January 13, 2017

Life Pro Tips

When purchasing products with warranties, set an alarm in your calendar for 1 month before it ends. .If there are any defects, make use of the warranty

When you meet someone in a wheelchair don't bend over, kneel, or stoop to greet them. Stand normally and look them in the eye.

When leaving a important voicemail give your name and number at the beginning and end of the message. They then won't have to go through the whole voicemail to get your number again. They'll appreciate you saving them time.

Organize your clothes based on what activity you're doing, not by type of clothing... e.g. one drawer for casual wear, one drawer for workout clothes, one drawer or section of the closet for going out clothes, and one for work clothes. This makes your outfit options readily available and saves time when selecting clothing every day, which is usually based on activity.

When you sign up for anything online, put the websites name as your middle name. That way when you receive spam/advert emails, you will know who sold your info.

When lending a pen or marker hand it over without the cap, you are much more likely to get it back

Before checking in at the airport, take a photograph of your luggage. A picture is worth a thousand words if your bags get lost!

Keep your gas tank at least halfway full in the winter.  Condensation can form in the empty part of your gas tank. In the winter that condensation can freeze, collect into icy blockages in your fuel lines and create problems with starting your car.

When getting repairs on your car, ask the mechanic to let you take pictures of the problem for your records.

If an indoor cat gets outside and lost, put their litter box outside. They can smell it from up to a mile away and find their way home.

One 18 inch pizza is more pizza than two 12 inch pizzas.  Sometimes it's better value to order a large instead of two mediums.

When someone (esp. a child) shows you something they've made never say 'What is it?' say 'Tell me more about this.'

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January 12, 2017

Miscellany #53

Little Kids and Their Big Dogs  Russian Photographer Andy Seliverstoff

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"The state of endless joy and mutual confidence – that has become the main idea of the series."

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Barns Are Painted Red Because of the Physics of Dying Stars

Grandad Uses Instagram To Share His Life’s Story With The Grandson He Might Not See Growing Up

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Across the USA by Train for Just $213
Traveling coast-to-coast across the United States by train is one of the world’s greatest travel experiences. Amazingly, it’s also one of the world’s greatest travel bargains — the 3,400-mile trip can cost as little as $213.

After watching over 50 TED talks, these are the insights that have stuck with me most

Your Shower Is Lame, Your Dishwasher Doesn’t Work, and Your Clothes are Dirty

The English “alphabet song”, also known as “The A.B.C.”, is based on a tune by Mozart
This same tune is also used as the basis for such children’s songs as Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.

You Can Now Buy Snow White’s Cottage For $952,000 on 7.5 acres of land in Olalla, Washington.

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'Firefall' lights up Yosemite: Sunset reflects off waterfall making it glow golden in rare phenomenon

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January 4, 2017

The Mesentery or the human organ you never heard of

It's official: A brand-new human organ has been classified

Researchers have classified a brand-new organ inside our bodies, one that's been hiding in plain sight in our digestive system this whole time. Although we now know about the structure of this new organ, its function is still poorly understood, and studying it could be the key to better understanding and treatment of abdominal and digestive disease.

Known as the mesentery, the new organ is found in our digestive systems, and was long thought to be made up of fragmented, separate structures. But recent research has shown that it's actually one, continuous organ. The evidence for the organ's reclassification is now published in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

So what is the mesentery? It's a double fold of peritoneum — the lining of the abdominal cavity — that attaches our intestine to the wall of our abdomen, and keeps everything locked in place.

One of the earliest descriptions of the mesentery was made by Leonardo da Vinci, and for centuries it was generally ignored as a type of insignificant attachment. Over the past century, doctors who studied the mesentery assumed it was a fragmented structure made of separate sections, which made it pretty unimportant.
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Health roundup Cancer edition

Rub-on cream for skin cancer nearly as effective as surgery, five year trial shows

More than eight in 10 patients found that the cream imiquimod kept their basal cell carcinoma (BCC) at bay for five years, compared with 98 per cent of those who had their tumour removed. Researchers from the University of Nottingham say although rates are not as good as surgery, some people may still prefer a less invasive approach, particularly if the cancer is on a sensitive area such as the face.The cream works by boosting the body’s immune response so it can fight the cancer itself.

Simple blood test could show lung cancer 5 YEARS before the disease even appears on medical scans.

Antibodies are produced by the immune system during the early stages of lung cancer, a study at the University of Dundee which examined 12,000 adults at high risk of lung cancer.

If you were a smoker or lung cancer runs in your family, it's good news that a simple blood test can detect lung cancer at its earliest stages when you have the best hope for treating it successfully.

