Tag: Health Care

Health Care Companies Use Up $30 Billion Every Year To Market Products And Services

Health care companies in the United States doubled their ad spending in the past 10 years. From $17.7 billion, companies are now spending $29.9 billion to advertise to consumers and health care professionals.

Public Health January 9, 2019

Happily Married Couple Considering Divorce To Afford Health Care For Their 6-Year-Old Disabled Daughter

An army vet and his wife are considering to get a divorce to pay for their daughter's health expenses. The couple's 6-year-old daughter is suffering from Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, which requires the child to need 24-hour care.

Public Health July 11, 2018

Air Pollution Can Increase A Person's Risk Of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

Air pollution can increase a person's chance of getting type 2 diabetes. A new study found that one in seven cases of type 2 diabetes cases was due to air pollution.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 30, 2018

The US Spends More On Health Care Than Wealthy Nations But Its People Are In Worse Health

America is spending more on health care than any other high-income countries, a new analysis has revealed. The reason? Costly branded medicine and expensive diagnostic procedures, among other things.

Public Health March 14, 2018

Apple's New AC Wellness Subsidiary Will Open Private Medical Clinics For Apple Employees

Apple is apparently working on launching private medical clinics for its employees. A website for a new Apple subsidiary called AC Wellness quietly went online, offering some valuable clues.

Apple February 28, 2018

Hundreds Of Medical Professionals Charged With Health Care-Related Scams

The federal government has concluded its largest takedown operation on health-related scams with hundreds of fraud charges. Doctors were accused of prescribing unnecessary opioids to patients and addicts.

Public Health July 15, 2017

What This Viral Photo Of Child With Rare Disorder’s Expensive Hospital Bill Says About TrumpCare

A mother whose son was hospitalized for a rare disorder has shared a photo of his astronomical medical bills on Twitter. The viral photo shows the grave implications that repealing and replacing ObamaCare would have on Americans.

Public Health June 27, 2017

Planned Parenthood Advocates Urge Legislators To Protect Women's Access To Health Care

New York and Washington-based women's health advocates sat down with legislators to share their stories and urge lawmakers to stop the administration's plan to defund Planned Parenthood.

Public Health March 3, 2017

US To Have Lowest Life Expectancy Among High-Income Countries By 2030

The life expectancy of American men and women by the year 2030 will be comparable to those of middle-income countries like Mexico and Croatia. What are the factors behind low life expectancy in the U.S.?

Public Health February 21, 2017

Diabetes, Heart Disease Dominate Health Care Spending In The US

Did you know that just 20 health conditions make up more than half of health care spending in the United States? And out of that number, diabetes and heart disease take the top spots.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 28, 2016

Researchers Develop Low-Cost, Wearable ‘Lab On The Skin’ To Analyze Sweat For Health Monitoring

Sweat contains a number of chemicals that can give clues about the body’s physiological state. Researchers developed a 'lab on the skin' device that analyzes sweat for health monitoring.

Healthy Living/Wellness November 25, 2016

Many Patients Still Receive 'Surprise' Bills After ER Visit

About 22 percent of patients who visit emergency room hospitals within their health insurance network still receive expensive medical bills, a new study revealed. Researchers propose that a new law would help in addressing the issue of surprise bills.

Public Health November 17, 2016

Outpatient Care In The US Has Not Improved In Critical Areas: Study

According to a new report examining the past decade, health care for the U.S. adult population has shown inconsistent improvements. While four of the clinical composites improved, two dropped and three showed no progress.

Public Health October 18, 2016

Seniors Rarely Go Online For Healthcare Needs, Medical Advice

There is a general belief that the advent of digital health technology could improve the health care quality of seniors. However, results of a new study reveal that elders rarely go online to address their health care needs.

Public Health August 2, 2016

Medicare Proposes Fixed Payments To Hospitals For Heart Attack Treatments

Medicare proposed to pay bundled or fixed payments to hospitals for heart attack treatments. The new payment scheme could help lower costs and improve health care services through the federal program.

