February 21, 2018

100 Year-Old Teacher Shares Her Secrets for Healthy life

In 2012, Guinness World Records named Tao Porchon-Lynch the oldest yoga instructor in the world. Now, she's 99 years old — and still teaching yoga at her New York studio. How's that for healthy aging?

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Porchon-Lynch, author of Shining Bright: Quotes and Images to Inspire Optimism, Gratitude & Belief In Your Limitless Potential, shared some of her secrets for keeping her body healthy and her mind sharp. We rounded up some of our favorites:

1. She's in touch with her breathing.

If teaching yoga for 75 years has taught Porchon-Lynch anything, it's that mindful breathing can have surprisingly powerful effects. And she's right — experts say that slower, deeper breathing can help us reduce anxiety, improve focus, fight pain and even help in the prevention of diseases, such as diabetes. "When you are in touch with the breath, there is no such thing as age," Porchon-Lynch told the Huffington Post. "Nothing is impossible when you are in tune with your breath."

2. She stays positive.

Porchon-Lynch says yoga helps people look at things in a more optimistic way and melts away stress. (A reminder: Stress can negatively affect your body in many significant, physical ways, including increasing your heart rate, blood pressure and risk of heart attack or stroke, and messing with your weight and digestive system.) "Never put negative thoughts in your mind because it goes right into your body," she said. "When you wake up in the morning, say, 'This is going to be the best day of my life.'"

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3. She still practices yoga every day.

Even at age 98, Porchon-Lynch finds a way to make fitness a part of her daily routine: She wakes up at 5 a.m., gets to her studio by 8:30 a.m., and teaches several yoga classes per day. And that's just the tip of her active-lifestyle iceberg: Earlier this month she took 1,000 students on a retreat to the Bahamas, and in February she'll make a trip across the country for a dance competition. Plus, she and fellow yoga teacher Terri Kennedy are two of the new faces for Athleta's Power of She campaign! (Watch their video for the campaign below.) Color us ommm-pressed.

50 Symptoms of Lyme Disease that is important to know about

Ticks are the ultimate hitchhikers, and the small-as-a-sesame-seed stowaways are on the move. The kinds that carry Lyme disease are now in almost half of U.S. counties — a 45% increase since 1998. The spread results in more than 300,000 people being diagnosed with Lyme every year. If left untreated, the disease can have scary symptoms that target your heart, nervous system, and more.

Giving your body a regular once-over for ticks is the first step in preventing Lyme disease — but don't stop there. It's also smart to stay alert to the disease's symptoms if you've been doing anything outdoorsy, even if you don't think you've been bitten. The key to beating Lyme is to identify it ASAP: New research has found that there's a 21% increased chance of responding well to treatment when the disease is diagnosed at an early stage. Ideally, you want to catch Lyme in the first two to four weeks, but many people miss the symptoms, or confuse them with something else.

Look out in the fall too. Thanks to climate change, ticks are maturing faster and living longer. Doctors are seeing patients come in with symptoms from March through the autumn, with some cases popping up as late as December.

Watch for the easily ignored Lyme signs below so you don't make that same mistake.

1. Red Bumps

Lyme disease is famous for a "bull's-eye" target-like rash, but many people experience a round, red mark similar to an insect or spider bite — or nothing at all. Look out for any unusual redness, and don't write off Lyme just because there's no rash.

2. Flu-like Symptoms

Both Lyme disease and influenza can bring on chills, sweats, and a fever — but a major red flag is having these symptoms without a runny nose or cough. That's a mark of Lyme.

3. Joint Pain and Swelling

While the symptoms are similar to arthritis, aches could be an early sign of Lyme if pain affects just one joint or changes location, such as swelling in the elbow that then moves to the shoulder.

4. Migraines

A stiff neck and headaches are common in the initial stages of infection. Get tested if the pain is accompanied by sore muscles or sensitivity to light and sound.

