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new While some hesitation and a healthy dose of skepticism around AI are probably smart, there is an application for AI far from the headlines, that has the potential to drive seismic shifts in not just how we work, but how we positively impact the community we live in and communities around the world. Already AI is being used to find solutions to complex challenges—whether that be using large volumes of weather data to help farmers in Kenya understand weather patterns and better manage their livestock, or using satellite images to stop deforestation before it begins. AI is also being used to improve health care and patient outcomes through advances in precision medicine, genetics-based solutions, and drug discovery and development.Fortune, 10h ago
new Announcing the request for proposals today on behalf of all Grand Challenges partners at COP28 session on Climate-Health Solutions Showcase’ in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Science for Africa Foundation, home of Grand Challenges Africa, CEO, Tom Kariuki said: “the people whose health and wellbeing are being harmed first and worst by the climate crisis are also the ones who contribute least to its causes, and who are least able to protect themselves and their families against it—namely people in low-income and disadvantaged countries and communities. In low-income settings, rising heat, extreme weather events, changes in precipitation patterns, shifts in duration and prevalence of climate-sensitive diseases (malaria, dengue, many foodborne and water-borne diseases), and increased potential for the emergence of novel diseases damage already weak primary health care systems and community health structures. Together with our partners, we are committed to fostering collaborative efforts to catalyse innovations that will safeguard the well-being of our communities and pave the way for a more sustainable, resilient future.”...The Rockefeller Foundation, 15h ago
new Its proponents argue that consumption rooms not only provide better outcomes for users’ health, but for the public – and the public purse. Reduced illnesses and overdoses means fewer people needing medical care; a 2021 government review found that the societal cost of drug misuse in England and Wales is £20bn annually, yet that for every £1 spent on harm reduction and treatment, there is a fourfold return on investment via alleviated pressure on health and justice services.the Guardian, 1d ago
new ...“GVHD is a major limitation to the lifesaving capability of blood or marrow stem cell transplants. It is exciting to think of the prospect of potentially finding a simple, low-cost, and safe approach to mitigating this dangerous complication for patients who need a stem cell transplant, but researching this approach in more patients is still needed to confirm,” said Mary Riwes, D.O., assistant professor of internal medicine and medical director of the inpatient adult stem cell transplant unit of the Medical Directors Partnering to Lead Along with Nurse Managers program.SciTechDaily, 1d ago
new Canada has limited but epic failed sectors likeBanks - controlled 6 banks are inefficient and are there to rob customers Telecom - limited companies milk customers with hefty plans Medical - no attention unless condition becomes emergency , assisted dying is suggested as best treatment Education - worst public education system with zero quality I see very few Canadians in tech and few Canadian startup companies , no innovation , no space programImmigration - lot of useless people who are economic liability in future , example bring people from war and terrorism torn countries without any criteriaNon productive population - drugs weeds are encouraged, immigrant people contributing to plumbing , electrician, taxi, security guards etc with zero economic impact but reaping all social securityTaxation - very high taxation with limited benefits and citizen pay tax so that huge useless population can enjoy free medical, education and infrastructure, 95 % people who are struggling to meet ends for food, house etcGlobal clout - Zero global influence, china, india usa don't consider it is important country on world stageHousing: unaffordable housing due to offloading of black money from China and other countriesActually half of canada is owned by ChinaSo the economy is tightly controlled and the local population is sidelined and economy is down the hillDo you see the same future of canada? It nightmare scenario for the country in next 10 years ?#misc...Blind, 1d ago
new Can we trust machines with our medical data—one of our live’s most personal and private aspects? As AI is becoming increasingly utilized in medical institutions to assist clinicians in diagnosing and treating patients, this has added a new dimension to bioethics. This topic is analyzed through a multidisciplinary approach on the design level (which refers to the technology’s reliability) and on the application level (which refers to the human impact on the use of AI). This paper frames the issue of AI and bioethics through the lens of technology, law, and healthcare stakeholders. In tackling these issues, the authors focus on five subjects that affect medical AI’s trustworthiness: data quality, algorithmic bias, opacity, safety and security, and responsibility attribution. They found that while AI systems have been shown to streamline treatment processes successfully, they are limited in terms of being only as good as the quality of data provided to them. As data given to medical AI tools is at times non-standardized, unstructured, and contains errors, the authors propose measures to institute AI tools that are more ethical and trustworthy.Montreal AI Ethics Institute, 1d ago

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new According to Dr K. Hariprasad, president, hospitals division, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd, AI in health care is a multifaceted issue. There are many challenges and limitations in building clinical AI solutions that can have real impact on health care. “The requirements and preferences of end users, including physicians, patients and policymakers are not always met by AI solutions,”he says. “Low adoption rates and ineffective solutions may arise from this. There is frequently a lack of integration between AI solutions and the current workflows, standards, and health care systems. This may limit the impact of AI solutions and create implementation barriers.”...theweek.in, 1d ago
new Tell the Ministry of Public Health that it only works for fifteen percent of the population and that this fifteen percent is mainly composed of urban gentlemen, while the broad masses of the peasants get no medical treatment: they have no doctors and they have no medicine. The Ministry is not a Ministry of Public Health for the people, so why not change its name to the Ministry of Urban Health, of Gentlemen’s Health, or even to the Ministry of Urban Gentlemen’s Health? The methods of medical examination and treatment currently used by hospitals are not at all appropriate for the countryside and the way doctors are trained only benefits the cities. Yet in China over five hundred million of our people are peasants. Medical education must be reformed. It will be enough to give three years’ training to graduates from higher primary schools. They can then study and raise their standards, mainly through practice. If this kind of doctor is sent down to the countryside–even if they haven’t much talent–they will be better than the current quacks and witch doctors, and the villagers can afford to keep them”.The Greanville Post, 1d ago
new ...deTour 2023 is presented by PMQ and sponsored by Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. This 10-day grand design festival will present various programmes for the art and design communities both in and outside Hong Kong. These programmes include creative installations and exhibitions, workshops, design dialogues, movie screenings, guided tours, and many more. 10 years of deTour at PMQ Started in 2014, PMQ's deTour celebrates the 10th anniversary this year. A unique theme has been assigned to each edition of deTour to explore how design could solve social problems and improve our lives. To commemorate this journey, a 10-year retrospect exhibition will be featured in this year's deign festival to look back on the highlighted exhibits and behind-the-scenes of the past decade of PMQ's deTour. This part of the exhibition will be held during the same period as deTour 2023 Design Festival at PMQ and admission is free, as everyone is invited to witness the road to success of deTour, as the contribution of PMQ and deTour in pushing forward the development of the local design industry. The theme of deTour 2023 – "New Know How" – the Interweaving of "Craft", "Design" and "Technology" Working around "New Know How" as the theme, deTour 2023 aims to pave the road to craft design future which takes off with appreciation of traditional craftsmanship. When working, craftsmen are laser focused, highly precise and people oriented, and these qualities are collectively deemed as the "spirit of craftsmanship", which are also regarded as "Know How". Curators of deTour 2023 stated that "this valuable artisanship ought to be applied to different industries. It, together with design thinking and advanced technology, will help take each industry to a new level. By achieving this, problems can be solved more effectively, and through analysing obstacles from a new angle and perhaps trying solutions with new materials and techniques, new creations that are more thoughtful might be possible – this is what we meant by 'New Know How'." Through this design festival, curators hope to bring the industries to re-appreciate traditional crafts from a new angle and make good use of "New Know How" in different sectors. Three Exhibition Areas with 20 International and Local Works The exhibition of deTour 2023 Design Festival is divided into three parts: International Collaboration, Feature Exhibitions and Selected Entries, which are curated under the five specific directions of New Value, Storytelling, Craft Enhancement, Innovation and Heritage. Scattered all over the PMQ premises, 20 design works from the Nethelands, Japan and local designers are open to the public for free appreciation. . In addition, over the 10 days of the design festival, there will be a fruitful programme of a total of 40 workshops, 12 design dialogues and sessions of documentary screening of "Food and Design". International Collaboration: Craft by Nature by Biobased Creations (The Netherlands) deTour 2023's International Collaboration has invited Biobased Creations from the Netherlands, which is a creative studio formed by a group of designers, researchers and artists who aim to encourage the use of biomaterials - also known as renewable eco resources - in daily lives, so as to evolve our world into a regenerative and circular one. Biobased Creations presents Craft by Nature which is an exhibit specially designed for deTour 2023. Shaped like a house, the exhibit allows visitors to find multiple designs made from biobased materials such as furniture, clothes, shoes and socks, and household items. All of these designs are eco-friendly, light in weight and with a minimalistic design, created by designers from Hong Kong and the Netherlands. Outside the house in the garden, visitors can see the "originals" of the materials used in the designs, including common reed, silvergrass and shells, something that we are familiar with. Other than that, Biobased Creations will also display 40 biomaterials that can be applied in architecture and heat insulation, and visitors are welcome to hold and feel these materials and scan the QR code to instantly learn how these biomaterials are made. Craft by Nature is an innovative installation demonstrating how materials that are ignored or abandoned can be transformed into chic designs, and this allows us to rethink our relationship with the nature and invites us to take one more step forward to make our world better. Feature Exhibitions: Exploring traditional crafts with a fresh eye...SME Business Daily Media, 1d ago

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However, rise in health concerns among individuals has restrained the market growth. There is a growth in awareness of the potential adverse effects of excessive fat consumption on health, such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes as consumers become more health conscious. This heightened awareness has led to a shift in dietary preferences toward lower-fat and healthier options. Therefore, there is a demand for food products that are lower in saturated fats and trans fats. High fat powders, which are often associated with calorie-dense and less nutritious foods, may face challenge in the market as consumers seek healthier alternatives. In addition, stringent regulations on labeling and health claims related to high fat products may further impact market growth.Allied Market Research, 16d ago
new The prime challenge is high cost, a shortage of competent individuals and a lack of norms and protocol because of lockdowns and isolation in emerging countries, which is predicted to slow the growth of the antibody-coupled T-receptor therapy market. The creation and delivery of ACTR therapy can be costly, making it unaffordable for a larger patient population. Due to the complex production procedures, intensive clinical testing, and specialist equipment required, the high prices may discourage its adoption, especially in places with low healthcare resources. Furthermore, ACTR therapy faces competition from well-established immunotherapies like CAR-T cell therapy, widely used in clinical practice. Potentially stifling the growth of the ACTR therapy market are the numerous available and effective alternatives that consumers and healthcare providers are weighing when making treatment decisions. All of this results from the tremendous efforts made in response to the worldwide public health emergency caused by COVID-19 and the decades of progress that have made it possible to create antibody therapeutics. Another antibody, tocilizumab, which is anti-IL-6R, has recently been approved for treatment in COVID-19 and has previously been approved for use in other contexts. Regional Trends:...openPR.com, 2d ago
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated existing health challenges across the globe, demonstrating the need for resilient health systems to address communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs represent the greatest challenge facing health systems globally, projected to account for 75 percent of all deaths by 2030. In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the proportion is even higher, with research suggesting that the top four NCDs alone—cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes—will account for 81 percent of all deaths by 2030. While physical ailments are the most commonly recognized NCDs, mental health conditions are increasingly acknowledged as a significant portion of the global NCD burden. Mental illness, neurological disorders, substance abuse, and suicide (MNSS) levy an immense, often undercounted, cost to people’s health. Measured in years lived with a disability (YLDs), mental illness is responsible for nearly one-third of all disability globally, and yet the 194 World Health Organization (WHO) member states devote an average of just 2 percent of health budgets to mental health. In short, mental health is an inextricable and underfunded part of the NCD challenge, with far-reaching social, economic, and health implications. Strategically and sustainably addressing NCDs will therefore require concomitant efforts to improve access to, and the outcomes of, mental health care. Given Latin American countries’ aging populations and economic stagnation, as well as COVID-19’s acute negative impact on health systems, the region warrants closer examination and understanding of the scope of mental illness and the multifaceted benefits of strengthening mental health care.foreignpolicy.com, 12d ago
While there is emphasis and acknowledgement of the role of the family in health, the absence of family perspectives is most perplexing in the realm of family nursing. This prompted me to examine the following questions in this doctoral research: What are the family members’ perceptions of the extent of family support (i.e., cognitive, and emotional support)? What are the nurses’ perceived extent of nursing practice with families? While answering these questions, the extent of nurses and family members´ perspectives on family nursing framed opportunities for exploration of nurse-led interventions for supporting families in the trajectory of acute care.What are the key findings or observations of your doctoral research?Among the main findings of my doctoral research, I illustrated the application of polychoric correlations and polychoric confirmatory factor analysis as a valid alternative statistical approach using data on family members’ perceived support from nurses as an exemplar. We showed that polychoric correlation gives stronger associations, and consequently, the approach can be more credible for ordinal Likert scales commonly used in nursing research. We identified that there was controversial evidence on the impact of diaries in improving family outcomes in critical care settings. Due to the few studies identified, there was very little ability to make strong recommendations on the effectiveness of nurse-led FN interventions to support families in critical care settings. A single-group before-and-after quasi-experimental design of a family strength-based nursing intervention showed positive differences in family outcomes (cognitive and emotional support) and nurses’ skills in working with families in critical care settings but not nurse–family relationships.How can the results of your doctoral research be utilised in practice?This study provided insights into the specific perspectives of healthcare service users, that is, family members and healthcare service providers (nurses), on the family. Together, these perspectives enrich three central concepts of the nursing metaparadigm: the person/family receiving nursing care, health, and nursing, particularly in the field of family nursing. The results also highlight and emphasize the potential of considering polychoric CFA as an alternative statistical approach that can be used to examine Likert measurement tools in nursing science. In addition, a new perspective on family support interventions was explored – the family strengths-based nursing intervention was examined. The intervention leverages structural and functional family-system components, specifically family strengths, to promote nursing actions for supporting families in acute care settings. This intervention can be developed further as a guiding framework that nurses can utilize to support family members in acute care settings.What are the key research methods and materials used in your doctoral research?The study was conducted in two phases each with distinct research methods. In the first phase, a cross-sectional design was used. This was conducted among a sample of family members (n=800) and nurses (n=460) from two Uganda tertiary hospitals. The Icelandic Family Perceived Support Questionnaire (ICE-FPSQ) was utilised for collecting data from patients’ family members while the Family Nursing Practice Scale was used to collect data from the nurses. The two questionnaires were being used in the setting for the first time thus, before their use, assessment of their validity for use in the setting was conducted. The data from the cross-sectional was mainly quantitative given the nature of the instruments.University of Eastern Finland, 3d ago
As the burning of fossil fuels continues to cause health hazards like air pollution, it is also the primary driver of the climate crisis. The health care sector has a responsibility to urgently respond to the accelerating impacts of record temperatures, extreme weather events, and rising sea levels that are contributing to a full-fledged public health crisis across the globe. This new reality prompts crucial questions for clinicians and health care leaders as to how to collectively move forward to prevent and mitigate current and future health and health care system impacts.medsocietiesforclimatehealth.org, 18d ago
How can the results of your doctoral research be utilised in practice?How best to teach nursing students about genomics, has been a key question for researchers and educators for some time. The doctoral work has added to the body of knowledge for evidence-based genomics education. This is important and timely work given the pace of change within healthcare to utilise genomics to inform patient care and improve health outcomes. The health workforce requires sufficient and appropriate knowledge and skills in genomics. What are the key research methods and materials used in your doctoral research?The study consisted of four phases implemented in 2017–2022: development of the study protocol; translation and linguistic validation of the research instrument; assessment of the genomics literacy of study participants as a basis for the development of a web-based Genomics Nursing Education Intervention (GNEI); and finally an evaluation of the effectiveness of the educational intervention. Mandysova's decision tree algorithm was used in the translation and linguistic validation of Genomics Nursing Concept (GNCI) from English to Finnish. Nursing experts and genetics-genomics specialists from non-nursing profession evaluated the Finnish GNCI before it was piloted to eight nursing students. Genomics literacy of nursing students (n=245) was assessed using an electronic survey. The results were used by the research team to design a web-based educational intervention. In the RCT study, data were collected electronically from January 2020–March 2022 in the Philippines. Participants were randomly allocated to intervention group (n = 114) exposed to the newly designed tailored, web-based, GNEI and the control group (n = 114) exposed to the standard genomics education intervention. The intervention lasted 12 weeks and follow-up measurements were carried out after 18 weeks and 26 weeks. Genomics literacy of nursing students was the main outcome variable and was measured in five stages. The secondary outcome was participants' feedback on the GNEI course 12 weeks after the intervention. I would like to express my gratitude to the nursing students who voluntarily participated in this study, to my international collaborators from Australia, Czech Republic, Finland, New Zealand, Philippines, and USA, to my supervisors Professor Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen and Professor Carsten Carlberg, to my loved ones, family and friends. I would like to thank the following research grants and scholarships that I have received during my Ph.D. studies: the Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Eastern Finland; the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG); the Marja-Terttu Korhonen Foundation; the Finnish Nursing Education Foundation; the Finnish Cultural Foundation North Savo Regional Fund; and the Erasmus+ programme.University of Eastern Finland, 17d ago

