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    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — According to officials, a cyberattack took the Maryland Health Department offline this weekend. The department’s webpage was rerouted to the state’s flagship webpage, www.maryland.gov, as officials went through individual systems to determine whether any information had been stolen. READ MORE: Siakam Scores 31 To Help Raptors Beat Wizards 102-90The cyberattack also took away the resources that the website normally has available. This included the pages that invited Maryland residents to apply for Medicaid, get data on local nursing home safety and order free at-home testing for sexually transmitted infections. READ MORE: Steelers Turn Away Ravens 20-19 After Failed 2-Point AttemptThe Maryland Security Operations Center is now investigating the incident. In an effort to prevent further damage, certain systems have been taken offline and other precautions have been taken according to the Maryland Department of Health. MORE NEWS: Reese Scores 18, No. 8 Maryland Women Beat Rutgers 74-59 
    CHICAGO (CBS) — There have been no cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in Illinois, but health experts believe it’s just a matter of time. They have doubled the number of tests for the Omicron but say the current cases are still alarmingly high. READ MORE: Chaos In The Loop Leads To Shooting, Beatings; 21 Young People ArrestedDr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, made those statements at an event encouraging vaccinations for children. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Monday Brings Wind, Blast Of Cold AirThe city is keeping a close eye on the schools, but so far there are no plans to go back to remote learning. The vast majority of the new cases are in people who are unvaccinated. MORE NEWS: Multiple Juveniles Arrested During Large Gathering, Fights Near Millennium ParkHealth experts say getting vaccinated — and boosted if eligible — remains the best way to prevent severe illness from COVID-19.
    The Maryland Department of Health’s website went offline over the weekend, and instead redirects visitors to the main landing page for the state’s government after a network security breach, a department official said. The outage was first reported by the Washington Post on Sunday evening. Their reporting suggests the outage is the result of a ransomware attack, though the extent of the invasion is not yet known. Andy Owen, spokesman for the health department, told WTOP that the Maryland Security Operations Center is in the process of “investigating a network security incident.” “The Maryland Department of Information Technology, the Maryland Department of Health, and the Maryland Department of Emergency Management are working closely with federal and state law enforcement partners to address the incident and to gather additional information. Certain systems have been taken offline out of an abundance of caution and other precautions have and will be taken,” Owen said. “The investigation is ongoing, potentially affected employees and partners have been informed, and we will provide additional information as circumstances warrant.” WTOP’s Juan Herrera contributed to this report.
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- There has been a sense of urgency as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned the public about the COVID-19 virus' Omicron variant."This omicron variant is real. It is spreading," Lightfoot said.SEE ALSO | Families protest as west suburban school cancels all activities amid uptick in COVID casesThe mayor and other city officials once again encouraged unvaccinated residents to get the shot while visiting a Chicago family vaccination clinic at Wilbur Wright College on the Northwest Side."It's even more important to get vaccinated and boosted," said City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado.While the Omicron variant has not been reported in Illinois yet, Chicago public health officials said that could change soon."We know there are people who have been exposed to the Omicron variant," said Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady.The new variant is twice as contagious as the Delta variant. Sunday morning's concerns follow the Thanksgiving holiday and come as Chicago remains in the grips of a surge in COVID cases. The city reported more than 1,300 new COVID cases Monday, breaking the record set...
    As part of the quietest revolution in royal public relations, Prince William’s Time To Walk podcast avoids the usual marketing hype. It’s just a man walking alone chatting with an imaginary companion. ‘Like I’ve been on a walk with my best mate or my wife,’ says the prince, and that’s exactly what it feels like. Nice to see the happy inclusion of Catherine, but significantly, there is no mention of any of the big royal news stories of the day. There’s no attempt to twist our loyalties or plead for sympathy, no hint of victimhood or sly whisper of accusation, no false self-deprecation or blowhard claim of improbable expertise.  Just a man talking and trusting us to recognise the power of his vulnerability as he does so. As part of the quietest revolution in royal public relations, Prince William’s Time To Walk podcast avoids the usual marketing hype. It’s just a man walking alone chatting with an imaginary companion In effect, this is William’s Christmas broadcast. True, it’s for an international audience – it goes out on Apple Music 1 and...
