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Chlorinated Chicken Poses ‘No Health Problems’, Claims Senior Government Scientist

There’s ‘no downside’ with chlorinated rooster and no scientific motive to uphold a ban on it after Brexit, a senior Authorities adviser has claimed.

Within the US some rooster carcasses are washed in chlorine – a chemical used to make bleach – to destroy micro organism which might trigger meals poisoning.

However chlorine-washing was banned within the European Union in 1997 over issues farmers would not attempt as exhausting to forestall contamination whereas the animals had been alive.

After the UK leaves the EU it could have the liberty to vary its legal guidelines to permit corporations to begin importing the chlorinated birds, that are cheaper to purchase.

Sir Ian Boyd, a chief adviser on the Division for Setting, Meals and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), stated there is not any proof the cheaper rooster is dangerous to folks’s well being.


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Walmart Testing Health Clinic in Georgia With Counseling, Dentistry

Walmart is planning yet another healthcare test, as the biggest US retailer plots out its approach to a huge piece of the US economy.

Walmart is opening a new kind of health clinic in Dallas, Georgia next month, the company said. The clinic will offer primary care services, as well as hearing tests, dental exams, counseling sessions and vision tests, according to its website. The pilot clinic will be in a separate location next to one of the company’s stores, according to CNBC, which first reported on the center.

“Walmart is committed to making healthcare more affordable and accessible for customers in the communities we serve,” the company said in a statement. “The new Walmart Health center in our Dallas, Georgia, store will provide low, transparent pricing for key health services for local customers. We look forward to sharing more details when the facility opens next month.”

Walmart has been experimenting with different approaches to healthcare for years. The retailer has held wellness events and placed health check-up kiosks in thousands of stores, and also has medical clinics in a few locations.


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Pro-Apoptotic Protein Blocks Autoimmunity

yA US-EU research team has found that a class of compounds that promote tumour cell death can also limit autoimmunity.

John Rizk discovered that the SMAC protein (Second mitochondria-derived activator of caspase) besides triggering cancer cell apoptosis have a second important function. SMACs are known to promote apoptosis by binding to IAP (inhibitor of apoptosis) proteins and targeting them for degradation, thus sensitizing cancer cells to death-inducing stimuli. Various small molecules that bind to and inhibit IAPs in cells, referred to as SMAC mimetics, are currently in clinical trials as cancer therapeutics because they sensitize the cells to TNF αlpha–induced cell death. SMAC mimetics also synergize with immune checkpoint inhibitors to promote durable tumor immunity in mice.

Using a multiomics approach, Rizk et al. found that SMAC mimetics can also alter the differentiation of immune cells in vitro, leading to a decrease in the number of TH17 cells, which produce the proinflammatory cytokine IL-17. In a mouse model of multiple sclerosis, which is thought to be driven by TH17 cells, SMs reduced the production of IL-17 and the severity of disease symptoms. The authors  suggest that SMAC mimetics may have therapeutic activity in other TH17 cell–driven autoimmune diseases.


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MultiBrief: Will AI and Robots Steal Your Healthcare Job?

Robots and artificial intelligence are becoming increasingly pervasive in most aspects of 21st-century life, including healthcare, medicine, and nursing. Fears abound that jobs are going to be lost to machines that can do our jobs 24/7 without needing to be paid or call out when the kids are home sick from school.

Science fiction often depicts the coming of the robot army as the end of human civilization as we know it. We have deep-seated fears that we’ll be replaced by robots who can outperform us in every way. Some fears are warranted, but many predict that certain jobs simply can’t be appropriately performed by non-humans.

Watch almost any film featuring robots, and you’ll surmise that their evil plan is to send us to the unemployment line — or worse. From a violent takeover of the world to falling in love with a nonphysical AI, Hollywood foments fear to sell tickets.

When it comes to the tech-heavy future of healthcare, it’s not so simple, and we need to remain calm and go about our lives without looking over our shoulders for the robot who hands us a digital pink slip.


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EMS Workers Save Lives. Their Nutrition Habits Are Threatening Their Own

It’s particularly challenging for night shift EMS workers to find healthy food selections. Many must purchase their food, since they typically do not have access to refrigeration or any way to heat up food they bring from home.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — As former emergency medical services (EMS) workers, Dave Hostler and Brian Clemency know how challenging it can be to maintain a healthy lifestyle while working long shifts at odd hours.

That’s why the University at Buffalo researchers proposed a study aimed at understanding the nutrition practices of EMS workers.

Their proposal was one of three selected for $5,000 in pilot funding by the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) and the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF), two national organizations that have provided grants for prehospital research.

