Month: August 2020

Teachers win injunction to prevent in-person learning

A teachers’ union in Florida has won an injunction stopping the enforcement of an executive order requiring schools in the state to be open for in-person learning.

In July, Commissioner Richard Corcoran with the Florida Department of Education issued an emergency order that schools must be open at least five days per week for all students. The order was “subject to advice and orders” given by the Department of Health.

The order was for all brick-and-mortar schools to open by Monday, Aug. 31, according to court documents.

The Florida Education Association, which is the state’s largest teachers’ union, filed a lawsuit against Corcoran and Gov. Ron DeSantis in an effort to halt that order.

Tallahassee Circuit Court Judge Charles Dodson granted the union’s injunction request on Monday, ruling that the order from state officials was unconstitutional.

Dodson in his ruling adjusted the emergency order, removing the requirement that the schools

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Amazon Halo is a subscription fitness wearable and platform

launching a subscription fitness product dubbed Amazon Halo that’s designed to encourage users to improve their health and wellness.” data-reactid=”23″Amazon is no longer content to allow mainstream wearable technology companies to dominate the fitness space. Today, the mega-retailer is launching a subscription fitness product dubbed Amazon Halo that’s designed to encourage users to improve their health and wellness.

how you speak.” data-reactid=”24″Halo is a subscription product that’ll see users pay monthly for access to both a Halo app and also a barebones activity tracker. The Halo Band is a screen-free wristband with the usual tech you’d expect from a wearable, including an accelerometer, temperature sensor and heart-rate monitor. More interestingly, however, is that Halo Band has two built-in microphones to measure how you speak.

According to Amazon, how you speak is a useful indicator of your wellbeing, both emotionally and physically. Consequently, the Halo Band will monitor

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Foundation Medicine’s cancer-profiling blood test approved by FDA

The FDA has approved Foundation Medicine’s liquid biopsy blood test, allowing oncologists to profile the genomic mutations found within any solid tumor without needing to remove and analyze small slices of tissue, and to help assign an individual cancer patient their most correct treatment.

The comprehensive FoundationOne Liquid CDx test returns reports on more than 300 alterations in cancer-related genes, as well as biomarkers such as tumor mutational burden and microsatellite instability to predict a person’s response to certain therapies.

“Many cancer patients are unable to have a tissue biopsy,” said Foundation Medicine co-founder Levi Garraway, who currently serves as chief medical officer and head of global product development at Roche, its corporate parent.

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Coronavirus: Dentists disagree with postponing routine visits

A few dental associations around the country disagree with the WHO’s guidance to delay trips to the dentist if numbers of COVID-19 cases are high in the area.

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Several dental groups around the U.S. have said that they disagree with the World Health Organization’s recommendation to postpone routine visits to the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The California Dental Association and American Dental Association say they “strongly disagree” with the WHO’s guidance this month that routine, non-essential dentist visits, including check-ups, cleanings and preventive care, should be delayed. 

The WHO urged on Aug. 3 that trips to the dentist be held off until there has been sufficient reduction in transmission rates of the coronavirus, from community spread to cluster cases or according to recommendations by federal, state and local officials. The organization did say that urgent or emergency dental care should not be postponed because it

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COVID-19 puts health research to the test in Africa

Bockarie says that the peculiar odds presented by the COVID-19 pandemic may be in favor of Africa’s developing vibrant research infrastructures across the continent.

For instance, “a bane of Africa has been the un-equitable North/South collaborations, so-called helicopter scientific adventures, which make a sweep of a site/center/institution in Africa, collect the samples, and dash out to their bases, with little attribution to local researchers, communities, local policymakers, etc.,” Kariuki tells Nature Medicine.

But with no clear path yet for the resumption of international travel, ‘helicopter science’ is made trickier, which clears the path for local researchers to fill the gap. Kariuki says that the African Academy of Science is working with partners, including the UK Collaborative on Development Research, “to attain collaborations that are truly equitable across the globe.”

