Day: December 2, 2020

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Nova Scotia fitness business requests exemption to stay open amid COVID-19

The owner of a fitness facility in Halifax has written a letter to the province asking for an exemption to stay open out of concern for his clients.



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The owner of OneUp Fitness, Matt Mombourquette, said what sets his facility apart from other commercial gyms is its small size, one-on-one, appointment based-training. Its average demographic is people aged 55 and up.

“A lot of our clients have chronic health conditions, such as osteoporosis, orthopedic pain, we have some clients with Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy,” said Mombourquette.

So when the province announced a second round of lockdown for fitness facilities, Mombourquette said he was concerned for his aging clientele.

Read more: Nova Scotia reports 37 new cases of COVID-19, shuts down bars, gyms

Between the facility’s Halifax and Bedford studios, Mombourquette said, they see roughly 150 clients per week, but fewer than half took up virtual classes when their doors closed in March.

“When they came back and we opened our doors again in June, we could see a lot of deterioration. They shared that they had a lot of physical challenges; they felt weaker, and some of them had some depression,” he said.

This is when he decided to write the letter to see if there was “some wiggle room” that existed for their facility.

On Tuesday, Dr. Robert Strang, chief medial officer of Nova Scotia, said there will be no exceptions to the rule.

“Our goal is to remain very tight for the shortest time possible, and every time we give an exception it creates another opportunity for a breakthrough that might then be the reason why we have to extend,” Strang said.

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It’s a decision Mombourquette respects but says he’s frustrated by.

“I think everybody understands that exercise does have a big impact on positive immunity and keeping us safe from this current pandemic and potentially future ones,” he said.

One of Mombourquette’s clients is Jason Roth, a 70-year-old Halifax man, who has been coming to OneUp Fitness twice a week for the past 15 years. He tells Global News his health took a hit when the facility’s doors closed in March due to COVID-19.

“In terms of the sense of being in shape and fitness, I would say was about 50 per cent as effective as it had been,” said Roth.

He says he’s been to other, larger gyms and OneUp Fitness is different. He doesn’t believe it should be lumped into the same category.

“I’m not surrounded by a lot of people, equipment is immediately wiped down, people are in and people are out,” he said.

“That distinction between eating establishments and drive thru establishments, I think, would fit as a distinction between OneUp and the average gym.”

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Roth said that if an exemption were to be granted, he would gladly

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Disc Medicine to Present at the Virtual 62nd American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Disc Medicine, a biotechnology company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel therapeutic candidates for serious and debilitating hematologic diseases, today announced that preclinical data from two pipeline programs that modulate the hepcidin pathway will be presented at the 62nd American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, which will be held virtually December 5-8, 2020.

Details of the presentations are as follows:

Abstract Number: 1690
Title: DISC-a, the First in a Novel Class of Potent and Selective Matriptase-2 Inhibitors for the Treatment of Hematologic Disorders Characterized By Low Hepcidin
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020, 7:00 AM-3:30 PM EST
Session: 102. Regulation of Iron Metabolism: Poster II
Presenter: Vu Hong, PhD, Director and Project Leader

Abstract Number: 2599
Title: DISC-0974, a Novel, First-in-Class, Anti-Hemojuvelin Monoclonal Antibody Decreases Hepcidin and Increases Transferrin Saturation in a Non-Human Primate Model of Cytokine (IL-6) Induced Hypoferremia
Date: Monday, December 7, 2020, 7:00 AM-3:30 PM EST
Session: 102. Regulation of Iron Metabolism: Poster III
Presenter: Maria Beconi, PhD, SVP of Translational Research and Development

Full abstracts are currently available through the ASH conference website: www.hematology.org/Annual-Meeting/Abstracts/.

About Disc Medicine
Disc Medicine is a hematology company harnessing new insights in hepcidin biology to address ineffective red blood cell production (erythropoiesis) in hematologic diseases. Currently focused on the hepcidin pathway, the master regulator of iron metabolism, Disc is developing a portfolio of first-in-class therapeutic candidates to transform the treatment of hematologic diseases. For more information, visit www.discmedicine.com.

