Rotech is ready to help during the pandemic

first_img(Left to right) ROTECH customer service representative Brandi Swann, wound therapy specialist and sales leader Starla Baird Berry and respiratory therapist and location manager Shan Ray are ready to help with patient care and services.LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Starla Baird-Berry with Rotech said, “Rotech is here to serve all of Campbell county and surrounding area medical needs , especially during the pandemic Coronavirus outbreak.  We have a respiratory therapist on staff and certified medical technicians for all set ups; plus 24/7 on call service technicians . We currently take ALL insurances except VA.” ROTECH in LaFollette is ready with all a variety of medical equipment and oxygen needs.   The company offers a wide variety of services for patients from oxygen set ups to CPAP machines to afflo vests to wheel chairs, hospital beds, wound care and more.  Rotech is the only durable medical equipment company in town and the surrounding area that accepts all insurances except VA  and is a preferred source for Humana plans.Rotech wound care specialist and sales leader Baird-Berry said, “For faster set ups and little to no wait, give Rotech a call at 423.562.8111.”  The office is located at 240 West Central Ave. in Suite 1 of LaFollette Courts, across from the First Baptist Church of LaFollette. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am till noon and 1 pm until 4 pm and is closed for lunch 12 pm to 1 pm. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/13/2020-7PM) Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Hailey Bieber comes out swinging against trolls mocking Justin Bieber for having Lyme disease

first_imgSebastian Reuter/Getty Images for CALVIN KLEIN(LOS ANGELES) — Hailey Bieber wasted no time putting trolls in their place for mocking her husband Justin Bieber, who opened up about his struggle with Lyme disease on Wednesday. “For those who are trying to downplay the severity of Lyme disease. Please do your research and listen to the stories of people who have suffered with it for years,” Hailey vented on Twitter. “Making fun of and belittling a disease you don’t understand is never the way, all it takes is educating yourself.”Despite being on the receiving end of some derogatory insults, the “Sorry” singer also received an outpouring of support from fans and fellow celebrities, like Avril Lavigne, who are all too familiar with the disease.“So sorry to hear about @justinbieber having to go through this awful disease. The fact that it’s hard to diagnose and is so debilitating was something I suffered through also,” Tweeted Lavigne shortly after receiving thanks from Hailey for spreading awareness about Lyme disease via The Avril Foundation.“Thank you for all you do to educate people about Lyme. You’re amazing,” she wrote.The model also expressed gratitude to Yolanda, Bella, and Gigi Hadid for “bringing me so much clarity and information on Lyme disease and for helping answer my questions about course of action, symptoms etc.” Lyme disease is a tick-bone illness that infects around 30,000 Americans annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The most common symptoms of Lyme are the tell-all bull’s eye rash, fever, and chills. If left untreated, however, the disease can spread to other parts of the body and potentially cause neurological problems, temporary facial paralysis, nerve pain, and arthritis. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

What’s at stake in North Korea?

