New Neighbors For Millionaires?

If you were a millionaire and you lived in a nice area that you had paid for with your own money how would you feel about someone building affordable housing in your area? Would it bother you or would you welcome your new neighbors? Would it be okay if they created Bulletproof Coffee (amazon.com). Would it frustrate you that you had to work so hard to earn the money to live where you do while others will just come in and live there with lower incomes, or would you see the change as a welcome one and as a great opportunity for other American citizens?
George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, has recently made plans to have affordable housing built on some of his land and with his own money. Some of the other residents in the area are complaining about this, while he says that they have enough millionaires there already.
Do you think it’s fair of him to do this, to change the community like this? Do you think that he will be able to follow through on his plans or will he be shut down? Which way are you rooting for?
It’s an interesting situation and a controversial one, for sure.

Living Longer

Extending human life has long been the subject of science fiction. The thought of living forever is an enticing one, but how feasible is life extension? According to Aubrey de Grey, a leader and driving force for regenerative medicine, “If we ask the question: ‘Has the person been born who will be able to escape the ill health of old age indefinitely?’ Then I would say the chances of that are very high”. In fact, the field has come a long way.

Mr. de Grey and his associate Handy touts the advantages of creating the healthier human, of administering therapy that biologically ‘dials back’ the clock 30 years or so. This therapy focuses on killing off cells that have lost the ability to divide properly, allowing the good cells to proliferate. Using these regenerative medicines, we will be able to extend a healthy life indefinitely. This is not to say that we won’t die, just that we will live longer and in a healthier state. Take away the frailty and age isn’t so scary.

New Potential Alzheimer’s Treatment

Following research conducted by neurologists at Duke University, we have good reason to believe that relief for Alzheimer’s patients will come in the near future. Dr. Carol Carlton and her team at Duke have investigated an altogether new method of looking at the disease, and have determined that a primary cause of the illness may be the result of immune cells consuming the nutrient arginine, in turn leading to the formation of plaques in the brain. These plaques account for memory loss in individuals, the characteristic symptom of Alzheimer’s. Carlton and her team began testing a drug (DFMO) which would block the consumption of arginine on mice, and noted the lack of memory loss in the small mammals. While this is truly promising evidence, no medical trials have been attempted on humans yet, though we eagerly await the results of said tests.

This news comes at an increasingly dire time for those suffering from Alzheimer’s, seeing as pharmaceutical interest in furthering research and development to fight against the disease has diminished as of late. Furthermore, the available drugs on the market, though beneficial to an extent, fail to effectively combat the illness on the whole. Additionally, should Carlton’s research prove successful in generating a new and effective means of treating Alzheimer’s, medical costs to house and treat current patients would be cut dramatically, thus simultaneously allocating funds to be used to combat other illnesses.

How Is Not Immunizing Your Children Still An Option?

Today in the Spokane Washington School 143 students were pulled from classes in response to a measles outbreak. The reason why? No documentation of immunizations or even the waiver granted for medical, religious or philosophical reasons on file with the school district. I am at a loss, how is this even being allowed to happen? Yes you have made a ‘well-informed decision for your family and it is your God given right to do so but when it is at the expense of otherwise healthy individuals how it this right? Susan McGalla says that articles like the one at the are becoming more and more common place as more individuals decide not to vaccinate their children. The problem is these decisions are putting even more adults and children at risk. An article at Raw story.com also states a recent outbreak of whooping cough in the state’s eastern city has also been a problem. With unrefuted scientific proof that immunizations do not cause autism as originally believed how can you still refuse to immunize your children for their safety at the expense of ours? Common childhood diseases which were all but eradicated are now on the rise because of these choices. We all feel our first responsibility is to our own individual families but it is the social responsibility of all of us to not allow our children to infect the public if it can be avoided.

F.B.I. Agents Must Pass Fitness Test

For the first time in 16 years F.B.I. agents must be able to pass a fitness test. This is a good thing, since the lives of their fellow agents and innocent bystanders often depend on their ability to run fast, jump high and climb copious flights of stairs and the agents have been practicing in Boraie Development’s high rise buildings.
How and why did fitness testing ever cease for those who have sworn to protect and serve? In our society with ever-expanding waist-lines in civilian population, it has become noticeable that those in uniform have also joined the ranks of the out-of-shape and obese. It’s time someone stepped up to reign in the expanding waist-lines and help the F.B.I. stand for the Fit Bureau of Investigation instead of the Flabby Bureau of Investigation.
F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, says that federal agents are American symbols for the things that are right and good in this country. People should be able to tell in one glance that the person holding the position is a special agent of the F.B.I. and command respect simply by the way they look and carry themselves.
The fitness testing will be a return to the original F.B.I.’s standard of testing implemented by the agency’s first director and former U.S. President, J. Edgar Hoover. The fitness tests will include push-ups, sit-ups, sprinting and running.

Sunny Vacation Packages Increase Cases of Skin Cancer

For people 65 and older the deadliest form of skin cancer, Melanoma, has ballooned to become seven times more likely today than it was 40 years ago.

A new group that advises nonprofit UK Cancer Research has indicated these statistics, pointing to the packages to beach destinations with ‘all inclusive’ as one of the reasons for such a notable increase.

