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State Highlights Calif Judge To Rule On RightToDie Lawsuit Cleveland Stops Providing

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first_img Healthcare advocates in California this year successfully pushed for medical coverage for kids who are in the country illegally. But they say they’re not satisfied. At a news conference Thursday, state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) outlined his efforts to further expand coverage to Californians who entered the country illegally. (Karlamangla, 7/23) A Dubuque mother says a wrinkle in Iowa’s cannabis oil program is forcing her to take her young son out into the parking lot of his care facility for his twice-daily dose of the medicine. Jennifer McFadden jumped through all the hoops to obtain a new state cannabis oil card. The permit is supposed to allow her to possess the oil for treatment of her 12-year-old son, Liam, who has severe epilepsy. To get the card, McFadden found a University of Iowa neurologist willing to sign a state form giving approval of the treatment. She then found a Colorado firm willing to send her the oil. But the agency that runs the facility where Liam lives says it can’t allow the oil into the place. McFadden said the agency, Hills & Dales, noted that even though state law allows her to possess the oil, federal authorities still consider it a strictly controlled marijuana product. (Leys, 7/23) Washington state can force pharmacies to dispense Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, a federal appeals court said Thursday in a long-running lawsuit brought by pharmacists who said they have religious objections to providing the drugs. The unanimous decision Thursday by the three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 2012 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Ronald B. Leighton, who had found that the state’s rules violated the religious freedom of pharmacy owners. It was the second time the appeals court reversed Leighton in the case. (Johnson, 7/23) The Associated Press: California Judge To Rule On Right-To-Die Lawsuit The Associated Press: Florida Medicaid Plans Seek Raise From State Amid Losses Private health insurance company Health Net gave the wrong information to nearly 14,000 Medicare customers in Arizona during open enrollment last fall, a miscue that prompted the federal government to fine the health insurer nearly $350,000. (Alltucker, 7/23) WellStar Health System, fresh from abandoning a proposed deal with Emory Healthcare, has now landed a new potential partner. The Marietta-based WellStar is beginning negotiations with Tenet Healthcare to buy Tenet’s five hospitals in Georgia — all in greater metro Atlanta. (Miller, 7/23) The Associated Press: Ruling: Washington Can Require Pharmacies To Dispense Plan B The Associated Press: Coalition To Give Voice To Medical Marijuana Patients In the Los Angeles Police Department manual, the section addressing contact with persons who have a mental illness says the goal is to provide a humane, cooperative, compassionate and effective law enforcement response, reduce the potential for violence, and assess services available to the person involved. That’s easier said than done when an officer encounters a person who’s irrational, disconnected from reality, and threatening himself or someone else — maybe even the officer. (Stephens, 7/23) The costs for basic hip and knee surgeries were staggering, but even more confounding were the wild variations in charges for these common procedures. When analysts at Colorado PERA, the Public Employees Retirement Association, tracked exactly what they and their younger retirees had paid for knee and hip replacement surgeries in 2013, they found stunning variations. (Kerwin McCrimmon, 7/23) Insurers participating in Florida’s new Medicaid managed care program say they’ve lost $542 million through 2014 and want the state to raise their rates. But after losing major federal funding for hospitals, Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t want to use any more state money for the Medicaid program. Scott and the insurers are locked in intense negotiations that could undermine the fledgling program that gives federal funds to private health insurance companies to oversee medical care for poor and disabled people instead of reimbursing doctors and hospitals for each service. (7/23) State Highlights: Calif. Judge To Rule On Right-To-Die Lawsuit; Cleveland Stops Providing Family Benefits For Unmarried Couples Health care stories are reported from California, Ohio, Illinois, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, Washington, Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska and Massachusetts. Arizona Republic: Insurance Company Health Net Fined Nearly $350,000 For Enrollment Miscues Hospital profits have crept up over the past decade, thanks in part to taxpayer support, yet patients continue to struggle to find price and quality information — issues the governor’s healthcare commission vowed to tackle during its meeting in Miami Thursday. “We’ve got to make the costs for procedures available to consumers,” said Carlos Beruff, president of a home building company and chairman of the Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding created by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. “But that needs to be in conjunction with quality.” (Chang, 7/23) More than a dozen groups have formed a statewide coalition to make sure patients can get access to medical marijuana under Illinois’ new pilot program.Organizers have announced the formation of the Cannabis Patient Advocacy Coalition. They say it will seek to remove barriers to care and make sure policymakers hear patients’ personal stories. The coalition will also push for Gov. Bruce Rauner to approve recommendations to add 11 health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder, to the state’s medical marijuana program. (7/23) The Chicago Tribune: Federal Judge Orders Rauner To Keep Medicaid Money Flowing In Cook County The Miami Herald: Governor’s Health Care Commission Urges Price, Quality Transparency Los Angeles Times: Legislator Vows To Seek More Healthcare Coverage For Immigrants center_img The Associated Press: Winnebago Hospital Loses Medicare Funding For New Patients The Associated Press: Cleveland Abolishes Family Benefits For Unmarried Couples This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey is presenting a plan to divert low-level mentally ill offenders from jail and toward treatment. Among the recommendations: expanding law enforcement training to raise sensitivity and more effectively interact with the mentally ill; adding more urgent care centers to determine what services are needed; and establish detox centers for those with substance abuse issues. (7/23) City employees with domestic partners are now expected to marry if they want to continue receiving benefits, officials said. Cleveland City Council on Wednesday ended the program extending family benefits to employees’ domestic partners, Northeast Ohio Media Group reported Wednesday. The council also introduced legislation to terminate the city’s domestic partner registry. (7/23) Medicare funding for new patients ended Thursday at a troubled Nebraska hospital where, according to a federal report, inadequate treatment resulted in one death this year and harm to at least nine other patients. Spokesman Bob Moos for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said payments may continue for up to 30 days for current patients at the Winnebago Indian Health Service Hospital in Winnebago. (7/23) Georgia Health News: WellStar In Talks To Buy Tenet’s Hospitals In State The Associated Press: Iowa, Federal Rules Differ Over Marijuana Oil Extract Health News Colorado: Fixed-Price Surgeries Come To Colorado Retirees A single mom given only months to live and other California right-to-die advocates are hoping a court will do what the Legislature did not: allow doctors to prescribe fatal medication for terminally ill people who want it. A San Diego Superior Court judge is expected Friday to hear a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against the state by Christy O’Donnell, two other terminally ill Californians and a San Diego doctor seeking such a right. The plaintiffs are backed by Compassion and Choices, an advocacy group that has supported legislative efforts and similar lawsuits in various states. (7/24) California Healthline: Evaluation Trumps Incarceration In L.A. Police Dept. Mental Health Efforts Money to repair highways, rising health care costs and controversies surrounding attempts to combat global warming are among topics the nation’s governors plan to tackle when they gather this week in West Virginia. The National Governors Association summer meeting, which runs Thursday through Saturday at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, comes as states find themselves grappling with an array of issues that defy easy answers. Those include long-range funding for infrastructure upgrades, the effects of prolonged drought, and adequately funding public schools and colleges. (7/23) Kaiser Health News: Having A Baby? Big Differences Noted In Hospital Quality Across Mass. The Associated Press: From Highways To Health Care, Challenges Confront Governors Another pressure point in the Springfield stalemate was relieved Thursday when a federal judge ruled that payments owed to many Cook County health care providers who serve the poor must be made despite the absence of a state budget. The ruling opens the spigot for much of an estimated $8 billion in state taxpayer contributions to the Medicaid program to go out without delay while Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly remain locked in a political fight that has stalled agreement on a spending plan for the budget year that began July 1. (Geiger and Venteicher, 7/23) When women prepare to give birth, their choice of a hospital is usually dependent on how close it is to their home, where their doctors practice or where their insurance coverage sends them. What they might not realize is that there are often big differences in quality. In Massachusetts, with a little effort, the 70,000 women who give birth each year can check on those measures that set hospitals apart on a tool developed by Boston public radio station WBUR. (Bebinger, 7/24) The Associated Press: Los Angeles DA Recommends Diverting Mentally Ill From Jails last_img read more

