Antigua – Health Womens

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Nestled between the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and the mighty North Atlantic Ocean, Antigua is a tiny island that makes up the second half of the country, Antigua and Barbuda.
With an area of 108 sq. km. and a fascinating landscape of low-lying limestone and coral islands with some higher volcanic areas, the island is a haven for people looking for a place to relax and have fun in their own tiny spot in the Caribbean.

The first people to inhabit Antigua were called the Siboney or “stone people” who stayed on the island until at least 2400 B.C. Later, the Arawaks, who were originally from Venezuela, followed the Siboney and came to settle on the chain of islands, now called the Lesser Antilles. However, the warlike Carib people drove the Arawaks out of the islands.

In 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered Antigua by accident and named it Santa Maria la Antigua, after a church in Seville, Spain. The first body of English settlers took possession of the island in 1632 but were soon driven out by the Carib Indians.

Since then, the island became a battleground for possession with the native Caribs on one side, the French and the British on the other. Finally, in the Treaty of Breda, the British regained Antigua and possessed it until 1981 when the island gained its independence, along with Barbuda.

Antigua has an average rainfall of 45.6 inches. However, due to great variations every year and the absence of rivers, the island is subject to frequent droughts. Even so, the soil, especially in the interior, is very fertile, producing export quality sugar and pineapples, plus local favorites like sweet potatoes, yams, maize, and guinea corn.

Temperatures on the island range from mid-seventies in the winter. In the summer, the temperatures rise up a notch to around mid-eighties. Antigua is considered as one of the sunniest parts of the Eastern Caribbean Islands with constant northeast trade winds. Its naturally rocky coast is much indented by bays and arms, providing excellent harbours that afford shelter during storms.

Antigua’s single airport, the V C Bird Airport, is serviced by several major airlines from all over the world, including Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, USAirways, American Airlines, Continental, BWIA, and Air Canada. There are regular flights to the neighboring island of Barbuda from V C Bird.

Additionally, Antigua has an English Harbour on its southeastern coast which is famed as a “hurricane hole” because it provides a protected shelter during violent storms. Today, the English Harbour and the neighboring village of Falmouth are world famous for luxury yachting and sailing.

A vast portion of activities you can do in Antigua involves water excursions, such as sailing, boating, and yachting. But for the land-lubber, there is also a multitude of alternative activities available, including cricket, tennis, eco tours, golfing, hiking, bird watching, hunting, and riding.

Condominium Association Owed Duty of Care to Resident Who Fell on Stairway Lacking Center Railing – Appellate Law NJ Blog

., 452 N.J. Super. 574 (App. Div. 2017).  The Appellate Division got in under the wire, on this final business day of 2017, with this opinion by Judge Hoffman in a personal injury case.  Plaintiffs, husband and wife, lived at 303 Sunset Avenue, Asbury Park, a  condominium building.  The husband fell and injured himself while walking down a 13-foot wide stairway that led from the building to a walkway.  The stairway had railings on the sides but no railing in the center, though there was evidence that there had once been such a railing.  Plaintiffs sued (the wife sued per quod) the condominium association and the property manager, asserting that they had negligently created a dangerous condition by not having a center railing.  The Law Division granted defendants a directed verdict.  Plaintiffs appealed, and the Appellate Division reversed and remanded for a new trial.

The Law Division had ruled that the husband was a licensee who was aware of the condition of the stairway.  The standard of review was whether reasonable minds could differ as to the outcome if all evidence that supports the opponent of a motion for directed verdict is accepted as true and if that party were given all reasonable inferences from the evidence.  Applying that standard, Judge Hoffman found that the directed verdict was error.

After discussing Supreme Court cases that discussed the status of common law categories such as invitees, licensees, and others, Judge Hoffman stated that the panel “did not “view plaintiff’s status as a licensee or an invitee as the controlling issue.  Instead, a statute establishes the Association’s duty to plaintiff.”  N.J.S.A. 46:8B-14 required the Association to maintain and repair the common elements of the condominium, and a Hotel and Multiple Dwelling regulation required a center railing for stairways of this width.  The fact that the absence of a center railing was “obvious and not hidden” did not override those statutory and regulatory enactments, since the Association and the property manager “were in a better position to know that the absence of a center handrail presented a safety issue and the need to correct it.”

Judge Hoffman noted that the Association could have adopted a by-law immunizing it from negligence actions by unit owners, as permitted by N.J.S.A. 2A:62A-13(a).  The Association had not done that here.  That may be the biggest lesson of today’s decision.

Health Care Delivery, Costs and Quality – Are you struggling?

