The Health News USA February 1 2018

  • In the latest indication of Apple’s growing ambitions in the digital health market, the Cupertino company on Wednesday unveiled a feature that would allow users to automatically download and see parts of their medical records on their iPhones. The feature is to become part of Apple’s popular Health app. It will enable users to transfer clinical data — like cholesterol levels and lists of medications prescribed by their doctors — directly from their medical providers to their iPhones, potentially streamlining how Americans gain access to some health information.
  • A new report estimates that despite widespread opposition from medical and mental health organizations, tens of thousands of LGBTQ youth in the U.S. will be subjected to anti-gay “conversion therapy” during their lifetime.   Released this month by the Williams Institute at University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, the report estimates that 698,000 LGBTQ Americans between the ages of 18 and 59 have undergone conversion therapy at some point in their lives. About 300,000 of those received that treatment as adolescents.
  • A small US study suggests that sleep problems in younger children may be associated with higher student-teacher conflict.  The role of sleep problems in children with behavior problems at school has long been explored, and many youngsters who come to doctors for sleep evaluation do so at the urging of a teacher or counselor. For children up to about 9 and a half years old, self-reported sleep problems were linked to greater student-teacher conflict even after accounting for mental health symptoms such as ADHD, depression and anxiety.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 1st of February 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/health/article/Apple-adds-medical-records-feature-for-iPhone-12522764.php

In the latest indication of Apple’s growing ambitions in the digital health market, the Cupertino company on Wednesday unveiled a feature that would allow users to automatically download and see parts of their medical records on their iPhones. The feature is to become part of Apple’s popular Health app. It will enable users to transfer clinical data — like cholesterol levels and lists of medications prescribed by their doctors — directly from their medical providers to their iPhones, potentially streamlining how Americans gain access to some health information.

A dozen medical institutions across the United States — including Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore and Dignity Health, which has operations in the Bay Area — have agreed to participate in the beta version of the feature. Apple plans to open the test to consumers on Thursday. Apple said it will not see consumers’ medical data, which is encrypted and stored locally on the iPhone, unless the user chooses to share it with the company.
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Tech giants including Apple, Microsoft and Alphabet are going head-to-head to obtain a larger slice of American health care spending, which amounts to more than three trillion dollars annually. Apple, more than the others, has been reticent to publicize its long-term vision for health technology. But recent product introductions, like the health records feature, highlight how focused Apple is on using its iPhone, Apple Watch and apps to give people more control over their health care.
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Apple’s personal medical record feature is hardly a new idea. With much fanfare about a decade ago, both Google and Microsoft introduced free services — called Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault — that helped consumers centralize their personal health data.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/conversion-therapy-lgbtq-youth-study_us_5a6f549ee4b0ddb658c929e4?utm_hp_ref=health-care

A new report estimates that despite widespread opposition from medical and mental health organizations, tens of thousands of LGBTQ youth in the U.S. will be subjected to anti-gay “conversion therapy” during their lifetime.   Released this month by the Williams Institute at University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, the report estimates that six hundred ninety eight thousand LGBTQ Americans between the ages of eighteen and fifty nine have undergone conversion therapy at some point in their lives. About three hundred thousand of those received that treatment as adolescents.

The report also estimates that twenty thousand LGBTQ youths currently between the ages of thirteen and seventeen will be subjected to conversion therapy from a licensed healthcare professional before they turn eighteen. An additional fifty seven thousand will be subjected to the controversial practice from a religious or spiritual adviser before age eighteen.
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In two thousand fifteen, President Barack Obama called for an end to conversion therapy, and the practice has been explicitly discredited by the American Psychiatric Association and other leading medical associations. Still, conservative Christian groups like the Family Research Council and the American Family Association have backed the practice. To date, only nine states ― California, Connecticut, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont ― and the District of Columbia have bans on conversion therapy in place.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-kids-sleep-education/sleep-problems-may-impact-kids-relationships-with-teachers-idUSKBN1FK2HQ

A small US study suggests that sleep problems in younger children may be associated with higher student-teacher conflict.  The role of sleep problems in children with behavior problems at school has long been explored, and many youngsters who come to doctors for sleep evaluation do so at the urging of a teacher or counselor, said Doctor Shalini Paruthi of the St. Luke’s Sleep Medicine and Research Center in Chesterfield, Missouri, who was not involved in the study.
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The current study, conducted in a primary school in the midwestern U.S., showed a statistically significant association with student-teacher conflict in younger, but not older, children. As reported in Sleep Medicine, researchers analyzed responses from one hundred seventy five students in grades one through six who answered an eighteen-item questionnaire about their sleep during the previous week, and twelve teachers who rated their interaction and closeness with the children. For children up to about nine and a half years old, self-reported sleep problems were linked to greater student-teacher conflict even after accounting for mental health symptoms such as attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder, depression and anxiety.
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A growing body of research has shown that getting too little sleep in early childhood is linked to cognitive and behavioral problems years later. Bedtime/nighttime behavior problems or daytime sleepiness were not specifically linked with student-teacher conflict in the current study. However, daytime sleepiness was tied to lower student-teacher closeness regardless of age and sex.
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Alex Holdaway of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio and co-author Stephen Becker acknowledge a number of study limitations, including that the findings are drawn from self-reported data from mainly Caucasian children.

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