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08 Jul

A non-alcoholic version of Guinness is being developed by the company.Guinness

A non-alchoholic version of Guinness is in the works but don’t expect to see it in pubs or shops anytime soon.

Michael Ward, the global head of innovation at Diageo, the beverage company that produces Guinness, has said that a non-alcoholic version of the Irish stout is being developed but there are “a lot of challenges to work through.”

Speaking at a media event focusing on the company’s plans for innovative beer and spirits, Ward said that the company does not want to rush new products and an alcohol-free version of the black stuff will not be hitting the market anytime soon, Campaign Live reports.

Read More: What do the Irish drink?

“It needs to be a no-compromise proposition,” he said, explaining that the biggest challenge comes with ensuring that any no- or low-alcohol formulation maintains the same quality of taste as the standard brew.

An increasing number of brewers are now offering no- and low-alcohol alternatives, as the demand for such products grows.

Brandy Rand, President of the International Wines and Spirits Record (IWSR), which measures global alcohol trends told Forbes earlier this year: “The rise in mindful drinking, along with health and wellness, is a trend that is here to stay.”

Read More: The best place in the world to get a pint of Guinness

The Irish Post reports that Guinness has recently launched a new 0.5% ABV lager under the Guinness Brand called Pure Brew, which was tested in 250 pubs across Ireland.

Ward said that Pure Brew will not be taken to mass market but added that the beverage is helping the company “learn our way in to the non-alcoholic beer market… from a consumer, technical and production standpoint” and there would be “more to come.”

A non-alcoholic version of Guinness is being developed by the company.Guinness

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08 Jul

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08 Jul

Mental health patients want mental health diagnostic descriptions to better reflect what it feels like to live with their conditions in the World Health Organisation’s global manual of diagnoses – according to a new Lancet Psychiatry report.

The study, by UK and US researchers at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), the University of East Anglia, and Columbia University, in collaboration with the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, is the first to report feedback from service users on such a major mental health diagnosis guideline.

The WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is used by 194 countries and is the most influential and widely used classification guide, with around 55,000 unique codes for injuries, diseases and causes of death.

Researchers looked at the latest revision (ICD-11), which will come into effect in 2022, and focused on its chapter on mental, behavioural and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Researchers asked patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and personality disorders in the UK, US and India to compare the WHO descriptions of their diagnoses with their own experiences.

Lead researcher Dr Corinna Hackman, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School and NSFT, said:
“The ICD is the most widely used system to diagnose people with mental health conditions globally. It is extremely influential in framing our understanding of mental illness, and the policy and provision of mental health services.

“Despite this, service users’ perspectives have not been included in previous versions of the ICD.

“We wanted to gain feedback from service users internationally on how the WHO intends to classify mental health conditions, and in particular – whether their diagnostic descriptions resonate with the lived experiences of patients.

“We found that the WHO diagnosis descriptions didn’t always resonate with people’s lived mental health experiences. In particular, the descriptions focused on external symptoms, things that can be seen on the outside, rather than the internal, felt-experience.

“Our findings suggest that this may have potential unintended consequences for service users of feeling alienated and misunderstood.

“People with bipolar disorder for example thought that the WHO description only reflected negative aspects of the condition, and identified increased levels of creativity, associated with mania, as a positive aspect.

“People with schizophrenia said that the WHO diagnosis wording didn’t cover things like difficulties relating to, and communicating with, other people including feelings of isolation and alienation from other people.

“In some cases the wording was confusing or objectionable – for example the use of the word ‘retardation’ for depression.

“This research offers a unique insight into the views of service users and it really represents an overdue watershed moment in mental health diagnosis,” she added.

Participants also compared the WHO’s classification wording with alternate lay translations created by the research team.

Research collaborator Dr Caitlin Notley, also from UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said: “Participants reported that the lay summaries were much more clear, accessible and easier to understand – and consequently they felt that they resonated much better with their own lived experience.

“What we have shown is that patients would benefit from a version of the WHO disease classification system that is easier to understand and includes more information about the felt-experience.

“We hope that the changes we are recommending would also help clinicians better understand and empathise with the felt experience of service users.”

