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Innovaccer nabs $11 million from Microsoft’s VC arm to give doctors a better window into patient heatlh

Cracking the silos of digital health records promises to bring better care to patients by better informing doctors, according to Abhinav Shashank, the chief executive officer of San Francisco-based startup Innovaccer . Shashank’s company is just wrapping up a $35 million round of financing with a new $11 million commitment from Microsoft’s investment arm M12 (formerly known as Microsoft Ventures). The corporate investor joins Westbridge, and Lightspeed Partners, who previously committed to the...
Tags: Health, TC, Microsoft, California, San Francisco, Tech, Healthcare, Healthcare Industry, Nebraska, Health Care, University Of California, Enterprise Software, Puerto Rico, Primary Care, Westbridge, Abhinav Shashank


New path for treating Latino immigrants with mental health and substance misuse symptoms

A team of researchers at the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) - in collaboration with two teams in Spain and collaborators in the U.S. and Puerto Rico - has tested a novel preventive intervention designed to provide tailored treatment for Latino immigrants with both mental health and substance misuse symptoms.
Tags: Health, Spain, Puerto Rico, Massachusetts General Hospital MGH, Disparities Research Unit


Growing opioid crisis adds to Puerto Rico’s problems

HUMACAO, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jose Carlos Laviena emptied his pockets, took off his shoes and waited to die. He had just injected himself with a new type of heroin that his dealer was promoting, but the high was so strong that Laviena thought he had overdosed. The 35-year-old was preparing his body for how […]
Tags: Health, News, Ap, Nation, Puerto Rico, Humacao Puerto Rico, Jose Carlos Laviena, Laviena


Medicaid patients in Puerto Rico don’t get coverage for drugs to cure hepatitis C

Drugs that can cure hepatitis C revolutionized care for millions of Americans living with the deadly liver infection. The drugs came with a steep price tag — one that prompted state Medicaid programs to initially limit access to the medications to only the sickest patients.
Tags: Health, Puerto Rico


High levels of nitrate detected on Puerto Rico’s watershed after major hurricanes

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found unprecedentedly high levels of nitrate, an essential plant nutrient, in streams and watersheds of Puerto Rico for a year after two consecutive major hurricanes in 2017.
Tags: Health, Puerto Rico, University of New Hampshire


Lawsuit accuses Molina Healthcare of failing to provide required services

Long Beach-based Molina Healthcare has been accused of breaching its Medicaid contract in Illinois and failing to disclose it wasn’t providing required services to skilled nursing home patients in the Prairie State. The alleged cover-up lasted two years, the federal “whistleblower” lawsuit says. The case was filed under seal in September 2017 by the founder of a former Molina contractor named General Medicine P.C. A federal judge unsealed the complaint last week after state and federal attorneys...
Tags: Health, Business, Sport, Soccer, Healthcare, Long Beach, Illinois, Local News, Medicaid, Puerto Rico, Molina, Molina Healthcare, John Molina, J Mario Molina, Illinois Medicaid, Top Stories LADN


Researchers awarded $10 million grant to address root causes of asthma in Puerto Rico

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, National Jewish Health and Centro de Neumología Pediátrica in Puerto Rico have been awarded nearly $10 million as part of a 5-year grant from the U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, to address the root causes of asthma by studying 4,000 children in Puerto Rico, where asthma prevalence and deaths are among the highest in the world.
Tags: Health, National Institutes of Health, Puerto Rico, U S National Heart Lung and Blood Institute


New report provides overview of cancer risk among U.S. Hispanics/Latinos

The cancer burden in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory with a 99% Hispanic population, is substantially different from that of Hispanics in the continental U.S., according to Cancer Statistics for Hispanics/Latinos, 2018.
Tags: Health, Puerto Rico


NIMHD-funded study to focus on hurricane-related psychosocial stressors

Eight new awards will help researchers examine the health impacts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following the physical damage and community-level hardships left by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.
Tags: Health, Maria, Puerto Rico, Irma, U S Virgin Islands, NIMHD


