Back To School With COVID-19 and Sickle Cell

KC Morse, who grew up with sickle cell disease (SCD) and is now a school teacher shares her experience and encourages young adults as they transition from pediatric to adult care for SCD.  She is joined by Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and CEO of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (Michigan chapter), who discusses why it is so important for young adults with SCD to stay up to date with their medical care during times of transition and especially now being at increased risk for COVID-19.

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Diabetes – Low Blood Sugar Preparedness

Singer/songwriter Crystal Bowersox, who has diabetes, and Dr. Gregory Dodell, member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, discuss the new initiative “Know Before the Low” to help those living with diabetes be prepared for low blood sugar, which includes having a “rescue plan” in place for very low blood sugar emergencies and telling their support network about it in advance.

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Blooms The Chemist – COVID-19 White Paper – Community Medical Supplies

Emmanuel Vavoulas, head of retail at Blooms The Chemist, Australia’s leading community pharmacy, discusses the recent White Paper detailing its response to the COVID-19 pandemic titled “Lessons Learnt from the Frontline of a Health Emergency”  that includes “Ensuring the Community’s Access to Health and Medical Supplies”, such as home-delivered medicine and maintaining access for vulnerable customers. 

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2020 Astellas Oncology C3 Prize (Changing Cancer Care) Call For Entries

Returning guest, Bill Rancic discusses his ongoing partnership with the Astellas Oncology C3 Prize (Changing Cancer Care) program.  The C3 Prize is a global challenge to advance ideas beyond medicine that can make a big impact in the cancer community.  This year, Astellas Oncology is looking for ideas that can bring solutions to everyday challenges, including concepts that can ease the increased burden of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer care and health disparities affecting cancer patients and caregivers. The program will award $200,000 in grants and resources to help winners further advance their ideas.  Applications are open from now until September 28, 2020.

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Astellas Oncology 2019 C3 Prize (Changing Cancer Care) Emerging Ideas Winner

Abby Westerman, founder of the b-present Foundation, winner of the Astellas Oncology 2019 C3 Prize (Changing Cancer Care) Emerging Ideas Winner, discusses the mission of the foundation which is a social support network for young adults with cancer.  She talks about how the C3 Prize made it possible to launch their b-there tool, including important changes to the software recommended by reviewers, as well as the development of all content, training, and help center materials to make b-there beta available online.  Astellas Oncology’s 5th Annual C3 Prize has launched and applications are being accepted through September 28, 2020.

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Astellas Oncology 2019 C3 Prize (Changing Cancer Care) Grand Prize Winner

The Nanny Angel Network in Canada was the grand prize winner of the Astellas Oncology 2019 C3 Prize (Changing Cancer Care).  Audrey Guth, Founder of the organization discusses her inspiration to start the network in 2009 to support mothers in cancer treatment and their children.  She talks about how they have been able to continue to carry out their mission, in part due to the C3 Prize, despite COVID-19 – by delivering meals, virtual visits, a “Homework Club” to assist with homework and prepare for tests and an online support group with a nurse navigator for moms.  Astellas Oncology’s 5th Annual C3 Prize has launched and applications are being accepted through September 28, 2020.

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Cholesterol Management Medication and Ubiquinol

Leading cardiologist, Dr. Ross Walker, discusses a new study published in “Heart, Lung and Circulation” (published by Elsevier for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand) that evaluates ubiquinol, the active form of the powerful antioxidant CoEnzyme Q10, for heart health in patients who are taking cholesterol management medication.

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Jamestown Plastics – True Hero™ Extreme Coverage Shield

Jay Baker, President of Jamestown Plastics™, a custom manufacturer of thermoformed products, talks about how he and his team did a “pandemic pivot” and created and manufactured face shields to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Jay felt it was his responsibility to immediately help create a solution that would address the needs of First Responders to be safe within his local community. Thus, True Hero™ Extreme Coverage Shield was born.

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