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[CARE-LESS?] 82% of Americans distrust the US healthcare system

"Data from a National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI) survey of more than 2,000 US adults ages 35+ show that 82% of Americans believe the US healthcare system puts profits ahead of people, and 72% believe healthcare organizations are not doing a good job caring for people as they age. Respondents to the online survey were balanced for gender, race/ethnicity and US regions."

[‘NUFF SAID] NSAIDs may worsen knee joint inflammation over time

"Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen for osteoarthritis may worsen inflammation in the knee joint over time, according to a study presented November 21 at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). NSAIDs are commonly prescribed for osteoarthritis pain and inflammation, but little is known of the long-term effects of these drugs on disease progression."

[GRAND TIMES!] Caring for grandchildren, not spouse, can boost well-being

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[QUICK CARE] Amazon Clinic launches in 32 US states

"Amazon has launched Amazon Clinic, a message-based virtual care service that connects customers with virtual care options on demand for more than 20 common health conditions, such as allergies, acne, and hair loss. According to a blog post by Niworah Ayogu, MD, the clinic's chief medical officer and general manager, the initiative is a way to empower people to take control of their health by providing access to convenient, affordable care in partnership with trusted providers. Customers can choose from a network of telehealth providers that have been vetted by clinical quality and customer experience evaluations from Amazon’s clinical leadership team."

[CALM DOWN] Daily meditation curbs anxiety as well as a drug

"Mindfulness meditation is as effective at reducing anxiety as the commonly prescribed antidepressant escitalopram, findings from a recent study suggest. The study, led by researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, is the first randomized clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation with the antidepressant. "

[DIVERSITY DIRECTORY] Updated LGBTQ healthcare directory launches

"The Tegan and Sara Foundation, GLMA– Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ+ announced on October 25 the launch of an updated LGBTQ+ Healthcare Directory, with support and collaboration from Cigna and Google."

[CAREFUL!] Canadian caregivers at a breaking point

"A white paper released November 7 by the Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence (CCCE) sounds an alarm on the urgent need to deliver a public policy response to close gaps that jeopardize the mental, physical and economic wellbeing of caregivers, care providers and those in need of care."

[NOW YOU SEE ME] Virtual care convenient, accessible, empowering

"The vast majority (94%) of people in the United States who have used virtual primary care are satisfied with their experience, and nearly four in five (79%) say it has allowed them to take charge of their health. Survey respondents also indicated that convenience (35%) and accessibility (31%) are among the top traits that attract them to digital methods like virtual primary care. The survey was conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of Elevance Health (formerly Anthem, Inc.)."

[WHAT'S THE BUZZ?] Whole body EMS may boost physical health

"Physical training plus whole body electronic muscle stimulation (WB-EMS) yielded better results than training alone in a small pilot study conducted by Mayo Clinic researchers and presented at the recent American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. WB-EMS training is a US Food and Drug Administration-cleared technology that offers a customizable method for physical training by simultaneously stimulating the body's main muscle groups using percutaneous electrical impulse transmission. "

[WELL SPENT] Wellness spending linked to longevity, happiness

"Research from the Global Wellness Institute (GWI)'s latest report, “Defining Wellness Policy,” demonstrates the relationship between wellness spending and happiness and longevity, and explains how a wellness policy can complement–but also fill gaps left by–both current public health policy and new happiness and wellbeing policy efforts. The report also addresses gaps in the sick-care-focused medical system and in the private sector wellness industry."

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