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Harris Announces Funding to Fight Future Pandemics
Vice President Kamala Harris said that the U.S. would contribute at least $250 million to a new global health security fund aimed at increasing disease surveillance, vaccine development and health care worker support.
2 hours ago | mindbodygreen
Can't Stop Snacking? New Research Might Have Found One Reason Why
We know getting a good night's sleep is crucial for overall health, and it can affect how we function on a day-to-day basis. And according to a new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, there's one more good reason to prioritize sleep: your diet. Here's what the researchers found. Studying how sleep affects diet. Researchers from Ohio State University wanted to study how sleep duration affects dietary choices. To do so, they analyzed data from nearly 20,000 U.S. adults (ranging from 20 to 60 years old) who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2007 to 2018.In the survey, participants recorded how much they slept during the workweek, as well as what they ate and when. Based on the sleep recommendation of seven or more hours, the researchers split up the group into those who were getting enough sleep (more than seven hours)—and those who weren't (less than seven hours).
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2 hours ago | The NY Times
At Covid Summit, Biden Sets Ambitious Goals for Vaccinating the World
WASHINGTON — President Biden, declaring the coronavirus an “all-hands-on-deck crisis,” set out ambitious goals on Wednesday for ending the pandemic and urged world leaders, drug companies, philanthropies and nonprofit groups to embrace a target of vaccinating 70 percent of the world by next year.But the course that Mr. Biden charted, at a virtual Covid-19 summit meeting that he convened on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, may be difficult to turn into reality. And pressure is mounting on the president to lean harder on U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturers, which are resisting sharing their Covid-19 technology with poorer countries.The daylong meeting, the largest gathering of heads of state to address the pandemic, was a reflection of Mr. Biden’s determination to re-establish the United States as a leader in global health after President Donald J. Trump severed ties with the World Health Organization last year, at the outset of the coronavirus crisis.
3 hours ago | The NY Times
Hospitals in Alaska struggle to handle a worsening outbreak.
Alaska, once a leader in vaccinating its citizens, is now in the throes of its worst coronavirus surge of the pandemic, as the Delta variant rips through the state, swamping hospitals with patients.As of Tuesday, the state was averaging 117 new cases a day for every 100,000 people, more than any other state in the nation, according to recent data trends collected by The New York Times. That figure has shot up by 42 percent in the last two weeks, and by more than twentyfold since early July.On Wednesday, the state said it had activated “crisis standards of care,” giving hospitals legal protections for triage decisions that force them to give some patients substandard care. The state also announced an $87 million contract to bring in hundreds of temporary health care workers to support hospitals.
3 hours ago | The NY Times
F.D.A. Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shots for Older and At-Risk Americans
WASHINGTON — After weeks of internal strife at the Food and Drug Administration, the agency on Wednesday authorized people over 65 who had received Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine to get a booster shot at least six months after their second injection.The F.D.A. also authorized booster shots for adult Pfizer-BioNTech recipients who are at high risk of becoming severely ill with Covid-19 or are at risk of serious complications from the disease due to frequent exposure to the coronavirus at their jobs.The authorization sets up what is likely to be a staggered campaign to deliver the shots, starting with the most vulnerable Americans. It opens the way for possibly tens of millions of vaccinated people to receive boosters at pharmacies, health clinics, doctors’ offices and elsewhere.
3 hours ago | The NY Times
The U.S. Is Lifting Travel Restrictions for Visitors. What Do the New Rules Mean?
On Monday, the White House announced that come November, it will lift the ban on most travelers from the European Union, China, Iran, South Africa, Brazil and India, as long as they can show proof of vaccination and a negative coronavirus test.The new rules were widely celebrated by many countries whose citizens have been prohibited from entering the United States directly — unless they went through inconvenient, and often expensive, maneuvers.It will, for instance, put an end to one of the odder pandemic workarounds that sprung up: Travelers from the prohibited countries spending two weeks in an intermediate country — often, Mexico or the Dominican Republic — and then obtaining a negative coronavirus test there before flying to the United States. (Travelers did not have to quarantine while visiting this other country, simply having spent 14 days before entry in a destination that wasn’t on the banned list gave them travel privileges.)
5 hours ago | The NY Times
Fed Chair Says Some Pandemic Support May Soon Be Slowed
Jerome H. Powell, the Federal Reserve chair, said that if economic recovery “continues broadly as expected,” the Fed may soon reduce the pace of supportive asset purchases it has made throughout the pandemic.
