Health Industry – Open Mind http://open-mind.org/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 02:48:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://open-mind.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-6-150x150.png Health Industry – Open Mind http://open-mind.org/ 32 32 The funding aims to help New Zealand’s cherry industry reap its health benefits https://open-mind.org/the-funding-aims-to-help-new-zealands-cherry-industry-reap-its-health-benefits/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 02:17:00 +0000 https://open-mind.org/the-funding-aims-to-help-new-zealands-cherry-industry-reap-its-health-benefits/ First off, the country’s Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga National Science Challenge for Quality Nutrition (HVN) awarded Cherri Health and Manufacturing (CH&M) a development grant worth NZ$55,000 (US$34,000). The development grant is aimed at emerging industries to encourage their growth. The company will work with Massey University’s Riddet Institute to identify commercial opportunities for six […]]]>

First off, the country’s Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga National Science Challenge for Quality Nutrition (HVN) awarded Cherri Health and Manufacturing (CH&M) a development grant worth NZ$55,000 (US$34,000). The development grant is aimed at emerging industries to encourage their growth.

The company will work with Massey University’s Riddet Institute to identify commercial opportunities for six species of New Zealand cherries as functional health products.

“New Zealand cherries are exported to China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. Consumers buy these cherries as gifts, especially during Chinese New Year. We have an advantage as cherry season coincides with the festival.

“Last summer, from December to February, we saw a big, double-digit growth in cherry exports compared to last year. The export value is estimated at NZ$78 million (US$49 million). We therefore see enormous growth potential.

“With bioactive ingredient research, we can compete with other markets like North America by providing stronger nutritional information. We are aiming for 20% growth next year,” said Joanne Todd, director of the HVN National Science Challenge.

HVN is one of the country’s 11 National Science Challenges and will be awarded NZ$45 million (US$33 million) in funding from 2019-2024. Hosted by the University of Auckland Liggins Institute and funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Employment, the challenge is a mission-led program of innovative research into the health attributes of food produced in New Zealand for key export markets.

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Guaiac Wood Essential Oil Market Research Reports and Industry Analysis| Natural Oils for Health and Beauty, Lotus Garden Botanicals, Vigon International – Indian Defense News https://open-mind.org/guaiac-wood-essential-oil-market-research-reports-and-industry-analysis-natural-oils-for-health-and-beauty-lotus-garden-botanicals-vigon-international-indian-defense-news/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 17:19:44 +0000 https://open-mind.org/guaiac-wood-essential-oil-market-research-reports-and-industry-analysis-natural-oils-for-health-and-beauty-lotus-garden-botanicals-vigon-international-indian-defense-news/ This important report provides a clear view of how the global Guaiac Wood Essential Oil market is trending today and how it is likely to trend in the years to come. Key findings of the Global Guaiac Wood Essential Oil Market report focuses on the changing global Guaiac Wood Essential Oil market dynamics, significant […]]]>

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    Wolf is asking for $91 million for nursing homes to offset costs of proposed new staffing rules, but industry says it’s not enough Spotlight PA https://open-mind.org/wolf-is-asking-for-91-million-for-nursing-homes-to-offset-costs-of-proposed-new-staffing-rules-but-industry-says-its-not-enough-spotlight-pa/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://open-mind.org/wolf-is-asking-for-91-million-for-nursing-homes-to-offset-costs-of-proposed-new-staffing-rules-but-industry-says-its-not-enough-spotlight-pa/ Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom operated by The Philadelphia Inquirer in association with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletter. HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf is asking Pennsylvania lawmakers to spend millions to increase a key reimbursement rate for qualifying nursing homes in the state to […]]]>

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    HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf is asking Pennsylvania lawmakers to spend millions to increase a key reimbursement rate for qualifying nursing homes in the state to offset costs from proposed new regulations that would increase the amount of care required each day.

    With the state’s June 30 budget deadline fast approaching, the Democrat wants to allocate $91.25 million to increase the amount of money qualified nursing homes receive for Medicaid residents.

    About 11,000 Pennsylvania long-term care residents have died since the COVID-19 pandemic began, a number that has drawn attention to long-standing problems such as dangerously low staffing requirements and outdated regulations.

    Groups like the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, which advocates for the state’s long-term care providers, say the state’s low Medicaid reimbursement rate is a major barrier to providing higher levels of care. The current rate, they say, can leave nursing home facilities without funding to increase staff wages or buy supplies for patient care.

