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When Covid Deaths Are Dismissed or Stigmatized, Grief Is Mixed With Shame and Anger

[Editor’s note: This story contains language references that some readers may find offensive.] Months after Kyle Dixon died, his old house in Lanse, Pennsylvania, is full of reminders of a life cut short. His tent and hiking boots sit on the porch where he last put them. The grass he used to mow has grown …

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Under Pressure, Montana Hospital Considers Adding Psych Beds Amid a Shortage

Gary Popiel had to drive more than 200 miles round trip to visit his adult daughters in separate behavioral health facilities as they received psychiatric and medical treatment.   It was 2000, and the family’s only options for inpatient psychiatric beds were in Helena and Missoula — far from their Bozeman, Montana, home and from each …

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Ginger Adds Spanish to On-Demand Mental Healthcare Offering

What You Should Know: – Ginger, a provider of on-demand mental healthcare, today announced Spanish language capabilities of Ginger’s entire on-demand mental health offering. The added capabilities aligns perfectly with the company’s recent decision to commence supporting those members utilizing Medicaid (starting in certain markets). Ginger members who prefer to receive care in Spanish will …

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Digital health companies debate: how much can we scale the human element in mental health?

Four digital health leaders debated the role of self care apps, coaches and therapists in mental health during a panel at “What’s Next in Health Care?” While some touted the broader reach of self-guided treatments, others noted it was critical to have a therapist available for patients who need it.  

‘Luckiest Man Alive’: Why 9/11 First Responders’ Outlooks May Improve Even as Physical Health Fails

Ray Pfeifer and Luis Alvarez’s names are on the federal 9/11 legislation that establishes benefits for first responders. Both men fought to make Congress pass it while they were dying of cancer — and they had another thing in common. In spite of it all, they were content. “I am the luckiest man alive,” Pfeifer, …

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Violación y pérdida de memoria, lo que la policía debería saber

Annie Walker se despertó una mañana de 2019 con pocos recuerdos de la noche anterior. Tenía moretones en los brazos, las piernas, la muñeca y el bajo vientre. “Pero literalmente no tenía ni idea de lo que había pasado”, dijo. “Y durante días, estuve intentando armar las piezas”. Sabía que había ido a un bar …

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How Rape Affects Memory, and Why Police Need to Know About That Brain Science

Annie Walker woke up one morning in 2019 with little recollection of the night before. She had bruises on her arms, legs, wrist and lower abdomen. “But I literally had no idea what had happened,” she said. “And, for days, I was trying to put the pieces together.” She knew she had gone to a …

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Ellipsis Health Secures $26M to Power AI-Powered Voice Biomarker for Mental Health

What You Should Know: – Ellipsis Health, a San Francisco-based pioneer of the first voice vital sign to quantify and manage depression and anxiety at scale has raised $26M in Series A funding led by SJF Ventures with participation from several investors. The Series A investment round brings Ellipsis Health’s total funding to $31 million. …

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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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Two New KFF Reports Take a Closer Look at the COVID-19 Pandemic and the LGBT Community, From the Impact on Mental Health to Vaccination Status

Two new KFF reports provide new and updated data on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people during the COVID-19 pandemic, featuring data showing the impact on mental health and COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor data on vaccine uptake within the community. The two reports add important context to the limited but growing body…More

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBT+ People’s Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted the lives of people across the globe, has negatively impacted LGBT+ people’s mental health in disproportionate ways. In this data note, we pull together data from nationally representative surveys, adding to a small but growing evidence base on the impact of the pandemic on LGBT+ people.

Digital mental health firms Headspace and Ginger in $3bn merger

A merger between two digital mental health companies – Headspace and Ginger – will create a $3 billion giant in a category that has been growing at breakneck speed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The deal brings together Headspace’s meditation and mindfulness app – used by millions of people around the world – …

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Mental health unicorns Headspace, Ginger merge into $3B company 

The two companies will merge to form Headspace Health, which will combine Headspace’s many meditation and wellness exercises with Ginger’s coaching and therapy services. The combined company will have more than 800 employees and a $3 billion valuation. 

Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic to deploy NeuroFlow’s mental health tools across 3 hospitals

Through a program funded by Independence Blue Cross Foundation, 1,800 frontline healthcare workers across the three Pennsylvania-based hospitals will gain access to NeuroFlow’s technology, which will measure and track their mental health symptoms and provide support via educational resources and a clinical care team.

Pandemia revela una creciente crisis de suicidios en comunidades de color

Rafiah Maxie ha sido trabajadora social clínica en el área de Chicago durante una década. En todo ese tiempo, vio al suicidio como un problema más frecuente entre los hombres caucásicos de mediana edad. Hasta el 27 de mayo de 2020. Ese día, su hijo de 19 años, Jamal Clay, a quien le encantaba tocar …

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Ginger and Headspace Merge to Form Headspace Health to Support Mental Health

What You Should Know: –Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, and Ginger, a leader in on-demand mental healthcare, today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge. – The combined entity, Headspace Health, will provide the full spectrum of proven, effective virtual support – from mindfulness and meditation to text-based behavioral …

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From Uber Vouchers to Patient Advocates: What It Takes to Increase ER Addiction Treatment

For years, Kayla West watched the opioid epidemic tear through her eastern Tennessee community. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she treated people with mental illness but felt she needed to do more to address addiction. So in 2020, when the state created a position to help hospitals improve addiction care in the emergency room, West …

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K Health Acquires Mental Health App Trusst for On-Demand Text-Based Therapy

What You Should Know: – KHealth, a data-driven virtual primary care platform providing affordable, personalized healthcare to millions of adults and children, today announced its acquisition of Trusst, the mental health app connecting people and providers for on-demand text-based therapy. Financial terms of deal were not disclosed. – Trusst has built a proprietary, simulated way …

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Pandemic Unveils Growing Suicide Crisis for Communities of Color

This story is a collaboration between KHN and “Science Friday.” Listen to the conversation between KHN national correspondent Aneri Pattani and John Dankosky, Science Friday’s director of news and radio projects. Rafiah Maxie has been a licensed clinical social worker in the Chicago area for a decade. Throughout that time, she’d viewed suicide as a problem …

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It takes a pandemic: Mental Health parity may finally have its day!

By EMILY EVANS Emily Evans is the health policy guru at equity research company HedgeEye. She sends out these reports in emails to her clients regularly but (since I asked nicely) she allowed me to publish this one from late last week on THCB. You can catch Emily in person on the “How Much Are These …

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KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: The Impact Of The Coronavirus Pandemic On The Wellbeing Of Parents And Children

This report examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the wellbeing of parents and children. It finds that more than one-third of parents say their child fell behind academically or in their social and emotional development as a result of the pandemic. This report also examines the mental health and wellbeing of parents whose …

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Four in Ten Parents of School-Aged Children Say a Child Fell Behind Academically Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Four in Ten Parents Say Someone in Their Household Left a Job or Worked Fewer Hours to Care for Their Children, Including Higher Shares of Black, Hispanic, and Lower-income Parents As a result of the pandemic, about four in ten (39%) parents of school-aged children (ages 5-17) say at least one of their children fell…More

How a Hospital and a School District Teamed Up to Help Kids in Emotional Crisis

In 2019, the Rockville Centre school district in Long Island, New York, was shaken by a string of student deaths, including the suicides of a recent graduate and a current student. “When you get these losses, one after the other, you almost can’t get traction on normalcy,” said Noreen Leahy, an assistant superintendent at the …

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Veterans Push for Medical Marijuana in Conservative South

