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  • Abortion Activists to Send Bloody Tampons to Texas Gov to Protest Requiring Burial for Aborted...

    12/08/2016 7:21:31 PM PST · by Morgana · 37 replies
    Life News ^ | December 08, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    FULL TITLE: Abortion Activists to Send Bloody Tampons to Texas Gov to Protest Requiring Burial for Aborted Babies Abortion activists have been turning to increasingly immature and potentially illegal actions in recent months in response to situations where they did not get their way. Their latest move is to urge women to send blood-soaked tampons to Texas pro-life Gov. Greg Abbott in protest of a new state rule requiring that aborted babies’ bodies be cremated or buried. The new rule, introduced in July by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, requires that abortion facilities, hospitals and other medical centers...
  • The Fever of 1721: The Epidemic That Revolutionized Medicine and American Politics (book)

    12/08/2016 2:39:05 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Amazon ^ | 2015 | Stephen Coss
    Amazon description: “Coss's gem of colonial history immerses readers into 18th-century Boston and introduces a collection of fascinating people and intriguing circumstances. The author's masterly work intertwines Boston's smallpox epidemic with the development of New England Courant publisher James Franklin's radical press. . . . Unlike many other works on colonial America . . . Coss's focus on a specific location at a specific time fleshes out the complex and exciting scene in sharp detail, creating a historical account that is fascinating, informational, and pleasing to read.” (Library Journal, starred review)
  • 112-Year-Old Nepal Woman Says She's Been Smoking for 95 Years

    12/07/2016 11:00:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 7, 2016 | Ben Hooper
    A Nepalese woman believed to be the country's oldest at 112 years revealed a surprising fact about her life -- she's been smoking for 95 of them. Batuli Lamichhane, of Nuwakot, is indeed 112 according to her ID, but local residents said she could be as old as 114. Lamichhane attributed her longevity to keeping active. "You will probably die earlier. People of this modern age have too much stress. And those who do not work or are idle in their old age won't live long. If you study a lot and work hard, you'll live a long life. Be...
  • Santa Fat-Shames Boy By Saying ‘Lay Off The Hamburgers And French Fries’

    12/07/2016 10:12:50 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 39 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 12/7/16 | David Moye
    What was supposed to be a happy visit with Santa left a bad taste in the mouth of a 9-year-old boy in North Carolina. That’s because the jolly old fat man reportedly shamed the child by telling him to “lay off the hamburgers and french fries,” local station WLOS TV reports. On Saturday, Anthony Mayse of Rutherfordton went to a Christmas event in nearby Forest City. The family enjoyed a carriage ride and ice skating before ending the night with a visit to Santa.
  • US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase

    12/07/2016 9:51:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 8, 2016 12:02 AM EST | Mike Stobbe
    A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago. In most of the years since World War II, life expectancy in the U.S. has inched up, thanks to medical advances, public health campaigns and better nutrition and education. But last year it slipped, an exceedingly rare event in a year that did not include a major disease outbreak. Other one-year declines occurred in 1993, when the nation was in the throes of the AIDS epidemic, and 1980, the result of an...
  • Study: Snacking On Nuts Can Reduce Risk Of Heart Disease, Cancer

    12/07/2016 5:30:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 71 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | December 6, 2016
    If you’re looking for a healthy snack, nuts might be the answer. A new study from European researchers in the journal BMC Medicine says eating a handful of nuts a day can cut down on several health risks. Data from more than 800,000 people who ate all kinds of nuts, including hazelnuts, walnuts and peanuts, shows they cut their risk of dying from heart disease by nearly 30 percent and cancer by 15 percent. The risk of premature death was also 22 percent lower for people who ate nuts. “It’s quite a substantial effect for such a small amount of...
  • Florida Man Brought Girlfriend Meth to Smoke in Hospital's ICU: Deputies

    12/07/2016 4:04:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    A Florida man was arrested after authorities say he brought meth to his girlfriend to smoke while she was a patient receiving oxygen in a hospital's intensive care unit. Scott Allen Burns, 52, was arrested Tuesday on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, Hernando County Sheriff's Office officials said. No attorney information was immediately available. Burns, of Spring Hill, north of Tampa, was arrested after someone called 911 about a person smoking drugs in the ICU at Bayfront Brooksville Hospital, according to a report from WFLA. Deputies were told that a female patient was seen putting...
  • Off the Cuffs: Cuddly creatures for crushed collegians