5. Exhaustion

The disease may trigger fatigue, and some people even confuse it with the extreme tiredness that can occur with depression. If you suddenly have trouble keeping your eyes open, bring up the possibility of Lyme with your doctor.

This story originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

Thinsgs Happens When You Have a Hot Flash

When you get a hot flash, it can feel so hot you want to jump in the freezer. But what's happening to your body? Does your blood pressure increase? And is it affecting your heart? Dr. Mehmet Oz explains what's really going on.

Dr. Oz Says

Incredibly, the specific cause of hot flashes is still a mystery. We know that estrogen interacts with your brain and your central nervous system, which control your body's temperature. And we think that when hormone levels start fluctuating, as they do during menopause — or even sometimes when you're stressed or anxious — it makes your thermostat go haywire. Your brain thinks you're too hot, so it opens up blood vessels in your chest, your neck, and your face; it also cranks up your heart rate and blood pressure to get blood to the surface and cool you down.

Although you're suddenly sweating like an Olympic miler, there's no evidence that hot flashes damage your health. They may not even make you very hot. Your skin temperature might increase a few degrees, but your body temperature usually doesn't change much. It could even drop slightly, since your body is in heat-shedding mode. If you want a little cooling assistance, fill a spray bottle with distilled water and a few drops of peppermint or lavender oil (both are calming scents) and use it on your skin when you feel a flash.

This story originally appeared in the March/April 2014 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

150 Most-Loved Products for Ultimate Relaxation

When I'm stressed, I find positive ways of nurturing and comforting myself instead of engaging in self-destructive behaviors like stress eating and spending money on crap. Ahead, you'll find my favorite beautifying products, healthy snacks, and self-care obsessions. You can find even more recommendations on my curated page on Amazon. —Jillian Michaels

Parents Claim Their Daughter Suffered Terrifying Side Effects

One Texas family is claiming that a common flu medication caused their daughter to experience dangerous psychotic symptoms after taking it.

The 6-year-old was allegedly given Tamiflu, a well-known antiviral drug used to treat or prevent the flu. Her family (who wishes to remain anonymous) says that after taking the medicine, she experienced hallucinations, unusual behavior, and what they believe was an attempt to harm herself.

"The second story window was open, which is in her bedroom, and she used her desk to climb up onto it, and she was about to jump out the window when my wife came up and grabbed her," her father said to CBS 11.

There are several common side effects of the medication: nausea, vomiting, headaches, and fatigue. Mental and/or mood changes are also listed as possible symptoms, and doctors say that while possible, reactions like those are rare.

"I've been in practice 20 years, and I haven't seen that particular complication," said emergency room physician Dr. Glenn Hardesty to CBS 11. "Less than 1% is what's listed in the data sheet."

Though uncommon, these side effects do happen with enough regularity that the FDA chose to investigate the effects in 2005, after "over a hundred cases of hallucination, delirium, confusion, and other abnormal behaviors and 12 deaths among children in Japan after they took the medication," according to Forbes.

What they ultimately concluded was that there was no definite cause-and-effect between Tamiflu and the reported behaviors. But the FDA does warn people that children and teenagers with the flu may be at a higher risk for seizures, confusion, or abnormal behavior early during their illness. These effects can happen shortly after beginning Tamiflu, or if the flu is left untreated.

"People who take Tamiflu should be watched for signs of unusual behavior and a healthcare provider should be contacted right away if the patient shows any unusual behavior while taking Tamiflu," the FDA reports.

Dr. Harlan Krumholz also noted in an article written for Forbes that in spite of the FDA approval, there is still a lot that we don't necessarily know about Tamiflu, as the company won't release certain information.

"There remains substantial uncertainty about whether this drug is worth taking," he wrote. "Meanwhile, it is worth asking – why are they unwilling to share the information they have?"

Though the potential side effects of Tamiflu are written in the fine print, the Texas girl's parents say they wish they had been more aware.

"Know that side effects are there for a reason. They're written down for a reason. I guess they can happen, and we got the short end of the stick," her father said to CBS 11.

