There’s a new ramen spot in Denver from a former Nobu chef, and it delivers

Sure, the weather may be getting warmer, but that’s never stopped Denver ramen-heads from splashing their way through the dish’s brothy delight.

In November, we shared with you a list of eight places to reach noodle nirvana in the city, from Bones to Uncle, and now, there’s a new place to add to the list.

It’ll be there for the next 60 to 120 days, at least, so slurp it while you can.

Gaijin (guy-gin) is now open in RiNo’s shiny new food hall, Zepplin Station, in its No Vacancy spot. When the dining destination sandwiched between railroad tracks first opened in March, Comal occupied the pod that is the first to greet diners from the main entrance.

Now, it holds Japanese ramen and yakitori from Chef Bill Espiricueta, formerly of Oak and Acorn, who also cooks up at the next food counter over, Injoi Korean Kitchen. (Talk about a short commute between jobs.)

No Vacancy is a rotating space for between 2 and 4 months, so you won’t have much time to try the cuisine inspired by the chef’s passion for Japanese cuisine that was born during stint at Nobu. The menu offers three types of traditional ramen bowls and skewered meats prepared over Japanese white oak charcoal.

Also new at the Zep for those in a rush or just feeling lazy (uh, we mean, really busy at work), the magic words: online ordering and delivery.

OK, so it’s not going very far yet, but Zeppelin Station now offers online ordering and delivery from all of the kitchens, even pints of gelato from Gelato Boy for those insatiable work gelato cravings.

For $3, food will be delivered by bike within a one-mile radius from Confluence Courier Collective.

So now that we know you don’t have to get up from that yoga ball you call a seat, let’s recap some of the other goodies you can find inside Zeppelin Station:

Injoi Korean kitchen
Korean comfort food
We recommend: Spicy fried chicken tenders or the kimchi fried rice.

Aloha Poke Co.
Raw fish bowls
We recommend: Shoyu ahi tuna crunch bowl with spicy aioli. (veggie bowl also available)

Vinh Xuong Bakery
Banh mi and baked goods from a third-generation, family-owned shop
We recommend: The sweet/spicy grilled pork bahn mi.

Namkeen
Indian street snacks from the owners of Spuntino restaurant
The crispy, delicate aloo samosa with spiced potatoes and peas

Au Feu
Montreal-style smoked brisket
We recommend: poutine with twice-fried fries and cheese curds.

Dandy Lion Coffee
Traditional coffee with an Asian twist
We recommend: Vietnamese cold brew chicory coffee over condensed milk.

Gelato Boy
Uh, gelato, duh
We recommend: The Gelato Boy is a fried sesame bun gelato sandwich filled with your choice of filling and it will haunt your dreams

If you’re hanging around, there’s booze, too:

Kiss + Ride
Casual, ground-level bar
We recommend: The Cobbler, with sherry blend, plum, cinnamon and citrus.

Big Trouble
Zeppelin Station’s tiki-ish mezzanine bar
We recommend: The We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat — with vodka, white port, midori, lime and champagne — serves 3-5 people, or someone with a big Uber budget.


Zeppelin Station: 3501 Wazee St., Denver; zeppelinstation.com.

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Denver’s first SoulCycle is getting a fancy French bistro neighbor straight from NYC’s Upper East Side — The Know

A rendering of Le Bilboquet French Bistro at St Paul Collection in Cherry Creek North. (Provided by VOCA Public Relations)

“Hey there, Upper East Siders. Gossip Girl here, your one and only source into the lives of Cherry Creek’s elite.”

As if it were straight out of a page of Gossip Girl’s notebook, it was announced today that famed New York City Upper East Side French bistro Le Bilboquet will be the first restaurant concept inside the new St. Paul Collection in Cherry Creek North, according to BMC Investments. The mixed-use development with luxury residences will also host the city’s first SoulCycle, as announced in January, and Crate and Barrel’s sister store, CB2.

