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  • I Was a Proud Non-Breeder. Then I Changed My Mind.

    05/27/2015 8:51:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 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.
  • Former Planned Parenthood manager: Abortion stops a beating heart

    05/22/2015 7:26:51 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    live action news ^ | May 18, 2015 | Nancy Flanders
    In April of 1991, Sue Thayer took a job with Planned Parenthood in the small community of Storm Lake, Iowa. She was against abortion, but she didn’t know Planned Parenthood was anything more than a health care facility. She was unaware of their focus on abortion. “I thought it would be a great place to work in order to help women,” Thayer said. “I got an entry level job as a family planning assistant.” Within a short period of time, the manager of the Planned Parenthood clinic, who was on maternity leave, decided not to return to the clinic. Thayer...
  • Why Are Palo Alto Kids Killing Themselves?

    05/22/2015 7:23:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/22/2015 | Maggie Gallagher
    This week, San Francisco Magazine published an anthropological incursion by Diana Kapp into the lifestyles of the most privileged teens in the nation in order to ask: Why are the kids of Palo Alto killing themselves? A cluster of teen suicides at Palo Alto high schools in 2010 was followed this year by another four suicide victims from the wealthy and achievement-blessed Henry M. Gunn High School. Fifty-two of its 1,900 students were treated for suicide ideation this past school year. By Kapp’s account, the suicidal cases are only the tip of a very large iceberg of kids who,...
  • How Mexico Is Fighting Obesity

    05/21/2015 11:38:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Marketplace ^ | Monday, May 18, 2015 | Stan Alcorn
    Mexico and the United States have the highest rates of obesity of any major country in the world, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. But Mexico has been taking steps to change that. "In the United States, we think we're the first to do everything, but that's not necessarily true," says Kelly Brownell, dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. "And in the case of policies, to address the obesity problem, there are other countries that have been out of the gate earlier than we have." Mexico is one of the first countries...
  • Raw Tuna Linked to Salmonella Outbreak That Has Sickened at Least 31 in California

    05/21/2015 6:41:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    ktla ^ | Kennedy Ryan,
    The California cluster was part of a nine-state Salmonella Paratyphi B outbreak, according to a news release from the California Department of Public Health. Most of the 53 patients nationwide reported eating sushi containing raw tuna, the release stated. To date, 10 patients have been hospitalized. No deaths were reported. The California-based patients were spread over six counties; including nine in Los Angeles, six in Orange, four in Riverside, seven in San Diego, one in Santa Barbara and four in Ventura, according to the CDPH.
  • Top reasons beer is actually good for you (Warning: Lockerroom Graphics)

    05/21/2015 1:48:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 101 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 21, 2015
    Beer lovers, rejoice! Not only does beer taste great, and make you feel "buzzed" on life, beer is also good for you. Well, in moderation. As pints are poured in bars and restaurants across the country, know that drinking beer has real health benefits.* 1. Decreased incidence of heart disease There are more than 20 well-done, large international studies that all demonstrate the heart benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. One study, conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) noted a 20 to 40 percent decrease in coronary artery disease in moderate alcohol drinkers. Now, that doesn’t...
  • ProLife

    05/20/2015 8:35:23 PM PDT · by Arlene66 · 9 replies
    Utube
    If you want the truth about what is really going on in the abortion movement, watch this video on Utube. It is the ex head of Planned Parenthood talking about how PP would hand out inferior birth control products so the girls would get pregnant and come back to them to get abortions! It is all about the money!!!
  • Planned Parenthood clinic worker tells of teen forced into abortion

    05/20/2015 8:16:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    live action news ^ | May 20, 2015 | Sarah Terzo
    In the prolife movement, there have been a number of dedicated and outspoken activists who are former employees of Planned Parenthood. Just recently, Live Action writer Nancy Flanders wrote an article about former Planned Parenthood clinic manager Sue Thayer. Abby Johnson and Ramona Tevino are former Planned Parenthood directors who wrote books about their experiences. Yet there have been other workers who left Planned Parenthood and told their stories throughout the years. Lavonne Wilenken is one. Lavonne Wilenken worked as a nurse practitioner at a Planned Parenthood clinic. She shares some anecdotes about her time at Planned Parenthood in the...
  • Call of Duty increases risk of Alzheimer's disease

