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Medical Alley Shatters Records, Breaks $1 Billion Barrier in Three Quarters

The Medical Alley Association released their Q3 Investment Report Tuesday, revealing a record-breaking $1 billion raised in the first three quarters of 2020.

A year after raising over $1 billion in capital for the first time ever, Medical Alley companies accomplished the feat again, this time needing just three quarters to pass the $1 billion mark. In total, 58 Medical Alley companies have raised $1,015,712,605 so far this year, showing the strength of the early- and growth-stage ecosystem here and proving that 2019’s billion-dollar year was a show of ongoing growth. Digital health currently leads all sectors, having raised more than $658.6 million this year, but medical device companies are drawing substantial interest as well, with $315 million brought in so far this year.

Of the more than $1 billion raised this year, $759.3 million was raised in the third quarter alone, led by Bright Health’s $500 million Series E raise announced just eight days before the quarter’s end. Even before their exciting announcement, however, Medical Alley companies had already established a new record for funds raised in a third quarter — thanks to raises from Preventice Solutions, CVRx, and CardioMech — and had locked down the second strongest year-to-date in the last 10 years.

“During this pandemic, Medical Alley has been answering the call, delivering on our leadership position as the global epicenter of health innovation and care,” said Shaye Mandle, President and CEO of the Medical Alley Association. “Clearly, shattering another record for investment in Medical Alley health innovators demonstrates that the world increasingly looks to Medical Alley for today’s needs and to bring the future of healthcare forward.”

To see the full release and the Medical Alley Association’s analysis, visit us here.

About the Medical Alley Association

Founded in 1984, the Medical Alley Association supports and advances the global leadership of Medical Alley’s healthcare industry, and its connectivity around the world. MAA delivers the collective influence, intelligence and interactions that support Medical Alley.

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Bright and Fit Fitness App by Alice Veglio is Breaking Records in Italy

Alice Veglio is an Italian international model who started her career as a fitness trainer. Before moving to Dubai in 2018, Alice developed a holistic approach to fitness, wellness and healthcare, and founded a startup that achieved a turnover of 500,000 Euros in less than two years

Bright and fit fitness App reached an annual turnover of half million euros, by promoting a new concept of feminine empowerment.

The project was born as a new fitness startup and it’s breaking every record in Italy.

The founder is Alice Veglio, an international model and entrepreneur living in Dubai.

We interviewed Alice to better understand the beginning and the evolution of her entrepreneurial idea.

Q: Is there something that inspired you to take this new entrepreneurial path?

A: During my studying career, I approached my education by following a double path. On one hand, I had a University Degree in Economics and Business Management, on the other hand, I attended the Leonardo Da Vinci University in Rome (one of the most distinguished University in Italy for holistic sciences), where I got several certifications as fitness and wellness coach.

After completing my studies I joined financial and fitness skills together, so I worked on a new startup where fitness and wellness would have been able to work together as a whole.

I set the new goal to make holistic fitness popular among ordinary people. I hired some workers to create my staff and I began to share the concept online.

Before starting my academic career, I attended a series of internship in the United Arab Emirates since I was 18. The potential of digital business has always fascinated me.

Q: Did you encounter any difficulties when you started working on your startup?

A: Yes. The major difficulty I found was promoting the concept of holistic fitness, because it was something very little known in Italy.

Educating people on the benefits brought by holistic fitness is difficult, because it’s a disruptive concept of wellness, which puts the happiness of the single person on the same level as the results gained with training and exercises.

In our society, it’s commonly spread the misconception that it requires a strict diet connected with the loss of emotional happiness to have a perfect body.

Holistic fitness works on developing health and wellness from a unique perspective where mindset, nutrition and fitness are developed simultaneously.

The second difficulty I faced was about promoting the fitness from home, as people are used adapt themselves to gym timetables and rules, along with the stress caused by having to find a place to park the car somewhere when they want to hit the gym.

I wanted to develop a new fitness concept linked to digital business. What separated women from achieving their physical and health goals was the lack of time. My program offers the comfort of being able to always have your personal trainer with you without the need to go out. 

3) A: Covid-19 pandemic forced the Governments of many

U.S. hospitalizations continue climb as 11 states set records for new COVID-19 cases

Coronavirus hospitalizations were continuing a dangerous trend in the United States while Brazil and India each reached ominous milestones as the global pandemic showed little sign of retreating Sunday.