The Good News And The Bad News Drugs May Offer Relief To

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first_imgThe Good News And The Bad News: Drugs May Offer Relief To Migraine Sufferers, But They Come At High Cost An analysis finds that the new medications, which could carry a $8,500 price tag, are not cost effective. In other pharmaceutical news, a gene therapy trial for Duchenne muscular dystrophy has begun, and an online pharmacy is fined for importing counterfeit cancer drugs. The Associated Press: Canadian Pharmacy To Be Fined Millions For Illegal Imports A pair of long-acting drugs that would be the first used for preventing migraines may cause a different kind of headache. Known as CGRP inhibitors, the injectable drugs work by interfering with a substance involved in modifying nerve signals, and recent studies found that two of the medicines reduce the frequency at which migraines appeared. This may be good news for the estimated 38 million migraine sufferers in the U.S., as well as investors, since the market for such drugs will be worth billions of dollars. (Silverman, 4/12) An online pharmacy that bills itself as Canada’s largest is expected to be fined $34 million Friday for importing counterfeit cancer drugs and other unapproved pharmaceuticals into the United States, a sentence that one advocacy group called too light for such a heinous crime. Canada Drugs has filled millions of prescriptions by offering itself as a safe alternative for patients to save money on expensive drugs, and its founder, Kristian Thorkelson, has been hailed as an industry pioneer for starting the company in 2001. (Volz, 4/13) Stat: Pfizer Latest To Test Gene Therapy For Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy  center_img Stat: New Migraine Drugs May Give Insurers A Headache Pfizer (PFE) has begun its first human trials of a gene therapy to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, following two other companies that have launched trials and one treatment for the disease in recent years. The first patient received the experimental therapy, called PF-06939926, on March 22, Pfizer said Thursday. The study is expected to run through 2019 and to enroll about a dozen boys from 5 to 12 years old at four sites. (Cooney, 4/12) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Medicare For All Was Once A Fringe Policy Proposal Now Its A

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first_img Medicare for All has become a litmus test for 2020 Democrats, but the party is struggling to balance the grassroots enthusiasm for the cause with the political challenges of making it a reality. Kamala Harris was the latest candidate to come under fire from the left, right and center. In a widely watched CNN town hall, the California senator quickly embraced “Medicare for All” and said she was ready to see the private health insurance industry killed off. But quickly, she and her staff offered a more nuanced story: Harris also backs many incremental, go-slow plans that aren’t as radical, and add up to something more like “Medicare for More” or a strengthened version of Obamacare. (Ollstein, 1/31) The Hill: ‘Medicare For All’ Opens Up Dem Divide  NPR: ‘Medicare-For-All’ Endorsed By Some Democrats Considering A Run For President The embrace of “Medicare for all” legislation by top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates has opened up a rift in the party. Democrats highlighted health care in the 2018 midterm elections and reclaimed the House majority by picking up 40 seats. But their message was focused on protecting ObamaCare, not implementing a single-payer system — which is favored by progressives. Some on the left maintain that backing Medicare for all legislation is a must for anyone who wants to secure the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.  (Weixel and Hellmann, 1/30) “Medicare-for-all,” once widely considered a fringe proposal for providing health care in the U.S., is getting more popular. Several Democratic presidential hopefuls are getting behind the idea. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., endorsed the approach Monday in a CNN town hall-style event, saying her aim would be to eliminate all private insurance. “Who of us has not had that situation, where you’ve got to wait for approval and the doctor says, well, ‘I don’t know if your insurance company is going to cover this,’ ” Harris said. “Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on.” (Kodjak, 1/30) center_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. ‘Medicare For All’ Was Once A Fringe Policy Proposal, Now It’s A Litmus Test For 2020 Dems Progressive Democrats have seized on “Medicare For All” as a winning health strategy as they kick off their campaigns for 2020. But what does that mean in a party where leadership is advocating for incremental fixes to the health law instead of sweeping policy changes geared toward universal coverage? Politico: Harris Dives Into ‘Medicare For All’ Minefield last_img read more

LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga – All 9 films in one

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first_img This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. If you told me a few months ago that one of my favourite experiences of E3 2019 would be LEGO game, I’d have brushed your wild predictions off in seconds. But upon my jetlagged return to Trusted Towers, it’s something I can’t get out of my head. Traveller’s Tales’ now archaic gameplay formula has long since hit its breaking point, with licenses continuing to abide by a tired cycle of studs, jokes and exploration that simply isn’t that compelling anymore. That changes with The Skywalker Saga, a next generation vision of what LEGO can do. Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga including all the latest news, release date, gameplay and more.Related: Amazon Prime Day 2019LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga release date – when is it coming out?Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment confirmed a 2020 release date for The Skywalker Saga across PS4, Xbox One and PC. Our money is on a Switch release, too.It’s curious that it isn’t launching until after Rise of The Skywalker, perhaps they’re hoping to avoid major spoilers or simply work on their new technology as long as they can. Either one sounds good to us!Related: Final Fantasy 7 Remake PreviewLEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga trailer – how does it look?LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga gameplay preview – how does it play?I had a chance to see a behind-closed-doors demo for The Skywalker Saga at E3 2019, and I came away with my feelings on LEGO titles completely reinvigorated. No longer am I expecting a simplistic platforming adventure with trivial puzzles and light exploration. The studio’s new vision is far grander, echoing the freedom of No Man’s Sky instead of linear, scripted levels. Obviously, the latter will still be present, with all 9 films being either completely remade or brought into the LEGO limelight for the first time. The older films aren’t just remasters, they’re built from the ground-up with a new engine. Related: Cyberpunk 2077The E3 2019 presentation begins with a scrawl through the user interface, presenting all nine films in an easily accessible selection menu. After being given a brief tour, we’re thrust into the Millennium Falcon and taken to the sand-drenched plains of Tatooine. One of the first things I noticed was perspective. You now play from a third-person viewpoint peering from behind the shoulder, closing in on the player in a way not dissimilar to Uncharted or God of War. Except, you’re an adorable LEGO figurine. While it might seem like a small tweak, this transformed how I viewed my surroundings. During the demo we were taken through what is apparently a minuscule section of this colossal galaxy, drifting through tight corridors and vast desserts all crawling with intriguing collectibles. Studs are still spread all over the place, so I expect Mini Kits and True Jedi gauges won’t be going anywhere. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Battles have been overhauled massively with a combo system that allows you to string together attacks that vary depending on which weapons you’ve equipped. Shooting has also been altered to a tried-and-true ADS (aim down sights) method which works really well, offering a lock-on option for younger players. Related: DOOM Eternal PreviewNeither of these additions are going to challenge you too much, since at its core, this is still an experience created for all ages. But that’s fine, I know older and younger generations of players who adore LEGO titles, their accessibility being the reason behind their appeal. I go to them for cutesy, rewarding platforming inside universes I’m already familiar with. Having grown up with the original duo of LEGO Star Wars titles on PS2 and Xbox, I’m pretty excited to see the first six films completely reimagined. It’s a harsh truth, but the level design of those original titles is now outdated, giving way to overly tight environments and puzzles that lack the complexity of recent entries. If these are all recreated with the full potential of Star Wars in The Skywalker Saga, we’re in for a treat.I’m pinching myself while typing this, but I’m also flabbergasted by how stellar The Skywalker Saga looks from a visual perspective. This is all thanks to how Traveller’s Tales has analysed how LEGO reacts to elements of the real world. Sand clings to the feet of both humans and animals as they walk across Tatooine, the same applying to snow or rogue particles in space. It looks luscious, even with a year and change until release.First impressionsLEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga gives the Traveller’s Tales formula a much-needed kick in the butt, shaking up mechanics that have remained commonplace for over a decade now. However, it’s struck a balance that guarantees purists of all ages won’t feel dissapointed. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. 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Sonos One Deal Save a Whopping £50 with Amazons Bundle Offer

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first_imgSonos One speakers are an asset to your home sound system set-up. Build a greater sound with its dual Class-D amplifiers without sacrificing space, or an aesthetically pleasing home with the Sonos One’s sleek white or black casing options. They are also equipped with the ability to tune in and adjust to any given room’s acoustics for optimised audio quality.Related: Amazon Prime Day Sonos and Soundbar DealsCustomise based on where and at what volume you want your audio output to be. Able to control through the Sonos smartphone app, the Sonos One also comes with Amazon’s AI, Alexa, built in, or, if you’d prefer, Google Assistant. This means you can also use voice commands in order to chop and change what’s playing. This is an especially useful feature of this later generation, meaning anyone can control what’s playing, rather than simply relying on having an app on your phone.With the added bonus of AI assistance, we concluded in our review that the Sonos One speaker “isn’t just a great music player but the most flexible smart speaker, too.” Best Sonos One Speaker DealSonos One (Gen 2) – The powerful Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in, BlackMake the most of this bundle deal and get two for £348, saving you £42 and helping to build a fantastic home sound system.Amazon|Buy 2 for £348|Now £195.00View DealNow £195.00|Buy 2 for £348|Amazon This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. With a £42 saving, buy two Sonos One speakers for less in this Amazon multi-buy offer.There is already a small discount on individual Sonos One speakers (£195 down from £199), but you can go one step further for a truly phenomenal deal.The ideal time to pick up a pair of Sonos speakers if you’re looking to really optimise on a great sound around the home, you can now buy two of the speakers at a reduced rate. Place two of the Sonos One speakers into your Amazon basket and buy for just £348 instead of £390. Best Sonos One Speaker DealSonos One (Gen 2) – The powerful Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in, BlackMake the most of this bundle deal and get two for £348, saving you £42 and helping to build a fantastic home sound system.Amazon|Buy 2 for £348|Now £195.00View DealNow £195.00|Buy 2 for £348|Amazon We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorcenter_img Build or expand your sound set-up today and you can pick up two powerful Sonos One speakers for just £348, granting you a saving of £42. For those out there that appreciate quality audio, it’s a bundle not to be missed.Want to stay up to date with Amazon Prime Day 2019? We’ve got you covered. For more amazing offers, follow us @TrustedDealsUKWe may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. That’s why we want to make sure you’re well-informed and happy with your purchase, so that you’ll continue to rely on us for your buying advice needs. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Dealslast_img read more

