Texas move to make Delta-8-THC illegal hits CBD American Shaman's business hard
Delta-8-THC, a natural, psychoactive chemical compound extracted from hemp, has been growing in popularity in Texas, a state with some of the nation's most restrictive cannabis regulations. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - October 25, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Chris Mathews Source Type: news

Kenya: NMS Steps Up Provision of Mental Health Care Services in Nairobi
[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has stepped up provision of mental health care services in the city by creating mental health Departments in all the new level 2 and level 3 facilities as well as the various level 4 hospitals of Mama Lucy, Pumwani, Mbagathi hospitals. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 25, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Surgery in space? These UofL researchers are working to make it possible in partnership with NASA, Virgin Galactic
It only takes about six hours to get to the International Space Station and roughly three days to get to the moon. But to reach Mars, astronauts will have to travel 140 million miles in deep space. For NASA's Perseverance Rover, the journey took about seven months. That's a reality NASA has been grappling with as it prepares for a manned mission to the Red Planet as soon as the 2030s. Outside of input from Mi ssion Control, astronauts will have to be largely self-sufficient, which includes the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - October 25, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Haley Cawthon Source Type: news

Former Boston entrepreneur helps lead Andreessen Horowitz into health tech
In 2010, when Julie Yoo co-founded the health IT startup Kyruus Health, it was what she calls "the dark ages of health care investing." (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 25, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rowan Walrath Source Type: news

New branch resources in the pipeline
This June, UNISON’s special delegate conference voted to pass motion 72 – supporting our branches. It was the culmination of two years of work for the branch resources review and offered a package of proposals to provide more regional support and funds, as well as help save activists time. Proposals include: a new funding scheme for branches; enhanced bargaining support; and easier access to resources. For a full list of the proposals, see here. Over the coming weeks and months, UNISON will offer updates on when branches can see items rolled out, via the branch resources review webpage. One of the first thing...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 25, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News branch resources review Source Type: news

Care Quality Commission publishes State of Care report 2020/21
This annual assessment of health care and social care in England looks at the trends, shares examples of good and outstanding care, and highlights where care needs to improve. It notes the pandemic has further exposed and exacerbated previously highlighted inequalities. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Margaret Ferrentino takes over as president at Mercy Flight
The region ’s largest emergency transportation company is about to undergo its first leadership change in 40 years. Margaret Ferrentino has been elected president of Mercy Flight, taking over as longtime leader Douglas Baker becomes president emeritus. Ferrentino, who joined the $20 million organization at its founding in 1981, has been executive vice president and CFO. She’ll oversee a $20 million budget and a staff of about 200 employees, including those in the air unit and ground-ambulance… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 25, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Baxter Begins at Arkansas Surgical (Movers & Shakers)
Dr. Samuel Baxter, an orthopedic surgeon, has joined the medical staff at Arkansas Surgical Hospital of North Little Rock. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - October 25, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Here's how the pandemic is changing the future of health care, say industry leaders
Health care providers have been forced to speed up the process for adopting new technology, a panelist told attendees at a Business Journal virtual event last week. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 25, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Joey Thompson Source Type: news

Blog: What doesn ’t kill you, makes you stronger
I was born and grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. My primary, secondary and higher education were in Nigeria. I moved to the United Kingdom in the early 90s with my late husband. My career in the UK started by working for the local health authority, then Lambeth, Lewisham and Southward health authorities, and the Institute of Psychiatrists respectively between 1994 and 2001. I joined UNISON in early 2004 as a senior secretary in Greater London Region. As one of the Black staff members, I won’t say it’s been easy working for UNISON, there have been challenges, but I’ve had development opportunities and had loads o...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 25, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Black history month equality Source Type: news

Former Athira CEO addresses controversy and departure in letter to employees
In a letter to employees, former Athira Pharma CEO Leen Kawas said she regrets that mistakes she made at Washington State University caused a distraction to the company. In the letter, which has been obtained by the Business Journal, Kawas admitted to enhancing images in her doctoral research but denied that she manipulated or changed the data. She added that her research didn't involve Athira's (Nasdaq: ATHA) current lead drug candidate, ATH-1017. "It is my hop e that by stepping aside, I am helping… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 25, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Rick Morgan Source Type: news

Lab Owner Fights His Insurer, And Now a Federal Fraud Case
Facing an $88M fraud charge, lab owner Billy Joe Taylor says he welcomes his day in court. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - October 25, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: news

More Than 90,000 COVID-19 Deaths Preventable
The Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker estimated earlier this month that more than 90,000 COVID-19 deaths since June 2021 likely would have been prevented with vaccinations. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - October 25, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Summit House Apartments Sold for $20.1M
Recent field work produced a bountiful harvest of million-dollar transactions in Pulaski County. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - October 25, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Highlands, Baxter Regional Ally in $16M Cancer Center
Baxter Regional Medical Center and Highlands Oncology Group officials broke ground on a $16 million cancer treatment center on Aug. 28 with a goal to begin seeing patients in October 2022. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - October 25, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Health Care Heroes 2021: Robert Edwards of Unity Psychiatric Care
If your heart is strong, and you ’re fully mobile, and you have all your teeth, you can thank your youth or your good genetics. Or, more likely, you can thank your doctor. A good doctor can see you through everything from minor aches and pains and major medical issues to mental struggles and chronic physical issues. A good docto r will nag you — and absolutely besiege you with calls, texts, and emails — about your annual checkups and age-related diagnostic tests. And, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 25, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Susan Ellis Source Type: news

