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  • Smelling farts could be the best thing you do today [bizarre "health discovery"]

    07/12/2014 12:08:16 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 68 replies
    CNET.com ^ | July 11, 2014 | Anthony Domanico
    It's Friday, and what better way to spend the day that starts with F than talking about Flatulence? Anyone who has accidentally let one rip in a social situation understands the immediate horror associated with getting caught passing gas. But instead of being ashamed when you fart in public, you should embrace your dirty deed with pride, as you may have just helped saved someone's life. Well, that's what a study currently getting some attention might suggest, but it's more complicated than that. The study out of the University of Exeter in the UK found that the hydrogen sulfide gas...
  • Tracy Morgan sues Walmart over deadly crash

    07/12/2014 8:53:06 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 34 replies
    WAPT.COM ^ | 12 JULY2014 | CNN
    (CNN) —Comedian Tracy Morgan is suing Walmart over a deadly limo bus crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that left him critically injured. The complaint was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey. Morgan, 45, suffered broken ribs, a broken nose and a broken leg in the crash in the early morning hours of June 7. His friend and fellow comedian James McNair was killed and others were injured. The Walmart truck that rear-ended Morgan's limo was traveling 20 mph over the speed limit and its driver was almost at his drive time limit, according to a...
  • Hero cat saves owner's life by TAPPING on neighbour's window to raise alarm

    07/11/2014 7:06:49 PM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | July 11, 2014 | Chris Gee
    Tomcat Slinky Malinki came to unconscious woman's rescue by rapping on the glass with his paw to seek help. Tomcat Slinky Malinki came to 48-year-old Janet Rawlinson's rescue by tapping on the window of Mel and Stephen Sharp with his paw to raise the alarm. Former nurse and mother-of-one Janet, of Cornholme, Lancs, was drifting in and out of consciousness for five days after suffering a reaction to morphine she was taking for back pain.
  • Embryos Are Destroyed In Infertility Treatments: Can This Coverage Be Denied? (Hobby Lobby Ruling

    07/11/2014 2:16:51 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 11 replies
    7/11/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Longer question, as space here now permits: But before that... The SCOTUS ruling was not based upon a/any contraceptive(s) either killing a fertilized egg or stopping its fertilization, but rather was based upon a closely held company being able to deny some benefits under religious objections. Question: If the owners of a closely held company have a religious objection to infertility treatments (some or all), as they may say that unwanted embryos are destroyed in infertility treatments, and thus they will deny this benefit, would the denial of this benefit hold up under the Hobby Lobby ruling? What about vasectomies?...
  • Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today

    07/11/2014 2:15:56 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7-8-14 | Valerie Strauss
    The Centers for Disease Control tells us that in recent years there has been a jump in the percentage of young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD: 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5 percent in 2007 and to 11 percent in 2011. The reasons for the rise are multiple, and include changes in diagnostic criteria, medication treatment and more awareness of the condition. In the following post, Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England, suggests...
  • Study: Plants React Defensively to Being Eaten

    07/11/2014 12:32:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | JUL 3, 2014 | Anne Sewell
    Following various studies, a report has been published by the University of Missouri-Colombia (MU) speculating that plant growth and reaction is influenced by sound, wind and touch. For instance, as a caterpillar eats the leaves of a plant, the plant respond to the sounds made and launches defenses against the attack. Heidi Appel, senior research scientist in the Division of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the Bond Life Sciences Center at MU, said: “Previous research has investigated how plants respond to acoustic energy, including music.” “However, our work is the first example of...
  • Vasectomy linked with aggressive prostate cancer risk

    07/11/2014 10:59:41 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | 10 Jul 2014
    Vasectomy linked with aggressive prostate cancer risk Thursday 10 July 2014 - 3am PST Prostate / Prostate Cancer Men's Health Cancer / Oncology In the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA, find that vasectomy is associated with a small increased risk of prostate cancer, and a larger increased risk for advanced or lethal prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is a major cause of cancer-related deaths in men in the US, where vasectomy is a common form of contraception, with around 15% of American men having the minor procedure, which...
  • EU Commission sues Denmark for not outlawing snus sales