New Brain Cells Help Fight Cancer

A man with deadly brain cancer that had spread to his spine saw his tumors shrink and, for a time, completely vanish after a novel therapy to help his immune system attack his disease, another first in this promising field. Grady was the first person to get the treatment dripped through a tube into a space in the brain where spinal fluid is made, sending it down the path the cancer traveled to his spine. He had "a remarkable response" that opens the door to wider testing, said Dr. Behnam Badie, neurosurgery chief at City of Hope, a cancer center in Duarte, California, where Grady was treated.

Breast cancer cells start spreading to other parts of the body long before a tumor is even detected

It had been thought that it is when cancer is at its most advanced or at 'stage 4' or 'invasive' that it is at the greatest risk of it spreading. The new findings show breast cancer spreads at 'stage 0' - before a tumor has been found and cancer has been diagnosed. Experts say the findings highlight the seriousness of very early stages of cancer

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December 30, 2016

Health roundup: heartburn, 'sugar-free' and Parkinson's

Popular heartburn medications linked to higher risk of stroke

Millions of Americans take proton pump inhibitors to treat acid reflux and heartburn. Known as PPIs, they are among the most prescribed drugs in the United States and are widely available over the counter. The research was conducted in Denmark among a quarter-million patients who suffered from stomach pain and indigestion, and were taking one of four PPIs: Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid or Nexium.  Overall stroke risk increased 21% among patients who were taking a PPI, according to the study. At the lowest doses, the authors found either no or minimal increased risk of stroke. At the highest doses, they found that stroke risk increased 33% for Prilosec and Prevacid patients, 50% for Nexium patients and 79% for Protonix patients.

Parkinson's could start in the GUT not the brain:

Scientists at California Institute of Technology find first ever link between the disease and gut microbes.  Studying mice, they managed to treat their symptoms with antibiotics.  The discovery, published today in the journal Cell, could overhaul medical research and treatment of Parkinson's.

Sugar-free products stop us getting slimmer

Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital said,"We found that aspartame blocks a gut enzyme called intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP)," and its beneficial aspects.  IAP is produced in the small intestine. "We previously showed [this enzyme] can prevent obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

DNA linked to sugar cravings also leads to binge drinking, study finds. Is THIS the booze gene?

Beta-Klotho is activated in the brain by a hormone produced in the liver.  Around 60% of the population carry a variation, researchers found. Having the variant made adults drink an extra 0.97g of alcohol each day.
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Health Roundup: Alzheimer's, man flu, autism+Vitamin D

Statins link to reduced chance of Alzheimer's - major new study

A review of 400,000 patients established that those who took the tablets regularly slashed their chances of succumbing to the condition by between 12 and 15 per cent. Scientists behind the study say the link may be explained by an interplay between cholesterol, which is regulated by the drug, and beta-amyloid, which plays a role in dementia, or that an anti-inflammatory property of statins themselves could be protecting against the disease.

Man flu DOES exist! Viruses want to kill men more than women, study finds

Viruses such as HPV and TB are more likely to kill men than women, study shows. Researchers at Royal Holloway University found the pathogens had adapted to target men and cause less-severe disease in women. They believe it is because women are 'more valuable hosts' to pathogens. Women are more likely to pass the virus on to others such as babies by nursing

Could autism be linked to a lack of vitamin D?

Research reveals women who are deficient in it during pregnancy are more likely to have children who display 'autistic traits'
Lead researcher Professor John McGrath, from the University of Queensland, said this suggested vitamin D supplements could reduce the incidence of autism.  The study, led by researchers from the Queensland Brain Institute, looked at blood samples from more than 4,000 pregnant women and their children.

Women who had low vitamin D levels at 20 weeks' pregnant were more likely to have children displaying autistic traits by the age of six, the study found.  Professor McGrath said: 'This study provides further evidence that low vitamin D is associated with neuro-developmental disorders. 'Just as taking folate in pregnancy has reduced the incidence of spina bifida, the result of this study suggests that prenatal vitamin D supplements may reduce the incidence of autism.'

Homeopathy effective for 0 out of 68 illnesses, study finds

Treatment has 'no discernible convincing effects beyond placebo'

Though placebos can have an astonishing effect.

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Health Roundup: Beer edition

Don't want to go deaf? Have a pint of Guinness each day: High levels of iron helps to prevent hearing loss, study finds

Around 30 per cent of the world's population are believed to be anaemic - leaving them at risk of losing their ability to hear
A study of more than 300,000 people found a link between iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) and hearing loss. Pennsylvania State University researchers found a lack of the mineral can cause sensorinerual hearing loss - damage to the cochlea or nerve pathways. They also discovered it could also cause conductive hearing loss - problems with the bones in the middle of the ear.

A pint of Guinness each day may help to prevent you from going deaf, new research suggests. The popular beverage contains high levels of iron, which scientists believe helps to ward off hearing loss. In England, post operative patients used to be given Guinness because of its high iron content.  Although Guinness and its parent company, Diageo, make no such claims today, its advertising slogan from the 1920's was 'Guinness is good for you!' But nutritionists warn a pint contains less than three per cent of the iron needed daily.