    The association estimates that Wolf’s investment would increase the daily Medicaid reimbursement rate from the current average of $199.96 to an average of $210 per resident. Neighboring states like Ohio, Maryland, and New Jersey have higher rates.

    But while PHCA sees Wolf’s proposal as a welcome first step, the organization argues that it falls far short. The trade group estimates that the regulatory changes would require hiring 10,000 additional employees and $434 million in annual spending. That has led some to dismiss the plan as an unfunded mandate.

    According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there are 683 nursing homes in the state that supplies a total of about 80,000 residents. This number is expected to increase in the coming years as the state’s population ages 65 and older grows. According to PHCA, approximately 66% of nursing home residents statewide have Medicaid paid for their stay. Medicare accounts for another 13%.

    Lawmakers seem to agree that more investment is needed, but how to do that is still a matter of debate. If funding for care homes remains unchanged, advocacy networks, experts and local nurses fear facilities may be ill-equipped to support aging populations.

    “We’re at a point where we either have to invest in long-term care in this year’s state budget or the entire system could collapse,” said Zach Shamberg, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association. “That would be devastating for our elderly population.”

    Why are refunds important?

    Because of the way Medicaid and Medicare funds are allocated, many nursing home facilities seek to accommodate Medicare-funded patients rather than Medicaid-funded ones.

    “We made a decision in this country not to cover long-term nursing home care under Medicare,” said David Grabowski, professor of health policy at Harvard Medical School. “So it’s really the only major service that’s passed on to Medicaid today.”

    Medicare is a government insurance program that typically covers short-stay patients such as B. Patients in physical therapy or postoperative care.

    Medicaid is a government assistance program that — under federal government guidelines — supports low-income people and typically covers long-term patients. The reimbursement rate is the amount each nursing home receives from the state government on behalf of the eligible patient.

    According to Grabowski, Pennsylvania’s low Medicaid reimbursement encourages nursing homes to seek out Medicare patients who plan to stay short, rather than admit Medicaid patients who need longer stays.

    This dynamic, he continued, makes the federal government a “very generous payer,” and this windfall allows care facilities to typically earn double-digit margins on short-stay patients. Meanwhile, Medicaid patients typically result in negative margins for facilities, he said, creating a gap between the cost of care for residents and the amount of federal funding.

    According to a study conducted in February for LeadingAge PAa trade association representing about 380 providers in the state that care for older adults, the daily gap between what nursing homes received and what they spent for Medicaid residents averaged $86.26 per resident.

    Grabowski said increasing the Medicaid reimbursement rate could alleviate some of the problems. Lobbyists and advocates for the Pennsylvania industry call for an investment of $294 millioninstead of the $91.25 million proposed by Wolf.

    Grabowski argues that any investment in the industry should also include some form of accountability to ensure funds are improving quality and not being misused.

    “I think we need to rethink what it means to live and work in a nursing home,” Grabowski said. “Because the current economic model is definitely broken.”

    More money, more control

    Wolf’s $91.25 million pitch comes with proposed regulations that would require nursing homes to offer residents more hours of direct care.

    Speakers for Republicans in the House and Senate confirmed that assemblies will consider the proposal and continue to invest in nursing homes, but gave no details.

    In 2020, Spotlight PA reported on long-criticized staffing and training regulations exposed by the pandemic. Shamberg said the PHCA has found that nursing homes are facing the same problems today, in addition to rising costs across the country.

    Since the pandemic began, the state has allocated nearly $500 million to nursing homes through Acts 24 of 2020 and 2021. These funds should help ease the burden of additional costs related to COVID-19. But as one-time infusions, PHCA said the money doesn’t fill the gap in Medicaid’s reimbursement rates and therefore doesn’t increase staffing.

    Karen Hipple, a licensed practical nurse at the Oil City Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Venango County, said staffing ratios are too high — with one certified nursing assistant tending to 20 to 30 patients at facilities where she has worked and visited . She said hiring more staff must be a top priority, which requires more funding.

    Hipple blames the shortage on the low wages faced by many nursing home workers. Corresponding US Bureau of Labor Statistics datathe average wage for a nurse is $16.44 per hour.

