Health

What’s the truth about refined sugar’s ‘healthier’ alternatives?

“Refined sugar-free” is a bit of a buzz term at the moment. We’re no longer in the dark about the ill-effects of too much sugar, so instead we are filling our shopping baskets with raw honey, Medjool dates and organic coconut sugar. If you believe the hype (and it seems that many of us do), these unprocessed, ‘natural’ alternatives won’t upset ... Read More »

Brainstorm Health: Robot Surgeons, GSK Shingles Vaccine, Uninsurance Rate

Happy Monday, Dailies. Popular Science is out with its 30th annual list of “The 100 Greatest Innovations” of the year—and the top dozen are in the category of health. The list includes some well-covered breakthroughs, such as targeted killer T cells in cancer immunotherapyand the gene-editing DIY’er CRISPR, which I’ve written about here and here. But among the litany of stand-out innovations are some novel and ... Read More »

Private health savings worth just 70c a week to young people, Labor says

The Australian Medical Association president says the Coalition’s private health reforms are ‘a start in the right direction’ but will not solve affordability. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP The Australian Medical Association and some health funds have questioned the extent of consumer savings under the Coalition’s private health revamp, while one consumer group has suggested discounts for young people will entrench a ... Read More »

The World Health Organization’s Leadership Team Could Change The Planet’s Approach To Health

The leadership team behind the World Health Organization (WHO) is likely not something many people think about on a regular basis, but it’s undeniably having an impact on their lives. In an announcement made this week, WHO’s director general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus appointed the most diverse group in charge of the planet’s health policies to date, with members representing ... Read More »

Brainstorm Health: Obesity and Cancer, Mylan Stock Soars, Online Doctor Ratings

As far as public health threats go, there are few that carry as many multifaceted risks as obesity does. The condition is linked to everything from high blood pressure (and its associate cardiovascular health disorders) to metabolic illnesses like diabetes. But obesity is also a significant factor in certain types of cancer—and those cancers are on the rise, according to new ... Read More »

Biggest Flash Points In The Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill

Two-year-old Robbie Klein of West Roxbury, Mass., has hemophilia, a medical condition that interferes with his blood’s ability to clot normally. His parents, both teachers, worry that his condition could make it hard for them to get insurance to cover his expensive medications if the law changes. If Senate Republicans vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this ... Read More »

Graham-Cassidy, the GOP’s last health care proposal, explained with a cartoon

Senate Republicans have been through four different health care proposals to repeal Obamacare, all of which failed to pass. But now there’s one very ambitious proposal left. Graham-Cassidy isn’t a sexy or descriptive name, but what makes it so radical is how much it deconstructs the existing system. It brings back preexisting conditions, so insurers can charge sick people more; it ... Read More »

Meet the Twitter ‘mafia’ in health and fitness tech

Twitter alums are taking over the health-technology sector. A LinkedIn search revealed that more than 20 former Twitter employees are now at health, fitness and bio-tech start-ups. The vast majority of them joined or founded these companies in the past two years, in the midst of Twitter’s well-documented executive shakeup. This list includes but is not limited to: Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, ... Read More »

It’s official: Health, not just wellness, is Apple’s future

In the months after Apple announced its health-and-fitness-tracking Apple Watch, users started making some surprising declarations. The Apple Watch had saved their life. Apple’s executive team took note. At an event on Tuesday, where it unveiled a new version of the Apple Watch, the company showcased some of these heartwarming user stories: People with diabetes who integrated their blood sugar monitor with Apple Watch and ... Read More »

Anxiety over health ’caused by cyber-chondria’

Worrying excessively about health issues should be picked up and treated, researchers said Worrying excessively about health, and going for unnecessary appointments and tests, is a growing problem – fuelled by looking up symptoms on the internet, researchers say. Health anxiety can also be caused by previous health scares and could affect one in five hospital out-patients. UK researchers said ... Read More »