RALEIGH, N.C. — Each time Chayse Roth drives home to North Carolina, he notices the highway welcome signs that declare: “Nation’s Most Military Friendly State.” “That’s a powerful thing to claim,” said Roth, a former Marine Corps gunnery sergeant who served multiple deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Now he says he’s calling on the …

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Drug Overdose Deaths Rose During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Particularly Among Black and American Indian/Alaska Native People

Drug overdose deaths rose during the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic, with some of the biggest jumps occurring among people of color, a new KFF analysis finds. The analysis breaks out drug overdose deaths by race and ethnicity for the first nine months of 2020, when the pandemic triggered widespread shutdowns and job losses,…More

Substance Use Issues Are Worsening Alongside Access to Care

Drug overdose deaths rose during the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic, with some of the biggest jumps occurring among people of color. This analysis breaks out drug overdose deaths by race and ethnicity for the first nine months of 2020, to the same period in each of the two prior years. It also looks …

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Restoring a Sense of Belonging: The Unsung Importance of Casual Relationships for Older Adults

In May, Vincent Keenan traveled from Chicago to Charlottesville, Virginia, for a wedding — his first trip out of town since the start of the pandemic. “Hi there!” he called out to customers at a gas station where he’d stopped on his way to the airport. “How’s your day going?” he said he asked the …

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#Healthin2Point00, Episode 225 | Amwell acquires SilverCloud & Conversa – plus more deals

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we have a deal so big it’s brought me out of vacation just for this episode! Amwell acquires not one, but TWO companies – DTx mental health company SilverCloud Health and chatbot company Conversa Health for a combined $320 million. In other news, mental health company Sondermind raises …

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Women Say California Insurer Makes It Too Hard to Get Drug for Postpartum Depression

When Miriam McDonald decided she wanted to have another baby at age 44, her doctor told her she had a better chance of winning the lottery. So when she got pregnant right away, she and her husband were thrilled. But within three days of giving birth to their son, in September 2019, everything shifted. “I …

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As Holdout Missouri Joins Nation in Monitoring Opioid Prescriptions, Experts Worry

Kathi Arbini said she felt elated when Missouri finally caught up to the other 49 states and approved a statewide prescription drug monitoring program this June in an attempt to curb opioid addiction. The hairstylist turned activist estimated she made 75 two-hour trips in the past decade from her home in Fenton, a St. Louis …

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Delta Changes the Covid Conversation

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. The resurgence of covid cases in the U.S. — largely attributable to the much more contagious delta variant — has given policymakers the jitters. The Biden administration …

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Digital mental health specialist Woebot raises $90m

Investments in digital health firms are running high at the moment, and a $90 million round for four-year-old Woebot and its artificial intelligence-powered platform for people with mental health ties firmly into that trend. The California-based startup has now raised $114 million from investors, and says it will use the new cash injection to further …

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With a Diagnosis at Last, Black Women with ADHD Start Healing

Miché Aaron has always been a high achiever. The 29-year-old is in her third year of a planetary sciences doctoral program at Johns Hopkins University, where she researches minerals found on Mars. She’s a former NASA space grant scholar and hopes to become an astronaut one day. But last year, Aaron was barely keeping it …

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How ERs Fail Patients With Addiction: One Patient’s Tragic Death

Jameson Rybak tried to quit using opioids nearly a dozen times within five years. Each time, he’d wait out the vomiting, sweating and chills from withdrawal in his bedroom. It was difficult to watch, said his mother, Suzanne Rybak, but she admired his persistence. On March 11, 2020, though, Suzanne grew worried. Jameson, 30 at …

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CMS proposes to cover mental health virtual visits through 2022

In the 1,747-page rule, which will be finalized later this year, CMS proposes expanding access to telehealth for behavioral healthcare, including for the first time allowing Medicare to pay for mental health virtual visits when they are provided by rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers and letting providers offer audio-only telehealth visits for …

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Digitisation key to improving mental health services in England; report

Faced with a looming mental health crisis, the UK government has been urged to invest in the digitisation of service provision across the NHS in England in a new report from think tank Future Care Capital. The study’s author – FCC’s head of policy and research Dr Peter Bloomfield, argues that there has been a …

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Why We May Never Know Whether the $56,000-a-Year Alzheimer’s Drug Actually Works

The Food and Drug Administration’s approval in June of a drug purporting to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease was widely celebrated, but it also touched off alarms. There were worries in the scientific community about the drug’s mixed results in studies — the FDA’s own expert advisory panel was nearly unanimous in opposing its …

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Doctores sopesan pros y contras de recetar la nueva droga para el Alzheimer

Mientras médicos y expertos en políticas de salud debaten los méritos de Aduhelm, el primer fármaco para el Alzheimer aprobado en 18 años, los pacientes simplemente quieren saber: “¿me ayudará?”. Los médicos no tienen una respuesta definitiva. “En cada persona, será absolutamente imposible de predecir”, dijo el doctor Allan Levey, director del Centro de Investigación …

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Doctors Weigh Pros and Cons of Prescribing Hot-Button Alzheimer’s Drug

As physicians and health policy experts debate the merits of Aduhelm, the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease approved in 18 years, patients want to know: “Will this medication help me — and how much?” Doctors explaining the pros and cons of Aduhelm won’t have a definitive answer. “On an individual basis, it will be …

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A Family Wellness Check: California Invests in Treating Parents and Children Together

When a parent takes an infant to the Children’s Health Center in San Francisco for a routine checkup, a pediatrician will check the baby’s vitals and ask how the child is doing at home. Then Janelle Bercun, a licensed clinical social worker, who is also in the room, will look at Mom or Dad and …

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It’s About to Get Tougher for Transgender People in Montana to Amend Birth Certificates

Kyndra Nevin recalls with dread having to ask a Montana judge to sign an order documenting that she’d had gender-confirmation surgery so she could change the gender on her birth certificate to female. Nevin, a Bozeman resident and now 55, said the process she went through about a decade ago was humiliating and she continually …

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MAP Health Management Acquires Behavioral Health Provider CARMAhealth – M&A

What You Should Know: –  MAP Health Management, LLC., a provider of virtual peer support services announced the acquisition of CARMAhealth (CARMA), a primary care and behavioral health management service organization to expand its capabilities to virtual and in-person primary medical and behavioral healthcare. – The acquisition will enable MAP to leverage its peer-led support …

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For Toddlers, Pandemic Shapes Development During Formative Years

CASTLE POINT, Mo. — Lucretia Wilks, who runs a small day care out of her home in north St. Louis County, is used to watching young children embrace, hold hands and play together in close quarters. But the covid-19 pandemic made such normal toddler behavior potentially unsafe. “It’s weird that they now live in a …

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Lyra Health Completes $200M at $4.6B Valuation for Digital Mental Health Platform

What You Should Know: – Lyra Health, a provider of comprehensive mental health care benefits for employers, today announced it has completed a $200M financing led by Coatue and joined by new investor Sands Capital, along with existing investors. – Lyra plans to accelerate its delivery of evidence-based mental health benefits for companies with employees located …

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The Role of Digital Mental Health in the Healthcare Journey

Alison Darcy, PhD, President and Founder, Woebot Health With more than 20,000 apps available to address myriad mental health challenges with varying degrees of support, it’s clear that digital mental health is experiencing a boom. But there seems to be little consensus regarding the true role that digital therapeutics can and should play within the …

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Scottish dads set for mental health app, thanks to Movember funding

A Scottish charity has been awarded funding from the Movember men’s health campaign to develop an app to support fathers with mental health concerns. Father’s Network Scotland (FNS) has claimed a share of a £1.86 million ($2.6 million) funding pot earmarked for the development of digital and tech ideas that can help men tackle the …

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En crisis de salud mental, el 911 ahora no siempre responde con policías

Cuando Kiki Radermacher, terapeuta de salud mental, llegó a una casa de Missoula, Montana, por una llamada de emergencia al 911 a fines de mayo, el hombre que había pedido ayuda estaba atrincheado en una esquina, gritándole a los policías.  La casa que estaba alquilando iba a venderse. Había llamado al 911 cuando el miedo …

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In Mental Health Crises, a 911 Call Now Brings a Mixed Team of Helpers — And Maybe No Cops

By the time Kiki Radermacher, a mental health therapist, arrived at a Missoula, Montana, home on an emergency 911 call in late May, the man who had called for help was backed into a corner and yelling at police officers. The home, which he was renting, was about to be sold. He had called 911 …

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In Western Europe, hospitals look to quell the mental health epidemic among staff

The Covid-19 pandemic pushed healthcare workers to their breaking point worldwide. In Western Europe, hospitals responded by offering free counseling and sharing videos on meditation and relaxation techniques, among other resources. But these efforts need to continue as it is likely the mental health epidemic will grow from here on out.

