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N.S. hopes daycare will be key to keeping health-care system running

It’s suppertime at Health Park Early Learning Centre in Sydney, N.S., and six children are nibbling away on grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup.

Sarah Chow sits at a tiny table beside her 15-month-old daughter Mira, spending a few minutes together before leaving for work. 

“She actually settled really well. She eats here, she loves to dance to music and they even got her to sleep,” Chow said, “which was really amazing, because usually I’m the only one successful at that.”

Chow is a piano teacher who works in the evenings, and her husband is an emergency-room doctor on a rotating shift at nearby Cape Breton Regional Hospital. They’ve had a hard time making their schedules line up with Mira’s care.

“Both of our families are in Ontario, so we don’t have grandparents close by to just kind of drop off the baby occasionally,” Chow said. “The first year was really 24/7.”

So when Health Park started offering round-the-clock child care for health-care workers in January, it was a blessing for the Chows. 

Three children under the age of five eat grilled cheese sandwiches at a small table.
Children at Health Park Early Learning Centre eating grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup together. (Shaina Luck/CBC)

“It’s really making our stay in Cape Breton a lot more positive, and I think it will probably be long term if we have that support,” Chow said.

What’s happening at Health Park is a pilot project aimed at tackling a pressing issue: Health-care workers across the country are reporting high levels of burnout, and many say child care with flexible hours would help them stay at work. 

Whether 24/7 daycare for children of health-care workers is feasible is still an open question, but at least two provinces in Canada are trying to find out.

‘We are serious about the need’

So far the Sydney program has served 22 families

Sask. family says persistence is key while trying to access specialist care


While recent statistics suggest that Saskatchewan is making progress on shortening waitlists for surgeries and diagnostic scans – some residents are still facing serious delays in accessing certain types of specialists.


After undergoing surgery on his thyroid, Darren Schachtel has faced roadblock after roadblock in his attempts to follow up with an endocrinologist – with the waitlists in Regina measured not in months, but in years.


“You’re kind of left just hanging. You really don’t know. They can’t really tell you. You haven’t got any timeline or anything,” he told CTV News while describing his experience.


According to a recent report from Secondstreet.org – a think tank that tracks health care delivery across Canada – Saskatchewan is making progress on some fronts.


“We’ve actually seen a positive story in Saskatchewan,” Secondstreet.org President Colin Craig explained.


As of Dec. 14, 28,361 people are waiting for surgeries in Saskatchewan, while 19,637 residents are in queue to receive diagnostic scans.


The totals mark a -21.2 per cent and a -4.8 per cent decrease since June of 2022.


Part of the improvements, Craig noted, is Saskatchewan’s willingness to adapt in the name of efficiency.


“They’re not afraid of trying different things,” he said. “They’ve decided to send some patients out of province if those patients want to go and get care faster. So that’s a positive thing because for a lot of patients, they just want to put an end to their chronic pain.”


While its good news for those who need surgeries or diagnostic scans – the picture seems to be less bright for those looking to access specialists.


The question of how many people are seeking care from specialists remains a mystery – as Secondstreet’s data contains holes – with specialist

Five Key Trends To Watch

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Did you spot Naomi Campbell wearing an AI pin during the Paris Fashion Week?

Well, that was just the tip of the iceberg that took center stage during September’s fashion showcases. From Hillary Taymour’s AI creations at New York Fashion Week to the custom AI designs by Acne Studio in Paris, AI is making waves in the fashion world.

Looking ahead, AI is set to inject $150 to $275 billion into the profits of the apparel, fashion and luxury sectors in the next three to five years, promising greater inclusivity, sustainability and creativity.

AI’s influence is multifaceted, spanning from personalized styling and optimized supply chains to AI-driven designs and creativity. Here are five ways AI is influencing fashion.

1. Personalized Styling And Recommendations

Personalization stands at the forefront of modern retail, with 73% of customers expecting brands to understand their individual tastes and preferences. Here, AI can be pivotal in delivering tailored styling and recommendations.

For instance, Stitch Fix uses AI to craft personalized style profiles, gathering 90 specific data points via a detailed survey. This includes style preferences, dress size, height and location, enabling algorithms to rank and recommend clothing items tailored to individual tastes.

Meanwhile, Styleriser, a B2B German company, leverages AI to offer personalized image consulting solutions, acting as a digital shopping assistant by recommending ideal colors based on individual skin tones.

