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    AS we head into winter, some of us might find ourselves adopting more carb-heavy diet - to get us through the colder months. But have you ever thought how your diet can affect your senses like you sight, hearing, taste and smell? 1Chicken thighs are a good source of zinc which helps to maintain our sense of taste and smellCredit: Getty Some food, such as white bread and pasta, has been found to actually contribute to vision loss and even hearing loss, studies have shown, Experts have revealed the top meals which can boost your senses – from lasagne to a roast chicken dinner and a hearty soup. Simple everyday favourites such as a roast chicken dinner is considered to be good for eyesight, thanks to the beta carotene in carrots, and lutein and zeaxanthin in green vegetables. While chicken thighs are a good source of zinc which helps to maintain our sense of taste and smell. Read more on dietWEIGH TO GO I tried a popular weight loss diet for two weeks - here’s the things I learnedLIFE...
    RYAN Seacrest has revealed a new medical problem on Live With Kelly and Ryan. On Thursday's show, he revealed that he has bad knees after the co-hosts tried to break a world record. 5Ryan Seacrest revealed he had a knee injury on Live after attempting a Guinness World RecordCredit: NBC 5This is not the first time fans have feared for his health as he appeared to have a drooping eye when he hosted American Idol from homeCredit: ABC "We've got a big day around here. Me and Ryan have been in rehearsals all morning. That's why my dress is all wrinkly," Kelly Ripa explained. "We, well Ryan, is going to attempt a Guinness World Record." Ryan stopped her and said: "No. We are in this together." "I know we're in this together, but my role is limited," she told him. READ MORE RYAN SEACRESTEYE DON'T THINK SO Live fans mock Ryan's new look after he debuts 'ugly' glasses on airRIPPING KELLY Ryan Seacrest throws shade at Kelly Ripa in awkward Live moment The former soap opera...
    PARENTS have been given a summer holiday warning as kids could suffer eye damage from a common daily habit. A survey has revealed kids could develop long-term eye health problems as it found 36 per cent spent more than five hours-a-day glued to screens during the long summer break. 2Parents have been advised to limit the amount of screen time their kids have and do other activities insteadCredit: Alamy A study of 1,500 parents found four in 10 were completely unaware extended periods using gadgets, such as tablets or phones, can be a leading cause for eye problems, like myopia - commonly known as short-sightedness. And only 21 per cent feel particularly worried about overuse of screens and the potential damage they can do. It also emerged that despite experts warning eye tests are essential to help lower the risk of long-term eye health problems, 31 per cent of parents have never had their children’s eyes checked. And 38 per cent don't know the signs or symptoms they should be looking out for if their little one was to have...
    CURLING, glueing and coating - we do all sorts of things to our eyelashes. The hairs and eyes are an incredibly delicate area of the body, yet we aren’t afraid to tug them around with all sorts of treatments. 1A lash expert has revealed how to take care with your eyes and lashes to prevent health problemsCredit: Getty A beauty expert Nouveau Lashes, part of the HD Brows brand, has revealed what habits could be not only damaging your health, but your beauty. 1. Rubbing your eyes Has your mum ever snapped at you to “stop rubbing your eyes”? It turns out she was right to tell you off, because one of the most frequent mistakes many of us are making is “rubbing our eyes too vigorously”. Read more on health and beautyNAILED IT I'm a dermatologist - 9 signs of a sinister condition to look for in your NAILSOPEN WIDE I'm a nutritionist - here's 5 things your SMILE can tell you about your health Debbie Law, International Lash Trainer, said: “Whilst rubbing your eyes could seem pretty harmless,...
    A man who drinks his own urine each morning as he believes it is a natural 'cure-all' says his bizarre habit led to a bust-up with his housemate - who was sick of the 'smell' wafting into the kitchen.  The man, who goes by Brother Sage, says he first started the unusual practice almost two decades ago and is currently flogging a course for up to $345 for students who wish to unlock the secrets of their own urine.   The 68-year-old, from Colorado, claims he often stores the urine he passes during the night for an early morning beverage, but has also been known to age it for up to three years and even use it as a foot soak or an eye bath.  He claims some of his loyal followers have even given wee to their kids to drink and 'watched their health be returned' - while others allow their dogs to bathe in it.  While there remains no concrete scientific evidence that drinking urine offers any health benefits, Brother Sage swears by it and believes it heals everything...
    A WOMAN who was told her symptoms were just hay fever was shocked when a trip to Boots revealed the truth. Karolina Barnes, 43, from Kent, suffered itchy eyes and headaches like many of those with plant allergies. 1Ithcy eyes are a common feature of hay fever - but for one woman, it was the start of a nightmare (stock)Credit: Getty - Contributor She was told by her GP she likely had “year-round hay fever”, The Telegraph reported. “Even when I only had the headaches, they still said it was hay fever,” said Karolina. But things escalated in 2007, when Karolina felt like there was something stuck in her eye and she became unsteady on her feet. She said: “I started to feel as though there was something in my right eye, like a constant eyelash. Read more real life stories MY SUPERHERO My man 'died' NINE times in 10 hours after having a 'fluttering' feeling DAD'S BATTLE I can no longer hug my wife & kids after being struck with devastating disease “Then, one day, I was picking up...
