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4/19/2019

Giant Food's pharmacy is adding fruit and vegetables to its prescription options at a store in Washington, D.C., as part of a program called Produce Rx. The program, which is available to certain Medicaid recipients, provides produce prescriptions for diet-related chronic illnesses and a weekly $20 coupon for buying fresh fruits and vegetables.

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4/19/2019

Seventy-five percent of health care experts reported having difficulties implementing blockchain technology within their organizations, while 18% are finding use cases that could improve patient care and 7% don't fully understand what blockchain does, according to Venrock's 2019 Healthcare Prognosis report. Researchers also found that artificial intelligence is slowly gaining traction and maturing at a typical pace within the sector.

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Venrock
4/19/2019

Social work professor Brene Brown, whose best-selling books explore topics such as vulnerability and shame, has a Netflix special debuting today. "I just put language around feelings and experiences and thoughts that we all have," says Brown.

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4/19/2019

A study in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology found that glucose screening during pregnancy can help identify future cardiovascular risk among women with and without gestational diabetes. Researchers analyzed data for women in database of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care of Ontario, Canada, and found that each 1 mmol/L increase in one-hour post-challenge glucose concentration was tied to a 13% increase in cardiovascular disease risk.

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Endocrinology Advisor
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Ministry of Health
4/19/2019

Transparency and communication go a long way, says Tony Bond, chief diversity and innovation officer at Great Place to Work. "When people feel like they have a voice, when you're intentionally building things that connect people on a regular basis, and when there's a strong flow of communication, all those things build a strong state of resilience," he says.

4/19/2019

Alcaligenes faecalis, a common type of bacteria found in diabetic foot ulcers, appears to promotes healing of the wounds, researchers reported in the journal Cell Host & Microbe. The findings, based on diabetic foot ulcer samples from 46 patients, suggest that evaluation of microbe populations immediately after debridement could indicate whether more treatment is needed, researcher Lindsay Kalan said.

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HealthDay News
4/19/2019

Eating late in the evening was not associated with an increased risk of developing prediabetes and diabetes, but women whose baseline A1C was not more than 36 mmol/mol were at a higher risk if they ate after 9 p.m. the previous night, compared with women who had their last meal earlier, according to a study in Diabetic Medicine. The findings were based on data for 2,642 British civil service members with a mean age of 60.2.

4/19/2019

CMS has proposed a new rule for inpatient rehabilitation facilities that includes two quality measures focused on promoting health information exchange between patients and providers in post-acute care settings. "These proposed measures will improve patient safety by ensuring that the patient's medication list is accurate and complete at the time of transfer or discharge" and "also fulfill CMS' strategic initiatives to promote effective communication and coordination of care, specifically in the Meaningful Measure Initiative areas of the transfer of health information and interoperability," said CMS, which will accept public comments until June 17.

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EHR Intelligence
4/19/2019

Hospice providers are increasingly using technology such as predictive analytics, telemedicine, virtual reality and new communication systems to improve patient care and become more efficient. "This is the most exciting time ever for technology and innovation in health care, and the opportunity to leverage technology in new ways to improve care has never been better," said Stephen Collens, CEO of startup incubator MATTER.

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Hospice News
4/19/2019

IBM Watson Health will continue to support current users of its drug-discovery service, but the product probably will not be sold to new pharma customers as the company shifts its focus to clinical trials, spokesman Ed Barbini says. The company says it believes clinical trials represent "a much bigger market and a better use of our technology and tools."

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The Register (UK)