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They met in Hawaii and built a life in rural Maryland. This fall, they died two days apart.

When the chief barber retired, Doris took over the first chair. She knew everyone, said her grandson, Jeffrey Grim.

“When she was in the hospital, her respiratory therapist said, ‘Did you cut hair?’ and she was like, ‘Yeah,’ ” Grim recalled in an interview, describing Doris’s hospitalization for covid-19 this summer. The respiratory therapist then said, “ ‘My dad used to take me to you when I was a little boy.’ ”

Doris Bender died of complications of coronavirus on Sept. 3, in Room 4107 of Meritus Medical Center Intensive Care Unit in Robinwood. Jacob had died Sept. 1 in the same hospital, also of covid-19, in Room 4109.

Jacob, who was 83, died at 2:36 p.m.. Doris, who was 81, died at 2:34 p.m.

“Two days apart, two minutes apart, two rooms apart,” said Grim, a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. “It’s really hard to lose both of them at the same time. My family will never be the same. And they were old, but I think we would have had a lot more years with them, if it wasn’t for covid.”

Grim said he isn’t certain how his grandparents contracted the virus. He remembers that the couple came into contact with someone who had the virus, but tested negative shortly thereafter. In August, Doris began experiencing heart attack-like symptoms.

“When they took her to the hospital, as protocol they did a covid test and found out that it was indeed the covid that was attacking her lungs and heart,” Grim said.

Jacob, who Grim called Pap-Pap, tested positive two days later, on Aug. 14. He was home for two weeks after Doris was hospitalized, but then his condition grew worse.

“All of a sudden, he just went downhill quickly” Grim said. “And we really think that because Grandma was such a caretaker, she wanted to make sure he passed before she was ready to go.”

Grim said that after Doris died, the family found a notebook where she kept count of how many newborn hats she had made for the hospital: 3,241 in all.

Before the pandemic, Doris enjoyed going out to play Bingo with her daughter Theresa on Wednesday nights and playing a Japanese card game called Hanafuda on Sundays, Grim said. She hated staying home during the pandemic, and even called it “jail.”

The couple tended to their garden, where they planted vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, and squash. Grim said when Doris was in the hospital, the doctors told the family she was delirious and was talking about her cantaloupes being ready. But when Grim visited the garden afterward, he found “two perfectly bright cantaloupes.”

Doris would have turned 82 last week. The family didn’t come together to observe her birthday out of safety concerns. But Grim and his brother, Josh, bought anthuriums, a tropical flower their grandmother loved, to put on her grave.

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Hearts talisman Peter Haring opens up on Hampden return, current fitness state and life in Edinburgh

Peter Haring is approaching full fitness after so long on the sidelines.
Peter Haring is approaching full fitness after so long on the sidelines.

The Jambos’ powerhouse midfielder played for the club in the 2019 final against Celtic, on the field for 81 minutes before finally succumbing to a persistent groin injury. It took him 16 long months to return to action.

At times, there were fears Haring might never play again as he tried to get to the root of the problem. Operations, specialists, rest. You name it, the 27-year-old tried it. It was tough for him, even miserable at times. But now, approaching full fitness after such a lengthy time on the sidelines, Haring is raring to go again.

His comeback match was against Inverness earlier in the month, when he came on for eight minutes. His first start since that gut-wrenching 2-1 Hampden loss to Celtic arrived a week later against Raith Rovers, when he captained the team and played the full 90 minutes in a 3-1 win. Only appearances from the bench have come thereafter, but manager Robbie Neilson is clearly easing him back in. He is a key man for the Hearts boss.

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‘Zero regrets’

Neilson may be tempted to start Haring against a more dangerous opponent in Hibs. He adds so much to the Hearts midfield. If the Austrian does play, he won’t have negative thoughts of previous visits to Hampden. He classes his last visit there as one of the highlights of his career.

“Zero regrets, absolutely,” says Haring when asked, in an exclusive interview with the Evening News, if he wishes he hadn’t played in that final. “I was talking to our gaffer at that time, Craig Levein, quite a lot and I even wanted to play the week before when we played Celtic in the league. I was desperate to play that game, but he said no, you’re only playing the cup final which was probably a good decision from him. But I’ve got absolutely zero regrets – it’s one of my best memories I’ve got in my football career so far.

