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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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Outrage after nurse punched multiple times in the face

<p>Police are currently searching for a man in Canada they say punched a nurse in the face multiple times, knocking her to the ground after administering a COVID-19 vaccine to his wife without his permission.</p> <p>On Monday, around 9:15am, a man walked into a Brunet Pharmacy in Sherbrooke, a city in southern Qubec, accusing a nurse in her 40s of vaccinating his wife, police said.</p> <p>Right at the beginning, the suspect was very angry, very aggressive, he asked the nurse why she vaccinated his wife without approval, without his consent,” Carrier said.</p> <p>“He punched her right in the face multiple times so the nurse didn’t have the time to defend or explain herself….she fell to the ground and the suspect left running out of the drugstore.”</p> <p>No laws in Canada state that the individuals need their spouses’ permission to get vaccinated, and it is unclear if his wife had given consent.</p> <p>The nurse was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance where she was treated for “multiple injuries to the face” he said.</p> <p>As a result of the incident, the pharmacy suspended vaccinations.</p> <p>Brunet Pharmacy’s parent company, The Jean Coutu Group Inc., declined to comment by told<span> </span><em>CNN<span> </span></em>they “fully condemn this act which is unacceptable towards the pharmacy teams who have been providing essential services since the beginning of the pandemic.</p> <p>Canada has a vaccination rate of 69.8 per cent of its population, surpassing the US by 15.6%, according to data from<span> </span><em>Our World in Data.</em></p> <p>Although, most Canadians have welcomed public health measures and the country has one of the highest vaccination rates worldwide, case counts and hospitalisations are on the rise, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, especially among younger, unvaccinated Canadians.</p> <p>Police do not have the name or photo of the suspect or security footage of the incident, Carrier said.</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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Edwina Bartholomew shares heart-warming news of a toddler’s recovery

<p>Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew has shared news she says is “close to my heart” about Sydney toddler, Grace Bridges, winning her battle with cancer.</p> <p>The news comes as a great relief to Bartholomew, who is pregnant herself and a mother to one-year-old daughter Molly. When Bartholomew first shared Grace’s story in June, she broke down on air.</p> <p>But now Bartholomew has been able to share with viewers that two-year-old Grace – or ‘Amazing Grace’ as she’s now called by the doctors, has been “declared cancer-free” after undergoing multiple bouts of gruelling chemotherapy.</p> <p>“Here’s an update on a story that’s very close to my heart,” Bartholomew said on Wednesday.</p> <p>“Earlier this year I met toddler grace Bridges. This gorgeous little girl has been battling the rare cancer named metastatic hepatoblastoma.”</p> <p>“I’m delighted to tell you that this week her parents and Grace received the best news ever - she is cancer-free!” she said.</p> <p><strong><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c8129ab75f104d8ca0de2625c24af2c5" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.5198618307427px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844324/grace-kangaroo-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c8129ab75f104d8ca0de2625c24af2c5" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Treatment of 70 doses of chemotherapy</strong></p> <p>Grace had undergone a staggering 70 doses of chemotherapy, five major surgeries and has spent more than 100 days in hospital.</p> <p>Her rare cancer was so aggressive that devastated doctors at one point warned her heartbroken parents their daughter may have just 24 hours to live.</p> <p>Bartholomew described the update as “beautiful” and recalled her emotional response to meeting Grace and her family earlier this year.</p> <p>“You might remember because I absolutely lost it!” she joked.</p> <p>“They call her ‘amazing Grace’ and I think that is absolutely the best name for her, she is such a cute kid,” Bartholomew added.</p> <p>“It’s such wonderful news for her whole family to be cancer-free after that horrific ordeal.”</p> <p><em>Image: Sunrise</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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Aussie Olympic gold medallist in hospital with COVID

