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Optra Health launches Alexa-powered AI genomics platform Optra Health, which produces AI-driven iPhronesis analysis platform for healthcare and life sciences clients, today announced the launch of a new genetics-focused product specially designed for consumers, genetic counselors, and other genomics researchers. Health Tip: Do You Need a Tetanus Shot? Title: Health Tip: Do You Need a Tetanus Shot?Category: Health NewsCreated: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM

The Deeply Human Core Of Roche's $2.1 Billion Tech Acquisition -- And Why It Made It Flatiron’s key insight was that, in cancer, at least half of the most important data in health records isn’t in structured data fields but rather in unstructured data, the free text fields of pathology reports and clinical notes, and extracting this information (at least today) requires people. PDX’s business intelligence platform renamed Explore Dx The Fort Worth, Texas-based company’s data transparency and reporting software is now named Explore Dx. Read More

Tobacco Kills, No Matter How It's Smoked: Study Title: Tobacco Kills, No Matter How It's Smoked: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM Virginia House Finally Backs Medicaid Expansion, But It Could Be Tough Sell In State Senate The proposed deal would include work training requirements and for beneficiaries to contribute to their coverage. But Medicaid expansion was not included in the budget that the state's Senate passed out of committee on Sunday.

Genes might not predict success of low-fat or low-carb diet (Reuters Health) - People who try to avoid junk food may lose similar amounts of weight on a low-carb or low-fat diet even when their genetics suggest that one of these options should be better for them, a U.S. study found. Flagyl vs. Tindamax Flagyl, Flagyl ER, and Flagyl Injection (metronidazole) and Tindamax (tinidazole) are nitroimidazole antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections. Side effects of Flagyl and Tindamax that are similar include nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, stomach/abdominal cramps/pain, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, headache, or a bitter or metallic taste in the mouth or changes in taste.

A tax-free account for Medicare that very few people use Funds accumulate free of taxes in the Medicare medical savings account or MSA. Here's what you should know. Low-Fat Diet vs. Low-Carb: And the Winner Is … By the end of the study period, the investigators found a wide range of results. Some dieters lost as much as 60 pounds, while others gained as much as 20.

How to Maintain That Weight Loss Title: How to Maintain That Weight LossCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM New Scotch Porter collection targets sensitive skin Consisting of two products — a pre-shave oil and a shave cream — the line aims to properly hydrate skin, reduce razor drag, abrasions and skin irritation that could be caused by shaving. Read More

Chia Pet, The Clapper acquired by NECA Joseph Enterprises and Joseph Pedott Advertising and Marketing, the parent companies of the products, will continue as normal with its headquarters remaining in San Francisco. Read More SAPVoice: How Analytics Could Put A Big Dent In Rising Healthcare Costs There seem to be no easy answers to resolving the growing crisis of rising healthcare costs. But there are a couple of obvious places for health systems to start. Read how St. Louis-based Mercy uses advanced analytics to help eliminate waste and drive down costs.

Retail sales decline during January Retail sales fell 0.26% in January, the biggest decline in 11 months, but increased 5.4% year-over-year, according to the National Retail Federation. Read More Join the ranks of World Wildlife Fund, Whirlpool and Cigna Enter PR Daily’s 2018 Media Relations Awards. Save $50 when you enter by the early-bird deadline on March 9.

Roche’s Accu-Chek diabetes management app receives its fifth FDA recall Roche’s Accu-Chek Connect Diabetes Management App has hit yet another snag with the FDA. On February 15, the agency issued a Class 2 Device Recall for certain software versions of the app due to a bug that could lead users to self-administer inappropriate doses of insulin. Cosmoprof targets emerging brands, intros Beauty Vanities Beauty Vanities will put a spotlight on small, start-up brands by giving them ample opportunity to stand-out and get discovered at CPNA's annual event, which is scheduled to take place July 29 to 31, in Las Vegas. Read More

Childhood Craniopharyngioma Childhood Craniopharyngioma War on science threatens 'moonshots' to cure cancer and other diseases Political forces are working against the urgent need to step up breakthroughs for diseases like Alzheimer's and cancer.

Trump administration to expand access to short-term insurance without ACA protections The administration's proposal, meant to expand access to affordable healthcare options, would allow consumers to buy short-term insurance plans that last up to 12 months, compared with a maximum of less than three months under current law. HHS Has Been Quietly Reversing Strides Made In Fostering, Protecting LGBT Heath Care The LGBT population can be vulnerable to discrimination in health care settings, but the Trump administration says the changes within HHS are part of an approach to include LGBT health as part of its broader strategy. Meanwhile, a top HHS communications official becomes the latest in the administration to move to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Sam’s Club launches free shipping, simplified membership structure The retailer will have free shipping on most items sold online, which will be supported by tighter supply chain operations. Read More Obesity Might Cause Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Young Title: Obesity Might Cause Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the YoungCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/19/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM

