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MEDICAL COLUMN: Mental health in the time of the coronavirus

medical column: mental health in the time of the coronavirus

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Self-isolation, quarantine, social distancing – all terms which have recently had a profound impact on how we interact with others at work and in social settings; but what about how we interact with ourselves?  The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience some degree of mental illness each year, with 1 in 25 experiencing serious mental illness. These conditions also affect children and young adults, with 1 in 6 U.S. youth, ages 6-17, experiencing a mental health condition each year.  Even those numbers do not take into account the additional challenges social isolation places on such concerns as receiving adequate health care, assistance with transportation, or support from trusted individuals to help us get through the day.  What happens when you have found a way to function in the world but most or all of those supports are removed?  This is a reality of coping with a mental health condition – or mental illness- in the time of the Coronavirus pandemic.  May is Mental Health Awareness month.  The mental health conditions most commonly diagnosed in our community include but are not limited to disorders such as anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress …

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5 Ways Your Disinfectants Are Harming Your Health | Best Life

5 ways your disinfectants are harming your health | best life

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You probably never thought so much about disinfecting your home, your car, and your personal spaces as much as you have during the coronavirus pandemic. But as well-intentioned as your daily disinfecting may be, your increased use of chemical products to combat COVID-19 isn’t without its own set of potential dangers. “All chemical disinfectants are, by their very nature, potentially harmful or toxic to living organisms—including humans,” says psychiatrist and neurologist Chris Norris, MD.
So, what exactly are disinfectants doing to your body and how can you protect yourself from COVID-19 without putting health on the line? We talked to Norris and other top medical experts to help you stay safe from the coronavirus and the disinfectants you’re using. And for more disinfecting advice, check out The No. 1 Disinfecting Mistake You’re Making Right Now.

Shutterstock”While disinfectants are intended to protect us from getting sick, they’re a bit of a double-edged sword,” says dermatologist Brooke Jackson, MD. “Cleaning of surfaces with disinfectant wipes can disrupt the barrier function of the skin when they cause irritation—including rashes or tiny splits in the skin—that invite pathogens to enter.”
To help avoid this, Jackson recommends using gloves when wiping down …

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Between the Rows: Researchers examine climate change perception among specialty-crop producers

between the rows: researchers examine climate change perception among specialty-crop producers

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UNIVERSITY PARK — Farmers whose operations have been impacted negatively by changing precipitation patterns — either too much or not enough water — are more likely to acknowledge the link between extreme weather conditions and climate change. That is one of the findings of a study examining farmers’ perceptions of resource availability and climate change, published recently in Organization and the Environment.“Agriculture has increasingly been affected by weather disruptions linked to climate change over the past four decades,” said Leland Glenna, professor of rural sociology and science, technology, and society in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

“Droughts, flooding, changing temperatures and crop losses due to insects and disease are more prevalent than ever before. Despite the threat, many producers do not acknowledge that climate change is occurring, or that it is caused by humans.”That presents a challenge, he pointed out, because acknowledging that human behavior, climate change and increasingly extreme weather are interconnected is key to climate adaptation and mitigation efforts.“If agricultural producers perceive climate change and resource problems — water availability in this case — differently, it is important to explain the underlying socioeconomic factors and market structures that lead to this divergence,” Glenna said.He and Yetkin Borlu, …

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Diversification outside travel retail: The Moodie Davitt Virtual Expo Company advances plans – The Moodie Davitt Report

diversification outside travel retail: the moodie davitt virtual expo company advances plans – the moodie davitt report

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INTERNATIONAL. The Moodie Davitt Report’s diversification outside travel retail takes a big first step with the launch of Wellbeing World, a Virtual Expo to be held this November and December.
Wellbeing World is, uniquely, both a consumer and trade event. It takes the form of a ten-day live show (2-6 November and 9-13 November) and a month-long follow-up showcase (4 November-18 December).
Themed Eat. Mind. Move. Self. Sleep, it is dedicated to the burgeoning world of wellbeing products & services, from spas and leisure to food and drink; from nutraceuticals to traditional Chinese medicine; all related to themes of physical and mental health. The project is being led by Adele Wolstenhulme, a practising clinical Psycho-neuro-immunologist, nutrition consultant and metabolic balance coach as Wellbeing Director (see her full details below). Associates in other regions will be named soon. For enquries please contact Adele Wolstenhulme at adele@adelewolstenhulme.com or Martin Moodie at Martin@MoodieDavittReport.com

Wellbeing World is part of a stable of events outside travel retail being organised by the newly formed Moodie Davitt Virtual Expo Company. As reported, the new enterprise stemmed from an internal programme called Project Aoraki, designed to explore new opportunities in the face of revenues (though …

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Nurse practitioner opens primary care clinic in Alexandria | Echo Press

nurse practitioner opens primary care clinic in alexandria | echo press

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She said it seemed as if there were constraints in everything, especially time spent with her patients. Lauer, who lives in Alexandria, said the business of health care wasn’t what she wanted for her patients. Lauer worked as a registered nurse at Alomere Health in Alexandria for five years and then she worked as a nurse practitioner in Melrose at the CentraCare family practice clinic. “This is not how family medicine is supposed to be,” said Lauer, a mom of two young sons who received her doctorate in nursing practice in 2016 from North Dakota State University. “Health care is a big mess. But this is in no way a reflection on the health care providers in this area, it’s the health care system in general.” Lauer didn’t want to spend her entire medical career working in a system that wasn’t working for what she believed in so she took matters into her own hands. Just this past week, Lauer opened up her own clinic in Alexandria, Well & Company. The clinic is the third of its kind in Minnesota and the first of its kind in this area, she said. Well & Company operates under a direct primary care …

