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Demand skyrockets for ivermectin in Florida; poison control spikes

Wink News 31 August, 2021 - 09:15pm

Demand is skyrocketing for a livestock drug. More people are buying Ivermectin from feed stores to treat COVID-19.

Florida Poison Control Centers is treating a spike in cases related to the drug after people experienced dangerous side effects.

The drug is made as a deworming medicine for livestock, not for human use.

Ivermectin, a drug approved by the FDA to treat lice and parasite infections, is flying off the shelves at Cypress Pharmacy in south Fort Myers.

“Probably sold more in the last two months than we did in the last five years,” said Pharmacist T.J. DePaola of Cypress Pharmacy.

DePaola told us people aren’t buying Ivermectin to treat those things.

“When you’re treating scabies or bed bugs, it’s a 1-to-2-day treatment,” DePaola said. “The COVID treatment that they’re using now, they’re using a loading dose over one day, and they’re doing it up to 12 weeks weekly.”

While some doctors in Southwest Florida will write prescriptions for the over-the-counter version of ivermectin, others, including Dr. Rebekah Bernard and Stephanie Stovall, are not.

“There’s really no evidence that it is effective for the treatment of COVID-19,” Bernard said. “If we thought that it was effective and it would prevent people from getting worse, absolutely, we would be prescribing it, but we just don’t have that data.”

“Outside of a clinical trial, I would not recommend it for anyone at this point until we get additional information on how we could do it safely and if it has any benefit,” Stovall said.

The health experts we spoke to say vaccination is still the best prevention for COVID-19. Monoclonal antibody treatments have also proven effective to treat COVID-19 symptoms.

Because many doctors will not prescribe the drug, some people are going to feed stores to buy a version of ivermectin designed for livestock.

“The doses that are recommended to treat animals for worm infection is going to be completely different than the dose that a human would use even for a worm infection in which it’s approved,” Bernard said.

Amazon pushes deworming drug falsely touted as Covid treatment

CNBC 31 August, 2021 - 12:45pm

Amazon is directing users to an anti-parasitic drug falsely claimed to be a treatment for Covid-19.

The drug, called ivermectin, is typically used to treat or prevent parasites in animals. In recent weeks, it has become the latest false cure for Covid-19, prompting warnings from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

When CNBC searched for the term "iv" on Amazon, the website's auto-complete function suggested a range of ivermectin products, including "ivermectin pills," "ivermectin paste" and "ivermectin injectable." The auto-complete search results are a sign that enough people have been searching for "ivermectin" that Amazon's search algorithm was automatically trained to put it at the top of suggested results.

User reviews on some of the products appeared to make reference to false claims that ivermectin is a treatment for Covid-19. One review read, "Yes I used it for that. Two doses, completely gone. This stuff absolutely works. The rumors are true."

Amazon spokesperson Craig Andrews told CNBC in a statement: "Amazon's autocomplete responses are driven by customer activity. We are blocking certain autocomplete responses to address these concerns."

A few hours after this story was published, Amazon added a notice to searches for "ivermectin for humans," which notes that the FDA advises against the use of ivermectin to treat or prevent Covid-19. It instructs users to visit the FDA website for more information.

The same notice also appears on searches for "ivermectin covid."

Ivermectin can be used by humans in small doses to treat parasites such as head lice, but it is most commonly used by veterinarians to deworm large animals. While it has been referred to as a "wonder drug" for treating some parasitic illnesses, it has not been shown to be effective against Covid-19 or other viruses.

Nevertheless, it has gotten a lot of attention, including in some Facebook groups and Reddit communities, NBC News reported.

Prescriptions written for ivermectin are up 24-fold compared with before the pandemic, according to the CDC. Normally, about 3,600 prescriptions are written for ivermectin per week. "Since early July 2021, outpatient ivermectin dispensing has again begun to rapidly increase, reaching more than 88,000 prescriptions in the week ending August 13, 2021," the CDC said.

Earlier this month, the FDA put out an advisory that warned Americans not to ingest ivermectin.

Amazon has previously faced scrutiny over the sale of products with misleading coronavirus claims on its marketplace. Last February, amid a rise in products with suspect coronavirus claims, the company added a notice to searches for "coronavirus," "Covid-19," "n95 mask" and other terms that directed users to the CDC for more information about prevention and treatment of the disease.

Amazon has struggled to remove books and other products containing coronavirus misinformation. A recent study by University of Washington researchers found that more than 10% of Amazon search results show products that promote health misinformation. Researchers examined books, e-books, audiobooks, apparel and dietary supplements.

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Watch: ‘A Hug for All of El Chiringuito’ – Mauricio Pochettino Avoids Kylian Mbappé From Spanish Program

The Washington Post 31 August, 2021 - 12:21pm

The Kylian Mbappé transfer has come and gone, with the 22-year-old remaining with Paris Saint-Germain, where he’ll see out the final year of his contract. Real Madrid made a late push to land the France international, even putting in two offers, but both were rejected. 

