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The 10 Most Stressful Jobs—Did Yours Make the List?

Think your job is stressful? Try being an urologist.

Every job carries a certain level of stress—but the most stressful jobs undeniably take a greater toll on workers than low-stress jobs do. Some people are attracted to these jobs for the challenges and rewards they offer, while others would like to avoid stressful careers. But how do you know if a job is going to be stressful or not?

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration–sponsored initiative, has the answers. Determining levels of stress is difficult, as everyone carries stress differently and some are better equipped to handle it than others, but the O*NET Resource Center has developed a list of the most stressful jobs based on the amount of stress tolerance people in that field must possess.

These jobs require “accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations” and, unsurprisingly, many of the jobs at the top of the list involve facing life-and-death situations. The 10 most stressful jobs are:

1. Urologist

2. Anesthesiologist Assistants

3. Nurse Anesthetists

4. Telephone Operators

5. Acute Care Nurses

6. Dancers

7. Obstetricians and Gynecologists

8. Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers

9. Surgeons

10. Transit and Railroad Police

Six of the top 10 most stressful jobs are in the healthcare field, but telephone operators and emergency dispatchers also made the list, proving even desk jobs can be taxing.

Notably, all the jobs O*NET ranked are at least a little stressful: Even the least-stressful profession, Models, had a stress level of 24 (out of 100).

See the full ranking from O*NET here.

Lili Reinhart Opened Up About Her Struggle With Body Dysmorphia After Fans Criticized Her Recent ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ Comments

Body dysmorphia affects people of every shape, age, and size, which is why we’re so glad Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart is speaking out about her experiences with the disorder and taking internet trolls to task.

In a recent old Hollywood-inspired video shoot for Harpar’s Bazaar, Reinhart was asked about her retro fashion icons. “I’ve always really loved old Hollywood glamour and fashion,” Reinhart says over images of her in various retro outfits. “There’s so many iconic women — Veronica Lake, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn, Audrey, Grace Kelly. Marilyn is an inspiration to me in the sense that she was a curvy girl and she had boobs and she didn’t have a 24-inch waist, and to me that’s really inspiring. It makes me feel like my body can be accepted.”

However, some fans took issue with Reinhart’s admission that she struggles with body acceptance.

“I love her so much but she’s acting like she’s suffering ?? She’s literally so pretty and has an amazing body,” one fan wrote. Another commented, “I can’t relate to this. What’s unacceptable about her body? Who’s out there telling her, her bod is too much? I’m not saying she doesn’t have those moments but why would she take them seriously looking like that?!”

Reinhart took the opportunity to try to educate her followers on the nature of mental health and body image issues in a multiple-part Twitter post on July 3rd:

She added a few more thoughts today, July 4th.

“Mental illness gets worse when people say that you don’t have a right to feel the way you do.”

We’re so proud of Lili Reinhart for speaking out about this issue. Body dysmorphia is a mental health problem, and — just like with all mental illnesses — it can affect anyone and doesn’t have a face.

Let’s use this as a reminder to choose empathy over judgement whenever possible — especially when it comes to the mental health experiences of others.

Fitness Expert Anna Victoria Shares Photo of Her Arm Cellulite: ‘Stop Thinking You’re the Only One’

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Fitness influencer Anna Victoria is known to speak honestly about her body, and now she’s opening up about her cellulite.

Victoria, co-founder of the Fit Body Guide, took to Instagram earlier this week to post side-by-side photos of herself, one in “the best possible lighting” and the other in lighting that highlighted cellulite on her arm.

Lighting. Is. Everything. 99% of pictures you see on social media are taken in the best possible lighting and that ain’t no accident 💁 so when I got into the elevator with the lighting on the right, I zoned in on the cellulite on the back of my arms. Yes, cellulite on your arms is a thing! I’ve had it since the beginning of my journey and while it’s lightened up since then, it’s still not totally gone… because I’m human. Seriously, girls, stop thinking you’re the only one with cellulite and that it’s some kind of disease! Yes, it absolutely can be reduced through healthy diet, exercise and proper water intake, but another component which you can’t control is genetics, and just being human. It’s not bad to want to reduce the sight of cellulite just like it’s not bad to want to lose weight and feel more confident overall, but don’t set out to lose weight JUST to have less cellulite. It can be a cherry on top of all the other amazing benefits. If you ask me how to reduce the appearance of cellulite, my answer will be: healthy diet, regular exercise and proper water intake – that’s it. I will not suggest creams or wraps or whatever else the current fad is because those are only short term fixes (IF that..) and perpetuate the idea that health/results can be found in a bottle/package. So, do I love the look of my arms on the right? No, but I don’t hate it or myself for it, either. And you shouldn’t either ❤️ #fbggirls #realtalk #cellulite

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“Lighting. Is. Everything. 99% of pictures you see on social media are taken in the best possible lighting and that ain’t no accident,” Victoria wrote alongside the photos.