5 hours ago | mindbodygreen
A One-Step Trick To Get Pumpkin Spice Flavor Without The Added Sugar
As much as autumn may be associated with pumpkins and apples, it's also associated with that flavor blend we call "pumpkin spice." And its most iconic role is probably in latte form, usually accompanied by plenty of sugar (and, let's be honest, a not entirely low price point).If you're someone who loves the way those flavors accompany the season, though, good news: There's a super-easy way to infuse your morning coffee with that warming flavor at home, without the syrups or creamers—just real spices. How to infuse pumpkin spice flavors into your morning coffee. All you have to do to get those flavors thoroughly blended into your coffee is add them to your coffee grounds before brewing—as you (or a machine) send hot water through the grounds, it'll also extract the flavor from the spices so the final cup has the comforting scent and warming flavor inside.
6 hours ago | The NY Times
Harris announces $250 million in global funding to fight future pandemics.
While President Biden gathered with heads of state for a Covid-19 summit, Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday announced that the United States will contribute at least $250 million to a new global health security fund that the administration hopes will raise $10 billion to fight future pandemics.Declaring the coronavirus pandemic a “stark warning” for an increasingly interconnected world, Ms. Harris called for international unity to address a lack of funding for pandemic preparedness highlighted by the flaws in the global response to Covid-19. The collective goal of $10 billion would be spent on a range of issues, like disease surveillance, vaccine development and health care worker support, in order to counter future biological threats.
6 hours ago | Runner's World
Mary Keitany, Four-Time New York City Marathon Champion, Announces Her Retirement
At 39 years old, Mary Keitany has retired from professional running, ending a 15-year career that left a lasting impression on the women’s marathon. The Kenyan long distance runner made the announcement on Wednesday in a statement obtained by Runner’s World, which described her struggles with a back injury she’s dealt with since 2019. She also posted the news on her Instagram account.→Sign up for Runner’s World+ to keep up with all of the latest pro racing news 🏅“Now is the time to say goodbye—if only as an elite runner—to the sport I love so much,” she said in the statement. “After my successful 2019, when I had some good results including second place in New York, I was hopeful that I could still be very competitive internationally for several more years even though I am in my late 30s. However, I’m sad to say, a back injury that I suffered in late 2019 made a decision about my retirement for me.”
7 hours ago | The NY Times
Some activists say that Biden’s new plan for donating vaccines is not enough.
When President Biden announced in June that the United States would buy 500 million Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine doses for poorer nations, there was a gaping hole in his plan: To fund it, the administration quietly diverted hundreds of millions of dollars that had already been promised to countries for helping to get shots into people’s arms.Mr. Biden did not make the same mistake a second time.His announcement on Wednesday that the United States was donating an additional 500 million Pfizer doses came paired with a promise of an additional $750 million for vaccine distribution, roughly half of it through a nonprofit involved in global vaccinations. That reflected a growing awareness on the part of global leaders that turning vaccines into actual vaccinations represents one of the most significant challenges of this phase of the pandemic.
7 hours ago | mindbodygreen
13 Signs You're Dealing With A Controlling Person + What To Do
Controlling behavior isn't always physical aggression and outright demands. In fact, if someone doesn't know what to watch out for, it's possible they won't even realize they're being controlled. Here's why some people are controlling, behaviors to look out for, and how to deal with any controlling people in your life. What does it mean to be controlling? A controlling person is someone who attempts to maintain control, authority, and/or decision-making power over other people and situations. Controlling behavior can include everything from directly telling someone what they can or cannot do to more discreet methods like guilt-tripping, gaslighting, possessiveness. Oftentimes the wants and needs of the person being controlled are completely dismissed or even disrespected.Anyone can have controlling tendencies and behaviors, including friends, family members, co-workers, and romantic partners. A person doesn't necessarily need to be a "bad" person to have controlling tendencies.
7 hours ago | The NY Times
Nearly 1 in 4 hospitals treating Covid in Afghanistan have shut down, the W.H.O. warns.