Following PSG’s training session, El Chiringuito asked manager Mauricio Pochettino about Mbappé remaining with the Ligue 1 side. The Argentine tactician sidestepped the question and sent out his greetings to the Spanish program. 

“Mbappé? A hug for all of El Chiringuito and for Josep Pedrerol,” Pochettino said.

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— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) August 31, 2021

This article first appeared on PSG Talk and was syndicated with permission.

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The Astros are placing starter Zack Greinke and corner infielder Taylor Jones on the COVID-19 injured list, Mark Berman of Fox 26 was among those to pass along. Righty Josh James and infielder Robel García have been recalled in corresponding moves. It isn’t yet clear whether either of Greinke or Jones has actually tested positive for the virus. Players can land on the COVID list for feeling viral symptoms or for exposure. However, manager Dusty Baker told reporters (including Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle) that Greinke won’t make his next scheduled start. Greinke last pitched on Sunday, when he was tagged for six runs in four innings against the Rangers. That brought his season line to a 3.66 ERA/4.55 SIERA across 159 2/3 innings. That rotation spot could be filled by José Urquidy. The righty has been on a minor league rehab assignment for around two weeks. Urquidy, who has a 3.38 ERA in 77 1/3 innings, hasn’t pitched since June 29 because of shoulder discomfort.

Ever since the Philadelphia 76ers were eliminated from the playoffs, it's felt as if there was only one conclusion to the saga involving out-of-favor All-Star guard Ben Simmons. It appears everyone involved is headed toward that resolution. Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday that Simmons has informed 76ers owner Josh Harris, president of basketball operations Daryl Morey, general manager Elton Brand, and head coach Doc Rivers he wishes to be traded and currently doesn't plan to attend the start of training camp. The 25-year-old still has four years and $147 million remaining on his contract and is coming off woeful postseason offensive performances. Simmons shot 34.2% from the free-throw line during the playoffs and managed to go viral by passing on a wide-open dunk, but he's nevertheless been linked with the likes of the Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards in summer trade rumors. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said in July the 76ers want an All-Star, draft selections, and pick swaps in any deal for Simmons' services. However, an unnamed NBA team executive suggested the previous month that Simmons' value had plummeted because he is "so broken right now." Simmons reportedly wishes to join one of three California teams, but it's unknown if any of those entities will match Philadelphia's asking price that will probably need to be lowered now that it's known he wants out as soon as possible.

Disgruntled Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is apparently in a "day-to-day" relationship with his current employer. He still wishes to be traded while facing 22 lawsuits alleging acts of sexual assault and misconduct and 10 criminal complaints. Watson was heavily linked with the Miami Dolphins over the weekend, and such rumors aren't quieting down ahead of Labor Day. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported Tuesday that a league source informed him Dolphins owner Stephen Ross "really wants" Watson. Florio added the two clubs haven't yet been able to reach an agreement on a transaction that would likely involve Miami signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa joining the Texans and also that Houston wants "three first-round picks and a pair of second-round picks" for Watson. Dolphins coach Brian Flores raised eyebrows on Monday when he addressed what he looks for when considering adding any players to his roster. "We have a high standard for the people we have in the organization," Flores said at that time. "We want people with high character throughout the building." As things currently stand, Watson is neither suspended nor is he on the commissioner's exempt list, but it seems likely he'll be prevented from playing for at least a portion of the upcoming campaign. For whatever reasons, there continue to be signs teams such as Miami believe the 25-year-old will be cleared to participate in games at some point this fall.

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel appears to be in good spirits and ready to get back to work after being away from the team due to COVID-19. Vrabel missed the Titans' preseason finale against the Chicago Bears after he tested positive for COVID-19 one week prior. Wide receivers coach Rob Moore, offensive line assistant Jason Houghtaling and rookie wide receiver Racey McMath also missed Sunday's game because of the league's health and safety protocols. Even with Vrabel quarantined, the Titans are in the midst of a COVID outbreak that has affected both players and the coaching staff. The COVID list grew to a whopping nine individuals ahead of the preseason finale, including starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. At the start of training camp, Tannehill said he was still "in the process" of getting vaccinated against the deadly virus but wouldn't get it at all if it weren't for the NFL's safety protocols. The Titans experienced a major COVID outbreak during the 2020 season in which 16 personnel tested positive within a week.

