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  • Man with quadriplegia employs injury bridging technologies to move again -- just by thinking

    03/29/2017 1:23:49 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 2 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 3/28/17 | Case Western Reserve University
    Bill Kochevar grabbed a mug of water, drew it to his lips and drank through the straw. His motions were slow and deliberate, but then Kochevar hadn't moved his right arm or hand for eight years. And it took some practice to reach and grasp just by thinking about it. Kochevar, who was paralyzed below his shoulders in a bicycling accident, is believed to be the first person with quadriplegia in the world to have arm and hand movements restored with the help of two temporarily implanted technologies. A brain-computer interface with recording electrodes under his skull, and a functional...
  • Why Repeal and Replace? Why Not An Alternative Plan?

    03/29/2017 11:45:51 AM PDT · by ExpatCanuck · 36 replies
    Why repeal and replace? Why not just create a new alternate plan and allow people to enroll in one or the other? Obama care will collapse under its own weight quickly. Let that be its legacy. No tweaking, or changes, just leave it as is and let it die on the vine. Changing it piece meal gives the opponents opportunity to perpetually blame every future problem with it on the changes the Republicans made. Create a new plan that achieves the goals, leave the old one for anyone stupid enough to want it.
  • Here's when we'll know the future of Obamacare

    03/29/2017 9:55:16 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 19 replies
    Atlantic Journal-Constitution ^ | 03/29/2017 | By Carolyn Y. Johnson - The Washington Post
    May 22: The ACA's day in court One key to insurers selling plans in the marketplace are reimbursements they receive called cost-sharing reductions. These aren't the same as the tax credits that people receive to help pay their premiums; it is financial assistance to help low-income people pay their out-of-pocket costs, such as deductibles. The Congressional Budget Office projected those payments would add up to $7 billion this year and $10 billion in 2018. In 2014, House Republicans sued the Obama administration over the constitutionality of the cost-sharing reduction payments, which had not been appropriated by Congress. The lawmakers won...
  • Rattlesnake Bites Florida Boy Who Mistook It for A Toy

    <p>Authorities say a 5-year-old Florida boy is recovering after being bitten by a rattlesnake that he mistook for a toy. The incident happened Saturday in DeBary, which is north of Orlando.</p> <p>Volusia County Sheriff's deputies tell local news outlets that the child was playing in the backyard when he saw the snake under a jungle gym. It bit him on the finger and he was rushed to a hospital where he was treated with anti-venom.</p>
  • 'Scared' Father of Bangladesh 'Tree Girl' Ends Treatment

    03/28/2017 3:37:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, March 27, 2017
    A young Bangladeshi girl diagnosed with a rare condition known as "tree man syndrome" has left hospital, her father told AFP Monday, saying he feared she would never be cured. Surgeons operated on Sahana Khatun last month and removed some of the bark-like growths she has developed from the extremely rare condition of epidermodysplasia verruciformisa. The 10-year-old is believed to be the first female in the world to suffer from the condition, also known as "tree man syndrome", and was being treated for free by the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 3-27-17)

    03/27/2017 3:09:41 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 9 replies ^ | 3-27-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Study: Majority of Cancer Mutations Caused by Random DNA Copying Errors

    03/27/2017 11:47:24 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 16 replies ^ | 03/27/17 | Bevin Fletcher
    While environmental and inherited factors have well-known roles in cancer development, a new study provides evidence that a third, and until this point scientifically undervalued factor, is at the root of nearly two-thirds of cancer-causing mutations: random and unpredictable errors that occur in normal DNA replication. Cells are constantly regenerating, and every time a healthy cell divides, there are about three random mistakes or mutations in the copied DNA. Most of the time these copying errors are harmless. However, occasionally they occur in a cancer driver gene, which is just “bad luck,” study author Bert Vogelstein, M.D., co-director of the...
  • Scissors Removed From Man’s Stomach 18 Years After They Were Left Inside Him