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new Despite these challenges, many individuals over 40 still have a strong desire to have children, and with modern reproductive technologies and treatments, many are able to realize this dream. It is essential, though, to approach this phase with realistic expectations and a clear understanding of the potential risks and necessary medical interventions. The advancements in medical technology and fertility treatments in recent years have opened up new possibilities, offering hope to those who feared they had missed their chance to have a family.Healthcare Business Today, 2d ago
new ...“Climate change is increasing health risks in every region of the world, including millions more people at risk of heat-related illness, food insecurity, infectious diseases, and poverty. A significant mobilization of financing is needed to combat these impacts, which to date have been under-recognized and under-funded,” said Adnan Amin, CEO of COP28. “The COP28 Guiding Principles for Financing Climate and Health Solutions is the critical first step to address this, bringing new funders to the table in recognition of the urgent need. We are grateful for our partners stepping up to deliver finance where it is needed most.”...The Rockefeller Foundation, 2d ago
new ...“Climate change is increasing health risks in every region of the world, including millions more people at risk of heat-related illness, food insecurity, infectious diseases, and poverty. A significant mobilization of financing is needed to combat these impacts, which to date have been under-recognized and under-funded. The COP28 Guiding Principles for Financing Climate and Health Solutions is the critical first step to address this, bringing new funders to the table in recognition of the urgent need. We are grateful for our partners stepping up to deliver finance where it is needed most.” – Adnan Amin, CEO of COP28...The Rockefeller Foundation, 2d ago
new Finally, health-related information is some of the most sensitive and legally protected data categories. Ensuring the ongoing security and privacy of protected health information (PHI) is a major challenge in the development of large-scale AI models. PHI laws are numerous and complex and often vary on federal, state, and local levels. Health systems must be vigilant to avoid leveraging patient data inappropriately or exposing high-risk data in an unsecure way.Healthcare Business Today, 2d ago
new Ensure that your customer experience front line educates and engages members—beyond just responding to queries. According to Consumer Technographics data, 41% of consumers wish that their health insurer would do more to help them understand their health insurance benefits, and 32% say their health insurer’s website is difficult to navigate and it is hard to find the information they want. With a more educative open enrollment, the first impression is not apprehension and worry, but confidence in plan choice. The health plan role shouldn’t be underestimated here, as these organizations can play an important role in steering members toward a positive health plan and health experience. Aside from the stresses of a new plan, open enrollment is the time of year when individuals are navigating medical expense avoidance—using copays wisely—with diagnostic tests and visits being scheduled. This is yet one more opportunity for plans to provide empathetic, consultative care.Healthcare Business Today, 2d ago
new ...school administrators or the State Board of Education. An easy to implement action could be to “ develop International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW)…activities for schools.” In additional to continuing to provide and improve materials on the how and why of composting groups considered what types of new materials should be developed including testimonials from industry peers, case studies on the economics of composting, and more publicly available compost demonstration . Action could also be taken to create more resources for home composters for troubleshooting such as "create short + informative video highlighting common mistakes to avoid " and "411 type phone # or texting service for composting" (formally called the Rotline in Chicago when the city had a home composting program). Education actions were also identified to improve composting services by educating those writing and approving waste hauling contracts about what should be in the contract and increasing transparency so that everyone (municipalities, haulers, and households) can easily obtain the answer to the questions "where is the food waste going exactly?" and “what can composters accept?” A list of comments on Education Actions are displayed in Table 10, Appendix 1. INFRASTRUCTURE actions included ways to improve the composting ecosystem especially by increasing access to drop off and pick up programs , as well as ensuring that the programs are more equitable and accessible to all residents, regardless of their ability to pay. To support infrastructure, actions to be taken include increasing public awareness by creating and promoting compost maps and directories by using resources such as "Google Maps for showcasing businesses that compost," 5 holding more events like Pumpkin Smashes or compost giveback days and developing ad campaigns. It was noted that these types of efforts strengthen and support composting’s social infrastructure . To drive usage and demand for compost possible actions included encouraging increased usage on farms (either through incentives, subsidizes, or education) and in public works projects, and motivating residents and businesses to use and make compost and separate their organic waste. Policy was often viewed as a way to mobilize action for infrastructure whether it was creating "supportive equitable well written policy for farmers to be involved in compost as a business model" or to " make spray fertilizer less affordable.” Also suggested were policies to promote compost usage, the idea being that increased use will drive the expansion of compost production facilities. Comments such as “companies adding amended soil to large sites I-DOT Construction or other County municipalities, institutions universities corps" and " tax incentives for landscapers +topsoil producers to bring in compost " are examples of how policy could support infrastructure growth. Finally, streamlining the process of compost creation and improving compost products especially by working on “compost quality standard's testing .” Developing demonstration and research that compares compost products, blends, and mixes to support claims on the benefits of usage for highway construction, farms, and landscape use are also actions that could be taken to support the development of compost infrastructure.extension.org, 2d ago

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Jakarta - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) of Indonesia is investigating an alleged corruption case involving hundreds of billions of rupiah in the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) at this country’s Ministry of Health during the COVID-19 pandemic. State losses are estimated at hundreds of billions of rupiah (1 USD is equivalent to 15,695 IDR), which is predicted to increase, head of the KPK Publication Department Ali Fikri said late last week. Investigation is currently underway, he stated, expressing regret that significant government funds allocated to protect public safety and health during the pandemic had been misused through corrupt practices. Earlier, KPK Deputy Chairman Alexander Marwata noted this commission has initiated an investigation into the alleged corruption in the PPE procurement at the Ministry of Health. The official added that details regarding the case, including suspects, will be announced when the investigation is completed, and the suspects will be detained.Vietnam Investment Review - VIR, 21d ago
...“At first glance, these percentages don’t seem to be spectacular, but in reality, the figures are even higher because we have automated our application process in recent years,” says Nadine Engels, vice-rector for Education and Student Affairs. “During contacts, staff are seeing signs that students are finding it increasingly difficult to cover rising study costs, from registration fees and textbooks to the rent for a student room. Of course, there has also been the energy crisis and rising inflation in the past year. Moreover, the amount of the Flemish government’s study grant hasn’t increased sufficiently in line with the rise in study costs, leading to students increasingly turning to the university for financial assistance. This puts additional pressure on the university, because it has to use its own resources to meet that demand. For comparison: the amount disbursed between 2018 and 2022 grew by 44%, to a total of €1,578,662 in 2022. But doing nothing is not an option. Financial, material, social or psychological concerns can seriously affect students’ mental well-being and, consequently, their results. It is our duty as a university to ensure equal educational opportunities for all students.”...Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 18d ago
The legal landscape is heating up when it comes to health privacy—between new HHS guidance, evolving FTC enforcement practices, and an array of new state consumer privacy laws. These developments will transform the health privacy landscape and bring new entities, new data, and new activities in scope for potential litigation and regulatory enforcement. Because many of these laws and guidelines are already in effect and the PI- and health-related litigation and regulatory landscapes are active, all entities, regardless of whether they are subject to HIPAA, should review their consumer health privacy practices to ensure they are complying with this new legal landscape and brace for the new world of consumer health privacy.Perkins Coie, 18d ago

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new Ralph Ranalli (Intro): Welcome to the Harvard Kennedy School PolicyCast. I’m your host, Ralph Ranalli. When ChatGPT and other generative AI tools were released to the public late last year, it was as if someone had opened the floodgates on a thousand urgent questions that just weeks before had mostly preoccupied academics, futurists, and science fiction writers. Now those questions are being asked by many of us—teachers, students, parents, politicians, bureaucrats, citizens, businesspeople, and workers. What can it do for us? What will it do to us? Will it take our jobs? How do we use it in a way that’s both ethical and legal? And will it help or hurt our already-distressed democracy? Thankfully, my guest today, Kennedy School Lecturer in Public Policy Bruce Schneier has already been thinking a lot about those questions, particularly the last one. Schneier, a public interest technologist, cryptographer, and internationally-known internet security specialist whose newsletter and blog are read by a quarter million people, says that AI’s inexorable march into our lives and into our politics is likely to start with small changes like AI’s helping write policy and legislation. The future, however, could hold possibilities that we have a hard time wrapping our current minds around—like AIs creating political parties or autonomously fundraising and generating profits to back political parties or causes. Overall, like a lot of other things, it’s likely to be a mixed bag of the good and the bad. The important thing, he says, is to using regulation and other tools to make sure that AIs are working for us—and even paying us for the privilege and not just for Big Tech companies—a hard lesson we’ve already learned through our experience with social media. He joins me today.harvard.edu, 2d ago
new Manufacturers are changing their product branding and advertising strategies to accelerate their sales across various countries. Innovative strategies such as new product launches with natural ingredients and appealing packaging have been adopted by manufacturing companies to increase sales of their cosmetics products. As cosmetics have become an integral part of individuals’ lives, consumers, especially women, prefer to use cosmetics products, which are handy and easy to use while traveling or attending social meetings. Moreover, the use of natural ingredients for manufacturing cosmetics products, which do not have any adverse effect on the skin, is a popular strategy of manufacturers to attract more customers. This also helps in increasing the revenue of companies operating in this industry. All strategies adopted by manufacturers drive the global market. However, chemicals used in the manufacturing of cosmetic products can harm an individual’s skin or other parts of the body. However, the application of cosmetic products on a daily basis could be dangerous for the skin. Chemicals used as ingredients in cosmetic products can have many adverse side effects on the skin. Long-term and extensive use of chemical-rich shampoos, serums, and conditioners leads to heavy hair fall problems. Moreover, extensive use of color cosmetic products for eyes and lips can also cause skin diseases and consequential health hazards. Therefore, an increase in awareness of probable side effects of cosmetics and skin concerns among customers is an important factor that limits the growth of the market.Allied Market Research, 2d ago
new To summarise the main points that were made in their paper: (i) the authors agreed on the need to ban endosulfan, based on the application of the precautionary principle; (ii) they reported that the prevalence of health concerns attributed to endosulfan exposure (such as physical abnormalities) was not higher in sprayed areas compared to unsprayed areas, according to their analysis of secondary data; (iii) they challenged attributing local diseases and disorders to endosulfan and the compensation for this that has been earmarked by the Kerala government; and finally (iv) they believed that the activists involved in seeking justice for endosulfan-affected communities blew the issue out of proportion, and were the reason for health problems being attributed to endosulfan, and for the chemical being globally labelled as a persistent organic pollutant, thereby preventing further scientific studies in Kasaragod.Economic and Political Weekly, 2d ago
new The vast majority of patients with acne do not have a mental illness before starting isotretinoin and their emotional health is not compromised when taking it. Most patients will be a bit demoralised, frustrated and have some minor affective symptoms which may reach the threshold of social anxiety disorder with reduced self-confidence and avoidance behaviour quite common. These patients will be helped by improving and likely clearing their acne but with the new legislation they may well be harmed by dermatologists being more reluctant to prescribe. Many studies have shown that isotretinoin can improve mental health and indeed may be protective against suicide with consistent finding of reduced rates of self-harm compared to the background population and in those taking antibiotics for acne.5 Also, to enforce regular use of 2 screening questionnaires (PHQ-9 and GAD) at baseline and for every consultation as part of the drug licence is unhelpful and a step too far. Of course, prescribers should be vigilant for signs of distress or a new or evolving mental illness in all dermatology patients but an impersonal tick box questionnaire is not a substitute for skilled talking and listening and asking the appropriate questions. The proforma can then be used if clinically indicated when it can indeed be a useful adjunct to check for any trend. There will always be a tiny minority of patients who have an undiagnosed mental illness when isotretinoin is initiated eg body dysmorphic disorder, emotionally labile personality disorder or an eating disorder or develop such a disorder incidentally during or after a course of isotretinoin. These illnesses are associated with an increased life time suicide risk.The BMJ, 2d ago
new SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 23 November 2023 - (NASDAQ: AMZN) – This holiday season, Amazon Singapore engages the local community with ‘Page to Page: Amazon Singapore Books Pop Up’, a unique and immersive reading experience happening from 2 - 17 Dec 2023 at Punggol Regional Library. The initiative will launch on 2 Dec 2023 with an opening ceremony, with invited guests that include children and family beneficiaries as part of the Amazon x Shop for Good wishlist initiative. To further underscore their support for the local community, Amazon Singapore will also be donating a total of $100,000 in cash to 4 local NPOs, including Children’s Wishing Well, Club Rainbow (Singapore), Fei Yue Family Service Centre and Glyph Community, to help children and youths in Singapore better learn, play, and develop in the long-run. The donations will be presented to representatives from the various NPOs at the launch of ‘Page to Page: Amazon Singapore Books Pop Up’. Amazon Singapore’s increase in support for underprivileged children and their families is aligned to the direction from the Forward SG Report 2023 to look to social empowerment rather than social assistance when it comes to supporting and uplifting lower-income families. This effort held at the Punggol Regional Library underscores Amazon’s commitment to inspiring the next generation of lifelong readers as well as the history of the company that began as an online book store. The pop-up promises an enriching experience for families and young school children, extending reading resources to the heartlands. Showcasing a tree adorned with books sourced from Amazon Singapore's diverse local and international sellers, the initiative fosters a sense of community, inspiring a passion for literacy during the festive season. Families are encouraged to join with their children, to cultivate a mutual love for reading and engaging in creative activities to craft special moments with each other. Under the Amazon x Shop for Good wishlist initiative, Amazon Singapore continues to work closely with local NPOs to understand the evolving needs of the underprivileged and channel resources to uplift and nurture them, especially children. In addition, the initiative serves to raise awareness and encourage the public to give to meaningful causes regularly and offers a platform for donating transparently. Delivering Smiles in Singapore this holiday season Amazon Singapore’s wishlist initiative started in 2020 to make giving and doing good a part of daily experiences for customers in Singapore, especially during the pandemic. As people shop on Amazon.sg for holiday gifts or everyday essentials, they can browse the items requested by NPOs on their respective wishlists, click to purchase them per their budget, and directly support the causes they are most passionate about. Each NPO’s wishlist is an updated depository of items which their beneficiaries currently need most and works as a self-serve tool—at no cost to NPOs—to inform customers on Amazon.sg what the NPOs need and their quantity. Customers who are keen to donate can select any listed item and quantity, make the payment, and have the items delivered directly to the NPOs’ specified address. This minimizes instances of mismatched items being donated to NPOs or the need to drop them off physically while offering the same vast selection, convenient shopping experience, and great prices that customers have come to expect from Amazon.sg. A total of 16 local NPOs are currently part of the Amazon x Shop for Good wishlist initiative: Arc Children’s Centre, Beyond Social Services, Blessings in a Bag, Children’s Wishing Well, Club Rainbow (Singapore), Engineering Good, Fei Yue, Glyph Community, New Hope Community Services, Singapore Red Cross, SHINE Children and Youth Services, Singapore Children’s Society, The Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf), SOSD, The Food Bank Singapore, and Willing Hearts. Joanna Tan, CEO, Children’s Wishing Well, said, “This donation initiative has enabled us to acquire food items for the children, books to enhance their learning and development, educational materials, and much more. As we approach the year's end, we look forward to ongoing support in ensuring our children have the essentials and educational resources they require.” Lim Si Hui, Co-General Manager, Glyph Community Limited, said, "Through the Shop for Good wish list, our aim is to enhance our capabilities with the essential equipment necessary for implementing our exciting new technology, coding, and AI programme! With products such as tablets as a critical tool, we can empower young children to thrive in the digital age." Teo Siang Loong, Executive Directior, Club Rainbow (Singapore), said, “We at Club Rainbow are elated by the endless possibilities that comes with this partnership with Amazon Singapore. Being part of Shop for Good has enabled our beneficiaries to receive many essential necessities such as milk powder and diapers. These items contribute to our monthly distribution efforts to support the basic needs of our low-income families. Books and many other educational resources will augment the learning and development of our pre-schoolers, primary and secondary school children through ongoing early intervention programmes, tuition sessions and enrichment activities. These initiatives are pivotal as key enablers to ease the financial distress for our vulnerable families, and empower them to live with dignity.” Arthur Ling, Chief Executive, Fei Yue Family Service Centre, said, “Our Shop for Good wish list eases the financial strain on low-income families, allowing them to prioritise their resources for other daily necessities. Through the distribution of milk and diapers to our Family Service Centres, we empower our social workers to provide essential support to our beneficiaries.” Customers can join Amazon in its season of giving by shopping for an NPO’s wishlist via amazon.sg/shopforgood. 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new Oakland residents are angry. One by one, business owners, community organizers, church leaders, and teenagers have stood at town halls and City Council meetings this year with an alarming message: They no longer feel safe anywhere in their city — at any time.“It’s not just a small number of people in the evening or nighttime. This is all hours, day and night,” said Noha Aboelata, founder of the Roots Community Health Center in Oakland. “Someone’s over here pushing a stroller and someone’s getting shot right next to them.”One morning in early April, automatic gunfire erupted outside a Roots clinic. Patients and staff members dropped to the ground and took cover. After the shooting stopped, medical assistants and a doctor gave first aid to a man in his 20s who had been shot six times.Everyone is blaming someone or something else for the bloodshed.Business owners have had enough. In September, Target announced it would close nine stores in four states, including in Oakland because of organized retail theft; the famed Vietnamese restaurant Le Cheval shut its doors after 38 years, partly blaming car break-ins and other criminal activity for depressing its business; and more than 200 business owners staged an hours-long strike to protest the rise in crime.The leadership of the local NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, made headlines this summer when it said Oakland was seeing a “heyday” for criminals, and pointed to the area’s “failed leadership” and “movement to defund the police.”“It feels like there’s a dark cloud over Oakland,” said Cynthia Adams, head of the local chapter, which has called on the city to hire 250 more police officers.Price, a progressive elected last year, already faces a recall effort, in part because she rejects blanket enhanced sentences for gangs and weapons charges, and has declined to charge youths as adults.The new mayor, Sheng Thao, was criticized for firing the police chief for misconduct and breaking a campaign promise to double funding at the city’s Department of Violence Prevention. In her first State of the City address last month, Thao described the surge in crime as “totally and completely unacceptable,” and acknowledged that Oaklanders are hurting and scared. She said the city has expanded police foot patrols and funded six new police academies, as well as boosted funding for violence prevention and affordable housing.“Not a day goes by where I don’t wish I could just wave a magic wand and silence the gunfire,” Thao said.Many in the community, including Valadez-Rios, advocate for broader investment in Oakland’s poorest neighborhoods over more law enforcement.City councils, states, and the federal government are putting their faith in violence prevention programs, in some cases bankrolling them from nontraditional sources, such as the state-federal Medicaid health insurance program for low-income people.Last month, California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom approved an 11 percent state tax on guns and ammunition, and $75 million of the revenue annually is expected to go to violence prevention programs.Although these programs are growing in popularity, it is unclear how successful they are. In some cases, proven programs that involve law enforcement, such as Ceasefire, were cut back or shelved after George Floyd was murdered, said Abt, the Maryland researcher.“The intense opposition to law enforcement means that the city was unwilling to use a portion of the tools that have been proven,” Abt said. “It’s good to work on preventing youth violence, but the vast majority of serious violence is perpetrated by adults.”Not a day goes by where I don’t wish I could just wave a magic wand and silence the gunfire.Governing, 2d ago