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Madi WIlson, the Queensland-born swimmer, has contracted COVID-19 in Italy, and was moved into hospital on Saturday for further care and observation. Wilson was in Italy to participate in the International Swim League event with her team, the Los Angeles Current.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wilson shared the news on Instagram over the weekend, explaining that she believes being run down physically and mentally may have made her more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated. She described the diagnosis as a “huge wake up call”, adding that “Covid is a serious thing and when it comes it hits very hard.”</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/CT_o-RJJWXn/?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/CT_o-RJJWXn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Madi Wilson OAM (@madiwilson)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She ended the post by thanking those around her for their support, particularly her LA teammates, and said she’d be taking some time to rest and hoped to be ready to bounce back ‘in no time’.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many of her fellow Australian swimmers commented their support, including Kyle Chalmers, Brianna Throssell, and Ariarne Titmus. Her LA current teammates Anastasiya Gorbenko, Abbey Weitzeil and Tom Shields, as well as coach David Marsh, also sent well wishes to Madi, with Marsh commenting, “​​Stay strong Madi - you’ll be back crushing it again soon 🙏” and Weitzeil commenting, “A true star!! Cheering loud for u to get better soon!! 😩😩💕💕🌊🌊🌊”. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Previous Instagram posts show Wilson enjoying the sights of central and southern Italy, including Rome, Vatican City and the island of Capri, with teammates including Weitzeil, in between training sessions. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wilson most recently won Olympic gold for her participation in the 4x100metre freestyle event at the 2020 Olympics alongside Mollie O’Callaghan, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell. Following their win, Wilson posted a photo of the team on Instagram with the caption, “Couldn’t be prouder to be an Aussie. What a team! 💛💚”.</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/CR6AD0gpL9a/?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/CR6AD0gpL9a/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Madi Wilson OAM (@madiwilson)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wilson also received gold and silver medals as a heat swimmer for the 4x100 metre freestyle and medley relay teams at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In 2019, as part of the gold medal winning women’s 4x200m freestyle relay team at the World Championships in South Korea, Wilson and her teammates McKeon, Titmus and Throssell set a new world record. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Delly Carr/Swimming Australia via Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Brad Hazzard steps in after mum with newborn is turned away from vaccine hub

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A mum who was turned away from the vaccine hub at Qudos Bank Area </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/coronavirus/covid19-nsw-health-changes-mums-bubs-policy-for-vaccinations/news-story/bcc352ea153f9a64136a795c604a1b31" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">has received her jab</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in her own home, as Health Minister Brad Hazzard steps in to overturn an archaic policy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eleanor Hillard was turned away from the mass vaccination facility for bringing her 7-week old daughter Maeve with her.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Hazzard has since arranged for a doctor to visit Ms Hillard in her Como home and administer the vaccine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He also called Ms Hillard and left a “heartfelt” and “sincere” apology, following pressure from </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Daily Telegraph</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> on authorities to help mums get vaccinated.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The rule preventing parents bringing children with them was put in place to prevent liability if a parent has an adverse reaction to the vaccine, which would leave their child without a carer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though it is still preferred that parents attend the clinic alone, breastfeeding mums and parents with nowhere to leave their children will be given more flexibility.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844153/baby-cropped.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/518eefbcc0be439983406569a4ea8fa7" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Supplied</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Hillard said she also received a call from Westmead Hospital’s acting deputy general manager Amanda Greene.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A representative from NSW Health contacted me and they said they will organise a home vaccination visit. I’m vaxxed now with Pfizer number one,” Ms Hillard said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“[Mr Hazzard] gave a very heartfelt and sincere apology and he just wanted to follow up and make sure that Health had reached out.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After sharing her story, Ms Hillard said she received a flood of stories from “the mum gang”, with dozens of women describing their own experiences of being turned away.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I am happy that this has alerted the right people about the importance of vaccinating mums,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Everyone has individual circumstances and the government is in a really difficult position and has to come up with broad brush policies, but these policies often fall over because some groups get really excluded.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Sadly, so many people contacted me and said ‘this happened to me’. It’s clearly been an issue and it’s been two extremes. Some mums [found the hubs] were so accommodating and others were not.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Hillard said she was delighted when NSW Health confirmed that she would receive her second dose at home or that they would arrange an appointment at a local GP.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Mums are the hearts of these families and the engine, and if women can’t get vaccinated, whole families fall apart,” she said.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Supplied</span></em></p>

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COVID “predictor” Jon-Bernard Kairouz in hospital

