Showing posts from March 13, 2016

‘Lost’ Memories in Alzheimer Sufferers May Be Recoverable, Says Study

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, patients are often unable to remember recent experiences. However, a new study from MIT suggests that those memories are still stored in the brain — they just can’t be easily accessed.

The MIT neuroscientists report in Nature that mice in the early stages of Alzheimer’s can form new memories just as well as normal mice but cannot recall them a few days later. However, the researchers were able to artificially stimulate those memories using a technique known as optogenetics, suggesting that those memories can still be retrieved with a little help. Although optogenetics cannot currently be used in humans, the findings raise the possibility of developing future treatments that might reverse some of the memory loss seen in early-stage Alzheimer’s, the researchers say.

“As humans and mice tend to have a common principle in terms of memory, our findings suggest that Alzheimer’s disease patients, at least in their early stages, may also keep memories…

Daily Inspirational Quote - March 19, 2016

“Who are you to judge the life I live? I am not perfect and don’t have to be! Before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean.”

Being honest, I must admit I can occasionally be judgmental, although it’s something I’m working on. Quick to assume or make a snap judgment of someone without knowing anything about them. I am far from alone and most people I know tend to think along the same lines to a certain degree. However, as I said, I’m working on it, and learning to take the time to learn a bit more about who someone really is and where they’re coming from before I make a judgment. Hopefully, this works both ways and people will take the time to get to know me better or discover more about me before making judgments or firm opinions about me and how I should be living my life. Quid pro quo rules!


Lawrence Bloom: Captain Planet

"Meet Lawrence Bloom. His team invented today's ubiquitous hotel cards that promote towel reuse. But the businessman turned earth guru doesn't plan to stop there; he's on a lifetime mission to save us from ourselves." Alicia Buller reports on Bloom's insights from a transformation which began one introspective day, many years ago, as Bloom sat in his luxury Mercedes, parked outside his seven-bedroom home in London's wealthy Hampstead. "Is this it?" In that moment his life changed forever and Bloom decided to become a man of "right action" -- compelled towards a life of reverence to earth and humanity.

Dogs Can Now Join NYC Diners at Outdoor Tables, Say New Rules

With the warm weather upon us, some New Yorkers will be thrilled at the new ‘Dining With Dogs’ rule that allow canines into certain defined outdoor dining areas.

The New York City rules clarify that participating restaurants allowing dogs in outdoor areas must post a sign to alert customers that the pets must be licensed and vaccinated against rabies–though restaurants will not be required to verify any paperwork.

“I’m so pleased that the City Department of Health threw dog lovers a bone,” said the bill’s sponsor, Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal. “These proposed regulations are common sense measures designed to protect the public health while allowing New Yorkers to dine with their dogs.”

Restaurants must also use barriers or other methods to limit contact between dogs in the outdoor dining area and dogs and people on an adjacent sidewalk. The rule will be effective 30 days from March 15.

Navy Rescues Dog 5 Weeks After It Fell Overboard in the Ocean (WATCH)

A German shepherd missing at sea for five weeks is back home after the U.S. Navy rescued the dog on an island in the Pacific.

Eighteen-month-old Luna apparently fell overboard from a Nick Hayworth’s fishing boat February 10, eighty miles off the California coast.

He was two miles away from San Clemente Island when he noticed Luna was gone and reported her missing to the U.S. Navy.

Sailors launched air, land, and sea searches over several days in February, but couldn’t find any trace of the dog. Then Tuesday, conservationists driving across the island, which is maintained by the Navy, spotted a dog by the side of the road. They opened their car door and Luna jumped in, ready for a ride home.

Luna, it turns out, is a survival expert. Not only did she have to swim two miles through the ocean to land, but there’s no natural fresh water on the island. She had to find rain puddles and live off whatever food she could scavenge for five weeks.

The Navy flew her to San Diego Wednesday where Haywort…

SeaWorld Ends Captive Breeding of Orcas at All its Parks

SeaWorld announced today it is ending its killer whale breeding program, and for its last generation of orcas it will provide only natural encounters for visitors, phasing out all circus acts for the giant ocean mammals.

The park has also agreed not to collect any more marine mammals from the wild and has entered a partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

Wayne Pacelle, the CEO of HSUS, said in a statement his group would work with the park on a wide range of animal protection issues following SeaWorld’s “game-changing commitment” to end captive orca breeding.

