The new year is so close we can taste it. Only thing is, we’re not so sure how 2021 is going to satiate our annual wellness-resolution cravings. If you’re also missing good-old-fashioned group fitness classes (you know, the overpriced ones awash in dim lighting and bumpin’ tunes), then we’ve got a sweaty stand-in for you and your workout crew — one that also happens to make A+ holiday material: the virtual-fitness gift card.
Since 2020 has shifted life as we know it, we’ve swapped cramped studio rooms and nearly-impossible-to-book classes for streaming computer screens and down-dogging it in our living rooms. And, you know what? We are actually feeling our new in-house workout clubs where the classes are never overcrowded and the subway never stops us from making it on time. So, in celebration of continuing to get physical come 2021, we’ve rounded up every awesome virtual-fitness gift we could dig up ahead — including everything from Classpass to trendy resistance-based training and beyond. Grab your sculpting leggings and tell Alexa to put on Olivia Newton-John.
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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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Men’s Health’s virtual event, MH Weekenders, is coming soon, and it’s going to be big.
We don’t want to give much away yet, but throughout the whole of January some of the world’s biggest and most respected athletes and personalities will be taking part. From Saturday night cook-alongs, to in-depth interviews and discussions as well group workouts and challenges to take part in, this festival has something for everyone.
We’re going big with this, and we want you to take part. This is your chance to reach out to our digital audience of over 5 million people.
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What Are Men’s Health Virtual Events?
Unfortunately, getting together to get sweaty and debate the pressing issues in the world of health and fitness is not an option at the moment, which is why we’ve gone virtual.
Our events will take place over the last four weekends of January 2021 – Saturday 9th to Sunday January 31st – with each day comprising of four structured events that will be hosted on the Men’s Health YouTube channel. These videos will also be featured in digital articles and posted across menshealth.com/uk, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The line-up will be announced in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out.
How You Can Get Involved
Of course, the line-up is not all we’re shouting about. We recognise that with such an event, this is a great opportunity for brands to showcase their products and services to our audience. So, we’ve devised a few new ways for you to reach them. Virtually, of course.
Register your brand
MH Weekenders Marketplace
The MH Weekenders Marketplace will offer businesses the chance to exhibit with us. On the final weekend of January, event attendees will be able to attend the online marketplace where they’ll be able to shop and receive discounts to their favourite health brands.
MH Weekenders E-Zine
As an event bonus, our registered attendees will receive our free e-zine – a digital event guide and marketplace electronic magazine, which will feature a selection of our favourite wellness brands.
If you’re a brand looking to get involved, sign up via the registration from below.
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This morning Salut, an app-based service that allows fitness trainers to host classes virtually, announced that it has raised $1.25 million in a new financing event. The round was led by Charles Hudson, an investor at Precursor Ventures.
Founder Matthew DiPietro, formerly of Twitch, told TechCrunch that Salut soft-launched in mid-September, with a wider release coming today.
DiPietro thought up the concept behind Salut before the pandemic hit, he said during an interview, but after COVID-19 appeared the idea took on new urgency. The company put together what DiPietro described as a no-code alpha version of the service in May to test the market, allowing the then-nascent startup to validate demand on both sides of its marketplace — it’s famously difficult to jumpstart two-sided marketplaces, as demand tends to follow supply, and vice-versa.
The test allowed the company to get to confidence on demand existing from both trainers and exercise fans, and in its initial economic model.
With the new round in the bank and its product now formally launched, it’s up to Salut to scale rapidly. The company currently has 55 registered trainers on its platform, a reasonable start for the seed-stage startup. It will need to grow that figure by a few orders of magnitude if it wants to generate enough revenue to reach an eventual Series A.
But Salut is not focused on early-revenue generation, taking no cut of trainer revenue today. Indeed, per an email the company sent out to its users this morning, the startup is passing along 100% of post-Apple income that trainers generate, or 85% of the gross.
Currently users can donate to, or tip, trainers that host classes. DiPietro told TechCrunch that subscription options are coming in a quarter or two. The startup also announced today that trainers can now allow their classes to be replayed, what the startup called one of its “most requested features.”
Anyone familiar with Peloton understands why this matters; only a fraction of classes on the Peloton ecosystem are live at any point in time, but the bike comes with a library of content that users can simply load up whenever they like. This also allows Peloton to release more niche content than it otherwise might, as even the heavy metal-themed rides can accrete a reasonable ridership over time (something they might not be able to manage if all classes on the platform were only live once and then gone forever).
DiPietro is bullish on building income streams for trainers, especially during a pandemic that has locked many gyms, leaving fitness processionals with little to no income in many cases.