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    CA hearing tomorrow on regulation of profitable mergers in healthcare industry / Public News Service https://open-mind.org/ca-hearing-tomorrow-on-regulation-of-profitable-mergers-in-healthcare-industry-public-news-service/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 04:02:39 +0000 https://open-mind.org/ca-hearing-tomorrow-on-regulation-of-profitable-mergers-in-healthcare-industry-public-news-service/ Healthcare industry mergers are a major contributor to high healthcare costs, and now California lawmakers are considering legislation to regulate more of these mergers. Assembly Act 2080 will be heard before the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday. It would give the Attorney General the power to condition or even block mergers between for-profit hospitals and […]]]>

    Healthcare industry mergers are a major contributor to high healthcare costs, and now California lawmakers are considering legislation to regulate more of these mergers.

    Assembly Act 2080 will be heard before the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday. It would give the Attorney General the power to condition or even block mergers between for-profit hospitals and other large healthcare organizations.

    The California Hospital Association contradicts the billon the grounds that this would give the Attorney General too much power and stifle many types of custody arrangements.

    Anthony Wright, executive director of the nonprofit advocacy group Health Access California, countered that more consumer protections are needed.

    “This bill goes to the heart of why healthcare costs are so inflated,” Wright argued. “And it ensures that there is public oversight so that access is maintained and costs are not exaggerated as the healthcare industry consolidates.”

    The Attorney General already has oversight authority to consider mergers of nonprofit hospitals, securing $575 million in 2019 settlement from Sutter Health about fees, they drove up prices. Sutter, the largest healthcare provider in Northern California, agreed to end the policy, which the state deemed anticompetitive. The bill would ban anti-competitive contracting across the industry.

    Wright pointed to a 2018 University of California-Berkeley studywhich found that hospital mergers have led to much higher prices.

    “Sometimes there can be a loss of access if the acquiring entity decides to discontinue certain services,” Wright explained. “Sometimes the merged entity now has more market power to charge higher prices.”

    The bill also provides for an appeals process if a merger is rejected. The measure has already been passed in Parliament. If it goes through the Senate Health Committee, the next stop would be the Judiciary Committee.

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    Employer Relations Director for Education and Health Professions Receives AACE President’s Award https://open-mind.org/employer-relations-director-for-education-and-health-professions-receives-aace-presidents-award/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 05:09:56 +0000 https://open-mind.org/employer-relations-director-for-education-and-health-professions-receives-aace-presidents-award/ photo submitted Madelyn Jones Madelyn Jones, Employer Relations Director for the University for educational and health professionsrecently won the President’s Award from the Arkansas Association of Colleges and Employers. Jones is serving her first term as Director of the AACE Board. The organization is made up of college relations and career counseling […]]]>



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    Madelyn Jones, Employer Relations Director for the University for educational and health professionsrecently won the President’s Award from the Arkansas Association of Colleges and Employers.

    Jones is serving her first term as Director of the AACE Board. The organization is made up of college relations and career counseling professionals, human resource professionals, employers and human resource development organizations who work to ensure graduate success.

    A letter of nomination noted that Jones took on challenging committee duties and successfully oversaw the transition back to an in-person conference nearly three years after the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “The success of this conference is a testament to Madelyn’s attention to detail, her willingness to venture into uncharted waters where there is no precedent, and her commitment to serving AACE and the career services profession,” read the award letter.

    Jones said she feels fortunate to be part of an organization that facilitates extensive networking opportunities and strengthened relationships between university careers services and employers.

    “I appreciate having the opportunity to build connections across the country that will ultimately improve the career path for students and young professionals,” she said. “I feel humbled and proud to receive the President’s Award and look forward to continuing many more years of service.”

    Jones was named first Director of Employer Relations for the College of Education and Health Professions in 2021. She serves as the liaison for local and regional businesses looking to recruit and hire U of A students from the college, the university’s third largest with more than 6,000 students. Most of the college’s programs involve hands-on learning. Majors include nursing, teaching, exercise science, athletic training, occupational therapy, counseling, public health, and communication disorders.

    Jones coordinates on-campus employer recruitment and schedules employer spokespersons. She also moderates career events and industry tours, and provides training for employers, faculty and students to raise awareness of employment opportunities. Jones was previously the college’s career counselor, assisting students in exploring their careers, career development and transitioning into their professional careers.