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jon-Bernard Kairouz, the comedian who rose to fame for “predicting” NSW case numbers for five days in a row, </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/tiktok-guy-jonbernard-kairouz-hospitalised-in-covid19-ward/news-story/e145f3b9953f8a1eac71c30c798fc991" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">has been hospitalised</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> with COVID-19.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 24-year-old is currently in the COVID-19 ward at Kogarah’s St George Hospital.</span></p> <p><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9991637/TikTok-guy-Jon-Bernard-Kairouz-hospital-Covid-19-Sydney-NSW.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Daily Mail</span></a></em> <span style="font-weight: 400;">reports that his father, Richard Kairouz, is believed to be receiving treatment in ICU.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Richard has reportedly been treated for the virus since September 4, with sources telling the publication that he was placed into an induced coma.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He was symptomatic … and kept deteriorating,” a source close to the family said in reference to Mr Kairouz’s father.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“[He] decided to go to hospital on the Saturday afternoon. The whole family is at home in isolation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“After predicting the COVID-19 numbers daily, [Jon-Bernard] couldn’t predict that [his dad] would contract it.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The news of Mr Kairouz’s condition comes after Bankstown Local Court heard he will plead not guilty to inciting others at an </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/legal/named-and-shamed-full-list-of-sydney-protestors-charged" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">anti-lockdown protest</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in Sydney on July 24.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 324.67532467532465px; height:500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844104/50e2c5cbdda7768ce009876a83823698.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/61b9d315de5f4a1c83ff3d00b822ba97" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Twitter</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Kairouz was charged with two counts of failing to comply with noticed directions and encouraging the commission of a crime.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Allegedly speaking to the crowd of thousands during the protest, the comedian dubbed himself “the people’s premier”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I must say I’ve crunched the numbers, I don’t think the cases are going to go up tomorrow,” he told the crowd.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But from what I’ve calculated there’s over 50,000 people here today.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The following day, he was issued with a penalty infringement notice for attending the protest by NSW Police detectives.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844103/ba4b7a18314bbda91d53b2adaad5c98e.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8e83435f43254576b4ad31b2179d049c" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: NSW Police</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Footage released by police showed Mr Kairouz telling detectives to “take it easy” after being issued with the notice.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He later deleted footage taken at the protest from his Instagram account.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Twitter</span></em></p>

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Standing ovation after 399 days in hospital

<p><em>Image: Western Sydney Health </em></p> <p>Sydney resident David Avila Mellado was clapped out of Westmead Hospital on September 1st after being admitted for 399 days.</p> <p>He spent over a year in hospital after contracting COVID last year and has finally been discharged in a heart-warming moment with health staff.</p> <p>“Thank you very much everybody working here [who] heal me a lot,” He said as he walked out.</p> <p>“I feel like [this is] my family in the hospital because it’s a very long wait and stay here."</p> <p>The 69-year-old was first admitted to the hospital after contracting COVID in July 2020. He spent several weeks in intensive care before being transferred to the respiratory observation unit in September.</p> <p>Mellado then started his long recovery journey, which included physiotherapy and speech pathology.</p> <p>After more than a year of being unable to breathe independently or talk, the 69-year-old had his tracheostomy tube removed last month.</p> <p>“I was in a coma for a few weeks. I came back here, didn’t know my name, didn’t know nothing," he said.</p> <p>“But now I can say my name, I can say thank you."</p> <p>After slowly regaining strength, Mellado was discharged in bittersweet moment.</p> <p>“I have in my heart everybody I remember," he said of the hospital staff.</p> <p>“When I do exercise [in] the corridor, I know everyone, they say to me “hello David”. I feel happy because I don’t remember many people, but they know me."</p> <p>David continues with rehabilitation and had one final message to send on his way out of the hospital: “Tell the people: don’t want. Try to get the vaccine as soon as possible!."</p> <p>“Many people, they don’t want the vaccine, they don’t trust about [COVID-19]. But it’s real. So they have to understand, they have to get the vaccine, they have to help the other people too,” he said.</p> <p>Respiratory observation nurse unit manager Trudy Darling said hospital staff are proud of Mellado, but miss him.</p> <p>“All the staff felt he was very much part of our family and we loved caring for him” she said.</p> <p>“We miss him and its sad to see him go, but he needs to get back to his family."</p> <p>“We’re very pleased to get him going in the right direction. We all wish David and his family all the best."</p>