The study was undertaken by NSFT, UEA and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in collaboration with Columbia University, NYC, a peer-led service in New Jersey and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

It is hoped that the findings will help inform further ICD-11 revisions.

The findings were translated into coproduced recommendations for the WHO, which has established a process of review and consideration of incorporation into revisions of the clinical descriptions and diagnostic guideline for ICD-11 Mental, Behavioural and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

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‘Perspectives on the International Classification of Diseases, 11th Revision (ICD-11); an international qualitative study to Understand and improve mental health Diagnosis using expertise by Experience: INCLUDE Study’ is published in The Lancet Psychiatry on Monday, July 8, 2019.

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08 Jul

A study published June 18, 2019 in Alzheimer’s & Dementia suggests that napping may also precede the risk of dementia and cognitive decline, reports UCSF.

The study found that men who had napped for an average of two hours or more per day at the beginning of the study were 66 percent more likely to develop clinically significant cognitive impairment than men who had only napped for 30 minutes or less a day. Excessive napping was most strongly linked to later cognitive impairment in men who slept well at night, suggesting that night-time sleep disruption was unlikely to directly explain the relationship, though more subtle interactions could not be ruled out.

Prior studies have suggested a connection between napping and age-related cognitive decline and dementia, but most have relied on retrospective self-reports, which are not very reliable, and none have tracked the consequences of objectively measured 24-hour sleep patterns over such a long period.

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08 Jul

This halibut is baked nestled in a bed of fennel, peppers, tomatoes, olives and fresh herbs. It’s a one skillet supper that’s ready in a flash!

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My mom used to say that by the 4th of July, summer was over. Thanks for that, Mom.

Never mind. Unlike her, I am all about seizing the (summer) day, and this one-pan recipe for halibut with loads of fresh vegetables does that for me.

A Quick and Colorful Dinner!

It’s colorful. It’s quick. It’s full of flavor and light but satisfying for these last days of warm weather. Plus there’s only one pan to wash at the end of the meal. Who doesn’t get excited about that?

If cooking fish makes you nervous, this recipe is for you. Just place the fillets on top of the vegetables and pop the pan in the oven. Done.

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How to Tell When Fish is Cooked

The halibut cooks quickly and stays moist thanks to the steamy environment created by the veggies as they cook. Halibut is also a thick piece of fish and doesn’t dry out as quickly as thinner fillets.

An instant-read thermometer is a boon to second guessers who worry the fish is cooked through. For halibut, the ideal temperature in the thickest part of the fish is 135°F. The heat ticks up a few degrees when the fish comes out of the oven, so it finishes perfectly.

What to Serve with Halibut

Since the vegetables cook alongside the fish, this recipe is an all-in-one meal! This said, some crusty baguette or a scoop of rice would be very nice served alongside, as would a glass of white wine. Try sauvignon blanc or a chardonnay!

Try these other easy fish recipes!

Updated July 8, 2019 : We spiffed up this post with some new info to help you make the best halibut ever. No changes to the original recipe. Hope you enjoy!

Halibut with Fennel, Peppers, and Tomatoes Recipe

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Look for skinless halibut fillets, or ask the person at the fish counter to remove them for you. If you end up with fillets with the skin still on, just cook them skin-side down and sprinkle the tops with the Panko.

Ingredients

Method

1 Prep the fish: Preheat the oven to 425° F. Place the halibut fillets on a large plate and season both sides with salt and pepper. Sprinkle each fillet with 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

2 Prep the herbs and Panko: Combine the herbs on a cutting board and coarsely chop. In a small bowl, combine the Panko, 2 teaspoons of the oil, and a pinch each of salt and pepper.

3 Cook the vegetables: In a large, oven-proof skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until it begins to soften. Add the fennel and bell pepper slices, and cook for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, olives, and the chopped herbs. Cook for 3 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

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4 Bake the fish: Place the fish fillets on top of the vegetables in the skillet. Sprinkle each fillet with 2 tablespoons of the Panko mixture.

Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 6 minutes. Check the fish: if the panko is browning too quickly, place a piece of aluminum foil loosely on top of the fish.

