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Indian sugar demand seen hurt by economic slowdown, health worry

New Delhi: Sugar demand in India is starting to stagnate as economic growth in the top user slows and food manufacturers opt for alternatives, according to Meir Commodities India Pvt and Golden Agri-Resources Ltd.

The nation will consume 25 million tonnes to 25.2 million tonnes in 2019-20, little changed from the previous season, said Rahil Shaikh, managing director of Meir, a Mumbai-based trader. Demand is being hit as the food sector changes formulas away from sugar amid health concerns, according to Callum Walker, a trader at Golden Agri-Resources.

 

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Students respond to BYU-I health care decision

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Two of the Brigham Young University Idaho students who spoke out about a controversial health insurance policy say they are pleased the university reversed its policy change.

Samuel Ruiz and Esther Spencer Rivas say the decision allows thousands of students to breathe a sigh of relief. They say the sudden decision by the university not to recognize Medicaid as a health care option shocked students who could not afford options.

The university has since reinstated Medicaid as an acceptable insurance option. Many students worried they might have to drop out of school due to the high cost of other health care options.

“That is why we are so thankful the university is reversing its decision and allowing students to enroll in Medicaid again. It was a dicey two weeks for thousands of BYU-Idaho students, but ultimately the administration made the morally right decision,” said Ruiz and Spencer Rivas in a joint statement.

The students also extended thanks to people who backed the students throughout the process, including the 12,000 people who signed a petition in support of students.

 

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Partners rebrands to Mass General Brigham

For the first time in 25 years, Boston-based Partners HealthCare will have a new name: Mass General Brigham.

The largest health system in Massachusetts said the name change will highlight Partners’ renowned Massachusetts General Hospital and Brighman and Women’s Hospital, both in Boston.

The new name, announced Nov. 27, is part of a strategy for the health system to work more cohesively, Mass General Brigham’s president and CEO Anne Klibanski, MD, said in a news release. Under the potentially $100 million rebrand, Mass General and Brigham and Women’s will keep their own names. At this point it’s unclear if the rest of the health system’s hospitals will keep their names.

 

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Council Post: Remote Patient Monitoring Brings Healthcare To Your Home

There was a time when people who were ill kept to their sick beds at home, but 20th century advances in medical technology made it necessary (and beneficial) for many people to stay in the hospital for constant monitoring. However, further leaps and bounds in tech are now making it possible for some patients to have the best of both worlds by returning to the comfort of their homes while still having their vitals checked, thanks to remote patient monitoring.

Using monitoring equipment, a healthcare provider can keep tabs on a patient’s clinical data. Glucose meters, ECGs and blood pressure monitors are among the most common types of RPM equipment used, but the array of available technologies is rapidly expanding.

 

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Thanksgiving Food Safety: USDA Shares Advice and Tips

With more than 46 million turkeys cooked this holiday, theres no better time to remind Americans about proper food handling practices to keep their families safe. Here’s some tips to keep your family and friends happy and healthy.

 

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Which Thanksgiving Foods Are OK To Share With Your Dog? See Health and Safety Tips Here

Overindulging is a common practice during the holidays, and many people enjoy sharing well-prepared goodies with the cutest member of the family: the dog. However, it’s important to keep your pup’s safety in mind when giving in to those adorable, begging eyes.

We’ve compiled a list of Thanksgiving foods that are safe and healthy for your dog’s consumption, and others you should keep on the table.

The star of the show is absolutely fine to give to your dog, as long as it’s free of bones and skin. The American Kennel Club says though it may be tempting to share turkey bones, it could damage your pup’s digestive tract.

 

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Open, honest health and safety conversations critical: McNaughton

The key to improving health and safety is to keep the conversation going, said Monte McNaughton, Ontario’s minister of labour, training and skills development at a recent safety event.

“The greatest lesson I ever got was from my mother who told me on my wedding day there will be some good days and there will be some challenging days, learn to laugh, learn to say sorry and whatever may come, always keep talking,” said McNaughton at A Safer Ontario for the People event, hosted by Tickner and Associates, a health and safety compliance specialist, in Richmond Hill, Ont. Nov. 15.

“That’s why when I was named the minister of labour back in June I got on the phone and opened a conversation. I reached out to more than 150 labour leaders, hundreds of employers and countless workers. I told everybody the exact same thing ‘I want you to know that my door is always open. We may not agree on everything but I will hear you out.’ ”

 

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Why Having A Mentor Is So Important To Pharmacists Working in General Practice

A randomized controlled trial published in 2001 showed that pharmacists working in general practice can conduct effective consultations and, in 2015, a pilot project by NHS England echoed this benefit.

Now, in 2019, there are more than 1,000 full-time equivalent clinical pharmacists working in primary care across England, and the NHS is committed to recruiting many more.

I became curious about a GP pharmacy role after originally training in hospital pharmacy, and in 2017, began working as a clinical pharmacist across three GP practices, while enrolling myself onto an 18-month ‘Clinical pharmacists in general practice education’ programme. But once the course was over, I was left feeling isolated. There is no formal mentoring method upon completion of the course — pharmacists are left to their own devices.

 

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Lifting The Lid On Young People’s Mental Health

Researchers at The University of Manchester have worked with Kooth, an online mental health service for young people, to produce a report on digital mental health support for children and young people.

Launched in 2004, Kooth provides counselling, advice, and support to young people (aged 11-18) struggling with their mental health. It is run by XenZone, an innovator in digital mental health.

The report is a characterisation of the person-centred, holistic work carried out by Kooth on a daily basis. In defining the “Theory of Change” for Kooth , researchers have identified the characteristics and mechanisms of the service that lead to better mental health and wellbeing.

 

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For Patients With Opioid Use Disorders, the B-Team Offers Help: Dell Seton Medical Center’s

When Jennifer came into the emergency room, she was hurting. What started as a sore spot had become an abscess and then a bacterial infection that would require seven to 10 days of treatment. That was time Jennifer did not have to spend at Dell Seton Medical Center, she thought. She was homeless, and she had been using heroin – that’s how she got the infection, with a needle – and she was now in active withdrawal.

While she was in the ER, Jennifer was seen by a member of the hospital’s “B-Team,” who talked to her about how, once she was admitted, she could be given buprenorphine – a medication, also known as suboxone, that provides relief from the always harrowing and sometimes life-threatening symptoms of opioid withdrawal. She gave Jennifer her card. On that night, though, it wasn’t going to happen – two hours later, Jennifer left the hospital “AMA,” against medical advice, and went back to the streets where a fix could be found.

 

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