Our Fitness Editor Shares the 5 Best Alternative Chest Exercises for Building Bigger Pecs

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In England at least, gyms are back open, so some of you can stop relying on press-ups and floor presses to build your chest. Hurrah. But now you’re back in the gym, don’t just replace your tired old chest exercises with more tired old chest exercises, or, at the very least, learn a couple of new moves to keep your workouts fresh.

To help you out, our fitness editor, Andrew Tracey, has selected five alternative chest exercises to add to your chest-day arsenal and get your pecs seriously pumped. You’ll find the moves below. As with all workouts, technique is key, so check out the video above to see Tracey performing the moves as they were intended.

Before you hurry off to watch, just one word of warning. When it comes to your chest, smashing out fast reps is unlikely to deliver the muscle-building stimulus your chest requires. A study published in The Journal of Physiology found that slow, controlled lifts performed to fatigue resulted in greater rates of muscle growth than the same movement performed rapidly. So go slow, go steady, and go for huge pecs.

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Add these to your chest day arsenal and watch your gains multiply

5 of the Best (Alternative) Exercises for a Bigger Chest

We’re not advising you to ditch the bench press, and if you want an extensive guide to building your chest, we’ve put that together for you too, but here are five alternative exercises to add to your chest-day routine.

  • Dumbbell Squeeze Press
  • Incline Press to Fly
  • Banded Crossovers
  • Guillotine Press
  • Incline Dumbbell Press

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Dentist Buzz Nabers sells downtown Knoxville building and closes Gay Street office

Knoxville dentist Clarence “Buzz” Nabers has sold his Gay Street building and closed the branch of his practice located there. 

a sign on the side of a building: The former office of Buzz Nabers Dental Studio on Gay Street in Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2020. Though the company signage is still up, Nabers sold the building and closed this location of his practice.

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The former office of Buzz Nabers Dental Studio on Gay Street in Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2020. Though the company signage is still up, Nabers sold the building and closed this location of his practice.

Josh Smith, founder and former owner of Master Service Companies, purchased the four-story building in late September for $2.8 million under the LLC Master OZ 300 Gay St.


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Around that time, a Knox County Circuit Court judge denied Nabers’ motion to dismiss a proposed $50 million class-action lawsuit, allowing the case against him to move forward to what seems likely be a costly and time-consuming discovery process.

The lawsuit alleges Nabers endangered thousands of his patients by improperly sterilizing dental equipment, potentially exposing them to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. 

Nabers still operates out of his 2061 Thunderhead Road office in West Knoxville. 

A different dentist, Ethan Long, has leased the dental office space in the Gay Street building, Smith told Knox News.

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Nabers was fined $11,000 in August 2019 and his license placed on probation after the Tennessee Board of Dentistry found he improperly sterilized dental equipment and forged certification documents. 

More: Knoxville dentist Buzz Nabers improperly sterilized tools, forged certificates, state says

The investigation found Nabers had dental assistants perform procedures outside their scope of practice, including filling cavities and placing permanent crowns.

The state mandated that Nabers inform patients of the risks associated with some of those improper sterilization techniques. Months later, some patients received unsigned letters from Nabers’ practice stating they could obtain HIV and hepatitis tests if they “would like to be tested.” 

More: Buzz Nabers dental patients urged to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C

a person wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: Buzz Nabers and his wife Trish pose in their building located at 304 S. Gay St. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Dr. Nabers will open his dental practice on the first floor while the couple will live on the upper floors in their private residence.

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Buzz Nabers and his wife Trish pose in their building located at 304 S. Gay St. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Dr. Nabers will open his dental practice on the first floor while the couple will live on the upper floors in their private residence.

Three patients filed a $50 million proposed class-action lawsuit against Nabers.

Though a judge denied the defense’s motion to dismiss the case, the class has not yet been certified. It’s a procedural step in which the judge will decide whether the case can move forward and, if so, how to break up and define the groups of individuals involved. 

