Freelance Health, Tech and Science Writer
In 2017, the world witnessed a cyberattack of hideous proportions. The WannaCry ransomware attack infected hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries, throwing a wrench in the digital gears of many businesses and bringing several industries to their knees with malicious software designed to block access to files until a "ransom" was paid.
Your health-care information is going digital.
In its summary of employment projections, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) mentions that the healthcare industry will add 4 million jobs by 2026. The BLS predicts that healthcare will become the largest sector in the market because an aging population that is living longer will require more services. Healthcare support occupations will be one of the fastest growing segments, so it is not surprising that healthcare management reflects these industry trends.
The healthcare industry has a staffing problem, and it is getting worse. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) predicts that there will be a shortage of 120,000 doctors by 2030. The AMN Clinical Workforce Survey found that hospitals are already seeing a shortage of 66 percent for nurses and 43 percent for allied healthcare professionals. As an aging and growing population creates greater demand for healthcare services, staffing shortages will become worse. However, there are solutions that can help.
Pharmacy giants like CVS, Walgreens, or Rite Aid may seem to be everywhere. But don't be fooled: There are actually still quite a few independent community pharmacies in the U.S. — 22,041, to be precise — and they are putting up a good fight, controlling roughly $80 billion of the $200 billion pharmacy market.
When a small drone landed in a village in Madagascar, a cheering crowd greeted it. The villagers were not worried about surveillance or weapons. Instead, this drone was part of a welcome test project to deliver medical supplies to remote villages in the district. Now, there are plans to create a fleet of drones that will transport medical devices and supplies in the area. Drones are just one of the growing trends to watch in the shipping industry.
Electronic medical records continue to be integrated into the health care system thanks to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The bill requires the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). As more medical practices and hospitals begin to use EHRs, new concerns and potential benefits are emerging.
McDonald’s announced it is removing all artificial additives in its seven classic burgers. This means they will no longer have any artificial flavors, artificial preservatives or added colors from artificial sources. The company is changing the beef patties, buns, cheese and Big Mac Special Sauce to make them healthier.
From deep-fried pickles to dill pickle chips, pickles in different varieties are showing up on more menus and grocery store shelves. At the Natural Products Expo East, the trend continued this year with the Pickle Juice Company featuring pickle juice sports drinks. There are many reasons why this salty trend is not going away soon.
Researchers in Denmark have a whimsical idea for lighting city streets and sidewalks: glow-in-the-dark trees.
Many of us aren’t getting enough sleep at night; just think of how often you hear a friend say, “I’m tired.” You may find yourself trying to sneak in more rest during the day, catch some zzz’s on a business flight, or even take naps at work. Without sleep, not only are you dealing with low energy and grogginess, but also potentially serious health consequences. Finding yourself short on shut-eye may be the result of some common sleep blunders, but the good news is they’re fixable. We talked with Michelle Fishberg, co-founder and CEO of sleep wellness company Slumbr, who shared the biggest sleep mistakes you may be making and how to prevent them.
It’s lunchtime: Do you pick the low-carb chicken bowl or reach for the noodle salad with no fat? The answer may depend on which side you picked in the low-fat vs. low-carbohydrate diet debate. But we have good news for you: You can eat both! A new study reveals that both diets give similar results, so one isn’t necessarily better than the other.
If all the buzz around the majorly nasty flu virus going around this season has you worried, you’re not alone — and it’s certainly nothing to take lightly. According to the CDC, more than 20,000 people have been hospitalized with the flu since October, and, even scarier, up to 4,000 people are dying from complications each week. We talked to several doctors to find out more about the risks and what you can do to stay healthy.
What are you doing to keep your heart healthy? February is American Heart Month, so it’s the perfect time to take a serious look at how you’re treating your ticker. Heart disease is still the number one killer of women in the US, but many aren’t aware of the diet mistakes they’re making that raise their risk of getting sick. We talked to Rima Kleiner, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, to get her best heart-healthy tips.
