Wayne Caswell

2,928 Added | 5 Magazines | 1 Like | 3 Following | 134 Followers | @mHealthTalk | Retired IBM technologist & market strategist. Now a futurist, consumer advocate, founder of Modern Health Talk, and co-founder of Intelligent Sleep.

If Small Businesses Drop Health Coverage, Does 'Medicare For All' Become More Likely?

In Washington, all the health care talk is about the Senate’s latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which appears to be headed for a vote next week. But in this space we’ll be talking about the opposition. The ink had not dried on Senator Bernie Sanders’s “Medicare For All” …

ObamaCare

FCC rule change says you have fast internet -- but you don't

The FCC might be changing its standards for high-speed internet, but not in a way that benefits anyone who doesn’t have it. The Commission filed a notice of inquiry last month to redefine the speeds which define broadband internet — today is the last day to comment on it. If the FCC does change the …

Net Neutrality

Smartphone Heart Monitor Beats Doctors at Diagnosing Atrial Fibrillation

“Doc, how’s my ticker?” In olden days (like 5 years ago), patients went to their general practioners with such anxious inquiries, looking for cardiac …

Medicine

With iOS 11, Flipboard Is Easier on the Eyes

Flipboard is supporting the new iOS 11 experience by adding a much anticipated feature: Smart Invert Colors (enabling as close to “dark mode” as is possible on iOS). Starting today, iPhone and iPad users who upgrade to iOS 11 can flip through the pages of Flipboard while in bed or in dark …

Apple HomeKit devices are suddenly booming

LIFX is the latest to add HomeKit by software update<p>LIFX just announced HomeKit compatibility for its Wi-Fi smart lighting devices. Not just for new LIFX and LIFX+ lighting that you can buy from today on, but for existing LIFX products already in homes. It’s a trick that comes courtesy of a …

Home Automation

The Latest: Study finds health bill would reshuffle dollars

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican effort to end "Obamacare" and replace it with a new health care law (all times local):<p>11:45 a.m.<p>A study finds the latest GOP effort to end "Obamacare" would take federal dollars away from states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The …

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Republicans' new health bill would hit women hardest, experts say

Women would ‘bear the brunt’ of the bill’s funding cuts and weaker regulations, says policy analyst, with access to reproductive healthcare particularly affected<p>A new Republican attempt to reform the American healthcare system would have a disproportionate impact on women, experts have …

Health Care

Control any plug in your house w/ this Wi-Fi outlet for $10 Prime shipped

OtiumDirect (99% positive feedback lifetime) via Amazon has their Conico Smart Plug Mini on sale for <b>$9.99 Prime shipped</b>. Normally priced at $19.99, this is half off the normal going rate for this plug, and an Amazon all-time low. The smart outlet features Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant …

Home Automation

Axelrod: I cried when they passed Obamacare

<b>(CNN) —</b> I wept the night the Affordable Care Act passed.<p>Through my closed office door in the White House, I could hear President Obama and my colleagues cheer as the final tally came in from the House of Representatives that, at long last, would send the ACA to his desk. But I wasn't there. Sensing …

ObamaCare

AP FACT CHECK: Kimmel's take on health care harder to refute

WASHINGTON (AP) — Who are you going to believe when it comes to the Republican health care bill?<p>An AP Fact Check finds that TV host Jimmy Kimmel's highly critical take is harder to refute than President Donald Trump's or Sen. Bill Cassidy's. None of the three has captured the complexity of the …

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A 'family curse': First insomnia, then death

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Look, I'm so sorry to do this to you on your birthday," Hayley Webb, a television reporter in Australia, recalled her mom saying in 2012. "I have six months to live."<p>A month later, her mother, Narelle, was calling her by the wrong name, hallucinating and falling over. She could hear the …

Medicine

The stark difference between Republicans and Democrats on health care couldn’t be clearer

“When they go low, we go high,” Michelle Obama told the Democratic National Convention in her electrifying address last year. That phrase summarizes the stark contrast between Republicans and Democrats on the fundamental question of affordable health care. Republicans want you to have all the …

Health Care

The Single-Payer Problem Liberals Don't Want to Talk About

The health insurance bureaucracy Bernie Sanders wants to destroy creates jobs for a lot of low-income women who form a key part of the Democratic base.<p>Last week, when Bernie Sanders unveiled his new plan for single-payer healthcare in America, one of the biggest sins he laid at the feet of the …

Bernie Sanders

Telemedicine saves patients time and money, study shows

A new study adds to mounting evidence that telemedicine can save patients two things they value most: time and money.<p>Patients and family members …

Jimmy Kimmel on Bill Cassidy’s Health “Care” Bill

Bill Cassidy

AI can detect Alzheimer's 10 years before symptoms show up

Various researchers around the globe are developing ways to detect Alzheimer's as early as possible. After all, early detection gives people the power seek treatment that can slow down the condition's effects, as well as enough time to get their legal and financial affairs in order. Some decided to …

Neuroscience

Obamacare Is Suddenly in Grave Danger. Here’s Why.

