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Neshaminy School District teachers team up to help breast cancer patients

FEASTERVILLE, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — A pair of teachers from Bucks County, Pennsylvania are not allowing the coronavirus to hinder their mission of helping victims of a different disease.

Nicole Pomponio and Kathleen Zampirri have built a special friendship because of what they have in common. They’re both teachers trying to navigate online learning for the Neshaminy School District and they both have had a family member suffer from breast cancer.

“In 2016, my mom was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer,” said Pomponio. “Kathleen’s grandmom had just had breast cancer when Kathleen was very young. She, unfortunately, did not beat the cancer. When she was diagnosed our whole world was flipped upside down.

They wanted to ease that feeling for others. Since it’s October, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they had t-shirts made, and then sold to raise money to make care packages, that will go directly to breast cancer

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U.Va. cancels annual flu shot clinic due to COVID-19, instead offering vaccination at prevalence testing sites – The Cavalier Daily

The University’s Student Health and Wellness Center has canceled its annual flu shot clinic due to concerns about COVID-19 transmission, but the University is still encouraging students and faculty to get vaccinated through other means as the ongoing pandemic threatens to make this year’s influenza season even more complex. 

“We surveyed the availability of flu vaccine locally and determined that students would have access to flu shots at multiple accessible locations,” said Jamie Leonard, director of the Office of Health Promotion, in an email to The Cavalier Daily. 

Student Health and Wellness plans to set up a station Monday at the Student Activities Building to inoculate students. As students report for their mandatory COVID testing, they will also have the option to get a flu shot. Prevalence testing appointments, instead of walk-ins, will guarantee that students arrive in appropriate intervals to maintain social distancing.

The University anticipates about two hundred

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5 mistakes people make when lifting weights at home


Strength training routines are not always cut-and-dried — here’s how to lift weights at home.

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One of the most important aspects of any workout, but especially weight lifting, is practicing good form for each exercise you do. But that can be difficult to master when you don’t have someone watching you and showing you what to do IRL. 

It’s always a good idea to work with a trainer in some capacity, at least at first, even if it’s on a video or Zoom chat, so you get a baseline of what to expect in your workout. But if that’s out of your price range, or you just want to get started now, let this be your guide.

Below, two certified trainers share the most common mistakes people make when they start out with weight lifting, plus their best tips to stay safe and get the

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12-year-old is happy to be testing COVID-19 vaccine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

(CNN) — The youngest volunteers so far to get experimental coronavirus vaccines have been given their first doses and are now being watched carefully to see if they are experiencing any unusual side effects.

A team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital vaccinated 100 children as young as 12 last week, said Dr. Robert Frenck, who is leading the trial for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at the hospital. “Now we are pausing to watch for reactions to the vaccine. We right now are in a planned pause to make sure that everything is as safe as it can be,” Frenck told CNN.

Among the side effects doctors are watching for are lumps, redness or pain at the site of the injection, as well as fever or aches.

Abhinav, 12, is one of the young volunteers. The seventh-grader — whose parents asked that only his first name be used to protect his privacy —

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Overnight Health Care: US sets a new record for average daily coronavirus cases | Meadows on pandemic response: ‘We’re not going to control it’ | Pelosi blasts Trump for not agreeing to testing strategy

Welcome to Monday’s Overnight Health Care.

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are rising sharply even as President TrumpDonald John TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden’s ’60 Minutes’ interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought ‘9/11 attack was 7/11 attack’ MORE continues to downplay the pandemic. White House Chief of Staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsPence’s ‘body man’ among aides who tested positive for coronavirus: report Murphy says US would be ‘better off’ if Trump admin ‘did nothing’ on coronavirus Biden: Meadows coronavirus remark a ‘candid acknowledgement’ of Trump strategy ‘to wave the white flag’ MORE said the administration has effectively given up on controlling the spread of the coronavirus, and more cities have begun reimposing restrictions.   