    Robert Ellis, who previously served as the Employer Relations Coordinator for the Career Development Center, has been promoted to the role of Career Advisor. He helps students by reviewing resumes and cover letters, facilitating mock interviews, and helping them build a consistent professional brand.

    Businesses are invited to email Jones at smj041@uark.edu or call 479-575-8636. Employers and organizations interested in participating in the college can fill out one interest form. Students seeking career advice can email Ellis at rce002@uark.edu or call 479-575-2933.

    About the University of Education and Health Professions: That University for educational and health professions offers advanced academic degrees, professional development opportunities, and learning communities serving the education and healthcare systems of Arkansas and beyond. The college provides the training and experience for a variety of professional roles ranging from community mental health counselor to school teacher and executive. Programs in adult and higher education, as well as educational technology and sports management, offer a wide range of options. In addition to educational opportunities, the college prepares nurses, speech therapists, health educators and administrators, recreational professionals, rehabilitation consultants, and human capacity researchers.

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    Beef Empire Days showcases the best in the business https://open-mind.org/beef-empire-days-showcases-the-best-in-the-business/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 00:35:35 +0000 https://open-mind.org/beef-empire-days-showcases-the-best-in-the-business/ There are no halters and no matching slides. Just pens of fat cattle straight from the feeder and a judge with an eye for carcass marks on the hoof and rail. It’s Beef Empire Day in Garden City, Kan., and it’s a unique celebration of the cattle feed industry in the state and throughout the […]]]>

    There are no halters and no matching slides. Just pens of fat cattle straight from the feeder and a judge with an eye for carcass marks on the hoof and rail.

    It’s Beef Empire Day in Garden City, Kan., and it’s a unique celebration of the cattle feed industry in the state and throughout the Plains.

    live show

    Beef Empire Days offers many activities for families, but the one that’s most anticipated among farming viewers is the Merck Animal Health Live Show. Beef farmers from across the region bring in selected heifers and steers they have fed for judging by Shane Bedwell, Live Show Judge and COO and Director of Breed Improvement for the American Hereford Association.

    Beef Empire Days Live Show judge Shane Bedwell raises a finger to notify the work crew to sort this steer into the top pen for later judging June 7 in Garden City.

    Bedwell sorted 53 head heifers and 99 head steers to select the top 25 in each division.

    In the heifer department:

    1 day. 470 1,404 pounds fed by Irsik & Doll Feedyard owned by Heritage Cattle

    2nd day 613. 1,344 pounds fed from Brookover Feedyard owned by Brookover Land Enterprises

    3rd day 471. 1,406 pounds fed by Irsik & Doll Feedyard owned by Russ Smith

    4th day 604. 1,354 pounds, fed by HRC, owned by Schurrtop Angus and Charolais

    Day 5 622. 1,500 pounds fed by Triangle H owned by STP Cattle

    In the ox section:

    1st day 593. 536 pounds fed by Lane County Feeders owned by Foote Cattle Co.

    2nd day 555. 1,606 pounds, fed by Reeve Cattle Co., owned by Reeve Cattle Co.

    3rd day 621. 1,496 pounds fed by HRC, owned by Schurrtop Angus and Charolais;

    4th day 552. 1,628 pounds fed by Reeve Cattle Co., owned by Reeve Cattle Co.

    5th day 617. 1,522 pounds, fed by HRC, owned by Schurrtop Angus and Charolais

    carcass inspection

    Once the cattle have been evaluated on the hooves, they are loaded and transported to a processing facility for the Tyson-sponsored Carcass Contest.

    This year, Irsik & Doll Feedyard with Heritage Cattle Co. had the trifecta according to the Beef Empire Days (BED) coordinators. Not only did Irsik & Doll have the winning heifer in the Live Show, but the same heifer also became Champion in the Carcass Show. Irsik & Doll also received the award for the heifer division’s highest BED Index, which earned them the Earl C. Brookover Award for their efforts.

    In the heifer department:

    1st day 470. Fed by Irsik & Doll Feedyard owned by Heritage Cattle

    2nd day 588. Fed by Kinsley Feeders owned by Blattner Cattle

    3rd day 622. Fed by Triangle H owned by STP Cattle

    4th day 576. Fed by Sublette Feedyard owned by Max Barkley

    5th day 594. Fed by Sunbelt Feedyard owned by Dale and Carol Voran

    Beef Empire Days Live Show judge Shane Bedwell

    Beef Empire Days Live Show judge Shane Bedwell talks about what he was looking for in the steers and heifers he judged June 7 in Garden City. Bedwell is COO and Director of Breed Improvement for the American Hereford Association.

