Category: Health Advice

Digital Transformation In Healthcare: Advice For Health Organizations

Ravi Kurani, CEO of Sutro and Advocate for Transformative Digital Solutions.

In the rapidly evolving era of digitalization, it is obvious that the medical world has drastically changed. All patient delivery methods will be revolutionized through the digitization of healthcare.

Understanding Digital Transformation In Healthcare

My passion for this topic stems from a career marked by witnessing firsthand the profound impact of technology on healthcare systems. This provides an opportunity for us to consider healthcare in a new light. With every step I’ve taken along this path, I have grown more and more eager to talk about digitization’s transforming capabilities.

In the healthcare industry, starting the digital transformation path means taking a radical step forward and adopting new technology to improve patient care, increase operational output and restructure workflows. This revolutionary stage embodies the smooth incorporation of digital breakthroughs, including but not limited to the following solutions:

Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

EHRs are the digital core of modern healthcare. They revamp how we document and deliver care. These comprehensive records tell a detailed story of a patient’s health while bridging the gap between facilities. EHRs ensure informed, seamless care while eliminating past fragmentation. Their role goes beyond record-keeping. They empower a dynamic, responsive healthcare environment with precise, timely decisions.

They streamline workflow, giving professionals real-time data for better judgments, reducing redundant tests and opening doors for a more effective system. EHRs replace error-prone paper records and pave the way for proactive healthcare.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

With its unmatched capability in sorting through enormous data collections, understanding them and learning, artificial intelligence (AI) shapes healthcare in a new way. It reveals different areas for diagnostics, patient care as well as treatment effectiveness. AI situated within the crossroads between technology and medicine is propelling a revolution in various aspects of this

Google Taps AI to Show Shoppers How Clothes Fit Different Bodies

One of the new ad formats Google announced today will allow brands to link short-form videos they made—or ones they hired creators to film—to their advertisements in Google’s search engine. AI-generated text summaries of the clips will be included below. “I’ve got three Gen Z-ers at home, and watching them shop, it’s very video-based,” said Madrigal.

Google also launched a tool that allows companies to create entirely new, AI-generated product images based on photos from earlier marketing campaigns and pictures that represent their brand identity. For example, a home goods brand could upload a picture of one of its candles and an image of a beach, then ask Google to “put the candle on a beach that looks like this one under some palm trees.”

Shannon Smyth, the founder of a perfume and body-care company called A Girl’s Gotta Spa, said she began using Google’s AI image tools last year when the company first began rolling them out as part of software called Product Studio. Initially, Google only allowed merchants to swap the backgrounds on existing product photos and make small tweaks, like increasing the resolution.

“It coincided with struggling to keep up on our social channels with professional-looking photography, and as finances became more strapped I decided to give it a try,” Smyth says. She uses it to generate images for use on social media, in an email newsletter, and on her Amazon store. (Google put Smyth in touch with WIRED to discuss her experiences with its AI products.)

Smyth said Google’s AI tools save time and have gotten better as she has continued using them. “I admit, I was frustrated at first if it would generate images without shadows or reflections, or have an unidentifiable object in the photo,” she explained. “I’ve found that as I give feedback

For Gen Z, sustainable fashion isn’t just about shopping. It’s a ‘mindset’

Emile Jenkinson-Ramirez, a 24-year-old freelance makeup artist from Ajax, Ont., says she was forced to re-examine her fashion choices about five years ago after watching a video on YouTube that explored the circumstances of underpaid employees in Bangladesh working in the fashion industry.

That was when she realized she needed to be smarter about the clothing she buys. 

Nowadays, Jenkinson-Ramirez practises sustainable fashion by shopping for pieces that will last longer from small businesses in her area — some of her favourite brands include Pashion Footwear and the Slo Fashion Company.

To her, sustainable fashion is clothing created in an environment with equitable pay and fair working conditions, while keeping its carbon footprint in mind.