Hospitalizations, which peaked at nearly 60,000 across the nation in July, had fallen by more than half last month. But since dipping below 29,000 on Sept. 20, the number of people being treated in hospitals each day has crept higher, to almost 35,000.

And a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through late Saturday shows 11 states set records for new cases for a seven-day period – Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah. The U.S. has recorded its fourth consecutive day of more than 50,000 new COVID-19 cases, a streak not seen in two months.



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: President Donald Trump speaks from the South Portico of the White House in Washington, DC during a rally on October 10, 2020.


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The U.S. has now reported more than 7.7 million cases and almost 215,000 deaths since the first U.S. case was confirmed Jan. 21. Record numbers of deaths over a seven-day period were reported in Kansas and North Dakota.

US reports more than 50K cases for third straight day: 9 states set record

The world is not faring much better. 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to unveil tougher restrictions Monday, including a three-tier system based on severity of cases in each region of England. Graham Medley, professor of infectious disease modelling at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the director of the Center for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases, warned that “thousands will die” unless Britain can alter the trajectory of the disease.

“We are clearly in a difficult position,” Medley tweeted. “The level and rise of infections, admissions and deaths puts us in a similar position to early March. (But) we know the harms that ‘lockdown’ will bring. Very, very hard choices.”

Trump’s doctor: President no longer a risk for transmitting COVID-19

Dr. David Nabarro, the World Health Organization’s special envoy on COVID-19, urged world leaders this week to stop “using lockdowns as your primary

Hospitalizations up; 11 state records; WHO questions lockdowns

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Since the coronavirus pandemic started, the United States has recorded more than 7.6 million cases of COVID-19 and 213,000 deaths.

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Coronavirus hospitalizations were continuing a dangerous trend in the United States while Brazil and India each reached ominous milestones as the global pandemic showed little sign of retreating Sunday.

Hospitalizations, which peaked at nearly 60,000 across the nation in July, had fallen by more than half last month. But since dipping below 29,000 on Sept. 20, the number of people being treated in hospitals each day has crept higher, to almost 35,000.

And a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through late Saturday shows 11 states set records for new cases for a seven-day period – Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah. The U.S. has recorded its fourth consecutive day of more than 50,000 new COVID-19 cases, a streak not seen in two months.

The U.S. has now reported more than 7.7 million cases and almost 215,000 deaths since the first U.S. case was confirmed Jan. 21. Record numbers of deaths over a seven-day period were reported in Kansas and North Dakota.

US reports more than 50K cases for third straight day: 9 states set record

The world is not faring much better. 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to unveil tougher restrictions Monday, including a three-tier system based on severity of cases in each region of England. Graham Medley, professor of infectious disease modelling at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the director of the Center for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases, warned that “thousands will die” unless Britain can alter the trajectory of the disease.

“We are clearly in a difficult position,” Medley tweeted. “The level and rise of infections, admissions and deaths puts us in a similar position to early March. (But) we know the harms that ‘lockdown’ will bring. Very, very hard choices.”

Trump’s doctor: President no longer a risk for transmitting COVID-19

Dr. David Nabarro, the World Health Organization’s special envoy on COVID-19, urged world leaders this week to stop “using lockdowns as your primary control method” for blunting a virus surge.

“We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” Nabarro told “The Spectator.” Nabarro said lockdowns can only be justified “to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted. But by and large, we’d rather not do it.”

In Brazil, the death toll surpassed 150,000 on Saturday night, second only to the U.S., according to the data amassed by Johns Hopkins University. President Jair Bolsonaro has followed President Donald Trump’s lead in downplaying the virus, ignoring social distancing guidelines and encouraging boisterous political demonstrations.

And like Trump, Bolsonaro has contracted the infection, surviving a bout with COVID-19 in July.

In India, health officials reported that total infections have surpassed 7 million. That total is second only to

Coronavirus cases set new single-day records in 6 states and worldwide

The daily rise in coronavirus cases set new records in six U.S. states and worldwide.

Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and West Virginia all had record single-day increases in cases on Friday, according to NBC News’ tally.

The World Health Organization meanwhile announced that 350,766 new infections were reported Friday, surpassing by nearly 12,000 a record set earlier in the week. The new cases include more than 109,000 from Europe alone.

In the United States, the governor of Ohio told reporters Friday that he believes there is no single reason why cases are rising, but he believes people aren’t taking enough precautions against infection.

