Bartlett Hospital converts addiction recovery center into spillover for COVID-19 patients

first_imgJuneau’s Bartlett Regional Hospital implements ‘no visitor’ policyShare this story: Alcohol & Substance Abuse | Coronavirus | Health | Juneau | SoutheastBartlett Hospital converts addiction recovery center into spillover for COVID-19 patientsApril 10, 2020 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:Hospital staff move equipment into the Rainforest Recovery Center on April 6. City officials converted the drug and alcohol rehabilitation center into an emergency spillover shelter for COVID-19 patients at Bartlett Regional Hospital. The shelter is designed to house patients who don’t need critical medical care. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)All patients in the residential substance abuse program at Juneau’s city-owned hospital were discharged last month.According to Bartlett Regional Hospital Chief Behavioral Health Officer Bradley Grigg, Rainforest Recovery Center suspended inpatient operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Patients in recovery come from throughout Southeast Alaska and all over the state, making travel a concern as health restrictions tightened in March.It took about two weeks to safely discharge the 11 patients they had at the time. Some went to live with family or in shelters, and a few were placed in temporary housing.“We’re continuing to work with several of those individuals, both in Juneau and out of our region, for that matter, working with other providers for folks who are in temporary housing,” Grigg said.Even though its doors are closed, Rainforest Recovery Center has expanded virtual services since patients left three weeks ago.Grigg said the program has historically not had an outpatient program, but they now have 20 people receiving services remotely.“It was not something we anticipated,” he said. “But we’re grateful that people are reaching out and are coming to us for help. And we’re going to be there for them.”A cot inside of the Rainforest Recovery Center on April 7 in Juneau. City officials converted the drug and alcohol rehabilitation center into an emergency spillover shelter for COVID-19 patients at Bartlett Regional Hospital. The shelter is designed to house patients who don’t need critical medical care. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)Staff are conducting individual and group sessions with patients over the phone and via Skype and Zoom. And they’re looking for ways to make services accessible to those who may not have access to those technologies.Grigg said they’re also trying to be flexible to patient’s needs.“In a normal outpatient setting, we may only see them an hour a week, and in some of these cases we’re spending five to 10 hours a week with folks to make sure they’re OK, they’re sober, their needs are being met,” Grigg said.The hospital has since converted Rainforest Recovery into an alternate care unit in case of a surge in COVID-19 cases. It has space for up to 35 patients.last_img read more

