundreds of places in the DNA, called genetic variants, associated with psychiatric diseases such as autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. Now, new findings from a major study has li... FDA sends lab monkeys into retirement after outcry More than two dozen former FDA lab monkeys have found a new home at a Florida primate sanctuary after their use in nicotine experiments inspired protests.

When tax forms don't tell the whole story of community benefits Safety-net hospitals, like Mount Sinai on Chicago's West Side, often provide a broad array of community benefit programs that aren't adequately captured by the current tax reporting framework. Exercise Significantly Cuts The Risk Of Death From Cancer New research out of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center shows that cancer patients who exercise regularly both before and after their diagnosis are significantly more likely to survive than those who are sedentary, adding to the growing body of evidence that physical activity is an important pa...

McDonald’s to curb antibiotic use in its beef The announcement comes amid mounting pressure and criticism to stop the growing danger of antibiotic resistance. The fast-food chain might push its competitors to adopt similar initiatives. Genetic Tests That Use Multiple Variants To Predict Disease Risk Are Gaining Popularity. But Are They Reliable? The tests are expanded versions of ones that look at a single DNA mutation to assess the risk of getting common diseases. But many questions still remain, including what to even do with the results if a patient is found to be at higher risk. In other public health news: abortion access, gene-editing, lead in toys, and bullying.

Hy-Vee buys files from 22 Shopko pharmacies Shopko patient files will merge into existing Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations in the 17 cities where the acquisitions have taken place. Read More Hologic's Cynosure Division Launches TempSure™ Surgical RF Technology In North America Hologic, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: HOLX) Cynosure division announced today the North American launch of the FDA-cleared TempSure™ Surgical RF technology, a new offering of the TempSure™ radiofrequency (RF) platform that provides clinicians the ability to perform both surgical and non-surgical aesthetic proced...

Costco’s Q1 earnings rise as construction in China progresses Costco's earnings climbed more than 19% in the first quarter and revenue rose 10.2% to $35.07 billion, as construction at its first location in China is underway. Read More App tells your doctor if you have malaria Only a few spare seats remain in the crowded waiting room at Kiruddu General Hospital, overlooking Lake Victoria on Kampala's southern tip.

Goldman downgrades Walgreens' stock to rare 'sell,' shares fall Goldman analyst Robert Jones said he doesn't think Walgreens' numerous partnerships with other companies will help offset declines in its core retail pharmacy business. He downgraded Walgreens to "sell" from "hold" Friday. Health Tip: Comparing Different Diets Title: Health Tip: Comparing Different DietsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM

More Cases in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Recalled Beef Title: More Cases in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Recalled BeefCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM Integrated Data Vital In Stopping Spread Of TB Manitoba has the highest provincial incident rate of active tuberculosis (TB) in Canada, and stopping its spread depends on, among other things, the availability of high-quality, comprehensive data to ensure early and complete treatment, according to a new study by the Manitoba Centre for Health Pol...

J&J loses $39.8 billion in market value after report claims J&J knew about asbestos in baby powder Investors sold off shares of Johnson & Johnson on Friday after a Reuters report said the company knew for decades that its baby powder contained asbestos, an allegation J&J has denied. U.S. Gun Deaths Rise To Highest Level In Nearly 40 Years, CDC Data Shows The 39,773 recorded deaths in 2017 marked an increase of more than 10,000 compared to 28,874 deaths in 1999, according to a CNN analysis confirmed by the CDC. Other news on gun violence focuses on an increase in state gun control laws, a report criticizing the sheriff's policy for responding to the Parkland school massacre and a request from grieving parents for a waiting period before a gun purchase.

If Food Is Medicine, Then Sun Basket Wants To Be The Prescription Can Sun Basket improve America's health, save millions for insurance companies, and make a profit at the same time? They're pretty sure the answer is yes. PT For Joint Pain Can Help You Avoid Opioids A study,of nearly 89,000 U.S. patients found that people given physical therapy for their pain were 7 percent to 16 percent less likely to fill a prescription for an opioid.