Nearly one-quarter of the hospitals treating Covid-19 in Afghanistan have closed in recent weeks, and the country’s efforts to respond to the pandemic have declined, World Health Organization officials said Wednesday.The W.H.O. issued an urgent warning on Wednesday, saying that Afghanistan is on the brink of “an imminent humanitarian catastrophe.”The notice followed a recent visit to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, where W.H.O. leaders met with the leadership of the Taliban, which is now in control of the country. The W.H.O. officials also met with United Nations partners, health care workers and patients.“Cuts in donor support to the country’s largest health project, Sehatmandi, has left thousands of health facilities without funding for medical supplies and salaries for health staff,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the W.H.O., and Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, the organization’s regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean, said in a joint statement on Wednesday.
8 hours ago | The NY Times
Watch Live: Fed Chair Speaks After Policy Meeting
Jerome H. Powell, the Federal Reserve chair, is expected to signal that the central bank will soon slow its large bond-buying program. The move would be a first step in weaning the economy off its pandemic support.
8 hours ago | Runner's World
How Courtney Frerichs Had Her Best Track Season
When Courtney Frerichs raced in the Olympic steeplechase final on August 4, the American record-holder in the event brought a reminder signifying the struggles she overcame to be on the start line in Tokyo. Before the race, Frerichs, 28, placed a temporary tattoo with the word “belong” on her left wrist. It became her mantra after months earlier, she navigated overwhelming anxiety, sought the support of a therapist, and ultimately reframed her mindset to regain her confidence and joy in running.→Sign up for Runner’s World+ to keep up with all of the latest pro racing news 🏅And in that race, Frerichs more than proved that she belonged in that Olympic final; she ran the race of her life. With four laps to go, Frerichs made a gutsy move to take the lead, and ultimately crossed the line second behind Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai, who caught the American with fewer than 300 meters to go and broke away right before the final water jump. Chemutai won gold in 9:01.45, and behind her, Frerichs finished in 9:04.79 for silver, the best Olympic performance by an American woman in the steeplechase.
9 hours ago | The NY Times
Biden Presses Global Partners to Amplify Pandemic Response
President Biden called for a heightened, unified global response to the pandemic as he convened a virtual Covid-19 summit in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.
9 hours ago | The NY Times
Vaccines for Young Kids?
This is the Education Briefing, a weekly update on the most important news in U.S. education. Sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox.Today, we’re covering a coming fight over vaccines for young children, test-to-stay programs and social media advice for parents.Pfizer and BioNTech say their coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective in children from 5 to 11. The shots could be available to young children around Halloween, my colleague Apoorva Mandavilli reports.For some parents, emergency authorization from the F.D.A. cannot come soon enough. But others are hesitant, my colleagues Sarah Mervosh and Dana Goldstein report.Only about 40 percent of children ages 12 to 15 are fully vaccinated, compared with 66 percent of adults, according to federal data. Polling indicates that parental openness to vaccination decreases with a child’s age.
9 hours ago | The NY Times
Biden calls on global partners to bolster the world’s Covid response: ‘We need to go big.’
Declaring “we need to go big,” President Biden on Wednesday called on other world leaders, pharmaceutical executives, philanthropists and civil society organizations to band together to forge a global consensus around a plan to fight the coronavirus crisis.Speaking at the opening of a virtual Covid-19 summit he is convening in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, Mr. Biden cited two especially urgent challenges: vaccinating the world against Covid-19, and solving a global oxygen crisis, which is leading to unnecessary deaths among Covid-19 patients who might survive if oxygen were available.“We’re not going to solve this crisis with half measures or middle of the road ambitions — we need to go big,” the president said, adding, “It’s an all hands on deck crisis.”
10 hours ago | Men's Health
The Inchworm Is a More Effective Exercise Than You Think
If you ever did a sport—even if it was just youth league soccer or a casual track club—you've probably gone through a ringer of warmup exercises that included a move called the inchworm. The maneuver is accessible for all types of people (rambunctious kids included), and it's even more effective than you might have ever guessed as you moved through the motions ahead of your practice or competition. The key to making the most out of the exercise is focusing on every single detail. For Men's Health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S., the inchworm is a great opportunity to work your abs in a way that goes beyond than your typical crunch to static plank combo. "Every so often, you need a different kind of core move," he says. "Not a move that's going to take you to fatigue or leave your abs feeling fried, but a move that's going to help your abs feel great, that's going to help you challenge a little bit of stability, that's going to help you warm your core up, and is going to challenge your multi-planar stability maybe a little more than you may think." Along with the benefits for your core, you'll also get moving more than in some other, static stretches and stretch out your hamstrings more than you might expect.
