Why hope is essential, not a luxury


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Most people hope for something.

The big things: An end to the pandemic. Their candidate to w‌in the presidential election. A better future for their children. They hope for tangible things: a bigger paycheck, a safe home, good health. And the more amorphous ones: love, respect, to feel seen. 

Recent polls show that while most Americans remain at least somewhat hopeful about the future, hope is being tested. Suffering and division are ever-present, and there doesn’t seem a clear path forward. But psychologists say hope is not a luxury. For mental health, it’s a necessity. 

“Most people think about it … like the sprinkles on an ice cream, like it’s great if it’s there, but I think it’s actually fundamental to our basic wellbeing,” said Nancy

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Trump Says He’ll Begin ‘Quarantine Process’ After Hope Hicks Tests Positive for Coronavirus

[Update: President Trump has tweeted that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus.]

President Trump said late Thursday on Twitter that he and the first lady, Melania Trump, would begin the “quarantine process” as they await results of coronavirus tests they took after a senior adviser who is often with the couple tested positive.

It was not immediately clear what Mr. Trump meant by the “quarantine process,” and White House officials declined to immediately provide any guidance. As of 11:30 p.m., the president still had a full day of events planned for Friday, including a private fund-raiser at the Trump International Hotel in Washington and a campaign rally in Florida. He was also scheduled to hold a call with “vulnerable seniors” about the coronavirus.

And even if Mr. Trump first tests negative for the virus, the incubation period for it can last nearly two weeks,

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Trump suggests he may quarantine after top aide Hope Hicks tests positive for coronavirus

Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump’s closest aides, has tested positive for the coronavirus, and the president suggested he may quarantine.

After NBC News and other outlets reported on Hicks’ positive test, Trump himself confirmed it Thursday night in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. He also said that he and first lady Melania Trump had just been tested and were awaiting results either Thursday night or Friday. 

“She did test positive. She is a hard worker, a lot of masks, she wears masks a lot. She tested positive. I just went out with the test, we will see,” Trump said. “We spend a lot of time, the first lady just went and got a test also. Whether we quarantine, whether we have, we don’t know.”

He added: “We will see what happens. Who knows?”

Centers for Disease Control guidelines say people should stay home and quarantine if

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High demand for flu shots? Experts hope to avoid ‘twindemic’

October is prime time for flu vaccinations, and the U.S. and Europe are gearing up for what experts hope is high demand as countries seek to avoid a “twindemic” with COVID-19.

“Take flu out of the equation this fall,” said Dr. Daniel Jernigan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A record number of flu vaccine doses are on the way, between 194 million and 198 million for the U.S. alone — seemingly plenty considering last year just under half of adults got vaccinated and there usually are leftovers.

Still, there’s no way to know how many will seek shots this year and some people occasionally are finding drugstores or clinics temporarily out of stock.

Be patient: Flu vaccine ships gradually, in batches, and the CDC and manufacturers say more is in transit.

“This year I think everyone is wanting to get their vaccine and maybe wanting it

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City of Hope Distinguished Scientist Debbie Thurmond Named New Director of Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute

Renowned diabetes researcher Arthur Riggs will continue to conduct research at the institute

Leading diabetes scientist Debbie C. Thurmond, Ph.D., has been named the new director of City of Hope’s Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute, which continues diabetes research at City of Hope that was started more than 70 years ago. Arthur Riggs, Ph.D., who developed the technology in 1978 that resulted in the first synthetic human insulin, impacting millions of lives worldwide, will continue to conduct research within the institute.

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Debbie C. Thurmond, Ph.D., director of City of Hope’s Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute (Photo: City of Hope)

“Debbie’s depth of experience as a highly successful diabetes scientist and leader, as well as her vision for the DMRI, will lead us to continue to be one of the premier diabetes institutes in the nation,” said Riggs, Samuel Rahbar

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These scientists hope to find the future of medicine in frozen bodies

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The Shandong Yinfeng Life Science Research Institute provides a service straight out of science fiction: cryonic suspension, or preserving bodies at extremely low temperatures with the hope of one day “reviving” them.

It is the only cryonics research center in China and one of only four such institutes in the world.

But Yinfeng’s research goes further than the rest and may eventually revolutionize organ transplant, body-part reattachment and other medical treatments.

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Cryonics in China started in 2015. Du Hong, an author from Chongqing and an editor of Liu Cixin’s world-renowned science-fiction title The Three-Body Problem, which revolves around cryonics, became the first person from China to undergo the suspension procedure after she died from pancreatic cancer that year.

Cryonics usually involves storing bodies in stainless-steel containers

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New Sequencing Of Alexander Fleming’s Penicillin Mold Offers Hope In Fight Against Superbugs


  • Researchers revisit Alexander Fleming’s original penicillin mold
  • Penicillin producers are using a different method to make the antibiotic on a global scale
  • The new sequencing may offer a more effective way to design penicillin

A new genome sequencing of the original mold that was significant to Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin in 1928 may provide a new direction to how the medical industry is fighting superbugs today. 

A team of researchers from Imperial College London, Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) and the University of Oxford used mold samples preserved from more than fifty years ago to identify the new genome sequencing. St. Mary’s Medical School, which is the location of Fleming’s penicillin discovery, is now part of Imperial College London. 

Compared to the new genome of Fleming’s mold, the researchers found that producers of penicillin today are using different strains to make the antibiotic on an

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Italy’s ‘Patient No. 1’ joins relay race as sign of hope


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