Is Alzheimer’s A Glitch Of Our Brain’s Ancient Immune System? Connecting Alzheimer's and the immune system was a radical idea at first but these scientists pushed on. In other news, FDA has opened the doors to drugs that would treat people who have biomarkers of a disease but aren't yet showing symptoms. DSN names Stephany beauty director Drug Store News has named Catherine Stephany to the role of beauty director as it works to keep its finger on the pulse of the constantly evolving beauty category. Read More

GMDC: Retailers need to re-think front-end to survive digital It's about creating a front-end experience that serves as an engagement center with pop-up shops, food service, spa-like wellness centers, farmers’ markets and a town square vibe. Read More Hyperbiotics launches athlete-focused probiotic The gut microbiome of athletes is unique in composition and requires a diverse array of specific beneficial bacteria to optimize energy, endurance, strength and mental and physical performance. Read More

Nestlé Pure Life debuts recycled plastic bottle The new 700-mL. bottles are made from 100% food-grade recycled plastic, known as rPET, the company said. Read More With medicine running out, Venezuelans with transplants live in fear CARACAS (Reuters) - Yasmira Castano felt she had a fresh chance at life when she received a kidney transplant almost two decades ago. The young Venezuelan was able to finish high school and went on to work as a manicurist.

Viewpoints: Work Requirements Promote Healthy Attitude; Connect Dental Care With Health Care Editorial pages highlight these and other health issues. Lucky Charms gets the unicorn treatment, adds new marshmallow The unicorn marshmallow will feature hues of bright purples and blues, and is the first shape to be inspired and created by kids, the company said. Read More

Unilever gets foamy, expands body wash products Foam body washes are now available for purchase in an array of options from Dove, Dove Men and Caress. Read More Prime Healthcare's medical school receives preliminary accreditation California University of Science and Medicine's School of Medicine is expected to open in August. Prime Healthcare Foundation, the not-for-profit affiliate of for-profit health system Prime Healthcare Services, provided more than $60 million for...

Many Parents in the Dark on When Kids Should First See a Dentist Title: Many Parents in the Dark on When Kids Should First See a DentistCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/19/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM Health Tip: Protect Baby from Whooping Cough Title: Health Tip: Protect Baby from Whooping CoughCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/19/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM

Study Finds Link Between Physical Fitness And Brain Health A new study investigates whether physical fitness correlates with the fitness of the brain's white matter, home to billions of connections between brain areas. Albertsons to acquire Rite Aid, go public The integrated company will operate approximately 4,900 locations, 4,350 pharmacy counters and 320 clinics across 38 states and Washington, D.C., serving more than 40 million customers per week, Albertsons and Rite Aid said. Read More

Cheez-It mashes together popcorn, pretzels in Duoz snacks The Cheez-It Duoz caramel popcorn and cheddar crackers balance sweet and salty flavors, and the Cheez-It Duoz cheddar jack cracker and sharp cheddar pretzels contain double the cheese flavor due to the sharp cheddar pretzels. Read More Camber launches generic Celexa oral solution Camber’s generic Celeca oral solution will be available in a 240-ml bottle of 10 mg/5 ml dosage strength. Read More

Trump's health-care plan: Less-comprehensive health coverage at a lower cost The Trump administration is clearing the way for a lower-cost alternative to comprehensive medical insurance plans sold under former President Barack Obama's health care law. House Ready To Hold First Hearings On Best Approach To Fight Opioid Crisis, Provide Adequate Funding Following criticism for not providing a comprehensive strategy, House Republicans are setting out to find a bipartisan solution. “It’s my top priority as chairman of the committee to get rid of this deadly epidemic,” said House Energy and Commerce committee chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.). “There’s going to be money—more money than has ever been spent.”

Penile Cancer Penis Cancer Penile Cancer (Penis Cancer) Study finds housing issues plague community health center patients A new study calls for community health centers to make securing housing a top priority for their patient populations.

Amazon has quietly launched an exclusive line of over-the-counter health products The products could spark a price war and put pressure on other store-brand profit margins. Family History of Breast Cancer Matters, Even for Older Women Title: Family History of Breast Cancer Matters, Even for Older WomenCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/19/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM

Fatal Opioid ODs Drop for People Treated While Jailed Title: Fatal Opioid ODs Drop for People Treated While JailedCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM Google AI now can predict cardiovascular problems from retinal scans Google AI has made a breakthrough: successfully predicting cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and strokes simply from images of the retina, with no blood draws or other tests necessary.

Physicians decry consequences of consolidation The decline of the independent medical practice and lack of physician-owned hospitals caused by consolidation have negative implications for continuity of patient care, quality, innovation and cost, the Physicians Advocacy Institute warned Congress. Lung Cancer One of Many Reasons Not to Smoke Title: Lung Cancer One of Many Reasons Not to SmokeCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/18/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM

Is there a right way for docs to talk about kids’ obesity? Words matter. Don't use 'fat,' 'extremely obese' or 'obese.' Some other terms are better. Moderate Drinking Tied to Long Life: Study Title: Moderate Drinking Tied to Long Life: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM

28 sick in salmonella outbreak linked to kratom, CDC says An outbreak of 28 salmonella infections in 20 states has been linked to kratom products, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement Tuesday. Though no deaths have been reported, 11 people have been hospitalized. Isreal's OrCam raises $30.4M to use computer vision to help the blind OrCam, an Israeli company working on augmented reality for the blind and vision impaired, has raised $30.4 million. According to Reuters, which broke the news, the round included Israeli insurer Clal Insurance and investment group Meitav Dash.

