Day: September 3, 2020

This teacher is going viral for discovering a genius face mask accessory

Like many teachers, Angie Madden spent the summer stocking up on school supplies, including plenty of face masks to help her make it through the school week. The Georgia resident is also heading back to the classroom with an interesting accessory that makes wearing a mask all day a bit easier: a face mask bracket.

The handy accessory rests underneath your mask and holds it in place, making it easier to talk without having to constantly adjust it. For teachers who spend their whole day talking, that’s a pretty big deal.

Last week, Madden introduced her Facebook friends to her new online find and in just a few days, the video was shared nearly 300,000 times.

Madden put the product to the test when she made her way back to the classroom in August — and so far, she’s loving it.

“We started school 10 days ago and it has

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USC Professor Placed on Leave after Black Students Complained His Pronunciation of a Chinese Word Affected Their Mental Health

The University of Southern California has placed a communications professor on leave after a group of black MBA candidates threatened to drop his class rather than “endure the emotional exhaustion of carrying on with an instructor that disregards cultural diversity and sensitivities” following the instructor’s use of a Chinese word that sounds like a racial slur while teaching.

Greg Patton, a professor at the university’s Marshall School of Business, was giving a lecture about the use of “filler words” in speech during a recent online class when he used the word in question, saying, “If you have a lot of ‘ums and errs,’ this is culturally specific, so based on your native language. Like in China, the common word is ‘that, that, that.’ So in China it might be ‘nèi ge, nèi ge, nèi ge.’”

In an August 21 email to university administration obtained by National Review, students accused

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How Turmeric Can Boost Your Memory, Ease Joint Pain, and Reduce Inflammation

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From Prevention

Turmeric’s benefits have been known for thousands of years, but thanks to Instagram and Pinterest (we see you, golden milk), the spice is enjoying a massive surge in popularity.

“Turmeric is getting a lot of attention lately,” says nutritionist and registered dietician Karen Ansel, R.D.N., C.D.N., author of Healing Superfoods for Anti-Aging. “But this root has been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to fight inflammation and improve digestive health.”

Grown throughout India and other parts of Asia, turmeric is a major ingredient in curry powder. It’s mainly found in spice- or supplement-form, and as a spice it’s commonly used to brighten up curries, stir fries, soups, and even smoothies.

“Any time you have brightly colored foods, you know there are plant compounds in there doing something great,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D.N., a dietitian and

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Prince George’s Delays Stage 3 Coronavirus Reopenings

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD — Prince George’s County will not yet enter stage 3 of its coronavirus recovery effort, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said at a Thursday morning news conference. Alsobrooks’ announcement came two days after Gov. Larry Hogan said that all Maryland jurisdictions can enter the third and final phase of his Roadmap to Recovery plan this Friday at 5 p.m.

Although Hogan will not force counties to relax their coronavirus regulations, the offer is theirs for the taking. All businesses have the governor’s permission to reopen, but only when their county approves.

“I can tell you that we are interested in the long game,” Alsobrooks said, noting that her team will reevaluate its position in a few weeks. “We are looking to make sure that whatever openings we make are ones that are sustainable and responsible, so we are taking our time.”

Alsobrooks said the county will remain

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Some schools cancel online curriculum Acellus as COVID-19 back to school kicks off

As millions of students begin the semester online, a number of schools have terminated contracts with an online learning company following reports that some lessons included racist and sexually suggestive content.

Examples posted online by activists and confirmed by Kansas City-based Acellus, a learning company that contracts with about 6,000 schools, include suggestive language such as “sweetie lips” and a controversial illustration in a lesson about Harriet Tubman. 

At least four elementary schools in Hawaii were among the first to cancel contracts. In August, parents and community members posted images and video on social media and an online petition, saying they showed examples of content that caused concern.

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Aliamanu Elementary School at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam decided to drop Acellus after reports of “inappropriate and racist content” that spanned course subjects and grade levels, Principal Sandra

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Energy Healing Can Renew Your Mind and Body

If you’re clued into the ever-changing world of wellness, you may have noticed that energy healing has been steadily gaining mainstream popularity. Millana Snow, an energy healer and founder of Wellness Official, is excited to see it happen.

Energy healing has its roots in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, and it comes in many forms, including Reiki, acupuncture, and crystal healing; you can expect different experiences from different teachers, Snow said. Essentially, it’s the act of channeling and changing the energy that runs through your body as a way of healing it.

Snow has developed her own practice, which she calls integrative energy healing. “I liken it to being the opposite of acupuncture,” she told POPSUGAR; working from the inside (your emotional, mental, and spiritual states) to affect your physical body. “There are so many different healers who have their own approach, their own unique way of seeing the world,”

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Why COVID-19 vaccines need to prioritize ‘superspreaders’

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Once safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are available, tough choices will need to be made about who gets the first shots.

A committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – at the behest of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health – has proposed an equitable way to allocate the vaccine.

They recommend first responders and health care workers take top priority. Older adults in congregate living situations would also be part of a first vaccination phase, according to the plan.

We are faculty at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Southern California who have spent decades studying health economics and epidemiology. One of us is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Having seen firsthand the real risks of rapid, asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 among younger adults, we

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I Got Hypnotized Over FaceTime. Here’s What Happened

During one of my nightly scrolls through TikTok, I came across a hypnotist. In the video, a blonde woman lulled someone else into a trance, all while on a yacht — pretty luxe, right? Of course, I clicked the hypnotist’s profile and was introduced to Magdalena Kalley, a life coach and hypnotherapist. Scrolling through Kalley’s videos for the better part of an hour, her profile bio caught my eye. In it, there was a link to sign up for a FaceTime hypnosis session. Though I considered myself a hypnosis skeptic, I couldn’t resist — I decided to reach out and try it myself.

Hypnosis has an iffy reputation. Many see it as a birthday party act, something on par with a stage magician. It also “still has the stigma of ‘mind control,’” Kalley tells me later, as we prepare for my session. But, she adds, “It’s science. It’s not magic,

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Six Easy Ways to Go Above and Beyond for Your Houseguests

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One of the great joys of staying in a luxury hotel is, well, the luxury. The staff put together a collection of small surprises that are designed to make you feel spoiled (think plush robes and slippers, daily newspaper deliveries, and treats left on your pillow). You look forward to these small indulgences, so why not give your houseguests the same treatment when they come to stay? As event planner Lauren Grech, the CEO and co-founder of LLG Events, says, “If you’ve ever dreamed of running a bed and breakfast, having overnight guests is your chance to live out that dream without all the commitments of actually running an inn!”

Today, however, there is an element of safety to consider whenever you bring someone outside of your immediate circle into your home due to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to making your guests feel welcome, it’s also

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Fauci Names States at Risk; N.Y. Malls Can Reopen: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — Anthony Fauci, the U.S.’s top infectious disease expert, named seven states most at risk of a jump in Covid-19 cases if they fail to take precautions over the Labor Day weekend. New York malls can reopen at half capacity. Arizona cases surged.

Thailand reported its first locally transmitted case after a streak of 100 days without community infection, while India performed a record 1.17 million daily tests. Israel proposed a lockdown on 600,000 people in the areas hardest hit by the virus.

In Europe, fresh signs emerged that an economic rebound is flagging. Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline Plc administered their experimental vaccines to patients for the first time in preparation for late-stage trials before year-end.

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