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From BQ.1.1 to XBB and beyond: How the splintering of Omicron variants could shape Covid’s next phase
October 6, 2022
The United States is in a (relative) Covid-19 lull, with cases and hospitalizations falling as the wave driven by the BA.5 lineage of the Omicron variant recedes. But as if we needed a portent of an anticipated fall and winter wave, Covid is on the rise in some European countries.
What’s different, at least for now, is that there’s not one variant pushing the wave. Rather, scientists are tracking a bevy of new forms of Omicron, which are jockeying with each other as they compete to become the next dominant strain. Scientists are monitoring more than 300 sublineages of Omicron, World Health Organization officials said this week.Read More…
Sleep is central to maintaining your physical and mental health, but many people don’t sleep enough. We all do it, but what happens to us when we sleep?
September 1, 2022
What if there was a way to stop chronic pain in your body before it strikes?
That’s the concept behind Vinh Pham’s new book, Sit Up Straight: Futureproof Your Body Against Chronic Pain with 12 Simple Movements. Pham, a physical therapist with over a decade of experience, shares a set of exercises aimed at helping to prevent bodily pain that lasts for over three months due to injury, exercise, bad posture or other factors — and relieve it, too. Practicing these movements consistently, he says, can extend your range of motion and increase your flexibility.
There’s research to support the decrease in the incidence of chronic pain with the addition of exercise,” says Christipher Bise, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences who researches lower back pain and is not affiliated with Pham’s book. “Exercises that are going to balance the body front to back [such as mobility training] are really going to be the ones that help over time.”Read More…