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Immunology Company Kira Biotech launches with A$20M Series A Funding

BRISBANE, Australia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Australian immunology company Kira Biotech today announced it has secured Series A funding of A$20 million to develop therapeutics targeting difficult-to-treat immune system disorders.

“In doing so, KB312 limits the negative impacts of broad immunosuppression and preserves beneficial immune cells that protect patients against infections and malignancies.”

The funds will help advance Kira Biotech’s lead candidate KB312 through phase 1 human studies. The Series A funding was led by OneVentures, IP Group and the Advance Queensland Business Development Fund.

Kira Biotech’s research program focuses on immune tolerance and targets cells and pathways that are key activators of the immune response in patients with autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and type 1 diabetes.

KB312 is an antibody with a novel target that is common to many immune system disorders and is key to restoration or induction of immune tolerance.

 

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TGH Nurses Making Sleeping Bags for Homeless

TAMPA, Fla. — A group of nurses at Tampa General Hospital found a creative way to put to use surgical wrap that would otherwise just be thrown away. They’re using it to make sleeping bags for the homeless.

“This is truly where one man’s trash becomes another man’s treasure,” said Karley Wright, a registered nurse of educational services at Tampa General Hospital.

For some Tampa residents living on the streets it will be, thanks to the new project at TGH.

According to the hospital, 2,000 of the surgical wrappers were being thrown away each day. Now, however, they are carefully stitched into sleeping bags for the city’s homeless.

 

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How Good Gut Health Can Lead to Glowing Skin

It’s easy to forget that your skin is a vital functioning organ. With an average surface area of more than 21 square feet and 6 per cent to 10 per cent of your body weight, it’s actually the largest organ. Skin conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis are typically symptoms of something else in the body, especially your gut.

The gastrointestinal tract in a healthy human body houses billions of micro-organisms including beneficial bacteria and fungi creating a system of ‘micro-biome’, which has a strong influence on a range of aspects from reducing internal bodily inflammation (which prevents various life-threatening diseases and disorders like cancer, asthma and other auto-immune disorders from happening in the first place), maintaining a healthy appetite, developing healthy skin and hair, effectively aiding the crucial battle of optimal weight management and healthy skin.

 

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Considerations For Buying New Health Insurance With Chronic Illnesses

There Are Options Available When you’ve got a chronic illness, it’s imperative that you have proper nutrition and exercise at all times. Even if you’re not sick, these things lead to the fullest physical flourish in terms of health. However, if you’re sick, and you’re not giving your body what it needs to survive, you’ll only compound the issue.

Regardless of your health insurance, it’s important to take a direct line on your own health. There are going to be conditions that crop up unexpectedly, and you won’t be able to trace them. Sometimes you’ll keep yourself clean and healthy for years on end, only to be suddenly smitten with some dermal condition acquired at a gym or a park through a hidden cut.

That said, as you go about seeking new health insurance with a chronic illness, you’ll want to supplement with your own solutions. Look, let’s just cut out the double-talk: we all know insurance companies have a reputation for not paying out when they’re supposed to. Certainly, there are some companies that are dependable. Others are shell-company cutouts.

 

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Pontefract Hospital staff shortages lead to closures

Ms Cooper, Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, said: “It’s an absolute disgrace that our midwife-led maternity unit is set to close for nearly a year due to a national shortage of midwives.” The MP said she had already been to see the Health Secretary Matt Hancock “but he has completely failed to do anything about it”.

The temporary reduction for stroke rehabilitation and other post-operative care was because of “less pressure on the beds” at Pontefract for these patients, said the trust.

John Trickett, Labour MP for Hemsworth, said of the stroke closures: “It is absolutely criminal that they [NHS staff] are not being given the support they need to properly do their job.”

 

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Digital Health: Advancing Innovation Through Technology and Strategic Partnerships

As the digital health sector continues to evolve and grow, so too have the levels of complexity in understanding and applying technologies that maximize the potential to transform every aspect of the pharmaceutical value chain. These new digital therapeutics, AI and machine learning tools, and other technological advances create valuable opportunities to accelerate drug discovery and development, new platforms for virtual clinical trials, novel models for commercialization, and effective post-market surveillance.

