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Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom Musical Adaptation Finds its Leading Lady

first_img Panaretos is a Sydney native and made her professional debut in Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Oliver! at age 11. She is a graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts. Joining Panaretos and Lacey onstage will be Bob Baines in the role of Les Kendall, Drew Forsythe as Doug Hastings, Natalie Gamsu as Ya Ya, Robert Grubb as Barry Fife, Fernando Mira as Rico, Heather Mitchell as Shirley Hastings and Mark Owen-Taylor as JJ Silvers. “The role of Fran requires an actor to transform from within, expressing that transformation in terms of character, voice, and dance. Any wonder why the search for Fran went so far and so wide,” said Luhrmann in a statement. He added, “Phoebe weathered so many tests and hurdles, as Fran the character has to in the story of Strictly Ballroom, to reveal the true star that she is.” A tango is for two and now Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical has found its leading lady in Phoebe Panaretos. The newcomer will play the role of Fran in the musical adaptation of Luhrmann’s 1992 film of the same name and joins the previously announced Thomas Lacey. The long-in-the-works production will begin its run at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney, Australia on March 25, 2014. Set in the world of competitive ballroom dancing, Strictly Ballroom The Musical tells the story of a lifelong ballroom dancer who struggles to find his own style of dancing as he competes to win an international prize, despite his flashy, crowdpleasing moves not being strictly ballroom. The “all-singing, all-dancing” production will include music from the film’s soundtrack, as well as new songs. The film’s creative team will reunite for the musical adaptation, with director Lurmann on writing duty with Craig Pearce, John “Cha Cha” O’Connell choreographing and Catherine Martin designing costumes. View Commentslast_img read more

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Tony Awards’ Second Set of Rulings in 2018-2019 Season: Prom Standouts Eligible as Leads & More

first_img The Tony Awards administration committee met on January 24 for the second time this season to confirm the eligibility status of 10 Broadway productions for the American Theatre Wing’s 2019 Tony Awards. The administration committee will meet a total of four times throughout the 2018-2019 season to decide the eligibility for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards.The productions discussed were The Lifespan of a Fact, The Ferryman, The Waverly Gallery, Torch Song, American Son, The New One, The Prom, The Cher Show, Network and To Kill a Mockingbird.Unless determined otherwise by the Tonys administration committee, actresses and actors billed above a show’s title are automatically considered eligible in lead acting categories, while those billed below the title are eligible in featured categories.Notable among the rulings are Beth Leavel and Brooks Ashmanskas who will be considered eligible for lead acting categories, along with central star Caitlin Kinnunen, for their turns in The Prom. The Waverly Gallery stars Joan Allen, Michael Cera and David Cromer will be considered in featured categories, with Lucas Hedges, currently making his Broadway debut, eligible in the leading actor category with veteran star Elaine May considered a leading actress. Stephanie J. Block will also be considered a lead for her turn as one-third of the title diva star in The Cher Show, with co-stars Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond deemed featured actresses.The full list of the administration committee’s determinations can be found below.Paddy Considine and Laura Donnelly will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in The Ferryman.Joan Allen, Michael Cera and David Cromer will each be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress/Actor in a Featured Role in a Play categories for their performances in The Waverly Gallery.Mercedes Ruehl will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play category for her performance in Torch Song.Brooks Ashmanskas, Beth Leavel and Caitlin Kinnunen will each be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in The Prom.Larry Hochman and John Clancy will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Orchestrations category for their work on The Prom.Stephanie J. Block will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her performance in The Cher Show.Christine Jones, Brett J. Banakis and Darrel Maloney will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for their work on The Cher Show.Jan Versweyveld and Tal Yarden will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Lighting Design of a Play category for their work on Network.The official cutoff date for Tony Awards eligibility is Thursday, April 25 for all Broadway productions opening in the 2018-2019 season. Productions meeting all other eligibility requirements and opening on or before the eligibility date are considered for 2019 Tony Award nominations.Nominations for the 2019 Tonys will be announced on Tuesday, April 30, with the Tonys ceremony taking place at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 9. The Tony Awards will be broadcast live on CBS beginning at 8:00pm ET.The first round of 2018-2019 Tony rulings can be found here. Beth Leavel & Brooks Ashmanskas will be considered for lead acting categories for their turns in “The Prom”(Photo: Deen van Meer) View Commentslast_img read more

