Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Teenage stowaway defied oxygen shortage, extreme cold in plane’s wheel well

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Teenage stowaway defied oxygen shortage, extreme cold in plane’s wheel well

If it doesn’t turn out to be a hoax, a 16-year-old boy probably defied long odds against death from hypoxia (oxygen shortage) and cold by a fluke of the conditions he faced in the wheel well of the jet where he stowed away from California to Hawaii, according to an expert on altitude and health.

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The Sweet Precedent of Flavored Milk

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The Sweet Precedent of Flavored Milk

Being from the great state of Wisconsin, I of course grew up consuming milk. No matter which meal of the day, milk was always offered as a beverage option. If you are able to digest dairy and enjoy the flavor, milk can play an important role in providing nutrition. Nonetheless, most nutrients found in milk are available from plenty of other sources. You can have a healthy diet with or without the consumption of milk. The health issue surrounding milk that I want to address is the process of adding four teaspoons of sugar to milk, while still calling it a "healthy" beverage for children. The main drawback with sweetened milk, commonly referred to as flavored milk, is that it sets the precedent for overly sweet foods.



During my two years of public service through FoodCorps teaching children nutrition education, I experienced firsthand the sweet palettes of modern kids. Items like blueberries and garden fresh tomatoes are now not sweet enough. This sugary preference was often a limitation for them appreciating the average sweetness of fruits and vegetables. Children are learning that this is how food should taste and anything unsweetened is not enjoyable.



If chocolate milk were promoted as a treat, I'd be less concerned. This however is not the case. Too many times, I have walked into a cafeteria and seen posters exclaiming the health benefits of sweetened milk. I would also be less worried if flavored milk was consumed in a context of an overall less sweetened diet. Unfortunately, sugary breakfast cereals, fruit juice, and fruit juice sweetened canned fruit are the current norm for school breakfast and lunch menus. Currently there are no set limits for the amount of sugar for school meals. On average, one 8oz sweetened carton of milk contains 4 teaspoons of added sugar. The consumption of one carton already exceeds the daily sugar allotment recommended for children by the American Heart Association.



The common argument you will hear is that without sweetened varieties kids would not drink milk. As I stated previously, a healthy diet may or may not include milk. Children do not need to consume milk to be healthy. Also, the underlying assumption of sweetened milk is the concept of adding sugar to food until a kid enjoys it. This is a flawed logic and is not preparing students to develop a life long healthy relationship with food.



I'm not arguing for nutrition perfectionism and I strongly believe in enjoying indulgent foods, however, sweetened milk is often consumed on a daily or a twice daily basis. I'm not naïve and have seen how much students prefer sweetened milk. Of all the milk consumed in schools, 71 percent of it is sweetened. I've also read the stories of kids revolting and other issues with the removal of sweetened milk. A recent Cornell University study found that the removal of sweetened milk from schools led to a 8 percent decrease in milk sales and 29 percent of non-sweetened milk to be thrown out. These issues are connected to social norms that start with schools and families, so let's begin to realize that we have the power to change the precedent.



To start the transition to more health promoting social norms, it is important for nutrition programs to promote incremental change. School districts can begin by making sweetened milk less prevalent in the milk cooler and less accessible. School advertisements promoting flavored milk as a healthy choice should be removed. Parents and nutrition education can assist in the promotion of such beverages as treats rather than staples. School food operations can make sweetened milk a dessert and only offer it once a week.



Accordingly, as new generations of children begin school, the option to choose sweetened milk can be slowly limited. Students expect these products because we currently make it socially acceptable to consume them. Children learn our cultural norms and preferences, and currently we are telling them that food has to be overwhelmingly sweet, setting them up for a lifelong preference which could negatively impact their future health.




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Jon Bon Jovi Gives A 'Hand Up' Not 'Hand Out' To People In Need

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Jon Bon Jovi Gives A 'Hand Up' Not 'Hand Out' To People In Need

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jon Bon Jovi's hit tune "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" took on new meaning Tuesday as the rock star cut the ribbon on a namesake housing development for low-income residents and the formerly homeless in Philadelphia.



