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Keidel: Baseball Is Our Bedrock In This Rocky World – WFAN

Mar 27th, 2020
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If life is a road, then we look for exciting or comforting mile markers every year.

Here, in the Big Apple, we circle baseball's opening day as a portal into April, when spring waves its wand over the Northeast, when we can put the cold, snow, and slush in our rearview mirror. Instead of scowling at trucks plowing a wall of muck against your car, you see trees popping with flora. Instead of grim forecasts of frigid weather, you pour over projected starters, run lines, or fantasy lineups. Instead of heavy coats and wool hats, you're ready for baseball caps and leather gloves.

Today was supposed to be that day, the first day of baseball, when we put down shovels and picked up bats, when the monotone of the weatherman is replaced by the wisdom of Keith Hernandez or Ron Darling or David Cone, breaking down balls and strikes, batters and pitchers, for the next six months.

If we are creatures of routine, then there's nothing routine about the sports landscape in general, or Major League Baseball in particular. Right now, the owners and players are trying to hammer out a truncated 2020 season, with the bell for opening day to ring in June. They are working on the granular details of games played, games paid, and service time.

You don't care how the money you spend is chopped up by the bean counters of MLB. You're not versed in the nuance of labor talks. Why should you be? Our deal with baseball is they keep us entertained through the scalding days of summer, and that for over a century they have provided us a peek into the sunny, verdant days after rotten winters.

The Final Four was a good milepost, a bridge between the frost and the fresh smells of outdoor food vendors. The Masters was another segue into spring. They're gone, choked out by COVID-19. Even baseball, which has been immune to wars and storms, has had to play matador to the virus.

Certain highbrow types don't see the value in sports. They are inessential and tangential to real life. They are, to quote a line from Annie Hall, a bunch of pituitary cases stuffing.a ball through a hoop. It may be a basketball reference, but it speaks to the overall view of some that sports are low-rent entertainment spawned by too much testosterone. They are to be pitied.

We want, we need our pastime. Especially here, in New York City, where baseball still has one of its final footholds. We want to sing the campy ballads. We want the sweet sounds of a bat cracking a ball, or a fastball pounding a catcher's mitt. We want to see dirt fly while someone dives for a ground ball, leaps, and flings to first base, the ball popping in the glove a nanosecond before the runner's toes tap the bag. We want the sweet smells of hot dogs and mustard and popcorn and, yes, even the bitter smell of spilled beer.

We want to know if Jacob deGrom can win a third-straight Cy Young. We want to see if Pete Alonso was a one-hit wonder or a sophomore superstar. We want to watch Gerrit Cole throw gas past batters in the Bronx. We want Aaron Judge to get healthy and hearty enough to reclaim his crown as Gotham's best baseball player.

Some of us have taken baseball for granted.I have. I jumped on the NFL's broad back and rode it for the last 20 years, often at the expense of MLB. If the Yankees or Mets aren't in the playoffs, my small brain embraces football. I joined the crowd that crowed baseball has too many games. Get it back to 154, the number played by the Boys of Summer. We should be shaving, not adding, the number of teams that qualify for October.

Right now, I'd take all of those arguments and concede them. There's no such thing as too much baseball. This proposed June start jars our ancient sensibilities. Baseball is our bedrock in this rocky world.

There will be certain signs or stats intended to tell us that we are close to whipping this tornadic virus that's been tearing through us.They talk about masks and gloves and sanitizer and ventilators, about flattening curves. We'll know we're OKwhen Alonso or Judge flattens a curveball, sending it soaring into the stands. It will mean baseball is back. Follow Jason on Twitter: @JasonKeidel

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Androgen receptor stops tumor growth in the most common form of breast cancer – Newswise

Mar 27th, 2020
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WASHINGTONResearchers say they have found a viable new therapeutic strategy for estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer, even cancers that are resistant to current standard of care treatments. Their new preclinical study was accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the Endocrine Societys annual meeting, and publication in a special supplemental section of the Journal of the Endocrine Society.

In various models of ER+ breast cancer, the most common form (about 75% of cases) of breast cancer, the researchers found that activating the androgen receptor decreased tumor growth, said Wayne Tilley, Ph.D., the studys principal investigator and a professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia. The androgen receptor is a protein in cells in men and women to which testosterone and other male reproductive hormones called androgens bind to elicit their effects, he explained. Importantly, androgens are found in women as well as men.

There is a prevailing assumption that the androgen receptor promotes malignancy in breast cancer, as it does in prostate cancer, Tilley said. Our study demonstrates that this is not the case for ER-driven breast cancer. Rather, the androgen receptor acts as a tumor suppressor.

