Summary of “J.J. Barea’s message on behalf of Puerto Rico: Every little bit helps”

The Puerto Rico where I grew up was an island of beauty.
In Puerto Rico, our infrastructure is not like in the U.S. A little rainstorm and you lose electricity for 24 hours.
We have an amazing community of Puerto Ricans and Latinos in Dallas and they were already gathering donations.
With me were my wife and 10 of my best friends from Dallas, almost all Puerto Ricans.
While in Puerto Rico, I saw signs of U.S. assistance.
This is the message the people in Puerto Rico wanted me to take back to the States.
One of my friends said every day is like a bad movie, over and over again.
So here’s what I’d like to say to anyone reading this story: Every little bit helps.

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Summary of “Astronaut Scott Kelly on the devastating effects of a year in space”

It’s March 2016, and I’ve been back on Earth, after a year in space, for precisely 48 hours.
Over the past year, I’ve spent 340 days alongside Russian astronaut Mikhail “Misha” Kornienko on the International Space Station.
No one at the hospital will have seen symptoms of having been in space for a year.
Our space agencies won’t be able to push out farther into space, to a destination like Mars, until we can learn more about how to strengthen the weakest links in the chain that make space flight possible: the human body and mind.
A normal mission to the International Space Station lasts five to six months, so scientists have a good deal of data about what happens to the human body in space for that length of time.
The second large category had to do with solving problems for future space exploration: testing new life-support equipment, solving technical problems of spaceflight and studying new ways of handling the demands of the human body in space.
The effects of living in space looked a lot like the effects of ageing, which affected us all.
It’s gratifying to see how curious people are about my mission, how much children instinctively feel the excitement and wonder of space flight, and how many people think, as I do, that Mars is the next step.

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Summary of “The ‘Madman’ Is Back in the Building”

I’d listen to Bruce Springsteen sing “41 Shots” and weep in my room while I meditated on police brutality.
The “Madman” had raided my checking account, and there was no overdraft protection for “Sorry, I had a manic episode and rang up $800 worth of novelty T-shirts at Urban Outfitters.” I’d lost friends, an apartment, maybe my job and reputation, too.
During my leave of absence, I’d taken to calling the Bird in the middle of the night, every night, to hear her voice.
“The subway. Confined spaces. Walking through the halls, waiting for everyone to stare at me, and think, The Madman is back in the building.”
I knew I’d need to take medication for the rest of my life and that I’d humiliated myself in front of countless friends and strangers alike.
“Got some meat back on your bones. We’re thrilled to have you back.”
What I’d once viewed as my dream job became a pressure cooker I couldn’t withstand.
The cramped jail cells where we public defenders spend so much of our working day frequently triggered PTSD symptoms, bringing me right back to the claustrophobia of forced confinement.

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Summary of “Seattle Seahawks Eddie Lacy opens up about his public struggle with weight”

Lacy had to think long and hard before agreeing to meet up and talk like this.
Social media has done wonders in recent years to bridge the gap between fans and professional athletes, but increased intimacy comes with drawbacks, and nobody understands that better than Eddie Lacy.
Ever since his weight became a public topic during his four years in Green Bay – which included two 1,100-yard seasons – Lacy had read those kinds of comments and brooded in silence, convinced he couldn’t win.
It’s uncomfortable for Lacy to delve into all this, to put his struggle into any kind of context that feels relatable.
Lacy is bombarded with insults every time he opens an app on his phone.
When Lacy’s production dipped in his third year, coach Mike McCarthy made it clear in a season-ending news conference that Lacy could either lose weight or lose playing time.
Lacy showed up for the 2016 season in excellent shape, having dropped 22 pounds in the offseason by doing P90X workouts, and he declared he was done talking about his weight.
Even after a promising preseason, the trolls returned en masse on his Instagram after a disappointing performance against his former team in Seattle’s first game: Eddie Lacy needs to go vegan like yesterday! Maybe you shoulda put the Eddie Burgers from A&W down and you’d still be on the Packers’ roster.