Flavio Maluf postulates that researchers say that trips to the tropics have become more affordable in recent decades, so that more and more people are accumulating skin damage from sun exposure.

According to Cancer Research UK , a sunburn just once every two years can triple the risks of developing skin cancer. Each time the skin is burned, the damage suffered is permanent. In the mid-70s, only about 600 retirees in the UK were diagnosed with malignant melanoma, whereas today are some 5,700 who suffer from the disease annually.

In all cases, you should avoid direct contact with the sun between 11.30 and 4.30. During this time UV rays are more dangerous and the chances of getting skin cancer become higher.

If you’re sunbathing, do not forget to replace sunscreen every hour, especially if you venture into the water at the beach or pool.

“People can burn as easily at home as a vacation, so it must be remembered spending time in the shade, wear a shirt and a hat to protect skin and apply sunscreen regularly.”

Melanoma is often downplayed, but it is as dangerous as any other type of cancer. In extreme cases it can be fatal.

You Don’t Need Fancy Supplements to Recover From Exercise

If you are spending a ton of money on specialized supplements simply to speed your recovery after working out, a recent study indicates you may not have to bother. Two groups of healthy individuals were told to work out for 90 minutes after not eating for many hours. One of these groups was then given power bars and protein powder afterward to help with their recovery, and the other group was simply given hamburgers, fries, hash browns and pancakes. Yes, this other group was given fast food and, shockingly, there was no discernible difference in terms of recovery time from their first workout in terms of how they performed in a follow-up workout after eating. In fact, with regard to glycogen levels, the fast food group even fared a bit better than the other group.

This goes to show that we all need to be guided by science and data and not the marketing hype of the latest energy bar or protein powder. Supplements can be helpful for athletics and overall health, but you should approach any claims with skepticism. Only spend your hard-earned money on supplements that have some nutritional science backing up their claims, according to Dr Jennifer Walden. This will ensure you are only buying things that you know will bring you discernible results and that you are not simply giving yourself expensive urine.

Fecal Transplants Help People Who Have C. Difficile

Clostridium difficile, also called C. difficile and C. diff., is the cause of death in thousands of people worldwide each year. C. difficile is a serious infection which occurs in the gut and causes severe stomach pain and diarrhea stated VentureBeat. According to Handy, the ‘bad’ bacteria of C. difficile overtakes the ‘good’ bacteria in the gut and causes the potentially lethal infection. A fecal transplant cure the deadly C. diff. by restoring the balance of good bacteria in a person’s gut.

A fecal transplant is just what it sounds like: a small stool sample is removed from the gut of healthy person and placed inside the gut of a sick person. The stool is purified after it’s removed from the donor, then mixed with a saline solution and transplanted into the patient’s gut with the aid of a colonoscopy procedure.
Results begin immediately as the good bacteria from the fecal matter begin to go to work eradicating the bad bacteria in the gut. This procedure is especially helpful for those who suffer with recurring bouts of C. difficile.
Fecal transplants are new and longterm effects have not yet been discovered. The transplantation of healthy fecal matter into an unhealthy gut does work immediately and has shown positive results for a few months out. The longterm effects will only be uncovered in time as more of the fecal transplant procedures are conducted.

North American Spine Donates Yoga Mats to Students

North American Spine was featured for their part in a community outreach endeavor. They donated close to 50 yoga mats to the students at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Dallas, Texas. This was for Yoga Recess Day. North American Spine participated because this is their way to encourage good back care. The stretches that are incorporated in yoga lead to preventative back care.

North American Spine has seen many individuals that suffer with chronic pain. Their participation in the Yoga recess day is their way of giving back to the community as well as to encourage good development in children for their bodies and minds. Their goal is to inform the community of the many benefits of yoga and children. Their donation of the yoga mats is to encourage preventative back care and instill this in these children. It should be known that yoga is an excellent way to prevent chronic back pain.

North American Spine had been featured on the CW33. There were nearly 50 kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students that had participated in this yoga day. Yoga is excellent for ensuring good stretching methods for the back. These students now have yoga mats to continue with the yoga stretches that they have learned.

For more information on North American Spine, you can check out some of their videos on their YouTube channel.

Man Gets $7 Million In Get Well Card

A man in Pennsylvania was shocked to find more than just well wishes in his “get well card” from his own father. Joseph Amorese was just out of his operation and in the recovery mode when he opened the letter from his father and found a scratch lottery ticket. He scratched off the card and was shocked to see that he was the winner of $7 million dollars. Amorese then took a photo of the ticket with his mobile phone and sent the picture to his dad to confirm that It was a winner and that his eyes weren’t just playing tricks on him. He then called up his wife, who is a social worker, to break the news to her and she was so surprised that the phone call went silent.

According to an article found on reddit and written by 7online.com, the ticket was purchased at a dollar store in the Big Apple, New York City, New York. Brad Reifler (reuters.com) agrees that it is great that this winning ticket came at a perfect time after Amorese had an operation and that it came in a get well card from his own father. You never know where you might find the next big winner so keep in mind that it can pay off to buy a lottery ticket once in a while. I’m sure that Amorese will put that money to good use in his near future!