Get those tailored suits and dresses ready, according to the restaurant’s Zagat page:

“One does not go for the meal alone to this see-and-be-seen French bistro … the food’s consistently good and the service rude if you’re not a regular, but the outrageous pricing extends to all.”

The plan is to have the 6,700-square-foot location at the corner of 3rd and St. Paul streets open in early 2019, serving up traditional French cuisine mixed with some modern fare (like the restaurant’s signature Cajun chicken) in its fine-dining bistro, while also serving breakfast and lunch from a Parisian-inspired cafe. 

And yes, there will be a patio.

This will be the fourth restaurant in the neighborhood from the real estate investment company. Others are the wallet-busting Matsuhisa, Quality Italian and Departure.

“With SoulCycle and CB2 already in place, the retail and restaurant offering at St. Paul Collection will be beyond compare,” BMC Investments CEO Matt Joblon said in the release.

 

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Cocktail of the week: The Good Egg’s Manny Shevitz | Life and style

Before refrigeration, shrubs were a popular way to preserve fruit. Mixed with cold water, they’re very refreshing, but they also work brilliantly in cocktails. These quantities make 350ml shrub (about 14 servings), but it will keep in the fridge for at least three months. The drink is named after a character Bernie Sanders played in the low-budget 1999 film My X-Girlfriend’s Wedding Reception.

Serves 1

For the shrub
100ml grapes – use sharp, sour ones (or plums or apples)
100ml caster sugar
100ml cider vinegar

For the cocktail
50ml white rum (a spiced one adds flavour and depth)
25ml shrub
Soda water, to top
1 grape, halved (or 1 slice apple or plum), to garnish

For the shrub, wash the grapes, cut them in half and put in a very clean tub. Pour over the the sugar, seal and leave to steep for two days. Strain the resulting syrup into a clean bowl, whisk in the vinegar, then pour through a funnel into a sterilised bottle and seal.

Shake well, then refrigerate, checking on the shrub and shaking now and then. (Don’t worry if any solids settle at the bottom of the bottle: it’s just the sugar crystals reforming, and they’ll eventually be dissolved by the acid in the mixture.)

To make the cocktail, combine the rum and shrub in a tumbler, top with soda, garnish and serve.

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The painful truth about fibroids: why FKA twigs is not alone | Life and style

It was, said the singer FKA twigs, “a fruit bowl of pain every day”. She likened the size of the fibroids – benign tumours that had been removed from her uterus in December – to fruit: two cooking apples, three kiwis and a couple of strawberries. The nurse, she added, “said that the weight and size was like being six months pregnant”. Her experience, the singer said, was “excruciating at times and, to be honest, I started to doubt if my body would ever feel the same again … I know that a lot of women suffer from fibroid tumours and I just wanted to say after my experience that you are amazing warriors and that you are not alone.”

She shared the post on Instagram last week, which was picked up by news organisations around the world – indicating how rare it was for anyone to talk openly about fibroids, even though it is a condition that affects about a third of women at some point in their life.

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths of the uterine muscle that develop in or around the uterus. “It’s unusual for them to be painful,” says Dr Virginia Beckett, a consultant gynaecologist and spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. “Usually, they’re very small and harmless. They can occur either on the outside of the womb, within the muscle wall of the womb or pushing on to the inside of the womb.” Many women will never even know that they have them but, for some, they can cause debilitating pain, bleeding, heavy periods, discomfort during sex and, in some cases, fertility problems.

Their cause is unknown, but thought to be linked to oestrogen levels – women of childbearing age are more likely to develop them and they can shrink in women who have been through the menopause. African-Caribbean women are more likely to suffer from larger fibroids that cause symptoms. There is no known way of cutting your risk, says Beckett. “There are no dietary methods or medications and having your baby early or late makes no difference.”

