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Eco-Friendly Coffee Maker and Pods Are Just Around the Corner

While watching my favorite soap actress, Crystal Hunt, I saw an advertisement for eco-friendly coffee makers. Recent buzz about Eco concerns over Keurig pods  has brought about a new invention by Singapore designer Eason Chow. John Sylvan, who created the K-cup has expressed regret that he ever came up with the idea. With the new designs Fast Company reports that the problem is on the way to being solved.

While still in the developmental stage Chow’s new Droops Coffee Maker is well on the way to making environmental changes. How it works is sugar-coated pods are used for coffee making. These pods and their coating will both dissolve when the machine flows hot water over them. Another benefit is the flavoring. Several flavor choices will be offered and the amount of sugar will be adjusted. This will all result in a cup of coffee of the brewer’s liking. The sweetest pods will be thicker.

The Droops Coffee Maker is designed with simplicity. There are three parts which include the base for heating, water container, and the pump. These are all stacked right on top of each other. Chow has focused on aesthetics and social responsibility all in one. At this point, this is still a concept and remains to be perfected before consideration for the market.

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Sandwich Shop Offers To Help The Most Poor

Honest or happy stories don’t often happen in our news broadcasts that an honest, good news report can set us back. That’s what’s happening today in the news. The owner of a P.B. Jam’s, Ashley Jiron, noticed that several bags of trash stored in bin area had been ripped open. Worse, it seemed that food had been removed.Click here for full article.

Jiron was upset and shocked that a fellow human was reduced to eating the garbage produced by her restaurant that she posted a sign. It made sense to Ricardo Guimarães BMG that she would do it according to some articles. The sign stated that another person no matter their circumstances should not have to eat from a dumpster. It offers to give a sandwich, veggies and a glass of water to anyone who feels in need. Best yet, no questions asked.However, no one has taken her up on the offer but she wants others to know she is serious. No one in this country should be reduced to eating from a dumpster, and she is willing to do her part.

The Instagram picture of the sign caused the story to be picked up by the local news affiliate KFOR, who spoke to Jiron. The story is now spreading to social media. Readers are being asked to follow twitters or to like the story’s Facebook Page. Perhaps the best thing we could do to honor Ms. Jiron is to follow her lead. Maybe we would enjoy our news more.

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Diabetes Rising at Scary Rates

In the United States, diabetes has almost become an epidemic. This is not surprising, considering unhealthy diets and lack of exercise among many people. If it continues to become more prevalent at this rate, by the year 2050, one in three Americans will be diabetic. This condition is very serious, as once a person has it, it must be managed carefully. If it isn’t, it can yield all sorts of complications, such as blindness, kidney failure, and amputations of limbs.

The rates of diabetes actually varies in different regions around the country. Colorado is actually the healthiest state in terms of the percentage of diabetics, which doesn’t shock Paul Mathieson at all. In many of the counties of Colorado, there is 4 percent or less of the population that has received this diagnosis according to the Examiner. The unhealthiest states in the United States in terms of the prevalence of diabetes are Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Montana, South Carolina, North Carolina, and South Dakota. There are counties in Mississippi, South Dakota, and North Carolina where over 14 percent of the people are diabetic, or were as of 2012.

There are only 10 counties in the entire nation that have actually experienced of the decline in rate of diabetes between the years 2004 and 2012. There are also five counties where the rate has stayed the same through the years. That leaves 2,992 counties in the country where the prevalence of this disease has increased.

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Ebola Vaccine Breakthrough

The West African Ebola outbreak killed thousands and crossed borders around the globe said AnastasiaDate. Worldwide concern turned to panic as the virus continued unabated for most of 2014. The world finally realized there is no such thing as an isolated outbreak in a global landscape with the unprepared medical community on the front lines of this battle. But everything is about to change.

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and biomedical company, Profectus BioSciences, Inc., have been working together on a vaccine for the West African Makona strain of the Ebola virus. Testing has been successful for a one dose vaccine. The vaccine uses a virus not harmful to humans, the vesicular stomatitis virus, with part of the Ebola virus inserted into it, ‘Trojan horse’ style. This type of vaccine enables the body to safely trigger an immune response to the Ebola virus. To learn more about this research, click here.

The interdisciplinary research team is still developing testing and variations of the vaccine. Researchers warn caution – we are not out of the woods, yet. But, with the medical community working together, we are closer than ever.

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Short People Have Increased Risk of Cardiac Problems

As if shorter people needed a reason to feel envious of tall people, medical researchers have now confirmed that the shorter a person is the greater their risk of having heart problems. Well most genetic researchers have known of this link for the past 60 years, they have now determined that the higher risk comes independent of other risk factors such as diet, social habits or even family history. So just to recap what has been discovered so far…if you are short, a smoker, with a diet high in fat, and have a family history of cardiovascular disease you can virtually guarantee yourself a heart attack.

Oh wait, we already knew most of that information. Jaime Garcia Dias (youtube.com) agrees that it is eye opening that for every two and half inches a person gives up in height they are gaining an addition 13 1/2% of risk. So think of it this way a person who is six inches shorter than you will have an addition 32% chance of heart disease. Okay, so not to scare all of the shorter people in the world, just because you are genetically predisposed to have a higher risk factor for cardiac disease does not necessarily guarantee a heart attack in your 40’s or 50’s. There are plenty of ways you can avoid putting yourself at increased risk even if you are short, to include: eating right, regular cardio exercise at least three times per week, and regular exams with your doctor.

