Day: November 4, 2020


Northwestern Medicine performing double-lung transplants on sickest COVID-19 patients

CHICAGO (WLS) — News of successful double lung transplants for COVID patients at Northwestern Medicine made it to Indiana – specifically to the husband of a COVID patient.

“She had no other options,” Rodney Wegg said. “I knew this was her last chance.”

His wife, a nurse from Westfield who cares for the sickest babies, was in trouble. The mother of two got sick with COVID in July and had been on a ventilator and machine to keep oxygen in her lungs for months.

Doctors at Northwestern Medicine had begun doing double-lung transplants to help COVID patients and evaluated Kari Wegg.

“Her lungs were completely scarred up and there was no other way to keep her alive,” said Dr. Ambalavanan Arunachalam, a pulmonologist at Northwestern Medicine.

Wegg would be the sixth COVID double-Lung transplant patient at Northwestern.

“None of us expected this,” she said. “None of us could have predicted it. But at least I can say I’m alive.”

Wegg came to Northwestern the day before her birthday.

“Those lungs are your birthday present,” her husband said. “You being alive is my birthday present.”

“My body is going at its own pace. And it needs allowed time for healing. But every day I wake up incrementally stronger and able to do more,” Kari Wegg said.

The recovering nurse did have enough energy to advise others today to take COVID seriously.

“Wash your hands! Wash your hands constantly, soap and water and sanitize them,” she implored. “And wear a mask. It’s truly important.”

Wegg will go to a rehab facility and stay in Chicago for a several weeks for follow ups at with her doctors.

Northwestern Medicine said they have done more of these procedures than any other American hospital. There is currently one COVID patient on the transplant list and three others from out of state that are coming to Northwestern to see if they would be strong enough for transplant surgery.

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McOmie Family Dentistry is Voted the Best Cosmetic Dentist in Chattanooga for 2020

McOmie Family Dentistry is Voted the Best Cosmetic Dentist in Chattanooga for 2020

Chattanooga, TN – Residents of Chattanooga, TN have come to choose McOmie Family Dentistry as the best dental clinic in the area. The decision comes on the back of a wide range of factors including the state-of-the-art dental facility from which the clinic operates. Those are the team of friendly and specialist dentists, its friendly and welcoming staff, as well as the use of the latest dental technologies and procedures.

McOmie Family Dentistry takes pride in being the leading dentist in the area and this is evident in its awards and recognitions, having won the award for the best cosmetic dentist in the area for three years in a row.

“There’s a reason we are considered one of the best dentists in Chattanooga. We have hundreds of 5-star reviews from our happy patients on Google, Facebook, and Yelp who highly recommend our dental practice because we genuinely care about not only your smiles, and making you feel comfortable, but we care about you and your family. At McOmie Family Dentistry, your satisfaction and dental care are our number one priority. Our Chattanooga, TN dentist team is dedicated to giving you the personal, thoughtful attention that you and your family expect,” says the representative, Mark McOmie, for the dentist.

As the best cosmetic dentist in Chattanooga, TN, McOmie Family Dentistry brings years of unmatched dental experience and expert knowledge to address the needs of each patient.

Patients who visit the clinic can rest assured that they will be treated in a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere where all of their dental care and treatment needs will be addressed. The dental team makes use of the latest dental technologies to establish a diagnosis and present patients with treatment options and education.

The Chattanooga dentist addresses all common cosmetic dental care needs including teeth whitening for those interested in whiter teeth and a better smile, cosmetic dental veneers, gingival recontouring, tooth bonding, Invisalign and clear correct aligners, as well as smile makeovers.

Those who have lost one or more of their teeth and would love to prevent the common dental problems associated with tooth loss can also take advantage of restorative dental options and procedures. Those include restorative dental bridges, restorative dental crowns, restorative dental implants, tooth-colored fillings, dental inlays and onlays, as well as TMJ or TMD Treatments.

McOmie Family Dentistry also delivers the best solutions when it comes to general dentistry needs. The dental team offers solutions like cavity treatment, tooth extractions, endodontics root canal, oral surgery, orthodontics, as well as periodontics treatment procedures.

