Day: October 6, 2020

5 takeaways: AP/FRONTLINE investigate medical supply chains

From the very moment the COVID-19 pandemic reached America’s shores, the country was unprepared


EDITOR’S NOTE — This story is part of an ongoing investigation by The Associated Press, the PBS series “FRONTLINE,” and the Global Reporting Centre that

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COVID-19 cases and deaths in Minnesota, Wisconsin

The latest developments on the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

  • IRS tells 116K Minnesotans to file for stimulus check before Nov. 21
  • President Trump released from hospital but still contagious
  • MDH urges caution if voting in person this year
  • COVID-only Bethesda Hospital to convert to housing space
  • Vikings announce no fans will be allowed for Oct. 18 home game

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported 954 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, along with four additional deaths.

That brings Minnesota’s death toll to 2,087 since the pandemic began.

Hospitals across the state admitted 49 new coronavirus patients on Saturday and 40 on Sunday. Monday’s number is currently at six but there is generally some lag time as MDH gathers data from the hospitals.

People ages 20-24 still represent the age group with the highest number of cases, 14,225; and one of the lowest death counts at one.

Teens 15-19

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Amy Coney Barrett & Obamacare — Why Democrats Need to Turn the Conversation

A sign on an insurance store advertises Obamacare in San Ysidro, San Diego, California, October 26, 2017. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

Democrats, in the process of grasping at straws to oppose the Amy Coney Barrett nomination, have tried to make a major push about a case the Supreme Court will hear shortly after the election (California v. Texas) challenging, yet again, the constitutionality of Obamacare. I’ll have more later this week on that case and Judge Barrett, but first consider why the Democrats want to make this the center of the conversation.

The Democrats’ focus on health care in the Barrett nomination fight is driven by four factors. One, there is a strong and perhaps irresistible temptation on the left to attack Barrett on culture-war issues around her Catholic faith, her seven children, and her adoption of two Haitian children. We have already seen this happen among progressive activists and

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These ankle weights by P.volve increase the intensity of any workout

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Everyone’s workout is different. For you, it may be long walks around the park, a 30-minute HIIT class, pilates in the living room, running on a treadmill or learning a new dance routine. But, there’s one way to kick up the intensity of each of these workouts, and that’s to add resistance in the form of ankle weights.

Ankle weights don’t have to

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The fascinating tale of Gatorade’s Indy beginnings


INDIANAPOLIS —  Vile-tasting synthetic sweat was developed in a basement lab by doctors who, soon after, landed at the Indiana University School of Medicine and convinced canned bean company Stokely Van-Camp to bottle the concoction and sell it.

That’s how a multi-billion dollar sports drink industry was launched in Indianapolis, with a beverage called Gatorade. 

“99.9% of Indiana does not know this,” said Dr. Richard Schreiner, a former IU School of Medicine professor who, for decades, has studied the school’s history. “It is just a fascinating tale.”

Fascinating and one of those multilayered sagas of football, mixed with medicine, mixed with science, mixed with electrolytes that is long forgotten or unknown by many.

Gatorade, the drink that generates $18 billion in annual sales and has

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Ikea’s online sales surged as people turned homes into offices and schools

The company said in a statement on Tuesday that online sales surged 45% over the 12 months to August, driven by 4 billion visits to its website. Outdoor furniture was the retailer’s fastest-growing category, with sales of office furniture also performing strongly, a spokesperson told CNN Business.

The company began selling online in three new markets, including China. Sales slipped 4% overall to €39.6 billion ($46.7 billion), with many of its stores forced to shut during lockdowns for several weeks.
Online sales remain high, even as stores reopen, it added. But the Swedish furniture retailer plans to keep opening physical outlets despite early evidence that consumers may not revert to their old shopping habits.
UK supermarket chain Tesco (TSCDF) said it is creating thousands of new jobs to meet surging demand in its online business, while a research paper from McKinsey earlier this year said lessons from China
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How do I politely ask someone to wear a mask?

Associated Press
Published 1:21 p.m. ET Oct. 6, 2020

How do I politely ask someone to wear a mask?

Experts say you should make the request discreetly because shaming the person could put them on the defensive.

If they feel violated by the way you approach them, they are much less likely to make a change, said Jan Kavookjian, a behavioral scientist at Auburn University. She said citing local rules or recommendations from health officials could also help in some cases.

“Someone feels less threatened when you say, ‘Here’s what the experts say’,” Kavookjian said.

Public health experts say masks are key to reducing the spread of COVID-19. But asking a stranger to put one on could still result in a volatile situation, since they may not be easily persuaded.

Rather than risk a confrontation, experts say it might be best to steer clear

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Shares of Sonos, Logitech fall after Apple removes their speakers from its stores By Reuters

(Reuters) – Shares of audio device makers Sonos Inc and Logitech fell on Tuesday after their speakers were removed from Apple Inc (NASDAQ:)’s online stores.

Apple’s website now only has products from Beats, a company it bought in 2014, and its own speakers and headphones, checks made by Reuters on Tuesday showed.

“We regularly make changes to the products we sell as new third-party accessories are introduced or customers’ needs change,” an Apple spokesman said in an email.

Shares of Switzerland-based Logitech were down 5.7%, while Sonos fell 3.2% on the Nasdaq.

Cupertino, California-based Apple has taken this approach in the past around new product launches. It stopped selling Fitbit Inc’s fitness bands and smart watches after coming up with the Apple Watch, according to media reports.

Bloomberg reported late on Monday that the rival products were removed from its online store in late September and that its employees

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Video GP appointments are a betrayal of patients

You’re frustrated. I’m frustrated. Tweets, columns and Facebook posts have been claiming that GPs are closed. But my practice has been open – and has been all the way through the pandemic. GPs worked fast at the start of the pandemic to dramatically change our work, to meet demand and make surgeries safer. Covid “hot hubs”, video kit, flu vaccination season – we have been pulling together.

How are GPs working? There are variations, but basically it’s like this. In non-pandemic times, people could make an appointment to come in, by phoning or booking online. Now, patients call the surgery and speak to a doctor, and are either advised on the phone or a face-to-face appointment is arranged. Or, of course, a virtual video consultation. Matt Hancock, a patient of Babylon Healthcare (an online app and video-based GP service), is a fan.

“All consultations should be tele-consultations unless there’s a

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80% Of Dementia Victims Mismanage Their Finances, Caregivers Assert

Eighty percent of dementia victims mismanage their finances at least partially, family caregivers say in a new survey by RBC Wealth Management.

The mismanagement has ranged from unpaid bills to unusual spending to unopened statements to repeated calls to advisors over the same concern.

RBC warns the mistakes can lead to fraud, identify theft, or financial abuse.

It recommends caregivers make a plan for transitioning financial and legal capacity and put it into motion swiftly after a family member is diagnosed with dementia.

The firm calls dementia the most expensive disease in America with the lifetime costs often exceeding $750,000.

That burden is shared by 83 percent of caregivers.

Family caregivers who took time off from the workplace report losing an average of $38,000 in income annually while those who took early retirement to perform the responsibilities asserted it cost them $35,000 in lost wages yearly.

In highlighting the high

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