Trump says he’s going to take healthcare reform into his own hands

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday morning that he would take reforming the United States’ healthcare laws into his own hands if Congress does not act.

In a tweet, Trump said he would use the “power of the pen”–presumably referring to an executive order–to reform healthcare.

“Since Congress can’t get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people – FAST,” Trump wrote.

It wasn’t immediately clear how, or what, exactly Trump would sign.

However, last month Trump said he would sign a “very major” executive order that would allow people to go across state lines to purchase healthcare.

Congress has been unable to repeal, or repeal and replace, the Affordable Care Act–a major campaign promise among Republicans, who control both houses of Congress.

The Senate tried several times to pass a version of a bill that would repeal former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy but failed numerous times to secure the required number of votes. The lack of action has frustrated Trump, according to his Twitter feed.

In a wide-ranging interview with Forbes published on Tuesday, Trump called the Affordable Care Act a “total mess” and said he is trying to “keep it afloat.”

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Pitbull sends his private jet to Puerto Rico cancer patients

Steven Sands sits outside his home with a flashlight and his smart phone at night, coping with the lack of electricity in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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Tesla is sending hundreds of Powerwall battery systems to Puerto Rico. 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, about 97 percent of the island’s 3.4 million residents were still in the dark as of Wednesday. The Category 4 storm has left thousands homeless, and hospitals are dealing with blackouts as they struggle to find diesel to run their generators. 

According to Bloomberg, Tesla has employees on the ground to install the Powerwall units, which store energy gathered by solar panels. 

It’s not clear whether Tesla is sending the first-generation Powerwall batteries or the Powerwall 2, and whether the company is also sending solar panels. 

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You Are Less Likely To Die Within A Month Of Surgery If Your Surgeon Is A Woman, Study Finds

The percentage of female surgeons has been steadily growing over the past 50 years across most of the developed world. This is not only great for equality, but also because if you have a female surgeon, you are less likely to die within a month of your operation.

A large-scale study found that patients who had been operated on by a female surgeon were a whopping 12 percent less likely to die during the following 30 days of recovery.

The researchers, from the University of Toronto, looked at 104,630 patients who had surgery between 2007 and 2015. Patients were matched to eliminate variables such as other conditions, age, sex, and income. Surgeons were also matched in terms of age and experience, as well as the number of surgeries they perform and the hospital they work at.

With all these variables accounted for, the researchers found that female surgeons were better at keeping their patients alive during the 30 days following an operation.

Despite female medical practitioners being just as competent as men, sexism against female doctors, surgeons, and anesthetists continues around the world. This man, as the Telegraph reports, refused to be operated on when he discovered his anesthetist was a woman.

Dr Raj Satkunasivam, who led the study, said that the difference could be because of the way women deliver care.

“Women and men practice medicine differently, although little research exists on the differences in learning styles, acquisition of skills, or outcomes for female and male surgeons,” the authors wrote.

“We don’t know the mechanism that underlies better outcomes for patients treated by female surgeons, although it might be related to delivery of care that is more congruent with guidelines, more patient-centered, and involves superior communication.”

The research, published in the British Medical Journal, also found that fewer patients treated by female surgeons were readmitted to hospital within that timeframe, or had other complications, however, these differences were not found to be statistically significant. 

So if you have a choice of surgeon, should you opt for a woman?

“Surgery is a specialty that continues to struggle with unconscious bias among patients and health professionals, and gender inequality persists,” The Royal College of Surgeons responded in an editorial.

“This study helps to combat […] lingering biases by confirming the safety, skill, and expertise of women surgeons relative to their male colleagues.”

However, they stress that “with so many critical factors to consider, trying to find out why there is a very small difference in short-term clinical outcomes between male and female surgeons is unlikely to prove worthwhile.”

“Nor are we convinced that the sex of the surgeon will emerge as an important determinant of a good outcome for patients having surgery.”

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‘Quarter of adopted families’ in crisis

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More than a quarter of adopted families are in crisis, according to a survey by the BBC and charity Adoption UK.

More than half of those surveyed reported living with a child who was violent, including being punched, kicked or threatened with knives.

More serious incidents included hospital visits and sexual assault.

Despite the challenges, most families said they were glad they adopted. Adoption UK said families needed skilled help and support.

Almost 3,000 subscribers to Adoption UK’s newsletter responded to the survey by BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 programme.

More than a quarter of families, when asked to describe their adoption, said they were facing serious challenges that impacted on the wider family, were at risk of breakdown or disruption, or had already been disrupted.

