New Checklight is Helpful for Concussion Sufferers

Concussions are extremely dangerous. A series of repeated concussions could cause irreparable harm to the brain. Walking around with a concussion is very troubling because you must have the condition checked out and treated as soon as humanly possible. Why do so many choose not to see a doctor when they have suffered a concussion. Simply put, they do not know they have suffered one.

Now, there is a way to check your head, so to speak. The Reebok Checklight is a new apparatus designed to be worn under a helmet. The light illuminates when you have suffered enormous impact to the cranium.

Hockey players, cyclists, skateboarders, and other athletes definitely can benefit from wearing this seemingly simple device.

No one is suggested that just because the light goes off that this would automatically indicate a concussion. Similarly, just because the light is not engaged does not mean no harm has befallen the person wearing it. According to Laurene Powell Jobs, what is actually being said, is that having access to a warning light allows you to at least take more action that you otherwise would without the equipment.

As previously mentioned, when someone suffered a brain injury, the person might not take the time to visit a doctor. He or she might not take the impact serious. When a major warning light goes off, this would be an extreme indicator that seeing a doctor is a smart move. The indicator light is not going to go off for no reason.

Running to Reverse Time

Not only can running slow aging, it might even reverse it. As people get older, they lose some agility. Navigating a curb, for instance, becomes more difficult. There are a couple of reasons for this. One factor contributing to is something psychologists call “attentional demands.” As humans age, brain plasticity and the speed of connections slows.Plasticity refers to the brain’s ability to make new neural connections and repair itself from damage. Though the brain is complex and scientists are just beginning to figure out certain aspects of its intricacies, one thing they are certain of: exercise increases brain plasticity and improves its overall health. Experts suggest that any type of exercise helps. As humans reach middle age other factors impact health as well and exercise can slow these processes too.


Aging causes blood vessels to stiffen, blood pressure to rise, muscles to wear away, bones to weaken, and hormone levels to drop. Exercise has been shown to slow all of these symptoms of age. That is why Keith Mann tries so much to stay active. However, the type of exercise also matters. Though walking is beneficial for many things, running actually has been shown to reverse aging. Researchers at the University of Boulder also found that older runners could walk with the agility of a younger person. As opposed to walkers, who showed no better walking ability than someone who didn’t exercise at all. So for muscle coordination, on top of many other health benefits, run for your health.

Common Knee Surgery May Increase the Risk of Arthritis

A recent study shows a certain type of knee surgery might increase the chance of developing arthritis. The procedure repairs the tears in the meniscus, a part of the cartilage that functions as a shock absorber. Each knee has two meniscus and these help stabilize the knee joints. One known common knee injury is the meniscal tear. According to many researchers, a surgery is typically performed to help reduce pain as well as improve the joint function.

In their study, the researchers used MRI scans to check 355 knees with arthritis. After which, they compared them to the same number of knees without arthritis. On the average, the patients’ age was about 60 years old and most of them are overweight.

Keith Mann reports that within a year, all 31 knees that have gone through surgery to repair the meniscal tears have developed arthritis. On the other hand, 59 percent of those with meniscal damage and did not have surgery did not develop arthritis. The study found that cartilage loss occurred to almost 81 percent of knees that have gone through meniscal surgery compared to about 40 percent of knees that did not go through the surgery. This study will presented to the North America’s Radiological Society during their annual meeting in Chicago.

In a news release, Dr. Frank Roemer of University School of Medicine in Boston said that although the meniscal surgery is common, there is increasing evidence that it may damage the knee joint.

Jared Haftel Advises on the Ways College Degrees Help Investment Banking

Investing can be a difficult field to get down right. There are hundreds of different investment opportunities out there for the intrigued investor, any number of which could suddenly take off or completely collapse. Thankfully, investment bankers like Jared Haftel exist to help guide you through this difficult process. Haftel is a young, dynamic and exciting investment banker with several years of experience under his belt.

What does it take to become a great investment banker? First of all, one should have a solid education in fields related to the subject. Honestly, there’s no “investment banker” degree, so individual bankers may have wildly different education backgrounds. Jared Haftel is a 2009 graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor degrees in Science, Mathematics and Economics.