“Everything will reflect the natural world and will focus on the research, education, care and respect that align with our mission to advance the well-being and conservation of these beautiful creatures,” said SeaWorld in a statement.

The aquatic animal park has been under mounting pressure over the killer whale shows at its parks in Florida, Texas, and California, and says it will have phased in its plan by …

Daily Inspirational Quote - March 18, 2016

“An open mind allows you to explore and create and grow. Remember that progress would be impossible if we always did things the way we always have.”

An open mind reminds me of a big plot of land with absolutely nothing remotely resembling a fence on or around it. I guess it could also be that I don’t have a lot going on upstairs? Quickly moving on…. Those of us who allow our minds to be open to new ideas, who maintain a thirst for knowledge and who also seize every opportunity for advancement are the ones responsible for keeping everything moving on the great conveyor belt of life. If we restrict our wonderful minds by erecting a barrier that sifts through the possibilities moving along the belt and discard anything remotely new out then it’s like cutting off the blood flow to a treasure trove. Be prepared to be open and add to your “treasures.”


Ten Counterproductive Behaviors of Well-Intentioned People

"We are not all privileged or all oppressed. We are complex people with complex identities that intersect in complex ways. Therefore, we all show up in problematic ways with our privilege. I own that my background is from the higher education setting, but I think the points below can be useful for all folks interested in creating dynamic change in the communities around them." This article shares ten counterproductive behaviors to be mindful of in the midst of all our well-intentioned efforts to help create a better world.

Daily Inspirational Quote - March 17, 2016

“Don’t allow negative people to make you one of them.”

Some people are “glass half empty” by nature aren’t they? It doesn’t matter how good they have things, or how blessed they are, the glass is seen as half empty and always will be. I feel very sorry for them as I try to be a “glass half full” and indeed, a glass hoping to be full again very soon, type of “girl”. As such, I tend to let them get on with it as it is their choice and they’re welcome to it. They will never change this “glass half full” lady. I hope you are keeping me company in this belief? Well, are you……..?


Understanding of the Heart: A Conversation with Irene Sullivan

Irene Sullivan is an artist. She's lived in remote regions of Alaska as a nurse practitioner; her experiences with indigenous people led her to an interest in female shamanism among arctic peoples and to independent research as a Fulbright Scholar. Later she became an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church in the sub-arctic region of northern Manitoba where she served three villages of the Cree people. She is co-author of the Dictionary of Native American Mythology. As she writes, my artwork is a response to my experiences of living an observed life of mystery, silence, research and scholarship.

Obama Posts Video Introducing Judge He Nominated for Supreme Court

President Barack Obama announced his nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

“Judge Garland has earned bipartisan praise as one of the best appellate judges in the country – a brilliant, meticulous jurist with a reputation for building consensus,” said Obama in his introduction.

“He has dedicated his life to public service, choosing to serve our country and take on some of the most difficult and significant anti-terrorism cases in America’s history including prosecuting Timothy McVeigh in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing.

“Beyond the courtroom, Judge Garland is a committed mentor and dedicated family man, advising hundreds of law clerks and tutoring elementary school kids in reading and math,” he added.
The White House shared a video in which Garland introduces himself and his family and speaks about his life and accomplishments.

“The rule of law is what distinguishes our country from many other countries,” Garland says. “And, people’s willingness to trust…that…

With Tax Deadline a Month Away, Free Tax Services Available Online From Nonprofit

With almost one month left until the tax deadline, we wanted to let Americans know about the Free File Alliance, a nonprofit partnership between tax software companies and the Internal Revenue Service, which is offering free tax solutions on the internet–both for low income and higher income earners.

Taxpayers with a 2015 Adjusted Gross Income of $62,000 or less can access free, industry-leading tax software to prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost. Free state return options are also available to everyone earning less than $62,000.

If your income exceeded $62,000, you can e-file your federal tax returns or apply for an extension using Free File Fillable Forms—a service designed for taxpayers who are familiar with tax law and need no preparation assistance. Free File also helps taxpayers with the new health care requirements. Using Free File, most taxpayers will simply have to check a box to report health care coverage for the entire year. The service is also …

Daily Inspirational Quote - March 16, 2016

“When life gets stormy, dance in the rain.”