Bake another 6 to 9 minutes (12 to 15 minutes total), until the center of the fish is opaque when probed with a small knife. If you have an instant read thermometer, the temperature of the center of the fish should register a 135°F.

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5 Serve: Divide the vegetables between four plates and top each plate with a fish fillet. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

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08 Jul


4th July, 2019
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The region of Champagne has begun a tourism drive with €0.5m worth of annual promotional funding, a new website, and a special slogan.

A new website has been launched to promote ‘experiences’ in Champagne

Announced yesterday to UK press at the London-based residence of the French ambassador to the UK was a fresh push from Champagne to encourage more people to visit and explore the region using a tourism brand, ‘La Champagne, refined art de vivre’, and a website visitlachampagne.travel.

Having launched this concept and associated digital tools, the drinks business was also told that the region has raised as much as €500,000 for an annual marketing drive, initially in the UK and Japan, to draw attention to Champagne’s cellars, gastronomy, architecture, history and events.

The new push has been a long time in the making, admitted Vincent Perrin, who is head of the Comité Champagne, during an exclusive interview with db at the launch event in London yesterday.

Having started the process following the decision by UNESCO to make Champagne’s ‘hillsides, houses and cellars’ a World Heritage Site in 2014, he told db that the launch of the website and slogan had taken almost five years, with the financing of the marketing proving notably complicated – the promotional funds came from the regional government, as well as the Comité Champagne and tourist boards of the Grand Est Region where Champagne is located.

But the efforts have been worthwhile, with Perrin expressing his desire for Brits in particular – who represent 31% of the visitor numbers to Champagne each year – to fully explore the region.

With many of them coming to see the remarkable Gothic cathedral in Reims, or visit the First World War cemeteries in the region, he told db that “they have a nice experience, but feel that they have missed something.”

However, with the new Champagne travel website, which offers a series of “experiences”, he said, “Now we have given them a reason to come back”.

Also present at the launch event in London yesterday were the two presidents of the Comité Champagne, Jean-Marie Barillère – who represents the interests of the houses – and Maxime Toubart, who represents the growers.

The region has launched a logo and slogan to promote tourism

Speaking first, Toubart stressed the need for the producers of Champagne to promote the source region by attracting visitors from abroad, and did this through subtle semantics.

“It is important to recognise the region of Champagne… there is Le Champagne and there is La Champagne,” he said, adding, “We want to make the link between the product of Champagne and the region of Champagne, with its terroir and savoir-faire.”

Following Toubart, Barillère further explained the reasons for the tourism drive and the London launch, noting that while Champagne is extremely famous, the region is not well known as a tourist destination.

“This is a very special day for us because it is a link between the product Champagne and the region Champagne,” he began.

Continuing, he said, “Champagne is so well known, everyone knows about it, but what we want to achieve is for people to spend more time in Champagne, and to enjoy it more… We want people to have a good experience from the wine, and a good experience from the region – the architecture, the history, the cuisine.”

He then added, “We want people to have an experience that is as good as they have when they are drinking Champagne, because everyone is smiling when they are drinking Champagne.”

As for the decision to launch the initiative in London, he said, “You are our first market, and it is people from England, and Belgium, that are the two major sources of visitors to the region.”

Concluding, he said, “We want you to discover all the atmosphere of Champagne.”

In a subsequent discussion, Barillère told db that Bordeaux was the most visited wine region in France, although Champagne is not far behind, with just 1% fewer visitors.

Furthermore, he stressed that Champagne producers and other actors in the region have invested extensively in hospitality over the last 10 years, whether this concerns new hotels and restaurants, or oenotourism by the houses.

Certainly this year’s Champagne Report by the drinks business has a special focus on the rise of tourism in the region, and considers how the producers have augmented the appeal of the appellation for visitors.

Finally, in an important move for travellers to Reims, a representative from Marriot hotels at the London event yesterday confirmed that the upmarket brand of hotels would be opening the doors to a new property in Reims next month.

