Woodstock Wire: NewsTidBits

October 25, 2020

New model predicts which patients with kidney disease may develop heartbeat irregularities

Life -- EurekAlert - * A new model that incorporates a type of artificial intelligence can accurately predict which individuals with chronic kidney disease face a high risk of developing atrial fibrillation.* Results from the study will be presented online...

October 25, 2020 03:24 AM

Exercise Boosts Physical, Mental Well-Being of Older Cancer Survivors

U.S. News -- Active older adults -- cancer survivors included -- are in better...

October 25, 2020 01:22 AM

Technogym Bets on Home Fitness Boom as Virus Empties Gyms

U.S. News -- Italian fitness-equipment maker Technogym is working to supply more of its exercise machines and virtual...

October 25, 2020 01:20 AM

The Pandemic Shopping List: Dolls, Detergent and Campers

U.S. News -- Consumers have been snapping up everything from disinfectant wipes and robot vacuum cleaners to Barbie dolls and motorhomes over the...

October 25, 2020 01:18 AM

OSIRIS-REx collected too much asteroid material and now some is floating away

Think -- MIT Technology Review - NASA confirmed that the OSIRIS-REx mission picked up enough material from asteroid Bennu during its sample collection attempt on Tuesday. In fact, the spacecraft's collection chamber is now too full to close all the way, leading...

October 25, 2020 12:59 AM

Know What You're Paying for When You Buy an Annuity

Life -- Kiplinger - Even if you've spent your entire career stashing away money to pay for retirement, you may still be worried the nest egg you've worked so hard to build will not last as long as you need it to.

October 25, 2020 12:56 AM

Cause of Alzheimer's disease traced to mutation in common enzyme

Life -- EurekAlert - Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have discovered a new mechanism by which clumps of tau protein are created in the brain, killing brain cells and causing Alzheimer's disease. A specific mutation to an enzyme called MARK4 changed...

October 25, 2020 12:56 AM

The Straight Arrow

Life -- Psychology Today - An underappreciated lifestyle?

October 25, 2020 12:55 AM

U.S. Catholics Have Backed Same-Sex Marriage Since 2011

Life -- Gallup Headlines - While Pope Francis' comments supporting same sex civil unions were a drastic shift in Catholic church guidance, U.S. Catholics have supported gay marriage for about a decade.

October 25, 2020 12:53 AM

Most People Shouldn't Pay for Identity Theft Protection

Life -- The Wirecutter - Not a year passes without someone asking me if they should sign up for an "identity theft protection service" like IdentityForce, IDShield, or LifeLock. These types of services are good at marketing-seeking to sell an expensive monthly...

October 25, 2020 12:52 AM

How to Cope with Hair Loss Due to Chemotherapy

Life -- Psychology Today - October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Here are some practical tips from a breast cancer survivor on how to cope with hair loss due to chemotherapy.

October 25, 2020 12:52 AM

Defining Seniors as an Age Group

Life -- Gallup Headlines - Most pollsters define seniors as those 65 and older, but analysis shows there are significant political differences within this broad group.

October 25, 2020 12:52 AM

Hubble Views a Galactic Waterfall

Life -- NASA Image of the day - In this spectacular image captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the galaxy NGC 2799 (on the left) is seemingly being pulled into the center of the galaxy NGC 2798 (on the right).

October 25, 2020 12:51 AM

Why Are Roth Conversions So Trendy Right Now? The Case FOR and AGAINST Them

Life -- Kiplinger - Roth IRAs are a hot topic these days. I get multiple media inquiries every week regarding the pros and cons of Roth conversions. But while they can be a great proposition for some people, for others they just aren't a good idea.

A little...

October 25, 2020 12:48 AM

Know What You're Getting - and Giving Up - With an Annuity Income Rider

Life -- Kiplinger - For many retirees and soon-to-be retirees, if there's one nagging worry that tops all others, it's that they might run out of money someday.

Their fear is not unfounded. Americans are living longer. The number of employers offering pensions...

October 25, 2020 12:48 AM

NASA collected dust from asteroid Bennu. But now the material is leaking into space.

Tech -- Mashable - In case you missed the news, NASA pulled off a pretty complicated maneuver: It collected dust from the asteroid Bennu, a rock speeding through space some 200 million miles from Earth.

In fact, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft did the job so well...

October 25, 2020 12:48 AM

Scientists will destroy first 'murder hornet' nest found in Washington state

Tech -- Mashable - Remember "murder hornets"? You know, the two-inch long wasps that stoked unreasonable fear in people all around the United States.

