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Drexel University to open research center on racism and health

Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health announced plans Thursday to launch a center to further research on racial inequity and disparities in health.



a group of people standing on a sidewalk: Ana Diez Roux (left), dean of Drexel's School of Public Health, greets David and Dana Dornsife in 2018. The school was named after the couple in honor of their donation. Dana Dornsife, who grew up in Yardley, is a 1983 graduate.


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Ana Diez Roux (left), dean of Drexel’s School of Public Health, greets David and Dana Dornsife in 2018. The school was named after the couple in honor of their donation. Dana Dornsife, who grew up in Yardley, is a 1983 graduate.

Established with a $9 million gift from philanthropist and alumna Dana Dornsife and her husband, David, the Center on Racism and Health will aim to advance anti-racist public health research and train students and professionals to combat racism in public health.

“All over the world there are renewed calls to address racism as the public health crisis that it is,” said Ana Diez Roux, dean of the Dornsife School, said in a news release. “The Dornsife School has

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University-industry partnership drives UB health care innovation – UB Now: News and views for UB faculty and staff

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Inside the lab at Garwood Medical Devices.

Jackson Hobble, a biomedical engineer at Garwood Medical Devices and a UB biomedical engineering graduate, works in the company’s lab. He is using an in vitro model to test the electrical stimulation technique that BioPrax™ employs to treat infections. Photo: Douglas Levere

By JESSICA SZKLANY

Published December 2, 2020

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Batman and Robin. Peanut butter and jelly. Jobs and Wozniak. Like for these famous duos, when universities and companies join forces, they can achieve far greater impact.

Such is the case for a team of UB researchers and Buffalo-based startup Garwood Medical Devices, who, in partnership, have been awarded $749,000 to evaluate a medical device that utilizes UB-licensed technology and bring it one step closer to clinical use in amputee patients.

The device, called BioPrax™, was created to prevent, control and eliminate bacterial biofilm infections associated with orthopedic implants — a common, costly and potentially devastating problem.

“Metallic implants,

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As expected, the college hoops season is off to a rocky start. Here’s what health experts have to say about the upcoming season

We’re a week into the 2020-21 college basketball season, and the 11-time national champion UConn women’s basketball team has been strangely absent from fans’ TV screens. That’s how it’ll stay until at least mid-December.

Five days prior to what would have been the Huskies’ season opener, a member of the program (not a player or coach) tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in a two-week pause of team activities that wiped out the team’s three early nonconference games. The shutdown arose less than a week after the UConn men returned from a shutdown of their own due to a player testing positive.

With COVID-19 cases surging nationwide, UConn is far from the only school that needed to delay the start of its basketball season or pause things a few days in after someone contracted the virus. In the Big East alone, nine of 11 member schools have publicly disclosed temporary shutdowns

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University of Iowa Health Care Contracts with Caresyntax to Support Operating Room Safety, Quality, and Standardized Team-Based Assessments

BOSTON, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Caresyntax, a pioneer in surgical automation, analytics, and AI software and technologies, today announced an agreement with the University of Iowa Health Care to help improve the safety and efficiency of surgeries performed at the university medical center.

As part of the project, UI Health Care will use near real-time data to improve patient safety and quality across the surgical continuum. Caresyntax will install hardware to collect surgical and procedural and team-based video and audio data using CX-ADVANCE, a component of the company’s digital surgery platform that enables hospitals to manage and review surgical data for quality improvement and risk reduction. Vendor-neutral and web-based, CX-ADVANCE will guide team-based and technical refinements to continuously improve patient outcomes beginning in January 2021.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the clinical, regulatory, and financial demands hospitals and health systems must meet,” said Dennis Kogan, caresyntax

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HES Supports Washington University Employee Emotional Health During COVID Crisis

MIDLAND, Mich., Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — More than 1400 Washington University employees recently participated in a new emotional well-being program developed by HES. The 4-week program emphasizes mindfulness, optimism, gratitude, and connection — giving employees the option to choose activities best suited to their needs during the pandemic and beyond. 

