Happy Love Is Blind day! The fourth season of the Netflix show has just dropped, and fans are already placing their bets on which couples will make it to the end of the show. Trying to find the love of your life without seeing their face first may seem odd at first, but it’s heartwarming to see the cast make real connections and fall in love in their pods.

Of course, some of those connections can sometimes lead to the singles feeling sparks with more than one person, and season four has one of the most intense love triangles ever seen on the show. Kwame, a 33-year-old sales development manager, and Micah, a 27-year-old marketing manager quickly fell for each other, with Kwame even revealing he wanted to stop the experiment early and propose to Micah.

However, things came to a sudden end when Micah broke things off with Kwame in favor of moving forward with Paul. Although heartbroken, Kwame decided to focus on Chelsea, the other single he had a strong connection with. He proposed to Chelsea and she accepted, and the two enjoyed seeing each other face-to-face for the first time. Now, the two are in Mexico with the rest of the couples, and fans are wondering what’s happened with their relationship since then.

Are Kwame and Chelsea from Love Is Blind still together?

Initially, things were going well during Kwame and Chelsea’s vacation in Mexico, and Chelsea revealed that they were the first couple to become physically intimate. However, when all of the couples met for the first time, Kwame was drawn to his former flame Micah, and their conversation seemed a little too flirty for comfort.

Things got weird once Kwame, Brett, Micah, and Irina got together to take shots, with Micah declaring that they were cheering to “a failed proposal!” Kwame took offense to the comment, but after a slightly tense conversation between the two, they came to a resolution, although all of the other couples took note of how long the duo spent talking to each other.

Kwame and Chelsea later had a conversation about how long he spent chatting with Micah, with the 33-year-old pediatric speech language pathologist expressing her displeasure at how close they seemed. Kwame assured her that he was done with Micah in a romantic sense, and after Chelsea and Micah had their own conversation the next day, everything seemed back on track.

The couples are now heading back to Seattle to move in together, so we’ll just have to stay tuned to see what happens with Kwame and Chelsea.

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Women surgeons remain underrepresented in surgeon-scientists

Despite earlier success in receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, women surgeons are underrepresented among surgeon-scientists, according to a study published online March 20 in JAMA Network Open.

Mytien Nguyen, from the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues examined the distribution of biomedical research funding by the NIH among women and men surgeon-scientists who were between 1995 and 2020. The distribution of NIH funding was examined using two metrics: holding a large-dollar and being a super principal investigator (SPIs) with $750,000 or more in total annual research funding.

Overall, 2,078 principal investigator surgeons received funding from the NIH between 1995 and 2020. The researchers found that during this period, the proportion of women academic surgeons who were surgeon-scientists remained unchanged (1.8 percent in 1995; 2.4 percent in 2020). Women surgeon-scientists obtained their first NIH grant earlier in their career than their male counterparts (mean years after first faculty appointment, 8.8 versus 10.8 years) and were as likely to obtain large-dollar grants. However, women remained significantly underrepresented among SPIs and were 25 percent less likely to be an SPI.

“Increasing among surgeon-scientists may prove to be critical in promoting the surgeon-scientist workforce and improving diversity within the surgery research enterprise,” the authors write.

One author disclosed financial ties to Cepheid.

More information:
Mytien Nguyen et al, Gender Disparity in National Institutes of Health Funding Among Surgeon-Scientists From 1995 to 2020, JAMA Network Open (2023). DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.3630

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Caregiving for someone after a stroke

When a loved one suffers a stroke, it can be a relief that they survived and are getting good care. But recovery can take time for the patient. Making sure they get the care they need can be a challenge for the spouse, grown child or other loved one who is providing that care at home. Fortunately, resources exist to help you through this difficult time while taking the best care of your loved one and yourself.

Mary Harris’ husband’s stroke “…changed the entire course and purpose of our lives,” she said in the American Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke guide. “But we go on. We have learned to adapt. While our lives are forever changed, we feel that the experience of stroke and recovery has enriched us as individuals and as a couple.”

The guide offers positive encouragement, asserting “there is life—and hope—after stroke. With time, new routines will become second nature.”

