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  • Children lose seven minutes of sleep for every hour of TV they watch

    04/20/2014 8:11:53 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 18, 2014
    Every child would love to have a television in their bedroom, but new research suggests it is bad for their health. For every hour of television a child watches each day, they get seven fewer minutes sleep. U.S. researchers found boys are particularly likely to miss out on sleep because of the presence of a television in their bedroom
  • Woman's 'Stomach Bug' Actually a Baby

    04/19/2014 6:37:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    Westport News ^ | Frank Juliano
    A woman feels a little ill. Not knowing why she's queasy or has excruciating stomach pains, she calls for an ambulance. Shortly after it arrives, she gives birth -- to a baby she never knew she was pregnant with. It sounds like a scene out of reality TV show, but, for Jennifer Scollin it was just plain reality. Scollin, who lives in Seymour gave birth to her second child early Saturday morning in an ambulance while it was parked in her driveway. That morning, she knew something was wrong, but "I didn't know I was pregnant," Scollin said in a...
  • Teenager With Cervical Cancer Wrongly Told by Doctors She Had Sexually Transmitted Disease

    04/19/2014 5:16:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Mirror ^ | Apr 19, 2014 | Yakub Qureshi
    Doctors first told Jessica Bradford she was too young to have cervical cancer but she went home and identified the symptoms on the internetA brave teenager battling cancer has told how doctors wrongly suspected her of having a sexually transmitted disease. Doctors initially believed Jessica Bradford was too young to have cervical cancer and believed her symptoms could be linked to unsafe sex. But numerous tests, scans and biopsies confirmed the 18-year-old trainee hairdresser's worst fears. Now the brave teenager is juggling a college hairdressing course with her treatment and wants to speak out to raise awareness. It was after...
  • Here's How Long That Teen Would Have to Pee in the Portland Reservoir to Make It Unsafe to Drink

    04/19/2014 12:54:24 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 62 replies
    slate ^ | April 17, 2014 | Laura Helmuth
    How many times would that teenager have to pee in a Portland reservoir to produce a urine concentration approaching the EPA’s limit for nitrates in drinking water? About 3,333 times. But of course urine is 95 percent water. (If you’re ever trapped in rubble after a natural disaster, go ahead and drink it.) Only about 2 percent of urine is nitrogen-rich urea. That means he’d have to urinate 166,666 times for the concentration of urea to approach that of the EPA’s limit for nitrates in drinking water. Since most animals, including idiot teenaged show-offs, take about 21 seconds to urinate,...
  • Obama: ‘Political Spite’ Motivating States to Refuse Medicaid Expansion

    04/19/2014 12:32:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 18, 2014 - 8:36 AM | Susan Jones
    Republicans “still can’t bring themselves to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working,” President Obama told a news conference on Thursday. He also took aim at states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs:“This does frustrate me—states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite. You got 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states—zero cost to these states—other than ideological reasons they have chosen not to provide health insurance for their citizens.”But some governors, pointing to President Obama’s own broken promises, simply don't...
  • You Can Call a Man Fat But You Can’t Fat-Shame Him

    04/18/2014 3:18:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/16/14 | Kat Stoeffel
    When a male contact sent me a 14-slide New York Post slideshow of paparazzi beach photos Leonardo DiCaprio under the headline “The Great Fatsby?” I felt a pang of empathy unprecedented in my relations with A-list actors. Poor Leo, of all people: carelessly frolicking in the Bora Bora surf, his hair in a man-bun and a 22-year-old in his arms, without the faintest idea that his body would soon be served up for our evaluation. He was oblivious to his appearance, yes, but even so, his body hardly seemed to qualify as fat. No question mark! “I look like that,”...
  • Giant inflatable colon to teach about important health issues

    04/18/2014 11:03:13 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 48 replies
    WNDU ^ | 04/18/2014
      Niles, Mich. You can take a tour through an inflatable colon on Friday. It will be on display at Niles High School from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to come check it out. It is an interactive display and students will be on site to educate visitors. The giant colon is being presented by Michiana Hematology Oncology. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women. It is estimated that nearly 127,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone.
  • Sars Research Lab Loses 2,000 Tubes of Killer Virus

