Summit, Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine to Develop Saliva Tests for COVID, Head & Neck Cancer

AURORA, Colo., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Summit Biolabs, Inc., an early-stage molecular diagnostics company specializing in saliva-based testing for COVID-19 and head & neck cancer, and the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine (CCPM) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus announced today a broad strategic collaboration involving research, development and commercialization of saliva liquid-biopsy tests for early cancer detection and diagnosis of COVID-19 and other viral contagions.

The CCPM holds one of the largest research biobanks in the United States with clinical data from more than 8.7 million de-identified patient records and plans to integrate the data with personalized genomic information.

“This partnership brings two innovative programs together to optimize COVID testing at a time when it’s desperately needed,” says Kathleen Barnes, Ph.D., Professor and Director of CCPM at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. “Collaborations like this are crucial in moving research forward and

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CommonSpirit Health Links With Startup To Integrate Behavioral And Primary Care

The large hospital and outpatient care provider CommonSpirit Health is partnering with the startup behavioral health company Concert Health to create a new model of primary medical care that better addresses depression and anxiety.

CommonSpirit, which was formed last year through the merger of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health, said patients with commercial health coverage, Medicaid insurance for poor Americans and Medicare benefits for the elderly will be able to access behavioral health support from a specialist they are connected to “in hours rather than waiting weeks to get an appointment,” CommonSpirit said Wednesday. 

Because CommonSpirit has more than 1,000 care sites and 137 hospitals across 21 states, those involved see the effort offering faster

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CommonSpirit Health Expands Behavioral Health Support through Primary Care Collaboration in Partnership with Concert Health

Evidence-based model supports better health outcomes by providing physicians with better tools to coordinate access to mental health services

CommonSpirit Health, a national nonprofit health system serving communities at more than 1,000 care sites and 137 hospitals across 21 states, today announced it is offering new access to support for depression and anxiety within the primary care setting through a partnership with Concert Health, a leading behavioral health medical group. This model will place CommonSpirit’s primary care physicians at the center of all physical and behavioral aspects of care by connecting patients with Concert Health’s remotely located behavioral health care managers who provide therapy and develop a behavioral health care plan for each patient.

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Access to behavioral health services in the U.S. is challenging at the best of times, and for patients, the lack of care can have far-reaching

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Fitness Coalition, LI Law Firm Spearhead Lawsuit Against Cuomo

SYOSSET, NY —Two weeks after Michigan’s Supreme Court overturned the continued emergency executive orders of Gov. Whitmer, a coalition of business owners on Long Island are hoping their own lawsuit will achieve the same result in New York.

The New York Fitness Coalition, an advocacy group of gym owners who came together during the coronavirus pandemic, is leading the class-action lawsuit. A news conference to announce the lawsuit is being held Wednesday at the Sysosset office of The Mermigas Law Group, P.C.

Charlie Cassara founded the New York Fitness Coalition, which sued Gov. Cuomo in July, seeking an injunction of Cuomo’s orders in order for gyms to reopen. This lawsuit, Cassara, says is a broader effort to declare the extended emergency executive orders that Cuomo uses to mandate the COVID-19 business and school regulations as unconstitutional and illegal.

“This wasn’t his job,” Cassara told Patch. Once the original aims of

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Limiting TV ads for foods high in sugar, salt, fat may reduce child obesity

Limiting TV ads for sugary, salty and high-fat foods and drinks might help reduce childhood obesity, British researchers suggest.

They looked at advertising of these products between 5:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. If all such ads were withdrawn during those hours, the number of obese kids in Britain between the ages of 5 and 17 would drop by 5% and the number of overweight kids would fall 4%, the study found.

That’s equivalent to 40,000 fewer kids in Britain who would be obese and 120,000 fewer who would be overweight, the researchers said.

The findings were published online this week in the journal PLOS Medicine.

Oliver Mytton, an academic clinical lecturer at the Center for Diet and Activity Research at the University of Cambridge, led the study.

