Month: November 2023

Surgeon General Issues New Advisory About Effects Social Media Use Has on Youth Mental Health

Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy Urges Action to Ensure Social Media Environments are Healthy and Safe, as Previously-Advised National Youth Mental Health Crisis Continues

Today, United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released a new Surgeon General’s Advisory on Social Media and Youth Mental Health. While social media may offer some benefits, there are ample indicators that social media can also pose a risk of harm to the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents. Social media use by young people is nearly universal, with up to 95% of young people ages 13-17 reporting using a social media platform and more than a third saying they use social media “almost constantly.”

With adolescence and childhood representing a critical stage in brain development that can make young people more vulnerable to harms from social media, the Surgeon General is issuing a call for urgent action by policymakers, technology companies, researchers, families, and young people alike to gain a better understanding of the full impact of social media use, maximize the benefits and minimize the harms of social media platforms, and create safer, healthier online environments to protect children. The Surgeon General’s Advisory is a part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) ongoing efforts to support President Joe Biden’s whole-of-government strategy to transform mental health care for all Americans.

“The most common question parents ask me is, ‘is social media safe for my kids’. The answer is that we don’t have enough evidence to say it’s safe, and in fact, there is growing evidence that social media use is associated with harm to young people’s mental health,” said U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. “Children are exposed to harmful content on social media, ranging from violent and sexual content, to bullying and harassment. And for too

Celeb-approved Cyber Monday designer sales: Clothing, shoes, more

Saving big never goes out of style.

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Two teams launched to support ‘young people in crisis’ in Fraser Health

Programs will support youth in the emergency department and as they leave hospital and transition back home

B.C.’s Mental Health Minister announced two teams dedicated to supporting youth experiencing mental health or substance use challenges in the south Fraser region.

Jennifer Whiteside was at Surrey Memorial Hospital Friday (Nov. 24) to make the announcement.

“Children and youth with mental-health and substance-use emergencies need immediate access to care and continued support when they leave the hospital to ensure that their needs are being met,” Whiteside stated. “Making sure these young people have access to the supports they need, when they need them, is critical to their immediate and long-term health and well-being.”

The first team, the emergency response team will be available 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and will support patients from the Delta Hospital, Langley Memorial Hospital, Peace Arch Hospital, and Surrey Memorial Hospital.

“This team travels to hospitals upon request by clinical staff to provide children and youth, families and caregivers, and their health-care teams with assessments, consultations and support,” notes a release from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions Friday (Nov. 24).

Additional teams in Fraser north and east are expected to launch later this year, the ministry says.

Ryan Khungay, a clinician part of the emergency response team, stated the team will provide support and connect youth and their families to mental health services “during times when they may feel at their most vulnerable, which is coming to the emergency department.”

“My hope in this role is to break down the current barriers to child and youth mental-health services by supporting children and families as they navigate our complex health system in a way that is child- and family-centred, culturally safe and trauma-informed” Khungay stated.

The other team, the Surrey Memorial Hospital child

New and Improved Long-Term Care Rooms for Truro

More seniors in the Truro area will have access to modern, single-bed long-term care rooms with the replacement of two local nursing homes.

The Mira nursing home will be replaced by a new facility with about 120 rooms, expected to open in 2032. The new Townsview Estates will include about 53 rooms when it opens in 2031. These new builds will add an estimated 30 long-term care rooms in the area.

Dave Ritcey, MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River, made the announcement on behalf of Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Barbara Adams today, November 23.

“These new nursing homes will offer comfortable, modern spaces that seniors who need long-term care can call home,” said Mr. Ritcey. “They will also help alleviate pressure on our healthcare system across the board. Today’s announcement is great news for our community – and a wonderful addition to support the future care needs of our residents.”

The new Truro facilities are part of the recent addition of 2,200 rooms to the Province’s long-term care infrastructure plan. This plan expansion includes new long-term care homes that will add about 800 rooms to the long-term care system and the replacement of older homes with new, modern facilities that will have about 1,400 rooms. All of these new homes are expected to be ready by 2032. The original plan included homes with about 3,500 rooms expected to be ready by 2027. Together, these new spaces will help to meet the care needs of the province’s aging population.

All new living spaces will be single rooms, each with its own private washroom. The government is contracting with several long-term care providers for new facilities and to replace existing ones.

