Pregnant Sadie Robertson Says She Was ‘Very Sick’ with COVID-19 but ‘Baby Huff Is Doing Great’

Sadie Robertson is on the mend after contracting the coronavirus.

On Monday, the Duck Dynasty alum, 23, shared a photo from her hospital bed, revealing in her caption that “one of the most challenging things” she has faced as of late has been her battle with COVID-19, which made her “very sick.”

“I know everyone experiences covid differently, but wow these symptoms are wild. I’ve definitely struggled through this one!” she wrote. “Thankfully baby Huff is doing great and healthy, and I am now healing as well. I’m no longer in the hospital (this pic was not from today) and I have just about fully recovered.”

Robertson, who is currently expecting her first child with husband Christian Huff, was diagnosed with coronavirus earlier this month.

“I’ve learned a lot and I have been challenged in a lot of new ways,” she said. “I will say my dependency on Jesus has never felt greater in some of the hardest moment of this sickness. I’m thankful I serve a savior who is with me in these moments that feel rather lonely. My heart and my [family’s] heart goes out to everyone suffering with Covid.”

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As the coronavirus continues to spread in the United States, many pregnant women are wondering what they can do to stay as safe as possible and limit their potential for exposure.

In an advisory on their website, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends expectant mothers to be extra vigilant about following existing precautions, as “available data suggest that pregnant women with COVID-19 may be at increased risk for more severe illness compared with nonpregnant peers.”

While “No increase in the rate of mortality has been noted,” the group says that “these data indicate an elevated risk of [intensive care unit] admissions and mechanical ventilation.”

“Pregnant patients with comorbidities such as obesity and gestational diabetes may be at an even higher risk for severe illness consistent with the general population with similar comorbidities,” the ACOG adds.

Huff and Robertson shared their pregnancy news Oct. 4, on their respective Instagram accounts. “SCREAMING WITH EXCITEMENT TO SHARE THIS NEWS! Baby we already adore you,” the mom-to-be captioned a photo of the pair cuddled up on the couch and showcasing their sonogram, in part.

The couple opened up Wednesday on Robertson’s WHOA That’s Good Podcast about learning the good news, with Huff, 22, saying they weren’t “not trying.”  Noted Robertson, “I guess we shouldn’t have been that surprised, but we were super surprised and so I didn’t think I was pregnant at all.”

After she found herself “ravenous” all day and had a vivid dream about being pregnant (with a son!),

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COVID Spikes Worsen Health Worker Shortages in Great Plains, Rocky Mountains | Healthiest Communities

COVID-19 cases are surging in rural places across the Mountain States and Midwest, and when it hits health care workers, ready reinforcements aren’t easy to find.

In Montana, pandemic-induced staffing shortages have shuttered a clinic in the state’s capital, led a northwestern regional hospital to ask employees exposed to COVID-19 to continue to work and emptied a health department 400 miles to the east.

“Just one more person out and we wouldn’t be able to keep the surgeries going,” said Dr. Shelly Harkins, chief medical officer of St. Peter’s Health in Helena, a city of roughly 32,000 where cases continue to spread. “When the virus is just all around you, it’s almost impossible to not be deemed a contact at some point. One case can take out a whole team of people in a blink of an eye.”

In North Dakota, where cases per resident are growing faster than any other state, hospitals may once again curtail elective surgeries and possibly seek government aid to hire more nurses if the situation gets worse, North Dakota Hospital Association President Tim Blasl said.

“How long can we run at this rate with the workforce that we have?” Blasl said. “You can have all the licensed beds you want, but if you don’t have anybody to staff those beds, it doesn’t do you any good.”

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The northern Rocky Mountains, Great Plains and Upper Midwest are seeing the highest surge of COVID-19 cases in the nation, as some residents have ignored recommendations for curtailing the virus, such as wearing masks and avoiding large gatherings. Montana, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin have recently ranked among the top 10 U.S. states in confirmed cases per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period, according to an analysis by The New York Times.

