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LBN Examiner 3/14/2021


An overwhelming majority of people who have been hospitalized, needed a ventilator or died from Covid-19 have been overweight or obese, the CDC said in a new study Monday. Among 148,494 adults who received a Covid-19 diagnosis during an emergency department or inpatient visit at 238 U.S. hospitals from March to December, 71,491 were hospitalized. Of those who were admitted, 27.8% were overweight and 50.2% were obese, according to the CDC report. Overweight is defined as having a body mass index of 25 or more, while obesity is defined as having a BMI of 30 or more. The agency found the risk for hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths was lowest among individuals with BMIs under 25. The risk of severe illness “sharply increased,” however, as BMIs rose, particularly among people 65 and older, the agency said. Just over 42% of the U.S. population was considered obese in 2018, according to the agency’s most recent statistics.


The bad news is that your three-month-old precious bundle of joy — yeah, she might be a racist. On the up side, Arizona’s Department of Education is offering an “equity” toolkit to help you tamp down their racism. Journalist Christopher F. Rufo exposed the ideological “equity” toolkit within the department’s diversity program that claims babies can develop signs of racism at just three months old and should be talked to about race even before they can talk.“Silence about race reinforces racism by letting children draw their own conclusions based on what they see,” the program states, outlining a graphic titled, “They’re not too young to talk about race!”

As highlighted by Rufo, the AZ Department of Education recommends reading from HuffPost titled, “How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race.” “The Department of Education recommends a reading that claims babies are not ‘colorblind’ and that parents must instill ‘antiracist attitudes and actions’ beginning at birth, in order for their children to not ‘absorb bias from the world around them,’” he reports. HuffPost writes: “White parents can and should begin addressing issues of race and racism early, even before their children can speak. Studies have indicated that infants as young as 3 months old can recognize racial differences. Avoiding the topic, rather than actively countering it with anti-racist attitudes and actions, simply opens the door for children to absorb bias from the world around them.”


Megyn Kelly didn’t buy what Meghan Markle served up to OprahWinfrey. The veteran journalist, 50, slammed Markle as “un-self-aware” Monday morning — hours after Markle and Prince Harry’s bombshell interview with Winfrey aired — for claiming she wasn’t attached to the “grandeur” of being the Duchess of Sussex.

“[Meghan] goes onto say, I don’t believe in any of the grandeur. There’s an article already up on the New York Post here in the States that’s saying this is the person who had Clooney and Oprah at her wedding even though she didn’t even know them, and then covered herself in blood diamonds from a Saudi prince, so like, spare us that you’re not into any of the grandeur,” Kelly said on ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” (via the Daily Mail). Last week it was reported that Markle, 39, wore a pair of lavish drop earrings gifted to her by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, just three weeks after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. At the time, Kensington Palace said the earrings had been “borrowed” but did not reveal from whom.


Mark Pavelich, a star of the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. hockey team of the 1980 Winter Olympics, was found dead Friday. He was 63. He had been placed at Eagle’s Healing Nest, a veterans’ health-care facility, for treatment for mental illness after a savage assault on a neighbor in 2019. A cause of death has not been released. Following his stint on the U.S. Olympic team, Pavelich went on to success in the NHL, but in 2019, he was found incompetent to stand trial and ordered to a treatment center.


Russian intelligence has been planting disinformation about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in recent months, pushing misleading claims in four Kremlin-linked publications about the safety and efficacy of the company’s mRNA shot, an unidentified State Department official told The Wall Street Journal. The official said two of the outlets are fronts for the SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service; one is controlled by the FSB, which is a successor agency to the KGB; and one is linked to the GRU, which is Russia’s military intelligence service. None of the three vaccines being offered to Americans—developed and manufactured by Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer—have been linked to any serious side effects, and are all highly effective, according to the CDC.

A new report by the Alliance for Securing Democracy, an NGO under the aegis of the German Marshall Fund, explains what it believes is behind the Russian disinfo campaign. “The emphasis on denigrating Pfizer is likely due to its status as the first vaccine besides Sputnik V to see mass use, resulting in a greater potential threat to Sputnik’s market dominance,” it says. A Kremlin spokesman denied the report, blaming the U.S. for overreacting to what amounts to nothing more than a “debate” over vaccines.