    05/20/2015 10:12:08 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05/20/15
    University of Montreal study finds video game players navigate the screen using a key area of the brain Millions of boys could be at increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and other mental illnesses in later life through playing action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed, according to new research. Scientists say players navigate the screen using a key area of the brain called the caudate nucleus, which leads to loss of grey matter in the hippocampus. Previous studies have shown reduced volume in the hippocampus, which controls memory, learning and emotion, is associated with neurological and...
  • Protection through pierced ears in Uganda [from child sacrifice]

    05/20/2015 8:13:34 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    World Vision ^ | March 25, 2014 | Kari Costanza
    In certain districts of Uganda, child sacrifice is a real danger. Today, Kari Costanza writes from Uganda about 3-year-old Sharon, whose ear piercing may protect her. Read how a World Vision-supported amber alert program is helping to recover children that have been taken. *** I didn’t realize when I became a mother to a beautiful little girl that we would one day do battle. I thought she’d eat the food I set before her. I thought she’d wear the school clothes I laid out so carefully upon her bed. I never expected resistance. And I never expected a battle over...
  • Planned Parenthood Abortion Activists Hate Ted Cruz and Scott Walker the Most

    05/19/2015 7:47:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | May 19, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business is running a new poll for its abortion activists to determine which of the pro-life Republican presidential candidates and potential candidates they hate the most. Apparently the pro-abortion stalwarts at Planned Parenthood are not fans of Ted Cruz and Scott Walker. The abortion business couches the poll in it’s typical “pro-woman” phraseology, designed to shield itself from abortion and make it appear pro-life candidates hate women, never mind that Planned Parenthood aborts hundreds of thousands of baby girls every year and kills and injures their mothers in abortions. Here’s how it asks the question: IMAGE...
  • Louisiana Abortion Activists Vandalize Billboards Exposing Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Business

    05/19/2015 7:42:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    life news ^ | May 19, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    In Louisiana, abortion activists are doing everything they can to ensure that the citizens of New Orleans don’t find out about Planned Parenthood’s abortion business. In fact, some are resorting to vandalism and recently destroyed a billboard that exposed the organizations number one priority. The Nola Needs Peace Coalition, a group of churches and community organizations committed to building a peaceful New Orleans without abortion, placed one of their billboards directly next to the Planned Parenthood site that is slated to open early next year. The billboard reads: “Planned Parenthood Sells Abortion And They Plan to Sell More Here.” Benjamin...
  • Extra screening for women with dense breasts may not be necessary: study

    05/19/2015 10:14:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 56 replies
    In some states, healthcare providers must tell women if they have dense breasts. Those women sometimes then go on to have additional screenings, such as ultrasound scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs). But in the new study, the researchers found that not all women with dense breasts have a high enough risk for breast cancer after a normal mammogram to justify having more screening tests. Instead, they found that two specific groups of women with dense breasts were likely to benefit from extra screening, taking into account their risk for breast cancer in the next five years as calculated using...
  • How Important Is It To Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them?

    05/18/2015 4:41:49 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 45 replies
    Consumerist ^ | May 18, 2015
    Though sometimes you just can’t wait to rip the tags off that new shirt and wear it out for the world to see, you also may’ve had that moment of, “I should probably wash this before I wear it… oh well.” So how important is it to to give your new duds a dunk in the washing machine before it comes in contact with your skin? The short answer: Pretty important if you don’t like itchy, scaly, red rashes. Due to varying laws from country to country on the allowable levels of chemicals in fabric, your clothing could be hopping...
  • ‘Pro-Abortion Guy’ Begs Interviewer Not to Air His Responses — After Hearing Them, You...