Journalists Discuss New Alzheimer’s Drug, Women’s Alcohol Use, the Hip-Hop and Opioids Link

KHN chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner discussed the FDA’s approval of a new drug for Alzheimer’s disease on WAMU’s “1A” on Wednesday. Click here to hear Rovner on WAMU KHN correspondent Aneri Pattani discussed the increase in alcohol use and misuse by young women on NPR’s “All Things Considered” on Wednesday. Click here to hear …

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Our 200th Episode!

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. The Food and Drug Administration found itself in the hot seat this week when it approved a controversial new drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease with scant evidence …

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Hoy, las mujeres toman tanto como los hombres, pero sufren las consecuencias antes

Victoria Cooper pensaba que su consumo de alcohol en la universidad era como los de los demás. Shots en las fiestas, cervezas mientras jugaba al bowling. Tomaba más que otros y las resacas le hacían perder clases, pero así y todo pensaba que no tenía ningún problema. “Según la imagen que tenía del alcoholismo —viejos …

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Women Now Drink as Much as Men — And Are Prone to Sickness Sooner

Victoria Cooper thought her drinking habits in college were just like everyone else’s. Shots at parties. Beers while bowling. Sure, she got more refills than some and missed classes while nursing hangovers, but she couldn’t have a problem, she thought. “Because of what my picture of alcoholism was — old men who brown-bagged it in …

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Coverage parity for mental health, substance abuse, a key focus for insurance regulators

Health insurers are prohibited from placing unfavorable limits on mental health and substance abuse benefits, and yet, many do. Federal and state regulators are taking aim at these practices and making the enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 a key focus.

The ‘Grief Pandemic’ Will Torment Americans for Years

Cassandra Rollins’ daughter was still conscious when the ambulance took her away. This story also ran on USA Today. It can be republished for free. Shalondra Rollins, 38, was struggling to breathe as covid overwhelmed her lungs. But before the doors closed, she asked for her cellphone, so she could call her family from the …

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Report: State of Black Mental Health Before and After George Floyd’s Death

What You Should Know: – Hurdle, a Washington D.C.-based digital mental health company, announced the publication of a white paper on Black mental health before and after George Floyd’s death. – Co-authored by leading mental health researchers Dr. Harold “Woody” Neighbors, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Dr. Norma L. Day-Vines, Associate Dean …

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The Pandemic’s Impact on Children’s Mental Health

The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the nation’s mental health, and a new issue brief shows that children are also facing worsening emotional and cognitive health. The brief examines factors contributing to worsening mental health and substance use outcomes among children and adolescents during the pandemic, looking closely at those who are at…More

Digital health firm Hello Tomo snapped up by ICAS World

A UK tech firm with an NHS-commissioned mental health app – Hello Tomo – has been acquired by ICAS World, a company specialising in providing employee health and wellbeing services.  Hello Tomo is described as a behaviour change tool for mental health and wellbeing that aims to help users maintain healthy habits, and according to …

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Tips for Older Adults to Regain Their Game After Being Cooped Up for More Than a Year

Alice Herb, 88, an intrepid New Yorker, is used to walking miles around Manhattan. But after this year of being shut inside, trying to avoid covid-19, she’s noticed a big difference in how she feels. “Physically, I’m out of shape,” she told me. “The other day I took the subway for the first time, and …

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No-Cancel Culture: How Telehealth Is Making It Easier to Keep That Therapy Session

When the covid-19 pandemic forced behavioral health providers to stop seeing patients in person and instead hold therapy sessions remotely, the switch produced an unintended, positive consequence: Fewer patients skipped appointments. This story also ran on NBC News. It can be republished for free. That had long been a problem in mental health care. Some …

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Amazon Offers Mental Health Benefits for US Employees & Their Families

What You Should Know:  – Amazon today launched a new mental health benefit, Resources for Living, that provides every U.S. employee, their family, and their household with a single place to start for personalized, convenient, and confidential support for mental health and daily life assistance. These services are available 24 hours a day, seven days …

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Seed Money: Black Entrepreneurs Hope Pandemic Gardening Boom Will Grow Healthier Eating

DENVER — Ietef Vita had planned to spend most of 2020 on the road, promoting “Biomimicz,” the album the rapper had released on his #plantbasedrecords label in January. Vita, known to his fans as “DJ Cavem Moetavation” and “Chef Ietef,” had those plans unexpectedly cut short. This story also ran on NPR. It can be …

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Building affirming spaces for LGBTQ youth saves lives, according to Trevor Project survey 

Having access to affirming spaces and living with people who respected their pronouns made a big difference in LGBTQ kids’ mental health, according to a survey conducted by the Trevor Project. Youth living with people who respect their pronouns were half as likely to report attempting suicide than those who didn’t. 

The Online Safety Bill: a step towards digitally safe mental health support

The UK government’s Online Safety Bill has been a hot and contentious topic of discussion over the past year, but last week it was finally announced and included in the Queen’s Speech. For Mental Health Awareness Month, Tim Barker looks at why a new bill could be a step towards digitally safe mental health support.  …

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Racism Derails Black Men’s Health, Even as Education Levels Rise

More education typically leads to better health, yet Black men in the U.S. are not getting the same benefit as other groups, research suggests. This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. The reasons for the gap are vexing, experts said, but may provide an important window into unique challenges faced …

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Quantifying stress & anxiety: Why corporate wellness programs will play a pivotal role in this paradigm shift

Establishing digital biomarkers which correlate physiological parameters with mental health and wellbeing not only has the potential to provide more reliable tools for guiding diagnosis and evaluating patient outcomes but will also improve our understanding of the pathophysiology of mental disorders

Healios raises £7m to expand digital mental health services

Digital therapy specialist Healios has raised £7 million in new financing that will be used to expand its suite of mental health services, at a time when demand is soaring in the NHS. The London-based company has developed a virtual care platform that delivers a range of services targeted at children and young people with …

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Frontline Workers Need New Approaches to Treat COVID-19-Related Mental Health Issues

Robert Cuyler, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer at Freespira We’ve long known that the coronavirus pandemic would dramatically impact the mental health of health care professionals and the general population. But just how many of us have been impacted is stunning. Fully 41% of Americans reported at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition associated …

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Why health tech is a win for mental health

For Mental Health Awareness Week (10 May 2021 – 16 May 2021) myGP discusses the benefits of the healthcare system becoming digitised and the impact this will have on mental health care.  The UK government has pledged an ambitious programme of revolutionising mental health over the next three years, seeing all mental health service providers …

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Is digital mental health the key to tackling a deepening crisis?

