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How a robot helps dementia patients at Minnesota nursing home: “We are taking them back in time”
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How a robot helps dementia patients at Minnesota nursing home: “We are taking them back in time”

Roseville, Minnesota — Jill Breckenridge has a new friend at her Minnesota nursing home — but it's not a person. It's a special robot named Pepper that can talk and even dance with the residents to keep them active. Amid staffing shortages at nursing homes, the robot is part of a pilot program that's helping seniors both physically and mentally. Pepper's special power is using new technology to bring up old memories to help dementia patients. Breckenridge, 83, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, but when Pepper shows her a video with pictures of her past, the memories come flooding back.  "I loved my horse, Lucky Strike. And they would get the cart and we put that horse in and he took us to the different rodeos and I always ran first," she re...
What do retail and pharmacy have in common? How RFID technology can serve as part of a comprehensive solution to diversion
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What do retail and pharmacy have in common? How RFID technology can serve as part of a comprehensive solution to diversion

Retail and pharmacy – two very different industries that, on the surface, might not appear to have much in common. However, the two fields have found a use for an emerging technology to solve very similar problems. Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is an incredibly valuable resource that has been introduced in the retail space to track inventory and detect and deter theft. Now, RFID is bringing immense value to the healthcare space,continuing to show promise and results, especially when incorporated into a comprehensive drug diversion prevention program. RFID technology uses wireless communication and radio waves to identify and track items and equipment. RFID tags can store a significant amount of data, whether it be a single serial number or several pages of material. Wi...
Bush political dynasty to be tested in Texas runoff — and other races to watch
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Bush political dynasty to be tested in Texas runoff — and other races to watch

While Georgia has received much of the national attention among the states holding primaries on Tuesday, there are also critical Republican primaries in Alabama and tests for both progressives and the Bush political dynasty in Texas. In Arkansas, former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is expected to win the Republican nomination for governor and will likely be a heavy favorite to win in November. Here are the key races to watch: Senate in AlabamaRepublican Senator Richard Shelby's retirement is creating an open seat in Alabama. There appears to be a three-way race to fill that seat and the race could end up in a runoff.Shelby is supporting his former chief of staff, Katie Britt, who is running against Rep. Mo Brooks and businessman M...
The new paradigm in drug development: Why platform technology is the solution patients and payers need
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The new paradigm in drug development: Why platform technology is the solution patients and payers need

We are living in a dynamic time of drug development and innovation with many beneficiaries—the most important being the patient. These developments include everything from exciting gene therapies for rare diseases to mRNA technology that allowed the development of the COVID vaccine in record time. Yet we are facing significant challenges as well. There is a global call for more equitable pricing and broader access—especially for the newer innovative treatments. How can we as healthcare leaders answer that call? How can we work with our stakeholders to ensure that the system can effectively support new innovations so that the most important stakeholder—the patient—will benefit? Collaboration and partnerships In answering the call, we must focus our attention on where it has the most impa...