Not so fast! We need to get from here to there. Today, health/behavior monitoring and quantification sensors are all the rage. The Fitbit, a wearable sensor, is one of the more popular wearable tech devices for tracking your health. Fitbit tracks your activity (steps), diet, and even your sleep patterns. You can interact with the Fitbit using a series of tapping sequences and the Fitbit syncs all your data with your phone and computer. Then the process is to quantify, analyze, and optimize your wake and sleep life. Doing all this will not help you avoid your ultimate demise, but it could contribute to a longer life, and better yet, one where you're in better health along your life's time-line. The concept is that if you are monitoring your activity, food, and sleep, you can make adjustments to improve these areas; thus better health. The Fitbit Flex is only $99! Get started Buy directly from Fitbit
Simple home DNA kit allows you to find out what your DNA says about you and your family. Find out what percent of your DNA comes from populations around the world, ranging from East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and more. Break European ancestry down into distinct regions such as the British Isles, Scandinavia and Italy. People with mixed ancestry, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans will also get a detailed breakdown.
With the outbreak of the Ebola virus, Ebola protective gear like masks are being bought up quickly. Historically when the threat of a pandemic hits the news, the "preparers" of the world stock up. One on the first line of defense is the Ebola mask. Learn more about what types of Ebola masks can protect you here.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- In a move that could heighten the hurdles faced by states attempting to execute prisoners, a leading association for U.S. pharmacists has officially discouraged its members from providing drugs for use in lethal injections....
A drug being developed to treat osteoporosis may also be useful for treating osteogenesis imperfecta or brittle bone disease, a rare but potentially debilitating bone disorder that that is present from birth, scientists say.
It is possible to quantify and classify the effects of different diseases on the activity of intestinal bacteria, new research demonstrates for the first time. Human intestinal flora, known as microbiota, can be considered as an additional organ in the body. It consists of millions of bacteria that interact with each other and with the body, thus affecting its functioning and health. It is known that many intestinal disorders such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and diseases such as obesity, cancer and autoimmune diseases can cause changes in the composition of gut bacteria.
The digital health imperative is upon us. With advancements in technology, the opportunities are bound only by our imagination. Recent investments in digital health are telling signs of the disruptive forces at play and the future that is just waiting to happen.
With the advent of arrays of sensors that track a myriad biomarkers ranging from activity, nutrition, heart rate, cholesterol level, glucose levels, sleep to those that can even detect stroke, consumer technologies have ushered in a new era of health management.
Bringing the promise of digital health to fruition
We are at a cusp of the consumer driven health revolution. But to succeed, we need a new approach: one that goes beyond the apps and the sensors and makes better use of APIs to deliver the interoperability and security required to overcome our current challenges.
During prenatal development, the brains of most animals, including humans, develop specifically male or female characteristics. But scientists have known little about the details of how this differentiation occurs. Now, a new study has illuminated details about this process. Researchers succeeded in transforming the brain of a female rat after an important developmental window had closed, giving it the characteristics of a male rat brain.
A history of depression may put women at risk for developing diabetes during pregnancy, according to research. This study also pointed to how common depression is during pregnancy and the need for screening and education.
Women who are abused by their partner or ex-partner are much less likely to use contraception; this exposes them to sexually transmitted diseases and leads to more frequent unintended pregnancies and abortions. These findings could influence how physicians provide contraceptive counseling.
Around 10,000 patients undergo shoulder surgery in Ontario every year and most go home the same day. Since it's quite a painful procedure, a lot of effort goes into making sure patients can manage their pain while at home recovering. The current "gold standard" for pain management is a single shot of freezing such as lidocaine or ropivacaine to reduce pain during and after surgery, which is still performed under general anesthetic. Doctors had thought that this freezing, coupled with oral painkillers, would manage pain and keep patients comfortable for the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery, but this may not be the case.
The Texas-based electronic medical record company announced March 31 it has been acquired by a private investment firm and is slated to merge with a revenue cycle management provider.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Bryan Sivak, chief technology officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be leaving in April. No word yet about what's next for him.
Sivak is known for pushing innovation at HHS.
HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced Sivak's impending departure in an email to staff.
He joined HHS in June 2012, succeeding Todd Park, who had left the post for one as White House CTO.
He and Park seemed of the same ilk, always advocating to set data free, and proud to be disruptive.
Policy and Legislation
Magruder Hospital is the latest provider to sign on with CommonWell Health Alliance, a step that will give its clinicians the ability to see patient data from other health organizations within its Cerner EHR.
Patricia Horoho, Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army and the first woman and first nurse to serve as the Army’s Surgeon General, revealed how health care can cause harm by sins of commission and omission. We followed up with Patricia to … Continue reading →
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HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)-positive kidney transplant patients experienced superior outcomes when compared to kidney transplant patients with Hepatitis C and those infected with both HIV and Hepatitis C, according to a study.
Babies receiving poor nutrition in the womb tend to be smaller at birth, which has been linked to the development of obesity and other health problems later in life. Researchers continue to discover other consequences related to undernutrition during pregnancy. A new study examines how poor fetal nutrition affects protein expression in the fat tissue of adult rats, revealing key differences between males and females.
Epic has notched another big win, as Scripps Health, with its four hospitals and more than 25 clinics, has chosen the health IT giant to replace its electronic health record and revenue cycle management systems.
Electronic Health Records
Elli Riley, Director of Exhibits & Meeting Services at HIMSS, previews resources available to attendees for pre-planning their experience, including the HIMSS Annual Conference website and the HIMSS15 mobile app.
Pre-planning for HIMSS15
Eli Riley, Director of Exhibits & Meeting Services at HIMSS, previews resources available to attendees for pre-planning their experience, including the HIMSS Annual Conference website and the HIMSS15 mobile app.