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‘VP in good health’

The Chronicle

Tendai Mugabe, Harare Bureau
Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is recovering well at a South African hospital where he is receiving thorough medical attention on the effects of the Bulawayo bombing incident in June, Government said yesterday.

The bombing incident affected VP Chiwenga and his wife Mary, alongside Vice President Kembo Mohadi and several Government officials and security personnel.

Since the incident happened at the height of the July 30 harmonised elections campaign, VP Chiwenga could not receive thorough medical attention as he soldiered on to complete the campaign process.

Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, who is also the Presidential spokesperson, Mr George Charamba, said that VP Chiwenga was in good health and expected back in the country sometime this week.

He said President Mnangagwa had been communicating with VP Chiwenga and his wife on a daily basis from the time he flew out of the country last week.

Remarks by Mr Charamba come in the wake of speculative reports on social media that VP Chiwenga’s health had deteriorated and that he was in bad shape.

“Alongside VP Mohadi, Mai (Oppah) Muchinguri-Kashiri, General Engelbert Rugeje, Cde Mabel Chinomona and scores of other security personnel, General Chiwenga and his family were affected by the White City bombing incident,” he said.

“It happened in the middle of elections so it was not possible for him to go for a thorough medical examination. After the elections, we had pressure of forming a new Government and again he couldn’t go out for that examination.

“His wife, as you may be aware, went for medical treatment alongside other officials. A decision was then taken that now that elections are behind us, and also that the new Government has been constituted, the General should now go for a thorough medical examination.

“So he flew out last Tuesday alongside his wife who was also due for a review in South Africa where they then went for medical checks. And in the case of the wife, it was a review. Apart from the White City Stadium injury, the General was injured towards ceasefire in the Chiduku area in Hwedza and for a long time he had a bullet lodged in his lung.

“There is that historical problem he already had over and above what happened at White City Stadium. That then made it urgent for him to then get that thorough medical attention I am talking about.”

Mr Charamba continued: “Happily, the review has been done both for the General and his wife. The President has been constantly talking to the couple on a daily basis.

“Equally, I also spoke to them this morning (yesterday) and besides they went with Dr John Mangwiro who is the Health and Child Care Deputy Minister just to ensure that there is a Government medical official in attendance. Both General Chiwenga and Amai Chiwenga are in good health.

“They have been cleared except for some little problems that were detected and have since been treated.

“The VP is very well and when I chatted with him he ended up barking orders to me in respect of Kanyemba projects and in respect of Bulawayo Kraal project in Binga.

“I said to him vakuru chimboteereraika muviri and he said no, no Charamba. He also told me of the plans he has because he was telling me that by harvest time this coming season we should never have any difficulties with cooking oil.

“So, uppermost on his mind are projects which are meant to revamp our irrigation infrastructure. Barring the unforeseen, we expect the couple back into the country sometime this week.”

Article source: https://www.chronicle.co.zw/vp-in-good-health/

Global Handwashing Day Serves Up a Recipe for Good Health

On October 15 many hands are joining together in support of Global Handwashing Day. This symbolic day spotlights the essential act of washing with soap and water to eliminate dirt, germs and disease which plague communities near and far.

Menomonee Falls (PRWEB) October 15, 2018

Each year, Global Handwashing Day emphasizes how consistently washing hands with soap can serve as a lifeline to our wellbeing.

This year’s theme, “Clean hands – a recipe for health,” accentuates the important link between handwashing and food. Washing hands with soap and water before cooking, eating or feeding others is essential for keeping food clean and safe, preventing diseases and helping children grow up healthy and strong.

With a similar goal of stressing the health importance of regular handwashing, Bradley Corporation conducts an annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey. The survey highlights Americans’ self-reported handwashing beliefs and behaviors, sometimes revealing disconnects in Americans’ handwashing follow-through.