In an exclusive feature for pharmaphorum, British Liberal Democrat politician, solicitor and mental health campaigner Sir Norman Lamb discusses why digital mental health services can help tackle the escalating mental health crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe negative effect on the population’s mental health across the globe. We know that government measures like …

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Covid Fears Keep Many Latino Kids out of Classrooms

EAST LOS ANGELES — For the past year, 13-year-old twins Ariel Jr. and Abraham Osorio have logged on to their online classes from their parents’ flower shop. Ariel nestles in a corner among flowers, bows and stuffed animals. Abraham sets up on a small table in the back, where his dad used to work trimming …

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Mental Health App Forms Bond with Users, Marking Key Evolution in Digital Therapeutics

What You Should Know: – Digital therapeutics company Woebot Health announced its findings to an unprecedented and large-scale industry study that sought to understand whether users of its cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)-based conversational agent, Woebot, formed therapeutic alliances (or bonds) with the agent compared to traditional face-to-face therapy and other digital interventions that do not deploy …

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Riding Herd on Mental Health in Colorado Ranching Country

[Editor’s note: If you or someone you know is in a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. In Colorado, you can also contact Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255.] KIOWA, Colo. — The yellow-and-green …

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How a lack of mental health diagnosis is affecting young men

As lockdown gradually eases, things are starting to look up but the lasting impact COVID-19 has had on our wellbeing remains. During Mental Health Awareness Month we look at the mental health stigma amongst men. To say we’re in the midst of a mental health crisis is not an exaggeration. Mental health concerns have been …

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Walmart Health Signs an Agreement to Acquire MeMD for its Telehealth Services

Shots: The acquisition will expand Walmart’s services to provide access to virtual care including urgent, behavioral, and primary care. The acquisition is expected to close in the coming mos. The acquisition supports the Walmart to integrate omnichannel health delivery that leverages data and technology to improve engagement and health outcomes, providing early and equitable access …

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How Schools Can Help Kids Heal After the Pandemic’s Uncertainty

Kai Humphrey, 9, has been learning from home for more than a year. He badly misses his Washington, D.C., elementary school, along with his friends and the bustle of the classroom. This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes NPR and Illinois Public Media. It can be republished for free. “I will be …

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The Making of Reluctant Activists: A Police Shooting in a Hospital Forces One Family to Rethink American Justice

The beer bottle that cracked over Christian Pean’s head unleashed rivulets of blood that ran down his face and seeped into the soil in which Harold and Paloma Pean were growing their three boys. At the time, Christian was a confident high school student, a football player in the suburbs of McAllen, Texas, a border …

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Trouble Managing Money May Be an Early Sign of Dementia

After Maria Turner’s minivan was totaled in an accident a dozen years ago, she grew impatient waiting for the insurance company to process the claim. One night, she saw a red pickup truck on eBay for $20,000. She thought it was just what she needed. She clicked “buy it now” and went to bed. The …

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Mental Health Services Wane as Insurers Appear to Skirt Parity Rules During Pandemic

Therapists and other behavioral health care providers cut hours, reduced staffs and turned away patients during the pandemic as more Americans experienced depression symptoms and drug overdoses, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. The report on patient access to behavioral health care …

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: 100 Days of Health Policy

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. It’s been a busy 100 days for the Biden administration on health policy. The promise Joe Biden made as president-elect to get 100 million covid vaccinations in arms was doubled, healthcare.gov reopened to those without insurance, and steps were taken to undo a raft of …

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‘Red Flag’ Gun Laws Get Another Look After Indiana, Colorado Shootings

On New Year’s Eve 2017, sheriff’s deputies in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch responded to a domestic disturbance. Before the night was over, four officers had been shot and Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish III was dead. This story also ran on U.S. News & World Report. It can be republished for free. …

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BCBSA to take aim at racial inequities in health, starting with maternal care

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association recently announced its new national health equity strategy that will focus on maternal health, diabetes, cardiovascular care and mental health. The association’s first goal is to cut racial disparities in maternal health by 50% in the next five years.

To help tackle healthcare worker burnout, start talking about it

Healthcare staff are working through immense loss, grief and uncertainty to provide care during the Covid-19 pandemic. As organizations think about how to support their staff, speakers at a MedCity INVEST panel said they must first talk about it openly and provide a safe space for workers to discuss their feelings.

The next five years of NICE: Challenges, opportunities, and the future of technology assessment

If NICE is to remain a “beacon of evidence-based medicine”, it must become more agile, more flexible, and more ready to adapt – and COVID-19 has proved that it is more than capable of doing so. NICE is about to undergo a complete transformation in a bid to get ready – and stay ready – …

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The Shock and Reality of Catching Covid After Being Vaccinated

Robin Hauser, a pediatrician in Tampa, Fla., got covid in February. What separates her from the vast majority of the tens of millions of other Americans who have come down with the virus is this: She got sick seven weeks after her second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Use Our Content It can be republished …

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Magic mushroom compound matches antidepressant in clinical trial

The active compound in magic mushrooms – psilocybin – seems to be at least as effective as a commercially-available antidepressant in a phase 2 trial, and may work more quickly.  Researchers at Imperial College London’s Centre for Psychedelic Research also say that psilocybin may have a stronger effect and was more likely to help patients …

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Airports Step Up Mental Health Assistance as Passenger Anxiety Soars

ATLANTA — Robin Hancock gently worked her steel tongue drum with a pair of mallets, producing a set of soothing, mystical tones. They blended with the soft sound of chirping birds and bubbling creeks pouring from a Bluetooth speaker. Her warm voice invited the two visitors in the dimly lit room to slip into a …

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Public health, racial equity, climate action drive Biden’s budget requests for healthcare

President Joe Biden has submitted his discretionary budget for 2022 to Congress. Among its healthcare provisions are funding requests for the CDC, mental health and social determinants of health programs. But there are some unusual requests as well, such as funding for an Office of Climate Change and Health Equity.

Q1 2021 Health IT/Digital Health PC/VE, M&A, IPOs/ SPACs Activity

The first quarter of 2021 has been one of investor optimism as the vaccine rollout continues ahead of expectations and economic activity begins to accelerate in response.  Within the Health IT industry, the already strong investment and M&A trends seen in 2020 have only accelerated.  Over the course of the quarter, we observed $7 billion in private …

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‘My Children Were Priceless Jewels’: Three Families Reflect on the Health Workers They Lost

The daughter of an internist in the Bronx, the father of a nurse practitioner in Southern California and the son of a nurse in McAllen, Texas, share how grief over their loved ones’ deaths from covid-19 has affected them. These health care workers were profiled in KHN and The Guardian’s yearlong “Lost on the Frontline” …

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Poll: About half of healthcare workers feel burned out, anxious when going to work

Though a majority of healthcare workers believe that the pandemic is at least somewhat under control now, about half still feel anxious or burned out when going to work, a new survey shows. Pandemic-related stress has also given rise to physical issues among healthcare workers, including trouble sleeping and headaches.

