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The Best Diet Is the One You Can Stick With


The Best Diet Is the One You Can Stick With

Diet fads seem to come and go with the seasons, so how can you know which one is best? Researchers have analyzed data from 48 separate trials to find the answer, and the results may surprise you: there is no “best.” All diets result in roughly similar weight loss, likely because they all cut calories to a similar level. More important than diet type, researchers say, is the individual dieter’s ability to stick with a given program. It is important to note, however, that this study looked exclusively at weight loss and not at other health issues, like cholesterol levels, that can be influenced by diet. More… Discuss

Train Your Brain to Eat Healthy


Train Your Brain to Eat Healthy

It is not easy to pass up French fries in favor of carrot sticks, but proper brain training can make it easier. Following a high-fiber, high-protein, low-carb diet seems to alter the way people’s brains respond to food, making healthier foods more appealing. After six months of following this diet, overweight and obese men and women showed changes in activity in the reward centers of their brains indicating greater enjoyment of healthier foods and decreased sensitivity to unhealthy, higher-calorie foods. They also lost significantly more weight than a control group not on the diet. More… Discuss

Postpartum Depression Breastfeeding Link


Postpartum Depression Breastfeeding Link

Breastfeeding can have major benefits for new moms, but it can also pose challenges that make a difficult period in a woman’s life even harder. Among women who plan to breastfeed and go on to do so, the risk of developing postpartum depression is halved. However, those who struggle and find themselves unable to nurse see their risk of postpartum depression more than double. The data, researchers say, highlight the importance of supporting new mothers, particularly those who have trouble breastfeeding, as they navigate this period of their lives. More… Discuss

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Dementia


Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Dementia

Older adults with severe vitamin D deficiency have an increased risk of developing dementia, a recent study has found. This does not necessarily mean that vitamin D deficiency is a cause of dementia, as it is also possible that another unknown factor could cause someone to have both low vitamin D levels and dementia. Further study is needed to determine the nature of the relationship between vitamin D and dementia, but if it is indeed found to be a causal relationship, it could mean that simply eating more vitamin D-rich foods or taking supplements could reduce dementia risk in later life. More… Discuss

Toothpaste


Toothpaste

Though toothpaste as we know it today is only about a century old, dental hygiene has long concerned human beings. The ancient Greeks and Romans cleaned their teeth with abrasive mixtures using crushed bones and oyster shells, a far cry from the hydrogen peroxide-and-baking soda formulas of the 19th century. In 1892, American dentist Washington Sheffield became the first to sell toothpaste in a tube—today the standard in toothpaste packaging. What had inspired him to package it like that? More… Discuss

Veganism (not everyone can be one…which is okay)


Vegans at the Melbourne "Walk against War...

Vegans at the Melbourne “Walk against Warming,” December 12, 2009, during the Copenhagen Summit on climate change. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Veganism

Vegans abstain from the ingestion of animal products for political and religious reasons, to enjoy health benefits, or to support animal rights. Many vegans extend the vegan philosophy into other areas of their lives and avoid using all animal products, including leather, silk, honey, whey, and gelatin. Vegan diets tend to be high in dietary fiber and low in saturated fat and cholesterol but can sometimes lead to deficiencies in nutrients, such as vitamin B12. Who coined the term “vegan”? More… Discuss

 

HIV Reemerges in “Cured” Child


HIV Reemerges in “Cured” Child

A US-born toddler who, it had been hoped, had been cured of HIV after receiving antiretroviral treatment within hours of birth is, sadly, still infected. Tests had found no detectable levels of the virus in her blood as recently as March, despite the fact that she had not received treatment for nearly two years. Earlier this month, however, the four-year-old had a positive result. The news of the failed cure comes as a blow to the research community and indeed society at large. More… Discuss

