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Health/Medicine (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Poor Children May Have Smaller Brains Than Rich Children. Does That Tell Us Anything?

    04/18/2015 2:50:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 102 replies
    Slate ^ | April 17, 2015 | Jordan Weissmann
    Social scientists have found that by the time children enter kindergarten, there is already a large academic achievement gap between students from wealthy and poor families. We still don't know exactly why that's the case. There's a sense that it at least partly has to do with the fact that affluent mothers and fathers have more intensive parenting sytles—they're more likely to read to their kids, for instance—and have enough money to make sure their toddlers grow up well-nourished, generally cared for, and intellectually stimulated. At the same time, poor children often grow up in chaotic, food-insecure, stressful homes that...
  • Beyond Body Language: Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton

    04/18/2015 1:36:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    April 18, 2015 | vanity
    An interesting look at opposites. On her worst day Carly Fiorina outshines Hillary Clinton.Fiorina can discuss hard facts and choices without sounding shrill and disconnected, like Mrs. Clinton does. They're both grandmothers. I think Fiorina's grandchildren got the best of the bargain between these two women. SERIOUS and SUBSTANTIVE: - Bret Baier Interview With Carly Fiorina 9:00 that will hold your interest. SUPERFICIAL and SECRETIVE: - Kara Swisher Interview With Hillary Clinton 30:00 "..get people into a nice warm purple space."
  • Jeb Bush: Maybe Medicare recipients should be required to sign advance directives (Terry Schiavo)

    04/17/2015 3:53:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | April 17, 2015 | Ed O'Keefe
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Former Florida governor Jeb Bush on Friday once again defended his decision to intervene in the case of Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman whose death capped an intense national debate about ethics and politics, but also suggested that Medicare recipients should be required to outline end-of-life care plans before accepting the benefits. "I don’t think I would have changed anything," he said in response to a questioner during a "Politics and Eggs" breakfast here Friday. "I stayed within the constitutional responsibilities or authority that I had. We changed the law first and then a year later it...
  • What do you do with your coffee used coffee grounds?

    04/17/2015 3:23:11 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 48 replies
    4/17/2015 | Nikos1121
    This post is in follow up to "ken5050" posting about "what kind of coffee maker do you use?" Posted on ‎4‎/‎14‎/‎2015‎ ‎1‎:‎23‎:‎50‎ ‎PM by ken5050 I started saving my grounds as a compost for my herb garden. I'm not sure if it will over power them or be balanced. So I googled the topic and not surprisingly someone else has already thought about it. Please check out the following and share what you do with them. https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=Uses+for+Coffee+Grounds
  • Clinton praises Warren as ‘progressive champion'

    04/16/2015 8:16:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 15, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Hillary Clinton lauds Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as a “progressive champion” in a Time magazine tribute written amidst calls from the left that Clinton should use the freshman senator as a model in her presidential bid. Praising Warren’s “unflagging determination to level the playing field for hardworking American families” and her goal of helping others “Share in the American Dream,” Clinton compared the senator to the “liberal lion,” former Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass). “It was always going to take a special kind of leader to pick up Ted Kennedy’s mantle as senior Senator from Massachusetts—champion of working families and scourge...
  • Law that Made School Employees Pay More for Health Insurance Saved $1.3 Billion

    04/16/2015 6:42:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/14/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Statewide caps on government employee health insurance have saved Michigan public school districts a total of $1.3 billion since the 2010-11 school year, according to an analysis done by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. The caps were implemented by a 2011 law. Districts spent $1.91 billion on employee health insurance in 2010-11, the year before Gov. Rick Snyder signed the new law. It imposed either a “hard cap” on how much schools could spend on health insurance, or required employees to pay at least 20 percent of the premiums. The cost to school districts has dropped each year since,...
  • Dog Flu Sweeping Through Chicago

    04/15/2015 6:54:18 PM PDT · by EBH · 23 replies
    Radio Pet Lady ^ | 4/15/2015
    Have you heard about the brand new H3N2 dog flu sweeping through Chicago and sickening and killing dogs? It may actually be worse than you think: round-the-clock testing has unveiled that this heretofore unknown canine influenza was originally an avian flu that made a “mammalian adaptation” and has been infecting dogs and cats in Asia since 2007. Now it is here in the epicenter of the U.S. Will it sweep across the country and endanger dogs everywhere? Will this deadly flu become like the bird flu in Asia and the swine flu in England, both of which did transform into...
  • Pernicious Junk Science