    07/11/2014 10:19:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 10 Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:50pm IST | Foo Yun Chee
    The European Commission took Denmark to court on Thursday for allowing the sale of snus, despite a European Union sales ban on the moist oral snuff. Sweden, a snus producer, is currently the only country in the 28-member bloc permitted to sell the powder tobacco, a privilege granted when it joined the club in the 1990s. …
  • Universities to host ‘National Gay Blood Drive’

    07/11/2014 9:48:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    The Campus Caller ^ | 7-11-14 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    •Men who have sex with other men have been banned from donating blood by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 1977. •According to the CDC, gay and bisexual men accounted for 63 percent of new HIV infections in 2010. Universities across the country are hosting a National Gay Blood Drive today to encourage the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to change its current policies which prevent gay men from donating blood. According to the FDA’s website, men who have sex with other men (MSM) have an increased risk for HIV, hepatitis B and other types of infections that can...
  • Pelosi: ‘I’m Like a Lioness’ When It Comes to Protecting Kids

    07/11/2014 9:18:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 11, 2014 - 12:01 PM | Brittany M. Hughes
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) yesterday described herself as a “lioness” when it comes to protecting children. She also called not only for the U.S. government to process minors arriving illegally from Central America on a “case-by-case basis” and for the government to “treat the Mexican kids the way they treat the non-contiguous country kids.” “Quite frankly, I would rather they treat the Mexican kids the way they treat the non-contiguous country kids,” Pelosi said at a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday, claiming that sending these children back to their home countries would be like “sending them back...
  • Family rescued at sea says satellite cell phone service provider left them in a life-or-death crisis

    07/11/2014 9:01:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    ABC10 News ^ | 7-11-14 | Allison Ash
    SAN DIEGO - The family that drew national attention when they were rescued at sea off their sailboat, Rebel Heart, in April is finally setting the record straight. Charlotte and Eric Kaufman and their two daughters were about 1,000 miles west of Cabo San Lucas in the Sea of Cortez when 1-year old Lyra became sick. That was when their adventure of a lifetime turned into a nightmare. It began with a fever, then a rash and then Lyra became lethargic. That was when the couple used their satellite cell phone to call a doctor. He advised them to begin...
  • Every Year, A Few Americans Still Get The Plague

    07/11/2014 8:25:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/11/2014 | LAUREN F FRIEDMAN
    The recent news that a Colorado man was diagnosed with the plague may have left some wondering: Does that still happen here?The answer, somewhat surprisingly, is yes.While the last plague epidemic in the United States was back in 1924, when 37 people died in Los Angeles, the much-feared disease still surfaces in humans from time to time, though it's very infrequent — and fully treatable with antibiotics if it's caught in time."Plague... spread from urban rats to rural rodent species, and became entrenched in many areas of the western United States," the CDC explains. "Since that time, plague has...
  • Vasectomy can increase risk of developing lethal prostate cancer

    07/11/2014 8:12:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:00PM BST 10 Jul 2014 | Laura Donnelly and Claire Carter
    Men who have a vasectomy face an increased chance of developing prostate cancer and a higher risk of contracting the most aggressive form of the disease, a study has found. The Harvard research on 50,000 men, the largest study to examine the link between sterilization and cancer, found that those who had the procedure had a 10 percent greater chance of developing the disease. It also found a sharp increase in the risk of contracting the most aggressive form of prostate cancer, although this type of the disease is still relatively rare. The dangers appeared to be highest among men...
  • Climate Change Could Cause More Kidney Stones

    07/11/2014 1:33:02 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 32 replies
    City Lab ^ | July 10, 2014 18:12 GMT | John Metcalfe
    When one thinks of the warming climate, the phrases that pop into mind probably aren't "nausea and vomiting," "sharp, stabbing pain," and "blood in your urine." Yet these awful symptoms could become more prolific in the coming decades, as hotter weather appears to be linked with the risk of growing a kidney stone. This disheartening prognosis comes from doctors at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and elsewhere who've completed a seven-year-long study of 60,433 patients in several major U.S. cities. When the temperature goes up, there's a subsequent spike in the number of people visiting hospitals for stone issues, they...
  • 'The View' Host Sherri Shepherd Rejects Unborn IVF Baby

