Tropical Storm Wutip Lashes Vietnam’s Coast

Green – The Huffington Post
Tropical Storm Wutip Lashes Vietnam’s Coast
HANOI, Vietnam — Tropical storm Wutip lashed central Vietnam on Monday after sinking at least two Chinese fishing boats near the Paracel Islands, leaving 75 fishermen missing, officials said.

The storm uprooted trees, cut power lines and damaged more than 1,000 houses. There was no immediate word of injuries, flooding or major structural damage. Vietnam’s national weather center said Wutip had weakened from a typhoon to a tropical storm by the time it made landfall. It was packing sustained winds of 117 kilometers (73 miles) per hour, it said.

Officials evacuated tens of thousands of people from the storm’s path over the previous day.

Schools in five central provinces closed and the coast guard told 61,000 fishing boats with 303,000 crew members to take shelter.

By nightfall, Wutip had blown the roofs off of more than 1,000 houses in one district alone, local government official Pham Huu Thao said. TV footage showed uprooted trees and deserted city streets in central towns close to the storm’s center.

Wutip sank at least two Chinese fishing ships as it neared the coast near the Paracel Islands, leaving 75 fishermen missing, according to the website of the Hainan government in south China. Two vessels sank Sunday and contact with a third has been lost, it said.

Wutip was the strongest typhoon to gather off Vietnam this season. The most powerful Asian storm this year was Typhoon Usagi, which caused at least 33 deaths in the Philippines and China earlier in September.

Vietnam is prone to floods and storms which kill hundreds of people and cause millions of dollars in damage each year.

26 Songs To Cheer You Up This Instant
Crummy day? Tune in.

Music is a powerful tool: Studies have shown a good beat can ease anxiety, lower stress and even boost heart health.

Over on reddit, users are sharing their go-to songs for cheering up. Below, find a compilation of our favorites, then click here to get some more ideas.

What songs help your grey cloud dissipate? Tell us in the comments below.

Good News – The Huffington Post
‘April Ashley: Portrait Of A Lady’ Explores The Life Of Britain’s First Transgender Icon
Born in 1935, April Ashley was a successful model by the time she turned 26, gracing the pages of magazines like Vogue in nothing but her underwear. By that age, she had also undergone one of the first gender reassignment surgeries in Morocco, leaving her life as George Jamieson behind her to become one of the world’s first visible LGBT icons.

An ongoing exhibit at Liverpool Museum, titled “April Ashley: Portrait Of A Lady,” is paying tribute to Britain’s early transgender advocate. Featuring photographs and documents from the 1930s to today, the show delves into the Liverpool native’s transformative journey, from a confused child to a fashion figure to a lauded leader of the UK trans community.

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April Ashley 1964, Credit: Vic Singh, REX Features

The exhibit traces a timeline beginning with Ashley’s tormented childhood, a tumultuous period dominated by intolerant schoolyard bullies, and a young adulthood in harsh psychiatric treatment. Ashley was steadfast in her belief that she was a woman trapped within a male body, and began working in a nightclub in her early 20s to earn enough money for gender reassignment surgery — a procedure that only eight people had undergone before her.

She was finally able to afford the surgery when she was 25, traveling to a clinic in Casablanca run by Dr. Georges Burou. “I knew by then that I would kill myself if I didn’t have [the surgery],” Ashley recalled in an interview with The Telegraph’s John Preston. “So when I had the money I wrote to Dr. Borou and he said, ‘Please come over when you want.’ When I saw him, he said, ‘Why would a beautiful girl like you want to become a man?’ I said, ‘No, no, Dr Borou — it’s the other way round.'”

Following the surgery, she quickly rose through the ranks of the modeling world, working with famous photographers such as David Bailey. Slipping into the role of a female sex symbol beside lingerie models like Christine Keeler, the joyful period was interrupted only when a friend exposed Ashley as a man to a British media outlet. The news tragically amounted to a scandal, and Ashley never worked in fashion again.

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George Jamieson (center) with brother and sister, 1945

But becoming a public object of desire was hardly her lasting triumph compared to the decades of events that followed in Ashley’s life. After suffering a divorce from a man who annulled their marriage on the grounds that his wife was a biological man, Ashley watched as the transgender community earned the right to legally change their status on official documents in 1999. “I feel free at last,” she is quoted as saying.

