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Warren Would Be a Bad VP Pick for Biden

Warren Would Be a Bad VP Pick for Biden

‘First, do no harm.” It’s the most elementary rule of medicine and the veepstakes, and it’s why Joe Biden would be foolish to tap Senator Elizabeth Warren as his running mate. Warren, who held off from endorsing Bernie Sanders — her ideological ally and Biden’s last remaining rival in the Democratic presidential primary — predictably indicated last month that she would accept a spot on the ticket were Biden to offer it to her. Such a decision would please a certain segment of the Democratic Party. In both a CBS news poll and a Data for Progress poll of Democratic voters, Warren recently finished well ahead of other prospective running mates such as Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar. However, despite her apparent popularity as a potential VP, picking her would harm Biden in the general-election campaign.

Biden’s campaign has always been about returning to normalcy. His thesis has been

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Urban sprawl is bad for your health, with or without the coronavirus

Urban sprawl is bad for your health, with or without the coronavirus

A gated neighborhood in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. <span class="copyright">(Los Angeles Times)</span>
A gated neighborhood in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Times)

To the editor: There are two major fallacies in Joel Kotkin’s argument that low-density sprawl might explain the lower impact of COVID-19 in Southern California compared to New York.

First, density does not explain infection and death rates in this pandemic. Hong Kong, Taipei and Seoul are vastly more dense than Los Angeles, but the impact of COVID-19 there has been much, much less. Why? Because they responded quickly with quarantines, testing and contact tracing. How do you explain that COVID-19 deaths per capita in Los Angeles County are more than 3.5 times that in much denser San Francisco?

Second, we have 20 years of research showing higher-density, mixed-used, pedestrian-oriented communities are healthier than low-density suburbs in terms of physical activity, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. It is the people with these conditions who are most

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Is chewing ice bad for your teeth? Yes, it can damage tooth enamel

Is chewing ice bad for your teeth? Yes, it can damage tooth enamel

Chewing ice is a poor habit for dental health.
Chewing ice is a poor habit for dental health.

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  • Chewing ice is bad for your teeth because it can damage your tooth enamel, or the protective layer that shields your teeth from decay. 

  • You especially shouldn’t chew ice if you have fillings, braces, or other dental restoration work, as it can cause more damage and be expensive to fix. 

  • You may want to find another way to replace the sensation of chewing ice, or only chew softer, crushed ice if you can’t break the habit altogether.  

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If you find yourself craving ice — and specifically wanting to crunch it with your teeth — then you’re not alone. 

“I have many patients that chew ice on a daily basis, which they admit to me as if it’s something terrible during their appointments,” says Mark Burhenne, DDS, founder of AsktheDentist.com. “It’s often a ‘guilty

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Coronavirus: FIFA medical chief sorry to be the bearer of bad news

FIFA medical chief sorry to be the bearer of bad news

FIFA’s top medical officer takes little satisfaction from being the man appealing for restraint from leagues that are desperate to get playing again.

The coronavirus pandemic has crippled football seasons across the globe and severe economic consequences have become inevitable.

There are concerns about clubs going bankrupt and leagues collapsing, with broadcast deals called into question and players left in limbo.

Many stars have taken pay cuts or deferred wages and the 2019-20 campaign in the Netherlands and France has already been abandoned.

Michel D’Hooghe, formerly head of the Belgian football federation and president of Club Brugge, is chair of FIFA’s medical committee and has said there should be no return to action before September.

Speaking to Stats Perform, D’Hooghe said of the French league being called off: “I cannot be happy because I am a football man, but I am also a doctor.

“And the doctor in me, seeing

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Trump warns Americans to brace for a ‘hell of a bad two weeks’

Trump warns Americans to brace for a ‘hell of a bad two weeks’

President Donald Trump has warned Americans to brace for a “hell of a bad two weeks” amid White House projections of between 100,000 to 240,000 coronavirus deaths in the US even if social distancing guidelines are maintained.

Public health officials stressed the shocking number could be less if people across the country were diligent in keeping their distance from one another.

“We really believe we can do a lot better than that,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, adding Americans needed to take seriously their role in preventing the spread of disease.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, added: “This is a number that we need to anticipate, but we don’t necessarily have to accept it as being inevitable.”

Mr Trump said it was “a matter of life and death” for Americans to heed his administration’s guidelines.

But he predicted

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12 Allergy Relief Ideas - What Helps Bad Allergies?

12 Allergy Relief Ideas – What Helps Bad Allergies?

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After a long winter, getting outside for a breath of fresh spring air can be the balm we’re all craving — unless spring allergies mean you’ll be sniffling, sneezing, itching, and jabbing away at your inflamed eyes.

With many experts warning that allergy season is coming earlier and lasting longer than ever before (another dire effect of global warming), people who suffer from allergic rhinitis need to get their stay-well plan in action before the first buds blossom on the trees, says Edith Schussler, MD, a pediatric allergist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York. “I tell all my patients who have spring allergies to start taking their allergy medicine by March 1st,” she says.

In addition to taking oral antihistamines, and making sure you have nasal sprays and eye drops ready to go when the symptoms hit, here are 12 other things you can do to

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Cuba warns virus panic bad for immune system

Cuba warns virus panic bad for immune system

By Sarah Marsh

HAVANA (Reuters) – In the face of global panic over the coronavirus pandemic, Cuba’s Communist government has urged calm, saying stress weakens the immune system, and has taken more time than its Caribbean neighbors to introduce drastic measures as it touts the strength of its health system.

The government has suspended large cultural and sporting events, and on Friday said it would start barring entry to tourists. But so far it has steered clear of ordering workers and students to remain at home.

Cuba is renowned for its preparedness in advance of natural disasters such as epidemics and for its medical prowess. It sends its doctors to health crises around the world, including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014-2016.

With the world’s highest ratios of physicians to population, according to the World Bank, Cuba has tens of thousands of doctors as well as medicine students

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Has the U.S. Surgeon General Caught a Bad Case of Trumpism?

Has the U.S. Surgeon General Caught a Bad Case of Trumpism?

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Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo Michael Brochstein / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty

In normal times, the average American’s experience with the U.S. surgeon general amounts to reading the warnings on a packet of cigarettes or a bottle of alcohol. But in the age of the novel coronavirus, Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has become a regular presence in living rooms—and, recently, not always the most reassuring one. 

On March 8, the first time many Americans saw Adams, the 45-year-old sat for an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. Adams, who holds the rank of vice admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and oversees 6,500 public health officers, explained the nature of coronavirus to Tapper as if he was one of his anesthesiology patients. But as Tapper pressed on to more political ground—whether the age of former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT),

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