California Hospital Uses mHealth Platform to Automate Contact Tracing

Methodist Hospital of Southern California is using an mHealth platform to track staff movements through their badges, improving monitoring for COVID-19 exposure and helping to restore patient confidence.

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Payer Partners with CBOs to Reduce Maternal Care Disparities

BCBSIL’s approach underscores the critical role that payer partnerships with community-based organizations can play in reducing maternal care disparities.

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USDA invests $42M in telehealth infrastructure

The goal of the investment, which also provides for distance learning technology, is to improve health outcomes and education for some five million rural residents, the agency says. Continue reading

Life Depends On Nutrition

Did you know that common natural medicines used in ICU and emergency departments could reduce older people’s suffering? Do you know that pharmaceutical psychopaths deliberately repress these medicines even though they are used to save lives every day? Why? Because they are natural and dirt cheap. They threaten the bottom line of Big Pharma. Meaning for money’s sake, these companies deny the public and doctors of the most critical life-saving healing medicines on the planet. Meaning they are killers, stone-hearted killers. Continue reading

The Benefits of Red and Near-Infrared Light Therapy

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  • Red and near-infrared light are a subset of natural sunlight, which actually acts and has value as a nutrient
  • Red light and near-infrared light therapies are ways to get some of the benefits of natural sunlight. These therapies may be particularly beneficial for people who aren’t getting enough natural sunlight exposure
  • Cytochrome c oxidase, photo receptors on your mitochondria, capture photons of red and near-infrared light. The most effective wavelengths that activate this system are in the 600 to 700 nanometer and the 800 to 1,000 nanometer ranges. In response to light photons, your mitochondria will produce energy more efficiently
  • Another mechanism of action is related to the benefits of hormesis and the transient spike in reactive oxygen species. That burst of reactive oxygen species creates a cascade of signaling effects that stimulate the NRF2 pathway and heat shock proteins
  • A third mechanism of action involves retrograde signaling and the modulation of gene expression. Red and near-infrared light therapy activates genes involved in cell repair, cell regeneration and cellular growth, depending on the tissue

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Light Exposure at Night Can Destroy Your Thyroid

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  • Exposure to outdoor light at night, which disrupts circadian rhythms, may increase the risk of thyroid cancer
  • Those in the highest quintile of nighttime light exposure had a 55% increased risk of thyroid cancer compared to those in the lowest quintile
  • One way circadian disruption may be linked to thyroid cancer is by inducing insulin resistance
  • Light exposure at night also causes sleep trouble, and chronic sleep deprivation is linked to disruption of rhythmic thyroid stimulating hormone secretions, which is associated with an increased risk of thyroid cancer

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Cheese Is One of the Most Neuroprotective Foods

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  • Out of 49 whole foods, cheese was “by far” the most protective food when it comes to avoiding age-related cognitive problems
  • Those who ate cheese daily had better fluid intelligence scores over time; red wine and lamb consumption also had a favorable effect
  • The researchers concluded that modifying your daily meal plans may minimize cognitive decline while adding cheese, red wine and weekly lamb may improve long-term cognitive function
  • When you eat natural cheese, you get valuable fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and amino acids that protect your brain and overall health; raw grass fed cheese is best in terms of nutritional punch

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Healthcare Turns to Telehealth to Tackle America’s Obesity Epidemic

Obesity isn’t just a sensitive health issue — it’s dangerous and potentially deadly. Providers and payers are now using connected health tools to drive that point and enhance treatment.

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More Poison Found in Baby Food

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  • Testing revealed significant levels of cadmium, arsenic, lead and mercury in popular baby foods on your grocery store shelves
  • Documents from Hain Celestial Group, makers of Earth’s Best Organic baby food, showed many of the ingredients had arsenic levels as high as 309 parts per billion (ppb) and at least 24 ingredients in the company’s baby food products measured higher than 100 ppb of arsenic
  • Ingredients used in Beech-Nut baby food measured as high as 886.9 ppb of lead and 483 ingredients had levels measuring over 5 ppb
  • Heavy metals have a long-term effect on your baby’s health including neurotoxic effects, lower birth weight and cognitive scores, smaller head circumference, stunted growth and aplastic anemia
  • You have options to lower the risk of exposure to toxins and heavy metals by making baby food at home from organically grown and locally sourced produce

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6 Supplements for natural stress relief

Stress is a natural part of life. People experience stress when juggling personal and professional responsibilities and navigating sudden problems like job loss or the death of a loved one. Continue reading

Questions Arise Over Medicare Coverage for Mental Health Services by Telehealth

A sentence tucked into last year’s pandemic relief bill sets requirements for in-person care before Medicare will cover mental healthcare services via telehealth.

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New mHealth Study Gives Kids a Chance to Learn From Video Games

Magellan Healthcare and Mightier, an mHealth startup spun out of research at Boston Children’s and Harvard Medical School, are launching a program aimed at using video games to help children living with behavioral health issues.

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How Safe Are the Nanoparticles in Moderna’s Vaccine?

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  • Moderna and Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines use lipid nanoparticles that contain polyethylene glycol (PEG) to deliver mRNA to your cells
  • This experimental mRNA technology and its lipid nanoparticle-based delivery system have never been approved for use in a vaccine or drug
  • Significant concerns have been raised over the technology, including the lipid nanoparticles, and Moderna actually abandoned it in 2017 after studies revealed a high rate of adverse effects
  • Experts have questioned whether LNPs are safe, as research shows they readily enter the brain and may trigger immune reactions
  • The first dose of COVID-19 vaccine may prime the body to have an immune reaction to LNPs, such that when the second dose is received, a stronger likelihood for adverse events exists
  • The PEG found in both Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines could also be causing allergic reactions and anaphylaxis 

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Eight Different Plasticizers Found in 90% of People

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  • Recent data from Norway show 90% of people tested had at least eight different plasticizers in their body, and most tested positive for BPA, triclosan and parabens
  • Plasticizers are used in food packaging and personal care products but are loosely bound so they can easily leak; studies show ingestion of plastic materials can start in infancy
  • Health issues associated with plastic ingestion are related to their powerful hormone disruption capacity and include feminization of males, miscarriage, infertility and low levels of vitamin D
  • Consider taking steps to minimize your exposure such as avoiding plastic wrap and containers, frequently dusting and vacuuming, using reusable grocery bags and eating mostly fresh, raw whole foods

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Are Fungi the Earth’s Natural Internet?

“I believe that mycelium is the neurological network of nature. Interlacing mosaics of mycelium infuse habitats with information-sharing membranes. These membranes are aware, react to change, and collectively have the long-term health of the host environment in mind. The mycelium stays in constant molecular communication with its environment, devising diverse enzymatic and chemical responses to complex challenges.” — Paul Stamets, Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World Continue reading