Her private life was a mixture of glamour and strife — she was a partner in a restaurant business and she claimed to have had dalliances with Omar Shariff and Grayson Perry. At the same time she worked as a hostess here and a waitress there without much financial security. Nevertheless, she remained an oft-watched celebrity, breaking taboos along the way until she was awarded a MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), a coveted honor bestowed upon her for her advocacy work in LGBT rights with the UK-based group, Homotopia.

She was born into a world where boys who acted like girls were beaten and reviled and scorned,” wrote Jonathan Jones in a recent article. “She lived into –- and helped create –- a world where everyone has the right to the life they need to live. Isn’t that, quite simply, liberating?”

Scroll through photos from “April Ashley: Portrait Of A Lady,” on view at Liverpool Museum from September 27, 2013 until September 21, 2013. Let us know your thoughts on the project in the comments.

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April Ashley 1958 at La Carrousel, courtesy of April Ashley

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April backstage at Carrousel De Paris, 1958

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Le Carrousel promo card for Toni Arthur (April’s former name), 1958

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April Ashley, 1959, courtesy of April Ashley

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April Ashley on tour for Le Carrousel 1959

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April Ashley, 1962, courtesy of April Ashley

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April Ashley with mother at London Airport 1962, Credit: Topfoto

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April Ashley Modelling London 1964, Credit: Vic Singh, Rex Features

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April Ashley in France, 2006, Credit: Rex Features

26 Songs To Cheer You Up This Instant
Crummy day? Tune in.

Music is a powerful tool: Studies have shown a good beat can ease anxiety, lower stress and even boost heart health.

Over on reddit, users are sharing their go-to songs for cheering up. Below, find a compilation of our favorites, then click here to get some more ideas.

What songs help your grey cloud dissipate? Tell us in the comments below.

GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
How To Remember Literally Everything
“Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things,” the Roman philosopher and statesman, Cicero once wrote. And though it was important at the time of Da Oratore, his dialogue on cultivating the power of remembrance, the art of memory is possibly more relevant than ever. Constant digital distractions and multitasking can have a negative effect on working memory.

Collectively, our memories do seem to be getting fuzzier: A recent poll found that Gen Y-ers between the ages of 18 and 34 are more likely than the 55-plus set to forget what day it is (15 percent vs. seven percent) and where they put their keys (14 percent vs. eight percent). They also forget to bring their lunch (nine percent) or even to take a shower (six percent) more frequently than seniors.

Poor memory can strike at any age, and it could hinder your work and personal life. We all remember using mnemonic devices in school (Did “Never Eat Shredded Wheat” get you through third grade geography?), but memory tricks can be more than just study aids. As adults, there are a number of simple and practical tools to help you remember people’s names and stop forgetting where you parked your car or left your keys.

Try these eight hacks to super-power your memory.

Visualize it.

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Need to memorize a list of terms or names? You’ll have a better chance of being able to recall them if the words are associated with an image — particularly if you consider yourself a visual learner (which 65 percent of the population is estimated to be). For example, if you have to remember a meeting at 4:30 p.m., try remembering your favorite quartet (The Beatles?) and a 30th birthday cake. It may sound silly, but you’ll be grateful when you’re right on time.

Try a brain game.

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Brain-stimulating games like sudoku and crosswords can be useful. And there’s also Lumosity, a set of exercises for computer or phone that were created by a team of neuroscientists and improve the memory of 97 percent of users in only 10 hours of playing. Studies have yet to determine precisely how these games boost memory, but there’s good reason to believe that they are effective: A new study in people over age 60 found that playing a video game meant to train the brain boosted the subjects’ ability to multitask.

“My guess is that playing them activates synapses in the whole brain, including the memory areas,” Marcel Danesi, author of Extreme Brain Workout, told Fox News.

Use the Cicero method.

