Cy-Fair ISD school board approves additional desk shields for second half of semester

With more students returning for the second half of the fall semester, the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees approved the purchase of additional desk and tabletop protective dividers for protection during the COVID-19 pandemic.

After Trustee Tom Jackson asked about the desk shields’ effectiveness, Chief of Staff Teresa Hull said the shields have been approved by Memorial Hermann doctors collaborating with the school district and advising the district on precautionary COVID-19 measures.

“When we started looking at the number of students that we anticipated would be returning to campus, especially the second marking period, we reached out to Memorial Hermann and asked that very question,” Hull said. “They felt very strongly that that absolutely was a layer of protection; when you couple it with the mask, it definitely is helping us minimize the number students that may be identified as a close contact (during contact tracing).”

Previously, Chief Financial Officer Karen Smith said the district is working on recovering funds used on COVID-19 precautions and online learning.

“Because we didn’t have face to face (instruction) in the building there are costs we simply did not incur,” Smith said. “But if you recall we have instructional packets that we delivered. We purchased PPE when we were planning for this before COVID actually hit so bad that the schools were closed.”

Cy-Fair ISD has lost $2.2 million in revenue from food services, $16.1 million is expected to be spent from the general fund for the 2020-2021 school year, $500,000 was spent on personal protective equipment and $5.2 million for social distancing measures and more according to the presentation from Oct. 8.

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Disc Medicine Expands Scientific Advisory Board with Leading Experts in Hepcidin Biology

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Disc Medicine, a company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel therapeutic candidates for serious and debilitating hematologic diseases, today announced the appointment of Tomas Ganz, MD, PhD and Elizabeta Nemeth, PhD to its scientific advisory board, adding valuable expertise in hepcidin biology.

Disc Medicine is a hematology company harnessing new insights in hepcidin biology to address ineffective red blood cell production (erythropoiesis) in hematologic diseases. Focused on the hepcidin pathway, the master regulator of iron metabolism, Disc is advancing first-in-class therapies to transform the treatment of hematologic diseases. (PRNewsfoto/Disc Medicine)

“We are thrilled to welcome  Dr. Ganz and Dr. Nemeth to our Scientific Advisory Board, particularly at such an exciting time in a field that they helped pioneer,” said John Quisel, JD, PhD, Chief Executive Officer at Disc Medicine. “Together they were instrumental in characterizing the fundamental role of hepcidin in iron homeostasis, and I’m delighted to be working with them as we advance our hepcidin-targeted programs into the clinic.”

Dr. Ganz is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Pathology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he studies the role of small peptide regulators in human physiology and disease and is credited for the discovery of the iron-regulatory hormone hepcidin. Dr. Ganz received his PhD in Applied Physics from Caltech and his MD from UCLA, joining UCLA as a faculty member in 1983 after having completed training in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine. In 2005 he received the Marcel Simon Prize of the International Bioiron Society for the discovery of hepcidin and in 2014 was honored by the E. Donnall Thomas Award from the American Society of Hematology for his research in iron homeostasis, including the discovery of the iron-regulatory hormone hepcidin and investigation of its roles in iron metabolism.

“It has been immensely gratifying to see the hepcidin story unfold as our understanding of hepcidin’s role across different diseases has grown,” said Tomas Ganz, MD PhD. “Disc has taken a compelling approach to targeting hepcidin with two programs guided by human genetic findings. I’m delighted to be a part of this vision, particularly as they look to enter the clinic with their first program next year.”

Dr. Nemeth is a Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Director of the UCLA Center for Iron Disorders. Dr. Nemeth received her PhD in Cell, Molecular and Neurosciences at the University of Hawaii and completed a postdoctoral fellowship studying the pathobiology of hepcidin at UCLA. During her tenure she has made major contributions to the understanding of iron homeostasis and its dysregulation in disease, such as characterizing the regulation of hepcidin production by inflammation and iron and elucidating the mechanism of action of hepcidin in regulating dietary iron absorption and release from stores. Dr. Nemeth also described the role of hepcidin in various iron disorders including hereditary hemochromatosis, iron-loading anemias and iron-restricted anemias. Dr. Nemeth was a standing member of the Molecular and Cellular Hematology Study Section of the National Institutes of Health, is President-Elect of the International BioIron Society, and an associate editor of the American Journal of Hematology. Dr. Ganz and Nemeth co-founded three biotechnology companies focused on hepcidin-targeted

Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace Appointed to J2 Global Board of Directors

J2 Global, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCOM), a leading Internet information and services company, today announced the appointment to its board of directors of Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace, MPH, an experienced healthcare executive who has worked in several leading academic medical centers.

