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Two countries pause Moderna rollout for youths over rare side effects

<p>Sweden and Denmark have said they will pause the use of Modern’s COVID-19 vaccine for younger age groups after reports of possible rare side effects, such as myocarditis.</p> <p>The Swedish Health Agency said on Wednesday it would pause using the shot for those born in 1991 and later, as data points to an increase in myocarditis and pericarditis among youths and young adults who have been vaccinated.</p> <p>Those conditions involve inflammation of the heart or its lining.</p> <p>“The connection is especially clear when it comes to Modern’s vaccine Spikevax, especially after the second dose,” the healthy agency said in a statement, adding the risk of being affected was very small.</p> <p>Denmark said that, while it was already using the Pfizer/Biontech vaccine as the main option for those aged 12-17 years, it had decided to pause giving the Moderna vaccine to those under 18 as a “precautionary principle”.</p> <p>“In the preliminary data….there is a suspicion of an increased risk of heart inflammation, when vaccinated with Moderna,” The Danish Health Authority said in a statement.</p> <p>It referred to data from an as yet unpublished Nordic study, which would now be sent to European Medicines Agency (EMA) for further assessment. Final data was expected within a month, it added.</p> <p>Sweden and Denmark said they now recommend the Comirnaty vaccine, from Pfizer/Biontech instead.</p> <p>Norway already recommends the Pfizer vaccine to minors and said on Wednesday that it was reiterating this, underlining that the rare side effects could happen particularly for boys and young men, mainly after receiving a second dose.</p> <p>“Men under 30 should also consider choosing Cominarty when they get vaccinated,” Geir Bukholm, head of infection control at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, said in a statement.</p> <p>A Finnish health official said that Finland expected to publish a decision on Thursday.</p>

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“They did everything right”: Couple die of Covid one minute apart

<p>A couple from Michigan have died from Covid-19 within just one minute of each other.</p> <p>Linda Dunham, 66, and her husband Cal, 59, passed away holding hands after they were struck down by the deadly Delta variant that is ravaging the US. </p> <p>The couple were both fully vaccinated, but both of them had serious underlying health conditions that made them more susceptible to serious infection. </p> <p>The couple's daughter Sarah spoke to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.fox17online.com/news/coronavirus/grand-rapids-couple-dies-1-minute-apart-from-covid-19" target="_blank">a local news station</a>, saying that they were perfect parents. </p> <p><span>“The love that they found together after a previous marriage is fantastic,” she said. </span></p> <p><span>“They were the people that you just looked at and you were like, ‘I want to be old like that, I want that love when I’m that age.’ "</span></p> <p><span>Their lives began to change in July, when both Linda and Cal started to feel unwell during a camping trip. </span></p> <p><span>They first thought it was just a common cold, but by the third day they felt sick enough to cut their outing short. </span></p> <p><span>Within days, Cal and Linda were admitted to the local hospital and intubated, as their undisclosed pre-existing conditions worsened the severity of their infections. </span></p> <p><span>The doctors told their family members that they would have to be taken off life support, but as Sarah said, "they had other plans".</span></p> <div class="crd clln--it" data-type="text"> <div class=" crd--cnt "> <p class=" ">The two were wheeled into the same room on Sunday, and moments later, Cal Dunham died at 11:07am Linda Dunham followed less than a minute later, dying at 11:08.</p> </div> </div> <div class="crd clln--it" data-type="text"> <div class=" crd--cnt "> <p>Their passing happened as Linda said it always would, according to Sarah. </p> <p><span>“She always joked and said, ‘Well, you’re going to go before I am, I’ll be right there behind you, I promise,’ " Sarah Dunham said. </span></p> <p><span>“And she really was, like she really was right there behind him.”</span></p> <p><span>Cases such as the Dunham's are reasons why many in the US are pushing for booster shot to be administered for those with pre-exisiting conditions. </span></p> <p><span>Sarah wants her parents to be an example of how serious the virus can be, and is urging people to get vaccinated. </span></p> <p>“I’m angry because so many people are like, ‘if I catch Covid, I catch Covid that’s what it is.’ No, it’s not,” she said.</p> <p>“It could be any person; it could be anybody. They did everything right, they did everything to protocol the way it should be done.”</p> <p>The various available Covid vaccines have been proven to reduce the risk of catching the virus and severely reduce the symptoms of those who get it.</p> <p>According to America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unvaccinated people are 10 times more likely to be hospitalised and 11 times more likely to die from the virus.</p> <p><em>Image credit: Facebook</em></p> </div> </div>

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"It's been unbearable": Sarah Jessica Parker finally breaks silence on fallen co-star

<p>Actress Sarah Jessica Parker has broken her silence on the death of her friend and <em>Sex and the City</em> co-star Willie Garson.</p> <p>Willie died on September 21st after a battle with pancreatic cancer.</p> <p>A flood of <a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/health/caring/tributes-pour-in-for-willie-garson-who-has-died-at-57" target="_blank">tributes poured in</a> for the 57-year-old following the news of his death, with SJP saying at the time, "It's too soon".</p> <p>But on Friday, she penned an emotional tribute to her late friend, saying "It's been unbearable."</p> <p>Her caption reads, “Sometimes silence is a statement. Of the gravity. The anguish. The magnitude of the loss of a 30+ year friendship.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CUNtHhyFBf0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CUNtHhyFBf0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by SJP (@sarahjessicaparker)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“A real friendship that allowed for secrets, adventure, a shared professional family, truth, concerts, road trips, meals, late night phone calls, a mutual devotion to parenthood and all the heartaches and joy that accompany, triumphs, disappointments, fear, rage and years spent on sets (most especially Carrie’s apartment) and laughing late into the night as both Stanford and Carrie and Willie and SJ.”</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“Willie. I will miss everything about you. And replay our last moments together,” Parker’s post continued.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“I will re-read every text from your final days and put to pen our last calls. Your absence a crater that I will fill with blessing of these memories and all the ones that are still in recesses yet to surface."</p> <div class="hide-print ad-no-notice css-qyun7f-StyledAdUnitWrapper ezkyf1c0"> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“My love and deepest sympathies and condolences to you dear Nathen. You were and are the light of Willie’s life and his greatest achievement was being your Papa."</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“These were his last words to me. ‘Great bangles all around.’ Yes. Godspeed Willie Garson. RIP. X, SJ,” she ended her post.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Along with the lengthy emotional caption, Sarah shared a series of photos of the pair from both on and off screen, as both colleagues and friends.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">The two had recently been working together on the set of <em>And Just Like That...</em>, in which Willie returned to his role as Stanford Blatch, Carrie Bradshaw's lifelong friend.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Other Sex and the City alumni shared tributes to the actor, including Cynthia Nixon, executive producer of the show Michael Patrick King, and Willie's on-screen partner Mario Cantone.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I couldn’t have had a more brilliant TV partner. I’m devastated and just overwhelmed with Sadness. Taken away from all of us way soon. You were a gift from the gods. Rest my sweet friend. I love you. <a href="https://t.co/Ia4tg1VK1Y">pic.twitter.com/Ia4tg1VK1Y</a></p> — Mario Cantone (@macantone) <a href="https://twitter.com/macantone/status/1440466454160101382?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 22, 2021</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">So deeply, deeply sad we have lost <a href="https://twitter.com/WillieGarson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WillieGarson</a>. We all loved him and adored working with him. He was endlessly funny on-screen and and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a consummate professional— always. <a href="https://t.co/G63EJIj8lG">pic.twitter.com/G63EJIj8lG</a></p> — Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) <a href="https://twitter.com/CynthiaNixon/status/1440481643936948238?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 22, 2021</a></blockquote> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><em>Image credits: Instagram @sarahjessicaparker</em></p> </div>

