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Study: CIED patients do not need to worry about electric cars

A study published in Technology and Health Care shows that four leading brands of e-cars do not trigger electromagnetic interference (EMI) with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED).
Tags: Health, Health Care, EMI

Livongo stock jumps over 10 percent on revised earnings guidance, pointing to digital health boom

Livongo Health’s stock jumped over ten percent on a day that saw most . The digital diagnostics and therapeutics company is benefiting from booming demand for digital health services as remote medicine takes center stage for beleaguered health care providers looking to keep treating patients while also responding to the COVID-19 epidemic. Livongo, a provider of behavioral management treatments and diagnostic tools for chronic conditions including diabetes, hypertension, weight management, an...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Cdc, Articles, Diabetes, Hypertension, Health Care, Seattle, Telemedicine, Startup Company, Livongo Health, Primary Care, Telehealth, Livongo, K Health

No need to steer clear of electric cars if you have a pacemaker

A study published in Technology and Health Care shows that four leading brands of e-cars do not trigger electromagnetic interference (EMI) with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED). CIEDs like pacemakers and defibrillators may malfunction when they are exposed to strong electromagnetic fields (EMF) generated by powerful motors. While rare events, such errors could have serious consequences for patients.
Tags: Science, Health Care, EMI

Emergent BioSolutions Appoints Nina DeLorenzo as Senior Vice President of Global Public Affairs

Emergent BioSolutions Inc. today announced the appointment of Nina DeLorenzo to the position of senior vice president for global public affairs. DeLorenzo will oversee external relations, corporate communications, advocacy, and corporate social responsibility. She will be responsible for developing and leading the company’s global public affairs strategy and providing strategic communications counsel to the executive management team. DeLorenzo has 25 years of experience in public affairs, govern...
Tags: Merck, Pr, People, Health Care, George W Bush, Paris France, Sanofi, Emergent BioSolutions Inc, Corporate PR, Exclusives, DeLorenzo, Nina DeLorenzo, AbbVie Pfizer Inc Schering Plough Corp, White House Coalition Information Center, U S Department of State Prior

As demand for mental health services soars, SonderMind raises $27 million to expand its services

“Our real focus is on democratizing mental healthcare,” says SonderMind co-founder chief executive, Mark Frank. His company, founded back in 2017, is having a moment. With the restrictions and economic stresses caused by the government’s efforts to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic in the US, demand for mental health services is soaring. And it’s compounding what was already a mental health crisis in the US.  A 2019 article from Bloomberg Businessweek laid out the scope of the pro...
Tags: Health, TC, Texas, Colorado, US, Articles, San Francisco, Tech, Mental Health, United States, Healthcare, Arizona, Oscar, Healthcare Industry, Bloomberg Businessweek, Health Care

“Living drug factories” might treat diabetes and other diseases

One promising way to treat diabetes is with transplanted islet cells that produce insulin when blood sugar levels get too high. However, patients who receive such transplants must take drugs to prevent their immune systems from rejecting the transplanted cells, so the treatment is not often used.To help make this type of therapy more feasible, MIT researchers have now devised a way to encapsulate therapeutic cells in a flexible protective device that prevents immune rejection while still allowin...
Tags: Health, Biology, Medicine, Mit, Medical Research, Innovation, Disease, Health Care, Bose, Anderson, JDRF, Daniel Anderson, Langer, Robert Langer, Koch Institute, Sigilon Therapeutics

Watch: New study confirms masks work to reduce coronavirus spread

A new study demonstrates that the transmission of the coronavirus can be slowed significantly by using masks.The research shows that the wearer's breath is filtered by the mask, preventing spread.The scientists used a machine to measure the exhalations of infected people. New research supports wearing face masks to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The study, carried out by researchers from the University of Maryland and the University of Hong Kong and published in Nature Medicine, sho...
Tags: Health, Medicine, Cdc, Virus, Public Health, Medical Research, Czech Republic, Innovation, Health Care, University Of Maryland, Trump, Epidemiology, Milton, Jerome Adams, Nature Medicine, University of Hong Kong

How COVID-19 might help us win the fight against climate change

The COVID-19 pandemic has elicited a global response unlike anything we've seen before. From government and business taking on new roles to respond to the crisis to the complete re-organisation of how we work, travel and socialize, we have witnessed transformational changes that didn't appear possible just weeks ago. The human costs of the pandemic are horrifying, but the response has largely been characterised by care, compassion and connection – and an unheard-of pace of change.What happens ov...
Tags: Health, Climate Change, China, Bill Gates, Italy, Innovation, Health Care, Lancet, Bogota, Epidemiology, Pandemic, Global Issues

