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These 7 items make working remotely more efficient and effective
Workers are adjusting to their new employment reality on couches and kitchen tables across the nation.
While many uncomfortable changes are occurring right now, businesses are rethinking office space. Business owners are recognizing long commute times and expensive real estate might not have been the best idea after all. We're watching the reshaping of the American workforce right in front of our eyes with entire companies now working remotely.
Carving out space at home to do your job need not be an obstacle. The following seven items allow you to set up shop and get to business.
Research has shown that sitting for too long is as hazardous to your health as smoking. Stan Desk is a smart response to the problem of long days in a chair. This adjustable birch desk is sturdy and plastic-free. The minimalist design means it fits on virtually any desk. Lightweight and easy to transport, you can move it around your home depending on where you want to work that day. Save your back, hips, and neck with this game-changing device. Typically $246, you can get it on sale for just $199.99.
To accompany your birch standing deck, check out this handcrafted wood charging station designed to hold your iPhone, Airpods, and Apple Watch. The innovative micro-suction tape technology means everything stays in place while charging. The adjustable backing allows you to keep your phone in the case. Two five-foot lightning cords make recharging a snap. Made of natural wood and finished with environmentally friendly oils, you'll feel good about displaying this on your desk. And GadgetFlow's 4.8/5-star rating is a solid endorsement for a necessary accouterment. Get it on sale for $67.99.
Desks are one place to work, but for remote business, couches and coffee tables suffice. It's nice to change up the environment on occasion. This lightweight laptop stand features six adjustable levels and an ergonomic design. The aluminum absorbs heat from your laptop to keep it running smoothly. The solid, anti-slip base maintains its hold on almost any surface. The stand is built for laptops between 10" and 17". Simply fold it up to store it when it's not in use. Save over 60% and get the Aluminum Laptop Stand on sale for just $29.99.
Staring at a laptop is limiting, especially when you have to bounce between windows. A second monitor can be cumbersome, however. That's where the DUEX Pro, a unique screen attachment that raised over $1 million on IndieGoGo, swoops in to save the day. This 1080p monitor attaches to your laptop and doubles your screen's real estate. With 270 degrees of rotation and a 180-degree presentation mode, you'll become a multitasking wizard in no time. Lightweight and energy-efficient, this is a no brainer for anyone working remotely. Use the coupon code SAVEDUEXPRO at checkout to knock the price down to $179.35.
The office coffee pot might be a thing of the past, but you still need caffeine. These delicious pods work with your favorite Original Nespresso® machine. The pack comes with 60 pods total, featuring six flavors that are huge hits: Mbeya, Huehuetenango, Bezzera, Florentino, Munro, and Bancroft. Bonus: each pod is biodegradable and compostable. One fan says of Melbourne's pods, "Prompt service and good coffee. The pods were easy to order and arrived in a timely fashion. I am working my way through the sample pack to find my favorite. Coffee without guilt." Get the sample pack for $39.99 while it's on sale.
To accompany your new standing desk, this ergonomic lumbar pillow will make the time you have to sit that much more comfortable. Specially designed to support the S curve of your spine, the Back Relief Lumbar Pillow is constructed of proprietary extra dense HYPERFOAM™. Translation: extreme comfort. There's a reason it has a 4.4/5-star rating on Amazon. Vogue called it "the key to a healthier home office!" Save over 30% and get this ergonomic pillow for $29.99.
When we first sit down, we're often aware that we need to sit up straight. Yet, as we become consumed with work, it's easy to fall into bad habits. That's where this unique posture training device comes in. This multi-faceted posture correction tool can either be placed directly onto your skin or worn as a necklace "techcessory" (sold separately). The tiny smart trainer buzzes when you begin to slouch, reminding you to sit upright. With over 350,000 customers worldwide and over 10,000 five-star reviews, people are retraining their spines daily. The device is small and lightweight, yet packs a powerful 30-hour battery life on every charge. And it can be yours for just $89.99 (regularly $99.95).
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Is focusing solely on body mass index the best way for doctor to frame obesity?
- New guidelines published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal argue that obesity should be defined as a condition that involves high body mass index along with a corresponding physical or mental health condition.
- The guidelines note that classifying obesity by body mass index alone may lead to fat shaming or non-optimal treatments.
- The guidelines offer five steps for reframing the way doctors treat obesity.
