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Some Migraine Sufferers Find Relief From Treatment To Close Hole In Heart

Health care CBS New York

For about 5 or 6 million migraine sufferers, it's thought to be related to a normal hole in the heart that usually closes up at birth.
'NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s a surprising treatment for some kinds of debilitating migraine headaches , and it involves closing a hole in the heart. Migraines affect about 40 million people in the United States. They have many causes and triggers, but for about 5 or 6 million sufferers, it’s thought to be related to a normal hole in the heart that usually closes up at birth. In some people, though, it doesn’t, and sometimes that leads to this kind of headache. “It was like someone literally pounding your head with a hammer over and over all the time,” migraine patient Nicole Commisso said. Commisso’s migraines started when she was just 11 or 12 years old, and then got much worse when she suffered a serious concussion as a cheerleader in high school. She says her headaches got so bad, she couldn’t even read. “So I was falling behind in all of my school work. My dorm room was always dark,” she said. But her concussion had healed, and test after test failed to find a cause, until an unusual exam called a bubble test showed Commisso had a small hole in her heart called a patent foramen ovale, or PFO. “Everybody’s born with it. It’s supposed to close after birth and seal up in the first few months, but in about 20% of the population, it just never closes,” interventional cardiologist Dr. Robert Sommer said. Sommer says the PFO is present in the embryo to shunt blood away from the lungs in the womb when the baby isn’t breathing. When it normally closes after birth, blood is routed from the veins to the lungs where waste products are filtered out. If there’s a PFO, however, Sommer says, “whatever this stuff is that is crossing through the hole is something that can change the physiology of the brain and cause these headaches.” The fix is a kind of double umbrella device that’s threaded from the groin up through the hole in the heart. One umbrella is then opened on one side of the hole and another on the other side, sealing it shut. “It completely changed my life,” Commisso said. “I would never have graduated college.” Commisso was part of a clinical trial to show that giving patients blood thinners as a test can show which migraines are probably caused by a PFO. Sommer is now launching a national trial to definitively prove that closing the hole stops the migraines. Not all migraines are caused by PFOs.'

On Whose Land Do You Sit?: raceAhead

Entrepreneur Fortune

Land acknowledgement statements are a simple but powerful way to acknowledge the colonial past.
'Hugh Weber is a consultant, a creative convener, a marketer, a design expert, an advocate for rural communities, and a dear friend to  raceAhead. So, I was prepared for  his most recent TEDx talk , organized in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to be inspiring. But his elegant introduction got my attention first. He talked about the collective inheritance of place, made more complex by how people came to be in that uniquely “American” room. “Some of us… not many of us, came from ancestors who were brought here against their will,” he said, others were drawn in by the hope of a better future. “And others have lived here since the beginning of time.” “Since I believe that the foundations of community are acknowledgement, trust, and a mutual respect across barriers of heritage, belief, and difference… I would like to acknowledge that this event is being held on the traditional ancestral lands of the Ochente Shakoan people.” This simple acknowledgment is becoming more common now, finding its way into high profile moments, like Anne Hathaway’s similar acknowledgment when she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this spring.  “I started to think about the land that goes underneath the star, that land that goes beneath all of these stars, and how it was cared and kept for millennia, more than millennia, by the Tongva people,” she said. “I think it’s important to mention that they still live here today. So the soul and the spirit that runs through the earth beneath us originates with and continues to be kept by them.” “So I would like to begin by thanking the Tongva people and by acknowledging that they are the rightful keepers of the land this star is on.” But they’re also found in everyday moments, too. The United States is late to the land acknowledgment practice, lagging behind New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. There, schools, meetings, even hockey games frequently begin with even a perfunctory acknowledgment, explains Teen Vogue . “An acknowledgment might be short: ‘This event is taking place on traditional Chickasaw land.’ Or it might be longer and more specific: ‘We are gathered today on the occupied territory of the Musqueam people , who have stewarded this land for generations.’” I am writing this column today on the ancestral lands of the Tequesta people. They hunted, fished, and lived their lives in this beautiful place. From what I can gather, they were slowly devastated by European diseases starting in the 1500s, embroiled in colonial-era conflicts, and pestered to convert to Christianity against their will. Most Tequesta survivors were sent to Cuba by the Spanish by the mid-1700s. Only ten words from their language have been preserved. I can now attest that land acknowledgment really makes you feel some type of way. Felicia Garcia (Chumash) and Jane Anderson, both associated with the Museum Studies department at New York University, have compiled a comprehensive guide to land acknowledgment statements for arts and education organizations which looks like an excellent resource for everyone else, too.  Northwestern University has an interesting resource that shares their work with  healing and acknowledgment . They’ve posted a list derived from a steering group of Native and Indigenous people who shared what the practice means to them. Here are a few choice ones: Addressing invisibility; defrosting the past; feels good spiritually/emotionally; can be performative; must be paired with action; honoring. It’s all part of the delicate work of decolonizing, a journey very few organizations or individuals have begun in any kind of earnest. Maybe it’s just the oppressive heat of the racist times we’re living in, but “defrosting the past” sounds like something worth doing. Let me know what you think. By the way, Weber works as a professional “creative counsel,” advancing the aims of creative organizations by connecting the dots between their capabilities and possibility. His excellent TEDx talk , well worth your time, soon moved from the dusty plains of Ochente land to a miraculous school in the D.C. neighborhood where a fifteen-year-old “king” named Gerald Watson had been shot and killed.  He quickly makes the case that all dots are there to be connected if you’re just willing to open your heart and look. Enjoy.'