KFF/Post Survey Reveals the Serious Mental Health Challenges Facing Frontline Health Care Workers a Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic

About 1 in 6 Tested Positive for COVID-19, though Few Experienced Major Symptoms; Those Working in Nursing Homes or Assisted Living Facilities Most Likely to Report Testing Positive More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, a majority of frontline health care workers say the crisis is taking a toll on their mental health, including…More

KFF/The Washington Post Frontline Health Care Workers Survey

This partnership survey with The Washington Post examines the experiences and attitudes of frontline health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The spread of COVID-19 throughout the country overwhelmed many health care settings with intensive care units at capacity and other facilities struggling to keep both patients and employees safe. With three COVID-19 vaccines currently …

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An Indie Artist’s Plea to Look Beyond Algorithms and Curated Playlists

When the pandemic hit, Debórah Bond, like many artists, was caught off guard. “I thought I’d be juggling gigs and touring,” said the independent R&B/soul musician. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. A full-time artist, Bond, 44, made a living through a patchwork of vocal gigs — performing live at weddings, bars …

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Key Lessons from COVID-19 & How We Can Better Support our Healthcare Provider

Peter Ziese PhD, MD, Business Leader, Monitoring and Analytics, Philips COVID-19 has been a novel pandemic in many ways beyond the actual virus itself – from the irreparable impacts it’s having on society, to the immense strain it’s put on the healthcare industry. A recent report stated that 93% of healthcare professionals reported experiencing stress, …

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Battle Brews Over Neutral Zone Where Border-Crossing Parties Rendezvous, Risking Infection

BLAINE, Wash. — In the shadows of covid travel restrictions, a 42-acre park on the far western edge of the U.S.-Canadian dividing line has become a popular opening in an otherwise closed border, a place where Americans and Canadians can gather without needing permission to go through an official border crossing. Use Our Content It …

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Family of Dr. Lorna Breen pushes for mental health protections for physicians

The family of Dr. Lorna Breen, an emergency physician working on the front lines of the pandemic who died of suicide, is working with Congress to introduce legislation that would make it easier for phyiscians to seek out mental healthcare. At the state level, licensing boards are also reevaluating application questions to not discourage physicians …

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Ofer Leidner, Happify Health

by MATTHEW HOLT Happify Health is a online mental health company that is focused almost exclusively on scaling care by offering self-service tech solutions across the patient journey. After R&D starting in 2012, they’ve been scaling since 2017 and now are working with large employers and big health plans. What they don’t do is have …

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For Spring Season, Young Athletes Get Back in the Game Despite Covid Risk

This story also ran on USA Today. It can be republished for free. This spring, high school senior Nathan Kassis will play baseball in the shadow of covid-19 — wearing a neck gaiter under his catcher’s mask, sitting 6 feet from teammates in the dugout and trading elbow bumps for hugs after wins. “We’re looking …

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Pharma poised to cash in on ‘long COVID’ symptoms

While there’s hope that vaccination campaigns may bring the pandemic under control, “long COVID” side effects may continue to affect patients for some time. According to analysts from Jefferies, several pharma companies could stand to benefit with products that could help with issues such as mental health, lung scarring, kidney disease and heart failure. Although …

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City of Milwaukee Taps NowPow to Improve Health Equity & Outcomes

What You Should Know: – IMPACT, a designated provider of 211 information and referral services in Southeastern Wisconsin, today announced a groundbreaking collaboration with local health systems, community organizations and NowPow to power one of the nation’s most comprehensive, community-wide systems to connect health and social care and track outcomes. – As part of the …

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Beijing’s SARS Lockdown Taught My Children Resilience. Your Covid Kids Will Likely Be Fine.

This story also ran on The Washington Post. It can be republished for free. Many parents are filled with angst as they prepare for their children to exit a year of pandemic isolation: Will it be OK to send them to school, per the recent recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? Will …

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Why we need research into the mental health impact of a rare disease diagnosis

Rare diseases impact between 3.5%-5.9% of the world’s population. This Rare Disease Day, RBW Consulting’s Emma Thorp discusses why the consultancy is taking revenue earned from its rare disease clients and using it to fund research into the mental health impact of a rare disease diagnosis. Rare diseases are often chronic and life-threatening, and with a …

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New California Law Makes It Easier to Get Care for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

USE OUR CONTENT It can be republished for free. Karen Bailey’s 20-year-old daughter has struggled with depression and anxiety for years. Since 2017, she’s been in three intensive group therapy programs and, each time, the family’s insurer cut her coverage short, says Bailey. “At a certain point, they would send us a form letter saying: …

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College Tuition Sparked a Mental Health Crisis. Then the Hefty Hospital Bill Arrived.

Despite a lifelong struggle with panic attacks, Divya Singh made a brave move across the world last fall from her home in Mumbai, India. She enrolled at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, to study physics and explore an interest in standup comedy in Manhattan. This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished …

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DeSantis Advances Questionable Link Between Lockdowns and Despair

The result of lockdowns “has been the destruction of millions of lives across America as well as increased deaths from suicide, substance abuse and despair without any corresponding benefit in covid mortality.” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Feb. 2, 2020 For months, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has boasted about his state’s “open for business” strategy in …

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Open Enrollment, One More Time

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. An estimated 9 million Americans eligible for free or reduced premium health insurance under the Affordable Care Act have a second chance to sign up for 2021 coverage, since the Biden administration reopened enrollment on healthcare.gov and states that run their own marketplaces followed suit. …

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98point6 Launches New Virtual Behavioral Health Offering

What You Should Know: – 98point6 announces the launch of its new virtual behavioral health service – 98point6 Primary Care Plus Behavioral Health. – With primary care at the center, 98point6’s new single-stop virtual care solution helps ensure that every patient is fully supported in their mental health treatment journey. – Currently available to commercial …

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Report: 40% of chronically ill Americans delayed care during pandemic

As of September 2020, about a third of Americans said they delayed or avoided medical care due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report. That figure shoots up to 40% among Americans with chronic conditions, which means providers need to work harder to assuage patient fears, the authors wrote.

Modern Health’s CEO on Becoming Digital Mental Health’s Latest Unicorn

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Digital mental health startup Modern Health just closed a $74M Series D, bringing their funding total to $170M, and earning the company a $1.17B valuation that makes it the FASTEST-EVER female-founded company to hit unicorn status. CEO Alyson Watson explains what sets Modern Health apart in the incredibly crowded, well-funded, …

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How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Affecting People’s Mental Health and Substance Use

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis, about 4 in 10 adults nationwide have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder – a four-fold increase from pre-pandemic levels. Drawing on the latest national survey data, KFF polling and other research, an updated brief explores what’s known about the pandemic’s impact on people’s mental health…More

After Nearly 60 Years of Marriage, This Missouri Couple Stayed Together to the End

This story also ran on St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It can be republished for free. Arthur Kelley could barely raise his voice above a whisper last fall when he told a nursing assistant he never wanted his wife, Maggie, to be alone. After almost 60 years of marriage, five children and a lifetime filled with more …

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Why Empathy Is More Important Today In Corporate Culture Than Ever?

It is all about finding echoes of others within us! Holler folks! Welcome to Let’s Hear It. Today, we bring you the second post of our series Let’s Hear It. Earlier, we had a beautiful piece authored by our COO that highlighted the importance of Mental health. In this fast-paced life, we often forget or …

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Evaluating COVID-19’s Behavioral Health Impact on the Economy

Irv Lichtenwald, President & CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation We’re now in a new year and new presidential administration. At least three companies are producing effective COVID-19 vaccines, which are being administered to healthcare workers, teachers, and the elderly. By summer, hopefully a large majority of the population in most countries will be vaccinated. From …

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Modern Health buys mental health startup Kip

Mental health and wellness platform Modern Health has bought the San Francisco-based mental health startup Kip for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2015, Kip connects users with qualified therapists and arms them with the tools to track observations, feedback, and outcomes about their mental health journey. By combining therapy with a mobile app that allows …

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Modern Health Acquires Mental Health Startup Kip to Expand Data-Driven Capabilities

What You Should Know: – Modern Health acquires San Francisco-based mental health startup Kip to expand the data-driven capabilities of its mental health and wellness platform supporting 200+ enterprises globally. – Founded in 2015, Kip connects users with qualified therapists and arms them with the tools to track observations, feedback, and outcomes about their mental …

