Patients with multiple chronic illnesses, which often include those who are low-income and elderly, may have more trouble using health IT devices, such as blood glucose monitoring tools or diet and exercise applications, researchers wrote in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The study team said health IT developers should create technology that reduces the inconvenience and burden to patients and should try to reach out to people who may not be technologically sophisticated.
Novartis and Amgen agreed to collaborate on the development of BACE inhibitors for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Under the terms of the deal, Novartis will receive undisclosed upfront and milestone fees. Research and development costs will initially be covered by Novartis, and then the costs and profits will be shared equally between the firms.
Kinsa has unveiled a wireless in-ear thermometer designed to make it easier for users to monitor the temperature of sick people and communicate the results to care professionals. Smart Ear Thermometer, which uses Bluetooth technology to connect to a companion application for smartphones, comes with a feature known as Guidance that offers actionable guidance to users based on several factors, including symptoms and health history.
Adults overweight at age 50 may be more likely to have earlier onset of Alzheimer's disease, according to a study that included 142 elderly adults with Alzheimer's. The study in the journal Molecular Psychiatry did not show cause and effect, but researchers from the US National Institute on Aging said each unit increase in BMI was linked to Alzheimer's onset an average of seven months earlier.
Fitness trainers provide 15 different underrated or under-appreciated exercises that can burn calories, increase strength and add variety to a workout. The list includes a brisk walk, which is great for cardiovascular health, running up and down stairs, and using a rowing machine to work out muscles in the arms and back.
The percentage of US college students who say they smoke marijuana at least 20 times per month has reached its highest level ever -- 5.9% -- in an annual survey that began in 1980. The proportion of students who describe marijuana as dangerous has fallen amid increasing legalization. College students' use of amphetamines for nonmedical reasons has increased as well, from from 5.7% in 2008 to 11.1% in 2012.
The smoking rate in the US dropped to about 15% in 2015, down from 17% one year ago and close to 18% two years ago, continuing a steady decline that started in 2010, the CDC reports. Experts credit tobacco taxes, stricter smoke-free laws and more powerful anti-smoking messages for the change. The 2015 National Health Interview Survey report also shows that men smoke more than women, and whites and blacks more than Hispanics.
A CDC study published in Vital Signs found that 75% of Americans have functional heart age that is older than their chronological age. Functional age is calculated based on lifestyle and risk information including blood pressure, smoking status, BMI and diabetes. The heart age of the average man is eight years older than his chronological age, while for women heart age exceeds chronological age by five years. The authors suggest people should learn their functional heart age so they can then take steps to lower cardiovascular risks.
Legislation proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., would enable Medicare to negotiate with drugmakers on the cost of prescription medications and would legalize drug imports from Canada. Drug companies would have to disclose price information, such as the cost of research and development, under the measure.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is offering to support studies by ambulatory care and long-term-care facilities of the use of information technology and other evidence-based tools to improve patient safety. Each grant could be worth up to $1.5 million over three years. The studies can look at new and existing technology, including EHRs.
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