    04/17/2014 7:56:51 PM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 20 replies
    International Business Times ^ | April 15, 2014 | Umberto Bacchi
    A prestigious research institute in France said it had lost thousands of tubes of samples of the deadly Sars coronavirus. A routine inventory check at Paris' Pasteur Institute revealed that 2,349 tubes containing fragments of the virus responsible for the deaths of 774 people in 2002 were missing, the centre named after French chemist Louis Pasteur said. The institute was quick to reassure the public and said that the contents of the missing vials had no infectious potential. They contained only part of the virus and had no ability to spread. "Independent experts referred by health authorities have qualified such...
  • Hospital let 22-week preemie die despite mother’s urgent pleas

    04/17/2014 1:59:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Peter Baklinski
    ESSEX, UK, April 16, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A UK hospital has apologized to a woman four years after doctors and staff let her 22-week premature son die in her arms within an hour of being born, despite the mother’s urgent pleas for help. Tracy Godwin, who in 2010 held her newborn son Tom for 46 minutes before he ceased breathing, said she was never told about the hospital’s policy stating that babies born before 23 weeks would be left to die. But the hospital has not indicated that it has changed its policy, only that it now has new guidelines...
  • How Harmless Bacteria Quickly Turned Into a Flesh-Eating Monster

    04/17/2014 1:59:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    nationalgeographic.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | By Susan Brink
    Using genetic sequences from more than 3,600 strains of bacteria, scientists were able to see that it took only four steps to create the unusual microbe that spreads rapidly and destroys the body's soft tissue. Their report was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Necrotizing fasciitis is caused by several types of bacteria, most commonly group A Streptococcus. (See images of Streptococcus and other microbes in the "Small, Small World" photo gallery.) An international group of researchers sequenced the genomes of group A strep bacteria in samples that had been collected from as early as...
  • Glen Campbell Moved Into A Care Facility

    04/17/2014 12:37:30 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 103 replies
    billboard ^ | 4-17-14 | Lars Brandle
    Glen Campbell has been moved into a care facility three years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, People.com reports. "He was moved to an Alzheimer's facility last week," a family friend told the title. "I'm not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We'll know more next week." The singer, whose "Rhinestone Cowboy" topped the charts in 1975, had been suffering from short-term memory loss in recent years. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in early 2011. The 78-year-old Grammy winner and his wife Kim initially shared the news of his illness back in 2011 because he’d hoped...
  • Muzzled by Monsanto

    04/17/2014 8:51:12 AM PDT · by Renfield · 46 replies
    Boulder Weekly ^ | 4-3-2014 | Caitlin Rocket
    After nearly 30 years studying how plants use their genes to defend against viruses, Vicki Vance, a professor at the University of South Carolina, doesn’t see genetically modifying plants as a malevolent or arrogantly God-like endeavor. “There’s DNA in the world and it gets passed from one organism to another and it’s the natural thing. If that’s the problem you have with transgenic plants, that’s not a good reason to be against them,” Vance says. She does, however, have a problem with mega corporations allegedly using their money and power to hide the risks of new forms of genetic technology....
  • Congress considers blocking GMO food labeling

    04/16/2014 6:08:44 PM PDT · by Renfield · 8 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 4-9-2014
    A new bill introduced in Congress looks to ban states from implementing their own labeling laws when it comes to food containing genetically engineered ingredients. According to Reuters, US Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced the legislation on Wednesday, which is intended to head off bills in about 24 states that would require companies to inform customers when their food is produced using genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Titled the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” the proposal would forbid states from enacting such proposals....
  • Spread It: 13 New York Restaurants That Take Butter Very Seriously

    04/16/2014 4:19:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    The best breaking food news in the last few weeks is that butter is back, and better for you than ever (or something — we're not totally convinced it's health food, only that it's delicious). It's great timing: There are plenty of New York restaurants making saturated fat worth your while, offering next-level butter made with bonito flakes, roe, lavender, seaweed, and, of course, uni. To celebrate butter's big comeback, Grub rounded up 13 rich, excellent butters around town. Betony The Dish: Poached Lobster With Roe Butter Bryce Shuman likes Kriemhild Dairy Farms' meadow butter: It's produced upstate and churned...
  • Is the 'Tiger Mom' Controversy Misunderstood?