ER+ breast cancer needs new drug treatments because as many as 35% of women with this type eventually become resistant to current hormone therapies, Tilley said. He noted that androgen receptor-stimulating drugs are under investigation for various diseases. The researchers tested one of these drugs, enobosarm, from a drug class called selective androgen receptor modulators, or SARMs, in models of ER+ breast cancer. These studies used ER+ breast cancer cell lines that are commercially available as well as tissues taken from breast cancer patients, including those resistant to current therapies. Some cell lines and human tissues were grown in culture dishes, and other cell lines and patient tumors were transplanted into mice to create patient-derived models.

In all models, the researchers found evidence that stimulating androgen receptor activity with enobosarm stopped tumor growth. From the different breast cancer models, they derived a gene signature of androgen receptor activity, which predicted cancer survival in participants in large studies of ER+ breast cancer. This androgen receptor signature outperformed other breast cancer prognostic signatures, he said.

When the investigators treated ER+ breast cancer tissues with enobosarm combined with current standard of care breast cancer drugs such as tamoxifen that target the estrogen receptor, Tilley said they observed better reduction in tumor growth than with the standard drug alone. Enobosarm is nonsteroidal and, according to Tilley, other researchers have found it to be safe in patients. Importantly, it does not cause women to develop male characteristics.

Treatment of ER+ breast cancer with an androgen receptor activator drug could be immediately tested in women, Tilley said.

This study received funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, both in Australia. Tilley reported receiving a research grant from the maker of enobosarm, GTx Inc., now Oncternal Therapeutics.

The Endocrine Society canceled its annual meeting, ENDO 2020, amid concerns about COVID-19. Visit our online newsroom for more information on accepted abstracts, which will be published in a special supplemental section of the Journal of the Endocrine Society.

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Everyone Else Is Dealing with COVID-19. Idahos Pushing an Anti-Trans Bill – VICE

Mar 27th, 2020
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Lindsay Hecox was looking forward to finally running track in college. Hecox, a 19-year-old freshman at Boise State University, ran cross country in high school and said it was the only place where she felt like she could be herself. In addition to describing herself as a shy introvert, Hecox has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which made it difficult to make friends. Running provided her a shared experience to bond with her classmates.

Even though I definitely wasn't the most social, I still felt accepted, Hecox told VICE. I was a pretty good runner and everyone likes you if youre nice and you can run fast.

Hecox, who came out as transgender at the end of her senior year of high school, took the year off from running competitively to start transitioning and focus on her studies. Guidelines established by the NCAA state that trans female athletes must take medications that suppress their testosterone levels for a year before they are allowed to compete, and she started hormone replacement therapy last September. That means she could have been eligible for the 2020-2021 school year. (The NCAA told The Hill last month that it was monitoring the bills progress.)

If she had made the team, Hecox would have made history: No transgender student athlete has ever competed openly on a collegiate track team in Idaho. Hecox said she wasnt looking to break records, though. She just wanted to feel at home again.

Running really helps stabilize me, as I sometimes have mood fluctuations, Hecox said. If I go out for a run, it cleans the slate, and I feel like I can release a little bit of stress after that. If you have a friend and youre running alongside them, it feels like youre losing track of time and it gets your mind off things, as you just look forward to the next mile marker.

But Hecox could soon be banned from the sport she loves if Idaho signs a bill into law that would prohibit transgender women and girls from participating in school athletics in alignment with their gender identity. House Bill 500, also known as the Fairness in Womens Sports Act, applies to student-athletes playing in K-12 sports and at the collegiate level, no matter if the university is public or private. The legislation is headed to Gov. Brad Littles desk after passing the Idaho Senate last Monday by a 24-11 vote and the House last month, both of which are dominated by Republicans.

HB 500 isnt the only anti-trans bill awaiting the governors proverbial pen. Just days after the Senate overwhelmingly approved the trans sports ban, it also passed House Bill 509, which prevents transgender people from updating their birth certificates to match their lived gender. In a Thursday vote, all but six Senators approved the legislation, also called the Idaho Vital Statistics Act.

Little has yet to state whether he intends to support either of the two proposals, but when asked about them last month, the governor was quoted in the Idaho Press as saying hes not a big discrimination guy.

The bills have been met with virulent opposition from civil rights groups. Kathy Griesmyer, policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho, said their passage would set a really dangerous precedent that would likely be used as a model for discriminating against transgender people in other states. Although the ACLU estimated that 17 states in the U.S. have introduced bills in the 2020 legislative session that would restrict the ability of trans students to compete in school sports, none have passed. HB 500 would be the first bill of its kind in the nation.

There are really devastating consequences if HB 500 becomes law, Griesmyer told VICE. This has the potential to harm intersex people, women who present too masculine, or anybody who wants to use this law to go after a competitor.

Among the most glaring issues with HB 500 is that it stipulates that a student athletes biological sex would have to be determined by one of three factors before they are allowed to compete. These options are a test of the individuals internal and external reproductive anatomy, normal endogenously produced levels of testosterone, or genetic makeup.

