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Drinking blocks a chemical that promotes attention – Medical Xpress

Drinking blocks a chemical that promotes attention
Martin Paukert, M.D., of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is studying astroglia cells and how they interact with neurons in the brain. Credit: UT Health San Antonio

In a new paper, researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) report brain chemistry that may contribute to why drinkers have difficulty paying attention while under the influence.

The work is funded by generous support from the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation and by grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute of Mental Health. Findings were published Dec. 2 in Nature Communications.

“When we want to focus on something, or when we stand up from a chair and become active, a stem nucleus releases a chemical called norepinephrine. Acute exposure to alcohol inhibits this signal in the brain,” said senior author Martin Paukert, MD, assistant professor of cellular and integrative physiology at UT Health San Antonio. When attention is needed for a task, norepinephrine is secreted by a called the locus coeruleus. Scientists previously did not understand well what happens next, but Dr. Paukert and the team showed that the norepinephrine attaches to receptors on cells called Bergmann glia. This leads to a calcium rise in these cells.

Bergmann glia are astrocytes (caretaker or supporting cells) in the cerebellum, a region near the brain stem. “To our knowledge, this paper is the first description that norepinephrine in mammals directly binds to receptors on the Bergmann glia and activates them through calcium elevation,” Dr. Paukert said.

The researchers focused on the Bergmann glia but also demonstrated that the same phenomenon occurs in cortical astrocytes. “Most likely vigilance-dependent astrocyte calcium activation is inhibited throughout the brain by acute alcohol intoxication,” Dr. Paukert said.

Persons under the influence are off-balance when they walk. The researchers expected to find that the inhibition of calcium rise in Bergmann glia would also explain this. It didn’t. “The calcium elevation in Bergmann is not critical for motor coordination, which is somewhat surprising because the cerebellum is classically known for its role in motor control,” Dr. Paukert said. “However, our findings are in line with current suggestions that the cerebellum also plays critical roles in non-motor functions, and that astrocytes are not only supporting basic brain maintenance, but they may actively participate in cognitive function.”

The coauthors included Manzoor Bhat, Ph.D., professor and chairman of cellular and integrative physiology at UT Health San Antonio. “The beauty of the studies reported by Paukert and coauthors is that they have been conducted in real time in living and breathing animals using state-of-the-art technologies,” Dr. Bhat said. “The findings will open up new avenues of defining the brain circuits that ultimately determine the state of alertness, and how chemicals that interfere with those circuits essentially dampen this inherent vigilance system of the brain.”

The team utilized a technique called two-photon imaging to study specialized mice obtained from collaborators at Johns Hopkins University and Heidelberg University.


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Ethanol abolishes vigilance-dependent astroglia network activation in mice by inhibiting norepinephrine release, Nature Communications (2020). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-19475-5

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CDC expected to announce decrease in coronavirus quarantine durations | TheHill – The Hill

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will shorten its recommended quarantine period for people exposed to the coronavirus to as little as seven days, CNN reported.

Under the new guidelines, quarantines can end after seven days for people who test negative and 10 days for those who do not get tests instead of the current 14-day period for both groups. 

CDC Director Robert Redfield announced the update Tuesday in a meeting of the White House coronavirus task force, according to CNN, which cited two senior administration officials. Vice President Pence, the head of the task force, has reportedly been pushing the CDC for a review of the recommendations for several months, and the topic has long been under discussion.

The CDC previously defined a close contact as involving continuous exposure to a person with the virus for 15 minutes. It currently defines it as 15 minutes in total within six feet of an infected person. In July, the agency altered its recommendations for how long a person should isolate after first experiencing symptoms, shortening the period from 14 days to 10 if the person is not symptomatic by the end of that period.

The agency has long thought the virus’s incubation period lasted as long as 14 days, but people typically develop symptoms and themselves become infectious between four and five days after exposure, according to The Associated Press.

The change comes as the U.S. has surpassed 13.8 million cases of the virus. About 271,000 Americans have died.

The Hill has reached out to the CDC for comment.

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Maine CDC reports four new coronavirus-related deaths, 232 new cases – WMTW Portland

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Timetable for prisoners getting COVID-19 vaccine draws criticism – 9News.com KUSA

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CDC to reduce length of recommended quarantine following COVID-19 exposure – New York Post

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reducing the number of days one should quarantine after being exposed to the coronavirus from 14 days to 7-10 days.

Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the CDC, made the announcement during a coronavirus task force meeting on Tuesday. 

Dr. Redfield informed Vice President Mike Pence and the White House coronavirus task force that the CDC will be issuing new orders on the number of days that a person who has been in direct contact with the COVID-19 virus should quarantine “soon” reports CNN

The new guidelines recommend that someone who has been exposed or had close contact with the virus should quarantine for seven to 10 days, which is less than the originally recommended 14 days

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According to the new guidelines, the individual can end their quarantine after seven days with a negative COVID-19 test, or 10 days without a test. 

The CDC has defined close contact as “multiple encounters with an infected person” or “exposures adding up to a total of 15 minutes spent six feet or closer to an infected person.”

According to a CDC official, the vice president has been pushing for the CDC to re-examine the guidelines for many months now. 

Health officials have continued to stress the importance of masks and social distancing, even with a potential vaccine in the works.

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Exercise 11 Minutes a Day for a Longer Life – The New York Times

Some past research had suggested the answer is no. A 2016 study involving more than a million people found, instead, that men and women needed to exercise moderately for about 60 to 75 minutes a day in order to diminish the undesirable effects of sitting.

That study, though, like most similar, earlier research, asked people to remember how much they had moved or sat, which can be problematic. We tend to be unreliable narrators of our lives, overestimating physical activity and underestimating how much we sit. But if large numbers of people misremember this way, the paradoxical result is that exercise looks less potent than it is, since the studies’ “active” people appear to have needed plenty of exercise to gain health benefits, when the objective amount of exercise they actually completed was less, and this smaller amount produced the gains.

So, for the new study, which was published last week in a special issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine devoted to the World Health Organization’s updated physical activity guidelines and related research, many of the authors of the 2016 review decided to, in effect, repeat that earlier research and analysis, but, this time, use data from people who had worn activity monitors to objectively track how much they moved and sat.

The scientists wound up gathering results from nine recent studies in which almost 50,000 men and women wore accelerometers. These studies’ volunteers were middle-aged or older and lived in Europe or the United States. Combining and collating the nine studies’ data, the scientists found that most of the volunteers sat a lot, averaging close to 10 hours a day, and many barely moved, exercising moderately, usually by walking, for as little as two or three minutes a day.

The researchers then checked death registries for about a decade after people had joined their respective studies and started comparing lifestyles and life spans. Dividing people into thirds, based on how much they moved and sat, the researchers found, to no one’s surprise, that being extremely sedentary was hazardous, with people in the top third for sitting and bottom third for activity having about 260 percent more likelihood of premature death than the men and women who moved the most and sat the least. (The researchers controlled for smoking, body mass and other factors that might have influenced the results.)

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Organized criminal networks could be targeting COVID-19 vaccines, Interpol warns – Fox News

Coronavirus vaccines could be the target of organized criminal networks that could look to sell fake shots, Interpol warned Wednesday, according to a report. 

Interpol said it alerted law enforcement across its 194 member countries about the threat. The agency warned the vaccines could be threatened both physically and online, Reuters reported.

“As governments are preparing to roll out vaccines, criminal organizations are planning to infiltrate or disrupt supply chains,” said Interpol secretary general Juergen Stock. “Criminal networks will also be targeting unsuspecting members of the public via fake websites and false cures, which could pose a significant risk to their health, even their lives.”

PFIZER AND BIONTECH’S COVID-19 VACCINE WINS UK AUTHORIZATION — FIRST IN THE WES

The warning comes as drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech announced Wednesday that they won permission for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain.

The move allowed Britain to become one of the first countries to begin vaccinating its population.

“The vaccine will be made available across the U.K. from next week,” the Department of Health and Social Care said in a statement. The National Health Service “has decades of experience in delivering large scale vaccination programs and will begin putting their extensive preparations into action to provide care and support to all those eligible for vaccination.”

In the U.S., the two-shot vaccine is being reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where a similar authorization could come later this month. The vaccine could then be rolled out by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Homeland Security investigators are currently working with Pfizer, Moderna, and dozens of other drug companies racing to complete and distribute the vaccine and treatments for the virus, with the goal of preparing Americans for potential upcoming scams.