More deaths now in U.S. from coronavirus than 9/11 terror attacks

The coronavirus has now killed more Americans than the 9/11 terror attacks. Public health officials and state and city officials throughout America tell us we should brace ourselves for the death toll to rise significantly in April and May. Maybe America should start taking biosecurity seriously, writes Alex Ward at Vox today. Excerpt: Nearly 3,000 people died after terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and a third plane that had been hijacked crashed in Shanks...
Tags: Post, News, New York City, US, America, US news, Cnn, Public Health, New York Times, Guardian, Pentagon, Health Care, World Trade Center, Vox, Anthony Fauci, Fauci

How various levels of social distancing can decrease the spread of COVID-19

Proper social distancing includes staying 6ft (2m) away from other people, avoiding all non-essential gatherings or crowds, and working from home if possible. During the COVID-19 incubation period of 5 days, each infected person can infect 2.5 more people.Using this math, it's easy to determine how many people will go on to be infected after the initial person contracted COVID-19 using various levels of social distancing (0%, 50% and 75% examples are found in this article). Quarantine and isolat...
Tags: Health, Environment, Public Health, Medical Research, Innovation, Disease, Health Care, Illness, Sanitation, University Of California San Diego, Lisa Maragakis, Pandemic, Global Issues, Moores Cancer Center, Coronavirus, COVID

what i'm reading: the body keeps the score by bessel van der kolk

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma is a famous among trauma survivors and the professionals who treat them. I can say without hyperbole or exaggeration that it's one of the most fascinating and meaningful books I've ever read.The Body Keeps the Score is divided into two parts.The first part of the book examines the brain's and body's physical response to trauma. There are essentially two kinds of trauma: the sustained, multiple traumas of childhood abuse an...
Tags: Travel, Boston, Iraq, Mental Health, Ptsd, Afghanistan, Health Care, Emdr, UCSF, Harvard Medical School, DSM, Van Der Kolk, What I'm Reading, Bessel van der Kolk, Alicia Lieberman, Laura K

On R.R. Reno’s Faulty History

In a widely criticized essay on current state imposed social distancing, First Things editor R.R. Reno said the following about social reaction to the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic: More than one hundred years ago, Americans were struck by a terrible flu pandemic that affected the entire world. Their reaction was vastly different from ours. They continued to worship, go to musical performances, clash on football fields, and gather with friends. After insisting that Americans of 1918 understood metho...
Tags: Health, Economy, History, Dallas, Nashville, Philadelphia, Health Care, Worcester, Infertility, Reno, John Barry, Wichita, Baltimore Sun, St, Evanston IL, Louis Columbus

Is this the twilight of American culture?

The current pandemic is exposing deep-seated flaws in our health care and economic systems.Reinhold Niebuhr's 1952 book, The Irony of American History, claims our cultural arrogance works against us. Morris Berman's 2000 book, The Twilight of American Culture, focuses on America's social and economic collapse. A minority of public figures are currently pushing an agenda to "open" America for business as soon as possible. Though few in number, they have a relatively large soapbox, making their ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Europe, UK, Science, Mississippi, Government, China, US, America, Barack Obama, United States, Economic Inequality, Innovation, Philip Roth, Health Care

10 things on my mind about covid-19

1. Wealthy urbanites are fleeing to their second homes -- buying out grocery stores, expecting personal shoppers and home delivery, swelling vacation towns' size to summer proportions. This is the epitome of the egocentric, classist arrogance that often pervades the United States.2. In India, a planned lockdown of more than a billion people is expected to leave millions dead of starvation. As people become desperate, there will inevitably be rioting, police shootings, and all forms of rampant vi...
Tags: Travel, Human Rights, India, Canada, United States, Labour, Health Care, Loblaws, UFCW, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Poverty And Class, We Like Lists, COVID-19, Brazil Pakistan Nigeria, Blogger Google

COVID-19 Spikes Calls To Suicide Hotlines Nationwide

Cut off from friends and family, faced with the monotony of the interior of your home, mingled only with the prospect of losing your job in a looming economic crisis as a pandemic threatens you and those you love. That’s the reality that millions of Americans face today, and it’s taking a toll. Crisis hotlines around the country are seeing a spike in volume associated with the spread of COVID-19, as anxious and isolated Americans call in for help. Kathy Marchi, director of Boston’s Samaritans...
Tags: News, Suicide, China, Boston, United States, Health Care, Dong, University of Kentucky, Rand Corporation, Hubei Province, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, MarchI, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky, Coronavirus, COVID-19