Trump hails judge's ruling that struck down Obamacare 'disaster,' urges Congress to pass new bill In a late night tweet, President Donald Trump urged Congress to pass a new "strong" health-care law that provides "great health-care and protects pre-existing conditions." 'Incredible Hulk' actor Lou Ferrigno hospitalized after pneumonia vaccination Actor Lou Ferrigno, star of the late 1970s TV series 'The Incredible Hulk,' says he got a vaccine shot for pneumonia that left him hospitalized with fluid in his bicep.

Surgery May Benefit Some With Early Prostate Cancer: Study Title: Surgery May Benefit Some With Early Prostate Cancer: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM J&J kept a guiding hand on talc safety research Johnson & Johnson developed a strategy in the 1970s to deal with a growing volume of research showing that talc miners had elevated rates of lung disease and cancer: Promote the positive, challenge the negative.

Blockchain use case: Healthcare supply chain Tamper-proof distributed ledger tech helps with efficiency, security, integrity and visibility of pharmacy and other supply chain data. And because it doesn't necessarily involve PHI, it may be a logical place for hospitals to start exploring. Certain Female Vets May Face Higher Dementia Risk Title: Certain Female Vets May Face Higher Dementia RiskCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes wades through hundreds of health articles from the week so you don’t have to. Spinal Cord Injuries Throw Body Clocks Off Schedule, New Study Shows In the hours and days following a spinal cord injury, the gears that control the body’s internal clocks fall profoundly out of sync, impacting body temperature, hormone fluctuation, immunity and the timing of a host of other bodily processes, according to new CU Boulder research. The study, funded...

Amazon has explored getting into consumer health diagnostics — testing for disease at home Amazon looked at buying Confer, a start-up developing at-home health tests prior to its acquisition of PillPack. She almost died of a heart attack. Now she's training for 'American Ninja Warrior' In Red Rock Canyon, about 30 minutes outside of Las Vegas, Molly Burdick is trying to scale a boulder using nothing more than her hands, feet and some chalk.

Using remote surveillance, interventions to treat sepsis patients early WellSpan Health has achieved an 85% compliance rate for CMS' sepsis treatment bundle largely because of a remote team of nurses who surveil patients' vital signs and sepsis alerts from the EHR. U.S. Gun Deaths Reach Record High The numbers, which were confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show that 2017 had the highest number of gun deaths going back to at least 1979, when gun deaths started to be included in death data, CNN reported.

Certified PAs At The Forefront Of 2019 Health Care Trends As 2018 comes to a close, clear trends in health care are emerging that will increasingly require the services of Certified PAs. These include significant changes in technology, scope of practice, and specialization that will alter the way health care is delivered and who delivers it. "Health care ... Parents' Brain Activity ‘Echoes' Their Infant's Brain Activity When They Play Together When infants are playing with objects, their early attempts to pay attention to things are accompanied by bursts of high-frequency activity in their brain. But what happens when parents play together with them? New research, publishing December 13 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, by Dr Sam W...

Commentary: It's time for a 21st century Hill-Burton plan, not to build hospitals but to re-invent healthcare Healthcare leaders know that the world is changing, and that they should refocus and become a force for health creation and preservation in their communities. But they need incentives to make the change. 10 tips for giving a great speech at a holiday party Holiday parties can often be the setting for some cringe-worthy scenarios. Don’t let your speech be one of them.

Exploring The Lesser Cannabinoids - The Happy Accident Of CBN The following is from GB Sciences, Inc.'s (OTCQB: GBLX) "The Cannabis Brain Nurse," Meredith Patterson RN, BSN, CRRN: With or without a working knowledge of cannabis, most dispensary consumers have a speaking acquaintance with the compounds THC and CBD. But scientists are flirting with lesser known... Menopause-related sexual, urinary problems tied to worse quality of life (Reuters Health) - - Severe sexual and urinary health problems after menopause are linked with poorer quality of life, a recent study suggests.

Defects in Kids After Zika Exposure Defects More Common Than Expected in Kids After Zika Exposure McDonald's Says It Will Trim Antibiotics in Beef The company's first step is to partner with its supplying beef producers in the top 10 beef sourcing markets to measure and understand the current use of antibiotics in its global supply chains.

