Day: May 13, 2020

Could COVID-19 Finally Destigmatize Mental Illness?

Could COVID-19 Finally Destigmatize Mental Illness?

There is a research model going around that suggests as many as 150,000 additional people could die from mental health-related outcomes of COVID-19. I could argue the merits of the mathematical model as many of my colleagues have. I could also make the case that discussing the depths of despair and predicting increasing suicide rates over and over could, in fact, lead to copycat suicides. But what if I took an alternative stance, and told you that—though absolutely no one would wish a pandemic on anyone— this is actually what mental health needed to stop being stigmatized and start being valued?

I’m not naïve. As a psychiatrist, I understand the realities of the mental health stressors that exist from this global pandemic and the potential for an increase in psychological care needs now and in the aftermath. However, it’s possible that we emerge from this with innumerable positive mental-health

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Gyms reopening after coronavirus lockdown with new health and safety rules

Gyms reopening after coronavirus lockdown with new health and safety rules

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SoulCycle studios and boutique and big-box gyms alike are putting in guidelines to re-open once coronavirus pandemic restrictions are relaxed or lifted to keep spaces clean and to reduce person-to-person contact.

Contactless check-ins, pre-workout temperature checks, masked workouts and limited amenities or perks are some of the ways gyms throughout the country are trying to meet keep members and staff healthy.

“With no way to predict what will happen, the best way we can prepare is to respond and evolve as the situation develops—with nothing but your safety in mind,” SoulCycle said on its website.

Gyms in at least 45 states closed in mid-March when the virus broke out in the United States, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).

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6 ways to help kids stay active while they're stuck at home, including 'Harry Potter' workouts, scavenger hunts, and yoga

6 ways to help kids stay active while they’re stuck at home, including ‘Harry Potter’ workouts, scavenger hunts, and yoga

Children who are not attending school may struggle to get the recommended amount of daily exercise.
Children who are not attending school may struggle to get the recommended amount of daily exercise.

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  • Schools across the US have closed to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, impacting at least 55 million students. 

  • While home, especially if there’s no backyard, children may struggle to get the recommended amount of daily exercise.

  • Parents can encourage children by introducing them to workouts inspired by their favorite characters, along with other engaging activities. 

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At least 55 million US students have been affected by school closings due to the coronavirus. In addition to missing out on academics and socializing, many children have also lost their primary exercise outlets.

Being stuck at home also means students are spending more time in front of screens, and parents who are working remotely may not have the time to encourage working out. 

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Madonna to undergo ‘regenerative treatment’ to treat knee pain

Madonna to undergo ‘regenerative treatment’ to treat knee pain

Madonna has revealed she will undergo regenerative treatment in a bid to relieve pain in her knee following surgery.

The “Future” singer, 61, made the announcement in a post on her official Instagram page on Tuesday, which included two pictures of herself dressed in revealing black underwear.

“Finally going to get my regenerative treatment for my missing cartilage!!” Madonna wrote in a caption accompanying the post.

“I would be jumping up and down if I could after 8 months of being in pain! Wish me Luck!”

Regenerative medicine is a term used to refer to methods to replace or regenerate human cells, tissues or organs in order to restore or establish normal function, according to the NHS Health Research Authority.

This can include cell therapies, tissue engineering, gene therapy and biomedical engineering techniques, as well as more traditional treatments involving pharmaceuticals, biologics and devices.

In October last year,

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The Real-Life Diet of Ethan Zohn, A Three-Season Survivor Legend

The Real-Life Diet of Ethan Zohn, A Three-Season Survivor Legend

Ethan Zohn holds a special place in the annals of Survivor history. The Survivor: Africa victor and three-time contestant (Africa in 2001, All-Stars in 2004, and current season Winners at War) remains a beloved figure largely for the same reason that he was able to win the show 19 years ago: he’s a good hang.

Zohn’s affability and go-with-the-flow mindset has come in handy on Winners at War, where getting voted out—which happened to him early on in the season—doesn’t mean the end of the game. Instead, contestants are sent to the Edge of Extinction, an even more desolate island that Zohn says is “designed to break you.” There, they compete for the chance to re-enter the main game—and possibly win the whole thing.