Iceland's proposed ban on male circumcision upsets Jews, Muslims A proposed bill to ban non-medically required male circumcision on babies and children in Iceland is receiving backlash from religious communities. Severity of flu 9.5 on scale of 10, notes The Doctors Report Illness Tracker draws from a national database of doctor-diagnosed and reported cases over a period of the past seven days. Read More

Yes To emphasizes cleansers in new launch Yes To's 2018 launch of products features shampoo, conditioner, facial masks and a heavy emphasis on cleaners that are formulated without parabens, SLS and silicones. Read More Teva launches generic Solodyn Teva’s generic Solodyn will be available in 65- and 115-mg dosage strengths. Read More

Nestle set to launch first organic products in Brazil in coming weeks SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Nestle SA will launch its first organic food line in Brazil in the coming weeks, an executive told Reuters, as the world's biggest food company makes a global push to capture growing interest in healthy and organic products. Hannaford enables purchase of mobile blood drive bus for Red Cross The new vehicle, which has the capacity to take five donors at a time, replaces an older one that was driven an average of 1,800 miles a month and collected about 6,000 units of blood annually. Read More

Medtronic's quarterly profit meets expectations Medtronic reported earnings in-line with analysts' estimates, as sales across all its units, except the minimally invasive therapies business, grew. Avoiding the Chaos of Unit Transfers Photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Johansen Laurel, U.S. Navy. Patient transfers between units can be less than orderly, resulting in miscommunication and frustration. Most ICU nurses have a war story (or two) that quickly comes to mind if asked about a memorable admission to their unit from the OR or recovery unit. [...] The post Avoiding the Chaos of Unit Transfers appeared first on Off the Charts.

The least and most dangerous countries to be a newborn Every year around the world, about 2.6 million babies die within their first month of life -- and some countries see more of those tragic deaths than others. Shoppers seeking easier grocery store experience, Phononic study finds According to the study, 89% of Americans reported they want to shop in a grocery store that understands how to make buying an easier and more efficient experience. Read More

Indonesia seizes record 1.6 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia seized a record 1.6 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine from a ship off the northern island of Batam on Tuesday, a narcotics official said, the second major drug bust this month. Kashi adds cinnamon French toast to Certified Transitional portfolio The new cinnamon french toast cereal, which is part of the Certified Transitional product line, contains corn puffs, cinnamon and maple syrup. Read More

Health Tip: Comparing Soap and Other Body Cleansers Title: Health Tip: Comparing Soap and Other Body CleansersCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/19/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM Aggressive Skin Cancer Rates Skyrocketing Aggressive Skin Cancer Rates Skyrocke

Protecting Your Electronic Health Records Title: Protecting Your Electronic Health RecordsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/19/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM Aimmune's peanut allergy drug meets main goal, shares surge (Reuters) - U.S. drug developer Aimmune Therapeutics Inc said on Tuesday its peanut allergy drug met the main goal of an eagerly awaited late-stage study, sending its shares up 18 percent premarket.

Teva launches Qvar RediHaler The product, which Teva said eliminates the need for hand-breath coordination, is indicated as a maintenance treatment for asthma as a prophylactic therapy in patients ages four years and older. Read More Pacemakers, defibrillators are potentially hackable (Reuters Health) - Heart devices that use software or wireless communications may be vulnerable to hacker attacks that could cause life-threatening malfunctions, U.S. cardiologists say.

Flu Shot During Pregnancy Poses No Harm to Baby A flu shot is recommended for every person older than 6 months in the United States, even though the CDC reported on Thursday that this year's vaccine is only 25 percent effective against H3N2 influenza, the cause of most illness so far this season. Microsoft researchers develop VR walking cane for people with visual impairments Researchers from Microsoft are aiming to transform the world of virtual reality from a primarily visual experience to a tactile and auditory one for people with visual impairments. 

New at HIMSS18: Lightning sessions on blockchain, cloud, ransomware and patient experience With so many innovative ideas circulating, conference attendees are hard-pressed to cover all of it. To help provide more knowledge in a shorter time span, the Innovation Live exhibit area will be hosting a new format. Lightning Sessions are 20-minute presentations that will cover some of the most pressing issues in the industry from using analytics in the real world to dealing with interoperability in the EHR workflow. Diflucan vs. Nystatin Diflucan (fluconazole) and nystatin are antifungal medications used to treat Candida fungal infections. Diflucan is also used to treat fungal meningitis and may be prescribed to ward off fungal infections in patients being treated with chemotherapy or radiation before a bone marrow transplant. Nystatin comes in several forms. Oral nystatin is used to treat oral thrush, and the cream or powder forms of nystatin are used topically to treat fungal skin infections.

