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  • Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts: Study

    08/27/2014 4:22:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell on
    How does microgravity affect your health? One of the chief concerns of NASA astronauts these days is changes to eyesight. Some people come back from long-duration stays in space with what appears to be permanent changes, such as requiring glasses when previously they did not. And the numbers are interesting. A few months after NASA told Universe Today that 20% of astronauts may face this problem, a new study points out that 21 U.S. astronauts that have flown on the International Space Station for long flights (which tend to be five to six months) face visual problems. These include “hyperopic...
  • Canada pulling Winnipeg lab team combatting Ebola in Sierra Leone

    08/27/2014 12:06:17 PM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 9 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Aug. 27 2014 | Kelly Grant
    Canada’s public health agency is preparing to bring home a trio of scientists who were helping to combat Ebola in Sierra Leone after three people in their hotel complex tested positive for the viral hemorrhagic fever. A Health Canada spokesman confirmed late Tuesday night that the Public Health Agency of Canada is finalizing plans to pull its mobile laboratory team out of the West African country.
  • Japan lab unable to replicate stem cell results

    08/27/2014 7:33:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2014 10:12 AM EDT | Elaine Kurtenbach
    The Japanese laboratory that retracted a paper reporting a potentially major breakthrough in stem cell research said Wednesday its researchers have not managed to replicate the results. Scientists at the government-affiliated Riken Center for Developmental Biology said they are still trying to match results reported in two papers published by the journal Nature in January and then retracted in July. […] (Riken scientist Haruko) Obokata and other researchers in Boston and Japan participating in the project said they used a simple procedure to turn ordinary cells from mice into stem cells. They exposed cells from spleens of newborn mice to...
  • Fighting E. Coli Outbreaks With Cinnamon

    08/26/2014 3:12:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Inside Science ^ | Allison Jarrell
    The popular spice could be used to fight bacteria.For centuries, cinnamon has been used to enhance the flavor of foods, but new research shows that the spice could also help make foods safer. According to a study by Meijun Zhu and Lina Sheng, food safety scientists at Washington State University in Pullman, the ancient cooking spice could help prevent some of the most serious foodborne illnesses caused by pathogenic bacteria. Zhu and Sheng studied concentrated, or essential, oil extracted from the cassia variety of cinnamon – the most popular type for cooking in the United States. Cassia cinnamon has a...
  • Mohammad Assaf Does #RubbleBucketChallenge

    08/26/2014 2:53:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
    Forget the Ice Bucket Challenge, it’s a different kinda bucket challenge that’s sweeping the “sandy” Middle East this week! Using #RubbleBucketChallenge to raise awareness on social media, campaigners have swapped ice-and-water-filled containers for sand and rocks. The trend appears to have been started by Jordanian comedian Mohammed Darwaza last Friday, reports The Independent. This challenge is closer to home for Palestinian superstar Mohammad Assaf than others, who’s joined the trend in support of his hometown Gaza, that’s been under attack by Israel for two months now. Assaf knows exactly how his people are feeling; he went through the same exact...
  • UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

    08/26/2014 1:59:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2014 1:01 PM EDT | John Heilprin
    Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes—banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors—until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday. In a bid to set public policy, the World Health Organization said the popular nicotine-vapor products, particularly the fruit, candy and alcohol-drink flavors, could serve as gateway addictions for children and adolescents. It recommended governments forbid or keep to a minimum any advertising, promotion or sponsorship in a market that has mushroomed to $3 billion last year and now includes 466 different brands. …
  • N.C. State students develop nail polish to detect date rape drugs

    08/26/2014 12:31:37 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8-25-14 | Jessica Chasmer
    Four male students at North Carolina State University have developed a prototype for a new nail polish line that changes color when it comes into contact with date rape drugs. Ankesh Madan, Tasso Von Windheim, Tyler Confrey-Maloney, and Stephan Gray founded Undercover Colors, coined as “the first fashion company working to prevent sexual assault,” The Mary Sue reported. A woman paints her nails with the polish, and when her nails come into contact with a liquid, the color will change if drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax, or GHB are present. “In the U.S., 18% of women will be sexually assaulted in...
  • Arby’s creates $10 mega meat sandwich

