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  • Hold a coke between your boobs challenge

    06/03/2015 1:35:32 PM PDT · by central_va · 69 replies
    dailymotion ^ | may 29 2015 | http://www.1057manup.com
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  • Rep. Blumenauer: Marijuana Sales Taxes in Oregon to Be Spent on Drug Addiction Treatment

    06/03/2015 1:00:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 3, 2015 | 11:30 AM EDT | Melanie Hunter
    Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said Wednesday on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” that the tax revenue from legalized marijuana sales in his state will go in part towards treating drug addiction. When asked how much Oregon will tax legalized marijuana and how the tax revenue will be spent, Blumenauer said it will be allocated among a number of things, one of which will be to deal with addiction. “Voters decided that it’s available to deal with addiction, people who are addicted—whether it’s to a drug or alcohol, gambling—we need more resources,” he said, adding that some voters want it to go towards law...
  • Feminist Germaine Greer: Motherhood Has ‘Been Deconstructed…It’s Gone’

    06/03/2015 12:42:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 3, 2015 | 2:29 PM EDT | Kathleen Brown
    Feminist theorist and author Germaine Greer said that the concept of motherhood has been “emptied out” and is “gone” in a lecture on women’s progress at the Hay Literary Festival in Wales on May 23. The outspoken Australian feminist, who once compared motherhood to captivity, critiqued the “concept” of motherhood at a time in which in vitro fertilization (IVF) has become increasingly popular. […] Greer also voiced her disapproval of singer/songwriter Elton John naming his same-sex “wife” David Furnish as the “mother” on their sons’ birth certificates. “Sir Elton John and his ‘wife,’ David Furnish, have entered on the birth...
  • RANKED: The 9 unhealthiest restaurant dishes in America

    06/03/2015 8:10:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/03/2015 | HAYLEY PETERSON
    A new report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest has identified the unhealthiest restaurant meals in America.For the center's annual "Xtreme Eating" list, its nutrition experts reviewed menus at 200 restaurant chains in the US to find the meals heaviest in calories, saturated fat, sodium, and sugar.Restaurants that made the list include The Cheesecake Factory, Outback Steakhouse, and Red Lobster.Here's the list, ranked lowest to highest by calories.9. The Cheesecake Factory: Warm Apple Crisp (1,740 calories) Center for Science in the Public InterestThis decadent dessert has whipped cream, caramel sauce, apple crumble, and two scoops of ice...
  • Alan Dershowitz suing TD Garden for slip and fall Cites wet floor, no towels in bathroom

    06/03/2015 6:50:02 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 14 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 2, 2015 | Callum Borchers
    Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard Law School professor emeritus known as a zealous civil liberties advocate, is suing TD Garden nearly three years after a slip and fall in an arena bathroom during a Celtics game that he blamed on a depleted supply of paper towels near the sinks. “The bathroom at this time — and plaintiff believes for at least 60 minutes before his entry into the restroom — had no paper towels to allow male patrons to dry their hands post washing of them,” according to a complaint filed in Suffolk Superior Court on Friday. “This dangerous condition allowed...
  • Cold Laser Pain Treatment Reaches Last Frontier (w/video from 2014)

    06/02/2015 10:24:16 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 15 replies
    2 KTUU (Alaska) ^ | July 23, 2014 | Abby Hancock
    ANCHORAGE - According to the Institute of Medicine, one-third of Americans live with chronic pain. Some people use medication to relieve that pain, while others seek out physical therapy or even surgery in severe cases. Doctors say low-level laser therapy can work wonders, because it increases circulation and can alleviate pain. A new device on the market allows people experiencing pain to take their treatment into their own hands. At Lake Otis Pharmacy, manager and pharmacy technician Joe Vergnetti says he sees customers like Monty Dyson all the time. Many people live with varying degrees of pain, from joint pain...
  • “I Just Want to Be Adopted,” 9-Year-Old Josiah Is Looking for a Permanent Home

    06/02/2015 8:43:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    KFOR ^ | 6/2 | Lacey Lett
    Josiah is very driven for a 9-year-old. When he grows up, he says he wants to a be race car driver. For now, Josiah loves science and math at his elementary school. In his spare time, Josiah loves indoor or outdoor go kart racing. He’s a curious kid who spent the morning climbing to new heights on the rock wall at Andy Alligators. When he’s not reaching for the sky, he’s building a new future in his foster home where he can create his own magical place. “Yeah, and I like playing video games and playing with LEGOS,” Josiah said....
  • Is Grass-Fed Really Better?