A recent all-party parliamentary group on women’s health – which also covered the condition endometriosis – found “unacceptable treatment” for women with fibroids. It reported that 42% of women said they were not treated with “dignity and respect” and nearly half were not told about the short- or long-term side effects of treatment. It found that 12% of women took up to two years even to be treated for their fibroids. One woman told the survey she had been told by her gynaecologist that there was only one treatment option. “I was only offered a hysterectomy and only through my own online research did I discover the other options out there. I had to ask for these other treatments,” she said. Another respondent said her symptoms were ignored.

“Far too often, women put up with symptoms and incredible pain because they are not aware of what is ‘normal’ and they feel stigmatised by talking about ‘women’s problems’,” said the report.

Bridgette York, a solicitor who founded the Fibroid Network patient and campaign group, was diagnosed with fibroids when she was in her mid-20s. She says that, at the time, some 20 years ago, women – even young women who hadn’t had children – were being pushed towards unnecessary hysterectomies. “It was very distressing emotionally and people weren’t talking about it,” says York. After doing lots of research, she was treated nine years after the diagnosis with a myomectomy, which removed the fibroids but kept her womb intact. She had four fibroids removed, with one measuring 33cm (13in) across and the largest weighing 5kg (11lb). York recovered well and went on to have twins.

One of her concerns now is the number of women who are offered medication to treat symptoms rather than a cure. Some drugs also act as contraceptives and are often prescribed to women in their 20s and 30s who may not be aware that it may delay their ability to conceive once they come off it. Medication can be useful for some women, but York says there are safety and efficacy concerns. She points to the drug Esmya (ulipristal acetate) – in February, the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency informed medical professionals that it was the subject of a new EU safety review after several women suffered serious liver damage while taking it. The agency ruled that it should not be prescribed to new patients and that liver function should be tested once a month for women already on it.

“We’re concerned that women are not being given all of the options, and not being given informed choice, and that drugs [might not] have as much effect as they think it might do, especially if they have large fibroids,” says York.

The all-party parliamentary report found that 70% of women were told about hysterectomy, with 38% undergoing one. However, in many cases, fibroids can be treated with less extreme surgery, but also non-surgical interventions such as uterine fibroid embolisation, which is carried out by a radiologist who essentially blocks the blood vessels “feeding” the fibroid. Woodruff Walker, a pioneer of uterine fibroid embolisation, says not enough women are being told about the treatment by gynaecologists, either because they are not familiar with it or because it is not something they offer. “For about 25% of patients who come to me, who have fought their way through the system, embolisation is not mentioned by their gynaecologist as an option.” There are also newer treatments involving laser or ultrasound to destroy the fibroid, but the NHS points out that “the long-term benefits and risks are unknown”. “We do have some medical therapies, but they’re not useful for very large fibroids,” says Beckett.

For large fibroids, she explains, “you would probably offer a hysterectomy. You can do open surgery to remove the fibroids and leave the womb, but that can be quite complicated. You can remove smaller ones laparascopically [through a small incision]. You can do minimally invasive techniques to interfere with the blood supply of the fibroid [such as embolisation] and, if they are impinging on the lining of the womb, you can remove them through a camera that goes into the womb through the cervix.” Embolisation “is not extremely widely available and there are some disadvantages to it. You can get quite significant pain afterwards and the data on fertility is not very well established. The data  is much more established with traditional surgical methods,” she says.

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Trump plan for drug prices won’t include direct negotiations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to unveil his long-awaited plan for reducing drug prices after more than a year of bold promises to tackle pharmacy costs that are squeezing millions of Americans.

But the strategy to be outlined in a speech Friday will not include a key Trump campaign pledge to use the massive buying power of the federal government’s Medicare program to directly negotiate lower drug prices for seniors.

Instead, administration officials are previewing a raft of old and new ideas to increase competition and improve transparency in the notoriously complex drug pricing system with the ultimate aim of wringing more savings for consumers.

It’s an approach that avoids a direct confrontation with the powerful pharmaceutical lobby, but it could also underwhelm Americans seeking relief from escalating prescription costs.