CORONAVIRUS VACCINE SHOULD GO TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS, LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES FIRST, CDC PANEL RECOMMENDS

“We’re all very excited about the potential vaccine and treatments,” said Steve Francis, assistant director for global trade investigations with Homeland Security Investigations. “But I also caution against these criminal organizations and individuals that will try to exploit the American public.”

The coronavirus has prompted a series of criminal activities this year, including phony personal protective equipment, false cures, and extortion schemes.

As of Wednesday morning, the virus has infected at least 63,938,037 total people across the globe, resulting in the deaths of more than 1,481,750, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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‘Our hands are tied’: US coronavirus surge ravages small rural hospitals – The Guardian

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The tragedies brought on by coronavirus in small towns where everyone knows everyone are more intimate and heartbreaking

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As Dr Shane Wilson makes the rounds at the tiny, 25-bed hospital in rural Missouri, many of his movements are familiar in an age of coronavirus.

Masks and gloves. Zippered plastic walls between hallways. Hand sanitizer as he enters and exits each room.

But one thing is starkly different. Born and raised in the town of just 1,800, Wilson knows most of his patients by their first names.

He visits a woman who used to be a gym teacher at his school, and later laughingly recalls a day she caught him smoking at school and made him and a friend pick up cigarette butts as punishment.

Another man was in the middle of his soybean harvest when he fell ill and couldn’t finish.

In November, Wilson treated his own father, who along with his wife used to work at the same hospital. The 74-year-old elder Wilson recovered from the virus.

The coronavirus pandemic largely hit urban areas first, but the autumn surge is devastating rural America, too.

The US is now averaging more than 170,000 new cases each day, with hospitalizations breaking records all too frequently, and it’s taking a toll from the biggest hospitals down to the little ones, like Scotland county hospital.

The tragedy is smaller here, more intimate. Everyone knows everyone.

Registered nurse Shelly Girardin, left, as Dr Shane Wilson examines a Covid patient. The pandemic largely hit urban areas first, but the autumn surge is now ravaging rural America. Photograph: Jeff Roberson/AP

Memphis, Missouri, is the biggest town for miles and miles amid the cornfields of the north-eastern corner of this midwestern state.

Agriculture accounts for most jobs in the region. The area is so remote that the nearest stoplight, McDonald’s and Walmart are all an hour away, the hospital public relations director, Alisa Kigar, said.

People come to the hospital from six surrounding counties, typically for treatment of things like farm and sports injuries, chest pains and the flu. Usually, there’s plenty of room.

Not now. The small hospital with roughly six doctors and 75 nurses among 142 full-time staff, is in crisis. The region is seeing a big increase in Covid-19 cases, and all available beds are usually taken.

Scotland county hospital’s doctors are already making difficult, often heartbreaking decisions about who they can take in.

Wilson said some moderately ill people have been sent home with oxygen and told, “If things get worse, come back in, but we don’t have a place to put you and we don’t have a place to transfer you.”

Meanwhile, a staffing shortage is so severe that the hospital put out an appeal for anyone with healthcare experience, including retirees, to come to work.

Several responded and are already on staff, including a woman working as a licensed practical nurse as she studies to become a registered nurse.

The hospital’s chief nursing officer, Elizabeth Guffey, said nurses were working up to 24 extra hours each week. Guffey sometimes sleeps in an office rather than go home between shifts.

“We’re in a surge capacity almost 100% of the time,” Guffey said. “So it’s all hands on deck.”

Paper bags containing N95 masks hang on a bulletin board waiting to be used again by staff inside a portion of Scotland county hospital where Covid-19 patients have been isolated. Photograph: Jeff Roberson/AP

It’s especially difficult to watch friends and relatives struggle through the illness while a large majority of the community still doesn’t take it seriously, she said.

“We spend our time indoors taking care of these very sick people, and then we go outdoors and hear people tell us the disease is a hoax or it doesn’t really exist,” Guffey said.

Glen Cowell wasn’t so sure about the virus until it knocked him to his knees.
At 68, Cowell still works his 500-acre farm near Memphis and is healthy enough that he takes no daily pills.

He started feeling poorly around 11 November, tested positive four days later, then gradually got sicker.

On 18 November, an ambulance took him to the emergency room. He was treated and went home.