When Fox 8 reached out to the makers of Tamiflu, they received this statement from a spokesperson:

We cannot comment on the specific case you mentioned at this time. But I wanted to provide some information on safety of Tamiflu in general. The most common side effects associated with Tamiflu are nausea, vomiting, headache and pain. Neuropsychiatric events have been reported during administration of Tamiflu in patients with influenza, especially in children and adolescents. These events are also experienced by patients with influenza without Tamiflu administration. Patients should be closely monitored for behavioral changes, and the benefits and risks of continuing treatment with Tamiflu should be carefully evaluated for each patient.We take all such reports very seriously and undertake thorough investigations. Data is provided to regulatory authorities for their independent review and to date there is no data suggesting a link with antiviral treatment.
If you're wondering whether Tamiflu is safe for your child, consult your family physician. If you notice your child is experiencing unusual behavior after taking this or any drug, contact their doctor immediately.

Facebook To Use This New Feature To Combat with Fake Ads

We all know very well that 2018 will be an election year in the United States Congress. Fearing a wave of political ads linked to the interests of countries such as Russia, hence, the social network giant Facebook has now decided to adopt an extraordinary solution simply to prevent this problem.

018 will be an election year in the United States Congress. Fearing a wave of political ads linked to the interests of countries such as Russia, the social network giant Facebook has decided to adopt an “analogue” solution to prevent the problem: it will send postcards with validation codes to check if the advertiser is even in the United States or not.

We all know very well that it is a growing concern. As in January, the social network giant Facebook recognized that social networks can have a major impact on elections or political discussions and thus influence democracy. In the case of the United States, political engagement groups believe that fake news and targeted Facebook ads helped elect Donald Trump as president of the country.

What worries most is the involvement of foreign groups that use social networks to manipulate elections and serve obscure interests. From an extensive research, the social network giant Facebook itself found that Russian organizations created more than 80,000 posts about the United States elections in 2016 that together would have reached 126 million Americans.

With postcards, the social network giant Facebook hopes to lessen the influence of these groups. It will work like this: every time a commercial is created on the social network mentioning a candidate, a card with a validation code will be sent to the physical address of the person in charge. Without the code, the campaign will not serve or get start.

The U.S. law prohibits foreign organizations from making contributions through internal election campaigns. Hence, postcards shall serve as a verification mechanism. The goal is to check if the person responsible for the ad is based in the country or not.

Katie Harbath, global director of policy programs at Facebook, acknowledges that the move will not solve the problem of manipulative content. Codes can be passed on to external groups in some way, for example. In addition, ads can be created to promote certain candidates without mentioning them.

In any case, Facebook says that this is the best solution found to hinder the placement of political ads sneaked by foreign groups. The company did not say whether the measure will be adopted in other countries, nor when sending the cards will begin in the United States, but confirmed that the method will be activated before the congressional elections scheduled for November.

Maybe it’s not the only initiative. Last month, that the social network giant Facebook bought Confirm.io, a startup that specializes in biometric identification. The company’s technology can also assist in validating the identity of advertisers.

So, what do you think about this new security initiative of the social network giant Facebook? Simply share all your views and thoughts in the comment section below.

Cryptocurrencies Could Drop to ‘Near-Zero’

Recently, a young Russian of only 24 years who is the co-founder of Ethereum, is one of the leaders in the world of cryptocurrencies warned simply by stating that ‘cryptocurrencies could drop to ‘Near-Zero’ any moment’.

italik Buterin, a young Russian of only 24 years and the co-founder of Ethereum, is one of the leaders in the world of cryptocurrencies, and recently referred to the stability to invest in them. The position of Buterin was clear: “do not put more money than you can afford to lose”.

The complex oscillations that cryptocurrencies have had in recent months have opened the debate about their stability to accumulate value at present. It is undeniable that the blockchain technology is revolutionary and its scope is vast. However, there are elements that concern the communities, such as the hypothesis that the bitcoin fell almost by the responsibility of a person.

