Category: Health Magazine

How Brodie Lee’s Son Is Continuing His Wrestling Legacy

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD BRODIE HUBER had seen plenty of championship coronations play out before, and so on the night of December 30, 2020, he tried to perform accordingly, channeling the professional wrestling bravado he’d learned from his late father. Dressed in a navy suit and a black wrestling mask with purple trim, Brodie slid the 10-pound AEW TNT Championship belt up his left arm and, with some assistance from wrestling superstar Cody Rhodes, over his shoulder.

He stood tall inside the ring at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida, as the socially distanced crowd chanted his name.

“Brodie! Brodie! Brodie! Brodie!”

It was also the name his father made famous. Jonathan Huber, a 17-year wrestling veteran, reached his peak playing the wrestling character Mr. Brodie Lee, a brooding, majestically bearded cult leader of the purple-clad Dark Order, a collection of younger, mostly masked wrestlers, some of whom went by numbers instead of names. At 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, Brodie Lee had a booming voice, bulging eyes, and unmatched physicality. He played a heel, but fans adored him.

Less than three months earlier, on October 7, 2020, Brodie Lee had lost the TNT Championship belt against Rhodes in a dog-collar match. (For the uninitiated,

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The BA.5 Wave Is What COVID Normal Looks Like

After two-plus years of erupting into distinguishable peaks, the American coronavirus-case curve has a new topography: a long, never-ending plateau. Waves are now so frequent that they’re colliding and uplifting like tectonic plates, the valleys between them filling with virological rubble.

With cases quite high and still drastically undercounted, and hospitalizations lilting up, this lofty mesa is a disconcerting place to be. The subvariants keep coming. Immunity is solid against severe disease, but porous to infection and the resulting chaos. Some people are getting the virus for the first time, others for the second, third, or more, occasionally just weeks apart. And we could remain at this elevation for some time.

Coronavirus test-positivity trends, for instance, look quite bad. A rate below 5 percent might have once indicated a not-too-bad level of infection, but “I wake up every morning and look … and it’s 20 percent again,” says Pavitra Roychoudhury, a viral genomicist at the University of Washington who’s tracking SARS-CoV-2 cases in her community. “The last time we were below 10 percent was the first week of April.” It’s not clear, Roychoudhury told me, when the next downturn might be.

Part of this relentless churn is about the speed

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Empower – Bingham Healthcare’s Weight Loss Center Nationally

BLACKFOOT, Idaho – June28, 2022 – The No. 1 choice for patients throughout Eastern Idaho seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions continues to be Empower – Bingham Healthcare’s Weight Loss Center (Empower). Since 2012, they have been the only accredited Bariatric Center of Excellence throughout the region, and they are pleased to announce that they continue to be nationally recognized for the highest standards in bariatric surgery.

“Everyone worked so hard for this achievement, and we are extremely proud to have received this level of accreditation,” said Stewart Elvis Rendón, MD, fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon and board-certified general surgeon at Bingham Healthcare. “Our program is highly successful because of our dedicated team members who collaborate with one another. While working closely with our patients, and providing them with all of their weight-loss options, we assist with the most successful and healthy path for them.”’

Empower has been renewed once again as a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) Accredited Center – Comprehensive. This means that after a stringent accreditation process, which occurs every three years, the Bariatric Surgery Program at Bingham was recognized for meeting the highest standards for delivering safe, high-quality,

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1.9 Million Healthcare Records Breached in Ransomware Attack

US debt collector Professional Finance Company (PFC) has reported a data breach affecting 1.9 million individuals across over 650 different healthcare providers.

The Colorado-based company, which chases outstanding debts for healthcare companies, said that an unauthorized intruder accessed personal data including names, addresses, amount owing, and information regarding payments made to accounts. Some individuals also had their social security number, date of birth, and health insurance and medical treatment information exposed, it warned.

The company noticed the ransomware attack on February 26. It bought in forensics experts and informed law enforcement but did not inform healthcare providers until early May.

“The ongoing investigation determined that an unauthorized third party accessed files containing certain individuals’ personal information during this incident,” PFC said in a disclosure statement. The company added that it only affected data on its own systems.

While this statement did not disclose the number of individuals affected, a listing on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website revealed that 1,918,841 individuals were affected by the breach.

PFC is contacting individuals potentially affected by the breach and will offer them free credit monitoring.

The Department is currently investigating the incident, which would be the second largest under investigation

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Oklahoma State University health center pays $875K penalty

The Oklahoma State University – Center for Health Sciences paid the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights a $875,000 civil monetary penalty to resolve possible violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, following a 2018 healthcare data breach.

OSU-CHS has also agreed to a corrective action plan to bolster its security management, policies, and procedures.

OCR launched an audit into the preventive, rehabilitative, and diagnostic care provider after it reported a breach of protected health information on Jan. 5, 2018. The incident was caused by a threat actor gaining access to a web server used by its workforce to store certain PHI. The actor then installed malware, which exposed the data of 279,865 patients.

The compromised data included names, dates of birth, contact details, treatments, Medicaid numbers, healthcare provider names, and dates of service.

OSU-CHS first discovered the incident on Nov. 7, 2017, and failed to report it to HHS or the impacted individuals until over 30 days after the 60-day HIPAA requirement. An analysis found the server hack began on March 9, 2016.

