This hip-hop coffee shop pays for free therapy, one cup at a time

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A Chicago coffee shop that focuses on mental health wants to make sure its customers have a place to “talk about hard stuff.”

Christopher LeMark, the founder of “Coffee, Hip-Hop and Mental Health,” has dealt with trauma for much of his life after being “abandoned and abused for a span of 12 years.” LeMark said that he didn’t know either of his parents and struggled with “a lot of complications,” including “physical, mental and emotional abuse” for 30 years of his life.

In 2018, that trauma caught up to him, and he “started crying uncontrollably” in a Starbucks in Chicago’s

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France aims to give third COVID-19 vaccine shot to 18 million by early 2022

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People wait before receiving a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in a vaccination center in Saint-Nazaire as part of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign in France, May 28, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

PARIS, Aug 31 (Reuters) – France aims to have administered a third shot of a COVID-19 vaccine to some 18 million people by early 2022, a health ministry official said on Tuesday.

Last week, France’s top health advisory body (HAS) recommended a booster shot for those aged 65 and over and for those with existing medical conditions that put them at risk. read more

“Those eligible for a booster

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New gene therapies may soon treat dozens of rare diseases, but million-dollar price tags will put them out of reach for many

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Zolgensma – which treats spinal muscular atrophy, a rare genetic disease that damages nerve cells, leading to muscle decay – is currently the most expensive drug in the world. A one-time treatment of the life-saving drug for a young child costs US$2.1 million.

While Zolgensma’s exorbitant price is an outlier today, by the end of the decade there’ll be dozens of cell and gene therapies, costing hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars for a single dose. The Food and Drug Administration predicts that by 2025 it will be approving 10 to 20 cell and gene therapies every

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Does Salt Cause Weight Gain?

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Research suggests that people who eat a salt-rich diet often weigh more. They also have a higher body mass index (BMI), larger waist circumference, and higher waist-to-height ratio than those who eat less salt (2).

It’s easy to assume, then, that a salt-rich diet promotes weight gain. Yet, there may be a few alternative explanations for these correlations.

Salty foods, hunger, and appetite

Studies have found that the people who eat the most salt often also eat the largest amounts of food and the most calories per day (2).

Diets that are rich in sugar-sweetened beverages

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Best at-home metabolism tests of 2021

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Metabolic tests look at a person’s hormone levels or output of carbon dioxide and oxygen. They can also indicate a hormone imbalance or help an individual with their weight goals. Several companies offer metabolic tests for home use that people can purchase online.

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A metabolism test measures the rate at which the body uses oxygen or burns calories. It can provide an estimation of how many calories a person burns when

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