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  • UK Man Gives CPR to His Tortoise

    08/20/2017 7:58:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 8/15 | Peter Svab
    Man Gives CPR to His Tortoise By Petr Svab, Epoch Times | August 15, 2017 AT 4:05 PM Last Updated: August 15, 2017 4:07 pm John Fletcher just wasn’t ready to give up on his tortoise. After it apparently drowned, Fletcher maintained CPR for an hour, attempting to bring it back to life. Fletcher, of Gloucester, U.K., let his 45-year-old tortoise Freda roam his garden free. “The boundary is sealed from escape. Hedgehog gaps are too small for her,” he said in a Facebook post. But on Saturday morning, Aug. 12, he couldn’t find her anywhere for over an hour....
  • Walnuts for Weight Loss?

    08/19/2017 10:11:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/18 | Nicholas Bakalar
    A handful of walnuts may be an effective weight loss tool. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and other substances and, in moderation, have been linked to reduced risk of obesity and diabetes. They may also efficiently reduce appetite. Researchers now may have found out why. They had nine hospitalized obese patients drink, on five consecutive days, either a smoothie containing 48 grams of walnuts (1.7 ounces, or about 14 walnut halves and 315 calories) or a placebo smoothie identical in taste and calorie content. Then, after a month on their regular diet, the patients returned for a second...
  • Surgeries to Remove Weight-Loss Devices on the Rise

    08/19/2017 10:05:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | AUGUST 18, 2017 | Lisa Rapaport
    Doctors are doing fewer weight-loss procedures to implant adjustable bands around the stomach and more operations to remove the devices or alter them, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers focused on a type of weight-loss surgery known as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, a minimally invasive procedure that involves placing an inflatable belt around the upper portion of the stomach that reduces the amount of food it can hold. People are advised to eat portions about the size of a shot glass post-surgery. Nationwide, a total of 28,202 patients underwent procedures to implant laparoscopic adjustable gastric bands (LAGB) from 2007 to 2015,...
  • Public Enemy: Transcript from Martin Shkreli's jury selection (HILARIOUS)

    08/18/2017 7:44:35 PM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 6 replies
    Harper's Magazine ^ | Sept 2017 issue | Not listed
    THE COURT: The purpose of jury selection is to ensure fairness and impartiality in this case. If you think that you could not be fair and impartial, it is your duty to tell me. All right. Juror Number 1. JUROR NO. 1: I’m aware of the defendant and I hate him. BENJAMIN BRAFMAN [lawyer representing Shkreli]: I’m sorry. JUROR NO. 1: I think he’s a greedy little man. THE COURT: Jurors are obligated to decide the case based only on the evidence. Do you agree? JUROR NO. 1: I don’t know if I could. I wouldn’t want me on this...
  • You can now add this cheese to your list of anti-inflammatory foods (seriously!)

    08/18/2017 2:07:42 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    www.wellandgood.com ^ | 18 August 2017 | Emily Laurence,
    Sticking to an anti-inflammatory diet isn’t easy. It involves cutting ties with gluten, dairy, and (of course) sugar. Sure, there are some amazing nut cheeses, but they aren’t typically what’s being cut into cubes and passed around on Bachelorette Mondays at your friend’s place. Good news: Scientists just endorsed a way for you to get your cheese fix while still sticking to your meal plan. According to Metro UK, a new study out of Korea found that the probiotics in Swiss cheese actually have the ability to reduce inflammation and strengthen your immune system. Is your mind-blown? A new study...
  • Doctor: Americans Suffer From Unhealthy Addiction To Cheese

    08/18/2017 2:02:59 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    detroit.cbslocal.com ^ | August 18, 2017 2:29 PM | Staff
    DETROIT (WWJ) – Would you like to lose weight, have more energy, better health? Then stop eating cheese. That’s according to Dr. Neal Barnard, who’s down on dairy. Barnard says while Americans seem to have a love affair with cheese, it’s more of an unhealthy addiction. He makes his case in his book “The Cheese Trap.” “I think it’s addicting; and I don’t use the addicting word lightly,” he told WWJ’s Dr. Deanna Lites. “There are actually opiate chemicals in it that attach to the very same brain receptors as other opiates, and I’m going to argue that it’s probably...
  • My Proposal for Near Medicare-scope, Lower Cost Coverage Policies for Long-Term Uninsured Americans