    05/18/2015 2:12:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    blaze.com ^ | Jason Howerton | May. 15, 2015
    FULL TITLE: ‘Pro-Abortion Guy’ Begs Interviewer Not to Air His Responses — After Hearing Them, You May Understand Why Rebel Media’s Marissa Semkiw hit the streets during Ottawa’s “March for Life” this week and encountered a seemingly unyielding abortion supporter who argued it’s always the “woman’s choice” — even when it comes to “post-natal abortion.” The man, identified only as Alex, later reportedly sent an email to Semkiw asking that none of his responses be used in any videos or broadcasts. Rebel Media declined his request. During the interview, Semkiw explained that some pro-life advocates would like to see abortion...
  • C Santa Cruz Professor Develops HIV Vaccine

    05/18/2015 4:31:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    For 30 years, UC Santa Cruz professor and vaccine developer Phil Berman has been chasing a moving target — the insidious, ever-changing HIV virus — and now, finally, he thinks he has it cornered. Berman’s lab has developed an experimental vaccine he believes will guard against HIV and AIDS. The model is expected to go to clinical trial within three years. When Berman was a Genentech scientist in the 1990s, he invented the world’s first vaccine to show any success against HIV. When it was tested with another vaccine in a 2003 to 2009 large-scale trial involving 16,000 people in...
  • Study draws connection between peanut allergies and asthma

    05/18/2015 3:27:32 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 23 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | May 18, 2015 | Postmedia Network
    Kids living with asthma may have a peanut allergy, or be sensitive to peanuts, but not know it, a new study claims. Dr. Robert Cohn, a medical director of Pulmonary Medicine at Dayton Children’s Hospital, and his team studied 1,517 children who went to a pulmonary clinic for respiratory problems. The team says 11% knew they had a peanut allergy but discovered that 22% of the children who returned and had a blood test for peanut allergies tested positive. They then found that more than half of the 22% of kids who tested positive did not suspect that they had...
  • Six arrested in central Indiana prostitution investigation (More illegal Chinese)

    05/18/2015 3:11:06 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 18 replies
    THE INDY CHANNEL ^ | 18 MAY 2015 | CHRIS PROFFITT
    AVON, Ind. - Six people were arrested late Wednesday afternoon as the result of a nine-month investigation into alleged prostitution and corrupt business dealings. Officials with the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office started an undercover investigation after receiving complaints of possible criminal activity at several massage businesses in the area, Indiana State Police said. The warrants were served late Wednesday afternoon at two business in Avon. Police said three residences in Indianapolis and Westfield were also searched. The following people were arrested and charged:
  • Police: Chinese Woman Arrested for Prostitution in Oshkosh (WI)

    05/18/2015 3:03:04 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 25 replies
    WBAY.COM ^ | 18 MAY 2015 | WBAY.COM
    A 50-year-old Chinese citizen has been arrested for prostitution in Oshkosh. Police carried out the arrest–joint effort between Oshkosh Police and the Department of Homeland Security–Friday.
  • NBC News comes to Cochise County

    05/18/2015 6:18:34 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Robert Charette
    The Chiricahua Community Health Center’s mobile clinic has been a boon for the region in recent years since it’s designed to treat rural and low income areas like those found in Cochise County. The clincs are empowered by grants from the national Children’s Health Fund, which made possible the story that NBC News will tell the world this week about Buena rising sophomore Efrain Gonzalez II. The mobile clinic treats Gonzalez for Type 1 Diabetes, which allows him to backpaddle into pass coverage just like any other defender in one of the Colts’ last football practices of the school year.
  • Background music

    05/18/2015 3:41:46 AM PDT · by knarf · 3 replies
    youtube ^ | May 18, 2015 | knarf, variious
    Always lookin' for chill while surfin'
  • Special Prom for Hundreds of Teens Who Battled Cancer

