New program is launched for safe medicine disposal

The Medication Education & Disposal Project has launched a statewide program to offer free services to dispose of expired, unwanted and unused medicines.

Safe Medication Return is operated by MED-Project, which is the Washington State Department of Health’s approved program operator.

Drug manufacturers fund the program at no cost to taxpayers.

MED-Project provides state residents with year-round medicine drop-off locations such as at pharmacies, medical facilities and law enforcement offices. Along with existing operations in several counties, MED-Project has activated about 150 additional drop-off sites.

Residents who prefer mailing back unwanted medicine for disposal can request free prepaid and preauthorized packages. Information is at med-project.org, or people can call (844) 633-7765.

MED-Project also is launching a public awareness campaign about safe disposal of unwanted medicine. A mobile-friendly website provides drop-off location information and instructions, as well as downloadable educational materials.

“We want to encourage Washington state residents to take their medication as prescribed, store it safely and dispose of unwanted or expired medicine securely,” said Dr. Victoria Travis, MED-Project’s national program director, in a news release.

For more information about the MED-Project drug takeback program and available services in Washington state, including accepted types of medication, call (844) 633-7765 or visit the website.

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Chinese herbal medicine launched in Philippines


Chinese herbal medicine launched in Philippines

Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) – November 25, 2020 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — A Chinese herbal medicine designed to relieve influenza symptoms such as those of COVID-19 was officially launched in the Philippines on Monday.

According to Philippine Archipelago International Trading Corp. (PAITC) president Olivia Limpe-Aw, the Lianhua Qingwen capsule is the first traditional Chinese medicine registered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the “pharmacological category.”

“This a landmark registration? The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to fore the importance of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) and, in particular, the significant role of Lianhua Qingwen in the treatment of COVID-19,” she noted in a webinar.

Aw added the medicine is now available at selected drugstores in the Philippines, but it will be accessible at more outlets soon.

She said the entry of Lianhua Qingwen in the country “will be a big help to our countrymen.”

AIf thereIs a silver lining to this COVID-19 pandemic, itss the awareness for traditional Chinese medicine and the provision for effective, safe and affordable treatment,s she maintained.

Approval

In August, the Chinese embassy in the Philippines had announced that the FDA had approved the application for registration of Lianhua Qingwen as a “traditional medicine.”

An embassy statement showed the product is manufactured by “one of China’s renowned Traditional Chinese Medicine manufacturers, Shijiazhuang Yiling Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.”

In China, the Lianhua Qingwen capsule is an approved treatment for mild and moderate cases of COVID-19.

Based on Lianhua Qingwen’s certificate for product registration (CPR) issued by the FDA, the medicine “helps remove heat-toxin invasion of the lungs, including symptoms such as fever, aversion to cold, muscle soreness, stuffy and runny nose.”

The product can be procured in the Philippines with a doctor’s prescription.

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Glace Bay father happy class-action lawsuit being launched against Bedford dentist | Local | News

GLACE BAY, N.S. —

MacGillivray Injury and Insurance plans to conduct 135 interviews with people who say they were victims of dentist Dr. Errol Guam.

Ryan Binder is one of them and the Glace Bay father was one of the first to contact the law firm after filing complaints with police and the dental board in relation to his six-year-old daughter’s appointment with Gaum on Nov. 10.

“I wanted (Dr. Gaum) to be accountable for all the people he has hurt over the years,” Binder said.

“I feel good about it because I don’t think a big law firm like MacGillivary would take it on if they didn’t think they could win.”

A press release from the firm Friday evening, the day MacGillivary decided to take on the case, indicated they had 60 possible claimants on the suit. By Saturday afternoon that number had more than doubled.

Managing partner Jamie MacGillivray said there was “nothing normal” about this case but couldn’t disclose much more due to it being in the early stages of the process.

“We have 135 phone intakes scheduled over the weekend with two lawyers … and more intake calls have been coming in … there are a lot of people coming two us at this point,” MacGillivray said.

“The first step we have is to determine how to legally file this action … we plan to file the claim this week.”

