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Five ways to improve your mental health in 2020

It’s a difficult birth for this new decade. The year 2020 kicks off under the shadow of divisive politics, international security threats, a spate of hate crimes, and a planet in environmental peril, plus all the reasons we’re stressed individually: work, health problems, life changes and more. No wonder so many of us are anxious or depressed. But you can take scientifically validated Read More


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Why do one in five home health aides live in poverty?

In the US, nine out of 10 home care workers are women and 25% are African American. Photograph: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images “One of the biggest challenges is explaining that you are not a maid. That your job is not to clean up after everyone,” said Marisol Rivera, who has been caring for elderly and disabled clients in their Read More


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Violence in mental health can’t be ignored, but nor can the pain of punitive policies

 First-hand accounts can provide a fresh perspective on the issue of violence and mental health. Illustration: Getty Images When Anna* became physically unwell as a student, her GP referred her to a psychiatrist and she agreed to voluntary treatment. After interviewing her for less than an hour, the psychiatrist diagnosed her with schizophrenia and told her there was a risk Read More


Is 5G technology bad for our health?

As 5G wireless technology is slowly making its way across the globe, many government agencies and organizations advise that there is no reason to be alarmed about the effects of radiofrequency waves on our health. But some experts strongly disagree. Why do some people believe that 5G technology may harm our health? The term 5G refers to the fifth generation Read More


Wearable tech works like a Band-Aid to monitor health

Scientists have designed an innovative, wearable tech device that tracks movement, heart rate, and breathing without using any wires, batteries, or circuits. The device sticks to human skin like a Band-Aid. The device sticks to skin and uses an antenna made of metallic ink. The human skin is a fascinating organ. In fact, it is the largest and heaviest organ of the Read More


New US study reveals unexpected health benefits from ‘caloric restriction’

Scientists have long known a fairly reliable way to extend life span in rodents and other lab animals: reduce the amount of calories they eat by 10 per cent to 40 per cent. This strategy, known as caloric restriction, has been shown to increase the life span of various organisms and reduce their rate of cancer and other age-related ailments. Read More


These health-tech veterans want to avert the next Theranos disaster with ‘medical diligence’

Before Theranos raised hundreds of millions of dollars, forged a partnership with Walgreens and started using its flawed blood-testing technology with patients, a thorough due diligence process might have raised red flags about the company’s methods and practices. Two industry executives — Ruby Gadelrab and Jill Hagenkord — saw the Theranos debacle up close and are working on a new consulting venture Read More


Insurance contracts with United Healthcare will expire

Following months of negotiations, the contracts will expire July 30, 2019, between United Healthcare and several UAB Health System entities, including – among others – UAB Hospital, The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, and all other UAB Medicine primary care, specialty care and urgent care clinics, UA Health Services Foundation, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, and Medical West and Baptist Health Read More


Goal is to make India a global model for ‘Health for All’: Harsh Vardhan

Dr Harsh Vardhan began his second term as minister in the National Democratic Alliance – II government by cycling from home to the health and family welfare ministry in Nirman Bhavan to highlight the importance of physical activity for health and green transport for the environment. He had not even hopped off his bicycle when his staff informed him about Read More


85,000 Kaiser Permanente Health Workers Threaten Strike

An exterior view of Kaiser Permanente’s $390 million, 352–bed Downey Medical Center. Kaiser Permanente opened its new state–of–the art 352–bed hospital and will largely replace Kaiser Permanente’s Bellflower Medical Center. The six–story facility LOS ANGELES TIMES VIA GETTY IMAGES More than 85,000 Kaiser Permanente workers represented by several unions are threatening a strike against the multi-state health plan and medical Read More