Eric Garner’s family takes fight to Capitol Hill

Public Protection WPIX 11 New York

WASHINGTON — Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, joined Rev. Al Sharpton in the nation’s capital Tuesday to meet with members of Congress in an attempt to get justice for her son. “Not all police are bad but we have to get the bad ones out and make
'WASHINGTON — Eric Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, joined Rev. Al Sharpton in the nation's capital Tuesday to meet with members of Congress in an attempt to get justice for her son. \'Not all police are bad but we have to get the bad ones out and make them stand accountable for their misconduct,\' Carr said. Last week, Garner's supporters called for 11 days of outrage after federal prosecutors said they would not file any charges against police officer Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who placed Garner in a chokehold as Garner said \'I can't breathe\' on that fateful day in 2014. Carr and Sharpton met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who promised house hearings on policing. They also discussed Garner's case with several of New York Mayor Bill De Blasio's 2020 Presidential rivals: Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ). \'I'm so pleased that they are going to take the time to have these meetings, because we need this,\' Carr said. While the meetings were going on, protests continued outside New York City Hall, led by Garner's children Emerald and Eric Jr. At one point, police held them back as they approached the roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge.'

The most important thing to know before getting a haircut—no matter your length

Training and Health Well+Good

Short, long, or in-between—we've got you.
'Getting your hair cut can be a stressful process. It’s a way to totally change up your look in the course of a single hour, which in and of itself can be daunting. Add to that the fact that it’s irreversible, and that hair takes kind of a while to grow out , and, well, yikes. Frankly, I’m getting heart palpitations and a slight anxiety giggle just thinking/typing about it. If you’ve ever walked out of a haircut and thought “what the heck did I just do?” well, same. Because it’s hard to make any sort of logical decision when someone is standing over you with a pair of scissors. And so, to make the experience slightly less overwhelming (… am I being dramatic, or do other people hate haircuts this much, too?!), I asked Dhiran Mistry, stylist at the David Mallett Salon in New York, what every person should know before going in for a haircut, regardless of what lengths they’re working with. A few general rules that apply whether you’re short, long, or medium haired: Don’t show up late, drunk/hungover, or with wet hair. Seriously. And one more thing to tell your stylist before they get started? “I always like to know how often someone is washing and drying their hair to grasp an idea of how much damage is incurred in between haircuts, as this will determine how long a person can go in between cuts,” says Mistry. Here, he shares everything else you should know before sitting down for a chop. Short hair: The cardinal rule for people with short hair? Come into your cut with your strands au natural (so, no blowdryer or straightening iron that morning) so that your stylist can get a true sense of how your hair tends to behave.  “It’s important to know what the hair wants to do naturally, especially for a short cut, since it will be the most low maintenance haircut in terms of styling,” says Mistry. “Keeping the hairline soft and not cut too blunt will not only look better, but grow out better and avoid looking like an outgrown haircut.” You want your short haircut to be a “wash and go” situation, so let your stylist give you a style that makes that possible (and easy AF). Medium hair: “Medium” hair is a blanket term that can mean a few different things to different people, which is why if you’re going in to get your long hair cut it’s critical  to bring an inspiration photo with you. “Medium length might be a gateway for people going a lot shorter but not committing to the whole hog—like a stepping stone,” says Mistry. You’ll want to decide on a length that’s short enough so that it’s easy to air dry, but long enough that you can still potentially pull it into a ponytail—aka the best of both worlds. If you’re currently working with short hair that you’re trying to grow out, you’ll want to talk to a stylist about a medium cut that will grow out well so that you won’t need to come in for trims as frequently. Long hair:  If you, like me, dread the prospect of getting your long hair trimmed—trust me, I feel you. But long hair does not equal healthy hair, and you need to be realistic about getting cuts frequently enough in order to maintain both. “If your hair is long and hasn’t been cut in a while, then chances are there will be more damage and split ends to take care of,” says Mistry. “If it’s a matter of adding more movement and shape then be aware especially of the color, as cutting layers can expose darker colors underneath someone’s head and can also cut out highlights that sit on the top.” To make things interesting, Mistry suggests adding some face-framing pieces that will give your look some additional oomph—whether you’re wearing it down or in a post-gym pony. Here are four signs you need a trim that have nothing to with split ends (seriously!). And here’s what to do if you really, truly hate your new haircut .'