If we all go to “Complete the Phrases” contest – 90% of us would like to complete “Health Care Delivery with Affordable“, “Costs with Efficient or Ultra-Low” and “Quality with World-Class“. As Care-Seeker we would want a World-Class Healthcare delivery which is affordable and preferably ultra-low cost.

Before addressing the spirit of the blog-title, let’s look at health care providers’ endeavor towards world-class delivery of health care services. How do they do it?

Our Sister Organization, 366Pi Consulting, consults health care providers and hospitals. Their they found that – Hospital Administration was continuously trying to protect wastage of the system without compromising on quality standards. Priorities and Focus of Health Care centers were to make their operation cost-efficient, continuously optimize inventory and deploy some great strategies to upskill the workforce without any significant more investments. The process related improvements was an ongoing activity with every passing month. We helped Consulting team to deliver on Technology related innovations utilizing our Health1 apps built on Salesforce platform enabling healthcare providers address both scale and volume. With doctor-starved countries like India, facilitation and adoption of technology becomes even more important.

Health1 app, allow recording of the diagnosis process; simplifying the routine treatment process and help to monitor follow-up care. Health1 helped health care providers to get localized for Indian scenarios and we observed an increased engagement between the care-seeker and provider. With the absence of Primary Health Care centers, learning to use Health1 – created a trusted channel between the care-seekers and providers.  Patients and care-seeker were eventually more aware of the treatment and preventions and hence, closing the communication gap which was getting created because of missing immediate attention.

Doctors and Physicians in health care centers have to manage a huge volume of patients and at times leading to even less-than-a-minute attention per patients. On the very moment, where Doctor has to prescribe the treatment – the old reports which you thought were not important is requested to be produced by a Consulting Physician. Thanks to Health1 built on Salesforce which can store medical images on the secured cloud. Physicians were empowered and efficient. Physicians can then read medical images remotely/real-time and discuss the findings with their patients.

With the use of Health1 apps, it reduced the barrier of treatments. Apps eventually led to larger patient volume to the health care center with better patient satisfaction levels. One important customization brought in the app was around scheduling of an appointment and managing the associated workflow. The doctors and physicians were often attending the emergency services leading to the last-minute changes to the schedule and even cancellation of an appointment – leading to annoyed Patient experience. This custom new feature allowed health care provider to manage their dynamic changing schedule and utilize collaborative platform to keep up with the status on appointments with Patients.

For another health care provider, Health1 built on Salesforce helped their Psychiatrists Department to drive appointments and communication over a web-based interface and tablets.  It was a self-service process where Patients, themselves, could create an online appointment and consult doctor online – following up with chatter communications for tracking & monitoring progress. Health1 let the particular healthcare provider manage delivery of health care services. Health Care provider could eventually become specialists in relatively rare sub specialties  of medicine.

As a health care provider, non-adoption of Technology could be a serious mis-step. In this era where there’s a need for Mass Production of Healthcare services, you would need to innovate on – Process and Technology – simultaneously. You would need a three-fold strategize to make sure a world-class delivery of health care services –

  • It has to be both Top-down and bottom-up approach,
  • Health care provider should be clear with growth and reach strategies and
  • Yes, Skill upliftment and training should be an integral part

Health1 and Salesforce could let you have a sustainable strategy and build on an approach where tasks are clearly identified and delegated to the right roles. When done right – efficiency and productivity improvement with Physicians is the most important gratification. Connect to us to find out more on our offerings around Health1. We are helping health care providers improve by improving physicians productivity and promoting innovations that suits the local conditions.

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Mom, 98, Moves Into Care Home To Look After Her 80-Year-Old Son Because “You Never Stop Being A Mum”

There is nothing stronger than the love between a mother and her child, and this story is the perfect example of how strong this bond actually is. Ada Keating, 98, has joined her eldest son Tom, 80, in Moss View care home in Liverpool to look after him, and they get along perfectly fine.

Ada and her late husband Harry had four children – Tom, Barbara, Margi and Janet, who died at only 13. Before his retirement, Tom worked as a painter and decorator at HE Simm building services, then located on Prescot Road. Tom became a resident at Moss View in 2016 because he needed more support.

Ada and her son are inseparable and love spending time together – especially playing games and watching Emmerdale. “I say goodnight to Tom in his room every night and I’ll go and say good morning to him,” Ada, a former auxiliary nurse, said. “When I go out to the hairdressers he’ll look for me to see when I’m coming back. When I get back he’ll come to me with his arms outstretched and give me a big hug.”

Tom is happy with how things are going as well. “They’re very good here and I’m happy to see my mum more now she lives here. She’s very good at looking after me. Sometimes she’ll say ‘Behave yourself!’”

