Day: September 23, 2020

Opko Shares Climb on Phase 2 Trial of Coronavirus Treatment

Shares of Opko Health  (OPK) – Get Report jumped on Tuesday after the drugmaker said it would start a Phase 2 clinical trial of rayaldee, a potential treatment for mild-to-moderate coronavirus. 

The trial will be a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study that is expected to enroll about 160 subjects. Many of the participants will have stage 3 or 4 kidney disease and are at higher risk for developing more serious illness. 

The trial will randomize outpatients in a 1:1 ratio for four weeks of treatment with rayaldee or placebo, with another two weeks of follow-up. 

One primary endpoint of the trial is the time to resolution of a patient’s coronavirus symptoms. 

Secondary endpoints for the trial include incidence of emergency-room or urgent-care visits, oxygen saturation below 94%, need for and duration of hospitalizations, requirement for ventilators, mortality rate, and severity and duration of illness evidenced by quality-of-life measures. 


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Power Wellness Fitness Centers Safely Reopen 80% of Their Centers

Power Wellness Fitness Centers Safely Reopen 80% of Their Centers

Lombard, IL, September 16, 2020 –(– Power Wellness has successfully reopened over 20 managed medical fitness centers nationwide, helping re-employ over 1,200 team members. In the coming weeks, Power Wellness expects to reopen the remainder of their clients’ locations in NJ, NY, MI and PA. “The majority of our portfolio is back online,” reports Brian Hummert, President and COO of Power Wellness. Center utilization continues to improve, with 60% of the March members reactivating at the reopened centers.
Importantly, Members are highly satisfied with the centers’ safety and cleanliness:

“I am so impressed with your staff! Constantly cleaning, etc. I feel very safe there!” – Avera McKennan Fitness Center, Sioux Falls, SD

“Happy to have the center operating. Staff is very mindful of needs for safety. Cleaning crew always seems on top of needs.” – Kishwaukee Health & Wellness Center, DeKalb, IL

Since reopening, Power has safely served over 300,000

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How Your Next Trip to the Dentist Will Be Very Different

The next time you go to the dentist, don’t count on being able to catch up on People magazine in the reception area. Among the many things affected by Covid-19: the doctor’s waiting room.

“The old dental appointment where you sit and read a magazine, then get called back—that’s going to shift,” says Chevy Chase orthodontist Jill Bruno. “The days of sitting in the reception area are gone. There’s no more coffee; there are no more magazines. At least for a while.”

Dental practices, like most businesses, have had to retool because of the coronavirus—not only to protect patients and staff but to reassure patients who may be wondering: Is it a risk to go to the dentist?

The changes start from the beginning of a visit. Dentists are extracting some amenities that would be touched by multiple hands (so bring your own magazine) and are limiting the number of

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