UNISON vows to fight for the Good Friday Agreement
UNISON vowed to support members in Northern Ireland and the union’s structures in the nation to defend the Good Friday Agreement and work for human rights, when its national delegate conference opened for business in Brighton this morning. Motions on delivering on the promise of the agreement, and protecting human rights and equality in Northern Ireland were at the top of the agenda as delegates began their discussions. In the year that marks the 20th anniversary of the agreement, Gabrielle Carton of Northern Ireland UNISON, told delegates that the union “has always fought for a just peace, not just the absence of viol...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article 2018 National Delegate Conference Northern Ireland Source Type: news

Book Review: The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques
Managing anxiety symptoms with medication can be effective, but is not always a great long-term solution. Anxiety happens for a variety of reasons. It may be experienced when there are too many stressors making someone feel overwhelmed with no change in sight. Or it may be a matter of cutting down on caffeine intake. Unfortunately, not knowing the cause or fix for anxiety typically tends to make people more anxious. In The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Anxious and What You Can Do to Change It, Margaret Wehrenberg acknowledges the complexity of managing anxiety and offers...
Source: Psych Central - June 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tina Arnoldi Tags: Anti-anxiety Book Reviews General Happiness Healthy Living Mindfulness Neuroscience Self-Help Anxiety Management help for anxiety Source Type: news

OptoVue wins FDA nod for AngioAnalytics tech
Ophthalmological-focused developer Optovue said yesterday it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its AngioAnalytics optical coherence tomography angiography blood vessel measurement tech designed to aid in managing disease that cause progressive blindness. The Fremont, Calif.-based company said it also won clearance for its 3D projection artifact removal software, designed to improve OCTA image quality to allow for accurate measurements and interpretation of its OCTA images. OptoVue touted that the newly cleared AngioAnalytics tech adds to its currently released AngioVue OCTA technology designed to provide high-resolution imagi...
Source: Mass Device - June 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Imaging Optical/Ophthalmic Regulatory/Compliance Optovue Source Type: news

Is There an End in Sight for J & amp;J Divestitures?
Johnson & Johnson has received an offer for its sterilization unit. The New Brunswick, NJ-based company said Fortive is seeking to acquire the business for $2.7 billion. The sterilization business is part of the Ethicon division and earned about $775 million in sales in 2017. J&J has 120 days to accept the offer and if the deal goes through it could close no later than early 2019. Fortive said it would finance the acquisition through debt or equity and with available cash. The company said it expects the deal to add to adjusted earnings in the first full year after the transaction. "As we balance the interests of a...
Source: MDDI - June 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Sterilization Source Type: news

When Did Humans Discover Fire? The Answer Depends on What You Mean By ‘Discover’
Fire is one of the most important forces on Earth. The use of fire by humans has long been considered as a defining property of intelligence, separating us from other animals. The exact timing of the discovery and use of fire by humans has been a subject of continuing research, yet perhaps two questions have, until now, received little attention: What was fire on Earth like before humans appeared? And what experience of fire could early humans have had? Three main components are needed for fire. First, there must be a fuel to burn. Second, oxygen must be available — after all, combustion is essentially an oxidation p...
Source: TIME: Science - June 1, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Andrew C. Scott Tags: Uncategorized Books Science Source Type: news

Why Milk, Meat & Eggs Can Make a Big Difference to World ’s Most Nutritionally Vulnerable People
By Silvia AlonsoADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Jun 1 2018 (IPS)As the world becomes increasingly aware of the growing demands being made of our planet, more and more of us are making lifestyle choices to reduce our negative environmental impact and carbon footprint. Understandably, this has led to calls for changes to our diets, including reducing the amount of livestock-derived foods, such as meat, milk and eggs, we consume.However, a new, extensive review of research published today (JUNE1) has found that these foods can make an important difference to nutritional well-being in the first 1,000 days of life, with life-long benefi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Silvia Alonso Tags: Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Environment Food & Agriculture Global Global Governance Green Economy Headlines Health Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Source Type: news

Managing Dental Anxiety
Fear of going to the dentist is a common health-care related anxiety. Patients often express a broad range of triggers, such as the fear of pain, claustrophobia, needles, sounds, or sensations. Unfortunately, long term avoidance of oral healthcare can lead to deeply debilitating problems that can be physically, psychologically and socially impactful. Our mouth represents a center point for our survival, by impacting our ability to eat comfortably and communicate. So, caring for this immensely important part of our bodies is crucial for both our general health and psychological wellbeing.  Often minor dental problems can b...
Source: Psych Central - May 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Dr. Samuel Rosehill Tags: Anxiety General Habits Healthy Living Panic Disorder Phobias anxious thoughts Coping Skills dental anxiety dentist anxiety overwhelm Personal Hygiene worry Source Type: news