International superstar Cristiano Ronaldo took to social media on Tuesday to express his excitement about rejoining Manchester United. The 36-year-old footballer posted to his Instagram account he is "back where I belong" and that "history will be written once again" in his return to Old Trafford. ESPN confirmed the Ronaldo move from Juventus to Manchester United, where he previously played from 2003 through 2009. During that time, he registered 118 goals in addition to winning three Premier League titles and a Champions League triumph in 2008. Man United announced Ronaldo's deal spans two years with an option for a third year "subject to international clearance." Per the ESPN report, Juventus confirmed the Premier League side paid a €23 million ($27 million) transfer fee for Ronaldo, which is payable over the next five years. Ronaldo tallied 133 appearances, 101 goals scored and five trophies won during his tenure with Juventus.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish open the 2021 college football season at the Florida State Seminoles on Sunday but already experienced a costly loss. Per Tom VanHaaren of ESPN, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly told reporters Monday that linebacker Marist Liufau underwent surgery to repair a broken and dislocated ankle that he suffered in practice last Wednesday and will likely miss the entire season. Kelly compared it to the setback former Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jaylen Waddle encountered last fall. Liufau, a junior, recorded 22 total tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss during the 2020 campaign. Irish Illustrated listed him as the 12th "most impactful player" on the team for the upcoming season. Junior linebacker J.D. Bertrand is expected to start in Liufau's place at Florida State. Per Irish Illustrated, Kelly recently had high praise for fellow linebacker Drew White. "He's a guy that it's gonna be difficult to take him off the field," Kelly said of White last week. "Drew is in the best shape of his life. He's experienced. He's a great leader. He's assignment correct. It'll be up to (defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman) at the end of the day to decide whether that, the traits that I just mentioned, warrant third down. "I think there's going to be times where he will be on the field and third down and I think there'll be some times when he won't be on the field, but he's put himself in a great position by virtue of his experience and the way he's worked." Sunday's showdown between Notre Dame and Florida State is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Rays are planning to recall veteran reliever David Robertson to the big-league roster before Wednesday night’s game against the Red Sox, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). Active rosters expand from 26 to 28 players on Wednesday, so no corresponding move is necessary. It’ll be Robertson’s first big-league action since April 2019. The veteran righty suffered a UCL tear that spring, eventually requiring a Tommy John surgery that wiped out both the rest of that season and his entire 2020 campaign. Robertson tossed a couple showcases over the offseason but ultimately didn’t sign over the winter. Instead, Robertson was among the handful of longtime big-leaguers to join the U.S. national team for this year’s Summer Olympics. He showed well enough there to land a major-league contract with Tampa Bay, although he agreed to a temporary assignment to Triple-A Durham to build up arm strength. Robertson has been stellar with the Bulls, tossing six scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts while issuing one walk. While it has been almost three years since Robertson was healthy, he was one of the league’s most durable and productive relievers for much of his tenures with the Yankees and White Sox. The 36-year-old owns a 2.90 ERA over 663 2/3 big league innings, and he tossed 60-plus innings with a sub-4.00 ERA in every season from 2010-18. Anything resembling that level of production would be key for a Rays bullpen that has dealt with myriad health issues this season. While Robertson will step in as an option for manager Kevin Cash, it seems Tampa Bay can’t count on immediate contributions from either Ryan Thompson or Oliver Drake. Thompson, who has been out since June 30 with shoulder inflammation, continues to feel soreness and isn’t expected to begin throwing any time soon, Cash told Topkin. Drake, meanwhile, isn’t expected to pitch this season, according to Cash. Drake has been plagued by a flexor strain since last October; he was expected to begin a rehab assignment in July but apparently suffered some form of setback. Both players are already on the 60-day injured list.

Yankees southpaw Zack Britton will undergo surgery next month to remove bone chips from his left elbow, he tells reporters (including Bryan Hoch of MLB.com). Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who will perform the procedure, will also examine Britton’s UCL, but the veteran reliever noted that the primary concern appears to be the bone chips. (Jon Heyman of the MLB Network reported on Monday that this was the likeliest outcome). There’s no indication of a recovery timeline for Britton. He had already been transferred to the 60-day injured list, effectively ending his 2021 season. Whether Britton is expected to be at full strength for spring training remains to be seen. This will be the second elbow procedure the 33-year-old has undergone this season. In early March, Britton required arthroscopic surgery — also to alleviate bone chips — that kept him from making his season debut until mid-June. In between the injuries, Britton struggled to his worst season since he moved to the bullpen in 2014. The typically reliable relief ace managed only 18 1/3 innings of 5.89 ERA ball. Britton continued to rack up ground balls at one of the league’s best clips (68%), but his walk rate spiked to a career high 17.1%. Along the way, the average velocity on Britton’s hellacious sinker fell to 92.6 mph, more than two ticks lower than its 2018-20 level. Britton remains under contract with New York for next season. Last October, the Yankees exercised his $14 million club option for 2022. (Declining the option would’ve allowed Britton to reach free agency last winter). New York’s training staff will work to get Britton back to his standard form next season.

