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Tiger Woods draws opinions from fashion world after unveiling of his Sun Day Red apparel line

LOS ANGELES — Tiger Woods might still be donning his familiar red polo shirt, but the iconic golfer has taken a bold leap forward with a new logo and clothing line partnering alongside a different company that could elevate his fashion identity.

Woods introduced his lifestyle brand Sun Day Red on Monday evening the day after the Super Bowl and during the middle of Hollywood’s awards season. He’s transitioning to the next phase of his career with TaylorMade Golf after he parted ways with Nike after 27 years.

Some in the fashion community believe Woods can survive without sporting Nike’s popular swoosh on chest. He’ll now have logo of a tiger with 15 stripes, signifying his 15 championship titles, along with apparel that includes cashmere hoodies, sleek sweaters and footwear with his brand’s name etched on them.

“I thought it was very refreshing to see him kick off this new chapter,” said Allen Onyia, co-founder of UpscaleHype, a social media account that chronicles stylish celebrity wardrobes. “The brand has a lot of potential, with Tiger being the face of it, and the machine pushing it. I have nothing but positive thoughts.”

Onyia said Woods made a good move by branching out into a market beyond the golfing realm — especially after the golfer made his own imprint in the sport over the years with his signature cap, sleek red polo and trousers.

“The key thing that they’re trying to do is separate it from just becoming a performance brand,” he said. “They’re tapping into the lifestyle market, adopting different fabrics, textures and showing how it can still be functional. They’re tapping into premium quality, but not losing the performance aspect as well. I’m excited to see the marriage of the two.”

Woods, 48, felt now is the right time to

Inequity Driven Mistrust – Its Impacts to Infodemic Management and Health Response and what to do about it – World



The COVID-19 pandemic, along with other recent health crises, has highlighted the detrimental impact of misinformation and mistrust of health information on health systems. Studies have underscored the negative associations between mistrust and various aspects associated to a health response, including health outcomes, utilization of preventive health services, willingness to receive care (including vaccination), mortality rates during an emergency, perceptions of risks, and overall acceptance of health measures (Lee & Lin 2011, Musa et al. 2009,
Ahorsu 2021, Reiersen et al. 2022, Bollyky 2022, Pian et al. 2021). Understanding what drives mistrust in health information and what possible actions can mitigate or address the impact that this mistrust has on the effectiveness of health emergency response is critical (Mulukom 2022). Given the significant role that trust plays during a health response, it becomes paramount to take a deeper look at what the main drivers of trust in health information are during a health crisis. This research is situated as part of the Rooted in Trust (RiT) project at Internews, which since 2020 has partnered with over 41 local organizations in 15 different humanitarian settings to respond to the unprecedented scale and speed of health-related rumors and misinformation. As part of our project, we have identified that inequity is an important driver of mistrust, particularly for at-risk communities in humanitarian settings.
Inequity has also proven to be an important social determinant of health that can have an impact on health outcomes (WHO, 2008).

A recount of the existing literature shows a significant gap, which this paper aims to begin to address. Some studies have conceptualized information inequality as the lack of access to factual and scientific information and emphasized how it contributes to the rise of misinformation (Mostagir & Siderius , 2022). However, “infodemic”1 management has shown that access

Are your clothes making you sick? The opaque world of chemicals in fashion | Fashion

The first thing that happened when Mary, an Alaska Airlines attendant, received a new, high-performance, synthetic uniform in the spring of 2011 was a hacking cough. Then a rash bloomed on her chest. Next came migraines, brain fog, a racing heart, and blurry vision.

Mary (whose name I’ve withheld to protect her job) was one of hundreds of Alaska Airlines attendants reporting that year that the uniforms were causing blistering rashes, swollen eyelids crusted with pus, hives, and in the most serious case, breathing problems and allergic reactions so severe that one attendant, John, had to be taken off the plane and to the ER multiple times.

Tests commissioned by Alaska Airlines and the flight attendants’ union turned up tributyl phosphate, lead, arsenic, cobalt, antimony, restricted disperse dyes known to cause allergic reactions, toluene, hexavalent chromium, and dimethyl fumarate, an antifungal that had recently been banned in the European Union. But the uniform maker, Twin Hill, avoided culpability in court by saying none of these many mixed chemicals, on their own, were present at high enough levels to cause all of the different reactions. Alaska Airlines announced in 2013 it would procure new uniforms, without admitting the uniforms had caused health issues. A lawsuit from attendants against Twin Hill was thrown out in 2016 for lack of evidence.

But a 2018 Harvard study found that after the introduction of the uniforms, the number of attendants with multiple chemical sensitivity, sore throats, cough, shortness of breath, itchy skin, rashes and hives, itchy eyes, loss of voice, and blurred vision had all more or less doubled. “This study found a relationship between health complaints and the introduction of new uniforms,” the study’s authors concluded.

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The impact of exposure to harmful chemicals on textile workers, many of whom work in developing

World No Tobacco Day 2023: Grow food,  not tobacco

On 31 May 2023, WHO and public health champions around the world will come together to celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). This year’s theme is “Grow food, not tobacco”. The 2023 global campaign aims to raise awareness about alternative
crop production and marketing opportunities for tobacco farmers and encourage them to grow sustainable, nutritious crops. It will also aim to expose the tobacco industry’s efforts to interfere with attempts to substitute tobacco growing with
sustainable crops, thereby contributing to the global food crisis.