“When I got into the elevator with the lighting on the right, I zoned in on the cellulite on the back of my arms,” she continued. “Yes, cellulite on your arms is a thing! I’ve had it since the beginning of my journey and while it’s lightened up since then, it’s still not totally gone … because I’m human.”

The lengthy post has garnered a lot of attention, amassing more than 30,000 Likes in just one day, along with several comments.

Victoria noted alongside the photo that although the appearance of cellulite can be reduced through a “healthy diet, regular exercise and proper water intake,” genetics also play a part in dimpling skin.

“Seriously, girls, stop thinking you’re the only one with cellulite and that it’s some kind of disease,” the trainer said. “Do I love the look of my arms on the right? No, but I don’t hate it or hate myself for it, either. And you shouldn’t either.”


Is There a Limit to How Long Humans Can Live? A New Study Suggests There Isn’t

What they found was that mortality risk essentially plateaus after a certain point for “super-elderly” individuals.

New research has revived one of the longest standing, and biologically fundamental, debates in the life sciences: Is there a set limit to how long humans can live?

The study, published in the journal Science, suggests that maybe there isn’t. (It should be noted that this finding contradicts other, similar research by biologists and demographers, as Nature notes.)

Researchers examined a population of nearly 4,000 Italians who were 105 years or older. What they found was that mortality risk essentially plateaus after a certain point for these “super-elderly” individuals. The risk of death increases gradually the older that someone gets, especially as they reach their 80s and 90s. But, say Sapienza University’s Elisabetta Barbi and University of Roma Tre’s Francesco Lagona, after reaching the ripe old age of 105, the odds of dying within the following year essentially drop down to 50%.

The researchers emphasized the quality of their dataset, asserting that their “estimates are free from artifacts of aggregation that limited earlier studies and provide the best evidence to date for the existence of extreme-age mortality plateaus in humans.” If a mortality plateau really does occur at higher ages, that theoretically means death doesn’t have to be an inevitability.

Not all scientists have reached that conclusion. For instance, a team from New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine analyzed the ages of the world’s oldest people and pegged the maximum length of human longevity at somewhere between 115 and 125 years. (For the curious: The oldest person ever in recorded history was a French lady named Jeanne Calment, who died at 122 years of age in 1997.)

“[B]y analyzing global demographic data, we show that improvements in survival with age tend to decline after age 100, and that the age at death of the world’s oldest person has not increased since the 1990s. Our results strongly suggest that the maximum lifespan of humans is fixed and subject to natural constraints,” wrote the Albert Einstein researchers in their 2016 report.

This Woman’s Bold Message About Thigh Gap Wins Summer

Just in time for shorts and bikini season.

As a teen, Mary Jelkovsky was obsessed with having “thigh gap”—upper thighs so thin, they didn’t touch and instead had space between them.

These days, the 20-year-old wellness influencer knows that thigh gap is unrealistic. But after she recently saw a thigh gap workout on social media, she was so outraged, she came up with her own cheeky way of showing others that having thigh gap is unhealthy, and prizing it promotes unrealistic body standards.

On Tuesday, she posted what she called her “two-step method” to getting thigh gap. Posing in a white tee and underwear, she wrote: “1. Separate thighs” and “2. Screw it. Love yoself.” She provided more context in the caption.

Back when I was a personal trainer and a client would come to train with me, I’d ask them, “What area(s) do you want to work on?” The answer became so predictable and redundant that I eventually stopped asking. Can you guess what it was? 👇 Yup, it was ALWAYS either tummy or thighs. Women from all walks of life would constantly use phrases like “problem area” and “my biggest insecurity” to describe their legs or midsection (or both). It was very sad to hear that a mother of 4 was too ashamed of her body to have sex with her husband or that a college girl didn’t want to go to a pool party until she lost 10 pounds.😔 But it’s not like I thought much differently about my body… I spent 7 years of my life consumed by silly inner thigh workouts, endless low-carb or keto diets (depending on what YouTube video I watched), “thinspo” or “fitspo” pictures on Tumblr and Pinterest, calorie-counting on MyFitnessPal, and endless hours of running just to achieve AIR BETWEEN MY LEGS.🤣 When I learned about diet culture and it’s hidden agenda (*cough* profit *cough*) this concept of a thigh gap seemed so silly to me! Along with all the other beauty ideals that are literally created to profit from our self-doubt 🤷‍♀️ Now my thighs kiss (more like make out LOL!) and it makes me feel like a mermaid!🧜‍♀️ You can waste time, energy, and money trying to get the gap or you can screw it and love yoself 😉 . . Who’s with me?! 🙋‍♀️ . . . . #selfloveisthebestlove #losehatenotweight #bodylove #bodyposi #bodypositivity #bopowarrior #honoryourcurves #embraceyourcurves #beyoutiful #effyourbeautystandards #edrecovery #edfam #edwarrior #selflove