Welcome to the STAT China newsletter

first_img A version of this story first appeared in the weekly STAT China newsletter. To receive future editions, sign up here.Welcome to the first edition of the STAT China newsletter.My name is Jonathan Chan and I’m writing to you from the bustling city of Hong Kong. Every Tuesday morning — Tuesday night for those of you in my time zone — I will take you through some of the latest health care and biotech developments coming out of China.advertisement NewslettersWelcome to the STAT China newsletter [email protected] Tags China Please enter a valid email address. By Jonathan Chan Feb. 18, 2020 Reprints Leave this field empty if you’re human: So why are we starting a STAT China newsletter? It’s no secret that China represents an important growth market for the global biopharma sector – its health care market is widely estimated to exceed $1 trillion this year. Boasting its own stock exchanges and a number of high-tech industrial parks playing host to homegrown pharma and biotech companies, I think there’s still plenty to learn and discover about this emerging market.With that in mind, I’d like to invite you to explore this new frontier with me, by sharing your tips, thoughts, or feedback on the newsletter. You can find me at [email protected] to the news:AstraZeneca braces for hit amid coronavirus epidemicThe novel coronavirus outbreak is now entering its eighth week, and it may be too soon to say how it will affect the industry broadly. But at least one drug maker, AstraZeneca, says it’s expecting sales in China to be negatively impacted.The U.K. drug maker’s heavy investment into the Chinese market means it has greater exposure to the epidemic compared to other global pharma companies; over one-fifth of its product sales come from China, the company disclosed during its latest full-year and Q4 results presentation.In terms of its guidance for 2020, the company says it is assuming an “unfavorable impact from China lasting up to a few months” as a result of the outbreak.“Right now, the main impact is that our salespeople cannot visit the hospitals and access the health care professionals because doctors, especially some of the specialties, are focusing on fighting the epidemic,” Leon Wang, the company’s executive vice president, international, said on an earnings call.He added that disruptions are likely to be temporary, and patients are now going to local pharmacies to refill their prescriptions instead of going to the hospitals.China approves Roche’s TecentriqRoche’s lung cancer immunotherapy is making its way into China. The National Medical Products Administration approved atezolizumab, marketed as Tecentriq, for the treatment of extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC) in combination with chemotherapy.The immunotherapy will make its way into the world’s second largest pharmaceutical market after gaining approvals for the same indication from the Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency last year. The Swiss drug maker is working closely with its local partners in China and is expecting to launch Tecentriq “in the following months,” a Roche spokesman told STAT.Tecentriq, an immune checkpoint inhibitor that targets the PD-L1 protein on tumor cells, is the second anti-PD-L1 drug to enter China after AstraZeneca’s lung cancer immunotherapy Imfinzi beat it to the market in December last year. However, Imfinzi will not compete directly with Tecentriq as it is indicated for patients with unresectable stage 3 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the more common form of lung cancer.BrightGene Biomedical manufactures Gilead’s remdesivir — without a licenseGilead’s antiviral drug remdesivir is being tested as a possible treatment for Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. That appears to have motivated one Chinese company, BrightGene Biomedical Technology, to replicate the drug’s active pharmaceutical ingredient.Despite Gilead’s IP protection on the molecule, BrightGene insists it has not infringed on any patents because the generic treatment is still in a development phase. Gilead will have to out-license the drug in order for the copied version to be marketed, BrightGene’s board secretary told Chinese news publication Jiemian.Gilead told Bloomberg News it’s aware of BrightGene’s move but that discussion of licensing the investigational drug is “premature.” The company, it said, remains “focused on rapidly determining the potential for remdesivir to treat Covid-19.”Once a failed Ebola treatment, Chinese scientists from the Wuhan Institute of Virology found remdesivir to be one of the more effective agents that can inhibit the novel coronavirus in the lab. The institute filed a patent for the drug, an unusual move given that Gilead developed remdesivir and applied for a patent in China over three years ago, though it still has not yet been approved.A Phase 3 trial studying the antiviral’s efficacy and safety in patients with Covid-19 infection is currently underway in China. It is expected to finish by late April.China clinical trials delayed as outbreak persistsChina’s drawn-out fight against the coronavirus outbreak is disrupting hundreds of clinical trials being run by both global and domestic drug makers in the city of Wuhan, Reuters reports.Heavy travel bans are making it difficult for the studies to stay on schedule, though a number of drug developers said it is too soon to speculate on long-term impacts. Some hospitals have suspended their drug trials, while some contract research organizations report patients having difficulty getting to the trial sites.So far, the outbreak’s impact on drug R&D has been limited, though. As STAT’s Kate Sheridan reports, for biotech startups that primarily operate in regions other than Hubei province, or CROs operating multiple sites across China such as Wuxi AppTec, the initial disruption has been relatively mild.Bio-Thera targets $287 million in Shanghai IPOBio-Thera Solutions — not to be confused with Minnesota-headquartered Biothera Pharmaceuticals — is looking to raise $287 million from its IPO on Shanghai’s STAR market. The Guangzhou-based company issued 60 million common shares, a company filing said.According to Bio-Thera’s prospectus, 80% of the capital raised will be used to fund its drug development programs, which mostly consists of cancer and autoimmune disease biologics.Last November, China’s National Medical Products Administration approved the company’s adalimumab biosimilar, making it China’s first domestic version of AbbVie’s blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis therapy, Humira, the world’s top-selling drug in 2017 and 2018. Bio-Thera’s adalimumab, marketed as Qletli, beat its peers to the market; Innovent Biologics, Henlius Biotech, and Hisun Pharma are all developing their own version of the monoclonal antibody.And last week, the company reported positive top-line results for its Phase 3 trial of BAT1706, a biosimilar to Genentech’s Avastin.More readsThe World Health Organization draws flak for coronavirus response (WSJ)Why reports about coronavirus death rates can be misleading (STAT)At least 37 groups are developing a COVID-19 vaccine (BioCentury)Beijing reopens obsolete factories to boost mask production (People’s Daily Online)Thanks for reading! More next week. Privacy Policycenter_img Jonathan Chan Newsletters Sign up for STAT China Your guide to the biggest biopharma and life sciences news in China @JChanPharma About the Author Reprints FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images What will the newsletter look like? I’ll round up important stories from the past week, adding some analysis and reporting when I can. With China’s health care system going through reforms, I’ll also tell you about policy changes that could have implications for pharma and biotech companies operating here. Along the way, I hope to highlight interesting biotech startups and executives I come across.A little background on me: Born and raised in Hong Kong, I went to school in Canada and studied biotechnology. I distinctly remember learning about golden rice and thinking “this will revolutionize health care in developing countries.” (It hasn’t.) Since then I’ve been following health care developments in Asia and started focusing on China in the last few years.advertisementlast_img read more