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“Always listen to mummy”: Kid who refused to take off mask for school photos gets $30k

<p><em>Image: Facebook </em></p> <p>If Nicole Peoples ever wondered whether her son followed her instructions when she’s not around, she now has her answer and a sweet photo as proof.</p> <p>Mason Peoples refused to take his face mask off, even for his school photos. His mother told him only to take it off to eat and he knows to: “always listen to his mummy.”</p> <p>Ms Peoples posted about the young boy’s exchange with the school photographer on her Facebook account.</p> <p>When it came time for his photo to be taken, the photographer encouraged the first-grade student to take off his mask even for two seconds, but he politely declined.</p> <p>“I said ‘No thank you, my mum told me I can’t’,” the boy told CNN proudly.</p> <p>“We had a conversation at the beginning of school about the importance of safety and how germs can be spread if he didn’t have his mask on, so he makes sure to have it on at all times,” his mother told CNN.</p> <p>“He’s very proud and he loves to show me how he’s followed the rules so that’s why he was so excited to come home and tell me about this picture story.”</p> <p>“You should be proud!” said one of the Facebook commenters. “It has to be hard to stand up to an adult, but he had the confidence to stand up for what he thought was right. Good job mama!”</p> <p>“What an incredible keepsake for this crazy era we’re living through” remarked another.</p> <p>Ms Peoples said many people have reached out asking her if they could send her money to reward Mason’s diligence with a treat, so she set up a GoFundMe page with the goal of $7.</p> <p>A total of AU$30,000 has been donated and will go towards Mason’s college fund.</p> <p>His mother was thankful at the “outpouring of love”.</p> <p>“Thank you for showing him honesty and integrity will make a big difference in this world,” she said.</p> <p>Ms Peoples told CNN that Mason was taught to take the virus very seriously, especially after the death of her grandfather in January due to COVID-19 complications.</p> <p>“He was a very significant part of our daily life, so Mason was impacted, they’ve seen it firsthand,” Ms Peoples said.</p>

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"Worried sick": Ronan Keating's son Cooper rushed to hospital

<p>Ronan Keating and his wife Storm have been "worried sick" after their son was rushed to hospital this week. </p> <p>The former Boyzone member took to Instagram to share photos of 4-year-old Cooper in a hospital bed with an oxygen mask on. </p> <p><span>"Not the 24hrs I had imagined," he captioned his post. "But ya never know what life has in store."</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5574dde3b455418aa749f97ea178fe45" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844365/ronan.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5574dde3b455418aa749f97ea178fe45" /></span></p> <p><em>Image credit: Instagram @rokeating</em></p> <p><span>"This little guy is an absolute Trooper," he added. "I'm blown away with his strength and charm." </span></p> <p><span>"Mum &amp; Dad are a mess worried sick and he takes it in his stride."</span></p> <p><span>Ronan went on to thank the dedicated staff at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital who took care of Cooper. </span></p> <p><span>While it is unclear why Cooper was admitted to hospital, a flood of get well wishes came from his 421,000 Instagram followers.</span></p> <p><span>Ronan married his wife Storm in 2015 after they met on the set of the Australian version of <em>The X Factor</em> in 2010. </span></p> <p><span>Since their wedding, they have welcomed two children: son Cooper and one-year-old daughter Coco.</span></p> <p><span>Ronan also has three other children from his previous marriage to model Yvonne Connolly: Jack, 22, Missy, 20, and Ali, 15.</span></p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty Images</em></p>

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“My darkest secret until now”: Uma Thurman’s emotional confession

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Uma Thurman has shared her “darkest secret” in an emotional essay published this week in </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/09/21/uma-thurman-abortion-law-texas/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Washington Post</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kill Bill </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">star criticised the Texas abortion ban after revealing she had an abortion in her “late teens”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Thurman shared her own experience in the hope of “drawing the flames of controversy away from the vulnerable women on whom this law will have an immediate effect”.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; 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font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CUGfL7TMVKT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Uma Thurman (@umathurman)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This law is yet another discriminatory tool against those who are economically disadvantaged, and often, indeed, against their partners,” Thurman wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Women and children of wealthy families retain all the choices in the world, and face little risk. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I am grief-stricken, as well, that the law pits citizen against citizen, creating new vigilantes who will prey on disadvantaged women, denying them the choice not to have children they are not equipped to care for, or extinguishing their hopes for the future family they might choose.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In her story, Thurman described how she fell pregnant by accident to “a much older man” while “living out of a suitcase in Europe, far from my family, and about to start a job”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After seeking advice from her parents, including her gravely ill mother, Thurman came to the decision that she would terminate the pregnancy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Thurman noted that she didn’t have the means to provide a stable home for a newborn at the time, and that her decision then allowed her to have children when she was ready.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The abortion I had as a teenager was the hardest decision of my life, one that caused me anguish then and that saddens me even now, but it was the path to the life full of joy and love that I have experienced,” she wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Choosing not to keep that early pregnancy allowed me to grow up and become the mother I wanted and needed to be.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It has been my darkest secret until now.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I am 51 years old, and I am sharing it with you from the home where I have raised my three children, who are my pride and joy.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Thurman shares two children with ex-husband Ethan Hawke, and a daughter with ex-fianc</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">é</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Arpad Busson.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Thurman ended the piece by appealing to the women and girls affected by the controversial new law and sharing an inspiring message.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To all of you - to women and girls of Texas, afraid of being traumatised and hounded by predatory bounty hunters; to all women outraged by having our bodies’ rights taken by the state; and to all of you who are made vulnerable and subjected to shame because you have a uterus - I say: I see you.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Have courage. You are beautiful. You remind me of my daughters.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: @umathurman / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Tributes pour in for Willie Garson, who has died at 57

