Health

Beverly Students Make Their Marks In College

BEVERLY, MA — The school year may look a lot of different for college students this fall but there are some Beverly students who are managing to make their mark amid the coronavirus health crisis.

Chrisstopher Morse recently matriculated as a first-year student at Hamilton College. Morse, a graduate of Phillips Academy, was selected from a pool of 7,443 applicants to the college, and joins a class of 470.

Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Hamilton College offers an open curriculum that gives students the freedom to shape their own liberal arts education within a research-and writing-intensive framework.

Hamilton enrolls 1,850 students from 49 states and 49 countries.

Remy Normand serves as a peer mentor for first-year students at the University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences for the 2020-21 academic year. Known as “LINKS,” mentors provide first-year students with friendship, guidance and a connection to

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What STDs Can Tell Us About How To Fight Covid

As Covid-19 has rampaged across the United States, government officials have struggled with the basic steps needed to contain the pandemic. Should everyone get tested, or just people with symptoms? Should public health officials require Americans to wear masks or not? What’s the best way to track the infection, particularly in marginalized communities?

For one set of public health experts, the heated debates over testing, wearing masks and contact tracing were eerily familiar — as odd as it might seem, these are similar to arguments that officials and academics working to eradicate sexually transmitted diseases have been having for decades as they’ve worked to bring down the rates of infections like HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.

It may seem incongruous — even inappropriate — to compare a respiratory disease to a sexually transmitted infection. After all, it’s emotionally harder (if logistically easier) for someone to tell a contact tracer who

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New York Governor Cuomo Presents Kenneth Cole ‘Person of the Year’ at American Image Awards

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made an appearance at the 2020 American Image Awards, presented and produced by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), on Wednesday evening.

Gov. Cuomo had the honor of presenting designer and his brother-in-law of 32 years, Kenneth Cole, with the Person of the Year award. But before he talked about Cole, Cuomo gave kudos to the Alibaba Group, which took home the Retailer Innovator trophy, for its sizable donation of masks to the World Health Organization during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

Afterwards, Cuomo lightened the mood with jokes about Cole. Cuomo said his brother-in-law continuously rejected his marketing suggestions through the years, including slogans: “Kenneth Cole: Where Shoes Have Soul,” and “Kenneth Cole: I’m no loafer.” He even offered to appear as a model, but again, was turned away.

“He’s not just a great businessman, but he’s a great person,” Cuomo added.

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Parents are wary of giving kids a Covid-19 vaccine. What if schools require it?

Michelle Vargas of Granite City, Illinois, has always vaccinated her 10-year-old daughter, Madison. They both typically get flu shots. But when a vaccine for the coronavirus eventually comes out, Vargas will not be giving it to her daughter — even if Madison’s school district requires it.

“There is no way in hell I would be playing politics with my daughter’s health and safety,” said Vargas, 36, an online fitness instructor. If the public school Madison attends and loves says the vaccine is mandatory, “we would find other options,” she said.

As pharmaceutical companies race to manufacture a Covid-19 vaccine, many people are wary of a shot that is working its way through the approval process at record speed during a highly politicized pandemic. While some professions could require employees to get the vaccine, experts say schools almost certainly will require students to — potentially setting the stage for a showdown

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Prestigious British university rocked by online allegations of sexual misconduct

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — One of Britain’s most prestigious universities, which has educated a future king, has been rocked by dozens of anonymous online allegations of rape and sexual misconduct.

The University of St. Andrews has been confronted with more than 100 posts on an Instagram account alleging incidents including sexual assault, harassment, rape as well as physical and emotional abuse. Most, but not all, of the testimonies appear to be connected to life at the Scottish university, but some of the posts suggest the incidents may have happened elsewhere.

The university said Tuesday that it had received one “actionable” report of alleged sexual misconduct since the St. Andrews Survivors account was set up in July, but a spokesperson said they could not comment on any individual case.

