Tiny Homes Help Homeless

The tiny home movement in this country has continued to expand and are being used to house the homeless in cities like Portland, Oregon.The article from Crunch base with Sultan Alhokair interviewed one of the main residents and also found out about his history and how he ended up at Dignity Village.
The resident and administrative leader of this community goes by the name of Mike Grubic. He was homeless for many years and eventually ended up in Seaside, Oregon working as a glazier and living in a yurt in a nearby state park. He lost the job and relocated to Portland and was trying to find help due to not having a job or a place to live. He was denied services but the individuals at the homeless shelter had Mike inquire at Dignity Village. He wasn’t taken in immediately and he had to prove his worth to eventually get established in the fourteen year old community that began as a tent city on the outskirts of Portland. He has proven himself and now helps run the tiny house community from a very tiny building. Mike says the community is focused on helping residents stay clean from drugs and alcohol and keeps everyone in the community fed, clothed and in supply of clean water. He commends Dignity Village and says that it has allowed him to go out and look for work. He currently works construction five days a week and gives alot of credit to Dignity Village for giving him a strong foundation for future progress. With the growing homeless population tiny houses and villages give individuals a chance to have stability and a home to call their own.

Researchers Increase Lifespan of Flies By Half

The promise of a long natural life is a pursuit that grabs the attention of people from all walks of life. Living forever, or immortality, is often a central role in fiction and science fiction stories, but those dreams could one day prove to be something of a very real possibility thanks to some exciting research coming out of the University of Bern.

According to a A Bullseye View published by Dave and Brit Morin, researchers were able to increase the lifespan of flies by fifty to sixty percent by activating a gene that destroys unhealthy cells. Scientists are excited because of the possibility of applying the discovery to humans, which could reverse or halt the aging process. Of course, there is a long way to go before people can safely live to three or four hundred years old. Still, genetic research is continuing to involve by leaps and bounds.

The results are encouraging so far, and while the leap from flies to other forms of life is considerable, the research also has real implications for tissue degeneration and other illnesses. Any type of forward movement in the combat of diseases that attack tissues could be a major step forward for any research facility, and without a doubt a lot of pairs of eyes will be focused on this experiment in the future. Still, it is hard to say when any developments involving human beings will be targeted, but anything seems to be possible.

Discover Sam Tabar’s Top Investment Tips for 2015

As reported on CNBC.com capital strategist and Colombian Law School attorney Sam Tabar reveals investment tips for the new year. With 54% of consumers making financial resolutions for 2015 Sam is sharing a few nuggets of wisdom to help them navigate the complex world of investment securities.

One of the biggest suggestions Sam has for people entering the investment arena is to hold back on pumping up their portfolio with risky commodity trading. The reason for this suggestion lies in the fact that commodity trading is an extremely volatile market requiring a lot of research and investment know-how to be successful in. Instead Sam advises novice and casual investors to stick to more reliable markets such as the stock market or mutual funds.

Speaking of the stock market, Sam mentions that a great alternative to it is to invest in private businesses. Not only does this allow investors to profit relatively easily, it also gives them a chance to help out start-up entrepreneurs. Sam himself has invested in THINX, a women’s undergarment manufacturer that places a strong focus on social awareness. Currently THINX is helping out by supplying needy young women in Africa with sanitary supplies.

Sam also mentions that one of the most fundamental rules of investing is to not put all of your eggs in one basket. He says that while a certain investment may get hot and bring profit in the short term it can quickly fall back down. His final bit of advice is relatively simple and straightforward: the best time to start investing is now. Sam explains that waiting to invest isn’t helpful and can lead to regret when you reach your retirement years. Getting an early start not only leads to bigger long term profits, it also helps you to build your experience and make wiser investments as you go.

For more information on Sam Tabar’s investment tips for 2015, click here.

The More You Work, The More You Drink

Studies show that the more hours you work, the more alcohol you drink. People who work more than 48 hours a week are more likely to drink at dangerous levels than those who work fewer hours, according to new research.
This study reviewed data from more than three hundred thousand participants. ‘Risky’ drinking is described as fourteen or more drinks per week for woman and twenty one drinks for men. When these people drink this much, they don’t sleep well and the don’t engage well. It is ideal for bosses, such as Ben Shaoul, to keep an eye on their employees to see their level of productivity. Be cautious on assigning hours to certain employees. Employees should be also watching out for one another, and should not be afraid to speak up or tell someone if things tend to go wrong.
In the future we hope that these numbers decrease and that people will not abuse drinking. Getting drunk is never the answer! Remember, there are always other alternatives.