    04/15/2015 8:31:29 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/15/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    Those of us, of a certain age, remember the post-World War II promise of Science. Splitting the atom would bring us virtually unlimited cheap electrical power; antibiotics and vaccine technology (a la Salk/Sabin) would eliminate the scourge of infectious disease; and elucidation of the structure of DNA would lead to a cancer cure. But 60-odd years later, we have radioactive waste; terrifying antibiotic resistant pathogens; and despite spending hundreds of billions of dollars on cancer research and mapping the human genome, are no closer to that elusive cure. As to DNA, its greatest contribution has been to forensic science, which...
  • Living Grace Home Damage Repair

    04/15/2015 8:22:02 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    gofundme/Living Grace Home ^ | 4/15/15 | Living Grace Home
    In the first day of our campaign, we have raised over $2,000! This paid the down payment for the contractor, and for the supplies to start drywall repair. Please continue to donate and spread the word so the girls can get moved back in as soon as possible! If you don't want to donate online, the address for donations is on our website, http://www.livinggracehome.com/Contact-Us.html. Subscribe to Updates Living Grace Home is a home for pregnant young women ages 14-22 who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless as a result of their pregnancy. We have two residences at this...
  • We’re ALL Out of Africa

    04/14/2015 8:07:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/14/15 | Al Caruba
    Everyone is African: How Science Explodes the Myth of Race I think if we were honest enough to admit it, we are all bigoted in some way. Our gender or religion doesn’t really qualify us as superior to anyone else, but we tend to fall back on these identities and, consciously or not, assume they give us a reason to feel that we are not only in possession of a special truth, but that it grants us the privilege to feel better than others. When we examine the issue of race, however, the bigotry is inherent because racial groups are...
  • Wind Turbines ruining landscapes worldwide

    04/13/2015 7:05:21 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 34 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/13/15 | Judi Mcleod
    Now in Loch Ness: The hundreds of thousands of wind turbines polluting the rural landscape of countries near and far can’t talk, though there’s no guarantee that governments won’t some day find a way to have them spying on passing motorists. But the wind turbines ruining the landscape do send out a universal message, a messages that boldly states that Lib-Left governments can—and will—do whatever they want, loud objections from their constituents not withstanding. Modern day governments feel entitled to demoralize taxpayers with projects built with their own tax dollars. The utter dominance of rural lands by the wind turbine...
  • 2016 GOP field piles on Clinton

    04/12/2015 1:51:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 12, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    The 2016 Republican presidential field on Sunday greeted Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s entrance into the race with skepticism. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) led the charge by releasing several anti-Clinton items in his campaign store, which offers bumper stickers, posters and t-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “liberty, not Hillary.” The Kentucky lawmaker continued his attack with a GIF tweeted out to the social media masses. It mocked allegations Clinton used a private email server as secretary of State by showing a mobile phone deleting messages addressed to her. Paul additionally released his first television ad attacking Clinton on Sunday. The minute-long...
  • Free Republic Members

    04/11/2015 11:01:50 PM PDT · by tallyhoe · 102 replies
    April 11, 2015 | Tallyhoe
    I've never done this before and I hope i'm doing this right.. Sunday the 29 of March I went into the Hospital with an AFib (Atrial Fibrillation) that wouldn't stop.After they got my heart beat back to normal 67 beats per minute instead of 180.. I've had AFIBS now since 2010 but they always flipped to normal after 6 to 12 hours..Since I have COPD this only compounds the problem.. Stopped Smoking 2009.. Then After my release I got Phenomena Went back into the Hospital on the following Sunday and was released on Wednesday.. Please say a little Prayer for...
  • Halal or Not? Eating Your Wife if You Are Hungry...

