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Grand Ole Opry Legend, 89, Dies Of Dementia

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country musician Stonewall Jackson, who sang on the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years and had No. 1 hits with "Waterloo" and others, died Saturday after a long battle with vascular dementia. He was 89. The Opry, the longest-running radio show in history, announced Jackson's death in a news release. Jackson, a guitarist, performed on the Opry beginning in 1956 and was still appearing on the show in 2010....

What Happens When You Only Drink Red Wine And Water

PSYPOST – Red wine induces psychological states characterized by bliss, a focus on the present moment, an enhanced fascination with one’s surroundings, and a softening of the differentiation between oneself and the environment when consumed in a tranquil environment, according to new research published in PLOS One. Although the intoxicating effect of alcohol is common knowledge, little research has been conducted to examine how wine consumption is related to specific changes in consciousness. Study author Rui...

This Early Dementia Sign Is Becoming Far Too Common

AP – Some of the early signs of dementia are financial: forgetting to pay bills, for example, or having trouble calculating a tip. People who develop dementia also are more likely to miss credit card payments and have subprime credit scores years before they're diagnosed, according to a study published last year in medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers linked health records for more than 80,000 Medicare beneficiaries to credit bureau data and found that...

NFL Racist? “Race-Norming” Applied To Dementia Test Results

The NFL is set to propose changes to the $1 billion concussion settlement on Wednesday after an outcry over test score adjustments known as "race-norming," which make it harder for retired Black players to win dementia awards that average $500,000 or more.

‘Religious’ Exemptions Add Legal Thorns to Looming Vaccine Mandates

With workplace vaccine mandates in the offing, opponents are turning to a tried-and-true recourse for avoiding a covid-19 shot: the claim that vaccination interferes with religious beliefs.

Evangelical Church Installs Transgender Bishop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America installed its first openly transgender bishop in a service held in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral on Saturday. The Rev. Megan Rohrer will lead one of the church's 65 synods, overseeing nearly 200 congregations in Northern California and northern Nevada. "My call is ... to be up to the same messy, loving things I was up to before," Rohrer told worshippers. "But mostly, if you'll let...

What Constitutes A “Sincerely Held” Religious Exemption To A Vaccine Mandate?

CBS NEWS – Sweeping new vaccine mandates could force millions of vaccine holdouts to become inoculated against COVID-19, but individuals with earnest religious beliefs or disabilities that interfere with inoculation may still be exempt from getting jabbed. It is new territory for many employers navigating the issue, given how risky a proposition it is to allow unvaccinated employees to mingle with, and possibly infect, colleagues in the workplace. Many large corporations already require COVID-19 vaccination to...

Detroit Tigers All-Star, 79, Dies Of Alzheimer’s

Bill Freehan, a 15-season catcher for the Detroit Tigers who neared the Hall of Fame threshold, died Thursday after a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 79.

Tech Billionaire Plans Brain-Implanted Computer Chips

Neuralink has been seen to work in primates. In April, the company released a video of a macaque playing a videogame after having the chips implanted in its brain.

Indy Shooter Was Known To Be Mentally Ill, Violent, Suicidal

CNN – Police arrived "to a very chaotic scene, with victims and witnesses running everywhere" at a FedEx Ground facility near Indianapolis' main airport late Thursday night, where a former employee shot and killed eight people and wounded several others, an Indianapolis police official told CNN. Deputy Chief Craig McCartt on Friday afternoon identified the gunman as 19-year-old Brandon Hole, who was last employed by FedEx in 2020. Hole was found dead of a gunshot wound...

Pandemic-Weary Americans Seek Psychiatric Help

A third of psychologists said they are seeing more patients since the start of the pandemic. It seems likely that an increase in use of psychiatric medications -- which have substantial side-effect risks -- would follow.  CNBC – Coronavirus has rocked the nation with a year of restrictions, lockdowns, missed gatherings and events, isolation and a staggering loss of more than half a million American lives. As the pandemic stretches into a second year, Americans struggling...

Colo. Murder Spree Suspect Has Major Mental Health Issues

Law enforcement officials and former associates of a 21-year-old accused of killing 10 people at a Colorado supermarket described the suspect as someone prone to sudden rage who was suspended from high school for a sudden attack on a classmate that left the student bloodied.

Pandemic Pushes Divorce Rate Up

WebMD – The coronavirus pandemic is straining many marriages -- some to the breaking point. There are signs that the divorce rate is rising as couples struggle with the emotional and economic fallout of the past 11 months. Divorce filings rose dramatically in China after the COVID lockdown ended there in March. In the U.S., sales of online self-help divorce agreements rose by 34% this spring compared to last year, and family lawyers surveyed in...

Left Can No Longer Ignore Feinstein’s Mental Decline

 “The staff is in such a bad position. They have to defend her and make her seem normal.” – Refinery29, Dec 10, 2020 Feinstein’s missteps raise a painful age question among Senate Democrats Dec 10, 2020 The New Yorker – In a hearing on November 17, Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who, at eighty-seven, is the oldest member of the Senate, grilled a witness. Reading from a sheaf of prepared papers, she...
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