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Older adults need to eat more protein-rich foods when they’re trying to lose weight, dealing with a chronic or acute illness, or facing a hospitalization, according to a growing consensus among scientists. During these stressful periods, aging bodies process protein less efficiently and need more of it to maintain muscle mass and strength, bone health and other essential physiological functions. Even healthy seniors need more protein than when they were younger to help preserve...
 
Jan. 10, 2019, 4:27 PM EST  / Source: Live Science By   Brandon Specktor, Live Science Don't look now, but Earth is being bombarded with mysterious, invisible light. Among the typical array of   radio signals and microwaves   cast out by distant stars, black holes and other celestial bodies, there exists a brand of intergalactic light that consistently boggles scientists' minds — and their instruments. These signals are known as   fast radio bursts (FRBs) . These...
 
[jrEmbed module="jrYouTube" youtube_id="F9-H0ZVraXA"] By Perrie Halpern Although the news is presenting this as a feel good story about a guy who defied death, it is actually a cautionary tale. The hospital should have been able to tell if he had a stroke or if he had encephalitis, yet, they didn't and worse, they were way too eager to get him off of life support, which the family went along with, since most people are intimidated by doctors or don't know what to ask. It was just this...
 
By   Linda Givetash AL-KARAMEH, Jordan — Farmers in the Middle East and North Africa are facing roadblocks exporting their crop to Western countries because of the pesticides they use. This is despite the fact many of these chemicals are manufactured by companies based in Europe and North America. Sameer Mahadin said he had to leave his tomatoes to rot in the ground at this farm on the south end of the Dead Sea in Jordan because it wasn't worth the labor to harvest them. The...
 
The climate crisis industry incessantly claims that fossil fuel emissions are causing unprecedented temperature, climate and weather changes that pose existential threats to human civilization and our planet. The only solution, Climate Crisis, Inc. insists, is to eliminate the oil, coal and natural gas that provide 80% of the energy that makes US and global economies, health and living standardspossible. Failing that, CCI demands steadily increasing taxes on carbon-based fuels and carbon...
 
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Conjoined Twins Refuse to Be Separated Despite Doctor's Warnings People, April 22, 2017 When Carmen and Lupita Andrade were born, doctors said they only had three days to live. The conjoined twins, now 16, originally born in Mexico and now living in New Milford, Connecticut, defied those odds and lived far past doctors’ expectations. Health problems have emerged and placed the girls’ futures at risk, but they tell the Hartford Courant they don’t see the point in a surgery that...
 
At the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, the liver transplant group is busy handling an onslaught of patients who have come from all over the country in hopes of a chance at life. For many, a liver transplant is their last hope, after being diagnosed with a deadly disease sweeping the nation at epic proportions. People crowd the unit and undergo scores of testing and evaluation in an effort to get on the hospital’s coveted transplant list. It’s a program with a 94 percent survival rate...
 
By   Vivian Manning-Schaffel The days are shorter,   the temperature is dropping , and just like so many other animals in the wild kingdom, we humans can easily find ourselves possessed with the urge to hunker down and hibernate. So why are we suddenly quicker to   find contentment in Netflix   and baked goods than in socializing, just when socializing is most expected of us? Ravi Shah, M.D ., assistant professor of Psychiatry and medical director, Psychiatry Faculty Practice...
 
Like most famous patients in the history of neuroscience, Henry Molaison—or HM, as he was known among scientists—was famous because his brain was defective. Unlike the other patients, his case was not an accident but the deliberate work of a surgeon. In 1953, a neurosurgeon suctioned out two slivers from brain Henry’s skull, hoping to cure him of epilepsy. The surgery helped the seizures, if not completely, but it made Henry unable to form any new memories. (Sound familiar? He was also...
 
How chicken soup makes you feel better, according to science Revealed: The secret to chicken soup's medicinal properties. By Brian Nelson, Mother Nature Network, December 26 2018 Chicken noodle soup is a common cold remedy. (Photo: Oksana Mizina/Shutterstock.com) When you're sick, there are few things more nourishing than a warm, savory bowl of chicken soup. Though soup recipes vary, chicken broth is a remedy for cold and flu symptoms utilized around the...
 
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE)   - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to alert you about a respiratory infection that can affect your children and even some adults. As it gets colder, parents should make sure their children add on the layers and bundle up so they don't get sick, but the CDC is warning parents to watch out for  Respiratory Syncytial Virus  or 'RSV.' RSV can start out as looking like  a common cold . It is a respiratory virus that usually...
 
By   Elizabeth Chuck and Jason Abbruzzese The man’s voice came through the Nest camera of Houston mother Ellen Rigney just before midnight. “I’m going to kidnap your baby. I’m in your baby’s room,” the voice said, Rigney told   NBC affiliate KPRC in Houston   earlier this week. Rigney and her husband dashed in to check in on their 4-month-old, Topper, who they keep an eye on overnight with a Nest cam that doubles as a baby monitor. They found Topper sleeping peacefully in his...
 
