Queen Elizabeth’s job duties rolled back after ‘alarming’ health concerns

In recent months, the Queen has been sitting out important events due to ongoing mobility issues. But now her job has officially been scaled back amid those health concerns. The monarchy’s annual report, which was released last week, revealed that Queen Elizabeth II’s role as head of state has been tweaked from 13 bulleted points to a less specific description. And the duties the 96-year-old “must fulfill” have also been reduced, according to the Sunday Telegraph. It’s the first time in more than a decade that there have been formal changes made to her job description. And it’s an acknowledgement of the...
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Meat Recall Issued Over Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

Over two tons of meat products have been recalled in the U.S. due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The recall was issued last week by Creminelli Fine Meats in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS). Here are the products you'll want to keep an eye out for.
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Australia is heading for its third Omicron wave. Here's what to expect from BA.4 and BA.5

Australia is heading for its third Omicron wave in the coming weeks, as BA.4 and BA.5 become the dominant COVID strains. BA.4 and BA.5 are more infectious than previous COVID variants and subvariants, and are better able to evade immunity from vaccines and previous infections. So we’re likely to see a rise in case numbers. So what are BA.4 and BA.5? And what can we expect in this next phase of the pandemic? How did it start? BA.1, BA.2 and BA.3 Omicron started off as three subvariants (that is, a group of viruses from the same parent virus), all appearing in late...
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Project Patient: The Complexity of Patient Care

Each patient represents a story to be told, and no two stories are ever the same. Symptoms should not immediately be taken at surface value. True patient care requires a therapeutic relationship. A visit can seem to start in such a simple manner. A patient arrives for the appointment with...

My Autistic Journey Into Mindfulness

There’s a foot-sized painted ceramic salamander sitting on a stone next to my neighbor’s garage. He’s so charming to me, with swirls of navy, burnt sienna, and pale green snaking across his white flesh. His tail is broken. His eyes are bewildered and hollow. I come to a halt in the middle of the sidewalk just to marvel at him.

Fear Shrinks Life: Perils in Living Like the Sky Is Falling

If we act on the belief that we have no future, we will have less of the life we want once we get there. Although there are constant messages that the sky is falling, life has steadily gotten better for an extraordinary number of humans. Stoking fear may be a...

The Ohio Valley is poised to become an abortion desert

It was already difficult to get an abortion in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, but it’s about to become almost impossible after the U.S. Supreme Court left it up to states to decide reproductive rights. All three states have laws in place that almost totally prohibit the procedure—though Kentucky’s...

War's Effect on Healthcare in Ukraine

When you’re scanning through the news nowadays about the war between Russia and Ukraine, you witness the damage done to Ukraine: The residents fading away into memories, the food shortages, and the fleeing of people from the country. But have you ever wondered how the hostilities have affected healthcare in Ukraine?

What Bulimia Does To Your Teeth

I went to a new dentist the other day. I hate going to the dentist, but I especially hate new ones. I hate the smell of the dental office, I hate the routine of taking images of my teeth, and I hate that a new dentist will explore my mouth for the first time, looking for any flaws they may be able to cash in on. What I hate more than almost anything though, is when the new dentist, with hands in my mouth, exclaims, “your teeth are very worn for someone your age.”