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When she was a personal trainer, “women from all walks of life would constantly use phrases like ‘problem area’ and ‘my biggest insecurity’ to describe their legs or midsection (or both),” she wrote. “It was very sad to hear that a mother of 4 was too ashamed of her body to have sex with her husband or that a college girl didn’t want to go to a pool party until she lost 10 pounds.”

RELATED: If Thigh Gap and Hip Dip Weren’t Enough, Now Women Are Supposed to Worry About Having ‘Armpit Vaginas’

Jelkovsky tells Health she was motivated to share message of self-acceptance because she’s frustrated that so many women still try to achieve thigh gap. This “problem area” continues to cause problems for women today.

“I remembered being in high school when the thigh gap trend was very alive and I spent hours on the internet looking at how to do it,” she says. “The other day I was on Pinterest and I saw an ‘inner thigh workout for a thigh gap’ and I was so shocked that this was still a thing! I don’t want my little sister to grow up in a world where air between your legs has any significance.”

Why July Is the Most Dangerous Month To Go Swimming

Just in time for swimming season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a new report on disease outbreaks associated with swimming in rivers, lakes and oceans.

Between 2000 and 2014, public health officials in 35 states, plus Guam, reported a total of 140 disease outbreaks associated with swimming in untreated recreational waters — mainly at beaches and bodies of water in public parks, the report says. These outbreaks led to 4,958 illnesses and two deaths.

The vast majority of outbreaks with a confirmed cause were linked to gastrointestinal pathogens such as norovirus, Shigella and E. coli. People typically get sick from these illnesses when they accidentally ingest water contaminated by fecal matter. Such contamination can happen through wastewater and sewage runoff, flooding or someone defecating while swimming, the report says.

Most of the remaining outbreaks were caused by parasites transmitted by birds present in recreational waters, toxins and chemicals or harmful algal blooms, the report says. The two deaths were caused by Naegleria fowleri, a rare type of freshwater ameba that enters the nose and destroys brain tissue.

The majority of outbreaks struck between June and August, and nearly 60% happened in July.

Swimmers may be at a lower risk of infection if they stick to “well-operated, treated recreational water venues,” the report says — although a prior report from the agency also detailed plenty of disease outbreaks that could be traced back to hotel pools, hot tubs and other treated recreational waters.

Those who choose to swim in untreated waters should use caution in those that are shallow, poorly circulating, over-crowded, far from toilets and other hygiene facilities or frequented by young children with “no or limited toileting skills,” the report says. Swimmers should also steer clear of water that’s “discolored, smelly, foamy or scummy” and avoid swimming after high rains or floods, according to the CDC.

To reduce disease transmission, the CDC says people should avoid entering public waters if they’re sick and do their best to avoid swallowing water while swimming. Organizations that maintain swimming areas should also try to minimize flooding and runoff contamination, keep wildlife away from swimming areas as much as possible and regularly monitor aquatic bacteria levels, the CDC says.

22 Strange Ways the Sun May Affect Your Body

While skin cancer (not to mention premature skin aging) is a very real danger, some experts—like Feelisch—say that avoiding the sun entirely may be an even bigger one. “Balancing beneficial with harmful effects of anything starts with the realization that there may be more to the beneficial side than previously considered,” he says. “Considering how humans evolved—being exposed to natural light for almost half of the day—sunlight can’t possibly be that bad, can it?”

Feelisch believes that increased rates of skin cancer are likely due to people “swinging between extremes” of spending most time indoors, then getting way too much sun on vacations and holidays. His suggestion for balancing it all? “Get as much sunshine as you can regularly, while avoiding getting a sunburn.”

RELATED: How to Treat a Sunburn  

Dr. Rigel, on the other hand, takes a cautious approach—an approach that’s echoed by the American Academy of Dermatology and the World Health Organization. “You can safely get vitamin D from supplements, so why expose yourself to a known carcinogen when you don’t have to?” he asks. His advice is to play it safe: “Wear protective clothing, avoid the mid-day sun when UV rays are strongest, and regularly use sunscreen. Those three things will lower your risk of skin cancer, and allow you to enjoy your time outside.”