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Moulin Rouge! Tops 2020 Outer Critics Circle Award Honors

first_img Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Files Ian Barford Samuel H. Levine Paul Hilton Adrienne Warren Karen Olivo Danny Burstein Krysta Rodriguez Bryan Cranston Aaron Tveit Adam Kantor Elizabeth Stanley Patrick Stewart Lauren Patten Christian Borle Will Hochman Mary-Louise Parker Jonathan Pryce Lois Smith John Benjamin Hickey Tom Hiddleston Jay Armstrong Johnsoncenter_img Joaquina Kalukango Kristin Chenoweth Gus Halper Laura Linney Jonathan Groff Raúl Esparza Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti LuPone, Bryan Cranston, Kristin Chenoweth and Patrick Stewart announced the 2020 Outer Critics Circle Award honorees on May 11. As previously announced, in lieu of traditional nominees with one winner in each category, the 70th Annual OCCs recognized up to five honorees in each of its 26 categories as well as four recipients of the John Gassner Award, which honors works by new American playwrights and offers a monetary prize.With an eligibility cutoff of March 6, nearly 150 off-Broadway productions were considered for the honors, in addition to eligible Broadway productions. Moulin Rouge! topped the list with 11 honors. See the full list of honorees below.OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICALJagged Little PillMoulin Rouge!Tina: The Tina Turner MusicalOUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAYGrand HorizonsThe Height of the StormThe InheritanceLinda VistaThe Sound InsideOUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICALDarling GrenadineOctetThe Secret Life of BeesSoft PowerA Strange LoopOUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAYCambodian Rock BandGreater ClementsHalfway Bitches Go Straight to HeavenMake BelieveSearedOUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway)Little Shop of HorrorsThe Unsinkable Molly BrownWest Side StoryOUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY (Broadway or Off-Broadway)BetrayalFires in the Mirrorfor colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enufFrankie and Johnny in the Clair de LuneA Soldier’s PlayOUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICALBeth Malone, The Unsinkable Molly BrownJanelle McDermoth, We’re Gonna DieKaren Olivo, Moulin Rouge!Shereen Pimentel, West Side StoryElizabeth Stanley, Jagged Little PillAdrienne Warren, Tina: The Tina Turner MusicalOUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICALJonathan Groff, Little Shop of HorrorsJoshua Henry, The Wrong ManAdam Kantor, Darling GrenadineLarry Owens, A Strange LoopIsaac Powell, West Side StoryAaron Tveit, Moulin Rouge!OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAYEileen Atkins, The Height of the StormJudith Ivey, Greater ClementsJoaquina Kalukango, Slave PlayApril Matthis, Toni StoneMary-Louise Parker, The Sound InsidePortia, StewOUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAYIan Barford, Linda VistaEdmund Donovan, Greater ClementsRaúl Esparza, SearedTom Hiddleston, BetrayalWill Hochman, The Sound InsideJonathan Pryce, The Height of the StormOUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICALEisa Davis, The Secret Life of BeesKathryn Gallagher, Jagged Little PillLaChanze, The Secret Life of BeesJudy McLane, Romeo & BernadetteLauren Patten, Jagged Little PillSaycon Sengbloh, The Secret Life of BeesOUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICALChristian Borle, Little Shop of HorrorsDanny Burstein, Moulin Rouge!Gus Halper, Sing StreetJay Armstrong Johnson, Scotland, PAFrancis Jue, Soft PowerDaniel J. Watts, Tina: The Tina Turner MusicalOUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAYLiza Colón-Zayas, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to HeavenMontego Glover, All the Natalie PortmansMarsha Mason, Little GemKrysta Rodriguez, SearedLois Smith, The InheritanceJennifer Van Dyck, The Confession of Lily DareOUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAYDavid Alan Grier, A Soldier’s PlayJohn Benjamin Hickey, The