    04/16/2014 1:35:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    GPS Digital Producer Jason Miks speaks with Amy Chua, a law professor at Yale, and her husband Jed Rubenfeld, also a professor at Yale, about their new book ‘The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America,’ and what it means to be a Tiger Mom. Watch Fareed’s interview with Chua and Rubenfeld this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.Your 2011 book, The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, sparked an intense debate with its look at the differences between Chinese and Western parenting. What are the key...
  • Little-Known Legal Challenge That Could Torpedo Obamacare

    04/16/2014 12:04:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 14, 2014 12:55pm | Ariane de Vogue
    While the Supreme Court considers one challenge to a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a federal appeals court located just blocks away is contemplating a separate challenge that could have much more dire consequences for the future of the law. […] The conflict at the center of the Halbig (vs. Sebelius) case (and three other challenges across the country) has to do with tax subsidies granted to those who seek to obtain insurance from the exchanges. The ACA grants the credits to qualifying individuals in order to defray the cost of the insurance. Millions of Americans are expected...
  • Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds

    04/15/2014 9:10:17 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 25 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published April 15, 2014 | By Loren Grush
    ...Researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual marijuana use after previous work in his lab found that heavy cannabis...
  • Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds

    04/15/2014 2:49:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 15, 2014 | Loren Grush
    Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes—and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. …
  • Sars Research Lab Loses 2,000 Tubes of Killer Virus [But there is no risk they assure]

    04/15/2014 1:02:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    ibtimes.co.uk ^ | April 15, 2014 13:55 GMT | Umberto Bacchi
    A routine inventory check at Paris' Pasteur Institute revealed that 2,349 tubes containing fragments of the virus responsible for the deaths of 774 people in 2002 were missing, the centre named after French chemist Louis Pasteur said. The institute was quick to reassure the public and said that the contents of the missing vials had no infectious potential. They contained only part of the virus and had no ability to spread. "Independent experts referred by health authorities have qualified such potential as 'non-existing' according to the available evidence and literature on the survival of the Sars virus," the institute said.
  • Parents are going to prison for a medical diagnosis that may not exist

    04/15/2014 11:03:02 AM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 20 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 15, 2014 | Matt Stroud
    On a cold Wednesday evening in January 2009, Josh Miller was finishing his 8:00-to-5:00 shift as an automotive detailer at a garage in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. It was just like any other day; he was tired and ready to go home. But that evening, his life would change forever. In just a few hours, Miller would find himself to be one of thousands of people embroiled in an ongoing national medical debate. After work, Miller picked up his two-month-old son, Rhys (pronounced "Reese"), from the restaurant where his fiancée worked, and headed home with the boy. The two ate dinner and...
  • 4,000 take part in Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run

    04/15/2014 8:05:39 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 4 replies
    pennlive ^ | 4-14-14 | Joe Mermitt
    Approximately 4,000 participants took part in the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run on April 13, 2014. The event consisted of a 3 Mile Run and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk. The entire course was on the Penn State campus; finishing inside Beaver Stadium after running through the players’ tunnel. Sue Paterno, wife of the late Penn State coach Joe Paterno, was on-hand at the event, encouraging participants. Former Penn State and Pittsburgh Steeler great Franco Harris and former Lions' defensive coordinator, Tom Bradley, greeted runners as they crossed the finish line. The event raised an unofficial total of around $400,000...
  • More nudists in Munich: ... introduces six Urban Naked Zones

    04/14/2014 2:43:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 05:27 EST, 14 April 2014 | By Toni Jones
    Germans are often considered to be more at one with nature than us prudish Brits. And now residents of the country's third-largest city have been given the go ahead to strip off for all over sunbathing sessions in six designated spaces. According to a report in TheAtlanticCities.com the six Urban Naked Zones are located in parkland, offering privacy, but also only minutes away from the busy city centre. The 'zones' were introduced following the expiry of statewide laws controlling nude sunbathing last year.
  • 1,000 get shots after pizza place employee gets hepatitis 2,400 Customers at Risk, Officials Say

