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    AN AUSTRALIAN travel expert has shut down a myth surrounding the middle seat on a plane. While the middle seat is the worst for comfort, legend has it it's the one that is most likely to get you an upgrade as cabin crew will feel sorry for you. 2Upgrades go to the highest-tier frequent flyer members, not those sat in the middle seat, according to an Australian travel expertCredit: Alamy However, Angus Kidman, travel expert at comparison site Finder, said it is “absolutely not true” — well, not for Aussie airlines anyway. Mr Kidman told news.com.au: “Upgrades go to the highest-tier frequent flyer members — and there’s often a queue of them who have applied prior to the flight,” “If you’re just a regular passenger, there’s no chance you’re getting upgraded.” Mr Kidman’s comments come after Travel company Stasher claimed middle seat passengers were more likely to get a free upgrade. Read More On Flight BehaviourSNOOZE YOU LOSE I'm a flight attendant - you should never sleep early on a flightCLOSE CALL I’m a dad - how to make...
    “The pandemic is over.” It’s a pronouncement we’ve heard several times in the more than 2½ years since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. As California enters fall with the coronavirus very much on the decline, some are once again declaring victory. But health experts say that despite the significant progress, it’s less about turning the page than about understanding that COVID-19 remains quite unpredictable. The heat was recently turned up on the long-simmering question when President Biden declared “the pandemic is over” during an interview with “60 Minutes.” Days later, Biden acknowledged the criticism he received over his statement but added that the pandemic “basically is not where it was.” It wasn’t the first time the president has sought to project the end of the pandemic. On the Fourth of July 2021 — almost seven months into the nation’s vaccine rollout — Biden said, “we’re closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus.” But that declaration, which came when the U.S. COVID-19 death toll stood at a bit more than 605,000, proved...
    Promise: “I’m never going to raise the white flag and surrender. We’re going to beat this virus. We’re going to get it under control, I promise you.” President Joe Biden caused a stir in a “60 Minutes” interview on Sept. 18 when he declared that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. “We still have a problem with COVID — we’re still doing a lot of work on it,” Biden said. “But the pandemic is over.” Critics countered that the U.S. is still averaging about 400 deaths daily from the virus, that nearly 30,000 Americans remain hospitalized, and that many others are suffering from “long COVID” symptoms stemming from previous infections. Two days later, Biden acknowledged that despite the negative reactions by some, the pandemic “basically is not where it was.” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called the coronavirus “a lot more manageable.” Past experience means “we know what works,” she said. PolitiFact has been tracking a campaign promise Biden made in 2020 that is closely related, but distinct, from what Biden told “60 Minutes.” During the presidential campaign, Biden said, “I’m never going to raise the...
    Can you get the COVID booster and flu shot at the same time? For Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, the answer is simple. “I really believe this is why God gave us two arms — one for the flu shot and the other one for the COVID shot,” he quipped during a recent briefing. As public health officials prepare for a possible rebound of the coronavirus this fall and winter, they’re also urging people to get vaccinated against the familiar, if recently quiet, foe of influenza. But busy residents need not fret about booking a pair of appointments. Jha, along with other officials and experts, say it’s perfectly fine to roll up each of your sleeves during the same visit. California Moderna vs Pfizer: Is it OK to mix and match the updated COVID-19 booster shots? A big question with the new COVID-19 vaccine: Can you mix brands? Here is what experts say Healthcare providers should offer flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same visit to people who are eligible, according...
    PRINCE Andrew will be nothing more than the Royal dog walker in chief under King Charles III as the disgraced Duke faces being nearly totally frozen out of the family, experts have said. Royal observers believe shamed Andrew - often dubbed The Queen's favourite - faces very little meaningful future in The Firm despite his well reported ambition to return to frontline duties. 7Prince Andrew could never again return to public life - being relegated to the 'Royal dogwalker'Credit: EPA 7Andrew was given care over The Queen's beloved corgisCredit: Getty - Pool 7Prince Andrew and King Charles are understood to have a frosty relationshipCredit: PA 7Andrew could even lose his home - The Royal Lodge at WindsorCredit: © David Dyson Andrew is attempting to rehab his image as he dreams of making a comeback after humiliatingly settling out of court with sex accuser Virginia Giuffre. It was the latest in a lengthy string of embarrassments which were seen as bringing shame on the Royals and infuriating his older brother King Charles. And with The Queen no...
    MILLIONS of remote workers have been warned to use caution when using free Wi-Fi. After the COVID-19 pandemic came to end, many workers continued to work remotely. 1Millions of remote workers have been warned to use caution when using free Wi-Fi.Credit: Getty This, coupled with the 1.1 million workers who travel for business in the United States every day, means a lot of people are using Wi-Fi outside of their homes and offices. And now cybersecurity firm Titan HQ has found that there's been a surge in hacking as more workers use free Wi-Fi in cafes and public spaces. The 'perfect breeding ground' In fact, public Wi-Fi is the perfect breeding ground for hackers to target unsuspecting individuals, experts say. Read more on hackingCRYPT-NO Hacker steals $160million worth of crypto - but the victim might REWARD the thiefCAB SCRAP Uber hit by cyber attack as '18-yr-old hacker' 'sends obscene messages to staff' Oftentimes, public Wi-Fi lacks adequate security measures and encryption needed to protect a user's data. And in some scenarios, public Wi-Fi has even been set up by cybercriminals themselves...
