Our Taste For Coffee And Avocado Could Put The World At Risk

Your pumpkin-spice latte is not doing the world any favors.  Most essential staple food crops on the planet – like corn, wheat, rice, or soybeans – don’t require pollinators. However, the changing appetites of the world have pushed global agriculture towards crops that rely on pollination by bees and other insects, such as almonds, coffee, citrus fruits, avocado, to name but a few. Paired with the growing dominance of monocultures and a lack of crop diversity, this dependence on pollinators could threaten global food security and economic stability through mass crop failure, according to a new study. Reported in the journal Global Change Biology, scientists have analyzed around 50 years’ worth of data for the first global assessment of how current trends in farming …

Florida Mom Arrested After Video Of Daughter Licking Tongue Depressor Goes Viral

Florida woman was jailed on felony charges thanks to a licking a tongue depressor at a tampering with a consumer product without regard for possible death or bodily injury, according to location station Ward was arrested after she posted a Snapchat video of her 10-year-old daughter licking the tonaccording to a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office report. Someone pointed out the video to the clinic, which asked police to investigate. “Don’t tell me how to live my life.” The clinic said it immediately removed medical items in the exam room and sanitized the area, according to Ward told “I mean honestly I wasn’t thinking,” she said. “I know what it’s like to, you know, have to worry about your kids’ health and stuff. …

Otis Williams: ‘The Temptations didn’t love themselves’

The only surviving original member of the hit R&B group talks about the darker side of a legacy and the musical it inspired One of the first times Otis Williams, the founder and last surviving original member of the Temptations, realized his music made an indelible impact on their fans occurred after he received a letter in the mail. Im reading it and it said to give them a call the first chance I had, Williams remembers. She gets on the phone and told me she was ill and asked: God, dont take me until I speak to Otis Williams. She said she wanted to tell me how much the music meant to her before she died. I didnt have …

Serena Williams’ coach reveals what kept the tennis champ going through injuries

(CNN)Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach, says the tennis great is “pain-free” and ready to make a run for breaking the Grand Slam win record. “‘I think she is in a good place at the moment,’ Mouratoglou said at Wimbledon this week. ‘She is happy. She has a house here, her husband is here. Her daugher is here and she is pain free now for three weeks so she feels so much lighter.” The 49-year-old has been Williams’ coach for seven years, and says chasing the Grand Slam record has kept Williams going through the pain. “But 24, it will mean she will equal the record of all time. Then she will have only one more to go to beat it …

Air pollution ages your lungs faster and increases your risk of COPD, study says

(CNN)Air pollution does a lot more damage to our lungs than scientists realized, according to a new study in Monday’s European Respiratory Journal. Researchers found it ages lungs more quickly and putting us at higher risk of COPD. For people living with air that has more than 10 micrograms per cubic meter of particle pollution, the situation was much worse. Among that group in the most polluted areas, the number of COPD cases was four times higher than if a person lived with smokers, and half that of people who had been smokers. COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a term used to describe lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe. It’s the third leading cause …

Nighttime Exposure To Blue Light Could Encourage Sugary Snack Consumption (In Rats)

In our screen-addled age, blue light is an unavoidable part of daily life. It radiates from your work desktop, your smartphone, and even the energy-saving LED lights you installed in the kitchen. While research into the negative health effects of blue light is not fully conclusive, it has been linked to various ailments from cancer and diabetes to heart disease, obesity, and poorer sleep. To add to that list, scientists presenting at this year’s conference of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) say that blue light can trigger excessive sugary snack consumption – at least in rats. The study found an hour of blue light exposure at night (aka: just enough time to watch an episode of …

How to wash your hair

Its a myth that washing your locks frequently is bad for your hair. But how often should it be done, and whats the best way to use conditioner? The biggest myth is that washing your hair frequently is bad, but there is no real rationale for that. You take your hair everywhere you go; it picks up dirt and pollution, and youve got sweat, oil and dead skin cells. You can wash it every day if you want to. You are not stripping the natural oils from your hair, because they do not travel from the scalp down the hair shaft, especially if your hair is damaged or colour-processed. Physiologically, all hair is the same. The difference is in the …

More patients ‘struggling to reach GP on phone’

The latest figures have been published just days after it emerged some hospital doctors are refusing to do overtime shifts. This is because they are being landed with large tax bills after changes to the way the pension system works. The figures are fresh evidence of the impact on patients of the stand-off. Around one in eight have been waiting longer than 18 weeks – the maximum length of time they should have to wait. The places with the worst access to GPs Across England one in three patients, on average, reported problems getting through to their GP on the phone. But in some local areas it was as many as one in two. Luton 51% Thanet 51% Hull 48% …