The 55-unit JBJ Soul Homes opened in the Francisville neighborhood after about 18 months of construction. Bon Jovi's Soul Foundation provided the lead gift for the $16.6 million complex, which he hopes will offer tenants the support they need to get back on their feet. "This is not a handout, it's just a hand up," Bon Jovi said in an interview before the official ceremony. "This opportunity for them is special and it's not easy to come by."



The four-story building, which was financed by public and private funds, also includes retail and office space. Residents will receive social services from Project HOME, a nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness in Philadelphia. HOME stands for Housing, Opportunities, Medical and Education.



JBJ Soul Homes is "taking our work to a whole new level," said Project HOME co-founder Sister Mary Scullion.



The grand opening of the facility, which coincides with the agency's 25th anniversary, is part of an initiative to build 500 such units across the city, Scullion said. Two developments totaling nearly 200 units are scheduled for groundbreaking over the coming year, she said.



Residents of JBJ Soul Homes will have access to basic medical care, employment training and educational classes; they are required to contribute part of their income toward rent. Several units have been set aside for young adults to help them transition out of programs for homeless teens.



One new resident, 53-year-old Anthony Gulley, said he had been sleeping in a local park when outreach workers from Project HOME began talking to him. Although resistant at first, Gulley said he eventually agreed to come in from the cold.



He stayed at a couple of shelters and attended regular counseling sessions before qualifying for JBJ Soul Homes. He now hopes to get a barber's license.



"I'm getting myself back together, and this is a big, big step," Gulley said. "When they give you the help, you have to be willing to do what they ask you to do. It's beautiful."



Bon Jovi has previously shown brotherly love to the city's less fortunate, supporting the Covenant House for homeless youths and helping to rebuild dilapidated row houses in gritty north Philadelphia.



JBJ Soul Homes functions as a small but crucial safety net "by providing shelter and an integrated array of services to so many of Philadelphia's most vulnerable youth and adults," he said.



The first JBJ Soul Home was built in Newark, N.J. Bon Jovi's foundation has also worked in Detroit, Los Angeles and Louisiana.



The New Jersey native once co-owned the Philadelphia Soul arena football team.



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Love Animals? Here's A Sneak Peek Into What They Are Thinking

If you consider yourself an animal-lover, you would like to think that you understand them. After all, true love begins with understanding, doesn't it?



CNN.com - Health

Designers unite to end HIV transmission

Every day in sub-Saharan Africa 700 children are infected with HIV, mostly through their mothers. The charitable organization Born Free is partnering with top clothing designers to help end the epidemic by 2015.





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Decision-making input linked to more satisfied cancer patients

By Allison Bond NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Regardless of whether cancer patients sought to be involved in decisions about their treatment, those who were ended up more satisfied with their care, according to a recent study. "Now more than ever, we are really paying attention to the role of the patient in his or her own healthcare, and we are trying to make this more of a partnership (between physician and patient)," said Neha Vapiwala, an author of the study and a radiation oncologist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The study, published in the journal Cancer, involved 305 patients at that hospital undergoing radiation therapy intended to cure their cancer. Participants had a wide variety of tumor types, including prostate, breast and lung cancer.


Chairman of Lanzhou Veolia apologizes after water pollution in China

The logo of French utility group Veolia is pictured during the company's 2011 annual results in ParisThe chairman of the Chinese unit of French utility Veolia Environment has apologized to the public after a cancer-inducing chemical was found in tap water supplied by the company, the Xinhua news agency said. Benzene was found in tap water supplied by the Lanzhou Veolia Water Company in the northwestern city of Lanzhou on April 10, forcing the city of 3.6 million people to turn off supplies in one district. Last week, China blamed Veolia for failing to maintain water quality. Veolia said it was not responsible for polluting the tap water with benzene.




Study: Gene therapy may boost cochlear implants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing.



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Deer Still Won't Cross Former Iron Curtain

PRAGUE (AP) — The Iron Curtain was traced by an electrified barbed-wire fence that isolated the communist world from the West.



