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Issue 20 - November 26, 2022

What is a settlers favorite kind of music? Plymouth Rock hahaha, get it? Anyway, welcome to the bi-weeky newsletter 'For the Health of It'. This week we are focusing on eating around the Holidays, genetic predispositions, and learning about toxic positivity.

Have a great week!



Celebrity Health Spotlight

In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the Thor star said he will be taking a break from acting after learning he has two copies of the APOE4 gene, which greatly increases his chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The 39-year-old actor found out about this genetic predisposition while getting a bloodwork panel for his new Disney+ show Limitless, a docuseries about time, aging, and dying.


This Week in Genetics

For a decade, Sonia Vallabh has been living with the knowledge that she has a genetic mutation that will likely cause in her the same disease that claimed her mother's life in 2010. But rather than letting that knowledge paralyze her, Sonia and her husband made a massive pivot: They went from promising careers in law and urban planning to earning their PhDs, and founding a prion research lab at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Listen to the full story here.


This Week's Health Hack

Avoid the "TRIPLEDEMIC" - The Flu, RSV, and COVID are still lurking

Thanksgiving gatherings also kick off a spike in other ER visits as generations gather and swap germs. This year, the danger posed by COVID-19 and other viruses, including an early flu season and RSV, respiratory syncytial virus, is a continuing worry, Kang said. Babies and young children are particularly vulnerable to some infections; older people are more susceptible to others. Open windows, keep a portable air purifier running. To protect the most vulnerable guests, consider wearing masks indoors.


Now in the News

Here’s some of our favorite moments in the news cycle this week.

Away from the cameras, Baevsky is a private chef for celebrities in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, and she documents her experiences on social media, sharing an insight into the homes and eating habits of the famous. Read more to learn how Stars celebrate their Turkey Day!

We hear it all the time: "Just look on the bright side!" And while it can be helpful to thinking positively when facing challenges, too much of this forced positivity can be toxic – thus the term "toxic positivity." This is something we may bring onto ourselves by not allowing negative thoughts and feelings, but it's also something we can cause other people to experience. So, how can we recognize we're doing it?

Autumn anxiety is the tendency for people to suffer from anxiety and low mood during the autumn months. “Unlike other anxiety, there often isn’t an obvious external trigger, and it tends to recur annually". Many people don’t realize how common anxiety in autumn is, and may not recognize it. “However, if it occurs every year, the pattern will become obvious, and one can take steps to prevent it." Read on for more.