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Jul 20
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Managing a Solitary Work-Life Balance

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Managing a Solitary Work-Life Balance

As more people take advantage of the ability to work from home, potential hazards lurk that, if not managed, could bring unexpected woes to what on the surface appears to be a perfectly flexible and comfortable way to make a living.

Yes, there's the opportunity to get some work done while lolling at the beach, for instance. And it's great to finally be able to schedule medical appointments and school activities for the kids without worrying about running afoul of in-office work demands.

Then, there's the loneliness. Plus, the lack of camaraderie (what some might have heretofore called "dealing with annoying co-workers").

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Jul 10
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Making Progress Against Ebola

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Making Progress Against Ebola

Though a relative lack of news about the deadly Ebola virus might lead some to believe that there's now less cause for concern, the infection raised its ugly head during a significant 2014 outbreak in Africa, and, just last year, took almost 550 lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Unfortunately, the Ebola virus has impacted areas beyond Africa. In March 2019, a patient at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania was observed for Ebola. While the patient was ultimately found to have a different condition, the concern raised by the patient's symptoms reinforced the importance of remaining vigilant about the disease.

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Jul 01
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Solar-Powered Tiny House Goes on a Road Trip

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Solar-Powered Tiny House Goes on a Road Trip

A client contacted Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses with a request to construct a model that he could tow behind his pickup truck. The firm obliged, taking care to make the Tucson tiny house model both aerodynamic and lightweight, while also tacking on desirable features such as an elevating bed and solar power.

The Tucson house runs 28 feet in length and, in keeping with the wishes of its owner, has been painted pink on one side and green on the other. Metal structural insulated panels, known as SIPs, make up the bulk of the home; the metal SIPs are lighter than their wood counterparts, but they also cost more.

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Mar 31
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Man Finally Returns Long-Overdue Library Book

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Man Finally Returns Long-Overdue Library Book

Who says that libraries have lost their relevance? Or that printed tomes have gone the way of the dodo?

One book in particular recently made a 53-year journey before being returned to its rightful place on a library shelf in New Jersey.

The book in question, "The Family Book of Verse", by Lewis Gannet, was lent by a local middle school to a student all the way back in 1966. And Harry Krame, then 13 and living in Fairlawn, where he still resides, allegedly never returned it.

Dominick Tarquinio, vice principal of Memorial Middle School, told CBS News that he was shocked when Krame, now 65, waltzed in and announced he had something to return to the school's library, adding of the original transaction taking out the book, “We never saw it again."

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Mar 30
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Don’t Insta-Trample on the Poppies

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Don’t Insta-Trample on the Poppies

Nature's wonders are treasures to behold and experience, and when any of us take in just one, we often want friends and loved ones to share in the experience.

But like most anything else, too much sharing -- even of natural wonders -- can sometimes do more harm than good.

Case in point: The so-called mega-blooms occurring in California, home to troves of natural beauty.

Seems that visitors to these occurrences, which involve acres and acres of blooming wildflowers, especially poppies, have taken to Instagram to share their discoveries -- and, as a result, have invited hordes of people to enjoy, and sometimes trample through, the hills and neighborhoods near the flower displays.

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Mar 29
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Are Sex-Related Strokes Common?

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Are Sex-Related Strokes Common?

Generally, intimacy between partners is considered a good thing. It counts as exercise, so it’s good for your heart and overall physical health. It has also been linked to stress reduction and increased well-being. But as some women have learned, there can also be a risk associated with sexual activity.

The most recent case involved a 44-year-old London-area woman who became unconscious while receiving oral sex. She regained consciousness three minutes later and went to the hospital, where a scan revealed that she’d burst a blood vessel in her brain and suffered a stroke. Although doctors didn’t directly connect sex to her condition, the change in blood pressure that occurs during sex can cause a blood vessel to burst.

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Mar 28
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Deep Brain Stimulation Relieves Depression

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Deep Brain Stimulation Relieves Depression

Researchers from the Medical Center -- University of Freiburg and University Hospital Bonn recently announced that patients suffering from extreme depression that resists treatment can benefit from deep brain stimulation.

The researchers implemented electrodes in 16 study subjects to energize a deeply located region of the brain's reward system. The electrode method resulted in a marked reduction in the levels of severity of depression in every patient -- on average, the severity was reduced by 50 per cent.

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