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Thanks To The UN, Cannabis Is Now Officially A ‘Medicine’ & People Are Like ‘Der Aaye Par Durust Aaye’

The entire hullabaloo around drugs and narcotics has put a fair section of Indian youth at an edge. Times have been pretty unpredictable for those who like to take the ‘high’ ground (pun intended) in the way they lead their lives. With the authorities taking a good sniff at the many “underground” drug cartels operating in the country, talk about drugs and narcotics even as means of laughter can be pretty risky



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But, you know us. None of that can stop us from reporting on real ‘developments’ that are happening out there. And the most recent news is that cannabis is now officially a medicine. We already know that cannabis has been used therapeutically for thousands of years, but it was today that a historic vote at the United Nations finally recognised the medicinal value of cannabis and removed it from a list of dangerous drugs which are placed under the strictest controls.



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The vote was made after experts at the World Health Organisation recommended that the UN’s Commission for Narcotic Drugs remove cannabis from an international list of dangerous drugs which are discouraged from being used for medicinal purposes. But there’s still a catch. While it’s recognised as a medicine, the UN stated that it still remains banned for non-medical use.

Yet, this sure comes as a welcome news for those who have been rallying for such a reform for a while now. So let’s check out what people have to say about it.

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Dentist warns people who shave teeth down to pegs ‘will need dentures by age 40’

A dentist has warned people having their teeth shaved down in the hope of achieving the perfect smile are “ruining their teeth for the rest of their lives”.

Dr Manouchehri, a dentist from London, shared viral video of a teen who says she visited Turkey to have her teeth shaved down for veneers – only for the expert to point out she hadn’t been given veneers at all.

The dentist corrected her by stating what she had got instead was full coverage crowns, and not veneers which are mouldings bonded to the front surface of a tooth.

She then got into the alarming list of negative long-term effects of having full coverage crowns fitted, made popular by many social media influencers.

The video has had more than seven million views on TikTok

Dr Manouchehri explains: “If you’ve seen my previous video, you know shaving teeth down to pegs like that is going to damage the nerve, and you’re going to need a root canal treatment and an extraction at some point in your life.

“Second point; veneers or crowns will need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years typically. Now, she is a gorgeous young woman, I thinks she’s what, around 18 or 19 maximum, and she is going to need to replace them probably four or five times throughout her lifetime, if not more.

“Not only the financial burden is going to be an issue, secondly it’s going to be a biological burden because the tooth physically can’t be prepared and re-prepared every single time.

Thousands of viewers thanked Dr Manouchehri for sharing the advice

“So she’s a gorgeous young lady and she’s ruined her teeth, possibly for the rest of her life and she’s going to have dentures by the age of 40.

“I personally wouldn’t choose that, would you?”

The response video has been viewed more than seven million times on TikTok, and many people left comments to say her advice had convinced them not to go through with the procedure.

One replied to say: “Um thank you I literally almost booked my appointment for next week, thank you for saving me.”

A second person said: “I can confirm. I have ONE I had done at 25. Now have to have it replaced at 25. And have a root canal.”

Another added: “It’s actually heartbreaking to see so many young people feel the need to go to these extremes in the name of beauty. Very sad.”

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Here’s Why Over 1 Million People Have Quit Planet Fitness Since July

If you peek inside a Planet Fitness (NYSE: PLNT) gym location these days, things look busy. Granted, it might not be as busy as it once was, but members are nonetheless exercising despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Management says that its usage rates (how many people are actually present in the building) are currently 67% to 74% of what they were last year at this time.



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Here’s Why Over 1 Million People Have Quit Planet Fitness Since July

The usage rate appears to be trending in the right direction. But it doesn’t tell the whole story for Planet Fitness, and the next stat should give investors pause. Since July, the company has lost over 1 million members. 