    Mphillips007 | E+ | Getty Images The pumpkin spice latte is back — and the popular and meme-ified seasonal drink can teach us a lot about consumer behavior and economics. Starbucks debuted the pumpkin spice latte in 2003, and the "PSL" grew to be the company's most popular seasonal drink, selling more than 600 million since inception and fueling its adoption by rival coffee chains and neighborhood cafes. The pumpkin-spice craze has grown far beyond coffee to ice cream, craft beer, baked goods, yogurt — even dog food. The industry was worth $511 million in 2019, up 4.7% from the prior year, according to Nielsen data. And companies are issuing pumpkin-spice products earlier and earlier — weeks before the fall season officially starts. Krispy Kreme, for example, began serving its pumpkin-spice donuts and drinks on Aug. 8, its earliest-ever release. More from Personal Finance:Why the $39 trillion U.S. retirement system gets a 'C+' gradeHow persistent high inflation may affect your tax bracketHow to decorate on a budget, according to designers And then — poof, the flavor is gone just a...
    Dr. Marianne Baker, of Cancer Research UK, said this discovery is just the start. "Scientists discovered that viruses could help to treat cancer 100 years ago, but it's been challenging to harness them safely and effectively,” Baker said to the BBC. "This new viral therapy shows promise in a small-scale early trial - now we need more studies to find out how well it works." In just the past year, the number of cancer survivors has increased by more than a million. Cancer is still the second-biggest cause of death in the U.S., killing an estimated 602,350 people in 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, researchers are optimistic that the rate of people surviving the disease will only continue to accelerate.
    Legal experts on Wednesday rejected former President Donald Trump's claim that he could declassify secret national security documents with his mind. Trump in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity made a series of claims entirely untethered from reality while defending himself amid an FBI criminal investigation into classified documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago residence. Trump suggested that last month's FBI search of the property may have actually been in search of Hillary Clinton's deleted emails. "There's also a lot of speculation, because of what they did, the severity of the FBI coming in, raiding Mar-a-Lago, were they looking for the Hillary Clinton emails that were deleted — but they are around someplace," Trump said. "Wait, you're not saying you had it?" Hannity interjected. "No, no, they may be saying — they may have thought that it was in there," Trump replied. "And a lot of people said that the only thing that would give the kind of severity that they showed by actually coming in and raiding with many, many people is the Hillary Clinton deal, the Russia...
    Even slim people with type 2 diabetes can reverse their condition through a soup and shakes diet, researchers revealed today. And they only need to lose 10 per cent of their body weight, experts believe.  This is the equivalent of someone with a 13st (83kg) frame losing 1st 4lbs (8kg).  Newcastle University scientists say the findings, presented at a medical conference in Sweden, support the idea that everyone has a 'personal fat threshold'.  Type 2 diabetes affects roughly 4.5million people in Britain and 37million in the US. Although heavily driven by obesity, roughly 15 per cent of all sufferers are of 'normal weight' (stock) Professor Roy Taylor, a world renowned diabetes expert and lead researcher, said: 'If you develop type 2 diabetes, you simply have more fat inside your body than you can cope with, even if apparently slim. 'This excess fat spills into your liver and pancreas stopping normal function and causing type 2 diabetes.  'You only need an extra half gram of fat in the pancreas to prevent normal insulin production. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    When is the best time to get the updated Omicron booster shot? Although someone’s schedule could change depending on health, occupation or travel plans, officials generally recommend getting the additional bivalent dose ahead of the busy fall-and-winter holiday season. With Halloween a little over a month away, “planning to increase your protection by getting this updated booster in the next few weeks is a good idea,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, a UC San Francisco infectious diseases expert, suggested that eligible people get both the new booster and flu shot no later than October. “If you’re trick-or-treating for Halloween and you haven’t gotten your flu shot or your booster yet, that’s probably the time that you should really run out and get it,” he said. California Should I get the Omicron booster now or wait a few weeks? Whenever you opt to roll up your sleeve, it’s important to note that it takes two weeks for the full effect of the booster to hit. Officials say it...
    Two years after declaring on the campaign trail that he “will shut down this virus” if elected, President Joe Biden said in an interview Sunday that the COVID-19 “pandemic is over” — stirring debate in a country where few pay much mind to it anymore while the disease still kills hundreds of Americans a day. Though the president’s remarks on CBS’ 60 Minutes drew jabs from some quarters and puzzlement from others, they raise a question medical experts have struggled to answer clearly: When will we know the COVID-19 pandemic is over? In many ways, that depends how you define it. Dr. John Swartzberg, clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases and vaccinology at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, said that “we’re still in a pandemic by any clear definition of it, but we’ve chosen not to respond to it psychologically and in the way we live our daily lives.” “The pandemic in people’s minds, if not epidemiologists’ definitions, means that the world has stopped to deal with this,” Swartzberg said. “Our society isn’t turned upside down trying to deal...