    In the ox section;

    1st day 558. Fed by Beef Belt LLC owned by W6 Cattle

    2nd day 578. Fed by Turon Feedyard owned by Kendall Williams

    3rd day 653. Fed by Triangle H, owned by Snake Creek Ranch

    4th day 620. Fed by HRC, owned by Schurrtop Angus and Charolais

    5th day 585. Fed by Kinsley Feeders owned by Kinsley Feeders LLC

    cattle work competition

    Of course, the livestock feed industry is only as good as the people who work in its feedyards. The annual Beef Empire Days Cattle Working Contest, hosted by Finney County Feedyard, Garden City, rates feedyard crews on their cattle handling skills.

    This year’s top 3 winners were:

    1. Deseret cattle feeder

    2. Finney County Feedyard

    3. Centerfire Feeder

    scholarship holders

    The Beef Empire Days Committee supports area high school students pursuing agricultural majors with scholarships supported by Animal Health International Inc. and Cobalt Cattle. This year’s award winners include: Corbin Clawson, Meade High School; Grace Dillinger, Hugoton High School; Brandon Springston, Garden City High School; Cassidy Paz, Hodgeman County High School and Kansas Connections Academy; Alexa Molina and Alec Walton, Stanton County High School; ally Brennaman, Manhattan Virtual Academy; and wise carter, Ashland High School.

    Beef Empire Days contributed to this article.

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    Cyber ​​threats and the current landscape are putting food defense on the agenda https://open-mind.org/cyber-threats-and-the-current-landscape-are-putting-food-defense-on-the-agenda/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 04:07:10 +0000 https://open-mind.org/cyber-threats-and-the-current-landscape-are-putting-food-defense-on-the-agenda/ According to speakers during a panel on food fraud and defense, cyberattacks and ransomware are among the top emerging threats facing food businesses. Tim Lang, Jennifer van de Ligt and Jon Woody spoke about food defense and the many definitions it has last Health Talks webinar organized by the World Health Organization (WHO). Lang, a […]]]>

    According to speakers during a panel on food fraud and defense, cyberattacks and ransomware are among the top emerging threats facing food businesses.

    Tim Lang, Jennifer van de Ligt and Jon Woody spoke about food defense and the many definitions it has last Health Talks webinar organized by the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Lang, a professor of food policy at City University London’s Center for Food Policy, said the term “food defence” is being used too narrowly.

    “The challenges in the food system not only concern food safety, but also climate change as well as societal and political challenges. Just think of Ukraine. The risks to food defense aren’t just medical or microbiological,” he said.

    Possible cyber disruption
    Lang said food defense resides in a range of issues including food democracy, food control, food self-sufficiency, food resilience, food risks, food capacity and food sovereignty. Different perspectives compete for policy space such as public health, military, law, sustainable development, behavior and social affairs.

    “Now we have cyber security; Why does this matter when eating? Because modern logistics is all about just-in-time and satellites. Disrupting this is one way to disrupt a nation’s food supply. All of these are arguments that food defense must have a social component. Alongside this approach to food safety and risk assessment in the food retail sector, we need a softer and population-based approach to build food resilience into systems.”

    “We’ve been investing in just-in-time logistics for four decades,” said Lang.

    “This cyber threat is due to investments we have made in super-efficient computer logistics and satellites. We’ve known for ages that diseases cross borders, but what’s new is a more complicated system of food distribution and the infrastructure hasn’t kept pace. The answer is better international cooperation. Cyber ​​security issues are a new avenue for potential disruptions that combine intentional adulteration and fundraising to stop the scam. The potential of food to be used as a weapon is ahead of our regulatory approaches.”

    Lang said there are a number of reasons why a rethink is needed now.

    “Food systems have changed, there has been a revolution. It’s uneven, it’s way ahead in the rich world, where the population overconsumes and nearly a billion people are starving. There are massive food safety problems in developing countries. The political economy is in turmoil and price volatility has been constant,” he said.

    “The broad public health approach to food defense needs to be further developed and redesigned, good safe food cannot be left to businesses, it is about consumers, civil society, culture, etc. This broader food defense approach provides space for the inclusion of social Aspects of stress in the emerging food systems, and this cannot only be done at the UN level, it must be done globally, regionally, internationally, at the city and local levels.”

