Sarah Hyland’s 2017 Emmys Dress Proves Cut Outs Are Back In The Best Way

star Sarah Hyland just arrived to the Emmys Red Carpet absolutely a floor-length, red cut-out dress, and fans are loving it.  is up for Outstanding Comedy Series yet again, and Sarah Hyland at the Emmys is definitely serving looks to represent her show. The second she arrived on the red carpet, fans lost it.

The 26-year-old actress started working on when she was a teenager and has grown up on the show with co-stars Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, and Rico Rodriguez, who play Alex, Luke, and Manny. The show has won a total of 22 Emmys and has won Outstanding Comedy Series five times over the years.

It’s up for Outstanding Comedy Series again this year, and Hyland’s TV dad, Ty Burrell, is up for Outstanding Supporting Actor In a Comedy Series again this year. He’s already won it twice before! Julie Bowen, who plays Claire Dunphy (aka Haley, Alex, and Luke’s mom) has won Outstanding Supporting Actress In a Comedy Series twice, and Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cam, has also won Outstanding Supporting Actor In a Comedy Series twice for his performance on the show. Safe to say has been a very loved show over the years.

Sarah Hyland looks stunning on the Emmys Red Carpet.

Hyland has been pretty vocal about her health struggles this past year. Earlier this year, she rapidly lost a lot of weight, and people were criticizing her for it. She was accused of having an eating disorder, but she revealed in an emotional series of tweets that she lost so much weight due to the treatment she had to undergo for an illness she was diagnosed with. Although she did not reveal her diagnosis or the treatment she went through (nor does she have to), she said in the tweets from May 25, 2017,

I haven’t had the greatest year. Maybe one day I’ll talk about it but for now, I’d like my privacy. I will say that this year has brought a lot of changes and with that, physical changes.

I have been told that I can’t work out. Which, for me, is very upsetting. I love to be STRONG. (I’ll be using that word a lot) Strength is everything. Being strong has gotten me where I am. Both mentally and physically. I am not a fan of ‘being skinny.’

She added,

‘Eat a burger,’ ‘your head is bigger than your body and that’s disgusting.’ And you’re right! … No one’s head should be bigger than their body but considering I’ve basically been on bed rest for the past few months, I’ve lost a lot of muscle mass. My circumstances have put me in a place where I’m not in control of what my body looks like. So I strive to be as healthy as possible, as everyone should.

Oh and no that’s not photoshop. Those are my legs. Those are my arms. I write this because I’ve been accused of promoting anorexia in, ironically enough, an anti bullying post. And I want young girls to know that that’s NOT my intention.

Hyland’s co-star, Sofia Vergara, tweeted her support for Hyland after she posted about her health struggles.

Let’s just look at Sarah Hyland’s Emmys dress one more time for good measure.

She seriously looks incredible. And I’m loving the brown hair, Sarah! Of course, she would look amazing with literally any hair color ever, but she was rocking the blonde look for a while, so it’s fun to see stars change up their looks. Whatever color her hair is though, no one will doubt that Hyland is one of the best dressed at this year’s Emmy Awards.

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Woman requests time off for mental health, boss sends the perfect reply

It’s been almost three months since the news that Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington died by suicide, and the tributes and comments about the lead singer are still pouring in. 

Before his death, Bennington, along with two members of the band, filmed an episode of Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke

That video was finally shared on Thursday with the blessings of Bennington’s family and friends, and is 23 minutes of pure joy with comedian Ken Jeong, a big fan of the band. 

The four men rip through Linkin Park classics, an Outkast song, “screaning” lessons (that’s scream singing), a dance break and more. Because this goes beyond the James Corden segments that started the carpool movement, the group goes on a karaoke bus for even more antics.

Fans of Bennington and the band were thrilled, and emotional, about the new video. 

“Everyone at home watching should all sing along,” Bennington says at the end. 

What are you waiting for?

If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For international resources, this list is a good place to start.

