FAU, Broward Health to Partner on Academic Medicine

Florida Atlantic University and Broward Health on Monday announced a partnership agreement that will provide academic medicine to Broward County, and opportunities to collaborate in the areas of education, clinical training and practice, health services administration and research. The groundbreaking partnership was announced by Shane Strum, president and CEO of Broward Health, during its State of the System address recognizing the system’s 85th anniversary. As part of the collaboration, FAU and Broward Health plan to explore opportunities for joint research and scholarship at the student and faculty level, community engagement, fundraising opportunities, and integrating academic medicine,...

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Pharmacy Benefit Managers Target of Gov. DeSantis Proposal to Lower Drug Costs

Florida’s governor is taking aim at Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM). Earlier this month, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced legislation that he said would protect consumers and help in lowering the price of prescription drugs. A PBM is a third-party administrator of a prescription drug program that processes and pays prescription drug claims. They also are supposed to negotiate the price of prescription drugs. The biggest are CVS Caremark, Express Scripts and Optum Rx. The proposal would do the following: Require PBMs to disclose all organizations affiliated with the applicant, including any affiliated pharmacies or companies within their corporate umbrella. Require PBMs to disclose any...

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Parsing which foods are healthy and which are less so isn’t always straightforward – a new rating system aims to demystify the process

The new system generally gives higher scores to fruits, vegetables and minimally processed foods. RapidEye/iStock via Getty Images Plus ~~~~~~~~~~ Many people aim to start the year off with healthier food choices. But how do you choose between seemingly similar foods, snacks or beverages? How does a bagel with cream cheese compare to toast topped with avocado, for instance? Or a protein-based shake compared to a smoothie packed with fruits? Or two chicken dishes, prepared in different ways? As nutrition scientists who have spent our entire careers studying how different foods influence health, our team at Tufts University has created a new food rating system, the Food Compass, that could...

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NFL Has Been Slow to Embrace Mental Health Support for Players

When Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field in the middle of the “Monday Night Football” game in Cincinnati on Jan. 2, Carrie Hastings, half a continent away, understood what she needed to do — and right away. “I had a few guys that I sort of immediately knew I should check in on,” said Hastings, the Los Angeles Rams’ sports psychologist and mental health clinician. “A couple of spouses and significant others, too.” Hastings’ familiarity with the Rams’ personnel, and with which players might be emotionally traumatized after watching Hamlin’s shocking medical emergency, was the product of her having spent six seasons with the club — getting to...

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