April 19, 2021

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Taurus Season Is Here: How To Work With Its Sensual, Steadfast Energy
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During the four weeks of Taurus Season 2021, the sensual, steadfast Bull spurs us on, helping us prioritize the practical—with a side of pleasure.The Sun visits a new zodiac sign every 30 days or so. During each “season” everyone feels the influence of the prevailing astrological energy. Taurus season 2021 begins April 19 and ends May 20.When the sun hunkers down in steady Taurus, don’t mistake the slower pace for a standstill. When you see a goal worth pursuing, make like el Toro and charge!As assertive, me-first Aries season draws to a close, Taurus season turns our attention to building. We’ve had plenty of “Wouldn’t it be crazy if…” ideas for the past four weeks, but can they go the distance? Taurus takes charge to help us craft a sustainable plan.Taurus is the first of the zodiac’s three grounded earth signs and part of the stabilizing “fixed” quality. As the zodiac’s second sign, Taurus is the persistent provider who also loves earthly delights. This sign encourages us to break our work into simple steps then take daily action.
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Adults in all U.S. states are now eligible for vaccination, hitting Biden’s target. Half have had at least one dose.
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All adults in every U.S. state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico are now eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine, meeting the April 19 deadline that President Biden set two weeks ago.The United States is administering an average of 3.2 million doses a day, up from roughly 2.5 million a month before. More than 131 million people, or half of all American adults, had received at least one shot as of Sunday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and about 84.3 million people have been fully vaccinated.Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont were the last states to expand eligibility, opening vaccinations to all adults on Monday.“It’s truly historic that we have already reached this milestone,” said Dr. Nandita Mani, the associate medical director of infection prevention and control at the University of Washington Medical Center.
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Polar Seltzer Just Released These Five New Flavors for Summer
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Polar Seltzer may be an almost 150-year-old brand, but they know how to keep up with the times. The beloved, Massachusetts-based seltzer brand has launched a summer lineup, and the Polar Seltzer summer flavors have social media popping.Shhh—do you hear that? No? Maybe that's because fizz is pretty quiet. Similar to Dr. Pepper's news in recent weeks about the three Dr. Pepper Zero Sugar flavors, Polar Seltzer dropped their major summer flavor news delicately and let it bubble into buzz. In early April, the brand took to Instagram to release their 2021 summer flavors, which are available in the classic Polar one-liter bottles (except one, see below) or handy individual 12-ounce cans.RELATED: 108 Most Popular Sodas Ranked By How Toxic They AreSo what are the flavors in the Polar Seltzer summer flavor release? Check these out:
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This May Almost Double Your Parkinson's Risk, Study Shows
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Having the personality trait known as neuroticism can make you more susceptible to Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests. If you're not sure what being neurotic is—aside from reading the descriptor in reviews of sitcoms and Woody Allen movies—it's an actual clinical diagnosis. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss this urgent news:Here's How You Can Catch COVID Even If You're Vaccinated.For the new study published in the journal Movement Disorders, researchers from the Florida State University College of Medicine analyzed data collected by the UK Biobank, which recruited nearly half a million people aged 40 to 69 from the mid-to-late-'90s and followed them for 12 years. (Each person's neuroticism was assessed when they joined the study.) The scientists found that people who scored in the top quartile of neuroticism had more than an 80% greater risk of Parkinson's, compared to those who scored lower.
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Las variantes del coronavirus no deben asustarnos
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Las noticias sobre nuevas variantes del coronavirus pueden causar temor a quienes desconocen la jerga genómica. Lo cierto es que los virus experimentan mutaciones con frecuencia, tanto en las personas ya infectadas como durante el traslado de una persona a otra. Por eso es importante recordar este adagio (modificado): Todas las variantes son inocentes hasta que se demuestre su culpabilidad.El coronavirus responsable de la pandemia, SARS-CoV-2, tiene alrededor de 30.000 bases, o nucleótidos. Conforme el virus evoluciona y se propaga de un huésped a otro, algunas de estas bases cambian. Si solo cambiaran 20 bases, generarían más de un billón de combinaciones o posibles variantes distintas de la cepa responsable del primer brote. De los 136 millones de casos confirmados de COVID-19 en el mundo hasta la fecha, se ha secuenciado el virus de un millón de personas. De ese millón de secuencias, solo unas cuantas variantes han causado inquietud entre los científicos, por ser más infecciosas, porque causan una enfermedad más grave, porque pueden evadir en parte nuestra respuesta inmunitaria o por todas las razones anteriores.