It was an impenetrable Cold War barrier — and for some inhabitants of the Czech Republic it still is. Deer still balk at crossing the border with Germany even though the physical fence came down a quarter century ago, new studies show.



Czechoslovakia, where the communists took power in 1948, had three parallel electrified fences, patrolled by heavily armed guards. Nearly 500 people were killed when they attempted to escape communism.



Deer were also victims of the barrier. A seven-year study in the Czech Republic's Sumava National Park showed that the original Iron Curtain line still deters one species, red deer, from crossing.



"It was fascinating to realize for the first time that anything like that is possible," said Pavel Sustr, a biologist who led the Czech project. Scientists conducting research on German territory reached similar conclusions.



The average life expectancy for deer is 15 years and none living now would have encountered the barrier.



"But the border still plays a role for them and separates the two populations," Sustr said. He said the research showed the animals stick to traditional life patterns, returning every year to the same places.



"Fawns follow mothers for the first year of their life and learn from them where to go," Sustr said.



Wildlife officials recorded the movement of some 300 Czech and German deer with GPS-equipped collars which sent data to computers.



"I don't think it's a surprising result," said professor Ludek Bartos of the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, who was not involved in the research. "These animals are really conservative."


35 Reasons To Be Sad You Missed Coachella This Year

Know what makes Coachella great? All of it. All of it, and a big ol' Ferris wheel.



This year, we sent photographer Marisa Matluck to the desert to capture all the good vibes and camaraderie, and we think you'll agree that each of these 35 awesome images is a reason to be seriously, seriously sad you missed out:







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Time out: Spanking babies is surprisingly common, U.S. study finds

The same hands that parents use to lovingly feed, clothe and bathe their babies are also commonly used to spank their bundles of joy. A new study found that 30 percent of 1-year-old children were spanked at least once in the past month by their mother, father or both parents. A long-time topic of debate, spanking children is a common practice among U.S. parents.


Wishing to be another gender: Links to ADHD, autism spectrum disorders

Children and teenagers with an autism spectrum disorder or those who have attention deficit and hyperactivity problems are much more likely to wish to be another gender. This is the conclusion of the first study to compare the occurrence of such gender identity issues among children and adolescents with and without specific neurodevelopmental disorders. Participant children were between 6 and 18 years old. They either had no neurodevelopmental disorder, or they were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a medical neurodevelopmental disorder such as epilepsy, or neurofibromatosis.




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Novartis and GSK trade assets as pharma industry reshapes

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Novartis and GSK trade assets as pharma industry reshapes

Logo of Swiss drugmaker Novartis is seen at its headquarters in BaselBy Caroline Copley and Paul Sandle ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) - Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline agreed to trade more than $20 billion worth of assets on Tuesday to bolster their best businesses and exit weaker ones as the drug industry contends with healthcare spending cuts and generic competition. The deals, which include Novartis' purchase of GSK's cancer drugs and GSK's acquisition of Novartis' vaccines business, came just after a newspaper report that AstraZeneca Plc had turned down a $101 billion bid approach from Pfizer Inc, a story that sent shares up across the sector. In addition, Novartis is selling its animal health arm to Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly for about $5.4 billion in cash. That would make Lilly's Elanco unit the world's second-largest animal health business when that deal closes early next year.






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Novel compound halts cocaine addiction, relapse behaviors

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Novel compound halts cocaine addiction, relapse behaviors

A novel compound that targets an important brain receptor has a dramatic effect against a host of cocaine addiction behaviors, including relapse behavior, an animal study has found. The research provides strong evidence that this may be a novel lead compound for treating cocaine addiction, for which no effective medications exist.



Diet and Weight Loss News -- ScienceDaily

Two in three 13-year-old girls afraid of gaining weight

Six in ten 13-year-old girls, compared to four in 10 boys the same age, are afraid of gaining weight or getting fat according to new research that uses data on over 7,000 participants. The study showed that girls were more than twice as likely as boys to be 'extremely worried' of gaining weight or getting fat.


