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    Active Aging  |  Presented by: Physicians Medical Group of San Jose Reading is a great way to exercise your brain and improve your sleep. What’s more? According to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, reading may even help to prevent or delay Alzheimer’s. Whether you’re a book lover or hoping to read more, here are five tips on how to launch your own book club. Benefits of Starting (or Joining) a Book Club On its own, reading may seem like a dull or solo activity—but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, there are several physical and mental health benefits associated with reading. In one 2013 study, researchers found that people who engage in mentally stimulating activities such as reading and solving math problems earlier in life (and for the duration of their lives) are less likely to develop dementia. Reading has also been proven to decrease blood pressure, lower heart rate, and reduce feelings of psychological distress. Beyond that, reading may even help you live longer. According to a 12-year study published in Innovation in...
    OMG! The DEBT CEILING FIGHT is back. Many of you may be asking yourself: what the hell is the debt ceiling? In brief, it's the limit on how much the government is allowed to borrow to pay for what it already owes on bills Congress has already agreed on and enacted — not for legislation that's currently being debated. If it's not raised, the government can't pay its bills (just as if you or I didn't pay our credit card bill). That would result in a default, which would mean chaos. Your variable-rate mortgage, for example, would go through the roof. The full faith and credit of the United States would be undermined. The current debt ceiling has to be raised to pay for debt racked up by Republicans as well as Democrats, including trillions under the former guy. Senate Democrats raised the ceiling for Trump, so why won't Mitch McConnell and his Senate Republicans do it now for Biden? Answer: because the debt ceiling is a political football used by both parties to gain leverage. (Democrats won...
    Biological diversity, shortened to biodiversity, refers to the variety of things that we have on earth. “Things” can refer to different DNA, different bacteria, different plants and animals, and even the variety of all of these things within a region or ecosystem. Biodiversity is generally acknowledged as important, even essential to survival, but it is endangered by human activities on earth. It’s not just endangered and extinct species that this affects though, through the interconnectedness of planet Earth, many humans are feeling this every day. Increasingly, it is our interactions with our food and food production that are endangering biodiversity. Most of what North Americans eat is now the product of industrial agriculture. At the beginning of the 20th century, machinery began changing the global agricultural landscape, replacing the biological power of humans and animals for a variety of tasks. The thirties saw the advent of new, high-yield crop varieties, and throughout the second half of the twentieth century until today, the use of synthetic fertilizers and industrial agriculture techniques have continued to grow. This type of food production has...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused Friday to say how many breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated staff there have been at the White House. A reporter pointed out how President Joe Biden’s administration touts its “transparency” during a White House daily briefing and inquired why it hadn’t released “the number of breakthrough cases” of “vaccinated staffers.” (RELATED: Press Secretary Jen Psaki Says Criticism Of Door-To-Door Vaccination Campaign Is A ‘Disservice To The Country’) WATCH: A reporter challenges @PressSec on not releasing the number of breakthrough covid cases among WH staffers: REPORTER: “Why not just provide the number are you trying to hide something?”@PressSec: “Why do you need to have that information?” REPORTER: “Transparency…” pic.twitter.com/POVmqkzEFr — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 23, 2021 “I think think first we’re in a very different place than we were six to seven months ago as it relates to the virus,” Psaki replied. “And as many medical experts have said inside and outside of the government of those who are vaccinated are protected of serious illness, most are asymptomatic, if they are individuals who...
    Each year modern commercial fisheries neglect to report more than 32 million tons of caught fish each year, more than the weight of the entire U.S. population of 320 million. This alarming fact comes from a study published in Nature Communications, a peer-reviewed, open-access scientific journal. The study goes on to explain how fisheries in more than 200 countries are severely threatening fish populations as well as the planet. In addition to using fish-finding sonar, modern fishing ships are using trawl nets, drift nets, longlines – a single fishing line with numerous hooks and other irresponsible tactics. The result is overfishing; basically, this occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction. Overfishing has been reported since the early 1800s and became catastrophic by the 20th Century. Marine biologists say that in the mid-20th Century, efforts to increase the abundance of protein-rich foods led to an abrupt increase in fishing. Consumers soon got used to having access to a variety of fish species at affordable prices – however, that affordability for consumers comes at a large cost to the oceans. Why...