Directly opposite the cathedral, the building was formerly a fire station and has been reconfigured as a 50-room, five-star hotel, providing an important fillip to accommodation in the city.

The biggest visitor attractions in the Champagne region, according to Vincent Perrin are:

  1. Reims Cathedral: 1m visitors each year
  2. Nigloland Amusement Park in the Aube: 500,000 visitors each year
  3. Avenue de Champagne in Epernay: 250,000 visitors each year
  4. Pommery’s cellars in Reims: 180,000 visitors each year
  5. Taittinger’s cellars in Reims: 100,000 visitors each year

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08 Jul

Rustic Glam

Dominique Cosmetics Rustic Glam Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.63 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that features 12 shades across a few neutrals along with pops of color ranging from blue to pink to green. The color story was interesting–a bit different than what we’ve seen in the past–and most of the shades performed well with good pigmentation, blendability, and eight-hour wear.

I commented previously here (and you can read some of the discussion on that post as well) with respect to the brand using the word g*psy as a shade name; it is a word that’s historical context and use has made it a racial slur against the Romani people. As I said before, I had hoped that the brand would address it/apologize (and learn from it), as it is a limited edition palette and wouldn’t expect a re-run of it, but I haven’t seen anything from the brand at this point (please feel free to let me know otherwise). Here are a few articles of interest for those who would like to understand more: article one, article two, and video one.

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Fringe

Fringe is a medium, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that adhered well to bare skin and blended out with ease. The texture was soft, lightly powdery, but finely-milled and not prone to fallout or sheering out too readily. It stayed on nicely for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed fading.

Evil Eye

Evil Eye is a bright, medium blue with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color coverage that adhered evenly to bare skin and blended out well without losing its intensity or coverage. The texture was soft, smooth, and dense without being too firmly pressed in the pan. It wore well for eight hours on me before it showed signs of fading.

Free Spirit

Free Spirit is a soft beige with warmer undertones and and a matte finish. The pigmentation was semi-opaque, while the texture was soft and finely-milled but moderately powdery, so it was hard to build up the coverage, and there was some fallout during application. This shade lasted well for seven and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.

Cactus

Cactus is a muted, light-medium sage green with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage with a soft, velvety consistency that was slightly powdery in the pan but wasn’t prone to sheering out or having fallout during application. The color blended out nicely and stayed on well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably. I really wish we saw this type of green more often!

Dream Catcher

Dream Catcher is a bright, light blue with strong, cool undertones and faint sparkle over a matte finish. Most of the sparkle disappeared between my brush and my lid, though a few remained (and a good portion of what did transfer dropped over time). The texture was quite soft, moderately powdery, and while blendable, it did sheer out noticeably on my skin despite having more opaque coverage when initially applied. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed fading.

Wildflower

Wildflower is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which was easily built up to full coverage with less than half of a layer on top. The texture was smooth, velvety, and substantial without becoming too powdery or pone to fallout. It lasted nicely for eight hours before fading visibly.

Suede

Suede is a medium brown with stronger, warmer undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had excellent color payoff that adhered well to my lid and blended out with little effort. The consistency was soft, blendable, and substantial without becoming too powdery or having issues with fallout. This shade stayed on well for eight hours on me before I noticed any fading.

Bohemian

Bohemian is a medium-dark copper with moderate, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation with a smooth, moderately creamy texture (seemed quite silicone-heavy) that applied fairly evenly but worked best by pressing and patting on or when applied with a fingertip. Fluffier brushes tended to push the product around a bit unevenly in my experience. It wore well for eight hours on me before creasing faintly.

Desert Queen

Desert Queen is a brighter poop of light-medium orange with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a smooth, velvety consistency that was a touch powdery in the pan but applied beautifully with even, opaque coverage and wasn’t prone to fallout. This shade lasted nicely for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

Wanderlust

Wanderlust is a bright, “cooler” gold with a metallic finish. It had intense color coverage that applied beautifully to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of product. The texture felt cream-like, dense without being too thick or too firmly pressed in the pan, which made it easy to pick up with a brush and to apply to bare lids. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me before creasing slightly.

