Thursday was a landmark day for our country. The U.S. Supreme Court Supreme Court ruled 7-2 against Texas and other states seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Court found that none of the plaintiffs suffered any injury from zeroing out the penalty for not having coverage and thus lacked legal standing to bring the lawsuit. This marks the third time ACA has not been struck down by the Court.
The same day, President Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth, or June 19, a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery. Juneteenth, sometimes referred to as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, marks the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas – about 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation that freed slaves in the Southern states.
And Sunday is Father’s Day, a time to remember the dads, mentors and other significant men in our lives! Many people will celebrate with a backyard barbecue, filled with the smells of grilling. People with anosmia, or loss of smell, will not enjoy the wonderful barbecue aromas. For those with parosmia, the barbecue scent may smell like something completely different – even an offensive odor. Still others may smell the aroma of a barbecue when there is none, due to a condition called phantosmia.
This Weekend Reading Series begins with What the Smell? with articles on a variety of smell disorders. Next, check out Lost & Found?, which explores therapy options and more! Do not miss Heads-Up with articles on the various health risks. Last, but not least, check out It’s the Smell – and my personal favorite about Magawa the hero!
1. What the Smell?
- WebMD: What Is Parosmia?
- WebMD: What Is Phantosmia?
- U.S. News: Fading Sense of Smell Could Signal Higher Death Risk in Older Adults
- New York Times: Distorted, Bizarre Food Smells Haunt Covid Survivors
2. Lost & Found?
- Kaiser Health News: Nosing In on Kids Who Had Covid and Lost Their Sense of Smell
- HealthDay: No Sense of Smell After COVID? Therapies Can Help Bring It Back
- NPR: Will My Sense Of Smell Ever Return? Olfactory Insights From COVID And Beyond
- Science Daily: Why odors trigger powerful memories
- WebMD: Toxic Chemicals Found in Many Cosmetics
- Axios: Study: iPhone 12’s charging system may interfere with cardiac implant
- New York Times: Looking to Tackle Prescription Overload
- Kaiser Health News: Pandemic Leads Doctors to Rethink Unnecessary Treatment
4. It’s the Smell!
- University of Colorado Boulder University Libraries: The Science Behind the Smell of Books, Explained by Preservation
- New York Times: Covid-Sniffing Dogs Are Accurate but Face Hurdles for Widespread Use
- NPR: After Years Of Detecting Land Mines, A Heroic Rat Is Hanging Up His Sniffer
- Simplemost: These Are The Most Fragrant Flowers You Can Plant In Your Garden