    06/02/2015 8:08:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 86 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6.2 | Jane Black
    For you? For anyone?While cows are four-stomached ruminants designed to eat grass, not grain, burgers made from them aren’t exactly health food and won’t reverse climate change. The meat might be leaner (a pro or con, depending on who’s eating it) and contain higher levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and a lower ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. But only very marginally: An eight-ounce grass-fed burger has between 45 and 68 milligrams of omega-3s. The equivalent portion of sockeye salmon serves up 65 times that much. “The omega-3s come from eating greens — grass if you’re a cow,...
  • The Silicon Valley Race to Build a Fake-Meat Burger That Just Might Save the World

    06/02/2015 6:50:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 6/2 | Daniel Fromson
    In Romania, they have a saying: “The best vegetable is meat.” Actually, it might be an “old Alsatian saying,” or from some other primeval region, depending on how you Google. But joke like that at a dinner in Brooklyn — or anyplace, really, where identifying with the progressive vanguard has made eating a serious form of self-definition — and someone just might denounce you between forkfuls of heirloom greens. Mealtime, in these rooftop-gardened corners of the world, has become a theater for a kind of culture war. And that evangelist with the fork is hungry for combat, no matter which...
  • Hearing Aids - Scam or Necessity?

    06/02/2015 3:18:17 PM PDT · by yetidog · 69 replies
    Vanity | June 2, 2015 | Vanity
    Are hearing aids a scam or a necessary medical device and if the latter why are not they covered by health insurance?
  • Depression is no longer the No. 1 mental-health concern among college students

    06/02/2015 8:50:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/02/2015 | Abby Jackson
    Anxiety has now surpassed depression as the most common mental-health diagnosis among college students, according to The New York Times. A recent study of more than 100,000 students by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State found that more than half of students seeking help at campus clinics report anxiety as an issue, and nearly one in six college students has been treated for anxiety in the past year, according to the American College Health Association. Mental-health counselors on campus attribute numerous factors to this rise, namely academic pressure from a much earlier age and compulsive social-media interaction....
  • Many health insurers go big with initial 2016 rate requests (Zerocare hell)

    06/02/2015 7:53:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 1, 2015 10:53 PM EDT | Tom Murphy
    Dozens of health insurers say higher-than-expected care costs and other expenses blindsided them this year, and they’re going to have to hike premiums for individual policies well-beyond 10 percent for 2016. The proposed double-digit hikes would apply to plans sold on the health insurance exchanges created under President Barack Obama’s law, as well as individual coverage sold through brokers and agents. Insurers point to costs from customers they gained under the health care overhaul’s coverage expansion and the rising expense of prescription drugs among other reasons for their planned increases, according to preliminary rate information released Monday on the federal...
  • The Cult of Caitlyn confirms that there is nothing progressive in transgender politics

    06/02/2015 7:28:52 AM PDT · by dennisw · 33 replies
    spectator.co.uk/ ^ | 2 June 2015 | Brendan O'Neill
    The Vanity Fair photo of Bruce Jenner in a boob-enhancing swimsuit is being described as iconic. Bruce, one-time American athlete, now wants to be known as Caitlyn, having recently undergone some gender transitioning. And he’s using the cover of the latest Vanity Fair to make his ‘debut as a woman’. Next to the headline ‘Call me Caitlyn’, he’s all photoshopped svelteness, pampered hair and look-at-me breasts, in what many experts are already describing as ‘an iconic image in magazine history’. The photo is indeed iconic. And not just in the shallow celeb meaning of that word. It’s iconic in the...
  • Prayer Request For My Wife

    06/02/2015 5:38:40 AM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 48 replies
    me | 6/2/2015 | me
    Rushed my wife to the hospital yesterday AM. She was experiencing excruciating abdominal pain which quickly escalated to severe chest pain as we entered the ER. After some blood work, they performed a cardiac catheterization which, to my great relief, showed no heart problems. On the other hand, other tests and CAT scans are showing an inflammation of the kidney but no stones show up. More tests today. Meanwhile the abdominal pain continues which they are treating with pain meds. Would appreciate Prayers for my wife. Thanks.
  • Pizzeria in Israel ‘Sprinkles Marijuana Instead of Oregano’