“Measures which have the potential to reduce exposure to less-healthy food advertising on television could make a meaningful contribution to reducing childhood obesity,”

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No Confirmed Cases, 3 In Quarantine

SOLON, OH — Three Solon Schools students are quarantining after possibly being exposed to COVID-19.

According to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students or staff currently. However, three students are quarantining because they have been in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus within the past 14 days.

The Solon Schools have not had a positive case of COVID-19 among students since Sept. 8. There was also a single positive case among staffers on Sept. 15.

Families should check their student for the following symptoms prior to sending them to school:

  • Fever greater than or equal to 100.4°F

  • New onset and/or worsening cough

  • Difficulty breathing

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Excessive fatigue

  • Headache

  • Nasal congestion or runny nose

“We understand that some symptoms of COVID-19 are very similar to other more typical

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U.K.’s Film and TV Charity Launches Two-Year Program For Better Mental Health in Film and TV

The U.K.’s Film and TV Charity has launched the Whole Picture Program, a two-year initiative designed to to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the 200,000 people who work behind the scenes in film, TV and cinema.

The Film and TV Charity has now secured £3 million ($3.87 million) in funding from Amazon Prime Video, Banijay U.K., BBC, BBC Studios, Channel 4, IMG, ITV, Sky, Sky Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, ViacomCBS and WarnerMedia to deliver the program that is supported by the BFI and backed by U.K. mental health charity Mind. The charity estimates that mental health problems, including staff turnover, cost the sector at least £300 million ($387 million) in losses each year.

The program will deliver a toolkit for mentally healthy productions; enhanced professional and peer support for freelancers; people skills and training guides; industry actions to improve behavior; and anti-bullying services and

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DODEA to open sign-ups for second semester of virtual school

DODEA to open sign-ups for second semester of virtual school


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The Department of Defense Education Activity is opening a three-week enrollment period Thursday for second-semester virtual school, officials said.


Parents have until Nov. 6 to sign up their child for the program’s new semester, which begins Jan. 19.


First-quarter report cards and parent-teacher conferences are scheduled to be done before the enrollment deadline, to aid parents in their decision, DODEA-Europe said in a statement.


DODEA is asking parents to commit to virtual school for the entire semester when they sign their children up, it said.


DODEA for the first time this school year made a full-time digital learning option available

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Virus outbreaks at 2 care centers are related

AVON, Conn. (AP) — Coronavirus outbreaks at two long-term care centers in the same Connecticut town have been linked to a resident of one of the facilities and staff who work at both locations, health officials said Wednesday. The state Department of Public Health launched an investigation.

Two dozen residents and 16 staff at the Avon Health Center nursing home in Avon recently tested positive for the virus, said Jennifer Kertanis, director of the Farmington Valley Health District. A message seeking comment was left for the administrator of the home.

About 4 miles (6 kilometers) away, 11 residents and three staff at the Residence at Brookside tested positive recently, said Ted Doyle, a spokesman for the assisted living facility.


The outbreak appeared to originate from a Brookside resident who went on an outpatient visit and contracted the virus, Kertanis said. Health officials learned of the resident’s positive test on Oct.

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Comparably: Small and midsize companies with great perks and benefits

  • Having a good benefits package is just as important as a high salary. 
  • To figure out which companies offer the best benefits, career website Comparably released a new ranking of the small and midsize companies with the best perks and benefits. 
  • To do this, the company analyzed 10 million employee ratings on the site at 60,000 US companies from over a 12-month period. 
  • Accounting software company TaxJar made the top of the list, followed by the beverage company Zevia.
  • You can read the full list here.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Employee benefits are an important part of any job.  

One of the most common reasons why employees leave their role is because they’re unhappy with the perks, according to Gallup’s state of the workplace report. The benefits employees want the most are paid time off, health insurance, and sick leave, Gallup found. Workers also want flexible schedules

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