For example, during 2018′s hard-hitting flu season, which sent more than 900,000 people to hospitals, Bradley’s survey found that nearly 60% of Americans were extremely or quite concerned about contracting a new or particularly resilient strain of the flu this year, and 61% made it a point to wash hands more frequently to avoid getting germs or passing them on to others.

Even so, when asked about their hand washing habits in public restrooms, only two-thirds of respondents said they “always” wash their hands after using a public restroom. Moreover, 38% report they “frequently” see others leave a public restroom without washing.

“Our aim is to keep the health benefits of handwashing with soap top-of-mind year-round, especially during cold and flu season. Celebrating Global Handwashing Day is a natural outgrowth of that mission,” says Jon Dommisse, director of global marketing and strategic development for Bradley Corporation.

“Connecting handwashing with our daily habits or rituals is an effective way to form good hand washing practices. Linking handwashing to each meal and every visit to the restroom is an easy and automatic reinforcement of healthy hand washing behavior.”

According to the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW) who created Global Handwashing Day, research shows that better handwashing practices could cut the rate of acute respiratory infections (including pneumonia) by more than 20% and diarrheal diseases by nearly 50%.

Medical experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization agree that developing a habit of consistent and thorough handwashing with soap and water is the best prevention of cold and flu germs and the spread of other contagious illnesses seen around the globe like diarrhea and pneumonia.

“In addition to advocating access to and education of universal hand washing practices, Global Handwashing Day is a great reminder for businesses and facilities to ensure they are providing clean and well-maintained facilities that promote thorough hand washing,” Dommisse said.

Based in Menomonee Falls, WI, USA, Bradley is a leading manufacturer of commercial plumbing fixtures, washroom accessories, restroom partitions, emergency fixtures and solid plastic lockers. The company has conducted the Healthy Hand Washing Survey since 2009.

For more information visit https://www.bradleycorp.com/handwashing.

Connect with Bradley on Twitter @bradleycorp and Facebook @BradleyCorporation.

For the original version on PRWeb visit: https://www.prweb.com/releases/global_handwashing_day_serves_up_a_recipe_for_good_health/prweb15836337.htm

Article source: https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/10/p12504339/global-handwashing-day-serves-up-a-recipe-for-good-health

Meghan Markle Is 12 Weeks Pregnant and In Good Health

Meghan Markle is pregnant and is expecting a baby in the spring, as announced by Kensington Palace on Monday morning, hours after Meghan and Prince Harry touched down in Sydney for the start of their very first overseas tour.

Aides have told Vanity Fair that there will be no changes to the couple’s tour program, and Meghan is still due to travel to Fiji and Tonga, where there have been some reported outbreaks of the Zika virus. It is thought the Duchess is 12 weeks pregnant and has had her first doctor’s scan. Royal sources say she is feeling well and in good health.

Despite fervent speculation about a royal baby bump thanks to Meghan’s public appearances in loose-fitting clothes, the couple was keen to hold off making an announcement until after their three month scan. They also didn’t want to upstage Harry’s cousin Eugenie’s wedding on Friday, where Meghan wore a loose blue coat dress that only heightened speculation.

Senior members of the family including the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and William and Kate have all been informed of the happy news. According to a spokesman, “The Queen Duke of Edinburgh Prince of Wales Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted for the couple and were able to congratulate them on Friday at the wedding in person. Ms Doria Ragland is very happy about the lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild.’

The Palace announced the news at 9:39 a.m. local time, just hours after the couple touched down in Australia for the first leg of their overseas tour The @KensingtonRoyal twitter feed announced the news as well:

The couple will be carrying out 76 engagements over the coming two weeks.

Meghan Markle wears a black dress on a solo outing in London.At the Coach Core Awards, September 24.Meghan Markle in a blue coatMeghan Markle wears a blue dressIn Widnes, England, June 14At Trooping the Colour, June 9At Buckingham Palace, May 22

At the Royal Academy of Arts, September 25

At the Royal Academy of Arts, September 25

At the Coach Core Awards, September 24.

At the Coach Core Awards, September 24.

