Tag: health care

Miracle Life Support Machine ECMO Makes Heroic Rescues — And Leaves Patients In Limbo

By Melissa Bailey, Boston correspondent for Kaiser Health News. She previously worked for Stat as the national health care reporter. Originally published at Kaiser Health News The latest miracle machine in modern medicine — whose use has skyrocketed in recent years — is saving people from the brink of death: adults whose lungs have been […]

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Telemedical startup Cara Care raises $7 million to treat digestive symptoms

It’s estimated that annually, gastrointestinal diseases expenditures in the U.S. total $136 billion, exceeding the nation’s yearly spending on heart disease ($113 billion), trauma ($103 billion), and mental health ($99 billion). And gut ailments affect an estimated 60 to 70 million Americans each year, resulting in over 4 million hospitalizations, 72 million ambulatory care visits, […]

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The Question NBC’s Debate Moderators Should Ask Elizabeth Warren on #MedicareForAll

By Lambert Strether of Corrente Despite Warren’s protestations that she supports Medicare For All, she has been, to put matters as kindly as possible, “vague about how to achieve it.” That, plus her camaign staff’s virtual radio silence on the policy, has created confusion about whether she supports the policy at all, even in seasoned […]

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Two Hours Spent Weekly in Nature Improves Health

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. After deadlines and poor weather have kept me cooped up indoors for the last couple of days, I’m well aware of the irony of discussing the health benefits of spending time communing […]

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Neurotrack raises $21 million to detect and track dementia

Neurotrack, a Redwood City-based startup developing cognitive tests that can detect impairments in the hippocampus, the first structure in the brain to be affected by Alzheimer’s, today announced that it’s raised $21 million in series C financing led by by Khosla Ventures, with participation from strategic investors Sozo Ventures, Japanese insurance providers Dai-ichi Life and […]

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Analysis: Why Alexa’s Bedside Manner Is Bad For Health Care

Yves here. I can’t understand why anyone would trust Amazon with health care data. However, the author’s closing comment is disconcerting, since she appears to be unaware of the fact that electronic medical records are optimized for billing, and as we’ve documented (courtesy Health Care Renewal) for at least four year, are a serious detriment […]

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Affordable Care Act Reduces Racial Disparities in Cancer Treatment: Report

Photo: Getty Images It turns out the Affordable Care Act may have acted to make care affordable and accessible to black folks. According to new research, the law has been linked to a reduction in racial disparities in the care of cancer patients and to earlier diagnoses and treatment for ovarian cancer, according to the […]

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Lawmakers Push To Stop Surprise ER Billing

Yves here. This article is a bit fuzzier than I’d like on the details of how the proposed California legislation to bar balanced billing would work, and past failures to halt this practice says that details matter. However, as I read this piece, the intent is make health insurance work like old-fashioned indemnity plans, at […]

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Mabu the robot helps congestive heart failure patients monitor symptoms

Users of Mabu, a robot made especially to help people with congestive heart failure, said they’re 84% more likely to keep track of the signs and symptoms of their disease. That’s according to its first initial 40 users. Mabu was first made available for patients in 2018. Its first users are Kaiser Permanente patients, Catalia […]

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