    12/07/2016 4:03:21 AM PST · by \/\/ayne · 13 replies
    Cecil Whig ^ | Dec 4, 2016 | Ed Okonowicz
    ELKTON — Cuffs’ booth in the back of Elkton’s North Street Hotel was overflowing with piles of comforting, cuddly creatures. Passers-by stopped to gaze upon an assortment of friendly frogs, bouncing bunnies, grinning goats, happy horses, contented cows, soothing skunks, tender teddy bears, calm cats and tranquil dogs.
  • Vanity

    12/06/2016 7:30:15 PM PST · by Kenika · 26 replies
    6Dec16 | Self
    Got any recommendations on hearing aids. Got a couple VA issued Starkey's that only last three daze on a battery load and had a wiz bang option to adjust by phone and had that feature programmed out. So much texting going on everywhere I kept getting programmed out! I feel my ear canals are blocking the true worth of a aid and most krapp being said out loud is worthless any how. I have a couple Siemens that are dogs at my own expense and have seen some new "light" transmitted ears that look interesting but I think a home...
  • Biotech Company ReNeuron says stem cells improved motor function in stroke study

    12/05/2016 8:41:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/05/2016
    Biotechnology company ReNeuron Group Plc said its experimental stem cell therapy helped some patients improve motor functions in their arms in a mid-stage study after being disabled by stroke. Shares of the company jumped 22 percent to 3.45 pence per share in morning trade on Monday on the London Stock Exchange. ReNueron's trial adds to a small but growing number of studies being conducted by a few publicly listed companies around the world that are testing stem cell therapies in various indications. Stem cell therapy development has been stalled in the past by stricter regulations in United States, and concerns...
  • Danish doctors come out against circumcision [Male]

    12/05/2016 8:15:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 05 Dec 2016 13:08 GMT+01:00
    The Danish Medical Association (Lægeforeningen) has recommended that no boys under the age of 18 be circumcised in Denmark. The association released its recommendation on Friday, saying that circumcision should be “an informed, personal choice” that young men should make for themselves. In a press release, the group said that when parents have their male children circumcised, it robs the boys of the ability to make decisions about their own bodies and their own cultural and religious beliefs. …
  • Nearly Half of America’s Overweight People Don’t Realize They’re Overweight

    12/05/2016 7:59:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    As you prepare to pack on your holiday pounds this winter, consider this: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more Americans than ever are overweight. But according to some new Gallup data, far fewer of us actually think we're overweight. In recent years, the gap between how fat we think we are and how fat we are is wider than it's ever been. The chart above tells the story. In 1990 (not that long ago, all things considered), about 56 percent of Americans qualified as obese or overweight, according to the CDC. Back then, we were pretty...
  • Muslim NYPD officer threatened, told 'go back to your country'

    12/05/2016 4:13:32 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 40 replies
    LOCAL 10 ^ | 05 DECEMBER 2016 | CNN
    (CNN) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he's "sick to my stomach" over an incident in which a Muslim off-duty NYPD officer was reportedly threatened over the weekend by a man who said, "I will cut your throat, go back to your country." The officer, Aml Elsokary, said she had just dropped off her 16-year-old son in Brooklyn Saturday evening when a man begin arguing with the teen. When Elsokary, who was not in uniform, intervened, the man allegedly told her, "ISIS [expletive], I will cut your throat, go back to your country," before fleeing the scene. Elsokary,...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (12-5-16)

    12/05/2016 1:29:51 PM PST · by dynachrome · 26 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 12-5-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Actress ... to make good on promise For Sex Acts For NO Vote In Italy (Truncated Headline)

    12/05/2016 10:41:24 AM PST · by OneVike · 65 replies
    The UK Sun ^ | 12/5/16 | SAM WEBB
    A STUNNING Italian actress who offered to perform a sex act on everyone who voted ‘No’ in the country’s referendum appears to be following through on her promise. Paola Saulino, 27, who lives and works in Los Angeles, promised voters who rejected the change a ‘present’ after the poll. Now she has posted dates for a tour of Italian cities throughout January and told her fans: “I am a woman of my word.” She added: “Those who say NO to the referendum will be waiting in delight for my ‘Pompa Tour’ in January for what I promised to those who...
  • Tinnitus: Any hope in the future