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Biden to Invest $1.7 Billion in Variant Fight
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April 19, 2021 -- The Biden administration plans to invest $1.7 billion to help the CDC and states fight COVID-19 variants in the U.S. through better detection and genomic sequencing efforts, the White House announced on Friday.The original strain of the coronavirus comprises about half of all cases in the country today, and variants make up the other half.“An essential component of the response to the emerging COVID-19 variants is increasing the country’s genomic sequencing — the process by which COVID DNA is decoded and potentially deadly mutations in the virus are detected,” the White House said in a statement.“With the information from sequencing, the CDC and state and local public health leaders can implement known prevention measures to stop the spread,” according to the statement.
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COVID-19 Deaths Top 3 Million Globally
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April 19, 2021 -- Even though vaccinations are increasing in the developed nations, the coronavirus continues its deadly march around the world. On Saturday, Johns Hopkins University reported the 3 millionth global death from COVID-19.The United States has more than 567,000 coronavirus-related deaths, the most of any nation, followed by Brazil (373,000 deaths), Mexico (212,000), India (179,000), and the United Kingdom (127,500).The virus has moved swiftly since the first COVID death was reported in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 11, 2020. Within eight-and-a-half months on Sept. 28, 1 million lives had been lost. But just three-and-a-half more months later on Jan 15, the 2 million mark was reached. It took about three months to record 3 million deaths on Saturday.And because many COVID deaths are not diagnosed, the numbers are probably much higher, health experts have said.
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The Least You Need to Do to Stay Fit and Strong
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We’ve all been there, maybe more than we like lately: feeling under the weather, out of routine, maybe just out of sorts, and wondering what’s the least we can do to maintain our hard-earned endurance and strength gains.Well, good news. Research shows the amount is far less than you probably think.In a study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, researchers reviewed existing data examining the minimum exercise prescription (frequency, volume, and intensity) to maintain performance.→ You love running. We love running. Come join us with Runner’s World+!They found that you can maintain your endurance for up to 15 weeks—nearly four months!—by doing just two-thirds of your usual volume (about five hours if you usually do eight) as long as you make those sessions count by hitting your usual target heart rate. You can maintain your VO2 max (the maximum amount of oxygen you can use during exercise; a hallmark of endurance performance) by doing half that amount, so long as you maintain the same frequency (days a week) and intensity of your usual exercise.
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‘¿Cuándo me va a tocar a mí?’: la envidia de ver que tus conocidos ya se vacunaron
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Al inicio del año, Shay Fan sintió alivio: las vacunas venían en camino. Su alivio se convirtió en alegría cuando sus padres y suegros recibieron sus dosis.Tres meses después, Fan, de 36 años, una vendedora independiente y escritora en Los Ángeles, aún espera su vacuna, y la alegría se ha desvanecido.“Quiero ser paciente”, aseguró.Pero el hecho de revisar Instagram y ver “gente en Miami sin mascarillas rociando champaña en la boca de otras personas”, mientras ella sigue encerrada en su apartamento, sin haber podido ir a cortarse el cabello o entrar en un restaurante por más de un año, ha dificultado que sea paciente. “Es como cuando todos tus amigos se comprometen antes que tú y dices: ‘Vaya, estoy feliz por ellos, pero ¿cuándo me va a tocar a mí?’”, expresó.
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12 Women’s Running Charities That Turn Your Donations Into Support and Empowerment
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In stressful times, the world needs running more than ever—but thanks to discrimination and harassment, not everyone has equal access to the sport. People of color, LGBTQ+ runners, and women, among others, often face added obstacles.Around the country and the world, nonprofits are working to increase participation, remove physical and psychological barriers, and transform lives through running. The pause on racing and economic hardships associated with the pandemic have impacted the budgets of many running-related charities; here are 12 that turn your donations into support and empowerment. (Have a charity you think should be on this list? Leave a note in the comments below!)Sure, the 8- to 15-year-old girls who sign up for this running-based program get a good workout—the organization’s own research shows girls who were the least active at the start of the season increased their physical activity by 40 percent—but they also learn critical life skills, such as making good decisions and resolving conflicts. Participants meet regularly with a trained coach, who guides them in preparing for a non-competitive 5K while teaching a curriculum that builds competence and confidence not just in running, but in life.
