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A Brutal Heat Wave Is About to Scorch Many Parts of the Country for Weeks

Photo credit: Twitter/NOAA
Photo credit: Twitter/NOAA

From Prevention

  • An incoming heat wave, dubbed a “heat dome,” will lead to historic temperatures in various parts of the U.S., particularly in the South.

  • The National Weather Service is warning about “excessive heat” this weekend, noting that “heat indices are likely to be over 110 degrees” in the South and Southwest.

  • The heat will last multiple weeks and raises concern for heat-related illnesses.

As if 2020 hasn’t thrown enough at you, it’s about to get hot—really hot—in many parts of the country. A historic heat wave, dubbed a “heat dome,” is expected to crank up temperatures in the South, Southwest, and Mid-Atlantic over the next few weeks.

The National Weather Service is warning about “excessive heat” this weekend, noting on Twitter that “heat indices are likely to be over 110 degrees” in the South and Southwest. The heat wave is expected to last for

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Society of Homeopaths under review amid claims standards chief promoted anti-vaccine propaganda

Social media accounts linked to Sue Pilkington have been posting anti-vaxx material over Facebook
Social media accounts linked to Sue Pilkington have been posting anti-vaxx material over Facebook

The Society of Homeopaths’s official accreditation is under threat, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal, after their head of standards was accused of promoting anti-vaccine propaganda online.

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA), which regulates health professionals, has launched an emergency review of the body’s status after an investigation by this newspaper.

Social media accounts linked to the homeopathy practice operated by Sue Pilkington, a former NHS GP practice manager, have been posting anti-vaxx material over Facebook and Twitter.

Last month, she was unveiled as the SoH’s new safeguarding lead.

In a now-deleted interview on the SoH website, she revealed that her role was to “liaise” with the PSA on government accreditation steps.

The PSA, which regulates several statutory bodies including the General Medical Council, renewed SoH’s accreditation in February but with strict conditions.

One stipulates that registrants

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We’re Facing a Mental Health Crisis in Healthcare Workers, the Majority of Whom Are Women

More than 130,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, a novel strain of coronavirus, and cases continue to surge in communities across the country. But for frontline medical workers, particularly those working in emergency rooms and treating COVID-19 patients, the fight has only just begun.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 515 healthcare workers have died so far after contracting COVID-19 – with 34 percent of cases still unreported – a larger, potentially even more deadly crisis is looming. For doctors, nurses, hospital cleaners, and other staff members on the front lines – nearly 80 percent of whom are women, according to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics – it’s their mental health that has been devastated, and this country is beyond ill-equipped to help them repair it.

“Trauma does not have a timeline, so we will be seeing the ramifications from this

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Doctors, teachers reject Trump’s pressure to reopen U.S. schools

By Susan Heavey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Groups representing the nation’s doctors, teachers and top school officials on Friday pushed back against pressure from President Donald Trump to fully reopen U.S. schools despite a surge in coronavirus cases, saying science must guide the decisions.

“Public health agencies must make recommendations based on evidence, not politics,” the American Academy of Pediatrics, two national teachers’ unions and a school superintendents’ group said, following days of threats by Trump to choke off federal education funds if schools do not open their doors for the upcoming academic year.

“We should leave it to health experts to tell us when the time is best to open up school buildings, and listen to educators and administrators to shape how we do it,” AAP, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the School Superintendents Association said in a joint statement.

Their call was echoed by

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Luca Guadagnino on Creating His HBO Series, Trump’s America, and Why He’s Remaking ‘Scarface’

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Luca Guadagnino, the Oscar-nominated auteur behind “Call Me By Your Name,” is taking his swooning, lyrical style to the small-screen with “We Are Who We Are,” an immersive and deeply moving coming-of-age story.

The HBO-Sky series, which debuts this September, follow two teenagers, Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer) and Caitlin (Jordan Kristine Seamón), who live on a military base in Italy. It explores their burgeoning friendship — Fraser is artistic, shy, and volatile, while Caitlin is more outgoing, but also dealing with her own nagging insecurities. The series, Guadagnino’s first for TV, also grapples with issues of sexuality and gender identity. He directed all eight episodes of “We Are Who We Are,” and says he purposely set the show in the midst of the 2016 U.S. presidential election as a way to comment on the political tumult unleashed by Donald Trump’s victory.

