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After Ringing the Bell: A Cancer Survivorship Conference to take place January 23 in Rehoboth –

Register by January 20!

For the eighth year in a row, Beebe Healthcares Oncology Services and the Sussex County Survivorship Coalition will host the inspirational one-day event that has brought so many cancer survivors and caregivers together to share in hope, support, and resilience while on a path to wellness.

After Ringing the Bell: A Cancer Survivorship Conference will take place Thursday, January 23, at the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center, 1 Baltimore Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is offered at no cost, but attendees must register by January 20 via Eventbrite

The conference focuses on integrating wellness and growing balance in our lives following the cancer experience. Attendees will be presented with information on how to identify post-treatment concerns as they integrate mind-body practices into cancer survivorship care.

Keynote speakers are:

Vendors also will have exhibits and provide a variety of health and wellness information and resources. A continental breakfast and a lunch will be provided at the conference.

The Sussex County Survivorship Coalition was formed in July 2011 to coordinate the efforts of the variety of local organizations that traditionally have reached out to cancer survivors.

The Coalition members are: Beebe Healthcares Oncology Services, Cancer Support Community Delaware, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, and American Cancer Society.

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OVR Technology Is Creating Olfactory Virtual Reality for Health Care, Education and Training – Seven Days

My first experience with olfactory virtual reality was truly trippy. Wearing a VR headset and holding a controller in each hand, I stood in a 3D room at OVR Technology in Burlington, gazing at a virtual table holding plates of tomato slices, garlic bulbs and basil leaves. As instructed by Jesse Stein, vice president of product and marketing, I used the controllers to pick up items with my white-gloved hands, bring them to my nose for a whiff and place them on the pizza beside me.

After I'd plunked down a few slices and bulbs, a lawn mower drove by, unattended, sounding just like a lawn mower and spewing grass in my general direction. As the four-wheeled interloper receded, I pushed a red button to slide the pizza into the oven.

The visual and auditory elements of this surreal experience were amazing. I felt like I'd been transported onto the Holodeck in a "Star Trek" show. But most remarkable were the scents provided by OVR Technology garlic, cut grass, hot Italian pie that wafted toward my nose at just the right moments.

The first time OVR Technology CEO Aaron Wisniewski tried VR, "It kind of blew my mind," he told Seven Days. "I immediately was like, 'This is the future. This is so cool. There is so much that can be done with this. But the thing that's missing, the thing that would make it feel like a real experience, is what I specialize in, which is scent.'"

Unbeknownst to many, "Our sense of smell is the only one of our senses with a direct link to the memory and emotions section of our brain, the limbic system," Wisniewski said in a TEDx Talk recorded in Stowe last May. "Every time you have an experience, it's inextricably linked to the smell of that moment and stored in the memory banks that make us who we are."

He believes that olfactory virtual reality could serve many purposes, from enjoyable to life changing. It could enhance a meditation practice, train employees in a task, teach first responders greater resilience to stress, diagnose anosmia (a loss or impairment of the sense of smell) and deepen exposure therapy for vets with posttraumatic stress disorder.

OVR Technology's mission, Wisniewski said in an interview, "is to have real-world positive impacts by enhancing the virtual world through scent. It's not just a cool thing or a gimmick. We want outcomes and impacts that are measurable."

The company aims to improve health care, education and training, and its first product is a three-component platform called Architecture of Scent. One component is the small ION device, which straps onto a VR headset, close to the wearer's nose. ION contains the second component, nine cartridges that store and emit highly realistic scents created by the company, or "scentware." The third component is software that interacts with VR software to cue delivery of scents in precisely measured doses timed to correspond to the headset wearer's behavior.

The scent of a rose should "be more intense the closer you get to it," Stein said. "Or, if there's a wind blowing" in the VR environment, the software calibrates "how the wind carries that scent."

Wisniewski cofounded OVR Technology in 2017 with his brother Sam Wisniewski, company COO and CFO; Matt Flego, CTO; and Erik Cooper, head of design. The four met at Generator maker space in Burlington. There, the Wisniewski brothers founded Alice & the Magician Cocktail Apothecary, which sells edible elixirs and aromatic mists; and Flego and Cooper founded M//E Design, an industrial design and prototyping company.

The Wisniewskis still own Alice & the Magician, now located on Pine Street, but spend most of their time at OVR Technology. "A really talented operations manager takes care of the day-to-day" at Alice & the Magician, Aaron Wisniewski said.