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The mass exodus

Gyms weren’t considered an essential business when government decision-makers were trying to determine what could stay open shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic began. As a result, all 2,000 Planet Fitness locations were closed at some point in 2020. However, somewhat surprisingly, the company lost relatively few members while gym locations were closed.

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Planet Fitness charges a monthly membership fee, but the fee was waived while gyms were closed. This gave members very little incentive to cancel their memberships early on. However, as gyms started reopening, the company started to bill people once again. And once this happened, there was a mass exodus.

In the conference call to discuss third-quarter results, Planet Fitness management said it noticed a lot of losses during the second-month billing. This seems to imply members were charged for the first month after their local gym reopened, perhaps unaware it had started back up. But they made sure to cancel before having to pay the second bill. 

Putting it in context

Membership for Planet Fitness peaked in the first quarter of 2020 at 15.5 million. This was an incredible jump from the prior quarter when it had 14.4 million members. But the timing of this jump makes sense. With the dawn of a new year, many people resolve to exercise more frequently.

This 1.1 million-member jump came on the heels of a hot 2019. In 2019, Planet Fitness added a whopping 1.9 million members. Totaling it up, from the end of 2018 to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., the company had added 3 million members — up an impressive 24% over just five fiscal quarters. Then the coronavirus derailed the train.

As of October, Planet Fitness was down to 14 million members. The last time the company had just 14 million members was in the second quarter of 2019. Back then, there were 1,859 locations. Now there are 2,086. So, not only has membership fallen, but members per location have plummeted dramatically. 



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Why it matters

Planet Fitness may have merely lost low-commitment members. The company expressly targets

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Dave Grohl teases Foo Fighters’ ‘party album’ Medicine at Midnight | People



Dave Grohl teases Foo Fighters' 'party album' Medicine at Midnight

Foo Fighters’ new record ‘Medicine at Midnight’ is their “Saturday night party album”.

Dave Grohl and co gave fans the first taste of their delayed 10th LP with the lead single, ‘Shame Shame’, which they debuted on ‘Saturday Night Live’ over the weekend.

And now, the ‘Learn to Fly’ hitmaker has teased that fans can expect a totally different and “fresh” sound on their follow-up to 2017’s ‘Concrete + Gold’.

Speaking to NME.com, Grohl said of their upcoming nine-track collection: “Since it’s our 10th record and 25th anniversary, we decided years ago that we wanted to do something that sounded fresh. We’ve made so many different types of album, we’ve done acoustic things, we’ve done punk-rock things, mid-tempo Americana type of things. We have a lot of albums to fall back on, so you just have to go with our gut feeling and I thought instead of making some mellow adult album, I thought ‘F*** that, let’s make a party album.'”

Asked what type of “party” it is, the former Nirvana drummer explained: “A lot of our favorite records have these big grooves and riffs. I hate to call it a funk or dance record, but it’s more energetic in a lot of ways than anything we’ve ever done and it was really designed to be that Saturday night party album. It was written and sequenced in a way that you put on, and nine songs later you’ll just put it on again. Y’know, songs like ‘Making A Fire’. To me that’s rooted in Sly & The Family Stone grooves, but amplified in the way that the Foo Fighters do it.”

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The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Keep Killing People Across Rural America, and in Missouri

In a normal year, hospitals in rural southern Missouri see a lot of snake bites and rolled ankles.

They’re ailments you acquire canoeing in the early autumn sun or “hold-my-beer-and-watch-this-ing” at night, as an emergency doctor in the area who requested anonymity because he had not been given clearance to speak on behalf of his hospital told The Daily Beast.

“Obviously, this year is really different,” said the doctor, who noted that he contracts out to several hospitals in the area, sometimes driving three hours from his home to serve rural communities coping with COVID-19 outbreaks. Although New York and Washington were dealing with overflowing hospitals and piles of body bags in March, the Missouri doctor told The Daily Beast he didn’t treat a coronavirus-positive patient until May.