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..."Ensuring every Minnesotan has access to quality care in their own communities is a top priority for Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems. … This legislation aligns precisely with what patients need most: timely, high-quality care delivered close to home. This bill will help to mitigate the risk of unintended negative consequences that would arise from rigid, one-size-fits-all mandates — especially amid a historic workforce crisis and in rural areas where resources are notably limited,” the organization stated.Jamestown Sun, 28d ago
In the vast and diverse landscape of African growth investing, more opportunities abound today than ever before. Africa’s recent growth surge has created a large group of companies already scaling successfully, while the current market environment has reduced the capital available. This untapped potential between high quality investment “demand” and reduced capital “supply” extends to various commercial sectors, including logistics, HR, and insurance, all presenting significant high value “white spaces” waiting to be filled. For those looking to invest in Africa, especially in high-growth, digitally-driven companies, these markets offer immense potential.African Investment in Developed Digital SectorsAfrica’s digital sectors are leading the way in terms of economic viability on the continent. These sectors encompass fintech, tech-enabled commerce (such as logistics, supply chain, mobility, digital health, and education), and renewable energy. These industries revolve around key themes like financial inclusion, climate change mitigation, and poverty alleviation.With low manufacturing capabilities, high youth unemployment rates, poor-quality health care, and inadequate infrastructure, Africa’s sustained growth now depends on its digital economy. Crucially, the continent has historically exhibited a remarkable ability to “leapfrog,” for example by embracing a mobile-first approach and swiftly adopting digitally managed renewable energy. This digital-first mindset, often born out of necessity, has made these sectors essential employers, providing opportunities for the millions of Africans entering the job market annually.A Growing Investment LandscapeIn recent years, investment in African start-ups has surged, exceeding $5 billion in 2021. However, this figure has dipped sharply due to global macroeconomic issues and specific African challenges. Despite this growth, two significant “white spaces” continue to exist in the African investment landscape.The first gap is in the range of $10-25 million scale-up funding rounds. The second is the lack of customised, structured non-equity financing to support company growth. Notably, because the vast majority of African investments are impact or mission-driven, focusing on positive social and economic change, this provides a natural path to overlay specific investors’ objectives, such as gender-lens investing, climate positivity, or financial inclusion.The $10-25 Million Funding GapIn the chart below, based on proprietary research, we can see the number of investors active in Africa categorised by the size of their investments. On the left are the traditional African start-up investors, usually committing less than $5 million. To the right are investors, including international or regional players, whose criteria demand larger investments, usually exceeding $20 million. This gap between $5-20 million is where relatively few investors are actively engaged, creating a significant opportunity for future investments. There is a yawning gap: Several forward-thinking funds have recognised this gap and are adapting to address it. Investors like Norrsken, Partech, and TLCom have or will naturally raise larger funds to support these companies’ growth. Simultaneously, the number of quality African companies qualifying for such funding is on the rise, leading to increased demand that will outstrip the capital supply for many years. This persistence in the funding gap presents a compelling investment opportunity.Structured Financings in AfricaNon-equity capital is still in its early stages of development in Africa. Typically, local currency debt is primarily offered by banks, but these institutions are known for being burdensome, expensive, and reluctant to support companies looking to invest in growth, which naturally reduces profitability in the short term. Moreover, their financial products tend to be relatively basic and are usually accessible only to larger, well-established businesses at the top of the economic hierarchy.Dollar-denominated debt, on the other hand, is available in various forms, with a significant portion originating from Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) or similar organisations. However, the innovative financial structures and speed of execution required in Africa are often lacking from these sources.This issue is compounded by the fact that many African companies, particularly those aiming for growth, rely at least in part on selling money in some form to generate profits in their operations. This can take the form of financing productive assets like motorcycles, mobile phones, solar pumps, or even embedded finance such as providing financing to retailers for weekly stock replenishment, funding agricultural inputs with guaranteed off-take, or supporting the deployment of POS terminals for agent banking. We estimate that over 70% of African scale-up businesses generate income through these “money resale” activities.This dependence on money resale for income makes it financially impractical to rely solely on equity financing. Equity returns are typically around 30% annually, while financing margins, especially for commercial financing, are usually much lower. Consequently, companies cannot afford to “burn” capital in this way to simply fuel growth.Examples of this kind of capital are diverse. They include payments companies seeking up to $10 million to support the purchase and distribution of POS terminals to contracted merchants, providers of renewable power products looking to transfer an initial $20 million+ of dollar-indexed receivables generated from three markets to an off-balance sheet Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), with the potential to expand to $40-50 million to enhance liquidity, and even large companies looking to finance a second year of market entry through a mix of debt and equity, since banks typically require 2-3 years of evidence before lending the first $, even if a client has $100m+ of revenue already.This structured finance gap is often filled by DFIs, which, while invaluable to the African ecosystem, may not be an ideal fit for most growing companies. They tend to be cumbersome, inflexible, demand extensive reporting, and have less tolerance for the dynamic evolution of growing businesses. Although some flexibility has been introduced in recent years, the need for structured finance remains unmet across the continent, necessitating earlier risk-taking and a faster response time than current providers can offer.Victor Basta is CEO of DAI Magister, a global investment banking firm.Financial Nigeria International Limited, 28d ago
Thanks to the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), millions of Americans are seeing savings in their annual health care costs. So far, the law has extended Marketplace affordability, capped the cost of insulin at $35 per month for people with Medicare, eliminated out-of-pocket costs for recommended vaccines, and improved access to affordable prescription drugs. Starting in 2026 for certain Part D drugs and in 2028 for certain Part B drugs, the federal government will exercise new authority to negotiate prices with drug companies. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the first 10 drugs that will be at the center of these landmark negotiations. What access and equity concerns do policymakers, patient advocates, providers, and academics have as the Medicare drug price negotiations for 2026 get underway? What still needs to be done to ensure older adults, people with disabilities, and underserved communities receive the care and treatments they need? Join The Hill for a deep dive into these questions with health officials, lawmakers, and advocates.The Hill, 20d ago
ASM also appreciates that strengthening and coordinating surveillance for zoonotic disease is a key part of the proposed framework and we strongly support its inclusion as it will lead to success. Surveillance studies can help inform the public health responses to zoonotic and emerging diseases. As humans and animals increasingly interact, surveillance studies allow for tracking of “spillback” events in which humans reintroduce pathogens back to wildlife. One powerful example is the CDC’s National Wastewater Surveillance System (NWSS) established during the COVID-19 pandemic, which helped notify local communities of upcoming rises in COVID-19 cases, affording them more time to prepare. This program’s value goes far beyond detecting COVID-19 strains and is proving important to vector-borne disease surveillance, influenza monitoring and detecting re-emerging diseases like polio and mpox. ASM is concerned about the future of this program, given it is at risk due to a lack of permanent authorization and a sustainable funding stream.ASM.org, 28d ago
AR: CAMO is based at Imperial College and was funded by a £4 M infrastructure grant from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). The grant was set up to support research with a focus on developing emerging, novel approaches to optimize antimicrobial use. Its primary goal is to sustain the effectiveness of these drugs, especially in light of the increasing challenge of AMR and the absence of new treatments. This funding and subsequent funding from Wellcome for the creation of CAMO-Net has allowed us to develop research on antimicrobial optimization, including the development of emerging diagnostic methods, data sciences and AI approaches to support infection management.Technology Networks, 18d ago
We were pleased to read the article by Queen et al [1], which reports a sensitive, precise, and effective discussion on the need for and how to modernize the terminology of gender, sex, and sexual orientation (GSSO) in the digital health system. The authors warn us about the risks of inaccurate and potentially harmful clinical care due to the inability of most digital health systems to record, store, and manage GSSO data. Sex and gender minorities (SGMs) are emerging as relevant components of our society and are increasing numerically, but they unfortunately face health and health care inequities. Current population data remain oblivious to an accurate accounting of SGMs [2], but there has been a focus on this topic for a long time, numerous proposals have been made to overcome these shortcomings, and scientific production in this area has grown exponentially in recent years. The lack of reliable and specific data is one of the fundamental issues to focus efforts on to have reliable and valid resources to conduct studies that are specific to these population groups and help overcome health disparities. To inform treatments and policies for interventions and identify health inequities, we need larger and more diverse SGM samples that integrate multiple data sources.Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19d ago

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new ...“Her visionary leadership, evident in the establishment of PAHO’s Department for Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health, left an indelible mark on public health. Her legacy extends beyond borders, as she led PAHO's charge towards the elimination of diseases such as HIV, malaria, and trachoma, and mobilized programs to prevent and control non-communicable diseases. She will be remembered by colleagues worldwide for reinvigorating primary health care and health equity and for her skillful contributions to the management of COVID-19 on the continent.HHS.gov, 2d ago
Most importantly, the RISE grant helped Northeastern purchase its simulators, which include a birth simulator, a pediatric simulator and two adult simulators. Using the simulators students can do everything from listen to heartbeats and breathing sounds to insert a catheter and their patients are even able to talk to them and answer questions.Instructors shared that the simulators are invaluable because they help students grow their confidence and figure out what they still need to learn while realizing just how much they already know. Plus, it's a great place for students to apply what they've learned in the classroom.Nursing students commented that the simulators help make them more comfortable, teach them time management, provide valuable hands-on experience outside of the classroom and allow them to work on their critical thinking skills."I like simulation because it is a place for me to make errors and not have to worry about killing the patients," Brandon Williams said.Before watching a demonstration of the birth simulator, the group heard from Jennifer Garcia, a student who benefited from the RISE grant and in May will be graduating with an RN (Registered Nursing) degree. From California, she was working a dead-end job when her sister was accepted into NJC's program and encouraged her to enroll. After taking a job at Sterling Regional MedCenter as an inventory associate to make sure that healthcare was right for her, she fell in love almost immediately and went to work earning her CNA degree."Being from out of state it's been very difficult for me," Garcia said, explaining that the cost for her to attend Northeastern is much higher than a student who has lived here all of their life. "I wasn't sure I would be able to afford it and then came the RISE grant. It just lifted this great burden off me and I was able to focus all of my time and attention into preparing my skills.""I am very grateful to the RISE grant for everything it has given me because I feel that I have a purpose," Garcia added, sharing that she plans to work in the community when she graduates.Next, Giacomini shared how for years, she and Brower discussed how they could partner with students coming in, who often come from a country where they were a veterinarian or a doctor but now they need to get the skills and credentials to be able to work in the United States. Through the RISE grant, they were able to remove the financial barrier for some of the students and it also helped them create an integrated education and training program.Northeastern found a cohort of students whose language proficiency was just enough that they could have a basic conversation but they needed language skills specific to a CNA, which they got through a customized English training that was developed. The college also worked with them on workforce preparation skills like communication, time management, learning cultural differences, etc."It was great to finally pilot this program that we'd been trying for so long to get together," Giacomini said, adding that now those students are recruiting others to the CNA program.Next, was the simulation, which involved a pregnant woman who came in stable but started deteriorating with her heart rate and blood pressure showing signs of distress and her oxygen level dropping. She then experienced an eclamptic seizure due to high blood pressure and when the mother awakened it was determined she was in labor. The mother went on to deliver a healthy baby girl, who was examined for any problems and vaccinated.After the simulation, the group heard from Shelly Griffith, CEO of Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center, one of Northeastern's main clinical sites for both nursing and CNA students."We rely heavily on (NJC) to help train CNAs, individuals who are looking to pursue an entry point into the medical field," she said. "The beauty of NJC is they have been able to flex some schedules and be able to accommodate those who may need to be working full-time while they are looking to grow their career options."NJC's program is especially critical given the shortage of healthcare workers. Griffith shared Eben Ezer has a need for 20 CNAs right now,"What's happening is the demand for our service is significant and so people are having to go on a wait list, which means that many people, their needs are not being met because nursing homes throughout the rural communities are not able to meet that need because of limited staffing levels," she explained.Following her remarks, guests had a chance to try out the simulators themselves.The day ended with a panel discussion that included Tamara Durbin, executive director of Northeast Colorado BOCES; Kyle Stumpf, Superintendent of Holyoke School District; Danielle Ongart, Executive Director of Colorado Department of Education's Student Pathways; and Misti Ruthven, Director of Education and Training Innovation for the Office of Governor Polis.They talked about the importance of career connected learning as it benefits both students and the economy by opening students' eyes to career opportunities they might want to consider. Stumpf mentioned the success of his district's internship program.The group also talked about some of the barriers that exist to providing this, the biggest being cost, especially in northeast Colorado where it costs a lot to transport students from their school to another school that offers the program they're interested in. There is also the challenge of trying to ensure all students have equitable access. Durbin pointed out that students who live in northeast Colorado need to have the same opportunities available to them as those on the Front Range.During a question and answer session with the audience, Trae Miller, executive director of the Logan County Economic Development Corporation, pointed out that internships and apprenticeships sound great but the state requirements that go into those and the reporting aspects create a barrier for businesses to participate in those programs. He also shared that students need help with basic skills such as showing up on time and learning how to take instruction.Ongart suggested there needs to be a regional entity in place to help students and businesses navigate this, so it doesn't all fall on the district or the business, and Stumpf mentioned his district teaches a class an hour a day with all of those skills and they also provide businesses with funding to help offset the costs of doing an internship.State Sen. Byron Pelton asked why the state is reinventing the wheels with apprenticeships, instead of learning from what's in place now. He said his frustration with recent legislation regarding apprenticeships is "you're going to have a lot of outside forces that are going to try to do their best to send it one way or the other when we need to just worry about the entire workforce, not just a little part of it; we need to worry about the entire workforce." Pelton pointed out in two years, half of Colorado's electrical trade will be retiring, "so we've got to get more people in there," he commented.He also said would like for time in college courses to count toward credit for both college and high school, which he plans to introduce a bill to require."We realize the importance of apprenticeships and we have challenges in trying to determine those opportunities for youth in high schools and have that be seamless for them," Durbin said, adding that it's something they are working on.©2023 Journal-Advocate, Sterling, Colo. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.GovTech, 3d ago
Lifestyle Modifications and Prevention-The guideline underscores a stronger focus on healthy lifestyle habits to prevent or alleviate the burden of atrial fibrillation. Jose Joglar, MD, chair of the writing committee, highlights the need for prescriptive recommendations, stating, “Many patients don’t know where to start when they are given advice about lifestyle modification, so we are very specific with our recommendations.” This includes targeted advice on weight loss, obesity prevention, physical activity, smoking cessation, limiting alcohol, and controlling blood pressure and other comorbidities. The aim is to empower clinicians to provide patients with clear, actionable goals for healthier living.Inside Precision Medicine, 3d ago

