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COVID-19 updates: As Tarrant County Health recommends virtual learning, Fort Worth mayor urges Fort Worth ISD to give students option to return -…

Posted: September 22, 2020 at 3:54 am

The county health department cited a two-week upward trend in both the positivity rate and increase in hospital visits for COVID-19-like illness.

Tarrant County Public Health is recommending all schools in the county learn online-only, citing a two-week upward trend in both the positivity rate and increase in hospital visits for COVID-19-like illness.

Health officials reported 333 additional positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

Tarrant County Public Health has a return to school guidance dashboard that analyzes whether schools should attend virtually, in-person or a hybrid of both based on the COVID-19 related data.

The latest dashboard update, which happens every Monday, said all schools in the county should be virtual-only because of the COVID-19-like illness trend and the percent of positive COVID-19 tests is 11.2%. Both have been increasing for the past two weeks.

The county tracks the emergency department visits for people experiencing COVID-19-like illness, meaning both a fever and either a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

Fort Worth ISD board members are planning to revote Tuesday on whether the district should extend virtual learning into early November. The measure failed at a meeting last week. If it had passed, in-person learning wouldn't be offered until at least Nov. 2.

Late Monday night Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Priceissued a statement she said she co-authored with various civic, business and community leaders imploring the school district to give parents the option to return their children to school.

"Now is the time for adults to come together and make the decisions that are In the best interest or children," the statement reads. "Parents must be given the option to decide which learning environments best fit their needs and the right to use local data and health metrics to inform decisions of whether to return kids back to tangible in-person instruction...Parents should be given the option of whether to place their kids back in the classroom or continue 'distance learning.' It is time for leadership to step up and do the right thing for our kids."

Out of 4,793 total hospital beds in the county, there are 1,456 available beds and 3,327 occupied beds as of Monday.

There have been 47,231 cases, 41,306 recoveries and 633 deaths since tracking began in March.

Most cases have been in the 25 to 44 age group, while most deaths have been in the age group over 65 years old.

More men in Tarrant County have died of COVID-19, while more women have had positive cases, according to the county's data dashboard.

Malakoff HS goes virtual for three days after student tests positive

District officials at Malakoff ISD in Henderson County confirmed Sunday that another student at the district's high school had tested positive for COVID-19.

Another student at Malakoff High School tested positive for COVID-19, officials announced in a letter to parents Sunday, prompting administrators to close the high school campus for three days from Monday, Sept. 21 through Wednesday, Sept. 23.

The school will have a deep cleaning on Monday and students who had "close contact" with the student who tested positive will be contacted, according to officials.

Dallas County reports two new COVID-19 deaths

Dallas County added 314 new COVID-19 cases and two new deaths Monday. Local officials also added 11 probable cases and two cases from August.

The two deaths were a Dallas man in his 50s and a Dallas woman in her 50s. Both had underlying high-risk health conditions

The county has now had 78,205 total confirmed cases and 997 confirmed deaths.

Denton County adds 106 new cases

Local health officials in Denton County reported 106 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the county's total to 11,607 since tracking began in March.

The county also reported no new COVID-19 deaths. This is now the fifth straight day with no deaths reported in Denton County.

The county has reported 107 total COVID-19 deaths.

US cruise lines vow 100% testing in plan for resuming sailing amid pandemic

Major cruise lines say they will test all passengers and crew for COVID-19 prior to boarding as part of their plan for resuming sailing in the Americas.

The Cruise Lines International Association, a trade group that represents 95% of global ocean-going cruise capacity, said Monday that its members will also require passengers and crew to wear masks while onboard whenever physical distancing cant be maintained.

No date has been set for the resumption of cruising in the Americas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a no-sail order for U.S. waters through Sept. 30.

The associations safety plan will now go to the CDC, which will consider it as the agency decides whether to lift the no-sail order. The order has been extended twice si

COVID-19 cases at SMU, TCU decline compared to previous week

New cases of COVID-19 at Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University were in a decline last week compared to previous weeks.

There were 84 new cases last week at SMU and 28 new cases at TCU.

During the week of Sept. 7, there were 167 cases at SMU and 100 cases at TCU.

As of Sunday at SMU, there are 161 current active cases in students and two active cases in employees.

At TCU, there are 34 active cases as of Monday, 29 of which are students and five are employees.

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Health-care stocks fall on uncertainty over Supreme Court and Obamacare – CNBC

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Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate as the opinion for health care is reported outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, June 25, 2015.

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Shares of health insurers and hospitals sold off sharply Monday, following the death of supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the looming battle to confirm her replacement. Analysts say it creates a new level of uncertainty over the future of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

"It sounds like the Republicans are really gonna push for a supreme court nominee approval before the new administration ( and) the fear is that the ACA will be probably repealed," said Jefferies health care analyst Brian Tanquilut, adding "I'm not sure that's necessarily the case, but obviously that's the fear that's been baked into the stocks right now."

Shares of Medicaid insurers Centene and Molina Health fell roughly 8.5%. The ACA has helped fuel the growth Medicaid in states that have expanded coverage to low-income and poor adults.

Hospital operator stocks also fell, withTenet Healthcaresinking 13%, Universal Health Servicesdown 8.6% and Community Health Systemsoff 6%. Investors worry that the repeal of the ACA could result in higher uncompensated care for the facilities, if millions were to lose health coverage.

The Supreme Court is set to hear the latest constitutional challenge to Obamacare, the case of California vs. Texas following the election on Nov. 10. If a new justice were to be seated in time for that case to be heard, that could push the balance of the court in favor of repeal.

"If the case gets argued in front of a new Supreme Court with a new justice, the center of gravity and the court will no longer be with Chief Justice Roberts, who has turned away too much stronger challenges to the law. It'll be with the other conservative justices," explained professor Nicholas Bagley, of the University of Michigan Law School, while adding he thinks the fears are overblown.

"The question is, will those conservative justices all vote to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, on the basis of this case... I think it's not likely," he said.

The current case before the high court centers on the issue of the individual mandate. Trump administration and Republican states argue that when Congress reduced the Obamacare individual mandate penalty to $0, the ACA was effectively invalidated. Chief Justice John Roberts cast the decided vote to uphold Obamacare in 2012, by ruling the individual mandate penalty was the equivalent of a tax.

"There's a long way between getting a solid conservative majority and getting rid of the law entirely," because of the consequences of repealing the law, said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the bi-partisan American Action Forum, and former economic policy director for 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain. "They could end up landing in a bunch of different places, to avoid a complete disruption. We've seen them do that in the past."

Capitol Street health policy analyst Ipsita Smolinski says beyond the case itself, the battle to seat a conservative justice before the election in November will likely rally President Trump's anti-abortion evangelical voters.

"If he gets somebody through quickly, who is potentially pro-life, that can can rally that base" said Smolinski, while adding it could similarly motivate pro-choice voters. "It cuts both ways, but I think it honestly helps Trump more."