Whether you prefer your fish grilled or wrapped in parchment, you may want to start adding more of it to your weekly meal planning. A study in the journal Scientific Reports found that eating more fish has multiple health benefits — including higher IQ scores in children. We asked three health experts to comment on the research and share their insights.
How can you make 2018 the best year you’ve ever had? We talked to Dr. Nita Landry — OB/GYN and co-host of talk show The Doctors — to get her advice on living better this year. From fresh new ideas to returning faves, here are the hottest health trends she expects to see in 2018.
Social media has become an easy scapegoat. From creating unrealistic parenting standards to hurting your mental health, social media gets a bad rap. Although comparing yourself to others on these networks can lead to social media envy and depression, there’s a positive side that may benefit you. A new study from the Journal of Consumer Psychology reveals that microblogging on social networks may actually be *good* for your health. Yes, you read that correctly!
Many of us aren't getting enough sleep at night; just think of how often you hear a friend say, "I'm tired." You may find yourself trying to sneak in more rest during the day, catch some zzz's on a business flight, or even take naps at work. Without sleep, not only are you dealing with low energy and grogginess, but also potentially serious health consequences. Finding yourself short on shut-eye may be the result of some common sleep blunders, but the good news is they're fixable. We talked with Michelle Fishberg, co-founder and CEO of sleep wellness company Slumbr, who shared the biggest sleep mistakes you may be making and how to prevent them.
If your sinus infection is caused by a virus, it’s possible to spread that virus to another person. This could cause them to develop a cold, which could then develop into a sinus infection.
Some cases of Parkinson’s disease are hereditary, but this is rare. This disease has been traced to different gene mutations. However, most cases of Parkinson’s have an unknown cause.
Palmoplantar pustulosis is a chronic skin condition. Blisters and fluid-filled bumps known as pustules appear on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. It’s a rare autoimmune condition, and it’s more likely to affect people who currently or used to smoke.
Galactosemia is a rare genetic disorder that affects how your body metabolizes galactose. Galactose is a simple sugar found in milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products. When it’s combined with glucose, it makes lactose.
An intertrochanteric fracture is a specific type of hip fracture. “Intertrochanteric” means “between the trochanters,” which are bony protrusions on the femur (thighbone). They’re the points where the muscles of the thigh and hip attach.
Cogan syndrome is a rare condition that causes inflammation in your eyes and ears. Researchers aren’t sure about its exact origin, but many consider it an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases cause your immune system to attack healthy cells in your body.
Botox Cosmetic is an injectable medication that may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. In general, the effects of Botox usually lasts four to six months after treatment. Botox also has medical uses, such as treating migraines or reducing neck spams. When used for medical purposes, it tends to work for a shorter period of time, usually lasting two to three months.
Elephantiasis is also known as lymphatic filariasis. It’s caused by parasitic worms, and can spread from person to person through mosquitoes. Elephantiasis causes swelling of the scrotum, legs, or breasts.
A new TB (tuberculosis) drug has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, but there are concerns about side effects. A study published in the Lancet reveals that some medical experts would prefer to see more research before the new TB medication is widely used. The Community Research Advisors Group (CRAG) mentions that bedaquiline must be tested on more people.
A new study focusing on knee replacement surgery has found that one out of three cases may not have needed the extreme measure. The research, published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, reveals that 34 percent of the cases studied by the scientists could be listed as inappropriate. Researchers suggest that doctors may be recommending knee replacement surgery too often for patients.
A new study reveals that meditation in small amounts can still have a powerful impact on stress. The research, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, mentions that mindfulness meditation for 25 minutes for three days in a row is enough to alleviate stress. This contradicts previous ideas about people needing to spend a significant amount of time meditating every week to achieve results.
These days, selling your art online is easy. Online art galleries, freelance platforms, digital stores, and other websites help connect artists to potential buyers. From watercolor pictures of squirrels to geometric patterns of maple leaves, there is a growing demand for original artwork in the digital space. However, the commercialization and dilution of art online is leading to new debates about the meaning and future of fine art.