Still, stroke can dramatically affect mood, physical ability and memory.

And engaging caregivers in stroke recovery is important for improving the effectiveness and sustainability of services, according to a study published recently in the journal Frontiers in Public Health.

Know your loved one’s medical needs

The American Stroke Association (ASA) offers a number of suggestions that can help with caregiving for someone after a stroke.

Become familiar with the survivor’s medications and any potential side effects.

Ask a lot of questions about what to expect in the months ahead. Your loved one’s doctor, nurse or physical therapist can be a great resource for this.

Help prevent another stroke by ensuring your loved one has a , exercises, takes medicines as prescribed and makes it to medical appointments, the ASA suggests.

Become an at-home expert

You may need to make modifications at home to ensure safety. Remove items that are easy to trip on, such as throw rugs, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) suggests.

The bedroom and bathrooms should both be easy for the patient to reach, the NLM recommends.

Keep walkways clear, recommends Cedars-Sinai Health System.

Watch for worrisome issues

Be aware that issues with balance, difficulty walking and frequent falls may point to the need for physical therapy, the ASA suggests.

Post-stroke depression can also hinder recovery, the ASA cautions. About 30% to 50% of stroke survivors experience depression, according to the ASA.

Manage the red tape

You may need some legal advice, the NLM suggests. It can be helpful to have documents that include advance directives and power of attorney to help you manage care decisions.

You’ll want to become familiar with , whether it’s private or government-funded.

Learn what insurance covers, in and out of the hospital, and what you’ll need to pay out of pocket. Your patient’s health care provider, case manager, social worker or the insurance company may be able to assist you in this, the ASA said.

The ASA also recommends having an emergency kit that includes a list of key contacts; a copy of your loved one’s insurance card and medical advance directive; and a list of medications including the dosage and frequency. Tell others where this kit is, in case you need someone to bring it to you.

A social worker can walk you through potential financial aid and prescription reimbursement resources.

Self-care for the caregiver

Like the saying goes, it’s important to put on your own oxygen mask first. Manage your own stress by caring for your own mental health.

Stay connected to friends and family.

Get respite care through community resources, suggests the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (OASH). Ask family members, friends and neighbors to help share caregiving tasks.

If you feel overwhelmed, visit your doctor to talk about depression, the OASH advises. And do something you enjoy each day.

Take up a mind-body practice like yoga, tai chi, meditation or deep relaxation, Harvard Health suggests.

Eat healthy food, exercise, prioritize getting enough sleep, the experts recommend.

Caregiver resources

The American Stroke Association provides a wealth of resources for caregivers of survivors.

Learn more about caregiver basics and support needs from the OASH.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also offers some ideas about caregiver support.

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All hormonal contraceptives carry a slightly increased risk of breast cancer, including the increasingly popular progestogen-only pills, according to a study published on Tuesday.

The researchers who carried out the study stressed that the increased risk of needs to be weighed against the benefits of hormonal contraceptives, including the protection they provide against other forms of female cancer.

Previous studies have established an increased risk of breast cancer from two-hormone, or combined, contraceptives that use both estrogen and progestogen.

While the use of progestogen-only contraceptives has been on the rise for well over a decade, little research had been performed previously on their links to breast cancer.

The study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, found that the risk of a woman developing breast cancer was about the same for hormonal contraceptives using both estrogen and progestogen as for those using just progestogen.

According to the study, women taking hormonal contraceptives have a 20 to 30 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer than those who do not use them.

The findings are similar to those published previously, including in a vast 1996 study.

The risk remains about the same regardless of the delivery method—oral pill, IUD, implant or injection—or whether it is a combined pill or progestogen alone.

Taking into account that the likelihood of breast cancer increases with age, the authors of the study calculated how much absolute excess risk is associated with hormonal contraceptives.

For women taking hormonal contraceptives for a period of five years between the ages of 16 to 20, it represented eight cases of breast cancer per 100,000, they said.

Between 35 and 39 years old, it was 265 cases per 100,000.