    AN vision expert has revealed the connection between common eye conditions and lifestyle choices or health issues. Oculoplastic surgeon Dr Elizabeth Hawkes helps her patients prevent having eye issues - but finds a treatment plan if it's too late. 1What causes dark circles - and how can they be treated?Credit: Alamy The ophthalmologist is trained to diagnoses, treat and help with management and prevention of diseases of the eyes. She told MailOnline: "It’s wrong to assume that visiting an eye specialist is something that you only do when you’ve got something wrong with your eyes, because maintaining regular check-ups is vital. "Your eyes reveal a great deal about your overall health and through a thorough examination problems can be identified early in order to get treatment quickly." Problems such as crow's feet, dry or watery eyes, dark circles, puffy eyes, red, burning or sticky eyes can be caused from genetics, dehydration or allergies - here she reveals the signs to look out for. READ MORE IN HEALTH NEWSMIND BOGGLING I’m a doctor and here’s one of...
    The eyes are the first part of the face to show signs of ageing, and after two stressful years  and many hours spent on Zoom, many peple are noticing the impact on their ocular health.   But if you're struggling with dark circles, puffy or dry eyes, or crow's feet, it might be useful to know what’s causing your specific eye issue and what you can do to treat it. Eye expert, Dr Elizabeth Hawkes, who is a Consultant Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic surgeon based in West London, is keen to emphasise the importance of maintaining eye health. ‘It’s wrong to assume that visiting an eye specialist is something that you only do when you’ve got something wrong with your eyes, because maintaining regular check-ups is vital,’ she says. ‘Your eyes reveal a great deal about your overall health and through a thorough examination problems can be identified early in order to get treatment quickly.’ Here Femail reveals the different issues that can affect your eyes and Dr Hawkes’ advice about what causes them and how to treat them.  DRY OR WATERY EYES ...
    MILLIONS may be putting the safety and health of their eyes at risk by not wearing the proper eyewear. Despite the health risks posed by strong UV radiation, a new study shows that 38 per cent of Brits don't own sunglasses with the right lenses. Take this quiz to see just how important a good pair of shades can beCredit: SWNSDIGITAL The study, commissioned by Specsavers, showed how many British adults don't consider protecting their eyes from the sun to be a top priority. The Ultra Violet (UV) rays from the sun can lead to temporary and even permanent damage to the eyes after prolonged exposure. Of those polled, 71 per cent say that they want their shades to look good first and foremost, with safety concerns and prescription lenses ranking as much lower priorities. Even more strikingly, over half say that they will opt for cheaper sunglasses even though these don't offer the right level of UV protection. READ MORE HEALTH STORIESHOT STUFF Heatwave warning to men as soaring temperatures raise risk of health problemDEADLY HEAT...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Health officials are keeping a close eye on the latest extremely contagious variant of COVID-19. The Omicron subvariant is known as BA2.75. It’s quickly spreading in India and has been identified in 10 other countries including the United States. Scientists say this variant can get around immunity from vaccines and previous infections. CBS3 health reporter Stephanie Stahl will have the latest on this subvariant starting on Eyewitness News beginning at 4 p.m. 
    Queen Máxima of The Netherlands looked elegant as ever in a white shift dress as she stepped out in Rotterdam this afternoon. The Argentine-born royal paired the dress with tan wedges with an ankle strap and carried a tan handbag with a wildlife pattern. She added a weaved tan belt to the collared dress to clinch it at the waist, and wore flower-shaped pearl earrings. Queen Máxima paired her white shift dress with tan wedges with an ankle strap and clinched at the waist with a belt The Queen looked elegant as she stepped out in Rotterdam at the Erasmus medical centre this afternoon Máxima beamed as the sun shone on her in Rotterdam this afternoon where she met with researchers and children with myopia The mother-of-three, 51, wore her blonde locks down and tucked behind her ears as she arrived at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam. Wearing just a touch of blusher and light eye make-up, the Queen opted for a nude glossy lip for a natural daytime look.  The Queen, who is married to King Willem-Alexander, 55, attended...
    OUR eyes are said to be 'windows to the soul'. But they can also allow you to gain a better understanding of your overall health. 1Eyes are key to our health and one expert has warned they could be harbouring secrets about your overall wellnessCredit: Getty While you might think your issue is just eye-related, one expert said there are signs your peepers can display that could highlight problems such as burnout or even diabetes. Medics recently said that your blinkers can help detect early signs of age related macular degeneration which can lead to problems with vision and sight. In order to test this you should cover one eye. Gurus explained: "Looking directly at a door or window frame cover one eye with your hand, then alternate and repeat. Read more on eye healthHEALTH CHECK I'm a health expert and these 6 simple tests could reveal how healthy you areEYE SPY Crucial warning to anyone who smokes or vapes over long-term complication "If your vision doesn’t stay straight and focused and there are any gaps, blurring, distortion or wavy...