    06/01/2015 11:02:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Israeli police have arrested the owner of a pizzeria in the city of Holon who sprinkled a drug known as ‘Mr. Nice Guy’ on a pizza order belonging to two policemen, The Times of Israel reported. The pizza peppered with the drug, which reportedly turned out to be synthetic marijuana, left the two policemen in the Tel Aviv area hospitalized for dizziness, vomiting and hallucinations. “I knew the order was placed by police officers, but the officer who called it in seemed cool – plus he told me to add whatever toppings I wanted. So, instead of oregano, I sprinkled...
  • The Hottest 'New' Health Remedy That's Been Around Forever: Chili Pepper

    06/01/2015 10:00:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NewsOK ^ | 6/1/15
    Do you love the snap that chili peppers give to your food? Are you a fan of the heat they impart to a variety of dishes? Even if you’re not, you may want to take another look at the humble chili pepper. From migraine relief to weight control, researchers are verifying what some cultures have known for centuries: the chili pepper and its key constituents, like capsaicin, deliver a host of health benefits. Here are just some of the ways chili peppers are helping to fight some of the country’s most common health conditions: Migraine relief The World Health Organization...
  • Japan Approves Plan for 26% Cut to Greenhouse Gases

    06/01/2015 9:30:36 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 11 replies
    Financial Review ^ | Tuesday, June 2, 2015 13:67 GMT | Chisaki Watanabe
    Cabinet ministers in Japan approved a plan to reduce greenhouse gases by 26 percent by 2030, a goal already criticized by environmental groups as too timid and statistically unsound. The cuts, first unveiled in a draft in April, will use 2013 as a baseline. Acceptance of the draft report was announced by Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki Tuesday in Tokyo. Final approval will be sought after public comment. Adopting 2013 as a starting point is contentious because it's a year when Japan recorded its second-highest emissions level ever as it burned more fossil fuels to replace nuclear power lost after the...
  • Researchers hail new cancer treatment: Unlocking the body's immune system

    06/01/2015 6:35:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    cnn ^ | Don Melvin
    Nell Barrie, a spokeswoman for Cancer Research UK, while calling the results "encouraging" and "promising," told CNN that much remains to be learned and the new drugs would not replace any of the existing cancer treatments. ... But Dr. James Larkin, the lead author of the melanoma study, called the results a game changer. "We've seen these drugs working in a wide range of cancers, and I think we are at the beginning of a new era in treating cancer," Barrie said immunotherapy could offer hope to people with cancers that are otherwise difficult to treat, such as melanoma, advanced...
  • Two People Die in South Korea After Contracting MERS

    06/01/2015 6:30:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    wsj ^ | June 1, 2015 9:18 p.m. ET | Alastair Gale And
    Authorities also reported six new cases of infection from the virus, raising the total to 25 since the first case was confirmed in May. That infection was of a 68-year-old South Korean man who had visited Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. South Korea is considering an overseas travel ban for almost 700 people isolated for possible infection from the virus. However, authorities said on Tuesday there is insufficient evidence to declare an epidemic. Of the six new cases reported Tuesday, two are people who didn’t come into contact with the original carrier, authorities said. Instead, they contracted...
  • Not brushing your teeth can trigger dementia and heart disease

    06/01/2015 5:25:47 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 112 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 1, 2015 | Christoffer Van Tulleken
    My dental health is something I have always taken seriously — and as a gadget fan, I’ve spent hundreds of pounds on the latest high-tech electronic toothbrushes and expensive toothpastes, gels and mouthwashes. But then I had to go without brushing my teeth for a fortnight. This was for a new two-part series on dental health for the BBC, and what we discovered was truly eye-opening, with implications not just for me, but for all of us. My wife was anything but keen on the no-brushing experiment and there was a lot less kissing during that fortnight. And she was...
  • GUEST COLUMN: Planned Parenthood's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy victimizes children

    06/01/2015 4:43:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    gazette.com ^ | May 31, 2015 | Natalie L. Decker •
    Planned Parenthood Federation of America's most recent annual report reveals the abortion giant performed 327,653 abortions during the last fiscal year (2013-2014). During that same period, Planned Parenthood reported that it had received over $528 million in taxpayer funding. Those taxpayers will be shocked to learn what their money is funding, especially in Colorado. An Alliance Defending Freedom lawsuit alleges that Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains received well in excess of 14 million taxpayer dollars since 2009 despite a constitutional amendment that prohibits taxpayer money from being used to either directly or indirectly pay for abortions. Though Planned Parenthood...
  • China hospital ballot to decide who treats Mers patient