“I didn’t obviously think it would take this long to come back. Even when I was injured, I always thought, ‘it can’t take much longer’, and it always did, so you never know what is going to happen, but overall I’ve got really good memories about Hampden. Even though we lost the final, it’s still a great memory in my head. It was a good game from us as well, against Celtic. It’s the third time for me going to Hampden, it will be very different because of the circumstances. It’s going to be a totally different game again and it’s going to be a derby in the cup semi. so there’s nothing better than that really.”

Current state and his ‘big moment’

Hearts fans can take comfort from the fact that Haring feels back to near peak condition. His journey has been arduous, exacerbated by the club’s

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Alexandra Cane opens up about her ‘fitness journey’, describing life after losing two stone

She’s the 2018 Love Island star who famously lost two stone following a health and lifestyle overhaul. 

And on Monday Alexandra Cane opened up about her ‘fitness journey’ and past relationship with food and alcohol as she shared a short video of her gym-honed physique on Instagram. 

The 29-year-old looked sensational in a white and blue sports co-ord, featuring a sports bra and a pair of skin-tight leggings. 

Fitness fanatic: Alexandra Cane opened up about her 'fitness journey' on Monday, in the caption of a short selfie video of her gym-honed physique that she posted to Instagram

Fitness fanatic: Alexandra Cane opened up about her ‘fitness journey’ on Monday, in the caption of a short selfie video of her gym-honed physique that she posted to Instagram

The outfit revealed the reality star’s washboard abs and incredible gym-honed figure as she struck a pose in front of a full length mirror.  

Alexandra pulled her raven tresses pulled back in a tight pony tail, with just a hint of smokey make-up accentuating her good looks. 

In an accompanying caption the brunette was candid with her fans about her relationship with the gym and her own sense of self. 

Describing how bad things used to be, she wrote: ‘I experienced years of no purpose, attempting the gym numerous times with money wasted on memberships I never used because I was so scared & didn’t have a clue what I was doing.  

Curvy: The stars blue and white fitness co-ord revealed the reality star's washboard abs and incredible gym-honed figure

Curvy: The stars blue and white fitness co-ord revealed the reality star’s washboard abs and incredible gym-honed figure

Opening up: In an accompanying caption the brunette was candid with her fans about her relationship with the gym and her own sense of self

Opening up: In an accompanying caption the brunette was candid with her fans about her relationship with the gym and her own sense of self

‘Last year I hit rock bottom and knew that no one was going to save me but myself.

‘I had an unhealthy relationship with food & alcohol which I was using as coping mechanisms to mask what was really going on underneath.’

Alexandra decided things could not go on as they were, and she turned her life around by heading to the gym and losing two stone in just three. 

She said: ‘A solid year of self development has transformed me not only physically, but most importantly, mentally. I am a different woman.’

The reality star also emphasised that external appearance is not everything, and it is important to care for yourself on the inside as well as out.

Candid:  On Sunday evening Alexandra shared more words of sage advice, as she opened up to her 1.4 million Instagram followers during a Q and A on her Instagram story

Candid:  On Sunday evening Alexandra shared more words of sage advice, as she opened up to her 1.4 million Instagram followers during a Q and A on her Instagram story

Open: The star cut a cosy appearance in a big cream turtle-neck jumper, as she took a series of selfies and responded to questions

Open: The star cut a cosy appearance in a big cream turtle-neck jumper, as she took a series of selfies and responded to questions

Self love: When asked what she does to fend away loneliness, the brunette penned, 'taking myself on dates... Like what I'm doing right now, taking my ass to the cinema'

Self love: When asked what she does to fend away loneliness, the brunette penned, ‘taking myself on dates… Like what I’m doing right now, taking my ass to the cinema’

She penned: ‘The aesthetics were fun for a while, but recent events (pandemic, stress etc) have emphasised the importance of truly looking after yourself from the inside out. Self care is not selfish, it’s necessary.’ 

The previous evening, Alexandra shared more words of sage advice,

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Life after COVID-19: Crisis may be over, but ailments don’t always disappear

Months after his hospitalization for COVID-19, Gary Degrijze still can’t grasp a coffee cup handle. Ron Panzok suffers from pain in his left foot. Shirelle White needs supplemental oxygen to breathe.