Health Care Heroes 2021: Robert Edwards of Unity Psychiatric Care
If your heart is strong, and you ’re fully mobile, and you have all your teeth, you can thank your youth or your good genetics. Or, more likely, you can thank your doctor. A good doctor can see you through everything from minor aches and pains and major medical issues to mental struggles and chronic physical issues. A good docto r will nag you — and absolutely besiege you with calls, texts, and emails — about your annual checkups and age-related diagnostic tests. And, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 25, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Susan Ellis Source Type: news

A New Year Brought a New World
Evolution and change don ’t just happen overnight; small steps, new ideas, and innovations move us forward and closer to our goals and visions. That is certainly true of the Foundation for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine — your Foundation — and the progress we made in 2021. We have reached some milestones as we continue on our path — a path that continues to be paved with powerful transitions, inclusion, shared dreams, and a health care world that supports patients and practitioners alike. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Susan Levy Tags: Our Foundation Source Type: news

News From the Society
AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine has received funding through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and implement strategies to increase vaccination rates among both residents and staff in PALTC settings. The CDC has funded t he first year of a 5-year, $10.5 million agreement to work across skilled nursing facilities, long-term care nursing homes, assisted living and independent living communities, continuing care retirement communities, hospice, and home- and community-based care such as PACE programs to improve vaccine uptake. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Source Type: news

Behavioral Change in Clinical Practice: Hard But Not Hopeless
“It’s hard to change habits,” said Leslie Eber, MD, CMD, at the start of a program on “Changing Provider Behavior: Beyond the ‘Just Do It’ Mentality” at PALTC21, the Virtual Annual Conference of AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. She recalled how she would often come back from Society meetings bursting with ideas and plans, and then she was faced with “how challenging it is to change behaviors and habits.” But she stressed that there is hope. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Joanne Kaldy Source Type: news

Fluctuating Decision-Making in People with Mental Illness
Robert was an older man who lived independently and worked full time. He was diagnosed simultaneously with metastatic cancer and myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that causes muscle weakness in the eyes, face, and throat. Due to his cancer, the only treatment available was high-dose steroids. While his strength improved, he was later hospitalized with steroid-induced psychosis. He was discharged to an assisted living community where he fluctuated between days of psychosis – demanding to leave – with periods of lucidity marked by sincere remorse and understanding of his care needs. (Source:...
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Omid Salaami, Katja Elbert-Avila Tags: Ethics Source Type: news

Don ’t Miss These Events
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Source: Caring for the Ages - October 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Source Type: news

In This Issue
Approximately 15% of older adults in the United States live with a mental health condition. What does their care look like and how can it be improved? 6 (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Source Type: news

Caring for a Resident With Serious Mental Illness
Mrs. R is an 89-year-old resident with a history of schizophrenia, insulin-dependent diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, osteopenia, vascular dementia, and iron deficiency anemia (underlying cause unknown). She had a hip fracture two years ago and has had a right total hip replacement. She moved into the nursing home after an acute hospital admission for increased confusion and delusional ideation with distorted body image. She believes that her feet and legs are absent and that she cannot walk. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Barbara Resnick, Paige Hector Tags: IDT Case Scenario #12 Source Type: news

Using Sensor Technology to Detect and Monitor Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia
The use of sensor technology to detect and monitor aggression, agitation, and other behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) is in early stages of research but holds significant potential for improving care, researchers said in interviews with Caring. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Christine Kilgore Source Type: news

Being Down Versus Falling Down: Managing CNS Medication Burden
For adults older than 65, falls are a leading cause of injury — and they occur often. Approximately one-third of all older adults fall in a year. As prevalent and debilitating as falls are, the risk for falls may be up to two to eight times higher for those with dementia (Pharmacotherapy 2019;39:530–543). (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Merton Lee Tags: LTC Pharmacy Source Type: news

Facing the Challenges of Understanding and Managing Behavior and Psychiatric Issues
Dear Dr. Steve: When residents have behavioral disturbances that result in violent actions, one of my nursing homes sends the patient to the emergency room. In the emergency room, the ER doctors often do not see any acute need for psychiatric stabilization or admission, and I want to send the patient back with clearance from the ER doctor. The nursing home, however, insists that there be clearance specifically from a psychiatrist. Is such clearance necessary? How should my facility handle patients with behavioral and psychiatric issues? (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Steven Levenson Tags: Dear Dr. Steve Source Type: news

Taking the LOL Treatment for Better Mood and Health
AMDA Past-President Arif Nazir, MD, FACP, CMD, AGSF, talks about the benefit of guffaws for your older loved one. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Tags: Caregiver's Corner Source Type: news

