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Oregon university affiliated children’s hospital displays ‘safe tucking’ guide



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An Oregon children’s hospital is displaying a handout teaching individuals how to properly perform “safe tucking” that is intended for “all ages,” which includes children.

Oregon Health & Science University’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital displays a “Safe tucking” handout that shows individuals how to make “the genital area look smoother and flatter.” It states that “tucking is moving the penis, testicles, or both out of the way.”

“Tucking can reduce any concerns you have about your body, how your clothes fit and how safe you feel in public. People of all genders can tuck,” the handout states.

The handout goes into several “methods” of tucking, and states that individuals can do this at home.

“There are two main ways to tuck: with tape and without. You might find that simply wearing tight underwear smooths things out enough. Or you might want to use tape for as smooth a look as possible,” the handout states.


Doernbecher Children's Hospital 

Doernbecher Children’s Hospital 

“Tucking with tape” is one method, which the handout states is “secure” and is “less likely to come undone,” but can have a “higher risk of skin irritation.” With this method, the handout states it is “harder to use the bathroom, because you need to take off the tape and then reapply it.”

To avoid this, the handout by the children’s hospital suggests “tucking without tape.”

“The first step is choosing the right underwear. Look for a tightly woven spandex or microfiber blend,” the handout states, adding that individuals can wear “spanx or other shapewear,” “Using control top pantyhose or tights, with the legs cut off to your desired length,” or “Wearing a gaff. This is a special type of underwear made specifically for tucking.”

The handout also has a section titled “putting your testicles inside your body,” and states that “Some discomfort is normal.”

One portion of the handout states that “tucking does have some risks,” which include urinary tract infections, possible problems with urine flow, as well as “twisting or inflammation in the testicles.”


OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital

OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

“Be careful not to wrap the tape around the penis and scrotum too tightly. It can cut off blood circulation. If you feel any numbness in the penis or scrotum area, untuck for a while!,” the handout states.

The handout from the children’s hospital points individuals to a self-described “women-owned sex toy boutique” store in Portland, which has gender-affirming clothing items as well as sex toys, videos and more, and states that while the store is for people aged 18 and older, it offers appointments before or after hours for “younger shoppers.”

A spokesperson for Oregon Health & Science University told Fox News Digital that it “proudly offers gender-affirming healthcare to patients of all ages, including children and adolescents.”

“Providers follow established, evidence-based medical standards, and employ a thoughtful, multidisciplinary process that involves both patients and their support systems,” the statement reads.


OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital

OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
(OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital)

The spokesperson also said that medical interventions are not provided for children.

“Transgender and gender-diverse individuals affirm their gender in a variety of ways, which may include covering up parts of their bodies that bring them intense discomfort or that might put their physical safety at risk in public. OHSU health care teams provide practical and safe recommendations to help patients who wish to conceal some of their body without causing additional harm. In some cases, non-medical steps are all someone needs to feel affirmed and safer in social settings. Medical interventions are not provided for children,” the spokesperson said.

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Bosnians go to polls to choose between nationalists and reformists



Bosnians go to the polls on Sunday to choose the country’s new collective presidency and lawmakers at national, regional and local levels, deciding between long-entrenched nationalist parties and reformists focused on the economy.

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Pine Island residents recount horror, fear as Ian bore down



Paramedics and volunteers with a group that rescues people after natural disasters went door to door Saturday on Florida’s devastated Pine Island, offering to evacuate residents who spoke of the terror of riding out Hurricane Ian in flooded homes and howling winds.

The largest barrier island off Florida’s Gulf Coast, Pine Island has been largely cut off from the outside world. Ian heavily damaged the only bridge to the island, leaving it only reachable by boat or air. For many, the volunteers from the non-profit Medic Corps were the first people they have seen from outside the island in days.

Residents described the horror of being trapped in their homes as water kept rising. Joe Conforti became emotional as he recounted what happened, saying the water rose at least 8 to 10 feet (2.4-3 meters), and there were 4-foot (1.2-meter) waves in the streets.