Almost a half said their adoption was “challenging but stable” and just over a quarter described it as “fulfilling and stable”.

‘We needed help’

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Jane knew adopting a little girl from care would not be easy, but nothing prepared her for what came next.

“She was developmentally delayed, so when she was three and a half, all the severe behaviour started to come out”, she said.

“She could be lovely one minute and very violent and aggressive the next.”

Jane, not her real name, and her husband said they asked their local authority for help, but it was not forthcoming.

“The whole time we were saying ‘we’re in trouble, she needs help; we need help.’ But getting anything was a struggle.”

As years went by, their daughter’s behaviour became more extreme. Her husband, Keith, found it difficult to manage.

“She became obsessed with blood,” he said. “She was self-harming and would write on the walls with her own blood. She would pull her own baby teeth out. We reached such a stage that our daughter had become unparentable – she was only six or seven. I couldn’t cope.”

In the end, Keith made the decision to send their daughter back to care. The couple say it was the most difficult decision of their lives.

“She’s in such turmoil, but her behaviour is not her fault,” Jane added.

“She needs help from professionals to make sense of what happened to her. You should be able to get that help.”

The family’s local authority would not comment on their case, but said they were committed to supporting all adoptive families throughout their journey and they “seek to learn lessons” when adoptions do break down.

Modern adoption

In the UK, around 5,500 children are adopted every year.

The majority of adoptions involve children over the age of one, siblings and children with disabilities, who have been taken into care.

Many have suffered trauma, neglect and abuse which can result in a range of complex developmental and psychological difficulties. Research suggests almost three quarters of adopted children have significant mental health problems of one kind or another.

Parents who deal with the fallout of these problems, say family life can be extremely difficult.

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Many parents described being punched, kicked or threatened with knives. But some reported more serious incidents, including hospital visits and sexual assault.

Dr Sue Armstrong Brown from Adoption UK said it was important not to demonise children.

“We’re talking about trauma-fuelled violence from children who will have witnessed the unthinkable in their early lives,” she said.

“Adoption is not a silver bullet. These children’s problems don’t just disappear overnight. Both adoptive parents and adopted children need skilled help and support.

“Despite the challenges, adopters are resilient and these results reinforce that adoption can work for the vast majority.”

File on 4: Adoption is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 26th September at 20:00 BST. If you missed it you can catch up on the iPlayer.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus has breast cancer

(CNN)Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced she has breast cancer in a post on her official Twitter account.

“1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” Louis-Dreyfus wrote.
The 56-year-old actress went on to say “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union.”
    “The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal healthcare a reality,” she concluded.
    Hollywood quickly rallied around her.
    “Veep” co-star Tony Hale re-tweeted the announcement from Louis-Dreyfus.
    “We love this woman,” Hale wrote in a caption.
    Other stars, including Rosie O’Donnell and Christina Applegate, as well as fans offered their well wishes.
    The news comes on the heels of what has been a triumphant year for Louis-Dreyfus.
    She broke the record for the most Emmys won by a performer for a single role earlier this month, after snagging her sixth consecutive win for lead actress in a comedy for her work on HBO’s “Veep.”
    It was her seventh statue in that category overall as she had previously won in 2006 for “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

      Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals she has breast cancer

    HBO told CNN that Louis-Dreyfus received her diagnosis the day after her historic Emmy win. Her health did not factor into the decision to end “Veep” with Season 7, which writers are currently working on. HBO added the show’s production schedule will be adjusted if needed to accommodate its star.
    “Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time,” HBO said in a statement. “We have every confidence she will get through this with her usual tenacity and undaunted spirit, and look forward to her return to health and to HBO for the final season of ‘Veep.'” (HBO and CNN share parent company Time Warner.)
    Louis-Dreyfus has advocated for cancer research in the past by teaming up with the Livestrong Foundation, according to Web MD.
    “I was asked, and it was a no-brainer,” she told the site.

      Breast cancer: Know the facts

    The former “Seinfeld” star is also a long-time advocate of environmental causes and green living, leading to a Mediaplanet feature on her work.
    “My actions have an impact on humanity and generations to come,” she told the publication.

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    This tattoo ink could be the future of healthcare

    You already wear a wristband that monitors your heart rate and activity levels, but what if the next trend in wearables were a little more permanent?

    Researchers at Harvard and MIT teamed up to create a biosensitive tattoo ink that will change colors if the person is dehydrated or experiencing off-nominal blood sugar levels. In the video below, you can see preliminary tests of the technology on pig skin, which closely approximates human skin.

