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  • UC San Diego Autism Research Described as "Game Changer"

    04/24/2014 4:23:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 | Liberty Zabala and R. Stickney
    Researchers say stem cells could lead them to the right drug to treat autismUC San Diego scientists say they've made a breakthrough in autism research. Researchers found using stem cells can help them find the right drug to treat the disorder. NBC 7's Liberty Zabala explains how the research could one day lead to a cure. Autistic stem cells are starting respond to experimental drugs in what San Diego researchers are calling a breakthrough in the disorder affecting one in 68 children. UC San Diego scientists took stem cells from children with autism and reprogrammed them into brain cells. “It...
  • Camel Milk: a Miracle Cure for Children With Autism?

    04/24/2014 3:58:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Gulf News ^ | Jay Hilotin
    Children with autism relieved of symptoms following therapy that includes camel milkDubai: Can camel milk help children with autism? Two American mothers who sourced camel milk from the Middle East say it definitely can, citing circumstantial evidence of their children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) responding positively after therapy that included camel milk. Author Christina Adams shared her camel milk story with XPRESS following a meet-up organised by Autism UAE, Stepping Stones, Child EIMC and Emirates Industry for Camel Milk and Products (EICMP) at The Majlis Dubai, a new camel milk cafe next to Jumeirah Mosque. American-born Zeba Khan,...
  • Diabetes Complication Rates Drop Among U.S. Adults

    04/24/2014 3:40:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    HealthDay News via Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April 16, 2014 | Serena Gordon
    The rates of five serious complications from diabetes -- heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, amputations and death -- have all dropped dramatically since 1990, a new U.S. government study shows. Heart attack rates have decreased nearly 70 percent in people with diabetes. Stroke rates have dropped by more than 50 percent, as have lower extremity amputations. Deaths from high blood sugar crises have fallen nearly 65 percent, and the risk of end-stage kidney disease is down 28 percent, according to the study. The biggest declines in diabetes-related complications have occurred for heart attack and stroke, especially among people aged 75...
  • 'Double-duty' electrolyte enables new chemistry for longer-lived batteries

    04/24/2014 1:08:44 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-24-2014 | Staff & Provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    (Phys.org) —Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new and unconventional battery chemistry aimed at producing batteries that last longer than previously thought possible. In a study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, ORNL researchers challenged a long-held assumption that a battery's three main components—the positive cathode, negative anode and ion-conducting electrolyte—can play only one role in the device. The electrolyte in the team's new battery design has dual functions: it serves not only as an ion conductor but also as a cathode supplement. This cooperative chemistry, enabled by the use...
  • Obamacare class-action suit opens a new legal front

    04/24/2014 11:37:27 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/23/2014 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Lawrence Basich is on the hook for $400,000 in medical bills that would have been paid by his insurer had his application been processed correctly by Nevada’s Obamacare exchange. In a closely-watched class-action lawsuit now gathering steam, Mr. Basich is one of two named plaintiffs in the suit against the state-run exchange — and the company that built it — that claims thousands of residents paid for health insurance, but never got covered because of technical glitches on the portal. The suit may be the first since the Obamacare rollout that pits actual consumers against both the state and its...
  • Cardinals

    04/24/2014 4:46:14 AM PDT · by Revski · 9 replies
    youtube post ^ | 4-24-2014 | revski
    Backyard, peaceful day. Posting this one again because the first seem to have a problem working. Thanks for viewing and hope you enjoy this back yard short video.
  • FDA proposes extending its oversight of tobacco

    04/23/2014 10:06:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2014 12:34 AM EDT | Michael Felberbaum
    The federal government wants to extend its oversight of tobacco to include cigars, hookah, nicotine gels, pipe tobacco and dissolvable tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration proposal being issued Thursday would ban sales to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels. …
  • Love it or Hate it: Where Do You Come Down on Kale, Beets, Okra, Brussels Sprouts and Cilantro?