RELATED: 15 Biggest Sunscreen Mistakes

Man Who Smelled So Bad a Plane Had to Make Emergency Landing Dies a Month Later of Necrosis

A Russian guitarist, whose overpowering body odor required a plane to make an emergency landing, died on Monday.

Andrey Suchilin was removed from a May 29 flight going from Spain to the Netherlands after pilots made the decision to make an emergency landing in Portugal following passenger complaints.

The smell was so bad passengers were nauseous and allegedly began to faint, according to Newsweek. The incident made headlines around the world.

Tragically, it has now been revealed that the smell coming from the musician was not because of poor hygiene but because of necrotic tissue as he had developed necrosis while holidaying in Spain.

In a Facebook post written on May 30, Suchilin, 58, explained his health insurance had expired and he and Lidia were in the country with no “money, consulate support and medical care.”

“The tragic and comic component of this whole situation is that I caught a disease, which (let’s not say how and why) makes a man quite stinky,” Suchilin continued.

Necrosis is a medical condition in which the body’s tissues die after being starved of oxygen. It can be caused by a number of things including injury, infection, frostbite and deep vein thrombosis. It can be treated, but the affected areas often have to be removed surgically and in a timely fashion.

However, Andrey wrote that he had been told by doctors in Spain that “it was an ordinary beach infection.”

The next day, his wife wrote on his Facebook page on his behalf explaining that her husband was in intensive care and his condition critical. She asked their friends to raise money to help them pay the medical bills.

On June 2, Lidia wrote another update saying that despite undergoing a surgery days before the “tissue necrosis couldn’t be stopped yet” and that her husband was in a medical coma.

Suchilin’s condition worsened with the tissue necrosis spreading to new areas such as his kidneys heart and lungs. He died on June 25, with Lidia writing, “Andrei’s gone. Alas.”

This isn’t the first time a Transavia Airlines plane made an emergency landing due to strong odors. In February, a pilot for the airline landed a plane after a fight broke out over another passenger’s continued flatulence.

Although the pilot reportedly warned the passengers to stop, after the altercation continued the pilot decided to make an emergency landing at Vienna Airport, according to British newspaper Metro.

5 Times You Really, Seriously Need to Go to the ER

Think about: A heart attack. Everyone knows that crushing chest pain is a hallmark of a heart attack. But that shouldn’t be the only symptom on your radar. Signs can be more subtle in women than in men, says Heather Rosen, MD, medical director of UPMC Urgent Care in North Huntingdon, Penn. As a result, young women tend to brush off early symptoms and avoid seeking help, sometimes mistaking the pain of a heart attack for indigestion or acid reflux. Watch out for uncomfortable pressure in your chest (not necessarily in the middle—and not everyone experiences this), as well as non-chest pain symptoms, such as discomfort in one or both arms, nausea or dizziness, which are more common in women, per a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Cold sweats, shortness of breath, and pain in the back, neck, shoulder, or jaw are other possible symptoms. 

What to do: Anytime you suspect a heart attack, “err on the side of caution and call 911,” advises Dr. Rosen. Once the ambulance arrives, the paramedics can perform an EKG and give you aspirin or another treatment en route to the hospital. Don’t go to urgent care or your family doctor; they won’t be able to run the necessary tests to evaluate your heart. 

A 15-Year-Old Helped a Blind and Deaf Passenger After the Crew Struggled to Communicate

A kind passenger stepped up to help the plane’s crew communicate with the man.

Even small acts of kindness can make a big difference to your fellow passengers.

While on an Alaska Airlines flight out of Boston last week, 15-year-old Clara Daly found herself in the unique position to help someone in need. Shortly after take off, a flight attendant asked if anyone knew sign language over the plane’s announcement system because the crew needed help communicating with another passenger, Tim Cook, who is both blind and deaf, the Boston Globe reported.

Daly had been studying American Sign Language and was eager to help.

Because of Cook’s challenges, Daly had to make signs into his hands in order to communicate, but it worked. Cook himself was traveling alone, so Daly periodically checked in on him during the flight.

“This was the first time I was ever able to use it,” Daly told the Boston Globe.

During the last hour of the flight, the two passengers sat and talked with one another. Fellow passenger Lynette Scribner posted about the interaction on Facebook and said it “was fascinating to watch as she signed one letter at a time into his hand. He was able to ‘read’ her signing and they carried on an animated conversation.”

“It was a beautiful reminder, in this time of too much awfulness, that there are still good, good people who are willing to look out for each other,” Scribner added.

Daly was originally supposed to be on a flight from Boston to Los Angeles, but it was canceled and she ended up on a flight to Portland with Cook. According to the Boston Globe, she likes to think it was meant to be.

According to Scribner’s post, Alaska Airlines has gotten in contact with Daly and Cook about the happy incident.

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