WHO Launches Program to Eliminate TB in 33 Rich Countries


WHO Launches Program to Eliminate TB in 33 Rich Countries

The burden of tuberculosis falls most heavily on poor countries, but the World Health Organization is hoping that programs targeting tuberculosis in wealthy nations will serve as a model that harder-hit countries will later be able to implement. Thirty-three rich countries are included in the new plan to reduce the tuberculosis infection rate 10-fold by 2035 and effectively eliminate it by 2050. Currently, these countries see about 155,000 new cases of tuberculosis each year, 10,000 of which prove fatal. More… Discuss

word: irascible


irascible 

Definition: (adjective) Prone to outbursts of temper; easily angered.
Synonyms: hotheaded, quick-tempered, choleric, short
Usage: He was a singularly irascible man; any little thing would disturb his temper. Discuss.

Knee Replacement Overuse Concerns


Knee Replacement Overuse Concerns

In the past two decades, the number of total knee replacements in the US has more than doubled, and there are concerns that not all of them are justified. Recent research seems to validate these concerns, suggesting that a third of the osteoarthritis patients in the US that undergo total knee replacements are inappropriate for the procedure. Most of them had only moderate symptoms and limited joint damage. Part of the problem appears to be a lack of a standard in criteria for evaluating potential knee replacement candidates. More… Discuss

Video Calls Benefit Some Hospitalized Children


Video Calls Benefit Some Hospitalized Children

“Virtual visits” with loved ones help reduce stress for some—but not all—hospitalized children. Having access to video chat technology reduced stress levels for kids who lived an average of 35 miles from the hospital and were only hospitalized for about five days. However, pediatric patients whose hospital stays were longer or whose families lived farther away saw no real stress-reducing benefit from the technology. More… Discuss

word: alacrity


alacrity 

Definition: (noun) Cheerful willingness.
Synonyms: briskness, eagerness
Usage: Tom gave up the brush with reluctance in his face, but alacrity in his heart. Discuss.

Promises, promises, poetic thought by George-B


Promises, promises, poetic thought by George-B

A promise I made
To myself
I will not be bored
I will learn to not be bored
To find the elements in
Things
People
Water
Air
Dirt
Fire
That will be interesting
Enough
Not to bore me
To look for antiboring-antiboring-anti
Behavior
thumb sucking
Smoking whatever
Drinking to unbore
And immature mature relationships
Turning to be boring now I
Walk away from boring
And get fit as I walk, and now
I can tell what’s boring
I can unbore and stay that way
Way to go

I’m on my way…

Tibetan Healing Sounds #1 -11 hours – Tibetan bowls for meditation, relaxation, calming, healing


Tibetan Healing Sounds #1 -11 hours – Tibetan bowls for meditation, relaxation, calming, healing

Published by  Soft Music & Yoga ~ YogaYak·464 videos

on Aug 8, 2013/6,051,494 views

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This is an extended version of a shorter sample found on the album Natural Healing Sounds Gold. New, 1 hour version of “Tibetan Healing Sounds” : http://youtu.be/S4Bmk69ctAs
Tibetan Healing Sounds, Tibetan bowls, Tibetan bowls sounds

Relaxation sounds, nature sounds, relax, calm, soothing. Calm sounds for yoga, meditation, reiki, massage, reading, sleeping, sleep, yoga, stress, meditation, relaxing music, stress relief, shiatsu, yoga nidra, how to deal with stress, pranayama, mindfulness

My favourite stress relief location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWlkN…

Quicksilver


Quicksilver

Quicksilver, commonly known as mercury and represented in the periodic table with the symbol Hg, is a chemical element with an atomic number of 80. A heavy, silvery, transition metal, mercury is the only elemental metal that is liquid at room temperature. It is used in thermometers, barometers, and other scientific apparatuses. Due to the toxicity of the element, however, the use of mercury in thermometers has been largely phased out in the interests of health and safety. What has replaced it? More… Discuss

this pressed: National Geographic Magazine: Sugar (an industry once run with slave labor… now enslaving through addiction everyone globally!)


Picture of sugar being sprinkled on a donut

Sugar : We were smitten 10,000 years ago on the island of New Guinea. Today the average American downs 22.7 teaspoons a day.