    04/11/2015 4:14:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    CairoScene ^ | 4/9/15
    We apologise for this aneurysm inducing news, but seriously a Mufti in Saudi Arabia has just declared that a Muslim can cannibalise his wife. You heard correctly: Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, a man of religious power in Saudi Arabia, believes it is halal to eat your wife. Clarifying his stance, Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah explains that literally eating your wife is permitted only if you're extremely hungry. Translating what appeared on multiple Arab websites (here, here, here, here and here): “A fatwa attributed to the Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, which allows a man to eat his...
  • Police: Woman left quadriplegic son in woods, visited lover

    04/11/2015 5:51:28 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 12 replies
    WBAY.COM ^ | 11 APRIL 2015 | AP
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman has been accused of leaving her quadriplegic son in the woods in southwest Philadelphia for several days and then going to visit her boyfriend in Maryland. Authorities say the 21-year-old son has cerebral palsy. They say he was found lying in leaves covered with a blanket next to a wheelchair and a Bible near Cobbs Creek Park on Friday night. Police describe the son as severely disabled and say he was unable to communicate how he got there. Their investigation indicates he was left there Monday.
  • LETTER: Pres. Cruz would be scary

    04/07/2015 3:32:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Fosters Daily Democrat ^ | April 7, 2015 | Wayne Merritt
    To the editor: As the standard bearer for today’s Republican Party, it was only fitting that Canadian-born Texas Senator Ted Cruz be the first Republican to officially announce a run for the presidency. It was equally appropriate that he did so in front of 10,000 students and faculty members (under the threat of a stiff fine for nonattendance) at the institution of higher learning euphemistically named Liberty University, founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell. Falwell was the Evangelical Southern Baptist minister/televangelist, who once proclaimed, “There is no separation of church and state. Modern US Supreme Courts have raped the...
  • The Audacity of Soup Nazis

    04/07/2015 2:56:42 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 17 replies
    Self | 4/7/15 | Me
    The day the government tries to tell me what to eat, i.e. no red meat, fried foods or sugar, is the day I show them how to conduct a successful colonoscopy with a watermelon. We have 93 million citizens out of the workforce, 18 trillion in debt, unvetted illegal immigrants are streaming across the border, and Washington is worried about what’s on my plate? Unbeknownst to Obama & Co. - who can’t tell the truth to save their life and who refuse to take responsibility for a smorgasbord of failures and abuse - the Constitution is not a napkin and...
  • Michael F. Cannon lecture “King v. Burwell: Can the President Rewrite the ACA Without Congress?”

    04/07/2015 12:22:14 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    Cato ^ | Mar 30, 2015 | Michael F. Cannon
    Full title: Michael F. Cannon gives a lecture on the topic of, “King v. Burwell: Can the President Rewrite the ACA Without Congress?,” at an event hosted by The Show-Me Institute Video at link
  • It’s April…Be Aware of Autism

    04/07/2015 8:33:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/7/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day was inaugurated by a UN Resolution (62/139), adopted by the General Assembly on December 18, 2007. This soon transformed into Autism Awareness Month, which spawned Autism Acceptance Month in 2011 (more on that later). No doubt, a condition affecting approximately 1 in 68 children in the US (according to the CDC) is worthy of a month’s recognition. Compare that figure to the 1 in 150 rate, reported in 2000. In keeping with the proclamation, let us become aware, and try not to get smothered by the semantics… The term “autism” was first used...
  • Ted’s Devious Health Insurance Adventure

    04/06/2015 10:32:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 6, 2006 | Michael Tomasky
    Did Cruz really sign up for Obamacare hoping the Supreme Court would nix the subsidies, giving him a ready-made horror story? Yeah, probably.There are just so many interesting questions about Ted Cruz, are there not? Okay, maybe not that many. But the one of keenest interest by far to me is: Does he really think he can get away with manufacturing a fake personal Obamacare horror story and peddle it in Dogpatch and get votes with it? Here’s the situation. Cruz’s wife, Heidi, recently took a leave of absence from her big Wall Street job at Goldman Sachs. The Cruz...
  • Judge Orders State to Cut Inmate’s Balls Off [semi-satire]

    04/04/2015 9:57:10 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 April 2015 | John Semmens
    US District Judge Jon Tigar ordered California’s Corrections Department to surgically remove a prisoner’s testicles. The $100,000 surgery would be performed on convicted murderer Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy—enabling Michelle-Lael Norsworthy to emerge from 51 years of incarceration within the wrong body. The surgery is expected to be the first step in Norsworthy’s eventual release from Mule Creek State Prison in Ione. “For too long this unfortunate woman has been trapped within the body of a monster,” Tigar said. “She was forced to watch helplessly while Jeffrey murdered a person whose name no one can remember. Making Michelle endure the life sentence...
  • Response from Senator Casey [Obamacare]