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The UN Now Recognizes The Medicinal Value Of Marijuana

History was made at the United Nations today, when the UN’s Commission for Narcotic Drugs narrowly voted to remove cannabis from a list of drugs previously judged to have little-to-no medicinal benefits. Vice reports that in a 27 to 25 vote victory, the US and UN cast the final two deciding votes to now officially remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs — potentially opening up the plant to increased medicinal access throughout Europe, along with additional scientific research.

Translation: Your stoner cousin was right — weed is medicine. And now we’re a significant step closer to being able to get the type of research funded that will tell us precisely how it’s best used. The legal status of cannabis has always been a major hurdle when it comes to funding meaningful scientific research studying the long term medicinal benefits of THC, so the United Nations recognizing the medical value of weed remedies some of the unjust prejudice that has been unfairly placed on the plant, despite the historical use of cannabis as a medicine that stretches back to ancient Greece and Egypt. And, as we’ve covered before, medicinal recognition leads to medical legalization which always, always leads to eventual recreational legalization. So this move is a big win for weed worldwide.

To date, 50 countries worldwide have adopted medicinal cannabis programs, and the plant is now fully legal in Canada, Uruguay, and 15 US states. Mexico and Luxembourg are also expected to join the countries that have legalized weed in the near future, with the vote passing Mexico’s senate just days ago.

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7 at-home fitness machines you should actually splurge on this year

When the first shut down happened earlier this year, I was really worried about losing my fitness progress. I was going to the gym anywhere from 5 to 7 times a week, doing a mix of personal training sessions and using the machines on my own. Even though gyms reopened, I haven’t felt comfortable going back and I know I am not alone.



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Due to the pandemic, it was nearly impossible to find appropriately-priced dumbbells anywhere online for months (At one point, I saw a single 10-pound dumbbell going for $65 on Amazon). I soon realized that the best quality investment was to buy an actual at-home fitness a machine – ahem, I mean studio.

All of the fancy fitness machines on this list are more than just a tool to use. Each brand offers its own take on advancing your fitness journey with cool classes, advanced exercise technology, or both. If you were previously paying top dollar for a gym membership or personal trainer (I was spending $200/month), most of these products are less than the annual cost of a freal gym. And they are right inside of your house, no driving required.

These at-home fitness products can work as a gift to a loved one, or just a gift to yourself for getting through this year.

Tempo

Tempo is the brand I’d recommend most to anyone who was working with a personal trainer in a gym. The home studio has a 42″ HD screen where you’ll follow an instructor for each class. Tempo offers classes between five to 60 minutes. Unlike doing a YouTube fitness video, Tempo monitors your movements t0 make adjustments and recommendations. If you’re bending too far over while doing squats, the machine will correct you. If you’re moving too fast during a workout, it’ll recommend adjusting your weights to a heavier setting for a future workout.

The Tempo Studio comes with:

  • 4 10-pound plates
  • 4 5-pound plates
  • 4 2.5-pound plates
  • 4 1.5-pound plates
  • 2 7.5 dumbbells
  • 1 25-pounds bar
  • 6 collars/clips
  • Workout mat
  • Foam roller
  • Heart rate monitor

You can either pay in full for the machine, or you can opt to pay $55/month with 0% APR for 36 months. A Tempo Studio membership is $39/month.

MYX

The MYX is a budget-friendly competitor of the Peloton. If you want to know more about the differences, you can read my review after ride a MYX bike for 3 weeks straight. This bike is great for people interested in getting a studio cycling bike, but also want classes. MYX Fitness drops new classes weekly, include bike classes, floor classes, a hybrid of the two, plus mindful classes for digestion and pain.

The MYX Plus bike includes:

  • A Stationary Star Trac bike
  • A Polar heart rate monitor
  • An XL exercise mat
  • A stabilizing mat
  • A kettlebell Three sets of hand weights (available in light, medium, and heavy) 
  • An SPRI stretch band 
  • A foam roller

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Kids sprout hair like werewolves after taking wrong medicine

It was a hair-raising mistake.

A group of children in Spain continues to sprout hair all over their bodies after they were accidentally administered a hair loss drug for their indigestion two years ago, Newsflash reported.