Things increased slowly at first, but the past six weeks have been a test of fortitude for the doctor, his nurses, respiratory therapists, and their facilities staff. And regardless of who prevails in a presidential election that saw little campaigning in this erstwhile swing state, the scale of the suffering and loss of life here—coupled with lingering pandemic skepticism—demonstrates the size of the hole out of which the country must still dig itself.

“I get dirty looks going into the gas station wearing a mask,” said the doctor. “It’s just unfathomable the disconnect between being one of the worst areas for COVID, while people who are not necessarily healthy at a baseline are still just acting like there is absolutely nothing going on.”

As of Tuesday, Missouri had reported a total of 190,424 cumulative COVID-19 infections and 3,064 deaths. About 16,111 of those cases had been recorded in the past seven days, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard. Though there have been significant improvements in the state’s ability to test for the virus, its positivity rate measured over the past seven days was a staggering 28.6 percent. A popular threshold for a percent positive being “too high” is 5 percent.

A number of other largely rural states in the Midwest were struggling on Tuesday, with North and South Dakota in particular emerging as nationwide hotspots. North Dakota has seen a 167-percent increase in cases in just one month. Nationwide, on Tuesday alone, at least 540 new deaths and 93,581 new cases were reported. Those numbers are even more concerning when factoring in the 232,529 Americans who’ve already lost their lives from the virus—an amount some experts see doubling by the end of February 2021.

And the pandemic picture is a disastrous one even in rural areas that have failed to capture much of the national spotlight.

Missouri hit a record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations for the fourth day in a row on Sunday, when the health department reported a total of 1,649 patients hospitalized with the virus. According to reporting from the St. Louis Public Radio, the rise in rural cases have driven the state’s numbers. When smaller rural hospitals must refer a majority of patients to larger ones in other parts

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COVID-19 worsens in Florida, with 4,637 new cases, 56 deaths and more people hospitalized

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida’s key coronavirus indicators worsened Tuesday with signs the virus is spreading more out of control across the state.

As another 4,637 people tested positive for COVID-19, the seven-day average for new cases (4,341) rose to its highest level since Aug. 20, according to state health department data.

Hospitalizations for a primary diagnosis of COVID-19 have increased 6.1% in the past week statewide. It’s a nearly 20% increase just in Broward County, which had 251 patients midday Tuesday, up from 210 the previous week.

And Florida had its worst day for COVID-19 testing positivity since Aug. 17. The rate for new infections only went up to 7.58%, based on the state’s reporting. Public health experts say anything over 5% shows the virus is more prevalent in the community.

For now, COVID-19 deaths are continuing to trend downward. The seven-day average for fatalities linked to the virus was down to 47 on Tuesday, the lowest it’s been since it was at the same level on July 6.

But epidemiologists say pandemic deaths are certain to increase, because fatalities follow periods of higher cases like the state has been experiencing. After the July surge of cases in Florida, the state had a peak seven-day average of 184 deaths on Aug. 5.

To date, at least 17,099 people have died from COVID-19 in Florida, including 209 nonresidents who died in the state. Most of the 56 deaths reported Tuesday happened in recent weeks but were just confirmed in the past day.

Without explanation, the state posted its daily coronavirus numbers more than four hours late on Tuesday.

When the report was finally posted, it showed Florida still trending higher with virus infections. There have now been at least 4,000 new cases on six of the past eight days.

The total is 816,700 confirmed cases since the pandemic began in March.

The number of people hospitalized in Florida for COVID-19 remained mostly unchanged in the past day, updated state records show.

As of noon Tuesday, 2,488 people across the state were hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19. That’s an increase of 16 patients from the same time the day before.

The online report from the state Agency for Health Care Administration updates frequently throughout the day. Hospitalizations hit a peak in late July of about 9,500 patients. Four weeks ago, the number was about 2,100.

Since the pandemic began, 49,715 residents have been hospitalized for the disease, state health officials say.

Tuesday’s report shows a total of 16,890 Floridians have died, including the 209 nonresidents.

