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Better than Ring? This video doorbell has all the benefits and no subscription fees

Better than Ring? This video doorbell has all the benefits and no subscription fees

[ad_1] Maria Diaz/ZDNET ZDNET’s key takeaways The Lorex 2K Wi-Fi video doorbell is available at the retail price of $180. With 2K resolution, the doorbell is available for wired or wireless installations; it communicates reliably and includes a preinstalled 32GB microSD card for local storage so you can bypass subscription fees.  Though it has a 2K resolution, the image is so wide angle that objects look distorted.  A video doorbell is one of the best ways to start your smart home journey. Video doorbells are easy to use, often easy to install, and will surely bring much-needed surveillance. Though they may seem intimidating to set up for beginners, there’s a video doorbell option for just about everyone, whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly option or one that’s easy to install.  Also: I’ve tried many smart locks, but the one I keep on my door is $150 on Amazon Having tested several video doorbell options, I’ve enjoyed having the latest Lorex 2K Wi-Fi video doorbell I prefer a battery video doorbell for easy installation, so I got …

People Think Disability Benefits Are Too Low, New Polling Shows

People Think Disability Benefits Are Too Low, New Polling Shows

[ad_1] The government announced its desire to reform its core disability benefit in April. (Alamy) 6 min read2 hr Exclusive: A significant majority of people think disability benefits are in need of reform and that current payment levels are too low, according to new polling by Savanta for PoliticsHome. In the survey of 2,280 people, conducted after the government announced its intention to reform Personal Independent Payments (PIP) last month, 39 per cent of people said disability benefits were in need of “major reform”, with 37 per cent responding they were in need of “some reform”. 12 per cent of people said they were “not in need of much reform”, with just 4 per cent responding they were “not in need of reform at all”.  Respondents also believed that the current rates of disability benefit were too low, with 17 per cent saying they were “far too low”, and 21 per cent saying they were “slightly too low”. 10 per cent said current levels were “slightly too high”, with 8 per cent feeling levels …

What is Reformer Pilates and why do so many celebrities swear by it? Benefits explained

What is Reformer Pilates and why do so many celebrities swear by it? Benefits explained

[ad_1] Loved by A-listers like Hailey and Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner and Margot Robbie, Reformer Pilates has been around for years but has finally become mainstream. No longer reserved for the rich and famous, Google searches for Reformer Pilates have grown almost five times since 2020 with search volume increasing by an incredible 652% as it becomes ever more popular. Reformer Pilates uses an apparatus made up of pulleys and springs to work the body, using the resistance of the springs to feel the burn. The benefits can be huge, according to Martyn Oakley, head of fitness at Everlast Gyms (part of Sports Direct). “Reformer Pilates often involves many of the same stretches as mat Pilates, but the beauty of the reformer is that it helps you to get more out of your workout and target particular areas of the body,” he explains. © Getty ImagesMargot Robbie swears by Reformer Pilates The hottest Pilates studio in Hollywood is arguably Forma Pilates, dubbed “Los Angeles and New York’s most exclusive exercise class” by Vogue – so …

Atomic veterans fight to keep federal benefits

Atomic veterans fight to keep federal benefits

[ad_1] So-called atomic veterans who worked on nuclear weapons tests, like this one from July 25, 1946 file photo above Bikini atoll in the Marshall Islands, are fighting to renew funds that compensate them for health effects from their work. File/AP hide caption toggle caption File/AP So-called atomic veterans who worked on nuclear weapons tests, like this one from July 25, 1946 file photo above Bikini atoll in the Marshall Islands, are fighting to renew funds that compensate them for health effects from their work. File/AP In the Spring of 1947, Navy sailor Lincoln Grahlfs went to an Oakland, Calif., hospital suffering from a 103-degree fever, a strange facial abscess and an abnormal white blood cell count. A doctor there responded with an unorthodox treatment: x-rays to the sailor’s face with only a shield to cover his eyes. Soon after, the abscess and other symptoms cleared. “He said ‘we call that the hair of the dog that bit ya,’” Grahlfs told NPR. The dog that bit Grahlfs, in this case, was his exposure to the …

Can a sound bath wash away your worries? Are there health benefits to listening to gongs?

Can a sound bath wash away your worries? Are there health benefits to listening to gongs?

