Harry Styles: “Lights Up”

Say this for Harry Styles, he’s nothing if not a talented showman, the kind who titles his first single since 2017’s self-titled solo album “Lights Up” and releases it on National Coming Out Day. Styles is no stranger to statement lead singles: He introduced his debut album Harry Styles with “Sign of the Times,” a nearly six-minute-long piece of feathery, melodramatic rock balladry. “Lights Up” is only a little less over-the-top, layering synth, guitars, keys, drums, chunky bass, and a small choir of backup singers until the finished product begins to glisten with sweat. With its winding, psychedelic pre-chorus, the song seems designed to wriggle through the strictures of pop songwriting. It’s less than three minutes but its strangeness makes it feel longer.

“Lights Up” also seems poised to divide those who feel that the best pop songs should speak directly to the moment, and those who think they ought to stand alone, little worlds unto themselves. In isolation, lines like “Never coming back down/Can’t you see/I could, but wouldn’t stay” scan as banal Noel Gallagher-style acid trip nonsense. But on a day of LGBTQ visibility, “Lights up and they know who you are/Do you know who you are?” sound like a rallying cry. By contrast, the song’s video takes place mostly in the dark, where Styles’ bare chest is caressed by a throng of adoring people, bared to the night sky while he rides on the back of a motorcycle, and, in one particularly odd moment, mirrored as his own sequin-suited body floats above a second body wearing only a pair of boxer shorts. It’s hard to know what the show is—just that Styles is the man putting it on.

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Cooking clues suggest Gigi Hadid & Zayn Malik are back together

Gigi Hadid has fuelled rumours she and Zayn Malik are back together after sharing a photo of herself cooking a dish devised by the singer’s mum on Instagram.

The 24-year-old supermodel has posted a picture of a selection of ingredients online, revealing they are from Trisha Malik’s pasta salad recipe.

Zayn’s mum reposted Gigi’s picture and shared a screen grab on her own account of a throwback video of Gigi revealing that her favourite restaurant was “my boyfriend’s mum’s kitchen”.

The exchange prompted fans of Gigi and Zayn’s to speculate that the former couple had rekindled its romance, 10 months after the pair called it quits. Some followers suggested Gigi and Trisha were cooking in the kitchen together, but neither made that clear.

Reports from November suggested that Gigi and Zayn were back on speaking terms following her split from The Bachelorette star Tyler Cameron.

The former couple started dating back in 2015 after Zayn called off his engagement to Little Mix star Perrie Edwards, but called time on their relationship in March last year (18), announcing the split by posting statements on their social media profiles.

The singer and supermodel later rekindled their romance in June (18), but the couple is said to have broken up for the second time a few months later.

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Variation in Insurance Coverage Among Patients With Head and Neck Cancer After the ACA

Key Points

Question  How does the association between implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and change in insurance status vary across sociodemographic subpopulations of patients with head and neck cancer (HNC)?

Findings  In this cohort study of 131 779 patients from the National Cancer Database, patients with HNC experienced a significant reduction in uninsured rates after implementation of the ACA. Young adults and patients from low-income zip codes experienced greater increases in coverage than those from older age groups and higher-income zip codes.

Meaning  Implementation of the ACA was associated with greater insurance coverage among populations of patients with HNC with historically limited access to care.

Importance  Health insurance status has a significant association with early diagnosis and stage at presentation, which are the most important predictors of survival among patients with head and neck cancer (HNC). Literature on the association of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) with changes in insurance status among patients with HNC remains limited. To our knowledge, no studies have evaluated changes in insurance rates across sociodemographic subgroups of patients with HNC.

Objective  To assess the association of the implementation of the ACA with insurance status across socioeconomic and demographic subpopulations of patients with HNC.

Design, Setting, and Participants  A retrospective cohort study using data from the National Cancer Database (NCDB), a hospital-based cancer registry (2011-2015) for adults diagnosed with a malignant primary HNC was carried out. The analyses were conducted from November 2018 through December 2018.

Main Outcomes and Measures  Changes in the percentage of patients with insurance.

Results  A total of 131 779 patients with HNC were identified in the pre-ACA (77 071) and post-ACA (54 708) periods. Overall, 98 207 (74.5%) participants were men and 33 572 (25.5) were women, with 73 124 (55.5%) being aged between 50 to 64 years. There was a 2.68 percentage point decrease (PPD) (95% CI, 2.93-2.42) in the percentage of patients with HNC without insurance from the pre-ACA to the post-ACA period. Changes in the percentage of uninsured patients varied significantly by age, with the largest reduction in uninsured status among patients with HNC aged 18 to 34 years (5.12 PPD; 95% CI, 3.18-7.06) and the smallest reduction in uninsured among those aged 65 to 74 years (0.24 PPD; 95% CI, 0.03-0.45). There was a significantly greater reduction in uninsured status in low-income zip codes (3.45 PPD; 95% CI, 2.76-4.14) than in high-income zip codes (1.99 PPD; 95% CI, 1.63-2.36).