“We are delighted to have Pam join our Board of Directors,” said J2 Global Board Chairman Richard Ressler. “She is a nationally recognized leader in healthcare who will bring deep operating and strategic expertise to our Board.”

Pam brings more than 25 years of healthcare industry experience and currently serves as Senior Vice President and Regional Chief Operating Officer of New York Presbyterian. Previously, Pam was Chief Executive Officer at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Prior to that, Pam served as Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations at Duke University Hospital, where she also held leadership positions across the Duke University Health System. Pam earned a Master’s of Public Health from Yale University School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and African-American Studies from Washington University.

“Given the importance of healthcare within J2 Global’s portfolio, Pam’s wealth of experience at some of the world’s most renowned health systems will make her a valuable addition to our company,” said J2 Global CEO Vivek Shah.

“I am thrilled to join J2 Global’s Board of Directors,” said Sutton-Wallace. “With the healthcare industry continuing to adopt and integrate information technology, this is an ideal time to be part of an organization providing digital solutions to patients and healthcare professionals.”

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J2 Global, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCOM) is a leading Internet information and services company consisting of a portfolio of brands including IGN, Mashable, Humble Bundle, Speedtest, PCMag,, Spiceworks, Everyday Health, BabyCenter and What To Expect in its Digital Media segment and eFax, eVoice, iContact, Campaigner, Vipre, IPVanish and KeepItSafe in its Cloud Services segment. J2 Global reaches over 230 million people per month across its brands. As of December 31, 2019, J2 Global had achieved 24 consecutive fiscal years of revenue growth. For more information, visit:

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Members resign from Saratoga EDC board

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The controversy over claims the Saratoga Prosperity Partnership’s downloading and sharing of a confidential Saratoga Economic Development Committee Zoom meeting continues with board resignations and an investigation.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Partnership will be briefed on a report by an attorney the group hired to investigate the matter amid SEDC’s accusations that its civil liberties were violated by the distribution of a video of one of its meetings. SEDC is a private nonprofit and its meetings are not open to the public.

The Partnership report follows the departure of four from the SEDC board: Saratoga Hospital President and CEO Angelo Calbone, land-use attorney Matt Jones, Adirondack Trust Executive Vice President Michael O’Connell and Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce President Todd Shimkus.

“It doesn’t have a negative effect,” said SEDC Board Chair John Munter Jr. of the board resignations. “They all left for different reasons. The feeling was that in this fight, there is a lot of varied opinions. They just wanted to step aside in order to let things take their course in a more natural way.”

The departures, as first reported by the Albany Business Review, come during an on-going, years-long squabble between SEDC and the county-funded Partnership. Under a 2019 county plan, the two entities are supposed to be working together. That is the reason, Munter said, SEDC obtained a Zoom license through the Partnership for a discounted rate of $20 a month. At the time, Munter said, it was verbally confirmed that the SEDC meetings would be property of SEDC only.

But SEDC now accuses Partnership President Shelby Schneider, and her executive assistant, Michele Battle, of accessing SEDC’s private Zoom meetings, downloading the recordings and sharing them. SEDC attorney Michael Bilok, in a letter to the Partnership, said that the allegations against Schneider and Battle could rise to a criminal level, including violating the Stored Communication Act and the Defend Trade Secrets Act. In the video, Brobston allegedly insulted some prominent business leaders and elected officials.

“The content of the video is comparable to middle school banter,” Munter said. “There is nothing unlawful or no civil or lawful violations. The video itself is very petty. People were insulted. But SEDC’s civil liberties were violated by obtaining it and our civil liberties were violated when they shared it.”

Munter said this is part of a larger vendetta against SEDC and its president, Dennis Brobston. He explained that six years ago when the county established the Partnership, an effort to overtake SEDC’s economic authority, lead Partnership architect Waterford Supervisor John Lawler said it “wouldn’t be over until Dennis Brobston is out and SEDC is out of business.”

Lawler said on Wednesday that is “a malicious and absolute lie.”

“Why doesn’t (Munter) focus on why his board members resigned,” said Lawler, who himself quit the Partnership board in February 2019 when discussions about merging the two economic entities began.

At that point, the county stripped SEDC of all funding and formed the Partnership, which in the past

Caregiver Action Network Announces CareAcademy’s Helen Adeosun As New Member of Board of Directors

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Washington, DC, Oct. 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Caregiver Action Network (CAN), the nation’s leading family caregiving organization, recently announced its newest board member at the annual board meeting. Helen Adeosun, EdM the Founder and CEO of CareAcademy, a provider of advanced caregiver training and compliance solutions for the Home Care industry, joins the board effective immediately.

