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Walmart Files Blockchain EHR Data Patent

Walmart Files Blockchain EHR Data Patent

Walmart Files Blockchain EHR Data PatentFor Walmart to file a patent for blockchain supply chain data would not be particularly newsworthy. Maybe even some sort of financial transactions blockchain. But how does Walmart even know what an Electronic Healthcare Record is and why would Walmart file a blockchain EHR data patent? This could well be one of those seminal moments where a new market blossoms. Whether Consumer Healthcare, Wellness, Well-being, or other name this consumer-focused market has been getting more attention.

Walmart’s ongoing investigation of blockchain technologies seems to have intersected with its growing interest in joining the healthcare space, according to a patent application released earlier this week by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

According to the document, which was filed in December, the retail giant is seeking to protect a method that allows a patient’s EHR to be obtained from a blockchain database even if they are unable to communicate. Doing so would require verification from two different keys: a public key stored in a wearable that would be scanned by emergency responders via RFID, and a private key that is obtained by scanning a biometric signature from the patient.

The appeal of storing a patient’s EHR on blockchain is the relative difficulty of an unintended party accessing or modifying their data, the company wrote in its application. Both a public and private key are required to before the system will allow access to the patient’s record, with the private key being specific to each individual user.

For more information please see the original article: Why Walmart filed a patent for blockchain, wearables and EHR data | Healthcare IT News

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There’s a severe shortage of mental health professionals in rural areas. Here’s why that’s a serious problem – CNN

Rural America Is Short Mental Health Professionals

Rural America Is Short Mental Health Professionals

As the US and other countries integrate mental health as a critical component of overall health, we find rural America is critically short on mental health professionals. This is especially concerning with an opioid epidemic in many rural areas where mental health programs could make a considerable difference.

Almost every American will, at some point or another, face a mental health challenge. It may be related to depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse or maybe something more circumstantial like grief over a loss or trouble adjusting to a life change. The CDC reports 43.4 million adults suffered from some sort of behavioral health issue in 2015 alone.

Now, imagine there wasn’t a psychiatrist or psychologist for miles around, let alone another specialist who these millions of people could trust with their specific needs. This is what life is like for many Americans in rural communities.

A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that a majority of non-metropolitan counties (65%) do not have a psychiatrist and almost half of non-metropolitan counties (47%) do not have a psychologist.

This is troubling because poor access to mental health care, according to experts, is a serious issue that overlaps with other public health crises like drug abuse and suicide.

Because of this, mental health care is often seen as a last resort instead of a preventative measure or an ongoing program of therapy. That can have devastating consequences, because the problem is only treated when it becomes a full-blown crisis.

“The services that are available become much more restricted,” Rainer says. “It becomes oriented towards crisis intervention, not prevention. It’s, let’s get rid of your crisis as it’s happening.’ And if you don’t have good insurance or enough money, that’s the best you can hope for.”

Practitioners are overwhelmed

Rainer says the frustrations for small-town care providers are endless. The web of mental health resources doesn’t just include psychiatrists and psychologists, but also external resources like shelters, hospitals and community support groups.

In small communities, those types of resources just aren’t there, and that leaves professionals shouldering a Herculean obligation.

“As a practitioner, I am asked to be the end of the road,” Rainer says. “For mental health, I would hope that I would be one piece of a larger puzzle to get people to an improved quality of life, not to be the last resource that they have available.”

For more information please see the original article: There’s a severe shortage of mental health professionals in rural areas . Here’s why that’s a serious problem – CNN

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Severe stress may send immune system into overdrive

Stress Linked To Immune System Disorders

Stress Linked To Immune System DisordersWhile there is still only correlation, not causation, a new study highlights additional risks that come with severe stress. Namely, stress is linked to 41 immune system disorders. This research may well help healthcare providers pursue more holistic approaches to severe stress in order to avoid costly and debilitating medical conditions.

Trauma or intense stress may up your odds of developing an autoimmune disease, a new study suggests.

Comparing more than 106,000 people who had stress disorders with more than 1 million people without them, researchers found that stress was tied to a 36 percent greater risk of developing 41 autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and celiac disease.

“Patients suffering from severe emotional reactions after trauma or other life stressors should seek medical treatment due to the risk of chronicity of these symptoms and thereby further health decline, such as the increased risk of autoimmune disease,” said lead researcher Dr. Huan Song, from the University of Iceland in Reykjavik.

The body’s immune system protects you from disease and infection. But autoimmune diseases turn the body’s natural protection against itself by attacking healthy cells.

Source: Severe stress may send immune system into overdrive

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Obesity Linked to 12 Types of Cancer in New Report

Obesity Linked To 12 Cancers

Obesity Linked To 12 CancersThere is really no downside to avoiding cancer. A new report highlights that obesity is linked to 12 cancers, meaning these 12 types of cancer could be reduced for populations through better nutrition and lifestyle. As the US moves toward Value Based Care and Population Health Management there is every reason to expand healthcare into preventing (the greatest Value arguably) any illness in a population. We have the knowledge. Now we need the incentives for a more holistic approach to healthcare.

