She started doing track and field at age 60. Now, at 84, she’s a competitive pole vaulter.

There’s a new Flo on the field, and she’s proving that age really is just a number. While many of us hope to make it to our eighties in relatively good health, Flo Filion Meiler is setting a new bar for aging well. The 84-year-old from Shelbourne, Vermont is currently at the World Masters Athletics Championship Indoor in Poland, where she is competing in track and field events including the 60-meter hurdles, 800-meter run, 4 x 200m relay, triple jump, long jump, pentathlon, and pole vault. That’s right. Pole vaulting at 84 years old. She’s guaranteed a win in the pole vault since—perhaps unsurprisingly—she’s the only competitor in her age group. Four years ago she set a world record for …

Trump tees up a health care fight with an uncertain outcome

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has been adamant about one point this week: “The Republican Party will soon be known as the party of health care.” But Trump has been obstinate in the face of those political warning signs, instead concerned that repealing and replacing Obamacare remains the one signature 2016 campaign promise he has yet to make good on. It’s with that in mind that Trump backed his White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s arguments that the administration should support a federal judge’s ruling in Texas invalidating Obamacare in its entirety, a senior White House official and Republican close to the campaign told CNN. “Right now in the Texas court — probably ends up in the Supreme Court,” Trump …

DeVos blasted again for proposing cuts to the Special Olympics

Washington (CNN)For the third year in a row, Democrats dinged Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday for proposing to cut funds from the Special Olympics, after-school programs and support for students from low-income families. Overall, DeVos proposed a 12% decrease in funding for her department for fiscal year 2020. Lawmakers have rejected the Trump administration’s previous efforts, increasing the Education Department budget instead, even when Republicans controlled both the Senate and House. Even though the secretary’s budget has even less of a chance of being adopted this year, it lays out a set of priorities for the administration — and gives advocacy groups plenty to complain about. One proposal that has repeatedly gotten attention from lawmakers is DeVos’ suggestion to …

Judge blocks work requirements for Medicaid in Arkansas and Kentucky

Judge strikes blow to Trump administration, citing unresolved obstacles to getting healthcare in the states A federal judge has ruled that Medicaid work requirements undermine the programs mission of providing healthcare for the needy, dealing a blow to the Trump administration. The US district judge James E Boasberg in Washington DC blocked work requirements for low-income people in two states, Arkansas and Kentucky, on Wednesday. He found that the states requirements pose numerous obstacles to getting healthcare that have gone unresolved by federal and state officials. Boasberg sent the federal health and human services department back to the drawing board. But he stopped short of deciding the central question of whether work requirements are incompatible with Medicaid, a federal-state program …

Trump wants to give 62 cents of every dollar to the military. That’s immoral | Reverend William Barber, Dr Liz Theoharis and Lindsay Koshgarian

A budget shows our values more clearly than any tweet, campaign speech, or political slogan Donald Trump recently unleashed his dark vision for our nation and our world, in the form of his every taxpayer dollar, in other words, 62 cents go to the military and our militarized Department of Homeland Security. (Veterans benefits take another seven cents.) That leaves just 31 cents for all the rest: education, job training, community economic development, housing, safe drinking water and clean air, health and science research, and the prevention of war through diplomacy and humanitarian aid. The budget also cuts billions from non-discretionary anti-poverty programs outside of this $1tn. an extra $174bn for the Pentagon in plain sight by adding it to …

Students open up on mental health in film

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe video features students speaking openly about having considered ending their lives The mental health of students at universities with high suicide rates has been explored in a new film. University of Bristol and University of West of England students were recorded talking openly about experiences of mental health and suicide. At least 13 students in Bristol are thought to have taken their own lives since 2016. Filmmaker Arthur Cauty said he wanted to make the short film after he lost somebody to suicide two years ago. ‘Understand it’s OK’ Mr Cauty, from Bristol, said he was inspired to make the film after he read about the high numbers of people taking …

A new lawsuit involving Stanford and Sequoia Capital highlights fights to come over cell-free DNA testing

This morning, a publicly traded transplant diagnostics company called CareDx, along with Stanford University, sued another publicly traded genetic testing company, Natera, for patent infringement. Much appears to be at stake, and it all centers on cell-free DNA testing, a type of technology that has already been at the crux of numerous lawsuits and looks poised to play center stage again in future corporate battles. Loosely defined, cell-free DNA (or cfDNA) technology involves blood tests that enable physicians to understand what’s happening in someone’s body. They’re not looking at red or white blood cells (thus the “cell free” part) but at plasma, which carries pieces of broken-up DNA, among other things. Companies like newly public Guardant Health are using it …

Psychosis in teens may be linked to an unlikely culprit: air pollution

(CNN)An unexpected danger of urban life: Psychotic experiences are more common among teens exposed to the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide and other forms of air pollution, according to a new study. Nitrogen oxides, including nitrogen dioxide, are tailpipe pollutants, entering the air due to burning fuel. An association but not a cause-effect relationship Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team. “It is especially important to identify other factors that may potentially ameliorate the consequences of air pollution to protect human health,” said Kioumourtzoglou, who had no role in the new research. “These could be lifestyle, nutritional, or neighborhood-level factors.” “As the global population is becoming increasingly …

One Nation Under Stress: the documentary lifting the lid on American anxiety

In an eye-opening new film, Dr Sanjay Gupta explores the connection between stress and the continuing fall in US life expectancy By the time you finish this article, your brain will have changed. Something you read or something that happens while youre trying to focus on these words will go on to have an impact on your day. If that event happens to be stressful maybe you are interrupted by loud colleagues or a loved one calls with bad news it can trigger a series of more stressful events such as choosing something unhealthy to eat or being unintentionally rude to a friend or co-worker. That chain reaction, if repeated, takes a toll on your overall health and wellness. Stress …

Measles stricken New York County has banned unvaccinated kids from public places.

