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Vancouver news: Hundreds of mental health calls diverted from police

A pilot program that embeds a mental health nurse in the Vancouver Police Department to triage 911 calls has diverted an average of nine calls a day since it launched last year, according to an update from the health authority.

Vancouver Coastal Health presented to city council Tuesday outlining the progress made on a number of initiatives meant to “reduce incidents of police-only response to mental health crises.”

Since June of 2023, nurses working in the VPD’s operational command centre have triaged 1,374 calls and resolved 743 of them – or 54 per cent – with no police involvement.

“They’ve either been diverted to a more appropriate non-police response or directly resolved by the nurse on the phone in the moment,” said Bonnie Wilson, VCH’s community operations director.

In some cases, she explained, the health-care worker can access the person’s medical records to find out if they are connected to a care team, and to send that team to visit the person in crisis. In others, the nurse has done “problem-solving, trouble-shooting and de-escalation” directly with the person on the other end of the phone.

“We’re quite excited about the early results, and we want to continue to monitor and watch. But we do think that this is providing an appropriate response to the individuals who are receiving these interventions. And it’s also allowing the police resources to be spared from having to go and respond to these calls,” Wilson said.

To be connected to the nurse, VPD Deputy Chief Fiona Wilson told council, a person in crisis or person concerned about someone else does have to call 911 and ask for police – something she, the health officials present and councillors acknowledged can be a significant barrier.

“We would love to

B.C. and Ottawa announce $733M in federal health funding for province’s seniors – BC News

British Columbia and Ottawa have announced $733 million in new federal funding over the next five years to improve health care for the province’s seniors.

The funds will help expand home and community care, improve access to palliative and end-of-life services and improve the quality of long-term care.

Federal Health Minister Mark Holland said it is the first agreement on aging with dignity in the country.

“We have an aging population, but we have to rise and meet that challenge,” he said during a news conference Monday.

Holland said he has been working “very closely” with his B.C. counterpart, Adrian Dix.

“We see a strengthening of the safety and quality of long-term care generally in this agreement, and improvement to the quality of dementia care, increased access to palliative end-of-life care to people outside of hospitals, to personalize care, and to make sure there’s greater oversight,” he said.

The announcement by Holland and Dix in Vancouver marks the second major bilateral health funding deal between the two governments in four months.

It builds on a $1.2-billion deal announced in October that aims to improve how health information is collected, shared and used. A plan to streamline foreign credential recognition for internationally educated health professionals was also announced.

Dix told the news conference that the province is working to improve the health-care system, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic, which had a big impact on seniors.

He said there’s been a

Rethink period-pushing pills, reduce training intensity and alter diet during cycles: Menstrual health advice for women wrestlers | Sport-others News

Lighter training workloads during periods, four different week-wise dietary patterns based on the menstruation cycle and avoiding period-pushing pills altogether are some of the changes India’s women wrestlers are incorporating to tackle the tricky challenge of training during periods.

A thoughtful and scientific approach to menstrual health of female wrestlers is helping many prevent injuries that occur due to brittle bones – a result of calcium loss.

Dr Samuel Pullinger is the head of Sports Science at the JSW’s Inspire Institute of Sport, a training centre at Vijayanagar, Karnataka, where the country’s top wrestlers are camped. His team is helping women in combat sports train smarter and harder without compromising on health, he told The Indian Express.

Hansaben Rathore, a 19-year-old, from Depalpur, Indore, went through extremes as a young teen while training in her small town, with absence of knowledge, during her periods.

Wrestling Dr Samuel Pullinger is the head of Sports Science at the JSW’s Inspire Institute of Sport, a training centre at Vijayanagar, Karnataka, where the country’s top wrestlers are camped.

“At my first centre, I was told not to land up at practice at all during periods because there was a God’s idol in the room. And at my second centre, the coach would say, “achha, problem hai? koi nahi,” and ask me to ignore cramps and pain and continue training at full tilt,” she recalls.

Festive offer

There was little discussion because she felt awkward. But after 6 months, the period pain became unbearable. “Muscle injuries happen because you feel weak. The other option of not training at all also wasn’t right as practice stopped. Here at IIS, our diet for every week is planned keeping in mind the cycle, and training on the first two days of the period is lighter,” she explains.

