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    People keep warm by fires outside the main rail terminal in Lviv, Ukraine.Dan Kitwood | Getty Images News | Getty Images Over 10 million Ukrainians have fled the country since the start of the war, but many of those who stayed — particularly in the south and east of the country — have already been pushed to the limits of their resilience. Daily life has become a test of survival for many, with basic necessities such as water, food and medical provisions becoming scarce. Russia has also continued to pound the country's energy infrastructure; around 10 million people in Ukraine currently have no power as a result of Russian strikes on energy facilities over recent weeks. As winter sets in — with dwindling daylight hours and temperatures set to plummet as low -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit) — officials are warning of widespread shortages of energy and heat.Kherson residents collect water at a water point in the city that has had no electricity or water since the Russian retreat on November 16, 2022 in Kherson, Ukraine.Paula Bronstein | Getty...
    A plane understood to have been carrying the Queen Consort suffered massive nose damage when it was hit by a bird strike today as it flew home from India.  The mid-air drama is unlikely to have been welcomed by Camilla who is known to have a fear of flying. The British Airways Boeing 777-200ER aircraft (G-YMMJ) was flying from Bangalore in India to London Heathrow when it collided with a bird shortly before 1pm on approach for landing. Buckingham Palace has not commented on the incident, but it is believed that the Queen Consort was onboard returning from a health retreat on the subcontinent. A photograph of the plane after landing showed a massive dent in the plane's nose cone where the weather radar is housed.   Although the damage looks dramatic, jetliners do occasionally hit birds and there was no danger to the aircraft. The British Airways Boeing 777-200ER aircraft (G-YMMJ) was flying from Bangalore in India to London Heathrow when it collided with a bird shortly before 1pm on approach for landing Buckingham Palace has not commented on the incident, but...
    A MASSIVE new perk is coming to Walmart customers this Saturday - here’s how you can get yourself prepared head of the holidays. Booster shots for Flu and Covid-19 will be available on Walmart Wellness Day this weekend, the retailer announced. 2A new perk is coming to Walmart shoppers this weekend in the form of immunization boostersCredit: Getty The event will take place on October 8 from 10am to 2pm, the company said. Customers can receive affordable shots for flu, pneumonia, shingles, HPV and more. Covid-19 bivalent boosters are also available with no-out-of-pocket costs. In a statement, Walmart said that as children go back to school and adult are back in the office, immune systems might be compromised with germs and viruses they haven’t battled due to the pandemic. READ MORE WALMARTGOOD CAUSE Walmart reveals major update after 100s of stores closed & Target is also actingBIG DEAL I found Walmart secret clearance item listed at $897 for just $5 More than 4,600 Walmart pharmacies are participating in Walmart Wellness Day across the US. Other health resources will also be...
    CHELSEA take on AC Milan in their third Champions League clash... and they desperately need a win. The Blues are winless in European competition so far this term, having lost their opener with Dinamo Zagreb 1-0. 2Raheem Sterling scored the first goal of the Graham Potter era last monthCredit: Getty 2Chelsea have been linked with AC Milan forward Raphael LeaoCredit: AFP That was ex-boss Thomas Tuchel's last game in charge before Graham Potter was hired from Brighton. But the English manager's first game in charge of the Blues, against RB Salzburg, finished in a tame 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea find themselves bottom of their group and will be eager to get a big win for Potter, who won his first game as manager against Crystal Palace at the weekend. But Serie A champs Milan will be out to pick up a big result in London. SportRAF RACE Chelsea leading Rafael Leao transfer race but AC Milan will demand a huge feeSHOE IN Chelsea ace Raheem Sterling unveils new boots with nod to sister...
    St. Paul, Minnesota (CNN Business)About 15,000 nurses in Minnesota went on strike Monday morning, saying they are fighting for better staffing and better care for their patients.The strike is against 13 hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, as well as Duluth. It is scheduled to last only three days, and the union says the strike is not about pay but over letting members provide the quality of care they want to provide to patients."We are not on strike for our wages. We're fighting for the ability to have some say over our profession and the work life balance," said Mary Turner, a Covid ICU nurse and president of the Minnesota Nurses Association, the union waging the strike. Its not just money. Unions are fighting for better schedules, safety and work conditionsThe union said it has negotiated with hospital executives for more than five months, and its members have worked without contracts for the last several months. Although Turner said the two sides have been moving closer to one another on wages, they are still far apart on economic terms and...
    by Benjamin Yount   Public health managers in Wisconsin have issued a public health advisory over a spike in fentanyl deaths. The state’s Department of Health Services on Thursday said fentanyl deaths in Wisconsin are up 97% since 2019. “Over the last year, synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl, were identified in 91 percent of opioid overdose deaths and 73 percent of all drug overdose deaths,” DHS’s advisory states. “The sharp increase in overdose deaths is not only impacting those who use opioids. Cocaine deaths involving synthetic opioids increased by 134 percent from 2019 (182) to 2021 (426), and it is estimated that as many as 40 percent of counterfeit pills contain enough fentanyl to be lethal.” Data shows there were 651 fentanyl overdose deaths in 2019, and 1,280 deaths last year. “We can’t ignore the greater risks people face by not knowing what is included in the drugs they are taking,” DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake said. “This is a public health crisis, and it’s necessary to sound the alarm to prevent unnecessary deaths.” DHS is pushing to distribute more fentanyl...
