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Flu season shows signs of leveling off

Flu season shows signs of leveling off

Health
This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off. Health officials on Friday said about 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That's no reason for health officials to celebrate yet: That level is among the highest in a decade. But it's no worse than last week, and flu activity had been increasing each week since November. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said the number of states reporting heavy flu patient traffic also held steady at 43. "I thought I was going to die, I really did," said Ben Bland, a 39-year-old event planner in Kansas City, Missouri, who was hospitalized this week with pneumonia on top of flu. "My lungs felt like they were going to blow out of my esopha...
Seahawks' Chancellor intends to play next season

Seahawks' Chancellor intends to play next season

Sports
Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor intends to play in 2018, according to a published report. Chancellor, who suffered a season-ending neck injury in November, expects to be back with the Seahawks providing he receives medical clearance, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported. The 29-year-old Chancellor's $ 6.8 million salary for 2018 was guaranteed on Friday, the trigger day for the team to make any moves on contracts. He signed a three-year extension in August. There has been speculation about Chancellor's future after he posted an image on Instagram that appeared to reflect he was walking away from the team. Following the season, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that Chancellor and defensive end Cliff Avril would have a "hard time" in coming back from their neck injuries. Chancellor's ei...
Formula 1: 'Grid girls' will not be used at races this season

Formula 1: 'Grid girls' will not be used at races this season

Sports
'Grid girls' will no longer be used by Formula 1 from the start of the 2018 World Championship season.Sean Bratches, managing director of commercial operations, said the change would be made "so as to be more in tune with our vision for this great sport".F1 managing director of motorsports Ross Brawn told BBC Radio 5 live in December that the use of female promotional models was "under review".The new F1 season begins on 25 March."While the practice of employing grid girls has been a staple of Formula 1 grands prix for decades, we feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms," Bratches added. "We don't believe the practice is appropriate or relevant to Formula 1 and its fans, old and new, across the world."Grid girls 'part o...
Confirmed: Watford secure loan signing of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona until end of the season

Confirmed: Watford secure loan signing of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona until end of the season

Sports
The 23-year-old is the first Watford signing under Javi Gracia's managementMonday, January 29, 2018Former Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu has joined Watford on loan from Barcelona until the end of the season.The 23-year-old returned from a second spell at the Toffees to the Nou Camp last summer but has had a frustrating season for the Catalan club. The Spaniard is the first signing under the reign of newly appointed boss Javi Gracia. Watford will pay the Spaniard's salary during his time at Vicarage Road, plus a potential additional payment of 1m euros.Deulofeu socred five times for Everton, making 62 appearances in two different spells for the Merseyside club. The midfielder also spent the second half of last season on loan at Italian club AC Milan. Let's bloc...
Steelers looked ahead, now have long wait for 2018 season

Steelers looked ahead, now have long wait for 2018 season

Sports
The Pittsburgh Steelers were looking past the Jacksonville Jaguars and ahead to the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots. Now they have all offseason to look ahead to the 2018 season. Looking back, it's inexplicable how Steelers players felt the freedom to openly talk about a rematch with the Patriots when a team like the Jaguars was coming to town for a playoff game. The Steelers lost to the Jaguars by 21 points during the regular season. That should have been enough reason for the players to keep their mouths shut before the game. But they talked about playing the Patriots again and gave the Jaguars even more motivation. Changes are coming to the Steelers as a result. The makeup of this roster won't be the same next season. It never is. The coaching staff will change, too. Offensiv...