Health officials blame the hairy situation on a packaging mix-up by Spanish pharmaceutical giant Farma-Química Sur, which resulted in children in Cantabria mistakenly taking minoxidil — a topical treatment — in lieu of omeprazole, which is for gastric reflux.

As a result, a group of 20 children began suffering from hypertrichosis — also known as “werewolf syndrome” — in which the sufferer grows excess hair across their body, according to Healthline. One mother reported that her 10-month-old sported thick locks everywhere except his feet a mere two months after taking the minoxidil syrup, ABC reported.

Unfortunately, health officials weren’t alerted to the “Wolfman”-esque outbreak until July 2019, when the parents of the children went public. The furious families have since filed civil and criminal complaints against a laboratory and several companies for importing and distributing the drug as well as against two pharmacies in Cantabria which were later exonerated by the courts.

Despite the lawsuits, it reportedly took authorities two months to shutter the laboratory where the blunder occurred and recall the offending medication.

“Why does it take more than two months to test a medicine?” Amaia, a mother whose baby was afflicted, asked Spain’s Antena 3 television station at the time. “We have been told nothing. I am furious, scared and feel misunderstood and a complete lack of empathy.”

Two years later, the victims’ families claim that the toddlers continue to sprout hair despite treatment, and are demanding compensation. Unfortunately it’s unclear whether the symptoms can be remedied as the ailment’s naturally occurring form has no cure.

However, the afflicted can mitigate the cosmetic effects via shaving, waxing and laser hair removal.

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R.I. fitness clubs fined for refusing to close during two-week COVID-19 ‘pause’

LINCOLN, R.I. — An owner of fitness clubs in Rhode Island is defying an order from Governor Gina M. Raimondo for all gyms and recreational facilities to close for two weeks as health officials try to slow an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases.



a man holding a phone: The owner of Maxx Fitness Clubzz, Matt D'Amico, leaves his facility in Lincoln on Wednesday. He has decided to stay open despite the governor's orders for fitness clubs to close for two week. He said the spring closure was financially devastating.


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The owner of Maxx Fitness Clubzz, Matt D’Amico, leaves his facility in Lincoln on Wednesday. He has decided to stay open despite the governor’s orders for fitness clubs to close for two week. He said the spring closure was financially devastating.

The two-week pause that started Monday closed bars, gyms, and casinos, asks most high school students to learn from home, and orders companies to have most employees work from home.

Matt D’Amico, who owns The Maxx Fitness Clubzz franchises in Lincoln and Warren, opened as usual on Monday, however, and has remained open since then. He said that closing would be financially devastating.

“We did it in March and the shutdown lasted 10, 12 weeks. I just can’t survive it again,” D’Amico said. “It’s not about profitability — it’s landlords, equipment rentals, payroll and staff. And, I don’t think it’s right, when everyone else gets to stay open.”

The Health Department issued $500 fines at both locations and ordered the facilities to close immediately and stay closed until the restrictions are lifted.

But D’Amico has refused to shut down. Both Maxx locations were open and busy Wednesday.

“You can say we’re fighting for freedom. It’s what it is,” D’Amico said. “I invested millions of dollars.”

Raimondo ordered the two-week pause in an attempt to stem the rising wave of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, which led to the opening of field hospitals on Monday. Rhode Island was up to 59,005 confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with 1,032 new cases, 11 more deaths, and 408 people hospitalized.

The governor’s office and Health Department referred questions about Maxx Fitness Clubzz to the state Department of Business Regulation, where a spokesman declined to comment “as it is an ongoing and actively evolving situation.”

The fitness clubs are the first businesses to be cited since the pause began on Monday. “I have legal counsel, and we’ll take it day by day,” D’Amico said. “I don’t think fitness centers should be singled out… I believe I have constitutional rights to be able to operate my business.”

D’Amico said his fitness centers have complied with other coronavirus-related all of the Health regulations, keeping the facilities clean and screening staff and customers for COVID-19 symptoms. Health officials told them that some visitors to the fitness centers had tested positive for COVID, but they inspected the facilities and found no problems, he said.