    04/23/2014 4:14:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 154 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/23/2014 | Martha Ross and Joan Morris
    Cilantro was described as an aphrodisiac in the Arabian Nights, but that fact fails to impress those who hate it with a passion. Cilantro was described as an aphrodisiac in "The Arabian Nights," but that fact fails to impress those who hate it with a passion. Julia Child famously told Larry King that it has a "dead taste," and she would pick it out of a dish "and throw it on the floor." The pro-cilantro crowd is just as vocal, if not as descriptive. You can find the debate anywhere you find cilantro and the people who meticulously pick it...
  • Bad news: you probably have herpes and don't know it

    04/23/2014 2:11:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Vox ^ | 04/23/2014 | by Susannah Locke
    Yes, I'm talking to you. About 70% of Americans ages 14 to 49 have herpes, that is either the HSV-1 or HSV-2 versions. These viruses used to be clearly demarcated as oral and genital herpes, but these days it's clear that both can cause both types of infections. Genital herpes is one of the most stigmatized of STI's, and it's far more common than most people think. But learning that you have it might just cause you more social harm than actual good. It's something that experts love to debate. Here are four facts you probably didn't want to know...
  • Doctors Petition White House to Bar Obama, Biden from Eating Junk Food in Public

    04/23/2014 12:05:18 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 37 replies
    pcrm ^ | May 8.2012 | No Attribution
    Doctors Petition White House to Bar Obama, Biden from Eating Junk Food in Public Photos of President Eating Hot Dogs, Burgers Send Unhealthy Message Amid Obesity Crisis WASHINGTON—A physicians nonprofit wants President Barack Obama to stop chowing down on hot dogs in front of news cameras. In a petition being filed on May 10, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine asks the White House to issue an executive order banning staged photo opportunities that show the president, the first family, the vice president, and members of the president’s cabinet eating unhealthy foods—including processed meats—that can cause cancer and obesity.
  • New Migraine Drugs Bring Relief To Sufferers With Pain Prevention, Not Just Treatment

    04/23/2014 10:58:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.medicaldaily.com ^ | Apr 22, 2014 04:00 PM EDT | By Dana Dovey
    For those who suffer from migraines, you know that they can often be debilitating. A day with a migraine is one spent hoarded up in a room, shades drawn, eyes shut tight, wishing for sleep to provide relief from the pain. Two new drug studies are changing the way that a medicine looks at treating migraines. Rather than working to stop the migraine once it has started, these drugs are aimed at preventing the migraine from occurring in the first place. Although both drugs need more studies conducted before their effectiveness can be confirmed, so far the results look promising....
  • Driver calls 911 from car as girlfriend hits him in the groin

    04/23/2014 6:25:45 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Palm Coast Observer ^ | April 21, 2014 | Jonathan Simmons
    Deputies arrested a 28-year-old woman April 18 after dispatchers got a frantic 911 call from a man who said he was in his SUV on northbound I-95, and his girlfriend was attacking his genitalia. His son, in the car with several other children, filmed at least part of the attack on his cell phone as deputies found the victim’s car on I-95. Deputies followed it as dispatchers told the victim to pull off on State Road 100, and then stopped the car at a Kangaroo gas station, according to an arrest report. Two deputies spoke separately to the man and...
  • Decline of the traditional family doctor revealed

    04/23/2014 1:19:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:00PM BST 21 Apr 2014 | Matthew Holehouse
    England could lose the traditional family doctor, medics have warned, as new figures lay bare the steep decline in small GP practices. Patients, particularly in rural areas, are traveling further and receiving a less personal service after the disappearance of hundreds of small GP practices over the past decade. Under the last government, polyclinics—or super GP surgeries—with specialist doctors working on one site were seen as the future of the NHS. Single-doctor clinics have becoming increasingly rare as GPs try to save money on premises and administrative staff. …
  • Thousands die of thirst and poor care in NHS (UK)

    04/23/2014 1:13:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:35AM BST 22 Apr 2014 | Padraic Flanagan and Laura Donnelly
    At least 1,000 hospital patients are dying needlessly each month from dehydration and poor care by doctors and nurses, according to a NHS study. The deaths from acute kidney injury could be prevented by simple steps such as nurses ensuring patients have enough to drink and doctors reviewing their medication, the researchers say. Between 15,000 and 40,000 patients die annually because hospital staff fail to diagnose the treatable kidney problem, a figure that dwarfs the death toll from superbugs like MRSA. The report comes less than a year after the NHS watchdog NICE was forced to issue guidelines on giving...
  • The Drugging Of The American Boy