WASHINGTON — A last-ditch Republican effort to repeal Obamacare picked up steam on Monday as a key senator opened the door to supporting the bill, which is popularly known as Graham-Cassidy.<p>The GOP got a boost when Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was one of three Republican "no" votes in July that …

ObamaCare

Don't Look Now, But Full Obamacare Repeal Is Back On The Table

A bill nobody took seriously suddenly sounds serious.<p>Repeal of the Affordable Care Act is back on the agenda, with Republicans suddenly talking about a bill that, until recently, few people in either party had taken all that seriously.<p>The prospects for the new legislation are murky. The proposal …

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ECOBEE 4 vs ECOBEE 3 vs NEST vs HONEYWELL LYRIC ROUND

Our take on ECOBEE 4 vs ECOBEE 3 vs NEST vs HONEYWELL LYRIC ROUND<p>What is a Smart Thermostat?<p>Nowadays, we notice that there are changes in the …

Home Automation

Doctors say IBM Watson is nowhere close to being the revolution in cancer treatment it was pitched to them as

It was an audacious undertaking, even for one of the most storied American companies: With a single machine, IBM would tackle humanity’s most vexing diseases and revolutionize medicine.<p>Breathlessly promoting its signature brand — Watson — IBM sought to capture the world’s imagination, and it …

Cancer

Unpacking The Sanders Medicare-For-All Bill

On September 13, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)—with 16 Democratic cosponsors—released the Medicare-For-All Act of 2017, intended to transition the …

Health Care

Uproar builds over secret doctor panel that influences Medicare

Medicare has signaled it will rubber-stamp almost every 2018 payment proposal made by the American Medical Association's clandestine panel of doctors …

Health Care

Trump Says Sanders’ Health Care Plan Would Visit ‘Curse’ Upon U.S.

WASHINGTON — In a move likely to raise the profile of a Democratic plan for single-payer health care, President Donald Trump picked a fight with Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday, calling his legislation for expanded coverage a "curse."<p>Trump said single-payer health care — which would replace private …

Bernie Sanders

CBO: Trump is making Obamacare premiums more expensive

The Trump administration’s management of Obamacare is causing higher premiums and lower enrollment in the individual market, a new report from the Congressional Budget Office finds.<p>The nonpartisan office estimates that average premiums in the health law marketplaces will be 15 percent higher next …

Health Care

The Missing Pieces of Medicare For All

The new plan from Senator Bernie Sanders needs a tax policy not just to fund it, but to dictate how it works.<p>Take a second to step back. Breathe. A certain clarity of perspective is required to understand the weight of the moment. On Wednesday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a bill that …

Health Care

Wondering how well you slept last night? Just ask Alexa

Eight Sleep today announced an Amazon Alexa skill for its line of smart mattresses and accessories. So, rather than relying exclusively on the related app to learn about your sleep stats and adjust your settings, you can now ask Alexa.<p>Here are the three main use cases at launch:<p>"Alexa, how did I/my …

Amazon Alexa

Here’s what happened when Reagan went after healthcare programs. It’s not good.

The latest cuts have a less-than-stellar precedent<p>In the early 1980s, during President Ronald Reagan’s first few years in office, his administration …

Health Care

I ran ACA outreach under Obama. Trump’s funding cuts could ruin the health care law.

I used to run outreach and public education for the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.So I have a very good sense of what the Trump administration’s decision to cut funding for advertising and in-person assistance will do to enrollment.<p>The Trump administration announced a couple of weeks ago that …

Health Care

Bernie Sanders: Why We Need Medicare for All

This is a pivotal moment in American history. Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive health care to every person as a human right? Or do we maintain a system that is enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic, and is designed to maximize …

Health Care

Top House Democrat distances himself from 'single payer' push

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> While a growing number of Senate Democrats with potential 2020 presidential ambitions are publicly embracing Senator Bernie Sanders's single-payer health care proposal, the number two House Democrat raised questions about the approach Tuesday, saying the "first objective" of …

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