    04/14/2014 1:09:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    WYFF4 ^ | Apr 14, 2014
    mORE than 1,000 people have been vaccinated against hepatitis A after a Charlotte pizza place employee was hospitalized with the disease, according to health officials. Health officials in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties are urging anyone who ordered or ate a pizza from the Papa John's on Cambridge Commons Drive between March 28 and April 7 to get the vaccine. Free clinics have been giving shots throughout the weekend, and health officials say they have already vaccinated more than 1,000 people. Hepatitis A is a virus that attacks the liver and can cause nausea, vomiting and jaundice. Officials estimate 2,400 customers...
  • Man Spends $170k to Look Stunning… But Women Spurn Him

    04/14/2014 12:05:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 89 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, April 14, 2014
    A Japanese youngster, obsessed with looking beautiful, has spent a fortune on plastic surgery and continues his efforts unabated only to be told be females that he looks the least attractive. Alan, 20, spent $178,360 [Dh 655,143] in just one month on cosmetic surgery to change his face, according to an AsiaOne report, quoting Rocket News 24. He moved to Tokyo from his hometown four years back and has been in relationships with five women who provide him with money. He has so far gone under the knife for two nose jobs and to alter the shape of his chin...
  • Video: Man Cooks Himself in Pot... Without Burning Himself

    04/14/2014 11:59:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, April 14, 2014
    A video showing an elderly man “cooking himself" in a pot filled with boiling water has been reported by a Russian TV channel. The man in the YouTube video looks like he is making a big dish of soup with vegetables and people gather around him waiting for a taste. The TV channel discloses that is a ritual held every year in the town of Yamaga, Thailand. The 71-year-old man, identified as Kenzo Koya, has been doing this ritual for several years. He says in the beginning he was affected by the heat which left burns on his body, but...
  • ACA Threatens Promise of Concierge Medicine

    04/13/2014 10:00:28 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 34 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 04/12/2014 | Walter Russell Mead
    Doctors in Texas are showing us what a medical system without comprehensive insurance might look like. The NYT profiles the rise of Texan “direct primary care” practices that don’t accept insurance. Instead, patients pay flat fees out-of-pocket. In return, doctors save both time and money that they can then pass on to patients. But there’s a catch here, as the article points out. Concierge medicine isn’t a new trend—we’ve covered it here before. But now that Obamacare is swelling the ranks of the comprehensively insured, doctors who don’t take insurance are increasing the pressure on the system. There’s a hint...
  • "Methuselah" (Me) Returns to the Karate Dojo. Do you kick or box?

    04/13/2014 1:26:08 AM PDT · by lee martell · 48 replies
    April 13 2014 | lee martell
    I have tendonitis, arthritis and size 14 feet as wide and as flat as Oopsy The Clown. I have extra weight I could easily survive without. I have been going to the fitness gym a few times a week, just so not to become like The Tin Man, all rigid, all the time. I 24hr gym is great, but for the last few years, I have wanted to return to my original Dojo, or workout room and go back to studying Karate. I'm not much of a sporty person, but I do enjoy the creativity of a good hand to...
  • Jersey City woman shares secret to longevity at 105th birthday party

    04/12/2014 8:17:30 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | April 10, 2014
    A Jersey City woman who will turn 105 years old on Sunday swears she's found the secret to longevity: dark chocolate and red wine.
  • Are Antibiotics Making You and Your Child Fat?

    04/11/2014 2:07:27 PM PDT · by Armen Hareyan · 9 replies
    EmaxHealth ^ | 2014-04-09 | Tim Boyer, Ph.D.
    Farmers intentionally feed chicken and other livestock antibiotics to increase their size. But antibiotics may be doing the same thing to you posits Dr. Oz in a new episode of The Dr. Oz Show that takes a look at why antibiotics may be making you fat and could be the cause of your obesity. “Today I’ve got breaking news. Experts are uncovering the hidden reason behind America’s obesity problem: Could you be gaining weight because of antibiotics that you take every day for problems like sore throats and earaches? Or from antibiotics found in our food? It’s an alarming finding,...
  • Extended standing ovation for Sebelius at White House