    By Christina Zdanowicz and Holly Yan | CNN When it gets too hot in Denver and Baltimore classrooms, students are sent home because their schools don’t have air conditioning. In Massachusetts, checking for rusty water leaking from a ceiling has become a “morning ritual.” In California, a school’s cockroach infestation has gotten so bad that some students fear eating lunch. While school infrastructure problems are a perennial challenge, national data and dismal stories from teachers suggest the crises are reaching an apex. Atrocious school conditions have even prompted some teachers this school year to go on strike. “We’re getting to a critical stage now,” said Mike Pickens, executive director of the National Council on School Facilities. “The average age of a school building now is from 49 to 50 years” — the highest in memory. Some schools date back to World War II. But as schools get older and more desperate for repairs, the funding gap for public schools keeps getting worse. “American Society of Civil Engineers gives the condition of America’s 100,000 public school buildings an overall grade of...
    In this article MERCSiriporn Wongmanee / Eyeem | Eyeem | Getty ImagesThe U.S. retirement system may seem flush — yet it ranks poorly in relation to those in other developed nations. Collectively, Americans had more than $39 trillion in wealth earmarked for old age at the end of 2021, according to the Investment Company Institute. However, the U.S. places well outside the top 10 on various global retirement rankings from industry players, such as the Mercer CFA Institute Global Pension Index and Natixis Investment Managers 2021 Global Retirement Index. According to Mercer's index, for example, the U.S. got a "C+." It ranked No. 17 on Natixis' list.   Here's why the U.S. falls short, according to retirement experts.The U.S. has a 'patchwork retirement design'Iceland topped both lists. Among other factors, the country delivers generous and sustainable retirement benefits to a large share of the population, has a low level of old-age poverty, and has a higher relative degree of retirement income equality, according to the reports, which use different methodologies. Other nations, including Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Australia, Ireland...
    The finalization of California’s Advanced Clean Cars II regulations has sparked widespread concern that there is insufficient electricity to transition away from gasoline. Flex Alerts during severe heat waves have created an intuitive perception that California is already struggling to generate enough electricity and cannot expect to fuel millions of new electric vehicles. Experts who have studied the issue disagree. California’s Air Resources Board provides detailed responses to public comments as part of its rulemaking process. Their 114-page “Response to Comments on the Draft Environmental Analysis”, released on August 24th, begins by addressing concerns about the availability of electricity. The agency issues “master responses” to multiple comments on the same topic, and Master Response 1 includes the following assurance: “California’s existing grid and approved investments being undertaken now will allow the state to handle millions of electric vehicles in the near-term, and projections show the broader western grid can handle up to 24 million electric vehicles without requiring any additional power plants. As identified in Table 3 of the Draft EA, the Proposed Program is anticipated to result in about...
    Beleaguered Russian forces still reeling from Ukraine's devastating offensive may not have 'sufficient reserves or adequate morale' to withstand another concerted assault in eastern parts of Ukraine, according to defence experts. British defence intelligence analysts believe Moscow has managed to establish a new defensive line between the Oskil River and the town of Svatove near the border between the Kharkiv and Luhansk regions. The zone is viewed as important partly because capturing he Luhansk region, part of the Donbas, was one of Russia's key warm aims.  Any substantial loss of territory here, one of the few main resupply routes from Russia's Belgorod region, would 'unambiguously undermine' Vladimir Putin's strategy for the conflict, the experts say.  It comes following the collapse of Russian lines in the east after a stunning Ukrainian offensive launched on September 6 that took the invaders by surprise, forcing the Kremlin to concede swathes of territory.  A Ukrainian tank rolls through countryside around the key town of Izium that was liberated over a week ago Russian forces suffered huge losses during Ukraine's lightning assault, which saw Ukraine liberate thousands...
    A Social Security Administration office in San Francisco.Getty Images Social Security's average wait time for an initial disability decision hit an all-time high in August of more than six months, or 198 days — almost three times higher than it was a decade ago. That is just one of many signs that Social Security's services have not been able to keep up as the agency's funding falls short of what it needs, experts said this week. In a letter sent on Thursday to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., AARP noted wait times of about 31 minutes on Social Security's 800 number, about 10 times longer than they were in 2012. Meanwhile, the average disability claimant today waits more than two years for a final decision, while more than 10,000 people die each year without an answer, the non-partisan organization noted in its letter. More from Personal Finance:Social Security adds safety protocols for in-office visitsInflation is driving long-term care costs even higherSocial Security could be a 'front-burner issue' in November's election That's as complaints...
    More than fourteen rabbits have died from a highly contagious virus that can be spread by humans, environmental authorities have warned. Veterinarians in Connecticut and South Carolina disclosed the sudden deaths from rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus type-2 (RHDV2) in feral herds this week, with thirteen in Connecticut dying within a day of each other. The virus is a 'serious threat' to rabbits, killing seven-in-ten of those it infects, and leaving them suffering bloody noses and mouths and struggling to breathe. Humans cannot catch the virus, experts say, but they can transmit the disease via hands or shoes. Owners are being told to wash their hands with warm soapy water before going to rabbitries and not let their pets interact with wild rabbits. The case marks the first time the virus has been detected in South Carolina. It reached the U.S. in 2018 and has since spread to 19 states across both the western and eastern coasts of the country. Rabbits are being killed by a virus that is fatal to 70 percent of those it infects (fil photo) The Connecticut...
