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Rescued Thai soccer team in good health and eager to eat favorite …

The 12 members of the Thai soccer team who were trapped in a cave for more than two weeks delivered thank you messages from their hospital beds in a video made on Friday.

The boys, aged 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach are recovering in hospital following their 17-day ordeal inside the Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai.

The boys appear in the video wearing hospital gowns and face masks to protect against potential infectious diseases, which they were able to take off on Saturday. Each of the boys introduces themselves, thanks rescuers and describes their favorite foods.

“Hello, my name is Note. I am healthy. Thank you for saving us,” one boy says in the video posted by Channel News Asia.

“Hello, I’m Dom. I’m healthy. I want to eat rice with braised pork leg,” says another. One of the boys says he wants to eat KFC while another holds up a drawing he is doing of their Wild Boar soccer team.

The boys have needed to be reintroduced to food slowly and kept on a diet of bland, soft foods. The boys have expressed desire for spicy chicken and barbecued pork, although doctors did compromise and allowed them to have chocolate and bread after their rescue.

Another boy named Adul says in English: “Now I’m very fine. Thank you for helping me. Thank you so much.” This seems to be Adul Sam-on, one of the stateless team members who, The New York Times reported, acted as the interpreter between the team and the British divers who found them.

The team’s coach also thanked their rescue divers and Thailand’s prime minister.

The boys were informed on Saturday about the death of former Thai Navy SEAL diver Saman Gunan. Gunan died while delivering oxygen tanks as part of the rescue mission.

A health ministry official said in a statement that the boys “all cried and expressed their condolences,” and observed one minute of silence for the late diver.

“They also thanked him and promised to be good boys,” the statement said.

The team are said to be in good health and will likely be discharged from the hospital on Thursday.

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Police: Missing 12-year-old girl recovered ‘in good health’ – WCMH

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Jayonna Briggs was last seen with an uknown man in an Instagram video recorded in a motel room (photo courtesy: Columbus Police)

Police: Missing 12-year-old girl recovered 'in good health'Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Jayonna Briggs was last seen with an uknown man in an Instagram video recorded in a motel room (photo courtesy: Columbus Police)

COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH) – Columbus Police say a 12-year-old girl who went missing Saturday has been found and is “in good health.”

According to Columbus Police, Jaynonna Briggs went missing from the area of East Maynard Avenue and Ontario Street on Saturday. Investigators say Briggs was in contact with an unknown male on social media and that she was seen with the male in an Instagram video recorded in a motel room.

A neighbor told investigators that Briggs was seen getting into a gray Chevrolet Camaro with two different colored headlights.   

Briggs was recovered just before 10am Sunday. Investigators say she was found to be in good health. 

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Officials say Thailand’s rescued boys in good health, hungry

BANGKOK/CHIANG RAI, Thailand (Reuters) – All eight boys rescued so far after spending two weeks trapped in a Thai cave are in good health overall and the first four rescued boys are eating well, Thailand’s health ministry permanent secretary said on Tuesday.

Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Public Health (C) speaks during a news conference at the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital, in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 10, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

“All eight rescued boys today are in good health, none have a fever,” Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the ministry of public health, told a news conference in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand.

However, Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, inspector general of the public health ministry, said preliminary blood checks indicated “all kids showed signs of infection”. The group would be kept under observation in hospital for a week.

Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat in CHIANG RAI and Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panarat Thepgumpanat in BANGKOK; Editing by Paul Tait

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A very good health update from Hiromu Takahashi – Cageside Seats

Back in Japan, following a scary bump at G1 Special in San Francisco last Saturday (July 7) which led to reports he may have a broken neck, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi has tweeted out the following update for fans.

Of course, it’s delivered by his support stuffed animal, Daryl Jr.

It’s a nice message of gratitude to everyone who’s been concerned about his well-being since last weekend. It also appears to indicate his head is detachable and his body filled with stars and hearts? But we’ll assume that’s artistic license and not indicative of an actual diagnosis.

It’s definitely another positive sign about Takahashi’s health, as updates seem to be trending in the right direction starting with news he was sitting up and talking shortly after the show, then his being able to travel by air a few days later, and now an indication he’s in good spirits.

