Day: November 21, 2020

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UW Medicine postponing some non-urgent procedures amid rising COVID cases

UW Medicine and other hospitals are starting to postpone non-urgent procedures to free up more space as coronavirus cases surge in Washington state.

SEATTLE — UW Medicine in Seattle is delaying some non-urgent procedures to free up more space in its hospitals for coronavirus patients. 

Hospital staff are identifying non-urgent surgeries that would require hospitalization and postponing them “unless it would cause medical harm to the patient,” said Susan Gregg, spokesperson for UW Medicine on Saturday. 

“We are implementing this process to increase our bed capacity and available personnel based on the current increase of COVID-19 cases in our region and increased hospitalizations,” Gregg said via email. 

UW Medicine isn’t the only hospital choosing to postpone certain procedures. 

During a briefing with state and local health officials earlier this week, Chief Operating Officer at Swedish First Hill, Dr. Elizabeth Wako, said her hospital is reducing elective surgeries to make room for more COVID-19 patients.

Hospitals in western Washington are preparing for what could be a surge in COVID-19 cases following the Thanksgiving holiday if people choose to ignore state and local warnings to not gather with people outside their household. 

A new national survey by the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found nearly two in five people report they will likely attend a gathering with more than 10 people for Thanksgiving.

“If you gather with 15 people for Thanksgiving dinner, there will be an 18% chance that one of the individuals will be infected with COVID,” said State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy during a briefing this week.

Deputy Secretary of Health Lacy Fehrenbach added, “There’s risk for further transmission. Those guests who become infected may go on to do other things the following week. They may go to a religious service. Another might work in a nursing home. A child who attended could go to school leading to outbreaks in these locations.”

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Stipe’s late fitness test a Sailors’ ploy?, Football News & Top Stories

Lion City Sailors striker Stipe Plazibat will face a late fitness test to decide if he will be ready for today’s high-stakes showdown against Singapore Premier League (SPL) leaders Albirex Niigata.

The 31-year-old Croat is the competition’s leading scorer with 14 goals, but hobbled off with a hamstring strain in the 3-1 win over Hougang United on Tuesday.

Sailors coach Aurelio Vidmar refuted the notion that he is keeping their opponents guessing. The Australian, 53, said: “We will make the decision on Sunday morning. My interest is the player’s health. If he is going to do more damage, then we won’t take the risk.

“If this was a cup final or the final game of the season, then it’s a completely different story. There’s no question we would try to play him because if he breaks down we are going into a break.

“But this situation is a bit different, a bit more delicate.”

What is undoubtedly clear are the stakes at hand. There are just five games left and this clash between first and third in the table will have a huge bearing on the championship.

The Sailors are three points behind Albirex, champions from 2016 to 2018, but will leapfrog them with a win. A loss however, will create a six-point deficit that may be too much to overcome.

The other title contenders, Tampines Rovers, also have 20 points like Albirex and travel to face Tanjong Pagar United in today’s other match.

Vidmar, the former Australia captain and coach, remains confident of his side’s ability to hit the back of the net regardless of Plazibat’s availability.

The Sailors have notched 29 goals, with 10 different scorers. Both are league-leading numbers.

They will also welcome back dynamic midfielder Song Ui-young from a head injury, while playmaker Shahdan Sulaiman, who was sorely missed in the 3-2 defeat when both sides met last month, has also returned. He will be a threat from set pieces.

Vidmar said: “Goals are a big part of Stipe’s game, and his link-up play has been very good. But the beauty of our team is everyone is itching to play and the guys who have come in have stepped up and done an amazing job.

“That’s the commitment and competition I want in the team.

“So, we are in good shape. Shahril (Ishak) is back in the team, we have Gabriel Quak, we can put Adam Swandi there, we can put Hafiz Nor up front.

“We have options, players with different characteristics and playing styles, which is a plus.”