    Little needs to be said about the importance of taking care of your eyes. People are probably going to be rather protective of their eyes and happy to partake in activities that will promote eye health and maybe even reduce the effect aging has on our sight. Some people have very specific eye conditions that must be cared for by a medical professional, but for those simply looking to offer their eyes assistance and wellbeing, there are things we can do ourselves to achieve this. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has some great advice. Protecting our eyes from the strain of screen time is one thing we can do. It is recommended that we look away from our screens every 20 minutes at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. Wearing sunglasses on sunny days and always remembering to wear safety glasses when working on or with something that might irritate our eyes is really good practice. Avoiding touching our eyes in any way without washing our hands first is key to reducing the risk of infections. But,...
    MILLIONS of people across the UK smoke or use vape products. Every year thousands of these people will suffer health issues related to their habit. 1Millions of people across the UK smoke or vape, but experts have warned it could be damaging to your eye healthCredit: AFP It's estimated that around 6.9million people in the UK smoke every day. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) states that this equates to 14.1 per cent of people who are over the age of 18. In recent years though, smoking has become less popular, and in a bid to quit - many people have taken up vaping. It's estimated that around 3.3million Brits vape and the NHS recommends it as an aid to help people stub out cigarettes for good. Read more on eye health GRILL SEEKERS I'm an eye expert - these BBQ mistakes could leave you blindEYE SEE How your EYES could reveal your risk of suffering killer heart attack revealed Studies have proven that vaping is less harmful than cigarettes, but some expert have warned that these products...
    RYAN Seacrest has shared a side-by-side that left fans beside themselves. Some said he "looked better" in the old photo as many have been "concerned" for his health recently. 5Ryan Seacrest shared two sweet photos with Katharine McPhee from his talk show on June 2nd - he flashed a wide smileCredit: Instagram/Ryan Seacrest 5The second, a throwback to American Idol in 2007, had worried fans saying he looked 'so much better' thenCredit: Instagram/Ryan Seacrest Ryan, 45, shared a then-and-now photo with a familiar face on Thursday. After having Katharine McPhee, 38, on Live with Kelly and Ryan - which he has co-hosted since 2017 - he celebrated the rare reunion. "Now & then. Another great show, thanks for coming by!" he captioned the pair of pics, one of Katharine from the set along with one when she was runner up on American Idol - which he's hosted since it began 20 years ago. While many fans said she aged beautifully, others sadly preferred the "then" photo in Ryan's case, especially given recent events. Most read in CelebrityKOURT OUT?...
    by Tom Joyce   In reaction to the mass shooting inside of a Texas elementary school, Arizona lawmakers seek to explore their options to help teenagers struggling with mental health issues. Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers appointed State Representative Joanne Osborne, R-Goodyear, to chair a new Ad Hoc Committee on Teen Mental Health this week. The committee will look into causes and issues impacting teen mental health. Some of these issues include substance abuse, depression, and suicide. The committee hopes to find potential solutions to these problems. The Ad Hoc Committee on Teen Mental Health will consist of members of the House of Representatives and of the Arizona community. It’s intended to research and review information about how substance abuse, bullying, and social media may impact the mental health of Arizona’s youth, including teen suicide. The committee is supposed to identify potential solutions and offer recommendations to both public and private agencies to address teen mental health problems and improve access to mental health care. “Teenage children today are faced with tremendous stress and pressure along the path to...
    FORMER Masters and British Open runner-up golfer Jack Newton has died aged 72. The Australian lost a play-off to Tom Watson at the 1975 British Open and finished tied for second behind Seve Ballesteros at the 1980 Masters. 3Jack Newton has died at the age of 72 - he lost his arm in an accident with a propellerCredit: Getty 3Newton lost a play-off to Tom Watson at the 1975 British OpenCredit: AP 3Despite his pro career coming to an end after his horror accident, Newton carried on playing the sport he lovedCredit: Getty His career was cut short in 1983 when he lost an arm and an eye in an accident with a propeller at Sydney Airport. Describing his father as a "fearless competitor and iconic Australian", Newton's son Clint said he had passed away overnight due to "health complications". He said: "His passion for sport and contributing to future generations of golfers and the Australian community demonstrates the character of our father, beloved husband, proud brother, adoring grandfather and maverick mate. Newton won once on the PGA Tour,...
    WE take our eyes for granted. But they can reveal a lot about what's going on with our health. Experts say if anything changes with your eye health, you should take note and see if it goes away. 1Eyes can reveal health problems from inside the bodyCredit: Getty - Contributor Prolonged symptoms in the eyes, whether that be vision changes, pain, discolouration, irriation and more, could be a warning sign of something serious. Here, we take a look at five key red flags: Floaters in vision If you start to get black or grey specs drifting in your vision, you should see an eye doctor immediately.  It can be a symptom of diabetic retinopathy - which can occur when high blood sugar levels over a long period of time damage the blood vessels in the back of the eye.  Blood vessels can weaken, bulge or leak into the retina. They may close off or grow in the retina, where they should not be. If left untreated it can cause sight loss.   Specsavers clinical services director Giles Edmonds said: “Diabetic retinopathy is one of...
