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Health Care Week In Review: Electronic Inhaler Monitoring Reduces Hospital Visits, Facebook Helps Coordinate Blood Donations, Reap Health Benefits of Spending the Optimal Amount of Time Outdoors, Number of Cancer Survivors is Steadily Increasing


Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  The Cleveland Clinic partnered with Propellar health to find that the use of electronic inhaler monitoring reduced hospital visits for COPD patients by a significant average of 1.2 trips per year. A small sensor was combined with patients’ existing inhaled COPD medication, sending alerts on medication adherence and usage to the patient’s smartphone. The digital medicine data gathered from the study allowed clinicians to receive information on patients’ adherence to their medication regimen, information they were previously unable to objectively monitor.  Read More

•  In an effort to impact public health, Facebook is expanding a feature that helps coordinate blood donations by allowing blood banks and other health care facilities to alert users where there are shortages. The tool will launch in major cities such as San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, Washington D.C., and Baltimore. According to Facebook’s Product Director of Health, one donation of blood can potentially save three lives. Facebook’s goal is to help raise awareness around this problem and make it easier for people to donate blood.  Read More

•  Research shows that spending time outdoors can reduce stress levels, decrease blood pressure, boost mental health, and increase life expectancy. According to the journal Scientific Reports, the recommended amount of time one should spend outside per week is about 120 minutes. People who spent less than 2 hours outside per week exhibited a lesser sense of well-being and did not reap as many health benefits as people who did. This new development has led clinicians to start prescribing nature for their patients, acting as a treatment for stress.  Read More

•  According to a new report by the American Cancer Society, the number of cancer survivors in the U.S. is steadily increasing. Researchers claim that these improvements are most likely due to better screening and treatments. Although survivorship has increased, there are still barriers that cancer patients face after completing treatment. The report found that differences in race, health insurance coverage, and wealth impact challenges patients may have in surviving cancer.  Read More

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