Building Bridges: How Nursing Homes Can Forge Community Connections
In Baltimore, a comprehensive health center for older people learned a valuable lesson when it tried to forge a connection with the surrounding community: the best route to win hearts may be through the stomach. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Randy Dotinga Source Type: news

Journal Highlights
Internal medicine residents have common knowledge gaps in post-acute care (PAC) services and inconsistencies in communicating when referring patients for these services, according to a multisite study. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Tags: Journal Highlights Source Type: news

Key Guidelines for Gradual Dosage Reductions of Psychotropic Medications
Gradual dosage reductions (GDRs) of psychotropic medications are required by federal guidelines in skilled nursing facilities. Equally important is the fact that GDRs are a crucial cornerstone of good clinical and pharmaceutical care. Thorough evaluation of each medication prescribed to residents should be made on a routine basis, with detailed documentation justifying the continued utilization of any medication. This process is especially crucial when medications are being employed outside the typical standards of care. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Rick Foley Source Type: news

Serious Mental Illness in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care:Building Knowledge, Sharing Care
Post-acute and long-term care facilities are experiencing increases in the percentage of patients who are admitted with serious mental illness (SMI). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, SMI is a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that results in functional disability and hinders or negatively impacts engagement in major life activities (NIMH, 2019, https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness). SMI includes psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, and treatment-resistant depression. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Elizabeth Galik Tags: Caring Collaborative Source Type: news

Managing Serious Mental Illness: Team Training, Antipsychotic Therapy, and Research Trends
At Harmony Pointe Nursing Center in Lakewood, CO, where about 30% of residents have a chronic, serious mental illness (SMI) such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, the staff receive training about mental illnesses and how to manage behaviors. Psychiatrists and other experts contracted by the facility ’s parent company and available through local community alliances help manage treatments and other needs. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Christine Kilgore Source Type: news

Older Adults and Serious Mental Illness: What We Know and What We Imagine
Approximately 15% of older adults in the United States live with a mental health condition, and 3% of older adults live with a serious mental illness (SMI). Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and recurrent major depression contribute significantly to disability. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Georgia L. Stevens, Lori K. Mannino Source Type: news

2021 Cowles Award Winner is One of Caring ’s Own
The 2021 Carey Cowles Award goes to Joanne Kaldy, senior contributing writer at Caring, for “Not a Pizza Party: How to Help Frontline Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic” (Caring for the Ages 2020;22[1]:P19). (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Tess Bird Source Type: news

Preparing for a return to the office: 4 critical things every employer needs to know
Taking a statewide look at health care in the age of Covid. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 24, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Preparing for a return to the office: 4 critical things every employer needs to know
Taking a statewide look at health care in the age of Covid. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 23, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Q & A: South Florida's Health Care Heroes take on tough questions
Four South Florida hospital and health care system executives who have led their organizations through the coronavirus pandemic on where things stand and how we move forward. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 23, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Eileen Cukier Source Type: news

Q & A: South Florida's Health Care Heroes take on tough questions
Four South Florida hospital and health care system executives who have led their organizations through the coronavirus pandemic on where things stand and how we move forward. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 23, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Eileen Cukier Source Type: news

Culture divide between vaccinated and unvaccinated can't be mended
Companies walk a tightrope as the tension between workers continues at the office. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 23, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Emon Reiser Source Type: news

Culture divide between vaccinated and unvaccinated can't be mended
Companies walk a tightrope as the tension between workers continues at the office. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 23, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Emon Reiser Source Type: news

Health Care Heroes: Mayo Clinic's Shannon Shanklin
Talking to those on the front lines fighting the Covid-19 pandemic on the First Coast. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 23, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Health Care Heroes: Mayo Clinic's Shannon Shanklin
Talking to those on the front lines fighting the Covid-19 pandemic on the First Coast. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 23, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Health Care Heroes: UF Health's David A. Caro
Talking to those on the front lines fighting the Covid-19 pandemic on the First Coast. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 23, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: James Cannon Source Type: news

Health Care Heroes: UF Health's David A. Caro
Talking to those on the front lines fighting the Covid-19 pandemic on the First Coast. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 23, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: James Cannon Source Type: news

Health Care Heroes: Flagler Health+'s Jason Barrett
Talking to those on the front lines fighting the Covid-19 pandemic on the First Coast. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 23, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Health Care Heroes: Flagler Health+'s Jason Barrett
Talking to those on the front lines fighting the Covid-19 pandemic on the First Coast. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 23, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Covid impact on employer health care costs muted
Late last year, employers and those in the benefits industry were concerned that Covid-19 would have a hangover affect on health care costs. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 23, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Logan Moore Source Type: news

Covid impact on employer health care costs muted
Late last year, employers and those in the benefits industry were concerned that Covid-19 would have a hangover affect on health care costs. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 23, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Logan Moore Source Type: news

Using behavioral strategies to cope with the threat of terrorism: a national-level study - Sloan MM, Haner M, Cullen FT, Graham A, Aydin E, Kulig TC, Jonson CL.
Although the risk of dying in a terrorist attack in the United States is almost non-existent, recent polls indicate that Americans rank terrorism as a top national concern, prioritizing it over other issues such as the economy, health care, and the environ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news