“They only had one bed left and I didn’t feel I was sick enough to take somebody else’s bed,” Cowell said.

But soon, breathing became difficult and nausea set in. Worst of all, his temperature rose to 104F.

Another ambulance trip was followed by a lengthy hospital stay.

He’s not sure where he got the virus but admits he wasn’t overly cautious.

Cowell said he was a determinedly independent person and had been equivocal about the pandemic and protocols to curb the spread. Sometimes it depended on nothing more than whether a particular store had a sign up demanding customers cover their faces before shopping.

“I was pretty ambivalent about it. If Dollar General said I had to wear a mask, I wore a mask. If I walked across the street to Farm & Home, I didn’t wear a mask. I really wasn’t aware of the fact that it could get ahold of you and not let go,” he said.

Dr Wilson, left, talks with Covid-19 patient Glen Cowell, a farmer who wasn’t so sure about the virus until it knocked him to his knees. Photograph: Jeff Roberson/AP

Brock Slabach, senior vice-president of the National Rural Health Association, based in suburban Kansas City, said it takes “space, staff and stuff” to run a rural hospital.

“If you don’t have any one of those three, you’re really hamstrung,” he said, noting that many hospitals face shortages in all three areas.

Wilson spent hours on the phone one day, trying to find a larger hospital capable of providing the critical care that might save a man in his 50s who was critically ill with the virus.

By the time the University of Iowa hospital agreed to take him, it was clear he couldn’t survive the 120-mile trip.

“I don’t know that getting him to Iowa City would have made a difference,” Wilson said. “Sometimes people are sick enough that they’re not going to survive, and that’s the reality of what we have to deal with.”

He added: “But it’s still pretty damn frustrating when you’re sitting here with your hands tied.”

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Daily coronavirus deaths near 2,600 — their highest since April — and are expected to get worse – CNN