    (CNN)Nobody wants to think about how their loved ones will cope when they die, but it's important to plan effectively to ensure a smooth transition of your wealth and worldly possessions -- even if you're young or feel like you don't have much to leave behind.An estate plan is a collection of legally binding documents that ensures you are in control of what happens to you, your assets and any dependents you may have if you become disabled or when you die. The plan can include a will, power of attorney forms, trusts and more."Having an estate plan is like carrying the umbrella for the inevitable rainy day," said Mary Elizabeth Anderson, a partner at law firm Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP in Louisville, Kentucky.Write a will The most commonly known will is called a last will and testament, which is a written statement of who should get a deceased person's assets, Anderson said. It can also include who will take guardianship of dependents or pets. If you think your preparation will help you later, you will probably be right,...
    It may feel natural to dip your hands into the biscuit tin after a stressful day at work. But researchers believe they've uncovered a simple trick to help banish your desire to comfort eat — listen to music. Scientists analysed how many snacks women ate after listening to certain types of music. Participants were made to feel sad, as part of the study's attempts to see how food and music can help to combat negative emotions. Women who listened to music which released feelings of anger or sadness ate half the amount of crisps, chocolate and sweets, compared to volunteers not given any headphones. The music included songs like Amy Winehouse's (left) Back To Black, Eminem's (right) Mockingbird, and Linkin Park's In The End  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next British Medical Journal faces backlash from leading... Surgeons use an ELECTRIC GRINDER to remove metal ring from... Exposure to blue light from phones and tablets in childhood... Royal College of Surgeons is accused of 'homophobia' for... Share this article Share Such tunes...
    President Joe Biden’s $3.8 million vacation home in Delaware has a 98 percent chance of being flooded in the next five years due to climate change increasing sea levels. The six-bedroom house is located in Rehoboth and sits less than a mile from the shore line, which places it within FEMA's Special Flood Hazard Area - the zone that would be overrun with water during a 100-year flood, CNN reports. The Mid-Atlantic state has experienced a sea level rise of more than a foot in the past century, but the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns it will continue to rise over the next century and flowing water will eventually overtake its coastal areas. Although Climate change plays a major role, the land Biden’s home sits on is naturally sinking and puts this region at an even higher risk of rising sea levels - and levels are increasing faster than anywhere else in the world. President Joe Biden’s $3.8 million vacation home in Delaware has a 98 percent chance of being flooded in the next five years due to...
    SHOPPING: Products featured in this Mail Best article are independently selected by our shopping writers. If you make a purchase using links on this page, DailyMail.com will earn an affiliate commission. Thinning hair can really knock a person’s confidence, but there are certain products that aim to stop the fallout. As healthy hair starts with the scalp, you may have already seen your favorite beauty influencers recommend scalp treatments to remove product build-up, unclog pores and nourish the hair from the root. And if you want to reduce hair loss and grow it faster than ever before, several TikTok and Instagram influencers are in agreement that the Inkey List caffeine stimulating scalp treatment can do the job. Despite costing just $14.99, the treatment is packed with ingredients that will detox your scalp and protect the hair so you notice less of it left behind in your brush and the shower and see more on your head when you look in the mirror. The Inkey List Caffeine Stimulating Scalp Treatment Simply apply directly to the scalp before bedtime and notice...
    PRINCES William and Harry today relived the trauma of their mother's funeral - but it will help wounds heal, experts have said. The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex walked behind the Queen's coffin this afternoon in a haunting reminder of Princess Diana's funeral. 6Princes William and Harry stood side by side as they followed the Queen's coffin in a haunting reminder of their own mother's funeralCredit: Reuters The brothers, who have faced years of speculated rifts, were reunited in grief as they stood side-by-side for the royal procession. Peter Phillips, who separated William and Harry at Prince Philip's funeral, instead took his place on Harry's left to allow the brothers to walk together. And according to body language expert Judi James, the brothers' mannerisms were a stark reminder of those they held behind their mother's coffin in 1997. Speaking to The Sun, Judi explained: "William and Harry walked side-by-side behind the coffin with no apparent need to have Peter Philips walk in between them as some kind of buffer, as they did at Philip’s funeral. Read...
    Globalstock | E+ | Getty Images If you feel like your income hasn't kept up with rising prices, you're not alone. More than half, 55%, of respondents in a new survey from Bankrate.com say their incomes have not kept up with rising household expenses amid persistent high inflation. Only 33% of respondents said their incomes have either kept up with or exceeded higher household expenses. The online survey was conducted between Aug. 17 and 19 and included 2,458 adults. More from Personal Finance:Steps workers worried about job cuts can take to prepare Typical job switcher got a pay raise of nearly 10%, study finds Here are the 'most employable' college degrees New government inflation data released on Tuesday showed inflation in August was higher than expected, as the consumer price index increased 0.1% for the month, and 8.3% over the past 12 months. Bankrate's survey found 40% of employed respondents have received raises in the past 12 months. Meanwhile, 13% got a better-paying job. A lucky 8% got both a pay raise and a better-paying job. The remaining 39% of...
