Weekly Roundup – December 6, 2013

Weekly RoundupHappy Friday! It has been a while since the roundup ran on a Friday; we were trying different days to see what our fabulous readers preferred. If you have a preference let us know.

Does hormone replacement therapy help aging women’s moods and mental agility? The Los Angeles Times ran an article on a study that says it is not helpful, read the article for more on this study as well as a few others that are in the works.

A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that vaccination programs for children have prevented more than 100 million cases of serious contagious disease in the United States since 1924. The researchers believe the data should help inform the debate on the risks and benefits of vaccinating children. To learn more on this study and the availability of its data read the New York Times article. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – November 21, 2013

Weekly RoundupHappy almost Friday! Obamacare continues to get top billing in health care news. Below are some of the non-Obamacare health care stories that we hope you will find interesting.

The medical profession has issued new guidelines for fighting the nation’s obesity epidemic. These guidelines recommend physicians be more aggressive about helping their patients lose unneeded pounds. The Washington Post has more on what this might mean for you at your next doctor’s appointment.

The New York Times published an article about Jorge Odón, a car mechanic who developed a tool that eases births. The device whose idea came from a YouTube video he had seen on extracting a lost cork from a wine bottle and whose prototype was developed on his kitchen counter will be manufactured by Becton, Dickinson and Company. Doctors believe it has the potential to save babies in poor countries, and possibly reduce cesarean section births in rich ones. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – November 13, 2013

Weekly RoundupBelow are some of the past week’s interesting health care related news stories. Happy Hump Day!

In honor of November being National Caregivers Month AARP and the Advertising Council launched a new advertising and social media campaign. The campaign illustrates the many roles caregivers play and to thank them for this assistance. Check out the New York Times article for more details on the campaign.

NPR’s Shots Blog covered a story about doctors who are studying if gabapentin, a generic drug that’s commonly used to treat epilepsy and fibromyalgia can be used to fight alcoholism.

USAToday ran an article about a study that looked at how speaking multiple languages could delay dementia. The study found that dementia developed years later in bilingual people than in people who speak just one language. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – October 11, 2013

Weekly RoundupIt is week 2 of the government shutdown, the debt ceiling and the opening of the health care exchanges dominating the news. Below are some interesting health care stories you may have missed because of this.

NPR’s Shots Blog ran a post that discusses the difficulties males with eating disorders face finding treatment options.

A study detailed on NPR’s Shots Blog offers statistical evidence that delaying aging would extend life expectancy more than a decline in cancer or heart disease.

A Time article raises the issue that doctors are being trained to tackle obesity. In addition to talking about why this is, the article also discusses the various solutions to this issue. (more…)

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Stripping our masks: Redefining attractiveness and questioning social pressure to wear makeup

Jenkins picMy memories of childhood are fragmented, mixed up, and often hazy.  But there are few memories that stand out with particular force.  One of those is of a woman I barely knew, the mother of two of the neighborhood kids in our fresh-from-the-cornfield suburban development in Yardley, Pennsylvania.

Like many of the women in that time and neighborhood, she was a stay-at-home mom, who made sure her two strikingly blonde boys left the house with unwrinkled shirts every morning, and that the hardwood floors gleamed when her husband came back from work.  None of this made her remarkable to me.  It was, instead, a comment she made to a group of women at a neighborhood barbeque one night:  “My husband has never seen me without makeup.” (more…)

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DW’s coverage of HealthBeat 2013

Danielle Brooks

healthbeatOn May 21st and 22nd VentureBeat hosted its first HealthBeat conference in San Francisco with extreme success.  Focusing on how technology disrupts care, the event explored how “smart” hospitals, practices and patients are making positive changes in the health care industry.

Disruptive Women was proud to participate as a media partner and got the opportunity to attend the event. Below are a few highlights we wanted to share with you!

Do you find it difficult to stay fit while working full time? To remedy this, Keas announced a program called My Healthy Dish and Noshtopia to help employees make wiser nutritional choices and save employers money on health care costs.

In addition to learning sessions and compelling speakers, up-and-coming innovators got a chance to participate in the Grand Rounds Innovation Showdown, an innovation challenge. Beyond Lucid Technologies and Liviam walked away as winners. Beyond Lucid won for the Series A and above, they are the maker of a tablet app for emergency medical responders. Liviam won for the Seed round,  and is a social networking tool for people with serious illnesses. (more…)

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Post-Election Health Care Reflections

Robin Strongin

Pundits and political scientists will be analyzing the 2012 elections for some time to come.  On the health care front, though, I think it’s not too early to say that President Obama’s re-election could be termed the Great Reconciling.  As a nation, we seem to have come to terms with the immediate future of health policymaking and this, in turn, opens the door to give greater attention to a number of large issues that warrant national attention. (more…)

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Disruptive Women & EPA Ebooks

Robin Strongin

Earlier this year, Disruptive Women in Health Care launched a partnership with the EPA where we will be examining issues of health and the environment as they relate to women and children. The primary focus of this partnership will be a series of ebooks that looks at topics where women’s health and the environment intersect, and these will be accompanied by special events co-hosted by Disruptive Women and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. (more…)

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A Healthy Shout Out to My New Friends from BlogHer

Robin Strongin

This year, the organizers of BlogHer’12 added a first ever full day of Health to their agenda, lovingly referred to as HealthMinder Day. I was very honored to have been invited to serve on one of those health panels:  How Online Community Can Improve Offline Health.  Now, over a week later, I’m still kvelling.