GAA to make a call on Friday about the weekend National League games

first_img“We have a contingency plan in place for every fixture between now and the end of the leagues,” McGill told The42.“That will allow us to finish the leagues and not impact on the club window in April.“The plan doesn’t involve any midweek games. The big issue is our players are still amateurs and midweek games would involve people taking time off work.“So even if there’s a second weather event, we won’t be looking at midweek fixtures. We’ll make the call for this weekend’s matches on Friday.”Already Laois GAA have postponed a number of events this week, including the 2018 club championship draws, the weekend Palmer and Kelly Cup action and the first of the the €130 ticket draws.SEE ALSO – The league begins now says Sugrue as Antrim test is next up TAGSAllianz Football LeagueAllianz Hurling LeagueLaois senior footballersLaois senior hurlers Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad GAA to make a call on Friday about the weekend National League games RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Pinterest Home Sport GAA GAA to make a call on Friday about the weekend National League… SportGAA WhatsApp Facebook Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Previous articleOur guide to What’s On at the WeekendNext articleFianna Fail aiming to run two candidates in Laois confirms Michael Martin Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Rugby Pinterest Twitter By Steven Miller – 1st March 2018 Council Community The Laois hurlers and footballers are due to be part of a double header of National League game in O’Moore Park this Sunday – but both those fixtures are now under threat because of the current weather situation.The Laois footballers are fixed to play Antrim at 12.30pm on O’Moore Park in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League while the hurlers take on Dublin at 2pm.With the country currently covered in snow and Storm Emma on its way, a spokesperson for the GAA has said that they will make a decision on Friday on the weekend’s games.Both games are of huge consequence to Laois as a win for the footballers would move them closer to promotion while also damaging Antrim’s hopes. A win for the hurlers would save them from a relegation playoff and send them through to a league quarter-final.Feargal McGill, the GAA director of games administration and player welfare, told the that the GAA will make a decision on Friday as to whether the games go on around the country this weekend. There is a full schedule of both hurling and football on Saturday and Sunday across all divisions.With the condensed fixture schedule, there is little leeway for rescheduled games to be pencilled in as the hurling league has games fixed for the next four weekends while there is no available weekend for Laois or Antrim to be re-fixed if it has to be postponed.Laois are going to London next weekend – but that is spare weekend for the other six teams in the Division. They all play the following weekend, March 18, with the final round of games down for decision on March 25 and the Division 4 league final fixed for Saturday, March 31.McGill revealed that midweek games will not be a runner if there are postponements and that if the hurling league games are rescheduled it will not impact on plans to keep the month of April free for club matches. Facebooklast_img read more