    In the area of ​​public protection, there tends to be a perspective of treating food safety and fraud issues as isolated and not far-reaching, Lang said.

    “There is always a tension between saying this is a specific person or a poorly run company or bad education. Sometimes there are moments where you have to look at the whole system and I think we’re in one of those moments where we have to rethink a lot.”

    The intelligent opponent
    Van de Ligt, director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute, said food defense regulation is much newer than food safety and is not always recognized globally.

    “Food is an attractive target: everyone in the world is eating, it can be weaponized very easily and it’s really hard to see and track where the adulteration has taken place. We’re also talking about an intelligent adversary, that’s a person who understands the system, who understands how to find the vulnerabilities, and who gains access and evades detection. Most don’t want to get caught. They want to do this for a long time to make money, but occasionally they make mistakes,” she said.

    “The take-home message when I speak to the industry is vulnerability and something the food industry can control. It could be a disgruntled employee or a contractor angry at a company, they can cause widespread public health damage, so the narrow focus on the motivation for terrorism falls short of the broader concept of food defense.”

    Three things are required for a food defense incident, van de Ligt said: motivation, skills and vulnerabilities.

    “We have commercially motivated adulteration, sabotage and terrorism. Commercially motivated adulteration has long been widespread, with one of the most notable incidents being the addition of melamine to dairy products in China. Intentional adulteration happens when there is an incentive or an opportunity,” she said.

    “If you think about the current environment, challenging economics are right there. There are shortages, supply chain gaps and the war in Ukraine, so we have a global environment ripe for food fraud incidents. We are seeing more labor shortages and transportation issues and that creates some stresses from a food protection perspective that sets the environment for additional food crimes.

    “The problem we have is that different countries use different terms. In the UK it is food crime, in the US we use food fraud or commercial adulteration, some countries prefer food integrity or food authenticity or tampering.”

    FDA Rules and Practice
    Woody of the US Food and Drug Administration said it was unlikely that a biological or chemical contaminant would be introduced into the food supply with intent to harm humans, but the potential wide-ranging public health impacts could be significant.

    The FDA’s 2016 Intentional Adulteration Rule applies to importers and domestic food manufacturers.

    “We had planned to start inspections in 2020, but the pandemic extended the schedule. We have begun facility inspections and will continue to train our regulators on how to evaluate these food safety plans,” Woody said.

    “In developing the intentional adulteration rule, the FDA saw that the industry faced so many different problems. It’s hard to continue talking about intentional adulteration when, fortunately, there hasn’t been a problem. Businesses must prioritize their own limited resources to address these critical issues, and sometimes a sense of exhaustion sets in. We are trying to work through and achieve what we need and recognize that industry resources are scarce.”

    The FDA continues to see a focus on cyber and there are a variety of ransomware issues affecting food companies, Woody said.

    “Cyber ​​is something that we have been focusing more and more on in recent years. There are ransomware problems, but we examine the links between cybersecurity and public health. Part of that process was educating ourselves and reaching out to others who have the expertise to stay current.”

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    WATCH LIVE: Senate considers health care legislation for veterans exposed to toxic substances https://open-mind.org/watch-live-senate-considers-health-care-legislation-for-veterans-exposed-to-toxic-substances/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 14:29:37 +0000 https://open-mind.org/watch-live-senate-considers-health-care-legislation-for-veterans-exposed-to-toxic-substances/ The Senate on Tuesday will consider a health care bill for veterans exposed to toxic substances. The Senate is expected to consider the legislation at 11 a.m. ET. Watch the event in the player above. CLOCK: President Joe Biden signs nine bipartisan pro-veteran bills into law Last week, President Joe Biden signed nine bipartisan bills […]]]>

    The Senate on Tuesday will consider a health care bill for veterans exposed to toxic substances.

    The Senate is expected to consider the legislation at 11 a.m. ET. Watch the event in the player above.

    CLOCK: President Joe Biden signs nine bipartisan pro-veteran bills into law

    Last week, President Joe Biden signed nine bipartisan bills that he said would honor and improve care for American veterans.

    “Our nation has many obligations. It just has a really sacred obligation,” Biden said.

