Everything and its mother has an app these days. Shopping? Friend-making? Meditation? Period-tracking? I feel like I'm downloading a new one every day, only to use it once before letting it disappear into the black hole that is my endless grid of iPhone apps.
Suffice to say, there's a lot out there, and we want to help you cut through the clutter. From photo-editing apps to dating apps, here are our favorites in every category. Because, for whatever it is you want/need/dreamt about last night, I can guarantee, there's an app for it.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Institutes for Allergies and Infectious Disease, shared updates on the coronavirus during a talk with Dr. Francis Collin, director of the National Institutes of Health, on Monday, one day after CBS News host Margaret Brennan accused President Trump of preventing him from appearing on TV.
Dex Geralds was 26 when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and he didn’t fit the physical stereotype of someone with the disease. “I did work out quite bit,” the fitness trainer, actor and model tells Yahoo Life. “My body looked great on the outside, so I never thought about what it was doing to me on the inside.” At the time, Geralds managed a restaurant and ate on the job a lot. The food he ate was “low-quality... carb-heavy, super-sugary.” Geralds started having some unusual symptoms. “I was always thirsty, drinking a lot of water — so much water that when I walked, you can hear the water slushing in my belly,” he says. He also experienced mood swings. “I would become irritable out of nowhere,” Geralds explains. “I'm naturally a positive person and I always try to keep myself levelheaded. So that was a little bit strange as well.” Geralds finally decided to see a doctor after watching a CrossFit video featuring someone with type 1 diabetes. “The person on the video was talking about some of the symptoms they had,” he says. “I was going through the same thing.” Diabetes is a disease where your blood sugar, aka blood glucose, is too high. Glucose is your body’s main source of energy and it’s carried to your cells to be used for energy by insulin, a hormone made by your pancreas, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). With diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough or any insulin, and glucose stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells. Over time, that can cause health problems, including heart disease, stroke, eye problems and nerve damage. “My life changed quite a bit after I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.” Geralds says he started to prioritize sleep after his diagnosis: “That’s one thing I wasn't getting a lot of, especially because the job I was working in at the time.” He also changed his diet, and started to cook at home. “I was able to understand exactly what I was consuming and what it does to my body,” he says. And, while Geralds worked out regularly before his diagnosis, he “really got into fitness a little bit more.” Geralds ended up leaving his restaurant job, which he “hated,” and became a fitness trainer. “Now I have this awesome job where I can help people live better, longer lives,” he explains. “My life changed quite a bit after I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.” Geralds’ days usually revolve around health. He wakes up around 4 or 4:30 a.m. and immediately checks his blood sugar. If it’s higher than Geralds prefers, he’ll drink a big glass of water. Then, he’ll do stretches to wake up. Next, he has breakfast, which usually consists of avocado spread onto sourdough toast, with bacon, eggs and pepper jack cheese. He also likes to have mixed greens on the side. Geralds sees private fitness clients around 6:30 a.m. and then works out for about two hours. “Sometimes my blood sugar can spike, depending on what kind of workout I do,” he says, so he may have a shake with protein and creatine to try to help. When Geralds returns home, he’ll have dinner, which might consist of grilled meat and vegetables like asparagus. “I know sauces can be pretty sugary, especially BBQ sauce, so I just control it by keeping sauce on the side,” he explains. Now, Geralds is trying to clear up misconceptions about type 2 diabetes. “Some of the misconceptions people have about type 2 diabetes is that it comes from people who don't take care of themselves — they don’t exercise, they don’t eat well,” Geralds says. “My diet might have not been the best when I was diagnosed, but I was exercising regularly and I ate well for the most part when I could.” Geralds says he was diagnosed because of genetics, pointing out that both his mother and father had diabetes. “Understand that it’s not your fault that you have type 2 diabetes,” he says. “Genetics is a big factor.” Now, Geralds dedicates his time to helping others with their own health. “I’ve always just enjoyed helping people, especially people living with diabetes or have prediabetes,” he says. “Knowing that I can touch someone in a way that helps improve their quality of life, that’s my job on Earth — to be able to give back.”
Dr. Taz Bhatia, an immune support and wellness physician, offers seven tips parents can follow to help keep their kids healthy: Add foods high in vitamin C: Citrus fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C like: oranges, grapefruits and beets support and help build a strong immune system. “With children, we really want them to get their vitamins through food, so the earlier you can establish some of these healthy eating habits, the better for their overall health,” Bhatia says. Make chicken soup a weekly option: Another immune-supporting food for kids is chicken soup. It isn’t just an option when children are sick. “It’s a great food to bring in maybe a couple of times a week to keep the immune system primed and supportive,” she explains. Chicken soup produces collagen that helps keep skin, hair and bones strong. It also has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Check out the video above for more tips.