His team are excellent front runners too. While 26 of the 36 SPL games this term have been won by the side that scores first, the Sailors are masters of this. They have picked up the full three points in all the five matches they have opened the scoring.

But standing in their way is an obdurate Albirex defence that has kept three consecutive clean sheets and a winning mentality.

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Man who stabbed Agra dentist held after encounter



a group of people walking down a street: The accused allegedly stabbed the dentist with a knife multiple times while her children were in another room. (ANI)


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The accused allegedly stabbed the dentist with a knife multiple times while her children were in another room. (ANI)

A 38-year-old dental surgeon was stabbed to death at her home in Agra and her two children were injured by a robber who entered the house on the pretext of recharging the family’s set-top-box on Friday afternoon, police officials said on Saturday, adding that the suspect has been arrested.

According to police, the accused, identified as Shubham Pathak, entered the house of the deceased, Dr Nisha Singhal, with the intention of robbing the family.

“Dr Nisha Singhal was at home along with her two children when the accused reached the house. He was a known face for the doctor’s family as he used to come for television re-charging,” inspector general (Agra Range) A Satish Ganesh said.

The accused allegedly stabbed the dentist with a knife multiple times while her children were in another room, Ganesh said. Her husband, Dr Ajay Singhal, was not at the house at the time of the incident, he added.

The accused was arrested on Saturday following a brief gunfight. “Police teams were constituted and the accused was seen driving a motorcycle in trans-Yamuna area the following day (Saturday). Police vigil was enhanced and a barrier was placed at 100 feet road where the accused reached but he saw the police and tried to escape. He then fired at police and was injured in counter firing and arrested,” Ganesh said, adding that Pathak has been hospitalised with a bullet injury in his legs.

“During interrogation, the accused confessed to the crime. He also attacked the son and daughter of the doctor,” the IG said. The children, four and eight, are being treated at a hospital, he said.

The police have recovered the jewellery and cash that Pathak stole from Singhal’s house. “Police recovered ₹24,000 cash, jewellery, Singhal’s Aadhaar card and Pathak’s driving license from his bag,” the IG said.

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IMA to Indian medicine council

The IMA also demanded the withdrawal of the order and delineation of the Indian medicine disciplines based on original Indian texts.
“IMA exhorts the council to develop their own surgical disciplines from their own ancient texts and not claim the surgical disciplines of modern medicine as its own. Such a deviant practice is unbecoming of a statutory body. The IMA will have no objections for the council to develop their own dedicated disciplines without mixing modern medicine surgical disciplines,” the IMA told the CCIM, which regulates the medical study and practice of ayurveda in the country.
The CCIM, in a gazetted notification dated November 20, said “The (PG ayurveda) students would receive training in shalya (general surgery) and shalakya (diseases of ear, nose, throat, eye, head, oro-dentistry) specialisations. It will make them legally valid to perform procedures such as skin grafting, cataract surgery and root canal treatment.”
On Saturday, the IMA, through a press release, “unequivocally” condemned the “uncivil ways of the Central Council of Indian Medicine to… empower its practitioners with undeserving areas of practice”. “The said council has come out with a gazette notification of a list of surgical procedures which can be performed by its practitioners. They have no right to the technical terms, techniques and procedures of modern medicine. The IMA draws the Lakshman Rekha which they can cross at their peril,” the IMA said in a press note on Saturday.
It lambasted as the CCIM saying that the council has the dubious reputation of prescribing modern medicine textbooks to its students.
The IMA demanded that the government should refrain from posting any modern medicine doctor in the colleges of Indian Medicine, stating that it saw this move as a retrograde step of mixing the systems, which “will be resisted at all costs”.
“All over India, students and practitioners of modern medicine are agitated over this violation of mutual identity and respect. What is the sanctity of NEET if such lateral shortcuts are devised,” it asked.
“Corrupting modern medicine by mixing it with other systems and poaching the disciplines of modern medicine through the back door is certainly foul play of first order,” it added.
Meanwhile, a legal notice was sent to the IMA by Supreme Court lawyer Archana Pathak Dave on behalf of Vaidya Prashant Tiwari, a practitioner of ayurvedic medicine, on November 18. The notice was sent to the IMA for its “irresponsible, defamatory, false and misleading” statements made with an intention to “disrepute AYUSH medicines and their practitioners”.
The notice called out IMA for “referring to AYUSH medicine as placebo”, for stating they are not “drug”, besides not supporting AYUSH Ministry’s claim of ayurvedic medicine being effective against the COVID-19.
On October 6, the central government had announced the National Clinical Management Protocol for the COVID-19, based on ayurveda and yoga, following which the IMA on October 9 had asked Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan to produce substantiating evidence of it.
Questioning the scientific basis of these protocols, the IMA asked the
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Samsung Watch Black Friday Deals 2020: Best Early Samsung Galaxy Smartwatches & Fitness Trackers Sales Ranked by Retail Fuse

