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In a culture that values youth, aging can seem like a dismal prospect. But a new study suggests that older adults are generally less stressed and happier with their lives than younger people are. Comment?
Telehealth technologies can allow delivery of high-quality care at a lower cost, especially in underserved areas, but there is currently no uniform legal approach to telehealth, hampering its provision, according to a Health Policy Brief published online Aug. 15 in Health Affairs . Noting that 20 percent of Americans live in areas with shortages of physicians and health care specialists, Tony Yang, from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., discusses the use of telehealth and the legal issues pertaining to its use. Comment?
Dr. Eric Topol will co-lead the effort to enroll and engage 1 million Americans in a study that will deeply explore people's health and regularly provide them with information that they can share with their doctors. The $120 million grant from the National Institutes of Health is part of the Obama administration's Precision Medicine Initiative, which will customize patient care through big advances in digital technology. Comment?
Brain-training programs like Lumosity or NeuroNation frequently tout scientific studies that show their products can truly sharpen a person's intellect. But at least some of these alleged benefits might be due to a fleeting placebo effect, a new study suggests. Comment?
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