Smith investing profits of company sale

Stephen Marcus sitting at a table: Josh Smith, CEO of Master Service Companies at the company headquarters on Monday, August 26, 2019. Printed on the wall are the company values.

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Josh Smith, CEO of Master Service Companies at the company headquarters on Monday, August 26, 2019. Printed on the wall are the company values.

Smith sold his company, one of the region’s largest residential waterproofing and foundation services providers, for an undisclosed sum in November 2019 and invested $8 million into 4th Purpose Foundation, a prison reform nonprofit he created.

Smith was released from a federal prison camp about 16 years ago and

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Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital wins prestigious award for “Building a Secure, Reliable and Smart 5G Hospital in Thailand”

Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital wins prestigious award for “Building a Secure, Reliable and Smart 5G Hospital in Thailand”

Prof. Dr. Prasit Watanapa (left), Dean of Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, receives the CommunicAsia Award from Mr. Sanchai Noombunnam (right), Deputy Managing Director of Informa Markets Thailand.

Prof. Dr. Prasit Watanapa, Dean of Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, received the CommunicAsia Awards 2020, in the “Most Innovative 5G Trial in APAC” category from Mr. Sanchai Noombunnam, Deputy Managing Director of Informa Markets Thailand, during the “5G Powered Smart Hospital Enabled with Cloud and AI” MoU signing ceremony between the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital and Huawei Thailand.

The distinguished award celebrates the hospital’s achievement in integrating Huawei’s 5G+Cloud+AI COVID-19 diagnosis solution into the hospital’s operations to enhance the efficiency of coronavirus diagnosis and treatment throughout the pandemic. The solution significantly helps the medical staff shorten the wait time of COVID-19 results, while providing a high-speed connection with low latency during remote operations, thanks to the fifth-generation network. The cloud-based system also improved patients’ data collection and resource allocation. Huawei’s tailor-made solutions have proven effective in reducing the workload of medical personnel and helping the country better control the pandemic. 

The award celebrates a fruitful partnership between Siriraj Hospital and Huawei Thailand, under the “Building a Secure, Reliable and Smart 5G Hospital in Thailand” project, that resulted in a revolutionary COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment solution leveraging on the power of 5G, Cloud and AI technology.

The award also recognises the success of the “5G unmanned medicine delivery vehicle” pilot project, developed by Huawei in collaboration with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital. The 5G driverless vehicle aims to reduce personnel contact, minimise infection risks, and improve drug delivery efficiency in the new medical era. 

“I am deeply honoured to receive this award on behalf of the hospital. At Siriraj, we always look for ways to improve efficiency of medical services and operations,” said Prof. Dr. Prasit Watanapa during his acceptance speech. “I would like to thank Huawei for its continuous support in helping us realise our vision for a 5G smart hospital. We will continue to jointly explore new opportunities in the 5G healthcare field. Together we will bring reliable and efficient medical services to the Thai people.”

“This is a proud moment for the Hospital, and we are delighted to have contributed to this honour,” said Huawei Thailand CEO Mr. Abel Deng. “It is Huawei’s mission to accompany Thailand as it develops a strong, connected healthcare ecosystem through 5G and other advanced technologies and solutions.”

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Museo building to merge medicine and modern design in the Museum District

The coronavirus pandemic doesn’t seem to have slowed construction in Houston, as concrete trucks traverse the freeways and cranes add layers to the Jengalike structures that ultimately become midrise and high-rise buildings.

There’s one underway now on Fannin Street next to the Mann Eye Institute at the point where Midtown gives way to the Museum District. Dr. Mike Mann goes to work each day and keeps track of the building — his latest project — by looking out his window.

From a conference room in his medical office building, Mann talks about his dream for a three-building complex that will include a new medical office building — the 10-story Museo, which broke ground earlier this year and has an anticipated price tag of $77 million — and, someday, a five-star hotel and then a residential high-rise, all centered around a parklike setting.

