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Biden administration restores protections for gay and transgender Americans seeking health care



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The Biden administration announced a new rule Friday expanding safeguards against potential discrimination of gay and transgender Americans seeking medical care, in a reversal of Trump-era limitations that nixed federal health protections for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

In a set of expansive new rules unveiled by the Department of Health and Human Services, the department moved to advance civil rights protections for patients by barring health providers and insurers receiving federal funding from discriminating against those seeking care on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. The HHS rule restores Obama-era protections for transgender patients that the Trump administration rolled back in 2020 — a move that was condemned by LGBTQ+ advocacy and human rights organizations.

“Today’s rule is a giant step forward for this country toward a more equitable and inclusive health care system, and means that Americans across the country now have a clear way to act on their rights against discrimination when they go to the doctor, talk with their health plan or engage with health programs run by HHS,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a Friday statement.

The finalized rule comes as access to gender-affirming care for transgender youth has been tangled in political controversy, with more than 20 states in recent years attempting to restrict youth access to such care. As conflicting rulings on state-level bans have emerged from lower-level courts across the country, the Supreme Court has faced mounting pressure to consider the matter.

The contested rule stems from Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which bars “discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in specified health programs or activities.” The new HHS guidelines stipulate that while Section 1557’s prohibition on sex discrimination includes LGBTQ+ patients — and bans limiting

Cleveland Clinic surveys Americans using health technology

OHIO — A new nationwide survey conducted by the Cleveland Clinic revealed three in five Americans believe AI in health care will lead to better heart care.

The clinic said despite the higher number putting faith in technology, many remain cautious of how they use artificial intelligence regarding their health.


What You Need To Know

  • The clinic said despite the higher number putting faith in technology, many remain cautious of how they use AI
  • Seventy-two percent of Americans believe the health advice from computer chatbots is accurate, but 89%, said they would seek a doctor’s advice before acting on the bots recommendations
  • Only one in five of Americans have sought health advice from a chatbot or other form of AI
  • Through the use of monitoring technology, most Americans are seeing significant physical and mental benefits

Seventy-two percent of Americans believe the health advice from computer chatbots is accurate, but nine in 10, or 89%, said they would seek a doctor’s advice before acting on the bots recommendations. 

“The increasing number of advancements in AI and in digital health has the potential to transform health care delivery, especially in cardiovascular care,” said Dr. Samir Kapadia, chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, in a news release.

Only one in five (22%) of Americans have sought health advice from a chatbot or other form of AI, but 65% said they would be comfortable receiving heart health advice from AI.

“As clinicians, we are getting a lot of questions from our patients about this topic,” said Kapadia. “For this year’s survey, we wanted to better understand how people feel about emerging tools like AI and if their health is benefiting from technologies that are already on the market, such as wearables. As these continue to advance, we’d like to educate our patients about

Most Americans Using Health Monitoring Technology are Experiencing Significant Physical and Mental Benefits – Cleveland Clinic Newsroom

As advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) continue to revolutionize healthcare, findings from a new national Cleveland Clinic survey illustrate how Americans feel about the emerging role of AI in healthcare with 3 in 5 Americans believing that AI will lead to better heart care.

Despite the optimistic outlook, individuals are still cautious about how they use AI when it comes to their health. While 72% of Americans believe the health advice they receive from a computer chatbot is accurate, 9 in 10 (89%) said they would still seek doctor’s advice before acting on its recommendations.

In addition, although 65% said they would be comfortable receiving heart health advice from AI technology, only 1 in 5 (22%) Americans have sought health advice from a computer chatbot or other form of AI technology. 

“The increasing number of advancements in AI and in digital health has the potential to transform healthcare delivery, especially in cardiovascular care,” said Samir Kapadia, M.D., chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic.

“As clinicians, we are getting a lot of questions from our patients about this topic,” said Dr. Kapadia.  “For this year’s survey, we wanted to better understand how people feel about emerging tools like AI and if their health is benefiting from technologies that are already on the market, such as wearables. As these continue to advance, we’d like to educate our patients about the role of AI and technology in assisting healthcare professionals, rather than replacing them.”

The survey also examined how Americans are using technology to improve their heart health, with 50% saying they use at least one type of technology to monitor their health. Daily step count is the most tracked health-related metric, followed by heart rate and calorie burn among Americans who use such technology. Notably, one-quarter (23%) of Americans said they

Americans would welcome health advice from AI, says Cleveland Clinic’s annual heart health survey

CLEVELAND, Ohio — More than half of Americans would accept heart health advice from technology that uses artificial intelligence. And while most Americans would believe health advice given by a computer chatbot, they would check with their doctor before acting on that advice.

Those are some findings from the Cleveland Clinic’s 2024 Heart Health Survey, released Thursday to coincide with the start of American Heart Month.

