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COVID-19 vaccines protect against variants, study suggests

COVID-19 vaccines protect against variants, study suggests

A research group from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has published a new study that suggests certain COVID-19 vaccines may protect against variant coronavirus strains.1 These include the variants first identified in the U.K. and South Africa. The study analyzed the response of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and three other common cold coronaviruses after administration of an mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine. Blood samples from 30 healthcare workers who had not tested positive for COVID-19 were analyzed before and after they received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The study model focused on the coronavirus surface proteins – spike proteins –…
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How to Embrace Minimalism, With Christine Platt

How to Embrace Minimalism, With Christine Platt

Photo: Micaela Heck/Angelica AlzonaThis week we’re learning how to pare down our belongings and embrace the minimalist lifestyle with help from author and advocate Christine Platt (aka The Afrominimalist). Christine’s own personal journey from overconsumption to one of minimalism is an inspiration, and she helps us understand how everything from our childhoods to the psychology of ownership causes us to hang on to far more than we need. Listen to hear Christine’s tips on how to start decluttering without overwhelming yourself, how to parent as a minimalist, and why the first step to becoming a minimalist is not what you…
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10 Effective Push-Up Variations for Different Fitness Levels

10 Effective Push-Up Variations for Different Fitness Levels

If you haven’t started incorporating push-ups into your workout routine, start now! Push-ups are great for the entire upper body including the chest, shoulders, biceps and triceps, as well as a real challenge for your core and glutes. Whether you are a workout beginner or fitness pro, this functional bodyweight move is a must in your fitness routine and here are 10 push up variations for you to try.Beginner:1. Wall Push-Offs and Wall Push-UpsThis variation of push ups is performed on an incline (your upper body higher than your lower body) using a wall or step. The greater the angle…
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Breakdown of Artificial and Natural Sweeteners: What are the Healthiest Sugar Substitutes?

Breakdown of Artificial and Natural Sweeteners: What are the Healthiest Sugar Substitutes?

Sugar is addictive,(1) leads to obesity,(2) and is even suspected of increasing the risk of cancer.(3) Not great news – especially if you think that about 80% of packaged foods contain added sugar.The World Health Organization (WHO)……recommends consuming a maximum of 50 g of sugar per day (12 teaspoons). Most of us eat much more than this every day.  To wean yourself off sugar, it can be helpful to opt for sugar alternatives, in addition to cutting down on your intake. Sugar substitutes ranging from birch sugar to erythritol to stevia are available in shops and advertised as healthy – but are…
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Running When Overweight: Nutrition and Fitness Tips

Running When Overweight: Nutrition and Fitness Tips

Guess what: there’s no such thing as a “runner’s body”. Becoming a runner happens in the mind. And just because you might not look like a gazelle when you’re out there tracking your distance, doesn’t mean you’re not a runner. Running is a great way to improve your fitness, build endurance, and can boost weight loss if that’s what you’re looking for. There are a few things to be aware of to reduce your risk of injury and get the most out of your workouts. We’ve put together the most important fitness and nutrition tips for you below.Fitness Tips for…
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Can you mix COVID-19 vaccines?

Can you mix COVID-19 vaccines?

There are many vaccines currently in development against COVID-19, and multiple currently being rolled out in countries worldwide. With the demand significantly outpacing supply, some are beginning to wonder whether mixing first and second doses may become a reality. But can you mix COVID-19 vaccines? Is there any research to support doing so? mRNA vaccines The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines. mRNA stands for messenger ribonucleic acid. These vaccines teach the body to mount an immune response against the spike protein found on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (3). When exposed to COVID-19, the body will recognize…
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How to Use Compound Words Correctly (Almost) Every Time

How to Use Compound Words Correctly (Almost) Every Time

Photo: spaxiax (Shutterstock)Compound words are sprinkled throughout the English language—endless combinations of little words that partner up to form new, bigger words. How they come together in the written language can vary, though, and you may find yourself pausing to wonder: Is this a long term, long-term, or longterm problem? That’s because there are three different types of compound words, and it’s not always obvious whether a compound should be written as one word, two words, or hyphenated.What even is a compound?Whenever we’re dealing with grammar, I think it best to start with the basics—just in case your grade-school English…
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What to Do If You Get a Bill for Your COVID-19 Vaccine

What to Do If You Get a Bill for Your COVID-19 Vaccine

Photo: fizkes (Shutterstock)COVID vaccines are free in the U.S. Period. The CDC has been extremely clear about that, but we’re still hearing occasional reports of people getting a bill for their vaccine, or being charged a fee for the service of “administering” that vaccine. In either case, this is illegal. You don’t have to pay it, and you can report it.What does ‘free’ mean?The CDC says:The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.If you have health insurance, the vaccine provider will bill your…
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What is ground contact time balance? 5 Tips for improving running symmetry

What is ground contact time balance? 5 Tips for improving running symmetry

The best runners know that symmetry matters. When you apply force equally on the left and right sides of your body, you become a more efficient—and faster—runner. More importantly, you’re less prone to injury.Ground Contact Time (GCT) Balance is a metric that can help improve your running symmetry. In this article, get up to speed on ground contact time balance and see our five tips for improving running symmetry. What is ground contact time?To understand ground contact time balance, let’s start with ground contact time, or GCT for short. This is the length of time your foot is in contact with the…
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Foam Roller Exercises: How to Relieve Tension with a Fascia Roller

Foam Roller Exercises: How to Relieve Tension with a Fascia Roller

Your whole body is sore, you’ve got tight quads and calves, a stiff neck or joint pain after your workout? Yesterday’s bodyweight training or your running session must have been a bit too intense.To avoid or ease sore muscles and tightness, proper stretching is absolutely essential. Relaxation and recovery are just as important as the training itself. The best way to help your body is with the right stretching and foam roller exercises.    Foam rolling — what is it exactly?Fascia is the muscular connective tissue of the body: It holds everything together and acts as an elastic shock absorber. Fascia training with…
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Mental Toughness for Runners >> What to Think About When Running

Mental Toughness for Runners >> What to Think About When Running

If you’ve ever run long distances, you know that running is a lot more than just physically challenging. It can really test your mental toughness. No matter whether you are training for your next half marathon or your first marathon, don’t forget to work on developing a running mindset along with your strength and endurance training.  Focus, relax, and keep your eye on the goal – building mental strength is helpful in many areas of our life, such as at work, in the family, and also in fitness. Mental toughness in fitness is partially about developing the right mindset, but also…
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Fact Check: Do You Burn More Calories Running or Walking the Same Distance?

Fact Check: Do You Burn More Calories Running or Walking the Same Distance?

Running can burn a lot of calories and help you lose weight. But what about walking? Can you reach your weight loss goal by walking, too? How do these two activities compare? Do you burn more calories running or walking the same distance?Everyone knows a 15-minute run burns more calories than a 15-minute walk. But what if you focus on distance instead of time?In other words…How would a 1 km (0.6 mi) run compare to a 1 km (0.6 mi) walk in terms of calories burned?Walking vs. running the same distance – what burns more calories?Running is a more intense…
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