Among these changes, not even ether is saved, and recently its co-founder noted on Twitter that it is a terrible idea to deposit more than you are willing to lose in cryptocurrencies. Here is what the young Russian of only 24 years and the co-founder of Ethereum commented or tweeted recently via his Twitter profile:-

“Cryptocurrencies are still a class of new, hyper-volatile assets, and could fall to almost zero at any time. Do not put more money than you can afford to lose. If you’re trying to figure out where to save your life’s savings, traditional assets are still your safest bet.”

Here’s the original tweet of the co-founder of Ethereum:-

Vitalik Buterin

Reminder: cryptocurrencies are still a new and hyper-volatile asset class, and could drop to near-zero at any time. Don't put in more money than you can afford to lose. If you're trying to figure out where to store your life savings, traditional assets are still your safest bet.
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The dynamics of cryptocurrencies have been acquiring different edges in the last time. From projects that promise to strengthen the blockchain technology in a radical way, such as Telegram Open Network, to others that are very doubtful in Chile and the world.

As the mining fever has rebounded with questionable methods and even programs to track transactions have been announced. At the same time, state initiatives are beginning to be consolidated.

So, what do you think about this and how do you see the future of cryptocurrencies? Simply share all your views and thoughts in the comment section below.

macOS May Lose Data

We all know very well that the tech giant Apple’s new file system, APFS came last year with the macOS High Sierra version. This is a completely redesigned and prepared file system to be faster and more efficient. However, now according to the latest reports, macOS users may lose data due to this critical bug.

PFS, the tech giant Apple’s new file system, came last year with the MacOS High Sierra version. This is a completely redesigned and prepared file system to be faster and more efficient.

So far the evidence given has shown the reliability of APFS, but a revelation has shown that APFS has a flaw that can lead to data loss.

APFS is designed to be a reactive system devised to perform frequent tasks on an instant basis, such as duplicating a file and calculating the size of the contents of a folder.

This new file system ensures maximum information protection as it provides integrated encryption, Anti-lock protection and simplified data backup.

Failure discovered in APFS
The APFS problem was revealed by Mike Bombich, the creator of Carbon Copy Cloner, one of the most well-known applications in the macOS universe for backing up to macOS, which detailed how he discovered the crash and what damages might occur.

Mike Bombich explained that the crash was discovered when he was developing his application and that it only affects drives formatted with Apple’s new file system. This comes up on sparse disk images, which are virtual volumes of macOS, designed to handle backups and installation of applications, but which Apple OS treats as if they were external disks.

The APFS problem in macOS High Sierra
The error is simple to be provoked and manifests itself as follows:-

A user creates a 50GB sparse disk image formatted in APFS, which stores their data on a 50GB network share;
The user copies data to the network share using 40 GB of space;
The APFS disk image file is not updated, and continues to display 50 GB of free space;
The user attempts to copy a 20 GB file to the disk image;
The copy operation proceeds as planned. The user will still be able to access and open the file after the copy operation, and the checksum is identical to the original file;
The user restarts the computer;
The copied file becomes corrupted since 10 GB of data disappear.

Is it a problem that can affect many users?
Having APFS been applied with the installation of macOS High Sierra, this problem should be on all machines with this version of the Apple operating system. However, as Mike Bombich reveals, this failure does not affect normal APFS volumes, such as boot-up and other SSDs, and should not impact most users.

The problem is even with the disks normally used for backups, accessible by network, and where users deposit their data. The creator of Carbon Copy Cloner has warned that his application will no longer support these “sparse” disk images formatted for APFS until the tech giant Apple solves this problem.

So, what do you think about this? Simply share all your views and thoughts in the comment section below.

Person To Beat This Game Will Win 1 Bitcoin

While most games often reward gamers with digital items or unlocking achievements at the end of the game, recently, a new game has appeared which wants to go further: as it promised that it will give a bitcoin to the first player to unravel all its riddles.

