Tale of Two Cities: Some NY EMS Sleep in Cars, Chicago Offers Hotel Rooms

first_img Related: Complete COVID-19 Coverage from JEMS “They’re sleeping in their cars,” Oren Barzilay, president of FDNY-EMS Local 2507, told ABC News on Tuesday. “We have dozens and dozens and dozens of members who are sleeping in their cars. They rather stay here, sleep in the car, wash up and go do it again.” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Tuesday the city will provide nearly 300 hotel rooms for the city’s paramedics, firefighters and police officers, the Chicago Tribune reports. John Rugen, a 16-year veteran, described the situation forEMS workers as “madness.” Brazilay said more than 500 members were showing signs andsymptoms of COVID-19 on Tuesday. More than 50 had tested positive for thevirus. Concern is running so high in New York City that some FDNY EMSmembers are reportedly sleeping in their cars to avoid infecting their familieswith coronavirus. “These rooms aren’t for first responders who are themselvessick,” Lightfoot said, speaking at a graduation ceremony for new paramedics.“We have hospitals for that. However, the reality is that they are coming incontact with the virus everyday and working long, hard hours. And some of themmay prefer to stay downtown rather than going home to their spouse, kids orfriends.”last_img read more

Mindfulness would be good for you. If it weren’t so selfish.

first_imgThe Washington Post:We may live in a culture of distraction, but mindfulness has captured our attention.Books on the practice are numerous, including guides to “A Mindful Pregnancy,” “Mindful Parenting,” “Mindful Politics,” “The Mindful Diet” and “Mindfulness for Teachers.” Corporations, sports teams, even the military and police departments provide mindfulness training to their employees. A bevy of podcasts offer tips for living a mindful life, guided mindful meditation and interviews with mindfulness evangelists. Another sure sign of cultural saturation: You can order “a more mindful burger,” at Epic Burger in Chicago or an “Enjoy the ride” trucker hat from Mindful Supply Co.I was dismayed when mindfulness began to encroach on my field: psychology, and specifically the treatment of suicidal behavior. A psychiatrist colleague’s proposal for a book on bipolar disorder prompted a pre-publication reviewer to request “less lithium, more mindfulness” — even though less lithium can lead to more death by suicide in patients with bipolar disorder.Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Research links prenatal stress to babies’ health in war zones

first_imgEmail Share Share on Facebook Pinterest Children from war-torn areas of the globe are affected by trauma even before they are born, according to a new University of Florida study.To gather their results, researchers went to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a region routinely called “the worst place in the world” to be a woman, said Darlene A. Kertes, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor in UF’s department of psychology. Women in this unstable region are routinely the target of rape and other war-related traumas.“Our research shows that stressful life experiences affect our bodies all the way down to our genes,” said Kertes, who also is affiliated with the University of Florida Genetics Institute.center_img Share on Twitter LinkedIn The study was published in the January/February issue of Child Development, the flagship journal for the Society for Research in Child Development. The results showed that mothers’ stressful life experiences were linked with epigenetic markers in key genes that regulate the body’s response to stress, in both mothers and newborns.“The study is one of the first of its kind to be conducted in a developing country,” Kertes said. “Most information to date about effects of stress and trauma on prenatal development has been gathered in a Western context.”Samples of umbilical cord blood, placenta and the mothers’ blood were collected at birth and tested for impacts of war trauma and chronic stress. The researchers looked at DNA methylation, an epigenetic process that makes genes more or less able to respond to biochemical signals in the body.During pregnancy, a mother’s bodily responses to stress are passed onto the fetus, affecting a child’s brain development, birth weight and functioning of the children’s own HPA axis even after they are born.The researchers looked at the babies’ birth weight as an indicator of children’s overall development. They found that stress-linked DNA methylation differences predicted lower birth weight.“The stress exposure affected the maternal and fetal tissues differently, which shows that the impact of stress differs depending on an individual’s life phase,” Kertes said, adding that stress experienced at very young ages affects the way the body responds to stress throughout life.This is the first time researchers have documented stress effects, either pre- or postnatal, on methylation of a gene called CRH in humans. CRH makes a hormone that triggers the body’s stress response. The study also confirmed stress effects on several other genes known to be involved in the stress response.Kertes and her colleagues have started to examine the longer term effects of stress on child development in conflict-ridden regions. She emphasized that traumatic events can also have cross-generational impacts.“War and conflict do not just impact the health and well-being for people who experience it directly,” she said. “It can potentially have long-term consequences for future generations.”last_img read more

Five Takeaways from Sunday Night’s WWE Extreme Rules

Matt Loede WWE’s latest PPV offering, “Extreme Rules” took place on Sunday night in Baltimore, a PPV dedicated to the RAW brand.Without their champion on the show – Brock Lesnar, the PPV was built around a main event of five wrestlers in a ‘Fatal 5-Way’ for a shot to take on Lesnar in the next RAW PPV, entitled ‘Great Balls of Fire.’If you don’t want to know the results of the show, don’t read ahead.If you did watch the show or don’t care all that much and want to see the results and thoughts, then keep reading, as we present our ‘Five Takeaways from WWE’s Extreme Rules’ from Sunday night’s event. Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Related TopicsSamoa JoeThe MizWWEWWE Extreme Rules Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. read more

Governor’s Campaign Supporter Questioned Over Ethics

first_imgThe complaint also names Alaskans First, another nonprofit Davis helped form to support Democratic legislative candidates. Both groups are accused of late disclosures of financial activities. The secretary of the group, Marcia Davis, is now Walker’s Deputy Chief of Staff. Republicans are calling for her resignation, but the Governor’s office insists the complaint has no connection to Davis’ current work. “Your Future Alaska” argues that it acted as an ‘entity’ and not a political group and was not subject to the same campaign finance reporting requirements as other organizations. The Alaska Public Offices Commission filed a formal complaint against YFA last week.center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A group which financially backed Governor Bill Walker’s election campaign is facing complaints it acted as a “pass-through” and hid the names of those contributing to the cause.last_img read more