Longer Work Hours Linked To Higher Levels of Drinking Consumption

Researchers are finding a link between people working more than 48 hour per week, and drinking high levels of alcohol. In contrast, people who worked 40 hours per week or less had fewer issues with alcohol abuse.

The research findings were found to be true regardless of a client’s socioeconomic position. It didn’t matter if someone held a professional position, or someone who is a blue collar worker. Additionally, age did not seem to make a difference either.

People turn to alcohol to help them unwind after they work long hours. Women who work long hours were found to drink two glasses of alcohol after work. Similarly, men were discovered to drink approximately three pints.

There are many reasons that contribute to people drinking after work. Stressful work environments are a common reason. Employees who lack good coping skills also tend to turn to the bottle. People who live alone and do not have a good support system may also turn to alcohol.

According to work blog abullseyeview, Employers who promote their employees working overtime need to be aware those same employees may be at risk to develop alcohol abuse. Alcohol educators, Dave and Brit Morin, stress that educating employees about this risk could go a long way toward preventing the development of an alcohol problem.

Too Many People Are Taking Aspirin Unnecessarily


I was in Dr. Jennifer Walden’s office and I overheard a conversation that got me interested in this subject. Research has shown that taking daily aspirin can reduce the risk of various health issues, like heart disease and stroke. However, there are many individuals who take aspirin on a daily basis who do not need to do so. A new study has recently found that as many as 11 percent of the individuals who take aspirin daily do not need to do so.

One of the issues that can be caused by taking aspirin on a daily basis is gastrointestinal bleeding. An individual needs to speak with their primary care physician to weigh the benefits of avoiding things like heart disease, while at the same time taking into consideration the side effect of gastrointestinal bleeding. Something that the doctor will keep in mind is the age of the individual and any health conditions they are dealing with.

The American Heart Association has recommended that individuals take aspirin on a daily basis for primary prevention for individuals who have a 10 year cardiovascular risk of 10 percent or more. Other guidelines that have been published say the cutoff should be at a risk of only 6 percent. After studying more than 68,000 patients, they found that over 11 percent were taking aspirin on a daily basis with only a cardiovascular disease risk of 6 percent or less. I was in Dr. Jennifer Walden office and I overheard a conversation that got me interested in this subject.

This underscores the importance of patients communicating with their doctors about their individual circumstances. They do not want to cause more harm than good.

Profiles in Health Care: Mark Ahn Explains Biotech Startup Success

We work hard to stay healthy, but we often take for granted that there are people out there every day working hard to develop new technologies for us in the health care industry. From inventing vaccines to improving upon past technologies, we have the longest average lifespan in history because of these people. Mark Ahn is a leader within the biotech industry who seeks to inspire more to go into the career field.

When Mark Ahn spoke to The Street about the success of biotech startups, he explained how these companies can remain solvent in their early years while their first products come to market. Most people who have a vision for these businesses do not realize the amount of waiting that is involved, and they also do not want to wait that long to get the work done. However, the businesses will be able to make the most of their time spent waiting if they are funded properly.

Dr. Ahn believes that many companies do not go looking for funding in enough places. The company can fund its projects through a number of different means, and all these funds together will help to see projects through to market. Also, these projects can be funded so that multiple products can be developed at the same time. The company will always have funding coming in, and the products will all go to market at similar times.

When a company is willing to seek out the proper amounts of funding, they will be able to remain solvent when they are new. The startups in the biotech world that do not take these steps tend to fail while the most industrious ones tend to succeed.

Dr. Daniel Amen, Author and Psychiatrist

Dr. Daniel Amen is a well-known and popular psychiatrist and author of many professional scientific articles that have appeared in prestigious psychiatry journals such as Nature’s Translational Psychiatry and the American Journal of Psychiatry. He has also authored or co-authored more than 30 books and seven chapters of books.

He has been called one of the most gifted minds of medicine and has dedicated his career to the study of brain health and its’ importance to the success and health of the total person. At the Amen Clinics, Dr. Amen teaches that when the brain health is good, everything goes well. When the brain is stressed or troubled, there are problems in life.