“The water just kept pounding the house and we watched, boats, houses — we watched everything just go flying by,” he said, as he fought back tears. “We’ve lost so much at this point.”


Helen Koch, a dog breeder, is evacuated with some of her 17 dogs on a helicopter for, who arrived with two helicopters, paramedics and volunteers, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Pine Island, Florida, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.

Helen Koch, a dog breeder, is evacuated with some of her 17 dogs on a helicopter for, who arrived with two helicopters, paramedics and volunteers, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Pine Island, Florida, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Conforti said if it wasn’t for his wife, Dawn Conforti, he wouldn’t have made it. He said: “I started to lose sensibility, because when the water’s at your door and it’s splashing on the door and you’re seeing how fast it’s moving, there’s no way you’re going to survive that.”

He said his wife had them get on top of a table to keep from getting swept away by the water. The next day, he said, they brought food to an older gentleman who lived on the next block, and they made sure to get him off the island on the first available boat.

“He lost everything,” Joe Conforti said of the man. “He said that if we didn’t bring him the food, he was going to take his life that night because it was so bad.”


Members of, who arrived with two helicopters, paramedics and volunteers, help evacuate Paul Koch and some of his dogs, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Pine Island, Florida, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. 

Members of, who arrived with two helicopters, paramedics and volunteers, help evacuate Paul Koch and some of his dogs, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Pine Island, Florida, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. 
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Some residents shed tears as Medic Corps volunteers came to their doors and asked if they wanted to be evacuated on Saturday. Some declined the offer for now and asked for another day to pack their belongings. But others were anxious to get away immediately.

Helen Koch blew her husband a kiss and mouthed the words “I love you” as she sat inside the Medic Corps helicopter that lifted her and seven of the couple’s 17 dogs to safety from the decimated island. The dogs were in cages, strapped to the outside of the helicopter as it took off.

Her husband, Paul Koch, stayed behind with the other dogs, and planned to leave the isolated island on a second trip. He told The Associated Press that days earlier, he didn’t think they would make it, as the major hurricane raged and the house began taking on water.


The bridge leading from Fort Myers to Pine Island, Florida, is heavily damaged in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. 

The bridge leading from Fort Myers to Pine Island, Florida, is heavily damaged in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. 
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Pine Island has long been known for its quiet, small-town atmosphere and mangrove trees. It’s a popular destination for fishing, kayaking and canoeing. Now, bleak scenes of destruction are everywhere in this shattered paradise.

Houses have been reduced to splinters and boats have been tossed onto roadways. The island has no power, and no running water – save for a few hours on Friday when one resident said they were able to take a shower. A community of mobile homes was destroyed.

The Medic Corps volunteers went to one house to search for a woman who was known to have stayed behind during the storm and has had no contact with her friends since. Inside the woman’s house, heavy furniture had been toppled over and her belongings were tossed about. There was no sign of the woman, raising fears she had been sucked out of her home by the storm surge.


The bridge leading from Fort Myers to Pine Island, Fla., is seen heavily damaged in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Pine Island, Florida, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.

The bridge leading from Fort Myers to Pine Island, Fla., is seen heavily damaged in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Pine Island, Florida, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Linda Hanshaw said the tight-knit island community is amazing and “everyone I know who hasn’t left is trying to leave.”

But that wasn’t true for everyone. Kathleen Russell was trying to persuade her elderly husband to leave, but he didn’t want to budge just yet. The couple kept declining offers to evacuate. The couple said they were not ready, but might be willing to leave on Sunday.

Claire St. Leger said she had nine people in her house, including neighbors, as the storm came in.


“I thought for sure we were all dying,” she said. “I just sat in an inside room with pillows, I crossed myself so many times, I thought for sure we were dying. Water kept rising.”

Medic Corps is a nonprofit group of pilots, paramedics, doctors, a Navy SEAL and other volunteers that responds to natural disasters and gets people to safety. According to the organization’s website, it began in 2013 in response to Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines and in 2017 it began deploying aircraft and responders to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Lina Nielsen on MS diagnosis & support from twin sister Laviai



For almost a decade, only a few people knew that Lina Nielsen had multiple sclerosis.

