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Liberty University’s School of Nursing receives award from Salvation Army

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — The Liberty University’s School of Nursing received an award from the Salvation Army for hosting the Hands and Feet Clinic.

The award is the Salvation Army’s highest honor and is given to volunteers who uphold the Salvation Army’s mission of “preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meeting the human needs in His name without discrimination.”

“The award was a huge honor for the School of Nursing,” said Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Dana Woody. “Receiving the Partners in Mission Award means so much. Truly serving as His hands and feet to our community — acting on our calling as healthcare professionals — resonates with everything we do. This award represents our work on many levels for Him and for our community.”

 

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Drinking Up To Four Cups of Coffee Benefits Health

Coffee lovers, rejoice – because a moderate intake of your favourite cuppa could reap benefits for your health, according to a new study.

Consuming up to four cups of coffee on a daily basis could help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, a study has found.

Scientists discovered both “an association between coffee consumption and a decreased risk of type two diabetes” and that “long-term coffee consumption is associated with a decreased risk of hypertension”, in a study conducted jointly by research teams at the universities of Navarre in Spain and Catania in Italy.

This is because a “moderate consumption” of the popular hot drink was positively associated with lowered metabolic syndrome risk – reducing an individual’s risk by an average of by 26 per cent.

 

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MedX Health Corp. announces Third Quarter 2019 Results

The Company reported revenue of $234,977 for the three months ended September 30, 2019, compared with revenue of $180,404 for the three months ended September 30, 2018. Revenues from the Company’s therapeutic laser line of $177,437 were 41% higher than in the prior year. SIAscopy™ revenues of $57,541 also showed improvement over the 2018 three-month period. The Company reported a loss for the three months ended September 30, 2019 of $577,648 or $0.00 per share compared with a loss of $919,935, or $0.01 per share for the three months ended September 30, 2018.

 

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When your insurer does not cover your maternity costs

“My husband will hold up the newborn size outfits and announce he doesn’t believe it, nobody can be this small,” the 24-year-old says, adding she and her husband always knew they wanted kids.

But while the couple planned to have a baby, they weren’t expecting it to be so expensive. Despite Bethany’s best intentions, only a small fraction of her pregnancy-related health-care costs are covered by her insurance company.

But while the couple planned to have a baby, they weren’t expecting it to be so expensive. Despite Bethany’s best intentions, only a small fraction of her pregnancy-related health-care costs are covered by her insurance company.

They learned the upsetting news at their very first doctor’s appointment. “When we found out [about the pregnancy], I scheduled an OB-GYN visit to figure out next steps with prenatal care,” Bethany says. It was a pretty typical visit. The office drew blood and ran tests, and her doctor spent time talking to the couple about what to expect during the pregnancy.

 

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Children’s Minnesota Hospital Board of Directors Adds Five New Members

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Children’s Minnesota announced today the appointment of five new members to its Hospital Board of Directors, as well as the full slate of officers and board members for 2020. Joining the Hospital Board of Directors are Matt Bilunas, Linda Hall, Jim Leslie, Jill Schurtz and Carolyn Smallwood.

“Members of the hospital board of directors play a vital role in shaping the future of our organization,” said Dr. Marc Gorelick, president and CEO of Children’s Minnesota. “We are thrilled at the diversity, breadth and depth of expertise the new board members will bring to help advance our commitment to improving children’s health by providing the highest-quality, family-centered care.”

 

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Health Tip: Visiting a Hospital Patient

(HealthDay News) — While people who are in the hospital enjoy seeing friends and loved ones, it’s important to make sure that the visit is safe, says Cape Cod Healthcare.

 

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Amazon’s Alexa Can Now Order Prescription Refills and Remind People To Take Their Medicine

Amazon’s digital brain Alexa can now refill prescriptions via voice command and remind people to take their medicine, the latest new initiative in the company’s rapidly expanding healthcare push.

Amazon is teaming with Omnicell, a publicly traded pharmaceutical automation company, and pharmacy chain Giant Eagle for the new voice capability. Amazon plans to expand the program to more pharmacies next year after a learning period following the initial launch.

After downloading the Giant Eagle skill, users say “Alexa, manage my medication” to enter which medicines they take and set regular reminders. Voice commands available through the skill include “Alexa, what medication am I supposed to take right now,” and “Alexa, refill my prescription.”

 

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Too Many Kentucky Students Aren’t Getting Preventive Health Checks

Schools and kids benefit when the education system prioritizes student health. Children in good health focus better in class and have fewer absences.

As a school nurse of 17 years, I have proudly served the 2,600 students of Boyle County Public Schools and the nearly 4,000 students of Lincoln County Public Schools. Now, I proudly serve as the manager of District Health Services for Kentucky’s largest school district, with more than 100,000 students, Jefferson County Public Schools.

While rural and urban school districts frequently have different challenges and resources at their disposal, one commonality holds true regardless of geography — schools and students benefit when the education system prioritizes student health. When children are in good health, they can focus better in class and are less likely to miss school. Since schools often depend on funds tied to average daily attendance figures, fewer student absences benefits school budgets.

 

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How the Opioid Crackdown Is Hurting Chronic Pain Patients

People who rely on opioids to work and live say a new federal guideline is making them suffer, even while overdose deaths continue to rise.

Madeline’s* earliest childhood memory was of pain. She was visiting the zoo with her family and started to cry because the stabbing, throbbing pain in her legs was so intense she couldn’t walk anymore. She was later diagnosed with childhood osteoarthritis.

When Madeline entered puberty, she began experiencing exceptionally debilitating and painful menstrual periods. At 15, she was diagnosed with endometriosis.

Now in her mid-30s, Madeline told me prescription opioids allow her to hold a job and enjoy time with friends and family without spending days in bed recovering from the effort. But recently, her doctor became concerned about rising opioid misuse and forced her to cut back on her medication.

 

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Year-To-Date Opioid OD Deaths Down 6 Percent

The rate of deaths due to opioid overdoses is slowing in Massachusetts, but still nearly 1,500 people died of an overdose in Massachusetts through the first nine months of the year, the state announced Monday.

The 1,460 confirmed or suspected opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts between January and September represent a decrease of about 6 percent from the first three quarters of 2018, the equivalent of 99 fewer people dying of an overdose, the Department of Public Health said. DPH has confirmed 1,091 of the deaths were caused by an overdose of heroin, fentanyl, prescription painkillers or other opioids and estimated that another 332 to 407 deaths will eventually be confirmed as opioid overdoses.

 

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