April 07, 2020

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Marie Kondo's Tips For Making Your Home Workspace More Joyful
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When we care for the things we choose to keep, they give back positive energy. Many years of experience have convinced me that any place where things are treated with respect and gratitude, whether a home or an office, becomes a relaxing and energizing power spot.The key is to maintain a state of gratitude throughout the day, starting first thing in the morning by being grateful for everything that makes your work go smoothly. If this doesn't come naturally, however, it's fine to practice thankfulness whenever you remember. One of my clients had a great idea. She wrote "Thank you always!" on a strip of pretty tape and stuck it to the edge of her computer display to remind herself to be grateful for the tools that helped her do her job.Believe me, the effect of cherishing your things like this is limitless. Why not transform your workspace into a power spot, too?
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The World’s First Cyborgs: Humanity’s Next Evolutionary Phase Is Here
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In a small dark experiment room, Bill, a wheel-chair bound tetraplegic, stares intently at a simulated arm on a computer screen.  Two tentacle-like cables protrude from his skull and hook into a nearby computer, which sends messages to electrodes implanted in his arm and hand. If the experiment is successful, Bill will move his limbs again. This early scene from Futurism’s newly released documentaryI AM HUMANsets the stage for jaw-dropping revelations to come. With this technology, Bill may someday be able to move other things with his brain signals. You know, telekinesis. Welcome to the future.Though Bill doesn’t resemble the cyborgs we’re used to seeing in movies, the image is just as compelling, and representative of a much larger real-world phenomenon. In fact, Bill is one of many first wave pioneers ushering in a biotechnological revolution–presently, more than 200,000 people in the world have digital chip technology implanted in their brains. 
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A Fire at Chernobyl Is Releasing Large Amounts of Radiation
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Ukrainian authorities say a forest fire is causing radiation levels to spike in the area of Chernobyl, a nuclear power plant that melted down in 1986.“There is bad news — in the center of the fire, radiation is above normal,” wrote Egor Firsov, the head of Ukraine’s ecological inspection service, in a Facebook post. “As you can see in the video, the readings of the [Geiger counter] are 2.3, when the norm is 0.14. But this is only within the area of the fire outbreak.”Since Chernobyl’s deadly 1986 meltdown, the area around the plant has remained uninhabited — allowing nature to take over the abandoned town.But now the blaze is reigniting the specter of the decades-old disaster site. Residents of the Ukranian capital of Kiev are even concerned about breathing in the radiation, according to The Guardian, which is about 60 miles south of Chernobyl, though Firsov said there was not yet cause for alarm.
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Pregnant During COVID-19? Here's What Doulas Want You To Know
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Remember, we never actually have control (and especially not during pregnancy). We can always only influence and set the stage the best we can to succeed, with the best people to support us along the way. We never know the exact path, so we can only focus on how we move through it.And anytime we want to shift, to better ourselves, be bigger, we need to go inward along the way. We need to contract in order to expand—hello, coping techniques!—because life is hard and scary at times, and there are growing pains we'll experience and lessons we need to learn along the way. We need to tune in to the compass inside of us.We know listening to what your body is telling you can be scary since most of us have a zillion reasons why we have a complicated relationship with it. But here's the thing about the body: If you can learn to trust it and feel safe in it, it can actually help you build up your connection to your gut, as well as ground you when your head or emotions feel too strong or out of control. So we need to build back up that trust so our head feels safe letting our body take the lead. How? Start listening and practicing! The following exercises were designed to help you do just that.
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Can Run Selfies Make You a Better Runner?
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Ever since I saw the photos from my first half marathon, I’ve been fascinated by what I can’t see while I’m running: my form. In a photo from the beginning of the race, I look great. But by the end, I looked wrecked—a pretty accurate representation of how I felt, too. When I showed a coach the two photos, he pointed out how my right shoulder was hiked up to my ear which popped my left hip out; it’s no wonder my right knee was throbbing from absorbing all that extra pressure way before I crossed the finish line. Now, I always look forward to scoping out my race photos, and I’ve started taking my own photos and videos regularly on the run. Sure, it might look a little egotistical if you scroll through my Instagram feed, but don’t @ me—what I’m really doing is creating a library of learning opportunities I can always refer back to.