Moon Child

Moon Child is a deeper black with subtle, cool undertones and a faint iridescent sparkle over the more matte finish. There was some sparkle that translated onto my lid, but it functioned mostly as a matte black hue. The texture was soft, velvety, and more firmly-pressed in the pan but wasn’t too thin that it became difficult to apply or to blend out. It wore well for eight hours on me before showing signs of fading.

G*psy

G*psy is a light-medium purple with strong, warm undertones and a sparkling finish. It had rich pigmentation with a moderately dense consistency that was a smidgen dry to the touch (seemed more owed to the sparkly bits in it). The eyeshadow applied well to my lid and blended out without difficulty. It lasted well for eight hours on me before there was visible fading.

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08 Jul

Sometimes it’s hard to speak openly about your experiences with mental illness and reach out for help. It may feel like you’re supposed to “stay strong” or “fight through” even if you’re already maxed out. It can feel lonely when the people around you aren’t sure what it is you’re going through. And even if you’re in therapy, sometimes that isn’t quite enough — you want to really know you’re not alone and connect with others who have similar experiences.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately one in five Americans struggle with their mental health in a given year. While therapy or medication can be a critical part of seeking help, it’s not always affordable or easy to get to. And sometimes you might want support between your therapy sessions or want to meet others who really get it you can hang out with regularly. Finding peer support, according to Mental Health America, can be important to your recovery.

Related:​ How to Support the Elephant in Your Office No One Acknowledges

However, most mental health programs, from therapy to peer-to-peer groups, often follow the same format. You’re in an office or a community building and usually talking. This is important for many people in treatment, but sometimes you might want to try something a little outside the box to get a change of pace and boost your recovery journey. That’s why some innovative organizations are doing things differently and taking you outside, giving you a haircut or bringing some of your favorite stories into the process.

If you’re looking for some ideas on unexpected places you may be able to find peer mental health support and community, here are six organizations on a mission:

Related:​ What You Need to Remember If You Feel Your Illness Makes You a Burden

Letters to Strangers is a nonprofit seeking to destigmatize mental illness and build community in the real world for young people aged 13 to 24. The organization advocates for changes in the mental health dialogue and has reached over 30,000 people worldwide. Along with a youth-run team, volunteers write and submit hand-written letters. They then distribute these anonymous, heartfelt letters to chapters (usually student clubs on campuses) or partner organizations in the community to offer support for those who are going through difficult times. They believe, “Writing is humanity distilled into ink.”

How to learn more: You can write and submit your letters worldwide here.

Related:​ The Biggest Lesson I’ve Learned About Mental Health Recovery

The Lion’s Barber Collective discovered barbers are in a unique position to help raise awareness about mental illness after they found more than half of men feel more comfortable discussing their mental health with their barber than they do with a doctor. They decided to do something about it. The Lion’s Barber Collective trains barbers across the world to recognize the signs of someone struggling with their mental health and provide support and resources. The collective was started in the U.K., and currently has 110 affiliated barbers across 15 countries.

How to learn more: You can find if there’s a Lion’s barber in your area on the charity’s website.

Sip of Hope is a coffee shop in Chicago, and the world’s first coffee shop where 100% of the proceeds support suicide prevention and mental health education. That’s not all this coffee shop does. The staff are all certified in mental health first aid, so they’re well-equipped to support customers who stay awhile and chat. With its motto of, “It’s OK not to be OK,” Sip of Hope is a good setting to find support and build community. You can also attend an educational workshop or pick up literature on mental health services with a cup of coffee.

How to learn more: You can visit Sip of Hope’s website for more information.

The Cycle Effect (TCE) is a nonprofit in Eagle, Colorado, empowering young women through mountain biking to help build stronger communities. TCE focuses on three primary goal areas: physical wellness, community impact and mentorship as well as building brighter futures. TCE’s mountain bike program provides mental health support, community and mentorship to young women through its competitive mountain bike races for girls who would not have the resources to participate in the sport otherwise.

How to learn more: If you or someone you know is interested in joining the team, you can find more information here.