But as in the case of a similar bill introduced in Arizona, the legislation does not establish a process for bringing about these claims, meaning that any student or their parent could accuse an athlete on an opposing team of being transgender. Accused students, many of whom as likely to be cisgender, would thereby be forced to undergo costly DNA testing or an invasive genital exam. The proposal also does not state what body would be responsible for looking into complaints or how a students private medical information would be protected.

Notably, the Arizona bill was watered down to remove the genital testing components following public backlash. The Idaho legislation has remained unchanged, despite the concerns of LGBTQ advocacy groups.

This bill is not based on science, Kate Oakley, senior counsel for the Human Rights Campaign, told VICE. It is legislation that is based purely in misinformation about trans youth, and it is targeting trans youth for discriminatory treatment. For any trans person in Idaho, they are now on notice that their government is willing to make laws that are based on fear and not facts.

The anti-trans bills are likely to be met with immediate legal action should they be signed into law, as five former Idaho attorneys general argued in a March 17 letter addressed to Little. In particular, critics said HB 509, the birth certificate bill, would violate a court order from U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale, who ruled in March 2018 that Idahos policy of denying birth certificate corrections on the basis of gender identity was unconstitutional. Prior to that time, Idaho was one of three statesalong with Ohio and Tennesseethat did not allow trans people to update their birth records.

When that policy was overturned in district court, Emilie Jackson-Edney was one of the first people in Idaho to apply for a corrected birth certificate. Jackson-Edney, who sits on the board of the Pride Foundation in Boise, said she had started her application process eight years earlier but that the long wait was worth it.

Its necessary to navigate safely through society with minimal harassment and minimal scrutiny, Jackson-Edney told VICE, noting that a third of trans people without a corrected birth certificate report experiencing mistreatment and even physical violence as a result. Its a safety issue. For trans people having concurrent identity documents that reflect their gender identity is really critical, and not being able to have them would be very difficult.

What makes these bills particularly hurtful for trans people in Idaho is the timing of the legislation. They were pushed through the state Senate during the same week that municipalities across the country took measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. And yet in Idaho, little has been done to stop its citizens from contracting coronavirus.

I havent seen one thing from the [state] government other than telling us to wash our hands, and I honestly don't think that were taking it very seriously, said Yarit Rodriguez, who runs a support group for trans youth in Idaho, told VICE. He added that it doesn't make sense to him why passing anti-trans bills is more important than an outbreak affecting multiple communities.

The lack of statewide action on coronavirus is particularly personal for Hecox, who was being forced out of her dorm at Boise State as she spoke over the phone on Thursday. The university sent an email to students earlier the same day ordering anyone who hadnt already abandoned campus housing to evacuate the premises within the week. Although many students who have family in the area have the option to simply move back home, it wasnt so easy for her.

I was living with my grandparents in California before, she said. They don't want another person living with them because of their age. They are susceptible to having a bad reaction to the virus or dying.

To keep Hecox from being homeless, her mother is uprooting her life in California to move to Boise. Even as the federal government debates a trillion-dollar stimulus package that would provide greater assistance to families like hers, which have been forced into impossible situations, Hecox noted that Idaho lawmakers had yet to make any similar moves. The Senate wrapped for the year on Thursday, while the House finished up the following day.

They have not passed any legislation for that, she said of a statewide coronavirus relief effort. They dont have their priorities straight.

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Trump admin supports girl athletes forced to compete with boys who say theyre female – Lifesite

Mar 27th, 2020
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March 25, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) The Trump administration has formally weighed in on the side of Selina Soule, Alanna Smith, and Chelsea Mitchell, the Connecticut high school athletes suing for the right to compete and be judged against only members of their ownsex.

The girls are suing the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) for allowing gender-confused boys to compete againstfemales, unjustly impairing their ability to earn not only competitive recognition, but also scholarships for their hard work. Soule has also filed a complaint on the matter with the U.S. Department of Educations Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which is still pending.

On Tuesday, U.S. attorney general William Barr signed a statement of interest on the matter, formally asserting the administrations stance that CIACs policyviolates federal Title IX rules that guarantee equal opportunities for girls in sports.

Title IX and its implementing regulations prohibit discrimination solely on the basis of sex, not on the basis of transgender status, and therefore neither require nor authorize CIACs transgender policy, the statement reads. To the contrary, CIACs construction of Title IX as requiringthe participation of students on athletic teams that reflect their gender identity would turn the statute on its head.

Under CIACs interpretation of Title IX, however, schools may not account for the real physiological differences between men and women. Instead, schools must have certain biological males namely, those who publicly identify as female compete against biological females, the statement continues. In so doing, CIAC deprives those women of the single-sex athletic competitions that are one of the marquee accomplishments of Title IX.

