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Fruit Street Health Appoints Industry Luminary Dr. David Katz as Senior Medical Advisor

fruit street health appoints industry luminary dr. david katz as senior medical advisor

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NEW YORK, June 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Fruit Street Health, an industry leader in telemedicine and digital health, has announced the appointment of Dr. David Katz to the role of Senior Medical Advisor, effective immediately. Katz, whose extensive resume and renown places him as a singular voice in preventive and lifestyle medicine, will lend his expertise as a high-ranking consultant within the company, acting as a voice for Fruit Street Health with clients, customers, and in the media.
As the senior medical advisor, Katz will help advance the company’s diabetes prevention program (DPP), which provides consultative wellness and lifestyle guidance via telehealth and HIPAA-compliant live group video conferencing. He will also support the company’s latest product, CovidMD™, a comprehensive risk assessment, triage, and telemedicine platform built to assist the healthcare system as they navigate the nuances of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Fruit Street Health is a company funded and guided by physicians, the enlisting of such an outspoken figure in the field is a testament to the company’s commitment to raising the voices of leading doctors in preventive medicine.
“In these uncertain times, it’s impossible to overstate how important having a steady hand like Dr. Katz has been,” said Laurence Girard, founder …

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Life after lockdown should start with this healthy to-do list

life after lockdown should start with this healthy to-do list

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COVID-19 lockdowns are easing across the U.S., but is it safe to go back to the gym? Or the doctor?
And when it is safe, what should be on your post-lockdown health checklist?
As you prioritize your health to-do list, be aware of coronavirus rates in your area, your personal risk from COVID-19 based on your age and medical conditions, and what experts are advising in your area and for your personal care.
Reschedule missed procedures or screenings
Work with your health care team to reschedule high-priority procedures or screenings, where available.
In a recent report, 16 North American cardiovascular societies issued guidance for health professionals on safely reintroducing diagnostic tests and invasive cardiovascular procedures, with an eye to regions with lower rates of infection.
The pandemic has taken a toll on cardiovascular care, said cardiologist Dr. Robert Harrington, chair of the department of medicine at Stanford University in California. He coauthored the report as president of the American Heart Association.
“We’ve seen a large drop-off in patients seeking acute care for suspected heart attacks and strokes. There’s been a decrease in more elective procedures such as exercise testing, cardiac catheterization and other procedures. Anecdotally, we …

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Singapore-based caregiving startup launches Homage Health for online and home medical consultations

singapore-based caregiving startup launches homage health for online and home medical consultations

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Homage, the Singapore-based startup that matches families and caregivers, has launched a new service that provides home medical visits, telehealth consultations and medication delivery. Called Homage Health, the service was already being developed before the COVID-19 pandemic, but co-founder and CEO Gillian Tee told TechCrunch that its launch was accelerated because many of the company’s caregiving recipients are elderly or have long-term health conditions, and are at higher risk for the disease.
Backed by investors including HealthXCapital, Alternate Ventures and KDV Capital, Homage launched in 2016 with a caregiving program that focuses on people who need long-term assisted living and rehabilitation care. This integrates with Homage Health because the platform’s caregivers, including nurses, are able to provide in-person support for online consultations with doctors and help followup on recommended healthcare regimens.

Before launching Homage Health, the startup worked with healthcare organizations to deliver mobile medical services, including doctor house calls, for its clients, and telehealth consultations as part of its COVID-19 response. Even before the pandemic, however, there was demand because many clients need regular health screenings.
“Particularly with COVID-19, as an essential service, we felt a higher impetus to ensure our care recipients can continue to gain access …

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Options available for colon cancer prevention | Jamestown Sun

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According to the North Dakota Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, the incidence of colon cancer is 6% higher in North Dakota compared to the rest of the nation. The organization suggested this might be due to lack of awareness about the modern testing that detects colon cancer in a pre-cancer stage or an early stage — well before blood appears in the stool and changes in bowel movements occur, the signs of advanced colon cancer that is much more difficult to treat. Because only about 65% of eligible North Dakotans between the ages of 50 to 75 have been screened, in 2018, the Roundtable set a goal of raising that number to 80%. Understanding the options for testing is one of the first steps in meeting the screening goal. Health care providers and their patients can choose between four available screening tests: three that involve direct examination of feces and the fourth that looks at the lining of the colon. Of the three tests that examine feces, two tests look for microscopic blood in feces and one looks for a cancer’s DNA in cells released into feces. The fecal occult blood test, or FOBT, has been available for many years. After three days of avoiding ibuprofen, aspirin …