“Consumers are ultimately going to be the judge of this announcement,” said Dan Mendelson, a health care consultant. “If they don’t address the cost that patients see at the pharmacy counter it’s not going to be seen as responsive.”

A majority of Americans say passing laws to bring down prescription drug prices should a “top priority” for Trump and Congress, according to recent polling by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

As a candidate, Trump railed against the pharmaceutical industry, accusing companies of “getting away with murder.” But as president he has shied away from major reforms and staffed his administration with appointees who have deep ties to the industry, including health secretary, Alex Azar, a former top executive at Eli Lilly.

Azar and other Trump officials have described the problem in stark terms and promised bold action.

“Every incentive is toward higher list prices because everyone in the system gets a cut off that list price except the patient,” said Azar, speaking on “Fox and Friends” on Friday morning.

He said one new proposal would allow senior citizens enrolled in Medicare who hit the catastrophic period to pay nothing out of pocket, “so really relieve a huge burden on our senior citizens.”

Parts of the plan were previously released in the president’s budget proposal and would require action by Congress. Those steps include, requiring insurers to share rebates from drug companies with Medicare patients and changing the way Medicare pays for high-priced drugs administered at doctors’ offices.

Trump staffers said the new steps coming Friday could be taken immediately by the administration without congressional lawmakers, who are mainly focused on November elections. The measures aim to increase competition, create incentives for drugmakers to lower initial prices and stop foreign governments from “freeloading” off U.S. pharmaceutical research. But the officials gave few specifics.

Public outrage over drug costs has been growing for years as Americans face pricing pressure from all sides: New medicines for life-threatening diseases often launch with prices exceeding $100,000 per year. And older drugs for common ailments like diabetes and asthma routinely see price hikes around 10 percent annually. Meanwhile Americans are paying more at the pharmacy counter due to health insurance plans that require them to shoulder more of their prescription costs.

Trump officials have hinted for weeks that the plan, in part, will untangle the convoluted system of discounts and rebates between drugmakers and insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and other health care middlemen. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb — another Trump official with industry ties — says this lack of transparency creates a perverse system of incentives in which drugmakers and other health care companies benefit from rising prices.

“Right now, we don’t have a truly free market when it comes to drug pricing, and in too many cases, that’s driving prices to unaffordable levels for some patients,” Gottlieb said in a speech last week.

Experts who study drug pricing are encouraged that the discussion has moved from outrage to more sophisticated proposals for reform.

“This is progress and I think there’s no question that opening up the machine to make it more clear how it works will lead to change — hopefully to constructive change,” said Dr. Peter Bach, director of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Center for Health Policy and Outcomes.

But others warn there is no guarantee that unraveling the current pricing-setting bureaucracy will lead to lower prices, because it all starts with drugmakers’ initial prices.

Drugmakers generally can charge as much as the market will bear because the U.S. government doesn’t regulate medicine prices, unlike most other countries.

Medicare is the largest purchaser of prescription drugs in the nation, covering 60 million seniors and Americans with disabilities, but it is barred by law from directly negotiating lower prices with drugmakers. Democrats have long favored giving Medicare that power, but Republicans traditionally oppose the idea.

Allowing Medicare to negotiate prices is unacceptable to the powerful drug lobby, which has spent tens of millions of dollars since Trump’s inauguration to influence the Washington conversation around drug prices, including a high-profile TV advertising campaign portraying its scientists as medical trailblazers.

The drug industry’s top lobbying arm, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, spent nearly $26 million to sway federal decision makers last year, according to records tallied by the non-profit Center for Responsive Politics. That spending total was the group’s highest since the 2009 congressional battle that led to Obamacare.

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AP Writer Jill Colvin contributed to this report.

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Woman with flesh-eating bacteria dies after Florida vacation

Carol Martin did what so many thousands of people do while on vacation in Florida.

She got wet.

Whether it’s at a beach, pool, lake or water theme park, chances are you’ll partake in some kind of water activity.

Martin, 50, apparently opted for a hot tub while vacationing in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area in February where she had gone every year to see the horse races.