Chase Stranglo of the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which is representing the transgender athletes, responded by declaring that the organizationsclients are two high school seniors who are just trying to enjoy their final track season of high school and who now have to contend with the federal government arguing against their right to equal educational opportunities. History will look back on these anti-trans attacks with deep regret and shame. In the meantime we will continue to fight for the rights of all girls to participate in the sports they love.

In fact, gender-confused students remain free to compete against members of their actual sex, and research affirms that boys who call themselves girls retain physical advantages over real girls.

Last June, the Journal of Medical Ethics published a paper concluding that healthy young men [do] not lose significant muscle mass [or power] when their circulating testosterone levels were reduced to [below International Olympic Committee guidelines] for 20 weeks, and indirect effects of testosterone on factors such as bone structure, lung volume, and heart size will not be altered by hormone therapy. Therefore, the advantage to transwomen [men] afforded by the [International Olympic Committee] guidelines is an intolerable unfairness.

Such findings are consistent with those of organizations like USA Powerlifting, which contends that men naturally have a larger bone structure, higher bone density, stronger connective tissue and higher muscle density than women. These traits, even with reduced levels of testosterone, do not go away. While MTF [male-to-female, meaning men who drug themselves to appear and perform more like women] may be weaker and less [muscular]than they once were, the biological benefits given them at birth still remain over than [sic] of a female.

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Testosterone Replacement Therapy Market All Set to Achieve Higher Revenues Global Forecast 2027 | Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Eli Lilly and Company,…

Mar 27th, 2020
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Can Essential Oils Help To Safely Get Rid of UTIs? – Everyday Health

Mar 27th, 2020
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Not another urinary tract infection! Anyone whos ever gotten a urinary tract infection (UTI) and thats most women know how irritating and perilous it can be. Some of us are also prone to recurrent UTIs, where infections keep coming.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep UTIs at bay.

One of them is aromatherapy, or using high-quality essential oils to aid your body and mind. If youre prone to UTIs or are actively battling an infection, it can be helpful to use oils in a supportive way, says Heidi Chesla, a medical aromatherapy specialist in and around Baltimore and an instructor to physicians at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

The all-too-common condition of a UTI happens when bacteria typically found around the anus migrates into the sterile urethra (the tube where pee flows out) or bladder and starts to multiply.

Symptoms include a burning sensation (especially while urinating), the need to pee frequently, the urge to go even if youve just emptied your bladder, cloudy or bloody urine, and pain or pressure in your lower abdomen.

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UTIs are potentially dangerous, because if the bacteria migrate further upwards, they can enter your kidneys and cause a serious infection there. For this reason, Chesla recommends that when you have a UTI you see your physician to get it treated.

Treatment for UTIs typically involve a short course of oral antibiotics, such as trimethoprimand sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra).

Your doctor can also instruct you how to best prevent recurrent UTIs. For example, people should stay well hydrated, urinate before and after sex, and women should always wipe from front to back (and even use different sheets of toilet paper for each side).

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Essential oils can be used to both support healing and make you feel better when you have a UTI. You dont want to use them in place of a drug, Chesla says. But essential oils are uniquely helpful because chemical constituents within the aromatic oils create physiological responses in the body, and because theres a direct connection with the sense of smell and the limbic system in the brain, where your emotions arise, she says.

Essential oils have not been scientifically studied for UTIs. However, some small studies have shown they can help battle other types of bacterial infections. For example, a review published in December 2019 in Complementary Therapies in Medicineon topical aromatherapy for the skin infection MRSA found significantly lower level of new MRSA emergence compared to routine care.

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Aromatherapy uses quality essential oils that are cold-pressed or steam-distilled from plants to support your mind and your body, according to the National Cancer Institute. The oils can come from a plants leaves, bark, or peel. Different plants have different oils that have varying effects on the mind and the body.

Essential oils can be inhaled, massaged into the body, rubbed onto the skin, or put in a bath. If you do rub them directly onto your skin, youll want to dilute them in a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil (Cheslas favorite), almond oil, or avocado oil.

Using essential oils if you are prone to UTIs can support your body and help you feel better, Chesla says.

Using essential oils, ideally in conjunction with your physician, is very safe, Chesla says. Sometimes, an allergic reaction or skin irritation or rash can occur, especially if you put the oil directly on your skin. This is why experts advise that you dilute the oils with a carrier oil before massaging them into your skin.

You also don't want to swallow essential oils, because this increases the chances of an allergic or other negative reaction.

The safety of essential oils, not to mention their effectiveness, holds only when you use high-quality, pure and natural products, she says. Most of whats on the market as essential oil actually have synthetic ingredients, some of which can be irritating. People need to be aware of that and stay away from these, Chesla cautions.

