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‘They Won’t Rip Telehealth Away’: Digital Behavioral Health Companies Prepare for Industry-Shaping DEA Decision

Article Excerpt: November is fast approaching, and with it comes the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) proposed rule on telehealth and controlled substance prescribing. After a six-month delay, the federal law enforcement and regulatory body will release regulations that will shape the future of telehealth within behavioral health in the post-COVID era. It also has the potential to redirect the evolution of telehealth in the behavioral health industry. Companies that exclusively or heavily focus on providing care via telehealth have had to prepare for the potential snapback to a regulatory environment where in-person exams were required before a telehealth provider could prescribe certain controlled substances.

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Article Source: Behavioral Health Business


Close The Behavioral Health EMR Gap

Article Excerpt: There is increasing consensus that we must act to improve the nation’s behavioral health outcomes and capabilities. And the critical first step to fulfilling this goal is modernizing our behavioral health information technology infrastructure.

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Article Source: Health Affairs


Study Finds Unexpected Benefits of ‘Drug Checking’ Programs

Article Excerpt: A recent study has found that so-called “drug checking” programs have unexpected benefits, allowing public health programs to reach and work with people who use drugs who would otherwise not access services such as HIV testing. Drug checking refers to analyzing illegal drugs, or prescription drugs not acquired from a pharmacy, that people have used or are about to use. There are various technologies available for drug checking, but the ultimate goal is to reduce overdoses and other health risks associated with an increasingly contaminated illicit drug supply.

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Article Source: NC State News


Hartford Retail Cannabis Forum Stirs Debate Over Economic Benefit, Public Health Risks

Article Excerpt: “There is a strong possibility that Hartford (Vermont) will ask its residents on (Town Meeting Day) of March 2022 if they want to opt in to allow cannabis sales in Hartford” (Hartford Selectboard Vice Chair Joe) Major said in introducing the topic at a town hall discussion Monday night at Hartford High School. The meeting, organized by the Selectboard and the Hartford Community Coalition, featured a panel of local experts on the issue so that voters “could make an informed decision before going into the voter booth,” Major said. The positives of allowing local cannabis sales, however, were challenged by professionals in the medical and social service fields, as well as some in the audience who cast a skeptical eye on industry-supplied data and a cautious approach. “When the (cannabis) industry is the one that’s telling you how it all works and promising you, that you’re going to make money as a town … and your property values are going to go up and you’re going to have high-paying jobs … you have to realize that’s all speculative,” said Alan Budney, a professor of psychiatry and biomedical data science at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine who researches cannabis use disorder.

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Article Source: Valley News


Startups Use Tech, ‘Gamification’ for Public Health Problems

Article Excerpt: Matthew Loper’s mission to use technology and science to revolutionize health care began when he observed vastly different outcomes for relatives with the same disease… Loper, one of a bevy of entrepreneurs seeking to transform health care and insurance through technology, wanted to understand how the outcomes could diverge so extremely. “How do you actually create motivation in people?” Loper said. “How do you get someone who never would have gone to see their doctor or taken those medications, or used that app, to actually follow through with it?”  Wellth (an app that incentivizes users to make healthy choices, like regularly taking medicine), founded in 2014, seeks the answers by employing behavioral economics, which takes into account individual biases and how they affect decision-making.

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Article Source: Medical Xpress


Supplements for Weight Loss: Do They Work?

Article Excerpt: Weight loss supplements come in a variety of forms, including pills, gummies, powders, and liquids, like teas.They often tout fast and easy weight loss with a promise that you can lose inches without having to rely solely on eating a balanced diet or exercising regularly.And they’re extremely popular. The weight loss supplement industry was worth $6.5 billion in 2020. But do these supplements actually work? A new comprehensive study published in the journal ObesityTrusted Source on June 23 has found that dietary supplements do not result in dramatic weight loss as they claim.

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Article Source: Healthline


New Dashboard Gives Data on Latest Trends in Drug Overdoses

Article Excerpt: The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has launched an interactive data dashboard to highlight the latest trends in drug overdoses among Michigan residents. The dashboard also monitors the use of overdose prevention and substance use disorder treatment services. The new dashboard shows the most up-to-date data available on both fatal and nonfatal overdoses in Michigan through a range of data visualizations, including graphs, charts, and maps. The dashboard was funded through a Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Overdose Data to Action grant.

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Article Source: WILX


No Strong Evidence Supplements Do Anything for Weight Loss, Large Review Finds

Article Excerpt: Dietary supplements don’t do much to help people lose weight—that’s the verdict from a large new review published Wednesday. The review found little high-quality evidence from studies trying to test these supplements’ claimed benefits and only inconsistent evidence that some supplements could possibly offer a small boost in losing weight. Plenty of people have turned to dietary supplements to help them reach their weight goals. According to survey data, about a third of American adults trying to lose weight have used supplements in the past. Estimates range, but the weight loss supplement market is also thought to bring in billions of dollars annually. Unfortunately, supplements don’t undergo the same level of scrutiny before they reach the public as drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration do, and many studies have suggested that their health benefits aren’t as potent as advertised. This new research, published in the July 2021 issue of the journal Obesity, seems to show the same is true when it comes to weight loss.

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Article Source: Gizmodo

No Good Evidence Weight Loss Supplements Work: Study

Article Excerpt: Losing weight is hard, but many weight loss supplements promise to make the journey easy. Unfortunately, there’s little high-quality research to back these claims, a new study shows… The study authors issued a statement calling for tighter regulation of supplements and more high-quality studies to assess the risks and benefits of weight loss supplements. The study appears in the June 23 issue of Obesity.

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Article Source: U.S. News & World Report via HealthDay News.  Also posted in Newsmax.