Just as no child is perfect, no parent is perfect either.
Chief Executive of Temasek Holdings , Ho Ching, recently shared a post online about raising imperfect children and 'being okay with it.' The post “Let’s Raise Imperfect Children And Be Okay With It,” Ho Ching Shares In A Post appeared first on theAsianparent - Your Guide to Pregnancy, Baby & Raising Kids.
AdHalten Sie Ihr Haustier mit diesem neuen Spielzeug gesund und aktiv. Bestellen Sie das Haustierspielzeug.Eat This, Not That!The Reality of Catching COVID After Your VaccineRobin Hauser, a pediatrician in Tampa, Florida, got COVID in February. What separates her from the vast majority of the tens of millions of other Americans who have come down with the virus is this: She got sick seven weeks after her second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine."I was shocked," said Hauser. "I thought: 'What the heck? How did that happen?' I now tell everyone, including my colleagues, not to let their guard down after the vaccine."As more Americans every day are inoculated, a tiny but growing number are contending with the disturbing experience of getting COVID despite having had one shot, or even two.In data released Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that at least 5,800 people had fallen ill or tested positive for the coronavirus two weeks or more after they completed both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.A total of about 78 million Americans are now fully vaccinated.These so-called breakthrough infections occurred among people of all ages. Just over 40% were in people age 60 or older, and 65% occurred in women. Twenty-nine percent of infected people reported no symptoms, but 7% were hospitalized and just over 1%, 74 people, died, according to the CDC.Public health officials have said breakthrough infections were expected, since manufacturers have warned loudly and often that the vaccines are not 100% protective. The Pfizer and Moderna versions have consistently been shown to be above 90% effective, most recently for at least six months. Studies have also shown they are nearly 100% effective at ensuring that the small fraction of vaccinated patients who do contract the virus will not get severe cases or require hospitalization.Still, people are usually shocked and befuddled when they become the rare breakthrough victim. After months of fear and taking precautions to avoid contracting COVID, they felt safe once they got their shots.Hauser, 52, had stayed home from work to care for her kids, ages 21 and 16, both of whom had contracted the virus. She was confident she was protected. She was also taking care of her father, who has cancer."It's a minor miracle that I didn't infect him before I realized I, too, was sick," Hauser said. In keeping with the virus's fickle behavior, Hauser's husband, Brian, who had not yet been vaccinated, also never got infected.Masha Gessen, a staff writer for The New Yorker, completed the two-shot process in mid-February. A month later, Gessen fell ill and tested positive after both Gessen's son and partner, Julia Loktev, had weathered bouts of COVID. The experience was "unsettling, even a bit traumatic," Gessen said. Loktev's illness occurred six days after her first dose."The psychological effect of getting the virus after a year of being very, very careful and getting vaccinated got to me," Gessen, 54, said in an interview with KHN. "It took me about three weeks to feel back to normal." Gessen wrote about the experience this month in The New Yorker.Dr. Kami Kim, director of the infectious disease and international medicine division at the University of South Florida in Tampa, said physicians are equally disturbed when these cases crop up."All this, while anticipated, is definitely confusing and frustrating for people, both doctors and patients. We are all learning on the go and making judgments about what's best for our patients — and ourselves," Kim said.Vaccine manufacturers said the number of breakthrough cases reported by the CDC was not surprising.Moderna's latest analysis of its vaccine clinical trial data shows 900 people got COVID after being vaccinated, consistent with 90% or more efficacy for the vaccine, company spokesperson Colleen Hussey said.Pfizer spokesperson Jerica Pitts said the company would monitor trial participants for two years after their second dose to learn more about the Pfizer vaccine's protection against COVID.In their reporting, the CDC is defining a breakthrough case strictly as illness or a positive test two weeks or more after full vaccination. But tens of thousands of people who have had a first shot or are short of two weeks after their second shot are also getting infected.Pfizer and Moderna report data showing up to 80% protection from infection two weeks or so after the first shot. But most experts believe protection ranges widely, from 50% to 80%, depending on the length of time after the shot and the individual variation that exists with any vaccine.The second shot boosts immunity further but not for a few days, at minimum, and then builds over two weeks. And again, this could vary from person to person.Leslie Fratkin, 60, a freelance photographer in New York City, got her second Pfizer dose March 12. So she was surprised when clear symptoms of COVID showed up March 24 and she was quite sick at home for three days."You can't print the words I uttered at the time," she said.The CDC advises people who get COVID after a first shot to get the second dose soon after recovery, with no minimum wait time specified. That's a change from prevalent advice back in December and January, when some state health departments advised people to wait 90 days after a bout of covid to get a first or second shot, and especially a second shot.Driving this important change is mounting evidence from studies and experience indicating that immunity to infection conferred by the vaccines is stronger and possibly more "stable" over time than immunity derived from COVID infection.Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, said further research and better public health guidance are urgently needed. For example, is a second dose even needed for people who get COVID after the first dose, or does the infection itself serve as enough of an immune system booster? And if a second shot is recommended, what's the optimal waiting period before getting it?"These are important practical questions that need to be prioritized," Osterholm said. "We are sort of flying blind now."Other countries have handled the second dose rollout differently.In the U.K., health authorities delayed it up to 12 weeks, to stretch vaccine supply and prioritize getting at least one shot into more people's arms more quickly. In Canada, a government vaccine advisory committee recommended April 7 that second doses be delayed up to four months.At two press briefings this month, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a COVID adviser to President Joe Biden, said that the number of breakthrough cases in the U.S. so far is not cause for alarm and that the administration will continue to monitor these instances closely.One important line of investigation is how big a role variants or mutated versions of the initial coronavirus play in these breakthrough cases. Research suggests the current vaccines may be somewhat less effective against some new variants.Martha Sharan, a CDC spokesperson, said the agency is now urging states to use genetic sequencing to test virus specimens from patients with breakthrough cases to identify variants. In Washington state, for instance, eight variants were detected in the genetic sequencing of nine breakout cases reported through April 3.Today the Biden administration announced $1.7 billion in spending would be directed from the COVID relief bill to help the CDC, states and other jurisdictions more effectively detect and track variants by scaling genomic sequencing efforts.The CDC also has launched a national COVID vaccine breakthrough database in which state health departments can store and manage data."We are behind on sequencing samples," said Osterholm. "That will give us valuable information."KHN senior correspondent JoNel Aleccia contributed to this story.Steven Findlay, a KHN contributing reporter, came down with covid 30 days after his first dose and 24 hours after his second dose.
