A Wakefield woman is spearheading efforts to bring a specialty license plate to Massachusetts that encourages adoption over abortion, even though similar plates in other states have brought legal challenges.
Merry Nordeen, who opposes abortion, is gathering support for a “Choose Life” license plate, part of a nationwide effort by abortion opponents to raise money for groups that support adoption.
She recently started an Internet campaign to collect $40 checks from 3,000 people who are interested in the plates. If she gathers enough support, she can bring her proposal to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
The plate design Nordeen proposes is yellow, with the words “Choose Life” written in a child’s writing and with childlike drawings of a young boy and girl. Continue reading →
If you can walk a quarter-mile, odds are you have at least six years of life left in you, scientists announced today. And the faster you can do it, the longer you might live.
While walking is no guarantee of health or longevity, a new study found that the ability of elderly people to do the quarter-mile was an “important determinant” in whether they’d be alive six years later and how much illness and disability they would endure.
“The ability to complete this walk was a powerful predictor of health outcomes,” said study leader Anne Newman of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “In fact, we found that the people who could not complete the walk were at an extremely high risk of later disability and death.” Continue reading →
With the dawn of the new era of technology, everything seems to be possible under the sun. With high tech gadgets and innovative devices, you can detect a fingerprint, a person lying, and even determine the father of your baby through paternity test.
Since the beginning of modern technology, paternity test has quite gained popularity since rape cases have escalated to greater height. Paternity tests, today, are one of the methods being used in solving cases that involve pregnancy, rape, child claims, and for very simple reason that the mother would just like to know who the father of the baby is.
Sounds quite peculiar isnâ€™t it? But these things really do happen and there are women who just donâ€™t know who is the father of their baby. Paternity test is also common in situations wherein the man does not accept the truth that he is the biological father of a certain child. Continue reading →
Russell Foster, a circadian biologist at Imperial College London, said: “The more we understand about the body’s 24-hour clock the more we will be able to override it.
“In 10 to 20 years we’ll be able to pharmacologically turn sleep off. Mimicking sleep will take longer, but I can see it happening.”
Neil Stanley, head of sleep research at the Human Psychopharmacology Research Unit at the University of Surrey, countered: “I think that would be the most hideous thing to happen to society.”
Scientists are hoping to build on the success of the drug Modafinil, a stimulant launched seven years ago which allows people to wake up refreshed after four hours of sleep.
New drugs which will allow people to survive on only two hours sleep a day are being developed, scientists have said.
The drugs will allow people to cope with the pressures of 24-hour society.
The New Scientist magazine says the new ‘lifestyle’ pills will deliver sleep which is deeper and more refreshing than the real thing, with some giving what feels like eight hours sleep in half the time.
The pills could even allow people not to sleep for several days in a row.
Researchers, including a BYU scientist, believe they have found a new compound that could finally kill the HIV/AIDS virus, not just slow it down as current treatments do.
And, unlike the expensive, drug cocktails 25 years of research have produced for those with the deadly virus, the compound invented by Paul D. Savage of Brigham Young University appears to hunt down and kill HIV.
Although so far limited to early test tube studies, CSA-54, one of a family of compounds called Ceragenins (or CSAs), mimics the disease-fighting characteristics of anti-microbial and anti-viral agents produced naturally by a healthy human immune system. Continue reading →
Children with an early version of the cochlear implant face an increased risk of bacterial meningitis beyond just the first two years following implantation of the hearing devices, the Food and Drug Administration warned Monday.
The increased risk means the young implant patients should be monitored as long as the electronic devices are in place for signs of the sometime fatal infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
Deaf children fitted with the implants and a positioner get bacterial meningitis more often than either children with the implants that don’t have the small rubber wedge or those without implants at all, the FDA said in separate letters to patients and doctors. Continue reading →
Lucid Dreaming is knowing that you are dreaming while you are doing it. When you know that you are dreaming, you can also alter the dream course. And with practice you can also develop full control over your dream, you will be able to create and change the environment and change your own appearance. It will be you that are in control of the dream scenario. You can do whatever you want to do. Live out your wildest fantasy, or just sit down and chit chat with someone. You should also be open for the possibility to share dreams and travel in time and space when you develop adequate control over your dreams. The word Lucid means that you have a clear and full consciousness. And believe me when I say that Lucid Dreaming can be much more fun than waking reality. Continue reading →
A huge number of children are affected by nocturnal enuresis, or sleep wetting, as it is often called. Although there is no specific treatment for this condition, parents can still find some good bed wetting solutions that work. This sort of problem is most common with children under the age of five “any extreme measures against it are simply not justified.” Continue reading →
What passes for high ground in Louisiana’s southeastern marshlands are the patches of terra firma that did not flood during Hurricane Betsy in 1965.
