Russian State Employees Describe Pressure to Join Vaccine Trials | World News


By Polina Ivanova, Rinat Sagdiev, Gleb Stolyarov and Kate Kelland

MOSCOW (Reuters) – In late September, Moscow municipal official Sergei Martyanov sent a series of text messages to his subordinates: “Colleagues!!!… What is this sabotage???”

Martyanov was expressing dismay at his staff’s apparent reluctance to volunteer for the human trials of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, named after the Soviet-era satellite that triggered the space race. The official in the Moscow department of city property said many quota spots for his staff to join the trial remained unfilled.

He said he had heard some workers were signing up to receive flu vaccines, making them ineligible for the coronavirus trial.

“Who are you trying to trick???” Martyanov said in the texts. “The coronavirus vaccine is the absolute priority!!!”

Anyone who had received the flu jab, he said, must still sign up for the COVID trial, allowing a month’s delay. He urged

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5 Pressure Points for Stress Relief on Hard, Frusturating Days


If I were tasked with making a 2020-themed word scramble, you would find the word “stress” in all its iterations in the bank of options (think: “pressure,” “concern,” “uneasiness”—you get the picture). The trials and tribulations of this year have left many people feeling more stressed than ever before, making self care all the more important. And using acupressure, a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice, you can find some comfort by tapping pressure points for stress relief in five key points on your body.

Shari Auth, DACM, LAc, a holistic health practitioner in New York City and co-founder of WTHN, says a handful of acupressure points re-stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system (aka, rest and digest mode) when stress activates your body’s fight or flight response. “Stimulating an acupoint sends a message to the brain that alters brain chemistry and tells the body to react to achieve a desired result,”

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Pre-pregnancy high blood pressure rates rising in U.S., study shows


The number of women entering pregnancy with high blood pressure has nearly doubled in a decade, new research finds.

The study found that 2% of women living in urban areas and 2.4% of women living in rural areas had high blood pressure as they started their pregnancies in 2018. When the researchers looked back at 2007, those numbers were 1.1% and 1.4%, respectively.

“High blood pressure complicated nearly 80,000 of the pregnancies studied, and this wasn’t just older women. Something concerning that we found was that there was an increase in high blood pressure in women between 15 and 24,” explained study author Dr. Natalie Cameron.

She’s a third-year internal medicine resident at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

The rates in the youngest women were still lower than in older women, age 40-44, but all of the age groups saw similar increases in high blood pressure rates

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Multivitamin benefits, olive oil vs coconut oil, flavanols and blood pressure, nutrition and fitness, coffee and green tea, | Health Care


The study found that coconut oil did not offer the same benefits and instead increased low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the kind associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

Flavanols and blood pressure

Those whose diets include flavanol-rich foods and drinks could experience lower blood pressure.

That’s according to a British study that compared what people ate with their blood pressures. Researchers found the decline in blood pressure could be as much as 10%.

Flavanol-rich foods and drinks include tea, cocoa, apples and berries. Diets such as the Mediterranean diet and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet often include these as staples.

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Fitness, cognition linked to nutrition

University of Illinois researchers have found a direct link between physical fitness, cognitive performance and optimal nutrition.

A study published in Scientific Reports revealed that getting the right nutrition improved not only a person’s physical fitness but also

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Headache Relief Pressure Points | U.S. News


When you get a headache, do you instinctively pinch your nose at the top, between the eyebrows? Or rub your temples to try to massage the pain away? If so, you’re not alone, and there may be something to the hands-on approach of making a headache subside.

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Dr. Molly Rossknecht, a neurologist at the Orange County Migraine & Headache Center in Irvine, California, and medical adviser to WeatherX, a company that makes earplugs that help stop and prevent migraines, says that some of her patients have reported that “reflexology and acupressure have been helpful.”

Reflexology and Massage

The Mayo Clinic reports that reflexology is “the application of pressure to areas on the feet” that is “generally relaxing and may help alleviate stress. The theory behind reflexology is that areas of the foot correspond to organs and systems of the body. Pressure applied to the foot is believed to

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Using Pressure Points to Get a Better Night’s Sleep


Approximately one-third of UK adults have sleep problems. The long-term consequences of poor sleep include executive function impairments and increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

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Instead of opting for medication, research has shown that pressure points can boost several sleep parameters.

What are Pressure Points?

The fundamental principles of pressure points, also known as acupressure, are similar to acupuncture. While acupuncture aims to alleviate pain through the insertion of fine needles into the body, acupressure is less invasive.

It involves applying pressure to specific parts of the body called acupoints or pressure points positioned along the meridians. Whereby meridians are bodily channels that help maintain Qi (pronounced “chi”).

Ancient Chinese Medicine argues that if properties such as Qi, Yin, Yang, and internal organs are not functioning adequately or in harmony with each other, then abnormalities can

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