    The flu shot is as familiar an October ritual as football, foliage and Halloween. But health officials are urging Americans to get the new flu shot and COVID booster at the same time — the sooner, the better. “Right where we are now — that’s a good time to be vaccinated,” influenza expert Dr. Lisa Grohskopf of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told the nation’s physicians in a conference call late last week. That’s ahead of time, by traditional measures. Flu season most often peaks in February — and our levels of protective antibodies are at their highest about two weeks after the shot, then wane over the next four to six months. Yet this year’s season could start early if it follows the pattern seen elsewhere in the world. So a delay could catch people unprepared. There’s another concern: People may not want to make two trips to the vaccination clinic — so they may get the new COVID booster but fail to return for the flu. Is there a perfect time to be vaccinated? If...
    by Gabe Kaminsky   A newly approved code for the financial services industry to track gun store purchases could open the door to “privatized government surveillance,” experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) approved the creation of a new merchant code for firearms stores to use when processing credit and debit card transactions, Reuters reported Friday. However, the code could lead to innocent Americans being surveilled should companies coordinate with the government to probe sales, experts say. “If you go into a gun store, presumably, particularly with larger purchases, they’re going to at least try to infer that it is probable you bought a firearm,” John Harris, a lawyer who heads the Tennessee Firearms Association, told the DCNF. “It could expand the trend we see where certain banks or credit card companies may say ‘we’re not going to allow a company with a particular ISO code to use our services.’” ISO was founded in 1947 and votes on global standards for business transactions. Credit card companies are not required to implement the codes. There are 167 countries,...
    Staff in Florida schools face legal jeopardy, attention from hate groups, and demonization from conservatives if they show support for LGBTQ children. A school board resolution that would have expressed support for LGBTQ students in one of the largest school districts in the country was voted down last week, in a move that observers say underscores how, in the current political environment, school officials are facing pressure from the anti-LGBTQ right. Lucia Baez-Geller, a member of the board of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida, introduced a resolution this month calling on the board to recognize October as LGBTQ history month and to provide 12th grade social studies teachers with curriculum resources about Supreme Court cases that affirmed same-sex couples' right to marry and banned discrimination against LGBTQ employees. The board rejected the resolution on Sept. 8, as parents at the meeting threatened to sue and members of the right-wing Proud Boys militia group protested outside, even though it had approved a similar measure last year. Experts on education and right-wing movements tell the American Independent Foundation that Florida's...
    (CNN)Calls for tougher prison sentences are growing in Memphis, Tennessee, as word spreads the suspects in two violent attacks there this month had been released from prison before serving their full sentences for prior convictions.But experts told CNN research shows harsher penalties are not an effective deterrent to violent crime. Instead, they said, rehabilitation programs to help violent or habitual offenders reintegrate into society are essential for public safety and preventing recidivism, which the National Institute of Justice measures by criminal acts resulting in rearrest, reconviction or return to prison within three years after the person's release.Suspects convicted in previous violent crimes released earlyCleotha Henderson, the man suspected of abducting and killing 34-year-old teacher Eliza Fletcher in Memphis last Friday, was previously convicted of aggravated kidnapping and was released in 2020, after serving 20 years of his 24-year sentence.Read MoreEzekiel Kelly, the 19-year-old who authorities said went on a shooting rampage across Memphis on Wednesday, killing four people and injuring three others, was previously charged with criminal attempted first-degree murder but pleaded guilty in April 2021 to a lesser charge...
    Believe it or not, you might want to skip rinsing the toothpaste out of your mouth after brushing your teeth to get the full benefits of fluoride. According to a piece in CNET by Katie Teague, she discovered after watching a dentist’s video on TikTok that rinsing your mouth with water after brushing your teeth is not very effective. She began to simply spit out as much toothpaste as she could without swishing water so that the toothpaste could sit for a little longer. However, she still did not exactly understand why. That’s when she decided to speak with Dr. Edmond Hewlett, consumer advisor for the American Dental Association and professor at UCLA School of Dentistry. Source: Electric Teeth/YouTube According to Dr. Hewlett, it’s important to skip rinsing with water after brushing your teeth because fluoride helps make the enamel harder and more resistant to acids that cause cavities. He says that it is the most well-established effective ingredient in toothpaste, so you should always be sure yours has that ingredient in it. “When you measure a person’s...
    LIZ Truss’s rescue package on energy bills will help to bring down inflation - but interest rates will still need to rise further, experts warn. The new Prime Minister’s decision to freeze the typical household energy bill at £2,500 a year for two years will address the biggest cause of runaway inflation, analysts at Deutsche Bank said. 1Liz Truss's energy bills rescue package will help to bring down inflationCredit: PA They believe that inflation will now peak nearer to 10.5 per cent now, rather than the Bank of England’s August prediction of 13 per cent. Other analysts said a UK downturn would not be as deep as feared and said that the government’s energy support for households, businesses and families should avert a “protracted recession.” But financial markets are still expecting another significant interest rate rate rise of either 0.5 per cent or even 0.75 per cent to interest rates. This would take interest rates, which determine mortgage and borrowing costs, up to either 2.25 per cent or 2.5 per cent, the highest level since 2008. The Bank of England...
    As the sunlight recedes, social gatherings start to wind down, and peak travel season comes to an end, Americans may feel depressive symptoms in the coming months. Experts tell DailyMail.com that the transition period from summer into fall and winter can be rough for some, causing a phenomena some describe as the winter blues. As we get later in the year, sunlight will become more rare as well, disrupting a person's circadian rhythm - a risk factor for the development of depression. School-aged children are at the most risk in early September. After a summer full of structureless play with friends and family with little responsibility, the sudden change to a structured school day and having to complete assignments can be jarring. In most serious cases, these late-year blues could be a result of a condition called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a surprisingly common condition that affects around one-in-20 U.S. adults. It usually begins to show in late fall, when the days become especially short. Dr Amit Etkin (left), a professor at Stanford University, said that many summer activities that...