“We’re sick of wearing masks, we’re sick of all of this, and I get it, but we’ve got to hang in there for our kids. We’ve got to hang in there for ourselves,” Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, said.

“The best to summarize it I think is that people are simply not being cautious,” the governor said. “They’re going about their family life and meeting people.”

Ohio set a single-day record of 1,840 new cases, and Oklahoma of 1,524.

Missouri recorded just under 3,000 new cases, according to NBC News’ tally. The state also set a new single-day record for deaths at 129.

Cases have also risen in West Virginia with 382 new cases Friday; Montana with 722; and North Dakota with 656, according to the tally.

In Montana, cases have more than doubled in the last two weeks, compared to the two weeks before. There has also been a staggering 230 percent jump in Covid-19 related deaths in just over two months, according to Gov. Steve Bullock.

“Disregarding expert advice from state and health officials, as well as the pleas of our frontline health workers and neighbors, is leading us down this concerning path,” he said in a series of tweets Friday.

“We need to listen to our health care workers. The path forward is simple if only Montanans follow the guidelines and restrictions we have in place. This is the pathm that will save lives, and it will keep our schools, our main street businesses, and our communities open and safe.”

Coronavirus cases have nearly doubled over a two-week period in New Mexico, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

New Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales urged residents to continue wearing face masks and practice social distancing. “New Mexico let’s not lose all the good progress we’ve made on COVID-19,” he tweeted.

Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, said the spread of coronavirus in some areas is less from people going into public places than small gatherings.

“What we’re seeing is, we take down our guard when we’re with people we know,” she said, noting that some people can have the virus and be asymptomatic.

Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, told NBC’s “Nightly News” that he hopes a potential second wave would not be as bad as what the country saw

4 Levittown High-Schoolers Contract Coronavirus: Records

LEVITTOWN, NY — After escaping September with no coronavirus cases, four on-site students at Gen. Douglas MacArthur High School have since tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to officials and state records.

An alert posted on the website for Levittown Public Schools said the district was notified Tuesday afternoon that two more people at the high school tested positive for the disease. One of them was in the building that day.

“Since the Department of Health needs time to conduct thorough contact tracing with respect to the people involved and out of an abundance of caution, MacArthur HS will be operating on a remote schedule tomorrow, Wednesday, October 7,” the district said at the time.

The state Department of Health’s Covid-19 Report Card for schools showed four students in all tested positive for the disease. Three were documented Tuesday and a fourth was logged Wednesday.

People who contracted the coronavirus cannot return to the building until they provide a negative test.

The cases come after the district said it learned Sept. 29 that a student at East Broadway School tested positive for the disease. In that case, the student was not in school that day and symptoms did not emerge until the previous Sunday, the alert said. Back to School Night at the school was postponed so the building could be cleaned and disinfected.

School districts across Long Island have seen coronavirus cases in the opening days and weeks of the new school year, including Mineola, Seaford, Syosset, Oyster Bay, New Hyde Park, Great Neck, Plainview and Hicksville.

This article originally appeared on the Levittown Patch

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Trump’s hospital records, weight haven’t been released

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President Trump received mostly the same treatment as anyone would get for COVID-19, except for one experimental drug and the speed of his care.

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The claim: Trump’s hospital records reveal he’s 322 pounds

America is nervously watching COVID-19 sweep its way across the top ranks of government. Now, online speculation and the administration’s lack of transparency are paving the way for misinformation about President Donald Trump’s health to go viral.

“Breaking News: HOSPITAL RECORDS EXPOSE TRUMP’S WEIGHT TO BE A WHOPPING 322 POUNDS!” @JerasIkehorn posed on Twitter Oct. 5

Soon the hashtags #322PoundPotus and #322Pounds gained traction, @JerasIkehorn’s tweet received 9,000 retweets, 1,400 quote tweets and nearly 29,700 likes, and the claim made its way across social networks. 

“Hospital Record shows Trumps Weight 322! His Last Doctor said: 239! They understated by 83 Pounds! Could Other Info be Inaccurate!” asserted a similar claim, posted on Facebook on Oct. 5.

However, the White House has not released Trump’s hospital records from his stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Trump’s latest physical results reveal he’s far from 322 pounds.