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5 Silent, Yet Painful Realities You Face Every Day When Living With Fibromyalgia

Last week, Lady Gaga revealed on Twitter that she suffers from a condition called fibromyalgia. Then, on the morning of Monday, Sept. 18, we learned the singer has decided to postpone the rest of her  because of ongoing health issues related to the condition. We are rooting for Gaga to feel better, and hopefully she can make up her tour dates as soon as possible. So, what exactly is fibromyalgia, and what does it do to a person’s body?

In the simplest terms, fibromyalgia causes a person to experience chronic pain throughout multiple parts of her body, including the bones, muscles, and joints. According to Healthline, the symptoms are often subjective, meaning each person experiences the condition differently, making it that much harder to pinpoint a fibromyalgia diagnosis with standard tests.

So, that means doctors have to resort to different methods of diagnosis, which often includes testing the patient for what are called “trigger points” — aka, putting pressure on certain parts of the body and asking if the person feels pain there. Some of the common trigger points of fibromyalgia include the back or front of the neck, the hips, lower or upper back, knees, and even the elbows.

As of now, there’s no cure for fibromyalgia, meaning treatments focus on soothing symptoms and improving quality of life as best as possible. Some people dealing with chronic pain opt for over-the-counter pain relievers, others are prescribed antidepressants, and some experiment with alternative treatments like acupuncture and massage therapy.

While fibromyalgia is definitely more of a subjective condition, there are a few common realities people face when living with this type of chronic pain. Here are just a few of them that people diagnosed with the condition experience on a day-to-day basis.

1. Never Feeling Rested Enough

According to Mayo Clinic, even after sleeping for long periods of time, people with fibromyalgia often never feel fully rested, as their shut-eye is disrupted by bouts of chronic pain.

In fact, there’s still no consensus among doctors about whether fatigue caused by fibromyalgia is actually just an expression of what’s called chronic fatigue syndrome. The two are extremely similar in terms of symptoms, and the line between them is a thin one, according to Everyday Health.

2. “Fibro Fog”

You know that feeling you get the morning after taking a swig of some nighttime cold medicine? Your head aches, your brain feels foggy, and no matter how much coffee you toss back, you just can’t seem to focus.

People living with fibromyalgia experience that disoriented foggy feeling on the reg, which makes it difficult for them to concentrate on tasks at work or school, or even to just simply converse with other people.

3. Constant (And Usually Unsuccessful) Doctor Visits

Imagine knowing something is wrong with your body, and then waiting a minimum of three years for a proper, definitive diagnosis. This is a reality for many people who ultimately learn they’ve been living with fibromyalgia, according to

The problem, as mentioned earlier, is that there aren’t any specific, diagnostic tests when it comes to this condition. Someone can walk into a doctor’s office appearing, by all accounts, to be completely healthy, but are still internally experiencing genuinely debilitating chronic pain all over the body.

When you think about it that way, it’s incredibly brave of Lady Gaga to come forward and open up about her health issues. So many people with fibromyalgia aren’t always taken seriously by their doctors, but someone with a platform like Gaga’s can bring some much-needed attention to those who silently suffer every day.

4. Headaches

Over half of people with fibromyalgia deal with headaches on a regular basis, according to Help for Headaches, an Ontario-based educational charity.

Like many of the symptoms associated with this condition, it’s not always clear why a person with fibromyalgia experiences frequent headaches. For some, it’s due to stress, while others are triggered by bright lights, or even intolerance to certain foods.

5. Depression And/Or Anxiety

Feelings of depression or anxiety can surface for a couple of different reasons here. Many times, it’s not exactly clear which actually came first: the depression or the fibromyalgia.

Assuming depression came first, some researchers speculate that changes in brain chemistry and the nervous system caused by depression can lead the human body to experience heightened sensitivity to normal aches and pains — which more or less characterizes what fibromyalgia feels like.

Then, on the flip side, imagine for a moment that you lived with this condition. Imagine going to different doctors all the time, but finding no answers or real remedies for your pain; imagine contending with chronic pain all over your body on a daily basis; imagine feeling tired all the time; imagine waking up most days with a foggy brain that leaves you unable to simply be yourself around other people.