    In my six years as a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) staffer and since founding Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION) nearly a decade ago, I’ve rescued thousands of ducks and ducklings. I’ve come to the aid of so many ducks, chickens, and other fowl that my PETA coworkers call me “the bird guy.” So I’m hyperaware that, yes, ducklings are cute and cuddly. But I can confirm from firsthand experience that there’s no holiday, no photoshoot, and no amount of good intentions that could justify buying ducklings (or any animals) as gifts or for any other purpose. Case in point: the man who surprised his grandkids with baby ducklings earlier this month. “Could it really be that difficult to care for ducklings?” It’s the question Hewlett, New York, resident Giancarlo Mazzanti surely asked himself prior to purchasing two baby ducklings from a roadside farm peddling animals as though they were postcards, hoping to surprise his three grandchildren for Easter. Although this grandfather undoubtedly meant well, his “gift” quickly turned disastrous—for him and the birds. He’d bought...
    Twinkie was only three months old when she was found wandering alone in the woods on a cold winter day, hungry and in need of medical attention. The tiny pot-bellied pig was scared and confused – rescuers were finally able to tempt her into a crate with a snack cake (thus her name). Once she was safe with caregivers at Pasado’s Safe Haven, the Pacific Northwest’s leading animal sanctuary, Twinkie showed that she loved belly rubs and snuggling with humans. So how did she end up in need of rescue? Her age and the timing of her abandonment indicate that Twinkie was likely a Christmas present, maybe for a child or an adult that didn’t understand the level of care that pigs require. Pigs are extremely intelligent and sensitive animals that form strong emotional bonds with their caregivers. They are also, on average, the size of a giant-breed dog when they reach maturity. They need hoof care, skincare, and regular access to the outdoors (with the best fencing money can buy – they are incredible escape artists). Adding a pig...
    This article was medically reviewed by Amanda Weingarten, Certified Nurse Midwife and Lactation Consultant, Oula.  Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. Midwives are highly trained professionals who help with pregnancy, birth, and infant care. SolStock/Getty Images Midwives are trained healthcare professionals who offer expertise in labor and reproductive health.  Midwives also provide primary care counseling, prescribe birth control, and offer infant care.  Midwives support normal or "natural,"  physiologic birth, but can also assist in C-sections.  Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Midwives are trained and certified healthcare professionals who are experts in obstetric, gynecological, and primary care, says Sascha James-Conterelli, DNP, a midwife at Yale Medicine.  They are caretakers of mothers and their newborns during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period, among numerous other abilities. In fact, midwives attend...
    You’ve probably heard that age-old saying that “beauty is pain.” Unfortunately, this statement is proving to be true when we think about where plastics are showing up in personal care items. Whether it’s plastic microbeads added as scrubbing elements to face washes and toothpastes, or the myriad of plastic bottles and containers that house much of our beauty products, plastic is everywhere. And those plastics are proving more and more to be quite painful not only to the environment but also to us. Now, plastic has proven to be quite useful when it comes to packaging cosmetics, moisturizers, hair care products and the wide assortment of other items we use on a daily basis to maintain our physical appearance. They are, ideally, sturdy and dependable for keeping a variety of serums and solutions at your fingertips, ready to use. They are also easy to throw in a purse or overnight bag to keep your look fresh and clean even when you’re on the go. Yet, in spite of the simplicity that plastics may appear to bring to our beauty and...
    Plastic has become one of the most ubiquitous materials in the world and is used to wrap just about every consumer item you can imagine. An incredible 300 million tons of plastic are consumed every single year … and the shocking news is that only 15 percent of it is recycled. This is a paltry figure in comparison to the 88 percent recycling rate for steel, and the 63 percent rate for paper. Plastic does not biodegrade easily and can remain intact for up to a thousand years before finally breaking down into countless, tiny microplastic fragments. In fact, every single piece of plastic that has ever been manufactured is still in existence today. In today’s society, plastic can quite literally be found everywhere … and this includes the oceans of our planet, which absorb around 8.8 million tons of plastic waste every single year. At least 270,000 tons of plastic debris are believed to be floating around on the surface of the oceans alone, while a number of “trash islands” have formed in various areas of the world. The most well...
    This week, the Supreme Court upheld Trump’s exceptions to the Affordable Care Act, which will allow universities and employers to deny insurers free birth control due to moral objections. The outcry from women’s rights advocates was swift. Many insisted that contraception is an imperative part of health care for women. On Twitter, former California congresswoman Katie Hill was quick to note that birth control does more than just prevent pregnancies. It also helps to treat some conditions like endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome.  “Nothing to do with contraception,” Hill wrote. “Just with health, & preventing unimaginable pain. Clearly, people still don’t give a shit about women.” 
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