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A Common Factor This Psychologist Sees Among Couples Not Having Sex
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"I don't care if I never have sex again."I hear this often from my married women clients, especially those who have children or are in their late 40s. The women who say this have one thing in common: They don't feel emotionally connected with their husbands. How lack of connection can affect your sex drive. Not everyone needs emotional connection for sex to be great, but in long-term relationships, the lack of connection can be a huge factor in a person's desire to have sex with their partner. In relationships between men and women, there can also sometimes be a chicken-or-egg problem when it comes to sex and connection: Many men say that they feel emotionally connected after sex, while many women need to feel emotionally connected in order to want to have sex. This isn't a hard-and-fast rule, of course—everyone's different—but I do regularly notice this conundrum among my clients.
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A Tiger Just Tested Positive For COVID-19
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A four-year-old tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City named Nadia has tested positive for COVID-19, the BBC reports, while six other large cats are exhibiting symptoms. According to the zoo, an asymptomatic employee likely infected Nadia.Meanwhile, Joe Exotic from Netflix’s true-crime megahit “Tiger King” has been placed under quarantine in prison after reports that he, like Nadia, has contracted the virus, according to Vanity Fair.Researchers are still working to understand whether the coronvirus is dangerous to other animals.“This is the first time that any of us know of anywhere in the world that a person infected the animal and the animal got sick,” Paul Calle, the chief veterinarian at the zoo, told Reuterson Sunday. “Hopefully we will all have a better understanding as a result.”
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Can Pets Contract COVID-19? Veterinarians On How Can We Protect Them
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On Sunday afternoon, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a four-year-old female tiger in New York tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans. The Malayan tiger was supposedly infected by an asymptomatic employee at the Bronx Zoo, and has become the first known animal in the US to test positive. The news left many people wondering: Can household pets contract the coronavirus, can they pass it to humans, and how can we protect them? We reached out to veterinarians, Wayne Kopit, DVM and Jon Levine, DVM, who shared what they know about animal risk levels, and gave us tips for keeping our pets healthy right now. Can household pets contract COVID-19? So far, there have not been any infected household pets in the U.S. However, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reported two dogs and one cat in Hong Kong, along with one cat in Belgium, have been infected with SARS-CoV-2. All infected pets were living with people who had the coronavirus.
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7 Yoga Poses That Will Help Nix Creaky Wrists Once & For All
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If your downward dog or plank pose comes with a side of aching or creaking in your wrists, you're not alone. Wrist pain is a common ailment that can stem from all sorts of causes: typing on your computer, past injury, excess weight-bearing exercise, and more. If you are experiencing wrist irritation during a yoga or fitness class, be sure to let your teacher know, as they can help you with modifications to take the pressure off of your wrists.You can also do a series of wrist stretches to warm up and strengthen your wrists and forearms to help prevent more pain. Here are a few of my favorite wrist strengthening exercises and stretches that you can do from home: Takeaway These wrist strengthening exercises and stretches are great for most people, but if you experience persistent pain or swelling, it might be a better idea to see an orthopedist or physical therapist for a diagnosis and exercises specific to your condition.
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These Meditation Apps Keep Your Head in the Game
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Meditation isn’t just for the yogis. Honing your focus also pays dividends for runners and other endurance athletes. In one recent study, cyclists who participated in a sports-specific meditation program experienced positive changes in the way their brains responded to physical challenges. In another, young athletes reported feeling more focused and better recovered after three months of mindfulness training. That research caught my eye as I aimed to step up my mental game in preparation for the Berlin Marathon a few years back. Looking for guidance, I turned to psychologists and mental skills coaches—in the app store. There, I found a wide array of programs with guided meditations: audio tracks that range from one to 45 minutes in length, all designed to increase a listener’s ability to focus on the present moment without anxiety or judgment.
