Life Time Fitness Files For Data Evidence On COVID Spread, Arging They’re Not Super-Spreaders

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — One of the largest gyms in the country, based right here in Minnesota, argues gyms are not super spreaders.

On Friday, Life Time CEO Braham Akradi filed a request for access to government data to see the exact amount of virus spread happening in health clubs in Minnesota.

“The clubs are amongst the lowest places that they’re spreading this virus,” said Akradi.

Life Time said in a statement, “We have had approximately 3.15 million visits to its Minnesota clubs since they reopened on June 10. Since that time 352 positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported by members and/or team members. This equates to .0001% of the total amount of cases in the state.”

Life Time Fitness in Edina was the one part of Samantha Maroney’s daily routine that she didn’t cut out during this pandemic. Unlike many other activities she enjoys, she felt this was one was the safest.

“It’s really what eliminates all the worry,” said Maroney. “When you’re greeted, there’s the temperature check.”

Many other Life Time members agree. Sean Shannon says masks were required at all times in locker rooms and walking between equipment.

“Some on the equipment if they’re doing cardio, they’ll take them off, but they’re social distanced between the next piece of equipment, so nobody is right there,” said Shannon.

Maroney said her gym went beyond CDC protocols to make classes safe and getting creative. Her favorite cycle classes were held on the rooftop of the gym on sunny days.

“We were all up there on our bikes, waving our towels around, we were all socially distanced,” said Maroney.

While some want gyms to stay open this winter for the physical health. Many also crave the mental wellbeing that comes from working out.

“I come here for mind, body and soul. I come here to not only to stay in shape, but to keep my anxiety at bay and everything,” said Russell Burton, a Life Time member.

Right now, gym patrons and staff are just hoping Gov. Tim Walz doesn’t extend the closure longer than a month.

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Alfardan Medical with Northwestern Medicine participates in WISH 2020 for first time

Alfardan Medical with Northwestern Medicine (AMNM) successfully participated, for the first time, in the biennial World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2020.
The ambitious and sophisticated newcomer in Qatar’s healthcare market, AMNM is an ambulatory care centre that provides high-quality and multidisciplinary medical care, combined with service excellence, a press statement noted.

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Under the theme ‘One World Our Health’, this year’s WISH event, which was held on a virtual platform, featured world-renowned speakers who discussed, presented and explored global health challenges.
During the event, AMNM showcased its high-calibre physicians and recently launched medical specialties. The ambulatory care centre is currently welcoming patients looking to access world-class evidence-based medical services in internal medicine, gastroenterology, ENT, orthopaedics and rehabilitation, and diagnostic imaging and lab.
Highly credentialed allied health professionals specialised in exercise physiology, physiotherapy and clinical nutrition are also available. This further reinforces AMNM’s patient-centric approach to healthcare that is buttressed by collaborative multidisciplinary teamwork, the statement pointed out.
Other AMNM medical specialties that will be introduced in the near future include dermatology, ophthalmology, dental, plastic surgery, reproductive endocrinology/IVF, gynaecology and executive health.
Dr Jessica Adam, chief medical officer at AMNM, said: “With the launch of our new departments and the onboarding of world-renowned specialists at AMNM, we are looking forward to offering our patients exceptional medical services in Qatar. We welcome the community to explore AMNM’s state-of-the-art treatment facility to experience advanced patient-centric care, provided by a multinational medical team.”
AMNM’s participation at WISH 2020 highlighted how the ambulatory care centre integrates a patient-centric American healthcare model with Qatar’s luxury and hospitality to deliver world-class and advanced medical care, the statement explained.
Presenting a new healthcare concept in Qatar and the region, AMNM operates an American model in advanced medicine practices, backed by a patient-centric approach, transparency, world-class service and teamwork that excels in the services provided.
Dr Adam added, “AMNM is the result of a significant international collaboration between Alfardan Group and US-based Northwestern Medicine. The partnership leverages both organisations’ complementary strengths: Alfardan Group’s legacy and scale in offering hospitality and luxury experiences, and the longstanding history of leadership and innovation of Northwestern Medicine in the medical field. AMNM is more than just a continuation of the impressive growth momentum Qatar has seen in the past decades; it is a new experience for healthcare in the region.”
She continued, “We are delighted to have been part of WISH 2020 this year, to showcase our capabilities to the world and contribute to the conversation taking place on global health challenges.”
Benefiting from the interdisciplinary collaboration between the different departments at AMNM, patients will receive advanced medical care from outstanding doctors and friendly medical staff that will be using state-of-the-art, US Food and Drug Administration-approved medical equipment.
The equipment support the physicians in delivering the best care synonymous with the standards of healthcare in North America, offering the patient comfort and trust throughout an overall seamless journey across the facility, the statement added.
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Ash Pollard visits the dentist for the first time in 10 months

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She’s had her hands full after welcoming her first daughter, Clementine Abigail Ferne, in September.