More announcements about locations of new and replacement rooms will take place in the coming weeks. Information and progress updates on

Parker University Becomes First in the Nation to

Dallas, Texas, Nov. 21, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Health Information Management (HIM) professionals must constantly master, evolve, and understand the innovative regulations and technologies requiring a mindset of lifelong learning and continued professional development. As healthcare advances, health information provides essential patient needs to navigate critical changes successfully. HIM professionals are in high demand. 

Industries with an increased demand for health information professionals include healthcare organizations, academic institutions, consulting agencies, government agencies, healthcare software companies, and more. HIM practitioners are critical components of the electronic health record workforce.

Parker University is proud to offer the first HIM program in the nation to incorporate STEM into its HIM program. An education around science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM learning) helps promote critical thinking, curiosity, persistence, decision-making, leadership, entrepreneurship, and more. The current healthcare industry relies on the pertinent knowledge and skills acquired through a STEM education. STEM-related skills are essential for students, from medical research and diagnostics to patient care and health administration. STEM influences are apparent in the goals and roles of healthcare sectors such as:

  • Health Information Technology: Health information professionals manage and maintain electronic health records, which requires an understanding of database management, data analytics, and computer programming.
  • Data Analysis: Health information professionals analyze and interpret large amounts of health information data, which requires a background in statistics, data visualization, and other science, technology, engineering, and math-related disciplines.
  • Health Information Exchange: Health information professionals are familiar with health information exchanges that allow the sensitive sharing of patient health information, which requires an understanding of data interoperability and standards.
  • Emerging Technologies: Health information professionals stay updated with emerging technologies in healthcare, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and telehealth, which all require a strong understanding of STEM principles.

Parker University’s Bachelor of Science with a Major in the HIM

Unscientific trend catapults into ‘health advice’

By: nabeela khan&
November 27 2023

‘Heavy metal detox bath’ for kids: Unscientific trend catapults into ‘health advice’

A viral trend on social media is promoting heavy metal detox baths for kids at home. (Source: Logically Facts)

In late October, an Instagram user posted a video claiming to “detox her children” from heavy metals using Epsom salt, baking soda, and bentonite clay in their bath. The video, which had garnered nearly 20,000 likes at the time of writing, purportedly shows how this method helped rid harmful toxins from the bodies of the uploader’s two non-verbal autistic children.

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, can lead to severe toxicity if ingested in large amounts, potentially causing seizures, dehydration, and kidney failure, according to the National Capital Poison Control.

Picture1-4(Screenshot of an Instagram video claiming to have detoxed kids with the help of Epsom salt, baking soda, and bentonite clay. Source: Instagram)

Another Instagram account hosts videos claiming that a product called PBX detox pack, involving a few sprays and drops, helped her toddler, allegedly on the brink of autism, detox from metal toxicity.

TikTok also features several videos detailing the bathing process, supposedly aiding children with behavioral issues, ADHD, autism, and mood swings.

(Screenshot of TikTok video explaining detox bath method. Source: TikTok)

While doctors and medical experts advise against using such detoxification methods at home, citing a lack of available scientific literature, we found that social media platforms are increasingly becoming a breeding ground for such pseudoscience. 

But before examining the potential dangers of this trend, it’s crucial to understand what detoxification entails.

What is detoxing? 

Detoxing is a process that involves using foods, herbs, supplements, and treatments to remove metals from the body through urine, sweat, and breath. It’s often described as an internal cleansing to eliminate toxic energy and metal toxicity, which may cause headaches, depression, and other ailments.

Best Cyber Monday Fashion & Clothing deals 2023 – The Telegraph

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It’s time for papa to get a brand new bag – plus shoes, a winter coat and gym gear. That’s right: Cyber Monday fashion deals for have arrived. Featuring brands from Gymshark, JD Sports and Superdry to ASOS and Zara, all sartorial bases are well and truly covered. JD deals offer up to 50% off shoes and up to 70% off fashion. The Superdry sale promises to be its “biggest sale yet”, ranging from winter jackets and coats to jeans. Go behind the seams of the best deals and the biggest, most stylish savings for  online shoppers this year.And, for more offers, browse from a selection of top Cyber Monday beauty deals.

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The Gymshark sale started on November, 16th. Shoppers are able to save up to 70% online and in-store on a selection of items including loungwear sets, gym bags, accessories, activewear and more. Additionally,  the London store will be open from 4pm GMT ready for you to find everything on your wishlist in the Gymshark Cyber Monday sale this year to upgrade your gym wardrobe. Get ready ahead of time and simply save on current sportswear in the Gymshark outlet today.