And as long as Daryl’s by his side, we’re confident he’ll be okay.

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Muhyiddin in good health following surgery

KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is reportedly in good condition following an operation to remove a pancreatic tumour last Thursday.

A statement issued by his office today said Muhyiddin was resting.

“On behalf of the family, we wish to say thank you for all the prayers offered for YB Tan Sri Muhyiddin,” the statement said.

The Home Ministry had said in a statement on Thursday that Muhyiddin had undergone surgery to remove a growth on the pancreas which was detected at an early stage.

He is now on leave to undergo follow-up medical treatment and is expected to return for duty within a month.

In addition, according to the statement, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is now assuming the functions of the Home Minister during his absence. — Bernama

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Missing Elgin Teen Found 2 Hours Away, ‘In Good Health’

ELGIN, IL — The father of a missing Elgin teen who went missing Thursday night said his son has been found at a location about two hours from Elgin. David Span posted the news to his Facebook page just before 10 a.m. Friday that his son, 15-year-old Bryce Span, is at the hospital, but is in good health. Span said one of the tips they tracked in regards to his son’s whereabouts ended up being a good one.

On Thursday, Span posted a flyer and details on Facebook about Bryce after his son went missing just hours before, as he was last seen going on a bike ride near Shales Parkway and U.S. 19 between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.

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GlaxoSmithKline: back to good health

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Yield: 5.14 per cent.

Payment: Quarterly, declared in sterling.

Last cut: From its formation in 2000 until 2014, GSK paid a gradually increasing dividend. Since then the payout has remained flat at 80p.

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Your Good Health: Diabetes proves hard to control

Dear Dr. Roach: I hope you can shed some light on an issue that I have not seen you address: the dawn phenomenon. I am having trouble controlling my diabetes. I am 67 years old, and my mother was a “brittle” Type 2 diabetic who ultimately needed insulin twice a day. I have been on glipizide (10 mg) for three months now; before that, I was on 5 mg for about nine months. I tried metformin for a short time, but it did not agree with me (cramps and diarrhea). I am overweight but working on it. I will admit that I love carbs, eat out often and I am known as a good Italian cook, hence, pasta and more carbs.

My morning readings usually are 170 to 200. My bedtime readings are 130 to 150. I take my glipizide with my evening meal. Two hours after breakfast, my readings are in the normal range. My A1c is 6.9.

My husband is critically ill. He is significantly older than me, with COPD, congestive heart failure and lung cancer. Can the added stress of caretaking affect blood sugars?


I am sorry to hear about your husband. Indeed, stress of any kind (and being a caregiver to a very ill loved one usually is extremely stressful) can make diabetes-control worse.

The stress itself can increase hormones (including cortisol and epinephrine), which act against insulin. Caregivers also routinely get poor sleep, which compounds the problem.

As far as the high sugars in the morning go, it could be due to the dawn phenomenon. This is a response to the surge in hormones that work against insulin (in this case, especially glucagon) that happens in the morning.

Insulin resistance is higher at this time, so blood sugars tend to be high as well.

However, there are other causes. One is the Somogyi effect, which is what happens after the blood sugar gets too low at night. The body responds by increasing those same anti-insulin hormones — cortisol, glucagon, epinephrine and growth hormone — to counteract the low blood sugar, resulting in a high blood sugar in the morning.

The way to tell whether high blood sugars in the morning are due to dawn phenomenon or Somogyi effect is to check the blood sugar early in the morning (around 3 a.m.), or to use a continuous glucose monitor.

Fortunately, your A1c level of 6.9 per cent is in the range of acceptable for a 67-year-old. Even so, too many processed carbohydrates, like most pasta and white bread, is not the healthiest choice.

I recommend making some small changes by eating fewer starches and more vegetables and legumes.

Glipizide works by stimulating the pancreas to make more insulin. Most people on that drug alone eventually will need additional or different therapies.

Dear Dr. Roach: I recently saw my primary doctor for a physical, and after I mentioned that I eat a fibre bar every day (that also contains peanuts and peanut butter), he informed me of a new study that says peanuts can cause colon cancer. Any truth to that?