While most games often reward gamers with digital items or unlocking achievements at the end of the game, a new puzzle game which was released on Tuesday (20) simply wants to go further: as it promised that it will give a bitcoin to the first player to unravel all its riddles.

With the suggestive name of Montecrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma, the first-person exploration game contains “24 complex puzzles,” according to its Steam page. Players can share the discovered clues or, if they prefer, leave false clues to delay or disrupt their opponents by treasure hunting.

Montecrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma was released for $4.49, but until next Tuesday (27) can be bought for $2.69 thanks to a generous launch discount. Until the publication of this article, the game already counts on almost 2,500 players, according to the site SteamCharts.

Considering its value, the first player to finish Montecrypto can receive a nice prize, since 1 bitcoin is costing more than $10607.97 in the current quotation. After that, the game can continue to be played, but without the prize for who completes it, and with the steps and clues of who managed to unravel the mystery first and can be visualized in the game itself.

According to the official site of the game, one of the inspirations for the creation of Montecrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma came from the French treasure-hunting book On the Trail of the Golden Owl, published in 1993. Anyone who discovered their tips and solved their puzzles would get the location of a gold owl statue buried by one of the authors of the book. However, still today the golden owl was not found.

To increase the mystery, developers will only reveal their identities when the winner receives their prize. According to them, the game does not use your PC to mine bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency.

So, what do you think about this game and its prize? Simply share all your views and thoughts in the comment section below.

Swype Keyboard For iOS And Android Is finally GONE

We all know very well that Swype Keyboard is one of the best-known deals for keyboards for both the platforms, Android and iOS. It is even one of the factory installed by some of the biggest brands, which give users an alternative. However, now according to the latest reports, Nuance, the creator of Swype Keyboard has officially announced the end of its development.

Speaking of keyboards for mobile operating systems and not mentioning the Swype Keyboard is almost impossible, but, now it seems that soon this situation will change.

Nuance, the creator of Swype Keyboard, has now announced the end of its development.

Swype Keyboard is one of the best-known deals for keyboards for both the platforms, Android and iOS. It is even one of the factory installed by some of the biggest brands, which give users an alternative.

If in the case of the iOS apparently this novelty was already known, in the Android universe the announcement of the end has now appeared in Reddit, when a user has posted a response from Nuance online to a support request.

Swype for Android discontinued from Android

As you can see from this post, the developments of Swype and Dragon have been finished, thus ceasing to appear new or new versions of these virtual keyboards.

According to Nuance information, this decision was strategic and necessary for them to focus on other areas, namely Artificial Intelligence.

Being an irreversible decision, Nuance has already removed its products from the App Store and the Google Play Store, where a search by Swype no longer returns any results.

This is undoubtedly a major loss to the mobile universe. In the case of Android, this was one of the most used keyboards. Many users were looking for this option because of its ease of use and the additional features it brought.

So, what do you think about this sudden decision of Nuance? Simply share all your views and thoughts in the comment section below.

February 20, 2018

Breast Cancer Seen With Hormone Contraceptives

Modern birth control pills that are lower in estrogen have fewer side effects than past oral contraceptives. But a large Danish study suggests that, like older pills, they still modestly raise the risk of breast cancer, especially with long-term use.

Researchers found a similar breast cancer risk with the progestin-only intrauterine device, and they couldn't rule out a risk for other hormonal contraceptives like the patch and the implant.

But the overall increased risk was small, amounting to one extra case of breast cancer among 7,700 women using such contraceptives per year. Experts who reviewed the research say women should balance the news against known benefits of the pill — including lowering the risk of other cancers.

"Hormonal contraception should still be perceived as a safe and effective option for family planning," said Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital, who was not involved in the research.

Women in their 40s may want to consider non-hormonal IUDs, getting their tubes tied, or talking with their partners about vasectomy, Manson said.

Studies of older birth control pills have shown "a net cancer benefit" because of lowered risk of cancer of the colon, uterus, and ovaries despite a raised breast cancer risk, said Mia Gaudet, a breast cancer epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society.

