The Health News Australia July 28 2017

Overview

  • The Heart of Australia cardiology clinic has received a one million dollar donation from a family who wished to remain anonymous. The Heart of Australia (Heart Bus) was founded by engineer turned cardiologist Rolph Gomes, who fitted out a 25 metre semi-trailer with the same specialised equipment found in a city cardiology practice. Each month the truck travels 8,000 kilometers as it visits 12 regional towns to provide endocrinology and some respiratory services.
  • The Federal Government has confirmed that China has temporarily banned beef imports from 6 Australian meatworks. Trade Minister Steven Ciobo aid the ban related to Chinese concern about labelling non-compliance. There is no suggestion health or food safety issues are involved.
  • The Commonwealth Bank has come under fire from disability advocates for its nationwide rollout of EFTPOS machines which they say are inaccessible to blind and vision-impaired people. Blind Citizens Australia is now calling on the bank to stop rolling out the machines, until the technology is able to be used by all people — with or without a disability.
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The Health News United Kingdom July 28 2017

Overview

  • The prospect of chlorine-washed chicken flooding into the UK as the price of a post-Brexit trade deal with the US has garnered a great deal of attention in recent days. Chlorine-washed chickens are symbolic of much wider concerns around animal welfare and environmental standards that could become a crucial negotiating point in any post-Brexit trade deal between the US and the UK.
  • Scientists have developed an experimental surgical glue inspired by the mucus secreted by slugs that could offer an alternative to sutures and staples for closing wounds. While some medical glues already exist, they often adhere weakly, are not particularly flexible and frequently cannot be used in very wet conditions.
  • Antibiotic resistance is a growing threat. It can build up after bacteria have become repeatedly exposed to antibiotics. The bacteria change or adapt so they are no longer affected by the antibiotic. This renders antibiotics ineffective against infections they were previously able to treat.
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The Health News USA July 28 2017

Overview

  • Scientists call for public health action as they highlight the dangers of the so-called overfat pandemic that is currently sweeping the United States. Obesity and excessive weight are public health concerns; over 70% of U.S. adults are either obese or overweight.
  • A version of the Obamacare repeal plan the Senate could pass this week may leave sixteen million more Americans uninsured over a decade, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate requested by Senate Democrats.
  • Health officials announced that a man was diagnosed with Zika virus while living in Texas, the first infection transmitted from a local mosquito in the state this year.  More than 5,000 Zika cases were reported last year – with 224 cases reported to be local Zika transmission in the U.S., the CDC reported.
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Santech – Provider Management Solution [Transcript] [Audio]

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Guest: Neeraj K. Sharma

Presenter: Neal Howard   

Guest Bio: Neeraj brings over 20+ years of Healthcare and IT experience to Santéch after having successfully established and managed Healthcare solution and consulting practices at several global IT consulting firms (3I Infotech, HCL and TCS). Neeraj is recognized within healthcare as a thought leader who designs and delivers innovative healthcare solutions. Neeraj is actively involved in several Industry forums on Payor and Provider areas. Neeraj received his B.Tech Degree in Industrial Engineering and Masters degree (M.B.A.) in Business Administration from Pune University, in India.

Segment overview: In this segment, Neeraj K. Sharma, Santéch Solutions co-founder, and chief operating officer discusses how insurance companies can make incremental changes to thoroughly modernizing their provider management infrastructure for this new era in consumer-driven care.

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Safe and Effective Viral Infection Treatment [Transcript] [Audio]

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Guest: Cheryl Myers, RN

Presenter: Neal Howard   

Guest Bio: Cheryl Myers, RN is an integrative health nurse, author, and expert on natural medicine. She is a nationally-recognized speaker who has been interviewed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Prevention Magazine. Her many articles have been published in such diverse journals as the Aesthetic Surgery Journal and Nutrition in Complementary Care, and her research on botanicals has been presented at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the North American Menopause Society. Ms. Myers is the head of Scientific Affairs and Education for EuroPharma, Inc.