The three are among the many COVID-19 patients who are enduring the effects of the disease months later. The virus is so new in humans that scientists don’t know how long patients will continue experiencing debilitating long-term effects and whether some of them will have complications the rest of their lives.

“It leads to a lot of frustration,” said Dr. Ewa Rakowski, a pulmonary critical care doctor at Stony Brook Medicine, which is preparing to open a specialized center for those with long-term COVID-19 complications. “They want an explanation and want to know when they can expect to feel back to normal, and we just don’t really have that yet.”

It’s not just those who were hospitalized with severe symptoms of COVID-19 who are still struggling.

“We are also seeing patients who didn’t require hospitalization or really much medical care, and they’re still coming in with the prolonged symptoms of shortness of breath, fatigue, persistent cough and mental fogginess,” Rakowski said.

Degrijze, of Bellport, doesn’t fit most people’s image of someone who almost died of COVID-19. He’s 49 and had to pass a strenuous physical exam every year for the Army Reserve.

“I’ve been perfectly healthy for the majority of my life,” said Degrijze, who was a United States Postal Service letter carrier for 26 years and hopes to one day return to delivering mail.

He spent 2 1/2 months at Stony Brook University Hospital — most of that time on a ventilator — and another two weeks in rehabilitation.

Degrijze’s breathing has greatly improved, but, “I have good and bad days,” he said. “There are days I might walk halfway around the block and I’m like, ‘I’m starting to feel a little out of breath.’ “

Joint pain means he can’t stand or walk for long, and sitting too much leads to lower back pain.

“I have very limited strength in my right arm” because of nerve damage,” he said. “I barely have any strength in my wrists. It’s like my fingers are jammed at the knuckles. It’s almost as if I had a stroke, and I didn’t.”

Degrijze goes to physical therapy three times a week. Doctors don’t know if his arm and hand will ever fully heal.

“They tell me they don’t know how much strength and mobility in my arm and hand I can get back,” he said. “It may be 90%, it may be 70%. They just don’t know.”

Like ‘walking on rocks’

Other than high blood pressure, Panzok, 66, had no major health problems before COVID-19. He, too, almost died from the virus. He spent about two months in a coma

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COVID patient who was almost taken off life support just left hospital

  • A 26-year-old North Carolina coronavirus survivor returned home Tuesday after her heart repeatedly stopped beating for 30 minutes.
  • She had suffered complications including strokes, which have struck other young coronavirus patients for reasons doctors don’t fully understand. 
  • Doctors also don’t know why some critically ill young patients who were previously healthy die while others bounce back.  
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When Tionna Hairston’s heart repeatedly stopped beating for 30 minutes, her doctors worried yet again that she wouldn’t make it. 

The 26-year-old in North Carolina was diagnosed with COVID-19 in May, and subsequently suffered a stroke that led to bleeding in her brain and blood clots in her heart that caused the cardiac arrest, the Winston-Salem Journal’s Richard Craver reported. 

The conditions left her unable to fully use her arms and legs, and she was put on a ventilator for more than two months. She also suffered kidney and liver failure. 

Doctors “thought that we should take her off of life support because she had no hope for life,” Hairston’s mom, Stacey Peatross said, according to Rasheeda Kabba, who covered the story for multiple local outlets. “They thought she would be a vegetable. She wouldn’t have any quality of life at all.” 

They were wrong. After family, friends, and strangers prayed for her, Hairston began improving. She entered rehab for more than a month, where she relearned basic activities of daily living, like eating and getting dressed. 

On Tuesday, she walked out of the hospital to continue rehab at home. She had been in medical care for 137 days. “My faith in God and the fact that I wanted to walk again” allowed her to survive, Hairston said. 

 

While she’s not fully recovered — she walks with a walker and has some memory loss — her doctors praised her recovery and the lessons it can teach others. 

First, people should know “20-somethings can get very sick from COVID and COVID complications,” Dr. James McLean, director of the Novant rehabilitation hospital in Winston-Salem, told Craver. “It’s not just older folks.” 

The other lesson is that Hairston “demonstrated that human spirit, that little flame inside that keeps us going, shows us that people can overcome things that we could never imagine.”

Other young COVID-19 patients have suffered strokes and neurological issues  

Doctors have been concerned to see strokes in young people with no prior history of strokes and, in some cases, mild or even asymptomatic COVID. 