JP Morgan analyst Gary Taylor downgraded hospital stocks Monday morning on greater uncertainty in the economy and the election. He argues the confirmation fight over Ginsburg's replacement could favor Democratic nominee Joe Biden and pave the way for a Democratic sweep in November's election.

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg's unfortunate death may serve to particularly reinvigorateDemocratic polling, campaign contributions & turnout. Thus, the election overhang on the sector from Joe Biden's stated support for a 'Public Health Insurance Option,' lowering the Medicare eligibility age and removing the Senate filibuster will likely increase," Taylor wrote in a note to clients.

The stakes will be high for both sides to make sure that there is something in place if the court strikes down the ACA, according to voters polled by the American Action Forum.

"The majority of Republicans and Democrats said don't touch these programs, which is truly quite striking," in this partisan environment said Holtz-Eakin.

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With Nearly 200000 Dead, Health Care Workers Struggle To Endure : Consider This from NPR – NPR

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Emergency medics from the Houston Fire Department try to save the life of a nursing home resident in cardiac arrest on August 12 in Houston, Texas. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

Emergency medics from the Houston Fire Department try to save the life of a nursing home resident in cardiac arrest on August 12 in Houston, Texas.

The coronavirus has killed nearly 200,000 people in America far more than in any other country, according to Johns Hopkins University. And experts are predicting a new spike of cases this fall.

It's not clear exactly how many of the dead are health care workers, who remain especially vulnerable to the virus. Dr. Claire Rezba has been tracking and documenting their deaths on Twitter.

Christopher Friese with the University of Michigan School of Nursing explains how we all feel the effects of a health care system whose workers are stretched to the brink.

NPR science correspondent Richard Harris reports on a crucial advancements health care workers have made that mean ICU patients are more likely to survive now than they were at the outset of the pandemic.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brianna Scott, Lee Hale and Brent Baughman. It was edited by Sami Yenigun with help from Wynne Davis, Elena Burnett, Terence Samuel, and Joe Neel. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.

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Fact Sheet: Supporting Early Childhood Education Programs for Health and Well-Being of Georgia Children and Families – Georgia Budget and Policy…

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Early care and education (ECE) centers play an integral role in the health and well-being for many children and families in Georgia. The holistic approach ECE centers provide has a substantial, lasting and intergenerational impact on health and well-being, particularly for children from families with low incomes.

ECE centers help parents engage in the workforce, but child care does much more to help children and families thrive. Their services are aimed at producing children who are healthy, ready for kindergarten, have access to proper nutrition, are socially and emotionally competent and offer family support services.[1]

An analysis of over 100 public assistance programs found that investing directly in health and education for children in households with low incomes have the best cost-benefit ratios.[3] Currently there are only enough funded spots or subsidies allotted to serve half of the estimated 364,000 eligible children in low-income working families who need it.[4] Furthermore, a lower share of potentially eligible Latinx and Asian children receive child care subsidies compared to other racial groups, and Black students are missing more class time as they are 3.6 times more likely to be suspended than white students.[5],[6] Addressing racial bias and program accessibility can help all children realize the health benefits of ECE.

The child care shortage caused by the pandemic is troubling news for the economy and the health of working families, disproportionately impacting low-wage workers and people of color, who shoulder some of the most severe financial and health burdens associated with the pandemic yet are some of the first workers called back to job sites.[7] Families are not the only ones in survival mode: 29 percent of surveyed centers in Georgia stated they could not survive closing for more than two weeks without significant public investment.[8]

Building on the recent boost in child care funding by expanding access to the CAPS program. State lawmakers can continue this progress by increasing the amount of child care subsidies available to low-income families through CAPS.

Increasing coordination between state health agencies and DECAL. The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities could extend services to children under four in their System of Care State Plan. The Department of Community Health can update their Medicaid reimbursement policy to allow payment for social-emotional screenings for infants and toddlers and therapy sessions that treat the child and caregiver together.[9]

Federal lawmakers should include funding for child care programs as part of the COVID-19 relief efforts. An allocation of $50 billion in federal funding for child care would help cover over five months of emergency care and relief, Georgias share being $2.1 billion.[10]

[1] Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, Bright from the Start. (2020). 2019 annual report.https://www.decal.ga.gov/documents/attachments/BFTSAnnualReport2019.pdf

[2] Georgias Cross Agency Child Data System. (2019).www.gacacds.com

[3] Hendren, N., & Sprung-Keyser, B. (2020). A unified welfare analysis of government policies. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 135(3), 12091318. https://doi.org/10.1093/qje/qjaa006

[4] Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. (2019).CAPS Policy Priority Groups.

[5] National Black Child Development Institute. (2019). State of the Black child report card: Georgia. https://www.nbcdi.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/NBCDI%20SOBC%20Report%20Card%20Georgia.pdf

[6] Ullrich, R., Schmit, S., & Cosse, R. (2019, April). Inequitable access to child care subsidies. The Center for Law and Public Policy. https://www.clasp.org/sites/default/files/publications/2019/04/2019_inequitableaccess.pdf

[7] Gould, E. &Shierholz, H. (2020). Not everybody can work from home: Black and Hispanic workers are much less likely to be able to telework. Economic Policy Institute.https://www.epi.org/blog/black-and-hispanic-workers-are-much-less-likely-to-be-able-to-work-from-home/

[8] National Association for the Education of Young Children. (2020, March 27).A state-by-state look at child care in crisis: Understanding early effects of the coronavirus pandemic.https://www.naeyc.org/sites/default/files/globally-shared/downloads/PDFs/our-work/public-policy-advocacy/state_by_state_child_care_crisis_coronavirus_surveydata.pdf

[9] Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students & National Center for Children in Poverty. (2019, September). What Policymakers in Georgia need to know about infant-toddler social-emotional health. http://geears.org/wp-content/uploads/IECMH-Brief-for-Policymakers-FINAL.pdf

[10] Schmit, S. (2020, May). Why we need $50 billion in pandemic child care relief: A state-by-state estimate. The Center for Law and Social Policy. https://www.clasp.org/sites/default/files/publications/2020/05/2020_50billionpandemicchildcare_0.pdf

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House Democrats charge health care inadequate in ICE facilities amid allegations of medical neglect – CNN

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The report, which is the result of a yearlong committee investigation, highlights shortcomings in the care of detainees and the oversight process amid allegations of medical neglect.

"Our investigation has made abundantly clear that ICE must establish better processes to identify and correct deficiencies at its detention centers that don't meet ICE's own standards of care," House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi said in a statement.

ICE said in a statement that it intends to "closely review the report," adding, "ICE welcomes any recommendations that help improve agency processes and ensure that civil detention operations provide a safe and secure environment for detainees. The health, welfare and safety of ICE detainees is one of the agency's highest priorities."

