Readers, Fantastic afternoon.
1 dayI’m going to get do an empirical study on the correlation between eye public health stories and the time of year (I have a strange suspicion that they have a tendency to spike round the summer time). The newest: A claim from Australian scientists who regular use of mobile phones, tablet computers, and our many other black mirrors are changing our skeletons – and may even cause something similar to “horns” in teens .
But allow ’s dig a little bit deeper until we begin slapping that the “horn” warnings on iPhones. To begin with, this study is really a year old but has caught wind that is new. For another, it s an observational study that relied on present X-ray imaging to attain its own conclusions, instead of a clinical trial that is longterm.
Fundamentally, the investigators detected a greater frequency of bone spurs (the aforementioned “horns”) from the head and neck regions of younger people’s X-rays (and these are all from Queensland, Australia). It’s s not completely clear how concerning those spurs can be
This ’s not going to mention that new technology and working habits don’t have real consequences on our own bodies – just ask the millions of working Americans with reduced back pain, a tendency that’s spiked in an increasingly sedentary work culture. Just t worry overly much about sprouting horns.
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An intriguing look into the world of VR. I strongly urge all your to see my colleague Aric Jenkins’ fascinating, and deeply reported, look into the world of virtual reality (a field that carries significance for both leisure and business alike, including very real implications for health care). Aric explores the rise, fall, and rise again of VR, and the challenges that remain for a technology that’s finally matured. (Fortune)
Trump to reportedly issue health pricing transparency order. President Donald Trump will reportedly issue an executive order next week aimed at boosting transparency in the health care sector, including among health insurers and doctors. The most important part of the order will be its approach to just what must be revealed – as readers know, list prices rarely tell you much about what customers may eventually pay in health care, so a requirement to divulge negotiated discounts on health services could prove more valuable than a simple list price revelation. (Reuters)
THE BIG PICTURE
Kaiser launches studies to see how physicians can curb firearm injuries. Nonprofit health giant Kaiser Permanente announced Thursday that it’s funding three separate studies to examine how doctors and medical professionals can help curb gun violence. “We all know that firearm injury is a major cause of preventable death in the U.S., and we could leverage our research capacities along with our deep clinical expertise to help address this matter,” said Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson in a statement. The studies will examine everything from web-based tools to teach patients at high risk for suicide about safe gun storage to suicide prevention training for health workers.
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