Binder claimed during his daughter’s appointment with Gaum he hurt and traumatized her by restraining her physically and verbally abusing her during the appointment.

After filing a complaint with the Dental Board of Nova Scotia and Halifax Regional Police, Binder posted about the incident on Facebook on Nov. 11 in hopes of alerting others to what allegedly happened.

By Nov. 12, two Facebook groups were made for victims of Dr. Errol Gaum. One is private and currently has more than 560 members. The other is public and has more than 2,100 members.

Halifax Regional Police confirmed they are currently investigating multiple allegations

Nicole Sullivan is an education, enterprise and diversity reporter for the Cape Breton Post. 

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Fitness campaign launched for Dubai residents



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#LiveBetterwithAster: Fitness campaign launched for Dubai residents

Aster has launched the #LiveBetterwithAster campaign for Dubai residents consisting of free fitness sessions with fitness experts and health checks.

The services can be availed at the DFC’s flagship Fitness Villages at Kite Beach and Al Khawaneej/ Quranic Park until November 28.

Under the #LiveBetterwithAster campaign, the healthcare provider is offering 70 per cent off on special health check packages, starting from Dh99 only which can be redeemed any time before December 31, 2020.

In addition to this, several contests are being conducted throughout the month where residents will get a chance to win gift hampers and vouchers that can be redeemed with Aster.

The entity is also the official hospital and clinics partner of Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC).

Through various initiatives benefiting Dubai residents as well as employees of Aster, the group is supporting the vision of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council to help residents work towards their mental and physical fitness and adopt a healthier lifestyle during the pandemic.

For its 19800+ employees, the group has also initiated the ‘Aster Wellbeing Program’ across 7 countries, to drive employee well being through individual and group initiatives.

As part of this programme, Aster Hospitals and Clinics in UAE is organizing fitness sessions for its employees at facilities in Qusais and Mankhool.

Various activities like high-intensity interval training (HIIT), zumba and sports activities such as volleyball and badminton, at nearby grounds, are being conducted regularly.

All activities for internal employees as well as external public are being conducted maintaining highest standards of Covid-19 safety protocols.

Over and above, Aster Hospitals & Clinics is a preferred medical partner by the Dubai Police who are conducting various fitness boot camps at the Dubai Police Officers Club at Jaddaf during the Dubai Fitness Challenge month.

The boot camps are open for all residents of UAE.

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U.S. Vaccine Allocation Planner for COVID-19 Launched by Ariadne Labs and Surgo Foundation

Data-driven tool will help state and county decisionmakers operationalize phased vaccine distribution to priority populations in communities across the United States

When COVID-19 vaccines become available in the United States, there won’t be enough to vaccinate everyone right away, and states will need to allocate them to their highest priority populations. A new tool provides state and county decisionmakers the region-specific data they will need to distribute vaccines to different populations based on available vaccine doses, priority populations, and vulnerable communities.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201027006116/en/

Visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Planner at https://covid19vaccineallocation.org/. (Graphic: Business Wire)

The Vaccine Allocation Planner for COVID-19 was jointly developed by Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and Surgo Foundation, a nonprofit focused on solving health and social problems with precision.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) recently launched a set of vaccine allocation guidelines for the United States, identifying 13 high-priority populations to be vaccinated in phases:

  • Phase 1A includes high-risk workers in health facilities and first responders.

  • Phase 1B includes people with significant comorbid conditions and people living in congregate care settings.

  • Phase 2 includes critical workers in other high-risk settings (public transit, grocery stores, etc.); teachers and school staff; people with moderate comorbid conditions; all older adults; people in homeless shelters or group homes; and incarcerated people or staff who work in jails.

  • Phase 3 includes young adults; children; and the remaining critical workers.

  • Phase 4 includes anyone residing in the United States who didn’t have access to vaccines in prior phases.

The Vaccine Allocation Planner for COVID-19 helps state and county decisionmakers operationalize the NASEM guidelines, allowing users to obtain size estimates of the high-priority populations in their immediate regions and weight purely by this criteria, while also considering other factors like community vulnerability. It also helps users estimate the number of vaccine doses available; and the percentage of vaccine coverage achievable under various scenarios.