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Also known as the Method of Loci or the “memory palace,” Cicero’s tool for remembering information, outlined in De Oratore, uses the power of support images (in this case, physical locations) and memorized spatial relationships to recall information. As psychologists John O’Keefe and Lynn Nadel explain in The Hippocampus as a Cognitive Map:

In this technique the subject memorizes the layout of some building, or the arrangement of shops on a street, or any geographical entity which is composed of a number of discrete loci. When desiring to remember a set of items the subject literally ‘walks’ through these loci and commits an item to each one by forming an image between the item and any distinguishing feature of that locus. Retrieval of items is achieved by ‘walking’ through the loci, allowing the latter to activate the desired items.

Try this technique by “walking” through the rooms of your house or apartment in your mind’s eye, and attaching information to each room — then, recall the information be going back through each room.

Try the Baker-baker method.

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In a psychological experiment known as the Baker-baker paradox, subjects were put into two groups and shown a picture of a man. One group was told that the man’s last name was Baker, while the other group was told that the man was a baker. When later shown the image and asked to recall the associated word, those who were told the man’s occupation were much more likely to recall the word. The explanation is simple: Although the two words and photos were exactly the same, when we think of a baker, other images and something of a story come to mind (aprons, kitchen, fresh bread).

One Fast Company contributor says that applying the paradox — using the story of Lance Armstrong to remember complex and detailed information about chemotherapy — helped get him through med school. So when trying to remember details, try to create a “hook” by connecting the information to a person or story — the strong association will ensure that you remember the information more clearly.

Take a nap.

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Here’s a good excuse to put work on hold for an hour this afternoon: Taking a longer nap can boost learning and memory. NASA sleep researchers have found napping to significantly benefit the working memory, and a 2008 study used fMRI scans to determine that brain activity in nappers is higher all day long than those who didn’t rest.

Label people — literally.

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Franklin Roosevelt was known to have a memory that would put most of us to shame — he could remember the name of someone he met just once, months ago, seemingly without difficulty. His secret? Roosevelt was able to remember the names of everyone on his staff (and everyone he met) by visualizing their names written across their foreheads after being introduced to them. This technique is even more effective when the name is imagined being written in your favorite color marker, CNN claims.

Eat your Omega-3s.

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Omega-3 fatty acids — which can be found in foods like salmon, tuna, oysters, pumpkin seeds, brussel sprouts, walnuts and more, or taken in supplement form — are among the most beneficial nutrients for your brain. A 2012 University of Pittsburgh study found consumption of omega-3s to heighten working memory in healthy young adults. Eating foods high in this healthy fat may also lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s, according to a 2012 Columbia University study.

Pay attention.

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Perhaps the best (and arguably most difficult) memory hack of all is simply paying attention to the task, conversation or experience at hand. Distraction makes our memories weaker, and consequently we are more prone to forget things.

“Forgetting… is a sign of how busy we are,” Zaldy S. Tan, director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, told Reader’s Digest. “When we’re not paying good attention, the memories we form aren’t very robust, and we have a problem retrieving the information later.”

Have trouble quieting your racing thoughts? Become more mindful by practicing just 10 minutes a day of meditation. A recent University of California study found meditation to improve memory capacity and reduce mind-wandering among students studying for the GRE. And in 2012, MIT researchers identified a neural circuit that helps to create long-lasting memories — the circuit was found to work most effectively when, you guessed it, the brain is paying attention to what it’s looking at.

Healthy Living – The Huffington Post
7 Steps to Reverse Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is a big problem.

44 percent of Americans have heartburn at least once a month. 25 to 35 percent have reflux. It causes tremendous problems, and nobody is asking why. Why are we suffering from reflux? What is the cause? Is it something we are doing or something we are eating? Is there some other factor that’s driving this epidemic?

Many things can trigger acid reflux:

Diet

Lifestyle

Stress

Smoking

Caffeine

Alcohol

Bacteria in your gut

Food sensitivities

You don’t need to live with this condition and there are solutions other than taking acid-blocking drugs to treat your symptoms.

Watch this week’s edition of “House Call with Dr. Hyman” to learn what things may be causing your acid reflux and how you can fix it at the source. You may also download a written transcript here.

Wishing you health and happiness,

Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD is a practicing physician, founder of The UltraWellness Center, a six-time New York Times bestselling author, and an international leader in the field of Functional Medicine. You can follow him on Twitter, connect with him on LinkedIn, watch his videos on YouTube, become a fan on Facebook, and subscribe to his newsletter.

For more by Mark Hyman, MD, click here.

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