A virtual assistant (VA) may be an employee, freelancer, or independent contractor who works online and performs a variety of tasks to help individuals or businesses. Virtual assistants can offer a lot of the services an in-house secretary would traditionally handle: data entry, transcription, scheduling, copywriting, programming, design, and other services. They usually work at home and in fact, may never meet their clients in-person.
Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you've probably noticed the spike in interest in cryptocurrencies. If you need a quick refresher, a cryptocurrency is a kind of decentralized digital or virtual money. It is highly encrypted, so it can't be tracked or traced or stored in your favorite banking institution. You can't put it in your pocket like a dollar bill, and most coffee shops won't accept it as payment, but it still has value. Sometimes, a lot of value. For instance, one of the most popular cryptocurrencies is bitcoin, and one bitcoin is currently worth about $8,500.
Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur and inventor, is known for a many number of things: his attempts to revolutionize space travel with SpaceX; his groundbreaking electric car company Tesla; his foray into solar panel proliferation via his acquisition of SolarCity. But one thing you probably don't associate with Musk? Zombies. Or, more specifically, how you'd survive in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Which is what makes the fact that he's selling millions of dollars worth of flamethrowers so seemingly bizarre. How does this fit in with his bigger business plans?
First, car makers vowed to take the human element out of driving. Now, motorcycle manufacturers want to do the same. But just as the driverless car movement has faced its fair share of skepticism and controversy, it's not entirely clear that the world needs — or wants — autonomous motorcycles on the road.
When temperatures start to rise, you know it’s time to get your car ready for the summer heat. The warmer weather can increase the risk of your car overheating or having other problems. Consider checking the following items, and talk to a trusted mechanic for more help.
You’re driving and suddenly notice white smoke coming from the hood of the car. It’s a sign that the engine is overheating, and you have to act fast to avoid serious damage. If you want to prevent expensive repairs, then consider the following steps.
Have you ever wanted to own one of the cars from a James Bond film? One lucky person was able to fulfill this dream recently. The Land Rover featured in the 2015 Spectre film was up for auction. And it sold quickly.
Your car insurance bill is a big part of your household’s budget, but it can be confusing to track all of the requirements and changes. If you want to simplify your life while making sure you continue to comply with your state’s car insurance laws, then you want to consider the following tips. They will help you keep track of your coverage and use it easier.
Are you aware that in Missouri you are prohibited from driving while an uncaged bear is in your car? This is not the only unusual driving law that still exists and confuses people. Although some of the laws simply seem outdated and out of place in the modern world, other laws are just bizarre.
Whether you are buying things for a brand new car or simply trying to make your old one better, there are several items that need to be on your list. From a complete emergency kit to the perfect USB car charger, you will be thankful that you invested in these pieces.
Prices for used cars have been rising as consumers turn away from more expensive new vehicles. The laws of supply and demand are influencing the cost of used vehicles on the market. Consumers searching for a way to cut expenses during the recession have been driving the sales of used vehicles to the point that the supply has been decreasing. In response, prices for used cars are rising and could remain high for several years, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Compact SUVs have taken over as the most popular cars in the United States, according to a new report from J.D. Power. This automotive trend can be seen in the total number of consumers who are selecting compact SUVs over other vehicles. J.D. Power's report reveals that 17.6 percent of the sales this year have been in the compact SUV market.
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is offering important tips for riders and is sharing its input on several new bills proposed in Texas. The organization, which started in 1924, promotes safety while advocating for riders. Texas has two new bills that would affect motorcycle riders in the state.
There are several types of car insurance policies that rarely get the attention they deserve, and non-owner car insurance falls into this category. Although it may be confusing for some drivers to understand the need for this type of coverage, there are specific situations that may require it. If you are a freelancer, living in a large city or other situation, then you may want to think about this type of insurance.