    “I’ve been saying this for over 35 years, sacred obligation. That means preparing and equipping those we send them into peril, and looking after them and their families when they get home. It’s a sacred commitment because veterans are the backbone, the backbone of who we are as a country.”

    Biden also spoke before signing about his son Beau, who fell ill after serving the country.

    “We have to talk about incinerator pits that burn waste from war tires, toxic chemicals, jet fuel and a lot more, I won’t even mention it,” Biden said.

    “Noxious smoke, its poison spreading through our bases and into the lungs of our troops. And when they got home, many of the fittest, best-trained warriors we’ve ever had weren’t the same. Headache, numbness, dizziness. Cancer. My son Beau was one of them,” Biden said.

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    Weight-loss surgery linked to lower cancer death rate in large study https://open-mind.org/weight-loss-surgery-linked-to-lower-cancer-death-rate-in-large-study/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 14:09:45 +0000 https://open-mind.org/weight-loss-surgery-linked-to-lower-cancer-death-rate-in-large-study/ Placeholder when loading item promotions Body weight is considered a risk factor for cancer – but can losing it reverse this risk? One study suggests the answer is a resounding yes, at least for those losing significant weight through bariatric surgery. patients who had them Surgery was 32 percent less likely to develop cancer and […]]]>
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    Body weight is considered a risk factor for cancer – but can losing it reverse this risk?

    One study suggests the answer is a resounding yes, at least for those losing significant weight through bariatric surgery. patients who had them Surgery was 32 percent less likely to develop cancer and 48 percent less likely to die from cancer than their peers who haven’t had surgery, according to a study published in JAMA.

    The results come from a long-term study of more than 30,000 patients at the Cleveland Clinic between 2004 and 2017. The patients all had a Body mass index of 35 or more – Classified as “Class 2” or “Moderate Risk” obesity by medical professionals.

    Researchers followed about 5,000 patients between the ages of 18 and 80 who underwent gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery during the study period. None of the people studied had previously been diagnosed with cancer.

    According to the CDC, about 74 percent of US adults are overweight

    And their odds of developing or dying from obesity-related cancers like ovarian and pancreatic cancer were significantly lower. During the study, 2.9 percent of the operated patients developed cancer, compared to 4.9 percent of their peers; 0.8 percent died compared to 1.4 percent of nonsurgical patients. The effects were observed universally and appeared to be independent of age, gender or race.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.7 million new cancer cases were reported in 2019 alone. Additionally, nearly 42 percent of US adults had obesity from March 2020.

    “With the growing obesity epidemic, obesity-associated cancers are a major public health concern,” said Ali Aminian, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute and lead author of the study. “If we help patients lose weight, we can significantly reduce this risk.”

    Bariatric surgery has gained momentum used as a treatment for obesity in recent years, with an estimated 256,000 such procedures performed in the United States in 2019, according to an industry group. The researchers said that “significant weight loss” is required to reduce the risk of cancer.

    Other factors may play a role – it’s unclear whether the surgical patients made healthier lifestyle choices or the non-surgical patients were reluctant to participate in cancer screening. Few of the patients were not black or white, indicating a need for further research.

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    virtualization in healthcare; Why is it important? https://open-mind.org/virtualization-in-healthcare-why-is-it-important/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 04:46:24 +0000 https://open-mind.org/virtualization-in-healthcare-why-is-it-important/ introductionIndustry shift towards virtualization and digitizationNew technologies that enable virtualizationBenefits of virtualization technologies in healthcareThe value of a virtual presenceexpanded realityhealthcare benefits‘Nixi for children’“I’m getting a transplant”Final Thoughtsreferences The transition of healthcare into a virtual environment is a global societal movement toward better and more convenient organization of a person’s medical care and maintenance of […]]]>

    introduction
    Industry shift towards virtualization and digitization
    New technologies that enable virtualization
    Benefits of virtualization technologies in healthcare
    The value of a virtual presence
    expanded reality
    healthcare benefits
    ‘Nixi for children’
    “I’m getting a transplant”
    Final Thoughts
    references


    The transition of healthcare into a virtual environment is a global societal movement toward better and more convenient organization of a person’s medical care and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.

    Healthcare costs are increasing around the world, but full computerization is making those costs intelligent. Virtual hospitals, e-registration services, EHR, e-prescriptions, medical image archives, tele- and mobile medicine, and online customization of doctor’s prescriptions will allow patients and doctors to assess the tectonic shifts caused by healthcare virtualization.