More: Fact check: Trump could have been exposed to COVID-19 before Sept. 29 presidential debate

The Facebook user who shared the claim has not responded to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

White House has not released Trump’s hospital records

Trump’s health records, like those of any American, are protected from public release without his consent by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Since Trump announced his and his wife’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis on Oct. 2, Trump’s physicians and administration officials have updated the public on his condition via press conferences and written statements. In these correspondences, Trump’s team discussed his treatment and symptoms, but they never revealed his weight.

Dr. Sean Conley, physician to President Donald Trump, briefs reporters at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. Trump was admitted to the hospital after contracting the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP)

“The doctors are not going to get on television and contravene the narrative. It’s the president’s privacy. If he doesn’t want to share information with the public, they can’t,” Dr. Russell Buhr, a pulmonologist and critical care professor at UCLA, told USA TODAY.

If a doctor were to divulge the president’s health information without his consent, that physician would risk criminal penalties ranging between $50,000 and $250,000, as well as sanctions from professional medical boards and loss of a state medical license.

More: Fact check: Claim that Trump’s positive COVID-19 test result is a ‘con’ has no basis in fact

Trump’s latest weight

Trump weighs 244 pounds according to his latest annual physical exam results released by the White House on June 3. The 6-foot-3, 74-year-old president was up one pound from his previousphysical released in February 2019, which showed his weight as 

Washington Records 90,000th Confirmed Coronavirus Case

WASHINGTON — As of the latest update from the Washington State Department of Health, Washington has had 90,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began.

The DOH’s update Monday afternoon added 402 new laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases and 16 deaths, for a total of 90,276 infected and 2,158 dead due to the pandemic thus far.

Deaths were reported in Grant, King, Lewis, Mason, Snohomish, Spokane, Whatcom, and Yakima counties.

The new numbers mean that, across the state, 78 out of every 100,000 Washingtonians have tested positive for the virus over the past two weeks. The state still has a long way to meet its goal of getting that rate to under 25 per 100,000 over two weeks.

Meanwhile, 1,951,407 coronavirus tests have been performed in Washington state. Over the past week, 3.3 percent of tests have come back positive, up from the same time last week. The state’s goal there is to test widely enough that that number falls below 2 percent.

The state is, however, succeeding on two of its key metrics: less than 80 percent of hospital beds are occupied, and less than 10 percent of hospital beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients.

Catch up on the latest development:

Inslee: Trumps’ coronavirus message “reckless” and “dangerous”

President Trump’s recent stint in the hospital for coronavirus treatment, and his subsequent recovery and return to the White House Monday evening have Republicans and the Trump Administration running a victory lap, and claiming that response to the pandemic has been overblown— a message that health officials categorically deny.

Monday Washington Gov. Jay Inslee weighed in, condemning Trump’s continued attempts to downplay the severity of the pandemic:

“The president’s reckless comments reflect exactly the same nonsense thinking behind his failed pandemic response that increased the risk of COVID, a virus that has caused 210,000 deaths in the United States already — and hundreds more each day. He hasn’t learned a thing. Since he tested positive for COVID, more than 2,000 additional Americans have died and downplaying this danger is the best he can do?”

Inslee’s statement was echoed by a similar release from Washington’s top health official, Secretary of Health John Wiesman:

“The president’s tweet is highly irresponsible and makes every public health official’s job that much more difficult. COVID-19 is a serious disease that is easily spread. We shouldn’t fear it; we should protect ourselves from it. Wear your mask. Watch your distance. Wash your hands. These are the basic facts.”

Read more: Inslee: Trump ‘Hasn’t Learned A Thing’ After Catching Coronavirus

UW Medicine Studies COVID-19’s Long-Term Effects

UW Medicine is helping to lead a nationwide study to discover more about the long-term impacts of the coronavirus, specifically why some patients experience extremely prolonged symptoms.

Over recent months there have been a growing number of reports of patients who have recovered from the virus, only to return to the hospital later with similar symptoms of fatigue and shortness of breath.

“We want to understand the long-term effects of

The Latest: India records 75,800 new cases, recovery high

A heath worker attends a patient in an intensive care unit designated for people infected with COVID-19 at a hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.

A heath worker attends a patient in an intensive care unit designated for people infected with COVID-19 at a hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.

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NEW DELHI — India has registered 75,829 confirmed coronaviruses cases in the past 24 hours, a day after crossing 100,000 fatalities.

The Health Ministry raised India’s confirmed total to more than 6.5 million on Sunday and said at least 101,782 people have died of COVID-19.