Since essential oils are not considered to be drugs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the products are not regulated by the FDA. Therefore, it is crucial that you buy oils from a manufacturer who is concerned about quality.

Its up to each person to take care about where they get their oils from. This might mean paying a little more, since cheap oils are unlikely to be of high enough quality to give you the results you want, Chesla says.

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The best companies hire an independent third party to test each batch of oil as it is made. The tests they perform are called gas chromatographymass spectrometry (GC-MS) reports. They show how much of each bioactive compound is present in the oil.

Also, because oils can degrade over time, good manufacturers also print an expiration date on the label, Chesla says.

The results of these tests should be made available to you, either on the companys website or sent to you if you phone and ask. Chesla recommends that you take the report to your doctor, who should recognize the chemical components. That way if there are any concerns with interactions with other medicines you might be taking, your doctor will be informed.

If youre wondering how to use essential oils for UTIs, the best approach is to apply them to the areas of your body most affected, Chesla says.

People prone to recurrent UTIs can try to stave them off by applying a blend of oils to the skin of their lower abdomen and lower back, she says. Youll want to mix the oils into a carrier oil before you do this.

The blend Chesla recommends are a few drops, in equal parts, of the essential oils cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), juniper berry (Juniperus communis), and cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana). The cypress and juniper berry help to move fluid through your system, while the cedarwood helps kill germs. Rub a small amount of the blend onto your lower abdomen and lower back twice each day, in the morning when you wake up and two hours before bed. (You dont want fluid moving through you making you need to pee too close to bedtime.)

If you have an active infection and are working with your physician to combat it, aromatherapy can assist these medical efforts, Chesla says.

You can continue using the same blend as you use for prevention, but add a few extra drops of cedarwood. Tea tree oil (Melaleuca) can also battle bacteria, so you can substitute this for the cedarwood if you desire. Youll need to source this oil extremely carefully, though, because so much of what is sold as tea tree oil is actually synthetic, Chesla says.

Chesla also recommends supporting your painful abdomen by massing it with a blend of equal parts clary sage (Salvia sclarea), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), again mixed into a carrier oil. Clary sage can have anti-spasmodic effects, while the others are said to induce calm.

Stress plays a role in so many of our bodily conditions, so its not surprising it may be involved with recurrent UTIs. Areview published in February 2017 in Current Opinion in Urology points to this potential link between emotional stress and bladder symptom.

Here, too, aromatherapy may help, because soothing scents can calm the stress response down, Clesla says. Good oils for de-stressing include lavender, sandalwood, and vetiver, alone or in combination.

You can locate a certified aromatherapist near you on the websites of two national organizations, the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapyand the Alliance of International Aromatherapists.

Or you can buy oils directly from an online company or from a store that sells quality brands. Be sure to buy only from companies that carefully source and test their products.

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10 ways to share during the coronavirus pandemic – Shareable

Mar 27th, 2020
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Sharing during a pandemic? Sharing probably isnt the first idea that comes to mind as it implies physical contact.

But there are innumerable ways to share that dont require physical contact. And heres why we should pursue them with extraordinary gusto during the pandemic.

In short, world leaders have failed to protect us from the coronavirus. They had a chance to contain it. But through delay, misinformation, denial, and unpreparedness, they have unleashed it on the world.

Now a growing number of us have been asked to cease our normal lives, shelter in place, and practice social distancing for who knows how long. And while its absolutely critical we do so to limit the spread of the coronavirus, weve been asked to bear the terrible costs of their incompetence in lost lives and livelihoods.

Leaders have also left us to figure out what stance to take in the crisis. From the official messages about social distancing and the like, its easy to assume that the only thing we should do is hunker down and wait the pandemic out.

Some messages offer no help. One world leader, when asked what he had to say to people who were scared, insulted the reporter. He had not a single comforting word or practical suggestion to offer.

In short, our supposed leaders have driven us to the edge of a public health and global economic abyss and left us there. Even worse, some are taking advantage of the crisis to grab more profit and power. We cant count on them to protect us.

So, we must protect ourselves.

We must do so by sharing, cooperating, and taking decisive action when leaders have failed to.

We must fill the leadership and systemic voids that the crisis has exposed. The stakes couldnt be higher every human on spaceship earth is at risk. This is a moment of decision for all of us.

Will we hunker down, hoard, heap blame on the blameless, stay mesmerized by the media, spread fear, devolve in our isolation, and turn away from others?

Or will we rise to the occasion, fill the leadership void, share solutions, develop as people, and find our purpose in helping each other?

While this choice may not have occurred to you, this really isnt a choice. Theres no one at the wheel of our collective bus. We must take the wheel or the immediate toll will be more horrific. The long-term damage to the social fabric might even be worse.