As we move into warmer weather and masks are part of our mainstay, what can we do to stay protected while keeping cool and blemish free? Here’s your guide to staying clear with recommendations by dermatologists and doctors and nurses wearing masks long 12-hour-shifts at a time, tricks to keep you comfortable, and some ways to add a little fun and personality to your mask game.
Of all the mysteries that remain about COVID-19, how exactly it spreads is arguably the most contentious. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization assert that it’s transmitted mainly through large respiratory droplets and rarely via surfaces. But this week, in a letter to WHO, 239 scientists and environmental experts expressed concern about another, more elusive route of transmission: tiny particles in the air.
July is BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Mental Health Month, also referred to as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. As millions around the world stand in solidarity to amplify the Black Lives Matter movement, one thing is clear: Black mental health needs to matter, too. Historically, mental health in the Black community has been a taboo topic. The stigma surrounding needing help, coupled with the trauma of systemic racism and COVID-19 has caused many Black Americans to suffer from a range of issues, including anxiety and depression. To further discuss the stress that comes with being Black in America, Yahoo Life spoke with five Black public figures, who are raising awareness on the importance of seeking therapy or other forms of treatment for mental health, and how to navigate this current social climate.
On Friday, President Donald Trump sent a pair of tweets accusing a nondescript number of “universities and school systems” of being “about Radical Left Indoctrination not Education.” Advancing his administration’s drive to turn education into a political wedge issue, Trump announced that he is having the Treasury Department reexamine the tax-exempt status and funding of universities and publicly funded schools. Trump threatened to take away the status and funding of any institution “if this Propaganda or Act Against Public Policy continues.”“Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status… and/or Funding, which will be taken away if this Propaganda or Act Against Public Policy continues. Our children must be Educated, not Indoctrinated!” Trump wrote in his thread.Trump’s tweets are the latest in a series of efforts from his administration to influence the state of education and re-open school systems in the Fall. Earlier this week, he rejected the advice of health specialists and threatened to strip schools of funding if they do not reopen ICE also announced this week that it would not issue visas to international students taking classes at schools hosting Fall term entirely online, which runs the risk of displacing upwards of one million students. But Trump’s specific threat to essentially defund some schools assumes a type of power he may not even have. Both public and private universities and colleges in the U.S. largely have tax-exempt status as an educational institution or through being an entity of the state government, according to the Association of American Universities. Trump’s complaints do not keep institutions from qualifying for tax-exempt status under current guidelines put forward by the Internal Revenue Service. “Advocacy of a particular position or viewpoint,” according to the IRS, still falls under educational for tax purposes “if there is a sufficiently full and fair exposition of pertinent facts to permit an individual or the public to form an independent opinion or conclusion.” Another snag in Trump’s plan is that federal law prohibits the IRS from targeting groups for regulatory scrutiny “based on their ideological beliefs.”Still, this isn’t the first time Trump has complained about schools being driven by what he describes as a radical, leftist ideology. On the Fourth of July, he condemned “Cancel Culture” as a political weapon endangering the American way of life. “In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance,” said Trump in his Mount Rushmore address. “If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished. It’s not going to happen to us.” He continued saying, “Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but that were villains.”Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Why Customers Are Boycotting Goya FoodsWhat The BLM Mural Outside Of Trump Tower MeansThese SCOTUS Decisions Are Giving Us Whiplash
One of the ideas that's being emphasized right now is that being silent around the topics of racism, privilege, and police brutality is not a neutral action — it's actively harmful. So, many of us have been talking about race. On social media, while marching. To family, to friends, to significant others. For people in interracial relationships, these difficult but important conversations are nothing new — nor have they been seen as anything but essential. "I'm willing to listen," says Aimee, about the conversations she has with her wife. "It’s about showing up for D’shara through thick and thin." "I told [Campbell] if this relationship was going to be serious that he had to educate himself about racial injustice in America and be a vocal ally against racial injustice," says Cambria, about her partner. Now Campbell agrees that these conversations are "crucial." Refinery29 caught up with four interracial couples to ask them how they talk about race. Their responses highlight the importance of rejecting silence, are illuminating for anyone who's trying to be an ally.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Layla Saad On BLM, Allyship, & Racist WorkplacesHow To Talk About Race & Racism With Your Partner"Say I Do": 8 Couples, 8 Sweet Love Stories