The new Albertsons, Rite Aid combo ranks No. 4 in vie for pharmacy patients According to Rite Aid and Albertsons, that combined company's retail pharmacy footprint should generate in excess of $16 billion in pharmacy sales. Read More Justice Department Appeals Calif. Judge’s Decision To Block Rollback Of Birth Control Coverage California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the Trump administration in October challenging the new rules, saying the policy discriminated against women.

Mayo Clinic CEO Noseworthy to retire Mayo Clinic President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy will retire at year's end after nearly a decade leading the Rochester, Minn.-based health system. Flagyl vs. Zosyn Flagyl, Flagyl ER, and Flagyl Injection (metronidazole) and Zosyn (piperacillin and tazobactam for injection) are antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections. Flagyl and Zosyn are different types of antibiotics. Flagyl is a nitroimidazole antibiotic and Zosyn is a combination of a penicillin-class antibacterial and a beta-lactamase inhibitor.

Like Walgreens, CDC data suggests flu season has passed its peak On Friday, CDC reported ILI rates of 7.5% for the week ended Feb. 10. Read More Peanut Allergy Treatment Shows Promise in Study By the end of the study, 67 percent of the participants who took the peanut flour were able to tolerate the equivalent of roughly two peanuts, compared with only 4 percent of those who took the placebo.

Diflucan vs. Monistat Diflucan (fluconazole) and Monistat (miconazole) are antifungal medications used to treat Candida fungal infections. Diflucan is also used to treat fungal meningitis and may be prescribed to ward off fungal infections in patients being treated with chemotherapy or radiation before a bone marrow transplant. Kao recognized as one of the world’s most ethical companies Kao received the honor from Ethisphere Institute — a company that specializes in the research of corporate ethics and social responsibility. Read More

Chronic care management program showing signs of saving money, improving care Physicians still aren't flocking to a CMS program aimed at coordinating care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions. New HRG e-book focuses on visual brand impact In today’s retail environment having superior product images will positively influence brand integrity and sales. Read More

What it costs hospitals to reverse an opioid overdose Some patients who overdose are revived quickly with a reversal drug like naloxone. But depending on how fast they reach the hospital, and what kind of opioid they took, others may be put on a ventilator. They can wind up in the hospital for days,... This 22-Year-Old Is Partnering With Industry Powerhouses To Revolutionize Prosthetics 22-year-old Easton LaChappelle wants to use 3D-printing and automation to produce realistic-looking, robotic prosthetic arms at a fraction of the price of current models. And he's partnering with Microsoft, Stratasys and Dassault Systemes to do it.

Low-Carb And Low-Fat Diets Battle To A Draw A new study found no differences between low-carb and low-fat diets. Some experts believe the result shows that the debate over the relative worth of these different diets has been overblown and confirms the view that calories count. Others say that the issue is not yet settled. Grocery chain Albertsons to acquire Rite Aid Grocery chain Albertsons is planning to acquire the remainder of Rite Aid that isn't being sold to Walgreens.

U.S. to extend skimpy health insurance outside of Obamacare WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed extending the availability of skimpy health insurance plans to millions of Americans in another Trump administration move aimed at undercutting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. Newer Breast MRI May Be More Accurate and Easier In a study in Germany, the new technique reduced false-positive findings by 70 percent. The scan was also able to detect 98 percent of breast cancers correctly, the researchers said.

Penn Medicine creates Center for Connected Care to streamline telemedicine services The University of Pennsylvania's Penn Medicine has been an active player in the telehealth game for sometime with multiple telehealth units, but last week it went a step further to announce that it will be centralizing its telemedicine activities into the Penn Medicine Center for Connected Care.  Philly-area Giant home to fourth Peapod wareroom in Keystone State With more and more shoppers embracing the convenience of online grocery delivery, the new wareroom will enable Peapod to serve up to 25% more shoppers in the greater Philadelphia area. Read More

Mirena vs. Paragard Mirena (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine device) and ParaGard (intrauterine copper contraceptive) are forms of birth control that are hormone-releasing systems placed in your uterus (intra-uterine device, or IUD) to prevent pregnancy. H-E-B augments home delivery through Favor Delivery acquisition Founded in 2013, Favor has quickly expanded its presence to 50 cities across the state of Texas, where it is currently the best-rated delivery service. Read More

Gap Between People Who Can’t Afford Health Care And Those Who Can Barely Afford It Stokes Resentment For those that don't qualify for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the requirement for insurance coverage can seem unfair. Meanwhile, the congressional spending deal raises doubts about what lawmakers are doing to control health costs that are only expected to get worse. MemoryMD gets FDA clearance for wireless EEG amplifier New York and Palo Alto, California-based MemoryMD has received FDA clearance for NeuroEEG, a wireless amplifier that transmits EEG signals to computers and cloud-based databases via Bluetooth. The other half of MemoryMD's offering, a disposable EEG cap called NeuroCap, is still awaiting clearance.