There was optimism that newer, low-dose contraceptives would lower the breast cancer risk, but these results have dashed those hopes, said Gaudet, who wasn't involved in the research.

About 140 million women use some type of hormonal contraception, including about 16 million in the United States.

Researchers analyzed health records of 1.8 million women, ages 15 to 49, in Denmark where a national health care system allows linking up large databases of prescription histories, cancer diagnoses and other information.

Results were published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Novo Nordisk Foundation funded the research, but played no role in designing the study. The foundation has ties to the Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, which primarily makes diabetes drugs and does not make contraceptives.

Current and recent use of hormonal contraceptives was associated with a 20 percent increased risk of breast cancer. Risk increased with longer use, from a 9 percent increase in risk with less than a year of contraceptive use to a 38 percent increase after more than 10 years of use.

Digging further, the researchers found no differences among types of birth control pills. Because of fewer users, the results for the patch, vaginal ring, implant and progestin shot were less clear, but the analysis didn't rule out an increased breast cancer risk for those methods.

"No type of hormone contraceptive is risk-free unfortunately," said lead author Lina Morch of Copenhagen University Hospital.

Researchers accounted for education, childbirth, and family history of breast cancer, but they weren't able to adjust for several other known cancer risk factors such as alcohol use and limited physical activity, or protective factors such as breast-feeding.

Women with a family history of breast cancer may want to ask their doctors about other contraceptives, said Dr. Roshni Rao, a breast surgeon at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

"Oral contraceptives are like any other medication," Rao said. "There are risks and there are benefits. If you have a reason to be taking them, it's perfectly reasonable to do so."

WNBA Star Skylar Diggins-Smith On Beauty

Attention: Covergirl, Maybelline, and all beauty giants, Skylar Diggins Smith needs a contract. She needed one yesterday, but she’ll take one now. When the three-time WNBA all-star and beauty obsessive was asked about the famous faces we’ve been seeing fill the beauty space—hooray diversity and hooray women of all backgrounds—Smith was quick to add that is her thing and she would love to get further involved. “I would love to,” said Smith. “Are you kidding me? Of course, I’d love to be part of a beauty campaign! I love and appreciate the beauty realm and space.”

Smith took time off her offseason to jump on the phone with us and talk all things beauty, nutrition, fitness, and basketball. Let this pro give you a few pro tips.

You’ve mentioned before you have this balance of a beauty and the beast. What does that means to you?

The beauty and the beast started a few years ago and it really applies to every aspect of my life. In my sport, I kind of have an on the court Skylar and an off the court Skylar, but my attitude and approach to the game is fierce and competitive. I'm a mean competitor, that's the best aspect. In my workouts, I'm not worried if I look cute, I'm all about working out and winning. But I also love the contrast. Getting my hair done and my nails done and embracing my femininity.

Tell me about your beauty routine on and off the court. Do you wear makeup in games?

I do sometimes. I won't be full beat, but I’ll wear a little product, a little mascara. Maybe something on my cheeks, but not too much because it's all going to come off. I wear the bare necessity. A little lotion and a bit of moisturizer. I wouldn’t say full-face foundation, but something light and natural. Only for half the game, though. If it’s a TV game or something like that, I’ll wear makeup. I’m pretty much a minimalist when it comes to makeup and my everyday life.

How about fitness; what’s your daily workout routine?

Right now I’m in offseason, so I’m revving up for the season already, which doesn’t start until April, but it’s a lifestyle so I feel like I never stop anyway. I spend about two hours working out just off the court—no basketball, just body, core, and strength. It really depends on the day, I also do some pool workouts. I spend two hours doing weight and body and then I spend an hour to two on the floor. For four days, I just do body workouts and three days a week I do body workouts plus basketball court work. When I get closer to the nitty gritty I’ll ramp it up. It’s about four-hour workout days on the days I do both and on the others it’s two hours.