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Chinese Beauty Industry Experts Defend Whitening Products

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LONDON — Major beauty brands are changing how they describe whitening and lightening skin-care products, but is that what the consumer wants in China, the category’s largest Asian market?

“I will still buy ‘whitening’ or ‘brightening’ products because I prefer looking fairer and I don’t like the way I look when I am tanned. It has nothing to do with me wanting to assimilate to the Western ideal of beauty, wealth and social status, it’s just my personal preference,” said Fiona Liu, a product designer in Shanghai. She is also an amateur beauty vlogger who spends a good amount of her salary on skin-care products.

“Reading about what brands are doing to not seem racist makes me want to roll my eyes. While I sympathize with women in South Asia and Africa, or women from minority backgrounds in Europe and North America using

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How can you volunteer for an experimental COVID-19 vaccine? Start with this survey

If you want to sign up to bring scientists one step closer to discovering a successful coronavirus vaccine, then now is your time.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases designed a “COVID-19 Prevention Trials Network” (COVPN) to help recruit the thousands of volunteers needed to determine which of a variety of “investigational vaccines” and antibody treatments protect people from the pathogen that has so far taken the lives of over half a million worldwide.

The first of the clinical trials to be conducted by COVPN will begin this summer and will test mRNA-1273, the vaccine candidate developed by biotechnology company Moderna, according to a news release by the National Institutes of Health.

The network is intended to conduct Phase 3 studies, meaning researchers will be able to learn if the products can actually prevent new coronavirus infections or if they help control the disease if not.

All you

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How much sleep you need each night and warning signs that you’re not getting enough, according to neuroscientists

If you find yourself dozing off during the day that could be a sign that you're getting insufficient sleep at night.
If you find yourself dozing off during the day that could be a sign that you’re getting insufficient sleep at night.

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Most people spend about one-third of their day asleep. While scientists are still unsure exactly why we need sleep, they do know it rejuvenates the body and mind, making it critical for our daily functions. And a lack of sleep leads to cognitive impairments that you might not even notice, which may make it difficult to know if you are well-rested. 

Red flags you’re not getting enough sleep

Ashley Ingiosi, a neuroscientist researching sleep at Washington State University, says there are a couple of indicators that you can look out for to determine if you’re catching enough zzz’s. 

You fall asleep too quickly

“If you’re falling asleep within five minutes of crawling in the bed, you’re probably not getting enough sleep,” she says. Instead, it should

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CDC won’t revise guidelines for opening schools; deaths surge in California, Texas; Trump again blames testing

Federal health guidelines for reopening schools across the nation will not be altered despite complaints from President Donald Trump that they are too difficult and expensive, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Vice President Mike Pence had said Wednesday that the CDC would next week issue “a new set of tools, five different documents that will be giving even more clarity on the guidance going forward.” Documents, yes, new guidelines, no, Redfield told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He also stressed that guidelines are not requirements.

“Our guidelines are our guidelines, but we are going to provide additional reference documents to basically aid communities in trying to open K-through-12s,” Redfield said. “It’s not a revision of the guidelines.”

Also Thursday, Trump again defended the nation’s booming number of coronavirus cases as a function of testing.

“For the 1/100th time, the reason we show so many

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Global cases surpass 12 million

More than 12 million cases of Covid-19 have been recorded around the world - AFP
More than 12 million cases of Covid-19 have been recorded around the world – AFP
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Globally, cases rose to more than 12 million on Wednesday, with 548,799 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

The United States continues to be the hardest hit country, reporting more than 60,000 new cases on Wednesday, the biggest increase ever reported by a country in a single day.

It was also the second day in a row that US deaths climbed by more than 900 in a day, the highest levels seen since early June. The US now has 3,051,427 confirmed cases and recorded 132,256 deaths.

Brazil’s death toll also continued to climb – nearing 68,000 on Wednesday – the second-most in the world. The populous South American country has recorded 1,713,160 cases.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has downplayed the severity of Covid-19 for months and

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