    By Zeke Miller and Seung Min Kim | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed Democrats’ landmark climate change and health care bill into law on Tuesday, delivering what he has called the “final piece” of his pared-down domestic agenda, as he aims to boost his party’s standing with voters less than three months before the midterm elections. The legislation includes the most substantial federal investment in history to fight climate change — some $375 billion over the decade — and would cap prescription drug costs at $2,000 out-of-pocket annually for Medicare recipients. It also would help an estimated 13 million Americans pay for health care insurance by extending subsidies provided during the coronavirus pandemic. The measure is paid for by new taxes on large companies and stepped-up IRS enforcement of wealthy individuals and entities, with additional funds going to reduce the federal deficit. In a triumphant signing event at the White House, Biden pointed to the law as proof that democracy — no matter how long or messy the process — can still deliver for voters in America...
    Erik Wasson (Bloomberg) — House Democrats delivered the final votes needed to send President Joe Biden a slimmed-down version of his tax, climate and drug price agenda, overcoming a year of infighting and giving themselves a cornerstone achievement to campaign on for the November congressional election. The legislation passed the House Friday on a party line 220-207 vote. Biden tweeted that he would sign it next week. The bill passed the Senate on a 51 to 50 vote on Sunday with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi could not afford more than a few defections with the slim Democratic majority in the House. Given the high stakes, Biden personally called lawmakers to ensure support in the House throughout the week, a White House official said. In the end, Democrats voted unanimously for the bill even though the spending is far less than the $10 trillion measure progressives like New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez initially pushed. It also doesn’t raise the $10,000 limit on the deduction for state and local tax, or SALT, which moderates from high-tax...
    Kendall Jenner has taken fans inside her “health and wellness” room at her massive $9M mansion. The reality star has a whole host of clinical-grade gadgetry including a $79K TheraLight bed to keep her feeling her best. 5Kendall Jenner has taken fans inside her 'health and wellness' roomCredit: Hulu 5It boasts an array of expensive gadgets including this oxygen generatorCredit: Hulu On the finale episode of The Kardashians, 26-year-old Kendall showed off the assortment of wellbeing-focussed machines that she keeps at her Los Angeles home. At first, the cameras showed a hyperbaric oxygen chamber worth $8,495, from which the model then emerged looking refreshed. “I have this room in my house that’s all these crazy gadgets and gizmos - massive machines that I get into” she explained in a confessional. Referring to the oxygen chamber, Kendall said: “I usually stay in there for an hour or more, so I was answering emails, then I was watching a Netflix show.” READ MORE SUN STORIESKENNY’S RIDE Kendall Jenner shows off her $150K Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon convertible KEEPING BANK Inside Kris Jenner's $190m fortune...
    BELOVED television host Carson Daly has made tremendous progress with his health after undergoing a new procedure. Carson Daly has dealt with back pain for decades due to a snowmobile accident, but he's closer to recovery after receiving a new treatment. 2Daly said the procedure helped relieve some sharp painsCredit: Carson Daly / NBC 2Carson recently opened up about his mental healthCredit: NBC The TODAY co-host, 48, received a new procedure called Intracept, in hopes of being relieved of his lower-back pain, he announced on TODAY. While filming for MTV in the 90s, Daly suffered from a T12 compression factor, which he says is "actually not that bad" when it comes to back injuries. However, that didn't mean he would be in any less pain. In the early days of the injury the pain came and went, but as the years went by it grew more severe and persistent. Read more on healthBUTT OUT Women to get shopping vouchers when pregnant to help quit smoking BE HAPPY There’s an easy way you can add years to...
    Founder and CEO of Maven Clinic Kate Ryder, the first female health tech unicorn, valued at $1 billion.Daniel Zuchnik | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images There's no doubt that the pandemic has been particularly challenging for female founders. In 2021, female founders secured only 2% of venture capital dollars, according to PitchBook, the second year in a row that the percentage of funding secured by female founders declined, and the smallest share since 2016. But on the CNBC Disruptor 50 list, female founders continue to make gains. This year's Disruptor 50 includes eight companies with a woman CEO, and nine companies with a female co-founder, up from four in 2021 and six in 2020 (2018 was a record for the list with nine total). This comes as the racial diversity on the list increases as well: four companies with a Black CEO and three with a Latinx CEO this year.  This year's list also shows female-led companies rising higher in the list– it's the first time there are two female CEOs in the top five, and their companies' valuations...
    Medical debt piled up on more than 23 million people in 2019 despite high rates of insurance enrollments, with the amount due totaling at least $195 billion. For many families in the United States, medical debt amounting to at least $250 is a considerable financial burden, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation. Though 90% have insurance coverage through private and/or public plans, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported that roughly 16 million people in the U.S., or 6% of adults, owe over $1,000 in medical debt, and 3 million people, or 1% of adults, owe a medical debt of more than $10,000. DOCTORS KEEP AN EYE ON OMICRON SUBVARIANT AS IT REARS ITS HEAD IN NYC “Most Americans have private health insurance, which generally requires payment of a deductible, coinsurance, and copays for medical services and prescriptions,” according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Many Americans, even those with private health insurance, do not have enough liquid assets to meet deductibles or out-of-pocket maximums.” People across demographics are spending down their...