    04/11/2014 8:06:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    cable news everywhere.... | 4/11/14 | sff
    Did anyone else see that nonsense? A very long extended standing ovation for Obama and Sebelius....this should be used in Republican commercials.... Got hubris?
  • Abusing Both Medicare and Politics

    04/10/2014 7:33:23 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 10, 2014 | New York Times Editorial Board
    Earlier this week, the Medicare system for the first time released a list of its payments to individual doctors, showing that just a few doctors accounted for a huge fraction of Medicare payments. As Frances Robles and Eric Lipton of The Times reported on Thursday, two of those doctors had given lavishly to Democratic politicians in hopes of getting Medicare investigators off their backs. The country’s top recipient of Medicare dollars was Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist who has been repeatedly investigated for overbilling the government for an eye medication. In 2012, he received $21 million in Medicare reimbursements....
  • Batkid Throws First Pitch at Giants Home Opener; Draws Praise, Criticism

    04/10/2014 2:46:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez
    He won the hearts of San Francisco five months ago, when the city morphed into Gotham City to lift the spirits of a 5-year-old battling leukemia. And Batkid still evoked strong emotions when he took the mound at the Giants home opener at AT&T Park on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The tiny superhero, aka Miles Scott of Siskyou County, threw the first pitch at the game, where the Giants were victorious, 7-3. An especially poignant image was when the little boy dressed all in black held hands with pitcher Matt Cain on the field. SF Morphs Into Gotham City...
  • Obamacare exchanges face scrutiny, questions of mismanagement

    04/10/2014 2:19:41 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 8 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-10-14 | Ed Walton
    Officials from five states came under congressional scrutiny last week for various failures in creating state-based health insurance exchanges, despite each state accepting and spending hundreds of millions of dollars in federal establishment grants. Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Oregon each had top officials present for a House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform hearing on problem-filled state exchanges. Under the Affordable Care Act, states were given the option to run their own exchange or default to the federal exchange. Hawaii’s exchange director, Tom Matsuda, testified that his state received $205 million in federal grants to build its own exchange,...
  • Drug may help feline fans with allergies own cats [w/video]

    04/10/2014 10:38:31 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 16 replies
    KOAT TV [Albuquerque] ^ | Feb 17, 2014 | Anna Velasquez
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —A breakthrough study on cat allergies is being conducted in Albuquerque. -snip- Tolber is studying a product which calms down allergic reactions by allowing the immune system to be more tolerant to the cat allergen. Plus the shots are far less frequent than traditional shot treatments. “There (are) four different injections as opposed to the usual build-up which takes 40 to 50 injections and then has to be maintained for several years,” said Tolber. The product, called Catpad, is not yet FDA-approved, but it has been studied before. Now, more research is going on to test its safety...
  • Are Diet Supplements Dangerous? : The FDA Cannot Keep Up

    04/10/2014 8:35:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/10/2014 | THEODORE DALRYMPLE
    If something is either essential or good for the health, surely more of it must be good for you? Such at any rate is the reasoning of half the American population who, between them spend more than $30 billion on dietary supplements, that is to say $200 a head per annum. All things considered, these supplements must be pretty safe, unlike prescription drugs, for few people die or have serious side-effects from them. Whether they do any good, other than as placebos, is another question entirely of course.According to an article in a recent edition of the New England...
  • Kerala Chef Eats 1.25m Dosa to Win Dubai Contest

    04/09/2014 11:57:36 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, April 08, 2014 | VM Sathish
    Only one woman among the 25 participantsShajahan, who comes from a family of chefs, devoured a 1.25 meter-long dosa in the shortest possible time. (Supplied) An Indian chef from Kerala beat five participants in the final round of the dosa-eating competition held in Dubai. Shajahan, who comes from a family of chefs, devoured a 1.25 meter-long dosa in the shortest possible time. “I am happy to become the most efficient dosa eater. I just broke the dosa into pieces, mixed it with chutney and sambhar and finished it before others could,” he said. The first round saw 25 participants. Some...
  • Brace yourself: The bacon shortage is coming

