Hypertension

Are Avocados a Weight Loss Food?

Studies funded by the Avocado Board suggest avocados may facilitate weight loss, but compared to what? What are the effects of avocado on metabolic syndrome, “a clustering of risk factors”—high blood sugars, high blood triglycerides, high blood pressure, and obesity—that sets you up for diabetes and heart disease? “Avocado consumption is associated with better diet …

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Lark Health nabs $100M to pour into AI health coaching platform

The company, which offers an AI platform that provides personalized health coaching for chronic disease patients, will use the new funds to invest in research and development and to expand its virtual integrations with health plans and employers.

How Much Lead Leaches Into Organic Chicken Bone Broth?

“Lead poisoning still occurs in the United States despite extensive prevention efforts and strict regulations.” Ayurvedic supplements specifically marketed to pregnant women, for example, exceeded safety levels by up to 4 million percent, making Ayurvedic medicine use and lead poisoning “a continued concern in the United States.” In fact, “heavy metals are added intentionally to …

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Saffron Put to the Test for Alzheimer’s

The spice saffron is pitted head-to-head against the leading drug for severe Alzheimer’s disease. What’s the latest on treating memory disorders with the spice saffron? As I discuss in my video Saffron Versus Memantine (Namenda) for Alzheimer’s, “saffron has been widely used in the Persian traditional medicine for memory problems,” but it wasn’t put to …

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Amla (dried Indian gooseberry) vs. Lipitor for Lowering Cholesterol

Extracts of amla (Indian gooseberry) were pitted head-to-head against cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and the blood thinners aspirin and Plavix. Indian gooseberries, otherwise known as amla, have been touted as everything from a cancer fighter to a hair tonic to a refrigerant. (A refrigerant? Like Freon?) Amla’s even been labeled a snake venom detoxifier—but based on …

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Omada Health Launches the First Virtual Cardiometabolic Clinic for Patients with Diabetes and Hypertension

Shots: The company has launched the first virtual clinic to guide patients with chronic conditions and helps to improve health and behavior via tracking tools & informational guides for weight management, daily activity levels and more Omada’s platform uses AI to analyze movements and range of motion via video and offers physical therapy sessions, wearable …

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Innovative, Non-Invasive Technologies Advanced Earlier Detection & Monitoring of Liver Disease

Jon Gingrich, CEO, Echosens North America Leveraging technological advances to facilitate new ways of engaging patients and integrating non-invasive technology into a liver disease program not only serves to improve individual outcomes and reduce costs but also strengthens the financial performance of health systems and provider organizations that include this approach to testing. At a …

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Why Patients, Not EHRs, Deserve our Undivided Attention

Prayus Tailor, MD, FASN We cannot earn patients’ trust and respect if we are tethered to a computer in the exam room, navigating the EHR concurrent to a visit or otherwise in a hurry to finish so we can return to our office where data entry to the EHR awaits us. ______________________________________________________ I am a …

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Verily’s Onduo Virtual Care Solution Expands to Multi-Condition Platform

What You Should Know: – Verily’s Onduo, known for its tech-based solution for virtual diabetes management, is launching a new multi-condition platform that matches the right care to the right consumer at the right time. The expanded virtual care platform is designed to support patients managing type 2 diabetes and hypertension, with plans for further expansion into mental …

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In adding more conditions, is Onduo becoming a me-too platform of Omada and Livongo?

Verily’s virtual diabetes platform, Onduo, is expanding to support additional conditions and languages, Onduo’s CEO Vindell Washington shared. How will the company differentiate itself among a growing number of multi-condition platforms, such as Livongo and Omada?

DarioHealth Acquires Musculoskeletal Solution Upright for $31M

What You Should Know: – DarioHealth, a Livongo competitor acquires musculoskeletal startup Upright for $31 million to expand their chronic condition management capabilities focused on driving behavior change rather than treating the acute problem. This move will more than double revenue and create one of the largest integrated digital health companies in the space. In …

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Aledade Secures $100M for Value-Based Primary Care, Reaching $2.1B Valuation

What You Should Know: – Aledade raises $100 Million in Series D funding to help more primary care practices thrive in value-based care. – The new funding will power the growth of a nationwide network of more than one million patients by further expanding into Medicare Advantage Contracts. Aledade, a Bethesda, MD-based provider of value-based …

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Do the Pros of Brown Rice Outweigh the Cons of Arsenic?