    While the cutting-edge wearable technology would have many perks—including not being constrained by battery failures—it’s not quite ready for prime time yet. Postdoctoral fellow Nan Jiang concedes the new inks need better stabilization so as not to diffuse or fade too much. Furthermore, the application raises some ethical concerns that should be broached before a wide-scale release, “such as people’s willingness to have health information displayed for all to see.”

    This isn’t the first time a group has investigated biohacking through tattoos: In 2015, Tech Tats promised similar sensor technology without all the permanence. Harvard’s Dermal Abyss project takes that one step further with embedded biosensors.

    A few years ago, 25 percent of polled adults said they were willing to get a brain implant for internet access, so practical applications of these tattooed technologies may not be so far-fetched as they sound.

    H/T Harvard

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    Deloitte hit by cyber-attack revealing clients secret emails

    Exclusive: hackers may have accessed usernames, passwords and personal details of top accountancy firms blue-chip clients

    One of the worlds big four accountancy firms has been targeted by a sophisticated hack that compromised the confidential emails and plans of some of its blue-chip clients, the Guardian can reveal.

    Deloitte, which is registered in London and has its global headquarters in New York, was the victim of a cybersecurity attack that went unnoticed for months.

    One of the largest private firms in the US, which reported a record $37bn (27.3bn) revenue last year, Deloitte provides auditing, tax consultancy and high-end cybersecurity advice to some of the worlds biggest banks, multinational companies, media enterprises, pharmaceutical firms and government agencies.

    The Guardian understands Deloitte clients across all of these sectors had material in the company email system that was breached. The companies include household names as well as US government departments.

    So far, six of Deloittes clients have been told their information was impacted by the hack. Deloittes internal review into the incident is ongoing.

    The Guardian understands Deloitte discovered the hack in March this year, but it is believed the attackers may have had access to its systems since October or November 2016.

    The hacker compromised the firms global email server through an administrators account that, in theory, gave them privileged, unrestricted access to all areas.

    The account required only a single password and did not have two-step verification, sources said.

    Emails to and from Deloittes 244,000 staff were stored in the Azure cloud service, which was provided by Microsoft. This is Microsofts equivalent to Amazon Web Service and Googles Cloud Platform.

    Microsofts Azure cloud service. Photograph: Microsoft

    In addition to emails, the Guardian understands the hackers had potential access to usernames, passwords, IP addresses, architectural diagrams for businesses and health information. Some emails had attachments with sensitive security and design details.

    The breach is believed to have been US-focused and was regarded as so sensitive that only a handful of Deloittes most senior partners and lawyers were informed.

    The Guardian has been told the internal inquiry into how this happened has been codenamed Windham. It has involved specialists trying to map out exactly where the hackers went by analysing the electronic trail of the searches that were made.

    The team investigating the hack is understood to have been working out of the firms offices in Rosslyn, Virginia, where analysts have been reviewing potentially compromised documents for six months.

    It has yet to establish whether a lone wolf, business rivals or state-sponsored hackers were responsible.

    Sources said if the hackers had been unable to cover their tracks, it should be possible to see where they went and what they compromised by regenerating their queries. This kind of reverse-engineering is not foolproof, however.

    A measure of Deloittes concern came on 27 April when it hired the US law firm Hogan Lovells on special assignment to review what it called a possible cybersecurity incident.

    The Washington-based firm has been retained to provide legal advice and assistance to Deloitte LLP, the Deloitte Central Entities and other Deloitte Entities about the potential fallout from the hack.

    Responding to questions from the Guardian, Deloitte confirmed it had been the victim of a hack but insisted only a small number of its clients had been impacted. It would not be drawn on how many of its clients had data made potentially vulnerable by the breach.

    The Guardian was told an estimated 5m emails were in the cloud and could have been been accessed by the hackers. Deloitte said the number of emails that were at risk was a fraction of this number but declined to elaborate.

    In response to a cyber incident, Deloitte implemented its comprehensive security protocol and began an intensive and thorough review including mobilising a team of cybersecurity and confidentiality experts inside and outside of Deloitte, a spokesman said.

    As part of the review, Deloitte has been in contact with the very few clients impacted and notified governmental authorities and regulators.

    The review has enabled us to understand what information was at risk and what the hacker actually did, and demonstrated that no disruption has occurred to client businesses, to Deloittes ability to continue to serve clients, or to consumers.

