Month: September 2021

Arthritis is a common condition characterized by stiff and painful joints. Does diet play a role in arthritis severity? What are the best (and worst) foods to alleviate symptoms? In our society, getting older is associated with aching joints. “Oh, my arthritis is killing me,” is almost a punch line. We treat it like a
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A new study that infected willing participants with common cold and flu viruses provides the most rigorous evidence yet that wearable health monitors could predict infections, even before a person starts experiencing symptoms. If the wearables can similarly predict infections in real-world conditions, the technology could add to existing disease surveillance and testing methods. But
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A constant barrage of misinformation has Idaho healthcare workers facing increased animosity from some patients and community members, officials say. It’s gotten so bad in northern Idaho that some Kootenai Health employees are scared to go to the grocery store if they haven’t changed out of their scrubs, said hospital spokeswoman Caiti Bobbitt on Tuesday.
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Artificial intelligence may seem like some amorphous, all-knowing entity that could outperform humans at even the most complex of tasks. But behind-the-scenes, humans must spend countless hours cleaning data and teaching these algorithms to “think.” Hari Trivedi is an assistant professor at the department of radiology and imaging services at Emory University. In this video,
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Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos Inc., and husband Billy Evans leave federal court in San Jose, California, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images SAN JOSE, CALIF ’ In the first dramatic showdown at the Elizabeth Holmes’ trial, defense attorney Lance Wade aggressively questioned the company’s former lab director about
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The country’s largest nursing union is accusing hospitals of skirting mandates it fought hard for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to temporarily impose amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Infection control policies early in the pandemic rapidly shifted amid shortages and changing guidance from government agencies, spurring tension between healthcare workers and their employers. Concerns over
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A woman receives the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as a booster dose at Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, August 14, 2021. Hannah Beier | Reuters More than 400,000 Americans received a Covid-19 booster shot at pharmacies over the weekend after the CDC cleared third doses of Pfizer and BioNTech‘s vaccine to a wide array of Americans, White
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Intermountain Healthcare plans to launch a new subsidiary, Tellica Imaging, to offer MRIs and CT scans outside its hospitals, the company announced Monday. The new entity will kick off operations in Utah, with plans to open three standalone imaging sites in the Beehive State later this year, before adding at least five more locations starting
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Hospitals and nursing homes around the U.S. are bracing for worsening staff shortages as state deadlines arrive for healthcare workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. With ultimatums taking effect this week in states like New York, California, Rhode Island and Connecticut, the fear is that some employees will quit or let themselves be fired or
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Centene Corp. is officially short an executive vice president of healthcare enterprises, with the St. Louis-based insurer “mutually agreeing” that longtime executive Jeffrey Schwaneke should resign last week. Schwaneke worked at the insurer for 13 years. As part of its separation agreement, Schwaneke will receive a year’s salary and subsidized COBRA benefits, according to a
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The AARP has named Oak Street Health its primary care provider of choice in a deal that reflects an evolving senior care market increasingly dominated by tech-enabled clinics operating under value-based care contracts. Come Jan. 1, all Oak Street Health members will automatically receive free AARP memberships, said Dr. Griffin Myers, chief medical officer at
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Adherence to most recommended care practices to slow the progression of chronic kidney disease was consistently higher among people of color compared to white patients yet those groups still have poorer outcomes from the disease, according to new research. The analysis, published Monday in JAMA Network Open, examined de-identified medical and pharmacy claims, electronic health
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President Joe Biden joked about his age Monday as he rolled up his sleeve for a COVID-19 booster shot, encouraging Americans to get vaccinated against the virus that has killed 688,000 in the U.S. and for those authorized to get their booster doses for more enduring protection. Days after the Centers for Disease Control and
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Have you ever experienced chronic pain that lasts for days, weeks, months or even years? If so, you know just how debilitating it can be. Not only does chronic pain interfere with just about every aspect of daily life, but it can also cause feelings of hopeless and intense frustration. According to a survey published
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In a new Policy Watch, KFF analysts explore the potential impact of the expiration of the American Rescue Plan Act’s enhanced financial help and new eligibility for the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance Marketplace federal subsidies. While the COVID-19 relief legislation passed earlier this year provides greater subsidy assistance through 2022, Democrats in Congress are
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The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) passed earlier this year temporarily expanded subsidies available in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance Marketplaces, building on the ACA’s existing subsidies. Through the end of 2022, low-income families who were already eligible for financial assistance under the ACA are eligible for even more financial help to buy
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At the opening of each of her clinics, there’s a moment when Carolyn Witte, the founder and chief executive officer of women’s health startup Tia, holds her breath. “We call it the ’shoulder-drop moment,’” Witte told STAT. During those few seconds, as a patient is opening the doors to one of Tia’s offices, Witte watches
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Notably missing among covered benefits for older adults and people with long-term disabilities who have Medicare coverage are dental, hearing, and vision services, except under limited circumstances. Results from a recent KFF poll indicate that 90% of the public says expanding Medicare to include dental, hearing, vision is a “top” or “important” priority for Congress.
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