Healthy Men: April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
Did you know that the most common form of cancer in boys and young men ages of 15-35 is almost entirely curable if caught early? And did you know that awareness and screening are the most effective ways to fight that disease? Now that you know, how’d you like to help spread the word?April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, and now’s the perfect opportunity to make sure that the men and boys in your life learn everything they can about testicular cancer.Testicular cancer is relatively rare, accounting for only about 1% of all male cancers. Caucasian males are more likely than African America...
Tribune News Service
States, hospitals grapple with medical rationing
WASHINGTON — Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a reminder that people with disabilities have the same worth as everybody else.That the agency felt compelled to issue such a directive reflects the anguishing choices that American medicine has begun to confront: When medical personnel, equipment and supplies are limited, who gets lifesaving care and who doesn’t?The HHS bulletin appeared to respond to a complaint filed with the federal agency last week by Washington state groups that serve people with disabilities. The groups argued that a draft of an emerg...
Fear, isolation and financial stress. How do we cope with it all?
ST. LOUIS — Danielle Armey, 22, of St. Louis, was diagnosed with depression and general anxiety disorder two years ago. She and her roommate are both restaurant servers and have had to file for unemployment. Her graduation from Maryville University has been canceled.Her anxiety makes her assume the worst; her depression is triggered by isolation.“What is happening now is an anxiety-ridden person’s worst nightmare,” Armey said. “Things are spiraling out of control … the feeling of worry and terror hasn’t stopped.”People are fearful that they and their loved ones may get sick. Many are suffering...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
White House predicts upward of 240,000 US coronavirus deaths as Trump warns of 'painful' weeks ahead
President Donald Trump warned the nation Tuesday to brace for “a hell of a bad two weeks,” as his top infectious disease experts projected that upward of 240,000 people will die from coronavirus in the U.S. even if current social distancing guidelines are precisely maintained.Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, two of the country’s top immunologists and senior advisers on Trump’s coronavirus task force, offered an extremely alarming estimate during a briefing at the White House.The doctors stressed that the death toll could be lower if Americans radically change their lifestyles over the next...
New York Daily News
Nation and world news briefs
2 Capitol Police officers have tested positive for coronavirusWASHINGTON — Two Capitol Police officers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, an incursion into the force that protects the U.S. Capitol complex, according to two sources familiar with the matter.On March 20, union head Gus Papathanasiou told Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund he has been flooded with inquiries from officers concerned about contracting the coronavirus. Unlike staffers and other employees who can work from home, many officers are required to maintain a physical presence around the grounds.Sund sent that e...
Tribune News Service
Trudy Rubin: Question for Trump: Where is the testing data we need to curb coronavirus and get back to work?
Back in the 1950s, the TV show “Dragnet’s Sgt. Joe Friday famously advised witnesses: “Just the facts, ma’am.” That phrase became a national slogan, long before the very concept of “facts” was clouded by social media.As the number of coronavirus cases soars, with Americans anxious to know when stay-at-home orders will end, we desperately need the facts, based on reliable data.Instead, we are deluged with COVID-19 misinformation from the White House and all over the world.No one should be surprised that Russia and China are promoting the online lie that the virus is a U.S. bioweapon. They are a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: NRA's lawsuit against California exploits coronavirus crisis to push agenda of death
If you want to increase the chances that someone in your family will die during the coronavirus shutdown, buy a gun. Studies show that guns in the home make premature death more likely.That’s one reason why the National Rifle Association’s decision to sue Gov. Gavin Newsom and other California officials in the middle of this pandemic is so disgusting. On Friday, the NRA sued Gov. Newsom, along with Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, demanding that gun stores be deemed “essential” despite stay-in-place orders that have shuttered most businesses.No one expects anything good from the NRA...
The Sacramento Bee
Editorial: Going viral: Coronavirus death totals are rising, but social distancing is working
More than 3,000 Americans, including more than 1,500 New Yorkers, have now died from coronavirus, serious milestones on a steep road with no exit ramp visible. Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House COVID-19 coordinator, said on Monday that projections show up to 200,000 deaths nationwide “if we do things almost perfectly.”If we don’t do things almost perfectly, failing to keep in place strong social distancing as long as necessary so that already overwhelmed hospitals drown in cases? Shudder to think.Given steep trend lines here, the United States now leads the world in the number of cases, eclips...
New York Daily News
Appeals court lets Texas enforce coronavirus-related abortion ban, for now
AUSTIN, Texas — One day after a federal judge blocked Texas from banning most abortions during the coronavirus emergency, an appeals court put that ruling on hold Tuesday to give its judges time to weigh a challenge filed by state officials.The decision will allow Texas officials to resume enforcing a policy that bans abortions unless a woman’s life or health are at risk, an exception that applies to very few abortions.On Monday, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel barred enforcement of the policy, ruling that it amounted to a ban on abortion in violation of the U.S. Constitution.Texas Attorney Gen...
Dr. James Andrews says he will stop performing Tommy John surgeries during coronavirus crisis
The nation’s leading Tommy John surgeon believes his signature baseball operation is non-essential, at least during the global coronavirus crisis.Dr. James Andrews temporarily suspended performing Tommy John elbow surgeries at his medical facility in Gulf Breeze, Fla., citing governor Ron DeSantis’ executive order delaying elective medical procedures.“We are not performing any non-urgent or non-emergent procedures, including Tommy John surgery, in compliance with the governor’s executive order,” said a spokesperson for Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in a statement to th...
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