‘Very small increase in absolute risk’

“Nobody wants to hear that something that they’re taking is going to increase their risk of breast cancer by 25 percent,” said Gillian Reeves, a professor of statistical epidemiology at the University of Oxford and a co-author of the study.

“What we’re talking about here is very small increase in absolute risk,” Reeves said.

“These increases in risk for breast cancer have to, of course, be viewed in the context of what we know about the many benefits of taking hormonal contraceptives,” she added.

“Not just in terms of birth control, but also because we know that actually provide quite substantial and long term protection from other female cancers, such as and endometrial cancer.”

The study also confirmed, like others, that the risk of breast cancer declines in the years after a woman stops using hormonal contraceptives.

Stephen Duffy, a professor at Queen Mary University of London who did not take part in the study, described the findings as “reassuring in that the effect is modest.”

The study involved data from nearly 10,000 women under the age of 50 who developed between 1996 and 2017 in the United Kingdom, where the use of progestogen-only contraceptives is now as widespread as the combined method.

Reeves said there were several explanations for the growing use of progestogen-only contraceptives.

They are recommended for women who are breast-feeding, who may be at risk of cardiovascular problems or smokers above the age of 35.

“It might just be because women are taking possibly into later years now,” Reeves said.

“So they are naturally at higher risk of those other conditions for which risk is increased with combined contraceptives.”

More information:
Combined and progestogen-only hormonal contraceptives and breast cancer risk: A UK nested case–control study and meta-analysis, PLoS Medicine (2023). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1004188

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Those walking the streets of Lower Manhattan on Saturday may have noticed a small commotion taking place at City Hall, as hundreds of people swarmed around police officers escorting a mysterious figure down the steps. On closer inspection, this apparent criminal mastermind appeared somewhat familiar. 

No, it wasn’t Donald Trump—even though, ironically, there has been a media circus all week in the exact same spot, as the public awaits the possible indictment of Trump in the ongoing “hush money” case. Turns out it involved another saga of (alleged) treachery and deceit. The heckling crowds were all hired extras for Joker: Folie à Deux, and the figure at the center was Lady Gaga, offering the first full-length look at her take on the character of Harley Quinn.

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Starring opposite Joaquin Phoenix in the sequel to Todd Phillips’s Oscar-nominated box office smash Joker, which told the origin story of one of Batman’s greatest foes, Gaga appeared to be fully in the zone as Phoenix’s henchwoman and love interest. (As anyone who’s followed Gaga’s acting career knows, when it comes to diving into a new role, she’s nothing if not committed.) NBC News reported that the film crew had enlisted around 700 extras to play protestors and that explosions were also planned; in pictures of the filming, the crowd booed and shouted as Gaga appeared to be escorted into a courthouse, turning around to furiously raise a fist at them. 

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Street stylers are roaming around Dongdaemun Plaza in a casual-cool uniform of simple basics like baseball caps, blazers, jeans, and sneakers that mix elements of streetwear and academia. Using the  Street Style Trend Tracker to look back, we found that stylish Tokyoites have been into this look for a few seasons now; further proof that these cities are making fashion trends that travel well. 

Academia meets streetwear with the addition of a baseball cap and sneakers. 

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Bold Nike Air Jordan 1’s amped up a traditional blazer. 

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Adidas Gazelles and khakis are a winning combination.

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For Seoul’s first official physical return to fashion week, show goers brought the pandemic’s favorite shoes—New Balances—out for a stroll.

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In Tokyo  striped blazers over solid tones were popular. 

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In Tokyo  striped blazers over solid tones were popular. 

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Jazz up a simple outfit with some bling.

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Bad bridesmaid dresses are something of a cultural cliché, with fluffy embellishment and saccharin-sweet color palettes cementing the stereotype. But for brides eager to step away from this commonplace approach and pivot toward more modern styles, there’s a world of choice. Having your bridesmaids wear dresses that complement both their personalities and your own wedding gown is a win-win situation, with everyone feeling their most confident and the portraits will turn out far chicer. 

