Pipeline for August 2011
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* Chef Pepin becomes the newest face of Navarro Discount Pharmacies
Navarro Discount Pharmacies has tapped a TV personality to serve as its celebrity spokesman.
Chef Pepin now is part of Navarro’s overall marketing campaign and expansion strategy, the Miami-based drug store chain said. In addition to promoting a healthy lifestyle to Navarro's customers through in-store demonstrations and other outreach efforts, Pepin will assist with the promotion of the company's extensive line of household appliances -- currently available in stores and soon to be available online.
The healthy-eating promotion is part of Navarro's Diabetes Club, which focuses on nutrition, exercise and prevention for adults and children, the retailer said. “Chef Pepin is an icon to Hispanics and Latinos everywhere,” said Steve Kaczynski, Navarro Discount Pharmacies CEO. “Together, we will educate Hispanics about adopting a healthier approach to food and how to cook healthy.”
* More nurse practitioner clinics to be opened
Australia’s first standalone nurse-practitioner-led clinic is scheduled to open at Brisbane Chermside Westfield shopping next month.
The clinic will be staffed by ten nurse practitioners and four midwives to deliver delivering standalone primary healthcare “with the support of a GP” says its operator, SmartClinics (link).
Patients at the clinic will have access to treatment for colds and flu, vaccinations, wound care, blood tests, repeat prescriptions and medical certificates, health checks, fracture assessment, pregnancy check-ups and more, the company says.
* Green roofs and walls are growing up
Environmental roof and wall installations are in vogue across the country for their touted efficiencies and cosmetic attractiveness. Architects, engineers, landscape gardeners, horticulturalists and even ecologists are teaming up to advance the base technology in Australia.
* New research exposes alcohol industry public relations tactics
A new study has revealed how the alcohol industry is using its Drinkwise organisation to create an impression of social responsibility while promoting measures for which there is little evidence of impact and are unlikely to hurt profits.
A research team from Deakin University’s School of Psychology examined submissions to the Australian National Preventative Health Taskforce (NPHT) to determine which organisations or individuals discussed positive relationships or work by Drinkwise. They found that all the submissions mentioning Drinkwise were submitted by the alcohol industry or its affiliates as evidence of their social responsibility or in recommending actions that are likely to benefit their bottom line.
* The next generation of stores
The retail sector in Australia continues to reverberate with profit downgrades and restructuring including DJ's and Solomon Lew's Premier Retail Group last week.
However, the steps being taken by all major retailers send a clear message that things are changing for the better. Retailers are shaking out poor performing stores and categories and embracing online as another part of their offering.Almost all key department stores in the world use online as a time saving service for their store shoppers. Shoppers can order online and collect in-store to save time. Or use the online store as an extended home delivery or gift giving service.
By Geoff Bird Producer, Radio 5 live Cancer Trials
Tamoxifen, the breast cancer drug, was first trialled at The Christie 40 years ago
Taking part in a clinical trial for a new cancer drug is not something to be done lightly.
Often the patients involved are at an advanced stage of their illness, and have already been through long and debilitating bouts of treatment. In some cases, the time left to them is short.
So why spend it returning time and again to hospital to be given drugs whose properties aren't yet fully understood - they're on trial after all - and potentially highly toxic?
It's official: your workload shot up 70 per cent in the past decade. In actual fact, it's probably more than that, with MURs, enhanced services and the endless reams of paperwork that plague pharmacists' daily lives. The 70 per cent figure is just how much the annual number of scripts dispensed in England has gone up since 2000.
It's a shocking rise, and just one of the facts that will startle and amaze (perhaps I'm getting a little carried away) in the latest 10-year review of prescription costs from the NHS, published on Wednesday (July 27).
Testosterone and brain function link
It is already known that testosterone plays an important role in cardiovascular health as well as its function as the male sex hormone. Now Australian researchers are testing the links between testosterone and brain function in women.
Researchers believe it could unlock the secrets of treating dementia and even improve the libido of people on anti-depressants.