Diagnosed at the age of 17, she was told by doctors to stop her athletics training in case it worsened her condition.

She recalls: “I remember turning around and saying, ‘No, I am an 800m runner. I have to qualify for the national championships.'”

Nine years and several national events later, with half the distance to run but with the addition of a few hurdles, Nielsen was lining up for the biggest race of her career at the World Championships.

It was also the day after her biggest relapse.

“It was probably one of the hardest days of my career, maybe even my life,” Nielsen, who has relapsing-remitting MS, tells BBC Sport.

“On the day of the race I was just crying all day.”

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that can affect the brain and spinal cord.external-link It cannot be cured, although treatments are available. Nielsen’s relapsing-remitting diagnosis means symptoms may be mild for a while before flaring up.

Her flare up in Oregon began with her experiencing sensitivity on her left side. The next day, it had worsened “pretty much by the hour”, eventually turning into numbness.

“I remember being on the phone to my boyfriend and he said I would have regretted not running,” the 26-year-old says.

“I qualified by right. I ran the time to get in and also came top two at the [British] trials. So in my head, I was just like ‘go put on your Great Britain vest and do yourself proud’.”

The race helped her decide to publicly discuss her diagnosis before she made her Commonwealth Games debut in August.

“When [the relapse] happened, it completely changed my whole life plan. I wanted to perform and it just stopped me from doing that,” she says.

“If you were to watch that race and compare it to other races that I’d run in the season, you would see that my body’s not quite the same.

“A lot of people are dealing with things you never know about. I kind of wanted to give a bit of an explanation as to why my World Champs didn’t go so well.”

‘Laviai gave me motivation’

Lina and Laviai Nielsen
Lina and Laviai Nielsen have competed alongside one another for many years

The main symptom that led to Nielsen’s diagnosis was complete right-sided weakness, meaning she struggled to move her right arm and leg. Two months later, in the middle of preparing for her A-levels, she was diagnosed with MS.

She was so upset after being diagnosed that she did not tell her twin sister, fellow British athlete Laviai, about it for another two months.

“It kind of felt like a life sentence. You hear the words chronic and incurable. It was really, really difficult,” she says.

In 2021, Laviai, a British 400m champion, received an MS diagnosis of her own.

“She had a tingling in her left arm that went on for a bit longer than what would have been normal after getting a vaccine,” Nielsen adds.

“We kind of knew this might be MS because she’s my twin sister and genetics can play a part.

“She turned around to me and said ‘because you’ve done it, I’m not scared.’ She was quite early in the diagnosis so it was looking quite positive.”

The Nielsen twins are known for their outpouring of emotional support for each other after races and Lina says the MS is the reason for that.

“When you see her running to the track, hugging me and us both crying, it’s because we are the only two people that really understand what it meant to even get to that point,” she says.

“She has been such a massive support for me. At times where I couldn’t even brush my own hair, she would brush my hair for me.

“She gave me the motivation to keep going. She’d say ‘you never know how far you’re going to get’ at times when I wanted to quit.”

Another person who has been an inspiration to Nielsen is British Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox.

Nielsen did not know Cox but contacted her on social media when she heard about her diagnosis of relapsing-remitting MS, which came just a few months after Nielsen’s.

“I said: ‘I’ve also got the same thing. I’m really scared. I don’t know what this means for my track and field or even my life’, and she responded with so many positive messages,” says Nielsen.

“We ended up exchanging numbers and we’ve been in contact throughout all these years. She has been such a good friend to me.

“After the Commonwealth Games, she ran over to me and I hugged her for like five minutes. She’s a massive source of inspiration.”

Now, Nielsen is looking ahead and focusing her energy on the 2024 Paris Olympics.

“I feel like there’s this kind of added pressure from the outside to hopefully perform a little bit better next year and going into 2024,” she says.

“I went five years with no relapses before those World Championships so I’ve managed to get a good chunk of training in and to really climb the ladder.

“With relapsing-remitting MS, you can be healthy for a long period of time. And so it doesn’t so much hinder your day-to-day life – I can still perform at a good level and aim for those world and Olympic finals.”

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