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CNN: What Apple Watch Can Teach You About Your Heart

From CNN: Enter the collaboration between Apple Watch and Stanford Medical Center. First announced in November, 2017. Initial results were presented at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session in New Orleans in March. “This is one of the first large-scale studies to use wearables to screen patients for a serious medical condition,” said Dr. Mitesh Patel, who directs the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit, the world’s first behavioral design team embedded within a health system. “Future studies should test ways to combine these technologies with effective engagement strategies to change patient behavior to treat or reduce their risk from these…

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Risa J. Lavizzo-Mourey to Receive National Award from the American College of Physicians

American College of Physicians press release Philadelphia – Risa J. Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MACP, has been awarded the Steven E. Weinberger Award for Physician Executives/Leaders from the American College of Physicians, a national organization of internists. She will receive the award at the Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, April 23, 2020, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where ACP is hosting its annual scientific conference, Internal Medicine Meeting 2020, through April 25. Established by ACP’s Board of Regents in 2015, the Steven E. Weinberger Award for Physician Executives/Leaders is bestowed to a physician executive or leader of a national or international medical…

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Freakonomics: How to Save $32 Million in One Hour

From Freakonomics: For nearly a decade, governments have been using behavioral nudges to solve problems — and the strategy is catching on in healthcare, firefighting, and policing. But is that thinking too small? Could nudging be used to fight income inequality and achieve world peace? Recorded live in London, with commentary from Andy Zaltzman (The Bugle). DUBNER: Our next guest is a physician as well as a professor of medicine and health care management at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s also the director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit. He’s done many studies and interventions around patient compliance, physician behavior,…

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CHIBE, PAIR Awarded 2 Roybal Centers

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has awarded Roybal Centers to CHIBE Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, and Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, MBE, Director of the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center. The goal of the Roybal Center program, according to the NIA’s website, is “the translation and integration of basic behavioral and social research findings into interventions to improve the lives of older people and the capacity of institutions to adapt to societal aging.” “Our goal is to reduce premature aging among Americans,” Dr. Volpp said. “There are lots of different areas in which important work remains to…

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The Atlantic: What Your Facebook Posts Say About Your Mental Health

Psychologists are discovering just how much information about our inner states can be gleaned from social media. For some people, posting to social media is as automatic as breathing. At lunchtime, you might pop off about the latest salad offering at your local lettucery. Or, late that night, you might tweet, “I can’t sleep, so I think I’m just going to have a glass of wine” without a second thought. Over time, all these Facebook posts, Instagram captions, and tweets have become a treasure trove of human thought and feeling. People might rarely look back on their dashed-off online thoughts,…

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CHIBE, UPenn Researchers Seek to Combat HIV in South Africa Using Behavioral Insights

Two CHIBE directors and University of Pennsylvania faculty members are leading a team that has proposed to use behavioral insights to end the world’s largest HIV epidemic. Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, Interim Director of the Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics, and Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, Associate Director of CHIBE, are vying for the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition, a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving one of the most critical problems of our time. The ambitious proposal was the University of Pennsylvania’s selection for the 100&Change competition and has been…

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BBC: Constantly late with work? Blame the planning fallacy

” Why are we so bad at sticking to schedules? The explanation can’t just be laziness or procrastination, since in many of these cases the employees were working at full productivity. Instead, psychologists tend to blame a cognitive quirk called the planning fallacy, which leads us to consistently underestimate how long it will take us to complete a project. The result is that our original deadlines are flawed from the get-go. Whether you are managing a complex professional project, or simply trying to renovate your house, an understanding of the planning fallacy will help to ensure that you meet every…

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WBUR: How Elizabeth Warren Plans To Pay For ‘Medicare For All’

“How do you think the math in this health care plan checks out? Mark Pauly: “Any projection by economists is all fuzzy math. As Yogi Berra might have said, ‘Fuzzy math projections are fuzzy math, especially about the future.’ And so is this one. There is a set of assumptions — cleverly — I have to give credit for the team that put together these set of numbers, to make the target hit the bullet, to have no explicit tax on the middle class. They did a wonderful job with a kind of tight squeeze. But, as the saying goes,…

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Idiva: Here’s Why Our Brain Always Tends To Think Of The Negatives

“What is negative bias? The roots of the concept were laid down by psychologists Paul Rozin and Edward Royzman in 2001, but the process has been at play since the time of cavemen. The idea behind it is that there is a greater impact on the brain from negative situations than from positive ones. We are most likely to remember a comment made by a stranger which wasn’t entirely peachy for a longer time than the same stranger giving us a compliment. And it’s not just that–because we are so fixated on the bad news, we might not be able to…

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NPR: Open Enrollment Is Here: 6 Tips For Choosing A Health Insurance Plan

“It’s the season to roll up your sleeves, gather your documents, and pick a health insurance plan for 2020. For those shopping for their own plans, HealthCare.gov and the other state exchanges are open for enrollment as of November 1. Despite the rhetoric about the implosion of the Affordable Care Act, the individual mandate going away, and other attempts to hobble the law, the marketplaces are still alive and well. And many people are eligible for subsidies to bring their costs down.” Read more at NPR

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