Olympic gold medalist soccer star now doctor helping treat COVID-19

first_img Written by December 3, 2020 /Sports News – National Olympic gold medalist soccer star now doctor helping treat COVID-19 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailScripps Mercy HospitalBy KATIE KINDELAN, GMA(SAN DIEGO) — In 2008, Rachel Buehler Van Hollebeke — known at the time as Rachel Buehler — was representing the United States at the Summer Olympics as a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT).Over a decade later, Van Hollebeke is treating patients as a family medicine resident at a San Diego-area hospital, doing her part as a health care worker amid the coronavirus pandemic.“It’s an interesting time to be a resident and to be in medicine in general, but it makes us realize how important medical care and public health and all of those things are,” Van Hollebeke told “Good Morning America.” “I think it’s challenging but at the same time has reaffirmed my passion for medicine.”Van Hollebeke, 35, deferred her admission to medical school at the University of California-San Diego four times while she played soccer professionally and competed with the USWNT, winning two Olympic gold medals and a World Cup silver medal and competing in more than 100 international matches.She studied for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) while on the road for USWNT matches around the world, bringing flash cards with her everywhere and relying on some of the biggest stars in soccer to help her prepare.“Abby [Wambach] and Pearcy [Christie Pearce Rampone] would quiz me on the bus rides with my flash cards,” recalled Van Hollebeke. “Abby especially loved quizzing me.”Van Hollebeke, who received her undergraduate degree from Stanford, also kept a hand in medicine during her playing days by shadowing her team doctors, watching closely how they treated her own injuries, and volunteering at local hospitals.When Van Hollebeke retired from soccer in 2015, she started medical school the day after her last match.She graduated from UC San Diego School of Medicine in 2019 and is now working 12-hour days as a resident at Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista, California.Van Hollebeke, who is also mom to a 2-year-old daughter, said she sees lots of crossovers from her days as a soccer star to her work now as a doctor.“Medicine is all about teams,” she said, noting that one of her favorite parts of soccer was playing on a team. “Doctors don’t ever work by themselves — there’s doctors, nurses, so many different support staff and patients.”“And obviously there’s work ethic that you develop as a professional athlete, as an athlete in general, working on things over and over again,” Van Hollebeke said. “I used to kick a ball against a wall with my left foot 1,000 times to try improve the way I was doing a skill.”“Medicine, too, is all about building your skill set over time and practicing things over and over and learning things and just diligently chipping away at the amount of information that you’re attempting to learn and always relearning,” she added. “I really enjoy constantly trying to improve, and that’s something I loved in soccer.”“You’re always learning in medicine,” she said.Dr. Marianne McKennett, the program director for Scripps Chula Vista’s family medicine residency program, said she sees Van Hollebeke, one of 25 residents in the program, as the consummate team player.“It also seems like a cliché to say that she’s a real team player, but she is. She’s the one who steps up and is willing to help out,” McKennett said. “She’s smart. She’s very positive. She has a warm nature, and she’s very humble about her accomplishments.”As a family medicine resident, Van Hollebeke — whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all doctors — treats patients of all ages and illnesses, a specialty she describes as covering everyone “from pediatrics to geriatrics.”She works in both hospital and clinic settings in a part of San Diego County that has been a COVID-19 hotspot, with its proximity to the border with Mexico and its high population of essential workers, according to Van Hollebeke.“It’s very prevalent in the community for sure, and it’s affected many of my patients, whether they’ve been sick or have family members who have been sick or family members have passed away,” said Van Hollebeke, who stressed that people can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by wearing face masks and following social distancing safety guidelines.“COVID has not affected different populations equally,” she said. “It’s really highlighted the racial disparities and socioeconomic disparities, and we do serve a more underserved population, primarily Latino and more working class, and it has affected our patients even more.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Queen’s speech: Where did all the government’s property industry reforms go?

