International Experts Launch a Foundational Set of Standards to Measure and Improve COVID-19 Health Globally

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BOSTON, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) announced the release of their COVID-19 Standard Set (C19-SS) today.

To help institutions provide the best care for patients with COVID-19, health professionals and patient advisors from across the world have joined forces to establish and launch a global set of outcomes and measurement recommendations that reflect what matters most to patients with COVID-19. This is facilitated by ICHOM and conducted pro bono publico to assist in aiding the global healthcare community fight the global pandemic.

This was developed by the ICHOM COVID-19 Working Group, comprised of 28 experts and patient representatives from 24 organizations across 14 countries. A full list of organizations and representatives involved in the ICHOM COVID-19 Working Group is available here.

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Hub International Acquires Alberta-Based Clearpoint Advisory Group Inc., Clearpoint Retirement Solutions Inc. And Canwest Group Benefits Inc.

CHICAGO, Oct. 5, 2020 /CNW/ — Hub International Limited (Hub), a leading global insurance brokerage, announced today that it has acquired Clearpoint Advisory Group Inc., Clearpoint Retirement Solutions Inc. and Canwest Group Benefits Inc. (Clearpoint). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with additional locations in Grande Prairie and Fairview, Clearpoint is a benefits and retirement consulting firm that provides strategic group benefit advisory services and retirement solutions to employers.

“Clearpoint is a great addition to our employee benefits and retirement team,” said David Moon, President and CEO of Hub International Canada West (Hub Canada West). “Their experience and depth of expertise will complement our existing capabilities, expand our services and drive continued growth.”

The principals of Clearpoint, Darren Smith, Sid Swick and Jim Yih, will join Hub Canada West and report to Kevin Rome, President of Employee

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Chicago-based Vital Proteins plans big international expansion as beauty-seekers clamor for collagen

When Kurt Seidensticker launched Vital Proteins, a brand of collagen products, he was a runner in his late forties seeking a cure for achy knees.



a group of people sitting at a table: Elidia Funes, a filler operator, tops off a canister of product Oct. 1, 2020, at the Vital Proteins plant in Franklin Park. Vital Proteins plans to expand its product line and enter a dozen international markets by the end of next year.


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Elidia Funes, a filler operator, tops off a canister of product Oct. 1, 2020, at the Vital Proteins plant in Franklin Park. Vital Proteins plans to expand its product line and enter a dozen international markets by the end of next year.

Seven years later, Chicago-based Vital Proteins has become a powerhouse wellness brand, expecting to pull in more than $250 million in revenue this year as it embarks on a robust international expansion amid a collagen boom driven by the quest for glowing hair and skin.

Vital Proteins, headquartered in Chicago’s Fulton Market District with a manufacturing facility in suburban Franklin Park, in June agreed to sell a majority stake in the company to Nestle Health Science,

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Hub International Buys Canadian Benefits Consultancy Firm, Clearpoint

Hub International Ltd., a Chicago-based global insurance broker, announced it has acquired Canadian benefits firm, Clearpoint, which comprises Clearpoint Advisory Group Inc., Clearpoint Retirement Solutions Inc. and Canwest Group Benefits Inc.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Located in Edmonton, Alberta, with additional locations in Grande Prairie and Fairview, Clearpoint is a benefits and retirement consulting firm that provides strategic group benefit advisory services and retirement solutions to employers.

“Clearpoint is a great addition to our employee benefits and retirement team,” said David Moon, president and CEO of Hub International Canada West (Hub Canada West). “Their experience and depth of expertise will complement our existing capabilities, expand our services and drive continued growth.”

The principals of Clearpoint, Darren Smith, Sid Swick and Jim Yih, will join Hub Canada West and report to Kevin Rome, president of Employee Benefits for the region.

“Hub’s dedicated commitment to employee benefits and retirement

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President Donald Trump’s coronavirus infection draws international sympathy and a degree of schadenfreude

There was widespread international sympathy but also something that resembled schadenfreude after President Donald Trump announced Friday on Twitter that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the new coronavirus. 

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“Wishing my friend @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS a quick recovery and good health,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose relationship with Trump has   grown close in recent years, tweeted.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was hospitalized for a week in April – some of it in intensive care – after he contracted COVID-19, wished Trump a “speedy recovery.”