    03/27/2017 9:01:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    KFOR ^ | Dallas Franklin
    A pair of scissors was finally removed from a man’s stomach, 18 years after they were left inside him during an operation. The six-inch long surgical scissors were successfully removed from 54-year-old Ma Van Nhat at Bac Kan General Hospital on December 31, the Independent reports. In 1998, Nhat underwent surgery after being involved in a traffic accident. Following the operation, he said his stomach still hurt, but he went to a local clinic and was diagnosed as having a stomach ache. Eighteen years after the operation, Nhat started experiencing frequent sharp pains. The man had his stomach x-rayed and...
  • Sanders: ‘I'm Going to Introduce a Medicare-for-All, Single-Payer Program’

    03/27/2017 8:07:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 27, 2017 | 7:29 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    The Republican repeal and replace bill was a “disastrous piece of legislation” designed to give tax breaks to the wealthy, and it deserved to die in the House, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont socialist, told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. He also admitted that the Democrats’ Obamacare has “serious problems,” including premiums and deductibles that are too high and areas of the country where people don’t have a choice of insurance plans. “Ideally, where we should going is to join the rest of the industrialized the world and guarantee health care to all people as a right. And...
  • Vanity: A Repeal Obamacare Catalyst

    03/26/2017 11:22:15 PM PDT · by Oscar in Batangas · 18 replies
    None | Unpublished | Self
    I am not well-versed about all the latitude granted to "The Secretary" in the 'Affordable Healthcare Act'. However, I think that he has authority to grant (and so I presume) un-grant waivers to the Act. With that in mind, I would like to see Director Price decree that, effective May 1, 2017, all members and employees of, and consultants to the Legislative Branch of the Federal Government shall obtain heallthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act. He may declare a one-time enrollment period of thirty (30) days for these citizens to acquire compliant coverage. Furthermore, he should specify that no...
  • Lo & Behold: A Replica Of The Successful 2015 Obamacare Repeal Is Languishing In Committee

    03/26/2017 3:01:40 PM PDT · by taxcontrol · 40 replies
    RedState ^ | March 26, 2017 | Andrea Ruth
    In 2015, Congress passed Obamacare repeal. Now, a replica bill has sat unaddressed in committee since March 8th and there’s a path to getting it to a floor vote quickly. The Trump spin mill has been in overdrive since House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the abysmal first attempt of the new administration and Congress at the promised “repeal and replacement” of Obamacare. The Trump administration and the media sold the American Health Care Act as the last best hope for repealing Obamacare, which is a complete joke. The idea that Republicans in the House and Senate, who have largely run...
  • This Workout Might Help Reverse the Aging Process, According to a New Study (HIIT)

    03/26/2017 6:54:33 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 59 replies
    NY Mag ^ | Lisa Ryan
    Many of us have tried high-intensity interval training (HIIT) at some point, even if it was just a boot-camp class our friend dragged us to. But a new study suggests that we may want to incorporate those workouts — which include short bursts of intense exercise, followed by stretches of more moderate activities — into our regular fitness routines, since they’ve been shown to reverse the aging process. Published in the journal Cell Metabolism, scientists from the Mayo Clinic recruited an equal number of women and men to participate in the study, and split them up into two groups: young...
  • Hymn Instrumental

    03/25/2017 3:55:31 PM PDT · by Revski · 3 replies
    Revski's Youtube Ministry ^ | 3/25/2017 | Revski
    The instrumental hymns are, (There is a Fountain Filled with Blood) and the chorus, (God Be With You, Till We Meet Again), both are accompanied with lyrics.
  • Thank the Freedom Caucus [vanity]

    03/25/2017 11:58:51 AM PDT · by taxcontrol · 64 replies
    None ^ | 3/25/2017 | Self
    Folks, I am going to contact all of the members of the Freedom Caucus (Ken Buck is from my state) and personally THANK them for stopping the bill to tinker with Obamacare. I will also strongly encourage them to dust off one of the Obamacare repeal bills that was sent to President Obama and remind the other Republican members of the House of their prior voting record.
  • Healthcare Economics in 8 Minutes (How To Really Make It Cheaper)

