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Will direct primary care be offered by employers?

Part of a series. Comprehensive primary care for employees means better employee health, greater productivity, less presenteesism and lower costs for both employee and employer. That is why some companies are making health care a strategic imperative rather than just a tactic as part of human resource cost management. Some are developing full service enhanced […]

Moms tell PBH about fresh produce challenges

The Produce For Better Health Foundation’s latest report from the front lines shows moms believe in fruits and vegetables but face daunting challenges.

Branding, Cheerleading, and even some Progress

 “There’s no wrong way to spend your time at Health2.0.” – Health 2.0 Last week, hundreds gathered from around the world for the 8th annual Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California. For better or for worse, the event continues … Read more ›

PepsiCo Wants to Bastardize Granola Bars With Pop Rocks Candy

Remember when granola bars were considered a health food? Food conglomerate PepsiCo has filed a patent for its groundbreaking idea of adding "carbonated candy" (perhaps better known by its Pop Rocks brand name) to granola bars. According...Show More Summary

The ALS ice bucket challenge: Analysis of why it went viral

The ALS ice bucket challenge, better known as #ALSIceBucketChallenge or #icebucketchallenge, was almost the perfect storm for viral fundraising. In my course, Designing Health Campaigns Using Social Media at Tufts University, we analyzed why the challenge went viral. Show More Summary

U-M, USC, Broad to Study Genetics of Two Mental Health Disorders

Researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Medical School and collaborators at two other institutions will undertake the largest whole genome sequencing study funded to date, as they seek to better understand bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Extra Extra: Emanuel Rips Lewis Plan To Legalize, Tax Pot

Rahm ridiculed Karen Lewis over her plan to legalize and tax pot to create revenue. Because closing schools and mental health clinics is a much, much better idea! [ more › ]

Obama Urges Global Effort to Help Prevent Epidemics

4 days agoHealth : NYT: Health

The president spoke at a White House meeting of more than 40 health ministers, imploring them to provide better services to prevent deadly outbreaks like Ebola.

Discrepancies in access to new cancer drugs revealed

Access to potentially life-extending cancer drugs varies significantly in different regions of the world, two new studies show. Researchers say the results demonstrate the need for better collaboration between doctors and health authorities on an international scale, to ensure patients have access to the best treatments.

Why the government is angry at Apple and Google

We don't need hackers accessing our personal health data or home automation. If that encryption keeps government out, even better. So FBI Director James Comey has a sad because criminals will run amok and a US city will probably getShow More Summary

A new wearable senses skin temperature to monitor heart health

We just shared ten ways medical wearables are changing medicine for the better, and now here’s another innovative example. It’s a small (around 5cm square) ultra-thin patch that sits on the skin and is usually worn on the wrist. It was developed by scientists at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Show More Summary

The new HHS secretary’s biggest task: A better Obamacare experience

About four months after Kathleen Sebelius stepped down from one of the most politically challenging posts in the Obama administration, we're starting to get a feel for how her successor will run the show. The new Health and Human Services secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, this week delivered her first speech directly addressing the Affordable Care […]

5 examples of what health care IT should look like

Over the last year I’ve written a lot about the problems with health care IT and how we need to get better. Unfortunately, unlike other aspects of our life where information technology has actually made life easier, in health care the user experience been nowhere near as smooth. IT solutions, including electronic medical records, are […]

Hackers Unite to Build a Better Breast Pump

Even this baby is surprised there's not a better breast pump on the market. Photo by Che-Wei Wang More than 150 engineers, coders, designers, lactation specialists, maternal and pediatric health specialists, marketing professionals,Show More Summary

Ten wonderful ways wearables are changing medicine for the better #WearablesWeek

When you think about wearables and health, you might think of devices that measure how well you sleep or how fast you run. And they can be great: there’s no doubt many people find them motivating and enjoy having more insight into their habits. Show More Summary

A modular TV that tracks your health

This week’s Smart Health roundup features a healthy round of funding for iHealth Lab, a television that does more than entertain you, and a fresh effort to help people with food allergies better enjoy their dining experiences.  . iHealth Lab’s healthy … Continue reading ?

See Hue later: Philips to spin out its lighting division to focus on connected health

last weekTechnology : GigaOM

Philips is splitting into two companies. One dedicated to lighting and the other to consumer and medical technology. Both companies will be better positioned for the changes wrought by the internet…

Better Nursing Resources for Critically Ill Babies Could Improve Health of 7 out of 10 Black Preemies

In the first study of its kind about critically ill infants, a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing investigation shows that an insufficient number of nurses and poor work environments are associated with poorer health of infants born in hospitals that care for disproportionately many black infants.

Which Way to Better Health: A Roadmap to Save Mothers and Newborns

Co-authored with Carolyn Miles As children we were fascinated when our school teachers rolled out the maps showing different parts of world. Even today as we've each traveled the world in our respective roles maps still hold a certain fascination and urgency to go beyond where we've been -- to move forward. Show More Summary

Beating stress outdoors? Nature group walks may improve mental health

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — They are common suggestions to remedy stress: You just need a breath of fresh air. Walk it off. Get out and see people. Turns out all those things combined may in fact make you feel better – a lot better – a new large scale study suggests. read more

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