February 25, 2020

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How Your Romantic Attachment Style Can Impact Your Wallet & Wellbeing
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In dating today, there are a lot of options for how you meet someone. But according to attachment theory, there's only really three styles of romantic attachment: secure, anxious, and avoidant attachment. A recent study considered how attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance can impact "life outcomes"— including wellbeing and our financial behavior.According to attachment theory, our attachment style is influenced by our upbringing. An anxious attachment style is characterized by insecurity and a lack of trust, while an avoidant style is characterized by things like bouncing back quickly from a breakup or not becoming deeply invested in the first place. According to the researchers, both attachment avoidance and anxiety are considered to be "insecure attachment orientations," and they're considered to be the opposite extremes of the styles.
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Can Essential Oils Actually Ease Headaches? We Sniffed Out The Science
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While they were once considered a pretty fringy, "woo-woo" wellness accessory—the kind your hippied-out aunt in Boulder would whisper about—essential oils are officially having a mainstream moment. The natural, highly concentrated liquids that contain chemical compounds from various plants are now used to help curb all sorts of ailments, from high stress to low libido. Experts say that the oils can help relieve headaches and migraines in some cases, as well—though more research needs to be done before they become a legitimate treatment for an achy head. The science behind using essential oils for headaches. "Although there are some studies out there that show that people who smell essential oils have less severe headaches than those who don't, they aren't done well enough to be scientifically conclusive yet," explains Pamela Dalton, Ph.D., a research scientist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia whose work focuses on the relationship between odor and emotional processes. "The problem with these studies is that there isn't an effective control group, as everyone who participates knows they are smelling oils because the aromas are so strong."
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How to Prepare for the Coronavirus
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American health officials warned on Tuesday that the coronavirus is likely to spread in communities in the United States. They urged individuals to get themselves and their families ready. But what can you do?Infectious disease experts stressed that people should not panic and offered practical advice.“The mantra is, ‘Keep calm and carry on,’” said Dr. Marguerite Neill, an infectious disease expert at Brown University.And use common sense, experts said.“If you see someone on a bus who is coughing, move away,” said Dr. Stanley Perlman, an infectious disease and coronavirus expert at the University of Iowa.Updated Feb. 25, 2020Stay home from work if you are sick.Wash your hands frequently, said Dr. Trish Perl, an infectious disease specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “It’s not super sexy but it works,” she said. With SARS, also a coronavirus, but one that is much deadlier, hand washing reduced the risk of transmission by 30 to 50 percent, she said.
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NASA Lander Detects Strange Glow In Sky of Mars
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The journals Nature Geoscience and Nature Communications published six fascinating studies today, all detailing discoveries made by NASA’s InSight lander, which first touched down on Mars in November 2018.Overshadowing the other research in today’s headlines is the InSight team finally confirming once and for all that Mars is in fact seismically active. Another finding, though, is stands out for its sheer weirdness: InSight’s weather science team was able to confirm strange glows in the Martian night sky, Vice reports, thanks to the lander’s sensitive night-time imaging capabilities.The mysterious phenomenon, dubbed “airglow” is suspected to be caused by photochemical reactions in the sky. It’s long been predicted to take place on the Red Planet, according to Vice, but has only been confirmed now.
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Coronavirus Live Updates: Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Tests Positive
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Read Updates in Chinese: 新冠病毒疫情最新消息汇总China appears to be getting the new coronavirus under control, but infections are spreading rapidly in South Korea, Iran and Italy. And the world is not prepared for a major outbreak, World Health Organization officials said on Monday.A W.H.O. mission to China has said that the daily tally of new cases there peaked and then plateaued between Jan. 23 and Feb. 2, and has steadily declined since.Chinese officials reported 508 new cases and 71 deaths as of Monday, a slower pace than in previous days.The virus has infected more than 80,000 people in China and 33 other countries.By Tuesday, South Korea had reported a total of 893 cases, the second most in the world. Of the 60 new cases reported by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 49 came from Daegu, the center of the outbreak in that country.
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Watch: Coronavirus symptom plagues Iranian official on live TV
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During an address carried live on TV, Iran's deputy health minister, Iraj Harirchi, is seen aggressively wiping sweat from his brow in what turned out to be a fever caused by coronavirus COVID-19.