    08/26/2014 4:56:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | August 25, 2014 | Chelsea Mies
    After realizing that people thought Arby’s mainly served roast beef, the company made a poster showcasing a large stack of all the meats on the menu, which includes bacon and brisket, according to The Washington Post. It worked. “People started coming in and asking, ‘Can I have that?’” Arby’s vice president of brand and corporate communications Christopher Fuller said. Arby’s decided to go with it, and the “Meat Mountain” was born. It will not be listed on the menu, but store associates will make it for the customers who request it. At $10, the sandwich includes (from the bottom up)...
  • Bring Back The Welfare Stigma

    08/25/2014 10:12:30 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 21, 2014 | Daniel Payne
    The public schools in my hometown of Richmond, Virginia, are not known for superb quality—one of them had so pandemic a rodent infestation that it was subsequently overrun by snakes—but give the incompetent buffoons some credit. They know a good handout when they see it: Richmond Public Schools (RPS) recently signed on to a federal program that “encourages school districts to feed everyone by eliminating many of the restrictions in the National School Lunch Program.” It’s bad enough that we’ll have more students belly up to the government food trough (if you’ve never had a taste of “free” government lunch,...
  • Tax-Funded PBS to Air Propaganda Film “Humanizing” Docs Who Do Third-Trimester Abortions

    08/25/2014 8:10:57 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Looking for something to do on Labor Day? The taxpayer-funded PBS has an answer for you: a move that “humanizes” late-term abortionists who kill unborn children in the third-trimester. “After Tiller” profiles Warren Hern, Shelley Sella, LeRoy Carhart, and Susan Robinson, some of the last third-trimester abortionists left in the United States. warrenhearnOn September 1, PBS will be showing the pro-abortion propaganda film “After Tiller” that seeks to sanitize the practice of killing unborn children after viability in late-term abortions. The station also provides resources for people to host an at-home viewing party. That may sound sick to you, but...
  • Pregnant couples who plan to abort Down syndrome babies defend their choice

    08/25/2014 7:37:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    Live Action ^ | Sarah Terzo
    By now, most pro-lifers have heard the cruel and elitist comments made by Richard Dawkins about aborting Down syndrome babies. Dawkins claims that the “ethical” choice is to abort all babies with Down syndrome, even though these children often lead happy lives and enrich their families and society. An NBC article by Kimbery Hayes Taylor describes the results of 3 studies conducted by Boston Children’s Hospital. In the first study, out of 2,044 parents or guardians surveyed, 79% reported their outlook on life was “more positive” because of their child with Down syndrome. A second study found that among siblings...
  • Investigations launched into multiple Taser use on helpless man

    08/25/2014 7:12:54 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 8-19-2014 | Jim Stasiowski
    When an Oglala Sioux Tribal police officer used her Taser several times on a man lying helpless on the ground in Manderson on Friday afternoon, she was trying to get the man "to wake up and stand up," Ron Duke, chief of the OST Department of Public Safety, said Monday. The man, Duke said, was "lying on the ground, probably passed out, clearly intoxicated." The incident was caught on camera by a passerby who taped the officer repeatedly zapping the man who appears to never resist, defend himself or make any threatening moves. An expert in Tasers said using the...
  • US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation

    08/25/2014 4:28:33 PM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 20 Aug 2014 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    $1bn lawsuit accuses Tepco of failing to avoid the accident and of lying about radiation levels that have caused health problems to themselves and their families stationed in Japan The first time it occurred to James Jackson that there could be lasting damage from his US Navy service during Japan’s tsunami and nuclear disaster came when his eldest son, Darius, was diagnosed with leukaemia.Darius, now 15, spent a month in hospital in early 2013, soon after his diagnosis. “I thought I was going to have to bury him,” Jackson recalled. The teenager who aspired to play college basketball now has...
  • Health-care fears loom large in gay marriage cases

    08/25/2014 2:30:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 25, 2014 12:59 AM EDT | Rick Callahan
    When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately. But instead of making the short drive to a hospital near her home in Munster, Indiana, she drove alone for more than 40 minutes to one in neighboring Illinois. Quasney said she was “terrified” her local hospital might not allow her and her partner of more than 13 years, whom she wed last year in another state, to be together if she suffered a health emergency. Quasney and her partner, Amy Sandler,...
  • Hands Up! Don’t Abort!