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The family of Willie Garson, perhaps known best for playing Stanford, Carrie’s best guy friend and talent agent, on </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sex and the City, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">revealed on Tuesday that the actor had passed away at the age of 57. A cause of death has not been disclosed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Soon after the news broke, the tributes began pouring in, including tributes from Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda on </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sex and the City, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and Matt Bomer, who starred alongside him in </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">White Collar, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">where he played Mozzie, a fellow conman and close friend of Bomer’s character Neal.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nixon wrote, “We all loved him and adored working with him. He was endlessly funny on-screen and and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore.” In a second tweet, she added, “My heart goes out to his son, Nathen Garson. Nathen, I hope you know how much he loved you and how proud he was to be your dad.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">So deeply, deeply sad we have lost <a href="https://twitter.com/WillieGarson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WillieGarson</a>. We all loved him and adored working with him. He was endlessly funny on-screen and and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a consummate professional— always. <a href="https://t.co/G63EJIj8lG">pic.twitter.com/G63EJIj8lG</a></p> — Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) <a href="https://twitter.com/CynthiaNixon/status/1440481643936948238?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 22, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Posting a lengthy tribute on Instagram, Bomer wrote, “Willie. I don’t understand. And it’s not fair. This past year, you taught me so much about courage and resilience and love. I still haven’t wrapped my head around a world without you in it- where I can’t call you when I need to laugh, or be inspired. The last thing you did when we said goodbye was pull down your mask (I hate covid), smile, and wink at me.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CUGvhuOFOqU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CUGvhuOFOqU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Matt Bomer (@mattbomer)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Other tributes include one from Candace Bushnell, author of the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sex and the City </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">column and book that the series was based on, who wrote on Twitter, “Stanford  Blatch is so beloved to me and Willie brought him to life so beautifully. What a gift to us all.” Michael Patrick King, executive producer of </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sex and the City </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">And Just Like That, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">an upcoming HBO show Garson was most recently working on, said of Garson, “The ‘Sex and the City’ family has lost one of its own. Our amazing Willie Garson. His spirit and his dedication to his craft was present every day filming ‘And Just Like That.’ He was there — giving us his all — even while he was sick. His multitude of gifts as an actor and person will be missed by everyone. In this sad, dark moment we are comforted by our memory of his joy and light.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Rest in Peace <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WillieGarson?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WillieGarson</a> 💔 Stanford Blatch is so beloved to me and Willie brought him to life so beautifully. What a gift to us all. <a href="https://t.co/w2ubvTcESa">pic.twitter.com/w2ubvTcESa</a></p> — CANDACE BUSHNELL (@CandaceBushnell) <a href="https://twitter.com/CandaceBushnell/status/1440520883219492869?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 22, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">HBO, the network that served as home for </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sex and the City </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">for its six-year run, also posted a tribute to Garson, calling him “a light for everyone in his universe” and describing him as a member of the HBO family for “nearly 25 years”. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sex and the City </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">first aired in 1998, 23 years ago. </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Willie Garson was in life, as on screen, a light for everyone in his universe. He created one of HBO's most beloved characters and was a member of our family for nearly 25 years. We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing and extend condolences to his family and loved ones. <a href="https://t.co/EPU4skdLL3">pic.twitter.com/EPU4skdLL3</a></p> — HBO (@HBO) <a href="https://twitter.com/HBO/status/1440506026260787204?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 22, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In addition to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sex and the City </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">White Collar, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Garson appeared in a variety of shows, including the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hawaii Five-0 </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">reboot, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Boy Meets World, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">NYPD Blue, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">as well as reprising his role as Stanford Blach in the two </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sex and the City </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">movies. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Garson’s final tweet, posted to the site on September 5th, gives us a glimpse into the person described in all of these heartfelt tributes. The tweet reads, “Be kind to each other… always. Love to all. Approach kindness.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">BE KIND TO EACH OTHER......ALWAYS. LOVE TO ALL. APRROACH KINDNESS.</p> — Willie Garson 🇺🇸 (@WillieGarson) <a href="https://twitter.com/WillieGarson/status/1434337534474027008?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 5, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic</span></em></p>

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The 10 best superfoods for diabetics