    We remain deeply committed to ensuring that our cybersecurity defences are best in class, to investing heavily in protecting confidential information and to continually reviewing and enhancing cybersecurity. We will continue to evaluate this matter and take additional steps as required.

    Our review enabled us to determine what the hacker did and what information was at risk as a result. That amount is a very small fraction of the amount that has been suggested.

    Deloitte declined to say which government authorities and regulators it had informed, or when, or whether it had contacted law enforcement agencies.

    Though all major companies are targeted by hackers, the breach is a deep embarrassment for Deloitte, which offers potential clients advice on how to manage the risks posed by sophisticated cybersecurity attacks.

    Cyber risk is more than a technology or security issue, it is a business risk, Deloitte tells potential customers on its website.

    While todays fast-paced innovation enables strategic advantage, it also exposes businesses to potential cyber-attack. Embedding best practice cyber behaviours help our clients to minimise the impact on business.

    Deloitte has a CyberIntelligence Centre to provide clients with round-the-clock business focussed operational security.

    We monitor and assess the threats specific to your organisation, enabling you to swiftly and effectively mitigate risk and strengthen your cyber resilience, its website says. Going beyond the technical feeds, our professionals are able to contextualise the relevant threats, helping determine the risk to your business, your customers and your stakeholders.

    In 2012, Deloitte, which has offices all over the world, was ranked the best cybersecurity consultant in the world.

    Earlier this month, Equifax, the US credit monitoring agency, admitted the personal data of 143 million US customers had been accessed or stolen in a massive hack in May. It has also revealed it was also the victim of an earlier breach in March.

    About 400,000 people in the UK may have had their information stolen following the cybersecurity breach. The US company said an investigation had revealed that a file containing UK consumer information may potentially have been accessed.

    The data includes names, dates of birth, email addresses and telephone numbers, but does not contain postal addresses, passwords or financial information. Equifax, which is based in Atlanta, discovered the hack in July but only informed consumers last week.

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    Trump’s Health Secretary Resigns Amid Private-Jet Scandal

    Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned amid an uproar over his use of private and military jets at taxpayer expense while heading one of the U.S.’s largest government agencies.

    Price, 62, quit after it was revealed by Politico that he took more than two dozen private flights at taxpayer expense as well as trips to Europe, Africa and Asia on military aircraft, at a total cost of more than $1 million. The HHS department’s Office of Inspector General launched an investigation, as did Congress. 

    Price is the first cabinet secretary to leave the administration, though President Donald Trump’s volatile White House has already seen the departure of several top staffers.

    Trump had hinted earlier in the day that Price’s time with the administration could be close to coming to an end. Asked whether he had sought Price’s resignation, the president said, “no, but we’ll see what happens later on.”

    On Thursday, Trump made it clear that he was upset with the health secretary. “I am not happy with him,” he said.

    Mulvaney Memo

    After Price’s resignation on Friday, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney issued a memo ordering government agencies to seek approval from Chief of Staff John Kelly before most travel on government-owned or chartered planes.

    “Just because something is legal doesn’t make it right,” Mulvaney said. “Accordingly, with few exceptions, the commercial air system used by millions of Americans every day is appropriate, even for very senior officials.”

    Mulvaney said his agency is reviewing “longstanding guidance” regarding the use of government-owned and private aircraft with an eye toward strengthening “existing controls.”

    Price Distraction

    Price’s exit could distract from other administration priorities like tax reform. It may also raise more questions about other agency heads who have taken taxpayer-funded trips on private aircraft, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, as reported by CBS; and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, according to the Washington Post.

    Trump intends to designate Don J. Wright of Virginia to serve as acting secretary, effective at 11:59 p.m. New York time on Friday. He currently serves as deputy assistant secretary for health.

    Price’s seven-month tenure as head of the health agency was bracketed by questions about his conduct, starting with trading of stock in health-care companies and ending with the plane trips. Price said he would write a check for the chartered jet trips to the U.S. government for $51,887.31 to cover his seat. 

    HHS didn’t immediately respond when asked for a comment from Price and if he would still pay back the funds.

    Resignation Letter

    Price told Trump in his resignation it was a “privilege to serve you.”

    “I have spent forty years both as a doctor and public servant putting people first,” Price wrote. “I regret that the recent events have created a distraction from these important objectives.”