The three-story main office for his ophthalmology practice was built in 1979 and was likely thought of as sleek and stylish back then. But architecture has been taken up a notch in recent years, with modern design gaining traction in residential, commercial and hospitality sectors.

Marko Dasigenis, who once worked with architect Philip Johnson in New York and also worked in what is now the PJMD architecture offices in Houston, is the lead designer for Mann’s trio of buildings.

Mann sees Museo — and potentially the whole complex — as creating a beautiful new gateway to what lies beyond: Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Asia Society, Holocaust Museum and other cultural sites within walking distance. Newish modern residential buildings, the 24-story Southmore and the 8-story Mond, both are nearby as well.

On the surface, Museo’s architecture is strictly modern, with panels of blue-green glass for the exterior and, for the interior, slabs of pure white marble that Mann, Dasigenis and architectural colorist Carl Black flew to Macedonia in Greece to personally select. On the environmental side, the building will be Class A LEED certified.

“I love to restore vision, it is a passion. But I have always had a thing for real estate … and I like art,” said Mann, who started his medical practice 43 years ago. “My life has been wonderful, that I can practice ophthalmology and build the practice and now have a place where other people can practice medicine.”

The Mann Eye Institute will occupy the 10th floor of Museo, and the remaining space will be leased to other medical practices. Mann envisions the first floor as having a variety of uses intended to draw in the public.

Dasigenis said that the beauty of designing and constructing a medical office building now is that they’re able to accommodate the new, high-tech future that lies ahead. The formula of a building with 25,000 square feet per floor and a boxy exterior are a thing of the past.

Although Museo is the first of Mann’s ideas to be built, Dasigenis actually first designed the potential residential high-rise and established its design vocabulary based on analytical cubism,

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Compass Health Building Communities of Hope Gala Raises More Than $165,000 to Benefit Child, Youth and Family Behavioral Health Services

The virtual event, held on World Mental Health Day, brought together community members and honored client voices and stories

Compass Health’s Building Communities of Hope Gala raised more than $165,000 in support of the organization’s child, youth and family behavioral health services during a virtual event held on World Mental Health Day, Saturday, October 10, 2020.

Funds exceeded Compass Health’s goals by $15,000, as more than 250 community members gathered virtually to celebrate client voices and stories, even forming socially distant “watch parties” while the event was streamed online. Organizers attribute the support, in part, to a greater recognition of the need for behavioral health resources as the community faces the impacts of COVID-19.

“We know that this year has been demanding in many ways – in fact, the pandemic has exacerbated the medical, educational, economic and social challenges that many of our families face – making community support more crucial than ever,” said Tom Sebastian, president and CEO of Compass Health. “It was thrilling and gratifying to see our community come together, and to watch our team innovate to create a meaningful shared experience while keeping everyone safe through a virtual format.”

One of the evening’s highlights included a video presentation led by Amanda, a Compass Health team member, and her son, who was a client of Compass Health’s WISe youth wraparound services. The video revealed that Amanda was so inspired by the treatment and care that her son received, that she joined the organization as a parent partner with WISe almost two years ago. During the video, Amanda and her son also shared how Compass Health has helped them navigate changes and develop important communication and coping skills.

“It was amazing to see the impact of sharing our story,” Amanda said. “As a parent partner, I know how important it is to destigmatize mental health, and the response to the video has been overwhelming. I’m particularly proud of my son, who really wanted to share with others that they’re not alone, and that Compass Health has been such a positive force in his life.”

Presented in part by Kaiser Permanente, First Interstate Bank, Genoa Healthcare and Integrated Telehealth Solutions, this year’s fundraiser benefits Compass Heath’s child, youth and family services. The primary beneficiaries are Compass Health’s Child and Family Outpatient Programs, Children’s Intensive Services / Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe), Camp Outside the Box, Camp Mariposa, Child Advocacy Program (CAP), and Compass Health’s Therapeutic Foster Care Program.

