Reopening of Long-Term Care Facilities Is ‘an Absolute Necessity for Our Well-Being’

For nearly a year, nursing homes and assisted living centers have been mostly closed to visitors. Now, it’s time for them to open back up and relieve residents of crushing isolation, according to a growing chorus of long-term care experts, caregivers, consumer groups and physicians. They’re calling for federal health authorities to relax visitation restrictions in long-term care institutions, replacing […]

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The True Meaning Of Every Color And Type Of Heart Emoji

ICYMI, there are a bunch of different heart emojis on your keyboard. Like, there are hearts in pretty much every color, and you’ve also got lots of ~quirky~ options at your disposal. (Hi, sparkly heart and anatomically correct heart.) That said, because there are so many darn heart options out there, it makes sense if you’re not really sure when […]

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People With This Condition Are Twice as Likely to Get COVID-19

Since beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we've been told that those with preexisting conditions—cancer, diabetes, pulmonary diseases—were at a greater risk of severe illness from the virus. Now, another might be added to that list: dementia. The news comes from a study published February 9 in Alzheimer's & Dementia, the journal of the Alzheimer's Association, and found that people with […]

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Start Your Day Like Lizzo by Saying "Thank You" to Your Belly

Our world is so obsessed with appearances that the simple act of looking in a mirror can be an uncomfortable experience if you don't live up to the (thin, white, cis-gendered, able-bodied) expectation historically set by movies, TV, social media, and even magazines like this one. For those of us with big bodies and rounder bellies — ones we're taught […]

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You Have to See This UCLA Gymnast’s Epic Floor Routine That Exemplifies ‘Black Excellence'

Nia Dennis, a UCLA senior and gymnast, showed the world "what #blackexcellence looks like" in a stellar floor routine Saturday as she and her team competed against Arizona State University during their season opener. Dennis, 21, performed to a mashup of songs by several Black artists, including Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, Soulja Boy, Tupac Shakur and Megan Thee Stallion—and […]

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Hlatshwayo Davis appointed to St. Louis City Board of Health

Matifadza Hlatshwayo Davis, MD, an instructor in medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been appointed to the City of St. Louis Board of Health. Her term begins immediately and concludes in February 2024. As a member of the board, Hlatshwayo Davis will help advise the St. Louis City Department […]

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Here’s Who Will Get the COVID-19 Vaccine First—And Why

A COVID-19 vaccine could be available in the US in a matter of weeks, pending emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But it won't be rolled out to everybody at once. On Tuesday, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent committee advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), voted overwhelmingly (13 to 1) […]

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