Pitfalls of not hearing well during the pandemic/mask era

Regular readers can tell a lot about my life by seeing the topics that begin to show up. Yes, I'm a huge Apple and Kindle fan. Yes, I love to read, watch movies, listen to music, attend theatre. Yes, I live in and love New York City. And yes, I've recently discovered I have hearing … Continue reading Pitfalls of not hearing well during the pandemic/mask era

How likely are you to get COVID if you’ve been vaccinated?

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/expected-rare-breakthrough-covid-cases/story?id=76682629 What to know about expected but rare 'breakthrough' COVID cases The available vaccines are "spectacularly effective," according to experts.By Erin Schumaker April 9, 2021, 6:01 AM With one in four adults in the United States now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, health departments and scientific studies have documented what's known as "breakthrough" cases, or people who got infected or sick … Continue reading How likely are you to get COVID if you’ve been vaccinated?

Why your brain loves closed captioning

I began using closed captioning many years ago, when my hearing was still just fine, but it turns out I'm not alone. https://www.salon.com/2021/04/04/why-your-brain-loves-closed-captioning/? Why your brain loves closed captioning Captioning has taken off among the non-hearing impaired — and for good reason By MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS APRIL 4, 2021 9:30PM (UTC) A young couple cuddling and … Continue reading Why your brain loves closed captioning

How plants can give hope in times of despair

https://www.elle.com/culture/amp35993812/plants-were-my-beacon-of-hope-during-the-pandemic/ Plants Were My Beacon Of Hope During The Pandemic Their undeterred maturation was a reminder that spring—indeed life itself—was moving on. BY BERONDA MONTGOMERY APR 6, 2021GETTY I planted tulip bulbs in November of 2019. I distinctly remember the process and timing of planting these bulbs. My father had died the month before and each bulb I … Continue reading How plants can give hope in times of despair

If you don’t eat vegetables, here’s a marvelous approach to starting

https://www.insider.com/what-happens-if-you-eat-vegetables-every-day-for-a-month-photos I tried eating vegetables every day for a month, and by the end I didn't want to stop Savanna Swain-Wilson Apr 6, 2021, 11:18 AM I set off on this four-week challenge to meet some of my 2021 goals.  I ate vegetables every day for a month to see how it would make me feel. After … Continue reading If you don’t eat vegetables, here’s a marvelous approach to starting

Vaccination card gets freebies and discounts

The Best Coupon In Your Wallet? Your Vaccination Card Krispy Kreme, cheesecake, fries, arcade tokens—proof of a shot means freebies and discounts, and vaccinated people are jumping on deals Patricia Fasnacht of High Point, N.C., got her shot, then got her free donut. PATRICIA FASNACHTBy Charles PassyMarch 28, 2021 2:11 pm ET For many Americans, getting the … Continue reading Vaccination card gets freebies and discounts

Vaccination passports may be inevitable for international travel

https://www.wsj.com/articles/airlines-want-vaccine-passports-but-dont-want-to-pay-for-them-11617442200?mod=hp_lead_pos3 Airlines Want Vaccine Passports but Don’t Want to Pay for Them As Europe plans document to store Covid-19 data, industry raises concerns about potential costs Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport on Friday; officials hope a Covid-19 vaccine certificate will help spur travel across the EU. CHRISTIAN HARTMANN/REUTERSSHARE By Benjamin KatzApril 3, 2021 5:30 am ET LONDON—Airlines … Continue reading Vaccination passports may be inevitable for international travel

Recreational marijuana in NY may generate up to 60,000 jobs and $350 million in taxes

Altho not mentioned in either of these two documents, Governor Cuomo has signed the legislation. NEWS FROM Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried 822 Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12248 - Tel: 518-455-4941250 Broadway, #2232, New York, NY 10007 - Tel: 212-312-1492GottfriedR@NYAssembly.Gov  -  Twitter @DickGottfried  March 30, 2021  A Historic Day:Legislature Passes Bill to LegalizeAdult Use of Marijuana in NYSToday, the New York State Assembly and Senate passed the … Continue reading Recreational marijuana in NY may generate up to 60,000 jobs and $350 million in taxes

Want to reduce your risk of dementia? Skip these foods

Do read the details and the description of the group included in the study. Many participants may already have been predisposed to dementia. Nonetheless, within this relatively homogeneous group, the differential in those who developed dementia was clear with as little as two pieces of bacon a day. https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/if-you-regularly-eat-this-for-dinner-your-risk-of-dementia-goes-up-by-40 If you regularly eat this for … Continue reading Want to reduce your risk of dementia? Skip these foods

Q&A’s about vaccine passports for travel

This has a lot of useful information about the possibility of uniform documentation being developed for use by those who wish to travel using ships or planes, or internationally. The U.S., as a government, has shown no interest in producing a vaccine passport and certainly not in mandating one. But companies that carry travelers are … Continue reading Q&A’s about vaccine passports for travel

Good news — two-dose vaccines very effective in real world

http://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/29/world/pfizer-moderna-covid-vaccines-infection.html? The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are very effective in real-world conditions at preventing infections, the C.D.C. reported. A mass vaccination site at the Kentucky State Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville this month.Credit...Jon Cherry for The New York Times By Gina Kolata March 29, 2021 The coronavirus vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are proving highly … Continue reading Good news — two-dose vaccines very effective in real world

Hearing-Loss Options have expanded

https://www.wsj.com/articles/hearing-aids-iphone-apps-and-new-tech-mean-more-ways-to-deal-with-hearing-lossbut-same-old-anxiety-11616850000 New Hearing Aids, iPhone Apps and Tech Mean More Hearing-Loss Options—But Also New Struggles In-ear AI and smartphones give people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss more choices than ever, but apps can be a hard sell for some By Julie JargonMarch 27, 2021 9:00 am ET Many people believe wearing a hearing aid is an advertisement … Continue reading Hearing-Loss Options have expanded