    05/17/2015 10:30:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | May 15, 2015 | Stephanie Bertini
    More than 200 teens battling cancer attending the prom Friday night at the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale. From the limo ride to the red carpet entrance to the dinner and dancing, it was a special night filled with dancing, smiles and a good time for all. A night that means so much to this special group of teenagers, because they've been through a lot. "It's indescribable," said Emma Ruiz. Special Prom for Hundreds of Teens Who Battled Cancer[MI] Special Prom for Hundreds of Teens Who Battled Cancer More than 200 teens battling cancer attending the prom Friday night at the...
  • Former Abortion Clinic Owner: We Pushed Sex Ed on Kids to Create a Market for Abortion

    05/17/2015 6:24:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | May 14, 2014 | nancy flanders
    Washington DC (LiveActionNews) — For six years Carol Everett operated four abortion clinics in Texas. As reported by The Catholic Register, Everett earned a commission for every abortion in addition to a share of the fees charged by each clinic. She says she sold abortion and made big bucks off of the “cash cow” of abortion. A new abortion clinic, she said at the annual Rose Dinner for the National March for Life in Ottawa, would make enough money to pay for itself in a single month. caroleverettThe clinics’ system to make the quick cash was quite simple. The abortionist...
  • Scientists Investigate a Medieval Mass Grave Under a French Supermarket

    05/17/2015 10:14:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 5-13-15 | Marissa Fessenden
    hen the Monoprix Réaumur-Sébastopol supermarket in Paris, France, decided to renovated their basement to get more storage space, they probably didn’t expect to uncover hundreds of human bones. But when they dug into the basement floor, that's exactly what they discovered. The human remains are, apparently, the legacy of a cemetery from a medieval hospital, reports Aurelien Breeden for The New York Times. Since the find in January, France’s National Institute for Preventive Archeological Research, or Inrap, has been excavating the site. The institute knows that the hospital itself was the Hôpital de la Trinité, built in the early 13th...
  • Lamaze Founder Dies at 100

    05/16/2015 11:16:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 5/14 | Jennifer Peltz
    When Elisabeth Bing became interested in childbirth techniques in the 1950s, women were often heavily medicated, dads were generally nowhere near the delivery room and expectant parents had far less information than many do today. Bing, the Lamaze International co-founder who popularized what was known as natural childbirth and helped change how women and doctors approached the delivery room, died Friday at 100 in her New York apartment, the organization said Saturday. The cause of her death wasn't immediately known. Trained as a physical therapist, Bing taught breathing and relaxation techniques to generations of expectant mothers, wrote several books about...
  • Blue Bell to Cut 1,400, or 37 Percent, of Workforce

    05/15/2015 2:58:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 5/15
    Approximately 1,400 employees to be furloughed -- 37 percent of Blue Bell workforceBlue Bell Creameries says they'll be laying off a third of their workforce due to the extended timeline to return to production after a listeria outbreak forced the company to recall all products and close its plants. "Due to the extended timeline required to ensure the highest quality and safety of Blue Bell’s products when the company resumes production, and because supply and distribution will be limited for some time to come," Blue Bell Creameries CEO and President Paul Kruse said in a news release Friday. Kruse announced,...
  • Lena Dunham Politicizes Mother’s Day with Pro Abortion Message

    05/14/2015 2:42:27 PM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    breitbart ^ | 11 May 2015 | Kipp Jones
    While celebrities such as Kate Hudson, Khloe Kardashian, Gisele Bundchen, and Reese Witherspoon spent Mother’s Day paying tribute to the special women in their lives, Lena Dunham observed the holiday by asking others to join her in protecting abortion rights on social media. The star and creator of the HBO series Girls has been a vocal proponent for abortion throughout her career, and as the aforementioned stars were paying homage to the ladies who gave them life Sunday, Dunham was reminding her two million Twitter followers she believes life should be given strictly by choice. She tweeted:
  • San Francisco Startup Standard Cyborg Uses 3D Printers to Create Prosthetic Legs

