Health and safety When Greta Christina fell into a deep depression five years ago, she called up her therapist in San Francisco. She’d had a great connection with the provider when she needed therapy in the past. She was delighted to learn that he was now “in network” with her insurance company, meaning she wouldn’t have to
0 Comments×600/public/WHO_i.jpg The World Health Organization on Monday is pushing for an international accord to help prevent and fight future pandemics amid the emergence of a worrying new omicron COVID-19 variant. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said many uncertainties remain about just how transmissible and severe infection by the highly mutated omicron might be. Tedros
0 Comments×600/public/covid-red-clinician_i.png The World Health Organization says it could still take some time to get a full picture of the threat posed by omicron, a new variant of the coronavirus as scientists worldwide scramble to assess its multiple mutations. Stock markets swooned, some public gatherings got canceled, and countries across the globe suspended incoming flights after
0 Comments It might seem like a lowest-net-cost formulary would be made up of clinically equivalent agents with the lowest overall cost. But in the complex world of drug pricing and pharmacy benefits, that is not the case. Lowest-net-cost formularies are a good way for organizations to lower their pharmacy spend. These formularies substitute clinically sound,
0 Comments×600/public/vaccine-money_i.png The Oregon Health Authority is offering to pay pharmacies $35 for each dose of COVID-19 vaccine they administer, with the intention to boost vaccination rates. Based on the health authority’s database, 79% of people 18 years or older in Oregon have received at least their first vaccine dose. In addition, the Statesman Journal reports
0 Comments×600/public/2019-Siegel-environmental%20copy_i.jpg Like the Affordable Care Act and other landmark social spending measures before it, the human infrastructure bill now in Congress, the Build Back Better Act, would lower barriers to affordable healthcare for millions of Americans. That’s a praiseworthy goal and one that safety-net hospitals welcome as they care for the nation’s low-income and marginalized
0 Comments×600/public/Boris_Johnson_MSC_2019_cropped_i.jpg?h=4826150d Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it’s not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other versions of the virus. The variant was identified days ago
0 Comments There is an ongoing debate as to whether asset management is the most important undertaking in enterprise cybersecurity or if it’s just a small but important piece of a much bigger risk reduction puzzle. Proponents will argue that no organization can proactively protect against threats and manage vulnerabilities, and accelerate incident response, if it
0 Comments   In the span of a little more than two weeks, a new Covid-19 strain advanced from its first known infection to classification as a variant of concern. Understanding the extent of the threat posed by the new variant Omicron and responding to it will take more time. Analysis of Omicron so far found
0 Comments As we enter 2022, the pandemic continues to exact a terrible toll in both human and economic terms. But one side effect of this crisis helped healthcare move forward dramatically: We experienced a decade’s worth of technology adaptation and adoption in the space of mere months. Tools and technologies that had been lingering (or
0 Comments Oncoustics CEO Beth Rogozinski. Photo credit: Oncoustics Roughly 4.5 million adults in the U.S. are estimated to have liver disease, and that number is expected to grow, as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is on the rise. Characterized by excessive fat in the liver, it can lead to inflammation or scarring over time. Because the
0 Comments×600/public/cwru-signage-feat_2.jpg Scientists at Case Western Reserve, Duke and Rutgers universities studying the coronavirus genome have identified compounds within it that have the potential to block its ability to replicate, according to a news release. The researchers — whose findings were published Friday, Nov. 26, in the journal Science Advances — note that the discovery could
0 Comments×600/public/coronavirus_covid-19_AP_edit_i.jpg South African scientists identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. It’s unclear where the new variant actually arose, but it was first detected by scientists in South Africa and has now been seen in
0 Comments×600/public/mh20190408_money_WEB_.jpg Stocks sank Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly falling more than 1,000 points, as a new coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa appeared to be spreading across the globe. Investors were uncertain whether the variant could potentially reverse months of progress at getting the COVID-19 pandemic under control. The S&P 500
0 Comments×600/public/WHO_i.jpg The discovery of a new coronavirus variant sent a chill through much of the world Friday as nations raced to halt air travel, markets fell sharply and scientists held emergency meetings to weigh the exact risks, which were largely unknown. A World Health Organization panel named the variant “omicron” and classified it as a
0 Comments Nov. 26, 2021 — The World Health Organization on Friday classified a new COVID-19 variant from South Africa as a “variant of concern,” which means it could be more contagious, cause more severe disease and reduce the efficacy of vaccines and treatments. The WHO convened an independent group of experts on Friday to assess
0 Comments The Covid-19 pandemic pushed the medical industry to offer high quality care at a distance, and many patients are finding it easier to consult their physician than ever before. This is undoubtedly a positive development, but it is not a paradigm shift. Contemporary virtual care is not the revolutionary change that the industry needs.
