Personal Health: The Value and Limitations of a Cardiac Calcium Scan

Supported by Well | Live The Value and Limitations of a Cardiac Calcium Scan Photo Credit Juliette Borda My brother returned from a calcium scan of his heart a few years ago with the happy news that his coronary arteries were free of hardened plaque that could suggest serious underlying heart disease.
Although the test was not covered by insurance, he thought the hundreds of dollars it cost at the time were well worth it. He is a negligence lawyer who was then nearing age 70. The result was a great relief, given his age, stress-filled profession, a not always heart-healthy diet and our family history. Three male blood relatives, including our father and grandfather, had suffered heart attacks in their 50s and all three had succumbed to heart disease by their early 70s.
Fortunately, my brother did not assume that calcium-free arteries meant he could throw caution to the winds, eat anything he wanted and forget about exercise, controlling his weight and taking medication to keep his..

Why Sinclair Made Dozens of Local News Anchors Recite the Same Script

Supported by Media Why Sinclair Made Dozens of Local News Anchors Recite the Same Script Photo “Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control exactly what people think,” dozens of news anchors said last month, reading from a script provided by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Credit fro nch, via YouTube On local news stations across the United States last month, dozens of anchors gave the same speech to their combined millions of viewers.
It included a warning about fake news, a promise to report fairly and accurately and a request that viewers go to the station’s website and comment “if you believe our coverage is unfair.”
It may not have seemed strange until viewers began to notice that the newscasters from Seattle to Phoenix to Washington sounded very similar. Stitched-together videos on social media showed them eerily echoing the same lines:
“The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social ..

At War: On the Road to Sinjar, Armed Men With Shifting Allegiances Decide Who Can Pass

On the Road to Sinjar, Armed Men With Shifting Allegiances Decide Who Can Pass Photo A member of Hashd al-Shaabi on watch on the outskirts of Tal Afar in February 2017. Credit Ahmad Al-Rubaye/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Few American reporters have spent more time reporting from Iraq in the last 15 years than Alissa J. Rubin, who served as both a correspondent and the Baghdad bureau chief for The New York Times at the height of the conflict. Rubin returned to Iraq in 2014 to cover the rise of the Islamic State and was severely injured in a helicopter crash on Mount Sinjar while reporting on targeted attacks against the Yazidi population. She once again returned to the region in January 2018 for a coming article in The Times Magazine. On a drive to the Iraq-Syria border during her last trip, Rubin found that competing military and militia groups had set up checkpoints everywhere, making travel increasingly difficult. The following is an account of the nine hours it took her and h..