The activity may have ultimately killed the Indianapolis wife, mother and grandmother, her husband Richard believes.

He told Indianapolis television station WRTV that his wife returned home from the vacation with a nickel-sized infection on her buttocks that grew and became painful, leading her to seek medical treatment. When antibiotics and heating pads failed to halt the infection’s spread, after two medical visits, she was sent to a local hospital.

There, after she was rushed into surgery, doctors told Richard Martin his wife had somehow contracted necrotizing fasciitis — or, as it is most commonly called: flesh-eating bacteria.

He told Tampa’s WFLA News Channel 8 he thinks Carol could have contracted the bacteria from a hot tub at a Days Inn the couple had stayed at in the Tampa Bay area. Carol, he said, loved racing so they often visited the region and stayed at the same hotel. She had gone into the hot tub to relax for the evening, he said.

Nobody else on their vacation had gotten sick, he said. “She was the only one that got in the hot tub,” he told the station.

Carol Martin spent 16 days in the intensive care unit. She died a little over two months later, at home, on Saturday.

“She made me lunch. I kissed her goodbye to go to work. I come home early in the morning and found her passed away,” her husband told WRTV.

Her death has not officially been ruled the result of flesh-eating bacteria. The Marion County coroner’s office in Indianapolis collected tissue samples to study and test results could take up to three months.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, necrotizing fasciitis is a serious bacterial skin infection that spreads quickly and kills the body’s soft tissue and can be deadly in a very short amount of time. “Accurate diagnosis, prompt antibiotic treatment, and surgery are important to stopping this infection,” the CDC says. More than one type of bacterium can cause the flesh-eating disease, which, since 2010, affects between 600 and 1200 people annually in the United States.

Symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis

According to the CDC, symptoms can start within a few hours after exposure.

These signs can be pain or soreness, similar to a pulled muscle.

The skin may be warm with red or purplish areas of swelling that spread rapidly.

Some may get ulcers , blisters, or black spots on the skin.

Later symptoms can include: fever, chills, fatigue and vomiting.

If you have these symptoms seek medical attention immediately, the CDC suggests.

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Donald Trump’s Immigration Policies Could Hurt Senior Care

When Norma was recently injured in a car accident, she had to take time off from her job caring for a 93-year-old woman in California’s San Fernando Valley. While she was away, her client fell down and ended up hospitalized.

It’s the kind of danger that the elderly face without home care, something that has Norma concerned about her absence. “I think of it as if I’m caring for my own grandmother or mother,” she says.

But Norma worries that even after she is able to return to work, she won’t be able to stay on the job for long for a very different reason: her immigration status. Norma, who asked that her last name not be used in this story, grew up in El Salvador, but received temporary permission to live in the United States in 2001 after a series of earthquakes rocked her home country.

In January, the Trump Administration announced it would end temporary protected status, or TPS, for some 200,000 Salvadorans, giving them a deadline of Sept. 9, 2019, to leave the country.

TPS is also ending for immigrants from countries such as Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua, many of whom hold similar service industry jobs as Norma. As aging Baby Boomers increase the demand for direct care workers, this profession has found itself at the center of the nation’s debate over immigration. The long-term care industry is already facing a worker shortage, and if tens of thousands of immigrants are forced to leave the United States, the country’s growing elderly population, as well as those with disabilities and long term illnesses, could be left without care.

Though it’s difficult to tell exactly how many direct care workers could be affected by changing immigration laws, one in four workers are immigrants, according to the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute. About 34,600 workers are non-U.S. citizens from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua, all of which are set to lose TPS in the next two years, according to the institute, and another 11,000 hail from countries that fall under President Trump’s travel ban while 69,800 direct care workers are non-U.S. citizens from Mexico.