But despite this, they say Australian pharmaceutical regulators have set the bar too high for testosterone therapy.
Robotic aged care still on the cards
New Zealand nursing homes are considering using robots to perform routine tasks such as dispensing pills, serving meals and helping residents seek assistance as the ongoing aged care workforce crisis comes to a head.
In a study of attitudes to “assistive technologies” among nursing home staff and residents, New Zealand primary care researchers found that robots would be welcomed if they could perform tasks that would result in allowing staff to spend more time with residents.
Don’t work yourself into the ground
While employment in our later years can have positive impacts on self-esteem and overall health, we should not have to work until we drop.
A UK study, issued by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), found the last 20 years have seen a significant increase in the number of over-50s and people over retirement age in employment.
Analysis showed the job market has changed significantly since 1992. About 57% of people aged between 50 and 64 were employed in April 1992, but this rose to 65% by December last year.
This is said to be a significant increase for retirement age workers in the UK, who now make up a bigger share of the total working population.
Sensing promise in seniors’ health
A small pilot study of wireless mobile sensors used by a group of retirees suggests the technology may be useful in detecting meaningful changes in seniors' health, researchers at Dartmouth College in Connecticut say.
Eight elderly residents in a continuing care community, whose average age was 85, wore the waist-mounted, two-inch sensors for 10 days while the devices continuously measured such factors as time spent walking, sitting, standing and speaking with other people.
“These everyday behaviours often reflect physical and psychological health and potentially predict health problems, like depression or dementia,” the study author, Dr Ethan Berke says.
Twitter Yields Useful Public Health, Flu Information
Twitter allows millions of social media fans to comment in 140 characters or less on just about anything: an actor's outlandish behavior, an earthquake's tragic toll or the great taste of a grilled cheese sandwich. But by sifting through this busy flood of banter, is it possible to also track important public health trends? Two Johns Hopkins University computer scientists would respond with a one-word tweet: "Yes!"
Toughbook H2 Most Rugged Tablet Yet
Taking the ruggedized tablet concept to a new level, Panasonic released the Toughbook H2, arguably the hardiest tablet computer available to the healthcare market. Hardened to “military-grade" ruggedness, the H2, which has a variant specifically designed for the healthcare sector, has a magnesium alloy casing coated with an anti-scratch surface. It can survive a 6-foot drop on concrete, temperatures from -20 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and exposure to dust and sprayed water. (Full immersion is not mentioned on the spec sheet.)
Why Google Health’s Failure Is Good News
Google officially shuttered its stumbling Google Health personal health record (PHR) service on Friday, marking an ignominious end to an ambitious project to make health and medical data storable and searchable for vast numbers of consumers.
“With a few years of experience, we’ve observed that Google Health is not having the broad impact that we hoped it would," wrote senior product manager Aaron Brown and Bill Weihl, head of green energy for Google, in a blog post. (Google is also shutting down its PowerMeter smart-grid service.) “There has been adoption among certain groups of users like tech-savvy patients and their caregivers, and more recently fitness and wellness enthusiasts. But we haven’t found a way to translate that limited usage into widespread adoption in the daily health routines of millions of people."
Dawn of a new profession
The role of the case manager in Australia is poised to undergo the biggest evolutionary change in its fifteen year history as it agrees its first process of formal case manager certification.
At the 14th Case Management Society of Australia’s (CMSA) national conference next month, members will hear for the first time, details of a certification scheme which aims to provide increased structure and professionalism for the rapidly growing healthcare role
South Australians continue to migrate to eastern states
Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales were the top three interstate migration destinations for South Australians, according to the June edition ofSA Stats (cat. no. 1345.4) released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
More residents are moving from South Australia interstate than are arriving, with a net loss of 3,000 people between June 2009 and June 2010. The highest number of people leaving South Australia were in the 25-29 year age group, with a net loss of 700, followed by the 20-24 year age group with a net loss of 500.
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