The “Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective” report presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna included an updated version of the organization’s cancer prevention recommendations, which it dubbed its “blueprint to beat cancer.” It was accompanied by the Cancer Health Check tool, which offers personalized recommendations for how to prevent the disease.

The recommendations included: being a healthy weight; exercising; eating grains, veg, fruit and beans; avoiding high calorie foods; limiting the consumption of red and processed meat and sugar-sweetened drinks, as well as cutting out alcohol. The WCRF also warned against relying on dietary supplements and emphasized the benefits of breastfeeding babies.

Regularly drinking sugar-sweetened drinks was linked to cancer because it can cause weight gain and obesity, the experts said. But being physically active was found to directly protect against cancers of the bowel, womb and, post-menopause, breast, as well as cutting the wider risk of developing other cancers.Mirroring a 2015 World Health Organization warning that linked the consumption of processed and red meats to forms of cancer including bowel, the report recommended a diet featuring wholegrains, vegetables, fruit and pulses. Red meat should be limited to no more than three portions (350 to 500g cooked servings) a week to prevent bowel cancer, the WCRF said.

Alcohol, meanwhile, was “strongly” associated with cancer of the breast, liver, mouth, bowel, throat, esophagus, and stomach.And as more countries adopt Western lifestyles with sedentary living and obesity-causing foods, cancer rates are expected to spike 58% by 2035, causing 24 million global deaths per year, the researchers said. However, the onus to prevent cancer does not solely lie with individuals, they stressed, urging governments to prioritize cancer prevention policies.

For more information please see the original article: Obesity Linked to 12 Types of Cancer in New Report

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Put women’s nutrition on the workplace menu – Personnel Today

Workplace Menu Can Promote Women’s Health

Workplace Menu Can Promote Women's HealthMany workplace menus still focus on satisfying hunger. There is a real opportunity to promote health and well-being throughout the workforce with better menu choices. In fact, the workforce menu can promote women’s health in particular in so many ways.

Women can experience specific health-related vulnerabilities and, as such, are therefore at unique risk for various nutrition-related conditions that can affect the duration and quality of their working lives. Although women’s health is multi-faceted, requiring multidisciplinary input, nutrition has been shown to significantly influence the risk of chronic disease and can assist in maintaining good health.

Some conditions commonly, or exclusively, associated with women where nutrition can play a role in effective management include menopause, pregnancy, premenstrual syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, breast cancer, urinary tract infections, and eating disorders.

These conditions may often be overlooked, but can have a major impact on women at work. With a female employment rate now exceeding 70% in the UK (Clegg, 2018), and most adults spending more than half of their waking hours at work (Morgan et al., 2011), the workplace provides a valuable opportunity to meet women’s health needs during her working years.

For more information please see the original article: Put women’s nutrition on the workplace menu – Personnel Today

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Partnership Introduces Natural Prescription for Health

Natural Prescription

Natural PrescriptionThere is undoubtedly something healing about spending time in Nature. Whether just the benefits of walking along a simple trail or a more mindful practice like the Japanese forest bathing, we tend to feel better holistically. With really nothing but positives for our physical, mental, and even spiritual health it really makes sense to integrate a natural prescription into a hospital’s repertoire. University Hospitals’ Geauga Medical Center did just that.

Studies show exposure to nature contributes to both physical and mental well being, something John Oros, Geauga Park District executive director, has taken to heart — literally.

At age 42, Oros experienced the life-changing event of undergoing heart surgery.

“Parks have always been a place for physical and mental health for me,” Oros said. “This health scare reemphasized the importance of exercise and cardiovascular activity in order to ensure heart health.”

Geauga Park District and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center introduced a new collaboration and wellness initiative to make sure Geauga County residents are aware of ways their parks can help them get and stay fit all year round.The new collaboration, called Prescription for Parks, recently kicked off with displays in 10 primary care physicians’ offices to help them “prescribe” outdoor activities like walking, jogging, biking, canoeing, kayaking and fishing.

For more information please see the original article: Partnership Introduces Natural Prescription for Health | Geauga County Maple Leaf

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The link between cultural participation and well-being in later life – The Economist

Art Benefits Life

Art Benefits LifeThere is certainly room to question this study that art benefits life. Assigning causation can be particularly difficult in analytics. However, there is at least a correlation. What is the harm is adding a bit more art and culture into our lives? The risk is pretty well 0 (even a bad book can be recycled as a paperweight) and there may well be a significant benefit to health.

Age UK, a British charity, has created an index of well-being based on survey data for 15,000 Britons older than 60. Its researchers found that a set of 40 social and economic indicators are the most useful for estimating a person’s overall quality of life. They did so using a statistical technique called structural-equation modelling, which examines the relationship between a diverse set of variables and assigns a weight to each one. The final well-being scores that the index produced for each person were closely correlated with their perceptions of life satisfaction. However, the model excluded that survey question because the statisticians wanted to come up with an objective measurement of quality of life.

