Why A Trip To The Dentist Can Be Especially Expensive In Communities Hardest Hit By COVID-19 And Unemployment: LAist

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Even in a normal year, I try my best to avoid the dentist. It’s not just the physical pain, but the financial hit my bank account takes each visit.

With coronavirus raging through Southeast Los Angeles, the last place I wanted to be was in a dental chair in a Cudahy strip mall with my mouth uncovered and wide open. But that’s where I was Tuesday, staring at a wall painted like a pink princess castle, wondering how much money I was losing on this risky business.

It couldn’t be helped. I was in agony the entire weekend with a bad toothache so when Monday rolled around, I knew I needed medical attention. The problem

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Medicine seen as one of worst disability offenders

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Medicine seen as one of worst disability offenders
Dinesh Palipana sits on the council of the Sri Lanka Spinal Cord Network and is a founding member of Doctors with Disabilities Australia, an advocacy group for physicians with disabilities. Credit: Dinesh Palipana

Doctors treat and heal patients, but they are seldom seen as people who may themselves require care or accommodation. Medics with disabilities are now calling for a paradigm shift in this mindset to make medical education and the profession more inclusive.

“Being a doctor is a privilege. We have the opportunity to play a part in a person’s most significant of journeys. We have the sacred trust of the public. We have also been thought leaders on many historical issues. For these reasons the medical profession needs to lead the way in inclusivity,” says Dinesh Palipana, a Sri Lanka-born Australian doctor who was left severely disabled after a road accident.

The understanding and evaluation of disability, in

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Dentist’s stalker had crossbow in ‘murder kit’ as he counted down to ‘the event’

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A Welsh dentist was secretly stalked for four years by a disgruntled patient who carried a “murder kit” — including a ski mask, knife, hammer and even a crossbow, according to prosecutors.

Thomas Baddeley, 42, took meticulous notes as he counted down to “the event” — which officials believe was a plan to kill his target, orthodontist Dr. Ian Hutchinson, according to the Telegraph.

He was busted after an alarmed neighbor in Gwent saw him wearing a balaclava while sitting in one of more than 30 cars he had bought to remain incognito during the sinister surveillance, Cardiff Crown Court heard Friday as Baddeley was sentenced to 16 months’ prison.

Officers then found a crossbow, black ski mask, kitchen knife, torch, gloves, lighters, hammer, dust sheets, bleach and wipes hidden in his car, the court heard, according to the UK paper.

“It is perhaps not hyperbole to call that a

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HealthWatch: The COVID Effect, Long-Term Health Problems Plaguing Patients | WFRV Local 5

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ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – COVID-19 is beginning to show itself to be more than just a respiratory illness. Some patients are still fighting off symptoms of the disease months after recovery. From skin problems to brain and neurological issues, here are some of the possible long-term health effects of COVID that you need to know about.

“It was scary. It’s the worst I’ve ever felt in my life,” said Clarence Troutman, a COVID-19 Survivor. Getting COVID can be life-altering. Not just while you are battling the disease, but months, possibly years after beating it. “If your lungs are not in prime shape, your heart suffers and your whole body,” said Purvi Parikh, MD, an Immunologist of Allergy and Asthma at NYU Langone Health.

According to a recent study, patients who had Coronavirus are seven times more likely to suffer a stroke than flu patients. 30 percent of patients developed

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Thinking about making a dentist appointment? What you need to know

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Thinking about scheduling a dentist appointment? The World Health Organization encourages a remote consultation first, and that any routine non-essential care (like checkups or cleanings) be delayed until there is a sufficient reduction in COVID-19 transmission rates.

Though if rates are low in your area and you’re overdue for an appointment, reach out to your dentist to discuss. According to Dr. Chad Gehani, the president of the American Dental Association (ADA), dental health is “vital to overall health.” Though it’s important to note that a visit may look a little different these days.

“Many times people do not comprehend that teeth are attached to the body, to the bone and head, and that it is as important to take care of their teeth as their organs,” he said. “Most of the dental diseases are preventable and, if detected in an early stage, they are very inexpensive and they are very

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Amazon has a new fitness tracker and wants to get personal | Business News

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NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, the company that made shopping from a La-Z-Boy possible, is going into the fitness-tracking business.