    07/10/2014 4:27:02 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7-10-14 | Austin Ruse
    A year ago The View co-host Sherri Shepherd announced she and her husband Lamar Sally were going to have a baby using a surrogate. The procedure was to use Shepherd’s eggs and the womb of a stranger. Shepherd said at the time that she had found “a drama-free uterus” and that “we’re putting in our eggs and Sal’s sperm and we’ll let you know how it progresses.” It turns out not to have progressed very well either for a baby or for the marriage. TMZ reported this week that Shepherd’s eggs and Sally’s sperm did not work and that she...
  • Liz Cheney: ‘Abortion Rights Trump Everything’ for Liberal Justices

    07/10/2014 2:11:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 7, 2014 - 10:50 AM | Barbara Boland
    “The dissents in both [the Wheaton and Hobby Lobby] cases show … a legal theory we haven’t seen before—which is essentially a theory that says, abortion rights trump everything else,” said Liz Cheney during a panel discussion on Fox News Sunday. “Abortion rights are more important than the free exercise of religion.” While Monday’s Hobby Lobby case received the bulk of media attention this week, a less publicized Thursday ruling granted an injunction to Wheaton College, a small evangelical college that is also a non-profit. …
  • Stem cell patient ACCIDENTALLY grows a NOSE on her back eight years after surgeons injected tissue

    07/10/2014 1:17:00 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 12:55 EST, 9 July 2014 | By Emily Payne
    A woman has developed a nose-like growth eight years after a stem cell treatment to cure her paralysis failed. At the Hospital de Egas Moniz in Lisbon, Portugal, the unnamed woman, a U.S. citizen, had tissue from her nose implanted in her spine. Doctors hoped the cells would develop into neural cells and help repair the nerve damage to the woman's spine. But the treatment failed. However, last year, eight years after the stem cell operation, the woman, then 28, complained of increasing pain in the area. Doctors discovered a three-centimetre-long growth, which was found to be mainly nasal tissue,...
  • Galveston County, League City OK resolution telling feds not to bring illegal immigrants to area

    07/10/2014 1:12:23 PM PDT · by patriot08 · 7 replies
    12 News ^ | 7/10/14 | patriot08
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Local communities are letting the federal government know they don't want illegal immigrants there. League City City Council passed an resolution that will prohibit the federal government from setting up any undocumented immigrant shelters with in the city limits. The resolution passed 6-2. It's the second resolution of it's kind that was passed Tuesday. Galveston County passed a similar resolution earlier Tuesday in a 4-1 vote. The resolution suggests that immigrants children detained at the border may have diseases, and therefore the public needs to be protected. There is also a big push under this resolution to...
  • ACT NOW on Senate Baby DNA Bill

    07/09/2014 3:33:22 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act is waiting in the US Senate for a vote. Last week, before the House voted on it, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann went to the floor of the House and said parent consent should be required. But it passed without consent requirements. Now, the U.S. Senate is planning to vote on the Houseʼs newborn screening bill and send it to the President. The Senate wants to hotline it, but we want to stop it unless it has written informed parent consent for the government storage, use, analysis, and sharing of newborn DNA. Call your Senators...
  • WARNING: Eight EHR Hazards (electronic health records)

    07/09/2014 3:15:22 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    CCHFREEDOM.ORG ^ | 7-9-14 | Twila Brase
    There's triple trouble with electronic health records: patient safety, medical privacy, and data security. And there are at least eight hazards. But much taxpayer money has been thrown at the highly speculative, untested EHR for political and profit purposes. And there are at least eight hazards. But much taxpayer money has been thrown at the highly speculative, untested EHR for political and profit purposes. England has already tried and failed. The National Health Service, which serves a population of 53 million, began building a national EHR system in 2002. By 2007, it missed key deadlines. In 2011, the $20 billion...
  • Strength Training for People My Age

