Transition Care: Everything You Need To Know

Transition Care: Everything You Need To Know

With a significant number of patients suffering from critical ailments being re-admitted to hospitals after being discharged, the shortcomings in the healthcare industry are evident more than ever before. Even the most advanced critical care management system fails to ensure holistic recovery in the absence of follow-up care. Therefore, it is imperative to ensure efficient utilisation of critical care facilities for improved patient outcomes. This is the context where transition care gains importance in India”s healthcare scene. Most major medical/surgical illnesses are sudden, unanticipated and need a tertiary care facility…

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Wish To Keep Your Brain Healthy? Take Care Of Your Heart First

Wish To Keep Your Brain Healthy? Take Care Of Your Heart First

It turns out maintaining low blood pressure does not just help prevent heart attacks — it can also keep your mind sharp. Research presented Wednesday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago found that at-risk people whose blood pressure was kept lower than the recommended level had a significant reduction in mild cognitive impairment (MCI), the precursor to dementia. The research was part of the federally funded Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT), a large-scale, long-term clinical study that also measured the effects of lower blood pressure on cardiovascular…

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Moms-to-be, take care of your health. Your immune system may influence baby’s brain

Moms-to-be, take care of your health. Your immune system may influence baby’s brain

The state of a woman’s immune system during pregnancy may shape the connectivity of her child’s brain, suggests a study, emphasising the influence of maternal health on a child’s susceptibility to psychiatric disorders later in life. The findings showed that short and long-term brain functioning can be influenced by immune system activity during the third trimester of gestation. Infections, stress, illness, or allergies are commonly known to trigger immune responses. When the body’s immune system detects one of these factors, two proteins namely IL-6 and CRP are released as part…

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What Could Amazon’s Approach to Health Care Look Like?

What Could Amazon’s Approach to Health Care Look Like?

JAMIE JONES/GETTY IMAGES It is clear from some of its recent moves that Amazon sees the 18% of U.S. GDP dedicated to health care as fertile ground for expansion. Consider its decision to pursue the market for pharmaceutical distribution, or the recent announcement that it will be teaming up with Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase to create joint solutions for reducing the health care spending of more than 1 million employees and their families. This latest move has engendered robust debate. Proponents liberally term it “disruptive,” seeing a natural diversification opportunity for the company that has aspired to…

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The week in health care, explained

The week in health care, explained

This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to get VoxCare in your inbox here. Doug Jones probably saved most of Obamacare It’s really hard to imagine a scenario in which Republicans can repeal Obamacare with a 51-seat Senate majority when they couldn’t do it with a 52-seat majority. Doug Jones might have ended Obamacare repeal for good when he won the Alabama Senate seat on Tuesday. The two Republican…

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Alex Azar must commit to ‘righting the ship’ for health care payments

Alex Azar must commit to ‘righting the ship’ for health care payments

APSTOCK In the Affordable Care Act and other subsequent reforms, Congress directed the Department of Health and Human Services to test new ways to pay for health care, challenging health care providers, hospitals, and private insurers to provide better care for less money. Under President Trump and former HHS Secretary Tom Price, that work slowed and, in some cases, stopped altogether. With Price out the door, the nominee to replace him, Alex Azar, should commit to righting the ship. Congress passed payment reforms to test several simple but powerful notions: First, paying…

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The state that is leading the way on health care

The state that is leading the way on health care

Could a state in one of the farthest corners of our country finally help us turn a corner on health care? It looked like that on Tuesday when the people of Maine voted decisively to expand Medicaid over the wishes of their governor, Paul LePage, bringing health care coverage to 70,000 people in the state, many for the first time. This extraordinary ballot box accomplishment by state voters — and by grass-roots organizers — could potentially spark a movement across the country to expand and lock in Medicaid access, bringing health care to millions…

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Take care of your eyes this season

Take care of your eyes this season

Using relaxing eye drops can help deal with computer vision syndrome (Thinktsock) Summer season can take its toll on your eyes, if you do not take care of them properly. Eye specialists say that there are many ways the season can affect your eyes. Excessive outdoor heat can create a lot of strain for your eyes. For some, this leads to dry eyes and itching. Dermatologists say that when you go out without sun-protection glasses, then you tend to crinkle up your eyes to see better and this leads to…

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Senate Republicans are now reliving the House’s health care nightmare

Senate Republicans are now reliving the House’s health care nightmare

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellChip Somodevilla / Getty Images After the unruliness of the House health care debate, which dragged out for months and resulted in an awkward, unsatisfying final product, the Senate sought a better way to fulfill the Republican campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. But three weeks into their negotiations, senators still sound stuck on many of the same issues that fractured Republicans in the lower chamber. The raucous process in the House to pass the American Health Care Act put on full display the deep…

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Push to pin health care vote on vulnerable Republicans begins

Push to pin health care vote on vulnerable Republicans begins

President Donald Trump speaks while flanked by House Republicans after they passed legislation last week aimed at repealing and replacing Obamacare. (CNN)It didn’t take long for advocacy groups to attack swing-district Republicans who voted for the American Health Care Act, the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. One such group, Save My Care, is set to launch a six-figure ad campaign Monday targeting 24 Republicans who voted “yes” on the bill, which narrowly passed the House last week. The campaign will be a mix of digital and television ads in…

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