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Survey: Doctor Shortages Lead To Health Care Delays In Hawaii
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Survey: Doctor Shortages Lead To Health Care Delays In Hawaii

Many people in Hawaii suffer from food insecurity and delays in health care access largely due to pandemic-induced financial woes, according to a survey released Tuesday. Nearly six in 10 respondents, or 58%, said they had experienced health care delays in the past year, with 21% characterizing the wait time as “significant.” The survey showed that 52% said they had cut their food and grocery budgets, while 36% reporting cutting back on medical care or medicine because of financial reasons, with 40% blaming the coronavirus pandemic for increasing their economic problems. The findings were based on a mostly online survey of 3,287 residents and 324 health care providers, which was conducted from April 1 to May 9 by Community First Hawaii, a nonprofit health advocacy group. Shorta...
PCORI approves $258 million funding to support 26 new health care-related studies
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PCORI approves $258 million funding to support 26 new health care-related studies

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has approved funding awards totaling $258 million to support 26 new research studies. These studies aim to fill evidence gaps and improve health care decision making for a range of high-burden conditions among adults and children, including asthma, bone fractures, migraines, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and sinus infections. Five comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) studies focus on improving mental health and another four CER studies focus on heart conditions, which have both continued to worsen in the U.S. amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, PCORI today announced about $3.9 million for two projects that aim to promote wider, faster adoption of useful findings from completed PCOR...
Students from Brass City Charter School shadows health care professionals at St. Mary’s
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Students from Brass City Charter School shadows health care professionals at St. Mary’s

WATERBURY, Conn. (WFSB) - A group of students are seeing the operations at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.The students were shadowing all kinds of health care workers and are seeing demonstrations first-hand.The students are from the Brass City Charter School, and they are shadowing health care professionals to inspire them to get into the health care field.“My mom went to medical school, and my dad works at a hospital. I’ve been interested in the medical field for a long time,” says Zaria Lucas a Brass City Charter student.She says her interest in the field has grown with the hands-on learning they’ve had over the past couple of days.“Then we got to see a real baby. We got to see a real patient and we got to be in the real experience,” says Lucas.This is the first time St. Mary’s hos...
Health officials warm swimmers of blue-green algae blooms in Coventry Lake
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Health officials warm swimmers of blue-green algae blooms in Coventry Lake

COVENTRY, Conn. (WFSB) - Health experts are warning Connecticut residents about blue-green algae blooms after one lake in Coventry closed due to health concerns.Swimming is off limits for the next couple of weeks at Coventry Lake because of algae blooms growing in the water.Rob Miller with the health district says you want to avoid the algae at all costs. He says you don’t want to touch it or accidentally swallow it.“Eyes ears and nose irritation. If you happen to ingest the water for some reason, you may experience gastrointestinal illnesses such as cramps, nausea, and vomiting,” says Miller.Miller wants people to avoid lakes if the water looks like spilled paint, is discolored, or has green globs floating below the surface.The algae normally die during the cold weather but last Decemb...
Veteran nurse named interim health director as DC tackles coronavirus, monkeypox
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Veteran nurse named interim health director as DC tackles coronavirus, monkeypox

Veteran health official Sharon Lewis has been named interim director of DC Health, following the recent resignation of Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt. Veteran health official Sharon Lewis has been named interim director of DC Health, following the recent resignation of Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt. Lewis, a registered nurse who holds a doctorate in health care administration, was appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to lead the agency while the city conducts a nationwide search to officially replace Nesbitt. “No one can fill her shoes, but I will say that she has set forth a great foundation for us that we will continue,” Lewis said. Lewis has served more than three decades in D.C. government and most recently has held high-ranking posts at DC Health, ove...
Rep. Ken Buck is trying to prevent Colorado from expanding health care access to undocumented residents
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Rep. Ken Buck is trying to prevent Colorado from expanding health care access to undocumented residents

Buck’s bill is in “direct response” to the approval of the waiver. “Instead of using section 1332 waivers as originally intended, to grant states flexibility to implement innovative health care solutions, Democrats are using the waiver program to make federally funded health insurance a reality for illegal aliens,” said Buck in a statement. “This is a slap in the face to American taxpayers who get up, go to work, and are fighting to survive amidst 9.1% Bidenflation.” Buck’s office did not make him available for an interview in time for this story. Polis and immigrant health experts say bills like Buck's just drive up costs in the long run A spokesman for Gov. Jared Polis said Buck’s bill would drive up insurance costs for Coloradans.  “The Colorado Option will save Coloradans ...
Heat and health: Here’s what to watch for when temperatures climb
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Heat and health: Here’s what to watch for when temperatures climb

During periods of high temperatures, heat-related illness is at the forefront of public-health outreach. The Deschutes County Health Service wants people to know what to look out for.Officials said heavy sweating, weakness, weak pulse, cold and clammy skin, fainting, and vomiting are signs of heat exhaustion.A National Weather Service map showing extreme heat forecast the week of July 26, 2022, in the Pacific Northwest.Photo of National Weather Service map / OPBThe best course of action is to get a person experiencing these symptoms to a cooler environment and apply wet cloths to the skin and have them sip water. If persistent vomiting occurs, seek medical attention.Symptoms of more serious heat stroke include:high body temperature,red, dry or moist skin,a rapid and strong pulse,and unc...
Sexual Health Clinics Struggle to Fight Monkeypox
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Sexual Health Clinics Struggle to Fight Monkeypox

Clinics that treat sexually transmitted diseases — already struggling to contain an explosive increase in infections such as syphilis and gonorrhea — now find themselves on the front lines in the nation’s fight to control the rapidly growing monkeypox outbreak. After decades of underfunding and two-and-a-half years into a pandemic that severely disrupted care, clinic staffers and public health officials say the clinics are ill-equipped for yet another epidemic. “America does not have what it needs to adequately and totally fight monkeypox,” said David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors. “We are already stretched to capacity.” Monkeypox — a cousin of smallpox — is not technically considered a sexually transmitted infec...
Exceptional Ventures joins Europe’s health and wellness gold rush with a new $24M fund – TechCrunch
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Exceptional Ventures joins Europe’s health and wellness gold rush with a new $24M fund – TechCrunch

With the after-effect of the pandemic set to play out for years, VCs specializing in health, wellness and general ‘joy’ would appear to have rising fortunes. Funds such as Able Partners and Joyance have appeared in recent years to invest in startups that make people’s lives healthier, or at least more fun. In Europe this sector has taken off with Nina Capital in Barcelona, Heal Capital in Berlin, InHealth Ventures London, and Apollo Health Ventures in Germany, among others. Into this space is launching a new fund out of Europe to take advantage of the continent’s prodigious health tech and wellness talent. Exceptional Ventures is a new Venture Capital firm based out of London, investing in technologies that give people “happier, healthier, and longer lives, while supporting planeta...