For working parents, the coronavirus pandemic has presented a seemingly impossible challenge: continuing to do their jobs as normal while also having to take care of their children, whose daycares and schools are most likely closed. There have been countless personal stories of how difficult it is to be working two full-time jobs, and they have revealed the extent to which we are currently facing a national childcare crisis. This has led to a falling share of women applying to and being hired for jobs, compared to men, over the past several months. Affordable childcare was scarce long before the pandemic hit, and many workplaces were offering poor paid family leave benefits. But like many other problems in our country, the issue has become more clearly highlighted. Earlier this week, the New York Times published a story about one woman in California who has filed a lawsuit because her employer fired her. The alleged reason? Her children were being too noisy during work calls. According to the plaintiff, Drisana Rios, she had continued to meet all deadlines while caring for her two children, and her supervisor made sexist comments to her about the presence of her kids. Rios’ termination might make you wonder what your rights are at work during a pandemic that has drastically reduced childcare options. How far can you expect your workplace to accommodate you, and is it legal for your employer to fire you because your kids aren’t quiet enough during Zoom meetings? The short answer is yes — unless your employment contract isn’t at-will and requires just cause for termination, your employer can really fire you for any reason at all. But the story is different if gender had an effect on your employer’s decision. Would Rios have been fired if she had been a father taking care of his children? “It could be [gender discrimination],” says Adian Miller, an attorney at Barrett & Farahany in Atlanta who specializes in employee and labor rights. “If there’s evidence that male employees had similar disruptions — if not from children, perhaps elderly family members or pets — and were not terminated, then it could be gender discrimination.” She has seen similar cases before, where employers have different expectations and reactions to employees with children based on their gender. “I have a case where a male employee was fired because he needed to be home to provide childcare, and his wife worked a more demanding job,” she says. “The employer decided that the wife should have provided the childcare and the male employee should have returned to work.” Miller explains that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from gender discrimination in the workplace. “Wrongful termination is a legal term for any kind of termination that occurred for an unlawful reason. Here, if she was terminated for gender discrimination, that would amount to an unlawful termination.” In Rios’ case, it will likely depend on what can be established in court. “If other male employees have had kids interrupt them, with no adverse actions, then the case gets even stronger,” Miller says. “Other things to look at would be whether the supervisor made an effort to accommodate male employee’s desired work schedules, but did not accommodate her schedule.” But even if the court finds that it wasn’t gender discrimination, there could be other state laws that affect whether the firing or other actions the employer took were lawful. And Miller also points out that the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law on March 18th. It requires public employers and private ones with fewer than 500 employees to provide up to 80 hours of paid sick leave. It also requires some employers to provide “an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave.” If you’re facing a situation similar to Rios’ and want to reduce the likelihood of your employer punishing you or firing you, there are some steps you can take. “It sounds like Rios tried this,” Miller says, “but definitely set out a schedule that will allow you to perform your position, and still manage your childcare needs best. Take the time you can under the FFCRA to develop childcare arrangements that work for you. Don’t be afraid to inquire about other positions within the company that might better fit your changes in circumstances, or look for other jobs.” It might be best to get these attempts in email, too. In the worst case scenario, if you end up suing your employer for wrongful termination, that could help establish that you made good-faith efforts to continue completing your tasks and meeting deadlines.Being fired often means you’re ineligible for unemployment benefits. But if you’re terminated because of an issue related to childcare, you could still try to apply for unemployment. In March, unemployment benefit eligibility was expanded to include people whose work had been affected by COVID-19. “It will depend in part on whether the employer contests her application,” says Miller. “If the employer claims she was fired for poor performance, she can appeal and argue COVID-related reasons. An administrative judge would render a decision. Unemployment laws also vary state by state, but that is the general process.” The pandemic has burst the dam on a whole flood of conflicts at work, even outside of childcare problems. “We are seeing a lot of issues related to workplaces not being safe from COVID, and employees fear returning to work,” Miller says. “I imagine it will be most fruitful for companies to try to accommodate its employees who work from home, and possibly less cost-intensive than deep cleaning and monitoring a workplace every day. That being said, a lot of companies are struggling financially right now, and may simply need to reduce their ranks, automate or outsource services, and close locations. It’s hard to see how all of these factors will play out.”Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Millennial Women Are Hired Less During COVID-19Real Women On Adjusting To WFH
With so many celebrities going blonde this summer, perhaps you're feeling a similar itch to splurge on a few highlights. If that's you, the latest look for bright, natural-looking color will likely send you over the edge. Meet: "Teasylights." A hybrid of traditional highlights and balayage, the technique of teasylighting involves — you guessed it — teasing the hair before sweeping on lightener. Sabrina Yamani Yamga, a colorist at Alex Brown's SPACE Studio in Chicago, breaks it down for us. "Similar to balayage, teasylights create a softly-blended highlight off the root," Yamga explains, adding that the process looks a bit different. "Rather than hand-painting, your colorist will use foils and softly backcomb or tease small sections of hair before applying the lightener, which will diffuse the blend between the lift and the base tone." If you're looking for visual inspiration to bring to your colorist — either in the coming weeks (with all the proper precautions) or at your pre-fall hair appointment — you'll find plenty of teasylight closeups across a range of base tones and textures, ahead.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?This Is The Breakout Hair Color Of Summer 2020You Have To See Kim Kardashian With Red HairThe Retro Hair Accessory Sweeping Summer 2020