There’s some early signal that users are willing to pay, the company said, with early users willing to pay $5 or $10 for an hour of fitness training. And with a focus on the long-tail of trainers who can’t attract 10,000 fans to a single class, Salut thinks there are a large number of trainers who have enough pull to generate more income
Women’s Health’s next virtual event is coming soon – and it’s going to be our biggest one ever.
Of course, we don’t want to give away too much just yet, but considering past events have seen tens of thousands of women tune in from the UK and beyond to work out with and hear talks by the likes of Jillian Michaels, Davina McCall and Kayla Itsines…
Well, you know this one is going to be *big*.
This time, we’re inviting brands to take part, and reach our audience – for starters, that’s a social media following of 1.4 million strong. Interest piqued? Here’s more info.
What are WH Virtual events?
While getting together to get sweaty is not an option, we connected with our audience in two groundbreaking virtual events in 2020.
In both, we’ve beamed fitness, health and wellness sensations like Jillian Michaels, Davina McCall, Kayla Itsines, Kelsey Wells, Dianne Buswell, Simone De La Rue and Jessica Skye straight into our readers’ living rooms for a series of thought-provoking interviews and star-studded workouts.
In our next virtual event – WH Weekenders – we’re looking to build on this incredible success.
What’s new this time?
We mentioned bigger, right? Instead of a two- or three-day event, our next virtual event will last four weeks.
Over the course of four weekends, we’ve scheduled in workouts with some of the world’s hottest trainers and celebs – but WH Weekenders is not all about getting sweaty.
Our audience will also be able to tune into fascinating panel talks with some of WH‘s editors and the UK’s top experts in fitness, health and wellness. We’re also spicing things up with several cook-alongs by top chefs, foodies and brands.
The line-up WH Weekenders will be announced in the coming weeks (and we can’t wait!)
Of course, the event length and line-up is not all we’re building on. We recognise that a big part of our in-person Women’s Health Live event was the opportunity for brands to showcase their products and services to our audience – so we’ve devised a few new ways for you to reach them. Virtually, of course.
1. WH Weekenders Marketplace
The first, our WH Weekenders Marketplace, will offer businesses the chance to exhibit with us. On the final weekend of January, event attendees will be able to attend our the online marketplace, where they’ll be able to shop and receive discounts to their favourite wellness brands.
2. WH Weekenders E-Zine
As an event bonus, our registered attendees will receive our free e-zine – a digital event guide and marketplace electronic magazine, which will feature a selection of our favourite wellness brands.
REGISTER YOUR BRAND
When + where is it happening?
The event will take place over the last 4 weekends of January 2021 – that’s Saturday 9 – Sunday 31 Jan.
The workouts, panel talks and cook-alongs will all be hosted on Women’s Health’s YouTube channel.
How to get involved
If you’re a band looking to get
Dr. Carolyn Borow has delivered more than 3,500 babies in her 41 years as a family doctor. But she hasn’t delivered one since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Instead Borow, like many medical professionals, has gone virtual, doing all those appointments about pregnancy complications, sore throats and COVID fears via computer and FaceTime. In fact, the only time she’s been in a hospital recently was when she herself had surgery.
“I am definitely going through baby withdrawal,” said Borow, who works out of Allina Health in West St. Paul and Eagan. “I’d never planned that at some point I’m not going to be doing this. Only a pandemic would keep me from it.”
At a time when a growing number of veteran doctors are suddenly considering retirement, Borow is finding renewed purpose in her work.
A 2020 survey of 2,300 U.S. physicians by the nonprofit Physicians Foundation reported that 37% of doctors said they would like to retire within a year. Many expressed fear for their personal health, including 28% who had “serious concerns” about catching COVID-19.
Borow, though, sees value in her shifting work experience.
“I thank everybody who is making these appointments,” Borow said. “Because it has allowed me to still feel meaningful. Because I had no intention ever of not continuing to serve people.”
Initially, to cut down on coronavirus exposure, Allina limited the number of its doctors going in and out of United Hospital in St. Paul, where Borow has worked. So, Allina hired doctors to serve full time in the hospital.
Secondly, because of her age and medical risks during the COVID crisis, Borow decided to curtail her in-person contact with patients. She went virtual on the fly.
“It was all new to me,” she said of distance doctoring. “But in my motivation to serve people, I just learned it quickly.”
Borow is as busy as ever. An empty nester with a retired husband, she dons her scrubs every morning — in the clinic, she used to wear streets clothes and a lab coat — and sits at an Allina-issued computer in her son’s old bedroom in their Mendota Heights home. Her two cats sometimes scratch at the door. But Borow is diligent and determined, officially working 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (actually, two nights until 6) and on-call every other weekend. Of course, that doesn’t include the two or three hours every night of paperwork and the pre-shift prep for her appointments.
She also spends a half-day per week in the clinic signing forms, wearing a mask and shield over her glasses.