Hike for Mental Health is a nature-based nonprofit that helps people with and without mental health issues connect with nature through wilderness hikes. Hike for Mental Health believes spending time in nature has therapeutic value and can help build community with peers in a safe environment. In addition, the Texas-based nonprofit donates 80% of its earnings from sponsored hikes to mental health research.

How to learn more: To join a Hike for Mental Health, you can view the organization’s schedule here.

For a twist on more traditional therapy, Tales for Life is a Berlin-based counseling center offering a service called “fariytale therapy.” You read fairytales in a group or individual setting to use the characters and symbols of classic stories like “Beauty and the Beast” to apply the takeaway lessons to your life. While this organization is based in Germany, other therapists around the world are also harnessing the world of stories. For example, psychologist Janina Scarlet’s U.S.-based Superhero Therapy uses similar techniques in combination with more traditional mental health therapy.

How to learn more: You can learn more about fairytale counseling here, and find similar services worldwide by searching online.

The Mighty is a great place to ask questions and learn about mental health from a group of people who “get it.” With thousands of users on the site posting about their mental health journey, you’re sure to find someone you can relate to on The Mighty. To connect with a community that cares, head to our #CheckInWithMe or #MentalHealth pages. There you can read stories and post a Mighty Thought or Question to give and get support.

If you feel like you need a change of pace or a little extra support in your mental health journey, organizations like the ones highlighted above might be the out-of-the-box boost you need. Also remember, these alternatives might not work for everybody or may not be enough to support your mental health on their own. If you also need and want therapy or medication, know there’s nothing wrong with that and you’re not alone. 

For local treatment resources and options in your area, call NAMI’s helpline for free support and information. If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.

Read more stories like this on The Mighty:

How My Personality Disorder Recovery Changed My Childhood Dream

Sorry Not Sorry: My Mental Well-Being Is a Priority

What It’s Like to Be Bullied Online By Your Abusive Mother

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08 Jul

Inspire Medical Systems Inc, a medical technology company that makes an implantable therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and is focused on the development and commercialization of minimally invasive solutions for patients with the sleep disorder, reports that health plan UnitedHealthcare will provide coverage for the company’s Inspire therapy effective August 1, 2019. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group, a diversified health care company that provides coverage for approximately 41 million members.

“We are very pleased to receive this positive coverage decision from UnitedHealthcare. As health plans continue to update their coverage policies to include Inspire therapy, an increasing number of patients and physicians will have access to our innovative therapy,” says Tim Herbert, president and CEO of Inspire Medical Systems, in a release. “With the addition of UnitedHealthcare, we now have 35 coverage policies, representing approximately 125 million members, that cover Inspire therapy compared to 3 million members one year ago.”

Under its policy, UnitedHealthcare considers Inspire’s hypoglossal nerve neurostimulation device to be medically necessary for the treatment of moderate to severe OSA when specified criteria are met, including a previous attempt at continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment as well as patient selection consistent with the FDA’s approval guidelines.

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08 Jul

I’m toggling between work projects when I see the email from YogaAnytime.com pop up in my inbox. It reminds me that it’s time to take a break and start the 7-day Summer Challenge that I signed up for (for this assignment). When it comes to freelancing, the Law of Attraction actually plays out—a lot of work tends to beget even more work. So while several projects that I was juggling for other clients were already eating my weekends, I’d taken the assignment to do a 7-day summer challenge on YogaAnytime.com and write about the experience because I figured, if nothing else, it would MAKE me take a break each day for a week and get on my mat.

So I do that now, unrolling my neglected yoga mat on my office floor. I play the Challenge Intro trailer, where I meet the spirited (and very young-looking) Steph Winsor for the first time. I have to admit, I’m skeptical. The title of the challenge is “Enjoy Yourself.” What does that even mean, I think, still wearing my editor hat. I’m a little annoyed that I have to trade the dent that I could be making in my long to-do list for “Day 1: Simple and Sweet.” I assume it will be a basic beginner practice that I could lead myself through—when I actually have the time. Which isn’t now. What can this twenty-something have to teach me? I probably finished my yoga teacher training before she was out of middle school, I think. But I suck it up and start—only because I have to. For work.


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