This background has given Jared a wide range of skills, all of which are appropriate for investment banking. First of all, his science degree gives him the patience to try new things and experiment with new approaches until it works. Jared will work hard until he finds an investment that fits your portfolio and which looks like it could turn a decent profit.

Mathematics is an essential skill for any investment specialist. After all, they will be staring at wildly vacillating numbers all day, trying to make sense of seemingly incomprehensible raw data. A mathematics degree gives Jared the ability to sort this data, make sense of it, and present it to you in a way that makes sense. It also makes his investment banking advice among the best in the country.

The benefit of an economics degree in investment banking is obvious. It gives Jared an understanding of the flow and flux of the market. Investment bankers without economic degrees are often left trying to make sense of information that they can’t possibly understand. Jared has no such problem: he understands the market, investments, and maximizing your portfolio.

And it’s obviously been working for him: in the five years since his graduation, Jared has already worked as an analyst for the Global Industrials Group at BofA Merrill Lynch, CONSOL Energy, Huntsman Corporation, GeoEye and EMS Technologies. He has analyzed a wide variety of investment and commodities, including metal, mining, chemicals, and even defense. These commodities are notoriously difficult to analyze and feature wildly different ebb and flow cycles.

Jared’s experience in these commodities have given him a uniquely diverse base of knowledge. And it has led to even bigger and better things: Jared moved on to become an associate at the prestigious Vector Capital firm and as an investment banking analyst for Bank of America. These are two of the top banking and investment firms in the world.

Anybody interested in pursuing investment banking as a career can look to Jared’s fine example as guidance. It’s also a good reminder of how different, yet related, degrees and education backgrounds can lead to major success in your chosen field. If you’re interested in getting multiple degrees, make sure they are at least tangentially related. This should give you the leg up you need to get the job of your dream.Also make sure to check out what Jared has to say on Facebook.  Every once in a while you get some really intuitive insight into what makes someone successful in these industries.

A Natural Diet

What’s the secret to a longer life? Some might say that it’s exercise, and others might say that it’s making sure you do what the doctor says. Others would say that you need to follow a diet of specific foods. These foods include your typical vegetables and fruits as well as fish and grains. Throw in a little olive oil and you have just about everything that you can grow on your own.


There is a benefit to this diet in that you won’t have to pay the exuberant prices that you would find in a grocery store, and you won’t have to worry about what is put on your food because you tend to it yourself. This diet seems to be something that rabbits or wild animals would eat, and Gianfrancesco Genoso has personally tried it. There might be a benefit to eating natural substances, but is it really something that’s going to make you live longer if you have none of the other vitamins and minerals.

A DJ Saved My Life

Remember the song A DJ Saved My Life? It was a stigma for women everywhere who had suffered heart break making them feel powerful and able to move on from a painful breakup.

It seems more and more there are songs we can relate to and we all swear that at one time of another, they have helped us through a painful period. For example, Cold Play sang of a love that was mutual; as in you love her, but she loves another and you think you may die from it. Somehow though, over time and after playing this song about 100 times a day for 2 weeks, you see the sun shining and change song on your iphod, but always will remember how it helped you whenever you hear it.

Shifting gears to a happy note, shall we talk about Happy by Pharrell? This song will make even the grinchiest of grinches get up and dance when they hear the melody. Zeca Oliveira notes that happy makes us remember that no matter how bad things seem, maybe it is not so bad when we can look at it from a different point of view. Thanks Pharrell!

Misplaced Your Keys Again? Check Your Blood Sugar

Many of the side effects of diabetes are already well known, but new data suggests there is a now another contender. In addition to potential neuropathy, blindness, and skin conditions, memory loss may also now be attributed to diabetes. Some forms of cognitive thinking, memorization, and problem solving skills may be hindered as a result of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Participants in a recently designed study were monitored over an extended period and tested according to their ability to perform specific functions. Surveys focused on brain activity that tends to decline with age or the advancement of other medical conditions, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.