    (CNN)The worrisome Omicron variant lends fresh urgency to President Joe Biden's months-long grind to vaccinate Americans against the coronavirus. He needs it.That 78 million Americans still resist protective shots confounds anyone examining the medical evidence of the vaccines' effectiveness. But the evidence of history, turbocharged by the modern Republican Party's extremism, makes vaccine resistance no mystery -- and Biden's effort a slog even after nearly 800,000 deaths from Covid-19.Just as they've elevated voting restrictions over the protection of democratic elections, Republican officials have elevated exploiting the pandemic over ending it. While GOP attorneys general bogged down vaccine mandates in court, GOP senators last week threatened to shutter the federal government to block them -- even as some Republicans slam Biden for failing to contain the pandemic.They seek approval from rank-and-file Republicans, who represent the locus of vaccine refusal. Fully 60% of unvaccinated Americans, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey, identify with the GOP.That proportion increased from 42% in April even as the pandemic killed Republicans in disproportionate numbers. A CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University shows...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A divided federal appeals court Sunday rejected Florida’s request to at least temporarily block a Biden administration rule that would require health-care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. A panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, turned down a motion by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody for an injunction against the Biden administration rule while the Atlanta-based court considers the vaccination requirement. READ MORE: Experts Believe Other States Could Switch To Electric Mowers Like CaliforniaThe decision said the state “failed to make the requisite showing for an injunction pending appeal.” Judges Robin Rosenbaum and Jill Pryor made up the majority, while Judge Barbara Lagoa dissented. The one-page decision said full opinions would be issued later. Sunday’s decision, however, did not mean the Biden administration can move forward with the health-care worker vaccination requirement Monday, as originally planned. That is because a Louisiana federal judge last week issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Biden administration rule. Nevertheless, lawyers in Moody’s office requested the 11th Circuit also issue an injunction because the...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Norwegian Cruise Line ship with at least 10 passengers and crew members infected with COVID-19 docked Sunday in New Orleans, where health officials said they were trying to disembark people without worsening the spread of the coronavirus illness. Local news outlets in New Orleans confirmed the Norwegian Breakaway had arrived in the city. The ship departed New Orleans on Nov. 28. The Louisiana Department of Health said in a late Saturday news release that over the past week, the ship made stops in Belize, Honduras and Mexico. Norwegian Cruise Line issued a statement that confirmed a “handful of COVID-19 cases among guests and crew.” The company said all of the identified cases involved people without symptoms of the illness. Norwegian said it requires all passengers and crew members to have been vaccinated against the coronavirus prior to departure. “We are testing all individuals on Norwegian Breakaway prior to disembarkation, as well as providing post-exposure and quarantine public health guidance by the (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention),” the company’s statement said. “Any guests who...
    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia recorded its first case of the omicron variant Sunday after health authorities in the North African country said a man traveling in from Turkey tested positive. A member of Tunisia’s COVID-19 task force, Dr. Hachemi Louzer, said the man was from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He tested positive Friday at the Tunis international airport after arriving from Istanbul and a subsequent screening of the sample at the Pasteur Institute for Public Health in the capital, Tunis, confirmed the omicron variant, Louzer said. Several of his fellow travelers, including his brother, who tested negative for COVID-19 have been quarantined, he said. Health authorities have restricted travel to Tunisia after the spread of the omicron variant in Africa and Europe over the past week. The overall epidemiological situation in Tunisia has improved in the past two months after the country received vaccine shipments from several countries, including the United States, health experts said. More than 25,000 people have died of coronavirus in Tunisia. ___ Follow all AP stories on the pandemic at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic....
    Historically, behavioral health treatment has been viewed more so a social service than specialty healthcare. There were limited agencies across the state that provided access, funding was limited, and somewhere between the cloak of 42 CFR Part 2 and the rooms steeped in anonymity we didn’t have a ton of good outcomes data to back us up. As a field, we were just doing what we felt was the right thing; you know “keeping what we had, by giving it away” – sometimes literally. In 2018 the field saw the single largest change it had ever undergone, the behavioral health redesign. The traditional healthcare and behavioral healthcare budgets were merged at the state Medicaid level. Clinicians were tasked with demonstrating medical necessity to justify client placement in certain programs. We were all introduced to managed care organizations (MCO’s) presenting multiple different processes and preferences for prior authorizations, standards of care, and reimbursement for services rendered. In short, one day we woke up and went to work in a totally different environment – and we weren’t playing on Rookie mode anymore...