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‘We Were Left With Nothing.’ Argentina’s Misery Deepens in the Pandemic.
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Before the pandemic, Carla Huanca and her family were making modest but meaningful improvements to their cramped apartment in the slums of Buenos Aires.She was working as a hairstylist. Her partner was tending bar at a nightclub. Together, they were bringing home about 25,000 pesos ($270) a week — enough to add a second story to their home, creating extra space for their three boys. They were about to plaster the walls.“Then, everything closed,” said Ms. Huanca, 33. “We were left with nothing.”Amid the lockdown, the family needed emergency handouts from the Argentine government to keep food on the table. They resigned themselves to rough walls. They shelled out for wireless internet service to allow their children to manage remote learning.
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There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing
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At first, I didn’t recognize the symptoms that we all had in common. Friends mentioned that they were having trouble concentrating. Colleagues reported that even with vaccines on the horizon, they weren’t excited about 2021. A family member was staying up late to watch National Treasure again even though she knows the movie by heart. And instead of bouncing out of bed at 6 a.m., I was lying there until 7, playing Words with Friends.It wasn’t burnout — we still had energy. It wasn’t depression — we didn’t feel hopeless. We just felt somewhat joyless and aimless. It turns out there’s a name for that: languishing.Languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. It feels like you’re muddling through your days, looking at your life through a foggy windshield. And it might be the dominant emotion of 2021.
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Emerging From the Pandemic With Acne, Facial Hair and Body Odor
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A pediatrician friend saw a 10-year-old girl recently, for her yearly checkup. Like so many children (and so many adults) among us, she had gained a little extra weight over the past year, but she was fundamentally healthy. “The mom says to me, ‘You know, she’s very self-conscious, she’s developed over this last year, and none of her friends have, and it makes her so uncomfortable and it makes her sad,’” said the pediatrician, Dr. Terri McFadden, a professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.The child had been attending virtual classes, and she was worried about going back into the classroom looking different; her mother had tried to explain to her that different people develop at different rates, Dr. McFadden said, but “she just felt she wasn’t normal, she wasn’t like her friends.”
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New York Spent $1.5 Billion on Its Convention Center. Will Anyone Come?
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New York has just spent $1.5 billion to entice very large groups of people to gather under the same roof. When will that seem like a good idea again?Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on a major expansion of New York City’s main convention hall, the Javits Center. By early summer, it should be ready again to host trade shows, corporate meetings and public events.But the pandemic wiped out mass gatherings more than a year ago, and it is not clear when or if most of them will return. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still warning people to “avoid large events and gatherings.”New York is expanding the Javits Center “just in time to see the absolute collapse of the convention and trade show business,” said Heywood Sanders, a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio who studies the convention business.
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These 12 Women’s Running Charities Turn Your Donations Into Support and Empowerment
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In stressful times, the world needs running more than ever—but thanks to discrimination and harassment, not everyone has equal access to the sport. People of color, LGBTQ+ runners, and women, among others, often face added obstacles.Around the country and the world, nonprofits are working to increase participation, remove physical and psychological barriers, and transform lives through running. The pause on racing and economic hardships associated with the pandemic have impacted the budgets of many running-related charities; here are 12 that turn your donations into support and empowerment. (Have a charity you think should be on this list? Leave a note in the comments below!)Sure, the 8- to 15-year-old girls who sign up for this running-based program get a good workout—the organization’s own research shows girls who were the least active at the start of the season increased their physical activity by 40 percent—but they also learn critical life skills, such as making good decisions and resolving conflicts. Participants meet regularly with a trained coach, who guides them in preparing for a non-competitive 5K while teaching a curriculum that builds competence and confidence not just in running, but in life.