    USERS of TikTok are being warned to avoid trying a new dangerous trend that could trigger mental health issues. Mucus fishing is currently doing the rounds on the social media platform and has over 7.6 million views. 2Social media trends are always buzzing around, but experts have warned that mucus fishing could be dangerous to your mental healthCredit: Getty 2Dr Anthony Youn said that the more you pull out the mucus from your eye, the more it will returnCredit: tiktok/tonyyounmd Experts have now warned that the trend could be detrimental to your eye health and your mental wellbeing. While it might seem like a new trend, mucus fishing is simply getting gunk out of your eyes which might be caused by an infection - or simply by the make-up you wear. Most people who have a go at the hack use a cotton bud, tissue, or ever their fingers to pull out strings of mucus that can form in your eye - known as fishing. Dr Anthony Youn, previously warned people against the viral trend in one of his informative TikTok...
    Dallas officials are considering enacting a policy that would grant paramedics and firefighters the opportunity to take paid leave for their mental health after they experience a traumatic incident while on duty. Dallas Mayor Eric JohnsonEric JohnsonGood news: We have reason to 'lift every voice and celebrate' Texas governor faces criticism over handling of winter storm fallout Dallas mayor proclaiming Sept. 29, Botham Jean's birthday, '#BeLikeBo Day' MORE (D) proposed the plan, citing city rules that allow police officers up to five days of mental health paid leave. Members of the Dallas city council are set to review the potential new policy on Feb. 14 during a public safety committee meeting, according to The Dallas Morning News. “We must treat the mental health of our first responders as a top priority,” Johnson reportedly wrote in a memo to council member Adam McGough, who chairs the public safety committee. “While this proposal and its impacts should be thoroughly vetted by the public safety committee, I believe it is important to begin this discussion as soon as possible.” In September, a new Texas state law...
    (CNN)The eyes may offer a "window into the soul," as poets say, but they also have a lot to say about your health. 10 tips on how to find your sweet spot for self-careDry eyes can be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis. High levels of cholesterol can cause a white, gray or blue ring to form around the colored part of your eye, called the iris. A coppery gold ring circling the iris is a key sign of Wilson's disease, a rare genetic disorder that causes copper to build up in the brain, liver and other organs, slowing poisoning the body.And that's not all: Damage to blood vessels in the back of your eye, called the retina, can be early signs of nerve damage due to diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, even cancer, as well as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.Checking for signs of disease is a key reason the doctor dilates your eyes to peer deep into their depths at your annual eye exams.Soon, there may be another good reason to suffer through a few hours of...
    Health care costs rise every year, but the nation’s biggest employers still see insurance coverage as an important benefit to provide. They just struggle getting the health care system to deliver what their workers need, according to Elizabeth Mitchell, CEO of the Purchaser Business Group on Health. Big companies also are adjusting to how those needs have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mitchell’s nonprofit coalition is helping to sort all this out by working with some of the country’s largest employers — think Walmart and Boeing — on the benefits they provide. Mitchell spoke recently with The Associated Press. The conversation has been edited for clarity and length. Q: Telemedicine grew tremendously during the pandemic. How do you expect it to evolve for employers? A: Telemedicine is a great example of something we have been hoping to expand for a very long time. People want both. You can’t do everything over the phone or over email or by Zoom. You need some in-person care. We need to get that balance right, which I think we can. The other...
    MINNEAPOLS (WCCO) — Major changes are coming for a well-known eye specialty hospital in Minneapolis. Allina Health says that Phillips Eye Institute (PEI) will transition its services to a different building at Abbott Northwestern Hospital which would result in a reduction of staff. For about 30 years, Dr. Keith Carlson has dedicated his life to eye care. Dr. Carlson started his career as an ophthalmologist at Phillips Eye Institute, a hospital that serves 15,000 patients a year. READ MORE: 3 More Rapid COVID-19 Testing Locations Open Tuesday In Inver Grove Heights, Wadena, Hibbing“I saw it grow from small beginnings to what it’s been over the years,” said Dr. Carlson. “It’s a place that is truly a special place.” Last August, Allina Health announced to its employees that services at Phillips Institute will move to the 5th floor of the Piper Building at the main Abbott Northwestern Hospital campus. The change will go into effect February 2022. In a statement to WCCO, Allina said the transition “will result in some reduction in staffing.” Allina said they are “working closely with employees...
    BEING able to see helps us carry out our daily activities but it's something many of us can take for granted. Many people say that eyes are the window to the soul, but experts have revealed that they could also be hiding hidden health issues. 1Eye tests can detect a myriad of health conditions so it's important to have check upsCredit: Getty - Contributor The NHS recommends that most people should get their eyes tested every two years, but shocking research from Specsavers states that 40 per cent of Brits have delayed getting an eye test even when they felt they needed one. Around 38 per cent of people also said they have never considered that they could suffer from significant sight loss. You might have to get your eyes tested more often if you have diabetes, are aged 40 and over and have a history of glaucoma and are aged 70 or over. If you have a child who wears glasses then they will also have to get their sight tested more frequently. Eye tests are extremely important to...
