Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe by Niall Ferguson review – information overloadThis dizzying history tour of disasters takes its lead from Covid, and China’s role in ‘cold war II’, but offers little clarity or relief from Ferguson’s flawed certainties ‘Pandemics are notoriously difficult to call’: a pedestrian in a face mask in New York, February 2021. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images
Shadow and Bone author Leigh Bardugo: ‘People sneer at the things women and girls love’The author of the hit YA fantasy talks about Netflix stardom, making her novels more diverse and why she had to give up a close relationship with her fans Ben Barnes and Jessie Mei Li in the Netflix adaptation Photograph: Courtesy Of Netflix
Paint Your Town Red by Matthew Brown and Rhian E Jones review – how Preston took back control. This account of the ‘Preston model’, the Lancashire city’s bold wealth-building scheme whose champions include Labour’s John McDonnell, fails to address to what degree it works
‘Raising a child without a village is doable – but lonely’: readers on the highs and lows of having a lockdown baby. Bringing a baby into the world can be tough at the best of times, and the pandemic has been far from that. Readers reflect on the pain and joy of new parenthood
Want to try Jane Austen’s favourite cheese toastie? Now you can. The ‘household book’ of Martha Lloyd, who lived with the Austens, contains recipes giving an authentic flavour of the writer’s life
Back with a bang: UK theatre bets on bold reopening. Theatregoers want to ‘get underneath the skin’ of societal issues, says National Theatre’s Clint Dyer
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New ways of making our own food can be exciting, especially for anyone who wants to maximize their food's health benefits while also possibly saving a little money. If you've been curious about a cooking trend that's growing—literally—then an important tip that's come out of a new study might help ensure the fruits of your dedication are actually plenty safe for you to eat.Food Safety News published their report this weekend about a study led by a food safety specialist at Oregon State University's College of Agricultural Sciences. Joy Waite-Cusic, Ph.D., conducted the study to examine a way to cut down Salmonella risk due to an increasingly popular practice: "Activating" some grains, sprouts, nuts, seeds, and legumes to create the conditions for them to become a plant. According to Mind Body Green, activation is said to release these foods' most nutritional properties, causing them to deliver their greatest possible benefit to the consumer.To achieve activation in the process known as "sprouting," an important step takes place: Soaking the food in water, often overnight and in waters at room temperature. However, this step that's necessary for sprouting can also create the very kind of moisture that becomes a hospitable habitat for harmful microorganisms to grow, causing contamination to these foods.Fortunately, Waite-Cusic's study led to three valuable discoveries. She and her research team inoculated 15 grains, nuts, and seeds (among the 15 were reportedly almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, brown rice, flax, and hemp) with six different strains of Salmonella bacteria and soaked them in a variety of conditions. Of their findings, Food Safety News reports that refrigeration and salt during soaking significantly decreased the risk of Salmonella growth, as did using cold water to soak the sprouts.Waite-Cusic said that "including salt in the soaking process and refrigeration were determined to be the most cost-effective and easily implementable options for modifying current procedures."Nothing like kitchen solutions that are simple, since it's so important to keep food safe. Read what happened when cashew contamination turned major in At Least 7 People in 3 States Are Sick After Eating This Recalled Food.Keep reading:Doing This With Pasta May Actually Make It Deadly, Science Says9 Side Effects of Giving Up CerealThe One Homemade Treat Everyone Is Trying for Their PetsWhat Walking for Just 20 Minutes Does To Your Body
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The show hosted some of the most well-known designers in the world and boasted guests like Grace Kelly, Jane Birkin, and Josephine Baker. Here's the story of what went down when the fashion industry elite took over Versailles for a night.
You know some cooking oils—like olive oil and avocado oil, which a dietitian recently told us she loves—are healthier to cook with than others, especially given the impact some have been shown to have on heart health. A new study just delivered a conclusion about one common but oft-misunderstood cooking oil. They say that while this one oil has confused scientists and consumers for ages, it actually promotes cardiovascular health and lowers cholesterol.A group of nutritional science researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Texas Tech University led a study that's just been published in the journal Nutrition. The research team noted that while soybean oil is the most widely consumed oil in the U.S. as well as the world, its dangers versus its benefits is a debate that's confused consumers and medical professionals for years. They stated: "Despite the ubiquity of soybean oil in the U.S. food supply and its established cardioprotective effect, U.S. consumers are much less likely to rate soybean oil as healthful in comparison to many other oils such as olive oil, canola oil, coconut oil and avocado oil."RELATED: The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone To TakeThis is problematic, they say. That's because while saturated fat is commonly thought of as a major culprit for heart disease and death, a 2010 study revealed that in 80% of countries, twice the number of coronary heart disease cases were caused by inadequate omega-6 polyunsaturated fat levels (such as those from soybean oil) compared to coronary heart disease rates caused by high levels of saturated fat.To shed light on what they regard as these prevalent misperceptions, the researchers conducted an analysis of past studies which all examined the effects of soybean oil on health, including aspects related to cardiovascular disease prevention, blood lipid (cholesterol) levels, inflammation, and oxidative stress. Their findings indicate that as a polyunsaturated fat, not only does soybean oil "not affect inflammatory biomarkers, nor does it increase oxidative stress," but when soybean oil replaced saturated fat, blood cholesterol levels lowered.The researchers conclude:[…C]ollectively, evidence suggests soybean oil has favorable effects on [cardiovascular disease] risk. In addition, dietary recommendations support soybean oil consumption as part of a healthy diet for general health and [cardiovascular disease] prevention and management.It's pretty science-y, but it seems soybean oil definitely delivers some benefit. Information like this could help you make a good choice next time you're in the oil aisle. Check out One Major Effect Drinking Coffee Has on Your Liver, and keep reading:Eating Habits To Avoid If You Don't Want High CholesterolThese Are the Worst Types of Coffee for Your Heart Health, Science SaysThis Toxic Fat Is More Harmful To Your Body Than Cholesterol, According To Experts