    PORTSMOUTH — On December 1, the CDC released a health advisory regarding the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) that was labeled as a variant of concern on November 26, 2021. While first detected in South Africa, by December 1, the Omicron variant had been detected in at least 20 other countries, including the United States, Israel, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and several European countries. In some countries, such as Germany and Portugal, there is evidence of community transmission of Omicron. This new variant has several mutations that could potentially cause it to be more easily spread and increase its resistance to COVID-19 therapies and vaccines. It is currently unknown how fast this variant can spread between people. Because of this, the health departments are asking residents to be vigilant during this holiday season. Luckily there are a few things residents can do to keep their families safe from COVID-19 during the holidays. · If you have not yet been vaccinated against COVID, consider receiving your first dose. · If you are vaccinated, consider getting...
    DENVER (AP) — It was lunchtime on a mild day in the sprawling Denver suburb of Aurora when a truck full of teens pulled into a high school parking lot where students were gathered, and gunfire rang out. Three were wounded as others ran in fear. One of the boys charged in the Nov. 19 shooting later told investigators he brought his armed friends to an expected gang fight because “it’s the way it is in this town,” court documents said. The shooting was one of several involving teenagers within a two-week span that have placed renewed attention on a long-running problem of gun violence and gangs in the state’s third largest city, where the police department has been under scrutiny for its treatment of Black residents. Activists and officials say easy access to guns is contributing to the problem, which has also been exacerbated by the pandemic and its effect particularly on the mental health of minority teens in the city. Across the United States, shootings involving children and teenagers have increased in recent years, including 2021. A March...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Health and fitness are always a priority, especially around the busy holiday season.Stephanie Mansour said keeping in shape and motivated starts with the mind. She's sharing three ways to use gratitude to keep on the right path.Mansour said start your day by tapping your index finger to your thumb while laying in bed, and saying something you're grateful for, repeat with each finger.RELATED: Stephanie Mansour of Step it Up with Steph shares weekly workout plan with strength training, yoga posesSecondly, she recommends going for a walk and thinking of things you're grateful for, and Mansour said to focus on using all of your senses: "Think about the things that really utilize your senses, things you can smell, see, or hear."Lastly, Mansour said to journal each day, writing down five things you're grateful for.
    A new report conducted by environmental organizations has revealed some of the biggest polluters and those responsible for port congestion. Unsurprisingly, the main contributors are some of the world’s biggest retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, and IKEA. The report revealed that between 2018 to 2020, these retailers, among others, were responsible for 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions for goods imported to the US. These big retailers are also responsible for creating major port congestion in certain areas, as their cargo ships block local ports and spew pollution into the surrounding community. This has long been a public health concern, but it has only continued to grow worse. The report said, “Until recently, the massive climate-disrupting and human health-harming emissions from international container shipping and the companies that are buying their services — have sailed under the radar of public scrutiny.” As of 2021, the shipping industry accounts for almost 3% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Reports show that this percentage is only going to continue to climb as the demand for goods grows. The...
    Despite receiving 80 complaints last month that restaurants weren’t checking indoor diners for proof that they’re vaccinated against COVID-19, Contra Costa County didn’t fine or even officially warn the eateries that were breaking its rules, health officials have acknowledged. Instead of meting out punishment, Contra Costa Health Services told this news organization in a statement it is “focusing on education to gain compliance” from restaurants that don’t ask to see vaccination cards or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within three days. When asked to comment about the health department’s go-easy approach, county Supervisor Karen Mitchoff said she was surprised and angered by the revelation. Mitchoff said she and other county officials — including Health Services Director Anna Roth and County Administrator Monica Nino — didn’t know so many restaurants weren’t being fined or formally warned for ignoring the proof requirement. Roth and Nino could not be reached for comment. “It’s unacceptable,” Mitchoff said, adding later that she looked into who had made the call not to issue fines. “I called the individual in the department and let them know I...
    Making the decision to go vegan comes with so many amazing benefits. You get to save animal lives, your health will improve drastically, it’s better for the environment, the list is endless. However, as with any lifestyle change, it’s easy to slip up along the way and make simple mistakes. Luckily, they can be avoided. We’ve compiled a list of some common mistakes people make when going vegan for the first time, so your experience can be as seamless and enjoyable as possible. Transitioning into vegan eating doesn’t have to be hard at all! Just avoid these five mistakes to ensure that you stay healthy and happy on your journey! 1. Vegan doesn’t always mean healthy Unfortunately, just because a food item is labeled “vegetarian” or “vegan,”  doesn’t mean it’s necessarily healthy. There are many vegan food and drink products on the market that contain a vast list of artificial ingredients, are high in sugar, sodium, and are heavily processed. Many of the mock animal products can help people ease into a plant-based diet, but it’s important to maintain...