    04/02/2015 2:54:46 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    Office of Senator Bob Casey ^ | April 2, 2015 | Senator Bob Casey
    Dear XXXXXXX: Thank you for taking the time to contact me about health insurance premiums and the Affordable Care Act. I appreciate hearing from you about this issue. Over the next several years, the Affordable Care Act will extend health insurance coverage to an additional 30 million Americans, ensuring that 95 percent of our Nation has access to quality, affordable care. I recognize that the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, and that some changes may need to be made. However, I believe that this law reflects our Nation’s commitment to ensuring access to health care for all Americans. One...
  • Church leaders support Medicaid expansion (Montana)

    03/31/2015 9:07:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Hungry Horse News ^ | March 31, 2015 | 21 Church Leaders
    As people of faith, we believe that each of us has a moral obligation to take care of each other. At one time or another, every one of our fellow human beings has a need that we can help ease. We have an even stronger obligation to help the most vulnerable among us — those whose needs are often the greatest. 4307821 Whitefish Physical Therapy (headache) Instory HHN That obligation means more than making sure people have food and clothing. In today’s world, those basics fall far short of what anyone needs to better their lives, support a family and...
  • Criticize Senator Ted Cruz’s bid for Republican nomination

    03/30/2015 11:09:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz set off a media firestorm last week by becoming the first to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination in 2016. The media has generally described Cruz as a passionate, hard-line conservative and a polarizing figure. Writing for Fox News, Michael Goodwin argued that Cruz has a chance at becoming our next president, calling him “a brilliant man of clear conservative convictions, not muddled by the politics of calculation.” It’s a nice sentiment, but it also effectively illustrates the underlying problem with candidates like Cruz and with our political system in general: being “muddled” by a...
  • LETTER: To deny health care coverage for 37,000 here is immoral

    03/30/2015 9:30:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Citizen of Laconia ^ | March 30, 2015 | Tom Dawson, failed Democratic candidate
    The most cherished of all we hold dear is our health. Good health allows us to enjoy life, work, love others, and see the splendor around us created by God. Not knowing when one would get sick or injured, insurance companies were formed to handle this uncertainty. Unions saw the benefits of health care and started including it in their benefits package when collectively bargaining for a larger share of the company’s profits. Today, most of our health insurance plans are through our employer. As insurance costs became higher and higher it was more difficult for employers to handle premiums....
  • Ode to the UnACA. For millennials here in the vain hope they can wake up their peers with a song.

    03/30/2015 3:29:11 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 1 replies
    Self | March 30, 2015 | Not John Milton
  • The loud last gasp that should be heard around the world

    03/30/2015 9:37:20 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/30/15 | Judi McLeod
    The baby girl was murdered in the most heinous and shocking of crimes and the law of the land that so callously identified her as a fetus can never justify her murder. If only the “loud last gasp” of the 7-month-old unborn baby ripped out of her mother’s womb in Colorado last week would end for once and for all the fallacious argument that a human baby is only a fetus while still in her mother’s womb. Then her moment’s long life would have saved millions of innocent children slaughtered by abortions that have become commonplace since the law birthed...
  • Rubio, Paul and 75% Of Congress On Obamacare (Uh-oh)

    03/28/2015 5:34:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    News Talk Florida ^ | March 28, 2015 | James Williams
    It might be fun to poke fun at Texas Senator and GOP Presidential candidate Ted Cruz for signing up for Obamacare but he is far from alone. As a matter of fact some other top GOP candidates for the 2016 Republican nomination are right there with Cruz. In fact almost every member of the House and the Senate who have voted over 50 times to repeal Obamacare are enrolled in the plan. It is important to be clear there is no such thing as being “on Obamacare.” It’s not an insurance plan, or a single program like Medicare or Social...
  • It's Official: Americans Spent All Their "Gas Savings" On Obamacare