“I’m happy … this is being talked about more, because people like myself didn’t understand the difference [between fast and sustainable fashion] for a long time,” she said.

According to the environmental news site, the fashion industry is responsible for eight to 10 per cent of global carbon emissions. It takes about 2,600 litres of water to make one cotton shirt and 7,500 litres for a pair of jeans, and says 80 billion pieces of clothes are produced every year — a 4,000 per cent jump from 20 years ago.

WATCH | Marketplace: Exposing the secrets of sustainable fashion:

Exposing the Secrets of Sustainable Fashion

We investigate the sustainability claims by some of fashion’s biggest brands and revealing why some of your clothing is far from the ‘green’ solution you’ve been sold.

Jenkinson-Ramirez is part of a generation that’s increasingly aware of the environmental consequences of fast fashion. Faced with both climate change and inflation, Generation Z is changing its shopping behaviour.

Sustainable fashion “needs to become more rooted in people’s everyday lives,” she said.

About more than shopping

According to a survey

Is it safe to get health advice from influencers? Psychologists and other experts share strategies to help you distinguish fact from fiction.

Psychologists and other experts are studying how false health information spreads, who is most vulnerable, and what can be done to reverse the trend. Misleading health content can put people’s lives at extreme risk, such as when people choose to follow a dangerous health trend like drinking Borax laundry detergent diluted with water to treat arthritis or other conditions that has no supporting science.

Misleading health information can also cause financial harm, which is common in the health space because spreaders of false information often offer products or services as a solution.

“There are so many alternative medicine sources in this space spreading misinformation for profit,” said psychologist Briony Swire-Thompson, PhD, an assistant professor of political science and psychology who directs the Psychology of Misinformation Lab at Northeastern University.

Some peddlers of health scams target specific populations, including those who have historically developed a distrust of physicians or the pharmaceutical industry. Past abuses from medical providers, such as the repeated medical exploitation of African Americans, can place marginalized populations at increased risk.

“Folks in these populations are disproportionately vulnerable because they have been mistreated by the medical establishment,” said Deen Freelon, PhD, a computational social scientist and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. “That can make them apt audiences for misinformation related to health.”

Health crises such as the recent mpox outbreak are also used to exploit people looking for information. When a disease breaks out, real uncertainty arises about how it spreads and how people can stay safe, leaving an opening where health misinformation can thrive, said Jon Roozenbeek, PhD, an assistant professor in psychology and security at King’s College London who studies online misinformation.

For that reason, better education about the scientific process, including that it takes time to establish evidence to

Inventor of Impella medical device has advice for new grads in science : Shots

Dr. Thorsten Siess shows the Impella.

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Dr. Thorsten Siess shows the Impella.

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When he was 25 years old, Thorsten Siess, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Aachen in Germany had an idea: What if there was a way to keep the heart pumping blood during surgery or following a heart attack with a device that affixes a tiny motor to the tip of a catheter?

“This would be able to be put into patients without the need for a major operation,” says Siess. “Normally, of course, you would have to split the sternum.”

Today, Siess’s idea is a reality — a medical device called the Impella — and he serves as the chief technology officer of Abiomed, which is part of Johnson & Johnson.

After meeting a professor he described as a “cool dude” in the 1990s, Siess wrote his own grants to get him through his PhD and founded a startup to make the Impella.

It’s designed to help some of the highest-risk patients who “already had prior surgery and prior interventions,” he says. “They are considered to be so high risk that none of the treating physicians would usually touch them.”

Doctors insert the Impella through an artery in the patient’s leg and guide it up to the heart’s pumping chamber. There it pulls blood in and pushes it out into the rest of the body using a tiny turbine that has to be gentle enough not to burst the red blood cells.

In 1999 Siess remembers being nervous when the first human patient was treated with the Impella, a woman named Claire. He says he recently met her again, and she hasn’t had any more heart problems.

But back in the university lab more

Sustainable fabrics can help fashion rid itself of a waste problem.