Over the course of a year, committee staff visited eight ICE facilities nationwide, interviewed more than 400 detained individuals, spoke with local ICE and facility officials, and reviewed facility inspection reports. Many of the detainees staff spoke with were seeking asylum in the US.

Democratic Homeland Security Committee members Reps. Kathleen Rice of New York, Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey and Nanette Barragn of California cited the complaint as another example of medical concerns during a forum Monday after the release of the report.

"These allegations, if confirmed, are not only horrifying, it would constitute human rights violations," Rice said.

The 23-page report released Monday underscores persistent concerns about care of detainees in ICE custody. For example, it found that ICE and its contracted facilities appeared dismissive about the mental and physical care of those in custody. "The Committee encountered several staff working at detention facilities that diminished the seriousness of suicide attempts as well as evidence of detainee medical issues going untreated," it reads.

One of the frequent complaints heard by staff from detainees was difficulty obtaining information about their immigration cases and accessing legal services. Another common concern shared by detainees was the misuse of "segregation," otherwise known as solitary.

"For example, individuals held at River complained that guards threatened placing detainees in segregation for engaging in permissible acts that detention staff considered disruptive, like submitting too many medical requests," the report says, referring to River Correctional Center in Louisiana.

Inadequate care of migrants in immigration detention can also go unchecked and unresolved as a result of deficiencies in the oversight process, according to the report. It alleges that oversight programs are "too broad, too infrequent, and preannounced" and that the Department of Homeland Security has "few mechanisms to enforce corrections and rarely uses those mechanisms," among other issues.

"While the committee cannot speak to the conditions of facilities outside the scope of its review, the evidence uncovered was glaring in its demonstration of patterns of violations that persist across the country, different contractors, and types of detention facilities," the report reads.

In response to the watchdog report, ICE said it was committed to ensuring detainee safety and agreed with the watchdog's recommendations to improve.

Still, Monday's committee report says issues continue. In one case, for example, a contracted inspector found no shortcomings related to health care of detainees, but a follow-up check by ICE "identified significant deficiencies that ultimately led to the transfer of detainees for their own safety." Falling short of standards, the report argues, can put detainees at risk.

"The Committee's review of the conditions at ICE detention facilities confirms that ICE does not do enough to ensure that its own standards of confinement are met," the report concludes, adding, "Accordingly, ICE must establish processes to better identify and correct deficiencies at its detention facilities."

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Cleveland councilman raps Health Department shakeup, saying people should have been fired – cleveland.com

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CLEVELAND, Ohio Cleveland Councilman Basheer Jones on Monday criticized Mayor Frank Jacksons shakeup of the Department of Public Health leadership for not going far enough, saying that people should have been fired.

Jones, speaking during a meeting of councils Health and Human Services, accused the administration of failing to address the feelings of workers considering an investigation found employees of all races and ethnicities were treated unfairly because of unskillful supervision.

The people who have possibly committed these atrocious acts are still working for the city. Its not like theyve been fired, Jones said. We just shuffled the Health Department. You didnt remove anybody. You just put them in different positions. Thats ridiculous.

Jones, who in his first term has emerged as one of a handful of council members willing to criticize the administration, said the shakeup doesnt show support for employees who were treated unfairly.

It just feels like we dont care, Jones said. "What impact does that have on disgruntled employees who dont feel protected? What impact does that have on city services?

Do you think people are going to mow lawns and pick up trash with fervor and love for the city? Absolutely not, Jones said. We have to stand with our employees and when they feel discrimination, we have to stand by their side.

Jackson announced last week that amid the worst health crisis in a century, he was acting to correct personnel problems in the Health Department that were identified in an investigation he ordered in July.

That investigation focused on:

The top-down restructuring included the reassignment of health Director Merle Gordon to a position outside the department and ordered pre-disciplinary hearings part of an investigative process -- for two top managers. Depending on the outcome of those investigations, those employees could face discipline, said Nycole West, Clevelands director of human resources.

Investigators also recommended professional development for employees, including sensitivity training for all employees and management training for supervisors.

The investigation did not find evidence that employees were mistreated in a discriminatory fashion based on race, ethnicity or gender. West told council members Monday that the investigation found no pattern of discrimination against any protected class. Rather employees of all races and ethnicities and age groups were treated unfairly.

The council committee hearing was set up after Jacksons announcement. Members of the council were seeking assurances that the departments services including restaurant and food safety inspections, AIDS testing, tuberculosis testing, lead screening, immunizations and efforts to reduce infant mortality -- would not suffer as a result of the shakeup.

I dont think that we can overstate the significance of this department. This is one of the bread-and-butter functions of municipal government, Council President Kevin Kelley said. This touches every Clevelander in some way, whether you eat in a restaurant, whether you know somebody whos been affected by infant mortality, all of the AIDS services -- theres just no way to state how significant this is.

And while council members seemed satisfied that services will continue, Councilman Blaine Griffin pledged that more hearings will be held to keep an eye on the department.

I just want the employees to know that we support this realignment, we support these changes, and we support the work that you do every day, Griffin said. Were going to have regular meetings on this. Were going to do either monthly or bi-monthly or quarterly I havent decided yet. But were going to have regular meetings just to discuss the departments operations.

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Virtual Mental Health Services and Programs Available From CAPS – University of Arkansas Newswire

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Pat Walker Health Center's Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) remains more committed than ever in supporting University of Arkansas students during these unprecedented and challenging times.

CAPS recognizes students may be struggling right now with anxiety, grief, sadness, confusion, loneliness and other difficulties in the midst of navigating a global health pandemic, financial hardships, increased social disconnection and continued racial injustice and unrest. Whatever the struggles and regardless of how and/or where student learning takes place CAPS is here to help.

CAPS is offering remote, tele-mental health clinical services and virtual programs in an effort to better serve our students and campus community.

Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.Fridays

To learn more about mental health services, including how to schedule an initial appointment, please call CAPS at 479-575-5276 or visit health.uark.edu/mental-health.

CAPS Online Groups & Workshops

In addition to mental health clinical services, CAPS also offers various virtual workshops and groups for the campus community. Groups and workshops vary on requirements to participate, however CAPS offers several options for students, faculty and staff.

Upcoming Workshops:

Weekly Support & Process Groups:

Learn more about available groups and workshops, as well as registration information atecott1.wixsite.com/groups.

Faculty & Staff: Find helpful information regarding support for students, consultations and mental health resources at health.uark.edu.

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Small health care providers settle potential violations of HIPAA ‘right to access’ provision – CDA (California Dental Association)

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Two small health care providers in Virginia and Colorado have agreed to pay $10,000 and $3,500, respectively, to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rules right of access provision.

The right of access provision requires dental practices and other HIPAA-covered entities to provide to individuals, within 30 days, access to their protected health information when requested including the right to inspect or obtain a copy of the information or to direct the entity to transmit a copy of the PHI to a designated person.

The Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has completed seven investigations for potential right of access violations in 2020, all resulting in settlements, including one for $70,000.