Some Foods Can Be Cholesterol Fighters Title: Some Foods Can Be Cholesterol FightersCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AM Fentanyl Now the No. 1 Opioid OD Killer Title: Fentanyl Now the No. 1 Opioid OD KillerCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AM

New Brain Research Sheds Light On Mental Illness Researchers looked at specific genes and their regulatory networks to learn more about changes in the brain as it develops, how that varies between individuals, and the causes of certain mental disorders. FDA Warns of Raw Cookie Dough Dangers Title: FDA Warns of Raw Cookie Dough DangersCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/11/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AM

CVS Caremark, Sharecare launch digital pharmacy savings card Powered by CVS Caremark, Sharecare is launching a digital pharmacy savings card to help people who are uninsured or lack sufficient drug coverage save money on their prescription medications. Read More New Jersey health systems and insurers pitch in on Housing First programs The pilot program will identify the most frequent users of health services and taxpayer-supported institutions and give them shelter and the proper support to relieve the burden on those facilities.

Tidepool lands $6M grant to develop hybrid closed-loop automated insulin delivery app The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and JDRF provided the grant to the diabetes management company.  New York sues Target, Walmart over lead-contaminated toys Target Corp , Walmart Inc and toy importer LaRose Industries were sued on Thursday over the sale of lead-contaminated children's toys, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said.

17 illuminating PR and marketing lessons from 2018 A look at the strategies that shaped the communications landscape this year can help you plot a course to a successful 2019. Infographic: A plan for handling fake negative reviews Damaging digital critiques—even when they’re false—can lead to audience distrust and negatively impact your bottom line. This guide can help you navigate such instances.

Vermont health system CEO resigns amid financial troubles Springfield Hospital said in a statement that the hospital is "facing challenges created by a declining population, rising costs, below-cost reimbursements from payers, and an increase in the number of patients who are unable to pay for care." When Heart Attack Strikes, Women Often Hesitate to Call for Help Title: When Heart Attack Strikes, Women Often Hesitate to Call for HelpCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/11/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AM

Inflammatory bowel disease tied to heart attack risk (Reuters Health) - - People with inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis may be up to 12 times more likely to have a heart attack, a U.S. study suggests. Different Takes: Supreme Court Can’t Dance Around Planned Parenthood Forever; Choosing Planned Parenthood Is A Patient’s Right Opinion writers weigh in on the Supreme Court's recent decision to not hear a case against Planned Parenthood.

Is Surgery For Prostate Cancer Necessary? It Depends On How Advanced It Is, Study Finds Prostate cancer is the No. 2 cause of cancer death in men. Removing the prostate can add 3 years to the life of a man who has a tumor that is lethal, the research says, but active surveillance might be a better option for less aggressive cancer and spares men the consequences of surgery. Other news on cancer focuses on obesity, co-existing conditions and the safety of robot-assisted surgeries. Farm bill opens door to refinancing indebted rural hospitals Congress passed its farm bill, which could significantly restructure rural hospitals' debt. The hospitals hope it will be a first step to a pay overhaul that could prevent closures.

Wanted: website designs, internal video and more Enter PR Daily’s 2018 Video & Visual Awards, featuring more than 25 categories. Your last chance to submit is Dec. 18. New Disease-Bearing Tick Could Spread Through U.S. Huge swaths of land along the Eastern seaboard, the Midwest and the South would provide highly suitable habitat for the bloodsucking parasite, computer models predict.

Commentary: Health systems should look within to address social determinants There's now a strong understanding that social factors can have a greater impact on health and well-being than clinical care. Health systems should use that knowledge to improve the health of their own employees as well as their patients. State Highlights: Texas Struggles To Get Broadband To Rural Areas, A Key To Expanding Telemedicine Access; California Is Flush With Cash And Residents Want To Spend It On Health Care Media outlets report on news from Texas, California, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

mClinica’s pharmacy technology platform reach over 100,000 pharmacy professionals across 6 countries in the ASEAN region The Singapore headquartered mClinica has recently reached a milestone to become the largest pharmacy data technology player in Southeast Asia: its platform is now being used by 1 in every 2 pharmacists in the Philippines, 1 in every 3 pharmacists in Indonesia and 1 in every 4 pharmacists in Vietnam. Viewpoints: Time For Sen. McConnell To Lead Fight Against Maternal Mortalities; How Fake Science Helped Create The Opioid Epidemic Editorial pages focus on these public health problems and others.

