Self care for those with obsessive-compulsive disorder during COVID-19 |
"A soft blanket or stuffed animal" can be a successful self-care strategy for COVIC/OCD sufferers – International OCD Foundation
Be gentle with yourself, and with those around you.
Times of high stress can bring out both the best and the worst in people — it’s wonderful when it brings out the best, but it’s completely natural and understandable when it brings out the worst.
It’s OK if...
Dec 5, 2020
CNN – The mysterious head injuries suffered by US diplomatic staff in China and Cuba that had been described as "sonic attacks" are consistent with the use of directed microwave energy, according to a report published Saturday by the National Academy of Sciences:
"Overall, directed pulsed RF (radio frequency) energy, especially in those with the distinct early manifestations, appears to be the most plausible mechanism in explaining these cases among those that...
"God is God, yesterday, today, and tomorrow."
Predawn fire guts old church housing New York's Liberty Bell
NEW YORK (AP) — A historic church in lower Manhattan that houses New York's Liberty Bell and whose congregation dates to the city's earliest days was gutted by a massive fire early Saturday that sent flames shooting through the roof.
The Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village burned before dawn after a fire spread from a five-story vacant building...
Understand wandering and how to address it
Nov 30, 2020
Mayo Clinic – Wandering and becoming lost is common among people with Alzheimer's disease or other disorders causing dementia. This behavior can happen in the early stages of dementia — even if the person has never wandered in the past.
If a person with dementia is returning from regular walks or drives later than usual or is forgetting how to get to familiar places, he or she...
"The Vatican was aware of allegations that included a report dating to 1987 by a priest who said he observed sexual conduct between McCarrick and another priest ... "
Nov 10, 2020 |
NPR – A new Vatican report on former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked last year amid allegations of sexual misconduct that spanned decades, shows that Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI were aware of the accusations against him.
The Vatican on Tuesday...
What's Love Got To Do With It?
‘I wanted to meet a mate and have a baby without wasting time’
They’re ready to start a family, but can’t wait for The One. As ‘mating’ sites boom under lockdown, we meet those hoping for a better way to raise a child
Oct 31, 2020
The Guardian – When Jenica Anderson and Stephan DuVal clicked on one another’s online profile on Modamily.com – tagline “A new way to family”...
Oct 29, 2020
Association for Psychological Science – We may wish some memories could last a lifetime, but many physical and emotional factors can negatively impact our ability to retain information throughout life.
A new study in the journal Psychological Science found that people who feel enthusiastic and cheerful—what psychologists call “positive affect”—are less likely to experience memory decline as they age. This result adds to a growing body of research on positive affect’s role in...
Oct 23, 2020
Fox News – Matt Blair, a former Minnesota Vikings standout linebacker from in the 1970s and 1980s, died Thursday. He was 70.
Blair’s death was believed to be from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is the neurodegenerative brain disease linked to playing football and having a number of concussions, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Scott Studwell, a former teammate of Blair’s, told the newspaper the linebacker had been suffering.
“He’d been suffering for...
"Older adults who aren't interested or enthusiastic about their usual activities may have a higher risk of developing dementia, new research suggests." – WebMD
Oct 14, 2020
American Academy of Neurology |
MINNEAPOLIS – Older adults with severe apathy, or lack of interest in usual activities, may have a greater chance of developing dementia than people with few symptoms of apathy, according to a study published in the October 14, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical...
"When the clergy hold themselves above the rules, we call that clericalism, a sin that you have loudly denounced."
Pope reverts to mask-less old ways amid growing criticism
ROME (AP) — A day after donning a face mask for the first time during a liturgical service, Pope Francis was back to his mask-less old ways Wednesday despite surging coronavirus infections across Europe and growing criticism of his behavior and the example he is setting.
Francis shunned a...
Oct 9, 2020
ESPN – Whitey Ford, a Hall of Famer for the New York Yankees who won more World Series games than any other pitcher, died at the age of 91, the Yankees announced Friday.
A family member told The Associated Press on Friday that Ford died at his Long Island home Thursday night.
Ford had suffered from the effects of Alzheimer's disease in recent years.
Manager Aaron Boone told reporters Friday that Ford died, with his...
"Cuomo said religious leaders would have to agree to follow existing rules and become 'a full partner in the enforcement of the rules.'"
"We’ll close the institutions down"
Oct 5, 2020
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Monday the state could move to shut down religious institutions that do not agree to comply with restrictions on mass gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo said state officials would take over enforcement of mandates such as building capacity limits,...
Having a pet – or even being a birdwatcher – is linked to better mental outlook during virus crisis |
Sep 25, 2020 |
University of York, UK – Sharing a home with a pet appeared to act as a buffer against psychological stress during lockdown, a new survey shows.
Most people who took part in the research perceived their pets to be a source of considerable support during the lockdown period. (23 March - 1 June,...
Sep 18, 2020 |
University of Liverpool – A deadly combination of two mosquito-borne viruses may be a trigger for stroke, new research published in The Lancet Neurology has found.
University of Liverpool researchers and Brazilian collaborators have been investigating the link between neurological disease and infection with the viruses Zika and chikungunya.
These viruses, which mostly circulate in the tropics, cause large outbreaks of rash and fever in places like Brazil and India. Zika is...
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