    03/25/2017 8:45:52 AM PDT · by M. Dodge Thomas · 41 replies
    Healthcare In America ^ | March 8th, 2017 | Joe Flower
    "Customers in healthcare ask a different question than customers in most markets. Whether hospitals (as customers of suppliers) or individuals needing an operation, healthcare customers mostly don’t ask, “Can we afford it?” Or even, “What’s the best value for the money?” They ask, “Is it covered? Can we get reimbursed for this?” And the reimbursement or coverage is set by complex non-market mechanisms that in most parts of the market are themselves opaque to the customer. So there is no real customer and no real price signal in most relationships throughout the market."
  • In 24 States, 50% or More of Babies Born on Medicaid; New Mexico Leads Nation With 72%

    03/25/2017 3:23:03 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 32 replies ^ | March 24, 2017 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In 24 of the nation’s 50 states at least half of the babies born during the latest year on record had their births paid for by Medicaid, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. New Mexico led all states with 72 percent of the babies born there in 2015 having their births covered by Medicaid. Arkansas ranked second with 67 percent; Louisiana ranked third with 65 percent; and three states—Mississippi, Nevada and Wisconsin—tied for fourth place with 64 percent of babies born there covered by Medicaid.
  • Blood test detects cancer and pinpoints location...before symptoms appear

    03/25/2017 3:07:35 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 12 replies
    Telegraph ^ | March 24, 2017 | Sarah Knapton
    A blood test which not only detects cancer but identifies where it is in the body, has been developed by scientists. The breakthrough could allow doctors to diagnose specific cancers much earlier, even before signs such as a lump, begin to show. It is simple enough to be included in routine annual health checks alongside other tests such as for high blood pressure or cholesterol. The test, called CancerLocator, has been developed by the University of California, and works by hunting for the DNA from tumours which circulates in the blood of cancer patients. The team discovered that tumours which...
  • Conservative Republicans are Today's Biggest Losers

    03/24/2017 8:05:54 PM PDT · by ckinv368 · 126 replies
    Kinvig on Politics ^ | 3-24-17 | Cameron Kinvig
    The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare—the American Health Care Act—finally came up for a final vote in the House. First put forward by Speaker Paul Ryan in 2009, it offered few surprises to Republicans. And the effort itself was very familiar, as Republicans had voted over 60 times to repeal Obamacare since its passage eight years ago. Yet, when the time came to exercise the prerogative of the majority and finally repeal and replace President Obama’s deeply flawed social program, Republicans came up short. Over the past two weeks, moderate Republicans argued that they could not vote for...
  • 4-year-old uses Apple’s Siri to save his mom’s life (999 Audio at source)

    03/24/2017 12:16:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | March 24, 2017
    Metropolitan Police in London have released a clip of a 999 call from a four-year-old boy who saved his mum’s life to remind parents the importance of teaching young children their address and how to use 999 in an emergency. The young boy called 999 from his mum’s mobile phone on Tuesday, 7 March and was put through to a police call handler.After the call handler asked him where his mummy was, the boy responded that he thought she was dead because “she’s closing her eyes and she’s not breathing.”Remaining calm, the call handler managed to keep the boy talking...
  • Woman Pregnant With 4 Babies After IVF Regrets “Selective Reduction” Abortion of One Baby

    03/24/2017 7:41:12 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    life news ^ | march 24, 2017 | Sarah Terzo
    A woman who had In Vitro Fertilization done and conceived four babies had a “selective reduction” where one baby was aborted. A pro-choice therapist asked her some questions: “Did you feel like you got enough emotional support during the pregnancy reduction?” “No, not really. Mostly because the people we talked to mainly were doctors and medical people and they were all coming from the point of view that it was dangerous medically to carry that many babies….but because that was the only side I was getting, I wished later that I’d known I had more of a choice to keep...
  • Blood test detects cancer and pinpoints location...before symptoms appear

    03/24/2017 5:58:38 AM PDT · by Twotone · 23 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | March 24, 2017 | Sarah Knapton
    A blood test which not only detects cancer but identifies where it is in the body, has been developed by scientists. The breakthrough could allow doctors to diagnose specific cancers much earlier, even before signs such as a lump, begin to show. It is simple enough to be included in routine annual health checks alongside other tests such as for high blood pressure or cholesterol. The test, called CancerLocator, has been developed by the University of California, and works by hunting for the DNA from tumours which circulates in the blood of cancer patients. The team discovered that tumours which...
  • Pregnant Teens Are Smoking To Have Smaller Babies (Australia)