Not only is Dr. Amen a double board certified psychiatrist; he is also a physician television producer, the Medical Director and founder of Amen Clinics located in several venues, and a New York Times bestselling author nine times. His work has also appeared in many top-rated magazines such as Newsweek, Time, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, the Washington Post and the Huffington Post.

His Amen Clinics have a database of functional brain scans that relate to the behavior of patients from 111 countries with a total of almost 90,000 scans. This makes that database the largest of its’ kind in the world. The Amen Clinics use the “Four Circles” approach to diagnosis. These are the Bio, Psycho, Social and Spiritual approaches.

Dr. Amen has helped to raise over $52 million for public television by writing, producing and hosting nine shows about the brain. He has also helped to start the “Daniel Plan” which is a year long program to get healthy. This program is a major part of the Saddleback Church that uses religion to help get healthier.

Dr. Amen has been in movies that include The Crash Reel and After the Last Round. His Emmy winning shows have included The Dr. Oz Show and The Truth About Drinking. Sharecare has named him the most influential mental health advocate and expert on the entire web.

Why People Trust Dr. Rod Rohrich


If anyone is searching for a great plastic surgeon, check out this Wikipedia article on Dr. Rod Rohrich.  With over 30 years of experience in the field, it is no surprise that countless individuals have walked out of Dr. Rohrich’s office with outstanding results. Rohrich has not only gained the respect of countless patients, but he has also worked to gain respect throughout the entire industry. Rohrich has gained the trust of countless patients, as well as colleagues, and it all started with one man’s determination.

Why People Trust Dr. Rod Rohrich

  • Education: Dr. Rohrich began his education at North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota. After graduating with honors, Rohrich went on to receive his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and graduated again with honors. His education continued beyond expectation as he received general surgery and plastic surgery training at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He later continues his education in the field of plastic surgery at Oxford University. After completing his education with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Rohrich joined the field of plastic surgery at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where he now still resides.
  • Professionalism: Rohrich not only took his education by storm, but also his career. He made a huge impact throughout the industry when he became the official chairman at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He went on to perform countless plastic surgery procedures. Rohrich has strived throughout his career to develop expertise in a variety of procedures in order to offer the very best for his patients. He also works to educate individuals all over the state about the medical field of plastic surgery. He has chaired over 100 national and international educational meetings and delivered over 900 presentations explaining all the aspects of the field’s procedures. With a professional outlook and a genuine care for patients, Rohrich has developed a reputation in the medical field as one of the most honest surgeons in the industry.
  • Contribution: Along with his honest professionalism, Rohrich is a member of several associations, boards and committees in order to contribute to plastic surgery education even further. Rohrich has also written a highly acclaimed book, Navigate Your Beauty, that can answer all your question about plastic surgery.

The large amount of trust that has been placed in the hands of Dr. Rod Rohrich has not been misplaced. With a history of working hard and a reputation for being honest, Dr. Rohrich continues to impress patients and colleagues alike in the world of plastic surgery.

The Role of Bad Luck in Cancer

It is an amazing thesis presented by two American researchers, whose work is published in a journal of Science on January 2nd. According to estimates not by Sergio Andrade Gutierrez but by Cristian Tomasetti and Bert Vogelstein (Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Baltimore), two-thirds of the incidence of malignant tumors in adults mainly fall of an evil chance, random mutations occurring during ransom division of stem cells.

Conventional risk factors (smoking, alcohol, diet, viruses, pollutants, among others) or genetic susceptibility intervene are secondary reasons of Cancer. However, some oncologists emphasize the methodological limitations of research, as breast and prostate cancer, the most common, have not been studied.

While more information needs to be obtained before stating any concrete theories, there is a wealth of data that shows that there is far more to cancer development than standard health procedures can convey.

To assess the role of chance (stochastic effect) compared to other factors, the researchers took into account the dynamics of stem cell renewal in the tissues. It can be assumed that more the number of divisions, the greater the risk of random mutations and thus cancer increases.

These two American researchers state that risk of being diagnosed malignancy in life is 6.9% for lung; 0.6% for the brain; and only 0.00072% for laryngeal cartilages. Experts have an opinion that this new research is really very interesting and it may be a base for other relevant researches.