    05/14/2015 2:36:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | May 13, 2015 | Stephanie Chuang
    Is it the next Industrial Revolution? 3D printing may one day revolutionize businesses, but it’s already having another effect: changing countless lives. For some, that means being able to stand on their own two feet. Literally. Drought: How Thirsty Are California Crops? Veronica Perez was 16 when she suffered an injury that left her with chronic bone infections in her feet. Tired of the pain, she asked doctors to amputate her left leg. “There’s a lot of limitations that come with being an amputee,” said Perez. “There’s a lot of things we can’t do.” Insurance covered the bulk of her...
  • Arizona woman faked cancer so state would pay for her late-term abortion

    05/13/2015 2:56:57 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | EST, 13 May 2015 | Keiligh Baker for MailOnline
    A woman who pretended to have cancer in order to get the state to pay for her late-term abortion has been charged. Chalice Renee Zeitner, 29, was arrested on Friday in Columbia County, Georgia, where she was living under a false name. Prosecutors allege Zeitner told her Arizona obstetrician in March 2010 that she had cancer and that her pregnancy put her life in further danger - and even produced fake documents. It remains unclear if Zeitner has a lawyer yet and when she could be extradited to Phoenix. The Arizona attorney general's office said Zeitner is accused of felony...
  • Bad Refrigerator Sparks Palo Alto Medical Foundation to Issue Vaccination Warning

    05/13/2015 11:47:31 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Terry McSweeney
    The Palo Alto Medical Foundation is warning parents that their children may need to repeat their vaccinations. A bad refrigerator inside the foundation's Los Gatos office had been keeping vaccines a couple degrees too cold, possibly ruining the vaccines. The vaccines in question were administered from February 2014 through March 2015. More than 4,000 pediatric patients were notified of the possible issue with vaccinations. Experts said the vaccines are safe, but because they were stored a bit too cold they could be less effective. "There is nothing unsafe about any vaccines," said Dr. David Quinn of the Palo Alto Medical...
  • Ethicist Peter Singer Says Don't Pay to Treat Disabled Babies

    05/13/2015 5:25:45 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 30 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | May 12, 2015 | Wesley J. Smith
    Ethicist Peter Singer Says Don't Pay to Treat Disabled Babies Wesley J. Smith May 12, 2015 7:16 PM | Permalink Peter Singer is a bigot. Rather than believing in universal human equality, he would invidiously measure the capacities of human beings to determine whether they are "persons." Those with insufficient capacities are to be deemed human "non-persons," of lesser moral value, and hence, potentially subject to both killing and objectification for harvesting, medical experimentation, etc. He also supports health care rationing based on quality of life. This blatant medical discrimination would victimize babies born with severe disabilities -- whose care,...
  • Medicare Part G

    05/11/2015 2:05:00 PM PDT · by MHGinTN · 14 replies
    Email Centurylink ^ | 5/11/2015 | Anonymous
    Subject: Medicare - Part G - Nursing Home Plan Medicare - Part G - Nursing Home Plan Say you are an older senior citizen and can no longer take care of yourself and the government says there is no Nursing Home care available for you. So, what do you do? You opt for Medicare Part G. The plan gives anyone 75 or older a gun (Part G) and one bullet. You are allowed to shoot one worthless politician. This means you will be sent to prison for the rest of your life where you will receive three meals a day,...
  • Why the First Hospital to Do Sex-Reassignment Surgeries No Longer Does Them

    05/11/2015 10:47:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Stand to Reason ^ | 06/21/2014 | Amy K. Hall
    Greg referenced this article by Paul McHugh (former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital) on the show Tuesday, and it's worth posting an excerpt here, as well: [P]olicy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention. This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken—it does not correspond with physical reality. The...
  • Obama trainer: President ‘believes in raging against death’

    05/10/2015 2:54:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/06/15 12:08 PM EDT | Judy Kurtz
    President Obama’s personal trainer says the commander in chief doesn’t mind breaking a sweat. “He believes in raging against death at this point,” Cornell McClellan tells TMZ Sports of the 53-year-old Obama. Calling him “an overachiever,” McClellan added of the executive mansion resident, “He likes to be pushed hard, and I push him hard.” …
  • 'It's fear of autism': Fellow passenger says she SUPPORTS plane decision to kick off little girl....