    08/25/2014 2:01:15 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8-25-2014 | Mike Adams
    Something is just not right with me. In fact, I’m downright rude. I have a tendency to crash protests even though no one invited me. It happened when I donned a burka back in 2003 disguising myself as an Iraqi woman in order to infiltrate a campus protest against the War in Iraq. It happened again in 2009 when I joined a protest against myself at UMASS-Amherst. It happened yet again last Saturday night when I went to Ferguson and protested against the man while holding a sign saying “Hands up, Don’t Shoot!” I learned a lot that night. So...
  • How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It)

    08/24/2014 7:35:06 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 66 replies
    Lifehacker ^ | 7/5/2013 | Mikael Cho
    A few years ago, I worked at a web design agency as a product manager. The part of the job I loved the most was working on product with our design team and clients. Unfortunately, this was only about 10 percent of the work that I actually got to do. The majority of the time, I was trying to control the constant flow of stuff–keeping track of meeting notes, searching for files, and trying to stay up-to-date with the latest technology news.I was mentally exhausted. I’d get home feeling that I hadn’t really accomplished anything. Once I left the agency...
  • ‘The Challenge’ Star Diem Brown Is Battling Cancer For The Third Time

    08/24/2014 1:39:54 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 3 replies
    MTV ^ | August 23, 2014
    Less than two years after beating ovarian cancer for the second time, MTV’s “The Challenge” star Diem Brown is facing yet another devastating hurdle — the 32-year-old has been diagnosed with colon cancer. Brown collapsed, then underwent emergency surgery in New York City last Sunday (August 17).
  • Before He Died, Richard III Lived Large

    08/24/2014 10:48:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | 8-19-14 | Rachel Nuwer
    Bone chemistry sheds light on the monarch's shifting diet throughout his brief life Richard III was only 32 years old when he was struck down at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. But according to new research, the King of England at least enjoyed some good eating throughout his life—especially in the few years leading up to his death. Scientists from the British Geological Survey and the University of Leicester analyzed Richard III's teeth, his femur and his ribs to see what they could reveal about the monarch's diet, Phys.org reports. They used isotope analysis to identify chemical signatures...
  • Knee replacement may go poorly for people who think life isn’t fair

    08/24/2014 5:32:17 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 28 replies
    People who tend to blame others for their suffering and think setbacks in their lives are irreparable tend to report more pain after knee replacement surgery, according to a new study. This is not the first time feelings of personal injustice have been tied to longer recovery times and increased disability after injury, the authors write. “Pain is a complex phenomenon that is influenced by biological, social, and psychological factors,” said lead author Esther Yakobov, a doctoral student in clinical psychology at McGill University in Montreal. “Studies conducted with patients who suffer from chronic pain because of an injury demonstrated...
  • Airborne Transmission of Ebola

    08/24/2014 6:10:44 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 105 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 24, 2014 | Ronald R. Cherry, MD
    The public has been misinformed regarding human-to-human transmission of Ebola. Assurances that Ebola can be transmitted only through direct contact with bodily fluids need to be seriously scrutinized in the wake of the West Africa outbreak. The Canadian Health Department states that airborne transmission of Ebola is strongly suspected and the CDC admits that Ebola can be transmitted in situations where there is no physical contact between people, i.e.: via direct airborne inhalation into the lungs or into the eyes, or via contact with airborne fomites which adhere to nearby surfaces. That helps explain why 81 doctors, nurses and other...
  • A Food Crisis Follows Africa's Ebola Crisis

    08/23/2014 4:05:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    npr ^ | August 22, 2014 5:09 PM ET | Dan Charles
    The first food source that disappeared from markets was "bush meat," meat from forest animals. Some of those animals, like fruit bats, can actually carry Ebola, so governments have banned it. Other foods have become scarce as a side effect of efforts to keep the virus from spreading. David Mwesigwa, the FAO's acting representative in Sierra Leone, says that when governments stopped people from moving from country to country, or even from one town to another, it stopped traders from delivering food to the markets. "The primary impact has been on the mobility of most of the traders," he says....
  • Sierra Leone Makes Hiding Ebola Patients Illegal

    08/23/2014 2:51:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    abc ^ | Aug 23, 2014, 3:58 PM ET | CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAY ,Marc-Andre Boisvert,Jonathan Paye-Layleh
    Sierra Leone has passed a new law imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient — a common practice that the World Health Organization believes has contributed to a major underestimation of the current outbreak. The new law, passed Friday, imposes prison terms of up to two years for violators, said lawmaker Ansumana Jaiah Kaikai. It now goes for presidential approval. He said the measure was necessary to compel residents to cooperate with government officials, noting that some residents had resisted steps to combat Ebola and build isolation centers in their communities. A total of 2,615 infections...
  • Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future

