Day: November 6, 2020


I Lost 140 Pounds By Counting Macros While Training For My First Fitness Competition

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My name is Kyleigh Osterloh (@kyleighlosesit), and I’m 26 years old. I’m from Gladbrook, Iowa, and I work as a customer service representative. I began to feel like my weight was holding me back, so I started counting macros and strength training to lose weight.

Growing up, I was always overweight and the “bigger” girl in my friend group. As I got older, my weight kept going up. I found myself drinking and eating my emotions instead of taking action to make a change. I kept partying, going out to eat, and driving through fast food places. I would start a diet that would last a week if I was lucky, then I was right back to my normal habits.

I tried every single diet/pill/shake out there and nothing worked for me. I needed to take control of my life and my health. I was 24 years old and it was getting hard to even go on walks. I was also starting to get bad knees that would dislocate when I would move the wrong way on them. I was sick of feeling stuck in my body. At my heaviest, I weighed 350 pounds.

In November 2018, I decided I didn’t want to live that way anymore, and I started my weight loss journey.

I knew I needed something that was going to work for me long term. I knew I really needed to research my options. I had a few friends who had luck with macro-counting and talked with them about it.

I found a trainer, Maddie Oakey, who does custom macro assessments and one-on-one training through the Strong Daily app. She was able to help me start counting macros and guide me in the gym. I have continued my work with her during my journey. As soon as I signed up with my trainer I knew exercise was going to also play a big role in getting my life on the right track.

The gym scared me so much. The thought of putting myself out there had me sitting in my car giving myself a pep talk to just walk in. Working with a trainer helped me overcome these fears.

Right now, I typically exercise five to six times a week.

My routine consists of about five days at the gym lifting, with an active cardio day and a rest day every week too.

Lifting is one of those things that initially made me think I would not lose weight because I’d be building muscle, but I was wrong. I really love lifting weights and pushing myself to lift even heavier. All of my love of lifting allowed me to compete in my first fitness competition, Summer Shredding Classic, which I just completed recently!

Here’s what I eat in a day.

  • Breakfast: Egg whites, fat-free cheese, and toast.

  • Lunch: Air-fried chicken breast with sugar-free BBQ sauce and cottage cheese.

  • Snacks: Smoothies, pretzels, protein bars, or SkinnyPop popcorn.

  • Dinner: A lean beef or turkey

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Dr Sibel Blau Discusses the Importance of Precision Medicine for Cancer Practices

The Quality Cancer Care Alliance is focusing on 2 major topics: value-based care and innovation, and precision oncology is the intersection of those 2 issues, said Sibel Blau, MD.

The Quality Cancer Care Alliance (QCCA) is focusing on 2 major topics: value-based care and innovation, and precision oncology is the intersection of those 2 issues, said Sibel Blau, MD, medical oncologist, Northwest Medical Specialties, and president and CEO of QCCA.


QCCA’s annual leadership summit kicked off with 2 sessions on precision medicine. Why is that topic so important to cancer practices right now?

Because it just fits with the value-based care mentality. I mean, we are, the QCCA network is focusing on 2 major topics, although we have other goals together. But 1 is the research network and bringing clinical trials—and every kind of trial, not just the traditional trials—every kind of research to our patients so that we can contribute to that innovation and give access to treatment with the new drug development our patients.

The other thing is the value-based care. So when you put those 2 together, and when you look at the precision medicine definition, and what we heard from our speakers last week, that it is not just genomic testing, it’s all about everything from diverse patient populations, to economics, to testing, to data-sharing platforms or data tools, and all of it together to be able to bring it into the patient. The talk about the right patient, the right time, and right place, and we have to provide the right care for the patient. And in order to do that, you have to look at it from a global perspective.

So, we thought when we were trying to bring our thoughts together, “what should be the theme of this meeting?” I think precision medicine is what we are trying to do in our practices in our daily practices and bring a bigger, broader perspective of precision medicine that fits with value-based care and research.

