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  • Frank Zappa's Widow Gail Zappa Dead at 70 (susp. lung cancer)

    10/07/2015 9:56:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 59 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | Oct 7, 2015 | Kory Grow
    Gail Zappa, wife of Frank Zappa and executrix of the Zappa Family Trust, has died. She was 70. A cause of death has not been revealed, though TMZ reported she had had a long battle with lung cancer. Zappa, "departed this earth peacefully at her home ... surrounded by her children," according to a statement from the Zappa Family Trust. "Gail will forever be identified as a key figure in the creative renaissance that is Laurel Canyon," the statement says. "But more than any singular accomplishment, she defined herself in her personal relationships, happiest when surrounded by loved ones and...
  • Tommy Chong’s Cancer Battle Takes a Turn for the Worse

    10/07/2015 9:51:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 7, 2015 | Richard Johnson
    Fans are praying for Tommy Chong, of “Cheech & Chong” fame, as he faces his latest battle with cancer. The marijuana maven who created best-selling stoner comedy albums and eight movies with partner Cheech Marin could barely stand last weekend at the Las Vegas Hempfest, where he was given a lifetime achievement award. Chong, 77, announced three years ago he’d been stricken with cancer. But a month later, he tweeted that a hemp oil treatment was working and that he was “99 percent cancer-free.”
  • Homeowner Stops Three Robbers By Pleading For Mercy. Just Kidding. He Shot Them.

    10/07/2015 5:39:49 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 26 replies
    BearingArms ^ | Oct 5, 2015 | Bob Owens
    According to police, three men went into a home on the 6900 block of Rolling Creek Lane and attacked the homeowner. They said one of the men stole something from his house during the struggle before the homeowner grabbed a gun. Neighbors reported hearing five gun shots. Police said that bullets hit all three suspected robbers. They said the suspects jumped into a Silver Dodge Avenger driven by a fourth man, and that the suspects stopped at an intersection by nearby Duncanville High School. The three men who suffered gunshot wounds were arrested and taken to the hospital.
  • In The Name Of Science, Here's Why You Should Spend More Time Cuddling Cats

    10/07/2015 5:32:56 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 28 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | October 6, 2015 | Arin Greenwood
    Turns out that petting and talking nicely with shelter cats isn't just an awfully pleasant way to spend the afternoon. There's now scientific proof that this kind of behavior also helps keep the cats healthy -- a finding that sounds adorable, and could have some seriously great implications for the cats. For the study -- published this month in the journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine -- 96 shelter cats were divided into two groups. One group got positive interaction with the same person for 10 minutes at a time, four times a day, for 10 days. This interaction, which could include...
  • Tragedy of Cyclops baby born with one eye...

    10/07/2015 4:08:36 PM PDT · by SteveH · 9 replies
    daily mail (uk) ^ | 6 october 2015 | kate pickles
    A baby born with one eye in the middle of his forehead is not expected to survive more than a few days. Doctors believe the newborn boy is suffering from cyclopia - an unusual medical condition named after the one-eyed giants of Greek mythology - caused by radiation exposure in the womb. Cyclopia is one of the rarest forms of birth defects and children born with this condition often die shortly after birth.
  • Harry Reid Suing Exercise Equipment Firm Over Eye Injury (wants $50,000 in damages)

    10/07/2015 1:32:14 PM PDT · by dennisw · 43 replies
    rollcall ^ | 7 October 2015 | By David Eldridge
    Harry Reid Suing Exercise Equipment Firm Over Eye Injury Reid, D-Nev., conducts his first news conference in the Capitol, January 22, 2015, since injuring himself in a exercise accident. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Reid conducts his first news conference in the Capitol on Jan. 22 after injuring himself in a exercise accident. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and his wife, Landra, are suing the manufacturer of the exercise band that slipped or snapped, leading to the Nevada Democrat’s eye injury. According to court documents filed in Clark County, Nev., Reid alleges that the injury...
  • Prayer request

    10/07/2015 9:09:15 AM PDT · by Veritas_vos_Liberabit67 · 29 replies
    My wife Sara recently discovered she is pregnant, but is now experiencing some issues, and has scheduled some tests with her doctor. Please pray for the health and safety of her and our unborn child. Thank you. Eric
  • Wildlife is thriving around Chernobyl since the people left

