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The joint health care venture by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan has hired a well-known health insurance exec who specializes in analyzing data to improve patient health. The group has scooped up Dana Gelb Safran, formerly a chief performance measurement and improvement officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachussetts, CNBC has learned. Safran
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In June, less than a week after the shocking suicides of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins felt compelled to address the matter head-on with his employees. From Orlando, where Robbins was attending a conference called Cisco Live, he sent a company-wide email. “In light of recent tragedies, I wanted to
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Medical professionals have been discussing whether testosterone treatment can actually reduce depressive symptoms in men for many years. A recent meta-analysis attempts to draw a clearer picture. Could testosterone therapy be the antidepressant of the future? Depression is a major global concern. Per year, major depressive disorder affects an estimated 16.1 million adults in the
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Cancer causes cells to divide uncontrollably. This can result in tumors, damage to the immune system, and other impairment that can be fatal. In the United States, an estimated 15.5 million people with a history of cancer were living as of January 1, 2016, according to a 2018 report from the American Cancer Society. In
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Obesity can happen for a number of reasons, including diet, a sedentary lifestyle, genetic factors, a health condition, or the use of certain medications. A number of treatment options can help people to achieve and maintain a suitable weight. Carrying excess weight can increase the risk of a number of health problems. Losing weight can
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Community music programs may help combat loneliness in older adults and heighten their interest in life, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco. Could singing in a choir help combat loneliness? A recent study that featured in the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences looked at a novel way
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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
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Hundreds of thousands of UnitedHealthcare customers who participate in a health rewards program can now “walk off” the cost of an Apple Watch, essentially getting a $300 version of the device for free. The program could potentially encompass millions of new customers. Apple is increasingly in talks with insurers about getting the cost of its
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Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb threatened Friday to pull e-cigarettes off the market if the agency’s new restrictions on the sale of fruity flavors don’t slow an “astonishing” surge in teen use. “The reality is if we don’t prevent this level of youth use of these products, this is an existential risk for
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Tesaro shares soared 39 percent Friday upon a Bloomberg report that the pharmaceutical company will explore the opportunity of a sale. This comes exactly one week after Tesaro fell more than 20 percent during after-hours trading after the release of drug trial results. A spokesperson declined to comment. This story is developing. Please check back
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Hyperglycemia refers to high levels of sugar, or glucose, in the blood. It occurs when the body does not produce or use enough insulin, which is a hormone that absorbs glucose into cells for use as energy. High blood sugar is a leading indicator of diabetes. If a person with diabetes does not manage the
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Psoriasis is a life-long, autoimmune inflammatory disease. It often appears as a skin condition, but it is a systemic condition that can affect many parts of the body. Not only are there are different types of psoriasis, but it is also a complex condition. As scientists learn more about inflammatory conditions and how they affect
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Cancer is a disease that causes cells to divide without stopping, leading to tumor growth and reduced function in the immune system. Many cancers are ultimately fatal if an individual does not receive treatment or if the cancer is incurable. As a general rule, the earlier doctors can confirm a diagnosis in a person with
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Lightheadedness is a feeling of faintness, dizziness, or being close to passing out. It can occur alongside vertigo, which affects balance and makes a person feel as though they or their surroundings are spinning. Although lightheadedness and vertigo can feel similar, they have different causes. Experiencing some episodes of lightheadedness is normal. In most cases,
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Verily, Alphabet‘s life sciences arm, has paused work on its so-called “smart lens” program, which was aiming to put tiny sensors on contact lenses to measure blood sugar levels in tears. If it worked, the lenses could help diabetics track their glucose levels in real time and in less invasive ways than the traditional meters
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According to new research, a hot bath could have effects that extend way beyond mental relaxation. According to the authors, regular hot baths might reduce inflammation and improve metabolism. The list of health benefits associated with hot baths keeps growing. Over recent years, hot baths, saunas, and other so-called passive heating therapies have received growing
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Almonds and almond milk may provide several health benefits for people with diabetes. As these nuts are high in protein, healthful fats, and fiber but low in carbohydrates, they may increase satiety and aid blood sugar regulation and weight management. Diabetes is a long-term condition that affects how the body regulates blood sugar levels. Although
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The Food and Drug Administration will restrict sales of most flavored e-cigarettes to age-restricted stores and pursue bans on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars as it tries to control what Commissioner Scott Gottlieb describes as an “astonishing” surge in teen e-cigarette use that is reversing years of progress in fighting youth tobacco addiction. Gottlieb in
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Diabetes is a condition that reduces a person’s ability to use insulin to process glucose in the blood. The condition takes different forms, and each type produces varying symptoms. Some types may not produce any symptoms, making them harder to detect. People with type I diabetes do not produce insulin at all, and those with
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New research finds that the cancer cells in a particularly aggressive form of pancreatic cancer rely heavily on a key protein to grow and spread. The findings may soon lead to new treatments and prevention strategies. Pancreatic cancer cells are ‘addicted’ to a certain protein, new research finds. Pancreatic cancer is particularly difficult to treat.
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