All of the providers, including a specialty family medicine clinic in California and a provider of mental health services in Massachusetts, have also agreed to adopt corrective action plans, which can require the entity to draft policies and procedures, and include one to two years of OCR monitoring.

OCRs right of access initiative

OCRs enforcement actions are designed to send a message to the health care industry about the importance and necessity of compliance with the HIPAA rules, the OCR stated in a Sept. 15 news release announcing the recent settlements. The OCR made right of access an enforcement priority in 2019.

The OCR enforces all HIPAA Privacy and Security rules and investigates related complaints. Last year, a dental practice in Dallas, Texas, agreed to pay a settlement of $10,000 to the OCR for potentially disclosing patients PHI on social media. Learn how the OCR enforces the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules, including investigation of complaints.

Californias access to records laws more stringent

Both HIPAA and state law apply when providing patients with access to their health information. Dental practices and other HIPAA-covered entities must allow a patient to view their information within five days and must provide the patient with a requested copy of their records within 15 calendar days (compared to the 30 days required by the federal HIPAA rule).

Learn more in the CDA Practice Support resources Patient Rights Under HIPAA. Also use the Patient Request to Access Records Form and Q-and-A, which includes a customizable records release form.

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New poll: California youth carefully following COVID-19 health guidelines, motivated to vote because of pandemic and protests against racial injustice…

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More than 80 percent of California youth say they are strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines and 2 out of 3 are concerned about lifting public health restrictions too quickly, according to a new poll the University of California released today (Sept. 21). This new survey of Californians ages 18 to 24 highlights a sharp contrast to the popular image of indifferent young people flouting public health guidelines. The eye-opening results reveal that more than two-thirds of those surveyed expressed concern about contracting COVID-19, and nearly as many reported always wearing a mask.

With the November general election just weeks away, the survey also found that California youth are more motivated to vote this year due to the pandemic (42 percent) and protests against racial injustice (45 percent). Additionally, as the status of the next U.S. Supreme Court justice remains unclear, one third of respondents said that the president's ability to nominate new members to the Court made them more likely to vote. While belonging to a group that historically turns out in low numbers to vote, 3 out of 4 also stated they were registered to vote, and a majority shared strong support for vote-by-mail options.

This survey confirms that California youth are paying attention to the issues of the day, and that they are motivated to shape the future of our country through action, said UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D. The University of California has always been committed to educating young people about the importance of voting. I am encouraged to see California youth are ready to exercise their civic duty this November.

"California's youth are active, engaged, and ready to cast a ballot in 2020," said California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. "Not only are students rightfully concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice in the nation, this translates into motivation to participate in our elections. It is encouraging that survey results show students are already creating an action plan to vote this fall."

The survey, conducted by YouGov on behalf of UC, expands upon the findings from a spring poll of California young adults. The findings provide new insights about California youth, on how COVID-19 has directly impacted them and their education, on their reactions to issues of racial justice, and on how the pandemic has influenced their plans to vote.

Key survey findings among California young adults:

California youth surveyed identified racism and racial justice as the most important issue facing the country today. In fact, this issue outranked the COVID-19 pandemic response, jobs and the economy, and health care by 8 or more percentage points in terms of areas of concern among those surveyed.

Data from the biennial UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES), released earlier this month, reinforces many of the findings from the new UC/YouGov poll, particularly around the impact of the pandemic on young people. The UCUES data reveals that UC students, like California youth at large, are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on their lives and their learning. However, almost 80 percent of UC students who responded to the survey agreed that the University is committed to their health and well-being during the pandemic, and 96 percent said they know how to protect themselves from COVID-19.

As universities across the country continue to grapple with how to safely operate during the fall, the YouGov poll shows California youth are split over the best approach to campus reopening, with more than 60 percent of them supporting schools opening exclusively online or mostly online this fall, and only 12 percent saying they should exclusively operate in person. A majority of respondents also disapproved of the resumption of collegiate sports, with 52 percent saying they did not think it was safe to resume playing.

The YouGov poll was conducted as part of the University of Californias 2020 civic engagement and get-out-the-vote campaign. Launched in January, the nonpartisan campaign aims to boost youth voter registration and turnout, as well as participation in the U.S. census process, and will continue through the November election.

For complete poll questions and findings, view or download the UC/YouGov survey toplinesand tabulations.

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How Covid-19 is driving regional innovation in digital health – MedCity News

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Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of people in every corner of the world have been touched by human tragedy and financial hardship from the global economic downturn. As difficult as these hardships have been, coping with Covid-19 has revealed a silver lining. In finding ways to mitigate and minimize exposure to Covid-19, the collective shift to remote services has forced a digital transformation on a large scale.

Retail, banking and other industries already had many of the systems in place to accommodate the shift to online and mobile access. Healthcare, however, has struggled in the past to develop the same level of integrated data and services commonplace in other industries.

In reality, medical technology is critical in getting us through this crisis. Whether technology is used to diagnose new cases, monitor patients in quarantine or care for those with other health issues, it has a clear role. If anything, the rapid adoption of telehealth shows that remote care is highly scalable and works well in both rural and urban areas.

To quote co-founders Steven Krein and Unity Stoakes from the StartUp Health Insight 2020 Mid-year Report, Its been said that there are decades where nothing happens; and then there are weeks when decades happen. Its crystal clear to us that over the past several weeks, decades have happened.

According to a July report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), primary care telehealth visits by Medicare beneficiariesincreased by nearly 50% at its peak from January through June. Even in Nebraska, which has the lowest rate of telehealth adoption, there was a 22% increase.

The key takeaway is that technology adopted out of necessity to mitigate Covid-19s spread, and support so many people staying at home, is here to stay. A recent report by IQVIA supports this, noting that the 25% of care expected to remain remote after the pandemic ends will have a significant long-term impact on managing chronic disease. The obvious benefits of remotely monitoring patients biological data include being able to help more patients in more places while preventing Covid-19 transmission, not to mention cost and time savings.

Digital health is of course more than just telehealth. It requires a connected network of devices and wearables that provide robust patient data that can be seamlessly integrated into healthcare workflows. As we work towards this remote care future, there must be a physical interface and collaboration around products. Countries that are focused on interoperability and building data sharing capabilities will recover faster and have an added advantage not just in addressing Covid-19, but in more efficiently managing of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.

In line with the persistent shift to remote medicine, we are seeing innovation happening in more distributed medical technology regions. The Twin Cities Medical Alley, Sydney, Australias ANDHealth, and Pittsburghs UPMC Enterprises are thriving innovation hubs with strong collaboration between researchers, diverse medical technology companies, universities, and health systems.

As the pandemic continues, more innovation centers will emerge as new supply chains develop, and tariffs and embargoes impact certain markets. Having more, and more regional, innovation hubs can help address some of the critical weaknesses we saw in global supply chains by creating additional suppliers increasing the volume and availability, thereby making companies less vulnerable to shortages. In the same way companies protect against lost data with redundant back-up systems, we must do the same with our health supply chains.