    07/09/2014 8:09:02 AM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 45 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 8, 2014 - 8:00 am | Mark Rippetoe
    I’m 58. Granted, I’m pretty beat up these days. I’ve had my share of injuries, the result of having lived a rather careless active life outdoors, on horses, motorcycles, bicycles, and the field of competition. People my age who have not spent their years in a chair have an accumulation of aches and pains, most of them earned the hard way. And for us, beat up or not, the best way to stay in the game is to train for strength. The conventional wisdom is that older people (ah, the term sticks in the craw) need to settle into a...
  • Men who cycle more ........ more likely to develop prostate cancer, study finds

    07/09/2014 5:09:23 AM PDT · by Morgana · 42 replies
    mail online ^ | Ben Spencer
    FULL TITLE: Men who cycle more than nine hours a week are six times more likely to develop prostate cancer, study finds Middle aged men who spend nine hours a week on their bike are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, new research suggests. A British study of 5,200 cyclists is the biggest research project ever conducted on the health impact of cycling. It suggests that cyclists in in their 50s who bicycle for more than nine hours a week may be up to five times as likely to receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer. The team of...
  • Hospitals at Increasing Risk of Overheating Due to Climate Change (Yeah, Right)

    07/09/2014 2:02:17 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 34 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | July 9, 2014 06:00 GMT | Emily Gosden
    Nine out of ten hospital wards may be at risk of overheating, increasing the dangers for vulnerable patients who are left sweltering in temperatures of more than 26C (78.8F), government advisers have warned. Poor ventilation, thin walls, low ceilings and big windows that can barely be opened are contributing to temperatures far exceeding acceptable levels during hot weather, according to the Committee on Climate Change. One fifth of domestic properties could also already be overheating, with flats especially vulnerable, it finds. The number of people dying prematurely from overheating could triple to 7,000 per year by the 2050s as global...
  • Report: More Than Expected Will Drop Out Of Colorado’s Obamacare Program (Abandon Ship!)

    07/09/2014 1:37:02 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 9, 2014 05:16 GMT | Greg Campbell
    Nearly twice as many people are expected to drop out of Colorado’s state-run health care exchange in the coming years than originally projected, leading to nearly $2 million lost in associated fees for the financially embattled program over the next two years. Connect for Health Colorado originally projected that 13 percent of enrollees will either leave the exchange in fiscal 2015 or fail to pay their bills, but now they project the figure to be as high as 24 percent, according to the Denver Post. If that’s the case, the exchange will lose out on about $1 million in fees...
  • Lewisville 911 Operator Helps Deliver Baby (Obamacare Maternity Plan)

    07/08/2014 6:29:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    A part-time Lewisville 911 operator helped deliver a baby over the phone last week. The call came in July 1 from the Motel 6 in Lewisville, where a man told dispatcher Meredith Lutz his "baby mama's" water had broken on the bed, and she was going into labor. The situation escalated quickly, though, as just moments later the man asked Lutz “the baby’s coming out right now, what do I do?” "It turns out she was already crowning, and the baby came before the call even ended,” said Lutz. Utilizing an on-screen manual in the call center and the help...
  • Scientists criticize Europe’s $1.6B brain project

    07/07/2014 12:52:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2014 12:30 PM EDT
    Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe’s $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general. The 10-year Human Brain Project is largely funded by the European Union. In an open letter issued Monday, more than 190 neuroscience researchers called on the EU to put less money into the effort to “build” a brain, and to invest instead in existing projects. …
  • Abortion doctors fear successor shortage

    07/07/2014 8:23:39 AM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    Abortion physician Dennis Christensen wants to retire. But he can't, the 71-year-old says, because no one wants to take over his Milwaukee clinic, a condition he set for himself for retirement. Christensen and his professional partner, Bernard Smith, both of whom have performed abortions for more than four decades, hope they can hand over the reins of the Affiliated Medical Center to younger physicians, but so far no one has come forward. An ongoing lawsuit over a new state requirement for doctors who perform abortions could leave that process more rigorous and less likely to happen. "I have always felt...
  • Immigration pressure building

    07/06/2014 3:42:17 PM PDT · by Don Corleone · 6 replies
    self | 07/06/14 | self
    My own observation is that the web page for Kirkpatrick (D. AZ1) refuses any more comments about the border, disease, etc. but will accept comments on other topics. Anyone else experience the same situation with her or maybe a different congresscritter? The uproar must be increasing. What say?
  • Reminder: Hobby Lobby Provides Coverage for 16 Types of Contraception