In 2019, a 19-year-old man from New Jersey pleaded guilty to plotting with white nationalists to vandalize synagogues and minority-owned businesses. Richard Tobin faces up to ten years in jail when he is sentenced on June 28. In September 2019, vandals targeted a number of synagogues across the Midwest. Tobin ordered members of the anti-Semitic, white nationalist right-wing party The Base to distribute racist flyers, smash windows, and slash the tires of synagogue congregants. Acclaimed Author and Educator, Joshua M. Greene, is deeply disturbed by the increase in hate crimes and has much to say on the matter. “Two tragedies operate at the core of our moment in history,” states Joshua Greene. “One is a rise in racism and antisemitism that is scarily reminiscent of Europe in the 1930s. The other is the legitimate but risky compulsion to fight back. The law sanctions ‘necessity,’ meaning any means necessary to respond if we are aggressed upon. The law also cautions that in pursuing such redress we adhere to ‘humanity,’ meaning the least amount of harm possible.”

One of Tobin’s co-conspirators, Yousef Omar Barasneh, previously pleaded guilty. Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig said, “This defendant encouraged hateful acts of violence against individuals and their houses of worship, based solely on their religion or the color of their skin.” Joshua Greene continues, “If we have learned anything from history, it is that doing nothing is not an option. Standing by is to stand with the oppressors and against the victims. We have also learned that self-righteousness cuts both ways. I remember myself at age 19. I never vandalized a synagogue, but let’s say my faculties of discernment weren’t in full gear yet. If this young man’s guilty plea was sincere, we might think in terms of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission form of law: a move away from punitive justice to reformative, restorative justice.”

“I like to keep in mind what Carl Jung once said, concludes Joshua Greene. What if I should discover that the least among them all, the poorest of all the beggars, the most impudent of all the offenders, the very enemy himself — that these are within me, and that I myself stand in need of the alms of my own kindness — that I myself am the enemy who must be loved? What then?”


Tim Allen is reflecting on his troubled past with drugs and alcohol. The “Last Man Standing” star, who is now nearly 23 years sober, served almost two-and-a-half years in federal prison after being busted in 1978 with more than a pound of cocaine at Michigan’s Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. The now-67-year-old actor pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges. “I just shut up and did what I was told,” Allen, who was 23 at the time, recalled of his prison stint on Monday’s episode of the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast. “It was the first time ever I did what I was told and played the game … I learned literally how to live day by day. And I learned how to shut up. You definitely want to learn how to shut up.” After about eight months behind bars, Allen “got used to” being in lockup and even had “OK times.” Tim Allen was busted for cocaine in 1978. Kalamazoo Sheriff’s Department.

Allen’s troubles began after his father was killed by a drunk driver when the “Home Improvement” star was just 11 years old. “After my old man died, I really just played games with people and told adults what they wanted to hear and then stole their booze,” he shared. Looking back, Allen said he feels “shame” over his actions given the way his father died. “I look back on those things, this is sober guy stuff, I had so much shame at the things that I did … especially driving people around,” he said. “Coming from a dad that was killed that way, it’s difficult to get past it.” He added, “I love my life. I’m not any more mentally stable, I have the same issues I had. Now, I can’t hide from them.”


The Foundation of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATASFS) is happy to announce the call for entries for the Foundation’s 2021 Scholarship Programs. “The Foundation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Science is excited to introduce several new scholarships this year,” said Doug Mummert, Chairman, NATAS Foundation. “We welcome with gratitude, our newest donor, the McKenzie Family and are proud to have them as part of our family of generous supporters. We want to thank all of our donors for the scholarships they fund which support and encourage the future generations of leaders in our craft and industry.” “It is our honor to participate with the Academy in helping make the dreams of young people come true by achieving an education in our industry,” said David McKenzie, President, Associated Television International. “It’s our hope they will pass this forward by helping others through education that will lead to more kindness and understanding in an ever-changing time.”

“Supporting the future of our industry is a critical pillar of the NATAS mission,” said Melinda Roeder Skrbin, Chair, NATASFS Committee. “Year after year our judges continue to be impressed with the talent and professionalism of the high school seniors who enter this scholarship contest and we are looking forward to another successful year of entries.” “This year, we are very happy to welcome WeVidIt as an Official Sponsor of the NATAS Foundation Scholarships (NATASFS) and as the Official Submission Platform of the NATASFS Scholarships,” said Adam Sharp, President & CEO NATAS.