Most immigrants in these professions come to the U.S. legally, but President Donald Trump and some Congressional Republicans have made it clear they want to limit all immigration. Beyond TPS, many direct care workers come to the U.S. through family reunification, or what critics call “chain migration.” Earlier this year, Trump proposed a plan that would move away from family-based immigration to focus on skilled immigrants and drastically limit the total number of arrivals. While Congress has so far failed to pass an immigration deal this year, the administration’s priorities have those in the industry worried.

“It’s impossible to imagine that the long term care sector would survive without immigrants,” says Robert Espinoza, vice president of policy at the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute. “If you make it more difficult for people who are already documented to remain in the country, what you’re doing is you’re making it more difficult for families to find workers to care for their loved ones and for employers to find workers to meet all their cases.”

About 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day, according to Pew Research Center, and research has shown that more than half will need long-term care. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that personal care aides and home health aides — two of the main professions that make up the direct care category — are among the fastest growing jobs in the country, and yet it’s unlikely that there will be enough workers to fill those jobs.

Even if no immigration policies change, Paul Osterman, a professor of human resources and management at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, projects that the U.S. is on pace to see a shortage of 151,000 direct care workers by 2030 and a shortage of 355,000 by 2040. That does not include the 11 million unpaid family caregivers he estimates the country will need by 2040 — a number that could grow if more families cannot find paid help. “We’re heading toward a perfect storm of a crisis,” says Osterman.

In many parts of the country, health care providers and workers say the crisis is already here.

“We have seen clear evidence in the nursing home industry of struggles to find staff,” says Robyn Stone, senior vice president of research for LeadingAge, a trade group for nonprofit senior care providers. “We’ve heard anecdotes among our membership in rural communities that several nursing homes have had to close because they did not have the staff to serve their people. On the home care side, we’ve seen evidence of families looking for staff and not being able to find them.”

Miguel, a 36-year-old home health aide in Albuquerque who came to the U.S. from Mexico in search of a better life and more professional opportunities, says the challenging realities of direct care work have made it clear to him why the U.S. has such a shortage of workers. “Our profession is not properly recognized as something that is needed and will be needed more so in the future. Second, we’re not afforded any backing or protection as professionals,” he says. “And finally in many cases the wages that we are given may not be a living wage.”

Miguel, who did not want his real name used in this story because he is undocumented, worked as a nurse in Mexico, but since arriving in the U.S., has only been able to find work as an aide in a group of assisted living facilities. While he enjoys caring for the people there and hearing their stories, he is constantly thinking about would happen to them if he is deported. “I don’t know that you’re going to have lots of people racing to take these jobs,” he says.

Steven Camarota, director of Research at the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for strict immigration limits, sees the current state of the direct care industry as an opportunity. He notes that while immigrants are a growing part of the workforce, three quarters of direct care workers were born in the U.S. Camarota believes that cutting down on the flow of immigrants will force employers to raise wages, attracting unemployed Americans into the workforce.

“This is a real opportunity to draw in some more marginalized people, and we’re going to miss it if we create a guest worker program or we pull back on [immigration] enforcement,” he says.

But the solution is unlikely to be simple. Medicaid is the largest payer for nursing homes, and many senior care agencies also rely on Medicaid and Medicare, meaning that they cannot easily raise wages.

And even when employers do increase salaries, there’s no guarantee that Americans will want to take the jobs. Sherwin Sheik founded CareLinx, which matches home care workers with patients and families, with the goal of paying workers more and decreasing burnout. Workers sign up for his system, set their own rates and then CareLinx charges the patients a fee, letting caregivers keep their money and make at least 25% more than they would otherwise, Sheik says. Still, immigrants are a “massive” part of his workforce.

“It takes a lot to do these jobs,” Sheik says. “They are being filled by immigrants. Having these tighter policies is going to choke this industry.”

Norma has seen the impact of the workforce shortage firsthand. After her car accident, she called everyone she knew trying to find another home care worker to help her client. “But the people that I knew had a background in home care had all found jobs [in other fields] and they were getting paid more,” Norma says. Some now work in factories or clean houses, but few stuck with direct care.