One year after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, wreaking destruction that still lingers. The Category 4 storm caused a humanitarian crisis that ultimately cost nearly 3,000 lives, and imperiled Puerto Rico's economy, universities and environmental health.
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Hurricane Maria’s official death toll in Puerto Rico now stands at nearly 3,000

Nearly 3,000 Puerto Ricans died as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria last year, a number that dwarfs the government's initial tally of 64, according to a report commissioned by Puerto Rican officials and released Tuesday.
Tags: Health, Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria


Increase in Puerto Rico death toll not surprising, says U-M expert

Nearly a year after Hurricane Maria researchers are upping the death toll in Puerto Rico, saying it now stands at 2,975 from the original 64.
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Puerto Rico admits Hurricane Maria death toll may be 1,427

The government of Puerto Rico has quietly admitted that the death toll from Hurricane Maria -- a subject of great controversy -- may be far higher than its official estimate of 64.
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Study: 1 in 7 children of Zika-infected U.S. mothers have problems

NEW YORK — Researchers say the one in seven children of U.S. mothers who were infected with Zika during pregnancy developed some kind of health problem. Health officials released the conclusions Tuesday of the first long-term look at the children. The study focused on the children of women in Puerto Rico and other territories. That’s […]
Tags: Health, New York, News, Nation, Puerto Rico, Zika, Nation & World


Despair and anxiety: Puerto Rico's 'living emergency' as a mental health crisis unfolds

One powerful hurricane robbed millions of Americans of reliable access to basic necessities. Almost a year later the psychological effects are still being feltFor the first 36 hours after Hurricane Maria, five-year-old Keydiel and his mother Shaina were trapped by the toppled trees that blocked the doors to their home in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico.Eventually, neighbors cleared the sturdy tamarind trees, cutting by hand because there was no electricity. The mother and son emerged to find an island devo...
Tags: Americas, World news, US news, Mental Health, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Puerto Rico, Shaina, Hurricane Maria, Keydiel, Yabucoa Puerto Rico Eventually


In weary post-storm Puerto Rico, Medicaid cutbacks bode new ills

Blue tarps still dot rooftops, homes lack electricity needed to refrigerate medicines, and clinics chip away at debts incurred from running generators. Yet despite the residual effects from last year's devastating hurricanes, Puerto Rico is moving ahead with major cuts to its health care safety net that will affect more than a million of its poorest residents.
Tags: Health, Puerto Rico


Death toll from Hurricane Maria estimated to be higher than previously thought

The number of people who died as a result of Hurricane Maria -- which hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 -- may be as high as 1,139, surpassing the official death count of 64, according to researchers.
Tags: Health, Puerto Rico


Trying to pinpoint hurricane’s true toll, researchers say 1,139 died in Puerto Rico

The question of how many people perished after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico has stirred controversy because of the wide discrepancies between the territory's official count and independent reports. Now, two researchers have added a new tally that uses the island government's own data but far outpaces its death estimate.
Tags: Health, Puerto Rico


Their deaths were labeled 'victim of cataclysmic storm.' So why aren't their names on Puerto Rico's list?

Ramon Cruz Laboy, a 75-year-old who kept to himself and never wanted to burden his relatives, died January 24 from medical complications that resulted from a femur fracture he suffered during a gust of wind from Hurricane Maria.
Tags: Health, Puerto Rico, Ramon Cruz Laboy


Medical education in the era of climate change

In the days after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, four Yale physicians began an ambitious effort to send thousands of pounds of medical supplies to the storm-ravaged island. Despite having had no prior experience with disaster response, these doctors worked with contacts in Puerto Rico to generate a detailed needs-assessment, determining exactly which medical supplies were needed on the island. Using social media, traditional media, and professional connections, they solicited larg...
Tags: Health, Policy, Yale, Puerto Rico, Medical School, Public Health & Policy, Marietta Vázquez, David de Angel Sola