    06/01/2015 4:03:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin
    Nurses at a hospital in China have been reportedly drawing lots to determine who should treat a patient with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers). The hospital, in the southern city of Huizhou, said the ballot was arranged because there were too many volunteers to treat the South Korean man. But posts on social media suggest many were reluctant to take on the task. The virus has a death rate of 27%, according to the World Health Organization. The sick man was named as China's first Mers case last week, after travelling to the country from South Korea, via Hong Kong....
  • Her Husband Wanted A Boy, So She Had 18 Abortions Until She Was Pregnant With a Son

    06/01/2015 3:53:06 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | may, 28 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    Sex-selection abortions are an international problem — and the horrendous phenomenon is no more prevalent anywhere than in southeast Asia. There in nations like China and India, girl unborn babies are routinely aborted because cultural mores favor boys over girls. Vietnam, tragically, is no exception. And it is there, in that formerly war-tor nation, where a wife kowtowed to the pressures of her husband and had 18 abortions of girl babies because he wanted a son. Finally, when she was pregnant with a boy, abortion wasn’t an option. Sex-selection abortions in Vietnam have skewed the male-female gender ratio. According to...
  • WV teacher threatened with fine for violating Michelle O’s school snack rules

    06/01/2015 3:42:07 PM PDT · by PROCON · 59 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | June 1, 2015 | Kyle Olson
    WILLIAMSON, W.V. – Students and parents are rallying to the defense of a teacher who is accused of violating federal school snack rules. The Williamson PreK-8 teacher, who was not identified, would give her students “wrapped candy” as a reward for their hard work and good behavior. Because the practice was an alleged violation of the federal rules championed by first lady Michelle Obama, Mingo County Schools Director of Child Nutrition Kay Maynard “placed a call to officials at the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) to report the incident,” the Williamson Daily News reports. Maynard also spoke to Williamson...
  • Dog Dies After Being Left in Petco Dryer, Owner Says

    06/01/2015 1:21:35 PM PDT · by McGruff · 70 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 1, 2015 | KAYLEE HECK
    A Virginia woman said she is considering legal action against Petco after she says her Golden retriever died while in the care of a store's grooming services. Allison Marks told ABC News today she dropped off 2-year-old Colby at a Petco in Midlothian, Virginia, early Friday morning and was told he'd be finished around noon. Marks said she started worrying when she didn't hear from the groomers by 1 p.m., so she called and was told to go to a local animal clinic.
  • Planned Parenthood board member wants to charge families for excess children

    06/01/2015 8:49:12 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    clinicquotes.com ^ | May 31, 2015 | Sarah Terzo
    Lawrence McKinney, at the time Planned Parenthood board member in upstate New York, said the following upon seeing a large family: “All I do actually is to multiply them by $600, which is deductible from their income tax and realize that I, with only three children, am paying for them. The McKinney suggestion, which has and will go nowhere is: 1) give everybody a tax reduction for four children and after that make them pay $600 for every other child. The only trouble with my system is that since most of the explosive families are on relief anyway, there is...
  • S.Korea fights to contain MERS outbreak, considers tough measures

    06/01/2015 6:47:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin
    reuters.com ^ | Jack Kim
    South Korea struggled to contain an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Monday as health authorities announced three more cases, bringing the number of infections to 18 in just over 10 days. Authorities are considering a ban on overseas travel for the nearly 700 people isolated for possible infection after a 44-year-old man broke a voluntary house quarantine last week and flew to Hong Kong and then travelled to mainland China. The man subsequently tested positive for MERS, China's first confirmed case, setting off alarm bells as health officials traced his footsteps and tested dozens of people who...
  • Nurse describes abortion of 4 pound baby girl

    05/31/2015 8:26:04 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    clinicquotes.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | Sarah Terzo
    The essay “Products of Conception” is a first-hand account from a nurse who worked in a hospital that did abortions. It’s appeared in a little-known book called “The Abortion Debate: TCU Voices,” which was released in 2012. Nurse Bonnie L. McClory was an obstetric technician in the Labor and Delivery unit of what she calls a “large metropolitan hospital.” She was pursuing a nursing degree and taking a class that would prepare her to work on the floor where babies were delivered. Sometimes the babies were delivered alive. Other times, the babies were delivered dead – the victims of saline...
  • Army combat veteran's call for help lands him in jail