Portlaoise AFC Women’s team finish season in style as League champions

first_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Portlaoise AFC Women Portlaoise AFC Women’s team travelled to Clane on Sunday afternoon for their final game of the season and were crowned league champions.They came into this game keen to make amends after their Cup Final loss to Kildare Town at the end of September.Portlaoise started the stronger side with plenty of early shots on goal from Averil Westman and Mo Nerney.The first goal for the away side came on the 13th minute after Ellen Healy made a blistering run from centre midfield and finished low and into the corner.Ten minutes later, their second goal came with a great cross in from right winger Westman which was controlled by Mo Nerney and blasted into the net.Portlaoise held their own throughout the first half with most of the possession and some great defending from Keane, Kehoe and Hyland in the back line making sure any Clane chances were quickly dealt with.Goalkeeper Aimee Keane’s kickouts were consistently on target and midfielder Cathy Mansfield won lots of possession in the air.Portlaoise were unlucky not to convert more of their chances in the first half and it finished 2-0 to the away side at the break.Portlaoise again started the second half stronger and had some great chances early on from Grainne Moran who made some pacy runs down the left wing.Clane kept the pressure on but they were no match for the away side who began to pull away on the 52nd minute.They scored their third goal with an absolute screamer of a volley from Austeja Labutyte 30 yards out. Just a minute later another fantastic long range shot from Mo Nerney made it 4-0 to Portlaoise.69 minutes in substitute Labutyte got her second goal after a pinpoint cross from winger Moran was finished into the back of the net.The two strikers O’Connor and Curley terrorised the Clane defence and were unlucky not to increase the Portlaoise lead on numerous occasions.Portlaoise dominated the rest of the half and were deserved winners on the day on a scoreline of five goals to nil.They will now be promoted to Division 1 of the KDFL next season.A big thank you to Catherine Delaney for sending us the match reports all season!Team: Aimee Keane, Maria Keane, Aisling Kehoe, Ellen Healy, Niamh Hyland, Grainne Moran, Cathy Mansfield, Mo Nerney, Averil Westman, Jessie Curley, Aine O’Connor. Subs: Austeja Labutyte for Averil Westman.SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Joyous scenes as Ballyroan-Abbey claim Minor football glory Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Council By LaoisToday Reporter – 21st October 2018 WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Portlaoise AFC Women’s team finish season in style as League champions Twitter Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Community TAGSPortlaoise AFC Ladies Previous articleReddin holds his nerve as Portlaoise win top-of-the-table thrillerNext articleIn Pictures: Joyous scenes as Ballyroan-Abbey claim Minor football glory LaoisToday Reporter Facebook Facebook Pinterest Home Sport Soccer Portlaoise AFC Women’s team finish season in style as League champions SportSoccer Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official openinglast_img read more

Vancouver firm joins Wall Street Blockchain Alliance

first_img Swiss National Bank tests digital currency James Langton IHS Markit to launch global online ledger for carbon credits Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Instant repo settlement: a problem the blockchain may solvecenter_img “We are thrilled to become members of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance. Big data analytics stands to substantially improve business conducted via blockchains and cryptocurrencies, as they become increasingly utilized within the financial community. The opportunity to work with other members and partners of the WSBA will help expedite innovation and collaboration,” says Lance Morginn, CEO of BIG, in a statement. Keywords Blockchain Vancouver-based Blockchain Intelligence Group (BIG) has joined the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA), the organizations announced on Wednesday. BIG’s products aim to facilitate compliance in a blockchain environment by providing data analytics and risk assessment for blockchain-based transactions. The WBSA promotes adoption of blockchain and distributed ledger technology in financial markets. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Agricultural Group in Manchester Stages Expo

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The New Forest/Duff House Irrigation Society in Manchester staged their 2nd Annual Agricultural Expo on Thursday (April 16), showcasing produce from communities in the area.Chairman of the group, Simon Supersad, said that the annual event resulted from the need for farmers to organize and market their produce in a structured manner.“We are mobilising our resources to expose the many crops that we produce. Here tonight, we have over 100 farmers, the organization though, cares for over 400 farmers. We understand the need for increased production, and that is our objective for coming together,” he said.The expo drew representatives from the National Irrigation Commission (NIC), the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), and other agencies and personnel from entities to view the produce on display.“The items here, at the different points, are clear indications that we have the potential to seize the opportunity in using technology to boost agricultural production in this parish, and for Jamaica,” he said.The group has been receiving support from the Inter- American Development Bank (IDB). They have contractual arrangements to supply the SANDALS group with agricultural produce. Advertisements RelatedAgricultural Group in Manchester Stages Expo RelatedAgricultural Group in Manchester Stages Expocenter_img RelatedAgricultural Group in Manchester Stages Expo Agricultural Group in Manchester Stages Expo AgricultureApril 18, 2009last_img read more

