For investors, digital health data outweighs algorithms

Venture capital firms first look for useful and unique data when they invest in digital health companies. At the SoCalBio Digital Health Conference, representatives of six Southern California-based firms agreed that having access to good data outweighs even the most sophisticated algorithms. Both technology and health care firms are investing in companies using AI to solve health care’s most costly problems, said Milo Bissin, director of life science and health care for Silicon Valley Bank. The amount of investment in health tech companies has grown significantly in the last five…

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The pros and cons of keto cycling, according to health and medical experts

Fans of the high fat, low-carb keto diet praise its appetite-crushing benefit, which is why keto dieting is so popular for weight loss. But since we don’t live in a keto-friendly world, the call of carb-rich fare — from healthy options, like fruit, yogurt and oatmeal to less healthy foods, like pizza, French fries and dessert — can make it hard to stick with the keto diet. Even if you’re not craving carbs, a normal social activity, like dinner at a friend’s house, can pose problems. Enter keto cycling. In this fairly new approach, you cycle on and…

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Are You Paying Higher Premium For Your Health Insurance?

Health is considered to be the most important asset of any individual. But in India, the statistics on health insurance are shocking. The recently released National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) by the ministry of health and family welfare shows that less than one-third (29 per cent) of households have at least one usual member covered under health insurance or the health scheme. Also, from a motivation for the customer point of view, in an age where customisation is demanded in every purchase decision, the health insurance options available in the…

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Google has access to detailed health records on tens of millions of Americans

Google quietly partnered last year with Ascension—the country’s second-largest health system—and has since gained access to detailed medical records on tens of millions of Americans, according to a November 11 report by The Wall Street Journal. The endeavor, code-named “Project Nightingale,” has enabled at least 150 Google employees to see patient health information, which includes diagnoses, laboratory test results, hospitalization records, and other data, according to internal documents and the newspaper’s sources. In all, the data amounts to complete medical records, WSJ notes, and contains patient names and birth dates. The…

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Maddinson out of Australia A side due to mental health issues

Cricket Australia say it is committed to better understanding the mental health challenges in the game after Nic Maddinson yesterday became the second player this season to withdraw from a national side due to the issue. The in-form batsman was potentially one big score away from a Test recall when he pulled out of the Australia A game against Pakistan due to start on Monday. Sean Abbott was swarmed by his Australian teammates after a wicket against Pakistan. Western Australia’s Cameron Bancroft has been drafted into the Australia A side…

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SC panel declares public health emergency in Delhi-NCR, bans construction till Nov 5

A Supreme Court mandated panel on Friday declared a public health emergency in the Delhi-NCR region and banned construction activity till November 5. As pollution level in the region entered the “severe plus” category, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority also banned the bursting of crackers during the winter season. The air quality in Delhi-NCR deteriorated further Thursday night and is now at the severe plus level, EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal said in a letter to the chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi. “We have to take…

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