But on Monday, Ash Pollard took some time out of her busy schedule to visit the dentist for the first time in 10 months. 

The 34-year-old chronicled her experience on her Instagram Stories, by sharing a very detailed video of the procedures she had done.  

a mask with a hat: Show us those pearly whites: On Monday, Ash Pollard (pictured) visited the dentist for the first time in 10 months. The 34-year-old chronicled her experience on her Instagram Stories, by sharing a very detailed video of the procedures she had done

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Show us those pearly whites: On Monday, Ash Pollard (pictured) visited the dentist for the first time in 10 months. The 34-year-old chronicled her experience on her Instagram Stories, by sharing a very detailed video of the procedures she had done

‘My first visit to the dentist in 10 months. OMG, too long between cleans thanks,’ she captioned the clip. 

In the video, Ash had used an effect to make her eyes and mouth oversized as she showed off her teeth, which had purple dye on them. 

‘This stuff sticks to the parts on your teeth you aren’t cleaning properly… got to rinse it off first,’ she explained in a caption. 

diagram: Procedures: At one point, Ash was shown laying back in the chair as the dentist worked on cleaning her teeth which she captioned: 'This is my favourite part. I don't know why. I just love it'

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Procedures: At one point, Ash was shown laying back in the chair as the dentist worked on cleaning her teeth which she captioned: ‘This is my favourite part. I don’t know why. I just love it’

The dentist was also heard telling her: ‘It’s plaque disclosing solution, you need to rinse it off first, that’s not the actual end result.’ 

Ash was then shown reclining back in the chair as the dentist worked on cleaning her teeth.  

Finally the radio presenter received a fluoride treatment, which she was informed will help ‘protect her teeth against decay and acids’. 

a woman with pink hair taking a selfie: Last treatment: Finally the radio presenter received a fluoride treatment which she was informed will help 'protect her teeth against decay and acids'

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Last treatment: Finally the radio presenter received a fluoride treatment which she was informed will help ‘protect her teeth against decay and acids’

It comes after Ash revealed she was finally been able to dye her blonde locks again for the first time since falling pregnant.

Taking to Instagram last month, she shared a picture of herself in the salon’s chair as she awaited to become a sassy shade of peroxide blonde once again.

‘OMG. I’m THAT pumped for this,’ she captioned the shot. 

a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: A whole new woman! Ash revealed that she's finally been able to dye her blonde locks again for the very first time since falling pregnant

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Disgraced dentist will spend more time behind bars

A historical sexual assault survivor has told her attacker that she is “not scared” of him anymore after a campaign of intimidation to silence her.

Disgraced Brisbane dentist Peter Agnew, 68, was sentenced to an additional nine months behind bars for indecently assaulting a woman in December of 1979.

His victim, then 20-years-old, told a court today that Agnew silenced her through fear and intimidation.

a group of people standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Disgraced dentist Peter Agnew will spend more time behind bars over a sexual assault.

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Disgraced dentist Peter Agnew will spend more time behind bars over a sexual assault.

“What you did to me in 1979 changed my life forever,” she said.

Agnew pleaded guilty to luring her to his clinic in Sunnybank Hills in December of 1979.

A court heard that the pair were family friends, and he offered to give her a lift from Brisbane to the Gold Coast.

He said he needed to fix something at his dentistry clinic, telling her to sit in the patients’ chair while he did it.

He then tried to slip a gas mask on her from behind, telling her to “just breath, just relax, you’re going to love this”.

He then sexually assaulted her as she begged him to stop.

A judge described his actions as something that should send chills down the spine of anyone that hears them.

The victim was assaulted by Agnew in 1979.

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The victim was assaulted by Agnew in 1979.

The victim, who can’t be identified, spoke outside of court as well.

“I would just wish that 41 years ago I would have known that I had a voice,” she said.

“Forty-one years of living with something, you don’t know the weight of something until it’s gone.