While you may not see it, countless thousands are rising to the occasion. A large and rapidly growing wave of prosocial behavior, resource sharing, and mutual aid is sweeping the globe. A growing number of people are defining this moment through their warmth, bravery, diligence, generosity, and creativity.

Need I mention front line medical workers who are risking their lives to stem the toll? Their sacrifice is a testament to the beauty, boldness, and boundlessness of the human spirit.

We need to follow them safely into the breach. If you havent already, its time to join this wave of grassroots action. If you already have, its time to ask your friends and family to join it with you.

Working together (and at a safe distance), we can flatten the curve in a humane way and come out more human for it.

Here are 10 ways to get started:

Follow the shelter in place, physical distancing, handwashing, and other safety measures that reputable health authorities recommend. Encourage everyone around you to do the same. Following these with discipline may be the single most important act of solidarity you can undertake. This is a shared responsibility. Youll protect yourself and many, many others. If in doubt, err on the side of caution.

Provide comfort, health guidelines, and whatever aid is needed to those closest to you. Stay in it with them. Depending on your situation, you might have your hands full with just this. If everybody does this, then everyone has access to at least a basic level of care and emotional support.

Theyre the dam keeping back the floodwaters of infection. We cant afford for this dam to break. Check in with your local hospitals to see what they need. People and organizations are already donating protective medical gear, medical equipment, meals, and more. You can even volunteer remotely or join an open source team designing medical gear. Start here to see where to jump in.

Grassroots, volunteer-run mutual aid networks provide community-scale aid, often with a focus on mutual support for the most vulnerable. If you want to increase your impact locally, this is a great way to go. These have gone virtual during the pandemic using spreadsheets to match needs with resources. Heres an inside look at one of the thousands of COVID-19 mutual aid networks started recently. Directories of them have popped up in the U.S., UK, and elsewhere. Search the web for one in your area. If there are none, start one. Sometimes all it takes are two friends and a spreadsheet.

This can include the elderly, those most vulnerable to the coronavirus healthwise, those previously or newly on the economic margins, those facing eviction, those experiencing racism or discrimination, people who are undocumented, victims of domestic abuse, people experiencing houselessness, people with disabilities, those with mental health conditions, and more. The pandemic poses unique challenges for people in these groups. Support can be direct, mutual, or through the many local service organizations. Search your area for your preferred channel.

As Shareable has reported, loneliness was a huge health challenge before the pandemic. Social distancing could make it worse. We already have an economic recession on our hands due to the pandemic, we dont need a social recession to compound the misery. A more constructive approach is physical distancing with social solidarity, not social distancing. This is a time to be warm, friendly, and kind to those you know and strangers alike virtually and when youre six feet apart IRL. This is also a time to exercise your social creativity. People are holding virtual happy hours, dance parties, birthday parties, book clubs, religious services, and more. Use this moment to reweave the social fabric.

Its important to keep your friends, family, and community informed. However, the web is awash in misleading and even panic-inducing information about the coronavirus. Make sure what you share is from reputable sources. Cross-reference news reports with reports from other reputable sources. Equally important, make sure what and how you share doesnt unintentionally induce panic. Balance sharing truthful, alarming news with relevant how-to, safety, and solutions information. To help you stay sane, consider a media diet that responsibly limits your news intake. Its easy to get overwhelmed in the 24/7 coronavirus news cycle. Panic kills, lets stay calm.

Governments around the world are deciding how to respond to the immediate threat of the coronavirus and the second-order impacts. These decisions could reshape life in a dramatically different and potentially worse way unless the publics voice is heard. As always, the rich and powerful are at the bargaining table. Make sure you are too. Check-in with your local and national representation about their coronavirus plans and make your voice heard. Only together can we beat coronavirus capitalism and rebuild on a more just and sustainable basis.

Schedule time each day for checking in, supporting front line medical workers, mutual aid, or preventing a social recession whatever mix of activities make sense to you. Make it part of your daily pandemic routine. Share your contributions with others. Invite them to join in. Its natural to feel a tad powerless in this situation, this is a way to take back some control.

Last but definitely not least, take care of yourself. You cant do the above if youre not healthy yourself. As airlines advise in emergencies, put your oxygen mask on first before helping others. Depending on your situation, this might even be an opportunity to spend more time exercising, eating right, and finding ways to stay calm like yoga, meditation, and long walks.

There are many more ways to help. The number and variety of grassroots efforts is truly stunning. And now that youre in charge, Im betting you have your own ideas for mutual aid. Please share the actions youve taken or witnessed with us by email info@shareable.net or on Facebook.

And just as important spread the word that its time to help each other, share resources, and share leadership.