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Many people around the world, including those in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, Israel, Romania, Brazil, Kenya, Guam, Nigeria, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, France, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Spain, Austria, Colombia, and Germany, believe Silencil.How well does Silenci work? If not, is it just another over-the-top noise supplement? For more information on Silencil, read this study.Silencil ReviewsSilencil is a new hope in the long and winding road of tinnitus treatments in Australia and NZ. This groundbreaking method may induce a paradigm change in our understanding and management of tinnitus since it gets to the heart of the matter. This Supplement is leading the charge as people look for ways to alleviate their symptoms, encouraging them to stop keeping quiet and instead welcome a future when their ears are not only made to ring less, but completely hushed.To combat tinnitus at its source, Silencil UK employs a proprietary combination of 28 all-natural ingredients. Inflammation and the health of the auditory nerves are both addressed by the various ingredients, including hawthorn berry, skullcap, and GABA. Supplemental relief isn't the only goal here; long-term health is the ultimate goal.Rather than relying on short-term remedies like drugs, Silencil promotes a holistic approach to tinnitus treatment. In order to combat tinnitus for good, the supplement promotes brain health and provides continuous protection, making it an ally in the long run.The believe that Silencil can be a game-changer for tinnitus sufferers inspires optimism and enthusiasm. As scientists get closer to unraveling the mysteries of the illness, Silencil emerges as a promising candidate to revolutionize the field.How Does Silencil Work?The main goal of Silencil is to improve mental health by reducing inflammation in the brain. Its efficacy is based on the fact that it gets to the root of tinnitus.According to research, tinnitus ringing could be caused by inflammation in the brain, which can cause abnormal electrical impulses and vibrations that were previously unnoticed. To eliminate tinnitus, Silencil focuses on reducing inflammation, which is thought to be its origin.To alleviate tinnitus symptoms, Silencil works by progressively lowering brain inflammation. There may be hope for those who suffer from chronic tinnitus thanks to this systematic approach, which demonstrates a dedication to getting to the bottom of things and enhancing brain health in general.👉 𝐂𝐋𝐈𝐂𝐊 𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐄 𝐓𝐎 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭 𝟓𝟎% - "𝐎𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐈𝐀𝐋 𝐖𝐄𝐁𝐒𝐈𝐓𝐄": - https://bestprice24x7.com/silencil-official-websiteSilencil Ingredients ListSilencil USA is made up of about 28 different ingredients. Each one was carefully chosen based on how well it works and how safe it is. Another great thing about Silencil is that it is all natural. It doesn't use strong chemicals or extraneous bits to do its job. So, most people can take it without any problems.Here are some of the formula's most important parts.Hawthorn Berry...openPR.com, 3d ago
However, I still needed the ability to keep records of my daily steps, the distance covered, and calories burnt and I stumbled on an advertisement that was able to convince me that these could be used using a device and I purchased the Vital Fit Track watch. Now I go about everything every day wearing it because it serves as both a wristwatch and a fitness tracker. I use it to monitor everything ranging from my pulse rate and blood oxygen levels to my sleep habits; it's almost impossible to take it off. Vital Fit Track is an advanced fitness tracker that you can use to monitor numerous health vitals in real time while wearing this smartwatch. This product is actually a smartwatch that allows people the benefit of tracking their health vital functions, which includes the pulse rate and blood pressure levels. Many individuals who purchased and use Vital Fit Track report that they are happy that this smartwatch offers the benefits they heard about. It comes at a very affordable price.Comparing this smartwatch to the conventional watches reveals numerous advantages it has over them. However, there have been a lot of brands and models with comparable features and capabilities since the introduction of smartwatches. These rechargeable devices probably carry out comparable tasks, but they have different features and benefits.Due to their comparable features, it's then difficult to choose an appropriate brand from a wide selection of brands. For this reason, you need to be very careful while making your choice to be able to choose a crucial fitness tracker. The wearable smartwatch Vital Fit Track tracks your exercise routines while also keeping an eye on important health indicators like blood pressure and blood oxygen levels. It is small and has a touchscreen for displaying statistics and information. It is robust, water-resistant, and multifunctional. It is incredibly effective, compatible, and user-friendly.The Vital Fit Track is a smartwatch with dual purposes. It serves as both a wristwatch and a fitness/health tracker. There are many advanced technologies and sensors that make tracking fitness-related measures a lot easier. As a fitness tracker, it records and monitors critical health parameters through its very sensitive sensors.A lot of people are less informed on how essential this fitness tracker is, therefore in this review, we will take you deep into its exclusive features and benefits, pros and cons, price, the right place to buy it-official website, user guide, the mobile app, and so many others. Read through and you will find out why you should have your own Vital Fit Track. Let's get started!What Is Vital Fit Track?Vital Fit Track is one of the most incredible smartwatches innovation in the market today which helps you monitor your vital functions. Vital Fit Track was made in a way that combines the benefits of a digital watch, fitness band, health monitor, and wireless Bluetooth handset for a happy fitness goal.Vital Fit Track is a rechargeable fitness smartwatch. The time, date, and further details on several crucial health measures, such as heart rate, body temperature, blood oxygen levels, and general fitness monitoring, are all provided.Like most fitness trackers, Vital Fit Track is also connected smartphone to provide real-time updates, call alerts, music playback, message sending, and quick notification capabilities.It has in-built sensors like a calorimeter which keeps record of the number of calories you burned, a heart rate monitor to track your heart rate and give you a count of beats per second, a pedometer that tracks the number of steps one has taken. There's an odometer that reads the distance travelled and a health monitor. It also to detect blood oxygen levels. Though Vital Fit Track is very much affordable, it is very reliable unlike many fitness trackers.Vital Fit Tracker is compatible with both Android and Apple phones. It also offers instant notifications, calls, SMS alerts, calendar vibration alerts, etc. It is waterproof and can be worn all night.You can sync Vital Fit Track with your smartphone and that enables you answer calls, SMS, call waiting, messages, heartbeats, and even play your favourite music all the time. Additionally, it has features like a special workout effects that helps to motivate you by immediately showing how fit you are. Ideal for athletes, fitness enthusiasts, students, and anyone who likes looking smart. Vital Fit Track can only be bought at the official website.https://bit.ly/Click-Here-To-Buy-Vital-Fit-Track-Direct-From-The-Official-WebsiteVITAL FIT TRACK SPECIFICATIONS In each package you order for, you will find the gadget, wrist band and user guide manual. However, the following are the device's specifications: Internal sensorsScreen: 0.96 inch Bluetooth Version: 5.0 Weight: 2.5 grams Time to charge fully: 1:30 mins - 2 hoursWaterproof: about 50m depthMobile App: Available on Google Play and AppStore...openPR.com, 3d ago
...“This urgent warning by HC3 signifies the seriousness of the Citrix Bleed vulnerability and the urgent need to deploy the existing Citrix patches and upgrades to secure our systems,” said John Riggi, AHA’s national advisor for cybersecurity and risk. “This situation also demonstrates the aggressiveness by which foreign ransomware gangs, primarily Russian-speaking groups, continue to target hospitals and health systems. Ransomware attacks disrupt and delay health care delivery, placing patient lives in danger. We must remain vigilant and harden our cyber defenses, as there is no doubt that cyber criminals will continue to target the field, especially during the holiday season.”...American Hospital Association | AHA News, 3d ago
...• List of Machinery ProviderVitamin C supplement is a supplement that provides a concentrated dose of vitamin C, a water-soluble nutrient and powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is essential for various bodily functions, including immune support, collagen production, and antioxidant defense. One of the main benefits of vitamin C supplements is their role in supporting the immune system. Vitamin C strengthens the immune response, helping the body defend against infections and illnesses. It boosts the production of white blood cells and antibodies, aiding the body's ability to fight off pathogens. It is also crucial for collagen synthesis, a protein that supports the structure of the skin, bones, and connective tissues. Vitamin C supplements promote collagen production and promote healthy skin, joint flexibility, and overall tissue repair. Furthermore, as an antioxidant, vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals, unstable molecules that can cause oxidative stress and damage cells. This antioxidative property of vitamin C may help protect against chronic diseases and support overall cellular health. The human body does not naturally produce it. While it is abundant in many fruits and vegetables, some individuals may have difficulty obtaining adequate amounts from their diet alone. In such cases, vitamin C supplements offer a convenient and reliable way to ensure sufficient intake of this essential nutrient. They offer valuable immune support, collagen synthesis, and antioxidant benefits, making them popular for individuals seeking to enhance their health and well-being. Vitamin C supplements can be beneficial to a healthy lifestyle when used responsibly and in conjunction with a balanced diet.The market has witnessed significant growth in recent years, driven by several key factors. The increasing awareness of the importance of vitamin C in supporting the immune system has been a major driver. As individuals become more health-conscious and seek ways to boost their immunity, the demand for vitamin C supplements has risen. The COVID-19 pandemic has further heightened this awareness, with many individuals looking to fortify their immune defenses. Furthermore, changing patterns and busy lifestyles have contributed to the popularity of vitamin C supplements. With modern diets often lacking in fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, individuals may turn to supplements as a convenient means of meeting their recommended daily intake. Moreover, the beauty and skincare industry has played a role in driving the market. Vitamin C's role in collagen synthesis and its antioxidant properties have made it a sought-after ingredient in skincare products. As a result, there has been an increase in demand for vitamin C supplements for both oral consumption and topical application for skin health benefits. The growth of e-commerce and online retail has also contributed to market expansion. Consumers can easily access vitamin C supplements from various brands, comparing prices and reviews for informed purchasing decisions. Additionally, healthcare professionals, social media influencers, and celebrity endorsements have positively impacted consumer perception and confidence in vitamin C supplements, further catalyzing the market.Browse Full Report with TOC: https://www.imarcgroup.com/vitamin-c-supplement-manufacturing-plant-project-report Key Insights Covered the Vitamin C Supplement ReportMarket Coverage:• Market Trends...openPR.com, 3d ago
The Gender Equality and the Economy Program of the Levy Economics Institute hosts a speaker series with practitioners and scholars across disciplines from around the globe to address the ever-relevant topic of “Gender Equality and the Economy.” Speakers will present their research and discuss differing approaches to economic analyses through a gender lens. The series highlights the importance of taking an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the implications of how gender and economic inequalities intersect in history, policy, and the everyday.Join us for our third session with Allison McKim, Associate Professor of Sociology, Bard College, on Wednesday, December 6, from 5pm to 6pm in the Blithewood Conference Room, or on Zoom. Professor McKim's presentation will be followed by an open Q&A session with audience members—both those in person and on Zoom are welcome to ask questions. Light refreshments will be served. Register to attend via Zoom here.Abstract:Addiction treatment is central to criminal justice reform and increasingly important to policies aimed at poverty, child welfare, and social marginalization. Women are a particular focus of such policies. A larger portion of criminalized women face drug charges compared to men, and women are more likely to be investigated by child protection authorities and receive means-tested welfare benefits. This talk draws on ethnographic research in treatment programs specifically designed for women to examine how the rehabs understand and regulate women’s relationship to work, including both paid employment and unpaid care work in the family. I leverage a comparison between one rehab in the criminal justice system and one in the healthcare system to examine how race, class, and institutional context shape the gendered logics underlying their approaches to work. My research revealed that the carceral rehab de-emphasized the importance of paid work, even though both it and criminal justice authorities had work requirements. Moreover, it also discouraged gendered care work like mothering. Instead, the penal rehab demanded that women “work” on their selves. This was not the case at the healthcare rehab, which remained more supportive of and beholden to women’s ties with employers and families. The carceral rehab’s focus on changing selves rested on the idea that women’s disordered selves are the cause of their poverty, crime, drug use, and victimization. This resembles many other facets of social and penal policy that assume poor and racially marginalized groups need behavior modification rather than employment, education, or economic support.bard.edu, 3d ago

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New forms of working, mediated by digital technologies, affect the relationship between leaders, managers and other workers and have implications for health and wellbeing. Not all leaders or managers are comfortable with an increased level of remote working, and the job design and management challenges of hybrid or remote working will be different for different roles and in different sectors. However, in an economy with 1 million job vacancies, employers may have little option but to consider how to respond to calls for more flexible working.Eventbrite, 3d ago
Apart from HIV/AIDS there are other health concerns like Refractive errors, Cataract, Hypertension, Diabetes, Tobacco and Alcohol Addiction and Tuberculosis that are also prevalent among the truckers community. More needs to be done to educate this marginalised community of the impact, methods of prevention, and treatment options of not only HIV/AIDS, but a wide array of other health issues too, writes Pearl Tiwari, Director and CEO, Ambuja Foundation.cnbctv18.com, 3d ago
Despite the screening recommendations from the CDC and other public health authorities, the rate of testing has fallen short for many of the more common STIs. This is often due to the stigma surrounding STIs, which can make it difficult for some people to seek testing. However, knowing your STI status is crucial not only for your own health but also for the health of your partners and the community at large. Regular testing and education are key steps in reversing the trend of rising STI rates.MedCity News, 3d ago
There is mounting evidence that community leadership, particularly when it includes women’s organizing and leadership, improves HIV prevention and treatment outcomes. But the resources are not following the evidence. Community-led responses and organizing are often under-resourced, unremunerated, under-supported, and under-acknowledged. While over 31 per cent of all HIV resources were channelled through civil society organizations in 2012, this has fallen to 20 per cent in 2021. At times, community organizing is even under attack, particularly when such initiatives are led by women. An anti-rights backlash is gaining ground in many countries, including significant threats to sexual and reproductive health and rights, and undermining endeavours to promote women’s and girls’ leadership and community-led efforts.UN Women – Headquarters, 3d ago
Benjamin Franklin’s famous quotation – “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” – underscores the importance of sleep-wake patterns to our health and well-being. Of all the phenomena that are influenced by the 24 hour light-dark cycle, the sleep-wake cycle is the best known, but many other biological processes central to health are also influenced. However, empirical evidence about the impact that disruptions to sleep-wake patterns have on human health remains sparse and is mostly limited to studies on shift workers, despite an increase in other forms of disruption (notably higher levels of artificial light at night and increased use of mobile media in bed).eLife, 3d ago
Early-career research is an exciting and difficult time. I think it's key to remember that we are holistically human, and changes need to address the whole person. Equity and work–life balance are key in academia to retain and advance early-career researchers, but while interventions like implicit bias training and wellness workshops are laudable, they are not enough. I have witnessed too many peers leave or fall out of my field due to deep, pervasive and worsening structural and societal problems that we know are particularly intense for researchers from historically excluded genders and races. Academia is still a system that expects grad workers to survive on poverty wages and to work ourselves to exhaustion. The exploited, starving model of training has got to go. ECRs are highly educated, skilled workers whose labour is the foundation of academic research and a vital part of undergraduate teaching. Like all working adults, we have basic material needs: a liveable wage, affordable housing and benefits including health care and retirement plans. We also have reasonable workplace needs: to be treated with dignity, respect and collegiality. These are the needs that must be filled to improve our lives and keep us in the pipeline. And I hope the system can change because I love my work. It is a joy and a privilege to spend my days tackling some of the most important issues of our time and engaging in ideas that fascinate me. I plan to stay in my field for as long as it is financially and emotionally sustainable to do so.The Company of Biologists, 3d ago

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The group also took a moment to celebrate a new grant that will be led by Sarah Jolley, MD, associate professor, pulmonary medicine in the CU School of Medicine, and Donald Nease, MD, professor of family medicine in the CU School of Medicine and Director of Community Engagement and Health Equity at the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.“As a result of our partnership through the Colorado Long COVID Community of Practice, and support by the State Government, Colorado was chosen as one of the nine grantees nationally that were each awarded a $5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to implement and evaluate models for delivering comprehensive, coordinated, person-centered care to people with Long COVID, particularly those who are disproportionately impacted by the effects of Long COVID,” said the Lt. Governor.The Lt. Governor has been an active supporter of Long COVID care and patients in the state. Dr. Mirwais Baheej on the Lt. Governor’s team is the Senior Policy Advisor on Long COVID, and his office has examined and assessed Long COVID and its impacts on health and the socio-economic wellbeing of Coloradans in order to develop a framework to address them. “The AHRQ grant will increase multidisciplinary care resources in our health systems and create a bridge to primary care, providing a full spectrum of care for those with Long COVID,” said Dr. Jolley.“ It will allow us to reach underrepresented populations, including racial minority and rural frontier communities, making sure they have equal access to high quality long COVID care.”The roundtable discussion also featured an update from Kristine Erlandson, MD, associate professor of medicine, infectious diseases. She shared news on the RECOVER Long COVID research initiative at both CU Anschutz and Denver Health. Dr. Erlandson is the site PI for the RECOVER observational study in Colorado, which recently completed enrollment of just under 13,000 patients nationwide to evaluate risk factors and mechanisms for Long COVID. Dr. Jolley is the site PI for the newly launched RECOVER NEURO and RECOVER VITAL clinical trials that are taking place at the CCTSI’s Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC). If you’d like more information on these trials, you may learn more here.cuanschutz.edu, 3d ago
Mayo Clinic will spend $5 billion to redesign its Rochester campus that features “health neighborhoods” that are more convenient for extended care and for patients who have multiple health issues. Technology will play a key role, Mayo says. The plan is built around Rochester’s “Destination Medical Center” 20-year economic development plan, not that US healthcare wasn’t already confusing enough to the rest of the developed, longer-lifespan world without hinging regional growth on selling medical services.histalk2.com, 3d ago
The work will draw upon and add to the expertise at Leeds Beckett which is improving health outcomes for people across the country. Leeds Beckett research is driving changes in dementia services and cancer care and reducing obesity, as well as identifying and addressing health inequalities faced by women, minority groups and prisoners.leedsbeckett.ac.uk, 3d ago

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..., Ltd. (Stock Code: 5278), which was founded by the cloud-based dating service "iPair", has not only provided users with dating services but also crossed over to the biomedical industry by establishing "Daiken Bio." in 2018. Adhering to the original intention of "treating consumers as family members", Sunfun has successfully entered the healthcare market with its high-quality and high-concentration fish oil, lutein, and other products. This year, Sunfun once again extended its tentacles and announced its entry into the sustainable field by cooperating with several non-profit tree planting and conservation organizations around the world to launch a tool-based dedicated App "KOFO". The App has the core concept of planting trees once downloaded by users, which echoes and implements the goal of global net-zero carbon emissions and restores forest resources. For the launch of the "KOFO" App on the 8th, Sunfun Info Co., Ltd. also invited the Australian Firefighters, who have been absent from Taiwan for 3 years, to make a passionate Appearance on stage to invite global users to download the App. By "focusing" on saving the earth, it is expected that 10 million trees will be planted within the next 10 years and help restore the global ecosystem. Advocating forest restoration, KOFO proves it with actions. According to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the global average temperature has already risen by 1.2 degrees Celsius, thus extreme climate is becoming more intense and frequent, which will cause great danger to the environment and people all over the world. Extreme climate has led to the spread of wildfires in forests around the world, such as the recent forest fires in Australia, which have caused the deaths of more than 3 billion animals and burned nearly 11.46 million hectares of forests, causing a devastating impact on global biodiversity. Human logging due to land development has reduced forest coverage year by year, which not only drastically reduces the carbon storage capacity of forests, but also leads to an increase in the frequency and scale of natural disasters. Forests are not only closely related to the survival of animals and plants but also have a crucial impact on the global climate. At the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, more than a hundred leaders around the globe committed to ending deforestation by 2030, making "forest preservation" an important goal for global efforts. In this regard, Sunfun Info Co., Ltd.'s CEO, Calvin, Chia-Ming Chang, said, "Sustainability has always been an important corporate vision for Sunfun Info Co., Ltd., from human resources to health to the environment. About 13 years ago, I came across the book 'Six Degrees', and realized the great impact of climate change on the earth, I deeply understood that forests have an important relationship with climate change, and I believe that sustainability is not just a slogan. 'KOFO' was created to encourage consumers to 'Stay Focused and Save the Earth.' "KOFO" is a downloadable sustainable technology tool that allows users to plant a real tree on Earth. It joins forces with global non-profit organizations such as Eden Reforestation Projects, Trees for the Future, Plant For the Planet to plant trees. Additionally, it sponsors Carbon Positive Australia and One Tree Planted, as well as supports Koala Conservation Australia, an organization dedicated to koala conservation. to invite consumers to join in the effort to plant trees and practice forest restoration. Mr. Chang even said humorously, "Because the spirit of Sunfun Info Co., Ltd. is to have fun, work hard, and be healthy for a hundred years, and since fun, work hard, and be healthy have already been achieved, we hope that by planting trees, we can make the only earth last for a few more hundred years." After a 3-year hiatus from Taiwan to support "KOFO", the Australian firefighters called for planting trees to protect the earth. Forests account for 31% of the world's surface area are closely related to human life and have a great impact on the world's ecosystem. Today at the press conference for the launch of "KOFO", a green App that hopes to call on the world to plant trees to protect the Earth and to revitalize global forest resources through forest planting, the Australian firefighters and the representative of the State of Queensland in Taiwan were invited to make a passionate stand and call on everyone to plant trees to love the Earth. Patrick Hafenstein, representative of Queensland, said, "We are very excited about the launch of the "KOFO" App because Australia is one of the countries suffering from extreme climate change. We are grateful for Sunfun Info Co., Ltd.'s commitment to environmental sustainability, and look forward to more like-minded partners joining us in the future to restore forested areas and promote sustainable development. The Australian Firefighters, who risk their lives to fight forest fires, said, "The increasing frequency of forest fires in recent years has made us realize the importance of forest habitats to the earth, and we are honoured to be able to stand on stage for the "KOFO" App, and we very much look forward to the positive impacts that "KOFO" will bring to the ecological environment. Estimation: 10 million trees to be planted in 10 years. The next step is to focus on natural conservation. According to OXFAM, an international non-profit organization, each person in the world produces about 7.7 tons of carbon dioxide in his/her lifetime, and if one tree can absorb 20 kilograms of carbon dioxide for the earth, each person will have to "help the earth to plant back" about 385 trees on average. "KOFO" has already taken the lead in planting over 30,000 trees for the Earth before the launch of the App, and we expect to reach the goal of planting tens of millions of trees in the next 10 years. To Sunfun Info Co., Ltd., forest restoration is only a starting point, and in the future, Sunfun Info Co., Ltd. will focus on the conservation of endangered species of wildlife and expects to contribute more to the ecological diversity of plants and animals and promote the sustainable development of the global ecosystem. Download "KOFO" Here: https://koalaforest.org/ Hashtag: #kofo #koalaforest #australia #environment #ecofriendly...SME Business Daily Media, 25d ago
Utopians were also more easily able to maintain the use of Indigenous languages, and it is the vitality of the region’s native tongues – which is particularly striking, given that colonialism has severely threatened if not extirpated so many other Aboriginal languages across the country – that has caught the eye of some academics and government officials as a protective factor worthy of exploring. The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies cited the Utopia study’s results in a 2014 report that recommended the government ‘include allocation of funding to language activities as part of health and justice programmes’ (emphasis mine). The Institute further encouraged regional health departments themselves to either fund or directly implement language-revitalisation measures. The implication here is pointed, in suggesting that linguistic marginalisation serves not merely as a barrier to accessing care (as, for instance, when public health messaging is available only in a dominant language), but that it is a risk factor for disease in and of itself – one that could be resolved by promoting (re)connection with or continued use of a heritage language.Aeon, 27d ago
Another driving force behind these improved outcomes is the continuous expansion of our knowledge about ECMO. In the 50 years since ECMO was first introduced, the field has seen thousands of hours dedicated to research and clinical trials, substantially broadening our understanding of this therapy and its clinical applications. This has helped to expand and improve the educational resources available for health care professionals, better identify the patients most likely to benefit from ECMO, and develop robust policies and protocols.KevinMD.com, 20d ago
Of course, it isn’t enough to just get your diagnostic results. You’ll need a professional to interpret those results for you, which is also the job of physicians. With the CarePod system, however, that diagnosis is made by a proprietary AI that has learned from clinical expertise and the latest medical research. In addition to providing a diagnosis, that AI also formulates care plans called “Health Apps” that will guide the patient with programs and advice to address various diseases and disorders, including diabetes, hypertension, and even depression. CarePod doesn’t eliminate human doctors from the equation completely, as they are still needed for writing prescriptions or more in-depth consultations.Yanko Design - Modern Industrial Design News, 14d ago
Nurses account for half of the global healthcare workforce, providing autonomous and collaborative care for people across the lifespan and care settings. Nurses play critical roles in health promotion, disease prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation, and in the organization, management, and leadership of health systems. Consequently, nurses frequently interact with representatives of the medically-related industry with implications for access to, selection of, and administration of health technologies such as pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Nurses also have unique knowledge and are often witness to the impacts of the activities and practices of commercial entities on health, which can inform effective health promotion and disease prevention. In this seminar, we will discuss the relevance of the commercial determinants of health to global nursing practice and the ways that nurses are uniquely situated to advance work in this field in research and practice toward goals of population health equity.Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, 4d ago
We’re planning on doing large-scale training sessions in New Jersey in the coming year with faith leaders and barbers. And we also have plans to integrate the Army and the National Guard. Additionally, a former student of mine, Claire Houtsma, a suicide prevention coordinator at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, is training veterans to engage in these conversations with their peers. There are also other approaches to lethal means counseling beyond our program, such as Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM), which is a training course directed at health care and social service workers. Our end goal is to take this as far as it will go by getting it in front of people’s eyes enough times that it has the potential to develop its own momentum.Scientific American, 28d ago

