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X Factor All Stars in talks with Ray Quinn who will go head-to-head with Leona Lewis AGAIN

X FACTOR fans are set to be given a real throwback treat this year when Ray Quinn and Leona Lewis go head-to-head once more, according to insiders.

Winner of the 2006 series and runner-up Ray are both said to be in talks ahead of the forthcoming X Factor: All Stars show.

Leona Lewis is said to be in talks for The X Factor: All Stars series
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A source exclusively told The Sun Online: “Show bosses are in talks with Ray Quinn and Leona Lewis to bring their big voices to the X Factor stage.”

The Sun Online has contacted their representatives for comment. 

In February, The Sun revealed how Simon Cowell has pulled the plug on filming The X Factor in 2019 as part of a huge overhaul.

However, the series will instead reportedly be replaced with two special editions of the show.

Ray Quinn is also in discussions to take part, according to sources
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One is likely to be a celebrity special and another is the brand new All Stars version, which will see successful contestants from past X Factor series’ compete to be the ultimate winner.

Simon is expected to be joined on the judging panel by Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger.

The X Factor first hit telly screens in the UK in September 2004.

Then a softly-spoken teen, Leona auditioned for the third ever series of the show along with Ray.

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The pair went head-to-head in the 2006 final, before Leona was declared the winner
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The pair made it all the way before going head-to-head in the nail-biting final that Christmas.

Leona was eventually crowned the winner.

Ray, now 30, launched a singing career and appeared in London’s West End. He also won the 2009 series of Dancing On Ice.

Last year, he landed the part of Jonny Baxter in Hollyoaks.

Leona, 34, has meanwhile focused solely on music with a touch of modelling too.

She is the second best-selling act from The X Factor, behind boy band One Direction, having sold more than 30 million records worldwide.

Leona is also one of the few contestants to launch a Stateside musical career too.

The start date for The X Factor: All Stars is yet to be announced, however it is believed to be launching in September when the previous format would have be due to air.

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Study: Opioid dose variability may be a risk factor for opioid overdose

DENVER Patients prescribed opioid pain medications whose doses varied over time were 3 times more likely to experience an overdose than patients prescribed stable opioid doses, according to an observational study from Kaiser Permanente published today in JAMA Network Open. The study also showed that patients who discontinued long-term opioid therapy for 3 or more months had half the risk of opioid overdose.

“Our study suggests that safely managing long-term opioid therapy is complex,” said Ingrid Binswanger, MD, senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Research in Colorado and co-author of the study.

Ingrid Binswanger, MD
Ingrid Binswanger, MD

“This study suggests going up and down on opioid doses — also called dose variability — could present an increased risk of overdose,” Dr. Binswanger said. “Through this study, we also found eventually discontinuing opioid therapy may prevent overdoses. With continued studies, we hope to find out how care providers can help patients with their pain without putting them at unnecessary risk due to rapid changes in their dose.”

The 12-year study included more than 14,000 Kaiser Permanente members in Colorado who were prescribed long-term opioids. Researchers used electronic health records to track the history of patients to see if they had dose changes and overdoses from opioid pain medications and other opioid drugs.

The research team obtained a follow-up $ 2 million, 4-year grant from the National Institutes for Health. The study will look at how patients and doctors manage changes in opioid doses, including any long-term risks and benefits of discontinuing opioid pain medications.

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Jason Glanz, PhD

“Kaiser Permanente, like many health care organizations across the country, has made significant changes to safely reduce opioid prescriptions for our members,” said Jason Glanz, PhD, senior investigator at the Institute for Health Research and co-author on the study.

“This study represents the first of many investigations that we plan to do on the topic,” Dr. Glanz said. “Our goal is to help identify the most safe and effective approaches for managing long-term opioid therapy. We want to be able to minimize patients’ pain and reduce their risk for overdose.”

This study was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and conducted by researchers at Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Research.

Additional study authors include Susan Shetterly, MS; Komal J. Narwaney, MPH, PhD; and Stan Xu, PhD.

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.4 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.

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X Factor finalist Anthony Russell ‘FaceTimed inmate once dubbed ‘Merseyside’s most wanted’ who was using smuggled phone’

X FACTOR finalist Anthony Russell reportedly had a video call with an inmate once dubbbed “Merseyside’s most wanted” on a mobile phone smuggled into prison.

The 28-year-old’s friendly chat on FaceTime with Michael Trevillion was posted in a screengrab on Facebook, the Mirror claims.

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Anthony Russell has been seen FaceTiming a notorious prisoner[/caption]

He was at ITV studios at the time he allegedly spoke to the 38-year-old using the account named John Smith.

Trevillion is serving four years in prison for burglary, but was keen to stress he is a huge fan of Anthony.

He wrote on social media on October 14: “Just had a belter chat with my mate Anthony Russell an [sic] he’s got the X Factor xxx”.

Singer Anthony from Liverpool will perform in the final of the ITV show this weekend up against Salton Harris and Scarlett Lee.

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Anthony Russell dropped to the floor in shock tonight as he made the show’s final[/caption]

He insisted he would be dead if he hadn’t met his mentor Louis Tomlinson who paid for him to go through rehab after pulling out last year over his drug and alcohol addiction.

Since getting sober Anthony has formed a close bond with the One Direction singer – and jumped into his arms after it was announced that he will be in the upcoming final.

He hit the headlines earlier in the series when he inundated a young mum with unwanted sex videos and texts.

He was repeatedly warned by the mum to stop sending the explicit messages and was told her child’s iPad was linked to her phone.

Anthony apologised, saying: “I’m sorry if I’ve upset her or caused any ­offence.”

Anthony called Louis a ‘King’ in the touching tweet
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Anthony is in with a chance of winning the show this weekend

A source close to Anthony reportedly told the newspaper: “This guy called out of the blue through Facebook Messenger and Anthony answered.

“Anthony had no idea that he was in prison using an illegal phone.”

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