The National Institutes of Health has designated February as American Heart Month, a time for Americans to learn how to prevent cardiovascular disease and commit to heart-healthy lifestyles.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 700,000 Americans died from heart disease in 2021.

This year, the Clinic’s annual Heart Health survey focused on how Americans are using artificial intelligence and health monitoring technology to improve their heart health.

“AI in medicine has been around for a while on the research side of things, but it’s captured the public imagination only very recently,” said Clinic cardiologist Dr. Ashish Sarraju.

Artificial intelligence has the potential to take over basic tasks, allowing the doctor-patient relationship to deepen and to focus on more complex issues, Sarraju said.

“That philosophy of using artificial intelligence to inform and strengthen the relationship with the doctor, but not to replace it, is very interesting,” Sarraju said.

Listen to chatbot, but check with doctor

Here are a few highlights from the Clinic survey:

  • About 60% of Americans think that artificial intelligence will lead to better heart healthcare.
  • While 72% believe the health advice from a computer chatbot is accurate, nearly 90% of respondents would still get a physician’s advice before acting on the chatbot’s information.
  • About 65% of respondents said they would accept

Americans will use AI for heart health but still want advice from a doctor, Cleveland Clinic finds

A majority of Americans believe AI will improve heart care in the long run — but for now, there are trust issues, according to the Cleveland Clinic’s annual national survey about cardiac care.

About eight in 10 Americans said they would consult a ChatBot for health advice but nine in 10 said they’d still get a doctor’s advice before acting on anything a computer or device tells them, the survey released Thursday found.

Dr. Tamanna Singh, co-director of Cleveland Clinic’s Sports Cardiology Center, said the results show people are open to recommendations from AI, but that doesn’t mean technology replaces a doctor.

There’s still a lot of trust that’s put into [people’s] providers, even more so than some of this reliability on the accuracy of diagnoses just based upon something as simple as a chatbox,” Singh said.

Dr. Samir Kapadia, chairperson of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, added that doctors are receiving an influx of inquiries on AI in health care. This year’s survey was aimed at better understanding how patients feel about its use, Kapadia said.

“The increasing number of advancements in AI and in digital health has the potential to transform healthcare delivery, especially in cardiovascular care,” Kapadia said in a news release.

The survey also shed light on how many Americans use technology to monitor their health. Half of respondents said they use at least one type of technology to monitor their health. Daily step count is the most-tracked health metric, followed by heart rate and calorie burn. Nearly one-quarter of Americans said they use monitoring technology to find motivation or accountability for achieving their daily activity goals, according to the survey.

Singh said those findings give her reason for optimism.

“What truly excites me is the way that we could use a lot of

75% of Americans think they understand their health better than doctors

More Americans are trusting social media and health care websites to give them health advice over a medical professional, finds a new survey.

The poll of 2,000 US adults revealed many turn to the web for accurate information on health before their physician, with people consulting healthcare websites (53%) and social media (46%) more than their personal doctor (44%).

Nearly three-quarters (73%) believe they have a better understanding of their personal health than their doctor does. 

Commissioned by UserTesting and conducted by OnePoll, the survey also found an international difference on how trusting people are of AI.

The same survey polling 1,000 British adults and 1,000 Australian adults found, comparatively, 44% of Brits and 27% of Australians wouldn’t trust AI to handle any health-related tasks. Meanwhile, only 6% of Americans shared the same anti-AI sentiments.

Close to 3/4 of people believe they know their health better than their doctor. joyfotoliakid – stock.adobe.com

Further showcasing their point, 67% of Americans said they’ve looked up their symptoms on an internet search engine like Google or WebMD.

Over half of respondents (52%) stated they have given a list of their symptoms to a large language model (LLM) like ChatGPT, looking for a diagnosis.

Of them, 81% have been given a diagnosis from the LLM, and when asked for the accuracy of their diagnosis after consulting a doctor, 84% said the diagnosis was accurate.

Respondents said they would rather consult the internet or ChatGPT instead of their doctor because they don’t understand their healthcare insurance or what it covers (57%), they’re embarrassed by what they’re experiencing (51%) or because they want a second opinion (45%). 

The majority of people say they would consult the internet or AI instead of their doctor. SWNS

“The PX — or patient experience — is not just about the

HHS Releases Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Implementation Strategies for Older Adults

Report will share evidence-based strategies for increasing physical activity among older adults

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report showcasing evidence-based interventions to support physical activity among adults ages 65 years and older.

By the year 2030, 1 in every 5 Americans will be age 65 or over. More than 85 percent of older adults currently have at least 1 chronic health condition. The growing population of older adults can gain substantial health benefits and prevent or manage chronic disease by engaging in physical activity.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Implementation Strategies for Older Adults extends the work of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and provides details on how to help older adults achieve the recommended 150 minutes or more of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity and 2 days of muscle-strengthening physical activity each week.