Del Monte Corn Recalled for Possible Contamination The FDA says the under-processing “could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens,” which could lead to life-threatening illness. Catapres vs. Xanax Catapres (clonidine hydrochloride) and Xanax (alprazolam) are used to treat anxiety. Catapres is mainly used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Xanax is also used to treat panic attacks.

Gun deaths in US reach highest level in nearly 40 years, CDC data reveals Nearly 40,000 people in the United States died by guns last year, marking the highest number of gun deaths in 38 years, according to a new analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's WONDER database. Walgreens Will Soon Own Patient Files From 179 Fred's Pharmacies Fred’s will complete the transfer of prescription files from 179 of its pharmacies to Walgreens Boots Alliance by the end of January.

Debate over alternatives to fetal tissue research reaches Congress What do humanized mice have to do with fetal tissue research? New York AG fines EmblemHealth for insufficient coverage of gender-reassignment surgery EmblemHealth is required to cover gender reassignment surgery and pay $250,000 in civil rights penalties to the state after the attorney general reached a settlement with the not-for-profit insurer.

Obesity Causes Nearly 1 in 25 Cancers Worldwide The study found that in 2015, about 4 million deaths were attributable to excess body weight. Can a coalition of 'superheroes' save the COP24 climate talks? Think of them as the Justice League for global warming diplomacy. They're the "High Ambition Coalition" and they arrived late this week at the beleaguered COP24 climate talks here in Polish coal country, wearing suits and hosting press conferences -- hoping to salvage a United Nations treaty that is meant to save the earth.

U.S. appeals court narrows order on Trump birth control rules A federal appeals court on Thursday narrowed an order that had blocked President Donald Trump's administration from enforcing new rules that undermine an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide insurance that covers women's birth control. Single-Cell Sequencing Startup Mission Bio Raises $30 Million Mission Bio has raised $30 million Series B from investors such as Mayfield, Agilent Technologies and LabCorp.

Hospitalizations Rising Among the Homeless Title: Hospitalizations Rising Among the HomelessCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/11/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AM CVS Health, Sharecare Launch Digital Drug Discount Card CVS Health and Sharecare have launched a “digital pharmacy savings card” to help the uninsured and those with high deductibles get access to discounts on prescriptions medicines.

Massachusetts healthcare spending growth drops in 2017 Healthcare spending only grew by 1.6% in Massachusetts from 2016 to 2017, nearly half the rate in 2015 and 2016 and well below the state's 3.6% cost growth benchmark, according to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. Failed Startups: Theranos Most stories of startup failure are only told in the aggregate. The average startup that fails touches a set of familiar points along its lifecycle and ends for a number of generally understood reasons, with lack of funding being high on that list.

Chain restaurants are less healthy than fast food, global study finds Fast food often gets the blame for calorific meals, but new research has found that your favorite chain restaurants are dishing up meals with even more excessive calories, worsening the global obesity epidemic. Younger Breast Cancer Survivors Suffer More Bone Loss From Treatment Title: Younger Breast Cancer Survivors Suffer More Bone Loss From TreatmentCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/11/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AM

Beware 'Unrealistic' Claims Around Tech Saving Money For The NHS Healthcare economists are skeptical that new technology can lead to cost-savings for the over-stretched healthcare system. `Suspicious' Opioid Shipments? 5% to 86%, Depending On How You Count Them Forced to identify opioid prescriptions they say were “suspicious” and never should have been shipped, Ohio cities and counties came up with a rough estimate. Very rough.

Astellas launches Xospata Astellas Pharma is introducing Xospata, an oral monotherapy for patients with acute myeloid leukemia. Read More Holiday Season Brings Presents, Colorful Lights And A Sharp Spike In Heart Attacks Researchers have found that on Christmas Eve the risk of a heart attack is 37 percent higher than normal. Although they didn't draw conclusions on why the increase occurs, experts say the stress of the holidays combined with excessive drinking and eating could be the likely culprit.