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The Empire BlueCross BlueShield Foundation, the trade name of the Elevance Health Foundation, serves residents and businesses in the 28 eastern and southeastern counties of New York State. The Foundation works to address health equity by focusing on improving the health of the socially vulnerable through strategic partnerships and programs in our communities with an emphasis on maternal child health; mental health; and food as medicine. Additionally, the Foundation also responds to disasters when our communities need us the most. The Foundation coordinates the company's year-round Dollars for Dollars program which provides a 100 percent match of associates' donations, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbol are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. To learn more about the Empire BlueCross BlueShield Foundation and the Elevance Health Foundation, please visit www.elevancehealth.foundation and its blog at www.medium.com/elevancehealthfoundation.tmcnet.com, 3d ago
This project builds on the concept of resident-sensitive quality measures (RSQMs). These are clinical care measures that are both important for patient care and highly attributable to an individual resident (rather than the team, system or patient). This project introduces the concept of TRainee Attributable & Automated Care Evaluations in Real-Time (TRACERs), which are characterized as: meaningful for patient care and trainees; sufficiently attributable to the trainee of interest; automatable, meaning there is minimal human input needed once fully implemented; scalable across electronic health records (EHRs) and training environments; and amendable in real-time to formative educational feedback loops.American Medical Association, 3d ago
These workshops aimed to highlight key areas to focus on when implementing a just transition — for example, addressing community health impacts from coal mining; clarifying misconceptions concerning renewable energy; and making sure communities can engage in just transition dialogues through use of accessible language and methods of communication and effective knowledge sharing. The work of the PCC is not over, and there is still more work to do to ensure that this process is equitable and truly includes those impacted. However, taking forward lessons from these processes, such as the importance of involving a wide range of stakeholders, can help in developing the JTWP.World Resources Institute, 3d ago
Among them, overflow loss systems (OLSs) are an important class of teletraffic mathematical models commonly found in public services, such as wireless communications, cloud computing, and intensive care and emergency services. They can be used to analyze potential situations of failing to respond to or cater for important requests due to overwhelming demand or limited capacity. The probability of a request being rejected, known as the blocking probability, is a key performance metric of OLSs.techxplore.com, 3d ago
What innovations offer promise? “One innovation is our life coaching program, which is composed of dedicated professionals who connect Black males to the region’s network of housing, education, health and youth development organizations. Another innovation, the St. Louis Community Information Exchange, is helping health and social service providers better deliver coordinated care. A nonprofit system that has the same level of data infrastructure as the health-care system will be so much more efficient and effective, not only for HomeGrown, but the entire region. I’m also really excited about our workgroups, incubators for possible solutions, like our skills-to-jobs workgroup that is answering how to prepare young Black males with the skills needed to employ them in summer or livable-wage jobs.”...The Source, 3d ago
A key focus of the report addresses the impacts of climate change. In the short-term, we’ve already seen increases in transmission in highland areas that were previously malaria-free and the deadly effects in Pakistan, where floods recently resulted in an unprecedented malaria epidemic. Longer-term, climate change is likely to negatively impact on health system structures and potentially increase conflict and population displacement, putting greater numbers of people at risk of disease. We must future-proof health systems and interventions against the impacts of climate change in order to tackle this aspect of malaria control alongside the other big challenges highlighted in the report.LSHTM, 3d ago

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Advocate for government-sponsored cybersecurity resources for healthcare providers. An effective and resilient healthcare system is critical to our nation’s national security and for the wellbeing of our public health system. And while healthcare is the most targeted critical infrastructure industry for ransomware attacks according to the FBI, most organizations don’t have the resources they need to fund cybersecurity programs. Providers need more support from our government, and we should continue to advocate for this much needed assistance. This includes, among other things, educational resources, tools and grants to fund investments in cybersecurity. While new standards may be useful tools in building and evaluating programs, we must also ensure that the industry does not become overburdened with regulations that don’t drive value and which result in unnecessary additional costs. In the case that regulations are brought forth, we must ensure that they are reasonable and appropriate and include input from our members. As an AEHIS Board Member, I will advocate strongly for the interests of our AEHIS members, and strive for productive, value-added assistance from our government in order to address our challenges in resources and funding.Healthcare Security - AEHIS, 4d ago
On June 22, 2023, New York State Public Health Law § 2802-b, added a Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) to the Certificate of Need (CON) process for certain health care facilities. The new requirement comes as part of larger legislative changes to the Public Health Laws passed in 2021. The new HEIA requirement applies to any CON applications submitted on or after June 22, 2023, except there is a partial carve out for Diagnostic and Treatment Centers whose patient population is 50 percent or more Medicaid eligible or uninsured. The Department of Health also issued regulations on June 29, 2023 (10 NYCRR 400.26). The purpose of the HEIA is to understand the health equity impact on a specific project, the impact it may have on medically underserved groups and to ensure community input and assessment are considered. The Department of Health has expressed that their vision is “to have health equity considerations meaningfully impact the planning and execution of health care facility projects.” (NYSDOH, Health Equity Impact Assessment, Webinar Series: Program Documents, September 14, 2023.)...natlawreview.com, 27d ago
..."We have achieved major advancements in the prevention and management of SARS-CoV-2 since the pathogen was initially identified in 2019," the editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine said. "In recognition of these achievements, the time has come to de-implement policies that are not appropriate for an endemic pathogen when the expected benefits of such policies are low. Universal masking in health care is a policy whose time has come and gone … for now."...medicalxpress.com, 27d ago

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...“Luxembourg is a country marked by the diversity of its population and its languages. Multilingualism is an enormous opportunity. Just as it is an opportunity for young people to grow up in a multicultural environment. But for many, it is also a challenge, especially in our traditional schools with a traditional system geared towards a Germanophile Luxembourg population. Today, the population has diversified, and our schools are home to French, Portuguese and English speakers, as well as pupils from other parts of the world. That’s why we’re going to continue the process we’ve begun of diversifying the range of schools on offer by creating free public international schools that are accessible to all. And I also want to create a debate around making language learning more flexible in our traditional schools. Today, German is the compulsory language for literacy, but we want to open up the choice to French. We need to use multilingualism as an asset and avoid it blocking the development of many of our pupils.”...delano.lu, 3d ago
Decades of evidence point squarely to the fact that laws, policies and practices that criminalize people living with HIV and other key populations increase stigma, block access to services, impede effective HIV responses and cost lives. Brand-new analysis by the O’Neill Institute, UNDP and the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) illustrates the major progress made on decriminalization, which has advanced the global HIV response, often driven by the courageous advocacy of communities. Countries such as the Cook Islands and Mauritius have joined a growing number of jurisdictions to decriminalize same-sex relations. Yet there is a worrying trend of the introduction of anti-LGBTQI+ laws, prosecution, and persecution in some countries. As part of efforts to break down barriers, UNDP is leading the SCALE initiative to support countries and communities to drive progress on the historic 10-10-10 targets, in particular the commitment to support the leadership of people living with HIV and other key populations to remove punitive and discriminatory laws, policies and practices that are undermining HIV responses. And a new UNDP guide offers a range of practical tools to help ensure the greater participation of LGBTI+ persons in political and electoral processes. In 2022, there was an estimated 90% funding gap for HIV prevention programmes among people from key populations...UNDP, 3d ago
Telemedicine and mobile health care have come a long way in solving many of our health care system's issues today. Agencies and services have been mobilized in order to bring high-acuity health care right to front doors and living rooms. With the help of acute home care models and outpatient-at-home programs, many patients who otherwise would have been caught in a cycle of release and rehospitalization can now enjoy the highest levels of care possible in the comfort of their homes. This not only improves the quality of life and outlook for the patient but also the results. Patients with access to in-home medical care have been shown to be overwhelmingly more likely to adhere to treatment plans. With the advent of online pharmacies and their rise in popularity and availability, patients who use these services can now have their prescriptions filled and delivered directly to their doors and, as a result, are far less likely to suffer any disruptions in their medication schedules. Patients who have undergone virtual and in-home care are more comfortable and at ease in their care, experience higher levels of engagement with their own personal health, and have higher physical and mental health test scores, by and large.MedicalEconomics, 3d ago
...“This situation also demonstrates the aggressiveness by which foreign ransomware gangs, primarily Russian-speaking groups, continue to target hospitals and health systems. Ransomware attacks disrupt and delay health care delivery, placing patient lives in danger. We must remain vigilant and harden our cyber defenses, as there is no doubt that cyber criminals will continue to target the field, especially during the holiday season.”...therecord.media, 3d ago
Echolocating bats rely heavily on sound information as both a means of learning about their external environment and a factor in determining their own behavior. Bats are social animals that communicate primarily through sound (Chaverri et al., 2018). The social calls of echolocating bats include aggressive calls, warning calls, mating calls, songs and isolation calls; which one is used depends on the context (Bohn et al., 2008; Davidson and Wilkinson, 2004; Fenton, 2003; Gelfand and McCracken, 1986; Pfalzer and Kusch, 2003). For example, distress calls (DCs), a form of social call, are produced by many animals when they are in situations of extreme danger such as being caught by a predator or tangled in a catch net (Carter et al., 2015; Conover, 1994; Lingle et al., 2012; Ruiz-Monachesi and Labra, 2020), and bats express DCs when in a stressful or dangerous situation (Chaverri et al., 2018; Fenton et al., 1976). Previous studies have reported the possible roles of the DCs of bats as direct responses to predators, as warnings to kin or non-kin individuals, and as a means of attracting conspecifics or heterospecifics for mobbing predators (Arnold et al., 2022; August, 1985; Carter et al., 2015; Knörnschild and Tschapka, 2012; Russ et al., 2004; Ryan et al., 1985). In addition, the acoustic structures of such vocalizations may contain information about the caller, such as body size, health status and fear status (August and Anderson, 1987; Gadziola et al., 2012; Hechavarría et al., 2020; Jiang et al., 2017). Besides the acoustic analysis of these social calls and research concerning their functions, it is also important to study changes in the internal states of the bats receiving social calls. For example, it has been reported that DCs evoke changes in neurotransmitters and stress hormones in the amygdala as a fear-related response in bats (Mariappan et al., 2013). Heart rate (fH) is an important parameter in the evaluation of internal states, as it can indicate tense, aggressive or appeasement states evoked via the autonomic nervous system. A previous study reported that the magnitude and duration of elevated fH were correlated with the level of evoked aggression in emitter bats (Gadziola et al., 2012). Some studies have used changes in fH to detect the fear level in social calls, and these studies have reported that aggressive stimuli evoked fH increases as a fear response in receiver bats (Gadziola et al., 2016; Hechavarría et al., 2020; Ma et al., 2010). Thus, the usefulness of fH changes for assessing internal states, such as emotions, has been demonstrated in studies of bats focusing on the recipients of social calls. The presentation of aggressive social calls, such as DCs, is known to increase the receiver bats' fH, but how the fH change is based on the bat's perception and how this leads to a given behavior (i.e. a fear response) have yet to be investigated. Evaluating both behavior as an external state and physiological changes as an internal state is important because internal states profoundly alter perceptions and behavior. Based on this, we hypothesize that the communicative sound-based context changes the receiver's internal state, which, in turn, changes the receiver's behavior. Recent studies have shown that contexts consisting of several vocalization sequences, rather than a single sound stimulus, may be important for bat communication (Amit and Yovel, 2023). Acoustic communication and the context (mentioned above) change the internal state of a receiver. Thus, we expected that, instead of a single DC stimulation, the recognition of a distress context or situation would increase fH as a fear response. In this study, therefore, we investigated whether (1) fear responses (freezing) and fH increases were observed in subject bats when confronted with the stimulus of a donor bat in distress emitting a DC and (2) the acoustic context of the DCs evoked a fear response using the auditory oddball paradigm, which consists of different presentation probabilities of DCs. We examined the fear response and cognitive processes in a distress context through these experiments.The Company of Biologists, 3d ago
For some, having to rely on the cloud provider to maintain robust security practices and data protection has also led to hesitancy in sharing data, both within and between organizations. This not only limits the potential for data-driven collaboration, research, and innovation—essentially halting progress in fields like health care, science, and social sciences—but businesses of all types and sizes could miss opportunities for cost savings, scalability, and efficiency if they’re not willing to adopt innovative technologies. There are also cases when companies are forbidden to do something by law because of privacy, again causing roadblocks.DevOps.com, 3d ago

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It is even more worrisome if there is no legitimacy from the beginning. That will make implementing some policies and programs difficult or nearly impossible for elected officials. This can lead to political strife and the inability to provide security, resulting in the loss of life and property. It can also increase unemployment, affect the education and health sectors, block access to basic social amenities like roads and water, and stall the area’s overall development. “With legitimacy at the heart of state-building, its absence (or loss) is likely to lead to a collapse of public institutions and the ultimate failure of the state,” independent scholar Tarek Abou Jaoude wrote in June 2022.Mississippi Free Press, 28d ago
While these technologies have tremendous potential to improve the health of the population, making sure the benefits are realised by everyone and are designed to reduce health inequalities – is crucial. This has been our focus over the past three years in a research and public engagement partnership between the Health Foundation and the Ada Lovelace Institute.The Health Foundation, 6d ago
The CSR board now needs to make good on the promise of the infrastructure trust fund. It began a search for financial advisers shortly before the vote, and has gotten 18 applicants, Muething says. That firm will hire money managers to maximize yearly interest payments, with the intention of leaving the principal payment intact. It needs a financial adviser in place by mid-March of next year, when the sale is expected to close, Muething says.Mayor Pureval, who did not respond to requests for an interview, had argued the sale would be a rare opportunity to begin chipping away at a $400 million backlog of infrastructure maintenance. The proposed fund is a unique tool for maintaining infrastructure, unlike anything most other cities have, says Kevin DeGood, the director of infrastructure policy at the Center for American Progress. In many cases of public asset sales, local politicians pin their support for the sale to a promise of funding for a specific project in their district, and before long, the money is entirely gone. It was smart of CSR’s board to design a trust fund to avoid the “feeding frenzy” that might otherwise occur. But laws can always be changed, and in tough economic straits, a $1.6 billion city fund will look like “a glowing cash piñata,” DeGood says.“There is reason to be concerned that the trust fund will get cracked open at some point,” he says.In the meantime, the city needs a clear plan, backed by regular community engagement, for how the yearly dividends will be spent. An early plan calls for the proceeds to be spent on parks, recreation, streets and sidewalks, public services like police and fire departments, and health facilities, with the biggest share going to streets and sidewalks. The city says it intends to distribute the funds equitably, with underserved communities getting funding priority.Josh Junker, a local student and transit advocate who was on the fence about the sale, says he hopes the city can use the funds to transform itself and not just reinforce the status quo. While it’s required to spend the money on “existing infrastructure,” that can mean a lot of things, Junker says. (For instance, the city’s subway tunnels are abandoned, but they do exist.) He feels it would be a shame not to use some of the money to improve multimodal transportation infrastructure.“Even if you pave over everything and Cincinnati has perfect roads, that’s still not good,” Junker says.Most importantly, the city needs to set clear expectations for how the money will be spent, based on meaningful and regular conversations with different communities, Junker says. It should start with data analysis, but residents have insight on what parts of their neighborhoods need investment too.“They don’t have to follow everything [people say], but having that sense that the public has buy-in every year would increase transparency and increase trust of the government,” Junker says. “The vote being so close shows they have a lot to work on in that area.”Note: This article was updated to reflect that Dan Cupper is the current editor of Railroad History.Governing, 14d ago
James Titcombe, patient safety advocate, said, "Safe prescribing is key to patient safety and has the potential to reduce medical error which can be costly to the lives of patients, as well as being a financial burden for health care systems. I welcome both the study and report, which highlight the importance of up-to-date knowledge of safe prescribing, and the consistency of applying that knowledge when prescribing to patients. The PSA is the key to ensuring better patient safety for all, which should be a health care priority for all involved in the prescribing of medicines."...medicalxpress.com, 23d ago
Novel cell-based therapies have significant potential to reduce health risks and improve quality of life for patients with impaired awareness of hypoglycemia (IAH) and type 1 diabetes (T1D). Improve your knowledge of the latest evidence and clinical applications for these new and emerging therapies and in this bite-size interactive quiz!...primeinc.org, 17d ago
AI is increasingly integrated into cancer care, offering patients a range of tools and services, from scheduling appointments to monitoring their health, and providing information about their condition and treatment. The Dana-Farber team note that the potential pitfalls of AI in cancer care is the possibility that it could depersonalize care as well as eroding the relationship between patients and their caregivers. The researchers say that while many previous reports have examined the effects AI may have for clinicians and researchers, their analysis is the first that addresses potential concerns regarding the use of technology with embedded AI by patients.Inside Precision Medicine, 25d ago