first_imgThe Queen’s Speech made only one direct mention of the housing market when it revealed yesterday that the government intends to enact legislation to create a New Homes Ombudsman during the next parliament.This new ombudsman would arbitrate between unhappy new home buyers and builder. In particular, it would require house builders to reimburse customers for (or repair) shoddily-built homes. But without a working majority, there is some doubt whether many of the government’s proposals will see the light of day.Nevertheless the initiative has been welcomed by NAEA Propertymark, whose Chief Executive Mark Hayward (left) says: “The irony of buying a shiny brand new home and finding yourself dealing with a number of snagging issues, with no easy path of redress, is not lost on consumers.“There should be a statutory requirement to belong to a New Homes Ombudsman and the remit should be UK wide. Property developers should be charged per unit, ensuring that the access is free for customers.”But the Queen’s speech was glaring in its omissions and many promised initiatives appear to have been put on the back burner for the time being.“Disappointing to see that the state of the UK property market failed to make the cut for today’s speech,” says Tom Gatzen of room sharing platform IdealFlatmate (left).Much discussed policies omitted from the Queen’s speech include the ongoing housing crisis, the ROPA-recommended minimum qualifications for estate agents, reform of the leasehold system, banning Section 21 evictions and compulsory three year tenancies.The Queen New Homes Ombudsman idealflatmate tom Gatzen NAEA Propertymark Mark Hayward The Queen’s Speech October 15, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Queen’s speech: Where did all the government’s property industry reforms go? previous nextRegulation & LawQueen’s speech: Where did all the government’s property industry reforms go?Only one of the government’s much-discussed property industry initiatives made it into the monarch’s summary of Boris Johnson’s hoped-for legislative action.Nigel Lewis15th October 201901,452 Viewslast_img read more

House calls, without visits

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.The man came into the emergency room of St. Louis’ Barnes-Jewish Hospital complaining of abdominal pain. Having no insurance, he had avoided medical care as long as he could, but the pain had finally become too intense.The gastroenterologist called in to consult that day was Darrell Gray, a young physician from Baltimore doing a fellowship at the hospital, which is affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.The patient, in his late 40s or early 50s, had blood in his stool and a mass in his stomach.“It didn’t take much more diagnostic work to understand that, feeling the mass and seeing that his history of passing blood, this was likely a cancer,” Gray recalls. “Here’s a young guy who comes in with what was later found to be metastatic cancer. At that point I really couldn’t do much for him.”That experience, and others like it, prompted Gray to continue his already extensive training, which included the fellowship, a residency at Duke, and medical school at Howard University. To top that off, he spent the last year at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).Gray got a taste of public health work during his fellowship. While in St. Louis, he designed a bridge program to connect disadvantaged populations with the health care system. His target population was African-American men, who have a higher incidence of colorectal cancers than the general population, a reality that, in poorer neighborhoods, is compounded by other barriers to health care, such as a lack of insurance, a lack of knowledge about preventive measures, and chronic unemployment.To reach these men, Gray contacted area churches, gave short educational presentations during the community announcement portion of Sunday services, and followed up with those who contacted him, connecting them with screening services and primary-care physicians. The experience was satisfying, but also made him realize how much he didn’t know.“I realized from that program that there were some areas I needed strengthening in: health policy, public health, population health,” Gray said. “While I enjoy seeing a patient in the office, I want to be able to impact populations.”Gray, who graduates this spring with a master’s in public health, said he has benefited greatly from his year at HSPH. In addition to his academic work, he shook hands with the prime minister of Namibia, met with the former health minister of Kenya, met senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, and met with Jonathan Woodson, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.“I had high expectations coming in, but it has exceeded my expectations,” said Gray, who is at HSPH on a Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.Through his discussion with Woodson, Gray began working on the Defense Department’s “telehealth” initiative, run out of the National Center for Telehealth & Technology. With staff there, Gray evaluated the efficiency and effectiveness of telehealth interventions, in which telecommunications are used to extend the reach of health care professionals to soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injury and psychological issues.Live video conferencing is a mainstay of the program, but telehealth can also include home monitoring, which is used in disciplines like cardiology, storing images and other information that is then forwarded to other health professionals. There is even consulting on the telephone.“It’s something novel, that I could use in the future practice of gastroenterology,” Gray said.Gray grew up in Baltimore, his mother a teacher and father a physician. He recalls accompanying his father as he visited hospitals and clinics, and always being impressed by his father’s rapport with his patients. Since people would thank him for his care, he genuinely seemed to be helping.After graduating, Gray expects to continue his work linking the medical community to disadvantaged populations through an appointment as an assistant professor at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. There, in addition to his clinical duties, he will be director of a new program focusing on community engagement and equity in digestive health.“I’ll be trying to integrate efforts and ensure we have the community in mind, enhancing programs and working toward equity in health care delivery,” Gray said.Why Public Health? Darrell Gray In its video series “Why Public Health?” the Harvard School of Public Health asks students and alumni to talk about what drew them to the field. Physician Darrell Gray, M.P.H. ’14, who is determined to reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer in vulnerable populations, is also working on a project with the U.S. Department of Defense to expand its telehealth services worldwide. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keGsFeAZUAQ” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/keGsFeAZUAQ/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