    Price’s acting replacement Wright also serves as acting assistant secretary for health, overseeing the department’s health policy recommendations, a position he has served in since February. He has a medical degree from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

    Obamacare ‘Sabotage’

    During the administration’s months-long attempt to get Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Price wasn’t an obvious force in the Senate where the effort is indefinitely stalled. He did, however, let the law wither under his administrative tenure. His agency slashed advertising funding meant to get people to sign up for insurance plans sold under the law, and cut budgets for local groups of “navigators” who helped people find the right plan for them. HHS also shortened the time when people could sign up for coverage, and took other steps that critics decried as “sabotage.”

    Price’s successor will have to decide whether to try and make Obamacare succeed, attempt to modify it by rewriting its rules and regulations, or allow it to slide into neglect.

    “The mission of the Health and Human Services secretary should be to support Americans’ health care, not take it away,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. The next HHS secretary must follow the law when it comes to the Affordable Care Act instead of trying to sabotage it.”

    One obvious candidate to succeed Price is Seema Verma, who leads the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is directly responsible for managing much of the Affordable Care Act. Another is Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration commissioner who has implemented several programs on drug prices and modernizing the agency.

    Verma is seen as close to the White House. She worked with Vice President Mike Pence to implement the then-governor’s Healthy Indiana Plan, and has regularly visited Capitol Hill to help push Obamacare repeal efforts.

    Tea Party

    Price, a doctor, joined Congress in 2005 as a representative from Georgia and was one of the original members of the Tea Party, which promotes small government. In the House, he introduced several bills to replace Obamacare. While his nomination to head HHS was backed by the American Medical Association, the U.S.’s largest doctors lobby, that group and almost every other health-care trade organization issued strong statements opposing the administration’s Obamacare-repeal attempts.

    Price was sworn in in February as he was being asked about whether, as a congressman, he improperly traded stocks of medical companies while at the same time dealing with health-care legislation that could have affected them.

    In one instance, he received a discount on shares of Innate Immunotherapeutics Ltd., an Australian biotechhnology company. He also invested in a medical-supply distributor before introducing legislation that could have benefited the company.

    Price defended the trades at the time, saying a broker directed the trades independently, except for his purchase of Innate shares. He said he learned Innate and the special stock offering through Innate board member and fellow Representative Chris Collins of New York.

    Private Flights

    Then, this month, Politico reported that he had taken more than two dozen private flights at a cost to taxpayers of hundreds of thousands of dollars, including trips to Nashville, Tennessee, where his son lives and where Price owns a condominium. His office defended the travel decisions, calling the trips more convenient than cheaper commercial travel. Cabinet members typically fly on commercial airlines unless there is a specific reason to take a private plane.

    In 2009, Price told CNBC that Congress should cut spending on government planes that supporters said were needed to carry military officials leading soldiers into combat. Price criticized an original effort to spend $550 million on eight passenger jets, and also objected to a reduced $220 million request for four jets.

    “Now we need to cut it from four jets to zero jets,” he said at the time. “This is just another example of fiscal irresponsibility run amok in Congress right now.”

    Price was confirmed in February by a party-line vote in the Senate. Democrats opposed his free-market views on health care and his promises to help repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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      25 Things You Need To Do To Heal Your Emotional Body And Release Subconscious Negativity From Your Life

      God & Man

      1. Identify how your pain serves you. Nobody consistently self-sabotages without reason. The patterns and habits that you feel “stuck” in meet some kind of need. If you can’t let go of negativity, it’s because you are secretly using it for something.

      2. Work on your ability to visualize. The only way to change your life is to first imagine what the opposite of your pain is. Until you are consciously creating your life, you will be living on the same autopilot that you are right now… and over time, you will begin to think it’s who you really are.

      3. Stop believing everything that you feel is real. Experience should have shown you right now that your feelings are not representative of what’s happening in reality, rather, they are a tool for you to see the quality of your thoughts about reality. Use this to your advantage, not your detriment.

      4. Be honest about what you really love vs. what you love the idea of. Nobody intentionally chooses a life they don’t really want; they simply confuse what makes them feel good for what the idea of something makes them feel.

      5. Do not say anything about yourself that you do not want to be true. “I am” is the most powerful prayer in the universe.

      6. Stop judging, criticizing and seeking out fault with people who have the things you want. Doing so is making you associate having those things with being unloved.

      7. Stop trying to make things perfect more than you try to find what’s already perfect about the life you have.

      8. Find what makes you “flow.” Flow = health, where as stiffness or hardness = death. Do anything that makes your oxygen, blood, thoughts or feelings move again.