    04/22/2014 9:24:11 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 48 replies
    Esquire ^ | March 27, 2014 | Ryan D'Agostino
    By the time they reach high school, nearly 20 percent of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of those boys will be prescribed a powerful stimulant to "normalize" them. A great many of those boys will suffer serious side effects from those drugs. The shocking truth is that many of those diagnoses are wrong, and that most of those boys are being drugged for no good reason—simply for being boys. It's time we recognize this as a crisis.
  • Baby Girl Weighing 6kg Born in Saudi Arabia (Premature, 13.23 LBS)

    04/22/2014 4:15:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    It was a premature delivery; Mom and baby in good healthA Saudi mother gave birth to a baby girl weighing six kg and doctors said it was one of the highest weights for a newborn to be recorded in the Gulf kingdom. The woman underwent a Caesarian operation at the hospital in the northern town of Tabuk after she went into labour in an early stage. “She had a premature delivery and the baby weighed around six kg, one of the heaviest babies to be born in the Kingdom,” the hospital’s public relations director Fahd Al Tuwaijri said, adding that...
  • A Top Hospital Opens Up to Chinese Herbs as Medicines

    04/22/2014 4:08:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Christina Lunka appeared nervous and excited as she sat in the Chinese herbal therapy center recently opened by the Cleveland Clinic. The 49-year-old had been to many doctors seeking help for ongoing issues that included joint pain and digestive problems. Now the Kirtland, Ohio, resident was hoping to find relief through herbal remedies. Evidence Is Lacking That Herbs Are Effective"Do you have something for inflammation?" Ms. Lunka asked herbalist Galina Roofener during a one-hour consultation. "Absolutely," responded Ms. Roofener. "This is for pain, for digestion, for inflammation, all of the above," she said, handing Ms. Lunka a bottle with capsules...
  • Urgent Surgery Saves Pregnant Camel, Baby

    04/22/2014 3:33:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Veterinary doctors at the public health and safety department of Dubai Municipality have saved life of a pregnant camel by performing an emergency surgery, said Hashim Al-Awadhi, head of veterinary services section at Dubai Municipality. He said the camel and new born are safe and in good health now. The camel was suffering acute pain due to delivery complications which might have led to death of the animal if emergency surgery was not done, he said. He urged the public to be careful of the health and safety of all kind of domestic animals by following approved methods of animal...
  • A Top Hospital Opens Up to Chinese Herbs as Medicines

    04/22/2014 1:43:29 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 21, 2014 | Sumathi Reddy
    Christina Lunka appeared nervous and excited as she sat in the Chinese herbal therapy center recently opened by the Cleveland Clinic. The 49-year-old had been to many doctors seeking help for ongoing issues that included joint pain and digestive problems. Now the Kirtland, Ohio, resident was hoping to find relief through herbal remedies. "Do you have something for inflammation?" Ms. Lunka asked herbalist Galina Roofener during a one-hour consultation. "Absolutely," responded Ms. Roofener. "This is for pain, for digestion, for inflammation, all of the above," she said, handing Ms. Lunka a bottle with capsules of an herbal combination called Xiao...
  • Justina Pelletier’s Father Says Her Health is Failing: “She Doesn’t Have Much Longer”

    04/21/2014 6:45:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 47 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    On Good Friday, the Pelletier family delivered over 700 “Get Well” cards for Justina Pelletier, the sick teenager who state officials wrongfully took custody of away from her parents. The Pelletier family was not allowed to visit their daughter on Easter Sunday. The news comes after attorneys working with her family released a letter Justina reportedly wrote saying she is not being treated well. Today, pro-life attorney Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel told LifeNews that Justina’s health continues to deteriorate. justinapelletier3“On Good Friday, Justina Pelletier received cards adorned with encouraging scripture and powerful messages of hope from concerned Americans across...
  • 'It's OK to drink six pints a day': Alcohol expert says...