Georgia Pecans

first_imgToo much, and then too little, rain left Georgia pecan growers with smaller and, sometimes, empty nuts this season. The small size of pecans in the crop this year is expected to significantly impact the state’s overall production.University of Georgia Extension pecan horticulturist Lenny Wells said the wet and cool conditions during last spring’s pollination period were unfavorable for pecan growth. As a result, pecans didn’t develop to the size Georgia farmers were expecting. Once all of the state’s crop is harvested, Wells predicts a total of 70 million pounds, or even less, produced, as opposed to the 90 million pounds that industry experts were predicting before the start of the year.“Nut size is going to affect the overall weight. A lot of those pecan wagons, as they were being filled and carried to the cleaning plants, they just didn’t seem to have the weight that it appeared was there. A lot of that was due to small nut size,” Wells said. In addition to smaller nuts, many of this year’s nuts had no kernels inside, he said. “We also had a lot of nuts this year that just didn’t fill. A lot of that is a pollination-related issue,” Wells said.During March and April last year, Georgia received an excess amount of rainfall — an average of 8.72 inches across the state, Wells said. From 1912 to 2003, Georgia’s average rainfall from March through April was 3.8 inches. The rain also contributed to a rise in scab disease, especially on south Georgia nuts.“You tend to have more scab pressure the further south you go. There’s more lower-lying land that may have some effect on that. If the trees are up on high ground and out in the open where they can get good air flow, they’re going to fare better,” Wells said.Scab is a fungal disease that can cause leaf loss and produce black lesions on the pecan shucks at any point during the season. The result is reduced nut size and yield.Pecan farmers located in Cordele up to Fort Valley fared better with their crop, Wells said.According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, three of Georgia’s top four pecan-producing counties in 2013 were in southwest Georgia — Dougherty, Mitchell and Lee counties.Too much rainfall in March and April affected pollination. A prolonged dry period from June to August, when nuts are developing, affected the nut size as well. While irrigation is used on a bulk of the state’s commercial crop, it’s meant strictly as a supplemental source, said Wells. The result of too much water was smaller pecans or none at all for many growers. “I had some growers in east Georgia tell me that it was the worst year they’ve ever had,” he said.Cost of production was extremely high this year, considering fertilizer, herbicides, labor and harvest costs. Wells said some farmers had to apply 16 fungicide applications, adding up to a production cost of $1,700 per acre. For more information about Georgia’s pecan crop, see blog.extension.uga.edu.last_img read more