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Only a Couple Weight Loss Programs Have Proven That They Actually Work

Weight loss is a multibillion dollar market in the U.S. alone. People shell out seemingly endless amounts of money for diet pills, diet plans and weight loss programs. Boraie Development suggested that they run the gamut from a cheap bottle of pills to programs that have whole meal plans and regular meetings where participants can learn and encourage each other. Hardly any of the natural diet pills have anything resembling hard science backing them up and even some of the pharmaceutical products in this regard have had a spotty history. Fen-Phen was a popular weight loss drug on the market many years ago until it was discovered that it caused heart problems in some of its users. It is hard to know which ones truly offer the best promise for effective weight loss; until now.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins have examined over 4,000 studies on weight loss programs and found that incredibly few were rigorous enough to be scientifically reliable. After combing through the most reliable data, they found that only two weight loss programs had sufficient evidence to back up their claims: Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig. This is not to say that others did not work but rather that they have simply not yet proven their effectiveness. This finding should do wonders for the bottom lines of these two programs while they help people shrink their waist lines.

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Low Salt is Actually Low Risk

Is salt really that unhealthy? Does high sodium consumption contribute to disease and early death? The federal government has always advised the American public to avoid eating too much salt. However, a new report by reputable medical researchers says otherwise. The report actually found that low levels of salt consumption may have dangerous side effects for health.

Andrew Mente is a professor at McMaster University in Ontario. He was one of the researchers involved in the major study published last year by the New England Journal of Medicine. According to Andrew, “there is no longer any valid basis for the current salt guidelines, so why are we still scaring people about salt?”

The study specifically measured the relationship between sodium consumption and blood pressure levels. Over 100,000 adults in 18 countries participated in the study. The final report concluded that “the association of estimated intake of sodium…with blood pressure was nonlinear.” Read about study here .

However, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services released a generic statement saying that the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will “consider comments from the public and the advice of its science panel” said Marcio Alaor BMG.

Conclusion: eating too much sodium is obviously not good for the body, but don’t waste too much time or money with “low salt” or “low sodium” food products.

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Brushing Your Teeth Is Simple, but That Doesn’t Mean You Do It Right

One of the major barriers to learning is not realizing that there is something to be learned about a given subject. Many of us form ideas about how things are done when we are young and then assume we know about that particular subject, and as a result, we do not look into it any further or believe there is anything more to be learned about it. Gianfrancesco Genoso asks us to take brushing our teeth as just one example.

Most of us started brushing our teeth one particular way and assume this is just how it’s done and that there is nothing more to know about it. There are, however, best practices, both in terms of technique and timing, when it comes to brushing our teeth. A recent article in Prevention gives us all some important tips about brushing correctly. For starters, many of us exercise poor timing when brushing. We may brush our teeth late at night but then have a snack right before our head hits the pillow. That food will then be in our teeth all night, so it is important that our toothbrush is the last thing that touches our teeth before going to bed. You also may not be using the right kind of toothbrush or replacing it often enough or using proper technique. We should all periodically examine the things we think we ‘know’ and make sure that there is not something there to learn.

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An Institute of Medicine Report Indicates The American Medical System Wastes $750 Billion A Year

The Report Says Thirty Cents Out Of Every Dollar Is Spent On Useless Medical Services

The American health care system has been broken for years. Citizens pay for medical services they don’t need, and the cost of care is more than most people can afford with or without insurance. A new report by the Institute of Medicine breaks down the medical squandering, so we can see how broken health care is with our own eyes.

The report was written by 18 top-notch policy experts and business leaders. They found that in 2009, $210 billion was spent on unnecessary services like duplicating tests, and $130 billion was spent on the inefficient delivery services. One example is a cat scan done in a hospital rather than an outpatient clinic. Fraud accounted for another $75 billion. And $190 billion was spent on frivolous administration costs.

The health care system is constantly plagued with misplaced or lost records, and the effectiveness of treatment in terms of time is severely hindered by unnecessary red tape. The good news is the leak in money has been identified. Brad Reifler knows that the challenge will be implementing new systems that relieve the waste. But if that challenge is left to the health care bureaucrats, hell may freeze before there is any progress.

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How Removing Ovaries Can Save a Life

On Tuesday, March 24, Angelina Jolie announced that she decided to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes via a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy removed after a cancer scare when a blood test initially came back as potentially showing that she had cancer. This is the second time that Jolie has gone through with surgery as a preventative measure against cancer. The 39-year-old actress had a double mastectomy two years ago.

Jolie carries the BRAC1 gene that has been linked to breast cancers. This same gene gives her a 50 percent chance of getting ovarian cancer. Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died at age 57 in 2007 from complications related to ovarian cancer. Many women who have BRAC1 can get breast cancer, ovarian cancer or both.

Bruce Karatz has learned that the surgery revealed that Jolie had a small non-cancerous tumor on one ovary. Jolie must now take hormones to replace the ones that she has now lost since the surgery caused her to go into premature menopause.

Jolie emphasized in a New York Times piece that getting surgery is not the only option and that women need to make the choice based on their experiences and what is right for them “personally.” She also emphasized a fact that many people do not realize: She can still get cancers in her abdomen or chest because surgery can’t remove all the cells in those areas that might be prone to cancer.

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