Gertha Selvidge

These nurses work in a hospital ‘hot zone.’ The virus stalks them as they return home

There’s red tape running along the floor of the coronavirus unit at St. Jude’s Medical Center in Fullerton.

a person lying on a bed: Nurse Michele Younkin, left, comforts Romelia Navarro at the bedside of Navarro's dying husband, Antonio, in St. Jude Medical Center's COVID-19 unit in Fullerton on July 31. Antonio was Younkin's first COVID-19 patient to pass on her watch. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

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Nurse Michele Younkin, left, comforts Romelia Navarro at the bedside of Navarro’s dying husband, Antonio, in St. Jude Medical Center’s COVID-19 unit in Fullerton on July 31. Antonio was Younkin’s first COVID-19 patient to pass on her watch. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

It’s a clear line of demarcation. On one side, the cold zone, where only a surgical mask, scrubs and shoe coverings are necessary. On the other, the warm zone, where the gloves come on. And the N95 mask. And the gown. And the hairnet. And the face shield.

Another step through glass doors and it’s into the hot zone, where coughing patients in green-patterned gowns await.

It’s outside this unit, in an area not marked by red tape or glass doors, that

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Louisiana man goes from hospital security guard to medical student

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A former security guard has returned to the hospital where he used to work, but this time as a medical student.

Eleven years ago, Russell Ledet, 34, was a security guard at Baton Rouge General Medical Center, studying chemistry on flashcards on his shift.

Now, the ex-Navy intelligence officer has a PhD and is working towards a joint MD/MBA at Tulane University in his home-state of Louisiana.

“It’s a dream come true,” he told the BBC.

His story of full-circle success has been making headlines, about a year after he rose to national attention for organising a photo of 15 black med students in front of the former slave quarters at the Whitney Plantation, a slavery museum in Louisiana.

The photograph went viral, and since then he has co-founded a company called The 15 White Coats, whose mission is to raise money for minority medical students.

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Here’s what’s next for East Jefferson hospital after voters approved sale to LCMC Health | Health care/Hospitals

With resounding voter approval this weekend for their purchase of East Jefferson General Hospital, LCMC Health officials now face the task of turning around the fortunes of a venerable Metairie institution that had slid towards financial insolvency in a shifting New Orleans health care market. 

For years, the 420-bed east bank public hospital has won praise for the quality of its care while at the same time earning demerits for its grim financial situation. While other area hospitals joined larger networks, at East Jefferson losses crept into the millions of dollars per year and its bondholders threatened foreclosure if a private operator or purchaser couldn’t be found.

Into that grim scenario stepped New Orleans-based nonprofit hospital operator LCMC Health, armed with an influx of cash and a strategic playbook it has used in other similar deals, such as those for New Orleans East Hospital, University Medical Center and West Jefferson

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Senior Lifestyle Expo goes virtual to provide news, education, entertainment to older adults

AARP, AgeGuide host Town Hall with Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike and Aging Department Director Paula Basta

LOMBARD, Ill., Aug. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As older adults and their caregivers stay safe at home, their usual avenues for entertainment, camaraderie and learning about senior goods and services are limited. That is why AgeGuide, Northeastern Illinois, is bringing its 25th Annual —  and first-ever Virtual — Senior Lifestyle Expo to computer screens throughout Illinois beginning August 18th and 19th.

This year the Expo is providing live and taped entertainment, seminars and exhibition space from sponsors including AAA, AARP, Aetna Medicare Solutions, ComEd,  SN50+ and Seniors BlueBook.

Headlining each morning of the Expo are Live Town Halls from AARP Illinois and non-profit seniors agency AgeGuide. On 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Illinois Public Health Director, and Paula Basta, Illinois Aging Department Director, will provide

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Tox LA Encourages People to See the Beauty in Appreciating a Healthy Lifestyle Through Detox

Tox LA decides to center itself on refining the health and wellness of people.” data-reactid=”12″NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / August 12, 2020 / Sometimes, people fail to realize that beauty also comes from within. While some focus on ways to enhance the physique by putting on makeup or applying hair products, a few others take it upon themselves to holistically improve their inner lifestyle. To the latter, beauty radiates from successfully attaining a mindful and flourishing shape. And with

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Age-defying lifestyle author looks decades younger than he is

A 53-year-old lifestyle author and influencer from the Netherlands has built a following of thousands thanks to his youthful looks.

