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Healthcare Access and Equity: Women’s Health and Technology Hold the Keys
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Healthcare Access and Equity: Women’s Health and Technology Hold the Keys

While the quality of U.S. healthcare and patient outcomes has generally increased over time, access to care — and thus to positive patient outcomes — is not equitable to all people. Overall, one in 10 Americans don’t have health insurance, which is fallout of a system breaking under the weight of high costs and deepening complexity. Diabetes rates are more than 30% higher among Native Americans and Latinos than among Whites. Rates of death attributable to heart disease, stroke, and prostate and breast cancers remain much higher in black populations. If you live in a rural area and have a chronic disease (or multiple diseases) provider options are more limited than in densely populated areas. That means availability of a specialist or even the ability to get an appointment can be a chall...
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Should schools ban their students from using cellphones?

Nearly all American teenagers have access to a smartphone, but studies show that too much screen time can have a negative effect on a child's mental health, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Schools are trying to help — by banning cellphones while class is in session.Buxton School in rural Massachusetts banned smartphones for students and teachers in September. The students still have access to tablets and laptops during class, but the school's director, Franny Shuker-Haines, said she wanted to give them a break from the constant demands of technology.She said the move is "allowing them to control when and where they decide to engage with these apps." Students and teachers are allowed to bring phones that don't have internet access...
Roundtable analysts give picks for best, worst week in politics
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Roundtable analysts give picks for best, worst week in politics

OTR: Roundtable analysts give picks for best and worst week in politics Updated: 4:35 PM EDT Oct 9, 2022 Hide Transcript Show Transcript JANET: YOUR BEST OR WORST? MARY ANNE: HERSCHEL WALKER. HE WILL NOT LOSE ANY VOTES ON THIS ONE BUT HE’S NOT PICKING UP ANY VOTES AND HE’S BEHIND IN THIS RACE. THAT WILL COST HIM. ROB: POTENTIAL BRIGHT RED LIGHT IN A SEA OF BLUE IN NEW ENGLAND, RHODE ISLAND CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE ALAN FONG HAD THE BEST WEEK WITH A NEW POLL SHOWING HIM UP BY SIX POINTS. HE MAY BE ONE OF THE FEW REPUBLICANS ELECTED TO CONGRESS IN NEW ENGLAND. ED: ...
What do retail and pharmacy have in common? How RFID technology can serve as part of a comprehensive solution to diversion
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What do retail and pharmacy have in common? How RFID technology can serve as part of a comprehensive solution to diversion

Retail and pharmacy – two very different industries that, on the surface, might not appear to have much in common. However, the two fields have found a use for an emerging technology to solve very similar problems. Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is an incredibly valuable resource that has been introduced in the retail space to track inventory and detect and deter theft. Now, RFID is bringing immense value to the healthcare space,continuing to show promise and results, especially when incorporated into a comprehensive drug diversion prevention program. RFID technology uses wireless communication and radio waves to identify and track items and equipment. RFID tags can store a significant amount of data, whether it be a single serial number or several pages of material. Wi...
David Ortiz highlights Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony
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David Ortiz highlights Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony

David Ortiz promised to speak from the heart. As usual, Big Papi delivered. His megawatt smile tinged with a tad of emotion, the former Boston Red Sox slugger was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday — after his daughter Alexandra sang the national anthiem — and was humbled by his surroundings. "I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to be here today and for giving me the joy of being able to travel this path, this path that has allowed me to be here today and hopefully inspire everyone to believe in yourself," Ortiz said. Ortiz was greeted by a raucous crowd chanting "Papi! Papi!" as many fans made the four-hour drive from the vicinity of Fenway Park to attend the festivities.When he took the stage, Ortiz pointed skyward ...
State lotteries transfer wealth out of needy communities, investigation finds
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State lotteries transfer wealth out of needy communities, investigation finds

Over the past two decades, state lotteries have nearly doubled in size, driving a multibillion-dollar wealth transfer from low-income U.S. communities to powerful multinational companies.A nationwide investigation of state lotteries by the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the University of Maryland found that lottery retailers are disproportionately clustered in lower-income communities in nearly every state. The investigation's analysis of cellphone location data shows that the people who patronize those stores come from the same kinds of communities.Once rare, lotteries now operate in all but five U.S. states. Driven by more than a half-billion dollars in annual ad spending, lottery ticket sales have grown from $47 billion to $82 billion since 2005, according to La F...
The new paradigm in drug development: Why platform technology is the solution patients and payers need
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The new paradigm in drug development: Why platform technology is the solution patients and payers need

We are living in a dynamic time of drug development and innovation with many beneficiaries—the most important being the patient. These developments include everything from exciting gene therapies for rare diseases to mRNA technology that allowed the development of the COVID vaccine in record time. Yet we are facing significant challenges as well. There is a global call for more equitable pricing and broader access—especially for the newer innovative treatments. How can we as healthcare leaders answer that call? How can we work with our stakeholders to ensure that the system can effectively support new innovations so that the most important stakeholder—the patient—will benefit? Collaboration and partnerships In answering the call, we must focus our attention on where it has the most impa...