How to stay healthy during cold, flu and COVID-19 season

As of 2022, January remains the worst month for respiratory illnesses, and hospital admissions have increased due to COVID-19 and other viruses. With vaccination rates low, it’s important to prioritize hand washing, good ventilation, and wearing a mask in crowded areas. Only 17% of Americans have received the updated COVID vaccine, which protects against the…

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What Are Death Doulas?

End-of-life doulas provide emotional and practical support to individuals who are dying, as well as their families. The doulas work to personalize the dying person’s final days by helping them reflect on their life, plan for their death, and engage in activities or conversations that bring them comfort. Doulas may also provide support to family…

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Women’s health company Heranova Lifesciences launches with $13.5M

Boston-based healthcare company Heranova Lifesciences, focusing on women’s reproductive health, pregnancy, and menopause, has launched with $13.5 million in seed and seed+ funding. The company offers diagnostic testing and therapeutics for endometriosis, bacterial vaginosis, genetic testing, and fertility. They plan to develop non-invasive endometriosis tests and therapeutic programs for bacterial vaginosis and endometriosis with the…

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Navigating menopausal hormone therapy as CVD risk grows

The use of menopausal hormone therapy for treatment of bothersome hot flashes in women is complex, with conflicting studies causing confusion about risks and benefits. Many clinicians are reluctant to prescribe hormone therapy due to uncertainty around evidence-based guidelines, despite recent data suggesting it may be safe and appropriate for most women at low cardiovascular…

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Amazon reportedly to cut hundreds of healthcare jobs

Amazon is reportedly cutting over 100 jobs at One Medical and Amazon Pharmacy to decrease operating losses. The job cuts could amount to several hundred as part of a company-wide effort to save $100 million. Amazon Health Services is realigning roles in the Finance, Legal, and Tech teams. The company plans to continue investing in…

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New COVID Vaccine 54% Effective at Preventing Symptoms

The CDC announced that recent COVID-19 vaccinations provide 54% more protection against symptoms compared to unvaccinated individuals. The vaccine is effective against various COVID variants, including the XBB and JN.1 variants. Only 22% of American adults have received the updated vaccine, and public health experts are concerned about the lack of uptake. The vaccine is…

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Why do Women Lose their Sexual Desire?

Did you know that nearly half of women report having at least one problem with sexual function — whether its low desire, loss of arousal, trouble having an orgasm, or pain during sex? It’s not something that is often talked about. This has led to doctors being unsure of how to help and women feeling…

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FDA Expands Label for CVRx Barostim System in HF

The FDA has approved an expanded label for the Barostim neuromodulation system for patients with heart failure, based on longer-term clinical data from the BeAT-HF trial. The system is indicated for patients with class III or II heart failure with certain criteria. The device stimulates carotid baroreceptors and is implanted below the collarbone. The FDA’s…

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