Postmedia partners with tech news service The Logic Another bet on journalism

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first_img Email 0 Comments Facebook May 22, 201910:07 PM EDTLast UpdatedMay 22, 201910:11 PM EDT Filed under News Featured Stories Postmedia Network, Inc., the company that owns the National Post, will take a minority interest in The Logic, a subscription-based online news service that reports on the innovation economy.The deal is in its early stages and terms have not yet been agreed, but a letter of intent signed Wednesday will see Postmedia invest in The Logic and offer a selection of its work through online products including the National Post and various city papers.Some of The Logic’s content will be available to National Post readers, while some will remain restricted to paying subscribers.The Logic launched last year as a subscription based news service that also offers conference calls and daily briefings focused on tech and innovation. It has published ground-breaking work on issues such as Toronto’s dealings with Sidewalk Labs, and Facebook’s controversial advertising policies.The innovation economy is thriving in Canada and The Logic has tapped into the stories and insights that make it tick advertisement Postmedia CEO Andrew MacLeod: “Partnering with The Logic provides the opportunity to build, grow and validate digital subscription models which are showing increasing traction around the world.”Peter J. Thompson/Financial Post/File Postmedia partners with tech news service The Logic: ‘Another bet on journalism’ The deal will see Postmedia invest in The Logic and offer a selection of its work through online products including the National Post and various city papers More Comment Recommended For YouU.S. FDA approves Karyopharm Therapeutics’ blood cancer drugOntario Cannabis Store pulls affected CannTrust products amid Health Canada probeUPDATE 2-FDA approves expanded label for Regeneron/Sanofi’s DupixentTrump pick for Fed seat says doesn’t want to pull rug from under market -CNBCAP Explains: US sanctions on Huawei bite, but who gets hurt? What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Join the conversation → Joseph Brean Share this storyPostmedia partners with tech news service The Logic: ‘Another bet on journalism’ Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Sponsored By: Headed by David Skok, formerly of the Toronto Star and Boston Globe, The Logic will retain its independence, and will continue to serve its community of subscribers, while also trying to expand it through the vastly larger distribution network of Postmedia.“The premise is that tech is not a siloed vertical, it really is the future of Canada,” Skok said in an interview. For a small startup, he said the investment and access to distribution will allow the news operation to grow and hire more journalists.Skok said that offering for free what it has so far charged money for will not dilute the value of his team’s work any more than the syndication strategies used by large American media outlets such as The New York Times and Washington Post. On the contrary, he expects it to lead to more subscribers through greater visibility.“It’s another bet on journalism for Postmedia,” said Postmedia CEO Andrew MacLeod in an interview.He described the partnership as a “graceful” way of simultaneously chasing the proven potential of digital subscriptions, while not threatening the company’s broader strategy of digital advertising.Putting up increasingly strict paywalls in pursuit of subscription dollars is a common strategy, but can be at cross-purposes to a digital advertising strategy that aims at the largest possible audience.MacLeod said there is evidence, however, that people are willing to pay for certain “bespoke” content bundles, such as The Logic, and these can be profitable.MacLeod also described the investment as something of a test for that strategy, which could be replicated in areas other than the innovation economy, such as food and wine or sports.“The innovation economy is thriving in Canada and The Logic has tapped into the stories and insights that make it tick while demonstrating, in a very short period of time, its strength and credibility in the space,” MacLeod said in a statement. “Partnering with The Logic provides the opportunity to build, grow and validate digital subscription models which are showing increasing traction around the world.”• Email: jbrean@nationalpost.com | Twitter: Reddit Twitter ← Previous Next →last_img read more

Nissan LEAF NISMO RC IMx KURO Show Up At CES Video

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first_img14 photos See Also Source: Electric Vehicle News Nissan Trademarks IMS & IMQ: Possible Electric Crossovers Nissan CES 2019: “See The Invisible” Plus Maybe 60-kWh LEAF e-Plus Nissan LEAF Nismo RC At The Track: Videos Nissan shows three EVs at CES.The LEAF e+ was not the only Nissan‘s EV at the 2019 CES in Las Vegas – the other two are LEAF NISMO RC and IMx KURO concept.The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC is a proper racing car, based on the second-generation LEAF.  With more than double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor, this is one hot electric machine. Sadly, Nissan won’t sell this car to the public.“With dual electric motors, advanced battery technology, all-wheel drive capability and an aggressive, restyled body shape, the purpose-built car represents the pinnacle of electric power. The two electric motors, at opposite ends of the chassis, manage power independently to each axle. The motors produce 240 kilowatts combined (120 kW each) and an astounding 640 Nm of instant torque to the wheels. A new all-wheel-drive system gives the LEAF NISMO RC its outstanding cornering prowess.A long hood and Nissan’s signature V-motion grille highlight the totally restyled front end. The distinctive silver-and-black paint scheme with NISMO red accents – similar to the Nissan Formula E car – make the LEAF NISMO RC seem like it’s in constant motion, even when sitting still at the starting line.”center_img 4 photos The IMx KURO, on the other hand, is a concept all-electric, long-range crossover. We are all waiting on the production SUV/crossover from Nissan.Nissan IMx quick specs:up to 600 km (373 miles) of range in JC08 (which means about 225 miles/360 km translated to real world/EPA driving)double-motor all-wheel drive – 320 kW and 700 Nm of system output .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Nissan LEAF NISMO RC specs:0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 secondsbattery capacity: undiscloseddual motor all-wheel drivesystem output: 240 kW (2x 120 kW) and 640 Nm of torquecurb weight: 1,220 kg Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 13, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Review VeloMini Scoot and T1 trailer turns an electric scooter into a

