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Millions suffer from long Covid — and it costs them $9,000 a year in health-care expenses, on average

Long Covid is a chronic illness that results from a Covid-19 infection. There are hundreds of potential symptoms, which can be debilitating for many people. Treatment largely consists of symptom management, since there’s no known cure for long Covid, medical experts said.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Estate Will Have To Pay Virgin Islands $105M

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Virgin Islands announced Wednesday that it reached a settlement of more than $105 million in a sex trafficking case against the estate of financier Jeffrey Epstein. The settlement ends a nearly three-year legal saga for officials in the U.S. territory, which sought to hold Epstein accountable after he was accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls and of causing environmental damage on the two tiny islands...

Who’s giving Americans spiritual care? As congregational attendance shrinks, it’s often chaplains

(THE CONVERSATION) When Americans picture a chaplain, many of them likely think of someone like Father Mulcahy, the Irish American priest who cared for Korean War soldiers in the classic TV show "M.A.S.H." The reality is much more complex. Today's chaplains are diverse in gender, age, religious background and sexuality. They serve people from all backgrounds, including those with no affiliation. And their roles may become more significant as more Americans step away from traditional...

Gaylord Jackson Perry, 84

Gaylord Jackson Perry (September 15, 1938 – December 1, 2022) was an American professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a right-handed pitcher for eight different teams from 1962 to 1983. During a 22-year baseball career, Perry compiled 314 wins, 3,534 strikeouts, and a 3.11 earned run average. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his third year of eligibility in 1991. Perry, a five-time All-Star, was the first pitcher...

Jamie Lee Curtis to receive AARP Career Achievement Award

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Scream Queen" Jamie Lee Curtis will be this year's recipient of AARP The Magazine's Movies for Grownups Awards career achievement honor. Curtis will receive the honor at the AARP's annual Best Movies and TV for Grownups ceremony, the group announced Thursday. Alan Cumming returns to host the ceremony, which will be telecast on "Great Performances" on PBS on Feb. 17 at 9 p.m. Eastern. "Jamie Lee Curtis' longstanding, ever-increasing career shatters Hollywood's...

DoorDash cuts 1,250 jobs after pandemic hiring surge

AP – DoorDash is eliminating about 1,250 corporate jobs, or about 6% of its workforce, saying it hired too many people when delivery demand surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. CEO Tony Xu said in a message to employees Wednesday that DoorDash was undersized before the pandemic and sped up hiring to catch up with its growth. "Most of our investments are paying off, and while we've always been disciplined in how we have managed our business...

Drug overdose deaths triple among seniors

CNBC – In total, more than 5,000 seniors died of drug overdoses in 2020 and more than 11,600 succumbed to alcohol, according to the NCHS data. Though drug overdose death rates are lower for seniors than other age groups, they have increased substantially from 2.4 per 100,000 in 2000 to 8.8 per 100,000 in 2020. “We’ve got a public health problem coming at our door — these trends have been increasing for a long time now,”...

Slow cognitive decline with flavonols, study says

CNN — Eating more flavonols, antioxidants found in many vegetables, fruits, tea and wine, may slow your rate of memory loss, a new study finds. The cognitive score of people in the study who ate the most flavonols declined 0.4 units per decade more slowly than those who ate the fewest flavonols. The results held even after adjusting for other factors that can affect memory, such as age, sex and smoking, according to the study recently...

How women can reduce risk of hip fracture

Food scientists at the University of Leeds have found that for women, a 25 grams a day increase in protein was associated with, on average, a 14% reduction in their risk of hip fracture. In a surprise twist, they also discovered that every additional cup of tea or coffee they drank was linked with a 4% reduction in risk. Writing in the journal Clinical Nutrition, the researchers noted that the protective benefits were greater for women...

Judge accepts insanity plea deal for man in face-biting case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge accepted a plea deal Monday for a man who randomly killed a Florida couple in their garage six years ago and then chewed on one victim's face that will send him to a mental hospital for treatment. Austin Harrouff, 25, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to two counts of first-degree murder and other charges for the 2016 slayings of John Stevens, 59, and his wife, Michelle...

Russian diplomat says prisoner swap with US remains possible

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and the United States have repeatedly been on the verge of agreement on a prisoner exchange, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday, adding that a deal is still possible before the year's end. The Biden administration has been trying for months to negotiate the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner and another American jailed in Russia, Michigan corporate security executive Paul Whelan, including through a possible prisoner swap with Moscow. Asked by...

Why does garlic cure everything?

MSN.com Howard E. LeWine, M.D. Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing · 40 years of experience It’s easy to get the impression that garlic cures everything, but of course it doesn’t. However there are some potential health benefits. Studies suggest that supplements may help lower low-density (LDL) cholesterol a little bit in people with high cholesterol and it may help lower blood pressure. Right now, there isn’t strong scientific evidence that it helps with a cold or can...

Biden’s Crossdressing Nuclear Energy Official Charged w/ Stealing Women’s Luggage

(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) Already having made woke history as the first openly gender-fluid official to hold high rank in the Biden administration’s Energy Department, a deputy assistant secretary in charge of disposing radioactive material allegedly took his radical LGBT entitlement to a new level by stealing women’s luggage. Sam Brinton, last seen making headlines for his fetish for a “pup-training” sex kink, was charged with felony theft last month after allegedly stealing a pricey...

Government Requires Chickens to be Slaughtered and Wasted Amid Soaring Inflation

(Headline USA) Nebraska agriculture officials say another 1.8 million chickens must be killed after bird flu was found on a farm in the latest sign that the outbreak that has already prompted the slaughter of more than 50 million birds nationwide continues to spread. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture said Saturday that the state’s 13th case of bird flu was found on an egg-laying farm in northeast Nebraska’s Dixon County, about 120 miles (193 kilometers)...
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