Florida has the fourth-highest total of COVID-19 deaths among the states, behind California, Texas and New York, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Scott Gottlieb warns of ‘sustained period’ with ‘well above’ 1,000 people dying from COVID-19 a day

The U.S. could begin seeing more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths per day for a “sustained period of time,” the former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Tuesday. 

“We’re probably going to see significant spread across the entire United States in a confluent epidemic that we’re much better prepared to deal with, so I don’t think that we’re going to see the excess death that we saw with the first wave of this pandemic when it struck New York,” Scott Gottlieb told CNBC’sSquawk Box.” 


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“But the sheer fact that we’re going to be infecting so many people right now is probably going to mean that the death tolls get well above 1,000 for a sustained period of time,” Gottlieb said. 

The public health expert told the news outlet that the next several months could be “the last acute phase of this pandemic” and predicted the U.S. could be in a better coronavirus situation next year. He said cases will likely peak by the time a new president is inaugurated in January. 

Currently, the U.S. is averaging more than 83,000 new cases per day and more than 830 deaths, according to The COVID Tracking Project. The number of daily deaths is still far lower than the peak daily death toll in the spring when the U.S. was averaging more than 2,000 deaths. 

Outbreaks are on the rise in most states, with some states reporting record hospitalizations. The U.S. on Friday reported more than 99,000 new cases — a record peak of confirmed infections in a single day. Gottlieb previously warned the country would cross 100,000 infections per day in the next couple of weeks or sooner. 

Earlier this week, the former FDA commissioner warned that the Thanksgiving holiday could be the “inflection point” of a dangerous surge in cases that has already kicked off. He said the country is right at the beginning of “what looks like exponential growth” in the Midwest and Great Lakes region.


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Coronavirus updates: CDC says people who test positive for covid-19 can still vote in person

Here are the latest developments:

As the presidential election collides with a global pandemic, the CDC says that people who are sick with the coronavirus can still vote in person on Tuesday.

In newly-updated guidance published Sunday, the agency says that voters who have tested positive or may have been exposed to the coronavirus should follow the standard advice to wear a mask, stay at least six feet away from others and sanitize their hands before and after voting. “You should also let poll workers know that you are sick or in quarantine when you arrive at the polling location,” the CDC’s website states.

For tens of thousands of Americans, that may be the only option: People who received their test results in the past few days missed the cutoff to request an absentee ballot in most states, and getting an exemption typically requires surmounting arduous logistical hurdles, as The Post previously reported. But the prospect of casting a ballot alongside someone who’s sick is unlikely to defuse the tension surrounding mask-wearing at polling places — something that remains optional in multiple states.

While turnout numbers and exit polls consume much of the national attention, the steady rise of new infections across the country shows no sign of abating. The United States reported more than 86,000 new coronavirus cases on Monday, pushing the total count to nearly 9.3 million, according to data tracked by The Post. Twelve states — Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming — recorded record numbers of hospitalizations.

Rural areas are feeling the strain. In Utah, overwhelmed hospitals are repurposing pediatric beds for adult patients, and plan to soon start bringing in doctors who don’t typically work in hospitals, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

“We’re asking people to do things that they trained for, maybe when they were a resident, but they haven’t done in three years,” Russell Vinik, chief medical operations officer at University of Utah Health, told the paper on Monday.

Jacqueline Dupree contributed to this report.

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People With COVID-19 Can Still Vote In Person, CDC Says

KEY POINTS

  • The CDC said people infected with COVID-19 may still exercise their right to vote
  • Sick voters would be asked to follow safety guidelines
  • The recommendations come as case numbers continue to increase in 40 states

People who have been infected or are currently sick with the novel coronavirus may vote in person, according to a statement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In an email written on Monday, the health agency said Americans who are or have been infected with COVID-19 can exercise their right to vote as long as they follow proper safety guidelines, CNN reported.  