“We have a bunch of customers, and a lot of new members are signing up,” Stephen Couture, the manager of the Lincoln club, said Wednesday.

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Watch Out Fitbit, The Wyze Watch Fitness Tracker Only Costs $20

Smart home tech company Wyze has announced a feature-rich fitness tracker that costs just $20.

The Wyze Watch is available for pre-order today, and will ship from February 2021.

A $20 price encourages low expectations, but the Wyze Watch has an almost baffling amount of tech and hardware considering the cost. It has a 1.75-inch LCD screen — more like that of a smartwatch than a budget fitness tracker — an aluminium frame rather than a plastic one and a blood oxygen saturation sensor.

Wyze’s Watch comes in two sizes, 44mm and 47mm, and the smaller version has a 1.4-inch screen. Wyze claims the watch lasts up to nine days between charges, and its optical HR sensor will keep an eye on your heart rate 24/7.

This is a little less of a departure for Wyze than it may initially appear, as the Watch can be used to control the company’s existing smart home gear over Bluetooth. Wyze makes home security cameras and a thermostat, and it released a basic fitness tracker earlier this year, the $25 Wyze Band.

Still, a Wyze Watch will count your steps like a normal fitness tracker, and the data can be sync’d with either Google Fit or Apple Health. It can also receive notifications from apps including Gmail, WhatsApp and Instagram.

What are the drawbacks? The Wyze Watch is only water resistant to 2 meters, or IP68, not the 5ATM some rivals offer.

And as the screen uses an LCD panel rather than an OLED one, there’s unlikely to be an “always on” watch display option.

The Wyze Watch also lacks GPS and there’s no mention of full activity tracking, where you might, for example, manually start tracking a run rather than letting the watch passively count your steps. It won’t replace a Garmin, but to expect that for $20 is unrealistic.

At the time of writing the Wyze site suggests it has sold over 38,000 Watches. And as the $20 offer is listed as a “pre-order” price, you can expect the cost to rise when the pre-order allocation has run out. A leather strap accessory is available for $10.

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Newly acquired trove of historic photos captures evolution of medicine

In one image, a physician injects a Civil War veteran with morphine, a common practice that led to widespread addiction after the war. In another, a gold-framed daguerreotype from 1847, an unconscious patient sprawls on a white-draped table, surrounded by men in frockcoats and cravats, documenting one of the earliest uses of ether in operation.

Then there’s the haunting postmortem photograph of a 22-year-old physician who died caring for patients in an 1849 cholera outbreak — a poignant reminder of the risks medical professionals are facing today.

These are just some of the 15,400 photographs in a unique collection recently acquired by the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale that documents — in black-and-white and sometimes graphic detail — a history of medicine from 1839 to 1950.

Among the library’s largest and most notable acquisitions to date, the collection both celebrates the evolution of medicine and bears witness to untold human pain and loss.

The Stanley B. Burns M.D. Historic Medical Photography Collection includes images of physicians and medical scientists at work, operation rooms, hospital wards, laboratories, nurses and nursing, notable physicians, surgical specialties, and war medicine. There are also thousands of photos of patients and disease states. The collection is notable for its range of forms, including photo albums, framed photographs, publications, cartes de visite (small photos mounted on cardboard), cabinet postcards, and personal collections assembled by noted physicians. Virtually every format is represented, including boxes of lantern slides and 253 unique daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes from the earliest years of photography.

The Burns Collection is one of the most compelling and comprehensive visual records of medical history ever assembled,” said Melissa Grafe, the John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History and head of the Medical Historical Library, the medical library’s special collections repository. “From early depictions of surgery to profoundly personal family images and photo albums, it shows how deeply medicine is interwoven in human lives.”

The collection’s photographic albums, some assembled by physicians, bring alive important chapters of medical history, such as the conquest of yellow fever in Cuba in 1904, the international response to the pneumonic plague epidemic in China in 1911, and facial reconstruction at Walter Reed Army General Hospital documented by medical photographer Alice Becht in 1920.

