InnovationRx: Shatner’s Trek And A Startup Stopping Nurse Shortages

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Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, made history today at age 90 as the oldest person to ever fly to space, thanks to a ride on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket. “This experience, it’s something unbelievable,” Shatner said after the experience, adding later that,. “I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened, I just... it’s extraordinary, extraordinary. I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now, I don’t want to lose it. It’s so... it’s so much larger than me and life.”

Space and healthcare are inexorably intertwined. The technology behind remote patient monitoring, which helps enable people with chronic conditions to stay home instead of going to the hospital, has its origins in NASA’s Mercury program. Several pharmaceutical companies have been conducting research utilizing facilities at the International Space Station to develop insights into biochemistry. Even Star Trek itself has connections to healthcare - just a few years ago, Qualcomm and the XPrize foundation awarded millions to two teams that developed a rudimentary version of the show’s tricorder. 

Live long and prosper. 

Meet The Sudanese Doctor Who Turned Nurse Staffing On Its Head

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By helping hundreds of hospitals like HCA Healthcare hire nurses faster and with less aggravation, Iman Abuzeid has built the rare VC-backed startup that’s already profitable. It likely won’t be long before it becomes a unicorn.

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At the Forbes Under 30 Summit, Spring Health CEO April Koh said that one’s early 20s are the “perfect time” for women to start being entrepreneurs

A new pilot program is helping Navajo elders manage their medications, easing the burden on overwhelmed caregivers in those areas. 

Veep and Arrested Development star Tony Hale shares his story about managing his asthma and anxiety. 

Coronavirus Updates

Over 77% of eligible Americans have now received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine. The Biden Administration credits this milestone to the growing number of vaccine mandates being put in place across the country. That’s the good news. The more sobering news is an analysis released today from the Kaiser Family Foundation. That paper estimates that 90,000 Covid-19 deaths among adults in the U.S. between June and September of this year could have been prevented if more people had been fully vaccinated.

FDA Says J&J Covid Booster Likely Boosts Immunity, But Evidence Isn’t Fully Verified


Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine booster shot appears to offer benefits, the Food and Drug Administration said in an analysis, but it questioned the sensitivity of a test the company used in its trials, and the regulator said it did not have time to verify much of the data that J&J submitted.

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Other Coronavirus News

The United States will lift all travel restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated visitors in November. 

A study found that more than half of people who had Covid-19 experienced at least one long-haul symptom six months or more after their initial diagnosis.

“Covid toes” are a result of a strong immune response to the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, says a new study.

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What Else We are Reading

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‘I hope you die’: how the COVID pandemic unleashed attacks on scientists (Nature)

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