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How blasting worms into space could help slow down the ageing process

“A tiny transparent worm could be the key to finding out how to stop the frailty and ill health which often comes with old age” writes Science Editor for telegraph.co.uk. In space, the 1mm long c-elegans worms have nothing to push against to maintain their muscle mass and so quickly start losing strength, mirroring the effect experienced by elderly people back on Earth or those with conditions like muscular dystrophy. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Clover Health, a $1.2 billion startup backed by Alphabet, is still losing money — but less than it was before

“Clover Health sells Medicare Advantage health insurance plans” writes Lydia Ramsey for businessinsider.com. We just got a look at how healthcare startup Clover Health is doing through the first nine months of 2018.The company offers private health insurance plans for seniors, a product called Medicare Advantage.The hope for San Francisco-based Clover and other technology-based health insurers is to use data to improve patients’ health. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Over half of users believe wearable tech improves their mental health

“More than half of UK consumers who wear smartwatches or fitness bands believe the devices have improved their mental health, research suggests” reports techdigest.tv. Meanwhile, 72% of wearable fitness tracker users say their device has helped improve their physical health and 71% say they exercise more often since buying their gadget.Some 55% of consumers who use the devices believe they have gone beyond improving their fitness and also benefited their mental health, with the figure rising to 61% of 16 to 34-year-olds, the study by analysts Mintel indicates.Mintel forecasts that…

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If you want to save millions on your cost of living in retirement, here’s a simple strategy

“The website Live and Invest Overseas is a good resource for information on health-care systems and insurance access in more than 30 countries” writes Jill Cornfield for cnbc.com. Edd and Cynthia Staton say moving to Ecuador rescued their retirement savings, which had been crushed in the financial crisis of 2008. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Health Systems Need to Completely Reassess How They Manage Costs

“These are all difficult issues, but until they are addressed, many health systems will continue to have suboptimal operating results” reports hbr.org. Given the escalating operating challenges many health systems face, it may be past time for senior management to find a ladder.While I am not arguing that health systems abandon efforts to grow, unless those efforts are executed with strategic and operational discipline, financial performance will continue to suffer.A recent Navigant survey found that U.S. hospitals and health systems experienced an average 39% reduction in their operating margins from…

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Democratic lawmakers warn Pompeo against possible ban on sex health terminology

“That is particularly alarming with respect to global health, as U.S. leadership and global health assistance have helped save millions of lives and protect Americans from infectious threats.”” writes Carla Marinucci for politico.com. “We urge you to reject any policy that censors American diplomats, undermines global health, and threatens the tremendous progress that has been shepherded by U.S. global health assistance,” the letter said.But aside from ideological differences, the change in nomenclature would deviate from global health standards, the letter argued.It cited leading health organizations in asserting the necessity for…

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Government plans to ban alternative medicine in health centres

“The Spanish government has announced plans to eradicate alternative medicine such as acupuncture or homeopathy from health centres” writes Agence France-presse In for theguardian.com. The government said it wanted to eliminate alternative medicine from health centres, where all treatment must be given by recognised professionals.The issue has taken centre stage in Spain recently, with health and science professionals pressuring the health ministry to take action after several high-profile deaths.It also wants to avoid alternative medicine being taught in Spanish universities by developing alliances with deans, chancellors or Spanish regional authorities…

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A lawyer who reps cruise ship workers reveals the most shocking thing he’s heard about their job

“That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) inspect cruise ships to make sure they follow proper sanitation and food-storage procedures” writes Mark Matousek for businessinsider.com. In some cases, cruise ship managers will order crew members to hide improperly-stored food or dirty equipment in their cabins to make sure they aren’t found by health inspectors, Walker said. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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