Whether your bridal party is on the smaller or larger side, finding bridesmaid dresses that punctuate this momentous occasion shouldn’t be a chore. Begin with a color scheme and decide whether you want to uniformly dress your bridesmaids in coordinating designs or have each person wear an individual style. The latter can be an especially nice choice for ensuring they’ll wear the dress again for years to come. 

Ahead, discover some of our favorite designs from brands like Markarian, Jonathan Simkhai, and Ulla Johnson ahead to kickstart your search, with nary a fluffy tulle gown in sight.

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Swarm is a show about obsession on the internet that is itself now an internet obsession. It’s little wonder that the feeling is mutual: Created by Janine Nabers and Donald Glover, the buzzy show explores toxic fandom inside a doxxing hive community—referencing a familiar-feeling power couple’s world tour, elevator fights, and a mystery bite at a party—with roles for Paris Jackson and Billie Eilish, plus Malia Obama in the writers’ room. It follows Dre, a withdrawn, unpopular stan of a pop superstar called Ni’Jah. Ni’Jah is what she bonds over with her other great love, her sister Marissa (played by Chloë Bailey). But when Dre loses Marissa, broken by guilt and grief, she sets out to protect her favorite singer at any, increasingly bloody, cost.

“My team told me that Donald Glover had a show with me in mind,” explains its breakout star Dominique Fishback. “They don’t have the script. They don’t have a synopsis. He just said, watch this movie called The Piano Teacher.” Fishback was sucked in by Isabelle Huppert’s unsettling performance in the erotic 2001 film. “I was like, I don’t know if I’m that brave of an actor… But it really made me consider, what kind of actor do I want to be?” Just as she geared herself up to take a leap, the New Yorker was offered the role of Marissa, instead of Dre. “I’m used to playing characters that are ‘easier to love’; I want to stretch myself,” she told them. “I want to play Dre.” Her wish was their command. “[Glover] said, if that’s the role you want, that’s what you get.”

Still, imagining the public reaction to her performance as a violent killer gave her pause: “We all want to be loved,” she explains. In the end, the response was overwhelmingly positive because of, not in spite of, Dre’s proclivities. “There’s so much excitement from Black women and Black people—and people of all different races—because we’re just excited to see something different to shake us up.”

Speaking to Vogue the day after her 32nd birthday, Dominique says: “It’s wild, because I think of that quote, ‘as above, so below, as within, so without.’ It has been resonating with me for the last two and a half years. I was trying to figure out how to manifest love or appreciation and being seen. You really can’t do that, or get it at that greater scale, until you have it for yourself. I’m learning how to really love myself from the inside out, so to watch it manifest on my birthday with such a outpouring of love for Swarm was amazing.” 

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Jennifer Lopez may owe Jane Fonda a monster of an apology.

During a recent appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show alongside her Moving On and Grace and Frankie costar Lily Tomlin, Fonda was asked to share behind-the-scenes details from her most famous films. However, when the 2005 romantic comedy Monster-in-Law came up, so did an 18-year-old grudge. 

As the title of the movie implies, Jennifer Lopez plays a woman with a future mother-in-law from hell. Fonda’s character Viola was willing to do whatever it takes to break up her son and Lopez’s character Charlie—including showing up to their wedding in a white gown. In the pivotal scene, Charlie tries to backtrack after striking the older woman, but Viola slaps her right back, delivering the iconic line: “You don’t go and slap somebody and then apologize, get some backbone.” 

Now, Fonda says those slaps were even harsher than they looked. “The thing that comes to mind right away is we have a slapping scene. I slap her, she slaps me,” Fonda told Barrymore. “Well, Jennifer—as per Jennifer—she had this enormous diamond ring. And so, when she slapped me one of the times, it cut open across my eye, my eyebrow.”

After a bit of a pause, Fonda added, “She’s never apologized.”

Based on her delivery, it’s unclear if the 85-year-old actor was being sincere or just looking for a laugh, but this story does contradict Lopez’s own recollection of events. In a YouTube video posted to her channel in 2019, Lopez said she was “mortified” by the incident and definitely apologized.

“She really really went for it and so did I—and then I punched her in the eye by mistake,” Lopez said while watching the clip. “Ouch!”

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