    04/21/2014 5:55:22 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 52 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 21Apr14
    Drinking up to six pints a day is OK for your health, a leading alcohol scientist has claimed. Dr Kari Poikolainen, who used to work for the World Health Organisation as an alcohol expert, examined decades of research into its effects.
  • Here's How Much Money Doctors in America Actually Make

    04/21/2014 1:25:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/21/2014 | LAUREN F FRIEDMAN
    Medscape, a subsidiary of the medical information website WebMD, has released its 2014 Physician Compensation Report. The data in the report come from more than 24,000 doctors in 25 specialties, who responded to Medscape's annual survey with information on their compensation for 2013.The infographic below shows the average earnings for each surveyed specialty. Orthopedists were the highest earners: In an explanation of their findings, Medscape notes that: "As in the past, those who perform procedures have the highest incomes compared with those who manage chronic illnesses." Some primary care practices saw a slight increase in earnings, "which could reflect early...
  • Nevada Republicans Drop Pro-Life, Traditional Marriage Stands From Party Platform

    The state’s GOP chairman said dropping opposition to abortion and the redefinition of marriage is ‘where the party is going.’.......
  • Children lose seven minutes of sleep for every hour of TV they watch

    04/20/2014 8:11:53 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 18, 2014
    Every child would love to have a television in their bedroom, but new research suggests it is bad for their health. For every hour of television a child watches each day, they get seven fewer minutes sleep. U.S. researchers found boys are particularly likely to miss out on sleep because of the presence of a television in their bedroom
  • Woman's 'Stomach Bug' Actually a Baby

    04/19/2014 6:37:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    Westport News ^ | Frank Juliano
    A woman feels a little ill. Not knowing why she's queasy or has excruciating stomach pains, she calls for an ambulance. Shortly after it arrives, she gives birth -- to a baby she never knew she was pregnant with. It sounds like a scene out of reality TV show, but, for Jennifer Scollin it was just plain reality. Scollin, who lives in Seymour gave birth to her second child early Saturday morning in an ambulance while it was parked in her driveway. That morning, she knew something was wrong, but "I didn't know I was pregnant," Scollin said in a...
  • Teenager With Cervical Cancer Wrongly Told by Doctors She Had Sexually Transmitted Disease

    04/19/2014 5:16:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Mirror ^ | Apr 19, 2014 | Yakub Qureshi
    Doctors first told Jessica Bradford she was too young to have cervical cancer but she went home and identified the symptoms on the internetA brave teenager battling cancer has told how doctors wrongly suspected her of having a sexually transmitted disease. Doctors initially believed Jessica Bradford was too young to have cervical cancer and believed her symptoms could be linked to unsafe sex. But numerous tests, scans and biopsies confirmed the 18-year-old trainee hairdresser's worst fears. Now the brave teenager is juggling a college hairdressing course with her treatment and wants to speak out to raise awareness. It was after...
  • Here's How Long That Teen Would Have to Pee in the Portland Reservoir to Make It Unsafe to Drink

    04/19/2014 12:54:24 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 62 replies
    slate ^ | April 17, 2014 | Laura Helmuth
    How many times would that teenager have to pee in a Portland reservoir to produce a urine concentration approaching the EPA’s limit for nitrates in drinking water? About 3,333 times. But of course urine is 95 percent water. (If you’re ever trapped in rubble after a natural disaster, go ahead and drink it.) Only about 2 percent of urine is nitrogen-rich urea. That means he’d have to urinate 166,666 times for the concentration of urea to approach that of the EPA’s limit for nitrates in drinking water. Since most animals, including idiot teenaged show-offs, take about 21 seconds to urinate,...
  • Obama: ‘Political Spite’ Motivating States to Refuse Medicaid Expansion

    04/19/2014 12:32:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 18, 2014 - 8:36 AM | Susan Jones
    Republicans “still can’t bring themselves to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working,” President Obama told a news conference on Thursday. He also took aim at states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs:“This does frustrate me—states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite. You got 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states—zero cost to these states—other than ideological reasons they have chosen not to provide health insurance for their citizens.”But some governors, pointing to President Obama’s own broken promises, simply don't...
  • You Can Call a Man Fat But You Can’t Fat-Shame Him