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How Coronavirus Attacks the Body
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It doesn’t take long for mild coronavirus symptoms to turn serious. These virtual reality images show how the virus can invade the lungs and kill.
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Here’s NASA’s Plan for a Lunar “Base Camp”
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NASA has outlined its plans for a lunar station called the Artemis Base Camp in a new 13-page report titled “NASA’s Plan for Sustained Lunar Exploration and Development,” submitted to the National Space Council last week.“After 20 years of continuously living in low-Earth orbit, we’re now ready for the next great challenge of space exploration — the development of a sustained presence on and around the moon,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement.The plans are part of NASA’s greater ambitions to return man — and send the first woman —  to the Moon as early as the 2024 Artemis mission.On the lunar surface, NASA envisions the Artemis Base Camp including a lunar terrain vehicle that can scan the surrounding areas for oxygen and water, a habitable mobility platform for 45-day Moon trips, and a “lunar foundation surface habitat” that can house four crew members for short durations.
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U.S. set for difficult week as coronavirus death toll surpasses 10,000
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In the fight against the coronavirus, Surgeon General Jerome Adams said this week would be “our Pearl Harbor moment...our 9/11 moment.” The warning comes as numerous states continue to scramble for protective gear for medical professionals.
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Coronavirus Live Updates: Hospitals Run Low on Supplies as the U.S. Death Toll Nears 10,000
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新冠病毒疫情最新消息New York City remained the center for the outbreak, with harrowing scenes of panicked doctors and besieged hospitals. On Monday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said that 599 more people had died in the state, a number almost identical with that of the previous day. The total number of deaths is 4,758.“It is hopeful but it is also inconclusive, and it still depends on what we do,” the governor said of the possibility that the state had reached a plateau in terms of the number of dead.Mr. Cuomo said that the data suggested that the spread of the virus in New York could be plateauing, but emphasized that the state was still facing an emergency. “If we are plateauing, we are plateauing at a very high level and there is tremendous stress on the health care system,” he said.
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How This Doctor Is Taking Care Of Herself While Working On The Front-Lines
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Uché Blackstock, M.D., is busy. She is the mother of two small children, the founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity, an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at NYU School of Medicine, and an emergency medicine physician working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City.We spoke to Blackstock about a life working in medicine during the pandemic, and how she's balancing caring for herself, her children, and her patients during these unprecedented times.To be honest, it's hard to remember what life was like before the COVID-19 pandemic hit NYC. I've been immersed in the crisis for the last two weeks caring for patients in urgent care clinics in central Brooklyn. As a parent, practicing physician, and the CEO of my own consulting firm, I'll admit that finding the time for self-care has been quite challenging for me. I try to eat healthy and to maintain a healthy exercise schedule. Before COVID19, I took up journaling especially in the evenings to decompress before I fell asleep. I also consider self-care to be maintaining my connections with my loved ones and friends so I try to be intentional about finding meaningful time to spend with them.
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U.S. Children With Coronavirus Are Less Hard Hit Than Adults, First Data Shows
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Children make up a very small proportion of American coronavirus cases so far and are significantly less likely to become seriously ill than American adults, according to a preliminary report on the first wave of coronavirus cases in the United States. But some have become very sick, and at least three have died.The study, published Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also reported that children appear less likely than adults to develop any of the major known coronavirus symptoms: fever, cough or shortness of breath. That could suggest that many children have mild or undetected cases of the disease and could be spreading the virus to others in their families and communities.
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The Biggest Supermoon Of The Year Is Coming — Here's What It Means For You
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The Full Pink Moon that arrives at 10:35 p.m. EDT the night of Tuesday, April 7, is the second full supermoon of 2020 (the first was in Virgo on March 9). A supermoon sits at the closest possible proximity (perigee) to Earth.Keep in mind that this lunation won't necessarily look bigger or brighter in the sky (though on a metaphysical level, its influence could be stronger). It also won't look pink. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, full moon names historically were used to track the seasons. April's full moon is called pink after one of spring's early flowers, creeping phlox. Other April full moon names include the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.Here are six ways to embrace the power of "we" with the collaborative energy of the 2020 Libra Full Moon: 1. Join a Justice League.