How Drones Are Helping Scientists Study and Protect Endangered Whales
The above video was provided by Intel. If you’re a six-foot human standing on a paddleboard, it’s just as well you don’t know that a 60-foot, 40-ton humpback whale with 16-foot flippers is surfacing directly beneath you. The only thing more unsettling would be if there were four 60-ft., 40-ton humpback whales with 16-foot flippers doing the same. Just such a don’t-look-down moment played out off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai in 2016. Ordinarily, it would have been the kind of experience that the paddleboarder—who came through unharmed—would have described to his friends with...
Source: TIME: Science - May 31, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized Drones Source Type: news

Are We Growing Numb To The Opioid Epidemic?
By Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, author of The Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs (out now on Simon & Schuster) It’s clear to me, as a public health doctor and journalist, that there have been fewer news stories on the opioid epidemic in recent months, in print, online, and on the radio and TV. While I don’t have a major survey to point to, my work demands that I pay attention to this epidemic and the stories written about it — and that I encourage others to take it seriously as well. Have we grown numb to the people who are dying every day? To the families thrown into the pain ad...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health opioid epidemic Simon & Schuster Source Type: news

Changing the Climate: How Public Health, Cities, and the Media Can Advance Climate Solutions
Boston University. 04/20/2018 This day-long symposium brings together thought leaders from public health, cities, and journalism to develop strategies that bring greater attention to, and produce visionary actions that address, the global climate challenge. Panelists discuss how many cities are developing far-sighted policies to reduce carbon emissions while also adapting to ongoing changes. Public health researchers are documenting how urban climate solutions can directly benefit the health of local residents, but this research has not yet been communicated in a manner that has motivated effective action. (Video or Multim...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Alligators on the beach? Killer whales in rivers? Get used to it
(Duke University) Sightings of alligators and other large predators in places where conventional wisdom says they 'shouldn't be' have increased in recent years, in large part because local populations, once hunted to near-extinction, are rebounding. A new Duke-led paper finds that far from being outliers, these sightings signify the return of highly adaptable predators to prime hunting grounds they occupied long ago -- a trend that opens new opportunities for future conservation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 7, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Sight Sciences launches pivotal trial of TearCare dry-eye disease treatment
Ophthalmic medical device company Sight Sciences today announced the launch of a new pivotal trial exploring the safety and effectiveness of its TearCare system in patients with dry eye disease. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company’s TearCare system is a wearable therapeutic eyelid technology designed to deliver energy over a specified period to liquify meibum, an oily coating on the eye’s surface which prevents tear film evaporation. The device allows the patient to blink and for the eye to remain comfortably open during the procedure, Sight Sciences said. “We need additional treatment options for dry ...
Source: Mass Device - April 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Optical/Ophthalmic Sight Sciences Source Type: news

Entering a Golden Age of Medical Materials
Materials science is a field that is constantly evolving as technologies advance around us at lightning pace. New trends and developments continue to drive device innovation, but they also push new materials to the forefront as well. Device makers and engineers have made great strides in using these new materials to create exciting new technologies, with recent discoveries made from advances in medical electronics, biomaterials, plastics, and soft materials. Jacqueline Anim is the principal material engineer for Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson that manufactures surgical systems and instruments. She currently...
Source: MDDI - April 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Kristopher Sturgis Tags: MD & M East (New York) Materials Source Type: news

SightLife Surgical rebrands as CorneaGen
SightLife Surgical said today it is rebranding under the moniker CorneaGen, with plans to launch several new products under the new brand. Products set to launch under the new name include tissue storage media with antifungal Ampho B, Geuder preloaded glass cannula for DMEK and Intacs corneal implants for keratoconus, which join the company’s recent acquisition of the AcuFocus Kamra inlay. “Corneal implants are a natural fit with CorneaGen’s growing family of innovative  corneal products and services. The Kamra Inlay acquisition makes sense because of CorneaGen’s long-standing relationships with corneal s...
Source: Mass Device - April 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Optical/Ophthalmic sightlife Source Type: news

Medtronic taps Harvard cardiologist Mauri for clinical research VP | Personnel Moves – April 10, 2018
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said last week it tapped Harvard Medical School professor and cardiologist Dr. Laura Mauri as its new vice president of global clinical research and analytics. In the new position, Dr. Mauri will direct dynamic global clinical research strategies as well as the development of novel analytical and data science solutions as the Fridley, Minn.-baesd company looks to address “expanding global requirements for clinical evidence for our products.” Dr. Mauri is slated to assume the role on September 1, Medtronic said. Prior to joining Medtronic, Dr. Mauri served as chief scientific officer of the...
Source: Mass Device - April 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Avedro Inc. Clarify Medical GE Harvard Henry Schein Medical Mauna Kea Technologies Medtronic milestonescientific Nemaura Medical Omnicell Inc. personnel-moves Second Sight Stryker Source Type: news