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Prince William and Lady Gaga FaceTime to Promote Mental Health Awareness

"It's OK to have this conversation. It’s really important to have this conversation and that you won't be judged," the royal said on Tuesday. "It's so important to break open that fear and that taboo, which is only going to lead to more problems down the line."

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Los Angeles, April 20, 2017: Prince William and Pop Singer Lady Gaga FaceTimed to promote mental health awareness on Tuesday, April 18. A live stream of their exchange was shared on the Royal Family’s Facebook page.

William participated in a video call with the pop singer to promote mental health awareness. In the video, Prince William commended the ‘Born This Way’ singer on her open letter about her experience with post-traumatic stress. Lady Gaga said that for the longest time she felt ashamed to admit to mental health issues.

William told Lady Gaga in the clip, “Harry, Catherine and I really felt this was such an important area that throughout all our charitable work, whether it was the veterans, homelessness, addiction, most of it seemed to stem back to mental health issues.”

He said, “I read your open letter you wrote the other day, and I thought it was incredibly moving and very brave of you to write down such personal feelings.” Prince William asked the star how it made her feel to go public with her battle. She admitted she was “very nervous” but wanted to show her fans the other side of her that the public wasn’t aware of.

She admitted she was “very nervous” but wanted to show her fans the other side of her that the public wasn’t aware of.

Lady Gaga went on to admit that she often wakes up feeling both tired and sad. Prince William said that he feels that it’s important for many young people to talk about their mental health.

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“For me, waking up every day and feeling sad and going onstage is something that is very hard to describe. There’s a lot of shame attached to mental illness. You feel like something’s wrong with you,” she replies in the clip. “In my life, I go, ‘Oh, my goodness, look at all of these beautiful, wonderful things that I have. I should be so happy.’ But you can’t help it if in the

“In my life, I go, ‘Oh, my goodness, look at all of these beautiful, wonderful things that I have. I should be so happy.’ But you can’t help it if in the morning when you wake up, you’re so tired, you’re so sad.”

Prince William went on to invite Gaga overseas in October to work on his, Harry and Kate’s charity. “It’s OK to have this conversation. It’s really important to have this conversation and that you won’t be judged,” the royal said on Tuesday.

“It’s so important to break open that fear and that taboo, which is only going to lead to more problems down the line.”

Hours earlier, the Telegraph published an interview with Prince Harry, in which he opened up about the grief he felt following the death of their mother, Princess Diana, in 1997, when he was 12. He revealed that he “shut down all his emotions” for nearly two decades and has sought therapy in the aftermath.

“My brother, you know, bless him, he was a huge support to me,” Harry, now 32, said. “He kept saying, ‘This is not right, this is not normal. You need to talk to [someone] about stuff. It’s OK.'”

William, along with his brother Prince Harry and wife Kate Middleton have spearheaded a campaign to dispel the stigma that usually surrounds mental health. And it looks like they are trying to recruit as many celebrities to help them do it, too.

-prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram Twitter @NikitaTayal6

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A New Virus Typhus Rises In Los Angeles

Officials in Los Angeles say they are working toward housing for the county’s 53,000 homeless residents to relieve conditions that help give rise to typhus and other diseases.

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Retired coal miner James Marcum, who has black lung disease, takes a pulmonary function test at the Stone Mountain Health Center in St. Charles, Virginia, U.S., May 18, 2018. (VOA)

Typhus, a bacterial infection that is sometimes life threatening, is on the rise in Los Angeles and several other U.S. cities. Public health officials say homelessness is making the problem worse and that the disease, which is associated with poverty and poor sanitation, is making a comeback in the United States.

Los Angeles County has seen 64 cases of typhus this year, compared with 53 at the same point last year and double the typical number, with a six-case cluster among the homeless in L.A. this year. Two cities in the county that have separate counts are also seeing higher numbers: Long Beach with 13 cases, up from five last year, and Pasadena with 20, a more than three-fold increase from 2017.

At a clinic in the L.A. neighborhood called Skid Row, Dr. Lisa Abdishoo of Los Angeles Christian Health Centers is on the lookout for symptoms.

“It’s a nonspecific fever,” she said, “body aches, sometimes a headache, sometimes a rash.”

This kind of typhus is spread by fleas on rats, opossums, or even pets and is known as murine typhus, from the Latin word for “mouse.”

The risk is higher when people live on the streets in proximity to garbage, but the disease seems to be spreading through the Southern United States.

Not the typhus of WWI

“It’s never been considered a very common disease,” said Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, “but we seem to see it more frequently. And it seems to be extending across from Southern California all along the Mexican border into southeastern Texas and then into the Gulf Coast in Florida.”

 

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A homeless man sits at his street-side tent along Interstate 110 along downtown Los Angeles’ skyline, May 10, 2018. Thousands of homeless people sleep on the streets of Los Angeles County.. VOA

 

Texas had 519 cases last year, said spokeswoman Lara Anton of the Texas Department of State Health Services. That’s more than three times the number in 2010, with clusters in Houston and Galveston. No figures for this year have been released.

This is a separate disease from typhoid fever and is not the epidemic form of typhus that caused hundreds of thousands of deaths in war time. That type, called epidemic typhus, is carried by body lice and often spreads in conflict zones. It led to millions of deaths in World War I alone.

Flea-borne typhus, the kind seen in California and Texas, is serious but often clears up on its own and responds to an antibiotic, Abdishoo said.

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Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the Baylor College of Tropical Medicine, shows Associated Press journalists areas of Houston’s 5th Ward that may be at high risk for mosquitoes capable of transmitting the Zika virus in Houston.. VOA

“It seems to get better a little faster if you have the treatment,” she said. “But there are cases where people have had more severe complications — it’s rare, but getting meningitis, and even death,” she cautioned.

Migration, urbanization, climate change

The reason for increased typhus numbers is uncertain, but it may be linked to migration, urbanization and climate change, said Hotez, the disease specialist. In some parts of the world, typhus is still linked to war and instability, “in the conflict zones in the Middle East, in North Africa, Central Asia, East Africa, Venezuela, for instance with the political instability there,” he said.

Murine typhus is one of several diseases on the rise in the southern United States, Hotez said.

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People line up on Skid Row in Los Angeles to receive food, water, clothing and other basic necessities from Humanitarian Day Muslim volunteers.. VOA

“Others include dengue, now emerging in southern Texas and Florida, the Zika virus infection, Chikungunya. We have a huge problem with West Nile virus,” he added, and Chagas disease, a condition usually seen in Latin America.

A report in May from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that such “vector-borne” diseases, transmitted by ticks, fleas or mosquitoes, more than doubled in the United States between 2004 and 2016.

Hotez says they are on the rise in many industrial nations with crowded cities and pockets of poverty.

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Skid Row physician Abdishoo says flea-borne typhus is still uncommon on the streets of Los Angeles, but “it has us all on high alert for this illness that we don’t necessarily think too much about. We want to be vigilant,” she added, “when you see a communicable disease on the rise.”

Officials in Los Angeles say they are working toward housing for the county’s 53,000 homeless residents to relieve conditions that help give rise to typhus and other diseases. Voters approved funding in 2016 and 2017 to finance the efforts. (VOA)