That all sounds just a little mentally taxing, doesn’t it?

If you feel like you, too, are silently battling any of these symptoms, don’t be afraid to speak up and seek out the help you and your body deserve.

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Leonard Cohen’s last book, finished ‘days before his death’, due out next year

The Flame collects unpublished poetry, as well as notebook entries and song lyrics, and offers an intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist

A book of Leonard Cohens final poems, completed in the months before his death and tackling the flame and how our culture threatened its extinction, according to his manager, will be published next year.

Describing the collection, The Flame, as an enormously powerful final chapter in Cohens storied literary career, publisher Canongate said that the Canadian singer-songwriter had chosen and ordered the poems in the months before his death in November 2016. The overwhelming majority of the book, which will be published next October, will be new material, it added.

Cohen, who died at the age of 82, originally focused his career on poetry, publishing the collections Let Us Compare Mythologies in 1956, The Spice-Box of Earth in 1961, and Flowers for Hitler in 1964. By the late 60s, he was concentrating more on music, releasing his first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, in 1967.

Cohens manager and trustee of his estate Robert Kory said that pulling The Flame together had been a key ambition for the singer-songwriter at the end of his life. During the final months of his life, Leonard had a singular focus completing this book, taken largely from his unpublished poems and selections from his notebooks. The flame and how our culture threatened its extinction was a central concern, said Kory.

Though in declining health, Leonard died unexpectedly. Those of us who had the rare privilege of spending time with him during this period recognised that the flame burned bright within him to the very end. This book, finished only days before his death, reveals to all the intensity of his inner fire.

In an interview with the New Yorker last October, Cohen spoke of how my natural thrust is to finish things that Ive begun, and of how he was getting up well before dawn to write.

I dont dare attach myself to a spiritual strategy. I dont dare do that. Ive got some work to do. Take care of business. I am ready to die. I hope its not too uncomfortable. Thats about it for me, he told the magazines editor David Remnick.

In a certain sense, this particular predicament is filled with many fewer distractions than other times in my life and actually enables me to work with a little more concentration and continuity than when I had duties of making a living, being a husband, being a father. Those distractions are radically diminished at this point. The only thing that mitigates against full production is just the condition of my body At a certain point, if you still have your marbles and are not faced with serious financial challenges, you have a chance to put your house in order.

The Flame will also include an extensive selection from Cohens notebooks, which Canongate said he kept in poetic form throughout his life, and which it promised would offer an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist and thinker. The full lyrics of his final three albums, along with those he wrote for the album Blue Alert by his collaborator Anjani, will also be included, along with prose pieces and Cohens own illustrations.

Canongates Francis Bickmore, who acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, called it a towering final book, hulking with morbid wit and lit up with insight This substantial parting work, from a great artist now gone, will speak to anyone who has been moved by Cohens unique voice.

The Flame will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in the US, and McClelland & Stewart in Canada.

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If you’re not having period sex, you’re missing out

Listen, typically I wouldn’t tell you what to do, but typing some variation of “should I have period sex” into Google tells me you’re looking for input. Here’s mine: Have period sex. If you are in any way on the fence about that, I think you should just go ahead and do it.

Why you should have period sex

Period sex is extremely similar to regular sex, except, yes, OK, it can get a little messy. But such is sex. Your sheets end up flecked with sweat and spit and maybe semen—unless, oh God, you bought this product—and none of those secretions stop any of us from doing it.

Perhaps you are saying to yourself, “But with period sex, there will be blood, and blood is so gross! Especially menstrual blood, with its occasional clots and tissue clumps! And it’s going to be everywhere, my entire bed smeared with rusty streaks like a crime scene someone forgot to clean up!”

Cool it: The average period means about one to one-and-a-half ounces of blood lost, with a heavy period likely clocking in under three ounces. That’s over the course of days, mind you. There may not even be any blood at all, but its specter often eclipses the fact that, for many menstruators, period sex feels extra good.

Oh, you remark, eyebrows pricking up in interest. Why’s that?


