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Can Personalized Vitamins or Supplements Improve Health and Performance?

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From Bicycling

As cyclists, we tend to be healthier than the average person, thanks to logging miles on the road, trainer sessions, and focusing on fueling workouts with smart nutrition choices. (That’s not to say we don’t indulge after a hard effort or once we cross the finish line of a goal race.) But because of this focus on nutrition, dietitians often tell cyclists to aim for whole foods—if we “eat the rainbow,” there’s really no need to supplement with vitamins.

And while that’s generally true, for some, there is a time and place when it might be beneficial to explore adding a vitamin or mineral supplement. When it comes time to choose one, it can be downright confusing, especially now that companies are rolling out “personalized” vitamins or pill packs that are catered to a specific person.

We spoke with two dietitians on

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Sexual health service sees spike in demand as lockdown eases

Three months of abstinence was relieved for many when the government introduced lockdown 'support bubbles'. (Getty Images)
Three months of abstinence was relieved for many when the government introduced lockdown ‘support bubbles’. (Getty Images)

Demand for sexual health services has reportedly spiked after government officials relaxed the coronavirus lockdown.

Boris Johnson announced on 11 June, people who live alone in England could form “support bubbles”, allowing them to visit one other household and even stay the night from 13 June.

The government said the move was to help combat loneliness for those who had nothing but their own company for three months.

Professor Linda Bauld from the University of Edinburgh called it a “very British way of saying intimacy matters”.

The online doctor Zava reported a spike in sales in the week that followed the announcement, with demand for emergency contraception 43% higher than normal.

People will have to be particularly cautious as relaxed restrictions allow us to get closer. (Getty Images)
People will have to be particularly cautious as relaxed restrictions allow us to get closer. (Getty Images)

Zava also reported sales of

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This Guy’s Mental Health Breakthrough Led to a Complete Body Transformation

From Men’s Health

I live in a small city in India, and in 2017, when I was 16, it felt like my whole life had fallen apart. My partner dumped me at the same time that my family was having some financial problems. It felt like it was all piling on and my mental health took a really sharp turn.

I was trying to pretend like everything was fine, because I didn’t have the courage to tell my family or seek any professional help. Because things weren’t great at home, I would walk around my city for hours at a time. My focus was wrecked, and my school work suffered. I barely managed to pass exams.

Some of my friends noticed I was acting different, and asked me what was going on. “Why haven’t you talked to us for the past few weeks?” they asked. I made lame excuses like

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Quebec reopening bars and hotels, Ontario premier wants borders to stay closed

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 102,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and more than 8,500 deaths.

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June 25

7:15 p.m.: COVID-19 questions of the day

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Stocks make modest recovery despite virus worries

New York (AFP) – European and Wall Street stocks advanced Thursday, partially recovering losses from the prior session’s pullback despite surging coronavirus cases in several US states and a warning from the WHO about an uptick in cases in parts of Europe.

Oil also recovered some of Wednesday’s five percent tumble.

There were hefty losses in New York and across Europe on Wednesday on heightened fears of a second wave of the deadly COVID-19 outbreak.

“Stock markets have edged up today after Wednesday’s falls, but there is still a lingering sense of caution over the signs of rising infection rates in the US,” said Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at online trading firm IG.

European markets held onto their gains until the close, while Wall Street engineered a strong finale to a roller-coaster session.

All three major US indices finished up by more than one percent, with large banks rallying

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No turning back for Florida, Texas? The next two weeks are ‘critical’ for US, Fauci warns

States have arrived at a crossroads that will define the coronavirus pandemic in the United States as half of the country struggles to manage rising COVID-19 cases, health experts say.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes of Health, told Congress on Tuesday that the next two weeks will be “critical” in how the country addresses the surge in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona. 

Experts say states that don’t manage their case counts risk overwhelming the health care system again and infecting neighboring states that have already flattened the curve. While summer travel is expected to decline 15% from last year, AAA still projects 683 million road trips from July to September, which could spread the coronavirus.

All this could happen ahead of the fall, when the coronavirus may reappear in a second wave and likely be accompanied by the flu.

‘Grave concerns’: COVID-19’s

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No turning back for Florida, Texas? Why the next two weeks are ‘critical’ for US, Fauci warns

States have arrived at a crossroads that will define the coronavirus pandemic in the United States as half of the country struggles to manage rising COVID-19 cases, health experts say.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes of Health, told Congress on Tuesday that the next two weeks will be “critical” in how the country addresses the surge in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona. 

Experts say states that don’t manage their case counts risk overwhelming the health care system again and infecting neighboring states that have already flattened the curve. While summer travel is expected to decline 15% from last year, AAA still projects 683 million road trips from July to September, which could spread coronavirus.

All this could happen ahead of the fall, when the coronavirus may reappear in a second wave and likely be accompanied by the flu.

‘Grave concerns’: COVID-19’s surge

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Helpful Tips for Anyone Experiencing Mental Health Issues for the First Time Right Now

If you’ve been feeling more anxious or depressed lately, you’re absolutely not alone. During stay-at-home orders, we have not only been sheltering in our homes all day but have also been cut off from spending time with loved ones, going out to eat, and enjoying many other simple pleasures that many of us use to take care of ourselves. Since our current political climate is so tense, we also spend a lot of time scanning the news and taking in a lot of intense information. The combination of living in chronic uncertainty and being isolated from friends and family is enough to make anybody’s mental health go south.

“The stress, anxiety, and depression that people are feeling right now in reaction to their environment is completely normal and understandable,” Amanda Sellers, a licensed psychologist based in Pennsylvania who specializes in women’s health and anxiety, tells Allure. “You’re having a

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Online shopping a steep learning curve for Cuba

Havana (AFP) – When Jorge Noris first tried online shopping, Cuban-style, the products he bought never turned up.

Like most people, the father of two living on the outskirts of Havana was seduced by the convenience of shopping over the internet.

However, Cuba’s catch-up with the world of e-commerce, encouraged by its communist rulers during the coronavirus lockdown, has left many users angry.

“After a month, the store called me to ask if the order had arrived,” said Noris, a 34-year-old technician. He was similarly stunned when he discovered he had to travel into the shop to be reimbursed.

Worldwide, the online food trade has been given a massive shot in the arm by the pandemic. With millions confined to their homes, online consumer activity soared by 300 percent in Italy and Spain, and 100 percent in France, according to pollsters Nielsen.

But the experience is still a novel one

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Illegal lockdown parties hosted in online rentals

Lockdown parties hosted in properties booked via online sites, including Airbnb and Booking.com, are putting “communities at risk”, the Bed and Breakfast Association has said.

Hosts and residents have complained of groups of up to 30 breaking social-distancing rules and taking drugs.

BBC News has been told of several such parties in the past month.

Airbnb has suggested it has gone further than its rivals to protect public health during the pandemic.

However, last week a man was stabbed at a party in a south London property police believe had been rented out via the platform.

‘Take responsibility’

Following a previous BBC News investigation into “coronavirus retreats”, Airbnb had told users they could make bookings if they were key workers or required “essential stays” only.

But that restriction is to be lifted, in line with local rules on hotels and self-catering accommodation, in:

Rival platform Booking.com does not currently flag

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