    Essential In Martinique, as pollution has been declining for several weeks, infections are once again on the rise. The incidence rate tripled in three days, indicating a very strong resumption of the virus cycle. Do not talk about curves or a gradual increase in pollution: at the forefront of Kovit-19, what is currently happening in Martinique is sudden and brutal. On the island, until the last few days, “the epidemic situation in the area has improved for a few weeks”. According to the Regional Health Agency, the area is currently subject to “massive pollution.” The incidence rate, which peaks today at 1,776.7 cases per 100,000 population, has tripled in just three days. Is it simply linked to massive screening? Absolutely not, and the positive rate suddenly rises very sharply. 2/9 pic.twitter.com/inls8HReYQ – Nicholas Berrod (@nicolasberrod) March 9, 2022 “Incident and positive rates are clearly increasing, and so is the use of screening,” Martinique’s ARS press release described. Health officials say only 15- to 44-year-olds experience a significant increase in these cases: “+ 233% compared...
    TEEN Mom fans slammed Jenelle Evans for "oversharing" after the ex MTV star showed off her "chest rash." The controversial star has been having health issues as of late. 5Jenelle Evans is being slammed for oversharing after posting about a rashCredit: Instagram 5She showed off the mark on social media, asking fans for their inputCredit: TikTok On Sunday, Jenelle snapped an Instagram Story showing off a large rash on her chest. She wrote: "Y'all it's happening again on my chest. "Every time I get in the sun... prob have to cover my chest 24/7 now." Jenelle, 30, posted another photo of the rash on a second slide with a question box. She wrote: "LOL up close pic... Anyone have suggestions of lotions or sunscreen? Hours later, the long embattled reality star shared the list of sun lotion's fans had suggested to her. Most read in EntertainmentIDOL TIME Idol Judges Katy, Luke & Lionel returned after season 20 premiereNO YE Khloe shows off thin frame & shades sister Kim by wearing Kanye's sweatshirtKHLO HITS BACK Khloe says 'happiness is the...
    Reports of a newly leaked document suggest Russia is anticipating "a massive medical emergency" as a result of war casualties who may suffer as a result of the Russian Armed Forces' invasion of Ukraine. The documents, which were obtained by ITV News, were reportedly signed by Deputy Health Minister Plutnitsky as he asked for medical teams "to be promptly involved in activities aimed at saving lives & preserving the health of people in Russia." As part of the medical emergency, ITV News' Emma Burrows is also reporting that the document detailed Russia's plan to "draft civilian medics from across the country." On Friday, February 25, Burrows took to Twitter with a copy of the leaked document. With the notice, she tweeted, "I have been given a copy of document issued today by Russian Ministry of Health. It indicates Russia is anticipating a massive medical emergency & has ordered health organisations to immediately identify medical staff ready to relocate & work." EXCLUSIVE: I have been given a copy of document issued today by Russian Ministry of Health. It indicates...
    By BRIAN MELLEY | The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — In a surgical clinic in the California desert, what appeared on paperwork as “medically necessary” was more than a mirage. Explanations given to insurers were as phony as the breasts implanted in scores of patients. This undated photo provided by courtesy of the FBI Los Angeles shows Linda Morrow. Morrow, the former executive director of a surgical center who helped her physician husband bilk insurance companies of $44 million for cosmetic procedures billed as “medically necessary” has pleaded guilty on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, to health care fraud. Morrow, who was captured in Israel after she fled the country following her indictment, faces up to 20 years in federal prison. Her husband, Dr. David Morrow, is serving a 20-year term. (FBI Los Angeles via AP)  The former executive director of The Morrow Institute clinic pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to a health care fraud conspiracy in which she billed insurance companies between $25 million and $65 million from 2007 to 2011 for procedures that were merely cosmetic. She...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a surgical clinic in the California desert, what appeared on paperwork as “medically necessary” was more than a mirage. Explanations given to insurers were as phony as the breasts implanted in scores of patients. The former executive director of The Morrow Institute clinic pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to a health care fraud conspiracy in which she billed insurance companies between $25 million and $65 million from 2007 to 2011 for procedures that were merely cosmetic. She faces up to 20 years in prison. Linda Morrow, 69, was arrested with her husband, Dr. David Morrow, in Israel in 2019 after fleeing the country following their indictments in the case that involved recruiting patients — many of them public employees — with good insurance policies they could exploit. For someone looking to trim some belly flab, downsize their nose or pump up their breasts, the deal was almost too good to turn down. Patients were promised free liposuction, nose jobs, breast augmentation and vaginal rejuvenation for free if they helped fudge the...
    Los Angeles County health officials are calling for an independent study into the short- and long-term health effects on residents near the San Fernando Valley’s Aliso Canyon, which in 2015 was the site of the largest natural gas blowout in U.S. history. The county Department of Public Health’s request for proposals, announced Tuesday,seeks third-party researchers to lead the Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study, officials said. “We are committed to selecting an independent research group with the broad but also highly specialized expertise needed to shed further light on the health impacts of this catastrophic environmental disaster,” said Dr. Paul Simon, the department’s chief science officer. The announcement was a long time coming for residents of the surrounding Porter Ranch community, which was most affected by the massive October 2015 leak from Southern California Gas Co.'s Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in the Santa Susana Mountains. The leak lasted 111 days and released more than 109,000 metric tons of methane — a potent greenhouse gas — and other chemicals into the area. California Long after...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki blamed a 'massive surge' in Omicron cases for the shortage of COVID tests available as the administration announced on Monday that health insurers will be required to pay for at-home kits starting January 15. The administration is rushing to meet its promise to make 500 million at-home testing kits available for free for Americans. Psaki, at her press briefing, expressed confidence they would meet that goal and the U.S. Postal Service would be able to make the deliveries.  'We expect to have all contracts awarded over the next two weeks, and then Americans will begin being able to order these tests online later this month,' she said.  She pushed back against criticism of the long testing lines that popped up around the country as Americans sought to get tested around the holiday season.  'There has been a massive surge in cases as you know,' Psaki said. 'There's been an unprecedented demand for tests.' White House press secretary Jen Psaki blamed 'massive surge' in Omicron cases for shortage of COVID tests People wait in line...