The internet’s top 12 coronavirus-related questions, answered

With mixed messages coming from our leaders, Americans have turned to the internet to answer their COVID-19 questions. We explore the top 12 coronavirus questions, according to Google Trends. When seeking answers, it is important to prioritize evidence-based information from credible sources. It seems the only thing spreading faster than coronavirus is panic and disinformation. With mixed messages and conflicting reports coming from leaders, Americans have turned to the internet to address th...
Tags: Health, Google, Amazon, South Korea, Internet, Congress, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Washington, Government, Senate, New York City, Walmart, Cnn, Walgreens

How will COVID-19 impact the economy?

Stephen M. Miller, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, gives insight into how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts American economies. Calling it a "trade-off between public health and economic health," Miller explains why social distancing is a necessary measure to avoid a total crash of economies. The SIR model, which is a guide to assessing how much of the population is actively infected, shows what could happen if the active cases of inf...
Tags: Health, US, Economics, Society, Public Health, United States, Innovation, Population, Behavioral Economics, Health Care, Vaccines, Consumerism, Ucla, Social Change, Miller, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Brazil's Bolsonaro Blames Press for Covid-19 'Hysteria,' Boasts He's Too Fit to Get Sick in Speech

Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro sparked protests with a Tuesday evening address in which he claimed the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is a media “fantasy,” demanded governors end quarantine and isolation measures, and bragged that he is so healthy he wouldn’t even know if he was infected, the Guardian…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Brazil, Health Care, Latin America, Jair Bolsonaro, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Bolsonaro Blames Press

Get Your Medical Claims Paid

Years ago I read a news story titled “The Check Is Not In The Mail”. It was a fascinating story about a health care organization called Athenahealth that did a brief study on how the nation’s seven biggest health insurers pay their bills. What they found wasn’t shocking to anyone who’s ever had to try […]
Tags: Leadership, Health Care, Athenahealth, Inaccurate Billing Information, Insurance Payment Delays, Medical Billing Errors

Philly Officials Say Rich Jerk Who Owns Shuttered Hospital Is Trying to Cash in on Covid-19 Emergency

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has accused the owner of a closed-down hospital of trying to profiteer off a deal to re-open during the coronavirus pandemic, while City Councilmember Helen Gym has called for government officials to just seize the property outright, WHYY reported on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Hospitals, Philadelphia, Health Care, Philly, Jim Kenney, Helen Gym, WHYY, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

Why we need to restrict calories right now

A new study based at Salk Institute has discovered the cellular mechanisms behind calorie restriction. Rats on a higher-calorie diet experienced more inflammation and immune problems than rats that ate less. This research is especially relevant right now, as immunodeficient patients are at high risk of complications from COVID-19. Finding kale and quinoa has never been easier than it is right now. Oreos and Spam, not so much. We know about the toilet paper and hand sanitizer shortages. There a...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Biology, Diet, China, Aging, Time, US, Los Angeles, Medical Research, Innovation, Health Care, General Mills, Derek, La Jolla, Salk Institute

How Do We Solve This Without Knowing Who Is Already Immune?

Picture this: people are being asked to return to work. The novel coronavirus has stopped spreading — social distancing has worked. But there’s still no vaccine. The virus is still out there in the world. The problem? We don’t know who is already immune, and who remains vulnerable. That’s the scenario posed by everyone from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to medical researchers advocating for speeding up antibodies tests, to determine who might already have acquired immunity and can be s...
Tags: News, White House, New York City, Yale, New York Times, Who, Health Care, Andrew Cuomo, New York State, Cuomo, Epidemiology, TPM, David Katz, Muckraker, Gary Slutkin, Josh Kovensky

Medical Orgs Urge Trump To Invoke Defense Production Act To Help With Supplies

Health care professionals from the American Hospital Association (AHA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Nurses Association (ANA) sent a joint letter to President Donald Trump on Saturday pleading for more medical supplies amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In the letter, the three organizations implored Trump to utilize the Defense Production Act (DPA) to help with the “dwindling supplies” of respirators, surgical masks, and other necessary tools. “America’s hospitals, healt...
Tags: News, White House, America, Health Care, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Trump, DPA, American Nurses Association ANA, Cristina Cabrera, COVID-19, White House Coronavirus Task Force

