How Ultra-Processed Foods Affect Gut Microbiome and Health

Several studies have demonstrated a potential link between ultra-processed foods (UPF) and chronic inflammation. A recent review published in The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology describes the mechanistic association between UPF consumption and chronic medical conditions, particularly those involving the gut microbiome. Study: Ultra-processed foods and human health: from epidemiological evidence to mechanistic knowledge. Image Credit: … Read more

Personal health records can be useful for patient self-management and communication in colorectal cancer networks

Recently published JMIR publications “Uses of personal health records for communication between colorectal cancer survivors, caregivers, and providers: interview and observational study in a human-computer interaction laboratory” in JMIR Human Factors which reported that personal health records (PHR) can be useful for patient self-management and participation in communication with their caregivers and health care providers. … Read more

CDC Announces Recipients of 2022 REACH Lark Galloway-Gilliam Award for Advancing Health Equity Challenge

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to announce the two winners of the 2022 REACH Lark Galloway-Gilliam Award for Advancing the Health Equity Challenge. The winners are Thamara Labrousse from Live Healthy Miami Gardens (Florida) and Healthy Savannah (Georgia). This award recognizes extraordinary individuals and organizations working to advance health equity, … Read more

PCORI approves $258 million in funding to support 26 new healthcare-related studies

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has approved funding grants totaling $258 million to support 26 new research studies. These studies aim to fill evidence gaps and improve healthcare decision-making for a range of high-burden conditions in adults and children, including asthma, bone fractures, migraines, intellectual and developmental disabilities and sinus infections. Five comparative clinical … Read more

Research highlights impact of social determinants of health on hypertension control

A research article published this month in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings highlights the significant impact of social determinants of health on patients’ ability to maintain control of their hypertension. This large clinical trial, conducted at Ochsner Health, points to the need for health systems and society to improve practices and better identify, measure and address … Read more

Health startups turn to ‘coaches’ to help patients cope and monitor treatment

In 2011, Sean Duffy and Adrian James were sitting in San Francisco’s Dolores Park debating what to name some workers at the company they founded, Omada Health. Omada, which launched that year, provides virtual treatment for chronic diseases. The company treats conditions through a team of employees – some traditional clinicians and others dedicated to … Read more

Study shows strong links between ageism and health

According to a new study, almost all older people have experienced some form of ageism in their daily lives – whether it’s seeing ageist messages and images on TV or on the internet, meeting people who suggest that they are less capable simply because they are older, or believing stereotypes about aging. However, older adults … Read more

Improving dental care by linking medical and dental health records Information exchange

Dental professionals need access to every patient’s complete electronic health record — including lab test results and current prescriptions — so they can provide the best care possible. care that is safe for the patient, promotes preventive management and improves the results of dental treatment. This unprecedented access would help all types of dental professionals, … Read more

Opioid taper associated with increased overdose and mental health crisis lasting up to 2 years

Does dose reduction in patients on stable opioid therapy pose risks of overdose and long-term mental health? Researchers from the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research looked at the potential long-term risks of tapering opioid doses. They found that patients on stable but higher-dose opioid therapy whose doses were reduced by at least … Read more

Review of Cannabis Use on Reproductive Health, Pregnancy, and Fetal Outcomes

A recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology examined cannabis use on reproductive health, pregnancy, and fetal outcomes. Study: Impact of cannabinoids on pregnancy, reproductive health and offspring outcomes. Image Credit: Yarygin/Shutterstock Background Cannabis, a federally illegal drug, is the most abused drug in the United States (US). Its consumption is … Read more