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Regenerative Medicine Market- Industry Insights By Growth, Emerging Trends And Forecast By 2026

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Nov 06, 2020 (AmericaNewsHour) —
The Regenerative Medicine Market report provides an in-depth analysis of the Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals during the forecast period 2017-2026 which consists of the industry overview including the market size, volume, growth rate and recent trends and developments in the market based on historical and current data. The report covers detailed information about the key players, market segments, growth drivers and restraints in the industry. The report delivers an insight into the Regenerative Medicine Market which allows our clients to make informed decisions regarding the growth of their businesses.

The Regenerative Medicine Market is anticipated to reach over USD 79.23 billion by 2026 according to a new research published by Polaris Market Research. In 2017, the cell therapy dominated the global Regenerative Medicine market, in terms of revenue. North America is expected to be the leading contributor to the global market revenue in 2017.
Regenerative medicine is a branch of medicine that regrows, and repairs the damaged cells in the human body. These medicines include the use of stem cells, tissue engineering, that further helps in developing new organ that function smoothly. These medicines have the caliber of developing an entire organ as these cells are multipotent. The cells are majorly isolated from bone marrow, and umbilical cord blood.

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The regenerative medicine market is primarily driven by the increasing number of individuals suffering from cancer, rising need to monitor and treating these chronic diseases in the limited time. Furthermore, stringent government policies, proper reimbursement policies, and increasing government healthcare expenditure for developing healthcare infrastructure to also boost the market growth in coming years. Also, rising number of organ transplantation, and increasing number of products in pipeline that are waiting for approval create major opportunity for the regenerative medicines in the coming years. However, some of the ethical and religious concerns for the use of stem cells, and lack of proper regulatory for the approval of various drugs would impede the market growth during the forecast period.

North America generated the highest revenue in the Regenerative Medicine market in 2017, and is expected to be the leading region globally during the forecast period. Increasing number of patients suffering from chronic diseases, improved healthcare infrastructure and health facilities, accessibility of healthcare facilities, are the primary factors driving the market growth in this region. While, Asia Pacific to be the fastest growing region in the coming years. The growth in this region is majorly attributed to the developing healthcare infrastructure of the countries like India, & China, and rising awareness for the use of regenerative medicines as an effective treatment option for chronic diseases.

The key players operating in the Regenerative Medicine market include Organogenesis Inc., Vericel Corporation, Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., Stryker Corporation, and NuVasive, Inc., Medtronic Plc., Acelity, Cook Biotech Inc., Integra LifeSciences, and C.R. Bard. These companies launch new products and collaborate with other market leaders

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Editas Medicine, Inc. (EDIT) Q3 2020 Earnings Call Transcript

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Editas Medicine, Inc. (NASDAQ: EDIT)
Q3 2020 Earnings Call
Nov 5, 2020, 5:00 p.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Good afternoon and welcome to Editas Medicine’s third Quarter 2020 Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] There will be a question-and-answer session at the end of this call. [Operator Instructions]

I would now like to turn the call over to Mark Mullikin, Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations at Editas Medicine.

Mark J. MullikinVice President of Finance and Investor Relations

Thank you, operator. Good afternoon everyone and welcome to our 3rd quarter 2020 conference call. Earlier this afternoon, we issued a press release providing our financial results and corporate updates for the third quarter of 2020. A replay of today’s call will be available on the Investors section of our website approximately two hours after its completion. After our prepared remarks, we will open the call for Q&A. As a reminder, various remarks that we make during this call about the Company’s future expectatinos, plans, and prospects constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the Safe Harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including those discussed in the Risk Factors section of our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, which is on file with the SEC. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent our views only as of today, and should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date. Except as required by law, we specifically disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, even if our views change.

Now, I will turn the call over to our Chief Executive Officer, Cindy Collins.