NY now has ~8,000 cases of Coronavirus, about half of all cases in the US

The number of coronavirus cases in New York sharply increased to nearly 8,000 cases on Friday, a result of increased testing and the continuing uncontrolled spread of the virus that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19. This is 10 times higher than what was reported earlier in the week. New York now has half of all coronavirus cases in the US. In a startlingly quick ascent, New York was closing in on 8,000 positive tests, about 1/2 the cases in the country. The # was 10x higher than what...
Tags: Post, New York, News, New York City, US, US news, Virus, Public Health, Brooklyn, New York Times, Queens, Manhattan, Bill De Blasio, Health Care, Outbreak, Bronx

Open-source project spins up 3D-printed ventilator validation prototype in just one week

In a great example of what can happen when smart, technically-oriented people come together in a time of need, an open-source hardware project started by a group including Irish entrepreneur Colin Keogh and Breeze Automation CEO and co-founder Gui Calavanti has produced a prototype ventilator using 3D-printed parts and readily available, inexpensive material. The ventilator prototype was designed and produced in just seven days, after the project spun up on Facebook and attracted participation f...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Facebook, Hardware, Medicine, White House, Entrepreneur, Tesla, United States, Ireland, Ford, President, Health Care, GUI

Whose limb is it anyway? On the ethics of body-part disposal

Our limbs can be a crucial part of our sense of self and identity, so amputation is often traumatic to the emotional and psychological wellbeing of patients. For years after an amputation, patients' ability to perform personal, work and leisure activities can be heavily impacted, and their body satisfaction can diminish. Once amputated, the limb moves from being part of the bodily whole, to being merely a 'part'. Yet patients often still consider this 'part' as 'theirs'. Even after the limb is p...
Tags: Health, UK, Ethics, Healthcare, Netherlands, Innovation, National Health Service, Health Care, Self, Bioethics, Royal College of Nursing, Hes, Human body, Simon Marlow, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, Healthcare Environmental Services HES

coronavirus exposes, part 2: there is a bright side, and it's socialism in action

A reader pointed out that my previous post is very negative, and doesn't mention any of the very positive responses to the pandemic that are being rolled out.So:A prohibition on evictions. Water and electricity not being cut off for nonpayment.Student loan forgiveness. A relaxation of rules for employment insurance, and emergency funds for those who don't qualify. In some cities, free public transit. Paid sick leave. A suspension of rules about needing doctors' notes for sick days.And Every sing...
Tags: Travel, Socialism, Health Care, Laura K

coronavirus exposes the darkest sides of unchecked capitalism and the gaping holes in our society

We're all struggling to take in the magnitude of coping with a global pandemic. Personally I've had to cancel a long-awaited vacation to vist family, and with libraries closed, I may soon be applying for EI. The shelves at our local supermarket are empty; we're hoping folks who did the right thing, remained calm and didn't hoard, won't be repaid with severe shortages.And of course I'm hoping that the relatively fast and decisive actions taken by Canada and my own province of BC will protect us f...
Tags: Travel, US, Canada, Socialism, Health Care, Laura K, Privatization Doesn't Work

10 misconceptions about the 1918 flu, the ‘greatest pandemic in history’

Pandemic: It's a scary word. But the world has seen pandemics before, and worse ones, too. Consider the influenza pandemic of 1918, often referred to erroneously as the “Spanish flu." Misconceptions about it may be fueling unfounded fears about COVID-19, and now is an especially good time to correct them. In the pandemic of 1918, between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5% of the world's population. Half a billion people were infected. Especially remar...
Tags: Health, Spain, History, Alaska, United Kingdom, Innovation, Disease, Kansas, Health Care, Epidemiology, Germany Austria France, Richard Gunderman, Pandemic, East Asia Europe

Monday Coronavirus Recap for Employers – Mass Layoffs Are Here

Monday, March 16th was brutal. I kept using that word over and over in conversations with employers who are watching their entire business disappear overnight. Brutal. Layoffs — at a scale that I think is difficult to comprehend — are sweeping through Connecticut businesses. Restaurants? Closed (except for takeout or delivery). Gyms? Closed. Movie theaters? Closed. And all the employees out of work for now. You can see Governor Lamont’s full executive order (7D) here.  There was SO much happenin...
Tags: Business, Layoffs, Law, Congress, Connecticut, Health Care, Lamont, FMLA, Peter Murphy, Rif, Layoff, Notice, WARN, Featured Content, Furlough, Mass Layoff