    04/09/2014 7:23:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/09/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Don’t panic. Your prices will probably go up because the free market is awesome and capable of signaling where it needs the most bacon when, and to whom it is most valuable, so there won’t be full bacon stoppage. Or, bacon lines. Though if you were going to queue up for something, certainly that’d be it. A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it’s threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or...
  • Inside Vladimir Putin's Skull

    04/09/2014 1:25:36 AM PDT · by No One Special · 46 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 9, 2014 | Kim Zigfeld
    In the space of just a few weeks, Vladimir Putin has destroyed his entire reputation in the Western world and all the foreign and domestic policies he has struggled for more than a decade to devise and implement. What can he possibly be thinking? [...] Russia is governed by a madman, a raving nationalist with totalitarian designs, motivated by a fevered desire for revenge after his cold-war thrashing. [...] Travin describes a system of state-controlled media, rigged elections, and a rubber-stamp parliament that is nothing less than a “new and improved” USSR, with Russian nationalism replacing Communism as the motivating...
  • Wichita abortion/sex change clinic marks one year anniversary with death count

    04/08/2014 9:58:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    JILL STANEK ^ | Jill Stanek
    South Wind Women’s Center, housed in the Wichita abortion clinic formerly operated by murdered late-term abortionist George Tiller, just marked its one-year anniversary by announcing how many babies it had killed since opening. An article strangely removed from the Wichita Eagle’s website (and from which all other news sources are quoting), but cached on the abortion mill’s website, shares the exciting news: South Wind Women’s Center says it provided about 1,200 abortions in its first year….. No clinic offered abortions in Wichita after Tiller died until South Wind opened. South Wind said it has seen a total of about 1,500...
  • She Has a PhD in Kimchi

    04/08/2014 5:17:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Straits Times ^ | APR 9, 2014 0 0 | Rebecca Lynne Tan
    Manjo Kim was turned down by 11 American universities when she wanted to do further research on the dishWhen Dr Manjo Kim told her chemistry professor that she was keen to pursue research on kimchi, he scoffed. The then-Korean marine biochemistry undergraduate at Pusan University, and later Seoul University, was interested in her country's national condiment. Undeterred, she decided to apply for PhD fellowships at 11 American universities to do research on kimchi, but was turned down. Finally, she was accepted into Leeds University in Britain, where she wrote her doctorate dissertation on the topic in the 1960s.
  • Swimmer Ian Thorpe Could Lose Use of Left Arm

    04/08/2014 4:53:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Straits Times ^ | APR 8, 2014
    Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe is in intensive care in a Sydney hospital receiving treatment for an infection that could result in him losing the use of his left arm, Australian media reported on Tuesday. The five-times Olympic champion reportedly contracted the bug after surgery at a hospital in Switzerland, where he now lives. In February, Thorpe's manager James Erskine said the 31-year-old was suffering from depression after being found disorientated and behaving oddly near a vehicle in Australia after taking a mixture of anti-depressants and painkillers for a shoulder injury. Thorpe, who made his Games debut in Sydney in...
  • Abortion Activists Call Parents of Baby Who Lived Just 10 Hours “Selfish” for Not Aborting Her

    04/08/2014 3:24:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) — Bristol Palin spotlighted the amazing and heartbreaking story of Sophia Kyla Dennis, daughter of Lindsey and Kevin. At 20 weeks pregnant, Lindsey and Kevin were given the devastating news that their daughter had a brain disorder that was 100% fatal. Rather than having an abortion, they gave birth to their beautiful baby, and got to enjoy 10 hours with her. “The 10 best hours of my life,” is how Lindsey Dennis describes her short time with Sophia Kyla, born last fall. Lindsey and husband Kevin found out at the 20th week of her pregnancy that Sophia...
  • In the cloud: How coughs and sneezes float farther than you think

    04/08/2014 1:33:52 PM PDT · by glorgau · 19 replies
    MIT News Office ^ | April 8, 2014 | Peter Dizikes
    The next time you feel a sneeze coming on, raise your elbow to cover up that multiphase turbulent buoyant cloud you’re about to expel. That’s right: A novel study by MIT researchers shows that coughs and sneezes have associated gas clouds that keep their potentially infectious droplets aloft over much greater distances than previously realized. “When you cough or sneeze, you see the droplets, or feel them if someone sneezes on you,” says John Bush, a professor of applied mathematics at MIT, and co-author of a new paper on the subject. “But you don’t see the cloud, the invisible gas...
  • 'The Wind on My Legs': Stimulator Helps Paralyzed Men Move Again