    03/27/2015 10:37:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/27/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Last quarter, when we showed what was "The Reason For The "Surge" In Q3 GDP", some were shocked to learn that in the quarter in which US GDP posted a 5% surge, it was none other than Obamacare - a mandatory tax according to the Supreme Court which has the benefit of flowing through the US income statement - which contributed the bulk of this upside. We are happy, and we use the term loosely, that history has just repeated itself, and now that the final number is available, what we wrote a month ago in "Here Is What Americans...
  • Readers React: Imagining a Ted Cruz presidency — and a stronger America

    03/26/2015 4:52:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 26, 2015 | Doug Allen
    To the editor: To use language similar to a reader opposed to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) ("Ted Cruz's dream, America's nightmare," Readers React, March 24): Imagine a president eager to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power and what that means for the free world. Imagine a president who will get rid of the IRS and implement a tax code that will require everyone to pay a fair percentage tax rate above an established minimum income level. Imagine a president who will re-empower health insurance companies to implement sound insurance principles as opposed to allowing people who wait until they...
  • Operation Choke Point could be used to stop abortions as soon as 2017(payback time?)

    03/25/2015 10:07:32 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 2 replies
    SOL | 3/25/2015 | sickoflibs
    We know that the Obama administration is using their Operation Choke Point invention to intimidate a number of banks to cut-off funding of loans to legal small businesses like payday lenders and gun shop owners, businesses that libs like Obama and Holder frown on. Its not even clear where they get the authority to do this, we know of no law passed that gives the justice department authority to do this. An independent source writes :" It did this through subpoenas issued under Section 951 of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), which authorizes the...
  • What did Jeb Bush do to fight Obamacare?

    03/24/2015 11:39:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 23, 2015 | Byron York
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)For many conservatives, the fight against Obamacare has been the defining battle of President Obama's years in the White House. For them, and probably a majority of the Republican base, fighting first against the passage of the Affordable Care Act and later pressing to repeal it have been so important because: A) they strongly oppose the substance of the law, and B) they see opposition to Obamacare as the best way to resist the president's overall expansion of government. That the struggle has so far been a losing one has not changed the fact that conservatives require their presidential candidates...
  • True Life In God

    03/24/2015 11:07:37 PM PDT · by believer691 · 1 replies
    TLIG.ORG ^ | 1986 | Vassula Ryden
    God has called all of you to share His Glory; He favours the humble and the innocent; above all, be pure to be able to face the Lord in good conscience; the Spirit of Grace is upon you, and each one of you has received a special grace;
  • This Longtime IHOP Owner Sold His 16 Restaurants Because of Obamacare

    03/22/2015 7:51:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 22, 2015 | Rob Bluey
    Four years ago, my reporting on Obamacare brought me to the city of Terre Haute, Ind. Located near the Illinois’ border, about an hour’s drive from Indianapolis, the city of 60,000 residents reminded me of the area where I grew up near Utica, N.Y. It was a brisk March morning, nearly a year after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, and I had trekked to the Midwest with a camera crew to meet Scott Womack, owner of about a dozen IHOP restaurants in Indiana and Ohio. Womack’s testimony before Congress earlier in 2011 caught my attention and I wanted...
  • Italian Researchers Expect 3D Printed Eyes by 2027, Providing Enhanced Vision & WiFi Connection

    03/21/2015 8:34:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    3D Print ^ | March 20, 2015 | Bridget Butler Millsaps
    There’s one thing you may have begun to notice about digital design and 3D printing: whatever you think might happen in the future is probably going to advance far beyond whatever you envisioned or thought might be a cool idea. And literally, one day you may be envisioning your entire world, and recording it as well, through completely artificially constructed, 3D printed eyeballs. You may be able to say goodbye to prescription glasses and contact lenses — and even your camera, as your original retina is replaced by a new and digital network contained inside your head, and even able...
  • Scientists Confirm IOM Recommendation for Vitamin D Intake Was Miscalculated and Is Far Too Low

    03/21/2015 2:39:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Newswise ^ | March 16, 2015 | Creighton University
    Newswise — SAN DIEGO, CA (March 16, 2015) - Researchers at UC San Diego and Creighton University have challenged the intake of vitamin D recommended by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Institute of Medicine (IOM), stating that their Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D underestimates the need by a factor of ten. In a letter1 published last week in the journal Nutrients the scientists confirmed a calculation error noted by other investigators, by using a data set from a different population. Dr. Cedric F. Garland, Dr.P.H., adjunct professor at UC San Diego’s Department of Family Medicine and Public...
  • New York Magazine Writer: Liberals, Now ‘Out of Love With Europe,’ Turn Their Hopes to America

