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  • Advice on growing a beard

    09/01/2014 10:23:13 PM PDT · by An American in Turkiye · 21 replies
    1Sep 2014 | An American In Turkiye
    So today my 24 years of active duty service comes to an end. My retirement ceremony was the 25th of July. I've been on terminal leave since then. I went to the local barber shop on the 29th of July for a straight razor shave. Been growing a beard since then. So far, so good. I'm past the itchy stage, and my beard is a bit wirey, with, for some reason, the few gray hairs growing much more rapidly than my others. I shampoo and condition it every morning, and lotion it up and comb it down with a brush...
  • Mite-O-Rama: Whole Colonies of Tiny Creatures Live on Your Face

    09/01/2014 5:03:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    latinpost.com ^ | Sep 01, 2014 11:55 AM EDT | Erik Derr
    Research teams from North Carolina State University, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and California Academy of Sciences explain there are at least two different varieties of arachnid mites that have likely taken residence in the vicinity of your nose, just as they have on every mammal on the planet, except for members of the platypus family, according to a university news release. Demodex mites are tiny relatives of spiders and ticks and reside in and on the skin of mammals, which often apparently house more than one species of mite; field mice, for instance, are known to have up...
  • Some People Don't Get Bitten By Mosquitoes — Why That's True Will Surprise You

    09/01/2014 10:54:33 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 69 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sep. 1, 2014, 9:17 AM | Kevin Loria
    In a TED 2014 talk earlier this year in Vancouver, microbial ecologist Rob Knight explained that the bacteria, or microbes, on skin produce different chemicals, some of which smell more attractive to mosquitoes. [....] But there's an equalizer for those that naturally draw swarms of mosquitoes. The same pests are attracted to beer drinkers.
  • Joan Rivers Emergency Underlines Importance of Hospital Admitting Privileges

    09/01/2014 9:18:48 AM PDT · by celmak · 44 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 09/01/2014 | Jill Stanek
    What connects this to the abortion issue is what NBC News’ chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman (pictured below right), said we could learn from this tragedy on the August 29 Today show: SNYDERMAN: The really important thing here is that every time you think you’re going to have a procedure, no matter how minor, you have to constantly remind yourself that although these things are rare, they can happen. And one more thing I should say, make sure your doctor has admitting privileges to the local hospital, because in this case it may well have saved Joan Rivers’ life.”...
  • "High protein diet linked to spiked cancer risk akin to smoking 20 cigarettes a day: U.S. study"

    09/01/2014 4:30:03 AM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 108 replies
    National Post ^ | Mar. 5, 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    Eating too much protein could be as dangerous as smoking for middle-aged people, a study has found. Research which tracked thousands of adults for nearly 20 years found that those who eat a diet rich in animal protein are four times more likely to die of cancer than someone with a low-protein diet. The risk is nearly as high as the danger of developing cancer from smoking 20 cigarettes each day. Previous studies have shown a link between cancer and red meat, but it is the first time research has measured the risk of death associated with regularly eating too...
  • Possible Cure for Type 1 Diabetes Announced

    08/31/2014 1:18:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Daily Call ^ | August 30. 2014 | Jennifer Runyon
    I know this is a loaded and extremely controversial topic but there’s been a big break in the diabetes world. I thought it needed to be shared because no matter how you feel, it’s a big deal! ViaCyte Inc. has been given FDA approval to begin clinical trials on beta cell encapsulation. You may be wondering why this is a big deal. You see, in Type 1 diabetes the body’s own immune system attacks beta cells found in the pancreas. These beta cells produce insulin and the attack makes them unable to do that. Because the body can no longer...
  • Joan Rivers on life support as daughter Melissa remains ‘in denial’ about mother’s condition...

    08/31/2014 9:21:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 103 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / ^ | / Updated: Sunday, August 31, 2014, 11:16 AM | Caitlin Nolan , Heidi Evans , Larry Mcshane
    Sources have told The News that Rivers would not want to live unless she could enjoy “a full and active life....(She) would never want to be a burden on anyone.” Rivers’ grandson, Cooper, 13, and her daughter’s ex-husband, John Endicott, were spotted leaving the hospital Saturday morning in a Lincoln SUV and returning to Melissa Rivers’ East Side apartment. Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital after she stopped breathing during an otherwise routine doctor’s visit for a throat procedure. It was unclear how long Rivers was without oxygen. Doctors placed her in a coma within hours as they attempted...
  • It was already the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Now it’s moving into Africa’s cities

