“I feel like my game is pretty sharp. I’m as sharp as I can be coming in here… the first couple of days here will be the real test. I’ll learn a lot about myself and my game in those first couple of days.”With a spotlight on the first event since The Players Championship was halted after one round in March, McIlroy knows how crucial the week will be for golf and the emergence of sport in general from the COVID-19 outbreak.”This week is very important. Golf will be the center of the sports world,” he said. “For people to have something to watch on TV where they don’t know the outcome, I think that will be a good thing.”McIlroy expects a strange atmosphere without fans lining the course, as spectators are not scheduled to attend a PGA event until next month at the Memorial tournament.”It’ll be a little eerie, you’re not getting claps or feedback from good shots,” McIlroy said. “At the same time, it’s what we have to do. It’s what we’re going to have to live with for the foreseeable future.”McIlroy reiterated, however, that he sees no chance of the Ryder Cup, set to be played in September at Whistling Straits, being contested if spectators cannot attend.”It’s either going to be played this year with fans or we’ll be kicking it down the road,” McIlroy predicted.”I’m pretty sure they won’t carry on without spectators. I don’t think that [playing in such an event] would have to be an option that I would consider. I just can’t see it going ahead without fans.”McIlroy said the rescheduling of events forced by the pandemic showed golf’s global structure could use simplification.”I don’t know if everything being under one umbrella is the solution, but definitely fewer umbrellas is a way forward,” McIlroy said.”The more all these bodies can work together for the greater good of the game can only help everybody.” World number one Rory McIlroy says his game is as sharp as possible and he feels in a safe environment as the US PGA Tour returns to competition Thursday.After three months idled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the four-time major champion from Northern Ireland will tee off without spectators at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.There will be face masks and gloves, social distancing, coronavirus tests and temperature-taking to create and maintain a “bubble” of safety for players. Topics : Floyd moves ‘wonderful’The greater good beyond golf was also on McIlroy’s mind in the wake of two weeks of global protests over the police killing of George Floyd and the concern of racial injustice it has raised.”I think everyone can be a little more tolerant and a little more educated and not as ignorant,” McIlroy said. “The fact that it does seem to be this real will to change and have reform is amazing.”McIlroy called the decision to have a moment of silence and vacant tee time at 8:46 a.m. — to symbolize the eight minutes and 46 seconds in which a police officer kneeled on Floyd’s neck — “a wonderful gesture” and noted his own golf idol was black, Tiger Woods.”It didn’t matter what color his skin was, what his beliefs were,” said McIlory. “As long as we continue to give people from different backgrounds opportunities to be in golf, that can only be a good thing.” “It really does feel safe. Everything at the course, everything that has been put in place for us, it has felt very robust, very safe,” McIlroy said.”There’s sanitizer everywhere you look. I feel safe and I’d say basically everyone else that’s here feels the same thing.”McIlroy says his game is as good as can be expected after such a long competition layoff.”The thing I missed the most was the competition,” McIlroy said. “I tried to play with high-caliber players and see where I measured up with them.
Kevin-Prince Boateng could miss AC Milan’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur in the Uefa Champions League after he left the Olimpico against Juventus on Saturday night on crutches.The Rossoneri will attempt to overturn their 1-0 first leg defeat in the round of 16 tie on Wednesday and Boateng had been a favourite to start against his former club.However, he limped off at half-time during last night’s 1-0 victory away.Boateng accidentally clashed with Felipe Melo, receiving a very hard kick to the ankle, which seemed to twist in an unnatural fashion.He carried on playing for a few more minutes, but was replaced at the break and seems to be in poor shape.There’s a race against time to get the Ghana international fit for Wednesday’s match at White Hart Lane. Antonio Cassano, Mark Van Bommel and Urby Emanuelson are cup-tied, while Alexandre Pato and Massimo Oddo missed the Juventus game with flu symptoms.Dutchman Clarence Seedorf could be given a starting spot in midfield instead.Source: Ghanasoccernet
Orlando Sentinel: UCF, Adventist University Receive Federal Grants For Nursing Programs The Dallas Morning News: Should Texas Doctors Do More To Recommend HPV Vaccine? It’s summertime, and to Sandra Gompf, that means ‘amoeba season’. Seven years ago, her 10-year old son Philip went swimming in a lake in Auburndale. About a week later, he died from a brain-eating amoeba that lives in freshwater and enters the body when water is forced up the nose. Both of Philip’s parents are doctors. And since their son’s death, they’ve been educating the public — including posting a series of billboards along Interstate 4 through August. (Walters, 7/20) Minnesota Public Radio: How Mental Health Works In Schools The Baltimore Sun: Rash Of Break-Ins Hits City Health Clinic An appeals court Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against a Broward County hospital and a psychiatrist in the death of a former patient who overdosed a day after being discharged from the hospital. The ruling stems from a negligence lawsuit filed by the estate of Michael Taime against Broward Health Imperial Point Medical Center and psychiatrist Robert Antoine. (7/20) Columbus City Schools and Nationwide Children’s Hospital are expanding student health-care mini-clinics to eight more buildings in Linden and the West Side. The district opened the first seven clinics in the past school year after it announced in November that the hospital would provide nurse practitioners and medical equipment for the program. The clinics rolled out between November and late January, and since then 251 students have visited on average twice each. (Bush, 7/21) For thousands of Minnesota students, surviving the school day isn’t as simple as it seems. MPR News host Tom Weber guides a conversation that looks at how undiagnosed mental health issues can play out in the classroom. Weber is joined by Mark