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Why We’re Getting Patient Engagement Backwards

Why We’re Getting Patient Engagement Backwards | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
This drive for patient engagement often fails to recognize one important truth: Our healthcare system inadvertently, yet potently, discourages engagement. It ignores the fact that the patient is already the most engaged person in healthcare. The patient bears the disease, the pain, the scar – and, ultimately, the bill. In our search for greater engagement, we must realize what the comic strip Pogo said years ago – “we have met the enemy, and he is us.”

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Add in the potential of emerging digital therapeutics (aka health apps) to help prevent and manage chronic disease.  These tools of precarious potential are being developed as consumer products near the event horizon of the black hole we call health care.  Stay tuned.

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First Ever HIV Immunotherapy Drug Proven Safe For Use in Humans

First Ever HIV Immunotherapy Drug Proven Safe For Use in Humans | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
The first ever HIV immunotherapy drug has been proven safe in the preliminary results of a phase 1 clinical trial offering hope for a potential cure.
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Using the immune system to combat addiction

Using the immune system to combat addiction | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
According to new research, harnessing specific proteins that the immune system produces may lead to improved treatments for addiction, which is a notoriously difficult condition to treat.
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Chronic pain and the power of placebo

Chronic pain and the power of placebo | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
A new study has asked whether certain people with chronic pain should be given sugar pills to manage their symptoms. Scientists tap into the individual differences that make some people more susceptible to a placebo.
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NVIDIA Releases Computing Platform for AI in Medicine

NVIDIA Releases Computing Platform for AI in Medicine | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is already beginning to have an impact in medicine, but there’s certainly a lot more that we should be expecting from it in the future. There are a number of issues that prevent a wider adoption of AI in medicine, a lot of them technological in nature. For example, medical systems can produce vast quantities of data and a lot of the data may be coming from old, slow systems that were never expected to interface with modern computer platforms. Moreover, there aren’t a lot of tools available for medical technology developers to harness the power of AI.

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Vaccines and California's Science Deniers

Vaccines and California's Science Deniers | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it

Childhood vaccinations are one of the rare areas where the rest of the U.S. would do well to follow California’s lead. And the sooner, the better.

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Amazon In Healthcare: The E-Commerce Giant's Strategy For A $3 Trillion Market

Amazon In Healthcare: The E-Commerce Giant's Strategy For A $3 Trillion Market | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
Amazon could use its expertise to disrupt everything from the pharmaceutical supply chain to Medicare management. We break down the healthcare areas best suited for an Amazon entrance.
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Supporting the Advancement of Drug-Eluting Devices

Supporting the Advancement of Drug-Eluting Devices | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
Drug device combination products are increasingly being used in the treatment and control of medical conditions, as they offer several advantages when compared with drug delivery via oral, injection, and infusion methods. For this reason, drug-eluting medical device products have seen a surge in development, in particular those that elute regular controlled doses of drugs precisely and consistently to a treatment area.
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New Device Vibrates Skull to Diagnose Cause of Dizziness

New Device Vibrates Skull to Diagnose Cause of Dizziness | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it

Dizziness can be caused by a different underlying health problems, but identifying which is the culprit is not trivial. One technique is called a VEMP test (Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials), which requires the patient to listen to exceedingly loud popping sounds. These sounds, via a natural reflex, trigger the muscles in the eyes and neck to contract momentarily, and these contractions and how quickly they come about can help form a diagnosis.

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Mutant KRAS Gene: A Potential Target to Suppress Associated Cancers

Mutant KRAS Gene: A Potential Target to Suppress Associated Cancers | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it

RAS is a gene family that makes proteins which control cell growth and cell death in a human body. KRAS, HRAS and NRAS are the members of RAS gene family. This family produces more than 150 proteins. The RAS gene in its mutated (changed) form can be found in one-third of the cancers. This mutated form of RAS gene produces defective proteins, which causes uncontrolled growth of cells leading to cancer, as well as it makes cancer resistant to the existing therapies.

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Blockchain in healthcare: Huge promise, but largely unproven

Blockchain in healthcare: Huge promise, but largely unproven | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it

Providers and payers are looking at blockchain to solve problems ranging from interoperability to supply chain inefficiencies and getting people to adopt healthy behaviors.

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UK rejects Gilead's CAR-T cancer cell therapy as too expensive

UK rejects Gilead's CAR-T cancer cell therapy as too expensive | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
A cutting-edge CAR-T cell therapy for otherwise untreatable forms of blood cancer is too expensive to justify its use on Britain's state-funded health service, the country's healthcare cost agency NICE said on Tuesday.
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“If we’re going to see CAR-T therapy widely available on the NHS, we need to find ways to reduce the costs”. Ok. How?...
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Anti-Vaxxers Are Using Twitter to Manipulate a Vaccine Bill

Anti-Vaxxers Are Using Twitter to Manipulate a Vaccine Bill | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
A small group of vocal anti-vaxxers is fighting hard to make sure a vaccine bill doesn't pass.
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There’s no ‘I’ in cure

Finding a cure is no easy feat. And it’s not something that can be done alone. Of course there are scientists who dream of single-handedly discovering a new gene and naming it after themselves. But world-changing breakthroughs requires expertise from different fields, bringing fresh ideas to the table. Today, cardiologists, engineers, computer scientists and the like are joining forces to tackle some of the world’s biggest killers.

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The Way Drugs Are Sold & Distributed Is Opaque, Inefficient, & Costly. Here's How Companies Are Trying To Fix That.