Tanning Appears Addictive (CRIMINALIZING EVERYTHING LATELY? lIKE TANNING= ADDICTIVE?)


Tanning Appears Addictive

That “healthy glow” many love has proved to be less than healthy—the link between excessive ultraviolet (UV) exposure and skin cancer is well established—so why do they continue to tan? One possibility is that they are addicts. Researchers found that chronic exposure to UV radiation triggers the release of endorphins, so-called feel-good hormones, in mice. The regular exposure leads to physical dependence so strong that the animals exhibit withdrawal symptoms like shaking, tremors, and teeth chattering when those endorphins are blocked. Mice and humans have a similar biological response to UV exposure, meaning that tanning may be similarly addictive in people. More… Discuss

WARNING:  BEWARE OF SUNSHINE: IS ADDICTIVE!!!  :)

Study finds link between pesticides and autism – Yahoo News


A California study finds that pregnant women who live near farms where pesticides are applied have a two-thirds higher risk of having children with autism (AFP Photo/Philippe Huguen)

A California study finds that pregnant women who live near farms where pesticides are applied have a two-thirds higher risk of having children with autism (AFP Photo/Philippe Huguen)

Study finds link between pesticides and autism – Yahoo News.

What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You, Or Can It? (Not if by doing that, th patient decides to avoid certain agravatingactivities!)


What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You, Or Can It?

In medicine, early detection is a double-edged sword. It can mean the difference between life and death, but not always the way you might think. Being diagnosed with a medical condition can worsen a person’s perception of his own well-being, and poor self-rated health has been linked to a greater risk of death. When it comes to minor conditions or “pre-disease” states, giving a patient a diagnosis could potentially do more harm than good. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Alois Alzheimer (1864)


Alois Alzheimer (1864)

Alzheimer was a German neuropathologist who first identified what is today called Alzheimer’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease found most commonly in people over age 65. He first observed it in his patient in 1901 and presented his findings after a postmortem examination of her brain in 1906. The diagnosis would soon be applied to patients the world over, and the disease is now recognized as the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer did not name the disease that bears his name. Who did? More… Discuss

Post-Op Pain Differs by Gender


Post-Op Pain Differs by Gender

Pain is a complex issue. There are physiological as well as psychological and cultural issues at play in the perception, tolerance, and admission of pain. This makes it a very difficult matter to study, but this does not deter researchers from attempting it, and what they have recently found is that men and women report different levels of pain after surgical procedures. Women tend to report greater pain after minor procedures, whereas men report more pain after major surgeries. More… Discuss

word: pervade


pervade

Definition: (verb) Spread or diffuse through.
Synonyms: imbue, permeate, riddle, penetrate
Usage: Yet amid all these varieties and incongruities, there is a common meaning or spirit which pervades his writings. Discuss.

quotation: Mark Twain


A man’s house burns down. The smoking wreckage represents only a ruined home that was dear through years of use and pleasant associations. By and by, as the days and weeks go on, first he misses this, then that, then the other thing. And when he casts about for it he finds that it was in that house. Always it is an essential–there was but one of its kind. It cannot be replaced. It was in that house. It is irrevocably lost… It will be years before the tale of lost essentials is complete, and not till then can he truly know the magnitude of his disaster.  

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

 

just a thought: What good is an idea, if it survives its last brain that contemplatedit?


just a thought: “What good is an idea, if it survives its last brain that contemplated it?”
(George B ©always)

Blood Transfusion


Blood Transfusion

A blood transfusion is the administration of whole blood or a component to counteract blood loss caused by trauma, surgery, or disease. In some cases, whole blood is not needed or is unavailable, so an individual component—plasma, red or white cells, platelets—is used. In whole-blood transfusions, the donor’s blood must be compatible with that of the recipient. Autologous transfusions are those that use the recipient’s own blood, banked in advance. When was the first human blood transfusion? More… Discuss

Sleep Promotes Learning through Synapse Formation (there are so many studies arriving to other conclusions: Why?)