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Then on Saturday, the number reached 91,635.”,”descriptionText”:”Following a month of skyrocketing Covid-19 cases, u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/2020/11/29/health/us-coronavirus-sunday/index.html” target=”_blank”>the US has reached its highest number yet of hospitalizations due to the virus.u003c/a> The US surpassed 80,000 daily hospitalizations on November 19 and set new records steadily for 17 days straight until Friday, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Then on Saturday, the number reached 91,635.”},{“title”:”Doctor comforting elderly patient in heartbreaking photo speaks out”,”duration”:”05:32″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”https://www.cnn.com/”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/us/2020/11/30/elderly-patient-thanksgiving-coronavirus-intv-berman-newday-vpx.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”us/2020/11/30/elderly-patient-thanksgiving-coronavirus-intv-berman-newday-vpx.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/201129160537-05-covid19-november-numbers-records-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/us/2020/11/30/elderly-patient-thanksgiving-coronavirus-intv-berman-newday-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/coronavirus/”,”description”:”CNN’s u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/john-berman-profile” target=”_blank”>John Bermanu003c/a> speaks with Dr. Joseph Varon, chief of staff at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, about a heartbreaking photo that captures him consoling an elderly patient on Thanksgiving. “,”descriptionText”:”CNN’s u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/john-berman-profile” target=”_blank”>John Bermanu003c/a> speaks with Dr. Joseph Varon, chief of staff at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, about a heartbreaking photo that captures him consoling an elderly patient on Thanksgiving. “},{“title”:”Police crack down on secret warehouse parties”,”duration”:”02:27″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/us/2020/11/29/secret-warehouse-parties-busted-pandemic-coronavirus-elam-dnt-nr-vpx.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”us/2020/11/29/secret-warehouse-parties-busted-pandemic-coronavirus-elam-dnt-nr-vpx.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/201128194521-secret-warehouse-parties-busted-pandemic-coronavirus-elam-dnt-nr-vpx-00000127-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/us/2020/11/29/secret-warehouse-parties-busted-pandemic-coronavirus-elam-dnt-nr-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/coronavirus/”,”description”:”Even as cases and hospitalizations spike across the country, police are seeing a spate of crowded underground parties — in violation of local u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/2020/11/28/health/us-coronavirus-saturday/index.html” target=”_blank”>coronavirus guidelinesu003c/a>. 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She tells CNN’s u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/boris-sanchez-profile” target=”_blank”>Boris Sanchezu003c/a> the mental health toll is as real as coronavirus. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK.”,”descriptionText”:”Alison Johnson, a registered nurse and director of the critical care unit at Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee, explains the u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/2020/11/28/health/us-coronavirus-saturday/index.html” target=”_blank”>impact a pandemicu003c/a> makes on hospitals. She tells CNN’s u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/boris-sanchez-profile” target=”_blank”>Boris Sanchezu003c/a> the mental health toll is as real as coronavirus. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK.”},{“title”:”Doctor: Holiday travel like pouring gasoline on surging cases”,”duration”:”03:21″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”https://www.cnn.com”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/health/2020/11/27/coronavirus-daily-wrap-post-thanksgiving-watt-tsr-dnt-vpx.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”health/2020/11/27/coronavirus-daily-wrap-post-thanksgiving-watt-tsr-dnt-vpx.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/201120160629-airport-passengers-salt-lake-city-1027-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/health/2020/11/27/coronavirus-daily-wrap-post-thanksgiving-watt-tsr-dnt-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/coronavirus/”,”description”:”As the US hits 13 million recorded cases of Covid-19, physicians say to expect the death toll to rise in the coming weeks. CNN’s u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/nick-watt” target=”_blank”>Nick Wattu003c/a> reports.”,”descriptionText”:”As the US hits 13 million recorded cases of Covid-19, physicians say to expect the death toll to rise in the coming weeks. CNN’s u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/nick-watt” target=”_blank”>Nick Wattu003c/a> reports.”},{“title”:”Canada’s ‘Atlantic bubble’ has been a sanctuary. But it may be bursting soon”,”duration”:”03:31″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”https://www.cnn.com/”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/world/2020/11/27/canada-atlantic-bubble-coronavirus-covid-19-newton-pkg-intl-hnk-vpx.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”world/2020/11/27/canada-atlantic-bubble-coronavirus-covid-19-newton-pkg-intl-hnk-vpx.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/201127101326-screengrab-canada-bubble-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/world/2020/11/27/canada-atlantic-bubble-coronavirus-covid-19-newton-pkg-intl-hnk-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/coronavirus/”,”description”:”At Canada’s outer edge, the country’s “Atlantic bubble” is just a six hour drive from Boston, but a world away from the Covid-19 reality. Here, 2.5 million people have been living with limited Covid-19 cases due to strict regional restrictions. Yet, the bubble itself is vulnerable as a new wave approaches. 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CNN’s Don Lemon discusses with infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm. “,”descriptionText”:”The CDC will soon issue new guidelines decreasing coronavirus quarantine time from 14 to 7-10 days, two senior administration officials told CNN. 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Wolf Blitzer discusses with CNN’s Nick Watt and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.”,”descriptionText”:”A CDC panel voted 13-1 to recommend health care workers and residents of long term care facilities will be the first recipients of the Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available. Wolf Blitzer discusses with CNN’s Nick Watt and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.”},{“title”:”Michigan couple dies of Covid-19 just one minute apart”,”duration”:”01:29″,”sourceName”:”WDIV”,”sourceLink”:”https://www.clickondetroit.com/”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/health/2020/12/01/michigan-couple-dies-one-minute-apart-coronavirus-vpx.wdiv/index.xml”,”videoId”:”health/2020/12/01/michigan-couple-dies-one-minute-apart-coronavirus-vpx.wdiv”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/201201181544-mi-couple-dies-of-covid-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/health/2020/12/01/michigan-couple-dies-one-minute-apart-coronavirus-vpx.wdiv/video/playlists/coronavirus/”,”description”:”Leslie and Patricia McWaters, a Michigan couple married nearly 47 years, both died from Covid-19 a minute apart. CNN affiliate WDIV has more. “,”descriptionText”:”Leslie and Patricia McWaters, a Michigan couple married nearly 47 years, both died from Covid-19 a minute apart. CNN affiliate WDIV has more. “},{“title”:”See emotional interview of nurse who lost husband and mom to virus”,”duration”:”05:04″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”https://www.cnn.com/”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/health/2020/12/01/icu-nurse-lizanne-jennings-lost-husband-and-mother-to-covid-19-intv-nr-bolduan-vpx.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”health/2020/12/01/icu-nurse-lizanne-jennings-lost-husband-and-mother-to-covid-19-intv-nr-bolduan-vpx.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/201201121900-lizanne-jennings-vpx-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/health/2020/12/01/icu-nurse-lizanne-jennings-lost-husband-and-mother-to-covid-19-intv-nr-bolduan-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/coronavirus/”,”description”:”ICU nurse Lizanne Jennings speaks with CNN’s u003ca href=”https://www.cnn.com/profiles/kate-bolduan-profile” target=”_blank”>Kate Bolduanu003c/a> about losing her mother and husband to Covid-19, only three days apart.”,”descriptionText”:”ICU nurse Lizanne Jennings speaks with CNN’s u003ca href=”https://www.cnn.com/profiles/kate-bolduan-profile” target=”_blank”>Kate Bolduanu003c/a> about losing her mother and husband to Covid-19, only three days apart.”},{“title”:”Family has heartbreaking dilemma amid pandemic”,”duration”:”04:20″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”https://www.cnn.com/”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/us/2020/12/01/texas-child-immune-system-coronavirus-pandemic-lavandera-pkg-vpx.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”us/2020/12/01/texas-child-immune-system-coronavirus-pandemic-lavandera-pkg-vpx.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/201130213019-jessica-lusk-dylan-garcia-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/us/2020/12/01/texas-child-immune-system-coronavirus-pandemic-lavandera-pkg-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/coronavirus/”,”description”:”Jessica Lusk and Dylan Garcia face financial ruin after leaving their jobs to protect their daughter’s life amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic. CNN’s u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/ed-lavandera-profile” target=”_blank”>Ed Lavanderau003c/a> has the story.”,”descriptionText”:”Jessica Lusk and Dylan Garcia face financial ruin after leaving their jobs to protect their daughter’s life amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic. CNN’s u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/ed-lavandera-profile” target=”_blank”>Ed Lavanderau003c/a> has the story.”},{“title”:”New York City public schools set to reopen”,”duration”:”02:58″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”https://www.cnn.com”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/us/2020/11/29/new-york-city-public-schools-reopen-marquez-nr-sot-vpx.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”us/2020/11/29/new-york-city-public-schools-reopen-marquez-nr-sot-vpx.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/200927151329-new-york-city-schools-reopen-mcmorris-santoro-1-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/us/2020/11/29/new-york-city-public-schools-reopen-marquez-nr-sot-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/coronavirus/”,”description”:”New York City public schools will resume in-person classes during a phased reopening process beginning on December 7. 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How to Spot Tonights Halloween Blue Moon & A Few Planets, Too