Norma loves her job and says she enjoys helping her clients feel comfortable in their homes. She hopes that immigration policies will change again before her protected status ends in 2019 so she can stay with her current client. But already feels sad thinking about the 93-year-old having to find a nursing home if she has to stop helping her next year.

“We will not be the only ones who are affected in this. Many people will be affected, and many people who are U.S. citizens,” Norma says. “Consumers are going to be left without care. And they’re the most vulnerable in this equation. Really leaving them without care they need is what worries me the most.”

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Antonio Sabato Jr. says testosterone pellets improve sex life, reduce stress

Former model and soap star-turned aspiring politician Antonio Sabato Jr., said he “could have sex all day” after having testosterone pellets injected into his buttocks. Sabato first sought out the procedure to address his low levels of the hormone, he told DailyMail TV in an exclusive interview.

“I was like an 80-year-old man,” 46-year-old Sabato said, adding that he’s never had plastic surgery but has gotten Botox in the past.

He had the pellets injected into the fatty tissue of the upper buttock or hip area.

 (DailyMailTV)

Sabato sought the help of Dr. Christopher Asandra of NuMale Medical Center. Asandra told the news outlet that the pellet, which is about the size of a Tic Tac for males and a grain of rice for females, is inserted into the fatty tissue of the upper buttock or hip area, and needs to be replaced after about five to seven months.

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The therapy works to slowly release testosterone with the aim of stabilizing hormone levels. Asandra said the therapy has come a long way from the controversial practice of injecting steroids. It offers an alternative to testosterone gels, which require daily application and risk transmission. 

The treatment is an alternative to testosterone gels which must be applied daily and have the potential to be transmitted to another person.

“People want to look good but they also want to feel good,” Asandra told the news outlet.

Sabato said the effects were immediate. He said he works out seven days per week, and is burning up to three times the amount of calories he was before treatment. He also said it helps him deal with stress, especially on the campaign trail.

“No matter the circumstances I can deal with it just fine,” he said, adding that he will likely continue treatment for the rest of his life.

“This is the best way to go, it makes perfect sense,” he said. “Once you find out for yourself where you need to be, it’s changing your life forever.”

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‘Shouting into the void’: Miscarriages color mom-to-be’s art

MILFORD, Mass. (AP) – Artist Ashley MacLure’s world is filled with fairies, young girls riding giant moths – and anguished, bleeding women.

A grimacing young woman rendered in black and white is curled in a fetal position, splashes of crimson staining her bottom. Here she is again, leaning against a bloodied wall, her abdomen nothing but a large oval hole. There’s a self-portrait in charcoal pencil – a close-up of a face pinched by sorrow.

In her artist’s mind, this is what miscarriage looks like. And while MacLure’s story seems destined for a happy ending – she and her husband are expecting their first child this summer – the high school visual arts teacher hopes her provocative works will help take away the enduring stigma of pregnancy loss.

“It’s my way of shouting into the void,” she says.

As many as one in four pregnancies ends prematurely in miscarriage, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine says. With miscarriage so commonplace, women increasingly are pressing for society to stop treating it as taboo.

Among them is figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, who revealed last year during an episode of “Dancing with the Stars” that she had six miscarriages during an eight-year span. Now a mother of three, she told ABC’s “Good Morning America” the losses were rough on her marriage.

“We don’t talk about it as fluidly as we should,” says Dr. Jessica Zucker, a Los Angeles psychologist and mother of two who lost a baby and launched a social media campaign – #IHadAMiscarriage – to get people talking openly.

“The unfortunate consequences are that a majority of women are reporting shame, self-blame and guilt,” she says. “Loss is devastating, but the women who live these losses are strong. What they have to share is deeply important.”

MacLure, 30, who’s had two miscarriages, says other women’s stories can make her feel like an impostor. But her grief and pain – both physical and psychological – are no less real.

That’s captured in her art, which is honest and edgy – some might say brutally so.