Holidays Hike Heart Attack Risk In the 15-year study of more than 300,000 people who’d had a heart attack, the risk was highest at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Neanderthal genes could explain the shape of our skulls, study finds Humans have unusually globular (or round) skulls and brains compared to our ancient ancestors -- including our closest extinct cousins the Neanderthals -- and a new study provides a possible explanation as to why.

Calif., N.Y. approve Cigna-Express Scripts merger with conditions California and New York regulators approved health insurer Cigna Corp.'s acquisition of pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, bringing the $67 billion deal a step nearer to closing. Cleveland Clinic: When caregivers become the patients What would you do if you were a patient at your own hospital?

A 2-For-1 Stock Split For Backers Of Obamacare Provider Centene In a good sign for Obamacare's future, health insurer Centene is forecasting a profitable 2019 and announced a stock 2-for-1 stock split for its shareholders. The parents' guide to 'Fortnite' scams The popular game "Fortnite" has become an easy way for scammers to trick kids into sharing way too much information.

Is going gluten-free good for everyone? There was a time when gluten, a mixture of proteins found in wheat, rye and barley, was something of a foreign term. Not many people had heard of it, and the few who needed to avoid it found meals to be extremely challenging. How Dirty Is That Stethoscope? There Is Bacteria That Can Cause Disease This study also evaluated whether cleaning stethoscopes with hydrogen peroxide wipes, alcohol swabs, or bleach wipes was enough to get rid of unwanted bacterial groupies.

Do Diabetics Really Need to Fast for Blood Tests? Title: Do Diabetics Really Need to Fast for Blood Tests?Category: Health NewsCreated: 12/11/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AM 'Experience to Share': Facebook Page Helps Families Hit by Polio-Like Illness Title: 'Experience to Share': Facebook Page Helps Families Hit by Polio-Like IllnessCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AM

Medication Omission Common Cause of Fatal Med Errors Fatal medication errors are most common with anticoagulants and antibiotics, a new study shows. The most common types of medication administration errors (MAEs) were medication omissions, followed by administration of a wrong dose or wrong strength of medication. Half of the reported incidents involved a patient older than 75 years. Walker & Company joins the Procter & Gamble portfolio Walker & Company, a brand focused on creating health and beauty products for people of color, will become part of Procter & Gamble’s portfolio of brands. Read More

Jimmy Dean Sausage Links Recalled for Possible Metal Pieces Title: Jimmy Dean Sausage Links Recalled for Possible Metal PiecesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/11/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AM South Africa's Aspen strikes distribution deal with U.S. drugmaker Mylan Aspen Pharmacare has struck a deal with U.S. generics maker Mylan to distribute a portfolio of prescription and over-the-counter drugs in Australia and New Zealand.

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A Clue In The Mysterious Case Of The U.S. Diplomats In Cuba: They All Suffered From Inner Ear Damage Scientists and doctors have been flummoxed by the illness that has struck down a few dozen diplomats that were stationed in Cuba, but the evidence of damage to the inner ear may hold answers to help them move forward at figuring out the cause. FDA gives Lupin’s generic Tecfidera tentative approval Lupin has received tentative approval for generic Tecfidera, which had a market value of about $3.5 billion. Read More

Why Are Doctors Giving Caffeine To Premature Babies? What if your first encounter with caffeine wasn't when you were a few years old, but when you were a few hours old? Researchers suggest that this helps premature babies. Stigma may keep people from getting weight loss surgery (Reuters Health) - - Most obese patients who qualify for weight loss surgery don't seek it out, and that may be due at least partly to stigma, a U.S. survey suggests.

How To Be Happy (Nearly) All The Time - Part Two In a previous post I outlined six ways in which someone could set themselves up for happiness, including ways to think, perspectives to have and things to change. Since the post was published I’ve received suggestions of other tried-and-tested ways to be happy, so here’s 7, 8 and 9. Del Monte recalls canned corn because of botulism risk Del Monte Foods Inc. issued a recall of some of its canned corn this week.