    08/23/2014 9:34:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 23, 2014 10:33 AM EDT | Matt Hamilton
    Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open. Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach. Others tout their upscale amenities like plush towels and marble baths. A bathhouse in Ohio has even added hotel rooms and a nightclub. […] In the heyday of bathhouses in the late 1970s, there were nearly 200 gay bathhouses in cities across the U.S., but by 1990, the total had dropped to approximately 90, according to Damron, the publisher of an annual gay travel guide. In the last decade, bathhouses,...
  • Pomegranate peel may cure deadly brain disorders (Alzheimer's and Parkinson's)

    08/23/2014 3:43:03 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Business Standard ^ | Aug 23, 2014 | IANS
    Two years of research by a Nigerian scientist has shown that sufferers of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease could be helped by punicalagin, a compound extracted from pomegranates. Olumayokun Olajide from the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire showed how punicalagin could inhibit inflammation in specialised brain cells known as micrologia. He also found the painful inflammation that accompanies illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson's disease could be reduced using the same drug. "We do know that regular consumption of pomegranate has a lot of health benefits, including prevention of neuro-inflammation related to dementia," Olajide added.
  • Ebola virus suspected after death of man in Donegal who returned from Sierra Leone

    08/22/2014 8:40:13 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 18 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 21 August 2014 | Eilish O’Regan
    A full-scale health probe is underway in Co Donegal into the death of a man who may have contracted the deadly Ebola virus, Irish health authorities have confirmed. The body of the deceased man has been placed in isolation in Letterkenny hospital after showing possible symptoms of the killer virus. Dessie Quinn (44) returned home from Sierra Leone two weeks ago. Before his death, he was being treated for malaria. A source said the man's body was found this morning and no suspicion of Ebola arose until his death occurred. Laboratory tests, which will confirm if he died from the...
  • Pamela Anderson, Carey Hart Slam ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Online Rants

    08/21/2014 2:46:52 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    Us Weekly ^ | August 21, 2014 | Javy Rodriguez
    Cool it! While Hollywood has accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in droves, uploading often-creative, LOL videos and nominating each other, Pamela Anderson and Carey Hart took to their social media pages to criticize the viral campaign, meant to raise funds for Lou Gehrig's disease research. On Wednesday Aug. 20, Anderson, a longtime supporter of animal rights, posted a Facebook message criticizing ALS researchers for their research practices... The next morning, on Thursday, Aug. 21, Hart similarly railed against those who have hopped on the ice bucket bandwagon...
  • Revealed: Northern Ireland is a nation of stay-at-home binge drinkers

    08/21/2014 1:35:25 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    belfasttelegraph ^ | 20 August 2014 | Adrian Rutherford
    A new Government report into Northern Ireland drinking habits has provided a fascinating snapshot, which is challenging the traditional views of problem alcohol consumption. The results show that more than half of people in Northern Ireland say they exceed the recommended daily alcohol limit – with one in six men admitting they do so at least three times a week. It found 71% of men and 58% of women admitted they drink more than they should, according to official guidelines.
  • Abortion Doc Facing Mental Health Issues May Lose His Medical License

    08/21/2014 11:58:37 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    life news ^ | Cheryl Sullenger
    The Medical Board of California filed a petition on August 12, 2014, to revoke the medical license of long-time abortionist Gary T. Prohaska, 78, based on his diagnosed mental impairment. prohaskaIt appears from the Board petition that someone noticed his unfit mental condition and reported to the Medical Board that Prohaska was suffering from symptoms consistent with early dementia. The petition states that Prohaska, who once worked at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in San Diego, California, has suffered “moderate severity cognitive impairment” according to a psychiatrist who conducted a psychiatric examination of Prohaska at the California Medical Board’s request....
  • Type 1, Type 2 Diabetes Share Underlying Mechanism