    12/05/2016 6:55:23 AM PST · by far sider · 136 replies
    Hey guys. I'm 58 and have had tinnitus for about 30 years now. It has always been just an annoyance. But this year the volume has increased A LOT. It's like a very loud dentist's drill in both ears. I have heard that tinnitus can make you suicidal. I always scoffed at that but I'm starting to see why it would be attractive to some people.I have a few questions and would appreciate any feedback.1. I know there is not cure but do any of you know of anything that can reduce the volume?2. Do cochlear implants help tinnitus? 3....
  • What is urgent care medical serices?

    12/03/2016 5:10:37 PM PST · by ProudFossil · 73 replies
    Vanity | Self
    What is the purpose of all the urgent care centers in the urban areas, specifically Albuquerque, New Mexic?
  • Bright Idea: Delectable Corn Fungus

    12/03/2016 5:36:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Maclean's ^ | November 21, 2016
    A delicious novelty food with an ugly name Sharon OosthoekGreat minds do not think alike, and thatÂ’s why universities and colleges are the mother of inventions. Click here for the rest of our Bright Ideas series. Click here for the rest of our Campus Food series.Barry Saville: Trent UniversityBarry Saville has spent much of his career figuring out how to stop fungi from infecting food crops. But for the past three years, the Trent University professor has been deliberately infecting corn with a fungus that produces large, whitish-grey kernels he believes have potential as a niche product for market farmers....
  • Slave To The Microwave

    12/03/2016 1:38:44 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/29/16
    Once again I thank you for your guidance, not just with health, but with everything in life, including ways to help heal people. Microwaves are something I haven't used in years and I haven't even owned on in around 7 years, I do not miss it, I can wait a few extra minutes to heat up whatever I need to aswell as  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Uv6gGm4t9Y  
  • SCURVY OUTBREAK: Australia Hit by Wave of Vitamin C Deficiency Disease

    12/02/2016 11:35:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Express (U.K.) ^ | Wed, Nov 30, 2016
    DOCTORS have been surprised by an outbreak of SCURVY in Sydney.The salty sea dog condition - often caught by sailors on long voyages because of a lack of vitamin C - has been found to be making a surprising comeback Down Under. Research by Sydney's Westmead Hospital found that patients suffering from wounds that refused to heal often had scurvy because of generally poor dietary habits. Scurvy is a disease resulting from a lack of vitamin C - found in citrus fruits like oranges and limes - early symptoms include weakness, feeling tired, curly hair, and sore arms and legs....
  • Here Are the States with the Lowest & Highest Diabetes Rates

    12/02/2016 8:42:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    LIVESCIENCE ^ | December 2, 2016 | Rachael Rettner
    Diabetes is on the rise in the United States, and a new poll looks at where the disease is most and least common. In the poll, from Gallup-Healthways, researchers surveyed a nationally representative sample of more than 176,000 Americans in all 50 states in 2015. The participants were asked whether they had ever been diagnosed with diabetes in their lifetime. The three states with the lowest rates of diabetes were Utah, Rhode Island and Colorado. In these states, 7.5 to 8 percent of the survey participants said they had diabetes. In contrast, Alabama and West Virginia had the highest rates...
  • Drinking too much water is dangerous, warn doctors after woman, 59, is admitted to hospital after…

    12/02/2016 9:00:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 02:53 EST, 2 December 2016 | Ben Spencer
    Telling people to “drink plenty of fluids” when unwell could be dangerous, doctors have warned. Experts at King’s College Hospital in south London questioned the recommendation after treating a 59-year-old woman who drank so much water that she became gravely ill. The woman, who is not named, overdosed on water after developing symptoms of a urinary tract infection. She recalled being told by a doctor previously to drink lots of water — half a pint every 30 minutes — though she said she thought in this case, she had consumed more to “flush out her system”. The woman was admitted...
  • 22 Things You Didn’t Know About Chili Peppers

    12/02/2016 8:24:41 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 90 replies
    realclearlife.com ^ | Shawn Donnelly
    1. Chili peppers help you burn more calories by raising the body’s core temperature during digestion. What’s more, they trigger a reaction in your gut that tells your nervous system to produce more brown fat, a healthy fat that expends calories. 2. They also reduce appetite by forcing you to drink more water to cool off, and by distracting your mind, making you forget that you’re hungry. 3. Chili peppers release feel-good endorphins and dopamine, because your brain interprets the burn from hot peppers as pain, which can ultimately result in a sense of euphoria similar to a “runner’s high.”...
  • Man crashes while streaming 114 mph drive on Facebook Live (Darwin Award?)