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Israel’s leader Benjamin Netanyahu struck a similar tone and even

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International SOS Launches Online Tool To Help Assess Mental Health

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Without seeing colleagues or employees face to face, in a room where you can assess body language and have a frank conversation, how easy is it to spot a mental health problem? Pretty tricky, according to International SOS. To help both employees and employers cope, the health and security specialist has launched a tool called “Spot the risk – mental health”.

The aim of the open access platform is to help organisations spot and tackle psychological distress. Through an interactive online quiz, it provides information on the indicators and influences on the mental health of an employee.

“With the current levels of uncertainty and pressures in many people’s lives, mental health awareness is a pressing issue for individuals and organisations alike,” International SOS Group Medical Director of Assistance Dr Neil Nerwich said. “Increasing knowledge, accessing professional support, learning how to cope with psychological distress and being aware of

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Michael Saxon, Former Growth Strategist for Altria and Philip Morris International, Appointed to Taat’s Advisory Board

The Company has added Michael Saxon to its advisory board. Mr. Saxon, who has held executive roles with two “Big Tobacco” firms in the United States, Europe, and Asia, is to advise Taat’s management in shaping the Company’s go-to-market and expansion strategies as it prepares to launch Beyond Tobacco™ in the United States in mid-Q4 2020.

Taat has added Michael Saxon, pictured above, to its advisory board

Taat has added Michael Saxon, pictured above, to its advisory boardTaat has added Michael Saxon, pictured above, to its advisory board
Taat has added Michael Saxon, pictured above, to its advisory board
Taat has added Michael Saxon, pictured above, to its advisory board

LAS VEGAS and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TAAT LIFESTYLE & WELLNESS LTD. (CSE: TAAT) (OTC: TOBAF) (FRANKFURT: 2TP2) (the “Company” or “Taat”) is pleased to announce that it has appointed Michael Saxon to the Company’s advisory board. Michael Saxon is an accomplished consumer products and tobacco executive with over 25 years of experience growing businesses in

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Linksys Wellness Pods by Belkin International Is an Honorable Mention in Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation by Design Awards

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Linksys, the connected home division within the Belkin International and Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT) (HK:6088) entity, was honored in Fast Company‘s Innovation by Design Awards for 2020 in the Products category.

The awards, which can be found in the October/November 2020 issue of Fast Company, recognize people, teams, and companies solving problems through design. One of the most sought-after design awards in the industry, Innovation by Design is the only competition to honor creative work at the intersection of design, business, and innovation.

Linksys Wellness Pods are changing the health and wellness landscape by delivering more detailed insight into consumer well-being with less invasive solutions. Created in partnership with Origin Wireless, the Linksys Wellness Pods utilize existing WiFi signals and WiFi motion-sensing technology to detect the most subtle movements in the environment from slips and falls to breathing patterns.

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Mitch Gould and Nutritional Products International: Online Retailers Growing During Pandemic | Money

“Demand for dietary supplements exploded this year,” Gould said. “Sales of dietary supplements increased almost 17 percent from the prior year.”

Gould created the “Evolution of Distribution” system to help health and wellness companies break into the American market.

“NPI is prepared to guide new health and wellness brands that want to enter the U.S. market or expand their presence here,” Gould said. “We are a turnkey global brand management system that provides firms with all the services they need to survive: operations, FDA compliance, sales, and promotion.

For more information, visit Nutritional Products International online.

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NPI is a privately held company specializing in the retail distribution of nutraceuticals, dietary supplements, functional beverages, and skin-care products. NPI offers a unique, proven approach for product manufacturers worldwide seeking to launch or expand their products’ distribution in the U.S. retail market.

Mitch Gould, the founder of

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MGM Resorts International Announces Comprehensive Health And Safety Plan For Meetings And Conventions

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) today announced a comprehensive plan designed to facilitate the safe return of meetings and conventions at the company’s properties in Las Vegas and throughout the United States, subject to local regulations and restrictions.  MGM Resorts’ “Convene with Confidence” plan is the result of months of work with experts and builds on the company’s Seven-Point Safety Plan to provide a comprehensive approach to health and safety. This includes the option for a multi-layered health screening process using CLEAR’s Health Pass and utilizing on-site rapid, molecular COVID-19 testing that can deliver results within approximately 20 minutes.

“The health and safety of all who pass through our doors is our highest priority. Convene with Confidence represents the culmination of everything we’ve learned, cutting-edge technology and months of consultation with experts,” said MGM Resorts CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle.

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