    08/20/2014 8:42:35 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 27 replies
    BioscienceTechnology.com ^ | 08/20/14 | University of Manchester
    Work by scientists at the Universities of Manchester and Auckland suggest that both major forms of diabetes, type 1 and type 2, are the result of the same mechanism. The findings, published in the FASEB Journal, provide compelling evidence that juvenile-onset or type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes are both caused by the formation of toxic clumps of a hormone called amylin. The results, based on 20 years’ work in New Zealand, suggest that type 1 and type 2 diabetes could both be slowed down and potentially reversed by medicines that stop amylin forming these toxic clumps.
  • Improve Women's Health Care with Physician Admitting Privilege Laws

    08/20/2014 12:35:38 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 20, 2014 | Anna Higgins
    Following the death of a young elementary school teacher, Jennifer Morbelli, I had the sad duty of speaking at a press conference in Germantown, MD, in February 2013. Mrs. Morbelli died from complications from a late term (33 week) abortion performed by Dr. LeRoy Carhart. She experienced complications in between office visits, but neither her family nor the ER to which she was eventually admitted was able to locate Carhart. Her cause of death was determined to be an amniotic fluid embolism; the same condition that killed Christin Gilbert, another of Carhart’s patients in 2005. Maryland, does not have a...
  • Curt Schilling Reveals He Was Diagnosed With Mouth Cancer ... Believes Chewing Tobacco Was the Cause

    08/20/2014 8:26:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 20, 2014 | Steve Silva
    Curt Schilling Reveals He Was Diagnosed With Mouth Cancer in February, Believes Chewing Tobacco Was the Cause Curt Schilling, the former Red Sox pitcher and ESPN analyst, announced today during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon that he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma -- which is cancer in the mouth -- in February. "This all came about from a dog bite," Schilling said. "I got bitten by a dog and I had some damage to my finger and I went to see a doctor, and the day that I went to see the doctor, I was driving and I...
  • A. Benton Chafin, Jr.(R) defeats D. M. "Mike" Hymes(D) in VA 38th Senate Special Election

    08/19/2014 10:16:29 PM PDT · by Steely eyed killer of the deep · 5 replies
    results.elections.virginia.gov ^ | 19 August 2014 | Virginia State Board of Elections
    Virginia GOP retains/gains majority until Terry McAuliffe is no longer relevant
  • Girl held in a hospital against her will...celebrates 16 birthday party (Justina Pelletier)

    08/19/2014 4:36:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    mail online ^ | By Josh Gardner for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: Girl held in a hospital against her will for over a year celebrates homecoming with sweet 16 birthday party A Connecticut teen who was all but imprisoned in a Boston hospital for 16 months finally got the homecoming she deserved Sunday. At the same time, Justina Pelletier of West Hartford got the Sweet 16 party she couldn't have while forcibly separated from her friends and family. 'She's missed so many holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, Easter and all the religious holidays,' Justina's father Lou Pelletier told FoxCT. Justina, who first checked in to Boston Children's Hospital in February 2013...
  • First study shows inhaled bacteria in your shower could trigger Crohn's disease

    08/19/2014 3:30:59 PM PDT · by Armen Hareyan · 4 replies
    EmaxHealth.com ^ | 2014-08-16 | Kathleen Blanchard
    ISIS has posted a video, claiming that they have beheaded American journalist James Foley of Rochester, New Hampshire. They say that he was beheaded by the terror group in order to dissuade the United States from its involvement in Iraq. Foley has been missing since 2012. A Middle Eastern radio station’s reporter, Zaid Benjamin, has posted pictures to Twitter. Reportedly, the photos are from the video that ISIS posted. Zaid Benjamin, the Washington correspondent for Radio Sawa, said that the location of the beheading is unknown, but he did say that he thought the accent of the man in the...
  • The Culture of Blechh

    08/19/2014 3:12:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Nationak Catholic Register ^ | Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | Simcha Fisher
    The other day, I announced my pregnancy on my Patheos blog. Having used up all my creativity in making the actual baby, I didn't order custom-printed baby announcement M&M's to sprinkle around the house and then video my kids' reaction when they discovered them. I just put a picture of my belly sticking out and wrote, "Hooray!" Because I am lucky, I got dozens of happy congratulations, some from people I know, some from people I've never met or heard of. Then, inevitably, a surprsingly slow 48 hours later, a commenter left the first poo in the punchbowl, saying: "Here's...
  • Northern Ireland considers allowing killing disabled unborn babies: pro-lifers condemn