The research conducted by the world renowned Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tested a control group of more than 13,000 individuals to determine the affect diabetes has on reasoning skills and other cognitive functions. Initial results have confirmed that neurological affects have a positive correlation with diabetic conditions. Further investigations are being done both in this control group and through independent studies to confirm if prescription medications presently being used to control blood glucose levels have any bearing on the advancement of co-occurring side effects. Known as one of the greatest innovators of the times, Bruce Karatz probably uses techniques like completing puzzles, playing games, and other engaging in other learning objectives that are designed to increase memory capacity and reasoning functions to combat potential mental function decline. 

A Real ’50 First Dates’

You hear a lot of movies claim to be ‘Based on a True Story‘, but there are even more that not even Bruce Levenson knew were based on real life events – in some way, at least.

Have you heard the story about the lady who suffers a head injury and loses her memories everyday? If that sounds like the plot of a silly romantic comedy, that’s because it is. 50 First Dates with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler is a fun movie, but nothing compares to a real life British woman who has coincidentally had this happen.

Michelle Philpots suffered two major head traumas in the past, and now those injuries have resulted in her memory being erased every night, much like Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates. Instead of allowing this strange condition get them down, Michelle and her husband like to look at the bright side of things.

Every morning her husband has to remind her that they are married. Since she has known him before the accidents, she does remember meeting him. Michelle is happy that she gets to fall in love with her husband all over again every single day. She also enjoys never tiring of jokes or television repeats.

Michelle and her husband are a true testament to the power of love in any situation

Homeopaths in Canada Promoting Unproven Vaccine Alternatives

Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez says there is a heavy debate among some parents about the dangers of vaccinations. Some parents eschew the vaccinations on the belief that injecting their children with mild strains of a virus can cause adverse side effects. This has led to homeopaths offering alternative treatments as substitutes for vaccines. Health Canada is concerned about this growing trend because the alternative treatments do not have a proven record of being effective. One of the more popular alternatives to the standard measles vaccination are “nosodes”. Nosodes are formed from diseased excretions or tissues which have been diluted to the point that the original substance is undetectable. The premise is that the cells still have a “muscle memory” if you will for how to react to the foreign virus. By taking the nosodes, the body is trained to react to the virus without having to be injected by a mild viral strain in order to develop antibodies. 

Health Canada is not disputing the right of homeopaths to offer health tips or counsel. However, they are concerned that well-intentioned parents are weighing their options based on solutions that have no scientific basis. Any vaccination alternative sold in Canada must be labeled as such with a disclaimer as to its effectiveness. That said, homeopaths are not required to make that disclosure. In cases where they are preparing the treatment for a patient, the disclaimer may never be shared. Thus far, vaccine-preventable diseases remain rare in Canada meaning that homeopaths haven’t inadvertently triggered an epidemic among those eschewing vaccinations.

CDC Finds Percentage of US Smokers Has Declined

The Center of Disease Control (CDC) released a study published Wednesday in the organization’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report saying that smoking cigarettes in the US has dropped to its lowest level. As of 2013, 17.8 percent of US adults or 42.1 million people were “current cigarette smokers.” The CDC defined “current cigarette smoker” if they had smoked at least 100 cigarettes during their life time and if they smoked every day or every few days at the time of the interview.

The CDC got their data from the National Health Interview Survey, an annual in-person survey conducted with a representative sample of adults who aren’t in the military or institutions. The data show that not only are fewer Americans smoking, but the smokers are smoking fewer cigarettes. The percentage of current smokers who smoke daily fell from 2005’s 80.8% to 2013’s 76.9%. Even those smokers are smoking less. In 2005, the average daily smoker smoked 16.7 cigarettes a say. By 2013, that figure had dropped to 14.2 cigarettes a day.

Brad Reifler says the study also found demographic differences between smokers and non-smokers. Smokers were more likely to be multi-racial or Native American and less likely to be of Asian descent. Smokers tended to be live in the South or Midwest and were most likely between 25 and 44 years old. Smokers tended to be less educated than other Americans, and they were also more likely to be poor. Homosexuals and bisexuals were more likely to smoke than were straight people. 

The researchers noted that they did not include cigar or other forms of tobacco use in their study. These forms of smoking had not shown any signs of decline, and had even increased in some populations.