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4 Power-Building Exercises to Help You Run Faster
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It’s only natural as a runner to want to run faster, to shave off seconds or even minutes from your PR, and to cover more miles in less time. And while the need for speed is natural—whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been running marathons for years—it’s not exactly easy. Sure, you can just push yourself to run faster, but there’s more to it than that. An important part of training for more speed is through strength training. Yes, strength training will build muscle, but not in the bulky, undesirable way you might think. In order to translate those gains into speed, you have to choose the right moves. “Runners should concentrate on building power—how fast you can use the force you’ve built up,” explains Jay Dicharry, physical therapist and director of the REP Lab in Bend, Oregon. “Explosive movements help you activate your muscle power quickly during push-off.” This, in turn, increases the speed of your turnover and the power of your stride. The result? Every step you take is faster and more powerful than before.
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Mallinckrodt Reaches $1.6 Billion Deal to Settle Opioid Lawsuits
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Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, the largest generic opioid manufacturer in the United States, has tentatively agreed to pay $1.6 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by state and local governments over its role in the opioid crisis.The agreement was endorsed by 47 states and U.S. territories along with a committee of lawyers representing thousands of cities and counties, the company said on Tuesday.The money, to be paid into a cash trust over eight years, will be used to underwrite the costs of opioid addiction treatments and related efforts across the country.“Nothing can undo the devastating loss and grief inflicted by the opioid epidemic upon victims and their families, but this settlement with Mallinckrodt is an important step in the process of healing our communities,” Attorney General Xavier Becerra of California said in a statement announcing the agreement. “Our office has worked aggressively to hold accountable bad actors who fueled this public health crisis.”
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'Winter blues' or something more? When to seek help for seasonal affective disorder
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Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is more than dealing with “cabin fever” or feeling down when the weather turns cold. It’s a depression that occurs with the changing of seasons and affects millions of Americans, including children, each year. The most affected by it see their depression return each fall, with symptoms worsening in the winter before going into a type of remission in spring and summer. But for those who never seek treatment, SAD can lead to other forms of depression, DeAnna Jordan Crosby, clinical director of New Method Wellness, told Fox News. “The symptoms for SAD can be disguised as typical tropes of winter, but they can become extremely serious,” Crosby said. “A person should seek help for SAD when their lifestyle is being affected by the symptoms like a significant energy decrease, having a hard time waking up in the morning, the tendency to eat more and increased weight gain and withdrawing from family and friends.”
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The Oral History of How Vaping Took Over One Kentucky High School
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Jason's mom learned her son owned a vape while he was at church. “I didn’t mean to leave it on my bed, I just forgot about it,” the high school sophomore says. “Then I came home and my mom had it on the counter. I was like, ohLord.”He was grounded for a week and had his phone taken away, but Jason kept on vaping. “I still did it, I did not care—I just found new hiding spots in my room,” he says.You’ve probably heard plenty of alarming statistics about vaping by now: After decades of plummeting smoking rates, teen tobacco use has blown up to 31%, the overwhelming majority of that due to vaping; not to mention thousands of Americans have been sickened with vaping-related illnesses and at least 64 have died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We’re just learning about what vaping can do long-term, but we already know that it can damage the lungs, increase the risk of heart disease, and double the chances a teen will become addicted to cigarettes.
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Hank Azaria Says It ‘Just Didn’t Feel Right’ to Keep Voicing Apu on
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Hank Azaria has been an irreplaceable part of The Simpsons family since the show's inception in 1989, voicing countless characters in well over 600 episodes of the timeless series. He's been the voice of one of those characters, Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu, since his very first appearance back in 1990; in recent years, Apu, portrayed as an Indian immigrant, has come under criticism from audience members who believe Apu is a bigoted stereotype. Azaria, who is white, is now opening up and explaining why he's decided to stop playing Apu. "Once I realized that that was the way this character was thought of, I just didn’t want to participate in it anymore,” Azaria told The New York Timesin an interview. “It just didn’t feel right.”The conversation around Apu has been ongoing for a while, but it really amplified in 2017 when a documentary titled The Problem With Apu aired on TruTV. That documentary featured stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu delving into the specifics of the issue, which he first detailed on an episode of FX's Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell.
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Health Officials Warn of Coronavirus Outbreaks in the U.S.