      9. Memory surf. Trace your feelings back to their source. Figure out what scared you and why you’ve continued to live as though that scary thing is constantly threatening you.

      10. Figure out what’s on the other side of your fear. Whatever upsets you most is actually a sign of what you care about most.

      11. Figure out what’s on the other side of your pain. Often, the things that we struggle with most are actually our deepest gifts in disguise. Many people who write self-help books begin them by explaining how badly they struggled with their emotions, and then how in the process of learning to deal with them better, they discovered their life purpose.

      12. Clean out your space. Your belongings hold as much energetic imprints as anything else. Clutter blocks flow in your space. Some people even say that when there is a disruption or stressor in your life, there is often a corresponding mess in your home.

      13. State what’s wrong. “Feelings, once felt, will start to change themselves.”

      14. Remember that most of what you fear is an illusion that your subconscious has designed to hold you back and keep you “safe.”

      15. Surround yourself with people who you aspire to be like. Their influence will impact you more than you realize.

      16. Stop spending so much time scrolling, reading and engaging with things that make you a smaller, more angered, judgmental, scared version of yourself.

      17. Follow, read and regularly engage with people and content that inspires you to be your best, most loving and creative self.

      18. Get a junk journal, and use it to write down all of your racing, scary feelings. Burn it or throw out each page after you get out whatever you need to.

      19. Disrupt your patterns. You cannot build a new life while standing in the ruins of your old one.

      20. Give your feelings colors and descriptions. Welcome them into your body when you feel them and then ask them what they are here to tell you. Write the answer down, and then close the journal. Go back when the feeling passes, and decide if the message is one of fear, or one of love.

      21. Stop trying to find your happiness – find what’s your happiness. Joy is your natural state.

      22. Do yoga, even if all you can manage are a few poses, or just lay in child’s pose for 15 minutes. Go for a walk, even if it’s just around the block. Drink water, even if it’s only one glass. Do not underestimate the power of small actions, and how they will build over time.

      23. Make a playlist that makes you feel nostalgic or sad or inspired. Clean the kitchen. Eat something cheap and delicious for dinner. Do anything that grounds you and reminds you that life is both simple, and to be enjoyed.

      24. Give yourself credit. You are doing so much better than you think you are. You are so much more accomplished than you know. Make a list of everything you have now that you didn’t have before. Realizing what you’ve done and what you’re still capable of is the greatest motivation there is.

      25. Imagine the exact life you want, down to the detail. Imagine who you are when you are your best self. That is who you really are, and that is the life that you’re meant to create. Do not let any thoughts, fears, or other people tell you otherwise.

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      The FDA has approved a blood sugar monitor that doesnt require a finger prick

      Further proof the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been warming up to modern technology — it has just approved the first continuous blood sugar monitor that doesn’t require the user to prick themselves over and over for a blood sample.

      Today, the FDA cleared Abbot’s FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System, a device that uses a small sensor wire inserted under the skin to determine glucose levels in adult diabetics. Another wand-like device is then waved over the sensor to measure and give a readout of those glucose levels.

      This is a milestone move for the FDA as diabetes affects nearly 30 million people in the United States who currently have to test their blood sugar by pricking themselves several times throughout the day and every time they eat.

      However, the idea for a prickless blood sugar monitor isn’t new. Tech companies have increasingly shown an interest in the massive diabetics market over the past few years. Apple is rumored to be working on such a device and its CEO Tim Cook has even been spotted wearing a possible prototype that could connect to the Apple Watch.

      Other companies endeavor to build something similar, including Glucowise, which has a device still under development.

      However, it seems it’s not so easy to create a needleless blood sugar detector. Google tried to build a contact lens that could detect glucose but it seems the project has gone nowhere since drug company Novartis licensed the tech in 2014. Another FDA-approved device for glucose monitoring without the prick called the GlucoWatch was approved in the early 2000’s, but consumers found it cumbersome and it happened to cause a bad rash in some.

      But there’s new hope today that the Freestyle monitor has worked out all the kinks. The device is intended for those 18 and older and, after a 12-hour start-up period, can be worn for up to 10 days, according to a statement on the FDA’s website.

      “The FDA is always interested in new technologies that can help make the care of people living with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, easier and more manageable,” said FDA spokesperson Donald St. Pierre. “This system allows people with diabetics to avoid the additional step of finger stick calibration, which can sometimes be painful, but still provides necessary information for treating their diabetes—with a wave of the mobile reader.”

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