India is still registering the highest number of daily cases globally but with the recovery rate at more than 83%, the number of those cured has surpassed 5.5 million, the Health Ministry said.

India also has the low fatality rate of 1.56%, which is nearly half of the global one.

The Health Ministry credited the increased testing in the country to a sustained low death rate. India has conducted nearly 79 million tests so far, according to official data.

India is preparing to reopen cinemas and entertainment parks with limited capacity beginning Oct. 15, in an effort to revive the economy. Health experts warn the move has the potential for the virus to spread during the upcoming religious festival and winter season.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— Doctor: Trump improving, but not ‘out of the woods’ yet

— Analysis: Trump faces credibility crisis over health scare

— Pence ordered borders closed after CDC experts refused

— South Africa and India have asked the World Trade Organization to waive some provisions in the international agreements that regulate intellectual property rights to speed up efforts to prevent, treat and contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Madrid has started its first day under a partial lockdown with police controlling travel in and out of the Spanish capital. The Madrid region has become Europe’s most critical hot spot in the second wave of the coronavirus.

— Pope Francis has traveled to the tomb of his nature-loving namesake to sign an encyclical laying out his vision of a post-COVID world built on solidarity, fraternity and care for the environment.

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Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

MELBOURNE, Australia — The premier of Australia’s Victoria state has called on citizens to “stay the course” after large groups flooded beaches and parks at the weekend in defiance of strict lockdown regulations.

Victoria, emerging from a major winter spike in coronavirus cases, relaxed lockdown regulations last weekend but still allowed only five people from up to two households to congregate outside.

Many ignored those regulations on Saturday and crowded parks and beaches, causing Premier Daniel Andrews to remind Victorians not to be selfish and maintain social distancing. Victoria reported only 12 new coronavirus cases and one death Sunday, well down on the peaks of winter.

“We are so, so close,” Andrews said. “Let’s not any of us do anything that might undermine the very positive numbers. Once we get them low, we can keep them low and we

India records 75,800 new cases, recovery high

NEW DELHI — India has registered 75,829 confirmed coronaviruses cases in the past 24 hours, a day after crossing 100,000 fatalities.

The Health Ministry raised India’s confirmed total to more than 6.5 million on Sunday and said at least 101,782 people have died of COVID-19.

India is still registering the highest number of daily cases globally but with the recovery rate at more than 83%, the number of those cured has surpassed 5.5 million, the Health Ministry said.

India also has the low fatality rate of 1.56%, which is nearly half of the global one.

The Health Ministry credited the increased testing in the country to a sustained low death rate. India has conducted nearly 79 million tests so far, according to official data.

India is preparing to reopen cinemas and entertainment parks with limited capacity beginning Oct. 15, in an effort to revive the economy. Health experts warn the move has the potential for the virus to spread during the upcoming religious festival and winter season.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— Doctor: Trump improving, but not ‘out of the woods’ yet

— Analysis: Trump faces credibility crisis over health scare

— Pence ordered borders closed after CDC experts refused

— South Africa and India have asked the World Trade Organization to waive some provisions in the international agreements that regulate intellectual property rights to speed up efforts to prevent, treat and contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Madrid has started its first day under a partial lockdown with police controlling travel in and out of the Spanish capital. The Madrid region has become Europe’s most critical hot spot in the second wave of the coronavirus.

— Pope Francis has traveled to the tomb of his nature-loving namesake to sign an encyclical laying out his vision of a post-COVID world built on solidarity, fraternity and care for the environment.

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Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

MELBOURNE, Australia — The premier of Australia’s Victoria state has called on citizens to “stay the course” after large groups flooded beaches and parks at the weekend in defiance of strict lockdown regulations.

Victoria, emerging from a major winter spike in coronavirus cases, relaxed lockdown regulations last weekend but still allowed only five people from up to two households to congregate outside.

Many ignored those regulations on Saturday and crowded parks and beaches, causing Premier Daniel Andrews to remind Victorians not to be selfish and maintain social distancing. Victoria reported only 12 new coronavirus cases and one death Sunday, well down on the peaks of winter.

“We are so, so close,” Andrews said. “Let’s not any of us do anything that might undermine the very positive numbers. Once we get them low, we can keep them low and we can open up again if we don’t do anything silly or anything selfish right now.”

Andrews said the situation in Victoria is “delicately poised” as the state moves toward