Ryan Reynolds to Celebrate Her 61-Pound Pregnancy Weight Loss

Blake Lively, mother of two, celebrated a milestone on Instagram this afternoon: Over the last 14 months, she lost all 61 pounds she gained during her second pregnancy with Ines Reynolds. "Turns out you can’t lose the 61 lbs you gained during pregnancy by just scrolling through instragram and wondering why you don’t look like all the bikini models," she wrote in her caption. "Thanks @donsaladino for kickin my A double S into shape. 10 months to gain, 14 months to lose. Feeling very proud 💪😁💪"

What's subtly cheeky about Lively's 'gram is the extra person she tagged in it. Sure, Saladino, who's in the photo, is tagged but also "vancityreynolds," the Instagram account of Lively's husband Ryan Reynolds—as if to say nudge, nudge.

Reynolds already liked the 'gram, obviously. The two have a history of flirting on social media.

This isn't Lively's first time working with Saladino. He also helped Lively lose weight after her first pregnancy when she was prepping for her role in The Shallows. She gave him a shoutout then too. "This fit dude, @donsaladinoNOSE how to kick my butt (see what I did there 😜👃) #WhyIsCelluliteIsSoMuchCuterOnBabiesYou'll die over his training on Broadway. Officially a maniac. Which is of course why we get along. 😄😄😆😋💪💥"

Since welcoming Ines in September 2016, Lively has booked two physically-intense parts: one as an assassin in The Rhythm Section, another as a former MMA fighter making a comeback in Bruised. Saladino is undoubtedly helping Lively prepare her body for both roles. Production on The Rhythm Section, which is currently on hold as Lively recovers from a hand injury, is set to resume shooting in June.

Disease? What to Know About Gigi Hadid’s Diagnosis

On Sunday afternoon, Gigi Hadid made a powerful statement against people shaming her for being “too thin.” The model said her body has been changing over the years because of a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s disease. And not that it matters why her body is changing, by the way—her modeling ability doesn’t change because of her body size.

“For those of you so determined to come up [with] why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started [at] 17 I was not yet diagnosed [with] Hashimoto’s disease,” she wrote. “Those of [you] who called me ‘too big for the industry’ were seeing inflammation [and] water retention due to that.” Here’s what you need to know about Hadid’s diagnosis.

Gigi Hadid

For those of you so determined to come up w why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started @ 17 I was not yet diagnosed w/Hashimoto’s disease; those of u who called me “too big for the industry” were seeing inflammation & water retention due to that.
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Hashimoto’s disease, which affects the thyroid gland in the neck, is more accurately called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, says Dr. Woody Sistrunk, an endocrinologist and thyroidologist based in Jackson, Mississippi. With Hashimoto’s, your immune system creates antibodies that go after your thyroid gland. “The body views the thyroid as foreign, and over time can slowly attack the thyroid, and the thyroid over time may become more underactive,” he says. Antibodies, which are usually meant to fight infections, are created to go after the thyroid in Hashimoto’s patients. This can lead to an underactive thyroid, a condition called hypothyroidism.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the cause of the vast majority of cases of hypothyroidism, which is a fairly common and readily treatable condition, says Dr. Elizabeth Pearce, a clinical endocrinologist who is an associate professor of medicine at Boston University and the president-elect of the American Thyroid Association. “About five percent of people will have hypothyroidism, and up to 15 percent of adults make the antibodies [that attack the thyroid],” she says. That means not everyone with the antibodies will develop hypothyroidism.

Hadid mentioned on Twitter that she had been experiencing fatigue, metabolism issues, and an increased sensitivity to cold, which are all classic symptoms of hypothyroidism. And she also mentioned water retention, another common symptom, which can result in a puffier appearance. When a patient is treated, they may lose the fluid they were retaining, and the puffiness can go down.