    03/24/2017 4:26:36 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 16 replies
    America Now ^ | 3/23/2017 | Brendan Kelly
    In a disturbing new trend, pregnant teens are taking up smoking un order to reduce the size of their babies out of fear of birthing a large child. According to the Daily Mail, new research shows that Australian girls as young as 16 have started smoking while pregnant to give brith to smaller babies. The practice comes with other serious risks for the children, however. Associate Professor Simone Dennis of the Australian National University said that she was "stunned" by the findings of the decade-long smoking study conducted at the university. "They [teenage girls] had read on packets that smoking...
  • 2017’s Fattest Cities in America

    03/23/2017 1:28:48 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    WalletHub ^ | March 22, 2017 | Richie Bernardo
    Americans are the fattest people in the world. By one measure, more than 70 percent of the U.S. population aged 15 and older is overweight or obese. But such a finding should come as no surprise, considering the proliferation of fast-food establishments and increasingly cheaper grocery items that have negatively altered our diets. Unfortunately, the extra pounds have inflated the costs of obesity-related medical treatment to nearly $316 billion a year and annual productivity losses due to work absenteeism to more than $8.6 billion. But certain places are more responsible than others for tipping the scale in favor of bad...
  • Carnie Wilson to Undergo Surgery After 23lb Breast Implants Rupture

    03/23/2017 1:06:44 PM PDT · by drewh · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | march 23 2017
    Carnie Wilson will undergo surgery to remove her ruptured breast implants. “Sixteen years ago I lost a bunch of weight and I had a breast lift and an augmentation and the implants have ruptured now,” she 48-year-old singer revealed on Tuesday’s episode the “The Talk.” “And so, I have to go have them taken out and face this reconstruction, which is really scary,” Wilson added. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to share it, but I am sharing it. It’s important.” Wilson is no stranger to surgery. She’s had a number of weight-loss surgeries over the years — including...
  • Not to be sniffed at - losing sense of smell predicts early death

    03/23/2017 5:00:34 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 53 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 3/22/2017 | Sarah Knapton
    People who lose their sense of smell in middle or older age risk dying early, a new study suggests. Although previous research has shown a link between Alzheimer’s disease and a diminished sense of smell, it is the first time is has been shown to impact the chance of death for everyone. Scientists from Stockholm University followed 1,774 Swedes aged between 40 and 90 for 10 years. At the beginning of the study they were asked to take a test to identify 13 different odours. Researchers found that their chance of death was linked to how well they scored on...
  • Scientists Have Begun Testing Whether MDMA Can Cure Tinnitus

    03/22/2017 2:13:22 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 73 replies ^ | March 15, 2017 | Alexander Iadarola
    Photo of MDMA courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Researchers in New Zealand have started trials to see whether MDMA can treat tinnitus, a condition that causes people to hear irritating sound no one else can hear. The undertaking has taken place over the last two years, and involved a small number of participants who were given a very low dose of MDMA or a placebo and monitored over a four-hour period, reports Stuff. Many of the participants who took the MDMA reported a partial alleviation of tinnitus after three hours, but there was also a large placebo effect among the participants....
  • Well, ToDay is tbi Awareness Day. VANITY

    03/22/2017 10:30:15 AM PDT · by SandRat · 25 replies
    tbiVictinRealty | ME
    Well,...Today is tbi awareness Day. Has there been anything about it in your loal news or in the National News, that you've heard or read of? Seems it is still the UNSPOKEN DISABILITY, Injury, and Forgotten Wound. Don't feel bad if you didnt know. Don't feel bad if you don't know what tbi means. Many Doctors don't know, even with Doctor's having to help tbi victims recover, since 1841 and they still don't know how.
  • vVeterans Must Comply or Else on Swampcare!