“It’s very touching to see the close relationship both Tom and Ada share and we are so pleased we were able to accommodate both of their needs,” manager of the facility, Philip Daniels, said. “It’s very rare to see mothers and their children together in the same care home and we certainly want to make their time together as special as possible.”

As Ada said, “You never stop being a mum.”

The internet was in awe because of this bond between a caring mother and a loving son

Dems block ‘born alive’ bill to provide medical care to infants who survive failed abortions | Fox News

Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a Republican bill that would have threatened prison time for doctors who don’t try saving the life of infants born alive during failed abortions, leading conservatives to wonder openly whether Democrats were embracing “infanticide” to appeal to left-wing voters.

All prominent Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls in the Senate voted down the measure, including Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. The final vote was 53-44 to end Democratic delaying tactics — seven votes short of the 60 needed.

Three Democrats joined Republicans to support the bill — Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Doug Jones or Alabama. Three Republicans did not vote, apparently because of scheduling issues and plane flight delays — including Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Tim Scott of South Carolina.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would have required that “any health care practitioner present” at the time of a birth “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.”

The bill, which exempted the mother involved in the birth from prosecution, also would have required practitioners to “ensure that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.” It prescribed a possible term of imprisonment of up to five years for violations, not including penalties for first-degree murder that could have applied.

In response, President Trump tweeted late Monday that “This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress.”

“Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children,” Trump wrote. “The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth.”

Other Republicans were also incredulous. “I want to ask each and every one of my colleagues whether or not we’re OK with infanticide,” said the measure’s chief sponsor, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb.

Speaking to Fox News’ “The Story” after the vote, Sasse said he was “surprised” at each vote against the bill, and charged that opponents had lied “constantly” with “blatant nonsense” about the legislation — specifically, by claiming the bill “would end abortion” entirely.

“This is about the most simple thing you can say, which is that a baby is a baby, and they have dignity and worth,” Sasse said. “And it’s not because they’re powerful. It’s because they’re babies. Today is a sad day in the United States Senate.”

Sasse added, “This shouldn’t be about politics. … This should be about having heart.”

Other pro-life activists called on the 44 senators who voted against Sasse’s bill to resign immediately.

“Senators who could not bring themselves to vote to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act should reconsider whether or not they have what it takes to serve,” March for Life President Jeanne Mancini said in a statement. “Senator Sasse’s common sense bill would merely require doctors assist a newborn struggling to survive after a failed attempt on her life. Anyone who lacks the basic level of human compassion needed to vote in favor of this should quickly find another job. We look forward to a vote in the House of Representatives so that Chamber can get on record as well.”

Opponents, noting the rarity of such births and citing laws already making it a crime to kill newborn babies, said the bill was unnecessary. They said it was part of a push by abortion opponents to curb access to the procedure and intimidate doctors who perform it, and said late-term abortions generally occur when the infant is considered incapable of surviving after birth.

“This bill is just another line of attack in the ongoing war on women’s health,” New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said on the Senate floor.

Sasse’s bill would have faced an uphill battle in the House, where Democrats hold the majority.

Pro-life activists protesting outside of the U.S. Supreme Court during the March for Life in Washington last month. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

A similar 2002 bill, called the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, was passed unanimously by the Senate in 2002 and signed by then-President George W. Bush.

Sasse attempted to pass the new bill by unanimous consent earlier this month but was blocked. Unanimous consent requires all 100 senators to agree, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., objected to Sasse’s bill, saying the legislation was unnecessary and amounted to a political stunt.

The legislation was introduced after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, endorsed post-birth abortions while discussing The Repeal Act, a state bill which sought to repeal restrictions on third-trimester abortions. Virginia Democratic Del. Kathy Tran, a sponsor of that bill, was asked at a hearing if a woman about to give birth and dilating could still request an abortion.

“My bill would allow that, yes,” Tran said. Northam, in a later interview with a radio station, backed up Tran.

“When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of, obviously, the mother, with the consent of the physicians, more than one physician, by the way,” Northam said. “And, it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus that’s non-viable.”

Northam continued: “So, in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother. So, I think this was really blown out of proportion.”