A new 5-step system for treating obesity<p>To help primary care practitioners better treat obesity, the doctors outlined five steps:</p><ol><li>Recognition of obesity as a chronic disease by health care providers, who should ask the patient permission to offer advice and help treat this disease in an unbiased manner.</li><li>Assessment of an individual living with obesity, using appropriate measurements, and identifying the root causes, complications and barriers to obesity treatment.</li><li>Discussion of the core treatment options (medical nutrition therapy and physical activity) and adjunctive therapies that may be required, including psychological, pharmacologic and surgical interventions.</li><li>Agreement with the person living with obesity regarding goals of therapy, focusing mainly on the value that the person derives from health-based interventions.</li><li>Engagement by health care providers with the person with obesity in continued follow-up and reassessments, and encouragement of advocacy to improve care for this chronic disease.</li></ol><p>Insider noted that some health professionals and body-positive advocates don't think the guidelines go far enough in reframing obesity treatment. The update still points "to individual bodies as the problem, not culture," registered dietitian <a href="https://www.bodykindnessbook.com/" target="_blank">Rebecca Scritchfield</a>, told <a href="https://www.insider.com/canada-doctors-obesity-should-be-defined-by-health-not-weight-2020-8" target="_blank">Insider</a>.</p><p>But it's also possible to see how some health professionals may worry this new model could discourage patients from taking the initiative to tackle weight-loss on their own, through exercise and dieting.</p><p>In a <a href="https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnut.2020.00002/full" target="_blank">2020 opinion piece published in Frontiers in Nutrition</a>, Dr. <a href="https://www.frontiersin.org/people/u/69229" target="_blank">Elliot M. Berry</a> argued that misplaced "medical and political correctness" may lead to the abrogation of the physician's responsibility to properly care for patients.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"For example, some doctors are now even reluctant to raise the issue of obesity lest they be accused of fat shaming by not accepting their patients' proportions (despite the quote at the head of this opinion piece), and thereby receive poor approval ratings in an atmosphere where popularity is equated with good healthcare."</p><p>Berry offers a list of nine steps that he thinks could help the healthcare industry better treat obesity, without shaming patients or falling prey to political correctness.</p>
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Our family tree is complicated, and some of the branches are still unlabled.
- A new study of the genomes of Modern Humans, Neanderthals, and Denisovans suggests the three were interbreeding quite often.
- The study also found DNA from an unidentified, archaic human ancestor which we inherited from the Denisovans.
- Homo Erectus is the most likely source of this DNA.
Some of our evolutionary relatives never really left, genetically speaking.<p>The paper, <a href="https://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1008895" target="_blank"><em>Mapping gene flow between ancient hominins through demography-aware inference of the ancestral recombination graph</em></a><em>, </em>was published in PLOS Genetics. It's authors used a new statistical method to analyze the genomes of two Neanderthals, a Denisovan, and two modern humans.</p><p>The new method allowed the researchers to determine when segments of one individual's DNA are worked into the chromosomes of another. These occurrences are called "recombination events" and can be used to determine when specific genes entered our genome and provide evidence of where it came from. As an example of how this can be <a href="https://www.livescience.com/mystery-ancestor-mated-with-humans.html" target="_blank">used</a>, if Neanderthal DNA contained genes from another pre-human ancestor that they then passed to us, this method would identify it. </p><p>The analysis confirmed previous studies that showed that Modern Humans interbred with Neanderthals and Denisovans. However, this analysis suggests that some of this mixing took place between 200,000 and 300,000 years ago, long before what previous studies had suggested. It also indicates that more instances of interbreeding occurred than previously suspected.</p><p>Most interestingly, the researchers noticed that one percent of the DNA in the Denisovans from an even more ancient human ancestor. Fifteen percent of the genes that this ancestor passed onto the Denisovans still exist in the Modern Human <a href="https://phys.org/news/2020-08-dna-ancient-unidentified-ancestor-humans.html" target="_blank">genome</a>. </p><p>Exactly who this ancestor was is remains unknown, but some clues point to who it was. The fact that this ancestor separated from the linage that would lead to modern humans about 1,000,000 years ago is the most useful one we currently have. This led the researchers to suggest Homo Erectus as the most likely candidate. </p>
Who was Homo Erectus?<div class="rm-shortcode" data-media_id="oZzgXq4d" data-player_id="FvQKszTI" data-rm-shortcode-id="0007d6c597f8cc6c95d9d3b5fae7c1ad"> <div id="botr_oZzgXq4d_FvQKszTI_div" class="jwplayer-media" data-jwplayer-video-src="https://content.jwplatform.com/players/oZzgXq4d-FvQKszTI.js"> <img src="https://cdn.jwplayer.com/thumbs/oZzgXq4d-1920.jpg" class="jwplayer-media-preview" /> </div> <script src="https://content.jwplatform.com/players/oZzgXq4d-FvQKszTI.js"></script> </div> <p>The bane of all school teachers focusing on human evolution and the original "missing link," <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_erectus" target="_blank">Homo Erectus</a> was the first human ancestor to leave Africa. They spread widely throughout the old world, with their remains found from Spain to Java. They resembled modern humans, though they were a tad shorter. They were the first to control fire, made tools, created artwork, and likely had rudimentary language.</p><p>It should be repeated that while Homo Erectus is the probable source of this ancient DNA, the jury is still out. We would have to sequence its genome to know for sure. </p><p>Studying human evolution leads us down some very strange roads. It is increasingly clear to us that wherever there was an overlap of human species, there was interbreeding and that a considerable amount of the genetic remnants of this endure to this day. While this might get in the way of the old view of evolution as a slow climb to the humanity, the pinnacle of biological achievement, it does provide us a richer view of who we are, where we come form, and where we might be going. </p>
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