Sleep Promotes Learning through Synapse Formation

Sleep has long been known to play a vital role in the learning process, but the precise science behind it was not fully understood. Using advanced microscopy, researchers were able to observe the formation of new synapses, or connections between nerve cells, in the brain and found that sleep-deprived subjects form fewer new connections than those allowed to sleep properly. Even intense, extended training on a task cannot make up for sleep deprivation. The findings suggest that sleep promotes the formation of new synaptic connections, thereby contributing to learning and memory formation. More… Discuss

Just a thought: “What”s known for thousands of years, is as true now than it was in the early history of mankind…who pays for all the sensational studies done to prove the mumankind commun sense wrong? and why?” (George B)

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just a thought: “There is no difference between people, not that we’re born with, not of any significance.” (©always)


just a thought:  “There is no difference between people. Not in our make at least. The differences are pondered upon us by the culture and tradition of the people we’re born to. Our natural senses about the world around us are shaped into the likeness of those around us from early age, before we can determine by ourselves the values that are imposed upon us.

There is no difference between people, not that we’re born with, not of any significance.” (©always)

George B.

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word: admonitory


admonitory 

Definition: (adjective) Serving to warn.
Synonyms: cautionary, exemplary
Usage: Bella, entering with a raised admonitory finger, kissed Lizzie softly, but said not a word. Discuss.
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this pressed: Multiple Myeloma: International Myeloma Foundation : • health professionals : imwg conference series : The IMWG Conference Series “Making Sense of Treatment” June 11, 2014


 

Multiple Myeloma: International Myeloma Foundation : • health professionals : imwg conference series : The IMWG Conference Series “Making Sense of Treatment” June 11, 2014.

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Rabies Still Claims Tens of Thousands of Lives Annually


Rabies Still Claims Tens of Thousands of Lives Annually

This may come as a surprise, but rabies still kills an estimated 55,000 people each year. This toll may seem high considering that a vaccine was developed more than a century ago, but the cost of prevention remains relatively high, and so the disease persists in poverty-stricken regions. Each year, more than 15 million people around the globe are treated for exposure to rabies. Experts argue that vaccinating animals is exponentially cheaper than treating people exposed after the fact, yet securing funding for such campaigns remains a challenge. More… Discuss

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Pregnancy Linked to Elevated Crash Risk


Pregnancy Linked to Elevated Crash Risk

Pregnant women may want to keep off the roads after learning this statistic: women in their second trimester are 42 percent more likely to be involved in a car crash that sends them to the hospital than they were prior to becoming pregnant. Why this is remains to be determined, but researchers suspect that the physical effects of pregnancy at this stage—fatigue, nausea, anxiety, mood fluctuations—can lead to distractedness behind the wheel. More… Discuss

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article: Genetic Counseling


Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling is the process by which patients at risk of developing or transmitting an inherited disorder are advised of the nature and consequences of the disorder, the probability of developing it or passing it on, and the available treatment options. Typically, people seek counseling because they have a family history of genetic disorders or because their job or lifestyle exposes them to health risks like radiation or chemicals. What are some of the conditions commonly screened for? More… Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Franz Anton Mesmer (1734)


Franz Anton Mesmer (1734)

Mesmer was a German physician who experimented with an early form of hypnosis, known as “mesmerism.” He developed a doctrine of “animal magnetism,” believing that harmony could be restored in the human body by inducing “crises”—trance states often ending in delirium or convulsions. He carried out dramatic demonstrations of his ability to “mesmerize” his patients using magnetized objects. Accused by Viennese physicians of fraud, he left Austria for France. What scandal plagued Mesmer’s career? More… Discuss

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WORD: mawkish


mawkish

Definition: (adjective) Excessively and objectionably sentimental.
Synonyms: bathetic, hokey, maudlin, schmaltzy, sentimental, mushy, drippy
Usage: His pathos is often exaggerated until it passes into mawkish sentimentality. Discuss.
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Just a thought: “For the state of affairs:……..but at least you’re not going to get scurvy…:


Just a Thought – “For the state of affairs: If life gives you lemons…you’re going to be hungry, and have a bitter-sour taste in your mouth all days and nights; but at  least you’re not going to get scurvy…”

This image shows a whole and a cut lemon.