Popular push for Austrian smoking ban gathers pace VIENNA (Reuters) - More than 200,000 Austrians have signed a petition calling for a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, campaign organisers said - using one of the new right-wing government's signature policies to undermine another. Fatal Opioid ODs Drop for People Treated In Jail To see whether the program was working, researchers from Brown University compared overdose deaths among former inmates during the six months before the program started and the same period a year later.

Vitalah names new president At Amazing Grass, Tom Tierney organized the launch of an organic supplement product line in the natural product channel, e-tail channel and crossover FDM retailers. Read More Excessive alcohol use linked to early-onset dementia risk Excessive alcohol use could increase your risk for all types of dementia, particularly early-onset dementia, according to a new study.

Trump Administration Proposes Rule To Loosen Curbs On Short-Term Health Plans The policy change is likely to entice younger and healthier people from the general insurance pool by allowing a range of lower-cost options that don’t include all the benefits required by the federal health law. ‘Bucket lists’ might help with end-of-life discussions (Reuters Health) - Sharing your “bucket list” could be easier than discussing end-of-life medical preferences, and it might be just as useful to your physician, researchers suggest.

Guam Eases Nurse Practitioner Hurdles, Joining U.S. Mainland Momentum Guam joins 22 U.S. states and the District of Columbia in granting full practice authority to nurse practitioners. Retinoblastoma Eye Cancer Retinoblastoma (Eye Cancer)

Feds Sue Britax for Failing to Recall Strollers Britax says the problem isn’t with the design of the jogging stroller, but with parents not following instructions for safe use. Grocery Giant Albertsons To Buy Remaining 2,500 Rite Aid Drugstores Grocery chain Albertsons said it will buy the remaining more than 2,500 Rite Aid pharmacies that aren’t being sold to Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Taste Beauty revamps bubble baths with Float Coming in two designs — a unicorn and flamingo — the bubble bath also doubles as a floating toy that is safe, effective, gluten-free and not tested on animals, the company said. Read More State Highlights: Child Advocates Challenge Idaho’s Faith-Based Medical Exemption; Md. Workers Denied Expanded Contraception Media outlets report on news from Idaho, Maryland, California, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Ohio, Massachusetts, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, Delaware and Texas.

Why isn't there more focus on domestic violence? The #MeToo movement has prompted an ongoing national reckoning with the issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Wealthy Japanese man wins custody of 13 surrogate children A Thai court has given a wealthy Japanese businessman sole custody of 13 children he fathered through surrogates in Thailand.

Health Tip: Understanding Tonsillitis Title: Health Tip: Understanding TonsillitisCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM Flu shot may also prevent heart attacks The flu vaccine could do a little more than prevent a bad illness.

A Female Biotech CEO Says She Was Denied Investment Because She 'Wasn't Aggressive Enough' "Women leaders tend not to be ‘in your face,’ aggressive, and assertive in that manner. I think there’s a quiet strength that some women can bring to the table." - NuMedii CEO and founder Gini Deshpande Do You Have Thyroid Problems? Make Sure Your Doctor Is Treating You And Not Your Blood Tests Although almost half of all elderly patients treated for subclinical hypothyroidism experience complications from prescribed medication, the popularity of this diagnosis & treatment keep growing.

Tools You Can Use For The Most Difficult Aging Parent Conversations Awkward conversations about end of life issues and health care preferences are essential if we want control over the last part of our lives. The American Bar Assn offers free a free Consumer's Tool Kit to help with advance healthcare planning. You and your aging parent can try it out. Kentucky accuses insurer Cardinal Health of contributing to the opioid epidemic Kentucky's attorney general filed a lawsuit against drug distributor Cardinal Health, accusing it of contributing to the opioid epidemic.

The High Cost of Surviving Rabies The price of rabies treatment has skyrocketed nearly 400% over the past decade, leaving some patients with bills in the tens of thousands of dollars. Do you create top-notch media relations campaigns? The Media Relations Awards recognize creative communicators who drew significant attention to their product, brand or client through unprecedented campaigns and strong relationships with journalists.

Russian Doping Case In Olympic Curling Isn't What It Appears To Be Why would an athlete in a sport like curling engage in doping? As an adage goes, “we mock what we don't understand.” Infographic: How to juice your YouTube performance Which metrics will get your videos more traffic on the biggest online video platform? This infographic can help you pursue the engagement that matters.

EHRs do not lower administrative billing costs, study finds Electronic health records were supposed to lower administrative costs, but they may not be getting the job done, according to the study. Administrators and clinicians sometimes spend more than an hour on billing and insurance activities for a single... Stroke May Not Mean Language Loss for Newborns Title: Stroke May Not Mean Language Loss for NewbornsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/17/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM

Battle Was Brewing Behind Closed Doors At VA Long Before Travel Scandal Erupted Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is an Obama-holdover who defends the much-maligned VA health system. In an era where privatizing veterans' care is popular among Republicans, the friction has continued to build behind the scenes at the agency and in Congress. Zambia cholera epidemic continues to slow as number of deaths declines LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia's cholera epidemic continues to slow with seven deaths recorded over the last month, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said on Tuesday.