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first_imgJust when I thought I had seen all there was to see in the electric scooter industry, the VeloMini Scoot and T1 trailer popped up on my radar. I’ve seen bicycles pull trailers before, but I’ve never had an electric scooter that I could do all of my grocery shopping with… until now. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://youtu.be/ee5nKd7zjWoThe post Review: VeloMini Scoot and T1 trailer turns an electric scooter into a truck appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img read more

Trainers held BHA confidence vote

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first_imgHorse racing Topics British Horseracing Authority Since you’re here… Read more First published on Mon 9 Jun 2008 19.01 EDT Trainers held BHA confidence vote Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Arnold said the question, “Do you have confidence in the BHA’s security department?”, was posted in a section of the NTF’s website which could be accessed only by its members, of which there are approximately 560, representing more than 90% of trainers in the country. The vote was available for “about a couple of months” and seven trainers voted, five replying ‘No’.”We regularly have a question on our website,” Arnold continued. “It can be anything, but it’s always a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question and it’s a little bit of interest. It’s not something we base a lot of policy on, though we may do.” “We were aware of the poll,” said BHA spokesman Paul Struthers, who played down its significance. “It was entirely a matter for the NTF and we certainly are not opposed to people expressing their opinion, though the very small response would strongly suggest that it wasn’t a primary concern for the NTF’s members.”The BHA’s independent regulatory director, John Bridgeman, is to meet with the NTF council in November.Several trainers were called to give evidence at the trial of Fallon and five others on charges of conspiracy to defraud punters, which collapsed in December when a judge ruled there was no case to answer. A report by Dame Elizabeth Neville, commissioned by the BHA, has since offered no serious criticism of racing’s rulers for their actions in relation to the trial.Trainer Ralph Beckett indicated yesterday that he was leaning against sending Friday’s Oaks winner Look Here to The Curragh for next month’s Irish Oaks, citing her inexperience. He named the St Leger on September 13 as a more likely target.Ron Cox’s tip of the day Drawn Gold 7.15 ChesterA Newmarket winner last season on just his fourth outing, this lightly raced four-year-old is still at the right end of the handicap. Drawn Gold shaped promisingly on his return when staying on into third behind Motafarred over a mile at Pontefract. He had to be switched to make his run, by which time the winner had flown, and Drawn Gold should be suited by this extra two furlongs. Kieren Fallon The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Support The Guardian Brian Radford Shares11 Website poll held in the wake of Kieren Fallon scandal met with apathetic response from trainers Britain’s trainers have held an informal vote of confidence in the sport’s ruling body following last year’s collapse of the fraud trial involving Kieren Fallon and others. The revelation shows the extent to which relationships within racing were undermined by the trial, though the response to the poll has proved apathetic.Rupert Arnold, chief executive of the National Trainers’ Federation, said yesterday that he had now closed the poll, which had been conducted solely through the NTF’s website. “There was a certain amount of reaction to the trial and the British Horseracing Authority’s handling of that, throughout racing, so the question was initiated by that,” he said. “And it doesn’t seem to be an issue for trainers, if this vote is any kind of barometer.” Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn British Horseracing Authority Share on Twitter Mon 9 Jun 2008 19.01 EDT Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Issues To Consider From The AstraZeneca Enforcement Action