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Almirall, Happify partner on digital tool for psoriasis mental health

It’s well recognised that people with psoriasis can develop depression or anxiety, particularly in moderate or severe cases where a sizeable part of the body can have skin lesions. Now, drugmaker Almirall and digital health firm Happify are working on a tool to support mental health in these patients. Almirall is a specialist in psoriasis …

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Kids Already Coping With Mental Disorders Spiral as Pandemic Topples Vital Support Systems

This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes NPR, Illinois Public Media and KHN. It can be republished for free. A bag of Doritos, that’s all Princess wanted. Her mom calls her Princess, but her real name is Lindsey. She’s 17 and lives with her mom, Sandra, a nurse, outside Atlanta. On May …

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4 Vital Health Issues — Not Tied to Covid — That Congress Addressed in Massive Spending Bill

This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. Late last month, before President Joe Biden took office and proposed his pandemic relief plan, Congress passed a nearly 5,600-page legislative package that provided some pandemic relief along with its more general allocations to fund the government in 2021. While the $900 billion that lawmakers included for …

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What we’re expecting in 2021, and beyond…

From telehealth to digital trials, customer engagement to healthcare data, Healthware Group outlines the key trends that are expected to shake up digital health this year. Well, it goes without saying, COVID-19 has resulted in a rapid adoption of digital technologies across all industries, most notably in healthcare. There are several important aspects to these …

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Hurdle Secures $5M for Digital Mental Health Platform for People of Color

What You Should Know: – Washington, D.C.-based Hurdle raises $5M in seed funding to accelerate its digital mental health platform for people of color. – Hurdle aims to provide an innovative teletherapy solution for employers and insurers; aims to remove barriers to mental health care for People of Color by rooting its services in evidence-based …

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The Burden And The Impact Of Mental Health Issues In Today’s Time

Mental health today is a global burden causing a significant number of deaths. It is rapidly increasing and contributing to ill health in both developed and developing countries.  According to Jürgen Rehm et al., “mental and addictive disorders affected more than 1 billion people globally in 2016. They caused 7% of all global burden of …

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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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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: On Capitol Hill, Actions Have Consequences

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The reverberations from the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump continue. A broad array of business groups, including many from the health industry, are halting contributions to Republicans in the House and Senate who voted against certifying the …

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NeuroFlow Secures $20M for Tech-Enabled Behavioral Health Integration Platform

What You Should Know: – NeuroFlow raises $20M to expand its technology-enabled behavioral health integration platform, led by Magellan Health. – NeuroFlow’s suite of HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based tools simplify remote patient monitoring, enable risk stratification, and facilitate collaborative care. With NeuroFlow, health care organizations can finally bridge the gap between mental and physical health in order …

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How digital health startups are staying competitive in a fast-growing arena

In an increasingly crowded landscape, digital health startups must figure out what sets them apart. Three startup leaders shared what differentiates their companies from the competition at this year’s J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.

2021 – The healthcare changes here to stay

2020 was the year that changed everything, and as the new year begins many are wondering what awaits the world in 2021. Impetus Digital co-founder and CEO Natalie Yeadon reflects on the last 12 months and shares her views on the healthcare, research and digital changes that could be here to stay. I think it …

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‘Peer Respites’ Provide an Alternative to Psychiatric Wards During Pandemic

Mia McDermott is no stranger to isolation. Abandoned as an infant in China, she lived in an orphanage until a family in California adopted her as a toddler. She spent her adolescence in boarding schools and early adult years in and out of psychiatric hospitals, where she underwent treatment for bipolar disorder, anxiety and anorexia. …

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Angelini and Arvelle create neurology player with $960m merger

There’s a new player in the neurology and mental health drugs market after Italy’s Angelini Pharma merged with Switzerland’s Arvelle Therapeutics in a deal worth up to $960 million based around the anti-seizure drug cenobamate. Angelini is an international pharma company that is part of the privately-owned Italian Angelini Group, while Arvelle is focused on …

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12 Telehealth & Virtual Care Predictions and Trends for 2021 Roundup

Dr. Paul Hain, Chief Medical Officer of GoHealth Telehealth is Here to Stay in 2021 Prior to the pandemic, telehealth was a limited ad-hoc service with geographic and provider restrictions. However, with both the pandemic restrictions on face to face interactions and a relaxation of governmental regulations, telehealth utilization has significantly increased from thousands of …

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30 Executives Share Top Healthcare Predictions & Trends to Watch in 2021

As we close out the year, we asked several healthcare executives to share their predictions and trends for 2021. Kimberly Powell, Vice President & General Manager, NVIDIA Healthcare Federated Learning: The clinical community will increase their use of federated learning approaches to build robust AI models across various institutions, geographies, patient demographics, and medical scanners. The sensitivity and …

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6 Mental Health & Teletherapy Predictions & Trends to Watch in 2021

The executive team at AbleTo, a technology-enabled provider of behavioral healthcare shares six mental health and teletherapy predictions and trends to watch in 2021. Trip Hofer, CEO at AbleTo 1. Measurement and Outcomes “The healthcare industry has made progress toward increasing access to mental health care and defining what quality care looks like. Now in …

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Watch Out For Top Pipeline Therapies Making An Impact In The Bipolar Depression Market

Characterized by debilitating episodes of depression and mood elevation (mania or hypomania), Bipolar depression is an under-recognized and unappreciated phase of bipolar disorder. Since most patients exhibit depression, Bipolar depression gets misdiagnosed with other mental disorders easily. Thus, it is associated with a heavier burden of illness, morbidity, and cost. Even then, there is no …

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AI-designed serotonin tracker could help develop neurology drugs

A serotonin sensor designed using Artificial Intelligence (AI) could help scientists study sleep and mental health and potentially find new neurology drugs. The US National Institutes of Health said that the research it had co-funded used AI to transform a bacterial protein into a new research tool. It is hoped that the protein, which “catches” …

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Human API CEO Talks Data Privacy Concerns in Employee Wellness Programs

Andrei Pop, Founder, and CEO of Human API, A recent BBC article discusses the rise in employee health tracking via wearable devices and highlights a number of concerns around data privacy. To try and prevent health tracking schemes from crossing ethical lines, and eroding trust between employee and employer, some industry figures believe that organizations …

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Health Officials Fear Pandemic-Related Suicide Spike Among Native Youth

WOLF POINT, Mont. — Fallen pine cones covered 16-year-old Leslie Keiser’s fresh grave at the edge of Wolf Point, a small community on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation on the eastern Montana plains. Leslie, whose father is a member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, is one of at least two teenagers on …

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For Better Patient Care Coordination, We Need Seamless Digital Communications

Catherine Thomas: Co-Founder and VP, Customer Engagement, careMESH  Peter Tippett MD, PhD: Founder and CEO, careMESH A recent Advisory Board briefing examined the annual Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Readmission penalties.  Of the 3,080 hospitals CMS evaluated, 83% received a penalty for payments to be made in 2021, based on expected outcomes for a …

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‘Nine Months Into It, the Adrenaline Is Gone and It’s Just Exhausting’

USE OUR CONTENT It can be republished for free. In March, during the first week of the San Francisco Bay Area’s first-in-the-nation stay-at-home order, KHN spoke with emergency department physicians working on the front lines of the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, these doctors reported dire shortages of personal protective equipment and testing supplies. …

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Poll: Large Majorities Now Say They Wear Masks Regularly and Can Continue Social Distancing for At Least Six Months if Needed, though Republicans Remain Less Likely to Take Such Precautions

As winter sets in and COVID-19 cases and deaths reach records in most parts of the country, more Americans say they wear masks every time they leave home now (73%) than said so in May (52%), a new KFF Health Tracking Poll finds. A small minority (11%) say they wear masks only some of the…More

VHA Innovation Ecosystem Taps MDClone to Leverage Synthetic Data for Faster Healthcare to Veterans

What You Should Know: – Data analytics and digital health company MDClone announced a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) VHA Innovation Ecosystem to democratize data and provide better, smarter, faster healthcare to U.S Veterans. – By leveraging MDClone’s data platform, the VHA is able to tackle this massive problem by securely accessing, …

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Kaiser Permanente tests referring patients to 6 digital mental health tools

The managed care company picked six mental health apps that it made available to its members over the past two years. It recently published a paper showing patients were more likely to download or use digital health tools when referred by a physician.

