The superstar's beauty line is introducing a new education and advocacy campaign for Mental Health Awareness Month
The superstar's beauty line is introducing a new education and advocacy campaign for Mental Health Awareness Month
Sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus explains why you wake up at the same time every night — and how you could prevent it from happening.
The latest announcement marks the next step in the return to normal and a huge win for COVID-19 vaccines.
As two physicians, we firmly believe that those who would feel more comfortable continuing to wear masks should be supported in choosing to do so.
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.
Ontario's stay-at-home order has been extended across the province for two more weeks, until June 2.
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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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has amended its guidance for fully vaccinated Americans, no longer recommending masks indoors or outdoors, including in crowds, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky announced at a White House briefing Thursday. "If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic," Walensky said, announcing the sweeping change. "We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy," Walensky said.
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CHICAGO (Reuters) -The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday it had found more cases of potentially life-threatening blood clotting among people who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and sees a "plausible causal association." The CDC said in a presentation the agency has now identified 28 cases of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) among the more than 8.7 million people who had received the J&J vaccine. TTS involves blood clots accompanied by a low level of platelets - the cells in the blood that help it to clot.
Extreme dieting can put stress on the body, and the body relieves that stress by climbing back to its starting weight post diet, Dr. Nick Fuller said.
Regulators have given the go-ahead for younger teens to begin getting Pfizer's COVID-19 shots, raising questions for some parents who want to better understand how a vaccine could affect their teenagers.
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.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) -India's coronavirus death toll crossed 250,000 on Wednesday in the deadliest 24 hours since the pandemic began, as the disease rampaged through the countryside, leaving families to weep over the dead in rural hospitals or camp in wards to tend the sick. Experts still cannot say for sure when numbers will peak and concern is growing about the transmissibility of the variant that is driving infections in India and spreading worldwide. Indian state leaders clamoured for vaccines to stop the second wave and the devastation it has wrought, urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop exporting doses, ramp up production and help them procure urgent supplies from overseas.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday it was reviewing a proposal by an unidentified vaccine manufacturer in Vietnam to become an mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine technology hub in the Southeast Asian country. MRNA vaccines, like that developed jointly by BionTech and Pfizer, prompt the human body to make a protein that is part of the virus, triggering an immune response. "A vaccine manufacturer in Vietnam has already expressed its interest to become a mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine technology transfer hub," Kidong Park, the WHO representative in Vietnam, said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
Burnout has become such a growing issue around the world that, in May 2019, the WHO classified it as a medical condition. Now a new global report by O.C. Tanner has shown that burnout cases have increased by as much as 81 per cent since the pandemic began. When burnout is ignored and left untreated, it can turn into far more serious mental health issues including panic attacks, depression and anxiety disorders, not to mention heart disease and a whole range of stress-related illnesses. Rather than normalising exhaustion and burnout as an accepted part of modern working life, we need to recognise it as a clear signal that something is wrong. Something needs to change. For over a decade I’ve been working as a career change coach, helping people to recover from burnout and seeking to understand why so many smart, ambitious, caring people are burning out just trying to do their job and live their lives. While there are many different factors that cause people to burn out, what they all point to is this: the working world we live in today simply isn’t designed for most of us to thrive. But does that mean we can’t thrive? No. What it means is that we have to take things into our own hands. It is time to take a radical new approach, not only to the way we live and work but to the way we take care of ourselves, so that we can thrive in a fast-paced digital world. Here are the six steps from my new book Burnt Out that will help you to break free from burnout: 1. Make rest and recovery your top priority If you’re feeling burnt out right now then before you do anything else, you need to make rest and recovery your top priority. Depending on the severity of your burnout, you might need a weekend, a couple of weeks or even a few months off from work, if that’s a possibility. Spend your recovery time doing things that help you to feel nourished and rested: sleep, spend time in nature, do gentle enjoyable activities, move your body, sleep some more. If you’re ever worried about your mental health or unable to cope, then don’t hesitate to contact your GP. 2. Take a look at what is going on inside that is causing you to burnout As much as there will likely be outside factors that will have contributed to your burnout there will also be powerful inner forces at play that will have been causing you to burn out too. We all have a negative and critical inner voice that fills us with doubts, fears and limiting beliefs and it is this voice that will be piling on the pressure, telling you to work faster, harder, better and filling you with fears about what will happen if you don’t. The good news is you can learn how to turn the volume right down, first by listening to all its fears and limiting beliefs and then by proving each one wrong. 3. Learn how to support and look after yourself Imagine what it would be like if you had a supportive, wise and empowering voice whispering in your ear as you went about your day, telling you to take regular breaks, keeping you calm when pressure is rising and spurring you on when you need encouragement. That voice would never allow you to remain in a job that was breaking you or tell you constantly that you’re not good enough and are going to fail. You need to turn the volume up on the wise, caring and supportive voice within you, that you probably often use with other people, but rarely yourself. Start by writing a letter to yourself that is full of support, perhaps imagining that you are receiving it from your wise, future older self. At first it might feel a bit cringey, but give it a go and you’ll discover what a difference it can make. 4. Manage your energy Burnout, in a nutshell, is one big human energy crisis. When you are burnt out, you are often overdrawn on every energy level: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. To recover from burnout, we need to learn how to manage our energy and the ingredients we need to stay energised, calm and grounded throughout the day. These include: Physical: plenty of sleep, regular exercise, good food, water, breathing, stretching and relaxation Mental: switching off, understanding stress, quitting your smartphone addiction, doing things that help you cultivate a calm mind, such as meditation, exercise, regular breaks, sleep Emotional: doing things that lift your spirits, loving and supportive relationships (including with yourself), healthy boundaries, processing past or present trauma 5. Design your day so that you can thrive Our post-industrialist way of working has us all operating as if we were machines, failing to understand that as humans we need to take regular breaks and switch off fully from work every day to recharge our batteries, release stress and keep our energy topped up. We need to give our working day a redesign, placing clear boundaries between work and home, so that we keep our mornings and evenings free from work and use them to as essential time to give ourselves what we need to energise and ground ourselves at the start of the day and release stress and fill up our cup at the end of the day. Use your calendar to start booking in work-free time, dedicated to recharging your batteries. 6. Know when it is time to make bigger change – to your life or career In many cases burnout is caused by outside factors: negative work cultures, bullying bosses, poor management, digital technology that has us switched on 24/7, to name just a few. If your work environment, boss or whole career is the main factor causing you to burn out, then you need to rethink and change it. No job or career is worth burning out for. And yes, changing your job or career can feel scary, but after thirteen years of helping people make changes and create careers they love one thing I know for sure is that nobody ever regrets it. They only regret not having done it sooner. Breaking free from burnout and learning how to thrive, isn’t an overnight job and it isn’t always easy. But stick to this process and step by step you will not only leave those burnt-out days behind you, you will find you are more productive, more energised and happier than ever before. Burnt Out: The Exhausted Person’s Six-Step Guide to Thriving in a Fast-Paced World by Selina Barker (Octopus Publishing). Buy now for £14.99 at books.telegraph.co.uk or call 0844 871 1514
In summer 2018, I was a fourth-year pharmacy student sifting through medication lists of my surgical patients at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital when I noticed a common theme on medication lists: CBD oil. It sparked my interest to research CBD vs. THC and the progression of legalizing marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes in different parts of the country. The overall findings were unsettling to me. However, I quickly moved on to the next rotation and put it in the back of my mind.
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