We’ll start with new numbers: 

The cases just keep going up: The US set a new record for average

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Republicans Weaponized White Motherhood To Get Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed

When President Donald Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee for associate justice of the Supreme Court on Sept. 26, he praised her intellect, her credentials and her legal accomplishments. He also made sure to emphasize another part of her life: her role as a wife and a mother of seven. 

Amy is more than a stellar scholar and judge,” he said during the announcement in the White House Rose Garden. “She is also a profoundly devoted mother. Her family is a core part of who Amy is.”

Barrett also emphasized those aspects of herself, telling those gathered at the COVID-19 superspreader event, “While I am a judge, I’m better known back home as a room parent, carpool driver and birthday party planner. … Our children are my greatest joy, even though they deprive me of any reasonable amount of sleep.” 

On Monday night, against the vocal

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KU medical student researching breast cancer now battling the disease, too | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Breast Cancer Awareness Month is taking on a whole new meaning for one young woman at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. 

The 29-year-old is a Ph.D. student and researcher, and now also a breast cancer patient. The diagnosis is now helping her in the search for a cure.

Lauryn Werner loves spending time in the lab. The fourth-year Ph.D. medical student at KU is passionate about helping uncover answers that could lead to better cancer treatments, maybe even a cure.

“There’s a very important reason why this work needs to be done. People’s lives are on the line. People’s family members and friends are dying of various forms of this disease every day,” said Werner, with KU Medical School’s biochemistry and biology department.

Lauryn’s work in the Hagan Lab is looking specifically at ways to help improve breast cancer treatments.

“So finding therapies that

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Where Indiana hospitals stand on Affordable Care Act

INDIANAPOLIS — If the Affordable Care Act is overturned, the Indiana Hospital Association is pushing for the United States Supreme Court to create a pathway to replace it.

IHA President Brian Tabor said protections for the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0, preventative care and coverage for pre-existing conditions are first priority.

“I think what we need to have is a healthy debate around the best way to cover more people,” said Tabor. “And we need to make sure that is not a Republican or Democrat issue.”

Tabor said he is open to look at plans to replace the Affordable Care Act.

“As far as a full, comprehensive plan, I don’t think that exists today,” said Tabor.

Because of that, IHA doesn’t support dismantling the ACA, but it would like to build upon it.

“There have been some proposals out there that I think are of merit to look at how we

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Summit High School temporarily suspends in-person learning after 9 COVID quarantines

FRISCO — Summit School District is temporarily suspending in-person learning at Summit High School due to several groups being quarantined in recent days.

Students will return to online-only learning at the high school Tuesday, Oct. 27, as they make their way back from fall break. Officials intend to bring students and teachers back into the building beginning Nov. 9.

“It’s never easy to make these kinds of decisions, but the health and safety of our students and staff is most important to us,” said Mikki Grebetz, a spokesperson for the school district. “… We do recognize that this will be a hardship for families and disappointing for all those scholars who want to be in school learning. We also think that being in person and being together is good for their social and emotional health, and we hope to continue in-person instruction throughout the school year. But it will take

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Brown, Satcher Vie For District 1 Seat

MANATEE COUNTY, FL — In the 2020 election, Manatee County voters will choose the winner of the Manatee Board of County Commissioners District 1 race. Democrat Dominique Shauntel Brown and Republican James A. Satcher are vying for the role.

How to vote

As the Nov. 3 election approaches, Manatee County voters can submit their ballots at early voting locations, at drop-off boxes and by mail. They can also vote at their local voting precinct on Election Day.

If voting in person, either early or on Nov. 3, voters must bring a current and valid ID with their name, photo and signature. Find a full list of acceptable IDs here.

Vote-by-mail ballots may be returned using the U.S. Postal Service. The return postage for a vote-by-mail ballot is two Forever stamps or 70 cents. They must be received by 7 p.m. Election Day. Additionally, they can be dropped off at any

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