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first_imgThis post summarized the recent SEC Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against AstraZeneca in which the company, without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings, agreed to cough up $5.5 million.This post continues the analysis by highlighting additional issues to consider.TimelineIn an August 9, 2010 filing, AstraZeneca first disclosed:“AstraZeneca PLC has received inquiries from the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with an investigation into Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues in the pharmaceutical industry. AstraZeneca is cooperating with their inquiries.”Thus from start to finish, AstraZeneca’s FCPA scrutiny lasted over six years.It is absolutely inexcusable on any level for FCPA scrutiny to last over six years. If the SEC wants the public to view its FCPA enforcement program as legitimate, credible, and effective, it must resolve instances of FCPA scrutiny much faster.Sparse AllegationsRarely has an SEC enforcement action against an issuer contained such few allegations against, well, the issuer.Aside from the two conclusory legal allegations:(i) AstraZeneca violated the books and records provisions because its subsidiaries mischaracterized improper payments as legitimate expenses in AZN’s books and records; and(ii) AstraZeneca’s internal controls were deficient because with the benefit of hindsight there were things the company could have perhaps done betterthe SEC’s order contains no substantive allegations against AstraZeneca itself as opposed to its China and Russia subsidiaries.Approaching 25Certain people seem to be confused about the reasons why FCPA enforcement has generally increased over the past decade.However, there are several practical (as well as provocative) reasons.Among the more obvious practical reasons (no doubt it is provocative as well) is that in 2002 the FCPA enforcement agencies came up with the theory that employees (such as physicians, nurses, mid-wives, lab personnel, etc.) of certain foreign health care systems are “foreign officials” under the FCPA and thus occupy a status equal to Presidents, Prime Ministers, and other bona-fide foreign officials that Congress had in mind when passing the FCPA in 1977.It is one of the more aggressive and dubious FCPA enforcement theories there is.  It has never been subjected to judicial scrutiny and perhaps most telling as to its validity and legitimacy, the DOJ has never charged an individual with an FCPA violation based on this theory.Nevertheless, the theory is frequently used in FCPA enforcement actions and the AstraZeneca enforcement action provides yet example in that the conduct at issue focused on various things of value provided to health care providers in China and Russia. Sure the enforcement action found “only” FCPA books and records and internal controls violations (presumably because the U.S. nexus needed for the FCPA’s anti-bribery provisions to be triggered against a foreign company were lacking), but make no mistake this enforcement action was all about the alleged “foreign officials.”According to FCPAnalytics, the number of FCPA enforcement actions based on the enforcement theory that employees of certain foreign health care systems are “foreign officials” under the FCPA is approaching 25.Interested in learning about other practical reasons for the general increase in FCPA enforcement? This prior post details three historical events that together served as the foundation for 35% of all corporate enforcement actions between 2007-2011 and resulted in 55% of the settlement amounts in corporate enforcement actions between 2007-2011.No Charged Bribery DisgorgementThe $5.5 million AstraZeneca enforcement action was mostly comprised of disgorgement and prejudgment interest (approximately $5.1 million) even though the company was not charged with violating the FCPA’s anti-bribery provisions.As highlighted in this previous post, so-called no-charged bribery disgorgement is troubling.Among others, Paul Berger (here) (a former Associate Director of the SEC Division of Enforcement) has stated that “settlements invoking disgorgement but charging no primary anti-bribery violations push the law’s boundaries, as disgorgement is predicated on the common-sense notion that an actual, jurisdictionally-cognizable bribe was paid to procure the revenue identified by the SEC in its complaint.” Berger noted that such “no-charged bribery disgorgement settlements appear designed to inflict punishment rather than achieve the goals of equity.”Chinese Travel CompaniesAs highlighted in this recent guest post, several FCPA enforcement actions have been based on alleged improper travel involving alleged Chinese officials. Often times, this travel is facilitated through Chinese travel agencies – a well-known corruption risk.For instance, in the recent SciClone enforcement action the SEC found:“Local Chinese travel companies were routinely hired to provide services (such as arranging transportation, accommodations, and meals for HCPs) in connection with what were ostensibly legitimate conferences, seminars, and other events. In addition to a lack of due diligence for these third party vendors … there was a lack of controls over the events to ensure they had an appropriate business purpose and that the events actually occurred.”Similarly, in the recent Novartis enforcement action, the SEC found:“As part of its normal business operations, Sandoz China hired local Chinese travel companies to arrange transportation, accommodations, and meals for HCPs in connection with education events. However, in many instances, the actual trips did not include an educational purpose or the scientific/educational components were minimal in comparison to the sightseeing or recreational activities, and were instead a method of influencing the HCPs. The related expenses were approved and paid with little or no supporting documentation.”[…]Between 2011 and 2013, employees and agents of Novartis China made payments to government officials in China in connection with pharmaceutical sales. The payments were made through event planning and travel companies retained by Novartis China ostensibly to arrange transportation, accommodations and meals for HCPs in connection with educational conferences and other business activities. Through the use of these complicit vendors, HCPs were provided with improper inducements to prescribe or recommend Novartis products. The subsidiary recorded these payments as legitimate selling and marketing costs in its books.Novartis China retained numerous third-party travel and event planning vendors to organize and manage marketing for HCPs events, both locally within China, and outside China. The range of services varied but in some cases vendors arranged the venue, food, entertainment, flights, hotels, and transit depending upon the location of the event and number of participants. In the past several years, Novartis China has hosted thousands of such events, and the pharmaceutical business unit within Novartis China was the largest consumer of these services.Despite the widespread use of third-party travel and event planning vendors in China, Novartis did not have sufficient internal accounting controls or anticorruption compliance measures in connection with the use of these vendors. Among other things, Novartis failed to conduct sufficient training of its sales staff and managers to prevent and detect inappropriate payments made to and/or through these vendors, failed to conduct proper due diligence in connection with these vendors and failed to ensure sufficient and appropriate support for the selling and marketing expenses submitted by these vendors.”On this topic, the SEC’s AstraZeneca order found:“In numerous instances, AZ China sales staff submitted, and managerial employees knowingly approved, fake fapiao (tax receipts) for fraudulent reimbursements to generate cash that was used to make improper payments to HCPs.Other methods were also used, such as establishing bank accounts in doctors’ names as part of an improper payment scheme, or engaging a collusive travel vendor who submitted fake or inflated invoices to generate cash that could be used to funnel money to HCPs.As a result of the deficient controls, AZ China employees were regularly reimbursed for submitted expenses despite inadequate supporting documentation.[…]AZN did not employ reasonable due diligence and monitoring of third-party contractors engaged by its China and Russia subsidiaries, such as travel vendors who provided false invoices to the subsidiaries’ employees that facilitated the unauthorized use of corporate funds to improperly incentivize HCPs.”last_img read more

Jeffrey Chow Is The Lawyer Implicated Connection With The Keppel Offshore Marine

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first_imgIn connection with last week’s net $105.5 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Keppel Offshore & Marine (see here for the prior post), the DOJ noted that it “also unsealed charges … against a former senior member of KOM’s legal department, who pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA on Aug. 29, 2017 in the Eastern District of New York.”That individual is Jeffrey Chow, a U.S. citizen and Tulane educated lawyer, who had various positions in the legal department of KOM “including Administrative Manager, General Manager and Director, from at least in or about and between 1990 and 2017.” (See here for the DOJ information).The conduct alleged in the Chow information is the same Brazil bribery schemes alleged in the KOM enforcement action and the DOJ alleges:“To facilitate the payment of those bribes and to conceal the true nature and purpose of the payments, in accordance with the established practices at [KOM] Chow and other employees at [KOM] created and executed false agreements on behalf of [KOM] with consulting companies controlled in whole or in part by [KOM Agent]. These agreements falsely represented that payments were made to [KOM Agent] for his assistance and support in discussions and negotiations with prospective customers when, in fact, portions of these payments were being paid as bribes. Certain of these agreements also falsely represented that [KOM Agent] was abiding by anti-bribery laws and was not making improper payments.”The DOJ alleges that Chow:“coordinated the signing, in Houston, Texas, of a marketing and sales representation agreement between [KOM and KOM Agent];”“executed an agreement … with [KOM Agent]”;“executed a marketing, consulting and services agreement [with KOM Agent]; and“sent an e-mail to an executive of [KOM] discussing how to structure commission payments that [KOM] would make to [KOM Agent]”last_img read more