This image shows a whole and a cut lemon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Red Wine Compound Not Linked to Longer or Healthier Life


Red Wine Compound Not Linked to Longer or Healthier Life

In recent years, much has been made about the health benefits of red wine. Research showed that resveratrol, a natural compound present in grapes and, by extension, red wine, has antioxidant, antimutagen, and anti-inflammatory properties that protect against cancer and cardiovascular disease. However, in 2012, one of the field’s leading researchers was accused of fabricating data, and now a new study has found no association between the compound and these purported health benefits. More… Discuss

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Nicotine


Nicotine

Nicotine

Nicotine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nicotine, a naturally occurring constituent of tobacco, is the addictive, active ingredient in tobacco smoke. Although nicotine is highly toxic—it is used as an insecticide, fumigant, and vermifuge and in large doses can cause respiratory paralysis and even death in humans—the amount inhaled when smoking a cigarette is relatively small, about 3 mg. Depending on how it is inhaled, nicotine can act as a stimulant or as a tranquilizer. What is a lethal dose of nicotine for humans? More… Discuss

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WORD: chagrin


chagrin 

Definition: (noun) A keen feeling of mental unease, as of annoyance or embarrassment, caused by failure, disappointment, or a disconcerting event.
Synonyms: mortification, humiliation
Usage: Much to my chagrin, my rival won the election hands down. Discuss.
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ARTICLE: Exercise Critical for Women’s Heart Health


Exercise Critical for Women’s Heart Health

Lack of exercise is the number one risk factor for heart disease in women over the age of 30. Inactivity surpasses even obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure as a risk factor, a fact that might come as a surprise to most women. This does not mean that these other factors should be ignored, but it does highlight the importance of incorporating physical activity into one’s daily routine. Exercising 30 to 45 minutes a day can cut a woman’s heart disease risk in half. More… Discuss

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Matepiece: Yerba Mate


matepiece: Yerba Mate

matepiece: Yerba Mate

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MAKE MUSIC PART OF YOUR LIFE SERIES: Jules Massenet Meditation de Thais – Nigel Kennedy


Jules Massenet Meditation de Thais – Nigel Kennedy

Nigel Kennedy (vln)

National Philharmonic Orchestra

Richard Bonynge (cond)

Decca Records 1984

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“Nagged to Death” Not Just a Figure of Speech


“Nagged to Death” Not Just a Figure of Speech

Frequent arguments with your partner, children, friends, or other relatives could be taking years off your life. Research shows an association between stressful social relations and increased mortality risk. Men appear to be more vulnerable to the effects of this sort of stress than women. The effects are also stronger in those who are unemployed. The findings are not all that surprising given that stress is known to have physiological effects that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, but they may cause us to think twice the next time we find ourselves on the verge of nagging a loved one over some minor matter. More… Discuss

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WORD: panacea


panacea 

Definition: (noun) A remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties.
Synonyms: cure-all
Usage: Here the glib politician crying his legislative panaceas, and here the peripatetic Cheap-Jack holding aloft his quack cures for human ills. Discuss.
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Antibiotic Resistance Is Global Threat


Antibiotic Resistance Is Global Threat

The “post-antibiotic era” is bearing down on us, and if we do not make some changes soon, it will only be a matter of time before antibiotics are powerless to protect us from diseases that have been treatable for decades. World Health Organization (WHO) data reveal that antibiotic-resistan t bacteria are now apparent in “every region of the world,” posing a major threat to public health. The WHO is urging governments around the globe to prioritize the development of new lines of antibiotics while at the same time taking steps to slow the progression of resistance. More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: Coco Chanel Introduces Chanel No. 5 (1921)


Coco Chanel Introduces Chanel No. 5 (1921)

Chanel No. 5—one of the best-known perfumes in the world—was the first fragrance from Parisian couturier Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. It is rumored that five was Chanel’s lucky number, and that she liked option number five best when given numbered sample scents during the development of her iconic perfume. Created at a time when “respectable” women favored the pure scents of garden flowers, No. 5 provocatively blended jasmine and a glandular secretion harvested from what cat-like animal? More… Discuss

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Pomalidomide for Multiple Myeloma – National Cancer Institute


Pomalidomide for Multiple Myeloma – National Cancer Institute.