This always reminds me of the song “Singing in The Rain”, and Gene Kelly dancing and singing in the pouring rain with a big smile on his face. They don’t make movies like that anymore, sigh…. Now where was I? Oh yes! I like to think that we can all follow his inspiring lead and that, when things tend to get “stormy” in our lives, we can appreciate the healing the “rain” brings and allow it to wash away our troubles while refreshing us at the same time. Thanks Gene!


An Open Letter to the Next Generation of Artists

From their early days composing and playing together with Miles Davis in Davis' Second Great Quintet, Wayne and Herbie's contributions to the world of music have been extraordinary, including winning a combined total of twenty-five Grammys. What's their advice to the next generation of artists? They shared it in this dazzling letter, and whether you consider yourself an artist or not, it's certainly worth a read.

We find ourselves in turbulent and unpredictable times.

From the horror at the Bataclan, to the upheaval in Syria and the senseless bloodshed in San Bernardino, we live in a time of great confusion and pain. As an artist, creator and dreamer of this world, we ask you not to be discouraged by what you see but to use your own lives, and by extension your art, as vehicles for the construction of peace.

While it’s true that the issues facing the world are complex, the answer to peace is simple; it begins with you. You don’t have to be living in a third world country …

Newly Discovered Bacteria Can Eat Plastic Bottles

Deborah Netburn

A team of Japanese scientists has found a species of bacteria that eats the type of plastic found in most disposable water bottles.

The discovery, published Thursday in the journal Science, could lead to new methods to manage the more than 50 million tons of this particular type of plastic produced globally each year.

The plastic found in water bottles is known as polyethylene terephalate, or PET. It is also found in polyester clothing, frozen-dinner trays and blister packaging.

"If you walk down the aisle in Wal-Mart you're seeing a lot of PET," said Tracy Mincer, who studies plastics in the ocean at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

Part of the appeal of PET is that it is lightweight, colorless and strong. However, it has also been notoriously resistant to being broken down by microbes—what experts call "biodegradation."
Previous studies had found a few species of fungi can grow on PET, but until now, no one had found any mi…

Blueberries May Fend Off Alzheimer’s: It’s All About The Anthocyanins

The blueberry, already known to be a ‘super fruit’ for its power to potentially lower the risk of heart disease and cancer, also could be insurance for your brain against Alzheimer’s disease. New research presented by scientists Sunday bolsters the idea that this fruit, loaded with healthful antioxidants, could help prevent the devastating effects of this common form of dementia.

“Our new findings corroborate those of previous animal studies and preliminary human studies, adding further support to the notion that blueberries can have a real benefit in improving memory and cognitive function in some older adults,” says Robert Krikorian, Ph.D., leader of the research team.
He said that blueberries’ beneficial effects could be due to flavonoids called anthocyanins, which have been shown to improve animals’ cognition.

Krikorian and colleagues at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center conducted two human studies to follow up on earlier clinical trials.

One study involved 47 adults…

New Drug Combination Shrinks Tumors Before Chemo, Results Are Incredible

Juliana Barrera

A new study has demonstrated that a drug combination of lapatinib (Tyverb or Tykerb) and trastuzumab (Herceptin) before surgery shrinks and may it even elimate tumors in women with an aggressive form of breast cancer within 11 days, potentially eliminating the need for chemotherapy in the future. "We were particularly surprised by these findings as this was a short-term trial," one of the lead researchers, Judith Bliss from the Institute of Cancer Research in London, told the BBC. "It became apparent some had a complete response. It's absolutely intriguing, it is so fast."

The experiment was conducted with 257 women who had been diagnosed with HER2-positive breast cancer between 1 and 3 cm in size, science alert reports.“For some HER2 positive breast cancer patients the effect of this drug combination will be amazing and mean they can avoid chemotherapy and its gruelling side effects completely. For others, their tumors may not shrink, but doctor…

Hilarious Photo Series Shows How Pets Look A Lot Like Food

Whether you're a dog lover, a food lover, or both, the latest trending Twitter meme from  comparing animals to food stuffs will have you rolling in the aisles.