Tobacco growing and production exacerbates food insecurity

The growing food crisis is driven by conflicts and wars, climatic shocks, and the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Structural causes like the choice of crop also have an impact, and a look into tobacco growing reveals how it contributes
to increased food insecurity:

  • Across the globe around 3.5 million hectares of land are converted for tobacco growing each year. Growing tobacco also contributes to deforestation of 200 000 hectares a year.
  • Tobacco growing is resource intensive and requires heavy use of pesticides and fertilizers, which contribute to soil degradation.
  • Land used for growing tobacco then has a lower capacity for growing other crops, such as food, since tobacco depletes soil fertility.
  • Compared with other agricultural activities such as maize growing and even livestock grazing, tobacco farming has a far more destructive impact on ecosystems as tobacco farmlands are more prone to desertification.

Any profits to be gained from tobacco as a cash crop may not offset the damage done to sustainable food production in low- and middle-income countries. Against this background, there is an urgent need to take legal measures to reduce tobacco growing and
help farmers to move into the production of alternative food crops.

Supporting the creation of alternative livelihoods

The tobacco industry

Can art, music and drama help prevent another pandemic? – Brighter World

A science communication research project called The Art of Creation is exploring the use of visual art, dance and music in helping researchers share vital health information.

If the pandemic has taught us anything, stern warnings, numbers, graphs and maps aren’t enough to influence behaviour, says Deborah Sloboda.

But visual art, dance and music just might be.

“Art is emotive and you don’t have to be academically literate to understand and reflect on art,” says the professor in McMaster’s Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences.

“Art doesn’t select for individuals who can understand the words I’m saying, or those who are able to understand the papers we publish.”

And so the reproductive biologist is looking to use art as a tool to share complex research findings with communities through a science communication research project called The Art of Creation.

The project will explain the importance of being healthy before and during pregnancy to the public. The communication of this information is just as important as the science itself, says Sloboda.

“It is our obligation as scientists and health practitioners to ensure our messaging to the public is accurate, full of facts … and, even more important, that these messages reach everyone.”

A healthy start in life

The project, through a combination of art and science, aims to foster discussion about the biology of a healthy start in life.

For instance, Sloboda bets most people are aware of the relationship between a pregnant person’s health and the development of a healthy baby.

But how many people know that fathers pass down more than just their genes — impacting their children’s life-long heath too?

Sperm and seminal fluid influence how the uterus prepares for the incoming embryo and the growth of the placenta, which means fathers also play an important role

World editorial: The provinces’ poor-us act on wellbeing treatment is wearing slim

In the perennial overall health treatment funding debate, the persistent argument from provincial premiers is they desperately need to have Ottawa to hand over far more dollars.

This bad-us plan from the provinces, even so, is extra fiction than reality. Federal paying on health and fitness treatment has previously surged, this house showed last week – up 67 for each cent to $45-billion in 2021-22 from $27-billion a 10 years earlier. The quantities will be bigger in Tuesday’s federal finances, with the federal Liberals possible having a lot more to say on the subject of well being transfers. In February, Ottawa outlined $46-billion for new health and fitness spending about the next 10 years.

There’s no question overall health care throughout the region is strained. Restricted several hours for crisis rooms. Extensive waitlists for common surgeries. Deficiency of obtain to loved ones health professionals. But the premiers’ need for far more cash is simplistic – it ignores reforms they could undertake – and indicates the provinces are someway impotent bystanders, not able to choose fiscal motion on their very own.

The premiers’ selection to invest their have funds is abundantly clear from provincial budgets tabled in recent months.

Provinces, like the federal govt, have enjoyed a surge of profits coming out of the pandemic. They have additional dollars to expend and much more is going to wellness, a increase coming only in section from the enhance in federal transfers. But provinces are also producing other decisions: Quebec and Ontario the two minimize taxes, for just one case in point. (Ontario also recurring its refrain that Ottawa’s guarantee of a lot more overall health money is a mere “down payment.”)

The premiers’ assert of economical want does not align with actuality: the provinces are in very superior money condition. This is

US Leads World in Health-Care Spending Yet Key Health Outcomes Lag, Study Says

(Bloomberg) — The US spends as much as three times more on health care per person as other high-income countries, yet residents are often less likely to visit doctors, according to a report that highlights poor returns for the nation’s large investment.

The pandemic has widened discordances between medical spending and health results in the US and the rest of the world, findings from the Commonwealth Fund study show. The only high-income country that doesn’t guarantee access to health care, the US spent almost 18% of its gross domestic product on health and related services in 2021. 

The report adds to a litany of indicting data from the US, where half of adults are worried about medical costs that sometimes force them to delay or forgo care, according to a recent study, and life expectancy of 77 years ranks 39th among all nations. One glaring problem is that Americans visit the doctor just four times a year, trailing most other wealthy countries, perhaps because of cost and a lack of practicing physicians, the authors said. 

The American health system “can seem designed to discourage people from using services,” they wrote in the report, US Health Care from a Global Perspective, 2022: Accelerating Spending, Worsening Outcomes. “High out-of-pocket costs lead nearly half of working-age adults to skip or delay getting needed care.” 

The US spends $10,687 per person each year on health-care programs and insurance, plus another $1,225 for household out-of-pocket costs, the research found. That compares to less than $4,000 for both components in South Korea, the lowest of 13 countries the group tracked, and just over $7,000 in Germany, the second-biggest spender after the US.

Yet Americans are seen by doctors less than half as often as people in the Netherlands, Germany, Japan and Korea, and the US has

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