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620,000 students accept Dubai Fitness Challenge – News

Children aged between 2 and 16 years can access over 80 free games and educational activities

More than 620,000 students from 600 schools in the UAE have taken on the Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC), organisers announced on Saturday. The DFC, which began on October 30, requires participants to commit to 30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days.

Children aged between 2 and 16 years can access over 80 free games and educational activities to take part in the challenge at home or in their classrooms. Free online resources for parents and teachers are available on www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com/education.

Children can “join their beloved superheroes and cartoon characters in online workouts, wellness and dance sessions for free, easy-to-follow exercises and routines”, according to organisers.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director-General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said: “More than any other time, this year has shown us how important it is to be fit and healthy; to have fun, and to spend time with friends and family. The DFC brings all these values together. It’s been great to see so many schools and families get together online to build on existing fitness habits, and to start new ones.”

Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), said sports, exercise and wellness activities are “crucial” for children. “The DFC is an opportunity for parents, teachers and educators across the city to inspire the youth to achieve the maximum possible benefit from their stay at home and make fitness an even more enjoyable part of their everyday lives.

“Schools are often the first forums that guide children’s interaction with fitness. This understanding drives our motivation to ensure DFC’s robust school and family fitness programme creates a safe environment for children of all ages and abilities. It encourages a lifelong focus on health and wellbeing with meaningful and enjoyable experiences, while adding fun and excitement to their distance learning,” said Al Khaja.

What’s on offer?

Online virtual workouts, wellness and dance sessions are available on www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com/education

>> Workout videos from PJ Masks that are released each week throughout DFC

>> Fun workouts with characters from IMG Worlds Of Adventure

>> Les Mills Born To Move music workouts

>> FIFA and EA workouts, with drills and tricks by Kotaro Tokuda – the youngest freestyle football champion

>> Special song routines with Papa Smurfs, Brainy Smurf, Smurfette and Vanity Smurf at MotiongateT Dubai.

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Fire damages Stamford dentist’s office



a double door in a room: A Friday afternoon fire damaged a dental office on Hoyt Street, according to Capt. Philip Hayes. Smoke and fire damage was contained to a kitchen break room and two adjacent examination rooms


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A Friday afternoon fire damaged a dental office on Hoyt Street, according to Capt. Philip Hayes. Smoke and fire damage was contained to a kitchen break room and two adjacent examination rooms


STAMFORD — A Friday afternoon fire damaged a dental office on Hoyt Street, according to Capt. Philip Hayes.

At 1:21 p.m., Stamford firefighters were dispatched to a report of “something on fire in the building,” he said.

“Engine 5 and Rescue 1 from the Woodside firehouse arrived on scene in under four minutes to find smoke showing from the rear of the building on the first floor,” Hayes said in a statement.

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“A hose line was stretched and extinguished a fire that originated in a kitchen break room located in a dentist office on the first floor. Additional fire units advanced a second hose line to the second floor, inspected for fire extension, and ventilated smoke from the second floor and attic space,” Hayes said.