Shirley Teen Charged With Running on Field During MLB All-Star Game

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dylan McCue-Masone hugs his dog in his Twitter profile photo.A Shirley teenager who ran on onto the field during the Major League Baseball’s All-Star game at Citi Field in Queens after a Twitter dare Tuesday night has been charged with trespassing.Dylan McCue-Masone was arrested after running to second base while the otherwise uneventful game was in progress and players were on the field after 9 p.m. Prosecutors noted that the 18-year-old suspect tweeted he’d do it if he got 1,000 retweets.“There is no such thing as being too careful,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, adding that he has “zero tolerance for spectators who fail to conduct themselves responsibly at sporting events.”Nearly 4,000 fans retweeted McCue-Masone’s post. He also tweeted text messages from his mother, who warned him not to follow through with the dare.“Blame it on social media, love you all,” he tweeted from his account, @MasoneDylan, before making a run for it.Prosecutors noted that the first person charged under the city’s 2003 Interference with a Professional Sporting Event Law after running onto the field during a Mets game at Shea Stadium in 2004 was sentenced to eight weekends in jail, fined $2,000, three years’ probation and was banned from the stadium.McCue-Masone was apprehended by a Citi Field security guard.He was released without bail and is due back court on Sept. 11. He faces up to a year in jail, a $1,000 fine and $5,000 in civil penalties.last_img read more

4 creative ways to save money without giving anything up

first_imgIf you’re like most people, you’ve been looking for painless ways to save money. After cutting several things out of your budget, you may have found yourself backsliding, and buying stuff you don’t need only after a few short days. Sometimes being frugal is burdensome because it often involves denying yourself.  You may be hesitant to start saving cash because you’re afraid it will mean cutting out everything you enjoy. Well, the good news is you can save money and still have fun. You might even have more fun when you figure out ways to keep cash in your pocket and still do the things you love. Here are a few ways to save money without giving anything up.1. Shop smarterDo you always pay full price? You can save a ton of money by purchasing items at a discount. Know that you can still enjoy the shopping experience without spending a lot of cash. You simply need to pay attention to when you shop. Most stores have big sales around the holidays or regular clearance sales during certain times of the year. Learn when your favorite store usually has a blowout sale and shop accordingly. Also shop for certain items during specific times of the year. Each month, you can purchase items within certain shopping categories for almost half their usual price. For example, you can get great deals on automotive items in April and discounts on hardware and tools in June. Also take advantage of store rewards and credit cards rewards programs. continue reading » 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

2.5 million more people potentially exposed in Equifax breach

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Millions more people were affected by Equifax’s data breach than the credit bureau initially estimated, Equifax said on Monday.The company increased its estimate on the number of Americans whose personal information was potentially exposed to 145.5 million, some 2.5 million more than it had previously disclosed.The additional accounts were found during a forensic review by Mandiant, a cybersecurity firm hired by Equifax to investigate the attack, according to a company statement.Equifax has been reeling since its announcement last month that hackers exploited a vulnerability in its website software to access its systems and extract sensitive personal information of millions of consumers. The material that was stolen included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. continue reading »last_img read more

Oppo AR Glasses, Concept Phone Teased to Launch on November 17

first_imgAt the Oppo Inno Day 2020 event on November 17, the company also looks to unveil a concept phone. The Weibo teaser suggests that it looks to offer an innovative take on the display screen. A partial glimpse of the phone is offered and it is seen to sport curved edges. It could be a foldable phone with a clamshell-like foldable screen, or the one offered on the Galaxy Fold range. In any event, this will just be a concept phone and isn’t expected to be launched commercially.Apart from these products, Oppo has also teased the arrival of a spatial computing AR app that looks to offer interesting superimposed views in the virtual world. More details on this should also be offered during the event on November 17.For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. – Advertisement – Oppo AR Glasses are all set to be unveiled on November 17 alongside a new concept phone and AR applications. The company is hosting a dedicated Oppo Inno Day 2020 event in China, and it has now confirmed that the AR glasses will be launched then. The IoT product has been teased in a poster and it looks to be just like the sunglasses you wear. The Oppo AR Glasses will likely be embedded with a host of sensors to enable an immersive experience for users. Alongside, the AR Glasses, Oppo has also teased the arrival of a concept phone, which may see innovation in the display screen.The company has taken to Weibo to announce that it will introduce Oppo AR Glasses during its Inno Day 2020 event on November 17. The teaser poster has a photo of the glasses, and it shows that the Oppo AR Glasses look similar to sunglasses. There is a metal frame around the edges and additional black curtain frames to block surrounding distractions. It should look to offer an immersive experience, and the Weibo post says (translated), “Sit 3 metres away and enjoy the immersive experience of a 90-inch large screen.”- Advertisement – Tasneem Akolawala Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to [email protected]last_img read more