    10/07/2015 7:00:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 10/07/2015
    Wolves are seven times as common in the Chernobyl area than they were (Image: Sergey Gashchak) The site of the world’s worst nuclear accident is now a wildlife haven. The abundance of large animals around Chernobyl, such as deer, elk and wild boar, matches that of nature reserves in the region – and wolves are seven times as common. Some 116,000 people fled the radioactive fallout from the reactor after it exploded in 1986, and another 220,000 were resettled after that, vacating a zone covering some 4200 square kilometres split equally between Belarus and Ukraine. “Whatever negative effects there are...
  • Weight Disqualifies 1 in 3 Young Adults From U.S. Military

    10/07/2015 12:27:51 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    Merck Manuals ^ | 7/16/2015. | HealthDay News
    THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- One-third of young adults in the United States are too overweight to be in the military, according to a report from a group of retired military leaders.
  • The U.S. Military and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918–1919

    10/06/2015 11:21:43 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 9 replies
    SYNOPSIS The American military experience in World War I and the influenza pandemic were closely intertwined. The war fostered influenza in the crowded conditions of military camps in the United States and in the trenches of the Western Front in Europe. The virus traveled with military personnel from camp to camp and across the Atlantic, and at the height of the American military involvement in the war, September through November 1918, influenza and pneumonia sickened 20% to 40% of U.S. Army and Navy personnel. These high morbidity rates interfered with induction and training schedules in the United States and rendered...
  • Almost 70 patients tested for HIV and hepatitis after nurse is caught reusing a syringe...

    10/06/2015 2:10:48 PM PDT · by petercooper · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/06/2015 | The Daily Mail
    Full Title: Almost 70 patients tested for HIV and hepatitis after nurse is caught reusing a syringe while giving flu shots at New Jersey offices Nurse administered flu shots to 67 employees at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Department of Health said she had not changed syringe between patients Employees were warned they may have been exposed to 'infected blood' They're now being tested for HIV and hepatitis but results will take months
  • Burger King’s Halloween Whopper has unexpected side effect

    10/06/2015 1:33:38 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 76 replies
    Fox 31 Denver ^ | October 6, 2015 | CNN Wire
    MIAMI — You don’t have to go to Japan to try Burger King’s black-bunned Whopper. Burger King is bringing it to the U.S. just in time for Halloween. “Something wicked is coming,” the burger chain on Twitter, with a brief promo video featuring thunder and lightning and a lunar eclipse, with a burger standing in for the moon. But it’s not just the color, insists Burger King. It’s also the flavor, with A.1. sauce baked into the bun. According to Burger King, it’s the sauce that turns the buns black. “While the pitch-black bun gives the Halloween Whopper sandwich a...
  • South Texas Girl Sneezes 12,000 Times A Day

    10/06/2015 10:31:21 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 25 replies
    CBS Dallas Fort Worth ^ | 10/6/2015 | staff
    SOUTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Katelyn Thornley, 12, started sneezing incessantly about a month ago – and hasn’t stopped.Thornley said she sneezes up to 20 times a minute. That’s 12,000 a day. She can no longer attend school or play her clarinet in the school’s band.“”It just started in little spurts. I just started sneezing. I thought it was like, oh I’m just allergic to something,” she said. “I’m constantly in pain with my abdomen, my legs are hurting because I’ve been weak and I can barely eat.”Her sneezing ‘affliction’ came out of nowhere, according to Thornley. She’s seen six doctors...
  • California becomes fifth state to allow physician-assisted suicide

    10/05/2015 5:52:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, October 5, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    California’s wrenching yearlong legislative debate over the right to die culminated Monday with Gov. Jerry Brown signing into law a bill making California the fifth state to permit physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. As a Democrat and former Catholic seminarian, Mr. Brown was caught between two opposing sides of the right-to-die debate, and had given little indication of whether he would sign the bill before it reached his desk in early September. “In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death,” Mr. Brown said in his signing statement....
  • 2015 Nobel Prize in medicine goes to 3 scientists for work on parasite-fighting therapies

    10/05/2015 11:01:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/05/2015 | Melissa Healy
    Three scientists whose discoveries have driven scourges of the developing world to the brink of eradication have been awarded the Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine. The Nobel Committee announced Monday it had awarded the 2015 prize to 85-year old William C. Campbell, 80-year-old Satoshi Omura and 85-year-old Youyou Tu of China for their discoveries leading to the development of antimicrobial treatments for such tropical diseases as river blindness, lymphatic filariasis (also known as elephantiasis) and malaria. Campbell, an Irish biochemist and parasitologist at Drew University in New Jersey, and Omura, a bioorganic chemist at Kitasato University in Japan and...
  • This European country has the talent for tech innovation [How they educate their children]

