Police health officer helps mother deliver baby while at swabbing center

Police Lt. Col. Jesus Ostrea III helps deliver the baby of a 31-year-old mother who was waiting to avail a swab test at MOA Arena in Pasay City last Oct. 6. Photo from the PNP Medical Reserve Force

MANILA, Philippines — Police Lt. Col. Jesus Ostrea III went earlier than usual to his work at the mega swabbing center at Mall of Asia Arena (MOA) in Pasay City when he was greeted by a big responsibility to help deliver the baby of a woman.

He spotted Cherry Anne Natividad Balat, 31, whom he assisted for the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for COVID-19 at the mega swabbing facility. The mother, unexpectedly, needed assistance to give birth for her baby on Oct. 6, Tuesday.

Ostrea, swabbing facility administrator, said he immediately helped give a “normal spontaneous delivery” of the baby girl at 8:20 a.m. inside the swabbing center, manned

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Cigna creates new entity to help deliver better health care services

Cigna (CI) is launching a new brand designed to create a more efficient health care system, the company announced on Wednesday.


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Called Evernorth, the new organization’s ambition will involve unifying “health services capabilities, as well as those of partners from across the health care system, in pharmacy solutions, benefits management, care solutions, and data and analytics,” Cigna said. The brand will remain tied to Cigna and will be led by former ExpressScripts CEO Tim Wentworth.

“Evernorth’s commitment to meeting the needs of those it serves, a relentless focus on data-driven innovation, and proven approach to partnering will further accelerate our growth and our ability to solve complex issues in health care for the benefit of those we serve,” said David Cordani, President and CEO of Cigna, in a statement.

In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Wentworth said the strategy will include both a consumer-focused and payor-focused approach that

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Neptune Wellness Solutions, Inc. (NEPT) Believes U.S. Federal Regulation Of Cannabis Will Deliver Compound Growth For Decades

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Sep 30, 2020 (Marijuana Stocks via COMTEX) —
Neptune Wellness Solutions Believes U.S. Federal Regulation Of Cannabis Will Deliver Compound Growth For Decades To Come, Company Poised For Industry Leadership Position

Neptune Wellness Solutions, Inc. (“Neptune” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: NEPT) (TSX: NEPT), a diversified and fully integrated health and wellness company focused on natural, plant-based, sustainable, and purpose-driven lifestyle brands, plans to expand its line of cannabis consumer product goods readying itself for expansion into the United States based on the results of an independent recent survey commissioned by the Company.


OnePoll conducted a study, on behalf of Neptune Wellness Solutions, which found bipartisan support for legalization.

71% of Democrats and 67% of Republicans agreed that federal restrictions on marijuana should end and that cannabis should be legalized;
67% of Democrats and

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Andor Health Collaborates with Mentor to Deliver Next Generation, AI-Powered Virtual Experiences with Microsoft Technology

ThinkAndor™ revolutionizes virtual health with AI virtual assistant and full clinical system integration for meaningful, frictionless patient and provider experiences for Mentor customers

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Andor Health and Mentor Worldwide LLC have formed a collaboration to provide the aesthetic physician community with the next-generation virtual health experiences to enhance the relationship between a surgeon and their patients.   

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As part of the initiative, Andor Health will use Microsoft Azure and its artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to provide innovative ways to enable virtual health visits, delivering frictionless, enhanced provider and patient experiences in a sustainable way. The importance of this initiative was heightened as the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the ability of plastic surgeons and their practices to safely connect with their patients.

ThinkAndor™, the AI-powered platform for healthcare institutions, uses Azure AI and Microsoft Teams to help configure pre- and post-visit patient

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Coronavirus live updates: Former FDA commissioners deliver rare rebuke to Trump administration

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RVs Deliver Addiction Treatment to Rural Colorado Communities | Healthiest Communities

STERLING, Colo. — Tonja Jimenez is far from the only person driving an RV down Colorado’s rural highways. But unlike the other rigs, her 34-foot-long motor home is equipped as an addiction treatment clinic on wheels, bringing lifesaving treatment to the northeastern corner of the state, where patients with substance use disorders are often left to fend for themselves.