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The disparities in Colorado reflect the unequal access to trauma hospitals and emergency care across the American West.Dr. Julie Dunn, one of the authors of the study on Colorado trauma outcomes, said she has spent her career trying to dissuade people of the notion that every hospital emergency department is equipped to handle complex trauma. Her hospital, UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, was designated as a Level I trauma center in July 2022.Dunn’s hospital receives patients from rural towns on the eastern plains of Colorado and from as far as several hours away in southwest Nebraska and Wyoming, where hospitals don’t have enough resources to treat severe bleeding. The condition those patients arrive in depends on whether the hospitals where they were stabilized had a surgeon on staff, Dunn said.Those small hospitals can usually resuscitate hemorrhaging patients, but they are not equipped to stop the bleeding altogether, said Dunn, who also leads a regional trauma committee for the American College of Surgeons that includes Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah and the Dakotas.Because of the dearth of high-level trauma centers in this part of the country, the most seriously injured patients must first go to a lower level trauma center or non-trauma hospital, or travel longer distances, delaying treatment, Dunn said.Many of these states have the highest proportions of people dying before they reach a hospital, the analysis with the University of Alabama at Birmingham found.Parts of the South, including Arkansas and Alabama, also have high proportions of prehospital trauma deaths.The News’ analysis is based on a 2018 study that linked state levels of prehospital trauma deaths to timely access to high-level trauma centers. Dr. Zain Hashmi, a UAB trauma surgeon and the study’s lead author, said he often sees patients from rural parts of Alabama who are near death because of how long it took to reach him.“It’s really, really sad to see those patients, because we could have made a difference, truly,” he said.He also recognizes that little data is available on the circumstances of injured victims who die before reaching a hospital. Those patients may never be evaluated by a medical professional, and local rules dictate whether they undergo an autopsy.“That’s a big black hole of information right now,” Hashmi said.On the East Coast — where states are smaller, population density is higher and trauma centers are more available — fewer patients die before reaching a hospital. Some cities have outsized trauma resources. Boston, a city of less than 700,000 people, has five adult Level I trauma centers — more than the states of Oregon, Washington and Nevada combined.Dr. Joseph Amos, trauma medical director for Methodist Health System in Dallas, studied the growth of trauma centers in certain parts of the country for a 2021 paper published in Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open. In one area of Florida, his research team discovered for-profit hospital systems were choosing to become trauma centers — not out of need but because funding was available for facilities that treated uninsured trauma patients.Nationally, no one regulates the placement or expansion of high-level trauma centers in the U.S. In Texas, they increased by nearly 40 percent over the last decade, according to Amos’ study.Dr. Ernest Moore sees a similar pattern in his city, where what was then called Denver General Hospital used to be one of two trauma centers in the metro area. Now, the city has “so many I couldn’t count.” The duplication of services hampers research and education. When hospitals treat larger numbers of patients, trauma specialists gain expertise and patient care improves, Moore said.Meanwhile, other parts of the state remain starved of resources. The News’ analysis shows about 82 percent of trauma victims in Gunnison County, home to around 17,000 people in the heart of the mountains, died before reaching a hospital, compared with around 50 percent in Denver County, the state’s best-performing county.“We have way too many trauma centers along the front range of the mountains — we have too many in Fort Collins, too many in Denver, too many in Colorado Springs,” said Moore, who served as chief of trauma at Denver Health for nearly four decades.Governing, 3d ago
Levine Cava called for the audit in August after the discovery that Commissioner Roberto Gonzalez had been overpaid about $34,000 through a payroll mistake that went unnoticed for eight months until the Miami Herald asked about it.That inquiry prompted county staff to realize five other commissioners had been under-paid about $8,000 over five months, too. Gonzalez paid back the money, saying he hadn’t notice a paycheck error that started almost immediately after he was appointed to the District 11 seat in late 2022.Gonzalez asked for an independent audit after the mistake was revealed, and Juan Fernandez-Barquin, Miami-Dade’s clerk of the court, said he would hire an outside firm to conduct one. That report is still pending.Auditors under Levine Cava examined the payroll system run by her Human Resources Department, which got a new director two weeks after the commission compensation errors became known. The high-profile paycheck mistakes highlighted broader frustration with INFORMS, including regular over-payments that administrators blamed on the transition to a new system.The Nov. 9 audit report was released this week by Levine Cava’s office after a Nov. 14 request by the Herald. Among its findings:▪ There are 95 employees with the INFORMS access needed to adjust employee paychecks, but the system doesn’t track which of them made changes. That makes it difficult to trace why errors were made.▪ Spotty use of required authorization forms allow some paycheck changes to happen without proper approvals. Auditors pointed to one procurement employee given a $15,196 one-time compensation boost for tuition reimbursement “with no supporting documentation.” The report said Human Resources obtained the required documentation after auditors asked for it, and then discovered a mathematical error on the reimbursement.▪ In September, more than 4,000 of the county’s roughly 30,000 employees owed Miami-Dade money from $4.5 million in over-payments on past checks. The outstanding amount on Sept. 3 was $3.2 million, after $1.3 million in repayments.▪ The report doesn’t identify causes of all the over-payments but said a prior analysis and recent spot check found most were related to employees making adjustments to the prior pay period. That can happen when an employee ends up working different hours than they estimated when filing a timecard before a pay period ends.▪ Union rules cap repayments at $50 a pay period, meaning it will take years for Miami-Dade to recoup some over-payments.▪ The report cites one Transportation and Public Works employee who retroactively canceled six months of paid vacation time taken years earlier. The worker then owed the county $26,000 in back vacation pay, to be refunded at $50 every 14 days. Auditors noted the repayment will take 521 paychecks, “or the equivalent of 20 years to collect.” A Police Department employee owes nearly $39,000, which auditors said will take approximately 30 years to repay.▪ Roughly 270 employees owing about $165,000 no longer work for Miami-Dade but the county wasn’t pursuing the debts when auditors inquired. “We did not see evidence of HR or the Finance Department actively recovering these balances,” the report said.▪ Human Resources struggled to analyze some compensation data from INFORMS “because the payroll register report is only available as a PDF document, which makes it difficult to ... perform comparative tests over multiple payroll cycles.”▪ Miami-Dade hasn’t been updating some parts of the INFORMS system. A personnel system that launched in June 2022 has had 14 software updates available since then, but Miami-Dade declined to use most of them, saying efforts were focused on “system stabilization” instead.Also in the report, auditors recommended Miami-Dade reduce the number of employees authorized to make payroll changes, find ways to update INFORMS software regularly, and negotiate with unions to lift the ceiling on reimbursement payments from employees.©2023 Miami Herald. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.Governing, 3d ago
...“It is crucial to acknowledge the rising prevalence of sleep disorders and their potential impact on health, as they may have extensive implications on the overall well-being. As awareness of this issue continues to rise, there is a clear need for advanced diagnostic and treatment solutions to enhance the quality of life for individuals,” says Rachna Tripathi, medical devices analyst at GlobalData, in a release.Sleep Review, 4d ago

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Medication reconciliation is a vital patient safety practice that helps avoid medication errors and hospitalizations while lowering the length of stay. In hospitals and health systems, medication reconciliation is performed when patients come to the emergency department and at transitions of care including patient admissions and discharge and is an important element in hospital accreditation. As part of the process, clinicians collect patients’ medication history to inform prescribing decisions and avoid errors. But in many cases, patients may not remember or be able to communicate all the details about the medicines they are taking, and if the pharmacies or clinics are closed, gathering this information can be delayed for several hours.Healthcare IT - CHIME, 4d ago
With DeSantis making immigration a priority, legislators passed a state law requiring all Florida hospitals to ask on their admission forms whether a patient is a U.S. citizen or lawfully present in the country. Doctors, nurses, and health policy experts say the law targets marginalized people who already have difficulty navigating the health care system and will further deter them from seeking care.Truthout, 4d ago
That’s because women are key players in water governance. Many women have a wealth of knowledge and experience in managing water and the natural infrastructure that supports it, and they play critical roles in the collection and management of water at the local level. They are the main users of water for domestic consumption, subsistence agriculture, family care, and basic sanitation. Yet, women in Peru are also more vulnerable to water risks like scarcity, floods, and landslides, and they are starkly underrepresented in decision-making spaces about water management. For example, a 2020 Forest Trends study found that that in 90 percent of key decision-making spaces on water management, there was less than 30 percent female representation.Forest Trends, 4d ago
Focusing on improving the environmental profile of public health products could also lead to more innovation in areas that are otherwise hardly at the center of research and development, said Bretin. “Constraints tend to generate ideas that use new solutions,” he said. An example already underway is the research into whether spatial repellents — small pieces of plastic that release chemical repellents into the air, protecting the whole home — could be as effective as nets, while using a much smaller amount of plastic.STAT, 4d ago
Among them, overflow loss systems (OLSs) are an important class of teletraffic mathematical models commonly found in public services, such as wireless communications, cloud computing, and intensive care and emergency services. They can be used to analyse potential situations of failing to respond to or cater for important requests due to overwhelming demand or limited capacity. The probability of a request being rejected, known as the blocking probability, is a key performance metric of OLSs.SCIENMAG: Latest Science and Health News, 4d ago
Ardent Health Services, a healthcare provider, was an early development partner and customer of Winnow AI. “We needed to find a way that we could reach the best physician candidates for each of our locations across our organization,” said Marty Bonick, CEO of Ardent Health Services. “With Winnow AI, we have an awareness of every physician in practice. Now we can bring together thousands of inputs to identify the perfect candidate who has natural connections to and an affinity for our company. It’s a game-changer for our ability to deliver quality care to our patients.”...Hunt Scanlon Media, 4d ago

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The notion of “no ginhawa without justice” also opens the field wide to other ways we can enhance mental health and well-being. Addressing mental health individually and internally is rooted in western traditions of healing, which often locates the cause of suffering inside an individual. By emphasizing that justice is a necessary component to well-being, we can be cognizant that mental health solutions are not only found in therapy rooms but can also come from community action. When companies consult with me on how to develop mental health programs for their employees, I first tell them that the simplest, most direct way to improve their employees’ well-being is to raise their wages. While the adage “money cannot buy happiness” has its wisdom, I dare say that money can solve more external problems. A liveable wage can provide a sense of security that can remove most of our daily stresses. A clear career path, with transparent mechanisms for promotion, can further enhance this sense of security and allow people to make meaningful life choices.INQUIRER.net, 4d ago
This project will develop new methods to create network data, use the methods to build two large data sets on vulnerable people, and merge these data sets with data on several economic and social outcomes and make the data sets available to researchers. To study a large sample of vulnerable populations, the network relationships among them both within the local community and across large geographic regions, one needs a tool to make the data collection scalable. This project will use Aggregate Relational Data (ARD) to make this feasible. By asking individuals the number of people with a particular trait they are linked to (for various sets of traits), the PIs can estimate a network formation model that gives a picture of how community-to-community relationships vary across regions. ARD is very cheap to collect, in contrast with detailed, complete network data. Equipped with ARD and appropriate statistical and econometric techniques, researchers can sample numerous more respondents and create more network data. This research product will benefit theorists, econometricians, statisticians, and sociologists. The results of this research will allow researchers to study topics such as diffusion, social learning, multiplexing in networks, risk sharing, and social isolation, among others. It will allow researchers and policymakers to access a granular dataset that can better inform policies generally and particularly on vulnerable populations. The results are likely to improve the quality and targeting of policies.NBER, 4d ago
In his interim roles, and in prior senior leadership positions, Dellit has prioritized improving healthcare experiences and outcomes for patients and for entire populations, as well as reducing healthcare costs and improving the practice environment for clinicians. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dellit helped UW Medicine and the broader University lead the nation in response to the pandemic, including leading the development of policies and protocols to treat patients safely and effectively.newswise.com, 4d ago
Belgium/PressReleasePoint/30th November, 2023 Teledermatology is a new and emerging type of care delivery in which telecommunication technologies are utilized to transmit dermatology-related medical information over a long distance via voice, video, and data transmission.Asynchronous (store-and-forward) segment dominates the teledermatology market, with hybrid teledermatology expected to gain traction in the coming yearsStore-and-forward (SAF) teledermatology permits photos and other health-related information to be transmitted from a patient to a provider/clinician or from one provider/clinician to another using telehealth software for evaluation. Some of the primary elements driving its demand include reduced consultation wait times, expedited treatment of urgent patients, efficient management of a higher volume of patient cases, and improved patient satisfaction. However, a crucial problem that is predicted to hinder its adoption is the absence of real-time input on patient queries/concerns.In the future years, hybrid teledermatology is projected to gain traction. It combines real-time and store-and-forward teledermatology components. Patients may receive insights from real-time talks and benefit from the completeness of asynchronous data sharing by using the hybrid method, which allows them to choose the mode of consultation that best suits them. The method shortens wait times, improves access to care, and increases patient satisfaction.Technological advancements and the launch of new Teledermatology services drive the Teledermatology MarketOver the years, the Teledermatology industry has seen a lot of technical breakthroughs and the introduction of new services. These advancements are anticipated to fuel the teledermatology industry in the future years.For instance:...pressreleasepoint.com, 4d ago
The Executive Order on the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) issued by President Biden on October 30 is a directive that contains no fewer than 13 sections. But two words in the opening line strike at the challenge presented by AI: “promise” and “peril.”As the document’s statement of purpose puts it, AI can help to make the world “more prosperous, productive, innovative, and secure” at the same that it increases the risk of “fraud, discrimination, bias, and disinformation,” and other threats.Among the challenges cited in the Executive Order is the need to ensure that the benefits of AI, such as spurring biomedical research and clinical innovations, are dispersed equitably to traditionally underserved communities. For that reason, a section on “Promoting Innovation” calls for accelerating grants and highlighting existing programs of the Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Consortium to Advance Health Equity and Researcher Diversity (AIM-AHEAD) program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). And the Colorado School of Public Health is deeply involved in the initiative.ColoradoSPH helps ensure that artificial intelligence serves and empowers all peopleAIM-AHEAD is a national consortium of industry, academic and community organizations with a “core mission” to ensure that the power of AI is harnessed in the service of minorities and other groups historically neglected or poorly served by the healthcare system. A key focus – though not the only one – is using AI to probe electronic health records (EHRs), which can be rich sources of clinical and other data.“The goal of [AIM-AHEAD] is to use this technology to try to eliminate or better understand and address health disparities,” said Evelinn Borrayo, PhD, associate director of research at the Latino Research and Policy Center (LRPC) of ColoradoSPH and Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at the CU Cancer Center. “This consortium is about the inclusion of communities that historically tend to be left behind.” Borrayo and Spero Manson, PhD, director of the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH) at ColoradoSPH, co-direct the North and Midwest Hub of the AIM-AHEAD initiative, a sprawling 15-state area. Both are also members of the AIM-AHEAD Leadership Core.The hub, which is housed within CAIANH and ColoradoSPH, serves a variety of “stakeholders” who can help to develop AI, including Hispanic/Latino community health organizations, tribal epidemiology centers, urban Indian health centers, and more.Addressing the shortfalls of AI and machine learning developmentManson acknowledged that the last decade has brought “an explosion of interest as well as investment” in exploring the promise of AI and machine learning (ML) – which uses algorithms to train computers to perform tasks otherwise assigned to humans – and applying that knowledge to improving healthcare.“There have been substantial areas of achievement in that regard,” Manson said. But he said the work has also revealed “substantial bias” in the algorithms and predictive models as they are applied to “underrepresented and marginalized populations.”He noted, for example, that the data in EHRs may be incomplete because of barriers to care that people face, including socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, and geography. In that situation, AI and ML don’t correct for these factors because the technology uses the EHR itself to analyze the data and make predictions, Manson said.That’s why deepening the reservoir of data in EHRs and other repositories is imperative for the development of AI and ML, he said.“The idea is to improve healthcare for all citizens, not just those that have benefited narrowly in the past,” he noted.Improving the diversity of AI workforceIn addition, the workforce of scientists working on AI and ML lacks diversity, while the benefits of research in the field have not yet adequately spread to underserved communities, Manson said.The North and Midwest Hub has undertaken several “outreach and engagement” projects to meet the goals of AIM-AHEAD, with ColoradoSPH playing a significant role.For example, two pilot projects aim to build capacity for applying AI and ML to aid communities. In one, Clinic Chat, LLC, a company led by Sheana Bull, PhD, MPH, director of the mHealth Impact Lab at ColoradoSPH, is collaborating with Tepeyac Community Health Center, which provides affordable integrated clinical services in northeast Denver. The initiative, now underway, uses Chatbots to assist American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino people in diagnosing and managing diabetes and cancer.A second project is working toward incorporating AI and ML coursework into the curriculum for students earning ColoradoSPH’s Certificate in Latino Health.“It’s an opportunity to introduce students to how using AI and ML can help us understand and benefit the [Latino] population,” Borrayo said. The idea is to build a workforce with the skills to understand the unique healthcare needs of Latinos and apply AI and ML skills to meet them, she added.“One of the approaches we are also taking is reaching students in the data sciences,” Borrayo said. “We can give those students the background and knowledge about Latino health disparities so they can use those [AI and ML] skills as well.”Building a generation that uses AI to improve healthcareManson also noted that the North and Midwest Hub supports Leadership and Research fellowship programs, which are another component of what he calls “an incremental capacity-building approach” to addressing the goals of AIM-AHEAD.“We’re seeking to build successive generations, from the undergraduate through the doctoral/graduate to the early investigator pipeline, so these individuals move forward to assume positions of leadership in the promotion of AI and ML,” Manson said.Borrayo said that she is most interested in continuing to work toward applying solutions for these and other issues in communities around the region. She pointed to the Clinic Chat project as an example of how AI and ML technology can be used to address practical clinical problems.“I think understanding the data, algorithms and programming is really good for our underrepresented investigators to learn,” she said. “But for our communities, I think the importance lies in the application.How can we benefit communities that are typically left behind or don’t have access to healthcare in the ways most of us do?”For Manson, a key question is how members of American Indian/Alaska Native, Latino, and other communities can “shift” from being “simply consumers and recipients” of work in AI and ML and “become true partners” with clinicians and data specialists in finding ideas that improve healthcare.“The field will be limited in terms of achieving the promise [of AI and ML] until we have that kind of engagement with one another,” Manson said.cuanschutz.edu, 4d ago
We have become inundated with and inured to violence, held hostage to a uniquely American combination of white supremacy, untreated mental illness, misogyny, money in politics, and a gun culture that has come to take on the attributes of near-religious fervor. We have lived through Uvalde and Buffalo and El Paso and Tree of Life. Gun violence has saturated places like Baltimore, where I live, with young people shot in broad daylight, sometimes outside their schools. We have watched the massacre of our children—little children, high school students, college students, young adults—and have decided that we are powerless to stop it. And in those places where the population and its elected leaders have roused themselves to rein in unlimited gun access, the Supreme Court has frustrated those efforts, delivering interpretations of the Second Amendment that suggest its framers meant it to be a national suicide pact.The New York Review of Books, 4d ago