    12/01/2016 3:56:51 PM PST · by DadOfFive · 29 replies
    Police say a Rhode Island man who streamed himself on Facebook Live driving 114 mph and weaving in and out of traffic was critically injured when he crashed into a garbage truck and a concrete barrier. State police say 20-year-old Onasi Olio-Rojas, of Pawtucket, lost control Wednesday on U.S. Route 6 in Providence. The video posted on Olio-Rojas' Facebook page shows him driving 114 mph and weaving through traffic. Police confirmed its authenticity to WJAR-TV.
  • Key cause of Parkinson's disease can be treated

    12/01/2016 2:24:42 PM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | December 1, 2016 | Provided by: University of New South Wales
    A new Australian study that models the early stages of Parkinson's disease has given researchers insight into its causes and a possible treatment. "We've shown how inflammation within the brain is related to the development of Parkinson's disease, and we've identified a potential mechanism that can prevent this inflammation," says lead author Dr Nic Dzamko, a NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship holder in the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW in Sydney. "This is the result of four years' worth of work, and we're really excited by the outcomes. It offers hope and introduces a new target for therapeutic research, which we're...
  • Magnetic brain stimulation can bring back stowed memories: study [help for Hillary!]

    12/01/2016 2:19:03 PM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | Dec 01, 2016 | Provided by: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Results by Rose et al. overturn a theory that in order for short-term memories to exist, neurons that represent that memory must be constantly active. Instead, the neural activity supporting that memory need only arise when the person trying to recall it consciously focuses his or her attention on the memory. Credit: N.S. Rose et al. =========================================================================================================================== It's clear that your working memory—which holds attention on small things of short-term importance—works, or you wouldn't be able to remember a new phone number long enough to dial it. Describing how it works, however—how the brain determines what to keep in mind,...
  • Terminally ill toddler was turned into cruel internet meme, mom says

    12/01/2016 1:13:34 PM PST · by Morgana · 28 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | December 2, 2016 | By Jennifer Earl
    As soon as her tiny baby boy was born, Jenny Smith knew something was wrong. She could see it in the doctors’ faces, and she could hear it in her newborn son’s weak cry. Before the small-town mom from Ranburne, Alabama, could even hold newborn Grayson, doctors were whisking him away to a medical center in Atlanta, Georgia. It was there she found out her baby was diagnosed with an array of serious problems: occipital encephalocele, craniosynostosis, micronathia, thumb hypoplasia, a cleft palate, hypospadias, congenital anomalies of the lower limbs, ASD of the heart, apnea, and he did not appear...
  • 'Magic mushroom' psychedelic may ease anxiety, depression

    11/30/2016 9:56:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 1, 2016 12:07 AM EST | Malcolm Ritter
    The psychedelic drug in “magic mushrooms” can quickly and effectively help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, an effect that may last for months, two small studies show. It worked for Dinah Bazer, who endured a terrifying hallucination that rid her of the fear that her ovarian cancer would return. And for Estalyn Walcoff, who says the drug experience led her to begin a comforting spiritual journey. The work released Thursday is preliminary and experts say more definitive research must be done on the effects of the substance, called psilocybin. But the record so far shows “very impressive results,”...
  • It's Never Too Late To Quit Smoking, Even In Your 60s Facebook

    11/30/2016 9:34:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    NPR ^ | November 30, 2016 | KATHERINE HOBSON
    Older people who smoke may think there's no reason to give up the habit. After all, hasn't the damage to their bodies already been done? But it turns out there's a benefit to quitting even later in life. Research published Wednesday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that older adults who quit smoking in their 60s had a lower chance of dying in the years that followed than contemporaries who kept smoking. "It's never too late," says Sarah Nash, an epidemiologist and one of the study's authors. The results are based on data from more than 160,000 participants...
  • How Cubans Live as Long as Americans at a Tenth of the Cost

