Global eradication of COVID-19 should not be dismissed, new analysis finds

Eradicating COVID-19 across the globe is theoretically more feasible than for polio but much less so than it was for smallpox, according to an analysis by New Zealand researchers. The researchers, writing in the international journal BMJ Global Health, ranked the feasibility of eradicating the three diseases based on technical, socio-political and economic factors. Smallpox,… Continue reading Global eradication of COVID-19 should not be dismissed, new analysis finds

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What’s the true cost of retail giants shipping your junk across the ocean?

Take a look around your home and you’ll likely find plenty of goods that traveled by cargo ship to your doorstep. A set of IKEA plates made in China. A dresser full of pandemic-era loungewear, ordered on Target and made in Guatemala, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. Tracing the impact on the environment from shipping any… Continue reading What’s the true cost of retail giants shipping your junk across the ocean?

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5 Tips to Help People With Bipolar Disorder Adjust to Life Right Now

If you’ve spent a lot of time at home since March 2020, it can feel like a lot to go back to the office, make dinner plans, or attend large events. And living with bipolar disorder can make resuming these pre-pandemic activities feel particularly exhausting or be overstimulating, according to Melvin McInnis1, M.D., director of… Continue reading 5 Tips to Help People With Bipolar Disorder Adjust to Life Right Now

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Examining correlation between occupational noise, heart disease: Canadian survey data finds nonsignificant connection between noise and biomarkers for cardiovascular outcomes

Occupational settings can involve exposure to loud noise, a known and preventable contributor to hearing loss. Hearing conservation programs and policies aim to protect workers from noise-induced hearing loss, but it remains unclear whether stress reactions caused by noise exposure might also lead to other negative health outcomes — possibly at sound levels below those… Continue reading Examining correlation between occupational noise, heart disease: Canadian survey data finds nonsignificant connection between noise and biomarkers for cardiovascular outcomes

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Senate takes first step towards crafting $3.5T package that includes new Medicare benefits, drug pricing reforms

Senate Democrats’ efforts to give Medicare drug pricing negotiation authority and add benefits to the program cleared a major hurdle on early Wednesday morning. The Senate passed 50-49 with one senator not voting a budget resolution that sets up a $3.5 trillion infrastructure package expected to include key health priorities focusing on Medicare and the… Continue reading Senate takes first step towards crafting $3.5T package that includes new Medicare benefits, drug pricing reforms

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Biden’s New Playbook for Greening the Financial System

The Biden administration should fit climate risk into those sorts of tests, Arkush said. It should first make sure that banks don’t face too much “physical risk,” the name for damages wrought directly by the floods, wildfires, and droughts of climate change. (This kind of risk took California’s largest utility, PG&E, into bankruptcy in 2019.)… Continue reading Biden’s New Playbook for Greening the Financial System

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J.D. Power: Telehealth use boosts members' satisfaction with health plans

Increased telehealth use under the pandemic is encouraging members to engage more with their health plans, according to a new report from J.D. Power. J.D. Power’s annual Commercial Member Health Plan Study found 36% of commercial plan members said they had used telehealth services, up from 9% in 2020’s study. That corresponded with a gain in… Continue reading J.D. Power: Telehealth use boosts members' satisfaction with health plans

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Chutes & Ladders—Obama-era CMS vet joins Babylon Health; UnityPoint Health names Sioux City regional head

Welcome to this week’s Chutes & Ladders, our roundup of hirings, firings and retirings throughout the industry. Please submit the good news—or the bad—from your shop, and we will feature it here at the end of each week. Babylon Health Darshak Sanghavi, M.D. (LinkedIn) Darshak Sanghavi, M.D., has joined digital health triage, coordination and virtual care company Babylon Health as… Continue reading Chutes & Ladders—Obama-era CMS vet joins Babylon Health; UnityPoint Health names Sioux City regional head

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Ascension posts $17M loss in Q3 but sees bright spots in patient volumes

Ascension hospital system posted a $17 million operating loss for the third quarter of the year, but the chain saw bright spots in outpatient and physician office volumes toward the end of the quarter. Ascension posted total operating revenue of $6.4 billion for the quarter but generated $6.5 billion in operating expenses, according to its… Continue reading Ascension posts $17M loss in Q3 but sees bright spots in patient volumes

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Possible trigger for Crohn's disease identified: Adherent-invasive E-coli (AIEC) strongly implicated

People living with the often-debilitating effects of Crohn’s disease may finally gain some relief, thanks to ground-breaking research led by McMaster University. McMaster investigator Brian Coombes said his team identified a strain of adherent-invasive E-coli (AIEC) that is strongly implicated in the condition and is often found in the intestines of people with Crohn’s disease.… Continue reading Possible trigger for Crohn's disease identified: Adherent-invasive E-coli (AIEC) strongly implicated

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