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"I thought I could do this, I'm sorry": Nat Barr breaks down on set

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Sunrise</em> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">star Natalie Barr broke down on set while sharing an emotional message urging Aussies to look after their heart health.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For the Heart Foundation’s annual Give With Heart Day, the star spoke about the impact of heart disease on her own family alongside Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur on </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Morning Show</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I thought I could do this, I’m sorry,” Barr said tearfully.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m sorry and I know you’ve just been through this Kylie like so many Australians, I’m sorry.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So many Australians have this, it’s Australia’s biggest killer, 50 people are dying a day of heart disease. I don’t think we’re giving this the attention it deserves.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barr’s father Jim passed away 20 years ago from ventricular heart failure at the age of 61, in a tragedy that rocked her entire family.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844082/nat-barr1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4ce81cda2e484edc9544d83062fe03fe" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Natalie Barr</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our family went through this 20 years ago, and like many, many Australian families it destroys your family and you never forget it and you never really get over it,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So that’s why I’m supporting this cause because it’s just the hardest thing you ever have to go through.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Geoff Lister also made an appearance on </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Morning Show</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, sharing how he had been training to be a cardiologist when he suffered three high-risk open-heart surgeries and two strokes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Lister said he had an aortic dissection, but was unaware of it prior to his first surgery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Out of the blue, I was refereeing a game of basketball, I’d been a previously well 24-year-old without any problems whatsoever, normal childhood and then suddenly I had a bit of tingling in my arm, and just on a whim with the support of some friends decided to go to hospital on the way home,” he recounted.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Only because it was on the way home, it’s the only reason I went. If it wasn’t on the way home, I’d be dead.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I walked into the emergency department and the pain was the most intense pain I’ve ever had, it’s so deep and essentially what the dissection is tearing of the large artery that comes out of the heart and supplies blood to the body.</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/CT0MUH7LViY/?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/CT0MUH7LViY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Heart Foundation (@heartfoundationau)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So it doesn’t take a doctor to know that once that tears, you’ve got seconds to minutes to live without urgent medical intervention or surgical intervention.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Thankfully I was near a major transplant centre in Brisbane where I was able to receive, literally forty minutes later, my first open-heart surgery.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Seven</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>. 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New hero of the “counter protester” movement

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A counter protester in Toronto has gone viral for his hilarious homemade sign, reminding us all that context is key.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Toronto-based Dr Andrew Boozary shared a photo of a protester in a bright orange shirt wielding a simple cardboard sign that said, “I Know More than the Scietists”, and naturally, it quickly gained widespread attention.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">this is where we’re at and it hurts. <a href="https://t.co/GwM28DIBG2">pic.twitter.com/GwM28DIBG2</a></p> — Andrew Baback Boozary MD (@drandrewb) <a href="https://twitter.com/drandrewb/status/1437471529277837316?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 13, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A few people made fun of the man, but many suspected there was more to the story than met the eye. They were vindicated when journalist Elizabeth Renzetti clarified that the man in the photo was her brother, and he was most definitely a counter-protester seeking to make fun of the people gathered to protest basic public health measures, not support them.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">That's actually my brother David and it's a joke! <a href="https://t.co/paQaHz13XO">https://t.co/paQaHz13XO</a></p> — Elizabeth Renzetti (@lizrenzetti) <a href="https://twitter.com/lizrenzetti/status/1437475057434079241?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 13, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A quick glimpse at the back of the protester’s sign confirmed that this was indeed the case, as it read, “I Demand my Right to be Ignorant &amp; Selfish”. Renzetti shared </span><a href="https://twitter.com/lizrenzetti/status/1437515444831744002"><span style="font-weight: 400;">more details</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> about her brother that shed some light on what prompted him to stage his one-man counter-protest, including the fact that their late mother worked as a hospital nurse for 30 years. In addition, the protester, whose name we now know is David Renzetti, is married to a wonderful woman named Lauren who made and gave away hundreds of face masks during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">This counter protestor just arrived at Toronto General Hospital holding a sign that on one side reads “I demand my right to be ignorant &amp; selfish” the other side reads “I know more than the scientists” <a href="https://t.co/13WANeK4Rx">pic.twitter.com/13WANeK4Rx</a></p> — Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) <a href="https://twitter.com/CityAdrian/status/1437470944738652163?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 13, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><a href="https://toronto.citynews.ca/2021/09/13/counter-demonstrator-uses-satire-in-support-of-science-at-hospital-protests/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking to 680 News</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Dave Renzetti clarified the meaning behind his sign, for anyone who still didn’t quite get it: “I don’t believe they know more than the scientists and I also believe our right to be free, selfish and ignorant doesn’t supersede someone else’s right to life.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Your right to swing your fist ends at my chin. To me it’s just very upsetting that people are not taking very simple action that could help everyone.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Renzetti said that some of the anti-vaccine protesters who were demonstrating outside Toronto General Hospital also mistook him for one of their own, but he wanted it made clear he was there to support science the best way he knows how: “I express everything through irony. It’s the only way I can handle.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: @drandrewb/Twitter, @CityAdrian/Twitter </span></em></p>

