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Healthcare Access and Equity: Women’s Health and Technology Hold the Keys
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Healthcare Access and Equity: Women’s Health and Technology Hold the Keys

While the quality of U.S. healthcare and patient outcomes has generally increased over time, access to care — and thus to positive patient outcomes — is not equitable to all people. Overall, one in 10 Americans don’t have health insurance, which is fallout of a system breaking under the weight of high costs and deepening complexity. Diabetes rates are more than 30% higher among Native Americans and Latinos than among Whites. Rates of death attributable to heart disease, stroke, and prostate and breast cancers remain much higher in black populations. If you live in a rural area and have a chronic disease (or multiple diseases) provider options are more limited than in densely populated areas. That means availability of a specialist or even the ability to get an appointment can be a chall...
Sharpton Says Film Debuts at ‘Critical Point’ in US Politics
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Sharpton Says Film Debuts at ‘Critical Point’ in US Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton has been called a lot of names in his public life: a hustler, a racist, an opportunist, a fraud, a rat, a jester.He embraces at least one of the intended insults, a name often hurled by his critics on the right and the left: “Loudmouth.” That's also the title of a two-hour documentary about the national civil rights leader debuting at theaters in 50 cities Friday.Sharpton's brash and combative styles, deployed in his advocacy for victims and families seeking accountability over police brutality and racial injustices, are on full display as filmmakers trace his evolution from Brooklyn rabble-rouser to sought-after figure in the U.S. political arena. Sharpton said he hopes the film inspires up-and-coming generations of loudmouths to join movements against...
Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty to Arson He Blamed on Politics
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Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty to Arson He Blamed on Politics

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Tuesday to filing fraudulent insurance claims for a staged arson he attempted to portray as a politically-motivated attack.Federal officials said Denis Molla, 30, of Brooklyn Center, falsely reported to law enforcement in September 2020 that someone had lit his camper on fire and that three unknown males were near his home when he heard an explosion.Molla told officials his garage door was vandalized with a spray painted Antifa symbol and words stating “Biden 2020" and “BLM." He claimed his camper was targeted because it had a Trump 2020 flag displayed on it.Police discovered that Molla started his own property on fire and spray painted the graffiti on his own garage. He them submitted multiple insurance claims seeking coverage for the dama...
Paula Overby, third-party congressional candidate in Minnesota, dies before election
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Paula Overby, third-party congressional candidate in Minnesota, dies before election

Third-party candidate Paula Overby, who was running in a competitive race for the congressional seat in Minnesota's 2nd District, died Wednesday of heart complications, Overby's son confirmed to WCCO CBS Minnesota. WCCO reporter and anchor Esme Murphy was scheduled to interview Overby on Tuesday, Murphy said in a tweet, and after the Marijuana Legal Now candidate did not show up, Murphy was told Overby had been hospitalized. (credit: Paula Overby) Overby, who was running on the Legal Marijuana Now ticket died just about a month before the midterm elections. The office of Minnesota's secretary of state of will not be postponing the election, and Overby's name will remain on the ballot. The Republican challeng...
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...