The Surprising Way Summer Heat May Be Impacting You

Research suggests soaring temps can negatively affect your brain.

While we already know that too much sun can cause dehydration and skin cancer, it looks like being exposed to the heat can also impact your brain. A small study that looked at college students' academic performance found that those who lived in air-conditioned dorms performed better than those without any air conditioning. The researchers analyzed 44 college students ages 18-29 over the course of 12 days during the summer of 2016.

While the first half of the study period fell on temperate weather days, the other half fell during a heat wave. The students took cognitive assessments first thing in the morning and it was discovered that during the heat wave, students without AC had nearly 15 percent longer reaction times and scored around 13 percent lower compared to students in a cooler environment. As Jose Guillermo Cedeño Laurent, associate director of the Healthy Buildings Program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health explains, "some of the effects are common sense but this is providing an opportunity to better control thermal environments in our buildings."


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7 Essential Items to Have for a Pandemic Date, According to a Relationship Expert

Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert Vikki Ziegler says you should treat COVID-19 like an STD.

Just when we thought relationships and dating could not get any more complicated, the pandemic took this matter to a whole new level. Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert, Vikki Ziegler receives an abundance of questions about this exact topic, every single day. Her fans and followers message her via her social media channels, in the hopes of finding the right way to safely date during these times. So, if this topic has crossed your mind, rest assured you are not alone.

For those who used to "swipe left and right," on the regular, Vikki recommends slowing down for the time being, no matter what type of antibacterial wipes are being used between your swipes. Serial dating during COVID-19 can be dangerous and also very selfish at the same time. This might be a good time to either take a break from dating altogether, or invest more time in one relationship and being monogamous, at least for right now. "Everyone should treat COVID-19 as they do an STD, while dating and practice safe EVERYTHING, even beyond just intimacy," says Ziegler. "This will simplify the process and make the do's and don'ts much less complex."

She recommends that new partners keep the dating virtual prior to both being tested and or having the vaccine. "Screendating" can still be both fun and safe at the same time. She suggests that you still wear your favorite new dress, get that fresh haircut or blowout and act as though you are still going out, even if the date is happening in the privacy of your own home. She has suggested some ideas such as virtual movie nights, happy hours, cooking classes, and the most obvious, the at-home and virtual dining date. This would entail both partners ordering food to each of their respective homes, but using the same menu as if they were dining in person.

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