    11/30/2016 8:26:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/30/2016 | James Hamblin
    On public-access TV in 1985, Bernie Sanders defended an element of Fidel Castro’s regime: It was rarely mentioned that Castro provided health care to his country. Sanders grumbled that the same could not be said of then-President Reagan. The comment came back to haunt Sanders in the wake of Castro’s death. On Sunday on ABC’s This Week, host Martha Raddatz played the old clip and then asked Sanders if he was aware that “this was a brutal dictatorship despite the romanticized version that some Americans have of Cuba.” She reminded Sanders that Castro rationed food and punished dissidents, then hit...
  • Platypus (And Echidna) Venom Could Treat Type 2 Diabetes, Adelaide Researchers Find

    11/30/2016 8:15:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/30
    A longer-lasting form of a hormone found in platypus venom could pave the way for new treatments for type 2 diabetes in humans, according to researchers at the University of Adelaide. Key points: A longer lasting version of GLP-1 has been found in the gut and venom of the platypus GLP-1 stimulates the release of insulin to lower blood glucose Researchers hope the venom could be used to treat type 2 diabetes in humans The team found both the platypus and echidna produce a long-lasting form of the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). GLP-1 is normally secreted in the gut of...
  • A solution for healthcare for all.

    11/30/2016 5:24:18 PM PST · by WENDLE · 36 replies
    Vanity ^ | 11/30/2016 | self
    I would like to put forward a comprehensive solution to heath care in this country. I invite fierce peer review because I'm just a Freeper like you. I have no apparition of truth. And, from this, many smarter than I, can build. I just see this working.
  • CDC: Gruesome Late-Term Abortion Methods Still Being Used

    11/30/2016 8:03:26 AM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    secularprolife.org ^ | November 30, 2016 | Kelsey Hazzard
    Last week, the CDC released its annual abortion surveillance report (for 2013, because it's always behind). The big story the media picked up from it was that the American abortion rate has once again hit a record low. Of course, that's welcome news. But dig deeper, and the report also contains some extremely disturbing findings. If you have a weak stomach, stop reading and just trust me when I tell you it's worse than you think. Scroll to the bottom, where you'll find Table 22 (click to enlarge): ***table on link** First of all, note that this table only includes...
  • Lawyer Behind Roe Worried About Keeping Abortion Legal Under Trump: “It’s Really Frightening”

    11/29/2016 8:48:14 PM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    Life News ^ | November 29, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Sarah Weddington, the Texas lawyer and abortion activist who argued for abortion in Roe v. Wade, says she is frightened by President-elect Donald Trump’s promises to make pro-life decisions. In an interview with New York Magazine, Weddington said she fears that, although Trump’s actions would not overturn Roe v. Wade immediately, they could have a huge impact on the future of abortion in the U.S. “For a lot of us who have been pro-choice through the years and have been involved in trying to keep it so that women have that choice, I think it’s really frightening, because it’s not...
  • BYU coach's family to donate 3-year-old daughter's organs after tragic accident

    11/28/2016 5:41:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/28/2016 | fox news
    Elsie’s mother, Sunny, found her daughter and began performing CPR before paramedics arrived to transport her to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. It was unclear as to how long she had been without oxygen, and a later MRI showed extensive brain damage. Elsie was intubated and placed on a respirator, but her condition continued to deteriorate, Fox 13 reported. The family updated followers on a GoFundMe page Sunday and said they had met with the director of the hospital’s organ donation team to discuss how their daughter can help save others. “The miraculous healing we have been praying...
  • Astronaut eye problems blamed on spinal fluid

    11/28/2016 5:23:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    BBC ^ | 28 November 2016
    Alperin has been looking at another potential source of the problems - the cerebrospinal fluid. This helps cushion the brain and spinal cord, and can accommodate the changes when a person moves from a lying to a standing position. "In space the system is confused by the lack of the posture-related pressure changes," Prof Alperin explained. The team performed high-resolution MRI scans before and shortly after spaceflights for seven long-duration astronauts. They compared the results with nine astronauts who flew into orbit for short stints on the space shuttle. The results showed that long-duration astronauts had significantly greater post-flight increases...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (week of 11-28-16)

    11/27/2016 7:38:09 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 11-28-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • 'I'm Smarter Than They Are': Underground Chemist Says Police Losing Fentanyl Battle