At the launch of her cookbook, September 20

At the launch of her cookbook, September 20

At the 100 Days of Peace concert, September 6

At the 100 Days of Peace concert, September 6

At the WellChild awards in London, September 4

At the WellChild awards in London, September 4

At a performance of emHamilton/em, August 29th

At a performance of Hamilton, August 29th

At the wedding of Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks, August 4

At the wedding of Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks, August 4

At the Sentebale Polo Match, July 26

At the Sentebale Polo Match, July 26

At the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, July 17

At the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, July 17

At Wimbledon, July 14

At Wimbledon, July 14

Meeting Irish president Michael Higgins, July 111

Meeting Irish president Michael Higgins, July 111

In Dublin, July 11

In Dublin, July 11

At a garden party in Dublin, July 10

At a garden party in Dublin, July 10

Arriving in Dublin, July 10

Arriving in Dublin, July 10

At a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, July 10

At a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, July 10

At Prince Louis’s Christening, July 9

At Prince Louis’s Christening, July 9

At the Your Commonwealth Youth Challenge reception, July 5

At the Your Commonwealth Youth Challenge reception, July 5

At the Young Leaders Awards Ceremony, June 26

At the Young Leaders Awards Ceremony, June 26

At the Royal Ascot, June 19

At the Royal Ascot, June 19

At the wedding of Celia McCorquodale and George Woodhouse, June 16

At the wedding of Celia McCorquodale and George Woodhouse, June 16

In Widnes, England, June 14

In Widnes, England, June 14

At Trooping the Colour, June 9

At Trooping the Colour, June 9

At Buckingham Palace, May 22

At Buckingham Palace, May 22

Article source: https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2018/10/meghan-markle-pregnant

Your Good Health: Excess sweating often has no clear reason and varies in severity

Dear Dr. Roach: I have hyperhidrosis and want to know what, if anything, I can do to alleviate this condition. I am 71 and physically active. I exercise almost every day for an hour. I sweat profusely, mainly from my torso, but it’s not only when I work out; it’s also if I exert even a modest amount of energy or am anxious about an upcoming event. I wear an undershirt to soak up the sweat. It is embarrassing when I’m out in public and I find that my shirt is soaked and sticking to my skin.

This has been going on for years. My doctor tried changing my prescription drugs, but we did not see a change in my condition. I would appreciate any insight you might offer. If this is just the way I am, I’ll accept it, but if there is a change needed in my lifestyle, I’ll consider doing it.

H.S.

Primary hyperhidrosis is the term for excess sweating for no clear reason. It needs to be considered separately from sweating that occurs as part of hot flashes or as night sweats. It sounds as if it’s pretty clearly the case in you.

Many people with primary hyperhidrosis sweat in one particular location: The head and hands are common, but underarms are the most common. It sometimes runs in families, doesn’t usually happen during sleep and usually is the same on one side as the other. It often starts about adolescence.

It might not seem to readers that it’s too horrible a condition, but people with it often report significant social problems, both personally and professionally. It can lead to skin problems that stem from having constantly wet skin. It is common, but varies widely in severity.

The first treatment for this is a prescription-strength antiperspirant, such as 20 per cent aluminum chloride hexahydrate, which physically blocks sweat pores. It is applied at night (when sweating is least) to all the areas of excess sweating, every night until you see improvement, which usually takes a week or so. Then, the applications can be decreased to perhaps weekly. The medication is washed off in the morning.

For people in whom this doesn’t work and those with a relatively small, discrete area of sweating, botulinum toxin can be injected, which lasts for months. I don’t know if you have too large an area of excess sweating for this to work. For people with underarm sweating, there is a device that uses microwaves to destroy sweat glands. Two treatments are about 95 per cent effective, but they are expensive and not generally covered by insurance.

Many people find that regular exercise increases overall sweating. However, regular exercise has so many benefits that I wouldn’t recommend you reduce your exercise. I hope one of these treatments is helpful.

Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to ToYourGoodHealth@med.cornell.edu

Article source: https://www.timescolonist.com/life/health/your-good-health-excess-sweating-often-has-no-clear-reason-and-varies-in-severity-1.23462778

On mental health, money, not good intentions, will determine the course, by John McGauley

The mental health system in Keene, and in New Hampshire, leaves much to be desired.

Last month there was a presentation at Cheshire Medical Center, where the bureaucrat in charge of the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services talked about the state’s initiative to develop a new 10-year mental health plan.

The plan — and remember this is just an initiative “to develop” a plan — calls for a series of stuff I thought of as pie-in-the-sky Christmas wishes, things like a new “portal,” which is a hotline people can call to find out where to get help. It also suggests bolstering the state’s mental health workforce and “strengthening” aspects of what it calls the “continuum of care.” Then it mentions expanding peer supports, increasing prevention and early intervention, adding mental health beds for people in crisis and supporting them as they transition back into the community.

To me it just sounds like a lot of bureaucrats and administrators went on a week-long retreat, had some fun and a lot of coffee, and put together a power-point presentation that they’re walking around the state. A portal? What the heck is that?

I know these people are all well-meaning and sincere, and probably care a lot about mentally ill residents, but do you think the 400 bozos that make up our grossly over-peopled N.H. House are going to spend any money on a “portal” for mentally ill people, or any of this other stuff? The mental-health people will be lucky to walk away with about five grand to fund another planning retreat.

And I’ll tell you why. It’s all about money. Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance companies reimburse far less for mental health care than for other illnesses and afflictions, a long tradition in this country.

For docs, nurses and other people in medicine, there’s simply no money in treating people with mental problems. There are good souls who do it out of the kindness of their hearts, but they don’t make much money. For the majority of those in medicine, they act just like you and I do — we hustle for the money, if we can.

Mental health care is the red-headed stepchild of health care, both nationally and here, the Granite-head State. You know what the average salary is for a mental-health care worker in New Hampshire? $37,000. You know what the state’s average salary is for a psychiatrist, the M.D. at the top of the food chain in the field? $175,000. That’s the same average salary for a doc in family practice, which is the other red-headed stepchild. A psychologist gets about $75,000, and that’s a person with a doctorate.

You know what an orthopedic surgeon makes in this state? On average, $470,000! There are 206 bones in the human body, so that’s $2,281 for each one of them, even all the little-bitty ones in your foot. The doctors who perform those assembly-line colonoscopies make nearly as much, as do dermatologists, radiologists, neurologists, rheumatologists and oncologists.

There hasn’t been an in-patient mental health unit at the Cheshire Medical Center for almost two years, and when you click on their web icon that reads “Behavioral Health,” which means mental health, a page comes up that tells you curtly “It’s closed.” Might as well just be a trapdoor.

So, you come to the hospital, or the cops haul you to the hospital because you’ve been screaming down at Central Square that your dog is telling you to kill people, and what do they do? They throw you into the emergency room and put you in a room and lock the door, and you might stay there for a couple weeks until a room opens at the state mental hospital in Concord. What do they do there? They put you in another room, but at least you’re in the state capital and you might have a view of the gilded dome.

If, on the other hand, even though you’re hearing voices, they can figure out a way to give you a couple of colonoscopies, replace your hips, X-ray and CAT Scan you until the cows come home, then you become a profit center.

I’ve said this before. People rush to the money. If for some strange reason psychologists and psychiatrists began making half a million and the hospital got reimbursed for a mental health patient as they do for an old-timer who gets three new hips and two pacemakers, they’d be out trolling for crazy people.

This 10-year mental health plan will be officially released just before an Oct. 25 hearing in Concord about it. Now, understand it’s just an initiative leading to a plan that someday might be written down in some report. The hearing might get some media coverage, but once the plan hits the House floor, it will go through the usual thrashing machine, and there won’t be anything left of it except some shreds of paper on the floor.