    10/05/2015 8:07:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/05/2015
    When you think of tech innovation, places like Silicon Valley and Boston spring to mind. But flying under the world's radar is Switzerland, where inventions like a solar plane that just completed the longest solo-flight ever without fuel are born. And while Europe was busy debating bitcoin's future, Switzerland already opened up the region's first bitcoin ATM earlier this year. The country has managed to maintain its No. 1 ranking on the Global Innovation Index for four years in a row. Switzerland's résumé is definitely impressive: The country boasts the second-highest number of patents per person — second to Japan....
  • Should We End Welfare For Peace and Safety?

    10/05/2015 7:46:40 AM PDT · by A CA Guy · 10 replies
    Self ^ | 10/04/2015 | A Ca Guy
    I'm realizing that most if not all of these no gun zone shooters had no employment to speak of. With too much time on their hands they seem to be influenced and are investing in violent videos and very bad internet influences. Many had parents who considered their kids normal and allowed them access to guns, violent videos and the Internet despite mental issues.
  • For transgender people, getting healthcare remains difficult despite Obamacare

    10/04/2015 12:04:59 PM PDT · by PROCON · 43 replies ^ | Oct. 3, 2015 | Soumya Karlamangla
    Desperate for hormonal treatments, transgender patients were turning to friends and illicit dealers for unregulated cocktails of drugs. Many were left with health complications and infections that landed them in the waiting room of a busy South Los Angeles clinic. "For the most part, they were basically getting care on the streets," said Jim Mangia, president and chief executive of St. John's Well Child and Family Center, which runs the West 58th Street health center as part of a network of low-cost Los Angeles-area clinics. After years of dealing with medical problems created by what he saw as a major...
  • Opinion: Apple Watch should double down on health sensors, battery life + waterproofing

    10/03/2015 3:50:47 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | October 2, 2015 | by Jeremy Horwitz
    Whenever someone asks what I think of my Apple Watch, I explain that I like but don’t love it, and wouldn’t recommend it to everyone… yet. “In two or three years,” I say, “they’re going to be common, but right now, they don’t feel necessary.” Nice, yes. Necessary, no.Last week, my life changed. Shortly after our kids went to school, my wife stopped breathing in our home. I was able to get her breathing again, and thanks to 911 and outstanding EMTs, she survived to be diagnosed with Brugada Syndrome, a rare heart condition that typically goes undetected before a massive, fatal attack. Once Brugada was suspected, doctors looked for records of...
  • Medieval Apocalypse The Black Death...(Nat Geo documentary via You Tube)

    10/03/2015 3:47:17 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 1 replies
    You Tube ^ | September 25, 2014 | Documentary Hd
    Link to video...despite time shown at link, it is just over 48 minutes long: Medieval Apocalypse The Black Death
  • WashPost Fixes Multiple Errors in Story on Pelosi and Human Baby Question But Notes Only One…

    10/03/2015 3:22:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 2, 2015 | 3:38 PM EDT | Michael W. Chapman
    Several hours after posting a news story with several errors, including in the headline—about a reporter asking Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) a question about human life—The Washington Post fixed the errors in the story by reporter Kelsey Snell but only noted one “correction” at the story’s end in the changed copy. On Thursday, Oct. 1, reporter Sam Dorman attended Pelosi’s weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol and asked her, “In reference to funding for Planned Parenthood, is an unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver a human being?” […] In Kelsey Snell’s story posted...
  • Mold whine: Soylent superfood shipments stopped by spore scare (Liquid goop cleanup in Aisle 3)

    10/02/2015 10:24:24 PM PDT · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 3, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    Soylent, which produces liquid food for techies who hate chewing, has stopped shipping its gloop after some of it was contaminated with mold. The firm started flogging version 2.0 of its formula in August, and has produced 400,000 bottles of the strange substance. It has since learned that 11 of the bottles had mold inside or on the outside by the time they reached customers. That's a tiny proportion, however on Friday the biz confirmed it's halting operations. "During our record review process we did discover that the conveyor guardrail settings were not optimized, causing some bottles to move erratically...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! October 2015 Edition

