Hodgson receives boost as FIVE Crystal Palace players return to fitness ahead of trip to Wolves

Roy Hodgson receives major boost as FIVE Crystal Palace players including new signing Jack Butland return to fitness ahead of trip to Wolves

  • Gary Cahill and James Tomkins, who were both out with thigh injuries, are back
  • Jordan Ayew and summer signing Jack Butland are back after self-isolating
  • The striker and the new goalkeeper tested positive for coronavirus recently
  • James McCarthy is also back in training after picking up an injury with Ireland

Crystal Palace have received a significant injury boost ahead of Friday’s Premier League trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers, with manager Roy Hodgson confirming that five first-team players have returned to full fitness.

Defenders Gary Cahill and James Tomkins, who were both out with thigh injuries, are available for the game at Molineux, while striker Jordan Ayew and new goalkeeper Jack Butland are back after self-isolating following positive tests for COVID-19.

Central midfielder James McCarthy is also back in training after picking up an injury on international duty with Ireland.

Roy Hodgson has been boosted by the news of five Crystal Palace players returning to fitness

Roy Hodgson has been boosted by the news of five Crystal Palace players returning to fitness

New signing Jack Butland is back after the goalkeeper tested positive for coronavirus

New signing Jack Butland is back after the goalkeeper tested positive for coronavirus

Centre-back Gary Cahill also returns following a thigh injury to the former Chelsea defender

Centre-back Gary Cahill also returns following a thigh injury to the former Chelsea defender

‘We just need to assess Tyrick Mitchell before tomorrow who picked up a knock yesterday and Joel Ward,’ Hodgson told reporters on Thursday. 

‘But I’m not making too many complaints, the squad is as big and competitive as I’ve seen it.

‘I’m just trying to keep everybody as happy as possible. It might be the first time I’ve had to leave people out of an 18-man squad – that really is an unusual situation.’

Tomkins returns from a thigh injury

Ayew also tested positive for coronavirus but now returns from quarantine

James Tomkins (left) also returns from injury as does Jordan Ayew (right) does from quarantine

Midfielder James McCarthy is also back in training after picking up an injury with Ireland

Midfielder James McCarthy is also back in training after picking up an injury with Ireland

Palace beat bottom side Fulham 2-1 away last weekend and Hodgson said he expected a tight contest against Wolves, who are unbeaten in their last three Premier League games and ninth in the table, one place below Palace but level on points.

‘We’re expecting a very, very tough game. It’s nice to go there with 10 points and a bit of confidence, but so have they,’ Hodgson said.

‘We do know they have the ability to put you under the cosh for a long period of time, and it will be up to us to produce the quality to relieve that pressure.’

Hodgson also confirmed the club will assess Tyrick Mitchell ahead of the game against Wolves

Hodgson also confirmed the club will assess Tyrick Mitchell ahead of the game against Wolves

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Trump official tests positive for COVID-19 after Europe trip



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Trump official tests positive for COVID-19 after Europe trip

A senior Trump administration official has tested positive for the coronavirus after a trip to Europe, sparking concerns over transmission of the virus among government personnel.

Peter Berkowitz, the director of policy planning at the State Department, met with officials at 10 Downing Street and the Foreign Office in London. He also had meetings in Paris and in Budapest, with Hungarian State Secretary Peter Sztaray and Deputy State Secretary Ferenc Dancs, earlier this month.

The diagnosis was first reported by The Washington Post, and an official told the paper that Berkowitz was inconsistent in following mask-wearing and social distancing guidelines.

The State Department denied that Berkowitz was lax in following health guidance.

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“During all of Director Berkowitz’s engagements abroad, he consistently followed the mask-wearing protocol demonstrated by his counterparts from the host government. As Secretary Pompeo has said, we take the threat posed by COVID-19 very seriously, and extend every precaution to protect each member of our team as we carry out our diplomatic engagement during these unprecedented times,” a State Department spokesperson told The Hill.

“We are closely monitoring daily COVID-19 developments, and continue to apply the best science and the current public health recommendations to support the entire team as we continue to achieve results on behalf of the American people.”

Administration officials are reportedly in contact with government personnel in the three countries Berkowitz visited, and an official told the Post that no cases have been reported in Hungary that are related to the trip.

The news of the diagnosis comes as both the U.S. and Europe grapple with new rises in cases and hospitalizations from the coronavirus. Among the most high-profile outbreaks was last week’s news that several members of Vice President Pence’s staff had tested positive for the coronavirus, while Europe has reported more than 1.3 million new cases this past week.