Bockarie also notes that research capacity will not be strengthened substantially without meaningful prioritization by policymakers. Stakeholders who are deciding

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We Asked This Fitness Model For His Easy, Go-To Protein Shake Smoothie Recipe

a man standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Level-up your next shake with this cover model's easy guide

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Level-up your next shake with this cover model’s easy guide

Protein shakes: you either love them, or you loathe them. But, whichever side of the fence you sit, there’s no denying that the humble whey or vegan protein shake is the muscle-builder’s best friend. On a cost-per-serving basis, it’s cheap, low-calorie and is quick to consume.

But that doesn’t mean you have to chug a tasteless, watery shake down every morning to get the best results. Instead, and as fitness trainer and cover model Alex Crockford proves in our recent TikTok post, you can add other healthy ingredients — including spinach, oats and fruit — to level-up your shake from a murky mix to a sumptuous smoothie.

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Organized Medicine Is Putting Profit Ahead of Patients, and It’s Making America Sick

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, President Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, and Chief Executive Officer David Hebert, JD, of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) issued the following statement regarding organized medicine’s shameful attacks on high-quality nurse practitioner (NP) care amidst the COVID-19 pandemic:

“As our nation faces the most significant health crisis in the last 100 years, it is disappointing that organized medicine is focusing its attention, not on expanding access to health care for patients, but on attacking our country’s more than 290,000 NPs as they work to ensure continued access to care for all patients — including those suffering from COVID-19 and health care disparities — in primary, acute and specialty care settings,” said David Hebert, JD, Chief Executive Officer of AANP. “These assaults, ranging from deceit-filled press conferences to Twitter rants and error-ridden

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Eight in 10 Adults Say They Plan to Return to Dentist After Labor Day

NEW YORK, Aug. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Since the onset of COVID-19, the use of teledentistry, digital communications and online self-service tools has increased among dentists to provide dental care to their patients.  However, in a new dental survey from The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® (Guardian Life) on the pandemic’s impact on oral health, roughly 40% of adults say they or their child experienced a dental issue that would have otherwise prompted a dental visit. 

The latest findings, from Guardian’s Workplace Benefits Study titled “Dental Benefits 2020,” also revealed that regarding safety, nearly three in ten say they are more anxious about visiting the dentist since the coronavirus outbreak.  However, 3 in 4 adults will be comfortable going to the dentist by year-end 2020.  

“In recognition of the challenging  circumstances posed by COVID, and in order to continue to promote the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene,

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Kremlin critic Navalny on flight from Russia to Germany in coma

OMSK, Russia (Reuters) – Gravely ill Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was en route to Germany early on Saturday to receive medical care after the opposition politician’s allies accused the Russian authorities of trying to stop his evacuation.

Navalny’s life was not in immediate danger, he was in an induced coma and his brain was in a stable condition, the medical staff at a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk said on Friday.

Navalny was delivered to Omsk airport in an ambulance minutes after 0000 GMT and his plane took off two hours later, a Reuters witness said. Kira Yarmysh, Navalny’s spokeswoman, said his wife Yulia was also on board.

“The fight for Alexei’s life and health is just beginning and there is a long way to go, but at least the first step has been taken,” Yarmysh wrote on Twitter.

Navalny, a long-time opponent of President Vladimir Putin and

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Google searches for anxiety soar to record at start of coronavirus pandemic: Study

If you turned to Google for help diagnosing an anxiety attack as the coronavirus pandemic swept through the U.S. earlier this year, a new study suggests you weren’t alone. 

Researchers from the Qualcomm Institute at the University of California San Diego analyzed Google Trends dating back 16 years and found that people searched for severe anxiety-related information at record highs beginning in March when the coronavirus pandemic was first declared a national emergency.

Researchers looked for searches on “anxiety” or “panic” in combination with “attack,” such as “panic attack,” “signs of anxiety attack,” “anxiety attack symptoms,” and so forth, according to the study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. 

Anxiety-related searches were roughly 11% higher than usual over the 58 days after President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on March 13, according to the researchers who worked in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, Barnard College and the Institute for

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