“At the time of the 2016 incident, OSU-CHS reported that it was not aware that there was electronic PHI stored

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Most Americans Do Not Have Optimal Heart Health, Study Says

Peak heart health is rare in the U.S.—and increasingly uncommon. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology finds that fewer than 7% of all American adults have optimal health across five major areas related to heart and metabolic health: weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease status. And the problem is getting worse.

These five categories were adapted from the American Heart Association’s definition of ideal cardiovascular and metabolic health. The study, which analyzed National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data from more than 55,000 people over age 20, found that most Americans have at least one cardiometabolic risk factor—conditions like being overweight and having had a past heart attack, heart failure, or stroke, which raise the risk of problems like heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

The researchers also found that cardiometabolic health keeps declining over time. (Surveys included in the study were conducted annually 1999 to 2000 from 2017 and 2018.) The researchers identified two big factors driving this decline: a rise in the proportion of people who are overweight or obese, along with rising glucose levels in the population. The most recent data included in the study found

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Brad Pitt has ‘Face Blindness.’ Here’s What That Means

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Actor and film producer Brad Pitt revealed he has prosopagnosia, a rare condition that makes it difficult to recognize people’s faces. Amy Sussman/Getty Images
  • Brad Pitt recently revealed that he lives with ‘face blindness,’ also called prosopagnosia, a condition that causes the inability to recognize faces.
  • Experts say the condition can be socially disabling and may run in some families.
  • They also say there are coping mechanisms people can learn to help manage living with this condition.

Speaking with GQ, actor Brad Pitt recently admitted he lives with a rare condition – one that an internationally famous movie star might find very inconvenient.

He told the magazine he believes he has prosopagnosia, also known as “face blindness.”

Pitt said he struggles to remember new people or recognize their faces. Never officially diagnosed, he fears this has led people to believe he’s remote, aloof, inaccessible, and self-absorbed.

“Nobody believes me,” Pitt told the interviewer, and it’s not difficult to understand why.

However, as unusual as it may sound, prosopagnosia is a real condition that can present unique challenges to those who are living with it.

Dr. Alex Dimitriu, who is double board certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine

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Unregulated New Technology: The Science of Mental Health

Whether you’re standing in an elevator or sitting down at a dinner table, chances are that one of the people next to you is experiencing psychological hardship. Maybe it’s you. Last year, an estimated 47 million Americans experienced mental illness; that’s almost one in five.

In response, mobile apps designed to increase users’ psychological wellbeing have similarly proliferated in recent years. Some are generic wellness apps that motivate people to meditate or do yoga, while others provide targeted treatments for specific mental illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder or bipolar disorder. Each of these technologies has the potential to reach people who might otherwise lack access to mental health care.

Read More: Your Next Therapist Could Be a Chatbot App

At the onset of the pandemic, mental health professionals struggled to meet the growing demand for their services. A survey of adults who received such services revealed that 17.7 million Americans experienced delays or cancellations of appointments in 2020. Though demand has since decreased slightly, access to services remains a significant issue: Last year, over 26 million Americans experienced a mental illness that went untreated.

While traditional therapists must undergo a licensing process, there is no equivalent screening

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RRMC Health Talk: Cyanobacteria blooms are a water hazard |

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are naturally found in Lake Champlain and other Vermont lakes and ponds. Some types of cyanobacteria can produce toxins, or poisons, that can be harmful to humans and animals.

It is important to know what cyanobacteria blooms look like so you can check the water before swimming and make other plans if you think you see a bloom. Blooms most commonly look like green pea soup or spilled paint on the water’s surface. They are usually green or blue-green in color, but they can also be brown, purple, red or white. Blooms often start to form at the edge of the water where the water is warm and shallow.

Cyanobacteria blooms can produce harmful levels of toxins, so if you see a bloom, don’t swim, wade or boat in the area and don’t let pets or livestock swim in or drink the water.

You can be exposed to cyanobacteria and their toxins from swimming and playing in the water with blooms, or even drinking surface water that hasn’t been treated properly. The health effects from cyanobacteria depend on the amount someone is exposed to, how they are exposed, whether toxins are being produced, and

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Oregon Health Officials Delayed a Meeting Because ‘Urgency

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is a government agency that coordinates medical care and social well-being in the Beaver State. During the pandemic, OHA was responsible for coordinating Oregon’s vaccination drive and disseminating information about COVID-19—both vital tasks.

The agency’s office for equity and inclusion, however, prefers not to rush the business of government. In fact, the office’s program manager delayed a meeting with partner organizations on the stated grounds that “urgency is a white supremacy value.”

In an email obtained by Reason, Regional Health Equity Coalition Program Manager Danielle Droppers informed the community that a scheduled conversation between OHA officials and relevant members of the public would not take place as planned.

“Thank you for your interest in attending the community conversation between Regional Health Equity Coalitions (RHECs) and Community Advisory Councils (CACs) to discuss the Community Investment Collaboratives (CICs),” wrote Droppers. “We recognize that urgency is a white supremacy value that can get in the way of more intentional and thoughtful work, and we want to attend to this dynamic. Therefore, we will reach out at a later date to reschedule.”

Droppers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The email was sent from Droppers’

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