As per Segment’s 2023 report, 56% of customers are more likely to become repeat buyers with personalized experiences. It highlights that customer loyalty hinges on brand experiences, which can be improved using AI.

2. Achieving Sustainability

The fashion industry grapples with a hefty 186 billion pounds of textile waste annually, and 87% of all material used ends up in landfills or incinerators. Addressing this wastage

‘Preserve those special small moments’: Movember men’s health awareness month organiser on his app to capture family memories – and key health information

Nicholas Worley hasn’t shaved for a while. The Hong Kong resident is preparing his moustache for Movember, the annual event that shines a light on men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Cultivating a ’tash is a way to support Movember, a global movement which this year marks its 20th anniversary. Much has happened since its seeds were sown by mates downing beers at a pub in Melbourne, Australia, in 2003.

It has helped fund more than 1,300 men’s health projects globally and was the catalyst for the world’s largest prostate cancer registry network, which now has more than 200,000 men from 23 countries enrolled.

It’s also been a driving force behind the channelling of almost US$350 million into more than 600 biomedical research projects for prostate and testicular cancer.

Worley at a Movember event in Hong Kong in 2012. Photo: courtesy of Nicholas Worley

Since incorporating mental health issues such as suicide in 2006, the movement has united experts, funded bold new approaches and embraced fresh perspectives all built around “getting men talking”.

“Mo bros”, as they are called, and their sisters, are encouraged to take action and get men talking about men’s health. It’s much needed.

Speak up, guys. We’re all hurting during Covid-19 – want to talk about it?

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer among men aged 15 to 39, while more than 1.4 million men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2020, a number expected to increase to 2.3 million globally by 2040.

In Hong Kong, more than 30 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every month. It is the third-most common cancer in men.

Worley has been supporting the Movember movement since 2010. “I organised some of the first gala parties in Hong Kong,” says the

Adriana LaGrange: Local decision-making key to reforming Alberta’s health care

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Last week, I received my mandate letter from Premier Danielle Smith. It is clear we have work to do in our health-care system, but I truly believe by working with our frontline health-care professionals and providers we will be able to solve many of these extremely complex problems.

The past few years have highlighted the pressures faced by health professionals in delivering care to Albertans. Over the last several years, Alberta’s government undertook significant engagement in order to fully understand these pressures as well as possible solutions.

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Key Factors Influencing the Global Fashion Luxury Cashmere Clothing Market – Exploring Product Types, Application Types, Sales Channels, Major Regions, and Key Players – Loro Piana, Brunello Cucinelli

The comprehensive analytical research report, titled “Global Fashion Luxury Cashmere Clothing Market – by Player, Region, Type, Application, Forecast 2023-2030,” offers a thorough examination of the worldwide Fashion Luxury Cashmere Clothing market. The report goes beyond presenting current trends and future predictions, providing a careful assessment of prime investment areas. It furnishes in-depth details on emerging growth prospects, drivers, challenges, and global market dynamics.

Moreover, the report places a strong emphasis on the competitive landscape by highlighting a roster of well-established companies operating in various regions. This inclusion aids in comprehending the level of competition prevailing in the market.

The research report incorporates a comprehensive analysis of key players and manufacturers in the industry. These entities have undergone thorough examination, and their profiles, encompassing business overviews, product portfolios, financial performance, and strategic initiatives, are detailed within the report. This information on key players and manufacturers offers valuable insights into the competitive landscape of the market and facilitates a better understanding of market dynamics and the strategies implemented by leading companies.

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  • Loro Piana
  • Brunello Cucinelli
  • Ermenegildo Zegna
  • Malo
  • Alyki
  • Pringle of Scotland
  • SofiaCashmere
  • Autumn Cashmere
  • TSE
  • Ballantyne
  • Birdie Cashmere
  • Maiyet
  • Gobi
  • GOYO
  • Cashmere Holding
  • Erdos Group
  • Hengyuanxiang
  • Kingdeer
  • Snow Lotus
  • Zhenbei Cashmere

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Health Care Isn’t the Key to a Healthy Population

In the UK, National Health Service waiting lists are at record levels. Last winter, the emergency care system collapsed. NHS doctors and nurses are striking. We have a problem not just in recruiting people, but in keeping them. To save the NHS, we have to reduce demand and help the public live healthier lives. To name just one example, in April it was reported that over 5 million people are living with diabetes in the UK. In 2018, the government released a report saying that diabetes is one of the biggest burdens on the NHS, accounting for 9 percent of its overall spend. One in six people in hospitals are diabetic. Two-thirds of UK adults are overweight, a key risk factor for diabetes.