With a different virtual patient scheduled every 20 minutes, the doctor is much more punctual than in her days at the clinic, where an assistant could warn an impatient patient that the physician is running late.
“I have openings every day, people can get right in, which was never the case before,” Borow said. “Although before, we could work someone in with double booking.”
She’s now able to see patients
Fitness centers have an ample supply of dumbbells, free weights and circuit training equipment – as well as a far greater social outlet – Black said, but in a pinch, “you’re basically doing the same major movements you would at home, but you have a cable machine versus you’re just doing pushups.”
Kupferman said he lost 10 pounds in three months when the pandemic stopped his travel and he started eating healthier at home. He regained 6 pounds of mostly muscle and feels better overall.
“I’ve done that by spending less time running, more time in the pool and more time in strength training with Connor,” he said.
Despite less time jogging the streets of his neighborhood, he also is running 8-minute miles, nearly two minutes faster than before the pandemic.
Kupferman is hardly alone when it comes to online exercise training.
Michael Antkowiak, manager of G&G Fitness Equipment stores in Amherst and Orchard Park, said business has doubled since the pandemic began. He has since doubled his staff, to six.
Customers have paid $1,500 to $7,000 for treadmills, functional trainers and home gyms, as well as another $100 to $400 for assembly and installation.
“Many people are saying, ‘We don’t even want to even go back after the vaccine comes out or the whole pandemic ends. We’re invested on staying at home and working out,” Antkowiak said.
More Seniors Turn to The Silver&Fit Program During Medicare Open Enrollment for Broader Choices of Virtual Home Exercise and Fitness Solutions
The Silver&Fit program’s virtual, online home-based options and gym-based options are designed to accommodate all levels of fitness and workout preferences. Features include:
- 1,700+ Digital Fitness Videos. The Silver&Fit online video library provides a broad collection of workout options, allowing members to customize their own at-home exercise routines including cardio, strength, yoga, dance, Tai Chi, and many others.
- At-Home Fitness Kits. For those who want to create or enhance their own workouts at home, the Silver&Fit program offers home fitness kits. Kits may include a yoga mat, resistance bands, dumbbells, or wearable fitness trackers.
- Live Telephone Coaching. Members seeking help with fitness goals or lifestyle improvements can work with a live coach over the phone to obtain advice on fitness, social isolation, sleep, and other healthy living habits.
- Access to Social and Community Connections. Silver&Fit members can browse information and links to more than 120,000 social organizations ranging from chess, painting, and classic car clubs, to nature organizations. This resource encourages members to join in on club video programs or socially distanced meetings to safely connect with other like-minded individuals.
- In-Person Gym Access. As gyms are permitted to open, members who feel comfortable returning can use their subsidized gym benefit to get back on their fitness track. With the Silver&Fit program, seniors can choose from a nation-wide network of more than 15,000 fitness centers, YMCAs, and fitness studios.
For information about whether your Medicare plan includes the Silver&Fit program, contact your health plan or 1-800-MEDICARE. Visit www.SilverandFit.com for more information about the program.
About American Specialty Health Fitness, Inc. (ASH Fitness):
ASH Fitness, a subsidiary of American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH), provides no-cost and low-cost fitness and exercise programs for Medicare beneficiaries and group retirees (through the Silver&Fit® program), and for commercial health plan members and employer groups (through the Active&Fit®, Active&Fit DirectTM, and ExerciseRewardsTM products). ASH is one of the nation’s premier independent and privately-owned specialty health services organizations. For more information, visit www.ashcompanies.com or call 800-848-3555. Follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter at @ASHCompanies.
About Silver&Fit’s Daily Free, Publicly Available Facebook Live and YouTube Workouts:
Silver&Fit also offers four daily free older-adult workouts for the public on Facebook Live or YouTube. Anyone can join these popular exercise classes tailored to the needs of older adults. These half-hour classes premiere Monday through Friday on Facebook Live and YouTube at 9 AM PT, 10 AM PT, 11 AM PT and Noon PT. Participants may also use the workout videos later, since they remain available on YouTube for two weeks after they premiere. Classes include cardio, yoga, strength, flexibility, and others taught at various levels, from beginner to intermediate to advanced. All classes are taught by certified instructors with experience creating classes. To participate in a free exercise class, follow Silver&Fit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SilverandFit or view the classes at
BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Modernizing Medicine®, a leading healthcare technology company, will host its annual MOMENTUM users conference in a digital setting on Saturday, November 21 from 11am to 4:15pm EST and Sunday, November 22 from 12pm to 2:00pm EST* free of charge to clients. Healthcare professionals who are not yet clients but have an interest in learning more about Modernizing Medicine’s products and services have been invited to participate in a select number of sessions, also free of charge. This interactive industry event will offer a top-notch educational agenda with an engaging online platform to enable participants to collaborate and learn from a dynamic community of forward-thinking medical professionals.