The robust list of programs supported by this year’s Gala exemplifies the range of services offered by the 118-year-old organization. With a focus on providing a full spectrum of accessible care, Compass Health’s child, family and youth programs are designed to promote positive changes in behavior, help the child and family learn appropriate coping skills, and improve communication skills including learning to resolve conflict and manage emotions in a healthy manner. In addition to honoring the family voice and choice, clinical services such as the Child Advocacy Program offer

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Building wave of ransomware attacks strike U.S. hospitals

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WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Eastern European criminals are targeting dozens of U.S. hospitals with ransomware, and federal officials on Wednesday urged healthcare facilities to beef up preparations rapidly in case they are next.

The FBI is investigating the recent attacks, which include incidents in Oregon, California and New York made public just this week, according to three cybersecurity consultants familiar with the matter.

A doctor at one hospital told Reuters that the facility was functioning on paper after an attack and unable to transfer patients because the nearest alternative was an hour away. The doctor declined to be named because staff were not authorized to speak with reporters.

“We can still watch vitals and getting imaging done, but all results are being communicated via paper only,” the doctor said. Staff could see historic records but not update those files.

Experts said the likely group behind the attacks was known as Wizard Spider or UNC 1878. They warned that such attacks can disrupt hospital operations and lead to loss of life.

The attacks prompted a teleconference call on Wednesday led by FBI and Homeland Security officials for hospital administrators and cybersecurity experts.

A participant told Reuters that government officials warned hospitals to make sure their backup systems were in order, disconnect systems from the internet where possible, and avoid using personal email accounts.

The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“This appears to have been a coordinated attack designed to disrupt hospitals specifically all around the country,” said Allan Liska, a threat intelligence analyst with U.S. cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.

“While multiple ransomware attacks against healthcare providers each week have been commonplace, this is the first time we have seen six hospitals targeted in the same day by the same ransomware actor.”

In the past, ransomware infections at hospitals have downed patient record-keeping databases, which critically store up-to-date medical information, affecting hospitals’ ability to provide healthcare.

Ransomware attacks have jumped 50% over the past three months, security firm Check Point said Wednesday, with the proportion of polled healthcare organizations impacted jumping to 4% in the third quarter from 2.3% in the previous quarter.

Two of the three consultants familiar with the attacks said the cyber criminals were commonly using a type of ransomware known as “Ryuk,” which locks up a victim’s computer until a payment is received.

The teleconference call participant said government officials disclosed that the attackers used Ryuk and another trojan, known as Trickbot, against the hospitals.

“UNC1878 is one of the most brazen, heartless, and disruptive threat actors I’ve observed over my career,” said Charles Carmakal, senior vice president for U.S. cyber incident response firm Mandiant.

“Multiple hospitals have already been significantly impacted by Ryuk ransomware and their networks have been taken offline.”

Experts say the deployment of Trickbot is significant after efforts by Microsoft <MSFT.O> to disrupt the hacking network earlier this month.

That initiative was designed to handicap the cyber criminals, but they seem

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New Mexico building infrastructure for vaccine distribution

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It could be well into next year before a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available, but top health officials in New Mexico said Tuesday that they have submitted their plan to the federal government for building the infrastructure, tracking systems and partnerships that will be needed for distribution.

The focus will be on vaccinating health care workers and first responders, then nursing home residents and staff. They acknowledged that supplies will likely be limited early on and immunizations for the general public would come later.

Health officials outlined New Mexico’s plan for lawmakers amid a surge in infections. Lawmakers had questions about everything from cost and security to whether the state would have to compete for doses as it did for personal protective equipment at the onset of the pandemic.

Dr. Aja Sanzone, a leader of the planning team and medical director of the state’s Infectious Disease Bureau, said officials have estimated that immunity through vaccination would require immunizing about 70% of the population. In New Mexico, that means distributing 2.9 million doses if two doses per person were needed.