    By nearly every metric, the United States is doing very poorly when it comes to maternal and infant health. While many states are focusing on restricting access to abortion, a safe, legal procedure, many of those same states are ignoring an actual reproductive health crisis: maternal and infant mortality. A comprehensive new study from the March of Dimes shows just how bad the problem is.  By nearly every metric, the United States is doing very poorly when it comes to maternal and infant health. Worse, huge racial disparities exist — and are getting worse.  Take preterm births, for example: One in 10 babies in America is born prematurely. While the number of premature births reflected in the study had dipped slightly from earlier figures overall, Black and Native people remain 60% more likely to give birth prematurely compared with their white counterparts.  A similar trend can be seen in infant mortality. While there was a slight overall decline from 2018 to 2019, Black and Native babies are twice as likely to...
    There's a deeper battle happening in Washington than the ones we usually hear about. It's lurking right under the surface of the Build Back Better (BBB) bill. It's woven into the established order in this country. It's something we're afraid to say out loud. America has become a gerontocracy. It's time to overthrow it. This isn't about our country's leaders being in their 70s and 80s, though that matters. This is about how we lavish so much of our limited resources on our elders at the expense of younger generations. Americans over age 65 make up only 17 percent of the population. Yet we spend about 40 percent of our entire federal budget on them. This is an outgrowth of a long-ago senior poverty crisis in America. That's why we created Social Security and Medicare, and they worked like gangbusters: over the last five decades, the poverty rate among seniors has dropped by two-thirds. Today, seniors have the lowest poverty of any age group in America, the greatest wealth and the most home equity and home ownership, the...
    (CNN)Germany's Health Minister Jens Spahn said the country was experiencing a "massive" pandemic of the unvaccinated as authorities raised the alarm on rising infections and increased pressure on hospitals due to Covid-19 admissions. "The number of infections is increasing, as well as the number of deaths from Covid and especially the number of patients in intensive care units in some regions of Germany, regions where vaccination rates are not as high as in other regions," Spahn said Wednesday, adding that the speed of administration of the booster shots "is not sufficient."So far only 66.8% of the population are fully vaccinated in the country. Vaccination has been slower in the Eastern states of Saxony and Thuringia, where vaccination rates are at 59% and 62.2% respectively, according to Ministry of Health figures. "The truth is that there would be far fewer Covid-19 patients in [intensive care] if everyone who could do it got a vaccination," Spahn said. Covid chaos grips the East and uncertainty haunts the West. Europe is entering its second pandemic winter Read MoreHe also called to strengthen checks at...
    WENDY Williams bought a massive $4.5M NYC penthouse as she suffers "serious complications" regarding her health. The talk show announced on Tuesday that Wendy will not be returning for the upcoming season as she is "not ready" to be on camera. 15Wendy purchased a multi-million dollar NYC penthouseCredit: The Wendy Williams Show 15The high-rise is located in the financial district overlooking the skylineCredit: Realtor.com 15The condo has three bedrooms and three bathroomsCredit: Realtor.com 15The home has granite countertops and high ceilingsCredit: Realtor.com USWeekly reported that the TV personality purchased the multi-million dollar high-rise a couple of months ago. The Sun confirmed the sale of the property, which is located in the financial district overlooking the skyline. The 2,400 square foot apartment includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms, high ceilings, granite countertops, and spacious balcony views. The luxury condo also has access to a gym, indoor pool, game room, spa, movie theater, sauna, and steam room. It appears this is the apartment that the TV star had been renting since filing for divorce from estranged ex-husband Kevin Hunter in...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Businesses here in the Bay Area and around the world suffered serious losses Monday when Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all went down for several hours. Small business owner and full-time college student Cassidy Cunha saw a full day of profits disappear – around $300. Cassidy makes polymer clay earrings for her business Clay and Trinkets. She’s now looking into email marketing giving herself a backup from solely relying on Facebook and Instagram. READ MORE: Warriors Fans Will See Dozens Of New Food & Drink Items On The Menu At Chase Center“We plan out everything we’re going to post to fulfill the algorithms of those social media sites, so when something like that happens, it just throws our whole business off and we lose profit for that day,” Cunha said. Eugene Lee is the CEO and co-founder of Channelmeter, which both manages creators and is a payment platform for those making a living off of the social sites. He hopes that the shutdown, combined with whistleblower Frances Haugen’s interview on 60 Minutes and testimony Tuesday...
    HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) – The Orange County Health Care Agency Sunday issued a warning about the effects of oil exposure to people who venture onto the beaches or into the ocean waters following this weekend’s enormous oil spill. Oil washed up on the beach glimmers under the sun during an oil spill in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Oct. 3, 2021. (Getty Images) The OCHCA reported that the anyone exposed to the oil could potentially have contaminants absorbed through their skin. Even if you cannot see an oil sheen in the water, the dissolved contaminants may still be there, the agency said. “The effects of oil spills on humans may be direct and indirect, depending on the type of contact with the oil spill,” OCHCA Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau said in a statement. “People may come in direct contact with oil and/or oil products while walking in a contaminated area (e.g., beach). An initial irritation will be obvious. Additionally, contaminants may be absorbed through the skin. Even when an oil sheen may not be visible, dispersed and dissolved oil contaminants...
    'The situation is dire – we don't have enough resources to adequately treat the patients in our hospitals, whether you are there for COVID-19 or a heart attack or because of a car accident.' Idaho public health leaders on Thursday expanded health care rationing statewide amid a massive increase in the number of coronavirus patients requiring hospitalization. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made the announcement after St. Luke's Health System, Idaho's largest hospital network, on Wednesday asked state health leaders to allow "crisis standards of care" because the increase in COVID-19 patients has exhausted the state's medical resources. Idaho is one of the least vaccinated U.S. states, with only about 40% of its residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Only Wyoming and West Virginia have lower vaccination rates. Crisis care standards mean that scarce resources such as ICU beds will be allotted to the patients most likely to survive. Other patients will be treated with less effective methods or, in dire cases, given pain relief and other palliative care....
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s center-right government has replaced ministers in charge of public security and health in the wake of massive wildfires and a resurgence of COVID-19 cases that have caused widespread discontent. In a cabinet reshuffle announced Tuesday, retired admiral Evangelos Apostolakis was named as head of a newly created Civil Protection Ministry that will also be in charge of firefighting operations. The 64-year-old had served as minister of defense under a previous government as well as as head of the Greek armed forces. Fueled by heatwaves, fires destroyed more than 1,000 square kilometers (385 sq miles) in southern Greece, while huge blazes also hit nearby Italy and Turkey. Recent opinion polls suggest conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has maintained a strong lead over his main rival, the left-wing Syriza party. But most voters believe the fires were mishandled. Citizens Protection Minister Michalis Chrisohoidis, who had previously led the firefighting effort, was replaced by Panagiotis Theodorikakos Vasilis Kikilias will move from the ministry of health to tourism, and be replaced by Athanasios Plevris. Copyright © 2021 The...
    Now, citing the spread of the Delta variant, the Obamas have decided to scale down the party to include just family and close friends. According to the New York Times, "the party plans had been months in the making and many invitees had already arrived on Martha's Vineyard" when Obama belatedly announced news of its cancellation. "Due to the new spread of the Delta variant over the past week, the president and Mrs. Obama have decided to significantly scale back the event to include only family and close friends," the former president's spokesperson, Hannah Hankins, said in a statement. "President Obama is appreciative of others sending their birthday wishes from afar and looks forward to seeing people soon." Hundreds of former Obama administration officials and Hollywood bigwigs were slated to attend the party before its downsizing. The New York Post reported that George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, and Oprah Winfrey were expected to attend. Party planners reportedly followed public health guidelines in advance of the celebration. The bash was to be held outside at the property and the Obamas had asked...
    The White House defended former President Barack Obama’s decision to host a massive 60th birthday bash at Martha’s Vineyard, despite the event defying guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control. “I would note first that former President Obama has been a huge advocate of individuals getting vaccinated,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during the daily briefing. Nearly 700 people are expected to mingle during the party, according to reports, including at least 200 staff and 475 invited guests, creating fears of a coronavirus “super-spreader” event on the island. Psaki defended the Obama birthday bash, noting that it would be held outdoors and that Martha’s Vineyard was in a “moderate” spread zone identified by the CDC. She also said that Obama’s event would have some level of testing for the virus for attendees. Pearl Jam is expected to perform at the event that will be held outdoors on Obama’s $12 million property at Martha’s Vineyard. Martha’s Vineyard boards of health last week issued a mask advisory for anyone unable to maintain social distance or while indoors, presumably anyone attending...
    The birthday bash is set to happen at the former commander in chief's Martha's Vineyard mansion that sits on 30 acres of oceanside property that the Obamas bought for nearly $12 million in 2019, according to The Hill. "It's going to be big," one source told the paper. What about COVID worries?Just last week, as the Delta variant continued to surge, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed its masking guidance for vaccinated people in areas where transmission of the virus is high or substantial (though Dr. Anthony Fauci went out of his way to say "the CDC hasn't really flip-flopped at all). Government experts were everywhere last week and over the weekend advising Americans to avoid large gatherings and to mask up in order to fight the virus — even if those people were vaccinated. Fauci wants everyone to mask up and rejected the idea that the option to wear one is a matter of person liberty. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins told CNN on Sunday that large gatherings should include masks...
    ER Doctor Receives Covid-19 Vaccine From Nurse At UCLA Medical Center. (Brian van der Brug/AFP, Getty Images) On Monday, a joint statement calling for “all health care and long-term care employers to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19” was issued jointly by 57 separate medical groups representing millions of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and many other medical professionals. The Washington Post published the statement, which was signed by the the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and 53 other medical professional groups and associations. “Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all health care and long-term care employers require their workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” the joint statement begins. “This is the logical fulfillment of the ethical commitment of all health care workers to put patients as well as residents of long-term care facilities first and take all steps necessary to ensure their health and well-being.” It references “highly...