“State and local leaders are going to need to make decisions about how to distribute their allotted COVID-19 vaccine doses, and there are many permutations those decisions could take,” said Dr. Sema Sgaier, Executive Director of Surgo Foundation and adjunct assistant professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “Our tool gives them the concrete, localized data they will need to estimate with precision and maximize the public health impact of the coronavirus vaccine, while at the same time prioritizing vulnerable populations.”

“In the midst of the pandemic, we will face a scarce supply of the COVID-19 vaccines. Nations, states and local municipalities are planning for effective vaccine distribution,” said Dr. Rebecca Weintraub, Director of Vaccine Delivery at Ariadne Labs and Associate Physician, Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “Unfortunately, too often scarce resources go to the most privileged. We built this tool for leaders with the data they will need on

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VA School Coronavirus Dashboard Launched, 2 NoVA Schools On List

VIRGINIA — With more students heading back to school for in-person learning in parts of Virginia, the state Department of Health has added a new feature to its coronavirus website that lists current and past outbreaks of the virus in schools.

The VDH dashboard feature, called “Outbreaks in School Settings,” shows a list of outbreaks at Virginia schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. No current outbreaks in schools in Northern Virginia were reported by the VDH on Saturday.

In Alexandria, though, Episcopal High School has an outbreak that is “pending closure.” Outbreaks are labeled as “pending closure” if 28 days have passed without a documented new case and the outbreak has not yet been closed in the Virginia Outbreak Surveillance System.

In Loudoun County, Dominion High School had an outbreak that is now listed as “closed.” Outbreaks are labeled as “closed” when two incubation periods of 28 days have passed without onset of new illness and the health district has closed the outbreak in its outbreak surveillance system.

The dashboard will help schools measure the extent to which the coronavirus is spreading in their localities and guide possible responses, according to the VDH.

“Fully re-opening our schools remains a priority as we work to slow the spread of COVID-19. Students have different learning styles, and for some, face-to-face interactions in a classroom are important to achievement,” Virginia State Health Commissioner Norman Oliver said Friday in a statement.

By providing additional information on where outbreaks are occurring, the VDH hopes to offer a broader picture of the impact of the coronavirus and help communities decide where to place resources to prevent and control outbreaks, Oliver said.

“Given the changing nature of the pandemic, we felt providing these data at this time poses no risk to public health investigations or to compromising patient anonymity,” he said.

Only cases associated with outbreaks are displayed and not the total number of cases among students or staff that are unrelated to the outbreak. The dashboard lists public and private schools. Only the outbreaks where transmission occurred at the school or school-sponsored events are included.

Latest COVID-19 Numbers in Virginia

The VDH reported 1,088 new cases of the coronavirus Saturday, bringing the cumulative total to 172,372. The new cases include 374 in the southwest region, 219 in the central region, 196 in the northern region, 153 in the northwest region and 146 in the eastern region.

There have been 3,578 coronavirus deaths to date, which include 39 reported in the last day. Because deaths may be reported on a different day than the one on a death certificate, VDH also tracks death certificate dates. To date, the highest seven-day average of deaths by death certificate date was 40 on May 5. Data may be incomplete for the most recent weeks, but the seven-day average has been less than half of the May 5 peak since June.

Cases of the coronavirus have been increasing steadily over the last four weeks in Lee, Scott and Wise

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Belvedere Park Emergency Dentist Dental Extraction 24 Hours Services Launched

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Dr Abbas Haider of Emergency Dental Service Decatur announced that he is now providing dental emergency services for patients in Belvedere Park, Georgia, and the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Dr Abbas Haider of Emergency Dental Service Decatur announced the launch of a new range of emergency dentistry services for patients in Belvedere Park, Georgia. Dr Haider has over 20 years of experience in cosmetic, implant, family and emergency dentistry.

More information can be found at https://www.emergencydentalservice.com/emergencydentist/decatur-ga-belvedere-plaza-dental

The newly launched dental emergency services at Emergency Dental Service Decatur aim to provide patients in Belvedere Park with prompt and efficient dental treatment.