    10/02/2015 12:56:38 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 24 replies ^ | 10-2-15 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Woman Says She Is Happier Than Ever After Fulfilling Lifelong Wish of Becoming Blind

    10/01/2015 10:46:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 87 replies
    KFOR ^ | OCTOBER 1, 2015 | Dallas Frankllin
    A North Carolina woman says she is happier than ever after she fulfilled her lifelong wish of becoming blind. Jewel Shuping, 30, has Body Integrity Identity Disorder, according to Barcroft TV. BIID is a condition in which able-bodied people believe they are meant to be disabled. She told Barcroft TV that her fascination with blindness started when she was a child. “By the time I was six I remember that thinking about being blind made me feel comfortable,” she said. Shuping says that when she was a teenager, she started wearing thick black sunglasses, and even got her first cane...
  • Scans show Pompeii victims 'in good health' [other than being dead]

    09/30/2015 12:36:18 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    The Local ^ | September 29, 2015 | Patrick Browne
    A recently launched project that is performing CAT scans on the remains of Pompeii victims contained within plaster casts has revealed that good health was widespread among people of the ancient city. “For sure, they ate better than we did,” orthodontist Elisa Vanacore said during a press conference in Pompeii on Tuesday, after analyzing some of the initial results. “They have really good teeth – they ate a diet that contained few sugars, and was high in fruit and vegetables,” she added, perhaps busting the image of Romans as decadent banquet-loving individuals who loved nothing more than a good binge...
  • Summary of the Health Care We Had BEFORE ObamaCare

    09/30/2015 5:21:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 34 replies
    Vanity ^ | 30 Sep 15 | Xzins
    There are a few major characteristics of health care before Obama Care. 1. It was quasi-private: most was funded by employers. 2. Some was directly paid private insurance. 3. Insurance could only be bought state by state. It could not be bought across state lines. It was non-competitive. 4. Those without insurance were covered by hospitals under Good Samaritan type laws. 5. Hospitals and doctors passed those costs on by increasing costs to insured patients and their insurance companies. 6. Those were passed on to the government by partial deductions by individuals on their tax forms. 7. The rest were...
  • A Quick And Easy Guide To The Planned Parenthood Videos

    09/29/2015 8:40:56 PM PDT · by WonkyTonky · 17 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 29, 2015 | Mollie Hemingway
    On July 14, the Center for Medical Progress began releasing a series of videos about the Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. Reporting for the video project was done undercover and took place over the course of several years. The videos feature executives and staffers at Planned Parenthood and affiliated businesses discussing and demonstrating human organ harvesting and the fetal body part trade. Some of the discussions and footage taken inside abortion clinics is quite graphic. The journalism project immediately went viral, with millions of people watching the videos. But the media have largely struggled to even mention the videos and what...
  • Doctor Arrested Working as Butcher

    09/29/2015 2:40:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, September 27, 2015
    Most doctors are in reality butchers, says Kuwaiti resident, on social mediaAn Arab doctor was arrested on the first day of Eid Al Adha in Kuwait roaming around the residential areas offering to slaughter the Eid sheep of residents. This story went viral on social media, where many said that he must be punished for what he did as he was not a licensed butcher, and also he ignored all rules of hygiene which are part of a butcher's job. The doctor works in a private hospital and wanted to earn extra money by offering to slaughter Eid sheep...
  • A walk around the office can reverse vascular dysfunction caused by hours at a computer

    09/29/2015 4:09:51 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 44 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | September 28, 2015 | University of Missouri-Columbia
    Across the country, many employees are seated at desks for the majority of an eight-hour workday. As technology creates an increase in sedentary lifestyles, the impact of sitting on vascular health is a rising concern. Now, researchers have found that when a person sits for six straight hours, vascular function is impaired -- but by walking for just 10 minutes after a prolonged period of sitting, vascular health can be restored.
  • Superhero Window Washers Surprise Kids at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

    09/28/2015 9:58:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/28/15
    Grime-fighting window washers, dressed as superheroes, joined forces to surprise kids at UC Benioff Children's Hospital Monday afternoon. "UCSF window washers are back at the hospital," the hospital tweeted around 11:45 a.m., with a photo of superheroes giving the building's windows a good wiping. The heroes waved at children as they washed windows. Some of the heroes children saw Monday were Supergirl, Batman, Robin, Ironman, Thor, The Flash, the Red Ranger power ranger, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Leonardo and Shrek, UCSF spokeswoman Juliana Bunim said. The event is part of the hospital's child life services program, which aims to provide...
  • Never a dull moment: Things get interesting when psychologists take a closer look at boredom. (2013)