“Throughout my career, I have long admired CAN’s mission and laser focus on creating holistic support for America’s caregivers,” said Adeosun. “The COVID-19 pandemic rests on the shoulders of caregivers, and with that challenge comes great opportunity to enhance lives. I am excited to join CAN’s Board of Directors as we continue to elevate the critical role of caregivers, especially in this moment.”

Helen Adeosun is passionate about caregiving and the impact that the right caregiver can have on families. As an educator and workplace trainer, she has had a career in driving outcomes for adult learners and finding meaningful ways for them to engage in learning. Helen has worked with Teach for America, Boston Public Schools, and Pearson Education as well as a number of companies focused on caregiving issues. CareAcademy was born out of her own first-hand knowledge and experience as a caregiver, and the company’s mission is to help address the critical shortage of caregivers and empower caregivers to learn and deliver the best care to older adults. Helen holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in Politics and Arabic Studies, and a EdM from Harvard University in Education Policy and Management.

“We are pleased to welcome an exceptional educator and innovator, Helen Adeosun, to CAN’s Board,” said John Schall, CAN Chief Executive Officer. “Our organization will benefit from her experience as a family caregiver, in addition to her extensive work in education and workplace training. Helen’s enthusiasm for helping America’s family caregivers overcome the issues they face, especially now when caregiving has become increasingly difficult, and her leadership and proven industry success, will help to support CAN’s critical role as the nation’s leading family caregiver organization.”

CANs Board of Directors
Melissa Rowley, Founder & CEO, Mar’age, LLC, Chair
Michael Shaughnessy, Account Director, TMP Government, LLC, Vice Chair
Marion T. R. Watkins, Alston & Bird, LLP, Office of Senator Robert Dole, Treasurer
Joff Masukawa, President, Diligentia Strategy, Secretary
Helen Adeosun, EdM, CEO, Founder, CareAcademy
Michelle Baker, Executive Vice President, Signal Group
Andrea Cohen, Co-founder & CEO, HouseWorks
Joseph Delahunty, VP, Global Head of Communications, Ascensia Diabetes Care
Wes Metheny, Partner, Penn Quarter Partners
Denise Henry Morrisey, Partner, Capitol Counsel
Ellis Rosenberg, President, Democracy Consulting Group
Anne Tumlinson, CEO, Anne Tumlinson Innovations
Dhruv Vasishtha, Senior Product Manager, PatientPing

About CAN
Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents

Wenham Board Of Health Hosting Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

WENHAM, MA — Flu season is coming in close and the Wenham Board of Health is encouraging residents to get their flu shots — its especially important this year as the coronavirus pandemic continues to be a threat to public health.

A drive-through flu clinic will open next week on Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. by appointment only. The clinic will be held at Buker Elementary School, at 1 School St.

The clinic is open to all residents age 4 and older. The flu vaccine will available in the injectable form, except for a limited number of pediatric nasal spray doses for children. A higher dose vaccine will be available for those age 65 and older, as well as pediatric doses, pediatric nasal sprays, adult doses as well as a few preservative free adult doses.

“Reducing the spread of communicable diseases like the flu will help to reduce the strain on our healthcare systems as we continue to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Town Administrator Anthony Ansaldi.

The clinic will be drive-through only and residents must make an appointment ahead of time. Requests for appointments can be made online through a Google Form here or by calling the Wenham Board of Health at 978-468-5520 ext. 4.

Insurance paperwork and consent forms can be found here, and are required to be submitted ahead of time to the Board of Health at Town Hall, 138 Main St., when the building is open or dropped in the secure drop box outside Town Hall in a sealed envelope. Consent forms and insurance information cannot be emailed. Residents are asked to bring all insurance and Medicare cards with them to the clinic.

Residents are asked to wear a short-sleeved or loose fitting shirt. A face mask or covering will be required. Shots will be administered at the car window and as such, residents are asked to only have four passengers per vehicle and this will be confirmed upon booking.