Google has introduced the option of renting private accommodation within its hotel reservation application

first_imgGoogle Trips Finally, Google points out that next month vacation rentals filter will be installed on the Google Hotels desktop platform. “We hope this helps travelers make quick, effortless decisions – and with more choices about where to stay, your perfect vacation is just a few clicks away.”They conclude from Google. “Our goal is to provide accommodation seekers with the best possible search experience”, Said Jennifer Rodstrom, a spokeswoman for Google, adding that more and more people see how interested users are in alternative accommodation when planning a trip. In addition, Airbnb is often at the center of lawsuits for illegal ads, although HomeAway is not immune to similar disputes. However, by focusing on entire homes instead of individual apartments or rooms in an apartment, Google Airbnb may never be an option. But interestingly, Airbnb is not on the list of booking partners, although that could change over time. Their absence may be due to the diversity of Airbnb accommodation units, which includes individual rooms, that is, what does not fit into the concept of Google’s holiday accommodation, writes Shift. With Google Flight, Google Trips, and now the further development of the Google Hotels platform, which is also entering the segment of private accommodation, Google is slowly but surely completing the whole tourist story. Google has partnered with a handful of accommodation booking services, such as Expedia, HomeAway, Hotels.com, RedAwning, TripAdvisor and VRBO, and offers rental to destinations around the world. For example, users traveling to Amsterdam will see more than 1.700 ads from Hotels.com, VRBO and Expedia, along with the price per night and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and the number of guests they receive. RELATED NEWS: Source: Google, Skift That expansion is another step forward for Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, toward the goal of developing a travel booking platform that has all the services in one place. Earlier this month, Google updated its hotel search site to be a standalone website. These new offers are aimed at travelers who want to slowly settle into a new location. Instead of individual rooms, rent includes entire accommodation units such as apartments, cabins, villas and houses. The search feature is currently available globally for mobile phones and will be extended to other devices within a few months. It was a matter of time before Google would learn more strongly in the tourism segment This is not the first time that Google has offered holiday accommodation through its hotel reservation platform, although this is the first time that it has spread globally. The company initially launched the idea in 2017, offering only a limited number of accommodation facilities in selected markets. GOOGLE BECOMES A STRONGER PLAYER ON THE STAGE OF ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCIES Just two weeks after the launch of its refurbished hotel platforms, Google has expanded its offer to include alternative types of accommodation. Google hotel search WHO WINS THE “BOOKING FIGHT” – HOTELS OR ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCIES?last_img read more

Sri Mulyani appoints UI academic as new Fiscal Policy Agency head

first_img“The pandemic has a serious impact on our macro-economy and our state budget,” Sri Mulyani said in her inauguration remarks.”It will be challenging but we need effective regulations so the impacts and the costs of the coronavirus pandemic can be minimized,” said the minister, who is a University of Indonesia alumnus.Read also: Indonesia’s economy may contract 0.4% in worst case scenario: Sri MulyaniShe said the BKF should be able to ensure that the state budget could continue functioning as a catalyst for strategic policy in an effort to keep economic stability in check. The BKF is also expected to optimize the tax ratio with business-friendly fiscal policy. On the day, Sri Mulyani also inaugurated Basuki Purwadi as the new State Asset Management Agency (LMAN) president director, replacing Rahayu Puspasari.  “State assets are one of the most important fiscal instruments, especially in the current global economic downturn,” said Sri Mulyani. “Assets optimization should be carried out in out-of-the-box ways to be able to provide added value, not only in terms of revenue but also in providing socioeconomic benefits for the community.” Topics : Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati inaugurated economist Febrio Nathan Kacaribu as the Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF) head on Friday.Febrio, the head of the Social and Economic Research Institution at the University of Indonesia’s Economic and Business School, replaces Suahasil Nazara, who was appointed deputy finance minister. The minister expressed hope that the new BKF head could deliver responsive and anticipatory measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more