Sex on your period could feel better

At that time of the month, one’s undercarriage is—duh—flooded with blood, and that elevated circulation can make the clitoris, labia, and vagina more sensitive and potentially more responsive. In addition to experiencing hormonal surges that often up the libido, a person might also be more aware of their vagina than usual—because it’s leaking blood, and because all that blood might make things feel heavier than the norm. More full. Certainly more lubricated. All of which may well mean that, from the outset, a menstruating vagina is primed for sex, should its owner feel so inclined.

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On top of the very compelling reason that sex is better, orgasms might also help relieve menstrual pain and shorten the length of a period. Orgasms cause uterine contractions, speeding along the uterus’ process of shedding its lining and flushing out the chemicals that cause menstrual cramping.

The Sex MD speculates that the menstruating uterus’ hyper-sensitivity can translate to more intense orgasms (yes, please) but orgasms of any magnitude cue the brain to release oxytocin, a hormone that both encourages bonding and acts as a strong natural pain reliever. Would you rather slap a heating pad on your crampy uterus and weather the storm, or climax your way to a lighter period?

Having sex on your period is sex is still sex, period

What’s most important is that you and your partner are comfortable and communicating. Getting your period can make you feel lethargic and cranky and very, very reticent to move. This is fine. Your partner can do the legwork, unless your partner is also menstruating, in which case you can strike a compromise. If you’re having penetrative vaginal sex, though, just make sure to use a condom, because, yes, you can get pregnant while on your period, and, yes, your open menstruating cervix is more susceptible to sexually transmitted infections.

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Period sex shouldn’t be taboo

Those two minor provisos aside, period sex serves another oft-overlooked purpose that bears mention. The reason most people Google “sex during period” is likely rooted in some sense that sex while menstruating is gross, if not for the menstruator, then for their sexual partner. At the heart of that sentiment is the widely held view that menstruation is, in itself, disgusting—something shameful and embarrassing that should be kept separate from sex. This is a stigma that needs to be broken.


Worldwide, culturally constructed taboos around menstruation keep too many women and girls out of school, out of work, and sometimes out of their homes for roughly one week each month, if not always engendering tragedy, then holding those girls and women back. Without inflating your sex life into a human rights issue, I’d argue that it’s important to do the daily work of eroding those taboos—normalizing the period so that it’s viewed as the deeply average biological function that it is, rather than a barrier to work or education or any other part of daily life.

When it comes to recasting menstrual blood as just another bodily fluid, as unsurprising as sweat or spit or semen, sex seems as good a means as any. Better even, considering all the aforementioned benefits.

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Of course, the sanguine-averse may find reversing their feelings harder than simply listening to a stranger’s advice. But according to science, the revulsion you’re anticipating might not even surface when you’re actually doing the deed: A 2012 study out of the Netherlands found that women were a lot less bothered by generically disgusting things when sexually aroused. Who knows, maybe you will get so lost in all the sensations that you’ll find yourself finger painting blood hearts on your partner, just like this man did.

No one is saying you need to go that far, but truly, you have nothing to lose; unless you’re a person who faints at the sight of blood, a little period sex won’t hurt you. So what are you waiting for? Put a towel down and hop to it.  

Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.

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3 Terrifying Pieces Of Anti-Woman Legislation You Need To Know About Right Now

When I mention your body’s biggest enemy, you probably have something that came immediately to mind: your thighs, your arms, the pimple you got from dropping kettle corn into your mouth/all over your face so you could eat without sitting up for normal adult reasons. Or maybe you thought of the parade of fuckboys last few bros you banged who confirmed for you that some people just weren’t built to interact with the female body. This second guess is closer to what I’m actually talking about, because it similarly concerns a group of largely white men (if you’d like to fight me on your sexual history, feel free, I’m just taking a guess) who have no business with women’s bodies, and yet can’t leave them the fuck alone. Those people are called YOUR GOVERNMENT. (Mic drop, I am political.)

