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The possibilities of in-ear technology go far beyond wireless earbuds

Wearables are on the rise again, despite sagging sales and stock prices for Apple Watch, Fitbit, and others in 2016. And now there’s a new digital health tool in town: hearables. As we mentioned in our post, What’s to Come for Health Care in 2018, this emerging technology ranges from Bluetooth-connected wireless earbuds to voice-activated devices that improve hearing and more.Read More

Eye care professionals are ideally suited to offer surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic services

For some ophthalmologists and optometrists, adding cosmetic services to their practices happens naturally. A patient who comes in for an eye exam may ask about eyelash-lengthening serums like Latisse, or a blepharoplasty patient may inquire about Botox. For other eye doctors, adding aesthetic offerings is a strategic decision to increase revenue. There are pros and cons to delving into cosmetic procedures and products, as well as some special considerations to be aware of. Here, experts discuss what you need to know.Read More

The subtler ways racism impacts health—and why that’s everyone’s problem to solve

Most of us in this country have become painfully aware that racism and discrimination did not disappear after the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Violent events like the deadly clash at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville make headlines, but racism shows up in much subtler ways, too. Troubling evidence shows that discrimination—even unconscious bias—is linked to poor health care and even death in minority populations. Can this injustice be fixed?Read More

No more secrets: the outpouring of victims’ stories has impacted every profession, including medicine

We’re in the midst of a movement no one wanted to be a part of. This moment was “borne of a very real and potent sense of unrest,” stated TIME in its Person of the Year issue. In a surprising but timely move, the magazine chose as this year’s “person” a group of women, and a few men, who have come forward to speak about their sexual harassment and abuse. They have been dubbed “The Silence Breakers.” Read More

Along with exciting innovations come cost increases for patients and providers

A lot can change in a year. That’s especially true in health care. Last December in our annual predictions post, we said that wearables had hit a rough patch as the industry struggled with what to do with all that data. Fast-forward a year: “Today, Apple Watch is poised to become the world’s best selling wearable. And, the market is quickly diversifying as hearables (once again led by Apple) and clinical wearables gain importance,” reported health care technology news site HIT Consultant. (Hearables, by the way, are Bluetooth-connected, wireless earbuds and headphones that can improve hearing loss and act as voice-activated assistants, among other things.)Read More

More U.S. consumers are supporting local businesses, including optical customers

More Americans than ever were willing to “Shop Small” this year, according to projections and initial data from this year’s Small Business Saturday. Held two days after Thanksgiving — and the day after Black Friday — Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 as a way to encourage customers to support local businesses, which can help create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods.Read More