<p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p> <p>1. Dark Chocolate</p> <p>Chocolate is rich in flavonoids, and research shows that these nutrients reduce insulin resistance, improve insulin sensitivity, drop insulin levels and fasting blood glucose, and blunt cravings. But not all chocolate is created equal.</p> <p>In a 2008 study from the University of Copenhagen, people who ate dark chocolate reported that they felt less like eating sweet, salty or fatty foods compared to volunteers given milk chocolate, with its lower levels of beneficial flavonoids (and, often, more sugar and fat, too).</p> <p>Dark chocolate also cut the amount of pizza that volunteers consumed later in the same day, by 15 per cent.</p> <p>The flavonoids in chocolate have also been shown to lower stroke risk, calm blood pressure and reduce your risk for a heart attack by 2 per cent over five years.</p> <p>Another benefit of dark chocolate is its ability to<span> </span>boost cognitive performance.</p> <p>2. Broccoli </p> <p>Broccoli is an anti-diabetes superhero.</p> <p>As with other cruciferous vegies, like kale and cauliflower, it contains a compound called sulforaphane, which triggers several anti-inflammatory processes that improve blood sugar control and protect blood vessels from the cardiovascular damage that’s often a consequence of diabetes.</p> <p>(Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people with diabetes, so this protection could be a lifesaver.)</p> <p>Sulforaphane also helps flip on the body’s natural detox mechanisms, coaxing enzymes to turn dangerous cancer-causing chemicals into more innocent forms that the body can easily release.</p> <p>A diet packed full of<span> </span>lots of vegies is the best way to go for overall good health.</p> <p><strong>3. Blueberries</strong></p> <p>Blueberries really stand out.</p> <p>They are a good source of<span> </span>fibre: both insoluble fibre (which “flushes” fat out of your system) and soluble fibre (which slows down the emptying of your stomach, and improves blood sugar control).</p> <p>In a study by the United States Department of Agriculture, people who consumed 2.5 cups of wild blueberry juice per day for 12 weeks lowered their blood glucose levels, lifted depression and improved their memories.</p> <p>Researchers credit these results to anthocyanins in the berries, a natural chemical that shrinks fat cells and also stimulates the release of adiponectin, a hormone that regulates blood glucose levels, among other things.</p> <p>Increasing adiponectin levels can help keep blood sugar low and increase our sensitivity to insulin.</p> <p><strong>4. Steel Cut Oats</strong></p> <p>You may not think of porridge as a superfood, but it can help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.</p> <p>Oats contain high amounts of magnesium, which helps the body use glucose and secrete insulin properly.</p> <p>An eight-year trial showed a 19 per cent decrease in type 2 diabetes’ risk in women with a magnesium-rich diet, and a 31 per cent decreased risk in women who regularly ate whole grains.</p> <p>Steel-cut oats are just as easy to cook as quick-cooking porridge, but when grains are left whole they are filled with the fibre, nutrients and bound antioxidants that challenge digestion in a good way, allowing blood sugar to remain more stable.<span> </span>You should aim for 25-35 grams per day.</p> <p><strong>5. Fish </strong></p> <p>Fish is a slimming star: rich in protein, it will help to keep you satisfied; but also, fish contains a special type of fat that helps cool inflammation.</p> <p>Thousands of studies show that people with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids have less body-wide inflammation, the very inflammation that leads to and worsens diabetes and weight problems.</p> <p>A fish-rich diet can also reduce your risk of developing health problems, especially stroke, as a result of your diabetes.</p> <p>People who ate baked, broiled or steamed fish reduced their odds for a stroke by 3 per cent, as reported in a 2010 Emory University study.</p> <p>(However, fried fish – such as fast-food fish sandwiches, fish sticks and fried seafood of any type – increased risk.)</p> <p><strong>6. Olive Oil </strong></p> <p>Following a Mediterranean-style diet rich in olive oil helps reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as 50 per cent compared to a diet low in fat, according to a recent Spanish study.</p> <p>Independently, researchers at Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the University of Vienna found that olive oil improved satiety the most when compared to lard, butter and canola oil.</p> <p>In addition to being a standout source of health-promoting monounsaturated fats, olive oil is also rich in antioxidant nutrients that protect cells from damage, and prevents the development of heart disease.</p> <p>While it may seem counterintuitive, monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, walnuts and salmon, can help you manage how much you eat.<span> </span>Try these other tips for controlling weight.</p> <p><strong>7. Psyllium Husk</strong></p> <p>This fibre supplement,<span> </span>long used for constipation relief, is proven to help people with diabetes control blood sugar better.</p> <p>A 2010 review from the University of California, San Diego, published in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, confirms this benefit.</p> <p>People who took psyllium before a meal saw their post-meal blood sugar levels rise 2 per cent less than those who didn’t use the supplement.</p> <p>One caution: the researchers recommend waiting at least four hours after taking psyllium before taking medications, because psyllium can decrease their absorption.</p> <p><strong>8. Cannellini Beans</strong></p> <p>Packed with protein and cholesterol-lowering soluble fibre, legumes such as tender white cannellini beans are slow to raise blood sugar.</p> <p>As part of a 2012 University of Toronto study, 121 people with type 2 diabetes followed a healthy diet containing a daily cup of beans or whole grains.</p> <p>After three months, the bean group saw their A1c levels – a check of average blood sugar levels – fall nearly twice as much as the whole-grain group.</p> <p>As a low-GI food, cannellini beans are great for lowering blood glucose levels.<span> </span>Here are some ways to make the switch to a low-GI diet.</p> <p><strong>9. Spinach </strong></p> <p>Spinach is one of many leafy greens that have been shown to drop the risk of developing diabetes; collards are another great choice.</p> <p>People who consume more than one serving a day of spinach and other leafy greens slashed their risk by 14 per cent, compared to people who ate less than half a serving daily, found one British study.</p> <p>This green is particularly rich in vitamin K, along with several minerals including magnesium, folate, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.</p> <p>It’s also a good source of the plant chemicals lutein and zeaxanthin, and various flavonoids.</p> <p>Although spinach is technically a rich source of calcium, another nutrient in spinach called oxalic acid prevents much of that calcium from being absorbed, but you can blanch spinach (boil it for just one minute) to reduce this chemical.</p> <p>Spinach and other leafy greens you have to hand<span> </span>make an excellent soup<span> </span>for the warmer or cooler months.</p> <p><strong>10. Sweet Potatoes </strong></p> <p>One analysis found that sweet potatoes reduce HbA1c measures between 0.30 and 0.57 per cent, and fasting blood glucose by 10 to 15 points.</p> <p>Sweet potato also contains anthocyanins, which are the natural pigments that give the sweet potato its deep orange colour and the antioxidants believed to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimicrobial qualities.</p> <p>Sweet potatoes are also rich in soluble fibre, which helps to regulate the glucose released into the bloodstream.</p> <p><em>Written by <span>Erin Palinkski-Wade</span>. This article first appeared in </em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/beauty/21-amazing-health-and-beauty-benefits-of-olive-oil"><em>Reader’s Digest</em>.</a><em><span> </span>For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer. </em></a></p>

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"COVID kicked my ass pretty good": Jeff Bridges' major health update

<p>Legendary actor Jeff Bridges has discussed his long battle with cancer, and with contracting COVID-19.</p> <p>The 71-year-old shared the first sneak peek from <em>The Old Man</em>, for which he is the star and executive producer, while also sharing a health update on his website.</p> <p><span>"My cancer is in remission — the 9" to 12" mass has shrunk down to the size of a marble. My COVID is in the rear view mirror," he said.</span></p> <p><span>"COVID kicked my ass pretty good, but I'm double vaccinated and feeling much better now," he continued, following up on a post from March where he </span>discussed how he contracted coronavirus at the same place he was undergoing chemotherapy for his lymphoma. </p> <p><span>"I heard that the vaccine can help folks with long haulers. Maybe that's the cause of my quick improvement."</span></p> <p><span>Jeff said he needed oxygen assistance after contracting the virus, but he overcome obstacles in his way to achieve a major milestone. </span></p> <p><span>"I had a goal — walking my daughter Hayley down the aisle," he wrote. </span></p> <p><span>"She was getting married to a wonderful guy, Justin Shane. Thanks to Zach [Wermers, physical therapist] and my terrific medical team, I was able to, not only walk Hay down the aisle, but do the father/bride dance with her without oxygen."</span></p> <p><span>Jeff shared the emotional moment of him dancing with Hayley at her wedding to the Ray Charles song Ain't That Love on his personal website.</span></p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty Images</em></p>

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Friend shares rare update on Michael Schumacher

