Yes, it is evening and not afternoon. Weekend Reading was delayed due to a man born in 1928, lost in the healthcare maze that we call a healthcare system. Hours later, he will no longer have to make countless phone calls, talk to machines and listening to bad music (his words) and will undoubtedly sleep better tonight knowing his problem is resolved. Sometimes we need to stop and help others – even when it is not exactly “our job.”
February 1st marked the start of 57th consecutive American Heart Month. February is also Black History Month, a way to show our country’s respect and recognition for the hard work and sacrifices made by African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.
Throughout February, Weekend Reading will feature a story about the contributions of an African American to medicine and science as well as a segment with tips on maintaining a healthy heart. And while February is also Great American Pies Month, Canned Food Month, Grapefruit Month, Hot Breakfast Month, and more, do not look for these to be featured in future Weekend Readings!
This Weekend Reading Series begins with Tribute to African American History and the story of Lansing native, Dr. Alexa Canady. In the articles, Dr. Canady tells about her journey to become the first African-American woman neurosurgeon in the United States and chief of neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Michigan (1987 to 2001). Next, check out the COVID Corner for timely information on the state of COVID-19 vaccines and staying safe! Do not miss Heart Matters for tips on maintaining a healthy heart, the possible dangers of iPhone 12 and pacemakers and more! Last but not least, check out It’s Just an Illusion & More and see what you see in the wintery picture!
I hope you enjoy the following:
1. Tribute to African American History
- National Women’s Law Center: Alexa Canady
- University of MI Leaders and Impact: What it Meant to Me, Alexa Canady
2. COVID Corner
- Looking for MI Vaccine Information? Check out State of MI website
- WebMD: J&J Seeks Emergency Approval of COVID Vaccine
- Kaiser Health News: The State of Vaccine Supply: ‘Opaque.’ Unpredictable. ‘Hard to Pin Down.’
- Wall Street Journal: Double Face Masks? N95? Protect Yourself Against New Covid-19 Variants With These Mask Upgrades
3. Heart Matters
- Cleveland Clinic: How to Lower Your Resting Heart Rate
- WebMD: Green Tea, Coffee May Help You Avoid a 2nd Heart Attack
- TIME: COVID-19 May Lead to a Heart-Disease Surge
- Heart Rhythm: Lifesaving Therapy 58 Inhibition by Phones Containing Magnets
- 9 to 5 Mac: Apple support document adds new details on how iPhone 12 and MagSafe can impact pacemakers
4. It’s Just an Illusion & More
- Yahoo News: ‘I’m so confused’: Optical illusion photo sends internet into a spin
- Vox: “Reality” is constructed by your brain. Here’s what that means, and why it matters. What the science of visual illusions can teach us about our polarized world.
- New York Times: Find Original Poetry Hiding in the Pages of Your Paper
- Take the Blue Marble Quiz: 12 QUESTIONS TO SEE WHERE IN THE WORLD YOUR IDEAS COME FROM
Enjoy the weekend!
Suzanne Daniels, Ph.D.
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Birmingham, MI 48012
Office: (248) 792-2187
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