    08/30/2014 9:41:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | August 30 at 7:57 PM | Todd C. Frankel
    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — The dreaded Ebola virus came to the children’s hospital in the form of a 4-year-old boy. ... The boy died. The 30 doctors and nurses who had contact with him were placed in quarantine, forced to nervously wait out the 21 days it can take for the virus to emerge. And remaining staff so far have refused to return to work. ... Ebola is now spreading from the remote provinces and into the teeming cities such as Freetown, where 1.2 million people jostle for space. Previous outbreaks had been limited to remote vil­lages, where containment was...
  • Experience: I Gave Birth on a Plane at 30,000ft

    08/30/2014 8:58:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 29 August 2014 | Debbie Owen
    'I literally crossed my legs and tried to ignore the contractions. I willed the plane to hurry; I knew I couldn't hold on much longer'With more than six weeks until my due date, I felt perfectly happy about flying from Ghana to London – it didn't cross my mind that the baby could come early. I had been living in Ghana for two years, but I wanted to give birth in the UK to avoid any problems with the baby's British citizenship. I was booked into a hospital in the Scottish Borders. My husband, Duncan, would fly over to join...
  • African demand for ZMapp Ebola drug grows as it completely heals monkeys in lab test

    08/30/2014 6:42:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Monkeys infected with the Ebola virus survived after being treated with an experimental drug in a study that suggests the drug may be effective even after severe symptoms are present. Monkeys were given three doses of the antibody-based treatment ZMapp starting three to five days after being infected with a lethal dose of Ebola. All 18 monkeys treated with ZMapp survived, while three that were not given the medicine died, according to the results published in the journal Nature. "It is a really, really important study" as it is the longest researchers have waited after infecting monkeys with Ebola to...
  • Study Claims Marijuana Reshapes Brain Of Users

    08/30/2014 1:11:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 112 replies
    designntrend.com ^ | Aug, 27, 2014, 07:10 PM | Carrie Weisman ,
    The paper will be published Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in the Journal of Neuroscience. ... researchers used an MRI machine and the brains of 40 people between the ages of 18 and 25. They claim that the more marijuana a person smokes, the more those two neural regions get "damaged." Dr. Hans Breiter, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, co-authored the study. He says, "Anytime you find there's a relationship to the amount of marijuana consumed and you see differences of core brain regions involved in processing of rewards, the making of...
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation of brain boosts memory

    08/29/2014 8:47:09 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 4 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | Provided by Northwestern University
    Stimulating a particular region in the brain via non-invasive delivery of electrical current using magnetic pulses, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, improves memory, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. The discovery opens a new field of possibilities for treating memory impairments caused by conditions such as stroke, early-stage Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, cardiac arrest and the memory problems that occur in healthy aging. "We show for the first time that you can specifically change memory functions of the brain in adults without surgery or drugs, which have not proven effective," said senior author Joel Voss, assistant professor of medical social...
  • Doctors Told My Parents Three Times to Abort My Sister Just Because She Has Trisomy 18

    08/29/2014 5:29:54 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    life news ^ | Grace Smith
    “How is Faith doing?” That is probably the question I have heard the most in the last five years. Every time I get asked that question, I have the same general answer: “She is doing okay, but the doctors still have not figured out _____.” I shock myself with how many medical terms I now understand without ever having gone to medical school, and I am only 15! Faith Victoria Smith was born on December 23, 2008. I was so excited to have a second sister — now it matched my two brothers! She is the best Christmas present I...
  • Dear PBS, I don’t think there’s a compassionate way to murder infants

    08/28/2014 4:43:29 PM PDT · by Fester Chugabrew · 3 replies
    The Matt Walsh Blog ^ | 8/28/2014 | Matt Walsh
    This is quite the bold move. As a third rate, tax subsidized broadcasting outfit with a viewership in the single digits, I’d expect you’d try your best to fly under the radar. There is, after all, no conceivable reason for you to exist, nor is there a solid justification for spending tax money to keep afloat an irrelevant television channel that has long since drowned amid a sea of a million other channels. Sure, you “only” bring in about 40 million dollars a year in tax money, but why draw attention to the scam? It might be a good 460...
  • Ancient DNA Sheds New Light on Arctic's Earliest People