“WeVidIt is excited to partner with NATAS to further promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the entertainment industry for the next generation,” said Matthew Sherwood, Ph.D, WeVidIt CEO. “Through WeVidIt’s data insights and technology tools, this partnership will further empower the creator and entertainment industry professional.” These are the distinguished national scholarships awarded to outstanding high school seniors planning to pursue television-related baccalaureate degrees: THE LINDA GIANNECCHINI MEMORIAL TRUSTEES SCHOLARSHIP ($20,000): Awarded to a student pursuing a career in any aspect of the television industry.

THE MCKENZIE FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP ($20,000): Awarded to a student pursuing a career in any aspect of the television industry who demonstrates a financial need or hardship. The recipient must be enrolled in an accredited college program that is at least two years. The award will be distributed as $10,000 per year for two years. The need-based scholarship requires applicants to submit a “Statement of Need” and a FAFSA as proof of financial need. All applicants should have an Expected Family Contribution of $5,000 or less and be eligible for a federal Pell grant to be considered for this scholarship.

THE UNIVISION NATAS SCHOLARSHIP ($10,000): Awarded to a Hispanic or Latino student pursuing a career in any aspect of the television industry. THE NATAS INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIP ($10,000): Awarded to a student pursuing a career in any aspect of the television industry who identifies as black, indigenous, or a person of color. This is the tenth year of the Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship, funded by a grant from CBS News in honor of longtime correspondent Mike Wallace (1918-2012) and presented each year at the News & Documentary Emmy® Awards. The Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship, now in its twelfth year, honors sportscaster Jim McKay (1921-2008) and was established in 2009 by the HBO, CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX networks. Applications for national scholarships are due by 5 pm EST on Thursday, April 15th, 2021 via the online forms at NATAS Trustees and officials with the National Scholarship Committee will review applications and creative works along with participation from Univision Communications Inc.


 The Barbie doll’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, and she is from Willows, Wisconsin. Her birthday is March 9, 1959, when Mattell first displayed her at the New York Toy Fair.


 A Madame Tussauds wax figure of Audrey Hepburn sits at an empty table at Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn, New York, February 26, 2021. As New York City restaurants reopened indoor dining rooms at 35% capacity, the steakhouse and wax museum joined forces to welcome diners back in a fun way and to enforce social distancing guidelines.



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A national educators organization is telling schools to avoid reading Dr. Seuss because the children’s books allegedly have “racial undertones.”  For more than 20 years, March 2 has been recognized as Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The reading recognition day was founded by the National Education Association — the nation’s largest labor union — in 1998. This year’s theme is “Create and Celebrate Diversity.” Learning for Justice — a left-wing educators group — is demanding that Dr. Seuss be canceled. A prominent Virginia school district has taken marching orders and ordered its schools to avoid “connecting Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss.”  Loudoun County Public Schools, one of the nation’s most affluent school districts, announced that it will no longer recognize Dr. Seuss on his birthday. In an announcement obtained by The Daily Wire, the school district said that Dr. Suess’s children’s books contain “racial undertones” that are not suitable for “culturally responsive” learning. 

“Realizing that many schools continue to celebrate ‘Read Across America Day’ in partial recognition of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, it is important for us to be cognizant of research that may challenge our practice in this regard,” the announcement reads. “As we become more culturally responsive and racially conscious, all building leaders should know that in recent years there has been research revealing radical undertones in the books written and the illustrations drawn by Dr. Seuss.” Learning for Justice was formerly known as “Teaching Tolerance,” which has promoted radical views on teaching “social justice” and “racial justice” to students as young as five-years-old. Learning for Justice is the education arm of the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). In a magazine article titled, “It’s Time to Talk About Dr. Seuss,” Learning for Justice cites a study from St. Catherine University that claims Dr. Seuss’s children’s literature is rife with “orientalism, anti-blackness, and white supremacy.”  The researchers surveyed 50 Dr. Seuss books and concluded that there is not enough diversity in the children’s books, many of which were written in the 1950s.

Are you someone who stays up late into the night, or do you rise with the sun each morning? A new study finds that a person’s sleep preferences may actually reveal how well they do their job. Researchers in Finland say “night owls” are twice as likely to say they struggle to perform at work. Even more concerning, people who stay up late also have a higher risk of retiring due to disability than their “early bird” co-workers. A team from the University of Oulu looked at over 12,000 people taking part in the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 Study during this project. The group (6,169 boys and 5,889 girls all born in 1996) was surveyed about their work life and health once they reached the age of 46. Researchers also asked each participant about their sleep patterns to gauge which chronotype they belong to.