53 minutes agoThis Sleep Habit Doubles the Risk of Early Death in Women, Says StudyIt's simply a fact that many of us often wake up in the middle of the night and don't even know it. It's called unconscious wakefulness—or "cortical arousal"—and it refers to the moments during your slumber when a noise or another stimulus disturbs our rest, causing our bodies to be momentarily alert out of stress or fear, even if we're still in a restful state."It occurs spontaneously and is part of the body's ability to respond to potentially dangerous situations, such as noise or breathing becoming obstructed," explains a big new study published this week in The European Heart Journal. "Pain, limb movements, trauma, temperature and light can also be triggers."According to the study, there is a link between unconscious wakefulness and heightened risk of death "from diseases of the heart and blood vessels, and death from any cause, particularly in women." Read on for more about this study and for what it means for you. And for more ways to sleep better every night, make sure you're aware of The Single Best Trick for Falling Back Asleep After Waking Up During the Night, Say Psychologists. 1 The Common Causes of Unconscious Wakefulness "A common trigger for nocturnal arousals is obstructive sleep apnea, when breathing stops and the arousal system ensures the activation of our body to change our sleep position and to reopen the upper airway," explains Dominik Linz, Ph.D, an associate professor in the cardiology department at Maastricht University Medical Center (The Netherlands), in the study's official release. "Another cause of arousals can be 'noise pollution' during the night by, for example, night-time aircraft noise." And for some great advice for catching more Z's, learn why This Easy Trick for "Falling Asleep in 5 Minutes" Is Going Viral. 2 How to Know if You've Experienced Unconscious Wakefulness The surefire sign you've been disturbed at night? You're simply tired the next day. "Depending on the strength of the arousal, a person might become consciously aware of the environment, but often that is not the case," says Linz. "Typically, people will feel exhausted and tired in the morning because of their sleep fragmentation but will not be aware of the individual arousals." 3 The Study Says It Affects Women More The study focused on roughly 8,000 participants of both genders, yet the researchers discovered that women are profoundly impacted by the effects of unconscious wakefulness. Ultimately, the study "found that women who experienced unconscious wakefulness most often and for longer periods of time had nearly double the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease during an average of between 6 and 11 years' follow-up, when compared to the risk in general female population."The link between unconscious wakefulness and early death was "less clear in men," says the study. And for more healthy living advice, see why This Crazy-Popular Walking Workout Totally Works, Say Fitness Experts. 4 What To Do About It If you don't suffer from sleep apnea, this is the latest study that reveals the importance of trying to maintain any semblance of quiet that you can during the night. Research published by the World Health Organization linked noise to not only one in 50 heart attacks in Europe but also our collective sleep on a massive scale. "Sleep disturbance accounts for more than half of the overall noise effect—and more if you ignore annoyance," Mathias Basner, MD, Ph.D, MSC, a professor of sleep and chronobiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, remarked of the study to Scientific American. "Impact of noise on sleep disturbance is regarded as one of the most detrimental environmental effects of noise."Noise machines are helpful, but it's important that you opt for "pink noise" and not "white noise." The latter is a static noise, while the former is more like rain, the beach, or a heart beat. In fact, a 2017 study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience found that pink noise is especially effective at bolstering deep sleep among older volunteers and actually improves memory function.Of course, earplugs are a great solution, as well. And for more ways to get restful slumber, make sure you Never Do This If You Want Good Sleep, Say Health Experts.
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Not desirable to move ministers after less than a year, but situation ‘can’t be helped’: PM Lee
SINGAPORE — It is not desirable to give Cabinet ministers short stints in their portfolios owing to the disruption it can cause, but such moves are sometimes necessary, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday (April 23).
No one is perfect, so there is only imperfect children, husband and wife. So as prime minister and his wife. We all have to bear with them. Being cancer-stricken and begging CPF Board to repay overdue debt; that which in any case cannot be done as the money had been commingled and funneled to private entity Temasek Holdings for Ho Ching to wager on unviable, untenable and ultimately, invariably doomed gambles
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