Former Walgreens attorney joins CRN’s legal team CRN's new assistant general counsel most recently held the position of special counsel for Wiley Rein in Washington. Prior to that position, she spent more than two years as senior counsel at Walgreens. Read More Aggressive Skin Cancer Rates Skyrocketing

Walmart’s online growth slows in Q4 as earnings miss mark The retailer reported mixed results for its fourth quarter as promotional activity and ongoing investments in its digital operations took a toll on earnings, and online growth slowed dramatically from the previous quarter. Read More Common products like perfume, paint contribute to air pollution Picture the causes of air pollution in a major city and you are likely to visualise pollutants spewing out of cars, trucks and buses.

CVS Health ranks on Fast Company’s list of innovators The Woonsocket, R.I.-based healthcare company was ranked seventh on the Fast Company list of the 50 Most Innovative Companies, as well as No. 1 on its Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Health list. Read More Military’s Exchange beefs up fitness offering through 5 Star Nutrition partnership Each 5 Star Nutrition location offers a free consultation, which includes using InBody machines that provide medical-grade body composition analyses to track body fat and lean muscle mass to monitor results. Read More

Entrepreneur to head ATA, and other digital health hires and departures Ann Mond Johnson will be taking over as CEO of the the American Telemedicine Association in early March, according to a statement released last week. She previously served as the CEO of Zest Health, served as board chair and advisor to ConnectedHealth, and has a history of entrepreneurship. What the future holds for fitness technology Swarms of drones follow you while you run, recording video of your workout. Sensors hidden in your T-shirt track your heart rate and how many calories you're burning. Your sunglasses log your miles and respond when you ask, "How's my pace?"

Blood and urine test for autism could enable earlier diagnosis, scientists say UK and Italian Scientists getting closer to developing blood and urine tests for autism, which could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment of the condition, a new study suggests. Study: COPD robot improves medication adherence, but no effect on admissions A socially assistive robot could be key to helping people with COPD manage their condition at home. A recent study published in JMIR, found that COPD patients that had a take-home a robot following a hospitalization were more likely to adhere to their medications and complete their rehabilitation excercises than their peers that did not have a robot. 

Preemies and underweight babies more likely to have low IQs (Reuters Health) - Babies who are born much too soon or who arrive weighing too little may not score as high on intelligence tests during childhood as full-term infants, a research review suggests. Serious knee injuries increasing in kids and teens (Reuters Health) - Injuries to a critical ligament in the knee are becoming more common in children and teens, researchers warn.

Innovation contest highlights VR, app-powered training for dementia caregivers Virtual reality and mobile app-enabled caregiver screening were among the winners of the Caregiving for Dementia Innovation Challenge, a recently concluded contest run by AARP Services, Inc. (ASI) and UnitedHealthcare. Making Healthcare Inclusive Part 1 (An Industry In Transition) Healthcare most evolve to inclusion and individuality. Our nation’s demographics are shifting, and with those shifts come challenges and—more important—opportunities for growth.

Administration Pushes to End MIPS Reporting Feb. 16—The Trump administration is pushing to scrap quality reporting for most physicians who are paid under Medicare’s new payment system. Presidents Day: Should there be an apostrophe? AP style says the holiday honoring George Washington and Abraham Lincoln should be spelled without an apostrophe. Some marketers beg to differ.

How a photo of a nurse’s compassion lit up Facebook Scoring more than 1,000 ‘likes,’ this late-night image from Baystate Medical Center demonstrates medical professionals’ commitment to patient care. Body Smart: Can a week of wearables improve your health? I've hit 10,000 steps! My Fitbit is vibrating and digital fireworks are shooting across the tiny screen on my wrist. The only problem is I haven't even arrived at my office yet.

Wearable sensor patches on the throat unplug stroke rehabilitation A connected sensor patch developed by Northwestern University engineers and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, a research hospital in Chicago, could allow clinicians to better monitor stroke patients as they recover at home. Potentially Lethal Drug Found In Popular Dog Food Brands: What You Need To Know Pentobarbital, a powerful and potentially deadly sedative, has been found in small quantities in multiple dog food brands manufactured by the J.M. Smucker Company, according to a FDA news release earlier today.

Ascension's operating margin dips in latest earnings report Ascension saw its operating margin squeezed during the latter half of 2017 as a result of slumping admissions and revenue lost from divestitures. At the same time, the system has managed to draw more revenue per discharge. A $17,850 urine test: Industry boom amid opioid epidemic Urine testing for patients with chronic pain has grown explosively amid the opioid epidemic. It costs billions of dollars annually and has raised concerns that some labs and doctors run urine tests needlessly or charge exorbitant rates to boost profits.

Palliative Care Spreads Through U.S. hospitals, Study Finds Feb. 19—The number of hospitals offering palliative care programs has tripled in the last 15 years, a new study finds. That growth has come despite low payments from public and private payers for such care.  Amazon, Berkshire & JPMorgan Can Fix Healthcare With Technology - And By Studying Winners Amazon, Berkshire and JPMorgan can fix healthcare with scale, subsidies, an incentivized provider network -- and technology. They should follow the leaders.

