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Parents fight insurance company to keep baby's cancer surgery docs - About Health Degrees

Parents fight insurance company to keep baby's cancer surgery docs - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Savannah Snodgrass was just four months old in March, when doctors discovered the tumor in her left temporal lobe and sent her to Texas Children’s Hospital. Deeming Savannah too young and fragile for brain surgery, doctors monitored her closely only to find the tumor growing. This week, the team of specialists there ordered emergency surgery to be performed on Tuesday, but the operation was scuttled when Superior HealthPlan, a Texas-based HMO, wrote a letter to Tessa Snodgrass denying coverage at the hospital.

 

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Vinod Khosla on the Power of Storytelling and the Future of Healthcare

Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures and co-founder of Sun Microsystems, delivers an exclusive talk to Startup Health companies at the June 2014 Healthcare Transformer Summit at Health Datapalooza in Washington, DC.

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Leader of MIT Hacking Medicine is teaching startups how to disrupt healthcare

Leader of MIT Hacking Medicine is teaching startups how to disrupt healthcare | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
Andrea Ippolito, co-director of MIT Hacking Medicine, is a keynote speaker at MedCity's upcoming conference CONVERGE.

The hackathons are structured to ensure a broad range of perspectives from physicians, nurses engineers and developers. Teams are also required to develop a business model for their solutions that identifies a specific unmet or inadequately met need, how the solution can be delivered and who pays for it. The rest of the weekend is spent between stripping away the ideas and building them into workable tools. That way issues like validating needs, design and execution of the solution can be addressed early in the process.


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13 reasons why the internet is good for you

13 reasons why the internet is good for you | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
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Jessica Aguti's curator insight, June 28, 4:09 PM

Internet offers all this potential how can teachers fully exploit this?

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Online Education Addressing Need for More Nurses

Online Education Addressing Need for More Nurses | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

From children in need of check-ups to the ever-revolving doors of the ER, the healthcare industry would be lost at sea without competent and caring nurses at every turn.

To help the U.S. mitigate what some healthcare industry analysts predict will be a significant shortage of nurses in the coming decade, academia’s leading drivers of online education are stepping up efforts to make prospective nursing students realize the bounty of academic opportunities available to them in the digital world.

Just this week, AmeriTech College – one of the nation’s foremost academic institutions for individuals seeking a career in healthcare – produced a new infographic illustrating why nursing remains a growing a vital field. For more insight, check it out at: http://mhealthwatch.com/online-education-addressing-need-for-more-nurses-23350/

 
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Digital health is going to need medical approval and a great UI

Digital health is going to need medical approval and a great UI | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

So far the internet of things hasn’t made much headway into patient care in the medical setting, but consumers are buying wellness devices for a variety of reasons. Will the medical world embrace that data?

 

The intersection of healthcare and connected devices was thrown into high relief these last few weeks as both Apple and Samsung unveiled ecosystems to take consumer health data and turn it into actionable intelligence.

 

But this week’s guests at the Weekly podacst at GigaOm are confident that as advanced as consumer-grade consumer grade health devices get, they won’t become something doctors are hot on for years to come — if ever.

 

In this week’s podcast Stacey Higginbotham discusses medical connected devices and where it may meet the consumer with Rick Valencia from Qualcomm Life. Will doctor’s prescribe our apps or devices? 


 Listen to the podcast at  http://soundcloud.com/gigaom-internet-of-things  Original article at http://gigaom.com/2014/06/09/digital-health-is-going-to-need-medical-approval-and-a-great-ui/ ;
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Vigisys's curator insight, June 15, 4:22 AM

Un podcast intéressant qui évoque les freins à l'utilisation médicale des objets connectés. On y évoque le besoin de valider les usages avec des études cliniques et d'adapter les interfaces à un usage professionnel. Que du bon sens !

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New Fart App Teaches Nutrition To Kids At Home And In School, Plus 5 Foods Sure To Cause Gas - Masters and PhDs

New Fart App Teaches Nutrition To Kids At Home And In School, Plus 5 Foods Sure To Cause Gas - Masters and PhDs | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Nutrition is often overwhelming and complex for adults, which is why children more often than not have a difficult time swimming through the sea of confusing ingredients and dietary requirements. Imagine having an app to not only make it easier to understand but also entertain the kid? In a strange and silly twist to teaching, the new app Fart Code is being used as a health and science tool to clearly communicate nutrition labels with humor and creativity.

 

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Apple Introduces HealthKit At WWDC; An All-In-One Integrative App For Health And Fitness - About Health Degrees

Apple Introduces HealthKit At WWDC; An All-In-One Integrative App For Health And Fitness - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Along with its new Mac operating system, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the new iOS 8 was also unveiled, bringing with it a host of new features and apps, including the brand new HealthKit.

HealthKit will allow users to monitor their health while also keeping track of any information they accrue through fitness apps like Nike Plus. The company is also working with hospitals, doctors, and other health care providers like Mayo Clinic to create a bridge between provider and patient for health information. By doing this, users of the app will be notified when certain metrics, like their weight and calorie intake, are outside of healthy ranges, The Economic Times reported.