The experience exceeded my expectations.  Not only did I get to visit my hometown of NY (always a plus to be back in the Big Apple), I also had the opportunity to do what I love – talk about Disruptive Women in Health Care, meet other amazing women and share ideas. (more…)

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Upcoming event: National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media

Andre BlackmanSummer is in full swing (if you haven’t already noticed) – the days of relaxation and spending time with friends/family are upon us. But that doesn’t mean the learning has to go on hiatus! Next month, health professionals from all over the country will descend upon Atlanta, Georgia for the 6th National Health Communications, Marketing and Media conference. (more…)

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June Man of the the Month: Matthew Zachary

Matthew Zachary

Matthew Zachary

This month we are extremely excited to have Matthew Zachary as our Man of the Month! Matthew is the CEO/Founder of Stupid Cancer – an organization focused on empowering young people who have cancer. He is the face of the next generation leader for meaningful, community driven health innovation.

We caught up with Matthew to get some additional insight on his background and Stupid Cancer.

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Taking collaborative action to stem the tide of diabetes

By Carrie Winans. If you went to the doctor and found out you were at risk for osteoporosis, you would probably start taking steps to prevent it under your doctor’s supervision.  So why is it that when doctors diagnose patients as pre-diabetic – patients with blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes – it so often goes untreated while there is still time to take action?

On June 14th, the Diabetes Prevention Summit in Washington, DC highlighted this problem and many others.  One of the most interesting things the conference emphasized was the breaking down of stereotypes about type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes. This disease presents itself by insulin resistance or inability to respond properly to insulin.  Resistance develops due to genetics, obesity, increasing age, race, family history, and high blood sugar. Mass media often tries to paint those with diabetes 2 under a broad paint stroke, highlighting their weight and as the sole reason behind the condition.  However, it is important to note that not all overweight people have diabetes 2 nor are all people with diabetes 2 overweight.

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Our readers weigh in: Supreme Court decision on ACA

As the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act approaches, we asked our readers to weigh in on what they think is going to happen. Turns out you have a lot to say! Here are a few of the great comments we got on Facebook.

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2012 DC Health Data + Innovation Week a Success!

By Andre Blackman. Remember when we said that you shouldn’t miss 2012 DC Health Data + Innovation Week? Well, we weren’t playing around! The past several days at the “epicenter of health innovation” as our friend Ted Eytan would put it, will go down in the history books. With data scientists, health/medical professionals and technologists literally coming from different parts of the globe to tackle health innovation, the movement began to feel even more real.

Kicking off the week was the Health 2.0 Code-A-Thon at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, which brought together coders to make an impact in the fight against obesity in the country. With great discussions led by local visionaries including Alisa Hughley of enBloom Media, the teams got to work to build meaningful platforms to address issues around food and physical activity. The best thing about the code-a-thon event is that something is actually built and ready to be used right afterward! Here’s some thoughts on the weekend from the Center for Total Health’s blog:

While the judging was close, the Healthy Plate team came in second (for a prize of $3,000), and the School Fit team took top honors—and $4,000—for its app that addressed the childhood obesity epidemic by building transparency.  School Fit’s app combined ranking school fitness levels with location information, really targeting the issue of obesity via civic, educational, social and family connections.  Check out photos from the two-day event here, and for a thoughtful perspective on the Code-a-Thon process, take a look at these two blog posts from Ted Eytan, MD.  Alex Howard Storified the weekend, too—you can see a social media snapshot of the event right here.

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At 40 RWJF Believes in Visionaries Younger than It is!

As RWJF marks its 40th year as a national philanthropy, they will share the milestone with up to 10 young leaders, 40 years of age and under, who are already leaders in improving the health and health care of our nation.

The Foundation could easily just celebrate their achievements of the past 40 years but instead, they believe in passing it forward– to help advance the next generation who are working tirelessly to improve the health and health care of all Americans.

The Foundation’s Young Leader Awards: Recognizing Leadership for a Healthier America will provide $40,000 each to up to 10 individuals. Awardees may use the award to advance their innovative work, though this is not a requirement.  The criteria for selection seek out innovative leaders who have collaborated to meet important health and health care needs through new approaches and those who have applied learning beyond the boundaries of a single discipline.

Third-party only nominations for the Young Leader Awards will be accepted between May 31, 2012, and July 16, 2012. Award winners will be announced at an October 25/26, 2012 conference held at the Foundation in Princeton, NJ.


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