The Department of Health, has banned all restaurants and bars from serving food and drinks made with CBD, a cannabis-derived product that’s said to relax users and reduce pain without getting high. But just because CBD won’t get you high, that doesn’t mean it has no side effects or potential uses.
CNBC Make It profiled the New York City bar, Adriaen Block, where customers can select from an entire menu of CBD-infused cocktails and food items, like a cheeseburger with CBD-infused sauce. (This reporter sampled the restaurant’s CBD-infused menu items, he said were tasty — the CBD oil did not overpower — and he did feel a bit relaxed afterward, though he said that the alcohol could have played a role in that.)
California, lawmakers recently cracked down on restaurants and cafes serving everything from coffee and juice to other foods infused with CBD.
Restaurants in New York City are not permitted to add anything to food or drink that is not approved as safe to eat,” says DOH spokeswoman Danielle De Souza. “The Health Department is serious about protecting New Yorkers’ health. Until cannabidiol (CBD) is deemed safe as a food additive, the Department is ordering restaurants not to offer products containing CBD.”
According to De Souza, the Department of Health began banning CBD in food products starting in January. Medical marijuana dispensary Citiva, which just opened its first Brooklyn location across from the Barclays Center in January, also sells CBD products and welcomes the scrutiny.
In New York, CBD started showing up in early 2017 as “cannabis oil” used to lace food at intimate private dinners like the NSFW club’s Dankquet. Since then, CBD has come out of the shadows to easily top the list of 2018 food trends. First came CBD lattes at Brooklyn’s Caffeine Underground in March, with cafes around the city quickly jumping onboard.
A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the majority of medical marijuana products sold on the internet may be unsafe or ineffective.
NYC Health + Hospitals has launched Meatless Mondays at all 11 of its acute care hospitals, to provide healthy, appealing meal options and introduce the benefits of plant-based nutrition to inpatients to help them make important lifestyle decisions to lead their healthiest lives. The new plant-based items will be added to the regular menu to expand options for patients.
Promoted with the slogan “Power Up with Plants,” Meatless Monday meals will offer tasty options such as black bean soup, spaghetti and garden bolognese sauce, three bean chili, vegan beefless strips, garden burger, rice and beans, cream of potato soup, assorted fruits, and hummus. New Meatless Monday meal choices will be introduced over time to keep the program fresh.
Demographic shifts and data analytics are spurring change in the workplace.
Gen Z workers are expected to comprise 36 percent of the workforce by 2020.
Seniors will work longer putting off retirement.
More employees will want to align with employers that have a social mission.
Increasingly employers will track workers using data analytics.
Gen Z is rapidly joining the workforce with the oldest members of the generation being 23 years-old. They’re expected to comprise up to 36 percent of the global workforce by 2020. These new entrants are digital natives who expect strategic use of software and technology in the workplace, as they are the first generation to grow up entirely in an internet-centric society.
In developed nations with more access to effective healthcare, more and more people are reaching their 100th birthday, meaning that careers will be longer than we’ve ever seen before. Companies and their employees are planning for rising retirement ages by reviewing the role of pensions, benefits and physical or schedule accommodations for older and more senior employees. As an example, Japan expects half of all babies born currently to live to or past 100 and is taking the idea of the “100 Year Life” so seriously that Shinzo Abe’s cabinet worked between September 2017 and June 2018 to create a formalized structure for a ‘Human Resources Revolution’.
Some companies are analyzing communication patterns on internal messaging systems, tracking geographical locations, and giving their employees health trackers to collect health data. The Apple Watch are now being included in employee wellness plans. It is anticipated that by 2021, 90 percent of wellness plans in the U.S. will include health trackers. As an employee it is advisable to be aware of what data your employer is gathering and what they’re using it for. Collecting data without compromising employee trust is imperative, and businesses must be transparent about what they are collecting and using your data for.
Jörg Goldhahn, MD, MAS, deputy head of the Institute for Translational Medicine at ETH Zurich, Switzerland says that artificial intelligence systems simulate human intelligence by learning, reasoning, and self correction. This technology has the potential to be more accurate than doctors at making diagnoses and performing surgical interventions. It has a “near unlimited capacity” for data processing and subsequent learning, and can do this at a speed that humans cannot match.Increasing amounts of health data, from apps, personal monitoring devices, electronic medical records, and social media platforms are being brought together to give machines as much information as possible about people and their diseases. At the same time machines are “reading” and taking account of the rapidly expanding scientific literature.”The notion that today’s physicians could approximate this knowledge by keeping abreast of current medical research while maintaining close contacts with their patients is an illusion not least because of the sheer volume of data,” says Goldhahn.Machine learning is also not subject to the same level of potential bias seen in human learning that reflects cultural influences and links with particular institutions, for example.
“Computers aren’t able to care for patients in the sense of showing devotion or concern for the other as a person, because they are not people and do not care about anything. Sophisticated robots might show empathy as a matter of form, just as humans might behave nicely in social situations yet remain emotionally disengaged because they are only performing a social role.”
“Patients need to be cared for by people, especially when we are ill and at our most vulnerable. A machine will never be able to show us true comfort,” they say.
Google has delivered further evidence that AI could become a valuable tool in detecting cancer. The company’s researchers have developed a deep learning tool that can spot metastatic (advanced) breast cancer with a greater accuracy than pathologists when looking at slides. The team trained its algorithm (Lymph Node Assistant, aka LYNA) to recognize the characteristics of tumors using two sets of pathological slides, giving it the ability to spot metastasis in a wide variety of conditions. The result was an AI system that could tell the difference between cancer and non-cancer slides 99 percent of the time, even when looking for extremely small metastases that humans might miss.
Researchers at the University of California San Diego are developing an m Health platform that can predict a consumer’s blood pressure from wearable data and offer health and wellness advice to keep those readings healthy.
Sujit Dey, Director of the Center for Wireless Communications at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering and a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Po-Han Chiang, a graduate student in the Mobile Systems Design Lab, developed an algorithm based on sleep, exercise and blood pressure data taken from eight patients who wore a Fitbit Charge HR and Omron Evolve wireless blood pressure monitor for 30 days.
According to their study, presented at the recent IEEE Healthcom 2018 conference, Dey and Chiang were able to track how certain activities affected one’s blood pressure. For instance, boosting one test subject’s activity helped lower average systolic blood pressure by 15.4 percent and their diastolic blood pressure by 14.2 percent in one week; while convincing another subject to go to bed earlier led to a 3.6 percent drop in systolic blood pressure and 6.6 percent decrease in average diastolic blood pressure from the previous week.
In New York, the Uniformed Fire Officers Association of New York City (UFOA), representing some 2,600 active members and 5,000 retirees, and digital health company Qardio have launched a remote patient monitoring program in which firefighters, both active and retired, are monitoring their blood pressure with the QardioArm mHealth device and Qardio app and sharing that data with their primary care providers.
Visitors stare at babies in incubators at Martin Couney’s New York World’s Fair attraction, 1939-1940. New York Public Library
The early part of the 20th century, Martin Couney’s sideshow attraction at New York City’s Coney Island featured premature babies in incubators. The relatively new technology offered infants around-the-clock care that hospitals didn’t provide. By one estimate, Couney saved the lives of 6,500 infants.
Developed for infants in the 1880s, in Paris, Couney first displayed incubators—with babies—at the Berlin Exposition in 1896. From there he traveled to more expositions, including an event in London in 1897 and the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901. But in 1903 he settled in the U.S. to run his babies-in-incubators summertime sideshow, which would continue until the early 1940s.