‘Stab in the heart’: Health care workers reflect on abuse they’ve faced during pandemic

BOISE, Idaho — By late September, Rikki Koberlein couldn’t take another day.

For months, she had been yelled and cursed at, called a “political pawn” and told she wasn’t doing her job properly.

As an intensive care unit nurse at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho, Koberlein said, “nursing is my calling.” But the abuse day after day, month after month, wore her down.

Twenty months into the coronavirus pandemic, health care workers are far from the days when they were widely viewed and treated as heroes on the front lines of the virus fight. The treatment from COVID-19

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Health care workers reflect on abuse they’ve faced during pandemic

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By late September, Rikki Koberlein couldn’t take another day.

For months, she had been yelled and cursed at, called a “political pawn” and told she wasn’t doing her job properly.

As an intensive care unit nurse at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho, Koberlein said, “nursing is my calling.” But the abuse day after day, month after month, wore her down.

Twenty months into the coronavirus pandemic, health care workers are far from the days when they were widely viewed and treated as heroes on the front lines of the virus fight. The treatment from

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Rugby stars in call for Irish men to take better care of their hearts

One in four men do not consider heart health a priority, despite cardiovascular disease being a leading cause of premature death in males.



Peter Stringer et al. standing in the grass: Irish international rugby players Peter Stringer and Malcom O’Kelly promote the campaign (Michael Chester/PA)


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Irish international rugby players Peter Stringer and Malcom O’Kelly promote the campaign (Michael Chester/PA)

Data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows that almost 30% of all premature deaths in 2018, in those under 65, were from cardiovascular conditions, such as hear attacks and strokes.

Almost three quarters of those deaths, 73%, were in men.

Despite this, an Ipsos MRBI poll, for the Irish Heart Foundation, has revealed that 28% of men

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Saddle maker’s heart turns to health care workers | Elk River Star News

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Mike Bray watches the news every night and sees all the things health care workers go through.

One night, the accomplished saddle maker realized he needed to thank them.

“It’s not often that the health care workers are thanked, and a pat on the back means a lot,” Bray said.

So Bray went out to his Lake Ida leather studio and began what he has done so many times before.

Like Bray did when he created hand-tooled saddles honoring law enforcement, victims of PTSD, U.S. troops, and his Saddle of Hope, an artistic tribute to

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Give Kids A Smile event postponed as COVID-19 continues to affect oral health care | Local News

This year will be the first time in nearly two decades that children visiting Eastern Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry the first Friday in February will not be greeted with Purple the Clown, PeeDee the Pirate and the ECU cheerleaders.

Give Kids A Smile day, which provides free dental care to children, will not be held during National Children’s Dental Health Month due to the coronavirus pandemic. But members of the East Central Dental Society hope the effort will come up smiling later this year.

“We would like to be able to do it at some point this year. Right now

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Survey finds Americans may delay medical appointments, emergency care during pandemic

ORLANDO, Fla. — A new national survey by the Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute finds many Americans would delay doctor’s appointments and even emergency care when COVID-19 rates are high. The survey found 67 percent of Americans are more concerned about going to medical appointments when COVID-19 rates are high in their area and nearly three in five (57 percent) are hesitant to go to the hospital even for an emergency.

In a time when every trip out of the house and every person we come in contact with poses a threat of contracting COVID-19, it can be difficult

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