“So definitely a heavy lift there. It would be more than twice the amount of annual flu vaccine that we administer,” she said.

A White House-backed initiative called “Operation Warp Speed” is pushing to have a vaccine ready for distribution in the coming months. The government is spending billions of dollars to manufacture vaccines even before they receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval, thereby cutting the timeline for delivery. FDA officials say the program won’t interfere with their own science-based decisions and that vaccines not meeting the test for approval would be discarded.

Sanzone noted that the FDA in June advised vaccine makers that the federal agency would want to see evidence that vaccines can protect at least 50% of those receiving it.

States had until Oct. 16 to submit their distribution plans to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New Mexico officials described the plans as “living documents” with gaps that will be filled in as more information is released by the federal government.

“They keep updating us every week,” said Daniel Burke, chief of the Infectious Disease Bureau. “Really, they’re building the plane as we fly it nationally. They’re adding more and more pieces of information, and it’s now really well laid out.”

While there are still some unknowns, he said New Mexico’s plan addresses logistics, communication, data collection and partnerships with pharmacies and community health centers, among other things.

The state Health Department is surveying hospitals, pharmacies and others to identify capacity to administer vaccines. That information is being plugged into an interactive map to help with planning.

One of the biggest challenges will be what Sanzone said is fading public confidence in the development of a vaccine. She said recent survey results suggest there’s growing concern that the regulatory approval process has been politicized.

“So our goal really is to restore public confidence in the safety and efficacy of vaccines. It

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Former Windows chief Terry Myerson is building a health care data startup called Truveta

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A Seattle-area startup called Truveta made its existence known for the first time on Thursday, describing an ambitious vision to use data to save lives through new innovations in patient care and therapies.

The company’s CEO is Terry Myerson, a former Microsoft executive who led the company’s Windows and Devices Group before departing in 2018 after a 21-year career at the tech giant.

Truveta has already hired nearly 20 people, including some of Myerson’s former colleagues from the Redmond company, and it has enough open positions to double the size of the team.


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The company joins a growing number of startups and tech giants seeking to use data to transform health care. It also follows a trend of tech industry veterans seeking to apply their technical expertise to big problems in health, often learning that the challenges are even bigger than they imagined.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our world, loved ones, and daily lives, the opportunity to apply data in the development of breakthrough health solutions has never been clearer,” Myerson wrote in a post introducing the company on Thursday morning. “We will pursue this vision in close collaboration with health systems, life science researchers, physicians, and others in the health community.”

He promised a strong focus on privacy: “We know health data is unlike other data. It is the very definition of personal. While we embark on our pursuit to generate knowledge and insights to improve diagnoses and treatments, we know we must do so with the utmost caution to protect the privacy of the people we ultimately seek to serve: patients.”

The company declined to go into detail about its plans, origins, ownership, or funding, but public records offer some hints about its collaborations.

A trademark filing links the startup’s name to Providence Health & Services, the large health care system based in Washington state, which has been spinning out a series of health care startups in recent years. Providence also runs a $300 million venture capital fund that invests in early-to-mid-stage healthcare companies.

Wasif Rasheed, the Providence senior vice president and head of corporate development, is listed as one of the governing members of Truveta in Washington state corporations records. Truveta’s address in its state filings is the same as Providence’s office in Renton, Wash.

Responding to an inquiry from GeekWire, a Providence spokesperson acknowledged that the health system is working with Truveta, without providing specifics on their relationship.

“At Providence, we are focused on accelerating transformation across health care, driving quality, affordability and a better experience for health care organizations, providers and patients,” the spokesperson said via email. “Truveta’s vision is to contribute meaningfully to breakthroughs in research, treatments, and therapies. We are in the early stages of collaborating and will share more information in the near future.”

Others listed as governing members of Truveta include Dr. Bobbie Byrne, chief information officer at AdvocateAuroraHealth, based in Illinois and Wisconsin; Marcus Shipley, senior vice president and

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