“One moment, you’re elated. And then it’s just over,” says MacLure, who grew up in North Providence, Rhode Island, and moved to Milford, Massachusetts, after earning a degree in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design.

“It’s very surreal. You’re mentally in a different space, starting to think about the future. And then, suddenly, you’re not.”

MacLure, who teaches at Blackstone Valley Technical Regional Vocational High School in Upton, Massachusetts, sought solace in her paints and brushes. She began somewhat jarringly by painting diseased ovaries and uteruses – a cathartic escape as she battled feelings of failure and fears that she might never be a mother.

She’s since done a series of paintings on clear glass dinner plates – a fragile domestic item that seemed like the perfect medium for capturing maternal anguish.

MacLure’s more whimsical work has been showcased in juried exhibitions, and some has won critical acclaim. Not these paintings. Galleries don’t know what to do with a likeness of her husband holding her as blood flows beneath them, or a plate depicting her naked and curled in a fetal position with a bright red blotch on her belly.

“They don’t want to make audiences uncomfortable,” she says. “People want to see flowers and sailboats and landscapes and pretty things. I’m all about making people uncomfortable.”

Even so, MacLure is gaining a following. Women she’s never met who have experienced the pain of miscarriage have been connecting with her, posting comments and sharing their own stories of loss and healing.

Among them is Lauren Lowen, a fellow illustrator who miscarried. Like MacLure, she’s now expecting her firstborn this summer.

“I saw her art flash up on my feed, and I found it poetic and beautiful,” says Lowen, of Nashville, Tennessee. “Her work really moved me. Miscarriage is a unique form of heartbreak.”

Men, too, have sought out MacLure. Cambridge entrepreneur Chris Tolles reached out after his wife twice miscarried. The couple now has a 2-year-old daughter, but Tolles still feels a “profound connection” to her art.

“Suffering is a real thing, and it’s best shared,” he says. “People talk about miscarriage as though a baby just disappears, but the reality can be really gory and awful. Her work embodies that attitude of, ‘Here’s real life – take it or leave it.’”

For MacLure, an only child, fast-approaching motherhood is bittersweet. Six years ago, she lost her own mom.

“I’m so grateful that I get to be a mom – to pass on all the positive things my mom taught me, and teach the strength and resilience I’ve learned along the way,” she says.

“I’m also excited to know this whole new person.”

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Health charity Wellcome pledges funds, calls for rapid response to Ebola in Congo

(Reuters) – Britain’s Wellcome Trust global health charity called for a rapid response to an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and has pledged 2 million pounds ($2.7 mln)to support Kinshasa’s efforts to fight it.

At least 17 people have died since inhabitants of a village in the DRC’s northwest began showing symptoms resembling Ebola in December, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Wellcome funding will be made available to the DRC government and the WHO as they seek to contain the outbreak’s spread. It will be boosted by another million pounds ($1.35 million) from the UK government, Wellcome said in a statement.

This is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the deadly hemorrhagic fever was first detected in the country’s dense tropical forests in 1976. It was named after the nearby river Ebola.

“It’s vital the global response to this outbreak is swift. We know from previous outbreaks that the DRC are ready to act, but they need global support to ensure this outbreak is contained effectively,” said Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome’s director and a specialists in infectious diseases.

Congo’s long experience of Ebola and its remote geography mean outbreaks are often localised and relatively easy to isolate and contain.

But the villages at the heart of this outbreak are close to the banks of the Congo River, a major artery for trade and transport upstream from the capital Kinshasa. The Congo Republic is just on the other side of the river.

In December 2016, trials of an Ebola vaccine found that the shot gave high levels of protection against a strain of the deadly disease. The vaccine, known as rVSV-ZEBOV and developed by Merck, has been stockpiled, ready for use, by the vaccines alliance GAVI.

Officials at the WHO have not yet said whether they expect to use the vaccine in this outbreak. The logistics of transporting and deploying it in remote areas are complex, since it has to be kept at very low temperatures.

Reporting by Kate Kelland; Editing by Catherine Evans

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