Local lawyer beats doctor, dentist in big East Geelong auction sale

East Geelong has again proved a beacon for professionals with a doctor, lawyer and dentist contesting the auction of a renovated character home that sold for $90,000 above reserve.

The local lawyer outlasted the competition to buy the four-bedroom house at 1 Darling Street for $892,000.

It’s the highest price ever recorded in the street, eclipsing the previous top sale by $40,000, CoreLogic records show.

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McGrath, Geelong agent David Cortous said bidding moved quickly past the $800,000 reserve price at Saturday’s auction.

He said the trio of bidders were all attracted to the low-maintenance lifestyle on offer.

“There was a doctor, a lawyer and a dentist, you could not have written a better script and the local lawyer bought it,” Mr Cortous said.

“The house was basically rebuilt eight years ago and it was just beautifully presented, well-built home with nothing to do.”

A rear open-plan living zone was the centrepiece of the renovation and includes a quality kitchen with Caesarstone benchtops and European appliances.

It provides easy access to a covered deck and compact landscaped backyard.

Mr Cortous said the confident bidding was a great sign for real estate in Geelong.

“There is certainly plenty of depth in the market, even without the Melbourne buyers,” he said.

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Lifelong atrial fibrillation risk may be higher for big babies

Parents are usually pleased when their newborn seems big and strong, but new research suggests that large babies may be at higher risk for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation later in life.

Atrial fibrillation (a-fib) is the most common heart rhythm disorder, affecting more than 40 million people worldwide. People with a-fib have a five times increased risk of stroke.

The association between birth weight and a-fib is controversial, which led the authors of this study to investigate it.

Using a special data analysis technique, the researchers concluded that there was a link between greater birth weight and an increased risk of a-fib later in life.

Specifically, people with a birth weight that’s 1 pound above the average 7.5 pounds are 30% more likely to develop a-fib, the findings showed.

The study is scheduled to be presented Monday at a virtual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

“Our results suggest that the risk of atrial fibrillation in adulthood may be higher for large newborns [over 8 pounds, 13 ounces] than those with normal birth weight,” said study author Songzan Chen, from Zhejiang University, in Hangzhou, China.

“Preventing elevated birth weight could be a novel way to avoid atrial fibrillation in offspring — for example with a balanced diet and regular check-ups during pregnancy, particularly for women who are overweight, obese or have diabetes,” Chen suggested in a meeting news release.

“People born with a high weight should adopt a healthy lifestyle to lower their likelihood of developing the heart rhythm disorder,” Chen recommended.

According to Michel Komajda, a past president of the ESC, “Atrial fibrillation is a devastating illness that causes avoidable strokes if left untreated. We know that people with unhealthy lifestyles are more likely to develop atrial fibrillation, and risk can be lowered through physical activity and keeping body weight under control. This study is a welcome addition to our knowledge about how to prevent atrial fibrillation.”

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more on atrial fibrillation.

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Weight loss winners: Celebrities’ 2020 lifestyle resolutions have paid off big time

The coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives dramatically — from sheltering in place to being unable to eat inside restaurants.

Some celebrities have used this time to focus on their diet and fitness routines, while others were on a mission to live healthier lifestyles even before the pandemic.

Here are a few stars whose lifestyle resolutions have paid off big time:

Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson dubbed 2020 as her 'year of health.' (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for La Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco)

Rebel Wilson dubbed 2020 as her ‘year of health.’ (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for La Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco)

In January, actress Rebel Wilson dubbed 2020 as her “year of health.” Since then, the 40-year-old star has been documenting her experience as she changes her diet and incorporates more exercise into her routine.

Wilson has been working with fitness trainer Jono Castano, who recently gave some insight into how the actress is achieving such milestone goals.

The personal trainer’s key tips included focusing on nutrition, working out five days a week, balanced “supplementation and multivitamins” and “recovering well.”

Earlier this month, Wilson revealed she’s six pounds away from her goal weight and dubbed herself “Fit Amy,” a reference to her “Pitch Perfect” character


Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne revealed she has shed 85 pounds over the past year. 

Kelly Osbourne revealed she has shed 85 pounds over the past year. 

TV personality Kelly Osbourne, 35, said she has shed 85 pounds over the past year. 

The fashion designer, who has publicly struggled with weight in the past, recently opened up about her weight loss journey.

In August, the star appeared on the “Hollywood Raw with Dax Holt and Adam Glyn” podcast, where she revealed that she went under the knife almost two years ago.


“I don’t give a f–k what anyone has to say. I did it, I’m proud of it, they can suck s–t. [I did the] gastric sleeve,” the star shared. “All it does is change the shape of your stomach. I got that almost two years ago. I will never, ever, ever lie about it ever. It is the best thing I have ever done.”

She also detailed the differences between her own procedure — the removal of about 80% of the stomach — and gastric bypass surgery.

“If you don’t work out and you don’t eat right, you gain weight. All it does is move you in the right direction. So, anyone who’s thinking of doing something like this, really think about that,” Osbourne urged. “I had to do a year of stand-alone therapy to prepare myself for the surgery before I even had it. What people don’t realize is it cuts out this hormone that if you have addiction issues, it stops your craving, and it makes you not emotionally eat, which is a huge problem for me.”

She elaborated: “I was sober before, it did help, I don’t crave alcohol at all anymore. All it is is a

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LI’s Big Duck Lit Up Purple To Honor Emergency Nurses

FLANDERS, NY — Front line heroes have were honored this week as the Big Duck in Flanders was illuminated in purple to thank emergency nurses for their dedication.

Southampton Town officials gathered Wednesday to mark the Emergency Nurses Association’s celebration of Emergency Nurses Week, which takes place on October 11 through October 17.

Several nurses from a number of Suffolk County hospitals were present as the Duck was lit in purple by County Executive Steve Bellone, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, Southampton Town board members Rick Martel and Tommy John Schiavoni, New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele and Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming.

Also, in honor of the nurses’ dedication, the town board awarded a proclamation to President of the Suffolk County Nurses Association Mary DaSilva.

“The Emergency Nurses Week 2020 theme does more than just show appreciation and gratitude. The theme, ‘Heart of Gold’, helps ensure that others know about emergency nurses. This week of recognition helps others to see the heart that emergency nurses bring to their hospitals and patients every day,” town officials said.

“With the challenges that we have faced in 2020 due to the horrible effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to take time out to recognize the amazing contribution to the well-being of our community that emergency nurses make,” town officials added. “These everyday heroes are there for members of our communities when things are at their worst and times are bad. They have been on the front lines of the COVID response.”

Town officials said they were proud to serve as the home of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, as well as of the partnerships that exist with Peconic Bay Medical Center and Eastern Long Island Hospital.

“Health services on the East End of Long Island are second to none and this is in large part due to the dedicated, caring, talented professionals at our area hospitals,” officials said.

Since 1989, the Emergency Nurses Association has recognized the second Wednesday in October as Emergency Nurses Day, a day honoring emergency nurses for their commitment to patient care, town officials explained.

“In 2001, ENA expanded the celebration to devote an entire week to honoring emergency nurses, because one day is simply not enough to recognize all contributions made by emergency nurses,” officials said.

This article originally appeared on the Southampton Patch

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