“Anyone out there please speak up, you can have a voice, you don’t have to wait 41 years,” she said.

Agnew is already in jail, serving a seven year sentence for a similar crime.

He was found guilty of drugging and raping a former teenage employee in 1980.

That woman was in court too — a show of support and unity against the man that changed both of their lives forever.

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Biden’s transition team may find moving into the White House tougher than the election

Joe Biden was tonight planning for one of the most turbulent and uncertain transitions into the White House in modern US presidential history as he mapped his path to inauguration day on January 20. With the Democratic presidential nominee expressing certainty he had won the election even as the result was not called, staff members on a transition team set up months ago were preparing next steps. The road ahead, if he does indeed win, is daunting. For one, Mr Biden is facing a sitting US president who has vowed to fight through the courts to remain in the Oval Office and given no indication he could concede. Second, clarity on which party holds the Senate will have to wait until January as the two races in Georgia whose outcomes will decide are being rerun. If the Republicans retain a majority they can block Mr Biden’s cabinet nominees and legislation. And third, there is a deadly virus spreading uncontrollably across America, with new daily Covid-19 cases up 35 per cent in the last fortnight, and a US economy recovering from the biggest unemployment jump since the 1930s. Mr Biden, who during the campaign pledged swift action to tackle the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed more than 240,000 lives, will announce details of his 12-strong Covid task force on Sunday. It will be headed by former surgeon general Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner David Kessler and Yale University’s Dr Marcella Nunez-Smith. Unlike in Britain, the victor of a US presidential election does not sweep into office once the outcome is known. Instead, any incoming candidate must wait more than two months until an official hand-over in mid-January. In the recent past that has almost always happened without rancour. Presidents have met their successors in the White House even if they are from the other party – as Barack Obama did with Donald Trump in 2016 – and offered support. Teams from the incoming president are sent to US government departments in what are dubbed “landing parties”, sent in to survey the scene. They are briefed about the status quo, ready to get going on day one. The president-elect’s transition team also swiftly takes up rooms in an official government building and is provided support as they plan for inauguration day. The process has been formalised and has some legal protections. This time, uncertainty abounds. Mr Trump could order his government employees – by tweet, perhaps – to refuse to engage with Mr Biden’s advisers given his public stance that he won the election and it is being “stolen” from him. Even if Mr Biden’s win margins in key battleground states are sizeable and the likelihood of a court decision affecting that is slim, the Trump campaign’s legal challenges could take weeks to progress through the system, giving the president cover. Perhaps foreseeing the difficult weeks which would follow any victory, Mr Biden

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Alex Morgan: Tottenham star says she needs WSL game time to regain match fitness

World Cup winner Alex Morgan said regaining match fitness will take time after making her much-awaited debut for Tottenham in Saturday’s 1-1 Women’s Super League draw with Reading.

The United States forward came on with 20 minutes left but could not inspire Spurs to a first WSL win of the season.

Morgan joined in September, but has had to wait to return to action, having only given birth to a daughter in May.

“It feels good to be back for the first time in more than a year,” she said.

The 31-year-old told the Tottenham website:external-link “I am hoping to get much more time next match and the remaining matches to keep building.

“My fitness is getting back there. It will just take a little bit of time. I have to get minutes to get game fit.

“I felt like there was definitely a lot more sprints than in training. I will get used to it pretty quickly, but it was more of a transition game.

“I am looking forward to getting in to more of the game to settle in a little bit better.”

Tottenham remain in ninth place after two draws and four defeats so far. On Saturday, they went behind to a 13th-minute Brooke Chaplen goal but Ashleigh Neville equalised before half-time with a header from a corner.

“Going down 1-0 was disappointing, but getting the goal back from a set-piece was important,” added Morgan, who is a two-time World Cup winner and was part of the USA squad that took gold at the 2012 Olympics in London.

“I don’t think we had enough chances to put ourselves ahead but we will work on that.

“Obviously I am not too happy about the result, but I had to start to get some minutes and build from there so I am pretty happy this is a good starting point.”

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US Coronavirus Deaths May Reach 372,000 By The Time New President Takes Office


  • An IHME projection shows more than 372,000 Americans may die of COVID-19 by January 20
  • A universal mask mandate may save the lives of 1,316 people daily
  • Last Friday, the U.S. reported 99,321 new daily coronavirus cases

The U.S. may reach 372,000 coronavirus deaths by the time a new president takes the oath of office on January 20, a new prediction shows. 