Record Texas MA But Who is Doing the Legal Work

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first_img Remember me Mergermarket reports that a handful of large corporate law firms are benefiting greatly from the M&A boom of 2014. Three Texas firms – V&E, Baker Botts and Bracewell – are leading their fair share of the deals. Out-of-state firms, including Latham, Jones Day and Kirkland, score big, too. The Texas Lawbook exclusively lists the top 20 M&A firms and there are some surprises . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Password Lost your password?center_img Username Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.last_img read more

Love Conquers Ageism

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first_imgby, Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.orgTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesOne year ago an unknown film called Alive Inside took the Sundance Film Festival by storm and showed audiences that the spark of life can be ignited in the most unlikeliest places through the universal power of music.What I love most about Alive Inside is how it changed the way thousands (maybe millions) of people think about dementia, and by extension, their own identity and their own aging.Since its success, I have been keeping an eager eye out for the next film to have similar potential to transform the way people think about aging. Last week I found one – The Age of Love.If there is a greater universal truth than the power of music, it is the power of love. Hands down. The Age of Love is a ground breaking new documentary that captures the universal nature of love through a humorous, poignant and unprecedented inside look at the dating scene for 70-to-90-year-olds.The Age of Love is an almost painfully honest look at ordinary people finding themselves unexpectedly looking for love in late life. It follows eight older adults in the city of Rochester, N.Y., who agreed to be filmed as they participate in the emotional rollercoaster of speed dating.Yes, speed dating — for septa-and-octogenarians. It’s a growing trend nationally and when filmmaker Steven Loring learned that 30 adults age 70-to-90 had signed up for a speed dating event in his home town of Rochester he started calling participants to ask if he could interview them and film their experience. 15 Dates 5 Minutes Each — And Lots of Decisions to Make!Speed dating is a structured event that gathers a group of singles together and pairs them with one-another in a series of five minute mini-dates. Participants note down potential romantic interests on a scorecard that is submitted to an organizer after the event. No contact information is exchanged but if the scorecard indicates chemistry individuals are notified by mail and it’s on them to take it from there.Sound like a gimmick put on for reality TV? One audience member at an early screening did call it “the best reality show I have ever seen.” That is actually a profound compliment to the filmmaker and participants.Dating late in life is no joke. We are inundated with cultural messages and Janice on a 5 minute speed date with Pacho.advertisements telling us we are less beautiful and less desirable the older we get. Many people find themselves alone and isolated just at the point in life when they most need and desire companionship. As Janice, one of the film subjects, put it, “The heart might even be capable of more love now then before because I think I have a lot of love to give but I don’t have all the distractions I had before.”Loring told the website Senior Planet about an even more poignant conversation he had with another subject in the film. That woman told him, “‘My own children don’t ask me what’s in my heart, what I’m feeling. They ask me what I need, they take care of me, they love me. But they never ask me about what I’m feeling emotionally. And I have so much to tell you…’”I’m not reviewing this documentary as a film critic but as a pro-aging activist. From a critical standpoint it’s a phenomenal film, no question – it’s getting rave ratings. But from a transformational viewpoint this film humanizes aging in an unprecedented way. It’s subversively radical. This film lets viewers – no matter their age – genuinely experience the truth that love and companionship transcend age.Why is that subversive? It flies in the face of our culture’s rampant ageism. Ageism is perpetuated by the mass media through propaganda that tells us that love, passion, sex and beauty are the exclusive domains of youth.“When they put themselves out there and participated in this event these people just came alive,” Loring said. “They told me they felt liberated from society’s stereotypes.”Just like governments use propaganda during times of war to dehumanize the enemy, our mainstream media uses propaganda to dehumanize old people and pressure all of us into buying youth-centric products. I’m not sure I can think of a more damaging stereotype than the myth that older people or disabled people or people living with cognitive changes like dementia do not desire or deserve love, companionship and physical intimacy as much as anyone else.The beauty and power of The Age of Love is that it doesn’t hit viewers over the head with this message or an agenda. And there are no fairy tale endings in this film. It simply gives viewers an experience where they feel what these people feel. That is how change happens.However, Loring does want pro-aging activists like us to help him spread the word. He has a beautiful plan to bring this film to the masses. He is organizing nationwide grassroots screening events in February 2015 around the theme of Valentine’s Day:Beginning on Valentine’s Day 2015, we will be offering screenings of THE AGE OF LOVE for your local theater, corporation, residential community, ‘healthy aging’ organization, conference or school.We’ve chosen Saturday, February 14th as the launch date in order to bring attention to stereotypes about the hearts of seniors on a day typically devoted to youth and romance. We want to send a strong message to national media that the desire to be seen and understood by a companion is universal, and that the urge to love and be loved remains strong, regardless of age.CLICK HERE for details: theAgeofLoveMovie.com/host-a-screening/Steve’s goal is to organize 300 screenings throughout the month of February reaching 25,000 people. He’s specifically targeting organizations that can follow-up with organized speed dating events in their communities. It’s super easy, cheap and incredibly fun and impactful.I have a challenge specifically for ChangingAging’s audience. I know a lot of LTC culture change organizations read this blog. I’m talking to you now – LOVE is not just for “active seniors”.  I want to see nursing homes and assisted living homes and memory care homes  and home care agencies get behind this film. I want to see YOU hosting screenings AND hosting speed dating events. I know of at least one nursing home that has gotten involved and I’m going to report on their experience.Don’t own a nursing home? You can help out too. One thing I learned from Alive Inside’s experience trying to break into the theaters was that film distributors, funders and even the media really pay attention to social media metrics – how many likes the film has on its Facebook page, how many notes of interest/support on the timeline or how many followers and retweets is has on Twitter. If you think this message deserves to be shared, “Like“ The Age of Love on Facebook here, follow it on Twitter here, and please post a comment.Who’s in? The Age of Love – Official Trailer from Steven Loring on Vimeo.Related PostsAlive InsideLast summer Al Power called me to tell me about a film maker who wanted to explore the connection between life, art, music and aging. I jumped at the chance to to meet up with them at St. John’s and we spent a day there talking about ideas and doing…“Alive Inside” Viral Video Sweeps Internet In Advance of World PremiereFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A video clip from the upcoming documentary Alive Inside demonstrating the power of music to awaken and transform a man seemingly living in a stupor in a nursing home has swept the Internet with over 3.5 million views in only three days. Debuting in New York April…Looking For Best Intergenerational ProgramsI’m speaking on a panel about intergenerational engagement at a local conference in Seattle. I’d love to get feedback from or audience on amazing intergenerational programs from around the world.TweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: DisruptAging lovelast_img read more