Public Health July 26, 2016

Caregivers Can Benefit From Early Patient Palliative Care

Early integration of palliative care among cancer patients can also benefit family caregivers, a new study has revealed. Caregivers experienced better quality of life and fewer depression symptoms.

Public Health May 22, 2016

Four Common Surgical Procedures Much Safer, Cheaper In Rural Critical Access Hospitals Than In Cities

Common surgical procedures are found to be much safer and cheaper in rural hospitals than in city counterparts, a new study has revealed. The findings confirm what rural surgeons have long suspected.

Public Health May 19, 2016

PillDrill Scanning System Could Track Prescriptions And Remind You To Take Your Meds

The PillDrill is a smart scanning system that tracks prescriptions and reminds users about medication schedules. This also allows caregivers to stay connected and check whether the patient has already taken their medicine.

FUTURE TECH April 21, 2016

Saving Lives In Poor Nations Costs $5 Per Person: Health Study

Johns Hopkins researchers said 4 million lives worldwide could be saved each year with better maternal and child health services. It costs only about $5 per person a year in healthcare spending.

Life April 11, 2016

Tough Men Likely To Be More Dishonest About Medical Symptoms

A new study revealed that tough men tend to carry such attitude in health care by lying to their doctors. Not a good idea when men’s health is on the line.

Life March 28, 2016

Difficult Patients At Greater Risk For Misdiagnosis

'Difficult' patient behavior increases the risk of doctors making a wrong diagnosis, according to two new studies. The quality of health care is inevitably affected when problematic attitudes distract doctors from the task at hand.

Life March 15, 2016

Review Recommends Giving Pregnant Women Budget To Spend On Birth Of Choice

A new maternity review proposed that pregnant women in the United Kingdom receive an NHS budget that would allow them to choose how and where they give birth. The plan is similar to personal health budgets for people with long-term conditions.

Life February 23, 2016

High-Deductible Health Insurance Plan Enrollees Not Necessarily Savvy Health Care Price Shoppers

A new study found that high-deductible health plan enrollees are not just savvy when it comes to health service price shopping. Such policy holders also looked into quality as much as other traditional plan enrollees.

Life January 20, 2016

Early Flu Vaccine Tied To Fewer Symptoms, Reduced Times Missed At Work

Health care workers vaccinated earlier in the season exhibited less flu-like symptoms and were less likely to lose working days. However, there are still misconceptions about flu shots that are preventing them from getting inoculated.

Life December 14, 2015

No Obamacare? Fine For Not Getting Health Insurance To Increase 47 Percent In 2016

The Affordable Care Act may have its drawback for individuals who are without health insurance: in 2016, the Obamacare penalty for being uninsured will increase to about 47 percent. Experts said this may drive uninsured Americans to sign up for health insurance.

Life December 10, 2015

Experts Release Guidelines On Follow-Up Care Of Breast Cancer Survivors

The American Cancer Society and the American Society of Clinical Oncology developed new follow-up care guidelines for breast cancer survivors and primary care physicians. The new guidelines are more concise and comprehensive than previous recommendations, experts said.

Life December 8, 2015

Researchers Develop New App That Can Help Seniors Live Better

Experts at the University of Notre Dame created a new app that could help seniors live better. Called eSeniorCare, the new app not only tracks health goals, but also promotes communication between health care providers and their patients.

Life November 24, 2015

IBM Watson And CVS Team Up For Patient Care Predictions

U.S.-based healthcare company CVS Health is teaming up with software giant IBM to provide better health care management services to patients diagnosed with chronic diseases. The new agreement will provide CVS with access to IBM's leading computing system, Watson.

Life July 30, 2015

Supersized Hospitals In China Still Struggling With Patient Numbers

Hospitals in China are expanding, but the number of patients being admitted is greatly increasing as well. Chinese patients, while they could be treated in smaller community medical centers, choose to be admitted to university-affiliated hospitals. The medical staff members of these giant hospitals therefore face a struggle in providing beds and quality service.