10 hours ago | mindbodygreen
Fall Is Officially Here: Welcome The New Season With These 6 Equinox Rituals
The autumn equinox is a time when day and night are in equal balance—though, in the Southern Hemisphere, it is a shift to spring and not fall. In either case, we are moving into a new season today and are being encouraged to stop, celebrate, and take stock of our lives. Many cultures welcome the autumn equinox with ceremonies expressing gratitude for the harvest. The Zoroastrian harvest festival of Mehregangives thanks to the creator God of the sun. In parts of Japan, there is a six-day equinox festival for repenting for past transgressions and praying for wisdom and guidance. In China, the occasion can be celebrated with moon cakes and family reunions. And at sacred sites around the world, thousands of people continue to gather to honor the blessing of time and watch the sunrise on this special day.
11 hours ago | The NY Times
The Latest on Kids and Covid Vaccines
The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has been shown to be safe and highly effective in children ages 5 to 11 years, setting the stage for authorization in this group, possibly before the end of October.
12 hours ago | The NY Times
Brazil’s health minister tests positive for Covid at the U.N. General Assembly.
Brazil’s health minister announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday in New York, where he was attending the United Nations General Assembly along with the country’s defiantly unvaccinated president, Jair Bolsonaro.The health minister, Marcelo Queiroga, tweeted that he would quarantine in the United States and was “following all health safety protocols.” It was not immediately known whether he was vaccinated.Mr. Queiroga had accompanied Mr. Bolsonaro during his visit to New York for the U.N. meeting, and was seen on video shaking hands with Britain’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, when Mr. Johnson met Mr. Bolsonaro on Monday.Mr. Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic in South America’s largest country has been widely criticized. He has repeatedly downplayed the threat the virus posed, and his government was slow to secure access to vaccines even as Covid-19 overwhelmed hospitals and killed more than 590,000 people in Brazil.
13 hours ago | The NY Times
Dr. Fauci, Movie Star
WASHINGTON — It was not quite noon on a sunny Saturday in Washington, and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the renowned infectious disease specialist and top medical adviser to President Biden, was worried about what shirt to wear.He had just wrapped up a White House call, his third Zoom of the day. He popped out onto his back deck in jeans and a red T-shirt under a long sleeved blue crew neck, wondering aloud if he should change. The last time he had been photographed at home, in sunglasses beside his backyard pool, he said, he faced “a firestorm of the crazy far right” accusing him of “trying to be a movie star.”Now Dr. Fauci — arguably the nation’s most famous, and suddenly most polarizing doctor — is a movie star, in a manner of speaking. A new documentary titled, simply, “Fauci,” had a limited run this month in 11 cities (in theaters that required proof of vaccinations and masks) and will begin streaming in early October on Disney+.
14 hours ago | The NY Times
Volkswagen’s truck unit warns that the chip crisis will undercut sales.
Volkswagen’s truck unit is facing “severe difficulties” in buying semiconductors that are weighing on sales at a time when demand is rising, the company warned on Wednesday, offering the latest sign of how a global chip shortage is holding back economic growth.Traton, the maker of Scania, MAN and Navistar trucks, said it was also suffering from shortages of other critical components.The shortages come as the global economy is slowly rebounding as new coronavirus cases decline and consumers spend money saved during pandemic lockdowns. To meet demand, the company is cannibalizing parts from finished but unsold vehicles and installing them in trucks for which there are firm orders.As a result, sales from July through September will be “significantly lower than planned” even though customers are clamoring for trucks, Traton said. “Supply chain difficulties will have a stronger impact than expected.” Volkswagen owns 90 percent of the truck maker, which has a separate listing on the stock market.
14 hours ago | Runner's World
The Optimal Prerun Warmup Sequence, Per Research
Foam rolling and stretching is often touted for helping increase your range of motion, which can boost running performance. But does it really matter which you should do first before running as long as you get the benefits of each? Recent research in the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine suggests there really is an ideal one-two combination.In a meta-analysis, researchers looked at 12 studies that involved foam rolling and stretching, particularly those including performance parameters like greater strength or better jump height. → Join Runner’s World+ today for exclusive access to the latest running tips and news!In assessing the effects of each strategy on its own, as well as combining the approaches, the researchers found that putting foam rolling and stretching together had the greatest increase in range of motion, especially when done in that order.
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