    03/22/2017 7:19:34 AM PDT · by momincombatboots · 51 replies
    Self | 3/22/17 | Self
    VETERANS! Start calling. Yesterday Trump and his Swampcare RINOS screwed your service. As of yesterday, if you are a Veteran who doesn't use the VA.. guess what, you lose your subsidy! Are illegals getting a better deal than Veterans.. Yes, as of yesterday. Share if you know a veteran.
  • Medicare + Gap Policy vs. Medicare Advantage Plan

    03/21/2017 8:18:33 PM PDT · by TNoldman · 38 replies
    03/21/2017 | tnoldman
    I would like to open a discussion on the best choose of Senior Health Insurance. Medicare+Gap Policy vs. Medicare Advantage. I now have Medicare + Gap Policy. For 17 years I have used Gap Plan F. Premiums in the last 17 years have gone from $164/month to $230/month. I know other Gap Plans such as : G and N are available similar to F with some added risk. My main question is should I and other Seniors consider Medicare Advantage?
  • Cancer Cure Found In Australia 2016! EBC-46

    03/21/2017 6:07:00 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/24/16
    Share this video with anyone and everyone   EBC-46 is an experimental drug candidate being studied pre-clinically by the Australian company Ecobiotics (specifically its drug discovery subsidiary Qbiotics). It was discovered through an automated screening process of natural products by selecting increasingly purified fractions of plant extracts, based on their ability to produce the desired activity profile. This is then followed by artificial synthesis of the isolated compound to confirm its chemical structure. EBC-46 is a phorbol ester which, along with other related compounds, acts as a protein kinase C regulator.   The initial lead came from observation that...
  • Professor Defends Sex-Selection Abortions: If a Woman Doesn’t Want a Girl Baby That’s Her Decision

    03/21/2017 5:46:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    life news ^ | march 20, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    A top British medical leader is facing public backlash this week after saying women should be allowed to abort an unborn baby simply because of the baby’s sex. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Professor Wendy Savage, a member of the British Medical Association ethics committee, argued that sex-selection abortions are not happening in Britain. A retired OB-GYN and abortion practitioner, Savage said she performed about 10,000 abortions during her career and only once was asked to abort an unborn child because of its sex. But Savage’s claims about rarity basically are meaningless, given that she believes women should...

    03/21/2017 5:40:22 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 57 replies
    Mark Levin Facebook ^ | March 21, 2017
  • CBO projections for Pre-Obamacare versus actual costs post implementation; any comparisons?

    03/21/2017 5:52:07 AM PDT · by RangerM · 7 replies
    Have there been any comparisons between what the CBO projected back in 2010 (pre-Obamacare), and the real numbers? For all the blasting in the media toward the Republicans' bill (and the recent CBO score), I'm really curious how things turned out from a reputable source.
  • Julia, a Girl Muppet With Autism, Makes the Move to TV’s ‘Sesame Street’

    03/20/2017 11:47:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
    Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted. That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes – and autism. Rather than being treated like an outsider, which too often is the plight of kids on the spectrum, Julia is one of the gang. Look: On this friendliest of streets (actually Studio J at New York’s Kaufman Astoria Studios, where “Sesame Street” lives) Julia is about to play a game with Oscar, Abby and Grover. In this scene being taped for airing next season, these Muppet chums have been challenged...
  • Dwight Clark’s ALS Diagnosis Is as Heartbreaking as ‘The Catch’ Was Exhilarating

    03/20/2017 10:57:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Monday, March 20, 2017 | Gary Myers
    Dwight Clark became emotional as we watched "The Catch" on my portable DVD player in the lobby of a midtown Manhattan hotel 10 years ago. The television copy of the game reached third down from the Cowboys six with 57 seconds left in the 49ers-Cowboys 1981 NFC Championship Game. Clark became noticeably anxious, as if he wasn't sure what was going to happen next. The Niners trailed 27-21 and Candlestick Park was rocking. As the business people streamed in and out of the hotel lobby that day, Joe Montana rolled right on the DVD on a play called "Sprint Right...
  • Federal surveys trim LGBT questions, alarming advocates