Conclusions and Relevance  There was a significant association between ACA implementation and percentage decrease in uninsured patients. Young adults and those residing in low-income zip codes experienced a significantly higher rate of insurance uptake compared with older adults and residents of high-income areas. This suggests that coverage expansions enacted through the ACA are not only associated with increased access to care among the broader HNC population, but that they may also yield a greater benefit among subpopulations with historically limited insurance coverage.

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Variation in Insurance Coverage Among Patients With Head and Neck Cancer After the ACA

Key Points

Question  How does the association between implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and change in insurance status vary across sociodemographic subpopulations of patients with head and neck cancer (HNC)?

Findings  In this cohort study of 131 779 patients from the National Cancer Database, patients with HNC experienced a significant reduction in uninsured rates after implementation of the ACA. Young adults and patients from low-income zip codes experienced greater increases in coverage than those from older age groups and higher-income zip codes.

Meaning  Implementation of the ACA was associated with greater insurance coverage among populations of patients with HNC with historically limited access to care.

Importance  Health insurance status has a significant association with early diagnosis and stage at presentation, which are the most important predictors of survival among patients with head and neck cancer (HNC). Literature on the association of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) with changes in insurance status among patients with HNC remains limited. To our knowledge, no studies have evaluated changes in insurance rates across sociodemographic subgroups of patients with HNC.

Objective  To assess the association of the implementation of the ACA with insurance status across socioeconomic and demographic subpopulations of patients with HNC.

Design, Setting, and Participants  A retrospective cohort study using data from the National Cancer Database (NCDB), a hospital-based cancer registry (2011-2015) for adults diagnosed with a malignant primary HNC was carried out. The analyses were conducted from November 2018 through December 2018.

Main Outcomes and Measures  Changes in the percentage of patients with insurance.

Results  A total of 131 779 patients with HNC were identified in the pre-ACA (77 071) and post-ACA (54 708) periods. Overall, 98 207 (74.5%) participants were men and 33 572 (25.5) were women, with 73 124 (55.5%) being aged between 50 to 64 years. There was a 2.68 percentage point decrease (PPD) (95% CI, 2.93-2.42) in the percentage of patients with HNC without insurance from the pre-ACA to the post-ACA period. Changes in the percentage of uninsured patients varied significantly by age, with the largest reduction in uninsured status among patients with HNC aged 18 to 34 years (5.12 PPD; 95% CI, 3.18-7.06) and the smallest reduction in uninsured among those aged 65 to 74 years (0.24 PPD; 95% CI, 0.03-0.45). There was a significantly greater reduction in uninsured status in low-income zip codes (3.45 PPD; 95% CI, 2.76-4.14) than in high-income zip codes (1.99 PPD; 95% CI, 1.63-2.36).

Conclusions and Relevance  There was a significant association between ACA implementation and percentage decrease in uninsured patients. Young adults and those residing in low-income zip codes experienced a significantly higher rate of insurance uptake compared with older adults and residents of high-income areas. This suggests that coverage expansions enacted through the ACA are not only associated with increased access to care among the broader HNC population, but that they may also yield a greater benefit among subpopulations with historically limited insurance coverage.

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Justin Bieber announces official 2020 pop comeback

Justin Bieber has served up a Christmas treat for fans by announcing plans to release a new album and tour in 2020.

Bieber teased his big reveal on Monday (23Dec19) and then released a video, filmed in an abandoned gas station near Los Angeles, on Christmas Eve, explaining all about his plans for the New Year.

The Baby star is also revving up a docu-series.

“As humans, we are imperfect,” Bieber says in the video. “My past, my mistakes, all the things that I’ve been through. I believe that I’m right where I’m supposed to be. God has me right where he wants me.”

Describing his new album – his first since Purpose in 2015, he adds, “I feel like this is different than the previous albums just because of where I’m at in my life. It’s music that I love the most out of anything I’ve done.”

Playing in the background of the video is his single Yummy, which drops on 3 January (20). It will feature on the singer’s fifth album, which has yet to get a title or release date.