                        Federal officials have charged the owner and chief executive of the Spring Hill-based Crestar Labs with aiding and abetting and violation of the anti-kickback statute for allegedly orchestrating a fraudulent Medicare billing scheme. This scheme, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, related to genetic testing in cancer patients. Officials unsealed the criminal complaint against Fadel Alshalabi, 53, of Waxhaw, North Carolina. Federal agents arrested Alshalabi Sunday in Chicago. He will return to the Middle District of Tennessee to face the charges, the press release said. “The complaint alleges that beginning as early as 2016, Alshalabi, as the owner of Crestar, engaged in a scheme to pay illegal health care kickbacks in exchange for the solicitation of genetic tests from Medicare beneficiaries. In addition to the laboratory in Spring Hill, Alshalabi owned associated labs in other locations, including Karemore Labs in Baltimore, Maryland, and Martis Labs and CrestarDX in Dallas, Texas. Alshalabi, as the owner and chief executive officer,...
    Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) carried out 1.5 million fewer surgical procedures than expected in 2020, including 108,000 fewer emergency operations, according to research. In a nationwide observational cohort study of surgical activity in England and Wales during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, the British Journal of Anaesthesia found  “a 33.6 per cent reduction in the national volume of surgical activity” over the course of 2020, linking this to the fact that a “significant proportion of healthcare resource [have] been diverted to the care of those with COVID-19.” “In England, the NHS postponed all non-urgent surgery (including the majority of cancer surgery) from April 15, 2020 to support the response to the first wave of the pandemic,” the researchers reporting, with similar cancellations taking place in response to a second wave of infections in December. The fall in treatment came with a reduction in certain emergency procedures which the study linked to the fact that much of the country was locked down, and were therefore not engaged in normal activities at work, outdoors, and so on which are naturally accompanied by a...
    A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary, at a vaccination center, on June 10, 2021 in New Delhi, India.Sanchit Khanna | Hindustan Times | Getty Images India set an ambitious target to manufacture more than 2 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines by December — enough to inoculate most of its massive 1.3 billion population. But authorities have to convince people to get their shots, particularly those in small towns and villages in the countryside where there's a degree of vaccine hesitancy. Vaccine delivery and access are also challenges in rural areas due to the lack of infrastructure. There's a considerable amount of eagerness to get inoculated in India's urban areas where people saw the disastrous health consequences of the outbreak and want to avoid another lockdown, according to K. Srinath Reddy, president of the Public Health Foundation of India. "Challenge will be mostly in small towns and rural areas, both in terms of having the health system capacity to deliver and also in overcoming vaccine hesitancy and creating a demand," he told CNBC by phone....
    Jack Davis, The Western Journal May 31, 2021 0 Comments With the days ticking down to get vaccinated or risk losing their jobs, 117 unvaccinated employees of Houston Methodist Hospital are fighting back against the hospital’s mandatory vaccination requirement. The employees filed a lawsuit Friday saying that the requirement violates the law, according to The Washington Post. “I will never take that vaccine,” plaintiff and nurse Jennifer Bridges said, according to the Houston Press. “Ever, ever, ever.” “People trying to force you to put something into your body that you’re not comfortable with, in order to keep your job, is just insane,” Bridges said, according to KHOU-TV. “I’m not an anti-vax person. If you want to get it, by all means, get it. I don’t take that away from anybody. Just let everybody have a choice and the right to make their own decision,” Bridges said. The lawsuit was filed by Jared Woodfill, who claims that the hospital is violating standards of ethics known as the Nuremberg Code, created after World War II to ban experimentation on people without...
    The Gowanus Canal, once a crystal-clear creek named after Chief Gowanes, has long served as a dumping ground for toxic chemicals and other hazardous pollutants. In 2010, this inky, noisome waterway was finally designated an EPA Superfund site. Although clean-up and containment efforts have only just begun this past November (and are slated to continue for at least a decade), private equity backed corporate developers are already seeking to transform this ancient estuary basin with the construction of luxury apartment towers, loading vast new environmental burdens on top of a century of unaddressed environmental harm. The de Blasio Administration is working to deliver for these developers over the will of the community and despite grave concerns voiced by an EPA engineer and scientists studying sea level rise and flooding, by imposing an 80-block rezoning that would bring 20,000+ new residents into a FEMA Flood Zone A. On April 19th, the Department of City Planning finally released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Gowanus rezoning. The unveiling of this document followed a decade of city government and community...
    The pandemic has created an even greater need for mental health care. To meet that need, UCSF is building a new home for its psychiatry department.Construction is in its final phase for the new building a block from UCSF's Mission Bay hospital, but the hard work has yet to begin."It's a very thoughtful design by the university on how to really integrate research and clinical space in the same building, which they've never had for mental health," said developer Dan Kingsley of SKS Partners.The 150,000-square-foot facility is expected to double UCSF's mental health care capacity to between 70,000 and 80,000 visits per year by providing outpatient mental health care for patients of all ages. ABC7 News got an exclusive tour of the building. The light, open, airy space is designed to be the opposite of hiding in a dark corridor to see a therapist. It's meant to visually destigmatize mental health.The building is named after John Pritzker's sister, Nancy Friend Pritzker, who died by suicide in 1972 when she was 25."I suspect had she survived today, there would be therapies...
