Central Oregon Crossroads: Air pollution and health | Local&State

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has reduced air pollution — just ask anybody who lives in Beijing, China — who for a month or two could see blue skies again before they got the virus under control and went back to business as usual.

This real-time demonstration of what happens following a reduction in fossil fuel emissions should convince everyone that an active decarbonization program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would provide similar results. In Central Oregon, our summer wildfires are creating an additional challenge in the form of air pollution that has similar effects on health as fossil fuel emissions.

In testimony on Aug. 5, to Congress, Professor Drew Shindell from Duke University reported on new research from his lab. He writes:

“The study estimates effects on the health and economic benefits to Americans if the United States and the rest of the world mitigate climate change to

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New global temperature data will inform study of climate impacts on health, agriculture — ScienceDaily

A seemingly small one-to-two degree change in the global climate can dramatically alter weather-related hazards. Given that such a small change can result in such big impacts, it is important to have the most accurate information possible when studying the impact of climate change. This can be especially challenging in data sparse areas like Africa, where some of the most dangerous hazards are expected to emerge.

A new data set published in the journal Scientific Data provides high-resolution, daily temperatures from around the globe that could prove valuable in studying human health impacts from heat waves, risks to agriculture, droughts, potential crop failures, and food insecurity.

Data scientists Andrew Verdin and Kathryn Grace of the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota worked with colleagues at the Climate Hazards Center at the University of California Santa Barbara to produce and validate the data set.

“It’s important to have this

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How Viagra’s repositioning brought unexpected benefits

Marketers need to reflect evolving social attitudes and expectations, including a greater openness to discussing personal and emotional topics in order to form more meaningful relationships with consumers; it’s in that context that Viagra has undergone a strategic transformation.

The Upjohn UK division of Pfizer Inc., the pharmaceutical manufacturer, has sought to expand the legacy audience of the erectile-dysfunction remedy (which largely had become older men) and bring a new tone to messaging, while also re-adjusting the focus from sexual gratification to emotional relief.

At Advertising Week 2020, Rob Elliott, Upjohn UK/Pfizer marketing director, explained how the brand’s research had illuminated not just how much of a taboo subject erectile problems are, but how much they affect men and their mental health and relationships.

“We were really hit by that,” said Elliott of the finding that opened the way for Viagra to explore a new interpretation of masculinity – and

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‘Un-Gala’ for mental health to feature actor Sean Astin – News – telegram.com

WORCESTER – The affable sounding Sean Astin is known for his roles of resilience and everyday heroism, such as Samwise Gamgee in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Mikey Walsh in “The Goonies,” the title character in “Rudy,” and Bob Newby in Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”

He is also an active advocate for mental health education and for ending the stigma of mental illness. Asked why he became involved in the cause of increasing mental health awareness, Astin had a two-word response: “My mother.”

Patty Duke (1946-2016) was a beloved actress who won an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and three Primetime Emmy Awards. She was also “really one of the first celebrity types to talk about bipolar disorder, or manic depression as it was known at that time,” Astin said.

“We watched her devote the second part of her life to advocacy, doing shows, speaking to Congress,” he said.

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Facebook bans ads discouraging vaccines

Facebook on Tuesday announced a ban on ads that discourage people from getting vaccinated, in light of the coronavirus pandemic which the social media giant said has “highlighted the importance of preventive health behaviors.”

“While public health experts agree that we won’t have an approved and widely available Covid-19 vaccine for some time, there are steps that people can take to stay healthy and safe,” the company said in a statement.

The platform has already banned disinformation and scams as identified by public health institutions like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

It will continue to allow advertisements either pushing for or against government regulations linked to vaccinations.

And it plans to launch a public information campaign in the United States pushing for people to get vaccinated against seasonal flu.

Coronavirus vaccines are expected to be key to moving beyond the pandemic

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‘Please Say a Prayer for Me’

Brittany Cartwright/instagram Sherri (L) and Brittany Cartwright

Vanderpump Rules star Brittany Cartwright’s mother, Sherri Cartwright, is back in the hospital four months after she was admitted to the intensive care unit “due to serious complications from bladder surgery.”