Sander, Director of School Mental Health, Hennepin County and Minneapolis Public Schools talks about how hundreds of children will go through their elementary school years with undiagnosed mental health issues. (Weber, 7/20) Unionized nurses at Brigham and Women’s Hospital voted Wednesday to approve a new three-year contract, formally ending a bitter labor dispute with one of the state’s largest hospitals. Officials at the Massachusetts Nurses Association declined to say how many nurses turned out for the vote, or how many voted in favor of the contract. The union represents 3,300 Brigham nurses. Union and hospital leaders reached agreement on a contract in the early hours of June 26, capping 10 months of tense negotiations — just one day before a planned strike. (McCluskey, 7/20) Detroit Free Press: Some Farid Fata Cancer Patients To Share In $8M Malpractice Settlement About 40 of the hundreds of former patients who were purposely misdiagnosed with cancer or poisoned with unnecessary treatment by Oakland County oncologist Farid Fata will share in an $8-million settlement entered today in lawsuits filed against Fata and three hospitals… The malpractice victims represent just a fraction of Fata’s victims, who number at least 550, but many didn’t file malpractice claims; some were unable to sue because of the statute of limitations. (Dixon, 7/20) Augusta Chronicle: Veggie Truck Food Program Feeds, Teaches Kids Three states are empowering dental therapists to perform some tasks that previously were done by dentists. Dentists say the shift could weaken the quality of patient care because therapists are not sufficiently trained, an assertion therapists dispute. Vermont became the latest state earlier this summer to recognize dental therapists, which are licensed dental hygienists who have gone on to complete a dental therapy graduate program. The Green Mountain State joins Maine and Minnesota in allowing dental therapists to practice under the supervision of a dentist. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium also recognizes dental therapists to help on tribal land but state lawmakers have not formally passed legislation that would allow them to practice statewide. (Evans, 7/18) Roll Call: Dental Therapists Take on Dentists’ Duties in Some States Parents in Dallas may be getting mixed messages about whether or not their children need to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted infection linked to several types of cancers. While the Gardasil vaccine is now recommended for both boys and girls starting at age 11, nearly half of Texas teens fail to get it. Part of issue might be the way clinicians approach the topic, says a study analyzing recorded discussions between parents and providers at six pediatric safety-net clinics in Dallas. (Rice, 7/20) The Columbus Dispatch: Columbus Schools Adding More Nationwide Children’s Mini-Clinics State Highlights: 3 States Empower Dental Therapists; Medicaid Application Processing Hit Hard By Conn. Budget Cuts Outlets report on health news from Vermont, Maine, Minnesota, Connecticut, Texas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Maryland, Ohio, Florida, California, Iowa and Georgia. A city health clinic was broken into a third time in two weeks last night, leaving city officials frustrated and employees of the facility unnerved. No patient files or drugs were stolen during the incidents at Eastern Health Clinic, where foot patrols by private security and Baltimore police officers have been increased, said Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen. (McDaniels, 7/20) Sacramento Bee: Three Sutter Facilities Make Best Places To Work List Three Sutter Health hospitals have made a list of best places to work. Sutter Amador Hospital, Sutter Davis Hospital and Sutter Center for Psychiatry were named by Modern Healthcare magazine as three of the 100 best places to work in healthcare in 2016. It is the 8th year in a row that Sutter Davis Hospital has made the list, the fifth year for Sutter Center for Psychiatry and the first time for Sutter Amador Hospital. (Lindelof, 7/20) University of Central Florida and Adventist University of Health Sciences are among the recipients of a new batch of federal grants aimed at expanding health-care workforce. UCF received nearly $350,000 for training advanced nurse practitioners and more than $33,000 for a program to offer eligible nursing students partial loan forgiveness when they graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty. (Miller, 7/20) While the budget adopted by legislators often doesn’t explain how various cuts will be achieved, the Department of Social Services has now formulated a detailed plan for saving the tens of millions of dollars legislators and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy cut from its budget. …The plan for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services also includes millions in cuts, which will be finalized over the next several weeks. The largest cut to the agency’s budget was also in personnel. The plan does not outline whether 87 positions that already have been eliminated through layoffs will be enough to achieve the $22 million in savings the state budget calls for. (Rabe Thomas, 7/21) The Des Moines Register: Madrid Nursing Home Sanctioned For Fifth Time Since 2014 The Boston Globe: After Avoiding Strike, Brigham And Women’s Nurses Approve 3-Year Contract Health News Florida: Court Sides With Hospital, Psychiatrist In Man’s Death Health News Florida: Family Tragedy Behind Amoeba Awareness Campaign That was the point of the Summer Feeding program at the Veggie Truck Farmers Market put on by Wholesome Wave, Augusta Locally Grown and Icebox Ministries, to feed the kids and give them the chance to learn about and try something new, Knox said.“It opens them up to different things,” she said.The groups partnered this summer to help the Richmond County Board of Education distribute meals at the market as part of its summer feeding program, which tries to reach kids who would normally be getting meals through the National School Lunch Program. (Corwin, 7/19) A Madrid nursing home that repeatedly has been cited by state inspectors is temporarily barred from accepting new residents who use Medicaid or Medicare to pay for their care…Inspectors’ allegations included that in April a resident tumbled to the floor and broke a hip because a nursing home supervisor failed to properly secure a sling to a mechanical lifting device. (Leys, 6/20) The CT Mirror: Education, Social Service Agencies Digest Their Big Budget Cuts This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.