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL) — North Korea’s failed missile test this weekend is just the latest in a string of tests by the country that has stoked fears around the world.There had been growing concern all week that Kim Jong Un’s government would attempt some form of missile or nuclear test this weekend as it celebrated the 105th birthday of its late founder, Kim Il Sung. So while the missile test did not come as a grand surprise, it serves a reminder of the growing threat that North Korea poses to U.S. interests in East Asia and the possible threat that it could pose to the U.S. homeland in the not-too-distant future.Here’s what you need to know:Ballistic abilitiesAt the moment, North Korea doesn’t have the ability to hit the U.S. mainland with its missiles. However, according to data provided by Michael Elleman, a senior fellow for missile defense at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a British research institute, North Korea is developing a missile known as the Musudan (or Hwasong-10), with a range of up to 3,200 kilometers (nearly 2,000 miles).That puts the Musudan within striking range of Guam, a U.S. island territory in the western Pacific that is home to more than 150,000 U.S. citizens, as well as a number of U.S. military bases.In addition, North Korea is developing other missiles with even greater ranges. Among those are the KN-08 (or Hwasong-13) and KN-14 (or Hwasong-14), both of which are believed to be intercontinental ballistic missiles. According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, an American think tank based in Washington, D.C., the missiles have maximum ranges of 11,500 kilometers (approximately 7,145 miles) and 10,000 kilometers (approximately 6,215 miles) respectively — within striking distance of the U.S. mainland.For a missile to be considered an ICBM, it must be able to travel a minimum of 3,400 miles (about 5,500 kilometers).But experts have cast doubt on how ready the country is to launch such missiles.“ICBMs that are reliable are at least four years away and more likely five to seven,” Elleman told ABC News.Robert Kelly, an associate professor of political science at Pusan University in South Korea, pointed out that while Hawaii and Guam are closer targets that might not require an ICBM for targeting, he is “very doubtful North Korea missile guidance systems are good enough to get a … missile to such a precise location,” he wrote in an email to ABC News.Nuclear ambitionsMissiles are just one piece of the puzzle. North Korea’s nuclear program is also a concern for the international community.North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests since 2006, two of them last year.While the nuclear program is separate from the missile tests, “the real issue is whether they could put a nuke on top of that missile. That is just unknown,” said Kelly. “If I had to speculate, I would say yes, that they could nuke Japan but, no, they could not reach Hawaii or [the U.S. mainland] yet.”“Nuclear experts believe the North to have 12 to 20 bombs and [will] expand its nuclear arsenal to 40 or 50 in the next four to five years,” Sung-Yoon Lee, a professor of Korean studies at Tufts University, told ABC News in an email. “That would rival the size of the United Kingdom’s nuclear arsenal.”Firepower at this scale would “give North Korea credible second strike capability. That is, the North attacks first, the U.S. shoots back, and the North shoots back — a series of nuclear exchanges, in a mutual destruction,” Lee added.What is the worst-case scenario?“The worst-case scenario is open warfare between the two Koreas into which China and the U.S. would get dragged on opposite sides and in which nuclear weapons were used,” said Kelly, adding that he thinks this is unlikely.But if it does happen, “China has never confirmed what its status would be if war [broke] out again, and we’d like to think China would be on our side, but they’ve so far refused to agree to that position,” said Van Jackson, an associate professor at the College of Security Studies at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.But how could the U.S. get dragged into a conflict so far away? “The American alliance arrangement with South Korea and Japan would require American involvement in the case of war, much like America’s Cold War commitment to NATO,” Kelly said.The defense of South Korea is something that the U.S. continues to guarantee.“Our commitment to this historic alliance with the courageous people of South Korea has never been stronger,” Pence said on Sunday while visiting U.S. troops stationed in the country.Jackson explained that the most likely way the U.S. would be dragged into the conflict would be “a North Korean first strike against either South Korea or the U.S. or a U.S. preventive attack on North Korea that leads to North Korean retaliation that then escalates.”But even the tests pose a threat, according to professor Victor Cha, the director of Asian studies at Georgetown University.“A failed missile test that hit Japan could spark calls for retaliation,” he told ABC News, and that could see the U.S. become involved.Beyond conflict, the development of nuclear weapons in North Korea could cause other problems.“A collapse of the regime could spark a loose-nukes crisis and/or proliferation of weapons to nonstate actors,” said Cha. In other words, terrorist groups could take advantage of the situation to get their hands on nuclear materials.Further development of nuclear weapons in North Korea could encourage other countries — even ones friendly with the U.S. — to develop their own nuclear weapons.“The moment we acknowledge North Korean nuclear weapons, the global taboo against nuclear weapons becomes violated, no longer sacrosanct,” said Jackson. “Practically speaking, South Korea will eventually go nuclear itself, which in turn will place tremendous pressures on Japan and Taiwan to do so as well.”What options does President Donald Trump have?Putting it bluntly, Jackson said, “The United States has no good options.”The U.S. could launch a strike on North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, but that is “very difficult and fraught with risk” and could lead to conflict, he added.“A military strike is a dangerous option, given that North Korean artillery stands only seconds away from Seoul, where 10 million people live and 100,000 American expats and 27,500 U.S. troops,” said Cha.The U.S. could temper its desire to see North Korea denuclearize in an attempt to get a deal with North Korea that modestly stabilizes relations in the region, Jackson said.But “this has historically been unacceptable to South Korea and to most U.S. policy officials,” he explained.Lee said that the U.S.’s best course of action is “to put unrelenting financial pressure” on the regime that would exclude it from the U.S. dollar system, the backbone of the global financial system.“Such targeted sanctions have worked against Iran, Burma, Ukraine, Congo, etc., because the target is isolated from the international financial order and its partners are presented with the stark choice of either continuing to do business with the primary target or continuing to access the U.S. financial system,” he said. “Amazingly, such target financial sanctions have never been fully employed against North Korea, which is the world’s leading proliferator, money launderer and human rights abuser.”But according to Kelly, China “has mixed feelings about really cutting North Korea off from the global economy.”“If North Korea were to dramatically implode, most analysts expect a wave of refugees headed toward China,” South Korea or even Japan, explained Kelly.Jackson agreed that refugees were a concern, saying, “This is one of China’s long-standing concerns that has incentivized it to urge caution and restraint in Korea.”The refugee flow could be “on the same scale as Syria but perhaps with even greater desperation,” he added.‘No joke’“North Korea is no joke. With its bizarre cult of personality and backwardness, the world tends to laugh at Pyongyang,” said Lee.“The leadership is not crazy or suicidal, hence an imminent war is unlikely,” Lee continued. “But North Korea is a revisionist state — that is, a state that is willing to take risks to change the international environment in its favor.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more