Health

VA reverses course, releases health care quality data

The Department of Veterans Affairs has quietly released quality-of-care ratings for its medical centers across the country, despite years of refusing to share them with the public. The move follows a USA TODAY investigation that revealed ratings for 146 VA medical centers for the first time earlier this month. VA Secretary Bob McDonald complained at the time that their publication …

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GuideWell Innovation forms strategic partnership with UST Global

New innovation facility in Orlando’s Lake Nona Medical City to be renamed “GuideWell UST Global Innovation Center”  GuideWell Innovation announced today a multi-year joint strategic relationship with UST Global with the intent to deliver transformative, innovative health solutions within the soon-to-open innovation facility in Orlando’s Lake Nona Medical City. As a result of this groundbreaking partnership, the previously announced GuideWell Innovation Center will …

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DIGITAL DISRUPTION IN HEALTH CARE: The $8.7 trillion opportunity in digital health

Health care is a multi-trillion-dollar behemoth of the global economy — but it has a complicated relationship with technology, embracing some innovative tools while resisting others. Whether patients and their doctors are ready or not, though, digital disruption in health care will only accelerate in the years ahead.   This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, …

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Which Health Plan Is Cheaper?

Doing a thorough comparison of health care plans is difficult. But there is an imperfect, yet fairly, simple way to check whether a high-deductible plan might qualify for “no-brainer” status, meaning, it enables you to save on health care no matter how often you go to the doctor. Here’s how to do it: Start with your premiums Figure out how much you would have …

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Three cups of coffee a day ‘may have health benefits’

It found a lower risk of liver disease and some cancers in coffee drinkers, and a lower risk of dying from stroke – but researchers could not prove coffee was the cause.(Credit: Getty Images) Too much coffee during pregnancy could be harmful, the review confirmed. Experts said people should not start drinking coffee for health reasons. The University of Southampton researchers collected data …

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The surprising obstacle to curing Alzheimer’s: Top doctor explains why patent laws are holding us back

Thirty years ago, scientists began to unlock the mysteries regarding the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. This knowledge ushered in an era of great enthusiasm that scientists could develop new therapies to either prevent Alzheimer’s or significantly slow the symptoms once present. Despite continued progress and renewed hope that some therapies now in human trials will modify the course of the …

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Senate Plans to End Obamacare Mandate in Revised Tax Proposal

Senate Republicans have decided to include the repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most people have health insurance into the sprawling tax rewrite, merging the fight over health care with the high-stakes effort to cut taxes. They also have made a calculated gamble to help speed their bill to passage on a party-line vote: Republicans revealed late Tuesday …

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New health guidelines say you might have high blood pressure

Thirty million Americans are getting some bad health news: they have high blood pressure and need to do something about it, according to new, more aggressive hypertension treatment guidelines released by heart doctors Monday. The doctors and other experts, from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other groups, are moving the goal line for blood pressure control, …

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Bill Gates Is Now Tackling Alzheimer’s With a Huge Investment in Dementia Research

Bill Gates is adding Alzheimer’s to the roster of causes he has put his money behind. The billionaire is investing $50 million of his personal money in the London-based Dementia Discovery Fund, which is a private-public collaboration that invests in innovative dementia research. He plans to invest at least another $50 million into other startups that are working on “less mainstream” …

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Jeff Sessions sued by 12-year-old girl with epilepsy who wants to legalize medical marijuana

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being sued by a 12-year-old Colorado girl suffering from epilepsy who aims to legalize medical marijuana nationwide. Alexis Bortell, along with her father and other plaintiffs, including former NFL player Marvin Washington, filed suit in the Southern District of New York against the attorney general as well as the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Many states now allow use of …

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