    04/18/2014 3:18:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/16/14 | Kat Stoeffel
    When a male contact sent me a 14-slide New York Post slideshow of paparazzi beach photos Leonardo DiCaprio under the headline “The Great Fatsby?” I felt a pang of empathy unprecedented in my relations with A-list actors. Poor Leo, of all people: carelessly frolicking in the Bora Bora surf, his hair in a man-bun and a 22-year-old in his arms, without the faintest idea that his body would soon be served up for our evaluation. He was oblivious to his appearance, yes, but even so, his body hardly seemed to qualify as fat. No question mark! “I look like that,”...
  • Giant inflatable colon to teach about important health issues

    04/18/2014 11:03:13 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 48 replies
    WNDU ^ | 04/18/2014
      Niles, Mich. You can take a tour through an inflatable colon on Friday. It will be on display at Niles High School from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to come check it out. It is an interactive display and students will be on site to educate visitors. The giant colon is being presented by Michiana Hematology Oncology. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women. It is estimated that nearly 127,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone.
  • Sars Research Lab Loses 2,000 Tubes of Killer Virus

    04/17/2014 7:56:51 PM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 20 replies
    International Business Times ^ | April 15, 2014 | Umberto Bacchi
    A prestigious research institute in France said it had lost thousands of tubes of samples of the deadly Sars coronavirus. A routine inventory check at Paris' Pasteur Institute revealed that 2,349 tubes containing fragments of the virus responsible for the deaths of 774 people in 2002 were missing, the centre named after French chemist Louis Pasteur said. The institute was quick to reassure the public and said that the contents of the missing vials had no infectious potential. They contained only part of the virus and had no ability to spread. "Independent experts referred by health authorities have qualified such...
  • Hospital let 22-week preemie die despite mother’s urgent pleas

    04/17/2014 1:59:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Peter Baklinski
    ESSEX, UK, April 16, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A UK hospital has apologized to a woman four years after doctors and staff let her 22-week premature son die in her arms within an hour of being born, despite the mother’s urgent pleas for help. Tracy Godwin, who in 2010 held her newborn son Tom for 46 minutes before he ceased breathing, said she was never told about the hospital’s policy stating that babies born before 23 weeks would be left to die. But the hospital has not indicated that it has changed its policy, only that it now has new guidelines...
  • How Harmless Bacteria Quickly Turned Into a Flesh-Eating Monster

    04/17/2014 1:59:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    nationalgeographic.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | By Susan Brink
    Using genetic sequences from more than 3,600 strains of bacteria, scientists were able to see that it took only four steps to create the unusual microbe that spreads rapidly and destroys the body's soft tissue. Their report was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Necrotizing fasciitis is caused by several types of bacteria, most commonly group A Streptococcus. (See images of Streptococcus and other microbes in the "Small, Small World" photo gallery.) An international group of researchers sequenced the genomes of group A strep bacteria in samples that had been collected from as early as...
  • Glen Campbell Moved Into A Care Facility

    04/17/2014 12:37:30 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 103 replies
    billboard ^ | 4-17-14 | Lars Brandle
    Glen Campbell has been moved into a care facility three years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, People.com reports. "He was moved to an Alzheimer's facility last week," a family friend told the title. "I'm not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We'll know more next week." The singer, whose "Rhinestone Cowboy" topped the charts in 1975, had been suffering from short-term memory loss in recent years. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in early 2011. The 78-year-old Grammy winner and his wife Kim initially shared the news of his illness back in 2011 because he’d hoped...
  • Muzzled by Monsanto

    04/17/2014 8:51:12 AM PDT · by Renfield · 48 replies
    Boulder Weekly ^ | 4-3-2014 | Caitlin Rocket
    After nearly 30 years studying how plants use their genes to defend against viruses, Vicki Vance, a professor at the University of South Carolina, doesn’t see genetically modifying plants as a malevolent or arrogantly God-like endeavor. “There’s DNA in the world and it gets passed from one organism to another and it’s the natural thing. If that’s the problem you have with transgenic plants, that’s not a good reason to be against them,” Vance says. She does, however, have a problem with mega corporations allegedly using their money and power to hide the risks of new forms of genetic technology....
  • Congress considers blocking GMO food labeling