 

Otto Kahler

Otto Kahler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

Multiple myeloma
Classification and external resources
Plasmacytoma ultramini1.jpg

Micrograph of a plasmacytoma, the histologiccorrelate of multiple myeloma. H&E stain
ICD-10 C90.0
ICD-9 203.0
ICD-O: M9732/3
OMIM 254500
DiseasesDB 8628
MedlinePlus 000583
eMedicine med/1521
MeSH D009101

 

Pomalidomide
Pomalidomide2DACS.svg
Systematic (IUPAC) name
4-Amino-2-(2,6-dioxopiperidin-3-yl)isoindole-1,3-dione
Clinical data
Trade names Imnovid, Pomalyst
Licence data EMA:LinkUS FDA:link
Pregnancy cat. (US)
Legal status POM (UK) -only (US)
Routes Oral
Pharmacokinetic data
Protein binding 12–44%
Metabolism Hepatic (mostly CYP1A2 andCYP3A4 mediated; some minor contributions by CYP2C19 andCYP2D6)
Half-life 7.5 hours
Excretion Urine (73%), faeces (15%)
Identifiers
CAS number 19171-19-8 Yes
ATC code L04AX06
PubChem CID 134780
ChemSpider 118785 
UNII D2UX06XLB5 
ChEMBL CHEMBL43452 
Chemical data
Formula C13H11N3O4 
Mol. mass 273.24 g/mol

 

 

 

 

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ARTICLE: FORENSICS


Forensics

Forensics is the science and practice of examining physical evidence in order to resolve legal issues, particularly those related to crimes. It comprises a range of scientific disciplines, like forensic toxicology, which focuses on the effects of drugs and toxins on the body, and forensic pathology, which aims to establish cause of death through examination of the corpse. Popular TV shows glamorizing forensics have given viewers unrealistic expectations of the field, a phenomenon dubbed what? More…Discuss

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NEWS: CHILDHOOD HURTS PERSIST FOR DECADES


Childhood Hurts Persist for Decades

Yet another study, this one the first to look at the effects of childhood bullying in late adulthood, is adding to the growing body of evidence on the persistent and pervasive social, physical, and psychological effects of bullying. At age 50, people who were frequent victims of childhood bullying remained at increased risk of mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. They also tended to report a lower quality of life. The findings suggest that we never really outgrow the trauma of bullying but instead carry it with us throughout our lives. More… Discuss

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NEWS: US GAINING GROUND IN FIGHT AGAINST HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED INFECTIONS


US Gaining Ground in Fight against Hospital-Acquired Infections

The risk of contracting a hospital-acquired infection is dropping in the US, and that is good news, but the statistics are still far from comforting. According to theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every 25 patients in the US will pick up an infection at a hospital or similar medical facility. This means that over the course of a year, about 600,000 patients come down with a nosocomial, or hospital-acquired, infection. Of them, about 74,000 end up battling more than one. Still, this is significantly down from the 1970s, when an estimated 2.1 million patients a year would develop a hospital-acquired infection, and even from the 1990s, when this number was about 1.7 million. More… Discuss

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WORD: INTEMPERATE


intemperate 

Definition: (adjective) Given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites, especially for intoxicating liquors.
Synonyms: hardheavy
Usage: As he was prone to intemperate behavior at the alehouse, she expected him to stumble out of the carriage, hiccupping, in the wee hours of the morning. Discuss.
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