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Summary of “Alternatives to Drugs for Treating Pain”

Too often, he explained, “People with pain get caught in a vicious cycle of inactivity that results in lost muscle strength and further pain problems.”
Throwing powerful drugs at chronic pain problems may only add to the problem because ever higher doses are often needed to keep the pain at bay.
The American College of Physicians recently issued new nondrug guidelines for treating chronic or recurrent back pain, a condition that afflicts approximately one-quarter of adults at a cost to the country in excess of $100 billion a year.
A comprehensive summary of the effectiveness of nondrug treatments for common pain problems – back pain, fibromyalgia, severe headache, knee arthritis and neck pain – was published last year in Mayo Clinic Proceedings by Richard L. Nahin and colleagues at the center.
Based on evidence from well-designed clinical trials, the team reported that these complementary approaches “May help some patients manage their painful health conditions: acupuncture and yoga for back pain; acupuncture and tai chi for osteoarthritis of the knee; massage therapy for neck pain with adequate doses and for short-term benefit; and relaxation techniques for severe headaches and migraine.”
Among the newest studies, conducted by Daniel C. Cherkin and colleagues at the Group Health Research Institute and the University of Washington in Seattle, both mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy proved more effective than “Usual care” in relieving chronic low back pain and improving patients’ function.
“Our study showed that cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction were comparable in reducing dysfunction and pain severity.”
In addition to a “Tincture of time” to find relief from plaguing pain problems, good physical therapy can often speed recovery and, at the same time, teach people how to avoid conditions – including inactivity – that can precipitate or exacerbate their pain.

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Summary of “Rewriting the NFL’s Positional Lexicon”

The fullback, halfback, and quarterback designations all trace back to American football’s progenitor, where each position specified where a player lined up behind the scrum.
Many outside linebackers play up on the line of scrimmage, wide receivers no longer only play out wide, and tight ends line up tight, on the end, less often than ever.
New de facto positions have emerged, and many of the old positions have become hybridized - think slot receivers, nickel corners, safety-linebackers, versatile pass rushers that play both inside and outside, dynamic tight ends that line up everywhere in the formation and run routes just as well as receivers, and running backs that do it all.
Most receivers line up all over the field these days, moving from the X spot one play to the Z position the next.
Running Back/Receiver Hybrid Rook Football is often compared to chess, a game that requires a complex strategy before a player begins moving his or her pieces around the board.
The required skill set at the position differs from a traditional outside cornerback - nickel corners play closer to the middle of the field, which means they must be ferocious enough to mix it up in the run game and take on blocks from offensive linemen or fullbacks, yet shifty and agile enough to cover extremely quick pass catchers running two-way option routes in space.
None play in the same scheme, but designations aside, their roles as undersized midlevel players are all pretty similar: All three must bring enough power to take on blocks and tackle ballcarriers in the run game while, at the same time, possessing enough speed to blitz from any angle or run with tight ends and backs in coverage.
Sure, the former often play standing up, and the latter rush from a three-point stance - and yeah, there’s some differences between guys that play on the strong side and weak side spots.

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Summary of “A comprehensive guide to the new science of treating lower back pain”

She went on to write Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery, an incredible tale of back pain and its treatment, published last May. The big takeaway: Millions of back patients like Ramin are floundering in a medical system that isn’t equipped to help them.
Mainstream medicine has failed people with chronic back pain Lower back pain is one of the top reasons people go to the doctor in the US, and it affects 29 percent of adult Americans, according to surveys.
“Our best understanding of low back pain is that it is a complex, biopsychosocial condition – meaning that biological aspects like structural or anatomical causes play some role but psychological and social factors also play a big role,” Roger Chou, a back pain expert and professor at Oregon Health and Science University, summarized.
Moving is probably the most important thing you can do for back pain When back pain strikes, your first instinct may be to avoid physical activity and retreat to the couch until the pain subsides.
There are two recent Cochrane reviews on spinal manipulation for low back pain: one focused on people with acute pain and the other on chronic pain.
The 2011 review on chronic low back pain found that spinal manipulation had small, short-term effects on reducing pain and improving the patient’s functional status – but this effect was about the same as other common therapies for chronic low back pain, such as exercise.
The Cochrane systematic review on massage for low back pain looked at 25 trials on massage and, like AHRQ, found short-term improvements in pain and function for both subacute and chronic low back pain but a very mixed evidence base.
“Chronic lower back pain is very prevalent, and we know some people with chronic lower back pain have used opioids for it,” he said.