It is gratifying to see the industry embrace new technologies and come together to support their local communities. As a society, we have a responsibility to be better prepared for black swans, whether that is a pandemic or other catastrophic event. Embracing digital transformation is a first step on the road to making care more efficient and to also lay the foundation for a future driven by the connected medical technology needed to improve human health on a global scale.

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Open Forum: Valley Health is dictating insurance choices – The Winchester Star

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I simply cannot deal with the recent letter received from Valley Health.

Valley Health is now dictating what insurance an individual can have.

I spent my career in the federal government. The government, as I know it, supports the fact that we all have a right to choose whatever we want in life. I had little growing up in West Virginia, and little opportunities were available after high school. So I left home at age of 17 for a career in government service.

As part of that government service, I chose Blue Cross/Blue Shield as my insurance, and that insurance provider has been accepted by service providers in all areas of this country whenever I had an issue even it was an emergency in Clarksburg, West Virginia; Fair Oaks, Virginia; Denver, Colorado; or in High Point, North Carolina. It did not matter if I was on a return trip from Florida and had an emergency somewhere along the way. My insurance with Blue Cross/Blue Shield was accepted without question, and I was always told how lucky I was to have insurance that was so widely accepted.

Luck had nothing to do with it. I paid for that insurance, and now pay a hefty monthly premium, a premium that is deducted from my government pension.

Now I am told that Valley Health, in the infinite way of controlling all individuals in this area, may not accept Blue Cross. They also recommend that I change my insurance during the upcoming open season for government employees. Just what other insurance will I be able to take?

I cannot take Kaiser Permanente I would have to go all the way to Falls Church for an emergency visit and with Kaiser's insufficient care of my daughter following her traumatic head injury, I would not under any circumstances take Kaiser as my insurance.

I cannot take AETNA. Valley Health does not accept AETNA.

What choice does that leave me with? United Healthcare? That is totally not reasonable. When I carried Blue Cross and my husband carried United Healthcare, United Healthcare was my secondary. When United Healthcare paid Winchester Medical Center the remainder of one of my stays at WMC after Blue Cross had paid primary, and I had already paid the remaining amount, WMC refunded the overpayment to me only after my WRITTEN request. United Healthcare is also not widely accepted.

At this point, it should not matter at all what insurance my husband and I have. We are seniors, with Medicare as primary. With pricing set by Medicare, Blue Cross pays the remainder in full of the bill we have, and that includes any bills we have had with Valley Health.

And if Valley Health does not accept Blue Cross, then my husband will have to change his personal physician, since that doctor is a part of Winchester Pulmonary, and they are now a part of Valley Health.

To repeat, Medicare sets what Valley Health may charge me. Blue Cross pays the balance. Why is that not sufficient?

Sharon Edmonds lives in Berryville.

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Knight and TherapeuticsMD Announce Health Canada Approval of BIJUVA – Business Wire

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MONTREAL & BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Knight Therapeutics Inc. (TSX: GUD) (Knight) and TherapeuticsMD, Inc. (NASDAQ: TXMD) (TherapeuticsMD) announced today the approval of BIJUVA (estradiol and progesterone) capsules by Health Canada. In Canada, BIJUVA is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms (VMS) associated with menopause in women with an intact uterus. VMS are commonly known as hot flashes or flushes and night sweats. VMS affect 60% to 80% of women entering menopause.1

BIJUVA is a once-daily combination of estradiol and progesterone in a single oral capsule that will be available in two strengths in Canada. The two hormones included in BIJUVA have the same structure as the hormones produced and circulating in the womans body. In the U.S., BIJUVA is marketed by TherapeuticsMD and is indicated in a woman with a uterus for the treatment of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms due to menopause.

We are pleased to be able to offer a new treatment for postmenopausal women to address challenging symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats with BIJUVA, said Samira Sakhia, President and Chief Operating Officer of Knight.

The approval of BIJUVA by Health Canada is a significant accomplishment by Knight, adding to the earlier approval of IMVEXXY in August 2020, that offers new treatment options to women in Canada, said Robert Finizio, Chief Executive Officer of TherapeuticsMD.

Knight and TherapeuticsMD signed a license agreement in July 2018 pursuant to which TherapeuticsMD granted Knight the exclusive Canadian commercialization rights to BIJUVA and IMVEXXY (estradiol vaginal inserts). Under the terms of the license agreement related to BIJUVA in Canada, Knight will pay TherapeuticsMD a milestone fee for the regulatory approval in Canada of BIJUVA, sales milestone fees based upon certain aggregate annual sales of BIJUVA in Canada, and royalties based on aggregate annual sales of BIJUVA in Canada.


BIJUVA was developed and approved in the U.S. for the treatment of moderate to severe VMS due to menopause in women with a uterus. It is a combination of 1 mg bio-identical estradiol and 100 mg bio-identical progesterone in a once-daily oral softgel capsule.

In Canada, BIJUVA is available as a once-daily capsule in two strengths; 1 mg estradiol/100 mg progesterone and 0.5 mg estradiol/100 mg progesterone.

Please see the Full BIJUVA and IMVEXXY Canadian Product Monographs available at https://www.gud-knight.com.

Please see U.S. Full Prescribing Information for BIJUVA, including BOXED WARNING for cardiovascular disorders, breast cancer, endometrial cancer and probable dementia, available at https://www.bijuva.com/pi.pdf.

Please see U.S. Full Prescribing Information for IMVEXXY, including BOXED WARNING for endometrial cancer, cardiovascular disorders, breast cancer, and probable dementia, available at http://www.imvexxy.com/pi.pdf.

About Knight Therapeutics Inc.

Knight Therapeutics Inc., headquartered in Montreal, Canada, is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring or in-licensing and commercializing innovative pharmaceutical products for Canada and Latin America. Knight owns a controlling stake in Grupo Biotoscana, a pan-Latin American specialty pharmaceutical company. Knight Therapeutics Inc.'s shares trade on TSX under the symbol GUD. For more information about Knight Therapeutics Inc., please visit the company's web site at http://www.gud-knight.com or http://www.sedar.com.

Forward-Looking Statements for Knight Therapeutics Inc.

This document contains forward-looking statements for Knight Therapeutics Inc. and its subsidiaries. These forward-looking statements, by their nature, necessarily involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Knight Therapeutics Inc. considers the assumptions on which these forward-looking statements are based to be reasonable at the time they were prepared but cautions the reader that these assumptions regarding future events, many of which are beyond the control of Knight Therapeutics Inc. and its subsidiaries, may ultimately prove to be incorrect. Factors and risks, which could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations are discussed in Knight Therapeutics Inc.'s Annual Report and in Knight Therapeutics Inc.'s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2019 as filed on http://www.sedar.com. Knight Therapeutics Inc. disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information or future events, except as required by law.