McOmie Family Dentistry focuses on protecting patients from common dental problems through its preventative dental procedures which include dental checkups, teeth cleaning, preventive dental sealants, velscope oral cancer screenings, fluoride treatment, as well oral hygiene instructions.

Visit McOmie Family Dentistry at 5999 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421, US, or call them on 423-899-1112. For more information, send an email to [email protected] or visit their website.

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Midway dentist, staff pull drivers from fiery crash on Hwy. 17

MIDWAY, Ga. (WTOC) – Liberty County Fire Chief Brian Darby is calling a Midway Dentist and his staff heroes after they jumped into action to pull two people from a fiery crash.

a car parked on the side of a tree: Liberty County Fire Chief Brian Darby is calling a Midway Dentist and his staff heroes after they jumped into action to pull two people from a fiery crash.

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Liberty County Fire Chief Brian Darby is calling a Midway Dentist and his staff heroes after they jumped into action to pull two people from a fiery crash.

It happened around 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday in front of Midway Family Dental on Highway 17.

Darby says two vehicles were involved and both caught fire on impact. Both drivers were entrapped.

Dr. Tad Jackson, Dr. Micah Spivey and Gunn McIntosh with Midway Family Dental heard the impact of the crash and sprang into action. They were able to get the first driver out of their car and into a wheelchair.

The second driver was injured and stuck in his vehicle.

“Started pulling on him and trying to get him out but he wouldn’t budge, and the car started getting more and more engulfed in flames, so between myself, Gunn, and Micah Spivey, one of the other dentists here, we were able to pull him out and drag him down the street,” said Dr. Tad Jackson, owner of Midway Family Dental. “And his leg is just severely damaged, pretty bad. We had to get him out because it was going to blow up at any minute. And it did blow up, many parts were laying around in the grass as it blew up a couple of times. So we had to get him out or he was going to die. We would have all witnessed him die. So we had to get him out.”

Both drivers were taken to a hospital in Savannah with non-life threatening injuries.

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‘Put the razor blades and the Ambien back in the medicine cabinet’

On MSNBC’s election night coverage Tuesday night, political analyst and Democratic strategist James Carville was full of optimism as he reassured the Democratic party that, despite President Donald Trump leading in many battleground states, everything was “going to be fine.”

“Every Democrat, just put the razor blades and the Ambien back in the medicine cabinet. We’re going to be fine,” stated Carville.

Carville went on saying that “Pennsylvania looks really good, we’re going to be fine in Wisconsin, I think a big surprise here is Georgia.”

Similar to Carville’s statement, former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made a statement after midnight saying, “we’re going to win this,” as it became clear that the presidential race was too close to call late Tuesday night. While the nation went to bed preparing to wait it out, possibly until Friday, Carville continued to express his optimism.

“I hoped that we would know earlier than we did. I think we’re going to be just fine. I’m very optimistic,” stated Carville. He continued, “People are rerunning the numbers, and we just have to hang in there, and we’re going to win this thing. I promise you. But just, you know, stay up the night, watch the returns. We’re doing a good job.”

“I do not have defeat on my mind. I have really good reasons to think that we’re going to be fine. I’ve talked to a lot of people tonight. It might take a little bit longer than we wanted, but everybody just hang in there. America’s coming back and I feel good about where we are,” assured Carville.

Finally, Carville told MSNBC’s Brian Williams and Rachel Maddow, “I’ve waited four years for this. I can wait another four days.”

MSNBC’s election night coverage aired Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. on MSNBC.

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St. Peter’s Church is hosting a Food Drive this Saturday, October 24th. Please help them help others!

It does not seem possible, but the Holiday Season and the winter months are quickly approaching. This is a time of year when food pantries struggle to provide for the needs of the community. This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting increase in the number of our neighbors suffering from layoffs and job loss, our local food pantry is facing a crisis. With so much need, they are finding their resources severely depleted.