In all honesty, I probably don’t have a single friend who would describe me as political; I don’t even feel like I ignore the news on purpose, it just kind of floats past me, like everything that was ever said in a high school history class. But because I’m a selfish bitch I care about my readers very much, when I hear about bullshit new measures that will negatively affect my body both on a daily basis and in times of need, I am going to listen the fuck up and urge you all to do the same. Here’s a rundown of the three scariest pieces of legislation aimed to limit women’s choices right now—and for those of you with any remaining doubts that I really do not usually care/write about politics, please know that I literally just Googled the word “legislation” to make sure I was using it correctly. Feels good.

1. Remember When Obama Made Your Boss Pay for Your Birth Control? Yeah, That’s Over.

In a continued bid to out-evil Satan, Trump made a fun little announcement last Friday: He’s shut down the Obama-era law requiring most employers to cover co-pay-free birth control, an amazing measure we definitely all took completely for granted. Now, in the nation of Gilead Trump’s America, employers will be able to cite “religious or moral objection” to covering birth control, and BAM: You can no longer afford brunch, because that budget has been re-allocated to your “not getting pregnant” fund. Oh, and regardless of your birth control type, this shit is not cheap: My employer insurance had a fun two-week blackout last month and I was charged $200 for a 30-day supply of my GENERIC birth control pill. So don’t even try to come at me with that “just pay out of pocket, mer mer mer, women want everything for free” shit, TYLER.

Proposed Solution: If there is a guy you are regularly having sex with, and your birth control coverage is affected, ask him to pay for half. I know this doesn’t effect change on a policy level, but as a group, can women please stop accepting sole financial responsibility for preventing pregnancy? If the guy you’re fucking starts whining about the cost, just tell him there’s a 100% free alternative: You can stop having sex with him, forever.

2. 20 Weeks Pregnant? Cool, You’re Having a Baby Now.

Though this isn’t yet in immediate effect like the above measure, a bill recently passed through the House of Representatives criminalizing abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Never mind the fact that if our government hates abortions so much, they probably shouldn’t have repealed the access to free birth control, which conveniently yielded lower abortion rates than we had in 1973, when abortion was made legal nation-wide. Never mind the disgustingly insulting title for this bill of “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which would perhaps have been more aptly titled “Pain-Capable and Very Much Born Adult Woman Punishment Act.” In this case, let’s focus on the fact that one of the bill’s co-sponsors, Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, was literally texting his mistress to GET AN ABORTION while passing this bill through the House. Everything about this bill (and its relation to less-available birth control) is so alarmingly nonsensical that I’m almost ready to start buying into lizard-person theories. Given the one season I watched of , I feel like “handling” a mistress’ pregnancy is basically a rite of passage for most politicians—so why are they so fucking intent on making sure those abortions need to be illegal and unsafe? It’s definitely not a conspiracy to have more women die during the procedure, rendering them unable to talk about the affair, right? Wait…right?

3. A Special-Edition Coverage Slash For Pre-Pregnant, Pregnant, And Post-Pregnant Women

This bad boy, otherwise known as the Graham-Cassidy bill, is luckily having a lot of trouble getting passed, so there’s chance you won’t actually have to deal with this specifically. Which is good because I JUST spent two hours of my Monday at a Planned Parenthood phone bank defeating this nightmare of a bill that keeps popping back up like a zombie Whack-A-Mole, can I live for one week?? But honestly, every proposed healthcare reform bill this garbage-monster administration has spewed out has been pretty similarly shitty, so expect comparable measures if they manage to get anything through. This particular bill has gone ahead and banned women on Medicaid from visiting Planned Parenthood (straight up, I do not know what Medicaid is, but oh my god just allow women access to appropriate healthcare, our bodies are more complicated than yours and we fucking need it). Also, it’s restricted abortion coverage and maternity care in the same bill, so really (unless you’re a politician’s mistress!), these people would like to ensure that you get pregnant, stay pregnant, and bear the emotional, physical, and financial burden of that pregnancy all on your own. Just like how you got pregnant all on your own, without the help of any second party. Right.