Bieber’s North American arena/stadium tour will begin on 14 May at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington and end on 26 September at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Frank Ocean: “DHL”

“DHL,” Frank Ocean’s first new original song since 2017, finds him unwound and relaxed, reveling in his life’s simple pleasures as he raps about new packages, Kawasaki bikes, Starbucks, and wearing puffer jackets to Paris Fashion Week. Ocean has proven himself a formidable and efficient rapper with minimal effort, from early Odd Future guest spots like “Oldie” and “Sunday” to more recent standout verses, like his chic appearance on the A$AP Mob posse cut “Raf” or the Endless freestyle “U-N-I-T-Y.” His verses on “DHL” are similar flex raps, though they’re less clever and more cryptic than what’s come before. But his writing remains focused, even as his raps unhinge themselves.

Co-produced by Ocean alongside EDM heavyweight Boys Noize, longtime Kanye engineer Noah Goldstein, and Daniel Aged of the chill R&B duo best known as Inc., the track is warped and woozy, distorting Frank’s vocals until they smear across fading synths. The raps become almost chant-like after a while. He brags about the gliss on the cyst on his wrist and being able to linger in studios without worrying about session fees. This is about as cavalier as he’s ever sounded, and it suits him.

The further “DHL” inches along, the more misshapen it becomes. It doesn’t really get going until deep into its extended second verse. Ocean loosens up, adopting mumble rap flows that sound like they’re executed mid-milly rock. “Independent jugg, sellin’ records out the trunk/I’m already rich as fuck so the product’s in the front/Got my partner in the front, been my BF for a month/But we been fuckin’ from the jump,” he brags in the closing seconds. Coming on the heels of his queer club night PrEP+, previews of two new tracks to be released on vinyl, and the return of blonded RADIO, this song ushers in the official start to Frank Ocean season after a brief period of inactivity. Unceremonious yet swaggering, on “DHL,” he sounds like he’s just warming up.

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Ana Tijoux: “#CACEROLAZO”

Chile has been beset by unrest in recent weeks, as demonstrations against proposed fare hikes on public transport have sparked massive protests rooted in the country’s endemic inequality. Peaceful marches and civil disobedience have spun off into looting and vandalism, amid allegations of police brutality; the government imposed martial law, declared a nightly curfew, and deployed military troops, who have unleashed tear gas and water cannons. Official tallies count at least 12 dead. “We are at war,” declared conservative president Sebastian Piñera.

A familiar noise has soundtracked the chaos: cacerolazos, the time-honored tradition of banging pots and pans together as a form of protest. These spontaneous acts of noise-making have been a popular expression of dissent throughout Chile and Argentina since the 1980s. Now the percussive din has gotten a 21st-century update, thanks to a viral song by the French-Chilean musician Ana Tijoux: “#CACEROLAZO.”

In a one-minute clip, which has been played more than 1.6 million times on Instagram since it was posted yesterday, Tioux chants an irresistible hymn to a revolution in the making, giving voice to popular grievances and calling for Piñera’s resignation as sirens wail. The hypnotic chorus is a paean to protest itself: “Cuchara de palo/Frente a tus balazos/Y al toque de queda…/Cacerolazo” (“Wooden spoon/In front of your bullets/And at curfew…/Cacerolazo”). But the genius of the song, produced by France’s Jon Grandcamp, is the way it samples the actual clatter of wooden spoons and saucepans into an infectious, impossible-to-ignore beat. The sample converts a song about protest into an act of resistance in its own right. As Bob Dylan sang, “A lotta people don’t have much food on their table/But they got a lot of forks and knives/And they gotta cut something.” Tijoux and Grandcamp’s song builds brilliantly on that metaphor.

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December Issue Highlights

In this cohort study, Cramer et al assess the performance of the traditional pathologic risk stratification system for surgically resected human papillomavirus (HPV)–associated oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) and propose a novel composite risk stratification system. Using the National Cancer Database, the authors identified 15 324 patients diagnosed with nonmetastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) who were treated with upfront surgery and neck dissection. They compared traditional pathologic risk stratification for HPV+ OPSCC and HPV-unassociated HNSCC and derived a novel pathologic risk stratification system.

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Speak With An ENT About Your Ears Today

The eyes are said to be the windows into one�s soul; however, the ears are the gateway to optimum physical health.� A health care professional is able to tell a lot about what is going on by the health of the ear � our ears hold the answers regarding many physical ailments.

