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CNN10 2020-10-19

CNN 10

A Flare-Up Of Violence Between Armenia And Azerbaijan; The Work Of A CNN Hero To Bring Music To Senior Citizens. Aired 4-4:10a ET

Aired October 19, 2020 - 04:00:00 聽 ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Welcome to CNN 10, where we objectively explain world events in 10 minutes. My name is Carl Azuz. Glad to be starting off the week with you.

Our first story concerns a conflict involving Armenia and Azerbaijan, two countries located in Southwestern Asia. They both won their independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. But even before that, they were fighting each other over a region that they both believe should be part of their territory.

The region is named Nagorno Karabakh. It's located inside the borders of Azerbaijan, but most of the people who live there are ethnic Armenians.

Nagorno Karabakh declared its independence from Azerbaijan in 1991. Since then, it's ruled itself with the support of Armenia.

But that country and Azerbaijan continued to fight over the region after a ceasefire was declared in 1994. It was a shaky agreement. It did calm down a lot of the classes, but it did not calm the tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan. They have continued to grapple over the issue of Nagorno Karabakh.

The fighting flared up again between them on September 27th. We don't know who's at fault. Each side blames the other for shooting first, and it was the same thing, over a truce they agreed to over a week ago. Clashes followed and both sides blamed each other.

Over the past few weeks, the region of Nagorno Karabakh says more than 700 members of its military had died in clashes with Azerbaijan.

Here's why all of this is internationally significant: the nation of Russia supports Armenia. The nation of Turkey supports Azerbaijan. So, if the fighting continues, there are concerns it could eventually mean the involvement of two much larger countries.

The United Nations, the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the United States have all called for Armenia and Azerbaijan to stop fighting immediately.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

AZUZ (voice-over): Ten-second trivia:

What is the fattiest organ in the human body?

Is it the skin, the liver, the large intestine or the brain?

Believe it or not, it's the brain. That's about 60 percent, the fattiest organ we have.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

AZUZ: According to two professors at the University of Central Florida, there is something available to practically everyone that can lower stress, reduce pain, helped with symptoms of depression and improve our thinking and motor skills. It's not a drug. It's music.

For years, CNN Hero Carol Rosenstein had started bands to help people like her husband who's battling Parkinson's disease and dementia.

Like a lot of CNN Heroes, Rosenstein has found new ways to reach and help people despite the restrictions related to coronavirus. And her ongoing work is music to the ears of many senior citizens.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

CAROL ROSENSTEIN, 2018 CNN HERO/MUSIC MENDS MINDS: COVID just makes it doubly difficult for our seniors to sustain their levels of wellness because they've got so much isolation going on in their environments.

This isolation is bringing with it a huge toll because we us humans are so accustomed to togetherness.

We are going to see people deteriorating faster.

DR. MICHAEL THAUT, DIRECTOR, MUSIC AND HEALTH SCIENCE RESEARCH CENTER: People have declined much faster because they were, you know, for months and months in this very restrictive environment.

A lot of people probably didn't realize what if it's a hospital (ph), or many areas that we're thrown into.

Music is language of the brain, stirring up feelings, thinking processes, the motor system.

We have substantial, hard science evidence our music can help the brain.

Some of the areas that musical memories are located in are actually not attacked by Alzheimer's disease. It's there, they're preserved,

When people with severe memory disorders, there is a musical memory trigger that can remember the music, but they will also remember usually some autobiographical other memories that are connected to this particular song. And so, there is a moment of memory of restoration, so they don't just remember the song, they also remember at least for a moment to where they are and who they are.

And so, music can recreate some of their thinking, feeling and expression and movement experiences that we need.

Even if a spouse just sits down with the partner, and says, what's the music today, or we can sing together in order to (INAUDIBLE) if they can still play something, help them play something.

(SINGING)

THAUT: While you're listening to a piece of music together, all these things help. I can play music with somebody and I still maintain social distancing. Music can travel, can bridge distances.

ROSENSTEIN: It's so important at this time to connect and to reach out to our seniors. In some way, it's critical for everyone feel the love that we are missing in person, and we have to do this safely at this time.

It's imperative and one of the easiest ways, especially if you're living distances apart, is to use our Internet and be able to reach out and speak to our loved ones, so that they are reassured that they are not alone.

Thank you, everybody, for our coming to our party today. I am deeply honored.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

AZUZ: Our last story today concerns protective face masks. In some areas, they're optional. In some, they're recommended. In some, they are the law.

But wherever people stand on wearing them, we have seen some pretty creative solutions out there from the silly and somewhat scary, to designer masks that can run upwards of $140. But this is the first time we've heard of a scented one.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

JEANNE MOOS, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It's the smell that won't let sleeping dogs lie.

VOICE: Bacon, bacon, where's the bacon?

MOOS: It's on your face.

The Hormel bacon folks figured what better scent in which to swaddle your nose.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's one of those foods that just really makes everything better.

MOOS: Even a pandemic?

They came up with what Hormel calls a smellicious innovation.

The breathable bacon mask is now reality, though you have to win the right to wear one.

Enter for a chance to whiff.

A PR person who got one tweeted: This smells so good, I'm considering wearing it all day even though I have no plans to leave the house.

Someone else joked: Accidentally nibbled a hole in my bacon scented face mask.

"Don't eat bacon. Inhale it" is the mask's motto.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's not too overpowering.

MOOS: Sure, there are plenty of novelty masks out there, from a dog's mouth to lips, to shark teeth, to missing teeth, to a burger. Someone even mocked up actual bacon into the shape of a mask.

But none of those actually smell.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Similar to what you'd see on scratch and sniff, so we actually found an ink that we could print on the back of these masks. It smells just like a bacon.

MOOS: Other companies like Banana Republic have made masks promoting themselves. But they didn't literally lace a stink.

The bacon mask reminds us of short-lived invention from the '80s, the scent alarm clock that woke you up with a scent of bacon.

The pork-a-rama on a mask will start to dissipate after two or three washings. Until then, keep the dog away from your face.

VOICE-OVER: Boy, boy, boy, it's bacon.

MOOS: Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.

VOICE-OVER: It's bacon.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

AZUZ: If you think masks feel hot, that one is sizzling. It's one way to be bacon up enthusiasm for something that could get you pork belly laughs whenever you wear it. It'd be pretty piggish to wear it on a farm, though. I don't know sow someone could be that boorish. The animals might showed (ph) at you and you really wouldn't be able to swine about it.

I'm Carl Azuz. How-ging (ph) up your day with pig puns on CNN 10.

Shout-out to Cascade High School. It is in Leavenworth, Washington, and that's the school picked from the subscriptions and comments we received at YouTube.com/CNN10.

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