<p><span>A close friend of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has revealed his positive hopes for the family and the motorsport icon’s recovery.</span><br /><br /><span>Jean Todt has told German newspaper Bild, that he believes Michael will "slowly and surely improve" despite his debilitating head injury after a ski accident back in 2013.</span><br /><br /><span>"I've spent a lot of time with [Schumacher's wife] Corinna since Michael had his serious skiing accident on December 29, 2013," Todt said.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843799/jean-todt-michael-schumacher-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6e4cd786ab9643e19ca697dc4d588b2b" /></p> <p><em>Jean Todt and Michael Schumacher</em><br /><br /><span>"She is a great woman and runs the family.</span><br /><br /><span>“She hadn't expected that. It happened suddenly and she had no choice.</span><br /><br /><span>“But she does it very well. I trust her, she trusts me.</span><br /><br /><span>"Thanks to the work of his doctors and the cooperation of Corinna, who wanted him to survive, he survived - but with consequences."</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/_cBc53JgO3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/_cBc53JgO3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Michael &amp; Corinna Schumacher (@michaelandcorinna)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Schumacher, 52, has a long journey ahead of him.</span><br /><br /><span>Since his ski accident in the French Alps, over seven years ago, the Formula One star has been undergoing treatment and care.</span><br /><br /><span>Swiss neurologist Erich Riederer said the former Ferrari driver was in a "vegetative state" after his accident.</span><br /><br /><span>The family has chosen not to update the public on his condition.</span><br /><br /><span>By keeping his recovery a secret in an effort to maintain their privacy, it has led to more intrigue over his current state and chances at healing from his injuries.</span></p>

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Football legend dies after 39 years in a coma

<p><span>Jean-Pierre Adams has died at age 73.</span><br /><br /><span>Adams spent 39 years in a coma after suffering an injury and requiring surgery.</span><br /><br /><span>He was administered a near-fatal dose of anaesthetic ahead of the operation, which resulted in brain damage.</span><br /><br /><span>His wife, Bernadette Adams cared for him in their home located in the French city of Nîmes.</span><br /><br /><span>The small south town is also where his budding football career began, in 1970.</span><br /><br /><span>He played for Nîmes Olympique until 1973, before he moved to Nice and played there until 1977.</span><br /><br /><span>He joined French giants Paris Saint-Germain and played from 1977 to 1979.</span><br /><br /><span>PSG released a heartbreaking statement for him, labelling him one of the club's "glorious elders".</span><br /><br /><span>"His joie de vivre, his charisma and his experience command respect. Paris Saint-Germain offers its condolences to his family and loved ones," the club said in a statement on Monday.</span><br /><br /><span>Adams played 22 internationals for France, from 1972 to 1976.</span><br /><br /><span>French Football Federation president Noël Le Graët said Adams "remained present in our memories in such a special and sad way since his dramatic accident".</span><br /><br /><span>"Jean-Pierre Adams was an example by his life course and his career as a respected and feared player, whether with his successive clubs Nîmes, Nice and PSG in the French championship or in the French team," Le Graët said in a statement.</span><br /><br /><span>"He formed a duo of legendary defenders with Marius Trésor which all fans of the Blues and football remember.</span><br /><br /><span>"Jean-Pierre Adams has participated in the history of the French team, in its influence, in its values. Today the French team is in mourning, the Federation is in mourning.</span><br /><br /><span>"We think of his wife, his family and all his relatives to whom we send our deep friendship and our most sincere condolences."</span></p>

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5 superfoods for diabetes you didn’t know about

<p>These superfood are the best to incorporate in your diabetes diet.</p> <p><strong>Dark chocolate </strong></p> <p>Chocolate is rich in flavonoids, and research shows that these nutrients reduce insulin resistance, improve insulin sensitivity, drop insulin levels and fasting blood glucose, and blunt cravings. But not all chocolate is created equal.</p> <p>In a 2008 study from the University of Copenhagen, people who ate dark chocolate reported that they felt less like eating sweet, salty or fatty foods compared to volunteers given milk chocolate, with its lower levels of beneficial flavonoids (and, often, more sugar and fat, too).</p> <p>Dark chocolate also cut the amount of pizza that volunteers consumed later in the same day, by 15 per cent.</p> <p>The flavonoids in chocolate have also been shown to lower stroke risk, calm blood pressure and reduce your risk for a heart attack by 2 per cent over five years.</p> <p><strong>Broccoli </strong></p> <p>Broccoli is an anti-diabetes superhero.</p> <p>As with other cruciferous vegies, like kale and cauliflower, it contains a compound called sulforaphane, which triggers several anti-inflammatory processes that improve blood sugar control and protect blood vessels from the cardiovascular damage that’s often a consequence of diabetes.</p> <p>(Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people with diabetes, so this protection could be a lifesaver.)</p> <p>Sulforaphane also helps flip on the body’s natural detox mechanisms, coaxing enzymes to turn dangerous cancer-causing chemicals into more innocent forms that the body can easily release.</p> <p><strong>Blueberries </strong></p> <p>Blueberries really stand out.</p> <p>They are a good source of fibre: both insoluble fibre (which “flushes” fat out of your system) and soluble fibre (which slows down the emptying of your stomach, and improves blood sugar control).</p> <p>In a study by the United States Department of Agriculture, people who consumed 2.5 cups of wild blueberry juice per day for 12 weeks lowered their blood glucose levels, lifted depression and improved their memories.</p> <p>Researchers credit these results to anthocyanins in the berries, a natural chemical that shrinks fat cells and also stimulates the release of adiponectin, a hormone that regulates blood glucose levels, among other things.</p> <p>Increasing adiponectin levels can help keep blood sugar low and increase our sensitivity to insulin.</p> <p><strong>Steel-cut oats</strong></p> <p>You may not think of porridge as a superfood, but it can help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.</p> <p>Oats contain high amounts of magnesium, which helps the body use glucose and secrete insulin properly.</p> <p>An eight-year trial showed a 19 per cent decrease in type 2 diabetes’ risk in women with a magnesium-rich diet, and a 31 per cent decreased risk in women who regularly ate whole grains.</p> <p>Steel-cut oats are just as easy to cook as quick-cooking porridge, but when grains are left whole they are filled with the fibre, nutrients and bound antioxidants that challenge digestion in a good way, allowing blood sugar to remain more stable. You should aim for 25-35 grams per day.</p> <p><strong>Fish </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong>Fish is a slimming star: rich in protein, it will help to keep you satisfied; but also, fish contains a special type of fat that helps cool inflammation.</p> <p>Thousands of studies show that people with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids have less body-wide inflammation, the very inflammation that leads to and worsens diabetes and weight problems.</p> <p>A fish-rich diet can also reduce your risk of developing health problems, especially stroke, as a result of your diabetes.</p> <p>People who ate baked, broiled or steamed fish reduced their odds for a stroke by 3 per cent, as reported in a 2010 Emory University study.</p> <p>(However, fried fish – such as fast-food fish sandwiches, fish sticks and fried seafood of any type – increased risk.)</p> <p><em>Written by <span>Erin Palinkski-Wade. </span>This article first appeared in <a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/healthsmart/diabetes/15-best-superfoods-diabetics">Reader’s Digest.</a> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Tragedy strikes Sharon Stone’s family