The continued advancement of the digital health sector requires a better understanding of the investments and partnerships needed to ultimately drive innovation and progress. A selection of articles has been curated into a free downloadable pack, Digital Health: Advancing innovation through technology and strategic partnerships, to provide an overview of the types of products and partnerships necessary to truly transform the industry.

 

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The ABCs Now Include Safety, Health and Wellness

On Friday morning, school counselor Monica Tener-Smith taught first-graders at Dixie Bee Elementary about personal safety.

School protection officer Bryan McKinney manned the kiosk at the entrance to Terre Haute South Vigo High School to ensure student and staff safety. Two other protection officers also were on duty.

And Eleni Miller, VCSC chairperson of nursing, worked with other district nurses to make sure South Vigo students had up-to-date vaccinations.

Since 2012, the Vigo County School Corp. has made significant increases in staffing to help ensure the safety, health and wellness of students.

 

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A Simple Exercise to Change Your Stress Level

We live in a very stressful world. With a constant barrage of media, personal, and professional demands, it is easy to become overwhelmed without a single moment for yourself. It’s important to realize that stress in all its forms can do a great deal of damage to your life’s journey. It can cloud the mind, and in its negative form, it feeds on artificial emotions such as guilt and worry, as well as many other issues. Slowing down and looking at the situation with a clear and cooled mind can often give a much better perspective. The challenge is knowing how to access that part of the human psyche in such a manner (and quickly enough) as to keep up with the demands of life in the 21st century. Meditation can offer you all of these things, and it doesn’t even have to take that long.

Step 1: Find a Place to Meditate: Find a place where you can be alone for a few minutes to concentrate on the meditation to follow. It does not have to be a place of complete solitude (an office restroom will do the trick if you are in a hurry before a big meeting,) as long as you are able to create a sense of calm within yourself. If you find that you have no time for any kind of meditation, try it in the shower. It is simple to memorize and very easy to attain while in the presence of running water, and the addition of the soothing heat will help to calm your mind.

Step 2: Imagine yourself on a white sandy beach. Take three deep, slow breaths. Allow yourself to really feel the sand beneath your feet (If you have never been on such a beach, imagine what it would feel like,) and let your feet begin to gently sink into that warm, soft sand.

Step 3: Take three more slow, calm breaths. Now, as you see yourself on the beach with the beautiful turquoise ocean lapping gently near your feet, with your physical eyes still closed, gaze toward the horizon. In your mind’s eye, envision an old steamship on the far horizon. You can see that it is an old steamship without much effort but be sure to envision it on the farthest point of the horizon, where the sea meets the azure sky.

 

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Beshear stresses education, health care at start of bus tour

Democrat Andy Beshear is stressing education and health care issues as he starts a statewide bus tour with less than a week left in his effort to unseat Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in Kentucky. At a Wednesday rally in Louisville, Beshear said he beat Bevin in their five recent debates and predicted he’ll do it again in next week’s election. They wrapped up their final debate Tuesday night.

Beshear said the future of public education and the availability of health care for the needy are at stake. Beshear has criticized Bevin’s support for charter schools and the governor’s Medicaid proposal that would require some “able-bodied” recipients to get a job, go to school or volunteer to keep their benefits.

 

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Growing Number Of Pharmacies Across West Can Prescribe Birth Control

A growing number of pharmacists across the country are now offering birth control directly to patients — no doctor’s visit required. That includes pharmacists at grocery stores in the Kroger chain — like Fred Meyers, King Soopers, City Market and Smith’s — in addition to Albertson’s and Safeway stores.

Pharmacists first started writing prescriptions for contraceptives in Oregon back in 2015. According to the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, at least eight other states have followed suit, including Colorado, Idaho, and Utah.

“In Colorado it’s something we’ve been doing since June of 2017,” said Kim Ward, the pharmacy regional clinical manager with Kroger Health, which said in a press release that offering this service is part of its “mission to simplify healthcare.” “We have 147 King Soopers and City Market pharmacies in the state of Colorado, and every one of them is participating in this service.”

 

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