Learn how to sleep better with Headspace. Each episode unpacks misconceptions, offers friendly tips and concludes with a guided wind-down.
Learn how to sleep better with Headspace. Each episode unpacks misconceptions, offers friendly tips and concludes with a guided wind-down.
Dealing with product recalls is just part of being a consumer. There are new recalls every day, from smoke alarms to tortilla chips, and the vast majority of them are understandable. If a company accidentally puts the wrong kind of chip in a bag, and those chips could cause an allergic reaction, a recall is issued. The company obviously didn't do it on purpose, and while it's inconvenient to deal with as a consumer, it's just part of modern life. That said, there are some recalls that are just too absurd to make up. "All-natural" male enhancement pills that contain actual prescription medication for erectile dysfunction come to mind, but that's not all. A new recall for a type of "slimming" coffee has just been hit with a recall because it contains a banned appetite suppressant and — get this — fluoxetine. Fluoxetine, a medication used in the treatment of depressive disorders, is better known by the brand name Prozac. Yeah, this coffee had a weight loss drug and an antidepressant in it. Okay so let's get the obvious thing out of the way right from the top: There's absolutely no way that the company behind Vitaccino Imperia Elita coffee didn't know that there were drugs in it. I mean, imagine the ridiculous circumstances that would have to unfold for something marketed as "100% natural coffee" to end up contaminated with these two drugs. The fact that the coffee is marketed as a weight-loss aid and one of the drugs found in it is an appetite suppressant really takes all the guesswork out of the investigation. Here's the description of the coffee from one of the online vendors that sold it: Vitaccino Imperia Elita is a 100% natural coffee that combines two of the most successful slimming products – Baian Lishou slimming coffee and Vitaccino Imperia Elita slimming coffee. As a result, a new slimming coffee Vitaccino Imperia Elita, made of African-Ethiopian black coffee Moyojava, soluble low-fat milk and natural extracts for weight loss Hunger-obliviongrass, Griffonia Simplicifolia, Tuckahoe and immature oranges. Vitaccino Imperia Elita coffee for weight loss accelerates metabolism and fat burning in the body, increases the feeling of satiety and suppresses appetite, helps with detoxification of the body and treatment of the gastrointestinal tract. I've read some serious bunk in my life but this is way up there. The appetite suppressant that was found in the coffee is called sibutramine, and it was at one time an FDA-approved drug for weight loss. However, as time went on it became clear that the drug was causing serious health effects including stroke and heart failure. It was then withdrawn and it's not supposed to be used anymore. That is unless you're running a scam where you sell magic weight loss coffee. In any case, if you bought any of this trash, don't drink it now or ever again.
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Data: CSSE Johns Hopkins University; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/AxiosAmerica’s battle against the coronavirus is going great. The big picture: For the first time in a long time, nobody needs to cherry-pick some misleading data to make it seem like things are going well, and the good news doesn’t need an endless list of caveats, either. It’s just really good news. We’re winning. Be happy.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.By the numbers: The U.S. averaged fewer than 40,000 new cases per day over the past week.That’s a 21% improvement over the week before, and the first time the daily average has dipped below 40,000 since September — eight months ago.New cases declined last week in 37 states. Not a single state moved in the wrong direction.Deaths from the coronavirus are at their lowest level since last July — about 600 per day, on average, per the AP, and may soon hit their lowest point of the entire pandemic. Nationally, hospitalization rates are also falling significantly.The U.S. is finally winning its battle against COVID-19 thanks almost exclusively to one weapon: the vaccines.More than 107 million Americans have gotten both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, and the vaccination drive in the U.S. has been underway for nearly six months. All of that real-world experience has confirmed that the vaccines are highly effective, and it has produced no new safety concerns.99.7% of hospitalized coronavirus patients are unvaccinated, the Cleveland Clinic said this week — more real-world evidence that the vaccines prevent the type of serious infections that were killing over 3,000 Americans per day just a few months ago.What’s next: Almost 60% of American adults have gotten at least one shot, and roughly 45% are fully vaccinated. The next step: vaxxing the 12- to 15-year-olds.Demand seems to be slowing, but continuing to get more shots into more arms is essential to cementing America’s progress — and the safe return to work, school, restaurants and travel that can come with it.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
The COVID-19 vaccine feels like the light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel, but while getting the vaccine yourself is the first step in regaining some sense of normalcy, it's going to be a while before we can go back to business as usual. People who have been vaccinated should still wear a mask, and scientists expect that large indoor gatherings will be one of the last things to return - and only once the vast majority of the population has been vaccinated.