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Parents claim son suffers irreparable damage after trip to the dentist

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – The parents of a two-year-old said their child was left in crippling agony after a trip to the dentist office earlier this week.



a woman sitting on a bench: Chance Roberson with his mom and dad after coming home from the hospital.


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Chance Roberson with his mom and dad after coming home from the hospital.

What was expected to be a routine cleaning ended with a child hospitalized and the parents taking legal action.

Two-year-old Chance had his first cleaning when the hygienist told his parents he had decay on his front teeth. They were told four silver crowns were needed to prevent future problems.

The parents agreed but said what happened in the exam room was something they never expected.

“His mouth had completely swollen up,” said Monica Roberson. “There was so much bruising, I took him to the emergency room directly after leaving there.”

Chance Roberson is on the mend, but his parents are still looking for an explanation. “They got mid-way through the process and said they can’t do any more and left them as they were because they filed them down too far.”

Monica and Donavyn took their two-year-old son to see a dentist at Children’s Dentistry of Huntsville. They were told Chance needed four caps for his four front teeth.

“The nurse kept saying, I don’t understand we don’t normally do procedures on children this small,” said Donavyn Larry. “It is not our specialty. I kept thinking why are you doing it then?”

Unaware to the parents, Chance also needed a root canal due to tooth decay.  “The whole process was just uncomfortable for everybody. You could tell it was kind of a panic situation when they realize they couldn’t do anything,” said Roberson.

A family member posted photos following the procedure on social media where they were shared more than one-thousand times.  The family also hired attorney Will League to represent them.

He told us, “This case falls under the Alabama Medical Liability Act.  The applicable standard of care requires proof, through expert testimony, that no reasonable dentist would have done what this dentist did.  The standard of care also requires the physician or dentist to fully explain the procedure along with its risks and benefits to the patient and obtain consent to proceed.”

We reached out to Children’s Dentistry of Huntsville. The office manager told me no one in the office would be available to comment due to the ongoing legal action.

I also reached out to the UAB Dentistry School and other pediatric dentists in the area, but no one felt comfortable commenting on the situation without first reviewing patient records.

A dentist who did not want to go on camera said root canals are one of the most common treatments performed on baby teeth. The procedure is typically performed on a tooth that has been infected, usually a result of tooth decay.

“I know you need to have some of the teeth grind down when you put a cap in but nothing to that severity. No, I wasn’t aware of

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Melania Trump cancels campaign trip due to ‘lingering cough’

Oct. 20 (UPI) — First lady Melania Trump canceled plans to attend a campaign rally for President Donald Trump on Tuesday due to a “lingering cough” from her bout of COVID-19, her chief of staff said.

Stephanie Grisham said the first lady is still recovering from her illness, nearly three weeks after her diagnosis.

“Mrs. Trump continues to feel better every day following her recovery from COVID-19, but with a lingering cough, and out of an abundance of caution, she will not be traveling today,” Grisham said.

The event in Erie, Pa., Tuesday night would have been the first lady’s first campaign event since the president’s White House speech as part of the Republican National Convention in August.

Melania Trump said last week she tested negative for the novel coronavirus after experiencing a “roller coaster” of symptoms, including body aches, cough, headache and fatigue. She said she chose a “more natural route” for her treatment, focusing on taking vitamins and eating healthy foods.

She also said the couple’s son, Barron Trump, tested positive for the virus, but has since tested negative.

The president, meanwhile, was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., for three days after experiencing some breathing troubles brought on by COVID-19. Doctors treated him with an experimental antibody cocktail by Regeneron and remdesivir, an antiviral originally created to treat the Ebola virus.

Donald Trump is expected to give remarks at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Erie International Airport before returning to the White House.

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Should COVID still force us to postpone elective surgery or forgo a trip to the ER?



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In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged people to stay away from crowded emergency rooms and put-off elective surgery, including heart procedures, to reduce potential coronavirus exposure. As early as April, doctors worried that people experiencing life-threatening emergencies were avoiding hospitals. Those fears were validated.

In Boston, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s March/April data showed heart attack hospitalizations down by 33 percent, stroke hospitalizations down by 58 percent, and referrals for breast and blood cancers down by more than 60 percent from the two months prior. Even those who experienced a heart attack or stroke avoided hospitals; one study showed a 38 percent drop in patients treated for ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a life-threatening narrowing of a vital artery to the heart.

