Days Of High Air Pollution Linked To More Kids Suffering From Mental Health Issues

When levels of air pollution are high and the streets are choked full of smog, hospitals see a surge in kids suffering from mental health issues.  Researchers have found that days of high air pollution are followed by spikes in psychiatric problems being reported among children. Paired with this, they found that kids living in disadvantaged neighborhoods were more susceptible to the effects of air pollution, such as depression and suicidal thoughts, compared to children living in more privileged areas. Reporting in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center first studied levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), tiny specks of pollutants small enough to pass through the lung tissue into the bloodstream, in the outdoor air …

45 People Share The Most Obvious Things They Had To Explain To Fellow Adults

Interestingly, when it comes to useless questions, “How are you?” is one of them. When you think about it, it makes sense since the person asking doesn’t really want to know, and the person responding doesn’t bother telling the truth. But, according to Harvard researchers, the key to mastering small talk is to simply ask the other person follow-up questions. After analyzing more than 300 online conversations, the researchers found that those who were asked more meaningful follow-up questions (those that aren’t “how are you?” or “what do you do?”), found the other person much more likable. “When people are instructed to ask more questions, they are perceived as higher in responsiveness, an interpersonal construct that captures listening, understanding, validation and …

Trump makes flying visit to UN climate crisis gathering but US remains silent

New York (CNN)The United Nations gathered world leaders to present concrete plans to tackle the climate crisis Monday, making made clear it didn’t want to hear platitudes, as scientists, activists and religious leaders warned that urgent steps are needed to slow rising temperatures that intensify devastating natural disasters. Absent from the conversation: the United States, one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases. ‘Very important’ Trump appeared at the Climate Action Summit in New York, in an impromptu stop on his way to his administration’s priority event on religious freedom. But the US did not speak at the event and the President, who has repeatedly said he thinks climate change is a hoax, left after 15 minutes. Trump pulled …

To Encourage A Little Girl Who Was Born Without An Arm, This Woman Shares Stunning Photos Of Herself As Cinderella With A Glass Arm

Many of us have insecurities about our bodies at least at some point in our lives. Some don’t like the shape of their nose, some are very self-conscious about a couple of blemishes that are decorating their faces from time to time and whatnot, the list is really endless. But some of us have it harder than others and are facing serious health issues that make it hard to accept themselves for who they are. This is exactly the case for Mandy Pursley as well but she found the most beautiful way to help herself accept and even celebrate her disability. Scroll down for the whole story! Growing up as an amputee, Mandy Pursley didn’t know many people like her …

Biden Calls for Impeachment Investigation of Trump for Abuse of Power

Former Vice President Joe Biden has joined the deluge of Democrats calling for the initiation of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump if he refuses to comply with congressional investigations into his administration. Using its full constitutional authority, Congress, in my view, should demand the information it has a legal right to receive, Biden said on Tuesday afternoon, speaking from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. If Trump refuses to cooperate, he continued, Donald Trump will leave Congress, in my view, with no choice but impeachment. That would be a tragedy, but a tragedy of his own making. I can take the political attacks, Biden said, but if we allow a president to get away with shredding the U.S. Constitution that …

How Sex-Trafficking Survivors Are Locked Out of Victim Funds

Deborah Pembrook doesnt remember exactly when she was first sex-trafficked, but she knows it was earlythe images of abuse collide in her brain with images of childhood crayons and stuffed animals. When she finally escaped, she was 17 years old and all alone. Her earnings had gone to her trafficker, so she had no savings, and she was forced to move to another state, so she had no family or safety net. And because of the laws in Californiathe state where she eventually settled, to disappear among tourists on the crowded beaches of Santa Cruzshe had no way of getting what she really needed: cash. Throughout the United States, thousands of human-trafficking survivors are struggling to make up for the …

Women Need To Talk About Fertility Issues, So I’m Starting With Mine | Betches

Hollie Overton is a TV writer and producer currently working on TELL ME A STORY for CBS All-Access. She has written for Shadowhunters, Cold Case, and The Client List. Hollie’s debut thriller, BABY DOLL was an international bestseller and was published in eleven countries. Her 2nd novel, THE WALLS was released Aug. 2017. Her 3rd novel THE RUNAWAY was just released on August 6, 2019. An identical twin, Hollie grew up in Kingsville, Texas but now resides in LA with her husband, David and rescue dog, Stevie. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatWith that came something I never anticipated: judgment about my life choices. At my father’s funeral, extended family seemed disappointed when they learned I was single and childless. I …

Why Taking Control Of My Reproductive Health Makes Me A Happier Woman

Kristin Rattigan Updated September 19, 2019 By Daria Shevtsova As women, we are faced with many choices in regards to our health. At the center of it all is our reproductive health. It is what I believe is our right, that we are able to choose what fits us. And there are a ton of options. Whether we solely use condoms, the ring, the shot, the pill, or another method. That is all up to us. And while it can be confusing, and there are a lot of options, ultimately we as women do get to make that choice for ourselves. As a 29-year-old, single, unmarried woman, I have chosen to use the pill for my own birth control method. …

Tap water contaminants linked with 100,000 cancer cases, US study finds

Most of the risk is from naturally occurring arsenic, the byproducts of chemicals used to disinfect water and contaminants Contaminated tap water causes 100,000 cancer cases in the US over a lifetime, according to a new study from scientists with the Environmental Working Group. Most of the cancer risk is from naturally occurring arsenic, the byproducts of chemicals used to disinfect water and radioactive contaminants, according to the database for that purpose. In Washington DC, for example, regulators detected 10 contaminants at levels that exceeded health guidelines, which are recommendations rather than requirements. Most are associated with cancer.