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Western Sydney Health rebukes Nicki Minaj with hilarious post

<p>Western Sydney Health came up with a great retort to US rapper Nicki Minaj when she tweeted she knew someone who “became impotent” after getting a COVID jab and her tweet went viral.</p> <p>So Western Sydney Health stepped in, tweeting: ‘We promise to leave the rapping to @NICKIMINAJ if she leaves medicine to doctors and scientists.’</p> <p>They then listed the ‘Common side effects after a COVID-19 vaccine’ and then ‘Things that <u>don’t</u> happen after a COVID-19 vaccine.’</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">We promise to leave the rapping to <a href="https://twitter.com/NICKIMINAJ?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NICKIMINAJ</a> if she leaves medicine to doctors and scientists <a href="https://t.co/pqv00rNi0l">pic.twitter.com/pqv00rNi0l</a></p> — Western Sydney Health (@WestSydHealth) <a href="https://twitter.com/WestSydHealth/status/1437608277907369987?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 14, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Nicki Minaj tweeted on Tuesday about her cousin who had a friend who “became impotent” after receiving the COVID vaccine.</p> <p>“My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz (sic) his friend got it and became impotent,” she said.</p> <p>“His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding.</p> <p>“So just pray on it and make sure you’re comfortable with ur (sic) decision, not bullied,” Minaj finished.</p> <p><strong>Anti-vaxxers latched onto the tweet</strong></p> <p>Minaj’s tweet went viral with at least 108,000 retweets at the time of publication. Anti-vaxxers quickly latched onto the tweet and this caught the attention of the Western Sydney Local Health District.</p> <p>So Western Sydney Local Health issued their witty reply, clarifying the common side effects of the vaccine are, including pain or swelling at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, fever and chills and joint pain.</p> <p>Minaj has since tweeted that she will get vaccinated herself, as it would likely be a requirement to “go on tour”.</p> <p>New South Wales is on Wednesday expected to reach the 80 per cent first dose vaccine benchmark.</p> <p>On Tuesday, 79.5 per cent of the eligible population had received their first dose.</p> <p><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></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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One year on: Jett Kenny opens up on sister’s final moments

<p><span>Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny’s son Jett Kenny has opened up about the death of his sister. </span></p> <p><span>Jaimi died on September 14th 2020 at age 33, after a long battle with mental health issues and an eating disorder. </span></p> <p><span>Her younger brother Jett has spoken candidly about his grief at losing his sister almost one year on from her tragic death. </span><span></span></p> <p><span>The 26-year-old lifeguard, model and <em>SAS Australia </em>spoke to the Courier Mail about how he remembers every detail from the harrowing day. </span></p> <p><span>On September 13th 2020, Jett missed a call form his mother Lisa as he was finishing a lifeguard shift on the Sunshine Coast. </span></p> <p><span>He had a bad feeling when he heard the strange tone of his mum's voice, urging him to call her back. </span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Jaimi was on life support at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, and her family was gathering around her bedside.</p> <p>She was taken off life support after eight hours, and passed away another eight hours later. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“She fought all the way to the end,” Jett said.</p> <div class="hide-print ad-no-notice css-qyun7f-StyledAdUnitWrapper ezkyf1c0"> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“The doctors thought it was going to be about a minute or two, so she was a fighter, that’s for sure.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“She originally got told she may not make it to 30, and she got to 33 so she battled on with it for a long time.”</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">After Jaimi's death, her parents broke the news on social media saying she <span>died after battling a “long-term illness” and had “passed away peacefully.”</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Most people were unaware of Jaimi's health struggles and were shocked by the sudden news. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Jett said that the hardest part of it all was watching his parents become enveloped in their overwhelming grief. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>“You see your parents, and that’s the thing that gets me really upset is seeing mum and dad so upset, because no-one wants to see their parents upset in a way."</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>“But after that, it was just a matter of trying to be strong for them, I guess.”</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><em>Image credit: Instagram @jettkenny @lisacurry</em></p> </div>