About TherapeuticsMD, Inc.

TherapeuticsMD, Inc. is an innovative, leading healthcare company, focused on developing and commercializing novel products exclusively for women. Our products are designed to address the unique changes and challenges women experience through the various stages of their lives with a therapeutic focus in family planning, reproductive health, and menopause management. The company is committed to advancing the health of women and championing awareness of their healthcare issues. To learn more about TherapeuticsMD, please visit http://www.therapeuticsmd.com or follow us on Twitter: @TherapeuticsMD and on Facebook: TherapeuticsMD.

Forward-Looking Statements for TherapeuticsMD Inc.

This press release by TherapeuticsMD, Inc. may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements relating to TherapeuticsMDs objectives, plans and strategies as well as statements, other than historical facts, that address activities, events or developments that the company intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future. These statements are often characterized by terminology such as "believes," "hopes," "may," "anticipates," "should," "intends," "plans," "will," "expects," "estimates," "projects," "positioned," "strategy" and similar expressions and are based on assumptions and assessments made in light of managements experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate. Forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and the company undertakes no duty to update or revise any such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the companys control. Important factors that could cause actual results, developments and business decisions to differ materially from forward-looking statements are described in the sections titled "Risk Factors" in the companys filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as well as reports on Form 8-K, and include the following: the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; the companys ability to maintain or increase sales of its products; the companys ability to develop and commercialize IMVEXXY, ANNOVERA, and BIJUVA and obtain additional financing necessary therefor; whether the company will be able to comply with the covenants and conditions under its term loan facility; the potential of adverse side effects or other safety risks that could adversely affect the commercialization of the companys current or future approved products or preclude the approval of the companys future drug candidates; whether the FDA will approve the efficacy supplement for the lower dose of BIJUVA; the companys ability to protect its intellectual property, including with respect to the Paragraph IV notice letters the company received regarding IMVEXXY and BIJUVA; the length, cost and uncertain results of future clinical trials; the companys reliance on third parties to conduct its manufacturing, research and development and clinical trials; the ability of the companys licensees to commercialize and distribute the companys products; the ability of the companys marketing contractors to market ANNOVERA; the availability of reimbursement from government authorities and health insurance companies for the companys products; the impact of product liability lawsuits; the influence of extensive and costly government regulation; the volatility of the trading price of the companys common stock and the concentration of power in its stock ownership. PDF copies of the companys historical press releases and financial tables can be viewed and downloaded at its website: https://ir.therapeuticsmd.com/press-releases.


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As The West Coast Burns, Study Reveals The Deadly Health Toll of Australia’s Megafires – ScienceAlert

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Australia's horrific bushfires from late 2019 to early 2020 were like nothing the nation had ever seen. Multiple megafires blazed across the land, destroying forests, ravaging wildlife, and choking much of the country with dark clouds of acrid smoke.

The health toll of that unprecedented blanket of dangerous, particle-filled pollution is only now becoming clear, with a new study linking thousands of hospital visits and more than 420 deaths to the fires.

In new research, scientists compared the health impacts of smoke from last year's megafires sometimes called Australia'sBlack Summer against that of past bushfire seasons and found there basically was no comparison.

"We calculated the wildfire-smoke-related health burden and costs in Australia for the most recent 20 fire seasons and found that the 2019-20 season was a major anomaly in the recent record," the team, led by environmental health researcher Fay Johnston from the University of Tasmania, explains in a new study.

In financial terms, the team's modelling suggests smoke-related health costs from the 2019-20 bushfire season came to about A$1.95 billion (US$1.43 billion) close to four times the next highest estimate of approximately A$566 million (US$414 million) in 2002-03.

Not only that, but these most recent health costswere more than nine times higher than the median of the previous 19 fire seasons (A$211 million or US$154 million).

Assessing the smoke burden in terms of economic costs is an important and necessary step for researchers and planners, especially as the climate crisis deepens around the world, leading to fires and fire seasons that are getting worse as the world gets hotter and drier.

"Landscape fires are an inherent feature of the ecology of many forested landscapes around the world," the team writes.

"However, the global trend of longer fire seasons with more extreme fire weather is leading to fires that are historically unusually frequent, severe and, in some cases, economically destructive, a trend that is likely to worsen according to climate projections."

Of course, the real tragedy in terms of the burden on human health can't be measured with dollar signs, but with what excessive levels of smoke did to people who had to breathe it in (not to mention the potential effects on unborn foetuses).

"Population exposure to wildfire smoke in the 2019-20 fire season alone was estimated to be associated with 1,523 asthma ED presentations, 2,092 admissions to hospital for respiratory conditions, 1,138 admissions for cardiovascular disorders and 429 premature deaths," the researchers write.

The researchers acknowledges that their estimates based on public records of air quality data during the 2019-2020 event are subject to a range of assumptions and uncertainties, but they also point out that the links between breathing in PM2.5 matter (ultra-fine pollution particles less than 2.5 micrometres in size) and adverse health effects are well established.

This kind of inhalable pollution is an inevitable by-product of bushfires, but the downstream health impacts of smoke exposure don't always show up in economic assessments of such disasters, the team says, compared to the more obvious and immediate effects of costs related to fire-related injuries, infrastructure losses, and fire suppression.

Given the worsening situation of climate change, however and the fact that these sorts of megafires can happen in multiple places around the world, including in the western US most recently coming to terms with the health burden is a "global policy challenge" we mustn't ignore, the researchers say.

"The direct and manifest health impacts of wildfires on large human populations are a powerful reason to improve climate change mitigation and achieve sustainable wildfire management," the authors conclude.

The findings are reported in Nature Sustainability.

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"It’s concerning from a public health perspective, but more so extremely frustrating that our building cares so little about community…

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Dear PoPville,

I need help with my apartment building. I live in Senate Square, and Im at my wits end. The compliance with distancing and parties has been getting increasingly bad in our complex. However, the worst is the fact that a unit down the hall has been getting rented out on Airbnb for the entirety of the pandemic. Several times, its been the site of large (30+ people) parties, no distancing or masks, tons of loud music, people partying in the halls, yada. Other residents have held similarly-sized, loud parties on the roof.

A number of apartments in the building have complained about this unit in particular on several occasions to the management, to no end. Management has done as much of a virtual shoulder-shrug as Ive ever seen, about what to do about this apartment and others, which is to say theyve done absolutely nothing to mitigate the problem. My question is, do we have any recourse? What can we do? My spouse is at-risk, as are others around and close to us. Its concerning from a public health perspective, but more so extremely frustrating that our building cares so little about community safety.

Management has done diddly just has told us to leave it to the front desk, whos told us separately to deal with it ourselves and to contact management. Lather, rinse, repeat.

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Virtual dance parties help some improve health and wellness during pandemic – WTOP

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Kaiser Permanente's "Thriving After 60" program has many activities that keep senior citizens active and healthy.

