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  • Humor the Antidepressant: Aging is not an ailment

    10/22/2017 3:05:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 21 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Elizabeth Cowan on Twitter @LizCowan4. Website:
    If you labor under the delusion that there is even a modicum of privacy in our lives, you need a reality check. Just ask any 50-year-old. Even before you blow out the candles on your Hatching Day cake, your mailbox overflows with letters from AARP. Where do you suppose they get your information? The IRS and other governmental departments who happily sell it to all comers. Wonder who gets to keep the money? In any case, once AARP has your information, it never stops pestering you. Some people write Return to Sender on the envelopes, but the continued demands to...

    10/21/2017 7:49:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    CrimwFeed ^ | October 19, 2017 | Mike McPadden
    To punish nine-year-old Dericka Lindsay for supposedly “being out of control,” her 325-pound cousin Veronica Green Posey sat on the child. For 10 minutes, Posey remained atop Dericka. Even after the child screamed to her nearby parents that she could not breathe, the 64-year-old woman continued to sit on the girl for another two minutes. After Posey finally relented, Dericka was unresponsive. Posey called 911 and attempted CPR. It didn’t work. Doctors at Baptist Hospital, where the Dericka was rushed, pronounced the girl dead. Police arrested Posey and charged her with homicide and cruelty to a child. Officers also arrested...
  • What's your blood type?

    10/21/2017 2:47:16 PM PDT · by djf · 150 replies
    OK. I got a blood type kit from Amazon.(which I am not affiliated with). Anyways, I think I was told before at a very young age I was B- So right now I'm trying to get ready to test it again but I figured I'd ask... What's your blood type?
  • FR Help needed: List of relief delivered to Puerto Rico [Vanity, I guess...]

    10/20/2017 8:28:00 PM PDT · by TXnMA · 8 replies
    FRee Republic ^ | Unknown | Uknown FReeper
    FReeper help needed, please. Roughly a week or so ago, a FReeper posted an extensive list of relief supplies and ships that had already been delivered to Puerto Rico. Would someone please re-post that list here on this thread? (A link to the original source would be even better!) My granddaughter is in a college politics course, and the prof and students say they haven't heard of any real help the US has supplied to Puerto Rico. (Of course, their source is the MSM-CNN...)
  • A woman's dog died, and doctors say her heart literally broke

    10/20/2017 11:24:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    WaPo ^ | 10-19-2017 | by Karin Brulliard
    Joanie Simpson woke early one morning with a terrible backache. Her chest started hurting when she turned over. Within 20 minutes, she was at a local emergency room. Soon she was being airlifted to a hospital in Houston, where physicians were preparing to receive a patient exhibiting the classic signs of a heart attack. But tests at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute -Texas Medical Center revealed something very different. Doctors instead diagnosed Simpson with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a condition with symptoms that mimic heart attacks. It usually occurs following an emotional event such as the loss of a spouse or...
  • 'I Went on Holiday to the World's First Hotel for People Who Weigh Over 20 Stones'

    10/19/2017 10:56:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 19 OCT 2017 | Amy Coles
    The hotel Is Custom-Built for People Who Weigh Over 20 StonesA five-mile private beach, reinforced beds, widened doorways – this is what tourists can expect during a stay at the world’s first resort for larger people. Size 20 model Holly Macgillivray, 27, is among the first to stay at The Resort – on the secluded island of Eleuthera in Barbados. She was staying there for an upcoming ITV show – and has revealed the unusual facilities on offer for people staying there. Unlike a standard hotel, the resort – billed as a “sanctuary” for larger people – is custom...
  • What Happens After You Die? The Brain Keeps Working Long Enough for Thoughts to Form

    10/19/2017 6:45:43 PM PDT · by Innovative · 36 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Oct. 19, 2017 | Joseph Frankel
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  • Breakthrough Finding: How Sugar Fuels Cancer Growth

    10/19/2017 2:13:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, 19 Oct 2017 10:18 AM | Nick Tate  
    The findings, reported in the journal Nature Communications, help unravel what has been a scientific mystery to medical researchers – precisely how sugar makes tumors grow faster. The new understanding could help lead to new ways to combat cancer, through diet and other modifications of sugar intake. The research team – led by Johan Thevelein, Wim Versées and Veerle Janssens – have been studying sugar’s link to cancer for nearly a decade. They, and other scientists, have determined tumor cells grow by rapidly breaking down glucose (a form of sugar) – a phenomenon known as the “Warburg effect.” But the...
  • What Are My Healthcare Rights?

    10/19/2017 6:19:42 AM PDT · by Frapster · 14 replies
    National Center for Transgender Equality ^ | National Center for Transgender Equality
    What Are My Healthcare Rights? What are my rights in health insurance?The Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”) prohibits most health insurers from discriminating based on gender identity and transgender status. Insurance companies that receive federal funding or that have one or more plans on a federal or state Marketplace have to comply with this requirement. That includes all major insurance companies and the majority of smaller insurance companies, but some small health insurance companies may not be covered.Here are some policies or practices that would be illegal under the ACA: Excluding transition-related care from coverage: Insurance companies can’t have automatic or...
  • Notice how Komen Foundation is NO LONGER MENTIONED during "Breast Cancer" month of October?

    10/19/2017 3:44:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    10/19/17 | sff
    no link, just an observation.... open to correction...BUT. While October has been hyped in the media as a "pink" month, standing for breast cancer research, have you noticed that THIS year, the Susan G Komen Foundation--big Planned Parenthood funders--are NOT mentioned prominently? I wonder if SGK is still behind these efforts, but are choosing to mute its involvement. Recall a few years back many of us chose to STOP donating to Komen when the organization BACKTRACKED on a pledge to stop giving money to the abortion mills.
  • 9-month-old boy undergoing aggressive chemotherapy for a brain tumor is REJECTED coverage by...

