“Adopt the FSHF to achieve UHC”, Uhuru told.

C.O.O Dr. Mokaya Onsase tells Uhuru to adopt the FSHF to achieve UHC

Fitness and Stable health Foundation Chief Operations Officer C.O.O:Dr.Mokaya Onsase has now urged president Uhuru Kenyatta theough a proposal presented o the Ministry of Health for approval to adopt the Fitness and Stbale Health Foundation strategy to help his government achieve the Universal health agenda. The foundation has gained widespread popularity on Kajoado and Nairobi counties at grassroot levels for offering not only medical services but also a home visit to check on the progress of clients once discharged from hospitals and linking with nearby health facilities to offer a comprehensive health package.

Dr. Mokaya Onsase claims that when it comes to the cost of medical care, a popular saying goes that majority of Kenyans are one medical emergency away from poverty. It is therefore not surprising that Universal Health Coverage (UHC), one of President Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda, has quickly gained traction relative to the other three pillars — enhancing manufacturing; food security and nutrition; and affordable housing

Onsase says the foundation that has been founded on strong health grounds could help close the health inequalities experienced and improve the health care delivery in the country if put as part of the parents to propel the agenda.

FSHF C.E.O Dr. Bonface Arimi in an interview with Kenya Top Secrets at Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital said FSHF is currently running programs that consist providing medical assistance to the population in Nairobi through partnerships with various health-care providers. Onsongo said: ‘To be clear, FSHF’s senior care package is not insurance, but has a potential of being linked to NHIF to offer home based medical services too. It is a Care Coordination Service. “Our packages are customized to match your senior’s needs and designed to make sure that your loved one(s) get the care they need, when they need it.

Psychologists Explain How To Stop Overthinking Everything

Thinking about something in endless circles — is exhausting. While everyone overthinks a few things once in a while, chronic over-thinkers spend most of their waking time ruminating, which puts pressure on themselves. They then mistake that pressure to be stress.

“There are people who have levels of overthinking that are just pathological,” says clinical psychologist Catherine Pittman, an associate professor in the psychology department at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana

“But the average person also just tends to overthink things.” Pittman is also the author of “Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry.”

Overthinking can take many forms: endlessly deliberating when making a decision (and then questioning the decision), attempting to read minds, trying to predict the future, reading into the smallest of details, etc.

People who overthink consistently run commentaries in their heads, criticising and picking apart what they said and did yesterday, terrified that they look bad — and fretting about a terrible future that might await them

‘What ifs’ and ‘shoulds’ dominate their thinking, as if an invisible jury is sitting in judgement on their lives. And they also agonise over what to post online because they are deeply concerned about how other people will interpret their posts and updates.

They don’t sleep well because ruminating and worrying keep them awake at night. “Ruminators repetitively go over events, asking big questions: Why did that happen? What does it mean?” adds Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, the chair of the department of psychology at Yale University and the author of Women Who Think Too Much: How to Break Free of Overthinking and Reclaim Your Life. “But they never find any answers.”

If you consistently focus on ruminating and make it a habit, it becomes a loop, And the more you do it, the harder it is to stop. Clinical psychologist Helen Odessky, Psy. D., shares some insight. “So often people confuse overthinking with problem-solving,” says Odessky, the author of “Stop Anxiety from Stopping You.” “But what ends up happening is we just sort of go in a loop,” Odessky says. “We’re not really solving a problem.”

Overthinking is destructive and mentally draining. It can make you feel like you’re stuck in one place, and if you don’t act, it can greatly impact on your day-to-day life. It can quickly put your health and total well-being at risk. Rumination makes you more susceptible to depression and anxiety.

Many people overthink because they are scared of the future, and what could potentially go wrong. “Because we feel vulnerable about the future, we keep trying to solve problems in our head,” says David Carbonell, a clinical psychologist and author of “The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It.”

Extreme overthinking can easily sap your sense of control over your life. It robs us of active participation in everything around us.