    03/20/2017 5:00:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2017 4:57 PM EDT | Matt Sedensky
    LGBT advocates are questioning the Trump administration’s quiet deletion of questions on sexuality from two federal surveys. Combined with the withdrawal of another planned survey evaluating the effectiveness of a homelessness project for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, the moves have alarmed watchdogs who worry they may point to a manipulation of government data collection to serve the ideology of a government they view as hostile to their causes. “In an age when LGBT rights are such a part of the national discussion, the Trump administration is choosing to not only ignore us but erase us from the discussion,”...
  • Former KU and Chicago Bears great Gale Sayers is battling dementia

    03/20/2017 3:47:04 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 36 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | MARCH 18, 2017 | Vahe Gregorian
    WAKARUSA, IND. More than 50 years after Gale Sayers, the “Kansas Comet,” inspired awe as a Jayhawk, he was honored in January in Topeka by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas as one of its Kansans of the Year. At a table near the front, Sayers was seated next to his wife, Ardythe, as a mesmerizing KU-produced tribute played. ************ But Ardie Sayers has come to believe its onset was years before that — possibly even as far back as when he returned to Kansas in a fund-raising capacity for a time in 2009. While she considers Sayers, 73,...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 3-20-17)

    03/20/2017 2:26:57 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 6 replies ^ | 3-20-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Minimum-wage hikes could deepen shortage of health aides [NY]

    03/19/2017 11:36:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2017 12:20 AM EDT | Anna Gronewold
    Advocates for the disabled, elderly and chronically ill in New York are concerned the state’s move to a $15 minimum wage could deepen a shortage of home health aides. More than 180,000 Medicaid patients in New York are authorized to receive long-term, in-home care, the most in the state’s history. But there are increasingly too few aides to go around, especially in the state’s remote, rural areas. …
  • High-Risk Sex, Girl-on-Girl Experimenting Linked Among NYC Teens

    03/19/2017 2:14:07 PM PDT · by drewh · 66 replies
    Page Six ^ | March 19, 2017 | 5:30 | Susan Edelman
    Nearly half the Big Apple’s sexually active high-school girls have had female partners — and many engage in behavior that endangers their health, an alarming new study finds. Researchers from New York University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine based their findings on a 2013 survey of public high-school students citywide — but most heavily in “high-risk neighborhoods” in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Of 4,600 girls surveyed, 1,101, or 27.5 percent, were sexually active. Of those, 513, or 46.6 percent, reported same-sex experiences, according to the study, published this month in the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology....
  • Auntie Fee... fried food made her an Internet sensation, suffers heart attack and dies

    03/19/2017 9:22:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    L A Times ^ | 03/19/2017 | Esmeralda Bermudez and Christine Mai-Duc
    Felicia O’Dell, 59, who won viral fame in 2014 after her son posted a four-minute clip of her cooking some dough-covered “sweet treats for the kids,” died early Friday at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, her brother June O’Dell said Saturday. In a Facebook post, O’Dell’s son Tavis Hunter wrote that “god made the decision to take my mother home,” and added that “She can finally Be happy.” ... Fee’s fame has come with no small amount of criticism. Some have called her illiterate, unsanitary and unscripted... They have said her dishes — loaded with butter, sugar and grease — will send...
  • Need Help - Birth Certificate - Stuttgart, Germany

    03/17/2017 6:41:50 AM PDT · by Lawgvr1955 · 38 replies
    Wife gravely ill and only treatment available is in Europe. She was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1958 as her Army father was stationed there and she came to the US as literally a "babe in arms". Her birth certificate is lost and I cannot get her a Passport. Working with the State Dept, etc., is frustrating and so far getting me nowhere. Any Freepers have advise? Bless you.
  • College student op-ed: Yes, milk is racist

    03/16/2017 7:07:52 AM PDT · by Hube · 42 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 03/16/2017 | Dave Huber
    In an op-ed featured in the California State University-Long Beach student paper Daily 49er, Samantha Diaz follows up on stories about the silly usurpation of milk by white supremacists by arguing that yes, the dairy beverage really is racist. All of us have been “so accustomed to hearing the benefits of milk,” Diaz writes, “that you probably didn’t even realize the subtle racism hidden in our health facts.” But … aren’t our dietary guidelines science? And aren’t progressives all about science, especially in this Age of Trump? Apparently not when “there is a deep-rooted [American] tradition to suppress an entire...
  • Butt Injections Gone Wrong