<p>Sharon Stone has revealed her 11-month old nephew and godson, River, has died only days after he was found in his crib with 'total organ failure' that left him clinging to life in a coma.</p> <p>The <em>Basic Instinct </em>star, whose video tribute is set to Eric Clapton's <em>Tears in Heaven</em>, revealed the tragic news on Monday via her Instagram account.</p> <p>Stone took to her Instagram account, asking fans to pray for River saying he would need a ‘miracle’ to survive.</p> <p>He was the youngest child of Stone's brother, Patrick, and his wife, Tasha, who live in Ohio with their three children.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTNcofsJlLC/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTNcofsJlLC/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Sharon Stone (@sharonstone)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>While sharing the news of his death, Stone posted a video of her nephew with the caption: 'River William Stone. Sept 8, 2020 - Aug 30, 2021'</p> <p>It is still unknown at this time exactly what happened to the child and Stone has not yet shared any other information about his passing.</p> <p><strong>River’s mother posted a plea for prayers</strong></p> <p>River's mother Tasha also wrote an impassioned plea for prayers on her Facebook page last week, revealing that her son had been airlifted to UPMC Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh on Thursday, where he was fighting for his life in a coma.</p> <p>Tasha wrote: 'This is the HARDEST thing I have ever had to post but I am BEGGING everyone and anyone who prays please pray HARD for River,' the devastated mother wrote. 'Every single second of this is literally killing me. I just want my sweet sweet boy back.'</p> <p>She didn't share the cause of her son's condition but she said doctors had told her River would “never be the same” if he ever woke up from his coma.</p> <p>'The doctor said if he does pull through he will never be the same,' Tasha wrote on her Facebook post: 'Please I am begging for prayers that my baby can be healed and come back with his family who love him so very much. I am beyond heartbroken.'</p> <p>Neither Tasha or Patrick have commented as yet on their son's tragic passing, and no details about the causes of his illness have been shared.</p> <p><strong>Stone was in Venice when she heard about River<br /></strong></p> <p>Stone was in Venice, Italy, when news of River's condition was revealed and she returned to the US over the weekend.</p> <p>There are a number of severe medical conditions which can lead to multiple organ failure in children but the leading cause is sepsis, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.</p> <p>Sepsis - which can be sparked by another infection in the body - is particularly dangerous for children, because the symptoms are more easily missed than they are in adult patients.</p> <p>Birth defects and other undiagnosed illness can also lead to paediatric organ failure but it is not yet known whether any of these conditions caused River's severe illness.</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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“My hero turns 8!”: Michael Bublé pens sweet message for son

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Michael Bublé has shared a sweet series of photos to celebrate his son’s eighth birthday after battling cancer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Bublé received the news of his son Noah's diagnosis with cancer at the age of three in 2016, the singer’s music career was put on hold.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fortunately, Noah was cancer free a year later, prompting the star to pen the song </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Forever Now</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> about his son.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Four years later, Bublé took to Instagram to celebrate his “hero” Noah as he celebrated his eighth birthday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Today my hero turns 8!” the star captioned the photos.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 400px; height:500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843542/240585983_259572712654946_7521505066095890307_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2ae40b140be348ee9a8959ac869da25e" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Michael Bublé</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> / Instagram</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ve never met anyone as brave… I’ve never known anyone as kind or as good-hearted… And I’ll never truly be able to express how proud I am, or how deep and profound Mommy’s and my love is for you.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You’ve blessed our lives in every way.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We hope God blesses you on your special day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Happy birthday, Noah B.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843541/240825422_519076625863896_35171094723905959_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8b96333e7e6543948db32da772cdbc23" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Michael Bublé / Instagram</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following his break from music, Bublé returned to the stage for an emotional performance at Dublin’s Croke Park in 2019.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My first show back, I played Croke and I cried for like two hours afterwards,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was too emotional for me. I was too happy. Noah is great, thank God.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bublé married Argentinian actress Luisana Lopilato in 2011, and the couple share Noah, his younger brother Elias, five, and sister Vida, three.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Michael Bublé / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Olivia Newton-John opens up on life in lockdown