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    Industry shift towards virtualization and digitization

    The development of digital technologies in medicine is one of the focal points worldwide. Numerous conferences, forums and platforms presenting the latest developments in healthcare, such as CPhI Worldwide, only confirm this. The perspectives for the use of digital information systems are comprehensive and diverse.

    The systems of electronic appointment scheduling with subsequent reminders and transmission of the results to a smartphone that are already working today are advances in the field of Telemedicine, “clouds” for storing and processing information and the latest developments in the pharmaceutical industry show the importance and need for further development of the field.

    New technologies that enable virtualization

    Augmented and virtual technologies are realities used in the creation of video games in the entertainment industry and are also actively used in other sectors, including healthcare.

    Virtual medicine is part of telemedicine. The use of augmented and virtual reality gives new impetus to the development of medical informatics. Innovative projects in the field of digital health improve the interaction between doctor and patient.

    Virtual and augmented reality can solve various tasks, such as B. gamification of medical education (shooting work games), medical rehabilitation, helping patients cope with trauma, reducing phobias, etc.

    VR in the hospital

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    Benefits of virtualization technologies in healthcare

    Researchers have found that virtual reality (VR) can create a natural environment for a patient to experience the effects of telepresence. The effect of telepresence means that the patient can see, hear, feel and other senses during the treatment.

    Essentially, there is a sense of complete presence in an artificially modeled three-dimensional digital world.

    The telepresence effect is an umbrella term that encompasses touch, vibrancy, and interactivity. Sensory liveliness refers to the representative richness of the mediated environment, sensory depth and breadth (perception goes directly to multiple sense organs).

    Interactivity refers to the speed, range and reach of the display, the extent to which users can participate in changing the form and content mediated environment in real time.

    This means that the patient can manipulate the content at their own discretion in relation to the environment and the actions performed by the characters on the carrier. When virtualization capabilities, including speed, range, and mapping, are poorly designed, the patient may feel disconnected from the virtual experience.

    The value of a virtual presence

    Another important aspect of virtualization in healthcare is the sense of involvement: the livelier and more interactive the environment, the stronger that environment creates a sense of presence.

    Content Manipulation Multimedia is most successful in creating a sense of telepresence when multimedia is indirectly connected to the user’s body. This creates an effective environment for acquiring new user experiences that can be used successfully in healthcare.

    expanded reality

    Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that overlays sensory information generated by a computer in text, audio, or computer graphics onto physical objects. The image is thus simulated in real time using technical means.

    This technology creates an environment where virtual objects are combined with reality, bringing computer-generated objects into the real one using image settings on glasses, virtual reality helmets or special tactile devices (haptics), which can be gloves, collars, suits World to be integrated, or sensors.

    expanded reality

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    healthcare benefits

    Augmented Reality offers an alternative to traditional forms of human-machine interaction. It facilitates access to certain technologies for patient groups with special needs, such as people with disabilities, the elderly and children, and improves their quality of life.

    Therefore, it is crucial in pediatric care that children feel comfortable during medical procedures and tests. Augmented reality technologies with gamification help children engage in games that stimulate physical activity or reduce anxiety.

    For example, such projects on the use of augmented reality in pediatrics as “Nixi for children” or “I’m getting a transplant” have proven their worth, the main purpose of which is to inform and calm young patients before operations in order to reduce their level of anxiety.

    ‘Nixi for children’

    The Nixi for Kids project aims to reduce preoperative anxiety in children. To do this, children use a VR device that allows them to watch immersive 360° videos that explain all the procedures of the operation and their impact on their health.

    “I’m getting a transplant”

    The I’m Having a Transplant app explains to young patients what a bone marrow transplant is and the steps involved so that they can better understand the process they are undergoing. This application contains a fairy tale, a video and three children’s games.

    child in VR

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    Final Thoughts

    In recent years, virtual and augmented reality systems have become more personalised, wearable, better real-time oriented and offer a more realistic user experience by adding visual, tactile and sensory elements to the spectrum of sensations.

    In addition, such devices are becoming increasingly popular and accessible to patients and healthcare professionals. VR and AR technologies are successfully used in medical education or training of stroke rehabilitation patients who need improved cognitive skills, language and memory. These virtualization technologies can also reduce the cost of training and medical rehabilitation, further cementing the importance of virtualization in healthcare.

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