    THE death of Queen Elizabeth II, who was the "ultimate public servant" will leave a huge void in the United States, according to royal experts. Sandro Monetti, a trustee of The Royal Society of St George, which is the Queen’s charity in America, shared how the Queen acted as a constant light not only for the United Kingdom but also for the US. 3The then-future Queen Elizabeth II, poses with American president Harry Truman in October 1951 at the White House in WashingtonCredit: AFP 3Queen Elizabeth II and US President Barack Obama in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace, as part of the president's three-day state visit to the UK in 2011Credit: PA 3President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth pose at the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London on June 3, 2019Credit: Reuters "There has been so much affection around the Royal family here in the US, and most especially for the Queen who, in an ever-changing world had been a constant light, a symbol of dignity and grace," Monetti exclusively told The U.S....
    Having a can of Diet Coke every day could raise your risk of heart attacks, science suggests. Scientists believe artificial sweeteners, also added to yoghurt, cereal and ketchup, are to blame.  Experts found people who consume just 78mg/day, similar to what is found in half a can of diet fizzy pop, were up to a tenth more likely to suffer a heart attack. They were also a fifth more likely to suffer a stroke, the study found.  In a frank warning to the public, French academics concluded they should not be considered a safe alternative to sugar.  The decade-long trial of 100,000 people, published in the British Medical Journal, adds to a growing pile of evidence suggesting that sweeteners may harm health. However, independent experts warned that the link between the sugar substitutes and heart problems are overstated — while the known dangers of sugar itself are clear.  They said it won't be possible to reach a conclusion on artificial sweeteners without larger and longer-term studies. A team of French researchers studied the eating habits of more than 100,000 people,...
    London (CNN)New British Prime Minister Liz Truss has assembled the most ethnically diverse Cabinet in the United Kingdom's history, with several top jobs given to Black and other minority ethnic lawmakers.For the first time ever, none of the holders of the country's four so-called "Great Offices of State" -- the prime minister, the chancellor and the home and foreign secretaries -- is a White man. Kwasi Kwarteng, who will take charge of the UK's dire economic situation as chancellor, was born in London after his parents migrated from Ghana in the 1960s; the mother of James Cleverly, the new foreign minister, came to the UK from Sierra Leone, while incoming Home Secretary Suella Braverman has Kenyan and Mauritian parents.No other G7 country can claim such diversity at the heart of government and it reflects a rapid rise in the number of minority ethnic politicians to the top tables of British politics in the past decade. But experts say this fact can obscure other prevalent inequalities in the UK's political system. Read MoreCritics fear the continuation of a series of divisive...
    A federal judge appointed by Donald Trump and confirmed after he lost the 2020 presidential election on Monday granted the former president his request for a “special master,” an independent third party, to review the more than 11,000 documents stolen from the White House and seized by federal agents at Mar-a-Lago on August 8. U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, a member of the far-right Federalist Society since 2005, not only granted Trump his request, but ordered the U.S. Dept.of Justice to cease, at least for now, its criminal investigation into Trump and the stolen documents, which include more than 100 classified, highly classified, and top secret documents. Last week former federal prosecutor Shan Wu said Judge Cannon “has no business trying to oversee a federal criminal investigation.” READ MORE: Trump Suggests It’s Corruption for DOJ to Not Release Information Regardless of How It Could Influence an Election “Special masters are used in federal courts to assist judges in matters involving some ‘exceptional condition,’ or ‘complex accounting or computation of damages,’ or where a ‘district judge or magistrate judge of the...
    A mysterious form of pneumonia has emerged in Argentina, infecting ten people and killing three. Some fear that the mysterious infection could be the source of the next Covid-like pandemic, though experts are saying it is too early to be sure. The mysterious illness was detected in the South American nation's Tucumán province - the most densely populated part of Argentina. Officials are not sure what the source of the sickness is, but have ruled out clear suspects like Covid, influenza and hantavirus. Some fear that it could have jumped from an animals to humans. Eight confirmed cases are among health workers in the region have been infected as well - indicating that it is contagious.  Dr Davidson Hammer (pictured), an infectious disease expert at Boston University, told DailyMail.com that the current risk level to Americans is a 0.1 out of 10 While officials in Argentina are sounding alarms about the unknown disease, many experts are not quite yet concerned. Dr Davidson Hammer, an infectious disease expert at Boston University, told DailyMail.com that the current risk level to Americans is a 0.1...
    ELON Musk has long been vocal about population collapse, but experts don't necessarily agree with his predictions. Billionaire Elon Musk is standing by the notion that the world's population rates will soon drop to a dangerous level. 1Billionaire Elon Musk is standing by the notion that the world's population rates will soon drop to a dangerous level.Credit: Getty Just last week, the SpaceX CEO tweeted: "Population collapse due to low birth rates is a much bigger risk to civilization than global warming." And then again in January, Musk asserted that we "should be much more worried about population collapse" than we currently are. He followed his statement with claims that we won't be able to sustain a future civilization on Mars "if there aren’t enough people for Earth." However, many experts seem to disagree with Musk's prediction. Here's why. Read more on Elon MuskGREAT LENGTHS Musk pledges to grow Starship 30 feet to have world's largest rocketTWEETING CASH Everything to know about Elon Musk's Twitter deal revealed Population rates are increasing May demographers say that contrary to Musk's...