    07/04/2014 10:23:28 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | Katie Pavlich
    After today's Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, the left and Democrats are predictably claiming the 5-4 decision bans contraception for women. That claim is completely false. Not to mention, Hobby Lobby itself provides coverage of 16 different types of contraception to its employees.
  • The best way to lose weight? A diet filled with protein: Eating fish, eggs and meat every day

    07/04/2014 10:05:04 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/03/2014 | Lucy Crossley
    Those with a diet low in protein likely to gorge on carbohydrates and fat Proportion of protein in Western diets has dropped - which could account for obesity levels Poeple must eat enough protein to satisfy appetites, scientists say Protein is essential for the healthy growth and repair of body tissues Over the past 60 years the proportion of protein in Western diets has dropped, and researchers suggest this could account for soaring levels of obesity.
  • Please help! Trying to quit alcohol but facing challenges from family.

    07/04/2014 9:02:19 PM PDT · by proud American in Canada · 157 replies
    myself | July Fourth, 2014 | myself
    Hi all, I never, NEVER, thought I'd post this here. But at this point, I have no one to turn to. I'm a 51 year-old housewife/reporter and photographer who tries to make money doing proofreading, editing, writing,taking pictures, and oh, yes, selling ads for a phone book belonging to a dear friend of mine who was on Gatineau's city council (that's how I met him; we broke a lot of stories here). I need to make a profile on FR; it would save a lot of time. :) Long story short. I grew up in Des Plaines, IL, met my...
  • BREAKING: Planned Parenthood announces closure of three Indiana clinics

    07/04/2014 7:24:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    The 4th of July is starting out with a real bang! Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky announced July 2 it is closing three Indiana clinics this summer, in Bedford, Madison, and Warsaw. None of the three are abortion clinics; they are all feeders. On its website the Planned Parenthood affiliate indicates the Bedford and Warsaw clinics will shutter on July 25. No date is listed for Madison’s closure. Planned Parenthood’s demographic winter According to the Indiana Economic Digest, Planned Parenthood unwittingly admitted partial responsibility for the Bedford clinic’s demise - “a decline in patients coming to Planned Parenthood. It...
  • No Marriage? 23 Saudi Women Sue Guardians

    07/04/2014 4:24:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Gulf News ^ | July 4, 2014
    ‘Adhl’ could cause severe psychological trauma for them, activist saysTwenty-three Saudi women sued their parents last year for not letting them get married, a source at the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) said. Riyadh had 11 cases, followed by Madinah with four, and two each in Dammam, Makkah, Jeddah and Jazan, the Arab News reported citing the source. These cases are known in Arabic as “adhl”. Suhaila Zain Al Abideen Hammad, a rights activist and member of the NSHR, has called on the government to introduce a law to protect women from “adhl”. “It is imperative to introduce legislation...
  • Pregnant but Dying, 21-Year-Old Army Wife Gives Birth to Baby Boy

    07/04/2014 12:42:38 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/4/14
    When 21-year-old Army wife Yesenia Ruiz-Rojo went to the hospital in Fort Hood, Texas-almost 4 months pregnant, seemingly healthy, but experiencing excruciating abdominal pain-doctors discovered a gigantic tumor covering more than two-thirds of her liver. She was diagnosed with aggressive liver cancer and given two to four months to live, reports the US Department of Defense. Just save my baby, she said.
  • Psychedelic mushrooms put your brain in a “waking dream,” study finds

    07/04/2014 11:03:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | July 3 | Rachel Feltman
    Psychedelic mushrooms can do more than make you see the world in kaleidoscope. Research suggests they may have permanent, positive effects on the human brain. In fact, a mind-altering compound found in some 200 species of mushroom is already being explored as a potential treatment for depression and anxiety. People who consume these mushrooms, after “trips” that can be a bit scary and unpleasant, report feeling more optimistic, less self-centered, and even happier for months after the fact. But why do these trips change the way people see the world? According to a study published today in Human Brain Mapping,...
  • Saudi Establishes Camel Milk Firm in California

