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Rita Wilson describes ‘extreme side effects’ of drug touted as COVID-19 treatment

Rita Wilson describes ‘extreme side effects’ of drug touted as COVID-19 treatment

Entertainment
Actress Rita Wilson has warned of the "extreme" side effects she suffered from a medicine being used to treat coronavirus.The actress and her husband Tom Hanks were in Australia last month when they were confirmed as having COVID-19. They announced the news in an Instagram post on 12 March. Image: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson pictured in January In her first interview since then, Wilson, 63, told The Talk with Gayle King: "I felt extremely achy, uncomfortable, didn't want to be touched, and then the fever started."She added that she had suffered "chills like I never had before". ...
Studies show Medicaid expansion improved health outcomes, cost effects unclear

Studies show Medicaid expansion improved health outcomes, cost effects unclear

Health
Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Expand it and they will come -- and, in the case of reforms to Medicaid eligibility, they might get healthier. Studies published in the last year, assessing the impact of broadening Medicaid eligibility on everything from colon and throat cancer to opioid addiction, suggest access to care is a big part of why people do not get treatment. The consensus of the studies, experts say, is that by providing more people with access to care, with low out-of-pocket costs, they are enabled to more proactively manage their health -- which, in turn, has led to better outcomes. Whether the stream of studies shows a true picture of the benefits and risks of expanding the federally supported health insurance program remains, however, an open question. "It's a bit of a mixed bag," Dr. D...

UN environment agency warns of effects of rising sand use

Technology
The U.N.'s environment program is warning about the overuse of sand resources, saying a three-fold increase in demand over the last 20 years amid increasing population, urbanization and building work has contributed to beach erosion, flooding and drought. In a new report launched Tuesday, UNEP urged a re-think about the use of the world's second-most extracted resource, after water, by industry, governments and the public. UNEP said demand for sand and gravel amounts to 40-50 billion tons every year, and pointed to the need for conservation, recycling and a look for alternatives like sawdust. Pascal Peduzzi, director of a UNEP program with the University of Geneva, said more thought needs to be taken: "We aren't very smart about how we use sand, because we think: This is just sand."Let's ...
Comcast-backed fund vies for UK effects star

Comcast-backed fund vies for UK effects star

Business
By Mark Kleinman, City editor Goldman Sachs and an investment firm backed by Comcast, the new owner of Sky, are vying to buy a British visual ‎effects producer whose credits include the Hollywood blockbusters Gravity and Interstellar.Sky News has learnt that Goldman's principal investment unit and Atairos, an independent fund whose investors are led by Comcast, are close to tabling offers for Foundry. The imminent bids, which are expected to value Foundry at up to £350m, will come more than four months after Hg Capital, its current owner, hired advisers to explore a sale.Foundry, which counts Google, Pixar and Sony Pictures Imageworks among its clients, is accustomed to private equity ownership, having been sold to Hg in 2015 by Carlyle, another ...
Common gut bacteria blocks effects of Parkinson's drugs, study says

Common gut bacteria blocks effects of Parkinson's drugs, study says

Health
Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A common gut bacteria can block a common Parkinson's disease medicine from working on patients with the disease, a new study says. Gut bacteria metabolizes levodopa, a common Parkinson's medication, into dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain. Since dopamine can't pass through the blood-brain barrier, it saps the levodopa of its effectiveness, according to a study published Friday in the journal Nature Communications. "It is well established that gut bacteria can affect the brain," Sahar El Aidy, an assistant professor in microbiology at University of Groningen and study lead investigator, said in a news release. "There is a continuous chemical dialogue between gut bacteria and the brain, the so-called gut-brain axis." The less effect a normal dosage of levodopa has on...