InheritancePaul Hilton, The InheritanceSamuel H. Levine, The InheritanceJohn-Andrew Morrison, Blues for an Alabama SkyChris Perfetti, Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow MoscowOUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCEDavid Cale, We’re Only Alive For a Short Amount of TimeLaura Linney, My Name Is Lucy BartonAedin Moloney, Yes! Reflections of Molly BloomDeirdre O’Connell, Dana H.Michael Benjamin Washington, Fires in the MirrorOUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICALStephen Brackett, A Strange LoopMichael Mayer, Little Shop of HorrorsDiane Paulus, Jagged Little PillAlex Timbers, Moulin Rouge!Ivo van Hove, West Side StoryOUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAYDavid Cromer, The Sound InsideStephen Daldry, The InheritanceKenny Leon, A Soldier’s PlayJamie Lloyd, BetrayalJohn Ortiz, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to HeavenOUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway)Diablo Cody, Jagged Little PillDavid Henry Hwang, Soft PowerMichael R. Jackson, A Strange LoopLynn Nottage, The Secret Life of BeesMark Saltzman, Romeo & BernadetteOUTSTANDING NEW SCORE (Broadway or Off-Broadway)Duncan Sheik and Susan Birkenhead, The Secret Life of BeesRoss Golan, The Wrong ManMichael R. Jackson, A Strange LoopDave Malloy, OctetJeanine Tesori and David Henry Hwang, Soft PowerOUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHERSidi Larbi Cherakoui, Jagged Little PillRaja Feather Kelly, A Strange LoopSonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge!Anthony Van Laast, Tina: The Tina Turner MusicalTravis Wall, The Wrong ManOUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONSTom Kitt, Jagged Little PillAlex Lacamoire, The Wrong ManJustin Levine with Matt Stine, Katie Kresek and Charlie Rosen, Moulin Rouge!Christopher Nightingale, A Christmas CarolDuncan Sheik and John Clancy, The Secret Life of BeesOUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGNSimon Baker, A Christmas CarolMikhail Fiksel, Dana H.Peter Hylenski, Moulin Rouge!Sanae Yamada, Is This A RoomDaniel Kluger, The Sound InsideOUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGNRob Howell, A Christmas CarolTim Mackabee, SearedDerek McLane, Moulin Rouge!Clint Ramos, Grand HorizonsAnthony Ward, The Height of the StormOUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGNVanessa Leuck, EmojilandJeff Mahshie, Bob & Carol & Ted & AliceMark Thompson, Tina: The Tina Turner MusicalRachel Townsend and Jessica Jahn, The Confession of Lily DareCatherine Zuber, Moulin Rouge!OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGNIsabella Byrd, Heroes of the Fourth TurningHeather Gilbert, The Sound InsideJustin Townsend, Moulin Rouge!Hugh Vanstone, A Christmas CarolHugh Vanstone, The Height of the StormOUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGNLuke Halls, West Side StoryBrad Peterson, Broadway Bounty HunterLisa Renkel and Possible Productions, EmojilandAaron Rhyne, The Sound InsideHannah Wasileski, Fires in the MirrorJOHN GASSNER AWARD(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)Catya McMullen, Georgia Mertching Is DeadWill Arbery, Heroes of the Fourth TurningAlexis Scheer, Our Dear Dead Drug LordEboni Booth, ParisPRODUCTIONS WITH MULTIPLE HONORSMoulin Rouge!—11Jagged Little Pill—8The Secret Life of Bees—7The Sound Inside—7The Inheritance—5The Height of the Storm—5A Strange Loop—5Tina: The Tina Turner Musical—5West Side Story—5A Christmas Carol—4Little Shop of Horrors—4Seared—4Soft Power—4The Wrong Man—4Greater Clements—3Fires in the Mirror—3Betrayal—2The Confession of Lily Dare—2Dana H.—2Darling Grenadine—2Grand Horizons—2Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven—2Heroes of the Fourth Turning—2Linda Vista—2Octet—2Romeo and Bernadette—2The Unsinkable Molly Brown—2 LaChanze Beth Malone Isaac Powell David Cromer Patti LuPone David Alan Grier Montego Glover View Comments Joshua Henry Eileen Atkins Shereen Pimentel Daniel J. 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Unexpected medical find leads to $25,000 research gift