“With this funding, we will be attempting to describe how EMS work affects eating habits. There is likely an effect of shift work and working conditions that lead to poor eating habits and/or food choices,” explains Hostler, PhD, chair of exercise and nutrition sciences in UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions.


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‘Worrying’ Number of Patients Prescribed Risky Anticoagulant Drug Combinations

Figures released by the NHS show that more than 30,000 patients were prescribed an antiplatelet and anticoagulant without gastroprotection over a three-month period in 2018, presenting a serious risk to patients’ health.

Drug combinations involving anticoagulants are a frequent cause of medicine-relatied hospital admissions

Tens of thousands of patients are potentially being put at risk of a major bleed by being prescribed an antiplatelet without gastroprotection or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) alongside an anticoagulant, NHS figures have shown.

The data show that, in the most recent period available for analysis (September 2018 to November 2018), there were more than 14,000 patients in England prescribed an NSAID with an anticoagulant and more than 30,000 patients prescribed an antiplatelet and anticoagulant without gastroprotection.


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Giving Young People A Fighting Chance to Combat Mental Health Issues

The UK is in the middle of a mental health epidemic amongst young people. As many as one in five children have a mental health problem in any given year, with only a quarter of these able to access the treatment and help they need.

The boxing gym started working with young people after the founders, Martin Bisp and Jamie Sanigar, spotted two young men dealing drugs in a park next to the gym. They wanted to tackle their behaviour and invited them for a private training session. Both enjoyed the session and turned up the following week with a few friends. Within six weeks, 50 young people were attending sessions, five nights a week. They realised they had something that the young people needed, and over time, Empire Fighting Chance evolved from a small boxing project into a charity.

Now the charity offers a range of services for young people who experience significant challenges in their lives, including those who have been excluded from school or involved in crime. Many end up there after a series of failed interventions – with nowhere else to go.


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Lifelike Silicone Masks Allow Nursing Students to Simulate Geriatric Care

Students in the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences have plenty of high-tech opportunities to practice patient care. The college’s Clinical Simulation Center allows students to practice caring for patients on realistic mannequins made from plastic and latex and powered by a Windows server. The pretend patients can breathe, blink, vomit, bleed, cry and cough up sputum. They can even suffer a runny nose.

Behind the glass walls of the center’s control room, instructors orchestrate immersive nursing training experiences for students: collapsing the mannequin’s lungs, engineering heart attacks, causing hemorrhages and even simulating childbirth – “in every way you could imagine a childbirth happening,” says simulation operations manager Tim Russom – so that students will be prepared to attend live births in the maternity ward. With no patients harmed, the only consequences for these simulated calamities are lessons learned.

“The first time we take the masks off, you can hear the gasps in the room.”

And one unique simulation in the department travels to the classroom: instructors trained in Mask-Ed™ pedagogy arrive in nursing classes, disguised as older adults, wearing silicone masks and clothing suitable for seniors.


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AdventHealth Seeks to Free Nurses From Paperwork to Focus on Patients

The AdventHealth network recently received preliminary results of a pilot project that could revolutionize the patient care model across the United States.

Under the pilot, nurses are freed from a large portion of the paperwork that their work entails, allowing them to spend more time focusing on patients and their needs.

During the pilot, nurses were paired with a Care Team Assistant (CTA). The CTA’s duties are similar to a patient care technician but have the additional responsibility of documenting patients’ care under a nurse’s supervision. Nurses relieved of heavy documentation responsibility can spend more time with patients and play a more active role in patients’ care.

“AdventHealth is committed to finding innovative solutions to health-care problems. We created this model to improve the way we work to make it easy for both our patients and staff,” said Eric Stevens, CEO of acute care services for AdventHealth in metropolitan Orlando, Florida. “Our nursing staff is key to providing compassionate, whole-person care. A hospital stay can be an unnerving experience. This program helps our nurses spend quality time with our patients and their families, to focus on supporting them while they heal.”


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Foods That Heal: Add Broccoli, Yoghurt To Your Diet to Fight Diabetes

The onus, therefore, falls on us to take cognizance of our health and make healthier choices. Keeping with this, we bring to you foods that you must incorporate in your diet to fight diabetes — the biggest, meanest, and the most-common of lifestyle diseases.

Those afflicted with diabetes know that following a strict diet is of paramount importance. Mostly consumed as any other vegetable, broccoli is full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. It also has chromium, which helps in long-term blood sugar control. For diabetics, broccoli can be added to soups, or consumed as a vegetable. It can also be consumed raw.

Besides fighting diabetes, broccoli helps lower cholesterol and stress levels too.

People mostly associate yogurt with weight loss because it is rich in protein and calcium. As per studies, people who consume calcium-rich foods are less likely to become insulin resistant. For diabetics, yogurt can be included in the diet as a breakfast item.


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