CVS Health Introduces Special Access to Apple Fitness+

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) announced today it is offering special access for its clients, customers and employees to Apple Fitness+, the first fitness experience built for Apple Watch, arriving later this year. CVS Health is developing a one-year subscription offer for Aetna commercial and CVS Caremark members and will share details soon. Additionally, a free two-month subscription for Fitness+ will be offered to CVS Pharmacy ExtraCare® members and all current CVS Health employees when the service is launched. 

Fitness+ intelligently incorporates metrics from Apple Watch for users to visualize right on their iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, offering a first-of-its-kind personalized workout experience. With Fitness+, everyone from beginners to fitness enthusiasts can access studio-style workouts delivered by inspiring world-class trainers underscored by motivating music from renowned artists, making it easier and more rewarding for users to exercise, whenever and wherever they

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WNY-based study aims to connect the dots on food access

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Researchers know from many previous studies what prevents cash-strapped shoppers in underserved communities from buying more fresh produce. But little is known about which strategies are most likely to reach the people who need them, or have the most success in improving the diets of people in lower income areas.

A new University at Buffalo study based in Western New York is the first that simultaneously examined the preferences of community members and compared those with the community-based programs and resources available to identify the most viable strategies for addressing disparities in healthy food consumption.

Previous research has shown that only 12% and 7% of adults living at or below the poverty line meet fruit and vegetable recommendations, respectively.

“We continue to find that cost, food preferences, availability, access and limited food assistance eligibility and/or benefits are persistent barriers. Residents of underserved communities feel that increasing the

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International Air Travelers to Access Free COVID-19 Treatment at the Newly Accredited Reddington’s Armoured Shield Medical Centre

LAGOS, Nigeria, Sept. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As part of its contribution towards eradicating the dreaded Corona virus pandemic in Nigeria, Reddington is offering free medical treatment to all international air travelers arriving in Nigeria at its newly commissioned Armoured Shield Medical Centre provided the PCR test is done at Reddington Zaine Laboratory, which is promoted by the Reddington Hospital Group and was recently accredited as the only private COVID-19 facility to test and treat patients in Nigeria.

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A statement by the management of Reddington said while the outcome of most of the tests are expected to be negative, in the event of a positive COVID-19 test, the facility will offer free doctors’ consultation, X-ray or CT Scan, home isolation treatment and 50% discount of hospital treatment at the Armoured Shield Medical Centre.

Dr. Olusola Oluwole, Medical Director of Armoured Shield Centre and Reddington ZaineLab explained

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Texans with greatest medical needs losing access to care despite 2019 reforms, advocates say

More than a year after lawmakers passed new protections for tens of thousands of sick and disabled Texans, none of the major reforms have been implemented and patients are beginning to lose access to medical providers, according to advocates and a new lawsuit filed on behalf of several families.

a group of people in a room: Hannah Mehta visited lawmakers’ offices at the Capitol in Austin to share her opposition to cuts to therapy in August 2017. Her son, Aidan, who was born with several life-threatening conditions, relies on Medicaid to pay for health services.

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Hannah Mehta visited lawmakers’ offices at the Capitol in Austin to share her opposition to cuts to therapy in August 2017. Her son, Aidan, who was born with several life-threatening conditions, relies on Medicaid to pay for health services.

The measures, cobbled together during a grueling 2019 legislative session, were intended to prevent private insurers from denying care to Medicaid patients with complex medical needs. Often, those patients require highly specialized services, are dependent on ventilators and feeding tubes, and may require around-the-clock care.


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Medical Marijuana Patients In Florida Can Now Access Edibles

It’s been four years since Florida voters signed off on a law legalizing medical marijuana, but cannabis patients in the Sunshine State have been unable to receive treatment in the form of edibles—until now.

The Florida Department of Health published new emergency rules on Wednesday evening that clear the way for the state’s medical marijuana industry to sell edible cannabis products. According to local television station WESH, the new rules allow licensed marijuana dispensaries in the state to “produce and sell THC-infused edible products like brownies and candy.” The edibles must be “lozenges, baked goods, gelatins, chocolates or drink powders,” the outlet reported.