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Save up to 80% on selected ASOS fashion deals in the outlet and expect huge discounts from Friday 24 November to Cyber Monday on 27 November. Update your wardrobe and

After nearly 50 years, Fayette schools ending nurse contract with Lexington health department

A nearly 50-year relationship between the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and Fayette County Public Schools that provided nurses to local schools is ending, district officials announced Monday.

“FCPS has selected another vendor to provide nursing staff services for all schools starting July 1, 2024. This contract is for one year, ending June 30, 2025, and has an option to renew,” said district spokesperson Dia Davidson-Smith.

The decision came after a request for proposal process that included a bid, technical proposal and interview from several companies and organizations, including the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, Davidson-Smith said.

“We have been notified that the health department was not selected for school health services for the upcoming year,” Health Department spokesperson Kevin Hall said Monday. “We are proud of the work we have provided Fayette County for almost 50 years and look forward to continuing our mission of helping Lexington be well.”

Hall said the contract had been in effect for 49 years.

School district officials released a document that showed the new vendor, Maxim, outbid the health department.

The health department bid $4,565,138 for services. Maxim bid $3,143,850.

The document from district staff said school nurses help students with chronic health conditions and medical needs so they are able to safely participate in school, have good attendance and maximize their academic achievement.

In addition, they team with school staff to promote healthy activities and a healthy school environment, according to the document.

Ten vendors responded to the request for proposals. A review committee of stakeholder representatives were impaneled to review the written proposals and interview the top four scorers.

Scoring was based on cost (30%), the technical proposal (30%) which included qualifications, licenses, tracking and reporting, references (10%) and the interview (30%). After all scores were calculated, Maxim health was the highest score

Mallorytown, Ont. residents struggling since walk-in clinic closure

Frustration is building in Mallorytown.

When the town’s only walk-in clinic closed in February, there was talk about getting new health professionals to fill the gap.

But, the village is still waiting.

Angie Cowan has been fighting for health care in Front of Younge Township since late last year, when she learned provincial budget cuts would lead to Mallorytown, the township’s hub, losing its only free walk-in clinic.

She says that since the clinic closed in February, things have only continued to get harder for people living in the rural area.

“We now have to go to a private clinic, where we don’t even have a nurse, or we have to go to emergency,” she said.

Cowan isn’t in this battle alone. Numerous people who used to use the clinic’s services, along with Front of Yonge Township council are pushing the province.

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Front of Yonge Township mayor Roger Haley says they were elated in February when MPP Steve Clark said that Mallorytown would be first on the list for funding for a new clinic staffed by a nurse practitioner, but almost 10 months later, the fully ready clinic remains empty, and the people of Mallorytown unserved.

“If the announcement was made today that we had the funding, we still have to hire somebody, so this could be months down the road before we find someone,” said Haley.

Now, between waiting and the lack of action from the province, Haley, Cowan and the hundreds of people who Haley says used the clinic, frustration is mounting.

“We’re just being told ‘Oh, we’re reviewing the applications, we’re reviewing the applications,’ and … nothing,” he

From Paper to Pixels: The Future is Bright for Health Information Management

The evolution of Health Information Management (HIM) professionals has been remarkable. They are no longer paper pushers (literally) and are now stewards of healthcare data. Jennifer Mueller, President of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), sees a bright future for the HIM industry.

Healthcare IT Today sat down with Jennifer Mueller, AHIMA President and the Vice President & Privacy Officer at the Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center (WHAIC) to the explore the past, present, and bright future of HIM professionals. We caught up with her at the 2023 American Health Information Management Association annual conference (AHIMA23).

Putting Paper in the Rearview Mirror

It wasn’t that long ago that HIM professionals were responsible for managing paper medical records. The era of rolling shelves, paperclips, and Dictaphones ended less than 20 years ago. Prior to the Meaningful Use incentives in 2005, only 20% of medical records were stored electronically.

A lot has changed.

“I lived through that transition,” said Mueller with a smile. “When I started my career in health information, I worked in the medical records department. We had a wall full of paper records. There were 14 volunteers that would file papers. Within 10 years, we had no more paper records. Ten is relatively fast to go completely paperless.”

HIM Professionals = Stewards of Health Data

Today, HIM professionals are not only responsible for accurate record-keeping but also play a crucial role in ensuring the quality and usability of the vast amounts of healthcare data.

“We are collecting so much data now,” continued Mueller. “It’s now up to us to ensure that data is accurate, timely, and useful. We have to ask ourselves – how can we help to leverage that data to improve patient care.”

One area where Mueller believes HIM professionals can make

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