Depending where you live, gatherings of more than 50 people arent allowed. But in the virtual world, you can join a dance party with hundreds of fellow guests.

The dance party has been really amazing. We average about 500 people that sign up for the dance parties, and if youve ever been to one, you cant help but smile, said Tanya Robinson, executive director of Medicare at Kaiser Permanente.

The dance parties are part of Kaiser Permanentes Thriving After 60 program of events, workshops and classes.

Topics include, for example, yoga for arthritis, stress relief, financial planning, nutrition, mindfulness and warning signs of Alzheimers disease.

The virtual Thriving After 60 program is a spin-off of an existing program that weve had for a few years now, which is targeted at improving the mental and physical health of our members and our community over 60, Robinson said.

Anyone is welcome to register for any of the free events, not just Kaiser members.

The sessions are conducted on Zoom. After you register for an event, youre sent a link to join and participate. The experience is interactive you can ask questions, and instructors can offer advice.

During a seated yoga class, for example, you might be advised to sit up a little bit straighter or breathe more deeply, Robinson said. Depending on the class, visitors will see the instructors and other participants.

Its the best as you can get with not being in person because you feel like youre a part of this larger community.

Attend one of the dance parties and screens flashing images of a bunch of fellow participants make it feel as though youre in a crowd.

Reducing that social isolation, being around other people, help to make you feel good, Robinson said, noting that all the moving around raises endorphins. This leads to all sorts of things, like improved sleep quality, increasing self-esteem, feeling more self-worth. Its all good.

Thriving After 60 content is geared toward the 60-plus population, but events are open to visitors of all ages who want to join.

Its more important than ever that people feel connected to other people, feel connected to communities, so please join us at our Thriving After 60 Facebook page or online. Wed love to see you there, Robinson said.

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Health & Her launch fully integrated menopause supplement range and app – Mobihealth News

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Cardiff-based female health pioneers have announced the launch of the UKs first fully-integrated supplement range and a digital training programme to help manage the symptoms of menopause. The 'Health & Her Perimenopause and Menopause Food Supplements' are the result of research into over 50,000 womens experiences and have been designed in collaboration with nutritional therapists to ensure a good absorption rate and maximum therapeutic effectiveness.

The supplements are non-GMO, vegan and gluten-free and contain a combination of herbs, vitamins and minerals, such as sage, B12, zinc and Vitamin C, which are clinically proven to support the relief of certain symptoms.

The app has been developed to manage ones menopausal journey, including daily symptom assessments, period tracking (for those in perimenopause), suggestions of exercises and tools to improve symptoms and supplement reminders. It also contains advice and information from multidisciplinary menopause experts, such as gynaecologists and psychologists, and guided exercises to support relief, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), pelvic floor training and deep breathing.

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There are more than 30 associated symptoms of the menopause, including hot flushes, headaches, weight gain, low mood and sleep troubles. On average, a person will experience around eight of these, meaning there are over 18 million potential combinations. As such, solutions need to be flexible to appropriately respond to a persons unique experience of menopause.

Health & Her have also taken care to formulate responses to perimenopause, the lesser known stage that precedes menopause, ensuring people are supported at every stage of their menopausal journey.


The launch anticipates Octobers World Menopause Month, a time to open discussion around menopause and support those going through it.

There has been a recent surge in femtech innovation, however much of this is aimed at women in their reproductive years. Nonetheless, 2020 has seen increasing interest in menopausal innovation. In June, for example, AARP announced the winners of its Hacking Menopause Challenge, which promoted noninvasive tools to help relieve menopausal symptoms.

The release of the Health & Her app is in addition to the digital Menopause Symptom Tool already available for free on the Health & Her website.


Health & Her Co-Founder, Kate Bache, said: Menopause management can be complex, as the decline of hormone levels at this stage of life can cause a wide range of both physical and psychological symptoms. To manage this requires a multifaceted, integrated approach and were excited to deliver a new product that does just that. Our Health & Her supplement range is the first-of-its-kind in the UK to target women through every stage of the menopausal transition.

Consultant nutritional therapist, Shona Wilkinson, commented: Im proud to have worked with Health & Her to deliver a multi-symptom supplement range to support women with the often challenging transition through menopause, and the supportingapp will make it even easier for women to tune into their symptomsand feel back in control.

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Here’s where each health region in northern Illinois stands as of Monday – Northwest Herald

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The Illinois Department of Public Health on Monday reported 1,477 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois positivity rate remained flat at 3.5%. The state received the results of 38,234 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Monday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 275,735 total cases of the virus, and 8,457 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 5,143,387 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 1,436 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those hospitalized, 364 were in intensive care units and 153 were on ventilators.

Regional update: According to aJuly 15 updateto Gov. JB Pritzker's COVID-19 response plan, the state will be tracking public health metrics in a slightly different way to monitor any potential resurgences of COVID-19. Additional restrictions can be placed on any of the state's 11 health regions if the region sustains an increase in its average positivity rate for seven days out of a 10-day period.

A region also may become more restrictive if there is a seven-day increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19-related illness or a reduction in hospital medical/surgical beds or ICU capacity below 20%. If a region reports three consecutive days with more than an 8% average positivity rate, additional infection mitigation will be considered through atiered system of restriction guidelinesoffered by the IDPH.

The North Suburban region (McHenry and Lake counties) has seen one day of positivity increases and one day of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 5.3%. Currently, 40% of medical/surgical beds and 53% of ICU beds are available.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen three days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate stayed the same at 5.5%. Currently, 30% of medical/surgical beds and 40% of ICU beds are available.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen two days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate remained flat at 5.7%. Currently, 28% of the region's medical/surgical beds and 29% of its ICU beds are available.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen four days of positivity increases and one day of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 7.1%. Currently, 41% of medical/surgical beds and 49% of ICU beds are available.

The North-Central region (Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford counties) has seen zero days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 5.6%. Currently, 39% of medical/surgical beds and 41% of ICU beds are available.

Chicago has seen two days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 4.7%. Currently, 23% of medical/surgical beds and 32% of ICU beds are available.

Suburban Cook County has seen two days of positivity increases and five days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 4.6%. Currently, 27% of medical/surgical beds and 35% of ICU beds are available.

To see how other regions across the state are doing, visit the full IDPH dashboard online.

Newly reported deaths include:

Cook County: 1 male 50s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

Ford County: 1 male 60s

Macon County: 1 female 80s

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For Young Peoples Sexual Health, the Pandemic Changes the Game – The New York Times

Posted: September 21, 2020 at 11:55 am

Its important to remember that what we find important in medicine is not necessarily what our patients find important, Dr. Wilkinson said. Often, doctors focus only on the efficacy of a particular method, rather than how acceptable it is to a particular patient. When she talks to adolescents, I ask them, does it matter to you to have your period every month, she said, and whether your partner can see the method or is aware that youre on birth control.