Since he last competed in 2004, he’s overcome cancer twice, undergoing intense stem-cell treatments and chemotherapy. Naturally, his next challenge was to return

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Spanish ambulance workers fear virus rebound

Spanish ambulance workers fear virus rebound

MADRID (AP) — For the first time in weeks, Dr. Mónica Rodríguez has found some respite. But even as she enjoys card games and magic tricks at her ambulance team’s base in Madrid, the emergency doctor is not letting her guard down.

Her team is only catching its breath before the next urgent call comes in, whether coronavirus-related or not.

“The virus is out there and will remain. It’s not going to disappear,” Dr. Rodríguez said during an AP photographer’s recent visit with the team.

After helping to flatten one of Europe’s sharpest contagion curves in the coronavirus pandemic, exhausted ambulance workers in Madrid fear that a resurgence in infections could mean another frantic period on the front line.

“We fear a rebound,” Dr. Rodríguez said as Spain takes its first steps to phase out a strict 7-week confinement after roughly 27,000 reported coronavirus fatalities. “Unfortunately, people are not taking

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Fairfax County Park Authority Golf Courses To Reopen

Fairfax County Park Authority Golf Courses To Reopen

BURKE, VA — The Fairfax County Park Authority will reopen its golf courses, part of a phased approach of reopening amenities to the public. Trails have remained open, while park features such as parking lots and bathrooms are closed due to the new coronavirus crisis.

The golf course reopening schedule is as follows:

  • May 8: Burke Lake Golf Center, Greendale Golf Course, Laurel Hill Golf Club

  • May 15: Pinecrest Golf Course and Twin Lakes Golf Course (Oaks)

  • May 22: Jefferson Golf Course, Oak Marr Golf Complex and Twin Lakes Golf Course (Lakes)

Golf courses will follow Center for Disease Control and Prevention social distancing and sanitation guidelines. Some of the measures include online payment in advance, expedited check-in, amended cart usage, limited clubhouse occupancy, and takeout only food and beverage service.

Group activities like leagues, instruction, and special events are not operating, and course hours may be limited upon reopening.

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Rabiot laughs off Juventus 'strike' rumours as he fires back at media

Rabiot laughs off Juventus ‘strike’ rumours as he fires back at media

Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot has laughed off reports in Italy that he has gone on strike.

The French midfielder was unhappy with stories in the media and responded with a series of posts to his Instagram page.

The first post in his Instagram story was a selfie of Rabiot looking thoughtful, with the ironic caption: “When you realise that it was your last day of… strike,” along with a pair of laughing emojis.

He then posted a picture of a medicine bottle with the French words for journalist and television on them, along with three yellow warning signs and the caption: “Newspaper, TV – don’t swallow.”

The rumours came about with Rabiot still in France after returning to his home country to self-isolate, after the Serie A season was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With many of his Juventus team-mates having already returned to Turin with training back underway

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The dark side of acid: how LSD ruined rock

The dark side of acid: how LSD ruined rock

In the documentary film Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics, released this week on Netflix, comedian Lewis Black remembers taking acid at a party. As his mind ascended into the ether, Black discovered that he was unable to recall his own name. 

Reluctant to rouse the concerns of his friends, Black instead decided to retire to the corner of a room to pore through the pages of a dictionary in search of clues. After a barren half-hour it occurred to him that the answer he sought lay in the wallet in his pocket. Despite this sudden realisation, the bereft night-tripper was unwilling to open the leather receptacle for fear that it contained nothing but Monopoly cards.

Directed by Donick Cary, a one-time writer for The Simpsons, and featuring contributions from, among others, Carrie Fisher, Sting, Deepak Chopra, Sarah Silverman, and Ben Stiller, Have A Good Trip… is a curious

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FOCUS-To keep COVID-19 patients home, some U.S. states weigh house arrest tech

By Raphael Satter

WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) – How do you ensure that someone sick with COVID-19 stays home?

As the United States begins reopening its economy, some state officials are weighing whether house arrest monitoring technology – including ankle bracelets or location-tracking apps – could be used to police quarantines imposed on coronavirus carriers.

But while the tech has been used sporadically for U.S. quarantine enforcement over the past few weeks, large scale rollouts have so far been held back by a big legal question: Can officials impose electronic monitoring without an offense or a court order?

Case in point is Hawaii, which considered the sweeping use of GPS-enabled ankle bracelets or smartphone tracking apps to enforce stay-at-home orders given to arriving air passengers, according to Ronald Kouchi, the president of the Hawaii state senate.

Kouchi said Hawaiian officials were concerned that many travelers were flouting the state’s 14-day

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