    03/20/2015 8:26:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 19, 2015 | Tom Johnson
    For decades, the American left has contrasted the U.S.’s allegedly hidebound approach to economic and social issues with the enlightened way nations like France, Germany, and Sweden typically handle those matters. It’s a framework that seems to be falling apart, according to New York magazine’s Benjamin Wallace-Wells, mostly as a result of Europe’s overall shift to the right. “The [European] continent is no longer a subject of liberal pining and aspiration,” wrote Wallace-Wells in a Tuesday article. “Europe and Israel have…been examples of alternative ways in which American society might be arranged, if it were less individualistic, more communal. But...
  • Chernobyl: Containing the world's worst nuclear accident

    03/19/2015 9:19:36 AM PDT · by golux · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 03.19.15 | D. Shukman
    Rising above the scene of the world’s worst nuclear accident is the spectacular sight of the largest moveable structure ever created on land. The complex of nuclear power plants at Chernobyl has dominated this corner of northwest Ukraine for decades but the new construction towers over it all. The project is to build what is called a New Safe Confinement – in effect, a giant cover, a kind of dome, to fit over the building that houses the reactor that exploded on 26 April, 1986. The radiation immediately above the reactor is still far too intense for the new enclosure...
  • Feds Fund “Diet Choker” Technology [semi-satire]

    03/18/2015 1:02:26 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 March 2015 | John Semmens
    With the aid of a $148,000 federal grant, engineers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed what they call a “diet choker.” The device is a necklace that detects what and when a person is eating. This information is then communicated by phone. Lead researcher Majid Sarrafzadeh called the device “a breakthrough for healthy eating. If it detects excessive quantities are consumed or poor food choices are made it can be programmed to call the person’s cell phone to remind them that their choice is an unhealthy one.” “If individuals prove insufficiently motivated to alter their behavior...
  • A Look At Overdiagnosis

    03/18/2015 6:14:28 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/18/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    The term “overdiagnosis” came into vogue in 2011, with the publication of best seller Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health, by MDs H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz, and Steve Woloshin. As lead author Welch explains in his introduction: “While the term sounds like it means simply ‘excessive diagnosis,’ it actually has a more precise meaning. Overdiagnosis occurs when individuals are diagnosed with conditions that will never cause symptoms or death.” Overdiagnosis matters because the health care system has no mechanism in place for distinguishing between a legitimate diagnosis and an overdiagnosis. As such, an overdiagnosed patient will...
  • AL: Shooting is Deadly Force, even in the leg

    03/18/2015 6:08:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Chart from heyjackass.com, a site that tracks Chicago shootings Shooting a person is a deadly serious business.  There is always a chance that the person shot will die.  The latest statistics that we have from Wisconsin is that about one out of eight people shot die.  At the Chicago site shown above, the number for 2014 is about 1 out of 7  (2619 shot/375 killed)    That is from shootings that are treated in hospitals.  At least some people choose not to be treated.  We do not know what number that may be, but prison interviews have found that...
  • Driver’s Licenses for Illegals Leads to Abundance of Organ Donors [semi-satire]

    03/17/2015 11:53:22 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 March 2015 | John Semmens
    The California Transplant Donor Network hailed California’s policy of granting driver’s licenses to persons in the country illegally for boosting organs available for transplant by an estimated 30 percent. Marcella Corona, community development liaison for the Transplant Donor Network, cited two factors she felt were “critical components of this good news. Obviously, by putting more drivers on the road there will be more potential crashes resulting in brain-dead victims—the prime source of organs for transplant. But the gains are likely to be even greater than mere numbers portend. On average, the driving skills of people from Latin America are decades...
  • Answers to Some of the Biggest 3D Printing Skeptics