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Summary of “The Secret Life of Pain”

Out of options, I joined the other no-hopers at Mayo’s pain rehabilitation center.
There, chronic pain, unlike the acute variety, was treated as a malfunction in perception, whether or not an ongoing physical cause had been identified.
The brain becomes addicted to dramatizing pain, they said; and the more you feed it, the stronger the addiction.
So don’t dwell on the pain, and don’t try to fix it – no props, no pills.
The more I learned about chronic pain, the more sense it made.
Studies have shown, for example, that people can develop a general hypersensitivity to pain after an injury – a condition called central sensitization – that can persist long after the injury has healed.
For me, buying into the Mayo pain program meant giving up my braces and straps and, with the greatest reluctance, my sitting cushion.
My wife tells me I sit “Like a champ,” but we avoid talking about how the pain still shadows me, though at a greater distance.

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Summary of “MMQB: Cardinals RB David Johnson, Stephon Gilmore, more NFL notes”

Ninety nine percent of all NFL players are explicitly not dumb.
I asked Johnson if, growing up, he would he have believed that one day he’d be in the NFL and running a bread and butter play that hinged on the blocks he gets from, of all people, superstar wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald?
He said: “I’m definitely going to have to say I feel like I should be number one. If there’s a player in the NFL who doesn’t feel that way, they definitely should not be in the NFL. I feel like I should be number one, especially with the season I had last year, helping out the team. And I still have a lot of room to improve.”
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NFL players don’t grow as a film student on their own.
” Clark, who now works as an analyst for ESPN, works with a handful of NFL players, watching their tape and providing feedback, and when possible, training with the guy.
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The difference? Rodgers still makes plays, even on the snaps where he misses plays.

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Summary of “The $100 Billion per year back pain industry is mostly a hoax, says investigative journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin”

“People in pain are poor decision-makers,” says the investigative journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, author of a new book, Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery.
Millions such bad decisions, she argues, have fueled a $100-billion-per-year back pain industry in the US-one that’s largely selling Americans wrong and even dangerous responses to back discomfort.
About 80% of Americans are expected to suffer from at least one episode of lower back pain in their lifetime, and millions with chronic pain are already lost in the industry, subjected to pseudo-interventions, or taking unnecessary and addictive opioids like Vicodin or Oxycontin, then doubling down on the drugs as their tolerance and the pain escalates.
It’s hard to choose one data point from Crooked that lays bare all the misrepresentation and snake oil in the back pain industrial complex, but a few key statistics that Ramin has collected stand out.
As Ramin writes in Crooked, “The ambiguity inherent in diagnosing back pain makes it possible for surgeons to do practically anything they want.”
Ramin wasn’t fully aware of spinal surgery’s poor rates of success when she decided to see a back surgeon for her own chronic back and leg pain nearly a decade ago.
Doctors are now advised not to turn to pain medication for garden variety back pain, but for years, we know too well, powerful painkillers, whose drug companies spent millions on marketing, were over-prescribed for back pain, arthritis and other conditions, creating an environment that made the drugs easy for anyone to access, and led to today’s opioids crisis.
Surgery has been outed as, for many patients, “Useless.” When, in early 2017, the American College of Physicians issued new guidelines saying that strong opioids such as Vicodin and Oxycontin should only rarely be prescribed for nonspecific back pain, reporters helped get the word out, while calling out the back pain businesses for their role in the current opioid crisis.

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