Health, Fitness & Food

Apple is investing in health-technology and putting its hardware to use in doctor’s offices across the country. It’s also making moves in financial services, with its Apple Pay service and a new credit card. So how about the intersection between health and financial services? Some experts in the space see a big opportunity for Apple
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It’s Hollywood’s new favorite beauty product. It’s the superfood du jour. Demand for CBD is so strong that companies are scrambling to infuse their products with it, but the CBD they’re finding isn’t all that great. Congress legalized industrial hemp in December. With it, they also legalized hemp-derived CBD, short for cannabidiol, a cannabis compound
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Humana executives say they are modeling a number of scenarios to try to figure out how they’ll price their Medicare drug plans for 2020 as the health insurance industry awaits new pharmacy benefit rebate regulations expected this spring from the Trump administration. “We’re spending a lot of time at Humana doing some game theory, a
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Sugary drinks may feed colon cancer tumors, according to a study published Thursday in the journal “Science.” High-fructose corn syrup feeds colon tumors in mice, suggesting that drinking soda may produce similar effects in humans, a study from Weill Cornell Medicine, a medical school, and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital found. Researchers said early stage tumors were eating
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CVS Pharmacy said on Wednesday that it has started selling cannabidiol, or CBD, products in select states. The pharmacy chain said the products include topicals such as creams, sprays, roll-ons, lotions and salves. These products are available in 8 states: Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and Tennessee. In a statement, CVS specified that
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People buying medical supplies on Amazon, such as glucometers and cold medicine, can now use their flexible savings accounts or health savings accounts to get discounts. These programs, often referred to as an HSA or FSA, allow people with health insurance to set aside a portion of their salary before taxes to cover medical expenses
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What happened when Warren Buffett, Jamie Dimon and Jeff Bezos, technology’s biggest power player, got together to try to disrupt health care? The market went absolutely bonkers. In January of 2018, three corporate giants — Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan — announced that they wanted to do something about the problem of rising health
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The Senate Finance Committee said Tuesday it invited five major pharmacy benefit managers to testify before Congress about high prescription drug costs in the U.S. Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the committee’s ranking member, asked Cigna, CVS, Humana, OptumRx and Prime Therapeutics to testify on Capitol Hill on April 3. Both senators
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Some have called Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s resignation a boon for the e-cigarette industry, which Gottlieb has repeatedly attacked for fueling a surge in teen vaping. The impact of his abrupt resignation, however, may not be that simple. Gottlieb in September declared teen e-cigarette use an “epidemic” and threatened to pull products
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The Trump administration is considering a rule that would require hospitals to publicize the prices they negotiate with insurers. The policy is part of a broader proposed rule the Health and Human Services Department is pursing on patient data. The public comment period closes May 3 and the administration could publish a final rule after
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Epic Systems, the giant medical records software vendor, created an app store two years ago so that companies including Apple, Oscar Health and other providers of health apps could sync their services with patient data from large hospitals and clinics. The Store, called App Orchard, became the major way for dozens of developers of health
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Monday that the state filed a lawsuit against the administration of President Donald Trump over its new rule that restricts access to abortions and other reproductive health services. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, comes as at least a dozen other states also are preparing to
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Activist investor Starboard Value said Thursday that it intends to use its stake in Bristol-Myers Squibb to oppose the drug-maker’s acquisition of Celgene. “Bristol-Myers is deeply undervalued and the recent announcement of the Company’s proposed acquisition of Celgene Corporation is poorly conceived and ill-advised,” Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith wrote in a letter to Bristol-Myers shareholders.
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WW what? Weight Watchers is scrambling to clarify its new name, WW, and mission after a poorly executed rebranding campaign left consumers confused and membership numbers tanking. The 55-year-old company started using the shorter name last year in an attempt to embrace wellness — a buzzy but vague term intended to promote a healthier lifestyle
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