Moment of silence marks six months since Pulse massacre | CBS News
ORLANDO, Fla. — The fence around Pulse opened early Monday for an intimate ceremony marking six months since the mass shooting that left 49 dead and 53 injured at the Orlando nightclub, reports CBS Orlando affiliate WKMG-TV. Survivors, staff and family members of victims killed during the massacre held a moment of silence at 2:02 a.m., the exact time gunman Omar Mateen started shooting inside the gay club.
New hope if you are feeling down and under? Try Tai Chi | The Economic Times
Practicing Tai Chi — a form of ancient Chinese martial art — for 12-weeks may significantly reduce symptoms of depression such as persistent feeling of sadness or loss, a study showed.
Tai Chi, which has been used for more than 1,000 years, combines deep breathing and slow and gentle movements. It is generally suitable for people of any level of physical fitness.
How shameful and misleading Wash. Post reports on disability insurance could be the preamble for cuts | Media Matters
Disability advocates hammered The Washington Post for its second misleading portrayal of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients, saying it was a “mean-spirited” and “cartoonish” illustration of the struggles of those living with poverty in rural America. The second feature-length profile published by the Post has drawn consternation for its poverty-shaming, while also generating fears that these misleading depictions from mainstream news outlets could set the pretext for draconian budget cuts to programs that provide basic economic security to millions of Americans.
AARP to US Senate: Start Over on Health Care
AARP is headed to Capitol Hill today on a very serious mission. On behalf of our 38 million members – and all older Americans – our volunteers and staff from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are fanning out to talk to members of Congress about health care.
The Addicts Next Door | The New York Times
Michael Barrett and Jenna Mulligan, emergency paramedics in Berkeley County, West Virginia, recently got a call that sent them to the youth softball field in a tiny town called Hedgesville. It was the first practice of the season for the girls’ Little League team, and dusk was descending. Barrett and Mulligan drove past a clubhouse with a blue-and-yellow sign that read “Home of the Lady Eagles,” and stopped near a scrubby set of bleachers, where parents had gathered to watch their daughters bat and field. Two of the parents were lying on the ground, unconscious, several yards apart. As Barrett later recalled, the couple’s thirteen-year-old daughter was sitting behind a chain-link backstop with her teammates, who were hugging her and comforting her. The couple’s younger children, aged ten and seven, were running back and forth between their parents, screaming, “Wake up! Wake up!” When Barrett and Mulligan knelt down to administer Narcan, a drug that reverses heroin overdoses, some of the other parents got angry.
What happened after I removed from my dating profiles any pictures that showed my disabilities | Philly.com
It’s a rare and unwelcome surprise when a man on the cusp of turning 40 finds himself revisiting the feelings of alienation and exclusion that plagued adolescence. Online dating gifted me just that experience recently. It happened because I wanted to hide from the digital dating pool an inescapable reality of my life: my physical disabilities. I don’t know much about the congenital birth defects that left me, among other things, regrettably short and reliant on crutches to walk. The damage happened before I emerged from the womb and life since has been learning to live with it.
Robot Cars Can’t Count on Us in an Emergency | The New York Times
Three years ago, Google’s self-driving car project abruptly shifted from designing a vehicle that would drive autonomously most of the time while occasionally requiring human oversight, to a slow-speed robot without a brake pedal, accelerator or steering wheel. In other words, human driving was no longer permitted. The company made the decision after giving self-driving cars to Google employees for their work commutes and recording what the passengers did while the autonomous system did the driving. In-car cameras recorded employees climbing into the back seat, climbing out of an open car window, and even smooching while the car was in motion, according to two former Google engineers.
Texas Governor Revives Stalled Transgender Bathroom Bill | The New York Times
Gov. Greg Abbott reignited one of the most divisive issues in Texas politics on Tuesday, calling lawmakers back to the Capitol for a special session of the Legislature in part to consider a bill that would reinforce the state’s effort to regulate bathroom use by transgender people in public buildings.
Disability Advocates Fear Impact Of Medicaid Cuts In GOP Health Plan | KUNC Morning Edition
Several decades ago, Evan Nodvin’s life probably would have looked quite different. Nodvin has his own apartment just outside Atlanta, in Sandy Springs, Ga., which he shares with a roommate, and a job at a local community fitness center. He also has Down syndrome. “I give out towels, and put weights away, and make sure people are safe,” the 38-year-old says.
To get to and from work, Nodvin relies on rides from people who are hired to help him. He also has a counselor to help him do daily chores like grocery shopping, cleaning and cooking.
Study: Even moderate drinking might be bad for aging brains |USA Today
Here’s one more reason to think before you drink: even a modest amount of booze might be bad for aging brains. A new study published Tuesday in the medical journal BMJ says moderate drinkers were more likely than abstainers or light drinkers to develop worrisome brain changes that might signal eventual memory loss. They also were more likely to show rapid slippage on a language test, though not on several other cognitive tests. Moderate drinking in the British study was defined at a level that, in the United States, would equal 8 to 12 small glasses of wine, bottles of beer or shots of liquor each week. “Many people drink this way,” and previous studies have suggested they might actually be helping their brains, said lead researcher Anya Topiwala, a clinical lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Oxford.
Aging Gets Personal | Aging Matters by Josh Mittledorf
My mother was proud of me when I was a physicist, but since I took up the study of aging she only shakes her head and stops just short of calling my work immoral. She has been a lifelong advocate for population control and family planning. “There are already too many people in the world. When people started living longer, the population started booming.” She is 95, posts a living will on her refrigerator, in her purse and in her car. She wears beaded jewelry that says, “Do Not Resuscitate”. But when she had a stroke last month, a neighbor called 911, and the medics did what they are trained to do. I spent several weeks by her bedside, and making arrangements for her rehabilitation and physical therapy. Her mind and speech seem unaffected, but she sees it as a grave injustice that she is still alive.
Prisons Try to Curb Addiction with a Drug that Heroin-proofs Your Brain | marketplace
Heidi Karash has been working as a nurse in Erie, Pennsylvania, for nearly 13 years. And to her, opioid addiction isn’t just a crisis. It’s a weight to bear. “Its been an epidemic here in Erie,” she said. And Karash worries she played a role in that. In her first nursing job at Erie’s Hamot Hospital, she said she treated patients who had overdosed on pain killers. She also gave those very same opioids to people in pain. “In the hospital, especially in the ICU, we were almost more part of the problem than the solution,” she said.
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