In response to this growing need, the Historic Downtown Frankfort businesses will be having a food drive “How We Can” October1 thru November 11. On Saturday, October 24, from 9:00am-12:00pm, in cooperation with our local businesses St. Peter’s United Church of Christ (12 West Sauk Trail, Frankfort, IL 60423, 815-469-2220) will be having a food drop off drive where people can drive thru to drop off their donations. All food and money collected will go directly to the Frankfort Township Food Pantry to help serve the needs of our neighbors.

Please place your donations in the trunk/hatchback of your vehicle. To provide safety for all, masked and gloved volunteers will take your donations so that you need not leave your vehicle. We will also have volunteers, masked and gloved, with buckets to collect your monetary contributions if you so choose.

Please tell your friends and neighbors and encourage them to be a part of this community-wide effort to serve those in our community that find themselves in need of our help.

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Physician advocates screening teen emergency room patients for sexually transmitted infections

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A University of Cincinnati researcher is recommending pediatric hospital emergency rooms consider screening for sexually transmitted infections (STI) teenage and young adult patients who visit for other acute care issues.

Mark Eckman, MD, professor and director of the UC Division of General Internal Medicine, conducted a computer analysis that simulated outcomes for screening pediatric emergency room patients ages 15-21 for sexually transmitted infections. It will add costs to hospital budgets but Eckman says it also helps combat future health complications of STIs for young people.

Using a hypothetical population that included 10,000 emergency room visits Eckman looked at a 3.6% prevalence of chlamydia and gonorrhea—the same amount generally found in the nation’s young adult population—and the impact of targeted screening, universal screening and no screening. Under the scenario 360 STI cases would be present.

Targeted screening resulted in the detection and successful treatment of 95 of 360 STI cases (26.4%) at a cost of $313,063 and universally offered screening identified and treated 112 of 360 STI cases at a cost of $515,503. If no screening were done, 76 of 360 cases (21.1%) would be found at a cost of $190,409.

The study’s results in its entirety were recently published in the Journal of American Medical Association Pediatrics.

“Untreated chlamydia or gonorrhea can in women lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancies because of scarring in the fallopian tubes, while men can face epididymitis,” says Eckman, also a UC Health physician. “Women and men could face infertility if these sexually transmitted infections are not treated.”

Nationally, adolescents and young adults represent 25% of the sexually active population, but comprise 50% of all diagnosed sexually transmitted infection cases. Of the 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections each year 10 million occur among adolescents and young adults.

Low screening rates for adolescents diagnosed with PID in the nation’s emergency departments

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Scotland’s top dentist says patients shouldn’t be forced into private treatment

People in need of dental treatment should not be put in the “invidious position” of being forced to pay for private treatment because of a backlog of NHS appointments due to the coronavirus shutdown, Scotland’s chief dental officer has said.

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© A dentist treating a patient while in PPE.

Tom Ferris, who has come in for criticism from NHS dentists over a lack of communication about why they had to be shut while private dentists could operate safely, said it was not yet “business as usual”. But he said all dentists were now able to “offer the full range of dental care that was offered pre-Covid”, if to a smaller number patients per day.

He also said the appointment backlog created by NHS surgeries not being open for months would be dealt with through the “clinical expertise” of dentists.

READ MORE: Dentists warn poorer patients in Scotland will lose their teeth under Covid-19 restrictions

Speaking on the BBC radio show Call Kaye yesterday, he said dentistry had changed dramatically, with staff now wearing enhanced PPE, ensuring there was enough time between patients to make surgeries infection free, and ventilation improvements in surgeries.

Challenged about the length of time it took for NHS dentists to be able to offer routine treatments while private surgeries were open, he said: “The amount of private dentistry is relatively small. I was trying to plan the reopening of 1,100 dental practices across Scotland.

“Some practices were able to get PPE at an enhanced rate and passed that charge to patients as part of the private fee. I was trying to get every practice access to PPE to allow them to all open at the same time which was a much bigger logistical problem.”

He added: “Private dentists don’t work to different standards, but a private arrangement with a dentist and patient is between the two of them. The NHS system takes in 94 per cent of the Scottish population, and is over 3,000 dentists, so the scale is much bigger.