Such coronavirus infections — and the quarantines that occur because of them — are exacerbating the health care worker shortage that existed in these states well before the pandemic. Unlike in the nation’s metropolitan hubs, these outbreaks are scattered across hundreds of miles. And even in these states’ biggest cities, the ranks of medical professionals are in short supply. Specialists and registered nurses are sometimes harder to track down than ventilators, N95 masks or hospital beds. Without enough care providers, patients may not be able to get the medical attention they need.

Hospitals have asked staffers to cover extra shifts and learn new skills. They have brought in temporary workers from other parts of the country and transferred some patients to less-crowded hospitals. But, at St. Peter’s Health, if the hospital’s one kidney doctor gets sick or is told to quarantine, Harkins doesn’t expect to find a backup.

“We make a point to not have excessive staff because we have an obligation to keep the cost of health care down for a community — we just don’t have a lot of slack in our rope,” Harkins said. “What we don’t account for is a mass exodus

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Cyanobacteria: Small candidates as great hopes for medicine and biotechnology

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In order to unlock the genetic potential of unusual cyanobacteria for the production of new active agents and to explore the potential for applications in biotechnology, the team headed by Dr Paul D’Agostino has been awarded a competitive whole-genome sequencing grant from the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) in the USA.

An ever-growing global population, an increasing standard of living and environmental challenges such as anthropogenic climate change, ocean pollution, the declining availability of arable land and dwindling fossil resources – these are today’s global challenges. Therefore, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has dedicated the Science Year 2020/21 to the topic Bioeconomy with the aim of meeting these challenges with little heroes. The “stars” of bioeconomy are proteins, algae, microorganisms, and other tiny creatures with great impact.

At the Chair of Technical Biochemistry at TU Dresden, the researchers will now focus on some of the oldest of such little superheroes: cyanobacteria. There are about 2000 species of cyanobacteria and many of these species have been poorly researched. Dr Paul D’Agostino, Professor Tobias Gulder and their team – including cooperation partners Michelle Gehringer (TU Kaiserslautern), Michael Lakatos and Patrick Jung (both Hochschule Kaiserslautern) – hope that unusual cyanobacteria will yield promising results and make an innovative contribution to bioeconomy.

“Microorganisms produce valuable organic molecules with great potential for many applications. It is important to know that unusual organisms often also produce novel bioactive agents. The discovery of such new, bioactive molecules is essential if one thinks, for example, of new medical challenges such as the coronavirus and the progressive development of resistance to established active agents. Within the scope of this project, we therefore want to investigate the genetic potential of very unusual cyanobacteria for the production of innovative active pharmaceutical ingredients,” explains Gulder.

As a first step, the team will predict the potential of natural compounds by sequencing the genomes and subsequent bioinformatic analysis.

The results can then be translated into the targeted discovery of new molecules using modern methods of synthetic biology and biotechnology. As a final step, the project will focus on the production and characterization of these natural compounds and on the application of the enzymes producing these compounds as biocatalysts for the development of sustainable chemical processes.

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Pandemic Putting Americans Under Great Mental Strain: Poll | Health News

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter

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TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) — COVID-19, health care, the economy, systemic racism and the presidential election are a threat to the nation’s mental health, according to an American Psychological Association (APA) poll.

Seventy-eight percent of adults polled said the pandemic is causing major stress and 60% called the array of issues facing the country overwhelming.

And younger adults are really struggling, the poll revealed.

Respondents from Generation Z (those born since 1996), pegged their stress level in the past month at a 6 on 10-point scale in which 1 represented “little to no stress” and 10 was “a great deal of stress.” That compared with an average stress level of 5 among all adults.

Nineteen percent of adults said their mental health is worse than it was a year ago.

That included 34% of Gen Z adults; 19% of millennials (born 1977-1995); 21% of Gen Xers (born 1965-1976); 12% of baby boomers (born 1946-1964); and 8% of those born before 1946.

Gen Z adults were the most likely to report common signs of depression.

More than 7 in 10 said that in the last two weeks they were so tired that they sat around and did nothing, felt very restless, found it hard to think or concentrate, felt lonely, or felt miserable or unhappy.

“This survey confirms what many mental health experts have been saying since the start of the pandemic: Our mental health is suffering from the compounding stressors in our lives,” said Arthur Evans Jr., chief executive officer of the APA.