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NHS Doctors Urge UK Government To Promote Plant-Based Diets To Protect Public Health – Vegan News, Plant Based Living, Food, Health & more

nhs doctors urge uk government to promote plant-based diets to protect public health – vegan news, plant based living, food, health & more

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The raft of proposals aimed at politicians include taxing animal agriculture and subsiding plant-based diets The doctors want to shift the NHS focus from a reactive healthcare system to one that prevents chronic illness (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)More than 100 NHS doctors have written to the UK government urging it to promote a ‘fair, sustainable, and healthy food system’.The open letter – which was also signed by a further NHS 100 staff members – calls on politicians to promote such a system via a raft of legislative measures. It features six proposals.ADVERTISEMENTThanks for watching!Visit WebsiteThe doctors want to shift the NHS focus from a reactive healthcare system to one that prevents chronic illness using diet as a key tool, saying that employing their suggestions would not only help people’s health, but also help prevent future zoonotic disease outbreaks and assist in turning the tide on antibiotic resistance by reducing the nation’s reliance on animal agriculture.Chronic diseaseThe doctors – led by Consultant Haematologist, Dr. Shireen Kassam, and Specialist Registrar in Geriatric Medicine, Dr. Alicja Baczynska – say the UK’s current food environment is ‘fuelling an epidemic of chronic disease, with in this country associated …

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Rate of climate change in deep waters of the ocean could be to be seven times faster by 2050 even if we reduce emissions- Technology News, Firstpost

rate of climate change in deep waters of the ocean could be to be seven times faster by 2050 even if we reduce emissions- technology news, firstpost

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The results also showed that no amount of carbon emission reduction can reverse the rate of change that has already taken place.

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Shareholders urge Chevron, Exxon to report climate change health risks

shareholders urge chevron, exxon to report climate change health risks

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Shareholders pushed Chevron Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp. on Wednesday to report on climate change-related public health risks of petrochemical operations and welcomed an announcement by Southern Co. that it has set a goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.The actions happened at the companies’ respective annual meetings Wednesday. According to preliminary results, 46% of investors voted to support a shareholder resolution at Chevron and 25% voted to support a similar one at Exxon. Filed by shareholder advocacy group As You Sow, the resolutions call for Exxon and Chevron to report on the public health risks of expanding their petrochemical operations in areas increasingly prone to climate change-induced storms, flooding, and sea level rise. The same proposal received a majority 54.7% vote at Phillips 66 earlier this month.As You Sow President Danielle Fugere said efforts to have the companies report on future plans to reduce their carbon footprint have been challenged by Exxon and Chevron, which “continue to give lip service to the goals of the Paris Agreement, while failing to clarify for investors if or how they will reduce their emissions in alignment with the Paris Agreement’s critical 1.5 degree Celsius goal,” Ms. Fugere said in a statement.Shareholders at Southern Co.’s …

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Green alert: How indigenous have been experiencing climate change in the Amazon

green alert: how indigenous have been experiencing climate change in the amazon

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Late rainfall, intense drought, dry riverbeds, more forest fires, less food available — indigenous communities across the Brazilian Amazon suffer social transformations due to climate change.Indigenous people believe that climate change has even affected their physical health: previously controlled diseases like measles and yellow fever, they say, have inexplicably reappeared in the rainforest, and even indigenous women’s menstrual cycles are beginning at an earlier age.Indigenous people have found many ways to take action and lessen the harm. These approaches include selecting and growing seeds that are more resistant to drought and heat, investing in frontline firefighters and even a smartphone app that offers information about climatic variations. Antônio Veríssimo Apinajé recalls his life as a boy in Taquari village in northern Tocantins state, Brazil, in the 1970s. “It would rain without stopping for three or four days in a row, from January to June. The rivers and springs would fill up. The rainy season would begin in October, when my family would plant manioc, corn and rice. In June, the dry season would come, which lasted until September.”
But not anymore, says the leader of the Apinajé indigenous people. “There are years in which the rains take …

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Climate Change Burns Its Way Up the Pop Charts

climate change burns its way up the pop charts

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Welcome to the Climate Fwd: newsletter. The New York Times climate team emails readers once a week with stories and insights about climate change. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. Image By This year, I came up with the idea to analyze the frequency of climate change references in American popular music. Culture can be a bellwether, both signaling where we are heading and, occasionally, helping to steer society’s course. And while, anecdotally, it seemed that climate change has been appearing more frequently in music, I wanted to put numbers to it.I looked at lyrics from a set of songs that the lyric hub Genius identified as containing climate change themes (based on search terms I had provided). And I compared the artists on that list with the Billboard charts, selecting only those who had appeared on domestic charts in the past two decades.I counted at least 192 references to climate change, 26 of which appeared just last year. For an article, I pared that down to 10 influential songs and spoke with some of the artists.[If you’re already signed up for the Climate Fwd: newsletter, good move. Why not follow the New York Times …

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