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Self-Love Blogger Posts Faux Before & After to Show 'How Easy It Is to Manipulate Your Image Online'">Self-Love Blogger Posts Faux Before & After to Show 'How Easy It Is to Manipulate Your Image Online'

June 27th, 2017 by Our Webmaster

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This article originally appeared on People.com.

Social media influencer Milly Smith will have you doing a double-take.

The self-described “body positive bad ass momma” posted side-by-side shots of herself on Instagram to show how social media images aren’t always as they seem. In the photo on the left, Smith is seen flexing with her head tilted to one side while wearing a black bra and black tights pulled up to her waist. In the second photo, Smith is wearing the same thing, minus the tights, which allows her stomach to show.

“Same girl, same day, same time,” she wrote under her Instagram name, @selfloveclubb. “With a camera angle and clothing I can change my body into something that society would deem more acceptable than the photo on the right.”

“I wanted to post these photos to highlight just how easy it is to manipulate your image online,” Smith told PEOPLE. “I wanted people to realize that the images they are seeing are not a true representation of how bodies look.”

Smith, who has over 140,000 followers, wrote in the post: “Recently insta was voted as the most damaging app to body …read more

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'On the Last Day of High School, I Almost Died. CPR Saved My Life.'">'On the Last Day of High School, I Almost Died. CPR Saved My Life.'

June 26th, 2017 by Our Webmaster

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This article originally appeared on Time.com.

It was the last day of high school. With one exam left to go, a group of us were sitting in the senior class hangout, some watching Netflix, some cramming for the test. I was braiding my friend Jackie Acierno’s hair. I’d gotten midway down her back when I started to feel dizzy.

I had been having similar spells for about six months, and though I’d run through the gamut of tests—ruling out low blood pressure and a brain tumor, among other things—my doctors still weren’t sure what was causing my occasional lightheadedness.

“Don’t worry. This happens to me,” I said, as I slumped onto the carpet. “Don’t call an ambulance.”

Jackie ignored my request. She immediately ordered someone to call 9-1-1 and asked someone else to go get the campus nurse. “I remember thinking: it’s better to be embarrassed for having overreacted than embarrassed for having done nothing,” Jackie says now. So when my pulse started to fade, my eyes rolling back into my head and my body completely limp, Jackie again sprung into action. Rather than wait “even five Mississippi seconds” for the paramedics to arrive, Jackie says, she started performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation …read more

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Do You Still Need to Worry About Zika?">Do You Still Need to Worry About Zika?

June 26th, 2017 by Our Webmaster

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This article originally appeared on Time.com.

Last summer, public health experts were on high alert due to the rapid spread of the Zika virus, which has now been proven to cause birth defects and other health problems in infants. Today, experts know far more about the virus than they did at the start of the outbreak. Here’s what you need to know now about Zika.

Should pregnant women worry about Zika while traveling?

Short answer: yes. “Our general advice is that if you are pregnant, you should not go to places where Zika virus transmission is ongoing,” says Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the division of vector-borne diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “It’s all a matter of risk. Obviously, if you are staying in an air-conditioned hotel, your risk may be less. However, are you willing to take that risk? We know the consequences of infection of the fetus are huge and lifelong.”

Petersen recommends people check the CDC website for guidance on what locations have active Zika transmission. The CDC updates this list regularly, sometimes on a daily basis. If an area is no longer on the list, Petersen says it’s …read more

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Bats Are the Number-One Carriers of Disease">Bats Are the Number-One Carriers of Disease

June 23rd, 2017 by Our Webmaster

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This article originally appeared on Time.com.

Understanding where new viruses come from is critical for preventing them from rapidly spreading among humans. When it comes to preventing the next pandemic, a new study suggests that bats may be public enemy number one.

In a new study published in the journal Nature, researchers at the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance collected data on viruses known to infect mammals, which included about 600 viruses found in more than 750 species. They were then able to calculate the number of viruses from each species and identify characteristics that make the transmission to humans more likely. Living more closely to humans and being more closely genetically related to humans increased the odds of transmission.

Out of all the species assessed, bats carried the highest number of these viruses. Researchers are currently looking into why.

“A lot of people don’t realize that these viruses have been on the planet for a long time, and they are in populations of animals all around the world,” says study author Kevin Olival, associate vice president for research at EcoHealth Alliance. “What we did in this study is prioritize where we should look if we want to stop the …read more

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When to See the Strawberry Moon—and Where It Got Its Name">When to See the Strawberry Moon—and Where It Got Its Name

June 22nd, 2017 by Our Webmaster

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This article originally appeared on Travel + Leisure.

Later this week, stargazers will be able to spot the Strawberry Moon in the sky.

On Friday, June 9 at approximately 9:09 am ET, this month’s full moon will reach its peak. To most people, the moon will appear full the nights before and after its peak.