“This compounding stress will have serious health and social consequences if we don’t act now to reduce it,” he said in an association news release.

Evans noted that the youngest Americans are showing signs of serious mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.

The poll found that changes to school are a big stressor for Gen Zers. More than 8 of 10 teens said they have had negative impacts of school closures, and 51% said planning for the future seems impossible.

Among college students, 67% feel the same way about planning for the future. And 87% of Gen Z members in college said school is a significant source of stress.

“Loneliness and uncertainly about the future are major stressors for adolescents and young adults, who are striving to find their places in the world, both socially, and in terms of education and work. The pandemic and its economic consequences are upending youths’ social lives and their visions for their futures,” said survey researcher Emma Adam, a professor of education and social policy at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Adam said public policy must address this generation’s need for social, emotional and mental health supports as well as financial assistance and educational and work opportunities. “Both comfort now and hope for the future are essential for the long-term well-being of this generation,” she said.

But most Americans aren’t getting the support they need. Among adults, 61% said they could use

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‘I Have a Great Team of Doctors and the Prognosis Is Good’

Actor Jeff Bridges, who is 70, took to social media on Monday night to announce that he’s been diagnosed with lymphoma.

“As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light,” Bridges wrote. “I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good. I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.”

The seven-time Oscar nominee also thanked his friends and family for their support in his battle against the form of cancer and urged people to vote in the upcoming election. 

Bridges, who is starring in the FX series The Old Man, has had roles in multiple films throughout his career. He’s been in The Big Lebowski, Bad Times at the El Royale, Crazy Heart, The Fabulous Baker Boys, TronTrue Grit, The Giver, Iron Man, Seabiscuit, The Last Picture Show, and much more. 

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Who Are the Scientists Behind the Great Barrington Declaration?

After the authors of a declaration promoting herd immunity spoke to White House officials last week, the scientific community immediately called into question the declaration as well as the scientists who wrote it.

The Great Barrington Declaration, a statement written by three public health experts from Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford, encourages governments to lift lockdown restrictions on young and healthy people while focusing protection measures on the elderly. This would allow COVID-19 to spread in a population where it is less likely to be deadly, the authors state, encouraging widespread immunity that is not dependent on a vaccine.

Restrictions have caused other harms, including lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings, and deteriorating mental health, they argue.

After gaining some publicity, this strategy was strongly denounced by many in the scientific community. While it supposedly received 8,000 signatures from public health experts and doctors, news outlets later revealed that some of those signatures were fake.

The declaration was sponsored by the American Institute for Economic Research, a libertarian, free-market think tank headquartered in western Massachusetts. The Institute is in a network of organizations funded by Charles Koch — a right-wing billionaire known for promoting climate change denial and opposing regulations on business.

While the scientists who wrote the declaration claim they represent both right- and left-wing politics, all have attempted to influence governments to end lockdowns since the start of the pandemic.

Here’s a look at the three scientists behind the Great Barrington Declaration. MedPage Today reached out to them for comment but none responded.

Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD

Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine and economics at Stanford University, was an early vocal opponent of coronavirus lockdowns beginning in early March.

In a March 24 opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal when statewide lockdowns were beginning, Bhattacharya and a co-author questioned the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that universal quarantines may not be worth the costs to the economy, social life, and population health.

Along with John Ioannidis, MD, DSC, of Stanford, Bhattacharya co-authored the Santa Clara antibody seroprevalence study, a preprint published in April that suggested coronavirus infections (and possibly, immunity) were up to 85 times higher than scientists originally thought. The study, which became a tool in the political debate to reopen the economy, was criticized for lacking sound evidence. It was later revealed by BuzzFeed News that the study received funding from the founder of JetBlue, which the authors hadn’t disclosed.

In early September, President Trump stated that the U.S. case fatality rate for COVID-19 dropped 85% since April, because of the “groundbreaking therapies” pioneered under Operation Warp Speed (though the only authorized treatment supported by the program is convalescent plasma). Bhattacharya was cited as the source of the data showing the fatality rate reduction — which can be attributed to more testing, improved protection measures in nursing homes, and some new treatments, according to PolitiFact.