There are health-tracking wearables for babies, too In their Atlanta home, 6-month-old Avery giggled and rolled on his piano mat, kicking his tiny feet into the air, while his mother, Crystal King, quietly checked his temperature on her cell phone. New acne diagnoses linked to increased depression risk (Reuters Health) - In the first year after being told by a doctor that they have acne, patients’ risk for a diagnosis of major depressive disorder spikes by more than 60 percent compared to the general population, a new study shows.

Why heart attack symptoms are missed in women Among adults 55 and younger, chest pain is the predominant symptom of a heart attack, but women tend to experience a greater number of additional symptoms too - and those lesser-known symptoms can be dangerously misunderstood, a new study finds. Is your social media content highly shareable? Enter PR Daily’s 2018 Digital PR & Social Media Awards. Don’t miss the final deadline on March 2.

How 3-year olds are helping people live longer On the surface, Nightingale House in London looks like any other residential home for the elderly. With almost 200 residents, it's one of the the largest care homes in the country. More U.S. babies dying of suffocation, often in bed (Reuters Health) - The number of babies dying of suffocation before their first birthday has been rising in recent years, driven at least in part by an increase in the number of parents sharing beds with their infants, a U.S. study suggests.

Dog food brands recalled over possible euthanasia drug A drug used to euthanize animals has been found in canned dog food, prompting a recall. Electrode sensor transfers biometrics via cloud A new elastic electrode sensor paired with a wireless communication module can noninvasively monitor a patient’s biometric data and send it to a doctor via the cloud.

Biometrics is giving identities to 'invisible' citizens without ID More than 1 billion people have no official ID. But fingerprint scanning could give them life-changing digital identities. Guam Lifts Nurse Practitioner Hurdle, Joining U.S. Mainland Momentum Guam joins 22 U.S. states and the District of Columbia in granting full practice authority to nurse practitioners.

Tips for hospitals to succeed in the age of consumerism The rise of consumerism in healthcare might seem like new ground to people in the industry, but when other industries are considered, that ground starts to look well-trodden. Customer service, customer satisfaction, and customer loyalty have been the North Star in other industries for years -- now it’s on hospitals to translate those values and skills into patient satisfaction and patient loyalty. Twine Health's chronic disease coaching will complement Fitbit's wellness offerings Last week, Fitbit announced that it was acquiring Twine Health for an undisclosed sum. The news came as a surprise to many who still think of Fitbit as primarily a consumer-facing wearable device company. But an increasingly large slice of Fitbit is Fitbit Health Solutions, the company’s employee wellness business.

You are your password: The world of biometrics Our digital world is being shaped by our physical bodies. Biometrics are fast becoming the new way to identify ourselves and the industry is booming. Infographic: 7 steps to craft compelling, brand-boosting infographics Start with a clear vision, a valuable message and captivating graphics. Then, consider your color scheme, fonts and imagery.

Malawi cholera cases pass 500, eight people dead BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Cholera cases in Malawi have tripled and four more people have died, the Ministry of Health said on Monday, a month after the spread of the disease from Zambia was thought to have been contained. Pharma Must Use Tax-Reform Windfall To Make More Drugs Or Face Backlash Pharma’s repatriation dilemma: Simply pouring more money into the same business model that has not substantially improved outcomes in 40 years is unlikely to do so now.

Other viruses cause Zika-like damage to fetuses, The Deeply Human Core of Roche's $2.1B Tech Acquisition - And Why They Did It Flatiron’s key insight was that, in cancer, half or more of the most important data in health records isn’t in structured data fields, but rather in unstructured data, the free text fields of pathology reports and clinical notes, and extracting this information (at least today) requires people.

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Medicaid, Marijuana And Me: An Ex-Opioid Addict's Take On American Drug Denial While D.C. ponders cuts affecting millions, here's a 15-minute read on what I've learned in 15 years about our country's real drug problem. How Trump's Medicaid Work Requirements Prevent Opioid Treatment Highlighting the opioid crisis is the latest line of attack by health groups and patient advocates hoping to get the Trump administration to withdraw guidance on work requirements.

AstraZeneca's immunotherapy drug wins key lung cancer approval LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca's immunotherapy drug Imfinzi has won crucial approval from U.S. regulators for use in lung cancer, opening up a multibillion-dollar market for a medicine that has so far lagged behind competitors. Gilead wins reversal of $2.54 billion hepatitis C drug patent verdict (Reuters) - A federal judge in Delaware has overturned a jury's verdict requiring Gilead Sciences Inc to pay a record $2.54 billion because its hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni infringed a patent held by rival Merck & Co Inc.