    09/27/2015 6:36:47 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 46 replies
    APA ^ | July/August 2013 | Kirsten Weir
    Videos of fish-farm management techniques or men silently hanging laundry probably don't top your Netflix queue. And that's the point. These are some of the tedium-inducing tools that psychologists are using to study boredom in the lab. "Even though boredom is very common, there is a lack of knowledge about it," says Wijnand van Tilburg, a psychologist at the University of Southampton. "There hasn't been much research about how it affects people on an everyday basis." Now that's changing, as scientists have begun to take a closer look at this underappreciated emotion. The results of their research are anything but...
  • Prescription pills are Britain’s third biggest killer:

    09/27/2015 12:08:58 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (dot com) ^ | 14 September 2015 | Peter Gřtzsche
    Side-effects of drugs taken for insomnia and anxiety kill thousands. Why do doctors hand them out like Smarties? Updated: 04:22 EST, 15 September 2015 Soaring drug use, a growing number of addicts, far too few clinics to treat them and a rising death toll. This might sound like a scene from an impoverished country run by drug cartels - but it is, in fact, the day-to-day reality for NHS patients who are prescribed psychiatric drugs to treat anxiety, insomnia and depression. More than 80 million prescriptions for psychiatric drugs are written in the UK every year. Not only are these...
  • Archbishop Mitty High School Freshman Fatally Struck by Car While Running Across Street

    09/27/2015 10:54:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 | Rhea Mahbubani
    Robert Sears, a math teacher at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, where Loukas studied from kindergarten through eighth grade, also wrote a letter in honor of his former student. "Loukas embodies the phrase 'Still waters run deep,'" Sears wrote. "The beauty and grace he is capable of is always present, under the surface, and on his feet." The Angelo family plans to create an educational program fund in honor of Loukas. "His spirit, quiet, strong and selfless will continue in our hearts and minds forever," Edwards said.
  • Surge in the number of cases of terrifying hospital superbug after NHS relaxes hygiene rules (UK)

    09/27/2015 2:50:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 02:22 EST, 27 September 2015 | Stephen Adams
    The number of cases of a terrifying superbug in NHS hospitals has surged after the Government ignored warnings—and relaxed the rules on fighting infections. Hundreds more patients fell ill with deadly Clostridium difficile—known as C.diff—between April 2014 and March 2015 than in the previous year. The increase, from 13,361 to 14,165, came immediately after the system for fining hospitals with too many cases was dramatically weakened. …
  • Health warning for all Freepers using the Baking Soda / Dakin's Solution Oral Hygiene Protocol

    09/27/2015 12:49:26 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 138 replies
    Vanity from Swordmaker | September 26, 2014 | Swordmaker
    IMPORTANT! HEALTH WARNING! FOR ALL FREEPERS WHO HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE BAKING SODA AND CLOROX-DAKIN'S SOLUTION PROTOCOL FOR ORAL HYGIENE AND TOOTH BRUSHING!!! The CLOROX Company has changed its basic Clorox formula to make it "concentrated" but has ALSO added LAUNDRY chemicals! I just went to the Clorox™ website because I noticed the "concentrated" label on that bottle you linked to and it worried me. . . I wanted to check what the concentration of Sodium Hypochlorite was in their "concentrated" product. . . and to my horror I learned that Clorox has CHANGED their entire product line. ....
  • Japan's 105-yr-old 'Golden Bolt' sets sprint record, misses personal best

    09/24/2015 9:07:40 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/24/2015 | Linda Sieg
    Japanese centenarian Hidekichi Miyazaki set a fresh record as the world's oldest competitive sprinter this week, one day after turning 105, but said he was disappointed at falling short of his own personal best. "I wanted to shave off a few more seconds as I got 36 seconds while training," Miyazaki, wearing a bright red T-shirt and running shorts, said after completing his heat with a time of 42.22 on Wednesday. His personal record of 34.10, chalked up when he was 103, remains unbeaten for centenarian. (snip) Miyazaki, known as the "Golden Bolt" for imitating Jamaican Olympic gold medalist Usain...
  • Costs derail Vermont’s dream of a single-payer health plan (Flash Back of Epic Fail)