Works Underway To Give Coburg Lions’ Den A Makeover

first_imgWorks Underway To Give Coburg Lions’ Den A Makeover VIC PremierThe Andrews Labor Government is investing in grassroots sports and elite women’s football, with works underway on the Coburg City Oval.Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence today visited the iconic VFL ground which is being transformed thanks to $3 million from the Labor Government.The project, due to be complete in June this year, will see the oval transformed into a first-class facility capable of hosting big games including VFLW finals, and includes female friendly and accessible facilities for players, umpires and visitors.The kitchen and kiosk will be upgraded to provide modern and safe facilities and a large new multi-purpose area will be used for a range of training programs, activities and events.The oval has been home to the Coburg Lions Football Club and Coburg Lions Cricket Club since 1912. It is also used by the West Coburg Football Club, the Coburg Superules Football Club, the Coburg Football Integration Development Association team and Coburg Auskick.The facilities will give football and cricket clubs a modern space to grow their memberships and welcome more girls, women and people of all abilities. It will significantly improve facilities for the Coburg Turkish Club, the Arabic Seniors Group, the Italian Seniors Group and other community organisations that use the pavilion.The project’s construction phase will employ more than 270 staff, including trades, contractors and consultants.Once construction is complete the facility will help generate approximately $4.40 for every $1 invested and will inject more than $1 million into the Moreland economy through the support of local businesses such as cafes, bakeries, supermarkets, hotels and trades.The Labor Government has invested more than $1 billion in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.As stated by Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence“The Coburg City Oval transformation will open up opportunities for the growing numbers of local female footballers and cricketers to emulate their sports heroes, and also see them play in their own backyard.”“This upgrade will mean Melbourne’s north is able to attract even more top-level competition, boosting the local economy, providing jobs, and giving locals the chance to see even more home-grown heroes in action.”As stated by Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn“It is great to see this project coming to life. We have a great club and a great community and they deserve first class facilities.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Andrews, AusPol, Australia, community, cricket, Economy, football, Government, infrastructure, jobs, Melbourne, Minister, Moreland, project, Seniors, space, sports, Turkish, Victorialast_img read more