Rathore has competed during

‘Digital safety kit’ offers guidance for public health workers dealing with online harassment | News

January 31, 2024 – Political divisions that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic prompted an uptick in online harassment of people working in the public health arena—and the harassment hasn’t died down. In response, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health Communication (CHC) has produced a Digital Safety Kit for Public Health that aims to help public health workers and researchers navigate hostile online experiences and perhaps avoid them altogether.

The toolkit was put together by Samuel Mendez, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mendez, who focuses on organizational health literacy and online communication, is also a research assistant and student advisory board member at the CHC. The kit, which Mendez wrote about in a January 23 opinion piece in Harvard Public Health, provides a wealth of information about online harassment—how to recognize it, how to respond, how to make a plan to protect yourself, and what institutions can do.

The idea for the toolkit grew, in part, as Mendez watched colleagues, including doctors, scientists, and public health communicators, experience online harassment—and have to deal with it mostly on their own.

“My friends and peers, even those at a university or research center, have found that they can’t count right now on their institutions to have a lot of resources lined up to respond effectively,” Mendez said in an interview. “There are guides from content creators and streamers and social media influencers that offer a lot of individual advice—for instance, how to keep your public profile separate from your personal profile—and it’s great that those resources are available. But I found that existing advice doesn’t really translate well to public health, because in the world of public health a certain amount of your professional information has to be public because you get federal

“Loneliness is not a personal failing”: Dartmouth Health psychologist offers advice for forging connection, feeling better | News & Stories

In this coldest time of year, northern New Englanders tend to spend more time indoors and turn in early—and that can be a little lonely. The COVID-19 pandemic also forced all of us to spend more time in isolation, with many of us still getting less human interaction than we used to as a lot of office jobs shifted to a work-from-home model.

Alone time can be relaxing and energizing, but too much can have negative impacts. Last year, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, issued a public health advisory about the dangers of loneliness, saying it impacts half of all American adults.

“If you are among those suffering, the antidote to your loneliness could be closer and more accessible than you think,” said Andrew J. Smith, PhD, a psychologist at Dartmouth Health’s Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, who recently co-authored a study on how social connectedness can help improve health. “No doubt, loneliness can have far-reaching effects on a person’s life. But loneliness is not a personal failing. Loneliness is an emotional signal that tells you to go find someone to talk to, engage in your community, and serve others—even if you think it will be hard.”

Studies show myriad impacts of prolonged loneliness and social isolation on our health, leading to increased risk for cardiovascular disease, immune dysfunction, insomnia, stroke, dementia, depression, anxiety, and even earlier death. Loneliness can not only impact your emotional wellbeing, it can make you feel worse about yourself and your perceived prospects for a meaningful life.

If you feel you are suffering from loneliness, ask yourself some questions:

  • Are you having trouble in your relationship with loved ones?
  • Do you feel disconnected from the wider world?
  • Are you avoiding friends?
  • Do you feel “less than” others?
  • Are you afraid of feeling judged or

13 Things To Know About Paxlovid, the Latest COVID-19 Pill > News > Yale Medicine

[Originally published: March 10, 2022. Updated: Jan. 10, 2024]

Note: Information in this article was accurate at the time of original publication. Because information about COVID-19 changes rapidly, we encourage you to visit the websites of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and your state and local government for the latest information.

Paxlovid, the pill that has become the go-to treatment for COVID-19 treatment, was granted full approval in May by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults at high risk for severe disease, including hospitalization and death. The drug also remains available to everyone 12 and older (weighing at least 88 pounds) who has mild-to-moderate disease and is at high risk for severe disease under an FDA Emergency Use Authorization.

Paxlovid is an oral antiviral pill that can be taken at home to help keep high-risk patients from getting so sick that they need to be hospitalized. So, if you are eligible to take the pills, you can take them at home and lower your risk of going to the hospital.

The drug, developed by Pfizer, had an 89% reduction in the risk of hospitalization and death in unvaccinated people in the clinical trial that supported the EUA, a number that was high enough to prompt the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to prioritize it over other COVID-19 treatments. Studies outside of the laboratory have since confirmed Paxlovid’s effectiveness among people who have been vaccinated. It’s cheaper than many other COVID-19 drugs (at this time, U.S. residents eligible for Paxlovid will continue to receive the medicine at no charge), and it is expected to work against the latest Omicron subvariants.