[ad_1] SHOULD YOU TRY A SOUND BATH? Some practitioners make broad health promises about sound baths, claiming they can aid depression, lower blood pressure and, more fancifully, even repair DNA. These benefits can’t be proven without scientific trials, said Dr David Silbersweig, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. And it’s difficult to know whether the effects people do report come from the sounds themselves or the relaxing environment in which they’re played, he added. Some instructors are careful not to oversell their work. Bechtold, a sound bath teacher and gong player of 20 years, said she saw sound baths as a part of an overall wellness routine. They can give participants time and space to process emotions, Bechtold said, “and at the same time learn to more deeply relax the body.” Perhaps that’s one key to their appeal. Alejandra Davila, 29, who attended the beach sound bath in Santa Monica, said she was drawn in by posts on Instagram. “I kept wanting to try yoga,” Davila said, “and this just kind of seemed …

Ministers are callous and clueless on Pip payments | Benefits

Ministers are callous and clueless on Pip payments | Benefits

[ad_1] Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that the government has continued to attack “mental health culture” (Mentally ill people being used as ‘political football’, campaigners say, 29 April). The publication of its disability green paper, in which the government says it wants to move away from financial support for those with mental health conditions given through personal independence payment (Pip), is greatly concerning. It comes after the prime minister labelled the UK as being amid a “sicknote culture” and said that society shouldn’t be “over-medicalising the everyday challenges and worries of life” by diagnosing them as mental health conditions. Such language is outdated and fails to promote open discussions about mental health or encourage those in need to seek expert advice. We must not minimise the mental health challenges that people face every day. Everyone living with a mental health condition deserves support. This includes gaining financial security, and Pip is therefore a vital lifeline for those who rely on it. We also know that the threat of removal of benefits payments causes increased stress and …

Swapping payments for vouchers won’t fix disability benefits – here’s what’s needed instead

Swapping payments for vouchers won’t fix disability benefits – here’s what’s needed instead

[ad_1] The UK government is proposing major changes to the benefits system, in response to the increase in people claiming benefits for disability and ill health. The proposals, which will be consulted on in the coming months, focus mainly on replacing the personal independence payment (Pip). Pip is a working-age benefit to help disabled people with the additional costs associated with a long-term health condition or disability. Currently, people receiving Pip must undergo an assessment of the impact of a health condition on day to day activities. The benefit is paid every four weeks and has two elements: a daily living component paid at either £72.65 or £108.55 per week, and a mobility component paid at either £28.70 or £75.75 per week. The government wants to move away from this regular cash payment model, and instead provide vouchers for services such as counselling and one-off payments for adaptions in the home. This could mean claimants being asked to provide receipts for expenses such as transport or medical costs. There are a number of problems with …

We know there are many benefits to writing by hand – in a digital world we risk losing them | Nova Weetman

We know there are many benefits to writing by hand – in a digital world we risk losing them | Nova Weetman

[ad_1] Recently, I found a letter my mum had written me years ago when she was on holidays in Vietnam. The paper is thin and ratty on the edges, but the handwriting and the turn of phrase is unforgettably hers. In looping, cursive black ink, she has described pages and pages of wondrous observations about her travels, immediately transporting me to another place and another time. If this had been sent as an email, it might have been lost in the endless updating of laptops and operating systems. But because it was a letter, I added it to a box in the cupboard some years ago, knowing I would want to read it again and again and again. Letters like these become even more valuable after someone dies, when you go hunting for a record of their voice. And knowing that the person held a pen to write the words elevates the correspondence far beyond something sent via phone or computer. But it is not just the words they write or the expressions they use; …

Benefits of hormone therapy for menopause symptoms outweigh risks, study finds : Shots

Benefits of hormone therapy for menopause symptoms outweigh risks, study finds : Shots

[ad_1] Low-dose estrogen can be taken orally, but it’s also now available in patches, gels and creams. svetikd/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption svetikd/Getty Images Low-dose estrogen can be taken orally, but it’s also now available in patches, gels and creams. svetikd/Getty Images The benefits of hormone therapy for the treatment of menopause symptoms outweigh the risks. That’s the conclusion of a new study published in the medical journal JAMA. “Among women below the age of 60, we found hormone therapy has low risk of adverse events and [is] safe for treating bothersome hot flashes, night sweats and other menopausal symptoms, ” says study author Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. This is a departure from the advice many women have been given in the past. The new analysis is based on two decades of follow-up data from the Women’s Health Initiative study, which followed thousands of women taking hormone replacement therapy. The study was halted after it was found that women taking Prempro, which is a combination of …

Argonne fuel cost calculator shows financial benefits of EVs

Argonne fuel cost calculator shows financial benefits of EVs

[ad_1] Argonne National Laboratory has launched a fuel cost calculator tool to show motorists how much money they can save by switching to an electric vehicle (EV). The tool enables drivers to estimate fuel savings at the ZIP code level by transitioning to either a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or a battery electric vehicle (BEV). The fuel cost calculator is expected to accelerate the uptake of EVs by demonstrating the vast financial benefits. Xinyi Wu, a transportation systems analyst in the ESIA division and lead author of the report, explained: “When more individuals choose to drive BEVs, they’re not only contributing to cleaner air — they can also enjoy significant cost savings for themselves. ​”With this tool, individuals can now see just how much they can save based on where they live and how much they drive.” The tool is freely available to the public and can be accessed here. Cost benefits of EVs The fuel savings tool was developed following a recent Argonne report that investigated how local factors such as fuel and electricity costs can impact …