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Weight Loss Scams [Video]
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Weight Loss Scams [Video]

Weight Loss Scams byline AARP Nearly half of American adults and well over half of American women are trying to lose weight, according to a 2018 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those figures fuel a $70 billion weight-loss industry — and a widespread trade in dubious products that will reduce only your bank account. Diet scams rank No. 1 among health care frauds reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), with on-the-make marketers deploying a variety of tricks to get people to purchase their wares. Some create websites that look like those of legitimate magazines and news organizations and fill them with phony articles claiming that celebrities have achieved amazing results from their products. The FTC recently obtained a $500,000...
The United States Pharmacopeia: 200 Years of Building Trust in Medicine
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The United States Pharmacopeia: 200 Years of Building Trust in Medicine

The TEDMED 2020 theme is Make Way For Wonder, and we are looking forward to convening our Community and embracing the wonders of our times, the astonishing accomplishments, incredible possibilities, and extraordinary potential for the future. So, we were thrilled when the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) decided to celebrate its 200th Anniversary with TEDMED. After all, today’s wonders are built upon a strong foundation of scientific discovery. And, humanity is especially eager for those innovations that will help people everywhere live longer and healthier lives. In anticipation of USP’s presence at TEDMED in March, we talked with Ronald T. Piervincenzi, Ph.D., chief executive officer, about the organization’s history, its current work, and its approach to building trust in the futur...
Q&A with Peter Piot about COVID-19
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Q&A with Peter Piot about COVID-19

At TEDMED’s gathering in Boston, we had the opportunity to interview on stage the world’s top virologist, Peter Piot. In plain English, Peter provided solid scientific knowledge about COVID-19 and how to cope with it. Short answers, clear explanations. Based on that live interview here is a written Q & A supporting the responses to 100 questions on COVID-19 with Peter Piot. We hope that you will find this additional content helpful and that you will share the video Q & A and this blog post with your friends and family. 1. TEDMED: Let’s start with the basics. What is a virus? A virus is a very tiny particle of RNA or DNA genetic code protected by an outer protein wrapper. 2. TEDMED: How common are viruses? Viruses are everywhere. It’s amazing to realize that...
5 hospital and health system leaders discuss their organization’s pandemic response
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5 hospital and health system leaders discuss their organization’s pandemic response

As COVID-19 continues its worldwide spread, it is clear the pandemic is nowhere near over. The public health crisis has put many hospitals' disaster preparedness plans put to the test. In recent months, healthcare organizations have raced to keep up with surges in new coronavirus cases and worked to find solutions to supply shortages. During a June 9 webinar hosted by Becker's Hospital Review and sponsored by medical technology company BD, five hospital and health system leaders discussed how their organizations have responded to the pandemic and what they've learned so far. Key quotes from the discussion: 1. Michael Meekins, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy Operations at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., on pivoting operations during ...
Lottie’s shift work survival guide
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Lottie’s shift work survival guide

Feb 19, 2019//  by Charlotte Grant //  Leave a Comment As a healthcare professional, although you may choose to work in a 9-5 post, as part of your training you will be expected to work shifts. This may be a rolling roster of the same shift pattern or a random mix of days, nights, short and long shifts. It’s no surprise that shift work can lead to higher burn out, and a whole list of negative health effects. However, I think that shift work can have its benefits (who doesn’t like having 4 days off a week?), and there are things that I have picked up along the way that have really helped me. What works for me may not work for you, but hopefully some of these tips may make those long nights and tired days that little bit easier. So in no particular order, here are a couple of things tha...
5 Things I didn’t realize until I became a Midwife
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5 Things I didn’t realize until I became a Midwife

May 30, 2019//  by Charlotte Grant //  Leave a Comment When I decided I wanted to be a midwife, I did try to prepare as much as possible. I’d read all the books, took as much clinical experience as possible and spoke to lots of midwives. I thought I had a good idea about what being a midwife and working in the NHS was all about. Here are 5 things that I learnt along the way, and definitely didn’t expect before I started my training. Night shifts make you feel hung-over. I could never prepare myself for training my body to deal with night shifts. No-one can explain how you’re going to feel. The feeling sick during the day, and being really hungry at midnight. The wall of tiredness that hits you at 4.30am. And no-one can quite express the physical and emotional pain of having...
#StrongerTogether – eLearning: 24/7 access to key knowledge
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#StrongerTogether – eLearning: 24/7 access to key knowledge

#StrongerTogether – eLearning: 24/7 access to key knowledgeIn a crisis, all the medical professionals are needed at the front line, but you also need them trained and up-to speed with the latest tools and procedures. Due to travel and social distancing restrictions, Agfa HealthCare’s subject matter experts are limited in providing on-site, face to face training.For customers in Europe and the Middle East, an e-learning platform(*) has been deployed to provide easy access to key knowledge, that is available 24/7, providing the necessary flexibility needed during this COVID-19 crisis.The eLearning platform hosts online courses for the different Enterprise Imaging desktops (diagnostic desktop, desktop for PACS administrators, …) as well as courses for the XERO Viewer.With collaboration across...
Join the UKIO Online 2020 webinar: COVID-19 and beyond: an Enterprise Imaging Platform approach for the ‘new normal’
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Join the UKIO Online 2020 webinar: COVID-19 and beyond: an Enterprise Imaging Platform approach for the ‘new normal’

We’re looking forward to hosting a UKIO Online webinar next week, Wednesday 17th June, 2020 -7 PM CEST – 8 PM CEST.Throughout June and July the UKIO Online brings the best pieces from the programme planned for the event that was due to be held in Liverpool on 1-3 June 2020. The free on-line sessions are bringing great education, clinical refresh and a variety of other opportunities.In our one-hour session, 3 of our experts will be outlining the benefits of Enterprise Imaging in relation to COVID-19 and beyond, the ‘new norm’.The talk will be split into three sections covering Enterprise Imaging strategy and rationale, regional collaboration and a specific COVID-19: #StrongerTogether collaboration use case.COVID-19 – 5 Reasons why Health Systems need to implement an Enterprise Imaging Platf...
Financial Abuse: An Early Sign of Domestic Violence
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Financial Abuse: An Early Sign of Domestic Violence

Adrienne* started living with her (now ex-) husband at the age of 17. By 19, she had made her first big purchase – a new car. That’s when the abuse started. At the time, she was working two jobs but found that money always came up short when paying the bills. When she discovered that her husband had spent her earnings, he told her that her car would be ‘repossessed in a month’ if she left and that she would ‘never make it out there without him.’ She felt trapped. Her ex-husband’s use of money to control her began to escalate in other ways. Despite spending money on himself, Adrienne’s husband would tell her ‘we can’t afford that’ when she wanted to make a personal purchase. Even for an inexpensive beauty product, he questioned her. ‘Why would you buy that? It’s not going to make you loo...
Inside quarantine: from SARS in Toronto to coronavirus in Wuhan
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Inside quarantine: from SARS in Toronto to coronavirus in Wuhan

As we brace for a possible global pandemic of COVID-19, individuals are left wondering what this means and how it will affect their lives. Should we cancel travel plans?  Should we send our kids to school? Do we need to stock up on food and medication? Is everyone over-reacting? Wuhan Hubei China Canadians experienced an H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009, but COVID-19 has a higher mortality rate, no vaccine, and no treatment. As we try to prepare for what’s to come, both health officials and the public can learn from what people are living through in Wuhan, China, where the COVID-19 virus first emerged, and can also look back on Canada’s own experience during the 2003 SARS outbreak. Mr. Y is a 56-year-old retired chemist who lives with his wife in a gated community in Wuhan. The Chinese governm...