This founder lived in a nursing home for 3 months to get his start-up off the ground This start-up's pilot customer requested that the founder live in a nursing home for 3 months. So he moved right in. A Single Pharmacy In A Tiny West Virginia Town Was Shipped 12.3 Million Doses Of Opioids Over 8-Year Period The House Energy and Commerce Committee has launched an investigation into how that slipped by regulators' attention. News on the opioid crisis comes out of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Arizona, as well.

Flu Vaccine Only 25% Effective Against Most Common Strain, But Officials Still Urge People To Get Shot Against all virus strains, this year's vaccine has been 36 percent effective midway through a harsh flu season. "We are a bit concerned that the performance of the vaccine right now might reduce interest in getting vaccinated in the future,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting CDC director. U.S. FDA approves AstraZeneca's immunotherapy for lung cancer (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted approval for expanded use of AstraZeneca Plc's, immunotherapy drug, Imfinzi, to treat non-small cell lung cancer whose tumors can't be surgically removed.

Walmart’s app update to streamline in-store shopping The retailer will be updating its app with a feature called Store Assistant, which enables customers to create shopping lists, have real-time access to stock availability and calculates the shopping list cost. Read More How to Spare Family and Coworkers Your Flu Misery Believe it or not, one expert says there are ways to stem the spread of sickness -- even if you can't avoid being around other people.

Applegate relaunches pepperoni snacks The Applegate Naturals Pork and Beef Pepperoni and Turkey Pepperoni are now being dry-cured, and will no longer be in the refrigerated foods section. Read More Hospitalized older adults less often tested for flu (Reuters Health) - Even though elderly people have the highest rates of hospitalization and death from influenza, a U.S. study suggests that older patients may be less likely to get tested for flu in the hospital.

CEO Power Panel: Health systems see drugs as fastest-growing expense Modern Healthcare's CEO Power Panel survey indicates healthcare leaders still fear unbridled drug costs and wonder if the industry has reached a breaking point. Short as a Child, Stroke Risk as an Adult? Title: Short as a Child, Stroke Risk as an Adult?Category: Health NewsCreated: 2/15/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/16/2018 12:00:00 AM

Insurers Predict Stable 2018 Obamacare Marketplace Cigna, Centene, Molina and Anthem say profit margins are improving in the individual Obamacare business under the Affordable Care Act. Infographic: Tips for more purposeful, effective blogging Don’t abandon your content stream just yet. Write (and edit) with your audience in mind, use compelling images, and post at strategic times of the week.

Is a social life the answer to longevity? Psychologists in Sardinia explore the power of social networks in an area with extraordinary longevity. SweeTarts adds flavor to chewy ropes line The new tangy strawberry soft and chewy ropes contain a soft and chewy, fruit-flavored licorice rope packed with a tart center, the company said. Read More

After Another Shooting Tragedy, 'Stop the Bleed' Kits Urged for Schools Title: After Another Shooting Tragedy, 'Stop the Bleed' Kits Urged for SchoolsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/16/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/16/2018 12:00:00 AM Fear of federal law may prevent gun retailers from storing firearms (Reuters Health) - What if someone who lived with the young man who unleashed one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history this week had been concerned that he might harm himself or others and removed his AR-15 rifle from his home?

Teva launches generic of Syprine The drug was included on the Food and Drug Administration’s list of off-patent, off-exclusivity branded drugs that didn’t have generics. Read More Kroger hosts 2nd Natural Foods Innovation Summit Kroger's next Natural Foods Innovation Summit will take place in June and the company will participate in the Natural Products Expo West event in March. Read More

YouCam Makeup, Maybelline bring runway beauty to AR experience The app's Maybelline Fashion Week Series spotlights makeup looks created for the runway alongside the new Total Temptation collection. Read More Amazon, Whole Foods launch same-day delivery The online giant has launched free, two-hour delivery of products from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach. Read More

When One Teen Vapes, Others Often Follow Title: When One Teen Vapes, Others Often FollowCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/15/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/16/2018 12:00:00 AM Patients Want More Information Before Imaging Tests Among patients undergoing an imaging test, 78% said they lacked basic information about the procedure before the test itself, researchers report.

Flashy Improvements Are Turning Gene-Editing Technology Into Swiss Army Knife Of Treatments Scientists were already excited about CRISPR's potential as a total game-changer in curing illnesses, and now it's been taken up another level. In other public health news: stem cells, gut bacteria, neighborhoods' effects on health, and smog. Will a signal from the top mean more gun violence research? After previous mass shootings, Democratic lawmakers and victims' families have called for more restrictive gun laws and more research, but not much has changed. This time, though, the script is different -- leaving experts wondering whether it will matter.

Editorial: Is the era of healthcare cost control ending? It's too early to say the era of cost control, which stretched roughly from 2010 to 2016, is over. But as the latest CMS cost projections suggest, the U.S. appears headed into another period when healthcare spending routinely exceeds the economy's... Investigation In Aetna’s Approval Process Expands Into More States The inquiry kicked off after statements by a former medical director came to light that he never looked at patients' records when deciding whether to approve or deny care. Aetna says the comments were taken out of context. Meanwhile, Anthem is changing its emergency room program after it received pushback from providers and lawmakers.