    08/18/2017 11:29:21 AM PDT · by Brian Griffin · 56 replies
    08/18/2017 | Brian Griffin
    The US government should allow insurers to sell Pretty Good Quality (PGQ), Medicare-like policies with the federal government generally paying the percentages listed in parentheses of a person's maximum silver plan subsidy amount as premium subsidies. The monthly basic drug coverage subsidy would be computed without adjusting for household income, so young, healthy and affluent people would want to buy drug coverage too. The monthly basic drug coverage subsidy amount for coverage on a US citizen might be: $1 for each year of age less 20% if no recombinant auto-immune drug is covered less 10% if no standard anti-HIV regimen...
  • Man Who Burned Retina During 1962 Eclipse Warns Others of Viewing Dangers

    08/17/2017 1:39:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    Lou Tomososki was a high school teen in 1962 when his science teacher told the class about a solar eclipse that was going to take place that afternoon, NBC affiliate KGW reported. Tomososki and a friend viewed the partial eclipse outside Marshall High School in Portland. "The sun at that time, at 3:30 p.m., was in the one o’clock position," said Tomososki. "I said to Roger, 'If you stare at it long enough the brightness goes away.'" By that night, both Tomososki and Roger were having vision problems. He said the vision problems never got any worse — but they...
  • How to make sure your eclipse glasses actually work

    08/17/2017 6:04:52 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 55 replies
    Popular Science ^ | August 14, 2017 | Rachel Feltman
    You've planned your road trip, downloaded your science apps, and bought yourself a pair of shiny new spectacles: you're ready for the eclipse. But is your eyewear is up to the task? With the Great American Eclipse approaching, demand for eclipse glasses—with special lenses designed to keep the sun from harming your peepers—is surging. And counterfeit glasses are everywhere. In fact, Amazon is so swamped by reports of possibly unsafe glasses that the company is allegedly sending out recalls and refunds for products that are certified as eclipse-safe.
  • It’s too late for my son, but the end of the campaign for ‘normal birth’ is welcome

    08/17/2017 7:56:10 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 28 replies
    UKGuardian online ^ | 8/14/17 | James Titcombe
    The decision by the Royal College of Midwives to withdraw its decade-long campaign for “normal birth” has come much too late for my own son, Joshua, who sadly died nine days after being born, but is a welcome step. The approach for too long influenced a style of care in maternity wards that put lives at risk. These were the words spoken by Cumbria coroner Ian Smith, as he began summing up the inquest into the death of Joshua, on 6 June 2011: “With advances in medical science and techniques, childbirth has become safer and safer, to the point where...
  • Teen Sent to Internet Addiction Camp Dies Within 48 Hours

    08/16/2017 10:23:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    KFOR ^ | AUGUST 15, 2017
    A Chinese couple sent their teenage son to an internet addiction treatment camp—and within days, he was dead. As the BBC reports, “boot camps” for internet and gaming addictions have become popular in China, with some being criticized as using harsh military-style discipline on attendees. Some even beat patients or use electroshock therapy. The 18-year-old who died earlier this month in Fuyang had been sent to a camp that promised “psychological counseling and physical training”; according to the Telegraph, the camp said no corporal punishment would be used. Two days after the teen was dropped off by his mother on...
  • Man Shoots a Nail Into His Heart, Drives Himself to the Hospital, Parks and Walks In

    08/16/2017 7:12:41 PM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Time ^ | 8-16-17 | Gretchen Ehlke
    A Wisconsin man who doctors say came perilously close to death after accidentally shooting a nail into his heart while working on his house calmly drove himself to the hospital and even parked his pickup truck in the lot before walking into the emergency room. Doug Bergeson is ready to get back to work this week after surviving a June 25 ordeal that others might not have taken in such stride. Bergeson told The Associated Press he was working on framing in a fireplace at his house near Peshtigo in northeast Wisconsin when his nail gun accidentally fired, sending a...
  • CBS pretty proud of Iceland for 'eliminating' Down Syndrome by killing everyone who has it