Haverstraw along the Hudson River via Alexisrael / Wikimedia Commons Ground zero for the current U.S. measles epidemic is Rockland County, New York, about 40 minutes north of New York City. Over 153 of the 314 measles cases reported in the U.S. in 2019 have been in Rockland County. Measles is a serious health problem that can be fatal. So Rockland County has decided to stick it to the parents responsible for the outbreak by barring their children from public spaces for the next 30 days. If an unvaccinated child is found at a shopping center, business, restaurant, school, or place of worship their parents will be fined $500. “We will not sit idly by while children in our community …

Bees And Other Wild Pollinators Have Disappeared From A Quarter Of UK Ranges

It may be easy to dismiss insects as pesky little buggers, but pollinators are vital to a healthy ecosystem and for global food security. Now, a third of wild bees and hoverfly species in Great Britain are in decline, with a quarter of regions losing wild pollinators once found there in 1980.  In net terms, each square kilometer in the UK lost an average of 11 wild bee and hoverfly species, with only one in 10 species increasing in range during the 33 years of study. The research is published in the journal Nature Communications. “Wildflowers and pollinators rely on each other for survival. Losses in either are a major cause for concern when we consider the health and beauty of …

Vegan Influencer Gets Caught Eating Fish, Starts Making Excuses, But Her 1.3M Followers Arent Buying It

Rawvana Instagram Rawvana Youtube Vegan Bean After going to the doctors to get tested, she learned that “her hormones were out of whack.” According to her, she was diagnosed as pre-menopausal. She thought it was weird, because she felt good. So it took Yovana a little bit to understand the seriousness behind her condition. The influencer began to change her diet, increasing its fat levels, adding salt. On top of that she started eating cooked food. Image credits: Image credits: Within 2 months, Yovana got her period back but it was very irregular. But she said she thought her body had to take time to heal, so she was patient with it. After about a year, she stopped getting her …

‘This is blood money’: Tate shuns Sacklers and others urged to follow

Pressure builds on other institutions to disavow Sackler family over OxyContin, powerful painkiller linked to opioid deaths Earlier this year at the Guggenheim in New York, Tate Modern has escaped a similar fate. On Thursday, the Tate group Sacklers, the family whose most prominent billionaire members own the company that makes OxyContin, a prescription painkiller opioids crisis. The company, Purdue Pharma, and investigated and sued, accused of knowingly misleading the public about the dangers of OxyContin and profiting from sales and marketing strategies that deceived doctors and rewarded them for over-prescribing the drug. Those cases are drawing increasing attention, as are protests by activists who want arts and academic institutions in the US, UK and elsewhere to eschew Sackler money. …

Facebook needs a white hat Cambridge Analytica

Rob Blackie Contributor More posts by this contributor Focaldata thinks it has some answers for campaigners in the age of Trump and Brexit Brandwatch turns its war chest on acquiring market research startup Qriously Facebook has had . Fake news. Cambridge Analytica. Charges of anti-Semitism. Russia hacking the 2016 election. Racist memes, murders and lynchings in India, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.   There’s Google, YouTube and Twitter’s well-documented roles in radicalization to consider, not to mention growing global health crises caused by medical misinformation spread on all the major platforms. Investors are rightly beginning to worry. If tech companies and their investors can’t foresee and stop these problems, it will likely lead to damaging regulation, costing them billions. The rest …

Is it time to raise the smoking age to 21?

Since then, the proportion of young smokers – defined as those aged 16 to 24 – has fallen from more than one in four in 2007 to less than one in five now, according to the Office for National Statistics. What is behind the falling smoking rates? But of course it is impossible to say whether that is directly linked to changing the age at which tobacco products can be bought. In the past 12 years, there has been lots of anti-smoking legislation, including: a ban on smoking in public places restrictions on displays in shops the introduction of graphic images on packs warning of the dangers of smoking All have had a role in the overall decline in smoking. …

NASA Offers $18,500 To People Willing To Stay In Bed For 60 Days

We all know that space travel is not only expensive, but also dangerous. If humans are to send people to Mars, scientists must know and understand the effects that living in space poses to human body. It is known that the so-called “puffy-head, bird-legs” syndrome exists, which manifests itself when, due to zero gravity conditions, blood flow is no longer pulled to the legs and as a result, the astronaut’s head is filled with fluid. Therefore, NASA and ESA teamed up to conduct a bed rest study to see how the body adapts to weightlessness. The space agencies announced that they are looking for two dozen volunteers to spend 60 days laying down to help scientists understand how space travel …