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This year, trick-or-treating probably doesn’t look like you thought it would, and Halloween parties are (hopefully, in the name of public health) cancelled, but there’s still something pretty spectacular going on tonight. Best of all, it’s free and you can probably see it from your own backyard (or fire escape). Not only is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, but there’s also the possibility of spotting Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Here’s where and when to find them.

Where and when to find the moon and planets

First things first: the moon will not actually be blue. But, for a brief period—as it rises above the eastern horizon—it will be orange, which is even more appropriate given the holiday. So when exactly will that happen? It depends on where you live, but you can check on that here. In New York City, for example, moonrise will be at 6:13 pm tonight.

According to Jamie Carter at Forbes, here’s where to look:

Look east as the Sun sets in the west. In practice you won’t see the full Moon appear until about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time because of atmospheric cloud low on the horizon and other obstructions.

What about those planets? Mars will be in the southeast sky, where it’ll be the brightest thing up there, after the moon. Next up: Saturn and Jupiter. “They’ll be the two bright dots dancing next to each other to the west,” Nicholas St. Fleur writes for the New York Times. “Jupiter will outshine its ringed cousin and be the brightest non-moon object on this half of the sky.” Plus, if you’re able to get up before sunrise on Sunday morning, you’ll also be able to see Venus and possibly Mercury below it.

And finally, there’s Uranus. You’re going to need a telescope for this one, and the planet will look like a small blue-green disc. Here’s where to find it, courtesy of Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:

Spotting Uranus at opposition will be slightly more difficult in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon coincides with a full moon that will make dimmer stars and planets—including Uranus—harder to see in the night sky. The planet sits in the constellation Aries, which regrettably appears close to the moon for most of the night.

Fingers crossed for clear skies!