    03/16/2015 8:48:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    3D Print ^ | March 16, 2015 | Brian Krassenstein
    If you’ve been reading our site for longer than a couple of weeks, then you likely have figured out that we are obsessed with 3D printing. Why are we so obsessed with this technology? Because we truly believe that 3D printing will change the world we all live in, mostly for the better, and the quicker this happens the better off we all will be. Although I, personally, became aware of 3D printing about half a decade ago, I didn’t really understand it or venture to explore the various applications of the technology until only about two years ago. Soon...
  • Huckabee Pursues Unconventional Ways to Fund a Campaign

    03/16/2015 7:20:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 15, 2015 | Trib Gabriel
    In a wood-paneled study lined with books and framed family photos, the prospective presidential candidate looks into the camera. “I’m Mike Huckabee,” he says with all the folksy charm that propelled a career as a preacher, politician and broadcaster. But this is no campaign ad. It is an Internet infomercial for a dubious diabetes treatment, in which Mr. Huckabee, who is contemplating a run for the Republican nomination in 2016, tells viewers to ignore “Big Pharma” and instead points them to a “weird spice, kitchen-cabinet cure,” consisting of dietary supplements. “Let me tell you, diabetes can be reversed,” Mr. Huckabee...
  • Bryson surgery

    03/16/2015 7:17:00 AM PDT · by knarf · 36 replies
    self ^ | March 16, 2015 | knarf
    Bryson went in for a five or six hour,open heart surgery in Childrens,Pittsburgh at 6 am
  • Is America in Decline? Twenty signs America is not in decline.

    03/15/2015 9:21:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Nolan Chart ^ | March 6, 2015 | James Luko
    It’s very fashionable to declare or pronounce, America is in decline- using such absurd anecdotal examples as the troubles in Syria (we didn’t do anything when Assad crossed the red line), Ukraine (we did not protect the Ukraine as promised in the Budapest Memorandum) gun shootings at shopping malls, troubled economy (when was our economy not troubled?- It’s troubled according to a developed countries standards- but compared to most of the world, it’s an exemplary example of market economics- giving the highest standard of living to the most people in the world). The other standard measurement used to support the...
  • Prayer request for my Grandson's Surgery

    03/15/2015 11:33:07 AM PDT · by TNoldman · 22 replies
    Tnoldman
    Please add my Grandson's Monday 3-16-2015 Tonsil Surgery to your Prayers. He is 20 years old. His name is Garrett.
  • AP: ‘Conservatives Say They’re Happy, But Liberals Show It’

    03/15/2015 10:44:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 12, 2015 | 3:49 PM EDT | Tom Blumer
    In a writeup which shows that the wire service obviously hasn’t studied the hateful examples of liberal-left hate collected by the Twitter curators at Twitchy, a Thursday afternoon Associated Press writeup claims that conservative “say” they’re happy (with an implication that they don't really mean it), while liberals “show it” (supposedly meaning that they’re genuine). The reporter assigned to this pathetic piece of pablum somehow deemed worthy of “Big Story” status is Seth Borenstein, whose normal beat is twisting his reportage to convince America in light of mountains of contrary evidence and 18 years of flat worldwide temperatures that global...
  • Breakthrough Molecular 3D Printer Can Print Billions of Possible Compounds

    03/14/2015 9:58:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    3D Print ^ | March 13, 2015 | Brian Krassenstein
    What will 3D printers ultimately evolve into? No one has a functioning crystal ball in front of them I assume, but a good guess would be a machine which can practically build anything its user desire, all on the molecular, and eventually atomic levels. Sure we are likely multiple decades away from widespread molecular manufacturing, but a group of chemists led by medical doctor Martin D. Burke at the University of Illinois may have already taken a major step in that direction. Burke, who joined the Department of Chemistry at the university in 2005, heads up Burke Laboratories where he...
  • This Chemistry 3D Printer Can Synthesize Molecules From Scratch

    03/13/2015 5:55:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | March 12, 2015 | William Herkewitz
    Need an obscure medicinal compound found only in a jungle plant? Just print it.Say you're a medical researcher interested in a rare chemical produced in the roots of a little-known Peruvian flower. It's called ratanhine, and it's valuable because it has some fascinating anti-fungal properties that might make for great medicines. Getting your hands on the rare plant is hard, and no chemical supplier is or has ever sold it. But maybe, thanks to the work of University of Illinois chemist Martin Burke, you could print it right in the lab. In a new study published in the journal Science...