However, those looking for a giant strawberry in the sky will be disappointed. The Strawberry Moon — also referred to as the Rose Moon — won’t be tinged any particular color. The name instead relates to the fairly short season for harvesting strawberries that happens every June.

A red moon, which could also happen in other months, tends to occur when the moon is low in the sky or when there is a large amount of dust in the air.

The June full moon has a variety of different names in many different cultures. It can be referred to as the Green Corn Moon, the Planting Moon or the Birth Moon.

This year’s Strawberry moon will have one interesting feature, though. It will appear as a minimoon. A minimoon happens when the moon is at its furthest point from Earth (called the apogee). It will …read more

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A 2-Minute Meditation to De-Stress and Feel Happier">A 2-Minute Meditation to De-Stress and Feel Happier

June 22nd, 2017 by Our Webmaster

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How to Use a Mantra to Make Meditation Way Easier ">How to Use a Mantra to Make Meditation Way Easier 

June 22nd, 2017 by Our Webmaster

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This Woman's Super-Fit Husband Helped Her Learn to Love Her Shape: He Has Loved 'Every Roll and Every Stretch Mark'">This Woman's Super-Fit Husband Helped Her Learn to Love Her Shape: He Has Loved 'Every Roll and Every Stretch Mark'

June 22nd, 2017 by Our Webmaster

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This article originally appeared on People.com.

Jasmine “Jazzy” Owens has only recently accepted her body, but she says her super-fit husband has loved it for a long time.

“Over the years this man has loved every curve, every roll and every stretch mark on my body,” the body positive advocate, 25, posted on Instagram. “I never understood why.”

Owens couldn’t comprehend how her husband could so easily see past her perceived flaws.

“How could he love something that isn’t ‘perfect’?” she continued. “How could a man who was ‘born fit’ love someone like me? I don’t have a flat stomach, I jiggle when I walk. Hell, if I run up the stairs too fast my body claps!”

For Owens, learning to love her body was a gradual process.

“Trying to change my mindset on what the ‘perfect body’ looks like has been a big factor in my journey,” she tells PEOPLE. “I am still not fully there. Some days I have doubts, but I feel as though that is just negativity and I’m trying to escape it. When I have these doubts, I simply look in the mirror and remind myself …read more

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Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease Are Occurring Across the U.S. What Is It, and Are You at Risk?">Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease Are Occurring Across the U.S. What Is It, and Are You at Risk?

June 22nd, 2017 by Our Webmaster

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You’ve probably been seeing an increase in Legionnaires’ disease coverage in the news lately. Legionnaires’ was blamed for the illnesses of four L.A. Fitness gym members in Florida late last month, and a New York City police officer is currently in the hospital recovering from Legionnaires’ as well. (Fellow cops were warned not to shower at a precinct in East Harlem, where traces of the bacteria that causes the disease were found.)

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning about risks associated with home water births, which have been linked to two 2016 cases of the disease. And yesterday, Michigan’s top health official was charged with involuntary manslaughter for failing to alert the public about an outbreak, which some experts have linked to the contaminated-water crisis in the city of Flint. Twelve people died from the outbreak in 2014 and 2015.

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But wait, wait, wait. What is Legionnaires’ in the first place? Back in 2015, after an outbreak in the South Bronx killed 12 people and sickened dozens more, Health broke down the basics and spoke with experts. Here’s what you should know.

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U.S. College Student Released From North Korea Has 'Extensive Loss of Brain Tissue' and 'No Signs of Understanding Language,' Say Doctors">U.S. College Student Released From North Korea Has 'Extensive Loss of Brain Tissue' and 'No Signs of Understanding Language,' Say Doctors

June 22nd, 2017 by Our Webmaster

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This article originally appeared on People.com.

The 22-year-old college student who was released from imprisonment in North Korea in a coma likely suffered from cardiopulmonary arrest, which resulted in “extensive loss of brain tissue,” according to his doctors at the University of Cincinnati Health, who added that he shows “no signs of understanding language.”

In a press conference Thursday, Dr. Daniel Kanter, professor of neurology and director of the Neurocritical Care Program, said Otto Warmbier has “severe injury to all regions of the brain” and described his current condition as “unresponsive wakefulness.”

After examining scans and tests, the specialists suspect he suffered from cardiopulmonary arrest, which means for some period of time he lost oxygen to his brain. They don’t suspect he suffered from a direct traumatic brain injury.

The doctors said they attempted to interact with him, but he had no consistent response. In their evaluation, they don’t feel at this time that he has any conscious awareness as he shows no signs of understanding verbal language and no purposeful movement.

The University of Virginia student was sentenced to 15 years of prison and hard labor for allegedly stealing a political propaganda poster from his Pyongyang hotel in January …read more

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