May is nearly in the books as we head into the three-day Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day 2021 is sure to be far closer to normal than 2020 – thanks to the highly effective COVID-19 vaccines and millions of shots in arms of Americans. The CDC reports that 62% of individuals aged 18 and older are at least partially vaccinated. Across all vaccine-eligible age groups, 50% of the U.S. population has received one shot or more, with 40% fully vaccinated. For those not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated, CDC guidance on mask wearing and other precautions and state-specific level restrictions remain in place.
Looking for a refresher on why Memorial Day is observed? Hint – it’s not because it the unofficial start of summer and no you do not wish someone a “happy Memorial Day.”
Check out the PBS website or the USSA Memorial Day site for the history of this national day of remembrance of those who gave their lives for our country – and ways you can honor them!
This Memorial Day marks the 100 year anniversary of Tulsa race massacre, one of the most severe incidents of racial violence in U.S. history. Learn this history by checking out Remembering Tulsa. Also, two new documentaries air this weekend, Tulsa Burning – The 1921 Race Massacre and Tulsa: The Fire And The Forgotten
This Weekend Reading Series begins with Worth A Shot, with articles on two vaccine sweepstakes. Next, check out Hesitancy & Myths Continue, including information on vaccine hesitancy based on occupation. Do not miss Got an ACE? with articles on the impact of childhood trauma on health as an adult. Explore Something New for recent healthcare stories. Last, but not least, check out Food Wonders including the great rhubarb controversy!
For this Weekend Reading series, I hope you enjoy the following:
1. Worth a Shot?
- CVS Health: CVS Health announces sweepstakes to encourage vaccinations and thank customers
- PR Newswire: Kroger Health to Launch #CommunityImmunity $5 Million Giveaway to Encourage Vaccinations
2. Hesitancy & Myths Continue
- Construction Dive: Construction workers most hesitant to get vaccinated
- Axios: Vaccine myths persist
- The Oregonian/OregonLive: Have 1,000s of Americans died from COVID-19 vaccines? The claim abounds online; evidence doesn’t back it up
3. Got an ACE?
- The Conversation: How a difficult childhood makes it more likely you’ll have mental and physical health problems as an adult
- Becker’s Hospital Review: Why a pediatrician wants to quantify childhood trauma
- Knowable Magazine: Unseen scars of childhood trauma
- New York Times: Healing the Whole Family My parents wanted a better life for me, but they didn’t know that the scars of their own childhood traumas could still cause pain.
- ACEs Resource Network
4. Something New
- Reuters: FDA approves Amgen drug for lung cancer with specific mutation
- United Press International: DASH diet reduces heart damage, stress, study finds
- NPR: Blind Patients Hope Landmark Gene-Editing Experiment Will Restore Their Vision
- Smithsonian Magazine: Researchers Create Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm With Sense of Touch
5. Food Wonders
- Mental Floss: 11 Vegetables That Are Actually Fruits, Botanically Speaking
- Barnes, Richardson & Colburn, LLP.: 1947: The Great Rhubarb Controversy
- MSN: These Strawberries Taste Like a Pineapple, So They’re the Summer Fruit of Your Dreams
- Lemelson-MIT: Frank Epperson: The Popsicle™
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