The literature is remarkably consistent that peanuts and tree nuts reduce risk of colon cancer and improve survival in people who have colon cancer. Unless your doctor knows of data I couldn’t find, I have to wonder if he was mistaken or didn’t communicate well.

Do beware of fibre bars that contain too much sugar.

Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to

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Energizing Rural North Carolina: The importance of good health, leadership

The conference “Energizing Rural North Carolina: The Building Blocks of Successful Economic Development,” will explore how infrastructure, workforce, education, health, and leadership—the five building blocks—shape economic outcomes in rural communities, according to the event organizers from the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC). The conference takes place Thursday and Friday in Pinehurst.

This is the fourth  of a multi-part story previewing the conference and key issues.

Health and leadership

“These building blocks relate to economic development,” said Mike Hawkins, Transylvania County Commissioner and EDPNC board member. “They will alter the current paradigms.”

Consider public health, which is rarely thought of as an economic development issue, said Hawkins. When a county, especially a rural county, can improve public health measures, that translates into more of the workforce participating more actively in the region’s economic growth, said Hawkins.

As public health efforts result in increased health and wellness for individuals, said Hawkins, those individuals will take less sick time, be more productive, be happier and more connected to local businesses and local communities, be more engaged, and be more likely to volunteer for an organization of citizen group. They also may be more likely or encouraged to take a leadership position in the community.

“And leadership in rural North Carolina is a huge issue,” said Hawkins. “Not just elected leaders, but civic leaders, business leaders, faith leaders, nonprofit leaders, all across the board.” In rural counties, communities are experiencing a number of challenges, almost all of the things that urban counties encounter, and many that urban counties do not encounter, and those counties are often asked to solve these challenges with less human resources, with less talent, said Hawkins.

That’s why leadership is a key component to building prosperous rural communities, said Hawkins, and it’s why they elected to focus on leadership as one of the five building blocks.

Rural counties need to be systematic in developing leadership pathways, said Hawkins, where new leaders can be identified, informed, educated, and trained to become leaders in their region—and involved and invested enough in the community so they choose to stay rather than to leave.

“We must continually have a pipeline of engaged, enthusiastic citizens who have the ability, energy, and time to take a leadership role in the community,” said Hawkins, because that leadership will drive all of the other building blocks. “If you don’t have leaders, you’re not going to get much done.”

That’s why EDPNC plans to gather rural economic developers and community leaders at the “Energizing Rural North Carolina: The Building Blocks of Successful Economic Development” convening on July 12–13 in Pinehurst, said  Frank Emory, Jr., chairman of the EDPNC board of directors.

“I am encouraged now that the act of getting stakeholders and thought-leaders in the same room at the same time,” he added. “We will generate new ideas, confirm best practices, and analyze what might work in each rural county to boost economic development.”

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All 13 footballers in good health, but more test reports awaited

None of the youths or their coach, who were evacuated over three days from the Tham Luang cave in Mae Sai district, had a fever and yesterday morning the last of them were taken off saline drips.

The team will be quarantined and required to undergo seven days of antibiotic treatment at Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital, he said, quoting a report from hospital director Dr Chaiwet Thanapaisan. 

Three of the last five members to come out of the cave had initially been diagnosed with an inflammation of the middle ear and showed signs of fever, but had responded well to treatment, Jessada said. 

Lab tests of the youths had so far found no signs of dangerous infectious diseases, while the medical team awaits results of other tests for viral diseases, he said.

Jessada confirmed that the hospital’s team of psychologists had taken care of the boys’ relatives who had gathered in the tent in front of the cave from the time the search and rescue mission began. Another team is now providing mental healthcare to the 13 since their admission to hospital. Relatives of all the 13 footballers have been allowed to visit them but have had to wear a protective medical gown, face mask, hat and boots and maintain a two-metre distance, he added.

The hospital doctors also conducted medical check-ups on the four Thai SEAL divers who were kept under 24-hour medical surveillance. Results show they were normal, Jessada said

He also urged officials and volunteers involved in the rescue mission at the cave to follow advice in the “health beware cards” during the coming two-week period, rest at home, and immediately seek medical attention if they developed fever, headache, nausea, muscle pain or had respiratory difficulty.

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