    04/16/2014 6:08:44 PM PDT · by Renfield · 8 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 4-9-2014
    A new bill introduced in Congress looks to ban states from implementing their own labeling laws when it comes to food containing genetically engineered ingredients. According to Reuters, US Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced the legislation on Wednesday, which is intended to head off bills in about 24 states that would require companies to inform customers when their food is produced using genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Titled the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” the proposal would forbid states from enacting such proposals....
  • Spread It: 13 New York Restaurants That Take Butter Very Seriously

    04/16/2014 4:19:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    The best breaking food news in the last few weeks is that butter is back, and better for you than ever (or something — we're not totally convinced it's health food, only that it's delicious). It's great timing: There are plenty of New York restaurants making saturated fat worth your while, offering next-level butter made with bonito flakes, roe, lavender, seaweed, and, of course, uni. To celebrate butter's big comeback, Grub rounded up 13 rich, excellent butters around town. Betony The Dish: Poached Lobster With Roe Butter Bryce Shuman likes Kriemhild Dairy Farms' meadow butter: It's produced upstate and churned...
  • Is the 'Tiger Mom' Controversy Misunderstood?

    04/16/2014 1:35:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    GPS Digital Producer Jason Miks speaks with Amy Chua, a law professor at Yale, and her husband Jed Rubenfeld, also a professor at Yale, about their new book ‘The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America,’ and what it means to be a Tiger Mom. Watch Fareed’s interview with Chua and Rubenfeld this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.Your 2011 book, The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, sparked an intense debate with its look at the differences between Chinese and Western parenting. What are the key...
  • Little-Known Legal Challenge That Could Torpedo Obamacare

    04/16/2014 12:04:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 14, 2014 12:55pm | Ariane de Vogue
    While the Supreme Court considers one challenge to a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a federal appeals court located just blocks away is contemplating a separate challenge that could have much more dire consequences for the future of the law. […] The conflict at the center of the Halbig (vs. Sebelius) case (and three other challenges across the country) has to do with tax subsidies granted to those who seek to obtain insurance from the exchanges. The ACA grants the credits to qualifying individuals in order to defray the cost of the insurance. Millions of Americans are expected...
  • Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds

    04/15/2014 9:10:17 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 25 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published April 15, 2014 | By Loren Grush
    ...Researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual marijuana use after previous work in his lab found that heavy cannabis...
  • Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds

    04/15/2014 2:49:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 15, 2014 | Loren Grush
    Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes—and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. …
  • Sars Research Lab Loses 2,000 Tubes of Killer Virus [But there is no risk they assure]

    04/15/2014 1:02:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    ibtimes.co.uk ^ | April 15, 2014 13:55 GMT | Umberto Bacchi
    A routine inventory check at Paris' Pasteur Institute revealed that 2,349 tubes containing fragments of the virus responsible for the deaths of 774 people in 2002 were missing, the centre named after French chemist Louis Pasteur said. The institute was quick to reassure the public and said that the contents of the missing vials had no infectious potential. They contained only part of the virus and had no ability to spread. "Independent experts referred by health authorities have qualified such potential as 'non-existing' according to the available evidence and literature on the survival of the Sars virus," the institute said.
  • Parents are going to prison for a medical diagnosis that may not exist

    04/15/2014 11:03:02 AM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 20 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 15, 2014 | Matt Stroud
    On a cold Wednesday evening in January 2009, Josh Miller was finishing his 8:00-to-5:00 shift as an automotive detailer at a garage in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. It was just like any other day; he was tired and ready to go home. But that evening, his life would change forever. In just a few hours, Miller would find himself to be one of thousands of people embroiled in an ongoing national medical debate. After work, Miller picked up his two-month-old son, Rhys (pronounced "Reese"), from the restaurant where his fiancée worked, and headed home with the boy. The two ate dinner and...
  • 4,000 take part in Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run