Are there unique benefits to brown rice that would justify keeping it in our diet despite the arsenic content? For years, warnings had been given about the arsenic levels in U.S. rice potentially increasing cancer risk, but it had never been put to the test until a study out of Harvard. The finding? “Long-term consumption …

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FCC Unveils 14 Initial Projects Selected for $100M Connected Care Pilot Program

What You Should Know: – FCC announces initial 14 pilot project selected for $100M Connected Care Pilot Program that will support connected care service across the country and focus on low-income and veteran patients. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today announced an initial set of 14 pilot projects with over 150 treatment sites in 11 …

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Humana Taps Vida Health to Power Virtual Diabetes Management for Kentucky’s Medicaid Population

What You Should Know: –  Humana Healthy Horizons™ in Kentucky announced it has selected Vida Health’s virtual diabetes management program to serve Kentucky’s Medicaid population. – Vida’s diabetes management program achieves lasting results for participants. Because chronic conditions like diabetes, obesity, and hypertension often occur simultaneously, Vida’s unique program was built from the ground up to …

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Digital Diabetes Market to Reach $1.5B by 2024, Research Finds

What You Should Know: – The digital diabetes market is on track to reach $1.5 billion dollars by 2024, according to a new report by Research2Guidance. – The confident growth of digital diabetes care will be driven by the growth of the global addressable market for digital diabetes services. Between 2019 and 2024, the number of diagnosed diabetics …

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Cancer Risk from Arsenic in Rice and Seaweed

A daily half-cup of cooked rice may carry a hundred times the acceptable cancer risk of arsenic. What about seaweed from the coast of Maine? “At one point during the reign of King Cotton, farmers in the south central United States controlled boll weevils with arsenic-based pesticides, and residual arsenic still contaminates the soil.” Different …

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Highmark Taps Lark Health for AI-Driven Chronic Disease Management/Prevention

What You Should Know: – Highmark, one of the largest Blues plans, has chosen Lark Health for its chronic disease prevention and management platform. – Members will have access to Lark’s 24/7 AI-based coaching and programs to manage diabetes, hypertension, and prevent chronic conditions. Highmark Inc., America’s fourth-largest overall Blue Cross Blue Shield-affiliated organization, announced …

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The Effects of Too Much Arsenic in the Diet

Even at low-level exposure, arsenic is not just a class I carcinogen, but may also impair our immune function and increase our risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. When people hear about arsenic, they think of it as an acute poison, and, indeed, a tiny amount—a hundred milligrams, about one-tenth the weight of a paperclip—could …

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How Care Coordination Technology Addresses Social Isolation in Seniors

Jenifer Leaf Jaeger, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Director, HealthEC Senior isolation is a health risk that affects at least a quarter of seniors over 65. It has become recognized over the past decade as a risk factor for poor aging outcomes including cognitive decline, depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, hypertension, heart disease, impaired immune function, …

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CLM tests drug plus digital combo for high blood pressure

UK biotech Closed Loop Medicine (CLM) has started recruiting patients into a trial that will test whether a drug linked to a smartphone app can improve treatment for hypertension. The new study is specifically designed to include patients shielding from COVID-19, to see how well they can manage their blood pressure in a home environment …

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Intermountain Adds Omada’s Diabetes Prevention Program to At-Risk Patients

What You Should Know: – Omada’s diabetes prevention program will be available to Intermountain’s at-risk patient population as part of a limited engagement in 2020 and 2021. – Omada’s diabetes prevention program is personalized to meet each participant’s unique needs as they evolve, ranging from diabetes prevention, type 2 diabetes management, hypertension, behavioral health, and …

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Mayo Clinic Launches Vocal Biomarker Study for Pulmonary Hypertension Detection

What You Should Know: – Mayo Clinic announced a collaboration with Vocalis Health to to research and develop new voice-based tools for screening, detecting and monitoring patient health, beginning with a study to identify vocal biomarkers to detect pulmonary hypertension (PH). – The clinical validation study will utilize Vocalis Health’s proprietary software, which can operate …

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What White Blood Cell Count Should We Shoot for?

At the start of my video What Does a Low White Blood Cell Count Mean?, you can see what it looks like when you take a drop of blood, smear it between two pieces of glass, and view at it under a microscope: a whole bunch of little, round, red blood cells and a few …

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Rural Hospital Execs Can Beat COVID-19 By Shifting From Reactive to Proactive Care

Eric Tran, Tulane School of Medicine Donald Voltz, MD, Aultman Hospital The COVID-19 virus is ravaging the planet at a scale not seen since the infamous Spanish Flu of the early 1900s, inflicting immense devastation as the U.S. loses more than 200,000 lives and counting. According to CDC statistics, 94% of patient mortalities associated with …

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Babyscripts Forms Commercial Partnership with Roche to Develop RPM Programs for Pregnancy

What You Should Know:   – Babyscripts today announced a commercial partnership with Roche Diagnostics, a division of the world’s largest biotech company and a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics.  – Roche will partner with Babyscripts on the development of Babyscripts’ remote patient monitoring (RPM) programs to leverage groundbreaking data science through the next generation of RPM in …

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Garlic Powder to Lower Lead Levels

There are so-called chelation drugs that can be taken for acute, life-threatening lead poisoning—for instance if your two-year-old swallowed one of the little lead weights her grandma was using while sewing curtains and the doctor happened to miss it on x-ray, so it stayed lodged inside her until she died with a blood lead level …