first_imgThe University of Vermont Medical Center,The University of Vermont Medical Center (link is external)Joe Golding, CEO of Advancement Resources, was giving a presentation to faculty and health care providers from the UVM Medical Center, the UVM College of Medicine and the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences when Yael Friedman noticed something unusual. Friedman, a major gift officer for Academic Health Sciences at UVM, noticed that every time Golding sat down, he put his foot up the table in front of him. He also looked tired. Little did she know that Golding’s life was about to change radically – with her help.Left to Right: Kara Landry, Cindy Golding, Joe Golding, Mary Cushman, MD. Courtesy photo.Friedman asked Golding if he felt okay. He explained that he had just been diagnosed with a ruptured Baker’s cyst, which can produce acute pain behind the knee. But his leg was swollen, and Friedman was concerned that he could have a blood clot.She had experienced a small blood clot herself in 2014 after experiencing pain in her legs. She also knew that Mary Cushman, MD, medical director of the Thrombosis and Hemostasis Program at UVM Medical Center, was attending the next session of Golding’s presentation. So once Cushman arrived, Friedman asked her to take a look at Golding’s leg.”His leg looked terrible,” says Cushman. “He told me about the Baker’s cyst, but this looked like more than that. And he was about to fly, which would be a bad idea if he had a blood clot.”Cushman arranged for an ultrasound that afternoon and fortunately there was no blood clot. After asking Golding questions about how he had been feeling, Cushman learned that he had experienced some dizziness and some discomfort in his chest. She had a hunch.”I had a feeling something wasn’t right,” says Cushman. “And I’ve learned to act on those feelings. I was worried that it may have been a clot that had traveled up his leg to his lung.”In the end, there was no blood clot in the lung. But the scan found something else: a mass in Golding’s chest.Soon, after returning home to Cedar Rapids, IA, Golding was diagnosed with lymphoma and began treatment, including chemotherapy. The chemo was so strong that, after a while, Golding had to stop.”Something about my body couldn’t handle the chemo. I had to discontinue it because it was killing me,” Golding says. “The only way I survived lymphoma is because it was caught so early. The limited treatments I had – half of what was required – killed my cancer because of my early diagnosis.””It was a life-changing experience,” Golding says.To thank Cushman, Golding and his wife, Cindy, decided to give $25,000 to a research project under Cushman’s watch. After Cushman offered several projects for consideration, the Goldings chose to support stroke research being done by Kara Landry, a fourth-year medical student at UVM who works with Cushman. Landry recently started a neurology residency at UVM Medical Center.”My grandfather had a stroke when I was five and was bed ridden after that,” says Golding. “I grew up visiting him every week. He was drugged up so much; he wasn’t much more than a vegetable. It was a great fear of mine to end up like that.”Golding’s life work with Advancement Resources is to research philanthropy and train development professionals and health care providers how to understand what motivates people to give.”I truly believe that philanthropy is all about engagement. And Mary was willing to listen and never shut me down as we talked, which takes the engagement beyond care,” says Golding. “You start to think ‘Here’s a person I have a connection with.’ It’s not just about my health care – it’s about something else. The deeper conversation is where philanthropy comes from.”last_img read more

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Swiss apparel specialist Assos expands ProShop concept in North America