    04/08/2014 11:42:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    NBC News ^ | 04/08/2014 | Maggie Fox
    ur men paralyzed after bad spinal cord injuries can all move their legs again, thanks to an electrical stimulator. Astonished researchers say they’d hoped for some result, but nothing like what they got. They think the stimulator is retraining the mens’ nerves to work with the brain again, despite the terrible damage. “This is wonderful news. Spinal cord injury need no longer be a lifelong sentence of paralysis,” said Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, one of the National Institutes of Health. “It is just downright marvelous.” Rob Summers, now 28, was the...
  • Scientists Fully Regenerate Organ In Living Animal For The First Time

    04/08/2014 7:36:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/08/2014 | KATE KELLAND, REUTERS
    LONDON (Reuters) - British scientists have for the first time used regenerative medicine to fully restore an organ in a living animal, a discovery they say may pave the way for similar techniques to be used in humans in future. The University of Edinburgh team rebuilt the thymus - an organ central to the immune system and found in front of the heart - of very old mice by reactivating a natural mechanism that gets shut down with age. The regenerated thymus was not only similar in structure and genetic detail to one in a young mouse, the scientists said,...
  • Americans on Medicaid Exceed Population of UK

    04/07/2014 10:46:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 7, 2014 - 6:19 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The number of Americans who were enrolled in Medicaid at any time during fiscal 2013 exceeded the entire population of the United Kingdom, according to new data published by the federal government’s Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission (MACPAC). Were Medicaid a nation instead of a U.S. entitlement program it would be the 20th most populous country on earth. …
  • Model and socialite Peaches Geldof is found dead at her home aged 25

    04/07/2014 10:49:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 72 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 7, 2014 | Mia De Graff
    Peaches Geldof has died today at the age of 25. The mother-of-two, daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, was found by police at her house in Wrotham, Kent, at 1.35pm. Kent Police said the death was 'sudden' and 'unexplained'. In a heartbreaking statement her father Bob said: 'Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us. 'Writing 'was' destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? 'We loved her and will cherish...
  • A simple blood test to detect 'solid' cancers?

    04/07/2014 6:34:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    timesofindia ^ | Apr 7, 2014, 04.55 PM IST
    Researchers at Stanford University have designed a new technique that may soon make this a reality. Tumours are called 'solid' or 'liquid' based on where in the body they grow. More than 80 percent of all cancers are caused by solid tumours that grow as a mass of cells in particular organ, tissue or gland. The new technique called CAPP-Seq (cancer personalised profiling by deep sequencing) is sensitive enough to detect just one molecule of tumour DNA in a sea of 10,000 healthy DNA molecules in the blood.
  • Pfizer reports promising results for cancer drug

    04/06/2014 11:28:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2014 7:42 PM EDT | Christopher S. Rugaber
    An experimental drug has shown encouraging results in treating advanced breast cancer in an early clinical trial, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported Sunday. Pfizer, the world’s second largest drugmaker, said the drug prevented breast cancer from worsening for 20.2 months in a trial involving 165 patients. Current medications do so for 10.2 months. The drug, known as palbociclib, is among a new class of cancer drugs that target specific proteins to block tumors. …
  • Democrats Concern Over The Uninsured.Yet,They Are The Primary Cause Of The Crisis.

    04/06/2014 5:25:18 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 9 replies
    This would make for another great issue on conservative talk shows.For the last five or six years the Liberals and Democrats have been pushing for this Universal Health-Care plan.They are so concerned over the uninsured.But are they aware that It's The Democrat Party That Caused All This??.Who Purposely Collapsed The Economy In 2008?,And what happened after the Liberals ruined a perfectly good economy and health-care system during the Bush years?Millions lost their jobs and their health-care!,yet according to them,it's all the fault of Bush and the GOP.Yah,right!,and all Americans are so dumb that they are expected to believe such horse-manure.