Quitting Alcohol Is Good For Women’s Health And Well-Being, Study Says

Quitting alcohol is good for the health of women and may improve their overall quality of life and mental well-being. That’s according to a new study published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. “Global alcohol consumption is expected to continue to increase unless effective strategies are employed,” said Dr Michael Ni of the University of Hong Kong in a statement. “Our findings suggest caution in recommendations that moderate drinking could improve health-related quality of life. Instead, quitting drinking may be associated with a more favorable change in mental well-being, approaching the level of lifetime abstainers.” The researchers set out to determine how altering drinking patterns can influence changes in physical and mental well-being in a Chinese population by analyzing a study …

Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez move to declare climate crisis official emergency

Exclusive: Democrats to introduce resolution in House on Tuesday in recognition of extreme threat from global heating A group of US lawmakers including the 2020 Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders are proposing to declare the climate crisis an official emergency a significant recognition of the threat taken after considerable pressure from environment groups. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congresswoman from New York, and Earl Blumenauer, a Democratic congressman from Oregon, plan to introduce the same resolution in the House on Tuesday, their offices confirmed. A Sanders spokesperson said: President Trump has routinely declared phony national emergencies to advance his deeply unpopular agenda, like selling Saudi Arabia bombs that Congress had blocked. On the existential threat of climate change, Trump insists on …

Cholera Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at cholera, an illness that has killed thousands of people worldwide. Oral hydration salts can successfully treat about 80% of cholera patients. There are three two-dose oral cholera vaccines available, Dukoral, Shanchol and Euvichol. Cholera is rare in industrialized nations. People who live in areas with shortages of safe drinking water or inadequate sanitation are vulnerable to cholera. Statistics:2017 –1,227,391 reported cases in 34 countries with 5,654 deaths. — In the United States there were 11 cases and no deaths. 2016 – 132,121 reported cases in 38 countries with 2,420 deaths. — In the United States there were 14 cases and no deaths. 2015 – 172,454 reported cases in 42 countries with 1,304 deaths. — In the …

Can cannabis treat anxiety? It’s complicated

Marijuana companies and users proclaim the drugs utility as a treatment but hard evidence is more difficult to come by Many cannabis users and businesses are invested in the idea of cannabis as an anxiety treatment. The position invites skepticism: marijuana companies have a financial interest in promoting a maximalist view of the drugs benefits, and in patients it can look like a rationalization for excessive use. As with other health conditions, the available research is inconclusive and limited due to decades-old restrictions on medical marijuana research. To sort through some of the ambiguities surrounding cannabis and anxiety, I spoke to cannabis dependence. One of the driving forces of US cannabis legalization is the hope among military veterans that cannabis …

Migrant children held in Texas facility need access to doctors, says attorney

Inhumane conditions for detained children amount to emergency public health crisis, says attorney who visited center Hundreds of children at a migrant detention center in Texas are being held in inhumane conditions that amount to an emergency public health crisis and should be allowed immediate access to doctors, according to an attorney who gained rare access to the facility. Elora Mukherjee, the director of Columbia Law Schools immigrant rights clinic, was one of six attorneys to visit the detention center in Clint approach the media. Mukherjee noted that seven children have died in federal immigration custody or shortly after being released, compared to no such deaths in the 10 previous years. We were extremely concerned that more children might die …

Women In India Are Being Forced Into Taking Dangerous Actions To Prevent Periods So They Dont Miss Work

Two extremely worrying pieces of news have come out of India recently concerning the reproductive health of women, in particular, the lack of protection for working-class women when it comes to menstruation.  Geeta Pandey writing for BBC News reports that many women working in the “sugar belt” in the state of Maharashtra are being encouraged to have their womb removed to avoid menstruating, and potentially losing a few days of work. In one of the districts of the western Indian state, there have been 4,605 hysterectomies, most performed on women under the age of 40, and in some cases on women who are still in their 20s. For some, these unnecessary surgical interventions have led to severe complications, from muscular and joint …

What Kamala Harris and AOC can’t make Joe Biden do

(CNN)Anyone expecting to see a major reboot in the Biden campaign or a Joe Biden 2.0 just doesn’t know the former vice president. He knows what he knows, which isn’t everything, and is not likely to refashion his image based on a poll or a debate performance. Finally, he needs a better pushback to the kinds of charges directed at him in the Democratic presidential xebate by Sen. Kamala Harris. Here was one of the more interesting parts of the Cuomo interview. Biden made clear he was surprised not by the attack, but by the way Harris delivered it, in such a personal way. He implicitly charged Harris with a bit of demagoguery — that she criticized his position while …