Letters: building muscle is not just for superstars | Women’s health

In Yvonne Roberts’s criticism of Nicole Kidman for keeping fit and being proud of it, she mentions that “exercise can be enjoyable” (“Fab abs, Nicole. But this frantic effort to look half your age is frankly a bit demeaning”, Comment) . This is critical. I am a year older than Kidman and I swim three times a week, go to Pilates, cycle into town, walk the dog and eat pretty healthily. I still don’t look like Kidman and I can’t act, but I love the activity, feeling fit and strong and the mental benefits that come with it. It is not trying to “turn the clock back” but living my life in good shape, enjoying my body and respecting it. With luck, it will also reduce some of the health issues of old age, but if not I’ll still have had a good time.
Debo Adams
Sudbury, Suffolk

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Study raises red flags about corporatization of health care, OHSU investigator says

A stethoscope on top of paper money.

A study of private equity ownership in health care raises concerns about profits over care. (Getty Images)

New research reveals private equity firms that acquire physician-owned medical practices appear to be imposing measures to squeeze out more profits.

After they were acquired by private equity firms, the clinics saw more patients and billed more for visits among a large, commercially insured population, according to a study published today in JAMA Health Forum by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and other institutions.

Researchers examined a total of 578 physician practices specializing in dermatology, gastroenterology and ophthalmology that were acquired by private equity firms across the US from 2016 to 2020.

Jane Zhu, MD (OHSU) against a gray background.

Jane Zhu, MD (OHSU)

“The reason this is of concern to patients and policymakers is that private equity is often driven by profit margins of 20% or more,” said senior author Jane M. Zhu, MD, assistant professor of

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Lawyers for man accused of Omaha double homicide want mental health evaluation

Lawyers for a man charged in an Omaha double homicide want to see if he’s fit to stand trial. Gage Walter, 27, is currently in jail in Polk County, Iowa, on theft and eluding charges. Officers arrested him near Des Moines after a chase and a four-hour standoff at a church on Aug. 14. His lawyer submitted a request to the judge Aug. 23 for a mental health evaluation.The defense alleges Walter has a mental disorder that prevents him from “appreciating the charge, understanding the proceedings or helping effectively in the defense.”Douglas County prosecutors also hope to bring Walter back to Nebraska for charges of two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and three counts of using a weapon to commit a felony.Investigators believe he killed his grandmother and great-grandmother, 70-year-old Linda Walter, and 93-year-old Marceline Teeters on Aug. 13. Court documents show prosecutors will try and …

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