    09/23/2015 4:04:28 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 01/25/2015 | Jay Fitzgerald
    For decades, liberal activists yearned for a European-style, single-payer health system that they argued would lead to more affordable, efficient, and comprehensive medical coverage for all citizens. When Vermont four years ago enacted a landmark bill to establish the nation’s first single-payer health care system, they saw their long-sought dream about to be fulfilled. But reality hit last month. Governor Peter Shumlin released a financial report that showed the cost of the program would nearly double the size of the state’s budget in the first year alone and require large tax increases for residents and businesses. Shumlin, a Democrat and...
  • Here’s How You’ll Die When the SHTF (and How to Prevent Your Untimely Demise)

    09/23/2015 4:02:29 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 297 replies
    The Organic Prepper ^ | 3/23/15 | Daisy Luther
    1. You die of thirst or waterborne illness. 2. You die from fantasy-world planning. 3. You freeze to death. 4. You starve to death. 5. You have an accident involving major trauma. 6. You get murdered when raiders or looters come to steal your stuff. 7. You get sick. 8. You get an infection. 9. You die because you are fat and/or out of shape. 10. You die when you daily medication runs out.
  • Everyone has a 'microbial cloud'

    09/23/2015 11:45:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    BBC ^ | James Gallagher
    Everyone is surrounded by a unique "cloud" of millions of their own bacteria, according to scientists at the University of Oregon in the US. Walk through someone else's cloud, and it will "rain" bacteria on your skin and be breathed into your lungs. The study on 11 people, published in the journal PeerJ, showed it was possible to identify people from their microbial miasma. ... Groups of bacteria in the cloud included Streptococcus, which is common in the mouth, and the skin bugs Propionibacterium and Corynebacterium. The researchers argue the mix may have a "forensic application" to detect whether someone...
  • Looking for opinions about statins.

    09/23/2015 7:04:47 AM PDT · by VaRepublican · 102 replies
    9-23-15 | me
    Looking for fellow FReepers opinions about statins. I told doc I do not want a script. However how effective are fish/krill oils? what about cetia?. Of course I understand about diet but I have not started a new diet yet. Go ahead and go to town on this one, please.
  • Myth of the ‘Missing Link’ in evolution does science no favors

    09/22/2015 2:17:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    The Conversation ^ | 09/16/2015 | Sean Nee Research Professor of Ecosystem Science and Management at Pennsylvania State University
    This spring, the world learned of a newly discovered missing link between microbes and humans called Lokiarchaeota. The actual story is that the microbe Lokiarchaeota, discovered on the deep sea floor by a hydrothermal vent called Loki’s Castle, shares features with both bacteria and us. The spin is that this makes it a missing link between the two. Microbiologists have been discreetly quiet about this narrative fiction; although the microbe is fascinating, and so deserves the spotlight, it is no more a missing link than the platypus is a missing link between ducks and humans. This missing link imagery,...
  • Transgender Characters May Win Emmys, But Transgender People Hurt Themselves

    09/22/2015 1:26:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 09/22/2015 | Walt Heyer
    Transgenders have high levels of mental-health problems such as depression, resulting in increased levels of self-injury and suicidal ideation (thoughts, attempts, and rates), finds a September study from the highly respected Nottingham Centre for Gender Dysphoria in the United Kingdom. The center reviewed 31 papers to arrive at that conclusion. This is probably not the “trans civil rights problem” recent Emmy winner Jill Soloway meant when accepting her award for directing a comedy show sponsored by Amazon that features a transgender character. But statistics show it deserves to be. If we examine the medical definition of self-injury, we get...
  • Study shows employers shifting more medical costs to workers

    09/22/2015 12:57:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2015 3:22 PM EDT | Tom Murphy
    Employers are leaving a bigger chunk of the bill for care to workers who use their health insurance, and benefits experts see few signs of this trend slowing. Most companies now offer health coverage that requires employees to pay an annual deductible before insurance kicks in, and the size of that deductible has soared in the past decade, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research & Educational Trust. The average general deductible for workers with single coverage totaled $1,077 this year, compared to only $303 in 2006. That deductible has climbed nearly seven...
  • Go Ahead and Have Fun: Sex Doesn't Cause Heart Attacks, Study Finds