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mHealth in Africa [infographic]

mHealth in Africa [infographic] | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

With 15 doctors per 100,000 inhabitants (against 322 in France) and more than half the population living in rural areas, access to medical facilities is currently very difficult in Africa.


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François Seppey's curator insight, June 6, 3:36 AM

Information intéressante alors que se déroule la 2ème journée e-health organisée par la HES-SO Valis-Wallis et la Fondation The Ark.

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New Double Helix Visualization Revises What We Know About DNA

New Double Helix Visualization Revises What We Know About DNA | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

By using an advanced microscopy technique, researchers have collected the most precise measurements to date of DNA’s tangled structure. Their results showed significant variations to the well-known double helix — variations that are offering fresh insights into the inner workings of this life-bearing molecule.

This was a collaborative project by researchers from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN). To measure and conceptualize large, irregularly arranged chunks of individual DNA molecules, they used a technique called “soft-touch” atomic force microscopy (AFM). But the technique doesn’t allow scientists to actually see the DNA. Rather, a miniature probe feels the surface of the molecules one by one.

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Click here to support Be part of a visual experience for someone losing their sight by Michael Benson

Click here to support Be part of a visual experience for someone losing their sight by Michael Benson | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Jonathan has been chosen to have a "burn it" Visual Experience at Niagara Falls that will last beyond his physical sight. We need your help! www.visualexperiencefoundation.org

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Infographic: All The Wearables You Could Be Wearing Right Now

Infographic: All The Wearables You Could Be Wearing Right Now | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
Fjord lays out the state and stats of wearable tech.

Our appetite for self-improvement and a desire to take greater control over our lifestyles is fueling the development of an array of wearables--from glasses, jackets, and T-shirts to arm bands, socks, and even (thanks, Microsoft) the "smart bra." So if you want to be healthier, fitter or even sleep better, there's now a product in the market (or soon to launch, at least) for you.

According to research into 27 of the most notable wearable devices by Fjord, part of Accenture Interactive, around 70 percent are intended to monitor our body in some way (the remaining 23 percent being designed for communication). Fifty-nine percent of these health-oriented devices monitor health and 48 percent track fitness. Meanwhile, 7 percent can help a user sleep.

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Living on Earth: Pesticides Found in GM Soy; Vermont Orders Labels

Living on Earth: Pesticides Found in GM Soy; Vermont Orders Labels | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

A recent study found “extreme levels” of the herbicide glyphosate, linked to birth defects and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, in genetically modified soybeans farmed in Iowa. The US federal government doesn’t recognize a material difference between GM and non-GM crops but Vermont will require all genetically modified foods carry labels from 2016. Scientist Michael Hansen of Consumers' Union discusses GM food safety with host Steve Curwood.


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mHealth: To Invest or Not to Invest? - About Health Degrees

mHealth: To Invest or Not to Invest? - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

A study of 2000+ South African women has been conducted in order to understand the needs and wants of pregnant women and mothers with children under the age of two, to comprehend their mobile usage and habits, and recognise their perception and experience of existing MNCH messaging services and other mHealth services.

We gained a number of interesting insights ...

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Eating Broccoli May Give Harmful Chemicals The Boot - About Health Degrees

Eating Broccoli May Give Harmful Chemicals The Boot - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

The results of a recent clinical trial suggest that compounds in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli (and kale) prod cells to get rid of certain air pollutants. The intriguing randomized control trial of about 300 Chinese adults found that consuming a beverage made with broccoli sprouts every day for three months led to high rates of excretion (in urine) of two harmful chemicals: benzene and acrolein.

Now, benzene and acrolein are pretty common. If you’re pumping gas at a gas station, you’ll breathe in a little benzene, and if you’re smoking or around smokers, you’ll take in acrolein (and some benzene, too). If you live in a place with heavy pollution, you may get a big enough dose of benzene to make you sick — though that can be tough to prove.

Lately, scientists have been zeroing in on a compound called glucoraphanin that seems to have a protective effect against these and other toxins.

 
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Her Baby Is At Risk: Lauren's Story

Her Baby Is At Risk: Lauren's Story | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
They were having a baby. Both she and her husband carry a gene that might cause problems, "might" being a 25 percent chance. Is that high? Low? What to do? Here's the story, nicely drawn, deeply felt.
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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, 2014 Update: How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally - About Health Degrees

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, 2014 Update: How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. Among the 11 nations studied in this report—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States—the U.S. ranks last, as it did in the 2010, 2007, 2006, and 2004 editions of Mirror, Mirror. 

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Nanoscale composites improve MRI: Researchers merge magnetic particles to detect, fight disease

Nanoscale composites improve MRI: Researchers merge magnetic particles to detect, fight disease | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Submicroscopic particles that contain even smaller particles of iron oxide could make magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) a far more powerful tool to detect and fight disease.

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Why Apple's partnership with Epic is a game changer for patients

Why Apple's partnership with Epic is a game changer for patients | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

When Apple announced iOS 8 at WWDC last week, less than 5 minutes of the almost two hour long event was fully dedicated to explaining the Health App and Healthkit platform.  Even though the announcement had such a small amount of time dedicated to it, there was a disproportionate amount of  excitement about Apple’s first full foray into mobile health. Some are claiming Apple will definitively solve the problem of health metric silos, and Healthkit will finally enable a platform where data from various apps and devices can easily be captured.