    King’s Daughters Medical Center recently earned national recognition for its efforts to increase organ, eye, and tissue donor registrations through the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. “We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Stephanie Copley, senior director of Clinical Services, Critical Care at King’s Daughters. “To those in need, organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation are a second chance at life. To those who give, it is an opportunity to leave a legacy of hope and love.” The campaign is a national initiative that unites the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the organ donation community with workplaces across the nation in spreading the word about the importance of donation. It challenges hospitals and healthcare organizations to “let life bloom” by educating staff, patients, visitors, and communities about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donation, including offering opportunities to register as organ donors. King’s Daughters Medical Center earned Platinum recognition for conducting awareness and registry activities between October 2020 and April 2021, prompting new...
    MEET eight-year-old Alfie Barney – who is lucky to be alive following a life-threatening condition, which was only picked up by a routine eye test. Despite being generally fit and well, little Alfie, from Derbyshire, started suffering with headaches, which were put down to nerves about returning to school. 4Alfie's life-threatening brain condition was only discovered after a routine eye testCredit: Steve Richmond Mum Catherine decided to put an eye test at the top of her list after noticing her son had also developed a squint. But during the test at Specsavers in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, optician Adnan Nawaz immediately noticed something was very wrong and swiftly recommended the child be taken to accident and emergency. There, Alfie was diagnosed with bilateral papilloedema, a neurological condition that is caused by increased intracranial pressure. It can be fatal for some, cause sight loss or serious changes in vision for others. Most read in Health NewsNICK 'CANE Hurricane Nicolas latest - Storm smashes TX after growing to Category 1 cycloneJOE SILENCED White House CUTS feed of Biden speaking mid-sentence during fire briefing'PLEASE FOCUS' Missing...
    As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues its deadly sweep across the U.S., officials say that they are keeping a "very close eye" on a new variant that may be able to bypass existing coronavirus antibodies.  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Thursday that the U.S. is taking the variant, dubbed Mu, "very seriously," but that it hasn't taken an extensive hold in this country.  "We're keeping a very close eye on it. It is really seen here, but it is not at all even close to being dominant," Fauci said. "As you know, the Delta is more than 99% dominant." Fauci said the Mu variant, technically known as B.1.621, has mutations suggesting "it would evade certain antibodies," potentially including those from vaccines.  "But there isn't a lot of clinical data to suggest that. It is mostly laboratory in vitro data," he added. "...We don't consider it an immediate threat right now."  The World Health Organization designated Mu a "variant of interest" this week, and said more studies need...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top disease expert in the U.S., said in an interview Sunday that health officials are keeping an eye on the COVID-19 Mu variant to see if it emerges to become more dominant.  He said the Delta variant makes up for over 99% of the cases in the U.S. The Mu variant has mutations that "indicate that it might evade the protection from certain antibodies." VIDEO POSTED BY OREGON TROOPER ON VACCINES MAY LEAVE HIM OUT OF A JOB Earlier this week, mu, known by scientists as B.1.621, was added to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) "of interest" list of variants. The variant was first identified in Colombia and has been confirmed in at least 39 countries, according to the WHO. He said the Mu variant is "not an immediate threat." PEDIATRICS GROUP URGES FDA OK OF COVID-19 VACCINES IN YOUNGER KIDS  The U.S. is projected to see nearly 100,000 more COVID-19 deaths between now and Dec. 1, according to the nation’s most closely watched forecasting model. But health experts say that toll could be cut in half...
    NORTH Korea is hunting for a Kim Jong-un successor amid fears the tyrant's health is failing after his sudden weight loss. Kim, 37, looked skinnier than ever in a baggy grey pinstripe suit last month after shedding more than 40 pounds - sparking a flurry of speculation about possible gastric band surgery or a grave illness. 6Kim Jong-un looking slim during a meeting on July 30Credit: Reuters 6The North Korean dictator has shed more than 40 poundsCredit: Reuters 6Jo Yong-won is understood to have been tasked with finding Kim's replacementCredit: Credit: Pen News Starving North Koreans are increasingly worried about the health of "emaciated" Kim in the wake of his dramatic weight loss after he used to top 22 stone, according to state media. And a prominent member of Kim's entourage has now been tasked to find a successor for the dictator as rumours mount over his failing health. Senior party official Jo Yong-won recently landed a new deputy leadership role and is understood to have been tasked with finding Kim's replacement. A leading expert on North Korea has lifted...
    With the highly contagious Delta variant raging across California and the country, some people who have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 are asking whether another shot might better armor them against potential infection. Like so many things in the time of COVID-19, the idea of vaccine boosters has become an oft-discussed concept but hardly a settled science. State and federal health officials continue to say that they’re largely unnecessary and that the primary focus should be getting the unvaccinated to roll up their sleeves. After all, despite concerns surrounding the relatively rare occurrence of post-vaccination “breakthrough” cases, experts say those who are uninoculated remain at far greater risk of being infected and even more in danger of becoming seriously ill. For the week of July 31, the average coronavirus case rate among unvaccinated Californians was 33 per 100,000 people per day, nearly five times the comparable rate of vaccinated individuals. And in Los Angeles County — home to a quarter of the state’s population — the risk of being hospitalized for COVID-19 is now 19 times higher among those who...