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Beating Covid-19: Risk avoidance and better health and diet solution – Bangkok Post

Mar 27th, 2020
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Wuhan Coronavirus, better known today as COVID-19, is creating havoc all around the world. This deadly respiratory disease can spread from one person to another. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during a massive outbreak right before the Chinese New Year in Wuhan in China. As of this week, this disease has infected more than 450,000 people and caused more than 20,000 deaths. Although China is reporting zero local transmission, countries like Italy, Spain, USA and more are in the midst of medical catastrophes.

Many experts say that the virus that causes COVID-19 most probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from human to human. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close proximity of one another through respiratory droplets produced when someone infected sneezes or coughs.

There is also a high possibility that a person being infected with COVID-19 may make contact with a surface or object that has the virus and then touches their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. People infected with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, difficulty in breathing and cough. Some people with higher immunity have been known to be asymptomatic whereas older people with secondary health issues can have severe pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure which can ultimately lead to death.

Life goes on but precautions need to be seriously taken to prevent further infection. Governments around the world have taken steps to restrict citizen movements, close borders, businesses and more. What everyone needs to understand and do is to take individual precautionary actions like avoiding making any contact with anyone who is sick. For some people, touching, scratching or rubbing the eyes, nose and mouth is an involuntary reflex action. That has to stop and hand washing is of the utmost importance. Our recommended hand washing regimen is as follows:

The other first line of defence is to choose a healthy lifestyle. Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies such as the following:

The idea of boosting ones immunity effectively is enticing but the ability to do so has been proven to be a challenge for many. Everyone must understand that the immune system must be treated holistically and it is not a single entity. To function efficiently, requires balance and harmony.

Some recommended foods to help you kick start this journey of health include:

According to many healthcare professionals, foods rich in antioxidants include berries, garlic and onion. These foods contain Vitamins C, B and E. They are essential for building up the immune system. This in turn can reduce the risk of diseases and at the same time help to fight off infections.

Foods like eggplant, pumpkin and carrot are all high in antioxidants and should be eaten at least once a day.

Some types of foods have anti-inflammatory values. Consuming foods that are rich in anti-inflammatory values is essential when one wants to boost the immune system. Vegetables and fruits are such foods with high anti-inflammatory value. Eating such foods on a daily basis will ensure that one will get optimal anti-inflammatory food intake. Eating at least five types of vegetables each day can help fight inflammation.

Another common anti-inflammatory ingredient with additional benefits is turmeric which contains a natural compound called curcumin, known as a type of superfood. Another anti-oxidant, other beneficial features of curcumin include:

Superfoods are types of foods that have outsize health benefits resulting from an exceptional nutrient density. Foods below are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which boost cell regeneration and help prevent a multitude of diseases:

When dealing with a devious disease like Covid 19, it is best to take a firm stand that prevention is better than cure. Make sure that hygiene practices are in place, eat and stay healthy, avoid crowded places and close contact interactions. Many countries around the world have already enforced movement restrictions including working from home, so take no chances, and stay safe.

Author: Ezree Ebrahim, Head Business Development (Healthcare), Absolute Health Group. For Further information, please contact: ezree.ebrahim@akesisoncology.com

Series Editor: Christopher F. Bruton, Executive Director, Dataconsult Ltd, chris@dataconsult.co.th. Dataconsults Thailand Regional Forum provides seminars and extensive documentation to update business on future trends in Thailand and in the Mekong Region.

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Will Lemons and Hot Water Cure or Prevent COVID-19? – Snopes.com

Mar 27th, 2020
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As governments fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Snopes is fighting an infodemic of rumors and misinformation, and you can help. Browse our coronavirus fact checks here. Tell us about any questionable or concerning rumors and advice you encounter here.

A significant amount of COVID-19 coronavirus disease misinformation spreading across social media or chat apps takes the form of copied-and-pasted advice posts attributed to anonymous experts. These posts are usually riddled with scientific errors and/or promises of cures. Here we look at two such cure posts that involve hot water and lemons.

One claim, attributed to a Chinese researcher, implores readers to use as much natural vitamin C as possible and suggests lemons as a good source. To that point, the post claims that regular consumption of a drink made from three lemon slices and hot water helps against the spread of [COVID-19] and destroys the virus. While vitamin C does play a role in several immune system functions, its use as a treatment to prevent or cure viral infections is unsupported by science.

A second, slightly modified claim is attributed to information that comes from Israel and includes the addition of sodium bicarbonate to the hot lemon water cure. Unlike the previous assertion, which rests largely on claims about vitamin C, this cure allegedly works because it can alkalize the immune system. The ubiquity of this concoction in Israel, the post additionally claims, is why the country has seen no cases of the disease. This is false. Alkalizing the immune system is an illogical pseudoscientific concept, and at this time of this reporting, Israel had over 2,300 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

This dubious claim, which now circulates in text form on social media platforms, has its origins in a video shared extensively on Facebook messenger and created by the owner of the YouTube channel MrHealthyChannel. Even before any medical information is presented, several red flags are apparent. Hi, I am Jiao Shenme Mingzi from China, Researcher at the School of Medicine Zanjan University, the post begins. Zanjan University is in Iran, and, as PolitiFact noted, this persons alleged name closely resembles the phonetic spelling of jiao shenme mingzi, which is not a name but a phrase used to ask for someones name.