As in many states, access to addiction treatment remains a challenge in Colorado, so a new state program has transformed six RVs into mobile clinics to reach isolated farming communities and remote mountain hamlets. And, in recent months, they’ve become more crucial: During the coronavirus pandemic, even as brick-and-mortar addiction clinics have closed or stopped taking new patients, these six-wheeled clinics have kept going, except for a pit stop this summer for air conditioning repair.

Their health teams perform in-person testing and counseling. And as broadband access isn’t always a given

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Australia’s drug regulator TGA approves Covid tests that deliver results in 15 minutes

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Australia’s drugs regulator has approved four rapid antigen Covid-19 tests for distribution throughout the country with health workers and departments among the first to use the tests than can deliver results in 15 minutes.

The Australian pathology and pharmaceutical companies approved to import and distribute the tests are required to provide the Therapeutic Goods Administration with data about the efficacy of the tests over time. Supply of the tests will be limited to accredited laboratories, medical practitioners, healthcare professionals in residential or aged care facilities, and to government health departments.

Rapid antigen tests detect the presence of viral protein from Covid-19 and may be used to diagnose the virus in a patient with symptoms. They work best in the first week of infection – after that antigens tend to drop.

While rapid antigen tests can provide a result within 15-30 minutes, they

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Trump looks for ways to win over voters on health care after failing to deliver on promises

He is expected to mostly avoid speaking about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, something he has long promised to do but a position that is ­unpopular with voters.

Advisers also expect Trump to sign an executive order promising to protect people with preexisting conditions as part of Thursday’s event, though the administration has not detailed how this objective could be achieved without the safeguards in President Barack Obama’s signature 2010 health-care law, according to another senior administration official. Experts have said such an executive order would amount to little more than a public relations ploy, and the order is not viewed as a substantive policy proposal among many West Wing advisers.

Despite making lowering drug prices and repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act key planks of his 2016 election bid, Trump has struggled to deliver on many of his health-care promises in his first term. He trails

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Sharecare tapped by Amazon to deliver trusted health and well-being information through Alexa

Answers to more than 80,000 health questions from Sharecare integrated into Amazon’s cloud-based voice service

ATLANTA, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sharecare, the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place through its comprehensive and data-driven virtual heath platform, today announced it is integrating its library of more than 80,000 questions and answers on various health and well-being topics into the Alexa voice service. The collaboration between Sharecare and Alexa builds upon the digital health company’s commitment to democratize the availability of trusted health information and engage consumers in improving their well-being through innovations in voice technology. 

“As the digital landscape of consumer health information grows increasingly crowded, determining the credibility of that information also can be challenging to navigate,” said Dawn Whaley, president of Sharecare. “For nearly a decade, Sharecare has partnered with more than 180 trusted health organizations as part of

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HealthQuarters and Mount Sinai Health System Promise to Deliver Curated, Comprehensive Health and Wellness Experience

HealthQuarters, a new destination for curated and clinically-backed health and wellness services, today announces a new venture with Mount Sinai Health System, New York City’s largest academic medical system, to expand access to world-class health care services. The multi-year, multi-location deal will launch with a flagship center opening later this year at 632 Broadway in New York City’s NoHo neighborhood.

Mount Sinai physicians represent the best in medicine, providing patient-centered care to improve the health of all patients. The collaboration with HealthQuarters extends Mount Sinai’s reach, offering patients greater access to Mount Sinai experts in prime neighborhoods and under the same roof as independently provided wellness services, bringing preventive medicine closer to the heart of everyday life.

“HealthQuarters and Mount Sinai Health System alike are aiming to tap into trends showing that patients are looking to make health a more seamless part of their daily lives,” said Bhavdeep Singh, CEO

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