Previous research suggested it may work as well as a low dose aspirin to prevent heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks. It is believed antioxidant compounds in the drink, similar to those found in certain fruits and vegetables, are responsible for the health benefits because they slow down the deposit of harmful cholesterol on the artery walls.

How to cook healthy with BEER: Replace oil with ale when cooking it has nearly HALF the calories

Beer has around 75 calories per tablespoon while oil has up to 120 calories. Food fans suggest braising your meat in dark beer or add it to chili, stew or even your homemade burgers to give it a rich, dark flavor.

Toby Amidor, a registered dietician and author, says that beer can be considered a healthier alternative. She goes on to explain that beer can actually boost your health because it is packed with B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium.  As well as claims from the University of Pennsylvania that with moderation dark ale or stout can protect you from heart attacks, beer can also strengthen your bones because it contains silicon which can help promote growth.

Don’t want a hangover on New Year’s Day? Then you should avoid spirits and just stick to beer, study finds

Hops in beer can lessen the harm done to the liver after a night of heavy drinking. They reduce the production of toxins that occur from alcohol such as spirits. Some of these molecules are believed to cause a headache the following day

Can music change the flavor of beer? Different sounds can transform your tastebuds.

High pitch notes from piano or flute and harmonies enhance the sweetness. Lower pitch tones made by brass instruments makes beer taste more bitter. The highest pitch notes along with some percussion like chimes or clapping can add a hint of sourness to an ale while dissonant notes can make it seem stronger.

Have some nuts with your beer.  Snacking On Nuts Can Reduce Risk Of Heart Disease, Cancer

A new study from European researchers in the journal BMC Medicine says eating a handful of nuts a day can cut down on several health risks. Data from more than 800,000 people who ate all kinds of nuts, including hazelnuts, walnuts and peanuts, shows they cut their risk of dying from heart disease by nearly 30 percent and cancer by 15 percent. The risk of premature death was also 22 percent lower for people who ate nuts. “It’s quite a substantial effect for such a small amount of food,” study co-author Dagfinn Aune said.
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Easy-peasy resolutions for a healthier New Year

Don't eat too much kale or spinach.  How one woman's obsession with spinach and kale smoothies almost caused her to go BLIND after a build-up of a healthy compound clouded her vision

An Asian woman in her 60s was found to have high levels of lutein in her eye. She was taking supplements with her daily smoothies of leafy green vegetables. It caused her to develop crystalised deposits in her eyes - affecting her vision which can trigger age-related macular degeneration - a cause of blindness.  After stopping taking her supplements, her vision improved straight away

The advice to eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables certainly still stands, but this study serves as an indicator that there can be too much of a good thing when it comes to eye-healthy foods. People should only be taking large doses of added supplements if their eye doctor has detected signs of age-related macular degeneration. Taking more than your body needs can potentially cause more harm than good.'

Don't obsess over a few extra pounds.  Why being chubby could help you live longer...and other fascinating reasons why fat isn't always your enemy, from a book by a top biochemist 

Obesity warnings are well-founded but we should not treat fat like the enemy. Having extremely low body fat can lead to deficiencies in vital vitamins. Researchers found that low body mass index (less than 20) in middle-age is linked to a 34 per cent higher risk for dementia later in life. ... Plump patients may live longer....Embrace extra fat after the menopause.

Take a quick break every hour or so to move around.  Work. Walk 5 Minutes. Work.

Stuck at your work desk? Standing up and walking around for five minutes every hour during the workday could lift your mood, combat lethargy without reducing focus and attention, and even dull hunger pangs, according to an instructive new study. Frequent, brief walking breaks were more effective at improving well-being than a single, longer walk before work.

Time your showers.  Shower in the morning to boost creativity and at night if you want to fall asleep:

Morning showers can help those who are feeling stressed due to work or under pressure to be creative.  Showering helps you relax but also makes you alert, so washing in the morning can stimulate creativity.  Night-time showers are helpful because they regulate body temperature which can help you fall asleep more easily.


Swim in the ocean. 
From soothing your skin to clearing up sinuses, expert reveals the benefits of swimming in the ocean

Historically, doctors would recommend their patients go to the seaside to improve various ills.  Using seawater for medical purposes even has a name: thalassotherapy.

Take care of someone elseGrandparents can enjoy 5 extra years of life if they occasionally care for their grandchildren

Experts assessed survival rates of more than 500 people between 70 and 103. They were split into 2 groups based on if they cared for their grandchildren. Half of those who cared for their young family members were alive 10 years later while around the same amount of those who didn't died within just 5 years.  Providing care to anyone was associated with 3 years of extra life.

Get more sleep.  You'll be happier, healthier and slimmer too.

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