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Funeral planning during COVID-19 crisis
Statement from the Luzerne County (PA) Funeral Directors Association
During these difficult and confusing times, to many people the loss of a loved one can feel more overwhelming than normal.
We, the members of the Luzerne County Funeral Directors Association, have dedicated our lives to giving guidance and...
“I have the virus. Now everyone is going to get sick.” – attributed to Margaret Cirko, 35, accused of coughing on groceries, stealing beer
| Mar 27, 2020
CNN – A woman purposely coughed on $35,000 worth of food at a Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania area grocery store, police said.
She likely faces criminal charges for coughing, one of the primary ways the novel coronavirus spreads.
The woman entered small grocery chain Gerrity's Supermarket in Hanover Township and started coughing...
"Cannabis legalization has led to significant health consequences, particularly to patients in emergency departments and hospitals in Colorado. The most concerning include psychosis, suicide, and other substance abuse."
Feb 18, 2020
CNN Business – Colorado cannabis shops notched sales of nearly $1.75 billion during 2019, setting a new annual sales record for the state home to the nation's longest-established recreational cannabis industry.
The new high water mark for sales netted more than $302 million in tax...
Scientists discover way to reverse age-related memory loss
| Feb 18, 2020
| Albany, NY, WRGB — Scientists at Albany Medical College have discovered a breakthrough that could one day help patients battling Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
In the study, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine on Feb. 5th, the team of immunologists and neuroscientists found that targeting a specific immune cell, known as “group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s), in the brain...
Cannabis use consistently leads to increase in susceptibility to false memories, study says
Feb 11, 2020
Medical Xpress – An international research team has found evidence showing that the use of cannabis consistently leads to an increase in susceptibility to false memories.
Prior research has shown that smoking cannabis can lead to memory loss or distortion.
In this new effort, researchers wanted to know if THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, can also lead to an increase in susceptibility...
"Pound for pound, Willie was the best tackler in the game." – Vince Lombardi
Made game-turning play in Super Bowl against Chiefs |
Feb. 3, 2020
New York Times – A Hall of Famer who was a key figure in Vince Lombardi’s dynasty and played on five championship teams in the 1960s has died.
Willie Wood, who was overlooked in the N.F.L. draft but forged a Hall of Fame career as one of pro football’s greatest defensive backs, playing...
Jan 24, 2020
AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin man knew something was wrong when he fainted in the middle of a soccer game last year.
He’d been dealing with awful headaches and “feeling off” but his tumble during soccer prompted him to check it out.
An MRI revealed the concerning surprise culprit — a tapeworm in his brain.
He was shocked, naturally.
Surgery was the next step and Dr. Jordan Amadio, neurosurgeon at Ascension Seton, said the man’s case...
Jan 24, 2020
Psychology Today – If there’s one concept health researchers have come to agree on it’s this: What you eat matters.
Although they don’t always agree on what constitutes a healthy diet, medical experts have long understood that while certain foods can help to improve your physical well-being, others have the opposite effect.
Now, a new collection of evidence clearly demonstrates that what you eat also affects your mental health.
A review article published last month...
“I’ve seen mental health declining rapidly, especially with people being denied asylum.”
| Mental health crisis grows in border camps filled with hopeless, depressed migrants
Texas Public Radio – Hundreds of red, blue and orange tents are scattered around the Gateway International Bridge that connects Brownsville, Texas, to Matamoros, Mexico, where more than 2,000 asylum seekers live.
Children with their families have endured heat, cold and inclement weather for months. Such conditions are grinding down migrants' mental...
"If there's one message I want people to take away, it's this: reduce your consumption of soybean oil."
| By University of California - Riverside – New UC Riverside research shows soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but could also affect neurological conditions like autism, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, and depression.
Used for fast food frying, added to packaged foods, and fed to livestock, soybean oil is by far the most widely produced and...
Claire Russel, Liberty Headlines – BP CEO Bob Dudley admitted that concern over climate change has caused his daughter’s friends to start taking antidepressants.
Dudley, who will step down from his position with the oil company in February, said he hates seeing “young people so unhappy, so anxious,” and blamed these mental health issues on global warming.
And as someone who works for the oil industry, Dudley said he recognizes it’s been hard on his daughter.
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