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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposal that would place an age-restriction on access to indoor tanning for those under 18 years of age. We join the American Academy of Dermatology in encouraging the FDA to finalize this proposed rule—a potential historic victory for public health.

Category: prevention
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Artificial intelligence is one of the most exciting and transformative opportunities of our time. Writer Nathan Benaich suggests here that what we need to improve healthcare outcomes is granular and longitudinal monitoring of physiology and lifestyle. This should enable early detection of health conditions in near real time, driving down cost of care over a patient’s lifetime while consequently improving outcomes.

Category: General

Lung Cancer: Who Cares?

Posted: Nov 22, 2015
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By mid-century, a known worldwide disease, lung cancer, will likely cause an additional 54 million deaths across the globe. But is anything being done about it? John Senall explores the background of why lung cancer is such a problem, progress being made, and what may be needed internationally to truly stop lung cancer.


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The role of health data is ever expanding, but what does it do for your doctor directly? NPR's Amy Standen gives us a lowdown on the health data market and it's growing role among doctors and medical practitioners.


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Accessibility advocates have said for the past few years that the icon is due for a big change. Now, in New York State, the racing wheelchair is being seen on signage across the state. Is your state next we hope?

Category: visual identity
Tags : accessibility

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The clinics, staffed by nurse practitioners, use a kiosk check-in system and send waiting patients a text when it’s time for their appointment. “Patients are looking for easy access to care, good quality and low cost,” Sussman said. “That’s part of what’s making us so successful.”


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The nation's 1,200 federally qualified community health centers would be hit hard by a possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling this month eliminating premium subsidies for people buying coverage through the federal insurance exchanges in up to 37 states. Such a ruling would have a major effect on the clinics, which are required by law to serve all patients for free or on a sliding-scale basis.


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To promote sunblock use in children, FCB Brazil has created dolls that turn painfully red when exposed to harsh sunlight to promote sunblock brand Nivea. The cute dolls were given to parents and their kids at the main beaches in coastal capital Rio De Janeiro with the hopes of showing children the ill effects of going sunblock-free.


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One of the hottest topics for speculation in healthcare today is the unrealized potential for mobile health -- defined as technologies that use mobile devices, apps or telehealth to connect patients and physicians -- to transform the way healthcare is sought and delivered. Two-thirds of Americans own a smartphone, and companies are eager to tap this widespread technology for the benefit of patients, doctors and hospitals. But expert say it's not yet obvious how exactly mobile services might be leveraged in the bureaucratic world of healthcare with its highly sensitive privacy issues.


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IBM and Apple have announced that they will be working with the health and life insurance company Japan Post to offer elderly citizens iPads in hopes of improving their health and wellness, according to Forbes magazine.


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