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Mile High Ugh: What You Should Know Before You Eat Airplane Food

Jason Alderman was hungry. It was the beginning of his regular Sunday night commute from San Francisco to Boston, but unlike most weeks, he hadn’t grabbed food before boarding his plane. So that June 2018 evening, the public relations executive did something he’d sworn he’d never do again: He ate the in-flight meal.

Sitting in business class, he ordered the duck ravioli after he says the flight attendant assured him it was “very good.” But a few hours later, Alderman knew something was wrong.

“About three-quarters of the way through the flight, I start feeling really bad. Really, really bad,” he recalled. “If you’ve never had food poisoning before, it’s like going 10 rounds with Muhammad Ali.”

Alderman says he managed to reach his Boston apartment before he became violently ill.

 

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College of the Redwoods Has New Pharmacy Tech Program

Beginning in the spring of 2020, College of the Redwoods Workforce and Community Education has announced it will offer an expanded pharmacy technician program.

The new pharmacy tech program will consist of 140 classroom hours and includes a 120-hour externship, during which students will work at a local pharmacy to hone their skills.

Additionally, said school officials, the program prepares students to sit for the National Healthcareer Association and Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exams.

The program instructor will be Kyle Bigham, a local pharmacist.

 

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iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index Fund (NASDAQ:IBB), SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (ETF:XBI)

Following the conclusion of a strategic review, Qiagen NV QGEN 24.2% said the execution of its current business plan is the best opportunity to drive future value creation.

The company’s supervisory board determined the various offers received weren’t compelling and therefore terminated all discussions in a bid to execute on the company’s standalone plan.

The German molecular and genetic testing company announced a third-quarter shortfall in early October, the resignation of its CEO, the shelving of its development plan of its next-gen genome sequencing machines and restructuring initiatives.

 

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How Many Hours of Sleep Do Successful People Get Each Night

Accomplished people from Apple CEO Tim Cook to singer Dolly Parton claim that waking up extremely early is the key to making the most out of a workday.

But when it comes to productivity, success and health, getting a solid night’s sleep is just as important.

Tobias Lutke, founder and CEO of the e-commerce company Shopify, said in a tweet Thursday that he has to sleep a full night in order to be successful at work.

“I need 8ish hours of sleep a night,” Lutke wrote. “Same with everybody else, whether we admit it or not.” Indeed, it’s recommended that adults get seven or more hours of sleep a night, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Lutke’s tweet was in response to a debate on Twitter about whether it’s necessary for employees to work nights and weekends.

 

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Population Health Strategies Improved Patient Experience & Reduced Hospital Stays for Kids on Medicaid

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — In the largest-ever study to measure the impact of population health strategies and tools on hospital outcomes among Medicaid-enrolled children, a team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) found targeted interventions can deliver better patient experience, improved health outcomes and value to the Medicaid system. The study, published in JAMA Network Open today, showed that among more than 93,000 Medicaid-enrolled children, combining technology solutions with interdisciplinary integrated care teams led to 50 fewer hospital admissions each month and 3,600 fewer bed days for these youth in a year.

 

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Mercy Expands Nursing Program After College of New Rochelle Closes

DOBBS FERRY – Mercy College will expand its nursing program after absorbing a reported 1,700 former students when the College of New Rochelle closed over summer.

Mercy announced that it received New York state Education Department approval for programs including an undergraduate accelerated second degree in nursing and master’s degrees in family nurse practitioner online and at its Dobbs Ferry, Bronx and Manhattan campuses.

It has also applied for approval to teach traditional nursing at its Bronx campus, Mercy said in a statement.

“These new program offerings at multiple locations will ensure student success by providing individualized attention, convenient scheduling and small class size,” said Miriam Ford, chief nurse administrator and director of Dobbs Ferry and MercyManhattan, said in a statement.

 

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Intermittent Fasting Could Be Part of a Healthy Lifestyle, Studies Show – EcoWatch

A new review of the evidence published in the New England Journal of Medicine Thursday suggests that intermittent fasting — the practice of limiting how much you eat during the day or week — can actually be a healthy way to eat.

“The state of the science on intermittent fasting has evolved to the point that it now can be considered as one approach, with exercise and healthy food, to improving and maintaining health as a lifestyle approach,” senior author and Johns Hopkins Medicine neuroscientist Mark Mattson told HealthDay Reporter.

Mattson, who has studied the issue for 25 years and practiced it himself for 20, told the Johns Hopkins Medicine Newsroom that intermittent fasting usually takes two forms.

 

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Council Post: Smartphone Health: How Technology Can Help Elevate Your Work-Life Balance

Even when one considers all the good these magic little mobile devices do, technology has often been the culprit of physical complaints and general poor health. From “text neck” and eye strain to “smartphone thumb” and insomnia, the list of ailments caused by technology grows.

But let’s face it, with the newest advances in technology, we can be connected at all times. We can always be available for impromptu brainstorms or the occasional social media fire. Smartphones and mobile devices give us the access to constantly check our emails in case of any type of work emergency.

While being always connected can seem like a negative, there are many ways technology can help achieve the perfect balance between work and personal life. This way, you and your team are able to get work done efficiently during the eight-hour workday.

 

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Car Seat Safety Tips For Holiday Travel

A national nonprofit is partnering with two statewide public health organizations to educate Minnesota residents about how to safely use car seats for young children.

Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children in the United States, with an average of three children dying each day in traffic crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Corazon Eaton of the group Buckle Up For Life said her organization has found that up to three-quarters of car seats are improperly installed.

“A properly installed car seat can reduce the risk of injury and death amongst infants by over 70 percent and among toddlers by over 50 percent,” Eaton said. “It’s important to get it right.“

 

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‘Tens of Thousands’ Of Patients Referred To Pharmacy Through Consultation Service

The Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) has seen “tens of thousands” of referrals directed to community pharmacy from NHS 111 since its launch on 29 October 2019, NHS England has said.

In an email bulletin distributed by NHS England, Keith Ridge, chief pharmaceutical officer for England, said the service has seen “more than 10,500 community pharmacies” sign up.

“The uptake has been massive and it has already taken tens of thousands of referrals in its first few weeks, and I’m pleased to report that the service is proving safe and effective,” he said.

“This really is impressive and will continue to build confidence in the capability of the sector to take on further clinical responsibilities.”

 

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