By June, 41 percent of Americans reported having had avoided some care due to Covid fears. The CDC found that emergency visits across the U.S. declined 23 percent for heart attacks from March to May and 20 percent for strokes. Though the World Health Organization (WHO) still urges people to avoid routine dental and health care visits, following that guidance can produce unintended consequences, some long term.

With ailments such as cardiovascular disease, delay in treatment can lead to preventable deaths or permanent disabilities. Virginia Commonwealth University and Yale University researchers looked at excess deaths – the number of deaths over what would be expected based on previous years – in March and April. They concluded that overall. 56,246 (65 percent) of the 87,001 excess deaths in the U.S. during those two months were attributed to COVID-19.

However, in 14 states, including populous California and Texas, more than 50 percent of excess deaths were attributed to other causes, most commonly heart disease, the leading cause of death in America. A person whose primary cause of death is cardiovascular or pulmonary may have also had COVID 19. The five states with the most COVID-19 deaths also experienced large proportional increases in deaths due to pre-existing chronic conditions: diabetes (96 percent), heart diseases (89 percent), Alzheimer’s disease (64 percent), and cerebrovascular diseases (35 percent). New York City experienced the largest increases, notably those due to heart disease (398 percent) and diabetes (356 percent).

But with diseases like cancers, delayed treatment and delayed diagnoses cause impacts that won’t be felt immediately. Those delays are mounting up. One national study of U.S. patients who received testing from Quest Diagnostics between January and April found the mean weekly number of new diagnoses for six common cancers dropped by 46 percent, with breast cancer diagnoses in March and April declining the most (52 percent), compared to the two months prior. Data from 20 U.S. health care institutions found breast cancer screenings down by 89 percent and colorectal cancer screenings down by 85 percent in the first four months of 2020, compared to the same period last year.

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Psychedelics startups racing to go public: Compass, Havn, Field Trip

  • There is a “psychedelics renaissance” in motion, according to insiders in the industry, as shown by a rush of investor dollars and a number of public market debuts.
  • Some of the investors and banks working in psychedelics are the same ones who were involved with the cannabis boom and subsequent bust.
  • Despite the similarities, psychedelics insiders say that there are stark differences between cannabis and psychedelics.
  • Business Insider spoke to five industry insiders, from company CEOs to investors. They said they don’t see psychedelics facing the same pitfalls that befell the cannabis industry.
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The psychedelics industry is booming.

Compass Pathways, a London-based psychedelics giant, raised $146.6 million in its US initial public offering last month, and is valued at more than $1 billion. Psychedelics companies Field Trip Health and Havn Life Sciences recently started trading in Canada, following MindMed, which secured a Canadian listing in March.

Meanwhile, the psychedelics industry is drawing attention from biotech investors, as well as from cannabis companies looking for fresh opportunities.

The total market for psychedelics-related medicines could eventually reach $100 billion, according to a report from Tania Gonsalves at Canaccord Genuity. Companies are working on psychedelics-based therapies for treatment-resistant depression, cluster headaches, opioid use disorder, smoking cessation, and PTSD among others, according to the report.

Ronan Levy, the founder and executive chairman of Field Trip, which is focused on setting up treatment clinics and on psychedelics-based drug development and manufacturing, called the uptick in investor interest and funding a “psychedelic renaissance.”

A focus on the importance of mental health has gone mainstream, Levy said. Other factors driving the boom include increasing research on psychedelics, big-name investors like Peter Thiel coming on board, skepticism around big pharma, and the headway that cannabis has made in challenging preconceived notions of drugs, he said.

The psychedelics boom has some parallels with the cannabis bubble

Levy’s firm started trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange on Oct. 6. Cannabis-focused asset manager Silver Spike Capital and Harris Fricker, the former CEO of GMP Capital, invested in the company before it went public.

GMP Capital is a Canadian investment bank that advised cannabis companies including Canopy Growth. Its capital-markets business was acquired by Stifel Financial in December 2019. Other Canadian investment banks that work with cannabis companies, such as Canaccord Genuity and Eight Capital, are now starting to advise psychedelics companies as they gear up to trade publicly.

“I think you have a lot of people who have seen what has happened in the cannabis industry from a capital markets perspective, seeing psychedelics as an extension of it,” said Levy. “You have a lot of people who either made a lot of money or were very interested in the cannabis industry, seeing the cannabis industry going through a bit of a trough from a valuation perspective and a reputational perspective and they’re looking for another great opportunity.”

Though there are some parallels between cannabis and psychedelics, they don’t run as deep as

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