Vaccinations will be given to all regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

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Trump’s Jab on Hunter Biden’s Drug Addiction Horrifies Treatment Advocates

Even by the historically low standards of decorum and decency set by President Donald Trump’s pugilistic performance in his first presidential debate with former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday, the president’s attack on his opponent’s son for his past struggles with substance use was singular in its ugliness.“Are you talking about Hunter?” Trump said late into the debate, interrupting Biden as he reflected on his late son, Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015. “Hunter got thrown out of the military. He was thrown out, dishonorably discharged for cocaine use—he didn’t have a job until you became vice president, and once you became vice president, he made a fortune.”Trump’s callous and incorrect comments—Hunter Biden was not dishonorably discharged— about his opponent’s lone surviving son’s past drug use were clearly wielded to leave a mark, but Biden responded with defiance.“My son, like a lot of people, like a lot of people we know at home, had a drug problem,” Biden said. “He’s overtaken it. He’s fixed it, he’s worked on it, and I’m proud of him. I’m proud of my son.”The moment horrified advocates for addiction treatment and recovery who told The Daily Beast that they fear Trump’s comments, and comments like them, could make it harder for the millions of Americans affected by substance use to get help.“Addiction is a medical condition that affects millions of Americans each year, irrespective of any demographic. It is a disease, not a moral or character failing,” Marvin Ventrell, CEO of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, told The Daily Beast. “It is inappropriate, harmful, hurtful, and irresponsible when a public figure or person of influence disparages people suffering from addiction.”“Pointing out a father because his son may have struggled in the past with a substance use disorder is wholly unconstructive and serves to perpetuate misconceived perceptions of addiction,” said Dr. Paul H. Earley, president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). “Our nation must respond with compassion and evidence-based treatments if we want to treat addiction and save lives.”Trump’s comments, which characterized substance use as a character failure, also undercut the hard-fought understanding in the medical community that addiction is a disease, said Dr. Lawrence Weinstein, chief medical director of American Addiction Centers, which provides treatment for substance use disorders.Trump Planned to Go Feral on Biden. Now His Allies Want to Call Animal Control“The stigma surrounding mental health and addiction has been shown to be a significant barrier to treatment and prevents many people from seeking the help that they need,” said Weinstein, who called addiction “an indiscriminate, chronic, complex and relapsing brain disease.”“This disease is not the result of a moral failing, poor judgment, or weakness—it is a chronic condition that requires lifelong maintenance,” Weinstein said.Trump has a track record of making flippant comments about substance use and addiction, despite the death of his elder brother to complications related to alcoholism. In recent years

Michael Porter of Harvard Business School has Joined the Board of Directors of ExThera Medical Corporation

Michael Porter, Ph.D., has joined the board of directors of ExThera Medical Corporation, a privately held medical technology company focused on the therapeutic reduction of drug-resistant pathogens and sepsis mediators in whole blood. ExThera’s Seraph® 100 Microbind® Affinity Blood Filter (Seraph 100) has a CE Mark in Europe for the treatment of a wide range of bloodstream infections. In the USA Seraph 100 has Emergency Use Authorization from FDA, where it is being used successfully in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, many of whom are critically ill.

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Professor Porter, the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School, is recognized as a leading authority on competitive strategy, the competitiveness and economic development of nations and regions, and the application of competition and strategy principles to address social problems such as health care, the environment, and creating economic opportunity by increasing corporate social impact. Harvard University and Harvard Business School jointly created the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness dedicated to furthering Professor Porter’s research. In addition, he has founded several non-profit organizations including the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), focused on revitalizing distressed economic urban communities, and the International Consortium for Health Outcome Measurements (ICHOM), the leader in developing patient centered health outcomes by medical condition, today encompassing 33 conditions affecting a substantial part of the disease burden.

“Dr. Porter’s global expertise in the strategic development of commercial organizations, his work on transformation of healthcare, and his relationships with numerous health systems and delivery organizations, will provide a new and welcomed perspective to ExThera as we expand the markets for our novel blood filter,” said Bob Ward NAE President and Chairman of the Board. “Michael will provide world class guidance as a strategic advisor to the Company. We are excited to welcome him to the Board as we begin a period of significant growth.”

Professor Porter holds a Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Princeton University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a Master’s degree in Business Administration with high distinction from Harvard Business School where he was a George F. Baker Scholar, and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University. He has also been awarded numerous honorary doctorates from universities around the world. He is a member of the Princeton University Board of Trustees, and the author of 20 books and over 150 articles. Professor Porter also co-chairs the editorial board for New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst, a leading journal for new approaches to health care delivery.

Professor Porter commented on joining the ExThera board, “I am truly excited about ExThera Medical’s business potential, and I am honored to be affiliated with this life saving company at a time when medical innovation is more important than ever. ExThera Medical is a leading innovator in health technology and treating some of the most challenging and life-threatening medical conditions of our time.”

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