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Costco to new offer weight-loss program possibly including Ozempic

Costco and its low-cost health care partner are expanding into weight-loss management.

Costco will begin offering its members in the U.S. access to a weight loss program through Sesame, a health care marketplace, Sesame exclusively told USA TODAY. The service, which will cost $179 every three months, is scheduled to become available April 2.

“We are witnessing important innovations in medically supervised weight loss,” said David Goldhill, Sesame‘s co-founder and CEO. “Sesame’s unique model allows us not only to make high-quality specialty care like weight loss much more accessible and affordable but also to empower clinicians to create care plans that are specific to − and appropriate for − each individual patient.”

Last fall, Costco began offering $29 visits with a primary care physician through its partnership with Sesame. It also offered virtual mental health therapy for $79 a session and health checkups with a standard lab panel and virtual follow-up consultation with a provider for $72.

The expansion into medical weight loss services by Sesame with Costco came as a result of inquiries from patients, Goldhill told USA TODAY.

“The No. 1 search term of Costco members seeking primary care on Sesame was around weight loss,” Goldhill said.

Both parties got together about two months after the primary care doctor partnership started to begin looking into offering weight loss management because consumers were coming to Sesame “unprompted and saying ‘What do you have?’ ” he said.

How does Costco’s weight loss program work?

This is what’s included for $179 every three months for Costco members:

  • Three months of clinical consultation.
  • Ability to select the clinician of your choice.
  • An initial live video consultation with the clinician.
  • Ability to message your clinician outside scheduled appointments.
  • A nutritional guide and recommendations.
  • An individualized, clinically appropriate treatment program.

Sesame clinicians will begin

After Brittany Mahomes’ advice, doctors offer ways to take care of pelvic floor problems

When Brittany Mahomes recently advised moms to take care of their pelvic floors, she raised awareness of a condition that is more common than many young women realize.

“Women don’t get educated about this, especially when they are younger, when they are of childbearing age,” said Dr. Deepanjana Das, a urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery specialist at the Cleveland Clinic.

Earlier this week, Mahomes, who has two young children with her husband, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, gave a reminder to women on her Instagram story: “Once you have kids take care of your pelvic floor. Seriously,” signing it “from a girl with a fractured back.”

NBC News has reached out to representatives for Mahomes for comment. Meanwhile, doctors say back and pelvic floor problems can be connected.

“Women can be at risk of both due to low-back issues and factors such as pregnancy and childbirth,” said Dr. Roger Dmochowski, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology, urology and surgery, and associate surgeon in chief at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The gynecologic organs, the bladder and the rectum are all held in place by a group of muscles and ligaments known as the pelvic floor, Dmochowski explained. When these tissues are stretched and weakened, urinary and fecal incontinence can result. More severe issues with those muscles can lead to organ prolapse, during which one or more of the pelvic organs can drop down into the vaginal canal and even protrude through the vagina.

Other risk factors include repeated lifting of heavy weights and standing for many hours.

“Gravity is not your best friend,” Dmochowski said.

Overall, nearly a quarter of women in the U.S. develop pelvic floor issues, according to the National Institutes of Health. Younger women ages 20 to 39 are less likely to experience symptoms

B.C. health officials offer contract for 1.5 million virtual care visits

The provincial government is offering a service contract for a company that can provide physicians or nurse practitioners to field up to 1.5 million virtual appointments for British Columbians, CTV News has learned.

The application package for “British Columbia (BC) Access to Episodic Virtual Care Services” requires at least 150,000 appointments per year, which would exclude all but the largest health-care providers and corporations in the province.

Several physicians have spoken to CTV News about the move, describing it as a surprise strategy outside the usual bounds of negotiation and policymaking – and one that corporatizes health-care and adds unnecessary bureaucracy while centralizing control with the Ministry of Health. They spoke on background, fearing reprisal for questioning government policy. 

One pointed out that virtual appointments are quicker and much more profitable than in-person care, which often involves physical exams and treatments that require more time and supplies. 

The goal, applicants are told in the package, is to “add additional dedicated access to episodic virtual primary care services coordinated at a provincial level in support of the province’s primary care strategy,” it reads in part. Physical assessments or exams would then need to be referred to a clinic or primary care practice with a family doctor or nurse practitioner registered and accredited to practise in B.C.