Segment overview: In this segment, Cheryl Myers talks  about safe, natural and effective solutions to treat common viral infections.

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Failure To Thrive and a Solution Offered by Kate Farms [Transcript] [Audio]

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Guest: Richard Laver & Michelle Laver  

Presenter:  Neal Howard

Guest Bio: Richard and Michelle Laver are the founders of Kate Farms. Picture this: you have a son or daughter who has been diagnosed with Failure to Thrive (FTT), meaning they have fallen significantly below their weight range for their age.  A situation like this happened to Kate Laver and her family, who at 5 years old, she only weighed 16 pounds.  Today, Kate is a healthy 10 year old and her parents, Richard and Michelle Laver, want to share a solution with others whose children, family members and loved ones have run into similar struggles.

Segment overview: In this Health Supplier Segment, Richard and Michelle Laver, founders of Kate Farms, tell the story of Kate Farms and explain what Failure to Thrive (FTT) is and how they found a solution.

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Bacterial Vaginosis [Transcript] [Audio]

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Guest: Dr. Caroline Mitchell

Presenter:  Neal Howard

Guest Bio: Caroline Mitchell, MD, MPH is a faculty member in the Vincent Center for Reproductive Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  Dr. Mitchell received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and did her OB/Gyn residency training at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she also received her MPH degree. She spent seven years on the faculty at the University of Washington before returning to Boston in 2014.  She now spends the majority of her time in the lab doing translational and basic science research.  Her work focuses on the relationship between the vaginal microbiota, mucosal immune responses and reproductive health.  Clinically, she is the director of the Vulvovaginal Disorders Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital main campus.

Segment overview: Dr. Caroline Mitchell, MD, MPH, director of the Vulvovaginal Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses bacterial vaginosis.

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The Health News United Kingdom July 27 2017

Overview

  • More than 86,000 NHS posts were vacant between January 2017 and March 2017, figures for England suggest. There are currently an estimated 1 million full time jobs across the NHS in England. Nurses and midwives accounted for the highest proportion of shortages, with 11,400 vacant posts in March 2017.
  • According to Mental Health Foundation 6,000 suicides in the UK and Ireland occur each year – with one death occurring every 2 hours. While there are many support groups, and options in terms of mental health services, people who are going through such a difficult time, experiencing such horrendous thoughts, need support from more than just people who are paid to be there.
  • Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from two thousand and forty amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health. The government warned that the move, which will also take in hybrid vehicles, was needed because of the unnecessary and avoidable impact that poor air quality was having on people’s health.
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The Health News USA July 27 2017

Overview

  • New Jersey is set to become the third state to raise its smoking age to 21, after Republican Governor Chris Christie signed a bill Friday that hikes the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 19. New Jersey’s new law applies to e-cigarettes, as well as conventional tobacco products, and triggers fines against anyone who sells, gives or offers such products to someone younger than twenty one. It goes into effect November 1.
  • The Senate decisively rejected a Republican proposal to repeal-and-replace Obamacare, a sign of the chaos expected to envelop Capitol Hill as GOP leaders work to find a plan their conference can agree to.
  • Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school. It’s the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a debilitating brain disease that can cause a range of symptoms including memory loss.
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Civility in Healthcare [Transcript] [Audio]

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Guest: Dr. Sylvia Morris

Presenter:  Neal Howard

Guest Bio: Dr. Sylvia E. Morris, MD, MPH is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine.  Dr. Morris’s goal is to utilize media to improve our nation’s public health by combining her training in Internal Medicine, Holistic Medicine and Public Health.

Currently, she is a Senior Medical Director on the Revenue Cycle Solutions team at The Advisory Board Company and a contributor for the US News & World Reports Medical School Admissions’ blog.  Dr. Morris earned a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley. She gained a Master’s degree in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, with a certificate in Health Policy and Management.  Her Medical degree is from Georgetown University School of Medicine.  She completed residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle.

Segment overview: In this segment, Dr. Sylvia Morris, an Atlanta based internist discusses the importance of civility in healthcare.

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