Despite its standing as the world's most vaccinated country, the 115-island archipelago Seychelles is seeing a dramatic resurgence in COVID-19 transmission, bringing its daily case rate to "a higher number of infections per capita than India," The Wall Street Journal reports. To date, approximately 67 percent of Seychelles' population is vaccinated — the majority of those citizens received Chinese vaccine Sinopharm, while the remainder received Covishield, a derivative of AstraZeneca's shot manufactured in India. But according to the island nation's health ministry, "more than one third of new active cases are people who are fully vaccinated." Authorities have not yet disclosed how many of the new cases are among Sinopharm recipients, but "the situation is being watched all over the world for what it says about the effectiveness of vaccines," writes the Journal. On Friday, the World Health Organization cleared the Sinopharm shot for emergency, global use, despite little data on its efficacy in patients over 60. According to the Journal, the authorization is expected to help "alleviate a severe shortage of doses in the developing world, as vaccine exports from COVID-19-struck India grind to a halt." To help curb the spread of infections, the Seychelles government recently instituted new preventative measures, such as early bar closures and bans on household intermingling. The good news, however, is most of Seychelle's cases appear to be mild, said Kate O' Brien, director of immunizations, vaccines and biologicals at the World Health Organization. "The Sinopharm vaccine really requires two doses," she added, "and some of the cases that are being reported are occurring either soon after a single dose, or soon after a second dose." More stories from theweek.comThe doom-loop of a falling fertility rateThe real reason Liz Cheney lost her jobDemocrats are fiddling while Republicans prepare to burn down Rome
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I'm a fitness editor, and I live a pretty healthy lifestyle - I exercise five to six days a week, eat a whole-foods-based diet, and get at least seven hours of sleep a night - but in January of this year, I found my weight creeping up on the higher end of what I find comfortable. I've struggled to keep weight off my whole life, and thanks to my bipolar II medication, general stress, and love of happy hour, this has only gotten harder as I've gotten older.
The U.S. was administering an average of 3.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses a day in mid-April, and then, to the alarm of public health officials, the numbers started steadily declining, dropping to a seven-day average of 1.98 million doses a day on May 8. Since then, the numbers have started rising again, hitting an average of 2.2 million daily doses administered by Wednesday, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data tabulated by The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Andy Slavitt, a White House COVID-19 adviser, gave the slight uptick a thumbs-up on Tuesday. America, don't look now, but see what's happening to vaccination rates after a decline… pic.twitter.com/PmhQ5Ejiqz — Andy Slavitt (@aslavitt46) May 11, 2021 About 44.7 percent of U.S. adults are fully vaccinated, including 71.6 percent of people 65 and older, the Journal reports, though those numbers vary from state to state. Connecticut, for example, has fully vaccinated 56.3 percent of all adults, while Alabama has vaccinated 33.2 percent. The overall vaccination rate is primed for a bump as adolescents age 12 to 15 become eligible, likely later this week. The U.S. recorded its fourth straight day of fewer than 40,000 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday — Johns Hopkins University recorded 33,000 new cases, down from Monday's 36,898 cases. The last time the seven-day average of new cases — 38,826 as of Monday, the Journal reports — was that low was back in the mid-September trough between two waves of infections. Another 684 Americans died of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the recorded U.S. pandemic total to 582,800 deaths. More stories from theweek.comThe doom-loop of a falling fertility rateThe real reason Liz Cheney lost her jobDemocrats are fiddling while Republicans prepare to burn down Rome
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A growing consensus among public health experts that the U.S. could soon safely end mask mandates has put pressure on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to update its guidance in the weeks ahead or risk losing credibility with the public. All adult Americans who want to get a vaccine will have had the chance to do so in the next two months, the thinking goes, and they should then be able to make their own risk assessment based on the strong efficacy of the vaccines, which experts believe largely protects fully vaccinated Americans from getting severely ill with the virus and from transmitting it. "What's happening in the past week or so is that we're seeing the effect of the vaccine winning this race against the variants, winning the race against the virus, and that's freeing us up -- and forcing us, rightly so -- to reevaluate our control strategies that are in place," said Joe Allen, a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
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It was mid-September 2015 and I had not slept in six weeks, except for one night, which I still remember as the mysteriously offered slice of heavenly respite in an otherwise bewilderingly brutal period of insomnia. If not sleeping for six weeks sounds like drama and hyperbole, it isn’t. What you, if you are lucky, take for granted to be sleep – that thing that makes you feel you have fuel in the tank and that your systems have been restored – can actually evade people for days, weeks, even months. Not for the first time, during that rash of sleeplessness in 2015, I grew desperate. I became obsessed with what was happening to me, and the sense that it would never end and I would never have my life back. And so eventually I went to the GP. I had held off doing so for ages because I had previous experience seeking medical help for my insomnia, which has dogged me since I was a child. In the past, I had been given standard sleeping pills – zopiclone and Ambien (zolpidem) – and