    08/19/2014 3:05:33 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    life site ^ | Thaddeus Baklinski
    Northern Ireland’s leading pro-life group, Precious Life, has condemned this week's announcement by Justice Minister David Ford that a consultation on changing the abortion law will be "ready by autumn." The government is considering allowing the killing of pre-born babies suspected of being disabled and those conceived through rape or incest. “Abortion is a serious criminal offence in Northern Ireland,” said the director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth. “The law here protects unborn babies, and David Ford as Minister for Justice must ensure that all children are legally protected." Last December, Ford revealed he would be undertaking a consultation to...
  • The 3 Dumbest Things About Whole Foods Market

    08/19/2014 10:43:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 96 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 18, 2014 | Steven Salzberg
    I have a love-hate relationship with Whole Foods Market. On the one hand, I love their fresh produce, their baked goods, and many other food choices there. On the other hand, they have embraced anti-science positions in the interest of keeping everything "natural."
  • WHO Urges Screening of Travelers to Contain Ebola

    08/19/2014 9:31:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    webmd.com/news ^ | Aug. 18, 2014 | Dennis Thompson
    African nations hit hard by the Ebola outbreak should start screening all passengers leaving international airports, seaports and major ground crossings, the World Health Organization recommended Monday. The United Nations' health agency reiterated that the risk of passengers transmitting the Ebola virus during air travel is low. Still, anyone with an illness or symptoms typical of the highly virulent disease shouldn't be allowed to travel unless it's for appropriate medical care, the agency said in a statement. Symptoms of Ebola include a sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, poor...
  • Ebola tests on British-Nigerian woman found dead in her apartment (Austria)

    08/19/2014 4:34:41 AM PDT · by Wage Slave · 38 replies
    Mirror ^ | 18 August 2014 | Don Mackay
    A 48-year-old British Nigerian woman is feared to have died of the deadly ebola virus in Austria. The woman’s body was found at her apartment in Vomp, in the Tyrol, at the weekend after she returned from a trip to Nigeria.
  • Cancer Screening in Seniors Yields Few Benefits

    08/18/2014 6:42:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 63 replies
    Medpage Today ^ | Aug 18, 2014 | Charles Bankhead
    Screening older patients for cancer provided minimal benefit at considerable cost and increased use of invasive procedures, reported investigators in two separate studies. "It is particularly important to question screening strategies for older persons," Gross continued. "Patients with a shorter life expectancy have less time to develop clinically significant cancers after a screening test and are more likely to die from noncancer health problems after a cancer diagnosis."
  • How to Get Through a Workday on No Sleep

    08/18/2014 3:27:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Melissa Dahl
    So, you couldn’t sleep last night. You’d like nothing more than to go back to bed, but you’ve got a long day of work staring you in the face. How do you power through? Science of Us talked to sleep researchers to figure out how to get through a day after you’ve had a sleepless night. Each of them wanted to be incredibly clear, up front, about this: You really, really need seven to eight hours of sleep to function like a proper human being (unless you’re one of those short sleepers — but look, you aren’t). Still, they acknowledged,...
  • Can Vitamin D Give You A Boost In The Bedroom?

    08/18/2014 2:15:56 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies
    MedPage Today ^ | 8-18-2014 | Kristina Fiore
    Kristina Fiore, MedPage TodayAugust 18,2014 Just when it seems the benefits-of-vitamin-D literature has topped out, Italian researchers have found yet another area where the vitamin/hormone may help out: the bedroom. In a study of 143 men, Alessandra Barassi, MD, of University of Milan in Italy, and her colleagues found that those with severe erectile dysfunction (ED) had significantly lower vitamin D levels than those with mild ED, and that deficiency was worse in those with arteriogenic ED than in non-arteriogenic ED.(snip)
  • The Evil that Men Do: How Bad Governments Create Poverty

    08/18/2014 1:10:03 PM PDT · by Politically Correct · 19 replies
    Pharoah, let my people go: How did ancient Egypt become a land of slaves building fantastic monuments to dictatorial leaders? The land of Egypt was rich and fertile, a seeming paradise for egalitarian living. Stephanie Pappas writes in Live Science about how despots “evolved” in ancient societies, but that’s a misleading use of the term; it actually was a series of bad choices by free people. She writes how Simon Powers at the University of Lausanne came up with a mathematical model to explain the shift from egalitarianism to despotism. Whether it actually explains them could be disputed, but he...
  • Low Income Preppers, Should they get a SNAP/EBT Card? ~ Vanity

