How the bacteria in your gut affect your mind and body

The vagus nerve serves as a connection between the brain and the gut, transporting inflammatory markers and more.
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Maternal depression and natural disaster-related stress may affect infants’ temperament

A new study demonstrates that prenatal maternal depression has important consequences for infant temperament. Furthermore, the negative impact of prenatal maternal depression appeared to be magnified when pregnant women lived through Superstorm Sandy.
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Investors ask how the Bezos divorce will affect Amazon Inc shares seesawed on Thursday as investors questioned how the impending divorce of company founder Jeff Bezos would affect his control of the most valuable company on Wall Street and its ambitious expansion plans.

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What to Watch: Royal, Political Influencers Spark Criticism, Affect Fashion With Photo-ops

Like them, love them or despise them, political and royal influencers churn up the Internet nearly instantaneously with every public outing.
Whether stepping out for a diplomatic gala dinner, a schoolyard visit with wide-eyed students or for a hardhat-worthy ribbon cutting ceremony, the powers-that-be dress accordingly, knowing their choices will send sales skyrocketing. Their personal fashion loyalties vary — Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel favors pantsuits, beleaguered British Prime Minister Theresa May prefers skirt suits, France’s First Lady Brigitte Macron is all about Louis Vuitton and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump is nonpartisan in terms of designers.
As a sign of their global reach, the newly minted Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, topped Google’s 10 most-searched people list last year. For her first official tour, with Prince Harry last fall, to Australia, the American-born royal packed plenty of options for the 16-day trip. Occasionally changing twice in one day, the former “Suits” actress wore an assortment of Australian labels, as well as Brandon Maxwell, Jason Wu, Roksanda Ilincic, Stuart Weitzman, Manolo Blahnik, Gucci and Birks.
Before last spring’s royal wedding, it was estimated that the net present value to brands that Markle wears was 150 million pounds, or $ 212.1 million, according to David Haigh,

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5 Questions With a Clinical Psychologist Who Studies Social Factors That Affect Health

What motivates you?

What bothers us is often what motivates us. And it bothers me that scientific knowledge often does not inform the care people receive. A new area called “implementation science” is devoted to ensuring that evidence-informed interventions are implemented to benefit those in need.

Read Dr. Lewis’ latest paper published on JAMA Psych.

Specifically, I’m focused on improving mental and behavioral health care by integrating evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy into community settings. My new paper in JAMA Psychiatry discusses how to advance the integration of measurement-based care into behavioral health treatment.

What first got you interested in implementation science?

While working on a study in graduate school, I found CBT worked for many young people. But at that time, cognitive behavioral therapy was largely unavailable outside of research trials. Implementation science promised to bring evidence-based care into practice. So, I decided to focus on this new field, even though no one at my university, including my mentor, was expert in this type of work.

Kayne Mettert, Caitlin Dorsey, Lewis, and Elena Navarro (L-R) all moved together to work at the Kaiser Permanente Health Research Institute in Seattle from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Kayne Mettert, Caitlin Dorsey, Lewis, and Elena Navarro (L-R) all moved together to work at the Kaiser Permanente Health Research Institute in Seattle from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Which projects have excited you most?

My work with Wolverine Human Services — residential treatment centers housing teens throughout Michigan — made the impossible, possible. It was the first time, to my knowledge, that frontline staff received training to deliver cognitive behavioral therapy with fidelity. Through our five years of systematic, tailored implementation with the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Wolverine was transformed. They’ve trained most of the staff in cognitive behavioral therapy and embedded onsite coaches to ensure the program is sustainable.

Now, I’m leading an implementation evaluation of a new member of the primary care team in Kaiser Permanente Washington clinics designed to connect patients with community resources. Specifically, we’re evaluating the impact of community resource specialists on patients’ experience and care teams’ ability to work at the top of their license.

I serve on the steering committee of Kaiser Permanente’s Social Needs Network for Evaluation and Translation group. We bring experts together and support them to think about how best to address social risk, build capacity and conduct pragmatic evaluations. Kaiser Permanente is at the cutting edge in terms of investing in care for the whole person and their community. Very few organizations have that vision — and the infrastructure to support this work.

What makes Kaiser Permanente a good place to do implementation science?

Kaiser Permanente is willing to invest in implementing evidence-based care. Being embedded in a delivery system affords the opportunity to contribute to the science and the practice of implementation.

Lewis, PhD, an associate investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, after keynoting the Global Evidence and Implementation Summit 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

Lewis after keynoting the Global Evidence and Implementation Summit 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

What keeps you going outside of work?