Basically, the only common thread of these new measures is that our government doesn’t give a shit about you or your body. There’s no ideological or economic background that makes any sense, much like when Dean started motorboating D-Lo in the pool, thus jeopardizing his supposed “deep emotional connection” with Kristina, and the lucrative fandom love that could have launched a thousand Instagram sponsorships. So, I encourage you to start thinking about our government the way you think about the fuckboys we deal with on a daily basis: Until they shape the fuck up, we’ll be heavily looking into alternative options. You don’t let fuckboys tell you what to do with your body, so let’s get them out of these government positions where they can literally charge you for going against their dumbass ideas on what your body has access to.


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Lake Erie Has Turned A Ghostly Green, And That’s Very Bad News

Is Lake Erie glowing a ghostly green in preparation for Halloween? Or perhaps an extreme premature St Patrick’s Day prank? Not quite.

These stunning images show the giant North American lake bursting with a vibrant green hue due to a harmful algal bloom.

The satellite images, shown in natural color, were taken on September 26, 2017, by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) onboard the Landsat 8 satellite. There’s also some rather beautiful aerial photography of the phenomenon taken by pilots flying above Ohio. This year’s bloom was first reported in July in Maumee Bay, but has since spread eastwards and northwards within the lake’s western basin, along the shore of Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario.

The prime suspect behind the algal bloom is phosphorus draining into the lake from agricultural or industrial sources. This phosphorous makes the algae go into a “feeding” frenzy when it enters the water. This process is known as eutrophication.

The bloom contains Microcystis, a type of freshwater cyanobacteria, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It might look pretty from the skies, but these phytoplankton produce toxins that can contaminate drinking water and pose a risk to human and animal health, including irritation to the skin and respiratory distress. Along with this, the process of eutrophication can leave lakes starved of oxygen (not to mention it can really kick up a stink). 

The problem has been documented at Lake Erie before, with reports appearing as far back as the 1960s. This Great Lake was said to be “dying” during the 1960s due to water quality problems, according to the EPA. Although there’s been extensive efforts to clean it up, it’s still pretty polluted and, evidently, loaded with phosphorus.

The western bay of Lake Erie, as seen on September 26, 2017. A “zoomed in” version of the image above. Landsat 8/NASA/NOAA
Two boats sail through Lake Erie on September 26, 2017. Landsat 8/NASA/NOAA
Pilots from Aerodata have been flying over Lake Erie this summer to map out the general scope of harmful algal blooms (HAB) throughout the western basin. In addition to these amazing photos, additional images were taken during the flyovers by a hyperspectral imager (mounted on the back of the aircraft) to improve our understanding of how to map and detect HABs. The lead PI for this project is Dr Andrea VanderWoude. Aerial Associates Photography, Inc. by Zachary Haslick via NOAA


Another glance at the harmful algal bloom in Maumee River, Toledo, Ohio: September 22, 2017. Aerial Associates Photography, Inc. by Zachary Haslic via NOAA


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4 Science-Backed Facts About Real-Life “Vampires” To Know Just In Time For Halloween

News flash for all you fans out there: It turns out Stephanie Meyer may have been on to something with her modernized idea of blood-suckers. I’m not saying the fantastical vampires you read about and watch on the big screen once walked the earth (Dracula and Edward Cullen are, sadly, fictional). However, it’s not completely ridiculous to question whether vampires are real, at least as far as science is concerned.

Just in time for Halloween, researchers and collaborators of the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center recently linked a genetic mutation to vampire folklore, and it turns out the undead’s traditional costume isn’t too far off from this kind of patient’s day-to-day aesthetic.

There are eight blood disorders (that science knows about, anyway) that affect production of that red liquid that pumps and circulates through your body to give you life. The most common disorder is called erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP), which, from my understanding, is essentially an advanced form of anemia that affects the way a person looks and their relationship with the sun. According to Barry Paw MD, PhD and his team of researchers, a never-before-seen genetic mutation has been discovered that not only triggers the disorder, but may link to the origin of vampire stories. Here are a few facts to know about how the two intertwine.