“CDC’s recommendations for isolating someone who has COVID-19 or quarantining someone who was in close contact with a person with COVID-19 would not preclude them from exercising their right to vote,” the email read. 

“In-person voting can be carried out safely following CDC’s recommendations for polling location and voters,” it continued. 

Voters who are sick are required to disclose their health condition to on-site poll workers. They also must follow coronavirus safety protocols, including wearing face masks, social distancing, and washing their hands before and after casting ballots. 

Poll workers will be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) and receive training to use them. 

The CDC recommended designating a voting site for those who are ill, extending voting hours, or organizing curbside voting. The health agency also suggested offering coronavirus-infected individuals with alternative voting options, The Hill reported.  

“When possible, alternative voting options — which minimize contact between voters and poll workers — should be made available for people with Covid-19, those who have symptoms of Covid-19, and those who have been exposed,” a CDC spokesperson said. 

The guidelines come as the number of new coronavirus cases reported weekly had seen an upward trend for four weeks. Last week, the U.S. broke another record-high number of cases after health officials reported 98,500 infections on Friday. 

Case numbers also climbed by at least 25% in 40 states, with battleground states seeing the most significant increase. Michigan has seen a 115% increase in COVID-19 cases, while Rhode Island’s case number increased by 221%, an NBC News analysis showed.  

Nearly 5,800 people have died due to the coronavirus pandemic in the week ending on Nov. 1. The U.S. has now reported more than 9.2 million COVID-19 cases and 231,486 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. 
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Kakana: Workouts For People With and Without Disabilities

You don’t have to do much searching through popular fitness platforms to find that they are not made with the disability community in mind. That’s where Kakana comes in. Launched on Oct. 27, it has live and on-demand classes in strength, meditation, yoga, stretching, cardio, and cross-cycling led by both able-bodied and disabled athletes and trainers.

Kakana founder Matthew Ney told POPSUGAR that he learned how important accessibility was through creating his company Fitbound out of college, which concentrated on short bursts of exercise kids could do during school. “That led me to start asking questions about what was out there,” he said, adding that he shifted away from education and wanted to focus on making exercise accessible and more inclusive for the rest of the population.

In June, Kakana launched a beta class with a handful of participants who took cross-cycling. It’s similar to any cycling class except you utilize a hand cycle or hand ergometer. The goal, Ney said, is having cycling be fully accessible to people all abilities because you can put it on the ground and use it with your legs, too. Then, Ney expanded into other ability-inclusive workout sessions before Kakana’s launch at the end of October. As of now, most of the classes are 20 to 30 minutes long.

A monthly subscription costs $15, but you can try out a seven-day free trial or select the two-month-free offer on the Kakana website. So far, there are 10 live Zoom classes per week, which are transferred on demand permanently within seven days via the Kakana website. (Ney noted you can turn your video off during the live sessions if you want to.) There are also virtual “locker rooms” 10 minutes before each live class for participants to sign on early and get to know each other. Ney said there’s time to additionally stay on after the class to give feedback and ask questions.

Team USA para-lifter Blaze Foster is a cross-cycling and strength instructor for Kakana, and he told POPSUGAR that, as someone with a physical disability, he’s well aware of how easily you can feel alone when it comes to bettering yourself. A platform like Kakana is very important, he stated, especially for those with disabilities. “I’m a big, firm believer in health is wealth, and you really want to keep yourself healthy both physically and mentally,” he said. “Being a part of group fitness is a great way to help you with that aspect of life.”

Ney noted that despite the fact that athletes and fitness professionals are on the Kakana roster thus far — yoga instructor Marsha Danzig and trainer Sunny Miller, for example — he aims to expand the Kakana instructor lineup soon, and anyone with or without disabilities can apply since the training regimen is intensive. “I looked to find instructors that would engage and draw me in and be a leader for accessible fitness,” he explained.

“When you talk about fitness alone, it is something that pushes you forward

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