“Chronic worriers show an increased incidence of coronary problems and suppressed immune functioning. Dwelling on the past or the future also takes us away from the present, rendering us unable to complete the work currently on our plates. If you ask ruminators how they are feeling, none will say “happy.” Most feel miserable,” says Nicholas Petrie, a senior faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership.

Overthinking can trap the brain in a worry cycle. When ruminating become as natural as breathing, you need to quickly deal with it and find a solution to it.

“When an unpleasant event puts us in a despondent mood, it’s easier to recall other times when we’ve felt terrible. That can set the stage for a ruminator to work herself into a downward spiral,” writes Amy Maclin of Real Simple.

How to defeat this pattern of thinking and win your life back

Chronic worrying is not permanent. It’s a mental habit that can be broken. You can train your brain to look at life from a different perspective.

To overcome overthinking, Pittman recommends you replace the thought. “Telling yourself to not to have a certain thought is not the way to not have the thought,” she says.”You need to replace the thought.” What if she were to tell you to stop thinking about pink elephants? What are you going to think about? That’s right: pink elephants. If you don’t want to think about a pink elephant, conjure up an image of, say, a tortoise. “Maybe there’s a big tortoise holding a rose in its mouth as it crawls,” says Pittman. “You’re not thinking about pink elephants now.”

Talk yourself out of it by noticing when you’re stuck in your head. You can tame your overthinking habit if you can start taking a grip on your self-talk — that inner voice that provides a running monologue throughout the day and even into the night.

“You can cultivate a little psychological distance by generating other interpretations of the situation, which makes your negative thoughts less believable,” says Bruce Hubbard, the director of the Cognitive Health Group and an adjunct assistant professor of psychology and education at Columbia University. This is called cognitive restructuring.

Ask yourself — What’s the probability that what I’m scared of will actually happen? If the probability is low, what are some more likely outcomes?

If it’s a problem you keep ruminating about, rephrase the issue to reflect the positive outcome you’re looking for,” suggests Nolen-Hoeksema.

“Instead of “I’m stuck in my career,” tell yourself or better still write, “I want a job where I feel more engaged.” Then make a plan to expand your skills, network, and look for opportunities for a better career.
Find a constructive way of processing any worries or negative thoughts, says Honey. “Write your thoughts down in a journal every night before bed or first thing in the morning — they don’t have to be in any order. Do a ‘brain dump’ of everything on your mind onto the page. Sometimes that can afford a sense of relief, ” recommends Honey Langcaster-James, a psychologist.
You can also control your ruminating habit by connecting with your senses. Begin to notice what you can hear, see, smell, taste, and feel.
The idea is to reconnect with your immediate world and everything around you. When you begin to notice, you spend less time in your head.
You can also notice your overthinking habit and talk yourself out of it. Becoming self-aware can help you take control.
“Pay a little more attention,” says Carbonell. “Say something like: I’m feeling kind of anxious and uncomfortable. Where am I? Am I all in my head? Maybe I should go take a walk around the block and see what happens.” Recognise your brain is in overdrive or ruminating mode, and then try to snap out of it immediately. Or better still, distract yourself and redirect your attention to something else that requires focus.

“If you need to interrupt and replace hundreds of times a day, it will stop fast, probably within a day,” says Dr Margaret Weherenberg, a psychologist and author of The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques. “Even if the switch is simply to return attention to the task at hand, it should be a decision to change ruminative thoughts.” It takes practice, but with time, you will be able to easily recognise when you are worrying unnecessarily, and choose instead, to do something in real life rather than spending a lot of time in your head.
For example, convert, “I can’t believe this happened” to “What can I do to prevent it from happening again?” or convert “I don’t have good friends!” to “What steps could I take to deepen the friendships I have and find new ones?” recommends Ryan Howes, PhD. Don’t get lost in thoughts about what you could have, would have, and should have done differently. Mental stress can seriously impact your quality of life.