The average American is on the edge of borderline obese. What perhaps is more troubling though, is that these average weights are rising rapidly.  The average American adult male is 9 pounds heavier than he was just 18 years ago, and the average American adult female is 7 pounds heavier in the same time span. I did an image search using these heights and weights, and here is the shape of the "average " man and woman.
 
Israeli spacecraft gets special passenger before moon journey by Michael Smith, AFP (reported by MSNNEWS), December 18 2018 © Provided by AFP  The general manager of the Israel Aerospace Industries Opher Doron speaks to the media during a presentation of the space probe due to travel to the moon in early 2019 on December 17, 2018 Israeli scientists making final preparations to launch the country's first spacecraft to the moon added a special...
 
By   Lynne Peeples Until a year and a half ago, Samuel Veissiere's smartphone was the last thing he saw before he fell asleep and the first thing that greeted him when he woke up. During the day, the device bombarded him with constant notifications — from four different email accounts as well as Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, Reddit and Twitter. "It was abominable," said Veissiere, co-director of the Culture, Mind and Brain Program at McGill University in Montreal. It's also a...
 
Having failed to persuade the FDA that up to 1 percent asbestos contamination was tolerable, J&J began promoting self-policing as an alternative to regulation. The centerpiece of this approach was a March 15, 1976, package of letters from J&J and other manufacturers that the CTFA gave to the agency to show that they had succeeded at eliminating asbestos from cosmetic talc. “The attached letters demonstrate responsibility of industry in monitoring its talcs,” the cover letter...
 

NASA's Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space


cb  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  10 Comments  •  one month ago  By  cb
    This illustration shows the position of NASA’s Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes, outside of the heliosphere, a protective bubble created by the Sun that extends well past the orbit of Pluto. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech December 10, 2018 by Dwayne Brown / Karen Fox For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA's Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere – the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by...
 

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bob-nelson  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  3 Comments  •  one month ago  By  bob-nelson
Cicadas might be a pest , but they’re special in a few respects. For one, these droning insects have a habit of emerging after a prime number of years (7, 13, or 17). They also feed exclusively on plant sap, which is strikingly low in nutrients. To make up for this deficiency, cicadas depend on two different strains of bacteria that they keep cloistered within special cells, and that provide them with additional amino acids. All three partners – the cicadas and the two types of microbes –...
 
In a soon-to-be released book, an atheist professor has argued that the critiques of the Theory of Evolution by intelligent design defenders should "be taken seriously." A woman walks beside an exhibit displaying the evolution of humans, at the Darwin\'s Evolution Exhibition in the Calouste Gulbenkina Foundation in Lisbon February 12, 2009. | (Photo: REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro) Thomas Nagel, professor at the Department of Philosophy at New York University, argued this in a book...
 
California areas burned by wildfire hit with heavy rain, floods updated at 07:49 via Latest News - UPI.com Strong rains, floods and mudslides have hit areas of California where a wildfire this month killed dozens, forcing weather-related evacuations. Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Strong rains, floods and mudslides have hit areas of California where a ravaging wildfire this month killed dozens, forcing weather-related...
 

InSight Is Catching Rays on Mars


dignitatem-societatis  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  5 Comments  •  2 months ago  By  wallyw
First clear view of Elysium Planitia: Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA's InSight has sent signals to Earth indicating that its solar panels are open and collecting sunlight on the Martian surface. NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter relayed the signals, which were received on Earth at about 5:30 p.m. PST (8:30 p.m. EST). Solar array deployment ensures the spacecraft can recharge its batteries each day. Odyssey also relayed a pair of images showing InSight's landing site. "The...
 
Three paraplegics who sustained cervical spinal cord injuries many years ago are now able to walk with the aid of crutches or a walker thanks to new rehabilitation protocols that combine targeted electrical stimulation of the lumbar spinal cord and weight-assisted therapy. [jrEmbed module="jrYouTube" id="185"] This latest study, called STIMO (STImulation Movement Overground), establishes a new therapeutic framework to improve recovery from spinal cord injury. All patients involved in...
 
So, there I was looking for the next in a series of lectures concerning the geology of our Pacific North West and something caught my eye. Turns out a new satellite was recently launched which provided a download of data last April which has shaken the foundations of astrophysics. Seems we have been playing with tinker toys all these years. Just two days ago (October 3, 2018) a presentation was given presenting an introduction of the discoveries to the public for the first time....
 
By   Tom Metcalfe More than an ordinary aerial drone but not quite a satellite, a huge   solar-powered airplane   with three tails and wings wider than a jumbo jet’s will soon be taking to the skies. Odysseus, developed by Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences of Manassas, Virginia, is one of the largest unpiloted aircraft ever built — and one of the lightest. It has a 243-foot wingspan but weighs less than a small car, the company says. Its six electrically powered propellers...
 
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