Life July 15, 2015

Telemedicine Helps Patients Seek Quick Consultation But Here's What It Needs For Sustainability

Telemedicine is convenient and affordable so it’s not surprising that the industry is starting to grow. To truly thrive though, the industry must garner the support of an important entity.

Life July 13, 2015

Some Hospitals Marking Drugs And Services Up 1,000 Percent For Uninsured

Hospitals are marking up costs 10 times for some patients, especially the uninsured. Just two companies are behind most of what some critics are describing as price-gouging.

June 11, 2015

Westchester Medical Center Settles Lawsuit With $18.8 Million Payment

Westchester Medical Center will pay $18.8 million to settle a federal lawsuit involving allegations that the New York hospital directly violated the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law in its dealings with Cardiology Consultants of Westchester PC and for filing false claims to Medicare.

Life May 15, 2015

Apple ResearchKit Now Available To Medical Researchers: Here's How It May Revolutionize The Health Care Industry

Apple has made ResearchKit available to medical researchers, essentially changing how researchers can conduct surveys and tests. There are a number of ways that ResearchKit will revolutionize the health care system.

Apps/Software April 15, 2015

China To Fix Health Care System By Doubling Number Of GPs

China pledges to overcome its critical shortage of doctors and improve health care in both cities and rural areas. The government has set a target date of 2020 to implement measures.

Life March 31, 2015

Health Of Counties Ranked: Here's How Income Inequality Influences

The public health of counties around the nation has been ranked. How does income affect wellness?

Life March 27, 2015

National Institutes Of Health Director Supports Precision Medicine Program

National Institutes Of Health's (NIH) chief supports the precision medicine program. The program has received a $215 million funding in the Presidential 2016 Budget.

Life March 8, 2015

Obama Administration Outlines Plans to Reform How Medicare Pays Doctors, Hospitals

The Obama administration has announced reforms to Medicare's method of paying doctors and hospitals. The changes aim to reduce costs and improve the quality of care provided to patients.

Life January 27, 2015

CDC Releases Report on Hospital-Acquired Infections: Declining Numbers Bode Well for Hospitals

Infections from hospitals are still out there but the number of cases is dropping, according to a report released by the CDC. Extra effort on the part of healthcare providers account for the improvement.

Life January 16, 2015

Walgreens Taps Qualcomm to Drive Mobile Health Platform Forward

Qualcomm is teaming up with Walgreens to offer connected health products linked to Walgreens Balance Rewards. The program is aimed at helping consumers take control of their health by offering incentives.

Gadgets January 8, 2015

Wearables Headed for Prime Time in Health Care, Security

Wearable tech has only just started taking off, with companies like Apple and Motorola producing some of the more successful wearable devices. Most wearables currently have a big focus on fitness, but many suggest that may not be true for long.

Wearable Tech January 6, 2015

Older Americans Aren't Internet-Savvy and it Could Hurt Their Health

Health information on the internet is not being seen by most American seniors, but what could this mean for health?

Life November 14, 2014

Now Facebook wants in on health care tech. Who's next, Yahoo?

Facebook is reportedly preparing to enter the health care business. Reports suggest it is meeting with health experts and entrepreneurs, as well as setting up a division for testing health-related apps.

Apps/Software October 3, 2014

Doctors received $3.5 billion from medical industry last year: Why?

The Open Payments program released data showing billions of dollars in payments from the medical industry to doctors and teaching hospitals - were they buying influence?

Life October 1, 2014

Why did Chinese hackers cyber attack U.S. health records?

Patients who visited hospitals in a small town near the southeastern part of the U.S. in April and June should keep an eye on their personal information. Chinese hackers are allegedly behind the cyber attack that resulted in the breach of personal information for 4.5 million patients.

Internet Culture August 19, 2014

How living near trees can save your life

A study discovers that trees save lives and prevent acute respiratory illnesses not only by releasing oxygen, but also by removing over 17 tons of pollution from the air each year.

Internet Culture July 29, 2014

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