March 20-International Day of Happiness.

The day recognizes that happiness is a fundamental human goal, and calls upon countries to approach public policies in ways that improve the well-being of all peoples.

This day was founded by Jayme Illien, and it was launched by the United Nations to inspire and mobilize the global happiness movement.

Scientific evidence suggests that being happy may have major benefits for your health.

Studies says that being happy can promote a healthy lifestyle, because happy people are more likely to eat healthier and they are more engaged in more health-promoting behaviors such as exercise.

It can also help keep your immune system strong and can help lower your blood pressure, because when people are happy tend to produce lower levels of cortisol in response to stressful situations. When you are stressed the levels of the hormone cortisol can increase, and it can cause weight gain, disturbed sleep and high blood pressure.

There are a number of ways to increase your happiness. Getting active, expressing gratitude and eating fruits and vegetables are all great ways to help improve your mood.

Being happy may have some other potential benefits, but the most important one is that it will make you live longer.

Fonte: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/happiness-and-health

March 13, 2019 – World Kidney Day.

Chronic kidney failure is in sixth place among the fastest growing causes of death.

More than 850 million people are suffering from various types of kidney disease. Chronic renal insufficiency (IRC) is the cause of at least 2.4 million deaths per year. Over 13 million people worldwide are affected by acute renal failure (IRA).
This year the purpose of the World Kidney Day is to bring to the attention of the population the eight basic rules to maintain the health of the kidneys:

  • Be always active and fit,
  • Constant check of your blood sugar levels,
  • Check your blood pressure,
  • Follow a healthy and balanced diet,
  • Maintain a correct and regular intake of liquids,
  • Do not smoke,
  • Do not take medications except on physician’s advice,
  • Always keep under control the kidney function if you have one or more risk factors.

Telehealth and Wearable Devices market

The wearable medical devices market is expected to reach USD 14.41 Billion by 2022 from USD 6.22 Billion in 2017. One of the key factors about the growth of the wearable device industry is its rapid popularity increase among users.
The global wearable medical devices market, by applications, is segmented into sports and fitness, remote patient monitoring, and home healthcare. The sports and fitness segment was the largest market share in 2017. The growth of this segment can be attributed to the increasing focus on physical fitness among people to improve the quality of life, coupled with the growing trend of tracking health progress.
The interesting part is that all these metrics are calculated by the device itself without having someone manually track them. Additionally, what makes them even more valuable is the fact that the collected data can also be available on their smartphones or synced with cloud services.

Wearable devices take a lead role in Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM), which consists of collecting health and medical data from a patient in a remote location, and telehealth also creates the possibility to extend healthcare services outside of hospitals and clinic boundaries.
The wearable medical devices market is segmented into pharmacies, online channel, and hypermarkets. Pharmacies where the largest share market in 2017.The growth of this segment is mainly attributed to factors such as increasing trend towards self-monitoring and non-invasive monitoring & diagnosis and substantial increase in the supply of wearable devices in pharmacies.
North America dominates the market, followed by Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World.
Fitbit (US), Philips (Netherlands), LifeWatch (Switzerland), Garmin (Switzerland), and Omron (Japan). The other players operating in this market include Drägerwerk (Germany), Nokia Technologies (US), Jawbone (US), Polar (Finland), Wor(l)d Global Network (US), Activeinsights (UK), VitalConnect (US), Xiaomi (China), Misfit (US), and Monica Healthcare (UK).

Source: Markets & Markets