What I do most outside of work is to spend time with my 2-year-old son River. I’m an avid cyclist. I love to bike to work and bike River to school, the grocery store, you name it.

Our family is very musical, and we play music every day. I like to sing — but don’t ask me to. River and my husband Eric play all the things: We have five guitars (including River’s guitalele), a piano, drums and many other instruments. We don’t watch TV shows as a family — we watch live music videos together.

I’m proud to say River now requests Pearl Jam, a Seattle-born band that recently raised $ 12 million to address homelessness in our local communities. I have family nearby in British Columbia, where I was born and raised — and those are two reasons why Seattle is a great place for us to be.

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Dignity Health CEO: How Homelessness and Racism Affect Healthcare

Lloyd Dean is at the helm of Dignity Health, the largest hospital provider in California, and the fifth largest health system in the nation. As one of the few CEOs of color in the U.S., Dean’s commitment to healthcare isn’t just business—it’s also personal.

“I have eight siblings and we grew up in Western Michigan, where our community didn’t have access to reliable healthcare,” said Dean. “I didn’t realize that other communities were different until I was bussed to a neighboring town that was more economically robust. In a bigger sense, we know that only a small percentage of your health is due to genetics. That means that our health is largely based on where we live and social determinants of health.”

Another factor contributing to healthcare inequity is homelessness. Coincidentally, Dean is fighting to reduce homelessness in San Francisco, one of the more expensive cities to live in the world, which also has one of the most severe housing problems in the state of California.

“In the United States, there are more than half a million people who are homeless on any given night; 41% of whom are African American,” said Dean. “It keeps me up at night, knowing that so many Americans of all colors and backgrounds are forced to choose between paying for rent, food, or healthcare just because they don’t have insurance or the ability to pay for their care. That is why I’ve dedicated my life to reducing inequity. We live in a first world country, where access to affordable housing shouldn’t be as big of an issue as it is. It is difficult to be healthy, if you don’t have a home. Homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, and chronic health problems are all interrelated, and we know that we can’t tackle each issue in isolation.”

Dignity Health

Lloyd Dean

To reduce healthcare inequity, Dean believes communities must form partnerships to address each person holistically.

“I believe that healthcare is a right and not a privilege. In many cases, mental health and homelessness go hand-in-hand, which is why we work with many multifaceted partners. For example, at one of our San Francisco hospitals, St. Mary’s Medical Center, we started the San Francisco Healing Center in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, San Francisco Public Health, and San Francisco Behavioral Health to provide mental health services to homeless patients in need. Helping people get into more stable environments is one of the most important ways we can help one another, which helps the overall health of our communities,” he says.

“Last year, we invested $ 1.65 billion in charitable care and community services that allow us to develop and support programs across the continuum of care. As only one example in Stockton, we provide psychiatric and chemical dependency disorder treatment to patients. We also recently committed $ 1.65 million to benefit the homeless in the Sacramento area. Of that, $ 1.2 million continued operations at the city’s triage shelter serving about 200 people. The remaining funds will go to other projects, including the City of Sacramento’s Whole Person Care program with Dignity Health Mercy General Hospital piloting coordination and transition of care from the hospital into the community. We are working on efforts all across our communities, especially to address the needs of our most vulnerable patients.”

Hospitals are another solution to improving access to healthcare and getting homeless people off the street.“ As anchors in communities, hospitals are in a unique position to help the populations they serve, said Dean.

“One of the primary problems in healthcare today is that, too often, emergency departments are used as a primary care source. We must instead look at care more holistically with the goal of keeping people well before, during, and after a medical encounter.

Dean continued: “We know that making progress isn’t always simple, but by staying in tune with the individual needs of those we serve and the communities where they live, we can continue to find sustainable solutions—this is especially true for the homeless population. We have seen that people are more likely to reach their full potential when they have community support, the security of a home, and access to health services. This is true of a small community or a large city.”

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Does a woman’s weight gain during pregnancy affect children’s bone health?

A new study has examined whether managing weight during pregnancy might affect children’s bone mass. In under/normal weight mothers, weight gain during pregnancy was associated with slightly increased bone mass at seven years of age in children, while in overweight/obese mothers, no beneficial effect of weight gain on bone mass was observed.
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Neither of this week’s attacks will affect the midterms

Whom can we blame? How will it play in November? For the second time in a week, those were the crass calculations running through the minds of the political class. First it was the pipe bombs and now it is the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. In both cases, the instant assumption was that the allegiance of…
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How climate change will affect your health

A new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns of dire consequences if governments don’t make “rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to stem global warming. But the planet isn’t the only thing at risk as temperatures rise; your health might be in danger, too. – RSS Channel – Health


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