    07/04/2014 10:37:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    A young Saudi has established a company selling camel's milk in the United States, despite the animals reportedly being the source of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. According to a report in a Los Angeles newspaper, Walid Abdulwahab, 23, set up the company as part of his class project at the University of Southern California. The lighthearted slogan of his company, Desert Farms, is "Make every day a humpday." Supplied by seven small camel farms, most of them owned by Amish, the Santa Monica-based company recently sold camel milk of $100,000, as it spreads its claims of nutritional...
  • Vanity: Illegal immigrant children = obama's smallpox blankets

    07/04/2014 10:26:02 AM PDT · by goodwithagun · 19 replies
    The white man has been crucified by history for infecting others with diseases. Is obama's personally manufactured border crisis a similar situation? Is the manufactured crisis his smallpox blankets (yes I know the original incident is greatly exaggerated by liberal historians), with the added benefit of additional voters and additional takers to bring the country down even further?
  • Men Would Rather Give Themselves Electric Shocks Than Sit Alone With Their Thoughts

    07/03/2014 3:25:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 7/3/2014 | Jesse Singal
    Most people don’t think it’s fun to sit alone with nothing to do but think — it’s part of the reason for obsessive phone-checking during idle moments. A new study in Science highlights just how unenjoyable this experience is: in short, very. To the point that some people will choose to shock themselves rather than sit alone with nothing to do for a little while. The researchers conducted 11 experiments in a variety of settings and among a variety of age groups. In most of them, subjects were asked to simply chill out and think for 6 to 15 minutes...
  • Researchers regrow corneas using adult human stem cells

    07/03/2014 7:40:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 02, 2014 | Loren Grush
    Boston researchers have successfully regrown human corneal tissue—a feat that could potentially restore vision in the blind. The achievement also marks one of the first times that scientists have constructed tissue using adult-derived human stem cells. In a new study published in the journal Nature, researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the VA Boston Healthcare System detailed their groundbreaking research. According to the paper, the key to the study’s success revolves around a molecule known as ABCB5, which serves as a biomarker for previously elusive limbal stem cells. Residing in the...
  • Ebola 'out of control' in West Africa as health workers rush to trace 1,500 possible victims

    07/03/2014 4:26:12 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03 Jul 2014 | Mike Pflanz
    Fear, mistrust of Western medicine and difficulties reaching remote areas mean hundreds of potentially infected people have not yet been found Hundreds of West Africans could be carrying the deadly Ebola virus and not know it, potentially infecting hundreds more, as cash-strapped governments and overwhelmed aid agencies struggle to contain the virus's spread. At least 1,500 people have not yet been traced who are known to have come into contact with others confirmed or suspected to be infected with the haemorrhagic fever, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) told The Telegraph. Many more could be moving freely in the three countries battling...
  • OTC Birth Control: Your Body, Your Choice, Your Responsibility

    07/02/2014 5:39:51 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 25 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 1, 2014 | Ben Domenech
    Yesterday’s narrow Hobby Lobby decision shows why the culture war isn’t over – it’s just getting started. The reality is that in the absence of the ability to compel employers to pay for things over their religious objections, and at a time when covering 16 forms of birth control out of 20 is culturally insufficient, the Obama administration will be more than happy to turn to the traditional method of the left: skipping the middle man of the employer and just handing people other people’s money. So because some people cannot be compelled to pay for their employee’s IUDs, Plan...
  • How Dark Chocolate, Not Milk Chocolate, May Help Blood Flow

    07/02/2014 4:44:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | July 02, 2014 | Allison Aubrey
    The idea that eating cocoa-rich, dark chocolate may offer greater health benefits than milk chocolate is not new. Cocoa is loaded with compounds called polyphenols that have been shown to help our bodies fend off inflammation and maybe even improve our moods. And now a small study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association offers evidence of another possible benefit: improving vascular health by increasing blood flow. Researchers studied patients with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, which affects about 20 percent of adults older than 70 in the U.S. and other Western countries. People who have PAD can...
  • Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries

    07/02/2014 4:37:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | July 01, 2014 | DAN CHARLES
    In California, a legal skirmish has erupted over strawberries — or rather, over strawberry breeding. To be absolutely precise, the battle is about strawberry breeding at the University of California, Davis. This is more important than it might sound. More than half of all strawberries in the supermarket trace their ancestry to breeding plots at UC Davis. The strawberry breeders at UC Davis, who've led that program for decades, are leaving the university to carry on their work at a new private company. The California Strawberry Commission, which represents farmers, is now suing the university, accusing it of betraying a...
  • Tuberculosis outbreak at Sacramento high school

    07/02/2014 12:26:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 2, 2014 3:17 PM EDT
    A California high school is at the center of a tuberculosis outbreak linked to an infectious student who tested positive for active TB in February, county health officials said Wednesday. Four more students at Grant Union High School in Sacramento have contracted active TB. Three related tuberculosis cases are considered an outbreak, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Laura McCasland said. …
  • Maryland mom accused of poisoning young sons with Visine

    07/02/2014 10:35:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02 July 2014 | Staff
    A Maryland mother was arrested Monday after she poisoned her young sons with eye drops, police in Pennsylvania said. State police in Gettysburg announced they had arrested 23-year-old Samantha Unger, of Thurmont. She allegedly told state police in Gettysburg that she put drops of Visine into water and juice for her 3-year-old and that her 1-year-old became sick by drinking them accidentally. Unger faces charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children. A police affidavit says both children became sick this spring, and the older boy required hospitalization. Doctors at Hershey Medical Center suspected poisoning, and tests found...
  • Kung Fu Training in China

    07/02/2014 9:42:19 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 15 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | 7/2/14 | Unknown
    Skip to 1:34 in the video. It hurts just to watch.
  • EU food agency says acrylamide is a health concern

    07/02/2014 9:40:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 07/02/2014 13:45
    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says acrylamide in food potentially increases the risk of developing cancer for consumers in all age groups. The authority has launched a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion about the substance. Acrylamide is a chemical compound that typically forms in starchy food products such as potato crisps, chips, bread, biscuits and coffee, during high-temperature processing (above 150°), including frying, baking and roasting. […] Acrylamide has previously been linked to cancer. In 2002, Swedish researchers found the compound by coincidence and had a strong suspicion that acrylamide was a carcinogenic agent. But EFSA acknowledges...
  • Obamacare views will skew votes this fall: poll

    07/02/2014 9:14:56 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | 07/02/2014 | Dan Mangan
    Most Americans say their view of Obamacare will play a role in how they vote in upcoming congressional elections—but don't count on that guaranteeing that a particular political party is slam dunk winner this fall. A new Bankrate.com poll released Wednesday revealed that Obamacare-motivated voters are not necessarily heavily Republican or Democratic. It also revealed sharply decreasing support for outright repeal of the still-controversial health-care reform law. Most of those people, 44 percent of all respondents, said the health-care law would be a major factor in their decision, while 24 percent said it would play a minor role. Out of...
  • Talking About Hobby Lobby And Religious Freedom With Liberal Friends

    07/02/2014 9:08:05 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 1, 2014 | Rachel Lu
    Hobby Lobby doesn’t have to provide objectionable forms of birth control (abortifacients) to its employees, because paying for that would violate sincere religious beliefs held by its owners. That’s what most moderately-informed Americans are likely to take away from the most recent Supreme Court decision in favor of the family-owned company. Some conservatives have expressed disappointment that the decision, as written by Justice Samuel Alito, wasn’t broader, and the precedent it set was indeed deliberately narrow. But it’s still a win for religious liberty, and after the debacle last winter concerning Arizona’s Senate Bill 1062, it’s good to have another...
  • Cancer patient, 64, who was suing over Obamacare enrollment mixup dies of her brain tumor

    07/02/2014 8:41:54 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/02/2014 | Lydia Warren
    Linda Rolain passed away at her Las Vegas home on Monday Her family had joined two lawsuits against the State of Nevada and the company that set up its troubled online software, Xerox She had tried to enroll in the state's health exchange in November and after numerous issues, finally paid in January for coverage to start in March But when she went to get treatment, there was no record of her name and she finally received an insurance card in May She underwent surgery in mid-May but struggled to recover Robert Rolain, who lost 60 pounds due to stress,...