For some adolescents, it may be important that they can stop the method whenever they want. And the conversation has to include a discussion of what would happen if a method were not to be used, or were to fail, and about the importance of being able to discuss all these issues with your partner.

Pediatricians need to be comfortable having these conversations, Dr. Wilkinson said. Data shows young people are transitioning into their sexual lives during the time we are taking care of them, she said. The dialogue should include conversations about when they are ready for that transition, and how that reflects their personal values.

Even in medicine, some may have assumed that contraception would not be a priority during a pandemic, she said, but that is not necessarily true. And the topic is even more important this fall, with a whole cohort of young people either going back to universities under extraordinary conditions, or else not going back to their universities, where they might be accustomed to getting health care.

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The latest on how schools are reopening amid the pandemic.

As some college students do go back to campus, Dr. Lindberg said, colleges and universities response and guidance around safe behaviors around Covid ignored the fact that young people are sexual beings.

Instead, what we see are guidelines that say, no guests allowed in your room, she said. Kids are going to break that rule, and then were going to be mad at them. Guidance should emphasize careful decision making, she said, both with respect to sex and with respect to Covid, and guidelines should be cast in terms of risk reduction and consent. It cant be all or nothing, because that model fails, she said.

The themes repeat themselves again and again, Dr. Lindberg said. You need to have empowered them and given them the skills how they make decisions, how they choose their actions wisely. She pointed to the New York Department of Health guidelines for sexual behavior, which start with the advice that you are your own safest sexual partner, but move beyond that to address the specific risks of different kinds of behavior.

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Health Education Week 2020: Opportunities and Advancements in Obesity Medicine – Medical Economics

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Obesity remains one of Americas most pressing health issues the number of adults living with the condition has skyrocketed by 200 percent over the past 40 years. However, we have made great strides in our clinical understanding of the disease, and those advancements are worth celebrating.

Today, obesity is widely accepted as a serious but treatable medical condition significant progress from the recent past when it was viewed as a lifestyle choice, or worse, a character flaw. The American Board of Obesity Medicine has certified over 3,300 diplomats across the country. And we are on the verge of clinical breakthroughs that will transform obesity treatment, forever.

Healthcare professionals live on the frontlines of the obesity crisis. When we advance our medical knowledge, we become better equipped to help our patients achieve positive health outcomes. Engage with the following resources from the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) to expand your knowledge and stay abreast of our fields most current understanding of the disease, treatment options and more:

Overcoming Obesity 2020 Virtual Conference

Engage with the nations leading obesity experts and learn how to treat obesity in patients of all ages, genders and socioeconomic groups at OMAs completely virtual fall conference taking place October 9 - 11. Gain practical strategies for clinical obesity management and lean into a powerful professional network of healthcare professionals. Overcoming Obesity 2020 also offers two pre-conference opportunities: The Review Course for the ABOM Exam and Building an Obesity Treatment Plan: Advanced Cases.

American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) Exam Review Course

Join the 3,300+ ABOM diplomats who have brought advanced obesity medicine into their clinical practices. OMA is one of just four organizations to provide preparation materials for the ABOM exam. This years edition features all-new resources to help you take the 20201 exam with confidence and earn up to 32 CME credits. Join us October 7 - 8.

2020 Adult Obesity Algorithm

OMAs 2020 Adult Obesity Algorithm offers the most up-to-date information on the mechanisms, evaluation and treatment of obesity. Learn why obesity is a disease, its connection to common metabolic disorders and how to mitigate disease risk through obesity management.

2020 Pediatric Obesity Algorithm

Childhood obesity can lead to adverse health outcomes well into adulthood. Created by practicing clinicians and pediatricians who specialize in treating infants, children and adolescents, OMAs 2020 Pediatric Obesity Algorithm equips health care professionals with the medical knowledge needed to make informed decisions when treating childhood obesity.

COVID-19 Resources

OMA has created a number of resources for clinicians and other health care professionals to access during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These articles, webinars, podcasts and other digital obesity medicine resources will keep you up-to-date on what the novel coronavirus means for your practice, patients and community.

Fundamentals of Obesity Treatment Virtual Course

OMAs 2-day Fundamentals of Obesity course provides an introductory education on evidence-based approaches for evaluating, diagnosing and treating obesity in a clinical setting. Equip yourself with the tools to develop effective treatment plans for patients with obesity in your practice.

The future of obesity medicine is unfolding today. Our field has finally come to understand the pitfalls of advising the 93 million Americans with obesity to simply eat less and move more. We have learned the limitations of relying on body mass index (BMI) to assess overall health. We now know that physical activity alone is an incomplete prescription for obesity management. Today, there exist a number of proven pharmacological treatments for obesity with more on the horizon. And health education and awareness made it all possible.

As health care professionals, we have a shared responsibility to further our understanding of the issues facing our patients and communities. Together, we can move our field forward, for everyone.

To learn more about OMA or to become a member, visit: http://www.obesitymedicine.org.

Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA, Diplomate, American Board of Obesity Medicine, is the President of the Obesity Medicine Association. He is board-certified in internal medicine, pediatrics and obesity medicine. Dr. Primack has been named Top Doctor by Phoenix Magazine since 2008. He is also the author of the book, Chasing Diets.

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Focus on farm safety and their health this week – WGEM

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Is been a difficult couple of years for farmers across the Tri-States because of the economic uncertainty thats come along with the pandemic.

During national farm safety and health week this week, local officials are speaking out about the struggles of the profession.

When people think of life on the farm, they probably think of the hard work and long hours. But they might not think of the stress that can come with the job that weighs heavily on farmers.

Thats why the Adams County Farm Bureau wants farmers to keep mental health on the top of their minds.

I think when we get into harvest theres a lot of stress. Weather plays a big part of it. You really want to get that crop out of the field as soon as you can and its very stressful and I think theres a mental component of that as well, so we want to make sure the farmer is out there and it aware of that," said Shawn Valter, Adams County Farm Bureau manager.

The Adams County Farm Bureau said this week is also meant to spread awareness to safety on the roads.

There is more farm equipment heading into the fields now due to the start of harvest and drivers need to pay attention.

Crashes are often caused when drivers arent paying attention to farm vehicles on the roads or when drivers get impatient and try to pass farmers.

Officials said there are signs drivers should watch for to know when to slow down, like the slow moving vehicle emblem on the back of the equipment.

Its displayed on the back of any vehicle going like 25 mph or less. So when you approach a vehicle and you see this orange triangle, you need to automatically think, well I better reduce my speed and slow down and be cautious because you know its going to be going slow," Valter said.

Officials said these vehicles should only be on the roads for short periods of time while they move between fields, so drivers should be patient and not risk their own life or the farmers life.

With fewer hours of daylight in the fall, its also important to watch for farm vehicles early in the morning and when the sun is setting in the evening.

See the article here:
Focus on farm safety and their health this week - WGEM

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