    08/28/2014 4:40:35 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 8-28-14 | Heather Pringle
    The earliest people in the North American Arctic remained isolated from others in the region for millennia before vanishing around 700 years ago, a new genetic analysis shows. The study, published online Thursday, also reveals that today's Inuit and Native Americans of the Arctic are genetically distinct from the region's first settlers. Inuit hunters in the Canadian Arctic have long told stories about a mysterious ancient people known as the Tunit, who once inhabited the far north. Tunit men, they recalled, possessed powerful magic and were strong enough to crush the neck of a walrus and singlehandedly haul the massive...
  • The most complete Ebola genome yet: What it can tell us

    08/28/2014 3:27:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | August 28, 2014, 3:04 PM | Deborah Netburn
    An international team of team of scientists has sequenced the RNA of 99 Ebola virus samples collected during the early weeks of the outbreak in Sierra Leone. The feat, described Thursday in the journal Science, gives researchers a powerful new tool in their effort to contain the deadly virus. ... Scientists are already scouring that sequence for clues to help them design effective drugs and vaccines. It could take years to find them all, said Sabeti, who studies infectious diseases at Harvard and at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass. For now, evidence embedded in the RNA reveals that the...
  • Teenage Boy Shoves Dog Head First Into Freezing Water in Vile 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

    08/28/2014 1:21:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Evening Standard ^ | 26 August 2014 | Robin De Peyer
    This is the sickening moment a teenager plunges his pet dog head-first into freezing water in an "ice bucket challenge" stunt. The boy, believed to be from London, forcibly shoves the animal into the bucket in a cruel mutation of the charity fundraising trend. His actions have been condemned by animal rights campaigners who say it would have been caused "distress, if not harm" to the dog. Officers from the RSPCA said a "formal investigation" was being conducted into potential offences under the Animal Welfare Act. Footage of the incident emerged at the height of the craze - which has...
  • UN Climate Chief: 'Not Very Far' from Considering 'Climate Change as a Public Health Emergency'

    08/28/2014 10:32:49 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | 08/28/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State John Kerry has called climate change “the biggest challenge of all that we face right now,” and his French counterpart has warned of climate “chaos” in 500 days, and now the U.N. climate change chief is implying that climate change can be viewed on a par with the deadly Ebola outbreak. Christiana Figueres told a World Health Organization (WHO)-hosted event in Geneva Wednesday that “we are not very far” from the point where climate change should be declared an international public health emergency, according to her prepared remarks. Under international health regulations, a PHEIC is...
  • Joan Rivers in critical condition after surgery

    08/28/2014 9:08:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 83 replies
    NY Post -- Page 6 ^ | 8-28-14 | tasha Velez, Derrick Bryson Taylor, Larry Celona and Natalie O'Neill
    Joan Rivers is in critical condition after she stopped breathing during a medical procedure on Thursday, police sources tell The Post. The E! Fashion critic, 81, was a patient at Yorkville Endoscopy on East 93rd street near Third Avenue in New York City, police sources told The Post. After she stopped breathing, a 911 call was placed at around 9:40 a.m. TMZ reports the caller said, “We have somebody in either cardiac or respiratory arrest.” She was reportedly rushed to Mount Sinai hospital.
  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Do You Know What You Are Supporting?

    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for the ALS Association is sweeping the nation, and going viral in social media. However, do you know what you are supporting if you contribute funds to the ALS Association? The ALS Association describes their “mission”: Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front.  By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life...
  • Marijuana should stay illegal, young Europeans say

    08/27/2014 8:56:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.08.14 @ 12:40 | Benjamin Fox
    A narrow majority of Europe’s youth would ban cannabis, according to new research published by Eurobarometer. Opinion was divided on whether cannabis should be banned. Forty-five percent believed that it should be regulated, while 53 percent felt it should be banned. Meanwhile, more than 90 percent of respondents added that hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine and ecstasy should be illegal. Eurobarometer interviewed more than 13,000 15-24 year olds across the bloc in June for the survey, which was released on Thursday (21 August). It focused on levels of drug use, perceived risk of certain substances, as well as opinions...
  • Politics: Oh good: ObamaCare now providing relief to those getting 'gender reassignment surgery'