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The coronavirus almost certainly will begin spreading in communities in the United States, and Americans should begin preparations now, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday.“It’s not so much of a question of if this will happen anymore but rather more of a question of exactly when this will happen,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a new briefing.The news caps weeks of fear that the coronavirus spreading from China may become a pandemic, disrupting the global economy and political landscape in ways that are difficult to forecast.Iran, South Korea and Italy are now grappling with clusters of infection, even as the epidemic in China’s Hubei Province seems to be slowing.
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These Wireless Headphones Have Made Me a Stronger, More Confident Runner
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No, Really, You Need This features wellness products our editors and experts feel so passionately about that they can basically guarantee it will make your life better in some way. If you've ever asked yourself, "This seems cool, but do I really ~need~ it?" the answer this time is yes.Every runner knows that after shoes, headphones are your most important (and often most expensive) necessary running accessory. And like your running sneakers, there's no one size or style fits brand or style of headphones (or earpods!).I've historically had a really difficult time finding wireless headphones that actually stay in my small ears, fit comfortably for many miles, and have good sound quality. (Related: The New Apple AirPods Finally Have Enough Battery for a Full Marathon)In my search for the perfect pair, I've tried Apple AirPods, Jaybird wireless earbuds, and many of the other popular running headphones—all of which were too loose and popped out mid-run.
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This Is How You Make Sure Your Spices Don't Go Bad, From An Expert
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No good dish is complete without the right spices. And from turmeric to cayenne, we love them for their added flavor and for their positive health effects. But just as important as the kinds of spices stocked up in your kitchen is how you store them. After all, proper storage can ensure a longer "shelf life," with spices retaining their bright flavors for longer.So, to find out how to keep ours as fresh as possible, we spoke with author and spice expert Kanchan Koya, Ph.D., to find out what proper spice storage looks like. Airtight and out of the light. As you can imagine, it's always best to go for airtight containers. This ensures all that flavorful goodness from the spice stays in, while undesirable stuff like bacteria and bugs stay out. Consider swapping containers if you buy a new spice and the container doesn't seem too sturdy.
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C.D.C. Officials Warn of Coronavirus Outbreaks in the U.S.
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The coronavirus almost certainly will begin spreading in communities in the United States, and Americans should begin preparations now, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday.“It’s not so much of a question of if this will happen anymore but rather more of a question of exactly when this will happen,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a news briefing.The news caps weeks of fear that the coronavirus spreading from China may become a pandemic, disrupting the global economy and political landscape in ways that are difficult to forecast.Iran, South Korea and Italy are now grappling with clusters of infection, even as the epidemic in China’s Hubei Province seems to be slowing.
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Trouble Sleeping? How Pink Noise Can Help Get You Some R&R Tonight
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As more people turn to noise machines for sleep and relaxation, many are choosing something called "pink noise." Anecdotally, pink noise is more soothing and calming, and there’s some research on its effects. Here, learn how pink noise can help you get some R&R. 1. It helps you fall asleep. There’s nothing worse than finallydozing off—only to be jolted awake by a slamming door or shrieking siren. (City dwellers: You know how it goes.) And while it’s easy to shake a fist at the source, the specific noise isn’t exactly the problem. According to Carolyn Burke, sleep coach and research writer at The Sleep Advisor, it’s more about the sudden changes in volume or frequency that are more likely to wake us up. Enter the peaceful consistency of pink noise. “Pink noise provides a constant ambient sound, helping to mask sounds that interfere with sleep,” explains Terry Cralle, RN, certified clinical sleep educator and sleep expert with the Better Sleep Council. It’s similar to white noise, but is less harsh and more calming, she notes. Specifically, pink noise minimizes the difference between abrupt sounds and the background, making it easier to fall asleep.
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Study Says This Nut Supports Healthy Aging More Than Any Other
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We're all looking for tried-and-true ways to boost our well-being, especially as we get older. Things like gut and brain health, as well as diet and exercise are all factors to take into consideration. And according to a new data from the Nurses' Health Study, there's one kind of nut in particular that outshines the rest when it comes to healthy aging: walnuts.Even after accounting for all the other variables that affect aging, walnuts were the only nut linked with a greater chance of healthy aging. Studying nut consumption. The four year long study included data from almost 34,000 women in their late 50's and early 60's, looking for links between nut consumption and healthy aging. They were asked about their diets, physical health, memory, and more, as well as receiving a chronic disease evaluation.