More than 372,000 Americans may die of COVID-19 by that day if the current preventive measures continue, according to a projection by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). The model also shows that the total death toll in the U.S. could hit 443,335 if local governments lift coronavirus safety mandates.

The number of daily deaths could also reach 2,290 if the current coronavirus safety measures continue. However, a universal face-mask mandate could save the lives of 1,316 daily. 

The prediction comes as millions of Americans have headed to voting sites Tuesday, despite a resurgence of the novel coronavirus pandemic across the nation, which has continuously broken grim records. 

Last Friday, the U.S. set a new single-day high for the number of new coronavirus cases, with health officials reporting 99,321 new cases. Hospitalizations are also seeing an uptick, with 48,000 people currently confined in medical facilities, The COVID Tracking Project reported.  

Hospitals in several states have already hit their “breaking point.” In El Paso, Texas, authorities are now preparing to convert the city’s civic center into an overflow medical facility. They are also planning to add a fourth mobile morgue. 

Bo Ryall, the president and CEO of the Arkansas Hospital Association, said they have a lack of medical staff due to fatigue, increasing costs, and community exposure, CNN reported. 

Researchers from the IHME estimated that the country would need at least 131,208 hospital bed spaces by January 20, 33,000 of which in intensive care units. The projection also predicts that at least 14,000 invasive ventilators would be needed. 

The country’s seven-day average of new daily cases has risen by 128.2% since early September, hitting 78,380 on Saturday. Officials worry that the upcoming holidays may spur gatherings and fuel the spread of the virus. 

Health experts have emphasized the need to follow preventive measures, including face masks, social distancing, and frequent hand washing. 

The U.S. has recorded 9.3 million coronavirus cases and 232,553 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Dashboard.  Investors are keeping a close eye on the US election, which comes against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic Investors are keeping a close eye on the US election, which comes against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic Photo: AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

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UK Diabetes Clinicians Urged to Embrace ‘Time in Range’

A new ‘best practice guide’ urges UK healthcare professionals to embrace the ‘time in range’ metric for patients with diabetes who use continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Time in range: a best practice guide for UK diabetes healthcare professionals in the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic, was published October 19 2020 in Diabetic Medicine by Dr Emma Wilmot of the diabetes department, Royal Derby Hospital, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, Derby, and colleagues. The document is a publication of the Diabetes Technology Network (DTN) UK, part of the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD). 

Real-time CGM

In June 2019, an international consensus report established the ‘time in range’ concept – the proportion of time a person’s blood glucose falls within a prescribed range – as a clinical metric for patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who use either real-time CGM (rtCGM) or intermittently scanned CGM (isCGM), also called ‘flash glucose monitoring’. The latter, the Abbott FreeStyle Libre, is the one most commonly used in the UK, although the NHS in England has recently authorised the Dexcom G6 rtCGM for use during pregnancy.  

The new guidance aims to clarify the intent and purpose of the international consensus recommendations and provide practical clinical and technical advice for use of time in range in UK diabetes care, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, co-author Pratik Choudhary, professor of diabetes at the University of Leicester, told Medscape Medical News.

“Even though FreeStyle Libre has been widely rolled out and people are seeing the reports, we felt that a locally-published paper by local leaders of the DTN was needed to get people to start thinking about time in range. People are still fixated on haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) and glucose of 5 [mmol/L],” Prof Choudhary said.

International Guidelines

The paper reviews and provides rationale for the international guidelines, which recommend generally that more than 70% of glucose readings should fall within a blood glucose range of 3.9-10.0 mmol/L, with modifications for children, older adults, and pregnant women.  

“It’s a huge mindset [change] from saying your target is 5 [mmol/l] to saying you’ve got a target range. It’s saying you’ve got an allowance of 30%, so if you screw up a little bit it’s not a disaster. It will balance out. That’s the narrative we want to put out there,” Prof Choudhary explained.

A UK-based audit on the use of FreeStyle Libre conducted by ABCD showed significant improvements in HbA1c, reduced hospital admissions, and lower levels of diabetes-related distress in patients with type 1 diabetes. Updated data from that study were published in the September 2020 issue of Diabetes Care.

Remote Monitoring

The new document emphasises that time in range is meant as an adjunct to HbA1c rather than a surrogate, and discusses the correlations between the two values and their respective association with diabetes-related outcomes. However, because the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the capacity for in-person visits including blood tests,

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MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Connor Dobbyn is an energetic and loving 12-year-old, but he’s fading away every second.