Before the pandemic, the King’s Fund reported that public health spending in the UK was about £3 billion ($3.82 billion), which is 15 percent lower than it was six years before. We absolutely need to increase public health investment again—but more than that, we must consider health in every policy domain.

Consider poverty. About one in five people live in poverty in the UK. Poverty has a serious impact on physical and mental health: It is associated with higher infant mortality, lower adult life expectancy, poorer mental health, asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. It has been estimated that getting your daily calories from healthy foods costs three times more than getting the same calories from poor quality food.

Housing is another big problem. According to the Health Foundation, one in three people report a problem with the affordability, security, or quality of their housing. Issues such as mold and damp can lead to respiratory problems and headaches. In January, a coroner called for better housing after ruling that a toddler had died from a respiratory condition

The 10 Key Spring/Summer 2023 Trends To Know Now

Blue jeans, white tank, flannel shirt. In the end, it was one of the subtler looks from the Bottega Veneta spring/summer 2023 show that got the front row snapping and subsequently set Instagram alight. Sure, it was worn by Kate Moss, for whom a runway appearance is a happening these days. And sure, it turned out to be a not-so-simple combination of wafer-thin leather tank, leather trousers dyed to resemble faded jeans and a flannel shirt that required 12 layers of print to achieve that just-so colour. But it’s still surprising that “casual comfort”, as designer Matthieu Blazy put it post-show, can be considered one of the key references for the spring/summer 2023 fashion trends, even as we grapple with Barbiecore-meets-skin-galore.

Then again, perhaps it isn’t. If the industry has one eye on recession, with a slowdown on the cards, we could well be in for a return to quiet luxury in 2023. Think back to the normcore looks that defined the decade after the 2008 financial crisis, when brands dialled down the logos, packed up the partywear and embraced good old navy blue. Today’s equivalent might just be the muted suiting at The Row, the trusty leather coats at Saint Laurent, those timeless intrecciato bags at Bottega Veneta. Forever pieces, expertly executed.

Wait – does that sound like a snooze? If so, perhaps you’ll be the woman in cargo pants and a crop top come February, since designer upon designer is giving the utility proposition legs. And pockets – lots of pockets. From Marine Serre to Miu Miu, Chanel to Louis Vuitton, everything from leather jackets to miniskirts to khaki cotton coats and even tweed two-pieces came with zipped or buttoned pouches, Mr Fixit style. Speaking of tool-belt-wearing handymen, how about the trend revival nobody saw coming: power panniers?

US Leads World in Health-Care Spending Yet Key Health Outcomes Lag, Study Says

(Bloomberg) — The US spends as much as three times more on health care per person as other high-income countries, yet residents are often less likely to visit doctors, according to a report that highlights poor returns for the nation’s large investment.

The pandemic has widened discordances between medical spending and health results in the US and the rest of the world, findings from the Commonwealth Fund study show. The only high-income country that doesn’t guarantee access to health care, the US spent almost 18% of its gross domestic product on health and related services in 2021. 

The report adds to a litany of indicting data from the US, where half of adults are worried about medical costs that sometimes force them to delay or forgo care, according to a recent study, and life expectancy of 77 years ranks 39th among all nations. One glaring problem is that Americans visit the doctor just four times a year, trailing most other wealthy countries, perhaps because of cost and a lack of practicing physicians, the authors said. 

The American health system “can seem designed to discourage people from using services,” they wrote in the report, US Health Care from a Global Perspective, 2022: Accelerating Spending, Worsening Outcomes. “High out-of-pocket costs lead nearly half of working-age adults to skip or delay getting needed care.” 

The US spends $10,687 per person each year on health-care programs and insurance, plus another $1,225 for household out-of-pocket costs, the research found. That compares to less than $4,000 for both components in South Korea, the lowest of 13 countries the group tracked, and just over $7,000 in Germany, the second-biggest spender after the US.

Yet Americans are seen by doctors less than half as often as people in the Netherlands, Germany, Japan and Korea, and the US has

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