Cynthia CollinsPresident and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Mark. Good afternoon and thank you everyone for joining us for our corporate update call for the third quarter of 2020. In addition to Mark, I am joined by Charles Albright, our Chief Scientific Officer; and Michelle Robertson, our Chief Financial Officer. Our progress during the third quarter has laid an important foundation for the advancement of our best-in-class in vivo and ex vivo CRISPR medicine pipeline. We resumed dosing in the BRILLIANCE Phase 1/2 trial, the first clinical trial of an in vivo CRISPR medicine, while advancing our engineered cell medicines to treat sickle cell disease and cancer toward the clinic. Starting with our in vivo programs, regaining full operating control of our ocular programs through our new agreement with AbbVie, provides us with valuable flexibility as we work to strategically advance our pipeline. We have transferred the CRO contracts and the IND for the Phase 1/2 BRILLIANCE trial of EDIT-101 for LCA10 back to Editas, and we plan to finish transferring CMC activities in the fourth quarter. We are pleased to report that we have completed dosing of the first cohort in BRILLIANCE

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Six staff members at Newcastle factory which produces medicine for the NHS test positive for coronavirus

Six workers at a Newcastle factory that produces medication for the NHS have been sent home after testing positive for coronavirus.

Accord Healthcare, which employs more than 350 people, said half a dozen members of staff had contracted the virus and were now self-isolating.

The pharmaceutical company creates medication and tablets for the health industry, including the NHS, at its 22-acre site in Fawdon.

Accord Healthcare said 1.7% of its workforce were currently absent due to Covid-19 with the majority of those testing positive being identified through its in-house testing after displaying no symptoms.

Keith Daniels, associate vice president operations at Accord said: “We employ over 350 at Accord in Newcastle, the majority of our workforce on site are critical workers manufacturing essential medicines for the NHS.

“As a critical supplier to the NHS, we proactively developed as early as February a number of initiatives to protect our workforce including more recently twice-weekly antigen testing, heightened social distancing measures, and regular Covid communications exceeding the guidance from Public Health England, Newcastle Public Health and the Health and Safety Executive.

“Our testing works alongside a structured reporting system with standard procedures for isolation, tracing and clean down where necessary.

“We currently have 1.7% of our workforce absent due to Covid, the majority who have been identified by our in-house testing. As a majority of these cases are asymptomatic, they ordinarily would not have been identified as Covid-19 positive without this proactive measure.

“As a responsible employer, we believe that our unique testing programme provides a robust way to ensure the safety of our staff and their families, which of course identifies early on positive cases.

“Whilst this potentially provides a higher ratio of ordinarily undetected positive cases, this also provides a very thorough, and Covid-secure approach to keep our employees and their families safe while continuing to manufacture and provide medicines to those who need them.”

Accord took over the Fawdon site in 2015 after pharmaceutical firm Sanofi closed down the factory and relocated to France.

It now produces around 110 million tablets every month for use in conditions such as Alzheimer’s and also for use in chemotherapy.

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Former vice mayor, longtime dentist and noted public servant Butler dies at 96 | Local News

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Wendell Butler

Wendell Butler was a giant of Roanoke government, education, religious faith and medical care — a “gentle giant,” according to people who knew him.

“He was just a pillar of integrity, honesty and care,” said Wanda Walters, one of Butler’s daughters.

Butler, who died Thursday at the age of 96, was a former Roanoke vice mayor who served as the first Black chairman of the Roanoke School Board as well as on numerous other boards and commissions.

Plus, he was a well-known dentist who served predominantly northwest Roanoke families for decades while working in his office on 11th Street Northwest.

“He was everybody’s dentist,” Walters said.

Butler died less than three weeks after the death of his wife of 71 years, Susie Butler, who was also 96. Both Butlers died from complications of COVID-19, the family said.

Wendell Butler was a native Texan who studied at Howard University, where he met Susie, a standout athlete and dancer. In 1953, four years after they married, the Butlers moved with their young family to Roanoke, close to Susie’s hometown of Covington.

As legal racial segregation crumbled throughout Virginia, Butler became more involved with public service. In 1968, he was appointed to the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s board of commissioners. Two years later, the Roanoke City Council appointed him to the school board, where he served for 10 years and became the first African American chair in 1976.

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Functional Medicine is Making Waves in the Medical Field – Press Release

Functional Medicine is Making Waves in the Medical Field

All medicine is created equal, correct? It may surprise patients to learn that not every treatment is right for every person. For decades, patients in Atlanta, GA, have relied on conventional medicine to diagnose and treat their ailments. However, it may not be the best choice for everyone. Here’s why functional medicine is becoming more popular for patients of all ages.