Last June, Flego and Cooper closed M//E Design, which had designed such products as the popular Core 360 active seating chair, to focus exclusively on the new business.

In 2015, the four founders learned about VR from Kip Steele, technical leader at Asure Software. Steele, who worked in information technology at the University of Vermont at the time, brought a headset to Generator.

About a year later, Champlain College started an experimental project to combine scents with VR. Faculty members invited Wisniewski to serve as a scent expert, and soon he and the other founders had created software, scentware and a prototype of the ION device.

"It looks like an elaborate mousetrap," Flego said of the prototype. At the proof of concept a successful demonstration of the olfactory virtual reality technology "we impressed some people, got a little bit of traction and a little bit of money," he recalled. Wisniewski was convinced that the product had huge potential, and soon his brother, Flego and Cooper joined him in creating OVR Technology.

A key collaborator who has helped guide development of the Architecture of Scent is Albert "Skip" Rizzo, a research professor at the University of Southern California and director for medical virtual reality at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies. He researches the use of VR to assess, treat, rehabilitate and increase resilience in psychology patients. Rizzo received the American Psychological Association's 2010 Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Treatment of Trauma for his work using virtual reality-based exposure therapy to treat PTSD.

Rizzo "has a deep understanding of how scents are an integral piece of the puzzle of PTSD," Wisniewski said. "We've been working closely with him and getting feedback from him on what types of scents to develop and how our technology can be effective with exposure therapy."

Rizzo is currently perfecting his Bravemind VR program for vets with PTSD and plans to distribute it to more than 100 VA hospitals around the country. OVR Technology is developing combat-related scents to enhance Bravemind.

Closer to home, OVR Technology is collaborating with David Lg Tomasi, who teaches and conducts research in the UVM Integrative Health program and Larner College of Medicine. He's also a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist at the UVM Medical Center.

"There is a lot of neuroscientific evidence of the role that sensory activation plays in our brain for general well-being," Tomasi said, "and by that I mean either in the stimulation of the olfactory bulb or the virtual-reality type of strategy."

Just as people can trick their brains into stimulating salivation by thinking about sucking on a lemon, he explained, VR can trick the brain into releasing neurotransmitters that are specifically focused on well-being.

"What is brand new is this combination" of olfactory stimulation and virtual reality, Tomasi emphasized.

"We've been doing integrative medicine for years on the patient psychiatry unit, mostly focusing on dietary examples, exercise, meditation, art therapy," he continued. But some patients can't participate due to medical issues, and Tomasi believes OVR Technology's product could help reduce their pain, stress and anxiety.

Not all olfactory virtual reality scenarios are as wacky or surreal as the pizza-with-lawn-mower demo I experienced. Tomasi found OVR Technology's woods-like demo so realistic that it was "really peaceful and nurturing. You could walk around, see the trees, see the landscape, the leaves and stones and rocks. You could pick up a marshmallow to roast, and you could have some water."

Sometimes, users forget that they're not in the real world. "Early on, we had a demo with a picnic table in it," Wisniewski recalled. "People would become so immersed in the environment that, within a minute or two, they would try to lean on the picnic table and fall over." After seeing a couple of people "hit the deck," the company adjusted the demo to keep people safe.

Within the next month or so, Tomasi and OVR Technology will launch a pilot study to collect qualitative and quantitative data from 12 volunteer UVM Medical Center inpatient subjects on the therapeutic value of olfactory virtual reality. A lot of research went into the study, which the team is confident is the first of its kind worldwide in a psychiatric setting. "It is groundbreaking research," Tomasi enthused.

A few other companies are also developing olfactory virtual reality, but OVR Technology's current challenges stem from more immediate concerns than competition. Because the VR industry is evolving quickly toward faster and smaller headsets, the company is already designing a smaller version of the ION device. It's also creating a "volume knob" to allow users to control the strength of scents delivered by the device.

Truth be told, I had a hard time smelling the tomato, basil and grass clippings in the demonstration. Though my brother's nose made him a successful New York City sommelier, my sniffer thinks Bayley Hazen Blue is a lot like Brie left in the fridge too long. I'd have welcomed a way to control the scent intensity, as would others who've experienced OVR Technology demos, Flego said.

"It's a lot like hearing: Different people hear different frequencies, and there are tons of factors that degrade over time," Stein noted.

But the company is determined to make its technology seamless. In the long term, "we envision that the relationship between smell and virtual reality will become as ubiquitous as sound and television," Wisniewski said.

