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What's Google Doing with Healthcare Blogs?

July 22, 2014 by Paul Tunnah

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Has Google got something against smaller blogging sites? The conspiracy theorists might surmise here that Google is favoring listings towards those sites that spend the most money with them, but I like to take a more optimistic approach towards the situation.[read more]

How to Communicate with Patients When Words Won't Work

July 14, 2014 by Joan Justice

What if you were a patient with a serious illness, alone in a hospital and you couldn’t communicate verbally with the medical staff? The feeling of loneliness and isolation on top of the emotional burden of being hospitalized with a serious illness would certainly be overwhelming.[read more]

Drug Risks Outweigh Benefits for Some Type 2 Diabetes Patients

July 2, 2014 by Liz Seegert

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For patients with type 2 diabetes – especially those over age 50 – the negative impact of side effects like weight gain and burdens like frequent insulin shots trumps the benefits of drugs, says a new study by the University of Michigan Health System, the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and University College London.[read more]

Conversation About Veterans Administration’s Woes Has Not Yet Hit the Right Note

The Veterans Administration’s (VA) recent efforts to handle a huge influx of medical cases of former soldiers has quickly reached “scandal” proportions in Washington, D.C. and received widespread national media attention. But the conversation about how to resolve the VA’s problems has not yet hit the right notes.[read more]

Gun Violence Restraining Order: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

June 16, 2014 by Christina Thielst

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The idea of a gun violence restraining order is being proposed in wake of the recent killings just off the UCSB campus and the warning signs that were fully recognized too late. The idea is that family and friends could seek a restraining order from a judge in an effort to potentially prevent violent individuals from buying or keeping guns.[read more]

Anxiety of Hope? Drinking from the “Fire Hose” of Cancer News

June 7, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

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This is prime season for cancer news reporting, and we'll be delivering much of that to our readers. All this brings up a question for the individual patient. How closely should you monitor all this? And if you do pay close attention to the flood of news and information, does it cause you anxiety or give you hope?[read more]

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Apple's HealthKit Can Learn a Thing or Two from Microsoft HealthVault

June 6, 2014 by Kerry Guard
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Leave it to Apple to get the world talking: their recent unveiling of the cloud platform HealthKit along with accompanying mobile app "Health" thrust mobile health into the spotlight. But the new kid on the block has a lot to learn from existing cloud health platforms.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: Apple and the Dawn of the Worried Well (the Sequel)

June 3, 2014 by David Davidovic
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Apple Announces HealthKit dashboard

Yesterday at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, in their much-anticipated keynote, Apple announced the launch of “HealthKit,” a hub app for iOS to integrate health and fitness information in a common ecosystem. They also announced partnerships with The Mayo Clinic, with Nike, and others to support the application.[read more]

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Practice Fusion's Partnership with Merck, and Its Data Implications

June 1, 2014 by Cameron Graham

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Practice Fusion recently partnered with vaccine manufacturer and drug company Merck to launch an online healthcare portal for physicians called Population Health Management. I’ve written previously about how increased data collection could yield new insights into medicine, but this is one of the first real applications of such practices.[read more]

Eight Things We Are Looking for From Apple's Healthbook and iOS 8

May 21, 2014 by Morgan Brown

Both Samsung and Apple are planning—or reportedly planning—forays into health with their upcoming devices. There’s plenty of speculation around Apple’s Healthbook initiative and iOS 8, both of which are expected to be announced in one form or another at their Worldwide Developers Conference in June.[read more]

There's a MERS Patient in Your Hospital: Now What?

May 21, 2014 by Bill Crounse

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This week we learned from the CDC about the first case of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) that appears to have been transmitted from one person to another within the United States. Even more concerning is the fact that this most recent case was transmitted between two people who only had face-to-face business contact with each other.[read more]

Patients Helping Patients: Improving Health Literacy and Cancer Care

May 20, 2014 by Joan Justice

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ASCO recently published their paper on State of Cancer Care in America 2014. In this paper, authors outline concerns and possible courses of action. The report addresses cancer costs, increasing treatment options, growing number of cancer survivors, disparities of care and the challenges of meeting these needs and concerns.[read more]