Archive for September, 2013

Bad Habits That Cause Knee Pain

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Bad Habits That Cause Knee Pain: Are You Guilty of #3?
Don’t let knee pain keep you from hiking up Machu Picchu, beating your friends in ping –pong or tennis, or even getting out of the chair to go (anywhere). Take steps to prevent that pain by nixing these habits:

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Joshua Wade, 9-Year-Old Boy, And His Stuffed Wolf Get The BEST Medical Treatment (PHOTO)

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Joshua Wade needed an endoscopy last Friday. His favorite stuffed animal, “wolf,” meanwhile, needed stitches for a hole in his right leg.

The 9-year-old asked his doctor at the Children’s Hospital Colorado, Christine Waasorp Hurtado, if his stuffed friend could get surgery too.

“His parents said, ‘No, no, no, they don’t do wolf surgeries here,'” Hurtado told The Huffington Post. “They said they’d get him fixed up at home.”

But Hurtado and Joshua’s anesthesiologist, Tom Strandness, decided to surprise little Joshua.

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Baby Elephant Cries For 5 Hours After Mom Attacks, Rejects Him

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Zoo employees have been caring for the injured baby elephant, and he is said to be doing better, according to The Huffington Post’s translation of a Shandong TV report. The mother has exhibited a loss of appetite and may be depressed.

The University of California, Santa Barbara has delved into the question of whether elephants really cry, stating that it depends on which definition of “crying” is being used.

If “crying” is defined as shedding tears, then it is a “yes” since nearly all land mammals produce tears for eye lubrication. If “crying” is defined as shedding tears in response to an emotion, then the answer is a little less clear. It all depends on whether or not elephants actually experience emotions.

And there is evidence they do. Elephants are known to be highly expressive creatures, according to PBS. They are known to show a wide array of emotions, from joy and rage to grief and compassion.

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World’s Largest Cave, Son Doong, Prepping For First Public Tours (Video & pics)

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

The Son Doong Cave in Vietnam is the biggest cave in the world. It’s over 5.5 miles long, has a jungle and river, and could fit a 40-story skyscraper within its walls.

But nobody knew any of that until four years ago.

A local man discovered the cave entrance in 1991, but British cavers were the first to explore it in 2009.

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Amazing. Reminds me of all the Sci Fi movies and books about lost worlds here on and inside the earth.

Your Best Ideas Happen In The Most Unusual Places

Monday, September 16th, 2013

According to Harvard psychologist Shelley H. Carson, author of “Your Creative Brain,” little distractions like going to the bathroom can actually be a good thing when it comes to creativity. She explains that interruptions and diversions can lead to a creative “incubation period.”

“In other words, a distraction may provide the break you need to disengage from a fixation on the ineffective solution,” Carson told the Boston Globe.

Looking for your next big idea? Here are six people who found inspiration in unexpected places — in the bathroom and beyond.

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Mini Dachshunds Love Bath Time (VIDEO)

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Remember that dog who was willing to fake his own death to avoid a bath? This is pretty much the opposite.

These two miniature dachshunds cannot wait to get in the tub. And they’re willing to go to all lengths to do it.

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Ancient Egypt Timeline Suggests Civilization Developed Faster Than Previously Thought

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Egypt was, by some standards, the world’s first country as countries are known today. Other existing settlements at the time were isolated city-states, but Egypt developed into a more complex and expansive settlement similar to modern countries today, Dee said.

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The Most Beautiful Ruined Moment

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

By Sharon Kay Edwards

“He’s autistic.” I choked out. “This is all he’s talked about all day. Is there anything you can do?”

“Meet me around the side there,” you nobly said. (Kudos to staying in character the entire time, by the way.)

We made our way around to the side of the stage, amid a sea of parents, kids and cheery cast members.

There you were, waiting all Jedi-like in an alcove. Waiting for Josiah.

You then made a “grand presentation” to him and gave him Darth Vader’s lightsaber —autographed by the Dark Lord himself!

Say what!?

Josiah was in awe. You gave him the moon, Mr. Jedi Master. You fixed his day… his entire vacation! You got him back on track.

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Our broken healthcare system

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

It’s remarkable how low America places in healthcare efficiency: among the 48 countries included in the Bloomberg study, the U.S. ranks 46th, outpacing just Serbia and Brazil. Once that sinks in, try this one on for size: the U.S. ranks worse than China, Algeria, and Iran.

But the sheer numbers are really what’s humbling about this list: the U.S. ranks second in healthcare cost per capita ($8,608), only to be outspent by Switzerland ($9,121) — which, for the record, boasts a top-10 healthcare system in terms of efficiency. Furthermore, the U.S. is tops in terms of healthcare cost relative to GDP, with 17.2 percent of the country’s wealth spent on medical care for every American.

In other words, the world’s richest country spends more of its money on healthcare while getting less than almost every other nation in return.

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Chemicals and products found in the home may lead to ADHD in kids

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

There is mounting evidence associating chemicals and products found in the home to ADHD in children. Here are the most common culprits — and alternatives to try instead.

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Thomas Ramey Watson is an affiliate faculty member of Regis University's College of Professional Studies. He has served as an Episcopal chaplain (lay), trained as a psychotherapist, done postdoctoral work at Cambridge University, and was named a Research Fellow at Yale University.

In addition to his scholarly writings, he is a published author of poetry and fiction.

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