Now, let me say this. There’s a guy named Joe Schapiro running for the N.H. House in November. He’s a Democrat, with a heavy social-work background. He’s very liberal, so I don’t think we’d agree on much. However, he said this at that presentation at the hospital:

“We can have the best plan in the world, but if we don’t have leadership — but mostly money — to implement it, it’s not happening.”

Joe is right, right, right. If he can get elected, and I think his chances are pretty good, and he can persuade, convince, lobby and throw elbows for increased funding from those other 399 stingy reps, he’ll have my support.

Article source: https://www.sentinelsource.com/opinion/columnists/staff/mcgauley/on-mental-health-money-not-good-intentions-will-determine-the/article_f6bccf22-baae-5491-8b25-52b68137b22f.html

Missing teen with autism found in good health

Peel police say that a 16-year-old girl with autism who had been missing since Friday afternoon has been located in good health.

The teen disappeared from her residence near Ninth Line and Doug Leavens Boulevard in Mississauga at around 2:30 p.m.

In a news release issued early Saturday morning, police expressed concern about her safety and made a public appeal for information about her whereabouts.

Police, however, put out a subsequently news release just before 10 a.m. confirming that the teen was located “in good health” and thanking members of the public for their assistance with the investigation.

Article source: https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/missing-teen-with-autism-found-in-good-health-1.4132851

Tillamook County Pioneer

Article source: https://www.tillamookcountypioneer.net/in-good-health-does-your-doctor-look-healthy/

Stefanik has good health care record

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To the editor:

We can all agree, whether we are liberal or conservative, there are flaws in America’s health care system. The Affordable Care Act has not delivered on all of its promises. While more Americans are insured (many were forced to do so to avoid a fine), the premiums of millions and millions of families, and thousands here in the North Country, have gone up, in some cases by a lot. Just ask some friends and neighbors, and they can tell you that.

Elise Stefanik is working to find a bipartisan fix that will keep some benefits of the ACA but bring costs down. I implore you not to fall for the attack ads that are seeking to make you afraid of voting for her. Elise wants to keep young adults on their parents’ plans, allow you to shop across state lines for insurance, and will not support any plan that will take away coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

Elise Stefanik is fighting to improve the quality of your care — she’s won funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, rural hospitals in our district, and health clinics that serve nearly 100,000 people in the North Country. Not to mention the fact that she’s delayed or defeated taxes that impact the cost of our care and fought to keep prescription costs low.

While there is still work to be done, you should trust that Elise has and will continue to fight to fix our broken health care system. This year, in the race for NY-21, only one candidate has the record and ideas that will bring us closer to a system fit for a 21st-century America.

Heather LaValley

Plattsburgh

Article source: http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/2018/10/stefanik-has-good-health-care-record/

Your Good Health: Taking drugs and driving a bad idea

Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column, you mentioned that “cannabis adversely affects driving ability.” Yet, further on in the article, you state: “Early data from areas that legalized recreational marijuana suggest reduced rates of motor vehicle accidents.”

These two statements seem to contradict each other. I believe I’ve read several articles that state the vehicular accident rate in Colorado has risen since the legalization of marijuana there.

I think it would be beneficial to know which is more indicative of the true effects of marijuana on a person’s driving ability. I realize that not all the information and research is complete on the use of the drug, especially in its multiple forms.

Full disclosure: I am against legalizing the drug, but have no problem with its controlled use for medicinal purposes. However, you know as well as I do that many health prescribers and users abuse the drug for medicinal purposes. I’m simply against the use of any drug that can impair a person’s ability to drive.

Anon.

I see the apparent contradiction and hope I can explain it.

The answer is that while, as you say, it’s certainly best not to drive on any substance, it appears that U.S. states with legalized cannabis use have less unsafe alcohol use.

The collision data is more complex than I had space to discuss. While collisions have increased by about three per cent, fatalities have gone down by about 10 per cent. These results are particularly strong in younger age groups.

I certainly agree that use of any performance-affecting drug before driving is a very bad idea.

