June 10, 2021

Lonnie Listonsmith

Experienced Health Expert

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the Hoover Recreation Center, cutting its membership levels in half, according to city records.

The number of memberships at the Rec Center dropped 58% from 7,608 in February 2020 to 3,177 in February 2021. The number of memberships climbed back up slightly to 3,528 in April, but that’s still a far cry from the numbers before the pandemic hit.

“I think everybody’s just nervous about coming back,” Hoover Parks and Recreation Director Craig Moss said.

The Rec Center was closed for about 70 days in the spring of 2020 due to

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Health network officials have described the attack as “highly sophisticated” and claim attackers used an undiscovered bug in software known as a zero-day to breach their systems. They did not name the affected software and did not provide evidence to back up their claims.

However, FireEye, the cybersecurity firm, released a report last month that found a ransomware group used a zero-day in SonicWall VPN security devices to breach organizations. Typically, ransomware gangs are known to break in using unpatched software, weak passwords or phishing attacks. The use of zero-days would mark a major advance in criminals’ tactics, and increase

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Ireland’s public healthcare system is rebuilding 2,000 applications and other systems from scratch after a ransomware attack that disrupted operations at hospitals, doctors’ offices and other services across the country.

Technology experts and external consultants working with the Irish Health Service Executive are taking steps to make sure the ransomware is eradicated from the organization’s computers, said Ossian Smyth, Irish minister of state for communications.

“We’re focused on firefighting, resolution, cleanup and rebuild,” he said.

Attackers used ransomware known as Conti to

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Vaccines, more contagious variants and fewer restrictions on gatherings helped to illustrate what life may look like in the near future as the U.S. works toward herd immunity to COVID-19.

Jan Malcolm, state health commissioner, said coronavirus vaccines helped “stem what otherwise could have been a catastrophic rise in cases and hospitalizations” that could have been “far worse” than the November surge.

The late fall spike in cases sickened hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans, put more than 10,000 in hospitals and killed thousands of residents. This year’s surge wasn’t as severe or as deadly.

That doesn’t mean it wasn’t dangerous.

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For much of the coronavirus pandemic, public health experts have flagged gyms and fitness studios as potentially high-risk environments for transmission, pointing to the virus’s ability to easily spread between people who are breathing heavily in poorly ventilated spaces. Now, with more than half the eligible population at least partially protected from the virus, many fitness enthusiasts are wondering whether it’s safe to go back.

Yes, experts say, with some caveats. The risk of gyms and indoor workout classes can be lower as long as various safety measures are in place – and being vaccinated can be a game-changer. If

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Unlike movies and television, knocking someone out in real life takes quite a bit more than a well-timed punch in the face or a Vulcan nerve pinch. Before the advent of modern anesthesia, humans tried multiple avenues for effectively rendering other people unconscious before surgeries. Medical practitioners experimented with many potential solutions over the millennia before finding results that worked while also not killing their patients in the process, although they did a bit more of the latter prior to finding the answer.

Some cultures over the years found certain drugs that had a similar benefit as anesthesia, such as

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