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I don’t know of one country that has not faced climate shocks, in one way or another, whether it be temperature or drought or strong rains or heat peaks. It's happening everywhere, and public health crises are happening everywhere as well. So, I think the applicability of this lies in the fact that we are going to see more and more of this in all places, and the effects are lingering. Also, in the case of Brazil, it’s a large, unequal, multiracial country, just like the U.S. So, looking at the implications of this for inequalities in these domains in light of climate change and novel infectious disease epidemics that keep emerging is key.Penn Today, 4d ago
...“From the treatment, it was found that many patients had tried to lose weight by various methods in the past, including behavior modification and exercise, but these may not have been enough to treat obesity. Therefore, patients who are eligible for surgical treatment You will be thoroughly prepared for surgery. It was found that patients were able to maintain a stable weight in the long term. In addition, it has been found that losing weight helps to improve the results of treating joint diseases. Reduce the rate of use of drugs to treat heart disease, lipids, and diabetes. It has been found that diabetes patients can be cured as high as 80% of all patients who undergo surgery. Especially in patients who have had diabetes for less than 10 years, there is a high cure rate of almost 100%. In addition, it also reduces symptoms of bone and joint disease. Including improving snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Importantly, the results of losing weight also improve the mental health and social status of patients.” Asst. Prof. (Special) Dr. Patchaya...Archyde, 4d ago
Not all of the issues that neurodivergent engineers and technicians say they have to deal with at work are related to the specifics of their neurotype. While lack of awareness and understanding is a big problem, expectations of workplace behaviour can be intolerant of anything that varies from the neurotypical. Add to that the fact that working environments can be distracting and noisy, along with difficulties in accessing adaptations, and the impact on mental health and wellbeing can be significant. Being a woman, part of a minoritised ethnicity, or belonging to another group that’s under-represented in engineering, often magnifies these challenges.The Engineer, 4d ago

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However, prior to rolling out the latest technological advances such as AI, it is key that the groundwork is laid by ensuring all NHS trusts and social care providers have reached a minimum standard of digital maturity. While over 90% of NHS trusts now having an electronic patient record (EPR), only 50% all social care providers have adopted digital social care records. The UK must keep advancing the pace and reach of health and social care record digitisation, whilst also recognising that digital maturity goes beyond this. As reported by the Health Service Journal in July, just three Integrated Care Systems out of 42 scored higher than a 3 out of 5 on NHS England’s digital maturity score assessment.techuk.org, 12d ago
...“I am honoured to be the recipient of the 2023 Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research,” said Dr. Iyer. “I envision a future of mental health care in which all young people have access to the care that they need, where they are, and in the ways they prefer. Through my research, I am uncovering innovative ways to bridge equity gaps so young people from communities that have been traditionally underserved can have access to supports and services that work for them. By collaborating and co-designing research with young people, their families, clinicians and policy makers, we are actively breaking down barriers and creating youth-friendly, inclusive care environments. It is crucial that researchers, clinicians and health systems listen to and learn from youth and families with lived experience to ensure that research priorities and health system designs and policies reflect people’s care needs and realities.”...theroyal.ca, 28d ago
Any development project comes to life in a complex urban ecosystem. This adds to the difficulty of establishing a causal relationship between it and the lives of the people who live in and around it.The Healthy Neighborhoods Study was conceived as a way to gain deeper understanding of the effects of neighborhood change on health, says Andrew Seeder, a research scientist for the study. “Not just change in terms of the presence or absence of new social services, but feelings of belonging, sentiments of having ownership over the change that you’re seeing in the neighborhood.”The early phases of the study led to the development of a screening tool, HealthScore, that enables CLF and MHIC to form a more complete picture of the health, equity and resilience impacts of a project — and the likelihood that they will be achieved. The scorecard is used to determine eligibility for HNEF funding, and for performance reviews five and 10 years after construction has been completed.The HealthScore tool was a big step forward in assessing the potential for a development to improve health in a neighborhood. But its metrics didn’t capture everything.“They are indicators of the distribution of certain material resources, but not indicators of what the presence or absence of those things mean for people in their lives,” says Vedette Gavin, director of research for CLF. There weren’t secondary data sets that could reflect changes in things such as self-determination, relationships or a sense of well-being.The research team took on the challenge of identifying the pathways through which a change in a neighborhood resulted in a change of health, and the metrics that could reflect this. This work is proceeding through a participatory action study (PAR), an approach in which researchers collaborate with stakeholders affected by a problem.The decadelong study is being conducted in partnership with residents and community organizations from nine communities in the Boston area where a surge of new development is anticipated. The research, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, draws on stories collected in interviews with residents as well as data sets to develop both evidence and action strategies.One of the important new measures that has come out of this work is “ownership of change.” A person’s sense that they don’t have control over their life can have an adverse effect on health. If neighborhood residents aren’t consulted during the development process, they can experience feelings of displacement or dispossession from a project, no matter how many benefits may be intended.Members of the study team talk about the importance of including resident voices in development projects.Governing, 5d ago
To present solutions, the manifesto for policy reform on transforming EU Continence Health is launched in parallel. The manifesto, endorsed by 23 organisations, calls for concrete policy changes to face the challenges posed by the report and makes 10 high-level recommendations to European and national policymakers to recognise the importance of patient-centred continence care and to promote a holistic understanding of the intricate links between continence health and healthy ageing, women’s health, as well as disease areas like cancer, mental health, neurological problems and several other comorbidities such as obesity. This will require increased funding for continence health research.Professor Philip Van Kerrebroeck, co-chairman of the Policy Office of the European Association of Urology and leading expert in the field of incontinence, says: “Continence problems are felt across gender, age, and socio-economic backgrounds, and can result in a serious negative impact on individuals’ quality of life. Physical, psychosocial and economic consequences for patients and their carers are a barrier to full participation in society. Optimal continence health should be a reality for everyone.”Since the risk of continence problems often correlates with conditions that develop or intensify as people age, it is predicted that these problems will increase, as the European population is ageing at a rapid pace. Health professionals and informal caregivers are making every effort within the existing constraints of different health systems. However, current systems are not yet fully adapted to support continence care. Policies and laws in both EU Member States and non-member European countries tend to neglect continence care despite its prevalence, serious nature, and availability of solutions.Van Kerrebroeck: “It is time to take action and transform this neglected issue to address the continence health challenge Europe is facing. In our Urge to Act campaign we would like to make policymakers aware that there are many ways to improve continence health, through increased prevention, better care, access to supportive interventions including treatment, and more inclusive environments. Much more should be done to reduce the direct expenses, the burden on patients, their carers, and on society.”...Uroweb - European Association of Urology, 26d ago
Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr. Paul Lam Ting-kwok, SC, was invited to officiate and present the awards. A panel of expert judges and business leaders from all walks of life were on hand to witness the outstanding achievements and extraordinary leadership style of 34 female entrepreneurs from various backgrounds and industries. The 'Greater Bay Area Outstanding Female Entrepreneur Award- Supreme Honorable Winner 2023' winner was Ms. Chiang Lai Yuen, JP, Chairman and President of Chen Hsong Holdings Limited. The 'Greater Bay Area Outstanding Female Entrepreneur Awards 2023' aims to recognise female entrepreneurs for their pioneering and innovative spirit as well as pay tribute to their contributions to industry along with the overall economic and societal development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. The event organisers hope to create a stronger synergy through exchanges and interactions among business elites while promoting the expansion of industry and serving as a solid role model for the younger generation to encourage them to use their talents and jointly take part in the building of the Greater Bay Area. This year, more than 100 exceptional female entrepreneurs were nominated to compete in multiple award categories, including: Outstanding Women Entrepreneur, Outstanding Women Entrepreneur Award in Family Business, Outstanding Young Women Entrepreneur, and Outstanding Caring Women Entrepreneur, as well as the Supreme Honourable Winner. The professional judging panel comprised 16 top political and business figures from the commercial community, academia, public institutions and professional groups. They carefully selected candidates in five major categories: enterprise management and development, industry influence and achievement, contribution for the GBA development, environmental and social governance, plus personal reputation and recognition. Since its inception in 2018, the Greater Bay Area Outstanding Women Entrepreneur Award has received more than 400 entries with approximately 150 business elites having won the award over the past five years. The winning female entrepreneurs this year are group founders or corporate executives working in multiple industries, including hotels and tourism, real estate, transportation and logistics, technology, environmental protection, food and entertainment, plus health care, education, finance, art and commerce, and others. As leaders in their respective industries, they have made extraordinary achievements that are well-deserved. (See the attached table for the list of winners) When establishing the Greater Bay Area Outstanding Women Entrepreneur Awards in 2018, the organiser adopted the slogan - "Blend strength with gentleness, while giving full play to your unique advantages to create a prosperous era across the Greater Bay Area". In order to reflect the original intention of the group's founding, the organiser promoted the establishment of the Greater Bay Area Hong Kong Women Entrepreneurs Association by selecting the first award-winning female entrepreneurs in 2019, together with subsequent award-winning female entrepreneurs. Through various types of activities and workshops, the Association promotes interconnectivity among various industries throughout the region while expanding cooperation between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao. During the epidemic, they organised a number of charity services to benefit society. Mr Paul Lam Ting-kwok, SC, SBS, JP, Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, said - "Together with leaders and elite individuals from all walks of life here today, I am delighted to witness the exceptional achievements and leadership style of the outstanding female entrepreneurs in the Greater Bay Area. The rule of law is the best environment in which to thrive and the high-quality development of the Greater Bay Area is inseparable from the rule of law along with a stable, fair, transparent and predictable business playing field. Under one country, two systems, Hong Kong's rule of law and independent judiciary have been widely recognised and respected by the international community, providing entrepreneurs with a fair, free and open business environment in which to operate. This will continue to bring future opportunities to enterprises in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. Ms. Teresa Lee, Alternate Chief Executive & Head of Greater China, Bank of Singapore (HK Branch), the main support institution, also served as an award guest. She said - "Today's award winners have injected power into the business world through their unremitting efforts, innovative thinking and unwavering perseverance, and have demonstrated an exemplary role as female entrepreneurs. Their spirit and outstanding abilities not only create prosperity for society, but also bring far-reaching enlightenment and encouragement to everyone. I firmly believe that entrepreneurship is their first big step towards success, and as their businesses mature and their incomes rise, they will gradually change from merely business "creators", and eventually transform into "value-added" and "progressive" entrepreneurial status while they continue to shine in their respective fields and professions." Mr. Song Man Hei, Co-chairman of the organising committee and Managing Director of Metro Broadcasting Co., Ltd., said - "This year's event is being held against the backdrop of the post global pandemic, customs clearance developments between China and Hong Kong, and a return to social normalcy. The number of participants in this year's event was the highest ever and the response was overwhelming. On behalf of myself and the event organisers we send our sincere congratulations and admiration to all the winners, and hope that they will continue to display their leadership style that combines strength and flexibility, working together for a brighter future of Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. Metro Finance will also continue to rely on its own unique advantages in cross-media platforms to help each award winner increase their visibility in the Bay Area, while expanding their business networks, and providing listeners with more Greater Bay Area information. " Ms. Pam Mak Mei-yee, Co-chairman of the organising committee and Permanent Honorary President of the Hong Kong Federation of Small and Medium Enterprises, said- "The construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is key part of the country's 14th Five-Year Plan and will undoubtedly bring unprecedented benefits to all walks of life throughout the region with greater development opportunities. Hong Kong will also continue to leverage its advantages as an international financial hub and play an important role in connecting mainland China to the world in the development of the Greater Bay Area. The Hong Kong Federation of Small and Medium Enterprises will also continue to actively promote various projects and plans to assist the development of Hong Kong's small and medium-sized enterprises, while also bringing together entrepreneurs from different industries to establish a collaborative platform to promote mutual exchanges of business experiences and insights. We will strive to contribute to the economic, societal, and developmental success of the Greater Bay area by making greater contributions toward talent cultivation. " List of Winners of GBA Outstanding Women Entrepreneur Awards 2023...SME Business Daily Media, 17d ago
Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr. Paul Lam Ting-kwok, SC, was invited to officiate and present the awards. A panel of expert judges and business leaders from all walks of life were on hand to witness the outstanding achievements and extraordinary leadership style of 34 female entrepreneurs from various backgrounds and industries. The 'Greater Bay Area Outstanding Female Entrepreneur Award- Supreme Honorable Winner 2023' winner was Ms. Chiang Lai Yuen, JP, Chairman and President of Chen Hsong Holdings Limited. The 'Greater Bay Area Outstanding Female Entrepreneur Awards 2023' aims to recognise female entrepreneurs for their pioneering and innovative spirit as well as pay tribute to their contributions to industry along with the overall economic and societal development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. The event organisers hope to create a stronger synergy through exchanges and interactions among business elites while promoting the expansion of industry and serving as a solid role model for the younger generation to encourage them to use their talents and jointly take part in the building of the Greater Bay Area. This year, more than 100 exceptional female entrepreneurs were nominated to compete in multiple award categories, including: Outstanding Women Entrepreneur, Outstanding Women Entrepreneur Award in Family Business, Outstanding Young Women Entrepreneur, and Outstanding Caring Women Entrepreneur, as well as the Supreme Honourable Winner. The professional judging panel comprised 16 top political and business figures from the commercial community, academia, public institutions and professional groups. They carefully selected candidates in five major categories: enterprise management and development, industry influence and achievement, contribution for the GBA development, environmental and social governance, plus personal reputation and recognition. Since its inception in 2018, the Greater Bay Area Outstanding Women Entrepreneur Award has received more than 400 entries with approximately 150 business elites having won the award over the past five years. The winning female entrepreneurs this year are group founders or corporate executives working in multiple industries, including hotels and tourism, real estate, transportation and logistics, technology, environmental protection, food and entertainment, plus health care, education, finance, art and commerce, and others. As leaders in their respective industries, they have made extraordinary achievements that are well-deserved. (See the attached table for the list of winners) When establishing the Greater Bay Area Outstanding Women Entrepreneur Awards in 2018, the organiser adopted the slogan - "Blend strength with gentleness, while giving full play to your unique advantages to create a prosperous era across the Greater Bay Area". In order to reflect the original intention of the group's founding, the organiser promoted the establishment of the Greater Bay Area Hong Kong Women Entrepreneurs Association by selecting the first award-winning female entrepreneurs in 2019, together with subsequent award-winning female entrepreneurs. Through various types of activities and workshops, the Association promotes interconnectivity among various industries throughout the region while expanding cooperation between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao. During the epidemic, they organised a number of charity services to benefit society. Mr Paul Lam Ting-kwok, SC, SBS, JP, Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, said - "Together with leaders and elite individuals from all walks of life here today, I am delighted to witness the exceptional achievements and leadership style of the outstanding female entrepreneurs in the Greater Bay Area. The rule of law is the best environment in which to thrive and the high-quality development of the Greater Bay Area is inseparable from the rule of law along with a stable, fair, transparent and predictable business playing field. Under one country, two systems, Hong Kong's rule of law and independent judiciary have been widely recognised and respected by the international community, providing entrepreneurs with a fair, free and open business environment in which to operate. This will continue to bring future opportunities to enterprises in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. Ms. Teresa Lee, Alternate Chief Executive & Head of Greater China, Bank of Singapore (HK Branch), the main support institution, also served as an award guest. She said - "Today's award winners have injected power into the business world through their unremitting efforts, innovative thinking and unwavering perseverance, and have demonstrated an exemplary role as female entrepreneurs. Their spirit and outstanding abilities not only create prosperity for society, but also bring far-reaching enlightenment and encouragement to everyone. I firmly believe that entrepreneurship is their first big step towards success, and as their businesses mature and their incomes rise, they will gradually change from merely business "creators", and eventually transform into "value-added" and "progressive" entrepreneurial status while they continue to shine in their respective fields and professions." Mr. Song Man Hei, Co-chairman of the organising committee and Managing Director of Metro Broadcasting Co., Ltd., said - "This year's event is being held against the backdrop of the post global pandemic, customs clearance developments between China and Hong Kong, and a return to social normalcy. The number of participants in this year's event was the highest ever and the response was overwhelming. On behalf of myself and the event organisers we send our sincere congratulations and admiration to all the winners, and hope that they will continue to display their leadership style that combines strength and flexibility, working together for a brighter future of Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. Metro Finance will also continue to rely on its own unique advantages in cross-media platforms to help each award winner increase their visibility in the Bay Area, while expanding their business networks, and providing listeners with more Greater Bay Area information. " Ms. Pam Mak Mei-yee, Co-chairman of the organising committee and Permanent Honorary President of the Hong Kong Federation of Small and Medium Enterprises, said- "The construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is key part of the country's 14th Five-Year Plan and will undoubtedly bring unprecedented benefits to all walks of life throughout the region with greater development opportunities. Hong Kong will also continue to leverage its advantages as an international financial hub and play an important role in connecting mainland China to the world in the development of the Greater Bay Area. The Hong Kong Federation of Small and Medium Enterprises will also continue to actively promote various projects and plans to assist the development of Hong Kong's small and medium-sized enterprises, while also bringing together entrepreneurs from different industries to establish a collaborative platform to promote mutual exchanges of business experiences and insights. We will strive to contribute to the economic, societal, and developmental success of the Greater Bay area by making greater contributions toward talent cultivation. " List of Winners of GBA Outstanding Women Entrepreneur Awards 2023...SME Business Daily Media, 11d ago