However, alcohol appears to be much more dangerous, so the net effect is less mortality with respect to traffic accidents.

Finally, any drug — prescription, over-the-counter or recreational — can be abused. I think the data are clear that cannabis has legitimate medical uses, and that recreational use of cannabis may reduce overall morbidity and mortality, if users are using less alcohol, which is responsible for far more deaths than cannabis.

Dr. Roach writes: Flu season is coming again, and once again there are a myriad of flu shots available.

Most people can get any of the vaccines, but I would recommend a quadrivalent, which protects against four strains, over the trivalent, which protects against only three. Adults over 65 should get the high-dose vaccine (Fluzone high-dose) or adjuvant vaccine (Fluad) if available.

People with severe egg allergies can get a cell-culture vaccine (Flucelvax) or recombinant vaccine (Flublok).

This year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed the live, attenuated nasal vaccine (FluMist), which is indicated only for ages two to 49 and should not be given to people with compromised immune systems or who will be around people with severely compromised immune systems.

People with such immune system disease and their caregivers are particularly encouraged to get one of the available vaccines by injection.

Influenza is already being reported, so it might be a good idea this year to get the flu vaccine sooner, rather than later. It seems like this year could be an early year for the flu, which is a serious disease that kills many thousands of people yearly in North America.

Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to ToYourGoodHealth@med.cornell.edu

Article source: https://www.timescolonist.com/life/health/your-good-health-taking-drugs-and-driving-a-bad-idea-1.23461288

Bucs Return from Bye in Good Health

ROOKIE MAKES IMPRESSION: The Buccaneers began the season with nine rookies on their 53-man roster, including all eight of their 2018 draft picks. On Tuesday, that number hit 10 digits, as nearly 20 percent of that roster is now comprised of NFL newcomers.

The 10th rookie in the mix is defensive end Demone Harris, an undrafted player out of Buffalo who signed with the Buccaneers in May. Harris had spent the first five weeks of the season on Tampa Bay’s practice squad, but as preparations began for the Week Six contest in Atlanta, the team decided to promote the rookie and release veteran Will Clarke.

Since Clarke was healthy at the time of his release and the move was a one-for-one switch at the same position, it stands to reason that Harris was able to impress the coaching staff on the practice field and emerge as the better option. Harris isn’t sure if it was some particular skill or strength of his that prompted the decision, but he thinks the key is hard work.

“It’s obvious something they’re seeing upstairs, so I’m just going to try to continue to do what I do and even raise that to a higher level,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it’s anything in particular. The thing I can control is effort and I just try to give 100 percent out there every day.”

Clarke was part of an eight-man D-Line rotation during his three games on the active roster this season, though he wasn’t seeing a huge chunk of playing time. He was in for 13 snaps in Week Two against Philadelphia but just five over the last two games combined. Early on, Harris will likely get a small share of work on defense, too, but he will have a chance to impress on special teams, as well. Whatever size the opportunity, he’s ready to seize it.

“It’s exciting,” said Harris of his promotion. “I’ve been waiting on this moment for a while now, just working to get to this point. I’m happy I got the call. I was just sitting at home yesterday and I got the call from my agent. I was really shocked and surprised but I’m also just trying to prepare even more for the opportunity so I can take advantage of it.”

As is the case every year, the practice squad is an excellent springboard to eventually playing on Sundays. The Bucs’ roster is littered with players who started out on a practice squad, from Cam Brate to Demar Dotson to Brent Grimes. That said, the realities of being a practice squad player, of devoting most of your time to running on scout teams, can add to the difficulty of showing what you can do with your own team’s playbook.

“I’m just learning from the other guys, really taking notes and trying to mimic what they do well and learn from their mistakes as well,” said Harris. “I haven’t run our defense in a couple weeks. To run the other team’s defense but also still pay attention, I think that’s been the biggest challenge, to try to stay engaged with our defense even though I’m doing the other teams’ defenses.”

Article source: https://www.buccaneers.com/news/bucs-return-from-bye-in-good-health