    08/27/2014 7:53:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Herman cain ^ | Herman Cain
    Use the correct term, friends. Don't be like Shaney B. and call it "The Forbidden Snip." That would be wrong. Who comes up with these terms? You and I think of it (well, if we think of it at all, which I'd rather not) as sex-change surgery. But no! We have to be politically correct with everything now, so it's "gender reassignment" surgery. My highly insensitive producer, Shaney B., wants to call it "The Forbidden Snip," but of course that is extremely insensitive and wrong and should not be said, so I will not say "The Forbidden Snip" and you...
  • Ebola scare: 116 people arrive [in Delhi, India] from worst-affected Liberia in Delhi and Mumbai

    08/27/2014 6:10:25 PM PDT · by Qiviut · 36 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Aug 27, 2014, 04.46 AM IST | Suhas Munshi & Durgesh Nandan Jha,TNN
    NEW DELHI: The enormity of the Ebola outbreak hit home on Tuesday as 112 Indians and four Nepalese arrived in the country on different flights from Liberia. This West African country has seen over 600 deaths so far and is the worst affected. Till late in the night, 88 people had arrived — 71 in Mumbai and 17 in Delhi. More were on their way on different commercial flights. Health ministry sources said of the 17 passengers who arrived at the Delhi airport, one person has been found to have fever and sore throat which is associated with Ebola Virus...
  • Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts: Study

    08/27/2014 4:22:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell on
    How does microgravity affect your health? One of the chief concerns of NASA astronauts these days is changes to eyesight. Some people come back from long-duration stays in space with what appears to be permanent changes, such as requiring glasses when previously they did not. And the numbers are interesting. A few months after NASA told Universe Today that 20% of astronauts may face this problem, a new study points out that 21 U.S. astronauts that have flown on the International Space Station for long flights (which tend to be five to six months) face visual problems. These include “hyperopic...
  • Canada pulling Winnipeg lab team combatting Ebola in Sierra Leone

    08/27/2014 12:06:17 PM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 19 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Aug. 27 2014 | Kelly Grant
    Canada’s public health agency is preparing to bring home a trio of scientists who were helping to combat Ebola in Sierra Leone after three people in their hotel complex tested positive for the viral hemorrhagic fever. A Health Canada spokesman confirmed late Tuesday night that the Public Health Agency of Canada is finalizing plans to pull its mobile laboratory team out of the West African country.
  • Japan lab unable to replicate stem cell results

    08/27/2014 7:33:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2014 10:12 AM EDT | Elaine Kurtenbach
    The Japanese laboratory that retracted a paper reporting a potentially major breakthrough in stem cell research said Wednesday its researchers have not managed to replicate the results. Scientists at the government-affiliated Riken Center for Developmental Biology said they are still trying to match results reported in two papers published by the journal Nature in January and then retracted in July. […] (Riken scientist Haruko) Obokata and other researchers in Boston and Japan participating in the project said they used a simple procedure to turn ordinary cells from mice into stem cells. They exposed cells from spleens of newborn mice to...
  • Fighting E. Coli Outbreaks With Cinnamon

    08/26/2014 3:12:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Inside Science ^ | Allison Jarrell
    The popular spice could be used to fight bacteria.For centuries, cinnamon has been used to enhance the flavor of foods, but new research shows that the spice could also help make foods safer. According to a study by Meijun Zhu and Lina Sheng, food safety scientists at Washington State University in Pullman, the ancient cooking spice could help prevent some of the most serious foodborne illnesses caused by pathogenic bacteria. Zhu and Sheng studied concentrated, or essential, oil extracted from the cassia variety of cinnamon – the most popular type for cooking in the United States. Cassia cinnamon has a...
  • Mohammad Assaf Does #RubbleBucketChallenge

    08/26/2014 2:53:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
    Forget the Ice Bucket Challenge, it’s a different kinda bucket challenge that’s sweeping the “sandy” Middle East this week! Using #RubbleBucketChallenge to raise awareness on social media, campaigners have swapped ice-and-water-filled containers for sand and rocks. The trend appears to have been started by Jordanian comedian Mohammed Darwaza last Friday, reports The Independent. This challenge is closer to home for Palestinian superstar Mohammad Assaf than others, who’s joined the trend in support of his hometown Gaza, that’s been under attack by Israel for two months now. Assaf knows exactly how his people are feeling; he went through the same exact...
  • UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