St. Rita’s Nursing Home was built 20 years ago on one of those patches. That figured prominently in the decision by Sal and Mabel Mangano, St. Rita’s owners, to ride out Hurricane Katrina in their one-story brick building rather than follow an order by St. Bernard Parish to evacuate the home’s 60 residents. The Manganos even invited their relatives, staffers and the staff’s relatives to use St. Rita’s as a shelter, and nearly 30 people accepted the offer.
For a few moments after Hurricane Katrina barreled through on the morning of Aug. 29, it seemed the Manganos had made the right decision: The parking lot was dry, the roof intact. Then disaster struck. When Sal Mangano and several other men stepped outside to inspect the grounds, they heard a low rumbling sound. A wall of water appeared, rolling toward them. The men raced back inside and fortified the doors and windows. The water hit the building, rose up the sides and then burst inside. Continue reading →
The American Heart Association unveiled dramatic changes Monday to its emergency cardiovascular care guidelines to make CPR simpler and less intimidating to a passerby thrust into the role of rescuer.
The revised guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation shift the emphasis from mouth-to-mouth to chest compressions.
After reviewing thousands of studies, an international team of scientists found that CPR is too complicated for the average person. That is deadly for the more than 250,000 people who collapse each year in cardiac arrest.
“The most common reason many people die is because no one nearby knew CPR, or if they did know it, they didn’t actually do it,” says Michael Sayre of Ohio State University in Columbus, one of the authors of the new guidelines.
Now it’s simple: Call for help. Push the chest. Don’t stop.
Two rescue breaths can be given after every 30 compressions, but mouth-to-mouth is optional. Continue reading →
The question of obesity in America has been a popular topic lately, especially among a younger generation that finds themselves spending plenty of time sitting in front of computers.
While new studies have shown little evidence to link technology to obesity, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be working on ways to fight obesity with technology. We’ve already seen the game Dance, Dance Revolution turned into exercise equipment for gyms — and even an insurance company that will offer cheaper policies to kids who play the game.
However, on college campuses it looks like there’s a simple thing they can do which solves another problem as well. We were just reporting that the idea of the on-campus computer lab is becoming obsolete thanks to thinks like laptops and campus-wide WiFi — so a number of universities now have to figure out what to do with those spaces.
Minnesota State University has discovered that attaching a combined computer and television to exercise equipment makes its students more inclined to work out, thereby solving two problems with one bit of technology. Sure, exercise equipment with TVs are not new, nor are machines with a single computer app — but fully functional computers attached to the equipment apparently took a bit of hacking by the University’s tech staff.
However, it’s the perfect solution: turn the old computer labs into exercise rooms with such computerized equipment. That solves what to do with the labs while getting students to work out more often — a perfect, modest, proposal to solve both problems in one simple solution.
The recent deaths of two online net gamers have once again raised the issue of the impact of addiction on the online gaming community, and the health risks involved.
A young girl nicknamed “Snowly” died last month after playing the online game “World of Warcraft” for several continuous days during the national day holiday. Snowly’s friends, who share the same game community, say that Snowly was a very diligent member and a key official of their community, who was always connected to the Internet.
Several days before Snowly’s death, the girl was said to be preparing for a relatively difficult part of the game and had very little rest. She told her friends that she felt very tired.
A big online funeral was held for Snowly one week after her death. But the event was sadly overshadowed by the death of another game enthusiast nicknamed “Nan Ren Gu Shi“.
Thereafter, several online game communities have posted announcements to urge their members to pay attention to their heath.
