Telehealth at a tipping point for changing healthcare delivery

assets.sourcemediaFueled by three important trends, the time has come for healthcare to embrace telehealth as a technology platform for achieving increased industry efficiencies and providing greater patient access to care.

So argue Eric Topol, MD, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, Calif., and Ray Dorsey, MD, director of the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y.

Writing last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, Topol and Dorsey contend in areview article that telemedicine has reached a tipping point and has the potential to dramatically transform the delivery of healthcare for millions of Americans. Thanks to three trends, the authors make the case that the widespread adoption of telehealth is rapidly approaching, especially given the ongoing doctor shortage and the industry’s growing burden of managing chronic diseases.


Study finds high prevalence of suicide attempts among arthritis patients

www.healthline.comhlcmsresourceimagesNewsarthritis071116_suicidera_THUMB_LARGE-6831f9c8c2fd6daa251a7c66f6f6f62c8e53b7ccOne in every 26 men with arthritis have attempted suicide compared to one in 50 men without arthritis. Women with arthritis also had a higher prevalence of lifetime suicide attempts than women without arthritis (5.3% vs 3.2%), according to a recent study from the University of Toronto.

Raising a Child with Autism

Raising-a-Child-with-Autism_article_mainAutism spectrum disorder (ASD), or autism, is a term used to describe a group of complex brain disorders in human beings. These disorders affect the social interaction of a person, verbal skills, nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors, along with any activity that needs a person to react for a longer period of time in the same manner. It starts at an early age when the brain becomes developed; however, symptoms begin to surface when a child reaches the age of two years old or three years old.


static1.squarespaceResearchers at the Department of Oncology at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C. have found evidence that obesity alters the epigenetic regulators of gene expression in both the dad’s sperm and the daughter’s breast tissue. In short, there’s a direct connection between obese fathers and their daughter’s breast cancer risk.