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First Edition: January 30, 2019

Note to readers: If you are in the D.C. area, please join us Thursday, Jan. 31, for a live taping of KHN’s weekly podcast, “What The Health,” hosted by Julie Rovner and her expert panel of health journalists. Registration begins at 12:30 pm. For more information and to RSVP, click here Kaiser Health News:...

Google Assistant users can now access Lifesum to enter calories, health goals

Just in time for those New Year’s resolutions, Lifesum, a Swedish health tracking app, will now be available to Google Assistant users. This integration will allow users to keep a record of their meals, water consumption and weight by talking to their Google Assistant.  Users can access the system by saying “Hey Google, talk to...

Resolving Lower Back Pain for Good With NST

By Dr. Michael Nixon-Livy Overview Without doubt lower back pain is one of modern man's most frequent, challenging and unrelenting problematic health conditions. In this age of modern medical and scientific research, new discoveries are being made at a rapid rate; yet, nothing is emerging to quell the seemingly worsening state of affairs accompanying the undeniable fact...

Teladoc, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital ink deal to develop pediatric-specific telehealth platform

Telemedicine giant Teladoc announced this morning that it is teaming up with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on a new project aimed at creating a consumer pediatric telehealth platform for hospital and health systems.  As part of the partnership, doctors from Cincinnati Children’s will lead the advisory team. The hospital team is set to advise on pediatric-specific...

‘Medicare-For-All’ Gets Buzzy In Unexpected Locales

This story also ran on ABC News. This story can be republished for free (details). COLUMBIA, S.C. — It was a sleepy Saturday in mid-February. But Virginia Sanders was speaking, and the audience was rapt. “One might not have the power. But a thousand has the power,” she said. “Don’t let anybody fool you that...

National Rate Of Suicide, Alcohol And Drug Deaths Hits Record High

Advocates say the country needs to better understand what drives "these devastating deaths of despair.” In other public health news: Alzheimer's, the flu, migrant health, depression, and more. USA Today: Suicide, Alcohol, Drug Deaths Reach All-Time HighThe number of deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2017 hit the highest level since federal data collection started in...

Measles Outbreaks Tests Already Fractured Trust Orthodox Jewish Community Has With Local Governments

Rockland County, New York, besieged by one of the country's largest measles outbreaks, took the unusual step of banning all vaccinated children from public places. Many of those effected by the outbreak are from the Orthodox Jewish community, and advocates worry the government's response could strain an already distrustful relationship. The Wall Street Journal:...

Will Cutting Out Booze for ‘Dry January’ Help Your Health?

Share on: THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- "Dry January" is the self-improvement meme of the moment, with people around the world pledging to take a break from alcohol this month. READ: Mommy Drinking Culture "Basically, it's a New Year's resolution," said Dr. Scott Krakower, assistant unit chief of psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital, in...

LiverNerds Lab opens in Liverpool

Aiming to improve health and social care services, a new lab named LiverNerds is giving innovators a space to test new digital solutions. It brings together the work of an NHS trust through the flagship global digital exemplar programme and the city’s £3.5m 5G health and social care pilot, and last week, MobiHealthNews went to visit Liverpool’s...

Lawyers For Elizabeth Holmes Lament Sheer Enormity Of Documentation U.S. Has Compiled On Theranos Scandal

At a hearing on Monday to set the date of a trial for Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and her deputy Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, Judge Edward J. Davila appeared sympathetic to the lawyers' plight. “It’s only millions of pages,” Davila said wryly. “What’s the problem?” Davila discussed the potential of a start in April...

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