For Therapeutic Clowns, Silliness Is Serious Business A quest to find out if therapeutic clowns were really helping disabled children who could not respond to their antics leads to an exploration of those kids' silent worlds. In other public health news: gene-editing, eczema and suicide, Zika, dirty air, tampons, salmonella, diabetes, and more. Crosswords and sudoku may not stop mental decline (Reuters Health) - - Mental engagement through problem-solving games like crossword puzzles, sudoku and brain teasers may not offset cognitive losses due to age-related dementia, a new study suggests.

Drones set to deliver blood and medical supplies to Ghana's hospitals Ghanaian lawmakers have approved the deployment of drones to deliver medical supplies around the country, partnering with U.S. firm Zipline in a $12 million deal. How ProCredEx is leveraging blockchain to speed up credentialing The right combination of technology can reduce a 4 to 6 month process to 18 to 21 days, CEO Anthony Begando says.

Vivante Health bags $6M for digital GI health platform The company looks to sell its chronic health offering to health plans and employers.  Catapres vs. Capoten Catapres (clonidine hydrochloride) and Capoten (captopril) are used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Capoten is also used to treat heart failure, and to prevent kidney failure due to high blood pressure and diabetes.

Owkin launches its AI medical research network, Companion Mx releases its first product, and more digital health news briefs Also: Doximity updates its physician social network app; Apple announces $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas. Attention startups: Applications wanted for Health 2.0 VentureConnect events at JP Morgan, HIMSS19 The application window has been extended for two chances to get your startup on stage and in front of investors.

Ben & Jerry’s unveils the limited batch flavor making a return Fans of Ben & Jerry's voted to bring back Bob Marley's One Love ice cream. Read More Health insurers look to digital tools to improve customer experience Health insurers say investing in digital tools and other technologies can help them improve the customer experience to give plan members a personalized, frictionless healthcare experience.

Insight into China's HIT momentum Philadelphia Dips creates a Double Diptector The Double Diptector, which is available via an eBay auction, alerts Double Diptector App users with a loud alarm when double dipping occurs. Read More

These Are The Gadgets Tech Experts Are Hoping For This Holiday Season These are the tech gifts the experts themselves are hoping to receive. Verily, Sanofi-backed diabetes management program to offer Orpyx's foot ulcer sensors The SurroSense Rx system will be available to Onduo's members in 2019.

Editorial: The Great Moderation in healthcare spending continues For decades, demographers and economists have predicted the gray tsunami of aging baby boomers would inevitably push healthcare spending over 20% of GDP. But a new paper highlights some recent trends suggesting the future may not be as bleak and... Blue Cross And Blue Shield Insurers Dealt Significant Legal Blow In Case Over Anti-Competitive Practices The ruling makes it easier for providers and plan members to prove that the plans impede competition by offering insurance coverage in exclusive markets.

Longer Looks: Free Pens And The Opioid Crisis; School Lunch Regulations; And Prison For A Stillbirth Each week, KHN's Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web. Class action lawsuit accuses Teladoc execs of insider trading, false statements, inappropriate affairs The class action was filed just a week after the Southern Investigation Reporting Foundation released a report claiming that Teladoc COO and CFO Mark Hirschhorn had an affair with a subordinate. 

Fred’s Q3 brings focus on raising comps With comparable-store sales for the third quarter down 5.3%, interim CEO and CFO Joe Anto said the company is focused on inventory and assortment to reverse the trend. Read More How Can Nurses Identify and Assist Human Trafficking Victims? Wikimedia Commons/ AlvaroGzP What do sex workers have in common with nannies, housekeepers, farmworkers, janitorial and restaurant staff, and factory and construction workers? They all work in settings where victims of human trafficking are commonly found. Human trafficking is big business in the United States. Our country is reported to be the second-largest [...] The post How Can Nurses Identify and Assist Human Trafficking Victims? appeared first on Off the Charts.

Increase the Calories You Burn When Walking Title: Increase the Calories You Burn When WalkingCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AM With no antiretrovirals, Venezuela HIV patients rely on leaf remedy As Venezuela's hyperinflation and chronic medicine shortages leave HIV patients with little hope of obtaining antiretroviral drugs, many are now relying on the leaves of a tropical tree known as the guasimo.