5 Jewish things to know about Boris Johnson

History Jewish Telegraphic Agency

With a mixed record on Israel and a history of derogatory rhetoric about Muslims, the rise of the British prime minister-elect has some local Jews uncomfortable.
'( JTA ) — No matter their political affiliation, all sides can agree that Boris Johnson, who has secured his Conservative Party’s vote to become the United Kingdom’s next prime minister, is a colorful character.As the mayor of London, a position he held for eight years until 2016, Johnson was lampooned by the media for his buffoonery.In one incident, he was wearing a helmet and waving British flags when he got stuck  on a zip line that was supposed to be his dramatic entrance into the Olympic Park that year.Also in ’16, his first year as foreign minister, Johnson was ridiculed for texting on his cellphone throughout Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech at the U.N.General Assembly in New York.Those are just a couple examples of the clumsy but chummy style that has allowed Johnson, a 55-year-old journalist turned politician, to rise through the U.K.’s political ranks while many of his rivals underestimate him.He won London’s mayoral race twice, even as a Conservative running in a liberal stronghold . On Tuesday, Johnson clinched 66 percent of the vote in the party’s election to determine a successor to May, who failed to deliver Britain’s departure from the European Union.Since Conservatives won the last national balloting in 2017, they will stay in power and Johnson will become prime minister.While the British political establishment “operated within the structures of 20th-century political discourse, Johnson worked on his material like a standup preparing for a Netflix special,” Matthew d’Ancona, a previous editor in chief of The Spectator,  wrote  Monday.For British Jews, Johnson is a mixed bag because of his record on Israel, his own Jewish roots and his apparent disregard for how many Britons expect senior politicians to speak about religious minorities. 1.Brexit on one side, Labour on the other.Unlike May, Johnson is a hardliner and longtime supporter of Brexit.In other words, he has committed himself to getting the United Kingdom out of the European Union no matter what, with or without a deal with EU officials (May had desperately tried to strike a deal). This is risky because a no-deal Brexit would likely slow down the economy, which in turn could increase the chances that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is elected after Johnson.Many British Jews believe that this would pose an existential threat to their community because of the explosion of anti-Semitism in Labour since Corbyn became its leader in 2015. 2.Boris feels Jewish (sometimes). Johnson’s maternal great-grandfather, Elias Avery Lowe, was a Moscow-born Jew born to a textile merchant.Johnson confirmed this in a 2007 interview for the Jewish Chronicle. “I feel Jewish when I feel the Jewish people are threatened or under attack, that’s when it sort of comes out,” Johnson said. “When I suddenly get a whiff of anti-Semitism, it’s then that you feel angry and protective.” 3.Still, Jews had complaints when he was mayor … Throughout his tenure as London mayor, Johnson consistently ignored pleas from Jewish groups to ban the infamous pro-Palestinian Al Quds Day marches through London — events that have featured calls to kill Jews along with other anti-Semitic language and imagery.It was only last year that London police said they would intervene at the event to stop Hezbollah flags from flying.The move came with Sadiq Khan, a Labour politician and practicing Muslim, as mayor.In 2014, Johnson called Israel’s attack on Hamas in Gaza “disproportionate,” and “ugly and tragic,” adding that “it will not do Israel any good in the long run.” He apparently tried to balance those remarks in the run-up to elections in the Conservative Party, which has seen a surge in support by Jews who have left Labour over its anti-Semitism problem, by calling himself a “passionate Zionist” who “loves the great country” of Israel.British politicians rarely call themselves “Zionists,” partly because of the actions of Zionist militants against British targets in prestate Israel. “It’s