 

Let’s make this clear — Apple’s health app and healthkit is not a panacea. It’s certainly a big step — but not for the reason most people think.

Most people think the key is for Apple to create a slick app that automatically ties into other healthcare app’s metric repository and for Apple to do a better job of displaying that information to end users. They think the key is for Apple to create a hardware platform that helps collect metrics as well, such as the rumored iWatch.

       

However, it’s not about the hardware or slick software. In this case, it’s about the partnerships. In particular, a partnership with Epic. The Mayo Clinic partnership Apple mentioned alongside Epic is interesting and has more sex appeal to the general patient population because of Mayo’s name — but it’s not nearly as big of a deal as Epic. Not even close.


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DNA Sequencing Test Saves Young Teen’s Life, As Technology Just Months Away From Commercial Approval - Masters and PhDs

DNA Sequencing Test Saves Young Teen’s Life, As Technology Just Months Away From Commercial Approval - Masters and PhDs | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Many recent headlines regarding DNA and genetic science have been complex and hard for the average person to relate to. When the technology saves a young person’s life, such as what happened recently at the University of California, San Francisco, the science takes on human qualities, and as a public, we can truly grasp just how important and revolutionary this combination of biology and technology really is.

 
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Obamacare Cancer Coverage: Young Adults Are Experiencing Improved Cancer Outcomes, Thanks To Affordable Care Act - About Health Degrees

Obamacare Cancer Coverage: Young Adults Are Experiencing Improved Cancer Outcomes, Thanks To Affordable Care Act - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, may help improve cancer outcomes for young people who would’ve otherwise been uninsured, according to a new study. Researchers from Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center along with Harvard Medical School uncovered the dangerous possibilities of being an uninsured young person.

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Chocolate-Loving Gut Microbes Turn Cocoa Into Heart-Healthy Molecules - Online Masters and PhDs

Chocolate-Loving Gut Microbes Turn Cocoa Into Heart-Healthy Molecules - Online Masters and PhDs | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Now scientists are offering an explanation for just why cocoa powder may be good for the heart and waistline. The magic may reside in our microbes. The friendly bacteria in our guts can gobble up cocoa powder and turn it into compounds known to help the heart, food scientists from Louisiana State University reported Tuesday at the American Chemical Society meeting in Dallas. The critters also convert the cocoa powder into molecules that reduce inflammation and help tell us when we’re full.

“These are good compounds to have in your gut,” says John Finley, who led the study. “They can get absorbed into your blood” and protect cells in your blood vessels from stress, he says.

 
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Wireless energy powers pacemaker in live rabbit

Wireless energy powers pacemaker in live rabbit | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

There’s electricity in the air. A rabbit’s beating heart has been regulated using a tiny pacemaker that beams in energy from outside its body. It is the first time this kind of wireless energy transfer has been demonstrated in a living animal. If such wirelessly powered medical implants can work in people too, it would reduce the seriousness of the procedures required to get them fitted.

“Our device is small, so it will be much easier to deliver into the body,” says Ada Poon of Stanford University in California, who led the team that implanted the tiny pacemaker.

Being fitted with a pacemaker currently requires surgery plus another operation when the battery eventually runs down. So Poon and her colleagues outfitted a rabbit with a pacemaker that has no battery and is just 3 millimetres long (see picture, above right). A metal plate, powered only by a cellphone battery, was then held a couple of centimetres above the rabbit’s chest.

 
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An ultra-sensitive chip for early cancer detection

An ultra-sensitive chip for early cancer detection | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Today, the majority of cancers are detected on the macroscopic level, when the tumor is already composed of millions of cancer cells and the disease is starting to advance into a more mature phase.

But what if we could diagnose cancer It would be like putting a fire out while it was still just a few sparks versus after having already caught on and spread to many areas of the house.

An international team of researchers, led by ICFO – Institute of Photonic Sciences in Castelldefels, has developed a “lab-on-a-chip” platform capable of detecting very low concentrations of protein cancer markers in the blood, using the latest advances in plasmonics, nano-fabrication, microfluids and surface chemistry.

The device enables diagnoses of the disease in its earliest stages before it take hold, which is key to successful diagnosis and treatment of this disease.

This cancer-tracking nano-device shows great promise as a tool for future cancer treatments because of its reliability, sensitivity, potential low cost, and small size (only a few square centimeters), allowing for effective diagnosis and treatment procedures in remote places.


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New Study: Red Wine and Dark Chocolate Won’t Save Your Life - About Health Degrees

New Study: Red Wine and Dark Chocolate Won’t Save Your Life - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

A new study looking at the impact of resveratrol, an antioxidant found in grape skin and dark chocolate, says that it may not be the fountain of youth so many people hoped it would be.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Barcelona tracked 783 men and women aged 65 or older. They used urine samples to measure resveratrol levels every 24 hours for nine years.

Results showed resveratrol levels did not have a substantial influence on heart disease, cancer, inflammation, or longevity.

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