Ex-firefighter being treated for PTSD completes 80-mile fundraising run to help other first responders facing same struggle
A day after he ran 80 miles to raise money for colleagues struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, former firefighter and paramedic Ryan Mains was sore, tired and thankful.“I don’t know how I can express my gratitude,” he said from his home in Huntley. “The support we got in the months leading up to it and yesterday was so incredible.”Mains’ 21 1/2-hour odyssey Saturday was meant as a tribute to the 130 firefighters and EMS personnel who took their own lives in 2019 — he ran 1 km for each of them — and as a way to bring visibility and funds to a cause with which he has painful personal ...
Dental offices trying to reopen show how hard back-to-work can get
Seta MacCrory describes herself as a “dental cupid.”She matches up hygienists looking for temporary work with dentists in need of staff through her business, Substitoothfairy, which she runs out of her Delaware County, Pa., home.Before COVID-19, MacCrory facilitated 300 matches each month. Now that number is close to zero.On May 8, the Pennsylvania Department of Health set new safety guidelines for reopening dental practices. Since then, MacCrory said, she’s been flooded with calls from dentists desperate to restart their practices, but struggles to find hygienists willing to risk constant exp...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Physical exam shows Trump has gained more weight and remains clinically obesePresident Donald Trump remains clinically obese after putting on more weight over the past year, according to a summary of his annual physical, raising questions about his usage of an unproven coronavirus drug that can cause serious side effects in heavier-set people.The summary, released on Wednesday by the White House, states that Trump weighs 244 pounds and stands 6 feet and 3 inches tall, meaning he put on a pound since his last physical in February 2019.Based on those measures, Trump has a body mass index of 30.4...
Tribune News Service
Physical exam shows Trump has gained more weight and remains clinically obese
President Donald Trump remains clinically obese after putting on more weight over the past year, according to a summary of his annual physical, raising questions about his usage of an unproven coronavirus drug that can cause serious side effects in heavier-set people.The summary, released on Wednesday by the White House, states that Trump weighs 244 pounds and stands 6 feet and 3 inches tall, meaning he put on a pound since his last physical in February 2019.Based on those measures, Trump has a body mass index of 30.49. Anything above 30 is deemed clinically obese.That is significant since the...
New York Daily News
Yosemite National Park settles on a reopening date
SAN JOSE, Calif. — After being closed for more than two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, Yosemite National Park is ready to reopen as soon as June 10 or 11, but the plan hinges on state health officials granting approval for campsites and hotels to reopen in the surrounding communities to handle many of the overnight visitors.A June 1 letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state health officials from the leaders of Mariposa, Mono, Tuolumne and Madera counties urges approval, and says that under a plan developed by park officials, Yosemite is prepared to reopen “on or about June ...
The Mercury News
Anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine does little to prevent COVID-19, trial finds
An anti-malaria drug that has been trumpeted as a therapy for COVID-19 was unable in a University of Minnesota clinical trial to prevent the onset of the infectious disease.The results of the nation’s first randomized trial with the drug, hydroxychloroquine, against COVID-19 will disappoint doctors who had hoped for new therapies against the pandemic. Many prescribers had given it off-label to COVID-19 patients — in the absence of other options — and President Donald Trump had been an early champion of the drug and disclosed in mid-May that he was taking it for the preventive benefit that the ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
'They ignited the situation': Fort Lauderdale police fractured eye socket of peaceful protester
MIAMI — LaToya Ratlieff was stumbling away from a cloud of tear gas in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Sunday — choking, coughing and trying not to vomit — when a police officer shot a foam rubber bullet at her head.The round, traveling more than twice the speed of a Major League fastball, smashed into her face just above the right eye, opening up a bloody gash. The impact brought Ratlieff, who was attending an anti-police brutality protest, to her knees. Her eye started to swell shut. Her eye socket was fractured, her medical records show. The projectile that likely struck her, known as a foam ba...
Will orcas thrive in the coronavirus pandemic's quieter waters? Scientists aim to find out
SEATTLE — The coronavirus pandemic has upended and refocused orca field research in Northwest waters this season.Some scientists are beached. Others are investigating the effect on endangered southern resident orcas of suddenly much quieter home waters in the Salish Sea, the transboundary waters between the United States and Canada including Puget Sound.The southern residents hunt by sound. Disturbance and noise caused by boats and vessels is one of three main threats to their survival, in addition to lack of adequate chinook salmon (their preferred food) and pollution. So this spring like non...
The Seattle Times
Unemployment, isolation and depression from COVID-19 may cause more 'deaths of despair'
PHILADELPHIA — Even before protesters across the country took to the streets in rage and grief over police brutality, Americans were already facing unprecedented stress, isolation, depression and fear brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.Earlier this month, as the country began to consider relaxing stay-at-home orders and reopening businesses, experts warned that the months of isolation and unemployment prompted by the coronavirus pandemic may increase deaths of despair, a term for an alarming rise in early deaths among young and mid-life Americans, from suicide, drug overdoses and alcoholism.S...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Getting back to school: Students will wear masks, but what do you do about buses?
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — No more school cafeteria. No more milling in the hallway. No more whispering to the person seated next to you.Facing the threat of the coronavirus, South Florida’s schools could look dramatically different when they reopen this fall, serving both mask-wearing students on campus and virtual learners in their homes.Students and staff may have their temperatures checked. Desks would be at least 6 feet apart. Students may have to eat lunch in their classrooms, and the cafeteria might be converted into a large spread-out learning space. Hallways may include one-way-only sign...