Alzheimer’s Inc.: Colleagues Question Scientist’s Pricey Recipe Against Memory Loss

This story also ran on Daily Beast. It can be republished for free. When her husband was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease in 2015, Elizabeth Pan was devastated by the lack of options to slow his inevitable decline. But she was encouraged when she discovered the work of a UCLA neurologist, Dr. Dale Bredesen, who …

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Fine-tuning telehealth, addressing mental health take precedence for providers in 2021

As 2020 draws to a close, healthcare providers are strategizing for the new year and the new normal. Providers will need to retool their telehealth efforts and prepare to meet a burgeoning mental crisis, among other issues.

I Found My Secret to Feeling Younger and Stronger. The Pandemic Stole It Away.

Back in early January, before COVID-19 was as familiar as the furniture, I went in for my annual physical. My doctor looked at my test results and shook his head. Virtually everything was perfect. My cholesterol was down. So was my weight. My blood pressure was that of a swimmer. A barrage of blood tests …

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Treating Patients with Software: Digital Therapeutics

The 3rd generation pharmaceuticals- Digital therapeutics- have become a much-discussed aspect of MedTech today, as they compete with established drug-based pharmaceutical and biotech products to become therapeutic interventions for many acute and chronic diseases. Currently, many small- and mid-size companies are working to develop, manufacture and launch their software-based therapeutic interventions, while we are observing …

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Cerner, Banner Health, Xealth Partner to Simplify How Clinicians Prescribe Digital Health

What You Should Know: – Cerner Corporation today announced with Xealth new centralized digital ordering and monitoring for health systems, starting with Banner Health, to foster digital innovation. – Health systems can prescribe digital therapeutics, smartphones, and internet apps directly within the EHR to address areas such as chronic disease management, behavioral health, maternity care, …

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Powered by Doctor on Demand, ArcBest Rolls Out Virtual Primary Care Health Plan to its 13k Employees

What You Should Know: – Publicly traded logistics company ArcBest announced its deal with Doctor On Demand to introduce its virtual-first health plan to its 13,000 employees, who are largely “essential workers” as long-haul truckers. – Employees appreciated the convenience and safety of 24/7 virtual care – from their homes, from the road – and …

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Pear Therapeutics Raises $80M to Advance Prescription Digital Therapeutics

What You Should Know: – Pear Therapeutics today announced that it has successfully closed an $80 million Series D financing led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2. –  Pear is the leader in prescription digital therapeutics and the first company to receive FDA authorization for a prescription digital therapeutic (PDT) to treat disease. – Pear currently …

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Potential Health Policy Administrative Actions Under President Biden

This brief outlines the potential health policy actions that President Biden could take using executive authority, based on campaign pledges, and actions that would reverse or modify regulations or guidance issued by the Trump Administration.

Creating Future of MedTech Industry with Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is a breakthrough technology and has been used tremendously in this data-driven age, leading to a leap forward in the MedTech industry. Artificial Intelligence enrolls the use of advanced machine learning algorithms and fulfills the job, which has been tackled by humans for ages. It has flourished extensively over the past years owing …

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KHN on the Air This Week

KHN correspondent Aneri Pattani discussed how Black faith communities provide support in the face of racial unrest and COVID-19 with Newsy on Thursday. Click here to watch Pattani on Newsy Read Pattani’s “Amid COVID and Racial Unrest, Black Churches Put Faith in Mental Health Care” KHN chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner discussed President-elect Joe Biden’s …

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Amid COVID and Racial Unrest, Black Churches Put Faith in Mental Health Care

Wilma Mayfield used to visit a senior center in Durham, North Carolina, four days a week and attend Lincoln Memorial Baptist Church on Sundays, a ritual she’s maintained for nearly half a century. But over the past 10 months, she’s seen only the inside of her home, the grocery store and the pharmacy. Most of …

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Zoloft enters list of 10 most commonly prescribed drugs in Australia

Increase in women being diagnosed with depression partly behind rise in use An increase in women being diagnosed with depression is partly behind a significant rise in prescriptions of the antidepressant sertraline – sold under the brand name Zoloft – which is in the list of Australia’s most commonly prescribed drugs for the first time. …

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3 Key Solutions to Fighting Stress In the Medical Field

As you read this, doctors are on the frontlines fighting a global pandemic. Lives depend on their skills and expertise, but what often gets overlooked is the fact that doctors are still prone to stress. Sure enough, according to a report by Medscape, more than 42% of physicians across various specialties say they are burned …

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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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New Legal Push Aims to Speed Magic Mushrooms to Dying Patients

Back in March, just as anxiety over COVID-19 began spreading across the U.S., Erinn Baldeschwiler of La Conner, Washington, found herself facing her own private dread. Just 48 and the mother of two teenagers, Baldeschwiler was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer after discovering a small lump on her chest, no bigger than a …

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Family Mourns Man With Mental Illness Killed by Police, Calls for Change

Rulennis Muñoz remembers the phone ringing on Sept. 13. Her mother was calling from the car, frustrated. Rulennis could also hear her brother Ricardo shouting in the background. Her mom told her that Ricardo, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia five years earlier, wouldn’t take his medication. Within an hour, Ricardo Muñoz, 27, was …

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Facebook Live: Helping COVID’s Secondary Victims: Grieving Families and Friends

Can’t see the video player? View the video here. The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 246,000 people in the U.S., but it also has left hundreds of thousands of others grieving, and often feeling as if they have been robbed of the usual methods for dealing with the loss. For every person who dies of …

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Long-Term Care Workers, Grieving and Under Siege, Brace for COVID’s Next Round

In the middle of the night, Stefania Silvestri lies in bed remembering her elderly patients’ cries. “Help me.” “Please don’t leave me.” “I need my family.” Months of caring for older adults in a Rhode Island nursing home ravaged by COVID-19 have taken a steep toll on Silvestri, 37, a registered nurse. She can’t sleep, …

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Prayers and Grief Counseling After COVID: Trying to Aid Healing in Long-Term Care

A tidal wave of grief and loss has rolled through long-term care facilities as the coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 91,000 residents and staffers — nearly 40% of recorded COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. And it’s not over: Facilities are bracing for further shocks as coronavirus cases rise across the country. Workers are already …

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NeuroFlow Joins Epic App Orchard for Behavioral Health Integration

What You Should Know: –  NeuroFlow, the leader in technology-enabled behavioral health integration, is now available to healthcare providers through Epic’s App Orchard marketplace. NeuroFlow combines provider workflow augmentation solutions, clinical care dashboards, and a patient-facing application to create a clinical feedback loop centered around behavioral health. – Patient generated data including validated assessment scores, mood and …

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4 Ways to Combat Hidden Costs Associated with Delayed Patient Care During COVID-19

Matt Dickson, VP, Product, Strategy, and Communication Solutions at Stericycle COVID-19 terms such as quarantine, flatten the curve, social distance, and personal protective equipment (PPE) have dominated headlines in recent months, but what hasn’t been discussed in length are the hidden costs of COVID-19 as it relates to patient adherence.   The coronavirus pandemic has amplified …

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UnitedHealth must reprocess thousands of illegally denied mental health claims, judge orders

In a trial last year, a federal judge found that a UnitedHealth subsidiary had illegally denied mental health and substance use disorder claims. The same judge has now ordered the payer to reprocess all the claims and reform its guidelines.