His commitment to this goal stems in part from a cautionary concern. Culturally, we have deprioritized our sense of smell and sanitized our environment to include fewer scents, Wisniewski noted. He cited research showing that anosmia can lead to depression, anxiety and physical harm.

"If we continue down the path of being glued to screens and virtual reality, while ignoring this extremely important primal sense that has been refined over millions of years, the implications are kind of alarming," he said. "We don't have that many senses. You take away one, and I don't see it going well."

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Khiron Increases Clinical Capacity in Colombia by 75 Percent with Opening of Zerenia Integrated Medical Clinic | INN – Investing News Network

Khiron Life Sciences Corp. announced the opening of Zerenia, a fully integrated medical care clinic designed to meet patient health and well-being.


Khiron Life Sciences Corp. (Khiron or the Company) (TSXV:KHRN, OTCQB:KHRNF, Frankfurt:A2JMZC), a vertically integrated cannabis leader with core operations in Latin America, today announced the opening of Zerenia, a fully integrated medical care clinic designed to meet patient health and well-being. Operating in a 15,000 sq. ft facility in Bogotas prime medical services district, the clinic increases Khirons clinical capacity by 75% and forms part of the Companys patient acquisition strategy as it prepares for the issue of cannabis prescription in Colombia.

Zerenia Integrated Medical Clinic

Health professionals at Khirons newly opened Zerenia integrated medical clinic

Zerenia offers a person-centered integrated care model, with the concept of integrative medicine combining traditional and complementary medicine, and with evidence-based treatments and high professional practices. Services are delivered across multiple clinical units include: Pain management, mental health, surgical, neurology and dentistry, supported by rehabilitation, complementary medicine and diagnostic technology, involving programs for managing multiple symptoms in different pathologies. Prominently located inBogotascity centre, Zerenia builds on the integration and growth of the Companys wholly-owned Ilans neurological clinics and its over 60 physicians, and is staffed by a team of health professionals and clinical leaders representing different specialties.

Phase one of the 15,000 sq. ft clinic is open for treatments and phase two will be ready to receive patients inMarch 2020.

We are excited to be opening Zerenia inBogota, a busy city of more than 10 million people and a population increasingly demanding convenient, one-stop access to medical care of the highest professional standards. In a state of the art clinic, our physicians and health care professionals will consult with patients and offer appropriate treatment therapies. Comments Martha Edith Oyuela, Khiron Health Vice President. For the first time patients will have access to an array of integrated professional, patient-centred options.

Our strategy in launching Zerenia is to meet a very clear market need to treat the whole patient in one professional environment. With the success of our Ilans clinics, and the growing movement towards integrated medical care, we are leading the market in bringing this concept toColombia. This strategy further expands our reach to bring patients into the Khiron network, including those that are well suited for cannabis therapies. Adds Khiron CEO and DirectorAlvaro Torres.

About Khiron Life Sciences Corp.Khiron Life Sciences Corp. is positioned to be the dominant integrated cannabis company inLatin America. Khiron has core operations inLatin Americaand is fully licensed inColombiafor the cultivation, production, domestic distribution, and international export of both tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) medical cannabis. The company delivers best in class regulatory compliance, has the first approved set of CBD cosmetic products on shelf inColombia, and is currently facilitating testing to meet and surpass all license requirements for commercial cannabis derived products.

With a focused regionalstrategy and patient oriented approach, the Company combines global scientific expertise, agricultural advantages, branded product market entrance experienceand education to drive prescription and brand loyalty to address priority medical conditions such aschronic pain,epilepsy, depression and anxiety in the Latin American market of over 620 million people. The Company is led by Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer,Alvaro Torres, together with anexperienced executive team, and a knowledgeable Board of Directors thatincludes former President ofMexico,Vicente Fox.

Visit Khiron online atwww.khiron.caand on Instagram @khironlife

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True Food Kitchen and True Bar open at the Forum Shops at Caesars in February – Eater Vegas

True Food Kitchen, the healthy restaurant that opened a Downtown Summerlin location back in October, gets ready to open its first location on the Strip. The restaurant opens on Wednesday, February 12, at the Forum Shops at Caesars, complete with a first for the company out of Phoenix a True Bar sitting on top of the shopping centers reflecting pool at the entrance at Las Vegas Boulevard.

