Q: I spend most of my winter days indoors, and when I’m outdoors, I’m covered from head to toe. If I only get a few minutes of sun exposure on my face and hands each day, is that enough to get adequate vitamin D? And if not, what should I do? If you live in a part of the country where winters are cold and gray, it’s smart to think about how you’ll get vitamin D — often called the sunshine vitamin — over the next several months. Vitamin D is synthesized in the skin after exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet B rays, and is crucial for calcium absorption and the maintenance of strong, healthy bones , said Julie Stefanski, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Deficiencies, which are common worldwide , can cause soft, weak and brittle bones, leading to fractures. Your vitamin D status can also play a role in other aspects of health including inflammation , autoimmune disease risk , heart health and cognitive function … [Read more...] about Am I Getting Enough Vitamin D During the Winter?
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Imagine yourself buying a brand-new Toyota Camry. You’ve got the keys, that new car smell is in the air and you drive around town feeling like a million bucks. Then, out of nowhere, other drivers start giving you the middle finger, randomly tailgating you and swerving in front of your car so you have to slam on the brakes. And that’s nothing compared to the diesel truck drivers who like to roll coal, spewing black exhaust that envelops your windshield. It’s hard to imagine because that situation is unimaginable in a Camry. But according to multiple recent reports, this is exactly the situation many Tesla drivers around the U.S. are facing on a regular basis. CHECK CAR PRICES: In August, Axios Des Moines heard from over a dozen Tesla owners in Iowa who reported being “routinely heckled, cut off in traffic and blocked from charging stations.” A week ago, The Guardian reported on the phenomenon across the U.S., with drivers of electric vehicles from Oregon to Pennsylvania … [Read more...] about Stop Harassing Tesla Drivers, You Animals
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A contentious charter school operator linked to a conservative Michigan college is taking another swing at opening schools in three Tennessee counties that have previously rejected them, as well as in two new counties. The letters of intent to apply to run charter schools were submitted by American Classical Education, an operator of charter schools that is supported by Hillsdale College, which licenses the curriculum for free and provides training and other resources. The previous debate over the charter schools unfolded in the wake of controversial comments about teachers made by Hillsdale College's president, Larry Arnn. American Classical Education intends to apply to run schools in Clarksville-Montgomery, Rutherford and Jackson-Madison counties, board member Dolores Gresham said in a statement. School boards in those counties rejected their applications and the group dropped its appeals in September. The company also submitted letters of intent to open … [Read more...] about Scrutinized charter school group to apply again in Tennessee
VILLENEUVE-D’ASCQ, France — The Russian soccer federation was fined about $170,000 and given a suspended disqualification from the European Championships on Tuesday as punishment for in-stadium fan violence. The sanction essentially leaves the Russian team on the verge of being kicked out of the continent’s most prestigious tournament two years before Russia hosts the World Cup. The penalties were issued by the disciplinary committee of UEFA, which oversees European soccer, and put Russia one further incident away from the extraordinary possibility of being sent home in the midst of a major competition. Russia’s next game is Wednesday, in a group-stage match here, just outside Lille, against Slovakia. In a statement , the disciplinary committee said that Russia’s disqualification from the tournament was currently suspended — in other words, not being enforced — but that “such suspension will be lifted if incidents of a similar nature (crowd disturbances) happen inside the stadium … [Read more...] about As Fans Turn Violent at Euros, Russia Faces a Threat: Expulsion
“Project Nim,” a new documentary by James Marsh, is a probing, unsettling study of primate behavior, focusing on the complex dynamics of power, sex and group bonding in a species whose startling capacity for selfishness and aggression is offset by occasional displays of intelligence and compassion. The movie also features a chimpanzee. His name — a human imposition, like everything else in this creature’s remarkable, heartbreaking life — is Nim Chimpsky. In the 1970s he enjoyed (or endured) a season of fame as a research subject. Shortly after his birth at an Oklahoma laboratory, Nim was taken from his mother’s side and delivered to New York, where he became part of an experiment, led by a Columbia professor, Herbert Terrace, to determine whether an ape could be taught human language. It is a bit curious that Mr. Marsh’s film has nothing to say about the roots of Nim’s name, a jab at the influential linguist Noam Chomsky , whose theories about the innateness and uniqueness of … [Read more...] about Some Humans and the Chimp They Loved and Tormented
LONDON — Oh, for a wizard’s spell that would allow me to tell you everything, and then erase it completely from your memory. But though I paid rapt attention during the afternoon and evening I spent at “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which opened in a blaze of outrageous enchantment on Monday night at the Palace Theater here, I failed to pick up on any recipe for inducing post-tell-all amnesia in Muggles, which is Potter-speak for nonwizards like you and me. This eagerly anticipated, two-part, five-hour-plus sequel to J. K. Rowling’s best-selling, seven-volume series of “Harry Potter” novels is the kind of play that you want to describe in detail, if only to help you figure out how it achieves what is does. That would be a kind of magic that is purely theatrical yet somehow channels the addictive narrative grip of Ms. Rowling’s prose. Unfortunately, those who have scored tickets to this two-part production, which is sold out through May, are given buttons as they leave … [Read more...] about Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Casts a Spell Onstage