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The UK has fewer doctors per head than other rich countries. This isn’t a new problem (doi:10.1136/bmj.j2940),6 but it is now an acute one. The government’s flawed workforce plan sets out ambitions to increase numbers of doctors, although it doesn’t explain how those doctors will be trained and how their career progression will be ensured (doi:10.1136/bmj.p1577 doi:10.1136/bmj.p1515).78 Having more doctors, however, will not meet escalating demand for healthcare. Reducing demand itself, by investing in primary care and public health, isn’t a political priority.The BMJ, 4d ago
Jane Barratt, Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing said: “This new insight into how limited shingles awareness is across the globe shows how much work needs to be done to ensure people have the right information on the disease, how it happens and who is at risk. As the average age of the global population continues to increase, it is important to be informed about health conditions that could affect us and know where to turn for support and medical advice. The IFA is proud to endorse such important research seeking to address a major gap in public awareness and knowledge of the serious and life altering condition of shingles.”...gsk.com, 4d ago
I offer this advice with humility. We at Leapfrog learned its importance only two years ago, when we started working with Dr. Robert Gabbay, chief scientific and medical officer at the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Until then, we assumed diabetes was the purview of physician practices, primary care clinics, case management and myriad other settings of care outside of traditional inpatient care. What Gabbay and his team clarified for us: People living with diabetes are the purview of every corner of health care, including every hospital unit.OncLive, 4d ago
New research in the INFORMS journal Management Science finds that there are more than 7,000 rare diseases, but only 500 of them have a form of treatment. This study finds that governments can improve patient access to new drugs for rare diseases through government subsidies and innovative pricing schemes. The paper, “Improving Access to Rare Disease Treatments: Subsidy, Pricing, and Payment Schemes,” finds that government subsidies are crucial to improve the development and accessibility of new drugs for rare diseases. The researchers also find that having an independent consortium set the price can create social value. When exogenous pricing is supported by government subsidies, it can be effective in improving patient welfare and social welfare, while only slightly reducing the manufacturer’s profitability. Link to full article.INFORMS, 4d ago
The new focus on contraceptive care, Moore said, is about investing in health care for women and girls “before abortion even needs to be an option.”The governor referred to data compiled by the nonprofit organization Power to Decide that shows about 285,000 women in Maryland live in “contraceptive deserts” — areas where the number of health centers offering a full range of contraceptive services is not enough to meet the needs of women who rely on publicly funded contraception.Maryland also has one of the highest rates of pregnancies that are unwanted or wanted later, according to a 2017 Guttmacher Institute study that found 44 percent of pregnancies in the state fit that category. That was tied with New York and New Jersey for the highest, the study found.The partnership announced Tuesday is between Upstream USA, a national nonprofit working to reduce unplanned pregnancies, and CCI Health Services, a nonprofit federally qualified health center that operates in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.The nonprofit’s staff will train and provide technical assistance to primary care providers who aren’t fully equipped to handle patients’ contraceptive needs. Maryland law requires most contraceptive care to be offered for free, and officials said Tuesday the care offered through the partnership would not be charged to patients.Training will include instructions as straightforward as making sure providers know to ask questions like, “Do you plan to become pregnant in the next year?” and then, if the answer is no, to offer a full range of options, said Upstream USA CEO Mark Edwards.Depending on the provider, those options may currently be limited. For example, a primary care doctor may only have immediate access to prescribe oral contraceptive pills, but if the patient wants something like an intrauterine device (IUD), they may have to travel to a family planning center, which could be more inaccessible, said Maryland Health Secretary Laura Herrera Scott.Offering those options where people are, Herrera Scott and others said, is a more equitable solution.“We see integrated contraceptive conversations in the fabric of all of our business as a vital step toward achieving equity,” said Dr. Sonya Bruton, CEO and president of CCI Health Services.Bruton said CCI serves about 65,000 patients in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, two of the most diverse counties in the state.The centers have been offering contraceptive services for 14 years under Title X, a federal program that provides family planning for people with lower incomes. But coordinating with Upstream will help to “more seamlessly integrate family planning at every touchpoint,” Bruton said alongside the governor and other officials.From educating the person at the front desk on how to have a conversation with a patient, to filling the knowledge gaps for clinicians who might not know all of the contraceptive options, the training has already helped CCI with a new “systemwide” approach, she said in an interview.“Is it rocket science? No. Is it even hard? No. But when you’ve got a busy practice that’s dealing with a million things — and for us with populations that have needs that go well beyond even health — it’s the difference between having an effective conversation that meets the needs and allows them to have a little bit more choice about what happens in their life, or not,” Bruton said.No state funding is going toward the collaboration and Upstream is not seeking public investment, Edwards said in an interview. He described the state’s involvement as critical in setting up the connection earlier this year when Upstream began working with CCI.The state’s role in connecting the nonprofit with other community health centers beyond CCI, and potentially larger health systems and hospitals, will also be important as it plans to expand the work across the state, said Upstream Vice President Seville Meli.Meli and others involved did not specify where in Maryland the contraception deserts have the most severe impact or which areas might be targeted for future collaborations.“It will take time to roll this out. We’ll do it incrementally and we’ll really try to have a broad impact,” said Meli, noting it takes 12 to 15 months of training for each individual health center.State Sen. Ariana Kelly, a Montgomery County Democrat who sponsored the law that required insurance plans to cover most contraceptive care for free starting in 2018, said she was excited about the collaboration as a way of actually getting contraceptives to the areas where they’re needed.“This partnership is the next step,” Kelly said. “The cost is not a barrier. But … if you’re going to a regular primary care provider, are they going to be able to provide you with the multiple different methods that we already required under Maryland law with no cost sharing?”Kelly, who has also helped pass several bills expanding abortion access, said she’s introducing legislation in the annual 90-day session that begins in January to require community colleges to offer 24-hour access to contraception. Without larger health services on those campuses, the care could come in the form of vending machines that offer condoms or even the Opill, which the FDA recently approved as the first over-the-counter birth control pill.“There’s a really cool emergence in innovative contraceptive methods and delivery mechanisms that we’re seeing,” Kelly said.©2023 Baltimore Sun. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.Governing, 4d ago
In a Sunday evening internal video conference intended to give educators an overview of the agreement, bargaining team members said that Lancaster had stepped back for “personal reasons” and was “with us in spirit.”The following day, the union’s bargaining team hosted a five hour webinar for members at which they answered more than 600 questions about the tentative agreement, a recording of which was shared with The Oregonian/OregonLive.At the very end, in response to questions about Lancaster’s resignation, Bonilla said, “You need to talk to Steve. We don’t speak for him…. There was a question about, ‘Now that Steve’s gone if we don’t ratify the contract, who’s going to fight for us?’ And I want to make sure that we don’t dismiss the work done by all the women and femmes in the space, who have been fighting for you guys. This has never been something that one person does.”Lancaster is not the only teacher who has raised questions about the strike’s outcome. Bill Wilson, a chemistry teacher at Grant High School who chaired the union’s bargaining team in 2014 and served as a committee member for a decade, wrote on an internal PAT discussion site that the tentative agreement was “a result of a failure of PAT leadership…The revelation last week that 13 percent was the best we could get was nothing short of stunning. It points to a failure of PAT leadership to accurately know district finances. To simply state that the money was there well into the strike without having done the work is a purposeful gaslighting of members.”Screenshots of his comments were shared with The Oregonian/OregonLive. Wilson did not immediately respond to an email seeking further comment.Despite their misgiving, both Lancaster and Wilson publicly urged their colleagues to ratify the tentative agreement, saying that rejecting it wouldn’t lead to better outcomes.At Monday night’s webinar, most teachers heaped praise on Bonilla and the rest of the bargaining team, celebrating them for their persistence during the negotiations including several marathon, 24-hour bargaining sessions.Others acknowledged that the agreement fell short of what the union had hoped to achieve, particularly around reducing class sizes and increasing mental and behavioral health supports for students.Bonilla told members that the school board — particularly Chair Gary Hollands, Vice Chair Herman Greene and member Julia Brim-Edwards, who came to the bargaining table after the union requested board presence during the first week of the strike — regularly blocked the union from reaching its goals.“At this point, I think it is safe to say that the entire board needs to be held accountable,” Bonilla told her members. “This was a traumatic experience for our bargaining team, and it was because of those board members who were not doing what they were elected to do, which is be the accountability check on this district and each other.”Reached Tuesday, Brim-Edwards and Hollands both said they’d tried numerous different strategies to be responsive to the union’s requests.“We were trying to figure out what were their priorities within our fixed budget,” Brim-Edwards said.Hollands said that before the strike, board members were ready to authorize a cost of living adjustment of 6 percent for the first year and 4 percent for each additional year, in exchange for the union agreeing not to walk out. That is very close to where the two sides ultimately ended up. He floated that possibility to Bonilla but it was ultimately rejected, he said.In the three weeks of negotiations that followed, Hollands said, district bargaining team members tried to address the union’s concerns with a variety of strategies, including starting all new teachers at a higher salary and offering to reduce teacher-student ratios by one at all high-needs schools and all schools where any classroom topped 30 students.Those ideas eventually went by the wayside in favor of putting available funding toward a larger cost-of-living raises, he said.The union has emphasized that its negotiators were able to make inroads on key elements of their proposals, including earmarking new funding for weatherizing classrooms and creating new language on sanitary conditions in classrooms that will elevate teachers’ concerns.Union leaders also pointed to time set aside for grading papers and planning lessons, which was increased to 410 minutes per week for both middle and elementary school educators, a breakthrough that came on Nov. 9, after five missed school days for students. That was accomplished by shifting schedules at some middle schools to allow for more enrichment classes and by drastically cutting back the number of staff meetings, a loss for principals and other building administrators.“I value the time to meet with my staff,” said Andrea Porter-Lopez, the principal of Woodlawn Elementary School in Northeast Portland. “There are so many things that need dialogue. All in an e-mail, it becomes a ‘talk-at.’ You don’t get the same feedback and response.”In conversation with members, Bonilla and others have stressed that they see this contract laying the groundwork for future ones, particularly on class size caps, a longtime legislative goal of the Oregon Education Association. The new contract includes language setting up schoolwide “class size committees” that will include parents, which she said would help hold the district accountable and create more transparency around full-to-overflowing classrooms.“Everyone is watching — they now know,” Bonilla said. “Folks are going to be held accountable by not just us, but also parents. So that is another piece that is going to increase the pressure. It is not going to be immediate and that is the frustrating part. But it is the start and it is going to put more eyes on the problem”Low-level discomfort over some of the union’s methods had been percolating among some members even before the tentative agreement was signed on Sunday afternoon. Several hundred educators on Nov. 21 signed a letter to Bonilla and Vice President Jacque Dixon expressing their discomfort with a flier circulated among the membership during a sit-in on the Burnside Bridge that encouraged “cook-outs and camp-outs” at the homes of the seven members of the school board. The flier, which did not have the PAT logo on it, included the board members’ personal phone numbers and addresses.“This targeted action could be perceived, by the targets and by the community at large, as threatening, harming or bullying,” the letter read. “This type of escalation tactic may be something you and some members of PAT believe in, but it marginalizes everyone else…We therefore cannot participate in or condone bullying, even in the name of securing a good contract.”Later on, after Hollands’ car and a home owned by Brim-Edwards were tagged with the words “Shame” — acts that have not been connected to any PAT members — the union issued a statement condemning vandalism.Since the announcement of the tentative agreement, educators have voiced particular concern around the plans to make up for the instructional hours lost during the strike, which include holding classes during what was supposed to be the first week of winter break.Bonilla acknowledged those concerns during the Monday question-and-answer meeting, but said school board members had been hell-bent on making up instructional time with full days, as opposed to adding minutes to the school day and made that a condition of settlement. She reminded members that they are able to take personal time, sick time or unpaid leave during the winter break days and do not have to justify those requests to administrators.“Use your time. It’s yours. The substitutes will probably appreciate the time. Just don’t put up any pictures when you are supposedly sick, please and thank you,” she said.©2023 Advance Local Media LLC. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.Governing, 4d ago

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In addition to the physical impact on the body, living with PKD can take a serious toll on a person’s mental health; depression and anxiety are common among people living with PKD. If someone with PKD reaches kidney failure, they may experience further emotional and mental challenges as they navigate the cost and time requirements of dialysis treatments, the potential impact on their ability to work, the necessary diet changes, and the fear of pain. Fortunately, support groups are available for people living with PKD, and social workers can connect patients to resources to help them cope with their disease.Open Access Government, 27d ago
Activities from free brain health consultations and cognitive testing providing information about important community resources and referral services to an exhibition of artworks co-created by dementia patients, carers and volunteers are offered at the event. The two-day event attracted more than 12,000 members of the community, dementia patients, and carers. To keep promoting a dementia-friendly community, the "Love·No·Limit" Community Inclusion Day, expected to benefit more than 240 people with complimentary cognitive assessment, will also take place at Kornhill Plaza this year from November 11 to 12. With the theme of "Flying Free," this year's Community Inclusion Day had its kick-off ceremony officiated by Mr. Leung Po Wah, Taddy, District Social Welfare Officer (Kwun Tong) of the Social Welfare Department; Ms. Helen Lau, Deputy Director (Head of Hong Kong Business Operation) of Hang Lung Properties; and Mr. Chow Wah Tat, Kenneth, Service Director (Elderly Services) of the HKYWCA. At the event, more than 70 kites made by dementia patients, carers, Hang Lung As One volunteers and young volunteers from HKYWCA were displayed against a backdrop of famous scenic spots across the city. The inspiring image illustrated the message that dementia patients can live freely and flourish in a supportive community. It also represented the vision of an inclusive, dementia-friendly society, which is possible when people from all walks of life work together. Artworks such as clay dim sum, cyanotype decorations, and stress relief paintings created by people with dementia and their carers were displayed at the "Dementia Friendly Art Gallery." The exhibits allowed the public to appreciate each piece's creativity while becoming more aware of the physical and mental health challenges of carers. Ms. Helen Lau, Deputy Director (Head of Hong Kong Business Operation) of Hang Lung Properties, said, "Since the Hang Lung X HKYWCA 'Love·No·Limit' Dementia Friendly Program was launched in 2021, it has supported more than 2,200 dementia patients and their carers. Close to 300 of our frontliners have also completed the Social Welfare Department-approved 'Dementia Friends' training course, giving them the skills to provide appropriate assistance while they are at work to people with dementia. We were delighted to bring a selection of merchants on board for this year's Community Inclusion Day, offering exclusive shopping concessions to elderly people to encourage them to stay active and be involved in the community while also responding to the Social Welfare Department's appeal to help ease pressures on carers. In the future, Hang Lung will continue to demonstrate our support for dementia patients and their carers, with the aim of building a more inclusive, caring, and dementia friendly community, and fulfilling the Company's commitment to improving social wellbeing." Mr. Leung Po Wah, Taddy, District Social Welfare Officer (Kwun Tong) from the Social Welfare Department, said, " Our government has always been concerned about the need of support for dementia patients and their carers. This year, the Government has launched out various enhanced initiatives, including a 24-hour Designated Hotline for Carer Support (182 183) and an one-stop Information Gateway for Carers to make it easier for them to seek assistance when necessary. To promote dementia friendliness and support for carers, it is not only important for the Government to allocate resources but also for the business sector and social welfare organizations to collaborate to expand community networks and create a caring workplace culture that accepts and understands the challenges faced by working carers, thus alleviating their stress. I am deeply grateful to Hang Lung for training their frontline staff in malls and office towers to become recognized 'Dementia Friends' by the Social Welfare Department, assisting people in need both in the workplace and in their daily lives and jointly contributing to a dementia friendly community." Mr. Chow Wah Tat, Kenneth, Service Director (Elderly Services) of the Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association, said, " Thanks to Hang Lung's support, the association has implemented the 'Love No Limit' Dementia Friendly Program in four HKYWCA elderly centers over the past three years. Targeting families with dementia members, the program has allowed participants to showcase their creativity through the arts and helped carers relax and unwind by joining activities. One-to-one five-sense cognitive training was also provided to relieve carers' stress and slow down cognitive degeneration in the elderly. In addition, the elderly who may have memory problems were identified and referred to private doctors in their districts for appropriate treatment. Through this program, dementia patients and their carers enjoyed a pleasant time together and established a positive caregiving relationship. We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude for Hang Lung's dedication to promoting a dementia-friendly community." At this year's event, two carer representatives shared their thoughts on the benefits of the Hang Lung X HKYWCA "Love·No·Limit" Dementia Friendly Program and their experiences in caring for dementia patients. Ms. Leila Chan, Chief Executive of Big Silver, also provided an overview of the various resources and support available in our community for carers. Mrs. Ng Lai Po Chun, a carer and a participant in the program for three consecutive years with her husband who is living with dementia and bilateral hearing loss, shared how the program's activities helped him open up and become more engaged and interested in life. For her, the program has allowed her to relax more and be more socially engaged, helping reduce the stress associated with caregiving. Throughout the event period, Hang Lung has joined hands with a selection of merchants at Amoy Plaza and Kornhill Plaza to offer exclusive shopping concessions to elderly. Merchants include: Dr. Kong, Colourmix, Meka, Sasa, O'Farm, Vita Green, Pizza Hut, Watami Japanese Dining, Victoria Harbour Restaurant, Victoria Harbour Supreme, Pak Don Chicken Rice, and Butahage. Hang Lung is devoted to helping build a diverse and inclusive community via various community investment projects. The three-year Hang Lung X HKYWCA "Love·No·Limit" Dementia Friendly Program includes improving the cognitive abilities of elderly, support for carers, volunteer training, and doctor referral services. It has now benefited more than 2,200 dementia patients and their carers, with Hang Lung volunteers putting in more than 1,100 service hours. In addition, close to 300 Hang Lung frontliners from 19 Hang Lung commercial and resident projects in Hong Kong have completed the Social Welfare Department-approved "Dementia Friends" training course and are doing their part in building a dementia-friendly environment. Hashtag: #HangLung...SME Business Daily Media, 28d ago
...“Ultrasound is the first tool of choice to scan pregnant women, but it also requires training to understand how to scan properly and correctly in order to make the right image interpretations,” said Jeff Cohen, GM of Ultrasound at Philips. “By supporting front-line healthcare workers such as midwives to identify potential problems in pregnancy at an early stage, we aim to significantly reduce the number of women who die because of pregnancy. During this next phase, working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we will bring this innovation as a commercial offering to the market to help increase quality access to care and improve maternal health in underserved and rural communities in developed and developing countries worldwide.”...MassDevice, 27d ago