    08/26/2014 1:59:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2014 1:01 PM EDT | John Heilprin
    Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes—banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors—until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday. In a bid to set public policy, the World Health Organization said the popular nicotine-vapor products, particularly the fruit, candy and alcohol-drink flavors, could serve as gateway addictions for children and adolescents. It recommended governments forbid or keep to a minimum any advertising, promotion or sponsorship in a market that has mushroomed to $3 billion last year and now includes 466 different brands. …
  • N.C. State students develop nail polish to detect date rape drugs

    08/26/2014 12:31:37 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8-25-14 | Jessica Chasmer
    Four male students at North Carolina State University have developed a prototype for a new nail polish line that changes color when it comes into contact with date rape drugs. Ankesh Madan, Tasso Von Windheim, Tyler Confrey-Maloney, and Stephan Gray founded Undercover Colors, coined as “the first fashion company working to prevent sexual assault,” The Mary Sue reported. A woman paints her nails with the polish, and when her nails come into contact with a liquid, the color will change if drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax, or GHB are present. “In the U.S., 18% of women will be sexually assaulted in...
  • Arby’s creates $10 mega meat sandwich

    08/26/2014 4:56:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | August 25, 2014 | Chelsea Mies
    After realizing that people thought Arby’s mainly served roast beef, the company made a poster showcasing a large stack of all the meats on the menu, which includes bacon and brisket, according to The Washington Post. It worked. “People started coming in and asking, ‘Can I have that?’” Arby’s vice president of brand and corporate communications Christopher Fuller said. Arby’s decided to go with it, and the “Meat Mountain” was born. It will not be listed on the menu, but store associates will make it for the customers who request it. At $10, the sandwich includes (from the bottom up)...
  • Bring Back The Welfare Stigma

    08/25/2014 10:12:30 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 21, 2014 | Daniel Payne
    The public schools in my hometown of Richmond, Virginia, are not known for superb quality—one of them had so pandemic a rodent infestation that it was subsequently overrun by snakes—but give the incompetent buffoons some credit. They know a good handout when they see it: Richmond Public Schools (RPS) recently signed on to a federal program that “encourages school districts to feed everyone by eliminating many of the restrictions in the National School Lunch Program.” It’s bad enough that we’ll have more students belly up to the government food trough (if you’ve never had a taste of “free” government lunch,...
  • Tax-Funded PBS to Air Propaganda Film “Humanizing” Docs Who Do Third-Trimester Abortions

    08/25/2014 8:10:57 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Looking for something to do on Labor Day? The taxpayer-funded PBS has an answer for you: a move that “humanizes” late-term abortionists who kill unborn children in the third-trimester. “After Tiller” profiles Warren Hern, Shelley Sella, LeRoy Carhart, and Susan Robinson, some of the last third-trimester abortionists left in the United States. warrenhearnOn September 1, PBS will be showing the pro-abortion propaganda film “After Tiller” that seeks to sanitize the practice of killing unborn children after viability in late-term abortions. The station also provides resources for people to host an at-home viewing party. That may sound sick to you, but...
  • Pregnant couples who plan to abort Down syndrome babies defend their choice

    08/25/2014 7:37:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    Live Action ^ | Sarah Terzo
    By now, most pro-lifers have heard the cruel and elitist comments made by Richard Dawkins about aborting Down syndrome babies. Dawkins claims that the “ethical” choice is to abort all babies with Down syndrome, even though these children often lead happy lives and enrich their families and society. An NBC article by Kimbery Hayes Taylor describes the results of 3 studies conducted by Boston Children’s Hospital. In the first study, out of 2,044 parents or guardians surveyed, 79% reported their outlook on life was “more positive” because of their child with Down syndrome. A second study found that among siblings...
  • Investigations launched into multiple Taser use on helpless man

    08/25/2014 7:12:54 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 8-19-2014 | Jim Stasiowski
    When an Oglala Sioux Tribal police officer used her Taser several times on a man lying helpless on the ground in Manderson on Friday afternoon, she was trying to get the man "to wake up and stand up," Ron Duke, chief of the OST Department of Public Safety, said Monday. The man, Duke said, was "lying on the ground, probably passed out, clearly intoxicated." The incident was caught on camera by a passerby who taped the officer repeatedly zapping the man who appears to never resist, defend himself or make any threatening moves. An expert in Tasers said using the...
  • US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation

    08/25/2014 4:28:33 PM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 20 Aug 2014 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    $1bn lawsuit accuses Tepco of failing to avoid the accident and of lying about radiation levels that have caused health problems to themselves and their families stationed in Japan The first time it occurred to James Jackson that there could be lasting damage from his US Navy service during Japan’s tsunami and nuclear disaster came when his eldest son, Darius, was diagnosed with leukaemia.Darius, now 15, spent a month in hospital in early 2013, soon after his diagnosis. “I thought I was going to have to bury him,” Jackson recalled. The teenager who aspired to play college basketball now has...
  • Health-care fears loom large in gay marriage cases

    08/25/2014 2:30:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 25, 2014 12:59 AM EDT | Rick Callahan
    When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately. But instead of making the short drive to a hospital near her home in Munster, Indiana, she drove alone for more than 40 minutes to one in neighboring Illinois. Quasney said she was “terrified” her local hospital might not allow her and her partner of more than 13 years, whom she wed last year in another state, to be together if she suffered a health emergency. Quasney and her partner, Amy Sandler,...
  • Hands Up! Don’t Abort!

    08/25/2014 2:01:15 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8-25-2014 | Mike Adams
    Something is just not right with me. In fact, I’m downright rude. I have a tendency to crash protests even though no one invited me. It happened when I donned a burka back in 2003 disguising myself as an Iraqi woman in order to infiltrate a campus protest against the War in Iraq. It happened again in 2009 when I joined a protest against myself at UMASS-Amherst. It happened yet again last Saturday night when I went to Ferguson and protested against the man while holding a sign saying “Hands up, Don’t Shoot!” I learned a lot that night. So...
  • How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It)

    08/24/2014 7:35:06 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 67 replies
    Lifehacker ^ | 7/5/2013 | Mikael Cho
    A few years ago, I worked at a web design agency as a product manager. The part of the job I loved the most was working on product with our design team and clients. Unfortunately, this was only about 10 percent of the work that I actually got to do. The majority of the time, I was trying to control the constant flow of stuff–keeping track of meeting notes, searching for files, and trying to stay up-to-date with the latest technology news.I was mentally exhausted. I’d get home feeling that I hadn’t really accomplished anything. Once I left the agency...
  • ‘The Challenge’ Star Diem Brown Is Battling Cancer For The Third Time

    08/24/2014 1:39:54 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 3 replies
    MTV ^ | August 23, 2014
    Less than two years after beating ovarian cancer for the second time, MTV’s “The Challenge” star Diem Brown is facing yet another devastating hurdle — the 32-year-old has been diagnosed with colon cancer. Brown collapsed, then underwent emergency surgery in New York City last Sunday (August 17).
  • Before He Died, Richard III Lived Large

    08/24/2014 10:48:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | 8-19-14 | Rachel Nuwer
    Bone chemistry sheds light on the monarch's shifting diet throughout his brief life Richard III was only 32 years old when he was struck down at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. But according to new research, the King of England at least enjoyed some good eating throughout his life—especially in the few years leading up to his death. Scientists from the British Geological Survey and the University of Leicester analyzed Richard III's teeth, his femur and his ribs to see what they could reveal about the monarch's diet, Phys.org reports. They used isotope analysis to identify chemical signatures...
  • Knee replacement may go poorly for people who think life isn’t fair

    08/24/2014 5:32:17 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 28 replies
    People who tend to blame others for their suffering and think setbacks in their lives are irreparable tend to report more pain after knee replacement surgery, according to a new study. This is not the first time feelings of personal injustice have been tied to longer recovery times and increased disability after injury, the authors write. “Pain is a complex phenomenon that is influenced by biological, social, and psychological factors,” said lead author Esther Yakobov, a doctoral student in clinical psychology at McGill University in Montreal. “Studies conducted with patients who suffer from chronic pain because of an injury demonstrated...
  • Airborne Transmission of Ebola

    08/24/2014 6:10:44 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 105 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 24, 2014 | Ronald R. Cherry, MD
    The public has been misinformed regarding human-to-human transmission of Ebola. Assurances that Ebola can be transmitted only through direct contact with bodily fluids need to be seriously scrutinized in the wake of the West Africa outbreak. The Canadian Health Department states that airborne transmission of Ebola is strongly suspected and the CDC admits that Ebola can be transmitted in situations where there is no physical contact between people, i.e.: via direct airborne inhalation into the lungs or into the eyes, or via contact with airborne fomites which adhere to nearby surfaces. That helps explain why 81 doctors, nurses and other...
  • A Food Crisis Follows Africa's Ebola Crisis