while they had caused me to pass out, eventually, they made me feel poisoned the next day. I never wanted to take one again. But in September 2015, I’d have taken anything to break the cycle. In normal times, I have many ways of dealing with my insomnia, and attitude has always been the most important. In that sense, a new study carried out by a team at Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston is right: sleeping pills don’t work in the long term and, as the UK’s Sleep Charity added, what people with sleep problems need for permanent change is cognitive behavioural therapy, not drugs. Saying sleeping pills don’t work in the long run, while therapy does, is pretty obvious. But life is more complicated. Therapy can take months to have an effect, and even then, it’s far from a dead cert. Nor, after weeks in which each day begins with gravelly-eyed misery and yet another sleep-deprived hangover, are people necessarily in a position to begin a course of therapy that will try to make them relax about the very thing ruining their lives. Their patience – or mine, anyway – also grows thin at the wise words dispensed by so-called experts – for example, that we should avoid caffeine and alcohol, wind down at night, put screens away early, eat healthily and learn mindfulness. Yes, we know all that, and if those things made a difference, or were easily attainable (which for me, mindfulness certainly is not), then believe me, we’d be sleeping like babies by now. Insomnia is not a one-size-fits-all problem and yet its treatment is depressingly crude. Yes, the researchers are right that people should practise ‘sleep hygiene’. They are right that since sleep is as much a psychological as a chemical activity, therapy is the correct arena for intervention. But they miss the nub of the problem. Because there are so many different types of insomnia, you need someone who understands your type and your particular problem, and the desperate feelings – physical and mental – that accompany it. Mine is that I can’t fall asleep, at all. And so if pills are off the table, then I need a therapist who gets this particular thorny problem – not a general issue with bad sleep. And anyone who doesn’t understand the sheer, reflexive horror at realising that your body can go on and on, seemingly forever, in the twilight state of long-term sleep deprivation won’t be able to help me either. On that desperate 2015 trip to the GP, I lucked out. He was an insomniac himself, with a similar problem to me. He prescribed me a tiny nightly dose of an old, non-addictive anti-depressant called mirtazapine, which in small doses acts as a sedative. I still take it because I can’t sleep without it even though I often can’t sleep with it either. I’d rather be free of it, especially as it is far from reliable, but I haven’t been able to make the leap yet. As for the rest? I try to be resigned and to accept things as they are. Long term insomnia is a mystery that has never been cracked. The worst thing insomniacs can do is obsess over and fight it. But that message only sinks in if it’s given by someone who really understands. And since acceptance can take a lifetime, sometimes you do need a quick fix to simply keep going. If sleeping pills don’t work, what does? By Luke Mintz CBT-I Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) remains the “gold standard” treatment, according to Professor Guy Leschziner, a neurologist at London Bridge Hospital. In six to eight sessions, a therapist will encourage a patient to examine and defuse damaging thoughts they have about sleep, such as “I need eight hours” (many people don’t need that much), or “If I can’t sleep tonight, I’ll mess up disastrously at work tomorrow” (usually, you don’t). Dr Neil Stanley, former head of the Sleep Lab at the University of Surrey, says CBT-I is far more effective in the long term than medication. “When you stop taking a sleep tablet, it stops working, whereas CBT-I has been shown to be beneficial even after doing the treatment,” he says. Sleep restriction therapy An offshoot of CBT-I, sleep restriction therapy is designed to consolidate your sleep into one block by shortening the amount of time you spend in bed. In doing so, you “strengthen sleep desire”, says Stanley, and cut the amount of time you spend awake in bed, tossing and turning. Insomniacs are told to work out their average sleep in hours with a diary or sleep app, then add 30 minutes – and that’s the only time you’re allowed in bed each night. A patient who sleeps four hours each night should only spend four and a half hours in bed. Once sleep improves, you can gradually increase your time allowed in bed. Sleep hygiene Even if you can’t access therapy, small tweaks to your lifestyle might help. Stanley recommends making sure your bedroom is “dark, quiet, and cool”, and says you should avoid stimulating your brain in the few hours before bed (your smartphone is a particular enemy here). Smoking in the evening should also be avoided, as should drinking alcohol or caffeine. Some doctors also recommend cutting out caffeine in the daytime, but the evidence here is shakier. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) In a cruel twist, anxiety about sleep actually makes our sleep worse. The longer we lie awake, fretting about how tired we might be in the morning, the more we come to associate our beds with stress. ACT is a fairly new approach, radically different to other forms of sleep therapy. Popularised by Dr Guy Meadows’ The Sleep Book, it teaches insomniacs simply to accept poor sleep as part of life. Stop fighting sleeplessness and come to peace with the fact you might sometimes be tired, patients are told. Over time, this approach makes you less anxious about bedtime – and so actually improves your sleep. But many doctors are yet to be convinced. “There’s very little evidence for ACT being beneficial – I think personally it’s a very strange idea,” says Stanley. Leschziner adds: “There’s less evidence to support the ACT approach, but… it does help some people, so it’s certainly worth trying.” Do you struggle to sleep? Share your story in the comments section below.
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Pfizer's vaccine is now up for full FDA approval. Once that happens, it will be much harder to claim that it's illegal for employers to require vaccination.