11 proven health benefits of cinnamon

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From Netdoctor

Cinnamon does far more than flavour your favourite dishes. With its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, cinnamon is something of a super spice.

To appreciate the full spectrum of cinnamon’s health-boosting powers, we asked Dr Deborah Lee, of Dr Fox Online Pharmacy, and Dr Sarah Brewer, medical director at Healthspan, to talk us through the evidence-based health benefits of cinnamon:

11 proven cinnamon health benefits

Cinnamon is derived from an evergreen tree from the Laurel family known as Cinnamomum. ‘The powder is produced from the bark of the cinnamon tree,’ says Dr Lee. ‘Strips of bark are removed, dried and rolled into quills, or sticks, which can then be ground into a powder.’

Among more than 80 different compounds that are found in cinnamon, cinnamaldehyde is the most prolific – making up 90 per cent of the spice and giving cinnamon its characteristic warm, spiced

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Trump says he’s ‘getting used to’ wearing mask

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he’s “getting used to” wearing a mask as he showed off his from the White House briefing room podium.

He’s telling reporters that he has “no problem” wearing one, saying: “I carry it. I wear it… and I’ll continue.”

Trump’s recent comments are a major change in tone for the president, who spent months resisting wearing a mask in public and once suggested they were a political statement against him.

But he told reporters Tuesday that he’s “getting used to the mask” and uses one when appropriate.

Trump then pulled his out of a suit pocket and encouraged the public, saying: “if you’re close together, I would put on the mask.”

Trump’s comments came at the end of the return of his evening briefing, which lasted less than half an hour. Trump appeared alone, with no public health experts appearing.



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Can you safely go on vacation amid coronavirus? And other burning travel questions we asked an expert

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With COVID-19 cases rising in popular vacation spots, should people be going on vacation?

They can, but with the same precautions you would be taking if you were home, said Dr. Keith Armitage, medical director of the University Hospitals Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health in Cleveland. Before COVID-19, the travel center mainly assisted people traveling internationally to ensure they were prepared (such as vaccines) for travel.

The Akron Beacon Journal, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, asked Armitage his advice about summer travel plans, amid rising COVID-19 cases nationwide.

We asked an expert: How much coronavirus risk is there in common travel activities?

Dr. Keith Armitage, medical director of the University Hospitals Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health in Cleveland, says you can still take that summer vacation -- with precautions.
Dr. Keith Armitage, medical director of the University Hospitals Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health in Cleveland, says you can still take that summer vacation — with precautions.

Q: As cases are spiking, should people be taking their

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Missouri Gov. Says Students Who May Contract Coronavirus at School Are ‘Going to Get Over It’

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson insisted last week that students who may contract the novel coronavirus upon returning to school this fall are “going to get over it.”

“These kids have got to get back to school,” Parson, a Republican, said during a Friday interview with local radio station KFTK. “They’re at the lowest risk possible. And if they do get [coronavirus disease] COVID-19, which they will — and they will when they go to school — they’re not going to the hospitals. They’re not going to have to sit in doctor’s offices. They’re going to go home and they’re going to get over it.”

“We gotta move on,” Parson, 64, also said about COVID-19 during the interview. “We can’t just let this thing stop us in our tracks.”

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has reported that kids 17 or younger make up about 6 percent of confirmed U.S.

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Baltimore County school board to vote on reopening plan during special meeting Tuesday

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The Baltimore County Board of Education is scheduled to vote on its reopening plan for the 2020-21 academic year Tuesday evening and is expected to approve a virtual return to the classrooms.

Last week, Baltimore County Public Schools superintendent Darryl L. Williams said during a virtual school board meeting that he supported keeping remote learning in place for the start of the school year amid the coronavirus pandemic, citing the safety of students and faculty.

The meeting will stream at 5:05 p.m. and can be viewed online at BCPS TV.