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Don’t delay necessary care

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Delmarva hospitals and doctors are coming together to let the public know that their locations are safe, and they are ready and waiting to provide healthcare when needed.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused much concern, and as healthcare providers work together to control the spread of the virus within their communities, they want people to know that the public’s health and safety remain their top priority.“We have made great strides in keeping people well, directing them to the right level of care, and preventing unnecessary use of services,” said Steve Leonard, Ph.D., MBA, FACHE, president/CEO of Peninsula Regional Health System.
“Now, as we begin our transition from COVID-19 to more traditional hospital and physician office care, we face a situation where people who are sick and need our attention are concerned or afraid to come. These are very real concerns we have chosen to address together.”Atlantic General Hospital, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, the McCready Health Pavilion, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, and the health departments of Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties in Maryland are collaborating on a “Safe, Ready, Waiting” message. It is an informational campaign adopted from one the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) …

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8 incredible NHS heroes to follow on Instagram to get spot-on advice

8 incredible nhs heroes to follow on instagram to get spot-on advice

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June 02, 2020 – 14:21 BST

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With Covid-19 advice everywhere, it’s important to know where to go to get real facts. From Love Island’s Dr Alex to TV’s Dr Ranj, these are the NHS heroes to follow on Instagram.



Especially during these unprecedented times where conflicting – and often incorrect – information is ubiquitous, it’s important to curate your social media feed and follow people who share facts. Enter these NHS heroes, who are all are using their platforms to share the most up-to-date medical advice, bust common myths and share their experiences being on the frontline of this pandemic – they’re well worth a follow… Originally of Love Island fame, Dr Alex is now making a name for himself as a TV doctor. He has been working in A&E during the pandemic, and has been giving his 1.4 million followers regular updates on his experience, as well as educational videos on his YouTube channel. Hazel is an NHS medical doctor and registered nutritionist and she attempts to bridge the gap between conventional medical advice and the latest thoughts and development in nutrition and other areas of lifestyle medicine. Follow her for nutritional advice, yummy and healthy meal ideas and lots …

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At flight medicine clinic, astronauts get fixed before they go to space

at flight medicine clinic, astronauts get fixed before they go to space

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An average shuttle space suit, including the life-support system, weighs about 310 pounds.

Mike Foreman, a two-time space-mission astronaut, has gotten into and out of a space suit hundreds of times during years of training at the Johnson Space Center and for five space walks on International Space Station missions.

The outer part of the suit comes in two pieces: pants and a rigid fiberglass top with a heavy life-support backpack.

“You get underneath it with your arms straight up over head, and you go up into it,” Foreman said of the suit’s top half. “Your arms have to make this 90-degree turn to go into the sleeves. Getting your arms to make that turn as the rest of your body is pushing its way into the suit is what always caused the torquing of my left shoulder.”

Being an astronaut on the ISS is more than floating around in microgravity — it’s a physical job that takes a toll on the body. NASA and Houston Methodist joined together to create the Johnson Space Center Flight Medicine Clinic to help mitigate orthopedic health issues before astronauts are sent to space, and to rehabilitate them upon return.

Foreman’s shoulder was …

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Is our food system destroying our health? | BCTV

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Farmers, doctors, and scientists agree fixing our broken food and healthcare systems, and growing regenerative organic agriculture, key to improving human health in new white paperA new white paper released today by Rodale Institute and The Plantrician Project, leaders in the regenerative agriculture and healthcare system transformation movements, clearly outlines the ways in which the American food system has contributed to epidemic levels of chronic disease and lowered immune systems, and how regenerative organic agriculture could be a solution to improve the health of people and the planet. Presenting the concept of regenerative health, with contributions from farmers, scientists, and medical doctors, this paper is the first of its kind to consider the deeply intertwined effects of industrial agriculture on nutrition and healthcare and recommend solutions for restoring human and planetary health. Key findings:·        Over the last 50 years, quality of life has decreased while lifestyle diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart diseases have increased rapidly, due in large part to diet.[1]·        The Standard American Diet derives more than half of total calories from highly processed foods and only 11% of calories from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts.[2]·        U.S. agriculture grows fruits, vegetables, and nuts on just 3% of cropland, …

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Mountain Medicine: Does Vitamin D Help in COVID-19 Infections?

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A week ago a friend sent a news report from May 6, Evidence Supports a Causal Model for Vitamin D in COVID-19 Outcomes. The investigators found a worldwide association between COVID-19 deaths, latitude north of the 30th parallel and presumed vitamin D deficiency. They concluded, “a high level of confidence in a causal beneficial role for Vitamin D is justified”.The same day the Chieftain headlined a similar report from May 18, Vitamin D levels appear to play a role in COVID-19 mortality rates, with the provocative subheading, Patients with severe deficiency are twice as likely to experience major complications. The authors reported an association between estimates of vitamin D levels in different countries to measurements of inflammation, and to COVID-mortality rates. They concluded, “we see a possible role of Vitamin D in reducing complications attributed to unregulated inflammation and cytokine storm.”A third study published May 6, The role of vitamin D in the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 infection and mortality examined the correlation between average vitamin D levels in 20 european countries to morbidity and mortality. They “found significant crude relationships between vitamin D levels and … mortality caused by this infection”.There are additional investigations similar to the three above. Are you …

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