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Do Electrolytes Actually Reduce Nausea & Cramps? New Study Digs In
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From young kids after soccer practice to cross-country endurance athletes, the idea of replenishing electrolytes with sports drinks has long been used for athletic recovery. But do those electrolyte supplements really have any benefits? A new study published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine said probably not.Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine found electrolyte supplements might not actually help athletes as much as previously thought. What are electrolytes supposed to do? Electrolyte supplements—which can be taken in pill, powder, or liquid form—have long been recognized as a way to replenish electrolytes, like sodium, after athletes sweat them out. “Electrolyte supplements are promoted as preventing nausea and [muscle] cramping caused by low salt levels, but this is a false paradigm,” said Grant Lipman, M.D., lead author of the study. Along with drinking lots of water, athletes have been taking electrolytes to prevent electrolyte imbalances and dizziness from overexertion.
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These Sweet Potato Pizzas Will Become Your New Weeknight Dinner Staple
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Let’s put this recipe on repeat, please—we’ll just pretend it’s a veggie-based pizza bagel! Sweet potatoes are a staple in the kitchen for a reason: You can do so much with them. This version uses pesto, but to go red-style with it, you can add marinara on top, or even get really crazy and use both sauces together. These pizzas also make an easy appetizer to serve at a dinner party—just cut them into smaller bitesize pieces for a fun finger food! Sweet potato pizzas with pesto sauce  Serves 1Craving more protein? I love adding some crumbled cooked sausage on top along with the cheese in step 5. Or use any cooked protein you have on hand!Reprinted from Just The Good Stuff. Copyright © 2020 by Rachel Mansfield Photographs copyright © 2020 by Aubrie Pick. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.
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Probiotic Labels, Decoded: A Guide To The Most Common Strains
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As the research mounts on the importance of gut health, probiotics have quickly become one of the most popular supplements out there. In the U.S. alone, almost 4 million people take probiotics to support everything from healthy digestion to bloat and immune function.* But while probiotics are certainly helpful, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to taking them. That's because there are many different types—called strains—of probiotics and each one has its own special function.Every person also has a unique gut microbiome—or balance of bacteria in the gut—so the best probiotic for you may be different from the ideal choice for someone else. To get the most out of your probiotic, you need to find the strain(s) targeted to your specific symptoms. What are probiotics? Your body is home to trillions of bacteria. While that bacteria takes up residence everywhere in your body, the majority of it lives in your gut. This bacteria, your microbiome, plays a critical role in your health.
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Chris Evans Might Star In 'Little Shop of Horrors'
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Captain America might just be taking on a whole new adventure outside of the Marvel universe. Actor Chris Evans is in early talks to star in an updated movie adaptation of the cult-film-turned-musical Little Shop of Horrors,according to a report from the Hollywood Reporter. If Evans officially signs on, he will be taking on the role of Orin Scrivello, better known as “the Dentist”—a character originated by comedian Steve Martin in the original 1986 movie.The 38-year-old actor is the latest Hollywood name to be thrown around with this project. Actor Taron Egerton and actress Scarlett Johansson (bringing the Marvel-verse actor count to two) have also been in discussions for the lead roles of Seymour and Audrey, while Pose's Emmy-winning star,Billy Porter, has already been announced to voice the famed plant.
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Dwyane Wade Shares the Financial Advice He Learned While in the NBA
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In 2003, Dwyane Wade was selected fifth overall in the NBA Draft by the Miami Heat. Overnight, Wade went from unpaid NCAA athlete to a professional ball player, signing a multi-million-dollar contract. At the time, Wade had yet to invest in a financial advisor. His personal goal was to save half of the $2 million or so he was taking in his first year. He ended up spending all of it. “When I was in college and I knew I was gonna enter the draft, I had my eyes on this blue Escalade,” Wade remembers. “I saw someone driving it down the street of Milwaukee. I get some money, I’m gonna get me one of those. I put spinners on it.” And so Wade bought it. Got the spinners. And he drove up to traffic lights, rolling down his windows and turning up Three Six Mafia’s “Ridin Spinners"—I’m ridin’ spinners, I’m ridin’ spinners / they don’t stop. That was living the dream.

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