The ear is a very sensitive, yet advanced organ of the human body.� Its main function is to transmit sound to the brain.� The three major parts of the ear are the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear.� All parts of the ear help in the hearing process.� Sound comes in through the outer ear and vibrates through the middle ear.� This vibration continues traveling to the inner ear, where nerve impulses send messages to the brain.� The inner ear is also the area that controls our balance.� Excess water buildup or an infection can affect the inner ear and cause dizziness.

A few things you may not know about ears:

  1. They are always working, even while you sleep.� Although your ears can never be �turned off�, your brain does not process the sound in the same manner that it does while you are awake.
  2. The smallest bones in your body are in your ears.
  3. Earlobes never stop growing.
  4. Ears help with taste.� Of course you don�t eat with your ears, but they do play a role in transmitting taste signals to the brain.� It is for this reason, that taste and flavor can be affected if there is a problem with your ears.
  5. The human ear can hear frequencies as low as 20 Hertz (Hz), and as high as 20,000Hz.

The inner ear, known as the cochlea, is the size of a pea and shaped like a snail�s shell.� If it could be straightened, it would be a 31.5 mm long tiny tube.

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LadBaby scores second Xmas No.1 with fastest-selling download of the year I Love Sausage Rolls

LadBaby is officially on a (sausage) roll as he is crowned the UK’s Official Christmas Number 1 for a second year in a row and sets a new chart record, the Official Charts Company can confirm.

YouTuber and dad blogger Mark Hoyle, along with his wife Roxanne and their two sons, proves that lightning CAN strike twice, taking the coveted festive top spot today with I Love Sausage Rolls – a playful twist on Joan Jett’s I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll. Money raised from the single goes to foodbank charity The Trussell Trust, who support a network of food banks across the UK and provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty.

According to Official Charts Company data, I Love Sausage Rolls smashes last year’s total too, scoring a huge 93,000 chart sales this week (18,000 more than last year’s winning track We Built This City) – and with 85,000 of that total coming via digital purchases, LadBaby not only claims the festive chart crown, but also the fastest-selling download of the year, in fact the fastest-selling download since June 2017’s Artists For Grenfell chart-topping charity single.

The YouTuber sets a new chart record today, becoming the first ever act to deliver two novelty Christmas Number 1 singles back to back. Plus, he’s now one of only three acts to claim consecutive Christmas Number 1s in the history of the Official Chart, and the first in 20 years – the only other acts to claim consecutive Christmas Number 1s are The Beatles (three between 1963 – 1965) and Spice Girls (three between 1996 – 1998).

Celebrating the news, LadBaby told OfficialCharts.com:
“How have we done this again? It’s the best feeling in the world – it’s a Christmas miracle yet again! Thank you everybody for supporting us once again, and all for an amazing cause. It’s going to the Trussell Trust – to the 14 million people living in poverty in the UK. Who doesn’t love a sausage roll at Christmas?”

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LadBaby beat Stormzy’s Own It ft. Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy to the Number 1 spot, holding at Number 2, while a strong challenge from Wham!’s Last Christmas sees the 35-year-old festive classic finish at Number 5. The track is the best seller of the week on vinyl, topping this Official Vinyl Singles Chart with just under 5,000 sales after being given a limited edition 7” release. Last Christmas originally peaked at Number 2, missing out on the Christmas Number 1 in 1984 to Band Aid.

Another Christmas essential, Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, is at Number 8, marking its return to the Top 10 for a fourth consecutive year.

Over a third of this week’s Top 40 is made up of new and classic festive songs, including Pogues’ Fairytale of New York ft. Kirsty MacColl (14); Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone (16); Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas (17); Elton John’s Step Into Christmas (19); Michael Buble’s It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (24); Leona Lewis’s One More Sleep (25);

Further down the Top 40, there’s Ariana Grande’s Santa Tell Me (28); Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (29); Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody (31); Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (32); Kelly Clarkson’s Underneath The Tree (33); John Legend’s Happy Christmas (War Is Over) (34); and Sia’s Santa’s Coming For Us (36).

A last-minute challenge to get Jarvis Cocker’s political song Running The World into this year’s Official Christmas Chart narrowly misses out on the Top 40, landing at Number 48.

Meanwhile, Stormzy lands two new entries in the Top 40 from his new album Heavy Is The Head: Audacity ft. Headie One enters at Number 6, and Lessons lands at Number 9.

Harry Styles bags three Top 40 entries following the release of his new album Fine Line, led by Adore You at 12, Watermelon Sugar, up 29 places to 18, and Falling at 39.

Finally, Juice Wrld’s Lucid Dreams re-enters the Top 40 at 27 following his death last week.

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