The White Sox announced they’ve placed star right-hander Lance Lynn on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to August 29, due to right knee inflammation. Infielder Danny Mendick has been recalled from Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move. Lynn has consistently been an above-average starter over the past few seasons, but he’s taken his game to new heights in 2021. The veteran has gone 135 2/3 innings across 24 starts, pitching to a 2.59 ERA/3.79 SIERA with quality strikeout and walk rates (27.3% and 7.5%, respectively). He’s ninth in MLB in ERA (minimum 100 innings pitched) and looks to be among the top candidates in the American League Cy Young award race. It doesn’t seem there’s much cause for alarm, as manager Tony La Russa told reporters (including Daryl von Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times) the expectation is that Lynn will only need to miss a single start. Assuming that proves to be the case, the Sox’s fortunes shouldn’t be much affected by his absence. Chicago has all but officially wrapped up the AL Central, entering play tonight holding a ten-game lead over the Indians.

This is how it ends. You get bought out and there are only a couple options left, a contender or two willing to take a flier on you, unclear on whether you’re going to be the 10th man or the 14th, not overly concerned with how it shakes out because it’s not like they’re investing much—money or hope. Worst-case scenario, you’re veteran presence. No one outside the locker room will know what this means, if you’re genuinely helpful in hard to define ways or just a guy who can’t play anymore. You are hanging around, until you’re not invited to hang around anymore. DeAndre Jordan’s career was already winding down two summers ago, when the Brooklyn Nets signed him less as a starter than as a security blanket for Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. They wanted their buddy on the team—at a pretty steep price—and the Nets weren’t going to deny them anything. Everyone recognized the problem immediately: isn’t DeAndre Jordan past it? Hasn’t the league passed players such as DeAndre Jordan by? There’s never been a worse time to be a big fella with range that barely extends past the rim, and DeAndre in his 30s is not the same powerful athlete who was catching lobs from Chris Paul in the early 2010s. Well whatever, you do what you have to in order to keep Durant and Kyrie satisfied, for them to take their sweet time realizing oh right, our friend is not a very useful player anymore. Jordan’s going to be on the market soon, because Blake Griffin can play the five in 2021 and Day’Ron Sharpe is 6-foot-11 and 19 years old. He’ll put in whatever work you ask him to do. Jordan was verging on expendable the minute he showed up in Brooklyn. Now he’s simply in the way. The Nets need the roster spot. The Lakers, already betting on a half-dozen potentially washed up vets, hoping that half of them are still serviceable, are reportedly sniffing around. Does DeAndre offer more than Dwight Howard? This is supposed to be a somewhat interesting question because it pertains to what a squad with title ambitions might get out of its backup center spot, and championships are often decided at the margins, but in late August, with the summer heat lingering like a bad party guest and a Western Conference Finals the Lakers might not even qualify for so far off in the future, it’s hard to care. Jordan is much more well-liked by his peers than Howard, there is that. He certainly adds value as a team charter-card player. Put that in the signing’s report card, if it comes to pass. Let’s say the Lakers move doesn’t happen. There’s a possibility that there’s no place else for Jordan to go, or at least nowhere that he would want to go. (Does the tail end of Oklahoma City’s rotation appeal to you, DeAndre? No? Well, we thought we’d ask.) It’s possible he’s reached the point in a player’s career when you find out how much he likes playing and practicing, being around a basketball team, cashing a paycheck dwarfed by what he pulled down when he was 25. It’s true that some athletes don’t have any choice when their time is up, but it’s often not a binary thing, more like a winnowing of choices. You can do this less-than-ideal thing, this unpalatable thing, or you can retire. There are no wrong answers, but to the player it might seem like there aren’t any right ones either. You wish you could create a better set of options, be 27 again, with your teammates happily holding you hostage and an opposing team owner literally driving around your neighborhood during free agency, trying to text you and your agent. Or maybe this is a fine time to get out. Who knows how strong Jordan’s desire to play is, the strength of his outside interests? The end, of course, is more metaphorical than anything. Age 33 is far too young to spend the rest of your life killing time. Guys such as Jordan need to find something to do. But the end of an NBA career is the end of a heightened existence that might someday seem like a dream. At his peak, Jordan was pretty famous, the charismatic third dude on some really good Clippers squads. But fame runs out rather quickly for ex-jocks who were never superstars. Steph Curry’s going to be famous forever. The vast majority of people will not know or remember who Jordan is, a couple decades from now. That bothers you, or it doesn’t. Many currently famous people wish they were anonymous. But there is something to being noticed and considered and praised and critiqued, to feeling like you matter, even in the minor way somebody getting eight minutes per night on a playoff team does. It’s a feeling that Jordan is unlikely to achieve once he walks away from the NBA. Surely he’s considering that, as the league makes up his mind about him and he makes up his mind about what he’s going to do with the diminishing handful of choices he has left.

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