In May, five young New Yorkers with COVID-19 were admitted to the hospital with life-threatening “large-vessel” strokes, or those caused by a blood clot that travels from the body into an artery in the brain, Business Insider’s Aylin Woodward previously reported. 

Doctors don’t yet understand exactly how COVID-19 influences stroke risk, but it may have to do with blood clots, which have appeared in other parts of coronavirus patients’ bodies, like the lungs and legs. 

COVID-19 has also been linked to a range of other neurological issues,

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Coffee, Green Tea Might Extend Life for Folks With Type 2 Diabetes | Health News

By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

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THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) — If you’ve got type 2 diabetes and love drinking green tea or coffee, new research suggests you may be reducing your odds of a premature death.

But you need to really love these drinks. The study found that having four or more cups of green tea along with two cups of coffee daily was linked to a 63% lower risk of death during the average five-year follow-up.

On their own, a single cup of coffee or green tea daily might lower your risk of early death by 12% to 15%, respectively.

“Familiar beverages such as green tea and coffee may have health-promoting effects. We have shown that higher consumption of green tea and coffee was associated with reduced all-cause mortality, and their combined effect appeared to be additive in people with type 2 diabetes,” said lead author Dr. Yuji Komorita, an assistant professor at Kyushu University’s Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Fukuoka, Japan.

Komorita said it’s unknown how either drink may aid health. Both contain nutrients that may reduce inflammation, among other healthful benefits. Since coffee and green tea together were linked to an even lower risk of early death, Komorita suggested that each may have different beneficial substances that act on different diseases.

But Komorita added an important caveat: This study was not designed to prove cause and effect. As an observational study, it can only find an association.

Komorita also pointed out that researchers didn’t have a lot of information about participants that could affect the findings, such as their education, income and family history.

The study included almost 5,000 Japanese adults (average age: 66) with type 2 diabetes. Almost 2,800 were men. Their health was followed for about 5 years.

Participants completed a lengthy food and drink questionnaire that asked how much green tea and coffee they had daily. They were also asked lifestyle questions, such as how much exercise they did, alcohol and smoking habits, and how much sleep they typically got.

Only about 600 participants didn’t drink green tea. About 1,000 didn’t drink coffee.

Of those who sipped green tea, more than 1,100 drank up to a cup a day, almost 1,400 had two to three and nearly 1,800 drank four or more cups each day, the findings showed. For coffee drinkers, 1,300 had up to a single cup daily, more than 960 had one cup and 1,660 had two or more a day.

During the follow-up period, just over 300 participants died.

Compared to people who didn’t drink either beverage, participants who had green tea or coffee were less likely to die during the study, the researchers found. Those who drank both had the largest reductions in death risk.

And, the more you drank, the lower your odds of dying, the study found. Folks who had more than four cups of green tea daily had a 40% lower risk — the same as those who had two or more cups

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New drug called ‘purple heroin’ claims life in Jefferson Parish, authorities say | Crime/Police

Louisiana officials have reported the state’s first death linked to a new drug called “purple heroin.”

The death was in Jefferson Parish, authorities said Thursday morning. They didn’t release any more information about who died or what happened.

About 30 deaths linked to purple heroin have been reported in the U.S., including in Michigan, Arizona and Minnesota, according to Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich. 

Purple heroin consists of fentanyl, acetaminophen, which is used to treat pain and fevers, and a new drug called brorphine, among other substances.

Brorphine is a synthetic opioid, which Cvitanovich said is “just as potent and dangerous as fentanyl, making it up to 100X more potent than morphine.”

“This drug has the potential to cause widespread harm and is of public health concern,” Cvitanovich said. “The public should be on full alert due to the extreme danger of this drug.”

Purple heroin is commonly packaged as a purple crystal or powder, but has also been seen as a gray or white powder, Cvitanovich said.

Brorphine was first cited in a scientific report in 2018, according to information from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. And the Michigan State Police discovered the drug in May, Michigan officials said.

It wasn’t immediately clear when Louisiana officials began tracking it.

Brorphine is not authorized for any medical uses nor easily discernable in normal hospital blood tests, according to Varun Vohra, a director of the Michigan Poison Center at Wayne State University in Michigan.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Carlie Kollath Wells is a morning reporter at NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate.