The company started selling a wrist band Thursday that tracks workouts, sleep and body fat. It can also listen to your voice and tell you when you sounded happy or sad.

Amazon might already know what books you like and how often you need toilet paper, but the fitness tracker may give the company a wealth of new information about its customers, although Amazon says it won’t use the for marketing or advertisements or to sell you stuff.

Jon Reily, global chief strategy officer at Dentsu Commerce and a former Amazon executive, says that the microphones in the tracker could help it listen to how people talk, which could make its voice assistant Alexa smarter by detecting moods and providing better responses.

To measure body fat, Amazon is asking users

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How To Safely Go To The Doctor, Dentist, & OB-GYN During COVID-19

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You’ve got your mask, your hand sanitizer, and your six-foot queuing protocol down pat, but you’ve had a migraine for three straight months, and think it’s time to get your GP involved. But is it safe to go to the doctor, dentist, or gynecologist right now? Coronavirus isn’t the only health issue in the world right now, and you still need to keep up with your health checks and any other medical issues that may have come up in quarantine.

“As states start to ease restrictions during the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve seen more and more healthcare offices opening for non-urgent visits,” Dr. Robert Quigley M.D., regional medical director for medical security firm International SOS, tells Bustle. “Despite the reopening of facilities, there are still preventive measures that should be implemented prior to and during a medical appointment during the pandemic.”

If your area is relatively OK in terms of case

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DWD Secretary: It will be 6-8 weeks before recipients see new $300 unemployment supplement

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Caleb Frostman, secretary of the state Department of Workforce Development, estimated in an interview Tuesday, Sept. 1, that it would be about six to eight weeks before tens of thousands of unemployed workers in Wisconsin start receiving a new $300 unemployment insurance supplement created by the Trump administration.

Under that estimate, payments under the Lost Wages Assistance program would likely start going out to eligible unemployment recipients in early to mid-October, at least 10 weeks after a previous $600 supplement from Congress ended on July 25 in Wisconsin.

For the majority of that time, the department will be setting up the infrastructure for the new benefit, a process known as “programming,” Frostman said.

“That means adjusting our IT mainframe system, which is about 50 years old, to accept and process the new requirements for this new Lost Wages Assistance program,” he said. “It’s going to be about four to five

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Dick’s Sporting Goods delivers record sales in coronavirus home-fitness boom

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. reported record earnings and sales in the three months through June amid strong demand for health and fitness products as customers sheltered at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Coraopolis, Penn.-based sporting goods retailer earned $276.8 million, or an adjusted $3.21 per share, recouping $28 million of inventory write-downs recorded in the first quarter. Net sales rose 20% from a year earlier to $2.71 billion.

The results outpaced the adjusted earnings of $1.30 per share and revenue of $2.46 billion that Wall Street analysts surveyed by Refinitiv were expecting.

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“During this pandemic, the importance of

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Should you go to the dentist right now?

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Should you go to the dentist right now? Probably not, according to the World Health Organization.

a man wearing a blue hat: Dr. Terri Tiersky poses for a portrait in full personal protective equipment, double mask, face shield, gown and gloves, at her dentist office in Skokie, Ill., on Friday, June 12, 2020.

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Dr. Terri Tiersky poses for a portrait in full personal protective equipment, double mask, face shield, gown and gloves, at her dentist office in Skokie, Ill., on Friday, June 12, 2020.

What’s happening?

The World Health Organization has advised people from visiting the dentist right now, especially if the novel coronavirus has been circulating within their state.

“WHO advises that routine nonessential oral health care — which usually includes oral health check-ups, dental cleanings and preventive care — be delayed until there has been sufficient reduction in COVID-19 transmission rates from community transmission to cluster cases or according to official recommendations at national, sub-national or local level. The same applies to aesthetic dental treatments.“

  • The WHO said that people should still seek out “urgent or emergency health care” that are vital to
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