News Above the Noise—Week of January 7, 2024
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1. Does Inciting an Insurrection Disqualify One from Presidency?
Last month, rulings in both Colorado and Maine said that former president Donald Trump must be removed from the 2024 ballot because of his effort to overturn the 2020 election and incitement of the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Now, the Supreme Court will take up the case. For an excellent article on the Supreme Court arguments for and against removing Trump from the ballot, click here.
2. Your Brain Needs More Rest Than You’re Giving It
When you think about the kind of rest you need to be your healthiest self, you likely think about sleep—getting a solid seven to nine hours of shut-eye and maybe even taking a nap. Yet it turns out your brain needs more than slumber to function optimally, and you can give it the recharge it so desperately needs by doing things like taking a walk or even spending time doing your favorite hobby. For more information and the advice you need to build a “rest habit” click here.
3. Scientists Find a New Antibiotic That Can Kill “Superbugs”
An increasing number of bacteria are resistant to most current antibiotics, and these “super bugs” are well-known as a major threat to human health. This week, a group of scientists said they developed a new type of antibiotic that succeeds at treating a bacteria that’s at the top of the World Health Organization’s list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens.” For more on this exciting new development, read this article.
4. Do You Know the “Energy Vampires” in Your Life?
We all know the importance of community in our lives, and the incredible positive effect our friendships have on our health and wellbeing. Yet while strong friendships that feed our souls can be a boon in our lives, the people we feel ambivalent about or who make us feel drained after we spend time with them—a.k.a. energy vampires—can actually cause anxiety, depression, and even raise our blood pressure. This article is filled with advice on how to do a friendship audit so you can be sure the people in your world are nourishing you.