Under their current agreement with the province, family doctors are limited in how many unattached patients they can see as part of their practice, with a cap on the number of appointments per day.

Patient and public health-care advocate Camille Currie, co-founder of BC Healthcare Matters, suggested that access to medical care may not improve for patients, with a middle-man profiting in a unnecessarily complicated system, if the plan goes ahead as proposed.

“This money could’ve been

At Hopkins Greenberg Center, doctors offer more than medical advice to people with dwarfism

By and large, Donné Settles Allen of Silver Spring has a tall family. She’s 5 feet 9 inches, and both her husband and oldest son are over 6 feet.

Then, there’s her 13-year-old son, Asante Allen — an outgoing, tenacious goofball who stands 3 feet 9 inches. (He’s quick to point out that with socks and shoes, he’s closer to 3 feet 11 inches).

Asante is the only one in his family who has achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism and the same one that actor Peter Dinklage has. His mother calls him the family’s “spontaneous genetic miracle.”

And if there’s been a point of consistency through the journey of his diagnosis and treatment, Settles Allen said, it’s been the Greenberg Center for Skeletal Dysplasia at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where Asante has been a patient since he was 9 months old.

“It’s a fine institution,” said Asante, making his mom laugh. “The best of the best.”

In many ways, the center is similar to any other genetics clinic.

Parents come seeking a diagnosis for their child, who likely spent the first few weeks of life ping-ponging between specialists. Experts and doctors offer recommendations and teach families about the latest research on skeletal dysplasia — an umbrella of more than 400 different genetic conditions, many of which prevent bones from growing to an average length.

But the center offers more than just medical advice and genetic counseling to patients like Asante. Specialists make sure toddlers have car seats that fit. They ask children about bullying at school and, if needed, help them find a therapist.

Sometimes, when new parents come to the center, still reeling from their child’s diagnosis, staff members become the first people to congratulate them on the birth of their baby.

”Telling them their baby is

Plus-size clothing swap in Vancouver will offer free clothes — and community

A new plus-size clothing swap will offer Vancouverites free second-hand clothing size 14 and up, but organizers say it will also offer more than that. 

Organizers of YVR Fat Clothing Swap say they want to create a welcoming community for those who have historically been excluded from the fashion industry. 

“In Vancouver it can be hard to find inclusive spaces as a fat person,” said clothing swap co-organizer Andrina Fawcett. 

Fawcett and others have been collecting donations over the past month for their first swap, which will take place Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Celebrities Nightclub on Davie Street. 

They estimate they have amassed between 600 and 900 plus-size garments. 

Fawcett says there are few clothing options in bigger sizes in Vancouver, and the limited selection often comes with a high price tag. 

“We found ourselves really frustrated by how expensive and sparse options for fashionable fat clothing are in this city,” Fawcett said. 

“We wanted to do something about it.” 

Co-organizer Isobel Bemrose-Fetter hopes the event will keep clothing out of landfills while fostering body positivity. 

“There is a broad range in body types, and that’s pretty beautiful,” she said. 

Bemrose-Fetter says the event will give plus-size people the opportunity to shop and meet others in a safe and comfortable space. 

“You’re around other people who look like you. And so it can be a really great way to try and engage with your community and get opinions,” she said. 

Entry is by donation with a suggested donation of $10. Organizers recommend each person take around five items. 

Organizers say they hope to host more similar swaps in the future. 

Community spaces

Vancouver-based model and writer Lydia Okello says the city lacks community spaces for plus-size people. 

“Events like this make me feel positive and excited

Vacation gatherings: Physicians offer you suggestions to remain safe

Canada’s top health care provider is sharing her tips for protecting the overall health of oneself and cherished ones in the very first vacation time mainly free of charge of COVID-19 limits.

Speaking to CTV’s Your Morning on Monday, Chief Community Wellness Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam urged Canadians to maintain up-to-date with their COVID-19 and flu vaccinations and to keep property if unwell.

“Nicely, of training course we’ve been accumulating quite a little bit given that the drop and we’re heading into the holiday period, exactly where persons would want to get alongside one another additional for the reason that it is the very first holiday season where by there’s been no unique limitations on motion or call,” Tam stated.