    04/15/2014 8:05:39 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 4 replies
    pennlive ^ | 4-14-14 | Joe Mermitt
    Approximately 4,000 participants took part in the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run on April 13, 2014. The event consisted of a 3 Mile Run and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk. The entire course was on the Penn State campus; finishing inside Beaver Stadium after running through the players’ tunnel. Sue Paterno, wife of the late Penn State coach Joe Paterno, was on-hand at the event, encouraging participants. Former Penn State and Pittsburgh Steeler great Franco Harris and former Lions' defensive coordinator, Tom Bradley, greeted runners as they crossed the finish line. The event raised an unofficial total of around $400,000...
  • More nudists in Munich: ... introduces six Urban Naked Zones

    04/14/2014 2:43:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 05:27 EST, 14 April 2014 | By Toni Jones
    Germans are often considered to be more at one with nature than us prudish Brits. And now residents of the country's third-largest city have been given the go ahead to strip off for all over sunbathing sessions in six designated spaces. According to a report in TheAtlanticCities.com the six Urban Naked Zones are located in parkland, offering privacy, but also only minutes away from the busy city centre. The 'zones' were introduced following the expiry of statewide laws controlling nude sunbathing last year.
  • 1,000 get shots after pizza place employee gets hepatitis 2,400 Customers at Risk, Officials Say

    04/14/2014 1:09:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    WYFF4 ^ | Apr 14, 2014
    mORE than 1,000 people have been vaccinated against hepatitis A after a Charlotte pizza place employee was hospitalized with the disease, according to health officials. Health officials in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties are urging anyone who ordered or ate a pizza from the Papa John's on Cambridge Commons Drive between March 28 and April 7 to get the vaccine. Free clinics have been giving shots throughout the weekend, and health officials say they have already vaccinated more than 1,000 people. Hepatitis A is a virus that attacks the liver and can cause nausea, vomiting and jaundice. Officials estimate 2,400 customers...
  • Man Spends $170k to Look Stunning… But Women Spurn Him

    04/14/2014 12:05:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 89 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, April 14, 2014
    A Japanese youngster, obsessed with looking beautiful, has spent a fortune on plastic surgery and continues his efforts unabated only to be told be females that he looks the least attractive. Alan, 20, spent $178,360 [Dh 655,143] in just one month on cosmetic surgery to change his face, according to an AsiaOne report, quoting Rocket News 24. He moved to Tokyo from his hometown four years back and has been in relationships with five women who provide him with money. He has so far gone under the knife for two nose jobs and to alter the shape of his chin...
  • Video: Man Cooks Himself in Pot... Without Burning Himself

    04/14/2014 11:59:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, April 14, 2014
    A video showing an elderly man “cooking himself" in a pot filled with boiling water has been reported by a Russian TV channel. The man in the YouTube video looks like he is making a big dish of soup with vegetables and people gather around him waiting for a taste. The TV channel discloses that is a ritual held every year in the town of Yamaga, Thailand. The 71-year-old man, identified as Kenzo Koya, has been doing this ritual for several years. He says in the beginning he was affected by the heat which left burns on his body, but...
  • ACA Threatens Promise of Concierge Medicine

    04/13/2014 10:00:28 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 34 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 04/12/2014 | Walter Russell Mead
    Doctors in Texas are showing us what a medical system without comprehensive insurance might look like. The NYT profiles the rise of Texan “direct primary care” practices that don’t accept insurance. Instead, patients pay flat fees out-of-pocket. In return, doctors save both time and money that they can then pass on to patients. But there’s a catch here, as the article points out. Concierge medicine isn’t a new trend—we’ve covered it here before. But now that Obamacare is swelling the ranks of the comprehensively insured, doctors who don’t take insurance are increasing the pressure on the system. There’s a hint...
  • "Methuselah" (Me) Returns to the Karate Dojo. Do you kick or box?

    04/13/2014 1:26:08 AM PDT · by lee martell · 48 replies
    April 13 2014 | lee martell
    I have tendonitis, arthritis and size 14 feet as wide and as flat as Oopsy The Clown. I have extra weight I could easily survive without. I have been going to the fitness gym a few times a week, just so not to become like The Tin Man, all rigid, all the time. I 24hr gym is great, but for the last few years, I have wanted to return to my original Dojo, or workout room and go back to studying Karate. I'm not much of a sporty person, but I do enjoy the creativity of a good hand to...