Healthcare for seniors face major labor, payment hurdles

The healthcare industry is facing a wide variety of challenges—and solutions aren’t always straightforward. Each month, Modern Healthcare asks leaders in the field to weigh in on their approaches to the sector’s thorny issues. This week, we hear from Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge, and Joel Theisen, founder and CEO at Lifespark, about

Feds say cyberattack caused suicide helpline’s outage

A man uses a cellphone in New Orleans, Aug. 11, 2019. A cyberattack caused a nearly daylong outage of the nation’s new 988 mental health helpline late last year, federal officials told The Associated Press, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. Credit: AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File A cyberattack caused a nearly daylong outage of the nation’s new

Half of Cancer Deaths Can Be Prevented

Nearly half of all deaths from cancer are caused by known modifiable risk factors, with smoking, alcohol consumption, and high body mass index (BMI) among the top three, notes the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). Contributing to the high BMI are products such as sugary drinks and ultra-processed foods, which the group maintains are

Soft robotic wearable can assist ALS patients with upper arm and shoulder movement

A team of researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has developed a soft robotic wearable capable of significantly assisting upper arm and shoulder movement in people with ALS. Some 30,000 people in the U.S. are affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also

Prescribing Medication Dosage According To DNA Profile Lowers Side Effects By 30%: Study

A novel study has shown that prescribing medication dosage in accordance with a patient’s DNA can bring down the side effects by 30%–a significant figure. The international study was led by Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), and their findings were published in the journal The Lancet. “The one-size-fits-all approach for prescribing medication is outdated,” LUMC

Intermountain Health promotes Nannette Berensen to COO

Intermountain Health has named Nannette Berensen chief operating officer, the nonprofit integrated health system announced Thursday. Berensen is filling the C-suite seat held for six years by Intermountain President and CEO Rob Allen, who moved from COO to the top job Dec. 1. “There are formidable challenges facing healthcare that will require the collective wisdom

NHS Tracker: Find out about hospital waiting times in your area this winter

Data for England is shown by NHS trust, where the trust includes at least one hospital with a Type 1 A&E department. Type 1 means a consultant-led 24 hour A&E service with full resuscitation facilities. Data for Wales and Scotland is shown by Health Board and in Northern Ireland by Health and Social Care Trust.

Experts urge kids’ comic The Beano to stop promoting junk food brands

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The website of the UK children’s comic The Beano describes itself as “100% safe for children”—but is its junk food-related content doing more harm than good? An investigation by The BMJ shows how The Beano’s website—promoted as a digital hub for 6- to 12-year-olds—showcases products from well-known brands that are harmful

Commonly prescribed antidepressants can increase bacteria’s resistance to antibiotics

University of Queensland researchers have found a range of commonly prescribed antidepressants can increase bacteria’s resistance to antibiotic medications. A study led by Professor Jianhua Guo from UQ’s Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology focused on prescription drugs used to treat depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and other psychological conditions. More than 42 million prescriptions

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