A “HEALTHY” dad was paralyzed and unable to speak after getting the Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine, as the jab is pulled due to the risk of blood clots. Brad Malagarie, 43, from St Martin, Mississippi, suffered a stroke caused by a blood clot in his left middle cerebral artery in his brain within four hours of being given the one-dose shot, according to his family. The news about the dad-of-seven comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Tuesday they were recommending a pause in handing out the shot after six women developed rare, but serious, blood clots out of 7.2million vaccinations. That figure was later updated to nine people which included two people who developed blood clots during clinical trials and seven after the vaccine had been approved for emergency use. So far there is no evidence to indicate the Covid-19 vaccines caused any of the blood clots, including the clot suffered by … [Read more...] about ‘Healthy’ dad, 43, paralyzed & unable to speak after getting Johnson & Johnson vaccine as jab pulled due to blood clots
I grew up in South Korea, where mask-wearing was an accepted norm. Individuals would don face coverings for a myriad of reasons: when they were feeling sick; when they didn’t have enough time to put on makeup; when the air was so cold it chapped their skin; and when high-speed winds kicked up dense dust storms in the deserts of China and Mongolia that wrought havoc on neighboring countries. "I grew up in South Korea, where mask-wearing was an accepted norm." Source: Angelina Bambina/Shutterstock When I immigrated to the United States, I brought a cotton mask with me, and on a crisp fall day, I decided to wear it to my elementary school. The mask immediately drew the attention of my concerned classmates and teacher, who asked if I was feeling OK. I stopped wearing it. Back then, I never would have expected that mask-wearing was to become mandatory. Then, at the beginning of the pandemic, industrious home sewers churned out fabric masks with rapid alacrity. Then … [Read more...] about Lose the Virus, Keep the Mask
Autism is a condition that is often misunderstood and misrepresented. It is a social and developmental disorder that affects how a person relates to the world and communicates with those around them. Being autistic is not about weird behaviours and mannerisms, it is about relating to the world and using language and words in a completely different way. It is being different, not just behaving differently. To suggest that we are all 'a bit autistic' minimises the difficulties and issues affecting those on the spectrum and suggests we could all be diagnosed with autism, which is a fallacy. In recent years it has become increasingly common for adults to seek assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) , and this often happens when they have a child who has been diagnosed and they see themselves in their child's behaviours. In my case, it was an attempt to understand why certain situations and scenarios were problematic for me. It is more often than not a quest for answers. ( … [Read more...] about To Be Assessed for Autism or Not? That Is the Question.
Many younger workers dream of retiring well before 65. But as people get their first grey hairs they begin to realise they want, or need to, work well beyond the age they qualify for NZ Super. A third of under 35s say they want to retire before they hit 65, with another 38 per cent planning to down tools the day they reach 65. But if these are their optimal retirement ages, they will have to do a lot better than their elders, because OECD data shows New Zealanders have some of the longest working lives in the developed world. READ MORE: More plants could begin to 'invade the Antarctic Peninsula' as the frozen continent warms Women jockeys have long reigned supreme in New Zealand, as their overseas sisters battle Government looks to right 'unfairness' highlighted by Down syndrome KiwiSaver Only men and women in the culturally work-obsessed Japan and South Korea, and the Latin American countries of Mexico and Chile, have a later “average effective” retirement … [Read more...] about Never, or as soon as possible: When is the optimum age to retire?