    Investing in the health of your skin not only improves your appearance but is good for your health. While there are numerous skin care products to choose from, most people still get confused about what is best for them. Dr. Alexis Parcells (@alexisparcellsmd) is a renowned plastic surgeon, clinical instructor, author, and active volunteer for various breast cancer organizations. She is also an advocate for women’s health empowerment, and the Founder and CEO of Sunnie Skin, a skincare wrinkle-reducing studio. Some of the services offered by Sunnie include Botox, fillers, and CO2 laser to protect and correct fine lines and sun damage protection. They also sell clean medical-grade skincare products. According to Dr. Parcells, even with the market flooded with so many skincare and beauty products, some are ineffective and can damage the skin. With over seven years of working experience, she has come across several cases of skincare products gone wrong. She says low-quality products can have a long-term effect on your skin if you do not treat your skin properly. Here are three must-have skincare items as recommended...
    Tom Girardi has been spotted for the first time in over a year amid his legal woes and divorce from “RHOBH” star Erika Jayne — now with an actual black eye. The disgraced lawyer, 82, had a visibly bruised left eye as he was helped along by a woman. Girardi, who appears to have lost weight, wore an oversized blue polo and baggy khaki shorts — a far cry from the polished suits he sported while appearing with Jayne, 50, on the Bravo series. Tom Girardi received assistance while walking.Diggzy/Jesal/Shutterstock While it is unclear how Girardi sustained his injury, Jayne revealed on the show that she believed his health was declining in the months leading to her filing for divorce in November 2020. She cited a 2017 car wreck that left him unconscious for 12 hours as the beginning of myriad issues, including problems with his eyesight. Tom Girardi had a black eye.Diggzy/Jesal/Shutterstock Girardi is currently under a conservatorship overseen by his brother as a result of what his family described in court documents as a “major neurocognitive disorder.” Page...
    The Journal of Functional Foods published a recent study demonstrating that, if adults have healthy eyes, cocoa may help to increase their visual acuity. The study assessed thirty-seven young adults with healthy eyes.  Over three visits to the Faculty of Optics and Optometry, the participants drank either (1) a glass of milk, (2) a drink with red-berries, or (3) a drink with cocoa. Then, during each visit, they took a series of tests to check their vision and their eyes’ ability to adjust to the dark. Why cocoa and red-berries?  Both foods are good sources of polyphenols. Polyphenols are non-nutrient food components that have “antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and vasoactive properties” associated with protection against cardiovascular and neurological conditions.  Other recent research has also suggested that dark chocolate, which contains polyphenols, can improve visual acuity. Supporting this prior research, the study found that participants who drank cocoa were significantly better at reading eye charts.  Participants who drank the red-berries also trended towards performing better on their vision tests, but the trend was not significant. There was no evidence that either...
    Originally Published by: How does the Delta variant differ from original strain? Elsa becomes first hurricane of 2021 season St. Louis health officials advise wearing mask indoors Thousands of COVID-19 patients in India have been diagnosed with mucormycosis, or so-called “black fungus” that’s leaving some with vision loss. The rare but serious fungal infection is caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes, which live throughout the environment and typically do not agitate otherwise healthy people, but can be problematic in those who have health issues or take medications that lower the body’s ability to fight off germs and sickness.  In India, a health care system overwhelmed by recent coronavirus surges and short medical supplies may be contributing to the spread, as may attempts to treat COVID-19 with steroids in patients with undetected or uncontrolled diabetes.  There have been upwards of 40,000 cases of mucormycosis in India, which has documented over 30 million cases of COVID-19, although officials have warned that is likely an undercount. About 400,000 of those patients died, but the true toll is...
    I got 13 visits to an ophthalmologist. This picture comes from a free eye clinic that was the only chance for many people to get any care. Sometimes when the U.S. health care system works for you, it becomes all the more visible how horribly it doesn’t work for so many people.  In late April 2020, I got a raging case of ophthalmic shingles. I wrote about it a month later, essentially declaring case closed—I was lucky to have had care right when I needed it, and had avoided permanent vision damage. Then, a month or two later, I developed pain in my right eye again, and went back to the doctor. And then I went back, and back, and back, and back. Nearly 14 months after I developed shingles, I am again on steroid eye drops for continuing problems in my eye. I have been repeatedly on and off of antiviral pills. By my count, I have been to the ophthalmologist 13 times, most of those visits to a cornea specialist. I have never paid more than a $20 copay for each visit...
    (CNN) — It’s an effort to expand access to coronavirus vaccines: provide shots at the barbershop. As part of a White House initiative, the National Association of County and City Health Officials is planning to help train Black-owned barbershops and hair salons to provide accurate vaccination information and even provide vaccines where possible, Lori Tremmel Freeman, chief executive officer of NACCHO, told CNN on Wednesday. READ MORE: Suspect In Manchester, NH, Standoff Richard Bennett Faced Drug Charges The Biden administration said Wednesday it is teaming up with several organizations — the Black Coalition Against COVID, the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity and the SheaMoisture company — to launch an initiative called “Shots at the Shop” to engage Black-owned barbershops and beauty salons nationwide in efforts to promote vaccine education and outreach on a local level. The White House said throughout the month of June, each participating shop will help share information about vaccines with customers, display educational materials, and some will even host on-site vaccination events in partnership with local providers. Months into the nation’s vaccine rollout, federal...