Edson Brandao, who published his book “YOUNG AFTER 40: The Definitive Guide to Stay Younger and Healthier” in April, recently caught the eye of the Daily Mail and told the British publication that he hasn’t had any cosmetic surgeries.


“I have never had plastic surgery in my life,” he said. “I managed to achieve my goals in a natural way with biologic food, fruit, vegetables, and drinking a lot of water. I use daily anti-aging creams for my skin as well to keep the young appearance.”

And just like his book’s title suggests, Brandao looks and feels younger years after he hit 40.


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Common Sets Health & Wellness Series ‘Com&Well’ On YouTube

EXCLUSIVE: now Already owning several titles, hip-hop star and actor Common can add health guru to that list as the multi-hyphenate has set a new health and wellness series, Com&Well, on his YouTube channel.

The six-episode series will be hosted by Common and premiere Tuesday. Filmed in his home using Skype, Zoom and YouTube, Common shares live conversations with his personal health and wellness teams that have guided him on his journey over the years to improve his wellness lifestyle. Watch a promo below.

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Each episode includes Common demonstrating some of these practices including his workouts, gardening in his backyard, cooking, a mindfulness exercise, and a challenging Live Ride on his Peloton. The guest list includes Grace Harry, Yancy Berry and Ron Finley.

“I believe deeply that the more at peace you are with yourself, the more love and compassion you are able to put out into

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10 simple tips for a healthy lifestyle

a person riding a surf board on a body of water: Living a healthy lifestyle requires a holistic approach, from drinking more water to eating a balanced diet. Our GP shares 10 tips to follow to be healthier.

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Living a healthy lifestyle requires a holistic approach, from drinking more water to eating a balanced diet. Our GP shares 10 tips to follow to be healthier.

We all know that a healthy lifestyle can prevent chronic diseases and long-term illnesses, and boost mental health. But with so much information available, and so many passing health fads (hello, celery juice!), it can sometimes feel difficult to determine exactly which healthy habits are worth investing in if we want to live longer and healthier lives.

If you’ve been struggling to get into a new and healthy routine in 2020, you’re not alone. When we feel stressed or overwhelmed, we often start to neglect our basic needs, whether that means sleeping less or eating more junk food than usual. If this sounds like you, it might be time to go back to basics, whether that is

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An awful Jazz-Nuggets Game 1 sequence was hilariously described as ‘L.A. Fitness at 3 o’clock’

Donovan Mitchell and Nikola Jokic had some highlights in their NBA Game 1 playoff matchup as the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz played their first postseason game in the bubble.

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But one sequence in the second quarter? Not so much. It was some awful back-and-forth basketball.

There was a missed play at the hoop by Jordan Clarkson, a Paul Millsap turnover, a blown reverse by Mitchell. a Jerami Grant airball, a sloppy Mitchell pass for a turnover, and a failed alley-oop finish from Michael Porter Jr., all in one non-stop sequence.

That led to this gem from ESPN’s Mark Jones: “It’s looking like LA Fitness at 3 o’clock right now.”


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Muskegon college puts shuttered fitness center up for sale after $2.5M in losses

MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon Community College is putting the Lakeshore Fitness Center up for sale after expensive maintenance and operational costs forced the college to close the facility in May.

The MCC Board of Trustees last week approved a request for proposals (RFP) seeking bids to purchase the fitness center, at 900 W. Western Ave. The board is seeking a permanent owner who will continue operating the facility as a fitness center, although trustees will consider any proposals that will “relieve the college of the financial burden of operating the facility.”

The facility has proven to be a financial burden for MCC since the college bought the former YMCA building for $1.17 million in 2015. Since then, MCC lost an average of $500,000 each year in annual operation costs, according to college officials.

The college discontinued operation of the 40-year-old facility in early May after it had logged $2.5 million

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