1. EPP Makes A Person’s Skin Hypersensitive To The Sun

Granted, I’m as pale as they come, but I don’t necessarily have to hide from sunlight for the sake of my health. Patients diagnosed with EPP, however, are super sensitive to UV rays, and too much exposure can cause serious damage beyond the average burn.

Researcher Barry Paw, MD, PhD, told EurekAlert! Science News,

People with EPP are chronically anemic, which makes them feel very tired and look very pale with increased photosensitivity because they can’t come out in the daylight.

Even on a cloudy day, there’s enough ultraviolet light to cause blistering and disfigurement of the exposed body parts, ears, and nose.

It’s no wonder those with EPP prefer indoor activities. If just the simple act of coming in contact with sun beams were enough to cause me physical harm, I’d probably stay inside all day, too.

2. People With EPP Don’t Want To Suck Your Blood, But They Will Take Donations

These real-life “vampires” require transfusions in order to keep their protein levels in the blood stable.

Blood disorders occur when the body is unable to produce a sufficient amount of heme which, according to EurekAlert! Science News, is an oxygen-transporting protein that mixes with iron and gives blood that crimson red color.

So while the legendary monster fed on animal blood and humans if they were lucky, EPP patients prefer standard blood transfusions to stabilize their heme levels and ease symptoms.

3. Physical Indications Of EPP Include A Lot More Than Just Pale Skin

Contrary to what scary stories and Halloween costume mouth pieces suggest, those who inspired vampire tales do not have protruding fangs, knife-sharp fingernails, or sweeping dark bags under their eyes (unless out of exhaustion like the rest of us).

The official British Skin Foundation reports that, despite skin discomfort, there may be little to no visible signs of the disorder:

Sometimes there can be swelling of the skin, initially like a nettle rash. With time, some people develop thickening of the skin over their knuckles, and small scars on sun-exposed skin such as that on the cheeks, nose, and backs of the hands.

However, these skin changes show wide variation between different individuals.

4. Other Than EPP, Rabies Is Another Medical Condition That Has Been Compared To Vampire Folklore

In 1998, Spanish neurologist Juan Gomez-Alonso linked vampires to people with rabies. The comparison struck while watching a Dracula film, as Gomez-Alonso noticed that both vampires and people who have been bit by animals with the deadly virus experience feelings of agitation and violence.

Further research led to even more striking similarities, like the fact that people with rabies experience muscle spasms as a result of bright light, water, mirrors, and strong smells (garlic, anyone?), and not to mention that vampire stories started circulating Europe during an extreme rabies outbreak. Coincidence? Maybe, but maybe not.

As interesting as it is to learn that your favorite Halloween myth was inspired by these real-life medical conditions, disorders like EPP are serious, and should always be treated by the professionals. Just be sure you are sensitive to those who may be affected by these health issues, and always make it a point to distinguish fact from fiction.

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Dems fall in line on single-payer, as Sanders prepares to launch Medicare-for-all ‘campaign’

A leading ObamaCare architect is the latest Democratic figure to get behind the push for single-payer health care, as Sen. Bernie Sanders prepares to unveil his “Medicare for all” bill this week – kicking off a campaign sure to put immense pressure on senior Democrats and 2020 presidential hopefuls to support the costly proposal.

The push for government-funded health care once was relegated to the fringes of the Democratic Party but has made its way into the mainstream. The latest example of this was former Sen. Max Baucus saying last week that lawmakers should start looking at single-payer.

“I just think the time has come,” he told NBC News, after making similar remarks at a public event in his home state of Montana.

Baucus led the Senate Finance Committee during ObamaCare talks and acknowledged he opposed single-payer at the time, because it was “branded as socialistic by too many people.” 


Times have changed – at least among Democratic lawmakers.

Sanders plans to introduce his bill on Wednesday, along with “Senate co-sponsors.” Sanders recently confirmed one of them – Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. – and another, California Sen. Kamala Harris, also revealed to constituents she plans to co-sponsor the bill.

Harris is considered a potential 2020 presidential candidate and her early endorsement of Sanders’ plan indicates how the legislation could emerge as a litmus test for other 2020 candidates – demonstrating their alignment with the liberal wing of the party. 