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Kids aged 12 to 15 can now book in for Moderna jab

<p>Australia is on track to having coronavirus vaccine supply exceed demand by the end of October. This comes almost eight months into the behind-schedule rollout.</p> <p>Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the government’s projections showed enough doses would arrive in the country by late October.</p> <p>“We believe that towards the end of October there will be more vaccines than people who want to get vaccinated”, he told ABC radio on Monday.</p> <p>“If you want to get vaccinated, you will be. If you choose not to, well that is your choice, but the nation can’t wait for you”. Mr Joyce is confident the strong desire to end restrictions will push the nation past 80 per cent vaccination coverage for those aged 16 and above.</p> <p>“The issue then will be whether the remaining group of people want to get vaccinated, not whether they can get vaccinated”.</p> <p>The Morrison government has secured a deal with the European Union for another one million Moderna doses. This comes after the agreements with Poland, Singapore and the UK for extra Pfizer supplies.</p> <p>Moderna, which is approved for use for children as young as 12, will be funnelled into pharmacies across the nation.</p> <p>Vaccine rollout co-ordinator John Frewen said more than 11 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines will be available in September.</p> <p>“This will be followed by 12 million doses in October and then 12 million doses in November” According to Lieutenant General Frewen. Bookings for 12 to 15-year-olds are now open, with the system translated into 30 different languages.</p> <p>Australia has fully vaccinated 42.3 per cent of people aged 16 and over while 67.4 per cent have received a single dose.</p> <p>The national reopening plan aims to get the fully vaccinated rate to 70 to 80 per cent before restrictions are eased. The Health Minister Greg Hunt wants to achieve more than 80 per cent target.</p> <p>“We want every Australian to step forward who doesn’t have a medical exemption and we encourage every Australian to do that” he said.</p> <p>NSW is already planning for its domestic reopening at a 70 per cent vaccination rate despite increasingly high infection rate numbers. The state recorded 1262 cases on Sunday and seven deaths.</p>

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VB revives classic ad to join the vaccine push

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The growing list of companies encouraging Aussies to roll up their sleeves for a COVID-19 jab has a new addition: Victoria Bitter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The iconic beer brand has rehashed their classic jingle in a new campaign video, arguing that you can’t get “a hard earned thirst” from being in lockdown.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Right now, you can’t get it goalin’. You can’t get it bowlin’. You can’t get it taking a vow, or chasing a cow,” the iconic voiceover says.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843950/f68a6b112d50f34d3a585c614e3e9c71fee536d7-16x9-x29y0w1941h1092.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b690f15f2e6141c99571bb74099ab130" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Supplied</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A hard earned thirst comes from being all over town, not from being in lockdown.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So if you’d like to get back to leading a band, or lending a hand, rolly up your sleeves and get the jab.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">VB spokesman Brian Phan said the company has joined the vaccination push “so we can re-open all of Australia’s pubs, clubs, construction sites, offices, shops and everywhere you earn a hard earned thirst”.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843949/vb-matter-of-fact-get-the-jab-tvc-via-clemenger-bbdo-melbourne-0-28-screenshot.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/df5f2fa515ba4ab89c654868316f3f62" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Victoria Bitter</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And let’s be honest, you can’t really earn one sitting on the couch or doing a puzzle,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s a serious issue, but our Aussie sense of humour is still important during a pandemic.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Watch the ad here.</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/T7GZ10PCjXY" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Victoria Bitter</span></em></p>

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