Every year Aarav Chavda goes scuba diving in the same Florida reefs. A former McKinsey analyst and mechanical engineer, Chavda has watched the corals blanch white over time, and he has noticed species dwindle— except the lionfish.

Local and federal officials near Atlantic and Caribbean waters have tried a number of methods to eradicate the lionfish, a gorgeously striped and spiny invasive species that has no predators in the region and eats many other fish. Chavda had a new idea: Make it fashion. Along with two other avid divers, Chavda founded a startup called Inversa and invented a process that transforms lionfish skin into a supple, attractive leather. Next, they added two other invasive species— Burmese pythons from the Florida Everglades and carp from the Mississippi River. They’ve achieved some real success: a number of brands, including Piper and Skye and Rex Shoes, have used their leathers for wallets, footballs, flip-flops, and a cool-looking python dagger and sheath.

Lionfish are measured and recorded during the Lionfish Derby at the Reef Environmental Education Foundation headquarters in Key Largo, Fla., in 2021. (Patrick Connelly/AP)

The toxic impact of the fashion industry – meaning not high fashion brands, but the companies that make the materials that form our clothes, as well as the companies constructing the clothes – is well-known. Up to 4 percent of global climate emissions, according to a McKinsey report, and an unknown but substantial percent of global water pollution also derive from it. This is a baffling, often overwhelming problem. Humans require clothing to survive – plus, we love our clothes and derive deep meaning from how we present ourselves to the world.

“It’s two sides of the coin,” says Monica Buchan-Ng, a sustainability expert at the London College

Personalized dietary programs outperform general advice for better heart health

In a recent Nature Medicine study, researchers compare the effectiveness of personalized dietary programs (PDP) and general advice on cardiometabolic health.

Study: Effects of a personalized nutrition program on cardiometabolic health: A randomized controlled trial. Image Credit: Inside Creative House / Study: Effects of a personalized nutrition program on cardiometabolic health: A randomized controlled trial. Image Credit: Inside Creative House / 

The role of diet in disease risk

Diet and lifestyle-related interventions are effective non-pharmaceutical approaches that can reduce the risks of many chronic diseases. Although many studies have emphasized the importance of an adequate diet, a significant increase in diet-related diseases has been observed and attributed to poor adherence to dietary guidelines.

In fact, one recent study revealed that less than 1% of the United Kingdom population adheres to all dietary recommendations, with similarly poor adherence reported in the United States. Multiple factors influence the variability in health responses to food; therefore, effective personalized nutrition programs based on lifestyle and phenotypic biological factors could increase compliance rates with dietary guidelines.

Previously conducted randomized controlled trials (RCTs) designed to evaluate the efficacy of personalized nutrition programs indicated an overall positive result. Some benefits associated with this approach include improved blood parameters, glycemic index, dietary habits, gut health, physical activity, and anthropometric measurements. Nevertheless, additional studies are needed to determine the efficacy of PDP concerning adherence to recommendations and health outcomes.

About the study

The ZOE Measuring Efficacy Through Outcomes of Diet (METHOD) study hypothesized that dietary customization encompassing multiple factors contributing to inter- and intraindividual variability to nutritional responses to diet will increase adherence to recommendations and improve health outcomes. The ZOE METHOD study, which involved a parallel-design eighteen-week RCT, compared the efficacy of PDP with standard care dietary advice in the U.S. adult population.

Standard care dietary advice was obtained from the United States Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025, whereas PDP dietary guidelines were based on the

25 Early Memorial Day Clothing Sales Worth Shopping 2024

Memorial Day weekend is almost here, meaning it’s high time to nail down your wardrobe for the summer season. Curious to know which Memorial Day clothing sales are actually worth your time and money? We’re right there with you.