    An analysis by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' explained the effectiveness of mask mandates and how they actually do aid in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. However, according to St. Louis Public Radio, this document was not made available to the public. In fact, the documents may have remained undisclosed if it were not for a Sunshine Law request to the health department from the Missouri Independent and the Documenting COVID-19 project. Per Newsweek, the study "compared infection and death rates in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Kansas City and Jackson County with the rest of the state." It also detailed statewide statistics on COVID data. "For every 100,000 residents, there was an average of 15.8 cases per day in communities with mask mandates, and 21.7 cases per day for every 100,000 residents in communities without mask mandates," Newsweek reported. In a series of emails, Missouri Health Director Donald Kauerauf reportedly spoke with other health officials as he discussed details of the study's findings. READ: Religious Trauma Syndrome: Former Christian explains how organized religion can...
              more   Five fully vaccinated California residents contracted the Omicron COVID variant while attending a wedding in Wisconsin, various reports say. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that no cases have been contracted by residents at this time, however Wisconsin’s Department of Health (DHS) is investigating the “outbreak.” “DHS and the City of Milwaukee Health Department are actively reaching out to all Wisconsinites who were close contacts, and isolation and quarantine protocols are being followed,” DHS reportedly said in a statement. The cases were contracted on November 27 at a wedding in Milwaukee County, local health officials shared. “The five people who have confirmed omicron cases are part of a group of 12 vaccinated people in Alameda County, California, who have tested positive for COVID,” the Almeda County Department of Public Health confirmed. The health agency said one of the positive individuals attended the wedding after traveling internationally. The other seven individuals in Almeda County who have tested positive are not confirmed to have contracted Omicron or not. The five Omicron cases are “mildly symptomatic cases,” according to health officials. It...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland Department of Health has opened the first of a series of vaccination and testing clinics in Baltimore. This is in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System. READ MORE: Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company Battles Brush Fire In Harford CountyThe clinics are at the Mondawmin Mall. Maryland Department of Health Secretary Dennis Schrader took a tour of the facility Saturday. READ MORE: Victims In Triple Fatal Fire In Baltimore Rowhome Remembered During FuneralThe goal is to expand vaccine and testing access across the state. There will be two more clinics held next month. MORE NEWS: Baltimore Gang Member Faces Up To 36 Years For Pleading Guilty To Two Murders, Drug Distribution Charges 
    On Saturday’s “Fox News Live,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) argued that if there’s a positive from the Omicron variant, it’s that it “created a level of fear that in the long run’s going to be good for the economy and good for the health of Americans. Because I think the unvaccinated are causing much of the problem in the country right now,” but now more people are getting vaccinated. Cleaver said, [relevant remarks begin around 3:30] “I think if there’s anything positive in the Omicron variant, it is that it has created a level of fear that in the long run’s going to be good for the economy and good for the health of Americans. Because I think the unvaccinated are causing much of the problem in the country right now, but they are going now and getting their vaccine. I was pleased yesterday to get that information in my office in Washington and excited about the possibility that we might start eliminating it. The economy needs to be better.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    Omicron, the new strain of COVID-19 that has caused worldwide alarm the last week, has now been detected in Connecticut and Massachusetts. "This evening we confirmed the first case of the Omicron variant in CT," Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced Saturday night, Dec. 4. "This is not a cause for alarm. We have life-saving tools available and I urge everyone to take the necessary precautions to fight this pandemic. Get your vaccination. Get your booster." The case involves a man in his 60s from Hartford County who developed mild symptoms on Saturday, Nov. 27. An at-home COVID-19 test was positive on Monday, Nov. 29 and a subsequent molecular test was positive on Wednesday, Dec. 1.  "A family member traveled to New York City between Wednesday, Nov. 17 and Monday, Nov. 22 to attend the Anime NYC 2021 convention at the Javits Center (in Manhattan)," the Connecticut Department of Health said. "That family member developed mild symptoms on Sunday, Nov. 21, and on Tuesday, Nov. 23 took an at-home COVID-19 test that delivered a positive result.  "The family member’s symptoms have resolved....
    Omicron, the new strain of COVID-19 that has caused worldwide alarm the last week, has now been detected in New England. "This evening we confirmed the first case of the Omicron variant in CT," Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced Saturday night, Dec. 4. "This is not a cause for alarm. We have life-saving tools available and I urge everyone to take the necessary precautions to fight this pandemic. Get your vaccination. Get your booster." The case involves a man in his 60s from Hartford County who developed mild symptoms on Saturday, Nov. 27. An at-home COVID-19 test was positive on Monday, Nov. 29 and a subsequent molecular test was positive on Wednesday, Dec. 1.  "A family member traveled to New York City between Wednesday, Nov. 17 and Monday, Nov. 22 to attend the Anime NYC 2021 convention at the Javits Center (in Manhattan)," the Connecticut Department of Health said. "That family member developed mild symptoms on Sunday, Nov. 21, and on Tuesday, Nov. 23 took an at-home COVID-19 test that delivered a positive result.  "The family member’s symptoms have resolved. COVID-19...