<p>Being forced to stay at home during the COVID-19 lockdown has been something of a blessing for Olivia Newton-John. “I feel guilty for saying it, but I’ve actually enjoyed not being able to go anywhere,” the singer admitted down the phone from her California home during the lockdown. “My life has always been about being on planes and travelling and staying in hotels, so to be in one place for almost a year has been blissful.”</p> <p>Olivia and her entrepreneur husband, John Easterling, live on a horse ranch near Santa Barbara. “And it’s been wonderful having so much time at home,” she says. “I’ve been able to do things like clean out cupboards and garages. I’ve also learned how to make bread, I’ve done arts and crafts-y things, and have hung out with my animals and my husband. I haven’t been bored for one second.”</p> <div id="firstFloatAd"> <div data-fuse="21861530567"></div> </div> <p>Not that the 72-year-old multi-Grammy Award-winner, whose records have sold over 100 million worldwide, is resting on the laurels she’s earned from nearly six decades in the business. She’s recorded a new single, prepared a duets album and launched her own foundation to fund research into holistic care for cancer. The single, ‘Window in the Wall’, carries a message that’s dear to Olivia’s heart.</p> <p>“It’s about having compassion for each other and realising that we all have different ways of thinking and just accepting that,” she explains. “There seems to be so much conflict and we have to realise we’re all humans sharing the same planet. We need to get along.”</p> <p>It’s her first new record in a decade, although she says she wasn’t planning on making new music: “I didn’t think I was going to record anymore. I was thinking, I’m just going to enjoy my life.” Then she heard the track and loved it so much it made her cry. “It really touched my heart and I was compelled to record it.”</p> <p>She opted to create the track as a duet with her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi. “And I think it’s turned out really quite nice,” the ever-modest Olivia says of the song, which was recorded separately. “Chloe was nervous about me being there so I went for a walk while she did her vocals.”</p> <p>The duo has enjoyed some quality mother-daughter time lately, with 34-year-old Chloe staying at the family home for a spell and her mother practically cooing: “We’re great friends and we have so much in common with our love of animals and nature. I’m very proud of her.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843491/onj-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/713c9bc3a23f4b3dbae72c2235c1ab33" /></p> <p><em>Olivia Newton-John with her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi. Image: Getty</em></p> <p>The ‘Physical’ singer has been very open about her health issues since she was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992.</p> <p>The cancer came back in 2013 and 2017 and has metastasised to her bones, but she’s a fighter who now swears by the use of medicinal cannabis and other plant-based remedies with the help of husband John, who founded the Amazon Herb Company in 1990 and who is an advocate for herbal wellness treatments.</p> <p>“In the past five years or so he’s been growing cannabis for me and I’m doing extremely well,” a very upbeat-sounding Olivia says. “I feel wonderful, I don’t have pain, I’m mobile and I feel healthy.”</p> <p>Launched in October last year, The Olivia Newton-John Foundation is raising money for research and treatment programmes, with a particular focus on plant medicine.</p> <p>“Having gone through chemotherapy and radiation thinking, There’s got to be a kinder way we can treat this, I wanted to find kinder treatments for cancer,” she says.</p> <p>Some in the medical profession have expressed scepticism about the efficacy of such treatments. “There’s always going to be that, but we have to remember we started with plant medicine,” says Olivia.</p> <p>With growing cannabis and its medicinal use now legal in most US states, Olivia adds: “When I had a recurrence of cancer and was in hospital a couple of years ago, I weaned myself off morphine [for pain relief] with cannabis and that was a major thing because I didn’t want to remain on a powerful opiate like that. I want to tell people, ‘Hey, you can do this and it’s safe’.”</p> <div id="lastFloatAd"> <div data-fuse="21861530570"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843490/onj-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c99e5f0bddd8490498fd2aade28b44e1" /></div> <div data-fuse="21861530570"><em>Image: Getty</em></div> </div> <p>Olivia feels re-energised when it comes to music, too, with a duets album in the pipeline. She’s keeping details under wraps for now but ‘Window in the Wall’ will be on it, along with ones from the vaults.</p> <p>Her daughter Chloe is following in her mother’s footsteps as a singer and actress, although Olivia has never felt the need to advise her on her career path.</p> <p>“I encouraged her to explore other avenues but it was kind of a natural progression. I saw no reason to discourage her because I’ve had a wonderful life and career.”</p> <p>UK-born Newton-John, whose family relocated to Australia when she was six, started a girl band at age 14, switched to singing on TV shows, returned to Britain to cut records and became a star with a string of hit singles like ‘If Not for You’, ‘Banks of the Ohio’ and ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’.</p> <p>“I just kept going and went with the flow,” she says of a subsequent career that has taken in chart-topping records, movie roles, a performance at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics and a 2020 UK damehood for services to music, cancer research and charity.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 363.031914893617px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7264918/Grease-premiere.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1fd67b4330a347c08fa16be952f8e36a" /></p> <p><em>Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta for Grease. </em></p> <p>Then, of course, there’s the 1978 blockbuster musical<span> </span><em>Grease</em><span> </span>– the enduring love for which she puts down to “the cast, the choreography, the director, the energy of the story, great music, and a larger-than-life colourful and cartoonish feel”.</p> <p>As for some in the Twitter-sphere denouncing it as outdated and sexist, Olivia is both amused and bemused. “I think it’s hilarious they take it so seriously. It was set in the 1950s and that was then, this is now.”</p> <p>Career-wise, Olivia is happy to say: “I’ve fulfilled all my dreams and more, and everything I’m doing now is icing on the cake.”</p> <p>As for her eternal optimism in the face of her ongoing cancer battle, she reasons: “You have to make a decision when you go through something like this.”</p> <p>Olivia says that she believes there are always going to be challenges in life but it’s how you respond to them that determines the quality of your life. “Your mind and body aren’t separate and if you keep reinforcing negativity you’re going to reinforce bad health. That’s why I choose to be positive and grateful for every day.”</p> <p><em>The views expressed in this piece should not be taken as medical advice. Any changes to the treatment of cancer must first be discussed with your treating medical specialist.</em></p> <p><em>Written by Simon Button. This article first appeared in </em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/true-stories-lifestyle/entertainment/olivia-newton-john"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Llama antibodies become a "game-changer" in the fight against COVID-19

<p>A lab in Belgium have conducted some unusual clinical trials in the fight against COVID-19. </p> <p><span>Researchers from the VIB-UGent Centre for Medical Biotechnology in Ghent have discovered that antibodies from llamas have the ability to stunt the severity of coronavirus.</span><span></span></p> <p><span>Antibodies extracted from a llama, named Winter, have been dubbed a "game-changer" after the Belgian </span>biomedical start-up believes they can curb the effects of different COVID-19 variants.</p> <p>The unique technology would supplement r<span>ather than replace vaccines by protecting people who are immunocompromised and treating infected people in hospitals. </span></p> <p><span>Unusually small llama antibodies are able to bind to specific parts of the virus’s protein spike.</span></p> <p><span>Dominique Tersago, chief medical officer of VIB-UGent spin-off ExeVir, has said the discovery could be huge for COVID-19 advancements. </span></p> <p><span>“At the moment we’re not seeing mutations of a high frequency anywhere near where the binding site is,” Tersago said.</span></p> <p><span>The antibodies also showed “strong neutralisation activity” against the highly infectious Delta variant, she added.</span></p> <p><span>Researchers expect clinical trials in healthy volunteers, which started last week in partnership with a Belgian pharmaceutical company, along with those in hospitalised patients, to be similarly effective.</span></p> <p><span>VIB-UGent group leader Xavier Saelens said that llamas and other members of the camel family, have conventional antibodies that are smaller, more stable and easier to replicate. </span></p> <p><span>“Their small size... allows them to reach targets, reach parts of the virus that are difficult to access with conventional antibodies,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>The unusual search for alternative COVID-19 treatments follows a series of studies from 2016 into llama antibodies to help treat the SARS and MERS coronaviruses. </span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Olivia Newton-John's touching birthday wish

<p>Olivia Newton-John has revealed what she wants for her birthday present when she turns 73 in September.</p> <p>Speaking to Natalie Barr and Matt Doran on <em>Sunrise</em>, The Australian icon said she would like her fans to take part in her Walk for Wellness that happens once a year. </p> <p>The annual event is aimed at raising money for t<span>he Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness &amp; Research Centre to fund "evidence-based wellness therapies". </span></p> <p><span>“My birthday wish is that we raise a lot of money and we help a lot of people,” she said.</span></p> <p><span>“The idea is to get a group of your friends together and just walk and raise some money.”</span></p> <p><span>Due to the pandemic, the Walk For Wellness will take on a digital form, allowing everyone to take part no matter where they are around the world.</span><span></span></p> <p>Donations will fund programs such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture and art therapy at her <span>Cancer Wellness &amp; Research Centre to </span>help <span>“ease the side effects of cancer treatment and support people with cancer emotionally, spiritually and physically.”</span></p> <p>Olivia explained her personal experience with these opportunities and how they helped her through her cancer journey. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“I was in the hospital a couple of years ago and got to experience all of these programs in my room and it made a huge difference to me.”</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“It keeps you positive and in a great space,” she explained</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">The event will be held on the 26th of September, to coincide with Olivia’s 73rd birthday, with the six people who donate the most to win a “virtual tea party” with the star.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><em>Image credit: Getty Images</em></p>