Gigi and Bella Hadid before the Prabal Gurung show.
The science isn’t conclusive over how thyroid conditions affect your weight. “The popular perception is that hypothyroidism causes tremendous weight gain,” Dr. Pearce says. “The reality is it’s actually not very well studied.” That’s because it’s hard to figure out how much a person gained as a result of their thyroid condition versus other factors. But once a patient is treated, they often do lose a few pounds, though the results vary from person to person and it may be mostly water weight that's lost.


It’s unclear what actually causes Hashimoto’s, but doctors do know it runs in families. “Especially if a mother has it, it’s about a 50 percent chance of daughters having it,” Dr. Sistrunk says. “If a father has it, the chance is actually higher than that for all offspring. If Dad has it, good gosh, everybody’s fair game.” In general, it’s more common in women than in men, and it’s more common as people get older.

Hadid wrote that once she got her diagnosis, she started taking medication and went through a holistic medical trial to treat her condition. (Neither Dr. Sistrunk nor Dr. Pearce had any idea what she meant by a holistic medical trial.) Doctors usually test for Hashimoto’s disease using a simple blood test. Treatment mainly includes taking synthetic thyroid hormones by taking a pill, usually once a day. People with hypothyroidism likely will have to continue treatment for the rest of their lives.

Gigi Hadid walking in the Jeremy Scott Fall 2018 show.
In general, both doctors recommend keeping your thyroid in mind when you go for your yearly checkup with your general physician. Usually an annual blood test and neck exam can detect thyroid issues. And that’s especially important for women of childbearing age, since untreated thyroid disease can affect pregnancy and even lead to low IQ in a child.

Perhaps Hadid herself put it best when describing her own treatment. “I feel healthier internally and I am learning and growing with my body everyday, as everyone is,” she wrote. “I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone with a body type that doesn’t suit [your] ‘beauty’ expectation.” And that’s a lesson for everyone to take to heart.

Olympic Snowboarders Soothe Sore Muscles and Protect Skin

Work It Out

“Snowboarding requires lower-body strength,” says Chloe Kim, who does goblet squats (traditional squats using dumbbells held vertically near the navel) with increasing weight to strengthen glutes, hamstrings, and quads. For Aimee Fuller and Jamie Anderson, yoga complements their on-snow training by activating core muscles and stabilizing ankle and knee muscles. “We do lots of rails and crazy tricks—you need to feel good in your center of gravity,” says Anderson, a headstand and handstand pro, of their five-hour slope sessions.

A Whole New World

In the past decade, tech innovations have transformed rehab and training. For quick recoveries, Kim swears by NormaTec’s inflatable leg sleeves (a favorite of LeBron James and Simone Biles), which increase blood flow via massagelike pulses up and down the leg. Julia Marino, meanwhile, has traded trampolines for training on the AirBag: 200-plus feet of slope-shaped bouncy houses, ideal for practicing flips and kicks.

Chloe Kim is the only athlete to win three X Games gold medals before the age of 16; Jamie Anderson is USA’s first-ever women’s Olympic slopestyle gold medalist; Julia Marino is a four-time X Games medalist.
Nature's Way

Beyond foam rollers and ice baths, some athletes turn to natural topicals to soothe sore muscles. Marino opts for the plant-based, anti-inflammatory Arnicare gel, while Amy Purdy, a former aesthetician, uses dōTERRA Deep Blue, a roll-on medley of essential oils like wintergreen, camphor, and ylang-ylang. “It’s a ritual after my nightly bath,” she says.

Aimee Fuller was the first woman to land a double flip at the X games; Amy Purdy is a World Cup Para Snowboard winner.
Skin Saviors

Given their lengthy shifts in dry, high-elevation air, these snowboarders are bona fide skin-care gurus. Presenting their best bets for warding off the sun and wind:

Anderson loves Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion, a zinc-based, highly water-resistant sunscreen. “It’s just a really pure product,” she says.

For SPF and buildable coverage, Purdy turns to insider favorite Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, which makes her skin “dewy and fresh.”

Spill-proof Laneige BB Cushion foundation minimizes pores and maximizes coverage. “I use it every day, because it has SPF 50,” Kim says.