“Smoke and fire damage was contained to the room of fire origin, and two adjacent examination rooms,” Hayes said.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

The first-alarm fire response consisted of four engine companies, one truck company, one rescue company, a deputy chief and a safety officer for a total of 27 firefighters.

The fire was declared under control in 20 minutes.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Stamford Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Alfardan Medical with Northwestern Medicine participates in WISH 2020 for first time

Alfardan Medical with Northwestern Medicine (AMNM) successfully participated, for the first time, in the biennial World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2020.
The ambitious and sophisticated newcomer in Qatar’s healthcare market, AMNM is an ambulatory care centre that provides high-quality and multidisciplinary medical care, combined with service excellence, a press statement noted.


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Under the theme ‘One World Our Health’, this year’s WISH event, which was held on a virtual platform, featured world-renowned speakers who discussed, presented and explored global health challenges.
During the event, AMNM showcased its high-calibre physicians and recently launched medical specialties. The ambulatory care centre is currently welcoming patients looking to access world-class evidence-based medical services in internal medicine, gastroenterology, ENT, orthopaedics and rehabilitation, and diagnostic imaging and lab.
Highly credentialed allied health professionals specialised in exercise physiology, physiotherapy and clinical nutrition are also available. This further reinforces AMNM’s patient-centric approach to healthcare that is buttressed by collaborative multidisciplinary teamwork, the statement pointed out.
Other AMNM medical specialties that will be introduced in the near future include dermatology, ophthalmology, dental, plastic surgery, reproductive endocrinology/IVF, gynaecology and executive health.
Dr Jessica Adam, chief medical officer at AMNM, said: “With the launch of our new departments and the onboarding of world-renowned specialists at AMNM, we are looking forward to offering our patients exceptional medical services in Qatar. We welcome the community to explore AMNM’s state-of-the-art treatment facility to experience advanced patient-centric care, provided by a multinational medical team.”
AMNM’s participation at WISH 2020 highlighted how the ambulatory care centre integrates a patient-centric American healthcare model with Qatar’s luxury and hospitality to deliver world-class and advanced medical care, the statement explained.
Presenting a new healthcare concept in Qatar and the region, AMNM operates an American model in advanced medicine practices, backed by a patient-centric approach, transparency, world-class service and teamwork that excels in the services provided.
Dr Adam added, “AMNM is the result of a significant international collaboration between Alfardan Group and US-based Northwestern Medicine. The partnership leverages both organisations’ complementary strengths: Alfardan Group’s legacy and scale in offering hospitality and luxury experiences, and the longstanding history of leadership and innovation of Northwestern Medicine in the medical field. AMNM is more than just a continuation of the impressive growth momentum Qatar has seen in the past decades; it is a new experience for healthcare in the region.”
She continued, “We are delighted to have been part of WISH 2020 this year, to showcase our capabilities to the world and contribute to the conversation taking place on global health challenges.”
Benefiting from the interdisciplinary collaboration between the different departments at AMNM, patients will receive advanced medical care from outstanding doctors and friendly medical staff that will be using state-of-the-art, US Food and Drug Administration-approved medical equipment.
The equipment support the physicians in delivering the best care synonymous with the standards of healthcare in North America, offering the patient comfort and trust throughout an overall seamless journey across the facility, the statement added.
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Halifax law firm preps for potential class-action against dentist accused of misconduct – Halifax

A Halifax law firm is preparing to potentially file a class-action lawsuit against a prominent Halifax-area dentist who has had his licence suspended after several allegations of misconduct.

McGillivary Law has begun to accept stories from former or current patients of Dr. Errol Gaum, a dentist at Granville Dental in Bedford, N.S.

“If you are inquiring about our pending class action in relation to Dr. Errol Gaum please complete this form and submit. We will be in touch within 48 hours,” a form on the law firm’s website reads.

The firm did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The news of a potential lawsuit comes the same day as a planned protest at the Granville Dental clinic on Saturday.