In a fundraising email at the beginning of the month, Sanders vowed to “run Medicare for all like a campaign” – pointing to the pressure his supporters will exert on members of Congress.  

“We’re going to put together a grassroots movement that organizes people in all parts of this country much like we did during the presidential race,” Sanders wrote. “There will be rallies, buttons, bumper stickers, shirts and most importantly people organizing in their communities across the country.”

The proposal, though, is likely to come with enormous taxpayer costs.

Under this European-style health care system, the government is solely responsible for covering health care expenses. Sanders, I-Vt., rolled out an earlier version of his proposal during the Democratic presidential primaries in 2016.

At the time, he initially estimated the plan would cost $13.8 trillion over the first 10 years. But according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Urban Institute, the single-payer system would cost the federal government more like $32 trillion over the first decade, requiring an average annual tax increase of $24,000 per household. (That increase would be offset in part by a big reduction in private health care spending, and state/local government spending.)

A spokesman for Sanders recently told Fox News that the Urban Institute’s figure was “not accurate” with respect to the 2017 proposal. 

“This bill is substantially different and more detailed than the brief plan released during the campaign,” the Sanders spokesman told Fox News. 

Democrats do not have the numbers to pass any such legislation right now, but the issue could become a focal point of the party’s efforts to win back one or both chambers in the 2018 midterms. A majority of House Democrats already support “Medicare-for-all” legislation. 

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How America has silently accepted the rage of white men

(CNN)In the wake of one of the worst massacres in modern American history, our government’s highest leaders will be silent about why things like this keep happening. “Warmest condolences” will be tweeted to families of those who lost their lives, minutes of mourning will pass and murmurs of mental health issues and lone-wolf actors will taper into silence. Taming homegrown terror and tightening gun control will be dismissed as inappropriate or unnecessary politicizing of a tragedy and quickly become secondary to more pressing issues on the administration’s agenda. America has been here before.

In fact, America has been here 273 times in 2017 alone, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which compiles deaths and injuries from shooting incidents and defines a mass shooting as any incident where four or more people are wounded or killed. According to their tally, there have also been 11,698 deaths as a result of gun violence so far this year. Between 2001 and 2014, 440,095 deaths by firearms occurred on US soil, while deaths by terrorism during those years numbered 3,412. Today, America faces approximately one mass shooting per day on average.
Mass shootings are a violent epidemic that have been met with fatal passivity for far too long. If mass shootings were perpetrated mostly by brown bodies, this would quickly be reframed and reformed as an immigration issue. If thousands died at the hands of black men, it would be used to excuse police brutality, minimize the Black Lives Matter movement and exacerbate the “raging black man” stereotype. If mass shooters identified as Muslim, it would quickly become terrorism and catalyze defense and security expenditures.
    But this is a white man’s problem. According to an analysis by Mother Jones, out of 62 cases between 1982 and 2012 (a time period that would not include the actions of Dylann Roof or Stephen Paddock, among others), 44 of the killers were white men and only one was a woman. Since 1982, mass shootings in the United States have been committed by white men who are often labeled “lone wolves” or “psychologically impaired.” As a result, the government that would otherwise be mobilizing its institutions to bring about reform remains a stalwart of the Second Amendment and mass shootings’ greatest ally. An over-affinity for guns among white men, dangerous against any other backdrop, gets defended as patriotism by many conservatives or even as white pride by those on the alt-right.
    In fact, according to a 2014 poll conducted by Fox News, nearly seven in 10 Republicans believed that gun ownership is patriotic. If espoused by other groups, this sentiment and this number might be considered threatening. Instead, it is welcomed in a way that many believe gives tacit encouragement to potential mass shooters.

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    Make no mistake: this is war culture that has dressed up as Uncle Sam and embedded itself into the American psyche. Any other path — let’s say, for example, abortion or foreign-born terror — that led to the destruction of life on this level would be attacked as violently opposed to American values. But because this culture is embraced by the race and party that controls the government, it continues to be celebrated and defended in the spirit of love of country.

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