Unsurprisingly, the charity found that wealth, health, education and emotional support all had significant effects on well-being. However, the measure with the biggest impact, when holding all other factors constant, was the number of creative and cultural activities in which somebody participates. The data could not reveal which type of art provided the greatest boost. Rather, they show that sampling a range of them, from photography to playing an instrument, was strongly correlated with a greater quality of life. Age UK’s research suggests that such activities can give people fulfillment, entertainment and social contacts that might otherwise be missing in their daily lives.

For more information please see the original article: The link between cultural participation and well-being in later life

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Your Risk of Dying Hinges on Well-Being

Health Is More Than Age

Health Is More Than Age

There may be more truth in the adage “you’re as old as you feel”. Many have argued for years that health is more than age and more than the sum of various “vital signs” that measure only physical health. One quote from the article hit the nail on the head “From a health system perspective, a shift of attention is needed from disease-focused management, such as medications for hypertension or high cholesterol, to overall well-being across many areas”.

A new study has yielded a radically different picture of aging in America, finding that how old you are plays little or no role in determining differences in health and well-being.

The researchers say the results suggest the medical community is focusing on the wrong set of factors to determine risk of dying. Rather than rely on a checklist of infirmities—heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol levels—perhaps it’s time to consider a new “comprehensive model” that looks at factors such as psychological well-being, sensory function, and mobility.

“The new comprehensive model of health identifies constellations of health completely hidden by the medical model and reclassifies about half of the people seen as healthy as having significant vulnerabilities that affect the chances that they may die or become incapacitated within five years,” says Professor Martha McClintock, a biopsychologist and lead author of the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“

At the same time, some people with chronic disease are revealed as having many strengths that lead to their reclassification as quite healthy, with low risks of death and incapacity,” adds Professor Linda Waite, a demographer and study coauthor.

For more information please see the original article: Your Risk of Dying Hinges on Well-Being, Not Disease | The Epoch Times

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Loneliness is bad for your heart – Business Insider Deutschland

Loneliness Can Hurt Your Heart

Loneliness Hurts HeartWhen we think of heart health, the normal visions include people running, handfuls of pills or maybe a cardiac surgeon. We might even think of a plate of healthy food or (increasingly) someone meditating. However, a major determinant in heart health is social interaction. Put simply, loneliness can break the heart.

“Loneliness is more common today than ever before, and more people live alone,” said Vinggaard Christensen. “Loneliness is a strong predictor of premature death, worse mental health, and lower quality of life in patients with cardiovascular disease, and a much stronger predictor than living alone, in both men and women.”

This was true regardless of the type of heart disease, and even when the results were adjusted to take into account the patient’s age, level of education, other health problems and diseases, BMI, smoking, and alcohol intake. Overall, loneliness was associated with a doubled risk of death for women, and nearly double for men.

Both men and women who felt lonely were three times more likely to report being anxious or depressed, and their quality of life was significantly lower. Vinggaard Christensen said it could be because people with poor social support could look after themselves less, in terms of taking their medicine and their lifestyle, but the results strongly support the hypothesis that loneliness is to blame.

“We live in a time when loneliness is more present and health providers should take this into account when assessing risk,” she said.

For more information please see the original article: Loneliness is bad for your heart – Business Insider Deutschland

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New study shows health impacts of eating plant-based diet

Plant-based Diet Health Benefits

Plant-based Diet Health BenefitsAn upcoming nutrition conference plans to highlight the numerous plant-based diet health benefits. At HealthCare Too, we keep finding, posting, and commenting on such research. What we haven’t found is evidence that so much of our conventional modern Western diet promotes health. Occasionally there is something that bacon or milk or beef or something may not be that bad for you. That is scant praise.

Mounting evidence suggests a plant-based diet lowers heart disease risk

Eating more plant protein, less animal-derived protein associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease

In a study of nearly 6,000 people based in the Netherlands, those who ate more plant protein at the expense of animal-derived protein showed a lower risk of developing coronary heart disease during a median follow-up period of more than 13 years. Kim V.E. Braun, Erasmus University Medical Center, will present this research on Sunday, June 10, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center Auditorium (poster 35) (abstract).

Eating more plant protein, less animal-derived protein associated with less plaque in the arteries

A study of 4,500 Brazilian adults finds that people who regularly consumed more plant-based protein were nearly 60 percent less likely than those consuming more animal-based protein to show evidence of plaque in the heart’s arteries based on coronary artery calcium scoring, a measure of plaque buildup commonly used to assess heart disease risk. Dirce Maria Marchioni, Faculdade de Saúde Pública da USP, will present this research on Sunday, June 10, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center Auditorium (poster 89) (abstract).

Vegetarian diet associated with reduced risk factors for heart disease and diabetes

Among South Asians living in the US, people following a vegetarian diet were found to have a lower number of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, including a lower body mass index, smaller waist circumference and lower amounts of abdominal fat, lower cholesterol and lower blood sugar compared to people in the same demographic group who ate meat. Sameera A. Talegawkar, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, will present this research on Sunday, June 10, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center Auditorium (poster 114) (abstract).

For more information please see the original article: New study shows health impacts of eating plant-based diet

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