    A personal trainer has revealed what happens to your body without enough sleep - and how to create a simple night-time routine that will benefit your health. In a recent post on her website, Sydney fitness coach Rachael Attard warned of the many risks associated with lack of sleep, including weight gain, a weakened immune system and an increased risk of chronic diseases including cancer and diabetes. Over time, she said not getting enough sleep can exacerbate mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, as well as making you irritable and unable to concentrate. Experts advise adults to get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night, and Rachael said there are five things you can do before hitting the hay to ensure you're getting the most out of your rest. Scroll down for video Australian personal trainer Rachael Attard (pictured) has warned that a lack of sleep can lead to weight gain, a weakened immune system and an increased risk of chronic diseases Sleep deprivation has been linked to a plethora of physical and mental health...
    (CNN)When humans finally have the chance to explore Mars, the members of those crewed missions will be millions of miles from home with delayed communications. Before they go, scientists want to understand as much as possible about the potential effects of microgravity and radiation on the human body. A big step toward this goal was the One-Year Mission, when NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko spent 340 days on the International Space Station from March 2015 to March 2016. American astronaut Scott Kelly (left) and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko (right) spent a year on the space station.The space explorers spent nearly a year living in the absence of gravity. The data gathered before, during and after their flight contributed greatly to a better understanding of what happens to the human body in space. Both men were tested up to a year after their mission.A concern that has emerged regarding astronauts is how their eyes change during long-duration spaceflight, lasting six months or more, and potential impacts to their eye health over time. While crew members typically spend...
    ADULTS may be suffering undetected health conditions, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and even heart disease - because two million people missed a routine eye test during lockdown. Specsavers usually carry out around 8.6 million eye examinations annually and refer more than 600,000 people to hospital or their GP for further investigations. 2Millions missed their eye tests during the height of the pandemic But millions missed tests at the height of the pandemic (March to September 2020) -and almost 130,000 fewer people were referred - meaning many could be unaware they have a health problem. Figures for the same period also revealed referrals were down by nearly half for glaucoma, known as the ‘silent thief of sight’ due to it often being completely symptom-free. A further study of 2,000 adults has revealed that at least one in 10 people fear they might have a serious underlying sight condition, while one in 20 worry that they have a potentially significant issue with their hearing. While half of adults think either their sight, hearing or both have deteriorated since the...
    Democrats’ plan to pass President BidenJoe BidenJobs report adds to Biden momentum White House says bills are bipartisan even if GOP doesn't vote for them Trump calls for boycott of MLB for moving All-Star Game MORE’s infrastructure package and a possible fourth wave of COVID-19 cases are expected to dominate this weekend's Sunday talk shows. Democrats are working to determine the best way to pass President Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure proposal, the administration's second major legislative push after Congress passed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. The president unveiled the package in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, and on Thursday tapped five agency heads to educate the public on the effort. Among the agency heads are Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden may find zero GOP support for jobs plan Biden says Cabinet 'looks like America' at first meeting White House hopes to see infrastructure bill passed by summer MORE, who will appear on ABC’s “This Week” and Energy Secretary Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden may find zero GOP support for jobs plan Lack of...
    Dr. Samantha Feldman spoke to WJZ’s Linh Bui about eye health. Dr. Feldman talked about what parents should look out for since children have had a lot for screen time over the last year. Watch the interview above.
    Pablo Motos, the presenter of The Hormiguero, program that broadcasts the television channel Antena 3, has shown this Friday the result of a surgical intervention to which it has been subjected. As collected Watch TV, Motos revealed on Instagram, through a video, that it had come out in one eye a “terrifying” stye that he had discovered this Friday when he got out of bed. The Valencian presenter brought his eye closer to the camera to show his followers the stye. He did it in front of the clinic where he went to treat this health problem without further delay. The video continues and Motos appears in the video with a dressing covering the eye: “They have already done it to me, it has been to arrive, get into the operating room … and now I’m a pirate “, said the presenter, a native of Requena. “Thanks to my friend Luis Fernandez-Vega and to the entire team of the Fernández-Vega Ophthalmological Institute for always taking care of me so well, “wrote Pablo Motos in the Instagram post. Watch TV...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — One of the underrated aspects of this pandemic is eye health. With millions still working from home, it’s becoming a challenge for patients at Krieger Eye Institute Life Bridge Health. Rivka Abedon is a patient who has suffered with eye issues during the pandemic due to online learning from home. READ MORE: Tirik Trotman, Nathaniel Diggs Arrested In Triple Shooting That Injured 10-Year-Old Girl, 2 Men “My eyes just started getting really dry and it would hurt when any sort of liquid would get into my eyes,” the Baltimore native said. Dr. Clare Kelliher is an ophthalmologist at Krieger Institute. “A small amount of artificial tears regularly can be really helpful,” she said. “I don’t mind off brand but I mind more than anything that it doesn’t say ‘get the red out’ and it doesn’t say it’s a redness reliever. They have a lot of chemicals.” READ MORE: Maryland Lifts COVID Capacity Limits On Restaurant Dining, Retail And Other Businesses, Masks Still Required The American Optometric Association recommends the 20/20/20 rule. Look away from the screen every 20...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Monday urged a close watch of a coronavirus variant recently detected in New York. "We certainly are taking the New York variant, the 526 [referring to B.1.526] very seriously," Fauci said during a White House briefing, later adding, "We have to really keep an eye on that for its ability to evade both monoclonal antibodies and to a certain extent, the vaccine-induced antibodies, so it’s something we take very, very seriously." Fauci noted unknowns associated with the variant, like the degree and persistence of viral load in the nasopharynx, and whether variants emerge in immunocompromised individuals. His comments came after reporter Laurie Garrett questioned whether the variant first emerged in an HIV/AIDs patient. CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE "We often get asked a question that's a reasonable question - Should people who are immunocompromised get vaccinated? And the answer is absolutely yes - absolutely yes," Fauci said. "That's not only important for them for their own health, but that could be the breeding ground for the...
