Meet the Twitter ‘mafia’ in health and fitness tech

A LinkedIn search revealed that more than 20 former Twitter employees are now at health, fitness and bio-tech start-ups. The vast majority of them joined or founded these companies in the past two years, in the midst of Twitter’s well-documented executive shakeup. This list includes but is not limited to: Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, who’s now running a fitness app called Chorus Former Twitter industry manager Julie Martin, who’s now working with Costolo as head of partnerships at Chorus Fitness; and ex-Twitter senior product manager Erin Moore, now head of product…

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Take a look at the maps that show Obamacare’s big effect on Americans’ health insurance coverage

Those vanishing areas of dark blue are what Obamacare’s effect on the number of Americans without health insurance looks like. The United States Census Bureau on Tuesday released a series of maps that vividly show broad increases in health coverage nationally in the years after full implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The maps use dark blue to show states that have 14 percent or more of their residents without health insurance. Lighter shades of blue highlight states with lower uninsured rates. Census officials published the maps as they released a report revealing that…

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How To Pitch Essays To BuzzFeed Health For Mental Health Week

Dola Sun for BuzzFeed News Health is BuzzFeed’s home for trustworthy coverage of all kinds of health-related topics, including sexual and reproductive health, mental health, fitness and nutrition, and more. We strive to be inclusive and aggressively non-judgmental in our approach, and to cover/report on/represent as wide a range of experiences as possible. What is Mental Health Week? From October 2 through 8, 2017, BuzzFeed Health will be publishing a lineup of content (reporting, essays, first-person accounts, videos, and more) on mental health, mental illness, access to care, treatment, and related topics….

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Public health isn’t about state-run hospitals

The term ‘public health’ has been misappropriated to mean healthcare in the public sector. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint Nearly all democracies use two modalities of modern medicine to keep citizens healthy—public health and disease-care. Public health is what the state does to prevent diseases and to protect health. In contrast, disease-care includes the different types of biomedical interventions that are carried out to restore health after an individual falls ill. Therefore, disease-care is popularly called “healthcare”. Healthcare is labour-intensive, given by one worker to one client at a time. Clinics and…

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What You Should Know About the Pro-Vegan Netflix Film ‘What the Health’

The recent pro-vegan Netflix documentary, What the Health, is under fire from nutrition experts. The film, which is co-directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn—the creators of another Netflix documentary, Cowspiracy—and co-produced by actor Joaquin Phoenix, is being criticized by some health professionals for exaggerating weak data and misrepresenting science to promote a diet that avoids all animal foods. TIME fact-checked the film. Here are four things that What the Health got wrong—and what it got right. No, eggs are not as bad for you as cigarettes The documentary claims that eating an egg a day is as bad for…

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The FDA Reauthorization Act Symbolizes Need for Bipartisan Health Care Solutions

The Republican Party promised that as soon as they were elected they would repeal and replace Obamacare. Six months later — after multiple failed attempts — there is only a glimmer of hope that our nation’s legislatures will still work to find better healthcare solutions for Americans. But just last week, in a rare bipartisan fashion, Senate Democrats and Republicans came together to pass the FDA Reauthorization Act. The bill, which passed without amendments from the House version passed in June, went straight to President Trump’s desk and is expected…

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Love Island: stars’ on-screen smoking angers health charity

Chloe Crowhurst, left, and Amber Davies smoke during a Love Island episode. Photograph: ITV The bedroom activities of Love Island’s glamorous contestants are providing many a watercooler moment in offices across the land. But their love of smoking is provoking an altogether different kind of debate. Amid growing concerns about the rise of smoking on screens and its influence on the young, the media regulator Ofcom has been asked by a leading health charity to investigate whether the show is in breach of strict codes governing lighting up on television. Action…

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The new Senate health care bill — and the return of preexisting conditions — explained

Senate Republicans introduced a revised version of their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, one that would allow insurers to once again deny coverage based on preexisting conditions, and to charge higher rates to sick people. The bill would keep most of the Affordable Care Act’s tax increases but repeal one aimed specifically at medical device manufacturers. It would deeply cut the Medicaid program, making few changes to the bill’s first draft. Even with these new changes, the general structure of the bill stays the same from…

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The Senate GOP’s audacious health care Jedi mind trick

A strange line has trickled out from Senate Republicans in the past few days: We don’t even have a health care plan. Those 145 pages of detailed legislative text? The ones that were rigorously analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office? What are you talking about? It’s a Jedi mind trick for the ages. Vox’s Sarah Kliff wrote last month about the remarkable lengths Republicans have gone to to mislead and obfuscate about their health care plans. It was no accident that Senate leadership decided to draft its bill entirely out of public view. But denying the existence of a…

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Improved Vaccination Rates Would Fall Victim to Senate Health Cuts

Passage of the Senate’s health care bill, as proposed, would risk eroding national health in one little-discussed way, according to medical experts: It would eliminate cash that pays for vaccines to protect the most vulnerable among us from diseases like mumps, measles or the flu. Former Pres. Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) currently requires new health insurance plans to cover federally recommended vaccines for adults and children, without making patients share the costs through co-pays or deductibles—a “first dollar” coverage mandate meant to help Americans overcome the financial obstacle…

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