    (CNN)Eating a snack, going for a walk or scrolling through social media: No matter how you spend them, microbreaks of 10 minutes or less during work can increase vigor while decreasing fatigue, according to a meta-analysis published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE.Researchers examined 22 studies from the past 30 years and determined short breaks improved worker well-being, which they defined as having energy to complete tasks without being exhausted by the end of the workday, said study author Irina Macsinga, associate professor in the psychology department at the West University of Timișoara in Romania.Breaking bad habits: Routines trump willpowerBreaks during the workday are often seen as the worker being lazy or unproductive, which can make people feel guilty for taking them, Macsinga said. The goal of her report was to prove that short breaks are valuable for employees and organizations alike."It seemed quite unintuitive to have a full week and to wait for the weekend just to feel better, or to have a hard day at the office and to count the hours until evening," she said.The type of...
    Vaccine experts say the benefits of the COVID-19 booster shots expected to be rolled out in the coming weeks remain to be seen. The Biden administration hopes that the boosters, formulated to target the prevalent subvariants of the omicron variant, willprovide better protection against infection and severe disease, but it's unclear how large an additional effect it will have given that much of the population has already been vaccinated, been exposed to the omicron variant, or both. Some experts argue that shots should've already been in arms and that, given that the virus could evolve again, authorities should focus on accelerating updated shots for future variants much more quickly. MODERNA ASKS FOR AUTHORIZATION OF OMICRON-SPECIFIC COVID BOOSTER, JOINING PFIZER "Whether or not the new formulation ... the addition of the second spike protein to the formulation, is going to dramatically improve the protection over the original formulation, that really remains to be seen," said Lisa Morici, professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine. "It also really depends on what the virus continues to do...
    THERE’S nothing like a party where you don’t know anyone to determine which personality category you fall into – introvert or extrovert.  Stick to the sidelines nursing a drink, and you’re definitely an introvert, while extroverts make new friends and immediately drag them onto the dance floor.  1Are you extroverted, introverted or ambiverted?Credit: Getty But it turns out there's a forgotten middle child sitting between the two: the ambivert.   More flexible in nature and able to navigate different social interactions with ease, ambiverts can have major success according to Adam Grant, a Wharton School of Business researcher. He coined the term the "ambivert advantage" after assessing whether extroverted people were better in the world of sales than introverted people. And he believes more than half of the population is ambiverted - and those that are likely have no idea. Read more on wellbeingYOU GLOW GIRL I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw my new reflection on 10 Years Younger What is an ambivert? While an introvert gets their energy from spending time alone or with very close family,...
    Her parents say she was born with a ‘fierce and confident sense of identity’. And that self-assurance can clearly be seen on the catwalk, where ten-year-old Noella McMaher has become the world’s youngest trans­gender model.  Noella – who fashion insiders say could make her first million in the next year – first identified as transgender at ‘two-and-a-half nearing three’, according to her biological mother Dee, 35, who now identifies as a ‘trans masculine male’ and cites Noella as an inspiration.  In an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, Dee said: ‘My spouse and I are both non-binary.  ‘In terms of gender identity, Noella came out before either of us. She was born with a fierce and confident sense of identity.  Noella McMaher became the youngest transgender model to walk the runway at a fashion show in New York last week and is set to 'make millions' say experts ‘It first started at two-and-a-half nearing three. Someone would say to her that she was a cute boy and she would snap back and exclaim, “I’m not a boy, I’m a girl!’’’  But...
    (CNN)State agricultural departments across the United States are asking you to commit murder -- bug murder, that is. Your victim: the spotted lanternfly, or Lycorma delicatula, a beautiful creature with large brownish gray wings with black spots that open to reveal striking red underwings. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: "Kill it! Squash it, smash it ... just get rid of it," pleads the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture on a website alert. Native to China, the invasive bug was first detected stateside in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 2014. With no natural predators in the US, lanternflies have since spread to numerous counties and adjacent states, including Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia.Why the call for mass bugicide? After all, the striking insects aren't venomous, and don't even bite humans or pets. Read MoreWhat spotted lanternflies do instead is suck the life out of many species of trees and plants, including those that people rely on for food and livelihood, such as grapes, apples and hops. The situation has been so severe in Pennsylvania that the state...
    Legal experts are reviewing a legal memo that served as the basis for Attorney General Bill Barr deciding to not charge then-President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice, and they are calling it “garbage,” “disingenuous,” a “total whitewash,” and “ass-covering.” The memo, published Wednesday afternoon by The New York Times, is dated March 24, 2019. “For the reasons stated below,” it reads in part, “we conclude that the evidence described in Volume II of the Report is not, in our judgment, sufficient to support a conclusion beyond a reasonable doubt that the President violated the obstruction-of-justice statutes. In addition, we believe that certain of the conduct examined by the Special Counsel could not, as a matter of law, support an obstruction charge under the circumstances. Accordingly, were there no constitutional barrier, we would recommend, under the Principles of Federal Prosecution, that you decline to commence such a prosecution.” Norm Eisen, a well-known Harvard-educated attorney, former U.S. Ambassador, senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, and a CNN legal analyst calls the legal memo “garbage.” “No wonder a series...