“We were going safely because had it gone wrong in a private practice and caused a cluster of transmission, it was a very small number of individuals involved. Had it happened systemically across the whole of NHS dentistry, that would have been a much more difficult issue to deal with. We had to be cautious.”

Asked if the problem had been supply of the right PPE to NHS dentists, he added: “We have the PPE, it was the logistics of getting it out to 1,100 different practices which was the issue. The NHS has never provided PPE to practices before March. This is a new way of operating.

“And because the PPE supply was so disrupted in the early months of the pandemic, we were very reliant on Chinese suppliers. We now have Scottish suppliers so the supply chain is much more secure and we have that PPE going out to dental practices.”

Mr Ferris also denied that people were forced to go private for

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Combining Eastern medicine with Western to improve cancer therapy


IMAGE: University of Houston professor of pharmaceutics Ming Hu is developing and testing the ancient Chinese herbal medicine formula, Xiao-Chai-Hu Tang (XCHT), first described in medical literature in 280 A.D., to…
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University of Houston professor of pharmaceutics Ming Hu is developing and testing an ancient Chinese herbal medicine formula, first described in 280 A.D., to improve cancer therapy. Hu believes Xiao-Chai-Hu Tang (XCHT) can protect people on the chemotherapy drug Irinotecan from a deadly side effect: Severe-delayed-onset diarrhea (SDOD).

“The clinical use of Irinotecan is severely limited by the severe diarrhea that results in poor quality of life, hospitalization and even death,” said Hu, who is also the Diana S-L. Chow Endowed Professor of Drug Discovery and Development at UH.

“Our goal with XCHT is to allow more people to benefit from the treatment by Irinotecan, which is often the drug of last resort for late stage or metastatic cancer patients.”

Hu and colleagues Romi Ghose, associate professor of pharmaceutics at UH and Song Gao of Texas Southern University, have been awarded $996,162 from the National Cancer Institute to investigate the effectiveness of the ancient formula. They will also work with Lijun Zhu of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in China to determine the agent’s effectiveness in a clinical trial.

To be sure, Irinotecan is a powerful weapon against cancer, but many of those who take it develop SDOD, likely caused by SN-38, the active metabolite of the drug. In the intestine, SN-38 can damage intestinal cells and affect their renewal.

“Intestinal cells have UGT enzymes that detoxify SN-38, but we found that SN-38 can also inactivate and reduce UGT enzymes in the intestine. This creates a vicious cycle. Approximately 1-in-5 patients will fall into this vicious cycle, leading to discontinuation of therapy, decreased efficacy or even death,” said Hu. He has shown that XCHT protects the UGT enzymes and reduces severe diarrhea, and with the new grant he will develop it further, for testing and approvals.

XCHT is actively used in China, Japan and Korea for liver protection. This is the first instance where it has been shown to protect the intestine from SN-38, making the UGT enzymes more resistant to the impact of SN-38.

“Our long-term goal is to develop experimental therapeutics and/or nutritional supplemental approaches to reduce SDOD, so patients can sustain their chemotherapy,” said Hu.


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Can AI Transform Precision Medicine?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has changed our lives. Improvements in data mining, personal and automotive navigation, cybersecurity, personal entertainment and healthcare are several examples of the impact of AI.[1] Recognizing that technological process can be measured by a review of the patent literature, the USPTO recently examined the patent literature from 1976 through 2018 to gauge the potential impact of AI on technology and innovation.[2] It found a significant increase in patents using or covering AI. Patents containing AI appeared in about 42% of all technology subclasses in 2018 as compared to only 9% in 1976. The study also reported that the percentage of inventor-patentees active in AI started at 1% in 1976 and increased to 25% by 2018. Similar growth was reported for organizations patenting in AI.[3]