The video and posts derived from transcripts of that video falsely assert that the reason we lack a medical cure for COVID-19, and therefore need a natural remedy that contains vitamin C, is a result of the novel coronavirus unexpected or rapid genetic mutation (an issue Snopes addressed here). In reality, this virus is dangerous because of its ability, like other infection-causing viruses, to sustain and replicate in human cells, particularly those of the upper respiratory system.

Though early work had suggested vitamin C as a treatment for the common cold, which is also a viral upper respiratory infection, later work has cast doubt on that notion. In general, no scientific research has shown an ability for vitamin C supplementation to kill any upper-respiratory system virus or to reduce its spread. As summarized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the evidence to date suggests that regular intakes of vitamin C at doses of at least 200 mg/per day do not reduce the incidence of the common cold in the general population. For reference, that single lemon cut into three slices and served with hot water contains about 30 milligrams of vitamin c.

The NIH does suggest that vitamin C supplements might shorten the duration of the common cold and ameliorate symptom severity as well as provide some potential benefit to certain populations of people with compromised immune systems. As Dr. Caroline Apovian, a professor of medicine and pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine, explained to USA Today, The only impact that vitamins and supplements may have in any cold or flu is to lessen the severity. As such, the assertion that a single lemon served with hot water will kill the spread of this virus in our body is unsupported by science.

This iteration of the lemon and hot water cure comes from a viral copy-pasted-and-reshared bit of text on Facebook that usually begins with the false statement that the information comes from Israel where this virus did not cause any deaths. As previously noted, Israel has in no way been immune to the coronavirus pandemic, nor are they, as the post also asserts, relaxed about the virus. On March 25, the Israeli government announced like other governments around the world measures to limit the movement of its citizens in order to slow the diseases spread.

The alleged science here is just as straightforward to debunk. The ability to alkalize ones body was a popular claim promoted by scientists in the 1920s and by supplement peddlers and health gurus today. But unless you suffer from certain specific and medically catastrophic conditions like metabolic acidosis, it is effectively impossible to alter, through diet, the pH of the cellular environment that makes up the various tissues of your body, including those of the immune system. The body maintains these environments in a tightly controlled range: a pH between 7.36 and 7.44 in arteries, and around 7.2 in intracellular spaces. The only pH value in your body that you would be altering with your diet is the pH of your urine. Such a modification would provide no medical benefit to the fight against a viral infection.

Lemon and hot water used as a vitamin C therapy will not kill or slow the spread of COVID-19, nor would it provide a clinically significant amount of vitamin C to begin with. A buffered solution of hot lemon juice and sodium bicarbonate, similarly, will do nothing to change the pH of either your body or your immune system. For these reasons both lemon-related cures are rated False.

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Here’s how you could effectively manage kitchen during the lockdown days – Onmanorama

Mar 27th, 2020
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Eating right is very vital during the lockdown days to replenish the body with essential nutrients. Besides, a controlled diet too is required as there are restrictions to go and also to prevent panic buying. It is no small deal, staying in home isolation for three weeks. You could stay fit and healthy by consuming home cooked meals that are packed with nutrients. Note these tips to adopt healthy eating habits during the lockdown period:

The quantity of the food cooked should be strictly limited to the number of family members and their needs.

Even if the cooked food is just enough for the family, make sure that you dont cook too many dishes in huge quantities.

Try to eat steamed food instead of oil-fried food.

Do not use the supplies in the pantry unnecessarily just because you have stocked up.

Food wastage should be avoided.

A healthy person requires just a teaspoon or 5 ml oil a day. However, we tend use much more than that while cooking. It is important to be a little more careful about your health and well being.

Turn to your backyards for organically grown fruits and vegetables like jackfruit, mangoes, plantains, tapioca, yams, colocasia, drumstick or moringa leaves and other vegetables from your kitchen garden. However, instead of cooking everything on the first few days of the lockdown, you could plan how to use them for at least three weeks.

It is important to remember that these are not the days to revel. Try to stay indoors and be on alert.

It is wise not to exhaust the food items that do not go stale easily in the beginning itself. Items like eggs and biscuits packets could be reserved for later.

There is no need to cook too many dishes. A single dish that is nutritious and wholesome is enough.

Try to grow a patch of vegetable garden in your backyards.

A healthy person should drink 10 12 glasses of water every day. Besides, try to catch at least half an hour of work out in the morning or in the evening.

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