Archives for January 14, 2023

Swedencare’s holistic soft bites are a must-try!

Swedencare’s holistic soft bites made with the proven PlaqueOff System™ are a delicious and easy way to reduce the buildup of plaque and tartar in dogs and cats. The PlaqueOff System soft bites are made with limited, functional ingredients, and are free of grains, gluten, and soy. 

The new bites for dogs come in four different flavors and formulas including Vegan Sweet Potato & Pumpkin for gut and immune support, Sweet Potato & Chicken for hip and joint support, Vegan Sweet Potato & Peanut for oral care support, and Sweet Potato & Chicken made with DHA for puppies. MSRP $12.99 for a 6 ounce bag. 

I like that my dog likes them and that they seem healthy!

The new bites for cats include Vegan Sweet Potato & Pumpkin for gut and immune support, and Sweet Potato & Chicken made with DHA for kittens. MSRP $10.99 for a 3 ounce bag. 

You can find them out more at https://us.swedencare.com/

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Infomation and images were also provided.

SUPER NINTENDO WORLD Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood on Friday, February 17, 2023

SUPER NINTENDO WORLD Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood on Friday, February 17, 2023

 SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™, the innovative, immersive and highly-anticipated themed land officially opens at Universal Studios Hollywood on Friday, February 17, 2023. So, get ready; this exciting debut marks SUPER NINTENDO WORLD’s official arrival to the United States.

This all-new, dynamic land will be a visual spectacle of vibrant colors and architectural ingenuity located within a newly expanded area of Universal Studios Hollywood. SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will feature the groundbreaking “Mario Kart™: Bowser’s Challenge” ride, as well as many thrilling and interactive activities designed to engage the entire family within the captivating Mushroom Kingdom. Along with themed dining at the Toadstool Cafe™ and shopping at the 1-UP Factory™ retail store, SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be an inspiring, game-changing addition to the world-famous theme park.

From the moment guests pass through the iconic green pipe, a journey filled with exploration, discovery and play awaits that is entirely unlike anything they’ve experienced before. Their journey begins as they enter Peach’s Castle before venturing further into the colorful Mushroom Kingdom.

SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will sweep guests into the 360-degree world of Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach where they will become an integral part of their exhilarating universe. Plus, with purchase of a Power-Up Band™ – wearable, interactive wristbands – guests will be able to deepen their interactions across the land.

As the countdown to the grand opening begins, here’s a sneak peek of what to expect:

  • “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge:” This all-new, technologically-advanced ride, inspired by the popular Mario Kart™ video game series, will seamlessly fuse cutting-edge augmented reality (AR) with projection mapping technology and actual set pieces along a moving ride track. Set against a multi-sensory backdrop of color, sound and movement, guests will be seated in stadium-style, four-seat vehicles as they navigate familiar courses through the creative use and integration of head mounted AR goggles. This unique feature is a key point of differentiation that distinguishes this ride from other theme park attractions.

The premise of “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” is simple but equally inspiring and challenging, appealing to guests of all ages regardless of gaming experience. As part of Team Mario, guests will steer through underwater courses and courses in the clouds to compete for the Golden Cup while collecting coins to defeat Team Bowser and win. “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” raises the stakes for guests as an intriguing and repeatable ride with a variety of outcomes.

  • Mount Beanpole: This towering landmark sits at the heart of the land and also serves as the entry queue for “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge.”
  • Bowser’s Castle: Adorned with a breathtaking sculpture of a large and powerful Bowser, this structure serves as a key centerpiece of the land, home to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD’s signature ride, “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge.” As guests navigate the winding corridors and pass through the hall of medallions and trophies of the ominous castle towards the “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” ride, they will learn more about Bowser’s calculated plans to defeat Team Mario for the coveted Golden Cup.
  • Power-Up Band: These wearable, state-of-the-art wristbands sync with Universal Studios Hollywood’s free downloadable app to level-up the guest experience within the land and enhance its many interactive elements. These include, but are not limited to, keeping individual and team scores, collecting digital coins and obtaining keys after winning challenges throughout the land. Power-Up Bands will also invite guests to enjoy extra-special interactions with Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach. They will come in six design options with character themes and will be available for purchase both within the land and at SUPER NINTENDO WORLD retail shops located in the theme park and on CityWalk. 
  • Interactive Gameplay: Within the land, guests will become fully engulfed in an engaging world of real-life gameplay, including punching ? Blocks to collect digital coins and a variety of interactives. They will discover a new dimension of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD via the interactive binoculars employing augmented reality technology positioned within the land. Guests can beat the four Key Challenges and collect keys from Goomba, Koopa Troopa, Piranha Plant and Thwomp interactive activities to ultimately allow access to the culminating boss battle with Bowser Jr.  These energetic, familiar and fun interactive games will further enhance the entire kinetic experience within the land and immerse guests into the unique world of Super Mario.
  • Toadstool Cafe:  The land’s signature restaurant Toadstool Cafe will serve a gourmet menu perfected by Chef Toad where he will greet guests upon entry. Menu items prepared fresh daily include Toadstool Cheesy Garlic Knots, Super Mushroom Soup, Piranha Plant Caprese, Mario Bacon Cheeseburger, Luigi Pesto Chicken Burger, ? Block Tiramisu and Princess Peach Cupcake.
  • 1-UP Factory: What better way to commemorate a visit to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD than to visit the 1-UP Factory retail shop to purchase collectable memorabilia. The 1-UP Factory will offer an extensive selection of merchandise from Mario and Luigi themed apparel to iconic character hats and an array of plush characters, including Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Bowser.

SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is conceived in partnership with Nintendo and the visionaries at Universal Creative to deliver exhilarating entertainment with innovative technological achievements inspired by characters and video games that have appealed to Nintendo fans for generations.

            More information and details will be shared soon. In the meantime, guests can visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for theme park updates. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood.

Medication Therapy Management

Medication therapy management (MTM) is a specialized form of healthcare that focuses on improving patient outcomes through optimizing and managing medications. It can improve patient’s quality of life by providing personalized medication plans, reviewing drug therapy regimens, and helping identify potential medication problems before they become serious issues.

MTM services are provided by pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who work closely with patients to ensure their medication needs are being met.

Benefits of Medication Therapy Management

Medication therapy management can have a wide range of benefits for both patients and healthcare providers. For patients, MTM programs can help reduce hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and overall medical costs associated with taking multiple medications.

Additionally, MTM programs can help identify drug interactions or side effects that may not otherwise be noticed until it’s too late. Finally, MTM programs provide personalized care plans tailored to each patient’s needs and lifestyle—helping them ensure they’re taking the right medications at the right times to benefit from them.

For healthcare providers, MTM programs help improve medication adherence rates—which helps reduce costs associated with non-adherence (such as repeat doctor visits or hospitalizations). Additionally, MTM programs provide a valuable service for busy physicians who may not have time to review their patients’ medication lists in detail. Finally, many insurance companies now reimburse for MTM services; pharmacists who offer these services can significantly increase their revenue stream.

Assessment and Monitoring

During an MTM session, the pharmacist will assess your current medications to understand how they work for you. They may also collect information about any existing conditions, allergies, and lifestyle habits, such as diet or exercise, that could affect your health. This helps them better understand your individual needs so that they can provide tailored recommendations for managing your medications and health conditions.

The pharmacist will also monitor your progress over time to ensure that the treatments are effective and safe for you. They can adjust dosages if necessary or recommend alternative treatments if needed. They may also suggest lifestyle changes that could improve your overall health and well-being, such as quitting smoking or increasing physical activity levels.

Types of Services Offered Through Medication Therapy Management Programs            

The types of services offered through an MTM program vary depending on the specific program; however, there are some key components that are common across all programs. These include comprehensive medication reviews (CMRs), targeted interventions (TI), patient education/counseling sessions, follow-up assessments/interventions (FAs/Is), and referrals when necessary.

CMRs involve an in-depth review of a patient’s current medications; TI involves identifying any potential drug interactions or contraindications; patient education sessions help ensure that the patient understands how to take their medications correctly; FAs/Is involve checking in periodically with a patient about their progress and offering additional guidance as needed; and referrals involve connecting patients with other healthcare professionals when necessary (e.g., primary care physicians).

Improving Patients Outcomes with Medication Therapy Management

Overall, medication therapy management can be an effective tool for improving patient outcomes by helping them better manage their medications and achieve optimal therapeutic results from them. By providing personalized care plans tailored to each individual patient’s needs and lifestyle and offering comprehensive reviews of current medications, MTM programs can help reduce hospitalizations, emergency room visits, medical costs associated with non-adherence, and more.

For those looking for an effective way to manage their medication regimen efficiently and safely—or for healthcare providers looking to offer these services—medication therapy management definitely may be a great option worth considering.