    09/21/2015 7:12:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    NBC ^ | 9/21/15 | NBC News
    Patients with heart disease can worry about one less thing: German researchers find sex doesn't seem to trigger heart attacks, strokes or other unpleasant events. The American Heart Association advises that sex after a heart attack is OK. But patients don't always get that message, says Dr. Dietrich Rothenbacher, who led a small study at Ulm University in Germany. "Based on our data, it seems very unlikely that sexual activity is a relevant trigger of heart attack," Rothenbacher said in a statement.
  • Juice Is the Root of Our Obesity Problem

    09/20/2015 1:45:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    Time ^ | Sept. 18, 2015 | Penelope Leach
    WHAT COMMON PRACTICE WILL HORRIFY OUR KIDS SOMEDAY?It puts babies' overall nutrition at risk Question Everything IconMany families are trying to reduce their soda intake but manufacturers are fighting back with “no added sugar” formulations and “fruit” drinks. So far, they’re winning. A drink of diluted fruit juice is the routine afternoon snack of many babies. It’s often the good stuff: pure juice. No nasty preservatives, more vitamin C than necessary and no added sugar. But you don’t have to add sugar to make fruit juice sweet—that’s why babies prefer it to water. And because they prefer it, it becomes...
  • Sorry for the vanity, prayer request for Ezra

    09/20/2015 10:13:56 AM PDT · by glasseye · 84 replies
    My niece had a baby 2 weeks ago, Ezra, strapping little boy. Six days ago he stopped eating. Four days ago he had surgery to repair what was thought to be a bad Pyloric valve in his stomach. Surgery went 'well' but it did not solve the problem, still will not keep anything down. Today they are doing ultrasound, again. Little guy is now 1.5 pounds below his birth weight and still not keeping any food down. Doctors say not to panic, yet. Mom and dad are beside themselves already, and the little one is hooked up to machines, scary....
  • Is Another Human Living Inside You?

    09/20/2015 1:43:08 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 September 2015 | David Robson
    Once upon a time, your origins were easy to understand. Your dad met your mum, they had some fun, and from a tiny fertilised egg you emerged kicking and screaming into the world. You are half your mum, half your dad – and 100% yourself. Except, that simple tale has now become a lot more complicated. Besides your genes from parents, you are a mosaic of viruses, bacteria – and potentially, other humans. Indeed, if you are a twin, you are particularly likely to be carrying bits of your sibling within your body and brain. Stranger still, they may be...
  • Apple Watch Saved Centerville Teen’s life

    09/19/2015 11:26:49 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Cape Cod News ^ | September 18, 2015 | By Laurie Higgins
    Three days before Paul Houle Jr. went back to Tabor Academy to start his pre-season training for football his senior year, he bought an Apple Watch. It might be the best money he ever spent. Luckily, the 17-year-old Houle had already tested the heart rate monitor at home and knew his normal heart rate was between 60 and 70 beats per minute. During two football practices in one day on Tuesday, Sept. 8, his heart rate climbed to 145.That would be expected after such rigorous exercise. According to the American Heart Association your maximum heart rate during strenuous exercise is about 220 minus...
  • Utah Man Has Rare Disorder That Makes Him Allergic to (All) Food

    09/19/2015 2:37:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Global News ^ | 8/25 | Alley Wilson
    A man from Utah has a rare disorder that makes him allergic to food, causing him to eat hypoallergenic powdered nutrients through a tube into his stomach. Ashley Kewish reports. Alex Visker loves to cook, but unfortunately for him he’s not able to try any of his creations because he’s allergic to food. Visker, 19, has a rare illness called Mast Cell Activation Disorder, which is a condition that results in an excessive amount of mast cells in the body that can lead to nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain whenever he consumes food. The young man from Lehi, Utah began...
  • Apple Fanatics Try to Sell Kidneys to Buy New iPhone

    09/19/2015 10:37:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, September 18, 2015
    Deal fell through after buyer disappearedA couple of gadget fanatics in China tried to sell their kidneys in order to buy the new iPhone 6s. Social media networks in China are filled with humourous content on how Apple fanatics are resorting to selling their organs in order to be able to afford the latest iPhone, reports In fact, this trend is not new. In 2011, a teenager had sold his kidney for 22,000 Yuan to buy an iPhone and an iPad. This recent incident was exposed when a man went missing in an eastern province of China after...