    03/16/2017 6:15:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    Butt, rear, derriere, backside, rump, tush . . . I could go on . . . there’s no shortage of descriptors for our bums. Brazil even has a “Miss Bum Bum” contest dedicated to – you guessed it – the best bum! So it’s no surprise that there are also several options to change the look of our bums. We can do injections of fat. Or we can inject artificial materials. Or we can even do implants. Butt lifts are gaining popularity too. The problem comes in when the “doctor” (more on that in a minute) uses substances that are...
  • State Ordered to Provide Disabled Inmate with Motorized Wheelchair

    03/15/2017 5:01:39 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 12 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | March 15, 2017 | Joel Stashenko
    ALBANY - Denying an inmate a motorized wheelchair is discriminatory under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, a federal judge has ruled. Northern District Judge Mae D'Agostino found that the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision...failed to show that there were such safety risks in giving Nathaniel Wright the electric wheelchair that they outweighed his right to have the device.... Wright, 55, will complete a five-year sentence from Monroe County for first-degree sexual abuse next month.
  • Adorable injured dog wags tail when he sees his rescuers

    03/15/2017 12:27:23 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 9 replies
    Animal Aid Unlimited, India ^ | Feb 27, 2017 | Animal Aid Unlimited, India
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  • Scientifically Clueless Pro-Abortion Legislator Wants to Fine Men for Masturbating as “Act....

    03/14/2017 9:45:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 51 replies
    life news ^ | march 13, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    FULL TITLE: Scientifically Clueless Pro-Abortion Legislator Wants to Fine Men for Masturbating as “Act Against Unborn Child” A Texas state lawmaker’s new pro-abortion bill is doing what she created it to do – get attention. The “satirical” Texas House Bill 4260, sponsored by state Rep. Jessica Farrar, would fine men $100 for masturbating and require the state to publish an informed consent booklet for men seeking a vasectomy, Viagra or a colonoscopy, among other things, according to The Hill. The bill is Farrar’s protest to the abortion regulations passed in Texas in the past few years. She claims it would...
  • College Removes 'Triggering' Scale From Campus Gym [Carleton U, Ottawa, Canada]

    03/14/2017 3:57:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Mar 14, 2017 2:07 PM
    A Canadian university is under fire after it removed the weight scale at its campus gym last week. Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, says the decision is “in keeping with current fitness and social trends,” according to a sign posted where the scale used to stand, according to the campus newspaper, The Charlatan. Bruce Marshall, manager of health and wellness at the gym, said focusing only on weight can have a negative impact. […] But some students disagree with removing the scale. Marko Miljusevic, a second-year computer science student, said in a Facebook message that students “can’t handle the number...
  • No Magic in How G.O.P. Plan Lowers Premiums: It Pushes Out Older People

    03/14/2017 12:41:15 PM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 14 March 2017 | Margot Sanger-Katz
    There are a lot of unpleasant numbers for Republicans in the Congressional Budget Office’s assessment of their health care bill. But congressional leadership found one to cheer: The report says that the bill will eventually cut the average insurance premiums for people who buy their own insurance by 10 percent. House Speaker Paul Ryan pressed that point in a series of appearances Monday night, suggesting that the budget office had found that the House bill would increase choice and competition and lead to lower prices. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, issued a statement saying, “The Congressional Budget Office agrees...
  • City in Washington sues the makers of OxyContin for 'sparking off an addiction epidemic'

    03/14/2017 12:15:54 PM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 14, 2017 | Julian Robinson
    A city in Washington is suing a drug manufacturer over claims it let OxyContin flood the black market sparking an addiction epidemic in the community. Everett, north of Seattle, is suing Purdue Pharma which makes the opioid pain medication. The city, under mayor Ray Stephanson, says it has already spent millions combating OxyContin and heroin abuse after deaths from painkillers and heroin use spiked and street crimes increased. In an unusual case, city chiefs are claiming that Purdue Pharma knowingly allowed pills to be funneled into the black market and the city of about 108,000.