Bhattacharya is also a former research fellow at the Hoover Institution, a conservative

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How To Find A Great Family Dentist

If you have moved to a new area you will need to find new healthcare professionals to look after yourself and your family. Oral healthcare is one of the most important aspects of medical care, it can notify you to larger health problems and the confidence and happiness of a bright, white smile may mean a great deal. Relocation can be stressful but following some simple advice can make at least the search for a new dentist a little easier.

Moving to a new area and beginning the search for services may seem overwhelming but it does not have to be, with a little research and the right questions you will be able to find the best available options for all your family's needs. Searching for a dentist can seem even more complicated, how will you know how good they are without an expensive dental office visit?

The best resource for finding reliable and professional dental care options in your new area is the people who have lived there for a while. Your new friends and neighbor's can provide great advice about which they entrust their dental care to and importantly, whom they wouldn't. The testimonials of other people are a great source of information and it is important to ask as many people as possible, if you hear a name consistently then you can be certain that they have a good reputation in the community for quality dental care. A dentist that has a positive association for many people is rare as dental visits are not normally a highlight of the week for most people. Finding one that people rave about is a great sign that you have found a quality and professional option for your family.

If you don't know many people in your new town or are unfamiliar with the area then you can turn to other resources for your information. There are more and more professional ratings services available online where medical professional are reviewed and rated to help you make an informed and knowledgeable choice. It is important to read these ratings carefully, if you see a review that is incredibly negative you may wish to treat with an amount of skepticism, that also follows for the overwhelmingly positive review. If however the general consensus is in one direction than you can be pretty certain that this is a good overview of the quality of the dentist in question.

With all of this information available you may feel like you are overloaded, make a shortlist of dental practices in the area and start making phone calls. A helpful and friendly staff that is willing to answer questions over the phone is a good sign that they will be available to you for the information you need if you decided to become a patient.

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Why Search for a Pediatric Dentist of Great Reputation

Seeing your child get bullied just because of a broken piece of tooth is something that you don’t like to happen. Taking care of your kid’s dental needs is one way of showing how much you care. Your concern about his/her overall health can start from bringing him/her to your family dentist. Dentists that are expert in handling children’s dental cases are called pediatric dentist. Dealing with your child’s early dental issues is a precautionary action to prevent further dental problems in the future. Of course, choosing the right dentist for your child is a vital step to take.

So, what should you seek out for a children’s dentist? First and foremost is the professional qualification of the dentist. Does he/she receive the compulsory academic course and undertake associated lab and intern training? These are fundamental part of acquiring a medical degree in dentistry. After earning such requirement, the dentist must have continued his/her course for post-graduate studies for field of specialization like pediatric dentistry. Of course, the school must have been accredited by the American Dental Association. Once your kid’s dentist was educated from sedation dentistry and child behavior, these are good signs of dedication.

After graduation and accreditation, this dedication will be manifested further as the pediatric dentist continues to educate himself/herself by broadening his/her knowledge, techniques, and skills in pediatric dentistry through researches, seminars, and workshops. Children’s dentistry is an area of dentistry that requires constant learning and advancement so as to adapt with the present children’s behaviors and current technologies. A good dentist, who strives upgrading himself/herself to carry on his/her dental practices with great satisfaction, proving himself/herself with certificates, is someone who really cares about the overall health of his/her patients.

You can also determine that the dentist is committed to providing the best dental care possible through certificates of recognition he/she received from his/her professional colleagues and affiliations. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry usually recognizes the efforts of every dentist who are dedicated to excellence in pediatric dentistry. There are dental organizations and philanthropic foundations that give awards to dedicated dentists as well.

Of course, a pediatric dentist of good reputation is not measured by his/her medical degrees and papers of recognition or awards he/she received. Although these pieces of papers are evidence that he/she is a qualified dentist, what really matter most is his/her excellent reputation and genuine care towards his/her patients. Since it is normal for children to feel uneasy when visiting dental clinics, the dentist must therefore be capable of displaying amiable qualities like being friendly, compassionate, gentle, and accommodating. These qualities are important in winning the trust of the child. And earning the child’s trust is a key to successful dental diagnosis and treatment. Well, these are the important things to consider before having your kid’s dentist.