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The goal, according to a Facebook event for the Broken Trust Protest, is to raise awareness for the “victims of Dr.Errold Gaum.”

Several patients and former patients came forward to accuse Gaum of professional malpractice by using excessive force on children in his dentist chair.

One account was from Ryan Binder, a parent from Glace Bay, N.S., whose six-year-old daughter was referred to Granville Dental to get a tooth removed.

Binder claimed Gaum “wasn’t letting his daughter breathe” because he was holding her nose during the treatment. He also claimed Gaum told his daughter to “shut up” during the appointment.


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Gaum’s licence to practice dentistry in Nova Scotia was suspended indefinitely this week by the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia.

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Dr. Curtis Gregoire, the deputy registrar of the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia, told Global News in a statement on Thursday that the decision came after the board’s complaints committee held an emergency meeting to consider a number of complaints against Guam.

After reviewing the complaints, Gaum’s license was suspended.

On Saturday, Dr. Don Moors, speaking on behalf of the dental board, said the investigation remains ongoing but that they could not provide specific details on the investigation in order to protect patient confidentiality.

Halifax Regional Police have also confirmed to Global News that they’ve received at least four complaints about a man who was working as a dentist at 1083 Bedford Hwy. in Bedford.

They are investigating the complaints, Const. John MacLeod, a spokesperson for the police force said. No charges have been laid.

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Dr. Gaum’s attorney Joel Pink has declined repeated attempts for an interview, only saying Dr. Gaum will not be commenting until the Provincial Dental Board of

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Ex-lacrosse star Delby Powless writes about mental health in novel ‘Medicine Game’

Writing a novel is one of the hardest — but most cathartic — things former pro lacrosse player Delby Powless has ever done.

“Medicine Game” centres on Tommy Henry as he struggles with violent outbursts and addiction on the fictional Sparrow Lake Nation. Powless said that he wrote the novel as a way to open up about his own mental health struggles and pay tribute to friends he’s lost.

“This was by the most therapeutic thing I’ve ever done,” said Powless. “It was really emotional to write about this stuff, not just because of my own things but because I was thinking about people that have passed, that aren’t with us anymore.”

Powless, who won the Tom Longboat Award as Canada’s top Indigenous athlete in 2003, spent his entire six-year career in the National Lacrosse League with the Buffalo Bandits. He played all levels of his junior and senior lacrosse for teams in Six Nations of the Grand River, Ont., and represented the Iroquois Nationals in international competition.

Even with his success as a lacrosse player, Powless said he struggled with his mental health and opening up to friends and teammates.

That began to change when Powless read “Playing With Fire,” a memoir by former NHLer Theo Fleury. Powless said Fleury’s memoir made him realize he was not alone and that opening up could help him and his readers.

“This was my way of coming out to let people know what I’ve gone through mental-health wise,” the 40-year-old Powless said. “I had kept stuff inside of me for 30, 35 years.”

In the short time “Medicine Game” has been out, Powless said he’s received a lot of positive feedback, especially from other Indigenous men, who have told him it’s encouraged them to be more open.

“They bought it because they thought it was about lacrosse and they start reading it and they start realizing how it’s about the rez and the mental health stuff and the history of residential schools and other things they could relate to,” said Powless.

Lacrosse was played by the Haudenosaunee — known in French as the Iroquois and in English as the Six Nations — thousands of years before Europeans arrived in North America. Sometimes called the Creator’s Game or the Medicine Game, many First Nations people believe that playing lacrosse can heal them spiritually and physically.

Powless, who is now a child and youth counselor in the Six Nations community, said that the camaraderie he — and his protagonist — feels when playing lacrosse is an experience he wanted to convey to his readers.

“When I was going through a really rough time, one of my coaches texted me that he hoped to see me back at the rink because lacrosse is good medicine,” said Powless. “That stuck with me, just to think of it that way.

“Just to get out there and be around the boys is helpful to people and their well-being.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov.

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