GOOD

Lady Gaga Opens Up About Her Battle With PTSD

It started after a horrific experience she had as a teenager.

Singer Lady Gaga revealed that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder on a segment of “Today” filmed at a homeless shelter for LGBTQ youth. Gaga began experiencing symptoms of the disorder after she was raped at the age of 19.


“I told the kids today, ‘I suffer from PTSD.’ I’ve never told anyone that before. So, here we are,” she told “Today.” “But, the kindness that’s been shown to me by doctors as well as my family, and my friends — it’s really saved my life.”

Throughout Gaga’s career, she has been open about being raped by a music producer when she was a teenager. She wrote about coping with the trauma in her Academy-Award-nominated song “Til it Happens to You” but never discussed her PTSD symptoms. PTSD sufferers often experience nightmares, repeated thoughts of the assault, negative changes in thoughts and feelings, edginess, and difficulty sleeping. Studies have shown a relationship between PTSD and heightened suicide risk as well.

Gaga’s revelation that she has PTSD opens up an important dialog about the disorder. Most people associate PTSD with war trauma, but not sexual assault. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, almost all women experience PTSD symptoms in the two weeks immediately following a rape and 30% of women report symptoms of PTSD nine months after the assault. By raising awareness of the link between sexual assault and PTSD, we can better care for those affected by the debilitating disorder.

Health

One mystery in our universe is a step closer to being solved. NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched last year to help scientists understand the sun. Now, it has returned its first findings. Four papers were published in the journal Nature detailing the findings of Parker's first two flybys. It's one small step for a solar probe, one giant leap for mankind.



It is astounding that we've advanced to the point where we've managed to build a probe capable of flying within 15 million miles from the surface of the sun, but here we are. Parker can withstand temperatures of up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit and travels at 430,000 miles per hour. It's the fastest human-made vehicle, and no other human-made object has been so close to the sun.

Keep Reading Show less

McDonalds sells a lot of coffee. Over a billion cups a year, to be exact. All that coffee leads to a lot of productive mornings, but it also leads to a lot of waste. Each year, millions of pounds of coffee chaff (the skin of the coffee beans that comes off during roasting) ends up getting turned into mulch. Some coffee chaff just gets burned, leading to an increase in CO2.

Now, that chaff is going to get turned into car parts. Ford is incorporating coffee chaff from McDonalds coffee into the headlamps of some cars. Ford has been using plastic and talc to make its headlamps, but this new process will reduce the reliance on talc, a non-renewable mineral. The chaff is heated to high temperatures under low oxygen and mixed with plastic and other additives. The bioplastic can then be formed into shapes.

Keep Reading Show less
via Wikimedia Commons

Nike has made a name for itself creating shoes for playing basketball, tennis, and running. But, let's be honest, how many people who wear Air Jordans or Lebrons actually play basketball versus watching it on television?

Now, Nike is releasing a new pair of shoes created for everyday heroes that make a bigger difference in all of our lives than Michael Jordan or Lebron James, medical professionals — nurses, doctors, and home healthcare workers.

Nike designed the shoe after researching medical professionals at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon to create the perfect one for their needs.

Keep Reading Show less
Health