Meanwhile 7 major domestic game makers have agreed to install an anti-obsession system on eleven online game products. The system entered a trial period on October 20.
Polyphasic sleep is a sleep pattern specification intended to compress sleep time to 2â€“5 hours daily. This is achieved by spreading out sleep into short naps of around 20â€“45 minutes throughout the day. This allows for more waking hours with relatively high alertness. Continue reading →
Xenadrine EFX claims to be a clinically proven potent ephedra free thermogenic fat burner that is capable of increasing an individual’s metabolic rate. My immediate concern after initial analysis of the Cytodyne Xenadrine EFX formula is that it appears that the formulator of Xenadrine EFX may have confused the definition of increased metabolic rate with over stimulation. Continue reading →
1. Live an active life, both mentally and physically. You don’t have to be an exercise nut, but keep moving. Walking, golfing, swimming– anything at all is good. Implement a stretching program to maintain your flexibility and lift weights to build muscle and prevent osteoporosis.
2. Stay married. Numerous studies indicate that married people live longer than single people. There’s the old joke that it just seems longer for married people, but in reality it seems to help.
3. Maintain your ideal weight. Being overweight will definitely limit your chances of becoming a centenarian and is likely to make the journey a slow and painful one.
4. Drink moderately and don’t smoke at all.
5. Have good genes. Extreme long life seems to run in families and may be based on common genetic and environmental factors. If you have a centenarian sibling, your chances of living past the century mark increase greatly. (Of course, you’re probably pretty old already yourself.) Continue reading →
It’s that time of year again when your body starts aching and you need to fight a cold off. Naturally would be best but you may need help with medicine or a prescription. The common cold is caused by a virus rather than bacteria, so antibiotics can’t help. Work on building up your immune system and relieving your symptoms:
Fight The Cold Naturally
Take time off. Getting adequate rest will help you get over your cold quickly.
Drink more water than you usually do. Eight glasses a day is standard when you’re healthy, so try to drink more than that.
The goal of this article is to help you find the ideal sleep conditions for you personal preferences. You may have to experiment and try a variety of techniques to find what works best for you.
It is important to create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere in your bedroom. Your objective is to be highly relaxed and a calming, cool environment with plenty of oxygen will help you feel this way.
Ideally your room should be on the cooler side; but its up to you to experiment with a range of conditions. You don’t want to wake during the night either too hot or too cold and then find yourself wide awake once again. Sleep experts say that the ideal room temperature is 65 to 70 degrees F.
You should try and sleep with the window open. It is important that you have a constant fresh supply of circulating air which will help you breathe deeply and sleep soundly. Continue reading →
Comcast is giving away Free Livestrong braclets to anyone who signs up for their newsletter. It is not so surprising to find that the Livestrong braclets have become a cultural phenomenon. Aside from being very affordable, people feel they are contributing to a worthy cause by buying and wearing the yellow bracelets. Add this to the fact that the wristband is not difficult to wear as a fashion accessory. It goes along well with almost any attire: from your regular jeans-and-shirt attire to preppy to sports outfits. School children and teenagers think it is hip to be seen wearing one, and it doesnâ€™t make a huge dent in their allowance to buy it. Professional athletes have been seen wearing them at sports events. Even corporate executives in power suits have taken to wearing these Livestrong braclets.
Made from rubber, it is similar to other cause-related bracelets that have emerged over the past years, such as those for breast cancer and diabetes. Many Americans collect these wrist bands, including the Lance Armstrong bracelets, because aside from being fashion-friendly and easy to wear, they have philanthropic and social significance.
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Since I am a type 2 diabetic I wanted to put together a website of articles that would help other diabetics battle this disease and also learn more about diabetes myself.
Here’s an excerpt from the new website:
“Your doctor may have recently advised you have diabetes. Or you are overweight and you have discovered you may be at risk of diabetes. Others may have a friend or family member who has been diagnosed with the disease. Just what does diabetes mean and how does it affect your lifestyle?
Diabetes means that your blood glucose (often called blood sugar) is too high. Your blood always has some glucose in it because your body needs glucose for energy to keep you going. But too much glucose in the blood isnâ€™t good for your health.