The Finnish team split the group into three chronotypes, “morning larks” (or early birds), an average or intermediate group, and night owls. Morning chronotypes, your early risers, tend to function better early in the morning. Night owls on the other hand are sharper during the evening and generally stay up later. Unfortunately, owls usually don’t go to bed early enough to get the recommended amount of rest (at least seven hours) on work nights. Researchers say this leaves them with a “sleep debt” and a need to catch up on sleep during their off days. The results find this preference not only impacts work performance throughout a person’s career, but can also negatively affect health due to lack of sleep.

Previous studies have also discovered that sleep deprivation can lead to poor physical and mental health. During the surveys, participants also rated how they feel they perform at work on a scale of 0-10. Researchers linked all this data with the country’s registries for social security and pension payments. Out of the 12,058 people at the beginning of the study, researchers had full details on 2,672 men and 3,159 women working in 2012. Using that group, the Finnish team examined their health over the next four years to see who had stopped working and needed to claim a disability pension. Over that span, 84 participants started receiving disability. Seventeen people died, although only three were part of the disability group.


The petition claims the statue “perpetuates white supremacy and preserves its historical imposition,” because George Washington owned slaves. The offending statue is part of the university’s history: It is the product of a years-long campaign by the Daughters of the American Revolution, which raised $6,000 by “encourag[ing] schoolchildren from all over the state to contribute their pennies, no more than five cents apiece.” The statue has stood on campus since 1909.  The petition also proposes cutting ties with the Seattle Police Department, disarming the university police, increasing funding for the American Ethnic Studies Department, and hiring more Black faculty members, among other policies.

University leadership responded with incremental measures at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, including cutting the campus police force by 20 percent and reiterating existing hiring initiatives aimed at bringing diverse talent to campus. But it did not pledge to remove the statue – and the BSU isn’t backing down. The university “commissioned a group of faculty experts to recommend wording for a plaque or other such display that would provide a broader context on the life and impact of George Washington,” which “would include an explicit acknowledgment of his role as a slaveholder.” The BSU says a plaque isn’t enough. The University did not comment further on if, and how, it will respond to increasing calls to remove the statue


Former Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard equated being in Congress to being in high school during a recent interview with Megyn Kelly. Gabbard said on Kelly’s podcast “The Megyn Kelly Show” that there are “well-intentioned members” from both parties in Congress who want to work together but that ultimately partisan interests corrupt genuine intent. “If that is not in line with what the party wants, then you have threats of, if you do this, we’re not gonna back you up with any money or support in your re-election,” Gabbard said. “If you do this, you’re not going to get the committee you want or you’ll get yanked off the committee that you’re on.” “If we’re being serious it’s like high school.”

Gabbard said after being sworn into Congress, newly elected representatives were given a brief orientation and were able to spend time with fellow representatives. However, representatives were soon “separated into camps.” “Democrats went here and started meeting in different places,” Gabbard told Kelly. “Republicans met in different places, and very directly the narrative and the directive was kind of set from the leadership that hey, this is about winning the next election.” Gabbard said members were told to limit their work with politicians from the other side of the political aisle out of fear that the opposing side would use bipartisan-passed bills to win the next election.


For some, social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are avenues for connecting more closely with relatives and friends. For others, they’re ego-boosters fueled by the showering of praise via “likes” and comments from one’s followers. According to a new international study, however, social media users who chase “likes” have thinking patterns similar to lab rats seeking food. Data from last year shows that four billion people worldwide spent several hours each day on social media platforms prompting comparisons to addiction. In the hopes of finding out what drives social media junkies to spend so much of their waking day online, researchers analyzed more than a million posts from over 4,000 users. Their findings suggest that the behavior of many users was consistent with “reward learning.” This is a long-established psychological concept which says actions may be driven and reinforced by rewards. Those who receive more likes seem to be driven to post even more frequently. Meanwhile, others people who don’t receive the same positive feedback post less.

To be more sure, researchers asked people to post memes and receive likes as feedback on an Instagram-style platform. Just like their analysis of posts, the experiment shows that people posted more often when they received more likes. The researchers now say social media use appears to be driven by similar principles that lead rats to maximize their food rewards in lab tests like a “Skinner box.” For such an experiment, animals are put in a box where they are dispensed food by completing specific actions like pulling a lever. The team behind the research now hope their findings could help come up with ways to combat excessive and dysfunctional social media use.