Sherri shared a video from her hospital bed in her Instagram Stories on Monday, asking fans to “say a prayer for me” as she recovers from kidney issues.

“Well, guys, I’m back in the hospital again,” she began the clip. “This time, I went septic with my kidneys. I had kidney stones — can’t pass them.”

The matriarch — who has made several cameos on Vanderpump Rules and her daughter’s spinoff with Jax Taylor, Vanderpump Rules Jax and Brittany Take Kentucky — went on to reveal that she recently had a “partial operation” and will undergo more surgery in the future.

“I’m gonna finish some rest in about a week to let

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Trump’s Drug-Discount Cards Expected to Reach Medicare Recipients After Election

President Trump’s plan to send 33 million Medicare beneficiaries a card that can be used to help pay for as much as $200 in prescription drug costs won’t be completed until after the election, according to a person familiar with the plan.

The cards will be mailed in phases, with some likely going out later in October but most not until after the Nov. 3 presidential election, the person said. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is spending an estimated $20 million for administrative costs to print and send letters to Medicare beneficiaries informing them that they will be getting cards, the person said.

Plans for the overall drug-discount program have been sent to the Office for Management and Budget, the person said. It is unclear if or when the office will approve the program, which could cost $8 billion, the person said. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

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Cancel trick-or-treating? ‘Oh, heck no,’ health department director says weeks ahead of Halloween | Local News

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Tulsa Health Department Executive Director Bruce Dart makes remarks at a COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World

Traditional Halloween activities such as trick-or-treating will not be canceled in Tulsa County this year.

“Oh, heck, no,” said Dr. Bruce Dart, executive director of the Tulsa Health Department.

“Halloween is something that can still be fun for kids and families, as long as people follow the same general recommendations of watching your distance, washing your hands and avoiding crowded, indoor events,” Dart said Tuesday during a regular city/county news briefing on COVID-19.

“Frankly, to be honest, I can’t think of a better opportunity to have some fun while wearing a mask,” he said.

However, Dart said it is important for everyone to make modifications, including masks that cover both the nose and mouth.

“A costume mask should not be used unless it is made

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Allscripts to sell CarePort Health business to WellSky


Allscripts (NASDAQ:MDRX) announced today the execution of a definitive agreement to sell its CarePort Health (“CarePort”) business to WellSky Corp., a global health and community care technology company. WellSky is jointly owned by two of the world’s largest private equity firms, TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners.

CarePort solutions assist hundreds of hospitals and thousands of post-acute care providers to efficiently coordinate and transition patients through different settings of care.

The agreed sale price of $1.35 billion represents a multiple of greater than 13 times CarePort’s revenue over the trailing 12 months, and approximately 21 times CarePort’s non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA over the trailing 12 months. CarePort is included in Allscripts Data, Analytics and Care Coordination reporting segment and represents approximately 6% of Allscripts consolidated revenues. Reference should be made to the Allscripts quarterly earnings reports and supplemental financial data for a reconciliation of non-GAAP Adjusted

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Ballad Health Chairman and CEO Joins National Healthcare Leaders in Joint Commitment to … | Money

Ballad Health is working to reduce the social determinants that drive the cost of healthcare

“Twenty-five to 30% of healthcare is considered wasteful, and personal health is driven largely by social determinants and social needs,” said Tony Keck, chief population health officer for Ballad Health. “The best way to reduce the long-term costs of healthcare and improve the health of our communities is to diminish the disparities that continue to undermine these communities.

“Reducing unnecessary and costly waste and redirecting those resources toward closing the disparity gaps is the most sustainable way to reduce the cost of our expensive national healthcare system.”

Ballad Health has taken several steps to address inequity and social determinants:

Ballad Health has established an Accountable Health Community program in Southwest Virginia, earning a five-year, multi-million grant from CMS. Ballad Health has offered almost 178,000 screenings for social risk in Medicare and Medicaid patients and identified

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