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Lyft hires healthcare VP with health IT chops

Lyft announced that it has hired Megan Callahan as its first vice president of healthcare. Callahan, a seasoned IT veteran, most recently worked at revenue cycle management firm, Change Healthcare, as chief strategy officer and at McKesson, as senior vice president of corporate strategy and business development. WHY IT MATTERS Nine top healthcare systems partner […]

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Pneumococcal disease: Causes, how it spreads, and symptoms

The bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae), which is also known as pneumococcus, causes pneumococcal disease. Invasive pneumococcal disease is a life-threatening condition that is fatal in 10 percent of cases. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions have a higher risk than others of serious complications. Regular vaccinations can prevent many types of pneumococcal […]

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Late night snacker? Make it cottage cheese

Eager to eat a snack before bedtime? A protein-filled snack like cottage cheese is the way to go, say Florida State University researchers. Associate Professor of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences Michael Ormsbee and former FSU graduate student Samantha Leyh found that consuming 30 grams of protein about 30 minutes before bed appears to have […]

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Tetris: It could be the salve for a worried mind

The venerable video game was used in a recent experiment to create a state of “flow—the term psychologists use to describe a state of mind so engaged it makes the rest of the world fall away, and time pass more quickly. UCR researcher Kate Sweeny and her team have found that state of perfect disengagement […]

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COPD X-ray: What it looks like and diagnosis

COPD is a serious condition and is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Lung Association. A thorough diagnosis is crucial to begin treating COPD early, as it is an incurable condition. People with COPD often experience initial signs, including: coughing up a lot of mucus shortness of […]

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HIPAA lets providers text patients, but is it secure?

Texting between doctors and patients has become more commonplace in recent years. But before the two parties start sharing every intimate detail, experts urge providers to take a step back and consider security. HIPAA guidelines HIPAA permits “readily producible”private health information to be transferred to a patient through their preferred medium, as long as the […]