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Medicine Hat Musical Theatre putting on radio play version of It’s a Wonderful Life

Medicine Hat Musical Theatre is putting on a Christmas classic this Holiday Season.

The group is now rehearsing for winter showings of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and ticket sales will begin at the beginning of next month.

“We’re really looking forward to putting on this live radio play,” said MHMT’s Lyn Weisgerber. “We’ve had plans but we’ve had to push them back for musicals, so we’re really hoping we get the chance to go through with this radio play.”

Weisgerber says the radio play is an adaptation of a popular Holiday film.

“It’s a classic movie that people watch around Christmas time,” she said. “The play people will be seeing reads the script to the movie in a 1940s radio station.

“It’s a really fun way of doing this.”

MHMT is preparing for a live audience and is hoping to be able to sell 50 tickets to each showing. People will need to wear a mask at the theatre, but can take it off to eat and drink.

“Safety is always the top priority for us,” said Weisgerber. “The unique thing about the radio play we’re doing is that we only have five characters.

“Our cast are playing Hollywood actors, who are reading the script to a radio audience.

“Since we only have five people, one person can play 13 or 14 different people – it’s a lot of fun.”

There will be five actors on set and a foley artist making sound effects during the play.

Rehearsals are happening now for the show, and two casts have been brought on to play it safe.

“We don’t want anyone to get sick,” said Weisgerber. “We will have everyone trained to jump from one cast to the next, just in case.”

Tickets will go on sale on Nov. 1 on MHMT’s website. Last-minute ticket sales are due to uncertainty around COVID-19.

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“We don’t want everyone to pay, and then have to lock down again,” said Weisgerber.

Opening night is Nov. 26. The show will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday for three weeks in a row.

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Sunil Sharma is a Fitness Trainer & Indian Entrepreneur: Leading his life as an Example for all

Sunil Sharma is a known Indian entrepreneur and Fitness trainer who hails from Gwalior of Indian state Madhya Pradesh. He was born in April 1993 in Gwalior. Besides being an entrepreneur, he is a strength and conditioning coach, fitness trainer along with fitness model and Influencer. All his teenage years, he has been a fitness freak that led him to become a fitness trainer. He then got engaged himself to be a strength and conditioning coach and later explored different areas in the fitness world in Gwalior.

While being into fitness training business, his good looks also attracted him towards fitness modeling, which enabled him to work with different brands. In the fitness world, he has remained the founder and owner of the gym called DFT Crossfit Sport Gym which is a space involved in training young people in the best way. In a sense, he was able to develop a competitive personality before the young crowd and thus able to embark himself as a leading model in this world.

He has remained an active personality on social media sharing videos and photos of his workout session along with the flaunting body before his fans and followers that kept on increasing with the passing time. Thus it helped him to embark on the social media world as an inspiring man for many thus becoming an influencer with his competitive moves. Talking about his personal life, he intends to go a long way.

 

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Harvard researcher estimates COVID-19 has cost US 2.5 million years of life

A Harvard researcher who looked at the life expectancy of 200,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus estimates COVID-19 has cost the United States 2.5 million years of life.

The researcher, molecular biologist and geneticist Stephen Elledge, is the Gregor Mendel Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, both located in Boston, USA Today reported.

Elledge arrived at his findings by estimating the remaining years of life those 200,000 COVID-19 victims likely had. He found that many of those who died were in middle age, and not elderly.

“It was really pretty shocking,” Elledge told USA Today, adding, “the younger half of that population are losing just as much life as the old people. And they really need to know it.”

The genetics professor said many of those killed by the disease could have lived decades more if not for the pandemic.

“Someone who dies in their 50s, for example, loses two to three decades of life expectancy,” said Elledge. He also said COVID-19 may have lasting effects on patients post-infection, and that its effects on young people later in their lives is unknown.

“You’re pushing your age forward,” he said. “All the people who make it through, who knows what’s going to happen to them when they get older.”

Elledge’s work typically encompasses DNA studies, though he wrote up his ideas about cumulative lost years due to COVID-19 deaths using simple calculations in an online report.

He said his findings were aligned with calculations he conducted earlier in the pandemic, adding that he is seeking to get them published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal soon.

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