Tag Archives: health

Brainstorm Health: Digital Pill, FDA Kratom Warning, Hypertension Guidelines

Hello, readers! This is Sy. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday approved the first ever drug-digital tracking tool hybrid for the U.S. market. The digital pill, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd’s Abilify MyCite, uses sensor technology developed by Proteus Digital Health in combination with a version of Otsuka’s best-selling mental illness medication Abilify, which is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ... Read More »

Here’s what Trump is doing on mental health after the Texas shooting

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio / Axios President Trump said last week that the shooting that left 26 people dead at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas was “a mental health problem,” not a gun problem. In doing so, he made mental health an issue whether mental illness was the underlying factor in the church shooting or not. Why it matters: It’s clear that Americans ... Read More »

Grandparents risk harming health of grandchildren by giving too many treats, say health experts

Grandparents may be raising their grandchildren’s cancer risk by giving too many sugary treats Grandparents are inadvertently exposing their grandchildren to cancer by giving them too many treats and allowing them to loaf around, public health experts have warned. A review of 56 studies found grandparents are killing youngsters with kindness, by overfeeding them with snacks and sweets, which sets ... Read More »

Kept in the Dark About Doctors, but Having to Pick a Health Plan

It’s open enrollment season, for Affordable Care Act marketplace plans, Medicare Advantage plans and many employer-sponsored plans as well. Lots of evidence suggests you should shop around, and shop carefully, though this is harder than it sounds. When you select a health care plan, you probably consider premiums, and maybe you check deductibles and other cost sharing. But you can’t easily scrutinize ... Read More »

Trump Health Agency Challenges Consensus on Reducing Costs

WASHINGTON — For several decades, a consensus has grown that reining in the United States’ $3.2 trillion annual medical bill begins with changing the way doctors are paid: Instead of compensating them for every appointment, service and procedure, they should be paid based on the quality of their care. The Obama administration used the authority of the Affordable Care Act ... Read More »

Mental health? It’s in the mind and the body, too

Something is stirring in the world of mental health and for once the news is positive. This month, British scientists began testing a radically new approach to treating schizophrenia based on emerging evidence that it could be a disease of the immune system. Meanwhile, scientists are investigating the possibility that low levels of chronic inflammation may be linked to depression. ... 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 »