    10/18/2017 7:57:03 PM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | October 18, 2017 | Jessa Schroeder For
    FULL TITLE: 9-month-old boy undergoing aggressive chemotherapy for a brain tumor is REJECTED coverage by insurance company who claims his treatment is 'unnecessary' An infant child suffering a rare brain tumor was rejected coverage after his insurance company deemed the treatment process to be 'experimental' and 'not medically necessary' in nature. The agency, HIP Health Plan of New York, addressed a letter to 9-month-old baby Connor, who was diagnosed with a teratoid rhabdoid - a tumor that affects the central nervous system and holds a low survival rate in children. After receiving the letter, baby Connor's heart-stricken father, Wayen Richardson,...
  • When you die you KNOW you're dead [tr]

    10/18/2017 3:36:42 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 62 replies
    Mailonline ^ | 18 October 2017 | Claudia Tanner
    When you die you KNOW you're dead: Scientists discover the mind still works after the body shows no sign of life and reveal people have heard their own death announced by medics A person's consciousness continues to work after the body has died, study findsSomeone has died may even hear their own death being announced by medicsResearchers say people's recollections have been verified by medical staffTime of death is called when heart stops beating, cutting off blood to brainCerebral cortex flatlines and within 2-20 seconds no brainwaves are detectedThis sparks the death of brain cells but this can take hours...
  • You can exercise yourself to death, says new study

    10/17/2017 8:40:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    It was suggested high levels of exercise over time caused stress on the arteries leading to higher coronary artery calcification, also known as CAC. ... The presence and amount of CAC is a significant warning sign to doctors that a patient may be at risk for developing heart disease and a signal to consider early preventive care. ... Unique to the new study is the evaluation of long-term exercise patterns, from young adulthood into middle age. The study group had eight follow-up examinations over 25 years, from 1985 through 2011, starting at age 18 to 30 and finishing at 43...
  • Doctors Baffled After Kentucky Boy Falls Into Deep Sleep for 11 Days

    10/17/2017 7:59:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    A 7-year-old Kentucky boy fell into a deep sleep for 11 days recently... Amy Shaw told television station WDRB ... that it happened after she and her son Wyatt attended a wedding in which she described the little boy as being the life of the party. While she expected her son to be tired that night, she could never have anticipated that he would not wake up for 11 days. ... He is having trouble walking and talking, but has shown signs of improvement. Doctors woke the boy up with the help of a drug normally used to treat seizure; however,...
  • Bad Blood? Why Transfusions from Women May Be Risky for Men

    10/17/2017 5:31:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | October 17, 2017 11:54am ET | Rachael Rettner,
    The study, published today (Oct. 17) in the journal JAMA, found that men who received blood transfusions from previously pregnant female donors were 13 percent more likely to die during the study period, compared with men who received blood transfusions from male donors. In contrast, men who received blood transf usions from women who had never been pregnant were not at increased risk of death over the study period, compared with men who received transfusions from other men, the study found. And women who received blood from women either with or without a history of pregnancy were not at increased...
  • HEALTHHEARTHow An Apple Watch Saved This Man From a Life-Threatening Blood Clot

    10/17/2017 4:33:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Mens' Health ^ | October 16, 2017 | BY ALISA HRUSTIC
    After James Green realized that his heart rate was consistently spiking, he knew something was wrong PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF TWITTER/JAMESTGREEN Your health tracker may not always be perfect—but for 28-year-old James Green of Brooklyn, New York, receiving a simple alert from his Apple Watch saved his life.Green tweeted on Friday that HeartWatch, one of the Apple Watch’s health sensors, measured his heart rate at consistently above his resting rate of 54, even though he was just sitting at his desk. Turns out those spikes were signaling a pulmonary embolism, his doctors told him after he made his way to the...
  • Toddler’s kidney transplant stalled due to dad’s latest arrest

    10/16/2017 4:42:06 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 71 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/13/17 | Lauren Foreman
    The organ transplant of a 2-year-old boy who was born without a kidney will likely be stalled for months. The reason? His father’s latest arrest. In a letter The AJC obtained from Burgess, a hospital official said the surgery would be pushed back until Dickerson could provide evidence he has complied with his parole officer for three months.
  • Why Hurricane Ophelia has turned the sun red and sky yellow as storm lashes the UK and Ireland

    10/16/2017 2:33:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies ^ | Updated: 16th October 2017, 9:39 pm BST | By Amanda Devlin
    A blood red sun has been seen over parts of the UK as dust from the Sahara swept across the country today =========================================================================================== THE sky above Britain turned yellow today after a red sun was created by fatal Hurricane Ophelia. The gales pulled Saharan dust north to the UK to create a blanket of orange cloud, with the deadly storms also bringing powerful 80mph winds - killing three people. The layer of thick dust brought an eerie glow across the sky and turned the sun red as Hurricane Ophelia killer winds picked up dust and debris southern Europe and Africa....
  • Medicare information

    10/16/2017 10:22:54 AM PDT · by knarf · 30 replies
    self, old age ^ | October 16, 2017 | knarf
    All the calls trying to get me to use a particular service have stopped.
  • Woman robs man while he's having a seizure

    10/14/2017 9:31:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Utah police are looking for a woman...accused of robbing a veteran and an EMT while he had a seizure inside a 7-11. Surveillance video shows the suspect standing over Dustin Malone as he has a seizure. ... Malone said when the seizure ended, he found his credit card and ID missing.