How to tackle the mental health crisis that will come with a second Covid-19 wave

To prepare for this next wave, healthcare systems and community mental health organizations must find ways to scale resources to efficiently screen patients for behavioral health conditions, match them with the right resources and then monitor their progress over time

Lundbeck tops Q3 expectations following strong sales of mental health drugs

Denmark’s Lundbeck has beat its expectations in third quarter results, following a strong performance from its portfolio of mental health drugs, although its newly-launched migraine drug seems to have got off to a slow start. Lundbeck posted quarterly sales of 4.46 billion Danish kroner ($693.39 million), which Reuters noted beat expectations of around 4.39 billion …

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Ontrak Acquires Science-Backed, Behavior Change Platform LifeDojo

What You Should Know: – Ontrak acquires LifeDojo Inc, a San Francisco, CA-based comprehensive, science-backed behavior change platform. – The acquisition broadens Ontrak’s addressable market and footprint to lower acuity populations enabling new interventions and remote patient monitoring. Ontrak, Inc., a leading AI-powered and telehealth-enabled, virtualized healthcare company, today announced that it has acquired LifeDojo …

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For Each Critically Ill COVID Patient, a Family Is Suffering, Too

The weeks of fear and uncertainty that Pam and Paul Alexander suffered as their adult daughter struggled against COVID-19 etched itself into the very roots of their hair, leaving behind bald patches by the time she left the hospital in early May. Tisha Holt had been transferred by ambulance from a smaller hospital outside Nashville, …

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COVID-19 Pandemic Further Exposes Systemic Racism…

Michael A Greely, Co-Founder & General Partner at Flare Capital Partners This will be ugly and sad. Racism has cost this country $16 trillion over the last twenty years according to a recent Citigroup report. Much of this loss ($13 trillion) was attributed to discriminatory lending practices and the 6.1 million fewer jobs created as a …

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70% Taking Common Antidepressants Suffer Sexual Side Effects

What’s the latest on treating depression with the spice saffron? Years ago, I covered a head-to-head comparison of saffron versus Prozac for the treatment of depression in my video Saffron vs. Prozac, and saffron seemed to work just as well as the drug. In the years since, five other studies have found that saffron beat …

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Older COVID Patients Battle ‘Brain Fog,’ Weakness and Emotional Turmoil

“Lord, give me back my memory.” For months, as Marilyn Walters has struggled to recover from COVID-19, she has repeated this prayer day and night. Like other older adults who’ve become critically ill from the coronavirus, Walters, 65, describes what she calls “brain fog” — difficulty putting thoughts together, problems with concentration, the inability to …

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Impact of COVID-19: 2020 State of Healthcare Performance Improvement Report

What You Should Know: – Nearly three-quarters of hospital leaders are either moderately (52%) or extremely (22%) concerned about the financial viability of their organizations without an effective treatment or vaccine for COVID-19, according to a new report from Kaufman Hall entitled, “2020 State of Healthcare Performance Improvement Report: The Impact of COVID-19” – One-third …

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Were We Mentally Ready for COVID-19? Why It’s Time to Take Behavioral Health Seriously

Dr. Jacob Lazarovic M.D., IMCS Group As you read this, over 200,000 American deaths have been attributed to the virus. The influx of cases continues, while state and local economies are experiencing hardship, children are shuttered in their homes learning remotely, grown children are moving back home and the “new normal” disrupts nearly all of …

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Sleepless Nights, Hair Loss and Cracked Teeth: Pandemic Stress Takes Its Toll

In late March, shortly after New York state closed nonessential businesses and asked people to stay home, Ashley Laderer began waking each morning with a throbbing headache. “The pressure was so intense it felt like my head was going to explode,” recalled the 27-year-old freelance writer from Long Island. She tried spending less time on …

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Proposed change to Medicaid line extension definition ignores importance of critical improvements in treatments

In comments recently submitted to the administration, PhRMA raised concerns with a number of changes included in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicaid proposed rule. Today, we’re diving deeper into CMS’s proposal to vastly expand the types of medicines that would fall under the definition of a “line extension” and how that …

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Retired NFL Linebacker Overcomes ADHD, Invests in Mental Health Platform Done

October is ADHD Awareness Month, and retired NFL linebacker J.T. Thomas wants people to know that it is okay to get help for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As a person with ADHD, J.T. Thomas knows how important getting help is, and why overcoming obstacles such as stigma, access to care and …

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Retired NFL Linebacker Overcomes ADHD, Invests in Mental Health Platform Done

October is ADHD Awareness Month, and retired NFL linebacker J.T. Thomas wants people to know that it is okay to get help for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As a person with ADHD, J.T. Thomas knows how important getting help is, and why overcoming obstacles such as stigma, access to care and …

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Lifetime Experiences Help Older Adults Build Resilience to Pandemic Trauma

Older adults are especially vulnerable physically during the coronavirus pandemic. But they’re also notably resilient psychologically, calling upon a lifetime of experience and perspective to help them through difficult times. New research calls attention to this little-remarked-upon resilience as well as significant challenges for older adults as the pandemic stretches on. It shows that many …

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Health Care and the 2020 Presidential Election

This side-by-side comparison examines President Trump’s record and former Vice President Biden’s positions across a wide range of key health issues, including the response to the pandemic, the Affordable Care Act marketplace, Medicaid, Medicare, drug prices, reproductive health, mental health and opioids, immigration and health coverage, and health care costs.

Digital Behavioral Health: Addressing The COVID-19 Behavioral Health Crisis

Victor Siclovan, Director of Medicaid Transformation Project at AVIA Living through a pandemic is stressful and anxiety-inducing. Stay-at-home measures are compounding this stress, resulting in social isolation and unprecedented economic hardship, including mass layoffs and loss of health coverage. Fully understanding the impact of these pernicious trends on overall mental health will take time. However, …

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Why Hasn’t A More Holistic Approach to Patient Care Become The Norm?

When food production technology made it possible, wheat flour processors started to eliminate the tough exterior (bran) and nutrient-rich core (germ) of the kernel to get at the large, starchy part (the endosperm) only. The bread produced from this process is white and fluffy, and it makes great PB&Js and takes forever to grow mold, …

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Anthem Expands Relationship with doc.ai to Power Digital Health Offerings

What You Should Know: – Anthem extends the use of doc.ai’s platform and portfolio of privacy-first technologies and artificial intelligence software services to drive the personalization of Anthem’s digital assets and create improved value for users. – doc.ai’s product offerings are deployed on its cloud-agnostic and zero-trust infrastructure that lets clients like Anthem launch products …

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Digital health firm Lyra enters unicorn territory after fundraising

Digital health startup Lyra Health has raised $110 million in fourth-round financing, raising its value above the $1 billion threshold for the first time since it was founded five years ago. California-based Lyra provides mental health care services that employers can include in health care plans for their staff, and already features companies like eBay, …

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Feeling Anxious and Depressed? You’re Right at Home in California.

It’s official, California: COVID-19 has left us sick with worry and increasingly despondent. And our youngest adults — ages 18 to 29 — are feeling it worst. Weekly surveys conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau from late April through late July offer a grim view of the toll the pandemic has taken on the nation’s …

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