    08/18/2014 11:34:16 AM PDT · by GraceG · 77 replies
    GraceG
    Okay, So I know of a few people who are shall we say very Lower middle class who used to be Mid-Middle class until recently due to the wonderful economy as of late. I know they are wanting to prep, but are unable to make ends meet and I have been rotating out my own personal prepping stock to just keep them fed day to day. (don't worry I am not giving them expired food, just food that is nearing expiration). The question recently arose about if they should get an EBT card and use it to buy their own...
  • 3,000 “Ebola Martyrs” Warned Ready To Strike America

    08/18/2014 7:30:19 AM PDT · by Ghost of SVR4 · 110 replies
    The Total Collapse ^ | August 16, 2014 | UNK
    A new report released in the Kremlin today by the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) is stating that the reason(s) for President Obama’s “mysterious and unscheduled” return to the White House this weekend is due the United States facing an “apocalyptic attack” from an estimated 3,000 “Ebola Martyrs” who are already in America and warned are “ready to strike”. According to this report, SVR intelligence analysts became aware of the attack planned by these “Ebola Martyrs” against the US from their “monitoring” of a Islamic State (IS) [also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the...
  • Kick Washington Out of Your Life

    08/18/2014 7:26:52 AM PDT · by SovereignSociety · 14 replies
    The Sovereign Investor ^ | June 21st, 2014 | JR Crooks
    The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) grades our drinking water a D in their annual report card. Local systems leak an estimated 7 billion gallons of water daily. And more than 850 billion gallons of sewage escape into surface water annually.And I wouldn’t rely too heavily on our electric grid.ASCE gives that a D+ due to outages and disturbances that cost up to $180 billion in annual economic activity. The electric grid is at risk of cascading failures until energy production becomes decentralized.These risks are growing by the day. The government that is supposed to be protecting and serving...
  • Sleep Hack: Keep Your Feet Outside Your Covers

    08/17/2014 10:56:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    Introducing a slightly odd but potentially very useful sleep hack: Keep one foot, or both feet, outside of your blanket. It could help you both sleep better and fall asleep faster, a sleep researcher explained to Science of Us. I started thinking about this recently when I was idly chatting with a buddy about how (relatively) nice and cool it had been recently in New York, and how much nicer it is to sleep when it’s cooler outside. He replied with what is apparently his formula for a perfect night’s sleep: “One foot out from under the blanket and a...
  • Ron Howard Bathes In Saltwater, Offers Weirdo Directing Tips (Video)

    08/17/2014 10:29:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The director's offbeat tips help the Tribeca Film Festival announce next year's dates If you want to win an Oscar and have a 30+ year career in filmmaking, remember to take your daily saltwater bath. At the behest of the Tribeca Film Festival, Oscar-winning director Ron Howard offered up a number of offbeat tips for cinema success. The digital short was released today (Aug. 6) in conjunction with the festival's announcement of its April 15-26, 2015 dates. We won't spoil them, but we do suggest learning math, buying milk in bulk and putting stones in your shoes. Oh, and develop...
  • ‘Abundance of caution’ prompts isolation for UNMH patient with Ebola-like symptoms

    08/17/2014 9:32:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    KOB Eyewitness News 4 ^ | 08/17/2014 9:50 PM | Caleb James,
    Health officials continue to monitor a Bernalillo County woman showing symptoms similar to the Ebola virus. The woman was traveling in the West African nation of Sierra Leone at the beginning of the month. She then returned to Albuquerque and soon after began to develop symptoms on Friday. She was admitted to UNM Hospital on Saturday. The patient is currently undergoing a series of tests and remains in isolation at the hospital -- blood samples will go to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Health officials say this is not a highly probable case of the virus, but because...
  • Pill that can cure baldness in five months

    08/17/2014 2:45:30 PM PDT · by jmcenanly · 46 replies
    U.K. Daily Mail ^ | 14:03 EST, 17 August 2014 | Sophie Borland
    A twice-a-day pill that can cure baldness caused by alopecia has been developed by scientists. It has enabled three patients to grow back a full head of hair within the space of just five months. Researchers now plan to carry out further tests in the hope that it will eventually be rolled out as a standard treatment. Between 1 in 500 and 1 in 1,000 Britons are thought to suffer from alopecia areata and it is most common in young adults aged 15 to 29. It is thought to be caused by a problem with the immune system which results...