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McDonald's is known for delivering big on size. But as the fast food brand has made some tough decisions during the pandemic, an historic McDonald's store has been closed, effective today, as the owner evaluates what's really best for business.Michigan Live reported Saturday that the world's first "Mini Mac," located in the South End of eastern Michigan's Bay City, has been permanently closed as of today. The Mini Mac is said to carry some fast food historical significance, bearing a plaque as "The World's First McDonald's 'Mini Mac,'" established at 2200 Broadway Avenue in June of 1981.RELATED: 7 New Fast-Food Chicken Sandwiches Everyone Is Talking AboutThe Mini Mac was a petite version of the classic McDonald's store, reportedly featuring a walk-up window, a small dining area, two outdoor dining tables, and a single-lane drive-thru.The owner and operator of the Bay City Mini Mac said in a statement released by McDonald's:"McDonald's reviews its restaurant portfolio on a regular basis to make the best decisions for our business moving forward. After more than 40 years, our restaurant at 2200 Broadway in Bay City is closing. We have been honored to serve our loyal customers and be part of this community."The statement also noted that the employees of the Mini Mac restaurant were offered employment opportunities at nearby locations, while customers received coupons to visit these locations as well. "I would like to thank you for your support," the owner stated via the coupon. "It has been an honor and privilege to serve you all these years."It's said the Bay City Mini Mac was one of just three Mini Mac locations in the country, with the other two in Los Angeles and Pueblo, Colorado. In other news about fast food concepts, check out Chick-fil-A Is Launching a Brand New Type of Restaurant.Also read:America's Top Pizza Chain Accused of Using Controversial IngredientsThis Popcorn Is Being Recalled in 16 States, FDA Says4 Major Grocery Stores That Just Changed Their Mask Rules
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new face mask guidance on Thursday—vaccinated people can take their masks off in most places, indoors and outdoors—and what they thought was good news was met with confusion. Should stores let people in without masks? Should states end mask mandates? Can you trust someone when they "say" they are vaccinated? Why, just a few days ago, did the CDC say everyone should wear a mask? Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, appeared on This Week and Fox News Sunday this morning to explain. Read on for 6 essential points that help clarify the rules, and can save your life—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID And Should Tell Your Doctor. 1 Dr. Walensky Said If You Are Not Vaccinated, You Are "Not Safe" "The guidance that we released on Thursday is about individuals and what individuals are at risk of doing," said Dr. Walensky on This Week. "If they're vaccinated, they are safe. If they are not vaccinated, they are not safe. They should still be wearing a mask or better yet get vaccinated." 2 Dr. Walensky Said "This is Not Permission for Widespread Removal of Masks" "We also need to say that this is not permission for widespread removal of masks," said Walensky. "For those who are vaccinated: It may take some time for them to feel comfortable removing their masks, but also that these decisions have to be made at the jurisdictional level. At the community level: Some communities have been hit harder than others have lower vaccination rates than others. We wanted to deliver the science at the individual level, but we also understand that these decisions have to be made at the community level." 3 Dr. Walensky Explained Why it Was Safe for Vaccinated People to Take Off Their Masks "Let's celebrate this moment," said Walensky on This Week. "We're in a place in this pandemic, cases have been coming down in more than a third, just in the last two weeks. We have vaccine now across this country, widely available for anyone who wants it. And we now have science that has really just evolved even in the last two weeks that demonstrates that these vaccines are safe, they are effective. They are working in the population just as they did in the clinical trials, that they are working against our variants, that we have here circulating in the United States. And then if you were to develop an infection, why even if you got vaccinated, that you can't transmit that infection to other people." 4 What About Grocery Store Employees? Are They in Danger, Now That Unmasked People Can Come Into the Store? "If those employees are actually vaccinated themselves, they are not at risk," Dr. Walensky told Fox News. "The other thing I want to make sure everybody understands is we're not a homogeneous country, right? There are some places that have more disease than others and less vaccination rates than others. And what I would say is in those communities, they should still be looking within those communities before removing mask policies." 5 Dr. Walensky Was Asked, Are Vaccinated People Supposed to Police Those Who are Unvaccinated? "What I would say is those unvaccinated people need to work to protect themselves, need to continue to mask and better yet need to get vaccinated," said Walensky on This Week. "What we're asking our businesses to do, as they are starting to think about the guidance as to what this means for their workplaces, is to make it easy for paid time off for their employees to get vaccinated." She continued: "We are asking people to take their health into their own hands, to get vaccinated. And if they don't, then they continue to be at risk for the unvaccinated. Our policy has not changed this. We were going to get to a place in this pandemic where vaccinated people were going to be able to take off their mask. We're lucky to be there with the science that we have, and now we have to take this foundational step that is completely based in science and understand what it means as we open the entire country." 6 Dr. Walensky Said More Specific Guidance Will Come Soon So should schools go mask free? Businesses? The CDC hasn't said directly—yet. "This had to be the first foundational step that we made in order to update all of our guidance, thousands of pages of guidance," Walensky said on Fox. "We need to update our school guidance, our childcare guides, our camp guidance, our travel guidance. We have a lot of work that we need to do. We are actively working on that now, and we're actively doing outreach with the community to do so." So get vaccinated if you have not yet, and to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss this special report: This Popular Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.