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New curriculum to improve soft skills in schools boosts children’s health and behavior

July 18, 2019

Via: The Medical News

A trial of a new curriculum to improve soft skills in secondary school children has shown that it can boost their physical health and behavior, as well as changing their career aspirations. The Healthy Minds curriculum, includes elements on building […]


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More U.S. Teenagers Are Trying to Lose Weight Than in Years Past. That May Be Reason for Concern

July 17, 2019

Via: Time Health

Recent years have ushered in a wellness movement that emphasizes body positivity and holistic health over thinness and crash diets. But new federal data suggest that messaging hasn’t fully changed behavior yet. In fact, the report shows that more American […]


EHR & EMR, Opinions

Did EHRs Light the Physician Burnout Fuse?

July 17, 2019

Via: HitConsultant

According to the American Medical Association, about 50 percent of practicing doctors are experiencing burnout and EHRs are a significant driver of this problem. For every hour physicians spend on direct patient care, the report indicates that they spend two […]


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On Prescription Drug Prices, Will Trump Turn Words Into Action?

July 15, 2019

Via: Forbes

Last week, President Trump declared his administration would soon issue an executive order mandating a so-called “favored nations” policy in which U.S. government (presumably, Medicare and Medicaid) payments for drugs would be capped at the lowest price paid by a […]


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Doctor Pay Hits $266K For Primary Care, $443K For Specialists

July 12, 2019

Via: Forbes

Primary care physician compensation has surpassed $266,000 a year, continuing to increase at a faster rate over the last five years than specialist pay at $443,000 as more doctors are rewarded to keep patients healthy, satisfied and out of the […]


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As Healthcare Goes Digital, Consumer Engagement And Experience Improve

July 10, 2019

Via: Forbes

The healthcare industry in the United States has long been a dichotomy in its embrace of – and resistance to – technology. While some of the world’s finest technology is used to diagnose and treat all manner of illness, patients […]


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The Unspoken Causes Of Physician Burnout

July 8, 2019

Via: Forbes

According to a recent Harvard report, physician burnout is “a public health crisis that urgently demands action.” Half of all doctors report troubling symptoms: depression, exhaustion, dissatisfaction and a sense of failure. These physicians are twice as likely to commit […]


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Study estimates health care costs of uncontrolled asthma in the U.S. over next 20 years

July 3, 2019

Via: The Medical News

The health care costs of uncontrolled asthma in the United States are estimated to total $300 billion over the next twenty years, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care […]


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Is It Time For Government To Offer Universal Family Care?

June 24, 2019

Via: Forbes

Consider the possible hefty caregiving needs and costs over an adult’s lifetime: Early child care and education runs nearly $10,000 annually for the parent of a toddler, on average. Family caregivers spend roughly $7,000 on caregiving costs, on average, according […]


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U.S. Suicide Rates Are the Highest They’ve Been Since World War II

June 20, 2019

Via: Time Health

U.S. suicide rates are at their highest since World War II, according to federal data—and the opioid crisis, widespread social media use and high rates of stress may be among the myriad contributing factors. In 2017, 14 out of every […]


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Drug Prices And Innovation

June 20, 2019

Via: Forbes

The crisis in drug pricing has reached global proportions. According to a recent article in The Economist, “THESE DAYS it is hard to find a government that is not struggling with the high price of medicines. …[T]he unaffordability of medicines…[is […]


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US companies are expected to spend 6% more on health care next year as drug prices rise

June 20, 2019

Via: CNBC

The presidential hopefuls aren’t the only ones eyeing health care issues for 2020. Large employers are putting together benefit plans for next year, and they are expecting the rise in employee health costs to hit a four-year high, in part, […]


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Would You Trust An Automated Doctor?

June 19, 2019

Via: Forbes

You’re in the park going for a run, and your wearable device is tracking your performance, your heart rate, and various other aspects of your physical health. Pooling this data over a period of time gives you a strong idea […]


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Private Medicare Advantage Could Hit 70% Market Share

June 18, 2019

Via: Forbes

Enrollment of seniors in private Medicare Advantage plans could reach 70% of those eligible for federal health benefits for the elderly between 2030 and 2040, a new report shows. For now, the regulatory and political environment remains positive for expansion […]


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3 interventions could prevent millions of cardiovascular deaths

June 11, 2019

Via: Medical News Today

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 17.9 million deaths worldwide each year are due to cardiovascular disease, accounting for an estimated 31% of yearly global deaths. The WHO note that heart attacks and strokes account for about 85% of […]