“It’s really our first efficacious oral antiviral pill for this virus,” says Scott Roberts, MD, a

A Guide to Safe Use > News > Yale Medicine

Do not use generative AI for advice, such as whether you should go to the emergency room for chest pain, the doctors say.

“Currently, the chatbot cannot create a risk profile on an individual patient at a particular point in time, so it’s better to avoid those types of questions,” says Andrew Taylor, MD, MHS, a Yale Medicine emergency department (ED) physician, who is also leading Yale’s 2024 AI in Medicine Symposium.

Rather, here are some tips for trying generative AI:

1. Use it to provide context or education.

For example, try the prompt: “I was told to take these medications; please explain them to me.” Or “How is [insert condition] diagnosed?”

Generative AI can also explain medical terminology you find on a lab report or imaging results, Dr. Taylor adds. “From a patient education standpoint, AI has the potential to be a great tool,” he says.

2. Know that some AI platforms are not updated in real time.

Although there are reports that some AI platforms have up-to-date information for users with premium—or paid—subscriptions, for others, the data AI relies on to answer questions may not have been updated for a few years.

Because medical information is always changing, that lag in data may mean that the AI responses are not capturing the latest medical knowledge on conditions or treatments.

3. Consider the source.

One of the advantages of doing a standard search through Google is transparency, Dr. Wilson explains. “If I see that the top link [in the search results] is from a trusted source, such as the American Medical Association, I can be sure they vetted it and that the information will be accurate,” he says. “But if I use generative AI, it might not tell me where the information is coming from.”

4. Maintain some

Health Department: Health Department Action Plan for New Government’s 100-Day Campaign | Jaipur News

Jaipur: The health department will hold a meeting on Tuesday to finalise its action plan for the new government’s 100-day campaign as directed by chief minister Bhajan Lal Sharma. Officials said they had prepared the action plan and will reveal it after the meeting tomorrow. The action plan is based on the programme of the Centre’s Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra (VBSY).Under VBSY, the Centre is promoting Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY). Ayushman cards are being created using the Ayushman app and physical cards are being distributed to beneficiaries. TNN
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Fraser Institute News Release: Canada’s health-care wait times hit 27.7 weeks in 2023–longest ever recorded

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canadian patients waited longer than ever this year for medical treatment, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, an annual survey of physicians across Canada, reports a median wait time of 27.7 weeks—the longest ever recorded, longer than the wait of 27.4 weeks reported in 2022—and 198 per cent higher than the 9.3 weeks Canadians waited in 1993, when the Fraser Institute began tracking wait times.

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HHS’ Office for Civil Rights Settles HIPAA Investigation of St. Joseph’s Medical Center for Disclosure of Patients’ Protected Health Information to a News Reporter

St. Joseph’s Medical Center provided a national media outlet access to
COVID-19 patients’ protected health information

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a settlement with Saint Joseph’s Medical Center for potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. Saint Joseph’s Medical Center is a non-profit academic medical center in New York that provides a full range of health care services. The settlement involved the impermissible disclosure of COVID-19 patients’ protected health information to a national media outlet.

“When receiving medical care in hospitals and emergency rooms, patients should not have to worry that providers may disclose their health information to the media without their authorization,” said OCR Director Melanie Fontes Rainer. “Providers must be vigilant about patient privacy and take necessary steps to protect it and follow the law. The Office for Civil Rights will continue to take enforcement actions that puts patient privacy first.”

OCR investigated Saint Joseph’s Medical Center after the Associated Press published an article about the medical center’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, which included photographs and information about the facility’s patients. These images were distributed nationally, exposing protected health information including patients’ COVID-19 diagnoses, current medical statuses and medical prognoses, vital signs, and treatment plans.

OCR determined that Saint Joseph’s Medical Center disclosed three patients’ protected health information to the Associated Press without first obtaining written authorization from the patients, therefore potentially violating the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, a covered entity (including a health care provider), may not use or disclose protected health information, except either:

  • As the HIPAA Privacy Rule permits or requires; or
  • The individual who is the subject of the information (or the individual’s personal representative) authorizes in writing.
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