When dental accidents happen, emergency dental care can be extremely beneficial for one’s oral and overall health. That is why Emergency Dental Service Decatur offers comprehensive emergency dentistry solutions for patients of all ages.

In addition, the dental team help those who do not have insurance or the money to pay for their emergency treatment. They have a dental emergency line of credit service and they can also offer an affordable dental plan for each patient.

The dental clinic provides comprehensive treatment for a multitude of dental issues, including partially and fully dislodged, broken or fractured teeth, object stuck between teeth, severe toothache, root canals, lost dental crown, bleeding crowns and bridges, and many more.

The team at Emergency Dental Service Decatur also service Adair Park, Chelsea Heights, Clairemont Gateway, Decatur Heights, College Heights, Downtown Decatur, and many other surrounding neighbourhoods. They are very experienced and efficient, and they always accommodate unplanned emergency care.

Dr Haider has been providing high-quality dental care to patients in Decatur, Georgia, for the past 20 years. He is dedicated to educating, empowering and helping his patients keep their smiles healthy and beautiful.

Emergency Dental Service Decatur currently has 158 Google reviews.

One review reads: “Amazing! Dr Haider was excellent! His staff was proficient and courteous. I would give them 10 stars if I could. Don’t be fooled by the Plaza. Once inside, the knowledge and the atmosphere provided allows you to feel like you’re in a Hollywood doctor’s office. Beyond pleased!”

Interested parties can find more by visiting the above-mentioned website or accessing https://www.emergencydentalservice.com/emergencydentist/tysons-va-avanti-dentistry and https://www.emergencydentalservice.com/emergencydentist/lombard-il-smile-more-dental

Servicing Adair Park, Chelsea Heights, Clairemont Gateway, Decatur Heights, College Heights, Downtown Decatur, EverGreen Forest, Glennwood Estates, Lenox Place, Midway Woods, Oakhurst, Parkwood, Ponce de Leon Heights, Ridgeland Park, Sycamore Street, Westchester Hills, Winnona Park.

Contact Info:
Name: Abbas Haider
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Organization: Emergency Dental Service Decatur
Address: 3521 Memorial Drive, Suite A, Decatur, GA 30032, United States
Phone: +1-404-836-3963
Website: https://www.emergencydentalservice.com/emergencydentist/decatur-ga-belvedere-plaza-dental

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Fitness programme launched at fire stations

In a bid to boost fitness within the force, the Fire and Rescue Services Department has opened a gym in Villupuram to help firefighters attached to 14 fire stations in Villupuram and Kallakurichi districts remain physically fit for the task.

The gym was set up by Robin Castro, District Fire Officer of Villupuram district. A 2019-batch officer, Mr. Castro has introduced a schedule for all the 145 firefighters in Villupuram and Kallakurichi districts to remain physically and mentally fit.

Inspired by the Director General of Police (DGP) of the Fire and Rescue Services Department, C. Sylendra Babu, a fitness enthusiast, Mr. Castro has roped in enthusiastic firefighters, including commandoes attached to the force, to make time for an hour of practice daily before resuming work.

On an average, firemen in the two districts attend to 130 distress calls besides executing rescue operations.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the personnel are also engaged in the decontamination of public places under the civic bodies.

“Such a fitness programme was necessary to not only keep the force fit but also reduce their stress levels. This has helped them improve their performance,” he said.

As part of their training, the commandos have to run for 5 km daily, followed by weight training for 20 minutes, rope training and tyre exercises.

The team, led by Mr. Castro, also goes cycling during the weekends, covering a minimum of 100 km.

P. Sivagurunathan, leading fireman attached to the Villupuram Fire Station, said that the physical training has been an integral part of his daily routine.

“I make it a point to exercise at the gym here daily for one-and-a-half hours. This has not only helped me build muscles but also improve my overall well-being and productivity,” he said.

Mr. Castro said that the facilities for weight training have been introduced for firemen in all the 14 stations in the two districts.

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