    Prince William has spoken out about his grandfather’s health condition. On Monday, the 38-year-old exchanged a few words with longtime royal photographer Arthur Edwards, who asked the Duke of Cambridge how Prince Philip was doing, People magazine reported. "He’s OK," said William about the 99-year-old. "They’re keeping an eye on him." On Saturday, Prince Charles visited his father, who was admitted on Feb. 16 to London's King Edward VII Hospital for "observation and rest" after falling ill.  PRINCESS EUGENIE NAMED SON AFTER PRINCE PHILIP AND DISTANT ROYAL GRANDFATHER William’s father arrived at the hospital by car and stayed for about half an hour. According to the hospital’s website, visits are only allowed in "exceptional circumstances" because of the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, Prince William gave a health update concerning his grandfather Prince Philip, 99. (REUTERS) Buckingham Palace called Philip’s admission "a precautionary measure" taken on the advice of his doctor. His illness is not believed to be COVID-19 related. Philip and his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, received the first dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus in early January.  Philip retired...
    Carl Icahn at the 6th annual CNBC Institutional Investor Delivering Alpha Conference on September 13, 2016.Heidi Gutman | CNBCCompany: Bausch Health Companies Inc. (BHC) Bausch Health Companies Inc, formerly Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc, is a Canada-based company that develops, manufactures and markets a range of branded and generic pharmaceuticals, medical devices and over-the-counter products. It primarily develops products in the therapeutic areas of eye health, gastroenterology and dermatology. Its dermatology products treat a range of conditions, including actinic keratosis, acne, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and other dermatoses. It also offers a selection of aesthetic medical devices that address a variety of conditions, including facial wrinkles, acne, pigmentation conditions and laser hair removal, among others. The gastrointestinal (GI) segment offers products that treat GI and hepatologic conditions, including hepatic encephalopathy, irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea and ulcerative colitis, among others. Its eye health products are marketed in the following categories: Contact Lens, Pharmaceutical Products and Surgical. Stock Market Value: $11.3 billion ($31.93 per share) Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwardsBausch Health - 1-yearActivist: Carl IcahnPercentage Ownership: 7.83% Average Cost: $25.57 Activist Commentary: Carl Icahn is...
    By AMY BETH HANSON, Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers are considering bills that offer residents lower-cost ways to meet their health care needs, some outside traditional, regulated insurance plans. State Sen. Cary Smith, a Republican from Billings, is sponsoring a bill that would allow health care providers to contract directly with patients for certain basic care, such as annual physicals, office visits, vaccines, bloodwork and stitches. “One of the reasons why our health care is so expensive in America is because of insurance,” he told the Senate on Jan. 27. “When you can set up an arrangement with a health care provider and you don’t have to deal with the red tape, with the paperwork, with the government regulation ... you can cut those expenses way down." The Senate passed the bill 36-14 and it was heard by a House committee on Tuesday. Bills aimed at reducing drug prices, expanding telehealth and increasing competition among medical providers are also on the agenda. DIRECT PRIMARY CARE Eight clinics in the state are working as direct primary care providers...
    MILLIONS of Brits are at risk of doing long-term damage to their eyesight – as the effects of working from home through the winter are felt. Eyecare experts have warned that as natural light dwindles in the daytime, adults will be putting excess strain on their eyes. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 1Brits could be causing long-term damage to their eyesight Credit: Alamy And research of 2,000 adults who are working from home found one in three have eye strain complaints by the end of each day, despite a tenth having three or more lights blazing in their home office But 45 per cent admitted the room they primarily reside in has ‘limited’ natural light. It also emerged four in 10 are still undecided about whether to invest in specialist lamps, potentially at great cost. Yannick Roth, optician and business developer for Europe at VisionDirect.co.uk, said: “Poor lighting may do more than just harm your eye health, it can also result in headaches, lethargy, irritability, and in turn, impact your productivity and lower...
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