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Adult Exposure to Lead

“Children in approximately 4 million households in the United States are being exposed to high levels of lead.” As I discuss in my video The Effects of Low-Level Lead Exposure in Adults, “Despite the dramatic decline in children’s blood-lead concentrations over the decades, lead toxicity remains a major public health problem”—and not just for children. …

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Validic Launches New Remote Patient Monitoring Solution, Requires No EHR Integration

What You Should Know: – Validic launches the newest version of its remote patient monitoring (RPM) offerings, Validic Impact: Rapid Deployment. – This new standalone version of Validic Impact requires no EHR integration and can be used as a fully standalone solution. Validic, a Durham, NC-based provider of health data platforms and solutions for scaling …

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The Coronavirus Crisis’ Silent Death Toll: Chronically Ill Patients

Dr. Kayur Patel, Chief Medical Officer of Proactive MD The impact of the coronavirus crisis is shining a bright light on many of the challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system.  So much more than a lack of primary care physicians and hospital beds, the all-hands-on-deck approach to combating the spread of COVID-19 has forced patients …

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How to Lower Your Sodium-to-Potassium Ratio

The potassium content in greens is one of two ways they can improve artery function within minutes of consumption. More than a thousand years ago, for the treatment of hypertension, an ancient Persian medical text advised lifestyle interventions, such as avoiding meat and pastries, and recommended eating spinach. A thousand years later, researchers discovered that …

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Innovaccer, CareSignal Partner to Enable Deviceless Remote Patient Monitoring

What You Should Know: – Innovaccer has recently partnered with CareSignal to address healthcare’s urgent need amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: to create and maintain solid, clinically actionable relationships with patients in a new set of predominantly virtual care. – CareSignal offers evidence-based end-to-end support services for chronic medical conditions such as asthma, CHF, COPD, diabetes, …

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Lemonaid Health Raises $33M to Expand On-Demand Consumer Telehealth Platform

– Lemonaid Health, a direct to consumer telehealth company raises $33M in Series B funding to expand the company’s medical team and number of services being offered to patients. – To date, the company has treated more than a million patients online for a variety of medical conditions ranging from erectile dysfunction to sinus infections to …

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What Exercise Authorities Don’t Tell You About Optimal Duration

Physical fitness authorities seem to have fallen into the same trap as the nutrition authorities, recommending what they think may be achievable, rather than simply informing us of what the science says and letting us make up our own minds. Researchers who accept grants from The Coca-Cola Company may call physical inactivity “the biggest public …

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Philips and BioIntelliSense Integrate to Enhance Remote Patient Monitoring

What You Should Know: – Philips integrates the BioIntelliSense FDA-cleared BioSticker™ sensor as part of its remote patient monitoring solutions for patients outside the hospital. – Multi-parameter sensors aid monitoring across multiple chronic conditions with medical-grade vital signs for physicians to remotely track core symptoms, including COVID-19. – Healthcare Highways is the first to leverage …

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High Blood Pressure May Lead to Low Brain Volume

Having hypertension in midlife (ages 40 through 60) is associated with elevated risk of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s dementia later in life, even more so than having the so-called Alzheimer’s gene. “It is clear that cerebral vascular disease”—that is, hardening of the arteries inside our brain—“and cognitive decline travel hand in hand,” something I’ve addressed …

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Pill-Free Ways to improve Your Sex Life

“Sex is important to health,” according to the Harvard Health Letter. “Frequent sexual intercourse is associated with reduced heart attack risk.” But, as I discuss in my video Do Men Who Have More Sex Live Longer?, that seems to be the perfect case of reverse causation. They’re implying that more sex leads to healthier arteries, …

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Chia Seeds vs. Flaxseeds

  What effect do chia seeds have on weight loss, blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, and inflammation? We’ve been eating chia seeds for more than 5,000 years. Historically, they are one of the main crops grown in the Western hemisphere. They are exceptionally high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, though, like flaxseeds, it’s better …

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What Meat and Eggs Do to Our Microbiome

As I’ve explored before, whether young or old, male or female, smoker or non-smoker, with high blood pressure or low blood pressure, high cholesterol or low, having high levels of a toxic compound called TMAO—trimethylamine oxide—in the bloodstream is associated with a significantly higher risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or dying over a …

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The Benefits of Slow Breathing

There are all manner of purported hiccup “cures,” which include everything from chewing on a lemon, inhaling pepper, or, our dog’s favorite, eating a spoonful of peanut butter. In my video How to Strengthen the Mind-Body Connection, I talk about the technique I’m excited to try the next time I get hiccups: “supra-supramaximal inspiration,” where …

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What About the Sodium in Miso?

According to the second World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research expert report, “[s]alt is a probable cause of stomach cancer,” one of the world’s leading cancer killers. If the report’s estimate of an 8 percent increase in risk for every extra gram of salt a day is correct, then in a country like …

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