A general view of St Andrews University. (Matthew Lewis / Getty Images file)
A general view of St Andrews University. (Matthew Lewis / Getty Images file)

The #MeToo movement has inspired similar social media accounts

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Many parents are hesitant to give their kids a Covid-19 vaccine. What if schools require it?

Michelle Vargas of Granite City, Illinois, has always vaccinated her 10-year-old daughter, Madison. They both typically get flu shots. But when a vaccine for the coronavirus eventually comes out, Vargas will not be giving it to her daughter — even if Madison’s school district requires it.

“There is no way in hell I would be playing politics with my daughter’s health and safety,” said Vargas, 36, an online fitness instructor. If the public school Madison attends and loves says the vaccine is mandatory, “we would find other options,” she said.

As pharmaceutical companies race to manufacture a Covid-19 vaccine, many people are wary of a shot that is working its way through the approval process at record speed during a highly politicized pandemic. While some professions could require employees to get the vaccine, experts say schools almost certainly will require students to — potentially setting the stage for a showdown

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Make Passionate Pleas About Voting, Online Conduct in ‘TIME 100’ Special

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a special appearance during the TIME 100 special on Tuesday. From their stunning Santa Barbara home’s backyard, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a brief message congratulating those being named to the TIME 100, before making a passionate plea about voting.

“We’re just six weeks out from Election Day, and today is National Voter Registration Day. Every four years, we are told the same thing, that ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime,'” Meghan said. “But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter. Because you do. And you deserve to be heard.”

Harry added that he’s “not going to be able to vote here in the U.S., but many of you may not know that I haven’t been able to vote in the

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How Birkenstock Managed to Make 2020 One of Its Best Years Yet

Birkenstock has once again found itself at the forefront of the marketplace — and the center of the zeitgeist.

Speaking with FN by phone from the company’s headquarters in Cologne, Germany, earlier this month, Birkenstock Group co-CEO Oliver Reichert wasn’t exaggerating when he described the brand as the “official home-office shoe.”

Since the global coronavirus pandemic began to take hold in Europe and the U.S., consumers have been living and working primarily at home, causing an abrupt shift in their wardrobe needs and shopping habits. “What have we seen as people stay home: They are buying exercising materials, like dumbbells and an electronic bike, because they want to stay fit,” said Reichert. “And on the other hand, they start buying quality-driven materials and quality-driven shoes. It has increased the number of Birkenstock fans globally.”

Indeed, fashion search platform Lyst reported that the Birkenstock Arizona was the most-searched shoe in the

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Beverage Makers in Spotlight as Consumers Sip On Health Drinks

Beverages, be it the non-alcoholic like soft drinks, health drinks, juices, water, coffees and teas, or alcoholic like beers, wines and other liquors, form part of our daily lives. With restaurants, bars and cinemas closing down due to the pandemic, on-premise sales, which form the majority of revenues of beverage companies, have taken a hit. Moreover, travel restrictions dealt a huge blow to the Travel Retail business.

Despite the pandemic-led disruptions, beverage companies have managed to maintain strong sales, with an increased focus to shift supplies to off-premise. Further, the companies stand to gain from the ongoing digital transformation (e-premise channels) as consumers adopt online shopping options and contactless delivery due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Not only this, the companies have moved a step ahead and made a number of notable innovations on the health drink front.

Notably, consumers are becoming more health conscious since the onset of the pandemic

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The best online learning courses, if you feel like doing something new

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From Cosmopolitan

This year has been a strange one, and it’s totally understandable if self isolation, furlough or other external factors have left you wanting to try new things. Maybe your job isn’t satisfying you anymore, or you’re finding yourself with way more time on your hands. Which could be where an online learning course could come in.

We are very much firm believers that you don’t have to commit this time to self improvement (hey, just existing right now is good too), but if you feel like you want something to fill some of your free time, or help you make your next job move, a short virtual learning course could be just the ticket.

Photo credit: Cosmopolitan UK
Photo credit: Cosmopolitan UK

“Online courses are a great way to fill the ‘skills bridge’ as we call it,” Director of Insights at FutureLearn Hanna Celina explains. “Often, people need

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