The Baltimore County teachers union and four other unions representing county school system employees said they do not want to return to school buildings until they feel it’s safe. Several school board members also have voiced their support for the remote learning option.

The Maryland State Education Association, Baltimore Teachers Union and the Maryland Parent Teacher Association called on state

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Why the new doctor’s office is your own home

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What do you do when you can’t go to the doctor’s office? As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people around the world to stay at home and avoid crowded and possibly contaminated areas, this has become a big concern.

The pandemic has spurred a new wave of innovation, shedding new light on online diagnosis and remote care technologies that have been around for a while but have been limited to the doctor’s office.

The Dutch startup community, one of the fastest-growing technology hubs in Europe, has played a key role in developing new tools and facilities to make sure doctors can monitor and care for patients remotely. Techleap.nl, a non-profit responsible for accelerating the Dutch startup ecosystem, has helped nurture and grow health-tech startups that are now providing remote care services in the Netherlands and beyond.

Here are just a few areas of medicine where startups are making doctor’s office

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Social media firms let misinformation spread ‘virulently’ on their platforms during Covid, say MPs

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Social media giants allowed misinformation about coronavirus to spread “virulently” across their platforms because duty of care laws are still not in place to regulate them, MPs say today.

The Commons culture committee cited evidence of a range of harms from dangerous hoax treatments and anti-vaccination propaganda to conspiracy theories that led to attacks on 5G engineers.

It said an online harms regulator must be appointed now to hold social media platforms to account and warned that until the proposed duty of care was introduced, internet companies would not be compelled to act.

MPs also accused the platforms of using business models which disincentivise action against misinformation while affording opportunities for some to monetise misleading content.

Julian Knight, chair of the committee, said: “We are calling on the Government to name the regulator now and get on with the ‘world-leading’ legislation on social media that we’ve long been promised.

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We’ll need enormous numbers of Americans to test COVID-19 vaccines; a ‘very encouraging’ 138,600 have signed up

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At a time when some Americans are concerned about the safety of a COVID-19 vaccine, tens of thousands have already volunteered to help bring one into existence.

As of Monday , more than 138,600 people had signed up to take part in testing.

“That’s why we’re optimistic that we’re going to be able to get the trials enrolled in an expeditious way. I think we can do what we need to do,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The milestone was reached just a week after the National Institutes of Health launched a clinical trial network for vaccines and other prevention tools to fight the pandemic.

More are still needed, but the initial surge will go a long way toward filling the requirement for at least 30,000 volunteers each for the four companies that plan to launch Phase 3 clinical trials of

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Hillsborough’s Positive Rate For Coronavirus Reaches 15 Percent

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TAMPA, FL — With positive coronavirus cases continuing to rise in Hillsborough County, the county’s Emergency Policy Group voted to extend the mandatory face mask order for another seven days during its meeting on Monday.

According to Hillsborough County Emergency Management Director Tim Dudley, the rolling 14-day average of cases is 670, an increase of 5.9. The positivity rate based on daily test results is 15 percent.

John Hopkins University of Medicine has issued guidelines recommending that states reach positivity rates of 10 percent or below before they can be removed as “red zone” states.

A document prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force said those states in the red zone should maintain stringent protective measures, limit social gatherings to 10 people or fewer, close bars and gyms and ask residents to wear masks at all times.

Currently, there are 11 states in the red zone including Florida, Georgia,

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NFL offers players to scrap all preseason games

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The NFL has offered to scrap all preseason games, a person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press.

The players’ association had sought no preseason games and the league had reduced the exhibition schedule to two games. But on Monday evening, the NFL said it would eliminate those preseason contests and also would offer players 18 days for acclimation, up from seven days. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the offer has not been made public.

Another part of the offer is to provide a means for players concerned about participating in training camp and/or games to opt out and receive a stipend.

The union has not yet accepted the offers. Should it do so, both sides would have taken a major step toward starting the season on time.

Earlier Monday, the league said players will be tested daily for the coronavirus for at least the first

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