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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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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Riderwood Medical Center Just Down the Hall for Residents

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The medical center is staffed with physicians who have dedicated their lives to senior health and who are available for same-day appointments. All appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes, giving doctors a chance to really get to know their patients. The result is an integrated approach to healthcare that leads to optimal outcomes for residents.

Dr. Lynne Diggs, director of Riderwood’s

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Novant Health opens $165M cardiology, cancer care center

Novant Health opened a $165.9 million facility for outpatient cardiology and cancer care Oct. 12 in Charlotte, N.C. 

The seven-story, 260,000-square-foot facility houses both the Novant Health Claudia W. and John M. Belk Heart & Vascular Institute and the Agnes B. and Edward I. Weisiger Cancer Institute.

The new facility consolidates all the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based health sytem’s outpatient cardiac and cancer specialists, treatment services and support programs under one roof. 

“In the past, a patient may have had to walk as many as 7,000 steps in one day during their care journey from testing sites to clinics to a treatment center,” Gary Niess, MD, system physician executive of the Novant Health Belk Heart & Vascular Institute, said in a news release. “We’ll now be able to deliver the whole-journey care our patients need all in one place, saving those 7,000

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Axne-Young Rematch Centers On Health Coverage, Showing Up For Work

The Polk County Election Office provides stickers to early voters on Oct. 5, 2020. (Photo By Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

The rematch between Democratic U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne and former GOP Congressman David Young in many ways is a rerun of their fight over Obamacare. They also have argued over Axne missing votes due to late flights and the disruptions of COVID-19.

Axne has hammered Young repeatedly for voting while he was in the House to dismantle Obamacare, threatening tp take away insurance coverage for many and protection for those with preexisting conditions. Young says he always supported protecting those with preexisting conditions and pushed for a replacement for Obamacare that would include those protections and more individual choice on coverage.

Young has repeatedly suggested he should get his seat back because he never missed a vote, and Axne has. “I showed up to every county (in the district) for

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Public Health talks other COVID-19 testing options following temporary Alliant Energy Center site closure, slowdown

MADISON, Wis. – Following a temporary closure and slowdown at the Alliant Energy Center’s COVID-19 testing site Tuesday afternoon, Public Health Madison & Dane County recommended other options for those seeking tests that day.

In general, the health agency is asking people to consider the time, place and reason they’re getting tested.

“A lot of people do think the Alliant Energy Center is the first place to get tested,” Director of Testing Ken Van Horn said. “We always know that the first day of the week is a busy day, then today we had the added complication of our electronic registration system just didn’t work for about the first hour we were here today, and that caused a pretty big backup.”

PHMDC staff had to use a backup paper registration system

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COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Stable In Northeast Health District

The Northeast Health District added 83 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and, for the first time in a week, no new deaths attributed to the disease. The seven-day rolling averages of both cases and deaths were unchanged from Monday.

Every county in the 10-county Northeast Health District added at least one case with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, with Oconee County adding five cases and Clarke County adding 24.

The District added 83 cases on Tuesday of last week, so the seven-day rolling average on Tuesday was 83.3, exactly the same as on Monday.

The seven-day rolling average a week ago was 75.9. It isn’t clear that the number of cases of COVID-19 are increasing, but it is quite clear that the drop in cases has been halted and cases, at a minimum, are at a plateau.

A week ago, the Department

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UNMC dedicates $121.8 million health care training, simulation center in virtual ceremony | Live Well


A patriotic display wraps around the southwestern corner of the Davis Global Center building on the northeast corner of 42nd and Leavenworth Streets.

Dr. Jeffrey Gold, UNMC’s chancellor, said the center will be the “linchpin” of many of the education and training activities that will take place at UNMC over the next half-century.

”This facility — and the professionals and technology within it — have been and will continue to be life-changing for the health professionals who train here,” he said.

The center includes plenty of technology, from the holographic images lining the entryway to the three-story SONY Infinity Wall, the largest display of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, in the atrium. It also features a holographic theater, touted as the first in an academic institution, and Laser CAVE-5, a five-sided fully immersive virtual reality suite.

But it also includes replica health care settings,

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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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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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