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Flu Season is Here Again But, Can you afford the treatment? – Politics Article

Last November I faithfully took the flu shot as I do every year. It didn’t work. I was felled by the flu in March and spent a week in the hospital, in isolation. I really thought that this would be the end. Fortunately, it wasn’t. It took me a little over a month to fully recover and a few months more to pay off the hospital bills, even though I had Medicare and a Medicare advantage plan.Those frigging deductibles can…

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Social Distancing Hasn’t Gone Away, You Know… – Slugger O’Toole – Politics Article

The Health Minister comes across as an extremely likeable fellow. Standing atop his podium, like an experienced but weary plumber, the civil and utterly decent Robin Swann is ever ready to plug any leaks in the flow of public compliance and adherence to Covid-19 guidelines. Despite having his feathers ruffled at the beginning of April, Swann took a dignified stance yesterday and opted not to weigh in with his own personal criticism of a certain someone’s attendance at a certain…

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Big tobacco still in politics as Greg Hunt caves on vaping rules – Politics Article

Why are the Nationals leading the charge on protecting the interests of the vaping industry? Health Minister Greg Hunt (Image: AAP/James Ross) It’s been a while since Australia saw overt political lobbying from the tobacco industry. But there are signs that things may be ramping up.  On Friday Health Minister Greg Hunt caved to pressure from within his own party to delay new restrictions on importing liquid nicotine, used for vaping.  It followed a letter from 28 Liberal and National…

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Good News For Cyclists And Pedestrians? – AN SIONNACH FIONN – Politics Article

The draft programme for government agreed by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party commits the forthcoming coalition to further investment in new and improved infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians. Which is a welcome development. Unfortunately I have no doubt that when it comes to planning and constructing that infrastructure a number of local and regional authorities around the country, and in the capital in particular, will make an absolute balls of it. Unfortunately with the move to push…

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Covid-19 Has Killed More British People Than The Blitz In World War II – AN SIONNACH FIONN – Politics Article

Between the United Kingdom’s declaration of war on the German Reich in September 1939 and the latter’s capitulation in May 1945 some 61,000 civilians were killed in the UK by enemy action, principally in the so-called “Blitz” or aerial bombardments of June 1940 to May 1941. Despite the ludicrously low official figures published in recent weeks by the British authorities it’s now estimated that in the first six months of 2020 some 65,000 people have died in the UK through…

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Is less medicine a bad thing? – Slugger O’Toole – Politics Article

Medical consultants are anxious that too few acute medical cases are being reported at A&E departments during the on-going crisis. This they claim predicts a potential surge in morbidity and mortality from diseases such as; heart disease, lung disease, mental illness and cancers, once Covid-19 is dealt with. It seems a logical conclusion given that there was, for example, in one Health Trust, a 33% reduction in reported heart attacks in March and April. Consultants reason that people are having…

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Sweden: COVID Discrimination against the Elderly – Politics Article

State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell speaks at a daily news conference on the coronavirus situation in Stockholm, Sweden, June 8, 2020. (Andres Wiklund/via Reuters) We have seen how the most vulnerable to death from COVID have been abused in this country with, for example, New York and other states’ ordering infected COVID patients to be admitted to nursing homes, spreading the disease. But this is even more awful. Reports out of Sweden say that elderly COVID patients there were not only…

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Australia’s failure to regulate anti-vaccination propaganda puts lives at risk – Politics Article

Online influencers are pushing potentially harmful medical advice — and regulatory bodies seem incapable of stopping them. (Image: AAP/ Stefan Postles) This is part two in a series. Read part one here. The online conspiracy business has real world consequences. Medical professionals are concerned that claims from unqualified influencers are increasingly thriving in a vacuum of trust.  In Samoa last year an outbreak of measles killed over 80 children. At the same time, online anti-vaxxer entrepreneur Tay Winterstein compared the…

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Ending The Lockdown In Ireland. Too Fast, Too Soon? – AN SIONNACH FIONN – Politics Article

Though the Fine Gael-led Government seems determined to speed up the country’s transition through the various stages of the lockdown exit plan, spurred on by backbench TDanna and newspapers lobbying against the continued restrictions on behalf of various business interests, the push to prematurely end the pandemic controls implemented back in March is meeting its own criticism. While much of the established press is presenting the rapid easing of regulations as simply a recognition of reality in the face of…

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five-star revenue and two-star performance – Politics Article

Inq investigates how disability employment service providers are able to game the system and rake in government benefits while failing the people they are supposed to be helping. (Image: Adobe) This is part three of a three-part series. For part one, go here. For part two, go here. Matchworks is a sprawling employment company with 319 offices and contracts spread across every nook and cranny of Australia. Their task: to find meaningful jobs for thousands of Australians with disabilities. Like…

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Soapbox – Here we go again? – Slugger O’Toole – Politics Article

Dr John Kyle is the deputy leader of the Progressive Unionist Party and Belfast City councillor for Titanic. It should come as no surprise to anyone that the DUP failed on 19 December to sign up to an agreement allowing the restoration of Stormont. No self- respecting DUP negotiator would end negotiations three weeks before a deadline. Plenty of time remained to squeeze out further concessions. Never-the-less, there is serious pressure on the DUP and Sinn Fein to agree a…

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Some of the best Maclean’s reads of 2019 – Politics Article

(Linh Pham/Getty Images) Into the dark The inside story of an improbable team of divers, a near-impossible plan and the rescue of 12 boys from a Thai cave Read the gripping feature by Shannon Gormley. Tighter mortgage rules, combined with rising interest rates, means it’s getting harder for people to obtain the large mortgages necessary to get into the market. (Photo Illustration by Ed Freeman/Getty Images) This is how Canada’s housing correction begins Canadians are finally getting a taste of…

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Jillian Michaels & Obesity — Kat Timpf Fitness Guru Doesn’t Deserve Backlash after Criticizing ‘Glamorized’ Obesity – Politics Article

The new normal is to worry about impeachment becoming the “new normal.” On Wednesday, during the interminable “debate” on articles of impeachment, one Republican House member after another warned, threatened, lamented, or just plain promised that the Democrats’ decision to impeach President Trump … Read… This is only a snippet of a Politics Article written by NR Staff Read Full Political Article

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Could asthmatics be displaced by climate change? – Politics Article

As air quality steadily worsens, NSW asthmatics have been forced to think long-term about where they are going to live. (Image: AAP/Dean Lewins) In Australia, as fires continue to rage across NSW and the Queensland border, many families have been forcibly displaced over the past two weeks. More than 680 homes have been destroyed and another 250 houses damaged this bushfire season according to the Rural Fire Service. Smoke is being blown to Sydney from out-of-control blazes near Warragamba Dam…

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Steveso Thinks: I’m Struggling to Breathe – Politics Article

For about 12 years now I have had a continuing problem with shortness of breath. I am particularly effected by changes in weather, especially changes in the barometric pressure and humidity rather than certain allergens. I become short of breath when I exercise or whenever I am outside after the sun sets and even when I get upset. Before I begin having difficulty breathing my sinuses begin to drain and my post nasal drip increases dramatically. I can actually feel…

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