“These results establish that social media engagement follows basic, cross-species principles of reward learning,” says co-author David Amodio, a professor at New York University and the University of Amsterdam, in a statement. “The findings may help us understand why social media comes to dominate daily life for many people and provide clues, borrowed from research on reward learning and addiction, to how troubling online engagement may be addressed.”


Viral video footage shows a California teachers union president who led school closures dropping his daughter off at a private school. Footage posted by the group Guerilla Momz shows Berkeley Federation of Teachers President Matt Meyer dropping his two-year-old daughter off at a private preschool. Meyer’s daughter’s face is blurred out. “Meet Matt Meyer. White man with dreads and president of the local teachers’ union,” the group tweeted Saturday. “He’s been saying it is unsafe for *your kid* to be back at school, all the while dropping his kid off at private school.”  The video was filmed by Berkeley area parents who did not give their names out of fear of retaliation, according to KQED. “We’d heard for a while that he sent his kid to private preschool and we’ve been hearing him make crazy claims at the school board meetings — it was ‘too dangerous’ for schools to open because kids wouldn’t wear masks. Meanwhile, his kid is wearing a mask at school,” Guerilla Momz said in a written statement, according to KQED.


Globally, Covid-19 has affected us all, many in personal ways, yet the creative industry has been one the hardest hit. As I listened intently to the 2021 Creative Economy Report presented by Otis College of Art & Design, I couldn’t help being blind-sided by the tremendous financial impact the pandemic had on Arts related industries in California alone. Having previously served on the Board of Governors of Otis, I am continuously proud of the contribution this Fine Arts Institution makes, providing valuable statistics and insight used in state legislature. Unlike the previous decade of growth, there was a staggering “$140.6 billion dollar loss from the total Creative Economy output for 2020”. Notably, with the film industry, Los Angeles County counts for more than half of the state’s figure with a $78.9 billion loss. Berman adds, “There has never been one solution to rectify this issue. We must foster a collaborative respect for our creatives and inculcate an artology mindset.” Berman agrees with Panelist Jason Foster, of the new 1.3 mile outdoor museum, Destination Crenshaw: “We need to view artists as a bankable business”. Thankfully, many of Berman’s clients understand the tremendous impact the pandemic has had on the livelihood of artists and have responded enthusiastically to be part of the solution by supporting the arts with their buying power. Some positive accounts of this below, offer a bit of a silver-lining to our challenging time.

For many, art is a very private experience. Where and how people engage in this experience is the enticing elixir of art. Lisa M. Berman, founder of Berman Arts Agency, understands this complex concept and authentically applies her signature “art of connecting” with her clients, while managing her established and museum quality artists. Accurate and intuitive placement of the right piece in the right place in just the right way is key to honoring this visual and often visceral journey. Cultivating good relationships between artists and collectors are the binding factors for Berman building longevity and a good reputation. Berman has placed artwork in museum collections such as: LACMA, The GETTY, Smithsonian, M.A.D, FIDM, National Comedy Center, and private collections such as Daniel Greenberg Photography, Resnick Collection and Lynn K. Altman Trust.


A dog with blue fur is pictured inside a cage at a veterinary hospital where it was taken for examination in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, February 16, 2021. A pack of stray dogs with bright blue fur was found earlier this month near an abandoned chemical plant in the city of Dzerzhinsk.


Home Depot sales increased 25% in the fourth quarter of 2020, capping a year in which it raked in a record $132 billion in sales.


Empathy, as author Sherry Turkle thinks of it, is “the ability not only to put yourself in someone else’s place, but to put yourself in someone else’s problem.”

  ***You going to need a chiropractor after all the head-shaking this story has caused. Hasbro’s “half-baked” idea (potato pun intended) has certainly brought a sackful of media attention to the 70-year-old toy — although, not all of it was positive. Shortly after the outrage swarmed social and traditional news media, the company told everyone Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head were safe, only the packaging was changing. I wonder if we should start worrying about “Mr. Clean?”


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Remember when Mark Zuckerberg battled the Winklevoss Twins to determine who created Facebook? The legal process uncovered messages from Zuckerberg that said he wanted to do something (we can’t print here) to the ears of the Winklevoss Twins. Based on a recent drop of unredacted court filings, it looks like Zuckerberg has been doing the same unprintable actions to advertisers.