0 Comments One of the oldest, yet still unresolved issues plaguing the US health system is the unequal distribution of healthcare. This past August, a new study by JAMA revealed the ongoing disparity in healthcare spending by race. In particular, mental healthcare remains highly inaccessible across the board, but particularly for certain groups. Patients are screened
0 Comments   In early 2020, healthcare leaders from payers to providers to technology services providers found themselves at a crossroads—innovate or fail to care for patients. I had the privilege recently of joining a virtual roundtable with a group of healthcare leaders to talk about the transformation of patient care, engagement and outreach. The panel
0 Comments×600/public/cover%20pill%20container%204-22-19_i.jpg Federal health regulators say an experimental COVID-19 pill from Merck is effective against the virus, but they will seek input from outside experts on risks of birth defects and other potential problems during pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration posted its analysis of the pill ahead of a public meeting next week where academic
0 Comments×600/public/nurses%20covid2.png When the U.S. government allowed so-called hero pay for frontline workers as a possible use of pandemic relief money, it suggested occupations that could be eligible from farm workers and childcare staff to janitors and truck drivers. State and local governments have struggled to determine who among the many workers who braved the raging
0 Comments×600/public/covid-doctor_i.png A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province, Health Minister Joe Phaahla announced Thursday. The coronavirus evolves as it spreads and many new variants, including those
0 Comments Nov 25, 2021 — The Big Three automakers and the United Auto Workers say unionized workers will not be required to have COVID-19 vaccinations. The statement from the COVID-19 Joint Task Force of UAW, Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler’s parent company, Stellantis, said workers are encouraged but not mandated to get vaccinated. “In addition
0 Comments If you have coronary artery disease (CAD), also known as ischemic heart disease or coronary heart disease, you may wonder whether certain physical activities are safe. Hiking. Running. Golf. Sex? Some people with CAD, as well as doctors, may hesitate to bring up the last subject. But sex is safe for many people with
0 Comments By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Many women dread having to give up coffee during their pregnancy, but new research suggests that consuming a little caffeine while expecting might not necessarily be a bad thing. “While we were not able to study the association
0 Comments Additionally, analysis of placental tissue of some of the marijuana users revealed changes to genes linked to immunity. This might lead to inflammation and less resistance to germs, the researchers said. And the marijuana-related changes in these immune networks predicted higher levels of anxiety in the children, the study found. Hurd said
0 Comments By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Researchers have identified a second HIV-positive person whose body might have naturally cleared the infection — sparking hope that studying such exceedingly rare events will help lead to a cure. The researchers cautioned that they cannot prove the woman has fully eradicated
0 Comments By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Women with breast cancer are known to have heart problems related to treatment, and now a new study shows their odds of developing an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation (a-fib) may increase in the wake of a breast cancer diagnosis.
0 Comments Nov. 16, 2021 — In the late 2000s, Cathy Eng, MD, began noticing something strange: A growing number of patients in their 20s, 30s, and 40s with colorectal cancer (CRC), often at more advanced stages. “CRC is typically viewed as a disease for older individuals, so when I first started seeing these young patients
0 Comments Kool-Aid Tropical Punch Mixture Recalled Nov. 16, 2021 Kraft Heinz is recalling 82.5-ounce containers of Kool-Aid Tropical Punch mixture because the flavored powder may contain small pieces of metal or glass. Some of the Kool-Aid mix was sold at Costco. A letter from Kraft Heinz to Costco said those containers of the mixture with