    Political pundits agree Democrats had a great night at the polls on Tuesday, but the real experts – not the TV pundits or social media influencers, but actual experts who study the numbers and the history down to the smallest details, are saying Democrats had a great night. Here’s why. The Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade is nothing to celebrate. Women will die as a result. Many unwanted children will be born as a result. Families will grow poorer as a result. Women’s careers will suffer as a result. And many women have lost and will continue to lose the right to bodily autonomy. But the Supreme Court turning a woman’s right to choose into a political issue has fired up women, and Democratic voters, and those who are deciding they can no longer vote for Republicans after the GOP’s 50-year push to take away the constitutional right to abortion succeeded. As in any election, it’s always about enthusiasm. Many are pointing to New York’s 19th congressional district (NY-19), the former district of Democrat Antonio Delgado, who resigned to...
    A 36-year-old woman has been charged nearly $18,000 for a breast biopsy despite having health insurance — only to find out she could have been billed just $2,100 if she had offered to pay the cash price. Dani Yuengling, from Conway, South Carolina, went to see her doctor early this year after noticing a lump on her right breast. She feared the worst because her mother had died from breast cancer five years earlier. The HR worker was referred to the Grand Strand Medical Center, in Myrtle Beach, for a biopsy — with a quick check of the hospital's expenses calculator showing an uninsured patient would be charged $1,400. Yuengling hoped her health insurance with Cigna — one of the nation's largest insurers — would help offset the cost. But after having the procedure in February — and no cancer being found — she was billed $17,979. Yuengling said the mammoth bill left her struggling to sleep at night, distressed and suffering migraines. She secured a 36 percent discount after calling the hospital, but is now refusing to return for a...
    The Good Brigade | Digitalvision | Getty Images Just months ago, the housing market remained in overdrive: surging home prices, historically low interest rates and unrelenting demand. However, data now suggests to some experts that the market is in a "housing recession." For example, sales of existing homes in July fell by 5.9% from June, marking the six straight month of a decline — and a drop of more than 20% from a year earlier. What's more, there have been layoffs and slower job growth in the industry, homebuilder sentiment has turned negative and buyers are canceling contracts in the face of interest rates that have jumped to 5.72% from below 3.3% heading into 2022. "We're witnessing a housing recession in terms of declining home sales and home building," Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, said in a recent report. At this point, however, it's a different story for homeowners, buyers and sellers. "It's not a recession in home prices," Yun added. "Inventory remains tight and prices continue to rise nationally with nearly 40% of homes...
    Apple users joked today that the company was deliberately slowing down current devices with a new security update just weeks before the new iPhone 14 is released. The jovial claims, which technology experts insist are false, come ahead of the anticipated release of the model which Apple is expected to reveal on September 7. And they follow Apple disclosing serious security vulnerabilities for iPhones, iPads and Macs that could potentially allow attackers to take complete control of them. Billions of Apple users were today urged to update their devices after the firm revealed it was 'aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited'. But some joked that it wants 'to slow down old models because iPhone 14 is coming out' and their device will then 'be unusably slow, forcing me to buy a new iPhone'. A further Twitter user said: 'Yes, time to push that f***ing update and slow down every one. Yearly refresh cycle is near now that new iPhone is coming.'  Another added: 'Apple make me die, apparently there is a serious security issue...
    (CNN)The threat of nuclear calamity has hung for months over Russia's war in Ukraine.Those fears were renewed last week after shelling intensified around the massive Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe's largest, which has been under Russian control since March.Attacks at the complex, which have ramped up as fighting flares in Ukraine's south, have sparked concerns about the specter of nuclear disaster, leading the United Nation's watchdog and world leaders to demand that a mission be allowed to visit the site and assess the damage. So just how real is the risk that the fighting poses? Nuclear experts are keen to defuse some of the more alarmist warnings, explaining that the main threat is closest to the plant itself and doesn't justify Europe-wide alerts. Experts are particularly wary of any comparisons to the Chernobyl disaster, a repeat of which is incredibly unlikely, they said. Inside the Ukraine power plant raising the specter of nuclear disaster in EuropeRead More"It's not very likely that this plant will be damaged," Leon Cizelj, president of the European Nuclear Society, told CNN. "In the very unlikely...
    Researchers say recent footage of jaguars near the southern border could indicate their resurgence in the United States. Recently, a researcher witnessed a male jaguar in the U.S., which likely traveled north from Mexico. However, the researcher eventually realized that there were actually two separate jaguars in the photos he was capturing, eliciting excitement for the future of the species in the U.S. SEATTLE LOANS AQUARIUM $20 MILLION TO AVOID EXPANSION PROJECT DROWNING Stunning new footage by PhD researcher Ganesh Marin shows a jaguar in Sonora just 3 miles south of the border where wall construction was paused & is now “under review.”If @POTUS doesn’t stop wall construction, this critical wildlife corridor will be severed by a 30-ft barrier. pic.twitter.com/lQBHgGUPRJ— Laiken Jordahl (@LaikenJordahl) March 23, 2021 According to reports, both of the observed animals were male. "When you have young like the ones we reported, it means the moment is not far. Males disperse first, females are slower, and female Jaguars could soon be in the United States," said Ganesh Marin, a biologist working toward his...