    11/27/2016 3:02:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    CBC ^ | Nov 26, 2016 | Jon Hernandez
    In new documentary, B.C. drug producer known as Beeker says fentanyl is just the beginningA B.C. drug producer known as Beeker says underground chemists are steps ahead of the police when it comes to the movement of illicit drugs on the streets. Beeker is the subject of a new documentary, Unstoppable: The Fentanyl Epidemic, in which he opens up about the big business behind the drug. He says police are far behind when it comes to tracking drugs throughout the province, and he says many local chemists are synthesizing drugs with materials ordered from China. "I'm smarter than they are...
  • Study: No Actual Aloe Vera Found in Aloe Gels From Walmart, Target, CVS

    11/23/2016 1:15:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    KFOR ^ | NOVEMBER 23, 2016 | NADIA JUDITH ENCHASSI
    A new study about aloe vera gel, used to treat sunburns and other skin issues, might make some consumers feel even more burned, especially those partial to store brand products. Bloomberg hired a lab to test various store brands, and it found the aloe gel sold at stores like Walmart, Target and CVS is lacking one important ingredient — aloe vera. The report said all of the brands listed aloe vera juice as a prominent ingredient but the three specific chemical markers that would indicate the presence of aloe were missing. The four gels Bloomberg tested were Walmart's 'Equate Aloe...
  • MIT’s new nylon muscles could lead to actual Westworld hosts

    11/23/2016 8:10:12 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    techcrunch.com ^ | Darrell Etherington
    MIT has a new nylon-based artificial muscle-like filament created by researchers that could eventually provide the basis for robots with bulging biceps. The filaments themselves look eerily similar to the ones extruded by the 3D printers used in the opening sequence of HBO’s Westworld, which is why Gizmodo and others are seeing parallels between potential applications of the tech and Westworld‘s lifelike hosts. MIT’s new solution isn’t the first artificial muscle technology developed, but it is simple and low cost, unlike existing offerings. The researchers developing the tech found that specific types of nylon fiber can reproduce some of the...
  • Melbourne 'thunderstorm asthma' kills two

    11/23/2016 7:51:14 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/22/2016
    Paramedics and hospitals were stretched to their limits as thousands phoned to report breathing problems. The trigger was an extreme level of rye grass pollen in the air, whipped up by strong winds. Ambulance Victoria took more than 1,870 calls between 18:00 (07:00 GMT) and 23:00 on Monday. The figure is more than six times the daily average, and at least 30 people are in intensive care. ... Melbourne's thunderstorm asthma event was caused by very high levels of rye grass pollen. About one in 10 people have asthma in Australia, with about 80% of those sufferers experiencing allergies, particularly...
  • Human head transplant doctor will use VR to prepare patients for new body

    11/22/2016 7:19:41 PM PST · by PROCON · 42 replies
    techspot.com ^ | Nov. 22, 2016 | Rob Thubron
    You may have heard about the Italian Neurosurgeon, Sergio Canavero, who plans to carry out the world’s first human head transplant next year. Having secured a volunteer for the operation, the professor has just unveiled a virtual reality system that will hopefully “prepare patients for life in a new body,” an experience that could cause unexpected psychological reactions. Professor Canavero is determined to perform the operation in 2017 on wheelchair user Valery Spiridonov, who runs an educational software company in Russia and suffers from the muscle-wasting Werdnig-Hoffman disease. Assuming the complex transplant take place, Spiridonov will have his head nearly...
  • Eat cheese, live longer

    11/22/2016 2:21:42 PM PST · by Red Badger · 97 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 21, 2016 | 3:08pm | By Christian Gollayan
    A recent study published in the journal Nature Medicine reported that eating cheese — specifically the aged kind containing the compound spermidine, as found in blue cheese — was linked to a longer life in mammals when tested on mice. “The mice do not only live longer when we supplement spermidine to the drinking water, but they are also healthier in terms of cardiac function,” Frank Madeo, co-author of the study and a professor at the University of Graz in Austria, told Medical Daily.
  • Could You Eat This 8,000 Calorie Sandwich Stuffed With Kebab Meat?