An overactive mind can make life miserable. Learning how to stop spending time in your head is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.
Like all habits, changing your destructive thought patterns can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible. With practice, you can train your brain to perceive things differently and reduce the stress of overthinking. If overthinking is ruining your life, and if you think you may be spiralling into depression because of your thoughts, it pays to get professional help.

The link between Chronic diseases & Saturated fats

A cardiologist does not normally lecture on bacteria, stool, or the intestinal barrier. But I traveled to Philadelphia to lecture to a medical audience on the growing overlap of GI health and cardiovascular health. One example is the metabolite TMAO which is produced in part in the intestinal wall and liver and impacts cardiovascular health.

Another example of the Gut-Heart nexus that is perhaps of even greater importance is the topic of metabolic endotoxemia or ME for short. A brief dive into this body of science will identify that ME may be the most important pathway leading to chronic diseases such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, obesity, dementia and cancer. That is saying a lot.

How technology will transform Dental Practice

Advances in digital technology have greatly transformed our everyday lives bringing everything within the reach of our fingertips. Healthcare industry has also seen sweeping changes such as digitization of health records, virtual patient visits, high resolution digital imaging, etc. Dentistry is no exception with notable influences of the digital revolution seen in the form of CAD/CAM assisted crowns/bridges, digitally-assisted treatment planning for implant surgery/restorations, caries diagnosis tools such as digital radiography, digital imaging of fibre-optic trans-illumination, optical coherence tomography, laser fluorescence, etc. These advances have not only improved the quality of dental care but also increased the efficiency and predictability of procedures. One such technology that will have a huge impact in dental care is artificial intelligence (AI). With a flurry of activity around how AI will change the face of healthcare, dental care would not be left behind.

With the ability to train on past data, the state-of-the-art AI technology will open up many new avenues that will enable clinicians to provide better dental care. Dentistry will benefit from a wide range of applications of AI — from optimising patient scheduling and efficient communication with patients to making better and more informed diagnoses.

Application of AI for caries detection with bitewing radiographs

One such application of AI in dental care is detecting caries from bitewing radiographs. Detecting caries can present several challenges. On average, a general dentist would interpret 10–15 sets of bitewing radiographs daily while scanning for caries on more than 300 proximal surfaces. Hence, overlooking a carious lesion is not uncommon due to provider fatigue. Inter-operator variability in correctly diagnosing and treating caries further adds to the problem due to variations in clinical training, errors in perception, and cognitive errors of classifying health and disease.

These challenges can be easily overcome by utilizing AI to highlight potential problem areas on radiographs thereby reducing missed caries as well as building consistency among practitioners. AI-based software developed by Dentistry.AI highlights potential carious lesions on bitewing radiographs thereby assisting dentists in caries diagnosis. Additionally, it can be used as a patient education tool thereby increasing disease awareness and treatment acceptance.

Other applications of AI in dentistry

Smart scheduling: AI can be used to schedule patient appointments in order to optimize provider utilization and maximizing productivity. This will also reduce the burden on scheduling personnel and potentially eliminate the need for lengthy training sessions for new hires.

Smart patient communication: Post-operative queries from patients could effectively be answered using AI or directed to the dentist if a situation so demands. This will reduce the time spent by scheduling and clinical staff on handling prescription refill requests or answering simple queries such as post-op care instructions, what to expect after procedures, how to recognize emergencies, etc.

Future of Dentistry

We are just scratching the surface with these applications. There are many more applications of AI that will transform the way the dental care is provided to patients today. All such applications will slowly, but permanently, get integrated in the routine workflow maximizing efficiency and accuracy. This will translate to shorter treatment time, fewer patient visits, reduced over-treatment and lower failure rates thus leading to decreased overall costs and increased accessibility of dental services.

We are very excited to play our part in taking dentistry to the next level by leveraging the power of AI. Stay tuned for many such interesting applications from our side. We hope you liked the article. If you are a dentist, you can Sign Up as a Clinical Investigator to test Dentistry.AI at your clinic.