Health care groups, lobbyists padded Cuomo campaign coffers amid virus crisis, immunity push
ALBANY, N.Y. — Health care groups and lobbyists tied to nursing homes flooded Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign coffers with cash last year as the state shielded hospitals and long-term care facilities from the threat of lawsuits stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. Lawmakers and critics are raising questions about the donations and ties as the governor and his administration are embroiled in a ballooning controversy over Cuomo’s office admitting it failed to make the total death toll of nursing home residents killed by COVID public due to a federal probe. According to campaign finance records, ...
New York Daily News
Visitors allowed in NY nursing homes as Cuomo says he should have countered critics more aggressively
ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo faulted himself Friday for not being “aggressive enough” as he faces a firestorm of criticism over New York’s handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 crisis. The governor, accused of vowing to “destroy” an outspoken assemblyman in recent days, repeated his claim that his administration’s only mistake has been creating a “void” of missing information that was “exploited.” “I was not aggressive enough in knocking down the falsity. We were busy doing our job, we’re trying to save lives, no excuses. I was not aggressive enough,” Cuomo said during a remote pre...
New York Daily News
Three-pronged approach to fight the infodemic
Misinformation and rumours are three times more likely to be spread on social media as compared to accurate information. We need to adopt evidence-informed measures from a transdisciplinary perspective to win the battle against this parallel pandemic. By Dr. Apurva Kumar Pandya The World Health Organization (WHO) defines an infodemic as an “overabundance of information – some accurate and some not – that occurs during an epidemic makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it.” The overflow of information about the COVID-19 pandemic on a daily basi...
Yoshinoya teams up with Jollibee, hopes to open 50 stores in Philippines
TOKYO, NNA - Japan's Yoshinoya Holdings Co. has joined hands with fellow fast food giant Jollibee Foods Corp. of the Philippines with an eye to opening 50 of its "gyudon" beef bowl stores over the next 10 years in the Southeast Asian country. Yoshinoya International Philippines Inc., a local Yoshinoya subsidiary, and Jollibee have signed a deal to set up an equally owned joint venture with an initial capital of 130 million pesos ($2.7 million), the Tokyo-based company said in a news release Tuesday. The alliance enables the Yoshinoya group to optimize Jollibee's procurement and distribution ne...
NNA Business News
Indian health-tech startups get booster shots from investors, customer shift
By Atul Ranjan NEW DELHI, NNA - The growing adoption of digital platforms among doctors and patients in India amid the pandemic last year has given a new impetus to health-tech startups in the country. It is also helped by supportive government policies to push e-healthcare as a viable alternate channel for healthcare services. According to industry experts, the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 last year saw a rapid rise in digital practices, enabling health-tech startups to receive a massive jump in patient traffic. It opened many doors for young companies trying to gain ...
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How to do date night during COVID-19 pandemic: 7 Valentine’s Day ideas
A buzzing restaurant filled with diners, a packed concert hall. Date nights of the past aren’t available this year, claimed by the pandemic. But date nights can still be vibrant and romantic. We asked Illinois couples how they are making it work. Some picked up at-home painting kits; others are creating a restaurant-style environment at home, complete with children as servers. When thinking about how to plan a nice night with your partner, remember that date nights are about finding an opportunity for connection, says Chicago psychotherapist Alyssa Arnol. “Understanding how you and your partne...
India ramps up public spending, but views divided over amount for recovery
NEW DELHI, NNA - Last week, the buoyant market intensified its recent bull run, sending Indian stocks to new record highs after India announced a nearly half-a-trillion-dollar 'get-well-soon' budget with sizable priority spending for healthcare and capital for the new financial year starting April 1. Aimed at laying the foundation for stronger growth in the next four to five years, the country will jack up health expenditure by a whopping 137 percent to 2.2 trillion rupees ($30.2 billion) and capital outlay by 35 percent to 5.54 trillion rupees to boost infrastructure. Expectedly, the huge hea...
NNA Business News
ICU nurses in San Diego say relaxed staffing levels are affecting patient care
SAN DIEGO — Since it started allowing hospitals to bend nurse-to-patient ratios last March, California has made it clear that this was supposed to be a temporary measure, a way of handling the staffing crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Instructions posted in June told hospitals they must "resume mandatory staffing levels as soon as feasible," even if doing so required bringing in "other staffing options" such as brigades of temporary "registry" workers to help bolster the front lines. But intensive care nurses at Kaiser Permanente's Zion Medical Center in San Diego say that's not what's ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Hospitals in Washington state send N95 masks to 3M for testing and discover many are knockoffs
SEATTLE — Dozens of hospitals in Washington state have learned that N95 respirator masks believed to be purchased from 3M are knockoffs and were not manufactured by the company. After receiving notice from 3M about the possibility that some masks were counterfeit, the Washington State Hospital Association on Friday alerted the state’s hospitals and asked them to pull potentially affected masks from their supplies. WSHA asked the state’s 115 hospitals to sort through their mask supplies and several have sent masks to 3M for testing. This weekend, the company confirmed that some were counterfeit...
The Seattle Times
Cardiologists say components in iPhone 12 can disable pacemakers, defibrillators
Magnets and other components inside iPhone 12 devices could disable pacemakers or implanted cardiac defibrillators, tech giant Apple has warned, potentially putting millions of people at risk for dangerous heart complications. The problem was identified by cardiologists at the Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute, who discovered that the batteries inside iPhone 12 devices and MagSafe chargers emit electromagnetic fields that can disable or interfere with implanted defibrillators and pacemakers, the health system announced late Wednesday. Dr. Gurjit Singh was among the doctors who wrote about ...
Detroit Free Press