Fox News’ Martha MacCallum, Alex Pappas and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

10 Health Benefits of Whiskey

All the health benefits of whiskey you wish you knew earlier… you’re welcome:

Whiskey is one of the best alcohols you can drink. Not only is it the least likely to give you a hangover, but it’s also one of the healthiest around. You’ll find that having a few fingers of whiskey every week can help to:

  1.  Avoid Weight Gain — Whiskey is a low-calorie alcohol, especially when compared to the many cocktails, beers, and wines you can find on supermarket shelves. You can drink a tumbler of whiskey without worrying about packing on the pounds thanks to its low sugar content.
  2. Boost Heart Health — Did you know that drinking whiskey can actually make your heart healthier? Aside from wine and dark beer, what other alcohols can claim that? Not only will whiskey reduce the risk of blood clots, but it will lower your stroke and heart attack risk as well. The antioxidants in whiskey stop cholesterol from clogging your arteries, and it can even boost your good cholesterol.
  3. Fight Cancer –– Whiskey is rich in antioxidants, particularly one known as ellagic acid. This antioxidant stops your body’s DNA from coming in contact with cancer-causing compounds, reducing the risk of carcinogens forming. It can also protect your body from chemotherapy, and will reduce oxidation in your body.
  4. Improve Brain Health — A study conducted in 2003 discovered that drinking whiskey reduces your risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. If you’re worried that your brain is slowing down in your old age, it’s time to start drinking whiskey to protect your very important organ from damage.
  5. Reduce Stroke Risk –– Whiskey not only helps to prevent cholesterol from building up in your arteries, but it can actually help to get rid of any cholesterol present in your blood vessels at the moment. It will also help to relax the walls of your arteries, ensuring that your blood can flow without obstruction. One of the greatest health benefits of whiskey is the reduced stroke risk, and we can all drink to that!
  1. Fight Stress — Stress can cause a wide range of health problems in the human body, but thankfully we’ve got whiskey to kick stress’ butt! Whiskey helps to reduce anxiety and stress, calming your nerves and helping to relax your body. It can increase circulation throughout your body, providing your organs with fresh, oxygenated blood. A serving or two of whiskey can help to calm stressed nerves effectively!
  2. Boost Memory — The antioxidants in whiskey can help to improve the health of your brain, and the circulation-boosting effects of this alcohol will boost your memory at the same time. The same properties that help to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia will also keep your brain active and young.
  3. Aid in Digestion –– Did you know that whiskey has long been drunk as a digestive aid? It was usually consumed after a meal, helping to relax the body after eating heavy food. It can also help to shut down your appetite, preventing you from overeating. Best of all, it will aid in digestion, reducing your risk of stomach ache or indigestion after a heavy meal.
  4. Lengthen Lifespan –– Whiskey is loaded with healthy antioxidants, and these nutrients can help to increase your lifespan by reducing your risk of disease. By protecting your body against disease, you prevent the slow breakdown of important cells in your body–thereby helping you to live longer.
  5. Great for Diabetics –– Whiskey is a zero-carb alcohol, so you can drink it without worrying about the effect it will have on your blood sugar levels. If you suffer from diabetes, a finger or two of whiskey will be the right choice for you!

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Barack Obama dons a Santa hat and hands out gifts in surprise visit to D.C. children’s hospital – The Washington Post

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Watch out, Santa: Former president Barack Obama is coming for your sleigh.

With a fluffy red cap and a bulging bag slung over his shoulder, Obama delivered presents (and more than a few gasps) to the young patients at Children’s National hospital in Northwest Washington on Wednesday.

First on Obama’s list was a group of patients 4 and up who were making snowflakes in one of the hospital’s playrooms. After the excitement died down, the former president handed out jigsaw puzzles (which were his grandmother’s favorite, he told the crowd), Hot Wheels sets, remote-control cars, and glittery nail polish, among other goodies collected by Obama and his staffers. Hey, the guy knows his audience.

“I know they will be talking about it for years to come,” said Kurt Newman, chief executive and president of Children’s National Health System. “At such a busy time of year, when no one wants to be in the hospital, his natural warmth lifted the spirits of those kids, their parents and of each staff member he met along the way.”


Obama takes a selfie with a patient at a Washington-area children’s hospital. (Courtesy of the Personal Office of President Barack Obama) (Chuck Kennedy)

Obama Claus also dropped by individual patient rooms for one-on-one visits with children and their parents. He gifted one 12-year-old patient who was nervous about heading to high school next year a piece of advice: “Even the cool kids don’t have it all figured out.”

Before leaving, Obama thanked the staff for working during the holidays and recorded a video message to be played on the hospital’s internal TV system for those he wasn’t able to visit during the trip.

Only a handful of the Children’s National staff knew that the president was coming to town, but word spread quickly during the 90-minute visit. By the time he was headed for the door, a crowd had gathered at a nearby nursing station. The group of doctors, residents and nurses cheered for Obama before busting into an impromptu rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”


A crowd greets Obama on his Dec. 19 visit to Children’s National. (Courtesy of the Personal Office of President Barack Obama) (Chuck Kennedy)