    08/16/2017 12:59:45 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    herman cain ^ | August 15, 2017 | Dan Calabrese
    You want to denounce Nazis? Here you go, America. Don't tell me again about the moral imperative to denounce Nazis if you're going to let this slide. As Rob mentioned to me when we were discussing who would write this up, the essence of Hitler's eugenics program was to filter out children who didn't have the traits deemed optimal for the Aryan race. Horrifying? Obviously. You'd have a fit if they started aborting babies for having brown skin, or - if there was some way you could tell - for being gay. And you should have that fit. But you...
  • Bodybuilder Mom Dies From Too Much Protein Before Competition

    08/16/2017 10:56:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 14, 2017
    Meegan Hefford, a mother of two and bodybuilder, died after an overconsumption of protein shakes, supplements and protein-rich foods. Hefford was found unconscious in her apartment in West Australia and was quickly transported to the hospital, where she was declared brain-dead. She passed away two days later. Hefford, who had been competing as a bodybuilder since 2014, was also ramping up her gym routine in the weeks before her death. The 25-year-old mom and paramedic trainee had put herself on a special restricted diet while she was preparing for a bodybuilding competition in September.
  • New York's forgotten fallout shelters back in spotlight amid N. Korea threat

    08/14/2017 8:04:34 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 18 replies
    france24.com ^ | 8/12/17 | Sam Ball
    On a sunny August Friday, people stream past the ornate, Art Deco US Post Office building in Manhattan's East Village, where its forlorn and faded "Fallout Shelter" plaque is an ominous reminder, however distant, of today's nuclear threat. The yellow and white metal sign on the Cooper Station Post Office is one of perhaps thousands that can be found scattered throughout the city -- largely forgotten relics of the days when the threat of annihilation via a Soviet nuclear attack seemed like a very real and terrifying proposition. But as the war of words between US President Donald Trump and...
  • Is It Time to Treat Violence Like a Contagious Disease?

    08/13/2017 11:35:59 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 10 replies
    wired ^ | 1.18.13 | Brandon Keim
    The idea that violence is contagious doesn’t appear in the Obama administration’s gun control plan, nor in the National Rifle Association’s arguments. But some scientists believe that understanding the literally infectious nature of violence is essential to preventing it.
  • Malcolm Gladwell Takes Surprising Stance Against McDonald’s Beloved French Fries (Beef Tallow)

    08/13/2017 10:57:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | August 11, 2017
    Malcolm Gladwell’s latest contrarian position could go over worse than the time he defended Lance Armstrong’s doping: McDonald’s fries suck, he declares on the latest episode of his Revisionist History podcast. Before you rush out and declare him un-American, though, realize he means well. Gladwell opens the podcast by telling listeners that “McDonald’s betrayed me so many years ago” when it stopped frying potatoes in beef tallow, so his ultimate goal is to help the fries return to their former glory. But his personal vendetta is woven into the far more interesting story of Phil Sokolof, the drywall magnate who...
  • Chemicals Found in Cereal Is Making Us Obese: Study

    08/12/2017 8:07:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2017
    You may want to rethink having that bowl of corn flakes for breakfast. New research by experts at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles show that cereal is making people obese. Published in the journal of Nature Communications, the paper states that chemical ingredients commonly used in breakfast cereals are having distressing effects on our bodies. Looking at the effects of three different chemicals commonly ingested or exposed to humans, they found that each one was damaging the hormones needed to communicate between our brains and our stomach. When all three were combined, the damage was worse. One of the...
  • Too Many Meds? America's Love Affair With Prescription Medication

    08/12/2017 8:00:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Consumer Reports ^ | August 03, 2017 | Teresa Carr
    We now take more pills than ever. Is that doing more harm than good? If you’re like most Americans, you probably start your day with a hot shower, a cup of coffee—and a handful of pills. More than half of us now regularly take a prescription medication—four, on average—according to a new nationally representative Consumer Reports survey of 1,947 adults. Many in that group also take over-the-counter drugs as well as vitamins and other dietary supplements. It turns out Americans take more pills today than at any other time in recent history (see “Pill Nation: The Rise of Rx Drug...
  • Big egg scandal in the EU

    08/11/2017 10:16:35 AM PDT · by jimmygrace · 26 replies
    Straits Times ^ | 08/11/2017 | Straits Times
    Big scandal brewing in the EU involving tainted eggs. Turns out that Belgium officials knew about this for 2 months but sat on the info, as typical of the socialist oligarchs who only want to help you.