“The immediate and long-term health benefits of engaging in regular physical activity are well documented. This is why it is so important for all Americans, including older Americans, to stay physically active,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to improving the health of all Americans, no matter their age.  This report will help us support older adults in living physically active lives.”

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which serves as the primary, authoritative voice of the federal government for evidence-based guidance on physical activity, fitness, and health for Americans, are reviewed by experts every five years to evaluate a specific topic of importance. This iteration focuses on adults ages 65 and older.

“The mindset that physical activity is an individual responsibility is shifting, and progress to ensuring all Americans have the opportunity to be physically active requires a united effort. Everyone has a role to play,” said Adm Rachel Levine, M.D.,

Most Americans Trust CDC, Other Agencies for Health Information

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As the U.S. COVID-19 public health emergency expires Thursday, the public has more trust in health information and news from multiple federal agencies and providers than from the White House, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, according to a new Morning Consult survey.

Democrats more likely than Republicans to trust federal agencies for health information

  • Nearly 3 in 4 Democrats said they trust health information from the White House, double the share of Republicans. There was a similar partisan divide for the World Health Organization: 81% of Democrats said they trust information from the international health agency, compared with 46% of Republicans.
  • Among Republicans, 64% said they trust public health information from the FDA, followed by CMS (62%) and HHS, CDC and the National Institutes of Health (57% each). Meanwhile, more than 4 in 5 Democrats said they trust information from each federal health agency.
  • Democrats and Republicans said they trust information from hospitals and providers more than any other entity surveyed (along with the CDC for Democrats), while both groups were much more critical of other health care companies.

Net approval for the CDC’s handling of the pandemic rebounds

The COVID-19 pandemic thrust federal health agencies into the public spotlight in a way the United States had rarely seen before, contributing to the erosion of trust in crucial parts of the country’s health system.

The CDC was criticized for its response to the pandemic, which led to an overhaul of the agency to better respond to a future emergency. One change the CDC will now have to make — in addition to the ongoing overhaul — will be finding a new leader after CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said last week that she

Physicians urge caution as more Americans change to social media for wellness advice

(WXYZ) — We have all been there just before. We do not sense rather suitable and convert to the web for a minimal advice.

A the latest examine by CharityRX observed that 65% of Us citizens look for out wellness assistance from Google. Other people switch to YouTube or social media platforms like TikTok or Instagram for advice.

Amber Battishill is a registered yoga and mindfulness trainer with a strong social media existence in which she shares details on parenting, recipes and health. She shares her info at Mommy Long gone Healthy.

“Today I am sharing a mindfulness and respiratory training and I like to use this a single with my little ones,” she explained in a current video.

A rising range of People are turning to social media influencers like Amber for overall health data, most regularly for assistance with anxiousness, excess weight loss and melancholy.

A recent survey of 2,000 adults by CharityRx says 1 in 5 Americans consult TikTok for health information before their health practitioner. 33% transform to YouTube and 37% go to influencers.

“I get it all the time. And particularly due to the fact COVID,” Dr. Asha Shajahan, a relatives doctor at Corewell Grosse Pointe, explained.

She claims on the net health details can be useful but you have to look at the source. Even though 55% of People in america say they search for an influencer with health care certification, 26% say they search for relatability. Shajahan says qualifications are critical.

if they never have a wellness history, “a teaching qualifications or a nourishment qualifications or whichever the info is that you happen to be wanting for, I would genuinely take it with a grain of salt.”

She also mentioned to shy away from students who might be well-that means but only have

Over 20% of Americans get health advice from social media influencers

Luckily, more than 60% are still turning to healthcare professionals

The pandemic resulted in a shift in how people viewed their own health, spurring them to take control in a way they hadn’t before. That has led to the rise of digital and virtual care, including telehealth, as well as at-home care and remote patient monitoring. 

While most would likely agree that patients taking control of their own care is ultimately a good thing, they’d also have to acknowledge that it requires a degree of knowledge and attention on the part of patients that they might not be used to. It also means they may be getting advice about their health from less traditional, meaning less qualified, sources.

On Monday, Quest Diagnostics revealed the results of its first “Know Your Health” survey, which the company says, “highlights how the U.S. adult population prioritizes their health, where they go for medical advice, and how proactive they are with staying on top of their overall well-being.”

What it found is that people are getting more used to taking control of their care, with 69% saying they’re comfortable with telehealth visits, and 81% saying they’re comfortable using at-home COVID tests.

At the same time, a significant portion of the population is now getting medical advice from people who may not be qualified to do so: of the 2,085 adults aged 18 or over who were surveyed in late December, 52% said they utilize Internet searches to get medical advice, while 22% get health advice from social media influencers. That percentage increases as the respondents get younger. While only 3 percent of Boomers get advice in this way, and 18% of Gen Xer, the number jumps to 39% of Millennials and 40% of Gen Z.

Luckily, the largest percentage are still getting their advice

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