Turning the pages of these albums, I am often struck by how visible the patient is, providing some window into past lives and, in some ways, human suffering,” Grafe said. “At other times the collection is a celebration of medicine, highlighting surgical moments and medical techniques that we may take for granted today.”

The wide range of materials complements many of the library’s existing collections, including striking images of mental illness published in the “Iconographie photographique de la Salpêtrière”; thousands of photo-postcards and other images that make up the Robert Bogdan Disability Collection; and more than 100 iconic portraits of Civil War soldiers.

Other materials in the Burns Collection document the development of medical education. Bound volumes of Dr. Howard Kelly’s “Stereo-clinic,” for

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CGHS beneficiaries to avail health benefits of traditional medicine systems also

All CGHS beneficiaries—serving as well as pensioners— will now be able to avail the health benefits of alternate traditional systems  with the Union Health Ministry approving a proposal to empanel such Centres of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy under the Government health scheme.

“Private Day Care Therapy centers of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy will be empanelled under the CGHS shortly, in a manner similar to empanelment of similar day care centres of conventional (Allopathy) medicine already provided under the CGHS,” said an official from the Ministry.

Initial empanelment of  day care therapy centres will be undertaken on pilot basis for Delhi and NCR for a period of one year and subsequently would be considered for other places.

The official said that the step has been taken keeping in view of the growing popularity of AYUSH system of medicines amongst the public at large and all CGHS beneficiaries. The aim of the scheme is to improve the health and wellbeing, reduce health care expenditure and provide excellence in service delivery, efficiency, and comfort to the patients.

The treatment procedure requiring a short duration of stay in the Day Care Therapy Centre, ranging from a few hours to less than a Day will be made available to CGHS beneficiaries under this scheme.

“As the treatment procedure does not require overnight stay in the unfamiliar environment, it is extremely convenient for children and elderly patients,” said the official.

At present treatment of approved procedures like Panchkarma and Abhyanga etc. is given only after hospitalization in CGHS empanelment hospital.

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Roy Thompson, DDS Named The Most Professional Murfreesboro Dentist

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Murfreesboro, TN – Roy Thompson, DDS has set a standard that remains unparalleled in the dental world, especially in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The dental practice promises a 5-star dental experience to all patients. By combining the most professional staff both dental and administrative, the use of the latest dental technologies and procedures, as well as a clean and hygienic dental practice, Roy Thompson, DDS has been able to deliver the very best experience to patients.

Patients who come into the dental practice know that they will enjoy the very best dental experience. From the moment patients walk into the dental practice, they are presented with a service that stands out among the competitors.

New patients are offered all of the help needed to go through the registration process without hassles. The administrative team will prove helpful by guiding new patients through the simple and straightforward paperwork and also assist with any questions they may have regarding the practice, insurance, payment options, financing, and more.

Roy Thompson, DDS operates from a comfortable and relaxing environment. With a relaxing waiting area for patients to wait ahead of their appointment, the dentist guarantees that a patient’s time will be respected.

The [To enable links contact MENAFN] Murfreesboro dental office offers a private consultation room where the patient can discuss their dental problems with the dentist. Dr. Roy Thompson, DDS is a great listener, will ask relevant questions, and carry out required dental examinations aimed at uncovering dental problems and a diagnosis.

Patients will be offered all of the information that they need to know about their diagnosis and the dentist will also offer a range of treatment options for the patient to choose from based on their oral health goals and budget.

At Roy Thompson, DDS, patients can rest assured that all of their oral health care and treatment needs will be addressed under one roof. The dental practice offers a range of dental solutions including general or preventative dentistry aimed at protecting the natural teeth from dental problems and diseases that can compromise their strength. As part of the general dentistry procedures offered, patients will have access to dental health screening, dental examinations, protective treatments like fluoride treatment and dental sealants, early dental alignment consultation for children, as well as advice on how to care for the teeth.

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Those who suffer from conditions like TMJ can come into the practice for therapy aimed at addressing the condition head-on.

Roy Thompson, DDS is focused on delivering the very best dental experience for all patients. Visit the dental practice at 122 Heritage Park Dr. Suite 300, Murfreesboro, TN, 37129, or call 615-896-1330

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