A Better Way to Treat Illness

When a patient visits a conventional doctor, they describe their symptoms and wait for a diagnosis. The doctor uses this information to develop a treatment plan. In most instances, these appointments only last a few minutes, and the doctor doesn’t push the patient for more information.

While it’s possible to correctly diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses in this manner, it’s not always the best option. Patients often fail to tell their physician about other factors that may play a role in their health, and some people only continue to get worse after diagnosis. Functional medicine bridges this gap.

What is functional medicine? It’s a comprehensive way to determine and treat the root cause of a patient’s illness. According to, functional medicine is a patient-focused approach. It goes beyond symptoms to create a personalized treatment plan.

How Functional Medicine Works

Functional medicine is a collaborative approach to health care. Instead of relying on a single physician for treatment, patients also receive advice from other medical professionals. According to, naturopathic doctors and dietitians are some of the most common. Combining the knowledge of several medical experts provides patients with a more comprehensive diagnosis and more advanced treatment options.

For example, if a physician discovers a patient has high cholesterol after running a series of tests, they may prescribe a medication to lower it. However, without also addressing the patient’s lifestyle and dietary habits, the medicine will only mask the problem. Functional medicine lets doctors work together to find and treat the root cause of an illness or disorder.

Is Functional Medicine Right for Everyone? 

Patients often hit a brick wall when it comes to treating illnesses. Why aren’t they getting better? Are there other treatments out there? Since functional medicine looks past symptoms to figure out what’s really going on, patients can often reach their health goals faster than before.

Functional medicine isn’t a new approach to medicine; it’s just a better approach. Patients still have access to highly-skilled doctors, but they’ll also be able to meet with other medical experts to obtain different opinions. Appointments are more thorough, and doctors ask questions to learn as much about the patient as possible. Getting to know the entire person instead of just the symptoms makes this approach better for most people.

A Functional Approach to Better Health

Progressive Medical Center is an integrative medical center, providing functional medicine to patients since 1998. Using a whole-person approach, the doctors offer advanced diagnostics and comprehensive solutions to every patient. It’s their goal to help people regain their health through customized therapies and proven remedies.

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Single mum with cancer promises daughter, 6, ‘magic medicine will make mummy better’

A solo mum has promised her young daughter ‘magic medicine will make mummy better’ after being diagnosed with breast cancer at just 40.

Melissa Lomas, of Poynton, Cheshire, is fundraising for a wig so she can keep her promise to her six-year-old daughter, Scarlett.

After being diagnosed with ‘aggressive’ cancer, she held little Scarlett close and promised to get matching wigs after the schoolgirl pleaded: “don’t lose your hair, you look beautiful.”

Melissa was diagnosed with breast cancer just over a month ago, and is now set to undergo treatment during England’s lockdown period.

Melissa is ready to take on treatment but worries losing her hair will affect her confidence

She said the length of the NHS waiting lists had forced her to go private for a diagnosis.

The solo mum is coping with her diagnosis by keeping up high spirits to buoy her daughter.

Desperate to stop Scarlett from worrying about her, they decided to name her tumour ‘Bugsley’ and are planning on co-ordinating their wigs while they get through this tough time.

Melissa said: “I found a lump on my breast and realised it could be cancer – but I was told the earliest mammogram I could have was in a month because I was only 40 and didn’t have any other symptoms.

“I didn’t want to take the risk so I ended up going private, and I’m so thankful I did. The scan found grade-3 invasive ductile cancer, so I could have been terminal by now if I’d waited a month.

The mum and daughter hope to get matching wigs

“I don’t blame the NHS at all because they don’t have the resources to give everyone the scans they need, so some people like me end up slipping through the net.

“If any good could come from this, I’d love it to raise awareness that it can happen to anyone. Ultimately they need to lower the age for quick mammograms and make sure everyone gets scanned early.

“Breaking the news to Scarlett was really hard, but I made sure to do it in a way she could understand.

“I told her mummy was poorly and I had to have some magic medicine. I said she shouldn’t be worried because the magic medicine would make mummy better.