first_img Related Assos, a pioneer of ‘technologically advanced, design-driven cycling apparel’, has announced the opening of three new ProShops across North America with ATA Cycle in Concord, MA, Signature Cycles in Greenwich, CT and West Point Cycles in Vancouver, BC.These openings come just over a year after the first Assos ProShops in North America were created in partnership with La Bicicletta in Toronto and Fresh Bikes in Arlington, VA. The ProShop, ‘Shop in Shop’, concept was introduced by Assos in December 2012 in Madrid with Castellana Cien Bicis. There are now 23 ProShops across the globe with seven more scheduled to open by the end of 2015.The kick-off to the 2015 Assos ProShop openings in North America was at ATA Cycle in Concord, MA on 1 May – followed up by the ribbon cutting celebration at Signature Cycles in Greenwich, CT on 7 May. More recently, the first ProShop in Western Canada was unveiled in conjunction with West Point Cycles in Vancouver, BC on 4 June.Désirée Bergman-Maier, the Global Experience Manager and daughter to Assos founder Toni Maier, was in attendance from Assos headquarters in Switzerland for the Signature Cycles event. “The ProShop is a beautiful way for the Assos family to connect directly with our most passionate dealers across the world,” Maier said. “We thank North America for their support and are grateful for their partnership.”Assos notes that its ProShops ‘selectively pair with the most committed independent Assos specialty retailers that have proven their excellence in selling the Assos products over multiple years.’ ProShops are carefully handpicked and go through a detailed selection process by Assos to determine the best possible fit. They are qualified based on the retailer’s love, belief and history in representing Assos.The company also ensures that the sales staff are knowledgeable, friendly and specially trained to sell Assos product. Not only are the staff able to give detailed information on all Assos products, they should also be eager to provide the best possible service to the Assos rider.“At ATA Cycle, we strive for excellence in the products we choose and the services we provide,” said Anil Gurcan, ASSOS ProShop Manager at ATA Cycle.“Knowing ASSOS sets the bar when it comes to excellence in cycling clothing, it was the only logical conclusion that we partner with ASSOS ProShop.”The Assos ProShop is based on the idea of creating a place where cycling aficionados can experience the world of Assos and receive a glimpse inside the brand that surrounds the products. Within each store, the Assos ProShop furniture (Assos Display System) is used to merchandise product.The custom furniture is designed by Assos in-house architect, Alfonso Giron, and produced by a furniture specialist in Italy. To ensure consistency for highest layout functionality and highest furniture quality in all Assos ProShops around the world, all projects are planned centrally by Alfonso and all furniture is produced and shipped from Italy.“The Assos ProShop was a seamless integration between our studio architecture and business ethos,” said Paul Levine, Owner of Signature Cycles. “Having a complete presentation of all the ASSOS offerings has increased our sales five fold since the conversion.”Assos adds that the retail ‘Shop in Shop’ concept is based on creating a long-term partnership between premier specialty retailers and the Assos brand. Since the partnership is entered into selectively and based on a long-term model, Assos believes in the importance of making it a win-win partnership and thus shares the costs with the retailer.Therefore, it is in both the retailers’ and Assos’ best interest to make the shop space as successful as possible. There are further plans to expand the Assos ProShops across North America, with Assos continuing to partner with select premier retailers.“West Point Cycles is thrilled to extend our partnership with Assos by opening the first Assos ProShop in Western Canada,” shared Tim Woodburn, Owner of West Point Cycles. “It is always exciting and rewarding to be able to offer cyclists the best quality product and innovation in such a unique environment.”He added, “Working with Assos through this project has been fantastic and we look forward to continuing to provide the best customer service experience along with the best cycling apparel and products in the industry.”Hans Bergman, Sales and Marketing Director for Assos North America, commented on the recent ProShop openings, “By establishing Assos ProShops with our most dedicated dealers, we create an elevated shopping experience for our customer. These ‘Shop in Shops’ have become destination retail locations, with Assos fans driving hours to touch, see and feel this unique expression of the brand.“It has been fantastic to see the interest from our dealers who are exploring unique solutions to connect with their discerning customers while staying ahead of their competition.”Based in Ticino ‘Terra di Ciclismo’, Switzerland, Assos was founded in 1976 with the creation of the first ever Lycra cycling shorts. Thanks to its continued investments in R&D, the company has developed a number of innovations that have influenced the direction in which the bicycle industry has evolved – most of them are now industry standards: first Lycra shorts (1976), first sublimation on a cycling jersey (1980), first Elastic Interface cycling short insert (2001), ‘Choose your Comfort’ concept (2003), Project Starburst, ‘the fastest cycling bodysuit on earth’ (2004), S5 ‘the next cycling shorts generation’ (2008) and the S7 ‘game changer’ cycling short generation (2013).Today, Assos proudly provides its Total Cycling Comfort ethos to more than 30 countries around the world: the integrity of the brand is safeguarded by carefully selected distributors who present Assos products to their markets with local expertise.Assos North America based in Montreal, Canada, represents the brand’s cycling retailers in the United States and Canada.www.assos.comlast_img read more