    11/21/2016 5:22:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Metro (U.K) ^ | Saturday 19 Nov 2016 | Will Grice
    Dubbed Britain’s most fattening sandwich, this whopping 8,000 calorie sarnie isn’t for the faint hearted. The huge meal has four times the recommended number of calories for women, and over three times the amount of calories recommended for a man. Based on Middlesbrough’s local cuisine – parmo – the £13.95 parmo kebab is made up of two huge parmos (breaded chicken covered in melted cheese, for the uninitiated) and is filled with kebab meat. Diners have to sign a form to say they won’t sue in the event of a heart attack, and the restaurant promise to drive diners showing...
  • North Korea broadcasts 'coded message to sleeper agents' on radio, sparking fears of an attack

    11/21/2016 3:31:06 PM PST · by traumer · 14 replies
    North Korea has broadcast a 'coded message' to sleeper agents on state radio - sparking fears of an imminent attack. The announcement was made as part of a cryptic broadcast and analysts believe it is a 'book cipher' for agents in foreign countries. The radio announcer said: '(I'm giving) chemistry review work to No 21 expedition agents,' before continuing with the numbers, which spies can decode using a reference book.
  • LA Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong Meets With Trump

    11/21/2016 2:20:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 11/21/2016
    Soon-Shiong said on Twitter the meeting was an “incredible honor.” Incredible honor dining w/Pres-elect @realDonaldTrump last night. He truly wants to advance #healthcare for all. https://t.co/z6qRV9CfDo — Dr. Pat Soon-Shiong (@DrPatSoonShiong) November 20, 2016 Soon-Shiong has previously tweeted about “healing the divided nation through healthcare transformation.” Healing the divided nation thru healthcare transformation @ Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Summit. Proud 2 award great minds making change. pic.twitter.com/Q5fWCBBUQO — Dr. Pat Soon-Shiong (@DrPatSoonShiong) November 17, 2016
  • Kerry: ‘Hatred and Bigotry’ Against Transgenders is ‘a Global Challenge’

    11/21/2016 6:17:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 21, 2016 | 8:46 AM EST | CNSNews.com Staff
    Secretary of State John Kerry marked Sunday as the “Transgender Day of Remembrance” and warned the world that violence against transgender persons “fueled by hatred and bigotry” is “a global challenge.” “Transgender persons around the world are targeted by rising levels of violence fueled by hatred and bigotry,” said Kerry. “This is a global challenge and we all must do more to protect transgender persons on the basis of equality and dignity.” …
  • A Comprehensive Guide on How to Suck Less at Life

    11/20/2016 2:09:46 PM PST · by jcon40 · 29 replies
    Heatst.com ^ | Nov. 17, 2017 | David Mercheese
    The Cleveland Indians, Florence Foster Jenkins’s singing career, my attempts to drive stick are three examples of prolonged, profound failure. And yet, in an age when we can so fastidiously craft the public narratives of our perfect lives — who even believes someone’s immaculately curated Instagram account anymore? — I find myself increasingly inclined to talk about these sorts of instances of being bad at stuff. Not only that, but I feel more eager to try new things that I am likely to do very, very badly. For example: stop-motion animation. Despite an utter lack of visual aesthetic sense, I...
  • 'Dog Noses Can Save Lives': Alabama Women Will Train Dogs to Smell Cancer

    11/19/2016 8:52:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    ABC3340 ^ | MELANIE YUILL
    We've heard countless stories of how dogs have sniffed out danger and saved lives. Now two Alabama women will train dogs to sniff out cancer. The two women, Cindy Roberts and Dr. Laurie Malone, recently spent time in California learning the necessary science and training methods. Roberts has a background in dog training and Dr. Malone in research. They believe their combined experience will be perfect for training dogs and adding to the evidence and research for the cancer detection field. ABC33/40 caught up with the women at the Barking at the Moon Festival in Fultondale Sunday. Dozens of dogs...
  • Australian Woman Gives Birth To Twin Girls Conceived 10 Days Apart

    11/19/2016 8:24:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway
    Tech Times ^ | 17 November 2016 | Livia Rusu
    A woman in Australia is pregnant with twins, after undertaking a treatment to be able to conceive. The woman was told it would be very unlikely for her to ever have a child; however, as a result of the treatment, she got pregnant with twins 10 days apart. The condition of Kate Hill is called superfetation, and it involves double-conception. The woman underwent hormonal therapy, after being diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome in 2006. The medical condition consists of the ovary not being able to produce eggs. However, the doctors prescribing the treatment were confident about its success rate. Superfetation...