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A Few Simple Tips For Finding A Great Dentist

Finding a great dentist isn’t easy. Whether you live in Hawaii or Wichita, this can be a daunting task, especially if you haven’t been to a dentist for a while. But look no further, than this article. Finding a dentist is easier than you think if you simply apply the tips that follow.

Ask People You Know

A great way to find a dentist is to ask other people that you know and trust. Ask your family, colleagues or friends. Often they will have good recommendations. In addition to asking what dentist they recommend, ask about other qualitative factors. Find out if the dentist is friendly, has a nice waiting room and has a great staff.

What if you are new to an area?

If you are new to an area, you may not know anyone who can recommend a great dentist. So what do you do in this scenario? Ask credible people who are in a position to know who the best dentists are. Often hospitals and other health facilities employ the services of a number of dentists. So they are in a great position to know who the best dentists are. All you need to do is call them up and ask for a recommendation.

You can also ask a local dental school. Dental schools are in a great position to know who the best dentists are in the area. In addition, dental schools may even offer lower rates than a regular dentist for dental care. Sure, you will have students performing your dental care, but they will be well supervised by extremely experience dentists who know what they are doing.

Use the Internet

Now days, everything is on the web. Search for a website that lists dentists in your area along with patient reviews. Look for a dentist that is convenient for you and also look at their reviews. Make sure that their patients have a lot of good things to say about them. And if a dentist has a lot of negative reviews, look elsewhere.

Also visit the dentist’s website. You can learn a lot by checking out their website. Does the dentist offer all of the dental services required to meet their needs? You can also get a feel for the dentist’s personality by the way they have designed their site and what they talk about on their website. And if the dentist has posted a video, then you are really in luck. You can get a good sense of their personality too.

Special Dental Needs

When choosing a dentist, you should also consider your special dental needs. If you have healthy teeth, choosing a dentist is easier as all dentists are able to do the basics like cleanings and taking x-rays. But if you have crooked teeth you may want a dentist that specializes in orthodontics. Or if you want your teeth to look better you may want a dentist that specializes in cosmetic dentistry and so on.

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What’s the Best Way to Discover a Great Cosmetic Dentist?

It is imperative to choose the right cosmetic dentist to get your desired results. Since cosmetic dentistry is not officially recognized in the field of dentistry, any dentist can consider himself/herself as a cosmetic dentist. In general, all dentists learn how to perform different procedures in the area of cosmetic dentistry, but to be able to accomplish a higher level of expertise, they need to go through years of extensive learning and training.

Ask for Recommendations

Ask friends, family members or coworkers if they can recommend a good cosmetic dentist. When they do refer someone, check the website of the doctor, contact the office or visit for a preliminary consultation. You can also ask for referrals from other dentists you know.

Look at Their Work

Majority of dentists who carry out cosmetic dental procedures take pride in what they do, so they document their work by taking before and after pictures. Usually, these photos can be viewed online or in an album at the dentist’s clinic. As a warning, make sure that the photos being shown are real patients of the dentist being considered, and not pictures that are commercially produced.

Check on Their Credentials

Even though a certain dentist is highly recommended and shows beautiful pictures of his/her work, you still want to ensure that he/she has the qualifications needed. Check the prospective doctor’s website to know the school he/she graduated from, the continuing education courses that were completed, as well as the professional organizations in which he/she is a member. The cosmetic dentists that are highly qualified are part of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Make Your Wish List

It is crucial to decide on the things you want to fix about your smile prior to your initial consultation with a cosmetic dentist. Take a look at yourself, then make a list. This way, once you have chosen your cosmetic dentist, you can present your wish list for comparison with the suggestions of your dentist.

Express Your Desire

When it comes to enhancing a smile, it is important for a person to have his own view of what looks good to achieve satisfying results. The art of “smile enhancement” depends on the ability of a dentist to incorporate a person’s own opinion of what is important with the application of the dentist’s scientific knowledge to smile design. Since your dentist is professionally trained and experienced, he can see dental possibilities better than you do. So, it is his/her duty to teach you so you can come up with your own choices. At the same time, you should be confident that your dentist considers the results you want to achieve.

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