“So with that in brain, we can guard ourselves as we head into conference with family and buddies.”

Tam instructed carrying significant-quality masks, guaranteeing there is correct air flow indoors, hand washing and employing COVID-19 swift checks as other methods to support avert the spread of viruses in the course of vacation gatherings.

She also pressured that everyone pregnant is at larger risk of developing critical outcomes from the flu and COVID-19, and would reward from vaccinations.

According to details launched by the General public Wellness Company of Canada, extra than 700 kids were hospitalized by the end of November with H3N2, a pressure of the flu that generally can take a toll on more mature grown ups. Prior pandemic limits have lessened the sum of flu-associated hospitalizations, but the severity of current scenarios has involved medical groups.

The most up-to-date federal FluWatch report shows the share of checks favourable for influenza, though nevertheless a bit previously mentioned pre-pandemic concentrations, fell throughout the 7 days of Dec. 4-10.


How Ontario’s new health-care offer could transform the way your household doctor functions

A lot more relatives medical practitioners in Ontario could start off caring for their patients in groups — alongside nurses, social workers and other overall health pros — as a consequence of the new federal-provincial funding offer. 

The deal between the governments of Premier Doug Ford and Key Minister Justin Trudeau is at this stage just an agreement-in-theory, so the two sides nevertheless want to kind out specifically how the promised $8.4 billion will actually be spent. 

The initial priority named in the funding arrangement is offering Ontarians “entry to significant-high quality family well being services when they have to have them.” 

But Ontario is facing an acute shortage of family physicians that is only forecast to worsen. It can be currently estimated that a lot more than two million Ontarians are without the need of a relatives health practitioner, and projections advise looming retirements of medical professionals will drive that selection even greater. 

With minimal prospect of promptly and appreciably boosting the quantity of relatives medical professionals in Ontario, how can the deal with the federal govt maximize obtain to primary treatment? Gurus say the critical is letting much more family doctors to do the job in teams of wellness specialists so they can just take on additional sufferers. 

Group-primarily based treatment has long been proven to be far better not only for individuals but also for the effectively-being of family members doctors, claims Dr. Allan Grill, lead medical doctor of the Markham Spouse and children Wellness Group and chief of spouse and children medicine at Markham-Stouffville Healthcare facility in York Location just north of Toronto.

Photo of Doctor Allan Grill in a clinic room at Markham-Stouffville Hospital.
Dr. Allan Grill is the direct medical doctor at the Markham Spouse and children Health Staff. (Susan Goodspeed/CBC)

“You are not able to count on family members medical professionals to just include

For $30/thirty day period, Ontario doctors offer you speedy accessibility to nurse practitioners

Some medical professionals in Ontario are presenting their individuals the possibility of more overall health care, at a value: 7-day a 7 days rapid access to appointments with a nurse practitioner, for a cost of about $30 a month.

It’s completely lawful below both the federal and provincial medicare procedures. But due to the fact it consists of charging for overall health treatment, it provides gas to a increasing debate around two-tier wellness treatment in Canada. 

Kindercare Pediatrics in Toronto launched its nurse-practitioner system in reaction to overwhelming desire from moms and dads during the surge in respiratory health problems amid young ones final fall, stated the follow owner, Dr. Dan Flanders. 

“We couldn’t preserve up,” reported Flanders in an interview. “Most people was doing work their brains out and we were being nevertheless turning absent close to 100 clients a day.”‘

The system he created is named Kindercare365 and it is pitched as “on-need overall health treatment for young children.”  It relies on nurse practitioners, who are authorized in Ontario to offer lots of of the exact services as family physicians, together with diagnosing diseases and prescribing medicines. 

The optional membership costs $29 for every month (moreover HST) for just one child or $59 for every month for two to five children. It claims an quick digital appointment with a nurse practitioner from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. any day of the 7 days and, if needed, an in-man or woman appointment no afterwards than the next working day.

Photo of Doctor Dan Flanders
Dr. Dan Flanders is a pediatrician in Toronto and owner of Kindercare Pediatrics. (Craig Chivers/CBC)

“This has opened up a doorway so that additional young family members can have obtain to health care,” explained Flanders. “It can be not best that clients have to pay out, but it really is

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