Florida’s medical marijuana law was approved overwhelmingly by the state’s voters in 2016, with more than 70 percent supporting the proposal. But the law was beset with limitations. It wasn’t until last year that smokable medical marijuana was made available to Florida patients. That came after the

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Children’s hospitals launch effort to improve early access to mental health care

A network of children’s hospitals is launching a Canada-wide initiative to improve early access to mental health care for young people.

Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations on Wednesday announced the multimillion-dollar project, which will fund mental health programs at 13 pediatric hospitals around the country.

Dr. Ronald Cohn, president and CEO of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, said the initiative couldn’t come at a more critical time as the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated long-standing gaps in Canada’s mental health system.

“Unfortunately, the vast majority of children and youth in Canada can’t access mental health services until the point when they’ve already escalated into a crisis situation,” Cohn said by phone.

“This need (for early intervention) has been amplified now more than ever.” 

In recent weeks, Cohn said, SickKids has seen a spike in visits to its emergency department and outpatient clinics related to psychological issues.

While the hospital is looking into

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Mental health care access in Sask. ‘inconsistent and spotty,’ say advocates

a man standing in front of a brick building: Dave Nelson and Rebecca Rackow stand for a portrait at the Canadian Mental Health Association's Saskatchewan branch in Regina , Thursday, August, 13, 2020.

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Dave Nelson and Rebecca Rackow stand for a portrait at the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Saskatchewan branch in Regina , Thursday, August, 13, 2020.

Dave Nelson sees mental health services the same way he sees the fire department.


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Firefighters aren’t always responding to calls — but when there is a fire, they are definitely needed.

Although the Regina Police Service does offer a crisis team geared towards mental health calls, the  Police and Crisis Team (PACT) is not available 24/7. For Nelson, that’s a critical service that should not have limits on availability, and is an example of the shortcomings of mental health care in Saskatchewan.

“It’s not appropriate to say ‘Well, we have very thin resources and so we’re not going to put somebody who might only handle a couple of calls a night.’ Those couple of calls could mean a life or two

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DPH Deems Birthing Center at Holyoke Medical Center ‘Necessary for Preserving Access and Health,’ Community Coalition Plans August 20 Standout

Stand Out for Birthing Access and Reproductive Justice on August 20 at 3 p.m. to Demand Accountability from the Holyoke Medical Center

HOLYOKE, Mass., Aug. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A coalition of community members and birthing access advocates will hold a standout on August 20 demanding reproductive justice following the state Department of Public Health’s determination that the birthing center at Holyoke Medical Center is “necessary for preserving access and health.”

After years of reducing bilingual access to birthing care, Holyoke Medical Center announced plans earlier this year to close its 13-bed Obstetrics Service and 10-bassinet Well Infant Nursery effective October 1. DPH officials announced their decision following a public hearing last month featuring testimony from many of those who will be negatively impacted by the closure. DPH gave the hospital 15 calendar days from August 12 to fulfill the state requirement that it “prepare a plan that

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how to access online therapy

With the effects of social isolation, financial worries, and the wellbeing of our loved ones weighing heavy on our minds, the mental impact of the coronavirus pandemic can’t be understated.

From downloading one of the many mental health apps available, to accessing virtual sessions via video chat, audio call or instant messaging, online therapy has emerged as a viable alternative to traditional face-to-face treatment.

Here, experts explain how online therapy works, assess the benefits and limitations of virtual sessions, and share tips for making the most of your time with a therapist.

What types of therapy are available online?

With the advent of stable conferencing platforms such as Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, virtually any therapy that does not involve physical touch can be conducted online, says specialised trauma and abuse therapist Sarah Griffiths.

This might be through a video call, over the phone, or through a secure messaging

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Abacus Medicine – Better Access. Better Healthcare.

Information on the Corona virus crisis

In many countries, the healthcare systems are currently experiencing an exceptionally difficult period as a result of the Corona virus (Covid-19).

Abacus Medicine is part of the pharmaceutical supply chain and we are continuing our operations in order to offer all possible support.

We will continue to purchase medicine from our suppliers and continue to deliver medicine to hospitals, pharmacies and all other customers.

We are operating in accordance with the instructions and recommendations from the relevant, national authorities. Some of our employees are already working from home, but our service and supply remains unaffected. We are in full operation and will continue to answer your calls and reply to your e-mails. 

Please rest assured that we are doing everything within our control to ensure the continued supply of medicine.


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