    MILWAUKEE (WLS) -- The first case of the Omicron variant has been identified in Wisconsin.The case is linked to a Milwaukee County man who recently returned from a trip in South Africa, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.The person reported mild symptoms and no hospitalization has been required, the department said."We've been prepared for this news and will continue trusting the science to help keep Wisconsinites and our communities healthy and safe," said Governor Tony Evers. "Now is the time to double down on our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, including the Omicron variant. I urge all eligible Wisconsinites to get vaccinated and receive a booster dose as soon as possible and to follow the latest public health guidance."The case is not related to the COVID-19 outbreak at a Nov. 27 wedding that DHS and the City of Milwaukee Health Department are investigating, officials said.RELATED: 5 California omicron cases linked to Wisconsin wedding, health officials say https://abc7chicago.com/covid-19-omicron-variant-wisconsin-wedding/11301055/The Omicron variant was first discovered in South Africa in November 2021 and has spread to the United States, including...
    PRINCE William has revealed the emotional ­crisis he suffered while serving as an air ambulance pilot — and said it left him feeling “like the whole world was dying”. The Duke of Cambridge, 39, was close to tears as he confessed the trauma of the job’s pressures hit home a few weeks after he flew to help a boy at “death’s door”, and admitted: “It even makes me quite emotional now.” Getty 5 Prince William has spoken about the emotional ­crisis he suffered while serving as an air ambulance pilot Getty - Pool 5 William confessed the trauma of the job’s pressures hit home a few weeks after he flew to help a boy at ‘death’s door’ Father-of-three William revealed that he was “lucky enough” to find someone in the Air Ambulance Service with whom he could talk through his emotions. And he outlined why he is ­campaigning for 999 heroes to get ­better mental health support — saying there is no “stigma or taboo” in seeking assistance. The Prince choked up during a candid Apple Fitness+...
    Smoke from Southern California wildfires prompted health officials on Saturday to issue an unhealthy air quality alert and advise the public to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves. South coastal Los Angeles, southeast L.A. County, the Pomona-Walnut Valley, south San Gabriel Valley and south-central L.A. County are areas of particular concern, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “It is difficult to tell where smoke, ash or soot from a fire will go, or how winds will affect the level of these particles in the air, so we ask everyone to remember that smoke and ash can be harmful to health, even for people who are healthy,” said Dr. Muntu Davis, health officer for Los Angeles County. Wildfire smoke contains a mixture of small particles, gases and water vapor, officials said. The small particles can cause burning eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, headaches and illness, such as bronchitis. In people with sensitive conditions, they can cause difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, fatigue and chest pain. “We are also advising day camps that are in session in...
    PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — City officials in Palo Alto announced on Friday the launch of its Psychiatric Emergency Response Team, which pairs Palo Alto police officers with licensed mental health clinicians to serve people experiencing mental health crises. The licensed mental health clinicians working with the PERT program are from the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department, city officials said. The team will respond to calls for service involving people in mental health crises and get them the help they need in a compassionate way, according to city officials. “This long-anticipated program seeks to provide extra support and resources to help those in need of urgent assistance,” Palo Alto mayor Tom DuBois said in a statement. County supervisor Joe Simitian said, “PERT provides an opportunity to de-escalate if it’s at all possible and can help move folks toward mental health services rather than the criminal justice system.” PERT will serve as the Palo Alto police department’s main point of contact for long-term and ongoing concerns regarding the city’s homeless residents, city officials said. Teams will be operating in...
    Prince William has revealed that he was engulfed by a dark cloud of anguish and depression after witnessing the aftermath of a devastating accident. In a remarkable display of candour, the Duke vividly describes how his torment left him feeling as if 'the whole world was dying'. His mental health crisis came after he helped to save the life of a gravely injured boy only a few years older than his son, Prince George, while working as a helicopter pilot for the air ambulance service. In an extraordinarily frank podcast to be released tomorrow, the future King describes how he was deeply affected by what he experienced that day. Overwhelmed by depressive feelings, he says it was as if 'something had changed' inside him. Weeks later his despair intensified. As he describes it, it was 'like someone had put a key in a lock and opened it without me giving permission to do that'. He adds: 'You just feel everyone's pain, everyone's suffering. And that's not me. I've never felt that before.' Prince William gave a remarkable insight into his...