AI in Precision Medicine

Precision medicine recognizes that patient subpopulations can be identified who differ in their disease risk, prognosis and response to treatment due to differences in underlying biology and other characteristics.[4] However, to develop personalized therapies, vast amounts of “data and insights on different individuals are required to create truly personalized medicine and care, and often these huge datasets cannot be collected or analyzed manually.”[5] Machine learning can assist with this analysis[6] and indeed already has. High performance computers and AI algorithms have been shown to predict risk in “certain cancers and cardiovascular disease from available multidimensional clinical and biological data.” [7]. Using the results of pathological specimens, AI algorithms also have applied learning strategies to predict diagnosis and staging from pathological specimens received from a new patient.[8]

Promises and Challenges of AI

Advances in data collection and analysis can serve to advance precision medicine. As the amount of collected data increases, AI can manage and analyze this data for the benefit of patients.  

Foley & Lardner and the California Technology Council have produced a series of podcasts that explore data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. While not limited to the advances that AI can and have brought to precision medicine, the series’ experts touch on many issues relevant to precision medicine such as data integrity, cybersecurity, data bias, and patenting AI-inspired technologies.


1. See

2. Inventing AI: Tracing the diffusion of artificial intelligence with U.S. patents, Office of the Chief Economist, IP Data Highlights, Number 5, October 2020, page 2.

3. Id. at page 2 and 7-9.

4. Uddin, M. et al. (2019) Artificial intelligence for precision medicine in neurodevelopmental disorders, npj Digit. Med. 2, at page 2.

5. See Alan Payne, The role of AI in advancing personalized healthcare, 

6. Id.

7. Uddin et al. (2019), at page 1.

8. Id. at page 4.

9. Id. at page 2.


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Peloton salaries revealed: Here’s how much its employees make

  • Peloton has thrived during the pandemic thanks to overwhelming demand for at-home fitness products amid the temporary closure of gyms and fitness studios.
  • The rise in sales has put the company in a good place to continue hiring, especially in tech and engineering positions, during the health crisis.
  • Business Insider analyzed the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s 2020 disclosure data for permanent and temporary foreign workers at Peloton to see the salaries for various roles within the company.
  • Here’s how much Peloton pays employees working as engineers, data scientists, analysts, and more.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Demand for Peloton workout equipment has never been higher, and the company is expanding rapidly in an effort to keep up with its exceptional growth during the pandemic. 

With gyms and studios temporarily shuttered around the country to prevent the spread of the coronavirus earlier this year, interest in Peloton’s luxury at-home fitness products surged. In the company’s most recent quarter, sales increased by 172% and caused delays in shipments due to overwhelming demand. 

Amid the chaos, Peloton has made a push to democratize its brand by offering cheaper versions of its popular stationary bike and treadmill, while also introducing enhanced models that better cater to physical activities beyond spinning and running.

Digital subscriptions have served as another growth driver for Peloton, allowing consumers to still dabble in the company’s programming by streaming interval training and yoga classes without shelling out for a bike. According to Peloton, paid subscriptions grew 210% year-over-year in its most recent quarter. 

“The pandemic has continued to propel demand for our products,” Peloton CEO John Foley said on a call with investors in September. “Organic demand for our bike remains strong and member engagement remains elevated, despite improving weather and the gradual opening of brick-and-mortar fitness locations.”

Read more: The virtual at-home fitness boom is here to stay and will usher in a new era of exercising that will last long after the pandemic subsides, experts say 

As the company looks to maintain its pace of impressive growth, it’s investing in a team capable of bolstering its meteoric rise, particularly in technology and development roles. The company currently has more than 3,000 employees and is hiring for hundreds more, with most openings in categories like software, operations and logistics, and information technology. 

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification discloses salary data each year after US companies report how much base compensation workers are offered when filing paperwork for visas on behalf of current or prospective foreign workers. For the US, Business Insider’s research shows that Peloton recently applied for 36 H-1B visas. Most jobs listed were in New York, but some were elsewhere in the US.

In many cases, Peloton’s salaries were on par with and even slightly above those of other technology companies. For example, the average base salary for software engineers at Google and Amazon is $133,364 and $121,907, respectively, according to Glassdoor data. At Peloton, software engineers make between $115,000 and $170,000,

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