Well, scientists in the U.S. have located the first nest of the invasive species in Blaine, Wash. and they...

October 25, 2020 12:41 AM

Google Messages for Web gaining Google Fi support, allows texting when phone is off

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - Now that Google Chat is trying to clean up the mess that Hangouts left, we learned that it would begin by killing off support for Google Fi users to text, call and check voicemail through the Hangouts app itself. Back in May of this...

October 25, 2020 12:37 AM

A deadly coronavirus complication is affecting people after they think they've recovered

Tech -- BGR - Physicians have learned better ways to treat COVID-19 patients and save more lives than in the early months of the pandemic, but the coronavirus is still killing people every day.

A doctor explains that the most dangerous coronavirus complication...

October 25, 2020 12:34 AM

Health experts warn that the coronavirus will actually never go away, even with a vaccine

Tech -- BGR - The first coronavirus vaccines might be ready for emergency use in late 2020, with a wide rollout expected for the first half of next year.

Health experts warn that the virus is likely to become endemic just like the flu, regardless of whether or...

October 25, 2020 12:32 AM

Researchers might've just solved a huge coronavirus mystery

Tech -- BGR - Researchers may have discovered a previously unknown step involved in the mechanism that allows the novel coronavirus to infect cells.

Scientists have discovered that SARS-CoV-2 binds to a receptor called neuropilin-1, which is found in various...

October 25, 2020 12:31 AM

Are you Chrome OS ready? Google launches testing tool for Enterprise migration

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - Google is ramping up its efforts to help companies effectively move to Chrome OS and life in the cloud. The recent announcement of Parallels Desktop for Chromebooks will allow enterprise customers to make the shift to the security and...

October 25, 2020 12:18 AM

Holiday shopping is officially here with the first-ever sale on the Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - Holiday shopping in 2020 is just as bizarre as everything else that happened this year. Prime Day was late and Black Friday is kicking off weeks ahead of schedule with deal scattered here and there from most major retailers. To kick...

October 25, 2020 12:17 AM

October 24, 2020

Here's why scientists think women are better suited to space travel

Media -- The Next Web - Are women better astronauts than men? This question will become central to the selection of crews to the Moon, Mars, and beyond as we undertake the colonization of space. In the struggle for gender equality, women have already proven they...

October 24, 2020 11:28 PM

October 23, 2020

Coffee, Green Tea Might Extend Life for Folks With Type 2 Diabetes

U.S. News -- If you've got type 2 diabetes and love drinking green tea or coffee,...

October 23, 2020 10:19 PM

8 Times to Stop Saving for Retirement

U.S. News -- Push pause on retirement contributions to cover life events and the unexpected.

October 23, 2020 10:18 PM

How to Care for Your Skin During Radiation Therapy

U.S. News -- Proper skin care is crucial for cancer patients receiving...

October 23, 2020 10:18 PM

Localized Prostate Cancer: Treat With Surgery or Wait?

U.S. News -- As with many cancer questions, the answer isn't one-size-fits-all.

October 23, 2020 10:17 PM

7 Best Mutual Funds for Retirement

U.S. News -- The best retirement funds offer investors both income and growth for a secure tomorrow.

October 23, 2020 10:15 PM

Smog Tied to Raised Risk for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Disease

U.S. News -- As the air people breathe gets dirtier, their odds for serious...

October 23, 2020 10:15 PM

What You Need to Know About Your Colon Cancer Risk

U.S. News -- Early diagnosis of colon cancer is crucial to improve a patient's...

October 23, 2020 10:13 PM

Year-End Retirement Planning Deadlines for 2020

U.S. News -- Try these last-minute strategies to qualify for retirement savings tax breaks.

October 23, 2020 10:13 PM

Blue Cross announces enhanced benefits for popular Medicare Advantage $0 Premium PPO and $0 Premium HMO plans for 2021

PR Newswire -- For 2021, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross) is offering a range of highly rated Medicare options to fit every budget, including a $0 premium PPO Medicare Advantage plan, a $0 premium HMO Medicare Advantage plan and several other...

October 23, 2020 06:32 PM

45 weird but practical gifts people will actually use

Media -- USATODAY - Tech Top Stories - From Shark Tank products to cult-favorite hair styling tools, these 45 totally unforgettable items make great weird gifts this holiday season.

