Good Stuff to Know November 2016

good stuff to know this monthAcupuncture reduces hot flashes for half of women, study finds

Hot flashes – the bane of existence for many women during menopause – can be reduced in frequency by almost half for about 50 percent of women over eight weeks of acupuncture treatment, according to scientists.

Math books

Kids or grandkids struggling with “new math”? Real world math books — the “old fashioned kind” are still available.

Early marijuana use associated with abnormal brain function, lower IQ

In a new study, scientists have discovered that early marijuana use may result in abnormal brain function and lower IQ.

Food-poisoning bacteria may be behind Crohn’s disease

People who retain a particular bacterium in their gut after a bout of food poisoning may be at an increased risk of developing Crohn’s disease later in life, according to a new study.

Cannabis excess linked to bone disease, fractures

People who regularly smoke large amounts of cannabis have reduced bone density and are more prone to fractures, research has found. The study also found that heavy cannabis users have a lower body weight and a reduced body mass index (BMI), which could contribute to thinning of their bones.

Hypothyroidism symptoms linger despite medication use, normal blood tests

New research gives hypothyroidism patients—who often feel dismissed and forgotten—evidence that their persistent symptoms are not just in their heads.

Common prostate cancer treatment linked to later dementia, researcher says

Men with prostate cancer who are treated with testosterone-lowering drugs are twice as likely to develop dementia within five years as prostate cancer patients whose testosterone levels are not tampered with, research shows.

New kind of local food grows in your own kitchen

A home appliance that grows the ingredients for a healthy meal within a week from plant cells is no longer science fiction. The first 3D-printed CellPod prototype is already producing harvests.

Small dietary changes reduces cardiovascular disease risk by more than a quarter

Exchanging few commercially regular-consumed food items with improved fat quality reduces total and LDL cholesterol. A new double-blind randomized controlled trial suggests almost 30% reduction in cardiovascular disease risk

Sun and seawater: Secret recipe for mass tomato production

A tomato farm that relies on the sun and seawater to produce more than 15,000 tons of fruit a year has been officially launched in South Australia.

Elder abuse under-identified in U.S. emergency departments

Elder abuse affects approximately 1 in 10 older adults in the United States and has far-reaching negative effects on physical and mental health. Victims of elder abuse, like other vulnerable populations, tend not to receive routine care from a primary care physician and often depend on the emergency department.

More American men with early-stage prostate cancer could opt out of immediate treatment

A new report on Swedish men with non-aggressive prostate cancer suggests that a lot more American men could safely choose to monitor their disease instead of seeking immediate radiation treatment or surgery.

Concern that radiation may contribute to development of Alzheimer’s

More humans than ever are exposed to higher levels of ionizing radiation from medical equipment, airplanes, etc. A new study suggests that this kind of radiation may be a confounding factor in the neurodegenerative disease Alzheimer’s.

Regular dental visits may help prevent pneumonia, study shows

That twice-yearly trip to the dentist could do more than keep teeth and gums healthy: It may decrease the risk of pneumonia by reducing bacteria in the mouth, suggests research.





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AntiAging Institute of California Offers DON’T PAUSE for Women

AntiAging Institute of California Offers DON’T PAUSE for Women (via PR Newswire)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Menopause is a time of change for most women, and their changing hormones can bring not just numerous physical symptoms but also numerous emotional symptoms. A natural menopause treatment can offer…

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OSHA-Related Apps: 5 That Could Save Your Life

OSHA-Related Apps: 5 That Could Save Your Life (via ModernLifeBlogs)

Do you live in an earthquake/hurricane/tornado/fire-risk area? Do you work at a desk? Are there any chemicals around your workplace? Spend much time in clubs or around airplanes? Or work outside in the summer? The standards established by the OSHA (…

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Ten Things to Know About Chemotherapy

Elaine Jesmer

Elaine Jesmer

1. Not everybody feels lousy.

2. There’s a beginning and end to it. The hardest part is usually getting through the middle. Think of a bell curve.

3. Chances are you know someone on it, even if they don’t talk about it. Chemo isn’t just for cancer, it’s also for multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and for anyone who has had an organ transplant.

4. Not everybody gets the same side effects.

5. Some people don’t get any side effects. A lot of people do, but some don’t.

6. There are meds to keep the chemo meds from making you feel sicker. A whole industry exists to keep patients from throwing up or sleeping all day

7. Some people will die during chemo treatment. It’s not a magic bullet.

8. Knowing the names of the drugs you take can be helpful, especially if you move or travel a lot.

9. Chemotherapy, in general, is expensive.

10. Thankfully, it’s nowhere near as awful as we imagine. It’s not the end of the world, it’s the treatment designed to keep that from happening.

Elaine Jesmer is the author of  I’m Hot!…and I’m Bald: CHEMOTHERAPY FOR WINNERS available at Amazon and Kindle.

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Do You Have This Affliction?

Rebecca Morgan

I’ve rarely had it, but know I have once in a while.
You may have, too.
It’s an affliction that has affected millions.
It creeps upon you without your becoming aware of it. You display classic signs, yet they seem normal. After all, so many people in your circle display the same symptoms.
What is this dreaded malady?
See if you’re afflicted


Rebecca L. Morgan, CSP, CMC, specializes in creating innovative solutions for workplace effectiveness challenges. She’s appeared on 60 Minutes, Oprah, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and USA Today. Rebecca is the bestselling author of 25 books, including “Calming Upset Customers” and “Professional Selling.” She is an exemplary resource who partners with you to accomplish high ROI on your key-talent development projects. For information on her services, books, and resources, or for permission to repost or reprint this article, contact her at 408/998-7977,,



Driving Alone? Be Careful!

The following was received from a trusted source:

“While driving on a rural end of the roadway, I saw an infant car seat on the side of the road with a blanket draped over it. For whatever reason, I did not stop, even though I had all kinds of thoughts running through my head. But when I got to my destination, I called the police and they were going to check it out.

This is what the police advised even before they went out there to check:

There are several things to be aware of:  gangs and thieves are now plotting different ways to get a person (mostly women) to stop their vehicle and get out of the car. There is a gang initiation reported by the local police where gangs are placing a car seat by the road with a doll in it, waiting for a woman, of course, to stop and check on the abandoned baby. The location of this car seat is usually beside a wooded or grassy (field) area and the person — woman — will be dragged into the woods, beaten and raped, and usually left for dead.

If it’s a man, they’re usually beaten and robbed and maybe left for dead, too. Do not stop for any reason!!! Dial 9-1-1 and report what you saw, but don ‘t even slow down.

If you are driving at night and eggs are thrown at your windshield, do not stop to check the car; do not operate the wiper and do not spray water because eggs mixed with water become milky and block your vision and you are then forced to stop beside the road and become a victim of these criminals. This is a new technique used by gangs, so please inform your friends and relatives. These are desperate times and these are unsavory individuals who will take desperate measures to get what they want.

Please talk to your loved ones about this. This is a new tactic used. Please be safe. Get started NOW — send this message to all your friends and loved ones to be careful and aware of everything around them so as not to become a victim.”