The program, called Work of Art, was rolled out through WashU Wellness Connection, part of the Human Resources’ Employee Experience initiative. “We have a highly diverse population with significantly different challenges at any time, but especially during the pandemic,” explains Emily Page, Senior Employee Wellness Manager. “Jobs range from frontline healthcare workers to faculty suddenly working remotely. We wanted something that gave employees the flexibility to make the experience fit their circumstances.” 

Work of Art, one of HES’s theme-based employee well-being campaigns delivered through web and mobile platforms, enhances resilience and boosts happiness while giving

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The COBRA rears: With strike called for mid-week, fight continues over teacher health benefits in Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — If the issue of healthcare coverage was not already at the forefront of a Cleveland Heights Teachers Union strike set to begin Wednesday (Dec. 2), it has certainly made it to the top of the grievance list in the last few days.

Despite outcry from the CHTU, its national union affiliate, district families and — quoted in a press release– Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education pointed to state law that requires the district to suspend pay and compensation to striking public sector employees.

That’s exactly what the school board did last week, approving a district action plan after receiving a 10-day strike notice from the 500-member teachers union.

There could be some legal dispute over whether “compensation,” undefined in that section of the Ohio Revised Code, stretches to healthcare insurance, with CHTU President Karen Rego saying after the Nov. 23

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Stakeholders advocate synergy between education health sector

Stakeholders advocate for synergy between education and health sector

By Funmi Ajumobi

The Federal Government has been urged to provide adequate protection for students across schools in Nigeria.

This is coming as Stakeholders in Nigerian Education and Health sectors called on Government and other partners to provide strong political commitment and support for adolescents and young people’s access to Family Life HIV Education (FLHE) and sexual reproductive health services.

  • They also called for a review of the Family Life HIV Education curriculum to be comprehensive and relevant to existing and emerging issues.

In a statement made available to our correspondent by the United Nation Information Centre, the stakeholders said“strengthening the linkage between education and health sector, particularly through improved quality and coverage of school health services; Developing and implementing policies that make schools zero-tolerant for gender-based violence; and ensuring that schools and community environments are safer, healthier and inclusive for all learners.”

These were part of the recommendations agreed

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Towering nutrition education earns Billings teacher health award | Local News

She began planting the tower garden, which she purchased with a grant from the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools. Rainbow chard, kale, and basil are growing this year.  

For elementary students, especially the youngest, concepts like nutrition can be difficult to truly understand. It’s not just about memorizing facts; it requires a more nuanced understanding of long-term consequences of actions and understanding of how food is created. 

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With gardening, Olson’s students learn how vegetables grow and what can affect that; they move plants into and out of sunlight, water them less and more, and try different varieties.

“You have to be patient and try some things,” Olson said. 



Kerra Olson

Boulder Elementary first grade teacher Kerra Olson talks with her students as they take a look at a hydroponic garden where the class has been growing and harvesting food.


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One college student shares why he trekked home for Thanksgiving, and what he’s doing to stay safe | Health

“Initially, they were really trying to … stay home,” he said. “Now they take a few more risks. But now with the spike, (in cases), I think they’re staying home and I’m pushing them to stay home as well.”

Even with Boz’s return, Thanksgiving — as expected — was not the same this year because of the pandemic.

The Boz family Thanksgiving traditionally includes Elliot, his parents, his 81-year-old grandparents (who live nearby), his older brother, Shura, and other family friends.

But Shura Boz, a college senior living in Los Angeles, opted not to trek to San Mateo for Thanksgiving this year. The Boz’s family friends are also no longer attending the gathering.

“My grandparents are really kind of the high risk factor in this situation,” Boz said. “How confident can we be that we’re not bringing home the virus or that we’re traveling safely? So in terms of my

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The Importance of Technology Education for Seniors | Healthiest Communities Health News

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a surge in the use of digital health care, including among older adults.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has expanded the list of telehealth services reimbursable by Medicare, and seniors are using them. According to a survey from Deloitte, more Medicare Advantage members said they used telehealth or virtual health through the first four months of 2020 than during all of 2019.

This increase in technology use among older Americans is not entirely unexpected. While this generation is adopting technology at slower rates than the rest of the population, research shows they’re still more digitally connected than ever. Moreover, seniors are yearning to use more technology in all aspects of their lives, especially in health care. A recent study from CVS Health found that nearly half (45%) of all respondents 65 and older reported that they’d be more likely to

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