The remarks come from a 2018 California lawsuit…
… which claims that Facebook “knowingly overestimated its ‘potential reach’ metric for advertisers,” writes The Verge. The core of the lawsuit is that the social media giant didn’t adjust for fake and duplicate accounts. In one nugget from the filing, Facebook told advertisers it could target 100m people aged 18-34 years old in the US even though there are only 76m people in that age group.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg knew about the issue
Per The Verge, one Facebook product manager told Sandberg that some revenue should “never [have been] made given the fact that it’s based on the wrong data.” Another employee added the process was “deeply wrong,” but Facebook neglected to make a fix, saying it would have a significant impact on revenue.

3rd time’s the harm
Antitrust expert Matt Stoller notes that Facebook has already been busted on 2 separate occasions for lying to advertisers:

· “Pivot to video”: In 2016, Zuckerberg told the world that Facebook was going all in on video, and it misled advertisers about video metrics to boost the program.
· Measurement tool: At the end of 2020, Facebook told advertisers that its “conversion lift tool” (which measures ad performance) overestimated campaign results.
While Facebook has largely avoided major repercussions for its activities, Stoller believes the tide is turning:
· Australia is taking a tough (albeit flawed) position against Facebook in regards to hosting publisher content
· Canada and the UK have called Facebook a bad-faith actor for blocking Australians from seeing news
· In the US, Facebook faces an antitrust suit

In sum, Facebook is facing attacks on its  business from regulators the world over.

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Former US Vice President Aaron Burr Arrested for Treason (1807)

Nearly three years after killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel, former US Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested on unrelated charges of treason. Though the exact details of his plan were a mystery even then, he was accused of plotting to establish an independent country of his own, possibly in the American Southwest. He was treated well while imprisoned at Fort Stoddert and was eventually acquitted, but his political career was destroyed. *THINK FREELY – BE INDEPENDENT – MAKE UP YOUR OWN (DAMN) MIND: READ LBN EXAMINER

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Living a long and healthy life depends on the unique combination of bacteria in our gut, according to a new study. Patterns in a person’s microbiome — the organisms living in the gut — could determine whether a person is going to age well or die early, say scientists.The gut contains mostly healthy bacteria and immune cells, which help ward off infections and diseases. Although a vital component of the body’s immune system, its importance in the aging process has remained unclear. Now, researchers at the Institute for Systems Biology in the United States show that the gut microbiome continues to evolve, but only among healthy people.“Prior results in microbiome-aging research appear inconsistent, with some reports showing a decline in core gut genera in centenarian populations, while others show relative stability of the microbiome up until the onset of aging-related declines in health,” says co-author Dr. Sean Gibbons in a statement. “Our work, which is the first to incorporate a detailed analysis of health and survival, may resolve these inconsistencies. Specifically, we show two distinct aging trajectories. One, a decline in core microbes and an accompanying rise in uniqueness in healthier individuals, consistent with prior results in community-dwelling centenarians, and two, the maintenance of core microbes in less healthy individuals.”

Researchers analyzed the gut microbiome of 9,000 people aged between 18 to 101 years old for the study. In particular, the team tracked survival rates for a cohort of 900 older individuals aged 78 to 98. Their work shows that gut microbiome became increasingly unique as participants got older. Core bacteria, known as bacteriodes and common to all humans, start to decline in mid-to-late adulthood. “Interestingly, this uniqueness pattern appears to start in mid-life — 40 to 50 years old — and is associated with a clear blood metabolomic signature, suggesting that these microbiome changes may not simply be diagnostic of healthy aging, but that they may also contribute directly to health as we age,” says study co-author Dr. Tomasz Wilmanski. “For example, indoles are known to reduce inflammation in the gut, and chronic inflammation is thought to be a major driver in the progression of aging-related morbidities.”


Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young along with along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.
In response to What’s Up by Sarah Garcia. “I agree that the “cancel culture” has gone overboard. However, opposing organizations like “The Free Speech Movement” are disingenuous at best. The website clearly states that their agenda is to “expose all corporations who support cancelling voices they don’t agree with.” In the very same breath they pronounce their mission is to “cancel the cancel culture”. Really? You don’t see the hypocrisy? Freedom of speech gives you the right to express an opposing point of view, not to oppress the point of view of someone else.”
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