The Way Drugs Are Sold & Distributed Is Opaque, Inefficient, & Costly. Here's How Companies Are Trying To Fix That. | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
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From larger entities taking on multiple roles in the drug supply chain — as seen with insurer Cigna's purchase of benefits manager Express Scripts — to new tech startups simplifying drug distribution, here's how the complex pharmaceuticals market is changing.
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Crohn's disease cure: How close are we?

Crohn's disease cure: How close are we? | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
At present, there is no cure for Crohn's disease. Doctors do not fully understand what causes the condition, which complicates the search for a cure.
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Looking Deep Into Living Brain Using Photon Counter on Laser Scanning Microscope

Looking Deep Into Living Brain Using Photon Counter on Laser Scanning Microscope | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
PySight, as the technology is called, uses open-source software with commercially available hardware to give laser scanning microscopes a photon counting feature. Currently, a technique called multiphoton miscroscopy is used to see the short-lived events deep in the brain. In it, a laser excites fluorescent markers that were injected into the brain and these markers glow for a short time after excitation. Because there’s so much activity that happens at once, it’s hard to see much detail unless imaging is done with a very fast frame rate. But the faster the frame rate, the darker each frame becomes.
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Understanding & Improving the Holistic Patient Experience in Health Care

Understanding & Improving the Holistic Patient Experience in Health Care | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it

Over the last few years, patient centricity in health care has been the go-to industry buzzword. But to paraphrase the most famous resident of Hibbing, Minnesota, Robert Zimmerman, these patient times may be a-changin’.

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Engineered natural killer cells may be the next great cancer immunotherapy

Engineered natural killer cells may be the next great cancer immunotherapy | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it

CAR T cells—their name comes from the chimeric antigen receptor, or CAR, added to help the immune cells target cancer cells—inspired the new work. CAR natural killer (CAR NK) cells could be safer, faster to produce, and cheaper, and they may work in situations where T cells falter. CAR-carrying macrophages also have potential advantages, and one firm plans to launch the first clinical trials of these cells next year.

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The Way Drugs Are Sold & Distributed Is Opaque, Inefficient, & Costly. Here's How Companies Are Trying To Fix That.

The Way Drugs Are Sold & Distributed Is Opaque, Inefficient, & Costly. Here's How Companies Are Trying To Fix That. | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
From large corporations assuming multiple roles in the drug supply chain — as seen with CVS' pending acquisition of insurer Aetna — to new startups leveraging tech to smooth drug distribution, here's how the complex pharmaceuticals market is changing.
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Focused Ultrasound and Intranasal Drug Delivery for Brain Cancer Therapy

Focused Ultrasound and Intranasal Drug Delivery for Brain Cancer Therapy | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
The technique involves administering drugs through an intranasal spray, meaning that the drug can travel directly into the brain along the trigeminal and olfactory nerves. Then, the researchers can use focused ultrasound to allow the drug to penetrate and accumulate in deeper layers of the tissue, and exert therapeutic benefit at the ultrasound-targeted region.
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40+ Companies Using Tech To Get Drugs To Patients More Quickly, Cheaply, & Safely

40+ Companies Using Tech To Get Drugs To Patients More Quickly, Cheaply, & Safely | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
The complex pharmaceutical supply chain is ripe for disruption from all angles. Here's how startups are leveraging tech to simplify the process of prescribing and delivering medication.
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The drug supply chain is complicated, opaque, and overcrowded, involving a host of intermediaries that stand between drug manufacturers and the patients they aim to serve. These intermediaries — which include wholesalers, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), insurers, and pharmacies — capture $41 of every $100 spent on drugs in a retail pharmacy, and have a combined market cap of almost three-quarters of a trillion dollars.
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How the rise of anti-vaccine and other ‘misinfodemics’ makes us more susceptible to disease

How the rise of anti-vaccine and other ‘misinfodemics’ makes us more susceptible to disease | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it

The importance — to our health — of becoming digitally savvy is the focus of a provocative article published online Thursday in the Atlantic magazine. The article describes the health-related dangers posed by a phenomenon the article’s authors call misinfodemics — “the spread of a particular health outcome or disease facilitated by viral misinformation.”

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Scientists identify universal influenza vaccine

Scientists identify universal influenza vaccine | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it

Scientists have found a potential universal influenza vaccine that could protect against most strains of the virus. The vaccine called candidate is described in the journal Nature Communications, received a strong antibody response to a structure on the surface of flu viruses, called the hemagglutinin (HA) stalk. According to researchers, it protected mice from infection by various flu strains. It has the potential to be developed into a universal flu vaccine.

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Alzheimer's Disease May Be Predicted with a Simple Eye Exam

Alzheimer's Disease May Be Predicted with a Simple Eye Exam | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
Researchers are developing an early detection method for Alzheimer's Disease that involves a non-invasive eye exam.
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Novel nanoparticle-based approach detects and treats oral plaque without drugs

Novel nanoparticle-based approach detects and treats oral plaque without drugs | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
When the good and bad bacteria in our mouth become imbalanced, the bad bacteria form a biofilm (aka plaque), which can cause cavities, and if left untreated over time, can lead to cardiovascular and other inflammatory diseases like diabetes and bacterial pneumonia.
A team of researchers from the University of Illinois has recently devised a practical nanotechnology-based method for detecting and treating the harmful bacteria that cause plaque and lead to tooth decay and other detrimental conditions (Biomaterials, "Dual purpose hafnium oxide nanoparticles offer imaging Streptococcus mutans dental biofilm and fight it In vivo via a drug free approach").
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