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Healtheo360 and Visus Technology Form Partnership to Connect Chronically Ill Patients to Novel Medical Research and Clinical Trials

Posted by healtheo360 on Mar 29, 2016 2:49:06 PM

Will Also Provide Fast Access to Critical Health Information for Patients and Caregivers Dealing with Chronic Health Conditions Such as Alzheimer's

NEW YORK, March 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Healtheo360®, a social media platform for people with chronic health and rare health conditions, and Visus Technology, Inc., which created a hands-free mobile health platform to enhance the quality of life of people with chronic illnesses, today announced the launch of a mobile social media platform to connect patients and caregivers dealing with chronic illness to critical health information, including details on novel medical research and clinical trial participation.

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healtheo360 to Stream Critical Content to Worldwide Subscriber Base Direct From American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting

Posted by healtheo360 on Dec 3, 2015 11:21:42 AM

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- healtheo360®, a precision medicine social media platform for people with chronic health and rare health conditions, today announced it will stream Vital Conversations, an in-depth interview series with leading clinicians and patient advocates, directly from the American Society of Hematology's 2015 annual meeting from December 5-8. Vital Conversations builds on healtheo360's high-growth subscriber strategy of providing global access to actionable information on new treatments, clinical trial enrollment opportunities, and cutting edge cancer research.

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healtheo360 and VOI Collaborate to Create Global Cancer Information Network

Posted by healtheo360 on Dec 1, 2015 10:25:31 AM

NEW YORK and ENCINO, Calif., Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- healtheo360®, a web portal for people living with chronic health conditions, and Vital Options International, a cancer communication, education and advocacy organization, today announced the launch of the Cancer Collaborative, a global information network providing live treatment news, policy updates, and support services to patients and caregivers via healtheo360's Internet, social media and broadcast channels.

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Vital Options International Names healtheo360's David Duplay as Chairman, Courtland Long as Secretary

Posted by healtheo360 on Nov 6, 2015 1:01:37 PM

healtheo360®, a web portal for people living with chronic health conditions, and Vital Options International, a cancer communication, education and advocacy organization, today announced that David S. Duplay, founder and CEO of healtheo360, has been appointed as chairman of the Vital Options International board of directors. Debby Bitticks, who has served as Vital Options chairman and CEO since 2013, will continue in her role as CEO.

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South Korea MERS Outbreak: What To Know And Tips To Stay Safe

Posted by healtheo360 on Jun 12, 2015 3:08:29 PM

 

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FDA Approves Gardasil 9 Vaccine

Posted by healtheo360 on Dec 18, 2014 11:01:46 AM

This month the FDA approved Gardasil 9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) to be used for vaccination against nine types of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). This new vaccination will be able to help prevent five more types of HPV than the previous vaccination, and will work to prevent 90% of cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and anal cancers. Although not yet available, the medical community is working on the release of the new vaccine for the near future.

HPV has a variety of types, and the vaccination works to prevent the types that most commonly lead to cancer. This new vaccination protects against types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58. In the previous vaccine, only 16 and 18 were vaccinated against—and with Gardasil 9 an additional 20% of cervical cancers are now covered.

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HPV and Cervical Cancer Screenings

Posted by healtheo360 on Nov 19, 2014 3:24:32 PM

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report indicating that eight million US women have not been tested for cervical cancer in the last 5 years. Screenings and vaccinations are a key component of cervical cancer and HPV prevention, and it is estimated that in 50% of cervical cancer cases the patient did not have regular screenings.

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The Body Store: The Future of Artificial Body Parts

Posted by healtheo360 on Oct 13, 2014 1:00:41 AM

It’s believed that the earliest artificial body part was discovered is dated to around  300 B.C. As you would imagine, early artificial body parts or prosthetics were clunky, ugly and gave limited dexterity.

Today, artificial body parts can mimic natural movement and provide a higher level of functionality for those who need it.  There is also emphasis on a more natural look to make them as stylish as they are practical. The field, called biomechanics, combines biology, physics, chemistry, computer science and mathematics.

Origins of the term: from bi (as in “life”) + onics (as in “electronics”); the study of mechanical systems that function like living organisms or parts of living organisms

 

From fingers, to hands, arms, legs, eyes or kidneys, the growing list of bio-parts available right now is producing functionality once only dreamed about in Hollywood productions. One prosthetics company, Otto Bock HealthCare, has a promo video on their website that features a man fitted with a leg prosthetic. It’s an awe inspiring video that shows him accomplishing several different types of everyday activities. One scene has him riding a jet-ski then cuts to another scene of him moutain biking, then he’s off hiking in the woods.  He wears a Otto Bock X3 prosthetic leg which comes with a battery supply that lasts five days before it needs recharging. The leg itself contains technology like motors, a motion sensor, microprocessor chips and is completely waterproof.

 

A large number of these research projects are funded by the Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA. Numerous breakthrough technologies are being developed through this public-private collaboration. By making pivotal funding investments into various research projects, DARPA is enabling medical advances that bring close to natural function for an expanding list of conditions. With funding from DARPA, scientists are also looking into developing other artificial body parts like a neural chip that will restore active memory in patients with memory deficits caused by diseases like Alzheimer's or injury. The project is headed by UCLA and University of Pennsylvania which will develop and test electronic interfaces that can sense memory lost by injury or disease and attempt to restore normal function. Other projects include a hand prosthesis that allows the user to feel sensations like hardness or softness, shape and size.

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New study shows diet soda can help with weight loss

Posted by healtheo360 on Sep 30, 2014 10:43:13 AM

New study shows diet soda can help with weigh loss. Diet sodas are supposedly a healthier alternative to soda; sugar-free and artificially sweetened. With more than 20% of Americans drinking diet sodas today, is diet soda really a health risk?

A new study published in the journal, Obesity, claims diet beverages, such as Diet Dr. Pepper, Coke Zero, and Diet Snapple might help people lose more weight than just drinking water, which counters other studies claiming diet soda might cause a person to gain weight.

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Mosquito Sex Modification to Eliminate Malaria

Posted by healtheo360 on Sep 24, 2014 12:25:53 PM

According to the WHO’s 2012 statistics, approximately 627,000 people died from malaria out of 270 million reported cases worldwide. The global mortality rates for this disease, however, have dropped by 42% since 2000. Now, researchers from the Imperial College London are developing a technique that may eliminate malaria among certain mosquito populations.

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