Connor has Sanfilippo syndrome, a genetic brain disorder in children that experts compare to Alzheimer’s disease.

The boy already has lost some of what he’s learned in his short time on Earth, and every day he loses a little more.

“We’re on borrowed time. They don’t live through their teens,” said his mom, Marisa DiChiacchio, who lives with Connor in West Chester, Pa. “We have six years left, at most.”

Here’s the good news: Researchers think they’ve found a cure for Connor’s type of Sanfilippo, a therapy that replaces the bad gene in his body with a healthy working version.

But they need millions of dollars in funding to test this potential cure. Connor’s parents have set up a GoFundMe page with a goal of $3 million for a clinical trial that could save their son’s life.

“The research is done. It’s like right there, but they need the money to fund the clinical trial,” DiChiacchio explained.

Kids with Sanfilippo syndrome suffer from the build-up of a long-chain sugar molecule called heparan sulfate, which is normally used by the body to build cartilage, connective tissues, nerve tissues and skin, according to the Nemours Foundation.

These kids have a defect in one of the genes that make enzymes needed to break down heparan sulfate. Without those enzymes, heparan sulfate “builds up everywhere in the body and the brain,” explained Cara O’Neill, chief science officer and co-founder of the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation.

As the substance clogs the brain and body, kids begin experiencing the sort of mental and physical decline associated with dementia in seniors. Kids lose knowledge and skills they’ve gained, develop seizures, experience hearing and vision loss, find it difficult to walk and move, and even struggle to chew and swallow food, O’Neill said.

“These kids become nonverbal. They lose their ability to walk and talk. They’re in wheelchairs and in strollers. Almost all of them develop seizures and different movement disorders,” DiChiacchio said. “There’s literally no cure at this point. These kids are dying.”

Sanfilippo syndrome is relatively rare, occurring in about 1 out of every 70,000 children, O’Neill said.

“We think it’s underdiagnosed because it’s usually masked as autism,” said Glenn O’Neill, president and co-founder of the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation. “Kids exhibit the typical symptoms of autism early in life while parents are trying to figure out what’s going on. But then things actually begin actually going backwards, in the wrong direction.”

That’s what happened with Connor. He’d been struggling with developmental delays since he was 1 year old, and at age 5 he received a diagnosis of autism, DiChiacchio said.

But during a psychological evaluation in the third grade, educators were stunned to find a drastic decline in Connor’s IQ, his mom said.

“It was like a bomb went off,” DiChiacchio said. “His average IQ in kindergarten was 100, and

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Australia has no local case 1st time in months

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia has recorded no new locally transmitted coronavirus infection for the first time in five months.

In Melbourne, the capital of Victoria state, which had the highest number of cases in the country, residents were enjoying the first weekend of cafes, restaurants and pubs reopening to walk-in customers.

The city only has one mystery case without a known source. There are 61 active cases left across the state, down from 70 on Saturday.

State Deputy Premier James Merlino hailed Sunday’s zero figures as “another great day for Victoria,” but urged caution ahead of Australia’s most-prestigious horse race on Tuesday, the Melbourne Cup, known as the “race that stops a nation.” Australians traditionally gather in bars or in private homes to watch the event, a public holiday.

The race attracts crowds of more than 100,000 at Melbourne’s Flemington race course, but this year it will held without fans because of restrictions on public gatherings.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton urged Victorians to enjoy the Cup but to continue obeying guidance on mask-wearing and social distancing.

“The great majority of Melburnians know what do to,” Sutton said. “There will be a few who may be a bit liberal in their behavior.”

Sutton said the new wave of infections in Europe showed how quickly the coronavirus can reassert itself.

“What Europe is going through now is a consequence of not being able to get to this point where you can stay on top of very low numbers,” he said. “What we have created is very precious and we need to hold onto it tightly.”

Western Australia state on Sunday recorded one new case of COVID-19, a woman who returned from overseas and is in hotel quarantine.



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SANTA FE, N.M. — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Saturday said the spread of coronavirus is out of control in New Mexico as she urged residents to stay home and avoid gathering with others to celebrate Halloween.

“Please — do your part to protect yourself and your fellow New Mexicans by celebrating a COVID-SAFE Halloween,” the Democratic governor’s office said in a

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