The Health News USA November 5 2017

  • Nestle, the world’s largest packaged foods company, said it aims to use only eggs from hens that live outside of cages, becoming the latest foodmaker to react to concerns about animal welfare. Some governments are considering laws aimed at protecting laying hens by giving them more room to roam.
  • As part of the Trump Administration’s government-wide response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) activated its Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) for the U.S. Virgin Islands to give residents access to the critical prescription medications they need.
  • In addition to being the “action of a game,” play is defined as “recreational activity; especially: the spontaneous activity of children,” as well as “the absence of serious or harmful intent” and “a movie or series of moves calculated to arouse friendly feelings.” Doctor Bowen White, physician and founding member of the National Institute for Play, a nonprofit that supports research into the power of play stated that play helps us connect with other people because we are open in a way that allows them to feel, maybe, this is a safe person to be with and maybe even fun to be around.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 5th of November 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nestle-eggs/nestle-to-use-cage-free-eggs-by-2020-idUSKBN1D224H

Nestle, the world’s largest packaged foods company, said it aims to use only eggs from hens that live outside of cages, becoming the latest foodmaker to react to concerns about animal welfare. The Swiss company, whose products including ice cream, mayonnaise and pastries all use eggs, said it wants to make the change by two thousand twenty in Europe and the United States and by two thousand twenty five elsewhere. A company spokesman said tens of millions of chickens would be positively affected by the change. Nestle’s rivals that have already made similar pledges include Kraft Heinz as well as chains like McDonald‘s, Wal-Mart and Seven-Eleven
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Some governments are considering laws aimed at protecting laying hens by giving them more room to roam. In California, rules require that hens, pigs and calves must be able to stand up and lie down in quarters where they can fully extend their limbs. This year, the Humane Society of the United States, an animal rights group, introduced a new measure in the state that would require all eggs come from cage-free birds.

http://viconsortium.com/health/u-s-health-and-human-services-activates-aid-for-uninsured-u-s-virgin-islands-residents-needing-medicine/

As part of the Trump Administration’s government-wide response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response activated its Emergency Prescription Assistance Program or EPAP for the U.S. Virgin Islands to give residents access to the critical prescription medications they need. The program pays for prescription medications for people without health insurance who are affected by disasters. Thirteen pharmacies in the U.S. Virgin Islands participate in EPAP.
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At no cost to uninsured patients, those needing certain drugs during an emergency can obtain a thirty-day supply at any of the EPAP participating pharmacies. Patients can renew their prescriptions every thirty days while the EPAP is active. They also can use the program to replace maintenance prescription drugs, specific medical supplies, vaccines or medical equipment lost as a direct result of the declared emergency or as a secondary result of loss or damage caused while in transit from the emergency site to the designated shelter facility.

EPAP provides an efficient mechanism for enrolled pharmacies to process claims for prescription medication, specific medical supplies, vaccines and some forms of durable medical equipment for eligible individuals in a federally identified disaster area. President Donald Trump issued a major disaster declaration for the U.S. Virgin Islands on Sept. twenty one, two thousand seventeen, due to the Hurricane Maria.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/02/health/why-adults-should-play-too/index.html

For some, it’s belting out a karaoke tune. For others, it’s exploring a new city or playing kickball.
That’s what mortgage banker Sue Hamilton does for fun. The forty one-year-old said  “It brings you back to a little bit of your childhood.” Hamilton plays every week with a team at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park.
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In addition to being the “action of a game,” play is defined as “recreational activity; especially: the spontaneous activity of children,” as well as “the absence of serious or harmful intent” and “a movie or series of moves calculated to arouse friendly feelings.” Doctor Bowen White, physician and founding member of the National Institute for Play, a nonprofit that supports research into the power of play said: “It’s such a big thing that people want to hold it down to make it something small. It’s not small. It’s so important.” White added: “Play helps us connect with other people because we are open in a way that allows them to feel, maybe, this is a safe person to be with and maybe even fun to be around.” It’s much more than a game, White said. And for adults, it’s not necessarily just intimate-partner time.

It’s a way of life, he said, that allows you to let your guard down, not be so serious and, as a result, connect better with others. Play should feel good, he said, adding that it has the opposite effect on the body as stress. Play often leads to laughter, which has been linked to decreased stress and inflammation and may improve vascular health. Play also makes you more productive, White said.

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Many companies are well aware of the power of fun to foster innovation. Google helped blaze the trail years ago when it set up play stations with ping pong, billiards and foosball tables all over its main campus. The company offered free snacks and exercise classes, and it let hundreds of software engineers design their own desks or workstations. Google encouraged employees to play and collaborate, which it said helped with team-building and cooperation.

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