    05/31/2015 8:24:52 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 21 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | May 31, 2015 | Mandy Locke
    <p>For years, Ryan Broderick has been trapped inside his mind, watching a constant reel of explosions that rocked the Army vehicles he had scrubbed of blood during three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.</p> <p>Since January, Broderick has been stuck inside a real jail, fortified by cinder blocks, surrounded by barbed wire. The government that Broderick upended his life to serve locked him up in Edgecombe County, about 75 miles east of Raleigh.</p>
  • 92-Year-Old Becomes Oldest Woman to Finish Marathon

    05/31/2015 2:48:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    A 92-year-old cancer survivor has become the oldest woman to finish a marathon. Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, North Carolina, ran the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in San Diego on Sunday with a 7 hour, 24 minute and 36 second unofficial race time. "I have no idea if I'm going to be able to do it, but I'm going to try," Thompson said at a news conference on Friday prior to her race.
  • NFL Player Asks for Prayers for Daughter After ‘Pretty Serious Complication’ in Her Cancer Battle

    05/30/2015 6:41:57 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | may 30, 2015 | dave urbanski
    Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still is asking for prayers for his daughter, Leah, who’s had a setback in her fight against cancer. The 5-year-old girl went into a hospital on May 5 to start the process of getting a stem cell transplant. The 4-to-6-week process involves high doses of chemotherapy at the outset. Still posted on social media late Friday that Leah “hit a pretty serious complication,” with her liver affected by the chemotherapy. “They caught it early so hopefully it gives the doctors a better chance of stopping it from getting aggressive,” Still posted. “As you can imagine our...
  • S’mores no more? Feds wage war of culinary aggression

    05/30/2015 11:54:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    I have disturbing news to share with you from our federal government. The USDA wants Americans to remove chocolate and marshmallows and fire from our summertime s’mores. Instead—the USDA is suggesting we load up the graham crackers with strawberries and low-fat yogurt. That’s not a s’more. That’s a fruit salad with an oversized graham cracker crouton. Over the past six years the Obama administration has waged a War of Culinary Aggression against lard-loving Americans. …
  • Shocking mock abortion TUTORIALS ignite debate in Chile (Disturbing)

    05/30/2015 9:43:55 AM PDT · by Morgana
    dailymail.uk ^ | 28 May 2015 | Associated Press
    The video shows a woman climbing a stairwell, her belly visibly pregnant, as she offers suggestions: Make sure there are no security cameras. Be careful not to look down or you might regret it. She tumbles backward as the screen goes black. 'When you reach the bottom everything will be OK,' she says. The video is one of a series of mock abortion tutorials, part of a public campaign urging Chile to allow women to end pregnancies in cases of rape or medical complications. It would be a radical change for Chile, one of only six countries that prohibit all...
  • Salon.com, feminists, and limbless children

    05/30/2015 8:41:59 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    unmaskingchoice.ca ^ | May 26, 2015 | Jonathon Van Maren
    The abortion movement is generally split into two camps: Those who believe abortion is a “necessary evil,” but necessary nonetheless, and those who believe that abortion is an objective social good. For years, the abortion movement got angry when pro-lifers referred to them, quite accurately, as “pro-abortion.” Such outrage is still occasionally conjured up for the media, but for the most part, it has been abandoned in the wake of dozens of articles and blog posts by various abortion activists openly proclaiming that they think abortion is a good thing. The fine ladies over at Salon.com usually fall into the...
  • Woman meets man who got dead brother's face in transplant

    05/29/2015 10:29:38 AM PDT · by windcliff · 20 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | May 29 2015 | unknown
    In an emotional get-together, a woman has met for the first time a man who received her late brother's face in a groundbreaking transplant. Rebekah Aversano visited Richard Norris at his Virginia home and stroked his face — which once belonged to her 21-year-old brother Josh. "Do you mind if I touch it?" Aversano asked during the emotional meeting filmed by "60 Minutes Australia'. The family of Aversano had donated the face of Josh to Richard Norris, who had suffered severe facial disfigurement after accidentally shooting himself in 1997 when he was 22. Norris, now 39, had undergone dozens of...
  • Niall McGee didn’t believe in depression – until cancer medication put him in a suicidal spiral