Tennessee woman blames nail salon after almost losing arm from flesh-eating bacteria infection: report

Jayne Sharp told Knoxville’s WBIR-TV she’s undergone several surgeries to remove large chunks of tissue in one of her hands that was destroyed due to the infection. She claims she first began seeing symptoms months ago after she was cut on her right thumb while getting a manicure at Jazzy Nail Bar in Knoxville. ORLANDO MAN WHO LOST 25 PERCENT OF SKIN TO FLESH-EATING BACTERIA HAS DIED Sharp went to Summit Medical Group the next day to be checked for the flu. When the flu test came back negative, nurse practitioner Nikki Brown drew a line around a spot on Sharp’s thumb that showed an unusual amount of swelling. Brown told her to monitor the spot in case the swelling got …

Why do one in five home health aides live in poverty?

Employment in the healthcare industry is projected to grow, but women particularly women of color are being left behind One of the biggest challenges is explaining that you are not a maid. That your job is not to clean up after everyone, said Marisol Rivera, who has been caring for elderly and disabled clients in their New York homes for 20 years. Rivera is one of the millions of women now employed in the USs fastest-growing job sector: healthcare. Driven by an ageing population and propped up by government funds, in 2017 healthcare jobs surpassed manufacturing and retail once the two driving forces of employment in the US. And by all predictions it will keep on growing. Job growth in …

Calais clamps down as asylum seekers say: ‘They just beat us’

Three years on from the Jungle, local authority turns to force to stop another camp forming Osilama Michael, better known as Mike, doesnt remember the last time he was able to get more than a couple of hours of sleep. An asylum seeker from Nigeria, he said he keeps being woken up by random police raids, which have become a daily occurrence at migrant encampments across Calais, France. They often have a police officer shouting get out of here. They use one car to block one side of the camp and another car to block the other. You think they are coming for war, Mike said. Its been three years since the so-called before Tuesdays eviction, under 1000 in Dunkirk. …

China’s young climate heroes fight apathy and the party line

Zhao Jiaxin and Howey Ou are trying to convince Beijing to take radical carbon-cutting action One is a student engineer who became obsessed after watching an incendiary film about air pollution. The other is a 16-year-old who went on Chinas first climate strike. Zhao Jiaxin and Howey Ou are part of a small but growing minority of young Chinese determined to press their country towards more radical carbon-cutting action. The pair are also Chinas sole winners of carbon neutral green tickets the leading carbon emitter. It generates 60% of its electricity from coal-fired power and coal consumption and carbon emissions have risen for two years in a row after a plateau between 2014 and 2016. Emissions are expected to rise …

“I Have No Will to Live”: Actress on the Brink of Suicide Challenges God to Show HimselfSo He Did

ShareTweetPin By Billy Hallowell Actress Andrea Logan White was once on the brink of suicide, but a chance encounter with a stranger changed her life and set her on course to start a relationship with God. White had come to Hollywood to model and act and, before long, found herself in a very dark crowd — an introduction to Hollywood that left her in a difficult emotional and spiritual place. “I almost died through it all,” White recently told “The Pure Flix Podcast.” “I had a very tragic path to get there and it wasn’t easy, but somehow God used all of that to wake me up and bring me to Him.” WANT INSPIRATION? SUBSCRIBE TO “THE PURE FLIX PODCAST” …

Most young children shouldn’t drink plant-based milk, new health guidelines say

(CNN)Most children under the age of 5 should avoid plant-based milk, according to new health guidelines about what young children should drink. Plant-based milk made from rice, coconut, oats or other blends — with the exception of fortified soy milk — lack key nutrition for early development, according to guidelines released on Wednesday by leading health organizations. “In the last five to 10 years there has been an explosion of interest in plant-based milk. More and more parents are turning to them for a variety of reasons and there’s a misconception that they are equal somehow to cow or dairy milk, but that’s just not the case,” said Megan Lott, who helped develop the recommendations as the deputy director of …

Scientists Find The Neurons That Make Your Brain Forget

Forgetfulness might feel like an irksome flaw of the mind, but a loss of memory is a necessary part of a well-functioning brain. As shown by a new study, the brain might have a specialized set of neurons that work to actively make us forget, hoping to weed out the unnecessary information we collect along our day. Reporting in the journal Science, researchers discovered that people forget during a specific phase of sleep called rapid eye movement (or REM) via a specific set of neurons found deep inside the brain.   The cells are known as melanin-concentrating hormone neurons, or MCH for short. These brain cells were previously known for making an appetite-stimulating hormone, but they are now believed to also control the active destruction …