“We called the tumour ‘Bugsley’, and after my operation I told her Bugsley was gone but I still have tiny little Bugsleys left and the medicine will make them go off into the wild.”

Melissa set up a GoFundMe page for a wig after Scarlett begged her to not lose her hair.

The page has raised more than £1,200 in less than a week – and Melissa has promised that her real hair will be donated to McMillan so kids can get their own wigs made.

The fundraising page, posted on October 28, said the breastcancer diagosis was a “shock” to her, as someone only

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6 Ways You Can Help The Fitness Industry During Lockdown 2.0

As we’re all aware, due to the latest COVID-containing national lockdown, fitness spaces will be closed until at least 2 December. While measures are necessary to curtail the steady climb of infections, this is naturally a bitter pill to swallow for those who make their living from getting the masses moving.

‘Although the last lockdown was hard and it was incredible to see people rally together to overcome the challenges safely,’ director of The Foundry and personal trainer Laura Hoggins. ‘But the resources continue to be limited financially and some businesses will simply not make it.’

Many of her PT friends have had to look elsewhere for work, she adds. ‘I am worried for my community and my peers.’

Chatty Dobson, yoga teacher and owner of FLEX Chelsea agrees. ‘Gyms are large sites with high rent that online classes don’t even come close to covering.’

Even though the lockdown is shorter (*touch wood*), this time round has definitely been more difficult, says Sam McGowan, a PT at Gymology. ‘It’s been incredibly tough financially, but mentally too. Because we genuinely love what we do – we want to be there for our clients.’

‘That being said, this year has shown many of the general public just how important staying active is so I know that for those who can survive the lockdown will come out on the other side much stronger.’

Even more so with a little extra help from the fitness lovers out there. Here’s what you can do to lend a hand.

1. Take it outside

Small mercies: exercise restrictions aren’t as strict as they were during the first lockdown. You’re allowed to leave your home for exercise more than once, and you’re allowed to meet up with with one – just one – other person to exercise together, even if you’re from different households. So technically, outdoor one-on-one sessions with your trainer are allowed.

‘The government has given us the go-ahead to train single clients outdoors,’ McGowan says. While this has been great news for PTs, it doesn’t come without logistical problems.

‘The winter weather does make scheduling these things in advance difficult, as does the fact that most people are still at work, so times when they’re most likely to be available for exercise – early morning or evening – will be dark and cold.’ In other words, if this is an option for you, be flexible.

2. Hire a virtual PT

    If you have Zoom fatigue (we get you), fear not – getting guidance from a video call while you exercise is not quite the same as staring at your own face during a tedious meeting.

    Many PTs will be offering their services via Zoom and other platforms, either group or solo sessions, usually at a competitive price. Working out under their watchful eye is also a great way to drill down on form, and prevent home workout injuries (which, according to a survey by BUPA, are on the rise – they estimate 7.2 million Brits

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    Medicine Hat area Schools adapt for Remembrance ceremonies

    Remembrance Day ceremonies are going to look different at schools this year.

    Due to COVID-19 protocols, large gatherings of students and staff can no longer happen. This means that a school-wide Remembrance assembly is not possible.

    The Catholic Board of Education and Public School Division worked with CFB Suffield to create videos to show students and staff before Nov. 11. Prairie Rose schools will also be showing videos from CFB Suffield.

    The public board will play its Remembrance videos on different days at different schools, while the Catholic board will show them today.

    “Since we can’t be together in a normal way, we made these videos to keep the tradition of Remembrance Day going,” said MHCBE communications co-ordinator Derrian Hallas.

    The public school board will have Nov. 11, 12 and 13 off next week. This was voted on recently by the board and is meant to give a bit of a break partway through the first half of the school year. Prairie Rose has the same days off as the public system.

    MHPSD initially had a PD Day booked for Nov. 20, but moved that ahead and added a non-operational day to give the extended weekend.

    The Catholic board voted months ago to give the entire week off. This was also voted on to give everyone a break during a stressful time.

    Both boards thanked CFB Suffield for the help this year with helping make Remembrance Day happen at local schools.

    The Catholic board will be posted Remembrance videos on its social media pages.



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