    05/28/2015 8:42:43 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 3 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | May 28 2015 | Niall McGee
    On my hospital bedside table was a photograph of my four-year-old son, Cillian. I looked at his cherubic cheeks and his smiling face, and my heart broke. A few hours earlier, my wife had begged me not to kill myself. She said that she might eventually accept my death but that Cillian would never get over it. I couldn’t bear to look at his picture any longer; I put it in the drawer. Then, I went back to doing what I had been doing for weeks on end – sitting on my bed in a locked psychiatric ward, lost in...
  • Abortionists Have Killed More Americans Than Lived in U.S. in 1880

    05/28/2015 11:14:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 28, 2015 | 10:12 AM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The number of American babies who have been aborted in the years since the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision has already exceeded the entire population of the United States as recorded in the 1880 Census. This is according to numbers published by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Guttmacher Institute. In 1880, according to the Census Bureau, there were 50,189,209 people in the United States. These included, the Census Bureau notes, Mark Twain, who had not yet written The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Thomas Edison, who would start his electrical company two years later; and Booker T. Washington,...
  • Sky-High College Costs and Student Mental Health Care

    05/28/2015 7:58:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/28/2015 | By Christopher Carson
    Track star and Ivy-League freshman student Madison Holleran, age 19, had been a “happy go lucky,” though achievement-oriented, kid all her life, according to her father. She had no history of mental illness. At home for Christmas break last year, she broke down and told her parents that she had been having suicidal thoughts and was depressed. Her mother said that “I was shocked. She’s never been depressed before,” according to the Daily Mail. “I knew she needed a therapist, but I couldn’t get her an appointment because it was weekend.” Madison seemed to respond somewhat to the TLC she...
  • More Americans clinically obese than ever - Mississippi named fattest state for second year running

    05/28/2015 7:29:21 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 27, 2015 | Sophie Jane Evans
    More Americans are clinically obese than ever, a new study has revealed. Nearly a staggering 28 per cent of residents are now categorized as obese - making up an increasing proportion of the two-thirds of Americans who are overweight, the Gallup-Healthways poll shows. This means they are at a higher risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia, deep vein thrombosis, certain cancers, and a number of other medical conditions. It comes as Mississippi has taken the crown for the fattest U.S. state for the second year running, with a whopping 35.2 per cent of residents obese (down...
  • I Was a Proud Non-Breeder. Then I Changed My Mind.

    05/27/2015 8:51:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 5/25 | Michelle Goldberg
    Twelve years ago, I penned an essay for a Salon series called “To Breed or Not to Breed,” about the decision to have children or not. It began this way: “When I tell people that I’m 27, happily married and that I don’t think I ever want children, they respond one of two ways. Most of the time they smile patronizingly and say, ‘You’ll change your mind.’ Sometimes they do me the favor of taking me seriously, in which case they warn, ‘You’ll regret it.’” The series inspired an anthology titled Maybe Baby. It was divided into three parts: “No...
  • Why do girls have a right to genital integrity, but not boys?

    05/26/2015 8:52:27 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 99 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | May 26, 2015 | Austin Petersen
    The mother of a four-year-old son, Heather Hironimus, tearfully signed an order allowing for the circumcision of her boy, so that she could be released from prison. The event has stirred a national debate about the necessity of circumcision, and the question of whether all children should be allowed the right to bodily integrity. Hironimus was imprisoned after she fled with her son, attempting to avoid the fulfillment of an agreement with the boy’s father that would see him circumcised. She’s now taken center stage on the issue, with anti-circumcision activists rallying to her cause, raising $50,000 in legal bills...
  • Rumbling tummy? It doesn't mean you need to eat - it's your gut cleaning itself

    05/25/2015 7:32:49 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 25, 2015 | Guilia Enders
    From the minute we take our first bite of food, enzymes in saliva start breaking it down. Tiny openings on our cheek secrete saliva even at the thought of food. It has a host of other purposes, too, which is why other openings under the tongue secrete saliva continuously - up to a litre a day. Saliva is basically blood without the red cells. It contains calcium to help harden our teeth, hormones including oestrogen and testosterone, and perhaps most surprisingly, a natural painkiller, opiorphin, that is stronger than morphine. This explains why a sore throat often feels better after...
  • How a Former NFL Star with ALS Finds Small Victories Every Day

    05/25/2015 6:12:11 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 4 replies
    yahoo ^ | 5-20-15 | Savita Iyer
    <p>Every few days, Chie Smith, a former cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders, chops, dices, and blends together a selection of fresh, raw vegetables, cooked wild salmon, and quinoa in her Richardson, Texas, home.</p> <p>The smooth puree that she portions out into equal servings are for her husband, former NFL player Steve Smith, 50, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2002 and has been using a feeding tube since 2006.</p>
  • The dark side of meditation and mindfulness:...can trigger mania, depression and psychosis...

