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Startups Weekly: The opportunities & challenges for mental health tech

Startups Weekly: The opportunities & challenges for mental health tech

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about Zoom and Superhuman’s PR disasters. Before that, I noted the big uptick in VC spending in 2019. Remember, you can [...]

July 21, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Startups Weekly: The opportunities & challenges for mental health tech

English health index to paint detailed picture of nation’s wellbeing

English health index to paint detailed picture of nation’s wellbeing

The index will allow the government to monitor the effects of policies such as housing and transport on health. Photograph: Adrian Sherratt/The Guardian The government is to set up the most comprehensive database yet to measure the health of people in England as part of leaked plans to improve life expectancy and boost the fight against the [...]

July 17, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on English health index to paint detailed picture of nation’s wellbeing

Private health insurance makes Australia’s system unfair and muddled, report says

Private health insurance makes Australia’s system unfair and muddled, report says

In a paper on private health insurance, the Grattan Institute is critical of how the sector currently works. Photograph: JohnnyGreig/Getty Images Australia’s health system is unfair and muddled and the prescription for its repair depends on the federal government’s approach to private health insurance. In a paper on private cover, Grattan Institute analysts Dr Stephen [...]

July 16, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Private health insurance makes Australia’s system unfair and muddled, report says

Health Board: Upcoming conferences, talks, campaigns and events

Health Board: Upcoming conferences, talks, campaigns and events

1) A Mobile Health Unit will be visiting various locations in Ireland over the next few months in a bid to help people mind their hearts. The Irish Heart Foundation, in partnership with Pfizer Bristol-Myers Squibb, is offering free heart health checks to local communities. The Mobile Health Unit provides the public with a blood pressure [...]

July 14, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Health Board: Upcoming conferences, talks, campaigns and events

Do you need a dengue-specific health cover?

Do you need a dengue-specific health cover?

Coimbatore-based Hani Harrise, 21, was diagnosed with dengue in August 2015. His platelet count dropped to 40,000. Platelet count between 150,000 and 450,000 for every microlitre of blood is considered healthy. “I was hospitalized for 10 days because the situation was severe. I didn’t have health insurance, so we ended up spending around ₹28,000 for my [...]

June 25, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Do you need a dengue-specific health cover?

Years of conflict in Iraq hit health services in Basra

Years of conflict in Iraq hit health services in Basra

Iraq’s vast oil wealth once paid for some of the best health services in the Middle East. But decades of conflict and political unrest have led to, as the government admits, a crisis in hospitals. Things are particularly bad in Basra province where people have long complained of government neglect. Around 70 children are being [...]

June 16, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Years of conflict in Iraq hit health services in Basra

Scientists Have Worked Out The Optimal Dose Of Nature Required For Health And Wellbeing

Scientists Have Worked Out The Optimal Dose Of Nature Required For Health And Wellbeing

It is well-accepted that getting outside is good for both physical and mental health. But now scientists have figured out that we should be spending a minimum of 2 hours outside in nature, per week to promote health and wellbeing. The study published today in Scientific Reports and led by researchers at the University of Exeter in the U.K., considered [...]

June 14, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Scientists Have Worked Out The Optimal Dose Of Nature Required For Health And Wellbeing

Whose health scheme is better? Arvind Kejriwal and Centre spar

Whose health scheme is better? Arvind Kejriwal and Centre spar

Harsh Vardhan had this week written to the chief ministers of Delhi, Bengal, Odisha and Telangana, asking them to join the Jan Aarogya Yojana, a public-funded scheme that provides hospitalisation cover of up to Rs 5 lakh per household per year.Telegraph file picture AddThis Sharing Buttons Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday described a [...]

June 9, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Whose health scheme is better? Arvind Kejriwal and Centre spar

Genetic diseases, mental illness cannot be excluded from health insurance coverage: IRDAI

Genetic diseases, mental illness cannot be excluded from health insurance coverage: IRDAI

The insurance regulator has said genetic disorders, menopause, mental illnesses among several such health issues cannot be excluded from health insurance coverage. As part of an exposure draft on the standardisation of exclusions, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) said any disease contracted after taking the policy also have to be mandatorily covered. [...]

May 17, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Genetic diseases, mental illness cannot be excluded from health insurance coverage: IRDAI

How Virtual Reality Can Help The Global Mental Health Crisis

How Virtual Reality Can Help The Global Mental Health Crisis

The World Health Organization has reported that one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently have such conditions. Considering that mental disorders are among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide, VR is a welcome additional treatment. Studies have [...]

May 15, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on How Virtual Reality Can Help The Global Mental Health Crisis

Indian-origin doctor gets 9 years jail for health care fraud in US

Indian-origin doctor gets 9 years jail for health care fraud in US

NEW YORK: An Indian-origin doctor has been sentenced to nine years in prison by a US court for committing health care fraud and illegally distributing prescription painkillers. Pawankumar Jain, 66, a former physician, was sentenced in federal court in Las Cruces, New Mexico to nine years in prison and three years of supervised release for [...]

May 11, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Indian-origin doctor gets 9 years jail for health care fraud in US

Brainstorm Health: Biotech R&D, Tobacco 21, Criminal Opioid Case

Brainstorm Health: Biotech R&D, Tobacco 21, Criminal Opioid Case

Big pharma companies are in an ROI rut. But that doesn’t mean drug developers at large are grappling with a midlife crisis. In fact, the young guns of the industry—upstart biotechs—aren’t doing too shabby, according to a new Iqvia Institute report. There have been a few notable shifts in drug development culture as legacy, big-name biopharmas [...]

April 24, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Brainstorm Health: Biotech R&D, Tobacco 21, Criminal Opioid Case