Amazon has explored getting into consumer health diagnostics — testing for disease at home

Leonard Ortiz | Digital First Media | Getty Images Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, speaks to a group of Amazon employees that are veterans during an Amazon Veterans Day celebration, to honor the [email protected], a group of employees who have served in the military and their spouses, in an event outside a hanger at the Long Beach Airport in Long Beach on Monday, November 12, 2018. The event included the unveiling Amazon’s 40th airplane named Valor in honor of the group. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Digital First Media/Orange County…

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The Crystal Ball: 10 Healthcare Industry Predictions for 2019

Getty As the year draws to a close, I’ve been thinking about what’s in store for healthcare in 2019. I offer ten predictions below: sincere ones, hopeful ones and a few final thoughts submitted with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek. Real Predictions 1. Humanism and humanity will make a real comeback. When you walk the halls of most hospitals and clinics these days, two subjects you hear a lot about are patient dissatisfaction and physician burnout. The two are closely linked. In the past, digital health has been…

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Health privacy advocates worry DeepMind will break its promise not to share health data with Google, but the company says nothing is changing

DeepMind, the Alphabet subsidiary focused on health and AI, announced in a company blog post on Tuesday that its health group will be absorbed by Google. That news comes just days after Google disclosed plans to form a new, centralized health unit at its Silicon Valley, California headquarters led by David Feinberg, a physician and former hospital executive. As part of the move, Google will now manage the Streams app that DeepMind created. Streams is a tool to help doctors and nurses figure out which of their patients are at…

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Budget pledges on health and social care dismissed as ‘sticking plaster’

eter Byrne/PA Health experts have said the chancellor’s £20.5bn boost for the NHS in England by 2023 will leave the service still struggling to cope with rising demand for treatment. The pressure on already overloaded A&E and GP services will continue because Philip Hammond only gave an extra £650m to prop up crumbling social care services, it was claimed. Theresa May has promised the £20.5bn increase in NHS funding over the next five years will yield major improvements in cancer and mental health care. But doubts were raised about how…

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Delays in NHS mental health treatment ‘ruining lives’

People with mental health problems are waiting so long for NHS care they are ending up jobless, divorced or in financial distress because of the delay, according to a report. A Royal College of Psychiatrists survey of the experience of 500 diagnosed mental health patients found that some had waited up to 13 years to get the treatment they needed. “It is a scandal that patients are waiting so long for treatment”, said Prof Wendy Burn, the college’s president. “The failure to give people with mental illnesses the prompt help they need…

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Malaria treatment, scientists have decoded how parasites invade our cells

Talk of monsoon, and it is difficult not to worry about malaria. However, the disease may soon be a thing of the past: In what is being hailed as a significant breakthrough, scientists claim they have taken a significant step towards developing a new vaccine for malaria. In a study published in the journal Nature, scientists have for the first time unveiled an atomic-scale blueprint of how the parasite invades human cells. Using the Nobel Prize-winning technology cryo-EM (cryo-electron microscopy), the researchers mapped the previously hidden first contact between Plasmodium…

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Physiatrist, Chiropractor or Physical therapist: which one should you choose and why

Different doctors practice different medications and methods to bring ease to a patient. Just like that patients also depend and trust on different doctors for their treatment. Mostlypeople these days depend and trust allopathy since it is the fastest way to recover from nearly every disease. Then there are other ways to treat oneself like the use of homeopathy medications. There are some people who prefer going to therapists and masseuse which can help them relieve tension and pain in their body. There is another category of doctors, called the…

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Don’t let stress get to you, it can damage your sperm quality and fertility

Do you lead a stressful lifestyle, are the demands of your job leaving you stressed? Then, the chances are your fertility may be affected, especially if you are a man. Latest research conducted by the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and Soroka University Medical Center in Israel show that just two months of stress may damage a man’s sperm and slash his chances of having children. Stress leaves you with low sperm motility, which makes it less likely for the sperm to fertilise an egg. (Istock) What the study shows…

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High protein diet for weight loss may backfire as it increases risk of heart failure

High protein diet have always enjoyed a lot of popularity among fitness conscious folk. Many people who are looking to shed some weight are recommended a high protein diet. But is it really healthy, asks a new study. According to this study, a high-protein diet could increase the risk of heart failure in middle-aged men. However, proteins from fish and eggs were not associated with heart failure risk in this study. “As many people seem to take the health benefits of high-protein diets for granted, it is important to make…

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World No Tobacco Day 2018, here’s why you should switch to e-cigarettes

On World No Tobacco Day, experts from different parts of the world suggest that e-cigarette is the most practical option for smokers as it is less harmful and can reduce the health burden of smoking significantly. RN Sharan, a senior professor in the department of biochemistry at the North-Eastern Hill University in Shillong, who has been researching on cancer and its causes for many years now, says consuming electronic cigarettes reduces the risk of cancer by around 90-92 per cent compared to the conventional ones. “Cancer is caused by carcinogenic…

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