The company’s seventh annual conference provides a weekend filled with networking opportunities and participant-led conversations in a re-envisioned online experience. Throughout the two days, both clients and prospects will have virtual opportunities to get real-time answers from and network with peers, experts, and Modernizing Medicine’s leadership team via text, chat, video, and discussion forums. Additionally, there will be a dedicated hour each day to connect with Modernizing Medicine vendors in the Virtual Exhibit Hall, engage with online content and participate in video chats with company representatives.
Conference highlights include:
- A keynote by best-selling author and researcher Michelle Gielan on “Cultivating Happiness During Uncertainty”
- Specialty-specific breakouts designed with various roles, practice and business imperatives in mind
- Interactive demos of Modernizing Medicine’s innovative healthcare technology solutions
Additionally, all participants will get to hear from Ronda Tews, director of billing and coding compliance at Modernizing Medicine, about the upcoming Evaluation and Management (E/M) coding changes taking effect January 1, 2021 and will learn how the company’s electronic health records (EHR) systems, EMA® and gGastro® EHR, have been updated to help users as they prepare to undergo this change, the first major revisions to the E/M code structure in more than 20 years.
“With the challenges the pandemic has brought to the healthcare industry, we couldn’t be more thrilled to attend MOMENTUM 2020 virtually and be able to collaborate and learn from practices and medical professionals alike,” said AnnMarie Carruthers, Director of Operations at Sforzo Dillingham Stewart Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. “While this year’s event will look different than previous ones, we’re looking forward to meaningful and insightful discussions with peers to further build upon this dynamic community.”
Modernizing Medicine thanks event sponsors, including platinum sponsor Change Healthcare, for their support in making this event possible.
Limited seats are available for this upcoming free event. To register, please visit www.modmed.com/momentum.
*Times subject to change.
About Modernizing Medicine
Modernizing Medicine and its affiliated companies empower healthcare providers and medical practices with a suite of solutions designed to transform how healthcare information is created, consumed and utilized to increase practice efficiency and improve patient outcomes. The award-winning healthcare technology company works with providers nationwide in the specialties of dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, gastroenterology, pain management and urology, as well as ambulatory surgery centers. Modernizing Medicine and its affiliated companies provide a suite of
Ra Medical Systems to Feature the Pharos Optimized Excimer Laser at the Virtual New Frontiers in Cosmetic Medicine & Medical Dermatology Symposium
CARLSBAD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ra Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE: RMED), a medical device company focused on commercializing excimer laser systems to treat vascular and dermatological diseases, announces it will feature the Pharos excimer laser at the New Frontiers in Cosmetic Medicine & Medical Dermatology Symposium 2020 Virtual Meeting being held November 21, 2020.
“We are delighted to showcase our Pharos excimer laser at this conference,” said Will McGuire, Ra Medical Systems CEO. “Pharos provides topical treatment of common skin disorders including psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis and leukoderma and is a lower cost and safe alternative to immunosuppressive agents. During the pandemic, Pharos may play a particularly valuable role for patients who may be otherwise immunocompromised.”
About the New Frontiers in Cosmetic Medicine & Medical Dermatology Conference
New Frontiers in Cosmetic Medicine Symposium will deal with the latest developments in cosmetic dermatology, cosmetic medicine, and anti-aging medicine. It is designed for an audience of physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners who work under the direct supervision of dermatologists, facial plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons, and plastic surgeons, and commonly assist with cosmetic surgery and medicine. More information is available at https://www.cosmeticfrontiers.com/.
About Ra Medical Systems
Ra Medical Systems commercializes excimer lasers and catheters for the treatment of vascular and dermatological diseases. In May 2017 the DABRA excimer laser system received FDA 510(k) clearance in the U.S. for crossing chronic total occlusions, or CTOs, in patients with symptomatic infrainguinal lower extremity vascular disease with an intended use for ablating a channel in occlusive peripheral vascular disease. The Pharos excimer laser system is FDA-cleared and is used as a tool in the treatment of psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis and leukoderma. DABRA and Pharos are both based on Ra Medical’s core excimer laser technology platform and deploy similar mechanisms of action. Ra Medical manufactures DABRA and Pharos excimer lasers and catheters in a 32,000-square-foot facility located in Carlsbad, Calif. The vertically integrated facility is ISO 13485 certified and is licensed by the State of California to manufacture sterile, single-use catheters in controlled environments.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events or Ra Medical’s future financial or operating performance. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “could,” “intends,” “target,” “projects,” “contemplates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these words or other similar terms or expressions that concern Ra Medical’s future expectations, strategy, plans or intentions. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the timing and potential outcome of the DABRA atherectomy clinical study. Ra Medical’s expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results in future periods are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and