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8 Ways Pilates Benefits Your Body
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Celebrities love it. Some physical therapists incorporate it into their rehab sessions. Serious athletes do it too. Pilates has become a go-to workout for those looking to move better, look good, and feel amazing.In the past few years, so many people have become fans of the exercise regimen that the market research company Allied Market Research estimates the Pilates and yoga market will grow by nearly 12 percent from 2018 to 2025.While Pilates often gets lumped in with yoga—which also brings a mental focus to a physical practice—the practice has its own set of principles and benefits. So, what is Pilates anyway? This guide breaks down what you'll do in a Pilates practice and all the benefits you can gain from doing it regularly.Created by Joseph Pilates, has been around since the late 1800s. It came to the United States from Germany in the late 1920s, according to the Pilates Method Alliance.
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One Major Effect of Eating Olive Oil, Says New Study
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You may know that high-density lipoproteins (HDL), commonly known as the good kind of cholesterol, can keep your cells healthy. If you're a bit of a health nerd, you may also know that some foods can affect your body's HDL levels—olive oil, for one, is rich in healthy fats that may have a positive effect on your HDL levels, so go ahead and add another tablespoon of pesto sauce.Now, there's even more good news for olive oil lovers (which, let's be honest, is all of us). According to the American Heart Association (AHA), HDL can fight inflammation, which could potentially protect us against dangerous cardiac events.RELATED: 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the PlanetThe study, published in Circulation, found that HDL is better at fighting inflammation in some people than in others, and the better it is at fighting inflammation, the less likely you are to have a heart attack or other dangerous cardiovascular event. Of course, this doesn't mean that eating a lot of olive oil will prevent you from ever having heart problems—for one thing, the research is still in its early stages.
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This Is The Worst Coffee-Buying Mistake, Say Experts
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Coffee is a very personal experience, and recent data shows that our coffee rituals have only gotten more serious since the start of the pandemic. But of all the ways we take our coffee, experts have revealed that there's one type of coffee to buy for at-home use that yields the greatest flavor… and aroma.HuffPost asked a small handful of experts—including roasters and coffee quality pros—to explain the art of making the perfect cup of Joe, and they all agree that when you're looking for the most flavorful coffee, there's one must: Buying whole coffee beans rather than ground coffee ensures the greatest flavor.RELATED: 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the PlanetFor true coffee devotees, this may not be a shock… but the reasons are fascinating. Scott Buyington, a co-founder of Denver's Queen City Collective Coffee, told HuffPost: "A lot of taste comes from smell." (Yes!) "The grinding process starts to release a lot of those aromatics … so if you release the aromatics before you try the coffee, the taste is going to be more diminished, dull, and flat."
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Are You At Risk Of Ruining Your Skin Barrier Function? Why You Should Care
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Here's a friendly reminder: Your skin is an organ. And like any organ, it has very specific functions in order to keep you at your healthiest. Its primary role is something called the skin barrier function, and despite the simplicity of the name (your skin is a barrier—checks out!), it actually gets quite complicated when you explore the mechanisms of the barrier.But understanding the barrier as a whole is vital to understanding why it's so important to treat it right—and the various ways in which we could be currently damaging it. In this episode of Clean Beauty School, we spoke with mindbodygreen Collective member and board-certified dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D., about the very vital reason we need to get serious about treating our skin like the organ it is. Why compromising your barrier now affects you in the future. 
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The Benefits Of Obsidian & How To Use It In Your Spiritual Practice
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There's no shortage of crystals available today to help with everything from balancing your chakras to offering protection and healing.Obsidian is one grounding mineraloid that has become increasingly popular in recent years—and for good reason. Here's everything you need to know about obsidian crystals, including the different types to look for, how to use them, and how to take care of them. History & types of obsidian. Obsidian is thought of as a crystal, which has become somewhat of an umbrella term for stones with beneficial properties, but according to Ashley Leavy, founder and educational director of the Love and Light School of Crystal Therapy, it's actually a mineraloid, made of natural glass. Here are a few varieties of it you might come across:In most crystal shops, you'll find black obsidian, which is a rich, opaque black color. But there's also silver sheen and gold sheen obsidian, which have a silver or gold tint, respectively.
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