    05/10/2015 2:40:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 63 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | EST, 10 May 2015 | David Mccormack and Christopher Brennan For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: 'It's fear of autism': Fellow passenger says she SUPPORTS plane decision to kick off little girl and family as United refuse to apologize and mother calls for action A controversial decision by a United Airlines pilot to make an emergency landing to remove a family because their autistic daughter was being 'disruptive' has received support from at least one passenger onboard. The airline has so far refused to apologise over the May 5 incident which saw Dr Donna Beegle, her husband, son and their 15-year-old daughter Juliette removed during an emergency stop in Salt Lake City as they...
  • Is It Time For MLB To Go Tobacco-Free?

    05/10/2015 2:39:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | May 9, 2015 | Becki Schildhouse
    One California city is trying to make it happenOn the day “Mr. Padre” Tony Gwynn should be celebrating his 55th birthday, I was thinking of the best way to pay tribute to the greatest sports figure our city has called our own. While it won’t happen today, I think the best thing we can do in his memory is make sure his death teaches us a lesson and ban tobacco in Major League Baseball. Gwynn passed away June 16, 2014 from salivary gland cancer he believes was the result of being a longtime tobacco chewer. Gwynn began his cancer battle...
  • Bay Area Couple Stranded In Mexico With Surrogate Baby Arrive Home In Time For Mother’s Day

    05/10/2015 2:20:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | May 10, 2015
    Christy and Haseeb Amireh and their baby Grayson were greeted by family and loved ones at San Francisco International when they arrived home to the Bay Area. This was the first time family got a chance to meet 3-week-old baby Grayson. He was immediately scooped into the loving arms of family members. “He was so good on the plane,” said his mom. “I’m just so happy to be on American soil. I love the Bay Area.” One day Grayson will learn about his parents quest to have a baby and their journey to bring him home — a journey that...
  • Courtney Love Owes Psychiatrist $48K

    05/10/2015 2:08:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 9, 2015 | Kathianne Boniello
    Maybe Courtney Love needs counseling — on how to pay her bills. A Soho shrink says the grunge singer-turned-actress owes him $48,250 for sessions, according to Manhattan Supreme Court papers filed last week. Dr. Edward Ratush bills himself an “addiction psychiatrist” who deals with “opiate dependence and treatment-resistant depression.”
  • Speaking Out About the Transgender ‘Delusion’

    05/09/2015 3:54:53 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 14 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 05/06/2015 | BY BRIAN FRAGA
    An interview with Walt Heyer, who lived eight years as a woman following ‘gender reassignment’ surgery before undergoing therapy, turning to Christ and returning to living as a man. Courtesy of Walt Heyer Walt Heyer reverted to his biological male identity after living as a woman following ‘gender reassignment’ surgery. Walt Heyer lived for eight years as a woman named Laura Jensen. Having suffered from gender-identity disorder since he was a child, Heyer was a married, successful businessman when he underwent cosmetic surgery to alter his sex at age 42. However, Heyer said surgery and hormone treatment failed to address...
  • Army Captain Gives Everything She Has To A Earn Coveted Decoration

    05/09/2015 7:08:14 AM PDT · by iowamark · 106 replies
    TaskandPurpose.com ^ | May 4 2015 | Brian Adam Jones
    The military is presently under a national spotlight regarding women in combat, with branches testing how women can physically handle grueling physical standards associated with combat arms training. A video going viral adds some interesting context to that. The video shows a U.S. Army captain, who is a woman, completing a 12-mile ruck march on a course that is open to women and outside of the discussion on women in combat arms — the Expert Field Medical Badge course. The competitive decoration is open to soldiers in the medical field and is one of the toughest decorations to earn. In...