This year’s sales are—no exaggeration—some of the best we’ve ever seen. You’ll find discounts of 50% or more on wardrobe essentials at brands like Anthropologie, J.Crew, and Nordstrom, perfect for kicking your summer outfits up a notch with the best 2024 fashion. Whether you’re in the market for summer wedding guest dresses to impress your friends, one-piece swimsuits for your next getaway, or just more leggings to wear everywhere, you’ll find them deeply discounted. The only catch? The deals dry up after the holiday weekend.

To maximize your budget (and your phone-free time by the pool), we combed through the interwebs to find you the absolute best Memorial Day sales. Our edit includes everything from summer sneakers to airy dresses to designer bags—everything you’ll need to stand out this season and beyond. Dive into the discounts below.

The best Memorial Day clothing sales 2024

Shopbop just filled its sale section with discounts of up to 50% off on cool-girl pieces. This is huge, considering current-season pieces rarely go on sale this early. (You can save on beauty, too, with the code BEAUTY15.)

For Love & Lemons Colby Midi-Dress

You can always trust Madewell to deliver a legendary sale at the top of a new season—and its early Memorial Day deals are especially great. Head over to its sale section today to stock up on denim, tees, and of course, cute tote bags.

Madewell Low-Slung Straight Jeans

Madewell The Zip-Top Essential Tote

Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale is just around the corner, but we suggest looking at its sale section now for some

A midwifes health advice for your pregnancys first trimester

By Leigh Farmer

The first trimester of pregnancy can be a thrilling time for a family. The anticipation of welcoming a little one can come with lots of smiles and celebration. However, it can come with a lot of anxiety, too. There are so many choices that need to be made. Your pre- and post-natal healthcare should be at the top of the list.

Meghan Noonan, lead certified nurse midwife at VCU Health, says taking care of yourself and making sure you kick any vices or bad habits is a great way to jump start a healthy pregnancy.

“Once you get that positive pregnancy test, take a look at your own health and your own health decisions,” Noonan said. “Feel comfortable and feel like you can really ask those questions, whether they feel silly or not. And if you don’t find what you’re looking for, feel empowered to look for a different provider. Really advocate for yourself and what you need during this time.”

On the Healthy with VCU Health podcast, Noonan discusses some of the choices a newly pregnant person must make in their first trimester and how to navigate those options with limited anxiety and maximum excitement.

Listen to Healthy with VCU Health’s episode on the decisions you make in the first trimester of pregnancy

Choosing whether to deliver with a midwife or OB-GYN is a key decision you make in the first trimester. But are you locked into this decision, or can you change your mind?

You can absolutely change your mind, and I really encourage you to be an advocate for your own health. If you don’t feel like you’re getting what you need from a care team or provider, seek out other options. We are fortunate that as midwives working at VCU Health, we practice

Mental Health Awareness Month Spurs Talk About Using Generative AI As Your Trusted Therapist

In today’s column, I am continuing my ongoing series about the impact of generative AI in the health and medical realm. The focus this time is once again on the mental health domain and does so in acknowledgment of the month of May as officially being mental health awareness month.

Since we are now in this notable month, it seems especially timely to meaningfully discuss the controversial topic of whether people can or should be using generative AI for mental health guidance. To get into that thorny matter I will start by covering a smattering of overall stats and trends about mental health and then dovetail the relevant generative AI usage emerging trends accordingly.

I have previously examined numerous interleaving facets of generative AI and mental health, see my comprehensive overview at the link here. You might also find of notable interest a CBS 60 Minutes episode that recently examined crucial facets of this evolving topic, see the link here (I am honored and pleased to indicate that I was interviewed and featured in the episode, see the link here).

Other vital background includes my in-depth coverage of mental health chatbots which have been bolstered by generative AI (see the link here) and the rapidly changing nature of the client-therapist relationship due to generative AI at the link here. I explored where things are headed regarding the levels of AI-based mental therapy autonomous guidance at the link here, and showcased the importance of the World Health Organization (WHO) report on global health and generative AI at the link here, and so on.

Let’s unpack today’s focus.

Where We Are On Mental Health Across The

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