University installs morning after pill vending machine
Claims that a vending machine offering people the morning after pill has been installed in an American university are under investigation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Apparently the vending machine at the health center of the Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania has been filled with the Plan B One-Step contraceptive.
For $25, any one of the university’s 8,700 students can buy one of the morning after pills instantly without having to speak to a medical professional before doing so.
Also present in the controversial vending machine are condoms and pregnancy tests, along with other pharmaceutical and medicinal products such as decongestants.
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According to reports the vending machine has been a feature at Shippensburg University’s health center for almost two years, but it has only recently been discovered by healthcare officials.
Its presence has also attracted criticism from pro-life campaigners, who say the machine raises questions about the religious and ethical implications of offering pregnancy-ending contraceptives so freely.
However, the university is adamant the vending machine was only installed after a vote found the idea of it was supported by 85 percent of its students.
Discussing the morning after pill vending machine on local radio station WHP, Dr Roger Serr, the Student Affairs Vice President, said: “We had some conversations with them and they did a survey of the student body, and we got an 85 percent response rate that the students supported Plan B in the House Center.”
To defend the move further, Peter Gigliotti, a college spokesperson, said in a statement to the Associated Press: “The machine is in a private room in our health center, and the health center is only accessible by students.
“In addition, no one can walk in off the street and go into the health center. Students proceed to a check-in desk located in the lobby and after checking in are granted access to the treatment area.”
Meanwhile, junior student Chelsea Wehking, told local newspaper the Laramie Boomerang:“I think it's great that the school is giving us this option.
“I've heard some kids say they'd be too embarrassed and buy Plan B,” she said.
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LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”