    08/23/2014 4:05:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    npr ^ | August 22, 2014 5:09 PM ET | Dan Charles
    The first food source that disappeared from markets was "bush meat," meat from forest animals. Some of those animals, like fruit bats, can actually carry Ebola, so governments have banned it. Other foods have become scarce as a side effect of efforts to keep the virus from spreading. David Mwesigwa, the FAO's acting representative in Sierra Leone, says that when governments stopped people from moving from country to country, or even from one town to another, it stopped traders from delivering food to the markets. "The primary impact has been on the mobility of most of the traders," he says....
  • Sierra Leone Makes Hiding Ebola Patients Illegal

    08/23/2014 2:51:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    abc ^ | Aug 23, 2014, 3:58 PM ET | CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAY ,Marc-Andre Boisvert,Jonathan Paye-Layleh
    Sierra Leone has passed a new law imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient — a common practice that the World Health Organization believes has contributed to a major underestimation of the current outbreak. The new law, passed Friday, imposes prison terms of up to two years for violators, said lawmaker Ansumana Jaiah Kaikai. It now goes for presidential approval. He said the measure was necessary to compel residents to cooperate with government officials, noting that some residents had resisted steps to combat Ebola and build isolation centers in their communities. A total of 2,615 infections...
  • Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future

    08/23/2014 9:34:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 23, 2014 10:33 AM EDT | Matt Hamilton
    Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open. Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach. Others tout their upscale amenities like plush towels and marble baths. A bathhouse in Ohio has even added hotel rooms and a nightclub. […] In the heyday of bathhouses in the late 1970s, there were nearly 200 gay bathhouses in cities across the U.S., but by 1990, the total had dropped to approximately 90, according to Damron, the publisher of an annual gay travel guide. In the last decade, bathhouses,...
  • Pomegranate peel may cure deadly brain disorders (Alzheimer's and Parkinson's)

    08/23/2014 3:43:03 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Business Standard ^ | Aug 23, 2014 | IANS
    Two years of research by a Nigerian scientist has shown that sufferers of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease could be helped by punicalagin, a compound extracted from pomegranates. Olumayokun Olajide from the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire showed how punicalagin could inhibit inflammation in specialised brain cells known as micrologia. He also found the painful inflammation that accompanies illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson's disease could be reduced using the same drug. "We do know that regular consumption of pomegranate has a lot of health benefits, including prevention of neuro-inflammation related to dementia," Olajide added.
  • Ebola virus suspected after death of man in Donegal who returned from Sierra Leone

    08/22/2014 8:40:13 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 18 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 21 August 2014 | Eilish O’Regan
    A full-scale health probe is underway in Co Donegal into the death of a man who may have contracted the deadly Ebola virus, Irish health authorities have confirmed. The body of the deceased man has been placed in isolation in Letterkenny hospital after showing possible symptoms of the killer virus. Dessie Quinn (44) returned home from Sierra Leone two weeks ago. Before his death, he was being treated for malaria. A source said the man's body was found this morning and no suspicion of Ebola arose until his death occurred. Laboratory tests, which will confirm if he died from the...
  • Pamela Anderson, Carey Hart Slam ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Online Rants

    08/21/2014 2:46:52 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    Us Weekly ^ | August 21, 2014 | Javy Rodriguez
    Cool it! While Hollywood has accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in droves, uploading often-creative, LOL videos and nominating each other, Pamela Anderson and Carey Hart took to their social media pages to criticize the viral campaign, meant to raise funds for Lou Gehrig's disease research. On Wednesday Aug. 20, Anderson, a longtime supporter of animal rights, posted a Facebook message criticizing ALS researchers for their research practices... The next morning, on Thursday, Aug. 21, Hart similarly railed against those who have hopped on the ice bucket bandwagon...
  • Revealed: Northern Ireland is a nation of stay-at-home binge drinkers

    08/21/2014 1:35:25 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    belfasttelegraph ^ | 20 August 2014 | Adrian Rutherford
    A new Government report into Northern Ireland drinking habits has provided a fascinating snapshot, which is challenging the traditional views of problem alcohol consumption. The results show that more than half of people in Northern Ireland say they exceed the recommended daily alcohol limit – with one in six men admitting they do so at least three times a week. It found 71% of men and 58% of women admitted they drink more than they should, according to official guidelines.