October 23, 2020 05:57 PM

Cold water may be an effective defense against dementia

Media -- Fox - Health - After years of anecdotal evidence, scientists have finally nailed down one link between brain health and the "polar bear plunge."

October 23, 2020 05:55 PM

Rush Limbaugh says his stage 4 lung cancer has progressed 'in the wrong direction'

Media -- USATODAY - News Top Stories - Rush Limbaugh's stage 4 lung cancer has progressed "in the wrong direction," the conservative commentator and radio host announced.

October 23, 2020 05:53 PM

When retirement arrives sooner than expected: What to do, what to know

Media -- USATODAY - News Top Stories - Although Americans typically assume they will retire when they want, and on their own terms, many are in for a surprise

October 23, 2020 05:52 PM

Diagnosing Parkinson's Disease With Skin Samples Could Lead to Earlier Detection

Life -- Neuroscience News - A chemical assay can detect traces of Parkinson's related alpha-synuclein from skin samples.

October 23, 2020 05:40 PM

Coffee, Green Tea May Help Against Type 2 Diabetes

Life -- WebMD - The study found that having four or more cups of green tea along with two cups of coffee daily was linked to a 63% lower risk of death during the average five-year follow-up.

October 23, 2020 05:38 PM

Multiple sclerosis as the flip side of immune fitness

Life -- EurekAlert - About half of the people with multiple sclerosis have the HLA-DR15 gene variant. A study led by the University of Zurich has now shown how this genetic predisposition contributes to the development of the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis...

October 23, 2020 05:37 PM

Kiplinger's Best Firms for Customer Service: Banks, Credit Cards and More

Life -- Kiplinger - As a personal finance publication, we spend a lot of time evaluating the numbers when we recommend financial institutions and their products. We spotlight banks that offer high interest rates and low fees on checking and savings accounts,...

October 23, 2020 05:36 PM

What Does the N95 Stand for in N95 Masks?

Life -- Reader's Digest - A global pandemic

As COVID-19 spreads around the world and cases continue to increase, there are multiple aspects of the worldwide pandemic to pay attention to. From knowing the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic, the signs...

October 23, 2020 05:14 PM

OSIRIS-REx TAGs surface of asteroid Bennu

Life -- EurekAlert - Captured on Oct. 20, 2020 during the OSIRIS-REx mission's Touch-And-Go (TAG) sample collection event, this series of images shows the SamCam imager's field of view as the NASA spacecraft approaches and touches down on asteroid Bennu's surface,...

October 23, 2020 05:14 PM

Why We Need Alzheimer's Research & What to Do About It

Life -- Psychology Today - Some politicians have proposing massive cuts to biomedical research and science across the board. Here's why we need Alzheimer's disease research.

October 23, 2020 05:12 PM

Bacterial metabolism of dietary soy may lower risk factor for dementia

Life -- EurekAlert - A metabolite produced following consumption of dietary soy may decrease a key risk factor for dementia - with the help of the right bacteria, according to a new discovery led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School...

October 23, 2020 05:12 PM

How to Be Happy (Not Bored!) in Retirement - Starting Today

Life -- Kiplinger - 7,300 days.

175,200 hours.

10,512,000 minutes.

That is the amount of time you can expect to have in retirement, considering the average length of retirement is approximately 20 years, according to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston...

October 23, 2020 05:12 PM

New blood cancer treatment works by selectively interfering with cancer cell signalling

Life -- EurekAlert - University of Alberta scientists have identified the mechanism of action behind a new type of precision cancer drug for blood cancers that is set for human trials, according to research published in Nature Communications.

October 23, 2020 05:11 PM

56% of U.S. Voters Say Trump Does Not Deserve Reelection

Life -- Gallup Headlines - A majority of U.S. registered voters, 56%, believe President Donald Trump does not deserve to be reelected, while 43% say he does.

October 23, 2020 05:11 PM

Candidate Favorable Ratings Up Over 2016, but Still Low

Life -- Gallup Headlines - Joe Biden leads Donald Trump by seven percentage points in favorability with Americans, 54% to 47%. Hillary Clinton led Trump by 11 points on this measure four years ago, but both were below 50%.

October 23, 2020 05:11 PM

13 States That Tax Social Security Benefits

Life -- Kiplinger - If you're wondering if Social Security benefits taxable, here's your answer: Absolutely. Uncle Sam taxes up to 85% of your benefits, depending on your income, and more than a dozens states tack on additional taxes of their own. Utah, for one,...

October 23, 2020 05:10 PM