The 11,314-square-foot restaurant features an indoor patio, two private dining rooms each with their own theme, and an open kitchen. All come with design touches only found in the Las Vegas Strip location.

The heart of the menu focuses on simple ingredients that highlight the health benefits and favors of each ingredient. Integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil co-founded the restaurant in 2008. Lunch, dinner, and a weekend brunch each have their own menus. So far, teased dishes, which change seasonally, include an immunity bowl made just for winter, a fig and Gorgonzola flatbread, and guacamole made with edamame, as well as a vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Other dishes always found on the menu include an ancient grains bowl, spaghetti squash casserole, organic Tuscan kale salad, grilled fish tacos, and the inside out quinoa burger.

The 1,800-square-foot True Bar sits nearby, floating on the reflecting pool and specializes in detox and retox drinks. One private dining room features a garden-inspired decor while the second larger private dining room features an al fresco-inspired dining room.

True Food Kitchen plans to be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight; Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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New year, new you: Could intermittent fasting be the key to weight loss? –

LYNDHURST, Ohio New year, new you? You may be working toward a healthier lifestyle this new year and theres a specific style of weight loss gaining popularity.

I definitely think it could be the new thing and the thing I like about it is that its not just a fad diet, explains Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Anna Kippen.

I consider to be a fad diet anything that cuts out entire food groups, is unrealistic and promises unlimited eating and incredible amounts of rapid weight loss, and that is not this.

Kippen is referring to intermittent fasting. What she calls an umbrella term for various diets that cycle between fasting and non-fasting over defined sets of time.

Two very popular types are 16:8 and 5:2.

16:8 is sixteen hours a day of fasting and eight hours a day eating, done seven days a week.

Were better off eating the majority of our calories during the time of day were most active, she says.

7am to 3pm is really a good time frame and really no later than 10am-6pm ideally.

During fasting hours you still have water, black coffee or plain tea.

This is something that works for a lot of people because its not necessarily limiting our portions, changing our diet drastically. It works within what you already do but it is important that you eat a healthy balanced diet during your feeding hours, Kippen explains.

5:2 is another popular option. Youre eating a healthy balanced diet five days out of the week. The other two youre eating 25-percent of your calories which Kippen says is about 600 calories a day for men and 500 for women.

This is just a method that a lot of patients love because its not really necessarily something that requires them to follow through every single day, they get to choose which days they do it, she says.

Try not to chose fasting days the same as exercise days, we tend to get hungrier when we exercise, youre less likely to be successful.

So is it safe long term?

Kippen says the jury is still out.

We do have a lot of studies that show it is effective for weight loss, she explains.

Kippen says, studies have shown improvements in insulin resistance, decreased blood sugars, decreased cholesterol and decreased blood pressure.

Theres a lot of benefit that were seeing but ultimately its very, very limited especially in humans. The majority of our studies are actually in animals which dont always apply humans.

She says the biggest thing to know is that those with chronic conditions, like diabetes or eating disorders, should not be trying intermittent fasting. She suggests anyone interested in this change reach out to a doctor and dietitian.

Diet and nutrition is very personalized and I think its a lot more individualized than people realize. What works for one person would not work for someone else, she explains.

If youre someone who likes to get drinks and dinner a couple of times a week with your friends this is going to significantly alter your lifestyle and it may not be worth the weight loss for you.

No matter what she recommends vegetables calling them a weight loss miracle. They are high in fiber, low in calories and carbs.

"Going on diets just simply does not work, that's what we know," Kippen explains.

"Any changes we make if we don't feel they're sustainable they're likely not going to be successful in terms of keeping the weight off."

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6 Science-Backed Benefits Of Probiotics & Who Should Take Them –

Probiotics are generally regarded as safe to take if you're healthy according to the NCCIH. But if you have a serious illness or a compromised immune system, then you'll want to first get the green light from your doctor.

As for how much you should takeand how often? If you're generally healthy, it's fine to take a probiotic supplement every day, King says. It's also worth incorporating probiotic-filled foods into your dietthink yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, or tempeh.

There's no standard dosage that's right for everyone, though, so consider talking with your doctor or a registered dietitian who specializes in functional eating. They will be able to offer more specific guidance based on the health issue you're trying to address.

Finally, pay attention to how your probiotic supplement makes you feel. If the symptoms you're trying to manage seem to get worse instead of better or you start to experience stomach discomfort, then that could be a sign that the particular probiotic strain doesn't agree with you, King says. In that case, you should take a break and consider trying another strain.

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