Listless and lonely in Puerto Rico, some older storm survivors consider suicide

A social worker, Lisel Vargas, recently visited Don Gregorio at his storm-damaged home in the steep hillsides of Humacao, a city on Puerto Rico's eastern coast near where Category 4 Hurricane Maria first made landfall last September.
Tags: Health, Puerto Rico, Humacao, Lisel Vargas, Don Gregorio


Time’s running out: The frail in Puerto Rico face end of hurricane relief programs

Straddled across Ausberto Maldonado’s backyard in Bayamon, a suburb of San Juan, is a nagging reminder of Hurricane Maria’s destructive power.
Tags: Health, Puerto Rico, San Juan, Bayamon, Ausberto Maldonado


The problem of drug shortages in the emergency department

I first experienced the impact of drug shortages in the U.S. in my first month of my residency training in emergency medicine. The most common drug used to sedate patients for intubation, etomidate, was on national shortage. I learned to use the second most common drug, Propofol, until it went on shortage too. We use it as the first line medication for sedation for painful procedures like re-aligning broken bones, draining painful abscesses and intubating. We resorted to using older combinations...
Tags: Health, Infectious Disease, Puerto Rico, Emergency Medicine, Physician


A superhero soars to rebuild Puerto Rico with Wonder Woman

Her name is La Borinqueña. She soars through the air, performing feats of superhuman strength -- clad in a costume modeled after Puerto Rico's revolutionary flag.
Tags: Health, Puerto Rico, La Borinqueña


California hospitals’ best-laid plans upended by disaster

By Ana B. Ibarra, California Healthline It was 3:35 a.m. and flames from a massive Northern California wildfire licked at the back of a Santa Rosa hospital. Within three hours, staffers evacuated 122 patients to other facilities — something they’d never come close to doing before. Ambulances sped off with some of the sickest patients; city buses picked up many of the rest. With phone lines charred and communication restricted, doctors and nurses struggled to figure out who was sent where — force...
Tags: Health, Crime, California, Kaiser Permanente, Boston, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Healthcare, Las Vegas, Bronx, Local News, Kaiser Health News, Puerto Rico, Southern California, Northern California


IV bags in short supply across US after hurricane

Before Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 30, the United States had already experienced intermittent shortages of IV bags, which are used to administer and dilute medications. The devastation caused by the Category 4 hurricane -- the first to hit the island in more than eight decades -- amplified the IV bag shortage, in particular sodium chloride 0.9% injection bags, which are ubiquitous in medical facilities and hospitals.
Tags: Health, US, United States, Puerto Rico


After Maria, a New Crisis in Puerto Rico: Mental Health

Months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Caitlin Dickerson, a Times reporter, visits a suicide prevention center where calls are on the rise. Public health officials say there are signs of a severe mental health crisis on the island.
Tags: News, Mental Health, Times, Maria, Puerto Rico, Suicides and Suicide Attempts, Mental Health and Disorders, Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Maria (2017, Puerto Rico Caitlin Dickerson


Puerto Rico adds to hurricane death toll after CNN investigation

Quintín Vidal Rolón survived the day Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico.
Tags: Health, Cnn, Puerto Rico, Quintín Vidal Rolón


An emergency physician travels to Puerto Rico. Here’s what she saw.

“In Puerto Rico, we call those plants morir vivir,” said a patient who sat by the side of the road while we checked her blood sugar. When I reached to touch the small fern, it swiftly closed its leaves shut, and then after a few minutes cautiously reopened. As a young doctor I was fascinated with the poetry of the name. “It’s just like us Puerto Ricans,” she smiled. For two weeks, I travelled with 300 AFL-CIO members to Puerto Rico as part of a multidisciplinary disaster relief effort, invited b...
Tags: Health, Maria, Puerto Rico, Emergency Medicine, San Juan, AFL CIO, Primary Care, Physician, Puerto Rico Here


New questions about hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico

The actual death toll from Hurricane Maria may be more than eight times higher than the official number from the Puerto Rican government, according to two demographers who conducted a statistical assessment of reported deaths.
Tags: Health, Puerto Rico



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