    05/25/2015 5:22:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    ukdailymail ^ | Harriet Crawford
    Meditation and mindfulness is promoted by celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Russell Brand, who boast of its power to help people put stress out of their minds and live for the moment. But the treatment can itself trigger mania, depression, hallucinations and psychosis, psychological studies in the UK and US have found. The practice is part of a growing movement based on ancient Eastern traditions of meditation. However, 60 per cent of people who had been on a meditation retreat had suffered at least one negative side effect, including panic, depression and confusion, a study in the US found.
  • Fewer students study botany, more plant collections closing

    05/25/2015 9:39:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2015 12:36 PM EDT | Claudia Lauer
    The teeming plant world could become a virtual mystery in the coming decades as college students increasingly shy away from studying botany and universities across the U.S. shutter their long-standing herbaria. Since 1988, the number of research universities offering botany degrees has dropped by half, according to National Science Foundation research funding statistics. And the National Center for Education Statistics reports that fewer than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral botany degrees were awarded in 2012. Educators say that’s because students are being pushed into more modern, technology-related majors. Current botanists fear that will lead to a dearth of people able...
  • Where Are You Likely to Get Food Poisoning?

    05/24/2015 11:55:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, May 22, 2015 | Staff
    Is India higher on the risk list than America or Morocco or Egypt? \ What are your chances of getting food poisoning when you are travelling or on a holiday trip abroad? Pretty high according to law firm Slater and Gordon. The research from travel specialists at the British law firm, says that in some countries the risk is as high as 30 per cent. Slater and Gordon travel specialists asked 2,000 travellers to report their bathroom experiences abroad, according to the British publication Express. The firm originally funded the study because they noticed that there was a rise in...
  • Omar Sharif is suffering from Alzheimer’s

    05/24/2015 9:37:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:34PM BST 23 May 2015 | Nicola Harley
    Hollywood actor Omar Sharif is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and struggles to remember his most famous films, his son has revealed. The 83-year-old Egyptian-born actor, who shot to fame in 1962 when he starred in Lawrence of Arabia and later for his title role in Doctor Zhivago in 1965, has been struggling with the illness for the last three years. His son, Tarek El-Sharif, has revealed his father has now retired from acting due to the illness, which has seen him confusing the names of his most famous films and forgetting where they were filmed. He says his father knows...
  • A Beer a Day is 110-Year-Old Nebraska Man's Secret to a long Life

    05/22/2015 3:25:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Omaha.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Mary Beth Quirk
    A can of beer every day is Mark Behrends’ secret to a long life. The Nebraska City man turned 110 years old on May 16, making him Nebraska’s oldest living person and possibly the oldest man living in the United States. “He always told everybody the reason he has lived so long is drinking one can of beer, every day at 3 p.m.,” said his daughter Lois Bassinger of Nebraska City. “He always joked that that was his medicine since he takes very little medicine.” His “medicine” of choice? “Whatever kind was around,” he said, though Bassinger said her father’s...
  • German government to boost organic farming

    05/22/2015 12:58:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 22/05/2015 - 08:16 | Nicole Sagener | translated from German by Erika Körner
    Between 2010 and 2013, Germany’s market for organic foods increased by one-fourth to almost €8 billion. Still, switching to organic cultivation remains a difficult process for farmers. While revenue from organic products has enjoyed an annual increase of 5-9% since 2011, the parallel increase in surface area over the past four years has only been 1-3%. Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt hopes to change this. “We want a timetable for growth that allows domestic producers to benefit more from the boom,” he said on Tuesday (19 May) in Berlin. Organic must be strengthened, he said, with the help of the Future...
  • 12 States Release Proposed Premium Increases

    05/22/2015 10:55:38 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 14 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-22-15 | Sean Riley
    While premium filings aren’t expected from the federal government until next month, a report from The Wall Street Journal released Thursday provides a snapshot of preliminary 2016 rate filings from health insurance market leaders in 11 states. The figures represent average increases in premiums proposed by the largest carriers in each state that has made requests public. A separate report from the Associated Press notes that the largest carrier in South Dakota has proposed a 42.9 percent increase in premiums in the individual market. Increases are subject to review by the states and will be finalized in the fall.