    The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) assembled a Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) earlier this week to address a permanent indoor mask mandate in the state. Oregon is one of a few states that still retain one nearly two years into the pandemic. The committee included several community stakeholders, including representatives from the hospitality industry, the business sector, and faith communities, according to local ABC affiliate KATU. Dr. Paul Cieslak, the medical director for communicable diseases and immunizations with OHA, explained to KATU that OHA's potential "permanent" indoor mask mandate is not necessarily permanent because it can be repealed. "Permanent means indefinite. It doesn’t necessarily mean permanent," Cieslak said. "We can repeal it as well, but we are only allowed to have a temporary rule for 180 days, and anything that goes beyond 180 days, we cannot extend it." FOREVER MASKING? MANY GOVERNMENTS WITH MASK MANDATES DON'T HAVE A PLAN TO LIFT THEIR COVID-19 RULES The RAC reportedly met with OHA for approximately two hours. TUCKER CARLSON SLAMS OREGON GOVERNOR OVER ‘NONSENSICAL’ MASK MANDATES  The public will be permitted to offer comment...
    Fish-shaped 'microrobots' could be used to deliver chemotherapy drugs directly into tumours, sparing cancer patients from some of the worst side effects of the treatment.  The microscopic robots, which are one-hundredth of a millimetre in size, have been made my Chinese scientists using a special 3D printing technique, from a gel that changes shape when exposed to different pH levels. They then bathed the 'fish' in an iron oxide solution, which makes them magnetic, before loading its 'mouth' with chemo medication.  It could be injected into a blood vessel then guided my magnets to the location of a tumour. Cancer cells cause the pH levels in the fluids surrounding them to become more acidic and, reacting to this, the robot changes shape and opens it's 'mouth' discharging chemotherapy drugs contained inside. The microscopic robots (pictured), which are one-hundredth of a millimetre in size, have been made my Chinese scientists using a special 3D printing technique, from a gel that changes shape when exposed to different pH levels They have only been tested in petri dishes so far and the experts...
    Getty Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen said he was bipolar in a recent Instagram post. Minnesota Vikings veteran Everson Griffen broke the silence surrounding an incident last week where he called police in fear someone was in his house then refused to leave him home. Griffen posted a photo on Instagram that includes his family, with the following message, saying he is bipolar: It’s true I am bipolar. I will embrace it and I will be an advocate for mental health. I been running from it a long time. I’m not ashamed of it anymore. It all started when my mother passed away. Went into a dark place, thought I was great for many years. I promise this time I will do everything the experts say and my wife. I love my family and I miss my friends. Thank you for all the love and support, but most of all thank you for all the prayers. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Join Heavy on Vikings! View...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Omicron coronavirus variant has been found in a Massachusetts woman, the Department of Public Health announced Saturday. The woman, who is in her 20s, is a resident of Middlesex County who traveled out of state. The woman was fully vaccinated and did not require hospitalization. The arrival of Omicron – called a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization – comes as Massachusetts experiences its highest number of coronavirus cases since January. The first U.S. case of Omicron was detected in California on Wednesday, and multiple states have reported cases of the variant since then. President Joe Biden has announced steps to tackle Omicron and the ongoing Delta surge, including stricter testing requirements for international travelers, ordering insurance companies to cover at-home COVID tests and setting up family vaccine clinics to encourage vaccination. Health officials say the majority of Omicron cases appear to be mild so far, but there’s also concern that the variant’s significant number of mutations could escape antibody protection, especially from those who had a previous COVID infection. Scientists are working to...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Union have run into some bad luck ahead of their matchup in the Eastern Conference Final against New York City FC on Sunday. The Union listed 11 players out due to health and safety protocols in Major League Soccer’s Game Guide on Saturday.  The players ruled out are listed below: Alejandro Bedoya Andre Blake Joe Bendik Corey Burke Jack Elliot Ilsinho Alvas Powell Sergio Santos Quinn Sullivan Kai Wagner Players can be placed in health and safety protocols for the following reasons:  Quarantine due to participating in high-risk behavior. Quarantine related to being a high-risk close contact. Pending COVID-19 test result. A positive COVID-19 test or a confirmed case of COVID-19. Other Illness not related to COVID-19. ESPN reports that the game is going ahead as planned.
    Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen spoke out about his mental health and made it clear that he wants to help others.  Discussing one’s mental health has often been viewed as a taboo action that has unfairly received a stigma. Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen found an opportunity to open up about his mental health and indicate how he wants to be a mental health advocate. In a post he shared on Instagram, Griffen disclosed that he is bipolar and has made the choice to “embrace it” and to become “an advocate for mental health.” Griffen made it clear that he was no longer “ashamed” of his mental health and that he will be doing “everything the experts say.” Griffen made sure to share his gratitude for everyone who was praying for and supporting him, acknowledging his family and friends in the process. Vikings DE Everson Griffen posted this on his Instagram and speaks of being bipolar and wanting to be an advocate for mental health. pic.twitter.com/6LdmY6aGWW — Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) December 4, 2021 Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson...
    The detection of the newly identified omicron COVID-19 variant in multiple U.S. states is expected to dominate this week’s Sunday show circuit. Earlier this week, the United States announced its first confirmed case of the newly detected omicron variant, which scientists and health officials are racing to learn more about. The first case was discovered in a vaccinated San Francisco resident who just returned from South Africa, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The announcement soon kicked off a steady stream of confirmed omicron cases in other states, including in Minnesota, New York and Colorado.  At least a dozen states have now reported confirmed cases of the variant — something that health officials had suspected would be the case given that it had already been reported in other countries such as South Africa and the United Kingdom. “As we all know, when you have a virus that has already gone to multiple countries, inevitably it will be here,” President BidenJoe BidenPfizer CEO says vaccine data for those under 5 could be available by end of year Omicron...
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile on Saturday reported its first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. A foreign national residing in Chile returned from Ghana on Nov. 25 and tested positive in a PCR test at the Santiago airport, according to authorities. The foreigner, who had two Pfizer vaccines, is in good health and in quarantine, while other passengers on the flight he was on were being monitored, health officials in Valparaíso said in a statement. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    WENDY Williams' brother opened up about the family's struggles after their mother died admitting that he wishes he reacted differently towards his sister's way of mourning. The talk show host has been suffering from serious health issues in addition to grieving her mother's passing last year. 5Wendy's brother opened up about their mother's passing and how he wishes he was more 'empathetic' towards his sister's way of mourningCredit: Tommy Williams 5He said that he regretted not being more supportive after being angry at Wendy for not attending their mother's funeralCredit: Instagram Wendy's younger sibling, Tommy discussed how the family is doing following the loss of their matriarch in an exclusive interview with The Sun. “We've all been struggling with and I can speak for myself definitely is the passing of our mother, the matriarch of the family. It's not easy.”  The 54-year-old, who had previously called his famous sister out for not showing up to their mother’s funeral last year, said he felt he could have done a better job in handling the situation. “I was rather aggressive...
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Public health officials say at least five people in Northern California have contracted the omicron variant of COVID-19, and the outbreak is linked to a wedding in Wisconsin last month.The video featured is from a related report.The outbreak was announced Friday - just two days after the first U.S. case of the omicron variant was identified in California. Much remains unknown about the new variant, including whether it is more contagious than previous strains, whether it makes people more seriously ill, and whether it can thwart the vaccine.RELATED: What is omicron? What to know about new COVID variant, effect on USThe five people are among a group of 12 who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are linked to a Nov. 27 wedding in Wisconsin.
    Cases of the omicron COVID-19 variant are being confirmed around the country this weekend. CaliforniaThe first case of the "variant of concern" was identified in a California resident and public health officials in the Golden State said Friday that at least five people in Alameda County were infected by the strain after attending a wedding in Wisconsin last month. The five people who have confirmed – and "mildly symptomatic" – omicron cases are part of a group of 12 vaccinated people between the ages of 18 and 49 who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Alameda County Department of Public Health.  One of the individuals went to the Nov. 27 wedding after returning from international travel. Genomic sequencing for the remaining seven cases has not yet been completed. "Most" of the 12 people had received booster shots.  CONTACT TRACING REVS UP IN SOME STATES AS OMICRON REACHES USNew Jersey and GeorgiaAlso on Friday, authorities said that a woman who recently traveled from South Africa is both New Jersey and Georgia’s first confirmed case of the variant. The woman is...