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Running Low On Protein Sources? Here's How To Up Your Intake All Day
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Whether you eat animal products or not, protein is a little hard to come by at the moment. With meat and meat-alternatives flying off grocery store shelves faster than you can say, “grass-fed, pasture-raised,” getting an adequate amount of protein might take a little creativity during quarantine. Vegans and carnivores alike, fear not; you can get your fill of protein with items you probably already have in your pantry. We spoke to our favorite dietitians on how to boost the protein of any meal you make—be it sweet breakfasts, simple lunches, or hearty dinners (and all those cheeky snacks in between). Here’s exactly how you should stock your shelves: 1. Chickpeas When it comes to protein-rich beans, chickpeas tend to be a fan favorite. They’re packed with protein (one cup of cooked chickpeas has about 14 grams of protein, says Abby Cannon, J.D., R.D., CDN), and they’re oh-so versatile—blend them up to make a creamy hummus, add them to soups for a little more heartiness, even use them to boost the protein of your desserts.
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Where Have All the Heart Attacks Gone?
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The hospitals are eerily quiet, except for Covid-19.I have heard this sentiment from fellow doctors across the United States and in many other countries. We are all asking: Where are all the patients with heart attacks and stroke? They are missing from our hospitals.Yale New Haven Hospital, where I work, has almost 300 people stricken with Covid-19, and the numbers keep rising — and yet we are not yet at capacity because of a marked decline in our usual types of patients. In more normal times, we never have so many empty beds.Our hospital is usually so full that patients wait in gurneys along the walls of the emergency department for a bed to become available on the general wards or even in the intensive care unit. We send people home from the hospital as soon as possible so we can free up beds for those who are waiting. But the pandemic has caused a previously unimaginable shift in the demand for hospital services.
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Delays and Shortages Exacerbate Coronavirus Testing Gaps in the U.S.
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Three weeks ago, Dr. Elaine Cham, a pathologist at a large children’s hospital in California, had a sense that the nation’s coronavirus testing mess was finally getting under control.She could send tests to a lab at Stanford University Medical Center and get the results within a day.When backlogs grew at Stanford, she starting sending tests to Quest Diagnostics, a major laboratory company that has been ramping up its testing capacity. But the turnaround for results could be 13 days, she said, so her hospital switched to the University of California, San Francisco, for a two-to-three day wait.“We simply said, ‘This is ridiculous,’” said Dr. Cham, who works at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland.
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Tesla Unveils Prototype Ventilator Made From Model 3 Parts
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Electric car company Tesla showed off a working prototype of a ventilator in a video uploaded to YouTube on Sunday.Tesla CEO Elon Musk had promised to use Tesla resources to “make ventilators if there is a shortage” in order to assist overtaxed hospitals during the coronavirus outbreak last month — and this seems to be the result.The carmaker is using its existing know-how to help out those in need.“We’re trying to make some ventilators out of some car parts, so that we can help out the medical industry without taking away from their supply,” a masked Lars Moravy, vice president of vehicle engineering, said in the video.The device can track the O2 intake and CO2 outtake from a patient, and display that information on a Model 3 infotainment touchscreen. A Model 3 infotainment computer takes care of the number crunching.
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Breaking: British Prime Minister With COVID-19 Moved to ICU
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According to a Monday afternoon tweet by BBC political correspondent Chris Mason, British prime minister Boris Johnson’s condition “has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit [ICU] at the hospital.”“The Prime Minister was taken to intensive care at around seven o’clock this evening and is conscious,” Mason tweeted in a follow-up.Johnson decided to remain in self-imposed quarantine late last month after developing “mild symptoms” and testing positive for the coronavirus.Earlier today, Johsnon decided to self-admit to a London hospital.“Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms,” he tweeted at the time. “I’m in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe.”
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