Are you metabolically flexible? Your New Year’s resolutions may depend on it

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Inigo San Millan conducts a metabolic flexibility test.Looking to fend off obesity, diabetes, heart disease or other chronic ailments in the new year? Before you hastily cut out carbs, slash the fat or sign up for the next Biggest Loser-esque workout plan, consider asking yourself: “How metabolically flexible are you?” Metabolic flexibility is the ability for your body to quickly switch back and forth between fat and carbohydrates, efficiently using whatever fuel sources you throw at it, explains Inigo San Millan, director of the Sports Performance Program at the University of Colorado Sports Medicine Center on the Boulder campus and developer of a new non-invasive method for assessing metabolic flexibility.“If you’re not metabolically flexible, you’ll have a hard time burning fats or sugars, and that can set you up for disease. If you are, you can enjoy the pleasures of a wide variety of foods and be healthy.”Get your ‘metabolic rehab’ onA former pro cyclist and physiologist to many elite and pro athletes, San Millan has spent years using high-tech metabolic tests to gauge the metabolic flexibility of the fittest of the fittest. Now, he’s applying a streamlined version of that test to everyday people wishing to assess their risk of cardio-metabolic diseases and get a customized exercise prescription to fend them off. He calls it “metabolic rehabilitation.”Come 2018, the test will be covered by some insurance companies, a change which San Millan hopes will nudge primary care physicians to use it with patients to assess their diabetes risk years before a glucose tolerance test could detect it.He’s also working to commercialize a streamlined, portable version of the test—even a smartphone app, which would enable consumers to use one drop of blood to test their metabolic flexibility.“We want to bring this to the masses.”Key takeawaysCU Boulder researchers have developed a test to measure “metabolic flexibility.”Flexible people can easily switch between carbohydrates and fat for energy.They can eat a wider variety of foods and remain healthy.Inflexible people are prone to diabetes and heart disease.One hour of moderate exercise four days a week boosts metabolic flexibility.How the test worksToday, the test goes like this: Patients come to his lab, hop on a bike or treadmill and begin to pedal, run or briskly walk while wearing a mask that measures how efficiently they utilize fat and carbohydrates. Gradually, San Millan increases the resistance to see how the body reacts. He also takes periodic blood samples from the fingertip to assess how quickly the cells are clearing lactate, a metabolic byproduct that can stiffen muscles and promote disease when it accumulates.The end result is a snapshot of the health of the patient’s mitochondria—the tiny furnaces inside cells that burn through fat, carbohydrates and lactate.The more mitochondria, the larger they are, the more metabolically flexible you are.While elite athletes have the healthiest mitochondria, Type 2 diabetics tend to have the worst.“The only other way to test for mitochondrial function is to do a muscle biopsy, and that’s not practical,” says San Millan, who published a pivotal study in the journal Sports Medicine in June, confirming that his test is an accurate, indirect way to measure mitochondrial health.San Millan notes that while carbohydrates tend to be maligned as the root of metabolic disease, elite athletes have diets that consist of 70 to 80 percent or more of carbohydrates, yet they are the only population in the world free of acquired Type 2 diabetes.Can carbs be friends?“Carbs are not the enemy,” says San Millan, also an assistant professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the CU School of Medicine. “Metabolic inflexibility is the enemy.”How do you know if you’re metabolically inflexible? Short of having the test, people can take a hard look at their energy levels and weight patterns: Low energy, trouble losing weight regardless of dietary changes and increased blood-sugar levels can be sure signs of unhealthy mitochondria.How does one fix that?“The only medication that increases mitochondrial function is exercise,” says San Millan. “But it has to be at the right intensity.”For a sedentary person, a one-hour walk four days a week is enough to jump start mitochondrial health. (A shorter workout may not be enough. A longer workout could elicit better results but, if done too soon, can lead to fatigue or overtraining.)Get testedFor more information or to schedule a metabolic flexibility test, call 303-315-9900 or log on to more fit a person gets, the more freely a person can eat, he says.The test worked for Elizabeth Wolfert, who kicked off 2016 with a visit to San Millan’s lab with her mother. Their tests revealed, while her mother’s mitochondrial health was relatively good, her own was surprisingly poor. She was also pre-diabetic.One year later, after following San Millan’s plan, she retested. Her pre-diabetes is gone, and her metabolism is far more flexible.“I found it really fascinating to find out what was going on inside my own mitochondria and walk away with a program that wasn’t just based on diet or exercise but on making my metabolism more flexible.”Categories:Health & SocietyNews Headlines Published: Dec. 22, 2017 • By Lisa Marshall last_img read more

Liberty chair Malone hints at T-Mobile US acquisition

first_img T-Mobile US customer care gets personal T-Mobile expands its REVVL smartphone lineup John LegereJohn MaloneLiberty GlobalT-Mobile US AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 11 JAN 2017 Devices HomeLatest Stories Liberty chair Malone hints at T-Mobile US acquisition Related Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more center_img Kavit Majithia Previous ArticleSK Telecom earmarks $4B for AI, IoT developmentNext ArticleTech leaders establish $27M ethical AI fund Author Tags The three largest US cable companies could join forces and enter the mobile market by acquiring T-Mobile US, Liberty Media chairman John Malone suggested.Malone’s comments, reported by Bloomberg and made at a Lions Gate investor event, come less than a week after T-Mobile US’ outspoken CEO John Legere predicted big cable players attempting to move into mobile through MVNO deals would be unsuccessful.“I predict big cable will have their a**es handed to them and will be in full retreat from their MVNO strategy by the end of the year,” Legere said in an annual predictions blog.Despite this, Malone, who invested heavily in Europe on a mobile and cable convergence strategy through Liberty Global, believes the new administration of President elect Trump will open up a new era of consolidation. This, he suggested, could allow cable players to respond to the growing threat of US telecoms operators offering content services.Both AT&T, through its acquisition of DirecTV, and Verizon, with its Go90 platform, are offering TV over broadband. AT&T also recently struck a deal to acquire Time Warner for $85.4 billion, which is now pending regulatory approval.“Maybe the three major cable companies get together and buy T-Mobile,” said Malone, suggesting number one player Comcast could even merge with number two operator Charter (which is part owned by Malone), in the cable space.Cox Communications is the third largest player and told Bloomberg it remains open to investments, partnerships and acquisitions in line with its strategy. US telecoms help states fight robocallslast_img read more