    The pandemic has created an even greater need for mental health care. To meet that need, UCSF is building a new home for its psychiatry department.Construction is in its final phase for the new building a block from UCSF's Mission Bay hospital, but the hard work has yet to begin."It's a very thoughtful design by the university on how to really integrate research and clinical space in the same building, which they've never had for mental health," said developer Dan Kingsley of SKS Partners.The 150,000-square-foot facility is expected to double UCSF's mental health care capacity to between 70,000 and 80,000 visits per year by providing outpatient mental health care for patients of all ages. The light, open, airy space is designed to be the opposite of hiding in a dark corridor to see a therapist. It's meant to visually destigmatize mental health.The building is named after John Pritzker's sister, Nancy Friend Pritzker, who died by suicide in 1972 when she was 25."I suspect had she survived today, there would be therapies that would be very effective," John Pritzker said.RELATED: Who...
    Dominick Reyes gives health update after scary knockout from Jiří Procházka. Former title challenger, Dominick Reyes, went down like a sack of potatoes on Saturday night after eating a massive spinning back elbow from Jiří Procházka in the main event of UFC Vegas 25. The knockout could easily be 2021’s Knockout of the Year but after we were all done celebrating the massive moment, and the dust settled, we wondered how Reyes was doing. He fell hard and awkwardly on his neck and for the past few days had been radio silent. Until Monday night when Reyes updated his fans on his health and his future with MMA. #ufc Posted by Dominick "The Devastator" Reyes on Monday, May 3, 2021What might happen to Dominick Reyes following the loss?This marks the fourth straight loss for Reyes, one to then-champion Jon Jones, who many felt he had beat, then a TKO finish at the hands of the current champion, Jan Błachowicz. Now to Procházka. Many wondered if he might hang up his gloves or even get cut from the promotion after the loss, neither of which seems...
    Baghdad (CNN)At least 19 people died in a hospital fire in Baghdad Saturday night after oxygen tanks exploded, two health officials at the hospital told CNN. Officials are still trying to figure out how many were wounded in the explosion at Ibn al-Khatib Hospital, but they say there are "many."Social media videos show a chaotic scene as firefighters scramble to put out the blaze and health workers try to help evacuate patients.People from all over Iraq are referred to the hospital in southeastern Baghdad, including many with Covid-19.This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
    The Biden administration proposed the creation of a high-risk, high-reward disease research agency called the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health to develop breakthrough treatments for cancer and Alzheimer's, an endeavor that the White House said will cost about $6.5 billion. “We want to be able to continue the basic research that has made America the place to go when it comes to these discoveries, but we want to try to trigger transformation faster,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Thursday. “What we think we can do is help make things cook a lot faster by putting some additional money into that research and development.” President Joe Biden requested $6.5 billion to be earmarked for the creation of ARPA-H modeled after a similar agency under the Department of Defense called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. The new health agency, known as ARPA-H, would focus initially on research and development of treatments for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes. Biden’s budget request stipulated that ARPA-H will be housed within the massive National Institutes of...
    The Vancouver Canucks will play their first game on Friday since shutting down on March 24 because of a massive COVID-19 outbreak, but star forward J.T. Miller is questioning just how safe it is for them to return to the ice.  The Canucks will have 30 days to play 19 games in order to complete the 56-game schedule, but Miller told reporters on Wednesday that mad dash to finish out the season compromises player safety.  CANUCKS IDENTIFY SOURCES OF COVID OUTBREAK AS 21 PLAYERS TEST POSITIVE  "What we're being asked to do is not going to be too safe, if you're asking me," Miller said. "It's kind of frustrating, if I'm being honest with you. We try to talk about the No. 1 priority being the players health and their families' safety, and it's almost impossible to do what they've asked us to do here on our return." The team issued a statement last week confirming that 18 players from the main roster, three players from the taxi squad and four staff members have tested positive for a variant of the...
    Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey, and Ryan Reynolds posted pictures from their vaccine appointments. Dolly Parton; @mariahcarey/Instagram; @vancityrecords/Instagram Celebrities getting the COVID-19 vaccine are doing the right thing by posting about it online. Publicly backing the safe and effective doses could make a difference amid the pandemic. Celebrities have large followings, and setting the right example is the least they can do to help. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. President Joe Biden's administration recently announced that it's launching a new campaign to promote COVID-19 vaccinations, and it underscores the influence of well-known figures among their fans. The campaign, called "We Can Do This," is partnering with celebrities, athletic organizations like the MLB, religious leaders, and community health organizations to communicate the safety and efficacy of the nation's three authorized vaccines, according to the Associated Press. Biden's administration seems to have recognized that each famous face pictured in a post-COVID-shot selfie could be reaching thousands of devoted fans in the touch of the "post" button on Instagram — and that shouldn't be overlooked. Separate from the campaign, several...
    Pekingese hadn’t seen such a cloudy sky in years. Pekin suffered its biggest sandstorm of the decade on Monday, leading to the cancellation of 350 flights from the Chinese capital and further exacerbating man-made pollution. The combination of the two phenomena produced a dangerous cocktail for health and reduced visibility to a few hundred meters. Sandstorms from the nearby Gobi Desert are frequent in the spring in northern China, but Beijingers have not seen such heavy skies for years. In Mongolia itself, six people died from the storm, while 81 others were missing, according to local authorities. No outdoor sports activities The Beijing municipality, which has a population of more than 20 million, has suspended all outdoor sports activities in schools and advised people with respiratory problems not to leave their homes. With their heads bundled up, most residents went to work, however, but some were protecting themselves behind protective goggles, fearing for their health.
