Poor Air Quality & Pollution Can Wreak Havoc On Your Skin. Here’s How To Protect It

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The apocalyptic orange skies over California and Oregon caused by recent wildfires and subsequent smog have millions of Americans worried about air quality and pollution more than ever. Though uniquely visible on the West Coast, climate change is taking effect all across the country (and the world), which means there’s an urgent need to figure out how to protect skin from polluted air now.



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To help understand the issue, we spoke with the expert: licensed dermatologist Loretta Ciraldo, MD, FAAD, better known as Dr. Loretta, a clinician and brand founder who has been studying the relationship between environmental aggressors and the skin for more than 40 years. She says that, in addition to the obvious threats to our health, air pollution can cause a slew of skin issues, from age spots and wrinkles to acne breakouts. Ahead, she educates us on the best practices for

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If you absolutely have to visit the DMV, here’s what to expect

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People without appointments wait in line for the Hollywood DMV field office to open on July 16. <span class="copyright">(Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times)</span>
People without appointments wait in line for the Hollywood DMV field office to open on July 16. (Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times)

For most people who have been through the experience, darkening the doorstep of a bricks-and-mortar California DMV field office is not unlike a trip to the dentist — something to be done only when absolutely necessary and only after all other options have been exhausted. That desire for avoidance is stronger right now, with the Golden State recently setting a new one-day record for coronavirus cases.

Actually visiting the DMV wasn’t an option for a while. In late March, all field offices statewide shuttered in response to COVID-19 concerns. It wasn’t until six weeks later that 25 offices opened back up to appointment-holding customers, and it wasn’t until June 11 that the rest of the field offices were back open for transactions that needed to be completed

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Symptoms of COVID-19? Here’s what you can do right now

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Telemedicine claims have surged more than 8000 percent during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: Getty Images)
Telemedicine claims have surged more than 8000 percent during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: Getty Images)

Developing symptoms of COVID-19 is understandably terrifying. And, if you don’t have a primary care physician or you’re nervous to go to your doctor’s office or local hospital, it’s hard to know what to do.

That’s where telehealth comes in. Many doctor’s offices have shifted to providing healthcare through video chat or over the phone during the pandemic. For patients who don’t already have a provider, services like Amwell, one of the top telehealth platforms in the country, allow for quick and easy access to a doctor without a long wait time, and it’s relatively inexpensive for those who do

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Can you visit Baja now? Maybe. Here’s what you need to know

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A water taxi approaches El Arco, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 2015. <span class="copyright">(Christopher Reynolds/Los Angeles Times)</span>
A water taxi approaches El Arco, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 2015. (Christopher Reynolds/Los Angeles Times)

Is this the time for a vacation in Baja?

Absolutely not, says California’s governor, backed by legions of local and state health officials who discourage nonessential travel and are alarmed by the continued spread of COVID-19 on both sides of the border.

Yes, say scores of Mexican hoteliers and travel industry workers, desperate for income and eager to explain new safety measures.

Check with the U.S. government, and the answer depends on which agency you ask — and whether you’re driving or flying.

Meanwhile, scores of hotels in Baja California have opened in recent weeks, betting that thousands of Americans are ready to head south. Airlines are adding Baja flights too, even as Canada and much of Europe have banned U.S. tourists, and the U.S. has banned tourists from much of Europe.

Baja California Sur’s

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People Are Obsessed with Coconut Aminos, But Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Try It

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Photo credit: sveta_zarzamora – Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

While perusing various recipes, particularly Paleo-inspired ones, you may have come across an ingredient that’s unfamiliar to you: coconut aminos. And if you hit Google to find out more about it, an array of health claims about the ingredient often pop up. Curious to hear more, especially if you’ve heard you can use coconut aminos as a soy sauce substitute and sidestep some of its sodium? Read on to find out the real skinny about coconut aminos, what it is, and whether it really has those health benefits you’ve heard about.

What is coconut aminos?

Coconut aminos is a seasoning sauce that’s made from the fermented sap of coconut palm and sea salt. But it’s not going to give your food a tropical twist: despite its name, it actually doesn’t taste like coconut. Coconut aminos has a taste that’s less rich

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Here’s where to buy one online

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Where to buy face coverings online in the UK. (Getty Images)
Where to buy face coverings online in the UK. (Getty Images)
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All the latest coronavirus news and updates. (Yahoo UK)

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Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets will be mandatory from July 24 in England.

This news follows the government guidelines that were put in place in June, which made masks compulsory on public transport in the UK to help defend against the coronavirus.

Only children under the age of two and those with respiratory issues will be exempt from the rule.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, spoke about the new guidelines in Parliament on Tuesday, saying it would “give people more confidence to shop safely and enhance protections for those who work

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Here’s Why You Can’t Lose Weight on Keto

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Photo credit: EMPPhotography – Getty Images

From Men’s Health

The ketogenic diet has been touted as a major weight loss program, where Instagrammers have documented their keto weight loss success stories to encourage others to join in on the craze and tackle their health and fitness goals. And the pictures don’t lie—keto has changed some people’s bodies in incredible ways.

Yet what if you’re not losing weight, despite your efforts? If the keto diet worked for all of these people, and you’re following the same rules, should you get the same results? When you don’t see the scale budge, it can be frustrating—and make you want to stuff your face with pizza instead.

Well, it turns out keto is a bit more complicated, and there are a few common mistakes you could be making that would hinder your progress and make you gain weight instead.

Here are 9 possible reasons

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When will school open? Here’s a state-by-state list

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When will schools open back up? How will schools open back up? Is there going to be school this year?

These are the questions on every parent’s mind these days. TODAY Parents has collected the latest information from every state and the largest school districts in every state. While some schools are planning to start the new school year with in-person instruction, many others are offering online options or a hybrid model. Please note: We’ll keep updating this story, but the situation is changing rapidly, so please check with your local school district for the latest.

Need help deciding what to do about school this year? See our story with expert advice on how to make the decision.

In the meantime, here’s what we know about schools re-opening this year:

Alabama

On June 26, State Superintendent Eric Mackey announced that all Alabama public schools should reopen on time. However, districts

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Here’s how to pick an online school next year

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South Florida school options are diminishing almost daily. The pressure is mounting on parents to figure out how to make sure their kids get a quality education next year.

Palm Beach County schools will likely offer online-only instruction when the school year starts Aug. 10. Miami-Dade schools are also planning virtual-only learning to open the school year Aug. 24. Broward will make a decision on how to open schools in the coming weeks.

So what else is out there? There are private schools, some of which already have announced they will reopen for in-person classes, and charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately managed.

Then there are the public online schools that have been around for years, including Florida Virtual School and county-run virtual schools.

Decisions must be made soon. Some county virtual schools want applications by next week, while Florida Virtual’s deadline is July 31.

Here’s a primer

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Here’s how California will cut pay under each union agreement

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Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration instituted pay cuts across state government in a six-week bargaining sprint that ended July 1.

All of the agreements, which the state Human Resources Department has posted online, use a personal leave program to accomplish the savings. The program institutes immediate savings but the leave time adds to the state’s long-term liabilities.

Under most of the agreements, the state is cutting workers’ pay by 9.23% — the equivalent of two days of work each month — starting with this month’s paychecks. In exchange the state is giving workers two days off they can take whenever they want to, even years from now.

The state also is suspending the contributions workers make toward their retirement health care. That eases how the cuts affect take-home pay by letting employees keep more of their money.

Many of the agreements vary in some degree from that template. Some unions are

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