Cactus Guts Could Rid Drinking Water of Toxins

Christina Procopiou

Sometimes it pays to bring an ancestor’s most primitive knowledge to even the most complicated of tasks. Chemical engineer and University of South Florida researcher Norma Alcantar’s grandmother used prickly pear cactus to remove sediment from river water she’d collected for drinking when growing up in early-1900s rural Mexico. Now a team of chemical engineers led by Alcantar is testing this intelligent abuela’s tactic on cleansing everything from oily seawater to recirculated water systems that are home to farmed fish.

Typically, when you want to remove something from water you need a dispersant, a chemical mixture that can break down the unwanted substances so they can be more readily washed away. Consider, for example, the detergent you use to clean grease from your dishes. Or, in the case of an oil spill, when chemical dispersants are applied to a layer of oil on the water to break the slick into small oil droplets that can be cleaned up. Alcantar’s team has fou…

Daily Inspirational Quote – March 15, 2016

“No one said life was easy….but with great determination, passion and strength everything is possible.”

Oh boy do I know it! I also know I am far from the only one. It’s very easy for some people battered by life’s boxing gloves to throw in the towel and retreat to their corner, but where to go from there? Stay in the corner forever clinging to the ropes for dear life? It’s never easy, and nobody is saying it is. However, wouldn’t it be to your advantage, in the long run, to climb out of the ring through the ropes and, with your head held high, retreat to the changing room in order to regain your strength and determination for a return bout? The next encounter will see you stronger, more determined, and much better equipped to succeed resulting in your arm being raised as the winner when the final bell is rung.


Gulabi Gang: We Are Fire

Bundelkhand region, in the hinterlands of Uttar Pradesh, is one of the poorest districts in India. In this deeply patriarchal society, domestic and sexual violence against women is endemic. The Gulabi (pink) Gang was founded by Sampat Pal to start a movement for change. Named for the pink saris worn by the women members, the organization helps raise women's consciousness and empowers them to become self-sufficient. Learn more about their inspiring work through this short video.

Shifting Your Energetic Blueprints

An Excerpt from Seven Cups of Consciousness by Aleya Dao

In the physical world there are many aspects of your reality: relationships, health, finances, and so on. In the higher realms you have energetic blueprints for different aspects of your reality. You have a relationship blueprint, a resource/money blueprint, a body health blueprint, and a passion-creativity-career blueprint: every component of your life has an energetic blueprint or map. When you use your Higher Self to shift the energy within and around you, this process is reflected in your physical world as well.

My first palpable experience of this concept was spurred by my insatiable desire for an intimate relationship. I was single and very determined to find love. One evening I sat in meditation and asked the question, “What is the first step I need to take to help me manifest a beloved partner?”
I quieted my mind by focusing solely on my breath. I held my awareness in my divine line and firmly attached it to the front of m…

The Critics in Your Head Are Not You, or Your Partner

An Excerpt from Succulent Wild Love by SARK and Dr. John Waddell

You have a constant stream of thoughts running through your mind, and we use the term “inner critics” to describe the thoughts that criticize you or tell you that you should be ashamed or feel guilty if you do what you want to do.

When you were growing up, basically well-meaning people taught you when to feel shame and guilt, and criticized you to get you to do what they wanted. Part of the information you took in about how to function in the world included these beliefs about who you “should” be and how you “should” behave.

After a while, these external voices became inner voices. And in many ways they were helpful. They reminded you what the rules were so you could avoid getting punished. They motivated you to achieve things so the people with authority would reward you. They protected you in a world where everyone was much bigger.

Now that you’re older, you have the ability to evaluate what is genuinely best for you and n…

Recognizing Verbal Abuse So You Can End It

by Holly E. Messick, author of Karmic Dance---A Spiritual Journey through Verbal Abuse

During the first twelve years of my second marriage, my husband and I were involved in a verbally abusive relationship.  Because I had experienced ongoing verbal abuse since childhood, I was unaware of what was occurring in my marriage as it was unfolding.  It wasn't until we'd been together 10 years and the abuse began spiraling out of control, that I sought the help of a counselor who made me conscious of the nature of this verbally abusive relationship.  Even with my new-found knowledge and awareness, I continued to stay, in the hopes that the situation would improve.  But over the following two years, it only became worse, so I finally moved out and began a year-long separation.  At the end of the separation, my husband acknowledged his behaviors and agreed to change.

While we were separated, I had continued to go to counseling--reading about verbal abuse--reflecting on what I learned abou…