New technology enables round the clock observation of dementia patients in their

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first_img Source:https://www.surrey.ac.uk/news/dementia-patients-could-remain-home-longer-thanks-ground-breaking-technology Jun 5 2018Innovative new technology will enable people with dementia to receive round the clock observation and live independently in their own homes, a new study in the Journal PL0S One reports.During this unique study, researchers from the University of Surrey in partnership with Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have developed state of the art AI technologies, powered by machine learning algorithms, to monitor the wellbeing of people with dementia.The study known as Technology Integrated Health Management (TIHM) for dementia, uses the ‘Internet of Things,’ a network of internet enabled devices (sensors, monitors and trackers) installed in homes, which can detect an immediate crisis as well as changes in people’s health and daily routines. Any change could indicate a potential health issue and if identified early could prevent a person from becoming seriously unwell and requiring emergency hospital admission.Related StoriesCommon medications can masquerade as dementia in seniorsCaregiver depression linked to increased emergency department visits for patients with dementiaAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaThe well-being of people with dementia can also be monitored using this innovative technology which can detect agitation and irritability.Dr Payam Barnaghi, Reader in Machine Intelligence at the University of Surrey, said:”The impact of a simple algorithm on the life of people with dementia is staggering. Our algorithms and the unique technology it powers means that round the clock observation of people is possible and this not only helps inform clinical decision making but enhances the care and support given to people with dementia and their carers.”Technology plays a growing role in our healthcare system and it is crucial we capitalize on this to improve the care people receive.”Dr Helen Rostill, Director of Innovation and Development at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to be working with the University of Surrey on this ground-breaking study which we believe has the potential to not only transform support for people with dementia and their carers but also people with other long term and complex health conditions.”Figures from the Alzheimer’s Society indicate that there are 930,000-people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. Currently there is no cure for this very challenging illness, placing financial strain on the NHS as the cost of care continues to soar. Innovative technology like this will help slow the decline and maintain independent living for people with dementia.last_img read more

NSAIDs use may increase cardiovascular risk associated with osteoarthritis

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first_imgJun 13 2018Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the cornerstone of pain management in patients with osteoarthritisThe results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2018) suggest that over two thirds of the increased cardiovascular risk associated with osteoarthritis is linked to the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).Osteoarthritis is a common condition that makes a person’s joints stiff and painful, particularly in the morning. It is caused by, amongst others, thinning of the cartilage within the joints, which allows the bones to rub against each. Joint swelling and pain are frequent symptoms. It is the most common of all the different types of arthritis, and typically becomes more common as people get older.”The examination of cardiovascular risk among individuals with osteoarthritis is an important area of research as very little is known about the association, despite osteoarthritis being the most common rheumatic disease with high prevalence among the elderly,” said Professor Thomas Dörner, Chairperson of the Abstract Selection Committee, EULAR. “This study is important because it provides new information about the potential causal role of NSAIDs for the observed cardiovascular complications among individuals with osteoarthritis.”Recent research suggests that osteoarthritis is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and several mechanisms have been suggested to account for this association. One of these is the frequent use of NSAIDs in the treatment of osteoarthritis as they have been shown to be a proven risk factor for CVD.Related StoriesResearchers report new regenerative medicine approach for treating osteoarthritis of the kneeDaily life disability before hip replacement may predict poor post-operative outcomesUsing gene therapy strategies to rejuvenate aging cells and treat osteoarthritis”To the best of our knowledge, this is the first longitudinal study to evaluate the mediating role of NSAID use in the relationship between osteoarthritis and CVD in a large population‐based sample,” said Professor Aslam Anis, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia (study author). “Our results indicate that osteoarthritis is an independent risk factor for CVD and suggest a substantial proportion of the increased risk is due to the use of NSAIDs. This is highly relevant because NSAIDs are some of the most commonly used drugs to manage pain in patients with osteoarthritis.”Results of the study demonstrate that people with osteoarthritis had a 23% higher risk of developing CVD. The increased risk of congestive heart failure (CHF), ischemic heart disease (IHD), and stroke was 42%, 17% and 14% respectively. Investigators then calculated the impact of NSAID use on the increased risk and found that 68% of the total effect of osteoarthritis on CVD risk was due to NSAID use. The proportion of the increased risk due to NSAIDs seen in CHF was calculated at 45% and more than 90% for IHD and stroke respectively.This population-based cohort study used data from 7,743 osteoarthritis patients and 23,229 non-osteoarthritis controls matched for age and gender from health administrative data from British Columbia, Canada. Statistical analysis was used which adjusted the results for age, gender, socioeconomic status, body mass index, and several conditions known to be associated with CVD, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and Romano comorbidity score. Source:https://www.congress.eular.org/last_img read more