totally unacceptable that innocent Israeli civilians should face the threat of rocket fire and bombardment from Gaza,” he said in a July 10 interview with the Jewish News. 4. … and when he was foreign secretary.Despite a slew of pro-Israel statements and actions , Johnson is widely seen as responsible for getting the United Kingdom to help draft a U.N.Security Council resolution against Israel’s settlement policy.British Jewish leaders called the British role in the process a “disgrace,” and other supporters of the Jewish state described it as a betrayal.Johnson has also been a supporter of the nuclear deal reached by Iran, the U.K., the U.S. and other world powers (the United States has since withdrawn from the agreement). Israel and its supporters are not big fans of the pact, which they say will allow the Islamic Republic to build a nuclear arsenal at close proximity to Israel.However, Johnson was the U.K.’s first foreign secretary to pledge to vote against Item 7, a permanent U.N.Human Rights Council agenda item that singles out Israel for criticism, the pro-Israel group BICOM noted . He has criticized U.N. bias against Israel, calling it “disproportionate and damaging to the cause of peace.” 5.Call him the British Trump.In the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency, Johnson spoke dismissively about the reality TV star turned politician, but the two have since built a positive relationship.On Tuesday, for example, Trump called Johnson a “good man” who is tough and smart.Like Trump, Johnson has excited his right-wing base with derogatory statements about Muslims, which is making some British Jews uncomfortable.Last year, Johnson wrote a Daily Telegraph op-ed that mocked veiled Muslim women, saying that it’s “absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes.” The chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, Jonathan Goldstein,  wrote  on Twitter in response. “Boris Johnson’s comments totally disgraceful,” the tweet said. “Extraordinary to think he was Foreign secretary only a few weeks ago.” Edie Friedman, chief executive of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality, condemned what she called Johnson’s “dog whistle racism.” On Tuesday, the organized Jewish community struck a more cordial tone, congratulating Johnson on the nomination and recalling its “long and positive relationship” with him “as both Mayor of London and Foreign Secretary.” The Board of Deputies of British Jews “look[s] forward to this continuing as he enters Downing Street,” said Marie van der Zyl, the board’s president.The more left leaning Liberal Judaism movement made a shorter statement on Twitter that reflected the discomfort of many of the group’s constituents with Johnson.The group “looks forward to working with @BorisJohnson, the new Prime Minister, as we have with Prime Ministers over the last decade,” the movement  tweeted . . The post 5 Jewish things to know about Boris Johnson appeared first on Jewish Telegraphic Agency .'

Max Kellerman Ripped Eli Manning and the Giants on First Take

Sports The Big Lead

Kellerman hammered Manning.
'Max Kellerman went off on Eli Manning on Tuesday. On First Take , Kellerman absolutely laid into the New York Giants quarterback and claimed the franchise can’t win with him anymore. Check this out: It’s hard to argue with anything Kellerman said here. Manning is flat-out terrible. And, frankly, other than two playoff runs, he was never that great to begin with. At this point there’s zero reason for Manning to still be starting for the Giants. They drafted Duke’s Daniel Jones with the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and should probably just dive in with him right away. Last season Manning completed 66.0 percent of his passes for 4,299 yards, with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. But his Total QBR of 51.6 ranked 25th in the NFL. In 2017, he completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 3,468 yards, with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His passer rating of 80.4 was his lowest since 2007 and his Total QBR was a terrible 47.5. Manning is a 38-year-old passer far past his prime. The Giants stink with him and there’s no future with him under center.'