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Knock Knock. Who's there? How humour helps our health

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From graphic clips depicting patients struggling to breathe to groan-worthy puns, governments are trying all sorts of approaches to increase the uptake of COVID-19 vaccines.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, new research has identified a different approach health messaging can use: humour.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to the research, injecting some humour into health messages can be especially effective when the information could cause fear, acting as an “emotional buffer” when talking about breast and testicular cancer self-checks, safe sex, skin cancer, and binge drinking.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Leading the study was Elaine Miller, a Scottish comedian and women’s health physiotherapist, and a team of researchers from Monash University.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">By analysing 13 studies spanning ten years that looked at how humour was used to communicate serious messages, the team made some interesting findings.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What we found is that humour can act as an effective vehicle for delivering messages people might find fear-inducing or threatening,” Ms Miller said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Humour, if used well, can be an emotional buffer that breaks down some of that fear so the underlying messages reach the intended audience and influence their behaviours and attitudes.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, Ms Miller pointed out that “a poorly judged joke can ruin a health campaign’s message, a therapeutic relationship, a gig; or all three at once”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Humour is very complex and further research to examine humour and public health promotion is certainly warranted.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One Australian campaign that mixed humour with a public safety message was created by Metro Trains Melbourne, with their Dumb Ways to Die campaign featuring characters falling victim to a variety of unusual deaths.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Humour is enjoyable. People are drawn to it - they want to look at it and be part of it,” said Helen Skouteris, the head of Monash University’s Health and Social Care Unit.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Importantly, this review highlighted that humour can be utilised as a tool to encourage conversation and sharing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s not just a way to send a message but actually encourages people to talk about it and be open with others, which we believe can lead to influencing society’s perceptions and behaviours around important health prevention messages.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The study was published online in the </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1753-6405.13142" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p>

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“Liars killed her and her baby”: Desperate nurse’s anguished accusation

<p><span>A nurse has shared her own horrific story of losing a 14-year-old patient to coronavirus.</span><br /><br /><span>The US intensive care unit nurse, Jessica, revealed the young teen’s parents were anti-vaxxer.</span><br /><br /><span>Jessica recounted the "helpless" situation to Twitter, saying four patients died of the devastating illness in a single shift.</span><br /><br /><span>"Tonight I helplessly held the hand of and stroked the hair of a beautiful 14-year-old girl as she exited his world," she wrote on Twitter.</span><br /><br /><span>"She was looking forward to starting high school and eventually becoming a veterinarian. It was so senseless!</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">parents had not forbidden us from intubating her. A free vaccination would have prevented it all! This little girl was robbed of her whole life and of fulfilling all of her dreams. She had been with us 9 days and was able to communicate well until taking a turn for the worse</p> — Jessica M. MSN, FNP-C (@Jessicam6946) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jessicam6946/status/1426569588825858051?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 14, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>Jessica said her parents refused for their daughter to have a tube placed down her throat to assist with her breathing.</span><br /><br /><span>"I truly believe she could have been saved if her parents had not forbidden us from intubating her," Jessica explained.</span><br /><br /><span>"A free vaccination would have prevented it all! This little girl was robbed of her whole life and of fulfilling all of her dreams."</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7819915/hospital.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/dd37337f6dc8477c8ddcd468397ecb21" /></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em><br /><br /><span>The teenage patient had been in hospital for nine days, prior to her death.</span><br /><br /><span>Jessica went on to share a number of deaths she believed were preventable had the patient received COVID vaccinations.</span><br /><br /><span>She said medical staff lost a 25-year-old mother who was 15 weeks pregnant, just two hours after the death of the young teen.</span><br /><br /><span>"She had refused the vaccines because of the lies about them causing infertility and harming her baby," Jessica explained.</span><br /><br /><span>The nurse went on to claim that anti-vax rhetoric was what was causing the deaths of otherwise healthy people.</span><br /><br /><span>"Liars killed her, her baby, and robbed a two-year-old little boy of his mommy and sibling. Not to mention robbing a husband of his wife and child."</span><br /><br /><span>The nurse said it was the first time since March that the hospital unit had lost more than three patients in one night.</span><br /><br /><span>A 45-year-old was the oldest to die that evening.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">mommy and sibling. Not to mention robbing a husband of his wife and child. Those were 2 of 4 deaths we had tonight with the oldest being 45 years old! It was the 1st time since late March we have lost more than 3 covid patients in a single shift. Then we find out this morning</p> — Jessica M. MSN, FNP-C (@Jessicam6946) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jessicam6946/status/1426569591942172673?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 14, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>The vaccination rate across Australia shows that at least 50.2 per cent of people have had their first dose.</span><br /><br /><span>So far, 28.2 per cent are fully vaccinated.</span><br /><br /><span>Health Minister Greg Hunt has said rising rates reflected the "huge" turnouts for vaccinations.</span><br /><br /><span>"It is being sustained, so over a 10-day period now, we have had more than 2.4 million doses delivered," he said.</span></p>

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I thought it was a parking fine!

<p>When a Melbourne mother finished her shopping at her local supermarket and went to her car, she found what looked like a parking fine on her windshield.</p> <p>But when she opened it she found a stranger had left an envelope with $20 and a note inside.</p> <p>“I looked at the parking sign which was 1.5hours and I knew that I was less than an hour,” she posted on the Facebook group - <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/515507852491119">The Kindness Pandemic.</a></p> <p>“I picked up the envelope and looked inside to find the most beautiful act of kindness,” she added.</p> <p>Alongside the $20 note was a message which read: “Times are tough right now.”</p> <p>“Please treat yourself to something small to help with your or your children’s mental health. You’re not alone. Lifeline: 13 11 14.”</p> <p>The mother was touched by this act of kindness and she added to her Facebook post: “Whoever you are out there: you made my day! Thank you #somuchgratitude.”</p> <p>Dozens of others applauded the stranger for their genuine act of kindness with one posting: “angels do walk amongst us.”</p> <p>Another person wrote: “Oh wow, this made me cry! Such a beautiful kind thing to do. Thank you to whoever put the note...this could save someone’s life.”</p> <p><strong>Melbourne COVID lockdown update</strong></p> <p>Melbourne is a little over two weeks into its sixth lockdown, which has been extended until September 2.</p> <p>The city passed the ‘200 days in lockdown’ milestone on Thursday this week.</p> <p><em>Photos: Facebook</em></p>

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