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Nov 03
2010

Taxing Alcohol is a Bright Idea

Posted by alwaysRT in tax , health , alcohol

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As done with cigarettes and similar products, the government raised taxes on smoking products and implemented bans in establishments, which was meant, in part, to benefit the well-being of everyone, not just non-smokers.

 

Nov 03
2010

Musical Therapy: Why It Works

Posted by jay11284 in Music Therapy

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You know that feeling you get when you hear that certain song? Some songs have the ability to lift up your spirits and make you feel better. More and more this feeling is being utilized to help treat patients using something doctors call Music Therapy. As defined by the American Music Therapy Association Music Therapy is: "the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program."

What Does Music Therapy Help With?

Nov 03
2010

Why Pot will Never Become Legal

Posted by jay11284 in pot , Mary Jane , marijuana , Legalized , legal , drugs , California

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Legalizing pot could help those who need it for medical reasons and it could also help pump more money into our struggling economy. If pot was taxed and legal it would help many. Alcohol in a recent article I read was found to be, by far, the most harmful drug in studies. Alcohol leads to the most fatalities from any other drug but it's very legal and easy to obtain for even underaged teens.

First, Let's Talk About Who Doesn't Want Pot Legalized:

Drug Dealers, Surprised?

Nov 02
2010

Stress does not cause major weight gain

Posted by BeAcHbAbE03 in weight gain , Stress

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Stress does not cause major weight gainContrary to popular belief, stress is not actually responsible for weight gain in most people. It was widely believed that stress leads to eating more junk food and avoiding exercise, however, a new study has found otherwise. Jane Wardle from University College London led the study in which her team reviewed previously published studies on stress and weight gain. Surprisingly, they found that only a modest association existed between the two.

The study looked at 32 international studies that were conducted in the 1990s and 2000s. The participants’ stress levels were assessed and they were followed anywhere from 1 to 7 years. Some studies, however, were more long term and continued for up to 38 years! The stress varied from work related to general life as a result of major events such as illness or a divorce. Surprisingly, the majority, or 69 percent of the studies found no link between stress and weight gain; only 25% of studies showed an association between weight gain and stress. As for the other 6%, those people actually lost weight as a result of stress. Also interesting to note, is that weight gain was more prevalent in men than women.

Nov 02
2010

Free Contraception a New Reality in the USA?

Posted by jay11284 in sex , Safe Sex , religion , Pill , contraception , birth control

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The questions here is simple but complicated at the same time. Is Birth Control preventive medicine? The answer isn't just simply a black and white issue. Moral values, political views and even religious views come play a roll when it comes to answering this. Should the government provide women in the U.S. with free contraception? Medical and Public Health experts say that there should be no debate about this issue.

The Scientific Truth

Medical and Public Health experts like Dr. David Grimes have stated that there is "clear and incontrovertible evidence that family planning saves lives and improves health." How does it help improve health? When a woman plans to have more than one child it is healthier to space the pregnancies out for optimal results and health of both the mother and child. 

Nov 02
2010

New York State makes it easier for midwives to practice

Posted by MichaelSwedenberg in Untagged 

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New York new legislation took effect today that allows midwives to work without a written practice agreement with a physician.

The Midwifery Modernization Act went into effect eliminating the longstanding rule that they obtain a written agreement with a physician allowing them to practice.

Supporters of the law argued that the letters were a formal, fundamental connection to a physician, which provided some assurance of additional care if needed. And eliminating the agreements would remove additional protection for patients as midwives pushed for more independence at the expense of their patients.

Nov 02
2010

Being Unclean isn't so Unclean

Posted by mm2010 in unclean , shampoo , health , deodorant , clean

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 unclean hands

Ever wonder how anyone could be clean without daily showers and use of deodorant type products in an age where it is the norm, and vastly accepted as a part of good hygiene?

 

Nov 01
2010

Alcohol is found to be most harmful drug

Posted by windowjsas in most harmful drug , Lancet , ISCD , David Nutt , alcohol , ACMD

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whisky Hard to believe, or maybe not, but a new British study has named alcohol as the number 1 “most harmful drug”  from a list of 20, in a study published by the Lancet yesterday. The conclusion was reached after a panel of experts combined the overall physical, psychological and social problems that were caused by each drug.

The group of British scientists who came up with a new scale numbered from 1-100 evaluating the harms caused by the drugs, included the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD) and an adviser from the European Monitoring Committee on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). Harms taken into consideration included things such as “drug-specific or drug-related death, damage to health, drug dependence and loss of relationships, while harms to others included crime, environmental damage, family conflict, international damage, economic cost, and damage to community cohesion.” Alcohol scored a whopping 72 out of 100; heroin and crack cocaine were ranked as the second and third most harmful, with scores of 55 and 54, respectively. Tobacco scored 26, marijuana received a 20 and ecstasy scored a 9 which were all much lower on the list. Experts found that heroin, crack cocaine, and methamphetamines were the most harmful to individuals, while alcohol, heroin and crack cocaine were most harmful to others.

Oct 28
2010

The medical term for being a zombie

Posted by lifelivestrong in zombies , Depression , Cotard's syndrome , Capgras delusion

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As Halloween approaches, some may find it surprising that some people believe they are real zombies.

 zombie man

Although laughable, the belief of being dead stems from Cotard’s syndrome, a rare disorder in which a person believes he or she is dead, do not exist, are putrefying or have lost their blood or internal organs.

Oct 28
2010

Lifelike robot nurse may soon appear at your local hospital

Posted by nat_bez in Kokoro , Japan , Hiroshi Ishiguro , ATR , android , actroid-f

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The world’s “first true android” as dubbed by Guiness World Records has been unveiled by Tokyo based Kokoro. Kokoro works in partnership with Osaka University’s Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, one of Japan’s leading robot creators, at the ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories. The Actroid-F is a gynoid, or a female android, and appears to be the twin to the Geminoid-F, an uncanny lifelike replica of the human model seen here, that debuted in April of this year.

Incredible robot nurse, Actroid-FThe current version is meant to look like a nurse, and is already being tested in Japanese hospitals to “heighten patients’ sense of security.” For now, she or it, is just acting as an observer in hospitals to see how patients react to her, and so far the responses have been favorable to her presence. The Actroid-F is incredibly lifelike and could easily be mistaken for a human. Currently she can mimic expressions and motions such as blinking and smiling. Face-tracking software allows the robot to follow a remote operator and recreate his facial and head movements; check out the amazing video of the Actroid-F in action. While Actroid-F can’t walk, the company has already contracted to sell 50 robots to hospitals and museums to act as guides, receptionists, and patient attendants.