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How Our Brains Numb Us To Covid-19’s Risks — and What We Can Do About It

first_imgFear of covid-19 initially kept many people hunkering down inside their homes and glued to their screens to order food and needed supplies. Then, with trepidation, they headed out to buy groceries. The next time they left home, they felt bolder. Soon, like me, they were lining up at reopened stores for nonessential shopping trips, setting up hair appointments and seeing friends from a distance. … With parties, when you do the right thing and stay home, “you feel an immediate cost: You’re not able to be with your friends,” Slovic said. He added that while there is an upside to this decision — helping to stop the spread of the virus — it feels distant. “The benefit is invisible, but the costs are very tangible.” I often suspect, though, that I’m getting too blasé about the ongoing threat from covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. And I know I’m not alone. Thousands of us are less afraid than we were at the pandemic’s outset, even though in many parts of the country mounting case counts have increased the danger of getting the virus. We’re swarming the beaches and boardwalks, often without masks. We’re crowding into restaurants we haven’t visited for months. And some of us are gathering in large groups for raucous parties — even in covid-19 hot spots such as Miami, Houston and northern Georgia. … Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media > As the pandemic drags on, people are unknowingly performing a kind of exposure therapy on themselves, said University of Oregon psychologist Paul Slovic, author of “The Perception of Risk” — and the results can be deadly. “You have an experience and the experience is benign. It feels okay and comfortable. It’s familiar. Then you do it again,” Slovic said. “If you don’t see anything immediately bad happening, your concerns get deconditioned.” And according to University of Washington environmental policy professor Ann Bostrom, whose research focuses on risk perception, we have a human tendency to grow numb to mounting numbers of deaths and diagnoses.center_img What’s more, the way we assess cost and reward in this pandemic discourages us from taking actions that keep the virus in check, Slovic said. One of the best ways to reinforce a certain behavior is to make sure that behavior is rewarded and that deviations from it are punished (or ignored). But when it comes to lifesaving behaviors such as mask-wearing or staying home from parties, this reward-punishment calculus gets turned on its head. But as the pandemic stretched into summer, my vigilance began to flag. Trips to the grocery store started to seem routine again rather than cause for panic. In June, I signed my oldest son up for summer camp — albeit one with campers confined to small groups. And I hope to send both my kids back to the classroom when school officially reopens. The end result of all this desensitizing is a kind of overriding heedlessness decoupled from evidence — the anti-mask movements, the beach gatherings, the overflowing dance parties. And experts say this backsliding is predictable — in the face of what feels a threat. By contrast, Slovic said, when you flout guidelines about wearing masks or avoiding gatherings, you get an immediate reward: You rejoice at not having to breathe through fabric, or you enjoy celebrating a close friend’s birthday in person. Back in March, going just about anywhere felt like entering a combat zone. As covid-19 case counts rose across the country, I quaked at the prospect of going to the grocery store. I donned my mask and tried not to inhale as I threaded through the aisles, dousing myself with sanitizer as soon as I got out.last_img read more

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No link found between PTSD and cancer risk

first_imgShare Pinterest Email In the largest study to date that examines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a risk factor for cancer, researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), have shown no evidence of an association.The study, which appears in the European Journal of Epidemiology, is consistent with other population-based studies that report stressful life events generally are not associated with cancer incidence. In addition to corroborating results of other studies, this large population sample allowed for important stratified analyses that showed no strong evidence of associations even among select groups of the population.The association between stress and cancer has been discussed in scientific literature for more than 70 years. Despite plausible theories that would support this association, findings from clinical research have been mixed. LinkedIncenter_img Share on Facebook Researchers compared the rate of various cancer diagnoses among people with PTSD with the standardized cancer rate from the general population in the same time period using data from the Danish national medical and social registers. They found PTSD was not associated with an increased risk for cancer.“The general public may have a perception that stress contributes to cancer occurrence and given the ubiquity of PTSD and cancer and their costs to individuals and society, any observed associations could have meaningful public health implications,” explained corresponding author Jaimie L. Gradus, DSc, MPH, assistant professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at BUSM and an epidemiologist at the National Center for PTSD. “This study, however, provided no evidence that a severe chronic stress disorder such as PTSD is associated with cancer incidence.According to the researchers, the large sample and long study period allowed them to examine associations that have not been studied previously as they were able to look at rare cancer outcomes and associations among important subgroups. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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Baby come back

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The winner takes it all

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The housing market is in a coma and the drugs don’t work – a bit more verve perhaps?

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