The Costs of Defensive Science

first_img A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Medicine The Costs of Defensive ScienceSarah ChaffeeMarch 15, 2018, 12:11 PM Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man 4.0.4I used to compete in speech and debate, and one topic I had to study was medical malpractice. In our highly litigious society, physicians and other health-care professionals often practice what is known as “defensive medicine.” This means they overuse extra tests and other services to protect themselves, or avoid taking on high-risk clients. They seek cover in case of a bad outcome.Now, that doesn’t sound so bad, and in small amounts maybe it wouldn’t be a big issue. But a paper in the American Medical Association’s journal JAMA Internal Medicine cites a study finding that defensive medicine costs $46 billion each year.Here’s one story from the American Academy of Family Physicians website:One family physician with firsthand knowledge of the use of guidelines in litigation is Dan Merenstein, M.D., of Washington, D.C. As a third-year resident trained in a shared decision-making model, in 1999 he discussed the risks and benefits of prostate cancer screening with a 53-year-old male patient who subsequently declined to have a prostate-specific antigen test. Merenstein didn’t see the patient again until four years later, when the patient became a plaintiff in a lawsuit, seeking damages from Merenstein and his residency. The patient had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in the years following his physical exam with Merenstein.…Practicing FPs should proceed carefully. Merenstein, now a fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, at one point questioned whether he would return to practice medicine. He currently sees only urgent-care patients and admits, “I order more tests now, am more nervous around patients; I am not the doctor I should be.”But Merenstein says he still believes in evidence-based medicine.“I hope I’ll go back to the way I should practice, but I’m not sure,” he says. “I don’t want to go through that again.”When I read that it struck me as somehow…familiar. Dr. Merenstein practiced “evidence-based medicine,” in line with his training, according to what he held to be “the way I should practice.” And in his professional life, he got burned for it. Now he practices what you might call avoidance-based medicine, trying to keep himself safe.Compare this to the situation of evolution critics and the way that, out of an abundance of caution, they keep quiet about their ideas. Scientists, professors, and students hold their tongues because they are afraid of career repercussions. They’ve heard of colleagues who stepped out of line and were shunned by the scientific academic community or otherwise had their professional lives ruined. They take refuge from smothering orthodoxy in what you might call defensive science.Defensive medicine is a problem because a physician’s chief concern should be for his patient, not for the cost of his malpractice insurance. Similarly, a scientist should be free to objectively consider and advance new ideas — in short, practice evidence-based scientific inquiry — not just adhere to the official positions of influential professional organizations.In both medicine and the study of biological origins, there are prices that come from being forced into a defensive posture. In medicine the cost is measured in billions of dollars, and in the quality of health care. In biology, there’s a human cost as scientists and educators work under a cloud of threat, apprehensive that someone may find out about their private doubts and convictions.There’s a heavy cost for us all, too, if we care about the pursuit of truth. We want to know what’s true about how life arose and diversified, but the demand for orthodoxy works to keep us in the dark.As a result of defensive medicine, various kinds of tort reform have been proposed. In the context of origins science, for scientists, professors, and students, the solution is academic freedom, aka Free Science.Photo source: National Institutes of Health, via Wikimedia Commons. Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Sarah ChaffeeNow a teacher, Sarah Chaffee served as Program Officer in Education and Public Policy at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. She earned her B.A. in Government. 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