An apple a day keeps the doctor away

Prescribing an apple a day to all adults aged 50 and over would prevent or delay around 8,500 vascular deaths such as heart attacks and strokes every year in the UK -- similar to giving statins to everyone over 50 years who is not already taking them -- according to a study.


Overspent this Christmas? Blame the ostrich problem

Study by psychologists suggests that we're motivated to ignore our goals over the festive period and people intentionally bury their head in the sand and avoid information that can help them to monitor their progress.


The ironic (and surprising) effects of weight stigma

If you're one of the millions of people who count losing weight among their top New Year's resolutions, you might want to pay careful attention to some new findings a psychology professor.


Heart disease, stroke continue to threaten US health

Heart disease and stroke remain two of the top killers of Americans and pose a significant threat to millions of others, according to the American Heart Association's Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update 2014.


How metabolism, brain activity are linked: Study sheds light on why diet may help control seizures in epilepsy patients

A new study shows a direct link between metabolism in brain cells and their ability to signal information. The research may explain why the seizures of many epilepsy patients can be controlled by a specially formulated diet. The findings reveal that metabolism controls the processes that inhibit brain activity, such as that involved in convulsions. The study uncovers a link between how brain cells make energy and how the same cells signal information - processes that neuroscientists have often assumed to be distinct and separate.


Fear of being too skinny may put teen boys at risk for depression, steroid use

Teenage boys who think they’re too skinny when they are actually a healthy weight are at greater risk of being depressed as teens and as adults when compared to other boys, even those who think they are too heavy, according to findings published.


Sleep to protect your brain

A new study shows that one night of sleep deprivation increases morning blood concentrations of NSE and S-100B in healthy young men. These molecules are typically found in the brain. Thus, their rise in blood after sleep loss may indicate that a lack of snoozing might be conducive to a loss of brain tissue.




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Materialism makes bad events even worse

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Materialism makes bad events even worse

Materialism makes negative outcomes even worse, according to research.


PTSD raises risk for obesity in women

Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) gain weight more rapidly and are more likely to be overweight or obese than women without the disorder, find researchers. It is the first study to look at the relationship between PTSD and obesity over time.




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Suicide rates soar in Greece as economic cuts hurt citizens

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Suicide rates soar in Greece as economic cuts hurt citizens

The effect of economic cuts on debt ravaged Greece included a dramatic rise in the number of men committing suicide, according to new research. This is the first to examine the direct impact of fiscal austerity on suicide rates in any country. According to the research, every one per cent fall in government spending in Greece leads to a 0.43 per cent rise in suicides among men. Put simply, 551 men committed suicide between 2009 and 2010 in Greece solely due to fiscal austerity.



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How to stress less

Obsessing about Bad Things That Could Happen can damage your body. But it's possible to retrain an anxious brain.





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7 Sites You Should Be Wasting Time On Right Now

Ah, April. That rainy, boring middle ground between winter's last hurrah and the humid onset of summer. A.K.A., Spring. A.K.A, "Meh."



If you're not on Spring Break, working in a garden or training for a marathon right now, chances are you're stuck inside, in front of a computer. We get it. You need a little pick-me-up.



The good news is that it's Wednesday, which means we're back with another round of fresh, new sites for you to waste time on.



Scroll through this week's picks below and you'll be getting through that mid-week slump in no time.




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Meet 5 Incredible 'Bionic' Pets

These amazing animals have prosthetic limbs.




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Ever Wonder How They Test Marijuana For Safety? (VIDEO)

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Ever Wonder How They Test Marijuana For Safety? (VIDEO)

As marijuana goes mainstream in the U.S., people are asking new questions about weed. What makes some marijuana especially potent, for example, and how can marijuana be regulated to make sure legal weed doesn't send them on a bad trip?



For answers to those and other burning questions about the chemistry of cannabis, have a look at the new video (above) issued by the American Chemistry Society as part of its Reactions You Tube channel. The video explains how marijuana's active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), affects the brain, and how the marijuana-testing labs now springing up across the country test pot for safety and quality control.



To learn all the tricks of the trade in marijuana labs, check out the video.




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