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Don’t Bet Your Life On Wearable Fitness Trackers

Don’t Bet Your Life On Wearable Fitness Trackers

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https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5bbe4e9a3c000018010e1882.jpeg?ops=1910_1000 Last month, the insurer John Hancock announced that all of its life insurance policies would become “interactive” by 2019, tracking fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones. All customers are now automatically enrolled in the Vitality Go program, which rewards customers who enter their data with gift cards and other discounts, or the Vitality Plus program, which costs a minimum of $2 a month and can reduce a customer’s annual premium by 15 percent (though enrollment is automatic, participation in the programs is not mandatory). Reactions to the news ranged from glum proclamations that the company was ushering in the surveillance state, to cheering a new era of rewarding the virtuou
Jennifer Kesse: Why Has This Missing-Persons Case Never Been Solved?

Jennifer Kesse: Why Has This Missing-Persons Case Never Been Solved?

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From all appearances, Jennifer Kesse of Orlando, Florida was a happy, successful, well-adjusted 24-year-old woman with a bright future. Then she disappeared one day in January of 2006 and has never been found. Theories abound as to what happened, with many suggesting she was killed by a male coworker whose advances she had spurned. Will we ever know what really happened? On January 23, 2006, Jennifer Kesse had just returned from a vacation with her boyfriend in the Virgin Islands. She drove to work that morning from her boyfriend’s house in southern Florida. She was last seen leaving work at around 6:30PM. She placed calls to her family, friends, and finally her boyfriend—who lived two hours away—at approximately 10PM. And this was the last contact she was to have with anyone who knew
With ‘Round In All The Right Places,’ Tom Goss Highlights Sensuality Of Plus-Size Men

With ‘Round In All The Right Places,’ Tom Goss Highlights Sensuality Of Plus-Size Men

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https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5bbfddee210000fe02c9856a.jpeg?cache=t2p34or5uc&ops=1910_1000 Tom Goss strives to “show the world a different kind of beauty” with his latest tune, “Round In All The Right Places.” Sonically, the song is a throwback ― a wink to doo-wop ballads of the 1950s and ’60s. Goss, however, appears only intermittently amid a colorful cast of plus-size queer men in varying stages of undress throughout the accompanying music video, viewed above. With that in mind, the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter wants his audience to interpret the clip as both forward-thinking and pleasantly nostalgic.  “I want to change lives for the better,” Goss, 37, told HuffPost of the video, which hit YouTube on Friday. “I want [viewers] to see beauty in a different way. I wa
Powerful Photo Series Highlights The Experiences Of Those Who Live With A Rare Disease

Powerful Photo Series Highlights The Experiences Of Those Who Live With A Rare Disease

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https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5bbe4ac12100006202c984b5.jpeg?cache=VjQQn4cYSW&ops=1910_1000 An original photo series is highlighting the beauty in people with rare diseases and their caregivers.Welsh photographer Ceridwen Hughes created the Beauty of Rare project, which features 16 people who have a rare condition or love someone who does. The series is an initiative of Same but Different, a community organization aimed at raising awareness and counteracting prejudice when it comes to people with disabilities.Eddie Has Infantile SpasmsCeridwen Hughes“When you have a child with special needs, you pretty rapidly become aware that when someone asks you about them, you should never start with their disabilities, but there’s no denying it. That’s the focus of your attention. ... E
‘Grossly Unfair’? Widower Takes Ban On Military Injury Claims To Supreme Court

‘Grossly Unfair’? Widower Takes Ban On Military Injury Claims To Supreme Court

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https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5bc0bfd93c000023010e19a8.jpg?ops=1910_1000 More than four years after Navy Lt. Rebekah Daniel bled to death within hours of childbirth at a Washington state military hospital, her husband still doesn’t know exactly how — or why — it happened. Walter Daniel, a former Coast Guard officer, demanded explanations from officials at the Naval Hospital Bremerton, where his wife, known as “Moani,” died on March 9, 2014. He says he got none. No results from a formal review of the incident, no details about how the low-risk pregnancy of a healthy 33-year-old woman — a labor and delivery nurse herself — ended in tragedy, leaving their newborn daughter, Victoria, now 4, without a mom. “There was no timeline, no records of what steps were taken,” recalled Danie
9 natural ways to increase your metabolism

9 natural ways to increase your metabolism

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Could this amino acid improve glucose control in diabetes?

Could this amino acid improve glucose control in diabetes?

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Is sleeping too much bad for your brain?

Is sleeping too much bad for your brain?

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You Have To Love My Flaws Or You Have To Let Me Go

You Have To Love My Flaws Or You Have To Let Me Go

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I Am. Flawed. Imperfect. Scarred. I am who I am. I am perfectly comfortable and happy with who I am as a person. I may not have the perfect body shape, I don’t have perfect facial features, my hairstyle is a messy bun ninety percent of the time, I have many flaws, but my flaws make me value my unique self. You have to love my flaws because they are part of me.  My flaws have a story behind them. The monstrous scar on my back, it’s a reminder I am a warrior and I am lucky to be alive. The lesions on my legs are reminders that I’ve been beaten and knocked down by the trials of life. The stretch marks on my belly, those are reminders that I have conceived life and a small person lived inside me. Life has scarred my body, but these scars are reminders of all the battles I have endured. You
Will Getting The Flu Shot Actually Make You Sick?

Will Getting The Flu Shot Actually Make You Sick?

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https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5bbf64403c000025020e18ff.jpeg?cache=6GsQrzqOua&ops=1910_1000 Let us give it to you straight: Yes, you should probably get that flu shot you’ve been putting off. Around 80,000 Americans died and more than 30,000 were hospitalized for the flu or flu-related complications during last year’s flu season, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (So, in other words, getting a flu shot is hardly a waste of your time.)The flu, or influenza as doctors call it, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by strains of the flu virus. It can present in a number of ways, from mild to severe, leaving people with symptoms like body aches, a sore throat, coughing and headaches. In worst-case scenarios, it can sometimes result in death.On