    CORTE MADERA, Calif. (AP) — Northern California parents knowingly sent their COVID-19 positive child and a sibling to school last month in violation of isolation and quarantine rules, causing a coronavirus outbreak in an elementary school, officials said Saturday. The child tested positive for the virus during the week of Nov. 8, according to Brett Geithman, superintendent of the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District. Both children continued to attend school the rest of that week and into the following week. The child and their sibling, who later tested positive as well, are students in the district’s Neil Cummins Elementary School in Corte Madera, 15 miles north of San Francisco. The parents did not notify the school of the positive test or return multiple calls from public health contract tracers, Geithman said. The parents could face a misdemeanor charge for violating Marin County’s health order, under which people who test positive for the virus must isolate themselves for at least 10 days. “Our enforcement team is evaluating the circumstances and will respond accordingly,” Marin County Public Health said in a statement. “Thankfully,...
    In this article MSFT FB Surgeon Shafi Ahmed poses for a photograph wearing a Microsoft HoloLens headset inside his operating theater at the Royal London Hospital on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesThe metaverse, the digital world's Next Big Thing, is touted as the internet domain where animated avatars of our physical selves will be able to virtually do all sorts of interactivities, from shopping to gaming to traveling — someday. Wonks say it could be a decade or longer before the necessary technologies catch up with the hype. Right now, though, the health-care industry is utilizing some of the essential components that will ultimately comprise the metaverse — virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and artificial intelligence (AI) — as well as the software and hardware to power their applications. For example, medical device companies are using MR to assemble surgical tools and design operating rooms, the World Health Organization (WHO) is using AR and smartphones to train Covid-19 responders, psychiatrists are using VR to treat post-traumatic stress (PTS) among combat soldiers,...
    OAK PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- A west suburban high school is canceling all activities through the winter break due to a "concerning uptick in positive cases of COVID," school officials announced Friday night.The health department has directed Oak Park River Forest High School to immediately cancel all clubs, athletics, and extra-curricular activities including practices and competitions effective Saturday, December 4 through winter break, according to an email that was sent out to students, staff and families.The school reported 17 new COVID cases in the past week, school officials said."We understand that this announcement is disappointing and frustrating, especially as our winter extra-curricular activities were just getting underway. However, protecting the health and safety of our entire community is our utmost priority," the email said. "As a result, we are working to gather more information, thoroughly determine the best course of action for the next two weeks, and get answers to the many questions that this announcement will generate."The news comes as Illinois reported 7,558 new virus cases and 36 deaths Friday. The number of hospitalized COVID patients in Illinois has...
    SEASONAL affective disorder (SAD) can be extremely challenging for those who find themselves suffering with the return of cold, shorter and darker days. But what is the disorder, what are the symptoms and how is it treated? Here's what we know... 1 SAD is experienced by three per cent people throughout their life in the UKCredit: Getty What is seasonal affective disorder? Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder or a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons. Unlike depression, where symptoms can occur at any period of time, people who suffer from the condition can display normal mental health through most of the year. SAD usually begins and ends at about the same times every year, with symptoms typically start in the autumn and continue into the winter months, with those suffering from a lack of energy and mood swings. In some cases, SAD can also lead to depression. While experts were sceptical about SAD, sometimes known as winter depression, it is now recognised as a common disorder. It is estimated that three in 100 people in...
    Omicron, the new strain of COVID-19 that has caused worldwide alarm the last week, has now been detected in eight New York residents. On Saturday, Dec. 4, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced three more cases have been identified, two days after the state announced its first five cases. So far, the cases appear unrelated and have been confirmed through sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to the New York State Health Department.  All three of the new cases are from New York City. Specific details on the symptoms or vaccination statuses of the three new cases have not yet been released. The first five New Yorkers infected all experienced mild symptoms. Of the eight total New York cases as of now, seven are from the five boroughs of NYC and one is on Long Island, a 67-year-old Long Island woman who lives in Suffolk County and had recently traveled to South Africa, Hochul announced early Thursday evening, Dec. 2. Three of the eight New York Omicron cases were identified at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, three cases were identified...
    The arrival of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in the U.S. has health officials in some communities reviving contact tracing operations in an attempt to slow and better understand its spread as scientists study how contagious it is and whether it can thwart vaccines.In New York City, officials quickly reached out to a man who tested positive for the variant and had attended an anime conference at a Manhattan convention center last month along with more than 50,000 people. Five other attendees have also been infected with the coronavirus, though officials don't yet know whether it was with the omicron variant."As for what we learned about this conference at the Javits Center and these additional cases, our test and trace team is out there immediately working with each individual who was affected to figure out who else they came in contact with. That contact tracing is absolutely crucial," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said.WATCH: What to know about omicron variant in US EMBED More News Videos Dr. John Brownstein, chief innovation officer at Boston Children's Hospital, explains what...