    More On: police Jury selection delayed in ex-cop’s trial in death of George Floyd Myanmar crisis heightens with police raids and strike call Kentucky bill would make insulting cops a crime NY AG: Monahan encouraged cops’ ‘unlawful behavior’ during George Floyd protests Three police officers were hurt while breaking up a huge party of up to 800 people near the University of Colorado in Boulder, authorities said. Police in Boulder are reviewing footage Monday of the giant Saturday bash where between 500 and 800 rowdy — and largely maskless — revelers tossed bricks, rocks and other objects at officers when they were repeatedly told to disperse. “At least three SWAT officers were struck with rocks, some of them approximately the size of a softball,” Boulder police said in a statement. Several vehicles were also damaged in the chaos, including one that was flipped over by the unruly crowd — as well as an armored rescue vehicle and a fire truck that several people jumped on while it was moving, police said. Footage of the bash shows fireworks being launched...
    The 8M Commission, akin to Podemos, plans to celebrate International Women’s Day, on March 8, with different mobilizations in the Community of Madrid. They intend to « relocate » the convocation so that instead of a single and massive demonstration, there are several in different parts of the region. A real nonsense given the extreme risk situation in which the Community finds itself. The massive demonstration last year turned into a biological bomb that triggered infections by 2,000%, according to aggregate data published later by the Ministry of Health. His authorization led to the imputation of the Government Delegate in Madrid, José Manuel Franco, finally acquitted, because the Justice did not consider it proven that he had exact knowledge of the expansion of the virus that was spreading exponentially at that time. That saved him. Now, the Government Delegate cannot justify himself in ignorance. The data are there and, despite the fact that the incidence of cases has decreased in recent weeks, Madrid is experiencing a health situation of extreme risk, which prevents the holding of mass events, no matter how much...
    By JAKE BLEIBERG, LEAH WILLINGHAM and JOCELYN NOVECK, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Ashley Archer, a pregnant, 33-year-old Texas financial adviser, and her husband have been cautious about the coronavirus. They work from home, go out mostly just to get groceries and wear masks whenever they are in public. But when a friend lost power amid the winter storms that have left millions of Texans without heat in freezing temperatures, the couple had to make a decision: Should they take on additional risk to help someone in need? Archer said they didn’t hesitate. They took her husband's best friend into their suburban Dallas home. “He’s like family,” she said. “We weren’t going to let him freeze at his place. We figured, ‘OK, we’re willing to accept a little bit of risk because you’re not in our little pandemic group.’" Weighing the risks in the pandemic era is fraught enough. But the storms and outages that have hit a big swath of the U.S. over the past several days have added a whole new layer of complexity. Do we open doors...
    Vehicles drives on snow-and sleet-covered roads in Spring, Texas, on February 15, 2021. David J. Phillip/AP Extreme cold weather across much of the US has led to the temporary closure of vaccination sites. States including Texas, Missouri, and Alabama, have paused vaccination programs to keep people off the roads. In at least one case, vaccine supplies were put at risk when a backup generator failed. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The extreme weather and bitter cold battering much of the US has caused the closure of COVID-19 vaccination sites across the country and put vaccine supplies into jeopardy in some locations.  Missouri, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, and New Hampshire are among the states that announced the temporary closure of health clinics and vaccination sites due to the weather.  In Detroit, Michigan, more than 3,000 vaccine appointments were put on hold on Sunday. The city is expecting between six and ten inches of snow; as of Monday night, a winter storm warning remains in effect in the area.  On Monday, Southwest Power Pool ordered rolling blackouts through much...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Tens of thousands of toothbrushes were set to be delivered to families within the Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday in an effort to promote the importance of good oral health habits. “Poor oral health is the number one cause of school absenteeism — and it’s entirely preventable,” said Maryjane Puffer, executive director of the Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health. RELATED: OC Sheriffs Deputy Charged For Allegedly Filing False Police Report, Perjury Screenings of nearly 3,400 elementary school students across Los Angeles found that 66% of children currently had dental disease, 27% had visible tooth decay and 6% required emergency care. The L.A. Trust will work to get the attention of the community by informing the public about the best practices of proper oral health, along with delivering 58,000 toothbrushes and offering full or partial oral health services in the community. Poor oral health can also lead to a variety of short and long-term health issues if not treated, health experts say. RELATED: Natalia Bryant, Kobe Bryants Oldest Daughter, Signs With IMG Models “Oral...
    The American rapper 50 Cent has been singled out by the mayor of the city of Saint Petersburg (Florida), Rick Kriseman, for organizing a massive party in the middle of the pandemic during the days prior to Super Bowl LV, held this Sunday in the city of Tampa, and not following health protocols to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus. According to what has transpired, the organizers of the event, which took place on Friday the 5th in a hangar at the Albert Whitted airport in Saint Petersburg, had to guarantee the mandatory use of face masks and social distancing. However, in images of the party leaked by the US media TMZ the artist and several of the attendees are observed to ignore the safety recommendations. “This is not how we should celebrate the Super Bowl. It is not safe or smart. It’s stupid. We’re going to look at this very closely, and it could end up costing someone a lot more than 50 cents, ”Kriseman commented via Twitter. Despite calls from US health authorities to avoid attending crowded parties,...
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